Archive for June, 2008

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
June 27, 2008

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

Notes:

– Big thanks to Dan Ruccia, my former colleague at WPRB in New Jersey, for coming in to spin records with me! Dan currently has a radio show called "A Bit Stranger" at WXDU, Durham (where I also previously worked) airing Wednesdays 4-6pm. Check him out! For the most part Dan and I played the "you play one, I play one" game, but I’m not going to tell who picked what, partly because on some of these, we were in complete mind synchronicity.

– Shaina, who is winning the co-host-athon sweepstakes, was also on the mic this week. You can catch her show here at WPVM, "The Invisible Worm," Thursday nights 11-1. Do it!

– All three of us were still aglow from the life-changing Brothers Unconnected show last night at the Grey Eagle. Alan and Richard Bishop of the Sun City Girls played acoustic guitar versions (together, as opposed to the announced and flawed idea of them playing separtately) of classic SCG songs and also some solo stuff. The tour is in honor of the third Sun City Girl, Charles Gocher, who passed away last year. The evening started with a crazy art film that Charles had been working on for a long time, and then Alan and Richard came out and sat down with a little table between them and went straight for the musical jugular, doing SCG instrumentals and their faux-Asian madness for the first 45 minutes, followed by another hour or so from the so-sick-it-hurts English-lyric SCG corpus. The Grey Eagle was set up for a sit-down show, and sitting front and center were clearly two of the Bishops’ biggest fans. I don’t know if they were following the band around on tour, but they certainly knew all the words and would shout out the lyrics in unison. When things got seriously intense, they would do the two-fingered horn-symbol metal salute with both hands and bow down to the Bishops. You knew things were cookin’ with gas at the end of the show when one of those dudes (the one who looked like a young Eugene Chadbourne) pulled out his lighter and made out like we were all at a Van Halen concert. There was a curious moment in the middle of the show when Alan Bishop opened a jar that was sitting on the stage-set table, got up, and walked around the audience sprinkling dust on the crowd. Were those some of Charles Gocher’s ashes? Dan suggested that sublime notion. Having seen the SCG in Chapel Hill in 1992 (I believe) when they mocked the crowd mercilessly, I was apprehensive of Alan walking around baptising people with whatever it was, but now I wish I got sprinkled as well. I could write another several pages about this show, but I’ll sum up by saying that it was no doubt one of the greatest shows I will ever experience. Thank you to Matt and Mark at Harvest Records for bringing them here!

– Greg Cartwright and Reigning Sound also played a free show late last night at West Asheville’s coolest watering hole, The Admiral, and we went right over there after the Bishop brothers were through. It was packed and sweaty by then, and I think we missed half the set, but by the end I had made the transition and was rockin’ hard along with everybody else. It was almost too much, though, for one night; how can anybody or any town (especially of Asheville’s population) be worthy of such bounty?

– When I picked up the Love Is Love compilation on Mississippi Records and dropped a needle on it, I had this sinking feeling of "My god, did I already buy this record?" And so I searched the recesses of my memory and finally realized that in a way, yes, I did already buy this record. The first five tracks are also on a compilation called Africa Dances on the Original Music label, 3 of them in the same sequence. The rest of Love Is Love is from elsewhere (don’t ask me, as I don’t know); the collection is pan-African (sub-Saharan) in scope, with tracks recorded anytime in the 1950s-70s. Not much information from Mississippi Records, to be sure. The Original Music compilation has pretty nice notes, by the way. I’m glad that Mississippi is making this extraordinary music available (Original Music stuff is way out of print), but as I wrote a few weeks ago about another of their African re-issues, I don’t know exactly what I feel about the ethics of the whole thing. Plus, I like information in liner notes–a whole lot–but maybe in the end, all that ‘locating apparatus’ (to make up some pseudo-academic jargon) takes away from my concentration on the music. Food for thought. One thing I do know: these Mississippi records are flying out of hipster record shops like crazy.

