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Best of 2017We continue our list of best albums in 2017, this time with top 14 albums. This year was full of albums that will surely stay and I will definitely keep coming back to these many times in my life. Chris Church has came up with with a power pop album that can stand next to all the classics from that disarming genre that only seems effortless on the surface. Big Hogg offered us their extremely playful version of modern day prog rock. If you think Alien Lanes are a classic record, you should definitely look into Stevens and their album Good. Similar albums with great melodies, low fi and clever segues were always in the top of my albums in the past years. Matthew Melton and his wife Doris started a new project Dream Machine and The Illusion definitely made a mark, even politically (although unwittingly). Hayley Thompson-King and her concept record about the biblical woman is truly a deep album that goes from country over garage rock and ends up in opera. Tin Foil are newcomers from Detroit with an addictive set of songs on their album without a title. Pink Tiles return with a record that definitely puts them on a map of serious bands with fun content. David Nance comes from Omaha and has created an album sounds so well crafted, as if he was putting albums for a really long time. Americans on I’ll Be Yours reach depths and territories that were only visited by House of Freaks in the past. Emmett Kelly and his Cairo Gang continue with a series of truly timeless albums with Untouchable. Harlan T. Bobo’s new album came out only a month ago, and there was not enough time to come back to it many times, but it definitely made me rearrange my playlist and put him up on the high third place. It might be his strongest yet. On the top we have Sweet Apple and Bash & Pop. There’s a lot in common to these albums. Both are genre defying and disarmingly playful works of rock’s veteran warriors who know exactly where the sources of this music is. It was a good year for rock.

01 Bash & Pop - Anything Could Happen
02 Sweet Apple - Sing The Night In Sorrow
03 Harlan T. Bobo - Hector, A History of Violence
04 The Cairo Gang - Untouchable
05 The Americans - I'll Be Yours
06 David Nance - Negative Boogie
07 The Pink Tiles - #1 Fan
08 The Stevens - Good
09 Dream Machine - The Illusion
10 Hayley Thompson-King - Psychotic Melancholia
11 Tin Foil
12 Tall Juan - Olden Goldies
13 Big Hogg - Gargoyles
14 Chris Church - Limitations of Source Tape

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Chris Church – Fall Into Me;
Big Hogg – Gold and Silver;
Tall Juan – Cuida Coaches
Tin Foil – Shapes of Savannah;
Hayley Thompson-King – Teratoma;
Dream Machine – Diamond In The Rough;
The Stevens – Grandstands;
The Pink Tiles – Writer’s Block;
David Nance – Ambulance;
The Americans – Stowaway;
The Cairo Gang – Real Enough To Believe;
Harlan T. Bobo – Storied;
Sweet Apple – You Don’t Belong To Me;
Bash & Pop – Breathing Room;
Bash & Pop – Anybody Else;
Bash & Pop – Never Wanted To Know;
Sweet Apple – Everybody’s Leaving.

Best of 2017The Little Lighthouse presents best albums in 2017. A good way to usher the new year is to put together a list of best albums in the previous one. We’ve been doing this for a long time with more or less discipline, but the criteria is always personal and the lists simply collects albums that I’ve kept coming back to most frequently. This time we cover positions 35-15 and tune in next week for the top 14. Today we cover one of four albums that was put together by the productive and controversial Matthew Melton (Warm Soda), heavier rock records from The Obsessed, Elder, Motorpsycho All The Witches and Ruby The Hatchet show a modern approach to head banging, twisted Americana of Ethan Daniel Davidson, Yawpers and My Buddy Moose represent a fresh approach to a genre that needs reinvention badly. Strong lyrical works from Daniel Romano and John Wesley Coleman III are the best to enjoy while reading and musing on the inner sleeves. Bully, Lost Balloons, Sheer Mag, Needles//Pins show that indie rock still has something to say. Beautiful vocals of Dead Rock West are to admire. Ty Segall had an album of his career. Baby Shakes simply have short and fun record that makes you wanna play on and on. Newcomers Improbables and experienced Golden Boys hail from their garages with high octane garage rock and of all experiments from King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, their Microtonal Banana was the most fun.

