Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Rebel Kind ... Canadian Punk From The Late 70s/Early 80s & Show # 522


On August 16, 1974, the Ramones played their first show as a four piece band at CBGB’s and using that as a starting off point CJAM FM celebrates the 40th anniversary of punk rock with a variety of programming from August 16-22nd 2014. For Revolution Rock, I decided to take a closer look at some of the bands that were involved in the first waves of the punk/new wave scenes of the late 70s and early 80s. Here is a short summary of some of the places (not all of them) in Canada that had various music scenes influenced by the punk rock attitude and ethos put forth by the loud, fast Ramones.

Toronto, Ontario

The Diodes were notable in the Toronto scene for two things, one for being the first Canadian punk act signed to a Canadian major label and secondly for running the Crash ‘n’ Burn, Toronto’s first punk club. This short lived club, also served as the band’s rehearsal space and was the subject of a 1977 film entitled Crash ‘n’ Burn, which can now be seen on Youtube. The Diodes released three albums, 1977’s The Diodes, Released in 1979, and Action-Reaction in 1980. There was also an outtakes compilation released in 1982 entitled Survivors. Several other releases have been put together and released through Bongo Beat Records. The Diodes along with many other bands in Toronto at the time such as The Viletones, The Ugly and The Scenics helped to define the early scene.

In 1978, a documentary film titled The Last Pogo was made by filmmaker Colin Brunton centering on what was billed as the last punk rock show at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. It featured many bands from the Toronto scene, but also other bands such as Hamilton’s Teenage Head. Recently, this film has been expanded on this premise to chronicle the Canadian punk scene from 1976-1978. Titled The Last Pogo Jumps Again, the film is “a documentary about the punk/new-wave/alternative music scene in Toronto, from when The Ramones hit the stage of The New Yorker in 1976 to when the cops gave Teenage Head the boot at infamous The Last Pogo concert in 1978. Filmmakers Colin Brunton and Kire Paputts started the project in June 2006 and logged hundreds of hours of interviews, photos and film clips. Using the 1978 film The Last Pogo as a jumping-off point, the three hour and twenty movie explores the dynamics of what was arguably the most exciting cultural explosion in Toronto’s history,” according to the film’s official website. More information can be found at http://www.thelastpogo.net


The Last Pogo Jumps Again trailer from Colin Brunton on Vimeo.

Vancouver, BC

While most people identify the popular and influential D.O.A. as coming from the late 70s punk scene in Vancouver, there were also several other influential bands from that time. Active Dog was a band that featured future members of other bands, most notably John “Buck Cherry” Armstrong of The Modernettes/Los Popularos/Lost Durangos, Gord Nicholl and Robert Bruce of The Pointed Sticks, Ross Carpenter of The Melody Pimps, Antheads, and several others. They only released one single in 1979 the Rat Race/Good Filthy Fun single before splitting up and were featured on the Vancouver Complication album compiling bands from the Vancouver scene. The power pop/punk band The Pointed Sticks, one of the band’s that featured members from Active Dog reformed in 2009, releasing a Three Lefts Make a Right in the same year. They are currently finishing up a third full-length album that has an anticipated release date of 2014. The Young Canadians were another influential band in the scene at the time. The band is notable for featuring Art Bergmann, who was involved with many bands in the scene. He would go on to become a solo artist in the 1980s and 90s. The Young Canadians released two EP’s and a single before splitting up and were originally called the K-Tels, but were forced to change their name due to legal related actions. Art Bergmann recently announced a new upcoming EP to be titled Songs For The Underclass that is to be released in 2014.

