Season Zero – Episode Three
Sandman: The Rappin’ Cowboy
& David Ury

Filmed on September 23rd, 2015 at Obsidian in Olympia.
Released in June of 2016.

For this episode Andras Jones rejoins the show as host, bringing to an end the brief Andy Shmushkin experiment. It was fun while it lasted.

Chris Sand aka Sandman: The Rappin’ Cowboy returns to Radio8Ball backed by The Radio8Band featuring Scott Taylor and Skyler Blake (The Hard Way) and Chad Austinson (Chelan).

Our celebrity guest is Olympia’s own David Ury. David may not be as famous as some of our previous celebrities but you’ll probably recognize him if you watch movies and TV. That’s part of what makes a great character actor. They’re sneaky that way.

If you are following our evolution in Season Zero you may notice that we have expanded and deepened our focus to include the experiences of our guests and host in the wake of the event.

It’s a bumpy ride to say the least.

We couldn’t have done it without our sponsors Little General Food Shop, Last Word Books & Press, Oly Bungalows, Salon Refu, Hot Toddy, Druid’s Knook, Gravity Beer Market, Three Magnets Brewing Co., Olyphant Art & Media, Washington Center For The Performing Arts, Harlequin Productions, Capitol Florist, West Central Park Project, Olympia Federal Savings, Pizza Rocks, Symbiotic Cycles, Wisp Adornments, Fertile Ground Guesthouse, The Brotherhood Tavern & Sync Book Press.

Season Zero – Episode Two
Live from The 2014 Olympia Sync Summit
Peter David Connelly of The Mona Reels
& Mark Hosler of Negativland

This episode of Radio8Ball was filmed on August 8, 2014 at Rhythm & Rye in Olympia as the opening event of the 2014 Olympia Sync Summit. Andy Shmushkin hosted the show. The musical guest was Peter David Connelly of the Olympia band The Mona Reels backed by The Radio8Band. The celebrity guest who asked the final question was Mark Hosler of Negativland, a groundbreaking media activist group Will Morgan explored in his sync film collaboration with Bodie Doggins. Ezra Sandzer Bell, the creator of Tone Color Alchemy gave an opening presentation, and the questions came from a rogue’s gallery of classic Olympians, as well as a couple of Sync Summiteers.

That was the event but this is a TV show, and with The Radio8Ball TV Show, the event is only the beginning.

Since 2013 Radio8Ball’s producer, Andras Jones, has been collaborating on the Synchronize podcast for Sync Book Radio with Alan Abbadessa-Green.

In the mean time, inspired by the Sync Central segments he produced for Radio8Ball – Season Zero – Episode One, Alan created Sync Quick News, a continuing short video series exploring the syncs of any given week that has become one of the most popular Sync vidcasts from thesyncbook.com.

For Radio8Ball’s Season Zero – Episode Two, Alan’s Sync Quick News format becomes the new Sync Central, exploring the deeper context of the Radio8Ball event. Now here’s where it gets a little confusing.

The collaboration between Radio8Ball and Sync Quick News created not only Season Zero – Episode Two of The Radio8Ball TV Show but also Season Two of Synchronize for Sync Book Radio. What does this mean to you and your experience of the show? In the words of Edwin Starr, “Absolutely nothing! Say it again.”

And yet, if you find a potent sync in the branding gymnastics necessitated by our mining of synchronicity, honor and commerce, well, that’s why synchromystics show our work. The thing is not the thing unless it is. It’s the thing we make it and with Radio8Ball we are never done making. You’re doing it right now.

If you are ready for a long and twisty exploration of the music and synchronicities we explored the last Friday Michael Brown and Robin Williams were walking the Earth then this is your nightmare.

Enjoy the show.

Radio8Ball with Sandman & David Ury at Obsidian a huge success!

On September 23rd we filmed the most recent Radio8Ball Show featuring the music of Chris Sand aka Sandman: The Rappin’ Cowboy, with support from The Radio8Band (Scott Taylor, Skyler Blake & Chad Austinson). The show also featured a sync film by Will Morgan about our celebrity guest, actor David Ury and 6 great questions from our audience.

For this event each audience member represented a local sponsor. The sponsors whose representatives who were chosen were Symbiotic Cycles, Olyphant Art Supply, Last Word Books and Salon Refu. In a sense you could say that they won Radio8Ball. These businesses will be heavily featured in the final edit of the show.