15 Baby Shakes - Turn It Up
16 Daniel Romano - Modern Pressure
17 John Wesley Coleman III - Microwave Dream
18 Ty Segall
19 Lost Balloons - Hey Summer
20 The Improbables - Object To Be Destroyed
21 All Them Witches - Sleeping Through The War
22 The Obsessed - Sacred
23 Motorpsycho - The Tower
24 Golden Boys - Better Than Good Times
25 The Yawpers - Boy in a Well
26 Elder - Reflections of a Floating World
27 My Buddy Moose - IV
28 Dead Rock West - More Love
29 Needles//Pins - Good Night, Tomorrow
30 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana
31 Warm Soda - I Don't Wanna Grow Up
32 Ruby The Hatchet - Planetary Space Child
33 Sheer Mag - Need To Feel Your Love
34 Ethan Daniel Davidson - Crows
35 Bully - Losing

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Bully – Either Way;
Ethan Daniel Davidson – Beast;
Sheer Mag – Just Can’t Get Enough;
Ruby The Hatchet – Killer;
Warm Soda – To Be With Ramona;
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Melting;
Needles//Pins – Time and Tide;
Dead Rock West – Boundless Fearless Love;
My Buddy Moose – After The Feeling Has Gone;
Elder – Thousand Hands;
Yawpers – Reunion;
The Golden Boys – So Cowboy;
Motorpsycho – The Maypole;
The Obsessed – Be The Night;
All Them Witches – Don’t Bring Me Coffe;
The Improbables – Crawl With Me;
Lost Baloons – Not My Time;
Ty Segall – Freedom;
John Wesley Coleman – Shovel;
Daniel Romano – Dancing With The Lady In The Moon;
Baby Shakes – Baby Blue.

Flashlite #464

December 28th, 2017

Balkan Pedro Four WayIt’s that time of the year when we begin our year-end review. Our first show in this three-part series will cover best small forms, 45s, EPs and downloads and some of the snippets from the best live shows in Cleveland last year. Also we check out my favorite reissues this year, Savage Young Dü by Hüsker Dü and In My Room by The Gun Club. Check it out!

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Mike Watt (Live in CLE);
Disciplin A Kitschme – No One;
Thee Melomen – Bez Prevoda;
Wasted Potential – Curt Murder Face Rip;
Hüsker Dü – Can’t See You Anymore;
Hüsker Dü – Sore Eyes;
Hüsker Dü – Picture Of You;
The Cairo Gang – A Heart Like Yours (Live in CLE);
Lost Balloons (Live in CLE);
Red Kross (Live in CLE);
Gorrila – Oh Tonight;
Bash & Pop with Nicole Atkins – Too Late;
Last Daze – Nothing But Trouble;
Part-Time Lover – Monday Hill;
Patsy’s Rats – Little Rat Charm;
Meat Puppets – I’m Ragged but I’m Right (Live in CLE);
Zerodent – Overbite;
Krstina Gorovska and Vasko Atanasoski – Doagja voda;
The Gun Club – Shame and Pain;
The Gun Club – Zonar Roze;
Paul Roessler – Galatea.

Flashlite #463

December 21st, 2017

MattielToday we introduce the new hope of Burger Records, Mattiel Brown, from Atlanta Georgia and Cojones from Zagreb, Croatia. Two new exciting power pop records came out in Canada, it’s by Chris Church and it’s called Limitations of Source Tape and in Portland OR, by Mo Troper, entitled Exposure and Response. We also welcome back Stereo Soul Future from Boston with their new single. Also, First Base are back with the new record. But the most exciting new thing this week is the new EP by Terry Chambers and Colin Moulding of XTC. Their new duet is called TC&I. This episode is dedicated to Bora Oslovčan, bass player of Pekinška Patka who passed away recently in the age 57.

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My Buddy Moose – My Wilderness Years;
Pekinška Patka – Biti ružan pametan i mlad;
Pekinška Patka – Bela šljiva;
XTC – Buzzcity Talking;
XTC – Runaways Ball And Chain;
TC&I – Kenny;
Mo Troper – Clear Frames;
Steve Wynn – Younger;
Moving Targets – Away From Me;
Chris Church – Understudy Blues;
First Base – Crybaby;
First Base – You Can Come Over;
Mungo Jerry – Milk Cow Blues;
Cojones – Providence;
Mattiel – Not Today;
Ruby The Hatchet – Gemini;
Motorpsycho – The Maypole;
Stereo Soul Future – Remember Alaska.

