FMF Episode #27 – Beer

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DJ:   Chug!  Chug!  Chug! Welcome to Feel Me Flow’s National Beer Lovers Day episode! Today, we’re gonna take down two whole hours of beer music in a fast and loud way. We’ll hear songs praising beer, songs lamenting over beer, a few songs about my favorite beer, and even a few odes to the six-pack.

Starting us off is The Asylum Street Spankers with a tune from their inebriation concept album; Spanker Madness.  If you’re ever looking for a folk LP that’s all about getting fucked up, this is your ticket.  Here we go with “Beer” from the Spankers!

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DJ:  Blues legend Jimmy Witherspoon giving us the beer back to our punk rock triple-shot.  He did “Drinking Beer” from his 1964 jump blues LP Evenin’ Blues.

The triple-shot included “Beer” from second wave ska kings Reel Big Fish.  The track comes from their “Turn The Radio Off” album; one which was famous for their massive hit “Sell Out”.

Famous drunks The Replacements chimed in with “Beer For Breakfast” taken from their All Or Nothing – Nothing At All compilation.  The comp featured their biggest hits along with a plethora of amazing b-sides on the second disc.

FMF staples FIDLAR bragged about drinking “Cheap Beer” with a track from their debut LP.

Our next set also has a midway shot of punk rock, so get ready.  We’ll start things off with Mojo Nixon doing “Beer Ain’t Drinkin'”.

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DJ:  We capped off our second set with another blues beer ballad, Memphis Slim’s “Beer Drinkin’ Woman”.

Before Memphis, we played a band that pulled massive influence from him; ZZ Top.  ZZ Top’s Tres Hombre album is one of the best blues-rock LPs available, and a pristine vinyl copy sounds fantastic on a great system.  Do yourself a favor and look for one.

NOFX ordered one more round with “Bottles To The Ground” from 2000’s Pump Up The Valuum.  The band has been long vocal proponents of the drinking world, with songs like “Beer Bong”, “Six Pack Girls”, and “Bob”.  Fat Mike proclaimed himself “drying out” on their most recent album First Ditch Effort.

Aussie punkers Frenzal Rhomb sped things up with “Let’s Drink A Beer” from 1999’s A Man’s Not A Camel.  Frenzal Rhomb has released albums through Fat Mike’s record label Fat Wreck Chords since 1995, including a brand new 2017 LP Hi-Vis High Tea.  

We’re gonna chill out for a minute with MF Doom before another rowdy triple-shot of rock!  Here’s Doom with “One Beer”.

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DJ:  Johnny Cash claims that he hardly ever sings beer drinking songs, yet it seems like every bar in the world is playing one of his songs at any given moment.  Strange.  The tune comes from his 52nd(!) LP Look At Them Beans.  The album title comes from the track of the same name written by FMF soul favorite Joe Tex.

New York garage rockers The A-Bones compiled some b-sides in 2004 for the album Daddy Wants A Cold Beer And Other Million Sellers.  The band has backed artists like Hasil Adkins, Ronnie Dawson, and The Flaming Groovies.

We played another cut from Murphy’s Law’s debut album.  The New York band’s debut has been hitting all points with our recent themes, having tracks titled “Beer”, “Crucial Bar-B-Q” (from our BBQ show), and “Sit Home And Rot” (from our upcoming Video Games show).

Ska punks Mustard Plug played us an ode to ale with their track “Beer (Song)” from the 1997 album Evildoers Beware!  

It’s time to hear about my favorite beer, Guinness.  Our Set 4 Score this week goes to Saginaw, TX band Meach Pango.  I love that name by the way.  Here’s Against Me! doing “Pints Of Guinness Make You Strong”.

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DJ:   Natural Child has fully submersed themselves in the neo-garage/classic genre.  It sure is nice seeing the guitar come back into music again!

Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes played us a deep track from the 1992 reissue of their debut LP.

UK classic punks The Business lost lead singer Micky Fitz last year to a battle with cancer, not before we were given six albums and a stack of EPs.

Meach Pango played us a groovy new track titled “Guinness Makes Me Sick”.  The Texas band is just making waves in the indie world and with sounds like this, they should be splashing into your headphones soon.

Let’s get into a bit of hip-hop with a track from King T.  The Compton rapper has Ice Cube on this short track and they rhyme about St. Ides.  Get it in ya!

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DJ:   Minnesota alt-country pioneers The Jayhawks channeled the old country topics with their breakup tune about drinking and driving.  I’d say it’s kind of taboo to write about such a thing these days.

Willie Nelson played “Bubbles In My Beer” from his amazing 1973 LP Shotgun Willie.  Remember how Willie got that nickname?  From chasing down his daughter’s abusive husband with a double barrel.  Don’t mess with Willie.

Black Flag broke mirrors with their punk rock mainstay “Six Pack”.

Beck’s Mellow Gold launched him into the spotlight and began a long career in the music industry.  With the release of “Loser” Beck’s popularity exploded in 1994.  We played “Beercan” from the same album.

Our last set starts with one of the protest chants of the Vietnam War era; “Draft beer, not students”.  Here’s The Freak Scene.

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DJ:  We played the Amos Milburn original version of “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” on our National Bourbon Day playlist earlier this year.  What better way to cap off the beer playlist than a cover of that great track!

George Thorogood & The Destroyers made a name for themselves spicing up old blues tracks in the late 70s and 80s.  Covering artists from Hank Williams to Bo Diddley, the band found major success giving the tunes an update.

Blanks 77 played us “If You Were A Beer” from their 3rd LP, 1998’s C.B.H.

Green Day quenched our thirst with some “Private Ale” from their second album, Kerplunk!.  The album is perhaps best known for hosting the original version of their hit “Welcome To Paradise”.

More Australian rock came your way with Dune Rats.  The band released their sophomore album The Kids Will Know Its Bullshit earlier this year on Ratbag Records.

Alright, enough music trivia, get to drinkin’!  Join us next time on Feel Me Flow for our celebration of National Video Games Day!

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FMF Episode #24 – Pachyderm Studio

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DJ:   Hello and welcome to Feel Me Flow!  Today we’re going to dig into the recordings of Pachyderm Studio, located in Cannon Falls, Minnesota!  Pachyderm Studio formed in 1988 when Jim Nickel, Mark Walk, and Eric S. Anderson bought the property.  Originally called Pine Glen when the Mensing family built the structure, the home was designed by  Herb Bloomberg, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.  With its 60s style grandiose and swagger, the home studio boasts an amazing live room, as well as a live-mic’d lounge and bathroom area.  The full, rounded out drum sound is distinct and can be noticed with the right ear.  Even though many of the tracks we’re going to play today are spread out over a twenty year period, the sound will be similar throughout.  The studio has its feet planted in the rock genre but has branched out a bit over the years.  Famous for recording Nirvana’s final studio album In Utero, Pachyderm mimics a similar sounding vibe throughout most of their productions.  

Listen for chunky guitars, big drums, and an intense mood that will blast your eardrums.  This is Pachyderm.  

Leading off the show is Chicago, IL pop punkers Alkaline Trio.  The band recorded their 2001 album From Here To Infirmary at Pachyderm, and we’re playing you “Stupid Kid” from that LP.

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DJ:  You’d be hard-pressed to find a rock album recorded in the nineties that didn’t have Steve Albini’s name on it somewhere.  Steve worked at Pachyderm on numerous projects, starting with Leeds, England’s The Wedding Present in 1990.  Steve would man the boards for PJ Harvey’s sophomore album Rid Of Me, for which she and the band spent two weeks in Cannon Falls.  After completing the album, Steve would go on to send a copy of it to Nirvana to show them what we could get them to sound like at the studio.  We’ll touch a bit more on that later.  While there, PJ recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Highway ’61 Revisited” for the LP.  Not only does the homage fit well with a Minnesota studio, but Highway 61 is only about 8 miles from the studio itself.  I like to think that while out on a scenic drive, the band stumbled across the famous thoroughfare and the idea hit them like a bus.  

Before PJ, we played 90s one-hit wonder HUM with “Stars”.  Deftones’ Chino Moreno cites HUM, especially the album You’d Prefer An Astronaut.  The slowcore clean guitars mixed with a heavy-crashing distortion from HUM would go on to fuel a new genre, with Deftones taking the reigns.  

Kim Deal’s twin sister Kelley was busted for heroin possession in 1995.  She went to rehab in St. Paul, MN and while there decided to start another band; The Kelley Deal 6000.  Recruiting local musicians and funding the project herself, Kelley would record two albums at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls.  We played the side-1 track-1 song “Shag” from their sophomore and final release, 1997’s Boom! Boom! Boom!. 

Hey Mercedes followed fellow Illinois pop punkers Alkaline Trio with “Our Weekend Starts On Wednesday” from their EP The Weekend.  The band formed in the ashes of Braid and reunited to play the Wrecking Ball festival in Atlanta, GA last year.  

After the dissolution of Hüsker Dü, Grant Hart would put out a bit of solo work before forming Nova Mob in 1989.  Nova Mob recorded their debut, The Last Days Of Pompeii at Pachyderm in 1990.  Here’s “Admiral Of The Sea” from their debut LP.

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DJ:  Minneapolis punkers Babes In Toyland recorded “He’s My Thing” for their first LP in 1990.  For their sophomore album, Fontanelle, the band would return to Minnesota and record at Pachyderm.  A handful of songs were cut from the album, including a re-recording of their first single “He’s My Thing”, and were later released on the follow-up EP Painkillers.  We played the re-recording, with the fuller drum sound.  

Before Babes, we played a deep track from Columbus, OH punk band Gaunt.  Gaunt served up four full-lengths and a 10″ debut before signing with Warner Bros. Records in 1997.  The major-label debut was recorded at Pachyderm and the band even dug up some old tracks to re-record; including the 1993 tune “Pop Song”.  Funny how bands want to re-record things at Pachyderm; must be that live drum sound!  

Brian Setzer made his way to the North Star State in 2006 to record his thirteenth album 13.  The album has thirteen tracks, including the song “Really Rockabilly”.  

Cloud Cult have one of the most interesting and heartbreaking stories in rock.  Craig Minowa started the band with a few local musicians and his wife in the mid-nineties.  As the band played live, Craig’s wife Connie would paint during the set and auction the painting off at the end of the show.  In 2002, their two-year-old song Kaidin died unexpectedly and would influence all of the band’s forthcoming work.  Kaidin’s drawing is featured on every Cloud Cult release, and although the couple managed to have kids later in life, Kaidin’s legacy lives on throughout their work.  They released a movie to accompany their 2017 album, The Seeker, and support an organic, solar powered lifestyle; including recording.  

