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Fuzz – Fuzz’s Fourth Dream


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ep51 Fuzz – Fuzz’s Fourth Dream

Ty Segall is the music man. I have no problems whatsoever with how much music he is producing, and I’m astounded by how good the music is. Don’t quit baby, keep on rockin in the free world.

his new single on Trouble in Mind records ——> here

Bob Mould/Dinosaur Jr.


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Two veterans of punk rock released albums in 2012. These two songs make my best of list for pure nostalgia and familiarity.

The Men – Electric


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An album a year is note-worthy. . . a really good album every year for three years running is phenomenal. The Men have a new single out now and a new album “New Moon” coming out in March. Your only hurting yourself by avoiding them.

their blog ——-> here

Plateaus – Do It For You


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San Diego pop punk band Plateaus released their debut LP in the fall of 2012 and it is a rollicking good time top to bottom. The single Do It For You b/w Jasmine was released in May and a video for the song came out in the summer.

the band is ——–> here
the video ——-> here
buy the cd/vinyl ——-> here

Thee Oh Sees – Lupine Dominus


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ep47 Thee Oh Sees – Lupine Dominus

Another for the Best of 2012, Thee Oh Sees album Putrifiers II kicks butt and engages your chakras with rhythmic mantras that keep the inner fire burning. Light some incense and candles then prepare to be rocked.

their website ——> here
the video ———> here
download ——-> here

The Janitors – MSSG


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ep46 The Janitors – MSSG

With the release of 2 phenomenal EP’s this year, The Janitors are high on my “when’s your next release?” list. Their fuzzy, loud psych drone noise fits right into the soundtrack of my life.

their bandcamp (buy their noise) ——> here
their homepage ——–> here
follow their soundcloud ——–> here

Slug Guts – Suckin’ Down


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Another album to add to the best of 2012, Playin’ In Time With the Deadbeat is loaded with twangy guitar, pounding rhythm, and howling vocals. Australian band, Slug Guts, created a mood with this album; a bit dark but pleasantly warm.

their fb ——> here
on Sacred Bones ——> here

Yo La Tengo – Ohm


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Long time, good time band Yo La Tengo is releasing their one billionth album “Fade” in January. Here’s a listen to the first track – Ohm
Their site ——> here
their label ——–> Matador

Ceremony – Hysteria


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Ceremony – Zoo

Near the top of my best of 2012 albums sits Ceremony’s “Zoo”. 12 tracks, solid punk/hardcore, gets my blood pumping. Visit their website here.

check this out Ceremony covers “Kiss Off” by the Violent Femmes

Fiction Reform – Shellac and Vinyl


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Fiction Reform – Shellac and Vinyl

LA punks “Fiction Reform” released Take Your Truth in November and hopefully will be coming to a venue near you. Visit them at their website: here, or their fb

Marnie Stern – Year of the Glad


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Marnie Stern – Year of the Glad

Marnie Stern’s s/t album was right at the top of my best of 2011, so I’m excited to see she’s got another album scheduled to be released in March of 2013, and for now we’ll listen to the first release off that album “Year of the Glad”

Her blog —–> here
Kill Rock Stars ——> here

Liars – Brats

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Liars – Brats

WIXIW the summer release by Liars is another nominee for album of the year. Plenty to like about this album, especially if you like turning the volume up and the lights down. The video for the song can be found here.

Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold


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Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold

Addition to the Best of 2012, the debut album from Parquet Courts “Light Up Gold”
Check out their website here for upcoming shows, and purchase their lp here or visit their bandcamp over —–> here

Tyvek – Scaling


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Tyvek – Scaling

Detroit punks Tyvek released a new album early in November and it’s moving up my list of best of 2012. The straight up lo-fi fuzzy punk of On Triple Beams is only slightly more refined and evolved than their previous album Nothing Fits. Their label In The Red Records is a good place to start a record collection.

Titus Andronicus – Ecce Homo


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Titus Andronicus – Ecce Homo

New Jersey punks Titus Andronicus released their third album Local Business in October of this year. The music is good, the kids are punks, the first track “Ecce Homo” is the way an album ought to begin. Have a listen, won’t you?

