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Flashlite #676

2021

First ‘regular’ show this year! We present the hottest in garage rock from recent weeks. The most exciting novelty is West Coat collaboration between Mike Watt and Cutthroat Brothers. They have released two new records recently. Another supergroup is Teeth of England from Memphis with Dave Sinclair behind the concept, Jack Oblivian behind the drums and Jason Rice from Faux Killas playing guitar. Strange Colours also has a new record and it’s a Toronto band lead by Andrew Moszynski who used to be with Deadly Snakes. Over in Australia we hear Power Supply from Melbourne. Over in Europe we check out Komodor from France and Roman Aul and Rosarys from Germany, who did a new record collaborating with the legendary Detroit producer Jim Diamond. From Switzerland, we check out the new tune by The Jackets. We finish the show with a little tribute to Bill Conway who used to play drums in Treat Her Right and Morphine. Conway passed away on December 19 last year.

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True Sons Of Thunder – Bad Trip Pt. 1;
Strange Colours – The Setting Sun;
Cutthroat Brothers and Mike Watt – Been Away;
Cutthroat Brothers And Mike Watt – Out of Control;
Robbing Banks – Wasted;
Jack Oblivian – Milkshake Baby;
Teeth of England – Flying Zero;
Power Supply – The Land of the Fire.m4a’
Flaming Sideburns – Lighthouse Keeper;
Exploding Eyes – Fear;
Komodor – Give Up;
Roman and the Rosarys – Gypsy Woman;
Wilding – I’ll Keep Holding On;
Poison Boys – Little Speedway Girl;
Schizophonics – People in the Sky;
Sweet Knives – House;
The Jackets – What About You;
Morphine – Eleven O’Clock;
Treat Her Right – Everglades;
True Sons Of Thunder – Bad Trip Pt. 2.

The Best of 2019 Pt 3; Flashlite #570

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

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

Flashlite #552

Jordan Jones

Here’s a nice new power pop powered episode for the end of the summer. We have new albums for Redd Kross, Jack Oblivian, Daniel Romano’s project Ancient Shapes and Verlains (over in New Zealand). Criminal Hygiene is also back with a new record, a well made and mature new release. Back in the earliest days of The Little Lighthouse we played Mellow Drunk from San Francisco very often. Now they are back with some new music too after more than a decade. Also, introducing, Steve Adamyk from Canada and Jordan Jones. We traveled all the way to Youngstown to hear the New York band Tuff Sunshine (featuring Emma DeCorsey) performing live.

Sad Planets – Long Goodbye;
Steve Adamyk – Power Load;
Criminal Hygiene – Hardly News;
Terry and Louie – Throwin In The Towel;
Nick Glider – Frustration;
Tuff Sunshine (Live in Youngstown);
Jack Oblivian and the Dream Killers – Dream Killer;
Jordan Jones – No Makeup;
The Rumour – Falling in Love With A Dream;
Bad Moves – Shut Your Eyes;
Ex Hex – Good Times;
Ancient Shapes – A Flower That Wouldn Bloom;
Mellow Drunk – From My Window;
Connections – Ballad of Big;
The Dates – Pennies 4 You;
Richard Lloyd – Mystic Eyes;
The Verlaines – I Am;
Redd Kross – What’s a Boy to Do;
Sweet Apple – Summer’s Gone.

Flashlite #370

Meegan Voss and Steve Jordan - The VerbsToday we start off with the new Jack Oblivian record. He’s back with the new band The Sheiks and the new album The Lone Ranger of Love. Bazooka is a new band from Greece. Robert Pollard has another new album and we lost the count long time ago. Also from Ohio, we check out the new music from Rocket From The Tombs. The Verbs are Steve Jordan who we know from his collaboration with Keith Richards and Meegan Voss who was with the Poptarts and they have a new cover only album. Jay Gonzales, who we know from his collaboration with Drive By Truckers and who had a nice power pop album in 2012. We listen to The Sadies live in CLE.

Los Lobos – Nachas
Jack Oblivian – Hey Killer;
Bazooka – Achristi Genia;
Spoon – Tear Me Down;
King Mud – Take A Look;
The Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man;
Robert Pollard – Long Live Instant Pandemonium;
Rocket From The Tombs – Welcome to the New Dark Ages;
Cheese Borger and The Cleveland Steamers – Cleveland;
Motorhead – Victory Or Die;
The Sadies – (Live in CLE);
The Byrds – You Showed Me;
The Verbs – You Showed Me;
Jay Gonzalez – Shenorock Lane;
Jay Gonzalez – The Will;
Holly Golightly – Slowtown;
Stooges – Dirt;
Milk Lines – Can I Stand in Your Sun.

