Monday, December 17th, 2007
... 9:00 a.m. - noon ...
KZSU, 90.1 FM
(Return to playlists.)
First of a hoped-for handful of holiday-break shows, filling in
for various DJs during hard-to-fill time slots.
I'm calling this one "Rorshach's Dance" but somehow, the scattershot
genre-jumping seems less appropriate during daylight.
I stuck to rock/pop mostly, with a few surprises
tossed in. Similar effect, less painfully obvious.
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
Horizontal lines denote microphone breaks.
King Crimson -- "Dinosaur" -- Cirkus (Virgin, 1999)
* Clorox Girls -- "Caught in the Middle" -- J'aime Les Filles (BYO, 2007)
* Friday Bridge -- "The End of the Affair" -- Friday Bridge/Kelly Slusher [split 7"] (Surreal Ceremonies, 2006)
* The Old Soul -- "River of Daughters" -- The Old Soul (Friendly Fire, 2007)
Wire -- "In the Art of Stopping" -- Read & Burn (Cargo, 2002)
* Mika Miko -- "With My Ducks" -- 666 (PPM, 2007)
* Veil Veil Vanish -- "Reproach" -- Into a New Mausoleum (self-released, 2007)
* Piero Umilana -- "Cinque Bambole" -- V/A: Nouvelle Vague - Coming Home (Stereo Deluxe, 2007)
Compilation briefly mentioned here.
Bettie Seveert -- "Hell = Other People (Alternative Version)" -- Bare Stripped Naked (Minty Fresh, 2006)
From the veteran Dutch pop band, the inevitable "unplugged"
album. More precisely, it's a stripped-down and often mellowed-out
set of selections. The songwriting is often good but leaves me a
bit flat, like they're just not at the top of their game here.
Still, it's catchy stuff, particularly this track, where the
"alternative" version comes across much better than the, uh,
"non-alternative" (both are on this CD).
* Sugar Minott -- "Come on Home" -- V/A: When Rhythm Was King (Heartbeat, 2007; orig. released 1977)
764-HERO -- "Sliding" -- Salt Sinks and Sugar Floats (Up, 1996)
Big Star -- "You Get What You Deserve" -- Radio City (Ardent, 1973)
* Schande -- "Out on You" -- I Scored an Ocean (Oxenvee, 2007)
Tough-rocking, girl-fronted band, with a garage sound and the
ability to turn a pleasant pop tune as well. Impressive group that's
become kind of a KZSU favorite.
* Emma Pollock -- "Acid Test" -- Watch the Fireworks (4AD, 2007)
* ESG -- "Dance to the Beat of Moody" -- A South Bronx Story 2 (Soul Jazz, 1987?)
* Seth Walker -- "Miss Ann" -- Seth Walker (Hyena, 2007)
-- 10:00 a.m. --
? Drywall with Stan Ridgway -- "Goin' on Down to the BBQ" -- Barbeque Babylon (Redfly, 2005)
Not as overtly dark and experimental as Work the Dumb Oracle,
but still good stuff that tilts differently from Ridgway's own albums.
With Drywall, he's collaborating with Pietra Wexstun (his wife) on
keyboards and, for
this edition, guitarist Rick King. Songwriting is credited to all
Ridgway's wry sense of humor permates the album. This opening track
is a Zydeco-tinged toe-tapper about a suburban barbeque filled with
Ridgway's usual seedy characters. "Abandon Ship" has the feel of an
outright pirate shanty. "The AARP Is After Me" is cute. Darker moments
come on tracks like "Wargasm 2005," and the usual criminal element of
Ridgway's songs appears on tracks like "Robbers & Bandits & Bastards
Black Cat Music -- "Wine in a Box" -- V/A: Lookout! Freakout 2000 (Lookout, 2001)
Suicidal Tendencies -- "Institutionalized" -- After All These Years (Epic, 1993)
The "I'm not crazy!" song that saturated "alternative" radio in the
early '90s. Someone requested it, and it actually fit the mood, so
what the heck.
Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd -- "The Color of My Circumference IV" -- In What Language? (Pi Recordings,2003)
Previously noted here.
At the time of this show, I didn't realize Iyer and Ladd had put together
a second project, Still Life with Commentator. That's mentioned
in detail with my Jan. 11 show.
? Kendall -- Sunshower -- Anything But Fear (self-released, 2005)
From freakin' Kauai, Hawaii! Decent enough pop shading towards
TV-friendly "alternative rock," but they get bonus points from
being, you know, from Kauai! If you're not familiar with the
islands, Kauai has been overrun by civilization less than Maui,
Oahu, or the Big Island. No big cities, unless you count Lihue.
