Episode 68 – Death Of A Post-Jangler

Episode 68 – Death Of A Post-Jangler

Episode 68 – Death Of A Post-Jangler

My set from WEMF Radio on 2.22.15 was a post jangle inspired mix of both old and new tracks. It’s an excellent idea to slowly dream the ice and snow away with this on in the background.

1. The Flamin’ Groovies – Whisky Woman – (Teenage Head – 1971)
2. Bauhaus – Kick In The Eye (Mask – 1981)
3. Devo – Freedom Of Choice (Freedom of Choice – 1980)
4. Tomorrows Tulips – Laying In The Sun (When – 2014)
5. Terror Of The Deep – Times Of Uncertainty (Death Of The Gideon – 2014)
6. Tropical Popsicle – Havana (Dawn of Delight – 2013)
7. Tony Molina – Walk Away (Dissed And Dismissed – 2013)
8. Atlas Sound – Green Glass Bottles (Bedroom Databank Vol. 1 – 2010)
9. Catwalk – Please Don’t Break Me (Please Don’t Break Me – 2010)
10. Teenage Fanclub – Star Sign (Bandwagonesque – 1991)
11. Gang of Four – Damaged Goods (Entertainment! – 1979)
12. Destroyer – Sick Priest Learns To Last Forever (Destroyer’s Rubies – 2006)
13. Fine Steps – All Day Long (All Day Long 7″ – 2013)
14. The Smiths – Death Of A Disco Dancer (Strangeways, Here We Come – 1987)
15. Soft Pyramids – Around This Town (Fossils of the Free World – 2014)
16. The Blackjacks – Simple Math (Dress In Black – 1985)
17. The Improper Bostonians – Set You Free This Time (Bay State Rock Volume 1: The Sixties – An Anthology Of Massachussetts Rock’N’Roll – 1965)
18. New Order – Ceremony (Substance – 1981)
19. Mac DeMarco – Jonny’s Odyssey (Salad Days – 2014)
20. The Method Actors – Commotion (This Is It – 1980)
21. Muler – Taught Her To Sing (Hope You Found a Home – 2011)
22. The Ramones – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (Rocket To Russia – 1977)
23. Sanulrim – 내마을에 주단을 깔고 (Greatest Hits Vol. 1 – 1987)
24. Michael O. – Face The Facts (Face The Facts 7″ – 2014)
25. Owen Maercks – Information (Teenage Sex Therapist – 1978)
26. GRMLN – Wedding (Explore – 2012)
27. Woods – Something Surreal (Bend Beyond – 2012)
28. Brian Eno – I’ll Come Running (Another Green World – 1975)
29. Lou Reed and John Cale – A Dream (Songs for Drella – 1990)
30. Butthole Surfers – Creep In The Cellar (Rembrandt Pussyhorse – 1986)
31. Boards of Canada – Music Is Math (Geogaddi – 2002)
32. Dirty Beaches – Lord Knows Best (Badlands – 2011)
33. Young Man – Five (Boy – 2010)
34. Holy Other – Know Where (With U – 2011)

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Recommended Album: The Longwalls – Gold Standard

The Longwalls

The Longwalls

A dark room lit by a flickering TV. An ashtray smoldering with the remnants of a lipstick stained cigarette. Stubble breath with whiskey at the forefront. All these images would fit spectacularly into the worlds The Longwalls create – and lucky for us, we now have a bunch of new worlds to explore.

After a series of killer EP’s The Longwalls have released a near perfect tome of Americana-infused fuzz pop in their new LP, Gold Standard. Over a year in the making, Gold Standard features 11 standout tracks, with the first driving single “Home” kicking the door open wide and allowing burners such as “Simple Thoughts” and “Too Many Prayers” to tear your heart out.

Recommended If You Like: Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, American Thread

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Episode 67 – Psychedelic Blizzard

Episode 67 - Psychedelic Blizzard

Episode 67 – Psychedelic Blizzard

Episode 67 was recorded live on 2/15/15 as Cambridge and Boston were being blitzed by yet another blizzard. Unable to get to the studio at WEMF Radio due to white out conditions outside – I bunkered down in the ice tomb I call my apartment and got weird with a psychedelic gonzo mix.

