FMF Episode #42 – Hair

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DJ: Walk right in, sit right down, baby let your hair hang down!  Welcome to another round of Feel Me Flow! Today we’re all about that dead fur that’s laying on your head, or maybe there’s nothing on your head?  Either way, we’ve got a song for you!

Hairstyles have evolved over time through countless cycles of fads, from long to short, up to down, wild to bland, and everywhere in between.  We’ll go over a few of those fads today, including some tunes about mohawks, the Native American hairstyle that was adopted by punk rockers in the 80s.   We’ll hear a set about shampoo, a set about being bald, and other random hair-related themes like the one in our first set; a comb.

Kicking things off today is perhaps the song you thought of when you saw the theme.  Stephen Malkmus and the legendary Pavement from Portland, Oregon broke through onto the mainstream in 1994 with the release of their most accessible and melodic album Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain.  Led by the single “Cut Your Hair”, the band would end up performing on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and receiving rotation on alternative radio and MTV.  We’ll get to a few “comb” tunes post-Pavement, but here’s that classic haircut song from ’94, “Cut Your Hair”.

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DJ: When The Orwells were discovered by Aquarium Drunkard blogger Justin Gage in 2011, they were making grades in high school.  In fact, when the band released their debut album Remember When on Justin’s Autumn Tone record label in 2012, they were still in high school.  They would graduate early in 2013 to pursue their music career and sign with Atlantic Records shortly after that.  We heard “Painted Faces And Long Hair” from that debut.

The Beatles recorded their first song while in high school as The Quarrymen.  Early Beatles demos and recordings show strong influence pulled from Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and Carl Perkins.  They would cover Carl’s final Sun Records single “Lend Me Your Comb” during the Pop Go The Beatles radio show on BBC in 1963 adding their famous harmonies to the tune.

Ted Hawkins faded in and out of obscurity and legality throughout his life but turned to music after hearing Sam Cooke’s voice in the early 60s.  Ted recorded a few cuts in the 70s but wouldn’t have them released until the 1982 LP Watch Your Step compiled them.  Watch Your Step failed to sell, but Rolling Stone gave it a five-star review.  We heard “Where’s My Natural Comb?” from that five-star masterpiece.

Ty Segall put out a second self-titled album in 2017 (his first was his debut in 2008), this time recorded by Steve Albini.  In the Nardwuar interview with Steve, apparently, Steve tells Nardwuar that Ty and the band smashed a toilet in the studio just for the hell of it.  Later in that interview, Nardwuar gives Steve the Pansy Division EP Manada to which Steve reminisces about their cut “Hockey Hair”.  We’ll hear more from Nardwuar and Pansy Division a bit later, but here we heard Ty’s “Take Care (To Comb Your Hair)”.

Up next is David Crosby’s ode to his “freak flag”, “Almost Cut My Hair”.  Jimi Hendrix had referenced hair being a “freak flag” in his 1967 song “If 6 Was 9”, but Crosby is credited with writing the anthem of the hippies’ hair rebellion.  The song is one of the only tracks on Déjà Vu that features a solo singer instead of maximum melodic harmony per the usual style of CSNY.  Here’s the paranoia-laden locks ballad “Almost Cut My Hair”.

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DJ: The Vandals were perhaps the first silly punk band to hit the scene.  Joe Escalante’s wordplay lyrics like “if you want to be free, order yourself an anarchy burger (hold the government please)” were just the start of a long career of jokey tunes and fun puns.  The 1998 song “I’ve Got An Ape Drape” makes a subtle reference to Billy Ray Cyrus, name drops Queensryche and pokes fun at guests on Jerry Springer all with the same common theme between them; the mullet.  I’m sure “hockey hair” will come up again later this episode.

AFI has truly become one of the most evolutionary punk bands in existence.  Their debut LP Answer That And Stay Fashionable was co-produced by Tim Armstrong of Rancid and is described as “East Bay hardcore” punk rock.  The band moved toward a more grunge/alternative rock sound in the late 90’s when guitarist Jade Puget joined and eventually would grow to sound close to 30 Seconds To Mars or Depeche Mode with their most recent work.  It’s like digital punk rock-opera, in a way.  From that debut LP, we heard “I Wanna Get a Mohawk (But Mom Won’t Let Me Get One)”.

That darn Nardwuar made a presence again, this time singing about “Mohawks & Dreadlocks” with his band The Evaporators.  John Ruskin, Vancouver’s most knowledged musichead, began his run as Nardwuar the Human Serviette on CITR 101.9 FM in 1987 and has been digging deep into the archives of rock every Friday since then.  We wouldn’t be here without him and his style.  The type of music journalism and love for the art that goes with Nardwuar’s radio program and interviews is unmatched by so many, even outside of the music world.

Swedish neo-garage rockers Caesars smashed onto the international scene back in the early 2000s when their single “Jerk It Out” was featured on an iPod Shuffle commercial.  You remember, the ones with the all-black silhouettes and white headphones dancing like crazy?  The band was known as Caesars Palace then but had to rename for obvious reasons once growing in popularity.  Referencing the 60s hippie counterculture and rebellion, the band played us “Let My Freak Flag Fly” from the same album as their Shuffle single, Love For The Streets.

Bald women, bald men, it doesn’t matter to us if you have hair or not!  This next set is all about the absence of hair.  We’ll hear a few songs about bald women, a proud proclamation of baldness, and an ode to wondering if you’re losing your hair.  From 1967’s Smile replacement, Smiley Smile, here’s The Beach Boys with “She’s Going Bald”.

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DJ: Rush’s Caress Of Steel is somewhat known as their nerdiest, least accessible album from the early years.  As if Rush wasn’t nerdy and inaccessible enough, especially for the female rocker scene.  In their documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, the band even mentions how male-dominated their fan base seemed to be for the longest time, up until their more synth-driven sounds of the later 80s.  From 1975’s Caress Of Steel, that was “I Think I’m Going Bald”.

Members of Chicago’s Alkaline Trio and The Lawrence Arms decided to form a somewhat of a supergroup called The Falcon back in 2004.  AK3’s Dan Adriano and LA’s Brendan Kelly had previously played together in the ska band Slapstick before going their separate ways into each respective band.  Coming back together in the early 00s with The Lawrence Arms’ drummer Neil Hennessy, the band would record an EP and two LPs for Red Scare Industries.  Red Scare put out a compilation in 2014 with the exclusive track “We Are The Bald” from The Falcon.

Memphis’ Oblivians chipped in a little b-side from their Best of the Worst: 93-97 compilation.  “Bald Headed Woman” isn’t the old blues track, nor is it The Kinks’ debut album deep track either, but rather a simple tune recorded in Memphis in 1995 that never made it to an official album.

John Sebastian and The Lovin’ Spoonful played us a deep cut from their Daydream LP.  The singles “Daydream” and “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice” carried the album to #10 on the Billboard 200, their highest charting album.  We heard “Bald Headed Lena” from that chart-topper.

We’re featuring a double Set 4 Score this week.  Chicago garage rockers Flesh Panthers and Minneapolis wrecking crew Scrunchies will give us some ear candy after we get super weird with The Cowsills.  The family band, known for their bubblegum pop hits like “The Rain, The Park, And Other Things”, had an incredibly successful single with a cover of the title track from the musical Hair.  Listen for a reference to your favorite Bay Area jam band, too!

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DJ: I’ll have to ask the band for confirmation of this, but there sure seems to be some influence pulled from Nirvana in Scrunchies’ music.  Nirvana’s debut album Bleach featured some of their most raw sounding songs, save for the smash hit “About A Girl”.  “Floyd The Barber” showcased their choppy, gritty, chugging punk guitars and marking the slower, heavier sound of punk rock.  Those three snare hits sound perfect paired with Scrunchies’ single “Wichita”.

Borrowing members from Kitten Forever, Bruise Violet, Double Grave, and Tony Peachka, Scrunchies turns up the volume on what rock and roll could sound like.  Their debut single “Wichita” features a menacingly catchy earworm in the “ha ha ha” of the chorus and a left-to-right headbang throughout the track.  The debut album Stunner lives up to its name and was released on June 1, 2018, on the Twin Cities coolest cassette cartel Forged Artifacts.  So good!

Chicago’s Flesh Panthers‘ sound ranges from garage punk madness to a country-tinged taste test with dabbles in between.  Their latest album Willows Weep perfectly accompanies the Black Lips’ more country-esque songs, if that’s your jam.  It’s ours, too!  Earlier on, though, they rocked a more bluesy, garage punk sound.  From their 2014 Nice Things EP, we heard “Charged Hair”.  Keep an eye on this band!

Rock music’s most infamous Scientologist, Beck Hansen, donated one of his “do” ditties for our Hair playlist.  “Devils Haircut” comes from the album that made Beck a household name, 1996’s Odelay.  The single samples Pretty Purdie‘s “Soul Drums” along with Them’s “Out of Sight” (a James Brown cover) and a replay of “I Can Only Give You Everything”.

While Beck was supporting the release of his album in 1996, blink-182 were in the midst of recording this next song.  Starting off our Shampoo set is blink-182 with “Apple Shampoo” from their 1997 album Dude Ranch.

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DJ: Bleach Bath is a brand new band out of Toronto, Ontario.  They formed in early 2017 and immediately recorded the demo EP It’ll Get Worse If You Let It.  They put out two more singles in the spring of 2017 and have been playing shows since to support.  We played one of their first tracks, “Shampoo”.  Look for more music from them in 2018!

The Barreracudas put out Can Do Easy in 2015 to positive critic reviews.  By the end of 2016, the band had ended.  If you hadn’t gotten the chance to see the Ramones style garage rock of the Atlanta quintet, you’re out of luck.  Luckily, the bands that come and go will sometimes record music for us to listen to forever and ever, as is the case with these guys.  From that romper of an album Can Do Easy, we heard “Shampoo”.

FMF favorites Peach Kelli Pop played us their garage pop perfection with “Shampoo”.  PKP is touring the summer of 2018 to support their new LP Gentle Leader.  The album title is perfectly fitting for a band led by Allie Hanlon, who fosters rescue dogs in her free time.  Girl Gang TV did an interview with Allie about her foster care back in 2015, check it out here.

The Lurkers’ 1978 debut album Fulham Fallout earned them the nickname the British Ramones due to the style and vibe of the music.  The Lurkers were one of the pioneering British punk bands of the mid-late 70s.  They had broken up a few times by the time 1990’s Powerjive hit the shelves but still managed to create raucous punk rock.  From that 1990 LP, we heard “Lipstick And Shampoo”.

Coming up in our final set, we’ll hear a vacation-gone-awry biography, some long hair love, and that Pansy Division track we were talking about earlier.  Leading things off is 10cc with their track about trying to score weed in Jamaica and being hassled by a traveling street gypsy with dreadlocks.  He don’t like cricket, he loves it.  Here’s “Dreadlock Holiday”.

