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Flashlite #675

2021

Last year we started our year-end review of best albums that we heard in the past year. This week we head positions 14 to 1. For the number one this year I chose Californian band Cool Ghouls. After several delightful garage rock records, last year they took a huge leap and made a fantastic genre spanning record that shows good taste, measure and expert knowledge of rock’n’roll history. One song will remind you of Beach Boys, other on Todd Rundgren, another one of Byrds, Love, Leonard Cohen… approach seems deliberate and result is stunning album. In a post-post-post modern post-capitalist world an this album looks like a conveyor belt in which best moments of the past roll by one by one, perfectly strung together until the final product comes out. They do their recycling shamelessly and proudly. It’s paradoxically original. It’s an art form. And we love it here.

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Our list for 2021 looks like this…


30 The Most - Of What We Have
29 Mike Edison and Guadalupe Plata - The Devil Can't Do You No Harm
28 Chris Church - Game Dirt
27 Kid Khan Unlimited - Opiate Them Asses
26 Daniel Romano - Kissing The Foe
25 Grave Flowers Bongo Band - Strength Of Spring
24 Motorpsycho - Kingdom of Oblivion
23 Yola - Stand For Myself
22 The Exbats - Now Where Were We
21 Shaye Zadravec - Now and Then
20 David Gahan and The Soulsavers - Imposter
19 Danny Kroha - Detroit Blues
18 Murlocs - Bittersweet Demons
17 Salebarbes - Gin à l'eau salée
16 Red Devil Ryders - Pour Me Another One
15 Big Hogg - Pageant of Beasts
14 Endless Boogie - Admonitions
13 Bevis Frond - Little Eden
12 Lelee - Cuka, bije, pumpa
11 Astute Palate
10 Divine Horsemen - Hot Rise of an Ice Cream Phoenix
09 Kid Congo - Swing From The Sean DeLear
08 Rosali - No Meduim
07 Petrified Max - Year Gone By
06 Dinosaur JR - Sweep Into Space
05 Richard Rose - Radiation Breeze
04 A Little More Time With Reigning Sound
03 Bat Fangs - Queen of My World
02 The Reflectors - Faster Action
01 Cool Ghouls - At George's Zoo

And playlist for today is:

Endless Boogie – Bad Call;
The Bevis Frond – Cherry Gardens;
Lelee – Pozeluvam;
Astute Palate – Loose Wings;
Divine Horsemen – Mind Fever;
Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds – (Are You) Ready, Freddy;
Rosali – Mouth;
Petrified Max – Blue Skies Always;
Dinosaur JR – And Me;
Richard Rose – Evil Twin;
Reigning Sound – You Ain’t Me;
Bat Fangs – Never Coming Down;
The Reflectors – Carry On;
Cool Gouhls (Closing Meddley).

Flashlite #626

Mira Furlan

Nothing but nicely written music today. We start off with a shiny new song from Dinosaur JR, possibly the shiniest one J wrote since Take A Run At The Sun. Alice Cooper recorded a tribute to Detroit and we check out a cover of an Outrageous Cherry song. Rat Columns and Cool Ghouls are back with new singles. A band we used to know under various names (Fruit Sandal and Akibas) is back with a new name: Melody And The Jones. Petrified Max, after a superb album from last year has a new single (it’s a new band for Vitus Mataré and John Rosewall of Trotsky Icepick fame). We introduce a band from Istria in Croatia, Finta De Mona, that specializes into covers from old songs from that region. Trevor Beld Jimenez is a new performer from Southern California. We pay a tribute to two Yugoslavian legends who passed away recently. Mira Furlan and Misa Aleksic of Riblja Corba.

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Buldozer – Garcon De Yugoslavie;
Dinosaur JR – I Ran Away;
Alice Cooper – Our Love Will Change The World;
Outrageous Cherry – Our Love Will Change the World;
Trevor Beld Jimenez – Moment;
Rat Columns – No Stranger To Life;
Akibas – Can we be friends;
Melody And The Jones – Sun Lions;
Petrified Max – The Lucky Couple;
The Last – Jungle Book;
Tav Falco’s Panther Burns – The Jungle Book;
Cool Ghouls – Helpless Circumstance;
Finta De Mona – Macak z Voloskega;
Bonaca – Macak z Voloskega;
Riblja Corba – Ostacu slobodan;
Mira Furlan i Orkestar Davora Slaminga – Depresivni djecak;
Trotsky Icepick – The Jungle Book;
Red Lights – Jungle Book;
Mira Furlan i Buldozer – Garcon De Yugoslavie.

