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The Last Play Tape

by NCN

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    If you buy the entire download, you get the complete collection of radio spots that NCN (Classic) troupe/line-up put together in 1999/2000 when they first started at KFJC (17 bonus files in all). Featuring many very rare and unreleased pieces from that time. Also you get a picture/collage of the trio at the time (some made by Ronald Redball) as well as various pictures including the 'cover' for this program (pictured) and many related digital pictures of the 'band' in the studio.

    NOTE-On 12-22-22 this set became an *UPDATED VERSION* as a NEWLY DISCOVERED KFJC Spot called 'p-0-r-n' was discovered and added as a bonus track.
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With NSFW and non-PC language in some places, this is an Uncut and Complete recording of The 'Classic' lineup of Al Newport, Ronald Redball and Phineas Narco (along with Kalvin G. Krebs near the beginning, engineering the board) goofing around in the KFJC studio extemporaneously for about an hour amidst sound effects and musical samples. The last time the three of them were together, in 2001. Some portions of this recording appear in various 'Needle in the Red' episodes.

We used to make these 'play tapes' on the weekend, late at night, at the station in order to make funny spots for the Midnight Voicejail series. This was the last one. Presented in its entirety. This was shortly after 9/11 (and contains references to it) and right before Mr. 1:15 (Newport) moved to England. Extremely silly stuff.

Redball channels Phil Hendrie characters about 40 minutes in.

Trivia: Notice the references to 'meh' which was a meme/word that didn't catch on in Internet popular culture until many years later. Yes, we were ahead of our time back then.

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All derived material in this program is used fairly, accredited, and transformed (remixed / fragmented / re-contextualized / re-worked) for the purpose of education, cultural reference, and to artistically capture the cultural conversation about the subject matter during the time of this program's creation.

This researched program is the result of an artistic and creative process which can be documented, and is meant to be heard, and taken in its entirety. Payment is not a prerequisite to get this package, though donations are appreciated.


released May 19, 2015

Phineas Narco; Alexander T. Newport; Ronald Redball; Kalvin G. Krebs




The National Cynical Network San Jose, California

The National Cynical Network (NCN) is a long-running, SF Bay Area alternate programming media remix project. It originally consisted of a trio of SF Bay-Area based radio collage artists: Phineas Narco, Ronald Redball and Alexander T. Newport. NCN seeks to play *with* music , using sound, and video media samples in the process of media collage or 'mediage'. ... more

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