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Episode 77 – Mom Rock

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Episode 77 - Mom Rock

Episode 77 – Mom Rock

Mother’s Day has been a bummer day for me since my Ma’ passed away in 2007. It’s nice to remember and honor her memory, but it’s tough on Mother’s Day, especially on Social Media, where digital walls are plastered with images of friends and their still around Moms. That’s all changed now with the birth of my Son Dylan, as I get to celebrate from a new angle, giving thanks to my wonderful Wife Jeannine who’s a phenomenal Mom. This episode is first and foremost dedicated to her, as well as to my Ma’s memory. Each track contains either “Mother” – “Momma” – or “Mom”. Here’s to Mom’s, Mom’s Rock.

1. Those Darlins – Mama’s Heart (Those Darlins – 2009)
2. The Beatles – Mother Nature’s Son (Anthology 3 – 1996)
3. Daniel Johnston – Mother Mom Said (Don’t Be Scared – 1982)
4. The Mothers Of Invention – Motherly Love (Freak Out! – 1966)
5. The Rolling Stones – Mother’s Little Helper (Forty Licks – 1966)
6. Hubert Lee – Hey Mama (Studio One – Sales Conference Vol. 1 – 1979)
7. Meat Puppets – Mother American Marshmallow (Up On The Sun – 1985)
8. Mozes And The Firstborn – What’s Wrong Momma (Mozes And The Firstborn – 2014)
9. The Flaming Lips – Five Stop Mother Superior Rain (The Day They Shot A Hole In The Jesus Egg: The Priest Driven Ambulance Album, Demos And Outtakes 1989-1991 – 2002)
10. James Brown – Mothern Popcorn (Mothern Popcorn – 1969)
11. Stephen Malkmus – Mama (Face The Truth – 2005) Matador
12. Parliament – Mothership Connection [Star Child] – (Mothership Connection – 1975)
13. John Lennon – Mother (Shaved Fish – 1975)
14. Thom Yorke – The Mother Lode (Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes – 2014)
15. Far-Out Fangtooth – Mother Nature Fetish (Borrowed Time – 2013)
16. Wye Oak – Mother (A.V Undercover – 2011)
17. Close Lobsters – Mother Of God (Foxheads Stalk This Land – 1987)
18. Johnny Cash – Send A Picture Of Mother (At Folsom Prison – 1968)
19. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Welfare Mothers (Weld – 1991)
20. Paul McCartney – Momma Miss America (McCartney – 1970)
21. Paul Westerberg – MamaDaddyDid (Eventually – 1996)
22. The White Stripes – Death Letter > Motherless Children (Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA – 2003)
23. Baby Grandmothers – Somebody Keeps Calling My Name (‎Somebody Keeps Calling My Name – 1968)
24. Jonathan Richman – As My Mother Lay Lying (Because Her Beauty is Raw and Wild – 2008)

Boston Calling Festival - Spring 2015

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Episode 75 – Space Lounge

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Episode 75 - Space Lounge

Episode 75 – Space Lounge

This is not the complete set from Episode 75, but enough of a taste to get lost in the cosmic boondocks. Mint Pillow has been awed by the miracle of life with the recent birth of his son Dylan, and was also sideswiped by a recent viewing of Interstellar, a movie he expected nothing of, and got a lot from. With these states of mind Pillow delved into a space lounge set that’d be fit for any journey into the deep unknown – and is a palette he’ll likely revisit at a later date – for the time being though, enjoy this draft.

