Thursday, October 22, 2009

Playlist for 10/21/09: Rags to Riches to Rags

A new documentary on HBO about New York City’s Garment District, Schmatta: Rags To Riches To Rags, is well worth your time and was well worth serving as my opening theme this week. Director Marc Liven tells of the decline of the fashion industry in America with a particular focus on the Garment District and its workers. Schmatta casts the fall as a symbol of many things wrong with American business and the economy. Perhaps the key stat: 95% versus 5%. The former is the percentage of American clothing made in the United States in 1965. The latter is the percentage today. Cheery theme, I know.

Paid tribute to NRBQ founding member Steve Ferguson, who passed away Oct. 7 of cancer, and Captain Lou Albano, who went to the big wrestling ring in the sky Oct. 14. “Ned Beatty’s in Love” by Seattle-based power pop supergroup The Tripwires is not only my favorite song about a former member of Homicide: Life on the Streets (until someone pens an ode to Daniel Baldwin, aka, Beau Felton) but one of my favorite songs of the year.

WMSE’s fall pledge drive runs Oct. 26-Nov. 6, so please get out your wallets and pocketbooks in honor of freeform radio and Milwaukee’s best radio station. The station has started a new blog, Sonic Diet, which is linked on the right side over there. I’ll wait a minute while you look. I’m postponing my monthly I Love My Label segment until after the pledge drive. Next week I’m planning on doing an all-Halloween show and may have a guest along with me who may or may not be the manager and cleanup hitter for the White House (the bar in Bay View, not the president’s joint) softball team. Check out WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban for Rex's wild Halloween mix, Seven Corpse Dinner, from which I will no doubt pick a tune or two for my show.

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Put Your Cat Clothes On - Carl Perkins - Original Sun Greatest Hits (Sun/Rhino)
Shoppin’ for Clothes - The Coasters – 50 Coastin’ Classics (Rhino)
Touch the Hem of His Garment – The Soul Stirrers with Sam Cooke – The Specialty Story (Specialty)
Lost My Job - Alex Chilton – Stuff (New Rose)
Plenty Tuff Union Made - Waco Brothers – Live and Kickin’ at Schubas Tavern (Bloodshot)

Ned Beatty's in Love - The Tripwires – House to House (Spark and Shine)
Cheap Cassettes - The Figgs – Sucking in Stereo (Hear Box)
Everyday I Write the Book - Elizabeth McQueen & the Firebrands – Happy Doing What We’re Doing (Freedom)
Please Give Me Something - P.J. O'Connell – Dream Life (Sonic Trout)

Flat Foot Flewzy - NRBQ – Live at Ludlow Garage 1970 (Sundazed)
Captain Lou – NRBQ – Peek-A-Boo: Best Of NRBQ 1969-1989 (Rhino)

*Up Jumped the Devil - .357 String Band – Ghost Town (Self-released)
Thunder Road – Fireworks – Set the World on Fire (Crypt)
Death Valley Rain - Steve Wynn – Here Come the Miracles (Blue Rose)
Knockin' Em Down (In the City) - Iggy Pop – Milwaukee’s Blank Generation (WMSE)
Hand Clappin' Time – Gino – Wolf Call (Norton)

7" SIx Pack
Truly Ugly and Dead Too - Jonny Polonsky (Rapid Releases)
Farmer Brown in Vermont - Philistines Jr. (Dot Dot Dash)
We Could Just Die - Permanent Green Light (Gastanka)
Bliss - February (Prospective)
Baby Stones - Robert Forster (Beggars Banquet)
Love Goes Home to Paris in the Spring - The Magnetic Fields (Feel Good All Over)

Is it True - Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs (Matador)
Are You Really on Drugs - The Clean - Mister Pop (Merge)
Share the Night - The Clientele - Bonfires on the Heath (Merge)

Say What You Mean - The Hot Dogs - Say What You Mean (Ardent)
I Love You Anyway - Cargoe - Thank You Friends: The Ardent Story (Big Beat)
Look Up - Chris Bell - I Am The Cosmos (Ryko)
Think It's Time To Say Goodbye - Rock City - Thank You Friends: The Ardent Story (Big Beat)
Save a Chance - The Castels - A History Of Garage And Frat Bands In Memphis 1960-1975 (Shangri-La Projects)

Geraldine - The A-Bones – Not Now! (Norton)
Lookin' For a 7-11 - Ben Vaughan Combo – The Many Moods of Ben Vaughan (Fever/Restless)
Lookin for a Kiss - David Johansen - Milwaukee’s Blank Generation (WMSE)
Heartbreak Hotel - Roky Erickson & the Aliens – Don’t Knock the Rok (Norton)

Love Canal – Flipper – Blow’n Chunks (ROIR)
One Day We Will Live There - Mission of Burma – The Sound The Speed The Light (Matador)
Molly's Lips (live) – Nirvana – Bleach reissue (Sub Pop)
Luka – Lemonheads – Lick (Taang!)
I Don't Feel Anything - Dutchess and the Duke - Sunset/Sunrise (Hardly Art)

Funky Football - Harvey Scales - Love-Itis: All Of The Rare & Unreissued 45's From The Vaults Of Magic Touch (1967-1977) (Soul-Tay-Shus)
Hit Git and Split – Mickey Baker w/Young Jessie - In The '50s: Hit, Git & Spit (Rev-Ola)
Crawlin' King Snake - Roy Head – Dismal Prisoner (TMI)
Oh So Nice - Johnny Adams – I Won’t Cry: From the Vaults of Ric & Ron Records (Rounder)

Fevered Paper - Exene Cervenka – Somewhere Gone (Bloodshot)
By the Way - Cagney & Lacee – Six Feet of Chain (No. 6)
No Dreams - Oakley Hall - I'll Follow You (Merge)

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