Archive for November, 2008

BangPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
November 28, 2008

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

Notes:

– I was heavy on the heavy rock today, with the early 70s American rockers Bang (from Florida) and Sir Lord Baltimore (from Brooklyn), more modern head-banging from Lima Peru’s La Ira de Dios, and the utterly neglected gem of a hardcore record by NY’s Action Swingers, Decimation Blvd. (1993).

– I had a satisfying Dutch back-to-back with the all-lady early punk band, The Nixe, followed by something from The Ex’s Turn album, which I believe is my favorite by them, and that’s saying something. Terrie Ex from The Ex made a second appearance at the end of the show with a recent album of duet material with the great Dutch free jazz/improv drummer, Han Bennink, who at the age of 66 can still drum your ass into the dirt.

Artist Song Album Label Comments HR
Fifty Foot Hose Red the Sign Post Cauldron Weasel Disc  
Ursula Bogner Begleitung fur Tuba Recordings 1969-1988 *
Liquid Liquid Scraper Liquid Liquid  
John Baker Au Printemps The John Baker Tapes Trunk *
The Nixe Pretty Doze The Nixe  
The Ex Prism Song Turn  
Yuya Uchida & The Flowers Combination of the Two Challenge 1969 Japanese  
Gedo Rotten Life Gedo 1974 Japanese  
Lyres (with Stiv Bators) Here’s a Heart Here’s a Heart EP Ace of Hearts  
Dead Moon Cast Will Change Crack in the System Music Maniac shout-out to Matt Schnabel at Harvest!  
Bang The Queen Bang 1971 Florida  
Begushkin Joy Is Gone King’s Curse Locust *
Sir Lord Baltimore Hell Hound Kingdom Come Mercury 1970 Brooklyn  
Ty Segall Go Home Ty Segall *
Jay Reatard Painted Shut Matador Singles ‘08 Matador *
Davila 666 Dimelo Ya Davila 666 In the Red  
Private Dancer I See Trouble Trouble Eyes Learning Curve *
La Ira de Dios Aburrido Cosmos Kaos Destruction 2008 Lima Peru *
Action Swingers Searching for Kicks Decimation Blvd. Caroline 1993  
J. T. IV Out of the Can Cosmic Lightning Drag City *
The Cannanes Simple Question The Cannanes Ajax  
Neil Young Sedan Delivery Chrome Dreams  
The Flaming Lips Bag Full of Thoughts The Flaming Lips EP  
Crystal Stilts The Sinking Alight The Night Slumberland *
Boston Spaceships Ate It Twice Brown Submarine *
Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation Warning Remains to Be Heard 1970  
Charlie Haden & Egberto Gismonti First Song In Montreal  
Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers Steel Orchestra 90% of Me is You VA – Calypsoul Strut *
Groupe El Azhar Mazal Nesker Mazal (I’m Still Getting Drunk…Still) VA – 1970’s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground Sublime Frequencies *
Han Bennink & Terrie Ex Haraf! Zeng! Terp  

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
November 21, 2008

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

Notes:

– Much new music today, much of it also quite good–especially USA Is a Monster, who played here in Asheville the same night that Deerhunter was playing down the street at the Orange Peel. I can tell you that I was ecstatic that I chose USA Is a Monster. I never knew that they would remind me so much of the French band Magma, and that’s a good thing.