1. Sound Effects – Star Encounters (Space Invaders: Sound Effects From A Fantasy Space Mission – 1995)
2. Dan Deacon – Woody Woodpecker (Spiderman of the Rings – 2007)
3. Carl Sagan – Man in his arrogance
4. Quantic – Time is Enemy (5th Exotic – 2001)
5. Daedelus – Endless Sea (Looking Ocean – 2012)
6. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Space Is The Place (The Other Side Of The Sun – 1979)
7. Four Tet – And They Look Broken Hearted (Rounds – 2003)
8. HAL 9000 – I’m Sorry Dave, I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That
9. Thievery Corporation – Marching The Hate Machines Into The Sun [Feat The Flaming Lips] (The Cosmic Game – 2005)
10. Washed Out – You and I (Within and Without – 2011)
11. Aphex Twin – Analogue Bubblebath 1 (Classics – 1995)
12. CaligEars – Jaguar Intention Side B2 Edit (Jaguar Intention – 2013)
13. Air – La Femme D’Argent (Moon Safari – 1998)
14. Houses/Teen Daze – Bikes (Destiny – 2010)
15. Bullion – Are You the One? (Young Heartache – 2008)
16. CFCF – Half Dreaming (Continent – 2009)
17. Caribou – Leave House (Swim – 2010)
18. Neil deGrasse Tyson – The Most Astounding Fact
19. Sound Tribe Sector 9 – Possibilities (Artifact – 2005)
20. Anthony Hopkins Reads Dylan Thomas – Rage Against The Dying Of The Light
21. Clark – Ghosted (Iradelphic – 2012)

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Episode 70 – Baby, Baby, Baby

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Episode 70 - Baby, Baby, Baby

Episode 70 – Baby, Baby, Baby

My Wife and I are expecting the birth of our first child any day now, and as Tom Petty once sang – “the waiting is the hardest part”. The nursery’s been built out and prepped, shower and diaper parties have been had, and with our due date being this Thursday (!!!!) – all that’s left is for our little homie to come out and hang. So in honor of his impending birth – each track for Episode 70 contains the word “baby” – can’t wait to hang with my little man.

1. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Come Baby Come (Treble In Trouble – 2000)
2. Chuck Berry – Oh Baby Doll (Oh Baby Doll – 1957)
3. Bob Dylan – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bringing It All Back Home – 1965)
4. African Music Machine – Never Name A Baby [Before It’s Born] – (Black Water Gold – 1972)
5. Smith – Baby It’s You (Baby It’s You – 1969)
6. Nathaniel Merriweather – Lovage [Love That Lovage, Baby] (Lovage: Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By – 2001)
7. De Frank And His Professionals – Waiting For My Baby (Afrobeat Airways 2 – Return Flight To Ghana 1974-1983 – 2013)
8. John Lennon – Cry Baby Cry (The Lost Lennon Tapes Vol 9 – 1988)
9. Bon Iver – Babys (Blood Bank – 2009)
10. Donnie & Joe Emerson – Baby (Dreamin’ Wild – 1979)
11. Sonny Boy Williamson & the Yardbirds – Baby Don’t Worry (Live At The Crawdaddy Club – 1966)
12. Blue Cheer – Rock Me Baby (Vincebus Eruptum – 1968)
13. Booker T. & The MG’s – Comin’ Home Baby (Green Onions – 1962)
14. Stephen Malkmus – Baby C’mon (Face The Truth – 2005)
15. Wavves – Baby Say Goodbye (King Of The Beach – 2010)
16. Harlem – Be Your Baby (Hippies – 2010)
17. Neutral Milk Hotel – A Baby for Pree (On Avery Island – 1996)
18. Bibio – Cry ! Baby ! (Ambivalence Avenue – 2009)
19. Mobius Band – Baby We’ll Be Fine (LOVE WILL REIGN SUPREME – 2008)
20. Pixies – No. 13 Baby (Live at Constitution Hall 11.30.09 – 2009)
21. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Baby Im Afraid (Fever To Tell – 2003)
22. Mazzy Star – She’s My Baby (So Tonight That I Might See – 1993)
23. Janis Joplin – Cry Baby (Cry Baby – 1971)
24. Ezra Furman & The Harpoons – If I Was A Baby (Inside The Human Body – 2008)
25. Cherry Glazerr – Cry Baby (Haxel Princess – 2014)
26. Nancy Sinatra – Bang Bang [My Baby Shot Me Down] – (Bang Bang – 1966)
27. Dramarama – Right On Baby, Baby (Hi-Fi Sci-Fi – 1993)
28. Funkadelic – I Miss My Baby (Maggot Brain – 1971)
29. Modest Mouse – Baby Blue Sedan (Building Nothing Out of Something – 1999)
30. Mac DeMarco -Let My Baby Stay (Salad Days – 2014)
31. Buddy Holly – You’re So Square [Baby I Don’t Care] – (You’re So Square – 1958)
32. Rockabye Baby! – Do You Realize?? (Lullaby Renditions of The Flaming Lips – 2011)
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Episode 45 – Under the Covers Covers

