The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
A WPVM Radio Show Hosted by Greg Lyon
Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
August 22, 2003
Hosted by Greg Lyon on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 FM and

Notes on this week's program:

-- PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENT: Entrance will be playing live on my show next week (August 29)! Entrance is the nom de musique for Guy Blakeslee, and his debut record on Tiger Style is really great. He tells me that he's bringing a drummer to go along with his echo-laden blues guitar, so it should be really interesting.

-- This show was full of errors of all kinds, but I will only speak of the misinformation that I propagated. I will clear some of it up now: 1) Gabor Szabo was Hungarian, not Turkish; 2) New River Head was the seventh, not the second Bevis Frond album; 3) Artistry was Sirone's first release as the named leader, not the second; 4) The Straight Horn of Steve Lacy from 1960 was his 3rd record as a leader.

-- Discovery of the Week: Rev. Charlie Jackson's early 70s guitar gospel singles compiled on CD, God's Got It, the first release on CaseQuarter Records, a new label from the AUM Fidelity folks and dedicated to southern gospel releases. Powerful stuff. Click on the picture to go to their website.

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

[Theme Music: Gabor Szabo - His Greatest Hits]

GABOR SZABO - Simpatico - His Greatest Hits
BOBBY FULLER 4 - Love's Made a Fool of You - Best of
* PEDAL STEEL TRANSMISSION - Waiting - The Angel of the Squared Circle (Cardboard Sangria)
* THE BEVIS FROND - White Sun - New River Head (reissue--Rubric)
FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Who Are the Brain Police? - Freak Out!
SIRONE - Illusions of Reality - Artistry (1978, Of the Cosmos)

* STARVATIONS - Rebel Angel - Get Well Soon (GSL)
* DEZURIK SISTERS - I Left Her Standing There - (c) Flowers in the Wildwood: Women in Early Country Music 1923-1939 (Trikont)
* CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - She's Too Much for My Mirror/My Human Gets Me Blues - (c) Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music 2 (Sub Rosa)

* ANDREW BIRD - Action/Adventure - Weather Systems (Righteous Babe)
DINNER IS RUINED - Valentine - Elevator Music for Non-Claustrophobic People
TEENAGE FANCLUB - I Need Direction - Howdy!
THE BYRDS - I See You - Fifth Dimension
STEREOLAB - UHF-MFP - The Groop Played "Space Age Bachelor Pad Music"

BILL DIXON - Metamorphosis 1962-66 - Intents and Purposes
* TERRY CALLIER - It's About Time - The New Folks Sounds of... (Fantasy)
* CONSONANT - Dumb Joy - Love of Affliction (Fenway)

ROSA ESKENAZI - Ime Prezakias (I Am a Junkie) (1935) - (c) Rembetika: Songs of the Greek Underground (1925-1947)
ELECTRIC PRUNES - Are You Lovin' Me More (But Enjoying It Less) - Lost Dreams
(R) THE STATUS QUO - Pictures of Matchstick Men - Nuggets Box (Disc 3)
* DILLINGER - Cokane in My Brain - Ultimate Collection (Hip-O)
* REVEREND CHARLIE JACKSON - Fix It Jesus - God's Got It (CaseQuarter)
* DOC WATSON - Deep River Blues - Trouble In Mind: Doc Watson Country Blues Collection (Sugar Hill)

AMON DÜÜL 2 -Chewing Gum Telegram - Tanz der Lemminge
CAN - 19th-century Man - Delay 1968
THE MOMES - Ghosts - Spiralling
* BLACK ELF SPEAKS - Unseen Grain - Elvish Presley (Bulb)
GO-BETWEENS - Woman Across the Way - Promo Bonus Disc
ENTRANCE - Never Afraid - The Kingdom of Heaven Must Be Taken by Storm (Tiger Style)

* THELONIOUS MOOG - Misterioso - Yes, We Didn't (Grown Up)
STEVE LACY - Criss Cross - The Straight Horn of
* MADLIB - Slim's Return (orig. by Gene Harris) - Shades of Blue (Blue Note)
* CURSEOVDIALECT - The Fall of Houlihan - Lost in the Real Sky (Mush)

* SILKWORM - And Then... - You Are Dignified (Touch & Go)

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
August 15, 2003
Hosted by Greg Lyon on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 FM and

Notes on this week's program:

-- Les Georges Leningrad is awfully crazy art punk from Montreal. Good.