We’re gonna do an alt-country set now, as the genre has many roots based in Minnesota.  Here’s the supergroup Golden Smog starting us off with “Pecan Pie”.

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DJ:  If you build the studio, the actors will come.  Kevin “John Dunbar Ray Kinsella Dry Land Is Not A Myth” Costner decided to jump into the music world in 2007, recording with his band The Modern West.  In 2010, they ventured to Cannon Falls to record the sophomore LP Turn It On, which was only released in Europe.  While it’s not typically my style, I will say it’s much better than many, many other actors-turned-musicians.  The album artwork is mediocre at best, and the studio musicians are formulaic, but things could be much worse.  Right, Don?  

Martin Zellar and the Gear Daddies originally hailed from Austin, MN; the home of SPAM.  The band would achieve enough national success to land a gig playing their big hit “Stupid Boy” on David Letterman, and built a huge local following in the early 90s.  After the band split in 1993, Martin and bassist Nick Ciola would go on to form Martin Zellar & The Hardways and continue playing music.  Guitarist Randy Broughten became a phys-ed teacher, but also sometimes plays with The Cactus Blossoms.  

We played another Minnesota alt-country band, The Jayhawks, before Gear Daddies.  Their first major label hit “Waiting For The Sun” would also land them a spot on Letterman, as well as help launch a lengthy career that’s still going today.  The Jayhawks released their latest effort Paging Mr. Proust, recorded with Peter Buck in Portland, last year.  

Other than Costner, the four bands in this set are all connected via the players.  The story goes that Dan Murphy and Dave Pirner (both of Soul Asylum), Jim Boquist (later of Son Volt), and Martin Zellar played a couple gigs as a cover band in the late 80s.  After officially appearing as Golden Smog in 1989, Dan and Dave would recruit Gary Louris and Marc Perlman of The Jayhawks, Kraig Johnson of Run Westy Run, and drummer Chris Mars (of The Replacements) to record their first EP, On Golden Smog.  Fast-forward a couple more years and you’ve got Jeff Tweedy onboard along with Noah Hardy replacing Mars.  They recorded their full-length debut Down By The Old Mainstream at Pachyderm, featuring “Pecan Pie” from Jeff Tweedy.  Jeff played in Uncle Tupelo with Jay Farrar before the two split the band up in 1994.  Jeff would go on to form Wilco, and Jay would form Son Volt.  Although the two wouldn’t grace the studio in each others’ presence, they’d still make their way to Cannon Falls for some backwoods sessions. 

Back to rock now, here’s Dovetail Joint with “Motorcade”.

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DJ:   Minneapolis punk band Buildings recorded their latest LP You Are Not One Of Us at Pachyderm last fall.  They’re part of the post-noise-punk scene that’s growing in the Twin Cities area with bands like STNNNG and Gay Witch Abortion; though sometimes they remind me of Building Better Bombs.  We played “Pastor Dick” from their recent effort.  

Haley Bonar is no stranger to Pachyderm Studio.  She’s recorded more than one album there, and sat in on other artists’ tracks as well; including backup vocals to Andrew Bird’s “Fiery Crash”.  We played “Kismet Kill” off of Haley’s latest album Impossible Dream.  

Another Twin Cities indie rock group, White Light Riot, played before Haley.  The band has been featured on the Minnesota Beatles Project as well as the Pachyderm Studio samplers.  Their debut LP Atomism, which we took the title track from, was released in 2007.  

Perhaps the most famous group to ever record at Pachyderm is The Simon Ritchie Bluegrass Ensemble, or as the world knows them; Nirvana.  When then-engineer Brent Sigmeth was sent to the airport by Steve Albini to chauffeur the new clients, The Simon Ritchie Bluegrass Ensemble is who he was told he’d be picking up.  Krist, Kurt, Dave, and Pat would end up being the actual artists to head to Cannon Falls for another drum-powered grunge session.  Nirvana would record their final album In Utero with Steve and Brent at Pachyderm in 1993.  

Chicago’s Dovetail Joint kicked off the set with “Motorcade” from their 1998 EP Level.  

Soul Asylum had a national breakthrough in 1992 with the release of their sixth album Grave Dancers Union.  The success of the single “Runaway Train” helped carry the album to triple-platinum status.  Here’s track 2 from that album; “Black Gold”.

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DJ:   Trampled By Turtles frontman Dave Simonett started his solo project Dead Man Winter in 2011.  Having mastered the acoustic world of bluegrass and folk music, Dave took cues from fellow North Star Stater Bob Dylan and plugged into the electric scene.  The band released their latest album Furnace in January of this year.  

Hippo Campus is currently enjoying national success after the release of their debut LP Landmark; released this February.  They recorded their debut EPs at Pachyderm in 2014 and exploded onto the music scene immediately, with opening slots for bands like My Morning Jacket.  We played “Little Grace” from their debut EP Bashful Creatures.  

Earlier in the show, we mentioned Haley Bonar singing backup vocals for an Andrew Bird track; that track was “Fiery Crash” from his album Armchair Apocrypha.  Steve Albini must’ve had an infatuation with Pachyderm’s sound, as he helmed the boards for most of the artists that recorded there.  

Yet another Albini-produced album, 1994’s Libertine from Silkworm, graced the show’s presence.  Silkworm started in Missoula, MT and moved to Seattle in the late 80s.  They fit in well with the mid-90s alternative/slacker rock vibe that bands like Pavement and Beck were exhibiting; even drawing comparisons to Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus’ singing style.  We played “Couldn’t You Wait?” from the alt-rockers.  

Our final set has some extreme eclecticism.  We’ll start off with folk-rocker Mason Jennings doing “Be Here Now”.  The rest of the set will bring more 90s alternative, some pop punk, some metal, and one of the most recognizable 90s anthems rounding out the show.  Get ready!

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DJ:  Did you know that Live’s lead singer,  Ed Kowalczyk, had a brief role in Fight Club?  In his only acting role, he played a waiter asking the lead character if he wanted anything to eat, for free.  Live enjoyed massive success in the mid-late 90s, with their album Throwing Copper going platinum eight times over!  “Lightning Crashes”, “I Alone”, and “Selling The Drama” became huge hits for the band, all off of Throwing Copper.  The LP was produced by the Talking Heads’ bassist Jerry Harrison at Pachyderm.  

Mudvayne may be one of the heaviest bands we feature on the show but isn’t outside of the realm of rock by any means.   Their third album The End Of All Things To Come would be recorded at Pachyderm in 2002 by producer David Bottrill.  David has worked with Tool, Muse, Rush, and Coheed & Cambria amongst many other artists.  We played “Not Falling”, one of Mudvayne’s lighter singles, although it sure packs a punch!  

Minneapolis pop-punkers Motion City Soundtrack broke onto the mainstream when Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus invited them on tour after the release of their debut album I Am The Movie.  The band enjoyed a niche in the rock world with their Moog backing up the typical pop punk sound that emanated Hot Topic in 2002.  After nearly 20 years as a band, they split in 2016.  They held a final show in Chicago in September and played songs spanning their entire career.  

Chapel Hills, NC band Superchunk chimed in with their 1994 cut “Driveway To Driveway” from Foolish.  The 1994 album would get a hand from Steve Albini and held bring them into the indie rock spotlight.  

Capping off our show is the instrumental post-rock band Explosions In The Sky.  Yeah, yeah it’s longer than the standard outro; but we couldn’t not play a track from their phenomenal album All Of The Sudden I Miss Everyone.  Alright FMF Fans, let’s wrap this up.  Thanks for visiting Southern MN, and we’ll see you next time on Feel Me Flow!

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FMF Episode #23 – Zombies

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DJ:  Hello welcome to another round of Feel Me Flow!  With the news of George A. Romero’s passing, we decided it’d be best to honor the film legend with an episode on the genre he practically invented; Zombies.

Zombies were originally a part of Haitian folklore and were less about eating brains and more about being under the control of voodoo.  The concept of living dead has been traced back the Epic of Gilgamesh, even presenting itself in the form of the Monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  George A. Romero started reading the EC Comics such as Tales From The Crypt, Weird Science, and Vault Of Horror in the 1950s, along with novels like I Am Legend.  Taking cues from the film adaptation of it, The Last Man On Earth, along with mixing in the cannibalistic culture of ghouls, George would conceive a new type of “zombie”.  The monster in his debut flick would be a flesh-eating, undead creature, hungry for live humans.  Romero would go on to make six Living Dead movies, with his final directorial credit going to 2009’s Survival Of The Living Dead.  George also played a role in all of his Living Dead movies with the exception of Survival Of The Living Dead.  In honor of this tremendous legacy, we are going to dig into the world of the undead.  We’ll be playing songs about zombies, zombie dancing, a set on voodoo, the living dead, and get paid a visit by music’s number one zombie culture fan; Robert Cummings (aka Rob Zombie).

Starting off our show is Tom Petty with his track “Zombie Zoo”.  Notice how the keyboards have such a “horror film” sound to them…

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DJ:  The Zombies’ Odyssey And Oracle is their second album, and came out in 1968.  Rod Argent wrote “Care Of Cell 44” as a love letter written from prison.  That dynamic just appealed to his intrigue.  The album would go on to feature perhaps The Zombies’ most recognizable tune “Time Of The Season”.

Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong’s Hellcat Records would sign The Horrorpops after hearing their demos in 2003.  The Danish psychobilly band is fronted by Patricia Day, the wife of Nekromantix lead Kim Nekroman; yet another Danish psychobilly outfit. Patricia’s style mimics the playing of her husband, who builds her custom upright basses. The Horrorpops and Nekromantix take big cues from The Cramps, delving into dark, demon culture, vampires, and monsters, and the aesthetic of the 1950s.

The Cramps were one of the first psychobilly acts to emerge from the depths of garage rock.  Though they claimed to play psychobilly and rockabilly voodoo, they were more about the aesthetic than the true psychobilly style which is exemplified by Nekromantix and Horrorpops.

Roky Erickson began fading away from The 13th Floor Elevators after he began speaking gibberish at a shoe in 1968.  Being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Erickson was sent to receive shock treatment at a Houston psychiatric hospital after the incident.  A short time later in 1969, Roky would be arrested for possession of a single marijuana joint and sent to Rusk State Hospital in Texas where he received more electroconvulsive therapy and Thorazine treatment.  Talk about destroying a human.  If you haven’t seen his rock doc, You’re Gonna Miss Me, I’d highly recommend it.  What a terribly sad story!