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Episode 45 - Under the Covers Covers

Episode 45 – Under the Covers Covers (Artwork – D.Hixon)

Per popular request, Episode 45 consists of some of my favorite covers. *Original Artist 

1. Stereophonics – Don’t Let Me Down (I Am Sam – 2001The Beatles
2. Pavement – The Killing Moon (Major Leagues EP –  1999Echo and the Bunnymen
3. Alex Chilton – Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Free Again: The 1970 Sessions – 2012The Stones
4. Uncle Tupelo – I Wanna Destroy You (The Seven Inch Singles Box – 2012Soft Boys
5. Mastodon – A Spoonful Weighs A Ton (Spoonful Weighs A Ton – 2012Flaming Lips
6. The Raconteurs featuring Pete Townshend – The Seeker (Attic Jam – 2007The Who
7. Grouplove – Party Hard (AV Club – 2012Andrew W.K.
8. Glass Candy – Computer Love (After Dark – 2007) Kraftwerk
9. The Mobius Band – I’ll Keep It With Mine (LOVE WIL REIGN SUPREME – 2008Nico
10. Guards – Born Free (Cover Songs 7” – 2011M.I.A.
11.  The Damned – Help (Music for Pleasure – 1977The Beatles
12. Jay Reatard – Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle (In Utero Tribute – 2009*Nirvana
13. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Everybody Wants to Rule the World (AV Club – 2010*Tears for Fears

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Did You Realize? Flaming Lips at the Bank of America Pavillion

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Bank of America Pavillion, Boston Seaport District, 07/27/11

Wayne Coyne & His Bubble

Wayne Coyne & His Bubble. (Photo – Levi Peckham)

The Flaming Lips have endeared themselves to the weird of the world for what’s going on three decades – and their edge is as sharp today as it was in 1983, cutting through the hearts of their faithful with the artful skill of a katana. This is a band that’s never wavered from who they are or what they do – which is what makes their everlasting appeal constantly fresh and genuine.

If you’ve never seen the Flaming Lips live you’re doing yourself a disservice – Wayne Coyne and Company are professional entertainers who happen to be extremely talented and creative musicians, and this was no exception on a breezy summer night on the Boston Harbor. This was the third time in the past three years I’ve been able to see the ‘Lips – and the earnest respect and love that’s volleyed between stage and audience throughout the evening gets me in the throat every time. Love is a word that’s now becoming extinct in these days of irony, but it’s impossible to not feel or acknowledge its existence in the community of people assembled for a Flaming Lips show. Their demographic much like their career, spans across generations of fans – and the mix of individuals adds as much to the festive atmosphere as does the balloons and confetti.

Flaming Hands

Flaming Hands. (Photo – Levi Peckham)

Before seeing The Flaming Lips live I discredited the space bubble, video, and balloons as cheap gimmicks and tricks – I thought all a rock ‘n’ roll show needed was for the band to play their instruments – allowing the theatrics to happen organically while on stage. This sill holds true for most bands, but the ‘Lips engage you in so many thought out and structured levels, while still embracing the concept of improvisation, that the potential for gimmickry evaporates as your senses become barraged – turning the night into something much more than a Rock Show – and more of an Event. You find yourself lost in a swell of song, confetti, balloons, smiles, and comradery, and for a few hours at least, the problems of life are muted to a bearable level, and within 360 degrees you see nothing but brothers and sisters, all knowing that love is both powerful and limitless – and having no one but the Flaming Lips to thank.

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Episode 28 – Top 21 Albums of 2009

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Episode 28 - The Top 21 Albums of 2009 (Artwork - D. Hixon)

Episode 28 – The Top 21 Albums of 2009 (Artwork – D. Hixon)

Episode 28 presents us with the third annual Visions of the Unexcused “Best Of the Year” podcast. This podcast has traditionally been the most fun and challenging to make. Fun because it always ends up being one of the longest casts of the year, and challenging because:

A) There seemed to be so many great albums released in 2009
B) When making a “Best Of” mix the songs aren’t necessarily going to make as much sense transition-wise from the DJ standpoint.

