FMF Episode #55 – Gypsys, Tramps, & Thieves

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DJ: Hello and welcome to another round of Feel Me Flow! This week we took an old Cher song and created an entire episode out of it! Our theme today is Gypsys, Tramps, & Thieves! It’s weird how they spell Gypsys on the song and album version of Cher’s song. I mean, Y?! What gives?

Though it isn’t the greatest song ever written by any means, it sure makes for a great playlist topic! Many a tune has been written in the name of the roving persons known as gypsies, plenty of songs about gypsy women, frustrated singers lamenting over tramps who’ve done them wrong, or songs about a thief stealing your heart or other prized good. We’re gonna sample all three flavors today, starting off with the title track to today’s theme.

Cher’s self-titled 1970 album would be renamed to include the title track after the single became an instant hit. Songwriter Bob Stone had originally penned it as “Gypsys, Tramps, and White Trash, but producer Snuff Garrett advised him to change it to “thieves”. Landing Cher her first solo #1 single, here’s the title track to the renamed album by Cher.

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DJ: Beach Slang’s 2016 LP A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings was recorded during the rockiest part of the band’s history, with two members leaving before its release. Earlier that year, during a show in Salt Lake City, the band tried covering The Replacements’ “Can’t Hardly Wait” but fell apart. After the song, lead singer James Alex stated “We were Beach Slang, Natalie give them their money back.” which prompted then-guitarist Ruben Gallego to throw his guitar down and quit. James told the audience they were done shortly after that. The band, though, did not completely dissolve, and James released a “quiet” interpretation of their songs titled Everything Matters But No One Is Listening in 2018.

The Clash submitted their Junior Murvin cover to our theme today. “Police & Thieves” was originally done as a slow reggae tune before Strummer and the boys go a hold of it. Joe was a known reggae fan and helped created the bridge over the gap that connects punk and ska still to this day. We played the Junior original on our Crime & Punishment episode if you want to hear it in some context.

Perhaps the best known “Tramp” song that exists, we played the well-known cover of Lowell Fulson’s 1967 song. Otis Redding & Carla Thomas pushed their cover out just 4 months after the release of Lowell’s, and boy did they cast a shadow. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t know this wasn’t an Otis song. Nevertheless, the jam from King & Queen finds its way to our first set.

Mr. Band of Gypsies, himself, Jimi Hendrix stopped by before Otis and Carla. The 1968 masterpiece Electric Ladyland featured smash singles “All Along The Watchtower”, “Crosstown Traffic” and “Voodoo Chile” among others, but it was the album-cut “Gypsy Eyes” that soaked up 3 recording sessions and 50 takes. Can you imagine spending that much time on ONE SONG? Well, that’s why it’s a masterpiece.

Hendrix fans Wolfmother exploded onto the scene with their debut self-titled album in 2005/2006. The “Joker & The Thief” references the “joker” and “thief” from Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower”, the tune Jimi launched into interstellar superfame 38 years prior. Don’t you just love how these things connect? Here’s Aussie’s best hard rock throwback band Wolfmother. Turn this one up!

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DJ: Sticking with the Hendrix topic, let’s bring in a little Betty Davis. Betty Davis, born Betty Mabry, was a model and songwriter from New York in 1967 when she met Miles Davis. Miles, who we’re hearing behind us now, would marry Betty the following year. By 1969, though the couple would divorce after Miles accused Betty of cheating on him…with Jimi Hendrix. Jimi and Miles had grown close in 1968, which is why Jimi’s music started sound like it was fused with jazz and Miles incorporated more rock elements into his songs. Crazy huh? Back to Betty though, her sophomore LP included the funk jam “Don’t Call Her No Tramp”, which we gladly played today.

We weren’t going to make it through a gypsy playlist without the infamous Gypsy Punks, Gogol Bordello. In an interview with NPR in 2006, lead singer Eugene Hutz described his musical influences as Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies record (which he had no idea at the time that it was called that, a huge coincidence), and Parliament Funkadelic. His dad was a musician and friends with African students studying in Kiev who would get him all kinds of bootlegged Western music on tape. Thank you, whoever you are, students of Kiev, and to the rest of you bootleggers who risk punishment or incarceration to simply hear great music where it isn’t available! We played “Sally” from the band’s breakthrough album, 2005’s Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike.

 JJ Cale’s 1976 LP Troubador included what would become one of his most famous songs, thanks to Eric Clapton; “Cocaine”. But the song that followed it on the album, “I’m A Gypsy Man” was a cover of Sonny Curtis’ b-side to his single “I Wanna Go Bummin’ Around”. The same man who produced Cher’s titular theme song for our episode, Snuff Garrett, also produced that Sonny Curtis single.

If you like the fuzzy, blues-country sounds of that Troubador album, you might enjoy the fuzzy, blues-country rock sounds of Blitzen Trapper. Blitzen Trapper are a huge favorite of FMF. If you’re into punk rock but want to try country, try Blitzen Trapper. If you’re into country but are feeling a bit rock and roll. Try Blitzen Trapper. From the band’s 2007 Sub Pop release, Wild Mountain Nation, that was “Miss Spiritual Tramp”, a reference to the JD Salinger short story “A Perfect Day For Bananafish”.

Our next set gets a little psychedelic. Starting things off is Danish band Iceage with a track from their critically acclaimed 2018 album Beyondless. Icecage toured with the Black Lips throughout Europe in 2018 to support the effort. Here’s “Thieves Like Us”.

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DJ: Man. Can, sure can jam. The Krautrock pioneers recorded a slough of tracks in 1968 with the hopes of releasing their debut Prepare To Meet Thy Pnoom. After no label would take on the project, they persisted in their recording and eventually released Monster Movie in 1969. The 1968 demos would surface officially in 1981 as Delay 1968, which included the track “The Thief”.

A couple “quieter” years came after Habibi released their debut self-titeld album on Burger Records in 2014. Touring and supporting the music would be the main focus, along with releasing a couple of EPs. One EP was a split with previous Set 4 Score artist La Luz, and another, titled Cardamom Garden would surface in 2018. Rumor has it the band is working on releasing a new album along with a repressing of the original debut. From their 2018 EP, we heard “Gypsy Love”.

Another previously featured Set 4 Score artist occupied the middle of our set. Bummers played us “Lucky” during our Luck episode and donated another album cut from their self-titled debut, “Gypsies And Drugs”, to this show. The band released Dolores in 2017 and according to their Facebook page have big plans for 2019. Let’s hope those plans include some more great music!

Crocodiles, the psych-gaze sworn enemies of Sherrif Joe Arpaio, yes that Sherriff, chimed in with a cut from 2015’s Boys. “The Boy Is A Tramp” channels The Jesus And Mary Chain’s “Just Like Honey” with it’s “On Broadway”-like bass line and spacey snares and swells. Don’t you just love that 60s style melody thrust into the spacey sounds of the New Millennium?

Our Set 4 this week starts with a couple Fleetwood Mac covers. Woodstock alumni Santana took the British band’s voodoo-esque track and put their own Latin spin on it, adding a cover of Gábor Szabó’s “Gypsy Queen” to the end of their version for a double cover delight. Gábor has an entire album about the themed “gypsy”, titled Gypsy ’66. Gábor was Hungarian, born and raised not far from where Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello grew up albeit many years apart. Here’s Santana doing “Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen” from Abraxas.

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DJ: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) morphed into the classic rock  outfit that we know today after the lineup change of The Guess Who in the late 60s. Randy Bachman left the band to form Brave Belt with his brother and original Guess Who singer Chad Allan. After evolving into a more rock-oriented outfit and renaming themselves Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the sky was the limit. Fans loved the upbeat music, something to dance to! From that smash sophomore release Bachman-Turner Overdrive II, we played the deep cut “Tramp”.

Arctic Monkeys swung in with a b-side deep cut from their single “Fluorescent Adolescent”. “Plastic Tramp” has its own entry in the Urban Dictionary in direct reference to the song’s lyrics Apparently a plastic tramp is a traveling hobo who wears Crocs and recycles plastic bottles. I’m not quite sure why Alex is so upset with him, though? 

Our Set 4 Score this week comes from Montreal band UBT, or Uncle Bad Touch. The unique dancing guitar lick that leads the song off travels up and down the scale almost like a snake charmer raising the reptile from its basket. Coupled with double-time tambourine smacks and a bit of “technology” the song “Gypsy Woman” makes for one hell of a score. From the band’s most recent output Ego Orientation, that was UBT with “Gypsy Woman”.

And following up the Santana cover was Tigers Jaw covering a bit of Fleetwood. “Gypsy” was originally written in 1979 by Stevie Nicks with the hopes of it possibly being included on her debut solo album Bella Donna. After her friend Robin Anderson died of leukemia in the early 80s, Stevie held it over for Fleetwood Mac’s album Mirage. Tigers Jaw recorded a cover of “Gypsy” in 2011 for a one-off single which we played today.

Coming up next is the Seattle prog-math-indie band Minus The Bear. After a 17 year career, 6 albums and 4 EPs, the band announced their retirement in July of 2018. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live more than once and can tell you first hand that if you missed them, you truly missed something amazing. Precision is a word that comes to mind. From their 2010 album OMNI, here’s Minus The Bear doing “The Thief”.


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DJ: From that little Minnesota town! Dylan’s 1970 album New Morning was a return to his normal vocal styling after a couple years in country crooner land. The album is chock-full of great songs, too! Well, what Dylan album isn’t, though, really? “Went To See The Gypsy” was often thought to have been about Bob meeting Elvis Presley. The lyrics to the song might point you there, but he told Rolling Stone in 2009 that he never met the guy. As is true with Dylan, the song had loosely based truths skewed into fantastical stories with characters becoming more interesting as Bob’s pen laid more ink down. He does throw a nice little reference to Hibbing in there, though.

