In what can only be described as the most important cultural development of the last 20 years, Argyll Adventure Tree is now a podcast. Under the auspices of the Peralta Community College District, which is not responsible for the content of the show — the opinions are those of the speaker only and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Peralta Community College District, its officers or employees — Laney College’s 9th Floor Radio webcasts Argyll Adventure Tree on the first Thursday of every month, from 5 pm – 7 pm.
The first show went out over the web and local cable TV on January 31, 2008. The second show, an audio-only extravaganza on the theme, “Animals, Part 1,” was webcast on Leap Day, February 29, 2008. You can find archived copies of the shows, with all the chaos preserved for eternity, on the 9th Floor Radio blog.
For more information, please head on over to the Argyll Adventure Tree page on the 9th Floor Radio blog. While you’re there, check out some of the other great shows available, including dAS and Ninah’s 9th UB Radio and Ms. Catatonic. In fact, I haven’t heard a bad 9th Floor Radio Show yet, so check ’em all out.
Argyll Adventure Tree, the Original Series
Argyll Adventure Tree began as a radio show at KZSC in Santa Cruz, California in the late 1980’s. Holly and Andy, fresh off their triumph in the late-nite college radio classic, The Grooveyard Shift, decided to take their unpatentable brand of musical eclecticism and informal chat to the next level (and an earlier time slot) in 1987. Argyll Adventure Tree was a smash hit from the start, but Andy and Holly refused to settle into a formula. Instead, they pushed the envelope and innovated beyond expectations.
Falling increasingly under the spell of the mysterious dAS, whose UB Radio Network broadcasts brought “noise” to the masses, Holly and Andy started incorporating tape loops, records played at the wrong speed, and other dAS techniques into their show. Awards and accolades followed.
SF luminaries like the Longshoremen and Harm Farm made appearances on AAT, as did the notorious Wisconsin art-punk collective, Crimson Crunch. Guest DJ’s included Mike Wertz of local disco, Wertzateria, who became something of a semi-regular on the show.
After two glorious years of radio genius, Holly and Andy quit at the top of their game. “We had said everything we wanted to say in that medium, and we decided to move into other areas and let the imitators pick up where we left off in radio,” muses Andy now. Holly headed south to work with maverick cheapskate, Roger Corman, and Andy went north to pursue an advanced degree in mass communications research.
See the “treets” page at argylladventuretree.com for a link to an old episode of the classic show.