Archive for December, 2008

Rockin' BonesPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
December 26, 2008

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

You can listen to the most recent program by going to the Archives Page at WPVM, or by accessing the MP3 stream directly here (available for one week starting early Saturday morning and then gone gone gone).

Notes:

– The Rhino Records compilation, Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly had been on my wish list for ages and ages, and I finally scored when that puppy appeared under the Christmas tree this time around, along with saxophonist Glenn Spearman’s last recording and Jessie Mae Hemphill’s Get Right Blues. So there you have it: post-Christmas booty show, just add water.

– I felt like featuring two of my all-time favorite classical CDs today (I rarely play ’straight’ classical music at all), namely pianist Alfred Brendel playing Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage, particularly the piece from the first, Swiss year (Première Année: Suisse) called "Orage" (Thunderstorm), and also the solo flute piece by Debussy called "Syrinx," as played by Roger Bourdin and taken from the unsparingly beautiful recording of Debussy sonatas from the 60s on Philips featuring Arthur Grumiaux (violin) and Maurice Gendron (cello), among others.

– The new Animals & Men collection on Mississippi Records is a must-buy if you like early Rough Trade-era (late 70s/early 80s) DIY British stuff. I kept imagining Young Marble Giants playing Bo Diddley for some reason, and probably not a very good reason at that. But there you go.

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Bobby Hutcherson Clockwork of the Spirits Head On Blue Note 1971  
The Everly Brothers T for Texas Roots Warner  
The Byrds Mr. Spaceman Greatest Hits Columbia  
Neil Young Out of My Mind Sugar Mountain Live at the Canterbury House Reprise 1968 *
MIJ Grok (Martian Love Call) Yodeling Astrologer ESP-Disk 1969 *
Gary Farr Dustbin Take Something With You Sunbeam 1969 *
Linda Perhacs Parallelograms Parallelograms Sunbeam 1970 *
Claude Debussy Syrinx 3 Sonatas – Syrinx Philips Roger Bourdin flute, rec. 1966  
Mahour [untitled] VA – Santur, Tunbuk, and Tar Limelight  
Jozef van Wissem Into the Abyss of Perdition A Priori Incunabulum *
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Se’ We’ non nan The Voduon Effect: Funk & Sato from Benin’s Obscure Labels – 1973 – 1975 Analog Africa *
Glenn Spearman Intertextual Reference First and Last Eremite 1998  
Alfred Brendel Liszt: Anees de pelerinage: Premiere annee (Suisse) – Orage The Art of Alfred Brendel: Liszt Philips  
Animals and Men I Never Worry Never Bought Never Sold Mississippi *
Prinzhorn Dance School I Do Not Like Change Prinzhorn Dance School Astralwerks  
Country Teasers Bung Oats W.O.A.R. Holy Mountain split with Ezee Tiger  
Jessie Mae Hemphill Cowgirl Blues Get Right Blues High Water  
The Phantom Love Me VA – Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly Rhino  
Wanda Jackson Fujiyama Mama VA – Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly Rhino  
Link Wray Rumble VA – Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly Rhino  
Tom Tall Stack-a-Records VA – Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly Rhino  
Art Tatum Begin the Beguine The Complete Jazz Chronicle Solo Session + Storyville track recorded Nov. 26, 1955 for Radio Sweden  

Christmas with ChetPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
December 19, 2008

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

You can listen to the most recent program by going to the Archives Page at WPVM, or by accessing the MP3 stream directly here (available for one week starting early Saturday morning and then gone gone gone).

Notes:

– New pile of wax from S-S Records out of Sacramento, California. S-S is run by Scott Soriano (thus the name–what were you thinking?), who also spends time putting together what I think is the best zine going right now, Z-Gun. Check it out. As for the label, he’s been gathering garage and post-punk from all over the globe, and this week I featured a double record from a Berlin band called Krysmopompas, which evidently is a reference from some movie sci-fi movie called Kamikaze 1989 that Rainer Werner Fassbinder acted in from the early 80s. The band sounds to me like a cross between the Hamburg-based band Blumfeld, 18th Dye (also German, and they have a new album I haven’t yet heard), and a slew of Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave) bands. Right up my alley.