Compulsive Gamblers dropped by with the album-ender to Crystal Gazing Luck Amazing, “Two Thieves”. The Hives are said to had covered that song live before. The song tells the story of two outcasts whose paths should never have crossed and represents the Wild West mentality of that idea by soaking the music in a Country/Western bath.

After Brian Hyland found fame as a teeny-bop star with the smash single “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” and “Sealed With A Kiss”, he would start to lean toward a more country-tinged sound. In 1966, he recorded The Joker Went Wild with producer Snuff Garrett and session musicians Leon Russell and JJ Cale. In 1969 he scored a minor hit with a cover of The Impressions’ 1961 song “Gypsy Woman” produced by Del Shannon.

When Rolling Stone got their hands on Uriah Heep’s Very ‘eavy, Very ‘umble, the review written by Melissa Mills would end up creating more of a Streisand effect than any other. Melissa’s review begins with “If this group makes it I’ll have to commit suicide. From the first note you know you don’t want to hear any more.” Typical Rolling Stone holier-than-thou and very wrong review. See their Led Zeppelin reviews or Top 500 lists for more on that.

Alright, from that country-tinged ending of the fifth set we move on to some country punk. Ok just some punk rock. Though, the Swingin’ Utters are well-versed in country music. Lead singer Johnny “Peebucks” Bonnel takes plenty of inspiration from the Outlaw country artists like Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. Peebucks fronts the Filthy Thieving Bastards as well, a country punk outfit. From the Utters’ 2011 LP Here, Under Protest, here’s “Lepers, Thieves, and Whores”.

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DJ: Ol’ Blue Eyes winds down our final set with a rendition of the 1935 showtune “The Lady Is A Tramp”. Frank recorded his take just after the release of Disney’s Lady And The Tramp, released in 1955. From his 1957 LP A Swingin’ Affair!, that was “The Lady Is A Tramp”.

We got a bit quieter with Siren frontman Kevin Coyne doing some bedroom demos. According to this review of his 1999 release Sugar Candy Taxi, when Jim Morrison died, Elektra Records offered Kevin the role of his replacement. Kevin responded with a no, citing he “didn’t like the leather trousers”. Probably a good thing. Doors fans would’ve freaked. After Siren, Kevin recorded some home demos on a reel-to-reel at home for future release on his solo debut. The 1972 debut Case History showcased the outsider writings that Kevin did so well, and transformed his demo “Tramp’s Song” into “Uggy’s Song” and sang an octave up. I prefer the demo.

Actress Zooey Deschanel teamed up with M. Ward to form She & Him in 2006. Zooey had been writing material throughout her life but let the music side of things fall by the wayside when acting took off. The group was a success, churning out beach-friendly sun-kissed tunes that every California could tan to. They continue to crank out music, including a Christmas LP in 2011. We played “Thieves” from Volume Two.

108 years ago this week, Gypsy Rose Lee (Rose Louise Hovick) was born in Seattle, Washington. One of the most famous, if not the most famously well-known ecdysiast and burlesque dancers in history, Lee served as inspiration to Brody Dalle as she was growing up. Brody turned 18, married Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in punk rock. The debut Distillers album features the Dalle-penned homage to Gypsy Rose.

And that, friends, is the end. We hope you enjoyed our show today! In no way were we looking to offend anyone, and do understand the connotations and connections that the words of our theme have to certain people around the world. It’s just a theme, from a Cher song. We plan on doing similar themes later this season, so stay tuned if this was something you enjoyed! See you next time on Feel Me Flow!


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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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InFlowences: Double Grave

After featuring them as the Set 4 Score in our Road Trip Part 1 episode, we spoke with Jeremy from Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Double Grave to discuss some of the artists and songs that have influenced him throughout his music career.  Listen to the entire playlist or each song individually and read each pick’s backstory below! (📷 by Tessa Loeffler)



Jeremy Warden “The first time I heard this album, it was like stepping into another world. It really opened me up into what an album could be like, and what a “band” could be. It doesn’t have to just be a collection of separate songs by a group of four people, in can move like a movie, and involve dozens of contributors. I still strive to make a record like this, that isn’t afraid of scope, that creates it’s own world. I also continue to be inspired by how, despite the lush production of these songs, they stand alone just as strong when played by one person with a guitar. It’s really impressive to me still. “

Jeremy Warden:  “When I was in middle school beginning to play with other people, this record is what really inspired me to actually start a real band and try to write songs/book shows together. I learned every part of every instrument on this record so that I could play whatever was needed to keep bands moving. It had an emotional rawness and huge sound that just really captivated and influenced me for a long time.”

Jeremy Warden: It’s hard to know what to say about this record. Every time I listen to it I love it a little bit more. It’s been hugely influential just to the way I look at/approach/play guitar. It almost feels like rather than molding the guitar around the songs, the songs are molded around the guitar sounds, if that makes sense. The first time I listened to it I was like, “What are these sounds? Are these guitars? How do I make sounds like this?!”, and have more or less never stopped feeling that way. Even though I’ve never tried to make “true shoegaze” music like this, it’s definitely guided the general textures/methods of playing for me.”

Jeremy Warden: “This record really changed the game for me. I was thirsty for stranger music, for weirder sounds. I’d always loved just making weird noises with the instruments I had collected, but it wasn’t until Animal Collective that I realized you could turn weird sounds into actual songs. That anything could be an instrument, and that there were actually no rules to music at all. They sparked a long road of weird, fearless, exploratory song writing for me. Another album worth mentioning here is HyperMagicMountain by Lightning Bolt, which had a similar impact but instead of breaking all the rules with weird psych sounds, they just used loud bass and wild drums. They inspired me to play loud and shreddy and use noise and feedback in music more melodically.”

Jeremy Warden: “This was the first record/band I heard associated with the work “punk” so, that’s pretty huge to me, as I always say that Punk is the school/church that I grew up in in terms of music, and guides my approach to music on many levels. Before hearing The Clash, I mostly just stuck to whatever came on the radio, so, they were the first older band I listened to as well that wasn’t inherited from my parents. From here I’d fall in love with all offshoots of punk, from hardcore, to pop punk, to skater punk, ska, metal, crust, you name it, I love it all, and continue to turn to punk art and ethics for inspiration and guidance, and it all started here.”

We at Feel Me Flow want to thank Jeremy and Double Grave for taking the time to chat with us about their InFlowences.  Double Grave is headed out on an East Coast tour starting tomorrow in Minneapolis! Also, don’t forget to head over to DG’s Bandcamp page and pick up their latest effort Empty Hands released via Forged Artifacts! You can stream the EP below via their Bandcamp.

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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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InFlowences: Scrunchies

After featuring them as the Set 4 Score in our Hair episode, we spoke with Laura, Danielle, and Bree of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Scrunchies to discuss some of the artists and songs that have influenced them throughout their music career.  Listen to the entire playlist or each song individually and read each members’ backstory below! (📷 by Tessa Loeffler)



Danielle Cusack “My mom used to always play this CD she had by Mission of Burma, and I was always entranced with how each instrument & voice was so imperative to the song & how it would be completely different without it. A great example of that is through this song & how the band moves through the twists & turns of the riff, and the end of this song where they all harmonize & do a vocal cannon over the line “what could I say to that” that gives me chills to this day.”

Laura Larson:  “I’ve been playing guitar in bands since I was 14 or 15 years old and my influences have always skewed towards the guitar-driven heavy, cathartic and deeply personal feminine/feminist rage- from Jack Off Jill in my teens, through Hole, PJ Harvey, Sleater-Kinney… and in the past handful of years there has been a drought of this particular brand of ROCK in lieu of bands skewing more towards the clean, tropi-pop, easy-listenin’ indie. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good head-bopper and I looooove pop music but when Romantic by Mannequin Pussy came out it was like the grunge/punk veil was re-lifted for me, like a fucked up homecoming of being allowed to experience and emote spite, love, fear, all of these emotions that seem to ebb and flow in vogue and accessibility for womxn. Marissa’s  guttural screams dovetailing into sweet pop melody while she rolls around of the stage is everything I want and need in my rock bands and kicked my ass right out of bed and back into guitar brat mode. .”

Bree Meyer: “I was listening to this band a lot when I started playing music a few years ago. They have a sound and swing to their music that is uniquely theirs and that is what I want in the music I listen to. They’re from Lincoln, NE and if you didn’t already know the Midwest is pretty alright.”

Bree Meyer: This song sounds so huge and I love everything about it. Hop Along has been working so hard for so long and that is something I look up to.”

Danielle Cusack: “I remember the first time I heard this song and became immediately mesmerized by how amazing everything in the song sounded (from the riff, to the drum part, to Corin’s catchy melody). It’s the #1 song I list as an influence for my drumming, and probably for my songwriting as well. Sleater-Kinney is definitely one of the most underrated rock bands of all time, and Dig Me Out was really the first CD to peak my interest in wanting to be a musician”

Laura Larson: “I always think of Sauna Accident as a band that Kurt Cobain would have on one of his musical influences lists. They are the epitome of how unique and strange while at the same time comfortingly familiar a 2-piece garage rock band can be. I listen to Sauna Accident when I want to be reminded that it’s possible to get weird without being over-complicated. Sophie’s voice veers around these post-punk yelp-hooks that always make me think “oh my god, why didn’t I think of that?””

