Archive for July, 2008

Playlist for

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
July 25, 2008

Hosted by Greg Lyon on FRIDAYS at 2-4 pm
on WPVM Asheville (103.5 FM and

— How did Peter Frampton get away with what has to be the most ridiculous album title ever? "I’m In You"?????????? Incredibly weak song, too. We were going to play it straight, but I couldn’t do it, so we did our best Mystery Science Theater 3000 imitation and gave commentary. Check out that outfit–and the chest hair. 1977 was weird. Just think about crap coming out and shooting up the charts at the same time that the Sex Pistols were ushering in a new universe. Thank you, Johnny Rotten.

— Had a nice drug commentary set with Sonny Bono’s "Pammie’s on a Bummer," which Shaina knows all the lyrics to from her childhood (her dad had the record). Bill Cosby’s "Dope Pusher Song" is a fun and funky scare-tactic song. Holy Modal Rounders sang the "Cocaine Blues"; WPVM just got an incredible shipment of new CDs from the rejuvenated ESP-Disk, including two Holy Modal Rounders reissues and a slew of great jazz (Milford Graves, Giuseppi Logan, and Don Cherry). For more of this stuff, you should listen to Tenor to Tabla, Wednesday nights on WPVM from 8-11 pm, hosted by Jonathan. It’s dope.

— I played two of the three releases on the newly created Assophon Records out of Seattle: an imaginary soundtrack by Factums and a great skronky jazz set by the Spider Trio. You’ll hear the third disc, by The Sea Donkeys, in an upcoming show, I promise, as it may be the best of the three. Great new label!

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Swell Maps Midget Submarines Collision Time Revisited Mute  
Pumice Sick Bay Duvet Quo Soft Abuse

New Zealand

Factums Lotus A Primitive Future Assophon 2008, new one  
Awesome Color Eyes of Light Electric Aborigines Ecstatic Peace! *
Great American Desert The Still Lake Split CD with Drear

from Martha Hurley’s WFMU premium

The Shadow Ring Put the Music In its Coffin Put the Music in Its Coffin Siltbreeze 1994  
Bruce Haack Mean Old Devil The Electric Lucifer Book QDK Media 1979  
Black Devil Disco Club Coach Me 28 After Lo Recordings we have somebody at WPVM requesting this album constantly  
Flying Lotus Beginner’s Falafel Los Angeles Warp *
Sonny Bono Pammie’s on a Bummer Inner Views Atco 1967  
Bill Cosby Dope Pusher Song Talks to Kids About Drugs Uni 1971  
Holy Modal Rounders Cocaine Blues Indian War Whoop ESP-Disk 1967 *
The Dutchess and the Duke Back to Me She’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke Hardly Art *
John Terrill Lazy Day Frowny Frown Family Vineyard *
Peter Frampton I’m in You I’m in You A&M 1977  
Andre Williams Can’t Take ’em Off Can You Deal With It? Bloodshot *
Asie Payton Skinny Legs & All Worried Fat Possum  
Thee Minks Lust for You Songs About Boys Steel Cage Philadelphia  
The Cute Lepers Nervous Habits Can’t Stand Modern Music Blackheart *
The Shaggs My Pal Foot Foot Philosophy of the World  
Skip James I’m So Glad 1931 Mississippi  
The Yardbirds I Ain’t Done Wrong Live at the BBC  
Spider Trio [Side 2 Track 2] Rendezvous Assophon  

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

Hosted by Greg Lyon on FRIDAYS at 2-4 pm
on WPVM Asheville (103.5 FM and

— I’m catching up and just posting some playlists. Lot of good new music in this show.

