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Flashlite #679

Green Blue

Today we have a couple of new introductions. Green/Blue come from Minnesotta MN, and they offer us a sweet new album called Offering. Also with a new album, we introduce Junior League straight from Covington LA. Good Looking Son have an ep and they come from Cincinnati OH. Outtacontroller from Canada is back with the new single, John Wesley Coleman III is back with the new album and so is Marc Ribot and his Ceramic Dog. Chris Church teams up with Big Stir Records to reissue his album from 10 years ago and we love it here at the Lighthouse.

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Minutemen – The Red And The Black;
Green/Blue – Talking To Myself;
Frankie and the Witch Fingers – Cookin’;
Reigning Sound – Make It Up;
The Spliffs – I Know A Girl;
The Junior League – The Sunshine Saves Everyone;
Good Looking Son – Mr. Wonderful;
The Resonars – Own Up;
The Reflectors – Where Have You Been;
Outtacontroller – Parts Unknown;
Chris Church – Bad Summer;
Chris Church – You Are the Thunder;
Komodor – Nasty Habits;
Blue Oyster Cult – The Red & The Black;
Transistors – Reception to Porter;
John Wesley Coleman – Outerspacey Tracey;
Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog – Wanna.

Flashlite #560

Pieta Brown

Today’s show is focused on the new singer and songwriter scene. We introduce Angie McMahon and J.P. Shilo from Melbourne, Ada Lea from Montreal. Also we have Tyler Beojian, Pat Hull and Pieta Brown are back with new stuff. Sam Phillips and John Wesley Coleman had some recent tunes which fell through the cracks, but we catch up with that today. Lee Bains III from Alabama is in our live in Cleveland segment.

Wreckless Eric – The Half of It;
Angie McMahon – Keeping Time;
Ada Lea – Mercury;
Chris Shiflett – Welcome to Your First Heartache;
Gyasi – Young Love;
John Wesley Coleman – Fighting A Room;
J.P. Shilo – Kid King Kong;
David Nance – Credit Line;
Mikal Cronin – Undertow;
Tyler & the Names – Sunday Choir;
Pat Hull – Ay Marie.;
Lee Bains III – Live in CLE;
Rich Hopkins Luminarios – Back To The Garden Till I’m Gone;
Kelley Stoltz – Turning Into You;
Pieta Brown – The Hard Way;
Sam Phillips – I Want to Be You;
Rickie Lee Jones – Mac the Knife.

Flashlite #523

Leyla McCallaLeyla McCalla over in New Orleans is back with the new album entitled Capitalist Blues. John Wesley Coleman III, from the neighboring state of Texas also has a new solo record. Part Time Lover in my home-base of Cleveland has a new single for Blue Arrow Records (our sponsor). On the other side of the world, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard come with the new single. Over in whatever is left from Yugoslavia, we have two new exciting tunes. Snooze in Motion with their new single (or I should say his new single, it’s just one guy, San Mikulec from Zagreb). Koala Voice come from Kisovec in Slovenia and we have them here for the first time. We also have two tributes. Blue Cheer drummer Paul Whaley passed away in late January and Korni Grupa bass player, Bojan Hreljac passed away in December.

Leyla McCalla – Aleppo;
Koala Voice – Macbeth;
The Stiffs – Magic Roundabout;
Outrageous Cherry – Beginning Of The End Of The Night;
Snooze in Motion – Deset Dana;
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Cyboogie;
Teardrop City – You Don’t Know Him;
Bob Mould – Send Me A Postcard;
Shocking Blue – Send Me a Postcard;
Part Time Lover – Send Me A Postcard (Live in CLE);
Part Time Lover – Magic Child;
John Wesley Coleman III – Beam With Us;
Nikki Hill – The Fire That’s In Me;
Blue Cheer – Doctor Please;
Korni Grupa – 1941 (excerpt).

