Friday, January 29, 2010


i'll now be making irregular posts here:


see ya there.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

see ya.

i'm not going to be posting here anymore. stay tuned for upcoming projects when i get a minute or ten.


Thursday, October 08, 2009

foot set.

club foot set: 9/21/09: THE ANTI-POP EDITION.

i was knee deep in Beatles-mania (this was shortly after the release date of all those remastered reissues) and Pavement-mania (this was shortly after the announcement of their reunion shows), so a night dedicated to "the ANTI-POP" was surely in order. "ANTI-POP" is clearly subjective....

david axelrod- the warnings: part 2
animotion- fun fun fun
universal order of armageddon- benedict
screeching weasel- like a parasite
gary war- clean up
units- high pressure days
the shitty limits- smart guys
sunny day real estate- j'nuh
rapeman- monobrow
eric burdon & the animals- ring of fire
liechtenstein- postcard
his hero is gone- unleash
slade- mama weer all crazee now
bare wires- i don't belong
red lorry yellow lorry- last train
cold cave- love comes close
mika miko- sex jazz
teenage jesus & the jerks- see pretty
kurt vile- monkey
electronicat- wop do wop
vivian girls- can't get over you
pink military- blood & lipstick
slowdive- some velvet morning
crawling chaos- sex machine
wounded lion- friendly?
suicide- diamonds, fur coat, champagne
39 clocks- PLO
hoyt axton- double dare
gunslingers- lighter slinger festival
rip rig & panic- tax sex
king tuff- just strut
psychic tv- just like arcadia
gray matter- i've just seen a face
method actors- you, the international language
young governor- you're so sad
lungfish- the cipher
nina hagen band- superboy
arto lindsay- let's be adult
the embarassment- rhythm lines
hex dispensers- i've got my doppelganger on
article 58- event to come
screaming lord sutch- flashing light
a certain ratio- all night party
sensational alex harvey band- hammer song
christian death- figurative theater
grass widows- to where
cristina- mama mia
karp- D+D fantasy
shriekback- here comes my hand i clap
nick cave- the singer
dc snipers- zagreb city boys
pissed jeans- false jesii part 2
zola jesus- six feet (from my baby)
faust- it's a rainy day, sunshine girl
moondog- stamping ground
joe meek- i hear a new world

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

foot set.

club foot set 8/31/09: JOHN HUGHES TRIBUTE EDITION.

this was awesome and uh pretty unbelievably packed (!?!). also a perfect theme in which to utilize my endless knowledge of 80s pop culture, sigh. every song in this set was either: 1) used in a John Hughes film, 2) by a band whose song was in a Hughes film, and/or 3) by a band referenced in a John Hughes film (poster on a bedroom wall or whatever). also i had to disregard my usual "never play the same band/artist twice in one set" rule because i just had to.

cabaret voltaire- this is entertainment
new order- thieves like us
altered images- i could be happy
OMD- the misunderstanding
vapors- turning japanese
wall of voodoo- spy world
david bowie- changes
oingo boingo- you really got me
ramones- blitzkrieg bop
buzzcocks- what do i get
split enz- i got you
kim wilde- kids in america
the jam- town called malice
lindsey buckingham- holiday road
flowerpot men- beat city
pete shelley- do anything
dream academy- the edge of forever
wham!- heartbeat
smiths- i want the one i can't have
killing joke- eighties
specials- little bitch
karla devito- we are not alone
sigue sigue sputnik- love missile F1-11
plastic bertrand- ca plane pour moi
rave-ups- right now
beatles- twist and shout
general public- tenderness
inxs- do wot you do
psychedelic furs- pretty in pink
echo & the bunnymen- never stop
flesh for lulu- i go crazy
zapp- radio people
kajagoogoo- kajagoogoo
squeeze- take me i'm yours
patti smith- gloria
oingo boingo- weird science
kon kan- i beg your pardon
yaz- nobody's diary
new order- shellshock
wild men of wongo- why don't...
david bowie- young americans
selector- too much pressure
B.A.D.- bad
furniture- brilliant mind
propaganda- dr. mabuse
yello- oh yeah
wang chung- fire in the twilight
belouis some- round round
jesus & mary chain- hardest walk
billy idol- rebel yell
march violets- turn to the sky
the beat- march of the swivelheads
thompson twins- if you were here
otis redding- try a little tenderness
OMD- if you leave
simple minds- don't you (forget about me)
smiths- please please please let me get what i want
dexy's midnight runners- come on eileen

RIP Mr. Hughes. thanks for boosting me beyond Milli Vanilli and Amy Grant musically, AND for having a hand in developing my "dream man" triumvirate at such an early age:

Friday, August 28, 2009

foot set.