Dan Mangan – We Want to be Pleasantly Surprised Not Expectedly Let Down


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Dan Mangan – We Want to be Pleasantly Surprised Not Expectedly Let Down

Canadian Dan Mangan is making the rounds this year, and should be releasing a full length LP sometime early next year. Check out his folksy indie pop flavored stylings on the 7″ Radicals

White Lung – Glue



White Lung – Glue

Canadian punk rock band White Lung are on the west coast playing their punk rock music for all the punk rock kids. Check out their tumbler here. And their new video for the song Glue.

The Orwells – Ancient Egypt


The Orwells – Ancient Egypt

A group of teenagers in the Chicago area got together and made some punk rock. The Orwells are living the dream, check em out. . . now.

Creamers – Father Christmas



Creamers – Father Christmas

The Creamers released their 7″ Bob Kringle/Father Christmas back in 1990, with both songs on the A side, the B side had an etching of the cover art from the single. Wish I still had my copy. . . *sadface

Spider Bags – Friday Night



Spider Bags – Friday Night

Spider Bags, a punk band out of Chapel Hill NC may be coming to a dark, dank venue near you. If that be the case grab your girl and go have a good time.

Suuns – Edie’s Dream


Suuns – Edie’s Dream

From Montreal, the Suuns are set to release a full length album in March of 2013. “Edie’s Dream” is a dreamy tune, and the first single released for the next album. (i think)

Thresholder – Beyond the Far Horizon



Thresholder – Beyond the Far Horizon

Thresholder have a 7″ that may or may not still be free for the taking- send an email to neilson133 AT gmail DOT com and ask for yours today.
They’ve also got a tumblr—> here.

Gap Dream – A Little Past Midnight



Gap Dream – A Little Past Midnight

Gap Dream just released their 7″ Ali Baba on Suicide Squeeze Records featuring “Generator” and “A Little Past Midnight”

Jeff the Brotherhood – Leave Me Out



Jeff the Brotherhood – Leave Me Out

Jeff the Brotherhood released Hypnotic Nights earlier this year and are currently on tour. The brothers, Jake and Jamin Orrall, are from Nashville TN and play some super fuzzy rock.

FIDLAR – White on White



FIDLAR – White on White

LA surf-punks FIDLAR are releasing their s/t album early next year. Check out their song/video “Cheap Beer” Look for them touring the east and west coasts of the USA in November and Europe in December.

OBN III’s – So What If We Die


OBN III’s – So What If We Die

The OBN III’s new s/t album was released on Oct 11th. Pick it up at TicTacTotally for cheap.

Naomi Punk – Burned Body


Naomi Punk – Burned Body
Naomi Punk’s album “The Feeling” is being re-released this November on their new label, after a limited press of 300 or so albums back in April of this year, it is a standout punk album and not much of a surprise that the band hails from Olympia, WA- must be something in the trees up there. . .

Paws – Tulip

Paws – Tulip
Paws is a lo-fi garage pop band out of Glasgow. Their latest album “Cokefloat” is available now. Check em out —–> here

Source of Yellow – The Said

Source of Yellow – The Said
Source of Yellow is definitely worth checking out- their website is —–> here

Metz – Headache


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Metz is a Canadian band, their self-titled debut album, METZ, hits the shelves on October 9th. Loud, scuzzy guitars, driving drums and vicious energy bring mayhem into your vanilla existence. Free upload of the song here.

Moon Duo – Sleepwalker


Moon Duo – Sleepwalker~7 minutes Moon Duo’s new album “Circles” dropped on the 1st of October and is a good ride. Psychedelic, bouncing rhythmic melodies and ethereal vocals mix and mellow throughout. Check out their website – here. An excerpt from their “About” page: Inspiration for many of the songs themes, as well as the title Circles, came from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay by the same name, on the symbol and nature of “the flying Perfect.” From the opening lines: “The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end.” And so it goes. Rust never sleeps.

Ty Segall – The Hill


Ty Segall – The Hill ~8 minutes

Ty Segall is on a tear, he’ll be playing at the Treasure Island Music Festival smack dab in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, on October 14th as one of his last remaining shows of a jam packed year. Last year he released 2 albums, but he had plenty more to give in 2012. His solo album, Twins, will be his third album this year. Last month, the Ty Segall Band, released Slaughterhouse, and earlier this year Ty Segall toured with White Fence supporting their April release of Family Purfume. He’s a busy boy and I hope he’s got something left for 2013, because I didn’t catch him once this year and I’d really like to see him play. . .

