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Flashlite #571

January 16th, 2020
Ruby The Hatchet

Welcome to the first regular show in 2020. We’re loaded with the new stuff. We have the new single for Ruby The Hatchet. These hard rocking Philly folks released a cover of Uriah Heep and also visited Cleveland, so we have them in our Live in Cleveland segment. On the power pop side of things, we hear the new single from Mo Troper over in Portland and one of the relatively new tracks from his fellow Oregonian Stan McMahon. Covering my old haunts, we introduce Triggers and Slips from Salt Lake City and Bipolaroid from Louisiana. Although, the latter band will confuse you, they sound like they’re from UK circa ’67. We also have recent tunes from Impulsive Hearts over in Chicago and Madd (or are they The Viles now?!) from California. One of the bands that fell through the cracks last year, Coke Dares from Bloomington IN resurfaces today. We close the show with two tributes to the heroes that we lost in the battle of life. Dave Riley of Big Black and Roy Loney of Flamin’ Groovies.

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Brett Smiley – Highty Tighty;
Stan McMahon – Faith In You;
Mo Troper – Jas From Australia;
The Whiffs – Now I Know;
The Exclusives – Sinking Gondola;
Starcrawler – Love’s Gone Again;
Triggers & Slips – Blue Smoke;
Bipolariod – 5D Printing;
Pink Floyd – Astronomy Domine (Stereo);
Spirit – It Shall Be;
Earth and Fire – Lost Forever;
The Coke Dares – Don’t Pretend You’re Alone;
Ruby The Hatchet – Easy Livin’;
Ruby The Hatchet (Live in CLE);
Uriah Heep – Easy Livin’;
Impulsive Hearts – Alien;
Madd – Cemetery Plans;
Big Black – Passing Complexion;
Flamin’ Groovies – Slow Death;
Flamin’ Groovies – Have You Seen My Baby;
McGuinness Flint – Who You Got To Love.

2019pt3

Part three of our list of best albums in 2019! Today we review some albums which did not make it to our top 30, which may probably just be the lack of my own attention. But before that, I’ve noticed that a whole bunch of good albums were shorter than 30 minutes this year, which is an interesting phenomenon. Albums were too long when we switched formats from LP to CD, but with less than 30 minutes, they seem to be a little too short. Back in the day, those would be classified as Mini LPs. So, today we also check the list of best Mini Albums, all of which were pretty hot last year. At the top of that list is Gyasi.

Best Albums in 2019
01 Danny and the Doorknobs - Jukebox in the LA River
02 The Dates - Ask Again Later
03 Luther Russell - Medium Cool
04 Outrageous Cherry - Meet You In The Shadows
05 Terry And Louie - A Thousand Guitars
06 Leyla McCalla - The Capitalist Blues
07 The See No Evils - Out Of The Shadows
08 Rosalie Cunningham - Rosalie Cunningham
09 Criminal Hygiene - Run It Again
10 Sad Planets - Akron Ohio
11 The Schizophonics - People in the Sky
12 Altin Gun - Gece
13 Guadalupe Plata - Three Demons
14 Those Pretty Wrongs - Zed for Zulu
15 Eugene Chadbourne & Sunwatchers - 3 Characters
16 Wolfmanhattan Project - Blue Gene Stew
17 Mikal Cronin - Seeker
18 The Flesh Eaters - I Used to Be Pretty
19 Jonathan Richman - SA
20 Lisa Prank - Perfect Love Song
21 Bad Moves - Tell No One
22 Morlocs - Manic Candid Episode
23 Eamon McGrath - Guts
24 Redd Kross - Beyond the Door
25 Ty Segall - Deforming Lobes
26 Melomen - Disappear
27 Mattiel - Satis Factory
28 Meat Puppets - Dusty Notes
29 Motorpsycho - The Crucible
30 The Yawpers - Human Question

Best Mini Albums in 2019
01 Gyasi - Androgyne
02 Jordan Jones
03 Porcupine - What You've Heard Isn't Real
04 Zerodent - Landscapes of Merriment
05 UV-TV - Happy
06 Pharlee
07 Ezra Furman - Twelve nudes
08 Tony Molina - Songs From San Mateo County

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Tony Molina – Not The Way To Be
Ezra Furman – Evening Prayer
Pharlee – Ethereal Woman
UV-TV – World
Zerodent – Repatriated
Porcupine – Tell Me
Jordan Jones – Oh My Heaven
Gyasi – Colorful
Pat Todd and the Rankoutsiders – The Future Callin’
Jack Oblivian – Scarla
Ex Hex – Another Dimension
Trixie Whitley – May Cannan
Filthy Friends – Emerald Valley
Giant Sand – The Chill Outside
Datura4 – Cat on A Roof
ESC Life – Born To Be Mild
Wreckless Eric – Creepy People In The Middle of the Night

2019pt2

Happy new year, everyone. Today we finish the list of best albums in 2019 (top 13). In my opinion, Danny and the Doorknobs return album Jukebox in the LA River stands out in it’s playful quality among the rest of this year’s production. The band also released another digital only album as Trotsky Icepick this year, making a double whammy for all those who were thirsty for their sound since the breakup in the 90s. Our hope is that the band will stay together for many more years to come. Tune in next week for our part 3 where we introduce many nice mini albums (shorter than 30 minutes) and a few other albums that didn’t make the list.

