We got a lot of requests today, and most of the show was spent running through the record library, trying to find the requests and remember what they were at the same time as cueing up the next song.
If anything, I'm reminded that I know very little about the alt-rock tradition of Husker Du and the Minutemen - the type of thing written of in books like Our Band Can Be Your Life - besides a few songs (in the Husker Du case) and a (admittedly epic) record in the case of the Minutemen.
Anyway, today's playlist:
1. Quasi - Bye Bye Blackbird [From 2010's American Gong] (6:35)
2. Red Stars Theory - Memories For the Kind [From 1997's But Sleep Came Slowly] (10:39)
3. Oxford Collapse - John Blood [From 2008's Bits] (3:59)
4. Philco Bendyx - NYC Sunshine [from the "Soft Spot" 7"] (2:40)
5. Luna - 23 Minutes in Brussels [from 1995's Penthouse] (6:41)
6. Unrest - Suki [From 1992's Imperial FFRR] (3:33)
7. Yo La Tengo - Five-Cornered Drone (Crispy Duck) [from 1992's May I Sing With Me] (6:20)
8. Sonic Youth - Theresa's Sound-World [from 1992's Dirty] (5:29)
9. Minutemen - Jesus & Tequila [from 1984's Double Nickels on the Dime] (2:56)
10. Girls - Morning Light [from 2009's Album] (2:36)
11. Husker Du - Perfect Example [from 1985's New Day Rising] (3:17)
12. Wire - Mercy [from 1978's Chairs Missing] (5:46)
The crux of this show, in my opinion, is the Philco Bendyx track. If you were a fan of They Might Be Giants in the '90s (which I wasn't, but certainly wish I were - They Might Be Giants kicked some ass in the '90s), you'd know that John Flansbergh released singles of bands he liked on the "Hello Record Club". Philco Bendyx were one of those bands. Back in the old days, I frequented an REM forum, and I learned of this band through a mix trade, and with the exception of this site (which has awesome MP3s you should listen to), there's nothing on them on the Web, and their CDs and records look impossible to procure. So imagine what I felt to learn we had one of their singles at the radio station - I knew I had to play it immediately. The track I played was the B-side (since I was familiar with it already), but the A-side will be getting some play soon as well. Perhaps back-to-back with Charles Brown Superstar - they're a like-minded band that were hyped in the early Nineties but immediately became amazingly obscure; I'll tall you more on them in a future post.
Also, I said I would look up what 23 minutes in Brussels referred to - and apparently it's this infamous gig by seminal post-punkers Suicide. Not too far off from what I said.
I will have my show named in two week's time, and tell you about the new blog then.