The Oblivians – Desperation (In The Red)

The Oblivians - DesparationOblivians are a band from Memphis, the godfathers of the garage underground scene in that city that just broke up when they were getting to be known worldwide in the late nineties. They called it quits after a great collaboration with Quintron in 1997. The band went separate ways, Greg Cartwright established himself as one of the most important songwriters with the new band Reigning Sound, Jack Yarber became the king of the minimalist garage and Eric Friedl was busy running the famous Goner Records label and playing gutter punk with True Sons of Thunder. This year they decided to ditch their real surnames again and return to The Oblivians.

It’s like all those years of separate careers did not even happen. The new record is a classic Oblivians chaotic mix of dirt and melody. Timeless quality comes form the fact that they recorded the whole thing on scotch tape, at least that’s how it sounds like. Inputs to the record are brotherly divided up by all three of them and among the excellent originals that already threaten to become classics, there are some hilarious cover choices: Paul Butterfield Band, Andy Griffith and probably the catchiest song on the record Call The Police which brings back Quintron and Miss Pussycat and it was written by Stephanie McDee – a popular local hip hop entertainer from New Orleans who mixes rap and zydeco traditions.

A few technical notes on the vinyl release. Cover on the font is a great photograph, but it’s a low resolution digital photo blown up to the 12×12″ record cover. Inside photography is beautiful. There is no clear information on the record or on the cover where it was mastered or pressed. I can’t say much about the vinyl cut, after all, the whole record sounds like it was recorded on a scotch tape. But that sort of visual and aural lo-fi chaos is what represents The Oblivians authentically. Anything more polished would be a disaster.

Flashlite #145

Kathleen EdwardsThe first block in today’s show is dedicated to the three (fake) brothers – Eric, Greg and Jack Oblivian. We know Jack has a new album Rat City, but the other two brothers are shaking the rock’n’roll scene with new records as well. Greg’s Reigning Sound has a new digital record called Abdication For Your Love and Eric has a really exceptional new record with his band True Sons of Thunder. Their older colleague from Memphis, legendary Steve Cropper has a tribute record, dedicated to Lowman Pete Pauling of The “5” Royales fame. New Jersey singer songwriter Neal Casal is back also with the new record. Canadian lady Kathleen Edwards is a new name for us, but we really like what she’s doing.

The Mamas and Papas – Dedicated To The One I Love;
Tony Joe White – Scratch My Back;
True Sons of Thunder – Tony Joe White;
AAAA New Memphis Legs – Wild About You;
Oblivians – How Long;
Jack Oblivian – Girl with the Bruises;
Reigning Sound – Lyin’ Girl;
The 5 Royales – Dedicated To The One I Love;
Steve Cropper – Dedicated To The One I Love;
Kathleen Edwards – Sidecar;
Ana Egge – Motorcycle;
Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells A Story;
Neal Casal – I Will Weep No More;
Neal Casal – Let It All Begin;
The Masticators – With A Litte Luck;
The Action Is – My Hero;
Dave Davies – This Man He Weeps Tonight.

Flashlite #138

Rainer PtacekAnd… we’re back from our usual Summer break. The break was long, but without huge shakes in musical world. Also, not too many great records happened in the past two months while we were gone. My favorite record this summer is definitely Rainer Ptacek session with Calexico members that came out now, but it was recorded way back in 1997, mere months before Rainer passed away. The cd is called Roll Back The Years, and I really wish I could. We lost a lot when Rainer left 14 years ago. From Austin, we have new records for The Krayolas and John Wesley Coleman. From Memphis, we have new records for Jack Oblivian and Bo-Keys. We also have new Brian Wilson, whose new record is centered around Disney movies.

In other news, we say goodbye to Zagreb’s Radio SC. The “flashlite” edition of The Little Lighthouse, that is, Internet edition recorded in my room, as opposed to being live in real radio studio, started back in 2008 on their initiative. I am thankful for bringing me back out into the public, but last spring I got a note from them that their funds got shortened and that the radio ceased to exist. All the best to their crew in future endeavors. In the mean time, we keep rocking the (un)free world on this website, and also in Kragujevac on Radio Centar and Athens on Rock XS.

Wolf People – Time;
The Krayolas – Catherine;
The Krayolas – Gonna Walk Down;
Tyla Gang – Styrofoam;
Housecoat Project – Styrofoam (San Francisco CA 1987);
John Wesley Coleman III – Werewolf Soup;
Jack Oblivian – Dark Eyes;
Rainer and Das Combo – Drop Down Mama;
Rainer with Joey Burns and John Convertino – Roll Back the Years;
Tommy Stinson – One Man Mutiny;
Bash and Pop – Friday Night (Is Killing Me);
The Beatles – Why Don’t We Do It In The Road;
Lowell Fulson – Why Don’t We Do It In The Road;
The Bo-Keys – I’m Going Home (feat. Charlie Musselwhite);
Brian Wilson – Kiss the Girl (From the Little Mermaid);
R. Stevie Moore with Dave Gregory – Dates;
Chris McKenna – Maximum Love Vibes;
Poni-Tails – Born Too Late.