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DJ: Paul and his wife Linda recorded Ram over the winter of 1970-71 while The Beatles were amidst a legal battle after breaking up.  Ringo was actually the first Beatle to release a solo album post-breakup, even though John and George had released solo works earlier.  All four Beatles put out solo albums in 1970; Paul’s McCartney, John’s Plastic Ono Band, George’s All Things Must Pass, and Ringo’s Sentimental Journey released in March.  Both Ringo and Paul’s albums were released before Let It Be.  We heard “Long Haired Lady” from Ram.

The Aquadolls are led by La Mirada, California native Melissa Brooks.  After recording bedroom demos of her songs she would eventually connect with Burger Records and have her debut EP We Are Free released through them.  Burger also released The Aquadolls’ debut LP Stoked On You.  From that debut full-length we heard “Long Hair Don’t Care”.

Pansy Division was the first queercore band to gain a national audience after being asked by Green Day to open for them during their 1994 Dookie tour.  Formed in San Francisco by Jon Ginoli in 1991, the band has maintained a focus on LGBT issues and relationships with witty humor thrown in since its conception.  When Nardwuar handed Steve Albini the Manada EP in his interview with him, Steve recalled the tune “Hockey Hair”. “Hockey Hair” was also featured on the 1999 Puck Rock Vol. 2 compilation; a comp focused on punk hockey songs.

Gun Hill Road scored a number 40 single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in June 1973 with the release of their lone pop hit, “Back When My Hair Was Short”.  Kenny Rogers produced the self-titled sophomore album in 1972.  The following year, three songs were re-recorded, including “Back When My Hair Was Short”.  The new version was slightly sped up and replaced all of the drug references with more family-friendly lyrics.  What a bunch of shit!  Stick to your art!  It was just a couple of lids!  Haha.

Well, it’s time for us to get our ears lowered.  We hope you enjoyed our hairy escapades today and look forward to seeing you next time on Feel Me Flow!

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FMF Episode #41 – Cars

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DJ: Drivers; start your engines!  Welcome to another lap of Feel Me Flow!  Today we’re all about cars, well mostly about cars.  Cars are one of those topics we could do multiple episodes about and may well do so someday.  The live fast-die young lifestyle of rock and roll pairs well with the high speed and power of the automobile.  In the early days of rock and roll, the hot rod was written about tirelessly.  From Chuck Berry to The Beach Boys, cars were the focus of concept albums, rock and roll movies, and other avenues of expression.  We’re going to feature a Chevy set and a Ford set to signify the ongoing “who’s better?” battle, as well as tracks about low riders, hot rods, race cars, and a bunch of songs about asking the parents to borrow the car.

Leading off the first set is the New Rhythm & Blues Quartet (Quintet), a.k.a. NRBQ.  Originally forming in 1966, the ever-evolving band has released over 20 albums in their career.  Their 1977 LP All Hopped Up featured the lead track “Ridin’ In My Car”, a song that would go on to be covered by songwriter M. Ward and crossover actress-to-musician Zooey Deschanel as their duo She & Him.  From the year punk broke, here’s NRBQ with “Ridin’ In My Car”. Roll those windows down…

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DJ: So out of the dozens of songs that the Beach Boys recorded about cars, we decided to go with the one that had a house cleaning product named after it.  Just kidding, well kind of.  There are multiple claims as to how it got its name, ranging from it being the inventor’s wife’s birthday (April, 9th), to the 409th chemical compound tested that worked.  Some even think the engine theory is plausible.  From the Beach Boys’ debut 1962 album and the B-side to their second-ever single “Surfin’ Safari”, we heard the song that launched the hot rod craze; “409”.

The Dictators and their early brand of punk rock played before the Beach Boys.  The “oohs” and “aahs” heard in the background of “(I Live For) Cars And Girls” are clearly influenced by the Beach Boys, something the Ramones would mimic almost menacingly just a year later.  Ross “The Boss” Friedman, a founder of the band, would go on to form Manowar, the 1980s metal band that holds multiple Guinness World Records for loudness and length of play.

How many of us have experience with cars that are just unfixable, or as we call them, “lemons”?  Ty Segall’s sophomore LP Lemons featured a cover of Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band’s “Dropout Boogie” as well as Ty’s first-ever single “Cents”.  We played the choppy cut “In Your Car” from the 2009 album.

SWMRS posed “D’You Have A Car?” from their Drive North LP.  Originally known as Emily’s Army, the band renamed themselves and sought a new producer for their “third” album Drive North.  Zac Carper of FIDLAR stepped in to complete the production sound, branching out from Billie Joe Armstrong’s trademark pop-punk aesthetic.

The bonus 7″ that came with some pressings of Alabama Shakes’ debut album Boys & Girls featured three non-album tracks recorded at the time of the album.  The Heavy Chevy EP as its known gave us the title track plus “Pocket Change” and “Mama”.   Kicking off our Chevy vs. Ford sets, here’s the title track from that EP.

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DJ: In the 70s, the Chevy Van was the place to bring your date.  Nothing like dinner, a movie, and a van sesh to cap off the night, eh?  Ha!  Seriously, though,  Vansploitation was a real movie genre and thanks to Sammy Johns’ single “Chevy Van” they were suddenly “cool”.  Due to the success of the song, Sammy would be asked to produce a soundtrack for the 1977 film The VanFads are weird.

The Nude Party were “discovered” by newest Black Lips drummer Oakley Munson at a Night Beats show in Charlotte and Oakley helped them get their career started.  Whilst living with Oakley in the Catskills of New York, the band recorded their debut album which is to be released on July 6, 2018.  From that album, we played another chevy van song; “Chevrolet Van”.

Originally recorded and written by Lonnie and Ed Young, “Chevrolet” would be covered by countless blues musicians throughout the years.  One of those blues musicians is Taj Mahal.  Taj incorporated many world styles into his music, from zydeco and cajun to reggae and African tribal sounds.  His 1971 LP Happy Just To Be Like I Am brought a soulful mix to things, generating this groovy cover of the Youngs’ classic tune.

London band The Barracudas had mild success in 1980 with their surf rock throwback “Summer Fun”.  The intro to the single started with an excerpt from a 1960s spoof advertisement for the Plymouth Barracuda and the narrator trying to pronounce “barracuda”.  “Summer Fun” is a perfect summer tune, one we might even have to work into another Summer episode sometime, but the B-side “Chevy Baby” makes its way into our Chevy set with its surfy car vibes.

Another pioneer in the rock and roll car scene is none other than Chuck Berry.  In fact, you could easily make the argument that everything the Beach Boys did was because of Chuck Berry, right down to stealing his songs and having to give him credit for them.  Chuck has a plethora of car tunes, like “No Particular Place To Go”, “Maybelline”, and of course his ode to Ford’s most popular muscle car, “My Ford Mustang”.  Let’s kick off the Ford set with that one.  Here’s Chuck Berry.

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DJ: Jerry Reed made a name for himself after writing and recording “Guitar Man” a tune Elvis Presley would cover soon after its release.  Mostly sticking to the country genre, some of Jerry’s tunes would crossover into the funky, Cajun, or rock and roll worlds.  He was also an actor, some of you millennials might recognize him as the asshole coach in The Waterboy.  Jerry’s tune “Amos Moses” was a huge crossover hit and made it onto the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas soundtrack.  We’ll hear more from that video game series a bit later.  With his Ford-slamming tune, that was Jerry Reed and “Lord, Mr. Ford”.

Jim Heath a.k.a. The Reverend Horton Heat has been fueling the psychobilly circuit since his Sub Pop debut in 1991, Smoke ’em If You Got ’em.  From that debut, the track “Psychobilly Freakout” would find its way onto the Guitar Hero II video game soundtrack.  Tthe band’s third album, Liquor In The Front featured a tune that would also make it to the video game scene with “I Can’t Surf” landing a spot on the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 soundtrack.  From Liquor In The Front, we played “Five-o Ford”.

Perhaps the sexiest song ever written about a Ford Mustang would be Serge Gainsbourg’s “Ford Mustang”.  Serge was France’s artistic Troubador throughout the 20th century, expanding into international territory and bringing French pop to the world.  His 1967 song written for Brigitte Bardot “Je t’aime… moi non plus” would be re-recorded in 1969 with Jane Birkin and would be dubbed “Interdit aux moins de 21 ans” (forbidden to those under 21 on the single’s cover.

“Mustang Sally” has seemingly been covered by every blues guitarist in every smokey bar across the country for over 50 years now.  The chorus of the song sings “Ride, Sally, Ride”.  In 1983, a woman by the name of Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as a crew member on the space shuttle Challenger.  Yes, the same Challenger that would disastrously explode just 3 years later.  In a small related coincidence, The Challengers (a surf rock group from the early 60s) released their LP The Challengers’ Hot Rod Album on Record Store Day 2016 after over 50 years of being on the shelf, an album themed on cars. Sally Ride. Challenger. Cars. Get it? I guess its a connection…

Coming up in our Set 4, we’ll have a double Set 4 Score sandwiched between some classic “cars” tunes.  Ric Ocasek would work his production chops while with The Cars and begin to produce some of rock’s most memorable groups’ albums including Weezer’s Blue & Green albums.  In turn, Weezer would cover The Cars’ “You Might Think” for the Disney Pixar film Cars 2 in 2011.   We’ll hear a bit more about that movie franchise later.  Here’s “Let’s Go” from The Cars’ 1979 sophomore LP Candy-O.

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DJ: Beep beep beep beep, yeah!  How many of you hear that sound clip before your morning traffic report on the local classic rock radio station?  How original, haha.  It’s hard to avoid such a great tune, though, so we get it.  The album artwork for The Beatles’ 1965 LP Rubber Soul was chosen only after the band was cycling through shots on the photographer’s carousel slide projector and the backdrop slipped down distorting the picture a bit.  The band immediately wanted that look for their new album and with that, they helped launch a new form of music known as “psychedelic rock”.  “Drive My Car” would appear on the British version of Rubber Soul.

Nashville, Tennessee’s finest “space-trash” band Penicillin Baby played us a banger of a track with their 2012 cut “Daddy Drove A Hearse”.  The song comes from their Mega/Baby split EP with Megajoos.  The band released the Who Cares EP in 2017 and is playing supporting shows throughout 2018, including a stop at the East Centric Pavillion opening for Okey Dokey on July 4.  We love this sound, keep up the good work and we hope to see you in Minnesota soon!

The Prefab Messiahs are a band that’s technically been around longer than I have, but not consistently active.  Beginning in the early 80s new wave/punk scene in Worcester, Massachusetts, The Prefab Messiah’s would split before releasing any proper albums, that is until their resurgence in the 2000’s.  Burger Records has been instrumental in helping the band put out new music, releasing the last three of their albums in some form or another.  From the Burger Records 10″ min album Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive, we heard “Bobb’s Psychedelic Car”.

Buzzcocks were England’s poppier punk brats opposite other acts of the time like Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Damned.  Their debut album Another Music In A Different Kitchen yielded the single “I Don’t Mind” which made it up to #55 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1978.  The lead track from the album, which, by the way, blended so damn well with The Prefab Messiahs’ track, “Fast Cars” was written by rhythm guitarist Steve Diggle after being involved in a car crash.  The ending of the song’s sped-up tape noise is supposed to mimic a speeding car.

This next set is all over the place.  So how about you take a little trip, take a little trip, take a little trip with me? Here’s War with “Low Rider”.

