Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Raised By Weeds & Show # 389

Raised By Weeds is a Garage band based out of Windsor, Ontario. Taking influence from 60’s styled music and from bands such as King Khan & BBQ Show and The Black Lips, Raised By Weeds had it’s beginnings as Paul Jacobs, who was at the time the only member. Despite having a drumming background being a drummer in a Hardcore Punk band called Get Bent, he was unable to find other like minded musicians to join the band and style of music he had in mind. Teaching himself guitar, Paul became a one man band, playing foot drums, guitar and covering vocal duties.

An album was self recorded in November 2011, entitled Paul Jacobs in the attic of a friend’s house (from the band Get Bent) in about eight hours on a laptop using Garage Band and made available to stream online, he also provided the artwork. The album featured songs such as “Come September”, “The Telephone”and “Money For The Grave” all of which reflect catchy crunchy Garage sounds, there are also songs with a slow Garage groove such as “Trip To The Ocean” and “My Word”. Live shows have been played around the Windsor area where the band was just a one piece, but recently Chris Garant was added as a drummer and the band became a two piece, which also resulted in the name change. Raised By Weeds plans to add a bassist and become a three piece soon, work on more material and make some recordings. Paul also plans to continue to record and release solo material. You can hear some of Paul’s recordings via his soundcloud page and find them on facebook.  Raised By Weeds will play on February 3rd at the FM Lounge in Windsor.

This week's play list:

1. Novels – Record In Hand
2. Surfer Blood – Take It Easy
3. The Jags – Last Picture Show
4. The Spooky But Nice – Everytime
5. Woodpigeon – For Paolo
6. The Make-Up – Here Comes The Judge
7. Two Star Tabernacle – Sixteen Ton (Live)(Merle Travis Cover)
8. The Ex-Girlfriends Club – The Witch
9. The Polymorphines – Let Love Fly
10. Neon Boys – That’s All I Know (Right Now)
11. The Pretty Things – Come See Me
12. Raised By Weeds – Wait A Minute (CJAM Session)
13. Raised By Weeds – Come September (CJAM Session)
14. Raised By Weeds – The Telephone (CJAM Session)
15. Section 8 – Can’t Let Go
16. Orange Juice – Blue Boy
17. Blam Blam Blam – There Is No Depression In New Zealand
18. Crocodiles – I Wanna Kill
19. What Seas What Shores - Pave The Oceans
20. The Bureaucrats – Now And Then
21. Nick Lowe – Shake And Pop
22. Ty Segall - Caesar
23. Generation X – Friday’s Angels

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for January 31. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Long Weekends ... Don't Reach Out & Show # 388

Long Weekends are a Garage/Pop band based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This three piece group first released a four song EP that was recorded at Echo Chamber studios in Halifax entitled Warmer Weather in March of 2011 and before they even played a show they begin to receive publicity and appear on bands to watch lists. The bands sound is simple to describe, it’s Garage, Punk, Pop and it’s catchy as hell. The band is made up of Noel Macdonald on guitar/vocals, Devin Peck on bass and Adam Hartling on drums. Prior to forming Long Weekends, Devin Peck and Noel Macdonald were in a Punk band, which after putting together some songs folded. Macdonald and Peck did some work on the songs, citing influences such as The Chameleons, The Smiths and 80s Post-Punk groups as their main inspiration behind the songs reworking, and after finding Hartling Long Weekends were born.

“Shame On You” was the second release was made available for free via their bandcamp page in October of 2011. In January 2012 the band has released their first physical release the Don’t Reach Out seven inch, all of their releases prior to Don’t’ Reach Out have been available in digital form only and currently the seven inch is only available through the Noye Records website. It should also be noted that all of the bands artwork for the two major releases (Warmer Weather and Don’t Reach Out) was done by Yorodeo a prominent screen/print designer in Canada. The bands philosophy is simple, they love to write and make music and hopefully they continue to do so for some time.

Check out Long Weekends bandcamp to hear some more of their music.

