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Flashlite #628

Tal Wilkenfeld

Blues review today. We have new music from John Paul Keith over in Memphis and we also check out the new stuff from Seasick Steve from around the same area. Also, we hear recent works from Tal Wilkenfeld and Terry Allen (with Shannon McNally). Jeffrey Foucault pays a tribute to Rainer Ptacek. Over in France, Théo Charaf has a new record. We introduce Shawn Pittman from Dallas TX and Johnny Mastro (and Mama’s Boys) from New Orleans, LA.

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R.L. Burnside – Goin’ Down South;
Johnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys – Elmore James for President;
John Paul Keith – How Can You Walk Away;
John Mayall – Unanswered Questions;
Shawn Pittman – Leanin’ Load;
Seasick Steve – Goin’ Down South;
North Mississippi AllStars – Goin’ Down South;
Mud Boy and The Neutrons – Carl’s Blues;
Rainer and Das Combo – Mellow Down Easy;
Jeffrey Foucault – Here Comes Rainer;
Th̩o Charaf РDevil got my woman;
Chris Whitely & Jeff Lang – Twelve Thousand Miles;
Trixie Whitley – Strong Blood;
Tal Wilkenfeld – Killing Me;
Terry Allen and Shannon McNally – All These Blues Go Walkin’ By;
Leyla McCalla – Love Again Blues;
Dommengang – Happy Death (Her Blues II).

Flashlite #357

Patsy Gelb of Patsy's RatsWe bring you some cool new stuff. Daughter of Howe Gelb and Paula Jean Brown (of the original Giant Sand line up), has a great band called Patsy’s Rats. Impulsive Hearts from Chicago are also fronted by a lady: Danielle Sines. Miriam Linna of Norton Records has made another new album this year Down Today. We also introduce Green Hornet from Netherlands and Sloming Moops from Zagreb, Croatia. Also from there, Thee Melomen have a new single. Peter Buck of REM is back with a nice solo record. An interesting tribute came out recently in Tucson AZ for Rainer Ptacek.

Mott The Hoople – Backsliding Fearlessly;
Green Hornet – Let It Go;
Dead Ghosts – Good Love (Is Not Free);
Miriam – So You Say You Lost Your Baby;
Miriam – I Keep Falling In Love;
Impulsive Hearts – MDB;
Rickie Lee Jones – Hunted (Live in CLE);
Peter Buck – I Hate My Life and the Way I Live;
Billy Sedlmayr – Here I Am;
Rainer – Here I Am;
Giant Sand – House in Order;
Patsy’s Rats – Rock & Roll Friend;
Thee Melomen – Chinatown;
Sloming Moops – JF Killer;
Television – See No Evil;
Jesse Winchester – She Makes It Easy Now;
Los Lobos – When We Were Free.

Flashlite #256 – The Best Ressiues and Compilations in 2013

ShoesToday we review my favorite reissues and various artists compilation records in the past season. This year was particularly interesting because more and more reissues also come out on vinyl, often with extra material. Compilations are also cool, tributes are always interesting, new and old materials equally. I always value carefully crafted compilations from which you can learn new things.

Here’s the list of my favorite various artists compilations last year:
Garage Swim Compilation
The Records: Tribute Starry Eyed
New Centre of the Universe Vol 2
Skrang! Sounds Like Bobby Sutliff
Feeling High: The Psychedelic Sound of Memphis
Under The Covers Vol 2 – A Tribute To The Nerves
Mojo Presents Heavy Nuggets vol 2

And here’s the list of my favorite reissues:
Shoes ‎- One In Versailles
Shoes – Bazooka
Tav Falco – Lore And Testament Vol 2
Roky Erickson ‎- Don’t Slander Me
Roky Erickson ‎- The Evil One
Lemonheads – Hate Your Friends
Lemonheads – Creator
Lemonheads – Lick
R. Stevie Moore – Delicate Tension
Rainer and Das Combo – Barefoot Rocking;

I forgot to include Tav Falco in the playlist today, but I’ll make it up next week.

