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Episode 74 – Guest House

Episode 74 - Guest House

Episode 74 – Guest House

Kielty & Pillow about to hit the sine waves.

Kielty & Pillow about to hit the sine waves.

You never know what you’ll get with an episode of Visions of the Unexcused – and for Episode 74 Mint Pillow was lucky to be joined by Tom Kielty in the WEMF Radio Studio. Kielty’s a veteran of the Boston rock scene and has written for the Globe, Herald, Boston Magazine, among numerous other local and national publications. Armed with this Rock & Roll Sage – Mint Pillow delved through a psychedelic set filled with stories from the scene and other tomfoolery.

1. The Pogues – Once Upon A Time (Waiting For Herb – 1993)
2. The Rolling Stones – She Smiled Sweetly (Between The Buttons – 1967)
3. Soft Pyramids – Arrows (Fossils of the Free World – 2014)
4. Rory Gallagher – Out Of My Mind (Deuce – 1972)
5. Les Mogol – Sunset In Golden Horn (Danses Et Rythmes De La Turquie D’Hier À Aujourd’hui – 1972)
6. The Outsiders – C.Q. (CQ – 1968)
7. The Kinetic – Suddenly Tomorrow (Live Your Life – 1967)
8. The Pets – Si Tú Quisieras (The Pets – 1968)
9. The Flamin’ Groovies – Golden Clouds (Sneakers – 1968)
10. Shadrack Chameleon – Don’t Let It Get You Down (Shadrack Chameleon – 1973)
11. The Everly Brothers – The Price Of Love (The Price Of Love – 1965)
12. Fleet Foxes – Peace On The Rise (Terminal Sales Vol. 4: Please To Enjoy – 2011)
13. The Beta Band – Inner Meet Me (The Three E.P.’s – 1997)
14. Peaking Lights – Infinite Trips (Cosmic Logic – 2014)
15. GRMLN – Relax Yourself [Dolphin Cry] (Explore – 2012)
16. Beach Fossils – Calyer (What a Pleasure – 2011)
17. William De Vaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got (Be Thankful For What You Got – 1974)
18. Royksopp – So Easy (Melody A.M. – 2001)
19. James Brown – Blind Man Can See It (Black Caesar – 1973)
20. The Men – Sleepless (Tomorrow’s Hits – 2014)
21. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Independence Street (Wig Out at Jagbags – 2014)
22. The Lemonheads – Rick James Style (Come On Feel The Lemonheads – 1993)
23. Cornelius – Wataridori (Sensuous – 2006)
24. Neon Indian – Suns Irrupt (Era Extraña – 2011)
25. Teenage Fanclub – Gene Clark (Thirteen – 1993)
26. Gene Clark – No Other (No Other – 1974)
27. Ty Segall & White Fence – The Black Glove/Rag (Hair – 2012)

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Episode 69 – Grooving Out On Life

Episode 69 – Grooving Out On Life

Episode 69 – Grooving Out On Life

Recorded live from the top of Mt. Cambridge in the DJ Cave at WEMF Radio, Mint Pillow plays psychedelic skewed jamz from across the globe – as he waits with high anticipation the impending birth of his son – while day light savings and the changing weather make him thankful for good friends, family, and music. All the hits are listed below.

