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The 21 Best Events in Denver This Week, November 18 to 24, 2019 Go on a Saturday night trip this weekend when burlesque mover and shimmy-shaker Honey Touche teams up with Arlo White of Hypnotic Turtle for Psychedelic Burlesque Jungle. The tiki-and-acid-themed evening of ’60s pop culture will deliver an all-star cast of vivacious local ladies and retro tunes courtesy of Tammy Shine and DJ Alf. You’ll find it all at the Broadway Roxy, 554 South Broadway, on Saturday, November 23, from 8 p.m. to midnight; admission is $15 in advance ($20 day of show) at brownpapertickets.com.” - Westword Staff

Westword

WESTWORD'S COLORADO CREATIVES -- ARLO WHITE, October 7, 2019 Arlo White’s bizarre radar for weird music and art mixes defies categorization — or falls, perhaps, into a category all his own: He’s an artist; a concert promoter; a musician in such bands as Deadbubbles, Sparkle Jetts and the Buckingham Squares; and, notably, the host of Radio 1190’s Hypnotic Turtle Radio as his alter-ego Diablo Montalban. He’s the kind of guy who rips off the little library model and instead installs an art installation in a DreamBox in his front yard — and then throws a party. He’s simply Arlo White. What drives White’s peripatetic DIY practice and point of view? Get an inkling via his answers to the Colorado Creatives questionnaire. Westword: What (or who) is your creative muse? Arlo White: Love, anger and rock and roll! Love: Everything I do is for my wife and two children. I'm in awe of each of them, and the support they give is immeasurable! Just trying to give them something to be proud of. Anger: The same feelings that kept me from creating in my late teens and early twenties are the same ones that won't let me stop today. I can't explain how and when the change happened — maybe it was spiritual, maybe drug-induced. One day a door opened, and I ran screaming through it, and I'm trying very hard not to look back. Where once my anger was focused inward, I'm now able to project it creatively. There's no shortage of things to be enraged about for even a semi-conscious being. Rock and roll: Amazing art and music have been around since the dawn of time, but as far as I’m concerned, the history of rock and roll in America is everything. Rock and roll helped blow open the floodgates in a lot of people's minds. Societal norms came crashing down and opened arenas for self-expression on a mass scale, especially around things like sexuality, gender and race/ethnicity. We needed to shake things up! “Fuck You” never sounded so good! Which three people, dead or alive, would you like to invite to your next party and why? Three people off the top of my head: Patti Smith, John Waters and Screamin' Jay Hawkins. This IS a party right? They all might be a little stiff at first, but I think after a couple drinks, it would be nothing but fun! And they all know rock and roll! What’s the best thing about the local creative community in your field — and the worst? The best thing is that we have so many opportunities for creativity here; maybe not as many as there used to be, but they still exist. It’s about finding them. Several clubs in Denver will book a band or performer’s first show. Community radio stations around the state have many opportunities to get involved. Hundreds of calls for artists are posted each year, many of which don't charge fees. If you’re willing to hustle, you can get your name out there, and in the process, you're gonna meet some of the most amazing, talented and beautiful humans you could ever imagine. They're here! On the other hand, the worst thing is the continued undervaluing of the arts and artists. It’s not a problem exclusive to Colorado. Artists should be recognized, celebrated and fairly compensated; artists make life livable! Art is in everything and everywhere. Everybody loves art, whether they know it or not! What is the Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox? Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox, an idea created and curated by my wife, Kim Kennedy White, and I, is a box of magic and art hidden in the suburbs of Broomfield. The DreamBox was born out of a desire to foster imagination through creativity and inspire a sense of wonder in our local community and beyond. Essentially, it's a Little Art Gallery (for a visual, think of a lending library; instead of books, it's an art display). For the first DreamBox, I created a miniature immersive piece called “Science Fiction.” I was the first test subject for this social experiment! We plan to curate future installations with local artists who might transform the space into a miniature museum with itty bitty canvases or create a sculpture, or... What’s your dream project? One of them would be Turtle Spawn! I think of my radio show, Hypnotic Turtle Radio, as live radio art. I want to expand my little world inside the air studio and bring it to life on a larger scale. I would have several performance stages conducted and mixed live by our resident DJ Diablo Montalban — my alter ego — in a beautifully demented installation piece. Rock bands, free jazz, performance art and flash mobs would all come together into a symphony. If you died tomorrow, what or whom would you come back as? Ugh. I have to come back? Probably as some aerial creature. Assuming I survive adolescence, I would love to fly on my own! Done it a few times in my dreams, and it's magic! Or come back as John Coltrane's biggest fan who followed him around or follow the Velvet Underground like Jonathan Richman. Yeah, I'd come back as Jonathan Richman! Denver (or Colorado), love it or leave it? What keeps you here — or makes you want to leave? Still love, but hard not to be confused and angry, especially in Five Points or the ever-expanding RiNo district. The high cost of living and pushing fellow humans out of Denver at an alarming rate is heartbreaking and disgusting. Politics aside (if that’s a thing), the artists and musicians who are hanging in there are doing incredible work and lots of it. There is so much happening here! Who is your favorite Colorado Creative? Little Fyodor: possibly one of the most important people in the Hypnotic Turtle story. His radio show of thirty years, Under the Floorboards, aired after an equally influential show, Smash It Up, on KGNU; they were an amazing one-two punch to my consciousness. Through UTF, I was exposed to a dizzying variety of found-sound, plunderphonics, noise and self-made-cassette-driven art. He introduced me to Negativland (the biggest influence of Hypnotic Turtle Radio) and hundreds of artists/people (assumingly) like myself, with nothing but hand-held tape recorders, making any sorts of primitive noise, telling stories, or just walking through leaves and gravel. So much genius. What's on your agenda in the coming year? Several band projects that I can't talk about yet. One I can hint at is a tribute band that should be ready by Halloween. If the names Lux and Ivy ring any bells, you know where we're heading. Overdue episodes of our web series, Denver Rock City. Lure in some of our favorite local artists for the DreamBox. Promote more events: Currently, we’re co-promoting Claudio Simonetti's Goblin performing the live score to Deep Red on October 7, with Anchors Aweigh, both at the Oriental Theater. We’ve also been fortunate to partner on some amazing events this year with the Gorehound's Playground in Fort Collins and CritterHype. We're always looking to expand on what’s possible with the radio show (guests, collaborations, etc.). Who do you think will (or should) get noticed in the local arts community in the coming year? 40 West Arts District is about to blow up. We always love what Betsy Rudolph and everyone at Next Gallery has going on! Love the work of Kim Anderson and Valerie Savarie from Valkarie Gallery. I'm always jealous of the stuff the Mad Tatters do and love to see Karl Christian Krumpholz continue to reach a national audience with his comics and illustrations. We are always excited to see what Maureen Hearty will do next with her amazing sculptures and community work, both in Denver and out on the eastern plains. Also, the person who scrawled "I Tried My Best" on the back of a street sign I passed a couple months ago — it still haunts me. That's great art! Follow Arlo White and Hypnotic Turtle at the website, on Instagram and on Facebook.  ” - Susan Froyd

