Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Episode 44: Go. Be Wild And Free. Just Don't Be Me

Greetings Dear Listener,

The Bosnian Rainbows show a few weeks ago was amazing.  Teri Gender Bender can eat an audience alive.  The band was able to handle the awful sound in the venue without a problem.  Hopefully, she will reconvene Le Butcherettes in the near future.

Circumambulation from True Widow is officially out now.  If anyone cared what I would pick as album of the year, this would be it.  It lands between their previous record and their first in terms of accessibility and ease on the ears.

The two major Far releases are getting the vinyl treatment for the first time.  Tin Cans With Strings To You and Water & Solutions were released during that dark period known as the mid-90s where records were only released on CD.  The pre-order for both goes up on August 1st through Shop Radio Cast.

Here's where I got the VUM track for the episode:  VUM~I Will Return

The first installment of the Anti-Flag 20 Years Of Hell subscription series has arrived.  The reworked songs are certainly an improvement on the original versions.

The Gaslight Anthem fan club single finally came in the mail.  It took them almost a year to get it done but it was worth the wait.  The band finished a three night run in New York City and apparently there have been some issues with the crowds while touring.  Here's a link to a post from Brian Fallon:  Tonight You Have Broken My Heart.  Some people just don't know how to live in the moment.

There's a new Pussy Riot video that went up a few weeks ago.  It sounds like someone's been practicing.  It's called Like A Red Prison and here it is:

The second release of the Mind Cure Records series is out now as well.  Go here for more information:  Mind Cure Records.  Then go to the store and buy it.

Rise Against will be releasing a collection of b-sides called Long Forgotten Songs.  There are a few different pre-order packages available at Rise  It comes out on September 10th.

Nirvana's In Utero is getting the super deluxe 20th anniversary treatment.  There will be a few different versions released.  Hopefully they don't try to use the Steve Albini mixes as a selling point.  If you need a guy that can fuck up a record Steve Albini is your man.  The release date is set for September 24th as of now.

The Evens will be heading out for another short tour.  This time to the New England area.  Tour dates can be found here: Dischord.  If they'll be in your neck of the woods, do your ears a favor and go.

Here's the trailer for the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad.  All I have to say is, "Damn."  I can't wait.

Until next time.

Thanks for listening.


Here's the download link:

Out of Step Music Hour Episode 44

Here's the playlist:

1.  The Ramones~We Want The Airwaves~Pleasant Dreams
2.  Marnie Stern~Proof Of Life~The Chronicles Of Marnia
3.  XBXRX~Beat Rolls On~Sixth In Sixes
4.  All Dinosaurs~Sad Song~Rules Of Civility And Decent Behavior
5.  Iceage~Awake~You're Nothing
6.  Zeitgeist~Atone~Zeitgeist
7.  Far~Wear It So Well~Water & Solutions
8.  James Brown~Poppa's Got A Brand New Bag (Pt. 1)~20 All-Time Greatest Hits
9.  Adverts~No Time To Be 21~Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts
10.  Bosnian Rainbows~Mother, Father, Set Us Free~Bosnian Rainbows
11.  True Widow~HW:R~Circumambulation
12.  Rollins Band~Volume 4~Weighting
13.  Garfunkel & Oates~Weed Card~All Over Your Face
14.  Tinariwen~Tahult In (My Salutation)~Imidiwan: Companions
15.  Buzzcocks~What Do I Get?~Another Music In A Different Kitchen
16.  VUM~I Will Return~I Will Return
17.  Roky Erickson~Don't Slander Me~I Have Always Been Here Before
18.  Joan Jett & The Blackhearts~Doing Alright With The Boys~Bad Reputation
19.  Louis CK~Taking Sexual Inventory~Hilarious
20.  Electric Wizard~Barbarian~Dopethrone
21.  Wire~Mr. Suit~Pink Flag
22.  Dead Kennedys~Nazi Punks-Fuck Off~Let Them Eat Jellybeans!
23.  Against Me!~FuckMyLife666~True Trans
24.  Misfits~TV Casualty~Box Set
25.  Mika Miko~Take It Serious~C.Y.S.L.A.B.F.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Episode 43: Sink, Florida, Sink

Greetings Dear Listener,

It has certainly been an awful few weeks for people who like to think and have a sense of right.  The Bastards seem to be winning and Rome is being incinerated at a rapid pace.

