The Little Lighthouse

Flashlite #316

February 26th, 2015

Rhiannon GiddensToday we introduce Rhiannon Giddens, musician who studied opera in Oberlin Conservatory here in Ohio. She has a cool cover of Elizabeth Cotten classic Shake Sugaree. Also, Eternal Tapestry come from Portland and play some trippy music. Pond from Australia also plays trippy music and we check out their new album in this show. Spanish neo-psychedelic band The See See is also represented with the new record today.

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Ramones – Judy Is a Punk;
The New Piccadillys – Judy Is A Punk;
Bad News Boys – Kiss My Sister’s Fist;
Jonly Bonly – I Don’t Mind;
Hound Dog Taylor – Take Five (Blues Alphabet);
Mud Boy and The Neutrons – I’ve Got A Secret;
Rhiannon Giddens – Shake Sugaree;
Willy Deville – Shake Sugaree;
Mikal Cronin – Get Along (Live in CLE);
The See See – Big Bad Storm;
Pond – Elvis’ Flaming Star;
Eternal Tapestry – Enchanters Nightshade;
Endless Boogie – Berry Wythe.

Flashlite #315

February 19th, 2015

Tim Lee and Susan BauerWe have some nice new projects for the familiar faces at The Little Lighthouse. Jeffrey Evans (68 Comeback, Gibson Bros) plays with Ross Johnson (Panther Burns) occasional gigs in Memphis and now an album of a set they recorded back in 2008 with Jim Dickinson is finally out on a disc. Robert Pollard gathered some old Dayton friends and formed a new band called Ricked Wicky (actually the name of one of his first bands). Tim Lee and Susan Bauer celebrate a 33rd and 1/3 anniversary with an LP of the same title. We introduce some new names in this show this time: Germ House from New Mexico, Two Gallants from San Francisco and The New Piccadillys who play Mersey beat versions of well rock’n'roll standards (mostly!).

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Tim Hardin – Once-Touched By Flame 1;
68 Comeback – Chantilly Rock (And A Pony’s Tail);
Ross Johnson and Jeffrey Evans – Dateless Night;
The Strungs – Closing Speed;
Ricked Wicky – Frenzy of Blame;
Germ House – I Can’t Stand Neon;
Turf War – Where I Belong (Live in CLE);
The Windbreakers – Again;
Tim Lee 3 – (Let’s Do) Something Stupid;
Two Gallants – My Man Go;
Rod Stewart – Gasoline Alley;
Koko Taylor – Wang Dang Doodle;
The New Piccadillys – Voodoo Chile;
Jimi Hendrix – Blues – Voodoo Chile Blues;
Stop – Voodoo Chile;
Tim Hardin – Once-Touched By Flame 2.

Flashlite #314

February 12th, 2015

Miriam LinnaSecret star of this episode is Neil Young. Two of his songs recently saw inspiring covers. Kent State murders are having a 45 year anniversary this year. Neil wrote a song about the event and this year, Cleveland band Obnox recorded a cover. A totally different sounding Colleen Rennison’s new album is named after a Neil Young song See The Sky About To Rain from On The Beach. King Khan is very active these days. After his album with Gris Gris, he reunited with Mark Sultan in a new duet Bad News Boys. We also have Miriam Linna, once a member of Cramps and nowadays boss of Norton Records. She’s back into the “business” as a performer and has a solo album Nobody’s Baby. Howlin’ Rain led by Ethan Miller also has a new album Mansion Songs.

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Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone;
Bad News Boys – Illuminations;
King Khan and the Gris Gris – Too Hard and Too Fast;
The Bevis Frond – Lights Are Changing;
Evan Dando – Green Eyes (Live in CLE);
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – Ohio;
Obnox – Ohio;
Colleen Rennison – See The Sky About To Rain;
Neil Young – See The Sky About To Rain;
Eamon McGrath – Empire of Open Air;
Miriam – Questioningly;
Ramones – Questioningly;
Otis Spann – Got My Mojo Working (Blues Alphabet);
Ducks Deluxe – West Texas Trucking Board;
Howlin’ Rain – Big Red Moon.

