Thursday, May 28, 2009

Zero Hour playlist for 5/27/09 - Goodbye bloody mary mornings and Jay Bennett R.I.P.

The Bloody-Mary-Morning beginning theme concluded this week – all is better with the world. It was nice to get quite a few phone calls this week – people are actually listening at 2:30 in the morning! I did a short tribute to Jay Bennett, who passed away unexpectedly May 24. I forgot to play “Harvey Haddix” by the Baseball Project – Tuesday was the 50th anniversary of the pitcher’s nearly perfect 12-inning game in Milwaukee.

Archives are here.

Early in the Morning - The Heartless Bastards - The Mountain (Fat Possum)
Early in the Morning - The Gories - I Know You Fine, But How You Doin' (Crypt)
Morning Train - Rev. Charlie Jackson - God's Got It: The Legendary Booker and Jackson Singles (Case Quarter)
Saturday Morning Confusion - Bobby Russell - Have a Nice Day, Vol. 6 (Rhino)
Bloody Mary Morning - The Country Gentlemen - Joe's Last Train (Rebel)

Now You Know - The Someloves - Tales from the Australian Underground: Singles 1976-1989 (Feel Presents)
Johnny & Dee Dee - Eastern Dark - Do the Pop: The Australian Garage Rock Sound 1976-87 (Shock)
I-94 - Radio Birdman - Essential Radio Birdman 1974-1978 (Sub Pop)
I'm Waiting For the Man - The Celibate Rifles - Platter du Jour (Hot)

Work That Skirt - The Bo-Keys Featuring Harvey Scales - Single (Electraphonic)
Wild Night at The Bloody Bucket - Impala - El Rancho Reverbo (Icehouse)
Scratchy - Jack-O & the Tennessee Tearjerkers - The Disco Outlaw (Goner)
Bottle and Hotel - Harlan T. Bobo - Too Much Love (Goner)

Top of the Bottom - John Wesley Harding - Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead (Popover)
California Thing - Freedy Johnston - Can You Fly (Bar/None)
Highway One - Dead Rock West - Honey and Salt (Populuxe)

Jay Bennett - RIP
At the Show - Titanic Love Affair - Their Titanic Majesties Request (Icehouse)
My Darlin’ - Jay Bennett & Edward Burch - The Palace at 4 a.m. (Part 1) (Undertow)
Hank - Jay Bennett - Whatever Happened I Apologize (Rock Proper)

7-inch Six-Pack
Candy Baby - B.J. Thomas and the Triumphs - 7" (Scepter)
8 Teen - ? & The Mysterians - 7" (Cameo-Parkway)
Smile a Little Smile for Me - The Flying Machine - 7" (Congress)
Mr. Jaws - Dickie Goodman - 7" (Cash)
Hawaii Tattoo - The Waikikis - 7" (Kapp)
This Night - The Toys - 7" (DynoVoice)

Rain Come Down - Million Sellers - Golden Records (Spat)
C'Mon Over to My Side – The Mockers - Living in the Holland Tunnel (One Eye Open)
*Walking Out on Love - The Beat - Shake It Up: American Power Pop II (Rhino)
Do it All Over Again - Muck & the Mires - Hypnotic (Dirty Water)
Screamin' Skull - The Primevals - Vindicated: A Tribute to the Fleshtones (Dirty Water)
Big Guitar - The Demands - High Wire (Deep Eddy)

Second Date - Vivian Girls - Surf's Up (Wild World)
Come on Up - Condo Fucks - Fuckbook (Matador)
Let Me Holler - King Khan and the Shrines - What is? (Vice)
Foggy Notion - The Modern Lovers - Live at Longbranch and More (Last Call)

Don't Let Your Baby Buy a Car - The Morells - S/T (Slewfoot)
I Play Drums - The Skeletons - In the Flesh (ESD)
*Mongloid - Devo - E-Z Listening Disc (Ryko)
Purple Rain - The Okra All-Stars - S/T (Interstate)

