Friday, February 24, 2017

HAZE: ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS IN SHUFFLE FUNCTION HISTORY


This morning was the final day for KMSU BMI record charting.  For the past three days we've had to record all the songs, artists, and songwriters that we've played, and then BMI takes that info and cuts checks for the artists they represents.  During these days we tend to focus on lesser known musicians, or at least well known musicians that don't have crazy insane Rock & Roll money.  No Elvis, Beatles, or the Rolling Stones, as Joe Strummer once sang.  We're stickin' with the underdogs.

One of the bands we played today was Haze.  Haze looms large in our legend, having been the subject of a quest for several years, during which time their name was unknown to us.  All we had was this unmarked test pressing that Shelley found among countless run-of-the-mill seventies record that she acquired under the strangest circumstances.


This is a story that has been told many times by us over the years, but it's also a story that we never tire of.  In a nutshell, Shelley was at Cheapo in St Paul when a woman came into the store with several crates of records.  A friend had passed away, and the woman was looking to get rid of the records that the friend had left behind.  Cheapo looked through them and wasn't interested, so the woman asked the clerk where the nearest dumpster was.  Shelley was standing nearby and heard this, so she stepped in and said "I'll take a look at them!"  The woman told Shelley she could just take them, so the crates were loaded into the car and hauled back to Mankato.

As I said before, the contents of the crates were fairly generic as far as seventies popular music is concerned.  Chicago, Neil Diamond, Elton John, etc.  There were some cool titles in there, but nothing extraordinary, at least until the unmarked test pressing popped up.  There was no band listed, no song titles given, no real information at all.  Just a plain white sleeve and a date written on the label.  Now, record collectors tend to pick up test pressings out of curiosity and the hope that there might be something magical hiding in the grooves.  99% of the time there's nothing more interesting than some polka or a church choir.  Then there are times like that 1% when you find a test pressing like the one in this collection.

Shelley dropped the needle on the record and instantly knew that this was something special.  I heard her yell "TIM, GET IN HERE!  YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS!" so I rushed into the room to see what was up.  Right off the bat I was blown away.  This was a solid funk record, with great harmonies and amazing drumming and REALLY great songs.  WHO WAS THIS BAND?  We immediately started googling what little information we had, but it turned up nothing.  Literally the only thing we knew about this "mystery record" was that if was friggin' great.

The find happened about thirteen years ago (where the hell did the time go?) and through the next five years we would do periodic searches on the record and play it on the show, hoping that we might turn up any information on the band, but nothing ever turned up.  Flash forward five years and we're celebrating the 8th anniversary of the Shuffle Function nighttime edition.  We decide that this is the moment that we put in a hardcore effort to solve the mystery.  The entire record would be played on the show, and HOPEFULLY someone out there could provide the last piece of the puzzle.

The day of the show, Shelley was listening and searching random lyrics, which she typed in the keywords I Do Love My Lady.  Right away she got a hit.  There was a song called I Do Love My Lady on soul comp called Soulful Thangs Volume 6 on the Latin Soul Label.  A sound clip was available, so she clicked on it.  This was one of the songs on the mystery record!  We had our band!  Shelley reported the news on the blog, and a call was put out to anyone in or related to the band.  We wanted to hear the full story behind the record we had been pursuing for all these years.

In September of 2009 we heard from the wife of one of the band members.  She had stumbled across the blog post while looking for things about the band, and through her we suddenly found ourselves connected with all the members of Haze.  They were stunned, because they thought that the world had forgotten all about them, and they were thrilled to be rediscovered.  It didn't take much to convince them that their story needed to be told, so we set about interviewing them and put together a two part radio special dedicated to using their voices to tell the story of the band.  It was amazing.


Jumping ahead to 2017 and this morning's show.  Hearing all those songs this morning brought so many amazing memories back.  The story in the years since we did these interviews has been filled with spectacular highs, as well as heartbreaking lows.  There was a period where the lows were so painful that we couldn't even listen to the music.  With time comes healing, and we're able to reflect on what an amazing story this has been.  We got to meet the members in person, they gave us signed copies of their exceptionally rare second record, the story became a cover feature in City Pages, Haze was included in a Grammy nominated compilation of Minneapolis funk put out by Numero Group, members joined us during a Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go to sing MacArthur Park, and we even got to see them perform for the first time in 40 years as part of a commercial shoot.  Haze was an incredibly tight group, and they were tight like brothers.  They also hurt like only family could hurt.  It's the full spectrum of human emotion with these guys.


The YouTube video above has the full two hours that we dedicated to Haze.  You get the entire story, from childhood through breakup, from early gigs to walking away from a major record deal.  Everything in between is remarkable, and we're so proud that we've played a role in keeping their story alive.

Pick up this record if you find it!  It's rock solid.

Shyboy

We met the gang from Haze on January 3rd, 2010.


Solomon Hughes models his Shuffle Function shirt.

 Sonny Knight and Peter Johnson check out the Mystery Record.




Diamond, Solly, and Peter joined us in the studio in 2010 to reminisce and sing MacArthur Park!




SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLISTS FOR FEBRUARY 20th - FEBRUARY 24th, 2016

Monday, February 20th, 2017 (3245)


RIP BON SCOTT
1. John Doe w/Cat Power - A Little Help
2. Staples Singers - Slippery People
3. The Band - Baby, Don't You Do It
4. John Lennon - Instant Karma
5. Paul Butterfield Blues Band - One More Heartache
6. Steely Dan - Hey Nineteen
7. Stephen Malkmus - The Hook
8. Wanda Jackson - Thunder On The Mountain
9. Clifton Chenyr - Hot Rod
10. John Doe w/Debbie Harry - Go Baby Go
11. AC/DC - Let There Be Rock

12. The Flat Five - Bug Light
13. Steely Dan - Bodisattva
14. Apache Dropout - 1-2-3 Red Light
15. Guided By Voices - Back To The Lake
16. The Feelies - White Light/White Heat
17. Velvet Underground - What Goes On
18. Beck - Strange Apparition
19. Bellport High School Jazz Rock Ensemble - 25 or 6 to 4
20. John Doe - Drink Of Water
21. AC/DC - Problem Child
22. AC/DC - Rocker

23. Pleasure Seekers - What A Way To Die
24. Redd Kross - Only A Girl
25. T Rex - Children Of The Revolution
26. The Band - Across The Great Divide
27. Rusty & Doug Kershaw - Diggy Liggy Lo
28. Ike & Tina Turner - I Can't Believe What You Say
29. LCD Soundsystem - Us v Them (London Sessions)
30. AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie
31. Aint No Fun (Waitin' Round To Be A Millionaire)