Flashlite #313

February 5th, 2015

Vlasta PopićToday we represent the new album for Cincinnati’s Buffalo Killers. We also have Ex Cult from Memphis with their last year’s album which fell through the cracks. Chris Brokaw teamed up with Chicago professor Geoff Farina on a new acoustic guitar album. New names today are Canadian actress and singer with a great voice Colleen Rennison. Old Testament come from LA and bring out some strong roots rock. But, some of the most interesting things this week come from the SE Europe. Umreti Fit come from Szeged, Hungary and sing in Serbo-Croatian. Vlasta Popić from Varazdin, Croatia, bring out some jumpy, energetic rock’n'roll, which reminds me on Boye, especially on their tune Ako nisam dobra.

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Byrds – Change Is Now;
Junction – Sorcerer;
Buffalo Killers – Louder Than Your Lips;
War – Cisco Kid;
Boye – Moracu se boriti;
Vlasta Popić – Ako nisam dobra;
Umreti fit – Poslednji Put Apokalipsa;
Ex Cult – Venice Illusion;
Reigning Sound – Stop And Think It Over (Live in CLE);
Memphis Slim – Steppin’ Out (Blues Alphabet);
Chris Brokaw and Geoff Farina – St James Infirmary Blues;
Bobby Blue Bland – St James Infirmary;
Badfinger – Money;
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Commotion;
Colleen Rennison – Stage Fright;
The Band – Stage Fright;
Uncle Tupelo – Punch Drunk;
Old Testament – Let Me In;
Peter Case – The End.

Flashlite #312

January 29th, 2015

Chook RaceThis show starts of with Jonly Bonly – a new band out of Austin, lead by Jason Smith who used to be a lead guitarist in OBN IIIs. Dreamsalon from Seattle are back in our show. Exactly one year ago we introduced them with their previous album, and now the new one Soft Stab is out. John Schooley teamed up with Walter Daniels who played with many – 68 Comeback and Oblivians are just some of the names. Chook Race from Australia took those REM jangly guitars and reincarnated that lost sound on a new record About Time. Jeremy Morris from Lemon Clocks is back with another band called simply The Jeremy Band. And in the end we pay another homage to Kim Fowley.

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John Paul Jones – On The Road;
The Tunes – Crowded Heart;
Jonly Bonly – Total Control;
OBN IIIs – Stick and move;
Dreamsalon – Lick;
Dreamsalon – Don’t Feel Like Walkin’;
John Schooley and Walter Daniels – All Around Man;
Magic Sam Blues Band – You Belong To Me (Blues Alphabet);
McGuinness Flint – When I’m Dead And Gone;
REM – Life and How To Live It;
Chook Race – Tables Turned;
Jeremy Bond – Home;
Radio Birdman – You’re Gonna Miss Me;
The Psykicks – Down The Drain;
Danny And The Darleans – Fleures Du Mal (Live in CLE);
Mick Collins and Danny Kroha – Welcome To The Cemetery Club;
Kim Fowley – California Gypsy Man.

Flashlite #311

January 22nd, 2015

Kim FowleySome interesting stuff today. Erotic Biljan and his Heretics from Zagreb have a new single called Discgrace and we check it out. Also, Plastic Pals out of Sweden have a new single Riding With Elvis commemorating 80th birthday of Elvis Presley, which happened on January 8th. Also, out of Sweden, we have a new garage rock band The Vanjas. From Puerto Rico, we have Los Vigilantes singing in Spanish. Volume two of Jackie DeShannon tunes performed by other artists is out and we hear some rare acetates that she made as demos back in the day. We dedicate today’s show to one of the most original and interesting rock songwriters and organizers, one and only Kim Fowley who passed away last week.