Flashlite #501

GrexTonight we check out the new music from Mark Lanegan, who teamed up again with Duke Garwood. We also check out the new song from J Mascis, with another solo effort. Another legend from around that time, Chris Mars, the drummer of The Replacements has a new album, so we check that out as well. ESC Life used to be a touring band for Grant Hart and now they have a new single. Ty Segall, Charles Mootheart and Chris Shaw from Ex Cult are back with their GØGGS. Desert Mountain Tribe are also back with the new album and so is Brian Lisik, but he is from Ohio. We introduce Grex from Oakland, California. Death of Samantha is in our live in Cleveland segment.

Clara Engel – Microgods of all the Subatomic Worlds;
ESC Life – Vacation;
GØGGS – Ruptured Line;
Ex-Cult – Mr. Investigator;
Ty Segall – Alta;
Desert Mountain Tribe – It’s All Good;
Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood – Feast to Famine;
Mark Lanegan – Emperor;
Neko Case and Mark Lanegan – Curse of the I-5 Corridor;
Death of Samantha – The Slider (Live in CLE);
Brian Lisik and the Unfortunates – Colorado Avenue;
Chris Mars – Mission of Dead;
Jon S Williams – Figure it out;
Grex – Quicksilver
J Mascis – See You At The Movies.

Flashlite #475

BellraysOur show today begins with the new single from John Paul Keith, a musician from Memphis who we follow closely with every project. Faux Killas, also out in Memphis are also back with the new record. We also have new stuff out of Boston. Dinosaur JR has a new single and Barrence Whitfield and his Savages are also back with the new album. We introduce two new names for us from Greece, who come with high recommendations from Paul in Rock XS: The Karamazov Project lead by Panos Pantazopoulos and the retro hard rockers Ribbons of Euphoria. Out in Philadelphia, we introduce a new band for us called Hurry, although they’ve been putting the stuff out for at about eight years now. Remember we said Bellrays have a new ep two shows ago? Well, they also now have a full length, so we check out one of the songs from it.

Kramer – America;
John Paul Keith – Something So Wrong;
Barrence Whitfield and The Savages – Adorable;
Barrence Whitfield and The Savages – Hey Hey Little Girl;
North Mississippi Allstars – Bird Without a Feather;
The Yawpers – Walter (Live in CLE) ;
Ribbons of Euphoria – The Druids are Rising (to the forefront once more);
The Karamazon Project – Monkey Sounds;
I Am The Polish Army – Throat;
Mark of Cain – Lords of Summer;
Dinosaur Jr. – Hold Unknown;
Hurry – On the Streets;
Number Ones – You’re So Happy I Could Cry;
Faux Killas – Give It To Me;
Faux Killas – Middle of the Road;
The Bellrays – I Can’t Hide.

Flashlite #442

Rad ColumnsToday we introduce a few new names in this show. Freak Genes, two guys from Manchester, Male Gaze from San Francisco, and we introduce Rod Bryan from Arkansas. Rat Columns from Perth are back with the new record and so is Benjamin Booker. My Buddy Moose from Rijeka are finally out with the new record which was nearly two years in making. Supergroup Sweet Apple is also back with the new rocking record (with members from Cobra Verde, Witch and Dinosaur JR). Danny And The Champions of the world, an Americana band from the British isle, is also back. Today’s show is dedicated to Aleksandar D. Kostić Kosta, legendary journalist from Belgrade who influenced me a lot. He passed away this week at a young age of 55.

Elvis Costello – Lovable;
Freak Genes – Exposed;
Male Gaze – Wha Do Wha Do;
Male Gaze – Stupid Heart;
Stutter Steps – Encino;
Rat Columns – Death Is Leaving Me;
Rat Columns – She Loves the Rain;
Benjamin Booker – Truth is Heavy;
Mega City Four – Who Cares;
The Safeties Live in CLE;
Rod Bryan and Megan Michelle – Former Lover;
My Buddy Moose – Second Best;
Blue Things – High Life;
Captain Beyond – Armworth;
Hot Stuff – Jay Time;
Danny and The Champions of the World – Waiting for the Right Time;
Sweet Apple – You Don’t Belong To Me;
Van Morrison – Street Choir;
The Replacements – Here Comes A Regular.

