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Flashlite #707

Lamont Dozier

We’re going roots rock this time. We check out new music from T Bone Burnett, Michael Tarbox and Janiva Magness. Manfred Jones of The Woggles has a new band called The Magnificent. Walter Daniels, formerly with Hickoids and Buick MacKane is back with a new single. Duke Robilliard and Sue Foley join forces for a cover of an old Mickey and Sylvia song. Mario Monterosso from Tav Falco’s band has a new Memphis based album. Introducing Hambone Skinny from Boston. We finish our show today with a not so obvious tribute to the legendary hitmaker Lamont Dozier who passed away on August 8th this year.

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Dana Fuchs – Borrowed Time;
Walter Daniels – From Death To Texas;
Duke Robillard and Sue Foley – No Good Lover;
Pat Todd And The Rankoutsiders – No good lover;
Mickey And Sylvia – No Good Lover;
The Magnificent – Raise Your Hand;
Janiva Magness – You And Me;
Annie Keating – Beholden;
Hambone Skinny – Gin Joint Jukin’;
Mario Monterosso with Tav Falco – Midnight in Memphis;
Tav Falco – Dance Me To The River;
Michael Tarbox – World Gone Wrong;
T Bone Burnett – I’m Starting A New Life Today;
T Bone Burnett – Strange Combination;
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Heat Wave;
Lamont Anthony – Benny The Skinny Man;
Lamont Anthony – Just To Be Loved.

Flashlite #684

Today we dig deep into the new roots and blues rock tunes. John Mayall is 88 and still keeps putting out fantastic albums, we check out the latest one. Tarbox Ramblers have a new EP and Leyla McCalla has a new single. James Hunter has a new album. We introduce new artists for us: Grey River and The Smoky Mountain from Greece, Joanna Connor from Chicago, Ilana Katz from the Appalachians, Kris Wiley from California, Big Daddy Wilson from Germany. Also check out a great new version of Junior Wells song Messing With The Kid by Albert Castiglia Band, coming to us directly from a new tribute to Todd Rundgren.

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Mississippi Allstars – Bumpin’;
Kris Wiley – Inside Out;
John Mayall – The Sun Is Shining Down (feat. Carolyn Wonderland);
Handsome Jack – Roll It;
Dave Gahan and Soulsavers – Strange Religion;
Joanna Connor – Earthshaker;
Leyla McCalla – Fort Dimanche;
The Kropotkins – Truckstop girls;
Ilana Katz Katz – Downtown With The Devil;
Green River and The Smoky Mountain – Truth or Dare;
Julie Christensen – Fire At The End Of The World;
Gabriella Cohen – Son Of A Gun;
Michael Tarbox – Goin’ Down To Georgia;
James Hunter Six – Heartbreak;
The Excitements – Mr. Landlord;
Endless Boogie – Disposable Thumbs;
Albert Castiglia Band – Messin With the Kid (Bonus Track);
Big Daddy Wilson – Meatballs;
Elly Winninger – Leavin.

Flashlite #649

Annie Keating

Today we start off with rocking riffs from the Chicago’s trio Sueves. Pablo Solo from Spain collaborates with John Simon on his new recordings. We also check out new tunes by Annie Keating from Brooklyn, Chris Bregson from Texas and Harvey McLaughlin. Michael Tarbox has a new song as well. We also have two legendary guitarists today with new recordings: Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top and Steve Cropper of the M.G.’s.

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Gun Club – Cool Drink of Water;
The Sueves – Mop Bucket;
Pablo Solo – Two Ways Of Lookin’ At The Same Thing;
John Simon – Slim Pickins In The Kitchen Don’t Make It At All;
Mr. Airplane Man – Rain So Hard;
Steve Cropper – Heartbreak Street;
Annie Keating – Blue Moon Tide;
The William Loveday Intention – Blind Willie McTell;
Patterson Hood And Jay Gonzalez – Blind Willie McTell;
Chris Bergson – Blind Willie McTell;
Harvey McLaughlin – Poor Gary From The Gallows;
Brenton Manser And The Disciples Of Zen – Circus Street;
The Black Keys – Sad Days, Lonely Nights;
Left Lane Cruiser – Sad Days Lonely Nights;
Billy F. Gibbons – Desert High;
Michael Tarbox – Change my ways;
Bob Corritore – Why Am I Treated So Bad (feat. Francine Reed).

Flashlite #614

Ghost Funk Orchestra

The Resonars are back with the new record and so are Ghost Funk Orchestra who entertained us with a great album A Songs for Paul earlier this year. We check out new music from Leigh Gregory and Michael Tarbox (ex Tarbox Ramblers), both stars from some of the earliest Little Lighthouse episodes all the way back to 2001. We also go back to Mooner from Chicago and Sunfruits from Australia for new tunes. We introduce A. Swayze and The Ghosts from Tasmania and Bette Smith as new names at the show.
Remember two great volumes of early garage metal entitled Jobcentre Rejects? Third and fourth volumes are out and they are just as great. We sample all four volumes with one song from each.

