Morality, Conflict, Adaptation

"Steer a course for a brave new world of common sense and wonder"

  1. Trouble In Mind - Erland & The Carnival
  2. The Moss - Cosmo Sheldrake
  3. Charlie - Chumbawamba
  4. Bohemian Like You - The Dandy Warhols
  5. I'm Good, I'm Gone - Lykke Li
  6. Dance Floor - The Apples In Stereo
  7. Arctic Shark - Quilt
  8. Dead Future - Standard Fare
  9. Destroyer's the Temple - Destroyer
  10. Clever Girl - The Doubleclicks
  11. The Sky Was Pink - James Holden Remix - Monoblok, Ohlf

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Direct download: MoralityConflictAdaptation.mp3
Category:Monthlies -- posted at: 10:08pm EST

Soundtrack to the Struggle

My grind marches on. Progress reports and meanlingless aims - fulfilling benchmarks is met with blank looks and disappointment over unmet unmentioned different benchmarks. 

A part of me wants to call bullshit. Another part of me knows that this is just how the game is played.

I'd be more put out by the sturm and drang of spectacle were it not that Im beginning to recogonize that alternatives exist.

  1. Shuffle - Bombay Bicycle Club
  2. You Make Me - Avicii
  3. I Can't Get No Satisfaction (Thank God) - Talulah Gosh
  4. Not Fair - Lily Allen
  5. Soundtrack to the Struggle - Lowkey
  6. A Few Words in Defense of Our Country - Randy Newman
  7. You Think You're Tough - Hunx & His Punx
  8. Curse Me Good - The Heavy
  9. How Small We Are - Pollyn
  10. Born To Die - Lana Del Rey
  11. The World Exploded Into Love - Bob Schneider (Thanks Taylor)

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Direct download: Soundtrack_to_the_Struggle.mp3
Category:Monthlies -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

ddNTP - Songs for June As always and ever it is my great joy to snatch from the hands of time the moment of life unmeasured.

This month has been fairly erratic - I've gotten a position as a fancy lab assistant at school which, I humbly must admit, I doubt I am qualified for. Of course there are many things I'm not qualified for which I do anyways, or which people pay me to do.

It really is a great thing when people believe we live in a meritocracy and the playing field is uneven. I blame the liberals for the former and the conservatives for the latter, just so you know my stance on these things. The situation makes it so that for each inequality you can leverage in your favor the more open people are to thinking you the rightful holder to that which by error, accident, hook and crook you've been able to obtain.

All this leads up to the notion that by attaining something I'm unqualified for I've actually shown how qualified I am. Which makes me feel remarkably good about myself while also putting me in a position where I recognize the pointlessness of my situation.

On that note, let's listen to some music.

Twilight Hotel - Viva La Vinyl
Ralph Gean - star trekkin' rock n' roll cowboy
Kate & Anna Mcgarrigle - sugar baby
Gorillasuit - Everybody at the beach
Hal Blaine - Trippin' Out (June)
Bull Moose Jackson - Big Ten Inch Record
Nylon Rythm Machine - Been through so much together
Islands - 08 Volcanoes
Luigi and Antonio Russolo - Corale
Arrah and the Ferns- Skylark
Nellie McKay - Identity Theft
Conor Oberst - 12 I Don't Want To Die In The Hospital
American Breed - partridge weiners spot
The Seeds - mr. farmer
Noonday Underground - boy like a timebomb
April Aloisio - Duid Deed
Faith no More - something for the girl with everything (with sparks)
Ernest Ranglin - Memories of Baber Mack
Laibach - NSK
Salty Pirates - Black minds and white lies
Jorge ben - amor de carnaval
Ennoi Morricone - L'estasi Dell'oro (The Ecstasy Of Gold)
Cinematic Titanic - Piece of Eights
Los Campesinos You Me Dancing
COIN-OP - Karl killed Nicholas
Scientific Cricket - barbarashop cricket
Crystal Castles - Alice Practice
Flaming Lips - One Shot
Archie Shepp - Scag
Mice Parade - Guitars for plants
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Direct download: ddNTP_-_Songs_For_June.mp3
Category:Monthlies -- posted at: 11:54am EST

Songs for Small Breaks (AKA Hydrogen) The quickest little things often take so much time. For instance at the moment I am posting this are an seemingly endless number of things I rather ought to be doing instead - alas - these are the tepid fruits of my sorely constrained time.

This podcast itself has in fact haunted my drive for nearly 3 weeks and is only now being released into the wild - not for a lack of quality but a lack of time.

