The Novel Sound Insomnia Radio 2 Loud at 2 am

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I’ve been toying with the idea of just letting my iPod choose the setlist for a long while now. For a piece of tech I never really wanted (and still am not madly in love with) it does DJ pretty well. Whomever wrote the algorithm for  selecting songs seems to have a similar mix-creation mind. Rarely do I have to fast forward songs of skip tracks…of course, it could just be I love my music collection that much.

Either way, I got in late last night from Ogie’s Trailer Park and, not ready for a 2am visit to slumberland, decided this was the evening for a full force sonic assault. I’d like to think it worked.

This show is different from most in that it’s fairly popular stuff (there’s even some hip-hop) and I didn’t spend hours weighing each lyric for tone and mood. It just is what it is: an experiment.

Give it a listen. Play the home game and send me a copy of your set list.
Email – thenovelsound @ gmail (dot) com
Feel free to send review copies, photographs, recommendations, or general praise!

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Jeffery Lee – The World/Inferno Friendship Society
Plan B (Adopt a Lapdancer) – King Automatic
You Make Me Sick – The Trouble
Wraparound – Cocktail Preachers
Let Me In – Flat Duo Jets
It didn’t Come Easy – Thee Headcoats
Public Service Announcement – DJ Danger Mouse
Boys on the Docks – Dropkick Murphys
Get Up Off That Thing – James Brown
Maxwell Murder – Rancid
Lockdown – Fugazi
Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine – The White Stripes
Ball and Chain – Social Distortion
Genesis 19:1-2 – The Mountain Goats
Garlic Chicken and Shots – Robert Johnson & The Punchdrunks
Sound System – Operation Ivy
Bankrobber – The Clash
Leaving Jesusland – NOFX
Come Back Lord – Reverend Beat Man & The UnBelievers
Come Back Down – small factory
Blue Jeans & White T Shirts – Gaslight Anthem

The Novel Sound Returns to WMUH ep 1

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For long-time fan(s) of the show, you’ll notice that there is no over-arching narrative contained in these here tracks. That’s right! No fake exploitation movie soundtrack. No book soundtrack. There isn’t even a tenuous (but heartfelt) tribute to film stars and fancy liquor drinks.

This here is just damn fine music!

Initially, I hosted a radio show on WMUH called Pop Rocks and Acid. I played a great deal of punk and greater deal of indie. It was a fine show that eventually expanded its musical base to become Holden Caulfield Must Die! It was a show concerned with nothing more than giving the listener a reason to move and introduce people to new bands or old favorites.

As a fan of Catcher in the Rye (Hello NSA!) I’m empathetic to Holden’s world view: I wear stupid hats, I love smoking (although I quit 6 long years ago), and I too sometimes feel like keeping all the kings in the back row is a dumb idea. However, amidst my melodramatic teen nihilism (some would argue it became adult nihilism) music is what’s always kept me sane. I express myself most clearly through the words of others; just ask anyone who ever got a mixtape from me or follower(s) of the podcast. Music not only says it better, but you can dance to it.

So, this here is my mixtape for you. Dig it!

The soundboard I cut my teeth on. photo credit unknown
The soundboard I cut my teeth on.
photo credit unknown

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Do the Get Down*
King Automatic – King Outamatic from Auto Space*
The King Khan & BBQ Show – Killing the Werewolf*
Juke Joint Pimps – Let’s Do the Hippie Dance*
C.W. Stoneking – The Zombie*
Dead Elvis & His One Man Grave – Deadest Girl in Town
Dan Sartain – Drama Queens
The Toot Toot Toots – Ol’ Ted’s Habits
The Chesterfield Kings – Death is the Only Real Thing
Thee Headcoats – I Don’t Like the Man that I am
Long Boards – Dragger Joe*
Barrence Whifield and the Savages – Sugar
Long John Hunter – Strange Feeling
The Traits – Nobody Loves the Hulk
The Beat from Palookaville – Seven Nation Army
Kitty Daisy & Lewis – I Should Have Known *
Reverend Beat Man & The Un-believers – They Ring the Bells for Me
Montesas – Midnight Beat
The Legendary Shack Shakers – Pinetree Boogie
Arsen Roulette – Shake It Around
Dusty Chance and the Allnighters – Bop It
Incidental music – Bento Veloso & Los Doce Trinches – Electrico*

*released in 2015

To the manner borne – Garage Punk and The Mobbs

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Tally ho, Gentlemen!
Hold tight, Ladies!
Beware, children of fine, but discriminating, tastes!