-- One valid way to describe the new Consonant record: more of the same.
Another valid way to describe the new Consonant record: a breath of fresh air amidst a summer spate of bludgeoningly tedious indie rock releases (see related production rant in Gun Club note).

-- Captain Beyond was a 70s acid-rock super-group formed by members of Iron Butterfly, Deep Purple, and the Johnny Winters Band. Tight, trite, and yet irresistible, at least for me over the next week or so, until the novelty wears off.

-- The Gun Club's 2nd and 3rd records, Miami and The Las Vegas Story, arrived in the mail this week thanks to ebay. [Click on the photo for an interesting article on the Gun Club from the excellent online zine, Perfect Sound Forever; image from Gun Club fan Ger Potze's site]. Should have bought them a long time ago, as they do not disappoint. I really like the new album on GSL by The Starvations, who are often compared to the Gun Club. Upon hearing them back-to-back, I can say that despite the vocalist similarities, the thing that struck me was how different the production was back in the early 80s. The modern indie rock sound is just... thinner and more compressed, particularly the drums and guitar. The early 80s sound may be dated, but I'm convinced that engineers were much better at giving each instrument its due in the mix, even when there's a lot going on. [An entire treatise could follow here about Mitch Easter, Steve Fisk, Bob Weston, and Steve Albini, but I shall restrain myself.]

-- Johnny Thunders solo acoustic could be extraordinary. Every time I listen to the album Hurt Me, recorded in a Paris studio in 1983, I am transfixed. If you've been burnt by iffy Thunders releases from the same period, do not be afraid of this one.

-- Strong Little Legs' Daniel DiMaggio was right to praise the Edward Gorey concept CD by Max Nagl. The track I played featured British jazz improv deity Lol Coxhill reading the Gorey story.

-- Other great stuff I was most glad I played: ST. Mikael (Swedish psych from the 90s), The Dogs (French pop-punk from their 1980 2nd record and a personal record collection holy grail--along with their first record, whose image here is from the Dogs Fan Club site, click on it to go there), Lee "Scratch" Perry (amazing mid-70s dub--now I get the genius label), Le Stelle di Mario Schifano (1967 Italian VU/Warhol-influenced stuff: go to Julian Cope's Head Heritage for more info), and Don Cherry (from 1966, with Pharoah Sanders, Henry Grimes, and Ed Blackwell--a monster session).

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

[Theme Music: ANANDA SHANKAR - s/t (Reprise, 1970)]

ANANDA SHANKAR - Jumpin' Jack Flash - Ananda Shankar
HERBIE MANN (featuring Sonny Sharrock on guitar) - Philly Dog - Live at the Whisky A Go Go (1969)
* DIPLOMATS OF SOLID SOUND - Ribsticker - Let's Cool One (Estrus)
* FIREWATER - Before the Fall - The Man on the Burning Tightrope (Jetset)
* LES GEORGES LENINGRAD - La Chienne - Deux Hot Dogs Moutarde Chou (Blow the Fuse)

(R) BLACK FLAG - White Minority - Everything Went Black
A-FRAMES - Skeletons - A-Frames 2 (S-S Records)
* DIE MONITR BATSS - Spread Yr Leggs, Release the Batss - Youth Controllers (Dim Mak)
WANDA JACKSON - Fujiyama Mama - Queen of Rockabilly
* RITA CHAO & THE QUESTS - Hanky Panky - (c) Girls in the Garage Vol. 9: Oriental Specials (Romulan)
THE JACKS - Gloomy Flower - Vacant World