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Guadalupe Plata – No te vayas;
Altin Gun – Kolbasti;
The Schizophonics – Not Gonna Change My Mind;
Sad Planets – Yesterday Girls;
Criminal Hygiene – Private Screening Heroin;
Rosalie Cunningham – Dethroning of a Party Queen;
The See No Evils;
Leyla McCalla – Aleppo;
Terry and Louie – A Thousand Guitars;
Outrageous Cherry – Gotta Get Back Inside Your Mind;
Luther Russell – Talking To Myself;
The Dates – Any Other Nite;
The Dates – Star;
Danny And The Doorknobs – The Shadow;
Danny And The Doorknobs – Heroine;
Danny And The Doorknobs – Ballad of Bobby Fuller;
Danny And The Doorknobs – Caged.

2019pt1

As accustomed, every year around this time we look back and review some of the best albums that I’ve enjoyed in the past year. In this installment of the Little Lighthouse, we review albums that took #30-#14 positions on my list. Although, it should be said that the list is that of a moment, and not a result of a very careful deliberation. Enjoy the music! Top 13 next week.

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Yawpers – Earn Your Heaven;
Motorpsycho – Lux Aeterna;
Meat Puppets – The Great Awakening;
Mattiel – Rescue You;
Thee Melomen – Time Has Come;
Ty Segall – Squealer;
Redd Kross – Punk II;
Eamon McGrath – Unsung Warsong;
Morlocs – Buffoon;
Bad Moves – Out of Reach;
Lisa Prank – Rodeo;
Jonathan Richman – Alegre Soy;
The Flesh Eaters – The Green Manalishi;
Mikal Cronin – Fire;
Wolfmanhatan Project – Jar in the Staircase;
Eugene Chadbourne and The Sunwatchers – Give Back The Key To My Heart;
Those Pretty Wrongs – Undertow.

Flashlite #567

December 18th, 2019
Saba Lou

Today we introduce the newest album from King Khan’s 17 year old daughter Saba Lou. Also new to us is Tucson AZ one-man-band Diners lead by Tyler Broderick. Great new albums with loads of catchy songs are released by More Kicks from London UK and The Whiffs from Kansas City. Willie Nile is back with a new record and so are Tim Lee and Susan Bauer, together this time as Bark. Schizophonics new LP is also finally in our hands, it’s called People in the Sky. We also introduce a relatively new track from Julie Christensen. Next week, we begin our review of best albums in 2019!

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Rodney Crowell with Billy Gibbons – 56 Fury;
Willie Nile – Somewhere It’s Raining;
Bark – Drilla Hole;
Bark – Signal;
Trixie Whitle – Danger Mind;
More Kicks – What You Thinking;
The Whiffs – Seventeen;
Lisa Prank – Truth About You;
The Bevis Frond – Blew Me Out;
The Magnolias – When I’m Not;
Diners – You’ve Got It;
The Schizophonics – Like a Mummy;
Faz Waltz – Oh Penny;
Trotsky Icepick – Trust;
Scarcity of Tanks – Gentlemen On Junk;
Longport Buzz – Who Is He;
The NoMen – Salvage My Youth;
Saba Lou – On The Fields;
Julie Christensen – Breaking Open.

Flashlite #566

December 11th, 2019
Fabienne DelSol

We begin today internationally. We started with Frustration from Paris, France, and Metal Babies from Australia. Then Fabienne DelSol from London revisits an old Warren Zevon tune. And then we land back into the good old USA. Rain Perry has a lovely song about Julie Christensen. Las Nubes come from Florida and we check them both live from Cleveland and from their recent album. Allysen Callery has a neat cover of an old Donovan tune. Last Daze from Austin are back with the new album. Obnc is a new band too, but I know absolutely nothing about them. They sound good though!

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Mark Lanegan – Two Bells Ringing at Once;
Furstration – Pulse;
The Metal Babies – Forty Minues;
Teenage Fanclub – Metal Baby;
Lyme & Cybelle – Follow Me;
Fabienne DelSol – Follow Me;
Rain Perry – St. Julie of Iowa;
Julie Christensen And Stone Cupid – Cold Tennessee Rain;
The Flesh Eaters – The Wedding Dice;
Luke & The Apostles – Not Far Off;
Amon Duul II – Archangel’s Thunderbird;
Breeders – Archangel’s Thunderbird;
Las Nubes (Live in CLE);
Las Nubes – Tired of Trying;
Allysen Callery – Catch The Wind;
The Shivas – Start A Fire;
Exploding Eyes – Something Critical;
Last Daze – Shed My Skin;
Obnc – Dive Bar of Dreamers;
Detroit featuring Mitch Ryder – Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Flashlite #565

December 5th, 2019
Desert Sessions

Our entire show today is dedicated to Josh Homme’s supergroup Desert Sessions. He gathered together and impressive list musicians to work with him over the years on ten stunning volumes of sessions. And These days, the ad-hoc group has brought out two more volumes after a long gap in recording activity. To celebrate that fact, we hear the greatest hits that I selected.