Let’s begin our next set with a track off the Stubbs: The Zombie soundtrack.  Here’s Phantom Planet doing “The Living Dead”.

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DJ:  Arish Ahmad Khan has multiple projects under the pseudonym, King Khan.  The King Khan & BBQ Show, King Khan & The Shrines, the soul solo King Khan releases, and an amazing collaboration with The Black Lips called The Almighty Defenders round up the more known projects.  Khan released a soul single “Children Of The World” last year, and we played “Zombies from the KK&BBQ Show LP What’s For Dinner?.

Seattle surf goths Kreeps contributed a few tracks on the soundtrack to Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare.  Meanwhile, we chose “Dead Man Walking” from that same soundtrack.  The massively successful Red Dead Redemption sought out to capitalize on the “zombie” craze that flooded first person shooters in the early 2010’s and released an accompanying soundtrack on vinyl as well; capitalizing on the resurgence of records.

The Dickies released Dawn Of The Dickies in 1979, right after Romero released Dawn Of The Dead.  As an homage to George, they titled the album as such, and the cover featured the band being attacked by “zombies” with blue skin.  We heard “Infidel Zombie” from that LP.

The Dickies would surely have some sort of influence on Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen.  Lars joined Rancid in 1993 and helped the band create a more full sound.  For his first solo album in 2001 as Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards, Lars had help from Tim Armstrong and played covers of Billy Bragg and Motörhead songs (although the Motörhead song was actually a cover of a Holland-Dozier-Holland track by Eddie Holland).  We took “Army Of Zombies” from that self-titled Bastards debut.

Alright, let’s jump into our voodoo set now, starting with Ween‘s big single, “Voodoo Lady”.  Ween’s 1994 album Chocolate And Cheese would go on to be their most successful to date, with “Voodoo Lady” being used in films like Road Trip and Dude, Where’s My Car?. Boogie-oogie-oogie-oogie…

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DJ:  Winding down our voodoo set is the classic guitar rock anthem “Voodoo Child (Slight Return) from Jimi Hendrix.  Jimi actually took big cues from Miles Davis and the free-jazz world for his album Electric Ladyland.  You can hear Miles behind us now.  Jimi wanted to move his music into more of a jazzy electric guitar sound, as is heard on many of his later recordings but died before he could fulfill the journey to that sound.

Neo-psych band Allah-Las formed while three of the members were working at Amoeba Music in L.A.  The band sounds similar to the psychedelic sounds of The Zombies and The 13th Floor Elevators.  Nick Waterhouse produced many of their first singles.

 The Neville Brothers, featuring Aaron, hail from New Orleans and play a Cajun/Creole style of R&B/Soul much like Dr. John.  On their 1989 LP Yellow Moon, the group covered two Dylan songs, as well as won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance on “Healing Chant”. Copping a bassline similar to Loggins & Messina’s “Angry Eyes”, the track “Voodoo” played before Allah-Las.

Fellow Louisianan Tony Joe White tasted success with his 1968 hit “Polk Salad Annie“, especially after Elvis began covering it at shows.  A swamp rock pioneer himself, Tony Joe continues to tour to this day; including a Foo Fighters-backed performance of “Polk Salad Annie” on David Letterman in 2014.  Tony’s fourth LP was self-titled and released in 1971.  We played the final track “Voodoo Village” from that album.

Now we’re gonna jump into a dual Set 4 Score with Day Wave and Diet Cig.  Here’s Day Wave with “Total Zombie”.

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DJ:  I didn’t understand one word of that, but it sure was beautiful.   Google Translate mentioned something about microwave yankees, but who can really be sure?  Mexican indie rocker León Larregui fronts the band Zoé and released his sophomore solo release Voluma last year.  The album draws in spacious sounds and neo-psych vibes, along the lines of Twin Shadows or Wild Nothing.

Baby Bee did “Love Bug” from the soundtrack to The Walking Dead.  The Houma, Louisiana duo of Joe and David Stark recorded their label debut EP The Shaker with Brendan O’Brien in 2012 and landed a spot on the AMC show’s official soundtrack.

The middle of the set featured one of the songs everyone expected to see on this list, “Zombie” by The Cranberries.  The Limerick, Ireland group put out four demo EPs before landing a deal with their debut Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?.  After an explosive debut album, the band released their sophomore LP No Need To Argue in 1994.  While on tour supporting their debut, Dolores O’Riordan read the news of two young boys killed in bombings done by the IRA.  Afterward, she penned “Zombie” to commemorate the boys.

We had a dual Set 4 Score this week with tracks from Day Wave and Diet Cig.  First off, we had Jackson Phillips and his band Day Wave doing “Total Zombie” from 2015’s Headcase.  Jackson fuels the group himself, bringing along musicians to support him during the tour.  Day Wave released their latest album The Days We Had in May of this year.

After Jackson’s project, we heard New York act Diet Cig.  The story goes that guitarist Alex Luciano was watching drummer Noah Bowman’s previous band playing a house party and stopped their performance to ask him for a cigarette, which he instead responded with by giving her a bottle of wine.  After getting to know each other more, the two formed the band and began their music career.  The track “Blob Zombie” comes from their debut album Swear I’m Good At This which was released this year.

Let’s now give George a nice scary shout out with The Misfits doing “Night Of The Living Dead”.

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DJ:   Ryan effing Gosling.  If you’re unaware of his venture into the music world, and no I’m not talking about La La Land, you should check out his project with buddy Zach Shields called Dead Man’s Bones.  Built off of their love for the horror genre, Ryan and Zach recorded an album with the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir (started by Flea) all about horror.  There are no click tracks and no tracks that took more than three takes to record.  It’s raw, and spooky, and perfect.

Sydney, Australia’s Tropical Zombie played us “Laced In The Water”, the b-side to their 2014 release See It All.  The band has yet to release an official album but is cranking out music nonetheless.

Sufjan Stevens played before the Aussie group, with one of the super lengthy titled tracks from his super lengthy titled album.  The official titled of the track is “They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!” and the official album title is Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel the Illinoise.  Not a mouthful at all.

The Flesh Eaters followed up The Misfits with “Eyes Without A Face”.  The track comes from their fourth album, 1983’s A Hard Road To Follow.  It was also featured on the very punky soundtrack to The Return Of The Living Dead.  Flesh Eaters, living dead, I see what’s going on here.

We’re gonna play a deep track from the UK now.  From the 1984 Rot Records compilation, Two Ninety Nine here’s Sick Vicars with “Zombie Nation”.

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DJ:  Did you really think you’d get through a George Romero tribute without hearing Rob Zombie?!  Regardless of your taste in music, it was pretty much inevitable.  Rob capped off our show with “Living Dead Girl” from his 1998 LP Hellbilly Deluxe.  Zombie would honor Romero and take a break from music to pursue his love of film.  Rob has directed six major films, including his debut House Of 1000 Corpses, one of the best of the genre.

Speaking of film crossovers, before Rob we heard former actor Donald Glover as his alter-ego musician Childish Gambino.  Glover has rapped since his days of being a writer for 30 Rock.  With his popularity growing and more access to tools, he would release his first official album in 2011.  His latest, Awaken, My Love! in 2016 to massive critical acclaim.  We played “Zombies” from that release.

Harry Belafonte gave us his version of the traditional cut “Zombie Jamboree (Back To Back)”.  The track comes from his 1962 album The Many Moods Of Belafonte.

We mentioned Tim Armstrong twice prior to hearing him play in this set.  First, we mentioned his label signing The Horrorpops, and second with his collaborative help on Lars Frederiksen’s first album.  Tim’s first solo album was a ska/reggae soaked sunshine fest, with his roots showing in full force.  Tim played us “Among The Dead” from that debut.

Alright, you shuffle-footers, it’s time to wander out of here and find some high ground. Cheers and rest in peace to Mr. George A. Romero, and thank you for your huge contribution to the world!  Join us next time on Feel Me Flow!

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FMF Episode #20 – Surfing

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DJ:  Hello again and welcome to Feel Me Flow!  Today we’re gonna grind some gnarly waves in our surfing episode!  International Surfing Day is typically held on the third Saturday of June, which just passed last weekend.  Originally brought to mainland USA by Hawaiians and Native Polynesians, the sport saw an explosion in popularity in the 1960s Southern California scene.  With help from a plethora of beach movies starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean’s music, and the beat generation books about running west, the sport would become a staple in the area.  Every teenager wanted to skip school, head to the beach, and catch some waves!  In honor of the sport and its venue, we’re playing all kinds of surf and beach songs.  We’re gonna hear songs about locals only, surfing birds, menstruation, a few covers, and get real wavy at the end of the show.

Behind us, we heard The Tornadoes doing “Bustin’ Surfboards” from 1962.  The band released one album with the same name including the song but never made it past that.  Quentin Tarantino would later use this track in his 1994 cult classic Pulp Fiction.

Kicking off our show is the infamous SoCal band Surf Punks.  While not making waves in the mainstream, the band had a local following.  You can look at this one of two ways, really interesting or really terrible.  Either way, enjoy!  Here’s “Meet Me At The Beach” from Surf Punks.

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DJ:  Surfer Blood released their debut album Astro Coast in 2010 to very positive reviews.  The band has gone through all kinds of drama since their inception, including losing their bassist to sarcoma along with lead singer John Paul Pitts getting arrested for domestic battery.  The rock star life may not be for everyone it seems.  After getting through the tough times, the band ushered a comeback this year with the release of Snowdonia; their first with new members Lindsey Mills and Mike McCleary.  We played “Floating Vibes” from their debut.

FIDLAR begged to be heard in their ode to drummer Max Kuehn.  “Max Can’t Surf” comes from their debut LP.  Minnesota’s finest surf rockers The Trashmen gave us their famous hit “Surfin’ Bird” from the 1963 album of the same name.

The Trashmen would stop releasing material in 1967 until 2013 when they would unite with Deke Dickerson for a four-song EP.

Kings of the beach Wavves played us one of their theme songs from the album of the same name.  “King Of The Beach” follows a vibe first put out by the almighty surf punks.  Although the production values are vastly different, the song structure between “King Of The Beach” and Surf Punks’ “Meet Me At The Beach” is pretty close.

More SoCal alternative coming your way now with Weezer doing “Surf Wax America” from their self-titled debut.

