The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
A WPVM Radio Show Hosted by Greg Lyon
 
Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
June 20, 2003
Hosted by Greg on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 FM and www.wprb.com)

Notes on this week's program:

-- I had a ton of phone calls, mostly for requests, but three just to tell me how much they were enjoying the show. One caller called to tell me that I was her favorite DJ ever. I hope she remembers what she said when she comes back down from the crack high. My requests were excellent today: one came from San Diego and another from a guy listening on his porch with his dog in Vermont. -- Because of the crappy weather, I used one of those late 50s travel records on Hawaii as the background music today, with a little help from Martin Denny.
-- I loved that Dentists track. Thanks for the request.
-- Thanks to Forced Exposure for the Swedish psych comp, Who Will Buy These Wonderful Evils?
-- I can't say that I really dig the Von Bondies. Does anybody out there really think they're as good as the many other Detroit garage bands? Soledad Brothers and especially Clone Defects kick their ass. OK, there, I've said it. And bring on the reformed Starlite Desperation.
-- I played a ton of stuff from the Tales from the Australian Underground: Singles 1976-1989 compilation. The Venom P. Stinger track was ace, featuring the drummer and guitarist from the future Dirty 3. Here's the review of the comp that I wrote for the DJs at WPRB: The concept behind this comp is to survey the Aussie underground pop and punk scene from the perspective of some of its representative 7" singles over the span of over a decade. The subtext is the influence of two seminal bands: Radio Birdman and the Saints. Let me be quick here: Some of the best bands here (Birdman, Victims, Laughing Clowns, Eastern Dark, Celibate Rifles, and Cosmic Psychos) are represented by what I would consider some of their weaker tracks. The Go-Betweens are missing altogether. It's funny to see how much The Birthday Party stands out like a sore thumb (and a welcome one, to these ears). In fact, their track and the Saints' track--both alternate 7" versions of famous songs--are pretty darned cool. The lesser bands often sound dated, with that 80s jangly pop sound. Still, this is a pretty good intro to Aussie stuff, as long as you immediately go and listen to the more concentrated comps, such as Murder Punk, Where the Birdmen Flew, Go and Do It!, Can't StopIt!, or the more recent Sydney Post Punk series.
-- The new New Christs sounded good (Rob Younger from Radio Birdman's band).
-- To give you an idea of how smart the listeners are, a guy called to request the Aussie band the Easybeats doing "Friday on My Mind" because I was playing Aussie stuff and because it was Friday.
-- The new Sahara Hotnights (actually just new to the US, orig. 1999) seems pretty weak to me, but then again, I've never thought they were anything but Pretenders redux, making their album title quite appropriate, it seems to me (C'mon Let's Pretend).
-- Tomahawk is bloated crap, which also makes their album title appropriate (Mit Gas). Ipecac Records, for sure.
-- I love that Joe McPhee version of Mingus's Pithecanthropus Erectus.

Format =
(*=newish album at WPRB) (R=request) (+ newish album from personal collection)
ARTIST - Song - Album (Label, sometimes)
(c=compilation)
Set breaks are indicated by blank lines

[Theme Music: Webley Edwards Presents Island Paradise - Exciting, On-the-Spot Recordings: The Authentic Sounds and Music of HAWAII, the 50th State (Capitol, 1959)]

* TURBONEGRO - Gimme Some - Scandinavian Leather (Epitaph)
DAS DAMEN - Gray Isn't Black - Jupiter Eye
THE AINTS - Ill Wind - Autocannibalism

(R) THE DENTISTS - She Dazzled Me with Basil - Dressed
* MECKI MARK MEN - Midnight Land (1967) - (c) Who Will Buy These Wonderful Evils? (Dolores)
* USAISAMONSTER - Open Space - Masonic Chronic EP (Infrasound)

