FMF Episode #40 – The Month

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DJ:  Thirty days have November, April, June, and September.  Of 28 is but one, and all the remnant 30 and 1.  Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of Feel Me Flow!  In 2011, the Welsh author Roger Bryan discovered an English form of the monthly reminder poem written at the bottom of a page of saints’ days for February within a Latin manuscript in the British Library‘s Harleian manuscripts. He dated the entry to 1425 ±20 years.  The poem has been modified many times over the last 500 years, with the most recent version not even rhyming.   What the hell?!

Today we’re doing something special.  We’re playing a month’s worth of music in just over an hour in a half!  Explanation incoming.  We’ll start the show off with a “Friday” song, followed by a “Saturday” song, and so on.  We’re cutting the show short by one set, typically we have six. but months cap out at 31 days, not 37 and each day will be represented by a song.  It just so happened to work out that Friday is the 1st of the month this month so each FMF track number would correlate with the date.  The only hiccup; we have 31 songs and June has 30 days.

Kicking it off is Mark Oliver Everett and the garage rock tune from Eels.  Eels broke onto the scene in the mid-90s with the release of their debut album Beautiful Freak, led by the single “Novocaine For The Soul”.  Eels have released 12 heartwrenching yet heartwarming albums since then, with the latest The Deconstruction coming out in April 2018.  “Saturday Morning” comes from 2003’s Shootenanny!  The title is both a play on the word “hootenanny” and an homage to The Replacements’ 1983 LP Hootenanny.  Take it away, Mark!

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DJ: Curtis Harding hails from Atlanta, Georgia, the land of the Black Lips.  Coincidentally, Curtis formed an R&B/blues band with Cole Alexander of the Black Lips back in 2009 that eventually expanded included drummer Joe Bradley of Black Lips, and Night Beats guitarist Danny Lee Blackwell.  They recorded a single for Burger Records in 2013, but Curtis wanted more and would release a solo album the following year.  In 2017, Curtis teamed up with Danger Mouse and released Face Your Fear, featuring the opening track “Wednesday Morning Atonement”.

Our Tuesday Morning cut was the 1967 single from the Rolling Stones’ Between The Buttons, “Ruby Tuesday”.  According to Keith Richards’ autobiography Life, he wrote the song about his then-girlfriend Linda Keith who had taken up with Jimi Hendrix and gotten into drugs.  “Still, I’m gonna miss you”.

The Black Hollies are a neo-psych group out of Jersey City, New Jersey.  The band features a throwback sound to Nuggets-era garage rock with pop and psychedelic twists.  “Gloomy Monday Morning” comes from the band’s third LP Softly Towards The Light.

From one of the most sought-after original vinyl pressings in the recordhead world, we heard The Velvet Underground doing “Sunday Morning”.  The track was initially left off the LP but still made its way onto the sleeve and label.  The early pressings of The Velvet Underground And Nico featured a peelable banana on the cover that revealed a flesh-colored fruit.  The back cover also featured actor Eric Emerson who sued them for using his image.  MGM re-released the LP with his image airbrushed out instead of paying him.  Eric would die in 1975 of a hit and run while on his motorcycle, sparking the end of an era of glam and glitter punk.

Aussie one-hit wonders The Easybeats had a massive hit in 1966 with “Friday On My Mind”.  The song was the first by an Australian rock and roll group to become an international hit and would be voted “Best Australian Song” of all time by the Australasian Performing Right Association in 2001.  Looking forward to the weekend here’s “Friday On My Mind”.

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DJ: Now I know we usually tout our “full versions of songs” aesthetic, but for the Moody Blues’ orchestral songs sometimes you just need the meat of the track.  The entire album Days Of Future Passed is a masterpiece in its own art, and the 6 following albums weren’t that much farther behind it.  “Tuesday Afternoon”, or “Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)” as the LP lists it, was the second single released from the 1967 conceptual album.

“Monday” was Wilco’s homage to the Rolling Stones while recording their sophomore LP Being There.  After deciding to branch out and fill their overall sound a bit more, Jeff Tweedy and company recruited Jay Benett and began writing and recording diverse rock songs.  “Monday” was released as the second single from the album, behind “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” which was released in April 1997.

Almost 15 years to the day later, Crocodiles released their first single from their third LP Endless Flowers.  Crocodiles gained national attention in 2010 with the release of their instrumental track “Kill Joe Arpaio“, referencing the controversial anti-immigrant Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Arpaio heard the song and responded using Twitter, “Msg for the San Diego band ‘Alligators’ who wrote a new song called ‘Kill Joe Arpaio’: BITE ME,”. Arpaio also referenced the song during an appearance on Phoenix TV channel KPHO, saying “I’m a little concerned about the music, where kids can get this type of music. I think it sends a bad message. I understand freedom of speech, but there has to be a line of threatening a law enforcement official.” Crocodiles responded via Spin Magazine saying “Maybe if the song was called ‘I’m Gonna Kill Joe Arpaio,’ he’d have a case but what we are attacking is the attitudes and policies he represents. In reality, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that his much-deserved heart attack comes soon; the world can always use one less racist.” I’d have to agree; screw that Sherriff and those that support his rhetoric.