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DJ: Pearl Jam released Backspacer in 2009; their first since No Code to hit number one and longest-charting album since 1998’s Yield.  Fueled by the raucous “The Fixer” and acoustic “Just Breathe” the album would go on to be their biggest seller of the 21st century (so far).

Before Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, we played Joe Strummer and The Clash doing “Charlie Don’t Surf” from their 1980 triple LP Sandinista!.  The Sandinistas were a political party named after Augusto César Sandino, who led the Nicaraguan resistance against the United States occupation of Nicaragua in the 1930s.  The album would find mild success compared to the follow-up Combat Rock, which launched the band into international fame.

Boston band Pixies took plenty of cues from The Clash’s punk rock view.  Black Francis notoriously put out a classified ad seeking a female bass player who liked both Peter, Paul And Mary and Hüsker Dü.  Kim Deal was the only one to answer and showed up without a bass guitar as she had not known how to play.  With the release of the single “Here Comes Your Man” in 1989, the band reworked another track from Doolittle; “Wave Of Mutilation”.  They slowed the song down and gave it a bit of a surf feel, hence the title of the version we played, “Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf)”.

Before Pixies, we played Canadian indie musician Afie Jurvanen, or Bahamas as he is known.  “Waves”, the lead track of his Bahamas Is Afie album, helped kick off an LP that would go on to win the Juno Award for Adult Alternative Album of The Year.

Weezer kicked off the set with “Surf Wax America”.

Alright, let’s get into some plagiarism!  The Beach Boys ripped off Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen” so blatantly that Chuck Berry now shares songwriting credits with them.  Granted, the melodies are basic and easily identifiable, it is still quite similar.  Listen for yourself!

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DJ:  The Drums‘ first single “Let’s Go Surfing” was first released on their debut EP Summertime.  The song would get a slot on their debut album a year later and would make it onto a Volkswagen commercial.  That whistling, it’ll get you every time.

Prior to The Drums’ surf jam, we heard an ode to menstruation from Seattle’s Tacocat.  The song’s music video would put them into the national spotlight after Katy Perry stole their image and shark costumes for her infamous Super Bowl performance.  The band wasn’t too happy about getting ripped off but also wasn’t interested in a giant legal battle over a dancing shark.  To their credit, to us, it totally looks like she lifted that vibe.  Shame on you Katy Perry, like you need to steal from anyone!

From a “Crimson Wave” to the blue waves of Malibu, we featured Jan And Dean and The Beach Boys back to back.  Both groups led the surf craze days of the early 60s, although The Beach Boys would go on to achieve a much larger amount of fame.  Jan And Dean are credited with pioneering the vocal harmony sound that The Beach Boys would make famous.  Nearly every other song they wrote was about surfing, all the way to Jan Berry’s car wreck.  After spending two months in a coma, Berry would work his way up to walking again and eventually make it to the studio a year later.  They recorded an incredibly psychedelic album in 1967 (Carnival Of Sound) that wouldn’t see the light of day until 2010 when Rhino would release it.  We played “Surf City” one of Jan and Dean’s biggest hits.  The Beach Boys’ Chuck Berry ripoff “Surfin’ U.S.A.” played before that.

Now we’re gonna do a bit of a beach block bash.  While some of these bands are a bit more known than the others, they’re all still pretty unknown to the main public.  For that reason, we’re gonna feature all five bands as Set 4 Score bands!  Here’s Feel Me Flow’s favorite New Zealanders, Scared Of Girls, doing “Beach Teens”.

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DJ:  The Frights didn’t have intentions to become a full-time band when they played a one-off Christmas show in 2012.  After an audience member approached them in hopes to sign them, they decided to go with it.  Hailing from SoCal, their second LP was produced by Zac Carper, the frontman of FIDLAR.

Surf Curse put out a stellar album this January 2017.  Clocking in at 25 minutes and 9 songs, you’d think it was an EP, but the album carries like a full-length.  The band headlined a free show at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in June of 2017.  Their supporting acts were Tacocat (heard earlier) and Starcrawler (a previous Set 4 Score) band.

Howler wedged our “beach block” with the side-1 track-1 from their debut America Give Up, “Beach Sluts”.  After breaking up in 2017, the future was unknown for the members of Howler other than lead singer Jordan Gatesmith, who formed Wellness in its place.

SoCal beach goths The Growlers released their fifth album City Club last September.  With a track produced by Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, the band has started to build a following outside of California.  The band holds the annual Beach Goth festival in Oak Park, CA every year, and is scheduled to host again this October.

At the head of the set was Auckland, New Zealand’s Scared Of Girls.  One of the first little-known bands we played, we felt it was unfair to not feature them on a Set 4 Score and give them their dues!  Their debut EP SUCK is available now.

Might as well continue the beach theme, right?  I mean, that’s why we’re here today!  Here’s Beach Slang doing a blistering cover of Dramarama‘s “Anything Anything”.

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DJ:  Fenix TX first called themselves Riverfenix until River Phoenix‘s estate filed a cease and desist order towards the band.  River Phoenix died outside The Viper Room; the nightclub on Sunset Strip partly owned by Johnny Depp.  After Blink 182 bassist Mark Hoppus heard Riverfenix the band’s debut, he helped get them signed to MCA and had them open a tour with Blink 182 in 1999.  After band drama caused tension between members, Fenix TX would split after just a few years together and two full-length albums.  They did, however, reunite for a few shows and EP in 2016.

Peach Kelli Pop played “Nude Beach” from the third self-titled LP they’ve released to date.  We featured PKP as a Set 4 Score artist in our Dreams episode and are big fans of theirs.  They released Which Witch in April of 2018 and are rumored to have  new LP on the way.  The question is, will it be self-titled?

Australian group The Delltones gave us their cult classic “Hangin’ Five” from 1963.  Not traditionally a surf group, the band would morph sounds and make surf music to jump on the surfing bandwagon that the early 60s provided.

Before “Hangin’ Five”, was The Ramones doing “Rockaway Beach” from 1977’s Rocket To Russia.  Their third album in two years, and second of 1977, would offer a slight surf rock vibe mixed in with their punk rock.  They would cover “Do You Want To Dance” by Bobby Freeman, and “Surfin’ Bird” by The Trashmen on the album as well.

Leading our set was Philly punk band Beach Slang.  They Here I Made This For You: Volume 2 earlier this year, an EP full of covers and sequel to Volume 1 from last year.

Sticking with Philadelphia, let’s hear some Philly R&B with The Orlons.  Are there even beaches in Philadelphia?!  Doing their surf track “Surfin'” from the surf compilation Everybody’s Goin’ Surfin’, here’s The Orlons.  Surf.

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DJ: Brian Eno joined up with John Cale in 1990 to put out a collaborative album titled Wrong Way Up.  The album would yield Eno his only single to reach an American chart with “Been There, Done That”.  In 2000, Sugar Ray would cover the track for the Danny Boyle movie The Beach.

The Aquadolls are out of La Mirada, California and although they have massive plays on Spotify they have yet to break it big nationally.  We have no idea why!  Expect them in a Set 4 Score soon.  They’re too good to not feature on their own.

Before them, we heard New York indie band Cults doing “Go Outside” from their 2011 debut.  The song has always held such a positive, sunny vibe to it and that was the entire reason we played it.

Brian Eno joined up with John Cale in 1990 to put out a collaborative album titled Wrong Way Up.  The album would yield Eno his only single to reach an American chart with “Been There, Done That”.  In 2000, Sugar Ray would cover the track for the Danny Boyle movie The Beach.

Beach Fossils are on the verge of exploding into the mainstream with the release of their latest album Somersault.  After a stint in HBO’s Vinyl, the band found themselves playing to bigger crowds and surpassed the 1,000,000 listeners mark on Spotify!  Congrats to Beach Fossils, keep up the lo-fi luster!  On that note, we’re gonna wrap up our surfing show and hit the beach!  Join us next time on Feel Me Flow! Hang loose brah…

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FMF Episode #15 – Dreams

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DJ: Hello, hello, hello and welcome to another episode of Feel Me Flow!  Today we’re going to space out from our regular work week and focus on dreams.  Everyone dreams in one way or another.  Whether it be during a nice deep REM cycle or lofty goals for the future, dreams are submerged within our lives.  We may not always remember our dreams, but rest assured.  The scientific study of dreams is called oneirology and was a specialty of famed neurologist Sigmund Freud.  Freud would describe dreams as a manifestation of one’s deepest desires and anxieties, often relating to repressed childhood memories or obsessions.  Freud also believed that virtually every dream topic was the result of sexual tension.  Makes sense, I suppose?  Not getting any? Dream on, man!  We’re gonna play all kinds of dreamy songs today.  You’ll hear songs about daydreaming, chasing dreams, pleasant dreams, and we’ll also feature a “nightmare” set.

Iceland’s Tomppabeats starts us off with a dreamy instrumental tune for our background.  Leading off the show will be the quintessential psych-track by The Electric Prunes,  “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)” from their 1967 self-titled debut.  The album is a part of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die list, as mentioned in previous shows.  Remember kids, don’t overdose on dreaming…

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DJ: I Monster sampled Gunter Kallman Choir covering Wallace Collection interpolating Tchaikovsky, and later Lupe Fiasco would sample the I Monster track.  Did you follow all of that?  Wallace Collection wrote “Daydream” in 1969 and used some of Tchaikovsky’s melodies for the descending bassline.  Then, The Gunter Kallman Choir covered the Wallace Collection song.  Next, I Monster sampled the Gunter Kallman song.  Finally, Lupe Fiasco sampled the I Monster track.  It’s like an Inception-esque trail of cover dreams.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes played us their debut single “40 Day Dream” from their debut album Up From Below.  The album also features the band’s mega-hit “Home”, which has been played in all kinds of commercials, TV shows, movies, and any other sappy homesick scene that needs a soundtrack.

The middle of the set featured a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” by The Kills.  The track comes from the Just Tell Me That You Want Me Fleetwood Mac tribute album from Hear Music.  Alison Mosshart, the lead singer of The Kills and The Dead Weather, started her music career singing for Florida punk band Discount.  When Discount broke up in 2000, she formed The Kills with British guitarist Jamie Hince.

Seattle’s Seapony split up in 2015 but is still active in releasing tracks.  Rumor has it they may be releasing some new material soon, but we can’t confirm or deny that because it’s just a rumor.  We played the title track from their 2011 debut Dreaming.  We’ll just say we’re “dreaming” for new music from the Seattle trio….ugh that was bad.