Menomena – Capsule


1Song #019 – Menomena “Capsule” ~9 minutes

The return of 1song 1show! I’ve come back to hopefully do a weekly show, which will truly be 1 song in 1 show. I’ll play a song, hopefully give you a slice or two of some pertinent information about the band and their current whereabouts/whatabouts; then we’ll move onto the next one. I have another hour long podcast “Feed Your Headcast“, go check it out if you like.

Beck – Que Onda Guero

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Beck is a king, or a very powerful lord at the least.  I could have thrown a dart at his body of work and pricked a winner, so I chose one that makes me smile.  I also included a couple songs from the Beastie Boys as tribute to the passing of MCA, may he rest in peace.  Hope you enjoy. Beck – Que Onda Guero ~63 minutes 

the list:

Beck – Que Onda Guero

Beastie Boys – Professor Booty; Shake Your Rump

Fishbone – Freddie’s Dead

Funkadelic – Hit It and Quit It

Soul Coughing – 4 Out of 5

Urban Dance Squad – The Devil; No Kid

Eels – Baby Loves Me; Oh So Lovely

Mikal Cronin – Apathy

Dr. John – Locked Down

Cibo Matto – Spoon

Tera Melos – The Skin Surf

Nine Inch Nails – Wish


Episode 17: After a long break I’m back with a new playlist revolving around Trent Reznor’s Disney inspired kick-ass tune (i made up the Disney-inspired part).  I believe I blew out the speakers in my ’68 Plymouth Satellite listening to this incredible song.  The rest of the playlist spans 40 years of noisy lo-fi industrial metal: Nine Inch Nails – Wish ~ 63 minutes 

the list: 

Nine Inch Nails – Wish

Ministry – Stigmata

Tool – Hush

Big Black – The Model

Wire – Reuters

Teenage Jesus and the Jerks – Orphans

Suicide – Ghost Rider

The Janitors – Death Song; Do It Again

Abe Vigoda – Animal Ghosts

Old Time Relijun – Indestructible Life

Puffy Areolas – Noble Rot

Boris – Pseudo-Bread

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – Sleep Is Wrong

End of Season 1

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It seems that somewhere around 15 songs makes for a pretty decent playlist. So I decided to recap the first 15 episodes with “the songs that could’ve been.”

Enjoy.

Season 1 – That’s a Wrap ~62 minutes

the list

Fugazi – Margin Walker

Mudhoney – Flat-Out Fucked

Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers

Tom Waits – Filipino Box Spring Hog

Pterodactyl – Esses

White Denim – I Start To Run

The Thermals – Now We Can See

Marnie Stern – For Ash

I Heart Hiroshima – Punks

High Tension Wires – Toyko Is Burning Down

Ty Segall – The Slider

Jay Reatard – Nightmares

Alice Donut – Mother Of Christ

The Jesus Lizard – Monkey Trick

Liars – The Overachievers

Iggy & the Stooges – Search & Destroy

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I dug all the way down into wikipedia to get this little tidbit o’ knowledge:

Bowie later recalled:

…the most absurd situation I encountered when I was recording was the first time I worked with Iggy Pop. He wanted me to mix Raw Power, so he brought the 24-track tape in, and he put it up. He had the band on one track, lead guitar on another and him on a third. Out of 24 tracks there were just three tracks that were used. He said ‘see what you can do with this’. I said, ‘Jim, there’s nothing to mix’. So we just pushed the vocal up and down a lot. On at least four or five songs that was the situation, including “Search and Destroy.” That’s got such a peculiar sound because all we did was occasionally bring the lead guitar up and take it out.”
the list:
Iggy & the Stooges – Search & Destroy
Sonic Youth – Androgynous Mind
Dead Kennedy’s – Drug Me
Black Flag – Six Pack
Nice Face – Blood In The Well; Nobody’s Dead Here
Museum Mouth – Sexy But Not Happy; Blood Mountain; Kitchen Floor
Blasted Canyons – Blood on the Wall; Death and a Half; Ice Cream Man
The Spits – My Mess; Electric Brain; All I Want
The Marked Men – Fix My Brain; Not That Kid; On the Outside
Random Song o’ the show:
N.W.A. – Straight outta Compton

