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- 06/18/16--15:47: The Joint: Fairly obscure UK 1960's psych
- 06/18/16--15:57: Pacific Drift
- 06/18/16--16:10: The Doors Part 16 (Of Many)
- 06/18/16--17:03: The Swamp Babies
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Studkid, who is quickly becoming the king of stoner-rock submissions, is not fucking around today,
generously sharing these classic early Kyuss EP's and Kyuss-related links.......no excuses, these are ALL essential for fans of stoner rock, please do not ask for a re-up in two years, I'll tell you RIGHT NOW I'm not going to do it, just to be a prick.
DEMON CLEANER (1994)-01 Demon Cleaner/02 Day One (To Dave and Chris)/03 El Rodeo/04 Hurricane/05 Demon Cleaner/06 Gardenia (Live)/07 Thumb (Live)/08 Conan Troutman (Live)
GARDENIA (1995)-01 Garadenia/02 Un Sandpiper/03 Conan Troutman
ONE INCH MAN (1995)-01 One Inch Man/02 Flip the Phase/03 Mudfly/04 A Day Early and a Dollar Extra/05 Shine (Non LP Track from "Metalurgy" compilation)
LIVE AUGUST 1994 OHIO-01 Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop/02 Green Machine/03 Allen's Wrench/04 Gardenia/05 Thumb/06 Conan Troutman/07 Hurricane/08 100 Degrees/09 Freedom Run/10 Odyssey/11 Asteroid/12 50 Million Year Trip
MERCURIOUS POOLS 1995-01 Gardenia/02 N.O./03 Shallow/04 Supa Scoopa and Mighty
Scoop/05 Green Machine/06 Freedom Run/07 One Inch Man/08 Thumb/09 100/10 Odyssey/11 Fatso Forgetso/12 Conan Troutman/13 50 Million Year Trip/14 Apothecarie's Weight/15 Allen's Wrench/16 Flip the phasae
LIVE GERMANY 1995-01 Intro/02 One Inch Man/03 Tangy Zizzle/04 Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop/05 Hurricane/06 Whitewater/07 Fatso Forgetso/08 Asteroid/09 Catamaran/10 Spaceship Landing/11 Gardenia/12 Allen's Wrench/13 Freedom Run/14 Green Machine/15 Thee Ol' Boozerooney/16 Fatso Forgotso/17 Odyssey
JOHN GARCIA SOLO-01 My Mind/02 Rolling Stoned/03 Flower/04 The Blvd/05 5000 Miles/06 Confusion/07 His Bullets Energy/08 Argleben/09 Saddleback/10 All These Walls/11 Her Bullets Energy
VISTA CHINO-PEACE (Kyuss without Josh Homme)-01 Good Morning Wasteland/02 Dargona Dargona/03 Sweet Remain/04 As You Wish/05 Planets 1 & 2/06 Adara/07 Mas Vino/08 Dark and Lovely/09 Baracelonian/10 Acidze-The Gambling Moose/11 Carnation/12 Sunlight at Midnight
Tremendous submission, absolutely spectacular.
I took this a while ago from the great Power Pop Criminals blog
(http://powerpopcriminals.blogspot.com.br/), quite a while back (2008 to be specific), hard to believe I've never put these fab discs up......it's a NINE disc set, so we'll bust it in half, five discs today and the other four whenever I get around to it (likely tomorrow).
Haven't posted a lot of power pop of late, but as I've tried to explain before, it's probably the genre that works the best in the compilation format, as it so much simulates the radio listening experience on record (punk/new wave also work well this way, as does "Nugget rock", as opposed to, say, metal or stoner rock)....
Anyway, the idea here is these are supposedly someone's list of the top 200 power pop tunes of them all, 25 tunes spread over 8 discs, the ninth disc being cover versions......I see no reason for ME to elaborate on any of this, seems like to me the copy/paste method is the way to go here as this is not exactly my field of expertise, nor, do I have any serious disagreements with anything on the "list"......the first five volumes are here for you though, and I listened to them all in the past week or so.....all GREAT trust me.
So, rather than typing out the whole track list for each one and blathering about each track, I'm going to let ya just read the original texts, which I'm sure are much more entertaining AND informative than anything I could put out there.......believe me though, this is some DAMN great stuff, you'd be doing yourself a disservice should you miss it.