Let’s get a bit twisted with some soul by Swamp Dogg.  Here’s “Total Destruction To Your Mind” from his 1970 debut of the same name.

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DJ:  Ain’t no time for dreaming.  Charles Bradley backed by the Menahan Street Band giving us the title track from his 2011 debut No Time For Dreaming.  Along with acts like Sharon Jones and Sonny Knight, Charles would spearhead the Neo-soul movement of the 2010’s and help bring soulful bliss back to the mainstream.  It’s a damn shame it ever left.

Tom Petty’s first solo effort, 1989’s Full Moon Fever, landed him seven singles from the twelve tracks present.  “Free Fallin'” would blast Tom into legendary status reaching an entirely new audience.  In “Runnin’ Down A Dream”, Tom references Del Shannon‘s big hit “Runaway” with the line “me and Del were singing ‘Little Runaway’, I was flyin'”.  Tom actually produced Del’s 1981 album Drop Down And Get Me and would recruit Del’s bass player Howie Epstein to replace Ron Blair.

Del would go on to create the “barnyard noises” heard at the end of “Runnin’ Down A Dream” during the “Hello, CD Listeners” intermission.  Due to working with Tom and the rest of the Traveling Wilburys, Del was slated to replace Roy Orbison in the band when he died.  Unfortunately, Del shot himself in 1990 and the comeback would never happen.

“Sh-Boom” was supposedly written about an atom bomb threat and is a juxtaposition of happy sounds with sad meanings.  The Chords recorded “Sh-Boom” as a b-side on their debut single and it took off like a rocket.  The songwriters would sell the rights to allow many covers of the track to hit the market.  After oversaturating the radio, the original would get buried in time and The Chords would struggle to maintain relevance.

Swamp Dogg curated his own brand of Southern soul with his satirical/political lyrics and tight sound.  Previously, he had been a songwriter and found success with “She’s All I Got“, made popular by Freddie North and later Johnny Paycheck.

Coming up in our third set we get a little country and a little bit rock and roll.  The Cynics kick us off doing “Gloria’s Dream”, which sounds an awful like another track by another artist that will follow them.  THEM! Get it?!

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DJ:  Minneapolis country duo The Cactus Blossoms are on the verge of breaking into an international market.  After opening for JD McPherson, the band would receive a call from him a year later asking to produce an album.  They released You’re Dreaming in 2016 to much critical acclaim, and have taken another step forward with their appearance in the revamp of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.  Keep an eye out for them over the next few years, you’re not done hearing about them.

We played a few Wilburys before the Blossoms, starting with Bob Dylan doing “Dreamin’ Of You” from his Tell Tale Signs: Rare And Unreleased 1989-2006 album.  The album is the eighth in his Bootleg series.  Not fitting with any other tracks on the Time Out Of Mind album, the song would be shelved in favor of others only to be released eleven years later.

After Bob, we played fellow Wilbury Roy Orbison doing his single “In Dreams” from the 1963 LP of the same name.  Coincidentally, Roy would get help with his career revival in 1986 when David Lynch used “In Dreams” prominently in his film Blue Velvet with hopes to revive Roy’s career.  Roy was adamantly against the song’s inclusion at first but eventually came around to the idea.  Orbison enjoyed a nice comeback in the late 80’s co-writing songs with Glenn Danzig for the film Less Than Zero and then teaming up with Jeff Lynne and the rest of the Wilbury gang.  After the release of the Traveling Wilburys, Volume 1, Roy would suffer a heart attack at age 52.  His posthumous album Mystery Girl would be released the following spring, and go on to become his best-selling solo album ever.

Van Morrison gave us “Call Me Up In Dreamland” from 1970’s His Band And The Street Choir.  Fueled by the success of the lead single “Domino“, the album would match the success of its predecessor Moondance.

We led the set with The Cynics.  “Gloria’s Dream” comes from their sophomore 1988 LP Twelve Flights Up, which was rereleased in 2000 with 4 unreleased tracks and retitled Sixteen Flights Up.  The cut sure sounds like quite the homage to Van’s first band Them and their big hit “Gloria”.

We’re gonna do a California/Women singers set now, with a special Set 4 Score featuring two artists!  Let’s start off with Thee Oh Sees, here’s “The Dream”.

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DJ:  The beauty of lucid dreaming is controlling your actions and direction.  Sometimes lucid dreamers pretend that they’re dead and are existing in an alternative universe.   L7 rose to fame with the release of their single “Pretend We’re Dead” from 1992’s Bricks Are Heavy.  Prior to the L7 assault, we played a double dose of the Set 4 Score.

First off, we had Allie Hanlon and her band Peach Kelli Pop doing “Dreamphone” from 2012’s Peach Kelli Pop II.  Allie has put out three total albums under the pseudonym and just released the Halloween Mask EP last year.  Now relocated to Los Angeles from Ottowa, expect to see more beach vibes on her records.  Peach Kelli Pop plays June 24th at The Echo on the Sunset Strip.  Go see them!

The second Set 4 Score artist was Shannon And The Clams from Oakland, CA.  The band has gained a large following in the Bay Area with their neo-car hop vibes and garage/surf punk aesthetic.  They fit in very well here at Feel Me Flow!  We played “Into A Dream” from their third LP Dreams In The Rat House.  Not only does the album feature some Labyrinthian artwork, but the digitial download also features a cover of the mighty Del Shannon tune “Runaway” which we played earlier.

Best Coast played us “Dreaming My Life Away” from their sophomore album The Only Place.  Bethany Cosentino claimed that the album was influenced by 60’s country music and Fleetwood Mac.  I guess I can hear that.  I hear more surf rock influence, personally.

Peach Kelli Pop labelmates Thee Oh Sees led our set with “The Dream” from their Carrion Crawler / The Dream EP.  Brigid Dawson actually took the lead on the track, with vocal duties usually going to John Dwyer.  We’re gonna do a nightmare set now, so grab your blanky and teddy bear; it could get scary.

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DJ:  Remember how weird it was the Roy Orbison wrote songs with Glenn Danzig in the 80’s?  It doesn’t seem so strange once you know of Glenn’s obsession with 50’s culture and the black and white rockabilly aesthetic.  The Misfits recorded “American Nightmare” in 1978 but never officially released it until the 1985 compilation Legacy Of Brutality.

Before Misfits, we heard another new track from Black Lips’ Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art?.  Black Lips supply the theme song for our favorite summertime show King Of The Road on Viceland.  The new season starts Thursday so be sure to check it out!  Expect someone to drink piss; it will happen.

On the topic of new music, Fat Wreck band Bad Cop, Bad Cop will be releasing their sophomore album Warriors next Friday (6/16).  We played their Side 1-Track 1 debut from 2015’s Not Sorry.  Alas, we could’ve included this one during our previous California female-fronted band set, but then the nightmare theme wouldn’t have worked!  BCBC hails from California as well and fits in perfectly with our garage rock vibes.  Check out the new album next week!

Brand New played us their latest with “I Am A Nightmare” from 2016.  The single marks a return to a more upbeat paced sound reminiscent of their earlier records.  The band released T-Shirts with the text “Brand New 2008-2018” leading many to believe the band would be breaking up despite contradictions from lead singer Jesse Lacey.  We shall see.

Alice Cooper led the “nightmare” set with “Welcome To My Nightmare” from the 1975 LP of the same name.  The album was a concept album of sorts, focusing on a journey through nightmares had by a boy named Steven.

Alright, that’s enough nightmare talk; let’s focus on dreams!  How about we jump into the brightest, lightest pop tune about dreams.  Here’s The Chordettes with their 1954 single “Mr. Sandman”.

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DJ:  Gregg Allman, whom we, unfortunately, lost in May 2017, said that he wrote the lyrics to the entire first Allman Brothers album in a week.  The lyrics have been regarded as surprisingly professional for a debut.  The debut included a Muddy Waters cover as well as a Spencer Davis Group cover, and its finale is the epic “Whipping Post“.

Bettye Lavette gave us a soul-ified cover of Ron Davies’ “It Ain’t Easy”.  Though recorded in 1972 for a full-length album, the song wouldn’t see the public eye until 2006 when Rhino reissued the Atco recordings and titled it Child Of The Seventies.  The tune was recorded at Muscle Shoals with The Swampers in 1972, and Bettye would return to the area to record new material in 2007.

We played David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream” before Bettye.  Coming from Bowie’s epic The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.  Bowie also covered Ron Davies’ song on Ziggy, and it was the only cover featured on the album.

The Walkmen‘s Hamilton Leithauser has put out a few solo albums in the last couple years, including 2014’s Black Hours and 2017’s I Had  Dream That You Were Mine; the latter of which features a collaboration with Vampire Weekend‘s Rostam Batmanglij.  I Had A Dream That You Were Mine channels 50’s doo-wop along with modern-day EDM. Rostam wanted to use old techniques and mix them with new ideas, resulting in the albums sound.

Well, friends, that brings us to another closing of the show.  Thanks for joining us today on Feel Me Flow!  Be sure to check back next time when we celebrate National Best Friend Day!

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FMF Episode #11 – Bob Dylan

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DJ: Welcome to Feel Me Flow! Today we celebrate the greatest songwriter to ever grace this Earth, Robert Allen Zimmerman, Jack Frost, Bob Landy, Robert Milkwood Thomas, Elston Gunnn, Blind Boy Grunt, The Voice Of A Generation; Bob Dylan.  Born on May 24th, 1941 in Duluth, MN, Robert Zimmerman spent his childhood in nearby Hibbing, MN listening to rock and roll AM radio coming out of the South.  After performing at his high school and a couple dates with Bobby Vee, Bob moved to Minneapolis to attend the University Of Minnesota.  Bob would circuit the Dinkytown folk scene for under a year before moving to New York City.  There, he would dive headfirst into the Greenwich Village folk scene; carousing with acts like Dave Van Ronk, Odetta, and The Clancy Brothers.  The folk singers would borrow tunes and chord progressions in those days, and Bob was no exception.  Bob’s even been accused of stealing chord progressions from other Greenwich artists and using them for his own financial gain.  “The House Of The Rising Sun” is a great example of this.  Dave Van Ronk developed a new descending chord progression for the old traditional tune, which Bob used for his first LP.  The Animals would then go on to use the same progression and score a massive hit with the song.  Once the song became popular, people would accuse The Animals of stealing Bob Dylan’s song; all while Dave Van Ronk is sitting back exclaiming that Bob actually stole his song!  Speaking of stolen songs, let’s get into a cover-laden show of everything Dylan.