Club Foot set 8/24/09.

another excellent night split with Sam O'Rama. here's what i jammed:

harvey milk
- blueberry dookie
torche- mentor
pissed jeans- dominate yourself
poison arrows- total beverage
acoustic family creeps- rain on
kurt vile- the hunchback
little girls- what we did
smith westerns- the glam goddess
dum dum girls- hey sis
yolks- i do what i do
box elders- cougars
jay reatard- man of steel
ty segall- standing at the station
cococoma- ask, don't tell
shannon & the clams- hunk hunt
buzzer- stunning freak
UV race- good money
nodzzz- true to life
beets- don't fit in my head
woven bones- your sorcery
der teenage panzerkorps- arc de triumphe
spits- tonight
frustrations- halfway on fire
tv ghost- bastille
black time- a radio in the dark
fuzzbox- what's the point
slik- the kid's a punk
bare wires- i lie awake
dog faced hermans- the hook and the wire
tim cohen- take aim goliath
television personalities- adventure playground
mayfair set- i've been watching you
comet gain- hard times
vaselines- dying for it
cold cave- life magazine

Sunday, August 23, 2009

late onset summer disorder: 1

i know how much you've missed my activity here. . . but times have been busy and crazy beyond all summertime expectations, not to mention that (Dear Livejournal...) i've been working out like a million life kinks this summer. hey, better me, better you, right?

anyway, as a gift to all the (approximately 6) people who read this, as an apology for my pitiful absence from the "blogosphere" (ewwwww i actually wrote that), as a special kinda-summer-almost-fall TREAT, i have a 2-part "mixtape" for you to download. Part Two will come in a day or five. the catch is that i wrote a bit about each band and you will have to read it. actually there is no catch because you totally don't have to read it (duuuh) but if you want more information about a particular band, consider this a handy reference guide.

these are songs that i've been rocking out to all summer and that have been holding me above water and all that cheesy stuff. new and old. loud and quiet (usually loud). there's a lot of stuff i couldn't include because i don't have mp3s for them, so make sure you check out the new Buzzer 7" on Tic-Tac-Totally and anything by the Coconut Coolouts and the Sweet Cobra "Bottom Feeder" 12", etc.

since my page on the Laurie's site links to this, i gotta say that everything on this mix can be purchased and/or ordered at Laurie's Planet of Sound. OR, could have been purchased at Laurie's Planet of Sound but you snoozed and now it's out of print.

DISCLAIMER: sound quality on some of these = not so great. if you are one of those annoying audiophile sound-quality nerd types, then. . . RELAX (your anal pickiness is holding you back). also this is really long and i don't know how to make an expandable post, sorry.


1. Harvey Milk- Lay My Head Down: gah. Harvey Milk are the masters of southern-fried sludgey stoney psyched-out hard rock. they've been reunited for a few years, but this is an older song from the "Pleaser" album; an 8-minute bluesy "hard times be bringin' me down" jam. ZZ Top meets Melvins, and brilliant. finally saw these guys a short time ago and it was one of the best live shows i have ever witnessed EVER (and they played this song and i died).

2. Pisces- Motley Mary Ann: if you don't buy this Numero reissue (on CD or LP) than you are a dummy 2k9. the album is "A Lovely Sight" and these Rockford IL psych weirdos were never even able to get this LP issued (until now).

3. Jeffrey Novak- What a Surprise: this is the main dude from one of my favorite garage-pop bands, Cheap Time. he does all this crazy solo stuff that's VERY Syd Barrett. VERY. he has a couple LPs and a few singles and all have gone out-of-print almost immediately upon release. actually, someone called me at Laurie's once begging me to let him paypal money for us to ship him the last LP, and i was like "no way, nerd." anyway, now Cheap Time is starting to sound like Novak's solo output which is actually slightly disappointing.

4. Surf City- Dickshaker's Union: bonus points for excellent song title. Surf City are from New Zealand and are very lo-fi/psychedelic and i wish they would tour the states because they rule.

5. Mayfair Set- Desert Fun: this song is totally old news but it's so summery-feel-good and i still can't stop listening to it.