Westword

BEST SHOWS IN DENVER 8/29/19-9/4/2019 What: Weird Wednesday: Gothsta, Dorian, Hypnotic Turtle Radio DJ, Cabal ArtWhen: Wednesday, 09.04, 9 p.m.Where: Bowman’s Vinyl and Lounge Why: Weird Wednesday is the monthly musical showcase that lives up to its name and curated by Claudia Woodman. This time she will be performing in her persona of Gothsta and for this performance she says, “Gothsta covers goth songs on the melodica that have some link to climate change-related themes, because Gothsta is depressed about global warming. Gothsta will have some extra special content that has to do with the Amazon burning and will be joined by Hypnotic Turtle’s Diablo Montalban for dueling melodicas/improv along with noise loops generated for this performance.” It’s rare that anything lives up to hype like that but this show probably will.”

Queen City Sounds and Art

Art Attack: Thirteen of the Best Things for Gallery Lovers to Do in Denver This Week Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox Grand Opening, and Arlo White, Science FictionBroomfield (address TBA) Opening Reception: Friday, August 16, 2019 7 to 11 p.m.RSVP on the Facebook page for more informationThe tiny collective empire of Hypnotic Turtle founders Arlo and Kim Kennedy White has spawned a radio show on 1190, a record label, an art factory and now, the Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox, a gallery and performance space located somewhere in Broomfield. For the grand opening, the group will be putting out lots of live music, including sets by Tammy Shine and John Fuzz of Dressy Bessy, Dead Orchids and Victoria Lundy, along with Science Fiction, an exhibition of works by Arlo White. Tune in to the Facebook page for the latest info.” - Susan Froyd

Westword

Sparkle Jetts Stargasm The huge floor tom and fat bass line that kicks off Stargasm launches Sparkle Jett’s new album into the stratosphere with classic punk bluster. But the “Denver Rock City” quartet Sparkle Jetts continue on to show rock and soul that seems as if it came straight from MC5 and Patti Smith. Sparkle Jetts — a supergroup of sorts — is anchored by Whitney Rehr (of Gata Negra and I’m a Boy) and Arlo White (of Deadbubbles, The Pretty Sure and The Buckingham Squares) who are joined on the album by half of the group’s original line up, Hope Hinkson (of the Blackouts) and Chris Kieft (of the Dirty Lookers), who have since left the band. They’ve both been replaced, but the new musicians (Arnie and AJ Beckman of Choosey Mothers) don’t appear on this raucous album that sounds as if it was recorded decades ago instead of this year. Monumentally hook-laden with a simple punk rhythm that makes Stargasm a crotch-driven, sexy affair, the album skids and drifts with a magnetic hot-rodded garage rock sound and powerful stadium rock posturing. July 31, 2016 ” - Marquee Magazine

Marquee Magazine

[Diablo Montalban's contribution mentioned]  Little Fyodor & Babushka – “Truly Rejected” / Little Fyodor – “Peace Is Boring” / V.A. – “A Tribute to Little Fyodor”  November 12, 2015 Aural Innovations  Little Fyodor is one the world’s truly fun and talented characters. He was one of the Godfathers of the American homemade music/cassette culture underground in the 1980s with his band Walls of Genius, who kicked started their activities in 2014 after a 30 year hiatus and have since demonstrated that they’ve still got it in a big way. Fyodor has been at it all these years under his own name too and after having covered the recent Walls of Genius recordings he sent me a care package with this latest single plus a couple from past years that I’d missed.   Various Artists – “The Unscratchable Itch: A Tribute to Little Fyodor” (Little Fyodor/Public Eyesore 2013, CD/DL) I’ve got to hand it to Little Fyodor. Nobody sounds like him. Hell, he even rates a tribute album. The Unscratchable Itch: A Tribute to Little Fyodor consists of 21 artists doing their own renditions of Little Fyodor songs. The interpretations run the gamut from “relatively” normal, to attempts to go Fyodor style, to doing precisely what I always hope will occur when someone does a cover song which is to make it completely their own. All the contributors do a good job but I’ll give you a flavor of what for me are the standouts: The Voodoo Organist does a nasty 60s Garage-Psych rocking take on Get Out Of My Head. I love Dan Susnara’s lounge crooner take on You Give Me Hard On, nicely colored by incessant vinyl scratching and goofy effects. The Inactivists take the same song in a different direction, giving it a sultry Psychedelic-Jazz spin. Nobody but Amy Denio could make a Little Fyodor song sound lovely like she does with her Avant-Pop version of The God Gripe Song. Brian M. Clark is totally demonic with his sludgy Psychedelic-Doom rendition of Happy People. Diablo Montalban does a very cool and wildly chaotic cheesy keyboard and Throbbing Gristle Industrial version of Cruising (Bummer Scene). Gort vs. Goom do a very cool tripped out cover of I Don’t Know What To Do that’s like The Residents and Renaldo and the Loaf backing a singer, though it’s also got a tasty guitar solo. Fyodor’s brother moron in Walls of Genius Evan Cantor does a cool swinging lounge-Blues version of I Wanna Be The Buddha. Swami Loopynanda (Charles Rice Goff III) goes lysergic mind-fucked Psychedelic with his wigged out Residents gone Space Rock interpretation of Red Meat/Throbbing Earthworm. Darren Douglas Danahy is nicely spaced out too with his funky freaky electro-grooving cover of No Relief In Sight. The spaced out whack job vibes continue with Reverend Leadpipe and the Evil Do’ers doing an ultra-frenetic and rhythmically disorienting You Will Die. Blood Rhythms do what is probably the most challenging to recognize cover of a Little Fyodor song with Won’t Somebody Fill The Void. No surprise given that it was recorded live at the 2012 Denver Noise Fest. Lasse Jensen (who also curated this compilation) does a goofily rollicking cover of Everybody’s Fucking. And Nervesandgel do a nifty rhythmic Residents and darkly electro freaked out rendition of Doomed. Well… If you’ve read this far than I’ve apparently got your attention. Much fun awaits you at the following links… To stream, download and purchase these and other Little Fyodor albums visit: http://littlefyodor.bandcamp.comVisit the Little Fyodor web site at: http://www.littlefyodor.comThere’s lots of interview and live performance segments with Little Fyodor in the just released Great American Cassette Masters DVD documentary that I highly recommend. Check it out at: http://www.talkstoryfilms.net. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Little Fyodor performing with a birdcage on his head. November 12, 2015 ” - Jerry Kranitz

