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Friday, December 15, 2017

Quaquaversal Satellite – Brood (12/15/17)

55:35 - While old time radio soaps and serials are on the table, we get a 1934 episode of Mama Bloom’s Brood!! Peter Bernard on Ty Segall and the New Musics!! Musical Selections from our own Nitroglycerine Pep Club!! PQ talks about the five monthly books in the Quality Comics line, in 1940!! Pop Culture and such-like!!


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Attribution by PQ Ribber. Peter Bernard appears courtesy of Heroical Masterings!

Released December 2017 on The Overnightscape Underground (, an Internet talk radio channel focusing on a freeform monologue style, with diverse and clever hosts presenting unique programs, historic archival material, and nocturnal audio



posted by pqribber at 5:51 pm filed in Dec17,music,Peter,PQ,ramplers,reviews  


  1. If you’re thinking about doing a feature on the Purple Trio as you say here, you might think about checking out a silent Lon Chaney film called The Unholy Three (1925), directed by Tod Browning. (There was also a remake in 1930, a talkie this time, but that one isn’t a Browning film and I haven’t seen it so I don’t know if it’s any good.)

    The 1925 one is a lot of fun though, and I mention it here because there’s a very similar character dynamic: a midget, a strongman, and a ventriloquist (not a magician per se, but he does know a lot of tricks that help him in his exploits. Chaney plays the ventriloquist; Harry Earles (who played one of the main characters in Freaks and was also one of the Lollipop Guild in The Wizard of Oz) is the midget. A major difference is that these characters are criminals, not heroes, but there’s still enough of a similarity that I wonder if the Purple Trio could have been partially inspired by the Unholy Three. Maybe not, but even if there’s no connection it’s still a worthwhile film to track down.

    While I’m at it, an even better Browning/Chaney film is The Unknown. Not a second of screen time is wasted, and it’s one of Chaney’s greatest performances.

    Comment by Shambles — December 18, 2017 @ 8:16 pm

  2. Oh… and thumbs up on the Mama Bloom’s Brood. You should play more of it.

    Comment by Shambles — December 18, 2017 @ 8:22 pm

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