This week's play list:

1. The Long Weekends – Don’t Reach Out
2. Brazilian Money – Give Up That Dog
3. Hands & Teeth – Sound of Hamilton
4. Heavy Chains – Commo Wire
5. Exxotone – Big Shot
6. Neverever – Mexicoco
7. NoBunny – Blow Dumb
8. Telepathe - Destroyer
9. Tumours – Twilight Zone
10. Vendetta – I Wanna Be A Star
11. The Tranzmitors – Teenage Filmstar
12. The Embers – I Walked All Night
13. Cake – Moustache Man (Wasted)
14. The Phantom Chords – Swamp Thing
15. The Damned – Politics
16. The Howlies – Zombie Girl
17. Link Wray – Deuces Wild
18. Harlem – LSD Saves
19. Seven Story Redhead - Don't Wanna Know
20. The Saints – Run Down
21. The Velvet Underground – One of These Days
22. Nervus Rex - There She Goes
23. Magazine - Boredom (BBC Session)
24. Bob Dylan – Positively 4th Street (Live April 13th, Sydney, Australia 1966)

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for January 24. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Beating Time Fill In!

Today I filled in for the CJAM program Beating Time, usually hosted by Angela Womann Wednesdays from 10:30 to Noon on CJAM 99.1 FM.  Today's show featured a variety of new and old music and some obscure 70s Punk. 

Beating Time play list:

1.  The Revolvers – Rock y Roll
2.  The Smugglers – 5-4-3-2-1
3.  Dan Sartain – Box Cutter In My Boot 
4.  Golden Hands Before God – Communist Party
5.  Indian Wars - Just Can't Get Along With You
6.  The Modernettes - Barbra 
7.  The Adverts – Quick Step
8.  Bok Bok – Misfit
9.  The Nerves – Hanging On The Telephone
10. The Pagans – I Juvenile
11. The Scabs – Amory Building
12. Le Butcherettes – Bang!
13. C’Mon – Underneath The X-Ray 
14. The Mark Inside – Shots From A Broken Bottle 
15. The Velvet Underground – Guess I'm Falling In Love (Live)
16. The Almighty Defenders – The Ghost With The Most
17. Link Wray – Deuces Wild
18. The Locusts Have No King – Song 6
19. Radio Birdman - Do The Pop!
19. The Carbonas - Blackout
20. Crocodiles – Neon Jesus
21. X – The New World
22. Cramps – Drug Train
23. The True Lovers – Guilty Pleasure #9

Downlaod the show here!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Alternative Chartbusters ... The Story of The Boys & Show # 387

The UK Punk act The Boys had their beginnings generate from the combination of several factors, one being from the influential group Hollywood Brats, a band that was the UK equivalent to the New York Dolls. The Hollywood Brats featured keyboardist/vocalist Casino Steel after making some recordings the band split (although they continued with a different line up) who would join forces with Matt Dangerfield (guitar/vocals), who converted his flat into a recording studio. The two joined up with Honest John Plain (guitar/vocals), Duncan “Kid” Ried (bass/vocals) and Jack Black (drums) all of whom met at a T-shirt factory where Plain worked as a foreman, they like Dangerfield and Steel had known each other from going to school together. In addition to this Steel and Dangerfield also played in the infamous London SS group, a group that featured a revolving cast of UK musicians that would later form groups of their own. Some of the members that would be in the group at one point in time were Mick Jones (later of The Clash), Tony James and Billy Idol (later of Generation X), Rat Scabies and Brian James who would later form The Damned and a few others. The Boys, who began around 1976, decided that Reid and Dangerfield would share the vocal duties and began playing concerts that September. After several concerts, in January 1977 The Boys signed a contract with NEMS. Technically The Boys were the first UK Punk act to sign an album recording deal, The Damned were the first UK band to have a recording deal, but it was for a one off single for Stiff Records not an album.

The Boys would release two full length albums and three singles for NEMS before switching over to Safari in 1979 where they recorded two additional albums. The first single to be released by The Boys was the “I Don’t Care” single which was backed with the song “Soda Pressing, the single was released in April of 1977. To support the release of this single, The Boys went on a national tour with John Cale, previously of The Velvet Underground. In May of 1977, The boys began recording their debut full length album laying down sixteen tracks. Produced by Pete Gage the band felt that the album sounded too polished and after some adjustments, the album was ready to be released. Despite being completed, The Boys was delayed commercial release by NEMS and released on September 9th, 1977. This delay caused several other UK Punk acts to release albums denying The Boys the status of releasing the first UK Punk album but, regardless of this fact the album went to number fifty on the UK album charts. The Boys displayed their Power Pop and Punk Rock dynamics, a sound that began its embryonic stages on their 1977 “I Don’t Care” single, it was a sound that was both catchy and raw sounding.

