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Flashlite #675

January 12th, 2022
2021

Last year we started our year-end review of best albums that we heard in the past year. This week we head positions 14 to 1. For the number one this year I chose Californian band Cool Ghouls. After several delightful garage rock records, last year they took a huge leap and made a fantastic genre spanning record that shows good taste, measure and expert knowledge of rock’n’roll history. One song will remind you of Beach Boys, other on Todd Rundgren, another one of Byrds, Love, Leonard Cohen… approach seems deliberate and result is stunning album. In a post-post-post modern post-capitalist world an this album looks like a conveyor belt in which best moments of the past roll by one by one, perfectly strung together until the final product comes out. They do their recycling shamelessly and proudly. It’s paradoxically original. It’s an art form. And we love it here.

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Our list for 2021 looks like this…


30 The Most - Of What We Have
29 Mike Edison and Guadalupe Plata - The Devil Can't Do You No Harm
28 Chris Church - Game Dirt
27 Kid Khan Unlimited - Opiate Them Asses
26 Daniel Romano - Kissing The Foe
25 Grave Flowers Bongo Band - Strength Of Spring
24 Motorpsycho - Kingdom of Oblivion
23 Yola - Stand For Myself
22 The Exbats - Now Where Were We
21 Shaye Zadravec - Now and Then
20 David Gahan and The Soulsavers - Imposter
19 Danny Kroha - Detroit Blues
18 Murlocs - Bittersweet Demons
17 Salebarbes - Gin à l'eau salée
16 Red Devil Ryders - Pour Me Another One
15 Big Hogg - Pageant of Beasts
14 Endless Boogie - Admonitions
13 Bevis Frond - Little Eden
12 Lelee - Cuka, bije, pumpa
11 Astute Palate
10 Divine Horsemen - Hot Rise of an Ice Cream Phoenix
09 Kid Congo - Swing From The Sean DeLear
08 Rosali - No Meduim
07 Petrified Max - Year Gone By
06 Dinosaur JR - Sweep Into Space
05 Richard Rose - Radiation Breeze
04 A Little More Time With Reigning Sound
03 Bat Fangs - Queen of My World
02 The Reflectors - Faster Action
01 Cool Ghouls - At George's Zoo

And playlist for today is:

Endless Boogie – Bad Call;
The Bevis Frond – Cherry Gardens;
Lelee – Pozeluvam;
Astute Palate – Loose Wings;
Divine Horsemen – Mind Fever;
Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds – (Are You) Ready, Freddy;
Rosali – Mouth;
Petrified Max – Blue Skies Always;
Dinosaur JR – And Me;
Richard Rose – Evil Twin;
Reigning Sound – You Ain’t Me;
Bat Fangs – Never Coming Down;
The Reflectors – Carry On;
Cool Gouhls (Closing Meddley).

Flashlite #674

January 6th, 2022
2021

Happy new year everyone! It’s that time of the year when we roll our year end list of best albums in a year we leave behind us. I selected 30 albums that I liked the most and played frequently in the past year. This is the first installment in which we hear albums on positions from 30 to 15. Tune in next week for the completed list. As with any other list, it’s highly subjective but at least those who listen to this show shouldn’t be too surprised for what’s in it. Dive in while we ring in the new!

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The Most – First Frost;
Mike Edison and Guadalupe Plata – Take sick and die;
Chris Church – Fall;
King Khan Unlimited – Magpie Eyes;
Daniel Romano – Into A Rainbow;
Grave Flowers Bongo Band – Outer Bongolia;
Motorpsycho – The Hunt;
Yola – Whatever You Want;
The Exbats – All The Lovers Do;
Shaye Zadravec – Silver Bell;
Dave Gahan and Soulsavers – I Held My Baby Last Night;
Danny Kroha – Poor Howard;
The Murlocs – Skewiff;
Salebarbes – Pourquoi tes pas dans mes bras;
Red Devil Ryders – Little Green Cross Pt. I & II;
Big Hogg – Here Come The Moles;

Flashlite #673

December 29th, 2021
Jenny Don't

Last show of 2021! We check out new singles for Jenny Don’t and The Spurs, Eamon McGrath, The Strange (with Chris Eckman) and John Paul Keith. We also check out James McMurtry from Austin TX, Pilgrim from Tulsa, OK, Suicide Swans from Australia, all with new albums. And of course, the legendary Neil Young is also here with a track from his new record. We say goodbye to Michael Nesmith, a Monkee and a great songwriter who passed away this year, 10 days before his birthday.

