Friday, October 22, 2021

“Flying Saucer Safari”, Suburban Lawns

This way: Flying Saucer Safari

These folks are solid gold. Suburban Lawns were an American post-punk band formed in Long Beach, California in 1978 by CalArts students William "Vex Billingsgate" Ranson and Sue "Su Tissue" McLane. They later recruited Richard "Frankie Ennui" Whitney, Charles "Chuck Roast" Rodriguez, and John "John Gleur" McBurney. Gleur departed during the recording of the Richard Mazda-produced five-song EP Baby, released in 1983, and the band folded shortly afterward.

[Spotify]  Flying Saucer Safari

Thursday, October 21, 2021

“Bury the Hammer”, Beat Happening

This way: Bury the Hammer

This one of my favorite albums, near perfect. Beat Happening is an American indie pop band formed in Olympia, Washington in 1982. Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis, and Bret Lunsford have been the band's continual members. Beat Happening were early leaders in the American indie pop and lo-fi movements, noted for their use of primitive recording techniques, disregard for the technical aspects of musicianship, and songs with subject matters of a childish or coy nature. Beat Happening met while attending The Evergreen State College and began recording in 1983. The band took its name from a student art film, Beatnik Happening, made by Bret's girlfriend. The band's basic line-up was drums, guitar and vocals, though when they formed their only instruments were a pair of maracas and a Sears Silvertone guitar purchased at a thrift shop. Heather once joked in an interview that the history of the band could be told through a list of the various people whose drums they'd borrowed. 

[Spotify]  Bury the Hammer

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

“Tub Erupt”, Vanishing Twin

This way: Tub Erupt

Vanishing Twin are a London-based psychedelic pop quintet, founded in 2015. The group is led by singer and guitarist Cathy Lucas, also a member of Fanfarlo, and have released three albums: Choose Your Own Adventure (2016), The Age of Immunology (2019), and Ookii Gekkou (2021). The band's name refers to the fetal absorption of Lucas's twin during pregnancy.
The band consists of Cathy Lucas on vocals, Valentina Magaletti on drums (whose credits include Bat for Lashes and Gruff Rhys’ Neon Neon project), bassist Susumu Mukai (aka Zongamin), with Phil M.F.U. (Man From Uranus) on "strange sounds" and filmmaker/visual artist Elliott Arndt on flute and percussion. Lucas was previously a member of Fanfarlo. "The group’s cosmopolitan membership initially reflected its mission to synthesize psychedelic traditions around the globe, from tropicalía to kosmische rock." Their sound has been compared to the band Stereolab and is described as Brazilian psych-jazz as well as a psychedelic, experimental pop ensemble.

[Spotify]  Tub Erupt

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

“I Almost Prayed”, The Weather Prophets

This way: I Almost Prayed

The Weather Prophets were a British indie band formed in London in 1986 after the break-up of The Loft. After two studio albums, the band split up, with singer Peter Astor going on to a solo career. Following the breakup of The Loft, Peter Astor (vocals, guitar) and Dave Morgan (drums) formed The Weather Prophets (named after a line in the opening paragraph of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer) in 1986. An early incarnation saw Creation Records head-honcho Alan McGee playing bass, but he soon reverted to manager as new members David Greenwood Goulding (bass) and Oisin Little (guitar) were recruited to complete the line up.
The debut single, "Almost Prayed" (Creation, 1986), seemed to carry on where The Loft had left off; consequently both interest and critical approval were high for the record, and a second single was issued on Creation that same year.

[Spotify]  I Almost Prayed

Monday, October 18, 2021

“Plateau”, Meat Puppets

This way: Plateau

Great LP from my old pals the Meat Puppets. Meat Puppets II is the second album by the Phoenix, Arizona band the Meat Puppets, released in 1984. It is a departure from their self-titled debut album, which consisted largely of noisy hardcore with unintelligible vocals. It covers many genres from country-style rock ("Magic Toy Missing", "Climbing" and Lost") to slow acoustic songs ("Plateau" and "Oh, Me") to psychedelic guitar effects ("Aurora Borealis" and "Were Here"). 

The cover art is by Curt Kirkwood and Neal Holliday.

The Meat Puppets' SST labelmates Minutemen covered "Lost" on the live EP Tour-Spiel and their last studio album, 3-Way Tie (For Last). Three of the album's songs were covered by Nirvana (as the Kirkwood brothers joined them onstage) during their "Unplugged" show for MTV ("Plateau", "Oh, Me", and "Lake of Fire"). 