Flashlite #465 – The Best Albums in 2017 (Part One)

Best of 2017The Little Lighthouse presents best albums in 2017. A good way to usher the new year is to put together a list of best albums in the previous one. We’ve been doing this for a long time with more or less discipline, but the criteria is always personal and the lists simply collects albums that I’ve kept coming back to most frequently. This time we cover positions 35-15 and tune in next week for the top 14. Today we cover one of four albums that was put together by the productive and controversial Matthew Melton (Warm Soda), heavier rock records from The Obsessed, Elder, Motorpsycho All The Witches and Ruby The Hatchet show a modern approach to head banging, twisted Americana of Ethan Daniel Davidson, Yawpers and My Buddy Moose represent a fresh approach to a genre that needs reinvention badly. Strong lyrical works from Daniel Romano and John Wesley Coleman III are the best to enjoy while reading and musing on the inner sleeves. Bully, Lost Balloons, Sheer Mag, Needles//Pins show that indie rock still has something to say. Beautiful vocals of Dead Rock West are to admire. Ty Segall had an album of his career. Baby Shakes simply have short and fun record that makes you wanna play on and on. Newcomers Improbables and experienced Golden Boys hail from their garages with high octane garage rock and of all experiments from King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, their Microtonal Banana was the most fun.

15 Baby Shakes - Turn It Up
16 Daniel Romano - Modern Pressure
17 John Wesley Coleman III - Microwave Dream
18 Ty Segall
19 Lost Balloons - Hey Summer
20 The Improbables - Object To Be Destroyed
21 All Them Witches - Sleeping Through The War
22 The Obsessed - Sacred
23 Motorpsycho - The Tower
24 Golden Boys - Better Than Good Times
25 The Yawpers - Boy in a Well
26 Elder - Reflections of a Floating World
27 My Buddy Moose - IV
28 Dead Rock West - More Love
29 Needles//Pins - Good Night, Tomorrow
30 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana
31 Warm Soda - I Don't Wanna Grow Up
32 Ruby The Hatchet - Planetary Space Child
33 Sheer Mag - Need To Feel Your Love
34 Ethan Daniel Davidson - Crows
35 Bully - Losing

Bully – Either Way;
Ethan Daniel Davidson – Beast;
Sheer Mag – Just Can’t Get Enough;
Ruby The Hatchet – Killer;
Warm Soda – To Be With Ramona;
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Melting;
Needles//Pins – Time and Tide;
Dead Rock West – Boundless Fearless Love;
My Buddy Moose – After The Feeling Has Gone;
Elder – Thousand Hands;
Yawpers – Reunion;
The Golden Boys – So Cowboy;
Motorpsycho – The Maypole;
The Obsessed – Be The Night;
All Them Witches – Don’t Bring Me Coffe;
The Improbables – Crawl With Me;
Lost Baloons – Not My Time;
Ty Segall – Freedom;
John Wesley Coleman – Shovel;
Daniel Romano – Dancing With The Lady In The Moon;
Baby Shakes – Baby Blue.

Flashlite #423

WinstonsToday, we bring you back All Them Witches from Nashville, legendary Godfathers from UK, John Wesley Coleman III from Austin TX and Afterhours from Italy. New names are Mind Meld from LA, California Camp Koala from Budapest, Hungary.

Connections – Scanners;
All Them Witches – El Centro;
All Them Witches – Bruce Lee;
Descendents – Without Love;
Paul McCartney and The Wings – Let Me Roll It;
The Godfathers – Cold Turkey;
The Godfathers – Let’s Get Higher;
John Wesley Coleman III – Little Miss Keith Richards;
John Wesley Coleman III – Shovel;
Mind Meld – Mouthbreather;
The Telepathic Butterfiles – Radio Darlings;
James and the Express – When You Don’t Love Me Back;
Electric Six – It Ain’t Punk Rock;
Afterhours – Ballata Per La Mia Piccola Iena;
Afterhours РN̬ pani N̬ pesci;
Camp Koala – Force-driven Development.