Laura Larson: “We played with Squid Ink from Fresno, CA twice when we were on tour this summer. Not only do they write seriously catchy rhythm-driven punk songs (sometimes with TWO basses!! and sharing members with Fresno feminist punks Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries) they write personal/political lyrics that are funny and real and important.  Lifted from their own bio, Squid Ink “creates punk music for womxn and femmes combating the misogynoir, white supremacist, capitalist, actual dystopia that we live in.” Super amazing people and musicians and they have an EP coming out super soon!”

We at Feel Me Flow want to thank Scrunchies for taking the time to chat with us about their InFlowences.  Scrunchies is playing the First Avenue Mainroom this Saturday 8/18/18 with Jessica Manning and Bad Bad Hats. There are still tickets available so be sure to grab some before they’re gone! Also, don’t forget to head over to Scrunchies’ Bandcamp page and pick up the aptly named Stunner released via Forged Artifacts!

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FMF Episode #50 – The 50 States

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DJ: Fifty! Fifty episodes! Hello everyone and welcome to FMF’s special fiftieth episode! We bounced and boggled and toiled and toggled with all kinds of ideas on how to celebrate 50 and decided on something that might represent any one of us. We’re going a trip around America today, with a song for each of the 50 states in alphabetical order.  Remember America? Before it turned into a dumpster fire? Anyway, the episode runs about 3.5 hours instead of the normal 2, so prepare yourself for the journey!

As is the status quo around here at FMF, we made it a point to dig a little deeper for the song representing each state.  You won’t be hearing “Georgia On My Mind” today, or “New York, New York”.  In fact, we really wanted to avoid cities in this episode as well.  We might end up doing a US cities episode some day and didn’t want to double dip.

So, my friends, let’s begin the journey. We start with Alabama.  Alabama became the 22nd state in 1819, but less than 50 years later would secede from the USA and declare Montgomery, their state’s capitol city, as the Confederate States of America’s state capitol.  Alabama has some beautiful scenery, but is also one of the objectively worst states the US has to offer. According to the US News Overall Best States Ranking, Alabama suffers from poor education, poor healthcare, a high amount of crime and corrections, et al. The quality of life, however, is ranked 7th. The common theme with the lower ranked states is that the quality of life is still pretty high. Crazy how that works.

Anyway, moving onto the music. Phosphorescent is the alias of Matthew Houck, an Athens, Georgia to Brooklyn, New York transplant.  Matthew scored it big with his “Song For Zula” in 2013 off of Muchacho. From his previous LP, Here’s To Taking It Easy, here’s Phosphorescent with “It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama)”.

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DJ: Marvin Gaye rounds out our first five states with an ode to the west coast paradise or hellhole know as California.  I suppose it depends on who you ask, or where you look. DTLA, maybe hellhole? Redwood National Park, paradise. Marvin Gaye’s M.P.G. album was a bit more psychedelic than his previous efforts thanks to Norman Whitfield’s songwriting and production.  The album’s biggest single would be the lead track “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby”, but we went with “I Got To Get To California” for thematic reasons , obviously.

Soul from the South played before Marvin with Tony Joe White’s “They Caught The Devil and Put Him in Jail in Eudora, Arkansas”.  Tony Joe made himself known with the swamp soul tune “Polk Salad Annie”, especially after Elvis started covering it at shows. If you’re into vinyl, pick up an album of his from the used bins sometime.  I’m sure it won’t be more than a couple bucks and it’ll be worth it for the soulful storytelling..

Kings of Leon hail from the South, the band being from Nashville, Tennessee. The Followill brothers Caleb, Jared, Nathan, and cousin Matthew Followill formed the band 1999.  After two perfect garage rock throwback albums, the band start to explore a more broader sound in the rock world.  They made their way to the mainstream in no time and by their third LP Because Of The Times, the band was an international name. The album closer “Arizona” made it’s way into our episode.

We played Sweden’s The Maharajas on our Yeah episode a while back. Their tune “Yeah Yeah” was actually sequenced right before the track we played today, “Alaska Beach”, on their album In Pure Spite.

Our next set has a bit of punk and a bit of blues, followed by the beautiful soul sounds of Gladys Knight and The Pips. Starting things off is the LA  garage rock group The Buttertones. Dakota Böttcher of Cherry Glazer joined the band in 2014 along with London Guzmán and the new five piece put out American Brunch in 2015. Let’s start off set two with “Colorado” from that album.

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DJ: Ooooh how sweet that tune is. 1973’s Imagination would give Gladys Knight & The Pips their first and only number one song with “Midnight Train To Georgia”.  We played a previous hit single “Friendship Train” on our Best Friends episode. Yeah, I know we said we were playing deep cuts today, but I figure jumping away from “Georgia On My Mind” and into “Midnight” was a big enough leap. There’ll be plenty of diamonds in the rough throughout the show.

Laura Jane Grace and Against Me! played an ode to their home state in hopes it would fall into the ocean.  “Sink, Florida, Sink” (the electric version) comes from the Rock Against Bush Vol. 1 protest compilation. The comp featured unreleased tracks from punk bands to raise awareness against the war-hungry administration led by George W. Bush.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ first LP broke necks with whiplash when critics heard it. What?! A white guy from Delaware?! The Destroyers were originally called the Delaware Destroyers in honor of their home state.  An 8-minute plus cover of John Lee Hooker’s One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, would launch George’s career and keep him a staple of 80’s radio. Great blues slide guitar from that guy.

Government Issue were a D.C. punk band that formed in the early 80’s, around the time Minor Threat was taking a hiatus. Brian Baker of Minor Threat joined up with Government Issue and recorded the 1982 EP Make An Effort with then before rejoining Minor Threat. A few years later in 1988, GI would release their final album Crash, including the song “Connecticut”.

The next set starts off with a couple of no-brainers. Surfing? Better check out “Hawaii”…

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DJ:  Eddie Dean spent the 1940s in nearly every country western flick you could see at the theater. He wrote 80% of the songs he sang in the movies he starred in, too! After a career of screens, Eddie moved behind the mic in the 50’s. In 1961, he realeased a third LP Hillbilly Heaven, which we took “Iowa Rose” from.

R. Dean Taylor put out a great blue-eyed soul album in 1970 called I Think, Therefore I Am.  The songs on the LP that weren’t soul covers were written by Richard Dean Taylor, with some songs having help from the Motown trio Holland-Dozier-Holland. Rare Earth Records put out the debut album under the Tamla umbrella. We heard “Indiana Wants Me” from that album, R. Dean’s biggest hit single.

Skip James recorded a plethora of singles in 1931, but due to the Great Depression the recordings and Skip faded away into obscurity. That is, until the 60s, when some blues enthusiasts found him in a hospital in Mississippi. Legend has it that the rediscovery of Skip and Son House around that time led to the blues revival of the 1960’s, especially the later years. Skip recorded four albums in the resurgence, mostly old tunes redone. We played “Illinois Blues” from his final album Devil Got My Woman.

There honestly isn’t a whole lot of great rock music about the state of Idaho.  Thankfully, The B-52’s recorded a song that would change that. 1980’s Wild Planet saw the band return to the New Wave/Punk styles of their previous album before fading into the 80’s synth mess. They had a return to the top again in the early 90’s when “Love Shack” hit the airwaves, though.

Procol Harum’s 1969 album A Salty Dog featured the title track as a single. We’re gonna go a little deeper, though and check out a tune called “The Devil Came From Kansas”. The album would be the last of the original lineup, before members left to pursue other things. Let’s get it started with Procol Harum.

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DJ: Mmmm, ice cream. Diamond Youth’s ode to Maryland Ice Cream also included walking in the sand and holding hands. What a beautiful date! From the appropriately titled EP Shake, that was “Maryland Ice Cream”.

The Deadly Syndrome had that sort of Silversun Pickups, tech-rock kind of vibe when they were active in the late 2000’s. Crash Richards was in the band, and after they split would become a full-time member of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. From their final LP All In Time, we played a shoutout to the most Northeastern state, “Maine”.

Garage rock throwbacks The Detroit Cobras rocked the middle of the set with “Down In Louisiana”. The comes from the 1996 Over My Head / Down In Louisiana single and was originally written by a guy named Polka Dot Slim.

Another guy who wrote songs that other bands covered for success is Neil Diamond. Along with hits like “I’m A Believer”, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”, and “Red, Red Wine”, “Kentucky Woman” would be a hit sung by many a mouth. Deep Purple famously covered the latter, with The Monkees, The Hollies, and UB40 perhaps being the most famous for the other three mentioned.

Fat Mike of NOFX is gonna tell us about why he moved from Massachusetts to the Bay Area as a kid. Spoiler alert, it’s because his parents moved. Nevertheless, a song to the state must be played! Here’s NOFX with a track from the super depressing Cokie The Clown EP, “Straight Outta Massachusetts”.

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DJ: EL VY is the side project from Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena. Much like electronic side projects from duos of the past, the album showcased Brent’s electronic programming with Matt’s trademark low-key vocals. We heard “Happiness, Missouri”, the oxymoronic title track from 2015’s Return To The Moon.

We heard a couple of Minnesota bands before El VY. The throwback stylings of The Cactus Blossoms landed them on the Showtime revamp of Twin Peaks. The duo plays an early-days-of-country toned music with big influences being heard from The Everly Brothers. Their debut album You’re Dreaming also came out in 2015.