In 2011, there was also a documentary created by filmmaker Susanne Tabata entitled Bloodied But Unbowed. The documentary digs deep into the late 70s/early punk scenes in Vancouver and features many of the key members that were involved in the scene at the time. The documentary “tells a tale of rebellion and music — a fiercely independent scene created from nothing and played out in a microcosm of urban squalor,” as stated on their official website. More information can be found at http://thepunkmovie.com



London, Ontario

London, Ontario featured many bands that were influential during the late 70s and early 80s, some of which included 63 Monroe and The Demics. Taking members from one of the first punk bands in London, NFG and members of another London band The Verge, 63 Monroe was born releasing their first EP entitled N.F.G in 1980. The band often called a glam punk band still continues to perform to this day. The Demics, while they only released an EP and album during their existence (1979’s Talk’s Cheap EP and the 1980 album The Demics) were formed in 1977 in London, Ontario and relocated to Toronto in 1978. They are perhaps known for their song and breakthrough 1979 enigmatic single “New York City”. This is a song sung with attitude and aggressive guitars, despite it’s catchy and memorable chorus.

It is also worth noting that throughout the mid 80s and early 90s London had a zine called What Wave, which was a fanzine celebrating Canadian and sometimes non-Canadian garage/garage punk acts. Several of these issues also came with compilation albums on cassette and sometimes vinyl records. Currently CHRW, a campus radio station in London, Ontario has a program hosted by What Wave Dave (who ran the What Wave zine with his wife Rena from 1984 to 1996) called Radio What Wave, which airs Thursday nights from 6:00 - 7:30 PM, featuring music from the What Wave archives and several other garage and punk related acts. In November 2012, What Wave # 24 was published with a cassette compilation featuring London, Ontario bands from 1978-1992.






Saturday Night Play List:

1. The Spy's - Underground
2. The Dry Heaves - South Windsor Punk (No Funk)
3. 63 Monroe - After
4. The Viletones - Rebel
5. The Dishes - Monopolies Are Made At Night
6. The Diodes - Time Damage
7. The Hot Nasties - I Am A Confused Teenager
8. Young Canadians -Automan
9. D.O.A. - Kill, Kill This is Pop
10. The Melody Pimps - Shell Out
11. Corsage - Rome
12. Tim Ray & A.V. - Quarter To Eight
13. Exxotone - Big Shot
14. Active Dog - Rat Race
15. Active Dog - Good Filthy Fun
16. The Verdix - Media
17. The Sturgeons - Punk Rock Virgins
18. Crash 80’s - Thrills
19. Tyranna - Back off Baby
20. The Scenics - Do The Wait
21. The Secrets - Teenage Rampage
22. B-Girls - High School Dance
23. The Mods - Step Out Tonight
24. The Government - Hemingway (Hated Disco Music)
25. Drastic Measures - Mr. America
26. The Pointed Sticks - I’m Numb/What Do You Want Me To Do (Live June 1980)
27. The Nils - Freedom
28. The Unusuals - Hit And Run
29. The Curse - Shoeshine Boy
30. The Bureaucrats - She’s An American
31. The Dishrags - Past Is Past
32. Teenage Head - Picture My Face
33. The Modernettes - Barbra
34. The Forgotten Rebels - This Ain’t Hollywood
35. The Demics - New York City

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for  August 9. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.



Saturday, August 09, 2014

Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal & Show # 521


The band Parquet Courts originate from Denton, Texas, and have roots in the band Fergus & Geronimo. In addition to this, members of the band had ties with other bands, but as Parquet Courts they released their first album American Specialties that blended elements of noisy 90s rock with early punk sounds in 2011. The band’s second full length Light Up Gold, which was more widely disturbed via the What’s Your Rupture? Label and is often thought of as the band’s first album. The band consists of Andrew Savage (guitar/vocals), Max Savage (drums), Austin Brown (vocals/guitar) and Sean Yeaton on bass and has since relocated to Brooklyn, New York. Sunbathing Animal, the band’s third full-length album was recorded in between touring, the sessions also produced an EP beforehand entitled Tally All The Things You Broke. With Sunbathing Animal, Parquet Courts lean more towards the punk, post punk and garage elements of the band with hints of their early noisy beginnings. The title track sounds like it could almost be a 80s hardcore song from the likes of Black Flag, while “Black And White” blends elements of Wire’s jittery sound with garage rock, that includes guitar fuzz lines.

