Okay, so that only took us six (or is it nine?) months to get organized to do.  Jonny Vancouver is now Jonny Hutong as he’s in China.  This is our first show done via Skype in the World’s Largest Recording Studio.  The delay was only slightly weird, but I think we did okay considering we were all using microphones we’d found under various pieces of furniture.

Oh, and my GOD am I sorry about my audio.  I was hosting the Skype call, and recording it locally, AND using the camera built into my Logitech Orbit webcam at the same time, and I think I was just one hop too close to infinity loop, so I sound like the MCP from Tron and Kermit had a baby.  Sorry for all the overdrive on my stuff.  Tried to clean it up in Sound Forge (reminds me of the Tom Waits “Get Behind the Mule” live recording I spent weeks trying to “fix” so we didn’t hear “WHOOOOOOOOOO!” every time the person NEXT to the person with the mic cheered.

We’ll figure it out for next show, promise.

Here’s the link for the show, or you can click the Flash-based player below.


Talkybit 1
JH Crystal Castles
ZR Caribou – Odessa
DS School of seven bells
Talkybit 2
JH Die Antwoord – Enter The Ninja
ZR Revenge – Danger Mouse w/ Sparklehorse
DS Tiger Mountain Peasant Song – First Aid Kit – Fleet Foxes cover
Talkybit 3
JH The Ties That Bind Us – Philip Selway
ZR What I Need – Jon and Roy
DS I Think It’s Going to Rain Today – Peter Gabriel
Talkybit 4
JH Too Much – Sufjan Stevens
ZR Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup – We No Speak Americano
DS Rollin’ and Tumblin – Jeff Beck
Talkybit 5
JH Radiohead – Ceremony
ZR Autumn’s Here – Hawksley Workman
DS Darth Vader’s _Imperial March – Richard Cheese

Zen Render, Jonny Vancouver, and Duncan Shields pile into the Meat Market Studio for another show.  #35 in a series of 12.  If this were TV, we’d be coming up to the end of the third season.  Or, we’d have been banned from ever being on the air again, due to swearing, and that thing with the unlicensed use of a time machine in the Northern Hemisphere after March 16th.  Last show in Vancouver (well, at least, last show when we’re ALL in Vancouver, as you’ll hear in the Talkybits of this show).  Another random collection of things that have been making us ask ourselves “who is this?” and “have I already played it for a previous episode?” and “what day is it, anyway?”

Answers to all these questions and more will be summarily ignored in this episode of UNKNOWN…. ORIGINS…

Song choice order is Zen, Jonny, and Duncan wrapping up each set.

Here’s the show (right-click and SaveAs to download or use the FlashBased player below)


  1. Talkybit 1
  2. Tightrope (f. Big Boi) – Janelle Monae
  3. The Ghost Inside – Broken Bells
  4. Mike Doughty – Thank You Lord for Sending Me the F-Train (busking version)
  5. Talkybit 2
  6. Girl Of the Well – Adventure Time
  7. Daniel – Bat For Lashes
  8. You’ll Never Surf Again – Dan Reeder
  9. Talkybit 3
  10. Sing – Four Tet
  11. Groovy Train – The Farm
  12. Jazz Thing / In Honor of Guru – Gang Starr
  13. Talkybit 4
  14. The Way I Feel – Fotheringay
  15. The Twilite Kid – Twilight Singers
  16. Cotton – The Mountain Goats
  17. Talkybit 5
  18. Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  19. Everybody Knows This Is Now – Rheostatics & Bourbon Tabernacle Choir
  20. The Blob – The Five Blobs
  21. Outtakes, SoundChecks, and General Asshattery.

The background music during the talkybits is conducted, arranged, and performed by nobody, ’cause Zen forgot to do that part before rendering the whole thing out to MP3.  So… Yeah.  Maybe when we re-release the digitally-remastered DVD editions of the shows, with the extra scenes added back in, the way Ridley Scott would have wanted (if he’d had anything to do with us, which he doesn’t*).

* at all

Once again back is the incredible, ungrammable, the podcastable WE.
Unknown Origins 34, On The Drive Studio: 2nd Floor.

(Okay, no more Public Enemy satire songs, I promise).

Recorded on a Wednesday evening, and we all have to work the next day, so no drinking this time, thank goodness.  Still, we crack ourselves up pretty good, and there’s even the occasional song or three thrown in to shut us up for a bit.

We’re not organized, but we all have very good excuses.  Globetrotting and whatnot.  You know how it is an all…

The show can be downloaded HERE or via the grey play button flash player on the site. It’s a LONG show, ’cause we talk a LOT, but the music’s still worth the trip.


So there’s the show, and the playlist will be posted soon (OR, some good Samaritan could start commenting the track names for your poor hosts, who don’t even have the time to listen to our OWN shows any more).

