Wednesday, May 30, 2018


In my rush to crank out this hour show and get to bed, I forgot to talk about the
excellent Bo Gritz and Private Mind of the Moviegoer releases. Apologies to
each for the oversight!

Feverbones: “Sleepwalking” (Dream Talk, ATH Records, 2018)
Candy and the Suckers: “Secret Librarian” (Candy Vs. Roseman, 2018)
Thin Skin: “Milksteak” (Modern Moms From Hell EP, 2017)
Palberta: “Jaws” (Bye Bye Berta, Wharf Cat Records / Ramp Tape, 2017)
Flesh Narc: “Diatribe” (Pillow Talk, Heavy Baby Records, 2018)
Threat.Meet.Protocol: “He Saw His Shadow” (Where Did You Put My Marbles, Muzai Records, 2018)
No Doz: “Mothballs” (No Doz, 2018)
Full Gay: “Nothing Compares 2 Cramps” (Live From The Practice Space, 2018)
The Bordellos: “Happy Birthday” (Bordellos Underground Tape Vol. 12, 2018)
The Private Mind of the Moviegoer: “Feels Fine” (Heart of Wheels, 2018)
Bo Gritz: “Always Fine” (Tape EP, Sad Tapes, 2018)
Pink Mexico: “Buzz Kill” (Fool, Big Tomato Records, 2016)
Future Talk: “Time 2 Kill” (Modern Vintage, 2018)
Jævndøgn: “Alien Abduction” (Døgndrift, Sock Pop, 2018)
Middle Relief: “Pizza Roles” (Gap Year, 2018)
Simo Soo: “Ey Das Me” (Everything Is Going To Be Okay, Yes Rave, 2018)
Racoo: “Party Song” (Airport Hospital, Metal Postcard Records, 2018)
X=: “Bring Back Boredom” (Symbols, 2018)
Special Interest: “Fluid (Bound 2)” (Spiraling, 2018)
Filthy: “Evil” (Fault In Tolerance, 2018)

Sunday, May 27, 2018


About an hour's worth of new music and vinyl obscurities.

Bo Gritz: “Boiler” (Tape EP, Sad Tapes, 2018)
The Bubbles: “Rough Expressionist” (On The Planet 7”, Pogo 77 Records, 2002)
The Crested: “Think About Oi!” (Intoxicate EP, Pogo 77 Records, 1997)
The End: “Dasvidanya” (7 Day Servant/Dasvidanya 7”, Pool Records, 1985)
The Janitors: “Track Eating Baby” (Just A Mish Mash, In Tape, 1987; song originally from Thunderhead, In Tape, 1986)
Hot Mom: “Lick The Blood Up” (Rollerskate Twink, 2018)
B.R.U.C.E.: “Succubus” (Stay Pissed, 2018)
Mommy Long Legs: “Bridezilla” (Try Your Best, Youth Riot Records, 2018)
VKTMS: “Midget” (Bloodstains Across California, Bloodstains, 1993, originally released on Midget EP, Emergency Room Records, 1979)
Candy and the Suckers: “Starboy” (Starboy Digital Single, 2018)
Future Talk: “Maximum Headroom” (Modern Vintage, 2018)
The Grumpies: “Kiss Me Deadly” (Five Year Plan/Grumpies 7” split, Recess Records, 1998)
Sophia Marshall: “I Go To Sleep” (Pretenders Covers, 2018)
Sophia Marshall: “Tender” (Blur - Song 3, 2018)
The Private Mind of the Moviegoer: “Heart of Wheels” (Heart of Wheels, 2018)
Josh White: “Like A Natural Man” (A Josh White Program, London Records, 1954)
Chad and Jeremy: “September In The Rain” (Hit Songs For Back To Cool, Capitol, 1966,
originally released on More Chad & Jeremy, Capitol, 1966)
The Surfmen: “Fire Goddess” (Stereo Dynamics To Scare Hell Out of Your Neighbors!, Somerset, 1959)
The Living Guitars: “Do The Clam” (Teen Beat Discotheque, RCA Camden, 1965)
Willie Humphrey: “Big Lunch Blues” (New Orleans Clarinet, Smokey Mary Phonograph Company, 1974)
Racoo: “Airport Hospital” (Airport Hospital, Metal Postcard Records, 2018)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Shootin' Some B-Ball and Maxin' To The 80s

I've been listening to a lot of 80s new wave, pop, stadium and soft rock, and hip-hop the last couple of weeks, it's just something I do sometimes. I enjoy those songs and the fuzzy nostalgia I associate with them. MTV started on August 1, 1981, and I was thinking today that it may be fun, once that 37 year anniversary comes around in two and a half months, to start a weekly video post showcasing songs and videos I enjoyed that were being played on MTV or the radio that week in 1981.

