FMF Episode #53 – School

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DJ: Rah rah sis boom bah! Holy post-war-wholesome-school chant Batman! Welcome back to school and another episode of Feel Me Flow! Labor Day typically represents the unofficial end to Summer and the day after it is typically the first day of school for many kids. Many start much earlier these days, though. Some even the first week of August!

Today we’re gonna take a trip down the squeaky waxed halls of high school before moving onto college campus and eventually graduating. Welcome to debt. Student Loan debt is unimaginably huge right now in America and nearly every college attendee graduates in debt, something we need to fix fast. How can people spend money on consumables if all they can afford is to pay loans? Yikes!

Kicking things off with a classic, we’ve got the Ramones doing their End Of The Century track “Rock And Roll High School”. The song also scored the soundtrack to the 1979 film of the same name in which the Ramones played themselves. It’s not Scorsese material, but a fun watch if you’re a Ramones fan. Here we go with the Ramones and “Rock And Roll High School”!

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DJ:  That Cayucas song was huge for a while back in 2013. I think it even made its way onto a beer commercial, if I’m not mistaken. Catchy as hell, though. Cayucas’ debut album under their newly acquired name (previously known as Oregon Bike Trails) was produced by the late Richard Swift. This would probably explain the soulful touch places in the sound. We heard “High School Lover” from that debut.

San Francisco garage throwback pioneer Ty Segall showed up with fellow garage head Mikal Cronin to play a track off of their first collaboration together, Reverse Shark Attack. Ty’s production has been everywhere since he started making waves in the scene in the 2000s, including Ex-Cult’s debut album which we’ll get to a little later. We heard “High School” from that collaborative album.

Bass Drum Of Death fits in well next to Ty and Mikal with that late 2000s garage fuzz sound that we love so much here at Feel Me Flow. BDOD released Just Business in July of 2018, the 4th LP from the Oxford, Mississippi group. We played “High School Roaches” from the debut album GB City.

Chuck Berry rang our bell with an ode to school. It’s funny how artists used to love their schools, and then as time went on more and more rock artists were singing about how much school sucked. I wonder what gives? Did education quality drop that much? Or did the attitude towards learning just shift? Who knows. Chuck played “School Day (Ring Ring Goes The Bell)” from his 1957 LP After School Session.

Now about that love/hate relationship with school. Let’s hear it in full effect. Starting things off is Nirvana with “School” from their debut album Bleach. As we move towards the middle of the set you’ll hear some very poppy and positive school tunes before we get back to hating it again. Let’s hear Kurt Cobain scream “No recess” a few times, here’s Nirvana.

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DJ: So, Paul Westerberg wasn’t really a fan of school.  The second release from The Replacements was an EP titled Stink (“Kids Don’t Follow” Plus Seven). When the band went to press the album, they went straight for DIY punk ethic and pressed blank white sleeves. The first batch of pressings were stamped with hand carved potatoes dipped in ink! Love it! We heard “Fuck School” from that EP.

Before Paul, we heard his idol, Alex Chilton. Alex covered an old Jan and Dean song from the squeaky clean surf era of 1962-3. Those surf “ooh-eeee-ooohs” are just so silly sometimes haha! The cover comes from Alex’s 1995 album A Man Called Destruction, and the original Jan and Dean version was B-side to “Dead Man’s Curve”.

The band that took what Jan and Dean started and made it internationally known played right before Alex. The Beach Boys are often credited with the surf music phenomenon, but Jan and Dean were there first! From the Beach Boys’ 1963 concept album Little Deuce Coupe, which was released only 3 weeks after Surfer Girl, that was “Be True To Your School”. Rah-rah-sis-boom-bah!

Some more recent surf rock came from Southern California’s The Frights. We featured The Frights in our Surfing episode, actually! From the band’s early in their career Fur Sure EP, we heard “High School Girl”. Something about surf music and the new girl in school just seems to work, no?

We’ve got another rocking garage set ahead with The Hives blowing the doors off the first track. “High School Shuffle” was released as a bonus track to the band’s 2012 LP Lex Hives. It sure does have that bouncy, pep rally-type feel to it, too! Sweden’s swingin’ shufflers are up next. Here are The Hives!

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DJ:  As we listen to RJD2’s instrumental track “The Girls From Art School”, let’s talk about “Art School”. The side 1, track 1 explosion from the debut album In The City. 1977 ushered in so much more punk rock than most people realize. It wasn’t just The Ramones and the Sex Pistols who put music out, but rather hundreds, if not thousands of punk bands all sounding fairly close to the same style. Perfection. Three chords played at high speed. The Jam took inspiration from the Mod movement and The Who, but fit in very well in the early days of punk.

Another group associate with the early days of punk rock is Detroit, Michigan band the MC5, or Motor City 5. Thanks to fellow Detroiter Iggy Pop, the MC5 landed themselves on Elektra Records along with The Stooges in the late 60s, only to be booted after some personelle changes the following year. We heard “High School” from the band’s 1970 album Back In The USA.

Greg Cartwright and Reigning Sound chimed in with the title track to their 2002 LP Time Bomb High School. In true garage rock fashion, the song clocks in at under two minutes, almost 90 seconds. What more do you need? Verse, chorus, verse, bridge, chorus, goodnight!

The greatest punk rock cover and bowling band to ever grace a stage stopped in with a track from their debut 1997 album Have A Ball. The band chooses a theme for each album, with the first being singer-songwriter hits from the 60s and 70s. James Taylor, Elton John, Paul Simon and more are represented on the album, with latter’s song “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard” gracing our set’s presence today. I love how lead singer Spike Slawson starts singing Julio with a hard J towards the end of the song. Just, why? Haha,

Coming up in our Set 4, we move onto Colleges and Universities. High education can be an amazing thing, and we all could benefit from a little more knowledge. But as AC Slater taught us, there’s just something wrong with being a “preppie”. Jello Biafra and the Dead Kennedys are going to tell us why. Here’s “Terminal Preppie” from their 1982 LP Plastic Surgery Disasters.

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DJ:  One of our Set 4 Score artists featured this week comes from Baltimore, Maryland. The 5 piece rock band dabbles in a few different genres, mainly sticking to that broad indie rock spectrum, though. With the release of 2016’s Peel, the band channeled a lot of the 90’s pysch movement in creating their album. You can hear notes of early Flaming Lips and bits of My Bloody Valentine strewn throughout. We heard “University” from that album, but they release Mr. Big Picture earlier this year.

Cheatahs are another shoegaze-y throwback sort of band coming out of London. This band also channels that My Bloody Valentine aesthetic and plays a sort of indie rock that’s washed in dream pop. From their Sunne EP, we heard “Campus”.

Teenage Bottlerocket put out a covers album of songs that practically no one has ever heard before and did a great job with it! What an idea! Cover a bunch of lesser-known artists’ songs that you love in hopes of giving them a little credit. We played their cover of Bay Area punk band Juke’s “College Town”. The original song comes from the Lookout! Records compilation Can Of Pork.

The Woolen Men hail from the Pacific Northwestern United States. Portland, Oregon to be exact. If you enjoyed previous Set 4 Score artist Wimps out of Seattle, you might be into Woolen Men. Short punk songs with clean styles and a knack for the obscure. Woolen Men just released Post in September of 2018, though we took “University” from their 2015 effort Temporary Monument.

Our next  set keeps us in college. “Ya know, a lot of people go to college for seven years” – “Yeah, they’re called doctors.” Before the Chicago, Illinois punk band Dwarves became the extreme and provacative band they are today, they started as a dirty garage rock band reminiscent of The Sonics out of Seattle. In fact, the band even spent some time on Seattle labe Sub Pop before pissing them off on a hoax that the guitarist was stabbed and being dropped from the label. From their 1986 debut album Horror Stories, though, we heard “College Town”.

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DJ: Rogue Wave are a super fun indie rock band that got their start on Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records. Capitalizing on the indie rock craze of the late 2000s, the band fit in perfectly with reverb-laden vocal-fronted acts like Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket. In their more recent years, however, they’ve taken on a bit more of an electronic sound. I mean, who hasn’t right? From the 2013 album Nightingale Floors, we heard the single “College”.

More late 2000s indie rock played before Rogue Wave with one of the most known acts of that time, Vampire Weekend. The Ivy League band turned the rock world on its head producing some of the best music around all coming from three upper-class scholars. Ezra Koenig and Rostam went on to produce countless works from other artists as well, including the amazing 2016 collaboration between Rostam and Hamilton Lighthouser; I Had This Dream 1000 Times. We played “Campus” from their self-titled debut.

Another common name around here is The Barracudas. The 1980s saw a nice grouping of artists who missed the days of Rickenbacker guitars and practicing in the garage. Bands like The Cynics, The Barracudas, and more were channeling Roger McGuinn’s Byrds-style guitar with simple pop songs to join along. Garage rock may have taken a back seat in the 1980s, but it definitely was still alive and well! We heard “Campus Tramp” from Drop Out With The Barracudas.

Mark Hoppus wrote “Going Away To College” from the perspective of dating in senior high and having to say goodbye. That is a tough time for anyone, for sure, but you’ll get over it. The track comes from the band’s breakthrough 1999 album Enema Of The State.

Our final set of the show focuses on that final step of growing up; graduation.  Ty Segall discovered Ex-Cult when they were still called Sex Cult before helping them with a rebrand and producing their debut. The punk band channels Ty’s dirty garage sound while adding their own gritty flavor. Let’s hear “Post-Graduate” from that debut. Hit it!

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DJ: That cheeseball of a track comes from the Daryl Palumbo side project Head Automatica. Daryl got his vocal start fronting the post-hardcore band Glassjaw before starting the more dance-pop friendly side project. After a scoring some big hits with their debut album, Decadence , the band’s sophomore attempt failed to capture the attention of its fans and left the band’s future up in the air. That debut album, though. Amazing! It even includes a visit from Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong.

SPeedy Ortiz played before we got poppy. The band has been making big waves in 2018 with the release of their third LP Twerp Verse. Their sophomore album Foil Deer brought the same relaxed slacker vibe that Major Arcana did, and with “The Graduates” we were able to sample of that slack sauce.

Seattle band Math And Physics Club put out a compilation of b-sides and demo recordings in 2016. Among those deeper cuts was a nice little ditty about “Graduation Day”. Pitchfork slapped this band with a label of “music to hold hands to”, which is not at all an insult. They fit in well in the twee pop scene with acts like The Lucksmiths and older Belle and Sebastian.

