Archive for March, 2008

OutsidersPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
March 28, 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:

– The DUTCH, baby! Today’s show featured a set of Dutch music, the first half of which was 60s/70s Nederbeat (Outsiders) and acid rock (Group 1850 and Brainbox), while the second half was Dutch punk rock (The Ex, Ivy Green, and BGK). For info on the first half, you can visit the Nederpop Encyclopedia. There’s also a nice article from the e-zine Perfect Sound Forever on the Outsiders, "The Most Underrated Band Ever?". Ivy Green was the greatest of the first-wave Dutch punk bands, and it’s still impossible to get their early music, as far as I know. There was a CD reissue of their 1978 classic debut, but it’s out of print, as is the 1986 double-vinyl collection, Whatever They Hype. More info on Ivy Green here. One day I may have to do an entire Dutch show. I felt like I owed them after playing so much German and Scandinavian music over the last few months, particularly when Justin sits in and brings tons of Finnish forest folk and Swedish noise.

– Exciting new music of the week: I really like the new Nick Cave, at least the first time I listened to it. It seems that Cave has found a new lust for life–a renaissance, if you will (perhaps Viagra induced, as suggested by Justin)–in the last couple of years, as this album continues the irreverent and downright fun mood of his Grinderman release.

– The Raveonettes and their wall of noise appeared on David Letterman this week, and although I never watch that show, I was flipping channels when it was on. I’ve never paid any attention to this Danish duo, but I was mightily impressed by their massive wall of noise. And the strange thing was: Letterman seemed to like it! The song was good–very Jesus and Mary Chain. So in honor of their uncompromising appearance on Letterman, I played the song on this here show. Yup.

– Justin brought in the Peter Laughner recording, taped from a September 1972 radio appearance on WMMS, Cleveland’s Coffeebreak Concert series. We went with Laughner’s cover of "Willin’," a song written by George Lowell of Little Feat. Laughner was evidently doin’ mostly country/folk/blues music at the time, as the band with him in the studio was called The Original Wolverines. You can find out more about this recording by going to the Handsome Productions website. There’s a lot of info there about Laughner, one of the prime movers in the Cleveland rock scene (member of Rocket from the Tombs and the early Pere Ubu) before he died in 1977 at the far-too-young age of 24.

– Other Justin picks: the Nonesuch Explorer Series LP, Ladakh: Songs & Dances from the Highlands of Western Tibet, which was lovely and surprisingly poppy (I was expecting throat singing or something truly weird); the Kemialliset Ystävät 7-inch (Finnish forest folk); the hilarious and groovy "Smokin’ Cheeba Cheeba" by the Harlem Underground Band; and the utterly thunderous rendition of "Sunshine of Your Love" from the Steel Funk steel drum compilation. Shaina contributed the far more subtly excellent Swedish folk stomp by the band Swåp.

Background Music: Gabor Szabo – His Great Hits (Impulse!)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Dig!!! Lazarus Dig Dig Lazarus Dig Anti Will be released April 3 *
The Raveonettes Aly, Walk With Me Lust Lust Lust Vice pleasantly surprising *
Black Moth Super Rainbow Jump into My Mouth and Breath the Stardust Dandelion Gum Graveface recently re-released on CD  
Kurt Vile Space Forklift Constant Hitmaker Gulcher Philadelphia *
Peter Laughner Willin’ The Original Wolverines: Do Re Mi Handsome Productions 1972, Live at WMMS, Cleveland  
Kevin Ayers Unfairground The Unfairground Gigantic new one from founding member of Soft Machine *
The Outsiders Story 16 The Outsiders Pseudonym Dutch 1967  
Group 1850 You Did It Too Hard Agemo’s Trip to Mother Earth Pseudonym Dutch 1968  
Brainbox Down Man Brainbox Pseudonym Dutch 1970  
The Ex The Sky Is Blue Again Disturbing Domestic Peace Verrecord/Ex Dutch 1980  
Ivy Green Sex on the Radio Ivy Green Pogo/WEA Dutch 1978  
BGK Pray for Peace and Kill for Christ A Dutch Feast: The Complete Works of Balthasar Gerards Kommando Alternative Tentacles Dutch 1983, originally on the Jonestown Aloha! LP  
Moondog Voices of Spring Moondog 2 Columbia 1971  
Muhammed Shafi Reli et al. Ston gyi lu Ladakh: Songs & Dances from the Highlands of Western Tibet Nonesuch Recorded by David Lewiston  
Swåp Brudpolska Från Orsa Efter Minu Per du da NorthSide Swedish 2005  
Kemialliset Ystävät Saisa, Pt. 1 Saisa 7" Beta-lactam Ring Finnish 2005  
Bjørn Torske Spelunker Feil Knapp Smalltown Supersound Dig Dug sounds! Norwegian 2007 *
Harlem Underground Band Smokin’ Cheeba Cheeba VA – Death Mix: The Best of Paul Winley Records Landspeed originally from 1976  
The Dirtbombs Wreck My Flow We Have You Surrounded In the Red they’re playing Asheville this week! *
Cave Hunt Like Devil Hunt Like Devil/Jamz Permanent nice, heavy groove by this Chicago outfit *
Cheveu Jacob’s Fight Cheveu S-S the French Country Teasers *
Steel Image Sunshine of Your Love VA – Steel Funk Vol. 2 Westbound no info on this one  

MoogPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
March 21, 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:

– We had two themed sets of music today. First came the acoustic guitar set, with Francis Bebey starting things off from 1965 and the "Concert for an Old Mask"–a true masterpiece begging for reissue on CD. Here’s the description from the LP: "A poem in music about an old mask endowed with magical powers. It describes, in its own way, the mask’s long journey from central Africa to Brazil. When it arrives, it is surprised and overjoyed to find something of its native Africa and dances at the carnival of Bahia, just as it used to on the other side of the Atlantic. One day however its owner forgets that in Africa he had been strictly forbidden to sell or give away the mask, and offers it to a museum. Needless to say the ‘curio’ is immediately imprisoned in a show-case. The mask spends only one night there. The next morning, it is found dead, split in two: mad with rage it had committed suicide during the night."

– The second theme was slightly off-kilter country music, and in addition to the lovely moog version of "Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town" (the Mel Tillis song, made famous by Kenny Rogers), we heard something from the comedic (and also unreissued) Johnny Cash album Everybody Loves a Nut, the coyly erotic (or is my mind in the gutter?) "Suckin’ Cider Through a Straw" as sung by Carl Sandburg, and the downright ridiculous "Woman Hungry" by Porter Wagoner (and it’s not even close to the zaniest on that compilation, The Rubber Room: The Haunting, Poetic Songs of Porter Wagoner). Because I can’t find the lyrics anywhere on the old internet, I’ll transcribe them here for posterity:

Lately I’ve been dining out
When my hungry lips need fed.
You no longer serve me love
And a heart could starve to death.
You push me from the table
It’s no longer spread with care
And when a man gets woman hungry
He will find a meal somewhere.

Chorus:
When a man gets woman hungry
And he’s got no food at home
There’s a gnawing down inside his heart
That will cause a man to roam.
He’ll play around forbidden fruit
Reach out and take his share.
When a man gets woman hungry
He will find a meal somwhere.

Malnutrition of the heart’s
One disease that I can’t fight.
It demands that I find love
And keeps me prowling through the night
Searching for the table
You’ve been failing to prepare
And when a man gets woman hungry
He’ll find a meal somewhere.

[Repeat Chorus]

– Also in that set was a gorgeous Lee Hazlewood track, "Since You’re Gone,"from his 1965 LP Friday’s Child, which has finally been reissued on CD as part of the new collection on Rhino Handmade: Strung Out on Something New: The Reprise Recordings. I had a hard time determining whether this was in fact a collection of ALL the tracks from Hazlewood’s 3 Reprise LPs, as the Rhino Handmade website has an incomplete track listing (and poorly describes the compilation as having "selections from" Friday’s Child), but I rolled the dice, and it turns out that it is complete. Asheville-based music writer Fred Mills has it right in his really nice review of the collection in Harp Magazine.

– Shaina brought in some really nice wax today: the Hungarian pop record (we think it was from the 1960s), the Devil’s Anvil, and the aforementioned (and pictured) Switched-On-Country moog record.

Background Music: Henry Mancini – The Pink Panther (RCA 1964)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Parliament Red Hot Mama The Early Years Deepbeats 1971  
The Budos Band Chicago Falcon VA – Daptone Records Remixed Daptone The Washington Sq. Lads Remix feat. Wale *
Mike Ladd Black Orientalist Nostalgialator Definitive Jux *
[Unidentified Hungarians] Isten Veled Édes Piroskám VA – Táncdalfestivál Hosszanjátszó Hanglemez Hungarian pop record  
UFOmammut Stardog Idolum SupernaturalCat Italian stoner psych-metal *
Ulaan Khol [Track 1] I Soft Abuse Steven R. Smith project *
Soft Machine Hope for Happiness Volume One Big Beat 1968  
ST Mikael Gyrax Mind of Fire Subliminal Sounds Swedish *
The Devil’s Anvil Karkadon Hard Rock from the Middle East Columbia 1967  
Toumani Diabaté Djourou Kara Nany The Mandé Variations Nonesuch Mali kora *
Francis Bebey Concert for an Old Mask Guitare d’une autre rime Ozileka 1965  
The Minutemen Cohesion Double Nickels on the Dime SST 1984  
Jim Ohlschmidt Delta Freeze VA – Wayfaring Strangers: Guitar Soli Numero Group 1979 *
Paco de Lucia Punta del Faro El Duende Flamenco Philips 1972  
Lee Hazlewood Since You’re Gone Strung Out on Something New: The Reprise Recordings Rhino from Friday’s Child, 1965  
Porter Wagoner Woman Hungry The Rubber Room Omni 1967  
Rick Powell Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town Switched-On-Country RCA 1970  
Carl Sandburg Suckin’ Cider Through a Straw Flat Rock Ballads Columbia released 1972  
Carl Sandburg Nora’s Dove Flat Rock Ballads Columbia  
Johnny Cash The One on the Right Is on the Left Everybody Loves a Nut Columbia 1966  
Mission of Burma Dirt Mission of Burma (EP) Taang! recorded 1982  
Wild Billy Childish and the Musicians of the British Empire So Unbelievably Generous Punk Rock at the Legion Hall Damaged Goods 2007  
The Cannanes You’re So Groovy Witchetty Pole Feel Good All Over recorded 1986/87  
Kurt Vile Freeway Constant Hitmaker Gulcher Philadelphia *

LigetiPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
March 14, 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:

– Highlights this week included the Mauritanian field recording from a compilation put out on CDR by Ian Nagoski, whose recent Black Mirror collection on Dust-to-Digital Records is also a real gem. Shaina, who co-hosted today, brought that in, as well as the really nifty anthology of Bollywood singer Geeta Dutt.

– There was a bit of a György Ligeti theme today: I started with a track from the new Vandermark 5 CD that was dedicated to the Romanian/Hungarian/Austrian/Jewish composer, and then we found a recording of an electronic piece by the man himself. Click on the lovely image above to go to the site I lifted it from.

Background Music: Benny Golson – Tune In, Turn On (To the Hippest Commercials of the Sixties) (Verve 1967)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Vandermark 5 Friction Beat Reader Atavistic for György Ligeti *
Mahjongg Pontiac Kontpab K *
Toni Iordache Sirba de la Medgidia Songs from a Bygone Age, Vol. 4 Asphalt-Tango Romanian  
A Hawk and a Hacksaw and the Hun Hangar Ensemble Serbian Cocek A Hawk and a Hacksaw and the Hun Hangar Ensemble Leaf *
Mounnina & Son Track 2 VA – Traditional Music Recordings from the Saharan Countries: Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco, Tunesia 1960s-70s Compiled by Ian Nagoski  
Kurt Vile Slow Talkers Constant Hitmaker Gulcher *
Vashti Bunyan Leave Me Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind Dicristina/Spiney 1964 Tape *
Mark Lang Strawberry Man VA – Wayfaring Strangers: Guitar Soli Numero Group 1976 *
György Ligeti Piece electronique #3 VA – An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music: Fourth A-Chronology Sub Rosa 1958  
Simply Saucer Here Come the Cyborgs Part One Cyborgs Revisited Cargo 1974  
Dodos Red and Purple Visiter Frenchkiss *
Psychedelic Horseshit New Wave Hippies Magic Flowers Droned Siltbreeze  
Times New Viking Teen Drama Rip It Off Matador *
Cheveu Hot Cheveu S-S Records *
The Homosexuals Neutron Lover The Homosexuals’ Records Recommended  
Suttree In Ill Repair Suttree 7" Genderless *
Ulver Track 3 Shadows of the Sun The End Records *
Raymond Scott The Music Box Soothing Sounds for Baby Vol. 1 Basta 1963  
Geeta Dutt Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu Essential Saregama Film: Howrah Bridge (1958)  
Bob James Trio Peasant Boy Explosions ESP-Disk 1965 *

Brigitte FontainePlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
March 7, 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:

– Let’s face it, unearthed previously unreleased songs usually suck. So imagine my elation when I read about a live recording of the Velvet Underground in 1967 that not only had good sound direct from the board but also featured a song that didn’t suck. Too good to be true? Nope. The song is "I’m Not a Young Man Anymore," and it was recorded probably in April 1967 at the Gymnasium in NYC. The recording first appeared as a green-vinyl bootleg on ebay last month and has shown up for download (try Dead Flowers) and linked by lots of blogs (and some unmentionably shitty music sites, like Pitchfuck–whoops!), but I had to play it. Great riff. There are reports that Thurston Moore has covered it already, at a March 1 Webster Hall (NY) gig on the bill with Roky Erickson & The Explosives.

Justin Farrar was my co-pilot today, and we had a weird synchronicity. We both brought in Stack Waddy, a pretty obscure British heavy bar rock band from circa 1970 who happened to be favorites of John Peel. I chose the Pretty Things cover, "Rosalyn," from their 1972 sophomore release. Justin is responsible for Wormdoom, the Dead C. (neat punky, pre-drone Dead C.), Enema Syringe (ouch, very Throbbing Gristle), Krupps (who became Die Krupps), and Audion (minimal tehcno!), Charley D. and Milo (California-style rural rock), Tony Joe White (open-shirt 70s country), and the Sir Douglas Quintet (Tex-Mex rural rock from San Francisco).