However given the matter of music or edification I have to say that the time I have spent on the latter is well worth it as things are proceeding exceedingly well. For the case of the record I now have definitive evidence that a certain lab materials company is selling Barfoed's Reagent that is in a sad state of reacting. Their Benedict's Reagent is quite fine though.

Chad Vangaalen - Flower Gardens
Pastel Vespa - The Boys are Back in Town
Tomorrow - Am I Glad to see you
1900s - When I Say Go
Boom Bip - Third Stream
Choclate watchband - misty lane
Elliot Smith - Ballad of Big Nothing
Giant Drag - Slayer
Dee Dee Sharp - Baby Cakes
Leadbelly - Pigmeat
Tom Waits - Sea of Love
The Shaggs - Philosophy of the World
The Spinners - One of a Kind
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Make It Good To Me
Belle & Sebastian - Dress Up In You
M.Craft - Love Knows How To Fight
Marvin Gaye - My Mistake (Was To Love You) (feat. Diana Ross)
Bill Wyman - Si Si Je Suis Un Rock Star
Noah and the Whale - 5 Years Time
Hospital Bombers - The Devil's Music
Chubby Checker - The Twist
Barbara Lewis - Pushin' A Good Thing Too Far
Bjrn Svin - Mer Strm 2
Peter's Faces - I Don't Care
Unknown Artist - Sherburne (From World of Music Compilation)

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Direct download: Songs_For_Small_Breaks.mp3
Category:Monthlies -- posted at: 11:10am EST

Monthlies for December My self proclaimed hiatus seems to have been declared in haste. Admittedly this has much to do with the matter of my being recently relieved of my scholastic concerns and let loose in those green pastures of leisure time.

And like all things leisurely, such as strolls, it is a constitutional, a blam on the jaded nerves and jangled devices of self defense. Not to put too fine a point on it this is a bit of a mix up more leaning to the classics as would befit a peace of mind.

Enough blather - oh but one thing, before I continue - be sure to take a tab and catch up on your folk's eye candy by checking out the adventures of Quasi. Still un-inspired? Catch the 1967 video for Pierre Henry's Psyché Rock. Astounding enough that it's machine evolution predates Kurzweil and more effective because of it.

One last video, sure how about the entire 1929 movie from Communist Russia Man with Movie Camera. Your grandfather's jaw presumably dropped during the raw 'documenting the world as it is' scene.

Alright enough of that. Lets listen to some music.

Hombres - Let it Out (let it all hang out)
Mark Prindle sums it up better than I ever could.

Creaky Boards - Brooklyn
This is, for me, right now, a definitive track. It is also very good and catchy too. They haven't made a big move in the world yet but they seem to have the chops for the pop indie boards and I for one highly anticipate watching their development.

Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
The Paul Simon afro beat inflected swing in this piece is adds the force necessary to get the song shaking a steady rhythm. I can only wish that I had played it sooner.

Les Problemes - Je ne Vois Rien
This French 60's psych song roughly translates as "I don't See Anything" - included here for the furious francophilia each of us have at heart. I don't have much information of these guys but apparently they got involved with the french peace lovers in the '60s and acquired the ire of the conservative types on the matter of the war.

Olympic Runners - Just Funkin` Around
My soul funk submission for the month (by contractual obligation) is this stand out freak out jazzed up track by the overlooked and underheard UK band.

The Stranglers - Golden Brown
It's the most up tempo song about heroin - Merry Christmas!

New Pornographers - Myriad Harbour
Another modern miracle of catchy tunes about NYC. What luck! And yes it's a track that should have gone up long time back.

Ian Dury - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Here's a little bit of advice, you're quite welcome it is free
Don’t do nothing that is cut-price you'll know what they'll make you be
They will try their tricky device, trap you with the ordinary
Get your teeth into a small slice of the cake of liberty
Loose Salute - Deathclub
Actually much more clean cut than you would think - the outfit is from the UK and is currently on Graveface. It's a high cut of folkpop and worth a visit.

Jimi Hendrix - 1983... (a Merman I Should Turn to be) (podcast cut)
Shortened by half - but needing no introduction.

Pierre Henry - Psyché Rock
Pierre was an exceedingly prolific 20th century composer. This track pairs him with a fellow composer, Michel Colombier, during the annus mirabilis of '67.
original video

Blitzen Trapper - Wild Mountain Nation
The hot shit from PDX. I like to think that in a perfect world these guys would crush the pearly stylings of the Doug Fir
in one awesome sonic histrionic session to kick off their careers and me shaking a busted fist and bloody maw at the front of the audience. But now their 'big time' - maybe now they can make it happen. Shit though that is a long way to go for a Doug Fir show.

Bram Tchaikovsky - New York Paranoia
Not "Girl of My Dreams" good but at least it's more earnest.