Black Sabbath – Sweet Leaf

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Bust out the black light, the lava lamp, fat hand dipped candle and your dad’s 4 foot bong! Black Sabbath is the beginning of what is considered “Heavy” in Rock and Roll.  If it’s loud, if it’s dirty, if it makes you grind your teeth and thrash your head about uncontrollably than there’s a good chance that it’s roots can be traced back to the heaviest of heavies. Here’s just a handful of songs that owe a bit of a tribute to Black Sabbath, enjoy.  Black Sabbath – Sweet Leaf ~67 minutes 

the list

Black Sabbath – Sweet Leaf

Sonic Youth – Drunken Butterfly

Melvins – Copache

TAD – Jinx

Bomb – Vagrant Vampires

The Jesus Lizard – 7 vs. 8

Zig Zags – Scavenger

Orange Goblin – Quincy the Pig Boy

Sixty Watt Shaman – Whiskey Neck

Fu Manchu – Mongoose

Unnatural Helpers – Shakes

Black Mountain – The Hair Song

Butthole Surfers – Pepper

Random Song of the Show

Screaming Blue Messiahs – Wild Blue Yonder

 

Link to documentary Such Hawks Such Hounds

Pixies – Hey

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Hey! This week’s episode is brought to you by The Pixies! Their songs were melodic and vicious, well structured and violent; they exuded emotional exuberance.  I wish I had more time to choose other bands that convey a similar passion, but I feel most bands strive to achieve the type of raw expression within the boundaries of song as the Pixies were able to capture repeatedly.  I went back through the file folders digging up some songs that struck me at first listen but whom I never explored further- mixed in with some new stuff and some old.  There will be more Pixies, of that you can be sure. Pixies – Hey ~65 minutes 

the list

Pixies – Hey

First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

DeerTick – The Bump

Hot Whiskey – Ka-tet vox mix

Two Gallants – Nothing To You

Gauntlet Hair – Keep Time

Future Virgins – No Echo

geeks – The End

The Delgados – 4th Channel

Bunky – Chuy

Boats – T.V. Scientist

His & Her Vanities – What It Is

I Heart Hiroshima – Surgery

Boston Spaceships – Ready To Pop

Random Song of the Show

Hayden – Bad as They Seem

The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail

 This week is a tribute to 924 Gilman St, although I don’t think The Clash ever played there.  Many bands throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s cut their teeth and split their lips jumping around the all ages club, 924 Gilman St.  Operation Ivy the short lived, much loved punk-ska Berkeley band was the reincarnation of The Clash.  The other bands included in this episode reflect all that was good about The Clash and Operation Ivy. The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail ~63 minutes 

The List:

The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail

Operation Ivy – Here We Go Again; Sound System; The Crowd; Caution; Vulnerability

Green Day – Only of You

Pennywise – Wouldn’t It Be Nice; Bro Hymn

The Mr T Experience – Now We Are Twenty-One; The History of the Concept of the Soul, Gilman Street

Rancid/NOFX – I’m the One; Brews; Tenderloin; Bob; Antennas

Random Song of the Show

Screaming Females – Foul Mouth

the NPR Tiny Desk Session

David Bowie – Five Years

I have a scrapbook of David Bowie images in my head. Ziggy Stardust – the vampire in The Hunger – singing Christmas carols with Bing Crosby – the Goblin King in Labyrinth – duet with Tina Turner.  Then there’s that whole Tin Machine thing.  I don’t know much about the man, but I got a pretty good feeling he’s pretty much a total bad-ass.  I threw a bunch o songs on this one, somewhat haphazardly, thanks to Pascal for turning me on last minute to Seventeen Evergreen.  Also, I finally included Thee Oh Sees, after threatening to play them in at least 2 maybe 3 episodes previously, a San Francisco Bay Area band (Seventeen Evergreen are also locals).  A handful of older songs show up in the mix, hope you like it: David Bowie – Five Years ~63 minutes

the list:

