Ep 83 LOUD!LOUD!LOUD! Best of 2015

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Regardless of how you spent the last 365 days, it was an amazing year for record collectors and aural addicts alike. Volume knobs across the world discovered their breaking points and speakers smoked more than your bizarrely inappropriate uncle.

Punk, garage, psychedelic, and just plain ole skin slamming rock’n’roll, 2015 held lesser years upside down and stole their lunch money. Vinyl gave us highly listenable, collectible, and inconvenient modes of blaring tunes.Digital gave us the ability to make mixes that never end. And cassettes even showed their despicable little face around the playground after the thrashing they took in the late 90’s. It was a great year to dance and celebrate sound and come out the other side alive.

Here’s to a great 2016. In the meantime, here are my selections for the best songs of 2015. Thanks for helping make this show what it is and remember to Rage Well.

Isaac Rother and the Phantoms – Somebody Put a Hex on Me
The Juke Joint Pimps – A Thing You Gotta Face
The Jackets – Wheels of Time
C.W. Stoneking – The Zombie
Marcel Bontempi – Dig A Hole
The Legendary Shack Shakers – Dig a Hole
King Automatic – Plan B (Adopt a Lapdancer)
Beach Slang – I Break Guitars
Thee Oh Sees – Lupine Ossuary
The Creeping Ivies – Witch House
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Cooking for Television
The Blue Beats – Toxic
Holly Golightly – What You See
King Khan and the BBQ Show – Killing the Wolfman
The Mountain Goats – Werewolf Gimmick
Becky Lee and Drunkfoot – I Wanna Kill Myself
Screaming Females – Hopeless
Courtney Barnett – Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To the Party
The Mountain Goats – Heel Turn 2
William Elliot Whitmore – A Thousand Deaths

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King Salami and the Cumberland 3 – Trubble Trubble
King Khan and His Shrines – Torture
The Creeping Ivies – The Witch House
Thee Oh Sees – Poor Queen
Becky Lee and Drunkfoot – I Want to Kill Myself
The Routes – Tell Me It Ain’t So
Isaac Rother and the Phantoms – Hitman
Bloodshot Bill – Can’t Dance Alone
Fia Sco and the Majestics – Boom Boom
Jay Reatard – In the Dark
Zak and his Unhappy Guitar – Jack O’Diamonds
Uncle Butcher and Margareth Doll Rod – The Best is Yet to Come
Dr. Bontempi’s Snake Oil Company – Uranium Rock
Abner Jay – My Middle Name is the Blues
Delany Davidson – I’m So Depressed
The Pistoleers – Bank Robber
Man or Astroman? – Destination Venus
The White Wires – Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
Tullycraft – Lost in Light Rotation
Late Bloomer – Use Your Words
Baby Ghosts – Ghost Boyfriend
Satelliters – Where Do We Go?

Bibliodiscoteque Episode 44 – Best of 2013

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Episode 44 – The Best of What I Heard This Year 2014

It was a great year for my stereo.
It quite honestly felt as though each week I was finding a new favorite album or band of the year. So, as December creeps in like a red garbed fat bastard, I leave you with a treat: a collection of some of my favorite tunes. No, they aren’t all from 2013, some are from reissues, albums released in Dec 2012, or just one’s that came to my attention in the last 330-odd days. These are the tracks that ranked highest in my playlist. In no order other than to allow for the most pleasurable auditory experience.

X-Craft on Tirpitz – Wild Billy Chyldish & CTMF
Adam & Evil – Rev. Tom Frost
The Creature from the Black Lagoon – The Monsters
I Can’t Get No – Thee Oh Sees
Apocalypse Blues – Evelinn Trouble
Blind is Blind – Dylan Walshe
Ol’ Ted’s Habits – Twin Beasts (formally The Toot Toot Toots)
Life Worth Livin’ -Uncle Tupelo
O’ Be Joyful – Shovel & Rope
Siren – Slaughter Daughters
Old Fashioned Man – Becky Lee and Drunkfoot
The Second Generation Punks – Wild Billy Chyldish
Born to Kill – The Thermals
Wasting My Time – The Jackets
Mirror Mirror – The Creeping Ivies
Social Network – Thee Spivs
Heart Healing (Part 1) – Volage

Shakin’ Your Ass – The Shit

Review: The Shit and Thee Spivs

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The letter ‘S’ wields an unseen power. I’m not into astrology or reading signs, but it does seem like  syzygy, superstition, and synchronicity, that so many great bands start with that simple serpentine consonant.  Add to that the definite article ‘the’ and, well, you get The Shits.

Released on Bandcamp, vinyl, and cd, in early 2012,  I am now just discovering it. Download this by any means necessary. Each track bursts through your speakers like some alien spawn devouring your ear buds and sense of decency. “Get Out” digs out a Supersucker shaped sound in  Robert Butler’s delivery and “Shakin’ that Ass” is the track all the cool kids will be rocking out to.