Those well-dressed scoundrels of garage rock’n’roll, The Mobbs, are on the prowl with their fourth release, Garage Punk For Boys, and  are once again serving suave to the world of low-brow socialites.

G.P.F.B offers a quick, crisp sound reminiscent of their first album “It’s…” (a favorite at the grounds of Bibliodiscoteque Estates) with no time for the slow and no mercy for the lazy. Tracks like “We Don’t Need a God” lyrically flow like something off the Kinks’ Muswell Hillbillies, but have the speed of Ray Davies methamphetamine years. It’s also hard, on tracks like “Garage Punk for Boys” and “One Erotic Thought”, not to hear Thee Headcoats-esq vocal delivery and guitar stops. But, I harken back the Elizabethan ideal that one who learns from the ways of a master (like Childish), and adapts it to suit their style, can also be genius. Simply ask that Shakespeare guy. Everything about The Mobbs delicately balances originality on the knife’s edge of homage. They are, simply put, the next logical step. This is an album so brimming with hooks that you’ll find yourself singing along well after the music has stopped.

The Mobbs don’t need me to pile praise upon their personage, they are fantastic and they know it; our heroes saddle up to modesty, take her out for a great dinner, walk her to the door, and, like a gentleman, snog the living hell out of her.

On Sept. 1, you are cordially invited to drop your hard earned euros on  the finest sophisticates in the garage punk world. Pick up G.P.F.B and let The Mobbs introduce you to one of the grandest aural adventures known to today’s modern man. You can order it from the web site and at finer digital outlets.

Bibliodiscoteque Ep 48 Billy Childish

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Episode 48 – The Kids are All Square

The Earl of Suave – Thee Headcoats
Headcoat Man – Thee Headcoats
That’s My Revenge – Thee Milkshakes
By the Hairs on My Chinny Chin Chin – Thee Headcoats
We’re Gonna Get Married – Mickey & Ludella
A Town Named Squaresville – Thee Headcoats
Back Among the Medway Losers – Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire
Dog Shite Gang – The Singing Loins
You Make Me Die – Billy Childish and the Singing Loins
Billy B. Childish – Billy Childish
Chatham Town Welcomes Desperate Men  – Thee Headcoats
Fun in the UK – Pop Rivets
Desperate Little Town – Holly Golightly & Dan Melchior
Demolition Girl – Holly Golightly & Billy Childish
Juju Claudius – The Chatham Singers
I Don’t Like the Man I Am – Peter Molinari
Nanook of the North – Thee Headcoats
Wiley Coyote – Thee Mighty Caesars
You are Forgiven – Thee Mighty Caesars
Quiero ser Como Billy Childish – Fumestones
Thatcher’s Children – CTMF
The Man with the Gallow Eyes – Wild Billy Childish
My Boyfriend’s Learning Karate – The Headcoatees
Cowboys are Square – Thee Headcoats
Conka Fight at Wendy’s House – Sexton Ming
Millionare – Billy Childish and the Blackhands
Niemand Weiss – Guz w Billy Childish
Who Do You Think You are Mr. Hitler? – Billy Childish and the Blackhands
Can’t Judge a Book – Thee Headcoats
Grinning in Your Face – Wild Billy Childish
Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot – Thee Headcoats

Fan Service #1 – The Blues

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Over at the Bibliodiscoteque Facebook page, I started asking the hard questions: “What is your favorite literary death scene” and “What is your favorite Blues song?” The later was met with keen interest and several friends and fans commented. This podcast is the result.

In an effort to make lightning strike twice, I decided that I’d give it a go next week and focus on Bob Dylan. So get your thinking caps on and send a line regarding your favorie Dylan song or Dylan inspired musician.

