Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Episode 41: Flag Should Have Been Waved In Surrender

Greetings Dear Listener,

As I type this, I am listening to the Bosnian Rainbows self-titled album.  It is currently streaming on the NPR website and so far it has yet to disappoint.  It comes out on Tuesday June 25th.

"The Distance Is So Big" from Lemuria came out this week.  It's been my first listen in the morning while I rot away at day job.  Paint The Youth is my favorite track off of it so far and that's the song we hear on the podcast.

Lemuria's Bridge Nine label mates, Boysetsfire, released "While A Nation Sleeps..." last week.  It's their first album in about seven years and they didn't miss a beat.

The Beach Boys and David Bowie tracks come from Wes Anderson movie soundtracks.  Whether you like his movies or not, they sure do have some pretty mean soundtracks.

We get into some Record Store Day leftovers with the At The Drive-In, Best Coast and Whirr tracks.  I had to hunt those down elsewhere because I couldn't come up with them locally.  And I'm still trying to find the South Park picture disc at a reasonable price.

In honor of Lou Reed's new liver, we'll listen to a Velvet Underground track.  We wish you a speedy recovery, sir.

I bit the Boris bullet and grabbed the "Praparat" vinyl off of the Discogs.  It cost me a kidney and a retina but damn is it worth every brain splitting minute.

While trolling the Discogs, I came across the former proprietor of Wicked Discs.  She had a stack of Boris records that I did not have.  Now I have them and she does not.  Capitalism in action, hooray.  Once I get them digitized, we will dig deep into those.  The "Vein" clear promo test pressing was among the stack.  That record left burn marks on my ears.  And it plays cleanly all the way through.  That was why the clear vinyl was abandoned.  Bubbles developed in the pressing process and made the record skip.

The Ramones track of the show comes from a bootleg of a 1982 show in New York.  Richie Ramone is the drummer on this bootleg.  This was when their sets somehow got to be two minutes faster.

The Flag show a few weeks go was not so good.  The best part of the evening was Killer Of Sheep.  They're local and have an EP available.  Track down "Out Of Time" if you can.  They also have a few other songs posted on the internets.

Anti-Flag has started a 7-inch subscription series.  They re-recorded a handful of songs from their back catalogue to correct and update them.  The a-side will be the new renditions and the b-sides will be songs from other bands.  Folks who sign up for the series will be entered into contests for various prizes and all kinds of other goodies.

In September, there will be a comprehensive Clash box set released.  This will supposedly contain everything under the sun and a DVD or two.  It will be shaped like a boombox as well.  Something tells me that this will be worth owning.

Dax Riggs come through town on July 2nd so expect the next episode to be Dax-centric.

Until next time.

Thanks for listening.


Here's the download link:

Out of Step Music Hour Episode 41

Here's the playlist:

1.  Lemuria~Paint The Youth~The Distance Is So Big
2.  Dinosaur Jr.~Lightning Bulb~Beyond
3.  Beach Boys~Heroes & Villains~The Fantastic Mr. Fox
4.  Fugazi~Cashout~Pittsburgh 4.21.2001
5.  Devo~Mongoloid~Be Stiff
6.  At The Drive-In~Mannequin Republic~Relationship Of Command
7.  Best Coast~Fear Of My Identity~Fear Of My Identity
8.  Quicksand~Backward~Manic Compression
9.  Chuck Berry~Memphis~Golden Hits
10.  Helmet~Tic~Betty (Expanded)
11.  Portishead~Nylon Smile~Third
12.  Amen~Neutron Liars~Death Before Musick
13.  Bob Dylan~Ballad Of A Thin Man~Highway 61 Revisited (Mono)
14.  Ramones~Rock 'N' Roll Radio~Live NYC 1982
15.  One Last Wish~My Better Half~1986
16.  Boris~Method Of Error~Praparat
17.  Jawbreaker~Boxcar~Dear You
18.  David Bowie~Queen Bitch~The Life Aquatic
19.  Rise Against~Black Masks & Gasoline (Demo)~RPM10
20.  Thee Oh Sees~Putrifiers II~Putrifier II
21.  Boysetsfire~Until Nothing Remains~While A Nation Sleeps...
22.  Whirr~Junebouvier~Part Time Punks Sessions
23.  Velvet Underground~Run Run Run~The Velvet Underground & Nico
24.  Killer Of Sheep~Clouds~Out Of Time
25.  Black Flag~Clocked In~Everything Went Black

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Episode 40: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Greetings Dear Listener,

Dean Venture is my Emo hero.  The Venture Bros. season premier was the finest hour of television I've seen in months.