Look at that face - could you be less earnest about living in the 80s?

Panda Bear - Bros edit
I do hope everyone gets as much of a chilled out kick from this as I did. Damn near walked in to traffic. Damn near didn't care.

Bill Justis - College Man
At the time I had to post this I could only find a mostly instrumental track. It's still got the 'Hate College' bit so I decide to run with it. But don't dismiss Bill. Here is some of the excised lyrics:
I got a real cool chick
That doesn't dig no square
Gets college kicks
With her honey anywhere
For myself, now too old for Teenage Kicks can at least keep satisfied with college kicks.

Chandler Travis Philharmonic - Wireless
To quote their site:
Alternative Dixieland - Puts the 'harm" in "Philharmonic"
Though if cover design is anything I don't think this will go platinum:

man at least throw a lens flare on that thing.

Joe Turner & His Blues Kings - Shake, Rattle & Roll
Yeah it's so damn overplayed that I'm a frickin cliché to play it, right? Hell no - it's still good after the twentyth time round. Now you can pick this up on plenty of comps (and some originals if you invested well in the 90's) but I suggest this one:

Andrew Sisters - Beer Barrel Polka
Curiously it seems that this got good distribution because the Nazis popularized it when they invaded Czechoslovakia.
Then it got big play from Benny Goodman, and Billie Holiday, and Liberace.
So the only folks of 'lesser races' who haven't reclaimed this song yet are the gypsies. I feel an online petition for Gogol Bordello coming on.

Caribou - Melody Day
My current favorite doctor of mathematics fronted Canadian band.

The Raveonettes - Christmas Song
Ahh a christmas song that doesn't suck. How nice.

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Backing tracks:
Quasi at the Quackadero - opening track
Uz Jsme Doma - Cod Liver Oil
Bodies of Water - I Guess I'll Forget the Sound
Bill Justis - Raunchy
Roberto Carlos - Amigo
Quasi at the Quackadero - The ooooh part

Direct download: Monthlies_for_December-12.mp3
Category:Monthlies -- posted at: 8:59pm EST

The Monthlies for November - The Skin of My Teeth! The Great Divide of the Weeklies and the Monthlies has fallen - and the podcast to prevent podfade must relinquish the hectic ground of the twice a month update to those whose endeavors are more seasoned for such epic things. Seasoned with garlic and time.

So the contemporary crap will mix with golden oldies in a sonic stew unpalatable to anyone but the deaf. Somehow I'm sure you'll all struggle on.

Also a 'hello' to everyone (all two of you) visiting me from Tim's Contrast Podcast! For those not in the know - he's done a democratic thing and had everyone vote on the best songs of 2007. Surely a smoking year and my opinions were long thought out and my reasons honed by the sweat of the ear tightly encased in headphones - but alas I thought to long and my votes  were rejected because of deadlines being missed and what not. Still Tim was nice enough to let me introduce two fine sparkling tracks and I highly suggest you check out the rankings of everyone's submission.

How is it that I get to be a representative without being able to vote? Well Tim's British and the democratic thing doesn't naturally so there is that. Or maybe he is trying to make things better in the British American rift (that whole secession thing lingers I've been told) by some strange inversion of the traditional processes. It very hard to tell, really.

Al Duvall - The Squirrel Shucking Bee
A promising piece of freak folk that endeavors to be both old timey backwoods revival without becoming a novelty - the results are mixed. Like the best revivalists Al's work succeeds when it is knowingly winking at the stereotypes of the form it covers. This song of handcrafted squirrel skinnings is of the latter and greater type.

Sharon Jones & Dap Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
Not a knowing wink or tidy nod this isn't a revival but a coelacanth  of the soulful funk of motown's golden era. Probably one of the best albums of the year.

Jo Jo and the Fugitives - Chips Chicken Banana Split
Of the compilation of Jamaica to Toronto is this dizzying piece of honest to goodness delight. While I can't find out about it's original release I did find that the compilation is stacked to brimming with other musical notables.

Dark Meat - One More Trip
A little loud a little brassy a thirteen piece outfit from Athens cruises the coast in a bus destined for no good.

Life In a Blender - Showers Lose the Girl
Taking a hardline stance against hygiene and romance Life reminds us of the reasons people have for smuggling heroin and inflating organs.

Dj JD - Falling
A rough segway to some rougher sounds. But do enjoy the spirit behind the sample.
Find the whole mix here.

Dmitrij - Fuck MNML, Fuck Trance - We Wanna DANCE vol. 3
The Czech's keep the party rocking with what is a great track of Bonde Do Role' Gasolina.
Find the whole mix here.