The Boys second single was the now classic Punk anthem “First Time” a song also written by John Plain, it was released in July of 1977 and quickly became the “Single of the Week” in Sounds magazine. The single received a good amount of air play on John Peel’s radio program and went to number 77 on the UK singles charts. The single would have most likely climbed even higher on the charts, but in August of 1977 when Elvis Presley passed away. RCA Records, who distributed The Boys and many other bands releases stopped releasing all other bands associated with RCA in order to press and release Elvis' music posthumously to satisfy the insatiable demand for Elvis Presley’s records. In 1978, The Boys released their second full length album Alternative Chartbusters. An album that despite its name featured many catchy Power Pop/Punk Rock gems, the album sessions also produced the bands next single “Brickfield Nights”, a song that is often regarded as the band at their finest hour. The album was once again met with distribution complications via NEMS, which had a negative impact on the albums potential. The band toured to support this album with New York Punk act The Ramones. In 1979, the group moved to Safari, where they released two full length albums, as stated previously. The band subsequently split up in 1981.

Throughout The Boys initial status as a band from 1977 to 1981, The Boys released Christmas themed singles and one full length Christmas album as The Yobs. The one and only released as The Yobs was The Yob’s Christmas Album in 1979. While the band seemed to have hard luck in terms of label promotion in the UK, they quickly built up a European following, where they had a higher success rate. The band reformed in the summer of 1999 with five of the original band members. The band reformed with the complete original line up in 2000, for the Holidays In the Sun festival and in 2006 began playing shows again. In 2008, The Boys released an early recording of the song “Jimmy Brown” as a single. Currently The Boys have become involved with a side project of Matt Dangerfield titled The Mattress Boys.

This week's play list:

1. Guided By Voices – The Head
2. The Revolvers – Cadillac 21
3. The Haunted – Mona
4. The Plimsouls – Magic Touch
5. The Prabes – 30 Minute Meal
6. The Oblivians – You Better Behave
7. The Micronite Filters - The Rise of the Machines
8. The Lost Satellites – You Turn Me On
9. The Vaccines – If You Wanna
10. Zona 84 – Dispara
11. The Stomach Mouths – Cry
12. Thee Midniters – Jump, Jive & Harmonize
13. The Hysterics – Everything’s there
14. Superhumanoids – Mikelah
15. Queens of the Stone Age – You’ve Got A Killer Scene There Man
16. The Boys – I Don’t Care
17. The Boys – First Time
18. The Boys – Brickfield Nights
19. New York Dolls – Pills
20. Ardels – Piece of Jewellery
21. Mike Jones Group – Funny Feeling
22. King Khan & The Shrines – Bite My Tongue
23. Young Rival – Authentic
24. The Black Lips – Notown Blues

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for January 17. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Before They Make Me Run ... Rolling Stones Some Girls Reissue & Show # 386

In 1978 The Rolling Stones released the album Some Girls, an album that is often referred to as the album that saved the Stones. At the time it was being recorded, the future of the band was uncertain. Keith Richards was busted for Heroin possession and on trial for drug related charges in Canada, there was the possibility of him going to jail. In addition to this, Punk and Disco music had taken over the younger generations of music fans, the bands future was as mentioned earlier uncertain. With Ron Wood of The Faces officially becoming a Rolling Stone, in October of 1977 the band began sessions for what was to become the Some Girls album. The sessions were recorded at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris and were completed in March of 1978. This period in the bands recording history was extremely prolific, the band ended up with approximately fifty new songs, which would be released on bootlegs for decades. Several of these extra songs were also used on the albums Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You, albeit in alerted states, most notably the Some Girls outtake “Start Me Up” which wound up on Tattoo You. Further tracks would be released on the 2011 deluxe edition of Some Girls, but more on that later.