David Bowie – Five Years

Psychic Ills – Mind Daze

The Horrors – Endless Blue; Changing The Rain

Seventeen Evergreen – Angels

Beat Happening – Indian Summer

Built to Spill – Car

Thee Oh Sees – The Dream

Jay Reatard – My Shadow

TV on the Radio – DLZ

Portugal, The Man – Senseless; Head Is A Flame (Cool With It); So American

Random Song

The Tambo Rays – Draggin Our Bones

Sonic Youth – Mary-Christ

Sonic Youth may be done, who knows, but at one point someone asked me if I were stranded on a desert island and could have only one artist/bands complete works to listen to who would it be. . . I guess I wouldn’t be relating that little slice of life if the band weren’t Sonic Youth so, cat’s outta the bag, my answer then was Sonic Youth and it would still be Sonic Youth today. I had a little bit of anxiety trying to pick a song, but resigned myself to the fact that if I continue doing this show I will have plenty of opportunity to do another Sonic Youth song, and another, and another.  Anyway, I picked a good number of songs that were released relatively close to when Goo was released and then a few songs that are more recent.  I rolled out the first of a 2012 release and added some songs to the best of 2011 list that will never die.  Hope you enjoy. Sonic Youth – Mary-Christ ~63 minutes

the list:

Sonic Youth – Mary-Christ

PJ Harvey – Me-Jane; Yuri-G; 50 Ft. Queenie

Yo La Tengo – From a Motel 6

My Bloody Valentine – Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)

Love and Rockets – Kundalini Express

Concrete Blonde – God is A Bullet

The Jesus and Mary Chain – Blues From A Gun

Cloud Nothings – No Future/No Past; Stay Useless; No Sentiment

Ty Segall – You Make the Sun Fry; The Slider; Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart

Random Song of the Show

Alice Donut – Mother Of Christ

Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker

Punk has been around forever. When it shows up, you think “oh yeah, there it is- punk rock man.” Most of the time it’s lurking just out of sight in all the usual places, but occasionally someone shines  a light on it and we all get a good dose of punk.  Punk is always where it  needs to be, for those of us who really need it, when we need it.  This show highlights a miniscule amount of punk, some of it hailing from Texas (a place that could use a whopping good dose of punk) and a little from Portland and a some from San Francisco, and other places as well – punk is everywhere.  All of it really good stuff. Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (click to listen or download)~56 minutes

the punks/the songs

Ramones – Sheena is a Punk Rocker

Buddy Holly – Peggy Sue; Oh Boy!

OBN III’s – If the Shit Fits

Bad Sports – Off Switch; Sweet Sweet Mandy

Mean Jeans – Steve Don’t Party No More; Born On a Saturday Night; Party Animal

Mind Spiders – Go!

Wax Idols – Dilno

Bleached – Think of You

Super Wild Horses – Mess Around

High Tension Wires – They Fall Apart; Get Weird; Backbone

Random Song of the Show

The Hollies – Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)

Links and the Like

Dirtnap Records

Tic Tac Totally Records

Pterodactyl – Polio

Episode 8 is Part 5 of the Best of 2011, featuring a multitude of tracks from noise-pop indie rock all-stars: Japanther; the Death Set; Parts & Labor; Marnie Stern; and of course, Pterodactyl. In the less than a week that it took me to record this episode I think I switched my favorite album at least 4 times, maybe 5.  In the end they are all very very strong albums, but I’d have to give the nod to Marnie Stern.  Pterodactyl – Polio (click to listen or download)~58 minutes

the players, the songs:

Pterodactyl – Polio; Hold Still; School Glue; Thorn; Allergy Shots

Japanther – Meet You Later; First of All

Parts & Labor – Skin & Bones; Rest; Outnumbered; Fake Names

Marnie Stern – Nothing Left; Her Confidence; Gimme

The Death Set – Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap; Chew It Like a Gun Gum

Random Song of the Show:

Ceremony – Into the Wayside Part I/Sick

Labels and the like:

Jagjaguwar

Noise Pop in the San Francisco Bay Area

Thao & Mirah – Eleven

Part Four of the Best of ’11. “Eleven” was released in 2011, unbeknownst to me before starting to record this show. Apparently Thao & Mirah are solo artists that got together for a bit and played some music.  I found this song on a free 20 song sampler from their label, Kill Rock Stars. I highly recommend checking out the KRS website and browsing their store, lotsa good bands in there.  Also, as I was searching for images to include in this post I came across an article at NPR which claimed that the singer of Tune-Yards, Merrill Garbus, whom I had also chosen for this podcast actually wrote this song.  As has happened while putting each show together, I choose a song and other songs follow; then, after I’ve recorded everything, I start flipping around the interwebs and come across all sorts of info that probably should have been in the show.  Some of it relevant, some of it interesting and some of it neither, but show-worthy nonetheless. Thao & Mirah – Eleven (right click to download the show) ~45 minutes

Playlist (with links to the artists’ websites):