If you're blogging around,NOW you know there's a list of the 200 most essential power pop recordings of the last +35 years. John M.Borack has put together the list for the excellent "Shake Some Action" book published by Bruce Brodeen and Not Lame. John Borack is one of the preeminent writers/reviewers covering the power pop/pure pop musical style we all know and love. You may or may not agree with the list (IMHO i do agree mostly with that list, even though mine would have been different) but i guess it would be interesting to post a complete "Best" of the ultimate power pop guide. So, i picked one song from each album selected by John Borack. My picks were totally subjective, so you won't get any "September Gurls", Rock'n'Roll Girl"', "Tomorrow Night" or other all-time classics. I tried (but notALWAYS) to not chose the songs you could already find on some famous power pop compilations ("Yellow Pills", "Poptopia" or the Rhino "DIY Series" and many others...). This is the 1stPART of the unauthorized best of the ultimate power pop guide. Whenever available each album will be linked to an online record store.
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1 Raspberries -STARTING Over (Overnight Sensation)
2 Big Star - #1 Record/Radio City (BACKOf A Car)
3 Shoes - Present Tense/Tongue Twister (Every Girl)
4 Cheap Trick - In Color (I Want You Want Me)
5 20/20 - 20/20 & Look Out (Remember The Lightning)
6 Chris Von Sneidern - Big White Lies (Mindreader)
7 Tommy Keene - Songs From The Film (Gold Town)
8 The Orange Humble Band - Assorted Creams (It Doesn't Matter)
9 Adam Schmitt - World So Bright (Can't Get You On My Mind)
10 The Beat - The Beat (U.S.A.)
11 DM3 - Road To Rome (Second Floor)
12 Badfinger - Wish You WereHERE (Know OneKNOWS)
13 The Toms - The Toms (You Must Have Crossed My Mind)
14 Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend (I've Been Waiting)
15 The Someloves - Something Or Other (Know You Know)
16 Game Theory - Big Shot Chronicles (Erica's Word)
17 Nick Lowe - 16 All-Time Lowes (American Squirm)
18 Marshall Crenshaw - Marshall Crenshaw (Cynical Girl)
19 Material Issue - Freak City Soundtrack (One Simple World)
20 Fountains Of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers (Stacy's Mom)
21 Dwight Twilley Band - Sincerely (You Were So Warm)
22 The Smithereens - Especially For You (Hand Of Glory)
23 Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action (I Can't Hide)
24 The Rooks - Encore Echoes (Reasons)
25 The Spongetones - Beat & Torn (Every Night Is A Holiday)
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Rank Band - Album (Song)
26 Cotton Mather - Kon Tiki (Password)
27 The Knack -GET The Knack (Your Number Or Your Name)
28 The Scruffs - Wanna Meet The Scruffs (You’re No Fun)
29 Velvet Crush - Free Expression (Goin’ To My Head)
30 Eugene Edwards - My Favorite Revolution CONGRATULATIONS...)
31 Emitt Rhodes - Emitt Rhodes (With My Face On The Floor)
32 Utopia - Utopia (There Goes My Inspiration)
33 Chris Stamey - Fireworks (The Company Of Light)
34 The Records - Crashes (The Same Mistakes)
35 The Plimsouls - The Plimsouls...Plus (Everyday Things)
36 The Rubinoos - Paleophonic (Pursuit Of Happiness)
37 Bill Lloyd - Set To Pop (I Went Electric)
38 The Merrymakers - Bubblegun (I’m In...Love!)
39 Jimmy Silva & The Goats - Heidi (St Catherine’s Statue)
40 The Shazam - The Shazam (C’mon Girl)
41 The Heats - Smoke (Have An Idea)
42 The Greenberry Woods - Big Money Item (Super Geek)
43 Myracle Brah - Life On Planet Eartsnop (Whisper Softly)
44 Mark Johnson - 12 In A Room (Earn That Love)
45 Splitsville - The Complete Pet Soul (The Popular)
46 The Late Show - Portable Pop (Hey Sue)
47 Phil Seymour - Phil Seymour (I Found A Love)
48 Walter Clevenger & The Dairy Kings - Love Songs To Myself (Real)
49 Cheepskates - It Wings Above (Goodbye Princess)
50 XTC - Upsy Daisy Assortment (The Mayor Of Simpleton)
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Rank Band - Album (Song)
51 Bobby Sutliff - Only Ghosts Remain (Couldn't Help Myself)
52 Pezband - Pezband (When I'm Down)
53 The dB's - Like This (Not Cool)
54 The Barracudas - Drop Out with ((I Wish It Could Be) 1965AGAIN)
55 The Romantics - The Romantics (Till I See You Again)
56 David Grahame - Toy Plane (Steady Thing)