– Lot of good new records: I picked up the new Factums, featuring Matthew Ford (who also drums for the Intelligence), along with another one on Sacred Bones Records by The Pink Noise, a French Candian band that reminds me of both Cheveu (garage punk) and Ariel Pink (lo-fi aesthetic, muffled vocals, great hooks). The records are good, although the vinyl pressings sound really distant to me. This is a current pet peeve of mine, as I mentioned on the air that Reigning Sound’s Too Much Guitar! (2004) also sounds kinda muffled and crappy on vinyl compared to the CD release, which is a damned pity. Another LP I bought recently with this same malady is the Cheveu debut on S-S (which has no CD version to compare with). All these labels–and records–kick ass, by the way, even if their vinyl pressings do not. I’m not sorry I buy the vinyl (I MUCH prefer vinyl to CDs), but I think LP mastering and pressing is a lost art. And it’s not my needle or turntable, folks. Trust me on that one. Don’t get me started on the myth of 180g vinyl… OK, I’ll stop now.

– Two great new CDs on that hazy line between jazz and rock, i.e. fusion that doesn’t suck: 1) Elephant9 from Norway on Rune Grammofon are a organ/bass/drums trio that play a proggier, more rockist, less funky electric Miles Davis groove; and 2) Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, which Ribot claims is a rock band but honestly sounds a lot like… a good Marc Ribot record (which means it’s some mix of jazz, Latin, rock, and downtown avant-garde slight weirdness).

 

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Miss Smodern S’modern VA – Love Is Love Mississippi African comp. (song from South Africa); newly reissued *
Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests Eywat setenafegagn Moa Anbessa Terp Ethiopian sax player–this record should be more widely distributed; it’s too hard to get  
The Free Pop Electronic Concept Pish! Pshaw! A New Exciting Experience Vampi Soul Vampi Soul is consistently great *
Nancy Sinatra So Long, Babe These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ Reprise Lee Hazlewood song, production  
Spires That in the Sunset Rise Java Pop Curse the Traced Bird Secrete Eye 2008 Chicago, recorded by Philly’s Greg Weeks, from Espers *
Alan & Richard Bishop Rookoobay The Brothers Unconnected Abduction tour CD *
Alan & Richard Bishop The Shining Path The Brothers Unconnected Abduction tour CD *
16-17 Vertebrae Gyatso Savage Land 1994, Swiss avant-skronk trio, reissued *
Factums The Climb The Sistrum Sacred Bones 2008, second album by this Seattle group featuring the drummer from the Intelligence  
Elephant9 Dodovoodoo DodoVoodoo Rune Grammofon Norwegian *
Jay Reatard You Mean Nothing to Me Always Wanting More 7" Matador new (the third?) in the 7" series *
Hubble Bubble I Wanna Die (But Not Right Now) Hubble Bubble Radio Heartbeat/Daggerman 1977 Belgian, classic punk reissue  
The Lines No Through Windows Memory Span Acute compilation of this 1978-1983 UK band *
Reigning Sound When You Touch Me Too Much Guitar! In the Red 2004, Memphis, now of Asheville  
Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog Bateau Party Intellectuals Pi 2008, NYC *
Brethren of the Free Spirit In Him is no Sin All Things are from Him, through Him, and in Him Audiomer 2007 guitar and lute!  
Wussy Killer Trees Left for Dead Shake It 2007 Cincinnati  
The Pink Noise The Put On Dream Code Sacred Bones 2008 French Canadian  
Matmos Rainbow Flag Supreme Balloon Matador 2008 *
Clark-Hutchison Impromptu in ‘E’ Minor A=MH2 Sunbeam 1969 raga rock *
Spiritualized You Lie You Cheat Songs in A & E Fontana International/Sanctuary 2008 *
Indian Jewelry Temporary Famine Ship Free Gold We Are Free 2008, Houston, TX *
Witch 1000 MPH Paralyzed Tee Pee 2008, Brattleboro, VT *
The Flesh Eaters The Wedding Dice Forever Came Today Ruby 1982, L.A.  