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 (3246)


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NINA SIMONE!
1. Nina Simone - Here Comes The Sun
2. Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue
3. Talking Heads - Don't Worry About The Government
4. They Might Be Giants - I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar
5. Mickey & The Soul Generation - The Whatzit
6. George Michael - Father Figure
7. Nina Simone - I Put A Spell On You
8. Led Zeppelin - Kashmere
9. The Beatifics - Junior's Farm
10. Ken Bower - I Will Survive

11. Nina Simone - I Love Your Lovin' Ways
12. Modern Lovers - Roadrunner
13. Devo - Time Out For Fun
14. XTC - Mayor Of Simpleton
15. Nina Simone - Isn't It A Pity
16. Talking Heads - Take Me To The River
17. John Lennon - I Am the Greatest
18. Nina Simone - Revolution

19. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Kiss & Run
20. Talking Heads - Life During Wartime
21. The Who - Our Love Was
22. Stark Effect - Bunny Rabbits, Satan, Cheese, & Milk
23. Nina Simone - My Sweet Lord/Today Is A Killer

BEGINNING OF BMI CHARTING DAYS!
WE GET OUR FAVORITES PAID!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 (3247)
1. Kelley Stoltz - To Speak To The Girl
2. Kelley Stoltz - Are You My Love?
3. Kelley Stoltz - Ever Thought Of Coming Back?
4. Kelley Stoltz - Rock & Roll With Me?
5. Kelley Stoltz - Your Bongos Are Killing Me
6. Kelley Stoltz - You're Not Ice
7. Yo La Tengo w/ Daniel Johnston - Speeding Motorcycle
8. Daniel Johnston - My Life Is Starting Over Again
9. Daniel Johnston - True Love Will Find You In The End

10. Daniel Johnston - Don't Let The Sun go Down On Your Grieviances
11. Daniel Johnston - Life In Vain
12. Daniel Johnston - Go
13. Dick Kent - Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go
14. The Beatifics - Sorry Yesterdays
15. The Beatifics - Almost Something There
16. The Beatifics - Something Anything
17. The Beatifics - Longest Days Of Summer
18. The Beatifics - Rock & Roll Part 3
19. The Beatifics - This Years Jessica
20. The Replacements - Color Me Impressed
21. The Replacements - Favorite Thing
22. The Replacements - We'll Inherit The Earth
23. The Replacements - Sadly Beautiful
24. The Replacements - Can't Hardly Wait

25. Jandek - Message To The Clerk
26. Yoko Ono - Talking To The Universe
27. Quinton - Place Unknown
28. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - I Walk A Hot Wind
29. Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake - Kooks On The Face
30. BJ Snowden - In Canada
31. The Shaggs - Philosophy Of The World
32. Judson Fountain - Garbage Can From Thailand
33. Red Shadow (the Economics Rock & Roll Band) - Understanding Marx
34. Shooby Taylor - Stout Hearted Men
35. Congresswoman Melinda Jackson Parker - Cousin Mosquito #1
36. Wild Man Fischer - The Taster (Fancy Version)

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 (3248)
TERRY IS OUR PD4AD!
1. Russell Hoke - Weird Wendy
2. Harvey Sid Fischer - Taurus
3. The Shaggs - Shaggs' Own Thing
4. Legendary Stardust Cowboy
5. BJ Snowden - America

6. The Fleshtones - R-I-G-H-T-S
7. They Might Be Giants - Doctor Worm
8. They Might Be Giants - Meet James Ensor
9. They Might Be Giants - They'll Need A Crane
10. They Might Be Giants - She's An Angel
11. The New Standards - Love Is The Law
12. The New Standards - I Will Dare
13. Sonny Knight & The Lakers - Sooner Or Later


14. Robert Johnson - Come On In My Kitchen
15. David Bromberg - Com On In My Kitchen
16. Buddy Guy & Jr Wells - Messin' With The Kid
17. Rory Gallagehr - Messin' With The Kid
18. Robert Johnson - Hellhound On My Trail
19. Fleetwood Mac - Hellhound On My Trail
20. Muddy Waters - Hoochi Coochi Man
21. John Mayall - Hoochi Coochi Man
22. Muddy Waters - I'm Ready
23. John Baldry -I'm Ready
24. Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, & Howlin' Wolf - The Red Rooster
25. Rolling Stones - Little Red Rooster
26. Howlin' Wolf - I Aint Superstitious
27. Jeff Beck - I Aint Superstitious
28. Freddy King - I'm Ready
29. Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
30. Johnny Winter - Johnny B. Goode
31. Chuck Berry - Maybelline
32. Foghat - Maybelline
33. Fleetwood Mac - Black Magic Woman
34. Fleetwood Mac - Shake Your Moneymaker

35. Leon Russell - Magic Mirror
36. Leon Russell - Stranger In A Strange Land
37. Leon Russell - Straight Brother
38. Leon Russell - Learn How To Boogie
39. Sonny Boy Williamson - She Got Next To Me
40. Sonny Boy Williamson - Santa Claus

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 - NIGHTTIME EDITION


THE LEDGE GETS PAID!  ALL LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY!
1. Gears in The Sun
2. Paralyzed
3. I Walk A Hot Wind
4. Global Warming
5. Who's Knocking On My Door?
6. Play My Guitar
7. Someone Took The Yellow From My Egg
8. Standing In A Trashcan Thinking About You

9. Donw In The Wrecking Yard
10. Everything's Getting Bigger But Our Love
11. Mr. Songwriter
12. Bladerunner
13. New Jersey Turnpike

Friday, February 24th, 2017 (3249)
1. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Paralyzed
2. Sonny Knight & The Lakers - Hey Girl
3. Sonny Knight & The Lakers - Baby Baby Baby
4. Sonny Knight & The Lakers - Stronger In The End
5. Sonny Knight & The Lakers - Get Up And Dance
6. Stark Effect - Bunny Rabbits, Satan, Cheese & Milk
7. Sharpling & Wurster - I Dropped My Fluffernutter
8. Louvin Brothers - Satan Is Real
9. Redd Kross - Stay Away From Downtown
10. Redd Kross - Only A Girl
11. Redd Kross - Switchblade Sister
12. Redd Kross - Bubblegum Factory
13. Redd Kross - Follow The Leader
14. Redd Kross - Lady In The Front Row

15. Haze - House On A Country Road
16. Haze - Are You Free?
17. Haze - Waiting For The Moment
18. Haze - Higher Groove
19. Haze - I Do Love My Lady
20. The Frye - The First Time I Said I Love YOu
21. The Frye - I Made No Mistake
22. The Frye - Lies
23. The Frye - The Man I Want
24. The Frye - Words You'll Never Hear Again
25. The Frye - Long Long Road To Goodbye
26. Tiny Tim - Tiptoe Through The Tulips

27. Tiny Tim - The Other Side
28. BJ Snowden - In Canada
29. BJ Snowden - He's The Guy That I Want
30. BJ Snowden - From The Chapel To The Courtroom
31. BJ Snowden - Falling In & Out Of Love
32. BJ Snowden - New Foundland (Oh Nuffie)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

THE LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY GETS PAID TONIGHT AT SIX!


