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Flashlite #665

Maggot Heart

Loud and heavy show today with new music from the legendary Melvins, Lazy Cowgirls’ Pat Todd and his Rankoutsiders. Also, we have Cosmic Psychos from Australia, Sherwin from Lancaster PA, The Cold Stares from Indiana and Charles Mootheart from San Francisco who we know as a collaborator of Ty Segall from Fuzz. We also hear new singles from the Swedish band based in Berlin Germany, Maggot Heart and Mannequin Pussy from Philadelphia.

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Rainbow – Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll;
The Cold Stares – Take This Body From Me;
Charles Moothart – Soft Crime;
Fuzz – Time Collapse;
Budgie – Guts;
Sherwin – Velocity;
Melvins – Night Goat;
Bullet – Sinister Minister;
Cosmic Psychos – Beep;
Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders – You Might Be Through With the Past, But the Past Ain’t Through With You;
Bison Machine – Knights of the Stars;
Birds Of Maya – Busted Room;
Maggot Heart – No Song;
Mannequin Pussy – Perfect;
Crushed Butler – Love Fighter;
Terra Cotta – Hard To Know.

The Best of 2020 (Part 1): Flashlite #621

Best of 2020

We’re at the end of this historic crappy year. Still, there’s a good handful of albums that we kept coming back to at the Little Lighthouse. So, let’s take a look back and try to list those albums. Before the complete list of top 30 albums is complete in a week for now, let’s dig into the lower end of that list. For a crappy year, overall, the music was really good.

Datura4 – Mother Medusa;
Fuzz – Close Your Eyes;
X – I Gotta Fever;
All Them Witches – Lights Out;
The Third Mind – Claudia Cardinale;
Levitation Room – Stars Speak Softly;
The Sonic Dawn – UFO;
Bob Dylan – False Prophet;
Fred And Rose – In The Pines (Where Did You Sleep Last Night);
Nicole Atkins – These Old Roses;
Saba Lou – Penny Roll;
Natural Child – Farm;
The Berries – Passing Scene;
Honey Radar – Almanac Singer;
Bipolaroid – In My Cave.

Flashlite #618

Sarah Harmer

Today we have some very interesting comebacks from two greatest rock’n’roll scenes in the world. True Sons of Thunder, a Memphis super-garage-group is back with the new record, and so are the legendary trio from Detroit, Demolition Doll Rods. Mr. Quintron and Miss Pussycat from New Orleans also have a new record and so does the super-trio Fuzz with Ty Segall, Charles Moothart and Chad Ubovich. We also check out new singles for Outacontroller, Gyasi and Harp Explosion. We introduce Tyler Keith and The Apostles for the first time at the show. Great archival material is also out, by Red Lights (a Jeffrey Lee Pierce band) and the lost album by The Last.

Dead Moon – Fire in the Western World;
Outtacotroller – Loose Lips;
True Sons of Thunder – Killin’ It;
True Sons of Thunder – Crawlin;
Wolfmanhattan Project – Braid of Smoke;
Danny and The Darleans (Live in CLE);
Demolition Doll Rods – Bitch Kickin’;
Quintron and Miss Pussycat – Teenagers Don’t Know Shit;
A Burning Bus – Irrational front;
Tyler Keith & The Apostles – Vaya Con Dios;
Tyler Keith & The Apostles – Fire In The Western World;
Harp Explosion – It’s gonna be a long night;
The Schizophonics – Show Me Your Eyes;
Hayvanlar Alemi – Referendum Day;
Fuzz – Nothing People;
Gyasi – Walk On;
Gyasi – Colorful;
Red Lights – Kisses for my president;
The Last – The Other Side;
The Last – Difference.

Flashlite #387

Jenny Don'tToday we have one new band with all female members. The Beverleys – three ladies from Toronto. Jenny Don’t ails from Portland and fronts her punk rock band Don’t. We also introduce the new band for Chris Shaw from Ex Cult, Ty Segall and Charles Moothart from Fuzz called Goggs. The man that made my favorite record last year, Andy Gabbard visited Cleveland and played some new tunes. My field recorder was ready. We also introduce Cowboys from Bloomington IN and a Toronto supergroup Highest Orders. One of the most pleasant surprises this week is Leland Sundries from New York and their new record called Music For Outcasts. Senior Service is an instrumental band from UK. Prkos Drumski covers Fairport Convention by the camp fire and we check it out.

John Hiatt – Come Back Home;
Goggs – Falling In;
The Cowboys – Silverback Sexdrive;
Andy Gabbard – Fireworks (Live in CLE);
Andy Gabbard – Bizarre Love Triangle (Live in CLE);
Kate Maki – When I’m Lonesome;
The Beverlys – Lemonade;
Don’t – Wrong Generation;
Death Valley Girls – I’m A Man Too;
Los Pistolas Coyotes – Blanca Piscada;
Tex And The Horseheads – Lucky Hand;
Leland Sundries – Bad Hair Day;
The Highest Order – I’d Ask You To Stay;
Meat Puppets – Split Myself in Two;
Gun Club – She Is Like Heroin To Me;
Ray Mason – You’re Supposed To Wish The Best For People;
The Senior Service – Bone Jacked;
Prkos Drumski – Who Knows Where The Time Goes.

The Fuzz (Munster)

The Trashed Romeos - Where Dreamers Never GoThings are very complicated this year. There are two excellent bands with the name of (The) Fuzz. Both are special projects from previously well established musicians. There is Fuzz (without “the”) from San Francisco lead by Ty Segall, a band that has captured attention of music fans all over the world. The other Fuzz is The Fuzz, they are from Memphis and they are lead by Harlan T. Bobo. You won’t hear that much about this band in fancy web portals though, except in this one.