Thao & Mirah – Eleven

Eurythmics – Regrets

St Vincent – Northern Lights; Cruel

Tune-Yards – Gangsta

WILDFLAG – Romance

Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers; Love Out Of Lust; Get Some

Random Song of the Show:

The Thermals – Here’s Your Future, and the video (not the same song though) with Carrie Brownstein of WILDFLAG

Pinback – AFK

Once again I have chosen a song not released in 2011 as the link to my best of 2011. I’m compiling (with a little help from my friends) a list of songs that are worthy of a slot on the best of 2011 list, so I’ve decided to shove a few in here and there where I can. I’m pretty sure “AFK” would’ve made my best of list for the year it was released, so I’ve grouped it in with a number of songs that have similar characteristics- well as similar as I can make them in my own mind. I’ve always had a bit of trouble trying to identify or specify distinguishing characteristics of artists that fall under the giant yellow umbrella that is “indie-rock”. For some reason the label Indie always conjures images of 8-track cassette recordings with xeroxed cover art folded into the case. While indie-rock is not quite mainstream, it has permeated into all areas of our lives, from Levi commercials to Starbucks counter-tops. The spectrum of “indie-rock” is much wider than even I want to consider trying to categorize, so I will just say, there is a shit-ton of music I consider to be indie-rock, and here is some of it. . . Pinback – AFK, the show
~77 minutes

Playlist:

Pinback – AFK 

Mister Heavenly – Bronx Sniper 

Wilco – Art of Almost

Gregg Allman – I Can’t Be Satisfied

White Denim – Is and Is and Is; At The Farm; Drug

Random Song of the Show:

GoblinCock –  Stumped

Stuff to check out:

Pascal’s band: Angel Island

very cool video Mister Heavenly – Bronx Sniper

Fucked Up – No Epiphany


In the second installment of the best of 2011, I picked a song that wasn’t even released in 2011 but came out 3 years earlier on the album The Chemistry of Common Life. The song, “No Epiphany,” is not new but it is the first song I heard by Fucked Up years ago, and immediately liked. Fucked Up has a fucked up name but whatever, they put out a really good album, an excellent album this year, with 18 fucking tracks on it, so don’t just pick and choose, drop the 9.99 and get the whole god damned thing. For some reason I never bought any of their albums up until now, and David Comes To Life is good straight up, no frills punk rock. No gimmicks, other than their fucking name. Whatever. . . they’re basically just Coldplay with a scrowling singer. . .~58 minutes

Things worth checking out:

The album page at Matador Records

The live performance of David Comes To Life

Other bands mentioned or should’ve been mentioned:

Jesus Lizard
The Men
Hüsker Dü
Pterodactyl
Melvins
Dwarves

Tom Waits – Hell Broke Luce

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This is the first installment of my best of 2011.  Tom Waits has been writing, recording and performing phenomenal music for longer than I have been alive, and I am not young, anymore. Bad as Me, his latest offering, the first in many years instantaneously filled a vacancy within me that I hadn’t known was there.  I didn’t know a new Tom Waits album was coming nor had I even wondered if he was going to put another one out; then one fine day while booting up Terri Gross’ Fresh Air podcast I’m whisked back to a warm, comfortable place filled with familiar faces and unmistakable sounds.  There isn’t a whole lot more I can write here that I didn’t already say in the show, have a listen and go get “Bad as Me.” ~57 minutes

My son really liked the video for “Satisfied” as do I.

Tom Waits

Anti- worth keeping an eye on

Ozzy Osbourne – Flying High Again


Ozzy is the Prince of Darkness and he is the grandfather of Heavy Metal- any argument to the contrary is laughable. The myth is mightier than the man, no matter how you feel about his vocal skills or his songwriting or even his frantic antics onstage, Ozzy Osbourne is the incarnation of Heavy Metal. After leaving Black Sabbath, the Gods of Metal smiled down upon Ozzy, bestowing the golden guitarist Randy Rhodes upon his Ozzifulness. The collaboration bore much Heavy fruit, hundreds- nay, thousands- nay, hundreds of thousands of young, long haired, mono-syllabic suburbanites began to bang their heads simultaneously, shaking the roots of rock and roll to its very foundation. Garages across middle American were the petri dishes of what would become fondly known as- for decades to come- “80’s music”. Heavy Metal was just one musical facet of that glorious diamond of a decade, genre upon genre upon genre seeped into the mainstream propelling the x generation towards mediocrity and malaise. What began as Heavy Metal in the early 80’s evolved and mutated into speed metal, death metal, industrial, metalcore, black metal, hardcore, thrash metal and anything you could bang your head to. So, what are you waiting for? Start Banging!