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Jackie DeShannon – Only You Can Free My Mind;
The Vanjas – Friday Twist;
The Plastic Pals – Riding with Elvis;
Bäddat För Trubbel – Fakta Och Nostalgi;
First Base – That’s My Girlfriend;
Games – About Me;
Erotic Biljan and His Heretics – Disgrace;
Danny And The Darleans – Don’t Get In The Car (Live in CLE);
Kim Fowley – Bubblegum;
Kim Fowley and Ben Vaughn – The King of Saturday Night;
Ben Vaughn – She Fell Out The Window;
Jackie DeShannon – New Thoughts;
Jackie DeShannon – Love Forever Stay;
Leon Redbone – Mississippi Delta Blues (Blues Alphabet);
Nude Beach – On The One Too Manys;
Los Vigilantes – Ahi no Estoy;
Outragous Cherry – Timing Ain’t Everything;
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – I Am In Heaven;
The Last – Hitler’s Brother;
The Steppes – Who Needs More Love.

Flashlite #310

January 15th, 2015

Sonny Vincent and SpiteSonny Vincent is back with no less than two new records. One is with his new band called Spite – it features also Glen Matlock, Steve Mackay and Rat Scabies – all star line up, and that’s how it sounds too. He also has a solo record called Cyanide Consomme. Great work indeed. Eamon McGrath finally gathered his three-song downloads into a full blown LP called Exile. We play a new rocking version of the title track. He also has an updated bandcamp website with a TON of great rare demos. We pick some in our show today. There’s a tribute out there to Bruce Springsteen’s album Born in the USA. We feature Trampled By Turtles from Duluth, MN. Another new band today is Zig Zags from LA. We say goodbye to Joe Cocker and Jimmy Ruffin.

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King Khan and the Gris Gris – Born to Die;
Zig Zags – Brainded Warrior;
Sonny Vincent and Spite – Now That I Have You;
Sonny Vincent – Just Like Penguins;
Eamon McGrath – Exile;
Eamon McGrath – Empire of Open Air;
Eamon McGrath – Song For Berlin;
Afterhours – Riprendere Berlino;
Dawn Chorus and The Blue Tits – I’m Going Down;
Trampled By Turtles – I’m Goin Down;
Bruce Springsteen – I’m Goin Down;
Bassholes – Broke Down Engine (Live in CLE);
Jimmy Rogers, Muddy Waters and Little Walter – Act Like You Love Me (Blues Alphabet);
Joe Cocker – Honky Tonk Women;
Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted.

Sweet Apple and Doug Gillard reviewWhen Mick Jagger was in his late forties he recorded Primitive Cool and Steel Wheels. Certainly not the highest point of his career. But, it seems that the generation of musicians who are in their late forties these days are growing up a bit slower, putting better and better records as the time goes by. Examples are many – Nick Saloman from Bevis Frond, Matthew Smith from Outrageous Cherry, Rich Hopkins… The heroes of this story, Doug Gillard and John Petkovic are in that group.

Gillard and Petkovic started back in the eighties in a band called Death of Samantha. After several underground records and an extensive touring schedule across the USA in a van, the band morphed into Cobra Verde. Then, in the nineties, Robert Pollard hired the entire band to be the new line up of Guided By Voices. Gillard then stayed with Pollard and Petkovic split with a new line-up of Cobra Verde.

Petkovic’s latest project is Sweet Apple. The first album in 2010, Love and Desparation was a rocking record, but the latest one Golden Age of Glitter shines even brighter. There are no fillers on this one. The record also features a multiple help from some super talented musicians J Mascis, Mark Lanegan, Rachel Haden and Pollard who reunited with Petkovic on several tunes (pun intended – one tune he helped with is actually called Reunion). As one author wrote about the record, it plays like an exercise in enlightened revisionism, describing Petkovic’s desire to revisit some of the long lost musical genres of the seventies. But a really disarming thing about this record is the song writing talent and enthusiasm that Petkovic clearly put into the album. You can trust me on that one – I had a rare opportunity to see the album being built up from the first set of vague guitar riffs, recording and struggle to find an appropriate cover – to the first vinyl press testing.