RICHARD LLOYD - Number 9 - Alchemy
* MICHAEL YONKERS BAND - The Thunder Speaks - Microminiature Love (Sub Pop)
* QUINTRON - Place Unknown - Are You Ready for an Organ Solo? (31G)
* FORGET CASSETTES - Like Tiny Swords - Instruments of Action (Theory 8)
* CONSONANT - Mysteries of the Holiday Camp - Love and Affliction (Fenway)

CAPTAIN BEYOND - Thousand Days of Yesterdays (Time Since Come & Gone) - Captain Beyond
ELEVENTH DREAM DAY - Sunflower - After This Time Is Gone (radio promo EP, 1993)
BOLA SETE - Soul Samba - At the Monterey Jazz Festival (1966)
* COMETS ON FIRE - Comets on Fire - Comets on Fire (Alternative Tentacles)
* RADAR SECRET SERVICE - Shut in Active Life - Stop Communication (On/On Switch)

* THE STARVATIONS - Red Wine - Get Well Soon (GSL)
THE GUN CLUB - The Stranger in Our Town - The Las Vegas Story
+ THE CRAMPS - Fissure of Rolando - Fiends of Dope Island
JOHNNY THUNDERS - I Like to Play Games - Hurt Me
ST. MIKAEL - The Turkish Flower - Soul Flower

MAX NAGL (lyrics by Edward Gorey) - The Doubtful Guest - The Evil Garden (November)
GASTR DEL SOL - Eye Street - The Serpentine Similar
THE DOGS - Walking Shadows - Walking Shadows
* TURN PALE - Peaceable Kingdom - Kill the Lights (What Else?)

LEE PERRY & THE UPSETTERS - Dread Lock Talking - Revolution Dub
* CUT-OUT - The Power Brokers - Interlude with Fun Machine (Starlight)
DON CHERRY - Taste Maker - Where Is Brooklyn? (1966, Blue Note)
LE STELLE DI MARIO SCHIFANO - E dopo - Dedicato a (Akarma)

ANANDA SHANKAR - Light My Fire - Ananda Shankar
MU - Let's Get Sick - Afro-Finger & Gel (Output)
* POLYSICS - MS-17 - Neu (Asian Man)

999 - No Pity - 999 (1978)

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
August 8, 2003
Hosted by Greg Lyon on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 FM and

Notes on this week's program:

-- The background music for today was taken from the Eddie Lang & Joe Venuti box set that recently came out on JSP Records. Eddie Lang died of a botched tonsillectomy in 1933, right before Django Reinhardt started his recording career. As far as I can determine, Lang is the singular master of early jazz guitar (click on his picture for more info). He also played duets in 1928/9 with Lonnie Johnson, the blues guitarist who also cut sides with Louis Armstrong. I will feature those next week or soon thereafter. JSP Records has an extraordinary catalog of early jazz, blues, and country music--I suppose of sides that are in the public domain. Don't let the low price fool you--these things sounds MUCH better than most reissues of the same material, including the much-praised Columbia Records reissues, which have been so stripped of "noise" that they retain very little of the actual dynamics. I was listening to my early Louis Armstrong on Columbia last night and have decided that they are unacceptable and must be replaced by the JSP box of the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens.

-- I get a Funkadelic request every week, I think from different listeners. What's up with that?

-- After I said that I didn't know where Steve Lacy was living nowadays, a caller informed me that he is now teaching at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Their jazz faculty already included Ran Blake, Cecil McBee, George Russell, Joe Morris, and Paul Bley, just to name a few. Heavens.

-- Träd, gräs och stenar (Swedish for "Trees grass and stones") did the 10-minute 1969 cover of "Satisfaction." Extremely tribal in a psychedelic hippy way, akin to Amon Düül 1. One group of listeners did not care for it. I weep for their souls.

-- The Electric Sugarcube Flashbacks comp(s) are marvelous. I love that "Jabberwock" song, and Herbal Mixture is essentially the Groundhogs before they were the Groundhogs.

-- A new Robert Wyatt album is on the way in the next two months--his first since Shleep in 1997.

-- Arthur Russell's "World of Echo" is a crazy slice of New York art-damaged no wave/new wave, featuring mostly his voice and cello with lots of echo and some other electronic effects. All recorded from 1980-86, this album has not been released on CD. Russell died of AIDS in 1992. This MUST be reissued!

