Wednesday, November 30, 2011

PLAYLIST: Mondo Radio (11/30/11)

Here's the playlist for this week's edition of Mondo Radio, which you can download or stream here. If you dig it, please find the show on Facebook and Twitter.

Artist - Song - Album
Talking Heads - Love For Sale - True Stories
Devo - Uncontrollable Urge - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Devo - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Elton Motello - Falling Like A Domino - Pop Art
Elton Motello - In The Heart Of The City - Pop Art
Madness - My Girl - One Step Beyond...
Madness - Night Boat To Cairo - One Step Beyond...
The Specials - It's Up To You - The Specials
The Specials - Too Hot - The Specials
Television - Marquee Moon - Marquee Moon
Television - Carried Away - Adventure
The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner - The Modern Lovers
Stanley Jordan - A-Flat Purple - Touch Sensitive
The Monkees - (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone - Hey-Hey-It's The Monkees: 20 Smash Hits
The Monkees - A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You - Hey-Hey-It's The Monkees: 20 Smash Hits
The Box Tops - Neon Rainbow - The Best Of The Box Tops: Soul Deep
The Box Tops - Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March - The Best Of The Box Tops: Soul Deep
Tortoise - TNT - TNT
Squarepusher - Tommib - Lost In Translation: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
Four Tet - No More Mosquitoes - Pause
Air - You Can Tell It To Everybody - Love 2
The White Stripes - Ball And Biscuit - Elephant
The White Stripes - The Hardest Button To Button - Elephant
The Mooney Suzuki - Electric Sweat - Electric Sweat
The Mooney Suzuki - In A Young Man's Mind - Electric Sweat
Black Lips - Drugs - 200 Million Thousand
Madlib - Alfred Lion Interlude - Shades Of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note
Madlib - Stepping Into Tomorrow - Shades Of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note
Beastie Boys - 14th St. Break - The Mix-Up
Beastie Boys - Suco De Tangeria - The Mix-Up
RJD2 - The Horror - Deadringer
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - Sleepin' On My Couch - The Best of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien: The Elektra Years - The B-Boy Handbook
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - Dr. Bombay - The Best Of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien: The Elektra Years - The B-Boy Handbook
Jurassic 5 - What's Golden? - CD Single
Handsome Boy Modeling School (Feat. Miho Hatori & Mike D) - Metaphysical - So...How's Your Girl?
Jaylib - Heavy - Champion Sound
Boogie Down Productions - You Must Learn - Ghetto Music: The Blueprint Of Hip Hop
Public Enemy - She Watch Channel Zero?! - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
Ice Cube - You Know How We Do It - Greatest Hits
GZA - Knock, Knock - The Legend Of The Liquid Sword

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CONCERT REVIEW: Drugs Dragons, Head On Electric & Cyborg Fortress (The Cactus Club, Milwaukee)

If you were looking for a good introduction to the current Milwaukee rock scene, you could do much worse than seeing Drugs Dragons, Cyborg Fortress and Head On Electric. Together here on the same Thanksgiving night bill at the Cactus Club, it was hard not to wonder why the three bands don't play out together more often.

Monday, November 28, 2011

UPDATE: "The Savior of Rock 'n' Roll: GG Allin" on WFMU's Beware of the Blog"

In case you missed it, my recent Network Awesome Magazine article on GG Allin has now found it's way onto WFMU's excellent "Beware of the Blog". I'm always happy to have my work included there, so if you're not familiar with the station or their site, be sure to poke around a bit after you read the article.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

PLAYLIST: Mondo Radio (11/23/11)

Here's the playlist for this week's edition of Mondo Radio, which you can download or stream here. If you enjoy it, please find the show on Facebook and Twitter.

