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Playlist for 8/26/09: Norton Records, The World's Greatest Sinners

New York City’s legendary Norton Records got the I Love My Label treatment this month. For the first time, I dedicated a whole show to one label, and with a catalog like this (look for the link at the top), Norton truly deserves much more than that. I did sets dedicated to the new I Still Hate CD’s Vol. 2 digital-only comp, the 5-LP Benny Joy retrospective, the A-Bones, who have their first new album out in over a decade, and the one-and-only Hasil Adkins, who I appropriately began and ended the show with.
Regrets? I didn’t play nearly enough Link Wray, Andre Williams was recognized only through a Church Keys sample, and I left out T. Valentine, the Flamin’ Groovies and Doug Sahm. There will be a next time. Perhaps when Norton turns 25 in 2011.
For a great interview with Norton co-founder Billy Miller, look here. Miriam Linna, the other half of the Norton dynasty, Miller’s wife and A-Bones drummer, has an excellent blog, Kicksville 66, detailing her wild and wacky experiences after la…

Playlist for 8/19/09: Dead, not gone

I paid tribute to Jim Dickinson, the legendary Memphis musician and producer who passed away at 67 on Aug. 15, in the last hour of my show this week. One hour wasn’t nearly enough time to recognize a man who participated in an amazing amount of great music over the last five decades. I pledge allegiance to indie labels on Zero Hour or else I would have certainly included the Replacements, Rolling Stones and others. For well-done written remembrances of the man, look no further than Chuck Prophet, Eric Ambel, the Hound and Boogie Woogie Flu. James Luther Dickinson's "Production Manifesto" also is essential reading.

To begin the show, I looked back at my recent trip to House on the Rock in Spring Green. New music this week from Joe Henry, the Shazam and Joe Pernice. Next week, my three-hour, I Love My Label tribute to the mighty Norton Records. Three hours into the wild and way out world of Norton Records featuring Hasil Adkins, Link Wray, the Real Kids, the A-Bones, the Fl…

Playlist for 8-12-09: Drive Me Bananas

Visited the State Fair last week with my parents and sisters – tried the chocolate-covered bacon and it was as disgusting as I imagined it would be. Why did I try it? How the hell could I not? All was not a loss, however, thanks to Sen. Herb Kohl and his banana milk, which made me happier than, well, a gorilla with a whole keg of banana milk.

Archives are here.

Bacon Fat - Andre Williams – Movin’ On With… (Vampisoul)
40 lb. Block of Cheese - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Crypt Style (1+2)
Milk Cow Blues - Obits - Live on WFMU on the Evan “Funk” Davies show (mp3)
The Girl With the Biggest Hair - Red Meat - Meet Red Meat (Ranchero)

Stick to the Plan - Graham Parker - Don't Tell Columbus (Bloodshot)
Nothin But a Driver - Bottle Rockets - Lean Forward (Bloodshot)
Tumbleweed Stew - Slaid Cleaves - Everything You Love Will be Taken Away (Music Road)

If We Land a Man on the Moon - Beulah - When Your Heartstrings Break (Sugar Free)
Haven't I Been a Fool – G.W. McLennan – Watershed (Beggars Banq…

Playlist for 8-5-09: R.I.P., Red Hot Riley

I said goodbye this week to Billy Lee Riley, who died at 75 on Aug. 2 of colon cancer. I had a short story published with a lead character who I named after Mr. Riley, who was probably my favorite Sun Records original – either him or the late Carl Perkins. Started with a family-inspired set, as my mom, dad and sister are visiting Milwaukee this week. Chocolate-covered bacon, Benno's microbrew tent, cherry milk, cheese curds and swimming pigs are on the agenda tomorrow at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Archives are here.


I Wish I Was Your Mother - Dramarama - Stuck in Wonderamaland (Chameleon)
Fathers & Sins - The Magnolias - Dimestore Dream (Twin/Tone)
Switchblade Sister - Redd Kross - Yellow Pills: Vol 2, More Of The Best of American Pop! (Big Deal)
Mama Was A Rock (Daddy Was A Rolling Stone) - Kay Adams and BR59 - Rig Rock Deluxe (Diesel Only)
Family Man - June Stearns & Gene Martin - The Stars and Hits of Country Music (Nashville/Starday)

Sugar and Spice - Madness - The Liberty of…