– I’ve also been listening a bunch to one of the new Messthetics CDs (#106), which focuses on the Manchester post-punk scene of the late-70s and early 80s. It’s pretty great all the way through, so if you like The Fall, Joy Divison, and bands considerably weirder and DIY than that, you should be good to go.

Background Music: Christmas with Chet Atkins – RCA (1961)

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Sonny Sharrock As We Used to Sing Ask the Ages Axiom 1991  
Karel Velebny The Uhu Sleeps Only During the Day SHQ ESP-Disk 1968, recorded in Germany *
[Various Artists] Humbey, humbey VA – Festival of the Himalayas Vol. II Nonesuch Explorer Indian West Himalayas  
[Various Artists] Chagachag VA – Ibimeni: Garifuna Traditional Music From Guatemala Sub Rosa Garifuna Traditional Music from Guatemala *
The Pop Group Thief of Fire Y Rhino 1979  
Gods Gift Discipline VA – Messthetics #106: The Manchester Musicians Collective 1977-1982 Hyped to Death 1982 *
Krysmopompas Stadtspaziergänge + Reinhold will nicht den ganzen Tag dein Leben reparieren Heute Schlafen, Morgen Aufwachen S-S 2007 Berlin, "Wer in etwas glaubt, wird erschossen!" (He who believes in something will be shot) *
Mud Hutters Water Torture VA – Messthetics #106: The Manchester Musicians Collective 1977-1982 Hyped to Death 1978 *
Ty Segall You’re Not Me Ty Segall Castle Face *
Fucked Up Son the Father The Chemistry of Common Life Matador *
Wounded Lion Carol Cloud Carol Cloud 7" S-S L.A.  
Severe Her Name Was Jane VA – Cleveland Confidental Terminal 1982 compilation  
Love Is All New Beginnings A Hundred Things Keep me Up at Night What’s Your Rupture? Swedish band’s sophomore effort *
Deerhunter Nothing Ever Happened Microcastle Kranky *
Hogman Maxey Fast Life Woman VA – Angola Prisoners’ Blues Arhoolie 1950s recordings by Dr. Harry Oster  
Neil Young Mr. Soul Sugar Mountain Live at the Canterbury House Reprise *
Harry Belafonte Scarlet Ribbons This Is… RCA  
Harry Belafonte There’s a Hole in the Bucket This Is… RCA  
El Guincho Cuando Maravilla Fui Alegranza XL Recordings Spanish *
Le Nimba de N’Zerekore Kori Magnin (Fatigue Is Dangerous) Gön Bia Bia Syliphone Guinea, released 1980  
Brernard Krause, Mort Garson, & Jacques Wilson Thing a Ling (Scared Crow) The Wozard of Iz: An Electronic Odyssey El  
Up with People Live It Live! A Treasury of Up with People Favorites Up with People 1965-1975  
George Jones Feeling Single – Seeing Double Burn the Honky-Tonk Down Rounder  

Nimba de N'ZerekorePlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
December 12, 2008

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

You can listen to the most recent program by going to the Archives Page at WPVM, or by accessing the MP3 stream directly here (available for one week starting early Saturday morning and then gone gone gone).

Notes:

– My most exciting world music haul in, well, forever culminated this week when a shipment of records I acquired on ebay arrived from Paris. I had a saved search on ebay for this Nimba de N’Zerekore record (see pic) from Guinea for probably about 6 years, and I was NEVER notified that it was for sale–until last month. And suddenly there were two copies from the same seller. I snatched both of them, along with some other great stuff, all of which I managed to play today. So why did I want this particular record so badly? It was one of the few records from The Wire magazine’s 100 Records That Set the World on Fire (While No One Was Listening) (also see here and here and the supplement here) from issue #175 (Sept. 1998) that I had not yet listened to, and although I think most lists like that are useless, this one proved incredibly fruitful for a very long time of very satisfied listening by expanding my core into unchartered territory. As for this 1980 entry, the list once again did not disappoint. This album rocks and swings hard, very very hard, and all the way through. Those Fred Flintstone outfits they have on are stylin’; you just know that seeing this band live was a party. I plan to play the whole album on the air one track at a time over the coming weeks.

