"Season 3, Episode 4" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S03E04 A New Sense of Purpose: Albums that begin with the letter A, Part 1
Abba “Money Money Money” Arrival Atlantic Records SD 19115 Oh hey, speaking of money, how about becoming a member of KWTF? http://kwtf.net/support/online
America “Riverside” America Warner Bros Records 2576 Oh hi 1970s.
Hermes Nye “Bonnie & Clyde” American Folk Music Project Records Probably not the Bonnie & Clyde song you were thinking of.
Asia “Only Time Will Tell” Asia Geffen Records Sure is a whole lotta something for a whole lotta nothing.
Be-Bop Deluxe “Jet Silver and The Dolls of Venus” Axe Victim Harvest Records SM-11689 It’s not “Maid in Heaven” but then what is?
Dave Brubeck Quartet “I’m in a Dancing Mood” At Newport Columbia Records CL 932
Jimmy Buffett “Dallas” A1A ABC Dunhill Records DSD-50183 Not the Dallas song I was thinking of.
Johnny Cash “Jackson” At Folsom Prison Columbia Records CS 9639 Johnny only has eyes for June.
Ray Charles “Hot Rod” At Newport Atlantic Records 1289 Ray plays a mean alto sax.
Cheap Trick “Come On Come On” At Budokan Epic Records FE 35795 That album. Heckuva song.
Comets on Fire “Holy Teeth” Avatar Sub Pop Records 704 Psyche.
The Decemberists “I’m Sticking With You” Always the Bridesmaid: A Singles Series, Vol 2 Jealous Butcher Records Not VU, but not bad. Pretty fun, in fact.
Deerhoof “Panda Panda Panda” Apple O’ Menlo Park Recordings MPK 7026 The perfect Deerhoof affinity litmus test.
Duke Ellington, His Piano & His Orchestra “Satan Takes a Holiday” At the Bal Masque Columbia CS 8098 And what a holiday it is.
Brian Eno “St. Elmo’s Fire” Another Green World Polydor Records 2302 069
Pete Fontaine and his Jazz Group “Mack the Knife” At the Bateau Lounge Coral Records CRL 757314 Yup, Lawrence Welk’s sax man.
"Season 3, Episode 3" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S03E03 A New Season, A Fresh Lack of Purpose: What The Heck, A Whole Album.
But it’s a really good one! And highly influential on the development of my musical tastes.Goofy GreatsK-tel NU 9030
The Royal Guardsmen “Snoopy vs the Red Baron” 1966 Oh man, who doesn’t love fake German?
Brian Hyland “Itsy-bitsy, Teenie-Weenie, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” 1960 I presume if this were written today, it would take place in a water park.
The Newbeats “Bread and Butter” 1964 Definitely not paleo. Well, partially not paleo.
The Fendermen “Mule Skinner Blues” 1960 If you’re interested, you should check out Dolly Parton’s version of this.
Bobby Day “Rockin’ Robin” 1957 Tweet tweet.
The Hollywood Argyles “Alley-Oop” 1960 I know what you’re thinking. Kim Fowley probably had something to do with this. You are correct!
Johnny Thunder “Loop de loop” 1963 Can’t say this is my favorite dance number.
Ohio Express “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” 1968 Yes! So good. So bubblegum-y.
George Baker Selection “Little Green Bag” 1970 Some kooky fellas.
The Tokens “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” 1961 I have to admit I have some mixed emotions about this song.
The Trashmen “Surfin’ Bird” 1963 Pretty much nothing better.
Ohio Express “Chewy, Chewy” 1968 Well? How esle would you follow up “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy”?
Ray Stevens “Ahab the Arab” 1962 Eesh. Defintely cringe-worthy in the cold hard light of day.
Shirley Ellis “The Name Game” 1964 What’ not to love? Unless your name is Chuck.
The Lemon Pipers “Green Tambourine” 1967 Psychedic bubblegum. I guess that would make it Fruit Stripe?
1910 Fruitgum Co. “Simon Says” 1968 Simon says rock out.
Peiro Umiliani “Mah-na-mah-na” 1968 Pretty much nothing better, either.
Bill Haley & His Comets “See You Later, Alligator” 1965 After a while, crocodile.
The Playmates “Beep, Beep” 1958 That is some build up.
Jewel Akens “The Birds and The Bees” 1965 I am still trying to figure that stuff out. What goes where now?
