Friday, February 27, 2009

"Brian, I'm a genius, too."

Over at Bedazzled: four mp3s of Beach Boy dad Murry Wilson badgering his offspring in the studio, plus links to some great Peter Bagge flash movies about ol' Murry! If you're anything like me, you'll find this absolutely fascinating. Link

[via Boing Boing]

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I Hate the Taste, But I Love the Effects

So the other day I did that fake band meme that's been making the Facebook rounds. The band name I got was 3B Lab, which, as it turns out, is already a Japanese band. The title of my fake band's first album is Teaching Children Not to Doubt, which I think is actually a pretty good album title. The kicker, though, was the cover art (and keep in mind this was randomly selected off of Flickr):

HOW ABOUT THAT SHIT?! I know I was blown away. Anyway, this just seemed like a good thing to share along with the newest podcast, which is here:

And as always, you can subscribe in iTunes by clicking that li'l button over there on the sidebar.

Also, if you are a Twitter user, might I suggest following me at Starting with next week's podcast, you'll be able to tweet song requests to me! Sounds fun, huh?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Take Your Knickers Off and Let's Go!

Another mystery surfaces on YouTube! Could this really be a previously unheard take of "Revolution 1", or is someone out there trying to pull a hoax? Either way, this is a great way to spend 11 minutes.

[via The Tripwire]

Monday, February 23, 2009

Radio Future - The Best Show on WFMU

I've been looking for a good excuse to post about my favorite radio show/podcast and to start posting about other podcasts in general, and today I have it! So without further ado, here is the first installment of Radio Future, a continuing series of SCnP podcast recommendations:

I started listening to The Best Show on WFMU in Novemeber of 2006, and except for a period where I didn't have a portable mp3 player of any sort, I haven't missed an episode since. The show is broadcast on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on WFMU, a station I've mentioned here ont he blog before. Most episodes go something like this: Tom Scharpling, the host, chooses a topic (usually some variation on "tell an interesting anecdote from your life") and takes calls regarding said topic, using his callers as a springboard for his own musings, which are almost always hilarious. Tom is one of those guys who can talk entertainingly about anything, whether it be some caller's story about their family, his latest visit to Panera Bread, or the dumbest member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. His gruff yet endearing personality is the heart and soul of the program.

While unplanned calls from real people make up the bulk of the show, almost every episode features a call from Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster playing one of a menagerie of characters from the fictional town of Newbridge, NJ. These calls, more like epic two-man comedy routines, usually last over half an hour, with Scharpling playing the straight man to Wurster's cavalcade of deeply delusional and often dangerously unhinged characters, such as Roland "The Gorch" Gorchnick, a geriatric, chain-swinging maniac who claims to have been the inspiration behind Fonzie from Happy Days, or a Grateful-Dead-loving, Dr.-Seuss-hat-wearing stoner, known only as Bryce, who lives in a lean-to in the woods behind the Lady Foot Locker in the Newbridge Commons Shopping Center.

If this sounds like the sort of thing you've heard before on Morning-Zoo-Crew-type shows, don't be fooled. There is nothing like this anywhere else on radio (or anywhere, period). Each Wurster call builds slowly, with the conversation moving hither and yon like a meticulously-conceived and well-executed prog rock song, all the while maintaining a jazzy spontaneity that can sometimes veer into straight-up improv. Also, the more you listen, the more you get drawn into the different characters' often-intertwining backstories. One of the program highlights of last year was the Newbridge Mayubernatorial Debate, which featured at least a dozen characters from the show's ten years on the air, all debating one another and all played by Wurster live in the studio!

Words really can't do this show justice, so I'll just go ahead and link you up. Clocking in at three hours of "mirth, music and mayhem," the entire show is podcast here (minus the music; you have to tune in live to hear that, and trust me, Tom has impeccable taste). If that's too much of a time commitment for you, a bi-weekly "greatest hits" podcast featuring classic Scharpling & Wurster routines and other great bits from the show's archives just started today. That can be found here. (Remember that excuse I was talking about in the first paragraph? This is it.)

If you want/need to know more I've included a few more links to various articles written by better journalist than myself:

TBSOWFMU in The New York Times
TBSOWFMU on The Onion A.V. Club blog
TBSOWFMU on Wikipedia

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ain't No One Going to Turn Me 'Round

Another week, another new episode of the podcast, another meaningless photo! I don't have much else to say here this time around, so just enjoy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Not Again...

Guess what band's sticker got taken too literally. Again.

(via Boing Boing)

255 House Show This Saturday!

255 Ashley's next house show will be this Saturday, the 21st of February. Harry Harrison and his Flakes will be coming down from NC to put on a show they're calling "Wet Dream at the Lingerie Lounge". How exciting! Local stalwarts Beaks and Claws and Castles Underground (AKA yours truly) will be performing opening sets, just like old times.

More upcoming 255 shows:

March 1st
Turbo Fruits (ex-Be Your Own Pet)
Bass Drum of Death
Rob the Throb One Man Band

March 10th
Darkness on the Edge of Your Town Tour (Paul Baribeau and Ginger from Good Luck covering the Boss!)
more TBA

March 14th
Real Estate (as seen on Stereogum)
more TBA

March 20th
Here We Go, Boys
The Mountain Yellers

Monday, February 16, 2009

52.5 Records' 12th Birthday + Food Drive!

52.5 Records, Charleston's best independent record store and the place where I've purchased easily 75% of my record collection will be turning 12 years old this Saturday (Feb 21st), entering the home stretch of those awkward "tween years". To celebrate, store-owner and all-around nice guy Clay Scales will be holding a canned food drive and giving a 52.5% discount on any used CD, LP, or DVD to all who donate! (The discount on new stuff is 12%, and this is all per item, of course. Don't expect to bring one can o' corn and get $52.50 off a $100 purchase.)