Flashlite #412 – The Best Albums in 2016 (Part Two)

Best of 2015Last we presented positions 35-14 of what I think were the best albums in 2016. Today we continue with that business and we present Top 13 best albums this year. It doesn’t mean that these any worse than the ones we will put in top 13, it’s just a matter of personal taste. This year was not an easy one, but it brought us some records that will stay with us for many years I think. The top part of the list is reserved some some incredible comebacks (Sylvia Juncosa, Dinosaur Jr, Jody Stephens), new comers (Honeymoon Disease, Honey, Blaak Heat, Connections). But the album that marked year from me, is Julie Christensen’s new project Stone Cupid. She sang better than ever, on a record that is rocking, grungy and rootsy at the same time. A killer span of genres that can only be brought by one of the Divine Horsemen. Dive into my selection of the top 13 records and hopefully you will find something for yourself. See you next year!


BEST OF 2016 AT THE LITTLE LIGHTHOUSE

1 Stone Cupid - The Cardinal
2 Connections - Midnight Run
3 Those Pretty Wrongs
4 Blaak Heat - Shifting Mirrors
5 Lilly Hiatt - Royal Blue
6 Lydia Loveless - Real
7 Bad Luck Jonathan
8 Dinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
9 Honeymoon Disease - The Transcendence
10 Disciplin A Kitchme - Opet
11 Jack Oblivian and The Sheiks - The Lone Ranger Of Love
12 Sylvia Juncosa - Wanna Gotta
13 Honey - Love is Hard
14 Meet Your Death
15 Jonathan Richman - Ishkode Ishkode
16 Dan Stuart - Marlowe's Revenge
17 Zig Zags - Running Out of Red
18 Apache - Alcatraz
19 Faux Killas - Time In Between
20 Erotic Biljan And His Heretics - The Devil Stole My Record
21 Seger Liberation Army - Innervenus Eyes
22 Javier Escovedo - Kicked Out Of Eden
23 The I Don't Cares - Wild Stab
24 Scarcity Of Tanks - Ringleader Lies
25 Flesh Panthers - Willows Weep
26 Faz Waltz - Callin loud
27 Purling Hiss - High Bias
28 Radkey - Delicious Rock Noise
29 DON'T - Fever Dreams
30 Descendents - Hypercaffium Spazzinate
31 Ray Mason - The Shy Requester
32 Thee Melomen - Chinatown
33 Bernays Propaganda - Politika
34 Datura 4 - Hairy Mountain
35 Medicine Boy - Kinda Like Electricity

Honey – White Noise;
Sylvia Juncosa – Gamblin’ Fool;
Jack Oblivian And The Sheiks – Fast Friends;
Disciplin A Kitchme – Biti imun na ovaj nemar;
Honeymoon Disease – Rock ‘N’ Roll Shock;
Dinosaur JR. – Tiny;
Bad Luck Jonathan – Bonehead;
Lydia Loveless – Midwestern Guys;
Lilly Hiatt – Get This Right;
Blaak Heat – Sword Of Hakim;
Those Pretty Wrongs – Thrown Away;
Connections – Raise Awareness;
Connections – Kate;
Connections – Gross Lake;
Stone Cupid – Gasoline;
Stone Cupid – The Cardinal;
Stone Cupid – Anthem.

Flashlite #396

Kelsey WaldonToday we start off with the new Dinosaur JR album that they call Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not. Then, Low Cut Connie stopped by Cleveland on August 26th and played some brand new songs from the upcoming album. Death Lens come from LA and they play a tune from their new album Fuck This. Surinam come from Toronto and Thee Oh Sees from San Francisco continue their furious discography with another new record. Meet Your Death come from Austin TX and they play us a Mose Allison tune If You Live. Then we also have two great new country singer-songwriters, Kelsey Waldon from Kentucky (pictured here) and Miss Tess from New York.

