Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Wikipedia), Bogues (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BandCamp), Boys Home (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Bandsintown, BandCamp)
Venue: 89th Street Collective (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
Date: September 25, 2017
This show wasn't supposed to happen. Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls were scheduled to open for Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit at The Criterion Sunday night September 25th. Due to a death in the family in the Isbell camp, that concert and the following shows on the tour were cancelled/postponed. Turner being the touring monster that he is, reached out and got added to the bill at the 89th Street Collective with Bogues and Boys Home. The change was announced on Friday and was sold out well before the doors opened at 7:00 PM. This was the second time Turner and company played 8911 N Western Ave., the first was in 2011 when the venue was know as The Conservatory and he was supporting his fourth full-length album England Keep My Bones. This time around Turner noted that the bathrooms "were marginally better." Speaking of the venue, this was my first trip back to 89th Street since November of 2016 when I saw Beach Slang and I must say I love what the owners have done with the place. I have been going to shows in this building for nearly 18 years, and it was in rough shape back then. The building's still in rough shape, but the folks running it now are obviously pour a lot of hard work and money into making it a great place to see live music.
The show opened with Kansas natives Boys Home who played '90s drenched emo in the vein of Sunny Day Real Estate. The trio was tight, played their songs with heart and fervor, and got the off the stage in 30 minutes flat. Solo artist Bogues took the stage next and despite having some fun banter back and forth with the crowd, got up there, knocked out five or so great fuzzy indie rock numbers, and got the fuck out of dodge. I've been to a lot of shows over the years, but I have never seen two bands nail the opening act position quite like these guys did. They got in and got out and never for a second had the audience wishing they would leave. In fact I think it's safe to say that must of us in attendance were left wanting more. That's how you do it people! It also doesn't hurt that both bands were really good and well worth checking out.
When Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls took the stage, the room was buzzing. The anticipation for this show, seeing this incredible artist in such an intimate setting, was palpable and oh dear lord did they deliver. From the opening crash of "Get Better" to the closing crescendo of "Four Simple Words," Turner commanded and captivated the room. We held on his every word and the Sleeping Souls drove every note home with passion and purpose. This band is an incredibly well-oiled machine and Frank Turner is the epitome of a legendary rock 'n' roll front-man. There was dancing and hand clapping, sing-a-longs and crowd surfing, and all of it was an emotional and spiritual experience. The power of music to uplift and heal was on full display on N. Western Ave. last night as many souls were saved by the power of rock 'n' roll. I feel very fortunate to have had the privilege to see Frank Turner live and experience the true power of music.
Monday, September 25, 2017
This week on The Voices of a Generation X -- The Replacements. They weren't the first and certainly not the last, but more than any other group The Replacements embodied everything that was and is Generation X. A group of misfits from Minneapolis, MN, The Replacements banged out a series of classic records that, at the time, went completely under the radar yet they still managed to influence a slew of other artists and become legends without ever touching or even sniffing the pop charts. The angst and frustration of our generation was beautifully and perfectly captured in songs like "Bastards of Young," "Unsatisfied," and "Never Mind." We're a generation of broken families, missed opportunities, and untapped potential and no one ever knew or expressed that better than The Replacements. Their music (including Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson post-Mats projects) has become to be a huge part of my life and touched me deeply becoming an integral part of who I am. I am very much a person that has been defined by music. Outside of my family, I have three passions in my life and music is the one that is the highest on that list. The Replacements have become a core part of that passion, in no small part I'm sure due to their place in the history and culture of my generation...or at least my small corner of this generation. They were misfits and outcasts who wore their hearts on their sleeves and had a tendency to completely fuck things up and never reach their fullest potential. If that isn't a summation of my life, I don't know what is. They may never have been real, full-blown rock stars but they wrote music that spoke to a group of people that desperately needed it and needed to know that they were not alone. For that, I am eternally grateful.
Listen to "VGX # 03: The Replacements" on Spreaker.
This week I discuss, nay rant about the controversy over Action Comics # 987 and the sad state of American journalism, plus my review of the season premiere of Gotham season four, and This Week's Pull.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
One of the biggest challenges in putting this list together had to do with the fact that so many of the great records of 1997 were released on small labels that no longer exist and the availability of information on these releases ranges from little to none. And on that note, a lot of this stuff isn't available on Spotify, so I've created a playlist on YouTube. Hopefully this works...
Check out my other posts looking back at the music of the past 20 years: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996.
20. More Bounce To The Ounce by v/a
19. A Little Sex and Death by The Lazy Cowgirls
18. Under the Covers by Dwight Yoakam
17. The Colour and the Shape by Foo Fighters
16. The Dance by Fleetwood Mac
15. Bloody Minded... The Best Of Cock Sparrer by Cock Sparrer
14. Last of the Sharpshooters by Down by Law
13. Willis by The Pietasters
12. All for Nothing / Nothing for All by The Replacements
11. Boys on the Docks by Dropkick Murphys
10. The Donnas by The Donnas
9. The Bouncing Souls by The Bouncing Souls
9. War Birth by US Bombs
7. The Bodies by The Bodies
6. Movin' On by The Inciters!
5. Before You Were Punk: A Punk Rock Tribute to 80's New Wave by v/a
4. Bootlegger's Son by One Man Army
3. This Is The Heartdrops by The Heartdrops
2. Give 'Em the Boot by v/a
1. Riot Squad by Riot Squad
Honorable Mentions --
Class Separation by The Forgotten
No Requests Tonight by The Devil Dogs
Let's Face It by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Something to Remember Me By by Ben Lee
Fuel for the Hate Game by Hot Water Music
Well And Good by Zoinks!