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Roky Erickson – Haunt;
Roky Erickson – Two Headed Dog;
Lemonheads – So I Fucked Up;
Lemonheads – Mod Lang;
R. Stevie Moore – Oh Pat;
Shoes – Kristine;
Shoes – Love Took A Turn;
Rainer and Das Combo – Away;
Jerusalem – Frustration ;
The Changin’ Tymes – Blue Music Box;
Donovan’s Brain – Hearts in Her Eyes;
Russ Tolman – The Devil And The Sea;
Hunx and His Punx – When U Find Out;
The Stevens – Elpho Beach;
Mikal Cronin – Better Man;
OBN Ills – A Good Lover.

Flashlite #253

Today we take a roundtrip from Tucson and back via many different places. We start off with Rainer and Das Combo. His legendary first album Barefoot Rock was reissued together with a bonus cd. Also, recall that earlier this year also Ptacek’s old tape Mush Mind Blues also saw the light of day in form of a bandcamp download. The we go to Las Vegas where we check out the new blues rock band called The Lucky Cheats. Than we land all the way down under where we check out the new band called The Straight Arrows form Sydney and a duet of two ladies Super Wild Horses from Melbourne. Both bands were released on the new volume of the comilation record New Centre of The Universe. Then we fly to Europe. Sweden’s Plastic Pals had a wonderful album this year called A Turn of The Tide and we finally get to hear it in this show too. Then we go to Chicago. Phil Agnotti played the entire Zombies Odessey and Oracle, only months after Ben Mason did a similar thing earlier this year. And then, via Chicago, where I recorded his new song, we go back to Tucson and Rainer’s old friend, Howe Gelb from Giant Sand.

Howe Gelb – Spiraled;
Rainer And Das Combo – Around And Around;
Rainer And Das Combo – What Have I Done To You;
Rainer And Das Combo – O My Worried Spirits;
The Lucky Cheats – Black Days;
The Fuzz – Another Way;
Knickerbockers – Lies;
The Straight Arrows – Lies;
The Straight Arrows – Running Wild (Demo);
Super Wild Horses – Some Things I Can’t Do Without You;
Silos – She Lives Up The Street;
The Plastic Pals – A turn of the tide;
Phil Agnotti – Care of Cell 44;
Zombies – A Rose for Emily;
Ben Mason – Maybe After He’s Gone;
Howe Gelb – Windblown Waltz;
Howe Gelb – (new song);
Howe Gelb – Left of Center.

Flashlite #226

A Place to Bury StrangersWe begin today with some new bands for us. Mexican Knives come from Detroit and A Place to Bury Strangers come from Brooklyn. A Place… lead by Oliver Ackermann is not a new band, but their recent EP is a tribute to Dead Moon, and it’s impossible to ignore. Boston legends Big Dipper, a band that had some very nice albums in the late 80s, reunited last year and today we check out their new alvum Big Dipper Crashes on the Platinum Planet. After a new album last year, dB’s are back with the new ep Revolution of the Ming. And finally, a rare 1983 cassette tape The Mush Mind Blues by the legendary dobro player from Tucson, Rainer Ptacek and his Combo, came out as an Internet download and his first album Barefoot Rock is scheduled for vinyl reissue this summer.

Carnival Season – Obsessive Season;
Mexican Knives – Down To Hell;
A Place to Bury Strangers – Graveyard;
Dead Moon – Graveyard;
Guided By Voices – He Rises! Our Union Bellboy;
Big Dipper – Robert Pollard;
Big Dipper – Lunar Module;
Paul Kelly and the Messengers – Forty Miles to Saturday Night;
Paul and Dan Kelly – Forty Miles to Saturday Night (Live in CLE);
The dB’s – Revolution of the Mind;
Chris Stamey – You n Me n XTC;
XTC – The Tissue Tigers;
Oblivians – Desperation;
Rainer – Deadly Sins;
Howe Gelb – Forever and a Day;
Minutemen – Have You Ever Seen the Rain;
John Fogerty and Alan Jackson – Have You Ever Seen the Rain.

Flashlite #192

The ShivasNew supergroup today: David Hidalgo from Los Lobos, Luther Dickinson from North Mississippi Allstars and Mato Nanji join forces on a new album together called Three Skulls And The Truth. We have also the new non-album single from Natural Child and a track from a new LP for Suzi Chunk. The new names today are The Shivas from Portland and Forty Nineteens from LA. Famous tribute to the great late Arizona guitarist Rainer Ptacek called The Inner Flame has been reissued with some tracks missing and some new tracks. We check it all out today.