If this economy has curbed your obsessive record collecting like it has mine, Saturday's definitely the day to make up for it, and help hungry people in the process. This way, next time a bum asks you for some charity, you can hold up your newly purchased copy of Trout Mask Replica, smile and say, "It's right here, pal!" On second thought, maybe that wouldn't be such a great idea.

Anyway, it's a good excuse to buy records and support the store. I think I'll get that Deerhunter 2xLP I've had my eye on for years now, and maybe that new Serge Gainsbourg reissue....

More info at the official site!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Little Records, Big Holes

Here it is, SCnP's first all-seven-inch episode! I worked like a dog on this one, but it paid off, at least for you, dear listeners: this episode is a whole half-hour longer than the first four. That's right, 90 minutes of baby records, plus my own incoherent babblings! Lucky you! Now, let's just hope I don't pass out from exhaustion before I finish typing this.

There, I made it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

We Are Eating Pepper and Chips!

Presenting the greatest viral video yet made, "Kittens, Inspired by Kittens":

(via Boing Boing)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Just What I Didn't Need

Get it?!?
Hey everybody. I'm hard at work on this week's special all-seven-inch edition of the podcast, but the difficulties involved with producing a 100% vinyl show are greater than I anticipated. SO: This week's podcast will be a little late, maybe even a whole day. I hope this doesn't ruin your entire week.

In the meantime, you should go check out The Sistership, a new blog featuring many videos of my (and probably your) friends Sarah and Anna Kate acting ridiculous. Totally guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Here's a little taste:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

That Shanty Sure Is Slanty!

Booking bands to play in my living room, I come across a lot of great new music (why do you think I started doing this?), and today I was turned on to Iowa's Slanty Shanty Records via Chicago's Caw! Caw!, who as of about ten minutes ago will be rocking faces at 255 on May 13th. In addition to Caw! Caw!, SSR's roster includes Mose Giganticus, L.A. dance-punk trio Anavan, plus several other bands I haven't checked out yet because I am a lazy journalist (three posts a week!). Best of all, they're putting out the next record by this fella, whom you may recognize:

If you liked that video, you should definitely head over to the SSR site, which is loaded with plenty more delicious nuggets. Aw, heck, I'll post another right now. Here's the aforementioned Caw! Caw!:

Good stuff! You can definitely expect to hear more from this label on the podcast in the future.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Holdin' Out My Heart to You, I'm

While putting together the playlist comment for this week's podcast, I came across not one, but two internet treasures related to my favorite band-whose-albums-are-all-out-of-print, the almighty Joe Christmas! Hailing from Athens, JC played straight-up indie rock back when those words actually meant something. You know, the 1990s. Here's the video for their unparalleled single, "Coupleskate". Feast your eyes, folks; this one's a fucking diamond:

But wait, I mentioned I had two gems from these guys for you, and the second lies on the band's myspace page. Yes, even though this band has been defunct for over a decade, one of the members went ahead and set up a page on the 'space and is streaming their first EP, Oatmeal, which I never even knew existed! So rad!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

I Got a Bad Desire

Well, it's Thursday again, and around here that means new podcast time. As always, we have a healthy, hearty serving of the hottest new tracks gathered from every corner of the internet, with a few classics sprinkled in for good measure.

Check the comments for this week's playlist plus links to more info on all the bands featured. Also, make sure to listen all the way to the end for a special announcement about next week's show!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

C30, C60, C90, GO! - Antischism

Welcome to another edition of C30, C60, C90, GO!, SCnP's continuing series exploring the compact cassette tape, the world's third dyingest format (right behind the VHS tape and the typewritten letter). This week I'm serving up a rare cassette edition of the All Their Money Stinks of Death EP by legendary Columbia crust punk band Antischism, released all the way back in 1989.

All Their Money Stinks of Death


Side A
Foreign Policy
Violent World
Salvation or Annihilation
Flesh of Another
Evil God
?!? [Purple Haze]
[hidden track]

Side B

Now, to be honest, I don't listen to crust punk often enough to write about it competently, so I'll spare you my efforts to describe the music and focus instead on the facts. The most informative source I could find related to the band is a Geocities page that hasn't been updated in seven years. That's how deep we're digging here, folks.

All Their Money Stinks of Death was officially released as a 7-inch on Manifest Soundworks, Manifest Records' now-defunct label, but this appears to be an earlier cassette version. It contains two songs not found on the 7-inch, plus a pretty sweet slab of noise hidden after their cover of "Purple Haze". One of the extra songs, "Evil God", is on the Antischism complete discography CD on Prank Records, but I'm pretty sure the other two songs are exclusive to this post. You heard it here first, folks!

The packaging here is classic DIY: xeroxed j-card folded from a single sheet with a separate little lyric sheet tucked inside next to the tape itself, which is a store-bought solid black TDK 60-minute cassette with the entire EP, just a shade over 20 minutes of music, dubbed onto one side. Side B is blank. (Hey, it is a demo!) Weird thing, though: the tape is labeled on the blank side, but not on the side that actually contains the music! (To be fair, the sticker does have a big capital "B" on it, which could be intentional.)

If you're interested in hearing this EP in its vinyl incarnation, also long out of print, I found a copy posted on this blog, along with a lot of other rare 90s punk and metal 7-inches.

That's all for this edition of C30, C60, C90, GO! Keep your eyes peeled for the next one, where you'll learn what Bert and Ernie have in common with Everything But the Girl!