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Random Tape

Random Tape is a cabinet of auditory wonders for the 21st century.It is America's Premier Podcast.

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Young Hearts: A Prologue

The begining of a great love story. To hear the rest visit www.belowtheten.com


25 Nov 2015

Rank #1

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Goddamn Great Drum Music

I came across this LP from 1963 that features three naked women playing bongos on the cover. It’s one of the most inexplicable recordings I’ve ever heard. Each side is a single fourteen-minute track of what appears to be two people having sex on a rusty bed while a man plays the bongos and shouts in what may or may not be a real language. I give you the final two minutes of side A.Now that’s what I call goddamn great drum music!


3 Jan 2012

Rank #2

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Unchained Melody

Found Tape from the Cassette Library Album.


11 May 2014

Rank #3

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Martial Law

My friend Casey was a holdout during Hurricane Katrina. He worked occasionally for a friend who owned Old Time Photo, one of those business where you take fake historical photos with your friends. On the night president Bush came to the city there was a seven-o-clock curfew. Casey was heading home at seven twenty when he had an encounter with a couple of state troopers. Casey tells the story of what happened next.


3 Jan 2012

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The Death of Chicken Lips

This tape came from a thirft store in the desert. Written with purple marker on the label was "To Ray from Mike 2/3/93"


25 May 2015

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All the Pretty Horses

This cover was performed by Walt McClement on banjo and Mary Go Round (the one time holder of the world record for spinning the most hoola hoops at once: 76 if my memory serves me correctly) on accordion and vocals. The song All the Pretty Horses is about the and the Army Corps of Engineers decision to dynamite the levee at Caernarvon, Louisiana to save New Orleans. The breach caused a flood that displaced thousands and was later deemed unnecessary. Check out the book  I recorded this late one evening in the upstairs of Mimi’s in the Marigny in New Orleans.


29 Feb 2012

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English as an Unknown Language

This is what english sounds like to someone who doesn't speak it?


8 Jun 2012

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This is the sound of hundreds of electronic slot machines on the floor of Lumiere Casino in downtown St. Louis.


8 Jan 2012

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The Dragon Does Not Wehbay!

Do you want the love of the fire? Cuz I’m not gonna wait around to give you my desire.For some reason an ex-girlfriend of mine gave her number to a guy who called himself The Dragon. Not surprisingly he left her a string of insane voice messages. These are just a few of The Dragon’s many attempts at wooing.

5 Jan 2012

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The Threesome

Ever wondered how a couple of straights can satisfy a lesbian? Look no further. A friend of mine sent me a CD of old radio porn that included this track titled The Threesome.


7 Feb 2012

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Radio Avalon

Late one night I picked up a strange signal on my radio dial...


19 Jul 2012

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Late on night Matthew Kielty got a mysterious call from an unkown number...


20 Jun 2012

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This poem appears in the October, 2011 issue of     Alec Hershman lives in St. Louis where he teaches at St. Louis Community College and at the Center for Humanities at Washington University. His poems can be found in upcoming issues of Denver Quarterly, The Journal, The Burnside Review, Sycamore Review, Juked, and online at , , and . He is currently poetry editor for .

6 Feb 2012

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Factory Set

If you ever did any late night channel surfing between 1993 and 2001 you probably came across the legendary pitchman hollering about sports cards and Beanie Babies on the Shop at Home network. A friend of mine made a CD of some of the best and this is but a taste.

8 Jan 2012

Rank #14

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The Friday Night Show on KISL

3hr 37mins

24 Jun 2015

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After Life

This is what the world may sound like after the Apocaplypse.

18 Aug 2012

Rank #16

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Captain Tom Wins a Ham

Back when I was a deckhand on the M.V. Ptarmigan, a glacier tour boat in Alaska, I used to hang out in the wheelhouse and listen to Captain Tom tell stories. I called him up recently and asked him to tell me the one about about the time he won a ham in a furthest listening contest.


11 Jan 2012

Rank #17

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BrailleNote Apex

This is the sound of Matthew Shifrin using his BrailleNote—a computer for the blind that pushes plastic nodes through tiny holes to display text in braille.


4 Jan 2012

Rank #18

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Gavin's Roar

My cousin Gavin does the best T-Rex impersonation I’ve ever heard. It puts my terrible acting to shame.


6 Jan 2012

Rank #19

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Badass Emma-Oh Lord

I was hanging out in Cabrini Park, a dog park in the French Quarter in New Orleans when Badass Emma saw my microphone and asked me to interview her. She told me the story of how she lost her dogs in Katrina and about her job as a cook. We talked about the good old days and the future of New Orleans. This is one of several vignettes that make up a portrait of one of the baddest ass women you’ve ever met.

27 Jan 2012

Rank #20