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
John Terrill I’ll Follow in Time Frowny Frown Family Vineyard former lead singer of the Dancing Cigarettes *
Pumice Pumice Quo Quo Soft Abuse New Zealand *
Alan & Richard Bishop Papa Legba The Brothers Unconnected Abduction tour CD *
Fred McDowell You Gotta Move You Gotta Move Arhoolie  
Del McCoury Band Get Down on Your Knees and Pray The Family Ceili  
Charlie Feathers Jungle Fever Long Time Ago: Rare and Unissued Volume 3 Norton *
The 13th Floor Elevators Fire Engine The Psychedelic Sounds of 1966  
Edgar Broughton Band Madhatter Edgar Broughton Band 1971  
Equipe 84 29th September VA – Let’s Ride: 20 Popsike Excursions from the UK & Europe Psychic Circle Modena, Italy *
U.S. Maple The Wanderer The Wanderer EP  
Holy Modal Rounders Radar Blues Indian War Whoop ESP-Disk *
Paavoharju Tuoksu tarrttuu Meihin Laulu laakson kukista Fonal Finnish *
Circle Back to Pori Pori Finnish  
Elephant 9 Skink Dodovoodoo Rune Grammofon Norway *
Orange Subway Over the Rainbow In The Midst Of Chaos De Stijl 1978, Connecticut, sax player Paul Flaherty’s recorded debut *
Blurt My Mother Was a Friend of an Enemy of the People In Berlin Ruby 1981  
Eddy Current Suppression Ring It’s All Square Eddy Current Suppression Ring Dropkick 2006, Australia  
Ikara Colt Escalate Sink Venice Fantastic Plastic UK  
Abe Vigoda Bear Face Skeleton Post Present Medium L.A. *
Awesome Color Burning Electric Aborigines Ecstatic Peace! Brooklyn/Michigan *
Cosmic Psychos Down on the Farm Fifteen Years, A Million Beers Dropkick Australia  
Andre Williams Pray for You Daughter Can You Deal With It? Bloodshot sick *
King Khan and the Shrines Land of the Freak The Supreme Genuis of King Khan and The Shrines Vice anthology *
The Diplomats of Solid Sound Featuring the Diplomettes Smokey Places The Diplomats of Solid Sound Pravda *

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
July 11, 2008

Hosted by Greg Lyon on FRIDAYS at 2-4 pm
on WPVM Asheville (103.5 FM and

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’)


— Don Howland (of the Bassholes, Wooden Tit, and Gibson Bros.) showed up with his Cincinnati Reds t-shirt and a sack full of rock ‘n’ roll records from the underbelly of the underground, ready to spring them on the rest of the world during this here little radio show. Many of these discs were ones Don said he had always wanted to hear on the radio airwaves, and they were all over the place, from classic UK punk rock to swampy R&B, from Columbus OH garage rock to French femme art-rock to NYC no wave. It was all a blast. Here are some things I learned…

— I need to track down a bunch of those 7-inch 45s on High Water Records, the label started by Dr. David Evans, ethnomusicologist (Delta blues expert) at Memphis State University. I had the Jessie Mae Hemphill LP, but Don brought a superb R&B blues-boogie thing by the Fieldstones. There’s an interesting piece on the Fieldstones and High Water Records in general in the superb online ‘zine, Perfect Sound Forever.

— We played several tracks related to Jim Shepard (Vertical Slit, V-3), and I learned that while both Jim and Don grew up in Columbus, Don didn’t know him until around the time punk broke. Jim had already been playing out in the Columbus area, thus making him truly proto-punk, kinda analogous to Pere Ubu in Cleveland.

— Some other drum and guitar duos before the White Stripes: Doo Rag, Flat Duo Jets, and the Bassholes (with Don Howland, of course).

— Bassholes will be recording later this summer for a release on Columbus Discount Records, which is evidently a collective involving folks from Times New Viking.

— When asked what his favorite band off all time is, Don will reply, "Chain Gang."

— Today’s picture is of the Beast 7", about which I completely forgot to ask Don. There’s precious little about them on the old internet, but Don wrote back to let me know that they were led by Bryan Gregory, original guitarist for the Cramps, and were rumored to be practicing satanists (some sites–here’s one–dispute this).

