November 20, 2013
I was looking at the batch of records and CDs I’d brought to the studio for this week’s edition of “DJ AmperDan’s Monday Night Pop!” and I got the same feeling that I recall from certain Thursday nights stolen from suburban yardwork and spent in the rock ‘n’ roll demimonde of warm Hollywood nigthts. When we were down on the boulevard and running wild in the streets . . .
Which of course was a big influence on the opening set. That and a story I heard on the radio about Garland Jeffreys. That dude was rockin’ when I became aware, and is still rockin’ to this day, at 70! I’ve seen him a few times: back in the late 70’s, in the mid-80’s, and most recently a few years ago at SXSW. Even on that exhausted Saturday night, Jeffreys was amazing. Great songs, and a total rock ‘n’ roll til I die attitude. Just cool.
Anyway, Garland has new album out. And the radio story was really interesting. And it left me with “Wild In The Streets” in my head. And that song was one of those songs that was in the background of everything we did. And it’s a record I really like. Though I prefer the mix of the original to the 2008 reissue I played. Still, it got my head and heart out in the streets for the show.
I wanted the first set to musically create the mood of those warm summer nights when no one was quite sure what this “punk rock” was about, but we wanted to be part of it. And because not much had been recorded, a lot of under-appreciated older artists, like Garland Jeffreys, The Shangra-Las, The New York Dolls, Richie Valens, et. al., found favor with the nacent suburban punk rock/new wave (the terms were not so clearly defined then) crowd I hung with. And those records (and they were records) became the sound track of those first couple new wave summers. So it was Down on The Boulevard we go.
Anyway, what really had my ears this week, and thus got a lot of play on my show this week was Tricycle Records Compilation Vol 3.
Julie and Don, the founders of Tricycle Records, are amazing people. Super supportive of and active in the Bay Area music scene, their always out and about. Putting on shows, supporting their acts, checking out new bands, shooting pictures, and swelling the ranks of the devoted. And two very cool people to know.
Anyway, Tricycles Records Compilations are great! If you are interested in what has been happening in the Bay Area pop and rock scene you need these compilations. There are three, and each one is necessary. Not just because they are the only place you can get the first two Rich Girls singles, but because they currate a great part of the local scene and are fun to listen to as well.
And Tricycle Records Compilation Vol 3 is no different. A great collection of some pretty stellar records by an awesome group of musicians. Some familiar, some totally fresh, each unique, and completely listenable in sequence. I love these comps, and recommend them to everyone. And Tricycle Records GIVES THEM AWAY FOR FREE!!!
So go get one.
Anyway, I played a lot of it on my who this week. Along with some other cool stuff. Check it out. I’m really impressed with the records I played on the show, and the way they hang together as a program. I listened to the podcast, and I’m actually impressed.
Oh yeah, you can see most of the bands whose records I play on my show playing out live in the Bay Area or in some cases L.A. So go out.
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Now here’s the playlist!
- Mister Loveless – June
- The Pop – Down on The Boulevard
- The Vaticans – Out In The Streets
- Garland Jeffreys – Wild In The Streets
- The Hot Toddies – Summertime Blues
- Rich Girls – Sink Like Stones
- Matt Jaffe and The Distractions – Back of Our Eyelids
- The Dollyrots – Dream Lover
- The Soft White Sixties – Up To The Light
- Lily Holbrook – Apocalypse Kiss
- Pretty In Stereo – Forever and A Day
- The Tambo Rays – Take That
- The Woolly Bandits – Hard To Forget You
- Trouble With Monkeys – Valleri
- Kill Moi – Hourglass
- Odd Owl – The Way Home
- Felsen – Better Thoughts
- LoveyDove – Founder
- Li Xi – Folk Shade
- Scissors For Lefty – Ornamental
- Zero Zero – The Pink Ones
- The Ettes – The Pendulum
- CrimeRock – Flowers By Her Grave
- The SHE’S – Wonder Band
- The Bye Bye Blackbirds – Butterfly Drinks
- Night Terrors of 1927 – Young and Vicious
- East of The River – Take You Alone
- Happy Fangs – Midnight Monsters
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