A little 1990’s throwback action happened with the Bay Area pop rockers Third Eye Blind. The band had major success in the late 1990s with this album led by the single “Semi-Charmed Life”. After 4 more singles from the album carried them to stardom, the band’s next effort would start their downward spiral to less-fame. The music was solid on both records, but the times changed and pop rock/adult contemporary music faded out as EDM and hip-hop changed the charts. From that smash album, we heard “Graduate”.

Well everyone, we hope your school year goes well and you make lots of friends. If you’re not in school, hope you enjoyed the theme! We’ll see you next time!

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FMF Episode #52 – Road Trip Pt. 2

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DJ: Get your motor runnin’, head out on the highway! Hello everyone and welcome back to Feel Me Flow where we’re on round two of our Road Trip episode!  Last week we kicked off the end-of-summer road trip with Part 1 and a Set 4 Score from Double Grave. We’ll have a lot more deep cuts for you this week, but don’t worry, you’ll get to hear some of those staples of classic rock road tripdom. 

In fact, that’s how the show starts off today! Some bluesy-rock jams to move those tires as we roll on down the highway. The highway. Although for many of us it’s only a short drive away, it seems to also live on as a mythical place of adventure, sorrow, worry,  freedom, and loads of other emotions. Rock songs often revolve around the “highway” because that’s where most of those touring artists live.

Deep Purple’s Machine Head album was integral in the development of heavy metal. The combination of heavy drums, heavy guitars, screeching solos, and that deep distorted-almost sounding organ that ccarried with it a chugging responsibility made for a sound bearing much more weight than the songs of previous “rock” artists like Buddy Holly and The Beach Boys. “Highway Star” leads off the album  and our show today. So put the pedal to the medal and let’s go!

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DJ:  If you’ve ever read up on the story of Robert Johnson, you might know about the “Crossroads”. Legend has it that Robert Johnson “sold his soul for rock and roll”, well, blues in this case. The guitarist, who died at age 27 due to a poisoning by a scorned acquaintance, recorded “Cross Road Blues” in 1936 in room 414 of the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio. Eric Clapton and Cream played us perhaps the most famous revamp of the classic tune.

Iggy and the Stooges stopped by with a cut from Fun House. The album was named for the new house that the band had bought when they were signed by Elektra.  Iggy pointed out in an interview with Rolling Stone that he drew inspiration from Howlin’ Wolf quite a bit with this record, and boy is it obvious. Howlin’ was known for his drone like blues songs that chugged along on one note, just like “Down In The Street” does.

Greta Van Fleet, or the band that everyone showed their parents and asked if they thought it was Led Zeppelin, stopped by with their debut smash single “Highway Tune”. The song borrows licks from bands like Zeppelin or any other 1970’s rock band influenced by old blues players. It’s great to see a new generation jamming like their grandpa’s used to. The circle of rock.

The Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerback stopped by with a track from his first solo record Keep It Hid. Dan clearly draws from old blues players as well, citing artists like R. L.  Burnside and Junior Kimbrough as directly influencing them. They even recorded a Junior Kimbrough covers EP titled Chulahoma.

The next set kicks off our tribute to Rancid with Avenues and Alleyways, a song from their …And Out Come The Wolves Album. Our Avenues set starts with Jacuzzi Boys and a cut from their debut album No Seasons. Here’s the Florida “glazers” with “Island Ave”.

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DJ: If Roy Orbison’s favorite color wasn’t black I’d bet my life it was blue. It’s almost like Roy was a bruised man, obsessing over black and blue.  Roy’s got songs like “California Blue” which we played on our California show, “Blue Bayou”, and of course “Blue Avenue”, from Sings Lonely And Blue

The Boss stopped by with one of the big singles from Born To Run. Bruce is another artist who has a seemingly endless plethora of playables referencing that glorious “road” we’re so destined to travel down. We went with one of his bigger hits, if not his biggest about a street of some sort. That was “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out”.

We heard a Bay Area one-two punk punch from Green Day and Rancid. Billie Joe Armstrong and Tim Armstrong, though not related, both cut their teeth at the legendary 924 Gilman St. club in Berkely while growing up. If you were to head down to a show there in 1989 you might have seen the two play, although not with Green Day or Rancid. Tim was first in Operation Ivy with fellow Rancid member Matt Freeman before breaking up to form the latter band in the ’90s.  Billie Joe cited Op Ivy as a major influence on him and he started a band called Sweet Children. SC changed to Green Day not long after forming and would join Rancid in the mid-’90s punk explosion.

Green Day’s “Stuart and The Avenue” references the intersection of Stuart St. and Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California. Tim wrote “Telegraph Avenue” for his second solo effort, but upon hearing some of the songs he had recorded Brett Gurewitz urged him to get the band together and record a proper full length. I wonder if Billie Joe and Tim ever cross paths at that intersection anymore…?

Our next set focuses on those shady back streets between buildings known as alleys. The Mamas & The Papas recorded an ode to a club in the Virgin Islands with their track “Creeque Alley”, though they never mention it. The tune does mention Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, Barry McGuire of the New Christy Minstrels, John Sebation of the Lovin Spoon’ful and a few more. Here’s the happy-go-lucky 1967 song from Deliverin’, “Creeque Alley”.

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DJ: From Dead Ghosts’ LP Can’t Get No, that was “Hanging (In The Alley)”.  Their garage rock throwback sound echoes that of their Burger Records labelmates and other late 2000s-early 2010s lo-fi wave surfers. The band hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, home of the infamous Nardwuar.

The horn section stopped by the middle of our set for some alley brass. Gainesville, Florida ska band Less Than Jake were at the top of skate park cool in the 90s with the release of their albums Losing Streak and Hello Rockview. The latter would be the band’s last for Capitol Records before jumping to Warner Bros. for Anthem. From Hello Rockiew, that was “Nervous In The Alley”.

Lee Dorsey dropped by with my favorite song about an alley, “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley”. I’ll admit it was years before I had heard his original version. I was always familiar with the Robert Palmer/Lowell George/The Meters version. Those are all the same version by the way, just an amazing group of players. 

Elephant 6 Collective band The Apples In Stereo referenced one of the more famous alleys of the world, “Tin Pan Alley”. The term eventually became synonomous with the music industry of the time, but Tin Pan Alley was originally an area in Manhattan, New York City, where a strong prescence of artists, songwriters, and musicians resided. The Apples In Stereo song comes from their second album; Tone Soul Evolution.

Set 4 this week is full of garage rock jams, perfect for the building that houses the machine used for road trips; a vehicle. Leading off the pack is The Shangri-Las outta Queens, New York. The “girl group” found huge success with their debut single “Remember (Walking In The Sand)” and “Leader Of The Pack” in the mid 1960s.  40 years later, Shangri-La member Mary Weiss would record a solo album backed by Greg Cartwright and The Reigning Sound. More on that later. Here’s The Shangri-Las with “Out In The Streets” from The Shangri-Las – ’65.

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DJ:  “One Way Street”, track 2 off of the debut album from Australian punk pioneers The Saints, packs just as much punch as track one, but has more street references in it. Ha!  The band took big cues from The Stooges and rock and roll acts like Little Richard and were very early to the punk scene, releasing “(I’m) Stranded” in June of 1976 just 4 months after the Ramones’ “Blitzkried Bop” single hit shelves.

When Danny Fields traveled to Detroit to see the MC5 in hopes of possibly signed them to Elektra Records, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer told him to go see The Stooges. So, he did, and by September 1968 both bands were signed to Elektra! Crazy.  MC5 also has strong ties to The Boss. Fred “Sonic” Smith, who sand on “Shakin’ Street”, married Patti Smith. Yes, that Patti Smith, the one who recorded Bruce’s song “Because The Night”. Also Jon Landau, Bruce’s longtime collaborator and mentor produced the MC5’s second LP Back In The USA, as well as Bruce’s Born To Run. All these songs are connected!!

Our Set 4 Score this week goes to  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Needle Points. Yes, technically they’re no longer a band, but that doesn’t make this tune any less of a banger. After a couple albums and singles, the band amicably split up in 2017 when half of the members moved to the west coast and others wanted to pursue other projects. Nonetheless, we ‘re still left sifting through the wake of their existence in garageland. The non-album track “Cripple Street” played before MC5.

As we had mentioned earlier, Greg Cartwright of Oblivians notoriety also plays in the Reigning Sound, who backed Mary Weiss of the Shangri-Las on her 2007 solo album. So it would be rather fitting to play Greg after the Shangri-Las. It seems like quite the jump from 1965 to 2013, but there’s still a connection there!

Set 5 starts off with Tijuana Panthers before switching gears and tuning in a couple classic road songs. The band’s sophomore album Wayne Interest features production work from Richard Swift. Richard worked some of the best indie rock bands of our time, The Black Keys/Arcs, The Shins, Guster, and yes Tijuana Panthers. Richard even spent some time in my neck of the woods working in International Falls, Minnesota as a teen. Unfortunately, Swift died at 41 this year due to complications from hepatitis as well as liver and kidney distress. But let’s celebrate the amazing work of the man and one of the many bands he helped sound great. Here’s Tijuana Panthers with “Cherry Street”.

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DJ: More great garage rock from Sweden comes our way with Mando Diao and “Mean Street”.  The 2009 traack was asctually on the Need For Speed: Shift video game soundtrack, which is a racing game for all you weirdos out there with your heads in the sand.  So of course it makes sense that we play it on a road episode. Cars, streets, duh. Also it’s a nice lead in to our Main Street set coming up next.

Australian punks The Saints actually opened for AC/DC on their Aussie tours in the mid-late 1970s.  AC/DC, however, soared to massive heights and landed themselves among the rock gods, especially after overcoming the death of Bon Scott. Whether or not you’re a fan, I’d be hard pressed to find another rock band out there whose lead singer dies and they somehow become even MORE successful. We played one of the staples of classic rock radio, “Highway To Hell”.

Last week, in Part 1 of our Road Trip special episode, we played the Circle Jerks’ debut recording of “Wild In The Streets”. This week, we played the original. Singer/songwriter Garland Jeffreys had some notable names help him out with this track. That bwomp,womp clavicle doing a bass line? That’s played by Mac Rebennack Dr. John. Backup vocals include David Peel, the marijuana troubador we’ve featured on our Mother’s Day and 420 episodes.

Heading back down under, we caught a “one-hit wonder” of sorts with Brisbane, Australia’s The Go-Betweens. From the thoroughfarely named 16 Lovers Lane, the big single “Streets Of Your Town” crossed the oceans and made its way onto international shores in the late 80s, fitting in well with the jangly indie pop that was leaking into the mainstream via college radio.