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

Artist Song Album Label Comments
Lew Lewis Caravan Man Boogie on the Street 7 Stiff 1976 UK pub rock, proto-punk
Beast Possessed Possessed 7" Amdusias 1982. I need to ask Don about this one. I couldn’t really find any info, and I forgot to back-announce it.
Lolitas La fille qui se promène sur les rails La fille qui se promène sur les rails New Rose 1988, French, featuring Françoise Cactus, now of Stereo Total.
The Fieldstones The Thing 7" High Water c. 1983
Jessie Mae Hemphill Feelin’ Good Feelin’ Good High Water my choice, informed by the fact that Don covered a track from this album on his solo record, The Land Beyond the Mountains
The Cheater Slicks You Don’t Satisfy You Don’t Satisfy 7" Sympathy 1990, band now residing in Columbus
Scrawl Just Plain Bad Just Plain Bad 7" Sol 1992, Columbus
V-3 Spellbound Monsters of Hollywood EP Iron Press 1991, Columbus
Don Howland Buckeye Jim Matter Dominates Spirit: Jim Shepard Tribute Meta 2001, Columbus
V-3 Inside Outpost 7" Siltbreeze 1991, Columbus
Television Personalities King and Country Smashing Time! Rough Trade 1980, UK. Crazy drum-break! Nice "Venus" riff rip-off.
Ron House Restraining Order Obsessed Moses Carryout 2002, Columbus. Don was briefly in Great Plains with Ron House. They also did Ego Summit together with Jim Shepard and others. This song was my choice.
Les Bellas Hey, I’m Going Down Hey, I’m Going Down Profêt 2005, French
Bassholes Interzone 7" Seldom Scene 1997, Joy Division cover.
Strip Kings Slow Panic 7" In the Red 1996, UK. First Brit band on L.A.’s In the Red Records
The Mad The Hell Fried Egg 7" Disgusting 1979 early NY harcore
Mars 3E 7" Ze 1977, NYC no wave
The Bird and the Bee La La La The Bird & the Bee Blue Note 2007, California. Inara George has a new one with Van Dyke Parks
Bill Watkins Big Guitar Cincinnati Rock & Roll Lee c. 1957, Ohio
Hasil Adkins When I Saw You Last Night Moon Over Madison: The Lonesome and Blue Sounds of Hasil Adkins nameless My choice.
Ars Nova I Was Once Sunshine & Shadows Atlantic 1969, New York
Chain Gang Gross Out on 40 Deuce Mondo Manhattan Lost 1987, New York
The Electric Chairs Paranoia Paradise 1977 Illegal released 1978, Wayne County’s band, NYC
Princess Tinymeat A Bun in the Oven A Bun in the Oven Rough Trade 1985, UK. Virgin Prunes offshoot
Debris’ Boyfriend Debris’ Anopheles Recorded 1976, in Oklahoma. My choice.

Don Howland is an underground rock-n-roll legend, shredding eardrums with his tinny ax and garage-punk high-lonesome vocals in such bands as Wooden Tit (from Asheville), Bassholes, Gibson Bros., and Great Plains for about 3 decades now. He’s coming all the way from his home in West Asheville to spin records and shoot the breeze on the air with Greg during “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”, Friday 2-4 pm. Don’s going up to Columbus, OH, later this summer to record another Bassholes album, so he’ll be talking about that, the Columbus music scene, and god knows what else. If you miss it, catch up by listening to the archive!

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
July 4, 2008

Hosted by Greg Lyon on FRIDAYS at 2-4 pm
on WPVM Asheville (103.5 FM and


— Independence Day! The Feelies reunited and played Hoboken and New York this week, and as we were doing this radio show, they were probably playing live in Battery Park, opening for Sonic Youth in a free show. In lieu of actually being there, I played a live set by the Feelies. I always think of July 4 as a day to see–or at least listen to–live music (remember those Beach Boys shows on the Mall in D.C.?), so I hope everybody enjoyed it.

— Next week I will be having a special co-host, namely DON HOWLAND! Very exciting. Don lives here in Asheville and has graciously agreed to come in and spin some records with me. So tune in!


Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Duke Ellington The Star-Spangled Banner Live at Newport Columbia 1956  
The Louvin Brothers There’s a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere Close Harmony Bear Family  
Phil Ochs That’s What I Want to Hear I Ain’t Marching Anymore Elektra  
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers Back in the U.S.A. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers Berkeley  
Irving Berlin Let’s All Be Americans Now Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition New World  
Johnny Cash Hiawatha’s Vision/The Road to Kaintuck Mean As Hell Bear Family  
Holy Modal Rounders Going to Memphis Live in 65 ESP-Disk *
Don Howland Barren Woman The Land Beyond the Mountains Birdman  
Bassholes Light Bulb Boogie Blue Roots In the Red  
Bassholes Long Way Blues Long Way Blues Matador  
Bassholes Bowling Ball Deaf Mix Vol. 3 In the Red  
The Black Angels Doves Directions To See A Ghost Light in the Attic *
Awesome Color Eyes of Light Electric Aborigines Ecstatic Peace *
The Feelies [Live] Live