Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Valentine For Your Heart

Cardio 15 [Valentine's Mix] by Pete Bilderback on Mixcloud


Here's a Valentine for your heart (your actual heart, the organ that pumps blood through your body).

I've been posting 30 minute mixes optimized for cardio workouts over at Mixcloud. The idea is pretty simple: each song averages between 120 and 160 beats per minute (generally considered the ideal range for cardio exercise). Personally, I've found it really is easier to keep moving at a brisk pace when the music falls in this ideal range. I've got a number of other cardio mixes up at Mixcloud as well.

There's a Mixcloud app for both iPhone/iOS and Android devices, so it's quite easy to access these mixes on the go.

Tracklist:

The Replacements - "Valentine"
Rockpile - "If Sugar Was As Sweet As You"
Talking Heads - "Love → Building On Fire"
The Modern Lovers - "Someone I Care About by The Modern Lovers"
David Bowie - "Modern Love"
The Slits - "Love Und Romance"
The Undertones - "Valentine's Treatment"
ABC - "Valentine's Day"
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours"
Marvin Gaye - "This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (Is Killing Me)"

Monday, January 26, 2015

Game Theory - Real Nighttime Pre-order Heads Up



I wanted to give you a heads up that the Omnivore Recordings reissue of Game Theory's Real Nighttime is available for pre-order now. The first 300 copies pre-ordered on LP from Omnivore will include a bonus flexi-disc of "Dead Center" that was originally intended to be distributed with copies of Option magazine. This was something Dan Vallor hinted at in my interview with him when he mentioned a "golden ticket" item, but he made me promise not to mention anything until plans were finalized. I kept my promise, but the cat's out of the bag now.

If you're a digital only person, don't freak out, the flexi-disc version of "Dead Center" was included on the recent CD reissue of Dead Center, this is really for the collector/fetishist types.

"Omnivore Recordings’ re-introduction of the Game Theory catalog continues with the 30th Anniversary reissue of Real Nighttime.

Their first in a long line of albums produced by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Let’s Active), this version adds an astonishing 13 bonus tracks (10 previously unissued) to the original album’s lauded twelve. From hard-to-find compilation tracks to live and unheard material (including covers of songs by Gerry Rafferty and Queen), Real Nighttime now not only stands as the band’s breakthrough, but as a true document of their emergence into the annals of music history.

Available on CD and Digital, as well as a translucent red LP (with download card for entire CD program), Real Nighttime stands as a fan favorite, and as a truly classic release. Packaging includes rare photos and an interview with Mitch Easter and series co-producer Pat Thomas, as well as notes from Byron Coley (Spin, Forced Exposure) and a remembrance from Carl Newman of The New Pornographers.

The sun has risen once again on the Game Theory catalog. Now it’s time to prepare for the Real Nighttime."
    CD/LP/Digital Track List:
1. HERE COMES EVERYBODY
2. 24
3. WALTZ THE HALLS ALWAYS
4. I MEAN IT THIS TIME
5. FRIEND OF THE FAMILY
6. IF AND WHEN IT FALLS APART
7. CURSE OF THE FRONTIER LAND
8. RAYON DRIVE
9. SHE’LL BE A VERB
10. REAL NIGHTTIME
11. YOU CAN’T HAVE ME
12. I TURNED HER AWAY

     Bonus Tracks:
13. GIRL WITH A GUITAR
14. ANY OTHER HAND
15. FAITHLESS
16. BAKER STREET (Live)
17. THE RED BARON (Live)
18. IF AND WHEN IT FALLS APART (Live)
19. BEACH STATE ROCKING (Live)
20. SHE’LL BE A VERB (Live)
21. CURSE OF THE FRONTIER LAND (Live)
22. METAL AND GLASS EXACT (Live)
23. GIRL WITH A GUITAR (COMPLETE) (Live)
24. I TURNED HER AWAY (Live)
25. LILY OF THE VALLEY

     LP includes download card. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tartan Horde - "Bay City Rollers We Love You"



Released by United Artists in 1975, The Tartan Horde's "Bay City Rollers We Love You" was a contract breaking scheme that backfired. Nick Lowe's band Brinsley Schwarz broke up in 1975 and Lowe found himself stuck under contract to their label, United Artists. Lowe was eager to move on, so he and manager Jake Riviera cooked up a scheme to get the label to dump him. Lowe produced a tongue-in-cheek homage to Scottish teenybopper phenomena The Bay City Rollers under the pseudonym The Tartan Horde assuming the label would be horrified by it and drop him straight away.