57 Richard Lloyd - Alchemy (Alchemy)
58 Squeeze - Argybargy (Pulling Mussels (From The Shell))
59 Off Broadway - On (Bad Indication)
60 Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix (Discolite)
61 Squire - Big Smashes (Does Stephanie Know)
62 The Windbreakers - Time Machine 1982-2002 (Girl From Washington)
63 Mockingbirds - Mockingbirds (Submarine)
64 Jellyfish - Spilt Milk NEW Mistake)
65 Lolas -SOMETHING You Oughta Know (Something You Oughta Know)
66 Green - Green (Curry Your Favor)
67 The Shivvers - Lost Hits From... (No Reaction)
68 LMNOP - Elemen Opee Elpee (Comparative Analysis)
69 The Innocents - No Hits Wonder From Down Under (ComeTONIGHT)
70 Flying Color - Flying Color (Farewell Song)
71 Sex Clark Five - Strum & Drum (Faith)
72 Rick Springfield - Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet (Just One Kiss)
73 The Beatifics - How I Learned To Stop Worrying (Happy To Be Sad)
74 Todd Rundgren - Something/Anything (Couldn't I Just Tell You)
75 Brad Jones - Gilt-Flake (Miss July)
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THE LIST(76 -> 100)
Rank Band - Album (Song)
076 Candy - Whatever Happened To Fun (American Kix)
077 Cliff Hillis - Be Seeing You (Coming Out Alive)
078 Nick Heyward - The Apple Bed (Stars In Her Eyes)
079 Richard X. Heyman - Living Room (Wouldn't That Be A Riot)
080 Swag - Catchall (Eight)
081 The Secrets* - ...Secrets (I Need A Rock)
082 Cherry Twister - At Home With... (Sparkle)
083 Feel -FEEL (Until TheyCLOSED The World)
084 P.Hux - Deluxe (Live Like A King)
085 The Posies - Dear 23 (Golden Blunders)
086 Receiver - Inspiration Overload (Faster)
087 Michael Guthrie Band - Direct Hits (Do What You're Doing)
088 Gigolo Aunts - Pacific Ocean Blues (Mr. Tomorrow)
089 Kyle Vincent - Kyle Vincent (In The Worst Way)
090 Jeffrey Foskett - Thru My Window (Thru My Window)
091 The Singles - Better Than Before (See You Again)
092 Redd Kross - Show World (Stoned)
093 Sparkle*Jets U.K. - Bamboo Lounge (She May Be Nice)
094 The Keys - The Keys Album (I Don't Wanna Cry)
095 Wonderboy - Napoleon Blown Apart (Taken)
096 Wondermints - Wondermints (Libbyland)
097 Doug Powell - Curiouser (Goodnight)
098 Chris Bell - I Am The Cosmos (You AndYOUR Sister)
099 Idle Wilds - Dumb, Gifted And Beautiful (You're All Forgiven)
100 Brendan Benson - One Mississippi (Sittin' Pretty)
Note: Special thanks to a southern friend who gave me a copy of the "Yankee Rose" LP.
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THE LIST(101 -> 125)
Rank Band - Album (Song)
101 Stars On Mars - Poster (Morris Minor)
102 The Blow Pops - American Beauties (Without Reason)
103 Fools Face - Fools Face (I Want To Be Her Man)
104 The Model Rockets - Tell The Kids... (He Didn't Think It Was Real)
105 The Loud Family - Plants &BIRDS & Rocks & Things (Give In World)
106 The Bongos - Numbers With Wings_Beat Hotel (Tiger Nights)
107 The Rutles - The Rutles ANOTHER Day)
108 Eric Carmen - Eric Carmen (My Girl)
109 Darin Murphy - Solitarium (Don't Look At Me)
110 Nick Gilder - City Lights ((She's) One Of The Boys)
111 The Elvis Brothers - Movin' Up_Adventure Time (Movin' Up)
112 Clovis Roblaine - The Clovis Roblaine Story (Cry All Over Me)
113 Cloud Eleven - Terrestrial Ballet (The One)
114 Scott McCarl -PLAY On (In Love Without A Girl)
115 The Vandalias - Mach V (Build This House)
116 Martin Luther Lennon - Music For A World... (Tabernacle O' Clay)
117 Liverpool Echo - Liverpool Echo (Sally Works Nights)
118 Jupiter Affect - Instructions For The... (White KnuckleSOUND)
119 Richard Barone - Primal Dream (Before You Were Born)
120 The Tories - Wonderful Life (Not What It Appears)
121 Yankee Rose - Yankee Rose (Any Time Of The Day)
122 Van Duren & Tommy Hoehn - Hailstone Holiday (Outsmarted)
123 The Pinkees - The Pinkees (Say What You're Thinking)
124 Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience (Allison Road)
125 The Lackloves - Star City Baby (Down Deep)
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(scott) From Studkid, the great and under appreciated Ty Segall with his fab new band Fuzz....a pair
of albums for you to ingest here, I've heard em and they are DEF worth the while. I have a TON of boots etc from Ty I need to get up some time......thanks studkid!
