[Every Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m., Henry Rollins brings an exclusive mix of songs old and new to listeners at 89.9 FM, KCRW. Visit KCRW.com for more information and to stream his show online, or peruse the Radio Notes archives to see past playlists.]
RADIO BROADCAST #371
Fanatic! Before we get into all the great tracks we will rock on this show, let me give you some great news.
As you might know, next week, Teri Gender Bender will be our guest. You know how we do it, Fanatic. A guest comes on our show and we basically just get out of the way and let them take over! Musicwise, you know never know what you’re going to get.
Ms. T sent me the tunes she wanted to play and I am happy to tell you that the tracks are not only super cool, almost all of the bands were totally unknown to me. You might know some of them but they were new to me. I have a feeling it is an age thing as much as anything else. I will have to get up earlier! Engineer X will be choppering in for the show on the KCRW helicopter. It will be a great time all around, so please tune in if you can.
Also, remember in two weeks, KaS Product will be in Los Angeles at the Echo on May 22. Here, yet again, is that info.
I just returned from a few days in Washington, D.C. Visits with Ian MacKaye, his family, along with Don Zientara from the legendary Inner Ear Studios, Joe from Fugazi and others were quite energizing.
Last week in these pages, I opined about my lack of enthusiasm for the RSD releases I got this year. Besides what I listed in last week’s notes, two listens yesterday upped the overall considerably.
The Cramps' live in Palo Alto LP, which has been around in the bootleg world for years, sounds good and we will get some of that on the show soonish.
The most surprising LP was the remastered version of The Stooges' Metallic K.O. album. Perhaps like me, you have listened to this record many times. Not the greatest recording but it’s more what it is than how it sounds. That being said, this 2016 version sounds so much better than earlier versions that if you have any affection for or curiosity about this album at all, you might want to check it out.
Oh, yes, and then there are all the tracks to dig. If you look below, you will see all that is on hand for this here show.
We are in week No. 2 of ending our first hour with a track with the great new Cloudland Canyon album called An Arabesque, and finishing our show with a Devo EZ Listening track from the new rerelease on the great Futurisimo label.
It’s a great show from top to bottom, I think, but that’s just me. These shows often take a long time to make, but I think it’s worth it.
This Is Great News Dept.: Trouble in Mind Records has released the first two albums by Australia’s excellent Dick Diver. Calendar Days and New Start Again are fantastic records and for all you stateside Fanatics, you can now enjoy domestic prices. The mastering on both LPs is great and, may I add, they make perfect warm-weather listening. Here is the info.
Fanatic, thank you for reading these notes and STAY FANATIC!!!
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01. Richard Hell & The Voidoids – Blank Generation / Blank Generation
02. Demons – Deviation / Invisible Darkness
03. Shocking Pinks – Emily / Shocking Pinks
04. Duke Ellington – Sharpie / Echoes of Harlem
05. Doctor Mix & The Remix – I Can't Control Myself / Wall of Noise
06. Minutemen – God Bows to Math / Double Nickels on the Dime
07. Ex Hex – Radio On / Rips
08. Romania – We're on the Radio / Remodel
09. Flin Flon – Leading Tickles / Boo Boo
10. The Toilet – The Demon Shit From Hell w/ Pink Clothes / Crime and Shit
11. The Fall – Surmount All Obstacles / Middle Class Revolt
12. The Traditional Fools – Rumble / Fools Gold
13. Cramps – Green Fuz / Psychedelic Jungle
14. Gun Club – Humanesque / Pastoral Hide & Seek
15. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Deanna / Tender Prey
16. Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds / Coyote Conundrum / La Araña Es la Vida
17. Cloudland Canyon – An Arabesque / An Arabesque
01. Savages – I Need Something New / Adore Life
02. XYZ – Don't Call Me / XYZ
03. Uton – Kohtaaminen / Psychic Archives Vol. 04
04. Boomgates – Flood Plains / Double Natural
05. Boris – Akirame Flower / Gensho
06. Deerhoof – Dummy Discards a Heart / Fever
07. Wasitodinigrat, K.R.T., Pura Paku Alaman – Bubaran Hudan Mas (“Golden Rain”) Pélog Patet Barong / Javanese Court Gamelan, From The Pura Paku Alaman, Jogyakarta; Wasitodinigrat
08. Japandroids – Sovereignty / Japandroids
09. Devo – S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain) / Duty Now for the Future
10. Dick Diver – Lonely Life / single
11. The Stevens – Teenage Satellites / The Stevens
12. Totally Mild – Nights / Down Time
13. Devo – Swelling Itching Brain (EZ Listening Version) / EZ Listening Muzak