Archive for April, 2008

KayesPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Arpil 25, 2008

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

Notes:

– Aaaahhh, finally back to normal here at the The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. No more fund drive shows. Don’t get me wrong–I love doing the fund drive shows, as they’re pretty exciting, but I prefer not begging for money and getting stressed out about it all. I feel pressure to do something "special" and entertain you people out there more than I normally do. It affects the art, man, such as it is. In contrast, in a "normal" show, I get to play a lot of NEW music. And to be quite honest with you, new music (or at least new to me) is what it’s all about. This was also the first show I’ve done solo in a good while, which I’ve figured out puts a much more laid-back vibe into the show. I play more jazz when I’m by myself, for example. So today, here’s what kicked my ass…

– Right out of the gate, the new Mississippi Records release (out of Portland, Oregon) is flat-out sublime: a reissue of a 1970 African album (from Mali) by the Regional Orchestra of Kayes. Everything on that record is stand-out, and I’ve listened to a lot of good African music lately. Pick it up before it disappears, like all that Mississippi Records stuff. You can learn more about the album at Graeme Counsel’s super-informative Radio Africa website (and also find out what he thinks of Mississippi Records–it’s not pretty). I also played the Elder Charles Beck’s "Rock & Roll Sermon" from the second pressing (minus the bonus 7") of Mississippi’s Life Is a Problem compilation. Don’t you dare call that music they’re playing rock ‘n’ roll because that would be evil–no, sir, it’s gospel (uh, I guess).

Don Cavalli is a French dude who’s tapped into a particularly rich primitive American garage-rock/blues mainline. That "New Hollywood Babylon" riff is not likely to let me enjoy uninterrupted silence for at least a few weeks. It’s that catchy. And the rest of the album is strong too–definitely one of the best I’ve heard yet this year.

– That new Be Your Own Pet album is pretty disappointing. I won’t say it sounds like a sell-out (ok, I didn’t say it), but it lacks the extra-special sauce that their debut had. Yawn. Playing "San Francisco’s Doomed" by Crime after it simply wasn’t a fair fight.

Background Music: Walt Dickerson – Jazz Impressions of Lawrence of Arabia (Dauntless, 1963)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Regional Orchestra of Kayes Sanjina The Best of the First Biennale of Arts and Culture for the Young Mississippi 1970 Mali *
Earth Engine of Ruin The Bee Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull Southern Lord playing locally *
Mission of Burma Weatherbox Vs. Matador from the new "Definitive Editions" *
Hunting Lodge Hero of the Beach Energy Czar Yosada *
Death of Samantha Sexual Dreaming Strungout on Jargon Homestead  
Witch Eye Paralyzed Tee Pee *
Don Cavalli New Hollywood Babylon Cry Land Everloving *
Richard Swift SM60 Richard Swift As Onassis Secretly Canadian *
Elder Charles Beck Rock & Roll Sermon VA – Life Is a Problem Mississippi  
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Today’s Lesson Dig Lazarus Dig Anti- *
Singer Dumb Smoke Unhistories Drag City *
Love Live Life +1 Love Will Make a Better You Love Will Make a Better You Japanese psych from the early 70s  
Barry Adamson The Beaten Side of Town Back To The Cat Central Control *
Bob James Trio Peasant Boy Explosions ESP-Disk *
Destroyer Plaza Trinidad Trouble in Dreams Merge playing locally *
Kurt Vile Freeway Constant Hitmaker Gulcher *
Blue Orchids Hanging Man The Greatest Hit (Money Mountain) Rough Trade  
Atlas Sound Scraping Past Let the blind lead those who can see but cannot feel Kranky *
Imaad Wasif with Two Part Beast Halcyon Strange Hexes Force Field *
Johnny Guitar Mon Du Dow VA – Shadow Music of Thailand Sublime Frequencies *
Be Your Own Pet Heart Throb Get Awkward Ecstatic Peace!/Universal *
Crime San Francisco’s Doomed San Francisco’s Doomed Solar Lodge  
Monotonix Lowest Dive Body Language Drag City *

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Arpil 18, 2008

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

Notes:

– I called in the ringers for this radio program, the second of my two WPVM Spring 2008 Fund Drive shows. Peter Poffenberger of the fabulous Ooze Out radio program (Tuesday nights, 10pm – 1am) stopped by from outer space and helped mesmerize the listeners out there into unloading their wallets. He and the great Justin Farrar (aka Larry) brought the "Heavy Music"–much rural rock, some bubblegum, and the super-tasty "Meatballs" (that one really got the phones to ring). We did a Velvet Underground Worship block, a Neue Deutsche Welle set (courtesy of Justin’s Zick Zack 7" collection, which I lust after), and most importantly made some serious dough for WPVM! Thanks to everyone who donated. Justin and I look forward to taking some of you to an Asheville Tourists game (one of our special thank-you gifts).

