Archive for October, 2007

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Yaala Yaala RecordsPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
October 25, 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:

- Into the Hot was the 1961 follow-up to Gil Evans’ 1960 great post-Miles-Davis album Out of the Cool. But it’s not clear that Gil Evans had much of anything to do with this one. Instead, it’s trumpeter/composer/arranger Johnny Carisi who’s in charge–on at least half of the album. The other half might as well be a Cecil Taylor Septet record, as it’s them (including Henry Grimes, Jimmy Lyons, Ted Curson, Roswell Rudd, Archie Shepp, and Sunny Murray!!!) performing Cecil Taylor compositions. Very strange. I guess we have to give Evans credit for bringing this thing together, but I don’t get it. There must be a story behind this, but I couldn’t find it.

– My biggest revelation of the week was the Mark Stewart and Maffia cut I played, "Liberty City," from the 1983 album Learning to Cope with Cowardice. Stewart had been the frontman for the fiercely political and noisy post-punk band The Pop Group, and then he joined Adrian Sherwood’s New Age Steppers project, before recording this, his first solo effort. I’ve always been skeptical of the British white guys doing dub thing (don’t really care for that period of the Clash, for example), but maybe all my recent listening to real dub has triggered a swtich in my brain to allow me to dig this stuff too. Regardless of how it happened, I really dug this cut. It’s rather gratifying to discover that a record you’ve owned for years and years and never really paid attention to is actually great. Now I guess I have to pick up those New Age Steppers records somewhere (what a terrible band name). Click on the album cover to go to a nice Mark Stewart & Maffia website.

– I continued to be bowled over by the African stuff coming out on Yaala Yaala records. Here’s a great post about the Pekos / Yoro Diallo release from one of my favorite blogs, Outer Space Gamelan. It would seem that Pekos and Yoro Diallo are the artists who collaborated on the cassette from which this CD was compiled, but there is no information about them. I don’t know how I feel about this, really. Jack Carneal, the guy behind Yaala Yaala, lived in Mali for years, and that’s when he picked up this stuff, and although I take his word that finding out more about these griots is difficult going, they must have an audience if they’re having cassettes sold in their names, and one would also think they play live at times. My point is: there should be more info on these amazing artists, and the excuses for not having it probably have more to do with lack of linguistic and investigative acumen than with a west African cultural aversion to "verification," as Carneal reports in the sorry excuse for notes that comes with the CD. That said, I’m incredibly grateful to Carneal (and likewise to his friends at another label, Sublime Frequencies, for that matter) for making it possible for me to listen to this music. Very grateful indeed.

– I finished the show with a track from one of the best big band collections I own, Chick Webb 1929-1934 on Classics Records. Because he died in 1939 at the age of 30, Webb tends to be overlooked when discussing the big band greats. Too bad. He’s the guy who gave a teenaged Ella Fitzgerald her first big break, and his drumming was always ace, despite suffering a hunchback because of congenital tuberculosis of the spine. Chick Webb rocked.

Background Music: Gil Evans – Into the Hot (Impulse)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Gil Evans Orchestra Pots Into the Hot Impulse Cecil Taylor composition  
Steve Lacy – Roswell Rudd Quartet The Bath Early and Late Cuneiform Amsterdam, June 1999 *
Old Time Relijun The Tighest Cage Catharsis in Crisis K still diggin’ this new one *
Mark Stewart & Maffia Liberty City Learning to Cope with Cowardice On-U More brilliant that I remembered.  
Pekos / Yoro Diallo Track 1 s/t Yaala Yaala Everything on Yaala Yaala I’ve heard has been revelatory *
Chicago Afrobeat Project bscg2 (A) Move to Silent Unrest s/r Surpisingly good afrobeat *
Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers Buster’s Boogie Natural Boogie Alligator most distinctive fuzz guitar in blues history?  
Roger Petway Catfish Blues Last Kind Words Mississippi compilation LP, a birthday gift from my friend Nick, who’s the best  
Dock Boggs Pretty Polly His Folkways Years 1963-1968 Smithsonian Folkways Don’t underestimate the later Boggs recordings!  
Magik Markers Body Rot Boss Ecstatic Peace! Very Sonic Youth *
Health Ticeratops s/t Lovepump United L.A. post-punk *
The Seeds You Can’t Be Trusted s/t GNP Crescendo L.A. pre-punk (1966)  
Les Savy Fav Raging in the Plague Age Let’s Stay Friends French Kiss medieval post-punk *
The Undertones Hypnotised Hypnotised Sire 2nd album, 1980.  
The Mice Felicia For Almost Ever Scooter Scat 1985 Cleveland gem  
Robert Pollard Count Us In Coast to Coast Carpet of Love Merge from one of two new releases *
MV & EE with the Golden Road Mama My Gettin’ Gone Ecstatic Peace! Matt Valentine couldn’t sound more like Neil Young *
Mono Memorie dal futuro Gone: A Collection of EPs 2000-2007 Temporary Residence Japanese instrumental indie rock, recorded by Steve Albini *
The Go-Betweens Twin Layers of Lightning Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express Beggars Banquet 4th album, 1986. Song has gorgeous vibraphone  
Chick Webb I Can’t Dance I Got Ants in My Pants 1929-1934 Classics too often overlooked, one of the biggest bandleaders of the big band era (even if he was a small guy)  