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
June 20, 2008

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

Notes:

– Had a nice impromptu German-themed set. It started with the German label Ata Tak, which put out the Fix Planet compilation from 1981, featuring the Spanish band Esplendor Geometrico, which you can found about here. Then some Ideal, a poppy Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave) band, followed by nice lounge-kitsch from a recent compilation, The In-Kraut Vol. 3: Hip Shaking Grooves Made in Germany 1967-1974. We ended that segment with some 60s garage rock from the Nuggets-like series, Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium, about which there is a dedicated website. Actually, the set ended with "Booby Trap," a 60s UK pop-psych gem, but that’s not German.

– Thanks to all who called for tickets to see The Brothers Unconnected: Alan and Richard Bishop (of Sun City Girls) at the Grey Eagle Thursday, June 26, presented by Harvest Records. I’ll certainly be there.

 

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Henry Flynt Echo Rock Back Porch Hillbilly Blues Vol. 2 Locust Greensboro, NC native  
Bardo Pond Push Yer Head Batholith Three Lobed 2008, Philly band, High Point, NC label *
Eroc Des Zauberers Traum Eroc 1 Brain 1975, Brain. Krautrock, drummer from Grobschnitt  
Graham Lambkin & Jason Lescalleet The Breadwinner The Breadwinner Erstwhile 2008, new one from Lambkin, former leader of The Shadow Ring  
Steve Lacy Forest The Forest and the Zoo ESP-Disk background music, really *
Simple In the Night Songs from a Broken Hip s/r 2008, from Chapel Hill *
Look Blue Go Purple Cactus Cat LBGP EP2 Flying Nun Dunedin, New Zealand  
Magic Bubble Sunshine Man Magic Bubble Fallout Canada, 1969. Frank and Rita Rondell. *
Kris Kristofferson To Beat the Devil Me and Bobby McGee Monument 1973  
Vetiver Houses Thing Of The Past Gnomonsong 2008 *
The Black Angels You on the Run Directions To See A Ghost Light in the Attic 2008, Austin, TX *
V-3 American Face Photograph Burns Onion/American 1996. Jim Shepard, of Columbus, OH  
No Age Teen Creeps Nouns Sub Pop 2008 *
Esplendor Geometrico Moscú está helado (Moscow Is Frozen) VA – Fix Planet Ata tak 1981, Spain. On an international comp on a German label  
Ideal Berlin Ideal IC 1981, Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave), Annette Humpe’s band  
Daisy Clean Glory Be VA – The In-Kraut Vol. 3: Hip Shaking Grooves Made in Germany 1967-1974 Marina name says it all *
Proud Flesh Price of Misery VA – Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium Vol. 5 Yahoo 60s German garage rock  
Unit 4+2 Booby Trap VA – Let’s Ride: 20 Popsike Excursions from the UK & Europe Psychic Circle UK psych compiled by Nick Saloman of the Bevis Frond *
Brötzmann / Uuskyla Duo Beautiful But Stupid Born Broke Atavistic 2008 sax/drums duo *
Orange Juice I Can’t Help Myself Rip It Up Polydor 1982 Scotland  
Boris BUZZ-IN Smile Southern Lord 2008 Japan *
Sun City Girls The Flower Torch of The Mystics Majora/Tupelo 1990  
Sun City Girls Blue Mambo Torch of The Mystics Majora/Tupelo 1990  
Sun City Girls 3D Girls Mister Lonely OST Drag City 2008 *
Rob Brown Ensemble Rocking Horse Crown Trunk Root Funk AUM Fidelity 2008 *
Fire Room Broken Music I Broken Music Atavistic 2008 Ken Vandermark group *
Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet Caravan of Winter Tabligh Cuneiform 2008 *

Disco DuckPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
June 13, 2008

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

Notes:

– Two major themes this week. First and by far most important is the upcoming Asheville appearance (Thursday, July 26 at the Grey Eagle, courtesy of Harvest Records) of Alan and Richard Bishop as "The Brothers Unconnected." The Bishop brothers are 2/3 of Sun City Girls, and this tour is to be an homage to the other third, Charles Gocher, who passed away last year. So I played a bunch of Sun City Girls to get revved up for the show.

