Posts Tagged ‘The Smiths’

Another Week of My Favorites

December 2, 2009

I’ve got maybe two more regular shows left, including this one, and my Christmas show. Spend my last couple of Wednesday nights on KRUI 89.7 fm with me from 8 to 10 pm, you can also listen in online here.

1. Blondie, Blondie (1976), X Offender

I pulled this sweet image of Debbie Harry off of the Blog entitled “x” Another cool bit of info is that this photo was taken by Bob Gruen who’s exhibit at the MoMA I just got to experience. “x” does a really nice job describing the image, so I won’t go there, if you want to read about it check it out.
2. Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense (1984), Take Me To The River
3. Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures (1979), Disorder
4. Liz Phair, Whitechocolatespaceegg (1998), Polyester Bride
(I’m engaged, and I wouldn’t mind having a polyester dress.)
5. Lyres, 12 Classic 45s, I Want to Help You Ann
6. Mazzy Star, So Tonight That I Might See (1993), Fade Into You
(God I love this song, tell me its not beautiful?)
7. Mission of Burma, Vs. (1982), Trem Two
(Another definite favorite, it’s in my top 10 favorite songs for sure.)
8. New Order, Power Corruption and Lies (1983), Age of Consent

9. The Replacements, Let It Be (1984), Unsatisfied
10. Sonic Youth, Dirty (1992), Theresa’s Sound World

11. Superchunk, Incidental Music 1991-95, Night of Chill Blue
I might have to say this is my favorite Superchunk song.
12. Pixies, Doolittle (1989), Here Comes Your Man
This song just appeals to everyone, I bet even my parents would jam to it and they prefer to rock out to Elvis and Peter Paul and Mary.
13. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (1992), Chicken Walk
14. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Automatic (1989), Head On
(The Pixies do an awesome cover of this track)
15. Pavement, Terror Twilight (1999), Spit on a Stranger
You know what I heard? Pavement is going to be featured on GUITAR HERO! Yuck. Steve what are you doing? You know who else is going to be featured? Spoon. I don’t know why this shocks me and I can’t seem to figure out why it annoys me. If someone can articulate this better than me please do it. For now, I’m going to sit down and think about it.

16. XTC, English Settlement, Senses Working Overtime
17. INXS, The Best of INXS, Need You Tonight
The single came out around 1986.
18. The Psychedelic Furs, Talk Talk Talk (1981), Pretty in Pink

19. Tears for Fears, The Hurting (1983), Change
20. Billy Idol & Generation X, Billy Idol (1982), Dancing With Myself

21. The Swirlies, Cats of the Wild, Vol.2 (2003), Sleepytime
22. Polvo, Exploded Drawing (1996), Bridesmaid Blues
23. Enon, Believo, Cruel
24. The Jam, The Gift (1982), Town Called Malice
25. PJ Harvey, Uh Huh Her (2004), You Came Through
26. Slowdive, Souvlaki (1993), Souvlaki Space Station

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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

Free Money

September 30, 2009

Listen in tonight to Radio Loveless at KRUI 89.7 fm from 8 to 10 pm or online here. You never know, maybe Patti Smith will offer up some “Free Money”.