[Spotify]  Plateau

[Charming Live version]  Plateau (KEXP live)

Saturday, October 16, 2021

“Candy Says”, Velvet Underground

This way: Candy Says

The Velvet Underground was an American rock band formed in New York City in 1964. The original line-up consisted of singer/guitarist Lou Reed, multi-instrumentalist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Angus MacLise. MacLise was replaced by Moe Tucker in 1965, who played on most of the band's recordings. Their integration of rock and the avant-garde achieved little commercial success during the group's existence, but they are now recognized as one of the most influential bands in rock, underground, experimental, and alternative music. The group's provocative subject matter, musical experiments, and often nihilistic attitudes also proved influential in the development of punk rock and new wave music.

[Spotify] Candy Says

[Great cover, Antony] Candy Says

Friday, October 15, 2021

“Make that Move”, The Rockats

This way: Make that Move

Great story in the news the other day about how Smutty Smiff lost his bass 40 years ago and how it turned up in a New Jersey Pawn Shop. Levi & the Rockats were founded in 1977 by Levi Dexter, a Teddy Boy from Southend on Sea. His main influences included Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Elvis Presley, musicians popular among the 1960s British rocker subculture. In December 1979 Levi & the Rockats disbanded and the Rockats continued under that name. Levi Dexter went solo and is still performing rockabilly music and was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame.

In the 1980s, the Rockats opened for groups like Kiss, Iggy Pop, The Clash, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Thin Lizzy, and The Pretenders. After Levi Dexter left the band, it was re-formed with Dibbs Preston on vocals. This band is notable as one of the first rockabilly groups to incorporate punk rock and new wave influences to appeal to both punks and Teds, influencing later groups like Brian Setzer's Stray Cats and Dave Alvin's The Blasters, while retaining the raw authenticity of pre-British invasion Rock and roll. 

[Spotify] Make that Move

Thursday, October 14, 2021

“Paddy's Gone”, Antony and the Johnsons

This way: Paddy's Gone

What a voice! Antony and the Johnsons is an American music group presenting the work of Anohni and her collaborators. 
British experimental musician David Tibet of Current 93 heard a demo and offered to release Anohni's music through his Durtro label. Anohni started the band, its name inspired by drag queen and activist Marsha P. Johnson. The debut album, Antony and the Johnsons, was released in 1998. In 2001, while still known as Antony Hegarty, Anohni/Hegarty released a short follow-up EP, I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy, which, in addition to the title track, included a cover of "Mysteries of Love", a David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti song and "Soft Black Stars", a Current 93 cover.

Producer Hal Willner heard the EP and played it to Lou Reed, who immediately recruited Hegarty for his project The Raven. Now gaining more attention, Hegarty signed to U.S.-based record label Secretly Canadian, and released another EP, The Lake, with Lou Reed guest-performing on one of the tracks. Secretly Canadian also re-released Hegarty's debut album in the United States to wider distribution in 2004.

[Spotify] Paddy's Gone

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

“Too Much Money”, Automatic/Peanut Butter Wolf

This way: Too Much Money

This is a remix of a song by Automatic. Christopher George Manak (born October 8, 1969), better known by his stage name Peanut Butter Wolf, is an American disc jockey and record producer from San Jose, California.  He is based in Los Angeles, where he moved to in 2000. He is the founder of Stones Throw Records. In 1989, Peanut Butter Wolf met rapper Charizma. They became friends and started making music together.[8] They made a name for themselves in San Jose and the Bay Area through their live shows and demo tapes. Charizma was shot dead in 1993. In 1996, Peanut Butter Wolf founded Stones Throw Records, which would release the duo's Big Shots in 2003. 

[Spotify] Too Much Money

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

“Sell or be Sold”, Minutemen

This way: Sell or be Sold

Best band of all time?
Minutemen were an American punk rock band formed in San Pedro, California, in 1980. Composed of guitarist/vocalist D. Boon, bassist/vocalist Mike Watt, and drummer George Hurley, Minutemen recorded four albums and eight EPs before Boon's death in an automobile accident in 1985; after Boon's death, the band broke up. They were noted in the California punk community for a philosophy of "jamming econo"—a sense of thriftiness reflected in their touring and presentation—while their eclectic and experimental attitude was instrumental in pioneering alternative rock and post-hardcore. 

[Spotify] Sell or be Sold

Monday, October 11, 2021

“Long Haired Guys from England”, Too Much Joy

This way: Long Haired Guys from England

How is it possible that I haven't posted a song by Too Much Joy thus far? Well here is one, but they have a ton of great songs. From the 1991 album Cereal Killers. Too Much Joy is an American alternative rock music group, that formed in the early 1980s in Scarsdale, New York. 