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DJ: Martin Newell worked with Lawrence “Lol” Elliot as The Cleaners From Venus in the early 80s, recording, and self-releasing their albums.  Much like its fellow lo-fi companions, the 1982 release On Any Normal Monday was recorded on a 4-track in Martin’s dining room with no amplifiers.  The resurgence of lo-fi in the 2010’s brought Martin’s work back into the limelight.  We heard “A Girl With Cars In Her Eyes” from that effort.

Danish duo The Raveonettes moodied up our set with a track from their 2009 album In And Out Of Control.  The band recently announced a hiatus due to guitarist Sune Rose Wagner’s pursuit of a solo album release.  Their debut album is also notable for all of the songs being in the key of b-flat.  “Breaking Into Cars” played from before Martin Newell, a song from the aforementioned 2009 LP.

The Dirtbombs recorded the soul covers album Ultraglide In Black in 2001 as “an attempt to show that those were valid rock songs, that it didn’t matter what the source was — anything can be made a rock song.”  Ten years later, they attempted the same vibe only instead of soul songs they covered Detroit-based techno and electronic artists. Dirtbombs’ Mick Collins quipped, “Party Store was actually an experiment to see if those songs could be done in a different context. ‘Ultraglide’ was a statement, whereas ‘Party Store’ was a question.”.  From that techno covers LP, we played The Dirtbombs’ cover of the Cybotron track “Cosmic Cars”.

In our last set, we talked about Ric Ocasek and the Cars soundtrack.  While Weezer donated their Cars cover to the 2nd movie in the series, the third movie in the series was rewarded with a cut from The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.  So far in 2018 alone, Dan’s produced two of our Set 4 Score artists’ latest albums; La Luz’s Floating Features and Shannon & The Clams’ Onion.  Dan has also taken Shannon Shaw under his wing in Nashville and is producing her solo efforts, which are laden with Amy Winehouse vibes if crossed over into Dan’s world.  Perfect!  Dan played “Run That Race” from the Cars 3 soundtrack.

Our last set of the episode features some country crossovers and bass-heavy indie cuts.  Kicking it off is one of the earlier hot rod tunes that would go on to be covered by many artists, most famously by Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen.  All would cover it on their 1989 Allroy’s Revenge LP, and Les Claypool of Primus would cover the track on the (NASCAR On Fox) Crank It Up compilation in 2002.  Here’s the original version by Charlie Ryan & The Timberline Riders, “Hot Rod Lincoln”.  Listen for Charlie to mention a certain Southern California city that another set 6 artist is from…

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DJ: Dog will hunt!  The genre-defying 90s trio Primus caps off our show with the story of “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver”.  Another cut to be featured on those pesky video game soundtracks, “Jerry” was featured on the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater soundtrack as well as ATV Offroad Fury and Rock Band 3.  The song tells the story of Jerry being reckless and crashing into a telephone pole, something way too many rock stars and people, in general, have done.  Slow down, people!

Minutemen’s D. Boon fatefully joined the 27 Club in December 1985 after being thrown from the back of the van he was sleeping in on Interstate 10.  The van was being driven by his girlfriend when the rear axle broke sending the vehicle off the road and projecting D. outward.  Minutemen’s magnum opus, 1984’s Double Nickels On The Dime was a loosely based car concept album.  The album artwork and title were counters to the Sammy Haggar track “I Can’t Drive 55”.  The band felt that it wasn’t as rebellious as Sammy had made it out to be to drive so fast, so they insisted they would drive the speed limit and instead make crazy music.  The artwork features Mike Watt driving down Interstate 10 (The Dime) at exactly 55 MPH (Double Nickels).  In a weirdly ominous twist, with D. Boon dying on “the dime”, the old Greek act of placing coins on the deceased’s eyes as a toll to get into heaven becomes a bit more surreal.  Rest in peace, D.

Wisconsin’s Violent Femmes enjoyed a “discovery” like few others enjoy.  When The Pretenders came to Milwaukee in 1983, the Femmes were out in front of the venue busking for change.  Pretenders’ guitarist James Honeyman-Scott heard them and introduced Chrissie Hynde to the sound.  Chrissie invited them to play a short acoustic set that night after the openers took the stage.  The B-side to their UK single “Ugly”, “Gimme The Car” features another teenage yearning for the keys to the parents’ ride.

Both “Hot Rod Lincoln” and “Get Outta My Car” are early car tracks that seem to wave in and out of beat and tempo.  Hasil Adkins’ reasoning for such sporadic play would most likely be because he’s playing guitar, singing, and drumming on the track all at once.  Hasil was absolutely a wild man of rock and roll, being arrested multiple times for gun charges, sexual assault charges, and countless other stories I’ll never get to hear.  “Get Outta My Car” was originally recorded in 1966 for Avenue Records, but we played the rerecorded version featured on the soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto V.  Hasil died in 2005 ten days after being run over by a teenage neighbor on an ATV.  That’s some true offroad fury, there.

That about wraps us up today for our Car episode.  We hope you get your automobile fix and got your engines revved up.  Join us next time on Feel Me Flow!

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FMF Episode #40 – The Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FMF Episode #39 – California

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DJ: Gnarly, bro! Welcome to Feel Me Flow! We’re headed West to the Golden State and celebrating the world’s fifth largest economy; California! The weather is heating up, people are busting out the shorts, and many of us are going to take a vacation this summer. Be it just up the road to the beach, or all the way to California, everyone needs those sunny vibes sent their way. What better way to celebrate the summer’s unofficial start than a sunshine-laden Cali episode!

Kicking things off is Dead Kennedys and a Boulder, Colorado transplant named Jello. Eric Reed Boucher migrated West like many, many other artistically driven souls. He attended UCSC before meeting East Bay Ray via an advertisement stating “guitarist wants to form punk band”. A few years later, we’d hear the debut LP of an incredible new punk band called the Dead Kennedys, with a frontman now going by Jello Biafra. Here’s “California Uber Alles” from the DK debut Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables.

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DJ: Man, that song is so Cali-feely. We weren’t going to make it through the show without playing it, that’s for sure! From the first LP to feature Bruce Johntson on the front cover as if he were an actual Beach Boy, that was “California Girls” off of 1965’s Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!).

Delta Spirit hail from San Diego, California, so it would seem they have experience in writing about the state. In an interview with Fender, Kelly Winrich stated “California” was written about his girlfriend on the East Coast while he was living in California. After troubles and difficulties they “called it quits” and he wrote the song soon after.

Kings Of Leon played us the third single they ever released with “California Waiting”. The song was previously released on their debut EP Holy Roller Novocaine but rerecorded for the debut album Youth And Young Manhood. On Kings of Leon’s VH1 Storytellers performance, Caleb Followill bemoaned “We kind of sabotaged it on our album, and tried to play it really punk rock. It was better on the EP I think.”

Another absolute must play for today is Joe Jones’ Golden State anthem “California Sun”. Pretty much every garage band or band we’ve played on this show for that matter has covered the song thanks to The Rivieras cover that was a hugely successful single. Joe fraudulently claimed that he wrote New Orleans’ staples “Iko Iko”, “It Ain’t My Fault” and “Carnival Time”, but was disproven in court. Perhaps this is why more credit was never given to the guy for recording the original “California Sun”.

Another track that’s been thrown around the cover mill is Ashford & Simpson‘s “California Soul”. Originally recorded by The Messengers as a B-side and then as an A-side by The Fifth Dimension, the track would eventually make its way to Marlena Shaw. Marlena’s version would stay under the radar for most of the 20th century until being remixed and featured in commercials and video games such as Grand Theft Auto V in the 2010’s. Let’s get that laid-back melody going with Marlena Shaw.

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DJ: Canadian duo Surf Dads formed and first collaborated through iPhone demos sent back and forth across the continent. They’ve released four EPs and one full-length so far, with a brand new EP Long Weekend coming June 13th.  That track has some real Wavves vibes to it.

Unwritten Law formed in 1990 in Poway, California, home of Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus of blink-182. The San Diego suburb wasn’t even a real town until 1980, yet spawned an entire sub-genre creative scene with blink-182, Unwritten Law, and others only a short decade or so later. From Unwritten Law’s debut self-titled album, we played “California Sky”.

Dutch band Shocking Blue’s 1969 LP At Home reached audiences beyond their wildest dreams and years for that matter. Nirvana famously covered “Love Buzz” on their debut album Bleach, and who doesn’t know the song “Venus”? We played it on our Space episode if you haven’t heard it and want to check it out. The Side B lead-off cut “California Here I Come” played before Unwritten Law.

Margo Guryan never enjoyed the music career many dreamed of when moving to California. Her song “Sunday Morning” would be covered by Spanky And Our Gang on their second album Like To Get To Know You and bring notoriety to Guryan. Guryan recorded one solo album in 1968 and a handful of demos that would later be released by Franklin Castle/Oglio Records in 2001 from which we took “California Shake”.

Up next is one of three sub-themes for our California episode. We’ve got five West Coast-themed tunes coming at you, starting off with The Rolling Stones’ Nanker Phelge production “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man”; their poke at marketers and those silly darn music businessmen in monkey suits. Later in the set, listen for a familiar voice. Or the kin of a familiar voice, rather. Here’s the Stones!

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DJ: FIDLAR’s “West Coast” was originally written for their 2012 self-released EP Shit We Recorded In Our Bedroom, but made the cut for their sophomore album Too. The song was a welcome transition after the Emily’s Army track before it. Every Emily’s Army album was produced by lead singer Joey Armstrong’s dad Billie Joe. Yes, that Billie Joe.

That is until the band would change their name to SWMRS. For SWMRS’ debut or the third in Emily’s Army’s discography, the band would call on FIDLAR frontman Zac Carper to produce. This took the band in a similar direction to FIDLAR with the use of drum machines mixed into punk rock screamers. From Emily’s Army’s debut, that was “West Coast”.

Balue is New Mexico musician Eli Thomas. Eli makes lo-fi music that sounds so perfect in a hot setting like an oasis or beach. It’s weird how those things work together, too. You’d think it’d be the other way around. Balue released Wavy Daze in 2016 and has plans for new music in 2018. Keep an eye on their Bandcamp!

Originally an Edmonton band named 49th Parallel, Painter would rework itself after moving to the American West Coast in the early 70s. They recorded their self-titled debut and only album in San Francisco and released it in 1973 to local acclaim. They opened for many international acts including KISS and Jethro Tull but would split up shortly afterward and all go on to new bands. Their big regional single “West Coast Woman” garnered them some attention but the national scene wouldn’t catch on.

Coming up in our fourth set is FMF regular band Best Coast singing about the only place they ever sing about. I’ll give you a hint; it starts with a “C” and ends with an “alifornia”. Following them will be a Set 4 Score from ex-Seattle’s La Luz. La Luz is on their way up, I tell you what! Their new album Floating Features is fierce, fantastic, and full of surfy goodness. More on that later. Here’s Best Coast!

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DJ: Roy Orbison’s 1989 comeback album turned out to be a smash hit. Allowing Jeff Lynne to guide and nurture him through the recording process, Roy churned out the hit single “You Got It”, his highest charting single since “Oh, Pretty Woman”. “California Blue” was co-written by Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, and Mike Campbell and features them on the recording. Roy would die in December of 1989, just as his comeback was beginning.