Minnesota band The Shackletons put out an ode to the Midwestern mavens of MN with “Minnesota Girls”. Local radio station 89.3 The Current has picked up the song for heavy rotation this past year with the possible hopes of finding a new state anthem? I mean, we have plenty of art to go around here, but there really isn’t much talking about the beautiful Midwestern women of Minnesota…ecept for nearly all of Prince’s catalog, I suppose.

That K.M.C. Kru track is one of my favorite early rap samples.  I mean, who hears “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” and thinks, “Yeah, there’s a beat in there.”?! Regardless, what a jam! The song made it to the top 50, but Tracey “T The Sarge” Edmond was busted for slinging drugs and sentenced to 10 years. 10 effing years for drugs! Too bad, T.

Next up is Frank Zappa and The Mothers with one of their better known songs, “Montana”. The b-side to “I’m The Slime” comes from 1973’s Over-Nite Sensation and features Tina Turner and the Ikettes on backing vocals. Frank Zappa and Tina Turner in the same room. That energy, though. Here’s an ode to raising a crop of dental floss.

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DJ: Apparently the guys from Gainesville didn’t have the greatest experience in New Jersey and decided to never go back. They did, in fact, go back, though. “Never Going Back To New Jersey” comes from LTJ’s groundbreaking second-wave ska-punk album Losing Streak.

Sonic Youth’s 13th album Sonic Nurse showcased the band’s calling card in the song length with every song but one being between 5-8 minutes. “New Hampshire” name drops guitar legends Johnny Winters and B. B. King before suggesting that Steve and Joe were gonna “lead on”. I wonder who Steve and Joe are…?

Did you ever think you’d hear Clint Eastwood sing? Not too shabby, eh? Well, it was ok, I suppose but it wasn’t Tony Bennett or anything. Clint has acted in some great movies, he’s also directed some great movies. Clint Eastwood is now also famous for his childish stool arguement between him and a stool that represent Barack Obama. Anyway, that was “Sierra Nevada” from his country western songs album.

Low Hum released a debut EP in 2018. The fuzzy low hum of their guitars and sludging tempos leave a bluesy based taste in your mouth. The new single “Nebraska” not only fits FMF’s vibe well, but is a perfect addition for our trip around America.

A couple of originals grace the start of our next set. First, we hear Johnny Horton and his song “Out In New Mexico”. Another Johnny would cover this song for his 1964 album Original Sun Sound Of Johnny Cash. Let’s hear Johnny Horton’s original version from his 1959 Sings Free And Easy album.

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DJ: I know, I know. No CSNY?! I mean, that song is phenomenal, one of a kind. We just wanted to dig a little deeper, that’s all! Good thing we did, too, because we scored ourselves a Black Keys track. The track comes from an exclusive preordered 7″ that featured DEVO on the flip-side, Akron, Ohio’s other famous rock band.

Canada’s Thrush Hermit squeaked in with a song about their neighboring state, “North Dakota”. Thrush featured Joel Plaskett, who would go on to The Joel Plaskett Emergency and produce artists like The Flashing Lights. Thrush Hermit also hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, home to fellow alt rock band Sloan.

You may be saying to yourself, where the hell is North Cackalacky? Well, it’s north of South Carolina. Cackalacky is a slang term for either of the Carolinas that no one really knows the origin of. The nickname first made its pop culture appearance in “Scenario” by A Tribe Called Quest. “East Coast stompin’, rippin’ and rompin’, New York, North Cak-a-laka and Compton, checka-checka-check it out…” rhymes Q-Tip. We played Greg Cartwright (of Compulsive Gamblers and Oblivians fame) and Reigning Sound with their tune “North Cackalacky Girl”.

Hello had a hit in Britian 1975 with their tune “New York Groove”. The British glam rock movement was in full swing and this song and band fit in astutely well with it. Three years later, the Kiss members would each release a self titled solo album.  Ace Frehley recorded “New York Groove” and scored his own huge hit right here in the US, topping all other Kiss members’ solo efforts.

Coming up in our next set is the legendary Oklahoman Leon Russell. Some other famous Okies include The Flaming Lips, Chet Baker, Hanson, Hinder, The All-American Rejects. Although Merle Haggard wrote the song “Okie From Muskogee” in first person, he was from California. Oklahoma voted to legalize medicinal marijuana in 2018, effectively contradicting Merle’s famous line “we don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee”. Here’s the Asylum Choir founder and Okie piano legend Leon Russell with “Sweet Home Oklahoma”.

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DJ:  Richmond, Virginia group Black Girls changed their name after 3 albums under the moniker. They were receiving backlash from people over the name, which makes sense. The group is now called Rikki Shay, a much more family friendly and non-controversial name. They even have a tune called “America“!

The Front Bottoms have made their way onto the show a few times now, including a song from the same self titled album today’s tune is taken from. We played “Father” during our Father’s Day episode last year, though today we heard “Rhode Island”.

Pennsylvania’s craizest rap-rock-dance group The Bloodhound Gang played their ode to their home state, “P-fuckin’-A”. Well, it’s more of a description of a wasteland than an homage, I suppose. With lines like, “We are the queef after a porn star breaks the gang bang record”, you can’t help but think they have a love/hate relationship with home. Haha.

More Canadians crept onto the set with Yukon Blonde doing a tune about the beautiful shores of Oregon. Yukon Blonde hails from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, a town that actress Evangeline Lilly also hails from. Lilly is perhaps best known for her role in Lost, an ABC drama mystery show that a plethora of references to previous mysteries, including the 1937 film about Shangri-La, Lost Horizon. Some of the scenes from Lost Horizon were filmed at Oregon’s Mount Hood.

We’re gonna get quiet for a bit with an early demo from the genius of Liz Phair. Phair recorded three demo tapes before releasing her incredibly well done debut Exile In Guyville.  The three demos were rereleased in 2018 as part of the 25th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of Exile. Here’s Liz Phair with “South Dakota”.

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DJ: There’s Bobby Womack doing the old jazz standard “Moonlight In Vermont”.  The tune was written by John Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf and published in 1944, and is unique in that not one line of the song rhymes. It’s also comprised almost entirely of haikus. Crazy.

Psychedelic country rockers Futurebirds buzzed in with the side 1, track 1 off of their debut LP Hampton’s Lullaby, “Johnny Utah”. Futurebirds have shared the stage with Blitzen Trapper, a band we’ve not only played a few times on FMF, but we also love their live shows!

There are a million songs about Texas. Many of them Country-Western, Blues, and Rock. Stevie Ray Vaughan’s version of “Texas Flood” is perhaps the most insane electric blues guitar playing you could ever feast your ears on, but it was actually a cover of an old standard first done by Larry Davis in 1958. Both versions are fantastic for their own reasons, though. 

I mean, of course we’re gonna play “Tennessee” by Arrested Development. Though, there were a few votes for “Tennessee Jed” by the Grateful Dead or Levon Helm. Arrested Development sampled Prince’s “Alphabet St.” without asking permission to, and apparently Prince waited until the song was popular before demanding $100k in royalties.

We’re nearing the end of our journey across America. Isn’t it crazy!? Coming up next is Jimmy Reed with the lone single from his 1959 album Rockin’ With Reed. The single made it into the top 100 and landed at 93. Pretty impressive for a standard blues track. That harmonica, though. Here’s “Down In Virginia”.

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DJ: The Western Collection: 25 Cowboy Classics compiled 25 of Gene Autry’s Western tunes. Not Country tunes. The difference being Western songs are more like songs you’d hear out on the trail after a long day of rounding up cattle and sitting by the campfire rather than the Honky Tonk of Country music. Showtunes, really. Capping off our show was “The Hills Of Wyoming” a song that capped off that compilation as well. Yeah, it was old and slow and quiet, but it was actually a tribute to my grandmother Jane who just passed away. The song was from her era.

Locksley hails from the college town of Madison, Wisconsin. On their most recent album, the self titled 2011 effort Locksley!, the band recorded an ode to their home state.  Madison hosts one of the country’s wildest Halloween celebrations every year, blocking off streets for people and such.  The college kids on acid those nights have some of the craziest trips, I heard anyway…

Charlotte, North Carolina, or Cackalacky, is home to Velcro Mary. Velcro Mary is the moniker of Jason Erb. Jason has released a few albums worth of material along with a handful of solo singles. His latest, Flight Risk, hit the net in May of 2018. We played “West Virginia” from the Velcro Mary 2011 debut Dead Horse Rodeo

Beach Vacation formed in 2013 after performing together in a high school talent show. A few weeks after formation, they released the debut Maritime EP. We played “Washington Weather” from that debut and if you enjoyed it be sure to check out their 2018 single “Gossamer Love“.

Holy cow, what a show! We’ll let Jimi play us out with his amazing rendition of a terrible national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”. I just really don’t think its that great of a national anthem. “Oh, Canada!” on the other hand…haha! Anyway, thank you SO much for taking the tour of the States with us today and celebrating 50 FMF Episodes! Amazing. If you’re headed out on a road trip this summer before the school year kicks in, be sure to check back next week when we take our Road Trip. Oh yeah, and school starts soon too… See you next time on Feel Me Flow!

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FMF Episode #49 – Cats

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DJ: I want chicken, I want liver, Meow Mix, Meow Mix please deliver! Hello again and welcome to another episode of Feel Me Flow! Remember that damn jingle? How could anyone forget?! Last time we met, we dug into the dirty paws of dog songs.  This week, we’re all about cats and kittens! “Ketchup, cats and kittens” as Sir Paul McCartney says in “Monkberry Moon Delight“.