Our final set of the day is all about Main Street. That drive through towns or cities that hosts all the hot spots, hangouts and hubcaps. The Astronauts’ “Main Street” was not only co-produced by the legendary Leon Russell, but apparently he had a part in writing it. Being a Russell fan, I can absolutely hear his influence here. Check out some of the Asylum Choir stuff for more Leon psychedelic sounds. Here are the clean up crew cuts The Astronauts doing “Main Street”.

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DJ: Yeah, Seger. Doesn’t that song just make you want to sit on a main street bench on a hot summer night and watch the lights blur by? Faintly smelling cigarette smoke wafting its way by you from the nearest watering hole. Bob wrote the song about Ann Street in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. There was a pool hall down on there that had girls dancing in the windows and R&B bands playing on weekends. Perfect!

We’ve featured some great tracks by early Jeff Lynne groups like The Move and The Idle Race on previous episodes, but never jumped into the other side of the spectrum with Roy Wood. Roy formed ELO with Jeff after The Move dissolved, but only lasted a couple years and one album before splitting off and doing solo work. He also formed Wizzard, a similar to ELO orchestral rock band. Roy falls into the same category of weird white eclectic musicians who look like muppets at one point or another in their career, sharing the trait with Dr. John and Leon Russell. Here, see for yourself. Here’s a shot of Roy, Leon, and Dr. John.

For those of you who like to rock out and get hammered, maybe check out Guided By Voices. While many a rockstar enjoys the sauce before, during,  and/or after a live set, GBV frontman Robert Pollard would hall an Igloo cooler full of ice and Budwiesers onto stage for easy access. From the most “proggy” sounding album in the lo-fi rock band’s career, 2003’s Earthquake Glue, that was “The Main Street Wizards”. So much wizardry!

The Zeros first major gig was in 1977 at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. The Germs’ first show ever was opening this gig. What a time! Alejandro Escovedo’s younger brother sang for the band and they were seminal in the forefront of west coast punk in those early days. How amazing it would’ve been to be in LA in the late 70s for the start of punk’s second wave. Sure, New York had plenty of punk rock. And the UK, well they did too. But LA in those days, wow!

Alright everyone, we really hope you enjoyed this super-duper long two part Road Trip episode! Get that road trip in before summer ends and we all go back to school and work and whatever else it is that Autumn brings. Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you next time on Feel Me Flow!

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FMF Episode #51 – Road Trip Pt. 1

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DJ: Ohhhh yeah it’s time to hit the road! Summer’s nearing it’s unofficial end, but that still leaves plenty of time for one last road trip! Hello everyone and welcome to Feel Me Flow. Today is the first in a two-part episode all about that mighty thoroughfare we love to travel on – the road. The vast library of music dedicated to the streets or named after a certain road is amazing and left us with plenty to pluck from. As is our modus operandi around here, we dug deep for some stuff you’re really gonna love, however, you’ll recognize plenty.

We’re turning up the energy right off out of the gates with the Dutch pop punk band Travoltas.  The band made waves in the early 2000s in America when they released the Beach Boys homage/tribute album Travoltas Party!. Much like the Beach Boys’ recording, the Travoltas album featured the band with acoustic instruments in a party like setting, complete with the background singers and bottles clanking. The album also featured a cover of Bad Religion’s “Sorrow”, which turned the song into a ballad. From the classic pop-punk LP Endless Summer, here’s the lead track “One For The Road”. 

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DJ: Vancouver, British Columbia has such a stellar music scene. So stellar, in fact, that some dude from a college radio station wanted to tell the world about it and created a persona to do so some 30 years ago. That dude is Narwuar. Dead Ghosts hail from Vancouver. In the Nardwuar interview with Spanish band Hinds, he gifts them Dead Ghosts’ rare “1000 Joints” 7″. Hinds and Dead Ghosts are Burger Records labelmates. We heard “Girl Across The Street” from DG’s self-titled debut.

New Zealand’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra played a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street” before that. UMO relocated to Portland, Oregon recently in pursuit of a broader audience in the US. We took that cover from the Red Hot AIDS Benefit Series compilation Day Of The Dead, a Grateful Dead covers album.

Arthur Conley stopped by with “Funky Street” from his 1967 Sweet  Soul Music album. The title track was basically a cover of the Sam Cooke tune “Yeah Man” (one we played on our Yeah episode). Instead of Sam Cooke’s lyrics being about dances, Arthur changed it up to be about famous soul singers and songs.

Prior to the soul explosion of the late 60s, the early 60s R&B scene would be bubbling in anticipation. Ray Charles led that scene out of the 50s and into the swingin’ sixties with hits like his 1961 classic “Hit The Road Jack”. The back and forth between Ray and Margie Hendrix there is so amazing. So much attitude!

Sticking with the funky soul theme, we’re headed back to Muscle Shoals for some Wilson Pickett. Wilson recorded a cover of Dyke & The Blazers’ signature hit “Funky Broadway” just a few weeks after Arthur Conley recorded “Funky Street” there. There must have been something funky in the swamp… Kicking off our Broadway set is “Funky Broadway”; hit it, Pickett!

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DJ: Ahhh Neil. I love how passively aggressively snarky this cover is. We weren’t going to be able to do a Broadway set without featuring the classic show tune in some form or another.  Why not go with a cover from the anti-capitalist, anti-American album Freedom?! Perfect.

Foxboro Hottubs’ song “Broadway” may have been titled and constructed as such from the chord progression in it alone. Its a muddled take on the two-chord back and forth that comprises “On Broadway”, but goes in other directions. Regardless, the Billie Joe Armstrong side-project landed itself in our big street set.

We had a riot on the streets of Melbourne in the middle of our set. The Living End is a rockabilly, punkabilly, psychobilly, whateverabilly band from down under that features the ol’ stand up bass and Gretsch guitar vibe the genre holds so dearly. The difference, here, being a distortion pedal and some seriously talented guitar playing. From the band’s highest selling album Roll On, that was “Riot On Broadway”.

Although the Goo Goo Dolls ended up being your mom’s favorite rock band, they definitely didn’t start out that way. Have you ever dug into their early LPs? Lead singer Johnny Rzeznik even said they were ripping off The Replacements. If you like the ‘Mats, though, check out Superstar Car Wash, which features songs co-written by Paul Westerberg. From the Dolls’ platinum-selling album Dizzy Up The Girl, that was “Broadway”.

We’re gonna get a bit groovier with James Mercer and Danger Mouse’s project Broken Bells. The 2009 smash hit debut LP The High Road and the title track single launched the side project into a fully functioning machine. Danger Mouse’s beats and production set the bar high and combining those features with proper songwriting is a recipe for serious success. See The Black Keys or Jack White. Here’s “The High Road”.

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DJ: White Fence rounds out our third set with a cover of the Gin Blossoms’ song “Allison Road” from the Laginappe Sessions, Vol. 1..  White Fence is the moniker of Tim Presley and is one of the many collaborative outfits that Ty Segall has involvement with. Ty and Tim put out the album Joy in 2018 using the White Fence name again, their second together since 2012’s Hair.

One of the first garage rock covers ever recorded was the Stones’ doing Nat King Cole’s song for a legendary American thoroughfare, “Route 66”. It’s where you get your kicks, you know. Unfortunately, US Route 66 is barely around anymore thanks to the Interstate Highway system.  If you’ve ever seen the movie Cars, you might remember the scene where the highway comes along and the little town’s prosperity fades away. First, the towns died, then the road died. There are still drive-able sections these days, and some sections that are declared National Scenic Byways, so you’re not out of luck should you want to relive the old days.

Natural Child’s debut album 1971 was ominous in the name as well as the cover art. This was a time machine. The Nashville band released their debut album on JEFF The Brotherhood’s Infinity Cat Recordings in 2011. Leading off that LP was “Easy Street”, sandwiched in the middle of our set.

There’s just no way we could avoid playing the Bobby Womack classic we named an FMFFM station after. The soul soundtrack to the 1972 crime drama Across 110th Street was written and performed by Bobby Womack and Peace, with the score songs being composed by J. J. Johnson. Tarantino used the title track a few times in his blaxploitation throwback Jackie Brown.

Coming up in Set 4, we’re at a Dead End. Well, just for the set. Starting things off is the legendary Lou Rawls, who was referenced in Arthur Conley’s “Sweet Soul Music”. Lou must’ve really enjoyed beer. Starting in the mid-60s, he appeared in commercials for Spur Malt Liquor and Rainier Brewing Company as well as working with Budweiser throughout the 70s. One of Lou’s signature tunes is up next. Here’s “Dead End Street”.

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DJ: The Kinks’ “Dead End Street” showcased Ray Davies’ love for British Music Hall. Much like their tune “Sunny Afternoon” the bouncing piano and sulky lyrics combine for a juxtaposition of jolly and joyless. Singing about being poor while adding a happy sound to it seems to be what rock and roll is all about. The blues is the genre you’re looking for if you want to feel bad.

The dead Kennedy brothers are interred next to each other in a double grave of sorts, and some say they’re together in the Heavens. That was my weird sentence connecting all 3 artists played. Heavens was the side project of Alkaline Trio/Blink 182 frontman Matt Skiba and producer Josiah Steinbrick. Josiah produced White Fence’s Live In L.A. cassette which would make sense considering he played bass on the recording. From their one and only LP, that we heard Heavens with “Dead End Girl”.

Our Set 4 Score this week goes to Minneapolis’ Minnesota’s Double Grave. DG just released the 4 song strong Empty Hands EP in April of 2018 and are playing shows supporting the release throughout the summer and fall. The band shares a bassist (Bree Meyer) with fellow Set 4 Score featured artists Scrunchies. We played “Deadend” from their latest EP, but sure to check out their Bandcamp page for more music!

Dead Kennedys played “Dead End” from their sophomore 1982 release Plastic Surgery Disasters. The East Bay Ray penned tune laments about how nothing really matters because we all die in the end anyway, a dead end. Not the most uplifting of tunes, but it rocks out. 

Next up is swamp pop from Bobby Charles. Charles hung around with the guys from the Band and Dr. John, being from the New Orleans area. Bobby also played “Down South In New Orleans” during The Band’s farewell show The Last Waltz. His performance didn’t make the cut for Scorcese’s movie, but the song can be found on the triple-LP soundtrack. From Bobby’s self-titled solo debut, here’s the lead track “Street People”.

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DJ: Moar punk covers! It’s been tradition in punk rock to cover pop songs since the very beginning. See The Ramones doing “California Sun” or the Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious singing “My Way. Circle Jerks recorded the Garland Jefferys song “Wild In The Streets” in 1980 and it made its way to Rodney Bingenheimer. The Posh Boy Rodney On The Roq compilation featured the original version of “Wild” along with some of the most legendary punk songs ever. “Amoeba” from Adolescents, “Bloodstains” from Agent Orange.