Fight (Tonight's the Night) - James McMurtry - The Man Of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney (Yep Roc)
Turn to Grey - Hacienda Brothers - Music for Ranch and Town (Self-released)
Silent Partner - Chris Gaffney - Mi Vida Loca (HighTone)
Boss of the Blues - Dave Alvin - Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women (Yep Roc)

Or Forever Hold Your Peace - Swamp Dogg - The Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg, Vol. 4 (SDEG)
Shogun Wedding - Roy C - Soul Patrol, Vol 4. (Ripete)
Don't Want to be President - Johnny "Guitar" Watson - What the Hell is This? (Shout Factory)

Slow Down - Jack Earls & The Jimbos - Rockin' Memphis (Proper)
Danger One Way Love - Ray Vernon - Hillbilly Wolf: Missing Links, Vol. 1 (Norton)
I Wouldn't Wait Around - Dave Dudley - On the Road (Guest Star)
Gonna Buy Me A Record that Cries - Jimmy Strickland - One More Record Please (Bear Family)
Happy Songs Sell Records, Sad Songs Sell Beer - Jim Ford - Sounds of Our Time (Bear Family)
*By request

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Playlist for 5/20/09 - Beatniks, blood and Joey Ramone

Mary last week. Bloody/blood this week. One song in common both weeks. Any guesses what theme I might begin with next week? I was probably a little heavy on the twang this week, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. What would have been Joey Ramone's 58th birthday was recognized with a set of Joey-themed songs. No 7-inch Six-Pack – mainly because I had a bunch of non-45 stuff I wanted to play. It returns next week and by gosh and darn, shall star B.J. Thomas and the Triumphs.

Archives are here.

Just Too Bloody Stupid - The Close Lobsters - Foxheads Stalk This Land (Fire)
In Cold Blood - Johnny Thunders - Born Too Loose (Jungle)
Bad Blood - The Coasters - 50 Coastin' Classics (Rhino)
Blood is Thicker than Water - Shaver - The Earth Rolls On (New West)
Bloody Mary Morning - Johnny Bush - Kashmere Garden's Mud (Icehouse)

Broken Wing - The Backsliders - Throwin' Rocks at the Moon (Mammoth)
Abe Lincoln - Chip Robinson - Texas Renegade Radio Vol. 2 - Live In The Studio (KNON)
Gun Sale at the Church - Buddy Blue - Guttersnipes 'n' Zealots - (RNA)
Ghost - 6 String Drag - High Hat (E-Squared)
Blow Wind Blow - Kenny Roby - Mercury's Blues (Glitterhouse)
I've Got a Tiger By the Tail - Buck Owens - The Buck Owens Collection 1959-1990 (Rhino)

Blowout - Los Straitjackets - The Further Adventures - (Yep Roc)
My House Has Wheels - Southern Culture on the Skids - Ditch Diggin' (Safe House)
It's Too Late - Dex Romweber Duo - Ruins of Berlin (Bloodshot)
Lonely Guy - The Sadies - In Concert, Vol. 1 (Yep Roc)
Are The Good Times Really Over For Good - John Doe and the Sadies - Country Club (Yep Roc)
Cryin' But My Tears Are Far Away - John Doe & the Old 97's - Poor Little Knitter on the Road (Bloodshot)

Sauve Losin It - Jail - There's No Sky (Oh My My) (Self-released)
She's My Chemist - The Mighty Deerlick - Buzzcity: 15 Explosive Original Tracks (Exclusive Co.)
Remember Tonight -The Shivers - Lost Hits From Milwaukee's First Family of Powerpop:1979-82 (Teenline/Hyped to Death)

Tattoo Lady - Lord Creator - Big Bamboo (Dynamic Sounds)
Who Put the 'Ungh' in the Mambo - The Treniers - You're Killin Me' (Dr. Horse)
The Tattooed Lady - Johnny White with Skeets McDonald - Griddle Greasin' Daddies and Dirty Cowboys (Jasmine)
New Kind Of Mambo - Big Maybelle - The Complete Okeh Sessions 1952-1955 (Okeh/Sony)
Bongo Beatin' Beatnik - Joe Hall & the Corvettes - Sin Alley, Vol. 2 (Crypt)

