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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 #669

Amythyst Kiah

Today, new music from Amythyst Kiah, L.A. Witch, Endless Boogie, Sue Foley, Carolyn Wonderland, The Buttshakers, Muddy Gurdy, North Mississippi Allstars and two Billy Childish projects: The Chatham Singers and The William Loveday Intention.

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Wanda Jackson – You Drive Me Wild;
Amythyst Kiah – Black Myself;
L.A. Witch – Ghost on the Highway;
Gun Club – Ghost On The Highway;
Endless Boogie – The Offender;
Ida Mae – Mountain Lion Blues;
Sue Foley – Pinky’s Blues;
Carolyn Wonderland – Honey Bee;
John Mayall – Distant Lonesome Train;
The Buttshakers – Hear Me;
The Chatham Singers – Chatham MTB;
The William Loveday Intention – You Gotta Move;
Muddy Gurdy – You Gotta Move;
North Mississippi Allstars – Set Sail;
Sharde Thomas – We Made It.

Flashlite #624

A Place To Bury Strangers

Psychedelic boogie episode today with new music from Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Oh Sees, A Place To Bury Strangers and Thurston Moore. Introducing, Carlton Melton from San Francisco and Mugstar from Liverpook, UK. Plus, Clutch and Endless Boogie issue archival material. Melt your mind with the sounds from The Little Lighthouse.

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Helicon – The Sun Also Rises;
Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog – Dog Death opus 27;
Mugstar – Cato;
Oh Sees – Weird and Wasted Connection;
Oh Sees – Dark Weald;
Clutch – Run, John Barleycorn, Run;
Bassholes – John Barleycorn;
All Them Witches – Saturnine & Iron Jaw;
Carlton Melton – Three Zero Two;
Endless Boogie – Cretan Miniatures;
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Automation;
A Place To Bury Strangers – You Are The One;
Thurston Moore – They Believe in Love (When They Look at You).

Flashlite #432

Juliana Hatfield Today we start with The Meatbodies, a band that involves Chad Ubovich, a long time collaborator of Ty Segall. Then we introduce Sabbath Assembly, self described occult band that travels between Texas and New York City. White Reaper come from Louisville KY and Ghoultown come from Texas, both bands quite rough and heavy. Automatic City from France bring us their playful brand of boogie woogie and so do modern legends Endless Boogie who are back with a new record. We also have two new albums by two wonderful ladies. Juliana Hatfield is here with Pussycat and Mary Bragg debuts at the show with an original approach to songwriting. The Obsessed has a new record called Sacred and we also check how they sounded in Cleveland a few weeks ago. Redd Kross also visited us here in town, after 20 years.

Carol Bui – Rockville;
Meatbodies – Haunted History;
Sabbath Assembly – Shadows Revenge;
Crystal Fairy – Under Trouble;
The Obsessed – Crossroader Blues;
The Obsessed – CC (Live in CLE);
Redd Kross – Yer Blues Uglier (Live in CLE);
White Reaper – The Stack;
Endless Boogie – Vibe Killer;
Ghoultown – Black-Lung Revival;
Automatic City – Evil Eyes On Me;
Mark Lanegan Band – Drunk On Destruction;
Mary Bragg – Wreck And Ruin;
Juliana Hatfield – Wonder Why.

The Return of Improvization – Three Great Records from

Soldiers of Fortune - Early RisersSoldiers of Fortune – Early Risers
Improvization in rock music is not an easy thing to do well. Making records has become a serious art business over the years. Careful songwriting, big concepts, thoughtful producers, long practicing, multi-tracks and overdubbing are as important as an electric guitar in rock music. In fact, one could say that the record making process has become a high art, developing in parallel together with the development of rock music. What happens when a performer comes in to wipe that all away? The year of 2015 will perhaps be remembered as a year in which several important albums developed in a completely opposite way than what a book of rock would prescribe.

Arrival of the musical troupe called Endless Boogie on the New York rock’n’roll scene about ten years ago was an important event. The concept was simple: taking instruments into hands of capable musicians and creating a deconstructed boogie that is limited only by the closing times in a bar or physical lengths of a CD or LP. The name was taken appropriately from Johnny Lee Hooker’s album from 1971. The group had put out several albums since then and became a staple of New York live scene. Younger musicians from New York pop bands like Oneida, Interpol and Chavez were sitting in the audience. Over the years, they belonged to a collective of bands that made pop records, backed up by the indie rock press, pretty much creating a new mainstream within the college rock scene. It’s gotta be boring as it sounds…

I don’t know for sure, but I bet Brad Truax, Kid Millions, Barry London, Matt Sweeney together with the help of Jesper Eklow of Endless Boogie wanted a more exciting approach to rock’n’roll when they decided to form Soldiers of Fortune, an ad-hoc improvisational anti-band that has been recording their album called Early Risers over the years, following a concept very similar to the one used by Endless Boogie, only with shorter tunes. Their attitude is hopelessly anti. They don’t want to promote, replay or revisit anything on Early Risers. In the end, the listener gets a uniquely formed diamond that should find a place in any respectable record collection.

