Thursday, July 28, 2005


Around the world in 120 minutes

The current atmosphere of philosophical thought is terribly lacking discussion on the current swarm of Stickmen deaths. As far as we know, only one website has the courage to grapple with this issue, as well as show actual footage of hideous Stickmen deaths. If you so dare to become aware of this horror show, click here.

Next, many people have been asking me exactly where can they start from the beginning to read The Complete and Unabridged History of Japan. You can go to part one here. Scroll to the middle of the page. Parts are atop one another beginning on this page and continuing successively, with a few-days’ break between volumes.

I have found a gem of an indie CD and have written about it at Gods of Music. Kirk Adams’s Little Elevator is by and large one of the best musical works to come along in a very long time. It comes with my recommendation. Read about it here, then go off to Kirk’s website and buy it. A warning, however –you are going to have to listen to it with undaunted attention. Should you have UAD (undaunted attention disorder), click here.

The network show on July 28 begins at 9 p.m. EST. (check affiliate lists for regional time slot, live or rebroadcast). At Ampcast dot com from 8 to 9 you can join in the Dressing Room Hour, a casual pre-show party of little significance.

9 p.m. EST Thursdays
Affiliate station list
Network show is live at:
Tokyo - 10:00 a.m. : Sydney - 11:00 a.m. : Los Angeles - 6:00 p.m. : Chicago - 8:00 p.m. : New York - 9:00 p.m. :London - 2:00 a.m. : Baghdad - 5:00 a.m.

Monday, July 25, 2005


Porn-casting parachutes onto the pod battlefield

Good morton, friends. Let’s launch another week by looking at the podcast scene. More news from the podcast battlefield. It wasn’t always a battlefield, you know, but now corporate interests and a genre new to the field are making plenty of noise.

The new beast is none other than porn. One wonders why it took this long for the genre to hit podcasting. An article worth reading on the subject is at Newsweek online. At Podcast Alley, a web site that rates podcasts by using votes (a skewered process by far), our program was once steadily placed in the top five. But then there were merely a hundred or so entries in the category “Cultural/Political.” Now there are 376 programs as of today.

Other podcasting sites, most which make our show available, are experiencing similar traffic surges in product. There were plenty of independent products in the first place and that number was inflating. Now with the commercial invasion, it appears that you can fill an iPod in no time with programs you won’t have the time to hear.

We won’t let this bother us. We jumped on the podcast bandwagon and have a loyal and strong-numbered audience. Picking up new people takes faith more than advertising. Podcast listeners seek and destroy. Those who need our kind of show will find us, through searches, word of mouth and nothing more.

Friday, July 22, 2005


Catching up, cooling off

Some follow up from the July 21 program …

Anyone with information confirming the alleged appearance of Mars in the August skies, please do so by contacting .

More on astronaut Ed Mitchell’s venue, Uncle Al’s Time Capsule by clicking here. You can even see a picture of Uncle Al.

Things are coming to many heads in the continuing on-line novel The Complete and Unabridged History of Japan so get on over and catch up on the text. Click on the title and when you get there, check the archives for past episodes.

Do the best you can to keep cool as summer hits dead center this weekend. Replenish your precious bodily fluids every chance you get with the beverages of your choice. Do what you can to keep yourself healthy. There are too many things out of your control to provoke the alternative, so put the odds on your side.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Public responses

Here are a few recent comments sent in by listeners. If I have a response to a comment, it appears below the comment in italics. I always respond, if I respond at all, in italics. The doctor recommends this, even though serious side effects can present themselves. The introduction you are reading, however, is not in italics, per section 3E.56 of the Introduction Code, limiting the use of italics in blogs.

Sorry this comment is late, my internet was down for a week. Is Intercourse, Pennsylvania close to your neck of the woods? Do your woods have a head connected to the neck? You program makes me feel like I need to go to Intercourse. –Colleen, Mich.

Your internet? Is that anything like my internet and the internet that we all use? If not, how can I get my own internet?