What better way to try to keep our spirits up than ripping through twenty-five tracks of goodness.

We've got brand new True Widow on the program.  Circumambulation comes out on the 23rd so go buy it.  If you want a preview of the sweet aural that the record is, go over to the Pitchfork website where it's streaming.  Then go to the Relapse Records website to order it.  My only complaint is that I can't get the volume high enough while listening to it.

True Widow is touring this fall so go see them if you can.  They're not coming to Pittsburgh on this leg but hopefully they'll come through town in the near future.

The Zeitgeist song comes from the Mind Cure Records subscription series which is available at the store at the end of every month.  The band also has an ep for free download on Band Camp.

High on Fire has a two volume live record out now.  Spitting Fire Live Vol. 1 is where we get the version of Fertile Green for this episode.

I drove down to Morgantown, WV to see The Evens a few weeks ago.  Seeing them twice in one week has done wonders to lift the spirit.  Here's a picture from the show that I took:

The show was at 119 Pleasant St.  It's an empty storefront next to the club 123 Pleasant St.  There were absolutely no amenities in the place and it worked very well as a venue.

Against Me! has offered two new songs for a free download on their website.  Sign up for their email list and they send you a link to download the tracks.  I haven't had a chance to listen to them yet but I will remedy that shortly.

Far's two major releases will get the vinyl reissue treatment from Shop Radio Cast.  Water & Solutions and Tin Cans With Strings To You have gotten to the test pressing stage.  If all goes well, they will be released in late August, so they say.

The Bosnian Rainbows will be in town on Saturday.  They're playing at the Altar Bar which is not the best sounding venue I've ever been to.  Something tells me they'll be able to power through it.  I can't wait to see that band.

Thanks for listening.

Rock over London.  Rock on Chicago.


Here's the download link:

Out of Step Music Hour Episode 43

Here's the playlist:

1.  Iggy & The Stooges~Search & Destroy~Raw Power
2.  Eddy Current Suppression Ring~Isn't It Nice~Rush To Relax
3.  High on Fire~Fertile Green~Spitting Fire Live Vol. 1
4.  I Is Another~Dear Departed~I Is Another
5.  Zeitgeist~(A)~Mind Cure June 2013
6.  True Widow~Four Teeth~Circumambulation
7.  Jawbox~Savory~For Your Own Special Sweetheart
8.  Best Coast~So Gone~Sun Was High (So Was I)
9.  Beastie Boys~Resolution Time~Get It Together 12-inch Single
10.  Flight of The Conchords~Bowie~Flight of The Conchords
11.  The Ramones~California Sun~Leave Home
12.  Handsome~Dim The Lights~Handsome
13.  Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros~X-Ray Style~Rock Art & The X-Ray Style
14.  Deerhoof~Milk Man~Milk Man
15.  Jon Spencer Blues Explosion~Danger~Meat + Bone
16.  Al Green~Tired Of Being Alone~Greatest Hits
17.  Jesus Lizard~Thumbscrews~Shot
18.  Vivian Girls~Double Vision~Everything Goes Wrong
19.  Germs~We Must Bleed~(GI)
20.  Youth Brigade~Last Word~Flex Your Head
21.  This Charming Man~Bleeder~Every Little Secret...
22.  Tess Brunet~The Great Nothing~The Great Nothing
23.  The Sword~(The Night Sky Cried) Tears Of Fire~Tears Of Fire
24.  The Clash~Complete Control~Complete Control Single
25.  The Evens~Cut From The Cloth~Get Evens

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Episode 42: Life, The Universe And Everything

Greetings Dear Listener,

It has been a wonderful week of live music that was seriously needed to cleanse the palette from the rotten eggs laid by Flag and the Japandroids.

Last Thursday, The Evens played an amazing hour of music and they'll be doing it again tomorrow night in Morgantown, WV.  They'll be playing at 119 Pleasant St.  Down the interstate I will go.  To see The Evens twice in a week is an opportunity not to be missed.

Dax Riggs played this past Tuesday.  He's playing an acoustic set accompanied by a bass player.  He opened the set with Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful World.  I was mistaken to think that song couldn't get any better.