The liner notes say that, “guest musicians from Masters Of Reality, Eagles Of Death Metal, Earthlings and former members of Queens Of The Stone Age and The Dead Brothers.” Yeah, they’ve got powerful friends, but the real magic comes from The Shit themselves.

Go buy the album here

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A good punk song should be short, sweet, and a suckerpunch to the balls. It should hold that magnifying glass to the ant hill of society analyzing while burning it all down. But sadly, we live in a world where skins have cell phones, crusts hold Klout, and those who swore to fight the power inform us of their lunch choices over Twitter. Present company included…feel free to follow me on any of the sociable media. Except you NSA.

So when Thee Spivs sound off, in a mixture of Buzzcocks and Toy Dolls, about our dependance on social media, heroin chic, and buying cheap imported goods, I’m filled with a sense of hope for the genre. Of course this comes at the expense of me feel old and crotchety; but proud as hell that someone seems to be picking up the sizable slack from the last few decades. They are a different kind of men for a different kind of world.

If you’re familiar with Thee Spivs, there are some returning motifs: “Mozart’s Locked Away” seems more like second act to Black and White Memories‘ “Cowboys and Indians” and gives the album a sense of legacy and depth. Back again is the question of education and its use and focuses on looking at things for face value. But there is incredible growth in this album as well – not just the X-ray Spex saxophone in the title track “The Crowds and the Sounds”.

The Spivs take all the mainstream pop culture tripe we all consume with a smile, push the plate away, and flip off the cook while remaining charming as hell.

Get the album here

Fan Service – Women

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Oh Bondange! Up Yours! – X-Ray Spex
Bad Reputation – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Repo Man – Those Darlins
To Be Quite Honest – Cruiserweight for Colin Crose
Bullet And The Bullseye – The Distillers for JD
Double Dare Ya – Bikini Kill
Masterplan – Plasmatics for Danny Rollingstone and Tess
Combat Rock – Sleater-Kinney
Paint It Black – The Avengers
I Can Lose You – Ludella Black And The Masonics
Mirror Mirror  –  Creeping Ivies
Gloria   – Patti Smith            for Brooke Hensley
Killer Mouse – Becky Lee And Drunkfoot
Novacaine – Persian Claws
Don’t Wait Up – Miss Mary Ann & The Ragtime
Coyote – Joni Mitchell for Liam Otten
Yeah Baby – Betty Smith & The Rhythmmasters
bang bang – Janis Martin
Chain Of Fools – Aretha Franklin
Revolution – Nina Simone

Fan Service #3 – Words, Words, Words

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Ambulances – Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons -White Lighter
Country Feedback – R.E.M. – Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage
I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive – Hank Williams – 40 Greatest Hits
Here Come The People In Grey – The Kinks – Muswell Hillbillies
Dirty Life And Times   – Warren Zevon – The Wind (for Brooke H)
Mercy Street – Peter Gabriel   – Shaking The Tree ( for Colleen F)
Black Pear Tree – The Mountain Goats – Black Pear Tree EP
Innocent When You Dream (78) – Tom Waits – Franks Wild Years (for Steve S.)
Strange Fruit  – Billie Holiday
Black and Blue – Louis Armstrong – The Essential Louis Armstrong
Restless – Langhorne Slim – Langhorne Slim
Hip Kids – Becky Lee And Drunkfoot – Hello Black Halo
Powertrip – Monster Magnet – Powertrip (for Jezebella C)
God Save the Queen  – The Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols
My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down    – Ramones – Weird Tales Of The Ramones
Youth Is Wasted By The Young – The Trouble – Nobody Laughs Anymore            1
Don’t Drag Me Down – Social Distortion – White Light White Heat White Trash
Cheer Up! – the Singing Loins – The Complete and Utter
Pass The Mic – Beastie Boys – Check Your

Episode 32 – The Show You Made!

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This is it, friends! The first all-request show. These are the tunes you asked for (more or less) and what exists in the next 1:08:48 can only be described as a quantity theory of superlative musical choice. In a word where Bieber and pop celebs rule the charts and those with taste bemoan the decline of music, we proud band of brothers and sisters have gathered to fortify the walls against the barbaric hordes of weak music troglodytes. Fight on, Rage Well, and thanks for 3 great years! Let’s keep this thing going.

Best enjoyed loud and in public.

This month’s cover is designed and skillfully executed by IDON MINE, whose work I’ve showcased here before.  I owe him a great deal of thanks, too.

Episode 32 – The Show You Made!