 

 

Artist Song Album Comments New
Bob Seger Heavy Music, Pt. 2 ‘66-’67 1967 single  
Enoch Light Bond Street Spaced Out  
Rick Dees Meatballs Meatballs (OST)  
The Rising Sons 44 Blues The Rising Sons  
Help Yourself Look at the View Help Yourself  
Buffalo Springfield Sit Down, I Think I Love You Buffalo Springfield  
Dillard & Clark Why Not Your Baby The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark  
Ted Lucas Now That I Know Ted Lucas  
Smokey and His Sister In a Dream of Silent Seas VA – Soft Sounds for Gentle People 2  
Hearts and Flowers When I Was a Cowboy The Complete Hearts and Flowers  
Van Dyke Parks Music for Datsun TV Commercial VA – The 1969 Warner/Reprise Song Book  
The Beau Brummels I Love You Mama Magic Hollow  
John Phillips Drum John, The Wolf King of L.A.  
The Banana Splits Tra La La We’re the Banana Splits  
Trader Horne Here Comes the Rain Morning Way  
The Free Design Bubbles Stars/Time/Bubbles/Love  
Brewer & Shipley Witchi-tai-to Weeds  
Lou Reed Vicious Despite All Amputations Live at KLIR, 1972  
Hackamore Brick Oh! Those Sweet Bananas One Kiss Leads to Another  
The Dream Syndicate Down There EP Some Kinda Itch  
David Bowie White Light / White Heat Bowie at the Beeb: The Best of the BBC Radio Sessions  
The Modern Lovers Foggy Notion Precise Modern Lovers Order  
The Velvet Underground Run Run Run Live at the Gymnasium 1967  
The Pretenders Bad Boys Get Spanked Pretenders II  
Abwärts Roboter in der Nacht 7"  
Saal 3 Ich mache mir keine Sorge mehr 7"  
Busy P Rainbow Man VA – BIPPP: French Synth Wave 1979-1985 *
The Fall Taurig Imperial Wax Solvent *
Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy and U. Black If I Can Make It In a Rub Dub Style  
Busty Brown Crying About You The Upsetter Lee Perry production  
The Beach Boys Do It Again 7"  

Genya RavanPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Arpil 11, 2008

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

Notes:

– First of two Spring Fund Drive shows. Trains and the French were the themes. There was no reason for this other than whimsy. Thanks to all who donated, and it’s not too late–ever–to donate to WPVM.

– My favorite track of the week, however, was brought in by Shaina, namely the Genya Ravan nugget, "I Won’t Sleep on the Wet Spot," a sentiment that truly needed a song written about it. And it had nothing to do with trains or the French. In fact, we had a plan to do a "women’s music" segment at the end of the show (because I love "women’s music" so much), and we managed to do so for the last two sets, but of course it was insufficient to cover such a ridiculously broad topic. You’ll just have to listen to WPVM’s women’s music show, Siren’s Muse, which airs Sundays 3-5 pm with hosts AJ and Susan. And if you want to hear more French music, check out the wonderfully original Paris of the South Radio Hour, with host François, which airs on WPVM Wednesdays from 9-10 am and again on Saturdays 7-8 pm.

Background Music 1: Steam in 60’s Volume 2 (Mobile Fidelity)
Background Music 2: Verve Records and Esquire Magazine, Sound Tour: France (Verve)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Hound Dog Taylor Down Home Special VA – Blues Rarities Chess 1967 recording  
Jessie Mae Hemphill Streamline Train Feelin’ Good High Water 1987  
Selma Rich Brody I’m a Train Be A Train  
Captain Beefheart Click Clack The Spotlight Kid Reprise  
MX-80 Train to Loveland Big Hits  
A-Frames Death Train Black Forest Sub-Pop  
Nikki Sudden Ringing on My Train Waiting on Egypt Secretly Canadian 1982  
Lee Hazlewood No Train to Stockholm Cowboy in Sweden Smells Like Records originally released 1970  
Bill Monroe Kansas City Railroad Blues Live Recordings 1956-1969 Smithsonian Folkways  
Johnny Cash Come Along and Ride This Train Come Along and Ride This Train Columbia  
The Oblivians Ride This Train Play 9 Songs with Mr. Quintron Again Crypt  
The Gun Club She’s Like Heroin To Me Fire of Love Ruby  
The Flesh Eaters Digging My Grave A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die Ruby  
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Dig Lazarus Dig Dig Lazarus Dig Anti *
The Fall Tommy Shooter Imperial Wax Solvent Castle new Fall album, and it’s good! *
Casino Music Viol af dis VA – BIPPP French Synth Wave *
Patrick Abrial Slag Machine La Guêpe 2  
Don Cavalli Wonder Chairman Cry Land Everloving *
Ophiucus Darbouka Ophiucus  
Jean-Claude Vannier L’enfant au royaume des mouches L’Enfant Assassin des Mouches  
Brigitte Fontaine Le Goudron Comme à la radio  
Tennie Komar and the Silencers S.I.G.H.S. Future Stories Shaina pick  
Genya Ravan I Won’t Sleep on the Wet Spot …And I Mean It! Shaina pick  
Kleenex You Liliput  