Some Girls yielded many bonafide Rolling Stones classics which absorbed influences from the bands past and present. “Miss You” was influenced by Disco, but there is an underlying Punk influence through out this album, Jagger has said in interviews that the album was very influenced by New York at the time which was in a state of transition from Punk to Disco. The influence of New York Punk is apparent on the track “Shattered”, where Jagger rants in a Richard Hell vocal style. The album is sleazy and raunchy, it is known for having a stripped back production based approach. Albums prior to this one such as It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll and Black And Blue had rotating casts of guest musicians and high production values. Some Girls also featured more classic songs such as “Beast of Burden” possibly one of the best Stones ballads ever released, “Lies”, the Country Parody “Far Away Eyes” “Respectable” Keith Richards outlaw anthem “Before They Make Me Run” and “When The Whip Comes Down”. Some Girls certainly packed a much needed punch for the band, and one that could have very well had a different outcome. In addition to this Mick Jagger played guitar on many tracks on this album and the album also produced much controversy lyrically on tracks such as “When The Whip Comes Down’ and “Some Girls”.

Visually the band also brought in another controversial element, the artwork. The albums cover which featured women in lingerie originally featured famous celebrities Lucile Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Raquel Welch and some others, they threatened the band with legal action. As a result a new cover was made, although several copies made it out to print with the original design. With all the factors that surrounded it, Keith’s drug charges, Ron Wood entering into the Stones fold, and most importantly the uncertainty, it produced a classic album which proved that following Keith’s dropped charges, The Rolling Stones weren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Now fast forward to 2011, The Rolling Stones release a deluxe edition of Some Girls containing a bonus disc of twelve previously unreleased tracks from the Some Girls sessions. The album is just as gritty and raunchy as Some Girls was in 1978, but it addresses more of a R&B, Country Western, Blues and Boogie influence. There are inflections of Country which is not unheard of in The Stones catalogue. The album features several songs which were added to in the same way that the band did for the Exile On Main St. bonus disc of outtakes, but it is very hard to tell. Additions were made to songs, most notably “No Spare Parts” a song featuring newly recorded vocals from Jagger which has currently climbed the Billboard Hot Singles charts.

The album is a great companion to the Some Girls album, and although some fans may argue that there weren’t early versions of songs found on Some Girls or even the B-Side “Everything's Turning To Gold”, this bonus disc has plenty to offer that will appeal to any Rolling Stones fan. The album starts off with the controversial and filthy Boogie Woogie of “Claudine”, a song which lyrically is about Claudine Longet’s shooting of her boyfriend Spider Sabich. Other highlights includes the filthy cool of “So Young”, the Soulfully Keith Richards sung “We Had It All” a song originally by Waylon Jennings, a cover of the Hank Williams song “You Win Again”, a raunchy rendition of “Tallahassee Lassie”, and the greasy “I Love You Too Much”. The album ends with a short piano piece “Petrol Blues”, often labelled as a throwaway track, but one that fits perfectly with this collection of songs. When looking back on this release the bonus disc really does make it worth while, the twelve previously unreleased tracks pack enough sleaze and swagger to knock you out.

This Week's Play List:

1. Sonic Avenues – Television Youth
2. The Dry Heaves – Factory Punishment
3. Action Makes – Bellhop
4. Steve Diggle – Life On The Telephone
5. The Quiet Americans – Be Alone
6. Surf City – Teachers
7. Kinetic Ideals – Together
8. Logikparty – Anti-Omerta
9. Lightning Love - Deadbeat
10. John Cale – Whaddya Mean By That?
11. James OL & The Villains – Late Night Drive (2011 Demo)
12. The Schomberg Fair – Black Train
13. Solvents – Is It Really So Strange?
14. The Skaliwags – Turn Him Down
15. Mutts – Done It Again
16. Radiohead– I Might Be Wrong (Live)
17. Radio Birdman – What Gives?
18. Nothing At All – Busted
19. The Spits – Get Our Kicks
20. The Modernettes – Won’t Have To Worry
21. The Carbonas – Phone Booth
22. The Rolling Stones – Do You Think I Really Care
23. The Rolling Stones – Tallahassee Lassie

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for January 10. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Friday At The Hideout January 6, 2012

On Friday, I filled in for Friday At The Hideout from 8 to 10 PM on CJAM 99.1 FM. Here are some videos from bands featured on the program, the actual program can be downloaded below the play list, as usual.