We'll see if I remember to do that in 2.5 months. I went and shot basketball by myself at the rec center tonight. It was the first time I'd done that in over a decade. I had a goal growing up and always enjoyed playing 21 and HORSE. I tried out for the basketball team my freshmen high school year but I was too much of a wuss to get past try-outs. That being said, I wasn't bad, for a white kid of semi-average height. Tonight was like riding the proverbial bicycle. It all kind of came back to me. I practiced from the free throw line first. I aimed, let the ball roll off my finger tips. After a couple of air balls and some that bounced off the rim and backboard, I finally got one in, using the backboard. After a few more, I netted one, and it was pretty thrilling. I started taking shots from various points behind the three point line. I landed a few, netted one. I tried a lay up. That didn't go well. I got some more in from the free throw line and called it a night.

My b-ball adventure only lasted about 15 minutes -- the previous 15 minutes I had been walking around the track upstairs -- I was winded and sweaty, this was the first exercise I've gotten in at least a year, if not more. I hope I keep up with it, shooting hoops was a lot of fun. I daydreamed about getting good enough that I could play a pick-up game and not embarrsass myself. We shall see.

The whole 30 minutes I was at the rec center, I had in my headphones and was listening to popular 80s music on Pandora. It's a station I've been training for years named Breakfast Club Radio. It's very comforting. Occasionally I'll hear a song I'm not familiar with, like this Depeche Mode song called Precious, which is actually from 2005. Per Wikipedia, it's the band's forty-first single, and the first single from their eleventh studio album Playing the Angel. I've only recently began appreciating Depeche Mode so I just assumed it was something from the 1980s I'd never heard.

I'm not that familiar with the Cure's discography, but most of the time, when I hear them, I find them embarrassing. All that baritone emoting is a turn-off, man. That being said, I enjoyed this track, which, per Wikipedia, is the only single from their third studio album, 1981's Faith.

I love the Fixx's "One Thing Leads To Another" and "Saved By Zero." Those are great singles. I've never really heard anything else by them though, so I was excited to hear this song, Liner, a track from Reach The Beach, their second studio album and the same one that features the above two mentioned songs. I need to check out the rest of that album.

Things I've had to thumbs down on my Pandora Breakfast Club Radio: "Bette Davis Eyes," by Kim Carnes, and "Love is a Battlefield," by Pat Benatar. I just can't anymore with those two singles. I will listen to Material Girl, or Manic Monday, or Heart and Soul by T'Pau, every day of my life, but I'm tired of Bette Davis Eyes and Love is a Battlefield. Sorry. I also had to thumbs down "We Got the Beat" by the Glee Cast. I love the Bee Gees version, and listen to it every time it comes on. I'll be goddamned if I'm gonna listen to something from the Glee Cast.

But that's just me.

Anyway, one thing I can complain about for my Breakfast Club Radio is it doesn't play near enough Lisa Lisa or Information Society. I'm gonna remedy that now.

Monday, May 14, 2018

New from Bandcamp: Lo-Fi Acoustic from Tennessee, Now Wave from London, Punk from Austin and Portland.

I've begun a May podcast, this time with a lot of stuff from my vinyl vault, which loyal readers will remember is a bunch of records piled around on the floor. In the meantime, here's some new stuff from Bandcamp:

Singer/songwriter and acoustic guitar, lo-fi anti-folk from Tennessee, digital dl for pay what thou wilt. I wish this is what I was doing:

First song off a five song EP you can get on cassette or digital, released by Sad Tapes in London. Bo Gritz also based in London -- bad ass now wave. Cassette is 5 pounds or digital dl is 2.50:

First album for these punks from Austin. An 8 song effort, pay what thou wilt:

Radicalness from Portland. 5 song digital album for $4:

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Resonance FM + Occult Character

Here's that show from Resonance FM's show Pull The Plug, featuring Occult Character's "Bad White Men!" So proud!

From Resonance FM's Mixcloud page:

"Resonance is a trail-blazing, not-for-profit radio station dedicated to the arts and culture. From its launch in 2002, its award-winning programming has given voice to the vibrant diversity of London's thriving arts and music scenes. Resonance's pool of creatives speaks directly and expressively to an engaged and passionate audience, locally, nationally and internationally. Our 24/7 broadcast service combines its FM signal in the City with DAB digital radio coverage across Greater London."