We left that tune off the list today, but boy, oh, boy do we have some amazing feline fun ahead of us! A cat fight will most likely happen a bit later on, but we’ll tame it down with a set about cool cats. Ya know, the kinda cats that wear black sunglasses at night? We’ll have a double Set 4 Score from previously played artist The Squids, as well as a band out of Bellingham, Washington called Cat Bomb. 

Furrrrst off, we’ve gotta pay homage to the rockabilly giants Stray Cats.  Brian Setzer helped rekindle the rockabilly fire that was dying out in the 70’s thanks to his Gretsch and taste for the hot rod culture. The late 90’s swing revival would see Brian’s solo work gain traction, but let’s start off with his first throwback sound.  The theme song to the band and perhaps the most recognized neo-rockabilly tune out there, here’s “Stray Cat Strut”.

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DJ: The lead track, “Kitty”, off of The Presidents of The United States Of America’s self-titled debut album immediately prepared you for what the rest of the album would entail. Weird, bass-driven alt rock with quirky lyrics. I suppose that’s what most of the 90’s Nirvana-spawns were going for in a way, though. Be weird and dirty with catchy hooks and you’ve got a seller; sort of like Bob Dylan used to do back in the 60’s.

The Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet withdrawn album cover depicts a toilet splashed in graffiti including a long curling arrow pointing to the flush handle that read “Bob Dylan’s Dream” on the other end.  The back cover of the LP contains more graffiti which is supposedly written by Mick and Keith. “Stray Cat Blues” is the only song title that is missing from the wall, unless you can find it somewhere? I’ve never been able to. You can own a copy of the photo for the low price of $2,200.

The Stones covered Rufus Thomas’ “Walking The Dog” on their debut 1964 LP. Rufus recorded the answer song to Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog” just two weeks after its release. “Bear Cat (The Answer To Hound Dog)” flipped the gender roles and pointed the finger back at feisty women. “Bear Cat” wasn’t nearly as successful as “Hound Dog”, though, which makes sense.

Say Anything started out as just Max Bemis and Coby Linder.  The two of them recorded the debut album …Is A Real Boy together in 2003-04 with Coby on percussion and drums and Max playing bass, guitar, singing, and keyboards with additional help from the production team. The single “Alive With The Glory Of Love” preceded “Yellow Cat (Slash) Red Cat” on the album and would kickstart the band’s career. 

Speaking of minimal players with big sound, Minneapolis’ Kitten Forever features only a bass guitar, drums, and vocals sung through a telephone. The group also features previous Set 4 Score artist Laura Larson of Scrunchies. Check out the lead track “Fun Fact” from their new 2018 LP Semi-Permanent. This song has so much power and so does the band when playing live. Here’s the four-string fierceness of Kitten Forever.

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DJ: That’s the Let’s Dance version of “Cat People (Putting Out The Fire)” from David Bowie and Giorgio Moroder. Giorgio scored the soundtrack to the movie Cat People and enlisted Bowie to sing for the title-track.  The soundtrack version, which features a more techno feel and longer intro, was also played during the movie theater scene at the end of Inglorious Basterds. If you’ve seen the movie, you would recognize the significance of the song and title during that scene.

Anton Newcombe, the founder of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, teamed up with Toronto-based singer Tess Parks in 2014 to record a French-inspired blues-rock album. The result was a perfect mix of sleuth and saccharine. The tune “Cocaine Cat” sounds like a long-lost Serge Gainsbourg cut from an English-speaking ,Canadian-born singer.

Speaking of French recordings, Elton John recorded “Honky Cat” and all of Honky Chateau at the Château d’Hérouville in France in January 1972.  The lead track off of the Gold-certified Honky Château was the second single released from the album following the enormously huge “Rocket Man (I Think Its Going To Be A Long, Long Time)”.

“Honky Cat” played well off of Lee Dorsey’s “The Kitty Cat Song”. Lee’s perhaps best known for “Ya Ya” and “Working In A Coal Mine”, but also recorded the Allen Toussaint tune “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley”.  Robert Palmer would cover that song on his debut album of the same name with The Meters and Lowell George backing him on the record.

After Prince’s untimely death in 2016, the war began over the vault of unheard recordings he had amassed over his career. Things have started to filter out, and the Deluxe Expanded Edition rerelease of Purple Rain in 2017 featured an entire disc titled From The Vault & Previously Unreleased. One of those unreleased gems is the sunshine synth pop “Velvet Kitty Cat”. Gee, I wonder what euphemism Prince is chasing here.

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DJ: Kurt Cobain listed Big Black’s Songs About Fucking in his “Top 50 by Nirvana” journal entry. This song in particular stands out as a huge inspiration for Nirvana’s “Scentless Apprentice”. In fact, I can’t really hear the latter without picturing the former in my head. What’s more, is that Big Black’s Steve Albini recorded Nirvana doing that song in 1993 at Pachyderm! What a trip!

Muddy Waters got all psychedelic in 1968 and plugged his blues guitar into a fuzz pedal. The producers at Chess wanted his classic electric blues to appeal to a more modern, young audience. The kids those days were into noise, specifically noise that would sound good when tripping on acid. Some of the songs fell a little flat, but most of the album turned out to be the groundwork for the fuzz rock that showed up a few decades later. We heard “Tom Cat” from that psych-blues effort.

Little Willie John recorded “Leave My Kitten Alone” in 1959, just 9 years before he would meet an early grave. After finding success in the 50’s with hits like “All Around The World” and “Fever”, he would struggle to gain ground in the 60’s. In 1964, John was punched by a man who took the chair of one of John’s acquaintances. John retaliated with a knife and killed the man. At 27 years old, Little Willie John was sent to prison in Walla Walla, Washington. At 30, he’d have a heart attack and die in jail. Crazy. The Beatles recorded “Leave My Kitten Alone” for Beatles For Sale, but ultimately left it off the record. It surfaced in 1995 on the Anthology 1 compilation.

Set 4 Score champs Peach Kelli Pop sped by with “Hello Kitty Knife” from 2018’s Gentle Leader. Although Allie Hanlon is a dog foster parent, I’m sure she’d find space in her heart to represent cats today. Cats, dogs, they’re all animals and need love. PKP has been on tour since April and shows no signs of slowing down until at least October. Go get their new album, its so good!

Speaking of the Set 4 Score, our next set thwarts us into a cat battle! The Cat Fight set starts off with The Kills’ “Cat Claw”. The band’s 2003 debut album Keep On Your Mean Side was an instant hit with critics. Rolling Stone called it “dark, kick-ass garage rock”.  Yep, that’s pretty apt.  Singer Alison Mossheart also fronts the Jack White side-project The Dead Weather. Here’s “Cat Claw” starting off our Cat Fight set.

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DJ: O Shrek Yes! Los Angeles surf-garage outfit The Squids put out a stellar album in 2018. The aforementioned O Shrek Yes! generated “Junk” for our Garbage episode and also features a group of great tunes surrounding it.  “Feline” follows it on the album, but check out “Goner” and “Is It The Same?” for more sunny garage gold.

Another Jack White association tussled with us before The Squids. Olivia Jean is a member of The Black Belles, a goth-rock garage outfit out of Nashville. Jack produced The Black Belles debut album along with Olivia Jean’s solo effort Bathtub Love Killings. I mean, if you couldn’t tell by that signature guitar soloing during this song, maybe listen to some of his solo stuff. Its uncanny how much Jack loves that guitar tone. Olivia played “Cat Fight” from the solo LP.

Cat Bomb hails from Bellingham, Washington.  The band is themed on cats, with song titles including “Cat Fight”, “Cataclysm”, “Alpha Cat” and so on.  The band’s 2nd demo EP Smile features “Cat Fight”, a song that walks like the riff of Papa Roach’s “Blood Brothers” before jumping into an old school punk/late 70’s hard rock cocktail.

Sweden has such an incredible garage rock scene.  In general, Sweden has an incredible music scene. EDM/Electronic artists like The Knife, pop groups like ABBA, and garage rock and punk bands seem to spit out great hooks. Stockholm’s The Maggots released This Condition Is Incurable on 10″ wax and CD in 2002, featuring “Cat Fight”. The band isn’t internationally known, but stacks up with The Hives and The Hellacopters when it comes Sweden’s garage scene. 

Had enough fighting? Us too. How about we cool things down a bit with our Cool Cats set. The second single released from London’s Palma Violets, “Step Up For The Cool Cats” couldn’t quite match the success of “Best Of Friends”, but still carried the band through to international fame.  After the release of their second LP Danger In The Club, the band called it quits. Here’s that second single leading off our Cool Cats set.

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DJ: If you’re a repeat listener of the show, you’d know how much we love the Australian scene right now. The Babe Rainbow hails from Byron Bay, New South Wales and plays an early 70’s/late 60’s throwback style of surf pop rock. I hear hints of T. Rex, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonley Hearts Club Band, maybe a dash of Dick Dale thrown in for beach vibes. From their brand new LP Double Rainbow, released July 13, 2018, that was “Cool Cat Vibe”.

We mentioned The Beatles’ Anthology 1 earlier in the episode when Little Willie John showed up. They had covered “Leave My Kitten Alone” for Beatles For Sale, but left it off. The Beatles’ cover of “Three Cool Cats” featured George Harrison on vocals and the infamous Pete Best on drums. The song was one of 15 compiled on a demo made for Decca Records in London. Decca passed. They passed! George Martin’s Parophone would pick them up three months later, and its a damn good thing they did.