– The collaboration between Faust and Nurse with Wound really works. Mesmerizing.

– I had played a song by Brigitte Fontaine with the Art Ensemble of Chicago called "Le Goudron" a couple of times from the Bearded Ladies compilation that’s out now (Bird/B-Music), and I dug it so much that I tracked down the album it was on, 1971’s Comme à la Radio (Saravah). Well, the album is a total masterpiece. I’m utterly hooked. I played the title track from it today, and the bass groove laid down by Malachi Favors is trance-inducing. Leo Smith (later aka Wadada Leo Smith) is also credited on the album, and I wonder if it was him playing the weird flute and recorder in the piece. It could have been Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, or Lester Bowie, of course, or even Fontaine’s long-time collaborator, Areski. Whoever it is–it’s genius. Click on the picture for a Fontaine biography.

– Justin and I both sat nodding in approval as we listened to the Jim Ohlschmidt track on the new compilation Wayfaring Strangers: Guitar Soli, brought out by Numero Group, the same folks who are doing those wonderful Eccentric Soul compilations. This track, recorded in 1979 by Sheboygan, Wisconsin’s Jim Ohlschmidt, was like a grittier John Fahey. Leo Kottke was evidently a fan, according to the liner notes. A little research reveals that Mr. Ohlschmidt is living in Alabama and is still making music (and also here).

– When looking around for more info on Charley D. and Milo, I discovered that Charley D. is still making music as Charley Packard, and Lon Milo Duquette not only makes music but also writes books about the occult (one on Aleister Crowley!) and is an administrative officer of the Ordo Templi Orientis (Order of the Eastern Temple, for the Latin-challenged), "one of the most influential and controversial magical societies of the 20th century" (according to Milo’s website). Cool.

– To all those who tried to check out the webcam and see Justin in a v-neck sweater with no undershirt, my sincerest apologies. The webcam was not working until it was too late. Drats! We will definitely arrange something for next time.

Background Music: The 50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett – El Hombre (Liberty)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra Entrances/One Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra Thrill Jockey I love Bill Dixon *
Stack Waddy Rosalyn Bugger Off! See for Miles 1972 UK  
The Dirtbombs It’s Not Fun Until They See You Cry We Have You Surrounded In the Red playing Asheville’s Orange Peel, March 31, 2008 *
Wormdoom Last Days Boogie Last Days Boogie Twisted Village 1996  
The Dead C. Bad Politics Making Losers Happy Xpressway NZ Singles 1988-91  
The Misfits Devil’s Whorehouse Walk Among Us Slash 1982  
Enema Syringe Jag Vill Bara Slå Dig Visa Mig Vägen Till Mellringe UFO Mongo 1986-1988 Sweden  
Faust/Nurse with Wound Lass Mich Disconnected ReR Wow! *
Pyramid On Mars Yarari VA – Post Asiatic: Lost War Dream Music URCKarm very Savage Republic *
Krupps Wahre Arbeit – Wahrer Lohn Wahre Arbeit – Wahrer Lohn ZickZack 1981 Düsseldorf, Germany  
Audion Vegetables Suckfish Spectral Sound 2005 (Matthew Dear, aka Jabberjaw, False)  
The Velvet Underground I’m Not a Young Man Anymore Live at the Gymnasium ? 1967 newly discovered bootleg  
Karen Dalton I Love You More Than Words Can Say It’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going to Love You the Best Koch 1969  
Charley D. and Milo Om Sweet Om Charley D. and Milo Epic 1970  
Brigitte Fontaine Comme à la Radio Comme à la Radio Saravah 1971 with Areski and Art Ensemble of Chicago  
Jim Ohlschmidt Delta Freeze VA – Wayfaring Strangers: Guitar Soli Numero Group 1979 Wisconsin *
Furry Lewis Shake ‘em on Down Shake ‘em on Down Fantasy 1961  
Tony Joe White Saturday Nite, In Oak Grove, Louisiana Homemade Ice Cream DBK Works 1973  
Tight Leather Surfer Dan Severed Sentry s/r Lexington, KY *
The N.E.C. Witness Million Minks s/r Atlanta, GA *
Sir Douglas Quintet Oh Baby, It Just Don’t Matter Mendocino Acadia 1969 San Francisco via Texas  
Belton Richard Cajun Fugitive Modern Cajun Lovers Trikont Swamp Music Vol. IV  
Bob Willis & His Texas Playboys I’ll Have Somebody Else Boot Heel Drag: The MGM Years Mercury 1948  
Joe Meek & The Blue Men Orbit Around the Moon I Hear a New World Triumph 1960