1. Los Galax – Lamento De Un Galax (Cumbia Beat Vol. 1 [Experimental Guitar-Driven Tropical Sounds From Perú 1966/1976] – 2010)
2. The Mahotella Queens – Wozani Mahipi [Hippies Come To Soweto] (Soweto Never Sleeeps: Classic Female Zulu Jive – 1986)
3. Blo – Don’t Take Her Away From Me (Phase II – 1974)
4. Ofege – It’s Not Easy (Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads And Dirges 1968-1974 – 2009)
5. Joe Moks – Boys And Girls (Brand New Wayo – Funk, Fast Times & Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983 – 2011)
6. The Congos – Grandma Say (Feast – 2006)
7. Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band – Grown So Ugly (Safe As Milk – 1967)
8. Caribou Vibration Ensemble Featuring Marshall Allen – Hendrix With Ko (Live At All Tomorrow’s Parties New York – 2009)
9. White Fence – Who Feels Right? (White Fence – 2010)
10. N.F. Porter – Keep On Keeping On (This Is Northern Soul Volume Two – 1971)
11. Free Pizza – Ducks (Boston, MA – 2014)
12. Nodzzz – Good Times Crowd (True To Life – 2009)
13. Sonic Chicken 4 – Right Side Of (Sonic Chicken 4 – 2007)
14. Psychic Wheels – Rock N Roll Love (Peripheral Drift – 2013)
15. Skull Snaps – I Turn My Back On Love (Skull Snaps – 1973)
16. Central Nervous System – Why (I Could Have Danced All Night – 1968)
17. Dr. John – Did She Mention My Name (Zu Zu Man – 1973)
18. The Longwalls – Rukia (Gold Standard – 2015)
19. Cool Ghouls – Get A Feelin’ (A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye – 2014)
20. Keith McEachern – The Planner (Double Down – 2014)
21. Jimmy Smith – Root Down [Part1] (Root Down – 1972)
22. QUIET VILLAGE – Circus Of Horror (Silent Movie – 2008)
23. The White Stripes – Hand Springs (Hand Springs – 2000)
24. Robbie Hill’s Family Affair – Gotta Get Back (Gotta Get Back : The Unreleased L.A. Sessions – 1965)
25. Piel De Pueblo – El Rockito De La Bufonada (Rock De Las Heridas – 1972)
26. Mebusas – Grooving Out On Life (Mebusas Vol 1 – Blood Brothers – 1973)
27. I-Roy – Call On I (Hell And Sorrow – 1973)
28. The Mothers Of Invention – The Orange County Lumber Truck (Weasels Ripped My Flesh – 1970)
29. Mystical Weapons – Colony Collapse Disorder (Mystical Weapons – 2013)
30. Comets on Fire – Pussy Footin’ the Duke (Blue Cathedral – 2004)
31. Traffic – Coloured Rain (Mr. Fantasy – 1967)
32. The Men – Oscillation (Open Your Heart – 2012)
33. The Fall – Carry Bag Man (The Frenz Experiment – 1988)
34. Sonic Youth – Anagrama (Anagrama – 1997)

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Episode 63 – Top 21 Albums of 2014

Episode 59 – Top 21 Albums of 2013 (Artwork - D.Hixon)

Episode 59 – Top 21 Albums of 2013 (Collage – D.Hixon)

These are my 21 favorite albums of 2014. When I look back on a year that saw me truly start a Family of my own these song’s will echo in the hallways of my memory. Consider it a groovy growth notch written in No. 2 pencil on the back of a progression door. Happy New Year to you and yours – may the music continue to find you.

21Madlib – The Beats (Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton Soundtrack)
“Cue 3 /  Cue 4”
Buy via Stones Throw Records

20The Juan Maclean – In A Dream
“Running Back To You”
Buy via DFA Records

19Tiger High – Inside the Acid Coven
Buy via Volar Records

18The Real Kids – Shake … Outta Control
“Got It Made”
Buy via Ace of Hearts Records

17Cool Ghouls – A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye
“What A Dream I Had”
Buy via Empty Cellar Records


Mean Creek – Local Losers
“Hangover Mind”
Buy via Old Flame Records

15 Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
“One Summer Night”
Buy via 4AD

14 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out at Jagbags
Buy via Matador Records

13Guided By Voices – Cool Planet
“Bad Love Is Easy To Do”
Buy via Rockathon Records

12Kurt von Stetten – Animals
“Saved, Because Of This Tree”
Buy via Static Motor Recordings

11Flying Lotus – You’re Dead
“Moment of Hesitation”
Buy via Warp Records

10Cookies – Music For Touching
“Music For Touching”
Buy via Bandcamp


Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
“Robes (feat. Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt)”
Buy via Stones Throw Records


Shintaro Sakamoto – Let’s Dance Raw
“Let’s Dance Raw”
Buy via Other Music Recording Co.