* VON BONDIES - Lack of Communication - Raw & Rare (Dim Mak)
* TESTORS - Greedy Fuckers - Complete Recordings (Swami)
* PSYCHO SURGEONS - Horizontal Action - (c) Tales from the Australian Underground (Feel Presents)
* BILL MCCARTER - Lady in White - Secrets/Struggle (Gulcher)
NUDGE SQUIDFISH - Wormwood Scrubs - Shitcanned (Orange Entropy)

PIRANHAS - Cold Cold Metal - Piranhas (On/On Switch)
(R) * COMETS ON FIRE - Graverobbers - Comets on Fire (Alternative Tentacles)
BILLY CHILDISH - Baby Please - I Am the Billy Childish (Sub Pop)
* LEGENDARY SHACKSHAKERS - Wild Wild Lover - Cockadoodledon't (Bloodshot)
THE MOLES - The Crasher - Instinct
COBRA VERDE - Riot Industry - Easy Listening (Muscletone)
(R) TEENGENERATE - Dressed in Black - Get Action

* THE MARK OF CAIN - Lords of Summer - (c) Tales from the Australian Underground (Feel Presents)
JOY DIVISION - Transmission - Le Bains Douches 18 Dec. 1979
* SCIENTISTS - We Had Love - (c) Tales from the Australian Underground (Feel Presents)
* BIRTHDAY PARTY - Happy Birthday - (c) Tales from the Australian Underground (Feel Presents)
* VENOM P. STINGER - Walking About - (c) Tales from the Australian Underground (Feel Presents)
* NEW CHRISTS - We Got This! - We Got This! (Smog Veil)

(R) THE EASYBEATS - Friday on My Mind - (c) Nuggets 2
* FLOWCHART (Heroine) - High Phidelity - Pre-2000 Singles and Comp Tracks (Fuzzy Box)
* SAHARA HOTNIGHTS - Push on Some More - C'mon Let's Pretend (Jetset)
PRETENDERS - Tattooed Love Boys - Pretenders
* THIS MOMENT IN BLACK HISTORY - The Last Unicorn - The Cleveland Finger (Exit Stencil)
* TOMAHAWK - Rape This Day - Mit Gas (Ipecac)

* PARTS & LABOR - Parts & Labor - Groundswell (JMZ)
JOE MCPHEE PO MUSIC - Pithecanthropus Erectus - Topology (HatHut)
* GLENN BRANCA - Structure - The Ascension (Acute)
(R) THE STRANGLERS - Just Like Nothing on Earth - The Men in Black

* THE APES - Aboard the Ark - Oddeyesee (French Kiss)
(R) BRIAN ENO - King's Lead Hat - Before & After Science
* ODD NOSDAM - Track 5 - No More Wig for Ohio (Anticon)
LADDIO BOLOCKO - As If By Remote - The Life and Times of...
PIERRE AKENDENGU… - Sa Gunu, Sa Gunu - Afrika Obota
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Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
June 6, 2003
Hosted by Greg on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 and www.wprb.com)

Notes on this week's program:

-- The new USAIsAMonster is good, and so is the Turbonegro.
-- It is amazing how resonant Jim Carroll's 1991 piece, "Terrorist Trousers," is in 2003.
-- Every time I listen to the BrŲtzmann/Drake/Parker CD, I realize more what a classic it is.
-- This Moment in Black History features Bim Thomas of the Bassholes on drums. The EP is better than their live show, as you don't have to witness the immature antics of their lead singer.
-- With Kleenex, Essential Logic, Raincoats, Au Pairs, Malaria!, et al. back in the spotlight, it's time for a rediscovery of UT (one of the least fortunate band names of all time).
-- Someone called me up and let me know that the 1929 album would be Siltbreeze Records' last release. This made me sad.
-- I played the Joseph Spence album on Elektra, which was languishing in the folk stacks, and then coincidentally discovered that this album has finally been issued on CD very recently by Water Records out of San Francisco.
-- The poem about Bessie Smith on the Ronald Shannon Jackson solo percussion record was written and spoken by Michael S. Harper. Bessie sounded great right after this.
-- Kudos to Ersatz Audio for putting out two of the best albums this year that I didn't expect to like very much: Magas and Adult.