Aural-Innovations

[Arlo's band The Buckingham Squares played this show 10/10/2015; photos below] SCENES FROM A DENVER PUNK REUNION AT MUTINY INFORMATION CAFE Saturday's release party for Bob Rob Medina's illustrated memoir chronicling the '80s Denver punk scene, Denvoid and the Cowtown Punks, packed Mutiny Information Cafe — and that was before most attendees found out that the Frantix were going to play.  The Frantix, who played their last show in 1983, said they got in a mere two practices before Saturday's mini-reunion. But you'd never know it by the reaction of the 100-strong crowd packed into the tiny coffee shop/record store on Broadway. Medina signed copies of the book and sold original illustrations for a mere $50 each. In attendance was a who's who of the Denver punk elite, past and present. It was the place to be Saturday, but if you missed it, the books are still available at Mutiny and at Albums on the Hill in Boulder, among other places. Check out a few photo highlights below.   ” - Oakland L. Childers

Westword

[Arlo's band SPARKLE JETTS opened for Shonen Knife 10/16/2014 Shonen Knife Ready to Destroy Denver, with a Little Help from Denver Shonen Knife will attack Denver – and win – Thursday night, October 16, starting at the Oriental Theater. “Just the idea of a trio of Ramones worshiping Japanese girls roaming the earth playing their own brand of J-Rock, J-Pop, Pop/Punk Fun Time Soup, was good enough for us,” recalled local musician Arlo White, of Denver’s Sparkle Jetts. “When we finally heard them it was exactly like what it sounded like in our heads: Pure Innocence, Straight forward Rock and Roll Fun!” It’s a pretty perfect way to describe Shonen Knife,  one of the ’80s and ’90s more obscure, but most delicious, Japanese exports. You may think that bands like Guitar Wolf hold the J-Punk torch (and they do, handily – but not completely), but it’s Shonen Knife that made the first real stab (pun fully intended) of Ramones-powered pop from Japan into America. Shonen Knife – and particularly Naoko Yamano – have enjoyed 32+ years of existence, and haven’t wavered once from their original happy, poppy, cat-, food- and youth-loving brand of punk rock. And they’re not about to slow down. The latest incarnation of the trio, featuring Yamano on guitar and vocals, Ritsuko Taneda on bass and Emi Morimoto on drums, is touring in support of the band’s 20th release, “Overdrive,” and they’re appearing at the Oriental Theater in North Denver this Thursday night. Not a show you want find out too late that you missed! Tickets. “Overdrive” is solid, just like it sounds, focusing on ’70s rock a la KissDeep Purple or Thin Lizzy, but with the same naive, happy charm that the Knife has always been known for. Kittens, noodles, green tea win out over heartbreak, overdose, alcohol or endless groupie groping on this record – but the charm we’ve all come to love far outshines the gritty, grimy shortcomings (after all, we get plenty of ’70s lubed-up glam porn from all the Kimye crap, don’t we?). We had a chance to reach out and touch Yamano while she was on the road, between nearly 7-day-a-week gigging, to ask her a few questions. She was kind enough to reply – and we love her and the band all that much more for it. Read on: DenverThread: Wow – nearly 33 years, and 20 albums, all amped full of consistently catchy, unavoidably addictive Ramones-y power punk. Any end in sight? Do you plan to retire, or keep kicking ass until you just can’t anymore? Naoko: Keep kicking ass is ROCK! But if there will be no Shonen Knife fans, I have to retire. DT: Many of your dates on this US tour are back-to-back. Is it exhausting – just how you like to roll? Naoko: Actually, long drive makes me exhausted but once I see our fans at our show, I get power. DT: Since the happy, positive power behind your output hasn’t, how has your world view changed over the past 30+ years? Naoko: My world view hasn’t changed. I just get well experienced. DT: So much rock n’ roll is heavy, emotional, overbearing (especially in the US), yet you are constantly able to maintain a light, carefree feeling in the subject matter and feel behind your songs. Do you think that comes from your own personal outlook, or your upbringing in Japanese culture? Naoko: It comes from my personal character. Many bands are singing about love in Japan and US and  sometimes about social problems in US. I don’t want to be the same with others. I like to make one and only unique music. DT: There are so many to choose from – and they’re all great – do you each have favorite Shonen Knife songs/albums? Naoko: I always prefer the latest album. Thus “Overdrive” is the best so far. I especially like “Black Crow”, “Shopping”, “Like a Cat” and “Jet Shot”. DT: Your songs often have a food focus – and the USA spreads a giant table of wonderful, tasty – and sometime just plain weird – food choices. Anything in your travels that fits in the “weird,” “super-weird” or “just plain crazy” category? Naoko:  “Weird” — “chicken cutlet waffles and hazelnut chocolate cream on the side”. I like the taste of both chicken cutlet and waffles but the combination is a little odd. Waffles should be separated from chicken. “Super-weird” — too colorful artificial colored sweets and cakes. DT: Is there any American food you just couldn’t do without? Naoko:  I don’t have any particular food but American Rock. DT: You seem to be cat lovers – why is that? Are they more preferable than other animals in your opinion? More preferable pets than dogs? (Full disclosure: I love both, but prefer cats). Naoko:  I love both two but for dogs, I have to take them outside for walk. Cats are more free and independent. DT: Your sister Atsuko used to design and make all of your costumes – does she still influence the onstage costumes? Naoko:  She made our new costumes. Her design and sewing is the best! DT: Did you know any of the opening bands for the Denver show – Sparkle Jetts, Sonic Archers 0r 9 Volt Fatale – before hearing they were opening for you? Naoko:  I don’t know them but I’m looking forward to play with them. DT: Do you often find bands on tour that you end up really liking, or following? Any that stick out from other sites on this tour? Naoko:  I like [The] Mallard that they opened up for our US tour in 2012 in the west coast. Don’t miss this one, presented by local promoter Girl Wreck Presents, at one of Denver’s classic, beautiful venues – the historic Oriental Theater. Besides the headliners, there will be an impressive collection of Denver local bands warming up and filling out the lineup, including glam rockers Sparkle Jetts, Mod-Brits The Sonic Archers and noise merchants 9 Volt Fatale. Continuing from above, Sparkle Jetts’ Arlo White – also the host of Radio 1190‘s Hypnotic Turtle Radio, and a Denver celebrity in his own right, had a few things to say: Sparkle Jetts are… “Whitney Rehr (guitar/vocals), vocal/guitar goddess and one of Denver’s most underrated performers, also plays inGata NegraI’m A Boy, and Meta Lark. Arlo White (lead vocals), flat-footed, rock and roll mephisto, formed DEADBUBBLES and The Pretty Sure, and currently hosts Radio 1190’s Hypnotic Turtle Radio. Hope Bertsch (drums), crazed, primal powerhouse, also plays in The Blackouts. Chris Keift (bass), lays down the low end with post-punk devotion, was the bassist for The Dirty Lookers.” “We’ve all been around the Denver music scene for a long time, playing in various bands, and the stars finally aligned,” White went on to explain. “Our uniting of superpowers came about almost a year ago, and we’re now ready to use our powers for good!” “SPARKLE JETTS are currently playing a mixture of songs from my previous bands DEADBUBBLES and THE PRETTY SURE, plus SPARKLE JETTS originals,” he continues. “I want SPARKLE JETTS to be Denver Rock City’s go to band for the pure Rock and Roll experience!” Once again – you don’t want to miss this one. We’ve been fans of Deadbubbles and The Pretty Sure since their get-go. We know what you’re going to like.   ” - Billy Thieme