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

[Theme Music: EDDIE LANG AND JOE VENUTI - The New York Sessions 1926-1935 (JSP box)]

THE SMOKE - You Can't Catch Me - It's Smoke Time
THE GRIFTERS - Last Man Alive - Ain't My Lookout
* U CAN UNLEARN GUITAR - She Don't Know About Art - No Strings (Yelpco)
MODERN LOVERS - Roadrunner #2 - Original Modern Lovers

* THE VANISHING - Lost in Pictures - Songs for Psychotic Children (GSL)
SUNSHINE - Hysterical Loops (Darkwave Vol. 2) - Hysterical Stereo Loops, Beats and Bloody Lips (GSL)
BRIAN ENO - Third Uncle - Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy

THE STOOGES - No Fun - Iggy and the Stooges
(R) JAMES BROWN - I Got the Feelin'
(R) FUNKADELIC - Lunchmeataphobia - One Nation Under a Groove
* VOLTAIRE BROTHERS - Transparabolicwobblemegatronic... - I Sing the Booty Electric (Fall of Rome)

STEVE LACY - Wave Lover - The Beat Suite (Sunnyside)
BERROCAL, COSTER, AND FERLET - Anonymous - Muziq Muzik
* TUSSLE - Eye Contact - 12" (Troubleman Unlimited)
BLUE ORCHIDS - The House That Faded Out - A Darker Bloom
* CURSEOVDIALECT - Multicultural Markets - Lost in the Real Sky (Mush)
WILLEM BREUKER KOLLEKTIEF - Our Day Will Come - Live in Berlin (1975)

* TRÄD, GRÄS OCH STENAR - I Can't Get No Satisfaction - s/t (Silence--Sweden)
* THE MEDIUMS - Diga Me - Out Demons Out! (CDR)
BOEING DUVEEN & THE BEAUTIFUL SOUP - Jabberwock - (c) Electric Sugarcube Flashbacks
* THE LONESOME ORGANIST - The Moped - Forms & Follies (Thrill Jockey)
HERBAL MIXTURE - Machines - (c) Electric Sugarcube Flashbacks

ROBERT WYATT - Soup Song - Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard
* THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA - Theme de Yoyo - Man with a Movie Camera (Ninja Tune)
(R) THIEVERY CORPORATION - Omid (Hope) - The Richest Man in Babylon
* AFRIKA BAMBAATA & THE SOULSONIC FORCE - Looking for the Perfect Beat - (c) Grand Theft Auto Vice City OST Vol. 5 (10th St. Lounge)

ARTHUR RUSSELL - Tree House - World of Echo
THE EX & TOM CORA - Batium - Scrabbling at the Lock
* A-FRAMES - Plastica - A-Frames (S-S Records)

* THE SUNTANAMA - Taking a Moment for New Life - Another (Drag City)
NEIL YOUNG - World on a String - Tonight's the Night
BILL MONROE & DOC WATSON - Watson's Blues - Live Duet Recordings 1963-1980
THE ZOMBIES - Care of Cell - Odyssey & Oracle
GORKY'S ZYGOTIC MYNCI - Y Ffordd Oren (The Orange Way) - Introducing...
SPUNK - Epleslang - (c) Fjord Focus: A Norwegian Sampler (free with Wire Magazine #224)

HARRY MCCLINTOCK - The Big Rock Candy Mountains - (c) Railroad Songs & Ballads (Rounder)

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
August 1, 2003
Hosted by Greg Lyon on Fridays at 3-6 pm
on WPRB Princeton (103.3 FM and

Notes on this week's program:

-- While watching the French Connection recently, I realized that I must have the soundtrack. It's by Don Ellis, a jazz trumpeter who played with Mingus, Dolphy, and George Russell on the classic Ezz-thetics album. It turns out that the soundtrack had never been released before 2001, when the folks at Film Score Monthly put out a limited edition CD of it. Clicking on the picture will take you there.

-- Prey is evidently Barry from Add N to X. I liked the instrumental piece I played.