There was a time in the late 90s/early 2000s when every punk cover you could find was “done by” Me First And The Gimme Gimmes; on Limewire and Napster, that is. Hell, I even saw the Gimme Gimmes labeled as Blink 182 doing “Seasons In The Sun”. How does that even sound remotely the same? Anyway, the punk party boys donated the John Denver song “Country Roads” to us from their 1995 Denver 7″, or the Have Another Ball B-sides LP.

Jimi Hendrix dropped by with “Highway Chile”, the B-side to “The Wind Cries Mary”. The track was an autobiographical story of Jimi’s journey through America to become who he eventually became. The Animals’ Chas Chandler produced the record.

The climbing guitar riffs of Big Star’s “In The Street” played well off of Bobby Charles’ “Street People”. The tune is perhaps best known nowadays as the theme song to That 70’s Show after Cheap Trick recorded a cover for it.  Lots of covers on our road trip! The original comes from Big Star’s #1 Record.

Our final set starts off with some Irish road music followed by Bob Dylan’s highway legacy. Shane McGowan and The Pogues made Celtic music cool again with the fringe punk rock they incorporated into. By the 90s, the band was on the outs, and Hell’s Ditch would be the last album with Shane. Joe Strummer produced the LP and stood in for Shane on tour. From the last “true” Pogues LP, here’s “The Sunnyside Of The Street”.

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DJ: Sometimes that last track is a bit of a “no apologies” track, and today might be a perfect example.  Bob Dylan’s son Jakob found success of his own in the late 90’s with his band The Wallflowers. Their sophomore album Bringing Down The Horse scored big with the adult contemporary/adult alternative crowd and sent them mainstream fast. We played one of their biggest selling tunes “6th Avenue Heartache”, a precursor to Part 2 of our Road Trip which will have both an Avenues and an Alleyways set.

Jack Frost himself showed up for his zippingly perfect “Highway 61 Revisited”. The title track off of the album that spawned “Like A Rolling Stone” is nestled up nicely amongst some of the finest writing any person, of musical nature or poetic, has ever written. Yes, I’m a big Dylan fan.

X actually covered “Highway 61 Revisited” during the sessions for their 1987 LP See How We Are. The lead single “4th Of July” included another Dylan cover recorded during those sessions, “Positively 4th Street”, as the B-side. They must have really been in a Dylan mood in the late 80s, eh?

Dropkick Murphys rounded out the one-two punch of Irish punk for our road trip. Taking big inspiration from The Pogues, yet turning up the distortion a bit more, the Boston Celtic punk band has survived many lineup changes and mainstream success. Remember how big they got after their song “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” was featured in Scorcese’s The Departed? That song seems to play at every sporting arena nowadays.

We hope you enjoyed Part one of our two-part Road Trip episode! Next week we’ll cross the finish line with some more songs about roads, streets, alleys, avenues, highways, bi-ways, my ways, and your ways. We’ll see you then!

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FMF Episode #46 – Luck

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DJ: “I’m not superstitious, I’m just a little stitious”.  Has your paraskevidekatriaphobia kicked in yet? Welcome to another round of Feel Me Flow! Today is Friday the 13th, one of many instances where someone might think bad luck is destined to come around.  In honor of that superstitious day, we’re doing an episode on Luck!

There are three aspects to the idea of luck.  It can be good or bad, it’s the result of chance, and it applies to a sentient being.  Most of us have claimed how unlucky we are at times, but those of us who can claim to be lucky truly are, well, lucky.  Maybe your bad luck involved getting splashed with water while walking on the sidewalk or some sort of unfortunate accident.  Maybe your good luck involved meeting someone you admire on the street or hitting a jackpot.  The thing about luck is that you never really know if you’re lucky or not.  The Irish claim to be lucky, or maybe its everyone else who claims that the Irish are lucky.

There are a ton of songs about luck, so much so that we had to leave out many of the well-known ones to make room for these other unlucky bastards.  Emerson, Lake, And Palmer? Not today, friend.  We’re gonna start things off with King Khan And The Shrines and a song from their 2013 LP Idle No More.  The Berlin-based frontman Arish Khan (aka King Khan) got his start with The Spaceshits and would go on to acts like King Khan & BBQ Show, The Almighty Defenders (with the Black Lips), and of course King Khan and The Shrines.  Let’s get lucky with “Luckiest Man” from the King.

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DJ: It’s not listed on their online menu, but Glam Doll Donuts in Minneapolis sells (or sold) a donut named after Night Moves.  The donut features a blackberry cake batter, Hennessy glaze, and brown sugar crumbles.  Oh, such a mystical donut to go with the mystical band that is Night Moves.  From Pennied Days, that was “Kind Luck”.

Seattle’s Minus The Bear played prior to Night Moves with the opening track off of their 2007 LP Planet Of Ice.  “Burying Luck” leads off an album that continued the uptempo technical work of Dave Knudson and Jake Snider while also bringing in the more slowed down jams the band has come to master over the years.  The album’s finale, “Lotus”, is a near-9 minute swirl of sound worth putting the time aside for.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard released Gumboot Soup on New Year’s Eve 2017.  The LP was their fifth, yes FIFTH album released that year. Flying Microtonal Banana, Murder Of The Universe, Sketches Of Brunswick East, and Polygondwanaland all preceded it beginning in March of 2017.

Pointed Sticks out of Vancouver, British Columbia, were the first band signed to the legendary Stiff Records, although the label was going through money troubles early on and didn’t release any Sticks material until their 1979 EP Out Of Luck.  Stiff’s first single ever released was Nick Lowe’s “So It Goes“, and their first LP was The Damned’s Damned Damned Damned. Wow.  From Out Of Luck, that was Pointed Sticks and the title track.

Alright, let’s jump into set 2 with Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys.  Minus The Bear and King Gizzard both had lucky lead-off songs in the first set.  From 2016’s Ping Pong, this is the Jacuzzi Boys’ offering with “Lucky Blade”.  Goin’ out with my lucky blade…

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DJ: The Garden is so bizarre.  I mean that as a complete compliment.  Crossbreeding the dark elements of bands like Bauhaus and Swans with the light elements of surf and garage rock, The Garden has grown into their own sound by playing what they love.  With their 2018 Epitaph Records album, Mirror Might Steal Your Charm, the band continues to push the boundaries of whatever music framework was laid down before them.  We played “Voodoo Luck” from that LP.

Portland, Oregon’s Heatmiser played us “Get Lucky” before The Garden.  Did you recognize the voice in that band?  Heatmiser was Elliot Smith’s band before he ventured into his fateful solo career.  The band released Mic City Sons in 1996 but were on the verge of breaking up.  Virgin Records released the album on subsidiary label Caroline after hearing the news that Heatmiser would be calling it quits.

Betty Mabry became Betty Davis in 1969 after marrying the legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.  Betty is credited with helping Miles discover the “hippier” side of things in those tumultuous late 60s, including introductions to Sly Stone and Jimi Hendrix.   Miles would record some soul demos with Betty in New York but the couple would divorce after about a year together.  Betty’s first official eponymous LP would hit shelves three years later.  We heard the lead single from that album “If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up”.

James Snyder formed Beach Slang 13 years after the breakup of his former band Weston.  Weston was signed to Go Kart Records, a label that housed other successful punk acts like Anti-Flag and Down By Law.  Beach Slang takes elements from Weston’s pop-punk style but blends them with a more contemporary sound. From the debut 2014 Beach Slang EP Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?, that was “Filthy Luck”.

Coming up in our Lucky Charms set, we’ve got The Postmarks followed by The Marvelettes.  The Marvelettes’ biggest hit is perhaps “Please Mr. Postman”.  Postmarks. Postman. The Postmarks hail from Jacuzzi Boys territory, Miami, Florida.  Their album covers are all throwbacks to 60s aesthetic, something we love around here. From the band’s final album, 2009’s Memoirs At The End Of The World, here’s “My Lucky Charm”.

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DJ: Did you know that in 2018 General Mills added a unicorn shaped marshmallow to Lucky Charms cereal? You do now.  The Apples In Stereo’s debut LP Fun Trick Noisemaker was recorded in Robert Schneider’s (at the time) portable Pet Sounds Studio in Los Angeles.  Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel played bass on the track “Glowworm”.  This makes sense, of course, when you know that both bands are part of the legendary Elephant 6 group.  From that 1995 debut, we heard “Lucky Charm”.

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding took their band name from the Tsuper couple’s big event on the Australian soap opera Neighbours back in the late 80s.  In 2013 the band teamed up with fellow Aussie’s Fawn Spots to release a double A-sided 7″ featuring “Lucky Charms”.  Fawn Spots’ contribution was titled “Basin”, another great track.

The Spaceshits recruited Mark Sultan aka BBQ because they needed a vocalist.  At the time, BBQ’s future collab buddy King Khan was playing bass in the band and going by Blacksnake.  After The Spaceshits pissed off enough people to be blacklisted in Montreal, the band would break up knowing Blacksnake didn’t want to tour Europe. The Spaceshits were great, but I’m glad we were able to get more music from King and Mark.  That was “She’s A Bad Luck Charm” from the 90s garage rockers.

The Marvelettes’ 1962 LP Smash Hits of ’62 sold for over $1,200 on Discogs in 2016.  Apparently, the first pressing is pretty rare and someone was willing to pay for it.  Keep your eyes peeled if you’re ever at a yard or estate sale.  From that incredible Tamla release, we played “Good Luck Charm”, an Elvis cover from the same year.

Coming up in set 4, we have a double Set 4 Score starting with The Pinheads.  The Wollongong, Australia garage punks released their self-titled debut album in 2017 with a limited yellow wax pressing of only 200 worldwide!  The Pinheads opened for Bleeding Knees Club on a previous tour, another one of those Australian/New Zealand garage punk bands that we love from the scene.  They sure know how to rock down there! Alright, from their eponymous 2017 debut, here’s The Pinheads with “Tuff Luck”

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DJ: Our second Set 4 Score artist is Columbus, Ohio’s Bummers.  The band released their eponymous debut album in September of 2014 after an EP the previous year.  A new EP Dolores hit their Bandcamp page in 2017 with a slew of shows to support through 2018.  Viceland’s skater-scavenger hunt show King Of The Road played their tune “1967” in the season 3 premiere.  2018 is looking up for these guys, keep an eye out! We played “Lucky” from the self-titled LP.

JD McPherson’s third throwback album arrived in 2017 with the debut of the lead single “Lucky Penny”.  At first listen, I thought this was a Black Keys song.  More acutely, the intro guitar/organ combo is a dead ringer for the combination used in “Gold On The Ceiling”.  Nothing wrong with that, man! Awesome sound.