Lovin’ Spoonful “Nashville Cats” 1966 Someday I’ll learn Nashville numbers.
Larry Williams “Bony Moronie” 1957 There’s a pretty good by Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels out there too.
1910 Fruitgum Co. “1-2-3, Redlight” 1968 So many games.
"Season 3, Episode 2" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S03E02 A New Season, A Fresh Lack of Purpose: Eh… Everyone Likes the Early Eighties, Right?
Lou Reed 4/80 “Power of Positive Drinking” Cheers to that.
Pat Benatar 9/15/80 “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” Kerpow.
Dolly Parton 11/80 “9 to 5” It’s not “Here You Come Again” but then again, what is?
Queen 11/24/80 “Flash’s Theme” Elektra E-47092 Savior of the Universe.
DEVO 8/26/81 “Jerkin Back n Forth” Totally.
Joan Jett 1/20/82 “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” Evidently, she still does.
Gogos 6/26/82 “Vacation” It’s not “How Much More” but then again, what is?
Bow Wow Wow 7/82 “Cowboy” Yes ma’am.’
Kevin Rowland & Dexy’s Midnight Runners 8/82 “Jackie Wilson Said” It’s not Van Morrison, but then again, what is?
Frank Zappa “Valley Girl” I am SO sure.
Stray Cats 9/14/82 “Rock This Town” Nice Lon Guyland boys.
Adam Ant 10/82 “Goody Two Shoes” Epic Records 34-03367 It’s not “Ant Music”, but whaddya gonna do?
English Beat 1982 “Save It for Later” I will forever save this for later.
Talking Heads 5/31/83 “Burning Down the House” Check out the Letterman performance of this song from the same era.
Madonna 9/8/83 “Lucky Star” It’s no “Into the Groove” but then again, what is?
Tracey Ullman 9/9/83 “They Don’t Know About Us” The more I hear this song, the more I love it.
Husker Du 10/83 “Eight Miles High” One of my favorite singles from my dark drunken days at Downtown Beirut.
Beat Happening 1985 “Foggy Eyes” So simple, so good.
"Season 3, Episode 1" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S03E01 A New Season, A Fresh Lack of Purpose: Um… Girl Groups and Garage Rock, I Guess?
The Crystals “Then He Kissed Me” This will forever put me into mind of the brilliant Copacabana steadicam scene from Goodfellas.
The Marvelettes “Please Mr Postman” Or Postwoman.
Raindrops “The Kind of Boy You Can’t Forget” Wait, which kind of boy?
Earl-Jean McCree “I’m Into Something Good” The Original Flavor
Supremes “Be My Baby” The Original Teenage Opera
Orlons “Don’t Hang Up” I suppose today it would be “Don’t Unfollow”.
Claudine Clark “Party Lights” Composed by Ms. Clark as well.
Dee Dee Sharp “Mashed Potato Time” My second favorite dance!
Them “Gloria” Collectables 4238AB Canonical.
Shadows of Knight “Oh Yeah” Dunwich Records 45-122 No really, everything’s gonna be all right.
The Strangeloves “Night Time” Bang Records W-10049 My favorite time.
Syndicate of Sound “Little Girl” Bell Records 640 Sorry for the mediocre sound quality, but it’s such a killer song.
Spencer Davis Group “I’m a Man” I’ll take your word for it.
The Yardbirds “I’m a Man” No really, I’ll take your word for it.
The Troggs “Can’t Control Myself” The more I hear this song, the more I love it.
The Standells “Riot on the Sunset Strip” Damned long hairs.
"A Few of My Favorite Things" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic 2013 Favorites or The Inevitable Year-End List of My Vinyl Predilections
Audacity “Hole in the Sky” Butter Knife Suicide Squeeze Records S-122 Obviously the single, but still it’s the first track that jumped out at me on this record.
Dead in the Dirt “Suffer” The Blind Hole Southern Lord Records LORD 176 A mere taste of pummeling goodness from 24 minutes of grindcore excellence that is The Blind Hole.
The Dirtbombs “Hey! Cookie” Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey! In The Red Records ITR 248 Mick Collins & co continue to amaze with this album of bubblegum pop delights.
The Fresh & Onlys “God of Suez” Soothsayer Mexican Summer Records MEX170 A fine, if brief, follow-up to Long Slow Dance.
King Tuff “Sun Medallion” Was Dead Burger Records BRGR106 Old recording, delicious new vinyl!
