Flashlite #31

Mitch MitchellAfter Mickey Waller dying earlier this year, we’re seeing another great british drummer leaving this ugly planet. I’m sure you heard it already, Mitch Mitchell, legendary drummer of Jimi Hendrix Experience died on November 12 in his hotel room in Portland OR. We dedicate this show to him and a large portion of this show we go through some of the stuff that he recorded. The rest of the show is filled with some new stuff. Some of the new ladies on the rock’n’roll scene close the show this time. We have Jessica Lea Mayfield from Ohio and two duets, furious blues duet The Pack A.D. from Canada and an acoustic duet from Stroudsburg PA, Friday Night Parking Lots. Good old Yugo-rock band from Rijeka, Fit is back with a live record, so we check that out as well. Mark Lanegan has a new EP too. Warren Zevon’s second, selftitled album from 1976 received recently a deluxe treatment with a great new remastered sound and an extra disc of rarities and alternate takes. We compare the newly revealed alternate take of Poor Poor Pitiful Me with an early demo that came out on last year’s Preludes.

Linda Ronstadt – Poor Poor Pitiful Me;
Warren Zevon – Poor Poor Pitiful Me;
Dirty Mac – Yer Blues;
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Driving South;
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Hey Joe;
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Foxey Lady;
Jimi Hendrix Experience – All Along the Watchtower;
Jimi Hendrix Experience – May This Be Love;
Fit – Macka;
Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers – A Page In History;
Mark Lanegan – Keep Me In Mind Sweetheart;
The Pack A.D. – Don’t Have To Like You;
Jessica Lea Mayfield – The One That I Love Best;
Friday Night Parking Lots – Gesture;
Cobra Verde – Haunted Heavens.

Flashlite #30

Quintron The new name in today’s show is Peter and The Pets, a band from Antwerp in Belgium, a band clearly influenced by all the coolest 80s underground, which us at the Lighthouse hold so dearly to our hearts. Another name is The War on Drugs from Philadelphia. They are an interesting version of post modernist approach to rock, but with heavy influences in 60s rock. So, creativity and modernity with a careful eye on the past. We appreciate that rare approach here at the Little Lighthouse. Nils, the KLSU Funkpreacher is back with his band of ten years, Funkdienst. New Orleans keyboardist Quintron is also back with a new album called Too Thirsty For Love. From my brief visit to Zagreb, I bring you the newly mastered recordings by Kamo Sutra, who are about to package them up into a brand new CD. Elvis Costello also had a very good album earlier this week, which took us some time to present. But it’s a really good one. It’s entitled Momofuku, after the Japanese inventor of instant soups! And that’s all for today, folks!

Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames – Last Night;
Elvis Costello – American Gangster Time;
Quintron – Waterfall;
The Heretics – Soul Rebel Party;
Diplomats of Solid Sound – Plenty Nasty;
Funkdienst – Tough Talk;
Peter And The Pets – Don’t Think;
Van Morrison – It’s all Over now Baby Blue;
The New Salem Witch Hunters – It’s All Over Now Baby Blue;
The War on Drugs – Arms Like Boulders;
Kamo Sutra – Osmijeh daj;
The Descendents – Ride The Wild;
The Replacements – Tossin’ N’ Turnin’;
James Luther Dickinson – Nature Boy;
Lonesome Brothers – Seated At The Devil’s Table.

Flashlite #29

Holly Golightly After two shows when we reviewed some of the older “material”, in this show we have a chance to hear some of the hottest new releases of the current moment.  Gentleman Jesse from Atlanta, GA and Judge Bone from Finland rock the (Light)house hard for the first time. Brimstone Howl, exciting new band from Nebraska (of all places) has a new album called We Come And Peace. They’ve been around for awhile, but we have them at this show for the first time (mark the calendars!). Eagles of Death Metal have a brand new album called Heart On and while it’s not surpassing the previous one, it’s still very exciting. Lucinda Williams has a new record called Little Honey and it’s probably the most electrified LP she ever recorded. And Little Lighthouse appreciates electricity more than anything else. On the other hand, Holly Golightly has gone acoustic on her new album with The Brokeoffs and that’s cool with us too. And, last but not the least – The Replacements put out the final four of their re-issues, fully equipped with cool bonus track, three of which we sample today.

Eagles of Death Metal – Whorehoppin (Shit, Goddamn);
Eagles Of Death Metal – How Can A Man With So Many Friends Feel So Alone;
Gentleman Jesse and His Men – The Rest of My Days;
Endless Boogie – Gimme The Awesome;
Brimstone Howl – Damned to Judge;
Brimstone Howl – Easy to Dream;
The Greenhornes and Holly Golightly – There Is an End;
Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – Slow Road;
Lucinda Williams – Little Rock Star;
Hedwig And The Angry Inch – Midnight Radio;
Cobra Verde – Home In The Highrise;
The Replacements – Nowhere Is My Home;
The Replacements – Photo;
The Replacements – Ought To Get Love;
Judge Bone – 15.000 Heads;
Mona Lisa Overdrive – Never Fallen;
The Drones – The Minotaur.

Flashlite #28

In the past several months, three great soul musicians left this ugly world. We say goodbye to Levi Stubbs, Isaac Hayes and Norman Whitfield. Levi Stubbs was an unforgettable baritone in The Four Tops. Desperate drama of The Four Tops classics Reach Out, Standing In The Shadows Of Love would be impossible without his strong interpretation. The Four Tops formula of success was created when Stubbs forces his natural baritone into higher ranges, creating a sense of urgency and drama. The best example is perhaps Bernadette, which is now considered one of the artistic heights of the entire Motown catalog. Another Motown giant, Norman Whitfield also left us earlier this fall. He is best known for his work with The Temptations. In his hands, Temptations achieved psychedelic artistic heights when Whitfield penned amazing hit Papa Was A Rolling Stone. But Whitfield’s best known song is perhaps I Heard It Through The Grapevine, a classic he wrote originally for Gladys Knight, but Marvin Gaye’s version is the one that you’d probably think of first. Isaac Hayes, the black Moses from Memphis started as a songwriter in the sixties. He wrote such soul staples as Soul Man and Hold On, I’m Coming for Sam and Dave. In the late sixties, Hayes launched an acclaimed interpretative career, recording lps such as Hot Buttered Soul and earning an Oscar for his soundtrack for Shaft. Rock’n’roll will be forever in debt to this golden trio!

The Four Tops – Baby I Need Your Loving;
Sam & Dave – Soul Man;
Edwin Starr – War;
The Four Tops – Bernadette;
The Four Tops – Reach Out (I’ll Be There);
Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Heard It Through The Grapevine;
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine;
The Slits – I Heard It Through the Grapevine;
Isaac Hayes – Theme From Shaft;
Isaac Hayes – By the Time I Get to Phoenix;
The Four Tops – Standing in the Shadows of Love;
The Rolling Stones – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg;
Temptations – Ain’t to Proud to Beg;
Sam & Dave – Hold On, I’m Comin’;
Sam & Dave – You Don’t Know Like I Know;
The Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces Sometimes;
The Four Tops – 7-Rooms of Gloom;
The Four Tops – Walk Away Renee.