Archive for November, 2007

CarolinaFunkPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
November 29, 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:

– Did you know that the venus flytrap was native only to the Carolina shore?!!! What a great album cover for a Carolina funk compilation! The liner notes are superb, and I was thrilled to find out the music is as well. I played a track from an obscure Asheville band, Innersouls, who used to play at the Orange Peel back when it was a black social club. I was impressed. Kudos to UK label Jazzman for putting this together.

– ST Mikael is a bedroom psych artist from Sweden who mostly recorded in the early and mid-90s. I always thought the artist name was a reference to a saint, or simply his initials, but I discovered another clue this week: there was a famous shipwreck in 1747 of a Dutch galleon called the S:T Mikael off the coast of Finland on course to St. Petersburg. Recent excavations have brought up much much booty. Back to the psych record–I found a copy of the 1996 Xotic Minds double record Soul Flower in London a couple of years ago, but I was living in Zurich at the time and asked my bud Nick to carry the thing back to the States with him, only to have it languish in his storage space until we could meet up in DC a couple of weeks ago. But now I have it in my grubby paws (mad, maniacal laugh)! Evidently, according to the Subliminal Sounds website, ST Mikael has just put out his first record in 11 years. Very nice.

Background Music: Cannonball Adderly Quintet – Accent on Africa (Capitol, 1968)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
The Saints Brisbane (Security City) Prehistoric Sounds Harvest The overlooked 1978 third album  
Kim Salmon and the Surrealists Sunday Drive Just Because You Can’t See It Black Eye More Australian stuff from former Scientists frontman. 1989  
Qui Apartment Love’s Miracle Ipecac David Yow’s new crew *
A.K.A.C.O.D. Happiness Happiness Sonophone Morphine baritone saxist and his new band. Good. *
Dial White Lie 168k Cede Jacqui Ham of UT’s new band  
Sonic Youth In the Kingdom #19 Evol SST "is also unwilling to die"  
Dan Melchior und das Menace Cockroaches in Yr. Handbag The Pink Scream E.P. Shake Appeal great one-sided 12" EP with etched vinyl on back  
Bobb Trimble Selling Me Short While Stringing Me Along Harvest of Dreams Secretly Canadian reissue of 1982 album *
ST Mikael Turkish Flower Soul Flower Xotic Mind Sweden bedroom psych classic from 1996  
Pekos Track 1 Pekos / Yoro Diallo Yaala Yaala can’t get enough of this stuff from Mali *
Creative Source Who Is He and What Is He To You (single version) … and More Polygram 1974 disco funk  
Grizzly Bear Knife Friend Warp actually CSS covering Grizzly Bear *
Einstürzende Neubauten Let’s Do It a Dada Alles Wieder Offen Ryko I’m diggin’ the new album *
Clipse Momma I’m Sorry Hell Hath No Fury Re-Up Gang/Zomba Thurston Moore told me to listen to this, so I did–and made it FCC friendly  
The Upsetters Touch of Fire Return of Django Trojan 1969  
Gamith Darkness Carolina Funk Jazzman from South Carolina? *
Innersouls Just Take Your Time Carolina Funk Jazzman from Asheville! *
Mary Lou Williams Forty-Five Degree Angle Black Christ of the Andes Smithsonian Folkways 1963, reminds me of Ellington’s Money Jungle trio record  
Sunny Murray Angels and Devils Sunny Murray ESP-Disk reissue of 1966 album *
Uz Jsme Doma Weight Cod-Liver Oil Skoda hyper Czech stuff *
The Fiery Furnaces Automatic Husband Widow City Thrill Jockey I guess I like this record after all *

TurkeyPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
November 22, 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:

– First show I’ve ever done on Thanksgiving. Photo today is of some early 70s boogie band called–you guessed it–Turkey. The album here was Wild Turkey. I didn’t play it, but I surely did play tons of other late-60s/early 70s rock, including Neil Young’s solo debut (which has arrangements by the fantastic Jack Nitzsche), Cream (that SWLABR song has been in my head for two weeks), a Cream cover (brilliantly done by Rotary Connection), Morning Glory, the Ventures, and even some early Pink Floyd. It was like a Thanksgiving feast, complete with that guilty feeling and physical pain afterwards for having overstuffed yourself. Next week I shall fast. Maybe.