Tragic MulattoPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Arpil 4, 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:

– Ah, Tragic Mulatto… One of the most shocking live acts of the 80s, this San Francisco outfit was also an instrumental oddity: they used the tuba (or was it baritone horn?), trumpet, and the sax, in addition to the usual rock suspects. I played a track about cops and Japanese bikes ("Tac Squad") from their 1984 debut on Alternative Tentacles, Judo for the Blind, which has an unspeakable cover picturing Jesus on the can and a lovely lady discovering the pleasures of a forceful bath spout. The names of the band members changed constantly, even when the people inhabiting them did not: on this album they were called Fluffy, Blossom, Flossy, Sweetums, and "A Piece of Eczema" (on sax). On stage, you could count on most of the band to be clad only in diapers, except for the paint, feathers, or tin cans (when I saw them) duct-taped to the breasts of the lead singer and tuba player. I could only find pictures of the band from the website commemorating the late 80s/early 90s L.A. underground scene’s HIP Magazine. I couldn’t decide between the two, so I give you both. Enjoy!

Tragic Mulatto– Shaina brought in the Yellowman and picked the Shonen Knife. She brought in several other artifacts, but I was a hog and didn’t get to them. She really liked the epic-length Kirsten Ketsjer the Rock Band cut I played, "The Bridge."

Word has it that the Feelies are reuniting–with Bill Million in tow–for a July 4th weekend reunion playing with Sonic Youth in Central Park. I’ve also heard that Bar/None will be reissuing the first two Feelies records by the end of the year. This is all excellent news. They were a great band. It’s hard to believe it’s been about 20 years since I first saw them in Chapel Hill, with Yo La Tengo opening up.

– But the most exciting news for me this week was the reappearance of Todd Rittmann, one-half of the ax-wielders in U.S. Maple, who were without question one of my favorite bands of the late 90s/early 00s. He’s teamed up with Adam Vida (the drummer for the last U.S. Maple record), Adam’s brother Ben (from Town & Country), and Robert Lowe (from 90 Day Men and Lichens) to form a new band called Singer. I haven’t had a chance to listen carefully, but I was in a state of ecstasy as I shuffled through the disc. Just hearing that guitar makes me incredibly happy. The song was good. Maybe even very good.

– And lastly, RIP Klaus Dinger, drummer and co-founder of Neu!, Krautrock masters and a huge inspiration to later post-punk, electronic, and avant-rock bands–I think immediately of This Heat and even Negativland, who took their name from the Neu! track I played today. Dinger also was in an early version of Kraftwerk, and then after Neu! went on to form La Düsseldorf and then La! Neu? There was even a nice obit in the NY Times. Viva la motorik!

Background Music: Music to Read James Bond By – Volume Two (United Artists)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
ESG My Love For You ESG: A South Bronx Story Soul Jazz New York 1983  
Missy Dee & the Melody Crew Missy Missy Dee VA – Don’t Stop: Recording Tap El Numero New York 1982 *
Yellowman Ram Jam Master Reggae Anthology: Look How Me Sexy VP Jamaica  
Pierre Akendengue Evo Afrika Obota Saravah Gabon 1976  
Tarkus Tempestad Tarkus MaG/repsychled Peru 1972  
UFOmammut Stigma Idolum SupernaturalCat Italy 2008 *
Tragic Mulatto Tac Squad Judo for the Blind Alternative Tentacles San Francisco 1984  
Danava Unonou Unonou Kemado Portland, OR 2008 *
Moe Tucker Fired Up I Spent a Week There the Other Night New Rose 1991  
The Feelies Time for a Witness Time for a Witness A&M/Coyote 1991  
Be Your Own Pet Twisted Nerve Get Awkward Universal/ Nashville, TN 2008 *
The Bizarros Nova The Bizarros 7"
EP
Clone Akron, OH 1978  
X Police Aspirations Amphetamine Reptile Australia 1979  
Shonen Knife Blue Oyster Cult 712 Zero Japan 1991  
Jean Paul Sartre Experience Einstein Love Songs Communion/Flying Nun New Zealand 1986  
Kirsten Ketsjer the rock band The Bridge ffffoo k tsscch yoyooyoy Denmark 2007  
Furtips Jester Stand Back, Speak Normally Ajax Holland 1995  
Neu! Negativland Neu! Brain Germany 1972  
Singer Please, Tell the Justices We’re Fine Unhistories Drag City Chicago 2008 *