Los Angeles band Cosmonauts droned their way through “California Dreaming”, and not the version you may have been expecting. The Burger Records residents released their latest A-OK! in 2016, their fourth album for the label.

The Main Ingredient kicked off our Fools episode with their most well-known track “Everybody Plays The Fool”. The third single released from their third album with Cuba Gooding Sr., “California My Way” brings funky chord progression with funky demands. The 1974 album Euphrates River peaked at number 8 on the Soul US charts.

La Luz slithered through the Set 4 Score with a killer new song “California Finally” from their latest Floating Features. The ex-Seattle-now-LA quartet’s debut album It’s Alive was produced by Ty Segall and was their first of three (so far) for Hardly Art. The newest album Floating Features was produced by Dan Auerbach and plucks all the right strings for a retro-vibe warm weather washout. Look for them on tour this summer in the US!

Our last two sets feature California’s biggest two cities. We’ll start off with the City of Angels; Los Angeles. We could, and maybe will do an entire show on Los Angeles. We could probably do one on San Francisco for that matter. For today, though, we’ll just grab a few classics and a few lesser-known hits for the sets. Starting the LA set off is Pixies frontman and founder Frank Black. Frank’s first solo record was released just months after the Pixies’ split. From his 1993 solo debut, here’s “Los Angeles”.

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DJ: X is from Los Angeles. Their debut album is titled Los Angeles. Their debut single was titled “Los Angeles”. We couldn’t leave them out of this. The 1980 debut was produced by another LA legend Ray Manzarek of The Doors. X even coved “Soul Kitchen” on the LP.

Miami, Florida’s Jacuzzi Boys put out Ping Pong in 2016 which saw a complete remix release the following year. I love when artists do a full album remix. It’s almost like the album was released in an alternate universe. We’ve played Jacuzzi Boys a few times before, they fit our profile here at FMF. We played the band’s ode to the city where they recorded that album, “Los Angeles” from 2011’s Glazin’. The title track to Glazin’ features a music video of vagina’s “lip-synching” to the tune. Ha!

Peach Kelli Pop has been everywhere lately, including last week’s FMF episode about Mountains with their song “Rocky Mountains”. From that same EP, the next track on it actually, we played “Los Angeles”. Look for PKP on tour summer 2018!

LA’s Bad Religion played a City of Angels jab from 2004’s The Empire Strikes First. The punk band has been singing LA-anti-anthems since their incredible debut; 1982’s How Could Hell Be Any Worse?. “Los Angeles Is Burning” was the lead single off of Empire, their thirteenth album released.

Our LA set was punk rock saturated for a good reason, a lot of great punk came from there. Coming up in our last set about San Francisco, we take things into another dimension. Ok, not really, but the tunes will start to get a little more psychedelic as they go by. We’ll end the show with the hippie anthem of the Summer of Love if you were packing up a van and heading West. Starting things off, though, is an early cut from the most talked about rock band around right now, Arctic Monkeys. First known as a garage rock outfit, the band’s latest effort Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino has turned people upside down on them. I think it sounds more like a long-lost Bowie album than anything; which is friggin’ awesome! From their debut album, here’s “Fake Tales Of San Francisco” from Arctic Monkeys.

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DJ: Its probably a good thing that Scott McKenzie didn’t get specific with the type of flower required atop ones helm to enter the City By The Bay or we may have had people plucking flowers from peoples’ gardens. Scott’s one and only hit, a mega one at that comes from his debut LP The Voice Of Scott McKenzie and was actually written by John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas to promote the Monterey International Pop Music Festival. Right place, right time, eh Scott?

Another ode to the journey to the Bay came from much further East. The Flower Pot Men were from England but were more of a creation of Deram Records to support a tour than anything else. The song was written by songwriters John Carter and Ken Lewis but they weren’t interested in touring or forming a group to support it. They chose some studio musicians to create a group known as The Flower Pot Men. “Let’s All Go To San Francisco” was the UK’s Scott McKenzie-esque one-hit wonder hit of the Summer of Love.

Hot Flash Heat Wave are San Francisco’s indie darlings of the moment. Having just released Soaked in 2017, the band is taking their first national tour summer 2018 throughout the US. Unfortunately, they aren’t hitting Minnesota. Next time, guys. HFHW released their debut album Neopolitan in 2015.

Foxygen broke onto the scene when Jagjaguwar released their sophomore LP We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. The band released Hang in 2017 led by the single “Follow The Leader” and the album was allegedly the first to be recorded by the band in an actual studio. We heard “San Francisco” from that groundbreaking sophomore album.

Closing us out is a fantastic cover of “California Dreamin'” by Baby Huey and The Baby Sitters. Please do yourself a favor and get this album! The few great covers and the song “Hard Times” are worth it alone.

That wraps us up this week everyone! We hope you enjoyed our California vibes for this beautiful summer day! Join us next time on Feel Me Flow!

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FMF Episode #36 – Space

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DJ:  If you listen closely, you might notice what was a recording of a toilet flushing being played backwards.  Oh, it wasn’t obvious?! Welcome, all you stargazers to another galactic episode of Feel Me Flow!  Today, we celebrate space, the universe, the stars above and the darkness that surrounds them.  We’ll fly through our solar system, talk about UFOs, and also have a little bonus packed for later.

Our intro track is a cover of “Telstar” by The Ventures.  The original was recorded by The Tornados from the UK, not to be confused with The Tornadoes from the USA and of “Bustin’ Surfboards” fame.  Both the original Tornados song and the Ventures’ cover used a recording of a toilet flushing played backward as the intro to the song.  Potty humor, ha.

We start our first set off with some more British music from The Only Ones.  The band formed in 1976 by Peter Parett.  After recruiting members including ex-Spooky Tooth drummer Mike Kellie in the lineup, they recorded and released a debut album just over a year later.  “Another Girl, Another Planet” would go on to inspire an entire generation of punk bands, netting covers from The Replacements and Blink-182 to name a few.  Oh yeah, and we’ll probably hear from them too…

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DJ:  It sounds like Jack White has the whole microphone in his mouth when he counts that song off.  “Wunghtoofweefo”.  From a hell of a debut back in the 90s, yes the 1990s, The White Stripes closed out set one with “Astro”.

Wolf Alice put out Visions Of A Life last year on Dirty Hit records to high critical acclaim.  The album came after the smoldering of their Grammy-nominated first single “Moaning Lisa Smile”.  Featuring genres all across the rock world, the track “Space & Time” exemplifies some of those punky, garage rock vibes we dig around here.

When The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on May 26, 1967, the summer of love officially kicked off.  Artists everywhere were completely blown away by the production and magic of the album and many tried to replicate it immediately.  Brian Wilson shelved The Beach Boys’ Smile after realizing it wouldn’t compete against The Beatles’ masterpiece.  Many others just took some LSD and recorded a bunch of weird noises and put it out as a concept album.  The Rolling Stones were one of those groups with the release of their trippy effort Their Satanic Majesties Request.  While never released as a proper single, “2000 Light Years From Home” would find radio play throughout the years on many classic rock radio stations.

Blink-182 split up after the release of their self-titled 2003 album.  Guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge envisioned a different musical direction for the band which was quite evident on that effort, a direction that bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker didn’t really want to pursue.  Tom was into this whole U2-esque, extra-terrestrial, celestial atmospheric vibe that he would play out in his next venture Angels & Airwaves.  If you’re a fan of synth swells, The Edge-style guitar work, songs about love and aliens, and Tom’s vocal styling, you will love AVA!  Tom’s obsession with alien life shone through brightly in the 1999 Blink-182 cut “Aliens Exist”.

Up next is something a little different for FMF.  We’re going to travel through our solar system stopping at each planet on the way, including the dwarf planet Pluto.  Leading things off is one of three John Dwyer connections in our set today.  Lars Finsberg from The Intelligence joined John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees on their 2011 effort Carrion Crawler/The Dream as a second drummer.  Blasting off our trip through “Our Solar System”, here’s The Intelligence.

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DJ:  If you read the insert included with The Misfits’ 1979 Horror Business EP it would lead you to believe that the band traveled to a haunted house in New Jersey to record.  While mixing the tapes afterward, strange noises and voices could be heard with no explanation. Spooky!  Of course, none of this is true and the band actually recorded the EP along with “Who Killed Marilyn?” and “Where Eagles Dare” at C.I. Recordings in New York.  We heard the classic “Teenagers From Mars” close out our set.

Another rare record, almost impossibly rare, is Kathy Heideman’s Move With Love.  According to the Discogs page, the album was a private press and released only at shows and locally around San Jose, California in 1976.  It was virtually unknown to the outside world until Vetiver covered the song “Sleep A Million Miles” with Vashti Bunyan on their Things From The Past LP.  Allah-Las followed suit in 2017 with the release of their Covers #1 EP.  The EP included another Heideman cover, “The Earth Won’t Hold Me”.

Many of us know Shocking Blue as a one-hit wonder.  “Venus” hit #1 in nine countries including the US back in 1969.  Writer Robbie van Leeuwen lifted most of the melody from The Big 3’s “The Banjo Song”, a rework of “Oh Susanna!”, and wrote lyrics about the goddess Venus.  Actually, in the first line of the original recording, he had written “godness” and that’s how singer Mariska Veres sang it.  The band also released an Arabian melody-inspire track called “Love Buzz” that Nirvana would cover on their debut album.

The first planet featured in our set was “Mercury”, represented by the Bat Fangs track of the same name.  Bat Fangs is the result of Betsy Wright of Ex Hex and Laura King of Flesh Wounds starting a duo focused on blending each person’s styles.  We got a bluesy-garage album to add to the annals of rockdom fitting nicely in with our vibe on the show.  Bat Fangs is on tour this summer and stops in St. Paul on June 13th for a show at the Turf Club.

BROCKBEATS’ “Jupiter” is carrying us through the solar system and on to our outer planets.  We skipped Ceres, because why not?  Also, it’s such a new addition that there are hardly any rock songs about it!  Therefore, Saturn is up next.  With a bit of psycho/neobilly from one of the more popular revival groups in the genre, here’s “Under Saturn’s Shadow” from their sophomore release II: Power Of Moonlite.

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DJ: The Beach Boys Love You signaled the return of the group’s main man, Brian Wilson.  Brian had quit touring and backed off of writing for the group during his depressive, mental health issue-prone period of the 1970s.  Originally planned as a solo album, the tracks were brought to the rest of the band and Carl Wilson added guitars and drums to fill it out a bit.  Brian would begin work on a follow-up album Adult/Child five days after Love You was finished, but that album never saw the light of day.

Jello Biafra and Dead Kennedys turned on hyper-drive to jet us out on a “One Way Ticket To Pluto”.  The band’s final album, Bedtime For Democracy, would be recorded after they had already decided to break up.  In the midst of an obscenity trial over the insert artwork from their previous album and frustrated with the scene in general, Jello, D.H. Peligro, East Bay Ray, and Klaus Flouride decided to call it quits.