(Unattributed) - Cold Cut Solid Steel 10-17-2007
Lifting tunes off the live radio feeds of Australia leaves one in lurch when the attributions of the tunes are not included nor published. I imagine that they are distributed on leaflets by wallabies throughout the red tinted sunburned land of criminals and jazzy djs.
Catch the show here.

Bokusatsu Shoujo Koubou - 80's dream parasol
A recent visitor to NYC from Fukuoka Japan (no, I'm making that up, really there is a town in Japan called that. Yes, I know - it probably does mean something else in their language and this whole thing is rather sophomoric). We hope he had a good time - because  we love the tourists.

C64 Orchestra - Monty on the run
And now for the glitches to be smoothed into pomo pomp (pomop?) and circumstance with an orchestral piece of 8 bit music. Like to stab out your ears with sharpened metronomes? Listen to the original.

Clear Tigers - Boredom
Middling to average I admit - but I like it. The soprano of the vocals are clear and the organic piano bits are great to boot. If they would have another round of shows here in town I'd probably pay them a visit.

High Places - Golden
Here is something I could get behind, see Clear Tigers they do shows that I can attend. A tidy piece of whimsy.

Seventeen Evergreen - Burn the Fruit
This is a spectacular band that to my knowledge is getting very little attention despite some good gifts and high production values. But I do have a soft spot for male female duets with xylophone rhythm sections.

The Rumblestrips - Alarm Clock
A band with a modicum of success overseas. Hopefully not due to the ska-ist inflections but the proto-punk jumpy rhythms and new wave breakdowns.

Mountain Goats - Alpha Incipiens
Damn it they came to town again and under my radar they rocked in manner I imagine I would have kicked myself for missing - and having missed it I kick myself.
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Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy - Television The Drug of the Nation
I've been watching Heroes and Flight of the Conchords a lot. I should stop but then again at least it's good stuff.
Stay Human!

Vitalic Remix - Cardboard Lamb
Another reason we all should support free use policies is because the groove needs to be made whether or not the original artist even likes it. That's right, recycling isn't just for paper and PETE products.

Steve Hefter and Friends of Friends - Bullshit
A piece of peaceful piano and angry sentiments to clear off the abuses of a month

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Direct download: Monthlies_for_November.mp3
Category:Monthlies -- posted at: 10:08pm EST

The non-Halloween October Monthlies edition And with the holidays and everything what the hell.

1. Lee Dorsey - Confusion
2. Slim Harpo - Te-ni-nee-ni-nu
3. Page France - A Belly To The Sea
4. Byther Smith - What My Mamma Told Me
5. The Old Ceremony - Hearts Were Made
6. Mavis Staples - This Little Light
7. Howard Roberts - Sack O'Woe
8. Sam Cooke - Another Satruday Night
9. Mason Jennings - Where the sun had been
10. Little Milton - Who's Cheatin' Who
11. Champion Jack Dupree - Louise
12. Led Zeppelin - Dancing Days (Live)
13. Brazilian Girls - Sweatshop
14. James - Fine
15. Thee Headcoats - A Town Named Squaresville
16. Language Of Flowers - Songs About You
17. Charlie Feathers - tongue-tied jill
18. Jens Lekman - Pocketful Of Money
19. Neil Young - Expecting To Fly

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Backing tracks:
Skeleton Keys - Watch The Fat Man Swing
Skip James - Catfish Blues
Skwei - NuFruit
Tierneys Fugitives - Did You Want To Run Away
Six Organs of Admittance - Dark Noontide
Plaid - porn coconut co

Direct download: Monthlies_October.mp3
Category:Monthlies -- posted at: 10:13am EST

Monthlies for September - Move It or Lose It episode Johnny Otis - Crazy Country Hop
The mustachioed Mr. Otis takes us up with the first track with the rosing jangle rock of a fictional hop party of the rural south. Johnny almost made it into this podcast twice but, unfortunately I pulled the plug on the second track because of skips and blips.


Ray Cannon and the Chorals - Mule Skinner
Not sure about the attribution of this track. I pulled it off the radio and got the name from the dj's and now can't find anything about the man - the sadness because this is such a fine track.

Band of Horses - Our Swords
A contemporary radio pop ditty from sub-pop's signed folksie creatures list.

Dyke and The Blazers - Let a Woman be a Woman
I swear the opening rhythm section of this track is the kind of kick ass funk that would later be birthed into the dance floor era's best breakbeat syncopated shake downs.


Hank Williams - Lost Highway
It's golden.


Tony Rivers & the Castaways - Come Back Baby
Sadly, out of print Columbia recording. What a lovely blur of mod-ish brit pop, though.