Unfortunately, the execs at UA liked what they heard and gave the song a worldwide release. The single predictably tanked everywhere in the world, except for Japan where it became a surprise smash hit. UA was so pleased with the sales that they demanded a follow up. Lowe obliged with a second Tartan Horde single, "Rollers Show" which sold miserably and finally got him out of his contract with UA leaving him free to record for Riviera's fledgling independent label, Stiff Records.

Anyway, that's the story. There's just one problem: I think the song is really good. Sure it's clear that Nick is having a bit of fun here, and there is an element of absurdity involved. But the craftsmanship is extremely solid and the song gets under your skin like only really great pop music can. More than a little effort was put into creating this confection. No right thinking rocker would have admitted to it in 1975, but I detect at least a hint of genuine affection for the Bay City Rollers in this contract-breaking tribute.

Nick discusses his mixed feelings about the song below. He calls the song "utterly ghastly" and "truly awful," but also expresses a certain amount of pride in it at the same time.
 



Saturday, November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday Mix

Here's another DJ set, this one from Small Business Saturday. Don't forget to support small business this holiday season.



Tracklist:
Mudhoney - I Like It Small
Led Zeppelin - Trampled Under Foot
Tyrannosaurus Rex - Deboraarobed
Ty Segall - It's Over
White Reaper - Conspirator
The Flamin' Groovies - Slow Death
The Stooges - Down In The Street
David Bowie - Cactus
Adam Ant - Desperate But Not Serious
The Flying Lizards - Money (That's What I Want)
Big Audio Dynamite - V. Thirteen [Extended Remix]
The Jimmy Castor Bunch - Troglodyte (Cave Man)
ESG - UFO
Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinghood [Special 12" Version]
Blondie - Rip Her To Shreds
Family Fodder - Debbie Harry
The Marvelettes - Beechwood 4-5789
The Stroke Band - Son Of Sam
Game Theory - Nine Lives To Rigel Five
The Three O'Clock - On My Own (With Strings)
The Teardrop Explodes - Reward
Echo & the Bunnymen - Angels And Devils

Thursday, November 06, 2014

King Kong's Thanksgiving Shindig: A Musical Tribute To The Eighth Wonder Of The World

A little early perhaps, but I put together a playlist inspired by the original 1933 King Kong as well as WOR-TV's annual Thanksgiving broadcast of King Kong, Son Of Kong, and Mighty Joe Young. Have A Monsterous Holiday!



Tracklist:
Max Steiner - "Entrance Of Kong"
David Bowie - "Beauty And The Beast"
The Kinks - "King Kong"
Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters - "Super Ape"
William Onyeabor - "Jungle Gods"
David Carroll And His Orchestra - "Jungle Drums"
New York Dolls - "Stranded In The Jungle"
The Dickies - "You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)"
OFF! - "King Kong Brigade"
The Jimmy Castor Bunch - "King Kong"
The Time - "Jungle Love"
Bow Wow Wow - "King Kong"
Alex Chilton - "Forbidden Love"
The Cramps - "Jungle Hop"
Junior Walker & The All Stars - "Monkey Jump"
K. McCarty - "Like A Monkey In A Zoo"
The 13th Floor Elevators - "Monkey Island"
Departure Lounge- "King Kong Frown"
Tom Waits - "King Kong"
Pixies- "Monkey Gone To Heaven"


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Game Theory - Dead Center, etc. Reissue



Omnivore's comprehensive reissue campaign of Scott Miller's seminal 80s band Game Theory continues on November 24th with the reissue of the band's 1984 French compilation LP, Dead Center. Omnivore will also reissue the two EPs that much of Dead Center's material was drawn from, Pointed Accounts of People You Know and Distortion, on 10" vinyl EPs for Record Store Day Black Friday on November 28th. The music on these releases represent a critical, but often overlooked, period in Game Theory's history.

