Archive for February, 2008

Billy MurePlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
February 29, 2008

Hosted by Greg Lyon on FRIDAYS 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:

– Background music today was Billy Mure’s Super-Sonic Guitars, and I doubted on the air that it was in fact a stereo recording, but it most certainly is. Stereo vinyl records were first sold in 1958, and that’s when this LP was released–on RCA Victor Living Stereo.

– Polvo is reuniting and playing the Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill on May 10. In preparing this show, I decided that their music actually holds up pretty well compared to a lot of 90s indie rock, particularly other stuff from the Triangle scene.

– If I had listened to the Intelligence album, Deuteronomy, when it came out, it would have made my Best of 2007 list.

Background Music: Billy Mure’s Super-Sonic Guitars – Fireworks (1958 RCA Victor Living Stereo)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Billy Mure Firecrackers Fireworks RCA 1958  
Stark Reality Junkman’s Song Now Stones Throw 1970  
Mahjongg Kottbusser Torr Kontpab K Spelled correctly, this would be a reference to Berlin’s Kottbusser Tor (Cottbus gate) in Kreuzberg *
Can Geheim (Half Past One) Peel Sessions Strange Fruit 1975, song from Landed  
Instruments of Science & Technology Theme 5 Music From The Films of R/Swift Secretly Canadian *
Talking Heads New Feeling The Name of the Band Is Sire recorded 1977  
Buddy Miles Funky Mule Expressway to Your Skull Mercury 1968, RIP Buddy Miles  
Deep City Band Masterpiece VA – Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts of Deep City Numero Group 1968 *
Mike Ladd How Electricity Really Works Nostalgialator Definitive Jux *
Cadence Weapon Real Estate Afterparty Babies Anti- *
Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests Eywat Setenafegagn Moa Anbessa Terp Egyptian and Dutch  
Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire Snack Crack Punk Rock at the British Legion Hall Damaged Goods 2007  
The Dirtbombs Ever Lovin’ Man We Have You Surrounded In the Red playing Asheville’s Orange Peel, March 31 *
The Intelligence Secret Signals Deuteronomy In the Red 2007  
Tyvek Give It Up Double 7" What’s Your Rupture? 2007  
Polvo Vibracobra Cor-crane Secret Merge 1992  
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Dragonfly Pie Real Emotional Trash Matador *
Blood On The Wall Sorry Sorry Sarah Liferz The Social Registry *
Dead Meadow Ain’t Got Nothing (To Go Wrong) Old Growth Matador *
Opal Lisa’s Funeral Early Recordings Vol. 2 unreleased  
The Big Sleep Slow Race Sleep Forever French Kiss *
The Fugs Slum Goddess The First Album ESP Disk 1966  
Roger Miller Lou’s Got the Flu Dang Me Smash 1964  
Michael Hurley When I Get Back Home Ancestral Swamp Gnomonsong *

Black GladiatorPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
February 22, 2008

Hosted by Greg Lyon on FRIDAYS 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:

Justin Farrar was my co-pilot again today, and he brought his usual pile of excellent wax. We were still on a high after spinning records in public together this past Sunday at the Asheville Sound Swap, which, by the way, was a smash success for all involved. I think everybody who was there will be back next time around.

– "Foot-Stompin’ Music" by Hamilton Bohannon was a revelation for me. Detroit proto-disco at its primal best! All I have to say is B-O-H-A-N-N-O-N!

– You gotta love Bo Diddley the Funk God. Is that a good look or what???!!! A listener called up and gave us the straight dope: evidently Black Gladiator (1970) is the first of three funk records by the rock ‘n’ roll legend. I miss the square guitar, but the leather belts make up for it.

– Randy Holden’s Population II from 1970 was H-E-A-V-Y. Holden was in The Other Half, a 60s psychedelic/garage band from San Francisco known mainly for "Mr. Pharmacist", which you may know from The Fall’s cover (it also is still a staple of their live sets). And then Holden played in Blue Cheer briefly as the replacement for Leigh Stevens on the second half of their third LP, New! Improved! (1968). And then came the solo record, Population II, which Justin somehow unearthed. According to Randy Holden’s website, this monster has been remastered and is available there exclusively as of September 2007. The album features Holden on guitar and Chris Lockheed of Blue Cheer on drums. It’s the blueprint for all heavy guitar/drums duos (Hospitals comes to mind, among, ahem, others). Also check out the review by "The Seth Man" on Julian Cope’s Head Heritage website.