Denver Thread

Latest show at Broomfield Audi shows an artistic approach to reuse Electric Concrete" features works created from found items By Darren Thornberry For the Enterprise MAKING MAGIC FROM DISCARDS: Broomfield artist Arlo White, pictured at an installation of his works at the Auditorium in 2012, said 'all the artistic objects in the ('Electric Concrete') show were things I found. The point is to take knickknacks and discarded items and make something unique — even magical — from them.' (David R Jennings / Broomfield Enterprise) If you go What: "Electric Concrete: Finding Magic in the Mundane" by Arlo White Where: Broomfield Auditorium gallery, 3 Community Park Road When: Friday through Feb. 16. Gallery is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, 2 to 5 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and during Auditorium events. Cost: Free More info: Contact White at dioretix@hotmail.com or 303-748-0115 Some would say an artist's calling is to challenge an audience's notions of what defines art, to work furiously in the grey areas and to inhabit the wild edges — for art's own sake. Subscribers to this ideal have found their man in Arlo White, a jack of many artistic trades whose work is on display in Broomfield starting this week. Electric Concrete: Finding Magic in the Mundane" is open to all Friday through Feb. 16 at Broomfield Auditorium. As the name of the show implies, the art on display has been found in the least expected places: In the trash bin, on the street, destined for the dump. All the artistic objects in the show were things I found," White said. "The point is to take knickknacks and discarded items and make something unique — even magical — from them. White is a musician, radio host, poet and visual artist with no formal training. He has long had a passion for art in any medium. I was a typical tortured teenage artist and a punk rock kid," he said with a laugh. "I guess I'm too old for that now, but the love of art, the need to create, has never left me. White's ethos for the Audi show is to "scrounge" the materials and present a true mixed-media experience for nearly nothing out of pocket. He gathered untold free paint samples and spent just a few dollars on supplies, intending to demonstrate the great potential for artistic value that lies in mundane items that would normally go unnoticed. This approach is something hard-earned for White, who had all but given up on art, believing it had become an unaffordable pursuit. Yet his paradigm shifted with a visit to a fabric store with his family. TRAIN TRAIN: 'Train Train' is one of the works featured in 'Electric Concrete' at the Broomfield Auditorium . (Photo courtesy of Arlo White) We were looking for a craft item, and I noticed paints on sale for 10 cents. I'm a working father, and this find set me on a journey of rediscovering art," he said. So it is that otherwise unattractive, ordinary, inexpensive pieces of rubbish and doodads from around the house have been transformed into conversation pieces and things of beauty for the Electric Concrete show. The artwork on display is for sale. Arlo's work is compelling and unique," said Karen Gerrity, Broomfield Cultural Affairs manager. "He is a fine local artist and it is a pleasure to share his work with our community. All are invited to the artist reception and wine tasting hosted by Turquoise Mesa Winery from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Audi. White will be mixing and mingling and might even have some exclusive pieces on hand that aren't featured in the show. When asked who is his audience, White's answer was pure artist. I don't have an audience," he said. "When I make things with an audience in mind, I fail. In fact, I have dozens of pieces in my house I can't bring myself to sell. Ideally, an artist brings joy to someone or affects their emotion in some way. If I can do that, then it partially answers the ongoing question of why I am an artist. FIRE TRUCK TRUCK FIRE: Fire Truck Truck Fire is one of the works featured in 'Electric Concrete.' Dec. 13, 2013 (Photo courtesy of Arlo White) ” - Darren Thornberry