The Strokes were at the head of the garage rock revival of the early 2000s.  Their debut album Is This It was an instant success in the Summer of 2001, fueled by the successful smash single “Last Night”. “Last Night” still is the band’s highest charting song to date, making it to #5 on the US Alternative charts.  We played a deep cut from the debut LP, “Trying Your Luck”.

Tom Petty stopped by with a cut from the only album of his in the 1980’s that didn’t go platinum in America; Long After Dark.  It went gold, though.  The LP was the first to feature new bassist Howie Epstein and churned the big MTV hit, “You Got Lucky”.

We’re gonna do a little set about the unfortunate people, the unlucky. Bad luck seems to plague everyone from time to time, some more than others. Jimi Hendrix perhaps suffered from some bad luck by unwillingly joining the 27 club in 1970, just as he and Miles Davis were starting to really connect.  Just imagine the music that could’ve come from those two!  The recordings featured on the 2012 posthumous LP Valleys Of Neptune were tracked around the time Jimi and Miles were talking.  Here’s “Mr. Bad Luck” from that LP.

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DJ: The self-proclaimed “Queen of Blues”, Dinah Washington, dropped by with some “Bad Luck”.  The track comes from her 1959 LP The Queen. I’d like to assume the album is named as such due to her nickname.  Dinah was cited as “the most popular black female recording artist of the ’50s”.

A few years prior to The Queen, a little-known blues guitarist by the name of Riley B. King, aka B. B. King, released his debut album on the Crown label.  Singin’ The Blues kicked out five singles over the next few months after the album’s release, and “Bad Luck” charted at #3, the second highest single. 

Shonen Knife delved into the heavier side of their influences with the aptly titled 2014 LP Overdrive.  The precursor 18th LP Pop Time dabbled in the poppier side of things, leading the band to turn up the metal on this one.  We heard the album opener “Bad Luck Song”.

Mike Ness proclaimed his favorite number as “13” in the highest charting single of Social Distortion’s career, “Bad Luck”.  The song comes from the 1992 LP Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell. Hard to believe it’s been over 25 years since that album arrived.

Our final set of the day starts with Duluth, Minnesota band Cloud Cult.  The Denver Post ranked Cloud Cult’s 2007 LP among the best albums of the decade with the likes of Modest Mouse and Radiohead.  We’ll hear more from the latter a bit later, but now let’s get to a song that was featured in an Esurance commercial.  Here’s “Lucky Today” from Advice From The Happy Hippopotamus.

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DJ: As is the tradition around here, we had to break the mold and play something outside our garage rock world for the finale.  What better than the Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams, and Daft Punk collaboration MEGA-hit “Get Lucky”? So groovy.

Radiohead’s OK Computer changed music forever when it booted up in 1997. Taking the new technology boom and channeling it into the studio, Radiohead blew minds with the combination of sampling and live playing.  There was a time where you couldn’t find a musichead who hadn’t heard the album, but the new generation of geniuses was busy being born when this album came out.  From 1997’s OK Computer, that was “Lucky”.

Eels channeled their garage rock souls with a deep track from 2012’s Hombre Lobo. The LP was one of three in the trilogy of emotions that Mark Oliver Everett put out in the 2010s.  Hombre Lobo focused on desire, End Times was about divorce and death, and Tomorrow Morning dealt with moving on.  We heard “Beginner’s Luck” from Hombre.

Betty Wright scored herself a legendary soul single with the release of her 1972 LP I Love The Way You Love Me.  “Clean Up Woman” resides in the halls of hip-hop history being one of the most sampled tracks of the genre.  Before that big LP, Betty recorded an R&B album and a few one-off singles.  One of those singles, “Mr. Lucky” made it’s way onto our show today.

Well, everyone, the time has come to change our luck.  It’s been fun to take a chance with you today, hopefully, you can land yourself some good luck sometime soon.  Join us next time on Feel Me Flow!

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FMF Episode #45 – Freedom

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DJ: “They may take our lives…but they’ll never take…our freedom!” A classic line from Braveheart right there.  Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of Feel Me Flow!  This week marked the 4th of July holiday of Independence Day in the USA.  July 4th, 1776 was the date that the United States signed and adopted the Declaration of Independence. They were declaring independence from England, or as the teacher in Dazed And Confused says, “a bunch of aristocratic white males didn’t want to pay their taxes”.  Love that. Anyway, in honor of the “land of the free” breaking away from King George’s England we’re going to look into songs about freedom.

Launching off the show is Cream.  Cream was one of those “rock gods” bands that kids would draw logos of on their high school notebooks, especially back in the 70s.  “Clapton Is God” was a tag often spray painted or drawn on things to let everyone know who you truly believed in.  Along with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, Clapton and the trio would hammer out some of the heaviest music that had been released.  That is, of course, until those demons from Sabbath showed up.  With one of their most known cuts from 1966’s Fresh Cream, here’s Cream with “I Feel Free”.

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DJ: Syl Johnson‘s debut album Dresses Too Short featured the single “Different Strokes”.  Now you may not know the song by name, or might not even know the song really.  But if you’ve listened to hip-hop from the 90s you’ve more than likely heard the tune being sampled.  Wu-Tang Clan’s “Shame On A Nigga” uses the horns from the end of the track.  Syl’s 1970 sophomore LP Is It Because I’m Black? would yield the title track for sampling, a Beatles cover, and “I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout Freedom” among others.

“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” was written by Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas in the early 60s.  Billy released his own version on his LP Right Here! Right Now! in 1964 and the song would go on to serve as a Civil Rights movement anthem.  Many artists have covered it over the years, from the famous Nina Simone version to cuts by Levon Helm and Solomon Burke.  We played the latter’s rendition of is from his 1968 LP I Wish I Knew.

Even though Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 at that dreaded age of 27, he had recorded an amazing amount of material that would be released later.  The first material released was compiled for the 1970 LP The Cry Of Love, an album named after the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s final tour.  The only single officially released from the album was “Freedom”.  “Freedom”‘s made its way into Jimi’s legacy catalog and is featured on almost all of his greatest hits compilations now.

The Black Keys took some heavy inspiration from the blues-soul stylings of Jimi. With the release of their 2003 sophomore album Thickfreakness, the band would make the move to Fat Possum Records with Epitaph Records co-releasing it in Europe.  That’s how I discovered them, I remember hearing the title track on the Punk-O-Rama Vol. 8 compilation, one that also featured a recent discovery for me at the time; Atmosphere.

Right around that time was when the “The” garage bands were making their push for the mainstream.  The White Stripes, The Black Keys, The Strokes, The Hives, The Vines, and more bands made their way into that scene.  The music was a throwback to the rock and roll days where blues still had an influence.  From the down under wonders The Vines, let’s “Get Free”!

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DJ: Neil Young’s critical American anthem “Keep On Rockin’ In The Free World” is one of those songs that suffers from the same fate as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA”.  The chorus is so positive and uplifting sounding that those who don’t bother to listen to the verses don’t pick up on the satirical nature of the song.  One of those unaware morons would be none other than Donald Trump, who used it in his announcement that he will run as a Republican candidate for the 2016 presidency. Man, all the signs sure were there America.  Wait, maybe he chose it because he knew of the dire situation he’d be putting us in.  No way.  Of course, Neil said its use was unauthorized; Bernie Sanders would later use it with authorization.

Chicano Batman helped carry the funky middle of our set with the title track from 2017’s Freedom Is Free.  LA’s grooviest neo-psych-tropics band covered Laura Nyro’s “Stone Soul Picnic” for their 2014 LP Cycles In Existential Rhyme, a tune we featured in our 420 show!

One of Jimi Hendrix’s idols was the great Curtis Mayfield.  Curtis’ songs have been sampled by every damn hip-hop artist alive, I swear.  If not Curtis, its Isaac Hayes.  Of course you should sample this guy, though.  The funky-psych sounds of Curtis’ solo efforts from 1970-1973 are just unmatched in the genre.  From his solo debut LP we took “Wild And Free”.  That solo debut also featured the track “Move On Up”, one Kanye West would sample for his single “Touch The Sky” in 2005.

Before Curtis, we heard the Stones and their 1965 track “I’m Free”.  The song closed out the UK version of Out Of Our Heads, but would be featured as the B-side to “Get Off Of My Cloud” and added to December’s Children (And Everybody’s) in the US.  

Our next set is the Set 3 Set Free set, lol.  A few songs asking to be set free followed by some songs about being set free.  Makes sense to me! From the Burger Records new act The Shivas, we’re gonna play “You’ve Got To Set Me Free”.  It has an eerily familiar guitar riff, almost like an old Kinks track or something.  This tune comes from the Closet Trekkie release Freezing To Death

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DJ: After the release of their third LP Dusk and a recorded performance at Third Man Records in 2016, you’d think Ultimate Painting was just about to get their big break.  Not so much.  As fate would have it the band announced in February of 2018 that they’d be splitting up for good and moving on to new projects, altogether scrapping the unreleased but recorded album Up! We played “I’m Set Free” from that final album.

 We heard a tune from Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground before Ultimate Painting. Their third LP was self-titled but the first not to be produced by bassist John Cale.  Doug Yule would step in and be the band’s mainstay producer until their demise, though he would go on to produce Lou’s solo LP Sally Can’t Dance in 1974.  The Velvet Underground played “I’m Set Free” for us from that third LP.

Triptides were the Set 4 Score of FMF’s The Month episode, one where we played 31 songs in continual order beginning on a Friday.  The band has that perfect neo-psych blend that has become prominent in the last few years, especially from Aussie bands.  We heard “Saturday Far Away” in that episode, but today we’re playing “Set You Free” from their sophomore 2013 LP Predictions.

Did you think that The Kinks’ “Set Me Free” sounded a bit like The Shivas‘ “You’ve Got To Set Me Free”? Something about those sliding minor chords makes me think there’s a connection.  Plus, the songs are almost the same title.  Maybe we can land an InFlowences segment with the band and find out if they were inspired by The Kinks’ tune? From The Kinks’ sophomore 1966 LP Kinda Kinks, that was “Set Me Free”.

Coming up in Set 4, we’ve got some free choice, some free freaks, the band whose breakup still hurts to think about, and a great punk rock Set 4 Score.  Let’s start things off with the Akron, Ohio weirdos Devo.  The title track to their 1980 LP Freedom Of Choice points out the fallacy of freedom of choice.  Is it really a choice between sinking or swimming? The bridge describes a poem in Ancient Rome of a dog who has two bones, picks at one and licks the other until it drops dead.  Great choices, indeed!  From the “Whip It” album, here’s Devo!