Michael Talbott & the Wolf Kings - Passenger I
Another track of recent coinage - due they stack up to the classics? All in the eye of the beholder I guess. But still worth a listen.


Brain Wilson - Vegetables
Mr. Wilson is touted as genius by some and here we find the rhythm section provided by people eating carrots. Wicked smart folks.

Vince Taylor - Brand New Cadillac
This was Vince's big hit. And nothing goes along with vegetables as well as muscle car rock.

Iron & Wine - Beneath the Balcony
I think I may see them live here this week. Who knows? Oh a tuneful melancholy.

Carl Perkins - Restless
Another artist who is mostly living on compilations now a days though I saw a 45 of four tracks on ebay. Not much good till I get a turntable. Still this piece rumbles about with it's elbows out. I wonder how much rock was inspired by the idea that you could drive somewhere else.

Larry Williams - Slow Down
I like to think this tidy track could snuggle comfortably with The Door's song of the same subject.

Bobby Byrd - Hot Pants ... I\'m Coming, I\'m Coming
Oh the funk! I forgot. Bobby is a spicy dish that lists like a ship without regrets. Recently passed away, best of luck with that Karmic Wheel man.

Byther Smith - Walked All Night Long
Byther, what a name! What a threatening display of the blues! Back in the day all blues man packed pieces openly just in case their old lady ever did the tango to another man. Dark days. Bloody Rampage.


Septeto Nacional Ignacio Pineiro - el Adois De este Momento
Sweet damnation I don't know Spanish. But, if I had to guess, this track is about a magic bus. I think that is the chorus. Viva la mass transit!

Ann Peebles - Somebody\'s on your case
Lots of funk and bad choice in men. Or maybe undedicated paranoia. 'Secret sick days' is a great little bit of euphemism.

James Brown - Don\'t Tell a Lie on Me and I
From the album Hell this is a funk strut piece that nearly, beautifully, almost collapses in it's unraveled paroxysms of constant breakdowns.

The Tams - The Greatest Love
This months crooner is a Pope. If only the papists swang like Charles and his jamming Tams.

African Music Machine - Black Water Gold
Even a steady solid band can get lost in the shuffle and that is bobbling under phenomenon of the AMM in the funk-o'-verse of the 70's. Hang your head in shame those of you who did not dig on this when it was fresh.

The Remains - Hang On Sloopy
I had always known this song as the pop piece but, and correct me if I'm wrong, the earlier original featured here is an amalgam of proto-punk and a brit pop back burner. Glory, what a song.

Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs - Wooly Bully
And wrapping it all up is the rouser for the mother who danced when she worked. Happy Birthday Mom.

Byther Smith - Funky Man
Wynonie Harris - I Got a Lyin\' Woman
Curtis Mayfield - If I were Only a Child Again
Bobby Kuban - The Cheater
Buddy Guy - What kind of woman is this
Direct download: Monthlies_09.mp3
Category:Monthlies -- posted at: 10:07am EST

Weird Road Trip A weird road trip is soon to ensue and what with the tornadoes and floods, school and work, moving and weddings - the summer wouldn't be complete were it not for the obligatory road trip.

The omens do cloud the horizons just last night I was set upon at my window by may cockroaches trying to find their way inside. So spooked was I when one alit upon my head that in a panic my library book (Collected Anthology of Shakespearian Criticism 1945-2000) was lost out the window and into the inaccessible yard of my neighbor three floors below. Why were cockroaches trying to get into my house - seriously weird animal behavior .. . what dark portents.

For the occasion of our outing I will share with you the mix cd that shall pilot us north-northwest to the capitol of cool Das Buffalo!

  1. 50 hertz - Dagen da kriget kom till stan
  2. bonzo dog band - trouser song
  3. Lords of the New Church - Gun Called Justice
  4. bruce haack - electric lucifer
  5. mr bungle - chemical marriage
  6. the soft boys - only the stones remain
  7. fatboy slim - weapon of choice
  8. buck 65 - the floor
  9. Cibo Matto - Sugar Water
  10. jan turkensburg - remkesmars
  11. Cream - Wrapping Paper
  12. telex - rock arond the clock tonight
  13. Booby Coon - Never get ahead
  14. yy snonos - cracking codes
  15. Kid Koala - Bonus Materials on the set of Fender Bender
  16. Man Man - Man who Make You Sick
  17. protman - 125whrrd_20070601
  18. Beck - Tunder Peel
  19. Spike Jones And His Cuty Slickers - The tennessee waltz
  20. William s Burroghs - place of dead

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Direct download: Weird_Road_Trip-2007.mp3
Category:Monthlies -- posted at: 11:24am EST

Monthlies 06 - Songs for June Faster and faster - this podcast goes out to my high score on the last test in Math 206. I do apologize for my priorities but I'm sure you all understand that the podcast takes a back seat to school.

