Happy America, people! This week's mix features mostly foreigners, or as some senators cal them, enemies. Not me, I'm all about uniting the world through jangly guitar music. For this mix, at least. Cover art this week is by Jack "Skippy" McFadden, former talent booker for Union Hall and The Bell House who has now landed at The Rock Shop which has it's first show next week. If I knew anything about the music that's gonna be on this Altered Zones website ("Drone Step"? Really? That's a thing?) this could be cover art, though the title would've been scratched into the Polaroid with a safety pin instead of the fine photoshopping you see above. What am I on about? No idea. Here's the mix:
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- The Chills – Double Summer
- The Silver Seas – What's the Drawback?
- Nick Drake – Hazey Jane II
- Richard James – When You See Me (In The Pouring Rain)
- Teenage Fanclub – Ain't That Enough
- Family Trees – Dream Talkin'
- Dusty Springfield – Magic Garden
- Tame Impala – Solitude is Bliss
- The Lionheart Brothers – Bring it Down
- Best Coast – Boyfriend
- Badly Drawn Boy – Everybody's Stalking
- Gold-Bears – Tally
- The Rough Bunnies – I Say Goodbye
- A House – Love Quarry
- The Vaselines – I Hate the '80s
- The Meligrove Band – Halflight
- The Kinks – Driving
- That Petrol Emotion – The Deadbeat
- MINKS – Funeral Song
- Frankie Rose & the Outs – Little Brown Haired Girl
Please listen to this in it's proper running order. Putting this on shuffle would be UNAMERICAN. Liner notes after the jump.
I'm not sure I can add anything to the many, many glowing reviews of The Vaselines on their most recent U.S. tour which wrapped up last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, other than I agree: they were fantastic. I'm going to go out on a limb and say they are better now than they ever were during thier original incarnation. Eugene Kelley and Frances McKee are not only more skilled at their instruments now, but they've also surrounded themselves with some skilled musicians, including smiling 1990s' drummer Michael McGaughrin, and Belle & Sebastian's Stevie Jackson and Bobby Kildea. Jackson, who is looking kind of like Elliot Gould in The Long Goodbye these days, added some lovely country slide guitar to "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam" and got to rock out more than he probably does with B&S. There was also a guest horn-honker for "Molly's Lips," rock critic Michael Azerrad, whose performance was enthusiastic if lacking in technique.* But it was McKee's potty-mouthed stage banter that stole the show, none of which is fit to repeat of a family-friendly indie rock blog such as this.
MP3: The Vaselines – Slushy (Buy it from Sub Pop)
SETLIST: Son Of A Gun | Monsterpussy | The Day I Was A Horse | Molly's Lips | Picked a Cherry (new) | Oliver Twisted | Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam | Lovecraft | *New New Song* | Slushy | Teenage Superstars | Bitch | Let's Get Ugly | No Hope | Sex Sux (Amen) | Dying For It | ENCORE: Rory Rides Me Raw | You Think You're A Man | Dum-Dum
*an attempt at rock critic humor
Also not fit for the whole family: opener Adam Green who was already admittedly out-of-his mind on magic mushrooms when he hit the stage and then proceeded to eat another after every song. He did not stay still for a second the entire time he was on stage: dancing, bobbing, weaving and running serpentine as if he feared there might be a sniper in the balcony. Is this what Doors shows were like? Luckily no farm animals were brought out on stage. I don't really get Green's music, but he is genuinely funny guy and…you're never bored.