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Sunday, July 25, 2021

The Midnight Citizen 230: “The Babbitt” (7/25/21)

Join Mike in the studio late on a Saturday night…

Where he burns a bourbon-whisky scented candle he made, and wonders when the American “boy” becomes the American “man”. Perhaps it’s when he gets his first Boy Scout Handbook? Or maybe when he finds out the Boy Scouts are a sham? 

Also: memories of the Boy Scouts (all I got from it was a first place medal for the Pinewood Derby, a competition I cheated at); why I quit the Boy Scouts of America; the “manly” art of chandlery (candle making); Mancaves, and the modern obsession with being a “man” in the Teddy Roosevelt/Ernest Hemingway-sense; Sinclair Lewis’s Babbitt novel explored the notions of the American man as a role and facade; Music Break*; the waning days of summer; announcement this week that my 20 year high school reunion will be held in September, but I probably won’t go; signs of aging; a trip to the Video Street Video Store**; another Criterion haul from the Barnes and Noble (Medium Cool, Salesman — both 1969).

*Music Break: “Man Outta Town” by Forget the Whale; “Phone Book and Rotary” by Derek Clegg (album: “The Middler”). All music is played under a Creative Commons License (Attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives) and is available at the Freemusicarchive.org

Video Street Video Store: “Boy Scouts of America” Newsreel (1939); “Super Dave Osbourne’s Wrecking Ball Stunt”

Check out the complete Video Street Video Store playlist here!

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

The Midnight Citizen 228: “Harlem and Wimpy” (7/11/2021)

Join Mike in the studio on a Saturday night…

…wondering about where all the tapes of dads getting hit in the testacles with whiffle balls went after they were sent into Bob Saget in the late 80’s. Were they destroyed, or put in a warehouse somewhere, along with the Ark of the Covenant? 

Also: how America’s Funniest Home Videos (1989-present) may be the most prophetic show of the last 50 years; the time my sister and I made a video to send into the show, but found out you can’t stage a gaff; how Internet culture and YouTube now is centered around staging gaffs, but pretending not to; Ernie Anderson, the voice of ABC in the 70’s and 80’s; Music Break*; a toast to Richard Donnor, legendary director of The Twilight Zone, Superman: the Movie, The Goonies, and Lethal Weapon, who died this week at 91; a review of my Criterion Hall at this week’s 50% off sale at Barnes and Noble; a trip to the Video Street Video Store**; a review of the Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood novelization by Quentin Tarantino.   

Music Break: “Running with Wise Fools” by Krackatoa; “Freeze” by KieLoBot. All music is played under a Creative Commons License (Attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives) and is available at the Freemusicarchive.org

Video Street Video Store: “Million Dollar Voices” (2004); “Jaws” Promotional Video (1995); “Sears AC Ad” (1990’s).

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

The Midnight Citizen 227: “Skip the Preach, Go to the Beach”

Join Mike in the studio on a Saturday night…

…talking about a trip he took to the beach with the church youth group in 1996, and how most of the time was spent not on the sand, but in the cold conference room of the Holiday Inn, praying and reading the bible. Yikes. He should’ve just skipped the preach and gone to the beach.

Also: I finished teaching summer camp this week; working alongside my students; teaching Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” using dodgeball; the promise of the Internet in the 1990’s; remembering the show “227”.  

Music Break: “Suddenly It Occurs to Me There’s No Ocean Here” by Artificial Intelligence; “Transcontinental Super Conscious State” by the Space Merchants

Intro/Closing Music: “Oolin Poolin Oy” by Blue Wave Theory

All music is played under a Creative Commons License (Attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives) and is available at the Freemusicarchive.org

Video Street Video Store: Matthew Perry and Jennifer Anniston — Windows 95; Stick Witness News (1996);Movie Magic: Forrest Gump

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Sunday, June 20, 2021

The Midnight Citizen 226: “The Karen Situation”

Join Mike in the studio on a stormy Saturday night…

…talking about how he became a hero in the Dunkin Donuts for dealing with a “Karen”, and got a free donut. Also, a toast to Actor Ned Beatty, who died this week at 82, and gave us one of the most horrifying scenes in the history of cinema (it’s not the one you think).

Show Notes: Dealing with an entitled “Karen” at the coffee shop, who wouldn’t leave until she got an apology from the manager for forgetting her hashbrowns; what is a “Karen”, as the kids call her, and the origins of the term; five year anniversary of a woman drop-kicking her kid’s birthday cake at Kroger; the theatre dream; my trip to Nashville, wondering if I could live and work there; Music Break*; the dangerous things kids’ adventure films of the 80’s taught us; a toast to Ned Beatty; Video Street Video Store**; the epic failure of the game, “Daikatana” in 1999; the Max Headroom hack of 1987. 