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DJ: Yes, all good things must come to an end.  That being said, it sure was a heartbreaker to hear about The Thermals breaking up in 2018.  My wife and I saw them while she was pregnant with our son Rigby and to this day they are his second favorite band.  The first, of course, is The Beatles, being his namesake and all.  From their second-to-last LP Desperate Ground that was The Thermals with “You Will Be Free”.

Diners is the creation of Phoenix, Arizona musician Tyler Broderick.  Diners released their third LP Three via Asian Man Records in 2016.  Mike Park started a record label and began releasing music in 1989 as Dill Records, but officially started Asian Man in May 1996. Asian Man has released music from artists like Alkaline Trio, Smoking Popes, Less Than Jake, Screeching Weasel, and a whole bunch more. With the release of Three, Diners set out on tour in 2018; keep an eye out for them this summer!

In 2000, J. Mascis and Mike Watt partnered with Ron Asheton of The Stooges and George Berzman to drum. Iggy Pop heard about them a few years later and decided to reform The Stooges.  The band would record some new material for Iggy’s solo 2003 LP Skull Ring, but would ultimately release a brand new, Steve Albini produced, Abbey Road mastered album in 2007 called The Weirdness.  From that reunion album, we played “Free & Freaky”.

Our Set 4 Score this week goes to the Austin, Texas punk band Flesh Lights.  We’ve now had Flesh Panthers and Flesh Lights as a Set 4 Score feature.  Now if only we could find a band called Panther Lights.  Anyway, Flesh Lights released their debut 7″ in 2010 with the debut LP the following year.  Their sophomore album Free Yourself fits perfectly on your record shelf next to The Only Ones, The Plimsouls, Teenage Fanclub, and other power pop/punk bands.  The difference is, this band can wail when it needs to.

Coming up in our punk/soul set, we’ve got Candi Stanton.  Candi gained major fame in the late 70s with the release of her single “Young Hearts Run Free”.  We’ll play a track from her sophomore LP Stand By Your Man.  Yes, that “Stand By Your Man”.  The title track was a cover of the famous Tammy Wynette tune, though giving it the Rick Hall Fame Studios soul touch sure helped out.  Here’s the album closer “Freedom Is Just Beyond The Door”.

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DJ: Wowzers! Things got pretty intense there for a moment!  The 2001 album from the SoCal punkers Pennywise was their most political one to date. The album featured tracks like “My God” which was obviously about religion, “Fuck Authority” about, well yeah, and the single “The World”.  “The world is a smoking gun that is loaded, soon its gonna blow you away”.  Times haven’t changed, sadly.  Here’s to hope though! From 2001’s Land of the Free?  that was the title track.

NOFX isn’t unfamiliar with the political atmosphere in the punk rock world.  Although they’ve always been critical of politics in some way or another, they turned up the heat when Dubya was elected.  Fat Mike formed the punk voter movement to get Bush out of office but to no avail.  Fat Mike also recently got the band in trouble when he made a tasteless joke in Las Vegas about the shooting that had killed 51 people there.  “At least they were country fans” he chuckled.  Even more recently he announced via Instagram that the band has been blacklisted in the US.  We’ll have to see how that pans out.  Either way, I’m still a fan.  They’ve been making tasteless jokes for 30 years now.  It is what it is.  We played “Freedom Like A Shopping Cart” from their 1996 LP Heavy Petting Zoo.

Ricky and Free Weed chimed in with a track from 2015’s Introducing.  Ricky teamed up with Unkle Funkle in 2016 to record an album of 90s cover songs.  Songs like “Black Hole Sun”, “In The Meantime” and “Man In The Box” were true-to-the-original takes after they’d been acid washed in 20-year-old bathwater.   Similar, yet not the same at all. The latter song closed out the album and sounds the vocals remind me of aliens, or giants, or maybe men in boxes.  Who knows; its legit either way.  Totally worth checking out!

James Carr suffered from bipolar disorder for most of his life and struggled with performing live because of it.  He even froze on stage in front of an audience following an overdose of antidepressants in 1979.  Nevertheless, James recorded some phenomenal soul music in the late 60s, including his biggest hit “The Dark End Of The Street“.  He released “Freedom Train” for Goldwax Records in 1968, but the label would close down shortly after leaving him stranded. 

In our last set of the day, we’ll hear a deep cut from the one hit wonder Fontella Bass.  First, though, we’ve gotta get our Tommy fix. Pete Townshend became quite the follower of Mehar Baba in 1967/68, so much so that his music would be influenced by him for the next few years.  Sort of like George Harrison and The Beatles meeting  Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and suddenly adding a sitar to their music, haha.  Pete wanted the concept of Tommy to be about expressing the teachings of Mehar Baba.  The character Tommy was deaf and blind, reminiscent of Mehar Baba’s lifelong silence observation.  Yep, he stayed silent for like 40 years. Anyway, here’s “I’m Free” from Tommy.

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DJ: A few years before that epic scene in Braveheart when Mel Gibson’s character William Wallace screams “freedom”, Zack de la Rocha had already perfected the execution.  The passion behind both yelps was the same, free from oppression.  Rage’s “Freedom” music video was focused on the imprisonment of Leonard Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement (AIM).  Leonard has been the subject of many freedom rights activists’ fights since his incarceration in the late 70s.  As of now, he’ll be in jail for the rest of his life.

Jack White dropped by with his “Freedom At 21” single, the third released as solo material from his debut album.  The single was released during Jack’s creative release phase after starting Third Man Records.  1000 Flexi-Disc “Freedom At 21” singles were attached to blue helium-filled balloons and released into the wild.  According to statistics noted by Third Man, roughly 10% of similar balloon releases were recovered.  According to Discogs, only 37 people own the record.  I’d venture a guess that closer to 100-200 copies were found.  What a waste!

Fontella Bass smoothed out the middle of our set.  You might know her 60s Motown-esque classic “Rescue Me“.  On her solo follow-up album to the smash debut, the 1972 LP Free,  she got more political and civil rights movement inspired, with tracks titled “To Be Free”, “My God, My Home, My Freedom”, and “Talking About Freedom”.  Let’s get some of that freedom with that last one.  Here’s the smooth voice of Fontella Bass and “Talking About Freedom”.

Ty Segall’s aura practically lives here at FMF.  Cheers to him for helping bring back the garage rock that started to fade away as the 21st Century chugged along.  The 2018 release Freedom’s Goblin saw Ty and his backing band The Freedom Band covering an old Hot Chocolate 1978 track; “Every 1’s A Winner”.  We took “I’m Free” from Ty and The Freedom Band’s Freedom’s Goblin. OMG, all that FREE!

Alright everyone, that about does it for us today.  We hope you enjoyed the two-hour freedom fest that was, even though you may be on freedom overload from the Independence Day celebrations earlier this week.  Or maybe you were like me and stayed home to write instead.  Have a great day and we’ll see you next time on Feel Me Flow! 

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FMF Episode #38 – Mountains

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DJ:  Sheeeeeeeeeeeeee’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes (when she comes!).  Good day to all you mountain climbers out there in the sticks!  Feel Me Flow Episode 38 is all about Mountains!  Mountains are one of the most humbling sights to see on this great planet Earth.  Something about standing at the bottom and looking up so high, so far away, really puts things in perspective.

We’ve got a hell of a show today, leading and finishing with perhaps the most famous mountain song; Edvard Grieg‘s “In The Hall Of The Mountain King” from the Peer Gynt suite.  When I was in 1st grade, my music teacher walked our class through the entire song proclaiming the imagery it was said to represent.  From the quiet “tip-toeing” beginning of Peer entering the cave to the thunderous ending where Peer is fighting the mountain king; she friggin’ nailed it!  What an impact that had on me.  A few years later that same music teacher slid into my mom’s knee Ty Cobb-style during a softball game and bent it backward.  That bitch.

Kicking things off is Canadian duo Double Fuzz.  According to the band’s website, we’re expected to see the release of a new EP in spring of 2018.  The lead-off track to their 2012 debut self-titled EP “Mountain” is a perfect starter for today’s set.  Let’s turn things up a notch with Double Fuzz.

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DJ:  The Animals’ Eric Burdon left the garage rock outfit for more diverse roles in the late 60s.  Teaming up with the funk group War, Eric and the band would churn out some amazing soul/rock tunes in their brief stint.  The B-side to their most well-known collaboration; “Spill The Wine“, “Magic Mountain” was a more funk-driven, hand-clapping singalong than the weird gnome tale of the A-side.

Indie blues-rockers Heartless Bastards slowed things down for us before that funky groove.  The title track from their breakthrough LP The Mountain pushed the band into the national spotlight after The Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney helped them get signed by Fat Possum records.

The Kinks’ debut is a staple in the garage rock world, though not all music critics appreciate it as much.  Allmusic.com assessed the album in more recent years and said “[the] tunes that producer Shel Talmy penned for the group… were simply abominable.”  Not only did both songs feature the word “bald” in their title, but Jimmy Page actually played 12-string guitar on the track we featured; “I’ve Been Driving On Bald Mountain”.   We also couldn’t disagree more with AllMusic.com.  These deeper tracks helped shape so much of the weird garage fuzz we love so much today.  So, yeah.

A monster of a cut played before that with Thee Oh Sees doing “I Come From The Mountain”.  The track was selected by The Treetops‘ Andrew Sears as one of his most influential songs for our InFLOWences segment with the band.  At first, we were surprised that one of his picks was coincidentally being featured on our next episode, but after some thought realized that this makes complete sense.  We’ve got a similar taste; shocking! From Floating Coffin, Thee Oh Sees played us their mountain tune.

Speaking of shocking.  From their 1988 studio debut Nothing’s Shocking, here’s Janes Addiction with “Mountain Song”.

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DJ:  If only Robert Plant had known where The Lord Of The Rings book series would have ended up.  One of the few bands to sing about J.R.R. Tolkien‘s classic fantasy series, Led Zeppelin had to find inspiration in something other than blues music.  Granted, the blues drove them to the sound they perfected so well, their writing was pretty basic and blues filled.  I personally enjoyed the more whimsical and story-driven lyrics that the band would evolve into writing.  With “Misty Mountain Hop” from their magnum opus Untitled (IV), that was Zep.

Meatbodies is the brainchild of Monrovia, California musician Chad Ubovich.  Chad went to college with Mikal Cronin and subsequently made his way into the indie garage rock circle that included Ty Segall,.  After reconnecting years later, Ty would push Chad to record the Meatbodies’ music and also ask him to join his side project Fuzz.  We played “Mountain” from their self-titled debut LP, but be sure to check out the 2017 release Alice if you enjoyed that track.