And now on with the show.

  1. Brooklyn Qawwali Party - Mustt Mustt
  2. Shawn Harris - Today's a Day
  3. Sir Douglas Quintet - She Digs My Love
  4. Amos Lee - Listen
  5. Yardbirds - Drinking Muddy Water
  6. Hank Mars - Mars a nova
  7. Roy Docker - Mellow Moonlight
  8. Breakstra - Take My Time
  9. el Polen - Mi Cueva
  10. 007 The Scene - Looking for Love
  11. Wall Of Voodoo - Tsetse Fly
  12. Mark Strand - The Poem
  13. Pigmeat Terry - Black Sheep Blues
  14. Eux Autres - Ecoutez Bien
  15. The Easybeats - Sorry
  16. Andy Friedman - I Don't Want to Die like Andy Kaufman
  17. Hypnotic - Balicky Bon

backing tracks:
Elgar - Chanson de Matin
Stewart Walker - Cleopatra's Needle
Tomatito & Michael Camilo  - Spain Intro
Herbie Hancock - Fat Mama
Ludovic Beier & Angelo Debarre - Dinette
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Direct download: Month_06_-_Songs_for_June.mp3
Category:Monthlies -- posted at: 8:57pm EST

Monthlies 05 - 2 and one-half weeks of summer vacation! Oh Boy and Howdy everybody - Long time since my last podcast and all apologies. You must understand that these times dissertations are cause for desperation and all my education has left me little time for communication. And so I've managed to pull myself together just in time for the monthlies 05. Lets get it on.

01. John Lee Hooker - Hard Hearted Woman
The always esteem-able and vital, played here because you can never have to much of a good Hooker.

02. Holy Modal Rounders - Synergy
A supremely weird song that, I do believe, precedes the "paradigm shift" "synergy" of boardroom culture by a solid two scores worth of years. Take that to the bank you filthy suit bastards.

03. Thee Headcoats - Mantrap
Christ, I can't shake the feeling that I must have played this one before. Not sure when or where. No matter. Billy Childish led this outfit of misfits in his own personal means of exercising his demons. Hard luck with that as twenty years later he's still trying.

04. Cocorosie - Terrible Angels
From La Maison de Mon Rêve, an album I specifically skipped trying to pronounce on the air.

05. Pink Martini - Anna (El Negro Zunbon)
One of the best little outfits from P-town still gets respect from the swinging cats down at Carnegie Hall. Pink Martini just came out with a new album too - Hey Eugene! and, best of news, they did it by sticking with the small imprint label Heinz Records.

06. John Mayhill - Mexico City
I can find nothing on this guy - real shame too. Even though he's got some generic vocal belts - the genius is all in the song's parodic tone and the call and response duet. Which makes me curious as to if he was smart enough to do it twice or if this was just a one off fluke.

07. La Piedrera - El Cool Dude
The accordion is the international instrument of honest music. Anyone who has ever tried "ironic" accordion compositions has in fact met their horrible demise the ragged clutches of the squeeze box man's dancing monkey. And rightfully so.
08. Al Caiola - Experiment In Terror
Cause nothing says summer like a latin flavored string guitar set based on the idea of Terror. I get all goose pimply when the brass swings into it in the second half. The Horror.

09. Har-You Percussion Group - Feel Me Good
Social activists, deteriorated youth, and funk. I wonder what happened to these kids.

10. Bango - Motor Maravilha
The left behind and forgotten of the 60's Brazilian Psychedelic Movement.

11. Barney Bigard Sextet - Sweet Marijuana Brown
Recorded in '45 this little ditty came out long after the respectability of jazz was all about the understated background music and had not yet been blown apart by the cool. An interesting time and this song plays more like a crooner than anything else.

12. Contours - Can You Jerk Like Me
Soul Singing Motown players - they pushed this onto vinyl in '65. And unlike the Barney Bigard Sextet track it has no intentional subtext.

13. Optiganally Yours - Walk & Chew Gum
For those who are curious the Optigan is a little toy record player which played small instrument records to produce sounds. And yes the band is based on this device.

14. Rusty York - Tremblin
As a son of a coal miner this bluegrass influenced rockabilly promoter put up a lot of works and has even got a place over at the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

15. David Karsten Daniels - Jesus and the Devil
Keeping the summer spirit alive DKD gets the best of the whatsits on this podcast. Happiness and don't forget to pick up his latest work over on Fat Cat Records.

15. Albert Washington - Bettie Jane
A nice roiling bongo beat propels this stripped down hybrid of blues and soul towards the duets saucy descriptions of the eponymous girl.

