Young Liars - Vol. 1 - Daydream Believer

Young Liars is a series put out by David Latham - I'll leave the critiques and insights for those more versed in these matters, suffice to say that I liked what I read. Not that it mattered - like nearly every series I jump at, I am looking at you Top10, Young Liars died to soon it's story untold. Not just a loss of a title but a loss of a unigue story. A rare thing at any time.

"Young Liars is a wholly different beast  It’s a VERY personal book.  No one could do this book but me because it’s about my brain and everything I like and feel.  Stray Bullets is like that.  No one else can possibly do it.  It’s why I could do things in Young Liars like put in song recommendations and it wasn’t gratuitous.  It was fun, yes, but it also fit the nature of the book.  It became a very unique place to work inside every months and is the toughest part of letting it go."

- David Lapham, from Mindless Ones Interview 

And if you like a thing and that thing has in it little musical references you'll do the only sensible thing which is to wrangle each track from the ether then string them together into a mixtape they were never intended to become. Mixtape Archaeology.

Here we go, from the top:

David Bowie - Let's Dance

Battles - Atlas

Suicide - Frankie Teardrop (Abbreviated Version)

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Another Morning Stoner

Wire - Strange

Tears for Fears - Mad World

Rolling Stones - Rocks Off

The Rapture - Pieces of the People We Love

Pixies - Bone Machine

Sonic Youth - Shaking Hell

The Fall - Oleano

Mission of Burma - That's When I Reach For My Revolver

Thanks to Mindless One's and David Lapham

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Direct download: Young_Liars_Vol_1_-_Daydream_Believer.mp3
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OPP 02 - The Yank Sizzler A catalyst is substance that speeds up a chemical reaction without being destroyed in the process, more colloquially it is something, a person, event, or anything that propels one to act. And there is no finer introduction to the podcast that is The Yank Sizzler than the twined notions of inspiration and the active instigator that remains undestroyed.

Last month I wrote lyrically of the John Peel and how his program had rekindled my fascination in the outer fringe of music. This month I want everyone to hear the podcast that inspired me to make my own.

After I had gotten my filthy mitts on the bygone radio programs of Peel's shows I still yearned to find more - such is the nature of musical greed. Once you turn over a rock that has a vein of gold underneath you search the land to find more rocks just like it. Thankfully the modern era has the Internet and my trolling for music turned up Mike's Yank Sizzler. This would have been around episode two or three, showing that even the powerful catalyzing force of the Yank Sizzler was only enough to provoke me to take action over the course of nearly a year.

The Yank Sizzler is a popular show - I have no idea what the exact count is, but on episode four Mike admits an audience of 300 and now that the show has exceeded that number by twenty, I can only imagine the billions who tune in every day - foisting love and rolled up wads of twenties to the man who won our hearts.

Meanwhile in reality, Mike's site is sparse of comments on the music he shares with us. While part of the curse of our wretched postmodern online culture is the effort we must expend to be heard, the fact that even a show of such great quality exists without a communal bedrock of commentary is unfortunate. Part of the idea behind showcasing other peoples podcasts is to expand the community and make the ties that bind us more and more meaningful by reinforcing the communication that happens between fans. In short I hope that everyone who reads this will strike up a comment or two and engage Mike in a dialogue - his show is worth it.

The other part of the idea is expose myself as the fraud I am by giving credit where it is do. Mike's selections are fantastic, and while I kick myself every time he nabs a track before I can post it, I must admit that the mixtapes I've mailed my friends would missing half their tracks if it wasn't for the hot white infusion that the podcast has provided.

Last thing - I tried my damndest to include a righteous swath of the excellent ecletic tracks that Mike chooses. Sadly though this was impossible due to both time and space constraints. I picked tracks that I myself felt were great, and invariably my bias has eaten out a part of the raw mix that the actual experience conveys. But for every German Breakcore I couldn't include I was able to smuggle in a small piece of  my own personal heaven. That said let's begin the listening experience that is The Yank Sizzler:

Mike's Mission Statement
1. The Make Up - Born on the Floor
Episode 1
For some indistinct reason this rather rambling piece was sunk its' tinterhooks into me. Even after all the re-listens of Episode 1 this song stills seems full of an odd and restless passion that keeps it fresh each time.

2. Bobby Bare Jr. - Strange Bird
Episode 2
I remember the first time I heard this I was floored by the fantastic push of oddity it exudes in its instrumentation. Peddling as fast as I could to get home and share it with Ana I  was breathless as plugged in the iPod and let this song speak for me.

3. Caribou - Bees
Episode 3
Slow gracious builds and an open aural space as large an unspeakable Canadian province with a poor grasp of name recognition.