Death to the Pixies by Pixies
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
This week we have new stuff from Adam Darowski, Diet Cig, Tim Barry, and Choke Up plus cult classics from Jawbreaker, Those Unknown, and Husker Du.
1. "Never Going Back" by Hot Water Music (from Light It Up)
2. "Say 123" by Flowers (from Say 123)
3. "Find the Way" by Adam Darowski (from Find the Way / Half Step)
4. "Blue Moon" by Choke Up (from Stormy Blue)
5. "Hypnotize You" by The Gomes (from Hypnotize You)
6. "My Best Friend (Is A Nihilist)" by Iron Chic (from You Can't Stay Here)
7. "Dramamine" by Jeff Rosenstock (from Dramamine)
8. "Achin" by Poor Form (from Achin)
9. "Sixteen" by Diet Cig (from Swear I'm Good at This)
10. "Purple Mountains" by Able Baker Fox (from Visions)
11. "Ivy League" by Alex Lahey (from B-Grade University)
12. "No Prevail" by Those Unknown (from Those Unknown)
13. "Hero" by The Nixons (from Six)
14. "High On 95" by Tim Barry (from High On 95)
15. "Busy" by Jawbreaker (from Unfun)
16. "Come On, All You Fascists" by Shane Sweeney (from Come On, All You Fascists)
17. "Someday" by The Outlets (from The Outlets)
18. "Anything Could Happen" by Bash & Pop (from Anything Could Happen)
19. "Green Eyes" by The Plurals (from RIP Grant Hart)
20. "Keep Hanging On" by Husker Du (from Flip Your Wig)
21. "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" by The Smiths (from Pretty in Pink)
Listen to "Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 15" on Spreaker.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
On this edition of the Oklahoma Lefty Podcast we have new stuff from Dizzy Bats, TV Crime, The Homeless Gospel Choir, and Fresh plus Higley, Red Forty, The Forgotten, and much more.
1. "Get Bent" by Fresh (from Fresh)
2. "Clocking In" by TV Crime (from Clocking In / Clocking Out 7")
3. "Maybeing" by Armchair Martian (from Hang on Ted)
4. "Some Friends" by Kali Masi (from Wind Instrument)
5. "I'm Listening" by Dizzy Bats (from I Don't Live Here Anymore)
6. "Who We Are" by Descendents (from Who We Are)
7. "Nothing" by Drawstring (from One)
8. "And Such And Such" by The Forty Nineteens (from Good Fortune)
9. "All the Same" by Needles//Pins (from Good Night, Tomorrow)
10. "Lucky Seven" by The Scandals (from Lucky Seven)
11. "2nd Class Citizen" by The Forgotten (from Veni Vidi Vici)
12. "Novocaine" by The Carolyn (from Keepsake)
13. "Seventeen" by Red Forty (from Discography)
14. "Teenage Feelings" by Kamikaze Girls (from Seafoam)
15. "5 Minutes" by Higley (from Higley)
16. "Normal" by The Homeless Gospel Choir (from The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents Normal)
17. "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M. (from MTV Unplugged)
18. "Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas [Quiet Slang]" by Beach Slang (from We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags)
Listen to "Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 14" on Spreaker.
Listen to "DEX # 06: Secret Empire Finale Review" on Spreaker.
Monday, August 28, 2017
This week on The Voices of a Generation X we cover the career of Bob Mould. Starting with his work in the legendary punk band Husker Du, Mould has had a career that many would kill for by fist by being a pioneer in the American underground, forming the impressive Sugar, dipping his toes into electronic music, and finally a heroic return to form with three outstanding solo records. Bob Mould has influenced artists from the Pixies to Nirvana and provided a voice for those screaming alone in their rooms. As a generations, we couldn't ask for a better representative, inspiration, or voice than Bob Mould.
Listen to "VGX # 02: Bob Mould" on Spreaker.
TV Tropes --
Useful Notes / The Dark Age of Comic Books
Useful Notes / The Iron Age of Comic Books
Useful Notes / The Modern Age of Comic Books
Oklahoma Lefty --
The Dark Age of Comic Books
Listen to "DEX # 05: The Dark Age of Comics" on Spreaker.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
2. "Normal" by The Homeless Gospel Choir (from Presents: Normal)
3. "Retardent Jig" by Armchair Martian (from Playing 4 Square)
4. "Get Bent" by Fresh (from Fresh)
5. "Goin' Back to Wyo" by Teenage Bottlerocket (from Goin' Back to Wyo)
6. "Kind of Like Smitten" by The Ergs! (from Jersey's Best Prancers)
7. "Wembley" by Beach Slang (from Here, I Made This For You [Beach Slang Mixtape, Vol. 2])
8. "Jazz and Cinnamon Toast Crunch" by Micah Schnabel (from Your New Norman Rockwell)
9. "The Tide" by RVIVR (from The Tide)
10. "Ever" by The Lemonheads (from Lick)
11. "Not This Time" by Bash & Pop (from Anything Could Happen)
12. "Louder In Outer Space" by Skating Polly (from New Trick)
13. "The Possibility" by Worriers (from The Possibility)
14. "Grumpy's" by Cayetana (from New Kind of Normal)
15. "Link in Bio" by Diet Cig (from Swear I'm Good At This)
16. "Lucy Stone" by Katie Ellen (from Cowgirl Blues)
17. "Mosquito Bite" by Daddy Issues (from Deep Dream)
18. "Just Start Dancing" by Early Riser (from Currents)
19. "Loved to Death" by Static Radio (from Resentiments)
20. "Kid Candy" by Seaweed (from Four)