Archive for January, 2009

Notice Regarding
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
as of January 10, 2009

This blog is going on hiatus for the time being, although the radio show itself still goes on. If you’d like to know about the controversy at WPVM between volunteers one side and the Executive Director of MAIN (the license-holder) and the MAIN Board of Directors on the other, check out the Volunteer Blogspot.

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” is hosted by Greg Lyon on FRIDAYS at 2-4 pm
on WPVM Asheville (103.5 FM and

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 early Saturday morning after airing through the next Friday and then gone gone gone).

Playlist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
January 9, 2009

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

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 early Saturday morning after airing through the next Friday and then gone gone gone).


— I would have played a whole show of Ron Asheton, featuring music from Destroy All Monsters, The New Order, New Race, and other projects, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Too damned saddening. So I played some of my favorites from the first two Stooges albums and called it a day on the tribute. I never got to see the reunited Stooges, but at least I saw Asheton play at Warsaw in Brooklyn in 2002 with Scott Morgan’s Powertrane, playing alongside guitarist Deniz Tek from Radio Birdman. That show kinda sucked–Warsaw had the worst acoustics of any venue I’ve ever been to, and I wasn’t that into Powertrane’s vibe–but the moment that Asheton stepped onto the stage, I could tell this guy was every bit the guitar monster I had hoped he was. I can’t imagine the musical universe–certainly not the one in my head–without Fun House, which is my favorite rock album of all time, hands down. Lots of great musicians spawn weak-assed mimics, epigones, pygmy shadows of the original. I never heard anybody ever say, "Hey, he’s trying to sound like Ron Asheton." That would be as banal as saying, "Hey, he’s trying to rock." Technically, I guess most people think James Williamson was a better guitarist, but I’ll take Ron Asheton’s legacy over James Williamson’s anyday. Thank you, Ron Asheton. Thank you very much for your gargantuan contribution to the music world and its blissful destruction.

— The new AFCGT (A Frames + Climax Golden Twins) 10-inch struck me as an instant classic, while the first CD they did never really hit me. I have a feeling this one is going to stay on the turntable at home for a long while. I don’t know how this amalgamation of two great bands works exactly, but I’m assuming that Min Yee of the A Frames is playing bass. It sure sounds like him. It’s all instrumental, and it’s all dope.

— I’ve been listening to a lot (well ALL) of the 1968-1972 Bob Marley, working my way through the 3 box sets, Grooving Kingston 12, Fy-ah Fy-ah, and Man to Man. I’ve never been much of a Marley fan, but that just proved that I was (and still am) a reggae moron. I was judging him by the hits from the Island period–and mainly by his frat-boy fans, to be honest. But I’ve discovered that the stuff he recorded with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is pretty uniformly superlative. It’s so nice to discover something monumental, even if it has been staring me in the face for decades.

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
The Stooges Loose Fun House Elektra  
The Stooges No Fun The Stooges Elektra  
The Stooges Down on the Street Fun House Elektra  
The Stooges I Wanna Be Your Dog The Stooges Elektra  
AFCGT Penniless/Submarine Gun AFCGT 10" Dirty Knobby *
Valerio Cosi I Wanna Be Free Collected Works Porter *
Mary Halvorson Trio Too Many Ties Dragon’s Head Firehouse *
Alan Sondheim 778 Ritual-All-7-70 ESP-Disk *
Karel Velebny Joachim Is Our Friend SHQ ESP-Disk *
Joe Harriott Quintet Tonal Abstract Capitol  
John Baker Tros Y Gareg (Main Theme) The John Baker Tapes Volume 1: BBC Radiophonics Trunk *
Yoshi Wada Off the Wall I Off the Wall EM Records Recorded 1984, Berlin, originally released by FMP *
Jozef van Wissem Aerumna A Priori Incunabulum *
Kemialliset Ystävät Tässä maassa kun näin makailen Split Series 19 FatCat split LP with Sunroof! *
Bob Marley & The Wailers Dracular (Who Is Mr. Brown Version) Grooving Kingston 12 Universal  
Bob Marley & The Wailers Pour Down the Sunshine Grooving Kingston 12 Universal  
The Carter Family Single Girl, Married Girl The Carter Family 1927-1934 JSP 1927 Bristol recording  
Richard Crandell Shamrock In the Flower of Our Youth Tompkins Square originally released 1980 *
Lee Hazlewood I’d Rather Be Your Enemy Requiem for an Almost Lady Smells Like Records originally recorded 1971  

New YearPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
January 2, 2009

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

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).