1. Patti Smith, Horses (originally released 1975, live album and digitally remastered version released in 2005. Patti’s Horses album also contains one of my all time favorite album covers, if this isn’t the image of feminism and equality I don’t know what is. It has photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s picture of black and white androgynous Patti.), Free Money
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2. Gordon Gano, Hitting the Ground (2002), Hitting the Ground
3. Black Francis, Bluefinger (2007), She Took All the Money
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4. Joy Division, Closer (a direct quote from Wikipedia “Closer is the second and final album by post-punk band Joy Division, released July 18, 1980, two months following the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis.” Such a sad fact.) , Twenty Four Hours
5. The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses (1989, Writers of the NME declared this album in 2006 the greatest British album of all time), This is the One
6. Desert Sessions, The Desert Sessions Vol 9 & 10 (2003), There will never be a better time
7. Thurston Moore, Trees Outside The Academy (2007, Thurston’s first solo album since his 1995 Psychic Hearts, another interesting tidbit is that it was recorded in J. Masics’, of Dinosaur Jr, home studio), Trees Outside The Academy
8. Blondie, Blondie (1976), Look Good in Blue
9. X, Wild Gift (1981 and on Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of all Time!), In This House That I Call Home
(On a side note the vocalist Exene Cervenka has a solo album out with Blood Shot Records that I hear is awesome! She just performed live in Brooklyn NY just last weekend. Also through the grape vine, I heard that this classic vocalist has recently been diagnosed with MS. One more reason to admire this woman who is still rocking live venues.)
Here’s her new album:
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10. The Smiths, The Sound of the Smiths (A compilation released in 2008), Vicar in a Tutu
11. Depeche Mode, Violator (1990, their seventh and most brilliant, in my opinion, studio album. This is also on Rolling Stones 500 greatest albums of all time and is featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before you Die), Halo
12. Bauhaus, The Sky’s Gone Out (1982), Third Uncle (This was originally Brian Eno’s track)
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13. The Cure, Seventeen Seconds (1980), M
14. June of 44, The Anatomy of Sharks-EP (1997, based out of Louisville), Boom
15. Egg Hunt (a project of Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson , former singer and drummer of the hardcore punk band Minor Threat), Me and You-Single (1986), Me and You
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16. Pavement, Brighten the Corners (1997 with Matador Records), Date W/ IKEA
17. Sleater-Kinney, Sleater-Kinney (1995), The Day I went Away
18. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Stoned And Dethroned (1994), Girlfriend
19. South, From Here On In (2001), Sight of Me
20. Spacemen 3, Recurring (1991), Just to See you Smile
21. Kinski, Alpine Static (2005 off of Sub Pop), The Party Which You Know Will Be Heavy
22. New Order, Substance (1987), Perfect Kiss
22. Slint, Tweez (1989), Pat
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We are getting more depressed with our music?

August 31, 2009

Here’s an article in ScienceNOW that’s pretty damn interesting….

How Happy Is the Internet?
By Michael Torrice
ScienceNOW Daily News
3 August 2009

When the researchers turned to song lyrics, they discovered a darker trend: Popular music has become less happy since 1960–a 10% drop. Most of the decreases happened between 1961 (6.7) and 1980 (6.2). Fewer singers are crooning about “love” now and more are shouting about “hate” and “pain,” the scientists report. When they analyzed musical genres, the researchers found that genres haven’t changed much over time, but new, less happy genres, such as punk and heavy metal, have become popular and brought lyric scores down. “All-4-One [an R&B group] still uses the word ‘love’ a lot in their songs,” Danforth says. “But [hard rock group] Metallica doesn’t use it much at all.”

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I love that we started getting nasty in the 80s, maybe that’s why my generation is such a bunch of whinny babies? Who knows, but what can I say I love The Smiths (featured in picture), The Cure, and Joy Division and they were definitely not the happiest bunch of artists to produce incredible pop.

Hotwire my Heart

August 26, 2009

The title is a rockin’ Sonic Youth track….