Fuzz - II
Studkid submits another Kyuss-family gem to go with the other Kyuss treasures of yesterday:
Forgot about this one. A rare live take of Desert session (They have performed only twice). It's more orLESS QOTSA.
(Scott) Again studkid to the rescue, I know I have these discs somewhere, sure as hell can't find them though.......great stuff for anyone who enjoyed the previous Dozer post!
(Scott)-Now here's one I am REALLY looking forward to hearing (on tonights "work I Pod
rotation".....Jon S has never steered me wrong, and the description of this band makes them sound as though they are right in my wheelhouse......we'll see, but a band influenced by Sleater Kinney, Patti Smith, and Sonic Youth is going to be BAD???? I kinda doubt that. REALLY looking forward to listening to these tonight!
If you admire/appreciate Sleater-Kinney, you should give a listen to Mourn. Other influences are Sonic Youth and Patti Smith, at least to my ears. The band is made up of three girls (two are sisters) and a guy drummer, and they are still teenagers, I think. The newONE (Ha, Ha, He.) just came out recently and the first one about a year ago. One of my favorite "newer" bands.
Here are the other four discs of this collection, apparently, according to a couple of people, the first
post track lists don't line up with what is actually on the discs.....I'm going to try to investigate that a bit, hopefully I can square everything, but you never know.....I am going to go ahead and put volumes 6-9 up there, hopefully things come CLOSE at least to matching.....we'll see, but this set is so good that we can listen NOW, correct technicalities later, I guess......
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Rank Band - Album (Song)
126 Three Hour Tour - 1969 (Valentine's Day)
127 The Three O'Clock - Arrive Without Travelling... (Underwater)
128 RF & The Radar Angels -PICTURE Of Linda (The Heartbeat Song)
129 Jason Falkner - Necessity The 4-Track Years (ILIVE)
130 Tim Cullen - Fun Razor (Now It's Over)
131 The Hudson Brothers - So You Are A Star... (So You Are A Star)
132 The Cryers - The Cryers ((It's Gonna Be A) Heartbreaker)
133 The Pop - The Pop (Nobody's Toy)
134 Numbers - Add Up (Can't Take It)
135 The Tickets - The Tickets (I Don't Belong)
136 Dancing Hoods - 12 Jealous Roses (Impossible Years)
137 Swinger -HALF Day Road (Away)
138 The Bad Examples - Bad Is Beautiful (Ashes Of My Heart)
139 The Mockers - The Lonesome Death Of Electric... (Mola Guay OK)
140 Jim Basnight & The Moberlys - Seattle-New... (Alone With Her)
141 Artful Dodger - Rave On (A Girl (La La La))
142 Owsley - Owsley (The Homecoming Song)
143 The Click Five - Greetings From Imrie... (Angel To You (Devil To Me))
144 Chopper - Slogans And Jingles (She Exploded)
145 The Orgone Box - The Orgone Box (World Revolves)
146 Blue - Blue (Look Around)
147 The Blondes - SwedishHEAT (California Sunshine)
148 The Patriots - Second Thoughts_Pharaoh´s Land (She Loves You Too)
149 The Cowsills - Global (You've Got No Time)
150 The Mice - For Almost Ever Scooter (Bye Bye Kitty Cat)
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THE LIST(151 -> 175)
Rank Band - Album (Song)
151 Tal Bachman - Tal Bachman (Looks Like Rain)
152 The Sun Sawed In 1/2 - Fizzy Lift (Mary Celeste)
153 Jack Lee - Jack Lee (Why Am I So Lonely)
154 Bronco Bullfrog - OakAPPLE Day (I Don't Need The Sunshine)
155 Beagle - Sound On Sound (ADIFFERENT Sunday)
156 Jensen Bell - Modern Dating Tips (Kitsch Lorraine)
157 Kenny Howes - Second Album (Thought You'd Never Go)
158 The Searchers - The Sire Sessions 79-80 (It's Too Late)
159 The Dons - Dawn Of The Dons (It's Over Now)
160 The Pleasers - Thamesbeat (Troublemaker)
161 Teen Machine - After School Special (Sugarland)
162 Hawks - Hawks (It's All Right, It's O.K)
163 DL Byron - This Day And Age (Get With It)
164 Tommy Hoehn - Losing You To Sleep (Hey Polarity!)
165 Dodgy -FREE Peace Sweet (Jack The Lad)
166 E.I.E.I.O. - That Love Thang (Sea Of Light)
167 Enuff Z'Nuff - 1985 (I'll B The 1 2 Luv U)
168 Einstein's Sister - Learning Curves TOGETHER We're Alone)
169 The Roswells - The Roswells (Foul Weather Friend)
170 The Sneetches - Blow Out The Sun (What I Know)
171 The Nines - Wonderworld Of Colourful (Jennifer Smiles)
172 Matt Bruno - Punch & Beauty (Dancing)
173 Soul Engines - Closer Still (Tomorrow's Girl)
174 Thurman - Lux (Strung Out)
175 The Masticators - Masticate (He's Coming Out)
Special Note: i'd like to thank everybody for all the nice comments posted about this "huge" series...which could have some kind of a sequel...