Jimi Hendrix’s estate released a posthumous album in 2010 featuring 12 unreleased studio recordings titled Valleys Of Neptune.  The artwork featured Jimi’s portrait in a high contrast setting layered over a photo of what looks like the Pillars of Creation.  The title track, which we just heard, was released as single and fits in perfectly with the later Jimi Hendrix catalog of jazz-inspired rock a la Electric Ladyland.  Jimi died in 1970 before releasing a finalized version himself.

Klaatu released their debut album in 1976 and launched a frenzy over whether or not they were actually The Beatles reunited.  The album uses many of the similar techniques heard on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and the vocals were just close enough to be mistaken for Paul or John.  There were no names on the album or credits other than to Klaatu, further moving along the rumors.  Not true, obviously.  The entire LP would fit in great with today’s theme, so if you’re looking for more space music check it out!

Coming up in our Set 4, is a double Set 4 Score from Moonwalks and Wimps.  But first, we need to hear Jim Sullivan.  Jim had another one of those long lost rare albums with a mystery surrounding it with his debut U.F.O.  The story goes that Jim disappeared in New Mexico in 1975, leaving his hotel room, guitar, and car all intact and completely fine.  How wild!  For a really great detailed write-up of the album, check out this post from Aquarium Drunkard. Crazy! Here’s Jim Sullivan with the ominous “U.F.O.”

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DJ: She’s just reading books about UFOs.  Grant Hart lost his battle with liver cancer and Hepatitis C in September of last year and brought Minneapolis to its knees once again.  It was another knot in a long string of blows against the punk empire happening right before the Triple Rock Social Club announced it was closing its doors.  The cycles of life sure are heartbreaking sometimes.  From New Day Rising, that was “Books About UFOs”.

Coachwhips is the second Jim Dwyer association we’ll be playing today.  The band has a style reminiscent of late 60s fuzzy garage rock with noisy, distorted vocals like The Sonics so nicely played.  Coachwhips broke up in 2005 but reunited in 2014 for a show at South By Southwest.  From their debut, we heard “UFO, Please Take Her Home”.

Our double Set 4 Score this week features Seattle band Wimps.  We’ve actually played Wimps before in our Mondays episode, but we hadn’t quite set up our Set 4 Score yet.  We’re very glad to be featuring them in this week’s Set 4 Score and another track from their 2013 debut LP Repeat, “UFO”.  Be sure to look for their new album Garbage People this July on Kill Rock Stars.

The other fantastic Set 4 Score band this week is Detroit, Michigan’s Moonwalks.  Moonwalks just released In Light in January and it is stellar! Swirling swells behind crunchy riffs and pulsating drums will always draw me in, but add that tinge of lo-fi that Detroit is so good at and I’m hooked!  We featured a track from Moonwalks’ previous album, Lunar Phases; “UFO Factory”.

Up next is a classic punk tune from Scottish band The Rezillos.  Influential for many bands to come, including Green Day, The Rezillos’ debut album Can’t Stand The Rezillos holds up magically even today.  Perfect power pop punk.  Here’s a song sure to get stuck in your head for a week, “Flying Saucer Attack”.

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DJ:  There just wasn’t going to be a possible way to avoid Pink Floyd in a space episode, sorry about that.  From the wild minds of Syd Barett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright, the lead track “Astronomy Domine” from the band’s debut The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn was absolutely face-melting when people first got a listen.  Imagine hearing that Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in May and then dropping the needle on this record a few months later.  Wow, music evolves quickly!

Are you noticing a common trend among all of these spaced out songs?  The combination of the 1960s space race mixed with LSD churned out incredible imaginative music and stories.  In 1966, The Byrds were getting psychedelic ahead of the game with the release of their third album Fifth Dimension.  Featuring the super trippy psych single “Eight Miles High”, the album was a departure from their earlier folk-rock.  We played “Mr. Spaceman” from that venture.

Billy Lee Riley enjoyed a rock and roll life in the late 50s/early 60s playing his own brand of rockabilly and also working as a session musician in LA before moving back home to Arkansas in the 70s.  After settling down at home, Link Wray and Robert Gordon would record covers of Billy’s hits “Red Hot” and the track we featured, “Flying Saucers Rock ‘n’ Roll” causing Billy to revive his music career and return to touring.  His 1997 album Hot Damn! would go on to be nominated for a Grammy.  Probably a good idea coming back to the music world!

More punk rock from the Bay Area played with Green Day’s first what you might call “hit”.  The catchy “2000 Light Years Away” was a staple of the band’s live shows early on and helped launch the band’s sophomore release Kerplunk! up to the highest selling Lookout! Records catalog item.  After Kerplunk!, the band would explode into fame with the release of their third album Dookie.

Alright moving into the last set we’ll get some John Dwyer closure with Thee Oh Sees doing “Rogue Planet”.  We hope you enjoyed all of that Dwyerdom!  Let’s let Thee Oh Sees launch us into the final set!

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DJ:  We love to throw those curve balls in there at the end, don’t we?  A smooth classic about little green Martians comes from the immensely talented Ella Fitzgerald.  “Two Little Men In A Flying Saucer” closes out our 6th set in today’s space episode.

The Undisputed Truth, known for their rendition of The Temptations’ “Smiling Faces Sometimes” would get funkier and spacier as the 70s played on.  Midway through, in 1975, they released Cosmic Truth, an album packed to the brim with space funk.  Something tells me George Clinton was inspiring them a bit.  From that space funk session, we heard “UFO”.

Before the space funk was the “Space Junk”  Akron, Ohio’s weirdest rockers DEVO played the track from their debut new wave/punk album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!.  I love how the Texas twang is emphasized when talking about the state.  Also, Kansas.

The Heartaches outta San Diego play some blistering rock and roll and showcased it well with “Rock N Roll UFO”.  The band put out their self-titled album in 2006 and according to their Facebook page are preparing to release a video for the song “Built For Speed” but we haven’t seen it yet.  Here’s to hoping that sees the light of day soon!

Normally, this is the point where we would say farewell.  However, this week we wanted to add a little bonus set.  There just isn’t a world existing that could theme a playlist on space and not include music from David f*cking Bowie.  Therefore, in the final set, the bonus set, will be five Bowie tracks revolving around space, each track from a different album.  We could’ve featured many more, but to stick to the format we kept it to five.  Cheers to Ziggy Stardust!  Thanks for joining us this week on Feel Me Flow and we hope to see you next time!

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FMF Episode #35 – Trees

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DJ:  Breathe.  Breathe in the air.  You can thank the trees for that.  Happy Arbor Day and welcome to another episode of Feel Me Flow!  If it wasn’t obvious by now, we’re all about those beautiful oxygen producing plants known as trees.  Even though trees produce the oxygen that we breathe and when paired with food and water make up for helping life exist on the planet, there sure aren’t many songs about trees!  Not to fear my dendro-dears, we’ve still managed to rake up a few cuts on the subject.  Its estimated that there are over 3 trillion mature trees on Earth right now.  How ’bout some quick tree facts? World’s tallest: Hyperion, a coastal redwood, 380 feet tall. World’s deepest: a wild fig tree near Ohrigstad, South Africa; it’s roots go 400 feet down. World’s largest: General Sherman, giant sequoia; 52,500 cubic feet. World’s stoutest: Árbol del Tule, a Montezuma cypress; 38 feet around.  World’s oldest: Great Basin bristlecone pine in Eastern California; over 5,000 years old!  No wonder life revolves so greatly around these plants, they’ve been dominating the landscape for the entirety of human existence! Alright, enough wood, let’s get to the rock.

Starting things off will be The Seeds because you typically can’t start a tree without a seed.  Yes, there are exceptions like cones and such.  The Seeds’ self-titled debut was released in 1966 after “Can’t Seem To Make You Mine” and “Pushin’ Too Hard” were put out the previous year.  A major influence on punk rock and garage rock to come, the grittiness of lead vocalist Sky Saxon’s sound mixed with the raw guitars made for a perfect garage sound.  In the 70s, Sky would become a member of the Source Family religious group and record a plethora of music under the name Sky Sunlight Saxon henceforth. From that debut, though, here’s “Pushin’ Too Hard”.

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DJ:  If I knew nothing of garage rock and looked at that last song/artist combo, I’d still be thinking of trees.  Man, Twin Peaks was such a great show!  Anyway, Twin Peaks the band put out a series of singles in 2017 from July through December.  They compiled those singles and released the compilation title Sweet ’17 Singles earlier this year.  From the first released single in that series, we heard the b-side to “Tossing Tears”, “Under The Pines”.

Wolfmother exploded onto the rock scene back in 2006 with the release of an incredible self-titled debut.  Originally released in 2005 in Australia, the album saw worldwide release the following year.  “Woman”, the fourth single released from the album, won the award for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007.  What a debut!  One of the first songs you write wins a Grammy?!  Nice work, guys!

Speaking of fourth singles, things got weird (as they usually do) with a b-side from Jack White.  Jack released the Little Willie John cover “I’m Shakin'” as the fourth single from his debut solo album Blunderbuss in 2012.  The b-side, “Blues On Two Trees”, features Jack doing some sort of…rap?  Nonetheless, it’s got that weird groovy-bluesy-garagey mood that we like about his music.  Did we mention that the first single released from that album, “Forever At 21”, was released via hot air balloon?

Bobby and The Band played us “Apple Suckling Tree” from those bootleg recordings everyone was so up in arms over known as The Basement Tapes.  Bob, Levon, Rick, Richard, Robbie, and Garth all retreated to Big Pink in upstate New York to escape the craziness of the world and heal after Bob’s motorcycle accident.  The demos recorded in that house’s basement were bootlegged for over 5 years before being officially released.

Up next we have Wavves complaining about what its like when there aren’t trees around.  From the band’s most recent album You’re Welcome, here’s “No Shade”.

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DJ:  We just can’t seem to get enough of that guy, eh? From what may be the best garage-blues rock album released this century, we heard “Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground” by The White Stripes.

Black Lips took us down to the “Family Tree” with the lead track from their 2011 LP Arabia Mountain.  The band is currently touring Europe in support of their most recent album Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art?.  From Black Lips to White Stripes, ahh the game never gets old.

Believe it or not the Black Lips take inspiration from George Jones and other outlaw country artists.  There’s just something uniting about anti-establishment-ism between musicians; whether it be rock, blues, punk, country, rap, or anything in the middle.  You can hear the country swagger in many of their tracks and if I heard correctly I think they’re working on a country album?  We heard “Tall, Tall Trees” from King George, himself.

Nobunny is the stage persona of Tuscon, Arizona musician Justin Champlin.  Wearing a bunny mask onstage and including all kinds of random props and gags, Justin has been playing lo-fi to stages for nearly two decades.  His second release, Raw Romance, was exclusive to cassette before Burger Records picked it up for a wax pressing.  We took “Apple Tree” from that release.

Next up is a band who was destined for punk rock.  Forming in Oakland as Emily’s Army, SWMRS would evolve into the pop-punk powerhouse they are now with the help of drummer Joey Armstrong’s father; Billie Joe Armstrong.  Billie Joe would produce the band’s first two albums when they were still called Emily’s Army before they renamed themselves SWMRS.  For their SWMRS debut, they would recruit FIDLAR singer Zac Carper to produce.  Let’s get to it, here’s “Palm Trees” from the next generation of punkers, SWMRS.