Flashlite #462

December 14th, 2017

Dream MachineWhat a year for Matthew Melton. He put out four albums, one with Warm Soda, two with Dream Machine and one new solo. His lovely Yugoslavian wife Doris got unjustly accused for fascism, Castle Face them both out of their label and then they relocated from Austin to Netherlands. And one of those Dream Machine albums is also new. We check that out in today’s show and wish them better luck with the new label. We also have new music from The Golden Boys (also from Austin) and Steelism. We also introduce The Hooten Hallers. But the biggest new album this week is the brand new one from Harlan T. Bobo. It’s called Hector, The History of Violence, and it’s perfect. At the end of this episode, we say goodbye to Johnny Hallyday who passed away last week after a long battle with colon cancer.

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Bash & Pop – Saturday;
The Hooten Hallers – Garlic Dream;
The Golden Boys – Dear Work;
The Golden Boys – We Are Young;
Tall Juan – Another Juan;
Harlan T. Bobo – Drank;
Harlan T. Bobo – Nadien;
Steelism – Eno Nothing;
David Nance – A Cruel Kind of Love;
Chris Bell – I Don’t Know;
Matthew Melton – Afraid Of Myself (Without You);
Dream Machine – Lost in the Thrill;
Warm Soda – To Be with Ramona;
Shocking Blue – Hot Sand;
Tin Foil – Can’t Stay Here;
Bully – Hate And Control;
Johnny Hallyday – Mal (Hush);
Johnny Hallyday – A Tout Casser.

Hope and AnchorHere we go! After some time another episode of our wonderful series called Vinyl Junkyard. This is all about me finding a long forgotten but still excellent album sitting in some bargain bin dirt cheap, just waiting to be picked. Those with good memory maybe remember that in our Vinyl Junkyard #14 we had an episode dedicated to the English club called Hope and Anchor. We played the volume of their live sessions. This time, we go back in time a little further, to the volume one! This album promoted live recordings of early punk and late pub rock acts from 1977. So this episode features nearly complete Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival records, with XTC, X-Ray-Spex, The Only Ones, Philip Rambow and others. Like we said back in episode 14, sit back and enjoy! Again.

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The Stranglers – Straighten Out
Tyla Gang – Styrofoam
The Pirates – Don’t Munchen It;
XTC – I’m Bugged
Suburban Studs – I Hate School
The Pleasures – Billy
XTC – Science Friction
Dire Straits – Eastbound Train
X Ray Spex – Let’s Submerge
999 – Crazy
The Saints – Demolition Girl
999 – Quite Disappointing
The Only Ones – Creatures of Doom
Roogalator – Zero Hero
Philip Rambow – Underground Romance
The Pleasers – Rock & Roll Radio
Tyla Gang – On The Street
The Strangles – Hanging Around

Flashlite #460

November 30th, 2017

Messer ChupsWe listen to the Russian surfers and B movie fans, Messer Chups. Aslo the new album by The Singles from Detroit as well as Ruby The Hatchet from New Jersey. Ariel Pink has a new album dedicated to an odd 60s singer songwriter Bobby Jameson. Check out also the new introductions, The County Liners from Olympia, OR and New Candys from Italy. Finally, we also introduce Porcupine from Minneapolis. Greg Norton recently joined the line up on bass.

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Tin Foil – Give A Try;
Messer Chups – Fantomas Theme;
Porcupine – I’m Next to You;
Arts & Leisure – Third Party;
Fernando Perdomo – I Feel (Therefore I Am);
The Singles – I Can’t Believe What I Got Myself Into This Time;
The Singles – Nicole;
New Candys – Mercenary;
Flat Worms – Goodbye Texas;
Ruby The Hatchet – Demons;
Ruby The Hatchet – Killer;
The County Liners – Love Letter;
Dori Freeman – If I Could Make You My Own;
The Bonnevilles -\ Machine Born To Think;
Baby Shakes – Turn It Up;
Ariel Pink – Dedicated To Bobby Jameson;
Chris Lucey – That’s the Way the World Has Got to Be (Pt. 1).