4. Jacques Dutronc - "Responsible"
Episode 4
A song that disproved my girlfriends insistence that the French were worthless. THANKS MUSIC!

5. Billy Mbowa & The AGS Boys - Jane Wagne
Episode 5
One of the greatest joys to be had from Mike's podcast is not in the music itself but of his intense connection with the world through the vehicle of music. In our irony shattered landscape any recognition of the visceral forces is an affirmation of life.

6. Beta Band - Dry The Rain
Episode 6
Another swelling and lilting song? How can I explain this without having to make an excuse for my choice? Oh that's right it has the line in it:
If there is something inside that you want to say
Say it alright. It will be ok. I will be alright.

7. Woody Guthrie - I Ain't Got a Home In This World Anymore
Episode 7
Have you ever watched the documentary by Scorsese about Bob Dylan and realize half way through that you want the camera to leave Bob and follow Woody? Well I have. Woody, in my opinion was saying something brutal and true - without ripping off Italian Renaissance poets and spouting gibberish.

8. The Black Eyes - Deformative
Episode 8
There is a certain stiffness that digs into my neck - a crink that crawls through my brow, and the firing of the anxious nerves of my adolescence still left bare under my armor of maturity, which this song so powerfully evokes.

9. Bearsuit - Steven Fucking Speilberg
Episode 9
Bearsuit is a national treasure, Mike helped me see the light on this. It is true, too true, in fact as they are not our national treasure. The only solution to this is kidnapping them and like nasty fairies leaving behind some knick knacks and fig newtons so no one notices their absence until it is too late.

10. Tapes and Tapes - Sister Sister
Episode 10
Somehow a perennial entry on several volumes of mixtapes. My explanation: rolling beats, fevered lyrics and varying levels of absurd braggadocio and absurd vulnerable exposition.

11. The Sonics - Strychnine
Episode 11
Such a fundamentally great track I am wondering how this got missed in all those damned rock & roll collections I heard growing up. Also a great showcase of Mike's dry humor.

12. Josh White - Takin' Names
Episode 14
A slow and spooky rouser full of that odd world view that is the hallmark of singer songwriters. Practically nihilistic.

13. Love - Hey Joe
Episode 16
The passing of Arthur Lee was a sad day. Honestly though, what he left us was a gift few could match. He will be missed and remembered.

14. Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple
Episode 17
Mike, like most of us falls in love with the bands he plays and rejoices in sharing and talking about them. Gogol is definitely high on the list of the returning favorites who get into the rotation more than most. Not a bad thing at all. Me, I had to include this; he name checks Diogenes (one must wonder if it is the Diogenes of "The Cynic" fame or maybe another of the bunch).

15. Cleveland Crochet - Drunkard's Dream
Episode 18
Mike, by including the snippet of Peel, falls into the sacred duty bunch of the preservers. Often a Creole track or two will show up in between the indies and the oldies. As always these are the finest representatives of the sound and ethic of the culture. A culture fast disappearing each new fan Mike turns on only helps the chances of its continuation.

16. Kid Koala - cut from Side 1
Episode 19
Kid Koala, damn you Mike for playing this before I could. On the other hand - the more the merrier. And a solid note to leave the show on. Kid Koala speaks with more passion and eloquence than anyone else who rocks the decks.

Mike's Parting Words and Declaration

Thanks goes to Mike for letting me take snippets and review his show. And of course for his show itself.

Please Don't Podfade.

Direct download: OPP02_-_The_Yank_Sizzler.mp3
Category:OPP -- posted at: 2:27pm EDT

Other Peoples Podcasts 01 - John Peel The Inaugural OPP
I decided I wanted, in addition to the weeklies and monthlies, something more communal to the general world: an homage show for fellow podcasters while it is unlikely that anyone who visits this backward little page would  not know the vastly more popular sites, I'm still rather ignorant of the world so my naivete allows me be ignorant of better sense - even if I know better.

This one goes out to John Peel.
I want to nominate John Peel as the patron saint of indie music, podcasters, and the overlooked.

While Peel never (to my knowledge) had a podcast his singular taste in music, self effacing humor, and influence has left on indelible mark on the music of today.

Beginning in the late sixties as a pirate radio broadcaster with his Perfumed Garden show to his death in 2003 he played music that never would have made air time otherwise. Odd and particular tracks, his vast selections always straining for that rare thing of uniqueness. His passion itself often clouded the choices he made since he valued uniqueness over quality.

