About

Ninth Floor Radio Studios, Oakland takes pleasure in presenting to you a program produced by electrical transcription entitled The Argyll Adventure Tree featuring the classic funmakers of the century, those riotous rascals, Mike and Andy, who will present their maddest, merriest conglomeration of whiz, bang, and spoof.

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.

You can also subscribe to this podcast by opening up iTunes, going to Advanced > Subscribe to Podcast, and copying this URL in the boxy box that pops up: http://argylladventuretree.9thfloorradio.libsynpro.com/ds_player_7679439

Mike and Andy webcasting

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.

For more information, please head on over to the Argyll Adventure Tree page on the 9th Floor Radio site. 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.

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