Sunday, January 25, 2015

39 – "Yenta"

Bull Moose Jackson – “Nosey Joe”
G.B.H. – “Sick Boy”
The Tallest Man on Earth – “Honey Won’t You Let Me In”
Lou Reed (Lewis Reed) – “Merry Go Round”
Elvis Presley – “(Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame”
The Dickies – “Banana Splits”
Gallon Drunk – “Night Tide”
Small Faces – “Itchycoo Park”
Generation X – “Your Generation”
The Stranglers – “(Get a) Grip  (On Yourself)”
Junior Murvin – “Police and Thieves”
Mother Feather – “Mother Feather”
Bob Mould – “See a Little Light”
The Ides of March – “Vehicle”
The Dream Syndicate - "Days of Wine and Roses"

Sunday, January 18, 2015

38 – “It Really Freaks Me Out”

Jerry Lee Lews – “Stepchild”
Hookworms – “Radio Tokyo”
Allah-Lahs – “501-415”
Wampire – “Bad Attitude”
Mariachi El Bronx – “Wildfires”
Shakey Graves – “Big Time Nashville Star (featuring Esme Patterson)
Johnny Flynn – “In April”
Ben Ottwell – “Red Dress”
Mark Lanegan – “Harvest Home”
All Them Witches – “Charles William”
Angus & Julia Stone – “Grizzly Bear”
Saint Saviour – “Nobody Died”
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors – “American Beauty”
The Young Evils – “Renegades”
Run the Jewels – “Crown”

Sunday, January 11, 2015

37 – “No Pressure”

Bryan Dunn – “She’s So Happy Now”
Violent Femmes – “American Music”
The So So Glos – “Blowout”
The Orwells – “Who Needs You”
Sparks – “I Predict”
Public Access T.V. – “Middle Child”
Huey Lewis and the News – “Back in Time”
Zero Boys – “Civilization’s Dying”
The Magnetic Fields – “Fido, Your Leash is Too Long”
Ex Hex – “Hot and Cold”
The Meteors – “Halloween Scream”
Florence and the Machine – “Kiss with a Fist”
Billy Ocean – “License to Chill”
Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford – “Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)”
Paul Westerberg - "Knockin' on Mine"

Sunday, January 04, 2015

36 – “No Rest for the Wicked”

AC/DC – “Rock or Bust”
Cockney Rejects – “Oi! Oi! Oi!”
U.K. Subs – “Stranglehold”
The Lurkers – “Just Thirteen”
Eddie and the Hot Rods – “Teenage Depression”
The Clash – “Armagideon Time (live)”
Adam Ant – “Goody Two Shoes”
Husker Du – “Sorry Somehow”
The Primitives – “The Ostrich”
The Fratellis – “Chelsea Dagger”
Clarence “Frogman” Henry – “Ain’t Got a Home”
The Bees – “Chicken Payback”
Bill Carter – “Baby Brother”
Elvis Presley – “Bossa Nova Baby”
The Small Faces – “All or Nothing”

Thursday, January 01, 2015

The Hold Steady; The So So Glos @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Hold Steady; The So So Glos
@ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY - December 31, 2014

Craig Finn, ever the keeper of The Clock, didn't just keep it on time to ring in the New Year, he used it to remind the frolicking, unencumbered, unbridled youth (and resistant to aging non-youth) in the crowd that time eventually runs out, that one day this - having a blasting concert night out on New Year's Eve - can't happen anymore, so keep doing it while you can. And while the Hold Steady played as perfectly as I've ever heard them, as Craig talked about the continued joy of what they do up there, as they poured out a lot of Almost Killed Me and Boys and Girls in America on their way to Teeth Dreams, one could not help be a little wistful, inhaling a notion that time will eventually run out for this band too, certainly one way or another. No wonder "Killer Parties" had people bawling their eyes out. Personally, I saved the internal assessments and New Year's eve recriminations for the walloping ending of "Constructive Summer" and "Slapped Actress". But that's how I have a good time.

The So So Glos are anthropologically interesting. They are from Brooklyn. I mean, from Brooklyn. As in Bay Ridge. Raised in Bay Ridge. And they play punk rock. And they are well under 50. From Bay Ridge. Punk Rock. Well Under 50. Gentlemen, gentlemen, where have you been all my life?! Bay Ridge, apparently. Heyyyyyyyyyyy! Having only known their pop-inflected "Lost Weekend" from last year, this was a fresh introduction. In fact, when Alex Levine made some kind of reference to hip Brooklyn club Shea Stadium, I thought "Ah, probably a song about how they were too native and too old time punk to be allowed into a place north of Prospect Park, none of those indifferent Indie synths!". No. These guys founded Shea Stadium. Shiiiiit, I don't know nothin'. Oh yeah the So So Glos then proceeded to blow the roof off the joint, the best damn opening act the Hold Steady have ever had. The joint band jam on Violent Femmes' "American Music" was THEE moment of the night.