Background Music: Oliver Lake – Holding Together (Black Saint, 1976)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Notekillers The Zipper 1977-1981 Ecstatic Peace! great comp of instrumental post-punk originally from Philly  
Keith Hudson Musicology Dub Brand Pressure Sounds 1979 reggae, recently reissued  
Orlando Julius Effoye So Super Afro Soul Vampi Soul Great Nigerian Afro-pop from the 70s *
Carbon/Silicon The Magic Suitcase The Last Poet Caroline new from Mick Jones & Tony James *
Morning Glory Jelly Gas Flame Two Suns Worth Fallout 1968 California psych-pop reissue *
Pink Floyd Candy and a Currant Bun The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Bonus Disc) Capitol Non-album 7" track from the 3CD deluxe reissue  
Rotary Connection Sunshine of Your Love Songs Cadet 1969 cover of the Cream song  
Susan Christie Yesterday, Where’s My Mind? Paint a Lady Finders Keepers Crazy acid trip testament from set of mid-60s demos recently issued  
Six Organs of Admittance Jade Like Wine Shelter from the Ash Drag City *
Wooden Shjips Lucy’s Ride Wooden Shjips Holy Mountain finally gave this a long listen, and it’s superb *
MV & EE with the Golden Road Susquehanna (sole art trample) Gettin’ Gone Ecstatic Peace! *
Neil Young The Loner Neil Young Reprise Jack Nitzsche arrangement (1969)  
Cream SWLABR Disraeli Gears Polydor 1967  
The Cynics Last Mistake Here We Are Get Hip *
Gorilla Angreb Timen Er Kommet Discography Feral Ward Danish band that sound(ed) like X (they just broke up)  
V-3 Tick Tock Psychic Dance Hall Ropeburn Jim Shepard band (1991)  
PRE Drool Epic Fits Skin Graft *
The Ventures The Twilight Zone Ventures in Space Dolton 1963  
Flaming Fire Natural Light Catastrophe Kentucky Shroud Cuniglius *
Girls at Our Best Getting Nowhere Fast Pleasure Happy Birthday/Vinyl Japan 1981 post-punk band from Leeds (sometimes featuring Thomas Dolby)  
The Wedding Present I’m Not Always So Stupid George Best + 9 Pearls from the Past Wedding Present covered Girls at Our Best’s "Getting Nowhere Fast" on George Best  
Bottomless Pit Repossession Hammer of the Gods Comedy Minus One ex-Silkworm guys *
The Blind Shake Blue Step Carmel Learning Curve *
New Age Steppers Fade Away New Age Steppers On-U Sound 1981 dub post-punk, featuring Ari Up from the Slits  
Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou The Mad Man’s Laughter Ethiopiques, Vol. 21: Ethiopia Song Buda Musique One of my favorite Ethiopique-series records, solo piano in a unique African jazz/classical/gospel style  
Orchestra Baobab La Rebellion Pirate’s Choice Nonesuch Senegalese classic  

Tony AllenPlaylist for
The Strange Boutique (subbing for Brian)
November 9, 2007
9pm – 1am

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 ‘The Strange Boutique,’ not the regular ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ archive)

Notes:

– I filled in for Brian on his show, The Strange Boutique, this evening. Because I’ll be out of town this coming Thursday, Brian will be filling in for me on The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

– Our newest master DJ, Peter Poffenberger, sat in with me during this show and learned to twist the knobs and punch the buttons. He also picked out a bunch of the music. Look for his new show soon on WPVM (time TBA), which he plans to call Ooze Out, featuring lots of stuff from the analog underground (including cassettes) in this overly digital world. It’s gonna be really weird and tasty all at the same time.

– Peter and I had a blast. It was great to do a longer and night-time show again for the first time in ages. That’s it for notes.

