This is the first show this year filled with new music. We open up with Palmyra Delran who’s latest single You’re My Brian Jones is a big hit on satellite radio. Then we have the legendary Shoes. They reissued one of their ultra rare albums from the 70s, Bazooka and also recently released a brand new album Ignition. Stan McMahon is a new name, he comes from Portland, OR and has a cassette tape on Burger records. Low Cut Connie caused quite a stir last year when they appeared on the Rolling Stone magazine list of best songs. They also played in Cleveland, so we feature them in our Live from Cleveland segment. Steve Wynn has a album of home demos that he made in his apartment in NYC. Dead Horse One are a new band from France and they perform a very competent version of shoegaze rock. They sing in English, but we also have some Americans that sing in French today. It’s The Revelers from Louisiana, a band that plays cajun rock and who were formed by the members of Red Stick Ramblers and Pine Leaf Boys. Another one of our favorite cajun bands, Mama Rosin has a holiday single, so we check that out as well. Finally, at the end of the show we land in Balkans and we check out an Americana band from Belgrade called On Tour and punk-rock-kazachok band called Cherkezi United, lead by an Ukranian living in Zagreb.
Husker Du – Turn It Around;
Palmyra Delran – You’re My Brian Jones;
Shoes – Hot Mess;
Shoes – Love Took a Turn;
Stan McMahon – La Di Da;
Low Cut Connie – Boozophilia;
Low Cut Connie – Brand New Cadillac (Live in CLE);
Tim Moore – Rock And Roll Love Letter;
Dead Horse One – Cruel winter;
Steve Wynn – Devil Town;
Dream Syndicate – The Side I’ll Never Show;
Lyle Lovett – L.A. County;
Waybe Toups, Steve Riley, Wilson Savoy – Les Flammes de l’Enfer;
The Revelers – Des Fois (Sometimes);
Mama Rosin – How To See The Light;
On Tour – Hondo;
Cherkezi United – Temnaya noch.
Today we review some parts of the blooming and booming new San Francisco rock’n’roll scene, lead by Ty Segall who has a new album out there called Twins. We also check out the wonderful cajuns from Switzerland, Mama Rosin, who made a new album in New York City with Jon Spencer and also have another ad-hoc project called Les FrÃ¨res Souchet. Talking about the Francophone stuff, we have a new single for Perpignan’s Jack of Heart and including their potent cover of Gun Club’s For The Love of Ivy recorded live in Cleveland. We close the show with Amy Lavere and Shannon McNally with their new tour rehearsal tapes and with Lucy Kaplansky’s cover of The Beatles tune I’m Looking Through You.
Today’s show is dedicated to Nick Curran who we recently lost after two years of battle with throat cancer.
The Fall – Jerusalem;
The Modern Minds – Theresa’s World;
Nick Curran – Shot Down;
Nick Curran & The Lowlifes – The Lowlife;
Apache – Heaven Can Wait;
Ty Segall – The Hill;
Thee Oh Sees – Flood’s New Light;
Mikal Cronin – Get Along;
Rat Columns – Death Is Leaving Me;
Jack of Heart – Oscar Wilde;
Jack of Heart – For The Love of Ivy (live in CLE);
King Tuff – Screaming Skull;
Mama Rosin – Parait qu’y a pas l’Temps;
Les FrÃ¨res Souchet – Umido E Denso;
Rosanne Cash – I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party;
Lucy Kaplansky – I’m Looking Through You;
Amy Lavere And Shannon McNally – Good Old Time
A few new records premier in today’s show. R. Stevie Moore has a new album called Advanced and it’s as fresh and as exciting as we got used from Stevie. Hipbone Slim who collaborated with Mama Rosin earlier this year, also has an album on his own with his Kneetremblers. Cody Chesnutt who you may remember as a guest on Phrenology by the Roots, is back this year with a new EP called Black Skin No Value, somewhat more ambitious project than his first album Headphone Masterpiece. Calexico are back with a compilation record that contains the best tracks from their tour only discs. The only new name today is the New Orleans street band Washboard Chaz Blues Trio.
We dedicate today’s show to Mark Moogy Klingman, a frequent collaborator of Todd Rundgren and a synthesizer pioneer who died at the age of 61 after a battle with cancer last week.
Freddy Cannon – Tallahasee Lassie;
The Rolling Stones – Tallahassee Lassie;
Israel Nash Gripka – Black And Blue;
Hipbone Slim and The Kneetremblers – King Of The Rocket Men;
Washboard Chaz Blues Trio – Pick Yourself Up;
Mama Rosin with Hipbone Slim and The Kneetremblers – London Zydeco;
Reigning Sound – Watching My Baby;
Cody Chesnutt – The Seed;
Cody Chesnutt – Where Is All The Money Going;
True Sons of Thunder – Bloodclot;
Todd Rundgren – Dust In The Wind;
Todd Rundgren – Just One Victory;
Rainer with Joey Burns and John Convertino – Cheer Down;
Calexico – Griptape;
Walter Ghoul’s Lavender Brigade – Glass Room;
R. Stevie Moore – Carmen is Coming;
Thee Oh Sees – The Dream.