“Dear Ramona” seems to pull elements of lazy 90s alternative rock, with garage overtones, “What Color Is Blood” could be a Talking Heads track as it treads along with a funky backbone, while “Ducking & Dodging” seems to draw from a similar pool of influence. “Instant Disassembly” is a longer track found on the album, showcasing slow scruffy melodies that sound like they could be from The Velvet Underground with guitar lines that sound reminiscent of art rock band Television. Blending elements of jittery 70s punk/post punk, elements of garage and the band Pavement at times, Parquet Courts combines this in conjunction with their lyrics providing us with another unique offering from this band. Combining all these factors, Sunbathing Animal lies in wait as each track progresses, until it is awoken by the listener.



Saturday Night Play List:

1. The Famines - Hi Hi Hi
2. Scorpio Tube - Yellow Listen
3. Steve & The Board - I Want
4. Monomyth - (Theme From) Monomyth
5. The Vondells - Dragstrip Courage
6. The Vondells - Courage
7. The Falcons - Shadow Land
8. Jon & The Nightriders - Super Jet Rumble
9. Stiv Bators - A Million Miles Away
10. The Dead Boys - 3rd Generation Nation
11. The Courtneys - Insuffient Funds
12. The Wythces - Wire Frame Mattress
13. Gang Of Four - Return The Gift
14. 4/4 - Systematic
15. The Blitzz - So Free
16. Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs - Get Pumped Up
17. Good Things - 500 Hands
18. Alex Chilton - The Walking Dead
19. Morrissey - The Bullfighter Dies
20. Vic Godard & The Subway Sect - Keep Our Chains
21. The Rainy Days - Nuclear Attack
22. The Rock N Roll Machine - Rock ’n Roll Disease
23. Dion Lunadon - Creature Of The Night
24. The D4 Come On!
25. Hater - Circles
26. Thee Oh Sees - Camera (Queer Sound)
27. Thee Deuces - You Gotta Try
28. Northwest Company - Get Away From It All
29. Parquet Courts - Black And White
30. Parquet Courts - What Color
31. The Modern Lovers - Old World
32. Pow Wows - EIO (During The Flood)
33. Black Lips - Dandelion Dust

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for  August 9. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.



Saturday, August 02, 2014

White Fence For The Recently Found Innocent & Show # 520


Tim Presley has been recording albums as White Fence since 2010, but until now Presley himself has recorded all of them on a 4 track at his home. For his sixth full-length outing, Presley enlisted the services of fellow prolific garage rock cohort Ty Segall and headed to his garage studio. The two first collaborated on 2012’s Hair, but on the album For The Recently Found Innocent Segall takes the producer seat and the drummer seat for a few tracks. The gritty lo-fi atmosphere that once dominated White Fence’s previous albums has cleared up a bit here, but the warbled sounds we once heard on previous White Fence bedroom 4 track recordings still loom with an underlying presence throughout this album. This album wasn’t a deliberate attempt to clean up Presley’s sound as Ty Segall recently explained in LA Weekly: "They weren't trying to sound shitty, they were trying to sound as rad as they could with limited resources. If you're trying to make a shitty mic sound great you're doing the right thing." He also continues in the same article mentioning that on this album "It's all Tim, it's just captured in a different way."

For The Recently Found Innocent opens with the track “The Recently Found” which serves as slow syrupy psychedelic introduction to the album before launching into “Anger! Who Keeps You Under?” This song is an upbeat psychedelic track with warm sounding drums, thick basslines and kaleidoscope sounding guitar rhythms, as Presley sings with lazy vocal lines loaded with trippy echo effects. “Like That” was the lead off single prior to this album’s release and the song itself takes his psychedelic pop sounds mixing in elements of early Who, The Kinks and sugary falsetto vocals that lyrically portray tongue-in-cheek lyrics. “Sandra (When The Earth Dies)” portrays post-apocalyptic imagery with lyrics such as “All the junkies left to cry/All the junkies wave goodbye/Laugh and cry/Heavy to light”. The song’s darker images juxtapose with the song’s infectious church-like organ and musical elements, which seem to echo the influence of Donovan.