Background Music: The Native Steel Drum Band – Steel Drums (A Live Recording) (Everest/Tradition Records)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Tony Allen African Message Afro Disco Beat Vampi Soul *
KC & the Sunshine Band I’m Your Boogie Man / Keep It Comin’ Love Part 3 T.K. Records one of the first records I ever bought  
Chicago Afrobeat Project Cloister (A) Move to Silent Unrest s/r *
Cosmic Psychos Custom Credit Down on the Farm Amphetamine Reptile  
Magik Markers Axis Mundi Bos Ecstatic Peace! *
Chrome Zombie Warfare (Can’t Let You Down) Half Machine Lip Moves Touch & Go  
Erasto Engefu Lukuji Witchcraft & Ritual Music Nonesuch Explorer Peter pick  
Cluster Caramel Zuckerzeit Tempel Peter pick  
Devo (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction Are We Not Men? Warner Bros.  
Old Time Relijun Indestructible Life! Catharsis in Crisis K *
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Click Clack Live at Bickershaw Festival 1972 Ozit Not great sound quality. *
Royal Trux The Flag Cats and Dogs Drag City  
Miss Alex White & The Red Orchestra I Dig History Space & Time In the Red *
Fun Things (I Ain’t Got) Time Enough for Love Murder Punk Vol. 2 Murder Punk, Inc.  
The Victims Television Addict Murder Punk Vol. 1 Murder Punk, Inc.  
Groundhogs Strange Town Thank Christ for the Bomb BGO  
Screaming Trees & Beat Happening Sea Babies Split EP Homestead/K  
Dead Moon Poor Born Crack in the System Music Maniac  
Lamps Elisio Lamps In the Red *
Dead Moon Too Far Gone Crack in the System Music Maniac  
PRE Scenes from a 1963 Los Angeles Love-In Epic Fits Skin Graft *
Labiators Cuando 4 Track Recordings s/r great Asheville band  
Health Triceratops s/t Lovepump United *
The Skaters [track 4] Talking Head s/r Peter pick  
Little Wings Warming Soft Powr Rad Peter pick *
Popol Vuh Du Sohn Davids II Das Hohelied Salomos SPV Peter pick  
Kim Hiorthøy Det Blev Fel Melke Smalltown Supersound Peter pick  
AFX [?] Analord 08 Rephlex Richard D. James. Peter pick  
Chris & Cosey Stolen Kisses Techno Primitive Wax Trax! Peter pick  
Stereolab Golden Atoms Aluminum Tunes Drag City Peter pick  
Fire Engines Discord Aufgeladen und bereit fur Action und Spass Fast Product (America) yeah, it’s spelled that way  
Amon Düül 2 Restless Skylight-Transistar-Child Tanz der Lemminge Repertoire  
Alu Big Fon Autismenschen CIP *
Marhaug/Ashheim Bordunal Grand Mutation Touch *
[dudes from Majorca] Parado de Calldemosa Songs and Dances of majorca Folkways  
[Cambodian folks] Broken Hearted Woman Cambodian Rocks 4 Khmer Rocks Peter pick  
Sir Richard Bishop Saraswati Polytheistic Fragments Drag City *

Big FunPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
November 8, 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:

– I played a bunch of stuff from the new bin today since I didn’t play anything last week. I played a couple of new releases (re-issues) from Fallout Records UK. One was Blue Mountain Eagle’s self-titled record from 1970, featuring Randy Fuller (brother of Bobby Fuller, of "I Fought the Law" fame). In auditioning it, I was astonished to hear several familiar riffs: "Feel Like a Bandit" sounds like Shocking Blue’s "Venus" (later made famous by Bananarama), which by coincidence (or not) also came out in 1970; and "Troubles" is uncannily reminiscent of "Sweet Home Alabama," four years before Lynyrd Skynyrd unleashed their redneck anthem. The other Fallout CD I played was an instrumental jazz/rock lite fusion record by a studio band called The Advancement, which features some Gabor Szabo sidemen.

– I’m not too into the new Neil Young, which continues a string since Greendale of albums that don’t inspire me. The new P. J. Harvey is lovely, but I’m not sure I want her to be that lovely. The real discovery this week was the Tony Allen 2CD set that features all of his early 1970s recordings as a band leader, encompassing 4 albums, 3 of which were produced by Fela Kuti (in whose band he was the drummer). The liner notes on this thing are great, so a big round of applause to the Spanish Vampi Soul label is in order.

– I also featured a long segment on the ultimate anti-riff, John McLaughlin’s solo from Miles Davis’s "Go Ahead John," which was recorded in 1970 but not released until 1974’s Big Fun. Although producer Teo Macero has taken a lot of flak for his crazy studio effects on that song–Jack DeJohnette’s ridiculous drumming is artificially stereo-separated and there are lots of cut-outs and pans introduced into McLaughlin’s solo–I still think the final product is a headphone-induced mind melt. The components of the mix are presented undoctored on several tracks from the 2003 box set, The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions, and I played two that featured McLaughlin’s guitar parts as well. I would still love to know all the intricacies of how the final guitar "solo" (it turns out that it’s not all from one take) mix came to be. I’ve always felt like there must have been a noise gate involved at some stage because there’s a part of the solo where the attacks blow right through the mix really loud and super-distorted, and the fine picking falls back below the threshhold to a lower–and seemingly less distorted–level. The Jack Johnson Sessions takes do reveal something else about the piece, though, and that is the relentless driving impulse of Dave Holland’s sick, super-fat, distorted electric(!) bass one-note riff. I had always paid attention to DeJohnette’s drums, but Holland’s bass didn’t hit me until I heard it laid down raw. Now, if I could only afford the new electric Miles box set, The Complete On the Corner Sessions.

