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Oh The Misfits, how I love you.

October 21, 2009

Halloween is coming up. Although I’m not doing a Halloween show tonight the season is making me in the mood for some Misfits. These guys rock in such an awesomely ghoulish way, who wouldn’t love hearing them on or near Halloween.

Listen in tonight from 8 to 10 pm on KRUI 89.7 fm or online here.

1. The Misfits, Collection (1986), London Dungeon
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2. The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides and Rarities (2008), Why’d You Want Me
(This is a box set encompassing tracks from their entire career.)
3. Mission of Burma, Vs. (Bonus Track on the Remastered album), Forget
Vs. originally came out in 1982
4. Dinosaur Jr., Where You Been? (1993), Start Choppin
These guys are TOURING, and they played last thursday at the Vic in Chicago. Here’s a quote from Miles Raymour I pulled off of The Chicago Reader. (I couldn’t Summarize Lou Barlow any better, even though I do love the Smiths.)

Morrissey may be popularly perceived as the King of Sadness Feelings, but his arch melodrama has always struck me as too closely related to handful-of-Tylenol “suicide attempt” drama queen-ism, which is just another way for somebody to say “Look at me!” Serious aficionados of feeling bad know that Lou Barlow is the true master of alt-rock miserablism. His 90s discography covers all the main flavors of depression, from the heartbroken “I could break down crying at any time” prettiness of Sebadoh’s “Soul and Fire” to the abject “I haven’t left the house or showered in a week” desolation of Sentridoh’s “Choke Chain,” and his frequent detours into hardcore bong-rip punk are a fair stand-in for manic jags. (Let’s not talk about the Folk Implosion.) On his new solo album, Goodnight Unknown (Merge), he sounds more settled and less self-tortured, more expansive and less dependent on minor keys—but he can still write a tuneful, melancholy pop song, and the hushed “I’m Thinking . . . ” is as dark as anything he’s done.

5. Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville (1993 on Matador records), 6’1″
6. Secret Shine, Untouched (1993), Sun Warmed Water
7. No Age, Eraser (A single off of Sub pop, released in 2008), Eraser
8. Jona Lewie, The Best of Jona Lewie (2002), The Baby She’s on the Street
(This track came out in 1978, and its just so much fun.)
9. Spizzenergi, Where’s Captain Kirk? the Very Best of Spizz (2002), Where’s Captain Kirk (the single came out in 1979)
10. Lene Lovich, Lucky Number: The Best of (2004), Say When
11. Depeche Mode, The Best of Depeche Mode, People are People (single came out in 1984)
(as you can tell from the last three albums I’m a sucker for best of albums.)
12. Elvis Costello, This Year’s Model (1978), Radio Radio
13. Siouxsie & The Banshees, Twice upon a Time- The Singles, Cities in Dust (single was released in 1985)
14. The Gun Club, Fire of Love (1981), Ghost on the Highway
This album is brilliant. When I first heard this I never heard anything like it. Allmusic has them sited as a “tribal psychobilly blues” band. Check them out.
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15. Radio Birdman, The Essential Radio Birdman (1974-1978), Aloha Steve and Danno
16. The Replacements, All Shook Down (1990), My Little Problem
17. Husker Du, New Day Rising (1985), Plans I Make
18. Polvo, In Prism (2009), D.C. Trails
19. Pixies, Come on Pilgrim (1987), The Holiday Song
20. The Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs (1999), I Can’t Touch You Anymore
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21. Mazzy Star, So Tonight That I Might See (1993), Blue Light
22. Modest Mouse, Good News for People Who Love Bad News (2004 and also nominated for a Grammy), The World at Large
23. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tender Prey (1988), The Mercy Seat (Johnny Cash covered this tune.)
24. Portishead, Dummy (1994), Roads
25. The Swell Maps, A Trip to Marineville (1979, and re-released in 1989), Vertical Slum
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26. Tom Waits, Bone Machine (1992, and won a Grammy that year), Goin’ Out West

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“All this and more…”

July 29, 2009

The dead boys sang that off of Young, Loud, and Snotty. I’m on between 8pm and midnight tonight, I’m filling in for Standing on the Verge. I’m going to bring you some awesome 70s and 80s punk, along with some new wave and the usual 90s alternative. Its going to be fun…
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Listen in at KRUI 89.7fm or online here.