Playtime ~68 minutes

Playlist for Ozzy Osbourne – Flying High Again

Scott’s Picks:

  • AC/DC – Giving the Dog a Bone
  • Scorpions – China White
  • Ratt – Lay It Down
  • Accept – Midnight Mover

Ryan’s Picks:

  • Y & T Black Tiger
  • Def Leppard – High ‘n’ Dry
  • Judas Priest – Electric Eye
  • Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills
  • Scorpions – Blackout
  • Aldo Nova – Fantasy
  • Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Randy’s Picks:

  • Black Sabbath – The Mob Rules
  • Oingo Boingo – Only a Lad
  • April Wine – Wanna Rock
  • Rush – Witch Hunt
  • AC/DC – Rock n Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
  • Queen – Flash’s Theme
  • Motley Crüe – Live Wire
  • Scorpions – Animal Magnetism
  • Judas Priest – United
  • Devo – Whip It

Dan’s Picks:

  • Dio – Rainbow in the Dark
  • Rolling Stones – Under my Thumb
  • Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion
  • Judas Priest – Living After Midnight
  • Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers

My Picks:

  • Black Sabbath – Fairies wear boots
  • Accept – Balls to the wall
  • Judas Priest – Living after midnight
  • Iron Maiden – Die With Your Boots On

Other Media

Scott recommended the site: AllMusic

Mudhoney- Touch Me I’m Sick

~74 minutes
If you’ve heard of Mudhoney, then you’ve heard of the song “Touch Me I’m Sick.” Mudhoney’s sound fell solidly under the “Grunge” moniker, and the industry immediately slapped the Seattle label all over everything they wrote, played, wore, whatever. You could easily answer the question, “What is Grunge?” by playing Mudhoney’s first two studio albums, then Soundgarden’s first 2 studio albums and wrap it up with Nirvana’s first 2 studio albums. In my conversations on the show there was a general agreement on these albums, even though Soundgarden’s “Badmotorfinger” is technically their third album it still got many votes. Working my way through some of Mudhoney’s later albums I came across a number of excellent tracks that perpetuated their original style- outstanding vocals, heavy tones and satisfying rhythms tinged with grunge i.e. “Suck You Dry,” “Ghost,” and “Acetone.”

Playlist for Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick

Scott’s picks:

  • Soundgarden – Outshined; but also recommends the whole album, Badmotorfinger
  • Nirvana – Love Buzz; Floyd the Barber
  • Temple of the Dog – Hungerstrike (Scott recommends the entire cd)
  • Pearl Jam – Jeremy

Rich’s picks:

  • Dead Kennedy’s – MtV Get Off the Air
  • Nirvana – Sliver
  • Sonic Youth – Halloween
  • Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger (the whole album) [i suggest Jesus Christ Pose]

Ryan couldn’t make it on the show but he writes:

  • Two tunes that come to mind are Nirvana’s “Negative Creep” and Soundgarden’s “Big Dumb Sex”. When the grunge thing was just blasting off and these bands were getting loads of attention and Mudhoney was throwing down just as many songs for an even longer time, these songs were big hits in the stock room at SSU bookstore. I priced lots of text books listening to grunge.

Dan’s Picks:

  • CatBUTT – I’m a Dick

Randy’s Picks

  • Nirvana – Floyd the Barber
  • Jesus Lizard – Here Comes Dudley
  • Jesus Chrysler – I Wanna Be
  • Operation Ivy – Knowledge
  • Soundgarden – Flower
  • My Pick’s

    • Mudhoney – Here Comes Sickness; Acetone
    • Screaming Trees – Alice Said
    • Soundgarden – Burden in My Hand; Ty Cobb
    • Tad – Giant Killer
    • Sonic Youth – Schizophrenia; Paper Cup Exit
    • Melvins – Copache

    Other media:

    Dan recommends the book “Everybody Loves Our Town” by Mark Yarm
    (while I was looking for a link to Mark Yarm’s work I came across this website – The Grunge Report – didn’t get a chance to browse it. . . yet