16. Lazy Lexi's mystery track!
Everybody's talking about the president. But what do they say?

17. Polyphonic Spree - Section 12 (Hold Me Now)
June 19th people and the newest albums drops - the Spree is getting militant! Inspirational, like Ana says, these folks give you something to smile about.

18. The Owls - Air
Oh you've probably heard of them.

19. The Roulettes - Junk
The instrumental modset brings the fury with this keyboard driven powerhouse.

Thanks for tuning in everybody - just a heads up. Like I say in the podcast I'm shifting to a bi-monthly format because of time constraints due to summer school. But if anybody wants to submit a guest podcast drop me a line.

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backing tracks: Keisuke Egusa - Summer Samba; April Aloisio - Nica's; Dream; Skatallites - James Bond Theme; Yesterdays New Quintet - Daylight; Yardbirds - Honey In Your Hips.

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Monthlies 04 - April Another boisterous hour of music to show what little I've accomplished this month with my life. In jest though. Actually this month was exceedingly good in terms of what I've managed to do, school, work, etc are plodding along a staid course and I managed to do enough extracurricular math on the side to test out of math class and into math 206. Thrilling right?

So on to the tunes. This month I want to highlight for your listening enjoyment my new favorite obscure band The Godz - a group hailing from NYC their infinitely weird take on music was unable to secure the necessary interest of times and the group has since faded to an odious obscurity. For my part in reviving this tragic tale I hereby swear to play too much of them for anyone who has actual taste in music.

Also the last track has a bounty on it - $50 to the first person to name it and the artist.

01. Love - Stephanie Know Who
Love is back for another round with this frighteningly paranoid lovers perception of infidelity. Good times!
02. 1910 Fruitgum Company - 1, 2, 3 Red Light
Saccharine sweetness oozes around the doughy flesh tinged corners of this nearly unbearable pap. Nothing against the original artists - who as I understand it were actually rather accomplished set musicians later shoe horned by managers into the role of a late 60's easy-pop boy band for the interests of shear greed alone. This track, amazingly, is not the worst they have offer - no that would be the infamous "Simon Says" a song so mundanely trite I had forgotten I'd ever heard it until I listened to it again while doing research for this month.
03. Human Beinz - Nobody but Me
So the sound of easy-pop done right? The Human Beinz and the machine staccato of drums that opens to the loose rising riffs of guitar capped on top by the melodic "No, No, No, No, No" vocals. Jangling it's way into your heart.
04. G.P. Chiti & S. Montori - Desperation and Money (Cindelic Records)
60's Italian b-grade movie soundtracks kick just that much ass.
05. Jennifer Gentle - Take My Hand
Another Italian act, by God but this one is good and - drum roll - contemporary to myself with an nicely kicking album with American distributor sub pop.
06. Beck - We Dance Alone (acoustic)
Recently recorded over at WXPN as a part of NPR backed World Cafe. A good listen to those who doubt song craft of this eclectic musician.
07. The Godz - Lay in the Sun
Oh man it doesn't get any further out than that. The perfect protopunk psychedelic sound.
08. Thee Headcoats - All My Feelings Denied
Man there is a lot of noise going on in here - my apologies to anyone not entirely blinded by the sheer fire of the manic force that is Billy Childish.
09. Johnny Pate - Can't Even Walk in the Park.
Johnny Pate, a long lived and ranging career - there is more beneath the surface of this soundtrack than just the glittering funk one might expect. Beginning as a jazz bassist in the thirties by the forties he'd even cut his own Blue Note session. The fifties saw him break the Billboard top 20, playing tuba and setting up arrangements. This lead him to fame and success with Curtis Mayfield and B.B. King and finally landing a gig in Hollywood for the music production of "Shaft in Africa".
10. Meri Wilson - Telephone Man
Oh shit - the CD BABY strikes again! Meri is still making music and it turns out that the Friendly Staff of CD Baby are pedaling her wares. I didn't find this till it was too late to put in the audio for the month. Apologies and excuses to all involved.
11. Soft Machine w/ Hibuo Anemone
They once lit the madness of the masses with swirling psychedelic sounds swaths and jazz ornamentation. Now they are just known as the nearly made its and also rans - a shame since they really had something else going on.
12. Cat Empire - Two Shoes
This is the Year of Cat Empire - my prediction is the pods will leverage interest into the band that will then jettison them into the lower hundred of the Billboard and MRM. Did I totally miss them when they came to town? yes. Did my friend Andre actually do PR for the shows and try to get me to go by bringing over CDs and Posters? yep. Do I regret?
I regret nothing. Well maybe a little.
13. Nash - Aggregation
Damn it all I can't find anything about these guys, a shame as they sound like they really bust out the kicks. Favorite line: "A child is Born / Where's He Born? / In the SUUUUUUUUN!"
14. Moving Sidewalks - 99th Floor
Future ZZTop frontman lays down the Texas tracks and precedes Jimi Hendrix on stage? Hallucinatory terrain surly.
15. Harry Nilsson - 1941
Harry claims The Beatles were his fans. Well I guess that makes sense. There is a strong English story telling thread that the two groups share.
16. The Majority - One Third
The problem here is not just obscurity but obscurity combined with common search terms. Yes searching for One Third Majority often pulls up references to democratic processes.
17. The Coasters - Down Home Girl
A laid back cover with a funk dollop from the one and onlys.
18. Mystery Track - I don't even know.
ARGH frustrated by the complete failure of my ability to know who the hell I am listening to - I hereby offer a $50 dollar bounty for the first person who can name this artist and song. Good song too.

