Archive for September, 2007

Danger DiabolikPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
September 27, 2007

Hosted by Greg Lyon on Thursdays at 2-4 pm
on WPVM Asheville (103.5 FM and www.wpvm.org)

This show is available for listening as an archive for one week after its airing at WPVM’s Archive Page (click on the STREAM button for this show–under the letter ‘G’)

Notes:

– This show was enormously fun. First off, I had never listened to King Sunny Ade before, and that now seems unimaginable. It also means I didn’t know SQUAT about juju music. I guess I still don’t, but I’m about to learn. How I could have listened to so much Fela Kuti and no King Sunny Ade is a mystery. This shall be corrected.

– A disco set!!! YES, a disco set!!! Don’t count on that happening again anytime soon, but I have zero regrets, especially since I turned it into a Euro disco set, with the German ice-queen Gina X Performance, Italy’s Black Devil Disco Club, and the more contemporary German 2raumwohnung, who are remarkably huge in their homeland and so overlooked elsewhere. That’s what you get for singing in German. Their records are really catchy, though, and they simply sound great. Marvelous production.

– Third set was mostly chicks in punk rock, and that also made me very happy. Neonbabies were the late-70s/early-80s German New Wave (Neue Deutsche Welle) band featuring singer Inga Humpe, who is now one-half of 2raumwohnung. Kleenex were a classic Swiss girl-punk band from Zurich, who had to change their name to Liliput because of trademark problems (go figure), so look for the Liliput compilation for that stuff.

– I played two great Ennio Morricone soundtracks today. The first was for Danger: Diabolik, the 1968 James Bond spoof that has the dubious distinction of having been the very last target of Mystery Science Theater 3000, airing in 1999. The second Morricone soundtrack, Days of Heaven, was one I discovered by chance this week while watching the film. I really enjoyed the film, despite Richard Gere, and the music is gorgeous and lush. The soundtrack is hard to find though, as it’s oddly paired with the Clint Eastwood film, Two Mules for Sister Sara.

PLAYLIST:
* = Heavy Rotation at WPVM
+ = New but not (yet) at WPVM
(c) = compilation

Background Music: Randy Weston – Little Niles (Blue Note)

King Sunny Ade – Sunny Ti De – The Best of the Classic Years (Shanachie)
Rail Band – Gansan Na – Salif Keita & Mory Kante
* Marty Ehrlich & Myra Melford – Hymn – Spark! (Palmetto)
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+ Dinosaur L – #1 (You’re Gonna Be Clean on Your Bean) – 24 -> 24 Music (Sleeping Bag)
Gina X Performance – No G.D.M. (7″ edit) – Nice Mover (LTM)
Black Devil – Timing, Forget the Timing – Disco Club EP (Rephlex)
Ennio Morricone – Driving Decoys – Danger: Diabolik (OST)
* Stereo Total – Miss Rébellion des Hormones – Paris Berlin (Kill Rock Stars)
2raumwohnung – Kommt Zusammen – Kommt Zusammen (It Sounds)
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Neonbabies – Profi – Neonbabies (Good Noise)
Kleenex – You – Kleenex / LiLiPuT (Kill Rock Stars)
X-Ray Spex – Obsessed with You – Germ Free Adolescents (EMI)
* Miss Alex White & The Red Orchestra – Future Talk – Space & Time (In the Red)
+ Deerhoof – Holy Night Fever – Free Download Album
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+ Magik Markers – Taste – Boss (Ecstatic Peace!)
* Old Time Relijun – Veleno Mortale – Catharsis in Crisis (K)
* Angels of Light – Black River Song – We Are Him (Young God)
Robert Wyatt – To Saintly Bridget – The End of an Ear (CBS)
Bridget Saint John – To B Without a Hitch – Ask Me No Questions (Cherry Red)
Buffalo Springfield – Come On (Stephen Stills demo) – Box Set
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Ennio Morricone – Days of Heaven: Harvest – Two Mules for Sister Sara + Days of Heaven (OST)
Sibylle Baier – Girl – Colour Green (Orange Twin)
* Damon & Naomi – Lilac Land – Within These Walls (20/20/20)
* Gallio, Voerkel & Frey – Improvisation #1 – Tiegel (Atavistic Unheard Music Series)

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
September 20, 2007

Hosted by Greg Lyon on Thursdays at 2-4 pm
on WPVM Asheville (103.5 FM and www.wpvm.org)

This show is available for listening as an archive for one week after its airing at WPVM’s Archive Page (click on the STREAM button for this show–under the letter ‘G’)

Notes:

– Nothing to say this week, as I’m way behind.