1. The Masters Apprentices – War Or Hands Of Time (War Or Hands Of Time – 1967)
2. Animal Collective – Fireworks (Strawberry Jam – 2007)
3. Selda Bagcan – Yaz Gazetici Yaz (Selda – 1976)
4. Iron Butterfly – Belda-Beast (Ball – 1969)
5. The Outsiders – Zsarrahh (CQ – 1968)
6. Donovan – Hurdy Gurdy Man (Hurdy Gurdy Man – 1968)
7. The Kinks – Tired Of Waiting For You (Tired Of Waiting For You – 1965)
8. White Denim – Burnished (D – 2011)
9. Hawkwind – Space Is Deep (Doremi Fasol Latido – 1972)
10. All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors – Saturn Jig (All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors – 2001)
11. The Move – I Can Hear The Grass Grow (I Can Hear The Grass Grow – 1967)
12. The Velvet Underground – Rock & Roll (Loaded – 1970)
13. Lake – Sing 99 90 (Let’s Build A Roof – 2009)
14. Dead Meadow – Beyond the Fields We Know (Dead Meadow – 2000)
15. Kamuran Akkor – Dilo Dilo Yaylara (Dilo Dilo Yaylalar – 1975)
16. The Pretty Things – LSD (Get The Picture? – 1965)
17. Tune-Yards – Bizness (W H O K I L L – 2011)
18. nick nicely – 49 Cigars (Psychotropia – 2004)
19. The Black Angels – Young Men Dead (Passover – 2006)
20. Real Estate – Snow Days (Real Estate – 2009)
21. The Society of Rockets – Circulate and Sing (Future Factory – 2010)
22. R. M. Točak – Organizam Blues (R. M. Točak – 1976)
23. Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family – Coffin Maker (My Ancestors – 1974)
24. The Youths Of The Universe – Troubles Of The World (Funky Pack – 1976)
25. Chris Bell – I Am the Cosmos [alternate version]
26. The Fugs – Life Is Strange (It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest – 1968)
27. The Fugs – Exorcising The Evil Spirits From The Pentagon October 21, 1967 (Tenderness Junction – 1967)

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Recommended Album: Soft Pyramids – Fossils of the Free World

Somerville's Soft Pyramids

Somerville’s Soft Pyramids

When it comes to sports I’m an unequivocal homer. The color of my glasses are often rose while the cup’s consistently half full. That said, I’ve had mixed feelings on the Boston music scene over the past decade. But – as with everything there’s peaks and valleys, and as such, it’s become increasingly hard not to get vertigo for the scene’s been riding a steep apex for awhile now – and bands like Soft Pyramids are a reason why we’re continuing to rise past the already established summit.

The five piece from Somerville weave icicle sharp guitars around a tight rhythm section that evokes early Radiohead & mid-career Spoon or Wilco. There’s no gimmick to the music, no drastic changes in tempo or style, just tight, solid, guitar driven angular pop. With track’s like “Around This Town” (video below) – it’s becoming hard not hear anything but roses around Boston, blizzards be damned.

Recommended If You Like: Spoon, Tiger High, Chauncey

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Recommended Album: Currents – Mondegreen

Currents see the light.

Currents see the light.

Currents are a three piece from Boston who, as their Facebook page aptly states, play “post-whatever” type of music. There’s an underpinning of hardcore in their tracks – with big assed grooves and staccato breaks – but there’s also something else behind it all – making repeated listens a rewarding experience. Is it post-punk? Post-Rock? Post-Hardcore? I’m not sure – but like they said, whatever, it’s pretty darn good.

Recommended If You Like: The Under, Post-Method Actors, Whatever

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Taught Me Everything I Know – Recommended Album: Chauncey – To Love Once More

The world's a much better place when Chauncey's together.

The world’s a much better place when Chauncey’s together.

If it wasn’t for Chauncey I wouldn’t have met my Wife. I moved to Boston in 2001 as an optimistic and bright eyed college grad. I had a potential job lined up at a revered record label (Ace of Hearts Records) and the world was going to be my delicious oyster. Two days after moving onto a couch in Allston two planes crashed into the World Trade Center and flipped everything on its head.