More personally he lit the fire for music under my ass. I came across the 1986 Festive Fifty selection by more accident than anything and immediately knew that at least 40 of the tracks I had never heard and never would have heard without the benefit of his show. And so it goes - music is shared and we all learn a little bit more about the world. Not too long after that I launched into finding out what I was missing in the music of today and quickly abandoned the comfort songs of familiarity for the jagged edge of the unknown.

For all the horrible noise I've heard since then I can only blame the musicians and for ever jaw dropping and heart pounding track buried in the mess of it - I can only thank John Peel.

1. Canned Heat - Rollin' and Tumblin'
aired on Perfumed Garden, 1967
A nice nice tune and the sign of a quality DJ is when he plays his friends music on the air.
2. Electric Prunes - Wind Up Toys
aired on Perfumed Garden, 1967
What an awesome psychedelic pop song - a bit derivative but exceedingly good. Peels two cents perfect zeitgeist.
3. Marc Bolan - Hippy Gumbo
aired on Perfumed Garden, 1967
How come I've never heard this? They should distribute this to the high schools with disproportionate drop out rates.
4. Top Gear Signature Tune
After the Perfumed Garden got closed down by the government (it was pirate after all) Peel landed a job doing the Top Gear show for the BBC. I couldn't find much about this period except for his shows signature tune.
5. The Jam - Down in a Tube Station at Midnight
aired on Festive 50 (F50) 1979
The Jam, almost exclusively reserved for retro hipsters in Williamsburg nowadays is still a solid band well worth the 30 year hype.
6. Pigbag - Papa's Got a Brand New PigBag
aired on F50 1981
Roiling post punk funk with ska elements and the big band sound. Ah lord we need more of this. Favorite - the Fwee whistle. More Fwee Whistle!
7. The Woodentops - Well Well Well
aired on F50 1985
A good driving drum line, elemental vocals, and a Casio keyboard.
8. Ironmasters - The Men They Couldn't Hang
aired on F50 1985
I've got a soft spot for seditious folk songs. Remind me to bust out the Guthrie someday.
9. Weather Prophets - Almost Prayed
aired on F50 1986
Aw brit pop - so good so gold. A melancholy song about near religious experience.
10. Camper Van Beethoven - Take the Skinheads Bowling
aired on F50 1986
It was this song that blew my mind and drove me to worship Peels musical tastes. Such a raucous chorus, what sheer absurdity. Classic: "I had a dream - it was about nothing"
11. House of Love - Destroy the Heart
aired on F50 1988
The sentiment of this song (if not it's execution) is well worth the time to listen to it at least three times.
12. Stump - Charlton Heston
aired on F50 1988
Another wonderfully absurd piece - the fact that these folks only ever put out one album and then disbanded due to a lack of commercial interests is a clear sign of the failure of the capitalists system. Now I just have to find a re-issue and build a shrine.
13. Gorkys Zygotic Mynci - If Fingers were Xylophones
aired on F50 1995
A band destined for nothing more than cult obscurity. But why? Their name could never be made into a commodity.
14. Cornershop - 6am Jullander Shere
aired on F50 1995
Mind blowing Indian Pop fusion from Leicester. If demographic change always sounded so good our world would be a lot less hateful.
15. White Town - Your Woman
aired on F50 1996
Oh you've heard this one before? Yeah I think it dominated the airwaves for one summer. Wonderful thing. Worth the replay value.
16. Hefner - Alan Bean
aired on F50 2001
Five stars on this - shivers and shakes down spines, feet tapping and head bopping while the refrain reminds and steels us against the troubles of it all.
17. Detroit Cobras - Alabamallama
aired on F50 2001
Rock and Roll baby.
18. The Fall - Theme from Sparta FC
aired on F50 2003
The Fall are insane, 60 some frickin albums each track unhinged in some beautiful way. The shouting of fruits by the background singers on Dr. Faustus is a good example. This song coming near the end of Peel and The Falls decade long friendship is a capstone to the efforts of DJs to play what they love and bands to play what they love. Not harmonious no - but distinct.
19. CLSM - John Peel is Not Enough
aired on F50 2003
From the psychedelic sixties to the hard dance of the 00's - Peel played it all. And what props he was given.
20. John Peel - Talking
aired on Perfumed Garden, 1967
Thanks John. For the miracle.

Listen up folks, like CLSM said - John Peel is not enough. It is the duty of each of us to love and cultivate music. Throw it down and seek it out with passion. Play it loud and it fills the yawning emptiness we all have inside our alienated hearts. Play it for a friend and feel the connection of shared experience bridge the gap of our lonely islands of consciousness. Music to share is music to live by. Let's take off the headphones folks - we've all got that one golden track. Get it out there and make Peel proud.

Direct download: OPP01_-_John_Peel.mp3
Category:OPP -- posted at: 9:27am EDT