Background Music: The Advancement – The Advancement (Fallout UK)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Mission of Burma Fun World Vs. Ace of Hearts 1982. A great riff I didn’t get to last week  
Magik Markers Taste Boss Ecstatic Peace! *
The Fiery Furnaces Automatic Husband Widow City Thrill Jockey *
The Red Krayola with Arts & Language Jumping Through the Mirror Sighs Trapped By Liars Thrill Jockey *
P.J. Harvey White Chalk White Chalk Island Pretty. Maybe too pretty. *
Sir Richard Bishop Free Masonic Guitar Polytheistic Fragments Drag City *
Michael Yonkers 162 Grimwood De Stijl *
Blue Mountain Eagle Loveless Lives Blue Mountain Eagle Fallout 1970 post-Buffalo Springfield LA band *
Neil Young Dirty Old Man Chrome Dreams II Reprise I’d rather hear Chrome Dreams I *
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band The Blimp Trout Mask Replica Reprise  
The Advancement Painful Struggle The Advancement Fallout *
Pekos / Yoro Diallo [track 2] Pekos / Yoro Diallo Yaala Yaala *
Paul Motian Cambodia Time and Time Again ECM *
Miles Davis Go Ahead John Big Fun Columbia  
Tony Allen Jealousy Afro Disco Beat Vampi Soul 1975. Awesome leader debut. *
Thurston Moore Off Work Trees Outside the Academy Ecstatic Peace! *
Black Dice Kokomo Load Blown Paw Tracks *

Black Sabbath Vol. 4Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
November 1, 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 THE RIFF show, an idea that popped into my head the day before as I tried to figure out what would be a treat for listeners during fund drive week. So I frantically pulled everything I could think of–with much help from my many music geek friends in the universe–and began sorting through it all. I came up with about 5 hours of monstrous riffage, so I obviously didn’t get to feature it all in an already talk-shortened fund drive show. But it was serious fun for me and the rest of the staff at the station hanging out. We rocked. And the fund drive rocked as well. We did pretty well.

– SO, what gets my vote for greatest riff of all time? It’s still "Supernaut" from Black Sabbath Vol. 4. My band in college covered "Supernaut" circa 1991, and it continues to be my favorite riff, even after some guy from The Wire magazine (well, Peter Shapiro) in the January 1998 issue (#167) almost spoiled it by also naming it the greatest riff ever in the very first ‘Epiphanies’ essay at the end of the magazine (now one of my favorite features in The Wire). More on that article in a minute, but first–what makes Supernaut so great? I have some observations. I’m no musicologist, nor am I a guitar head, so I don’t even know if there is an agreed-upon definition of a riff, but while preparing this show, I figured out that there are ‘lead guitar’ riffs (i.e. a sequence of single notes, like guitar ’solos’ but shorter and repeated) and ‘rhythm guitar’ riffs (chords repeated as riffage). Classic examples of the lead guitar riff would include ‘Satisfaction,’ while ‘You Really Got Me Now’ is a rhythm guitar riff that changed the world. But Supernaut has both. It starts off as a lead riff, then a second guitar comes in to harmonize on the same riff, and then all hell breaks loose when the power chord riff destroys the lead riff. The power chord riff is a totally different riff, and everything about both riffs is just so… demonically… bone-crushingly… heavy. And the song builds nicely, especially considering the cheesy drum solo and tamborine segment towards the end that creates tension just before the heavens open and celestial war breaks out all the more with an even heavier pounding of the rhythm riff. But have you EVER heard "Supernaut" on a classic rock station? I haven’t. Who doesn’t like that song? Why is "Iron Man" more popular? Well, the answer there must be: Ozzy. I’m not complaining, though. It just goes to show how incredibly moronic commercial radio is, and it keeps my favorite riff from terrible overexposure.