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“Wolf Gets Red Faced” lyrically seems to provide images of an alcoholic werewolf as musically it takes on sounds compared to Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Beatles White Album. “Arrow Man” portrays a nostalgic feeling once again pulling in 60s influences, this time from The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, but at the same time it blends swirls of distortion in the background not sounding like a copy of the band that seemingly influenced it, instead it stands on its own displaying Presley’s song writing abilities. “Actor” draws its inspiration from The Byrds, “Hard Water” is catchy dream pop while “The Light” and “Paranoid Bait” are fuzzed out garage rock. These two tracks are executed here as some of the sounds on Hair had been, displaying moments of higher energies, definitely taking Segalls influence into consideration.

Aesthetically, For The Recently Found Innocent finds a balance between the last two releases from White Fence, 2013’s Cyclops Reap and Live In San Francisco, the later of which was an album that showcased White Fence in a full band and in a more revved up fashion. The album features not only Segall on some drum tracks, but also Nick Murray from White Fence’s live band further connecting his last set of releases. On the album’s front cover we see a painted self-portrait of Presley, not unlike Bob Dylan’s own self-portrait cover image from the 1970 album Self Portrait, but those two albums only have a connection with the artwork, not the music. We can see the same gritty canvas beneath the smeared messy painting on the cover, it is still the same White Fence. On For The Recently Found Innocent, Presley has merely stepped out of his home and upgraded to a more proper studio environment utilizing an 8 track recorder (instead of a 4 track) with the help of Ty Segall and in the process, displays a new type of innocence.


Saturday Night Play List:

1. The White Stripes - Stop Breaking Down
2. Muddy Waters - The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock and Roll (Number 2)
3. Reigning Sound - My My
4. Small Teeth - Party Shame
5. Love - A Motel Is Not A House
5. The Gruesomes - Cry In The Night
6. The Ugly Beats - Throw Me A Line
7. Richard Hell & the Voidoids - Liars Beware
8. Mission Of Burma - The Enthusiast
9. Army Navy - The Mistakes
10. Kestrels - Eternal And Debased
11. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Surfer Joe And Moe The Sleaze
12. The Mark Inside - The Coming Of Age At The End Of Days
13. King Cobb Steelie - Time=Money & Money=Pizza ∴ Time=Pizza.
14. The Velvet Underground - Foggy Notion
15. Frog Eyes - Your Holiday Treat
16. White Fence - Actor
17. White Fence - Paranoid Bait
18. Dead Ghosts - When It Comes To You
19. The Survivors - Baby Come Back
20. Iggy Pop - Tiny Girls
21. Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks - Little Fang
22. Devo - The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for  August 2. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tommy Ramone (1949-2014) & Show # 519


On July 11th, 2014 Tommy Ramone (real name Thomas Erdeyi) passed away due to complications with bile duct cancer, he was 65. Best known as the drummer of the influential punk band the Ramones from 1974-1978, Tommy helped to define the band’s early sound that has since become vastly influential on music. Prior to playing in Ramones, Tommy played guitar in a high school garage rock band in 1966 with John Cummings (later known as Johnny Ramone). The band was known as The Tangerine Puppets and Tommy actually played guitar in the group, Johnny played bass. The group split up in 1967. Tommy reconnected with Johnny during the embryotic stages of the Ramones. Starting as a three-piece band, with Joey Ramone on drums, Dee Dee Ramone bass/vocals and Johnny Ramone on guitar, Tommy was initially supposed to manage the group.  After Joey put down his drumsticks to take up vocals, Tommy Ramone stepped in to become the group’s drummer. Tommy played drums on Ramones first three albums (Ramones, Leave Home and Rocket To Russia) and would also serve as co-producer on those albums. He assisted in producing 1978’s Road To Ruin, the first album to feature Marky Ramone on drums. He also has production credits for the band's live album, It's Alive and 1984’s Too Tough To Die. It's Alive was recorded in 1977, but not released until 1979.