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The Desert Sessions – A#1;
The Desert Sessions – Noses In Roses, Forever;
The Desert Sessions – Crucifire;
The Desert Sessions – Dead in Love;
The Desert Sessions – I Wanna Make it Wit Chu;
The Desert Sessions – Nova;
The Desert Sessions – Monster in the Parasol;
The Desert Sessions – Eccentric Man;
The Desert Sessions – A Girl Like Me;
The Desert Sessions – Rickshaw;
The Desert Sessions – monkey in the midd;
The Desert Sessions – Cake (who shit on the);
The Desert Sessions – Hanging tree;
The Desert Sessions – Nenada;
The Desert Sessions – Screamin’ eagle;
The Desert Sessions – Easier Said Than Done;
The Desert Sessions – Polly wants a crack rock;

Flashlite #564

November 26th, 2019
Hitchcock and Partrigde

Today we start off with a hard rock band from Melbourne called Power. Then we check out the new stuff Daniel Romano’s Ancient Shapes. There’s a neat relatively new tribute to the Nuggets Part Two compilation on The Active Listener and we check out Blondi’s Salvation from France, Exploding Eyes from Ireland, The NoMen from UK covering great sixties garage rock tunes. Mozes and the Firstborn from Netherlands also has a new record, and we introduce Fastball from Austin and Night Times from LA. Two legendary new wave warriors came up with a record together: Robyn Hitchcock & Andy Partridge and we check out a tune from it.

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Tako – Lena;
Power – The Fool;
Ancient Shapes – Separation Anxiety;
Mikal Cronin – Lost a Year;
Blondi’s Salvation – War or Hands of Time;
Exploding Eyes – Bad Little Woman;
Masters Apprentices – War Or Hands Of Time;
The Wheels – Bad Little Woman;
The Factory – Path Through the Forest;
The NoMen – Path Through the Forest;
Mozes and the Firstborn – If I;
Robyn Hitchcock & Andy Partridge – Turn Me On, Deadman;
Soft Boys – Positive Vibrations;
XTC – Buzzcity Talking.ogg’
The Bevis Frond – Story Ends;
Parlor Snakes – Wonderland;
Fastball – Doesn’t It Make You Feel Small;
Night Times – Bad Luck;
Grupa SOS – Trazim.

Flashlite #563

November 20th, 2019
The Shivas

LA band Flat Worms opens today with a song from their new album. The Shivas from Portland OR follow up with their own new song. Indian Goat has a new record and so does Bubblegum Lemonade from Scotland. Barrence Whitfield got together a new band as a rock’n’roll tribute to Sun Ra. New Madness from Berlin Germany is the new name. Over in whatever is left of Yugoslavia, we have Punčke from Vinkovci and KBO! from Kragujevac with new singles. Australian singer-songwriters Liz Stringer,  Jen Cloher and Mia Dyson formed a new trio simply calling it Dyson Stringer Cloher. Beyondeers are live in Cleveland.

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UV-TV – Hide;
Flat Worms – Into The Iris;
The Shivas – Gloria;
The Pink Tiles – Simply;
Mooner – Takana;
Altin Gun – Leyla;
Punčke – CHK CHK;
KBO! – Vikend;
Beyondeers (Live in CLE);
Gyasi – Colorful;
Indian Goat – Be Your Seer;
Bubblegum Lemonade – Barely Regal;
Paint Fumes – Heavy Night;
Jen Cloher – Shoegazers;
Dyson Stringer Cloher – Falling Clouds;
Liz Stringer – Feel It Now;
Mia Dyson – She Can’t Take The World;
The New Madness – Go My OWn Way;
The Barrence Withfield Soul Savage Arkestra – Black Man.

Flashlite #562

November 14th, 2019
Lisa Prank

Hex Dispensers from Austin TX are back with the new album and so are the Parlor Snakes from Paris and New York City. Red Mass from Montreal are also back with some new tunes and so is Tall Juan from Queens. We introduce Lisa Prank from Seattle, Charlie Parr from Duluth and Mordecai Smyth from Reading, UK. Remember Satin Gum from Pittsburgh? They had a record last year that fell through the cracks, and we catch it today. Redd Kross is in our Live in Cleveland segment and we pay a special tribute to Little Feat’s Paul Barrere who passed away on October 26 this year.

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Lemonheads – Postcard;
Hex Dispensers – Obit;
Tall Juan – Wake up daddy;
Tall Juan – It’s True;
Redd Kross (Live in CLE);
Parlor Snakes – Serpent;
Red Mass – Take a chance;
South Filthy – L.A. County Jail;
Jack Oblivian – Good Time Bad Girl;
Lisa Prank – Next Girl;
Charlie Parr – Twenty-five Forty-one;
Grant Hart – Twenty Five Forty One;
Satin Gum – Call You;
Satin Gum – Bats;
Mordecai Smyth – Paint It Black;
Rolling Stones – Paint It Black;
Little Feat – Time Loves A Hero;
Little Feat – Down On The Farm.

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