Saturday, October 9, 2021

“You Say You”, Bob Mould

This way: You Say You (live)

Here is a great track from 2016. Bob Mould (born October 16, 1960) is an American musician, principally known for his work as guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü in the 1980s and Sugar in the 1990s.

[Spotify] You Say You

Friday, October 8, 2021

“Earth is Speeding”, The Vaselines

This way: Earth is Speeding

The Vaselines are a Scottish alternative rock band. Formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1986, the band was originally a duo between its songwriters Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, but later added James Seenan and Eugene's brother Charlie Kelly on bass and drums respectively from the band Secession. McKee had formerly been a member of a band named The Pretty Flowers with Duglas T. Stewart, Norman Blake, Janice McBride and Sean Dickson. Eugene Kelly had formerly played in The Famous Monsters. 

The band formed in 1986, initially as a duo backed by a drum machine. Originally intending to create a fanzine, Kelly and McKee decided to form a band instead. Stephen Pastel of The Pastels is credited with coming up with their name. After playing their first gigs, they signed to Pastel's 53rd and 3rd label and recorded the Son of a Gun EP with him producing, released in summer 1987. The EP featured a cover of Divine's "You Think You're a Man" on its B-side. By late 1987, Eugene's brother Charlie Kelly had joined on drums with James Seenan on bass. With this line-up and with Stephen Pastel producing again, they recorded the Dying for It EP, released in early 1988. It featured the songs "Molly's Lips" and "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam," both of which Nirvana would later cover. 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

“I Don't Care About you”, Fear

This way: I Don't Care About you

Fear is an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1977. The band is credited for helping to shape the sound and style of Californian hardcore punk. The group gained national prominence after an infamous 1981 performance on Saturday Night Live.  

Frontman Lee Ving has been the band's only constant member. Since its formation, the band has gone through various lineup changes, and at one point featured Flea, later a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, on bass. The classic FEAR lineup existed from 1978 to 1982, and was composed of Ving, guitarist Philo Cramer, bassist Derf Scratch and drummer Spit Stix.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

“There is a Hum”, Bush Tetras

This way: There is a Hum

Bush Tetras are a great NYC band from the 70/80's. Here they are on a reformed EP from 2019. 

Bush Tetras are an American post-punk band from New York City, formed in 1979. They are best known for the 1980 song "Too Many Creeps", which exemplified the band's sound of "jagged rhythms, slicing guitars, and sniping vocals". Although they did not achieve mainstream success, the Bush Tetras were influential and popular in the Manhattan club scene and college radio in the early 1980s. New York's post-punk revival of the 2000s was accompanied by a resurgence of interest in the genre, with the Tetras' influence heard in many of that scene's bands

[Spotify] There is a Hum

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

“Black is the Colour”, The Body Big|Brave

This way: Black is the Colour

Great collaboration between these two bands. Originally, BIG|BRAVE shared The Body’s desire to throttle amp cabinet cones to their absolute limits. But by their second album, 2015’s Au De La, the Montreal trio shifted gears, deciding to highlight the inherent melodic qualities in frontwoman Robin Wattie’s voice. Since then, Wattie and her bandmates have used their instrumentation to induce a sense of majesty not unlike the way cathedral builders used stone, space and light to inspire awe. Once Wattie started quote-unquote singing, she showed a distinct ability to convey majesty and mournfulness at the same time. And like The Body, BIG|BRAVE have long demonstrated an appreciation for dynamics and texture. In effect, you could say they’ve been making “hymns” out of heavy music all along. 

Monday, October 4, 2021

“California Uber Alles”, Richard McGraw

This way: California Uber Alles

Great cover of the Dead Kennedys song. This artist created a series of songs in disparaging styles.

We have come for your uncool niece.

[Spotify] not likely


Saturday, October 2, 2021

“Generation Rumble”, Dave Edmonds

This way: Generation Rumble

Dave Edmunds is a Welsh singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Although he is mainly associated with pub rock and new wave, having many hits in the 1970s and early 1980s, his natural leaning has always been towards 1950s-style rock and roll and rockabilly. 


Friday, October 1, 2021

"Transendental Blues", Steve Earle

This way: Transendental Blues

Here is a great one from Steves near perfect LP. 

Steve Earle (born January 17, 1955) is an American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter, record producer, author and actor. Earle began his career as a songwriter in Nashville and released his first EP in 1982. 