*Music Break: “Drunk” by Simon Mathewson; “Sinister” by Les Hayden. All music is played under a Creative Commons License (Attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives) and is available at the Freemusicarchive.org

**Video Street Video Store: Incite PC Gaming: “Halo” (1999); “Incite PC Gaming: Daikatana” (1999)

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Midnight Citizen 225: “Black Market Hobbes”

1:24:13 — Join Mike in the studio late on a Saturday night.

Show notes: What happens when you call the past? Do you get a “disconnected” message?; Stephen King’s “The Langoliers” shows us that the past is a dead place; survey on where people would rather travel: the past or the future?; the Baha Men; Why I would never survive in prison; Alabama is falling behind heavily on Covid vaccinations; “The Conjuring: the Devil Made Me Do It”, and why these films about the supernatural vs. science are so popular right now; Ed and Lorraine Warren are B.S.; Music Break*; I saw a black market “Calvin and Hobbes” stuffed tiger this week; Summer Camp and Vacation Bible School; the vulgar origins of the campfire song, “Do Your Ears Hang Low?”

*Music Break: “Athens” by Pierce Murphy; “Your Eyes” by Crowander. All music is played under a Creative Commons License (Attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives) and is available at the Freemusicarchive.org

**Video Street Video Store: “Wall Street Traders in the 1980’s”; “Siskel and Ebert” Review: The Karate Kid III.

Listen to “The Midnight Citizen 172: the Genius of Gene Siskel” (8/6/16), referenced in this episode.

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

The Midnight Citizen 224: “Birmingham Batman”

1:16:54 — Join Mike in the studio late on a Saturday night.

Show notes: My dream about exploring an old house, haunted by the ghost of Bill Cosby; adult dreams vs. childhood nightmares; it’s scary being a kid because you never know what you will see that will scar you for life; Lucid Dreaming; Music Break*; a toast to a new summer of Midnight Citizen shows; yoga is allowed back in Alabama public schools, but you can’t chant or say “Namaste”; thoughts on helping my grandmother move into an independent living home this week; Video Street Video Store**; life lessons from the Birmingham Batman.


*Music Break: “State of Mine” by The Crevulators; “Barry’s Revenge” by Derek Clegg. All music is played under a Creative Commons License (Attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives) and is available at the Freemusicarchive.org


**Video Street Video Store: “That’s Incredible”: Birmingham Batman (1982)
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Midnight Citizen 219: “Trapped in Alabama” (6/28/20)

Join Mike in the studio late on a Saturday night.

Show notes: Gary Puckett of the 60’s band, “Gary Puckett and the Union Gap”, is a perv; anti-vaccers and anti-maskers may be plants by mysterious organizations to keep us distracted; Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon; saw a guy in my neighborhood walking around like a dog, trying to sniff out some pot that he could buy; travelers from Alabama must self-quarantine in many states when they travel due to high infection rates; Music Break*; I went to my hometown of Moody, AL, where I lived from 1986-92, and sat in the dugout of my Little League baseball diamond (it was weird); Birmingham businesses that didn’t survive the pandemic; Video Street Video Store**; Tales from Viscauga, AL: this week, four friends on a camping trip solve the years-old mystery of a family’s disappearance.

Music Break: “East Texas Pines” by Miller and Sasser; “Ghost” by Forget the Whale; “Machinery” by Eddy.All music is played under a Creative Commons License (Attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives) and is available at the Freemusicarchive.org

Video Street Video Store: Action Park commercial (1984); “Deliverance” doc (1972)

Backing music for tonight’s episode: “Hendrixy Slow Blues Backing Jam Track” (YouTube); “Blues in A Minor Backing Track” (Gilad Perry); Petti Music Studios (CCO 1.0 Universal, attribution, non-commercial, share-alike).

Check out the livestream of tonight’s show with pre- and post-show coverage, as well as the new website over at mikeboody.com/themidnightcitizen, with links to old episodes on Archive.org, and join the Facebook page! …That a boy, Luther!…
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Sunday, June 21, 2020

The Midnight Citizen 218: “Behold, the Masked City”

2:35:15 — Join Mike in the studio late on a Saturday night, where he recalls the time he got kicked out of a Chuck E. Cheese, and reviews the stuff he bought off Amazon during quarantine. Exciting stuff.

