Monday, November 20, 2017

Currently Listening

1.  "If I Could" by Lauren Strange (from Salt)
2.  "Everywhere I Go" by Caitlin Rose (from The Stand-In)
3.  "Swann Song" by 3 (from Dark Days Coming)
4.  "New Old" by Restorations (from LP2)
5.  "It's a Wonderful Lie" by Paul Westerberg (from Suicaine Gratification)
6.  "Hawkmoon 269" by U2 (from Rattle & Hum)
7.  "Wild Heart" by Katie Ellen (from Cowgirl Blues)
8.  "This Cross" by Chad Price (from Smile Sweet Face)
9.  "Seventeener (17th and 37th)" by The Lawrence Arms (from Metropole)
10.  "Keep You Company" by Sincere Engineer (from Rhombithian)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Book Review: ‘Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements’ by Bob Mehr

Title:  Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements (Official, Da Capo Press, Amazon, IndieBound, Goodreads)
Author:  Bob Mehr (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)

 Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements is nothing short of spectacular.  The book follows the life and times of the Minneapolis, MN punk, college, rock ‘n’ roll pioneers The Replacements, a story that has long needed telling but as much as this story needed to be told, it needed Bob Mehr to tell it.  Mehr, a professional music journalist who has worked for the likes of MOJO and Spin, dedicated nearly a decade of his life to writing and researching Trouble Boys and boy does it show.  The book painstakingly details the lives of Paul Westerberg, Bob and Tommy Stinson, and Chris Mars (The Replacements’ original lineup), their family history, what brought them into music and the band, and what happened to them afterwards.  But that’s not all.  The book also covers the life of Bob ‘Slim’ Dunlap and Steve Foley (the replacements in The Replacements) along with family members, significant others, managers, producers, and the unofficial fifth Replacement Peter Jesperson.  If these names mean nothing to you, then you’re probably unfamiliar with the band, their music, and their history and that’s okay.  The Replacements never had any mainstream success.  They were either too raw when the people wanted polished or too polished when the people wanted raw.  They were misfits, miscreants, and overall fuck ups to the nth degree, often sabotaging themselves and their potential success.  Besides, some things just aren’t meant for the masses.  They are either too good or too quirky or just in the wrong place at the wrong time.  The Replacements were all of those things and more. 

What makes Trouble Boys so incredibly good is its brutal honesty.  The Replacements were, and still are, a complicated group of individuals and this book does not shy away from that fact.  This band and their story is completely laid bare by Mehr, drunken warts and all, providing stunning clarity into what made them so incredibly special and why their music still touches people to this day.  This is the book by which all other rock biographies should be judged, is a must for fans of the band, and a must for students of the history of rock ‘n’ roll.  

*This review originally appeared on ...and he reads.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Album Review: 'Rhombithian' by Sincere Engineer

Album:  Rhombithian (Red Scare Industries, BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk, Spotify)
Artist:  Sincere Engineer (Facebook, Twitter, InstagramYouTubeBandCamp, Spotify)

Sincere Engineer's full-length debut Rhombithian  is simply outstanding.   The brainchild of Chicago, IL's Deanna Belos, Sincere Engineer is a band that mixes all of the best elements of catchy, poppy punk, '90s indie rock, and folk punk resulting in a record that feels timeless and modern with its brilliant use of hooks and melody while at the same time keeping the listener on his/her toes with is quirky and off-kilter nature.  And that's just the music.  What truly drives Rhombithian home are the lyrics and Belos' honest intensity.  These songs touch on themes of relationships, self-doubt, growing up, facing reality, and those harsh and often disturbing realizations that things you once cherished are no longer as important to you as they once were.  There is a power in the desperation in these songs.  Hearing that someone else is feeling alone and disconnected is incredibly empowering and that, beyond the greatness of the music, is what makes this record cut so deep into the heart.  Each and every time I listen to Rhombithian I find something new to love.  This is the kind of record that gives me great solace and hope for a better tomorrow because I know that I'm not alone.

Currently Listening

1.  "Kitchen Door" by Buffalo Tom (from Sleepy Eyed)
2.  "Shattering" by Sincere Engineer (from Rhombithian)
3.  "Rebound (Acoustic)" by Sebadoh (from Bakesale: Deluxe Edition)
4.  "Tear Shaped Bruise" by Dead Bars (from Dream Gig)
5.  "Harnessed in Slums" by Archers Of Loaf (from Vee Vee)
6.  "Thirteen" by Beach Slang (from We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags [Quiet Slang])
7.  "Kernel" by Seam (from Kernel)
8.  "I'll Be Right Here" by The Slow Death (from I'll Be Right Here / Factory)
9.  "Katherine The Grateful" by Knapsack (from This Conversation Is Ending Starting Right Now)
10.  "Blood on Your Tongue" by Direct Hit! (from Human Movement)
11.  "Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba" by The Mr. T Experience (from Love Is Dead)
12.  "Allison" by Soccer Mommy (from Collection)
13.  "Show Me Mary" by Catherine Wheel (from Chrome)
14.  "Easy to Love" by Cayetana (from New Kind of Normal)
15.  "Shine" by Doughboys (from Crush)
16.  "Profane Geometry" by Iron Chic (from You Can't Stay Here)
17.  "Scuffle Town" by Avail (from Over The James)
18.  "Jazz and Cinnamon Toast Crunch" by Micah Schnabel (from Your New Norman Rockwell)
19.  "Here It Comes Again" by Gumball (from Super Tasty)
20.  "Wring It Out" by Rival Schools (from Pedals)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Currently Listening