Artist - Song - Album
The Satellite Singers And Orchestra - Rocket To The Moon - Journey To The Moon
The Satellite Singers And Orchestra - City In Space - Journey To The Moon
Laid Back - Elevator Boy - Keep Smiling
Laid Back - So Wie So - Keep Smiling
Depeche Mode - New Life - The Singles 81-85
Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough - The Singles 81-85
Prince - When Doves Cry (Short Version) - 12" Single
Prince - 1999 - 1999
The B-52's - Mesopotamia - Mesopotamia
The B-52's - Cake - Mesopotamia
Pylon - Weather Radio - Hits
Pylon - Yo-Yo - Hits
Suicide - Ghost Rider - Suicide
Suicide - Rocket USA - Suicide
MCB - Can't Fight The Feelin' - MCB
Blackalicious - World Of Vibrations - The Craft
Blackalicious - Supreme People - The Craft 
Nappy Roots - Nappy Roots Day - Wooden Leather
Curtis Mayfield - Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here - Of All Time/Classic Collection
Curtis Mayfield - (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go - Of All Time/Classic Collection
Leon's Creation - Back Roads - This Is The Beginning
Leon's Creation - If I Had The Power - This Is The Beginning
Belle & Sebastian - Act Of The Apostle - The Life Pursuit
Belle & Sebastian - White Collar Boy - The Life Pursuit
Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks - No One Is (As I Are Be) - Mirror Traffic
Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks - Stick Figures In Love - Mirror Traffic
Cosmic Psychos - Custom Credit - Fifteen Years, A Million Beers
Cosmic Psychos - Quarter To Three - Fifteen Years, A Million Beers
Flipper - The Lights, The Sound, The Rhythm, The Noise - Blow'n Chunks
Flipper - Shed No Tears - Blow'n Chunks
Love - Live And Let Live - Forever Changes
Love - The Red Telephone - Forever Changes
Syd Barrett - Terrapin - The Madcap Laughs
Syd Barrett - Octopus - The Madcap Laughs
Gary Wright - Let It Out - The Dream Weaver
Gary Wright - Can't Find The Judge - The Dream Weaver
Ace Frehley - Snow Blind - Ace Frehley

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

FEATURE: The Savior of Rock 'n' Roll: GG Allin

The boundary lines between what is and is not "art" are always up for debate, but things quickly take on a more excitable tone when you add to the debate a healthy dose of bad taste, anything that steps beyond societal norms. GG Allin, god rest his disgusting soul, was the walking embodiment of bad taste, a pissing, shitting mess of a human being who walked the line between artist and criminal. Looking back on the man's tumultuous life for the Network Awesome magazine, I can't say I came to many hard and fast answers about art or about Allin himself, but it's a strange, messianic tale that is worth telling regardless.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

EVENT REVIEW: Found Vs. Found (The Oriental Theatre, Milwaukee)

As previously reported on this site, Found Magazine and The Found Footage Festival have teamed up, and are in the midst of a joint tour. Or maybe "teamed up" is a poor choice of words, perhaps, "entered into a viciously brutal, but entertaining, bloodsport" is more appropriate, but regardless of how seriously you take the "Vs." in Found Vs. Found, it makes for a fun night of comedy, videos and music.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

PLAYLIST: Mondo Radio (11/16/11)

Here is the playlist for this week's edition of Mondo Radio, which you can download or stream here. If you dig it, please find the show on Facebook and Twitter.