Foals‘ debut album made my brain hurt and relax at the same time with the dancing clean guitars and an almost math-rock approach.  Throughout their career, they’ve slowly moved to a more atmospheric, larger sound.  Their most recent effort, 2015’s What Went Down, brought the band into an international touring light and exposed them to a much broader audience.  From that LP, we heard “Mountain At My Gates”

Perfect blues-garage rock from Burger Records favorites Natural Child rounded out our second set.  If there’s one mountain you really don’t want to find yourself stuck on, its “Crack Mountain”.  From their debut self-titled 7″ EP, that was Natural Child.

Alright, time for a Dumb And Dumber throwback.  If you’re unfamiliar with the movie, how about a GWAR rip-off band?  The 90s were weird.  From their half-as-satanic-as-they-seem LP 333, here’s Green Jelly doing “The Bear Song”.

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DJ:  Blitzen Trapper is definitely the garage rock band of country music these days.  With Wilco, Drive-By Truckers, Ryan Adams, etc. all softening their sound in their old age, alt-country seems to have faded out.  There is a new upswing in Alternative Country with artists like Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton, but not quite that alt-country/punk rock DIY style that we had in the early days of the genre.  Blitzen Trapper holds that strong.  From their 3rd LP Wild Mountain Nation, that was the title-track.

FMF favorites Peach Kelli Pop released a teaser EP Which Witch in the spring of 2018 from which we played “Rocky Mountains”.  The band’s fourth LP Gentle Leader is due out on May 25th and the band is touring in support of it.  We’re hoping to catch up with them while they’re in St. Paul supporting the record.  We’ve featured PKP as our Set 4 Score on our Dreams episode and also in last week’s Truth & Lies episode.  Buy their records!

This Diamond Rugs song is one of the most addicting earworms we’ve come across in a while.  That “doo-dih-dih-doo-doo” sounds like little melody marbles rolling back and forth between your aural nodes before coming back to the center for the verses.  So good!  Of course, anything with John McCauley and Robbie Crowell of Deer Tick along with Ian Saint Pé of The Black Lips is bound to be dope.  From their 2012 debut LP that was Diamond Rugs with “Blue Mountain”.  Be sure to check out their latest Cosmetics.

The Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell track “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was bound to be heard today.  In fact, I’ll bet when you saw our theme was mountains it was one of the first songs that popped into your head.  The tune comes from their 1967 duet LP United.

Onto our fourth set of the day and a stellar one it is.  Best Behavior put a fantastic album out back in 2012, Good Luck Bad Karma, and released an EP in 2017 marking a change in the band’s direction toward a more polished, dance-driven sound.  Look for a cut from that 2012 LP soon, but first, we’re going to get weird with The Drums.  The Drums holed themselves up in a lakeside cabin in upstate New York to record their LP Encyclopedia.  Things get bizarre and branch out from their sound, but that’s what makes art great, right!?  With the lead-off track from that cabin collection, here’s “Magic Mountain”.

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DJ:  Man, T. Rex right after Moses Gunn Collective is a trip.  Are those artists in the same room?  Same time period? Nope, 44 years apart.  The B-side to the catchy-as-heck “Hot Love” from Marc Bolan and T. Rex, “King Of The Mountain Cometh” would get a solid release with the expanded version of Electric Warrior.  Love that fantasy glam.

Moses Gunn Collective are from Brisbane, Australia and have yet to make their big waves on the American shores.  Their Facebook page lists influences from Foxygen and Neil Young to The Doors and many local Aussie bands, but where the hell is T. Rex?!  Regardless, they’ve got a fantastic sound!  From their debut 2015 LP Mercy Mountain, that was the title track.

Our Set 4 Score this week goes to Brooklyn, NY’s Best Behavior.  The band released their debut album Good Luck Bad Karma in August 2015 and an EP titled Things That Happened in 2017.  We heard the track “Buried On A Mountain” from the garage rock LP.  Give ’em your support and look for their song “Say” to breakout this summer.

Another “must-play” for today’s episode is the cowbell crasher that is “Mississippi Queen”.  Leslie West and Mountain smashed onto the music scene back in 1970 after Leslie worked with Cream producer Felix Pappalardi on his solo LP Mountain.  The connection was strong enough to join forces and create an actual band called Mountain.  Their 1970 debut Climbing! would turn out to be un-foretelling and the band’s popularity declined after every follow-up album.  I’m sure it didn’t help the original lineup broke up after only 3 years together.

Moving into our fifth set of the day, we have Britain’s answer to Bob Dylan; Donovan.  Well, they liked to proclaim that, anyway.  No one compares. Donovan did, however, put out some great folk music throughout his career.  The Allman Brothers used the vocal melody of the next for their epic “Mountain Jam” from 1972’s Eat A Peach.  The jam is so long it actually takes up Sides 2 and 4 of the double LP.  Here’s Donovan with “There Is A Mountain”.

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DJ:  On December 8, 1971, the South Bronx gang Presidents all met in a gymnasium on Hoe Avenue to discuss a peace proposition after Cornell “Black Benjie” Benjamin was killed earlier that year trying to prevent a fight between two rival gangs.  Black Benjie was a member of the Ghetto Brothers.  The Ghetto Brothers initiated the peace meeting and sought to end the crime wave that plagued the South Bronx at the time.  They were fairly successful in bringing gang crime down throughout the rest of the decade; that is until the crack boom of the 80s brought it all back up again.  The Ghetto Brothers wanted peace and played songs to bring people together.  Check out this part of the fantastic documentary Flyin’ Cut Sleeves from Henry Chalfant and Rita Fecher.  We played “Girl From The Mountain” from the Ghetto Brothers recently rereleased white whale of a record Power Fuerza.

After Brian Wilson checked himself into a psychiatric hospital for drug abuse and mental issues, The Beach Boys were left to fend for themselves.  Using older takes and composing some new tunes themselves, including a cover of the 1958 Ersel Hickey track “Bluebirds Over The Mountain”, the band was able to put together an LP that made it to number 68 in the US.  Also, if you listen to the end of “All I Want To Do” you can hear Dennis Wilson having sex with a woman.

El Paso, Texas natives Holy Wave put out a super cool LP in spring 2017 called Adult Fear.  The album drips with psychedelia and lo-fi notes while keeping one foot in the 21st century.  If you’re a fan of Jacco Gardener or late-60s psychedelia give this album a spin! From their 2015 LP Relax, we played “Mouth Mountain”.

Ben E. King wrote “Stand By Me” with Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, the famed songwriting duo of the 60s.  Fifty years later, in 2012, sales of the song had topped $22 million with Ben owning rights to 50% of the song.  That one song has made Ben E. King over $11 million.  That is insane.  From the same album that the mega-hit was featured on, we played “The Hermit Of Misty Mountain”.

Coming up in our final set is another 60s R& one-hit wonder doing a deep track and of course, Mr. Dylan makes a presence.  First, though, we start with The Babies’ & Woods’ frontman Kevin Morby.  Kevin began a solo career in 2013 and has already cranked out four solo LPs in the short time.  From his third LP, Singing Saw, let’s hear “I Have Been To The Mountain”.

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DJ:  Unless you’re familiar with it, people seem to forget how much of a rock star Joe Walsh is.  Talk about taking things to the next level.  Other than being a natural guitar lick generator, Joe Walsh was a party animal; notorious for heavy drinking and drugs especially during his days with the Eagles.  “Rocky Mountain Way” comes from the first album of Joe’s solo work to not feature Barnstorm (his backing band) on the cover.  It was also the last album the band would play together before disbanding.  Joe continued on, striking a big chord again later with “Life’s Been Good” from So What.  Both singles feature a keyboard breakdown.

Just like “Rocky Mountain Way”, “Thunder On The Mountain” was a Side 1 – Track 1 of its respective LP.  Bob Dylan wrote the tune for his 2006 album Modern Times; his 32nd.  If you listen closely you can really hear its similarities to his mid 60s rompers like “Highway 61 Revisited” or “Tombstone Blues”.  The tunes have slowed down with Bob in his later days, but by no means have they lacked the sharpness we love.

I’d have to imagine Bob took some inspiration from Harry McClintock, or Haywire Mac as he was known.  The tune “Big Rock Candy Mountain” is an ode to a hobo’s paradise with imagery like cigarette trees and a place “where the handouts grow on bushes”.  The song found an entirely new life and audience when it was played during the opening credits of the 2000 Coen brothers film  O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

Percy Sledge recorded “When A Man Loves A Woman” at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals with the famous Swampers and Rick Hall producing.  The horns were apparently out of tune on that recording and a separate rerecorded version from nearby Norala Studios was the one put out by Atlantic Records and the rest is history.

On that note, we’re history!  Thank you so much for stopping by our little mountainside villa and hearing our mountain sounds!  Join us next time when we celebrate songs about the fifth largest economy in the world.  Just kidding, kinda.  See you next time on Feel Me Flow!

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FMF Episode #37 – Truth & Lies

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DJ: Hey hey hey! Welcome to another episode of Feel Me Flow! Today we dig into the back and forth concept of Truth and Lies. What is true? What’s considered a lie? In the current events section of the newspaper, you might read terms like “false truth” or “fake news”. In honor of the trending topic of fact versus fiction, we built today’s show like an argument. Every song is a truth, then lie, then truth, then lie, and so on. If you didn’t pick up on the artwork reference this week, that’s the statue of Veritas, the Greek goddess of truth.

Kicking off our binary battle is the Minnesota garage rock group The Castaways. Never actually releasing a full-length LP, the band found major success with their hit “Liar, Liar”. The song made it to number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965 and was the money-maker for them from then on out. Believe it or not, The Castaways are still touring to this day, albeit in two separate forms. The original songwriters have their differences and are both milking their credit for all they can. James Donna tours with the band under The Castaways name while Denny Craswell tours under The Castaway. Both acts play central and Northern Minnesota enough where we might be able to catch them this summer. Here’s that big number 12 hit, “Liar, Liar”.

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DJ: Monophonics are no strangers to the Feel Me Flow library. We’ve featured them on other episodes, including our Fools show featuring their epic funk jam “Foolish Love” and on our Spring Cleaning premiere. We heard “Lying Eyes” from Monophonics’ latest LP Sound Of Sinning.

New Wave-Reggae mashers The Police called in with “Truth Hits Everybody” from their 1979 debut Outlandos D’Amour or love outsiders translated. The band had trouble promoting their first two singles from the album “Can’t Stand Losing You” and “Roxanne” reportedly due to the lyrical nature of the tracks (suicide and prostitution, respectively). Undeterred, Sting and the crew would go on to be one of the most popular rock acts of all time, including his solo material.