-- The Groundhogs always make me smile. Blues Obituary is from 1969.

-- Sonny Rollins doing 'A Night in Tunisia' on the famous A Night at the Village Vanguard LP was a highlight for me today. The playing is revelatory, and the recording is so immediate that you feel like you're at the table closest to the stage.

-- I played a set of music from the Recommended Records Sampler from 1982. Recommended was started by Chris Cutler, drummer for Henry Cow. I had listened carefully to the Homosexuals and This Heat songs on it, but the rest had washed over me--until this week. What a great compilation. A CD reissue would be quite nice.

-- Speaking of reissues, Alcohol Record has finally released the CD of Ron Pate and His Debonairs (featuring Reverend Fred Lane) Raudelanas 'Pataphysical Revue (originally 1975). Interest in this album seems to have risen greatly since its appearance in a certain Top 100 list in The Wire magazine. I played a different Ron Pate track from the Recommended sampler, and it's pretty wacky in a jazzy way, reminding me a bit of mid-period James White and even Buster Poindexter.

-- Is Max Roach a god or what? Every time I hear him play a solo piece, I am reminded of his deity.

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

[Theme Music: DON ELLIS - The French Connection (soundtrack)]

SIR RICHARD BISHOP - Corpuscle - (c) Wooden Guitar (Locust)

PREY - Green Owl's Tongue - Always Ahead of the Game 12" (Horseglue)
CANNIBAL OX - Atom - The Cold Vein

STEVE LACY & BRION GYSIN - I Don't Work You Dig - Songs
OUTHUD - Hair Dude, You're Steeping on My Mystique - Stread DAD
(R) SMOG - Ambition - Supper
MARC RIBOT Y LOS CUBANOS POSTIZOS - Postizo - The Prosthetic Cubans

RITA CHAO AND THE QUESTS - How to Catch a Girl - (c) Girls in the Garage Vol. 9 (Singapore gals on Romulan Records)
SHAM 69 - Leave Me Alone - That's Life
* MELT BANANA - A Dreamer Who Is Too Weak to Face Up To - Cell-Scrape (A-Zap)
LIFE WITHOUT BUILDINGS - PS Exclusive - Any Other City
+ THE FIERY FURNACES - I'm Gonna Run - (demo CDR by this NYC band)
GROUNDHOGS - Mistreated - Blues Obituary

BASSHOLES - Bowling Ball - Deaf Mix Vol. 3 (In the Red)
THE GORIES - Hey Hey We're the Gories - I Know You Fine But How You Doin'
* THE LEFTOVERS - Cigarettes and Alcohol - (c) Tales from the Australian Underground (Feel Presents)
* ISOCRACY - Rodeo - (c) Punk 7 Inch CD Vol 1: 1988-1989 (Lookout)
* QUINTRON - Teenage Antoinette - Are You Ready for an Organ Solo? (31G)
SONNY ROLLINS - Night in Tunisia - A Night at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note)

THE MISUNDERSTOOD - Who Do You Love - Before the Dream Faded
THE RED KRAYOLA - Chemistry - 7" (Thrill Jockey)
* THE ANIMAL COLLECTIVE - Slippi - Here Comes the Indian (Paw Tracks/Carpark)
THE YACHTS - Yachting Types - Starry Eyes: DIY UK Pop 2 (1978-79)
NEU - After 8 - Neu 75

All songs in this set from the Recommended Records Sampler (1982):
HEINER GOEBBELS - Berlin Ku-Damm 12/4/81 -
THE HOMOSEXUALS - Walk Before Imitate
RON PATE - I Talk to My Haircut
THE WORK - Houdini

THE GODZ - Oh Woman - Godz Bless California (ESP-Disk)
* [unnamed] - [girl attempting to sing] - Low Noise Quality Tape (found answering machine tapes)
* THE LONESOME ORGANIST - The Moon Fugue - Forms and Follies (Thrill Jockey)

MAX ROACH - Sassy Max (Self-Portrait) - Survivors
THE AESTHETICS - Sufi - Off (Mental Telemetry)

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