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What is “The Bellwether Dispatch”?
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1. “The Bellwether Dispatch” is a series of 8 AMV stories that detail Sherwin’s unfortunate involvement in a town-wide reenactment of a century old historical event in Lemon.

2. “The Bellwether Dispatch” is and was both an inaccurate weather report postcard service and a treasure hunt.

3. “The Bellwether Dispatch” can best be understood by listening to “The Bellwether Dispatch” either below or, better yet, through subscription to the AMV podcast on itunes. In fact, certain clues may be buried within the audio stories themselves.

4. “The Bellwether Dispatch” postcard service can be subscribed to by emailing your name and mailing address to bellwetherdispatch@gmail.com. Sending such information will entitle you to four uniquely beautiful postcards that will arrive via rugged mail. The postcards will not only provide wildly mistaken weather information but also secret clues to special treasure. If you do not wish for an actual postcard, but prefer a virtual one, you can request one at the above email address and you will be directed to the image as housed in a secret internet storage facility.

5. “The Bellwether Dispatch” is in all ways free. It costs nothing to play, listen to, subscribe to – the words we are looking for are these: you have nothing to lose.

6. How valuable is this treasure? It is a little valuable. It will be hard to find in some instances. It may be along one side of the road, it may be on top of a mountain. It will be a pleasing keepsake and a pleasure to find. Riddles may be involved in some cases but never puns.

7. If you find a treasure, it is requested that you send a photograph of yourself – or your hand – securing the treasure as you do so to bellwetherdispatch@gmail.com. These images may be used by the good people of Lemon to further the cause of their reenactment.

8. Each treasure site has more than one item. The sacred contractual notion is this: if you find the treasure site, please take only one “artifact” and leave the rest for others. If and when all the treasure in a particular site is depleted, more will be added.

9. Grand Prize – whoever secures a treasure from each of the four sites will win a Grand Prize. The best way to think of the Grand Prize is like this: the Grand Prize will be Grand. It will be custom fit to the winner based on a pleasingly subjective series of questions. Sherwin will determine the exact nature of the Grand Prize following an awkward interview with the winner and the Grand Prize will exceedingly please said winner and instantly seem to be exactly the right thing.

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In summation, every other Sunday, for the next 8 weeks, a new Bellwether Dispatch postcard will be dispatched. Four postcards in all, four inaccurate weather reports, four sets of clues to four different real treasures buried in 4 different real somewheres in New Hampshire. In the intervening weeks, there will be update narratives of the fallout of each week.

AMV#49: The Moxley Box

“In which Sherwin falls back on an old bad habit and comes face to face with the odious Redmond Moxley and his mysterious boxes.”

Music by Sherwin Sleeves and Roy Harter.

This is Part Two of “The Fingerprints of the Fallen Down – A Metaphysical Murder Mystery.” You may listen to Part One via the post just below or you can just read the following: In the first episode, Sherwin traveled to Paradox Mountain in search of the otherworldly maker of a peculiar “whippoorwill” clock. There, he not only found Avis Hearne dead with a bullet in her head, but also found himself the victim of the long-missing Helen Eleanor’s magical smoke.
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Whippoorwill & Moxley Art by Nuola (thank you Nuola!)

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AMV#48 – The Whippoorwill to Paradox

“In which Sherwin’s quest to understand the arcane use of a peculiar clock leads to an awful discovery on Paradox Mountain.” Music by Sherwin Sleeves and Angel Olsen.

This is Part One of “The Fingerprints of the Fallen Down – A Metaphysical Murder Mystery”.
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AMV#42 – The Numbers Station

Part 3 of the 6 part series, “The Numbers Station”, in which Sherwin finds a curiously familiar cabin in a curiously unfamiliar spot. With lovely art by Kevin Kobasic

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AMV#41 – On the Winning of a Wild Bed

Part 2 of the 6 part series, “On the Winning of the Wild Bed”, in which Sherwin boards an unusual craft and goes to an unusual place. With lovely art by Kevin Kobasic

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IMG_5498And here is last night’s live recording of WPMR:
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Thanks again to my radio friends who provided calls, Dr. Steve, GVAC, the Blowhard, Mikeyboy, Tall James, Rick Ganley from NHPR, and many others (I’ve lost my list of who’s who – if I didn’t thank you, please let me know).

Tune in every Wednesday at 9 PM EST on the Clutch & Wiggle Radio Empire for another live broadcast.

Have a question or want to send something in? Write Sherwin at sherwinsleeves (at) yahoo (dot) com. Or leave him a voice message at (603) 722-0540.

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“The Dinner in the Dark” story

In which Sherwin is invited to dine aboard the Flying Yankee, which invitation includes a rather mysterious request.

Music by: Sherwin Sleeves, The Ink Spots, The Eels, Johann Johannsson, British Sea Power, David Byrne, Mark Kozelek & Elizabeth Cotten

“The Dinner in the Dark” was produced for Thanksgiving Day broadcast on New Hampshire Public Radio. I am very grateful for the “Dinner in the Dark” Art, done by Kevin Kobasic.

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New AMV episodes on the way and a change

After writing the last two AMV episodes (AMV46 and AMV47) I found myself in the right place to continue on with more stories. A number of new AMV episodes are thus in the works.
But it also occurred to me, after 6 years of generally giving away episodes of AMV for free, that I would like to start selling them for a small price – I’m thinking $2 per episode. You can also name your own price if that suits your financial circumstance – even a single penny is fine. I want to get a sense of how many people are willing to pay a small amount for the stories and additionally I am curious what that value is. Maybe 2 dollars is too much, maybe it’s too little.
Supporting me in this way will permit me to continue to focus as much of my attention as possible on recording the curious events from my life here in Lemon. I absolutely understand that some listeners can’t afford to pay – some don’t like to – and that’s fine. I have no judgement or further thought at all about that. So from now on you may see the little Donate button, like the one that follows:





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Song for Fez

Mr. Fez Whatley has finally emerged from one of the world’s great closets…he did so happily and with a spring in his step.

This song is more about life in the closet than out, but that’s what struck me I guess.
The lyrics to “Sweetest Daydream” follow below:
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Well a fella don’t say it
Go rocking the boat of the regular scene
On the rocky old seas
All them boys in the bowery
Drown in the sea cause they did it that way
You don’t do it that way
But eyes closed, fast and slow
Sweetest daydream that I know
Hand in hand, a boy or man
All good people understand
But a fella can’t say it
He’ll get treated for rabies or mental disease
Some new thought therapy
All the girls in the graveyard
Never wake from their sleep cause they did it that way
You can’t do it that way
But eyes closed, fast and slow
Sweetest daydream that I know
Hand in hand, a boy, a man
All good people understand

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