We’re gonna play all kinds of Bob Dylan covers, songs about Bob Dylan, songs with lyrics referencing Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan himself, and even a Set 4 Score from Bob Dylan’s home state of Minnesota.  Beginning and ending the show will be two versions of Bob’s “All Along The Watchtower”.  The first comes from Twin Cities rapper P.O.S.  Part of the Doomtree collective, Marijuana Deathsquads, Building Better Bombs, Gayngs, and so many other groups and artists collectives, Stef Alexander is a highly talented individual.  From punk rock to hip-hop he’s among the best in the business.  Check out this tune from the Doghouse Records Bob Dylan covers album Paupers, Peasants, Princes & Kings: The Songs Of Bob Dylan.

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DJ:  In 1979, The Flamin’ Groovies were about to split up.  The band released their 6th LP Jumpin’ In The Night and it flopped.  It featured five cover songs, though; including this and a version of “Werewolves Of London“.  The band would break up after the failure of this album, only to reunite in the 2000s to tour.

L.A. punk band X would help launch the second wave of Sunset Strip rock in the 80’s.  While the 60’s gave the Strip hippies, the 80’s would bring a new wave of hardcore punk, drugs, and sex.  The L.A. punk scene would eventually lead to the growth of the metal scene, and soon the hair metal scene of the late 80’s before imploding due to the grunge movement.  Bands like X, Black Flag, Bad Religion, Agent Orange, and more would help create an entirely new world of music.  The Doors’ Ray Manzarek, a fellow strip troubadour, would produce X’s first LP Los Angeles and feature a cover of “Soul Kitchen”.  We played a cover of Bob’s “Positively 4th Street”; the b-side from their “4th Of July” single.

Another L.A. punk band, Social Distortion (technically from Fullerton), got their start in 1978 and would ride the Los Angeles punk rock wave of the 80’s.  Lead singer Mike Ness put out a solo album in 1993 called Cheating At Solitaire, and it features this alt-country cover “Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright)”.

Before Mike, we played yet another L.A. punk band; Minutemen.  If you’re a fan of Sublime, you may have recognized D. Boon’s line “Punk rock changed our lives.” sampled on their “40 Oz. To Freedom” track.  The track comes from Minutemen’s magnum opus Double Nickles On The Dime.  You can also hear D. Boon reference John Doe on the track; that would be the same John Doe from X.  John contributed to the I’m Not There soundtrack, which we’ll hear from later.

Up next is a cut that alludes to taking acid by way of Timoth Leary.  Here’s The Who looking for answers with “The Seeker”.

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DJ:  The Who’s Roger Daltrey asked Bobby Dylan, The Beatles, and Timothy Leary if they could help find what he was looking for, to no avail.  “The Seeker” was released as a stand-alone single in 1970 and would appear on the compilation Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy.  The track features legendary Stones piano man Nicky Hopkins on the keys.

Wilco gave us “Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard” from their Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 compilation.  The song originally appeared on the More Like The Moon EP in 2003.  The song title is a play on all of Bob’s songs about his “dreams”.

Hootie & The Blowfish exploded onto the music scene in 1994 with the release of Cracked Rear View.  After the singles “Hold My Hand” and “Let Her Cry” made waves, “Only Wanna Be With You” would catapult the band into mega-stardom.  The downside of this, of course, is the exposure to a larger audience, including Bob Dylan.  In the song’s second verse Darius quotes Dylan’s songs “You’re A Big Girl Now” and “Idiot Wind” along with singing “ain’t Bobby so cool” and “yeah I’m tangled up in blue”.  Bob’s people didn’t appreciate the piggybacking and sued the band.  They settled out of court.

Scottish band Belle And Sebastian took their name from a French cartoon but never got sued over it.  In 1996, they released their sophomore album If You’re Feeling Sinister to positive critical acclaim.  We heard “Like Dylan In The Movies” from the album, a reference to how cool one could possibly be.

Wrapping up the set was Billy Preston doing Bob’s “She Belongs To Me”.  The track comes from Billy’s fourth album That’s The Way God Planned It.   The album features Keith Richards on bass, Ginger Baker on drums, and George Harrison on guitar.  Wow, what a lineup!  The album was released right after Billy’s collaboration with The Beatles on “Get Back“.

Alright, let’s turn up the blues a bit with Josh Homme and Queens Of The Stone Age doing “Outlaw Blues”.

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DJ: From the 2007 Todd Haynes biographical musical drama film I’m Not There, we heard The Black Keys’ version of “The Wicked Messenger”.  Being the big Dan Auerbach fans that we are, it’d be hard not to play that during this episode.  The soundtrack features four LPs of Dylan covers by popular indie rock musicians and includes the Dylan lost track “I’m Not There”.  It comes highly recommended from us here at Feel Me Flow, check it out sometime!

Before the Keys, we heard Hamilton Leithauser and The Walkmen doing “Subterranean Homesick Blues” in the style of Harry Nilsson and John Lennon.  During John Lennon’s separation from Yoko Ono (his “Lost Weekend“), he and Harry Nilsson would record an album together in L.A. under the influence of all kinds of drugs and alcohol titled Pussy Cats.  If you look at the LP cover for Pussy Cats you can see a children’s letter block of “D” and “S” with a rug in between them under the table.  The joke is alluding to “drugs under the table”.  The Walkmen would go on to re-record the entire album in 2006, giving us this chugging cover of a cover.

Nina Simone’s 1969 album To Love Somebody could almost be seen as a covers album, with only two tracks out of nine being original compositions.  She covered Leonard Cohen, Bee Gees, and three Dylan tracks!  We heard “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” from that record.

Leading off the set was a couple of tracks from Dylan tribute records.  The lead track was Queens Of The Stone Age doing “Outlaw Blues” from the Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International album, and the second song was Built To Spill doing “Jokerman” from the ATO Records compilation Bob Dylan in the 80’s: Volume One.  Built To Spill has been an indie rock staple since the release of their debut 1993 album Ultimate Alternative Wavers.  The band released Untethered Moon in 2015.

Bob wrote this next song and sold it to other artists before using it himself on his solo album Self Portrait.  The song would be a much larger hit for Manfred Mann and others than Bob himself.  Here’s “Quinn The Eskimo”.

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DJ:  The Dead Weather was the second side group Jack White started while in The White Stripes, after The Raconteurs.  He decided to drum instead, as being another guitar player in another band would seem redundant.  When The Dead Weather released their debut LP Horehound in 2009, they decided to include a wailing version of Dylan’s “New Pony”.

Jack White had previously done Dylan covers before, including one on The White Stripes’ debut album.  They ended up covering Robert Johnson, Son House, and of course Mr. Dylan’s “One More Cup Of Coffee”.  The White Stripes would go on to launch a revolution in rock music, bringing the alternative world back to a blues-based medium.  Jack has spearheaded the vinyl resurgence as well, being named Ambassador of Record Store Day in 2013.

Before the Jack White double dip, we played our only non-Dylan track of the day “Honeybee” by Minneapolis band Ahem.  Now we know we try to stick to a theme around here (although we do branch out plenty), but this track was too good to leave out; plus we needed a Set 4 Score! Bob’s from Minnesota anyway, so there’s your connection!  Ahem put out their debut EP Just Wanna Be on Forged Artifacts in October 2016.  The cassette is sold out, but keep an eye out for more releases and support this band.  I like to think of their sound as the New Pornographers if Bob Mould joined the band.

David Bowie sang an ode to the man of the hour on his 1971 album Hunky Dory.  Bowie wanted there to be a leader in the rock world, and since Dylan was temporarily on hiatus due to his motorcycle crash, there was no leader.  Bowie sought out to be that leader.  I think he succeeded.

We’re gonna speed things up a bit with a punk cover of Dylan’s “The Man In Me” from Say Anything.  Okay, speed it up. Go!

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DJ: The Jeff Beck Group released their self-titled fourth album in 1972 after reforming the band two years prior.  Jeff Beck originally comes from The Yardbirds, and the original Jeff Beck solo recordings feature Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Keith Moon, and Nicky Hopkins.  We heard a cover of “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” from their final album.

Chan Marshall, AKA Cat Power, knocked out two birds with one homage in her “Song To Bobby”.  Honoring Bob Dylan with the song’s subject matter, and David Bowie with the idea to write him a song in the first place.  Cat Power has released two covers records in total; 2000’s The Covers Record and the album this comes from, Jukebox.  Chan’s latest album Sun brought her to the Billboard Top 200 for the first time in her career in 2012.  She found out the album made the charts while in the hospital for hereditary angioedema, an immune disorder that causes sporadic swelling of the face and throat.

 The Specials were forerunners in the 80’s second wave of ska.  In 1980, they released the “Do Nothing” single with “Maggie’s Farm” as the b-side.  The song would make it onto later pressings of More Specials, namely the deluxe versions.

The Ramones put out the garage rock based covers album Acid Eaters late in their career in 1993; it was the second to the last album from the group.  The Dylan-penned, Byrds-popularized hit “My Back Pages” played before our lead-off track from Say Anything.

Frontman Max Bemis started Say Anything in 2000 and recorded demos by himself.  In 2006, Max and Saves The Day frontman Chris Conley teamed up to record a cover of “The Man In Me” for the Dylan tribute album Paupers, Peasants, Princes & Kings: The Songs Of Bob Dylanthe same album we lifted the P.O.S cover from.

And now for the man of the hour doing a song that no one can really cover; nor should they try.  How does it feel?!

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DJ: Bruce Springsteen has been quoted likening “Like A Rolling Stone” to “a snare shot that sounded like somebody’d kicked open the door to your mind”.  I can relate, Bruce.  Varying reports tell us that early versions of the song were as long as 20 pages, and a lengthy nine+ minutes of music.  We’re of the belief that the song would be just as great and if not better had it been released in a full version, but that’s beside the point.  “Like A Rolling Stone” would begin the journey to legend status for Bob.

Sonic Youth gave us a cover of the rare deep track “I’m Not There” from the movie of the same name.  The original song was recorded in 1967 during The Basement Tapes sessions at Big Pink.  It made the rounds on various bootlegs throughout the 20th century before finally getting an official release on the soundtrack.  Sonic Youth did the song justice, capturing the feel Dylan was going for.

Another song from Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus made its way into the show; this time in the form of his first solo effort.  Stephen Malkmus was technically a solo record, but the Jicks did indeed provide backing instrumentation.  “Jo Jo’s Jacket” name checks Yul Brynner, Westworld, and references lyrics from “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding).   Ok, he pretty much uses some of them line-for-line.  Stephen also contributed quite a bit to the I’m Not There soundtrack, performing on four tracks.