Right now KMSU is in the midst of a BMI reporting cycle.  BMI (or Broadcast Music, Inc.) is a royalty collecting company, so when we're in a reporting we write down every song, artist, and songwriter we play so that they can get paid by them.  Typically during these periods we avoid playing acts like The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, because they already have all the money EVER, so they don't need our help.  We would much rather focus on acts that we adore that could use the money, or deserve more attention than they get.  This is where The Legendary Stardust Cowboy comes in.

Tonight at six p.m. we're going to play a full hour of Legendary Stardust Cowboy music!  For some people these might represent deep cuts, but for us their the biggest hits in the world.  It's going to be full on fandom tonight on the show, and because of BMI he's also going to get paid for it!  It's not unusual for Ledge to get his royalty checks and find KMSU at the top of the list for airplay, and we're pretty proud of that.  KMSU listeners represent the largest group of Ledge fans IN THE WORLD (as declared by his fan club), which is also something to be proud of.

Listen tonight at six p.m. for loads of Ledge, and call, text, or e-mail with your requests!

Shyboy

"It's in the key of G for Green Goat!"

Friday, February 17, 2017

SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLISTS FOR FEBRUARY 13th - FEBRUARY 17th, 2016

Monday, February, 13th, 2017 (3240)
1. Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
2. David Byrne & St Vincent - Forest Awakes
3. St Paul & The Broken Bones - I'm Torn Up
4. Dan Auerbach - Heartbroken In Disrepair
5.New Pornographers - Backstairs
6. Joy Division - Shadowplay
7. Dinosaur Jr. - Pick Me Up
8. Steve Earle & The Dukes - Baby Baby Baby (Baby)
9. Dirtbombs - La Fin Dumond
10. Sebadoh - Keep The Boy Alive
11. Belle & Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want Love

12. Duke Spirit - My Sunken Treasure
13. Robert Pollard - That's The Way You Gave It To Me
14. Baby Jesus - You Make Me Fry
15. Delgados - Everybody Come Down
16. The Oh Sees - Crushed Grass
17. John Doe - Big Moon
18. Built To Spill - You Were Right
19. Craig Finn - St Peter Upside Down
20. Brown Recluse - Contour & Context
21. The Drums - Let's Go Surfing
22. The Wondermints - Ride
23. Elvis Presley - Fool
24. Electralane - Two For Joy
25. Yo La Tengo - Danelectro Three
26. Emperor X - Edgeless
27. They Might Be Giants - Bangs

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 (3241)



ALL FRANCOISE HARDY FOR VALENTINES DAY
1. L'amour S'en Va
2. Ca' A Rate'
3. Pardon
4. Va Pas Prendre Un Tambour
5. Pas Jentile
6. Mon Amie La Rose
7. Sunshine
8. Dann Bist Du Verliebt
9. Dans Le Monde Entier
10. Dis-Lui Non
11. L'amitie
12. Jaloux
13. Voila
14. Et Meme
15. Suzanne

16. Viens
17. L'eta Dell Amore
18. Je N'attends Plus Personne
19. La Berlue
20. On Dit De Lui
21. La Question
22. Catch A Falling Star
23. Duck's Blues
24. Des Ronds Dans L'eau
25. Qui Aime T'il Vraiment
26. J'suis D'accord
27. Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles
28. Oh Oh Cheri
29. Comme
30. Pars
31. Je Changerais D'avis

32. Nous Tous
33. Le Danger
34. Message Personnel
35. C'est La Premiere Fois
36. Son Amour S'est Endormi
37. Il Tuo Migliore Amico
38. Je Pensais
39. Quand Mon Amour Va Prendre L'air
40. Times Passing By
41. L'amour Ne Dure Pas Tous Jours
42. On Se Plait
43. Rendez-vous D'automne
44. Chanson D'o
45. Nous Etions Amies
46. I'll Be Seeing You (with Iggy Pop)

Wednesday, February, 15th, 2017 (3242)
1. Nick Drake - Parasite
2. Jayhawks - Two Angels
3. The Ashes - Photographs
4. The Do - Gonna Be Sick
5. Marianne Faithfull - No Child Of Mine
6. John Cale - Living With You
7. Willis Earle Bale - Monotony
8. The Good The Bad & The Queen - Herculean
9. Frank Black - Calistan

10. REM - How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us
11. Jonathan Richman - Lonely Little Thrift Store
12. Las Kellies - Keep The Horse
13. Quintron - Miniature Breakdown
14. Firehose - Time With You
15. Ladyhawk - The Dug Out
16. Low - When I Go Deaf
17. Polysics - Plus Chicken
18. Devo - Jocko Homo
19. Stereolab - Young Lungs
20. Luna - Malibu Lovenest
21. Hey Friends, It's Kelpie! - Merlock 2
22. Sinead O'Connor - Mandica
23. Ben Kweller - Time Will Ave Me
24. Talking Heads - Girlfriend Is Better
25. The Replacements - I Will Dare

Thursday, February 16th, (3243)
1. The Beatifics - Almost Something There
2. Kelley Stoltz - Somethings
3. Bob Dylan - Everything Is Broken
4. Prince - Anna Stesia
5. Girls With Attitude - You Know
6. Girls With Attitude - There's Nothing In My Dreams
7. Girls With Attitude - When You Do This To Me
8. Dinosaur Jr - Little Fury Things

