We delve ever-further into the realm of film music. This time, we're looking at soundtracks, rather than scores, and talking about popular music from popular films. Most of what we're looking at is definitely of a certain stripe -- quite a bit from Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino films -- but the music is all good, even if your opinion of the director might be less than high. Podcast #136, "Social Event of the Season" Soup Dragons, "I'm Free" (The World's End soundtrack) Abba, "Mama Mia" (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert soundtrack) John Legend, "Who Did That to You" (Django Unchained soundtrack) Kenny Loggins, "I'm Alright" (Caddyshack soundtrack) Soul Asylum, "Can't Even Tell" (Clerks soundtrack) --- Night Birds, "Escape From New York" (Born to Die in Suburbia) Lustra, "Scotty Doesn't Know" (Eurotrip soundtrack) Squirtgun, "Social" (Mallrats soundtrack) Francis Haines, "The Trioxin Theme" (The Return of the Living Dead soundtrack) Crash & the Boys, "I'm So Sad, So Very, Very Sad" (Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World soundtrack) --- Kool & the Gang, "Jungle Boogie" (Pulp Fiction soundtrack) Redbone, "Come and Get Your Love" (Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1) Kermit the Frog, "Rainbow Connection" (The Muppet Movie) Stealers Wheel, "Stuck in the Middle With You" (Reservoir Dogs soundtrack)
We once again delve into the world of film scores, Italo disco, synth, and progressive rock with this installment of the podcast. Given that it's been so hot, movies have been our primary source of entertainment. When it's hot, air conditioning and minimizing physical activity go hand in hand. Thus, you get this mix of music, perfect for a day in the AC or a hot night out. Podcast #135, "Cinematic" Bernard Herrmann, "Prelude" (The Day the Earth Stood Still) Will Bates, "Going Clear" (Going Clear soundtrack) The Dust Brothers, "Chemical Burn" (Fight Club soundtrack) Afrika Bambaataa & Family, "Bambaataa's Theme (Assault of Precinct 13)" (Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere)) Irving Force, "Backalley Creepers 2" (Carpenter) --- Federale, "Sarcophagus" (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night soundtrack) The Daily Flash, "Theme" (Pit Stop soundtrack) Joe Strummer, "Storm In A D-Cup" (When Pigs Fly soundtrack) Gianni Giublena Rosacroce, "Incubo sulla città contaminata" (Nostra Signora Delle Tenebre) Brian May, "Hot & Ready" (Turkey Shoot soundtrack) --- Disasterpeace, "Title" (It Follows soundtrack) Goblin Rebirth, "Mysterium" (Goblin Rebirth) David Arnold & Michael Price, "How It Was Done" (Sherlock) Repeated Viewing, "Three Sisters (Umberto Remix)" (Three Sisters soundtrack) Tangerine Dream, "Stratosfear" (Stratosfear)
It's entirely possible this is the first podcast I've ever opened with the phrase "hot as balls," but it's not likely to be the last. My AC was out as I recorded this, and even in the usually pleasant confines of the Nuthouse basement, things were muggy as fuck. So, please enjoy this slowed-down summery jams, as I attempt to never move ever again. Podcast #134, "Melting" Greenhouse Culture & CS Luxem, "Song to the Cicadas" (digital) RAC featuring Nate Hendricks, "Back of the Car" (digital) Jamie XX, "Gosh" (In Colour) --- Mitch Murder, "Enter the Fury" (Kung Fury soundtrack) Bernard Fevre, "Earth Message" (Cosmos 2043) The Wonderland Philharmonic, "Dune" (Shogun Assassin soundtrack) --- Ahmad, "Back in The Day" (Ahmad) Fishbone, "Slow Bus Movin' (Howard Beach Party)" (Truth & Soul) Primal Scream, "Loaded" (The World's End soundtrack) --- T.Rex, "Mambo Sun" (Electric Warrior) Beastie Boys, "Dub the Mic" (The Sounds of Science) Ocote Soul Sounds, "Tu Fin, Mi Comienzo" (Coconut Rock) --- Dr. John, "Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya" (Gris Gris) DIIV, "Air Conditioning" (Oshin) Beach House, "Zebra" (Teen Dream)
This marks the first actual mixtape-style podcast in months. Guess I've just been too busy talking to people about their favorite music to actually play any of my own. That means I've a whole bunch of stuff that's accumulated, going all the way back to Record Store Day and before. Starting off the podcast is the latest installment of the Too Much Rock single series, from Kansas City's the Uncouth!. It's been a year since Sid's last installment, and it's worth the wait. Good, solid streetpunk, the likes of which hasn't come out of KC since the heyday of the Main Street Saints and Tanka Ray. And, continuing Sid's ability to read my mind, the b-side cover is my absolute favorite Slade song, so go grab it, because there's no finer slab of blue-collar rock 'n' roll you'll hear all year. You can pick up copies