Yaala Yaala RecordsPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
October 4, 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:

– Besides AC/DC (and U.S. Maple playing AC/DC), I was particularly moved this week by the track I played from the Bougouni Yaalali compilation of music from Mali. It’s on a new label, Yaala Yaala, which according to the website is the response given by many Bougounian musicians when you ask them what’s up: "Ça va?" "Yaala yaala" (just wandering). There are two other CDs on the label, which is a subsidiary of Drag City, but I haven’t heard thoseyet.

– It’s a real shame that the Sirone album, Artistry, from 1978 has not been reissued, although according to a 2004 article, there are at least plans to do so. Sirone was the bassist in the Revolutionary Ensemble, but what makes Artistry so unique is the instrumentation: Sirone on bass, James Newton on flute, Muneer Bernard Fennell on cello, and Don Moye on percussion. Try to find that combination somewhere else. And the songs are phenomenal.

Background Music: Julius Hemphill – ‘Coon Bid’ness (Arista Freedom, 1975)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
U.S. Maple Sin City AC/DC Sides 1-4 Skin Graft compilation double 7"  
AC/DC What’s Next to the Moon Powerage Atlantic the real thing  
Qui New Orleans Love’s Miracle Ipecac David Yow’s new band *
Les Savy Fav The Equestrian Let’s Stay Friends French Kiss better than I expected *
Magik Markers Taste Boss Ecstatic Peace! can’t resist this song *
Minutemen Jesus and Tequila Double Nickels on the Dime SST once upon a time, my show theme (back at WXDU, Durham)  
Mekons Dickie Chalkie and Nobby Natural Quarterstick first record in 3 years *
The Resonars Nonetheless Blue Nonetheless Blue Get Hip new sunny California garage pop *
The Shays Brainwashed The Essential Pebbles Collection AIP old garage rock  
The Cynics The Ring Here We Are Get Hip new garage psych *
Robert Pollard Pill Gone Girl Standard Gargoyle Decisions Merge from one of two new albums *
Uz Jsme Doma Feelings of Fences Cod-Liver Oil Skoda Czech band, like Plastic People crossed with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum *
Orthrelm [tracks 1-10] Asristir Vieldriox Troubleman Unlimited 99 tracks, just under 13 minutes  
Han Bennink & Terrie Ex Kieft The Laughing Owl Terp they have a new one I haven’t heard yet  
Cabaret Voltaire Doubled Delivery 1974-76 Industrial / Mute early stuff  
David Thomas & Two Pale Boys Weird Cornfields Erewhon Cooking Vinyl 1996  
Old Time Relijun Liberation Catharsis in Crisis K yet another track from this; I can’t get enough *
Sirone Illusions of Reality Artistry Of the Cosmos 1978, still not released on CD  
Various Artists Track 3 Bougouni Yaalali Yaala Yaala phenomenal stuff from Mali *
Savage Republic So It Is Written Jamahiriya Fundamental sounding dated  
Health Crimewave Health Lovepump United L.A. noisy rock *
Gun Club Preaching the Blues Early Warning Sympathy for the Record Industry L.A. old-school cowpunk  
Lamps Bob the Cat Lamps In the Red L.A. new-school garage punk *
Groundhogs Split Part 3 Split BGO 1971  
Pre Nope Fun Epic Fits Skin Graft first new Skin Graft I’ve heard in a while *
Larry Young Sunshine Fly Away Lawrence of Newark Castle 1973  

Sun City Girls flyerPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
October 11, 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:

– Today was my birthday, so I gave myself the treat of the Sun City Girls (gotta love that gig poster, from their website) and two by The Fall, for which I have a further excuse, namely that today the weather turned suddenly and brutally to a fall chill.

– Frode Haltli is a Norwegian accordian player, and on his new ECM release, Passing Images, he is joined by one of Norway’s true music goddesses, Maja Ratkje, who now is evidently going by her big-ass name, Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje. She’s in the avant-garde knob-twisting duo Fe-mail, as well as the larger avant-grrl ensemble Spunk, not to mention her other super-numerous projects. I liked the Haltli CD, but it’s much mellower than most things I’ve heard associated with Ratkje. Then again, it’s his record, not hers.