I really enjoyed your interview with Van Dyke Parks! What a delightfully real guy. A lot of great stories and info I was not aware of. He should write a book. Thanks for bringing this to us. –Kirk, Fla.

Your message echoes many we have heard about his appearance on the show. We hope to have him back, as he is a bastion of inspiring thoughts.

I have 10 or 15 orgasms most nights but never when listening to your show. I honestly get mad if my boyfriend demands one while I am listening. It's like my boyfriend is listening too hard or something. –Jennifer, N.M.

I am glad that you put your pleasures aside when you listen. As for your boyfriend, he cannot help it, you are too beautiful and tempting.

How long until we can no longer send in our Best of the 20th Century lists? –Ed, Miss.

Paul Williams is scheduled to be on the show Aug. 11, so you can send all of your lists by then. We will do more than one show on this topic, so if you are still compiling your lists, send them, whenever, to .

Was the quickly made balloon dog rabid, or did your proof reader fall asleep on the job? –Sherry, S.C.

If you are referring to what I think you are referring to then yes, the dog was rabid. But you have to remind yourself that balloons made quickly usually do not make dogs sick.

Love your show. --Herbert, Alaska

No other podcast as long as yours is worth the download because your two hours goes by faster than Clancy’s nuts. –Connie, N.J.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Notes on what is left of the 'underground'

I'm not often visited by ghosts. In fact, I've only seen one or two, tops, in my life. But last night, under a full moon so bright it could light up the Kansas flatlands (come to think of it, it probably did), my good friend, now departed, Jack O'Brien, appeared to me. He was wearing a silk shirt and was clean shaven and quite solid for a ghost.

"What has happened?" he asked. "I've been looking around and it seems everything has gone commercial."
"Yeah, man," I said, "there's not a trace of renegade art left."
We were alluding to, of course, the "underground," that formless place that used to be the home of daring authors, musicians, painters, poets.

"Jack, it's a shame but there is little left." "I'm so sad," he said. "What happened?"
"Well," I said, "I think it was the internet. A world-wide pastiche of every Tom, Dick and Harry showcasing stuff that can be seen from here to China. There is no room for the underground any longer."
Jack began to cry. I didn't know ghosts had tear ducts, but there he was, weeping like a child. Jack was from the old school, the pre-internet days when ramblin' writers published poetry and drank Bourbon and sang protest songs and just about pissed off "the institution." He was soul-sad that the institution has taken over, that the forces of anti-art have faded and aren't even as clear as a ghost.

In those days of the underground there was angst, there was reason, there was ... "light brighter than this moon," Jack said. "What has become of the subterranean way of life?"
"You tell me, Jack ..."
He said: "It isn't a matter of age or generations. There is a great inbalance these days. Too much is in color; too much is up or down. There is no substance. Music has been accepted at every level. Communism is dead; it was a greater enemy than terrorists in its own way. The Beat Generation is dead. I know, I see those guys at the Saturday evening meetings upstairs. And there are too many TV stations, too many genres, too many special effects in movies, too many musicians who cannot play with feeling as much as they can play with speed, too many cars, too many colleges, too many self-help books--one is too many . . .
"There are too many newspapers, too many web sites, too many technicians, too many people who jump on to bandwagons, too many religions, too many patriotic songs, too many items in the stores labeled 'light,' too many catalogs, too many credit cards ... it goes on and on and on. And there are not enough people who will ignore the norm, it's all the norm, it's all superficial. Even the Mafia is gone and with it went crime with values. No, I mourn the underground, but I am glad I am not here with you. Here, these days, the fluff rules, the pulp engorges and the dynamics, well, the dynamics are gone."
"So, what do we do?"
"Without an underground there is no foundation. When everything is on the surface it cannot withstand the weight. It will all collapse, it will all fall into a big heap of dung and smell up the joint, I mean it is already stinking up here. No wonder the villains of today have such power."
He said goodbye and was swooped up by the big fat moon.

As he left, I heard him utter, "Remember that is not the moon up there. It is God. Winking."