Artist - Song - Album
Orange Juice - Rip It Up - ...Coals To Newcastle
New Order - Run - Technique
New Order - Mr Disco - Technique
Erasure - Take A Chance On Me - Abba-esque
Erasure - Voulez Vous - Abba-esque
ESG - Dance - Dance To The Best Of ESG
ESG - Talk It - Dance To The Best Of ESG
Material - Memory Serves - Memory Serves
Material - Conform To The Rhythm - Memory Serves
Public Image Ltd - Albatross - Second Edition
Wire - Mr Suit - On Returning (1977-1979)
Crawling Walls - The Brain That Wouldn't Fry - Inner Limits
Pizzicato Five - Twiggy Twiggy/Twiggy Vs. James Bond - Made In USA
Cibo Matto - Sci-Fi Wasabi - CD Single
Cibo Matto - Sugar Water - Viva! La Woman
David Bowie - The London Boys - The World Of David Bowie
T. Rex - Cosmic Dancer - Electric Warrior
T. Rex - The Motivator - Electric Warrior
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World - The Man Who Sold The World
Sweet - The 6-Teens - Desolation Boulevard
Sweet - No You Don't - Desolation Boulevard
Nick Gilder - Got To Get Out - City Nights
Nick Gilder - 21st Century - City Nights
Cheap Trick - The House Is Rockin' (With Domestic Problems) - Dream Police
The Clash - Janie Jones - The Clash
The Clash - Clampdown - London Calling
The Damned - Neat Neat Neat - Damned Damned Damned
The Damned - Fan Club - Damned Damned Damned
Iggy And The Stooges - Search And Destroy - Raw Power
Iggy And The Stooges - Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
TV On The Radio - Staring At The Sun - Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
TV On The Radio - Dreams - Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Arcade Fire - Black Mirror - Neon Bible
Arcade Fire - Keep The Car Running - Neon Bible
Ween - What Deaner Was Talkin' About - Chocolate And Cheese
Wilco - War On War - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Bob Dylan - You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go - Blood On The Tracks
Neil Young - Speakin' Out - Tonight's The Night
Patience & Prudence - Tonight You Belong To Me - A Date With John Waters

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

ALBUM REVIEW: Childish Gambino - Camp

Though he's best known for his work in humor, graduating from the sketch group Derrick Comedy to writing gigs on The Daily Show and 30 Rock before landing the role of dim-bulb Troy Barnes on NBC's Community, Donald Glover has also been fruitfully pursuing a music career for years now, releasing rap albums under the name Childish Gambino, an alias he got from a Wu-Tang Clan name generator. Now he's back with his fourth album, Camp, which, like its predecessors, is smart and ambitious, but bears a relentlessly emo tone that wears thin after a while.

Which isn't to say that Glover's complaints, or the feelings behind them, are without merit. He spends much of the album railing against the rigidity of identity forced upon young black men in America, the idea that if you're not hard or hood, you're not anything at all, and the way that attitude percolates through rap and relationships. It's something that's needed saying for a long time (whatever happened to hip-hop's big tent?), and he deserves props for daring, but it would come across a lot better with a bit more levity and a little less persecution complex.

But if the album gets a little leaden after a while, there's no denying the skill Glover brings to the proceedings. The production work is slick and soulful, and lyrically, he has a writer's eye for complex metaphors and a comedian's voice for the vicious put-downs; but by the time Camp winds to a close with an elegant little teenage love story, you're left wishing he had stepped back and allowed the album to open up and breathe a little more. It's best in small doses, but at least boasts a maturity that bodes well for future releases.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

CONCERT REVIEW: Ray Davies (The Pabst Theater, Milwaukee)

Few songwriters in the rock canon are as revered as former Kinks frontman Ray Davies, and for good reason; few people have his ability to encapsulate complex issues and emotions into wryly pithy lyrics. Playing The Pabst Theater last night, the legendary performer let loose a variety of classic tunes, as well as a few that are maybe not so well remembered.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

PLAYLIST: Mondo Radio (11/09/11)

Here's the playlist for this week's edition of Mondo Radio, which you can download or stream here. If you dig it, please find the show on Facebook and Twitter.