Format =
(*=newish album at WPRB) (R=request) (+ newish album from personal collection)
ARTIST - Song - Album (Label, sometimes)
(c=compilation)
Set breaks are indicated by blank lines

[Theme Music: El Hombre: The 50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett (Liberty)]

TOMMY GARRETT - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - El Hombre
KILLING JOKE - Tomorrow's World - Killing Joke
PROLAPSE - Essense of Cessna - Ghosts of Dead Aeroplanes
(R) KRAFTWERK - Radioactivity - Radioactivity
* NOXAGT - Mek It Burn - Turning It Down Since 2001 (Load)
CECIL TAYLOR - Calling it the 9th - The Eighth (HatArt)

ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS - Life Stinks - The Day the Earth Met... (Smog Veil)
* USAISAMONSTER - Desert - Masonic Chronic EP (Infrasound)
* TURBONEGRO - Locked Down - Scandinavian Leather (Epitaph)
JIM CARROLL - Terrorist Trousers - Praying Mantis
* BR÷TZMANN/DRAKE/PARKER - Never Run But Go (Pt. 3) - Never Too Late But Always Too Early (Eremite)

* THIS MOMENT IN BLACK HISTORY - Art Project - The Cleveland Finger EP (Exit Stencil)
DIDJITS - Long Lone Ranger - Hornet PiŮata
* PSYCHO SURGEONS - Horizontal Action - (c) Tales from the Australian Underground (Feel Presents)
ASSFACTOR 4 - Crank Up the 2 Short - Sports (Old Glory)
* UNT - New Black Nativity - 50 Tons of Black Terror (Space Baby)
US MAPLE - Songs That Have No Making Out - Sang Phat Editor

V3 - Photograph Burns - Photograph Burns
THOMAS JEFFERSON SLAVE APARTMENTS - Quarrel with the World - Bait & Switch
* READ YELLOW - Read Yellow - Read Yellow (Fenway)
UT - Phoneix - Conviction
ARCHIE SHEPP - Shazam - The Magic of Juju

* 1929 - Space Bastard - Last But Not Leased (Siltbreeze)
KNOXVILLE GIRLS - (Any Other) Loving Cup - In a Paper Suit
JOSEPH SPENCE - Conch Ain't Got No Bone - Happy All the Time (Carthage)
B»Y»N» HABT… - Embi ila - (c) Ehtiopiques 5: Tigrigna Music
RONALD SHANNON JACKSON - Last Affair: Bessie's Blues Song - Pulse
BESSIE SMITH - Hateful Blues - Complete Recordings Vol. 1

* CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE - Sine Wave Study - In-Mid-Air (Alga Marghen)
FAUST - Wir brauchen dich #6 - Ravvivando
* PRINCE PAUL - What I Need - Politics of the Business (Razor & Tie)
ORNETTE COLEMAN - Biosphere - In All Languages (1987)
MANDINKA & FULANI MUSIC OF THE GAMBIA - Dangoma - Ancient Heart (Axiom)
* MAGAS - Toys (Redux) - Friends Forever (Ersatz Audio)

* PAOLO CONTE - I giardini pensili hanno fatto il loro tempo - Reveries (Nonesuch)
TIM SPARKS - Los Caminos de Sirkeci - Neshamah: Hand Full of Memories
SIR RICHARD BISHOP - Rasheed - Salvador Kali (Revenant)
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Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
May 30, 2003
Hosted by Greg on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 and www.wprb.com)

Notes on this week's program:

-- The Kamau DaŠood piece featured his poetry over music by pianist Horace Tapscott, in what I believe were some of his last sessions. Excellent all around.
-- The Cut-Out CD is the new thing by Steve Fisk and Bob Beerman of Pell Mell. I miss the guitars, but it's still good.
-- The new Tindersticks album has some good songs in their old mold, alas.
-- Bola Sete was John Fahey's favorite guitarist.
-- The Lonnie Johnson and Elmer Snowden song was startlingly good. Can you imagine the musical life of Lonnie Johnson? Played with Louis Armstrong on the Hot Five and Hot Seven releases, recorded groundbreaking racially mixed duets with Eddie Lang as early as 1928, influenced Robert Johnson, became a janitor in the 1950s, and ended up recording a lot in the folk revival. Why do so few people know about this guitar god? I guess he was too successful and too smooth to fit in with most people's narrative of blues rusticity. What a pity.
-- All hail Kill Rock Stars records for putting out the Essential Logic collection! Thank you, thank you.