If you aren’t a Facebook kinda person, feel free to drop a line at thenovelsound @ gmail.com

Rage Well,

Fan Service #1 – the Blues
Blues Power – The Juke Joint Pimps
Grinnin’ In Your Face – Son House
Mad Man Blues – John Lee Hooker for Danny Rollingstone
Smokestack Lightnin’ -Howlin’ Wolf for Steve Smith and Pat Srock
Worried Life Blues – Chuck Berry for Steve Smith
One Way Out – Sonny Boy Williamson for Estlin
Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues -Skip James for Brooke Hensley
Blues For My Cookie – Lightnin’ Hopkins
Race That You Don’t Run – Sleepy John
Born Under A Bad Sign (with Stevie Ray Vaughan) -Albert King for Michael Rockwell
Stewball – Thee Headcoats
Your Trial and My Funeral for Erin from Down to the Crossroads at 9sense podcast
Housebound Blues – C.w. Stoneking
My Beating Heart – Heart Attack Alley
Granny’s Gold Teeth – Low Volts
I Can’t Quit You Baby – Led Zeppelin for George Natalizia

Episode 34 – Gun Machine by Warren Ellis

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Read Chapter Two of Gun Machine courtesy of Mulholland Books
Read my review on Gun Machine

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Mulhollandbooks.com Somebody Got Murdered – The Clash
I Have The Gun – Crime and the City Solution
Nicotine – Paul Chaplain
Been Smoking Too Long  – Nick Drake
Down To My Last Cigarette – Bill Walker
Heart Of Glass – Blondie
Personality Crisis  – New York Dolls
The Black Angel’s Death Song – The Velvet Underground
Indian Run – Spindrift
Thunderbird – Sonny Burges
Reindeer Are Wild – Thee Headcoats
Ghost Dance – Patti Smith Group
Apache Tears  – Johnny Cash
Drums – Floyd Red Crow Westerman
I Got My Eyes On You – Robert Belfour
Reap What You Sow w/ Mose Vinson – Joe Hill Louis
Death Bells – R.L. Burnside
If the Rabbit Had a Gun – Memphis Slim
The Bullet – The Barker Band

Incidental Music:
The Great Annihilator – The Swans
The Big Gundown – Ennio Morricone

Thanks to Miss Hannah Tess for the cover art.


See also: Episode 13 – Warren Ellis’ Transmetropolitan

Episode 27.5 – Music to Read Schitzles By Side B

There really isn’t too much to say that hasn’t been said about Shawn Dickinson already this month and in this current podcast. Shawn is one hell of a good person. If you like this music, and you like trash culture, pick up his book, a print, or one of his shirts. This media blitz comes from nothing more than really respecting the guy whose work I’ve been promoting for a month straight.

That said, as this month closes out stick around for an amazing July. Ixnayray and I are launching a new show called AudioBiblioCool. It a genre-less show that promises to please anyone with a diverse musical palate. And if you don’t like it, well, I don’t really care, as it was fun as hell to make and works for any social occasion minus funerals and police bookings.

Rage Well,

Episode 27.5 – Music to Read Schitzles By…Side B

It’s Trash – Cavemen
The Rat’s Revenge – The Rats
Get Down (and Get Stupid!) –  The Del-Gators
Good Times – The Easybeats
Playa De Los Muertos –Bomboras
The Story Of My Life – Unrelated Segments
I Fought The Surf – The Vultures
Bad Part Of Town – Barefacts
It’s My Pride – The Thanes
Do What’s Right By You – The Routes
Get Ready for Action! – Mondo Topless
Ghastly Stomp – The Ghastly Ones
Chicken Voodoo Blues – The Creeping Ivies
El Humo Te Hace Mal – Los Peyotes
Grits And Grease – The Quintette Plus
Burnin’ Rubber – The Surfaris
The Devil Dance – The Devils
Three Kats in a Tub – Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos
No Correspondence – The Beckett Quintet
Mr. Moto – The Belairs
No Escape – The Seeds
The shape I’m in – The Masonics
Can’t Judge A Book – Thee Headcoats
Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell – Iggy And The Stooges