We owe a huge debt of thanks to all of our participating sponsors, not just the lucky winners. Without these local supporters of art and synchronicity this show would never have happened. Thank you Little General Store, Oly Bungalows, Hot Toddy, Druid’s Knook, Gravity Beer Market, Three Magnets Brewing Co., The Washington Center For The Performing Arts, Harlequin Productions, Capitol Florists, The West Central Park Project, Olympia Federal Savings, Pizza Rocks, Symbiotic Cycles, Fertile Ground Guesthouse, Wisp Adornments, Sylvie Sovina & The Brotherhood Tavern.

R8B20150923-02-ForUploadAndras Jones & Sandman

R8B20150923-04-ForUploadSandman & The Radio8Band (Scott Taylor, Chad Austinson & Skyler Blake)

R8B20150923-05-ForUploadDaniel Cherniske of Symbiotic Cycles displays his 8-Ching card from Sylvie Sovina’s deck.

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R8B20150923-16-ForUploadDion Jardine representing Olyphant Art Supply

R8B20150923-07-ForUploadSandman on fire!

R8B20150923-17-ForUploadDana Cole experiences the power of The Pop Oracle on behalf of Last Word Books

R8B20150923-08-ForUploadSandman delivers the goods.

R8B20150923-10-ForUploadChristie Tran from Olyphant Art Supply with Andras Jones

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R8B20150923-12-ForUploadSky Crosby of Last Word Books

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R8B20150923-13-ForUploadTrudes from Salon Refu laughs in the face of The Pop Oracle

Will Morgan’s Sync Film about David Ury

R8B20150923-15-ForUpload& The Radio8Band

Photos by Christopher Kirk

Paul Plagens on R8B on KAOS – A Tribute

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Paul Plagens (1965 to 2015)
was a guest on Radio8Ball on KAOS twice.

October 25th, 2005

&

January 24th, 2006


Dear Paul,

I’ve known you since we were in our early 20’s. You were dating one of my best friends when I met you. We all went out to lunch in West LA. I don’t know if we liked each other then. We didn’t really get to know each other until you moved to Olympia to get clean. You could be such a dick, but then so could I, so we became friends. We shared that LA connection. We both got our chances to own that town, and we both made choices that led us elsewhere. Being almost famous was a bond we shared that few in Olympia could understand. That was a tough time. You had your issues with health and sobriety.  I was newly divorced and just beginning to feel the sting of Olympia’s reactionary intolerance. It was an important time to have a friend and you were one of my closest. I loved your wicked sense of humor and your dark, sad, beautiful songs, and when you and Scott Taylor​ hooked up as musical partners it felt like a perfect pop marriage. I had you both on Radio8Ball several times although I’m not sure if you ever played it together. Your connection to Rusty from McCartney’s band was the reason Scott and I got to meet him. What a great gift to be able to give your friends. Damn, I could go on and on.

Here’s the memory I’ll leave off with.

We were at the open mike at The Tequila Bar on Oly’s westside and you said you thought Prince was overrated. I gave you a look that you thought was arrogant and dismissive and it was (I still think it’s a dumb thing to say). I swear, we almost came to blows over it, and neither of us is a fighter. Arguers, yes, but it got seriously heated and I think we went for a couple of months without speaking after that. What I remember most is how you eventually called me because you said we needed to work it out. We argued and negotiated on the phone for at least two hours that night and at the end we still didn’t agree but we understood each other and what was absolutely clear was that we really loved each other, enough to fight it out to a resolution.

Word on the street is you died last night, on August 7th. I know what we’d talk about tonight if we could. You’d want to know how we’re going to make you a rock star now that you’re gone. We’d joke about how even dying isn’t enough to get your music heard anymore, and then I’d get serious with you and look into your eyes and promise you that I will do everything in my Radio8Power to capitalize on your death and the tracks you left us with, and yes, I will be a total dick about it.

I really hope your last ride in your body was a good one. I’ll see you on the other side.

Presently Yours,
Andras fucking Jones

Sandman headlines R8B in September…with 8 new sponsors

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The next live taping of The Radio8Ball Show will be on September 23rd at Obsidian in Olympia with Sandman: The Rappin’ Cowboy as our musical guest. He will be backed by The Radio8Band (featuring Scott Taylor & Chad Austinson).