9. Commodores - Machine Gun
10. Revolution 409 - Crazy Horses
11. Kenneth Higney - Night Rider
12. The New Standards - Golden Age
13. TL Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir - Just Like A Ship
14. Nick Drake - One Of These Things First
15. T Rex - Baby Strange
16. Suicide - Ghost Rider
17. Patti Smith - Gloria
18. Blondie - Heart Of Glass
19. Band Of Thieves - Thieves In The Funkhouse
20 . Yo La Tengo - Paddle Forward
21. AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
22. The Sonics - Louie Louie
23. Hasil Adkins - No More Hot Dogs
24. Silk & Silver - Elton John Medley
25. The Beatifics - Green Day Rising
26. Guided By Voices - Teenage FBI
27. Cheap Trick - Southern Girls
28. Young Fresh Fellows - I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight?
29. Arrogance - Stick It Out

Thursday, February 16th, 2017 
KMSU RECORD PARTY!
1. Alvin Cash & The Crawlers - Twine Time (Shyboy Tim)
2. Fleetwood Mac - This Is The Rock (Gully)
3. William Onyeabor - When The Going Is Smooth & Good (Dave from FFF)
4. Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line (Chantill)
5. Kyu Sakamoto - Sukiyaki (mono) (Grandpa Tom)
6. Super Rock - Fire (Shyboy Tim)
7. Budos Band - Budos Theme (Guse)
8. Prince Fatty - Transistor Cowboy (Supreme Ruler Of Sound)
9. Slim Willet - Villa Cunya (Jameson)
10. Don Bach - Early In The Morning (Jameson)
11. Dick Kent - On The Run (Jameson)
12. Sun Ra - Distant Stars (Gary)
13. Ornette Coleman - Space Church Continuous Service (Gary)
14. Krokodil - Show White & Blue (Grandpa Tom)
15. Lefty Frizzell - Travelin' Blues (Guse)
16. The Flat Five - She's Only Five (Shelley)
17. The Dream Syndicate - Sure Thing (Supreme Ruler Of Sound)

18. Questions - Sadly (Shelley)
19. Graham Bond - Green Onions (Shyboy Tim)
20. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Wanted Man (Supreme Ruler Of Sound)
21. Shad O'Shea - Goodbye Sam (Shyboy Tim)
22. Armannd Shanbreck Steals - Dan Go Down To "Rock A Bowl" To Steal Dimes From Bowling Ball Polischers (50's Live Band Plays In Middle) "I Don't Care" (Dave from FFF)
23. The Band - A Change Is Gonna Come (Shelley)
24. Julian Cope - Trampoline (Supreme Ruler Of Sound)
25. Library Music Album (Shyboy Tim)
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28. Dean Martin - All I Do Is Dream Of You (Gary)
29. Jimmy Rushing - I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (Gary)

Friday, February 17th, 2017 (3244)


BENJAMIN FINDLEY IS OUR JAZZ DAY SPONSOR!
1.  Milt Jackson & Ray Brown - If I Were A Bell
2. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - A La Mode
3. Herbie Mann w/Mick Taylor - Bitch
4. Jimmy Smith - High Heeled Sneakers
5. Oscar Peterson - Stella By Starlight
6. Wes Montgomery - A Day In The Life
7. Quincy Jones - Sermonette
8. Deodata - Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)
9. Gary Burton - Vibrafinger
10. Maynard Ferguson - Shaft
11. Herbie Hancock - Fat Albert Rotunda
12. Dave Brubeck - Jump For Joy
13. Dave Brubeck - I Get A Kick Out Of You
14. Dave Brubeck - Bossa Nova USA
15. Woody Herman - Kid Charlamagne
16. Les McCann & Eddie Harris - Compared To What

17. Theloneous Monk - Bolivar Blues
18. Modern Jazz Quartet - Round Midnight
19. Ramsey Lewis Trio - The In Crowd
20. Mongo Santamaria - Fat Back
21. Cal Tjader - Doxy
22. Shirley Scott - Shirley

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A FUN TIME IS A GREAT TIME ACCORDING TO GIRLS WITH ATTITUDE


The turn of the millennium saw the internet coming into its own with file sharing at the popularity of the MP3.  People no longer found that their browsing habits had to be restricted to pornography and stumbling across Geocities fan pages.  Now they could discover amazing new music, and even share it with others.  This led to the proliferation of music that wasn't just popular and "good", but also to music that could be seen as bad but good.  It was during this period that the world discovered the wonders that are Girls With Attitude.

Girls With Attitude (GWA for short) was a group of eight pre-teen girls that sang songs about friendship, puppies, playing dumb games, and empowerment.  Groups like this aren't unusual in pop music, but the big difference is that the singers in most of those groups can do things like hit notes or play instruments.  GWA don't really do that, but they more than make up for any conventional musical skill by bringing enthusiasm and being all around adorable.

It should be said that this is a group of young girls who probably really are good friends, and they also probably really loved making these recordings.  I say probably because I can't find any background information about GWA or where the songs were recorded. We don't know if they wrote all the songs, or if they were part of some music svengali's dream to create a pre-teen supergroup.  Do they play the instruments? No idea.  All we know is that they recorded five really cute songs that have a wonderful amateurish quality to them.

Five years ago One Kind Favor Vinyl Records released an exceptionally limited Lathe Cut EP with GWA's five known songs on it.  Because they only made 27 copies, and because collectors are hounds, the record sold out immediately.  However, OKFVR did make all of the tracks available as a download via their Bandcamp site.  They also have some other interesting releases available on their, including the legendary Kenneth Higney album 'Attic Demonstration'.  Many of these releases are available as free downloads, INCLUDING GWA!

Grab the EP now!  It'll be your new soundtrack for about seven minutes of your workout or something.

Shyboy


Friday, February 10, 2017

SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLISTS FOR FEBRUARY 6th - FEBRUARY 10th, 2016

Monday, February 6th, 2017 (3235)



RIP DAVID AXELROD
1. David Lynch - Football Game
2. Mugison - Mugiboogie
3. Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot
4. Nick Lowe - So It Goes
5. David McCullum - The Edge
6. Traffic - Feelin' Alright
7. Robert Plant & Allison Krauss - Rich Woman
8. Quintron - Love Is Like A Blog
9. They Might Be Giants - Man, It's So Loud In Here
10. Dick Kent - Octopus Woman, Please Let Me Go
11. The Who - The Song Is Over
12. Lou Rawls - Lifetime Monologue/You've Made Me So Very Happy
13. David Axelrod - Holy Thursday
14. Squeeze - Up The Junction
15. Devin Davis - Giant Spiders
16. Kelley Stoltz - Sunday Morning
17. Imperial Teen - Ivanka