La Luz “Pink Slime” It’s Alive Hardly Art Records HAR 076 These ladies from the Northwest definitely know what their doing.
Lumbar “Day One” The First & Last Days of Unwelcome Southern Lord Records LORD186 And this is just the first day!
Stephen Malkmus and Friends “Vitamin C” Can’s Ege Bamyasi Matador Records OLE 1030-1 I’m a Can fan. You’re a Can fan. Of course Stephen Malkmus is a Can fan.
The Memories “En Español” Love is the Law Burger Records BRGR301 Just an all around fun album.
Wymond Miles “Why Are You Afraid?” Cut Yourself Free Sacred Bones Records SBR-106 Great stuff from the Fresh & Only’s master of atmosphere.
Nadja + Vampillia “Avalanche” The Perfect World Imprec 385 I will admit I was unfamiliar with Vampillia before I got this record, but I like what I hear.
The New Trust “Obsidian” Keep Dreaming Discos Huelga HUEL 018 More great stuff from this trio.
Nobunny “My Blank Space” Secret Songs Goner Records 85GONE More bubbledumb for the leporine pop master.
Shannon & the Clams “The Rabbit’s Nose” Dreams in the Rat House Hardly Art Records HAR-069 Shannon and the gentlemen continue to bring the musical majesty.
Thee Oh Sees “I Come From the Mountain” Floating Coffin Castle Face Records CF 018 Damn fine track from one of the damnedest finest live rock and roll acts ever.
VHOL “Plastic Shaman” VHOL Gilead Media RELIC52Super group? Super awesome!
Chelsea Wolfe “Destruction Makes the World Burn Brighter” Pain Is Beauty Sargent House Records SH106 Sigh. So good, of course.
Due to the time limits of this program, I will have to provide A Most Honourable Mention to Batillus Concrete Sustain, Best Coast Fade Away, Mikael Cronin MCII, Deafheaven Sunbather, I†† Vitriol, Haxan Cloak Excavation, Hunx & His Punx Street Punk, Pelican Forever Becoming, Red Fang Whales and Leeches, and SISU Light Eyes.
"Season 2, Episode 14" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic From A-Abba to Z-Zola: Winter to Zola
The Edgar Winter Group “Free Ride” Epic Records 5-11024 Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah.
Brenton Wood “The Oogum Boogum Song” Double Shot Records DS-120 I’ll be damned if this isn’t a catchy song.
Link Wray and His Ray Men “Rumble” Cadence Records 1347 Now this… This is a classic.
XTC “Scarecrow People/Mayor of Simpleton” “Medley: Senses Working Overtime, Grass, Love on a Farmboy’s Wages” VigOTone Great little bootleg I picked up at Rocks In Your Head a while back.
The Yardbirds “I’m A Man” Epic Records 5-9857 Whaddya know, I am!
Dwight Yoakam “Streets of Bakersfield” Reprise 7-27964 Spent some time in San Francisco. However, I have not spent a night there “in the can”.
Zola Jesus “In Your Nature (David Lynch Remix)” Sacred Bones Records SBR-073 Who’da thunk it? Makes sense though, doesn’t it.
Hurray! We made it to the end. Oh crap, what am I going to use for the rest of the show? Lou!
Lou Reed “Charley’s Girl” RCA Victor PB-10573 Awesome little groove in this number.
Lou Reed “The Power of Positive Drinking” Arista Records AS 0535 What I really like is my scotch.
"Season 2, Episode 13" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S02E13 From A-Abba to Z-Zola: Troggs to Wilson
The Troggs “I Can’t Control Myself” Atco Records 45-6444 Oh nooooo! Oh yes! I just keep on appreciating the Troggs more and more with passing time.
Über Hund “Welcome to Hhothh” Isota Records sody012 Totally not a typo.
Tracey Ullman “They Don’t Know About Us” MCA Records MCA-52347 A terrific rendition of the Kirsty MacColl song, expertly brought to life by Ms. Ullman.
Frankie Valli “Grease” RSO Records RS 897 The word. The time. The place. The motion. Etc.
Velvet Underground “Who Loves the Sun?” Cotillion Records 45-44107 Who doesn’t love this song?>
The Ventures “Hawaii Five-O” Liberty Records 56068 Timpanies and surf rock. Who’d have guessed?
Village People “Y.M.C.A.” Casablanca Records NB 945 Again, I will reiterate that the bulk of the American populace had no idea what the context of the Village People was at the time of the group’s peak popularity.
