Today we bring you the new music from King Khan and Detroit band Tin Foil. Speaking of Detroit, Danny Kroha is back with his second strictly acoustic blues album. Billy Childish has been active recently with several releases and the latest one is with his William Loveday Intention under the title Blud Under The Bridge. David Nance is also super active recently, with two new digital releases, one being a live show and the other one being a tribute to Devo. We also check out Dirtiest, punks from Italy. Towards the end of the show we pay respect to fallen heros, Hilton Valentine of Animals and Sean Tyla of Ducks Deluxe.
Little Bob Story – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood;
King Khan Unlimited – Magpie Eyes;
The William Loveday Intention – Exuberant Me;
CTFM – Pretend;
Tin Foil – Give A Try;
Tin Foil – Wax and Hash;
The Dirtiest – Ti Piscio Sul Presepe;
Fixed Up – Things Get Better;
Demolition Doll Rods – We Are One;
Danny Kroha – Leavin’ Blues;
David Nance – The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprize;
David Nance Group – Down Where The Drunkards Roll;
David Nance – This Side Of The Moon;
Animals – House of the Rising Sun;
Animals – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood;
Animals – We Gotta Get Out of This Place;
Ducks Deluxe – Fireball;
Ducks Deluxe – Paris 9;
King Khan And The Shrines – I See Lights.
Today’s show is an episode in our Rock’n’roll Anthems series. Previously we featured Louie Louie, I Fought The Law, Tobacco Road, Train Kept A-Rollinâ€™, Money (Thatâ€™s What I Want). Today we go the way back to the late nineteenth century when a railroad worker John Hardy committed a murder and got hanged afterwards. The story and the event went into a legend and into a song. The song eventually made it to the records in the twenties and quite a few rock musicians found the story exciting enough to include it into their repertoire. Most notably, my favorite version of Gun Club. As it usually happens in folk traditions, they are not always historically accurate. There was also another character John Henry, who was a a steel driver who apparently defeated a steam powered hammer. For whatever reason, musically and lyrically, some musicians of the past mixed the two different characters and song and elements of one went into another. So, today, we explore these two stories and the impact they had on rock’n’roll. Most recently, Danny Kroha recorded the legend of John Henry on his new lp, so the two characters still continue to keep our attention.
Clarence Ashley – Old John Hardy;
Wild Billy Childish – John Hardy;
Gun Club – John Hardy;
Jeffrey Lee Pierce – John Henry;
George Thorogood And The Destroyers – John Hardy;
Manfred Mann – John Hardy;
Uncle Tupelo – John Hardy;
Johnny Cash – The Legend Of John Henry’s Hammer;
Lead Belly – John Hardy;
Buell Kazee – John Hardy;
Ernest V. Stoneman – John Hardy;
Mississippi Fred McDowell – John Henry;
Roger McGuinn – John Hardy;
Roger McGuinn – John Henry;
Tom T. Hall – More About John Henry;
The Sir Douglas Quintet – Story Of John Hardy;
Van Morrison – John Henry;
Danny Kroha – John Henry.
Matthew Smith is a long time fixture on Detrot rock’n’roll scene. For years, his music is very well informed with all those genres that make rock music so exciting for all of us. His band with a revolving membership, Outrageous Cherry has been proving that for the past 20 years with some 15 odd albums. This year’s album Digital Age is in many ways a special one.
First, it comes after a four year break in discography – the longest one so far on Smith’s list. But sometimes, making a longer break like that can result in a very positive result. A bunch of songs piled up and Digital Age can be heard as the most consistent Outrageous Cherry album in my memory.
Smith’s songwriting is super clever and catchy. Lots of songs deal with the modern times and even some politics. Very engaging stuff, but not overwhelming. The music contains a lot of cool guitars and vocals are drenched in powerful reverbs and phasing. The bass player Colleen Burke also did a great job on it.
Talking about Colleen, she is also in Danny And The Darleans – another really cool Detroit band that had a record recently. Just by looking at the cover, I think it’s titled Stink, but it appears title-less on some other listings out there.
Danny of course is Danny Kroha who was with The Gories and Demolition Doll Rods. He’s taking the main stage on this new trio – the spotlight is on him this time. Stink contains some strong garage rock material and it really stands out in the ambitious tune Les Fleurs Du Mal.
Stink by Danny And The Darleans and Digital Age by Outrageous Cherry are two strongest records from Detroit in 2014, which will obviously remain as one of the strongest rock’n’roll towns. Both bands contain Colleen Burke on bass and both records are recorded in mono. Really great stuff!