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Don Campau – Back to 1995

Don Campau plays homemade music and sounds in his radio shows. He received loads of cassette releases ever since the 1980s. They filled his garage. Last year Don started to send his tapes to Zeppelin City in the very south of Germany. Packets with hundreds of cassettes travelled from one side of the ocean to the other side. They became part of a work of Teutonic dimensions. Don’s shows for Radio On were made with the tapes that he received in the post. Now that these tapes have gone, he…

Don Campau – Back to 1993

Don Campau plays tapes in his radio shows. Artists and bands sent him tapes. He received loads of tapes. They filled his garage. Last year Don started to send his tapes to Zeppelin City in the very south of Germany. Packets with hundreds of tapes travelled from one side of the ocean to the other side. Those tapes became part of a work of teutonic dimensions. Don’s shows for Radio On were made with those tapes. Now that these tapes have gone, he presents a new series. Don Campau offers…

Don Campau – Back to 1992

Now that Don Campau has sent all his tapes to Zeppelin City, where, one day, they might become a part of a giant exhibition, Don travels to his past radio days. The second time travel show was recorded on tape and offers an insight in a day in the life of a community radio somewhere in the woods of California. The show opens with Don’s mini pop-opera Helter Skelter, with fake or real excerpts of Charles Manson’s diary. All the rest is history, living history to be precise. playlist (Rebroadcast…

The Nikolas Schreck Show – Crime

The Nikolas Schreck Shows are fun. Nikolas introduces a completely new approach to the Radio On studio. The theme for this show is Crime. Nikolas takes the function follow form principle from architecture to an other level. He writes a script, and the show becomes a play. Think crime, think Hollywood, think hard-boiled and you can get an idea where this show might take you. Still it will come as a surprise to hear how next to Nikolas, Ania Psh, Sonja Heller and Adrian Shephard turn into characters in a…

Nikolas Schreck – Interview with Piu Eatwell about her book Black Dahlia, Red Rose

Photo by Adrian Shephard   Nikolas Schreck is back in the Radio On studio with an interview about an old murder case. Why write a book about something that happened seventy years ago? You can hear the answer in the show in which these documents will be mentioned. Nikolas compares the book with his own case study about Charles Manson. The listener will be transported to the obscure side of California and hear stories that could relate to pulp magazines, film noir and gonzo journalism.   In Nikolas’ words “The…

Lord Litter’s Radio On Show – The Don Campau Special 2

Lord Litter’s second part of the special on Don Campau leads us from the years of punk to the years of, yes what..transition? Our LL has selected songs that point out the skills of Don as a guitar player, but also as a lyricist. Starting in the early 1980s the compositions still follow the different genre’s of that time, but once the cassettes started to fill the postbox, Don Campau gives way to more experiments. I especially like the “complex” compositions that bear traces of the American musical, that, in…

Don Campau presents Big City Orchestra

Don Campau himself tells us this about Big City Orchestra “I don’t exactly recall how I came into contact with das but it was inevitable. His enormous output and collaborations were well documented in the mags of the time and his local radio shows here in the SF Bay Area became legend quickly. I believe the first time I met him personally was at a radio station in Santa Cruz where he and GX Jupitter-Larsen were destroying vinyl and broadcasting the sounds. Later, in 1990, Eric Muhs and I performed…

Don Campau – No Pigeonholes (cassettes 1985 – 1997)

It is always a pleasure to listen to a new show by Don Campau. There’s always a hidden gem; in this show The Cheese and their cheap kisses. The tracks he chose are mostly from the 80s, and not few of them remind of the music styles that were dominant back then. Don’s choice for this show is, well, a bit on the weird side, and a very enjoyable weirdness it is. Hear him introduce the songs, talk about the makers in this new edition of the cassette culture encyclopaedia….

Lord Litter’s Radio On Show – The Don Campau Special, the unsung underground legend

I had to listen twice to the show before I could understand a bit of what I had just heard. On the surface it is an hour of radio dedicated to Don Campau. Don is one of the pivotal characters of the cassette culture era which had its peak in the 1980s. It is also around that time that he started to use the tapes that were sent to him as the exclusive material for his radio shows. But Don Campau is a musician as well. LL thought, and rightfully…