About a year and a half after The Beatles’ final performance on the rooftop of the Apple Corps building, a brand new London band would play their first performances known as Queen. Queen built a worldwide following by the end of the 70’s and in the 80’s headlined one of the biggest concerts ever with Live Aid. After shifting gears in the early 80’s with Hot Space, the band found collaborative help from David Bowie and the album’s smash hit single “Under Pressure”. Bowie sang backing vocals on “Cool Cat”, but had them removed from the song just before the album pressing.

Squeeze played us the title track from their 1979 LP Cool For Cats. The album featured four UK singles, making it the most successful of the band’s career. The sophomore release also saw the band venturing into synthesizer territory. While Jools Holland’s keyboards were present on the debut, they were almost always background filler. The New Wave push made for a change in sound, resulting in the post-disco, post-punk, New Wave sound that is Cool For Cats.

Our last set gets a bit psychedelic, starting with The Grateful Dead. The first week in August is Jerry Garcia week, did you know that? Have you sparked a joint and injected that heroin to celebrate yet? No? Maybe a good thing. We love the Grateful Dead around here.  It sure is a damn a shame that Jerry had to go so early. Here’s the Dead with “China Cat Sunflower”. Oh, and feel free to spark that joint…

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DJ: There’s Al Stewart bringing that smooth folky disco jazz to the closeout of the show. Apparently the saxophone was added later on and would be the key to helping the song branch across genres and hit the mainstream at just the right time. “Year Of The Cat” clocks in at almost 7 minutes too!

In 1981, Cherry Records took some Marc Bolan demos from the late 60’s and 70’s and added backing instruments to them. The result was the posthumous album You Scare Me To Death. Ty Segall would go on to cover “Cat Black” for his Ty Rex T. Rex covers release.

Primus offered us up “Too Many Puppies” in last week’s Dogs episode, so we thought it’d be the right thing to do to play another pet song from them. “Tommy The Cat” features a spoken word performance meant to be Tommy talking to singer. In fact, it was Tommy speaking. Tom Waits voiced the cat on the album version of Sailing The Seas Of Cheese. Tom Waits and Primus in the same room. I can’t even imagine that.

Mink Mussel Creek originally formed in 2005 with future Tame Impala founder Kevin Parker. The band recorded an album’s worth of material but the album was neve released. In 2011, though, Kevin reformed the group, produced, and drummed for them for a new album called Mink Mussel Manticore, released in 2014. We heard “Cat Love Power” from that LP.

And that, my feline friends, is the cat’s pajama’s. The kitten caboodle. The show that was Feel Me Flow! Thank you so much for stopping by and listening to cat songs with us. Our next episode is our 50th episode and we have a little something special planned. Stay tuned. We’ll see you next time on Feel Me Flow!

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FMF Episode #48 – Dogs

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DJ: Who’s a g o o d b o y e?! Welcome to another round of Feel Me Flow! We’re all about the puppers today!  The dog days of summer are just around the corner and, boy, is it warm out there.  Did you remember to feed your dogg-o this morning? How about this evening? Dry food or wet food? Table scraps or no human food?

We’re gonna hear some excellent canine canons today.  We’ve got songs celebrating man’s best friend, songs about men referred to as dogs, sick dog songs, and we’ll cap off the show with the full 17-minute Pink Floyd epic, “Dogs”.  Are you more of a cat person? Not to worry, friend! Next week we’ll give you your 2-hour tune fix.

Starting off today’s show is the infamous Iggy Pop with The Stooges.  The Stooges debut 1969 is regarded by many as the birth of punk rock, with its screeching distorted guitars and fight-the-power aura contributing to the aesthetic. The album flopped with critics, but never left the music scene due to it’s raw power.  After they released two LPs, the band broke up in 1973 only to release an album the next year and break up again.  That debut album produced one official US single; here’s “I Wanna Be Your Dog”. 

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DJ: The King of Funk, everyone. George Clinton formed the Parliament-Funkadelic collective in the late 60s and completely dominated the funk genre for the next, well, forever. If you’re into a more soul-based funk sound, listen to Funkadelic. If you want that synth-based, outer space kind of funk sound, go with Parliament.  Both groups are amazing. Both groups feature the legendary Eddie Hazel on guitar.  When George went solo in 1981, he released an album within months. Computer Games found itself thrown into the sample machine when G-funk and Gangsta Rap hit the scene in the 90s.  Or, more accurately, when Dre started sampling his old funk records for beats and hooks.  That was “Atomic Dog”, one that Dr. Dre would use for Snoop Dogg’s “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?”.

Otis Redding stopped by with an early track from his debut 1964 album Pain In My Heart. Otis’ debut was recorded between 1962 and 1963, around 5 years before his untimely airplane crash death in December 1967.  I don’t know if anyone can top The Big O when it comes to that soul sound, especially when you hear him howl like on “These Arms Of Mine”.  We played “The Dog” from Otis’ first LP.

Vice Records’ Black Lips made a lineup change after the release of their 2014 LP Underneath The Rainbow.  The band swapped in drummer Oakley Munson and also added saxophonist Zumi Rosow to evolve their sound even further out of the lo-fi garage.  Their latest album Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art is a step in the right direction for the evolution of garage rock. From 2014, that was “Dog Years”.

Nancy Sinatra employed that fuzzy guitar sound that we love here on FMF for her 1967 Boots track “Leave My Dog Alone”. This is one of the many instances of a dog representing a significant other that we’ll dig into today.  It’s kind of strange how men are associated with dogs and women are associated with cats; hence the cat fight and doghouse metaphors. Maybe strange isn’t the right word. Misogynistic?

Continuing the theme of men are dogs, this next set is an homage to all the types of mandogs that exist in the rock and roll world. We’ll start off with Led Zeppelin’s blues throwback-fuzz jam “Black Dog”.  The track leads off their famously untitled 1971 album, their fourth without a title other than Led Zeppelin (insert number here). Here’s Zep with “Black Dog”.

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DJ:  Much like the band who “led” our set off, Elvis was over-credited quite a bit for his music when in reality he just covered black musicians’ songs.  Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton recorded “Hound Dog” in 1953 for Peacock Records.  The Lieber and Stoller-penned hit tells the tale of a gigolo that won’t go away.  In some sort of response to the song, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips penned “Bear Cat (The Answer To Hound Dog) and had Rufus Thomas record it just two weeks after the release of Thornton’s tune.  Not only will we get a taste of Rufus Thomas’ animal antics a bit later in this episode, but stay tuned for the next episode where we feature the “Bear Cat” gem.

Another 50’s tune graced our ears with The Everly Brothers doing their 1958 single “Bird Dog”. The tune comes from their self-titled 1958 EP released right after the masterpiece Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.  The tune would’ve fit in well on FMF’s Johnny episode.  The song’s about a guy named Johnny who steals the writer’s girl.  Johnny is then referred to as “Bird Dog”. He’s a bird. He’s a dog.

A bit of sea-shanty punk preceded Johnny and his thievery.  Flogging Molly’s debut LP Swagger broke all kinds of barriers when they took what The Pogues had started and plugged a distortion pedal into it.  Swagger and the reworking of the Dropkick Murphys lineup in 2000 spawned a new sub-genre of punk that never left.  In fact, the two bands just toured together for the first time in 2018! We heard the Molly’s first single “Salty Dog” (although “Every Dog Has Its Day” would be a nice replacement if need be).

WAND most definitely borrowed some stylings from Jimmy Page and the Zeppelin crew for their heavy psych rock sound.  Lead singer Cory Hanson played with Meatbodies, the Mikal Cronin/Ty Segall side project, which brings that fuzzy noise we’ve come to love here at FMF.  Wand released Plum in 2017, but we took “Sleepy Dog” from their previous album, 2015’s 1000 Days.

Moving into the King Kanines and Pharaoh Puppers set, we’ve got Johnny Cash performing the quintessential country music song about that damn dirty old egg-sucking dog.  Yes, he’s a bit much, and yes he’s a bit annoying.  But how can you not love such a good boy?! Here’s Johnny with a track from Everybody Loves A Nut.

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DJ: Sly & The Family Stone’s debut 1967 album changed soul for the political, much like the direction James Brown was heading at the time. Sly’s first album was riddled with more slam poetry-esque stylings than the pop soul that would follow with the next album. That may have something to do with Clive Davis proposing such an absurd request, but Sly obliged and put out Dance To The Music the following year, featuring the title track and “Higher” as singles. We played “Dog”, the closing track to the debut LP A Whole New Thing.

Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs played their own brand of garage soul, complete with horns and everything.  Their debut hit single “Wooly Bully” was written in honor of Sam’s cat of the same name. Instead of a cat song, though, we went with “Deputy Dog” from the Lil Red Riding Hood album. Actually, isn’t that song about a wolf? Cats and dogs everywhere!

In their short 5-year existence, Harlem released two albums and an EP, all three circulating around the drug culture. Free Drugs ;-), Hippies, and the LSD Saves 7″ brought the allusions in but didn’t keep the focus their. We heard a different type of reference today, though, with their cut “Three Legged Dog”. Man, isn’t “legged” such a gnarly word?

Sans BBQ show and sans The Shrines, King Khan released Murder Burger in 2017. The album credits, however, list The Gris Gris as his backing band. Possibly an homage to Dr. John’s debut psychedelic voodoo masterpiece? I mean, “Run Doggy Run” definitely has that swerving voodoo vibe to it.

Earlier, we talked about Rufus Thomas and his “Bear Cat (The Answer To Hound Dog)” single. That answer tune was recorded in March of 1953. This next tune was recorded almost exactly a decade later. Released in September of 1963, Rufus Thomas’ “Walking The Dog” was an instant hit, going on to be covered most famously by the Rolling Stones, as well as The Grateful Dead, Aerosmith, Jackie Shane, and more. There’s even a dance to go along with it. Can you walk the dog?