The Shelters’ debut album was co-produced by legendary Floridian Tom Petty. Tom had Chase Simpson and Josh Jove of the band help with the recording of his 2014 LP Hypnotic Eye. With the clout of Petty and 60s-esque grooves to fuel their success, the band released the debut to much critical acclaim. Look for new music from The Shelters sometime in 2018…

Speaking of recording studio clout, The Soledad Brothers scored help with another rock pillar in Jack White. Jack began producing other artists very early on in his career and continues to do it very well to this day. Jack not only engineered their debut but was roommates with lead singer Ben Swank for a time. Guitarist Oliver Henry dated Meg White for a while after she and Jack divorced in 2000. From their fifth effort, The Hardest Walk, we heard the lead-off track “Truth Or Consequences”.

Coming up in our next set is the one-hit wonder The Knickerbockers. The Knickerbockers were trend slaves and followed any possible type of music trend they could in order to achieve fame. The plan worked with their one and only real hit “Lies”. Their distributor couldn’t keep up with sales of their second single “One More Time”, but the band chugged through and kept playing. Encumbered by their label’s woes, the band struggled to keep the fire going and began fizzling out by the late 60s. Not before we got this sweet Beatles-esque jam, though! Here’s “Lies”.

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DJ: Big Star ran into similar distribution problems with the release of their debut album #1 Record. Apparently, Stax Records couldn’t keep up with the demand of the initial release and after 6 months sales capped at 10,000 units. After a repress, though, traction was regained and the band kept moving on. The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg would pull major influence from guitarist Alex Chilton, so much so that he wrote a song about him on The Replacements’ 1987 LP Pleased To Meet Me. Big Star recorded three full-length LPs before the death of bassist Chris Bell. Chris died unexpectedly in a car crash on December 27, 1978. Due to the timing of that horrible event, he is a member of the 27 Club.

If we didn’t already have a jam-packed Set 4 Score this week, this band deserves to be in it. Mrs. Magician released one hell of a surf/garage album back in 2012 and we just discovered it recently. The San Diego group released new music in 2016 with the LP Bermuda, another smash hit, and the You’ll Fall In Love single. We’ll be featuring them in a Set 4 Score soon enough so keep an eye out. In the meantime, please go buy their records! We heard “True Blues” from 2012’s Strange Heaven.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s The Cynics released their debut album way back in 1987. The production value on that debut, Blue Train Station, is so far removed from what was “hip” at that time in music. No big gated reverb drums, no made-for-arena guitar licks. Just simple garage rock with simple techniques. The 80s should’ve taken a cue from these guys and rolled that excess back a bit, no? Prior to Blue Train Station, the band recorded a few singles including 1986 Lying All The Time / Summer’s Gone 7″ Single, which we featured here.

Cynics founder Gregg Kostelich was once asked about the “new wave” of garage rock sweeping through America in the early 2000s. The Cynics were releasing a new album after an 8-year hiatus and Entertainment Weekly prodded about the White Stripes/Strokes phenomenon. Gregg quipped, ”I’d say the word garage is being very loosely applied these days. The White Stripes are great, but they’re more like a really raw blues band to me,”. I mean, he’s probably right. From The White Stripes’ sophomore 2000 release De Stijl, we played “Truth Doesn’t Make A Noise”.

Moving into our next more soulful set, we have JD MacPherson. JD is another one of those revivalists like Jack White, taking old sounds and dusting them off for our new generations. Growing up in small-town southeastern Oklahoma might do that to you, what with the isolation and all. We’re thrilled that JD got into those old 50s records, though. With “Mother Of Lies” from his sophomore album Let The Good Times Roll, here’s JD the Okie.

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DJ: It may be inevitable that a Black Lips song makes it on to our show. We just friggin’ love them so darn much! From the FMF staple of an LP Arabia Mountain, that was the Black Lips with “The Lie”.

Benjamin Booker put out a stellar soul blues album in 2017. From a music history perspective, the album calls forth so many ghosts of past that it brings you tears at some points. Over 50 years past the signing of the Civil Rights Act, these songs echo the early soul days of James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone and other pragmatic political pioneers. That album yielded a plethora of amazing tunes, and we played “Truth Is Heavy” keeping with the theme.

? Mark And The Mysterians hit it big in the mid-60s with “96 Tears” and “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby”. Smash Mouth covered the latter of those on their 1999 neo-garage pop album Astro Lounge. You know, the one with “All Star” on it? From the 96 Tears LP, we heard “You’re Telling Me Lies”.

His fifth posthumous album, Otis Redding’s Tell The Truth, would be the last proper studio album released under the Otis Redding name. Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival was released almost two months later featuring a split record between Otis and Jimi’s Monterey Pop Festival performances. It’s a great album and hearing Otis live and full of life is something humbling. We heard the title track from that final posthumous LP.

Coming up in Set 4 is a triple, yes TRIPLE Set 4 Score. Sorry, folks, but we had so much great music we couldn’t resist. That, AND we had to leave our Mrs. Magician for this. We’ll also be revamping an old discovery that never got their due. Look for The Persian Leaps a bit later in the set. To start us off is another FMF staple, Bass Drum Of Death. The band scored it big when a track from their eponymous sophomore LP landed on the Grand Theft Auto V Soundtrack. From that same album, here’s track two; “Fine Lies”.

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DJ: In proper FMF fashion, our previous conversation about Big Star was alluding to this moment. The Replacements played us “Asking Me Lies” from their final 80s release Don’t Tell A Soul. That album featured the official debut of the new Bob of the band, Bob “Slim” Dunlap. Slim hails from the tiny midwestern town of Plainview, Minnesota. I think I have an aunt and uncle who live there…

Another St. Paul alternative rock band led into The Replacements. The Persian Leaps were featured in one of our earliest episodes, World Press Freedom Day. Like we did with Wimps last week, we wanted to give the band a proper slot and feature. The band has released a five-song EP every autumn since 2013, breaking tradition only to release a cover of The Crystals’ Phil Spector-era single “Then He Kissed Me” in early 2018. While anticipating the next release, we played “Truth = Consequences” from their sophomore EP Drive Drive Delay.

The middle of our Set 4 Score triple play featured Seattle rocker Mark Palm’s newest venture Supercrush. Hailing from the halls of sound that hold acts like Teenage Fanclub, Bob Mould, The Byrds, and many other jangly-pop icons, Supercrush falls in line perfectly with the three-chords and a half-truth pop-rock aesthetic that us garage rock fans yearn for. Mark played in bands Go It Alone, Devotion and the Modern Charms as well as Supercrush. Check out this super well-done interview with Ice And I that Mark did back in 2016 for a deep dive.

Our third, or first depending on how you look at it Set 4 Score artist is Halifax, Nova Scotia band Outtacontroller. These guys wail. Perfect punk/garage rock from the coast, albeit the opposite coast you’d expect. From their 2012 debut LP, we rocked “It’s True”, though I’d recommend digging through their entire catalog. Their newest release, No Echo, brings all the weaponry of the band’s vibes to the frontlines and gives you a reason to crank the volume.

Up next is a side project from Wavves frontman Nathan Williams. Spirit Club was started as a vent for Nathan’s more pop-expressive tendencies. Formed with his brother Joel and Jeans Wilder, Spirit Club released their debut in 2016. Let’s hear “Your Eyes Tell Lies” from that LP.

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DJ: The 2003 self-titled LP from The Go was their first without their original lead guitarist Jack White and their last before making the jump to those amazing people over at Burger Records. Lead singer and guitarist Bobby Harlow produced another FMF staple artist King Tuff’s self-titled and Black Moon Spell which we’ve played music from both of.

Things got a bit spacey when Beach Fossils dropped in. Their sophomore 2012 LP Clash The Truth halted recording when Hurricane Sandy flooded the studio. Damn, global warming even affecting the music industry!

Yet another sophomore album rings in the third track with Green Day’s Kerplunk!. The first album recorded with new drummer Tre Cool set the band in motion for what would be an explosive follow-up. Kerplunk! sold 10,000 copies on DAY ONE and yet the band still took off on tour in a converted Book Mobile. A few years later, Dookie hit the shelves and the rest is history.

Feel Me Flow wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing without the incredible journalistic work of Nardwuar, The Human Serviette. Nardwuar has been interviewing the best of the best in the music world since the late 80s, conducting highly extensive research on his subjects to take them out of their “mode” when interviewing. A large portion of guests are very impressed with his knowledge and love the records he brings by, although there are a few who don’t appreciate his character and style. Nardwuar also sings for The Evaporators, whom we played in this set.

Coming up in our last set is one of those Nardwuar guests you just weren’t sure about. It seemed like they were happy, but it also seemed like they were annoyed an wanted to leave. Captain Sensible and Dave Vanian of The Damned were interviewed by Nardwuar during their 2000 tour and true to form it was awkward at times. From The Damned’s 1979 magnum opus Machine Gun Etiquette, here’s the track that led into their smash hit “Smash It Up”; “Liar”.

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DJ: Henry Rollins has also had is run-ins with the fantastic Human Serviette. Henry’s been rather critical of Nardwuar’s character and style but yet still has managed to be interviewed by him over 7 times. I love watching those two go back and forth in their character. On screen, it seems like there is hostility, but I really think these guys are buddies. Henry’s albums with Rollins Band were evident of throwing the Black Flag sludge into a blender with Miles Davis. Their big hit from Rollins Band’s sophomore album was “Liar” which closed us out.

Jr. Walker and his summertime sensation set of songs Shotgun lit up the charts in 1965, surpassing Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke to reach number one. Quite the feat. The closeout track from that album “Ain’t That The Truth” played before Henry’s jazz fit.

Garage punks Death Lens from Los Angeles brought us “Warm Lies” in the middle of the set. The original cut of the song comes from their Trashed EP released in 2013 via Sin Verguenza Records. The band would re-record the track three years later for their Fuck This LP.

Generation X played a pivotal role in the UK punk scene of the late 70s. As surprisingly un-punk as it was, many of these bands were about hitting it big. The frontman for Generation X, Billy Idol, was one of those destined for pop stardom punks. After the band broke up due to disappointing sales of what are now considered great albums, Billy ventured out into a solo career that MTV could have only dreamed of. Music videos and Billy Idol were like peanut butter and jelly in the 80s, and everyone knew who he was because of it. From “White Wedding” to “Flesh Or Fantasy”, that snarly upper lip was everywhere.

Well, the time has come for us to part ways once again. This episode was fun and we’re super thankful you joined us today! My son Rigby loves the Stones’ song “The Spider & The Fly” and I’ll quote his favorite part for our farewell. “My, my, my, don’t tell lies… ‘  See you next time on Feel Me Flow!

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