— Time to ring in the New Year (and a new Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball–see pic) and wring out the old year in music! This year I asked Justin Farrar to bring in a pile of his favorites to play alongside mine, and we took up an extra hour of airtime to barely get through what we wanted. We didn’t play our faves in any particular order, but we did strive to save the heavy hitters for last.

— We started with a couple of favorite 7"s, moved on to some more poppy stuff, then hit the minimal techno and electronic (mostly Justin there), followed by a set of reissues, then a pile of garage rock (mostly Greg there), and then the grand finale.

— Jennifer Cardini would also be on my list if I hadn’t listened to it all the way through for the first time on New Year’s Eve. It really is incredible. Justin thinks I’m about to get the minimal techno bug. He’s probably right. We also agreed thoroughly on the TK Webb CD; it’s a great rock record, killer songwriting and production–a rarity nowadays.

–Now for the lists, followed by the show playlist…

Greg’s Top 10 New Albums of 2008

1. Alan and Richard Bishop – The Brothers Unconnected (Abduction)
2. Gunslingers – No More Invention (World in Sound)
3. The Fall – Imperial Wax Solvent (Sanctuary)
4. The Rebel – Northern Rocks Bear Weird Vegetable (Sacred Bones)
5. Don Cavalli – Cryland (Everloving)
6. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig! Lazarus Dig! (Anti-)
7. Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Primary Colours (Goner)
8. Scorch Trio – Brolt! (Rune Grammophon)
9. Nothing People – Anonymous (S-S)
10. TK Webb & The Visions – Ancestor (Kemado)

Honorable Mention:
Viva L’American Deathray Music – Sangre Libre (Sangre Libre)
Kasai All-Stars – In the 7th Moon, the Chief Turned Into a Swimming Fish and Ate the Head of His Enemy by Magic (Crammed Disc)
Half Man Half Biscuit – CSI: Ambleside (Phantom)
Krysmopompas – Heute Schlafen – Morgen Aufwachen (S-S)
Einstürzende Neubauten – The Jewels (Potomak)
Cheveu – Cheveu (S-S)
Ty Segall – Ty Segall (Castle Face)
Fire Room – Broken Music (Atavistic)
Kurt Vile – Constant Hitmaker (Gulcher)
The USA Is a Monster – Space Programs (Load)
Country Teasers/Ezee Tiger – WOAR/WOR (Holy Mountain)
Love Is All – A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night (What’s Your Rapture?)
Singer – Unhistories (Drag City)
Bill Dixon – 17 Musicians in Search of a Sound: Darfur (AUM Fidelity)

Justin’s Tops of 2008 Lists

1. D. Charles Speer & The Helix — After Hours (Sound@One)
2. TK Webb & the Visions – Ancestor (Kemado)
3. Black Twig Pickers — Hobo Handshake (VHF)
4. Warmer Milks — Soft Walks (Animal Disguise)
5. Jack Rose – Dr. Ragtime and His Pals (Tequila SunriseRecords)
6. Coydogs – Coydogs (GoDigital Records)
7. The USA is a Monster – Space Programs (Load Records)
8. The Moondoggies – Don’t Be a Stranger (Hardly Art)
9. Ralph White – Navasota River Devil Squirrel (Spirit of Orr/Mystra Records)
10. No-Neck Blues Band (NNCK) – Clomeim (Locust Music)

Honorable Mention:
Donovan Quinn & The 13th Month — Donovan Quinn & The 13th Month (Soft Abuse)
Chatham County Line — IV (Yep Roc)
Turner Cody – First Light (Boy Scout Recordings)
Fire on Fire – The Orchard (Young God Records)
Jack Rose – I Do Play Rock and Roll (Three Lobed Recordings)
The M’s – Real Close Ones (Polyvinyl Records)
Enos Slaughter – Béisbol (Three Lobed Recordings)
James Jackson Toth – Waiting in Vain (Rykodisc)
Top 5 Techo/Electronic:
1. Jennifer Cardini – Feeling Strange (Kompakt)
2. Robert Hood — Fabric 39 (Fabric Records)
3. Sascha Funke – Watergate02 (wordandsound)
4. Model 500 – Starlight (Echospace)
5. Tutwo Prong – James Taylor B (N/A)