His breakthrough album was the 1986 album Guitar Town, the eponymous lead single peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot Country chart. Since then Earle has released 20 more studio albums and received three Grammy awards, all for Best Contemporary Folk Album; he has four additional nominations in the same category. "Copperhead Road", released in 1988, is his best selling single, having peaked on its initial release at number 10 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and had a 21st century resurgence, having reached number 15 on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, buoyed by vigorous online sales. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Levon Helm, The Highwaymen, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Shawn Colvin, Bob Seger, Percy Sledge and Emmylou Harris. He has appeared in film and television, and has written a novel, a play, and a book of short stories. 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

"Cain's Heresy", The Lounge Society

This way: Cain's Heresy

The Lounge Society hail from the Pennine towns of Hebden Bridge and Todmorden in the Calder Valley of West Yorkshire. There the rain falls two hundred days a year upon the moss-draped, post-industrial ruins, the clouds scud overhead at speed and up on the heathered moor-tops carrion crows hungrily peck at the skulls of dead sheep.  

[Spotify] Cain's Heresy

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

"New Life", Do Nothing

This way: New Life

The Nottingham-based quartet have a limited recorded output thus far – three tracks are available to stream, which verge from the sardonic ramblings of ‘Gangs’ to the slower jangle of ‘Handshakes’ and the fidgety ‘Waitress’ – but their buzz has been built from these live shows, which are ever-changing, unpredictable and very, very exciting.  

[Spotify] New Life

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

“Scream”, Lindsey Buckingham

This way: Scream

There really is no good reason to like Lindsey Buckingham. But for some reason I do. He was recently kicked out of Fleetwood Mac, which is like what? Really? Can they do that? Here is a fantastic new song from his latest release. 

[Spotify] Scream

Monday, September 27, 2021

"Fox on the Run", Sweet

This way: Fox on the Run

Is the world ready for Sweet still? This from 1975.
The Sweet, sometimes also shortened to just Sweet, is a British glam rock band that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s. Their best known line-up consisted of lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve Priest, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker. The group was originally called The Sweetshop.

The band was formed in London in 1968 and achieved their first hit, "Funny Funny", in 1971 after teaming up with songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and record producer Phil Wainman. During 1971 and 1972, their musical style followed a marked progression from the Archies-like bubblegum style of "Funny Funny" to a Who-influenced hard rock style supplemented by a striking use of high-pitched backing vocals.

The band first achieved success in the UK charts, with thirteen Top 20 hits during the 1970s alone, with "Block Buster!" (1973) topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in "Hell Raiser" (1973), "The Ballroom Blitz" (1973) and "Teenage Rampage" (1974). The band turned to a more hard rock style with their mid-career singles, like 1974's "Turn It Down". "Fox on the Run" (1975) also reached number two on the UK charts. These results were topped in West Germany and other countries on the European mainland. They also achieved success and popularity in the US with the top ten hits "Little Willy", "The Ballroom Blitz", "Fox on the Run", and "Love is Like Oxygen". 
[Spotify] Fox on the Run

Saturday, September 25, 2021

“Sparks Kiss the Water”, Palm Ghosts

This way: Sparks Kiss the Water

Palm Ghosts is a dream pop punk band based in Nashville. 

Taking cues from such bands as Cocteau Twins, Peter Gabriel, Echo and The Bunnymen, New Order, early U2 and The Cure, Palm Ghosts takes the sounds of early 80s alternative music and brings it into the new millennium.

Their self-titled debut is a tapestry of lo-fi folk and indie pop 88.5 WXPN in Philadelphia called “Elegant and Sweeping Pop”.

Greenland, Palm Ghosts’ second record, consists of songs that walk the line of electronic, indie and Americana music Atwood magazine called “A stirring mix of folk writing with electronica-tinged production…Electronically magnetic and emotionally heartfelt.”

In May of 2017 Palm Ghosts found their sound with the release of Architecture, a critically lauded collection of cinematic dream pop songs.

Friday, September 24, 2021

"Poor Napoleon", Elvis Costello

This way: Poor Napoleon

This album is where Napoleon Dynamite got his name. Napoleon Blownapart . . . . . . 

Elvis Costello, is an English singer-songwriter with Irish heritage. Costello began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British punk and new wave movement that emerged in the mid-to-late 1970s. His critically acclaimed debut album My Aim Is True was released in 1977. Shortly after recording it, he formed the Attractions as his backing band. His second album This Year's Model was released in 1978, and was ranked number 11 by Rolling Stone on its list of the best albums from 1967 to 1987. His third album Armed Forces was released in 1979, and features his highest-charting single, "Oliver's Army" (number 2 in the UK). His first three albums all appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.   