Cherry Glazerr – Haxel Princess
“Sweaty Faces”
Buy via Burger Records


Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
“Passing Out Pieces”
Buy via Captured Tracks


Terror Of The Deep – Death Of The Gideon
“Model Train Village”
Buy via Selection Records


Real Estate – Atlas
“How Might I Live”
Buy via Domino USA


The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits
“Pearly Gates”
Buy via Sacred Bones Records


Mozes And The Firstborn – Mozes And The Firstborn
“Skinny Girl”
Buy via Burger Records


Ty Segall – Manipulator
“Mister Main”
Buy via Drag City


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Recommended Song: The Men – Different Days

The Men - Different Days

Bands like The Men give hope during a frozen winter. (Photo – Sacred Bones)

Finding a band that strictly carries the torch of Rock in these future days of 2014 is like stumbling upon the rarest of truffles in some snow capped forest. Over the years The Men have been labeled as punk, psychedelic, garage, and noise – but all those genres really add up to is Rock, and rock they do. They’re a band that barely has its own website, and have all but shunned any form of social media – which may be as punk as it gets in these modern times.

When I hear The Men have a new record on the horizon my teenage self becomes stupid with anticipation. “Different Days” is off their forthcoming LP Tomorrow’s Hits and it’s done the opposite of quell my excitement – I may have even sprouted a few pimples in its honor.

The track begins with some drunken yelps and a nakedly insistent bass which propels the song into motion as driving guitar and organ accompaniment take you to a place of good. For those of us consistently searching, in a forest or otherwise, it’s nice to know that between massive quantities of vastness hope lies about, waiting to be plucked up.

Recommended If You Like: The Woolen Men, Bad Times, Dinosaur Jr, Rock

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Episode 59 – Top 21 Albums of 2013

Episode 59 - Top 21 Albums of 2013

Episode 59 – Top 21 Albums of 2013

2013’s a strong branch on a stormy day – steadfastly bracing as the howl creates turbulent soundtrack. These 21 albums were my favorite from a year with shifting winds.

21. Dog Bite – Velvet Changes (Song: Prettiest Pills)
20. Ra-Grim – Alchemy EP (Song: Twilight)
19. Across Tundras – Electric Relics (Song: Seasick Serenade)
18. GRMLN – Empire (Song: Teenage Rhythm)
17. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap (Song: Acid Rain)
16. Deerhunter – Monomania (Song: Back To The Middle)
15. Quasimoto – Yessir Whatever (Song: Seasons Change)
14. Eat Skull – III (Song: Space Academy)
13. Yo La Tengo – Fade (Song: Paddle Forward)
12. Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return (Song: Say That)
11. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Song: Giorgio by Moroder)
10. Captain Murphy – Duality (Song: Mighty Morphin Foreskin)
9. Glass Candy – After Dark 2 (Song: Warm In the Winter)
8. Chelsea Moving Light – Chelsea Moving Light (Song: Lip)
7. The Men – New Moon (Song: Electric)
6. The Woolen Men – The Woolen Men (Song: Magic Tricks)
5. Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze (Song Shame Chamber)
4. Psychic Ills – One Track Mind (Song: FBI)
3. Cool Ghouls – Cool Ghouls (Song: Natural Life)
2. The Mantles – Long Enough to Leave (Song: Reason’s Run)
1. Ducktails – The Flower Lane (Song: Letter of Intent)

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Half Angel, ALL Light – Review of The Men and METZ at The Sinclair

The Men at Sinclair in Harvard Square.

The Men at Sinclair in Harvard Square. (GIF – D.Hixon)

The Men and METZ
The Sinclair, Harvard Square, 07/26/13

I’ve been appreciating The Men’s records the past few years, and with this years release of New Moon, they went from a band I liked, to a band I love. Reviews were initially mixed on New Moon because it wasn’t as heavy as previous releases, leaning more towards Crazy Horse era Neil Young than the punk they were known for. What some considered disappointment, I looked at as evolution, and if last nights show proved anything, it’s that The Men have Frankensteined a style that’s unique to them.

METZ were a force on stage.