Format =
(*=newish album at WPRB) (R=request) (+ newish album from personal collection)
ARTIST - Song - Album (Label, sometimes)
(c=compilation)
Set breaks are indicated by blank lines

[Theme Music: BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO]

WIRE - Dot-Dash - And Here It Is Again
* PINK & BROWN - Famous Anus - Shame Fantasy (Load)
* IKARA COLT - Bring It to Me - Basic Instructions EP (Epitaph/Fantastic Plastic)
WELLWATER CONSPIRACY - Shel Talmy - Declaration of Conformity
* SIMPLY SAUCER - Bullet Proof Nothing - Cyborgs Revisted (Sonic Unyon)
BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO - Los Dioses - Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

* FRUIT BATS - When U Love Somebody - Mouthfuls (Sub Pop)
* RJD2 - Ghostwriter Remix - The Horror EP (Def Jux)
* MONADE - Un secret sans importance - Socialisme ou Barbarie (Drag City)

* IRAN - Four Armed Star - The Moon Boys (Tumult)
* JOY OF DISEASE - Painted Black - (c) Painted Black (Tumult)
KAMAU DAŃOOD - Army of Healers - Leimert Park (Mama Foundation)
* JORGES ANTUNES - Movimento Browniano - Savage Songs: Early Brazilian Electronic Music (Pogus)
DEVO - The Rope Song - Hardcore Devo Vol. 2

* CUT-OUT - The Power Brokers - Interlude with a Fun Machine (Starlight)
PELL MELL - Pound Cake - Interstate
BEAT HAPPENING - Nancy Sin - 7"
* NEIL MICHAEL HAGERTY - Out of Reach - The Howling Hex (Drag City)
(R) MOUNTAIN GOATS - See America Right - Tallahassee

* TINDERSTICKS - 4.48 Psychosis - Waiting for the Moon (Beggars Banquet)
JESSIE MAE HEMPHILL - Streamline Train - Feelin' Good
TALIP OZKAN - The Fish Moving in the Water - The Dark Fire (Axiom)
BOLA SETE - Macumba - Ocean
EUGENE CHADBOURNE - Rake Man - Vermin of the Blues

BUCK OWENS - Waitin' in Your Welfare Line - The Buck Owens Collection (Rhino)
* LEGENDARY SHACKSHAKERS - Shakerag Holler - Cockadoodledon't (Bloodshot)
THE COOLIES - 59th St. Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) - dig?
LORETTA LYNN - Let Me Go You're Hurtin' Me - Your Squaw Is on the Warpath
LONNIE JOHNSON & ELMER SNOWDEN - Backwater Blues - Blues & Ballads

DAVID MURRAY TRIO - Santa Barbara and Crenshaw Follies - The Hill
CONTORTIONS - Throw Me Away - Buy the Contortions
ROTARY CONNECTION - Aladdin - Aladdin
* THE PRIME-TIME SUBLIME - Felini's Pickup Truck - ( ) (Corporate Blob)

* ESSENTIAL LOGIC - Aerosol Burns - Fanfare in the Garden (Kill Rock Stars)
* RED CRAYOLA - Born in Flames - Essential Logic: Fanfare in the Garden (Kill Rock Stars)
* ESSENTIAL LOGIC - The Order Form - Fanfare in the Garden (Kill Rock Stars)
THE RAINCOATS - Black and White - The Raincoats

* USAISAMONSTER - Open Space - Masonic Chronic EP (Infrasound)
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