Background Music: Pharoah Sanders – Black Unity (Impulse, 1972)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Sun City Girls Blue Mambo Torch of the Mystics Majora/Tupelo  
The Fall Two Librans The Unutterable Cog Sinister I’m a libra  
Old Time Relijun A Wild Harvest Catharsis in Crisis K *
This Heat Horizontal Hold Made Available: John Peel Session These This has been reissued as part of the box set  
Ahleuchatistas Elegant Proof Even in the Midst… Cuneiform Asheville band! *
African Roots of Jazz The Healer / Don’t Break Luv n’ Haight Ubiquity compilation  
Johnny Guitar Watson Superman Lover Ain’t That a Bitch This Record Co. Ltd. smooth, cheesy, delicious  
Charles Mingus Sextet So Long Eric Cornell 1964 Blue Note newly discovered recording *
Frode Haltli Jag haver ingen kärare Passing Images ECM with Maja Ratkje *
Damon & Naomi Defibrillation Within These Walls 20/20/20 former Galaxy 500 folks with Michio Kurihara sitting in on guitar *
MV & EE with the Golden Road Susquehanna (sole art trample) Gettin’ Gone Ecstatic Peace! Matt Valentine and Erika Elder *
The Red Krayola with Arts & Language Jerry Fodor’s Story Sighs Trapped By Liars Drag City I like this record a lot *
Akron/Family Don’t Be Afraid, You’re Already Dead Love Is Simple Young God uh, I pull a Schulz on this one *
Qui Apartment Love’s Miracle Ipecac David Yow’s new band *
Crime Piss on Your Dog / Feel the Beat San Francisco’s Doomed Solar Lodge I think this has found a more recent release, but I’m not sure.  
Lamps Elisio Lamps In the Red Is this Lamps 2? I think it’s the second self-titled release *
Final Solutions Telepathic Ray Songs by Solutions Goner This Memphis crap is growing on me *
Pontiak Shell and Skull Sun on Sun Fire Proof Records from Baltimore *
Clockcleaner Human Pigeon Babylon Rules Load from Philadelphia, and appropriately ugly *
The Fall Flat of Angles Dragnet Step Forward / IRS 1979, the second record, and probably my favorite  

KraanPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
October 4, 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:

– Kraan is Krautrock from 1972. They evidently have several more records, which I haven’t heard. I guess it’s time finally to read Julian Cope’s survey of the genre, Krautrocksampler. Sadly, I just discovered that it’s out of print. But Cope has written a new book, this time on the Japanese heavy psych scene in the 70s, and he calls it Japrocksampler. By the way, Cope’s website, Head Heritage, is great for info on old and new psych of the brain-meltingly heavy variety.

– We got two new CDs from the great Belgian label Crammed Disc at the station recently, and they’re both tasty: one by the Romanian gypsy master-musicians, Taraf de Haïdouks, and the other a live set by those crazy Congolese percussionists, Konono N°1. That makes us all very happy.

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Old Time Relijun Indestructible Life! Catharsis in Crisis K *
Voice of the Seven Woods Underwater Tourney s/t Twisted Nerve *
Julian Cope Soon to Forget Ya You Gotta Problem with Me Head Heritage +
Kraan Sarah’s Ritt durch den Schwarzwald Kraan Spiegelei 1972
Kinski Crybaby Blowout Down Below It’s Chaos Sub Pop *
Walt Dickerson & Sun Ra Space Dance Visions Steeplechase 1978
The Rempis Percussion Quartet Larks and Loons Hunter-Gatherers 482 Music playing at Bobo Gallery in Asheville tonight *
Laughing Clowns Theme from "Mad Flies, Mad Flies" Mr. Uddich-Schmuddich Goes to Town Prince Melon 1982
The Fiery Furnaces Automatic Husband Widow City Thrill Jockey *
Look Blue Go Purple In Your Favour This is This EP Flying Nun New Zealand 1988
Prinzhorn Dance School Don’t Talk to Strangers s/t DFA *
The Red Krayola with Arts & Language Il ne reste qu’a chanter Sighs Trapped By Liars Drag City *
William Parker Corn Meal Dance Raining on the Moon / Corn Meal Dance AUM Fidelity *
The Gist Fretting Away Embrace the Herd Rough Trade 1981
The Kinks Afternoon Tea Something Else Reprise 1967
Mekons Dark Dark Dark Natural Quarterstick *
Holy Shit Maus is Missing Stranded at Two Harbors United Acoustic
Taraf de Haïdouks De cînd ma aflat multimea Maškaradă Crammed Discs *
Konono No. 1 Kule Kule Live at Couleur Café Crammed Discs *
The Howling Hex Ambulance Across the Street XI Drag City +
Thuston Moore Honest James Trees Outside the Academy Ecstatic Peace! *
Jenny Hoyston Even in This Day and Age Isle Of Southern *
Merle Haggard It Meant Goodbye to Me When You Said Hello to Him Untamed Hawk Bear Family 1968
Black Lips Veni Vidi Vici Good Bad Not Evil Vice *
MFG Part II D In Minnesota Hat Hut 1978. MFG = McPhee, Fine, Gnitka