Tommy left the Ramones to focus more on his interest in music production. He apparently first worked as an assistant engineer at the age of 18 on Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies album in 1970. Tommy would also produce The Replacements 1985 album Tim, Neurotica by Red Kross in 1987 and a few others such as Talking Heads “Love --> Building On Fire” single in 1977. Tommy also released an album as Uncle Monk a blue grass country group in 2006, featuring Claudia Tienan a guitarist, bassist and vocalist that was formerly in The Simplistics. While he has been involved in music production, he is still known as one of the four founding members of the Ramones, all of which now have unfortunately passed away. Tommy’s drum style mixed with the Ramones brand of music that would later be called punk music, but the music also featured strong melodies and can be traced back to influences of 60s pop music, surf music and 70s proto punk.

In an interview with Rolling Stone in 1975, Tommy described the band’s sound, which was drastically diffeduring a period of over indulgent mainstream music: "Our music is an answer to the early Seventies when artsy people with big egos would do vocal harmonies and play long guitar, solos and get called geniuses. That was bullshit. We play rock & roll. We don't do solos. Our only harmonics are in the overtones from the guitar chords." Although the Ramones did not receive mainstream commercial success during their time, the effects of their loud, fast and abrasive songs that are attached with catchy melodies are still heard throughout music today.

Saturday Night Play List:

1. The Gears - Don’t Be Afraid To Pogo
2. The Kids - Do You Wanna Know
3. Zig Zags - The Fog
4. C’mon - Easier Said Than Done
5. Mark Lofgren - Pocketful Of Bliss
6. Vibrant Fiasco - Lizard LIps
7. The Walkabouts - Got No Chains
8. Anagram - Evil
9. Le Butcherettes - Tonight
10. Fakes - Sabrina
11. Walrus - Glam Returns
12. The Bell Peppers - Campfire Waltz
13. The Specials - Do Nothing
14. The English Beat - Click Click
15. Holy Wave - Surfin’ MTA
16. Sixpence - In The Building
17. Inexpensive Handmade Look - What Good Is Up?
18. The Pretty Things - You Don’t Believe Me
19. The Flaming Lips - Can’t Let It Go
20. Indian Wars - Bullfrog
21. The Standells - Try It
22. Ugly Ducklings - Just In Case You Wonder
23. Light Bulb Alley - Eye In The Sky
24. Lost Patrol - Sellin’ My Mind
25. Elvis Costello - I'm Not Angry
26. Undertones - I Told You So
27. Protex - Listening In
28. Nirvana - Sappy
29. Ramones - Swallow My Pride
30. Ramones - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
31. Ramones - Teenage Lobotomy

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for  July 26. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Paul Jacobs Mouldy Love EP & Show # 518


Last we heard of Windsor artist Paul Jacobs he was heading out to Montreal, now he is in Paris France. Just before he took off for France, Paul came back to Windsor and laid down some recordings for his new EP entitled Mouldy Love. Working once again with his Jimmy Miller-like producer Josh Kaiser, Paul recorded again with Kaiser Sound Productions offering something different from April’s full length I Need A Place To Keep My Stuff. Normally playing as a one man band with a foot drum set up so that he can play guitar, drums and vocals all at once, this time around he went for a more full band approach. Mouldy Love was recorded with a full drum kit and bass, something that hasn’t been featured on any of Paul’s recent solo recordings in a traditional form.