Gillard also had a record recently. It’s called Parade On. He is well known as one of the finest guitarists in alternative rock (whatever it is), mainly from his tenure in Guided By Voices. But even the big fans of GBV can’t name too many of the songs Gillard has written, other than one of their biggest hits I Am A Tree. On Parade On, his song writing talent absolutely shines. In a private conversation with Gillard, he confessed that he attempted to make an easy listening record. And indeed, Parade On can stand next to any Paddy McAloon’s work, but with a bit harder edge, especially instrumentally.

There are two things in common to the new records of Gillard and Petkovic. One – they are probably the greatest and the most consistent albums they’ve ever written. The two songwriters defy their age with enthusiasm for rocking and rolling, sounding more youthful than ever. Two – the records also came out while their original band Death of Samantha reunited and rerecorded their early tunes on a really cool live record called If Memory Serves Us Well. Certainly, Gillard and Petkovic are at the very peak of their careers as songwriters and performers. Perhaps one way to achieve an even greater artistic peak would be to start writing new music together. You read it here first!

Outrageous Cherry and Danny and The Darleans reviewMatthew Smith is a long time fixture on Detrot rock’n'roll scene. For years, his music is very well informed with all those genres that make rock music so exciting for all of us. His band with a revolving membership, Outrageous Cherry has been proving that for the past 20 years with some 15 odd albums. This year’s album Digital Age is in many ways a special one.

First, it comes after a four year break in discography – the longest one so far on Smith’s list. But sometimes, making a longer break like that can result in a very positive result. A bunch of songs piled up and Digital Age can be heard as the most consistent Outrageous Cherry album in my memory.

Smith’s songwriting is super clever and catchy. Lots of songs deal with the modern times and even some politics. Very engaging stuff, but not overwhelming. The music contains a lot of cool guitars and vocals are drenched in powerful reverbs and phasing. The bass player Colleen Burke also did a great job on it.

Talking about Colleen, she is also in Danny And The Darleans – another really cool Detroit band that had a record recently. Just by looking at the cover, I think it’s titled Stink, but it appears title-less on some other listings out there.

Danny of course is Danny Kroha who was with The Gories and Demolition Doll Rods. He’s taking the main stage on this new trio – the spotlight is on him this time. Stink contains some strong garage rock material and it really stands out in the ambitious tune Les Fleurs Du Mal.

Stink by Danny And The Darleans and Digital Age by Outrageous Cherry are two strongest records from Detroit in 2014, which will obviously remain as one of the strongest rock’n'roll towns. Both bands contain Colleen Burke on bass and both records are recorded in mono. Really great stuff!

Map to the Treasure Reimagining Laura Nyro reviewMaking a good tribute is not an easy thing to do. You can have the best musicians the best songs but rarely do things fall together so nicely. On Map To The Treasure things came together perfectly and I think several things contributed to that.

First, you can find jazz, country and rock musicians and singers all collaborating together which could potentially be a bit chaotic, but one important thing to have in mind – this is a tribute to Laura Nyro – you have to be chaotic.

Second, obviously everyone involved, especially the boss of this project Billy Childs, is deeply in love with the music of Laura Nyro.

Third, the whole record is a very curious combination of emotional and rational. The songs and Laura’s musical approach wasn’t just presented as a replay, but her style and arrangements are closely studied and built upon.

And forth, the record is a strange combination of different musical taste. The musicians behind this record walk a thin line of delicious madness and saccharine which make the repeated listening an excellent pleasure. Just hear Rickie Lee Jones belting out some really out of the left field vocals on Been on a Train, and compare it to a more conventional approach taken by Dianne Reeves and Alison Krauss on this record, and you will know what I’m talking about.

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Mystery Train
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Kozmic Blues
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Dave Swanson's Vive Le Rock
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Sympathy For Rock'n'Roll
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