Friday, July 15, 2005


Midsummer day's dreams

Smack in the middle of summer, we are, and that means the year’s middle age, also. For 2005, it is half the way to the end and from the beginning. Just another weekend? I doubt it. Every weekend is new and ageless, with a spark of delight on either end. These are times for midsummer daydreaming.

So it is I thank Van Dyke Parks for his contribution to our July 14 program. As well, I welcome him to the “C-Chronicles Clique,” a rapidly growing disorganization where members have paid all of the dues they ever need to have paid by merely staying alive this long and having half a breath to talk about it all.

Mr. Parks’ pragmatic approach to the fates is inspiring. His view of “it all” certainly complements every message our program sends, and I applaud that, as I always have, only now I understand it more clearly, if not with a vague glimpse of wonder.

But I digress. Thank you, Mr. Parks. We look forward to talking more about more with you soon. You can hear the July 14 program as a rebroadcast all weekend. Check the station list below and find the air times. And go to our website for the podcast feed. Later, gators.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


'Come on along ... '

Here is the official press release on the July 14 program. The text below has already been acknowledged by major press outlets on the web and in old-fashioned hard copy (though this version was edited to fit your TV screen). Come along, as Mr. Parks sings, we just may be going your way.


GRANTVILLE, Penn. – Van Dyke Parks, one of pop music’s most uniquely talented performers and producers, will appear on arguably the internet’s most unique and prolific talk program, Cotolo Chronicles, on Thursday, July 14 at 9 p.m. EST.

A top show among podcasters and one of the Internet’s most popular talk programs, Cotolo Chronicles is based at Ampcast dot com and heard live on a slew of Internet radio stations, as well as it is rebroadcast on stations multiple times following the live show—a list of stations is available below. Please check each one for live or rebroadcast status.

Most recently making industry news as the co-author of Brian Wilson’s refurbished Smile project, Mr. Parks’ contributions to the music world go far and beyond the legendary 1960s album. His own albums include the inspiring and influential Discover America and his film soundtracks include Goin’ South, Jack Nicholson’s directorial debut.

Other composition accomplishments cover film, television movies and specials, theater works and he has written three children’s books.

As a producer, musician and arranger, Mr. Parks is also responsible for works in league with The Everly Brothers, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson, Fiona Apple, Linda Ronstadt, Ry Cooder, Sheryl Crow, Randy Newman and many more.

“The status of our program as a groundbreaking alternative broadcast,” says show host Frank Cotolo, veteran of commercial radio, music projects and author of three underground classic pieces of fiction, “is lifted by the appearance of a talent as quintessential as Mr. Parks. I can safely testify that there is no other artist to have so boldly presented, over the last few turbulent decades, the stuff that musical dreams are made of. I hope to introduce Mr. Parks to many people in the digital community who have allowed his part of musical history to go under the proverbial radar.”

Monday, July 11, 2005


Countdown to Mr. Parks ...

It’s Monday and time to start the countdown to Thursday, July 14, when Van Dyke Parks is our program’s guest.

If you are not totally aware of Mr. Parks, chances are you are unaware all together. As well, you probably are not Japanese, since he has been very popular in the Land of the Midnight Sun. By the by, you can read the current chapter and archives of The Complete and Unabridged History of Japan by clicking here.

So, if his work is new to you, start researching—to your own delight—with movies. You may have seen movies Mr. Parks scored. Click here for a history of Mr. Parks’ movie associations.

All in all, Cotolo Chronicles will offer a conversation with Mr. Parks unequalled with any other. This is, after all, the unique program untouched by commercial interruption and all FCC rules and regulations. So you get a feature filled with the integrity of the moment. And even with the countless programs available on the ‘net and for your iPod, only our program offers the knowledge, experience and intuition of the professionals. And we are willing to put on the boxing gloves and prove it every Thursday evening, live at 9 p.m. EST.

Friday, July 08, 2005


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Just a day of blog silence in memory of those dead and dying, with loyal regard to all affected, by the horror inflicted upon London on July 7.

