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1  noun  ˈbläg, -ȧg   plural -s
2  intransitive verb   -ed/-ing/-s
: to talk pretentiously and usually inaccurately : lie boastfully

No Show This Week, BUT

An old-fashioned television test pattern in sepia tones has the Phoole hat logo in its center. The words NO SHOW THIS WEEK cross the center of the image.

There is no Phoole & the Gang show this week, I'm very sorry to say!

BUT I'm already looking forward to NEXT Friday, 26 May 2023, because it brings ADULTERATED 80S back to Phoole & the Gang!

It's an 80s remix and replay request show! Über-Phooligan 2R (in Norwegian that's Over-Phooligan) will doubtless flex his might with remixes galore, including his fresh uptempo 'Don't Come Around Here No More' rework and the only remix of 'Owner of a Lonely Heart' that doesn't trigger the Urban Love Ulcer's childhood trauma response! I'll play what you say, so be sure to be there!

🎹 Friday 26 May 2022 at 6:00 p.m. Central US time

📼 The REQUEST MACHINE lives exclusively at !

📺 We'll also be live in Mixcloud Manor at and Twitch Towers at !

💾 Need help remembering how to tune in? Visit the Phoole & the Gang tab at

🎸 Want to rewind our past 80s shows? Here is a set of them at

The Times, They Sure Are Unprecedented

Spring always gets me down - I tend to have a really difficult emotional time during the month of May, which is made worse by the weather generally getting better. The dissonance of cratering moods against a background of blooming plants and sun-shiny days coats the unhappiness in extra layers of anxiety. Missing out on performing in live, in-person events for another year is wearing on me hard - I have to avoid social media so I don't watch endless loops of almost everyone else I know rushing back to live, in-person gigs, followed by posts of "Wow, did anyone else get this super-mysterious powerful cold of utterly-baffling intensity and duration after that event?" for months.

It doesn't help that it's the year 2023, on the planet Earth, when the most powerful people have decided it's fine for the rest of us to die so that they don't have to rein in their rapacious resource-accumulation.

I need to remind myself that the circumstances of life today are daunting for everyone, especially those of us not diving into pandemic denial. It's like Cassian Andor's adoptive Dad said in that TV show I can't stop thinking about:

"The man who sees everything is more blessed than cursed."

I hope you are finding ways to give yourself time and space to be a whole person. I'm working on it myself!

If, like me, you are still steadfastly #ZeroCoviding, I know we are all infuriated and disappointed that case tracking and emergency protection has effectively ended across the US. I'm still finding great US-based resources at The People's CDC for wastewater monitoring and news about promising new vaccines that are in the works. If you need help finding #ZeroCovid resources where you are in the world, give me a shout and I'll see what I can find for wherever you are! Wearing high-quality respirator masks when around people whose infection status you don't know is still a top safety measure - Project N95 is the best US resource; if you need a good resource outside the US, I will try to help you find one.

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