Friday, April 10, 2015

Siouxsie and the Banshees' Album, "Kaleidoscope" - 4/10/15



















A turning point for both Siouxsie and the Banshees as well as yours truly. With still very little relative musical experience, the punk scene from which they came long since gone, lacking any established creative road map to follow, and half the band having just quit, Siouxsie Sioux and Steve Severin crafted an album unlike anything ever made before or since.

It is most likely my favorite LP of all time and I decided to dedicate a show entirely to my love for it, chronicling how the band managed to get there and where they went afterwards. I don't know if I did the best job explaining how this music makes me feel but I suppose that is kind of the beauty of Kaleidoscope. It just invokes something within me that goes beyond my ability to express. Think that sounds cheesy? Well just wait until you hear me talk about alien desert planets and you can do that, simply by clicking on this link below:

KALEIDOSCOPE SHOW - 4/10/15

Playlist:

****BEFORE KALEIDOSCOPE****

1.) Bad Shape
2.) Hong Kong Garden
3.) Switch
4.) Poppy Day

****AND NOW, KALEIDOSCOPE****

5.) Happy House
6.) Tenant
7.) Trophy
8.) Clockface
9.) Lunar Camel
10.) Christine
11.) Desert Kisses
12.) Red Light
13.) Paradise Place
14.) Skin

****AFTER KALEIDOSCOPE****

15.) Arabian Knights
16.) Spellbound
17.) Ornaments of Gold

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Oi! Show - 3/27/15




















Sometimes called street punk, sometimes called a sling blade, Oi! approached the punk ideology and core values more literally than many of its sub-genre contemporaries. While the Oi! scene has endured a lot of public misperception and the generally limited interest in punk rock, it has continued to stay strong and tightly knit throughout the years. Plenty of original bands still play and plenty of new ones continue to form. In fact, I really came nowhere close to capturing the entirety of the Oi! sound. I just tried to represent some of the classics and some of what I personally happen to like.

Feel free to capture what I captured by clicking on the link below and downloading my show:

The Oi! Show - 3/27/15


Playlist:

1.) If the Kids Are United - Sham 69
2.) Argy Bargy - Cock Sparrer
3.) Oi! Oi! Oi! - Cockney Rejects
4.) Last Night Another Soldier - Angelic Upstarts
5.) One Law For Them - 4-Skins
6.) Product - The Business
7.) Done Some Brain Cells Last Night - The Blood
8.) Kids of the 80s - Infa-Riot
9.) Resort Boot Boys - Last Resort
10.) Gang Warfare - The Strike
11.) Poseur - Combat 84
12.) 17 Years of Hell - The Partisans
13.) Pathetique - Splodgenessabounds
14.) Do You Want To Be Like Dougy Bell? - The Toy Dolls
15.) Up Yer Bum - Peter and the Test Tube Babies
16.) Jobs Not Jails - The Gonads
17.) Where Have All the Bootboys Gone? - Slaughter and the Dogs
18.) We Are the Boys - Blitz
19.) Oi Ain't Dead - Condemned 84
20.) Friday Night - the Burial
21.) White Flag - the Oppressed
22.) Oi Don't Pay the Bills - Broken Heroes
23.) England 5, Germany 1 - The Business
24.) Join the Rejects - Cockney Rejects

Friday, March 13, 2015

The UK Punk Explosion - 3/13/15



















I guess I could have called it "UK Punk Scene" or "UK Punk Movement" but sometimes things (and people) just explode. And if any music scene exploded, it probably would have been that initial wave of punk bands over in the UK during the mid-70s. Great Britain was by not so great anymore, young people were pissed, and rock 'n' roll was no longer the voice of social change and revolution. Then came the Sex Pistols and shortly thereafter, explosion. Fashion, culture, music, art as we know it - none of these things would ever be the same again.