Bobby Vinton “Blue Velvet” Epic Records 5-9614 Heineken?! Fuck that shit! PABST! BLUE! RIBBON!
Visqueen “Vaxxine” Blue Disguise Records 001 Great power pop trio. Rachel Flotard is one amazing individual (not to mention her bandmates as well).
Junior Walker & the All Stars “Home Cookin’” Soul Records S 35055 Mmm mmmm good.
Joe Walsh “Life’s Been Good” Asylum Records E-45493 It sure has, hasn’t it. Well, for the most part.
Whiskeytown “Highway 145” Bloodshot Records BS 037 You know Ryan Adams used to be in a band, right?
Whitey on the Moon UK “Noam Chomsky Spring Break” Isota Records sody013
Hank Williams “Lovesick Blues” MGM Golden Circle Records KGC 107
Al Wilson “The Snake” Collectables COL 3168 Seems very Tom Jones-ish.
Jackie Wilson “Baby Workout” Brunswick Records 55239 That reminds me, I should probably start doing the 7 Minute Workout again. Tomorrow.
"Season 2, Episode 12" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S02E12 From A-Abba to Z-Zola: Stray to Trashmen
Stray Cats “Rock This Town” EMI America B-8132 Their first foray into the Top Ten. Produced by Dave Edmunds, of course.
The Strokes “Someday” BMG Records 07863 60623-7 Their third single from Is This It? No Top Ten though. Of course, who really counts those things anymore?
Sugar “Helpless” Singles Only Label SOL-230-7 One of the excellent singles from the classic (hard to believe I can say this now, seems like only yesterday, etc.) Copper Blue, on Mr. Mould’s label.
Donna Summer “Hot Stuff” Casablanca Records NB 978 Hello Sixth Grade.
The Sundowners “Tonight Will Be Fine” The Goat Songs SN4 Yes, an entertaining/painful side-project by Mr. Oldham.
The Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go?” Motown Records M-1060 Wait, what? It’s right here. What are you talking about?
Talk Normal “Gold Dime” Fast Weapons FW11 Noise goodness.
Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” Sire Records 7-29565 As if the Talking Heads needed to break any larger. I am always amazed when something so seemingly left-field is so successful in the mainstream.
Teenage Burritos “Danya” Volar Records 34 Picked this up at this summer’s Burger Boogaloo in Oakland, where San Diego’s Teenage Burritos were one of the first bands to play. So good.
Joe Tex “If Sugar Was As Sweet As You” Dial Records 45-4026 Just so good. And speaking of Dave Edmunds, perhaps you are familiar with the Rockpile version of this song, which is also very good.
B. J. Thomas “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” Scepter Records SCE-12265 Perhaps the greatest pop song of all time. Once it gets in your head it never leaves.
Rufus Thomas “Can Your Monkey Do the Dog?” Stax Records S-144 Well, can it?
Thompsons Twins “Hold Me Now” Arista Records AS 1-9164 Decent enough song, but like many songs from the 80s, goes on for at least a minute too long. More is rarely better.
Together Pangea “Snakedog” Harvest Records 6 02537 42774 1 Speaking of bands that I saw at Burger Boogaloo, here’s another. And on Harvest Records no less. You should also check out their song “Badillac”.
Jason Traeger “Love, Love and Love” Kill Rockstars Pretty cool freebie I got with a Kill Rock Stars order.
The Trashmen “Surfing Bird” Garrett Records GA-4002 Have you heard about the bird?
"Season 2, Episode 11" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S02E11 From A-Abba to Z-Zola: Silver to Strangeloves
Silver Apples"I Don’t Know"Gifted Children Records GVC07Picked up this rad 7” at a Silver Apples/Simeon show in SF around 2007 or so. It was a terrific show (and also the first time I experienced Thee Oh Sees live).
Sir Douglas Quintet “Nuevo Laredo” Smash Records DJS-44 Damn I love this kinda Tex Mex. Play it Auggie.
Skin Yard “Psychoriflepowerhypnotized (Live)” Rave Records RAVE 022 Yeah man. One of the progenitors of the Seattle sound.
Millie Smalls “Sweet William” Smash Records S-1411 So sweet. What’s not to like?
Smashing Orange"Not Very Much to See"Ringers Lactate Records RL 03
Smut Peddlers “Losta Cooks” Ransom Records RR-007 Dang, yet another 7” picked up at a show. This time from LA’s Smut Peddlers, who opened for X a number of years ago. Produced by the one and only Billy Zoom.