Joey Ramone tribute
Debbie Loves Joey - Helen Love - The Bubblegum Killers EP (Sympathy for the Record Industry)
Dancing with Joey Ramone - Amy Rigby - Little Fugitive (Signature Sounds).
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone - Sleater-Kinney - Call the Doctor (Chainsaw)
I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (demo) - The Ramones - I Hate CD's: Norton Records 45 RPM Singles Collection Vol. 1 (Norton)
What a Wonderful World - Joey Ramone - Don't Worry About Me (Sanctuary)

100,000 Fireflies - Superchunk - Incidental Music 1991-95 (Merge)
Two Characters in Search of a Country and Western Song - The Magnetic Fields - Charm of the Highway Strip (Merge)
No One Will Ever Love You - Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles - The Stars are Out (Sugar Hill)
I Don't Want to Get Over You - Mary Lou Lord - Live City Sounds (Rubric)

Dreadful Sorry - Wussy - S/T (Shake It)
Car Wash Hair - Mercury Rev - Car Wash Hair EP (Jungle)
Benzedrine - Elusive Parallelograms - And Everything Changes (Self-released)
I Didn't Know I Loved You (Until I Saw You Rock 'n' Roll) - The Vaselines - Enter the Vaselines (Sub Pop)

Pow'ful Merka - Terry Anderson & the Olympic Ass Kickin' Team - National Champions (Doublenaught)
Who's Gonna Build Your Wall - Tom Russell - Wounded Heart of America (HighTone).
Beautiful Thing - Slaid Cleaves - Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (Music Road)
People Get Ready - Adam Thorn & the Top Buttons - Where's the Freedom (Ernest Jenning)

Without Love - Nick Lowe - Quiet Please ... The New Best of Nick Lowe (Yep Roc)
Up to Our Nex - Robyn Hitchcock - Goodnight Oslo (Yep Roc)
Wild Wood - The Handsome Family - Honey Moon (Carrot Top)
Honk if You're Lonely - The Silver Jews - American Water (Drag City)

Porcelain Monkey - Warron Zevon - Life'll Kill Ya (Artemis)
Marlboro Country - Charlie Pickett - Bar Band Americanus: The Best of Charlie Pickett And (Bloodshot)
Leavin' Here - Motorhead - Hits Greatest Stiffs (Stiff)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Playlist for 5/13/09 - Mammoth Comes Alive

Big ‘ol load of songs from Mammoth Records this week for the I Love My Label segment. The late label just had a 21st anniversary party/reunion at the legendary Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC, the city where it originated in 1989. Rick Cornell’s cool article in the Independent Weekly looking at big and small sellers on the label inspired me to pick Mammoth this time around. Thanks, Rick. I ran out of time at the end and didn’t get in several songs I had planned on playing. Maybe I’ll spin them next week.

I mentioned last week about $5 Cover, the Memphis music fact and fiction show on MTV. You should also check out $5 Cover Amplified, where you can see nicely done documentaries about artists on the show, including Jack Yarber (aka Jack-O, aka Jack Obilivian) who cleans homes when he’s not keeping rock-and-roll alive.

Archives are here.

Mary Don't Take Me On No Bad Trip - Fugi - In Yo' Face! Roots Of Funk - Vol. 1/2 (Rhino)
Mary Lou - Ronnie Hawkins - The Best of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks (Rhino)
Marry Crazy Mary - The Hi-Risers - Lost Weekend (Spinout)
Maryanne Lightly - The Insomniacs - Switched On! (Estrus)
Bloody Mary Morning - The Supersuckers - How The Supersuckers Became The Greatest Rock And Roll Band In The World (Sub Pop)

Out On The Natchez Trail - Chuck Mead - Journeyman's Wager (Grassy Knoll)
The Way You Can Get - The Gourds - Haymaker! (Yep Roc)
No Surrender - Two Cow Garage - Under the Influence, Vol. 9 (Suburban Home)
Loretta - Steve Earle - Townes (New West)
Frank's Tavern - Calexico - The Man of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney (Yep Roc)