Chauney's last show @ Lizard Lounge. (Photo - D.Hixon)

Chauney’s last show @ Lizard Lounge. (Photo – D.Hixon)

My job fell through, the economy tanked, and my bright future turned into a grim and formless grey. The $400 I brought with me dwindled quickly and my spot on the couch got more and more lonely. In order to survive I swallowed my pride and got a job at RadioShack and spent my nights drinking $1 drafts and eating ten cent chicken wings. Things weren’t going as I had planned, until one random night, one chance meeting.

It was night time – so I was of course at the bar drinking $1 drafts, when a girl came up and started chatting with me, I think her name was Melany. Conversation, like it always does with me, eventually shifted towards music and she said she just started a record label with her friend Jacob called Change Records. I immediately started angling for a way to become part of it and let her know I was a video guy who had web skills – but was literally willing to do anything to get out of RadioShack.

Jake and Eliot. (Photo - D.Hixon)

Jake and Eliot. (Photo – D.Hixon)

I’m not sure what became of Melany, but she got me in touch with Jacob and he interviewed me at Anna’s Taqueria (my first time ever eating there actually) – and I got the job. I wasn’t able to quit RadioShack quite yet, as I maybe got paid $100 a month for doing webmaster duties for Change – but I got something much more valuable than money, I got my pride back, and that couch back in Allston wasn’t lonely anymore – it was an opportunity. He mentioned two bands that were on his label, but the one he was most rapturous about was a band called Chauncey, and I was soon to find out why.

JP & Shawn sharing a moment. (Photo - D.Hixon)

JP & Shawn sharing a moment. (Photo – D.Hixon)

I learned how to get around Boston by going to different shows around the city where I’d work merch tables, help load/unload gear, sometimes do lights, and do any other odd jobs that were needed. The guys in the band, each one of them, were absolutely phenomenal to me. I was a shy kid in his early 20’s whose ego got pretty bruised my first few months in Boston, but they treated me like I was part of their Team, and I’ll forever be grateful for that. Their compassion, humor, and commitment taught me a lot on how to focus on things I loved and helped shape who I am today. I’m certain that if it wasn’t for Chauncey or Change Records I would have move back to Upstate NY – and man….I would have missed out on so much.

During the years I worked with Chauncey I was absolutely convinced they were going to “make it”. Their live shows were high energy & exciting, their recorded material was absolutely stellar, and their work ethic was off the charts. Long story short – things didn’t work out in the “make it” sense – but they were as close to breaking through to the general public as a band can get. Boston Magazine heralded their debut the best Rock Album of the year, they were courted by numerous majors, got a lot of serious press, and recorded their sophomore album at legendary Electric Audio with Steve Albini.

After taking an extended hiatus (I refuse to say they ever broke up) – they have released a new EP, To Love Once More – and it’s as good as anything they’ve ever recorded together. There’s a synergy of cohesion with everything those five guys record together, and it genuinely warms my heart to know they’re making music together again.

Chauncey will be playing at The Lizard Lounge this Saturday (01/31/15) with Count Zero and other special guests – and it’s sure to be an excellent homecoming. If you’re looking for me I’ll be the tall dude standing towards the back with dusty eyes – time moves on and plans don’t always fall into place – but what you want isn’t always what you need – and from my biased perspective, the World needs Chauncey.

Recommended If You Like: Indie Power Pop, Awesome

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Recommended Album: Zac Trainor – ATUOTS

Zac Trainor's Debut EP will be dropping 01/30/15.

Zac Trainor’s Debut EP,  ATUOTS, will be dropping 01/30/15. (Photo – K. Chasteen)

Zac Trainor is one of the most versatile & ambitious artists I know – what sets him apart is that he’s as comfortable behind a canvas as he is behind a guitar, keyboard, or laptop. This ambidexterity allows his art to evolve together instead of being compartmentalized within each medium, creating a mosaic path that weaves consistent & familiar textures through his paintings, sculptures, and music.