[Spotify] Poor Napoleon

Thursday, September 23, 2021

“Tangerine”, Buffalo Tom

This way: Tangerine

Buffalo Tom is an American alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, formed in 1986. Its principal members are guitarist Bill Janovitz, bassist Chris Colbourn, and drummer Tom Maginnis. The band's name is derived from the band Buffalo Springfield and the first name of the drummer. 
Buffalo Tom began with a friendship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst among students Chris Colbourn, Tom Maginnis, and Bill Janovitz. Another friendship with guitarist/frontman J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. helped the band's career to take off by assisting with the production on the band's first two albums. Mascis also played lead guitar on the song "Impossible" from Buffalo Tom's self-titled debut.

Buffalo Tom had their highest-charting songs in the mid-1990s: "Sodajerk" (1993) peaked at No. 8 and "Sleepy Eyed" (1995) peaked at No. 4 on the Heatseekers chart. Their album, Big Red Letter Day, peaked at no. 17 in the UK Albums Chart in October 1993

[Spotify] Tangerine

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

“Harnessed in Slums”, Archers of Loaf

This way: Harnessed in Slums

One of my all time favorite bands. Archers of Loaf is an American indie rock band originally formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1991. The group toured extensively and released four studio albums, one compilation, numerous singles and EPs, and a live album which was released after the band broke up in 1998. In 2011 the band began a reunion tour that coincided with the reissue of four of its albums by Merge Records.009, they had 30 singles reach the Top 50 of the UK Singles Chart. 
Singer/guitarist Eric Bachmann, guitarist Eric Johnson, bassist Matt Gentling, and drummer Mark Price, all originally from Asheville, North Carolina, formed Archers of Loaf in the early 1990s. Eric Bachmann was a saxophone major at Appalachian State University before dropping out because he "didn't want to be a high school band director." 

Their initial release in 1992 was a 45" single, "Wrong" b/w "South Carolina" given away free with issue 1 of Stay Free! magazine. The band signed with Alias records, and released their second single "Web in Front" in February 1993; it received moderate college radio airplay. The song was featured in a season five episode of Beavis and Butt-Head, and was included on the soundtrack of the movie Mallrats in 1995.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

“Clean Kill”, Coriky

This way: Clean Kill

Coriky is an American punk rock band made up of Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens), Amy Farina (The Warmers, The Evens), and Joe Lally (Fugazi, The Messthetics). 
In 2015, Farina and MacKaye, who played together in The Evens, began playing music with Joe Lally (Fugazi, The Messthetics). In 2018, the group played their first show, now with the adopted moniker Coriky. During early 2020, Coriky released two songs, "Clean Kill" and "Too Many Husbands" via various free streaming services. Although the self-titled debut album was originally set for release on March 27, 2020, the COVID-19 lockdown enacted in the United States during March, 2020, delayed its release until June 12, 2020, in part to accommodate independent record stores closed due to the pandemic. 

The band previewed their album at a free show in D.C.'s St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church on February 22, 2020.

Upon release the record was favorably reviewed, and compared and contrasted to MacKaye and Farina's other band The Evens, and to MacKaye and Lally's other band Fugazi.

[Spotify] Clean Kill

Monday, September 20, 2021

“All for the Best”, Miracle Legion

This way: All for the Best

Miracle Legion was an American college rock band formed in 1983 in New Haven, Connecticut. They earned modest renown, especially in their native New England region, but also in the UK, where they were feted by music media such as NME and Melody Maker. The original lineup consisted of singer/guitarist Mark Mulcahy, lead guitarist Ray Neal, drummer Jeff Wiederschall, and bassist Joel Potocsky. Their first EP, The Backyard, was financed by Brad Morrison and released on the Bridgeport, Connecticut co-op label Incas Records in 1984 and became a college radio hit. Their first full-length album, Surprise Surprise Surprise, was released in 1987 on Rough Trade Records, by which time Potocsky had been replaced by bassist Steven West. In 1988, Glad came out, consisting of new songs and live tracks (which included a guest appearance by Pere Ubu). The same year, Miracle Legion's rhythm section departed, leaving only Mulcahy and Neal in the band.
[Spotify] All for the Best

[Thom Yorke version] All for the Best

The Thom Yorke track is from a tribute LP the was released in 2009 with an incredible lineup of musicians contributing after the untimely death of Marks wife. Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy

Saturday, September 18, 2021

“The Head and the Heart”, SPECTRES

This way: The Head and the Heart

Vancouver, British Columbia. This could be a thousand bands that came before. But it isn't, it's this band. The band right in front of you.