– Theme two was the "My First Record" segment. Shaina brought in the first LP she ever bought, Steeleye Span’s 1976 Rocket Cottage. Not a very embarrassing choice, I must say, especially when compared to mine: the Disco Duck Dance Party (Peter Pan Records), also from 1976. Sure, Disco Duck sucks, but I rather liked the second song from the album, the disco Beethoven "A Fifth of Beethoven"–notice the indefinite article, a pun that was obviously beyond my wee head when I bought the record (or had the record purchased for me, as the case no doubt was). My second album was KC and the Sunshine Band Vol. 3. I feel a lot better about that one.

 

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Eugene Chadbourne 7+7= LSDC&W Fundamental 1987, Love cover  
Love Orange Skies Revisited Elektra 1966  
Larry Young Sunshine Fly Away Lawrence of Newark Castle (reissue) 1973  
The Free Pop Electronic Concept Planetary Gospel A New Exciting Experience Vampi Soul late 60s *
Spontaneous Music Ensemble (John Stevens & Trevor Watts) In the Midlands Bare Essentials 1972-3 Emanem 1973 *
Steve Lacy Sextet As Usual The Gleam Silkheart 1986  
Buffy Sainte-Marie He’s a Keeper of the Fire Illuminations Vanguard 1969, Buffy rocks out  
Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra The World Is Gone VA – The In Kraut Vol. 3: Hip Shaking Grooves Made in Germany 1967-1974 Marina compilation of 70s German lounge exotica *
Unknown Weather/English Objectives VA – Radio Myanmar Sublime Frequencies wonderful weirdness from Burma *
Orchestra Baobab Sibam Made in Dakar Nonesuch 2008, Senegal *
Sun City Girls Apna Desh 330,003 Crossdressers from Beyond the Rig Veda Abduction 1996  
Sun City Girls 3D Girls Mister Lonely (OST) Drag City 2008, split soundtrack with J. Spaceman *
Sun City Girls Plater Cupids Falling from the Ceiling You’re Never Alone with a Cigarette (Sun City Girls Singles Volume 1) Abduction 1988 recording, ended up on "Three Fake Female Orgasms" double 7" *
Sir Richard Bishop Cross My Palm with Silver Polytheistic Fragments Drag City 2007  
Steeleye Span The Brown Girl Rocket Cottage Chrysalis 1976  
Irwin the Disco Duck and the Wibble Wabble Singers and Orchestra Disco Duck Disco Duck Peter Pan 1976  
Steeleye Span Brown Girl Rocket Cottage Chrysalis 1976  
Irwin the Disco Duck and the Wibble Wabble Singers and Orchestra A Fifth of Beethoven Disco Duck Peter Pan 1976  
The Fall I’ve Been Duped Imperial Wax Solvent Castle 2008, no US issue yet  
Golden Error Hunted VA – Love & Circuits Cardboard 2008 *
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth Hairvest Not Noiice Chalk Circle 2008, Austin TX *
Soda Fountain Rag Angry Girl It’s Rag Time! Yes Boy Ice Cream

2008, Bergen, Norway

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1910 Fruitgum Co.Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
June 6, 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 Numero Group record label dominated the first portion of this radio show. Known mostly for their Eccentric Soul compilations of neglected soul scenes and labels (mostly from the 60s and 70s), they’ve quietly produced a full catalog of other gems, particularly on their * (asterisk) imprint, dedicated to re-issues of long-lost albums. I played the Propinquity record from that series last week, but this time I got in the Johnny Lunchbreak record (Velvet Underground worshippers from mid-70s Connecticut) and the most recent release, the self-titled album from the Chicago soul-jazz outfit, Boscoe. I also played one of the two CDs in the Cult Cargo series of "panAmerican funk," namely Belize City Boil-Up, which is surprisingly consistent in its jammy excellence. The other Numero offering offered today was by the samba-obsessed, early-80s Belgian band, Antena, who also sound as if they could be on Rough Trade records alongside the Young Marble Giants.