Cha Cha Cha – Juke & The All-Drunk Orchestra
Road Runner  – Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers for KKDirty Money and Los Drogas
London Girls – Deltas  for Jezabella Cruella
Victim Of Circumstances – Roy Junior for Andrew Leh
Is You Is, Or Is You Ain’t My Baby – B.B. King for Benjamin Stach von Sprage
I Fought The Law – Bobby Fuller Four  for Ixnayray
Shattered – The Rolling Stones for Ruby Soliel
Hips Kids – Becky Lee And Drunkfoot
Don’t Waste My Time (Radio Edit) – Heart Attack Alley
Juju Claudius- The Chatham Singers  for Idon Mine
Bag of Bones- The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Spine Track – The Fall for Dad Swamp
Radar Love – Golden Earring
Sun Medallion  – King Tuff for Gore VVhore
So Nice – Thee Oh Sees
The Tongue – Ty Segall Band
Burnished – White Denim for Erin and Josh
Attitude – Bad Brains for Jezabella Cruella
jim motherfucker – Gaunt for Andy Uzzel
I Feel Good – THEEE BAT
Frank Zappa – Black Napkins  for Tess

Something Nice – Becky Lee and Drunkfoot – Hello Black Halo

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It may be a bold assertion, but Becky Lee and Drunkfoot is a master.

Yeah, that’s right, I used the singular as Becky Lee and Drunkfoot is a one-man band, but man, she hits like a tornado through a trailer park.

I dig one-man bands, but they typically only stand-up to a few listens as most songs fall into the monotony of a drizzling rain. Becky Lee , on the other hand, brings all the thunder, driving rain, reprieves, and excitement of a summer storm.

Hello Black Halo rolls in with  dark clouds of betrayal, death, and lust, as. Becky Lee abuses the hell out of her guitar using the drums only to drive the song into the open country of your speakers and her voice strikes with the power of lightning.  In “Killer Mouse”, she breaks from the beating drum into a small lead that proves Lee understands how a song needs to break down for the words or music to have the desired power.

The tracks that follow are all great and enjoyable, but the track that stands out is “Hip Kids”, a suburban summer lament. In this track, Lee channels the Shondells in a 1950’s dirge about being finished with the posturing multitudes who are too cool to do anything loose or reckless (or even treat a woman right). “Hip Kids” is a song I never knew could be written. It manages to be sad, rebellious, and angry, in the same four minutes.

As the storm ends, with “Beginning of the End” there is honestly nothing to do but look at what the storm has left, turn the record over, and begin again.

Released through Voodoo Rhythm on Sept 12

 

Something Nice – Best Single Issue(s) Part II

Legion of Super-Heroes #14 and #15

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There was a time in my life when I suffered Papyrophobia – the fear of paper. It was during the early 1980’s and DC comics, as well as some other companies, switched to a prestige format paper called Baxter Paper. The paper held a matte thickness that absorbed black ink and seemed to hold all other colors above the page. Sadly, this process made the production cost of the comic rise and, in an effort to make the price difference worth it, DC printed a much darker and more mature New Teen Titans and Legion of Super-Heroes to appeal to adult readers.

Acting as a dealer, Jessie, the neighborhood comics and D&D kingpin, used to procure these mature and macabre tales for me. My parents liked Jessie so they never questioned the comics locked in the wooden box under my bed.

Those books scratched each night calling to me and demanding to be read.

Legion of Super-Heroes #14 features yet another death of the hero motif and, yes I know it is trite, but this death was again shocking to an adolescent reader. The brilliance of this death is the not-quite-but-close off panel violence. Nemesis Kid’s punches are visibly landing on Karate Kid’s beaten face, but it is what the reader doesn’t see which caused fear. I remember thinking, “How badly must a superhero be punched in the face to completely destroy him?”  The reader never sees Karate Kid’s face again, except in shadow and then only for a moment before he is a charred corpse.

Subsequently, Legion #15 features one of the most amazing acts of revenge to ever visited upon a character. The same comics that frightened the living hell out of me also showed me that sometimes the best course of action is also the worst, that lines can be crossed, and that heroes can sometimes fail at heroics.

No Baxter-Paper comic however taught me this lesson harder than New Teen Titans. Writer Marv Wolfman utilized the mature format to tell the tale of Raven’s reformation of the Teen Titans to battle her father Trigon. In order to defeat Trigon, each of the Titans must first battle their inner demon – a dark grey-area version of their own weaknesses and failings collectively playing out as the seven deadly sins. It may be extremely Dante-esq, but nothing prepared me for Changeling (once Beast Boy) eating the heart of team member Cyborg or the bridges made from naked human corpses.

I blamed Baxter Paper for this harsh switch in comics. The violence was manageable, even playful and cartoonish, in the world of pulp paper. It wasn’t until decade or so later that I could even purchase the copies and reread them. It was never really the paper’s fault, but that realization that comics could be gritty and uncomfortable. I blame that horrible realization all kids must someday make; that our heroes are all chasing demons, too.

 

On a lighter side note: Check out Becky Lee and Drunkfoot (another impressive act on Voodoo Rhythm Records) . These beautiful tracks come courtesy of her One Wo/Man band.

 

 

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