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Shannon McNally – You Show Me Yours And I’ll Show You Mine
Jenny Don’t & The Spurs – Three Or Four Nights
Eamon McGrath – Cannonball
Sierra Ferrell – In Dreams
James McMurtry – Decent Man
Pilgrim – Katie
Rosali – Whisper
Suicide Swans – Below Zero
The Strange – Not Now Not Ever
Chapel Hart – You Can Have Him Jolene
Chuck Prophet – One Last Dance
Jim Lauderdale – Sister Horizon
Neil Young – Song of the Seasons
Dori Freeman – Walk Away
John Paul Keith – If We Make It Through December
Michael Nesmith – Some of Shelly’s Blues
Monkees – What Am I Doing Hanging ‘Round

Flashlite #672

December 23rd, 2021
Shilpa Ray

Cold post punk synthesizer based show for the cold winter with new music from Shilpa Ray from New York City, New Vogue from Montreal, Canada, KWKA from Fredonia, NY, Dentist in New Jersey and Well Wishers from San Francisco. Also new from whatever was left of Yugoslavia, Marko Artukovic and Paraf. Lost the count of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, but they have another one. We introduced Sweet Knives of Alicja Trout recently, but here is now another new fresh album from her credited to Alicja-Pop.

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Dave Gahan and Soulsavers – Lilac Wine
Shilpa Ray – Bootlickers of the Patriarchy
New Vogue – Safe on the autobahn
Metrolight – Satellite Station
KWKA – Sediment
Alicja-Pop – Vines
Ty Segall – Changing Contours
Dentist – Spilled Coffee
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Butterfly 3000
Marko Artukovic – Vreme
Paraf – Novi Berlin
Nomos 751 – MAT
UV-TV – Holland Sunday
Billy Nomates – Hippy Elite
The Well Wishers – Love And Science
+Kraftwerk – Autobahn

Flashlite #671

December 16th, 2021
Susanna Hoffs

Today we check out new music from Susanna Hoffs (who used to be in Bangles). She made a cover record. Successful Failures from Trenton, NJ and Loose Koozies from Detroit are back with new tunes. Italian powerpoppers Radio Days have a new single. We introduce Grand Splendid from Montreal in Canada and Warmbabies from Nice in France. We close the show with two obits related to visual art characters important to rock music. Photographer Mick Rock passed away on November 18th and painter Kosta Bunusevac passed away on September 8th.

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Disciplina Kicme – Zub;
The Successful Failures – Naval Victories;
The Warmbabies – Girls Don’t Like It;
The Bevis Frond – Find The Mole;
Velvet Underground – Femme Fatale;
Rainy Day – I’ll Be Your Mirror;
Susanna Hoffs – Femme Fatale;
Grand Splendid – Magic;
UV-TV – Distant Lullaby;
The Exbats – Practice On Me;
The On and Ons – Vanishing Act;
Radio Days – 1998;
Loose Koozies – The Butterfly;
Sad Planets – Want You To Want You;
Step-Panther – Bike Lock;
Sonny Vincent – The Rain is Black Again;
Rebel Star – Sunce;
Disciplina Kicme – Dozivljaji Zelenog Zuba;
Iggy and The Stooges – Search and Destroy;
Lou Reed – Vicious.

Flashlite #670

December 9th, 2021
Alicja Trout

Beautifully crafted new music today. Alicja Trout of Lost Sounds and River City Tanlines is back with her new band Sweet Knives. After a great new record with Divine Horsemen, Julie Christensen also announces a new solo record with music written by Kevin Gordon. Dave Gahan teamed up with Rich Machin and Ian Glover of Soulsavers for a new exciting record of covers. Julie Doiron from Montreal has a new album. Gabriella Cohen, Doug Tuttle and Camp Cope have new singles. Action City is Michael Slawter and Shawn Lynch and they hail from North Carolina.

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Fernando Perdomo – Day After Day;
Sweet Knives – Dont Think Too Much;
Gabriella Cohen – Just For The Summer;
Thalia Zedek Band – Cranes;
Bat Fangs – Action;
Julie Doiron – Et Mon Amour;
Julie Christensen – Find My Way;
Divine Horsemen – Falling Forward;
Kevin Gordon – Find My Way;
Doug Tuttle – Lead Mask;
Dave Gahan and Soulsavers – Not Dark Yet;
Bob Dylan – Not Dark Yet;
Ruby Amanfu – Not Dark Yet;
Camp Cope – Blue;
Action City – Safe and Sound;
The Who – Success Story.

Flashlite #669

December 1st, 2021
Amythyst Kiah

Today, new music from Amythyst Kiah, L.A. Witch, Endless Boogie, Sue Foley, Carolyn Wonderland, The Buttshakers, Muddy Gurdy, North Mississippi Allstars and two Billy Childish projects: The Chatham Singers and The William Loveday Intention.