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DJ:  Yeaaaahh that crunch is good.  Fat Possum Records has an affinity for that bluesy crunch which is more than likely why they signed Bass Drum Of Death back in 2011.  From the band’s debut LP we heard “Leaves”

The Idle Race was Jeff Lynne’s first real band.  He sang lead and produced their sophomore LP before leaving to join The Move, whom we’ll hear from later.  Jeff recorded two LPs with The Move before splitting that band up to form Electric Light Orchestra.  You really can tell how much Jeff likes bringing in orchestral instruments to rock songs right from his early works.  “Sitting In My Tree”, from Jeff and the rest played before BDOD.

King Khan has been pushing out material for over twenty years now, spanning multiple bands and solo stints within.  For the soundtrack to 2016 indie movie The Invaders, Khan released a 7″ Single on Military Marijuana Green featuring the single “Never Hold On”.  On the flip side, was this cool soulful jam for us to play, “A Tree Not A Leaf Am I”.

The Hopefuls released their sophomore album in December 2008 after a tumultuous recording schedule.  The band members were so busy that none of them entered the studio at the same time and recorded their parts solo.  They brought power pop back into the scene and along with Motion City Soundtrack made key-tars and Moog synths cool again.  Bass player Erik Applewick would leave to join Tapes n’ Tapes, one of Minneapolis’ finest indie bands to exist before they recorded their second LP Now Playing At The One-Seat Theatre.  “Virgin Wood” played before King Khan.

Did someone say, king?  Down to Australia now for Set 4.  Up next, though, is King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard from Melbourne, Australia.  A smash of a debut, 12 Bar Bruise perfectly blends surf, psych, and garage rock along with other influences.  For the title track, the band laid out four iPhone’s in the studio room and had lead singer Stu Mackenzie sing into one of them.  That’s some real lo-fi hi-fi iPhone action, man!  From that debut, here’s “Sea Of Trees”.

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DJ: We played The Equals’ perhaps best-known hit “Police On My Back” during our Crime And Punishment episode a few weeks ago.  This time we found a single released in ’68 that ended up getting a 90s remix for some stupid reason.  Please avoid that version!  With “Michael & His Slipper Tree” from 1968’s Strike Again, that was Eddy Grant and The Equals.

Our Set 4 Score this week goes to Florida lo-fi outfit The Treetops.  The band just released their sophomore effort All Year Round in March of this year and we’ve been loving it!  Great crunchy lo-fi throughout, but this Set 4 Score track stands apart from the rest.  If you could imagine Roky Erikson & The 13th Floor Elevators combining forces with an early Jethro Tull a la “A Song For Jeffrey”, you might get close to this tune’s vibe.  Check out this Jethro Tull track to see if you agree.  From All Year Round, we heard “Fat Travelin’ Man”.

The Move sans Jeff Lynne played us one of their early cuts off of the 1968 self-titled debut.  The way this song blends with “Fat Travelin’ Man” is on point and even more astounding when you realize they were released 50 years apart!

Speaking of debut albums, Blitzen Trapper chimed in with “Apple Tree” from their 2003 debut.  The album finally received a proper vinyl release with some bonus tracks added ten years after its initial launch on 4/20 2013; Record Store Day.  I love seeing this band live!  My favorite show so far was the Hallowbaloo 2009 in Chinatown, Honolulu, Hawaii.  What a random-ass place to end up seeing one of my favorite bands, but it was wild! Great show, guys!

That’s a track from the Westworld Season 1 Soundtrack playing behind us.  Are you watching the new season?!

Up next is our last real “rockin'” set of the day.  Set 6 is gonna mix things up a bit.  More on that later.  A deep track b-side from Bobby “Blue” Bland starts us off.  After success in the 50s and early 60s money, troubles put Bobby out of a band by 1968.  He cleaned up from drinking and depression and after his label, Duke was bought by ABC/Dunhill, he released His California Album as a comeback.  One of the track’s recorded during that dark period was “Yum Yum Tree”.  I can just hear the sorrow in his voice…

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DJ:  “She’s skinny like the trees…and I’m a New York City slug.”  Love that imagery.  From Porches’ debut album, a collaborative effort with Frankie Cosmos, that was “Skinny Trees”.  Frankie and Porches (aka Aaron Maine) dated while recording the debut Porches album, and Frankie played bass.  Did we mention that Frankie Cosmos is the stage name of Greta Kline? As in, Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates’ daughter Greta.  Wow!

Thee Oh Sees put out 6 albums before titling one with the name “Thee Oh Sees”.  They were previously known as OCS or The Ohsees before the release of 2008’s The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In.  The band played Coachella this year as one of the very few rock acts representing the genre.  I guess the kids these days just aren’t into that sweet rock and roll.

Dillinger Four closed down the Triple Rock Social Club last November to a sold-out crowd of teary-eyed punks.  I was one of them.  I spent as much time as I could there those last few days, with the venue being so near and dear to me.  I interviewed bands there for my senior video project in high school!  Oh, how I will miss that place.  We all will.  From D4’s latest effort Gainesville, we heard “Contemplate This On The Tree Of Woe”.

FMF staple Billy Childish and Thee Headcoats sludge up the set with a track from the 2000 LP I Am The Object Of Your Desire.  It was Thee Headcoats’ final album, but Billy Childish wasn’t quite done.  This was something like his 30th release, with more to follow.  What a machine!  We heard “The Same Tree” from that album.

Alright, as promised we are going to mix it up a bit for our final set.  Being an episode on trees, what better than to play some more “acoustic” tracks.  I mean, guitars are made from wood and all that.  We’ll start out with an old track from Cliff Richard before making our way into the woods and down the tree trail.  Cliff’s sophomore album was recorded with The Shadows at Abbey Road in the autumn of 1959.  That time of year when all of the trees shed their leaves for winter.  That is unless it’s an evergreen tree…

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DJ:  If you ever get the opportunity to check out a My Morning Jacket show, please do.  I’ve seen them in theaters, stadiums, and even at Red Rocks, and they always nail a perfect show!  What an experience too!  From what I would claim is my maybe third favorite LP of ALL TIME, we finish our set with “Into The Woods” off of Z.  The band channels harmonic ghosts of Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Beach Boys while soaring to new exploratory mountaintops.

Stephen Stills spent some time in the studio in 1968 after Buffalo Springfield started to fade out and before meeting David Crosby and Graham Nash.  The demos recorded were released 40 years later on Just Roll Tape.  They’re beautifully clear and a few songs would be recorded later in his career, but the raw nature of these recordings gives them a feel all on their own.

Though not a demo, “Trees Get Wheeled Away” didn’t see an official release until 2005’s rarities compilation from Bright Eyes.  I remember seeing them play the song on The Late Show with David Letterman where he held up the CD and LP cover for Lifted or The Story Is In The Soil during the introduction.  He and Paul poke fun at what a “record” is.  What a sign of the times!  Anyway, I went to buy that album and the song they played wasn’t even on it!  It took years of mp3 bootlegs before getting this official studio version, but the wait was worth it!  The metaphor of life being like a play is just too real.

Duluth folk troubadour Charlie Parr brought the mud in with him when he played us “Over The Red Cedar”.  The track comes from his fantastic folk album Stumpjumper and was released as a single in 2015.  Charlie comes from southern Minnesota, Austin to be exact.  I can relate to him on that level, although I’m not personally from the home of SPAM.  Charlie released Dog last year on Red House Records.

If you haven’t already done so today, get out there and plant a tree!  Or at least water one.  Or maybe snuggle up to one and enjoy the company of its shade.  Either way, respect those life givers, we wouldn’t be here without them!  Thanks for joining us and have a wonderful Friday.  See you next time on Feel Me Flow!

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FIDLAR are ready to get wasted on new single “Alcohol”: Stream

April 20th may not exactly be the day for boozing, but that’s exactly what FIDLAR plan on doing for the next couple of hours — at least according to their new single. Titled “Alcohol”, it’s a thrashing punk rock ode to partying hard and drinking harder (think their classic “Cheap Beer” ). (Read: The 100 Best Pop Punk Bands ) “I wanna lose my mind and lose track of time/ Won’t somebody please just give me some alcohol?” they rage around the chorus. “Aaaaaaalcohol!” Check it out below, followed by a fun little promo for the single. “Alcohol” is FIDLAR’s first release since covering Nirvana’s “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” back in January.

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FMF Episode #34 – 420

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DJ:  Reefer.  Dope.  Grass. Pot.  Weed.  Ganja.  Marijuana.  The only plant to have more pseudonyms than an author.  Welcome to another round of Feel Me Flow; an episode focused on that contact high.  Today is April 20th, or as stoners across the world know it as; 4/20.  The origins of the number and it association have been long debated, but it seems the world is ready to settle on its history.  According to story, five guys at San Rafael high school wanted to find a stash of pot plants for harvest that they heard about via a treasure map from some brothers they knew.  Where does the number come from then?  They’d meet outside the school to go hunting at the Louis Pasteur statue at 4:20 PM.  “4:20 Louis” was code for meeting and smoking, and after a while it was shortened.  To this day, 420 is incredibly recognizable as the number representing marijuana.  We decided we’d join in the rotation and feature an episode of marijuana songs, or songs about being stoned, or high, or just a slight lyrical reference here or there.  We could’ve done ten episodes on this, there are so many damn songs about pot!  Later in the episode is a double Set 4 Score mixed in with an all Minnesotan artist set.  We’ll even dabble in some Smash Mouth just for fun, only to find ourselves left with only seeds and stems.

Starting us off is a double-shot of The Rolling Stones.  The b-side to their early 1963 single “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, “Stoned” is nearly an instrumental track save for the word stoned every once in a while.  We’ll get the Stones to kick it off in Set 1 with “Rip This Joint” from their incredible double LP Exile On Main St..  The album was recorded in France because the Stones were feeling “exiled” from the UK at the time.  Well, tax evasion might do that to you.

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DJ:  Yeah, that song is totally about growing a pot plant and hiding it.  I mean they’re called The Smoke.  The album is It’s Smoke Time, and the song’s chorus is “high in a room in a house in a square there’s some happiness”.  The Smoke had one big hit from that 1967 album.  “High In A Room” served as a minor follow-up single to “My Friend Jack”; which is almost certainly about LSD.  These guys partied.

Speaking of other hard drugs,  the world lost Bradley Nowell to a heroin overdose in 1996.  One week after getting married, and two months before their absolute smash of an album Sublime came out.  Bradley also just turn 28 three months prior, missing that oh-so-dreaded 27 club, but still succumbing to the rock star lifestyle.  Sublime was an amazing band with their toes constantly in the sand and had a bright future ahead of them.  Tragic, indeed.  We played “Let’s Go Get Stoned” from the band’s official debut album 40oz. To Freedom.  That album featured 6 covers from all kinds of genres including one of their most famous covers; “Smoke Two Joints” by The Toyes which we heard prior.

