Flashlite #272

KojaToday we start off with The Strungs and their new album called Nothing is Possible and we interleave two of their tunes with the twenty year old records from Guided By Voices. Then we check out some new tunes from Hollis Brown and Jimbo Mathus. Denney and The Jets is the new band in our show from Nashville TN and John Murry is here for the first time as well. After Graceless Age, his acclaimed LP from two years ago, Murry has a new EP featuring Chuck Prophet (ex Green On Red). Disciplin A Kitchme is also back with another great new digital single.

The Fluid – She Don’t Understand;
The Splatterheads – Cry Baby;
The Strungs – Listening to Your Twenty Year Old Records;
Guided By Voices – Queen Of Cans And Jars;
The Strungs – Here Come the Black Holes;
Guided By Voices – They’re Not Witches;
Sweet Apple – Under The Liquor Store (feat Robert Pollard);
Hollis Brown – New Age;
Denney and The Jets – Hooked;
Green on Red – Ballad Of Guy Fawkes;
John Murry – Glass Slipper (featuring Chuck Prophet);
Jimbo Mathus And the Tri-State Coalition – Dark Night of the Soul;
Eamon McGrath – Runaways;
Disciplin A Kitchme – Ovisnik o moci;
Jon Langford – Streets of Your Town (Live in CLE);
The Go-Betweens – Streets of Your Town;
John Lee Hooker – Shake It Baby (Blues Alphabet);
Bob Dylan – Dirge.

The Strungs – Nothing Is Possible (Tinhorn Planet)

GamesIf you live in Kerhonkson NY, it takes you two hours to get to Manhattan by car. If you can find a parking spot, you can hang out over there. So, you’re not quite in the center of New York City, but you’re also not quite upstate either. If you start a rock’n’roll band, you probably have the same chance of becoming the new Strokes as any other band in the USA. And who would even want that in the first place?

The Strungs are a duet that comes from Kerhonkson. On the back of their new record Nothing is Possible the photo is taken on a deck. One of the band members is pessimistically looking into the distance, while the other one greets imaginary crowd with a peace sign. They maybe just finished the mix of their new record in their bedroom a moment ago. That’s precisely the sound on the record. Perhaps the whole thing is recorded on a digital four track and microphones are from the previous century.

But don’t get hung up on technology. Nothing is Possible romps through the 18 tracks, most under two minutes, with the arena rock confidence. Catchy tunes will capture your attention beyond the cheap lo-fi background. Nothing is always possible, but you will more than likely to get into this.

The first track on the album is Listening to Your Twenty Year Old Records. Taking the time machine backwards, it’s not hard to imagine that the twenty year old records on their turntable were Alien Lanes and Bee Thousand. Possible?

Get the music at bandcamp.

Flashlite #271

Jesse WinchesterToday we say goodbye to Jesse Winchester, a wonderful singer songwriter from the South, who moved to Canada in the late sixties to avoid being drafter to Vietnam war. After that he recorded some of the greatest records in the seventies, with songs which were full of sorrow, nostalgia and longing for his homeland. He passed away on April 11 this year. Besides a tribute to Jesse, we also play some new music. Jim Lauderdale has a new record with songs co-written with Robert Hunter. Paul Starling is another new singer songwriter from LA area. The Singles from Detroit are back as a duet. Baseball Project super-group is also back with another record based around baseball themes. Left Lane Cruiser had a great albu last year called Rock The Back To Hell and now a record that compiles their earliest recordings is also out. Also, check out a really cool, rare live appearance of Harlan T. Bobo’s The Fuzz recorded last week in Cleveland.

Jesse Winchester – Payday;
Baddat For Trubbel – Mandag Morgon Eller Sondag Natt;
Straight Arrows – Bad Temper;
The Fuzz – Teen Rex (Live in CLE);
Left Lane Cruiser – That Ass;
Left Lane Cruiser – Righteous;
J.B. Hutto – Speak My Mind (Blues Alphabet);
Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale – I Lost My Job of Loving You;
Jim Lauderdale – Morgan Montague;
Jesse Winchester – Yankee Lady;
Jesse Winchester – Mississippi, You’re On My Mind;
Paul Starling – Natalie Wood Reciting Lines;
The Singles – You’ve Runned Away;
Epicycle – You’re Not Gonna Get It;
The Lupines – She;
First Base – Hard To Read;
The Split Squad – Superman Says;
Baseball Project – Extra Inning of Love.