The EP starts with the title track “Mouldy Love”, which comes off with a 60’s Kinks guitar sound, a collection of infectious handclaps and a bit of vocal delay. All of these elements bounce in between the primal drumbeats throughout this track. This song is probably one of the catchiest songs Paul has laid down yet. “That Feeling” features acoustic guitar blended with staccato electric guitar parts and driving bass rhythms. Lyrically the song seems to convey a feeling of strangeness brought on by insomnia with lyrics such as “I hear those church bells ringing it’s the strangest thing/All the people they’re staring waiting for more” and “I see an old man yelling at the TV screen/He never took a step outside his door”. The lyrics in the chorus “I’m so tired/It’s not fair/They can’t see me/They don’t care/I never want to wake up here no more” seem to further back up this strange feeling that is conveyed lyrically, musically the song is as strong as the distorted guitar solo that ends out this track.

The third track on this EP, “You Got Soul” first appeared on Paul Jacobs first self-titled solo album back in 2013, but actually dates back to his days playing with his three piece band Raised By Weeds. With the assistance of bass and a bit of re-arranging on Paul’s part, it is not as frenetic as the earlier version of this song. “You Got Soul” appears here with more space and builds up to the louder parts rather than crashing together all at once, while lyrically it tells us that “It don’t matter” what you do as long as “You got soul” you can do it your way. “Ocean City” ends the Mouldy Love EP on a more mid-tempo note. The song is dominated by a steady bassline and guitar that fills in the gaps of the spaces though out this song. At the halfway point, the song slows down and builds up into a force of riffs, drums and vocals with delay/reverb emulating the effect of a vicious tidal wave before it fades out with tense vibrations of feedback.

The Mouldy Love EP changes the process so to speak in terms of how Paul Jacobs has been executing his solo albums. While his previous releases were all unique in their own way, Mouldy Love takes those sounds and adds the bass element. This seems to combine both elements of Paul’s previous band Raised By Weeds and the sounds that have been dominating his albums and releases since Paul Jacobs first self-titled album in 2013. With bass it doesn’t sound too different to be drastically different. With the Mouldy Love EP, Paul Jacobs creates a new mould for his own sound, one that sounds fresh.



Saturday Night Play List:

1. Generation X - Kiss Me Deadly
2. Toni McCann - No
3. The Small Faces - All Or Nothing
4. Night Beats - Hex
5. Wolf Mountains - Hold Yr Girl #2
6. Jerry Jerry & The Sons Of Rhythm Orchestra - Yap Yap
7. DA SLYME - Crazy Glue
8. The Cure - Grinding Halt
9. Crocodiles - Summer Of Hate
10. The Vaporettos - Fortress
11. Total Control - Expensive Dog
12. Jimmy and The Smack - Come Down
13. The V.I.P.'s - Who Knows
14. The Zeros - Radio Fun
15. The Normals - Almost Ready
16. Jerry Nolan - Pretty Baby
17. Guitar Army - I Am Going To Detroit
18. The MC5 - Thunder Express
19. The Kinks - Come On Now
20. The Stems - Move Me
21. Monomyth - Candleholder
22. Wedge - 400 Blows
23. The Replacements - Little Mascara
24. The Modernettes - I Can Only Give You Everything (Live)
25. The M-80s - Seeing Things
26. The Strokes - What Every Happened?
27. Cousins - At Odds
28. Paul Jacobs - Mouldy Love
29. Paul Jacobs - Ocean City
30. The Damned - Neat Neat Neat (BBC Session)
31. Young Rival - Elevator
32. Dirty Pretty Things - The Gentry Cove
33. Dirty Pretty Things - Blood Thirsty Bastards

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for  July 19. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Kestrels Interview & Show # 517