Rip, Rig And Panic - Storm The Reality Asylum - Grlz: Women Ahead Of Their Time
The Seeds - Pushin' Too Hard - Nuggets
The Count Five - Psychotic Reaction - Nuggets
The New Colony Six - I Confess - Breakthrough
The New Colony Six - Mister You're A Better Man Than I - Breakthrough
Black Lips - The Lie - Arabia Mountain
Black Lips - Bone Marrow - Arabia Mountain
Shannon And The Clams - Done With You - Sleep Talk
Hunx And His Punx - Lover's Lane - Too Young To Be In Love
The Hives - Find Another Girl - Veni Vidi Vicious
The Hives - Supply And Demand - Veni Vidi Vicious
Cactus - One Way...Or Another - Cactology: The Cactus Collection
Blue Cheer - Out Of Focus - Vincebus Eruptum
Rainbow - Stargazer - Rising
Rod McKuen & Dick Jacobs - Capricorn: Three Thirty A.M. - Written In The Stars (The Zodiac Suite)
David Bowie - Fashion - The Singles 1969 To 1993
David Bowie - Beauty & The Beast - The Singles 1969 To 1993
Gary Numan & Tubeway Army - You Are In My Vision - Replicas
Gary Numan & Tubeway Army - Replicas - Replicas
Brian Eno - The Great Pretender - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
Brian Eno - Third Uncle - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug - Greatest Hits
Roxy Music - Mother Of Pearl - Greatest Hits
Nancy Sinatra And Lee Hazlewood - Some Velvet Morning - Morvern Callar: Soundtrack To A Film By Lynne Ramsey
Leonard Cohen - So Long, Marianne - Songs Of Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen - Suzanne - Songs Of Leonard Cohen
J Boogie's Dubtronic Science (Feat. The Mamaz) - Type Of Girl - Undercover
J Boogie's Dubtronic Science (Feat. Lateef The Truthspeaker) - It's On Fire - Undercover
Dirty Sound System - Pointer Sisters' Send Him Back (Pilooski Edit) - D*I*R*T*Y* Edits Vol. 1
Talking Heads - Burning Down The House - Speaking In Tongues
Talking Heads - Moon Rocks - Speaking In Tongues
Blondie - Rapture - Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision
Blondie - Heart Of Glass - Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision
They Might Be Giants - S-E-X-X-Y (The Warren Rigg Microwave Mix) - 12" Single
Mr. Fingers (Feat. Robert Owens) - Can You Feel It (Alternate Mix) - Trax Records 20th Anniversary Collection
Mr. Lee - House This House - Trax Records 20th Anniversary Collection

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

VIDEO: Metalocalypse - Episode 01 - The Curse of Dethklok

Another of my contributions to Network Awesome's "Heavy Metal Week", the very first episode of the Adult Swim series Metalocaplypsecreated by Brendon Small (who was also behind the brilliant Home Movies) and Tommy Blacha. The series, set to return to the airwaves next spring, follows the exploits of Dethklok, the biggest, most brutal band on the planet. The music for the series was composed by Small himself, who even brought the band into the real world, touring with actual metal bands and releasing two albums. Enjoy!

Trouble viewing the video? Watch on Network Awesome!

Monday, November 7, 2011

CONCERT REVIEW: Cave w/ Absolutely, Catacombz, Running and Trophy Wives (The Riverwest Public House, Milwaukee)

One of the good things about Milwaukee's proximity to Chicago is that it's easy for bands to meet and share the same stage, and of these frequent visitors, Cave is one of the bands worth checking in with time and time again. When in town, they usually play the Cactus Club, but this time they played the Riverwest Public House, which resulted in no discernible reduction in awesomeness.

FEATURE: The History of Metal in One Man's Career: Ronnie James Dio

As part of Network Awesome's "Metal Week", I took a look at the long, winding career of one Mr. Ronnie James Dio, from his teenage doo-wop groups to the top of the heavy metal heap. Regardless of what you think of his music, if you've ever thrown up the devil horns at a kick ass show, you've got Dio and his outsized voice to thank.