Flashlite #459

November 23rd, 2017

Alicia Bognano of BullyToday we introduce Bully, a new band from Nashville, that doesn’t sound like a Nashville band, lead by Alicia Bognano on vocals. Then we check out the Canadian duet The Pack A.D. who are back with the new record. Lydia Loveless reissued her old singles into a compilation album and we sample that today. The On And Ons from Australia are also back with the new record. Also from Australia, we have Last Leaves. Electric Six are back with the new album, and so is Van Morrison. Today’s show is dedicated to Fats Domino, who passed away on October 24th.

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Fats Domino – Blueberry Hill;
Bully – Kills to Be Resistant;
The Pack A.D. – Woke Up Weird;
Julie and the Wrong Guys – Heartbeats;
Baby Shakes – Turn It Up;
Esmé Patterson – Feel Right;
Lydia Loveless – Lover’s Spat;
The On and Ons – Mystic Eyes;
The On And Ons – Don’t Tear Me Down;
Alex Chilton – Devil Girl;
Cheater Slicks – Look Out World;
Supa Chief – Red Brained Woman;
Lost Balloons – Don’t Find Me;
Last Leaves – The World We Had;
Electric Six – Arrive Alive;
Electric Six – When Cowboys File For Divorce (Live in CLE);
Tyrannamen – Ice Age;
Bo Diddley – Ride on Josephine;
Van Morrison – Ride On Josephine;
Fats Domino – Walking To New Orleans.

Flashlite #458

November 15th, 2017

Fred ColeThe first part of the show today is a loving tribute to Fred Cole, the leader of Dead Moon, a true embodiment of rock’n'roll independence, who passed away on November 9 after losing a battle with cancer. Then we also introduce the new records for Legendary Shack Shakers, Cotton Mather and Samantha Fish, who rejoined forces with Luther Dickinson for her new album, already second this year. We introduce Proto Idiot from Manchester UK, for the first time at The Little Lighthouse. In honor of Fred Cole, today’s show is mixed mono.

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R.L. Burnside – Poor Black Mattie;
Dead Moon – Dead Moon Nite;
Zipper – Born Yesterday;
The Rats – Animal;
Pierced Arrows – Paranoia;
Pierced Arrows – Live in CLE;
Fred And Toody Cole – Live in CLE;
Dead Moon – Uknown Passage;
Gun Club – Mother of Earth;
The Count Bishops – Train Train;
Legendary Shack Shakers – Curse Of The Cajun Queen;
Samantha Fish – Poor Black Mattie;
North Mississippi AllStars – Po Black Maddie;
Proto Idiot – Chief Kegwin;
Cotton Mather – High Society.

Flashlite #457

November 8th, 2017

Ghalia and Mama's BoysToday we start off with a new band, Arts And Leisure from Sacramento, CA lead by Gerri and Tim White. Fernando Perdomo is a producer that many compare to the modern day Todd Rundgren. We also have the new music from David West, who we know from Rat Columns, but this time he is with his new band Teardrops. Tin Foil come from Detroit and Street Hassle are from Minneapolis. Ghalia Vauthier comes from Brussels and she joined forces with Mama’s Boys from New Orleans, forming a new exciting roots rock band.

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The Beatles – And Your Bird Can Sing;
Arts And Leisure – Here I Go;
Fernando Perdomo – Spotlight Smile;
Sweet Apple – She Wants To Run;
Snooze in Motion – Mirror Song;
Kristina Gorovska i Vasko Atanasoski – Vo ladna soba;
David West With Teardrops – Morning rain;
The Metal Babies – All a Waste of Time;
Transit Method – Parabnormal;
ESC Life – Full Circle;
Tin Foil – She’s An Automaton;
Street Hassle – Rock and Roll Sage;
Andy Gabbard – Fireworks;
Bash And Pop – Saturday (Live in CLE)
Cheap Wine – The Wise Man’s Finger;
The Pink Tiles – Time for Love;
Ghalia and Mama’s Boys – Press That Trigger;
Dead Rock West – Stereo.

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