Kim Fowley – Detroit Invasion
Kim Fowley - Detroit InvasionRock improvisation hasn’t started with Endless Boogie though. Their fellow New Yorkers, Suicide, employed this type of songwriting since their inception in the late sixties. Kim Fowley, wrote some of his songs in a stream of consciousness fashion since day one. Ben Vaughn had separate albums with Alan Vega and Kim Fowley in the nineties bringing their approach to songwriting to new levels of greatness with the Cubist Blues and King of Saturday Night projects.

Kim Fowley met with Detroit musicians in 1997 and made his legendary Michigan Babylon album. The band had a great time and they reunited in 2012 for two more shows. They also congregated to the studio and had another recording session that resulted in an album called Detriot Invasion that came out this year. It is entirely improvised and it’s incredible how the band and Kim managed to capture an incredibly coherent madness out of the whole deal.

The record is not just a great improvisational rock record, it’s also a struggle with death. Kim Fowley had a surgery in 2012 and went to Detroit one day after he was discharged from the hospital. He passed away this year in February and the rest of the band helped to put this record out only two months after the sad event.

Disciplin A Kitchme – Opet
Disciplin A Kitchme - OpetKoja from Belgrade’s band Disciplin A Kitchme (also known as Disciplina Kičme) has been writing simple rock songs with seemingly endless arsenal of improvised riffs for years. His lyrics are usually one short observation or an impression that often repeats until the song is over. The rest of the tune is his heavy bass riffage, one or two drum sets and horns that are added with a great deal of improvisation and feel for rocking.

This year he is back with a new record called Opet. The new addition to the sound is Igor Đeke from Harp Explosion who not only perfectly fits Koja’s vision, he also successfully emulates famous horn passages of the 80s Disciplina, courtesy of legendary trumpet player Zerkman. So it’s new and old at the same time. Certainly, that sort of sound is more than welcome in the new line up.

Difference between Koja’s results and what we heard this year on Fowley’s and SOF albums is that Koja would come back to his improvised tunes on his live shows. His other project called Fank+LastiÅ¡ has an even freer form. Still boogie, jams and good quality stream of consciousness unexpectedly, but clearly marked great albums of 2015.

Flashlite #358

Disciplin A KitchmeIt’s a jammy show today. We have entirely improvized band called Soldiers of Fortune, consisting of many established musicians from New York (Oneida, Chavez, Interpol). Jesper Eklow from Endless Boogie seems to play a very important role forming the sound on the new Soldiers of Fortune record Early Risers. Next, we have the legendary (ex) Yugoslav band Disciplin A Kitchme, who are back with yet another great sounding record entitled Opet.. Ethan Johns is also back with the new album and we introduce a new name: Greek band 7-Odds. Dom Mariani’s DM3 has a nice new compilation record.

Cubist Blues – Candyman;
Datura 4 – Demon Blues;
DM3 – Can’t Get What You Want;
Endless Boogie – A Part of the WFMU Live Show ;
Soldiers of Fortune – Nails;
Disciplin A Kitchme – Reci ruke u vis;
Atomic Forest – Obsession;
Shanti – Shanti;
7-Odds – Alley Walk;
Ethan Johns and The Black Eyed Dogs – Silver Liner;
Big Star – Untitled Electric Instrumental.

Flashlite #209

The ResonarsMBV ya all… The biggest buzz since the power went out at the Super Bowl is the return of My Bloody Valentine. Without much pomp, they released a new record simply called mbv, and it sound like time did not change anything in their dreamy ways. Another interesting return is for Endless Boogie, who are going to put out a new album by the end of February. In the same time, we are expecting the new record for Tim Lee 3, and we are previewing one song from each band and each new records. New names today are Livingstone Daisies from Melbourne, Australia and The Resonars from Arizona. I made mistake announcing the band in the show though – their name is not The Resonators, but The Resonars. Another new band today is Prkos Drumski from Novi Sad – another representative of the neo-acoustic scene in ex-Yugoslavia. Trixie Whitley is back with the new record and Eamon McGrath uncovered an unpretentious collection of demos that predate his legendary Young Canadians by a few months. There’s also an interesting moment where we play Hanging On The Telephone in three different language versions as a tribute to The Nerves.

Endless Boogie – Sideways;
Endless Boogie – Taking Out the Trash;
Davila 666 – Hanging On the Telephone;
The Nerves – Hanging On The Telephone;
Fit – Zvoni Telefon;
Livingstone Daisies – Redhead;
The Resonars – Tomorrow Gears;
Terry Reid – The Way You Walk;
Tim Lee 3 – Signal;
My Bloody Valentine – New You;
My Bloody Valentine – Soft As Snow But Warm Inside;
Tame Impala – Endors Toi;
Prkos Drumski – Å aman;
Trixie Whitley – Gradual Return;
Mark Sultan – Out Of Time (Live in CLE);
Eamon McGrath – Trouble On My Mind.