I Wanna Kill - The Crocodiles - Summer of Hate (Fat Possum)
Trouble in My Way - Vermillion Sands - In the Wood EP (Fat Possum)
Queen Bee - The Chatham Singers - Juju Claudius (Damaged Goods)
Sweet Thang - Jack-O & The Tennessee Tearjerkers - The Disco Outlaw (Goner)

Oddity - Pavement - Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition (Matador)
Castle Light - The Bats - The Guilty Office (Hidden Agenda) (Free download available here.)
A Heartbeat - Roman Candle - Oh Tall Tree In The Ear (Carnival)

7-inch Six-Pack
Summertime Girls - Los Primos - 7" (SFTRI)
Our Goodman - The Workdogs - A Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson 1899-1965 7" (SFTRI)
UFO UFO UFO - Rocket From the Crypt (Merge)
Tin Top Toy - The Fluid - 7" (Sub Pop)
Turnout - Seaweed - 7" (Sub Pop)
Now to War (electric version) - Guided by Voices - 7" (Matador)

I Love My Label (Mammoth Records, Carborro, N.C.)
The Red Wheelbarrow - A Picture Made - Past
A Visit to the Behaviorist - Blackgirls - Procedure
Old Black Crow – The Downsiders - All My Friends are Fish
Johnny Ace - Dash Rip Rock - Ace of Clubs

High in High School - The Chainsaw Kittens - Flipped Out in Singapore
One Light Shinin' - Finger - Frequency
The Jugular - Vanilla Trainwreck - Sofa Livin' Dreamazine
Give it to the Dog - Bandit Queen - Hormone Hotel

Easy Listening - Antenna - Hideout
Eleven - Velo-Deluxe - Superelastic.
Temptation Eyes - Blake Babies - Rosy Jack World
Everybody Loves Me But You - Juliana Hatfield - Gold Stars (Zoe)
Collapsis - Dillon Fence - Best+ (MoRisen)

My Baby's Gone - The Backsliders – Throwin’ Rocks at the Moon
She's Gone, Gone, Gone - Two Dollar Pistols - On Down the Track (Scrimshaw)
200 Proof Lovin' - Jason and the Scorchers - A Blazing Grace
Dark as a Dungeon - Joe Henry - Fireman's Wedding

You R Loved - Victoria Williams - Loose
Mystery Girl - World Party - Rare on Air, Vol. 2
The Black and The Blue - The Bats - Fear of God
La Grippe - Squirrel Nut Zippers - The Inevitable
Diggin' My Potatoes - James Mathus & His Knockdown Society - Play Songs for Rosetta
Hail the Caffeine Dream - Jack Drag - S/T (Hep-Cat)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Attention Bargain Shoppers

Townes, Steve Earle's new tribute to the late Townes Van Zandt due out tomorrow, can be downloaded at Amazon for a mere $2.99. The best bargain since the days of Black Label 12-packs for the same price at City Market in Greenville.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Playlist for 5/6/09

Week 2 of the Spring Pledge Drive was pretty darn quiet. Your pledges are still very much needed - you can do so right here or call 414-799-1917. Lots of cool gifts can be yours. Do it. Please, please, please.

I played the new album from Jack-O & the Tennessee Tearjerkers, The Disco Outlaw, which I dig much. Jack and other Memphis people, including Amy LaVere, Harlan T. Bobo and Ben Nichols from Lucero, are getting some attention for appearing in Craig Brewer’s $5 Cover on MTV. Brewer, the man behind Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan, follows around Memphis musicians on the show, blending fact and fiction while capturing LaVere in her undies and rapper Muck Sticky acting wacky with midgets and girls with whips. Fun stuff. It’s the first MTV show that I have even thought about looking at in at least a decade. Where are you tonight, Beavis and Butthead?

Next week the I Love My Label segment will feature the late Mammoth Records out of Carrboro, North Carolina. Post any requests in the comments.

Archives are here. The schedule has been updated and actually says Zero Hour now. Goodnight, sweet Lemonie Fresh.