PLAYLIST:
* = Heavy Rotation at WPVM
+ = New but not (yet) at WPVM
(c) = compilation

Background Music: Miles Davis – On the Corner (1972)

Emergency – Emergency Theme – Homage to Peace (America)
Ute Lemper – Das Lied vom Branntweinhädler – Sings Kurt Weill Vol. 2 (London)
* Animal Collective – Peacebone – Strawberry Jam (Domino)
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Tamacun – s/t (ATO)
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* Miss Alex White & the Red Orchestra – I Dig History – Space & Time (In the Red)
* Black Lips – I Saw a Ghost (Lean) – Good Bad Not Evil (Vice)
Bassholes – Bowling Ball – Deaf Mix Vol. 3 (In the Red)
* Lamps – Bob the Cat – Lamps (In the Red)
The Fall – New Face in Hell – Words of Expectation: The BBC Sessions
Klark Kent – Grandelinquent – Music Madness from the Kinetic Kid (IRS)
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* Old Time Relijun – The Tightest Cage / Daemon Meeting – Catharsis in Crisis (K)
* Liars – Houseclouds – Liars (Mute)
* Les Savy Fav – Raging in the Plague Age – Let’s Stay Friends (French Kiss)
The Saints – This Perfect Day – Eternally Yours
* The Styrenes – No Means No – City of Women (Rent a Dog)
* Final Solutions – Mental Shark Bite – Songs by Solutions (Goner)
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* Thurston Moore – Off Work – Trees Outside the Academy (Ecstatic Peace!)
* Ahleuchatistas – Red-Coated Emergency Exit – Even in the Midst… (Cuneiform)
Raccoo-oo-oon – Diamonds in the Dunes – Behold Secret Kingdom (Not Not Fun/Night People)
Soteria Bellou – Phobamai me se chaso – Ta portraita tes Minos-EMI 6
* Jenny Hoyston – Ruff… Ruff… / Rainbow City – Isle Of (Southern)
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Elope – Flatliners – 3WD (Gravitation)
The Rogers Sisters – The Clock – The Invisible Deck (Too Pure)
The Adverts – Bored Teenagers / New Church – Crossing the Red Sea (Bright)
* Home Blitz – A.F.F. – Home Blitz (Gulcher)
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* Charles Mingus Sextet with Eric Dolphy – ATFW You – Cornell 1964 (Blue Note)

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
September 13, 2007

Hosted by Greg Lyon on Thursdays at 2-4 pm
on WPVM Asheville (103.5 FM and www.wpvm.org)

This show is available for listening as an archive for one week after its airing at WPVM’s Archive Page (click on the STREAM button for this show–under the letter ‘G’)

Notes:

– This was a jazz-heavy show, as I simply didn’t feel like rockin’ out today, and I was definitely in the mood to hear the entire first two sections of Steve Lacy’s ‘The Woe’ (recorded 1973, re-released on Emanem Records on a CD that also includes a fantastic Lacy solo date), which is one of the greatest anti-war pieces I know of, in addition to simply being a mind-blowing piece of free jazz, with its constant barrage of overlaid, taped machine gun fire and low-flying bombers. From the liner notes: “Conceived in the horrors of the Vietnam War, it is a melodrama in four parts for quintet, two cassettes of war noises (air & ground) and voice. (The cassettes were played in the studio.) The piece was the principal music we performed during the last two years of the U.S.A.’s involvement in Vietnam. This was the last time we played it. Thanks to Heinz Wehrle and the Zurich Radio, it was recorded (the night before the peace treaty was signed) in its entirety, and broadcast in Switzerland. I have no idea what the reaction was, if any” (Steve Lacy, 1977) If Lacy were around today, I suspect he would be tempted to pull this one out of storage—or write a new Woe.

– The other great jazz anti-war song I can think of Sun Ra’s “Nuclear War,” which unfortunately would coax the FCC into woofing up a nuclear hairball in our direction. So I played the downright creepy last track from Lanquidity, which was originally released in 1978. Once inside your head, that funky riff simply does not leave. Nor does June Tyson’s vocal.

– We just got the Alu Autismenschen CD here at the station. It was recorded back in 1981 but wasn’t released at all until CIP (Crippled Intellect Productions) out of Chicago put it out in 2005. Somebody here asked on the sticker if this was Krautrock, and the answer is no, they’re Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave). But I just discovered that two of the three folks in Alu were also in Sand, which is indeed Krautrock (they’re somewhat famous for their 1974 record, Golem). What’s the difference, you ask? I don’t know, except it’s like pornography, I know it when I hear it. And it’s chronological. If it’s post-punk, it’s NDW, and if it’s post-hippy, it’s Krautrock. So what’s Kraftwerk, you ask? Depends, I guess. Gee, I hope that clears things up.

– I know I played the Swedish post-punk band Kräldjursanstalten at some point this summer, but I don’t have a record of it, so perhaps it was a hallucination. Anyway, they were huge Beefheart freaks, and it shows. Now, if only there were a whole lot more Beefheart freaks out there in the world…

– I said it on the air, and I’ll say it here: Dave Burrell is one of the most interesting jazzmen currently on the planet. Every new (and old) record by this guy is a revelation. Last year’s Momentum was no exception.