– My beloved Aunt Sandy gave me a huge pile of records that will no doubt take me ages to sift through, but I got a start today with three: 1) the Sylvers, the Memphis version of the Jackson 5; 2) the 5th Dimension, which had Shaina and me wincing, mortified by the saccharine "Up, Up and Away"–until WPVM’s Dr. Awesome (listen Wednesdays, 2-4 pm) popped his head in the studio and said he loved this record, allowing us to lose our shame (while still writhing in pain); and 3) the blue-cheese-of-cheesy 1910 Fruitgum Co., who essentially defined bubble gum pop (at least we didn’t play "Goody Goody Gumdrops"). Hey, the Ramones loved this record, so there.

– The Eddy Current Suppression Ring from Melbourne, Australia, put out their debut record a couple of years ago, but I just now got around to giving them a listen, and oh man, is it a delightful discovery. That is one bitchin’ rock band in the grand tradition of the Saints, Radio Birdman, and The Victims–just to name a few Aussie faves. I haven’t heard their new one, Primary Colours, on Aarght! Records, but it’s on my must-buy-asap list.

Background Music: Gus Vali – Let’s Belly Dance (1973, P.I. Records)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Lord Rhaburn Disco Connection VA – Cult Cargo: Belize City Boil Up Numero Group Belize  
Black Devil Disco Club I Regret the Flower Power 28 After Lo Recordings a request!  
Soul Messengers Burn Devil Burn VA – Soul Messages from Dimona Numero Group African Hebrew Israelites! *
The Sylvers Boogie Fever Showcase Capitol 1976, Memphis  
Aguaturbia Erotica VA – Love, Peace & Poetry: Chilean Psychedelic Music Normal Records very naughty *
Antena To Climb the Cliff Camino del Sol Numero Group 1982, Belgium  
Johnny Lunchbreak Never Found Appetizer: Soups On * (Numero) 1974-1975, Connecticut  
Simply Saucer Bulletproof Nothing Cyborgs Revisited Fist Puppet 1974-1975, Ontario  
Boscoe Money Won’t Save You Boscoe * (Numero) 1974, Chicago *
Man Spunk Box 2 oz. of Plastic with a Hole in the Middle Repertoire 1969, Welsh heavy rock  
The 5th Dimension Up, Up and Away Up, Up and Away Soul City 1967, L.A.  
Tubeway Army Listen to the Sirens Tubeway Army Beggars Banquet 1978, Gary Numan  
Buzz Life Ends VA – Messthetics #103: DIY 77-81 Midlands Hyped to Death 1981, Shrewsbury, UK  
The Mice Downtown For Almost Ever Scooter Scat 1986, Cleveland, OH  
Eddy Current Suppression Ring Precious Rose Eddy Current Suppression Ring Dropkick 2006, Melbourne, Australia  
The Old Haunts Ruined View Poisonous Times Kill Rock Stars Olympia, WA *
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity Not Noiice Chalk Circle Austin, TX *
No Age Things I Did When I Was Dead Nouns Sub Pop L.A. *
Jim Ford Long Road Ahead The Sounds of Our Time (The Harlan County Record +) Bear Family 1969, California  
Magic Bubble Changes Magic Bubble Fallout 1969, Toronto. Brother and sister team of Frank and Rita Rondell *
1910 Fruitgum Co. 1910 Cotton Candy Castle Indian Giver Buddah 1969, Linden, New Jersey  
The Twilights Found to Be Thrown Away Once Upon a Twilight Aztec 1968, Adelaide, Australia  
Rainman Don’t Make Promises Rainman Fallout 1970, Holland. Solo record by Frank Nuyensy, guitarist from the band Q65. *
Q65 Crumblin’ Afghanistan (Negram Years 1970-71) Fallout 1970, Holland. Q65 itself.  
Univers Zero Docteur Petiot Univers Zero Cuneiform 1977, Belgium. Recently remixed and reissued with a bonus track. *