Today we lead in with uncontested rock legends Blue Oyster Cult who are back with the new record. And then, James Williamson of the Stooges and Deniz Tek of Radio Birdman join forces. Phil May passed away earlier this year, but prior to that, he recorded an album with Pretty Things and that album is out now. Nick Lowe joins forces with Los Straitjackets and Paul Kelly is with Paul Grabowsky. Slim Dunlap’s live recordings surface and we check one of the tracks. We pay respects to Justin Townes Earle who passed away on August 20th this year.
Blue Oyster Cult – Hot Rails To Hell;
Blue Oyster Cult – That Was Me;
James Willamson and Deniz Tek – Progress;
Stooges – 1970;
Radio Birdman – t.v. eye;
Stooges – Search And Destroy;
Pretty Things – Midnight To Six Man;
Pretty Things – I’m Ready;
Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets – Crying Inside;
Brinsley Schwartz – Funk Angel;
Kipington Lodge – I Can See Her Face (Parlophone R5776);
Paul Kelly – Crosstown;
Paul Kelly and Paul Grabowsky – sonnet 138;
Slim Dunlap Band – Ain’t Exactly GoodSlim Has Left the Building;
Replacements – Can’t Hardly Wait;
Justin Townes Earle – Can’t Hardly Wait;
Justin Townes Earle – Talking To Myself;
James Willamson, Mark Lanegan and Alison Mossheart – Wild Love.
Welcome to the new episode! We have some good new music for you all. We start off with Transit Method over in Austin, TX who has a new record. Motorpsycho from Sweeden continue a string of annual releases with All Is One LP. The Most from Southington, CT is a new introduction, as well as Ridiculous Trio from Chicago. Ridiculous Trio are a brass trio that has some unusual new versions of Stooges music. Another new introduction is from St. Louis, Missouri: David and Jake Maness, or otherwise known from The Maness Brothers. Hard-Ons from Australia are back with heavy sound. Lastly, we play a loooong track by Fernando Perdomo, which sort of binds the show from the beginning to the end and holds it like super glue.
Transit Method – Cannibals;
Motorpsycho – The Magpie;
Hedvig Mollestad – A Stoneâ€™s Throw;
Parlor Walls – Spinning Gold;
The Maness Brothers – Tupelo;
Little Albert – Outside Woman Blues;
Fernando Perdomo – A Circle Appears to Guide Me;
The Most – First Frost;
A Burning Bus – Platform;
Maggot Heart – Justine;
Hard Ons – Made To Love You II;
The Ridiculous Trio – T.V. Eye;
Wylder Ratttz – T.V. Eye.
Sadly, today we have two obituaries. We say the last goodbye to the legendary Stooges saxophone player Steve Mackay. He was also with Sonny Vincent and The Spite most recently, which is one of the hottest records this year. Also, Carey Lander, keyboardist of Camera Obscura passed away. She was only 33. We also introduce some new music from James And The Ultrasounds from Memphis, Heaters from Grand Rapids, MI, Clearance from Chicago, Andy Shauf from Canada and Kontiki Suite from England. Some of our listeners may remember our first Vinyl Junkyard editions five years ago that featured mysterious troubadour Peter Isaacson. Well, we have found him! He now goes by Clay Canfield and lives and plays music in Vermont, after some time spent apparently in Nashville and Texas where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Townes Van Zandt. Thanks to his fans who contacted us here at the Little Lighthouse and gave us this information! All the best to them and Clay/Peter.
T Shirts – Teenage Crutch;
City of Cool – Bended Knee;
James And The Ultrasounds – Letters in a Box;
Heaters – Hawaiian Holiday;
Clearance – Flowers in Apoxy;
Screaming Trees – Black Rose Way;
Mark Lanegan – Black Rose Way (Live in CLE);
Peter Isaacson – Long Way Back Home;
Peter and John Isaacson – All My Life;
Tav Falco – Doomsday Baby;
Sonny Vincent and The Spite – Silver;
Stooges – Funhouse;
Violent Femmes – I Held Her In My Arms;
Camera Obscura – Do It Again;
Andy Shauf – The Man On Stage;
Kontiki Suite – Here For You Now.
We have some new names today. Kitten is a new band, lead by Chloe Chaidez, consisting mainly of teenagers and very young people. They are picked by a big label and sound really great live. Us older folks in the audience were taken by their faithful covers of Joy Division and Stooges. The Spits come from Seattle, they have this classic Ramones sound and they have several records out already. Their fifth LP just came out. Jamie McLean is a guitarist from New Orleans. He was associated with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and now he has his own band and a new record called Time of My Life. We have another new singer songwriter in our show today, his name is Israel Nash Gripka. Although he is from New York City, his sound is very traditionally oriented. We also have Thee Oh Sees and Ian Moore with new releases. Nick Lowe is back with a new album and his old band Rockpile released some live recordings from 1980 on a new CD.
Drago Mlinarec – Stranac;
Kitten – Chinatown;
The Spits – Electric Brain;
Personal and the Pizzas – 7.99 for Love;
The Barreracudas – The Lurker;
Thee Oh Sees – Corrupt Coffin;
Thee Oh Sees – Contraption_Soul Desert;
Rockpile – Queen Of Hearts;
Nick Lowe – Somebody Cares for Me;
Rainer with Joey Burns and John Convertino – Sea of Heartbreak;
Lucy Kaplansky – Turn The Lights Back On;
Ian Moore and the Lossy Cool – The Levees;
Jamie McLean Band – Time of My Life;
Israel Nash Gripka – Louisiana;
Israel Nash Gripka – Revolution Blues;
Neil Young – Revolution Blues;
Rod Stewart – Street Fighting Man.
When Lanegan left us early this year with his mini album called Here Comes The Weird Chill it was just for a brief period to quickly hint what might be a creative peak of his career. On this new album he took only one song off of the Here Comes The Weird Chill (Methamphetamine Blues) and added a busload of new ones. Sonically, Bubblegum is an immediate continuation of Here Comes The Weird Chill, but with even more focus and even more great songs. His past solo albums were all somehow downbeat and it seemed that the crazy rocking days of early Screaming Trees (where he was a singer) were long gone. But, this one changes it all! If songs are not raw full with energy a-la The Stooges, then they are full of suspense, waiting to burst out of your speakers. Production is raw and Mark did it himself. I can’t help thinking that Mark was influenced by the new blues scene and all those crazy garage rockers from Memphis along with obvious influences in Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart. But don’t be scared – this album is good for everyday listening in every place, every occasion, suitable for any mood – bubblegum in one word! Another interesting appearance is backing vocal of PJ Harvey. I was never too impressed by her solo albums, but whenever I heard her as a backup singer (here and recently on Giant Sand and Gordon Gano records), I totally love it. http://www.marklanegan.com/ is his official site, but much more interesting stuff is on his fan page http://www.onewhiskey.com/. His label streams his latest video on-line – it’s really worth checking out.