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Butthole Surfers Helicopter Widowermaker EP Touch & Go a request  
Dick Dale Take It Off The Best of Dick Dale Rhino  
Jay Reatard Trapped Here Matador Singles ‘08 Matador *
Love Is All Rumours A Hundred Things Keep me Up at Night What’s Your Rupture? *
The Chills I Love My Leather Jacket Kaleidoscope World Homestead  
The Victims Television Addict VA – Murder Punk Vol. 1  
Iggy Pop & The Stooges I Got a Right Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell  
The Consumers Anti Anti Anti All My Friends Are Dead In the Red  
Rocket from the Tombs Final Solution The Day the Earth Met the… Smog Veil  
USA Is a Monster Above All It’s the Songs Space Programs Load *
Ill Ease and the Racket When Suddenly, the Evil Twin Arrives! (Brighton Beach Memoirs) Turn It Loose! Ionik *
Elastica Line Up Elastica DGC  
Wire One of Us Object 47 Pink Flag *
Circle Kultaa Raunio Squealer 2002  
Surf City Mt. Kill EP Morr *
The Mice Felicia For Almost Ever Scooter Scat  
Vivian Girls Such a Joke Vivian Girls In the Red *
Checkpoint Charlie Show Me the Way to Go Ohm Warning: This Record Plays Inside Out! Rhino German, 1982  
Einstürzende Neubauten Magyar Energia The Jewels Potomak  
Zerfu Demissie Alayenem Belu, Alsemanem Belu (Say you have neither seen nor heard) Akotet Terp Ethiopian  
Group Inerane Tenerte Guitars of Agadez (Music of Niger) Sublime Frequencies *
Tindersticks e-type The Hungry Saw Constellation *
Detroit Emeralds I’ll Never Sail the Sea Again You Want It, You Got It Westbound  
Raphael Saadiq 100 Yard Dash The Way I See It Columbia *
Sly & Robbie Blackhouse (Paint the White House Black) Amp Fiddler Strut *
The Howling Hex No Good Reason Earth Junk Drag City *
William Parker Quartet Dust from a Mountain Petit Oiseau AUM Fidelity *
Karel Velebny Beetles on the Head SHQ ESP-Disk *
Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet Iskmix Ancestors Playscape *
Evan Parker Furrow 5 Boustrophedon ECM *

Tim KaiserPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
November 14, 2008

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

Notes:

– This week’s musical highlight was the show by Paul Metzger and Tim Kaiser at Harvest Records. These guys are from Minnesota and each played solo sets that expanded my brain more than 99% of my usual musical consumption. Tim Kaiser plays instruments that he has invented, mostly analog electro-acoustic in some form or another, and it was SO refreshing to see someone play "electronic" music wihout a damned laptop and with a true sense of space. ATTENTION laptop people: STOP IT! PLEASE!!!! Rant over, and now back to Tim Kaiser… His instruments are flat out c-o-o-l; you can see and hear them for yourself by going to the website for Atomic Sonic, his instrument-building business. My favorite was the OptoVox2 (seen above), which is a kind of theremin played with a light pen, as the sound is activated by light sensors in the holes. One of the characteristics of Tim’s instruments and playing that I found refreshing is that they mostly lack sharp attacks, which allows for gradual transitions and an other-worldly mellowness that nonetheless refuses to fade into ambience. This is not background music, and it is definitely worth the pennies he asks for CDs (which themselves are works of art).

– Second came Paul Metzger, who plays banjo and guitar, only not the kind of banjo and acoustic guitar you would expect, as they’re modified with extra strings and weird percussive add-ons that allow him to make a ruckus and drone all at the same time. With so many Fahey wannabes out there, seeing Paul play restored my faith in the capacity of the acoustic guitar (and banjo, for that matter) to be a truly innovative medium. This is intense music–so intense in fact that one very drunken listener began to sway and chant like he was at a Pentecostal church service, freaked out, tried to stand up and fell into Paul’s rig before being helped outside, all while Paul kept on blowing our heads. Damned fine. Something weird and wonderful must be in the water in Minnesota. I left inspired.

– The Shadow Ring ask us: "Did Vikings, I am asking you, did Vikings have lifesavers?"