Lions gave us “Girl From The North Country” from the Sons Of Anarchy soundtrack.  The show is known for covering famous rock songs, either with new artists or by the in-house band Forest Rangers.  Lions is an indie rock band from Austin, TX channeling bands like Nada Surf and Toadies.  They haven’t released anything since 2009’s Let No One Fall EP.

Capping the show off was perhaps the most famous Dylan cover of all, “All Along The Watchtower” from Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland LP.  Bob was quoted as saying “I liked Jimi Hendrix’s record of this and ever since he died I’ve been doing it that way… Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it’s a tribute to him in some kind of way.”  Damn fine job, Jimi.

Alright Zimmyheads, that wraps up our Dylan show!  Happy birthday to the legend himself, and enjoy the rest of this beautiful May day!  Join us next time on Feel Me Flow!

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FMF Episode #8 – Mother’s Day

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DJ: Welcome!  Did you buy the flowers?  Sign the card? Breakfast in bed?  Today we’re celebrating all things MOM.  Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there who represents someone’s mother!  Mother’s Day first took flight in 1908 when a woman named Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother Anna Jarvis at their church.  Anna wanted to honor “the person who has done more for you than anyone else in the world”, and pushed for a nationally recognized holiday.  Funny enough, Anna Jarvis died without marrying or having any children of her own.  She really must have loved her mother, though.  In today’s show, we’ll be playing all sorts of Mother tracks; songs about mom, songs about mother superior, songs about mom’s abandoning their kids, and pleas for mom to “Just leave me alone!”.

We’re hearing everyone’s favorite camping song “Hello Mother” by The Skatalites in the background.  “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” was a comedy single released by Allan Sherman in 1963 to the tune of Amilcare Ponchielli‘s “Dance Of The Hours”.  What’s really crazy, is in the second verse Allan sings “You remember Leonard Skinner. He got Ptomaine poisoning last night after dinner.”.  Lynyrd Skynyrd would go on to name their band after a different man of the same name; their own gym teacher.  What’re the odds?

Let’s continue the ska feel with Paul Simon doing “Mother And Child Reunion” off of his sophomore self-titled album.

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DJ: After quitting The Misfits in 1983, Glenn Danzig started Samhain, which would eventually evolve into Danzig.  Focusing on darker themes, Samhain was signed by Rick Rubin, had a lineup change, and turned into the first incarnation of Danzig.  We heard his big hit “Mother” off of the Danzig 1988 debut.

Social Distortion was another 2nd wave punk band from the 80’s, citing Sex Pistols and Rolling Stones as influences on their sound.  Band leader Mike Ness fell into a 3-year heroin binge after the release of their debut album Mommy’s Little Monster.   After rehab, they got back together with some new members and are still touring to this day.  We heard the title track from that album.

Social D’s influences, The Rolling Stones, played “Mother’s Little Helper” from their 1966 LP Aftermath.  Careful with those pills, mama.

The Shirelles played one of their big hits, “Mama Said” from their 1961 album The Shirelles Sing To Trumpets And Strings.  The song has gone on to be covered countless times, but we like to stick to the originals here (if we can).

Paul Simon led the set with his ska-inspired hit “Mother And Child Reunion”.  Paul recorded the song in Jamaica at Dynamic Studios with backing band members from The Maytals.

We’re gonna play some new music now with Black Lips doing “Occidental Front” from their brand new LP Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art?.

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DJ: A different type of “mama said”, that’s for sure. Maynard James Keenan’s solo project Puscifer has quite the different sound from his other more metal-based projects (Tool, A Perfect Circle).  He’s quoted as describing the sound as like “driving around in your car listening to those old Motown hits, James Brown, and cool R&B stuff.”    It sure is evident.

We heard Yeezy doing his ode to mama “Hey Mama”. Kanye’s mother Donda passed away in 2007 due to post-operative factors from undergoing liposuction and a breast reduction.

Pink Floyd gave us “Mother” from their epic double LP The Wall.  The song describes the main character’s mother being overprotective and wanting to help him build a wall to protect him from the outside world.  If you’ve never seen the movie The Wall, we’d suggest giving it a try sometime.  You may want to take some drugs first.

Tracy Bonham screamed at her mother on “Mother, Mother” from 1996’s The Burdens Of Being Upright. Somewhat of a one-hit wonder, Tracy never found the success that her big debut gave her again, but stuck in the music industry anyway.  The drummer on that album was actually Josh Freese. Josh joined The Vandals in 1990 and has drummed on an extensive list of albums for all kinds of artists.  He’s also a member of the aforementioned A Perfect Circle.

The next set kicks off with Arthur Alexander covering The Beatles with “Anna (Go To Him)”. Here’s our tribute to the founder of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis.

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DJ: Our Beatles set ends with their Magical Mystery Tour track “Your Mother Should Know”.  In the movie, the band members are all wearing red carnations except Paul, whose was black.  Carnations are the flower associated with Mother’s Day!  We’re actually hearing Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed do an acoustic rendition of “Something” in the background, and Arthur Alexander led the set with a song The Beatles would later cover.

After Arthur, was The Byrds doing a live & shortened version of Bob Dylan’s “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding).  The track comes from their 1970 (Untitled) double live/studio LP.  They also cover Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street” on the album.  Check out “Lover Of The Bayou” sometime; Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch would go on to cover it.

Speaking of Bob, we heard him croon for his lady in the outtake “Mama, You Been On My Mind” from the Another Side Of Bob Dylan sessions.  The song would go on to be covered by artists like Rod Stewart and Jeff Buckley and saw a formal release on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991.

The middle-trio-piece of our Beatles set wrapped up with Ron Gallo doing “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me” from his new album Heavy Meta.  Ron comes from garage rock band Toy Soldiers, all hailing from Philadelphia.  Heavy Meta is gaining steam and lots of critical praise for its literacy and brash truths. Good stuff, Ron.

So now we’re going to get weird with David Peel & The Lower East Side doing “Happy Mother’s Day” off of his Have A Marijuana LP.   Probably one of the weirder albums I own.  All recorded on a street corner in New York City.  Happy Mother’s Day!

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DJ: The Terror Watts will be releasing their first official album this May with the Terror Watts EP.  Hailing from Birmingham, UK, the trio plays straight forward garage rock/punk which is exactly what we want to hear on Feel Me Flow!  Support them and buy the new EP on May 26th.

Childish Gambino released the adventurous “Awaken, My Love!” last year to much critical acclaim. The actor-turned-rapper Donald Glover has released 3 LPs, 7 mixtapes, and 2 EPs.  “Redbone” has become a largely known hit for him and comes from this same album.

New York ska band The Slackers dropped by with “Mommy” from 2003’s Close My Eyes.  Slacker Vic Ruggiero plays with Rancid whenever they need an organ sound.  Vic’s got an extensive solo discography as well.

The Shelters gave us “Rebel Heart” from their debut LP.  Sounds a bit like The Byrds, no?  The album was produced by Tom Petty, who is a huge Byrds fan.  The Shelters are touring now and will be at Lollapalooza this summer.

Fountains Of Wayne achieved great success with the release of this next song.  Many have proclaimed annoyance and distaste for the tune, but I think Adam wrote a great pop rock song.  He also wrote “That Thing You Do“, which is as catchy as it gets.  Let’s hear it.  Stacy’s Mom has got it goin’ on…

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DJ: We gotta have that funk! George Clinton and Parliament getting funky on “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)” from their 1975 space funk LP Mothership Connection.  If you’re unfamiliar with George and Parliament, but like funk, we’d suggest diving into their catalog.  Maybe start with Maggot Brain?

Randy Newman’s “Mama Told Me Not To Come” was originally recorded by Eric Burdon & The Animals in 1966, but stayed under the radar until 4 years later when Randy and Three Dog Night both recorded and released it.  Three Dog Night would take it into another atmosphere of success.  They sure were quite the cover band

Speaking of originals, Avoid One Thing’s “Lean On Sheena” would go on to be covered by The Bouncing Souls for their album The Gold Record.  Avoid One Thing was a side project started by Joe Gittelman (the bass fiddleman) of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

Not all moms are equal, and some are just deadbeats. Eric Melvin wanted to make that clear in NOFX’s “Dead Beat Mom” from their 2016 LP First Ditch Effort.   Don’t be shitty, moms.  Dads, don’t be shitty either.  Let’s not be shitty to each other!

Here’s something very unshitty; a new track from the recently reunited At The Drive-In!

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DJ: Run them jewels back, run them run them jewels back. El-P and Killer Mike‘s rap duo Run The Jewels has been one of the hottest things in hip-hop over the last few years. Keep it going guys, the stuff is amazing.

John Lennon’s mother Julia didn’t want him, as he just proclaimed.  She gave him up to her sister when he was young, and started a different family.  Julia died in a car crash in 1958 when John was just 18.

Canadian country chanteuse Cat Clyde just released her debut LP Ivory Castanets on May 5th.  If this track is any indication of the rest of the album, we’re excited.  Country music needs new life!  Get rid of the pop crap they’re playing and give us that Outlaw music! Great tune, Cat.

Rant over; let’s talk about another country outlaw – Merle Haggard.  Merle sadly died last year on his birthday April 6th.  Ray Charles had died the year before on April 6th, and Don Rickles and David Peel died this year on April 6th.  Watch out for April 6th, everyone.  We heard one of his more famous songs with “Mama Tried”.

After reuniting a second time in 2015, At The Drive-In finally put out a new album, their first since 2000’s Relationship Of Command.  We heard “Governed By Contagions” from the latest LP in•ter a•li•a.  

OK music fans, the time has once again come to wind down another episode of Feel Me Flow. Enjoy the beautiful Sunday that is Mother’s Day, and join us next time when we celebrate Krist Novoselic’s birthday in our Nirvana episode! Oh, and a shout-out to my mom Debbie, who is pictured in our artwork this week. Love you Mom!

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FMF Episode #7 – Flowers

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DJ: Welcome to today’s episode of Feel Me Flow!  Can you smell them?  If not, maybe stop and smell them? The roses, daisies, tulips, lilies, etc.  Last month we featured our Rain episode; and because April showers tend to bring May flowers, we are gonna listen to some Flower music!  Nothing says springtime like blooming flowers and the smell of the Earth again.  Taking a walk through a garden or observatory just for smells can be cathartic and relaxing. Today we’re gonna play tracks about all kinds of flowers, tracks about girls named after flowers, some new tracks about flowers, some deep tracks about flowers, and a track from the best local band around.