Show Notes: why nostalgia will destroy us all; people are pretending the pandemic is over, when the data says otherwise; burglars used masks during the pandemic of 1918 to disguise themselves when robbing banks; the time when my friends and I got kicked out of a Chuck E. Cheese for eating there without kids of our own; how we are unwelcome in the places of our past; substitute teaching; tribute to “The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs”, which wrapped up its second season this week; nostalgia is not only ruining our lives, but horror movies, too!; Music Break*; Ian Holm — “Ash” from Alien — is dead at 88; movie theatres will reopen next month with safety restrictions; Svengoolie; stuff I’ve bought off Amazon in the last three weeks of quarantine; Video Street Video Store**; “Tales from Viscauga, AL”: this week, Jim continues his quest for a mysterious videotape, and solves the mystery of who has been robbing the citizens of Viscauga in the night.

Music Break: “Surfing Day” (Marcos H. Bolanos, Unchained Melodies, Vol. 2)

“Suburban Outlaw” (Forget the Whale, What I Tell Myself); “Machinery” by Eddy.

All music is played under a Creative Commons License (Attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives) and is available at the Freemusicarchive.org

Video Street Video Store: Cullman Liquidation Lumber Commercial; Retro Office Safety Training Video.

Stuff on Amazon: Chiseled Face Shaving Soap Sampler (Rancho Cucamonga, CA); Field Notes: National Park Series C; Prestige Import Group Chalet Cherry Cigar Humidor

Backing music for tonight’s episode: “Hendrixy Slow Blues Backing Jam Track” (YouTube); “Blues in A Minor Backing Track” (Gilad Perry); Petti Music Studios (CCO 1.0 Universal, attribution, non-commercial, share-alike).

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Midnight Citizen 217: “This Machine Life” (6/14/20)

2:21:18 — Join Mike in the studio late on a Saturday night.

Show Notes: Exciting things are going down at the Piggly Wiggly, now that the machines have arrived; witnessed a sad old lady shouting at a self checkout kiosk; why do we trust machines more than humans?; this week is the eighth anniversary of the Downtown Drive-in, my pop up theater that succeeded before it failed horribly; are drive-in’s making a comeback? Because they should; Music Break*; sipping some Evan Williams, and remembering the time I was made fun of by a little fella in the liquor store for buying some “cheap” whiskey; people are pretending the pandemic is over; protest update from Birmingham, AL; Video Street Video Store**; Tales from Viscauga, AL: this week, after an especially painful breakup with his girlfriend, Jim sets out on a quest to find a mysterious videotape.  

Music Break: “Long John’s Jump” by Daddy Long Legs; “Running Eiskrokodil” by Lobo Loco. All music is released under the Creative Commons License: Attribution, Noncommercial, No Derivatives. Available on freemusicarchive.org.

Video Street Video Store: “Rock, It’s Your Decision”; “‘USA Up All Night’ — ‘Vampire on Bikini Beach’”; “How Can I Tell if I’m Really in Love?”

Backing music for tonight’s episode: “Hendrixy Slow Blues Backing Jam Track” (YouTube release); “Blues in A Minor Backing Track” (Youtube User: Gilad Perry); “Machinery” by Eddy (CC: Attribution, Noncommercial, Share-Alike; Petti Music Studios (CCO 1.0 Universal, attribution, non-commercial, share-alike).

Check out the livestream of tonight’s show with pre- and post-show coverage, as well as the new Midnight Citizen website with links to old episodes on  Archive.org, and join the Facebook page! …Let’s go get sushi, and not pay…


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Friday, May 29, 2020

The Midnight Citizen 215: “Play Video” (5/29/20)

1:34:02 — Join Mike in the studio for the first time in three years.

Show Notes: Why I was once suspected of being a mad bomber at the Statue of Liberty; Life During Quarantine (teaching, reading, sleeping, attending events like funerals in alternate ways); somehow my job has brought me back to the Midnight Citizen studio; Music Break*; Reading a “You’re Welcome” letter from President Trump; Supplementing income during Covid time with Doordash, Postmates — well, I got fired from Doordash, and I’ll tell you the story; Jurassic Park book (1990); Video Street Video Store**; “Tales from Viscauga, AL”: this week, Senior Mac Nix refuses to graduate in obscurity, and decides to pull off an epic prank for his school to remember him by.   

*Music Break: “Last of the Frontiersmen” by Dark Meat; ”Bad Prescription” by Physical Plant; “Machinery” by Eddy

**Video Street Video Store: 1990 Sam Goody “Wrap It Up” commercial; Ames Department Store Asset Protection Awareness training video; Penn and Teller MonsterVision segment.

Backing music for tonight’s episode: Petti Music Studios (CCO 1.0 Universal, attribution, non-commercial, share-alike).

Check out The Midnight Citizen back-issues at Archive.org, and the Livestream of tonight’s show.


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