We are very excited to announce or second 8 of 32 sponsors for the show. Joining our first 8 (Little General Food Shop, Last Word Books & Press, Oly Bungalows, Salon Refu, Hot Toddy, Druid’s Nook, Gravity Beer Market & Three Magnets Brewing Co.) will be…

09-OlyphantOlyphant Art Supplies is downtown Olympia’s premier art supplier with a new location 119 5th Ave SE.

TheCenterLogo-web-resEveryone knows The Washington Center For The Performing Arts is Olympia’s finest venue for traveling shows and performances.

11-Harlequin_logo_tileHarlequin Productions presents stimulating and enriching theatrical experiences by producing an eclectic season of new works, “buried treasures” and unconventional treatments of classics year-round.

12-Capitol FloristsCapitol Florist has been a fixture of downtown Olympia for decades providing exceptional floral design available for delivery throughout Thurston County.

WestCentralParkProjectThe West Central Park Project is an exciting new development at the corner of Harrison & Division; a pedestrian park envisioned as a community art space and garden.

14-OlympiaFederalSavingsLogo300x219Olympia Federal Savings is a financial institution that has been serving the good people of Olympia, and supporting art projects like our, since 1906.

15-PizzaRocksPizza Rocks is a festival vendor specializing in stone-fired pizza and precious crystal stones.

16-Symbiotic CyclesSymbiotic Cycles is an Aquaponics design, installation, and consultation company working to bring renewable and accessible food production systems to the forefront of food security and community building.

 

There are only 16 sponsorship spots left and they are going fast. If you have a business or project that would benefit from promotion and networking please contact the production using the contact form on this website.

Radio8Ball announces 8 new sponsors!

In preparation for the next live filming of the Radio8Ball show in Olympia we are building a team of participating sponsors who will be funding the show AND representing Olympia as the audience at the event.

There are 32 sponsorship opportunities and we are happy to announce that the FIRST 8 are now confirmed.

They are…

little-general-logo-176Little General Food Shop

Little General Food Shop is downtown Olympia’s premier boutique grocer, featuring lots of locally produced products.

Now they can add synchronicity to their inventory.

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Last Word Books

Last Word Books is one of Olympia’s coolest bookstores carrying many titles from Sync Book Press,
including Andras Jones’ book, “Accidental Initiations”.

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Oly Bungalows

Oly Bungalows provides affordable, private and cozy lodgings
for local and international visitors to the birthplace of The Pop Oracle.

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Salon Refu

Salon Refu (located across from The Broho) is a local art gallery
featuring the finest local artists in a respectful environment.

Currently dark and re-opening on April 24th 2015 with a show from Nathan Barnes.

 

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Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy, as all the well-dressed women of Oly know, is our downtown fashion nexus
and we can only hope that their influence will make our whimsical little synchronicity show
that much
more elegant.

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Druid’s Knook

Druid’s Knook is our kind of place,
providing Olympia with all manner of divinatory tools and supplies
for the magickally inclined.

 

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Gravity Beer Market

Olympia is a beer town and nobody provides a wider or more refined selection of beers, ciders and mead than Gravity Beer Market.
Growlers welcome.

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Three Magnets Brewing Co

By this point everyone in Olympia knows that 3 Magnets is churning out some of the finest beers for local consumption.

We aim to let the world know

We are honored to have these local businesses as a part of our show and encourage all R8B fans to support them. I look forward to adding more groovy local businesses to this endeavor of creating Radio8Ball as a TV/web series filmed in Olympia.

If you know of any local Olympia/northwest businesses that would benefit from greater promotion and an opportunity to engage The Pop Oracle please send them our way.

The date and time for the next R8B show are still TBD but it will take place at Obsidian in Olympia, and we are already talking with some great artists about participating.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Best Of Radio8Ball on KAOS Podcast – February 15, 2005B

This Best of R8B on KAOS
is from February 15, 2005
and features the music of…

The Kinks
The Mona Reels
Jill Sobule
The Zombies
Paul Simon
& The Kinetics

and lots of calls from the great KAOS listeners.

Feel free to leave your own interpretations below.