FEATURE: Battle of the Bizarre: Found Footage Festival Takes On Found Magazine

As a culture, there's no denying that we create a lot of trash, and while some of it ends up on multiplex screens and bestseller lists, most is quickly forgotten. From strange tapes collecting dust in thrift stores to candid snapshots stuck in the pages of old books, there are whole realms of media that your average consumer would never see if not for the efforts of outlets like Found Magazine and the Found Footage Festival, curators of these bizarre and sometimes touching artifacts. Now the two have joined forces for a joint tour, and to mark the occasion, I talked to Found Magazine editor and co-founder Davy Rothbart and the Found Footage Fest's Nick Prueher about the tour, their friendly rivalry and the wide world of found.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

PLAYLIST: Mondo Radio (11/02/11)

Here's the playlist for this week's edition of Mondo Radio, which you can download or stream here. If you dig it, please find the show on Facebook and Twitter.

Artist - Song - Album
Walter Carlos - Title Music From A Clockwork Orange - Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Spank Rock - Baby - Everything Is Boring And Everyone Is A Fucking Liar
The Death Set (Feat. Spank Rock) - 7 PM Woke Up An Hour Ago - Michel Poiccard
The Death Set - Michel Poiccard Prefers The Old (She Yearns For The Devil) - Michel Poiccard
The Death Set - Can You See Straight? - Michel Poiccard
The Death Set - I Wanna Take This Tape And Blow Up Ya Fuckin Stereo - Michel Poiccard
The Death Set - Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap - Michel Poiccard
N/A - "The Vault Of Horror" Radio Spot - N/A
Gary Wilson - 6.4 = Make Out - You Think You Really Know Me
Gary Wilson - Loneliness - You Think You Really Know Me
Gary Wilson - Groovy Girls Make Love At The Beach - You Think You Really Know Me
Gary Wilson - And Then I Kissed Your Lips - You Think You Really Know Me
Gary Wilson - When You Walk Into My Dreams - You Think You Really Know Me
The Fall - Slang King - The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall
The Fall - Hit The North - The Frenz Experiment
The Fall - Victoria - The Frenz Experiment
The Fall - Ride Away - Heads Roll
N/A - "Schizoid" Radio Spot - N/A
Jack Starr's Burning Starr - Rock And Roll Is The American Way - Rock The American Way
Belle & Sebastian - Sleep The Clock Around - The Boy With The Arab Strap
Belle & Sebastian - Is It Wicked Not To Care? - The Boy With The Arab Strap
Bobb Trimble - Killed By The Hands Of An Unknown Rock Star - Iron Curtain Innocence
Bobb Trimble - One Mile From Heaven (Long Version) - Iron Curtain Innocence
N/A - "Phantasm" Radio Spot - N/A
The Velvet Underground - The Gift - White Light/White Heat
The Velvet Underground - New Age - Loaded
The Yoshida Brothers - Storm - Best Of Yoshida Brothers
The Yoshida Brothers - Overland Blues - Best Of Yoshida Brothers
Cornershop - It's Indian Tobacco My Friend - When I Was Born For The 7th Time
Cornershop - Good To Be On The Road Back Home - When I Was Born For The 7th Time
N/A - "They Came From Within" Radio Spot - N/A
The Fiery Furnaces - Quay Cur - Blueberry Boat
Animal Collective - Fireworks - Strawberry Jam
Animal Collective - Derek - Strawberry Jam
N/A - "Suspiria" Radio Spot - N/A
The Mummies - Test Drive - Play Their Own Records!
The Cramps - Goo Goo Muck - Psychedelic Jungle
The Cramps - Human Fly - Gravest Hits
Misfits - American Nightmare - Legacy Of Brutality
Misfits - Some Kinda Hate - Legacy Of Brutality
Misfits - Halloween - Legacy Of Brutality
The Mummies - The Fly - Play Their Own Records!
De La Soul - Shopping Bags (She Got From You) - The Grind Date
The Coup - Laugh/Love/Fuck - Pick A Bigger Weapon
The Coup - Get That Monkey Off Your Back - Pick A Bigger Weapon
The Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M. - Wu: The Story Of The Wu-Tang Clan
N/A - House By The Cemetery - N/A

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