1. Mission of Burma, Innermost-single, Innermost (a brand spankin’ new single from the awesome Mission of Burma)
2. Sonic Youth, Sister, Hotwire my heart (1987)
3. Suicide, Suicide, Cheree (1977)
4. Yo La Tengo, Matador at 15, Deeper into Movies
5. My Bloody Valentine, Glider, Glider (1990 Sire records)
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6. Jesus and Mary Chain, Upside Down (This was their debut single released in 1984)
7. Wire, Object 47, Circumspect (these guys are so cool formed in the late 70s and are still making albums this was released in 2008)
8. Box Elders, Alice and Friends, Cougars
9. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Now I Got Worry, Wait (1996)
10. Siouxsie & The Banshees, Hyaena, Swimming Horses (1984)
11. The Cure, The Top, Wailing Wall (1984)
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12. The Gun Club, Fire of Love, Promise Me (1981)
13. Pixies, Trompe Le Monde, Subbacultcha (1991)
14. The Dream Syndicate, Medicine Show, John Coltrane Stereo Blues (1984)
15. The Smiths, “Hatful of Hollow”, What Difference Does it Make (1984)
A great request!
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16.The Barracudas, Drop out with the Barracudas, (I Wish it Could Be) 1965 again (Came out in or around 1982)
17. Delta 5, Singles & Sessions (Kill Rock Stars put this together with their stuff between 79 and 81), Mind Your Own Business
18. Sleater-Kinney, Dig Me Out, Dance Song ’97 (released in, this is going to surprise you after that song title, 1997. This was also on Kill Rock Stars.)
19. The Normal, Warm Leatherette-Single, T.V.O.D. (1978)
20. Erase Errata, Night Life, Giant Hans 2006
21. Nobunny, Love Visions, I Am a Girlfriend
22. Swirlies, Blonder Tongue Audio Baton, His Love Just Washed Away (1992, Tang Records)
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23. PJ Harvey, Stories From the City Stories From the Sea, A Place Called Home (2000)
24. The Nerves, One Way Ticket, Hanging on the Telephone (70s power pop from LA, recognize the song? Yeap, Blondie covered it.)
25. The Wipers, Best of, Better Off Dead (released in 1990 but encompassing their work from the 80s), Better Off Dead
26. The Red Guitars, Slow to Fade, Good Technology (1984)
27. ESG, Come Away With ESG, Come Away (1983)
28. Shop Assistants, Shop Assistants Anthology, Safety Net (around mid to late 80s)

Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now…

April 15, 2009

Oh Morrissey, I wish I could get away with talking like this on a consistent basis. I just love you.

I’ve got a fun list (I think) for this Wednesday. I am going to feature some classics, along with some post-punk treasures. Either way its going to be a fun time. No real theme here, except for tunes that just make me smile. I’m going to start off slow, and then rock out at the end. As always listen in this Wednesday from 8 to 10 pm on KRUI 89.7fm.

1. The Smiths, Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now

2. Mazzy Star’s I’ve Been Let Down
3. Tom Waits’ Hold On
4. The Replacements Can’t Hardly Wait (This is the first song I heard by the Replacements, and its still one of my favorite, but didn’t get to play this week.)
5. R.E.M.’s Pretty Persuasion (didn’t get to)
6. Frank Black’s All My Ghosts
7. Crooked Fingers, Luisa’s Bones
8. Calla’s Fear of Fireflies
9. The Clash’s The Magnificent Seven (didn’t get to)
10. The Appleseed Cast’s Woodland Hunter, Part 1
11. Sonic Youth’s 100%
12. Seam’s Get Higher
13. Les Savy Fav COVERED SUPERCHUNK’s Precision Auto
14. Ryan Adams who now increased his cool factor by covering Superchunk’s Like a fool
15. Well, I thought I’d bring you some actual Superchunk with Water Wings
16. Siouxsie & the Banshees, green fingers
17. Virgin Prunes Pagan Lovesong
18. Peru Ubu Not Happy (I wanted to play this track during my post punk show and never got to it. So quirky, but so good.)
19. The Amps Bragging Party (didn’t get to)
20. The Swell Maps, Cake Shop Girl
21. Cat Power, Itchyhead (dude she rocks with this song)
22. The Dead Boys, Ain’t It Fun

23. The Germs, Forming
24. Polvo, Bridesmaid Blues (didn’t get to)
25. Slint, Nosferatu Man
26. Fugazi, KYEO
27. Soul Asylum, Whoa!
28. Clinic, Mr. Moonlight (a request)
29. Half Japanese, Movin On Up

Playlist from the show A Surprise.