18. Nina Simone - Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter
19. King Khan & The Shrines - Land Of The Freak
20. Danny & The Darleans - Where The Rubber Meets The Road
21. Beach Boys - I Can Hear Music
22. Keith Moon - Don't Worry Baby
23. The Hold Steady - Your Little Hoodrat Friend
24. Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
25. Alice Cooper - Eighteen
26. LCD Soundsystem - Disco Infiltrator
27. The Free Design - Bubbles
28. Simon & Garfunkel - Only Living Boy In New York
29. Jack Kass - Fantastic
30. The Best Show - Coconut Water
31. Root Boy Slim - Boogie Til You Puke
32. Incredible Bongo Band - Apache

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 (3236)
1. Belle & Sebastian - I Didn't See It Coming
2. Poison Control Center - After The Holiday
3. Pavement - Gold Sounds
4. Ben Folds - Landed
5. The Puppets - Three Boys Lookin' For Love
6. Mars Classroom - Wish You Were Young
7. Georgie James - Look Me Up
8. John Lennon - Oh Yoko
9. David Byrne - In The Future
10. The Revels - Dead Man's Stroll
11. Margo Guryan - Sun
12. Beachwood Sparks - Sparks Fly Again

13. 13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me
14. The Clash - The Right Profile
15. Charlie Feathers -Defrost your Heart
16. Parting Gifts - Bound To Let Me Down
17. Bo Diddley - Pretty Thing
18. Otis Redding & Carla Thomas - Tramp
19. Yo La Tengo - On My Way
20. Charlie Rich - Who Will The Next Fool Be?
21. Robbie Robertson - Fallen Angel
22. The Band - Tears Of Rage
23. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Lipstick Vogue
24. Sun Ra - Rocket Number Nine
25. Levon Helm & The RCO All Stars - Milk Cow Boogie
26, Roy Orbison - Ooby Dooby
27. The Clash - Brand New Cadillac
28. James Brown - We're Gonna Have A Funky Good Time
29. The Chambers Brothers - All Strung Out Over You

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 (3237)
1, Haze - House On A Country Road
2. Haze - Higher Groove
3. Odetta - Hit Or Miss
4. The Sands - Listen To The Sky
5. The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night (mono)
6. 13th Floor Elevators - Slip Inside This House
7. Lou Reed & John Cale - Nobody But You
8. Yo la Tengo - Sugarcube
9. The Beatifics - Sugarcube
10. Devo - We're Through Being Cool

11. The Spectors - That Girl Is Leaving Town
12. Dub Rifles - Bomb Shakes The Dance Hall
13. Tim Hutt - Lottery Song
14. Gang Of Four - Natural's Not In It
15. Big Star - Kanga Roo
16. Kelley Stoltz - Still Feel
17. Black Sabbath - War Pigs
18. Deerhoof - The Trouble With Candy Hands
19. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Down In The Wrecking Yard
20. Darker Shades Ltd - Trackin' Down Jody
21. Syl Johnson - She's So Fine I Just Gotta Make Her Mine
22. Freelance Hellraiser It Aint Hard To Tell
23. Bee Gees - To Love Somebody
24. Steely Dan - My Old School
25. David Bowie - The Next Day
26. Titus Andronicus - Ecce Homo

Thursday, February 9th, 2017 (3238)
1 Russell Hoke - Twisted Mountain
2. Gary Roberts & The Satellites - Do You Know The Difference Between Big Wood & Brush?
3. Ben Folds - Annie Waits
4. Pretty - Mustache in Your Face
5. Velvet Underground - Foggy Notion
6. They Might Be Giants - Starry Eyes
7. Talking Heads - First Week/Last Week... Care Free
8. They Might Be Giants - Tub Thumping
9. The Breeders - Drivin' On 9
10. Pavement - Here
11. Billy Bragg - Sexuality
12. Hail Mary Mallon - Breakdance Beach
13. Kraftwerk - The Man Machine
14. Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
15. Heavenly States - Lost In The Light
16. Hold Steady - Massive Nights
17. Rolling Stones - Midnight Rambler

18. The Kinks - She's Got Everything
19. The Beathovens - Summer Song
20. The Zombies - Maybe After He's Gone
21. Yo La Tengo - Don't Have To Be So Sad
22. Kelley Stoltz - When You Forget
23. David Bowie - Kooks
24. The dBs - Black & White
25. Matthew Sweet & Susannah Hoffs - Hello, It's Me
26. Flaming Lips - Psychiatric Explorations Of The Fetus With Needles
27. April March - L'temps De L'amour
28. Frank Sinatra - One For My Baby
29. Horace Silver - Song For my Father

Thursday, February 9th, 2017 (NIGHTTIME EDITION)


The Ed Sullivan Show First Appearance of The Beatles in video on Jukebox[4] from Zip Code on Vimeo.

THE 43rd ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES 1st APPEARANCE ON ED SULLIVAN!
1. Francoise Hardy - Occupe
2. The Beatles - All My Loving (mono)
3. The Beatles - 'Til There Was You (mono)
4. The Beatles - She Loves You (mono)
5. The Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There (mono)
6. The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand (mono)
7. Losin' Streaks - Leaving Here
8. The Who - Baby Don't You Do It
9. The Easybeats - She's So Fine
10. The Pretty Things - You'll Never Do It
11. Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Born In Chicago
12. Gloria Jones  - Tainted Love
13. Francoise Hardy - La Berlue
14. Television - Marquee Moon
15. Francoise Hardy & Iggy Pop - I'll Be Seeing You

Friday, February 10th, 2017 (53239)
1. Shooby Taylor w/Eddie Lockjaw Davis - Gigi
2. Prince - Controversy
3. Beck - E-Pro
4. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Walking On Thin Ice
5. Kelley Stoltz - I Remember You Were Wild
6. New Pornographers - Letter From An Occupant
7. Grand Prix - You Drive Me Wild
8. The Fleshtones - American Beat 84
9. Hedwig & The Angry Inch - Tear Me Down
10. M. Ward - The First Time I Ran Away
11. Cyndi Lauper & The Minus 5 - Midnight Radio
12. Hedwig & The Angry Inch - Wig In A Box

13. The Breeders - Wicked Little Town
14. Frank Black - Sugar Daddy
15. Graham Bond - Neighbor Neighbor
16. William Shatner - Common People
17 Tom Waits - The Ocean Doesn't Want Me
18. Jane's Addiction - Stop
19. Swam Rats - Hey Freak
20. Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Bladerunner
21. Tim & Eric - Petite Feet
22. Yo La Tengo - Tom Courtnay
23. Beach Boys - Be With Me
24. Diggable Planets - Rebirth Of Slick
25. Dora Hall - Green Door
26. Velvet Underground - Cool It Down
27. Dr. John - Lock Down
28. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

29. David Bowie - Suffragette City
30. Girls With Attitude - A Fun Time Is A Great Time
31. Girls With Attitude - Don't Judge Me
32. Captain Beefheart - Who Do You Think You're Foolin'
33. A.J. Rowe - Smoke My Pipe (The Sign Ain't Right)
34. The Hentchmen w/ Jack White - Some Other Guy
35. Bunker Hill - The Girl Can't Dance

Thursday, February 09, 2017

ALL FRANCOISE HARDY ON FEBRUARY 14th! FRENCH SPEAKERS NEEDED!