On his debut EP, ATUOTS (At The Uprising Of The Sun), Trainor’s music sounds exactly like his most recent works look – ghostly, layered, & nostalgic. There’s a confident loneliness to the EP that lends the listener to self reflection. Negative space is as important as the synths – and the droning blending of textures leads to a mediative and peaceful state.

Zac is a Massachusetts native who now resides in Winston-Salem where he’s a collective member at Delurk Gallery and also teaches mixed-media painting techniques and abstract painting courses/workshops at the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts. Zac and I have made noise together in the past with Cold Bazooka – and our Iron Elbows project continues to evolve despite distance.

  • ZacTrainor.com
  • ATUOTS will be available via BandCamp on Friday, 01/30/15.

Recommended If You Like: Chris Clark, Bibio, Dosh, Holy Other

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Episode 66 – Lens Flare

Episode 66 – Lens Flare – 01/18/15

Episode 66 – Lens Flare – 01/18/15

Episode 66 is the practice set I did in my apartment the day before my 1/18 show on WEMF Radio. Due to technical difficulties at the beginning the broadcasted set was a little jumbled from the jump, I found my feet, but not with the original mix I wanted to present. As a result, I’m posting this “practice version” that actually turned out pretty darn good. This is only the second time I’ve used my brand spanking new controller (Reloop Beatpad), therefore you hear me feeling some things out – thus the Lens flare title – a common filter any n00b just learning Photoshop typically abuses. Hopefully this mix isn’t too glaring though, as I tried to loosely form a connecting path of funk, jazz, & hip-hop.

1. Bualuang OST – “Singto (Lion)” (Thai Funk Volume 2 – 2011)
2. Jorge Ben – “Meus Filhos Meu Tesouro” (Africa Brasil – 1976)
3. Rikki Ililonga – “Working On The Wrong Thing” (Sunshine Love – 1976)
4. Aceyalone & Rjd2 – “All For U” (Magnificent City – 2006)
5. The Poets Of Rhythm – “More Mess On My Thing” (Practice What You Preach – 1993)
6. Chance The Rapper – “Favorite Song (ft. Childish Gambino)” (Acid Rap – 2013)
7. Warren Zevon – “Nighttime in the Switching Yard” (Excitable Boy – 1978)
8. Toots & The Maytals – “Will You Be Kind” (Knock Out! – 1981)
9. Los Ecos – “Aquí En La Fiesta (I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party)” – (Cumbia Beat Vol. 1 (Experimental Guitar-Driven Tropical Sounds From Perú 1966/1976) – 2010)
10. Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” (You’re Dead – 2014)
11. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – “How Fine Is That” (The Bridge – 2002)
12. King Geedorah – “Next Levels (featuring Lil’ Sci, ID 4 Winds & Stahhr)” (Take Me to Your Leader – 2003)
13. Madlib – “Please Set Me At Ease” (Shades Of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note – 2003)
14. DJ 2-Tone Jones – “Killa Tape/Astral C.R.E.A.M. (The Pharaoh Jarel Beatdown Remix)” (Shaolin Jazz: The 37th Chamber – 2011)
15. The Pharcyde – “Passin’ Me By” (Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde – 1992)
16. Brian Auger – “Happiness Is Just Around the Bend” (Happiness Is Just Around The Bend / Inner City Blues – 1973)
17. Jaco Pastorius – “Come On, Come Over” (Jaco Pastorius – 1976)
18. Gal Costa – “Relance” (Índia – 1982)
19. Kool A.D. – “The Robbery [prod. by Amaze 88]” (51 – 2012)
20. MF Doom – All Outta Ale (The Doomilation Bootleg – 2003)
21. Talib Kweli – “Ain’t Waiting feat. Outasight” (Gutter Rainbows – 2011)
22. The Mothers Of Invention – “My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama” (Weasels Ripped My Flesh – 1970)
23. Edan – “Making Planets” (Beauty And The Beat – 2005)
24. Demon Fuzz – “Another Country” (Afreaka! – 1970)
25. Ace Creator – “Odd Toddlers Feat. Casey Veggi” (Odd Future Tape – 2008)
26. DJ Shadow – “What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4)” (Endtroducing – 2005)

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