Posts Tagged ‘Radio Birdman’

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

It just sounds good together…

September 16, 2009

Usually I try to focus on bringing you tunes from the 80s and 90s, but this week I’m going to do more. I’ve got some great tracks from the early 80s and then some really recent bands and bands from the early 2000s that just go so good with the early new wave and punk sounds. I’m also going to be bringing along some classic late 80s/90s tracks. It will be a fun time.

Listen in tonight on KRUI 89.7 fm or online here. Also my dad is here with me. Here he is eating an ice cream. How cute is this man? And, he’s cool he played Johnny Cash.
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1. Archers of Loaf, Icky Mettle, Hate Paste
2. The American Analog Set, Promise of Love, Come Home Baby Julie Come Home
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3. Crime, San Francisco’s Still Doomed, Frustration
4. Built to Spill & Caustic Resin (1995), EP, One Thing
5. The Stooges, The Stooges (1969), Real Cool Time (Remastered)
6. Northern Picture Library, Paris (1994), Signs
7. Aveo, Battery (2004), Awkward at the Knees
8. Lush, Split (1994), Starlust
9. Frank Black, Teenager of the Year (1994), Space is Gonna Do Me Good (Check this goof ball out!!)
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10. The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Strung out in Heaven (1998), Wisdom
11. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Let Love In (1994), Ain’t Gonna Rain Anymore
13. Radio Birdman, The Essential Radio Birdman, Murder City Nights
14. T.S.O.L., T.S.O.L. (1981), Word Is
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15. Descendents, Fat (1981), Mr. Bass
16. Pinback, Blue Screen Life (2001), Prog
17. Shipping News, Flies the Fields (2005), Axons and Dendrites
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18. Wild Beasts, Two Dancers (2009), All the King’s Men ( I learned about this band and Autolux which was played later from the podcast One Track Mind, their blog can be found here. It’s pretty cool.)
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19. Orange Juice, The Glasgow School, Falling and Laughing (track came out in 1980)
20. Autolux, Future Perfect (2004), Turnstile Blues
21. The Sleeper, The It Girl (1996), Dress like your Mother
22. Shop Assistants, Shop Assistants Anthology, I Don’t Want to be Friends with You
23. Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues (1983), Moon Rocks
24. Young Marble Giants, Colossal Youth, Choci Loni
25. The Cure, Pornography (1982), The Hanging Garden
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26. The Verve, A Storm in Heaven (1993), See You in the Next One (Have a Good Time)
27. Guided by Voices, Live at the Wheelchair Races, Over the Neptune/Mesh Gear Fox