Sonic Youth “Touch Me I’m Sick” Sub Pop Records SP-26 Of course with the b-side being Mudhoney’s rendition of “Halloween”. Creeeepy.
Dave the Spazz “Would You Take a Token?” Sounds of the Northeastern Freeform DJ The Biological Significance Those Voices in Your Head Smith & Wessonian Folkways One of my many WFMU DJ heroes, from a pledge perk of course.
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion “Ghetto Mom” In the Red Records ITR088 Just about what you’d expect from the Blues Explosion.
Bruce Springsteen “Hungry Heart” Columbia Records 11-11391 Currently the only piece of vinyl by “The Boss” in my collection.
The Standells “Riot on Sunset Strip” Tower Records 314 If you haven’t seen the film of the same name, it is highly entertaining.
Harry Dean Stanton “You Don’t Miss Your Water” Rx Remedy Records Speaking of films, one of the great American actors also has a fine voice. Someday I’ll have a HDS film fest. It will likely take weeks to complete. Some films in which Harry Dean Stanton appears, for your consideration: Paris Texas, Alien, Repo Man, Cisco Pike, Kelly’s Heroes, Cool Hand Luke, Straight Time, Wild at Heart, Rancho Deluxe, Twister, Slamdance, Pretty in Pink, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, Two-Lane Blacktop.
Staple Singers “I’ll Take You There” Stax Records STA-0125 Once of those songs you’ve heard so much, you sort of forget how good it is.
Stereolab “Miss Modular” Duophonic UHF Disks D-UHF-016s Tying back into the electronica theme the we started our program off with.
Rod Stewart “D’Ya Think I’m Sexy” Warner Brothers Records WBS 8724 I would wager this is the point at which Rod jumped the shark.
The Strangeloves “I Want Candy” Bang Records W-1003 Nothing finer. Except Anabella.
"Season 2, Episode 10" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S02E10 From A-Abba to Z-Zola, Part Ten: Rainywood to Shonen
Rainywood “Cornflower Blue” Palace Records PR27 Great little band that evolved into Brightblack Morning Light. Got this single when they opened for Bonnie Prince Billy at a church/performance space in Monte Rio CA.
Red Fang “Wires” Relapse Records 781676109111 Their “hit single” from Murder the Mountains. If you have the chance to see Red Fang perform live in a small to medium-sized venue, they totally kill it.
Otis Redding “Love Man” Atco Records 45-6677 Not bad as as far a posthumous releases go.
REM “Fall On Me” IRS Records IRS-52883 Someday I’ll find me a reasonably priced copy of “Radio Free Europe” but until then, there’s this.
Rock n Roll Adventure Kids “Wildman/She’s a Donkey/I Like Her/Twist n Shout” Soul Not Style Records Some great raw stuff in the continuum of California garage rock.
Kenny Rogers “Morgana Jones” United Artists Records UA-X1273-Y Oof. This is the b-side to “The Gambler” in case you were wondering.
The Rolling Stones “Happy” Rolling Stones Records RS-24181 SP Certainly the best Keef song ever.
Linda Ronstadt “When Will I Be Loved?” Capitol Records 4050 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, one of my favorite versions of this Everly Bros tune. I think it’s the kooky guitar solo.
Kevin Rowland & Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)” Mercury Records DEXYS 10 What he said.
The Royal Guardsmen “Snoopy vs the Red Baron” Laurie Records LR 3366 This record figures prominently in a dream I once had.
The Rubinoos “Nothing a Little Love Won’t Cure” Beserkley Records ZSA-5810 Putting the pop in power pop.
Runt “We Gotta Get You a Woman” Ampex Records X-31001 Indeed, you have guessed correctly. It’s Mr. Rundgren and the Sales Brothers.
Rush & Attack"Bike"Three Ring Records TRR079Fine local punk rock. Whatever that might mean.
John Schneider “Dreamin’” Scotti Brothers ZS5 02889 Wow, that was rough. Did you make it through all right? Sorry, I was just unable to pass up two Bo Duke singles for 50¢.
Serena Maneesh “Saphire Eyes” Play Louder Recordings PLAYR 007 Some fine work from Norway during a little shoegaze resurgence in the mid-Aughties.
Shonen Knife “Space Christmas” Rockville Records ROCK6075-7 I totally need a bison sleigh.