I Am Your Radio - The Boss Martians - The Set-Up (MuSick)
Radio - The Accelerators - Road Chill (Sound Asleep)
Nothin' On But the Radio - The Bleeding Hearts - Nothin' On But the Radio (Doublenaught)
Turn Your Radio On - Grandpa Jones - Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan (Ace)
Heaven's Radio - Bessie Griffin - Heavens Radio - 2004 Sinner's Crossroads Premium (WFMU)

Walk of Shame - Jack-O & The Tennessee Tearjerkers - The Disco Outlaw (Goner)
Reptile Style - Reigning Sound - Live at Goner Records (Goner)
Doing the Devil's Work - John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives - Spills & Thrills (Big Legal Mess)
Hit You With a Kiss - Wheels on Fire - Get Famous! (Big Legal Mess)

Happiness Bleeds - Wussy - S/T (Shake It)
Fate to Fatal - Breeders - Fate to Fatal EP (Self-released)
Knock Knock Knock - Superchunk - Leaves in the Gutter EP (Merge)
Coast of Carolina - Telekinesis - Telekinesis! (Merge)
Love Without Lies - Comet Gain - Broken Record Prayers (What's Your Rupture)

Hard to Believe - Slaid Cleaves - Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (Music Road)
You Was For Real - Greg Dulli - Keep Your Soul: A Tribute To Doug Sahm (Vanguard)
Heart in Harm's Way - Scott Miller - For Crying Out Loud (F.A.Y.)

7-inch Six-Pack
Little Red Corvette - The Gear Daddies - 7" (Crackpot)
Just Between You and Me - Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles - 7" (Sugar Hill)
Jukejoint Girl - The Carbines - 7" (Oil Rig)
Playboy - Gene and Debbe - 7" (TRX)
How Come Jennifer - Jimmy Carter - 7" (Victory)
Highway Man - Curtis Leach - 7" (Fabor)

Way Down Deep - Vern Gosdin w/ Ralph Stanley - Clinch Mountain Country (Rebel)
Route 23 - Chatham County Line - Route 23 (Yep Roc)
Big City - Merle Haggard - The Bluegrass Sessions (McCoury Music)
This Is The Last Time I'm Ever Gonna Hurt - Jim Lauderdale - Bluegrass Diaries (Yep Roc).

Dismal Prisoner 0613 - Roy Head - Dismal Prisoners (TMI)
I'm Snowed - Joe South - The Rock-A-Round (Norton)
Brand New Automobile- The Payments - Blowin' Through Yokohama (Atomic Passion)
Flip Our Wigs - The Treniers - You're Killin' Me (Dr. Horse)

Put it in Writing - Obits - Single (Comedy Minus One).
What a Rush - Art Brut - Art Brut vs. Satan (Downtown).
With a Girl Like You - Condo Fucks - Fuckbook (Matador) Troggs
James the Gentle Dreamer - Golden Boys - Goodbye Country (Monofonus Press)

The Government Administrator - Eggs - How Do You Like Your Lobster? (Teenbeat)
1995 - Luna - Romantica (Jetset)
You are the Generation that bought more shoes and you get what you deserve - Johnny Boy - Single (Vertigo)
Long Distance Man - Guided by Voices - Sandbox (Scat).

Yer a Blur - The Reckless Hearts - Buzzcity (Exclusive Co.)
Sunday - Nick Pipitone - Anything I Want to Say (Burst)
Hand Me Down - Fun With Atoms - Northern Distortion (Black Vinyl)
Lovin' on the Phone - Lackloves - Star City Baby (Rainbow Quartz)

Truck Train Tractor - The Pastels - Truckload of Trouble (Fire)
I Could Be In Heaven- The Flatmates - Potpourri: Hits, Mixes and Demos '85-'74 (Cherry Red)
Come Saturday - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - S/T (Slumberland)
Saturday Boy - Billy Bragg - Back to Basics (Cooking Vinyl)
Beer and Chocolate Bars - Portastatic - I Hope Your Heart is Not Brittle (Merge)
Border Radio - The Tonys - Border Radio OST (Enigma)


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