The Toyes recorded their big hit in 1983 with a low budget and pressed 500 discs immediately afterward.  While based in Hawaii at the time, the band managed to build an island following for the track which helped lead to its eventual radio play and success.  The Toyes are based in Grants Pass, Oregon now, home of Dutch Brothers Coffee.  Pass the dutchie!

Moving to the East Coast now, Vermont specifically.  King Tuff is a standard at the FMF offices; along with other modern staples like Jay Reatard and Ty Segall.  King Tuff (Kyle Thomas), played guitar in Ty’s backing band The Muggers for the album Emotional Mugger and Ty actually played drums on King Tuff’s “Black Moon Spell”.  We played a song from King Tuff’s sophomore self-titled 2012 release.

Coming up in our next set, we’ve got The Stairs starting off a bit of a party set.  The Stairs were formed in the very late 80s by Edgar “Summertyme” William Jones with the intent of playing music influenced by  The 13th Floor ElevatorsThe SeedsThe Chocolate Watch Band as well as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.  They released a few EPs and one fantastic rare LP Mexican R’n’B in 1992.  From that debut, let’s hear “Weed Bus”.

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DJ:  Now there’s an idea we could all live by.  “Champagne when I’m thirsty, reefer when I want to get high.”  McKinley Morganfield AKA Muddy Waters played us a track from his final album.  Muddy had been declining in health when the 80s rolled in and slowed down immensely.  He performed at the Checkerboard Lounge in 1981 and had The Rolling Stones guest as his band at times.  The Stones released that live DVD in 2012 with an accompanying LP.  Muddy would die in 1983 of a heart failure on April 30th.  Born April 4th and died April 30th, how fitting is it that a man named Muddy Waters’ life revolved around the month of rain showers?  We here at Feel Me Flow officially claim April as Muddy Waters Month.

Swedish garage rockers Caesars played “Strawberry Weed” before Muddy closed out the set.  That track is amazing and we sure could use some more music from them, its been ten years!

Band Of Horses isn’t waiting to release new music by any means.  They put out Why Are You OK in 2016, their fifth LP in 10 years.  We took “Weed Party” from their debut LP Everything All The Time.  

Shel Silverstein was a genius of a writer.  Not only were his poems and lyrics clever, but most of them could be adapted for use with children’s books which he ended up doing.  Without Shel Silverstein, you wouldn’t have Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, nor would you have the handful of tracks that Johnny Cash would cover; including the smash hit “A Boy Named Sue”.  From his 1972 album in which Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show covered the title track, we played “Freakin’ At The Freakers Ball”.

It’s time for some soul music.  Chicago natives JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound have built a great local and national following in over the last 11 years.  Their first single was a soul cover of “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart”, a tune written by fellow Chicago band Wilco.  From the same album, Want More, here’s “I Got High”.

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DJ: We hope to see the day come where a pusher man is no longer relevant, but sadly doubt it.  If you can’t get your fix from your local doctor or market, you may have to find a pusher man, or as like the kids on the street these days call them; a dealer.  Curtis Mayfield’s perfection of a soundtrack to the 1972 blaxpolitation film Super Fly was one of the early soul-concept albums, specifically political.  Marvin Gaye’s What’s Goin’ On and Isaac Hayes’ Shaft soundtrack had both been released the year prior, and Shaft the movie was actually directed by Gordon Parks.  Gordon’s son, Gordon Jr. would direct Super Fly the following year.

Los Angeles psychedelic throwbacks Chicano Batman offered up a smoother than red and yellow honey cover of Laura Nyro’s “Stoned Soul Picnic”.  I know what you’re thinking, “I thought that was The 5th Dimension”.  Me too, friend-o!  Laura actually wrote that and released it the same year as The 5th Dimension, but they would see the single succeed far more than her album would.  Chicano’s cover came from their sophomore released Cycles Of Existential Rhyme.

Sandwiched inside of that smooth soul set we had Parquet Courts and Ryan Adams.  Parquet Courts played a perfectly repetitive ode to the munchies with “Stoned And Starving”.  The band released their debut album American Specialties initially on cassette only to “force you to be patient and digest what you’re listening to”.  It later saw a vinyl release.

After over half a decade with Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams decided to go it alone.  He released his solo debut Heartbreaker in 2000 and thus began a long string of fantastic Americana albums, one of which was a Taylor Swift cover album.  From Heartbreaker, we heard “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)”.

Alright, so our next set is something a little different.  Not only does it include a double Set 4 Score, not only does it include five songs themed to marijuana, but we’ve also picked five Minnesota-based artists  Born in Aitkin, Minnesota in 1946, Jonathan Edwards would move with his family to Virginia in the early 50s.  After playing music throughout the 60s in Boston, he would eventually release a solo self-titled debut in 1971.  “Sunshine” the lead single, would go on to sell over a million copies and be certified gold by the R.I.A.A. in January 1972.  From that same debut, here’s his ode to layin’ around and getting high; “Shanty”.

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DJ: I wonder if Jerry ever envisioned “Truckin'” being played in such a way.  Kudos to Marijuana Deathsquads for truly making the song their own.  The Grateful Dead tribute box set Day Of The Dead featured artist like The National, The War on Drugs, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Flaming Lips and a plethora of indie rock artists worth their weight in gold.  Marijuana Deathsquads started as in 2009 as one of many side projects between the Minneapolis collective of artist interloped within the indie, hip-hop and punk rock scene.  The band Gayngs consists of 20+ members of this scene, including P.O.S, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Dessa, Har Mar Superstar, and many more.

Sonny Knight & The Lakers was a superlative soul band that fit right in with the soul explosion of the 2010s  Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, and Sonny Knight acted like a trifecta of incredible talent, bringing soul music back into the spotlight.  Tragically, all three of them died within a year of each other.  Sharon in November 2016, Sonny in June 2017, and Charles in September.  What a crushing blow to the soul world!

On a lighter note, we heard Dylan scream “everybody must get stoned” in his album opener from Blonde On Blonde.  That song has been a stoner anthem for over 50 years!

Before Bob, we had Matty Chindler and Faux Jean.  Faux Jean spent the 2000s putting out garage rock with a pop and lo-fi/psychedelic twist.  We were treated to a documentary about the band titled History In The Faking back in 2012, a film compiled of footage from shows focused on the latter years and recording of their final album.  Faux Jean played us “Drunk & Stoned” from their sophomore LP Dead Lover.

So, speaking of garage pop.  Remember Smash Mouth? Of course, you do.  Everyone know’s “All Star”.  I’m here to stake a claim that their sophomore LP Astro Lounge is actually pretty legit if you’re into garage pop.  It’s super polished and bright, which is like the antithesis of garage rock, but the riffs and instruments are absolutely on point.  The artwork is apt as hell too, looking like a retro-futuristic building plucked out of The Jetsons, it shows the cleanliness of a Utopian future mixed with the sound of the 60s.  I’d love to hear a full album rework of this done by someone.  Anyway, from the 1999 smash album from Smash Mouth, here’s “Stoned”.

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DJ: Another one of those classic “stoner” songs from Black Sabbath, that was “Sweet Leaf”.  You can hear guitarist Tony Iommi coughing in the intro of the song from a joint that Ozzy brought him in the studio.  According to the band, they recorded the song while high on grass.  The title comes from a pack of Irish cigarettes (Sweet Afton) whose tagline was “It’s the sweetest leaf that gives you the taste.”

Rikky Gage released the first Free Weed LP in 2015 under Bad Diet Records.  Rikky’s been described as The Dude of rock n’ roll, if you replaced the robe with a denim vest, the White Russian with a  Jaegerbomb, and bowling with music (nice work, Yasi).  It’d be a damned travesty to not feature this band today.  Garage rock with a marijuana theme?  This is literally what they’re all about.  Hardly Art musician Colleen Green joined Free Weed on the track “Marijuana”.

If you’re a Jack White fan, you may have recognized his voice in the background of that track by The Go.  Jack played lead guitar on The Go’s first LP, Whatcha Doin’ back in 1999 before The White Stripes had released their debut.  Obviously a fan of the blues and garage rock, Jack fit in well with The Go and it helped launch a very successful career.  We heard “You Can Get High” from The Go’s debut.

We heard Weezer before The Go.  Apparently, Weezer’s very first gig had Dogstar opening for them.  You know, Keanu Reeves’ band?!  I couldn’t imagine playing my very first gig as a band and seeing Ted “Theodore” Logan jamming bass during the opening set.  Weezer’s music seems to have been “declining in heavy” over the years, with their debut being one of the rawest sounds they’ve produced.  On their last effort, Pacific Daydream, the band moved to a more pop/radical sound than previous efforts.  In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, singer Rivers Cuomo explained that he kept an archive of song ideas and hired programmers to organize a spreadsheet of lyric snippets by beats per minute, syllable, and key to call from whenever stuck.  I mean, as much as it goes against an “organic” song creation process, I kinda love that.

Our last set has “dad rock record collection” written all over it; if that dad had great taste!  We’ll start off with two classic rock tracks about a joint, dip into David Peel’s obsession with pot, get funky with that “cheeba cheeba”, and finally be left with nothing but seeds and stems again.  Sounds like an awesome Saturday night!  Taken from Neil Young’s 6th LP Tonight’s The Night.  Apparently, Neil wrote the album after the deaths of Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten and Young’s friend and roadie Bruce Berry.  You can definitely hear the somberness in his voice throughout the recordings.  The album is raw as hell and brings you down into that dark world of sorrow and drugs leaving you feeling a bit bummed out.  Sometimes, though, we need that.  So let’s roll another number for the road…

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DJ:  Ask any pot smoker how it feels to be down to seeds and stems and you’ll get to hear a little blues ditty.  That is, of course, unless you live somewhere that isn’t so gung-ho about reefer madness.  Believe it or not, some people feel that this plant isn’t worth banning!  From the 1971 debut of Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, we heard “Seeds And Stems (Again)”.

Guitarist George Benson was a household name in the late 70s.  His 1976 album Breezin’ went triple platinum and featured the single “This Masquerade” written by the legendary Leon Russell, which George won a Grammy for Record Of The Year.  That same year, George teamed up with Willis Jackson and Ann Winley and released a self-titled mini album under the name Harlem Underground.  We played “Smokin’ Cheeba Cheeba”, a cool 7-minute+ jam about the theme of the episode from that Harlem Underground EP.

No stranger to the show, David Peel & The Lower East Side rolled in with a track from David’s recent pot tribute album Give Hemp A Chance.  David eventually met John Lennon and John became of fan of his, even producing his third LP The Pope Smokes Dope.  David endured a long career of music and was a huge advocate of marijuana legalization.  With his final release in 2015, he borrowed from his pal John’s “Give Peace A Chance” to name the album.  David died in April last year after suffering a series of heart attacks.

On that note, we lost another legalization advocate and musician last year to a heart attack, though in the case the cause was fentanyl (just like Prince).  I’m talking, of course, about Tom Petty.  Tom wrote more than one lyric referencing or at least alluding to pot and the ritual of smoking it.  It’s just such a bummer we lost him so early.  “You Don’t Know How It Feels” from the amazing 1994 solo album Wildflowers played after Neil started things off.

