Sunday, November 28, 2010

Show #45 November 13, 2010

Let's hear it for Andrea!

- Tommy Keene Driving Into The Sun
Take Me Back- Tinted Windows Tinted Windows
Something New- The Genuine Fakes The Striped Album
I'll Be Taking Her Out Tonight- The Tremblers Twice Nightly
Press Gang- The Radiators TV Tube Heart
Tell Me About It Slim- Robert Johnson Close Personal Friend
Turn Down- Three Hour Tour Three Hour Tour - 1969
Grudge F***- Pernice Brothers Live A Little
^What I Like About You- The Romantics DIY Shake It Up: American Power Pop II (1978-80)
Summer Snow- Visqueen Message To Garcia
It's A Secret- Regular Guys Regular Guys E.P. 7"
Young Hearts- The Cute Lepers Smart Accessories
She Kills Me- Ian North Neo
We Float About- Cherry Twister Cherry Twister
*6- Neats DIY: Mass. Ave. - The Boston Scene (1975-83)
*16- Green Day 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
*24- Game Theory Tinkers To Evers To Chance
*29- Gin Blossoms New Miserable Experience
Teenage Foxes- The Blondes The Blondes
It's Better This Way- The Imposters Don't Get Mad 45
Jetleg- The Merrymakers No Sleep 'til Famous
Irreplaceable- The Genuine Fakes Irreplaceable
Big Tears- Elvis Costello & The Attractions This Year's Model
Fashion Of The Times- The Reducers Let's Go
>Don't Worry 'Bout Love- Arrows First Hit
Hang On- Runarounds Waiting For The Hurricane
Mean And Rotten- Just Water The Riff
Mission- Research Turtles Research Turtles
I Fell Dumb- Jr. Gone Wild Less Art, More Pop
Sex Fit- Meantime Two For One 45
The Genuine Fakes- The Genuine Fakes The Striped Album
Heart Burning Down- Hoehn & Duren Blue Orange

^Power Pop Peak: #49 Billboard Hot 100 2/16/80

*SacroSet: Numbersongs

>Power Pop Prototype: 1976

Each ALL KINDSA GIRLS show is put together on my laptop with iTunes software. The crossfading in the program is a little clunky, so I don't think iTunes is very good for playing songs on the radio, but it is a great music database. Past SacroSets featuring artists of the same name or songs with the same title are a direct result of iTunes ability to sort on multiple fields. While other programs I've used put numerical songs ("16") or artists ("10,000 Maniacs") first, before "A," iTunes puts them last. Past searches on title, turned up four songs called "On The Beach" and another four called "That Girl" (which have both been used as SacroSets) and a growing list of "Numbersongs" that meet these criteria:
  • Title must be limited to a number;
  • Title must be expressed numerically (for example "29" not "twenty-nine")
After I found Green Day's "16" I tried to find songs named "4," "8," "15," "23," and "42" as an homage to Lost, one of my favorite TV shows of the last few years, but I came up short. After the fact, I realized The Neats "6" is listed as "Six" on both the original Propeller EP vinyl release and the recent 1981-1984 The Ace of Hearts Years album. In my defense, the version I played was from Rhino's DIY: Mass. Ave. The Boston Scene (1975-83) and they list the song as "6." So that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Anyway, like I said the songs only had to meet the parameters above so from a content perspective, the selection was totally random. I find it very interesting then that three of the four are about age-driven angst.
  • from Green Day's "16:"
    Every night I dream the same dream
    Of getting older and older all the time
    I ask you now, what does this mean?
    Are all these problems just in my mind?
  • from Game Theory's "24:"
    And everyone asks if I'm leaving, no sir
    I get around but I don't get closer
    Is it because I'm 23, not 24?
  • from Gin Blossoms' "29:"
    Time won't stand by forever if I know it's true
    And I've learned not to say never
    Or else I'll seem the fool
    Twenty-nine you'd think I'd know better
    Living like a kid
I've never been obsessed with age, probably because whenever one of the big milestones comes up (21, 25, 30, 40, etc.) I've always been pretty happy with my life. Even when I was looking at 40 and 35 pounds overweight it was more of a call to action than anything else. (I had seen video of myself in a bathing suit on my sister in law's boat the previous summer and had one of those [insert Oprah voice] "OH HELL NO!" moments.) I know age is a major source of anxiety for a lot of people, so I count myself lucky in this regard.

Now, if you didn't already think I am a HUGE music geek....

Tonight's show marked what may be the American broadcast debut of The Genuine Fakes' "The Striped Album." Technically it doesn't have a name but similar to Weezer's "Blue" "Green" and "Red Albums" and, of course, The Beatles "The White Album" the cover design (pictured above) provides the record's de facto title. After writing about The Genuine Fakes' mustaches in an earlier post (Show #38 August 21, 2010) I thought I'd e-mail the band to see what they thought and also to thank them for the free download of "I Don't Want It." I didn't expect to hear anything back, but less than 24 hours later I heard back from lead singer Joey Fake himself- he thanked me for playing the song and said he liked the blog post too. Not only that, he sent me a download link for the new album! How cool is that- I tell you it took me back to my early days as a loyal member of the KISS ARMY! Check out the band's website for more information on a record that I'm already pretty sure will be one of my Top 5's of 2010.

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