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Rank Band - Album (Song)
176 Ian North - Neo (She Kills Me)
177 Lisa Mychols -LOST Winter's Dream LOST Winter's Dream)
178 The Wannadies - Aquanautic (Lucky You)
179 The Yum Yums - Singles 'n' Stuff (Be With Me)
180 The Brotherhood Of Lizards - Lizardland (The Happening Guy)
181 The Semantics - Powerbill (Coming Up Roses)
182 Loveless - A Tale Of Gin... (Sex, Drugs & Rock'n'Roll Are Dead)
183 Farrah - Me Too (He Gives An Inch)
184 The Bloody Chicletts - Presenting (Kaos)
185 Blue Ash - Around Again (Around Again)
186 Tremblers - Twice Nightly (She Was Something Else)
187 The Candyskins - Fun (Tired Of Being Happy)
188 Red Letter Day - Red Letter Day (She´s Varispeed)
189 E - A Man Called (E) (Nowheresville)
190 Beat Rodeo - Staying Out Late With (Just Friends)
191 The Carpet Frogs - Frog Curry (Lisa'sNEW Dress)
192 Brainpool - StayFREE (Here's A Boy)
193 Liquor Giants - Something For The Kids (Don't Ever Leave Me)
194 Richard Barone - Nuts & Bolts (Lost Like Me)
195 Pendletones - Nothing Happened, You Just... (Work It Out)
196 The Winnerys - And...The Winnerys (That Magical Wonder)
197 Buster - Buster (We Love Girls)
198 Barry Holdship Four - The Jesse Garon Project (Words Of Wisdom)
199 Chewy Marble - Bowl Of Surreal (Tiny World)
200 The Waking Hours - The Good Way (Jade)
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Rank Tribute - Band (Song)
The top 10 tributes (there are two Sir Paul tributes)
1 Right To Chews - Linus Of Hollywood (I Enjoy Being A Boy...)
2 Melody Fair -MATERIAL Issue (Run To Me)
3 Sing Hollies In Reverse - Tommy Keene (Carrie Anne)
4 Shoe Fetish - Jeffrey Foskett YOUR Very Eyes)
5 Come And Get It - Paranoid Lovesick (Icicles)
6 Lowe Profile - Bryan Shaddix (Couldnt Love You (Anymore Than I Do)
7 Coming Up - The Shazam (Helen Wheels)
8 Listen To What The Man Said - Sloan (Waterfalls)
9 Our Favorite Texan - Richard Barone (Nancy Jean)
10 Shadows Breaking Over Our Heads - Phenomenal Cats (I've Got...)
11 Substitution Mass Confusion - Johnny Monaco (Dangerous Type)
Ten excellent tracks from tributes that didn't make the top 10
12 It Was 40 Years Ago - The Lackloves (Hey Bulldog)
13 What A Concept - Walter Clevenger & The Dairy Kings (About You)
14 The Stiff Generation - Bill Lloyd WHOLE Wide World)
15 Everyday Is A Holly Day - Shoes (Words Of Love)
16 He's A Rebel - Gail George (Mr Moon, Mr Cupid and I)
17 He Was Fab - Sparkle*Jets UK (Devil's Radio)
18 Preserved - The Rubinoos (Cruisin' Music)
19 What The World Needs Now - Splitsville (I'll Never Fall In Love Again)
20 Left Of The Dial - The Masticators (Bastards Of Young)
21 Bonograph - Skeletons (It's The Little Things)
Having dealt with clinical/manic depression, alcoholism, and substance abuse nearly my entire life, it's
a wonder I haven't done up an Elliott Smith profile/post in all the time I've done this blog. Smith's songs SCREAMED of those topics, his tortured soul bared for all to see.....I admire him, and also sympathize with him, especially when his tormented life came to an end supposedly by a self-inflicted stab wound (I say 'supposedly" because that method is so hard to fathom).
It's really amazing. I recall a poll once, on WOXY-FM online, which asked for the "saddest song ever?"......out of, say, 100, maybe 20 belonged to Smith. Excellent songs, just numbingly sad, and with how I've been feeling of late, maybe I need to listen to some Smith just so I can see that at least once, someone was more miserable than myself.