Background Music: Various Artists – German Beer-Drinking Music (Capitol International Series)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Bassholes Jack at Night Jack at Night 7" Solid Sex Lovie Doll Don Howland gave me this at the Asheville Sound Swap!  
The Jesus and Mary Chain Ambition Never Understand Blanco y Negro Justin pick, 1985  
Times New Viking End of All Things Rip It Off Matador Wow, that’s distorted *
Antietam Shipshape Opus Mixtum Carrot Top *
Steve Miller Band Dear Mary Sailor Capitol Justin pick, 1968  
The Zombies Just Out of Reach Live on the BBC 1965-1967 Rhino 1965  
Boeing Duveen and the Beautiful Soup Jabberwock Electric Sugar Cube Flashbacks Archive International 1968  
Almendra Cometa Azul Almendra RCA Argentina Justin pick, from Almendra II, 1970  
Cem Karaca & Apaşlar Suya Giden Alli Gelin Turkish Delights Grey Past Turkish 1967  
Dengue Fever Oceans of Venus Venus on Earth M80 Music *
Hamilton Bohannon Foot-Stompin’ Music Inside Out Brunswick Justin pick, 1974  
Betty Wright Mr. Lucky Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts of Deep City Numero Group 1967 *
Bo Diddley Elephant Man The Black Gladiator Checker Justin pick, 1970  
Jim Kweskin I Ain’t Never Been Satisfied Relax Your Mind Vanguard Justin pick, 1966  
Vashti Bunyan Winter Is Blue Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind Dicristina 1966 *
Brigitte Fonatine Le Goudron VA – Bearded Ladies Bird/B-Music 1971 *
Timmy Thomas Rainbow Power Why Can’t We Live Together T. K. Productions Justin pick, 1974  
Tolerance Pulse Static Divin Vanity Justin pick, 1981 (Japanese minimal electronic)  
Laddio Bolocko The Man Who Never Was Strange Warmings of Hungarian 1997  
Kak Electric Sailor Kak Epic Justin pick, 1969 from Davis, California  
Randy Holden Between Time Population II Flashback Justin pick, 1970 California  
Dead Meadow The Great Deceiver Old Growth Matador *
The Chesterfield Kings Sunrise (Turn On) Psychedelic Sunrise Wicked Cool Rochster, NY *
Little Feat Snakes on Everything Little Feat Warner Bros. Justin pick, 1971  
ZZ Top Give It Up (D.O.R. Remix) Give It Up 12" Warner Bros. Justin brought it. I insisted on playing it.1990.  

Marzette WattsPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
February 15, 2008

Hosted by Greg Lyon on FRIDAYS 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:

– Catching up on my notes, so I’ll be brief. The highlights of this show for me were the following:

– The Duke Ellington suites (the Girl’s Suite from 1961 and the Perfume Suite from 1957) were the background music, and somehow I had never slapped this wax on the turntable. How could I have overlooked this one?

– Marzette Watts’ 1966 disk is really wild, and it has vibes (!) (Karl Berger), not to mention Byard Lancaster (flute and alto), Sonny Sharrock (guitar, and his first appearance on record), Clifford Thornton (trombone), Henry Grimes (bass), and J.C. Moses (drums). What a line-up! I believe Marzette only released two albums under his own name, and I’ve never seen the other one (evidently on Savoy, with Bill Dixon and Patty Waters).

– Mary Lou Williams. This 1977 LP, My Mama Pinned a Rose on Me, is one of her better later records, featuring mostly her own compositions.