To listen to this explosion relatively damage-free, click on the link below:

THE UK PUNK EXPLOSION SHOW


Playlist:

1.) New Rose - The Damned
2.) Cranked Up Really High - Slaughter and the Dogs
3.) Anarchy in the UK - The Sex Pistols
4.) Career Opportunities - The Clash
5.) Fast Cars - The Buzzcocks
6.) Love Story - The Lurkers
7.) London Girls - The Vibrators
8.) Don't Dictate - Penetration
9.) Love in a Void -Siouxsie and the Banshees
10.) I'm a Cliche - X-Ray Spex
11.) Bored Teenagers (Live) - The Adverts
12.) Vvdfsddfs (Peel Session version) - the Slits
13.) (Get a) Grip (On Yourself) - The Stranglers
14.) I Got By In Time - The Jam
15.) Ex-Lion Tamer -Wire
16.) High Rise Living - Chelsea
17.) Day By Day - Generation X
18.) Looking Out For Number 1 - The Boomtown Rats
19.) Young Girls - Rich Kids
20.) I'm Alive - 999
21.) Bone Idol - The Drones
22.) Babylon's Burning - The Ruts
23.) 78 RPM - Stiff Little Fingers

Friday, February 27, 2015

Pub Rock - 2/27/15
















Pubs give us plenty of good things - alcohol, sports on the television, a place to go and sit for awhile, sometimes food - and in the early 70s, pubs around London gave us an extremely short-lived, small-but-influential music scene, which was very much a precursor to the punk movement that would immediately follow. Plenty of future punks and post punks got their start in this little scene and some of the music was pretty good too.

I'd say that's a win all-around for everyone. And I figured the least I could do is dedicate a show to the music and the pubs I owe so much to. Feel free to join me on this crawl by clicking on the link below:

PUB ROCK - 2_27_15

Playlist:

1.) Surrender to the Rhythm - Brinsley Schwarz
2.) Here Comes the Night - Ducks Deluxe
3.) She Does It Right - Dr. Feelgood
4.) Quit this Town - Eddie and the Hotrods
5.) Twenty Tiny Fingers - Kilburn and the High Roads
6.) Baseball Heroes - Flip City
7.) Hold Back the Night - Graham Parker and the Rumour
8.) Keys To Your Heart - The 101ers
9.) Tomorrow Was the Hereafter- The Stranglers
10.) Waiting - The Doctors of Madness
11.) Doctor - Fabulous Poodles
12.) Little Girls Know - Riff Raff
13.) Dancing the Night Away - The Motors
14.) Can We Go Dancing? - The Amber Squad
15.) Heart of the City - Nick Lowe
16.) Local Girls - Graham Parker
17.) Red Hot (My Girl is Red Hot) - Bees Make Honey
***BONUS TRACK*** 18.) We Vibrate - The Vibrators







Friday, February 13, 2015

The Theatre! - 2/13/15














While normally I hate it when someone spells theater as "theatre", I think it kind of applies in this case. Because tonight's episode was all about being over-the-top, dramatic, cinematic, and even pretentious. Like something you would see/hear in the theater from people who call it the "theatre".

But instead of that being annoying, it's actually kind of awesome. One of the many things I love about post punk is that there is often a such a high level of artistic commitment. People aren't necessarily trying to hang back and be cool, they go all-in, unafraid to look silly even when they do in fact look quite silly. And that quality very much applies to creating music with a sense of theater. If you want to listen to some of my nominees for Best Theatrical Post Punk Music, click on the link below:

THE THEATRE! - 2/13/15

CAST:

1.) Spirit - Bauhaus
2.) Red Right Hand - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
3.) This Corrosion - Sisters of Mercy
4.) Overground (The Thorn version) - Siouxsie & the Banshees
5.) History of the World Pt. 1 - The Damned
6.) Vienna - Ultravox
7.) Visions of Blue - Ultravox
8.) Dressed in Black - Depeche Mode
9.) The Look Of Love - ABC
10.) Gold - Spandau Ballet
11.) Riot - Dead Kennedys
12.) Down in the Sewer - The Stranglers
13.) Motorcade - Magazine
14.) Man Overboard - Blondie
15.) Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant
16.) Nicotina - Sparks
17.) Entertain Me - Soft Cell
18.) A Million Manias - Marc & the Mambas
19.) Arms of Cicero - Sex Gang Children
20.) Swamp Thing - The Chameleons
21.) A Few Hours After This - The Cure
22.) This Vicious Cabaret - V is for Vendetta
23.) Who Killed Mr. Moonlight? - Bauhaus