These songs are supposed to represent the 21 albums I personally enjoyed the most over the past year. It’s a time capsule for me to look back on years down the road, and I hope it helps you remember some of what this sacred weird year of 2009 had to offer. As always, thanks for listening, and may this New Year be your happiest & healthiest to date.

21. The Doves – Compulsion (Kingdom of Rust – 2009)
20. DOOM – Cellz (Born Like This – 2009)
19. Dinosaur Jr. – Over It (Farm – 2009)
18. Spiral Stairs – Call The Ceasefire (The Real Deal – 2009)
17. The Soft Pack – On My Time (The Muslims – 2009)
16. DangerMouse & Sparklehorse – Pain ft. Iggy Pop (Dark Night of the Soul – 2009)
15. The Felice Brothers – Cooperstown (Yonder Is the Clock – 2009)
14. Y▲CHT – Summer Song (See Mystery Lights – 2009)
13. The Pains of Being Poor at Heart – A Teenager In Love (The Pains of Being Poor at Heart – 2009)
12. Neon Indian – Laughing Gas (Psychic Chasms – 2009)
11. Phoenix – Love Like a Sunset, Pt. I (Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – 2009)
10. The Horrors – Sea Within A Sea (Primary Colours – 2009)
9. Grizzly Bear – While You Wait For the Others (Veckatimest – 2009)
8. The Flaming Lips – Watching the Planets (Embryonic – 2009)
7. Passion Pit – Moth’s Wings (Manners – 2009)
6. Girls – God Damned (Album – 2009)
5. Here We Go Magic – Fangela (Here We Go Magic – 2009)
4. Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes (Merriweather Post Pavilion – 2009)
3. Wilco – One Wing (Wilco the Album – 2009)
2. Sonic Youth – Leaky Lifeboat – for Gregory Corso (The Eternal – 2009)
1. The xx – Shelter (xx – 2009)

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Episode 27 – Optimism On the Edge

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Episode 27 - Optimism On the Edge

Episode 27 – Optimism On the Edge (Artwork – D. Hixon)

Simply put, Episode 26 was a highly emotional podcast to put together. While appearing upbeat, it was kind of a hopeful bummer for me. So for this cast I tackled the foe of optimism, and hopefully came out swimming, with a smile and a wink.

1. John Updike Interview
2. Y▲CHT -Psychic City (See Mystery Lights – 2009)
3. Neon Indian – Deadbeat Summer (Psychic Chasms – 2009)
4. The xx – Heart Skipped a Beat (The xx – 2009)
5. Deerhunter – Strange Lights (Cryptograms – 2006)
6. Radiohead – These Are My Twisted Words (These Are My Twisted Words – 2009)
7. Wilco – Unlikely Japan (You Never Know 7” – 2009)
8. JJ – Ecstasy (JJ N 2 – 2009)
9. The Flaming Lips – Silver Trembling Hands
10. Here We Go Magic – I Just Want To See You Underwater (Here We Go Magic – 2009)
11. Junior Boys – What It’s For (Begone Dull Care – 2009)
12. The Smiths – The Night Has Opened My Eyes (Louder Than Bombs – 1987)

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Episode 26 – Fully Operational

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Episode 26 - Fully Operational

Episode 26 – Fully Operational

R.I.P. Lucille E. Hixon.

Two years ago yesterday.

Visions has been my therapy, and if you’re reading this, thanks for coming along with me.

1. Fairport Ceonvention – Tale in Hard Time (Late Night Tales – 2004 Four Tet RMX)
2. Banjo or Freakout – Upside Down (Upside Down EP – 2009)
3. Lake – Madagascar (Let’s Build A Roof – 2009)
4. Washed Out – Feel It All Around (EP – 2009)
5. Television – Marquee Moon (Marquee Moon – 1977)
6. Port O’Brien – Sour Milk / Salt Water (Threadbare – 2009)
7. Joe Pug – Hymn #101 (Nation of Heat EP – 2008)
8. The Flaming Lips – There You Are (The Day They Shot a Hole in the Jesus Egg: The Priest Driven Ambulance Album, Demos, and Outtakes, 1989-1991 – 2002)
9. Phoenix – Lisztomania (Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – 2009)
10. Girls – Hellhole Ratrace (Hellhole Ratrace 10” – 2009)
11. Minutemen – Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (3-Way Tie for Last – 1985)

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