01)Talkybit 1
02)How High The Moon – Les Paul and Mary Ford
03)Look Out There’s a Monster Coming – Bonzo Dog Band
04)Jet 13 – Guitar Wolf
05)Talkybit 2
06)Be My Girl and Let’s Get Away – Lenny Kravitz, Daft Punk, and Jet by mashup germany
07)Hard Times – Baby Huey and the Babysitters
08)Help I’m Alive – Metric (Twelves remix)
09)Talkybit 3
10)Red Nebula – Fingathing
11)Kiara – Bonobo
12)Deep Shag – Lucious Jackson
13)Talkybit 4
14)This Land is Your Land – Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
15)New York is Killing Me – Gil Scott Heron
16)Tighten Up – Black Keys
17)Talkybit 5
18)Mbira Beat – Goldfish
19)Let’s Go Away for a While – J-Dilla vs Beach Boys
20)Speak Though You Only Say Farewell – Mike Oldfield
21)I’ll be Home For Fishnuts

The SECOND drunk show, in a ROW, because after the first one was done, we didn’t realize that maybe we should pull back and get a little perspective, and think about what we just did.  Be prepared for us to be not QUITE as smooth and non-microphone-chomping as we usually are.  I (Zen) am pretty sure I don’t remember much of the last half of this show.  I might finish a smallish bottle of something in an evening if/when I’m getting my swerve on, but not usually in the course or two hours, WHILE drinking other things.

The music is fine though, it’s just us that’s messed up.

Show can be downloaded or directly played from here and downloaded from our DropBox here.


01)Talkybit 1
02)Paradise Circus (F. Hope Sandoval) – Massive Attack
03)Japanese Hip-Hop – Special Force
04)It’s Raining Clouds – Blockhead
05)Talkybit 2
06)Wavin’ Flag – K’Naan
07)Dear Lily – Dan Bull
08)Kill All A’ Dem (VIP Mix) – Scratcha DVA
09)Talkybit 3
10)Ponta De Lanca Africano – Jorge Ben
11)Idaho State Fair – Johnny Granger
12)Easy – Barenaked Ladies
13)Talkybit 4
14)Phantom Anthills – Chad VanGaalen
15)The House Of Apples And Eyeballs – The Octopus Project With Black Moth Super Rainbow
16)Massage Situation – Flying Lotus
17)Talkybit 5
18)There Is XXXX Within My Heart – You Say Party, We Say Die!
19)Lasso – Phoenix
20)Satellite Skin – Modest Mouse

Background music for Episode #33 was taken from Ekova’s album “Soft Breeze & Tsunami Breaks”.

Unknown Origins Episode 33 – final talkybit from Helianthus Photography on Vimeo.

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Against our better judgment and the advice of our friends and families, we decided to celebrate the new studio (in the HEART of the East Siyeeed), the new decade, and the new photographic evidence that is coming to light, and do shows 32 and 33 while having the merest whiff of an alcoholic beverage, in order to loosen our tongues and our minds, that we may bestow upon our listening audience the wisdom that we have acquired over the ages.

Translation: We got drunk during these two shows, couldn’t shut up, and there pictures AND video of the event, thanks to the mighty eye and steady hand of Frank Julian Roberts.

Duncan Shields, Johnny Vancouver, and Zen Render bring the noise, and whatever happens from here on in, remember, we were drunk.  Maybe it’s the best idea we’ve ever had, maybe it’s the worst show we’ve ever done, but hey, it was the FIRST show of 2010, and it was only a month late.

Oh, and if you thought we liked to drop the odd f-bomb  ?  You’re in for a bit of a shock.


You can download the show directly from here by right-clicking (or something similar if you’re using a Mac – weirdo).

01) Talkybit 1
02) DS: I Want Candy/Who Do You Love – Howe Gelb And Scout Niblett
03) JV: Sick Muse – Metric
04) ZR: Cosmic Love – Florence And The Machine
05) Talkybit 2
06) DS: Smack My Orinoco Flow – Prodigy/Enya (Mashup)
07) JV: Stylo – Gorillaz
08) ZR: Robo Tussin (Instr.) – Flying Lotus
09) Talkybit 3
10) DS: Fucken Awesome – Spiderbait
11) JV: Love Vigilantes – New Order
12) ZR: Ain’t Nobody – Smooth Moose Laboratories F. Becca Stevens
13) Talkybit 4
14) DS: The Partridge Family – Horace Pin
15) JV: Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed) – Raveonettes
16) ZR: Renoise Demosong – Jong Belegen
17) Talkybit 5
18) DS: You Look Familiar – Team William
19) JV: One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) – Frank Sinatra
20) ZR: All Covered In Darkness – DJ Food

Background music for ep#32 was taken from the Fuck Buttons album “Tarot Sport”.

Unknown Origins podcast session – drunken antics & grumping from Helianthus Photography on Vimeo.

Unknown Origins Episode 32 – final talkybit from Helianthus Photography on Vimeo.

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