Well, everyone, thanks for jumping into the rotation!  It’s been a pleasure, now go grab those munchies!  Join us next time on Feel Me Flow!

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FMF Episode #33 – Crime & Punishment

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DJ:   Welcome welcome welcome to another episode of Feel Me Flow!  We’re digging into crime and punishment today, so be on your best behavior.  America has the highest incarceration rate in the world when compared to any other similarly sized country.  Seychelles squeeks out first place by just a hair, but their total population is under 100,000.  The United States sure does have a pining for their prisons.  

In today’s episode, we’ll be breaking down the process of Crime & Punishment from start to finish.  Each set will be a stage in the process. Our first set will be about crimes committed, i.e. murder, theft, etc.  Each set after that will work towards putting you in jail, until the finale where we breakout! How exciting!  We’ll also be doing a special tribute set to the only band that matters; The Clash.

Let’s kick it off with The Hellacopters plotting a crime.  Here’s “Murder On My Mind” from their 2006 LP Rock & Roll Is Dead.

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DJ:  I spent half a year in Hawaii in 2009 and got to see The Throwdowns play a few shows while there.  A perfect band and perfect sound for my time on the island.  Ska-influenced pop rock with a tendency to go punk rock once in a while? Yes!  The Throwdowns put out one full length after their debut EP Don’t Slow Down and lead singer Erin put out another solo album in 2015.  The band’s been quiet since then and the website is down so I’m not sure if they’re still going, but try to score that EP if you ever get a chance!  “Kihei Town” is a banger (that’s what the kids are saying).

The Blood Brothers’ most accessible LP Crimes featured the single “Love Rhymes With A Hideous Car Wreck” as well as the title track played here.

Earlier this week, on Monday, Hutch Harris and The Thermals announced their breakup.  Needless to say, we here have been devastated.  We went to the last show the band played in St. Paul while my wife was pregnant and to this day our son, Rigby is a die-hard fan of the band.  Feel Me Flow owes so much to the band and their stemmed projects, so thank you so much, Hutch and Kath!  We played “Born To Kill” from their 6th album Desperate Ground which came out EXACTLY 5 years ago today!

Thee Headcoats and Mr. Billy Childish kept the crime theme rolling with “Murder On The Moors” from their 4th LP Beach Bums Must Die.  Moving forward with our Crime & Punishment theme, it’s time you get caught for your crime.

Jane’s Addiction scored big with their debut single “Jane Says”off of Nothing’s Shocking.  Their follow-up album Ritual de lo Habitual had album artwork that caused store owners to hold back from selling it, thus prompting the band to reissue artwork with just black text on white. and include the First Amendment in the footer. Unreal. With their third single from that album and most successful to date, here’s “Been Caught Stealing”.

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DJ:  Supergrass burst onto the UK garage pop scene in 1995 with the largest selling debut album since The Beatles’ Please Please Me; their debut I Should Coco.  Led by the 5th single from the album, “Alright”.  We played the first single the band released with “Caught By The Fuzz”.

John Holt “got caught” in the wrong place, wrong time in his 1983 LP closer “I Got Caught”.  John was perhaps most famous for writing and singing lead on the 1966 track “The Tide Is High” with his group The Paragons.  Blondie covered that tune later, in 1980. I’m sure Blondie covering that track helped sales with his 1983 album Police In Helicopter, which is was a protest album against the marijuana crackdown in Jamaica at the time.

Before we got caught, we were on the run.  Masked Intruder played us “Running From The Cops” form their latest release, 2016’s Love And Other Crimes.  Madison, Wisconsin’s finest ski-masked pop-punk band has been cranking out 3-chord truths and love ballads for over 7 years now, and I’m excited to hear what comes next!

Garage rock champions Oblivians did “Call The Police”, a track from their most decent effort Desperation.  Half the songs on that record probably could’ve made it on this playlist somewhere or other!

We’re hearing Anitek’s “Treason” behind us now.  Something many of us Americans are hearing more and more about these days.  Usually, if you commit treason or other crimes, that would make you a criminal.  Moreover, once the authorities have been notified of your criminal activity, you’re usually placed under arrest.  Let’s let the set do the talking.

Up next is a Grammy-winning track about exploiting your sexual prowess in return for something you want.  I guess Fiona felt guilty about it?  The song went on to be a smash hit for Fiona and has been covered by numerous artists including Erin Smith of The Throwdowns.  From 1995’s Tidal, here’s Fiona Apple with “Criminal”.

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DJ:  One of Minneapolis’ best garage rock bands, Howler, wraps up the legal process in Set 3 with “Indicted”.  The Twin Cities didn’t give them much love so the band toured the UK constantly and built a great following.  Unfortunately, however, they disbanded a few years ago but reunited for a special show last year when singer Jordan Gatesmith’s new band Wellness played First Avenue.  Kinda mad I missed that show.  Look for Wellness on our Slack playlist; they fit in perfectly.

With a similar drone like punk sound, Portland band Blouse played before Howler.  Blouse put out their sophomore LP Imperium in 2013 but has been fairly quiet recently save for a tweet last year that mentioned a reformation of the band!  Let’s hope so, Imperium was dope and I’d love another record.

Rancid chilled out with the Hammond B3 for “Arrested In Shanghai” from 2003’s Indestructible.  In our last FMF episode, Guns, we played a Tim Timebomb set all focused on the theme. Today we’re going to do the same but with Tim’s favorite band; The Clash.

Red Simpson was known for writing truck themed country songs, which is why its no surprise he put out an album themed on police.  I’m sure you see a whole bunch of police when driving a truck all day and night.  From 1966’s The Man Behind The Badge, we played “You’re Under Arrest”.

Now onto that whole Clash thing we mentioned.  Coming up, we’re gonna play 3 songs about police that The Clash covered, a cover of The Clash’s “Know Your Rights” by The Frisk, and a Set 4 Score Narcobilly cover from Los Angeles’ own The 454’s.  In honor of the only band that matters, here’s The Bobby Fuller Four with “I Fought The Law”.

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DJ:   I sure wish we had The Clash around these days.  Wrapping up our 4th set is the Set 4 Score; The 454’s.  Yikes, that was a lot of fours.  Established in 2005, The 454’s unique sound is made up of their individual influences, including everything from 50’s rockabilly to 70’s punk rock, Mexican ranchera to Cumbia and more. The 454’s are playing the 1st Annual Rockabilly Festival at Turnbull’s in Whittier, CA tomorrow night, so stop by and be cool for a bit!

About two years prior to Joe’s death, Bay Area punks The Criminals split up.  Feeling the need to keep playing music, Bass Cadet Mike Sexxx, Zach Attack, and Jesse Luscious sought out a drummer for a new band.  That drummer ended up being fellow Bay Area punk Hunter Burgan of AFI fame.  The band recorded one EP and one LP, with The Clash cover coming from their debut EP Rank Restraint.  

During our three-song Clash cover set, we played of the songs The Clash famously covered, all talking about the law.  First off, was The Bobby Fuller Four with the immensely popular “I Fought The Law”.  If you were listening during the 3rd verse, you may have noticed Bobby sing about “robbin’ people with a six-gun” during which the drummer slams the snare six times.  Perfect execution.  That right there is what sets music apart from poetry.  Fellow Bay Area punkers Green Day would cover the song for a Pepsi/iTunes Super Bowl commercial in 2004.  Yes, I realize the irony of that sentence.

The Equals were one of the first if not the first mixed race rock band out of England in the 60s.  They’re kind of like the British version of The Chambers Brothers.  The Equals scored a hit with “Baby, Come Back” in 1968, but would break up after a terrible car wreck that shook them all up.  Lead guitar player Eddy Grant would return to Guyana for a while before returning with a worldwide solo hit in 1982, “Electric Avenue”.

Junior Murvin rounded out the originals with his Lee “Scratch” Perry-produced title track to the 1977 LP Police And Thieves.  The Upsetters played backing track to Junior for the production.

Alright, up next we have the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley.  Our next set is all about being locked up.  Where does that usually happen? Jail, or if you really screw up; prison.  Here’s “Jailhouse Rock”.

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DJ:   We typically don’t get too heavy on Feel Me Flow, but that song is just so good!  Political metal madcaps System Of A Down played us their take on the privatized prison system of the USA.  Here’s a hint; it’s not a great system.  Maybe one could even call it the system of a downed nation?  Yikes with the dad jokes.  “Prison Song” comes from the band’s most popular album to date; Toxicity, which features the band’s logo in the style of the Hollywoodland sign in Los Angeles.

Speaking of LA, we heard “Prison Bound” from Mike Ness and Social Distortion.  Technically from Fullerton, Social D formed way back in 1978 with Mike Ness, Frank Agnew, Rikk Agnew, and Casey Royer.  The latter three left early on to form The Adolescents.  As much as it may have sucked for Social D, it was amazing for us punk fans to have another So-Cal band brewed in the same batch as Social Distortion and Agent Orange.

Floridian band Jacuzzi Boys played us “Automatic Jail” from their 2010 Hardly Art release Glazin’.  The boys are currently touring Europe in support of their latest effort Ping Pong. 

We heard Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels with a song that wasn’t “Devil With The Blues Dress On” which is typically the go-to Mitch song.  From their follow-up to the successful Breakout…!!! album, we heard “I’d Rather Go To Jail” from 1967’s Sock It To Me!.

Coming up on our final set, we’ll get a funky prison party before its time to break out of jail, or as we’ll hear it; “Jailbreak”.  Minnesota’s own Har Mar Superstar opens it up with “Prisoner” from his fantastic 2013 LP Bye Bye 17.

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DJ:  We’re out! We broke free! Thin Lizzy made it so!  From their smash 1976 LP of the same name, Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” rounds out our episode.  The song follows the typical lyrical nature of Phil Lynott’s “tough guy” image and the dueling guitars.  Phil succumbed to a heroin overdose on January 4, 1986.

Operation Ivy frontman Jesse Michaels took a break from music after the band broke up in 1989.  In 1994 he would form Big Rig which resulted in an EP and a few shows at Gilman, but it wasn’t until 1999 when he formed Common Rider that Jesse would release a proper album.  It’s not like he wasn’t involved, though.  Jesse contributed the artwork to Green Day’s debut album 39/Smooth, an album that celebrates its 28th anniversary today!  Almost 30 years of Green Day makes me feel old, I tell you what!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Prison set without “Folsom Prison Blues”.  Johnny Cash’s mega-hit from 1957 was sandwiched between the punky funk and breakout.

That punky funk comes from Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears.  Austin, Texas’ finest blues-soul band formed in 2007 and their debut LP was produced by fellow Austinite Jim Eno of Spoon fame.  We played “Prison” from their latest release Backlash which debuted at number 3 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart.

Sam Cooke super-fan Har Mar SuperStar launched our prison breakout set with “Prisoner”.  Irving Jospeh is also doing a great job at making us feel manic during this breakout.  We’re hearing “Prison Break” from his 1960 LP Murder, Inc.  Well FMF fans, it’s time to go on the lam.  “I lit up from Reno I was trailed by twenty hounds….”  Join us next time on Feel Me Flow, and follow the law!

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