– I’m very much looking forward to the upcoming Codona box set, which will comprise all 3 of the original Codona records. Codona was Collin Walcott (tabla, sitar, dulcimer, sanza), Don Cherry (tpt, p, hunter’s guitar), and Nana Vasconcelos (percussion). I only have the first one, and it smokes.

– Can somebody please give me the entire Ocora Records catalog for my birthday and/or Christmas? Pretty please? Best world label ever? Definitely in the running.

– The embarrassment of riches at the station this year in African music continued with the addition of a seriously funky-ass new compilation from yet another West African band, the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, from Benin. I’ll be playing this for weeks on end, so be prepared.

– TWO new Ben Wallers creatures this week, and they couldn’t have come at a better time. I desperately needed some rock records to buff up the annual Top 20 of what has been a rather lackluster year in rock. The Rebel is his solo project, and the new one is a live set recorded at WFMU, with a band (so it’s not really solo now is it?), available on vinyl only. The Country Teasers is Sir Ben’s most notorious band project, and we have a new and stuffed LP side (10 tracks!) of a split backed with music from a San Francisco band called Ezee Tiger–also on vinyl only. Yes, I’m happy.

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Codona Mumakata Codona ECM 1979 with sanza  
Francis Bebey Sanza Tristesse Super Bebey Ozileka also with Sanza, Cameroon  
[Ait Said ou Ali tribal musicians] Tahmilah fi lmizan cha’bi Maroc Vol. 2 – Moyen Atlas: Musique sacree & profane Ocora Central Morocco, double qasba (flute) and bendir (drum) are the instruments  
Boutaiba Sghir Malgre Tout (Despite Everything) VA – 1970’s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground Sublime Frequencies *
Le Nimba de N’Zerekore Gön Bia Bia Gon Bia Bia Syliphone Guinea, released 1980  
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Assibavi The Voduon Effect: Funk & Sato from Benin’s Obscure Labels – 1973 – 1975 Analog Africa Benin *
Group Inerane Ano Nagarus Guitars of Agadez (Music of Niger) Sublime Frequencies Niger *
Bayate Tork Track 1 VA – Santur, Tunbuk, and Tar Limelight Iran, santur (dulcimer)  
The Rebel Why Must I Pay? Northern Rocks Bear Weird Vegetable Sacred Bones *
Country Teasers Bung Oats Country Teasers/Ezee Tiger Split LP Holy Mountain *
Children’s Hospital Preschool of Atonement Alone Together Sacred Bones *
Grails Immediate Mate Doomsdayer’s Holiday Temporary Residence *
Sacros Su Herencia Sacros Shadoks Chile 1973 *
The Thirteenth Floor Elevators You Don’t Know The Psychedelic Sounds of Sundazed mono mix, recently issued *
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic Shiny Golden Snakes Dawn Of The Cycads Cuneiform originally from Magnetic Flip, 1984 *
Ulaan Khol Track 1 II Soft Abuse *
Sunroof! Spiritual Forgery VA – Split Series #19 Fatcat *
John Baker Dial M for Murder The John Baker Tapes Volume 1: BBC Radiophonics Trunk *
Tina Harvey Nowhere to Run VA – She’s a Heartbreaker Psychic Circle *
Irma Thomas Ruler of My Heart Sings Change Records  
Menahan Street Band The Contender Make the Road By Walking Dunham/Daptone *

The MovePlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
December 5, 2008

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

Notes:

Justin Farrar was back in the co-pilot chair today, and I’m gonna agree with his assessment that this was our best show together–and I’m generally pleased as punch at the results when he shows up with his sack of musical smack. Justin’s contributions today were the smokin’ moog groove in the Fred Wesley and the JBs, the Jamaican jam by Rags and Riches, the flat-out weird Two Prong (we think that’s their name–it’s a VERY cryptic CD) and their insert photo of a hitchhiking hippy carrying a "James Taylor or Bust" sign, Hungarian freaks Galloping Coroners, the killer bass & drums duet who call themselves Eloe Omoe, The Move and their "Brontosaurus," the new old-time Appalachian music of Jack Rose & The Black Twig Pickers (see his blog Strawberry Flats for a recap of his trip up to Virginia to see these nuts), and Souled American–a band he’s been pushin’ on me for a while, with good reason.

– My contributions included a few inspired choices: Vancouver agit-prop post-punks U-J3RK5 and their "Naum Gabo"; the new Mississippi Records collection of UK Fall cum Young Marble Giants post-punkers Animals and Men (I REALLY love that song "Don’t Misbehave in the New Age"); French (yes, FRENCH–go figure) seered speed-garage-psych band Gunslingers (definitely one of my faves of the year); the sick Albert Ayler/Henry Vestine bagpipes/electric guitar duet from Ayler’s The Last Album (1969), which was not his last album, albeit close; Alfred G. Karnes’ beautiful and modern-sounding (as Justin pointed out) mountain gospel from the classic July 1927 Bristol, TN recordings (where Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family were also discovered); and the 1909 black gospel Fisk University Jubilee Quartet, from a killer collection called Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1891-1922. Justin got a great idea for a book to be titled Soft Rock: Whites and the Death of the Record Industry, starring Paul Davis and Leo Sayer. I’m sure he’s gonna get right on that–look for it next year in a bookstore near you.

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Boscoe He Keeps You Boscoe Asterisk  
Fred Wesley and the J.B.’s Blow Your Head Damn Right I Am Somebody People  
Andy Votel (Tinido Trincando) Novos Baianos Brazilika: Nonstop Subtropical Psychedelia  
Rags and Riches It’s Not Right 12 Kingley Sounds Jamaican  
U-J3RK5 Naum Gabo VA – Vancouver Complication Sudden Death 1979 Vancouver  
Animals and Men Don’t Misbehave in the New Age Singles & Demos 1979-83 Mississippi 1980 UK  
Quintron Dirt Bag Fever Too Thirsty 4 Love Goner *
Two Prong Who Is Hockamoo? James Taylor B  
Mark Tucker Down the Pipeline In The Sack De Stijl *
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Breath-A-Thon Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata Atlantic 1971  
The Cosmic Jokers Kinder des Alls 3 Galactic Supermarket 1974 Germany  
Galloping Coroners Get It Out for God’s Sake A Halal moresre tanitasa Von Unten Hungarian  
Gunslingers Into the Garage No More Invention World in Sound French  
Eloe Omoe Illidrium Marauders Animal Disguise  
Albert Ayler Untitled Duet The Last Album Impulse! 1969 with Ayler on bagpipes and Canned Heat’s Henry Vestine on guitar  
Andrew McGraw Pemungkah Kolaborasi *
Hitmen Death Grip Hitmen Australian  
Total Control Stare Way 7" Aarght!  
Milk ‘n’ Cookies Not Enough Girls in the World Milk ‘n’ Cookies 1975  
The Move Brontosaurus Looking On Capitol  
Ty Segall The Drag Ty Segall Castle Face *
Alfred G. Karnes Bound for the Promised Land VA – Fight On, Your Time Ain’t Long Mississippi 1927 Bristol recoding *
Jack Rose and the Black Twig Pickers Little Sadie Black/Jack EP  
Fisk University Jubilee Quartet Little David, Play on Yo’ Harp/Shout All Over God’s Heaven VA – Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry 1891-1922 Archeophone 1909  
Souled American Soldier’s Joy Fe Rough Trade 1988  
The Howling Hex O Why, Sports Coat? Earth Junk Drag City *