Sunday, February 22, 2009

Show #3 February 21, 2009

For the few, the proud, the Maureens

Maureen- Fountains Of Wayne Out-Of-State Plates
T.V. Sound- DM3 Dig it the Most
Heart Of Stone-SVT Heart Of Stone 45
Black & White- The dB's Stands for deciBels
There She Goes Again- The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
Leaving Your World Behind- 20/20 20/20
One Way Love- The Innocents One Way Love 7"
When You're Mine- The Heats Have An Idea
The Bulrushes- The Bongos The Bulrushes 7"
*Jump Boys- The Undertones The Undertones
*I Never Came Down- The Golden Horde I Never Came Down 12"
*Crimson- Rudi Big Time: The Best of Rudi
*War Stories- The Starjets God Bless The Starjets
When You're Young- The Atlantics When You're Young 45
Caught In Traffic- Sgt Arms Walking On The Roof 7"
On The Beach- The Producers On The Beach 45

*Theme Set: The Emerald Isle

Fountains of Wayne are a great example of a current band that shares the All Kindsa Girls aesthetic. In fact I'd bet FoW have more songs with a girl's name in the title than any other band today- and for this I am thankful. Finally got around to burning my vinyl copy of 20/20's first album and they were a great addition tonight. Unlike punk rock, Power Pop does not shy away from slower tempos, so I always try to include a slow dance each show and tonight it was Leaving Your World Behind.

So, why did I do my Ireland theme set in February and not just wait a few weeks to be closer to St. Paddy's Day? Damned if I know. In any case, it blows me away that three of the four bands I played tonight--Undertones (Derry), Rudi, Starjets (both Belfast)-- were making this upbeat, fun music in Northern Ireland during the mid to late 70's, a time of bombings, hunger strikes and general civil unrest. In fact, Terri Hooley's Good Vibrations label is in the All Kindsa Girls Hall of Fame for putting out some of my favorite records. The CD compilation pictured above is a great sampling of what the label had to offer despite all the violence and chaos going on in Belfast at the time. Seriously- it would be like finding out Fountains of Wayne are from Darfur or the Gaza Strip. Make Power Pop, not WAR!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Show #2 January 31, 2009

Dedicated to all Lori's, Laurie's & Lorrie's everywhere!

Lori- Travoltas Endless Summer
In The Winter- The Fastbacks ...And His Orchestra
Get Your Radio- The Secrets Titan: It's All Pop! (Disc 1)
The Weakest Shade Of Blue- Pernice Brothers Yours, Mine & Ours
The Kids Just Wanna Dance- Fast Cars Kids Just Wanna Dance 7"
The Night I Lost My Head- Maximo Park A Certain Trigger
Make The Rules- The Orbits Make The Rules 45
Sixteen Blue- The Replacements Let It Be [Deluxe Edition]
No Respect- Newtown Neurotics Newtown Neurotics Punk Collection
*Hanging On The Telephone- The Nerves The Nerves E.P. 7"
*Hush, Hush- The Plimsouls The Plimsouls... Plus
*Rock N Roll Girl- The Beat The Beat
*Good Times- Jack Lee Jack Lee's Greatest Hits Vol. 1
See Me In My Dreams- Silver Sun Dad's Weird Dream
Tonight- Raspberries Side 3
Dream Girl- The Power Chords Unattached Strings 45
Fizz Pop(Modern Rock)- The Continentals Fizz Pop(Modern Rock) 7"

*Theme Set: The Nerves' Legacy

When I got back from the station after this show my wife and daughter met me at the door with stern expressions on their faces, both asking "who's Lori?" I had to explain to them that one of the "rules" of All Kindsa Girls is that each show is dedicated to a woman or girl, in general or specific. I'm still looking for the perfect "Jaime" song for my wife and for my daughter a better "Veronica" option than Elvis Costello's (alzheimer's disease) or Sloppy Seconds' (teen suicide).

Anyway, good show tonight- played Raspberries, The Replacements and new LA band The Power Chords, which is a great example of Power Pop's longevity. Also featured The Nerves- a band of Power Pop Giants. Bass player Peter Case went on to form The Plimsouls, drummer Paul Collins gave us The Beat aka Paul Collins' Beat and Jack Lee wrote hit songs for Blondie and Paul Young in the 80's. Bomp! label Alive Records just released a Nerves retrospective called One Way Ticket that includes all their studio stuff and some dodgy sounding live tracks. It's a great introduction to this legendary band. Tastemaker that he was, Ted Maguire introduced me to The Nerves EP. (I wonder if he still has the refund check from Devo- made out to Mr. Spanx Fanjet- I like to think it is framed on his mantel alongside baby pictures of his kids).

Show #1 January 18, 2009

I'm back on the radio after 18 years!

All Kindsa Girls- The Real Kids The Real Kids
Find It- The Carrie Nations Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (Original Soundtrack)
Let Me Take Your Photo- The Speedies Speedy Delivery
Brown Eyes- Gary Charlson Titan: It's All Pop!
Waiting For Tuesday- Hundred Million Martians Marsbars
Shakin' Street- MC5 Back In The U.S.A.
Heart of the City- Nick Lowe Jesus of Cool
Rock 'n' Roll Is Dead- The Rubinoos Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About...
12 O'Clock High- Dirty Looks Dirty Looks
*Hollow Head- Sloan Action Pact
*Out Of Luck- Pointed Sticks Part Of The Noise
*Picture My Face- Teenage Head Teenage Head
*Aside- The Weakerthans Left & Leaving
Eddie Cross- The Shods Thanks For Nuthin'
Mod Lang- Big Star #1 Record/Radio City
Stay Positive- The Hold Steady Stay Positive

*Theme Set- Oh Canada!

So I have this friend Joe. I've been in a band with him (The Dadz, spelled with an anarchy "A," of course) and acted in a couple of his films ( Joe pitched a show idea to local radio station KSVY, but didn't want to do it every week so he asked me to share the Saturday Night at 9pm slot (great time!). Joe's show is called Contact Buzz ( and it is way dark.

I'd been thinking about doing a Power Pop radio show for a while- my last public radio stint on WMBR in Boston ended in 1991. Power Pop is fun, positive, high energy rock & roll and it's been going strong for five decades. I decided to name the show "All Kindsa Girls" in honor of The Real Kids, one of my favorite Boston rock & roll bands.

Funny story about The Real Kids- I initially rejected the record because three of the guys on the cover had long hair and the fourth's Moe Howard bowl cut wasn't a strong selling point either. This hair offense violated the rigidly defined, largely British inspired, "punk" orthodoxy to which I then felt all bands must conform (except for The Ramones who got a "pass" because they were first).

Luckily my older (by about ten months or so) and wiser (he subscribed to New York Rocker!) Cousin Rich convinced me I was being stupid and I bought the record anyway. The Real Kids is one for the ages and it started a love affair with Boston rock & roll that continues today (witness current Lowell, MA band The Shods also in my first show). I probably didn't say it then, but thanks Rich!