Replacements – Answering Machine;
J Mascis And The Fog – Same Day;
Dinosaur Jr – Be A Part;
Glossary – save your money for the weekend;
Low Cut Connie – Dirty River (Live in CLE);
Low Cut Connie – Revolution Rock’n’Roll (Live in CLE);
BT’s – Givin You Everything;
Death Lens – Moontower;
Surinam – Never a Next Time;
The Hotrats – Bike;
Skeptics – Hole in the ground;
Thee Oh Sees – Dead Man’s Gun;
Meet Your Death – If You Live;
Nikki Hill – Oh My;
Kelsey Waldon – Dirty Old Town;
Miss Tess – Shotgun Wedding;
Mountains And Raibows – Treat Your Mind;
Lemonheads – He’s On The Beach;
The Singles – I Can’t Believe What I Got Myself Into This Time.

Flashlite #384

Death Valley GirlsToday we hear new song by Dinosaur Jr, played live at Jools Holland show. Josh Haden is back with his new album Carolina. Our old friend Ray Mason is back with the new record Shy Requester, mostly recorded by just Ray and his guitar. Matt Z from Tyvek has a new band called Mountains and Rainbows and we check it out today. Diarrhea Planet are slowly arising from the Nashville underground into mainstream with their new slick album. Death Valley Girls is a new band from Los Angeles. We say goodbye to the legendary fiddler of Fairport Convention, Dave Swarbrick who passed away on June 6th this year.

Rickie Lee Jones – All The Young Dudes;
All – Sum;
Dinosaur Jr. – Tiny;
Diarrhea Planet – Announcement;
Diarrhea Planet – Hardstyle;
Death Valley Girls – Love Spell;
Fairport Convention – A Sailor’s Life;
Fairport Convention – Now Be Thankful;
Petra Haden & Jesse Harris – Either Way’
Spain – Lorelei;
Clara Engel – Hard to get to heaven;
Those Pretty Wrongs – I’m for Love;
Mountains and Rainbows – How You Spend Your Time;
Ray Mason – Leroy Saw Me Do It.

Flashlite #188

Joe SouthThree rocking returns today. ZZ Top open the show with a new heavy rocker from their new record La Futura. Dinosaur Jr also rock with a new song from the new record I Bet On Sky. And Ian Hunter is back with a playful new record When I’m President. On the power pop front, we introduce the new artist, a librarian from Portland, Maine, Kurt Baker. Juliana Hatfield is back with a new untitled record. And then we have two new live albums, one for Los Lobos and other for Joe Strummer. Actually, the latter is a combination of an anthology and a live record from his days with The Mescaleros.

I would like to dedicate today’s episode to Joe South, a wonderful rock’n’roll singer songwriter and an imaginative guitar player who died last week.

David Bromberg – Nobody’s;
ZZ Top – I Don’t Wanna Lose, Lose, You;
Dinosaur Jr. – Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know;
Pods – Name In Vain ;
Juliana Hatfield – Everybody Loves Me but You;
Juliana Hatfield – Closet;
John Fred And His Playboy Band – Where Will You Be;
Mott The Hoople – Sucker;
Ian Hunter – What For;
Wreckless Eric – There Isn’t Anything Else;
Death of Samantha – Rosenberg Summer (Live in CLE);
Kurt Baker – Sleeping With the Television On;
Joe Strummer – Coma Girl;
Joe South – Don’t It Make You Wanna Go Home;
Joe South – Clock Up On The Wall;
Los Lobos – Reva’s House.

1. Sweet Apple – Love And Desperation

Sweet Apple - Love And DesperationSweet Apple is a side band for John Petkovic of Cobra Verde, J Mascis of Dinosaur JR and Dave Sweetapple of Witch. It happened in a bitter moment when the trio of these rock’n’roll greats desperately needed a break not only from the music that they worked on in their original bands, but also a break from the situations in life that at the time seemed to choke them. Sometimes the best cure is to run away which a pack of friends, experience something new and return as a richer person. This is exactly what this pack did. A weaker person would cut his wrists, but these three people poored their hearts into a rocker that bursts with energy and desire for life. Casual atmosphere in the record creation allowed J to switch over to drums, totaling only three solos on the entire record. Still, there’s plenty of brilliant guitar work on the record courtesy of Tim Parnin of Cobra Verde and John on his purple Gretch (which he used in the songwriting process). Nothing is forced here, songs are charged with energy, crispy riffs are everywhere only to slow down on Dead Moon which stands out as a dark reminder that a man needs light to live, even if that light comes from a stage light show.