Friday At The Hideout Fill In Play List:

1. The Damned – I Feel Alright (Live at The Paris Theatre, London 1977)
2. The Oblivians – Trouble
3. The Dirtbombs – What You’ve Got
4. Thee Oh Sees – Contraption/Soul Desert 
5. Those Rogues – Girl
6. Thee Deuces – Hung Up On You
7. Free-For-All – Show Me The Way
8. Witness Inc. – Not You Girl
9. The Visitors – Miss You Too Much 
10. Lost Patrol – Tell No Lies
11. Reigning Sound – Can’t Hold On
12. Golden Hands Before God – Blue
13. Ty Segall – Caesar
14. The Howlies – Whiskey Night 
15. Deer Tick – Walkin Out The Door
16. Indian Wars – Just Can’t Get Along With You
17. Tell All Your Friends - Another House Party
18. The Strangeloves - Night Time
19. The Knickerbockers – Lies
20. The Lyrics - So What!!
21. The Association – One Too Many Mornings 
22. The Bobby Fuller Four – Baby My Heart
23. The Cynics - Be True To Your School
24. Albert Hammond Jr. – Hard To Live In The City
25. The Androids – Roller Derby Queen
26. Rage – I’ve Got Your Number
27. Wire – Dot Dash
28. The Stranglers - Nuclear Device
29. The Clash - Protex Blue (Live Chorus TV, Paris 1980)
30. Mystics – Play Your Game
31. Public Image Limited - F.F.F
32. The D4 – Exit To The City 

Download the program/podcast here!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The Specials ... Raquel & Show # 385

In 1981, the UK Ska revival act The Specials had several songs featured in a movie entitled Dance Craze. At the time of the films release the label 2 Tone, which was owned by The Specials Jerry Dammers was in a declining state, the soundtrack to the film featured only 2 Tone artists, even charting at number five on the UK album charts. The soundtrack featured 15 of 27 tracks that were used in the film, one of the tracks not included on the soundtrack that is the main topic of discussion here is The Specials song “Raquel”. The song was released on a 1981 single release of The Specials song “Concrete Jungle”, the songs B-side was the then previously unreleased Specials song “Raquel”. Clocking in at about two minutes, the song is a fast paced Ska number, done in the vein of songs such as “Little Bitch” found on the 1979 debut album from The Specials. As a result of the Dance Craze soundtrack this exclusive seven inch single was released for promotional purposes and for years remained a hard to find single featuring this track “Raquel”, which was equally as hard to find. The song dates back to The Specials early days when they were known as The Coventry Automatics, it was also released on a cassette tape compilation album in 1981 with numerous other 70s Punk and New Wave hard to find nuggets titled NME C81, released by NME magazine in the UK. The track continued it’s hard to find status for about twenty years until a demo version of “Raquel” was released on The Coventry Automatics – Dawning of a New Era, which collects recordings from The Specials early days. In 1993, The Compact 2 Tone Story Box Set was released, which featured the song as it appeared on the 1981 B-side to “Concrete Jungle”, as well as all of the A and B-sides that the 2 Tone label released.

This Week's Play List:

1. Dan Sartain - I Don't Want To Go To The Party (Toerag Version)
2. Minutemen - Voodoo Slaves
3. Psycho Surgeons - Wild Weekend
4. Silent Movie Type - She Says
5. Johnny West - You Turn Me Off, I'm A Microwave
6. Pere Ubu - Misery Goats
7. Aztec Camera - We Could Send Letters
8. David Bowie - What In The World
9. Public Image Limited - Careering
10. The Stig – Who Are You
11. Huladog – R88
12. Jack Pine and The Fire - Lost In New Orleans
13. Sumner Brothers - Big Rock Candy Mountain
14. Le Butcherettes - I'm Getting Sick Of You
15. The Black Angels - Sunday Afternoon
16. The Ugly Ducklings - Hangman
17. The Specials - Raquel
18. The Love Me Nots - End of the Line
19. The Pointed Sticks - Splish Splash
20. The Libertines - I Get Along
21. Miesha & The Spanks - Night Danger Baby
22. The Jam – Going Underground
23. The Waldos - Golden Days

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for January 3. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.