Friday, January 30, 2015

New Wave Goes Commercial - 1/30/15















The year was 19-Early 80-Something and after several years of living underground here in America, the punk/post punk/new wave movement suddenly broke through to the mainstream. At least, a little bit. We started to appreciate some of the weirder, less conventional bands from the counterculture and they had a brand new medium in which to reach different audiences (MTV).

Now of course post punk as a whole nor even all of what could be considered new wave found total acceptance over here but this was about as close as we ever came and just enough for a young kid like me growing up at that time to find his true musical calling. Tonight's episode was all about that time and those bands. And tonight's link just happens to be a link to that episode:

NEW WAVE GOES COMMERCIAL - 1/30/15

1.) Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police
2.) Rock the Casbah - The Clash
3.) Tainted Love - Soft Cell
4.) Here Comes the Rain Again - The Eurythmics
5.) The Reflex - Duran Duran
6.) Eyes Without a Face - Billy Idol
7.) Whip It - Devo
8.) Burning Down the House - Talking Heads
9.) You Might Think - The Cars
10.) Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Gos
11.) Back on the Chain Gang - The Pretenders
12.) Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
13.) Promises Promises - Naked Eyes
14.) Our House - Madness
15.) Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
16.) Stray Cat Strut - The Stray Cats
17.) Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
18.) Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
19.) Heart of Glass - Blondie
20.) Don't You Want Me? - The Human League
21.) True - Spandau Ballet

Friday, January 16, 2015

New Year, New Zealand - 1/16/15
















What better country to ring in the new year with than New Zealand? New Guinea? New Mexico? Those aren't even countries! Well, maybe New Guinea is but it doesn't really matter. What matters is that New Zealand's post punk contributions are underrated at best. It's pretty damn far away and before the internet and Lord of the Rings, most people didn't have any idea what was going on down there. Oddly enough, in the 80s, it seems like the vast majority of kiwi bands had a post punk/alternative kind of sound and there's something to be said for that.

There's something to played for that too and I hope it is this podcast episode. Click on the link below to download it:

New Zealand Post Punk and Beyond

(PS. Apologies to the good people of Dunedin for mispronouncing your fair city's name countless times but you're also welcome for coming up with that awesome, better pronunciation.)

Playlist:

1.) I See Red - Split Enz
2.) Tally Ho - The Clean
3.) Ambivalence - The Pin Group
4.) Crisis After Crisis - The Verlaines
5.) Rolling Moon - The Chills
6.) Stars in My Eyes - The Screaming Meemees
7.) Riot Squad - The NewMatics
8.) You're Gonna Get Done - The Primmers
9.) Saturday Night Stay-At-Home - Suburban Reptiles
10.) Feels So Good - The Spelling Mistakes
11.) She's A Mod - The Terrorways
12.) If Only I Could Die - The Desperate Tricycles
13.) Computer Games - Mi-Sex
14.) Walking In Light - Th' Dudes
15.) Virginia - The Pink Flamingos
16.) Calm Before the Storm - The Bats
17.) Your Invisible Life - Bailterspace
18.) Outer Space - The 3Ds
19.) She Speeds - Straitjacket Fits
20.) Ride A White Swan - The Tall Dwarfs
21.) 40 Years - The Phoenix Foundation
22.) You're Just As Confused As I Am - The Mint Chicks
23.) Expectations - Cut Off Your Hands
24.) I Walk Away - Crowded House
***BONUS***25.) Auckland Tonight - Androidss