6. Liechtenstein- Postcard: Liechtenstein are my new favorite band. 3 girls from Sweden remaking 90s indie twee pop in the best way imaginable. they have a CD/10" out on Slumberland and every song is as great as this.

7. Breeders- Fate to Fatal: controversial opinion: The Breeders have not written a song this good since 1990. this is the title track of the very very limited and now out-of-print 12" that came out a few months back. superb, old-school Breeders sound.

8. Television Personalities- Silly Girl: anyone who thinks this whole lo-fi trend is new needs to listen to the first couple Television Personalities records, which have recently been reissued on vinyl (!!!) and are pretty much essential for any decent record collection. these are the grandfathers of lo-fi/postpunk/pop weirdness.

9. Personal & the Pizzas- I Don't Feel So Happy Now No More: my love for this band has already been expounded upon. here's another song. they look like Lenny & Squiggy btw.

10. Box Elders- Hole In My Head: an adorable 3-piece in which the drummer plays drums while simultaneously playing a keyboard. bratty garagey poppy punk very much in the Nodzzz territory of simplicity.

11. King Tuff- Just Strut: the main King Tuff dude also plays in Witch with J Mascis and also plays in that band Feathers. King Tuff is his fun, Nuggets-esque garage alter ego, which i believe to be his best alter-ego.

12. Sir Lord Von Raven- The Glass Castle: if you like Nobunny, you will like Sir Lord Von Raven. garage r'n'r with a big time 50s influence and a lot of bubblegum. one of my favorite records of 2009, no doubt.

13. Let's Wrestle- I Won't Lie To You: thanks to Marsh for this. unfortunately this record has no US distribution (hello, Revolver?) and/or has not had a release by a US label (hello, In The Red/Goner?). anyway, this song kills me and the very first line is, like "YUP. I HEAR YA, DUDE."

14. DC Snipers- Evil: Mike Sniper's (Blank Dogs) OG project. seething r'n'r, plain and simple.

15. Double Dagger- Camouflage: still can't get over the fact that Thrill Jockey put their record out because a lot of what TJ puts out is kinda boring and this is not boring at all. but hey, good for them. up the Baltimore art punx.

16. Pissed Jeans- Lip Ring: their new album, "King of Jeans," may very well take the #1 slot in my "Best of 2009." FUCK i love this band. so fucking weird and loud and...weird. the whole damn record is the perfect three-way circle jerk between Jesus Lizard, Birthday Party, and late-period Black Flag with a glorious mess as the result. also: they are funny. i mean, "I've got a thing for your lip ring" is how this jam starts. funny, no? there's also a song on this album that i'm pretty sure is about going bald. here's a picture of them:

stay tuned for part 2....

Sunday, August 09, 2009

foot set.

club foot set 7/27/09: PIZZA FEST EDITION

Samorama joined me at the tables to kick off Chicago's inaugural PIZZA FEST that started off on the 28th. if you missed it, you lost. sux 2 b u.

johnny & the limelites- and then we kissed
human eye- dinosaur bone
happy burger- pizza all around
cave weddings- bring your love
fresh & onlys- some song on one of the 7"s
stolen hearts- heart collector
hunx & his punx- dontcha want me back
stranglers- london lady
cold cock- i wanna be rich
rondos- just another loser
manikin- fumes
xyx- neptunia
dc snipers- ice pirates
test patterns- crazy over you
nobunny- somewhere new
davila 666- primero muerta
radio birdman- do the pop
screaming females- treacher collins
dictators- teengenerate
strange boys- a man you've never known

black randy & the metrosquad- i wanna be a narc
minutemen- west germany
daily void- (surprise, surprise)
thee oh sees- she said tome
cheap time- woodland drive
breeders- fate to fatal
chills- 2 brave worlds
francis harold & the holograms- mirror of fear
nervous eaters- just heard
ty segall- die tonight
kids- this is rock'n'roll
articles of faith- acceptance
sweet cobra- toe cutter
evaporators- the bombs in my pants
scratch acid- she said
anals- commando of love
homostupids- apache fashion dream
blank dogs- waiting
lichtenstein- all at once
wayne county & the electric chairs- toilet love
male nurse- magic circle in the sky
ganglians- cryin' smoke
let's wrestle- i won't lie to you
scool girls- california groupie girl
mayyors- clicks