15. Limes – Rhinestone River

Limes - Rhinestone RiverLimes are the best hiden secret of Memphis rock’n’roll scene. Brain child of Shawn Cripps, that also contained Harlan T Bobo and Jack Oblivian in the line up at one point, they have been around for 10 years now. But, if we don’t count their Internet and Australian only album Tarantula from 2005, Rhinestone River that came out on Goner this year. Dirty, muddy, lazy sound that rolls out of this record keeps in touch with the best timeless tratidions of this music that we love to call rock’n’roll. This is an album that Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Charlie Watts could have recorded on a hazy, stoned night, while Jagger and Wyman are absents, chasing girls somewhere.

Flashlite #65

John Paul KeithToday we showcase several new names at The Little Lighthouse: John Paul Keith, Eichmann Family, Sweet Apple,  The Hex Dispensers, Smith Westerns and D. Charles Speer. John Paul Keith comes from Memphis and has a band called The One Four Fives. About a year ago he put out the record called Spills And Thrills and it’s such a beautiful record, I can’t believe I missed until now. John Paul Keith’s band opened for Jack Oblivian in Cleveland and even more than that – they played the role of the Tearjerkers that night. John Paul Keith was also one of the Snake Eyes – the last band for Jim Dickinson before he passed away. Eichmann Family is another garage rock band from Zagreb – there are several very good ones over there. Sweet Apple is the new band for John Petkovic and Tim Parnin from Cobra Verde and J. Mascis and David Sweetapple form The Witch. Supergroup for the new millenium, isn’t it? Hex Dispenser are garage magicians from Austin Texas. Smith Westerns is a new band from Chicago and D Charles Speer and his Helix are from New York City – two new names that come from big cities, but sound much more provincial (which is a good thing at The Lighthouse!). And the last, but not the least, our favorites from a few years ago, Bassholes have a new LP, and it’s untitled again.

The Hex Dispensers – I’ve Got My Doppelganger On;
Eichmann Family – Daddy Doesn’t Love Me;
My Buddy Moose – When I Say;
Cobra Verde – Haunted Heavens;
Sweet Apple – Do You Remember;
Bassholes – Swannanoa River;
Bassholes – Caravan Man;
Steve Wynn – Outlaw Blues;
Rickie Lee Jones – Subterranean Homesick Blues;
Rickie Lee Jones – The Blue Ghazel;
James Luther Dickinson – Eloise;
Irma Thomas – It’s Raining;
The Detroit Cobras – It’s Raining;
John Paul Keith and The One Four Fives – Let’s Get Gone;
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs – Dreaming;
Blondie – Dreaming;
Smith Westerns – Be My Girl;
D. Charles Speer & The Helix – Helical.

Flashlite #64

The RevoltsThis show goes to all the gig-goers in Cleveland. I made it inspired by a busy week in which I saw live shows by The Meat Puppets, Ian McLagan, Dinosaur JR and Jack Oblivian. I had to miss Reigning Sound, but from what I hear, it was a great gig. We also have some new stuff. We represent two bands from a new generation of Zagreb rockers. My Buddy Moose, who we know from their self-titled album a few years ago and The Revolts. My Buddy Moose has a new album coming up next year and we hear exclusive tracks from it while they are searching for a publisher. Mike Watt has a new project called Il Sogno Del Marinaio with Italian musicians Stefano Pilia and Andrea Belfi. We also introduce The Revelators for the first time at the Little Lighthouse, although they’ve been around for some time.

J Mascis – A Little Ethnic Song;
The Zombies – Whenever You’re Ready;
Dinosaur Jr. – Whenever You’re Ready;
Reigning Sound – Trash Talk;
Meat Puppets – Look At The Rain;
Jack-O & The Tennessee Tearjerkers – Sweet Thang;
Jack Oblivian – Cigarillo;
Ian McLagan – So Lucky;
Ian Mclagan – Itchycoo Park;
Small Faces – Itchycoo Park;
Telefon – Putovanja;
Nocna Smjena – Vrtlog;
Revolts – Probudi se;
My Buddy Moose – Tonight;
Il Sogno Del Marinaio – Thema one;
Bob Dylan – Positively 4th Street;
Steve Wynn – Positively 4th Street;
The Revelators – Love One Day.