Tuesday, January 31, 2017

SHOW #157 January 14, 2017 YEAR-END DEDICATION SPECIAL


Once again, our Year-End Special is dedicated to ALL KINDSA GIRLS!

All Kindsa Girls- The Real Kids Real Kids
Good Times- The Monkees Good Times!
Janine- David Bowie Man Of Words/Man Of Music 
Upside Down- Kurt Baker Combo In Orbit 
I'm in Love- Teenage Fanclub Here 
Terry- Farrah Moustache 
Pontiac- Mimi Betinis Music Sounds 
Play It (On Repeat)- The Dahlmanns Play It (On Repeat) 
^Ah! Leah!- Donnie Iris Back On The Streets 
Heart On the Line- Cheap Trick Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello 
Postdoc Blues- John K. Samson Winter Wheat 
Kitty- Racey Smash And Grab 
Smile- Descendents Hypercaffium Spazzinate 
Squirrel vs Snake- The Posies Solid States 
*California Kids- Weezer Weezer (White Album) 
*Trust Your Instincts- Nick Piunti Trust Your Instincts 
*Don't Open That Door- Michael Carpenter The Big Radio 
*The Book Of Too Late Changes- Cotton Mather Death Of The Cool 
*Back Among Friends- TUNS TUNS 
Maryann- Cherry Twister At Home With Cherry Twister 
Kill The Lovers- The Jangle Band Edge Of A Dream 
Sha La La- The Lash Outs State of Excess 
Ginny- Denny and the Dropouts Denny and the Dropouts 
Ladies Man- Soul Asylum Change Of Fortune 
You Say You- Bob Mould Patch The Sky 
>We Deliver- The Miamis We Deliver: The Lost Band Of The CBGB Era
Old Letter- Seth Swirsky Circles and Squares 
Hit You With A Flower- The Jeremy Band Hit You With A Flower 
Someone Else- Emitt Rhodes Rainbow Ends 
52 Girls- The B-52's The B-52's 

^Power Pop Peak:

*SacroSet:  2016 Top 5 Albums 

>Power Pop Prototype:  1975


2016?!?  What can I say that hasn't already been said?  At best it was surreal, at worst, terrifying.  On the plus side, the Love family remains healthy and we live in Sonoma, California.  My roles in We Players' Romeo and Juliet in Petaluma/Saratoga along with my Power Pop radio show ALL KINDSA GIRLS were also bright spots.  Thank God for the music... and films... and TV shows... and books that made this year better.  Back in January 1999 I started sharing my favorites in each category and the tradition continues as I humbly submit my 2016 Top 5's:


TOP 5 MOVIES
Hell Or High Water (who are the real bad guys?)
Sing Street /La La Land (Musicals are back!)
Green Room (RIP Anton Yelchin)
Manchester By The Sea (Lonergan's lament)
Moonlight ("a machine that generates empathy")


TOP 5 DVD'S/STREAMS
Everybody Wants Some! (grand slam)
Hunt For The Wilderpeople (Kiwi classic)
Force Majeure (man test)
The End of the Tour (Infinite Jest)
Experimenter/Stanford Prison Experiment (how Abu Ghraib happens)


TOP 5 ALBUMS
Weezer- s/t (White Album) (California Kids!)
Nick Piunti- Trust Your Instincts (pronounced "pewn-tee")
Michael Carpenter- The Big Radio (Wizzard of Oz)
Cotton Mather- Death of the Cool (I Ching-errific!)
TUNS- TUNS (Oh Canada!) 


TOP 5 BOOKS
The Goldfinch- Donna Tartt (wish I had a Boris)
Everything I Never Told You- Celeste Ng (sins of the father... and mother)
The Whites- Richard Price (the master returns)
The Girls- Emma Cline (save our Evies!)
We Are Not Ourselves- Matthew Thomas (family first)


TOP 5 TV SHOWS
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 1 (musical comedy gold)
The Leftovers Seasons 1-2 (sudden departure)
Shameless (US) Seasons 1-6) (oh those Gallaghers!)
Fargo Season 2 (mid-western massacre)
Rectify Seasons 2-3 (Free Daniel Holden) 


Fudged it on the "Top 5" a bit but I'm going to let it stand- plus they'd each make for an awesome double feature!  While not all of the above came out in 2016, that's when I came across them.  I'm always on the lookout for quality viewing/listening/reading material so please share your 2016 favorites- perhaps your selection will show up on next year's list.  Want to see past lists?  Check out the blog Rick Top 5 Lists for everything back to 1999.  Let's all try to be there for each other in 2017!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Show #156 December 10, 2016 CHRISTMAS CRUSH



Dedicated to Christmas Eve!
 