METZ were a force on stage. (Photo – D.Hixon)

While New Moon is still a rocker, there are acoustic guitars and harmonicas present throughout the album, however, none of these made it last night as they plugged in with the volume set to loud. You could tell from the very beginning that their set would be heavy, and when opening for METZ that’s to be expected. A swirl of feedback beckoned the beginning of their show, and from there The Men took off into a loud and hazy psychedelic flight. Fuzzed out distortion ruled their set as dueling guitars squelched and competed with some innovative lap steel. Meanwhile, Bassist Ben Greenberg provided a playful backbone – and what stood out most from the set was their pure passion on stage and their ability to get lost together. Every note wasn’t perfect, but every note came from a place that was genuine. The highlight for me was a raunchy rendition of “I Saw Her Face” – which bled well past 10 minutes, featuring a slow build up that eventually let loose into a frenzied free for all.

After The Men finished their set the crowd got a chance to catch it’s breath, but not for long, because METZ took the stage with an undeniable immediacy. The band’s been given some comparisons to Bleach-era Nirvana, and that description isn’t too far off, albeit a little too much praise for my liking, but still, I can see where it comes from. Their music is more hardcore than punk, and what makes them stand out is their ability to have Pop undertones filter from the aggressive nature of their music – which definitely sets the stage for them having some crossover appeal. I really enjoyed watching them, and found myself dancing in a pit for the first time in quite awhile, guarding my recently purchased Men record with a fervor – however, I’d take going to a Men show over METZ. METZ certainly has the hype now, and their songs definitely have a lot more immediacy, but with songs playing off of a Pixie-like hard/soft formula, the diversity in the music lacked from song to song, whereas The Men traded singers with nearly every song, and could transition from a slow burner to a ferocious melt down in a succinct manner. Either way, on night like this you just can’t go wrong with either band, and admittedly METZ likely brought the best out of The Men – which is what a complimentary bill should do. Killer Venue. Killer Music.

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Episode 55 – Nothing Ever Stays The Same

Episode 55 - Nothing Ever Stays The Same (Artwork - D.Hixon)

Episode 55 – Nothing Ever Stays The Same (Artwork – D.Hixon)

Episode 55, Nothing Ever Stays The Same, was put together in the Spring of 2013 with loads of nervous energy. Flying is my biggest fear, and in mere hours I’ll be on a transatlantic flight en route to Italy. I’m hoping the drugs knock me out, but if not, this Mix will have to suffice.

1. The Woolen Men – Her Careers (The Woolen Men – 2013)
2. The Men – I Saw Her Face (New Moon – 2013)
3. Banjo or Freakout – Move Out (Banjo or Freakout – 2011)
4. Just Handshakes – London Bound (BG043 | London Bound – 2013)
5. Toro Y Moi – Studies (Anything In Return – 2013)
6. Animal Collective – What Would I Want? Sky (Fall Be Kind – 2009)
7. Woods – Cali in a Cup (Bend Beyond – 2012)
8. Guided By Voices – Waving At Airplanes (The Bears For Lunch – 2012)
9. HEHFU – Two and a Half Years (The Singles Collection – 2012)
10. Eat Skull – Catch Em Before They Vanish (III – 2013)
11. Yo La Tengo – Ohm (Fade – 2013)

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Recommended Album: The Men – New Moon

The Men

The Men may have released their Magna Carta with New Moon.

The Men’s fourth LP off of Sacred Bones Records, New Moon, is destined to dominate many End of the Year Lists come November, and deservedly so, it’s their greatest effort to date. Hot off the success of Open Your Heart, The Men ditched New York City and headed Upstate to record New Moon, and the slower pace and space of the Catskills shine through in songs such as “The Seeds” and “Bird Song“. The tracks are free, easy, and whiskey drenched, sounding like Beggars Banquet-era Stones had an affair with Rust Never Sleeps Crazy Horse. The band can still get heavy, as is apparent with the below “I Saw Her Face” and the standout track “Electric” – making for a beautiful balance between hard and soft on the album, and is one of the reasons it’s sure to rank high for me come November.

New Moon was released last week and is available online and at your local Record Store.

Recommended If You Like: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Kurt Vile, Early 70’s Stones

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