7. Endless Boogie ‎- Full House Head

Endless Boogie ‎- Full House HeadWhen Endless Boogie appeared out of nowhere in 2008 borrowing the title of Johnny Lee Hooker’s album from 1971, and retooling the old Captain Beefheart concepts, they were a complete mystery. Very little presence on line, virtually no reviews, the word about the band literally was the word of mouth. In the meantime we found out that their bass player Mark Ohi played with Naked Raygun and that their singer Top Dollar works in New York City as a dealer of used LP records. The grassroots fan-base was waiting for the second album with great suspense. It came this year and it lifts off where the previous album ends. Or maybe the previous album never ended? The endless groove simply spilled over the physical boundary of a CD into the new release. The full on energy is only interrupted with the title Slow Creep that builds up like a foggy night and chills out the spine. Endless Boogie is not only the most fun band in the past five years it is also band with the strongest concept which they stick to without a compromise.

25 Years of “Tajanstveni voz”

On November 6 1985, exactly 25 years ago, one tradition started to take shape. Zikica Simic in Belgrade (Yugoslavia), decided to start a radio show featuring “the new American rock music” called Tajanstveni voz (Mystery Train). Zikica was featuring bands of the 80s rock’n’roll scene that was impossible to hear anywhere in the world except on college radio stations in the USA. He recognized the respect that these bands had for traditional rock’n’roll and persistently for the next 25 years (and hopefully more) he followed this musical genre as it transformed throughout the years: Husker Du, Green On Red, Violent Femmes, Giant Sand, Tav Falco then a new injection of power with Uncle Tupelo in the nineties and now with Endless Boogie, Phosphorescent, Black Keys and Kurt Vile. He introduced a small army of listeners to the true rock’n’roll sound, including myself. To be perfectly honest, influence of Zikica’s radio show is so enormous on me, that I can easily say how Little Lighthouse is a pale copy of Mystery Train, and still consider it an understatement and a compliment to my show. In the latest installment of his show, Zikica Simic re-played his very first playlist and also threw in a few songs from todays moment in between. A great way to mark quarter of a century of one helluva show.

Playlist 25 years ago…

Violent Femmes – Add It Up
The Long Ryders – I Had A Dream
Beat Rodeo – Without You
R.E.M. – Driver 8
The Del-Lords – Mercenary
Dream Syndicate – Medicine Show
Husker Du – Books About UFOs
Beat Farmers – Bigger Stones
Green On Red – That’s What Dreams
X – What’s Wrong With Me
Minutemen – Cheerleaders
Guadalcanal Diary – Ghost On The Road.

Flashlite #94

Eamon McGrathHere we are again after a summer long hiatus. Students are back to school, cold days are here and hot rock’n’roll selections too. This show is filled with some of the most exciting music that came out while we were gone. We have Eamon McGrath from Canada for the first time in our show. Interesting character who recorded tons of music alone in his bedroom for years until last year when his album 13 Songs of Whiskey and Light broke out internationally. Eamon is unusually talented songwriter that has a great future. We hope that his new album Peace Maker is just as good as 13 Songs. Another new songwriting name in today’s show is Pat Hull. He also wrote a number of songs back in his old hometown of Chico in California, until he moved to New York City recently. He has a new album called Fable Names. Spampinato brothers, Joey of NRBQ and Johnny of The Incredible Casuals recorded a new solo album called Pie In The Sky together with another Incredible Casual Aaron Spade. They are touring USA and keep your eye on the events in your town. Their shows are outstanding. Endless Boogie, blues gods from Brooklyn are also here with a new album Full House Head. Limes, Memphis band fronted by Shawn Cripps is also back with the new album Rhinestone River, which comes a few years after their Internet-only album Tarantula, which we loved five years ago. We love the new one too. One of the most exciting album this summer was the new album for Peter Case, who teamed with DJ Bonebreak from X to record Wig!. Case reinvented himself as a hot rocking bluesman and it totally works. Come tune in next week after you hear this one and don’t forget our bonuses!

NRBQ – I Want You Bad;
The Incredible Casuals – College Girls;
The Spampinato Brothers – I Say Good Day Goodnight;
Aaron Spade – Selfish;
Eamon McGrath – Big River;
Eamon McGrath – Cold Alberta Nights;
Pat Hull – The Builder (live at The International Folk Bazaar);
Pat Hull – The Builder;
Tav Falco – Sympathy for Mata Hari;
Endless Boogie – Gimme the Awesome;
Endless Boogie – Tarmac City;
Limes – Do You Mind;
Limes – Merrilly;
Peter Case – Old Blue Car;
Peter Case – New Old Blue Car;
Ronnie Spector – Try Some Buy Some.