That's partly because hulking mountains render much of the island
undevelopable. Still, you've got more than a few signs of
Western culture, like the expansive rich-folks resorts here and
there. Even the more Bohemian areas have a continental trill:
pricey vegan restaurants and a very California-feeling coffee house
in Kapa'a, for instance. The latter is where I picked up this CD.
Quick note on Hawaii in general: A place like Kauai doesn't have
much room for things like garbage disposal, and of course it's
relatively inaccessible for goods like oil, cars, etc. You'd think
mainlanders would respect that. But we visited one lady from
Orange County who had a timeshare there -- an entire hotel suite
where she had air conditioning blowing full blast in every room
all the time. Makes you think Ni'ihau might have the right idea.
* Girls Guns and Glory -- "Big Man" -- Pretty Little Wrecking Ball (self-released, 2007)
It's rockabilly, of course. When you see a band name like that,
how can you not give it a spin?
* Erin McKeown -- "Thanks for the Boogie Ride" -- Lafayette (Signature Sounds, 2007)
Swingy old-time jazzy number that opened the live set recorded
for this album. Similarities to
Lyle Lovett and His
Large Band come to mind, although it's a small band that's playing
* Magic Apron -- "Ours" -- Orphan Harmony (New Street, 2007)
* Guinga -- "Di Menor" -- Dialetto Carioca (Edgea Edizioni Discografiche, 2007)
* Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores -- "Queen of the Wires" -- The Blind Spot (Cuneiform, 2007)
* Al Margolis/If, Bwana [Lisa Barnard, voice; Jacqueline Martelle and Jane Rigler, flutes]
-- "Innocent" -- An Innocent, Abroad (Pogus Productions, 2007)
Happy Fingers Institute -- "Chris Cutler/Sub- and Superhuman, Part 1: Acts of Faith" -- Job Specimen (self-released, 1990)
* Tiny Vapors -- "Aron" -- Hands Across the Void (Sub Pop, 2007)
-- 11:00 a.m. --
Thunder Thighs -- "Hyper Like a Female" -- Thunder Thighs [EP] (self-released, 2007)
*! Eroc -- "Nebelwelt" -- Eroc 2 (SPV GmbH, 2005; recorded 1976)
Disc 4 of the Eroc saga was noted here.
This album's more of the same, although I grabbed a
gloomy psych instrumental rather than anything truly entertaining.
* Bobcrane -- "Black Cord" -- His Mighty Hurricane Machine (Inam, 2007)
Speaking of gloomy ... well, that's not fair. This is soaring
guitar stuff, maybe descended from psych instrumentals but with the
air (not the complexity) of high-minded prog rock. Some tracks, like
this one, add a touch of trippy electronics.
Lounge Lizards -- "Yak" -- (Strange & Beautiful, 1998)
An old favorite. Briefly noted
? Purdymouth -- "The Spirit of Radio" -- IIth (self-released, 2003)
From a Utah-based jam band apparently now defunct. This is their
second album (hence the title), where they decided to have some fun with
covers from the likes of AC/DC -- or, here, Rush. The song lends itself
to a bluegrass treatment more readily than you'd think, and of course
they go all-out with the reggae beat that comes at the end.
* Spring Creek Bluegrass Band -- "I Wonder Just Where You Are Tonight" -- Rural & Cosmic Bluegrass (self-released, 2006)
Eileen Ivers -- "On Horseback" -- Wild Blue (Green Linnet, 1995)
Wild Irish/bluegrass fiddling, fast and intense. She seriously
sounds like she's going to put someone's eye out if she doesn't
put that thing down. I'd played Ivers on my show before; there's a
brief mention here.
* Larry Ochs Sax and Drumming Core -- "And Nothing But..." -- Up from Under (Atavistic, 2007)
Sneaking some avant-jazz into the set.
Previously noted here.
Sparks -- "Metaphor" -- Hello Young Lovers (In the Red, 2006)
Previously noted here.
Sparks is readying their 21st (!) album, and to celebrate, they're
playing the first 20, in their entirety, in 20 different concerts.
That'll be in May and June in the UK. I intend to "celebrate" early
by playing three Sparks tracks on our Three Track Special,
which starts around 8:15 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 18.
* Peter Case -- "Just Hangin' On" -- Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John (Yep Roc, 2007)
* P.J. Harvey -- "Broken Harp" -- White Chalk (Island, 2007)
An album of soft piano songs with Harvey's warbling vocal.
* The Pines -- "Goin' Home" -- (Red House, 2007)
Even softer, a folk duo from Minnesota. And to make it even
softer, this is the sentimental closing track on the album.
* McCoy Tyner -- "Sama Layuca" -- Quartet (Half Note, 2007)
Tyner's latest, showing he's still got chops in that sparkling,
heavy-chord style of his. Marvellous straight jazz. All-star band with
Joe Lovano on sax.
* = Item in KZSU rotation
? = Item not in KZSU library
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