This playlist was inspired by my Halloween costume, which is essentially me in 1991.

1.  "Anyway" by The Lemonheads (from Lick)
2.  "Freak Scene" by Dinosaur Jr.  (from Bug)
3.  "Good Enough" by Mudhoney (from Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge)
4.  "Teen Age Riot" by Sonic Youth (from Daydream Nation)
5.  "Waiting Room" by Fugazi (from 13 Songs)
6.  "Just Like Honey" by The Jesus & mary Chain (from Psychocandy)
7.  "Brave Captain" by fIREHOSE (from Ragin' Full On)
8.  "Take the Skinheads Bowling" by Camper Van Beethovan (from Telephone Free Landslide Victory)
9.  "Makes No Sense At All" by Husker Du (from Flip Your Wig)
10.  "Save Ourselves" by 7 Seconds (from Ourselves)
11.  "Debaser" by Pixies (from Doolittle)
12.  "Kiss Off" by Violent Femmes (from Violent Femmes)
13.  "Brand New Love" by Sebadoh (from Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock)
14.  "What Difference Does It Make" by The Smiths (from The Smiths)
15.  "Through My Fingers" by Pegboy (from Three Chord Monte)
16.  "Bastards of Young" by The Replacements (from Tim)
17.  "Graveyard Shift" by Uncle Tupelo (from No Depression)
18.  "Territorial Pissings" by Nirvana (from Nevermind)
19.  "Just Like Heaven" by The Cure (from Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me)
20.  "Porch" by Pearl Jam (from Ten)
21.  "Satan" by Teenage Fanclub (from Bandwagonesque)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 18

This week is a double-sized, packed episode that includes new stuff from Iron Chic, The Pathogens, The Slow Death, Sneakers Award, Attic Salt, and Oklahoma's Girls Club plus classics from Morrissey, The Gaslight Anthem, The Odd Numbers, and Stiff Little Fingers and much more.

Listen to "Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 18" on Spreaker.

1.  "Lead Ashtray" by Fresh (from Fresh)
2.  "Little Love Letters" by Sad Blood (from Little Love Letters)
3.  "Never Say Die" by Sneakers Award (from Demo)
4.  "Chewing Gum" by Muskets (from Chew)
5.  "Digital Age" by Hang Tight (from Grind EP)
6.  "Bury Your Idols" by Hot Water Music (from Light It Up)
7.  "Steady Diet of Sugar" by Goddamnit (from I'll Never Be Okay, I'll Never Be the Same)
8.  "Not Me" by Girls Club (from Polyglamorous)
9.  "Way Back" by Save Ends (from A Book About Bad Luck)
10.  "Be The One" by The Slow Death (from Punishers)
11.  "Drive" by The Gaslight Anthem (from Sink or Swim)
12.  "Marie" by Supersuckers (from The Sacrilicious Sounds of the Supersuckers)
13.  "Diane" by Material Issue (from International Pop Overthrow)
14.  "One to Two" by Dag Nasty (from What If? Sessions)
15.  "Problematic" by ALL (from Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 5)
16.  "Never Coming Down" by Willamette Stone (from If I Stay [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack])
17.  "Anything" by Static Radio (from Resentiments)
18.  "Tonight" by The Warning Shots (from Tonight!)
19.  "Freaks on the Street" by The Pathogens (from Freaks on the Street)
20.  "Love Is Not an Answer" by John Moreland (from Big Bad Luv)
21.  "Purple Mountains" by Able Baker Fox (from Visions)
22.  "Dead Meat" by Talk Show Host (from Not Here to Make Friends)
23.  "Old Men Die In New Suits" by Michael Kane & The Morning Afters (from Laughing at the Shape I'm In)
24.  "The Third Floor" by The Rentiers (from Bring Me the Finest World Map Shower Curtain in All the Land)
25.  "Candle Wax" by Sincere Engineer (from Rhombithian)
26.  "Nickel Arcade" by Wicked Bears (from Tuning Out)
27.  "Spun" by Wagers (from New Guilt)
28.  "Handouts" by Black Train Jack (from You're Not Alone)
29.  "Love Comes In Spurts" by Richard Hell & The Voidoids (from Blank Generation)
30.  "Start With" by Seaweed (from Spanaway)
31.  "Nobody's Hero" by Stiff Little Fingers (from Nobody's Heroes)
32.  "Don't Bother Me" by The Odd Numbers (from About Time)
33.  "Star Sign" by Teenage Fanclub (from Bandwagonesque)
34.  "Working Class War" by Hudson Falcons (from Desperation & Revolution)
35.  "Reunion" by Drop Acid (from Making God Smile)
36.  "Verse Chorus Verse" by Nirvana (from No Alternative)
37.  "Everyday Is Like Sunday" by Morrissey (from Viva Hate)
38.  "Where Eagles Dare" by Misfits (from Collection I)
39.  "Hometown" by Attic Salt (from Attic Salt)
40.  "Dizzy Wizard" by Hard Girls (from Floating Now)
41.  "To Shreds, You Say?" by Iron Chic (from You Can't Stay Here)