Manarays – Comin’ Home;
Track 4 – Freetime;
Greensleeves – Fire;
Frenzy – Thanx For Nothing;
Warrior – Suicide;
The Resonars – Never Been Down Before;
A. Swayze & the Ghosts – Suddenly;
Cheap Trick – Just Got Back;
Cocktails – Bun E. Carlos;
Sunfruits – Mushroom Kingdom;
Mooner – Happily;
The Nude Party – Times Move On;
Lelee – Izvan sebe;
Ghost Funk Orchestra – Walk Like A Motherfucker;
Ghost Funk Orchestra – Fuzzy Logic;
Bette Smith – I Felt It Too ;
Disheveled Cuss – Wanna Be My Friend;
2nd Grade – Velodrome;
Leigh Gregory – This Time It’s For Real;
Michael Tarbox – He’d Be A Diamond.

Flashlite #241

Burnt OnesThose who like Heroin by Velvet Underground will find this episode interesting. We have two tunes that sound like it and two versions of the very song. Burnt Ones from San Francisco have a cover of this song and we also check out some of their original new stuff. New Thurston Moore’s band Chelsea Light Moving has a song that sounds like Heroin and Michael Tarbox has a similar tune on his latest album. We check out the new garage rock tunes from King Louie and his Missing Monuments and Obits. Southern music is represented by Hickoids and Left Lane Cruiser who have an excellent new record Rock Them Back To Hell.

Michael Tarbox – Night Train To Chelsea;
Missing Monuments – Super Hero;
Obits – Taste the Diff;
Obits – Pine On;
Bad Sports – Washed Up;
Mikal Cronin – Get Along (Live in CLE);
Hickodis – Mo’hair;
Left Lane Cruiser – Paralyze Ya;
Endless Boogie – General Admission;
Burnt Ones – Fountain of Youth;
Burnt Ones – Heroin;
Velvet Underground – Heroin;
Chelsea Light Moving – Heavymental.

Michael Tarbox – Works and Days

Michael Tarbox - Works and DaysMichael Tarbox used to lead a great band called Tarbox Ramblers. Hailing from the Boston area, Tarbox Ramblers were the leaders of the new blues revival for the past 15 years with a blend of academic and heartfelt approach that won our hearts. The first album for Rounder Records in 2000 was a furious collection of authentic and raw blues which relied on the primitive traditions on North Mississippi blues and Appalachian folk. The second album also for Rounder A Fix Back East was a step towards rock roots, split produced by one and only Jim Dickinson and Paul Q. Kolderie who we know best from his work with Morphine. Then, a long decade with sporadic limited edition discography followed.

Through all that time, Michael Tarbox all but stood idle. He toured with a revolving line up the country multiple times, even entered the studio a few times. The songs were ready, but the band had a chronic problem with drummers. Without the record label, struggling to keep the band together, and perhaps some other reasons, Michael decided to crowdfund his next record last year, without much help from the outside. The new album, Works and Days is the outcome.

Without pretensions, the record is simply imagined as a collection of songs, without a particular theme that connects them. This is understandable, the record has been conceived over a large period of time, but the variety actually contributes to the overall quality of this new record. In the long period since 2004, I can only imagine that there was a lot of songs to choose from, but Michael and his producer friend Chris Rival have good ears and experience to identify those songs that worked particularly well in the studio at the time of recording.

In essence, the record is an emotional aggregate of many changes that Michael went through. The friendships that were evolving, struggles that they were going through and the arrival of his daughter. But the good news is that the relief is in the art. This truly comes through in this record.

Sound-wise, the new record dwells even more into rock territory. While the first record was almost entirely filled with traditionals, the new record, much like the second one is filled with original songs. From wild rocking Hey Mister Starlight over Lou Reed-like The Night Train To Chelsea to soft and almost spoken word title song The Tower of Works and Days, there is a little bit of every rock’n’roll taste on this record.The final result is intimate and exciting, and for me at least, long awaited record that will stick around for quite some time.

First published on rockxs.com.

Flashlite #216

Jason MolinaToday we have two big comebacks. Mudhoney are back with the new album Vanishing Point after five years and Godfathers are back after 18 years wutg a new record Jukebox Fury. We also present the Rain, a new name from Norway, a trio obsessed with The Beatles. Another new name today is Purling Hiss from Philadelphia. We also have announcements for new records from Thalia Zedek (ex Come) and Michael Tarbox (ex Tarbox Ramblers). Mark Lanegan joined forces with London based musician Duke Garwood on a new record called Black Pudding.

This show is dedicated to Jason Molina of Songs Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. who died on March 16 this year in Indianapolis.

Mikal Cronin – All I Really Wanna Do;
Mudhoney – Into The Drink;
Mudhoney – I Like It Small;
The Godfathers – I Want Everything;
The Godfatehrs – If I Only Could;
Tim Lee 3 – Weird Weather;
Rain – A Day in the Life;
Purling Hiss – Rat Race;
Come – Orbit;
Thalia Zedek Band – Walk Away;
Michael Tarbox – When The Fire’s Out;
Tarbox Ramblers – Already Gone;
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Year Of Our Lord;
Songs Ohia – I’ve Been Riding With The Ghost;
Spacer Ace – Live in CLE;
Brian Lisik – Small Town Royal Family;
Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood – War Memorial.