Friday, September 17, 2021

“Plascent Folk”, The Minus 5

This way: Plascent Folk

The Minus 5 is an American pop rock band, headed by musician Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows, often in partnership with R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck. McCaughey formed the band in 1993 as a side project with Buck, Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies. Buck had moved to the Seattle area in 1992; the other principals were longtime fixtures of the Seattle music scene. The four musicians had numerous personal and professional connections: both the Posies and McCaughey's The Young Fresh Fellows had recorded at Conrad Uno's Egg Studios and released albums on Uno's PopLlama Records label. The Young Fresh Fellows and The Posies were fixtures of Seattle's Crocodile Cafe, owned and managed by Buck's then-girlfriend (later wife) Stephanie Dorgan. The Young Fresh Fellows were the opening band at a Kevn Kinney gig at the Croc On July 4, 1992; Buck backed Kinney along with R.E.M.'s Mike Mills and Bill Berry. 

[Spotify] Plascent Folk

Thursday, September 16, 2021

“61 Highway”, Mississippi Fred McDowell

This way: 61 Highway

Fred McDowell (January 12, 1906 – July 3, 1972), was an American hill country blues singer and guitar player. 
McDowell was born in Rossville, Tennessee, United States. His parents were farmers, who both died while Fred was in his youth. He took up the guitar at the age of 14 and was soon playing for tips at dances around Rossville. Seeking a change from plowing fields, he moved to Memphis in 1926, where he worked in the Buck-Eye feed mill, which processed cotton into oil and other products. In 1928, he moved to Mississippi to pick cotton. He finally settled in Como, Mississippi, in 1940 or 1941 (or maybe the late 1930s), where he worked as a full-time farmer for many years while continuing to play music on weekends at dances and picnics. 

After decades of playing for small local gatherings, McDowell was recorded in 1959 by roving folklore musicologist Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins, on their Southern Journey field-recording trip. With interest in blues and folk music rising in the United States at the time, McDowell's field recordings for Lomax caught the attention of blues aficionados and record producers, and within a couple of years, he had finally become a professional musician and recording artist in his own right. His LPs proved quite popular, and he performed at festivals and clubs all over the world.

[Spotify] 61 Highway

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

"Hey, Snow White", Destroyer

This way: Hey, Snow White

Destroyer is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia fronted by singer-songwriter Dan Beja] and formed in 1995. The band's discography draws on a variety of musical influences, resulting in albums that can sound markedly distinct from one another; in Bejar's words, "That's kind of my goal: to start from scratch every time.  

"Musically I knew it was never going to be a metal band, but I thought lyrically there were fangs to the music."

[Spotify] Hey, Snow White

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

"Laugh it Up", Richard Swift

This way: Laugh it Up

Richard Swift (March 16, 1977 – July 3, 2018), born Ricardo Ochoa, was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and short-film maker. He was the founder, owner, and recording engineer of National Freedom, a recording studio located in Oregon, and worked as producer, collaborator, muse and influencer for acts including The Shins, Damien Jurado, David Bazan (of Pedro the Lion), Foxygen, Jessie Baylin, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lucius, Lonnie Holley, The Mynabirds, Wake Owl, Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab, Gardens & Villa, Cayucas, Fleet Foxes, Mango Safari and Guster. Swift was a former member of indie rock band The Shins and The Arcs. He was also a part of The Black Keys' live band during their 2014–2015 tour, performing as their touring bassist and backing singer.   

[Spotify]  Laugh it Up

Monday, September 13, 2021

“Instinct”, The Moles

This way: Instinct

The Moles were an Australian indie pop band founded and led by Richard Davies. The Moles were formed in Sydney and debuted in 1990 with the EP Untune the Sky. In 1991 they released their second EP, Tendrils and Paracetamol. 1992 followed their first full-length album Untune the Sky, after which The Moles relocated to New York, where they released a pair of seven-inch singles (later packaged together as the Double Single EP).

After a move to London, The Moles broke up in 1993.

In 1994, Davies revived The Moles, which resulted in their second album Instinct. 

[Spotify] Instinct

“Flying Saucer Safari”, Suburban Lawns

This way:  Flying Saucer Safari These folks are solid gold. Suburban Lawns were an American post-punk band formed in Long Beach, California ...