Pointed Accounts Of People You Know (1983).

Game Theory followed their home recorded debut, 1982's Blaze Of Glory, with a studio recorded six-track EP, Pointed Accounts Of People You Know in 1983. This was followed in 1984 by the Michael Quercio produced, five-track EP, Distortion in 1984. Both these EPs were transitional efforts that featured some outstanding new songs from rapidly maturing songwriter Scott Miller, including the wistful "Penny Things Won't" and "Metal And Glass Exact" from Pointed Accounts, and "Nine Lives To Rigel Five" and "The Red Baron" from Distortion. These are brilliant songs that can stand proudly alongside anything that came out of the American independent underground in the 1980s and remained staples of the band's live sets for years. "College Rock," "Alternative," "Indie Pop," "Power Pop," "Paisley Underground," call them whatever you want, these songs conform in some ways to each of these labels but are also what Duke Ellington liked to call "beyond category" (his highest compliment and mine).

Distortion (1984).

The EPs also feature several songs from the band's bass player Fred Juhos, including "I Wanna Get Hit By A Car" from Pointed Accounts and "Kid Convenience" from Distortion. Juhos was a fine songwriter, but he was not Miller's equal, and his songs do not always sound of a piece with Miller's which gives the EPs a slightly disjointed quality. There are worse things than a young band with two talented songwriters moving in different directions.

Later in 1984 the French label, Lolita, who had taken an interest in the California "Paisley Underground" scene to which Game Theory was tangentially connected, decided to re-release some of the EP material on a compilation LP. Dead Center includes two songs recorded specifically for the LP, "Dead Center" (which had also been released in an entirely different version on a flexi disc) and a cover of The Box Tops' "The Letter." All of Juhos' material, save "37th Day" was dropped from the LP, and the result is a more coherent sounding release, which one could almost consider Game Theory's second album, depending on how much of a discographical purist you are.

Dead Center (1984).

Omnivore's reissues of Pointed Accounts Of People You Know and Distortion will be available only on vinyl, and will match the track listings of the original releases precisely. Omnivore chose to break from strict historical accuracy by shrinking the records' size from 12" to 10" and pressing them on colored vinyl. Each EP will include a digital download card that allows the purchaser access to MP3s of the recordings featured on the EPs, plus the eleven bonus tracks featured on the Dead Center reissue (more on that in a moment). These are being released as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday event and will be limited edition pressings.

Dead Center will be reissued on CD only with slightly different artwork than what was featured on the original Lolita LP. The Dead Center reissue does not feature any of the Fred Juhos penned songs from the EPs (my understanding is that this was done by Fred's request), and will include all of the Scott Miller songs from the EPs, plus the two songs recorded specifically for the LP. It also includes 11 bonus tracks, 10 of them previously unreleased. These include live cuts, covers (including Badfinger's "No Matter What," Roxy Music's "Mother of Pearl," R.E.M.'s "Radio Free Europe," and Them's "Gloria"), as well as the flexi disc version of "Dead Center." If you are confused, that's perfectly understandable. I present the track listings for each release below.

UPDATE 11/28/2014: The MP3 downloads for the two RSD EPs contain the contents of respective EPs only (no bonus tracks).