Indie rockers The Futureheads named themselves after The Flaming Lips fifth album title; Hit To Death In The Future Head.  The 1992 album was the major label debut from Wayne Coyne and Co. and by the time it was released drummer Steve Drozd had joined the band for good.  If you really want to mess with your head, or “future head”, check out the hidden final track on the album “Noise Loop”.  It’s just about a half an hour of left-to-right panning of white noise filled in with some bass and chimes.  Good Ol’ Lips.

Up next is Les Savy Fav with a deep cut from their 1997 single Rodeo.  The B-side, “Blackouts On Thursday” would be re-released in 2004 as part of the Inches compilation featuring previously released singles typically only available on vinyl.  Here’s Tim Harrington and Les Savy Fav doing “Blackouts On Thursday”.

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DJ: NOFX is far and away one of the most influential bands at Feel Me Flow.  The lyrical satire and composition mixed with the quick double punk beats are a recipe for perfection.  They had to rename their 2000 LP Pump Up The Valuum to avoid a lawsuit from Big Pharma, taking a note from The Melvins and their 1992 LP Lysol.  Pump Up The Valuum also holds the NOFX theme song, a polka cut that lyrically describes the band in their truest form.

Detroit mainstays Oblivians played an obscure cover of a Trio song called “Sunday You Need Love Monday You’re Alone”.  You may remember Trio if you were into pop culture in the late 90s.  The German band’s 1982 song was used in a Volkswagen commercial in 1997 and turned the band into a one-hit wonder in the United States.

California garage rock experimentalists Tijuana Panthers played us a neo-retro spacey groove with “I Hate Saturday Nights”.  The tune comes from their 2015 Poster LP.  The band recorded a cover of The Kinks’ “Father Christmas” in 2016 and turned the holiday tune into beach music.

From The Replacements’ thrashing, smashing 1981 debut Sorry Ma, I Forgot To Take Out The Trash, we heard “Love You Til Friday”.  The band’s debut would begin a decade-long tenure ruling the Twin Cities along with their St. Paul counterparts Husker Du.  For their second album, Hootenanny, the band would branch out from the fast-paced punk rock and incorporated surf, rockabilly, techno, and even a little country on the opening title track.

Speaking of second albums, how about a cut from Los Angeles, California’s Bleached?  Their sophomore release Welcome The Worms comes as a slightly new direction for the band after their debut lumped them in with other SoCal surf-punk groups.  We’ll hear a Set 4 Score from another LA group a bit later in the set.  Meanwhile here’s “Wednesday Night Melody”.

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DJ: Night Beats took their name from the 1963 Sam Cooke album of the similar nomenclature.  The psych-garage players have also referenced fellow Seattle band The Sonics’ first album Boom with their release Sonic Bloom and The Who with the release of their album The Who Sold My Generation.  We played “Sunday Mourning” from the latter release.

Our Set 4 Score this week goes to LA neo-psychers Triptides.  Triptides began in 2010 in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana with Glenn Brigman and Josh Minashe forming the initial group.  They’ve released a handful of LPs and EPs since then, including the 2018 Visitors.  Their 2018 single for Can’t You See‘s album artwork is a direct reference to The Byrds’ Mr. Tambourine Man.  We heard “Saturday Far Away” from that 2018 effort.

Iron Chic’s 2010 debut album Not Like This brought back the gritty, blue-collar punk rock that bands like Hot Water Music and Avail kept floating a short time ago.  The gravelly vocals from Phil Douglas provide a certain “raw” feeling that when coupled with the three chords needed make a perfect punk rock cocktail.  From that debut, we heard “Black Friday”.

Morphine was cursed with the one thing a band dreads as they tour the world in support of the music they create.  Lead singer and 2-string slide bass player Mark Sandman would suffer a massive heart attack while performing on stage in Rome in 1999.  The band disbanded immediately afterward, wrapping up an even decade of unique rock and roll.  From their 1993 album Cure For Pain, we heard “Thursday”

Coming up in our last set, or the fifth week, we start things off with Primal Scream.  Though known for their 1991 third LP Screamadelica and for their acid house/neo-psychedelic sound, the debut was as one critic put it “a pristine but dull photocopy of Turn! Turn! Turn!“.  I mean, its jangle pop, the whole genre is ripping off The Byrds!  Anyway, here’s “Gentle Tuesday” from that 1987 debut.

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DJ: Natural Child doing what they do best with “Saturday Night Blues” from their 2014 LP. Dancin’ With Wolves.  The Burger Records band has been cranking out blues-driven 70s-esque throwback tunes for almost ten years now, with many releases being featured on wax and cassette.

Dallas punk/garage band The Strange Boys played us “Friday In Paris” from their second album.  Apparently, after recording their debut with Jay Reatard the band didn’t like the sound of the music so they recorded the entire thing with Orville Neely.

Shoegaze/dream pop band Asobi Seksu played us the first single from their sophomore album Citrus.  “Thursday” was the first of three singles released in the fall of 2007.  In 2016, Pitchfork ranked the album at No. 37 on its list of “The 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time”, solidifying their status in the genre.

Dropcase is a 4th, possibly 5th wave ska band from Orange County, California.  Originally going by OC Ska Kids for their first two releases, the band changed their name after the released of the newest EP Episode II.  The debut featured “Wednesday” as well as a super fun cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So”.

Well FMF fans, it’s that time of the month….or episode where we part ways.  We really hope you enjoyed the 31 days of music in just over 90 minutes.  Enjoy the weekend and we’ll see you next time on Feel Me Flow!

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