The White Wives have a new live EP available for free download.  Here's the link to get to it:

White Wives live at 222 Ormsby

Yesterday, I went to Mind Cure Records.  The store has been open for about three years and I only heard of it last week.  That's how in the know I am.  It's a tiny store specializing in the punk rock and what not.  It was very reminiscent of Brave New World/Wicked Discs.  To the point where some of the used records came from Brave New World.  There were a few that still had the stickers Robbie would write up to draw attention to certain records.

I picked up bootlegs by The Clash and Generation X as well as 12-inch singles from the Beastie Boys, among many other things.  I will certainly be bringing some of the new finds to you once I get them digitized.

Mind Cure is also starting a 7-inch subscription series.  They'll be producing a single by a local band every month.  The A-side is an original by the band and the B-side is a cover of their choice.

The store is in the same building as a coffee shop and a comic book store.  It is a big building of awesome and something tells me I will be spending a lot of time there.

Here's the link to the Mind Cure home page for directions and contact info:

The Pixies released a new song this week.  They also announced that they have a new bass player for their European tour.  Does that mean there will be a new record?  I sure hope so.

Here's the video that goes along with Bagboy:

The Bosnian Rainbows album is officially out and the vinyl sounds amazing.  They'll be in town on July 20th so get there if you can.

In related news, if you missed the At The Drive-In "Relationship Of Command" Record Store Day reissue, don't fret or spend a ton of money on the Ebays.  There will be another pressing available on August 6th.

And Teri Gender Bender did an acoustic session for NPR a while back.  Here's the link to that:

Teri Gender Bender NPR Session

High on Fire has released a two volume live record.  Spitting Fire Vol.1 and 2 are out now and making my ears hurt.  We will get into a track from that next time.

OFF! will be releasing a live album that was recorded at the 9:30 Club.  It'll be released by Outer Battery Records in August.  There are only going to 1,000 copies pressed and they have sold through their run of them.  The Shop Radio Cast website seems to still be taking pre-orders.

If you're looking for a hero this week, try looking up Texas State Senator Wendy Davis.  She filibustered for thirteen hours to avoid the passing of a bill that would have shut down the majority of the Planned Parenthood facilities in her state.  There are a multitude of reasons that her bravery should be admired.  The entire story surrounding her actions (and the actions of those who tried to silence her) reads like a script written by Aaron Sorkin.

Until next time.

Rock over London, Rock on Chicago.


Here's the download link:

Out of Step Music Hour Episode 42

Here's the playlist:

1.  Dax Riggs~Didn't Know Yet What I'd Know When I Was Bleedin'~We Sing Of Only Blood Or Love
2.  Bosnian Rainbows~Dig Right In Me~Bosnian Rainbows
3.  The Evens~Architects Sleep~The Odds
4.  Boris~Track 5~Vein
5.  Tess Brunet~Wasted Waiting~Au Ras Au Ras
6.  The Beatles~Lady Madonna~Mono Masters Vol. 2
7.  Ramesses~Master Your Demons~We Will Lead You To Glorious Times
8.  Empire~New Emotion~Expensive Sound
9.  Rainer Maria~Ears Ring~Long Knives Drawn
10.  Acid Bath~Venus Blue~Paegan Terrorism Tactics
11.  Mark Of Cain~Heart Of Stone~Songs Of The Third & Fifth
12.  Black Sabbath~Snowblind~Vol. 4
13.  H2O~Heart On My Sleeve~Nothing To Prove
14.  Bratmobile~Cryin' Tryin' Lyin'~Girls Get Busy
15.  Agents Of Oblivion~Dead Girl~Agents Of Oblivion
16.  Ramones~She's The One~Road To Ruin
17.  The Mallard~Shallows~Yes On Blood
18.  The Clash~Hateful~London Calling
19.  Against Me!~Baby, I'm An Anarchist~Against Me! Is Reinventing Axl Rose
20.  Deadboy & The Elephantmen~How Long The Night Was~We Are Night Sky
21.  Gaslight Anthem~Antonia Jane~Singles Box Set
22.  The Damned~1 of the 2~Damned Damned Damned
23.  Le Butcherettes~I'm Getting Sick Of You~NPR Session
24.  Lemuria~Ruby~The Distance Is So Big
25.  Dax Riggs~No One Will Be A Stranger~Say Goodnight To The World