Valentine's Day (or Tuesday, as I like to call it) is next week on the 14th.  It has always been a struggle to come up with programming for this day, because I think it's a greeting card holiday and an excuse for emotional blackmail, but at the same time it's a day where people want to dedicate songs to their Shmoopy or whatever.  We've done songs of heartbreak, songs of love, the songs of Paul Westerberg, and probably a couple of other things that I can't even think of right now.  So it's always a thing when the 14th rolls around about what to do on the show that day.

The scene at Shuffle Function Conglomocorp

We were talking about what to do on the show this morning, and Shelley was suddenly struck with an idea.  Why don't we celebrate one of the Many Loves Of Shyboy Tim on that day?  More specifically, why don't we celebrate the music of Francoise Hardy on the show that morning?  I literally pushed myself across the room on my office chair when I heard this.  I LOVE FRANCOISE HARDY.  This was the perfect solution!  We can play her music, PLUS it will completely legitimize my EP buying binge from a few years ago.

I don't have a problem.  Honestly.

So Tuesday the 14th will be Francoise Hardy Day on Shuffle Function!  We have the music, we have the adoration, but there's one thing we don't have.  We don't have someone that can speak French.  98% of the songs we will be playing have French titles, and we're notorious for murdering most languages, including English.  We're at risk of offending all of France and parts of Canada next week.  Are you an early riser that also speaks french?  Would you want to help out a couple of Francoise Hardy fans that have no idea how to pronounce her song titles?  We'd reward you with French Toast and Perrier water, if that sweetens the deal at all.  All you would have to do is read the song titles for us, and then you could sit back and check your social media the rest of the time.  Or you could geek out about Francoise with us.  It's up to you.


FYI, The Many Loves Of Shyboy Tim was a blog series that I wrote a few years ago.  It ran for about seven weeks before life got too busy and I had to abandon it.  Basically, it was me talking about all the pop culture crushes I've had in my life.  Francoise Hardy was Many Love #1, of course.  I've pasted the original post on the end of this entry.  WARNING:  There are many video clips to get distracted by.  Also, please watch the final clip all the way through, and then tell me WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH THE ENDING?

Shyboy

THE MANY LOVES OF SHYBOY TIM #1

The first in a series chronicling Shyboy Tim's seemingly endless list of pop culture crushes.  In this edition:

FRANCOISE HARDY

The above image is the one that put me over the edge.  There sits Francoise in her infinite coolness, playing some unknown song that would no doubt take me out of the game.  Shelley played this album during the vinyl hours of one of the 24 Hour Marathons, and I lost my ability to focus.  She's so mysterious!  I admit that this is partly because I CANNOT SPEAK FRENCH, but still.  And, despite the fact that this album seems to be impossible to find, Shelley gave me her personal copy. That's the kind of co-host she is.


So here's a bunch of Francoise Hardy, one of the many loves of Shyboy Tim.

Yours,
Shyboy



Sunday, February 05, 2017

The Book I Read: This Wheel's On Fire by Levon Helm and Stephen Davis

The guitar and drum sticks leaning in a 3 gallon crock is literally right to the left of where I am writing this. It seemed the perfect place to take a photo of my copy of  Levon Helm's book on The Band.

     You may recall the last book I read was Testimony by Robbie Robertson. I'd always wanted to read This Wheel's On Fire by Levon Helm, and it seemed like now was the perfect time to do so. Both Helm and Robertson were the outspoken members of The Band, and even though they would proudly say they were a band comprised of five equally key members, one could easily point a finger at either Robbie or Levon as the leader. As the old saying goes, history is written by the victors. Both books cover the rise and fall of The Band, but as you might expect the details differ depending upon who is telling the story. 


I think it's humanly impossible not to be won over by Levon Helm's smile and country gentleman ways. As rooted in Americana and Country music as the music of The Band was, Levon was the only member of The Band to come from the United States. Turkey Scratch Arkansas to be exact. The storytelling in this book is definitely folksy in it's appeal and the love Levon Helm had for his family and their farming connections to the land and traditions is unquestioned. Levon Helm told you what was on his mind, whether you wanted to hear it or not, and that is why I can't help but trust his accounts of the history of The Band more so than Robbie Robertson's take. Getting up on a stage and playing music - connecting with the other musicians and the audience alike - is what made Levon Helm happy. I was excited to read this book but now that I have finished it I wish I didn't know the sad truth of the end of The Band. In fact, the next time I watch The Last Waltz I won't be looking for those favorite performances of mine - The Weight with The Staples Singers and the awe inspiring performance of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. Instead I'll be watching for the signs of anger and just not wanting to be there that everyone in The Band felt except for Robertson. For you see only Robbie Robertson wanted things to end for The Band. He devised the idea of The Last Waltz and started the ball rolling on it even before discussing it with his band mates. If Levon Helm had things his way The Band would have been making music in their own studio for the rest of their lives, playing and making music with friends and hitting the road to tour when the time seemed right. But Robbie Robertson had the ear of everyone managing The Band and therefore controlled what happened. 


The clip above is from The Last Waltz. The interviews you see in the film had to be shot after the concert itself because Scorsese realized that they needed more content to tell the story of The Band. Levon writes that he didn't want any part of this but after consulting with his own lawyer he was told the best thing he could do was to play along, get it over with, and move on to the next thing. He mentions the scene above as being so frustrating for him because he was having to explain something that was near and dear to him that was simply lost on Scorsese. He also states that the portrayal of the rest of The Band in the film was next to nothing, particularly with Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel. One of the biggest sleights he mentions is the fact that a camera couldn't even find Manuel singing his signature song "I Shall Be Released" during the big group finale. He points out that the camera was continuously on Robbie Robertson, and the editing of the film makes it appear as if Robbie was leading or conducting every song. There is a lot of vitriol concerning the way The Last Waltz was handled, from who was involved for seemingly no reason (Neil Diamond) to who never saw a penny from all the work they did for it (the rest of The Band other than Robbie Robertson). Sometimes getting a peek at how things really are can ruin it for you, and I don't think I'll ever watch The Last Waltz in the same way again.