Flashlite #295

Terry and LouieWe have a couple of interesting new albums today. Bonnie Prince Billy as a new record called Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues and it turns out to be a much more accessible version of his older album Wolfroy Goes to Town from three years ago. John Wesley Coleman III also has a new album which is a much more produced ordeal than his previous record (and I think that’s really a good direction for him). Chuck Prophet is back with Night Surfer LP which appears to be influenced by Ian Hunter’s songwriting style. Talking about Hunter, Mott The Hoople issued an excelled new double live record, recorded in 2013. Venerable bluesman Elvin Bishop also has a new record. In our segment Live in Cleveland, we introduce Cleveland band Shale Satans, who had an acoustic live set at our sponsor Blue Arrow Records. Terry Six and King Louie, two surviving members of the Exploding Hearts are back with the new single.

Harp Explosion – Lost Railroad;
Eden Brent – Everybody Already Knows;
Elvin Bishop – Let Your Woman Have Her Way;
Mississipi Fred McDowell – Red Cross Store Blues (Blues Alphabet);
The Shale Satans – Get Weird (Live in CLE);
Bonnie Prince Billy – We Are Unhappy;
Golden Boys – Rock With Me Forever;
John Wesley Coleman III – The Love That You Own;
James and The Express – They Didn’t Know About You;
Russ Tolman – Talking Hoover Dam (Blue Arrow Records Feature);
The Exploding Hearts – Thorns In Roses;
Terry And Louie – Looking For A Heart;
Bass Drum of Death – Left for Dead;
The Apache – Hit The Clubs;
Chuck Prophet – Truth Will Out (Ballad of Melissa and Remy);
Mott The Hoople – Saturday Gigs.

Flashlite #197

Julie DoironSeveral new things today… John Wesley Coleman III has yet another record out this year, so when you add it all up together, it’s his forth this year: two solo, one duet and one with The Golden Boys (we reviewed it last week). Then we have a new band here at the Little Lighthouse, Kriz crvene fuxe from Zagreb, although the news comes to us that the band has already ceased to exists in the meantime. Julie Doiron, who used to be in Eric’s Trip is back with the new solo album. Talking about grunge, Soundgarden also has a new record. And finally, Holly Golighthly has another record with The Brokeoffs entitled Sunday Roll Me Over. We also pay a special homage in this show to Sandy Denny, who has a four CD box set filled with demos and other rarities.

Sandy Denny – Who Knows Where the Time Goes;
Nude Beach – Radio;
The Forty Nineteens – She’s Moved On;
Empire – Electric Guitar;
The Golden Boys – Older Than You;
John Wesley Coleman III – King and Cindy;
The Exploding Hearts – I’m A Pretender;
King Louie’s Missing Monuments – I’m A Pretender (Live in CLE);
Kriz crvene fuxe – Marioneta;
Eamon McGrath – Instrument of My Release;
Eric’s Trip – Listen;
Julie Doiron – Our Love;
Soundgarden – Attrition;
Ron Wood And Ronnie Lane – Just For A Moment;
Rumer – Just For A Moment;
Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs – Goddam Holy Roll;
Sam Philips – I Don’t Know How To Say Goodbye To You;
Sandy Denny – Autopsy.

The Golden Boys – Dirty Fingernails

The Golden Boys - Dirty FingernailsGolden Boys are a five piece from Austin, Texas. The best known name in the band is John Wesley Coleman III, who is known in Austin and elsewhere not only as one of the Golden Boys, but also as a singer songwriter, stand up comedian and a trash poet. But, according to what I could find about the band, it seems that Matt Hoopengardner and Bryan Schmitz, on two guitars and main vocals, are the main driving forces behind the Golden Boys.

Dirty Fingernails is their fifth album and it could be said that it’s the most mature of them all so far. One can find a wide berth of musical genres, from power pop, garage rock and punk rock. The rhythm is fast and the sound is amplified, drum and keyboard driven. Song Outta The Dark even has some horns. Daddy’s Horsewife sounds like a hardcore punk parody. But other than that the topic is mostly love and in general.

The songwriting is very pedant, although the sound is decidedly sloppy.

Garage rocking Curtains, sounds like something that could be on legendary Spoons album Voxin’, although I would be very surprised that the Golden Boys made a conscious connection there.

The first tune on the B-side is Older Than You, obviously on the topic of age difference between the two lovers. It has an extremely catchy one guitar string riff, reminding me on Empire’s Bob Andrews, something that he would employ on Expensive Sound.