Background Music: Duke Ellington – The Girl’s Suite and the Perfume Suite (1961 Columbia)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Eliades Ochoa Si es un final Tribute to the Cuarteto Patria Virgin 2000  
Neriman Altindag Soyledi Yok Yok (Talk, No No) VA – Black Mirror: Reflections In Global Musics (1918 – 1955) Dust-to-Digital mid-1940s *
Eastern Blok Balkan Healer Folk Tales s/r Chicago *
A Hawk and a Hacksaw and the Hun Hangar Ensemble Oriental Hora A Hawk and a Hacksaw and the Hun Hangar Ensemble Leaf Hungarians and indie rockers together at last *
Sun City Girls Deception Reception Dulce Abduction with Eyvind Kang violin/guitar  
Duke Ellington Clementine The Girl’s Suite and the Perfume Suite Columbia 1961  
Marzette Watts Geno Marzette and Company ESP-Disk 1966  
K. Curtis Lyle Lemon’s Comin’ on Strong Blues The Collected Poem for Blind Lemon Jefferson Ikef/Mbari 1971 with Julius Hemphill  
Mike Ladd Black Orientalist Nostalgialator Definitive Jux new one *
Gong You Can’t Kill Me Camembert Electrique Decal 1971  
Apes Which Witch Wuz Ghost Games Gypsy Eyes Washington, DC *
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention I’m Not Satisfied Freak Out! Ryko 1966  
Dan Melchior Bureau of Neurotic Grins Hello, I’m Dan Melchior Shake It 2005  
Michael Hurley Knockando The Ancestral Swamp Gnomonsong *
Jacob Hoffman & Kandal’s Orchestra Diona & Hora I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore 1927-1948 Mississippi  
Mary Lou Williams Baby Bear Boogie My Mama Pinned a Rose on Me Pablo 1977  
Michael Hurley Dying Crapshooter’s Blues the Ancestral Swamp Gnomonsong *
Wooden Shjips Dance, California [Radio Edit] Bonus Disc Holy Mountain  
Antietam King Me Opus Mixtum Carrot Top their second for Carrot Top *
Black Mountain Angels In The Future Jagjaguwar *
L. Voag Toilet The Way Out Alcoholic 1979  
Marc Wilkinson Peter Fights Devil, Severs Hand Blood on Satan’s Claw Trunk 1971 *
Tindersticks El diablo en el ojo Tindersticks (II) London 1995  
Andrew Cyrille The News The Loop Ictus 1978 solo drums  

futurismPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
February 8, 2008

Hosted by Greg Lyon on FRIDAYS 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:

– Hell yes! By far the most satisfying radio show I’ve had in months–perhaps since I started spinning at WPVM. Shaina sat in for one last training session, and she really helped out the show, as she has done for the last month. Thanks, Shaina! Look for her doing her own show sometime soon.

– The Brigitte Fontaine cut that Shaina picked from the Bearded Ladies compilation (put together by Jane Weaver) was so outstanding, I had to look into getting it. It turns out that the album this is from is Fontaine’s 1971 LP, Comme à la Radio, her second, and the backing band is the Art Ensemble of Chicago, who were living in Paris at the time. How cool is that?

– If I want to get a phone call of praise, playing "My Own Private P. Swayze" by the Male Nurse always does the trick. Who wouldn’t love a song about a 24-inch Patrick Swayze who lives under the bed, a "perfectly formed little man" who wears an Elvis jumpsuit and is in trouble if he grows. The track was so loved by BBC DJ John Peel that he assigned it #32 in his 1998 Festive 50. This Scottish band, which counted Ben Wallers of the Country Teasers (and The Rebel, as a solo artist) as a member, to my knowledge never produced an album, although they did record two Peel Sessions. This song’s tune is a slower (and more humorous) riff on The Fall’s "My New House".

– I am now the proud owner of an original Metal Box by Public Image Ltd. It was worth every penny. There’s something exhilarating about opening up the box (and mine has some nice oxidation) and trying to get the records out; it makes you work for the thrill. And then the sound–45 rpm just sounds better. I’m kinda glad some asshole stole my CD of Second Edition years ago. And the locked groove… I never knew it existed, but it’s astoundingly beautiful.

– And then… the set of music surrounding the Italian Futurists. First I played examples of reconstructed noise intoners (intonarumori), performed by Daniele Lombardi in 1978: the gorgogliatore (gurgler), the ronzatore (buzzer), the ululatore (howler), and the crepitatore (crackler). These recordings are compiled on a fantastic CD called Musica Futurista: The Art of Noises (Salon Records). Then I played Adam & the Ants’ homage to the Italian Futurists, "Animals and Men" and a song by an Italian post-punk band, Art Fleury, who often incorporated industrial noises. Next came a poem by Wyndham Lewis, the founder of Vorticism (the British response to Futurism), from a collection called Futurism & Dada Reviewed (Sub Rosa). This blended into the Italian poetry of F.T. Marinetti, the founder of Italian Futurism with piano accompaniment by Aldo Giuntini, recorded in 1931. David Bowie ended the set because I felt like it. The photo takes you to one site about futurist music. Here’s another, and yet another.