Etta Britt – High;
Dan Sartain – Voodoo;
King Tuff – Stupid Superstar;
King Louie’s Missing Monuments – I’m Gonna Love You Back to Life;
Natural Child – Mother Nature’s Daughter;
Sonic Youth – Kill Yr. Idols;
The Shivas – Thrill Yr Idols;
David Hidalgo, Luther Dickinson, Mato Nanji – Make It Right;
North Mississippi Allstars – Live in CLE;
Rainer – Powder Keg;
Chris Whitley – Powder Keg;
Bill Janovitz – Powder Keg;
Rockpile – Wrong Again (Let’s Face It);
Suzi Chunk – It’s Not Your Heartbreak;
Forty Nineteens – Magnolia Mississippi.

Flashlite #152 – The Best of 2011 – pt 3

RainerThe third part of our “Best of 2011” series brings you the best short forms in the past year in the first half of the show. I mean by that eps, singles, mini albums and so on. The second half of the show is all about reissues and albums that were issued last year, but were recorded much earlier. The absolute stand out in that batch last year was in my mind one of the last recordings (if not the last recording) of Rainer Ptacek mere weeks before his death back in 1997. Best short forms and reissues are otherwise lined up in a random free-form order. I did not attempt to chart them.

Michelle Shocked – Streetcorner Ambassador;
Bäddat För Trubbel – Inte Bocka Och Buga;
Personal & The Pizzas – I Want You;
Ty Segall – Salamanda Palaganda;
Wolf People – Silbury Sands;
Reigning Sound – Not Far Away;
Fleshtones – Remember The Ramones;
Cody Chesnutt – Come Back Like Spring;
Damien Youth – Satelites At Seven;
The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up;
Screaming Trees – Anita Grey;
The Normals – Don’t Pick Me;
Lou Reed – Caroline Says;
The Rolling Stones – Imagination;
Bobby Charles – Small Town Talk;
Rainer with Joey Burns and John Convertino – Now I Know Better;
Rainer with Joey Burns and John Convertino – (Tasted Better Going Down) Valerie;
Mikal Cronin – Is It Alright.

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.

Flashlite #126 – Tribute To Robert Johnson

Robert JohnsonMay 8 marks hundred years of birth of the famous bluesman Robert Johnson. At least officially, as the exact date of his birth is unknown. But, the man’s influence on rock’n’roll and all other blues related music genres is impossible to measure. The majority of Johnson’s music was recorded between 1936 and 1937, long before rock’n’roll really had its name. But in 1961 his music was reissued on an LP and the young rockers embraced Johnson as a great precursor of their music. Black blues musicians of the 50s, like Howlin’ Wolf and Dinah Washington were a link, as they were playing Robert Johnson’s songs even before the 1961 LP. British rockers like Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones followed and brought Johnson’s music to the masses. Still, two of my favorite Johnson’s rock’n’roll covers belong to the 80s underground era: Rainer Ptacek’s version of If I Had Possession Over The Judgment Day and Gun Club’s Preachin’ The Blues. But indisputable strength of Johnson’s quality as a songwriter and guitar player is not the only link to the rock’n’roll. His entire short life is filled with mysticism, charisma and myth that also became an essential fabric for a decent rock’n’roll biography. Today, we pay a tribute to that.

Beck – Last Fair Deal Gone Down;
Robert Johnson – If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day;
Rainer and Das Combo – (If I Had) Possession Over Judgement Day;
Gun Club – Preaching The Blues;
Robert Johnson – Preachin’ The Blues;
Robert Johnson – Terraplane Blues;
Canned Heat – Terraplane Blues;
Some Girls – Malted Milk.ogg
Robert Johnson – Malted Milk;
Robert Johnson – Walking Blues;
Hindu Love Gods – Walkin’ Blues;
Cream – Crossroads;
Robert Johnson – Crossroads Blues;
Robert Johnson – Kindhearted Woman Blues;
Muddy Waters – Kind Hearted Woman;
Lucinda Williams – Ramblin’ On My Mind;
Robert Johnson – Ramblin’ On My Mind;
Robert Johnson – Love In Vain Blues;
The Rolling Stones – Love in Vain;
Robert Johnson – Last Fair Deal Gone Down.