OK, today we will deal with his early efforts. After playing in the band Heatmeister for a while, Smith released "Roman Candle" in 1994, a set of accoustic material....I don't know how many enjoyed the Nick Drake stuff, but there is a connection here, as this album is VERY sparse, mostly with just Smith's acoustic guitar and, for effect, an occasional electric guitar riff/drum roll.....pretty powerful actually. Four of the songs are titled "No Name", and the whole thing sounds like a throwaway project which somehow found the right audience.
"Either/Or" was released in 1997, similar themes continue (see: "Speed Trials", "Ballad of Big Nothing"), and a bit of the album was used on the soundtrack of one of my favorite films of the ear "Good Will Hunting", which seemed a perfect fit to me, but which few seem to recall. Another fine album.
In between somewhere here, Smith recorded an album of cover tracks, which I happen to like as well, as he lends his own melancholy interpretation to songs like "Don't Fear the Reaper" and "Walk Away Renee" to name a couple.....not a huge success, but I enjoy this one as well.
"XO" is from 1998, and will wrap up part one of this here thing......it's another tremendous disc, his songwriting continued to approve, and again he certainly wears his issues on his sleeve....this is a classic of the 1990's as well, please, if you are not aware of the work of Smith, become so, it's worthwhile.
He released a few more LP's in his time, and a few were released after his passing as well, and we'll touch on those next time......but let me know what you think of these, and anyone who has suffered from serious depression might appreciate the effort.
ROMAN CANDLE-01 Roman Candle/02 Condor Ave/03 No Name #1/04 No Name #2/05 No Name #3/06 Drive All Over Town/07 No Name #4/08 Last Call/08 Kiwi Maddog 20/20
ELLIOTT SMITH-01 Needle In the hay/02 Christian Brothers/03 Clementine/04 Southern Belle/05
Single File/06 Coming Up Roses/07 Satellite/08 Alphabet Town/09 St. Ides Heaven/10 Good to Go/11 The White lady Loves You More/12 The Biggest Lie
COVERS-01 Thirteen/02 Harvest Moon/03 Jealous Guy/04 Nighttime/05 Waterloo Sunset/06 I Me Mine/07 All My Rowdy Friends/08 Care of Cell 44/09 Chelsea Girls/10 Don't Fear the Reaper/11 For No One/12 Isn't it a Pity/13 Revolution/14 A Place to Stay/15 Give Me Love/16 Lost Highway/17 These Days/18 Trouble/19 Walk Away Renee/20 When I Paint My Masterpiece/21 They'll Never Take Her Love Away From Me
XO-01 Sweet Adeline/02 Tomorrow Tomorrow/03 Waltz #2 (XO)/04 Baby Britain/05 Pitseleh/06 Independence Day/07 Bled White/08 Waltz #1/09 Amity/10 Oh Well, OK/11 Bottle Up and Explode/12 A Question Mark/13 Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands/14 I Didn't Understand
Ok, this is from John N, was not familiar, listened to it and it is really good, AND comes with a fairly
This Canadian indie band named themselves Viet Cong.......lots of little whiners took offense to that, reminds me of when the Dead Kennedys concert tix used to refer to them as the "DK's"......ok, fine eventually the band changed their moniker to "Proccupations".......well, whatever, anyone, IMO, who insisted that they change their name has been PLAYED, you gave them more attention than they EVER could have hoped for.
Anyway, the music? Actually, it is DAMN GOOD and I don't want you to miss it.....we have here vocalist-bassist Matt Flegel, drummer Mike Wallace, and guitarists Scott Munro and Daniel Christianson.....forgetting the silly name controversy, this is some damn good latter day post-punk/alt, PLEASE give it a listen. This band (who I think was intellignet to draw attention to themselves with the whole name thing) was/are good enough to stand without the controversy.
CASSETTE-01 Throw Away/02 Unconcious Melody/03 Oxygen Feed/04 Static Wall/05 Structureless Design/06 Dark Entries/07 Select Your Drone
ALBUM-01 Newspaper Spoons/02 Pointless Experience/03 March of Progress/04 Bunker Buster/05 Continental Shelf/06 Silhouettes/07 Death
There have been some great submissions to this series, I'd say most all of the Talking Heads (and
related0 stuff you might want has probably been posted here, still, always willing to accept some new Talking Heads stuff, should you have something that hasn't appeared yet.......
Here's what I got left. From 1984, a show from Milwaukee WI, it's quite good as it's not quite their "normal" set list, they lead off with a fine "Thank You For Sending Me an Angel", and crush most of their best stuff, ie "Burning Down the House", "Once In a Lifetime", "Life During Wartime", etc......a great performance and a great set selection.