March 12, 2009

1. Dandy Warhols, Sleep
2. Sunny Day Real Estate, Song about an Angel
(This is off of Diary, such a great album.)
3. Dinosaur Jr., We’re not alone
4. Sonic Youth’s Becuz… This is off of Washing Machine, I need to listen to this album more.
5. Guided by Voices, I am a Scientist
I played this because I turned in my Thesis yesterday. It was exciting. I love this song so much, I put it as my quote in the front of my thesis. Thank you Robert Pollard for writing this.
6. Husker Du, Friend You’ve Got to Fall
7. The Misfits, London Dragon
Everyone should own a Misfits album.
8. Modest Mouse, Summer
9. Beirut, My Family’s Role in the Revolution (This was a request)
10. Frank Black, I heard Ramona Sing
11. Smog, Cold Blooded Old Times
12. Morphine, You Speak my Language
(This song is off of Good. When I think about this album, I think about Lust and Sex. Its great.)
13. The Smiths, Girlfriend in a Coma
I said this last night, and I’ll say it now. There will never be another Morrisey.
14. John Cale, Hanky Panky Nohow
I played this song for my friend Jobonga, who I knew was listening. She is always so good with words, and this song’s title is so perfect I had to dedicate it to her.
15. Pixies, Alex Eiffel
I love this song, but am always scared to play it cause I can’t pronounce it’s title.
13. The Amps, Breaking the split screen barrier
14. Yo La Tengo, Tears are in your eyes
Typical beautiful Yo la Tengo
15. Stereolab, Au Grand Jour
16. Built to Spill, Gone
This is off You in Reverse. I always go back to Built to Spill’s older albums, but lately I’ve been giving You in Reverse a chance. Its good, its really good.
17. Nirvana, Frances Farmer will have her revenge on Seattle
Who wouldn’t like a song with this title?
18. Meat Puppets, Split myself in two
Its weird, but my boss reminds me of this band.
19. Murder City Devils, Midnight service at the mutter museum
Look at these crazy kids:
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20. Thurston Moore, The Shape is in a trance
21. Archers of Loaf, Dead Red Eyes
22. Polvo, Ox Scapula
23. Superchunk, Throwing Things
They have a new EP streaming at:
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24. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Sympathetic Noise
25. Brian Jonestown Massacre, Lantern
26. Teenage Fanclub, Starsign

“When we were teenagers we wanted to be the sky”

February 25, 2009

This past week has taken its toll on me. My time to graduation is rolling closer and closer, and it seems like there is more and more to do. That is why this weeks show is going to be a hodgepodge of music that I haven’t gotten to over the last couple of weeks, and a mix of CDs that I grabbed from home. There will be no theme tonight. However, since there is no theme its a great night to request some alternative tracks from the 80s and 90s.

On a side note, the title of the post is from a track that I was listening to on the way to work this morning. Recently, several people that I have known peripherally either growing up, or from work that are the same age as me have passed away. When I heard these words sung by Cat Power off her track “Colors and the kids” it made me tear up out of no where. I think this lyric applies to most teenagers, and the saddest thing about young adults dying is that they never have the chance that Chan Marshal sings of. It’s a beautiful song, with probably an entirely separate meaning, but for me it was very poignant on this ordinary Wednesday morning.

I’ve included the updated playlist.

As always listen in to KRUI 89.7 FM tonight from 8pm till 10pm, the only station that matters.

1. Simple Minds, Changeling
(Another one I didn’t get to do due to a scratched CD)
2. Depeche Mode, Policy of Truth
3. Superchunk, Animated Airplanes over Germany
4. Frank Zappa, My Guitar Wants to Kill your Mama
(Frank Zappa went out by request, and what a request…)
5.Tears Run Rings, Waiting for the End
(Wanted to play this on the Shoegaze show)
6. Ride, Here and Now
(Shoegaze again)
7. Talking Heads, Slippery People
(Wanted to play this for the Caffeinated Sound show)
8. The Clash, Rock the Casbah
(What a great request again from David in Ithaca NY.)
9. Pixies, Head On
10. Heatmiser, Rest my Head against the wall
11. Galaxy 500, Ceremony
12. The Smiths, The boy with the thorn in his side
13. The Cure, Lovecats
(12 and 13 were two other splendid requests)
14. Guided Voices, Motor Away
15. The Kinks, You really Got me
(Another great request for their Live version.)
16. Pavement, Unfair
17. Mission of Burma, Fame and Fortune
18. The Replacements, Unsatisfied
19. The Breeders, Invisible Man

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20. Catherine Wheel, Shallow
21. The Nightblooms, Panicle
(Was supposed to go in the Shoegaze Show)
22. Bailter Space, Begin
(Shoegaze again)
23. Tears for Fears, Pale Shelter (The Long Version)
24. Seam, Intifada Driving School
(A great request)
25. Echo & the Bunnymen, Turquoise Days
26. Thurston Moore, Silver>Blue
(This is a beautiful track)

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