PLAYLIST:
* = Heavy Rotation at WPVM
+ = New but not (yet) at WPVM
(c) = compilation

Background Music: Rova Saxophone Quartet – As Was (Metalanguage)

Steve Lacy Quintet – The Woe: The Wax & The Wage – Weal & Woe (Emanem)
Sun Ra – There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) – Lanquidity (Evidence)
* Keefe Jackson’s Fast Citizens – Signs – Ready Everyday (Delmark)
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Young Marble Giants – Final Day – Colossal Youth & Collected Works (Domino)
* Christy & Emily – Thunder & Lightning – Gueen’s Head (Social Registry)
* Prinzhorn Dance Club – I Do Not Like Change – s/t (DFA/Astralwerks)
B. C. Gilbert – Reaction Times – Ordier (Table of the Elements)
* Alu (CIP) – Big Fon – Autismenschen (CIP)
* Stereo Total – Chewinggum – Paris Berlin (Kill Rock Stars)
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Kräldjursanstalten – Fet och weg (Fat and Cowardly) – Nu är det Allvar!!! & Voodoo Boogie (Megaphone)
Captain Beefheart – 25th Century Quaker – Mirror Man Sessions (Buddha)
Dave Burrell – Downfall – Momentum (High Two)
* Brion Gysin – Illusion – Live in London 1982 (Sub Rosa)
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* Michael Yonkers – Damsel Fair and Your Angel– Grimwood (De Stijl)
Roy Harper – She’s the One – Folkjokeupus
*Don Cherry – Neopolitan Suite: Dios & Diablo – Live at Montmartre 1966 (ESP-Disk)

Home BlitzPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
September 6, 2007

Hosted by Greg Lyon on Thursdays at 2-4 pm
on WPVM Asheville (103.5 FM and www.wpvm.org)

Notes:

– “Whoa-uh. I gotta get some gum. One second…” That my friends, is the greatest line of any garage punk song I’ve heard literally in years. And I have one Daniel DiMaggio of Home Blitz to thank for it. Yeah, I know the guy, and I like him and all that (we both worked at WPRB in Princeton, New Jersey, where he’s done amazing radio shows since he was in high school), but even if I didn’t, I’m sure I would recognize the sublime quality, the heart-wrenching honesty, the agonizing post-adolescent beauty, the breathtaking attention to detail, and utter craftsmanship of this slab of metal and plastic. And yes, I’m shitting you. It’s about as subtle as the Electric Eels, or even less so, and that’s fine by me. If you want to read an interview with Daniel–and believe me, you do–go to the Slippy Town website.

– The punk jazz skronk of 16-17 was my biggest discovery of the week. They were a 3-piece (sax, guitar and electronics, drums) from Basel, Switzerland, which marks the second week in a row that I’ve pushed something from Switzerland. Go figure. 16-17’s early recordings from the 1980s are now available in a 2-CD set from Savage Land Records, and you can read more about them at their website there. Sick sick sick. I’ll say no more than that.

PLAYLIST:
* = Heavy Rotation at WPVM
+ = New but not (yet) at WPVM
(c) = compilation

Background Music: Sonny Rollins – A Night at the Village Vanguard

Roland Kirk – Slippery, Hippery, Flippery – Rip, Rig and Panic (Limelight)
+ Alan Sondheim / Ritual All 770 – [track 4] – The Songs (Fire Museum)
* Nina Nastasia & Jim White – The Day I Would Bury You – You Follow Me (Fat Cat)
Scout Niblett – Relax – Kidnapped by Neptune (Too Pure)
Ekkehard Ehlers – Strange Things – A Life without Fear (Staubgold)
* Voice of the Seven Woods – Sayat Nova – s/t (B-Music)
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Magma – Malaria – s/t (Philips)
Amon Düül II – Restless Skylight-Transistor Child – Tanz der Lemminge (Liberty)
* Pontiak – Shell & Skull – Sun on Sun (Fireproof)
Boss Hog – Some Sara – Girl Positive Plus (Toy’s Factory)
* Angels of Light – Not Here/Not Now – We Are Him (Young God)
Born Heller – I Want To – Born Heller (Locust)
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The Who – Leaving Here – BBC Sessions (MCA)
(c) The Elastic Band – Spazz – Pebbles Vol. 1
* Turbo Fruits – Volcano – s/t (Ecstatic Peace!)
* Home Blitz – Hey! – Home Blitz (Gulcher)
Tokyo Electron – Hangman’s Song – Tokyo Electron (Empty)
* Harlan T. Bobo – God’s Lamb – I’m Your Man (Goner)
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* Prinzhorn Dance School – Black Bunker – s/t (DFA)
Ikara Colt – One Note – One Note CD EP (Fantastic Plastic)
16–17 – Eva – Early Recordings (Savage Land)
* New Ghost – Eyewitness – Live Upstairs at Nick’s (ESP-Disk)
George Adams / James ‘Blood’ Ulmer Quartet – Recess – Jazzbühne Berlin ‘85 (Repertoire)
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Lyn Collins – Mama Feelgood – James Brown’s Funky People (Polydor)
Curtis Mayfield – Future Shock – Back to the World (Curtom/Charly)
* Michael Garrick Trio – Moonscape – Moonscape (Trunk)