from Teenage Heart Distro. Usually, I don't write a lot in these intros, but that's a pretty sweet release you needed to know more about. Also on the podcast: new music from Magnetic South Recordings, Fat Wreck, and more. Podcast #133, "Cover Your Ears" The Uncouth, "Gudbuy T'Jane" (Too Much Rock Single Series #4) The Saints, "Lost and Found" (Eternally Yours) Zero Boys, "I'm Absent" (Crazy Al's Indiana Punk & New Wave '76-'83) Thee Tsunamis, "Saturday Night Sweetheart" (Saturday Night Sweetheart) --- Western Addiction, "Clatter and Hiss (demo)" ("I'm Not the Man That I Thought I'd Be" single) Radioactivity, "Silent" (Silent Kill) The Flatliners, "Fangs" ("Resucitation of the Year" single) Sad Boys, "Turds On A China Plate" (Cry Now, Cry Later) --- Exhumed, "Gravewalker" (split with Iron Reagan) Iron Reagan, "Pay Check" (Demo 2012) Raw Distractions, "No. 7" (Japan 2014) --- The Swan King, "Invisible Hands" (Eyes Like Knives) Meat Wave, "Keep Smoking" (Meat Wave) Thou, "Even In His Youth" (Whatever Nevermind) Off With Their Heads, "On the Attack" (Flexi Series #3)
Apologies for the break. Life once again got in the way of the podcast, but this new episode is a fantastic guest DJ set from Jordan Smith of Diarrhea Planet. We interviewed him for the Runout, where we did a kind of oral history of the Nashville sextet. You'll be able to read that later this week at The Runout, but in the meantime, let's go take a listen to what Jordan has to play for us. Podcast #132, "Jordan Smith of Diarrhea Planet" Bob Seger, "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll" (Stranger In Town) Smashing Pumpkins, "Cherub Rock" (Siamese Dream) --- Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Nevermind --- Jimi Hendrix, "Manic Depression" (Are You Experienced?) Twin Peaks, "Flavor" (Wild Onion) Taylor Swift, "You Are In Love" (1989) --- The Who, "Baba O'Reilly" (Who's Next) The Darkness, "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" (Permission to Land) Diarrhea Planet, "Hammer of the Gods" (I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams) --- Roy Orbison, "She's a Mystery to Me" (Mystery Girl) David Ball, "Thinkin' Problem" (Thinkin' Problem) Wipers, "Mystery" (Is This Real?) Diarrhea Planet is currently on tour, and you can find their tour dates at the band's website.
Just in time for her album release shows this week, we have an interview with Karina Denike. You likely know her best for her tenure with ska-punks Dance Hall Crashers, but her new album Under Glass, is anything but. A wonderful melange of torch songs, indie pop, and the slightest hints of reggae, Under Glass is that most wonderful kind of album, revealing further details the more you listen. The album came out this week, and you can buy it from Denike's website while you listen to our interview with her. Podcast #131, "Karina Denike" Interview with Karina Denike --- Dance Hall Crashers, "Don't Call" (The Show Must Go Off!) --- Interview with Karina Denike --- Karina Denike, "Anchors Away" (Under Glass) --- Interview with Karina Denike --- Karina Denike, "Golden Kimonos" (Under Glass) --- Interview with Karina Denike --- X, "The World's A Mess, It's In My Kiss" (Los Angeles) --- Interview with Karina Denike --- Karina Denike, "Az Budes Velky" (Under Glass) Release shows for Karina Denike's Under Glass are this weekend in California: Thursday, 4/16 - Amnesia, San Franciso w/ Lily Taylor, Cosimo Lissy Friday, 4/17 - Awaken Cafe, Oakland w/ Lily Taylor and more TBA Saturday 4/18 - Dave's Record Store, Berkeley w/ bunches of others for Record Store Day
Jeff Rosenstock's new album for SideOne Dummy, We Cool?, debuted on the Billbroard Heatseeker Charts at #7. Not a bad accomplishment for a guy I once saw play a basement three blocks from my house. We interviewed the former Bomb the Music Industry frontman for The Pitch and took the opportunity to get Rosenstock to chat with us about songs he likes for this latest installment of the podcast. Podcast #130, "Jeff Rosenstock" Michael Damian, "Rock On" (Where Do We Go From Here) Bobby Brown, "My Prerogative" (Don't Be Cruel) --- Everclear, "Heroin Girl" (Sparkle and Fade) --- Shinobu, "Violence House" (10 Thermidor) Father John Misty, "Bored in the USA" (I Love You, Honeybear) Sleater-Kinney, "A New Wave" (No Cities to Love) Alvvays, "Adult Diversion" (Alvvays) --- MU330, "Got Caught" (Chumps On Parade) Chinkees, "Another Angry Man He Goes to War" (Bay Area Ska Volume 2) Operation Ivy, "Sound System" (Energy) --- Jeff Rosenstock, "You, In Weird Cities" (We Cool?) Jeff Rosenstock is currently on tour with with Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Smith Street Band and Chumped You can find tour dates and more info at his Tumblr.