Background Music: Don Cherry – Orient (1972, reissued on vinyl by Abraxas)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
African Virtuoses Kankan Diarabi The Classic Guinean Guitar Group Sterns Music Originally recorded in 1983; features several brothers in the Diabate clan  
Birol Topaloglu Heyamo Auf der anderen Seite/The Edge of Heaven (OST) Essay German-Turkish production, both film and soundtrack. Shaina picked this one. *
Brigitte Fontaine Le Goudron Bearded Ladies Bird/B-Music Shaina picked this one too, and it was amazing. From 1971. *
Dead Meadow Between Me and the Ground Old Growth Matador from Los Angeles, new CD *
Black Mountain Stormy High In the Future Jagjaguwar playing Asheville’s Grey Eagle, this Saturday, February 16 *
Blue Öyster Cult Hot Rails to Hell Tyranny and Mutation Columbia 1973. I’ve been wanting to play this for a while  
Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers Pirate Love L.A.M.F. Castle I took this, the Revisited mix, from the You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory 3-CD set  
The Tough & Lovely With You (In Your Arms) Teardrops Spoonful Columbus, OH *
Times New Viking Relevant: Now Rip It Off Matador also from Columbus; the ballad on the record *
Tyvek Needles Drop Summer Burns double 7" What’s Your Rupture from Michigan. What a great double 7-inch! This song is Wire crossed with the Minutemen, with a splash of juvenile snottiness  
A-Frames Calculator s/t S-S Seattle’s finest  
The Male Nurse My Own Private P. Swayze 7" Guided Missile 1998 Scotland: "Swayze, you’re crazy!"  
Instruments of Science & Technology INST Music from the Films of R/Swift Secretly Canadian I’m confused about who this Richard Swift guy is *
Black Devil Disco Club Coach Me 28 After Lo I never tire of this song, and I don’t care if it’s old or new  
James White and The Blacks Contort Yourself (August Darnell remix) Disco Not Disco (compilation) Strut 1979 Kid Creole (August Darnell) remix *
The Work Fingers & Toes Live in Japan Ad Hoc 1982  
Public Image Ltd. Swanlake Metal Box Virgin 1979 – best ‘disco not disco’ album ever?  
Adam and the Ants Animals and Men Live at the BBC Fuel 2000 1979 Peel session  
Art Fleury Tyre Rock-Drill Hard Fashion Girls No-Sense 1981 Italian. Their third album.  
Wyndham Lewis End of Enemy Interlude Futurism & Dada Reviewed Sub Rosa 1940 poem by the founder of English Vorticism  
F. T. Marinetti & Aldo Giuntini Sintesi Musicali Futuriste Musica Futurista: The Art of Noises Salon 1931 recording  
David Bowie What in the World Low RCA 1977 with Brian Eno  
Flatt & Scruggs The Golden Era Till the End of the World Rolls ‘Round Rounder recorded 1954  

KoenigPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
February 1, 2008

Hosted by Greg Lyon on FRIDAYS 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:

– DJ-in-training Shaina brought in a slew of UK late-70s/early 80s punk and post-punk goodies, including The Flying Lizards, a record I’ve passed up so many times in used record bins that I’m now ashamed that I’d never listened to it. Next time I find it…

– Because of an ice storm in the Asheville area and subsequent power outages, the FM transmitter was down during this broadcast, so it was internet only. Thus, I set aside most everything I had planned for the show for next week. Everything except the best Fall live album, recorded May 6, 1983, at the Austurbæjarbíó club in Reykjavík, Iceland. Why the best, you ask? Because it’s the rawest, most pounding line-up in the Fall’s history–that’s why. Guitarist Marc Riley had just been sacked, and Brix had yet to join the band. It was just Craig Scanlon on guitar, and the focus was more on rhythm–rhythm guitar and a rhythm section of the ever-stupendous Steve Hanley on bass and TWO–that’s right, TWO–drummers: Karl Burns (a serially hired and fired member of The Fall who had also played with PIL) and Steve’s brother, Paul Hanley. This line-up only recorded two singles for Rough Trade, "The Man Whose Head Expanded" and "Kicker Conspiracy", and here they were working up a slew of songs for the next LP, Perverted by Language.