Top 10 Reissues:
1. Dennis Wilson – Pacific Ocean Blue (Sony/Legacy)
2. Gene Clark – Silverado ’75-Live & Unreleased (Collector’s Choice)
3. Harry Taussig — Fate is Only Once (Tompkins Square)
4. Fotheringay – 2 (Fledg’ling)
5. Linda Perhacs – Parallelograms (Sunbeam Records)
6. Deluxx – Zwanolski (Blueberry Honey)
7. V/A – Wayfaring Strangers: Guitar Soli (Numero Group)
8. V/A – Nice and Nasty: Selections From Dr Ragtime’s Private Stash (Yodtapes)
9. Robbie Basho — Bonn Ist Supreme (Bo Weavil Recordings)
10. Kevin Ayers – What More Can I Say… (Reel Recordings)


Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Wounded Lion Carol Cloud Carol Cloud 7" S-S 7" – Greg  
Jack Rose & The Black Twigs Soft Steel Piston Jack Rose & The Black Twigs The Great Pop Supplement 7" – Justin  
Fire on Fire Assanine Race The Orchard Young God Justin *
Kurt Vile Freeway Constant Hitmaker Gulcher Greg  
Donovan Quinn Sister Alchemy Donovan Quinn and the 13th Month Soft Abuse Justin *
Factums The Climb The Sistrum Sacred Bones Greg  
Model 500 M 69 Starlight (Original Mix) Starlight Echospace Justin  
Einstürzende Neubauten Magyar Energia The Jewels Potomak Greg  
Robert Hood Tracks 1-3 Fabric 39 Fabric Justin  
Sascha Funke Maus & Stolle – Taxi Watergate 02 Word and Sound Justin  
Scorch Trio Hys Brolt! Rune Grammofon Greg  
Dennis Wilson Pacific Ocean Blues Pacific Ocean Blue Legacy Justin  
Sir Victor Uwaifo Akuyan (Ekessa 46) Guitar Boy Superstar 1970-76 Soundway Greg  
Orchestre Regional de Kayes Terena The Best of the First Biennale of Arts and Culture for the Young Mississippi Greg  
Salim Daoud Aburthiyya VA – Give Me Love: Songs of the Brokenhearted – Baghdad 1925-1929 Honest Jons Greg  
Jim Ohlschmidt Delta Freeze VA – Wayfaring Strangers: Guitar Soli Numero Group Justin  
Harry Taussig Sugar Babe, Your Papa Cares for You Fate Is Only Once and other blues, ragtime, and fingerpicking tunes Tompkins Square Justin *
Half Man Half Biscuit National Shite Day CSI Ambleside Greg  
Cheveu Jacob’s Fight Cheveu Greg  
Ty Segall The Drag Ty Segall Castle Face Greg *
Country Teasers Bung Oats W.O.A.R. Holy Mountain Greg *
Krysmopompas Stadtspaziergaenge Heute Schlafen, Morgen Aufwachen S-S Greg  
The Coydogs Lost Horse Mine Part 2 The Coydogs Justin  
Viva l’American Deathray Music Hashishins Sangre Libre Sangre Libre Greg *
Animals and Men Don’t Misbehave in the New Age Never Bought Never Sold Mississippi Greg  
Nothing People Boccioni’s Mother Anonymous S-S Greg  
The USA Is a Monster Frozen Rainbows Space Programs Load Justin *
Eddy Current Suppression Ring Sunday’s Coming Primary Colours Goner Greg  
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Night of the Lotus Eaters Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! Anti- Greg  
The Black Twig Pickers Glory in the Meeting House Hobo Handshake VHF Justin  
Don Cavalli New Hollywood Babylon Cryland Everloving Greg  
Warmer Milks Wild Spring Soft Walks Animal Disguise Justin  
The Rebel Iran’s Nuclear Threat Northern Rocks Bear Weird Vegetable Sacred Bones Greg *
The Fall Taurig Imperial Wax Solvent Sanctuary Greg  
Jennifer Cardini Rework – Love Love Love Yeah (Chloe Mix) Feeling Strange Kompakt Justin  
Gunslingers Into the Garage No More Invention World in Sound Greg  
D. Charles Speer & The Helix Single Again After Hours S @ 1 Justin  
TK Webb & The Visions Closed Caption Slang Ancestor Kemado Justin  
Alan & Richard Bishop The Vinegar Stroke The Brothers Unconnected Abduction Greg