It's another installment of "special guest DJ" on Sunglasses After Dark. This go-round, we have Miguel Chen, bassist for Teenage Bottlerocket. The pop-punk road warriors' seventh album, Tales From Wyoming, is due out March 31 on Rise Records, so after we interviewed Chen about the new record, we asked him the litany of questions we have for any artist willing to answer them. His answers are interesting. I suggest not looking at the playlist until afterward. The surprise is worth it. Podcast #129, "Miguel Chen of Teenage Bottlerocket" Green Day, "Having A Blast" (Dookie) NOFX, "Whatever Didi Wants" (Heavy Petting Zoo) --- Voodoo Glow Skulls, "Human Piñata" (Band Geek Mafia) --- Ramones, "Listen To My Heart" (Ramones) --- Teenage Bottlerocket, "Skate or Die" () Teenage Bottlerocket, "Don't Want to Go" () --- Pears, "Terrible" (Go to Prison) The 20Belows, "In Heavy Rain" (Wreckage) Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" (1989) --- Teenage Bottlerocket, "Nothing Else Matters (When I'm With You)" (Tales From Wyoming) Thanks again to Miguel for taking time to do the podcast. Teenage Bottlerocket's new album, Tales From Wyoming, is due out March 31 on Rise Records. You can pre-order it in a variety of formats and bundles at the Teenage Bottlerocket store.
It's cold. It's overcast. I'm as tired of grousing about the weather as you are of hearing about it. Let's have the music reflect some dour moods, and then try to redeem things with a bunch of pop. Podcast #128, "Whether the Weather" Louder, "Secret Fiction" (Louder) The Spits, "Come With Me (Yeah Wontcha)" (split with Dan Melchior) Sheer Mag, "Hard Lovin'" (Sheer Mag) Sam Vicari, "Mad At You" (Giving Up) --- Viet Cong, "Bunker Buster" (Viet Cong) The Smiths, "The Headmaster Ritual" (Meat Is Murder) Jeff Ament, "Pendulumorphosis" (Ten Club 2014 single) Grizzly Bear, "Two Weeks" (Veckatimest) --- Josh Berwanger, "Some Other Guy" (split with Dwight Twilley) Pushin' it 2 the Limit, "Pushin' it 2 the Limit Saves the Fish" (Pushin' it 2 the Limit) No Love, "Dogs//Wolves" (North Carolina Singles Series) John Wesley Coleman III, "I Found A Home" (Windian Subscription Series #3)
This episode once again features a special guest DJ, and strangely, this one also features a Tony. In this case, however, it's Tony Foresta, frontman for the thrash-metal punks Municipal Waste, as well as hardcore revivalists Iron Reagan. I did an interview with him for the Runout which will run later this week, but while I had Foresta on the line, I asked him about a few of his favorite songs. It's a pretty cool mix. Iron Reagan is currently on-tour with Napalm Death, Voivod, Black Crown Initiate, and Exhumed. Those dates run through February 28, and you can find more information at Iron Reagan's Facebook page. Podcast #127, "Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste/Iron Reagan" Beastie Boys, "Paul Revere" (License to Ill) Wu-Tang Clan, "Protect Ya Neck" (Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)) -- Minor Threat, "Betray" (Out of Step) S.O.D., "Chromatic Death" (Speak English or Die) Jesus Lizard, "Nub" (Goat) --- Quicksand, "Head to Wall" (Slip) --- Rival Mob, "It Must Be Nice" (Mob Justice) Night Birds, "Neon Gray" (The Other Side of Darkness) Torche, "Keep Up" (Volcom Entertainment Vinyl Club) --- SS Decontrol, "Glue" (Get It Away)