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DJ: The combination of influences heard in that song is just incredible. That main guitar riff sounds like it came straight out of 1975, but like a 33 rpm record played at 45. Awesome! Shy Boys‘ new single “Take The Doggie” brings back what we love about rock and roll. In less than two minutes the story is told, the message received, some verses, some choruses and onto the next number. What else do you need? Shy Boys’ brand new LP Bell House hits shelves next Friday, August 3. Go pick it up and support our Set 4 Score artist!

 If you dig the slacker, surfy kind of vibes that Mac Demarco puts out but wish it was a little faster and a little heavier, The Garden might be worth a shot. In fact, they opened for Mac during his North American fall tour in 2017. They’ve got the strange, wobbly guitars along with minor chords and detuned strings that sort of throw off your equilibrium. That is, until the drums start kickstarting your heart. What a great combo! From the 2018 Epitaph Records LP Mirror Might Steal Your Charm, that was “Call The Dogs Out”.

The Suicide Machines added the “the” to their name and took on a sort of pop-punk, alternative rock sound with their 2000 self-titled release.  The previous two albums were more hardcore and ska based. The lead single from their self-titled effort “Sometimes I Don’t Mind” sounds like a perfect pop love song, until you listen a little closer and realize the love is for his dog! How cute.

The Evil One Roky Erickson stopped by with a the lead-off track from his 1981 album of the same name. The single “Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer)” was written after Roky get out of the mental hospital. He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity after being arrested for the possession of one joint. In Texas, the punishment was up to ten years in prison. Roky involuntarily received electroconvulsive therapy while in treatment. 

Our fifth set starts off with the tale of a dog named Boo, followed by some sick puppies.  No, not the band, we didn’t include Sick Puppies today. Lobo scored himself a big hit with his debut single “Me And You And A Dog Named Boo”.  So much so, that the Brady Bunch took a swing at singing their own version and released it on their Meet The Brady Bunch album. Let’s hear the original, though, because not all groups of kids singing sound great. Including the Brady Bunch. Hit it, Lobo!

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DJ: Vampire Weekend’s Rostam and The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser teamed up for a throwback to the 50s pop record in 2016 called I Had A Dream That You Were Mine. The album was one of my favorites of that year; it took the elements of the early rhythm and blues/doo-wop days and polished them off for a new listen without losing the luster. If you’re a fan of either of the artists’ official bands, check out this record. They’re both on top of their game here. “Sick As A Dog” rounded out our set – a perfect tempo crossover from the previous tune, “Poor Doggie”.

Eagles Of Death Metal experienced what rock stars have nightmares about back in 2015. The band was playing a show at the Bataclan theater when three armed gunmen ran inside the venue and started murdering fans with assault rifles. Just unreal. The shots started right as the band started playing “Chase The Devil”, the track that follows “Poor Doggie” on Death By Sexy.  89 people died that day, as well as the 3 animals who took those lives.  Artists from all around the world recorded covers of the band’s “I Love You All The Time” to raise money for the Play It Forward Campaign.

Wimps dropped by with a deep cut from their out of print 2014  EP Party At The Wrong Time. Wimps was the Set 4 Score band featured in our Space episode, but also led off the Garbage episode with the title track to their latest album Garbage People. We played “Dog Pills” from the rare 2014 EP.

Another rare and out of print EP is Blink-182’s Dogs Eating Dogs from 2012.  It’s not even available on Apple Music at this time. The band doesn’t really acknowledge the release much either, rarely playing songs from it live. After recording Neighborhoods in separate studios and lacking chemistry, the band tried their hand at a group effort with this EP.  It was the last bit of music to be recorded with Tom DeLonge still in the band, however, as he split nearly right after the release of it.

Our last set of the day is gonna wind us down a bit in a long, drawn out kind of way. Mac DeMarco kicks things off with the title track from his 2017 LP This Old Dog.  Mac continued his slowed down, chill rock vibes with the latest effort, subbing many of the weird effects-laden electric guitars for acoustics.  It works! Here’s the Vancouver vagabond with “This Old Dog”.

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DJ: You may hate this, but I’m totally the type of person who puts “Dogs” on the TouchTunes queue in order to get my money’s worth.  That and Rush’s “La Villa Strangiato” are my go-to long jams for bar takeover. Maybe “Echoes”? “Dogs” comes from the 1977 5-song masterpiece Animals.  The band’s follow-up to another masterpiece, Wish You Were Here. Too good.

Les Claypool’s side project with The Frog Brigade actually covered “Dogs” on their live album Live Frogs Set 2. In fact, the whole album was a cover of Animals from start to finish.  If there is any band that could pull it off, I would think they would need Les Claypool involved. Primus played us the first song Les ever wrote, “Too Many Puppies”.

Etta James before Primus? Are we for real?! After the smooth singing sounds of her early career, Etta teamed up with Rick Hall at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals to put out a soul album filled with the best soul backing musicians of the day. The title track gave Etta her highest chart-topping single ever, but we went with a deeper cut; “Watch Dog”.

Frankie Cosmos, the daughter of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates. Yes, that Phoebe Cates. Frankie (aka Greta Kline) played bass for Porches before launching her own solo career. We took “If I Had A Dog” from her 2016 effort Next Thing, but be sure to check out Frankie’s latest album Vessel.

And that, doggy devils, is the end of our show! We hope you enjoyed the journey through the FMF Dog Park and that you’ll join us next time for our companion episode to our “companion” episode, Cats!

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FMF Episode #47 – Garbage

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DJ: Take out the papers and the trash or you don’t get no spendin’ cash! Welcome to Feel Me Flow’s Garbage episode! Today we dig through the dumpsters of digital media in search of those perfect sewage streams.  Between all of the trashy people, the litter, and the dumps around here you’d think we were born for rubbish! 

While it’s been painfully obvious over the last decade that trash disposal needs a revamp, there are certain countries who are taking initiative to go completely green and focus on renewable energy.  Yes, we realize that fossil fuels aren’t the same as that McDonald’s wrapper on the sidewalk, but trashing the environment is still relevant in both instances. There have also been waves of a Stoner Cleanup Initiative where cannabis smokers are cleaning up their smoke spots from all the trash littered there.  Hey, its a start!

Leading off today’s stinky show is Seattle’s greatest mundane lyric penners Wimps.  Wimps released their 3rd album Garbage People on July 13, 2018 through Kill Rock Star Records. We’ve played Wimps a couple times before, as their music fits in nicely with our themes and sound.  From the garage rock trio of the PNW, here’s Wimps with the title track to their 3rd LP.

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DJ: Muddy Waters is just so cool.  So cool that he could name his songs “Funky Butt” and still be cooler than we will ever be.  From the same album that the glorious “Funky Butt” resides, Can’t Get No Grindin’, we played “Garbage Man”.

We plucked “Garbage Man” from the Philadelphia funky hip-hop heads G. Love And Special Sauce’s debut album. The album featured the singles “Cold Beverage” and “Baby’s Got Sauce”.  The latter song made the top of Seattle’s KEXP-FM Songs of the Year in 1994.

Los Angeles’ Death Lens were sandwiched in the middle of the set.  We featured Death Lens as the Set 4 Score in our Johnny episode and their track “No Colt, No Johnny”.  In our Truth & Lies episode, we played a track from their Trashed EP, which also featured, you guessed it, “Trashed”.  

When Turbonegro first toured the US back in 1990, guitarist Rune Rebellion (Rune Grønn) was beaten up by some crackheads outside of a hotel in Minneapolis just a few after their arrival to the country.  Yikes! The band’s name is symbolic of their nature, they are out to cause a stir and create a reaction.  Initially, they wanted to be called Nazipenis but decided to go with the more tame Turbonegro; if you can call it tame.  The Norwegian deathpunks chimed in with “Welcome To The Garbage Dump” from their 2007 LP Retox.

Coming up in our second set, we’ve got the band that sued Led Zeppelin and lost.  Well, Randy California’s estate sued them.  Spirit and Led Zeppelin toured together in 1969 and for many years people would tell the tale of how Jimmy Page lifted the riff from Spirit’s “Taurus” to create “Stairway To Heaven”.  They’re totally similar, but would I sure over it? I don’t know.  Nevertheless, the judge ruled against California’s estate and in favor of Zep.  “Taurus” comes from the band’s self-titled 1968 debut LP. Here’s the lead track from that album, “Fresh-Garbage”.

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DJ: Although Ike Reilly may not be a household name outside of the Midwestern US, he should be.  Ike’s songwriting style brings swagger and sarcasm on top of the open-chorded riffs you might here from Paul Westerberg. In fact, Tom Morello said of Ike in 2015, “In my view, he’s one of the best American songwriters of the last 10 years, both in delivery and lyrics. It’s, like, part Springsteen, part Replacements.”.   Perfect analogy, Tom.  It does have that blue-collar Midwest vibe to it!  From 2004’s Sparkle In The Finish, that was The Ike Reilly Assassination with “Garbage Day”.

Prior to Ike, Los Angeles’ band Mystic Braves brought their neo-psych to the table.  The band’s third album Days Of Yesteryear hit shelves in 2015 and the band has been touring seemingly ever since.  The album features that jangly Rickenbacker 12-string sound that Roger McGuinn and David Crosby made so popular back in the mid/late 60s.  More bands need to bring this back!  We played “No Trash”, from that 2015 effort.