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Wanda Jackson – You Drive Me Wild;
Amythyst Kiah – Black Myself;
L.A. Witch – Ghost on the Highway;
Gun Club – Ghost On The Highway;
Endless Boogie – The Offender;
Ida Mae – Mountain Lion Blues;
Sue Foley – Pinky’s Blues;
Carolyn Wonderland – Honey Bee;
John Mayall – Distant Lonesome Train;
The Buttshakers – Hear Me;
The Chatham Singers – Chatham MTB;
The William Loveday Intention – You Gotta Move;
Muddy Gurdy – You Gotta Move;
North Mississippi Allstars – Set Sail;
Sharde Thomas – We Made It.

Flashlite #668

November 24th, 2021
Nellen Dryden

Amazing music from wonderful new female singers and songwriters today. We open up with new tune from Beth Bombara over in St. Louis. Next, Lilly Hiatt has a new album called Lately. We introduce a wonderful new trio, Chapel Hart with roots in Southern Mississippi and New Orleans. Sierra Ferrel from Charleston is a new name and so is Nellen Dryden is from Nashville. Speaking of Nashville, Yola’s new album is an active item on our playlist and a deeper look into it reveals three songwriters that she collaborated with her on the record. Ruby Amanfu, Liz Rose and Natalie Hemby, who also has a new album. Coming Up Roses come from Singapore but fit perfectly in this otherwise heavy American playlist.

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Shaye Zadravec – The Slider;
Beth Bombara – Space Junk;
Lilly Hiatt – Better;
Kelly McFarling – Delicate;
Dori Freeman – Nobody Nothing;
Coming Up Roses – All Our Time;
Nellen Dryden – Elusive;
Rosali – Bones;
Emily Duff – Razor Blade Smile;
Chapel Heart – Just Say I Love You;
Sierra Ferrell – Silver Dollar;
Yola – Stand For Myself;
Natalie Hemby – Pins and Needles;
Ruby Amanfu – Where You Going;
Liz Rose – Five & Dime;
Caitlin Rose – Shanghai Cigarettes.

Flashlite #667

November 18th, 2021
Exbats

Today we check in with Guided By Voices who have a third new album within a year. Family band The Exbats are back with their strongest effort yet. Habibi has a new single. In France, we check out Warmbabies. On the power pop side of things, Nick Frater is back with a new record. On the edgier side of things, Poison Boys from Chicago who have a new album. Also in Chicago we check out a cool Prince cover from Local H. We pay respect to fallen heroes. Don Everly of The Everly Brothers passed away on August 22 this year. Also, Yu Grupa loses their third drummer within a year. Raša Djelmaš passed away on October 28th this year.

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The Murlocs – Misinterpreted;
Poison Boys – Don’t You Turn on Me;
Guided By Voices – High in the Rain;
The Bevis Frond – Everyone Rise;
Ride – Twisterella;
The Warmbabies – Last Days Of Summer;
Nick Frater – Buggin’ Out;
Chris Church – Bell the Cat;
The Brothers Steve – Electro-Love;
Daniel Romano – Don’t Turn Around Janet;
Hindu Love Gods – Raspberry Beret;
Local H – When Doves Cry;
Habibi – Call Our Own;
Bat Fangs – Talk Tough;
The Exbats – Coolsville USA;
Pablo Solo – Open Up Summertime;
Yu Grupa – Laz;
Everly Brothers – I Used To Love You;
Everly Brothers – I Wonder If I Care as Much.

Flashlite #666

November 11th, 2021
Bat Fangs

Today we sample excellent new music from The Reflectors, Bat Fangs and Two Cow Garage. Sonny Vincent is also back with new album. Also, we check out new EP from Step-Panther and new LP from The On and Ons, both bands coming from Sydney Australia. Brinsley Schwartz has a new solo album. We introduce Brower from New York City.

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Baby Shakes – Lets Go, JetGlo;
The Reflectors – Fade Away;
Sonny Vincent – Stick;
Descendents – Mohicans;
Lisa Prank – Cross My Fingers;
Chris Church – No Letting Go;
Gyasi – Wilde Childe;
Brower – 69th Road;
Brower – Let The Blue Light In;
Bat Fangs – Queen Of My World;
Daniel Romano – Baby If We Stick It Out;
Faz Waltz – Right On;
Brett Smiley – Highty Tighty;
Step-Panther – Let It Run;
Two Cow Garage – Kapitalism Kills;
The Brothers Steve – Better Get Ready;
The Resonars – Good With Us;
The On and Ons – Hideaway;
Brinsley Schwartz – Storm in the Hills;
Brinsley Schwartz – Funk Angel;
The Reverberations – Dreamcatcher.

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