I also have a disc from the "Stop Making Sense " tour, various dates/locales, with a VERY similar setlist to the Milwauke show above...still, we always want to hear as many versions of these great tracks as we can, right?
Finally, from Amstedam 1978, a FLAC set (beware) of a November 6 show, again, a fine set list, "Building on Fire", a fired up "Pulled Up", "...With Our Love"....
OK, it should be obvious that the Talking Heads are one of the greatest....thanks to everyone who has submitted stuff for this series, we'll always welcome more, of course.......hope you have enjoyed it and found a few things that lit your fire.
MILWAUKEE 1984-01 Thank You For Sending Me an Angel/02 Burning Down the House/03 making Flippy Floppy/04 Once In a Lifetime/05 Found a Job/06 Slippery People/07 What a Day It Was/08 naive Melody/09 life During Wartime/10 Big Buisness/11 Genius of Love/12 Psycho Killer/13 Crosseyed and Painless
STOP MAKING SENSE TOUR VARIOUS DATES-01 Thank You For Sending Me and Angel/02
Burning Down the House/03 making Flippy Floppy/04 Once In a Lifetime/05 Found a Job/06 Slippery People/07 What a Day That Was/08 This Must Be the Place/09 Life during Wartime/10 Big Buisness/I Zimbra/11 Swamp/12 psycho Killer/13 Crosseyed and Painless/14 take Me to the River
AMSTERDAM 11/6/78-01 The Big Country/02 Take Me to the River/03 The Book I Read/04 The Girls Want to Be With the Girls/05 ...With Our Love?06 Uh Oh Love Comes to Town/07 Love Goes to a Building On Fire/08 Don't Worry About the Government/09 The Good Thing/10 Artists Only/11 Warning Sign/12 Pulled Up/13 psycho Killer/14 No Compassion/15 New Feeling/16 Found a Job/17 I'm Not In Love/18 New Feeling
I really Do like the Viet Cong stuff, Jon S generously sends me a live boot of their stuff, thanks a million, please do not deprive yourself of this, I really do like this stuff!
Just to chip in a little extra, here is a Viet Cong set from last year recorded by the great nyctaper.com site
Union Pool, Brooklyn 1/28/15
01 Silhouettes/02 Bunker Buster/03 March of Progress/04 Oxygen Feed/05 Unconscious Melody/06 Pointless Experience/07 Continental Shelf/08 Death
The two LP's released by the Mushroom River Band during their period of activity, 1996-
2004.....they were a good stoner/metal band. Vocalist Spice of The Spiritual Beggars did time in both units, explaining sthe somewhat similar sound of these two Swedish bands.
"Music For the World Beyond" was released in 2000, as I said before, something not unlike Spiritual Beggars (no insult there, they were great).....a solid effort with tracks like "Mud-Crusher", "More Beer", and "Addicted"......
Two years later they released a similar album, perhaps a bit less spacey and more metallic, "Simsalabim". "My Vote is Blank", and "Proud of Being Cool" are standouts.....after this I guess they called it a day, although there are a couple of EP's out there that I've heard of but don't have....studkid?
SIMSALABIM-01 Simisalabim/02 Bugs/03 Make It Happen/04 Change It/05 My Vote Is Blank/06 Tree of No Hope/07 Proud of Being Cool/08 Time-Laps/09 The Big Sick Machine/10 Run Run Run
Well, there are the first pair for today, gotta lot of spare time this evening as usual, lets see what lse myself and the the world's greatest submission team can come up with for the rest of your Saturday.
I'll not go far enough to include this in the "official" Doors series, but stumbled upon it recently and did find it amusing.....a mashup of The Doors "Riders on the Storm" and Blondie's "Rapture", pulled off quite skillfully.....there are FOUR different mixes here, which should be enough for any mortal.....anyway, thought it was kind of clever, so ingest as you will
RAPTURE RIDERS 01 Rapture Riders (Single Edit)/02 Rapture Riders (Full Version)/03 Rapture Riders (7 Version)/04 Rapture Riders (Special disco mix)
(Scott)-Thanks, Studkid, for this band with which I am not familiar.....I read up a bit, sounds pretty
good, these are a pair of albums from Elephant Tree, 2014's "Theia" and the self titled 2016 effort.....I'll let everyone know what I think, please the rest of ya do the same!
Hearing this on repeat:
|2||Attack Of The Altaica||8:09|
(Scott)-So, here's the request from yesterday:
Be great to find the 33TRACK remaster of "Name of this Band is Talking Heads" ?
And here's Jon S to the recue with just what the doctor ordered!