Destination Earth X # 09: Fighting American # 1 & the Fall TV Season So Far

On this edition of Destination Earth X, we discuss the first issue of the new Fighting American series by Timely Comics and the state of comic book based TV shows in the start of the 2017-2018 season, plus a quick review of Terry Brooks' latest novel The Fall of Shannara: The Black Elfstone.

Listen to "DEX # 09 Fighting American # 1 & the Fall TV Season So Far" on Spreaker.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Currently Listening

1.  "1K Rats" by Sincere Engineer (from Rhombithian)
2.  "Pearl" by Chapterhouse (from Whirlpool)
3.  "The Possibility" by Worriers (from Survival Pop)
4.  "Show Me Mary" by Catherine Wheel (from Chrome)
5.  "Codeine Dreams" by Hard Girls (from Floating Now)
6.  "Songs About Girls" by Catherine (from Sorry!)
7.  "Planes, Chest Pains, and Automobiles" by Iron Chic (from You Can't Stay Here)
8.  "Stars" by Hum (from You'd Prefer An Astronaut)
9.  "Man Uncouth" by Line & Circle (from Man Uncouth)
10.  "Intact" by Ned's Atomic Dustbin (from Are You Notmal?)
11.  "Forget Me not" by Brian Fallon (from Forget Me Not)
12.  "Letter to Memphis" by Pixies (from Trompe Le Monde)
13.  "Future Mixtapes For The Art Kids(Quiet Slang)" by Beach Slang (from We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags [Quiet Slang])
14.  "Chesterfield King" by Jawbreaker (from Bivouac)
15.  "Shaggy" by RVIVR (from The Tide)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 17: Interview with Rocket Fuel's Jeff Takacs

This week we have a stacked episode that is all about FEST 16 with tracks from band's playing this years event such as Superchunk, Tim Barry, and Pegboy, along with new stuff from Sincere Engineer, Seagulls, Iron Chic, and Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves.  On top of all that, we've got my interview with Jeff Takacs the host and creator of Rocket Fuel Podcast.

For more information on Rocket Fuel check out the show's official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Listen to "OLP # 17: Interview with Rocket Fuel's Jeff Takacs" on Spreaker.

1.  "Easily Done" by Great Cynics (from POSI)
2.  "Grool" by Jabber (from Well...Just Jabber)
3.  "Shattering" by Sincere Engineer (from Rhombithian)
4.  "I Don't Know, I Remember" by Fire in the Radio (from New Air)
5.  "Foul" by football, etc. (from Corner)
6.  "Otto" by The Tim Version (from Dead Bars / The Tim Version)
7.  "Move Like a Ghost" by toyGuitar (from Move Like a Ghost)
8.  "Planet Earth Nineteen-Ninety-Four" by The Copyrights (from Make Sound)
9.  "Superstar" by Pegboy (from Strong Reaction)
10.  "Up Against the Wall" by Superchunk (from "I Got Cut" b/w "Up Against the Wall")
11.  "Hanks" by The Toms (from Introducing...The Toms)
12.  "2016 Was..." by Garrett Dale (from Two Ts EP)
13.  "High on 95" by Tim Barry (from High on 95)
14.  "Highway 27" by Don't Make Ghosts (from Death Ride)

Interview with Jeff Takacs from Rocket Fuel Podcast

15.  "Rocket Fuel" by MU330 (from MU330)
16.  "Be The One" by The Slow Death (from Punishers)
17.  "Dear John Letters" by Seagulls (from Dear John Letters)
18.  "End Transmission" by Nothington (from In The End)
19.  "Baby, I'm an Anarchist!" by Against Me! (from Against Me! Is Reinventing Axl Rose)
20.  "Thunderbolts" by Iron Chic (from You Can't Stay Here)
21.  "Excommunicate Me" by Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves (from Excommunicate Me)
22.  "Future Mixtape For The Art Kids [Quiet Slang]" by Beach Slang (from We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags [Quiet Slang])
23.  "Take You Away" by Hot Water Music (from Light It Up)