 
Unlike Robbie Robertson's book, if you read the updated version of Levon Helm's book it goes well past the end of The Band and ends with the Stephen Davis writing about the years leading up to his death. This includes the reunion of The Band minus Robertson, his suprising acting career, the birth of the Midnight Ramble at Levon's barn in Woodstock and his last three Grammy winning solo albums. Levon Helm surely had his challenges and this book does not shy away from sharing them. Twice his livelihood was threatened when his health failed. The first time was when he shot himself in the side with a gun while preparing for an acting role that required he know how to quick draw a pistol. Doctors told him he might not be able to drum with his kick bass leg again after they struggled to save the leg. But Levon fought back and did play again. The second time was his battle with throat cancer that stole his singing voice. Again he fought back and taught himself to sing again. Helm tells it all, the happy times and the sad. Perhaps that is the biggest distinction between these two books on The Band. Robertson seems to sugar coat the story with a lie he has told himself so often that he believes it to be the truth whereas Helm will always just lay it all out there on the line regardless of how he feels we might react to it. If you could only read one of these I suggest you get Levon's. Oh - a heads up here. You will find yourself in tears immediately as Levon shares the accounts behind Richard Emmanuel's death. It is just as Levon says it will be, it will break your heart.

Shelley

Friday, February 03, 2017

SHUFFLE FUNCTION PLAYLISTS FOR JANUARY 30th - FEBRUARY 3rd, 2016

Monday, January 30th, 2017 (3230)
1. Vivian Girls - Double Vision
2. Beat Happening - Pony Tail
3. The Do - Smash Them All (Night Visitors)
4. Billy Bragg - Cindy Of A Thousand Lives
5. Robyn Hitchcock - End Of Time
6. Bjork - It's Oh So Quiet
7. Sweet Trip - Design Two
8. Steinski - The Payoff Mix
9. Magnolias - Tear Up This Town

10. Sonic Youth - Hotwire My Heart
11. MC5 - Rambling Rose
12. Bikini Kill - Rebel Girl
13. My Bloody Valentine - Come In Alone
14. Soledad Brothers - On Time
15. Slim Dunlap - Busted Up
16. Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
17. Hindu Love Gods - Battleship Chains
18. Squeeze - Black Coffee In Bed
19. Camper Van Beethoven - Sweethearts
20. Violent Femmes - American Music

21. World Party - Is It Like Today
22. Dinosaur Jr - Show Me The Way
23. Happy Mondays - Step on
24. XTC - Senses Working Overtime
25. George Harrison - What Is Life?
26. Yo La Tengo & Daniel Johnston - Speeding Motorcycle
27. Guided By Voices - I Am A Tree
28. The Cure - In Between Days

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 (3231)


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHNNY ROTTEN/LYDON!
1. Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen
2. The Time - Jungle Love
3. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - Scorpio
4. Sleater Kinney - All Hands On The Bad One
5. Rodd Keith - Great Fever
6. Public Image, LTD - Albatross
7. Shocking Blue - Love Buzz
8. Adam And - Stand & Deliver
9. Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK
10. The Band - Out Of The Blue
11. Public Image LTD - This Is Not A Love Song
12. XTC - Senses Working Overtime
13. Public Image LTD - Disappointed

14. Prince - Anotherloverholeinyohead
15. Cyril Ferguson - Gonna Build A Nation
16. Them Two - Am I A Good Man?
17. Dick Kent - Octopus Woman Please Let Me Go
18. Sex Pistols - Submission
19. John Lydon - & Afrika Bambaataa - World Destruction
20. The Ramones - SHeena Is A Punk Rocker
21. Beach Boys - Do You Wanna Dance?
22. Filthy Friends - Love In The Time Of Resistance
23. David Bowie - Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)
24. Public Image LTD - Public Image
25. The Cramps - Surfin Bird
26. Dora Hall - The Boots Are Made For Walking
27. Public Image LTD - Swan Lake
28. Sex Pistols - No Fun

29. Sex Pistols - Substitute

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 (3232)
1. Bob Dylan - Don't You Tell Henry
2. Brian Jonestown Massacre - Oh Lord
3. Black Lips - Short Fuse
4. Flaming Groovies - Slow Death
5. Broken Bells - The High Road
6. Rick Danko - Sip The Wine
7. Daniel Johnston - Worried Shoes
8. Go Home Productions - A Slim McShady
9. Soulwax - I Wish
10. Chris Bell - You And Your Sister
11. The Band - The Well
12. John Doe & The Sadies
13. Flying Burrito Brothers - Dark End Of The Street
14. Wilco - Outtamind (Outtasight)
15. The Ebb & Flow - See You In The Fjords
16. Bonnie Prince Billy & Matt Sweeney - My Home Is The Sea
17. Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love
18. The Strangeloves - I Want Candy

19. Devo - Mongoloid
20. B52s - Songs For A Future Generation
21. Yo La Tengo - Pass The Hatchet (I Think I'm Goodkind)
22. Shadows Of Knight - Shake 66
23. Swag - Lone
24. The Beatifics - In The Meantime
25. The Plugz - Achin'
26. Pere Ubu - Heaven
27. Komeda - Frolic

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 (3233)


1. Television - See No Evil
2. Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe
3. Soft Boys - Queen Of Eyes
4. White Stripes - Ball & Biscuit
5. Them - Here Comes The Night
6. Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe
7. Velvet Underground - Foggy Notion
8. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Breakdown
9. Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe

10. The Replacements - Answering Machine
11. Bob Dylan - Lay Lady Lay
12. Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe
13. The Replacements - Answering Machine
14. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Hiding All Away
15. Tom Waits - What's He Building In There?
16. Joy Division - These Days
17. Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe
18. Pixies - Where Is My Mind
19. Ken Nordine - Fibberty Jib
br /> 20. Ten Years After - I'd Love To Change The World
21. Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe
22. The Beatifics - Something/Anything
23. Cheap Trick - The Dream Police
24. Beach Boys - Do It Again
25. Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe
26. Nina Simone - Save Me
27. Charles Bradley & LaRose Jackson - Juv Jones
28. Go Home PRoductions - Shannon Stoned
29. Hallelujah The Hills - Wave Backwards At Massachusetts
30. Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe
31. Joe Strummer & The Mescalleros - Bhindi Bhagi
32. Hot Chip - Over & Over
33. Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe
34. Shirley Bassey w/The Propellerheads - History Repeating
35. The Monkees - Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again?
36. Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 NIGHTTIME EDITION