This podcast is now 40 episodes old.  We celebrate with a heavy dose of music from the Pittsburgh area.  If you like production value in your music, this one will be hard to swallow.  I did my best to level things out for the best sound but some of the tracks were a little too rough around the edges.

Most of these bands aren't around anymore so a lot of these songs are a slice of my youth and better days.  So I would think.

The Anti-Flag anniversary shows were last week and they knocked them out of the park each night.  Well done, sirs.

Worlds Scariest Police Chases were the best opener on the first night.  They were a lot of fun to watch.

Lemuria proved that they were a bad ass band on the second night.  It was the first time I had a chance to see them play and they were phenomenal.  Their new record comes out on June 18th and I'm twitching like an addict to hear it.

Here's your "Holy Crap, There's Actually Something To Do Around Here" update:

Keith Morris and Chuck Dukowski come to town on Friday with their band, Flag.  I hope this show will be worth the exorbitant "convenience" fees that Ticketbastard is charging these days.

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes will be in town at the Oaks Theatre for a showing of "Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie."  There will be a Q&A/podcast recording after the movie.  From the looks of the Oaks' website, the event is sold out.  I guess I'll have to laugh at my own dick jokes on Sunday.  Which doesn't seem to be very different from any other Sunday.

White Wives will be playing a free show on Monday, June 10th at the Commonwealth Press warehouse.  The band will be playing Greenday's "Dookie" record.  In my humble opinion, that was an appropriate title for that record but the White Wives and Commonwealth Press are worth supporting regardless of how awful Greenday is.

The Japandroids will be here on June 16th.  Don't get your dad another tie that he'll never wear.  Take him to see the Japandroids.  Nothing says "I love you, Pops" like guitar driven Canadian hipster rock.

Solarburn will be at the 31st Street Pub on June 22nd.  Local instrumental metal does the body good.

Dax Riggs will be coming through town on July 2nd.  If you can't make that show,  he'll be in Cleveland at the Grog Shop on July 4th.  I may have to go to both shows.  He's that good.  And I'm that big of a fanboy.  If he's touring, I hope there will be new music from him soon.

Bosnian Rainbows will be here on July 20th.  They're at a venue with awful sound.  Which does not bode well for a band with that much texture.

If you haven't been watching Marc Maron's show on IFC, you are doing yourself a great disservice.  Bobcat Goldthwaite is the director on the show.  Who'd a thunk it?

Thanks for listening.

Rock over London, Rock on Chicago.


Here's the download link:

Out of Step Music Hour Episode 40

Here's the playlist:
1.  Anti-Flag~Sodom, Gomorrah, Washington D.C.~The People Or The Gun
2.  Crayon Death~Missionaries~Three-Sixteen
3.  Skrewloose~Thirty-Seven~The Rise And Fall Of Forever
4.  Pikadori~On/Going~Pikadori
5.  Submachine~Mongoloid~Sawed Off Shotglass
6.  Allan~Burn Through~...About Five Seconds
7.  53rd State~From Now Until This Time Tomorrow~Forward Motion
8.  Aus-Rotten~Media Blackout~The Rotten Agenda
9.  Ghidorah~Don't Wanna~Ghidorah
10.  Worlds Scariest Police Chases~Blackin' In~A-F Records 2013 Sampler
11.  White Wives~Sky Started Crying~Happeners
12.  Takashi~Rick Shaw~Don't Breathe Under Water
13.  Plastered Bastards~Lying Sack Of Shit~If You're Not Drinking With Us... You're Drinking Against Us
14.  Half Life~All Our Yesterdays~All Our Yesterdays
15.  Silver Tongued Devil~Generation Nomad~Over The Top
16.  The Code~Revolution Now~Split w/ Whatever It Takes
17.  Caustic Christ~Can't Relate~Can't Relate
18.  Modey Lemon~It's Hard (The Squeal)~Modey Lemon
19.  All Dinosaurs~Tight Rope~A-F Records 2013 Sampler
20.  Whatever It Takes~Green Light, Yellow Light, Stop~Fistful Of Revolution
21.  Behind Enemy Lines~What Did We Expect~Global Cannibal
22.  The Frampton Brothers~Dressing Room~File Under F For Failure
23.  Corpus Christie~Pain In My Ass~Iron City Punk 3
24.  Solarburn~Scumbag Inc.
25.  Justin Sane~61C Days Turned To Nights~Life, Love & the Pursuit Of Justice