Desert Oracle Radio is a weekly road trip through the weird American desert from the publisher of Desert Oracle, the pocket-sized field guide published in Joshua Tree, California. Hear tales of mysterious lights, missing tourists, lost mines, venomous creatures, weird history and weirder people. Hosted by editor Ken Layne and featuring a cast of intriguing mystics, oddballs, scientists and artists, Desert Oracle Radio is your soundtrack for a desert night. The program is broadcast on Friday nights at 10 p.m. on KCDZ 107.7 FM in the Mojave high desert, with field reports from around and across the desert lands, and is distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX).
Empty Churches For Fun & (Non) Profit
28:01Sure are a lot of mostly abandoned churches out here in the California desert. A lot of good community real estate. How do you take over churches? Like the little old run-down church—a religious non-profit—just sitting there. Nobody’s using it. Maybe all you’ve got to do is find the person who runs the joint. Maybe it’s down to the last person, the organist or whoever. The fourth deacon .... Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A Hymn To Sekhmet, Creator of the Desert
28:01How long has Sekhmet ruled over humanity? Five-thousand years! That’s when She is first known to us, appearing in something like her current form, in Upper Egypt, 2,930 B.C., worshipped by the multitudes in her great temples until the coming of the Coptic Christians and then the followers of Allah, when her cult went underground. But it never went away, and now is Her Time. PLUS: Strange tales from the RV parks of the Southwest, as delivered to our friends at Club Congress in Tucson. New soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver. Desert Oracle Radio (c)(p) 2017-2022 • http://DesertOracle.com Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Light Saw Me
28:01Take a look around, the void is closing in. Jason Boland joins us from Texas to talk about The Light Saw Me, the tale of a cowboy taken up into the sky—a tale told by Jason Boland and the Stragglers on their new record, which features some narration from our host Ken Layne. As Hank Williams sang, "I saw the light." But what are those strange illuminations seen from Joplin, Missouri, to Marfa, Texas? And what crashed in Aurora a century ago. And just what did they bury up on Boot Hill? Desert Oracle Radio (c)(p) 2022 http://DesertOracle.com Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Wintertime Tales for a Stormy Night
1:06:58Live from the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, here's our final show of the 2021 Tour, with your host Ken Layne and live solstice soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver. Occultists and mystics, cultists and coyotes, all gathered together in uneasy alliance on this Christmas Eve. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Run For the Desert Hills
28:01Like the beaver, we can change parts of our environment. Like the birds, we can move to other lands or at least try. And sometimes those Other Lands are the arid lands, the American Desert. PLUS: Kendra Atleework, author of the wonderful book about the Owens Valley/Eastern Sierra called Miracle Country, joins us for the second half of the program. AND: New eerie soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver. Tickets now on sale for our Desert Oracle Radio Live tour: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, (Memphis) Tennessee & (New Orleans) Louisiana. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Huehuecoyotl & the Canine Gods
28:00Looking for God in the world? Watch the coyote. Huehuecoyotl, that’s its Holy name. Old, old coyote. Lord of the arts, god of music and dance, our guide through adolescence and onward to adulthood. King of the Prank, patron of the promiscuous, lord of the Friday night party. Canis latrans is the new name, from the 1800s. Coyotl is the ancient American name. Tickets on sale now for the Desert Oracle Radio 2021 Tour: San Diego, Tucson, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Galveston, New Orleans, Memphis, Norman Okla., Santa Fe, Phoenix/Mesa, and Los Angeles. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Crimes of the Desert Cultists (Plus: Tour Dates!)
28:00Here's a bonus episode recorded around the campfire at Halloween a while back, with a new intro & close recorded Halloween 2021 for our local radio station, KCDZ 107.7 FM in Joshua Tree. Desert Oracle Radio is ON TOUR 11/26-12-17, tickets on sale now for a night of strange tales & weird sounds with Ken Layne. 11/26/2021 • San Diego, CA / Bridges • Buy Tickets 11/27/2021 • Tucson, AZ / Club Congress • Buy Tickets 12/02/2021 • Austin, TX / Stateside Theater • Buy Tickets 12/04/2021 • Dallas, TX / Texas Theatre • Buy Tickets 12/05/2021 • San Antonio, TX / Paper Tiger • Buy Tickets 12/07/2021 • Galveston, TX / Galveston Artist Residency FREE! 12/08/2021 • New Orleans, LA / Gasa Gasa • Buy Tickets 12/11/2021 • Memphis, TN / Growler’s • Buy Tickets 12/12/2021 • Norman, OK / Opolis • Buy Tickets 12/14/2021 • Santa Fe, NM / Jean Cocteau Cinema • Buy Tickets 12/15/2021 • Mesa, AZ / Nesbitt/Elliot Playhouse • Buy Tickets 12/17/2021 • Los Angeles, CA / The Philosophical Research Society Library • Buy Tickets Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Witching Hour
28:00Well look at that, it’s Halloween again. Remember when they said on the news or whatever how Halloween was finished, because this was no time for a holiday that, uh, remembers the dead? Tonight we're joined by New York Times-bestselling author Tod Goldberg, who has written such acclaimed desert crime thrillers as The Low Desert, Gangsterland, Gangster Nation, and Living Dead Girl. New spooky soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Halloween Campfire Stories, 2018 A.D.
43:31We release this dubious beast from the Patreon secret tapes of the year past, to celebrate the holy season of Halloween, the time when the veil is thin between the realities. Desert Oracle Campfire Stories, Halloween 2018 C.E., was recorded live around the campfire at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, Calif. The instrumental soundscapes you hear along with the crackling campfire and the murmurs of the assembled campers were recorded by our own RedBlueBlackSilver out of Joshua Tree, Calif. Stories told by Ken Layne. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Jaws of Darkness Do Devour
28:00The ill counsel of a desert place, that would be howled out in the desert air . . . . Night has fallen on the desert, in this spookiest of seasons. Tonight we travel by the power of darkness and disinformation to Archuleta Mesa, in the Jicarilla Apache town of Dulce, New Mexico. We're going down, beneath the mountain, to see if the reptilian aliens and the gray aliens and the Air Force disinfo agents are really having gunfights down there, again. Strange new soundscapes from RedBlueBlackSilver, plus the first announcement of our November/December tour dates from California to Tennessee and back again. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.