Dead Center (release date 11/24/14) CD/digital track list:

1. NINE LIVES TO RIGEL FIVE
2. PENNY, THINGS WON’T
3. DEAD CENTER (French LP Version)
4. THE RED BARON
5. THE LETTER
6. SHARK PRETTY
7. METAL AND GLASS EXACT
8. SELFISH AGAIN
9. TOO LATE FOR TEARS
10. LIFE IN JULY
11. NO MATTER WHAT (Demo)
12. MOTHER OF PEARL (Live)
13. NINE LIVES TO RIGEL FIVE (Live)
14. TROUBLE (Live)
15. SHARK PRETTY (Live)
16. GLORIA (Live)
17. TOO LATE FOR TEARS (Michael Q’s “George Martin” Rough Mix)
18. RADIO FREE EUROPE (Live)
19. PENNY, THINGS WON’T (Live)
20. SAY IT AIN’T SO JOE (Radio Session)
21. DEAD CENTER (Flexi Disc Version)


 Pointed Accounts Of People You Know (release date 11/28/14) vinyl 10" EP track list:

Side 1: 1. PENNY, THING WON’T
2. METAL AND GLASS EXACT
3. SELFISH AGAIN

 

Side 2:
1. I WANNA GET HIT BY A CAR
2. LIFE IN JULY
3. 37th DAY


Distortion (release date 11/28/14) vinyl 10" EP track list:
Side 1:
1. SHARK PRETTY
2. NINE LIVES TO RIGEL FIVE
3. THE RED BARON

 
Side 2:
1. KID CONVENIENCE
2. TOO LATE FOR TEARS

David Bowie Fan Club

Ch-ch-ch-changes...David Bowie fan club flyer from 1977. This came with some original copies of his brilliant Low album. Adjusted for inflation the $5 membership cost would be $19.64 today.




Friday, October 24, 2014




This was my latest DJ set. I stuck mostly to R&B and Soul rather than my usual mix and match approach.

Setlist:
Five Du-Tones - "Shake A Tail Feather" 
Ronnie Mitchell - "Having A Party"
The Swingin' Medallions - "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)"
Big Maybelle - "96 Tears"
Raphael Saadiq - "Heart Attack" (for Guy Benoit)
The Mar-Keys - "Banana Juice"
Bunny Sigler - "Lovey Dovey & (You're So Fine)"
Rex Garvin & The Mighty Cravers - "Emulsified"
Shorty Long - "Devil With The Blue Dress On"
The Velvelettes - "He Was Really Saying Something"
The Bandwagon - "Breakin' Down The Walls Of Heartache"
Booker T. & The MG's - "Time Is Tight"
The Mad Lads - "No Strings Attached"
Chuck Wood - "Seven Days Too Long"
Marvin Gaye - "That's The Way Love Is"
Ray Bryant Combo - "Madison Time"
Aretha Franklin - "Spanish Harlem"
Billy Preston - "My Sweet Lord"
Curtis Mayfield - "(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go"
The Mystic Moods - "Cosmic Sea"
Nina Simone - "To Love Somebody"
Al Green - "L-O-V-E (Love)"

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Chills - BBC Sessions



Fire records will release a compilation of the sessions The Chills recorded for the BBC on November 3rd, 2014. The Chills recorded three separate four-songs sessions for the BBC in 1985, 1987 and 1988, and all three sessions are fully accounted for on this release. This is great news for Chills fans, as the band's studio releases did not always capture the full power of which they were capable due to the limitations of the studios they worked in, and some occasionally questionable production decisions.

Track list is as follows:
1 "Rolling Moon (12/11/1985)"
2 "Brave Words (12/11/1985)"
3 "Wet Blanket (12/11/1985)"
4 "Night Of Chill Blue (12/11/1985)"
5 "Dan Destiny & The Silver Dawn (05/04/1987)"
6 "Living In A Jungle (05/04/1987)"
7 "Rain (05/04/1987)"
8 "Moonlight On Flesh (05/04/1987)"
9 "Part Past, Part Fiction (18/12/1988)"
10 "Christmas Chimes (18/12/1988)"
11 "Effloresce and Deliquesce (18/12/1988)"
12 "Dead Web (18/12/1988)"