John N sends this one along, really not sure if I have/or am aware of it or not......it is "Freak Street" by The Joint, (UK 1967)......pretty sure I HAVE heard this one, check the short review below to see if it's something you are down with.....I'll have to refamiliarize myself with it, but I think (if i recall right) it's kind of an uncovered gem. See what ya think!
The Joint were created in July 1967 out of the Folkestone band The Lonely Ones, who had included in the early line up Noel Redding, who of course went of fame and fortune with Jimi Hendrix Experience, also Jim Leverton, who Played with The Yardbirds and Rick Davies who become famous as a member with the Supertramp.
During European dates in 1967 the band made up with film writer David Llewelyn and director/composer George Moorse and went on to record soundtrack material for a series Munich underground movies in Germany, including “Jet Generation” and “Der Griller”.
Most of the recordings of The Joint were long presumed lost, this release has been taken from a ¼ inch demo tape, it has been degenerated over time and the sound quality suffers in some places as a consequence, but to bring this great lost band to light again -after almost 40 years- feel sure is worth it.
1. Freak St (Williams, Moorse) - 5:10
2. Dinosaur (Llewelyn, Moorse) - 2:55
3. Runman Gunman (Williams, Moorse) - 3:53
4. Laura's (Llewelyn) - 3:24
5. On The Other Side (Davies, Moorse) - 4:24
6. Chariot Of Mercury (Andrews) - 3:58
7. No Sweat (Llewelyn) - 2:55
8. Cheap Freedom Joy (Llewelyn, Moorse) - 2:28
9. Turnstile (Llewelyn) - 8:07
10.Joint Melody (The Joint) - 1:51
*John Andy Andrews - Lead Vocals
*Trevor Willians - Guitar, Vocals
*Rick Davies - Keyboard, Vocals
*Keith Bailey - Drums
*Martin Vinson/Steve Brass - Bass
*Tony Catchpole - Guitar
(scott) another submission from link-fuhrer John N, this one I do recall hearing a while back, and it's prety cool, also hard to run down. From 1970, "Feelin' Free" from Pacific Drift, a long-forgotten, but completely enjoyable piece of West Coast psych/prog.......really do recommend this one for ya!
Here comes the next portion of the enormous Doors torrent which I have vowed to get entirely posted in my lifetime........did you check out that Doors/Blondie mashup earlier? myself I thought it was pretty fucking cool, provided one has a sense of humor. Anyway, tonight we'll present a Pittsburgh show, 5/2/1970 (the day after I turned EIGHT!)......single disc, pretty standard Doors set list, nothing unusual, but decent quality and if your a TOTAL Doors freak, you'll need this one as well (This series may REDUCE the total number of "Total Doors" freaks that we have on the planet!)
PITTSBURGH 5/2/70-01 Back Door man/02 Love Hides/03 Five to One/04 Roadhouse Blues/05 Mystery Train/06 Away In India/07 Crossroads Blues/08 Universal Mind/09 Someday Soon/10 When the Music's Over/11 Break on Through/12 Push Push/13 Soft Parade Vamp/14 Tonight You're In For a Special/15 Close to You/16 Light My Fire
Wish I had a bit more (helpers?) but all I have from the Swamp Babies is this sole EP, "Music Fro Scumbags"......not a reason to miss it though, there is some slamming Stooges style guitar noise on here, as well as modern grunge/post grunge sounds.....this is noisy, abrasive, toxic shit, so you should love it as I do.....as for the band, pretty hard to get information on them, I know they have a few more discs I hope someone may help with....till then, this EP is fairly kickass....
MUSIC FOR SCUMBAGS-01 Highway Hooker/02 jive Ass Broad/03 Raisin Hell/04 Ride/05 Slavehead/06 Watcha Gonna Do/07 I Hate You/08 Beyond love/09 One Silver Dollar/10 I Am a Dog/11 Hypnotic
Again, see whatcha think, and perhaps someone out there has one or two of their OTERH discs to share with us.....pretty good shit, really!
(Scott).....I started all this, I guess, as my personal life is something of a disaster right now, BUT,
everyone has been down at one time or another......I've lately posted Nick Drake and (not complete yet) Elliott Smith, just seemed at the time that those two guys would understand the shit I'm currently going through.
Anyway, Jon S chimes in with his own collection of "Sad songs", from Julien Baker, of whom I have never heard until this minute.....But, right now, the more sad, mopey, depressing stuff I can hear, the better, I guess, so I can force myself to realize that I'm not the ONLY one on our planet who feels th way I do......So, after I write this, I'm logging off, going to lay down, and listen to some Julien Baker....hell, why not.......It's not like I have something better to do......Hope you have enjoyed tonight's posts, and we'll get a few up for ya tomorrow too.......nut right now, thanks (as always) to Jon S for another submission, I hope it's as amazing as the previous ones have been!