Remember in the 90’s when you turned on the radio and the term “alternative” didn’t mean overproduced pseudo-metal with auto tune? Well even if you don’t, Kestrels captures a certain moment of time before that when “alternative” was a new thing and was just as memorable as riding your bike around in the summer time with cutoff jean shorts and bright neon colours. On Kestrel’s newest EP The Moon Is Shining Our Way, the band pulls in influences of bands such as My Bloody Valentine, early Smeared-era Sloan, Dinosaur Jr., and even a bit of Eric’s Trip. Kestrels takes these influences into consideration, but they do not sound like a carbon copy of these bands, they add their own dynamic to the mix as well, creating their own sound. With just four tracks, The Moon Is Shining Our Way captures a certain hazy fuzziness that sticks with you like the summer heat. “Eternal and Debased” starts off the EP with the hazy fuzziness I just spoke of, while the vocals feature just enough echo and reverb to not get lost in the mix. “Wide Eyes” blends the band’s shoegaze sound with their mix of fuzziness, the song is catchy as well. The EP’s title track is a bit heavier, but with lyrics such as “Useful, strange and missing everything” that taps into a subconscious thought, it strikes a certain chord, making this a standout track on this EP. “The Double” features a slow heavy drone throughout before ending the EP.

When listening to The Moon Is Shining Our way it is noisy, but it is not too noisy. You can tell that the band took their time with the mastering not making it sound too loud, because having seen this band live in Windsor a few times they definitely are loud. The overall sound comes off with a warm analog groove, not modern or digital sounding. Originating from Halifax, on The Moon Is Shining Our Way, Kestrels captures a certain melodic noise, but they also emphasize a new exciting growth within the band’s dynamic.

Listen to the interview I did with Kestrels here:



Saturday Night Play List:

1. The Ventures - No Trespassing
2. Habibi - Detroit Baby
3. Sheer Luxury - Depressing Song
4. The Violent Femmes - Gimme That Car
5. Tongan Death Grip - Watching You
6. Queen’s Rug - File Footage
7. Teleman - In Your Fur
8. Bo Diddley - Sixteen Tons
9. The UFO Club - Bo Diddley Was The 7th Son
10. Little Walter & His Jukes -Hate To See You Go
11. The Rolling Stones - Route 66 (Live)
12. Tom Waits - Satisfied
13. Greys - Use Your Delusion

Kestrels Interview

14. Kestrels - The Moon Is Shining Our Way
15. White Lung - Snake Jaw
16. The Vindicators - Searching For My Baby
17. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Today's Lesson
18. Thick As Thieves - Lie Cheat Steal
19. James OL & The Villains - Till The Morning Light
20. Uncle Monk - Round The Bend
21. Ramones - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Demo)
22. Ramones - Chainsaw
23. Don’t Touch The Dancers - My Conscience
24. Ty Segall & White Fence - Crybaby
25. Lou Reed - Lady Day
26. Chuck Berry - How High The Moon? (Demo)
27. Guided By Voices - Bad Love Is Easy To Do
28. The Black Lips - Family Tree

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for  July 12. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

The Black Angels Clear Lake Forest & Show # 516


In 2010, The Black Angels took us through a Phosphene Dream. “Phosphenes” are flashes of light brought on by movement, this was followed up with a collection of outtakes from this album called Phosgene Nightmare, which was named after the infamous chemical gas Phosgene used in WWII. In 2013, The Black Angels released Indigo Meadow and finally in April 2014 we were brought to Clear Lake Forest. It seems as if this Austin psych band has been taking us through a journey of body and mind, combining a mixture of strange psychedelic garage rock sounds. Indigo Meadow was a strong offering that featured some heavier psychedelic sounds, but on Clear Lake Forest we are taken to a place where the band has increased their sense of vocal melodies. The Black Angels also blend elements of the psychedelic sounds that they have been known for with a bit of grimy blues and 60s pop.