Harlan T. Bobo is probably one of the strongest songwriters active today. His three solo albums recorded and published between 2003 to 2010 are masterpieces of rock writing with topics ranging from rejection, to love and settling down. In 2010 Harlan on his record Sucker, Harlan proclaimed Live is sweet and we left him happy in a family setting. But this year he’s back hilariously drunk and boyishly angry and he needed another alter ego and a band to pull it off.

In the press material and in on the record cover, we learn that The Fuzz is a brainchild of Harlan’s brother Hector Bobo, but songwriting credits and vocal delivery is unmistakably Harlan. What we find on this record is a great example of Memphis rock’n’roll in its most uncurbed state. It’s loud and distorted and fun. It’s music of a drunken circus band staggering down a road, which how once someone described Jim Dickinson’s music. With masks and confused identities.

Besides Harlan T. Bobo, the record brings several other well known Memphis musicians, Steve Selvidge on bass and Doug Easley behind the studio knobs.

The record is sandwiched in between Air which irresistibly reminds me on Replacements’ Takin’ A Ride and When I Die which borrows a chant from Norwegian Wood. You will also hear a great tribute to Marc Bolan in Teen Rex. The musical ferocity is what will occupy your senses first, because it’s delivered overwhelmingly loud, but after you hear the record a couple of times, wise words of Harlan T. Bobo will make you rediscover this record again.

Few technical notes on the release. The record came out in Spain for Munster Records, so it is only available as an import in USA. The label on the cover says the the record is Made in Germany, but markings on the vinyl are more similar to the vinyls mastered and pressed in Russia. It’s a quality pressing considering that the record is so loud. I have a feeling that the vinyl is mastered from a digital mix, and it would probably sound better if it was mastered from an analog mix, if there is one around.

Flashlite #251

Leyla McCallaA couple of new things today. Ty Segall is in action again, putting out a demo version of his last year’s album Twins, now renamed into Gemini. So the concept is now closed, it’s a twin record. He also has a band called Fuzz, but now, to complete the confusion, there’s a different band called The Fuzz, from Memphis, fronted by Hector, supposedly brother of Harlan T. Bobo, although I’m not so sure if it’s really not the same elusive rock’n’roll songwriter. Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett recorded a jam boogie record in 1986 called No End, in which he recorded all the instruments. This came out only now, after 27 years. The rest of the show is bit more conventional. We have a new band called White Denim from Austin, TX and a New Orleans cellist Leyla McCalla who recorded an LP with Langston Hughes lyrics. By the way, the house in which he lived in Cleveland is on sale these days. Also, we check out Evan Dando’s tribute to Tarka Cordell and Lemonheads’ de-luxe reissues. But we start off with Dream Syndicate who had an amazing reunion gig in Cleveland last week.

Meat Puppets – Waiting;
Gutterball – When You Make Up Your Mind;
Dream Syndicate – Then She Remembers (Live in CLE ’83);
Dream Syndicate – Burn (Live in CLE ’13);
White Denim – It’s Him!;
White Denim – At Night in Dreams;
Ty Segall – You’re The Doctor;
Fuzz – Earthen Gate;
The Fuzz – When I Die;
Harlan T. Bobo – Old Man;
Madeleine Peyroux – Life is Fine;
Leyla McCalla – Lonely House;
Evan Dando – Lovely New York (Tarka Cordell);
Lemonheads – If Only You Were Dead (Early Mallo Cup) (1988, Live on Wers);
Keith Jarrett – No End III.

Flashlite #248

The Cry!We start of today with and awesome hit single Discotheque by the new band here at the Little Lighthouse called The Cry! from Portland OR. It’s a part of a split single with The Connection who we know well by now. Then we check out The Len Price 3, who finally put out a follow up on their great LP called Pictures back in 2010. The new record is called Nobody Knows and they come from traditionally active Medway scene in England. Arbouretum from Baltimore, MD are back with the new ep, which entirely consists of the Gordon Lightfoot tunes and it represents the peak of the renewed interest about him on the modern scene. Ty Segall is putting out records so frequently, I can’t even count them anymore. But the new one is with his new band called Fuzz and it’s a heavy record done in the manner of the 70s hard rock, where he joined forces with the guitarist Charlie Moothart. Finally we have Dead Milkmen today. They put out four 7″ singles, totaling 12 new songs (almost like an LP!) recently. We check out one of the tunes which they performed together with Philadelphia singer Audrey Crash and we also check out a part of their recent show in Cleveland. They were supposed to play at the Cleveland Public Theater, but the power went down. So they took the show over to WCSB.

The Trashed Romeos with Jim Dickinson – Where Dreamers Never Go;
Games – Different Times;
The Cry! – Discotheque;
Bay City Rollers – Rock’n’roll Love Letter;
Nick Lowe – Rollers Show;
The Len Price 3 – Nobody Knows;
The Len Price 3 – Keep Your Eye On Me;
Wild Billy Childish and The Spartan Dreggs – Eli The Baker;
The Krayolas – Gordon Lightfoot;
Arbouretum – The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald;
Ty Segall – The Keepers;
Fuzz – One;
Purson – Mavericks and Mystics;
Dead Milkmen and Audrey Crash- Little Rebel Mine (ROME cover);
Dead Milkmen – Dean’s Dream (Live in CLE).