To support Radio8Ball…

https://www.patreon.com/radio8ball

Best Of Radio8Ball on KAOS Podcast – February 15, 2005A

This Best of R8B on KAOS
is from February 15, 2005
and features the music of…

VIC CHESTNUT,
THE OOHS,
SELINA MARTIN,
THE BEACH BOYS,
PERSEPHONE’S BEES,
& THE FICTION

and lots of calls from the great KAOS listeners,
including Tammy T’s dad.
Can you tell which one he is?

Feel free to leave your own interpretations below.

To support Radio8Ball…

https://www.patreon.com/radio8ball

Best Of Radio8Ball on KAOS Podcast – February 8, 2005B

This Best of R8B on KAOS
is the 2nd hour from February 8, 2005
and features the music of…

HOUSEGUEST,
THE BEACH BOYS,
KEYNOTE SPEAKER,
BOB KEMMIS,
GREG KLYMA,
JILL SOBULE

and lots of calls from the great KAOS listeners.

Feel free to leave your own interpretations below.

To support Radio8Ball…

https://www.patreon.com/radio8ball

Best Of Radio8Ball on KAOS Podcast – February 8, 2005A

This Best of R8B on KAOS
is from February 8, 2005
and features the music of…

IMPERIAL TEEN,
MUDCAT,
BART DAVENPORT,
THE EAST RIVER STRING BAND,
VEDA HILLE,
THE LA’S,
ANDREW SANDOVAL

and lots of calls from the great KAOS listeners.

Feel free to leave your own interpretations below.

To support Radio8Ball please visit our PATREON campaign:
https://www.patreon.com/radio8ball

Best Of Radio8Ball on KAOS Podcast – February 1, 2005B

This R8Best Of on KAOS episode features the music of…

Jon Brion,
The Kinetics (Bart Davenport),
The Zombies,
The Grays
& The Wondermints

This is the second part of a quintessential R8B on KAOS episode.

Recorded on February 1st, 2005.

Lots of calls from all over Olympia (and the world) on a beautiful night (in Olympia).

Feel free to leave your own interpretations below.

To support Radio8Ball…

https://www.patreon.com/radio8ball

Best Of Radio8Ball on KAOS Podcast – February 1, 2005A

This R8Best Of on KAOS episode features the music of…

Rickie Lee Jones,
Lincoln,
The Moore Brothers,
Randy Kaplan,
Anya Marina,
Rickie Lee Jones,
& The Kinks

This is a quintessential R8B on KAOS episode.

Recorded on February 1st, 2005.

Lots of calls from all over Olympia (and the world) on a beautiful night (in Olympia).

Stay tuned for part 2, which takes it to the next level.

Feel free to leave your own interpretations below.

To support Radio8Ball…

https://www.patreon.com/radio8ball

01
Sandman
“Olympia’s The Capitol of Rock & Roll”
The Magus

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Sandman-Magus
Chris “Sandman” Sand is Montana’s Rappin’ Cowboy .

He spent most of the 1990’s in Olympia, Washington where he released several CD’s and cassettes.

Sand and Andras Jones have collaborated on many projects, including a 2000 tour of the US and the band Beer Pressure.

Here, Sandman channels The Magus of this Pop Oracle with a song about the birthplace of Radio8Ball, with Andras Jones on backing vocals.

Please leave your question and interpretation below.

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Nomy Lamm & The Need
“The Powerstation”
4 of Disks (Power)

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The Transfused is Olympia’s great transgendered punk rock opera.
Created by Nomy Lamm & The Need, with Emily Stern
in the millennial-mad summer of 2000 in which Time magazine dubbedd Olympia
“the hippest town in the west”.

This visionary almosterpiece
was presented at Olympia’s historic Capitol Theater for two weeks
that those who experienced it will never forget.

Andras Jones created the role of Ze, a recruit in the army that oversees the heroic “Transfused” for “The Corporation” in the dystopian future imagined by this production.

Synchronistically, Emily Stern took her nickname “Spider” from the character Linnea Quigley played in Andras Jones’ first leading role in film as Calvin in “Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-A-Rama“.

For more on the archetype of the spider in Andras Jones’ work, check out Sync-Filmmaker Will Morgan’s 3-part series at Andras Jones’ IMDB video page.

Please share your question and interpretation below.