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Suzie Quatro 48 Crash Suzie Quatro Bell 1974  
The Howling Hex Contraband & Betrayal Earth Junk Drag City *
Wooden Shjips Lucy’s Ride Wooden Shjips Holy Mountain  
Loop Black Sun Fade Out Rough Trade  
Fucked Up Days of Last The Chemistry of Common Life Matador *
Slade Mama Weer All Crazee Now Slayed? Polydor 1972 UK  
Johnny Lunchbreak It’s Got a Hold On You / Milton’s Lament Appetizer/Soup’s On Asterisk 1975  
The Four Seasons Genuine Imitation Life The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette Philips  
Castanets Prettiest Chain City Of Refuge Asthmatic Kitty *
Mayo Thompson Worried Worried Corky’s Debt to His Father Drag City  
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band The Floppy Boot Stomp Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) WB 1978  
Tim Kaiser Synesthesia Cavatina Machine Music  
Paul Metzger Zugentgleisung Gedanken Splitter Roaratorio German for "Train Derailment"  
The Shadow Ring Lifesavers Lighthouse Swill Radio  
Kousokuya Track 3 Live at Minor 1979 Japanese  
Boutaiba Sghir Dayha Oulabes VA – 1970’s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground Sublime Frequencies *
Grails Reincarnation Blues Doomsdayer’s Holiday Temporary Residence *
Red Eyed Legends Je m’appelle macho Wake Up, Legend file 13 *
Love Is All New Beginnings A Hundred Things Keep me Up at Night What’s Your Rupture? *

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
November 7, 2008

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

Notes:

– This was one happy and rockin’ fund drive show, thanks in great part to my magnificent, candescent co-host, Peter Poffenberger of the Ooze Out! radio program on WPVM (Tuesday nights, 10-midnight or later). We brought in "happy" music, and because the phones rang, we were also happy. This show was probably my best fund drive show, and that’s saying something because last week’s Halloween show with Dr. Filth was also pretty frakkin’ great. Thanks to all who gave to WPVM during the show–and any other time, for that matter!

Artist Song Album New
The Kinks Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy Kinda Kinks!  
Wanda Jackson Man, We Had a Party Queen of Rockabilly  
Bob Marley & The Wailers Soul Shakedown Party Soul Shakedown Party  
The Saints Every Day’s a Holiday, Every Night’s a Party Prehistoric Sounds  
Rolling Stones Happy Exile on Main Street  
Can Turtles Have Short Legs Radio Waves  
The Left Banke She May Call You Up tonight Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina  
Bridget St. John Happy Day Thank You for..  
Devo Uncontrollable Urge VA – Urgh! A Music War  
The Breeders Shocker in Bloomtown 7"  
The Runaways Cherry Bomb The Runaways  
Count Five Pretty Big Mouth Psychotic Reaction  
The 13th Floor Elevators You’re Gonna Miss Me The Psychedelic Sounds of  
The Normal Warm Leatherette T.V.O.D.  
Missing Persons Destination Unknown Spring Session M  
Blue Cheer Second Time Around Vincebus Eruptum  
Speed, Glue & Shinki Sniffin’ & Snortin’ Part 2 Speed, Glue & Shinki  
Love Live Life +1 Love Will Make a Better You Love Will Make a Better You  
Blues Creation Atomic Bombs Away Demon & Eleven Children  
Roxy Music Pyjamarama Virginia Plain 7"  
George Coleman I Wish I Could Sing Bongo Joe  
The Slits I Heard It Through the Grapevine Typical Girls  
Fetty Pariaman VA – Folk and Pop Songs of Sumatra Vol. 2  
Irma Thomas Breakaway Sings *
The Angels My Boyfriend’s Back My Boyfriend’s Back  
Go-Go’s Our Lips Are Sealed 7"  
The Creepers Rosalyn Rock ‘n’ Roll Liquorice Flavour  
Iggy Pop Five Foot One New Values  
MIka Miko Business Cats C.Y.S.L.A.B.F.  
Vivian Girls Tell the World Vivian Girls *
Monty Python Election Special The Final Rip Off  
Bill Monroe Happy on My Way Bluegrass 1950-1958