Galactic Soup

Music, literature, film, video games, and mayhem take over the FM radio waves. Wednesdays at 9 pm on KUCI 88.9 FM, or Listen online @KUCI.org Email:galactic@kuci.org

Global warming? That’s crazy. Surely it’s just some newfangled liberal concoction aimed at brainwashing the ignorant masses as well as serving as a tool for garnering more votes. 

Galactic Soup Playlist for September 25, 2014. “What the people of the Earth will tell themselves they must do.” –Isaac Asimov encourages the planet to tune in to Galactic Soup.

A rather dark show we had this week, from the green house effect and global warming to mass murdering… excuse me, I meant to say HUNTING and harvesting of animals for human consumption (in such large and suitable quantities that it may very well lead to profit I may add) Galactic Soup had its finger pointing straight at us. Yep, I’m one of them nasty humans and therefore I do  take part in the awesome destruction of this beautiful planet. That accusatory finger lands on me the first.

Tune in next week for more music, more environmentally conscious (albeit extraordinarily hypocritical) commentary, and more dark humor on the only show that drives a Hummer to go join the People’s Climate March, Galactic Soup on KUCI 88.9 fm in Irvine, or listen online @kuci.org.

Israel Medina 

"A cooperative solution, it is important that the world get together and be sufficiently a unit to face the problems which attack us as a unit. The problems with the ocean, with the atmosphere, with the soil, with the population, with pollution, with anything you want to aim, do not distinguish among us. How then can we distinguish among ourselves? There must be some way of getting together."–Isaac Asimov, January 14, 1989.

"A cooperative solution, it is important that the world get together and be sufficiently a unit to face the problems which attack us as a unit. The problems with the ocean, with the atmosphere, with the soil, with the population, with pollution, with anything you want to aim, do not distinguish among us. How then can we distinguish among ourselves? There must be some way of getting together."–Isaac Asimov, January 14, 1989.

"Overhead the sky was stormy with displaced birds. Jared fired one barrel, then the other. Five birds slapped down, two of them stunned and hopping. He rushed them, flailing with the stock of his gun until they lay still." –The Extinction Tales, T. Coraghessan Boyle. 

Here’s the soundtrack of our journey:

Nobuo Uematsu- Opening “Bombing Mission” - Final Fantasy VII Soundtrack

Holograms- Monolith [1]- Holograms

Twin Peaks- Strawberry Smoothie [2]-  Wild Onion***

Guided By Voices- Authoritarian Zoo [1-  Cool Planet***

The Almighty Grind- Mind Control [3]- Look At Yourself

Band Of Skulls- Asleep At The Wheel [1]- Himalayan***

Shonen Knife- Fortune Cookie [6]- Overdrive***

Gold-Bears-  Chest [1]- Dalliance***

Guides- Be The One I [1]- Guides Single***

Paper Houses- Collateral Damage [2]- Life Goes On…

Cusses- Head On A Stick [2]- Cusses

Birth Of Joy-  Keep Your Eye Shut [3]-  Birth Of Joy***

The Arkane Pretence- Crazy Time- Single

Beach Day- All My Friends Were Punks [1]- Native Echoes***

Ghost Beach- Moon Over Japan [1]-  Blonde

Chromeo- Sexy Socialite [4]- White Women***

Art Brut- Clever Clever Jazz [1]- Brilliant Tragic!***

The Goastt- Midnight Sun [5]- Midnight Sun***

Haunted Hearts- Something That Feels Bad Is [3]- Initiation***

Hedwig And The Angry Inch- Tear Me Down [1]- Hedwig And The Angry Inch OPST

Dynamo Hum- I’ve Got News For You [7]- Dynamo Hum

The Black Angels- Evil Things [2]- Indigo Meadow

King Diamond- The Ritual [6]- The Puppet Master

The Vaselines- The Devil’s Inside Me [3]- Sex With An X

Tarmac Adam- You As Me [3]- The History Effect

The Black Hollies- No Illusion [1]- Somewhere Between here And Nowhere

Belle Adair- Slowest Routine [3]- The Brave And The Blue***

Alvvays- Adult Diversion [1]- Alvvays***

Literature- Court/Date [5]- Chorus***

The Bipolar Bears –The Great Diaspora [1]- The Bipolar Bears

Daphne Lee Martin- Little Birds [1]- Frost

Kitten- Yesterday [2]- Like A Stranger EP

Teen- Rose 4 U [1]- The Way And Color

Black Taxi- Vultures [6]- We Don’t Know Any Better

Hollow And Akimbo- Singularity [2]- Hollow And Akimbo

*** denotes “New Release”

israel medina

This is a very interesting experiment that puts Isaac Asimov’s first law of robotics, “a robot may not injure a human being or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm,” to the test. I think the test turns “unfair” to the robot being tested because it makes him face a physical impossibility. Simply put, an object can’t occupy two separate spaces in the universe at the same time. It’s impossible for one robot to save two humans at the same time if he does not posses the physical capabilities to do so. The experiment is a success in that the robot does actually save the human robot from harm, but his “mind” short circuits when a physical impossibility prevents from being in two spaces at the same time, add to this the ethical problem of determining which “human” should be saved and which one should perish. This rather deep ethical conundrum would be a nightmare even for the greatest human intellects. The little guy did great I say. 

Isn’t it funny how after watching the intro for the first time you didn’t see the light of day again until you completed the game? Yeah, good times, weren’t they?

Galactic Soup Playlist for September 10, 2014. “Thank you my friend, my dear friend, you’ve done the right thing. You stupid fool! Bwahahaha!”–Sirrus aplaudds your resolve to tune in to Galactic Soup.

Hello fellow citizens of D’ni,

This week we dove inside the linking book only to be trapped in a prison book! Damn those two treacherous brothers Sirrus and Achenar. You’d think Atrius could’ve done a better job raising those brats. Hey, it’s all right Atrius, you just go ahead and continue writing Ages and Linking books, we’ll just wait until you’re done. First hour of the show we featured clips from one of Galactic Soup’s most beloved gaming franchises Myst. Because nothing says adventure like diving inside a book… for real!

During the quasi-redeeming section of our show we featured the short story Heavy Planet, written by Milton A. Rothman, and published in the tome The Golden years Of Science Fiction, edited by Sci-fi master scribe Isaac Asimov. An alien planet with a crushing gravity receives an unexpected visitor from across the galaxy. Is this visitor the harbinger of peace? Or the precursor doom?

Tune in next week for more fantastic stories of space travel, more linking books to other worlds, awesome independent rock music, and infamous mispronunciations on the only radio show that snorts illegal musical notes, Galactic Soup on KUCI 88.9 fm in Irvine, or listen online @kuci.org

 israel medina

The premise behind the Myst video games is just phenomenal: open a book and journey through incredible alien worlds. Go ahead, try it, open a book today and dive in!

"It was atomic energy. That he had known as soon as he knew that the body was not a glider. For nothing else but atomic energy and the fierce winds was capable of lifting a body from the surface of Heavy Planet." –Heavy Planet, Milton A. Rothman

"It was atomic energy. That he had known as soon as he knew that the body was not a glider. For nothing else but atomic energy and the fierce winds was capable of lifting a body from the surface of Heavy Planet." –Heavy Planet, Milton A. Rothman

Here’s the soundtrack of our journey:

Nobuo Uematsu- Opening “Bombing Mission” - Final Fantasy VII Soundtrack

Band Of Skulls- Asleep At The Wheel [1]- Himalayan***

The Almighty Grind- Mind Control [3]- Look At Yourself

Level- Living Inside Of Me [1]- Level

The Arkane Pretence-  No Retreat- Single

Beach Day- All My Friends Were Punks [1]- Native Echoes***

The Goastt- Xanadu [2]- Midnight Sun***

The Goastt- Animals  [3]- Midnight Sun***

Hollow And Akimbo- Singularity [2]- Hollow And Akimbo

Haunted Hearts- Something That Feels Bad Is [3]- Initiation***

Alvvays- Adult Diversion [1]- Alvvays***

Pompeya-Satellite [1]- Night***

The Bipolar Bears- The Great Diaspora [1]- The Bipolar Bears

Future Islands- Back In The Tall Grass [5]- Singles***

Ty Segall- Tall Man Skinny Lady [2]- Manipulator***

Blank Dogs- The Crystal Ladies- On Two Sides

Ghost Beach- Moon Over Japan [1]- Blonde

Twin Peaks- Strawberry Smoothie [1]- Wild Onion***

Shonen Knife- Bad Luck Song [1]- Overdrive***

Gold Bears- Death With Drums [3]- Dalliance***

Dan Melchoir Und Das Menace- Rip To Pieces [3]- Hunger***

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah- Coming Down (ft. Matt Berninger) [3]- Only Run***

Sigur Ros- Brimstone [1]- Candlewick

Allah-Las- Artifact [3]- Worship The Sun***

Coke Weed- Sunseekers [1]- Back To Soft

Longpigs- Far [3]- The Sun Is Often Out

Bear In Heaven- Autumn [1]- Time Is Over One Day Old***

Black Taxi- Vultures [6]- We Don’t Know Any Better

The Raveonettes- Wake Me Up [4]- Pe’Ahi***

Literature- Court/Date [5]- Chorus***

Literature- New Jacket [6]- Chorus***

Cheyenne Mize- Among The Grey [1]- Among The Grey

Kitten- Yesterday [2]- Like A Stranger E.P.

*** denotes “New Release” 

israel medina

 

Nothing motivates me more than hearing the Clown from hell singing his wonderful cheering song.

Galactic Soup Playlist for September 3, 2014. “In the name of the people and things of Hell, I dub thee… Spawn, general of Hell’s armies. Arise, Your Crispness! Arise, Duke of Deep-Fried! Sultan of Sizzling! Emir of Ooey-Gooey!” –and so The Clown, a.k.a Violator, officiates me as the host of Galactic Soup.

Hello fellow soldiers of hell,

This week we burned ourselves to a nice crisp in order to develop a hard outer shell, wield chains right out of our chests, and become the ultimate bad asses from hell. Oh and let’s not forget the gorgeous red cape because badass needs style. First hour of the show we featured the 1997 visual feast film Spawn. A black ops agent bound to become the leader of the army from hell? Yep, sounds like my resume. Again folks, this film had terrible reviews when it first was released with your classic assembly of negative superlatives tossed al around: ultraviolent, senseless, etc. But let me tell you the film, though far from perfect, is an extraordinary accomplishment in filmmaking. I t marks the transition from animatronics and puppets to CGI. Spawn was fearless in its use of both make up artists and CGI upcoming heavyweights. Kudos to Todd McFarlane and Mark A. Z. Dippé for going forward with this project.

During our literary part of the show we featured the short story The Unconquered by Galactic Soup’s favorite literary writer W. Somerset Maugham, included in the book Collected Short Stories Volume 1 and published by Penguin Books. France during the German occupation is the setting of this tale of human suffering and the ignominy of war.

Tune in next week for more hellish clowning, more poignant observations of the human condition, and of course more awesome music on the only radio show that sweeps the ashes of the fallen Phoenix, Galactic Soup on KUCI 88.9 fm in Irvine, or listen online @kuci.org

israel medina

"He asked them for a bottle of wine and Willi had added that they would pay them well for it. Willi was a good little chap, but soft. After all, they were the victors. Where was the French army? In headlong flight. And the English, leaving everything behind, had scuttled like rabbits back to their island. The conquerors took what they wanted, didn’t they?"

The Unconquered, W. Somerset Maugham