Thursday, July 07, 2005


Do the Ripe thing

On our July 7 show, as the tail of a hurricane pelts the area, we deliver what we promised. Nothing short of an Act of God will stop the broadcast, with our guests Christa, Jessica and Leia, that trio of talent and beauty from the group, Ripe.

Live from New York City, where the turf is nowhere near the surf, the gals will talk about new projects, new feelings, new waves and nuances, the kinds that make this trio so special.

I admit to having a crush on these women since I was ten (or acted that way). A specialist from Budapest treated my crush with raw apples and Japanese Beetle extract. From there I sought a Voodoo remedy. Point is, I am not cured and still cannot stand in a room with these three girls without having to sit in a chair with a paper bag over my head. But you would too if you engaged yourself in the sirens’ songs they sing. A new CD from Ripe is on the horizon, as well as a movie project or two.

The hurricane is not named Jess, Leia or Chris. It is called Cindy and it is sweeping north, though it weakens as it travels.

Our program meteorologist, Less Pussward, says, “Heavy rain is on the horizon, although it is not the same horizon where the Ripe CD is now. Thunderstorms are expected around show time or later if the storms come after 11 p.m. in the east, which is the focus of this forecast. Up to two inches of rain will fall, because it cannot go upward, and flooding in some areas will be caused by an accumulation of rain that has nowhere to drain. If you look at the weather map for today you will see low pressure systems, blotches of yellow and red and some long blue and red lines with thorns.”

Monday, July 04, 2005


More days of joy in July

Happy July Fourth. As the sky lights from celebrative explosions, here are some other days you might consider to celebrate this July.

July 6 is National Fried Chicken Day
The festivities make it on a wing and a prayer.

July 9 is National Sugar Cookie Day
Of all the cookies there are, the simple sugar cookie best illustrates how Americans feel about their small, round baked goods. Dunking is not only allowed, it is suggested.

July 11 is National Cheer Up The Lonely Day
Poets might tell you that you will need a lot more than one day to cheer up the lonely, but spending time with one such person today could do wonders for your own soul, which, let’s face it, could use some repair.

July 14 is National Nude Day
For as far as the naked eye can see.

July 16 is International Juggling Day
A recent study presented the theory that nine out of every ten people cannot juggle and more people are injured learning to juggle each year than are injured learning to sky jump.

July 20 is Ugly Truck Contest Day
I have no idea where you go to show your ugly vehicle or who judges the lack of beauty but be sure there will be plenty of fellows with beards, missing teeth and sweaty brows around the contest areas.

July 22 is Ratcatcher's Day
Like, try to find one of these any day.

July 27 is Take Your Pants For A Walk Day
Whether or not you are in the pants when you walk has not been clarified. Check with your local authorities.

July 29 is Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day
Yeah, right.

Friday, July 01, 2005


A 'Fourth'-coming month ahead

July Fourth weekend is many things to many people, unless you are Scandinavian, in which case I imagine it is nothing. But, on the celebration of the Declaration of Independence of our great nation, I wish you all continued freedoms and everlasting independence. In the true spirit of such issues, I pledge to continue my program and campaign for nothing less.

And July is a jam-packed summer month on the show for sure. As you are lighting firecrackers and Roman candles on July Fourth, make sure you are ready for July 7, when Ripe is our guest. The gorgeous, talented women trio can be experienced on the web at Ripemusic dot com. Check them out.

On July 14, unarguably one of the greatest guests alternative broadcasting could ever present will be on our show. Van Dyke Parks, a man who has carved a considerably large notch in the fiber of American pop culture, will be an exclusive guest. You may know Mr. Parks from his association with Brian Wilson and the legendary Smile project. You may know him from his stupendous musical, Jump. You may have heard many of his film scores or musical productions he has created for name acts … or you may know little about him at all, in which case I, for one, envy what you are going to become exposed to when you learn more about him. Keep watching this blog for more details.

More announcements of guests for the rest of the month and August, will be made here in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, remember: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Etcetera.

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