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Random Tape

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

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

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I love this!

By Grow du wo - Sep 30 2018
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So beautiful! I wish there was more!

Fantastic podcast

By Matt the musician - Jul 07 2012
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I love the stories and bits of tape here. Keep the awesome podcasts coming!

iTunes Ratings

25 Ratings
Average Ratings
23
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I love this!

By Grow du wo - Sep 30 2018
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So beautiful! I wish there was more!

Fantastic podcast

By Matt the musician - Jul 07 2012
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I love the stories and bits of tape here. Keep the awesome podcasts coming!
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Random Tape

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

Rank #1: Young Hearts: A Prologue

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

Nov 25 2015

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Rank #2: Unchained Melody

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Found Tape from the Cassette Library Album.

May 11 2014

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Rank #3: The Friday Night Show on KISL

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Jun 24 2015

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Rank #4: All the Pretty Horses

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This Mike West 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 Great Mississippi flood of 1927 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 Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America 
I recorded this late one evening in the upstairs of Mimi’s in the Marigny in New Orleans.

Feb 29 2012

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Rank #5: Perfect Pitch

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My brother-in-law Matthew has perfect pitch. So we spent a day going around the house looking for objects that make sounds and determining their pitch.

Nov 20 2012

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Rank #6: Strawberries Oh My Gosh!

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Bill Keaggy responded to postings by musicians on fiverr.com who offered to write and record a song for five dollars. He sent each of them a found grocery list and asked them to record a song inspired by the list. This is my favorite track from Let's All Go to the Grocery Store, an album of songs inspired by found grocery lists which you can download for absolutely free here:
http://www.grocerylists.org/

Jan 10 2012

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Rank #7: Captain Tom Wins a Ham

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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.

Jan 11 2012

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Rank #8: Organ Donor

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Mastering the art of the followup quesiton.

Nov 09 2012

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Rank #9: Radio Graffiti

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Classical music station KFUO in St. Louis was one of the oldest radio stations west of the Mississippi. The stationed was owned by the Lutheran church up until last year when it was purchased by Gateway Creative Broadcasting’s JOY-FM. On July 6th, 2010 KFUO broadcasted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor and then went silent. The following morning JOY-FM began it’s broadcast of Christian contemporary pop music. There are now six christian stations in St. Louis and zero classical stations.
On Saturday December 3rd, I powered up the 40-watt FM transmitter I built and “tagged” a Christian station (89.5 FM) with Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor K. 626: Sanctus. For a couple square miles at least, you can hear classical music on the radio again coming from high atop the chimney of a former convent.
This is a recording of the moment my signal went live.

Jan 04 2012

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Rank #10: Martial Law

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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.

Jan 03 2012

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Rank #11: Larry's Thumb

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I was walking my dog the other night when I came across Larry Boutan sitting on a concrete wall drinking a beer. I noticed he was missing his right thumb so I asked him how he lost it. This is the story of that fateful night when a large woman started hurling canned goods at him…

Jan 03 2012

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Rank #12: Just Molly and Me

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Francis Matherne was the organist at St. Henry’s catholic church in New Orleans for 25 years. A while back he brought some of his poems over to my house so I could record them. This is a short clip from that recording session.

Jan 03 2012

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Rank #13: Goddamn Great Drum Music

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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!

Jan 03 2012

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Rank #14: After Life

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

Aug 18 2012

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Rank #15: Clown Doll

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When I was a kid I had this clown doll that would laugh when you pushed a button in its chest. It was terrifying. It's more the cackle of a chain-smoking maniac than the laughter of a clown but then again some clowns are heavy smokers.

Jan 16 2012

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Rank #16: Radio Avalon

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

Jul 19 2012

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Rank #17: Bible Rain

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A Story by Nason Smith.

Jan 17 2013

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Rank #18: In Praise of Noise

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James Arthur’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, New England Review, and Narrative. He has received the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize. Charms Against Lightning, his debut poetry collection, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. During 2012 he will be in residence at the Amy Clampitt House in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Photo by: Sean Hill

Jan 17 2012

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Rank #19: Useless Evidence

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Sometimes you wish audio had pictures.

Jan 19 2012

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Rank #20: The Red Line

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Andy Mills had a habbit of eavesdropping on other people's conversation during his commute on Chicago's Red Line. Sometimes he would record these overheard conversations. On today's episode Andy plays one of his favorite surrpetitious recordings and tells the story of this particulalry juicy piece of Random Tape.

Feb 04 2012

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