August 19, 2014
Of course the BIG news in local Bay Area pop! was Sir Paul McCartney playing Candlestick this past week, and all the la-la-la that goes with such a huge event. And of course “AmperDan’s Mid-Night Pop! Show” had to pay tribute with the full LP version of “Venus and Mars/RockShow”. Besides it takes a poke at a certain Calgary station that is editing everything to fit its “QuickHitz!” format. I’ll never edit the stuff I play.
Because it is great stuff just the way it is. Sure at some level you could say some of the records that some of the bands in the Bay Area have put out could use some editing, but we have a long tradition of eccentric rambling musical construction here in the Bay Area. I mean since the Beau Brummels, Bay Area bands aren’t known for their concise pop songs.
Even setting aside those groups who draw directly from the tradition of musical exploration a la the Grateful Dead, our pop bands can also let the tape run on a bit longer than the traditionally proscribed 3:50 pop song. Heck even our Punk bands run longer than the Punk Rock standard.
But if a song holds out attention and entertains us lyrically, musically, or both for 4:37 or even 6:50, so what? Sure, I can’t program as many tracks in a given two hour show, nor predict exactly how many songs will be played on a given show as I could if all records were 3:50 or shorter; but again, so what?
It’s the music that radio spotlights and frames, and if the musicians are cool with a track that runs in excess of 4 or 5 minutes, and a lot of that instrumental to boot, it’s not radio’s place to trim it. The job of radio, and by that I mean the DJ, is to frame and highlight the music they play. It’s our job to set one track against another, to build a mood or to juxtapose one tempo, sound, mood, or duration against one another. But that assumes that people actually tune in and really listen to radio.
But radio programmers turned away from listeners in order to court advertisers. Funny enough, after the programmers wrestled control away from the DJ. But that’s another story . . .
Anyway, chill out, kick back, and check out the podcast of this week’s show. I think you’ll dig it a lot. Lot’s of great Bay Area indie pop and rock for your dining and dancing enjoyment.
And when you’re done, head out and see some of the bands, buy some CDs and tee-shirts, and make new friends. That’s what will keep the scene alive.
“We are what we think.” – Buddah.
“And what we dobbie dobbie do!” – Simone de Hoop
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Anyway, on to the podcast . . .
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Now here’s the playlist!
- Mister Loveless – June
- Paul McCartney and Wings – Venus and Mars/ Rockshow
- Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet – And Your Bird Can Sing
- Rin Tin Tiger – Toxic Pocketbook (2013)
- Abby Travis – Rosetta
- Scissors for Lefty – Ornamental
- The LoverMakers – See What I Wanna See
- The Dollyrots – Punk Rock Girls
- Puffy AmiYumi – Planet Tokyo
- The SHE’S – Lots To Hide
- Felsen – I Don’t Know How To Talk Anymore
- Rich Girls – Sink Like Stones
- The Tambo Rays – Oceans
- Fake Your Own Death – Bombs Don’t Show Up
- Oona – Remote Control
- The Frail – Run Life
- Rivvrs – I Will Follow You
- Breakdown Valentine – Surrender
- The Trims – Vida
- Debbie and The Rocketeers – Old Boots
- The Soft White Sixties – Lemon Squeezer
- Rocket – Another Mistake
- Mister Loveless – Ninties Children
- Abby Travis – One Hit Wonder
- The Bye Bye Blackbirds – Don’t Come Back Now
- Motobunny – Thinking About Me
- Oona – There’s A Bridge
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