– Back to Peter Shapiro’s article… An office mate of Shapiro had suggested that the song "Breadfan" by the early-70s UK metal/heavy rock band Budgie (with a name like that, no wonder they were less successful than Black Sabbath) was the greatest riff of all time. I had never heard this riff until preparing for the show. It’s a good riff, but it’s not in the same league as Supernaut. First, it’s just a super-fast lead guitar riff (although the bass gets in on the action after a couple of iterations). And the song simply does not build. It lacks depth, becomes repetitive, and ultimately is a little plodding (although faster than Sabbath, proving that speed does not determine intensity). After the silly, slow acoustic guitar middle, the same old riff comes in, and at this point, I’m saying, "It’s the same crazy riff again. Ho hum." So Budgie doesn’t come close. Shapiro nails that one. I tried a bunch of the other suggestions in the article. There are many good ones–AC/DC deserves an entire wing in the riff hall of fame, but for my show I tried to steer clear of classic rock (besides Sabbath). In the punk sphere, Shapiro brings up "Pay to Cum" by the Bad Brains. That’s a good one too, although I’m not in love with it. And I chose "Funky Dollar Bill" over "Super Stupid" (Shapiro’s–and many of my friends’–choice) for the first exhibit in the Funkadelic wing of the riff hall of fame.

– I also began to discern some lineages of riffage. Obviously, Sabbath is the root of almost all metal riffs. But what about punk rock? That’s a bit tougher. The Kinks are important there, particularly in the garage punk arena, but the Stooges are also proto-punk riff gods of massive magnitude. I didn’t play Link Wray, but he’s clearly behind much of the cowpunk riff destruction that informs such great later maestros as Billy Zoom from X, or the various guitarists from the Gun Club or the Cramps (Kid Congo Powers doesn’t get total credit for either of those bands). But I don’t want to oversimplify; there are too many strains to account for, and the innovation of players like D. Boon, Pat (Ruthen)Smear, or the many guitarists who have worked with Beefheart (whom I also ran out of time for) defy most archaeological tracing, except for the obvious looming spirit of the blues somehow gone terribly awry in the latter (and the former, really).

– I had a great time with this, and I will definitely find a way to feature what got left on the cutting room floor, so to speak. But I need some rest. That was one hell of an intense 2 hours. Thank you for listening, though, and I especially thank those out there who donated to WPVM. You can still do so, by the way, because although we made our goal yesterday, that only means that we made enough money to pay the bills for another 6 months. Any donations that come in now go towards replacement of equipment in the studio–and if you’ve listened to my show over the last several months, you know how much we need a new CD player. And those professional-quality ones aren’t cheap. So head on over to www.wpvm.org and donate today! We will love you all the more. And if you’re reading this months from now, I guarantee we still could use a donation. Support community radio! And if not us, donate to your super-cool community’s best radio station, especially if they’re poor like we are.

 

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Germs Lexicon Devil MIA Slash 1979. Either this or "No God"  
The Damned Neat Neat Neat Damned Damned Damned Demon 1977 UK  
Consumers Concerned Citizen All My Friends Are Dead In the Red 1978. Recorded in Arizona, right before they moved to L.A.  
Minutemen Shit from an Old Notebook Double Nickels on the Dime SST 1984 L.A.  
X Hungry Wolf Under the Big Black Sun Elektra 1982 L.A.  
Gun Club Sleeping in Blood City Miami Animal 1982. I played "Preaching the Blues" a couple of weeks ago.  
Functional Blackouts Stamp Out Techno s/t Criminal IQ 2003 Chicago  
Baseball Furies Disposable Hustler Greater Than Ever Big Neck 2002 Buffalo  
Amon Düül 2 Archangels Thunderbird Yeti Liberty 1970 Krautrock  
Pere Ubu Nonalignment Pact The Modern Dance Blank 1978 Cleveland  
V-3 American Face Photograph Burns American Recordings 1996 Columbus, OH  
Peter Laughner Life Stinks Take the Guitar Player for a Ride Tim Kerr 1975 Cleveland  
Oblivians Do the Milkshake Popular Favorites Crypt 1996 Memphis  
The Wipers Romeo Over the Edge Restless 1983 Portland, OR  
13th Floor Elevators You’re Gonna Miss Me The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators International Artists 1966 Austin, TX  
Love 7 and 7 Is Da Capo Elektra 1967 L.A.  
The Creation How Does It Feel to Feel Nuggets 2 Rhino 1967 UK  
Them I Can Only Give You Everything Them Again Deram 1967 UK  
Tarkus Rio Tonto s/t Get Back 1972 Peru  
Kyuss Hurricane … And the Circus Leaves Town Elektra 1995 CA  
Budgie Breadfan Never Turn Your Back on a Friend MCA 1973 UK  
Butthole Surfers Sweat Loaf Locust Abortion Technician Touch & Go 1987 Dallas, TX  
Black Sabbath Supernaut Vol. 4 Warner Bros. 1972 UK  
Funkadelic Funky Dollar Bill Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow Westbound 1970 Detroit, MI  
Stooges Loose Fun House Elektra 1970 Detroit, MI