Christmas Eve- Night Flowers Christmas 
Christmas Time All Over the World- The Smithereens Christmas with the Smithereens
Kids Come Back Again at Christmas- Sloan Kids Come Back Again at Christmas 
Jingle Jangle Christmas- Vibeke ...From All Of Me 
Merry Christmas (I'm In Love With You)- Wyatt Funderburk s/t
^Lonely This Christmas- Mud The Singles '67-'78 
*Lonely Christmas- Sloppy Seconds Lonely Christmas 
*Another Lonely Christmas- Frank Zoda In The Grip
Welcome Christmas Time- Red Cabin Welcome Christmas Time 
Christmas Time Again- Cartoon s/t
Up On The Housetop- The Donnas Holiday Favorites: Pop/Rock
*Alone on Christmas Day- Phoenix and Bill Murray s/t
*(It's Going to Be a) Lonely Christmas- Marshall Crenshaw Christmas Time Again! 
*Lonely Christmas Eve- Ben Folds How The Grinch Stole Christmas 
It's Only Christmas (Cheer Up You Moody Prick)- Fightmilk The Fight Before Christmas
Do You Want To Build A Snowman- The Genuine Fakes Frost
Christmas Morning- Joe Giddings s/t
*Sunny Day For Xmas- Michael Carpenter s/t
*Christmas' Sun- Cirrone s/t
*Christmas On The Beach- Irene Swedesplease Christmas Mix 
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town- X Merry Xmas From X
Warm Lovin' Christmastime- Rob Bonfiglio Rockin' The Mistletoe 
Dreaming of the Right Christmas- Vista Blue Check It Twice 
*Super Sunny Christmas- Redd Kross s/t
*California Christmas- Sketch Middle s/t
*West Coast- The Connection A Christmas Gift For 
*Christmas in LA- The Canyon Rays Christmas In California
>What Christmas Means To Me- Stevie Wonder Someday At Christmas
Welcome Christmas- The Grip Weeds Under The Influence Of Christmas 
Because I'm Santa- The Dollyrots A Dollyrots Christmas EP 
Xmas Song (feat. Ville Valo)- Andy McCoy s/t
Without You By My Side- Warm Soda Noise to the World 
The Christmas Song- The Raveonettes s/t
The Christmas Wish- Kermit The Frog A Christmas Together

^Power Pop Peak:   #1 British Singles Chart 12/20/74

*SacroSet[s]:  Lonely/Sunny Christmas

>Power Pop Prototype:  1967

It's been a few years since I did a new Christmas show so I thought with everything 2016 dumped on us that now was a good time.  This means I got to play the Genuine Fakes' fantastic version of "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" (from Disney's Frozen) that came out last
Merry Christmas from Sloan!
year along with Sloan's new single "Kids Come Back A Christmas," for which I shelled out a hard-earned $1.99. (See what I do for you people!)  I've resisted doing "bummer" or anti-Christmas features in the past but as this year was a mixed bag I decided that I would offset "lonely" and "sunny" Christmas songs.   


I really enjoyed Bill Murray's Netflix Christmas Special last year.  It was a lot like Murray himself- kind of funny, kind of weird and at times totally surreal.  One of the surreal parts for me is after Christmas standards from David Johansen of the New York Dolls (Murray's cabdriver in the movie Scrooge) and Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley they go investigate a ruckus in the kitchen made by the "chefs" played by French pop band Phoenix.  Following Bill's introduction "okay, I'm going to you guys, how 'bout you fellas play something that nobody knows," the band launches into "Alone On Christmas Day."  I loved the song instantly and truth be told it was the genesis of the "lonely Christmas" theme in tonight's show.  Yes the song is about being alone on Christmas but it is so damn catchy and Murray's background vocals are hilarious!

Another great find this year is Fightmilk's "It's Only Christmas (Cheer Up You Moody Prick)" with its opening line:  

I bet you're the kind of guy who says that Die Hard is his favorite Christmas movie 

HA!  The sunny Christmas songs were easier to find.  I know I've played it before, but I couldn't resist dropping in Redd Kross' "Super Sunny Christmas," it is an all-time favorite and fit the "sunny" theme too well to ignore.


We went back east for Christmas this yearIt was great to see my family on Massachusetts' South Shore. We went in to Boston one day to see my sister-in-law and her kids and Jaime thought it would be fun to do something touristy so we went up to the Prudential Skywalk in the city's second tallest building.   



Skywalk goes all the way around the 5oth floor and offers amazing views of BostonI have never seen the city from this vantage point and it is truly impressive.  This picture I took shows how Fenway Park is wedged into the cityscape- they will never build another ballpark like it.  It's funny but during the rest of our stay I asked family and friends and not one person had ever been up to the Skywalk.  That's why it was such a fun thing to do- in my 20 years in Boston I probably cut through the Prudential Building lobby/mall 100 times and never once thought about going to the top.  Maybe next time I'll try the Freedom Trail!