More bad news this week… Steve Popovich, rock maverick from Cleveland who indebted the world with many great records died last week in Tennessee at the age of 68. Steve was a musical promoter and record label owner in the golden age of ’70s when he helped manage careers of Bruce Springsteen, Cheap Trick, Boz Scaggs, Joe Grushecky, Southside Johnny, Ronnie Spector, Meat Loaf, Johnny Cash – just to name a few. He was a rare breed, a promoter who truly cared for the music he was promoting, someone who believed in what he liked, even if there was no conventional logic for pushing what he pushed. In that way, he is a true inspiration. We also say goodbye to Benny Spellman, a New Orleans singer who also died last week in his hometown at the age of 79. He left behind exciting early rock songs such as Fortune Teller and Lipstick Traces On A Cigarette, both written by Allen Toussaint. We also throw in a few new records. We introduce Dead Rock West from LA, a band clearly influenced by X. Also, we have new albums for Kate Maki and John Paul Keith. Mama Rosin, zydeco band from Switzerland is also back with a collaboration with Hipbone Slim.
The Euclid Beach Band – There’s No Surf in Cleveland;
Ronnie Spector – Say Goodbye To Hollywood;
Ian Hunter – Just Another Night;
Iron City Houserockers – Love’s So Tough;
Johnny Cash – Heavy Metal;
Dead Rock West – Ain’t No Grave;
Dead Rock West – On The Outside;
Centromatic – Most Everyone Will Find;
John Paul Keith – Bad Luck Baby;
John Paul Keith – Otherwise;
The Rolling Stones – Fortune Teller;
Benny Spellman – Fortune Teller;
Benny Spellman – I Feel Good;
Joe Jones – California Sun;
Mama Rosin with Hipbone Slim and the Kneetremblers – Louisiana Sun;
Ramones – California Sun;
SexA – Kupanje;
Kate Maki – From Below;
Kate Maki – The Signal.
Today’s highlight is definitely the new very special tribute to Jim Dickinson, created by his sons, friends and sons of his friends entitled Luther Dickinson & The Sons of Mudboy. Listeners of The Little Lighthouse are very well familiar with Jim Dickinson’s ad-hoc supergroup called Mudboy and the Neutrons – one of the best bands that ever came out of Memphis, well known for their chaotic covers of standards and traditionals. Now, using the same idea but with a layer of sorrow surrounding the passing of Jim, Luther Dickinson and the Sons of Mudboy put out an excellent album called Onward and Upward. This record is a magnificent farewell to the imposing figure that Jim Dickinson used to be on the Memphis rock’n’roll scene. We also check out the newest album for the Swiss zydeco band Mama Rosin (Black Robert) and the new album for the singersongwriter Freedy Johnston (Rain On The City). Also, please check out our new bonus podcast below that we will receive weekly from Igor Mitic in Pancevo. Look for the panther logo and title Sympathy for Rock’n’roll!
Javier Escovedo – Just A Dream;
J Mascis – I Want you Bad;
NRBQ – I Want You Bad;
Freedy Johnston – I Want You Bad;
Freedy Johnston – Don’t Fall In Love With A Lonely Girl;
Big Drill Car – Let Me Walk;
The Radiators From Space – Television Screen;
Mama Rosin – Ti Moreau;
Mama Rosin – J’ Arrive Pas a Dormir;
Bobby Charles – Save Me Jesus;
Rolling Stones – Wild Horses;
Luther Dickinson & The Sons Of Mudboy – Angel Band;
Mudboy and the Neutrons – Angel Band;
John Paul Keith and The One Four Fives – Secondhand Heart;
The King Khan & BBQ Show – Tryin’;
Gentleman Jesse – No Rest (For the Wicked);
Wayne County – Flip Your Wig;
The Astorians – I Walk.
When I lived in Louisiana, I saw a wonderful German movie Schultze Gets the Blues about an old German guy who moves to Louisiana to play zydeco. This bizarre trans-global story is a wonderful dedication to the beauty of Louisiana music. In 2009, the most exciting zydeco album in ages came from the same “neck of the woods”… Switzerland! Trio of Swiss guys who calls themselves Mama Rosin, collected 13 furious zydeco tunes on their second album Brule Lentement. Some of the songs are classics (Opelousas Sostan!) and some are their own pastiches written in zydeco and Cajun style. The sound on the record is incredibly authentic. It sounds like those old documentary recordings of zydeco tunes and nothing like the watered down sound you can hear these days in tourist shops of New Orleans. Mama Rosin somehow found the original soul of Mamou, Louisiana on the banks of Lake Geneva.
Today we bring you two European bands with appreciation for the American sound. Mama Rosin come from Switzerland and play Cajun music. Waistcoats are from Netherlands and they put out one of the strongest garage rock eps this year. Stateside, Neil Young is back with new album Fork In The Road. Steve Earle has a Townes Van Zandt cover album and Mission of Burma has a live ep distributed online.
John Martyn – Root Love;
Mission Of Burma – Academy Fight Song;
Waistcoats – Take That You Bastards;
Jimmie Dale Gilmore – Outside The Lines;
Neil Young – Johnny Magic;
Neil Young – Tonight’s The Night;
Townes Van Zandt – Where I Lead Me;
Steve Earle – Where I Lead Me;
Mama Rosin – J’Vas Mon Chemin;
Rufus Jagneaux – Opelousas Sostan;
The Resentments – Struttin’ Yer Stuff;
Neko Case – I’m An Animal;
Don Nix – Goin’ Down;
Jeff Beck Group – Going Down;
Autosalvage – The Great Brain Robbery.