The last tune on the record We Are Young is a perfect closer, the unofficial greatest hit of 2012 in my mp3 player. It’s another song on the record about getting older, an anthem about growing up, a sort of a sister song to the Replacement’s Bastards of Young. It is definitely a standout on an album that is nevertheless excellent. With Older Than You on position B1 and We Are Young closing the record, we get a full circle on one side of the record and the topic of coming out of the age becomes the dominant one. Still, it’s not definitely not a downer. It’s a celebration, and it a fun record to play on repeat.

Technical note: the vinyl record is duplicated at the United Records Pressing plant from Nashville TN. Their prints are all over the place – some the best around, some are substandard. My copy of the Golden Boys is very well done – no complaints sound-wise although there are specked scratch patterns on the surface, which is something one just has to get used to at the United Records.

First published on rockxs.com.

Flashlite #161

Davy JonesInteresting premier in this show is the New Multitudes album, which marks this year as a 100 years from when Woody Guthrie was born. It’s another project where the Guthrie’s estate hands out his old unseen lyrics to modern day artists to write new tunes to the old words. First project like that was back in 1998 when Jeff Tweedy and Billy Bragg joined forces on Mermaid Avenue. It’s interesting that the Guthrie’s estate approached old Tweedy’s friend from the Uncle Tupelo days, Jay Farrar. He then also approached Will Johnson from Centro-matic, Yim Yames from My Morning Jacket and Anders Parker from Varnalinen to help him out in the completion. The whole thing turned out very well, Farrar’s singing wasn’t this good in ages and tunes fit the lyrics like a glove. Starting with this show, we will begin with a new segment, Live in Cleveland, which will feature live recordings from various bands on their Cleveland shows. We start with a new song for the Cleveland roots rock band Jack Fords, the band which also premiers at the Little Lighthouse today. Whitehorse is a duet from Canada that consists of singer-songwriters Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland and we feature them for the first time at todays show. Their self titled album is full of well crafted songs. Today we have John Wesley Coleman again, this time with a new solo album Last Donkey Show. Chrome Cranks are back with the new album Ain’t No Likes In Blood. And sadly, today’s show is dedicated to Davy Jones, one of the Monkees, who passed away on February 29 this year after a sudden hear attack.

Bootsy’s Rubber Band – Vanish in Our Sleep;
The Monkees – Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow);
The Monkees – Star Collector;
Whitehorse – Broken;
Jay Farrar, Yim Yames, Will Johnson and Andreas Parker – V.D. City;
Billy Bragg and Wilco – California Stars;
Green On Red – This I know;
Jack Fords – Covers Blown;
Jack Fords – Turn It Up Louder;
Smrts – Balga Promenade;
Endless Boogie – Pack Your Bags;
John Wesley Coleman – Misery Again;
Gibson Bros – Lone Wild Bird;
The Chrome Cranks – Way-Out Lover;
The Chrome Cranks – Living Dead.

Flashlite #160

Michael DavisToday’s show is dedicated to Michael Davis, the original bass player of the loudest band on earth MC5. He died on February 17 this year after liver failure at the age of 68. We also catch up with another legend Andre Williams who has a new record out. Bruce Springsteen also has a new one out. English new wave legends Wire have a live record out and John Wesley Coleman teamed up with Morgan Coy for a strange little extended play which features new songs in full studio arrangement and also in more stripped down acoustic style.

Albert Smith – Come Together;
MC5 – Kick Out the Jams;
MC5 – Teenage Lust;
Blackbox Revelation – Love Licks;
Andre Williams – Mojo Hannah;
Esther Phillips – Mojo Hannah;
Elkie Brooks – Mojo Hannah;
Danny And The Champions of the World – Ghosts in the Wire;
Bruce Springsteen – You’ve Got It;
Chuck Prophet – He Came From So Far Away (Red Man Speaks);
The Sky Drops – Explain It to Me;
John Wesley Coleman III – Donkey Song;
John Wesley Coleman and Morgan Coy – Wild Zoo;
Wire – Kidney Bingos;
The Lemonheads – Mallo Cup;
Tad – 3-D Witch Hunt;
Dinosaur JR – No bones.