1. Sid Vicious - My Way
2. Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe
3. Buddy Rich - The Beat Goes On
4. Arcesia - White Tiger
5. Tom Waits - Satisfied
6. Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe
7. Allman Brothers - Melissa

8. Yo La Tengo - Big Day Coming
9. Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe
10. LCD Soundsystem - On Repeat
11. The Kinks - Do It Again
12. Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 (3234)


THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED &
THE DAY THE JOE MEEK DIED

1. Buddy Holly - That'll Be The Day
2. The Puppets - Three Boys Lookin' For Love
3. Frankie Vaughn - Green Door
4. Dora Hall - Green Door
5. The Fleshtones - Ruby's Olde Time
6. Charlie Feathers - Can't Hardly Stand It
7. The Puppets - Three Boys Lookin' For Love
8. The Puppets - Three Boys Lookin' For Love
9. Hot Rats - Can't Stand It
10. The Puppets - Three Boys Lookin' For Love
11. Buddy Holly - You're So Square Baby I Don't Care
12. The Minders - Don't You Stop
13. Let's Wrestle - My Schedule
14. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
15. The Puppets - Three Boys Lookin' For Love
16. Buddy Holly - Rave On
17. Joe Meek - Telstar Demo
18. The Puppets - Three Boys Lookin' For Love

19. Stereolab - Ping Pong (original)
20. The Creation - Making Time
21. Daddyos - Rollin' & Tumblin'
22. John Lennon - Power To The People
23. The Puppets - Three Boys Lookin' For Love
24. Buddy Holly - Oh Boy
25. The Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road
26. 13th Floor Elevators - Slip Inside This House
27. Big Bopper - Chantilly Lace
28. The Monks - Complication
29. Condo Fucks - Gudbuy T'Jane
30. The Puppets - Three Boys Lookin' For Love
31. The Puppets - Three Boys Lookin' For Love
32. Buddy Holly - Not Fade Away
33. The Puppets - Three Boys Lookin' For Love
34. Wildman Fischer - Monkeys Vs Donkeys
35. Supergrass - Going Out
36. The Monkees - You Bring The Summer
37. Buddy Holly - Every Day
38. Negativland - Piece Of Pie
39. The Puppets - Three Boys Lookin' For Love
40. The Tornados Telstar
41. The Puppets - Three Boys Lookin' For Love
42. Jimmy Miller & The Barbecues - Sizzling Hot
43. The Puppets - Three Boys Lookin' For Love
44. Buddy Holly - Oh Boy

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

THE BEATIFICS RECORD IS IN STORES AND ON THE CYBER!


About a week ago it was the second anniversary of the day that I started learning how to put out a record.  I went to the Coffee Hag on January 20th, 2015, and wrote the geekiest fan letter ever to Chris Dorn from The Beatifics.  In a nutshell, I told him that their album "How I Learned To Stop Worrying" is my favorite album of all time, and that I wanted to put it out on vinyl to celebrate its 20th anniversary.  Happily, Chris agreed to this, and that enrolled us in a crash course on Record Pressing 101.

While the album was on CD and briefly available digitally, it had been completely out of print for far too long in ANY format, and it had never been available as an LP.  To release it in that format and make it available to a deprived world had been something of an on-air day dream for me.  There would be mornings where reissuing it would come up and we'd get distracted by looking up pressing plant websites and record packaging printers.  We didn't have to do this when the mics were on, but sometimes you just have to act, right?  On the plus side, listeners would sometimes actually inquire about whether or not the record was going to happen, which was cool.

The reference disc cut by Kevin Gray.

We wanted to go top shelf with this, so the lacquers (plates that are used to create the actual metal record stampers) were done by Kevin Gray from Cohearent.  Kevin has done work on releases by Steely Dan, The Beach Boys, Billy Joel, The Grateful Dead, Husker Du, The Travelling Wilburys, New Pornographers, Yo La Tengo, and a zillion others.  Not too shabby.  The records were done through Pallas USA and pressed in Germany.  Pallas has a reputation for clean sounding records, and that was definitely the case with this release.

Chris listening to his album on vinyl for the first time.

The jackets are high quality Tip-On style printed by Dorado Music Packaging, and the already incredible jacket art really pops in this classic presentation.  The original elements were tracked down and reassembled for LP jackets by original designer Patrick Nistler, who also did the liner notes insert for this release.  Mike Haeg knocked it out of the park with his design for the Grandma Camp Records logo, too.  We were also lucky enough to get John M. Borack, Contributing Editor for Goldmine Magazine to write notes for the release.  John wrote a review of the original release for Goldmine, and he also ranked "How I Learned to Stop Worrying" the 73rd greatest Power Pop album of all time in his book Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide.


For bonus materials were were fortunate to get assistance from radio legend Vin Scelsa.  Vin hosted the radio show Idiot's Delight for decades in NYC, and in 1997 The Beatifics performed eight songs on his program.  Vin still had the tape from that show in his archives, and he was able to provide us with a high quality copy of it.  Seven of those tracks are included as part of the digital download included with the LP.  The eighth, a cover of Paul McCartney & Wings' 'Junior's Farm', is exclusively on the bonus vinyl 10" included with the Bandcamp-only deluxe edition.  Chris also had some pre-Beatifics versions of album tracks that were done by The Rockefellers.  He was in that band along with Andy Schultz, who played on "How I Learned To Stop Worrying".


Here we are, two years later, and The Beatifics' "How I Learned To Stop Worrying" is available again, and FINALLY available on vinyl.  Everything turned out beautifully, and far beyond expectations.  It has been an honor to be working with Chris on this record, and I feel like we did my favorite record of all time a solid.



Currently it is available at Tune Town in Mankato, MN, the last record store in town (and the best in the state of Minnesota!), but we're hoping to get it into record stores in the Twin Cities soon.  For those of you that live out and about, the record is available as a digital download, on vinyl, and as a deluxe edition with the bonus 10" via the Bandcamp website.  The download is included with both editions of the vinyl, too, so you can get all the bonus tracks and amazingness.

Hope you guys like it!

Shyboy