Glam punk gods New York Dolls made their presence known in the middle of our set with “Trash”.  The tune comes from their 1973 pioneering self-titled debut.  Nazz’s Todd Rundgren produced the LP, and the first to singles were released as a double A-side.  “Personality Crisis” and “Trash” didn’t chart, but sure put the band on the map.  The Glam punk movement would die shortly after, only to be kicked in the teeth again when punk rock came around.  New York in the 70s, man.  What a time!

The Black Lips undoubtedly took some cues from the Dolls.  The sloppy, grimey punk swagger that oozed out of New York in the 70s made its way down to Atlanta and rebirthed itself within the Georgia quartet. It’s amazing how drastically different your experience listening and watching to music can be when the performers are dirty and stinky compared to the polished pop sounds of mainstream radio.  Imagine seeing Katy Perry all grunged up, would you be more inclined to give her music a shot? Interesting thought.  From the classic 2011 LP Arabia Mountain, that was the Lips with “Dumpster Dive”.

Our next set focused on the stuff you fill your trunk with. Junk.  Well, maybe you fill a kitchen drawer with it? Or maybe it’s just stuff that belongs at a dump, or junkyard.  Perhaps the most beautiful song written about garbage, “Junk” comes from Paul McCartney’s solo 1970 debut McCartney.  “Junk” was written while The Beatles were in India and was originally planned for The Beatles (White Album), but was bumped.  It was also bumped off of Abbey Road, resulting in it being one of the few Beatles songs that survived the breakup. There’s also an instrumental version featuring piano, mellotron, and some drums on that album.  Here’s Paul with “Junk”.

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DJ: Junkie man, tell me what your story is.  To nobody’s surprise, there are a heck of a lot of songs about junk that talk about heroin rather than trash.  I suppose they’re one in the same, though, eh? So, we tried to find as many non-heroin tunes about junk as we could. Capping off the Junk set was Ty Segall’s gazillionth side project GØGGS.  GØGGS features Ty, Ex-Cult’s Chris Shaw, and Charles Moothart from Meatbodies/Fuzz.  How could this not be good?! The album finale “Glendale Junkyard” played us out.

We played Devo’s “Space Junk” on our Space episode a little while back.  I mean, how couldn’t we?!  We get to double-dip with this one, which is pretty rare around here!  From the mind-bending 1978 debut Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! that was…well, Devo!

Mystic Braves’ Days Of Yesteryear was released via Lolipop Records, the same label that fellow Los Angeles garage band The Squids released their debut on.  The Squids have this sort of mix between the wavy lo-fi sounds of slacker rock and sunshine garage pop from the beach.  It’s beguiling really.  From the debut 2016 album O Shrek Yes, that was “Junk”.

Trudy And The Romance played us “Junkyard Cat” from the 2017 EP Junkyard Jazz.  So. Much. Junk.  Trudy was included on NME’s “100 For 2017” year-end list and will more than likely be showing up more often in 2018, including right here on Feel Me Flow, haha! Their Facebook page lists their genre as Mutant 50s Pop, which although may be taken as random or daft, is actually apt and completely thought out.

Coming up in Set 4, we start out with a bit of soul from Fame Studios, followed by a double Set 4 Score.  Dan Penn was a behind the scenes kind of guy down in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  He co-wrote some big hits, including the James Carr classic soul gem “The Dark End Of The Street”. He also produced a 17-year old Alex Chilton and The Box Tops’ biggest hit “The Letter” in 1967.  Dan recorded his own music, too, but his early late 60s tracks didn’t see the public eye until 2012’s The Fame Recordings. A second compilation titled Close To Me: More Fame Recordings hit the shelves in 2016. From that comp, let’s hear “Trash Man”.

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DJ: Ok, how cool is it that in our previous episode about Luck, we featured a Set 4 Score by a band called Bummers, and now in our Garbage episode we have a Set 4 Score from The Bummers with a track titled “Garbage People”; just like Wimps’ latest album!?? Dude. We are all just garbage people.  THE Bummers hail from New Orleans, Louisiana and are a bit more garage rock-y than the previously featured Bummers, though both bands are great!  The Bummers released A Very Exciting Life in 2018, just two weeks before Wimps’ Garbage People hit shelves.

Joe Strummer did a couple movie scores and soundtracks in his career, with one of them being to the movie Permanent Record starring Keanu Reeves. Wikipedia lists Keanu as having played rhythm guitar on “Trash City”, but the release notes leave no mention of it. Maybe he plays along in the movie? I’ve never seen it.  Great tune though!

Love how that Cramps song picked up where The Kinky Fingers left off.  That open E to F chug-a-lug is such a perfect combination for surf music. Maybe we should do a playlist on that chord progression in surf rock? From The Cramps’ 1989 LP Off The Bone, that was “Garbageman”.

In May of 2018, The Kinky Fingers opened for previous Set 4 Score band La Luz at the Larimer Lounge in Denver.  They nearly stole the show, being the local favorites and all.  The show was sold out and for a great reason, too, all 3 bands were spectacular!  The Kinky Fingers play their own genre known as Santa Fe surf rock. Their latest release Garbage Plate exemplifies the genre much like Trudy And The Romance represent their own brand. “Yeha Noha” is the EXACT type of song I would expect to hear if someone were to ask me what Santa Fe surf rock might sound like.  Pick up Garbage Plate at The Kinky Fingers’ Bandcamp page while you still can; only 50 made! (Oh and the third band at that La Luz show was Savila).

Next up is another Australian band.  Australia has seriously got a great rock scene going on right now. Kinda wish they weren’t so damn far away.  Royal Headache somehow sounds like a classic punk rock group, recording techniques and all.  If you weren’t listening too carefully, you might even think this song was from the late 70s or early 80s punk scene. Good stuff! Here’s Royal Headache with “Garbage”.

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DJ: King Khan & The Shrines also got the back-to-back episode treatment with “Luckiest Man” landing a spot in our Luck episode.  Mr. Supernatural is such a great throwback to the soul of the late 60s-early 70s. The organ, the callbacks, the mention of dances like the funky gator and the mashed potato. Sublime! From the 2004 LP Mr. Supernatural, that was “Pickin’ Up The Trash”.

Arlester Christian, or Dyke as we know him, wrote and recorded the original “Funky Broadway” in 1967, a song that Wilson Pickett would cover and find success with. Dyke & The Blazers hailed from Buffalo, New York and were a perfect fit for the late 60s soul movement. Tragically, Dyke is also a member of the 27 Club.  He was shot in Phoenix of a rumored drug deal gone awry.  How sad, man. From their debut album Funky Broadway, we played “City Dump”.

The Deviants started out as The Social Deviants before dropping the chatty adjective. Their 1967 debut LP Ptooff! was recorded with the backing of a millionaire’s son by the name of Nigel Samuel.  How ridiculous would it be to have enough money to be able to tell a band you like “Hey I like you I’ll pay for your debut record.” Crazy. From that debut, we heard “Garbage”.

The Blood Brothers are perhaps the heaviest band we play on FMF. Their combination of raucous howls mixed with the high pitched yowls yields a captivating concoction of post-punk hardcore. 2004’s Crimes was a heavily-political album with topics ranging from the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the hyper-industrialization of America, to the “emptiness of the news media”.  “Trash Flavored Trash” focuses on the latter and man, if it isn’t still relative today.  Turn off your cable TV!

Our closing set dabbles in the out-of-tune realm a bit, especially at the end. We’ll start it up with Johnny Peebucks and the Swingin’ Utters.  Johnny Bonnel was given the “Peebucks” nickname after drunkenly pissing his pants and then paying for his Taco Bell meal with wet cash.  The band dropped the lead-in and changed their name to just Swingin’ Utters in 1994.  They’ve been signed to Fat Wreck Chords since their 1996 album A Juvenile Product of the Working Class and the next track comes from the 2014 Fat Wreck released Fistful Of Hollows. Here’s “We Are Your Garbage”. 

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DJ: Daydream Nation was the last album Sonic Youth released before making the major label jump.  It als made its way onto the famous Top 50 by Nirvana list that Kurt Cobain wrote in his journal.  The spent around $30,000 to record the album with hip-hop producer Nick Sansano over a three week period.  That seem like so much money, especially for back then! We heard “Total Trash” from that “non-econo record”.

Cherry Glazerr enlisted producers Joe Chiccarelli and Carlos de la Garza for their 2017 album Apocalipstick.  The professional producers brought an incredibly brighter and more polished sound to the band’s recording than was previously heard.  The track we played, “Trash People”, even has a heavy disco influence to it. Crazy what a producer change can do for a band!

Beck wrote all of Sex Bob-omb’s songs for the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The faux band employed the same sloppy, distorted bass sound that Ty Segall had been making so famous at the time.  It’s incredibly obvious where that sound came from! We played the Beck-penned “Garbage Truck” from the movie’s soundtrack.

Previous Set 4 Score punks Mean Jeans stopped by again with their take on a “Trash Can”.  We featured Mean Jeans doing a cover of Nirvana’s “Very Ape” in our Nirvana episode, one that was jam-packed full of Top 50 by Nirvana artists.  The band put out an album of punk commercial jingles that they wrote for products they either really enjoy or wanted to poke fun at in 2018. Totino’s party pizzas, Applebees, Rain-X Wiper Blades, Mountain Dew, all kinds of weird shit.

Alright you trashy troubadours, we’re gonna hit up the nearest dumpster for some art and a sandwich. Thanks for stopping by and talking rubbish with us today. Join us next time on Feel Me Flow!

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