Flashlite #203 – The Best Short Forms and Archives in 2012

Eamon McGrathLast week we introduced the list of 20 best LPs that we liked to listen to here at The Little Lighthouse. This week, we move on to the list of five best reissues and archival recordings that came out in or around 2012. The title goes to Tav Falco and a gorgeous reissue of Beyond the Magnolia Curtain with also included Blow Your Top EP and four pages of early history of the band. The whole list looks like this:

01 Tav Falco’s Panther Burns – Beyond the Magnolia Curtain
02 Epic Soundtracks – Wide Smile An Anthology
03 Sandy Denny – The Notes and The Words: A Collection Of Demos & Rarities
04 Nova Mob – The Last Days of Pompeii
05 Dan Penn – The Fame Recordings

Then we move on to the list of the best short forms in the last year. This includes singles, eps, short dowloads etc… The title goes to one of the hardest working bands today, Natural Child for their 45 Mother Nature’s Daughter, which also came out as in a strange new audio format – a tobacco paper roll! The complete list of top 10 looks like this:

01 Natural Child – Mother Nature’s Daughter
02 King Tuff – Wild Desire
03 Drivin ‘n’ Cryin – Songs from the Laundromat
04 Eric Burdon And The Greenhornes EP
05 Dirtbombs and Dan Sartain Terrible Two / Kelley Stoltz
06 Cozy – Cola Shock Kids
07 King Louie’s Missing Monuments
08 Bad Sports – Red Overlay
09 Grant Hart – So Far From Heaven
10 Daniel Kroha – The Folk-Blues Stylings Of Daniel Kroha

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Chuck Prophet – Limit To It;
Dan Penn – Power of Love;
Nova Mob – The Last Days of Pompeii/Benediction;
Sandy Denny – After Halloween;
Epic Soundtracks – You Better Run;
Tav Falco – Bertha Lou;
Daniel Kroha – Run Little Children;
Grant Hart – Morning Star;
Bad Sports – Stuff;
King Louie’s Missing Monuments – Another Girl;
Cozy – Cola Shock Kids;
The Dirtbombs – Politicians In My Eyes;
Eric Burdon And The Greenhornes – Out of My Mind;
Drivin ‘n’ Cryin – Dirty;
King Tuff – Wild Desire;
Natural Child – Mother Nature’s Daughter;
Natural Child – Bodyswitchers Part II.

Flashlite #202 – The Best Albums in 2012

Eamon McGrathIt’s the end of the 2012 and it’s time to sum things up. As usual, at this time of the year we reflect on the past months and put together a list of our favorite records. Today we will review the year by listing the best albums this year, or at least those that I think were the most exciting and that we featured in detail here at the Little Lighthouse. Those that followed our playlists and reviews will probably not be surprised with the top five. I will follow up with reviews for most of these albums in the days to come, and you can tell us what you think. This year, the title of the greatest album goes to the young Canadian singer songwriter Eamon McGrath who put together a deep, personal and fun album about his life in the wonderful land of Canada and his generation of young people living over there. The list is closely followed by Dan Stuart’s return The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings. Here’s the rest of the list.

01 Eamon McGrath – Young Canadians
02 Dan Stuart – The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings
03 Redd Kross – Researching the Blues
04 Natural Child – For the Love of the Game
05 Rich Hopkins and Luminarios – Buried Treasures
06 Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Grifter’s Hymnal
07 The Wandering – Go On Now, You Can’t Stay Here
08 Golden Boys – Dirty Fingernails
09 Gentleman Jesse – Leaving Atlanta
10 Kevn Kinney – A Good Country Mile
11 Neil Young – Psychedelic Pill
12 Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs – Sunday Run Me Over
13 Nude Beach – II
14 Forty Nineteens – No Expiration Date
15 Kevin Gordon – Gloryland
16 Ian Hunter And the Rant Band – When I’m President
17 Cheap Wine – Based On Lies
18 Jay Gonzalez – Mess of Happiness
19 Happy Thoughts
20 Smrts Have Friends and Visit Them at Night

Smrts – Traumeinsatz;
Happy Thoughts – Sweet Dirty Love;
Jay Gonzalez – Tension;
Cheap Wine – The Big Blow;
Ian Hunter and The Rant Band – Just The Way You Look Tonight;
Kevin Gordon – The One I Love;
Forty Nineteens – I’m The One;
Nude Beach – Some Kinda Love;
Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs – Tank;
Neil Young And The Crazy Horse – Ramada Inn;
Kevn Kinney – Wild Dog Moon Pt. 2;
Gentleman Jesse – Word Gets Around;
The Golden Boys – Run Away;
The Wandering – Love Life And Money;
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Train Yard;
Rich Hopkins And Luminarius – Buried Treasure (It’s Not Out There);
Natural Child – Baby;
Redd Kross – Choose To Play;
Dan Stuart – Love So Rare;
Eamon McGrath – Signals;
Eamon McGrath – Great Lakes.