– Despite the beautifully brutal rendition of "Eat Y’self Fitter" by The Fall, the standout for me this week was the background music, a collection of compositions and recordings of the seminal electronic music composer, Gottfried Michael Koenig. All you laptop musicians out there take heed: you will never be as cool as Koenig. Although his earliest works are from the mid-50s, it’s in the late 60s that Koenig really got rolling. Some of his work at the Instituut voor Sonologie in Utrecht, Netherlands, was recorded for Deutsche Grammophon and released in their Avant-Garde composers series. But now all that stuff has been released on two collections, the one by BVHaast, which I played today, and the other on Edition RZ. There’s no overlap. Click on the album cover to go to Koenig’s website.

– The Blue Sky Boys, Earl and Bill Bolick, originally of Hickory, NC, were one of the greatest brother duets in the history of country music, and if you like the Louvin Brothers and the Monroe Brothers, you simply must get ahold of a bunch of the Blue Sky Boys recordings from the 1930s. They excel at the murder ballad, always a staple of brother duets, but we heard another form of warped love ballad today. They got their start on the radio here in Asheville, NC–I presume at WWNC, which also saw the debut of Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in 1939. It’s very sad that the station went from a country format to conservative talk in 2002. Booooo hisssss!

Background Music: Gottfried Michael Koenig – Acousmatrix-History of Electronic Music I-II (BVHaast, 2005)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Burton Greene Bloom in the Commune Bloom in the Commune ESP-Disk 1965 *
Styrofoam Duck Moto-Cross Fantasy Moto-Cross Fantasy s/r Minneapolis post-punk, noise. *
The N.E.C. Why Don’t You Stay Million Minks s/r Atlanta garage pop, playing with Tight Leather (next song) March 8, at New French Bar, Asheville *
Tight Leather Revenge Severed Sentry s/r Lexington, Kentucky post-punk garage rock (see above for gig info) *
The Screamin’ Mee-Mees Spillin’ Stuff on People Plastic Hong Kong Door Bell Finger Gulcher St. Louis lo-fi garage *
S.T. Mikael My Dream Mind of Fire Subliminal Sounds Swedish psych *
Turid Låt Mig Se Dig Bearded Ladies (compilation) Bird/B-Music 1970s, song by the Swedish Joni Mitchell. This anthology compiled by Jane Weaver *
The Whigs Production City Mission Control ATO Shaina wanted to hear this. Both of us regretted it. *
Insteps Broken Broken Boston Underground 1979-1982 Moulty Records They were listening to the Cure in Boston c. 1981  
The Rezillos Flying Saucer Attack Can’t Stand the Rezillos Sire Shaina pick  
The Adverts One Chord Wonders Singles Compilation Get Back Shaina pick  
The Fall Eat Y’self Fitter Austurbæjarbíó Cog Sinister 1983 live in Iceland  
Wire Men 2nd Chairs Missing EMI/4 Men with Beards Shaina pick  
Gina X Performance Kaddish Disco Not Disco Strut 1981 German dark wave *
Helene Smith What’s in the Lovin’ Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts of Deep City Numero Group Miami soul 1967 *
Hop-Frog’s Drum Jester Devotional Battlebath Post-Asiatic: Lost War Dream Music URCKarm California-based compilation of Eastern-influenced experimental music *
Times New Viking The Wait Rip It Off Matador damn, this is recorded SO in the RED *
Black Mountain Angels In the Future Jagjaguwar playing Asheville’s Grey Eagle February 16 *
Blue Sky Boys Beautiful, Beautiful Brown Eyes Within the Circle/Who Wouldn’t Be Lonely Blue Tone 1936/7 recorded in Charlotte, NC (something interesting happened in Charlotte once!)  
Tommy Roe Little Miss Sunshine Phantasy Fallout 1967 bubblegum psych *
Jackie DeShannon Needles and Pins The Jack Nitzsche Story: Hearing Is Believing Ace 1963 Jack Nitzsche arrangement  
The Flying Lizards Summertime Blues s/t Virgin Shaina pick. 1980 UK