Behind us, we hear “Orchid”; an instrumental acoustic ditty from Black Sabbath’s 1971 LP Masters Of Reality.

We’re going to kick the set off with The White Stripes doing “Blue Orchid” from 2005’s Get Behind Me Satan.  The album marked a significant shift in The White Stripes sound, bringing in pianos and other instruments (including a marimba).

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DJ: That was Dan Auerbach and The Arcs doing “Put A Flower In Your Pocket” from their 2015 debut album Yours, Dreamily.  Dan will soon have released 2 solo albums as well as another side project titled Blakroc aside from his many LPs with The Black Keys.  We enjoy his production and songwriting quite a bit on FMF.

Before The Arcs, we heard a one-hit wonder from 1963 titled “Sally Go ‘Round The Roses” from The Jaynetts’ LP of the same name.  The LP has become a bit of a rare find these days, but the song stands the test of time.  Some have even suggested that the meaning behind the song is about a jilted lesbian lover, but the world may never know.

Before The Jaynetts played us their single, we heard neo-soul sensation Leon Bridges from his critically acclaimed 2015 album Coming Home.  Leon broke onto the scene via Spotify’s 10 Most Viral Tracks that year.  He takes huge inspiration from Sam Cooke and Otis Redding along with other 60’s soul acts.

J. Roddy Walston And The Business blasted in with the piano-driven track “Marigold”.  The band released their 3rd LP Essential Tremors in 2013 after signing to ATO Records.  Known for their uptempo live shows, the band is playing tonight in Durham, NC at Motorco Music Hall with opening act Quaker City Night Hawks.

Alright, let’s jump into some local music with St. Paul’s Hippo Campus.  We’ll be featuring the band a few times on Feel Me Flow, as they are one of our favorite new local acts.  Here’s a track off of their latest LP Landmark, “Buttercup”.

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DJ: Eels doing “Lilac Breeze” off of Hombre Lobo.  The album would be the first of three in Mark Oliver Everett’s concept album trilogy.  The other two being End Of Times and Tomorrow Morning.  This LP is all about desire, and the hunt for lust.

Before Eels, we heard classic punk band The Damned doing “New Rose”.  Early in the punk genre, this song was actually released as a single a month before “Anarchy In The U.K.” by the Sex Pistols.  Their debut album Damned Damned Damned was actually produced by Nick Lowe (produced Elvis Costello).

Minneapolis soul band Sonny Knight & The Lakers dropped in with the side-1 track-1 off of their sophomore studio album Sooner Or Later.  The band puts on one hell of an electric show.  Look for more of their music in future episodes.

Speaking of Minneapolis funk, we heard Mark Ronson and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker doing the trippy “Daffodils”.  Ronson took some heavy cues from the Minneapolis sound created by Prince and the like on his album Uptown Special.  The influence is extremely noticeable on his big hit “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars.

Another Twin Cities band Hippo Campus led that set.  Now to Detroit for a punk cover of a country classic.

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DJ: Ahh, those falsetto voices. So, Radiohead played us “Lotus Flower” off of their 8th LP The King Of Limbs.  The album was one of their shortest, clocking in at under 40 minutes with just 8 tracks.  The band is also set to release a 20th-anniversary edition of their magnum opus OK Computer later this summer.

We got a bit playful hearing Tiny Tim do his famous ukulele jam “Tip Toe Thru’ The Tulips With Me” off of God Bless Tiny Tim.  Tiny Tim (Herbert Buckingham Khaur) made a career for himself on the 60’s comedy shows like The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and Rowan And Matin’s Laugh-In.  After his career had dwindled, he was playing a show in Minneapolis in 1996 when he suffered a heart attack on stage during his finale “Tip To Thru’ The Tulips With Me”.  Tim never regained consciousness and he died later that day.  His remains are entombed at the Lakewood Cemetary in Minneapolis.  Rest In Peace to the falsetto champion.

Before that, we heard the Stone’s doing one of their more country rock-tinged tunes “Dead Flowers” off of 1971’s Sticky Fingers.  The album is near perfect if you’ve never experienced it.  We’ll play more from it in later shows, I can guarantee you that.

Another Twin Cities act, The Person And The People, played us “Sleep All Day” from their 2016 LP Dark & Low.  Dark & Low was the best local album released last year, according to everyone’s ears.  Great guitar jams, great vocals, and tight musicianship with an indie rock vibe.

At the top of the set, we heard The Suicide Machines covering the Joe South-penned hit “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden”  The song was a massive hit for Lynn Anderson in 1970, becoming one of the first country crossover songs to top the charts.  The Detroit punk band took their name from Springsteen’s “Born To Run” lyrics.

Here’s another new track with Wavves kicking off the set.

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DJ: Bloc Party released “Tulips” in 2005 as a stand-alone single.  The song never made the cut of their debut album Silent Alarm.  That’s ok, though; we still enjoy it!  The band would go on to achieve success with their debut and just released Hymns last year.

Since we’re on the topic of British indie rock, let’s talk about Pete Doherty.  The man behind The Libertines and Babyshambles, as well as solo work and collaborations, has been notorious for being an avid drug addict.  He and model Kate Moss had quite the infamous drug-ladled relationship, as well had a friendship with Amy Winehouse.  As of the most recent news, Pete’s cleaned up.  Unfortunately, losing a friend might have been what it took to get sober.  We heard “Last Of The English Roses” from his 2009 LP Grace/Wastelands.  

Lee Fields & The Expressions chimed in with a beautiful cover of a J.J. Cale track, “Magnolia”.  The track comes from their 2014 LP Emma Jean.  Lee’s part of the amazing neo-soul movement of the last decade (see Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones, Sonny Knight, Leon Bridges, etc.).

We heard Jerry and the Dead give us “Scarlet Begonias” from their 1974 LP From The Mars Hotel. Sublime would cover the song on their debut album 40 Oz. To Freedom, adding a bit of a rap to the middle of the track.

Wavves led the set with another new track from their forthcoming LP You’re Welcome.

Now let’s get dancy with some Solid Gold…

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DJ: Jim Morrison actually recorded those vocals from a bathroom.  That’s The Doors doing “Hyacinth House” off of their last LP with Jim, L.A. Woman.  As you can tell by the lyrical content of the album, Jim wasn’t in a very positive mood.  He ended up fleeing to Paris after this album finished recording and eventually died there.  Rest in peace Mr. Morrison.

We heard “O, Lilac” from Virginia’s Wild Nothing.  Lilac just might be the best scent in the world of flowers, agreed?  Disagree?  Wild Nothing has a dreamy pop sound that reminds me of a garage band underwater; if the water was actually Crystal Pepsi.  Love it!

We heard The Move doing “Flowers In The Rain” from their 1968 debut.  For a promo stunt, the band’s manager released a postcard with a cartoon of the Prime Minister and his secretary on it.  The PM sued and the band was ordered to donate all royalties to the charity of the PM’s choice.  It still stands today!

The Foundations did “Build Me Up Buttercup” from 1968.  The song got a revamp in popularity in 1998 when the Farrelly brothers used it in There’s Something About Mary.  The Modern Lovers’ Jonathan Richman performed in the movie and on the soundtrack as well.  He had previously played a bit in Kingpin as well.

Solid Gold led the set with “Neon Rose” from their 2008 debut album Bodies Of Water.  NME would go on to call the album totally addictive, while MTV compared it to Manchester bands like Stone Roses.

Our next band took heavy influence from Stone Roses, and along with bands like Blur and Pulp would go on to help fuel an entire new Britpop revolution.  Here’s Oasis.

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DJ: Damn those backstabbing smiling faces…  That was The Undisputed Truth with “Smiling Faces Sometimes” off of their 1970 self-titled debut.  The song was originally done by The Temptations earlier that year, but songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong wanted to re-record it in a new way, much as they did with other tracks of the time.

Tom Petty’s second solo album Wildflowers turned out to be just as much a success as his first (Full Moon Fever).  With contributions from Ringo Starr, Carl Wilson, and production from Rick Rubin, the album was sure to be a hit.  We heard the title track from the 1994 LP.

Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel chimed in with the opening track off of their pinnacle point LP In The Aeroplane Over The Sea.  Though never confirmed by the band, the album seems to run on a loose concept of The Diary Of Young Girl (The Diary Of Anne Frank).  The song “Holland, 1945” furthers that theory.  The album has also been knocked as the apex hipster album of this generation.

In 1966, The Creation was just breaking onto the music scene.  They released “Makin’ Time” to an unwelcoming audience, but would put out a more successful “Painter Man” later that year. The band would often hang a canvas on stage during performances of “Painter Man”, spray paint it, and light it on fire afterward.  While we do enjoy the tune, “Makin’ Time” just has a better groove to it.

Brit rock band Oasis gave us “Morning Glory” off of their toweringly popular 1995 album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?.  Anyway, here’s Wonderwall

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DJ: Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl wrote “Marigold” whilst still in Nirvana, wanting to start a solo side project.  He recorded an album’s worth of acoustic tracks all by himself under the pseudonym Late! in 1992 called Pocketwatch.  The album would never see a release other than on cassette, but a few songs would come back later.  “Friend Of A Friend” would be re-recorded for Foo Fighters’ In Your Honor, and “Marigold” would get a formal demo in 1993 during the In Utero session in at Pachyderm Studios as well as a live issue on their Skin And Bones album.

Bill Withers’ “Use Me” from his sophomore LP Still Bill played before that.  That song truly has one of the grooviest melodies around.

Jeremy Messersmith chimed in with “Violet!” off of his 2010 album The Reluctant Graveyard.  The intro of that tune sounds so much like “The Rain, The Park And Other Things” by The Cowsills; don’t you think?

Tripping Daisy played a 90’s staple with “I Got A Girl”.  The band would break up at the end of the 90’s, but lead singer Tim Delaughter would go on to form the chamber pop choral indie group The Polyphonic Spree.  Look for them in our Sunshine episode!

The set started off with Thee Oh Sees doing “Wax Face” from their 2012 LP Putrifiers II.  That’s some great neo-garage rock, man!

Uh oh. Do you hear that?  That’s the sound of our Flowers episode wilting away.  Thank you so much for joining in today!  We’re hopeful that the music sprouted some interest in your ever-blooming aural spectrum of melodies.  See you next time on Feel Me Flow!

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