backing track - Le Fluer da Musique
image from: Audiogalaxy (holy shit - Audiogalaxy! I thought they killed you)

Direct download: Monthlie_04.mp3
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Monthlies - Month 03 - March March is eye donor awareness, womens history, kidney, colorectal cancer, nutrition and, of course, National Noodle Month. More importantly it's Uner's birthday month.

While we're shaking it down to 80's music this weekend the Monthlie is still what it is, a recap of the likes for the classic set. Tune in for the next weeklie for the birthday music.

Sonny And Cher - The Beat Goes On (Live)
Hear that sound? That is the sound of bile. A humor thick enough to cut a prenup, Sonny and Cher do a number. All in fun though.

The Monkees - Buy Me a Dog
Just cheese, pure cheese - but still a great little forgotten pop song that has more pep than purpose.

Dale Hawkins - Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town
A powerful and deranged voice for one of the more personal takes on the effects of war. Incredibly Leonard Nimoy took a stab at this track - for the benefit of everyone I could not produce that version though.

Trini Lopez - Corazon De Melon
Heart of Melon, watermelon.

The Five Blobs - The Blob
Composed by Burt Bacharach for the movie of the same name - but somehow not included in the theatrical release. The Five Blobs are actually a quintet-dubbed Bernie Nee (or Knee).

The Piglets - Johnny Reggae
I believe the vocals on this track were provided by a trio of sex starved British mums. They sound about 40-ish and chucked full of Reggae Fever - yearning for a big hard dance floor number.

Dislocation Dance - You Can Tell
Early Eighties Unknowns from Manchester still sound good. And they've psuedo-reformed.

Claire Torry - Midnight Train
Big bold and brassy Torre stutters over the horn inflected sounds of this songbook standard. Incidentally famous for faking an orgasm on Pink Floyd's Great Gig in the Sky.

Procol Harum - Boredom
Did you know Procol Harum was Douglas Adam's favorite band. Good reason and good taste. If also absurd, to qoute, "rich and fruity."

Varetta Dillard - That's Why I Cry
Born in 30's Harlem and died in 90's Brooklyn, Dillard had the rough hewn vocal growl that made her songs more than just a 50's pop-chart topper.

The Small Faces - Hey Girl
A great set of musicians who would later trade out the mod set-up of the early UK 60's to become a solid psychedelic out fit.

Traffic - House For Everyone
A psychedelic jolt from Steve Winwoods other band.

10CC - Worst Band in the World
And still a great song. 10cc maybe a drug reference, you ask? Not to worry kids - they actually took their name from the total amount of semen ejaculated by the average male, in metric units because their British like that. The more you know...the more you owe.

Richards' People - Yoyo
Had a tough time finding any background on these guys. May be a false attribution.

Richard Penniman - Ooh! My Soul
Coincidentally his birth name was not Little, but a nickname added later when he grew into it.

Michael Liggins & The Super Souls - Loaded to the Gills
"I never really thought about how special we were back then. We had a different style, we really did ... I didn't realize it then. I just thought, "They did a good job." Mike Lenaburg, producer

Unknown - Unknown
Can any one help identify this sterling little track?

Willie Mitchel - Oh Baby You Turn Me On
A near instrumental.

Smoosh - Free to Stay
That is a very young voice there. This duo hailing from Seattle is managing some nice - if basic songs. The piano line on this is fabulous.

Stereototal - Wir Tanzen 4-Eck
We are dancing a square! Whiz! Shabam! Support the madness

Frankie Ford - Sea Cruise
Frankie's got a huge catalog of not quite great numbers - but this was his only hit. In retrospect it is a good example of a weird rock song - I imagine at the time it was just a great song.
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