The Little Lighthouse at the Blue Arrow Records DJ Set

Here’s the playlist from my DJ set at the Blue Arrow Records today. Thanks Pete and Debbie!

The Rolling Stones – Midnight Rambler;
Python Lee Jackson – In A Broken Dream;
Tav Falco’s Panther Burns – Bourgeois Blues;
Moloch – Outta Hand;
The Kinks – I Am Free;
Laura Nyro – Beads of Sweat;
Jackie DeShannon – Sunshine of Your Love;
Yardbirds – Train Kept Rollin’;
Long Ryders – I Had A Dream;
Green On Red – Gravity Falls;
Runaways – Cherry Bomb;
Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated;
Viv Akauldren – Looking At You;
The Things – All Work And No Play;
Eamon McGrath – Signals;
The Spoons – Moonlight Rider;
The Golden Boys – Curtains;
Harlan T Bobo – Bad Boyfriends;
Prljavo Kazaliste – Moderna djevojka;
Elektricni Orgazam – Locomotion;
Tommy James And The Shondells – Moses And Me;
The Spitballs – I Wanna Give You Everything;
Natural Child – She’s Got A Mind;
Nova Mob – Where You Gonna Land;
Redd Kross – Stay Away From Downtown;
Rank And File – Amanda Ruth;
Eamon McGrath – Young Canadians;
Bob Mould – Poison Years;
Mikal Cronin – Again And Again;
Dinosaur Jr – Forget The Swan.

Flashlite #201

Shivering TimbersWe start off today with the new single for Sweet Apple. It’s a cover of Alice Cooper’s Elected. Then we check out the new band from Los Angeles, Blackfeet Braves. Los Straitjackets follow with their instrumental version of Nirvana’s Teen Spirit. Then we introduce new band from Australia, The Laurels. Shivering Timbers from Akron are in our Live in Cleveland segment. We also check out the new record for legendary Graham Parker. Some new reissues/archives are out as well. Jacke Deshannon’s final installment of her 60’s singles and Dan Penn’s soulful demos.

If you have time and you’re in Cleveland, stop by the Blue Arrow Records this Saturday where I’ll be playing a DJ set from 4 to 6pm. As usual, visitors will get some CDs with previous shows and a few lucky ones will also get (legal) download codes of some recent albums. There will be no Christmas tunes in the set-list! The rest is a surprise. Stick around, at 6pm there’ll be the Lake Erie comic book release party at the same location.

Paul Kelly – I’m On Your Side;
Sweet Apple – Elected;
Blackfeet Braves – Mystic Rabbit;
Los Straitjackets – Smells Like Teen Spirit;
Los Straitjackets with Sarah Borges – Wild Romance;
The Hi-Risers – Wild Romance;
Roky Erickson – You’re Gonna Miss Me;
The Laurels – You’re Gonna Miss Me;
The Laurels – Run For Cover;
Shivering Timbers – Wayfaring Stranger;
Jackie DeShannon – It’s So Nice;
Dan Penn – Come On Over;
Kriz crvene fuxe – Johnny;
Graham Parker And The Rumour – Three Chords Good;
Graham Parker And The Rumour – Fool’s Gold;
Kursaal Flyers – TV Dinners;
Died Pretty – Final Twist;
Matt Piucci And Tim Lee Gone Fishin’ – Something Happened.

Flashlite #200

Tiny MigrantsToday’s show is concentrated on Australia. On the 40th anniversary of the greatest rock compilation ever, the original Nuggets, a bunch of Australian bands gathered to make a tribute these days. The tribute is entitled Nuggets Antipodean Interpolations of the First Psychedelic Era and it brings to us 27 bands from the new Australian garage rock scene. This time we bring two new names from that record: Tiny Migrants and Palms. Outside the compilation, but still from Australia, we have duet Digger and The Pussycats and the new supergroup consisted of two members from The Beasts of Bourbon and two members from The Drones. The band is called Spencer P. Jones and the Nothing Butts. From Europe, we have My Buddy Moose, Americana band from Rijeka, Croatia, with their new single and the new name from San Francisco scene Kelley Stoltz. But the biggest news this week is definitely Eric Burdon who joined forces with Greenhornes for the new, exciting EP!

The Rolling Stones – Time Waits For No One;
Mouse And The Traps – A Public Execution;
Tiny Migrants – A Public Execution;
Tiny Migrants – Fishpond Goldmine;
Palms – Love;
Palms – Don’t Look Back;
Remains – Don’t Look Back;
The Animals – When I Was Young;
Eric Burdon And The Greenhornes – Can You Win;
Digger And The Pussycats – I Hope You Don’t Mind About Your Sister;
Dead Sweaters – Spy (Live in CLE);
Spencer P. Jones And The Nothing Butts – Only a Matter of Time;
Kelley Stoltz – (My Baby Always Knows) What Time It Is;
My Buddy Moose – Fucking Boring;
Cheap Wine – Lost Inside;
Modern Superstitions – Bandits;
Mark Lanegan – Burn The Flames.