“Sunday Evening” starts off Clear Lake Forest with fuzzy 60s garage styled riffs with a bassline reminiscent of The Beatles “Rain”, as the song builds up to its chorus and the songs tempo speeds up. The song sounds as if you are walking through a hazy fog, before you reach a clearing in the chorus. With lyrics such as “I’m so tired of your fears you have dear/I am tired of those fears we have dear/we’re on fire cause those fears they have dear” the band displays a sense of positivity in the lyrics to the opener of this EP. “Diamond Eyes” is a bit slower, playing into the band’s lethargic side. The guitars feature vibrations mixed in with light organ and lyrics that tells a relationship of two people getting both people’s point of view. With lyrics such as “It’s better than letting things die” and “I’ve seen him cut diamonds with her eyes/I’ve seen her cut diamonds with her eyes/They both cut diamonds with their mind”, Alex Maas and The Black Angels display a certain ugliness within these two characters. A diamond can represent a lot of things spiritually, one of which is it can reveal the inner truths of people. In this song it seems to reveals these characters unknowingness of each other and the beauty they try to project on each other, but one that falls short.

“The Flop” comes in next with its 60s driving garage organ and vibrations, while “An Occurrence At 4507 South Third Street” delivers short organ stabs and drums, pulsing bass and sprawling guitar lines supplied by Christian Bland that fills in the spaces that this song brings forth. “The Executioner” displays yet another character, the one in its title who revels in his job and shows no sympathy. With the lyrics “If it feels good do it again/Twist in the wind/Do it again” and other lyrics in this song, they take on menacing connotations throughout. Musically the song features psychedelic guitar arpeggios with a hint of an underlying blues influence and a breakdown with vocals and guitar lost amongst a mass amount of delay and echo.

The album ends with the lengthy track “Linda’s Gone”. It is difficult to listen to this song without bringing up The Velvet Underground, as with all the band’s records there is an element of The Velvets. This song sounds like “Venus In Furs” and echoes of The Velvet Underground & Nico album mixed in with yet another blues element, but it also has a sort of Middle Eastern vibe. The song is a hazy and lethargic song that builds in its six minute and thirty-six second journey. This song also ends the album with an intense uneasy calmness. On Clear Lake Forest, The Black Angels once again display their strong dynamics as a band not changing their psychedelic sound too much, but by adding in a strong sense of melody and a bit of as mentioned earlier, grimy blues. The characters in the songs on Clear Lake Forest struggle with many different things, but at the end of the EP as we are told “Now Linda’s gone/And she’s moving on” we can see that the listener as well as the content of the album have finished their journey in seven songs at twenty eight minutes. As we reach the final clearing of Clear Lake Forest, we are left wondering where The Black Angels will lead us next.

Clear Lake Forest is being re-issued on July 22nd, 2014 on 12-inch clear vinyl.

Saturday Night Play List:

1. The Missing Links - You’re Drivin' Me Insane
2. Parquet Courts - Always Back In Town
3. The Lime Spiders - Slave Girl
4. Guided By Voices - Bulletin Borders
5. The Fresh And Onlys - Animal Of One
6. Television Personalities - Part Time Punks
7. The Only Ones - Breaking Down
8. Papermaps - Shadow Theatre
9. The Rapture - Pieces of The People That We Love
10. Damaged Bug - Sic Bay Surprise
11. Jaill - Stone Froze Mascot
12. David Bowie - Drive-In Saturday
13. The Clues - Almost Framed
14. The Marble Index - I Believe
15. Pointed Sticks - Telephone Song
16. Neil Young - Crazy
17. Locusts Have No King - Shotgun Wedding
18. Bob Mould - Little Glass Pill
19. Johnny Terrien and the Bad Lieutenants - Back To The Beach
20. 222’s - Always Around
21. Queens Of The Stone Age - In The Fade
22. Teenanger - Zons
23. The Visitors - Sad TV
24. The Police - Contact
25. Chelsea - I’m On Fire
26. The D4 - Exit To The City
27. UIC - Nashville Dreamin'
28. Ten Commandments - Feel It
29. Rumors - Hold Me Now
30. White Fence - Like That
31. The Black Angels - An Occurrence At 4507 South Third Street

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