Broomfield Enterprise: Latest show at Broomfield Audi shows an artistic approach to reuse

Hypnotic Turtle Radio brings the eccentric to CU-Boulder's Radio 1190 Fall into a pop-culture trance When we rang up Arlo White to talk about his "live freakout mix" show Thursday nights on Radio 1190, he had a lot to say. We'll just hush up and let him explain. How long has Hypnotic Turtle been on the air? We've only been on since January, since the spring semester. How did you get into it? Amy (Moore-Shipley, program director) sent out a call during winter break just saying Diablo Montalban and Arlo White of Hypnotic Turtle Radio. Courtesy photo. (Courtesy) there were openings in the spring schedule and to send an idea of what you had in mind. I had been there a couple times promoting different bands and stuff, so I emailed her and she said, 'Oh, that sounds great,' and asked for a better idea of what I wanted to do, and it was a series of back and forth because it was hard to put into words what I wanted to do.   I spent weeks torturing myself over what I was going to do. Then, the first episode, it was all my tricks. I just threw everything out. I was in the studio running around in circles and sweating. I realized I couldn't do that every week, so I chilled out a little bit. It's still evolving, for sure. It's just me. I started doing interviews and stuff. It's kind of just taken off. It's a pretty unique concept -- for radio, anyway. Can you explain what you do? It's just kind of a distillation of the stuff that has really blown me away over the years ... It's an off-the-wall mixture of ambient stuff, anything you can think of, in terms of sound-source material. I'm really trying to entertain myself, first and foremost, and blow my mind. The first show was overly planned and that was kind of against my goals. I don't really plan. I just bring all the pieces and see how they fit together when the show starts. For me, it's a weekly performance. I get to perform live. If I fail, there's dead air and it's miserable and I'm freaking out. It's really exciting because I go in there and I don't know what's going on, but I have to make something really cool happen ... It's live art, is what I've been saying. It's radio art. But that's so pretentious. It's really for everybody. I kind of want a really demented variety show on the radio that's not so structured ... Entertainment is the bottom line. Blow minds. Open minds. It sounds more like old radio, where a show is an event, not just car music. I'm definitely trying to make it more of an event. Even though we do save all the shows on our website, you're not going to hear that again ever on the show. I'm not even writing down what I'm doing. Sometimes I listen back to the show and I'm like, 'What was going on there?' I don't repeat songs. I repeat artists as little as possible. I get the sense that pop culture runs through your veins. It definitely does. I was a Brady kid growing up. We got cable when I was eight years old and that was it pretty much it. I kind of cut off in the 1990s because I think it lost a lot of its flavor, but it's ingrained in me and that's why I can just wing it. When you start playing a song, I can hear what can go on top or what needs to come next. How does this tie in with Hypnotic Turtle as an art collective? Hypnotic Turtle is just all my different projects -- my different bands, my alter egos and my art shows. It is a collective, but it's all me. For me, when I do rock, I wanna do a rock album. Everything I do deserves its own thing. What's coming up? I do have a guest tonight. I have a band called Medusa. They're going to be performing live and just hanging out and playing all kinds of weird stuff. Stay tuned because this really is going to evolve. I wanna do radio plays and stuff ... Everything has been heard before, but not necessarily in different combinations. Who knows what's coming. ” - Ashley Dean

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