The Set:
1. New Order, Power Corruption and Lies, Your silent face
2. Ride, Fall, Dreams Burn Down
3. Polvo, CorCrane Secret, can i ride
4. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, plastic fang, Down in the Beast
5. The Stone Roses, Second Coming, Love Spreads
6. Dinosaur Jr, Farm, Imagination Blind
7. Grant Lee Buffalo, Mighty Joe Moon, Sing Along
8. PJ Harvey & John Parish, A woman a man walked by, Sixteen, Fifteen, Fourteen ( A new album from PJ!)
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9. Tom Waits, Orphans, Fish in the jailhouse
10. Meat Puppets, Sewn Together, Sewn Together
11. Archers of Loaf, White Trash Heroes, White Trash Heroes
12. Superchunk, Here’s where the strings come in, Silver leaf and snowy tears
13. The Breeders, Pod, Happiness is a Warm Gun
14. Frank Black, Frank Black, I heard Ramona Sing
15. Sonic Youth, The Eternal, antiorgasm
16. Q and not U, Power, Beautiful Beats
17. Sonic Youth, The Eternal, Anti-orgasm
18. Melvins, Nude with Boots, Suicide in progress
19. Guided by Voices, Matador at 15, My kind of soldier
20. The Brian Jonestown Massacre, We are the radio, God is m Girlfriend
21. The Cure, the Head on the Door, the baby Screams
22. Catherine Wheel, Ferment, I want to touch you
23. Bauhaus, Kick in the Eye
24. Morphine, Cure for Pain, Like Swimming
25. Husker Du, New Day Rising, New Day Rising (1985)
26. The Vaselines, Enter the Vaselines, You Think You’re a Man (a new box set released by these guys with subpop, and they are TOURING!)
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27. Built to Spill, Perfect from now on, Velvet Waltz (1997)
28. T. Rex, Electric Warrior, Hot Love (1971)
29. Brian Eno, Here come the Warm Jets, Needle’s in the camels eye (1974)
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30. New York Dolls, New York Dolls, Trash (1973)
31. Lou Reed, NYC MAN, White Light/White Heat
32. Talking Heads, houses in motion
33. The Rolling Stones, Sweet Black Angel (I love these guys, and this song).
34. Hello, New York Groove (Out to Mike in NYC!)
35. The Moldy Peaches, The Moldy Peaches (2001), NYC’s like a graveyard (this one is also out to Mike!)
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36. Blondie, Blondie (1976), X Offender
37. Buzzcocks, Singles Going Steady (1979), Everybody’s Happy Nowadays
38. Television, marque moon/adventure/live at the waldorf, little johnny jewel
39. Pere Ubu, Terminal Tower, Final Solution
40. Elvis Costello, My Aim is True, Mystery Dance
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41. Stiff Little Fingers, Inflammable Material, Suspect Device
42. The Clash, The Clash (1977), (White man) in Hammersmith Palais
43. The Bongos, Drums along the Hudson (1982), In the Congo
44. The Replacements, All Shook Down, All Shook Down (1990)
45. Yo La Tengo, Genius + Love= Yo La Tengo, Fog over Frisco
46. Iggy Pop, Raw Power, Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell
47. Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures, New Dawn Fades
48. Dead Boys, Young Loud and Snotty, All this and More
49. X, Wild Gift, We’re Desperate
50. Wire, Chairs Missing, I am the Fly
51. Gang of Four, Entertainment, Return the Gift
52. Slint, Spiderland, Good Morning, captain (This album makes me happy because of this quote along the back “This recording is meant to be listened to on vinyl.”)
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53. Bonnie “Prince” Billy, I see a Darkness (1999), I see a Darkness