Flashlite #270

PridjeviWe have two new heavy rock albums to start off today. Hush or Howl by Black Pistol Fire of Toronto and Austin and Get Pure by Mount Carmel from Columbus. Thee Melomen come from Zagreb, and they are basically Backstreet Brats re-branded. Pridjevi are from around there as well – studio trio which consists of Nina Romić, Dino Santaleza and Ivana Picek. Sally Crewe from Austin TX has a new ep with a cover of XTC’s Making Plans for Nigel. Doug Gillard is a guest guitar hero on it. The Hold Steady are back with the new record. For those who like mellower sounds, we have Kevin Kane from Toronto with his charming cover of Simon And Garfunkel’s Cathy and Allysen Callery re-imagines Gordon Lighfoot’s Sundown.

Allysen Callery – Sundown;
Black Pistol Fire – Dimestore Heartthrob;
Mount Carmel – Fear Me Now;
Buddy Guy – Try To Quit You Baby (Blues Alphabet);
Thee Melomen – Cosmic Ted;
Pridjevi – Lucifer i ja;
Alejandro Escovedo – The Bottom Of The World (Live in CLE);
Doug Gillard – Upper Hand;
Sally Crewe and The Sudden Moves – Making Plans For Nigel;
XTC – Making Plans For Nigel;
R Stevie Moore with Dave Gregory – Dates;
The Mice – Downtown;
The Hold Steady – Wait a While;
The Tunes – Too Proud;
Kevin Kane – Last to Know;
Kevin Kane – Cathy.

DJ Set At Blue Arrow Records

This is what I played yesterday at the Blue Arrow Records.

Bevis Frond – This One
Elektricni orgazam – Metal Guru
Velvet Underground – Waiting For The Man
Elektricni orgazam – Waiting For The Man
The Last – Louie Louie
Tex And The Horseheads – Chicken Bounty Hunter
Wayne County – Max’s Kansas City
Sweet Apple – Reunion
Apache – Bloody Knuckles
The Stooges – I Got A Right
Alejandro Escovedo – Real As An Animal
Chuck Prophet – Castro Halloween
Green On Red – Sixteen Ways
The Rolling Stones – Sway
Rod Stewart – Hot Legs
Swell Maps – Midget Submarines
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Vambo
Ian Hunter – Just Another Night
Mink Deville – Let Me Dream If I Want To
The Zeros – Wimp
The Dils – Red Rockers Rule
T Rex – Buick Mackane
Mega City Four – Iron Sky
The Fuzztones – Cinderella
Dirty Looks – 12 O’Clock High
The Fuzz – Teen Rex
The Inmates – Mr Unreliable
The Sadies – Leave This World Behind
Meat Puppets – Hot Pink
Giand Sand – Change is Now
True Believers – The Rain Won’t Help You When It’s Over
Ballad Shambles – Listen To Lies
Dancing Hoodos – Impossible Years
House of Freaks – Forty Years
The Rolling Stones – Winter
The Games – When The Time
Firehose – Toolin
Das Damen – Bug
Sweet Apple – Under the Liquor Sign

Flashlite #269

Dex Romweber DuoDoug Gillard has a new record out called Parade On and we check out the new single. His old band-mate from Death of Samantha, John Petkovic and his new band with J Mascis, Sweet Apple, finally have their long-awaited second record out, and we check out one track from it. Holly Golightly and her Brokeoffs are back with another LP, All Her Fault. Luther Dickinson of The North Mississippi Allstars also has a new record called Rock’n’roll Blues. Dex Romweber from Flat Duo Jets returned with Images 13 plus there’s a recent reissue of the back catalogue on Third Man Records. We introduce three new names. Little Murders from Australia and Lydia Loveless from Columbus. Muck and The Mires come from Boston.

I will be playing a DJ set at Blue Arrow Records on Sunday at 5pm, just before the Alejandro Escovedo show at The Beachland Ballroom. Come join us, Alejandro will be there too. See you there.

Swell Maps – Midget Submarines;
Alejandro Escovedo – Real As An Animal;
Muck And The Mires – Three Steps Closer;
Mozes And The Firstborn – Time’s a Headache;
Doug Gillard – Ready For Death;
Sweet Apple – I Surrender;
Nick Lowe – Raining Raining;
Haden Triplets – Raining;
Holly Golighthly And The Brokeoffs – Slc;
Luther Dickinson – Mojo, Mojo;
North Mississippi Allstars – Live in CLE;
Flat Duo Jets – Go Go Harlem Baby;
Dex Romweber Duo – Roll On;
Fabulous Thunderbirds – The Monkey;
Leadfinger – It’s Much Better;
Little Murders – White Train;
Lydia Loveless – Verlaine Shot Rimbaud.