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Andras Jones
“Politics Will Get You Gigs”
6 of Swords (Science)

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The Science of the 6 of Swords is
“Politics Will Get You Gigs” by Andras Jones
performed live at a benefit for The Backstage Action Committee
at The Capitol Theater in Olympia, Washington on August 28, 1998
with, among others, Engine 54,
Love Is Laughter,
Dub Narcotic Sound System,
Mary Lou Lord,
Rebecca Pearcy,
Miranda July with Zac Love,
C Average
& Unwound.

Politics is a kind of science.

Please share your question and interpretation below.

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Andras Jones & The Need
“Child Of Destiny”
Prince of Wands

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2000-07-transfused-art-photos1aLike the Prince of Wands,
Andras Jones explodes in
Child of Destiny
from The Transfused.

The Transfused is
Olympia’s great transgendered punk rock opera.
Created by Nomy Lamm & The Need,
with Emily Stern
in the millennial-mad summer of 2000
in which Time Magazine called Olympia
“the hippest town in the west”.

This visionary almosterpiece
was presented
at The Capitol Theater.

Andras Jones created the role of Ze.

A recruit in the army,
Ze oversees the heroic “Transfused”
for “The Corporation”
in the dystopian future
imagined by this production.

Child of Destiny is Ze’s love song to his commander,
played by Emily “Spider” Stern.

Synchronistically…
Emily Stern took her nickname
“Spider”
from the character Linnea Quigley played
in Andras Jones’ first leading role in
Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-A-Rama“.

Please share your question and interpretation below.

23
Birdie Busch
“Sideshow”
Queen of Wands

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Birdie Busch,
as The Queen of Wands,
burns like water,
which is to say,
she boils and steams up the room with…

“The Sideshow”
performed live
on Radio8Ball
on KAOS
in Olympia
on April 26th, 2005.

This was part of a musical divination that moved us so much
we put it in the Best of Radio8Ball on KAOS – Episode 1B.

Please share your question and interpretation below.

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The Noses
“Let’s Fix This Thing”
Adjustment

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The Noses balance their vital rock energy in the service of Adjustment.

They are Olympia’s great unknown homegrown rock trio at the end of the 20th century.

Drums & Vocals: Kelly Van Camp (The Dusty 45’s)
Guitar & Vocals: Jon Merithew (C Average, Mosquito Hawk, The Radio8Band)
Bass: Tim Brown (The Dirty Birds)*

These guys grew up together from childhood to indie rock “glory”.
This track is one of their crowning achievements in the studio.

* featuring: Tom Pereira on saxophone

Please share your question and interpretation below.

With The Hive Dwellers in Olympia, Wa


On September 11th, 2012
, K Records founder Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, The Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic Sound System) and his band The Hive Dwellers joined Andras Jones for a Radio8Ball Show at Kitzel’s Deli in Olympia.

Kitzel’s is no longer, but it was a great idea.

The Oly Music Awards
with Sandman:The Rappin’ Cowboy
& Dino Stamatopoulos
in Olympia, Washington


Four years after KAOS 89.3 FM removed Radio8Ball from Olympia’s airwaves, KAOS fundraising coordinator, John Ford (who has claimed the reason for our removal from our Tuesday 6 to 8pm slot was that we were “unpopular” and “not very good”), found himself synchronistically forced to give Radio8Ball an award, at The Capitol Theater, for being both popular (our award category “Experimental Music” was voted on by fans) and good (well, that’s just obvious).

After the awards, we put on an abbreviated Pop Oracle at The Capitol Theater with Sandman: The Rappin’ Cowboy and Dino Stamatopoulos (via Skype). Dino had just been killed. As “Star Burns” in the show “Community”. He’s the guy Dan Harmon hired as a “consultant” and, based upon Dino’s previous credits (Moral Oral, Mr. Show and many other impossibly great shows) and the show “Community” became, it looks to all hip comedy geeks as if Dino was hired to keep it dangerous i.e. not awful, and he pretty much succeeded.

This R8B show took place on the eve of Dan Harmon’s being fired from “Community” making him the meta messiah of that particular moment. Removing Harmon  as head of a show that made very little sense with him and absolutely NO sense without him, made little sense and Harmon was eventually brought back. Dino knows none of this when he asks about it here.

Sandman, of course, is Radio8Ball’s favorite songwriter. He’s been on the show more than anyone.

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