On New Year's Eve day we drove to Hillsdale, NY to visit my nephew Garth, his wife Francesca and their awesome new baby Bruno.  My wife's brother Kurt, sister Jenny and their families were there too so it was nice to go from being with my people in Mass to Jaime's people in New York.  (They are all "our people" of course but you know what I mean.)  We rang in the New Year around a raging bonfire watching a very impressive amateur fireworks show.  The fireworks looked like cases of wine or beer, but with a fuse sticking out- no need to open the box just light it and get the hell out of the way!  On New Year's Day we drove to New York City to stay at my nephew's place in Chelsea.  That night we went to Duplex a cool piano bar in the West Village. 
As a historical bonus, Duplex is two doors down from the Stonewall Inn so I got to show the kids where the gay rights movement was born.  In fact, that night at Duplex my son Jack was hit on several times further underscoring how far the movement has come.

The next day Jaime and Nica went to a hair salon on the Upper East Side which left Jack and I free to go back down to the West Village.  From there we walked over to the East Village and St. Mark's Place, hitting a few record stores along the way before taking a train uptown to meet the ladies at Tavern On The Green for a late lunch.  (BTW- Siri has no idea where the restaurant is, she had us on East 80th Street and it's closer to West 67th.)  It was cool getting to see the open glass dining room during the day and at night when all the lights came on.
This could've used a flash, oh well...

That was Monday and most Broadway theaters were dark so we went to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater in Chelsea, right around the corner from where we were staying.  It was a very funny sketch show and the theater was packed.  After that we dropped the tired kids off at the apartment and Jaime and I headed uptown to a piano bar we always go to called Don't Tell Mama on 46th Street.  Jaime discovered it in the early 80's when she lived in New York and we've been going there for over 20 years.  This night the piano player was a fellow Masshole- we bonded over that and our fear of what this country is coming to.  There was even a drama playing out on the small stage as our server, a fantastic singer, shared the story of how she was leaving NYC after five years of struggling to land acting jobs to go back home to Florida.  Very moving.  (I'd like to point out that it is now 2:30AM on a Tuesday and there are still 30 people in the bar-  I LOVE New York!)

The next day Jaime wanted to go to the Met and while I would've loved to go, the kids not so much.  We took the train down to the South St. Seaport to get show tickets at the TKTS booth.  It was pouring rain and there was no line so we were in and out in five minutes vs. the 2+ hour slog at the booth in Times Square.  Despite the rain, I made the kids walk down to the pier so we could get a picture in front of the Brooklyn Bridge.
I swear he wears that hat just to piss me off!
Tickets in hand we walked over to the bizarre looking Oculus at the World Trade Center.  


It looks like a giant whale skeleton and inside it feels like you're walking around inside a giant whale.  Other than that it's just an upscale mall- not sure what any of it has to do with 9/11 but the kids seemed
Apparently this is Ted's copy
but I now have my own
to dig it.  Afterwards they took their first solo subway ride back to Chelsea as I jumped off at West 4th Street to go to Generation Records where I found a few things, the coolest of which is this single by an Akron band called Teacher's Pet.

Then it was off to the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway to see School of Rock.

In a taped message before the curtain rose composer Andrew Lloyd Webber told us the kids all play their own instruments.  The show started slow but once they got to school and the kids came on it was really fun.  What an amazingly talented group of young people- for me they were the the highlightI liked the songs too, especially "Where Did The Rock Go?" a second act number sung by Rosalie Mullins, the school principal:

Back when I was younger, wild and bold and free,
I can still remember, how the music used to be.
Chords like rolling thunder, loud beyond control,
Every note and lyric branded right across my soul.

Where did the rock go?
Where's the rush of those electric guitars?
Where are all those voices raised in heaven,
Blazing down like shooting stars?

Tell me where is the passion?
Where's the rattle and the roar and the buzz?
Where do last year's one-hit-wonders go to?
And what happened to the girl I was?

Somehow I got older, year by busy year.
Guess the songs kept playing, but I didn't stop to hear.
All that youth and swagger turned to grown-up doubt,
as the world spun like a record, and the music faded out.


After School of Rock we convinced the kids to stay out and go to Sid Gold's Request Room on West 26th Street an old school glitzy piano bar where people from the audience get up and sing for $5 a song.  It had a relaxed atmosphere and the song selection was fantastic; along with the standard piano bar fare there were songs by The Replacements, Velvet Underground, Violent Femmes and more.  I sang Big Star's "Thirteen," Jaime busted out Patti Smith's "Because The Night," the whole bar joining in on the chorus, and Nica sang "Valerie" by Amy Winehouse, getting several high fives on her way back to our booth.  Jack was about to unleash "Ain't No Sunshine" but it was closing time- we'll get him up there next time.
Sid Gold's Request Room

That's the thing I love about New York- it always gets you doing things you don't do at home.  You stay up later, walk more, eat pizza at midnight and sing in front of strangers.  We came home the next day and though I'm sad to say the kids don't love the city like their parents do, I'm glad we were able to give them the NYC experience.

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