Nuggets 150 – Thrashy


Still noodling around getting the mellower mixes ready. Meantime, here is a mix to play loud, or it will be once I get the tracks into the interweb. Some guitar shredding, some C86 girrl bands, and general loud mayhem.

1) Love Fade (Tamaryn) Kiwi living USA – excellent shoegazey stuff. 

2) Julie K (T54) CHCH band named after a tank. 3) Young Pros (Bass Drum of Death) 2 piece from from Mississippi 4) Year’s Not Long (Male Bonding) shop assistants make music. 5) Into The Depths (Soft Moon) Described in a review as “a San Francisco-based neo-post-punk band

6) The Green Goblin (Weekends) 2 young guys from Baltimore, Maryland, lots of feedback.

7) In Between Buses (Las Robertas) Costa Rican all-girl band. Audience is way too cool…

8) With You Alone (Woven Bones) Garage band / surf rock if you like. From Austin, Texas. 9) Veil (Weekend) & 10) Coma Summer (Weekend) Excellent noise makers from San Fran. These tracks from the album Sports. You can hear a ‘live’ studio mix of Veil here.

11) Throw The Water (Flight) Noisy like the end of the world will be, which coincidentally is the theme of their next song – see track 22. Term their sound “2-step / Death Metal”. Buy tunes here. 12) Teacher (Surf City) Excellent, excellent. Looking fwd to seeing them after they finish touring the colonies, appear to be on their way to Calgary in Canada. 13) Burning Mirrors (Lumerians) Hypno-drone space rock – Can meets Cave meets Black Moth Super Rainbow 14) Marianne (Ceremony) More shoegaze from Fredericksburg, Virginia.

15) Young Throats (Parenthetical Girls) Take their music seriously ‘- “Limited to 500 physical copies per EP, the 12″s will each feature original art by renowned Swedish illustrator Jenny Mörtsell, and will be hand-numbered in the blood of their respective band members…”
Also do improv.

I crossed myself before I crossed your lips

16) Hard Drivin’ (Weed Hounds) There is something beguiling about harsh guitars set against sweet yet snotty female vocals. 17) Still Windmills (Sky Larkin) .. and again.. 18) realize really (Lab Coast) 19) Bitchin’ (Cycle Schmeichel) Bristol band making retro noise.  20) Weekend Dudes (Ringo Deathstarr) BBC thinks they are derivative, do I care…? Seems an odd comment since all rock and roll is mining the same ground. 21) Chips Ahoy! (The Hold Steady) Another track from Boys and Girls in America . Seedy in a good way.

i got a girl and she don’t have to work
she can tell which horse is gonna finish in first
some nights the painkillers make the pain even worse
came in six lengths ahead
we spent the whole next week getting high
i love this girl but i can’t tell when she’s having a good time
how am i supposed to know that you’re high if you won’t let me touch you?

22) Real Estate (Flight) The end of the world, but in a tuneful way.

Nuggets 155 – Troubadours

Nuggets 155 - troubadours

Goodbye Charlie

I was gutted to hear that Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – aka Owen Ashworth was breaking up – or whatever solo acts do when they stop. I have headed out to see Owen twice, but each time I was lured to another show. Bugger. He is a lofi legend. It’s festival time week here in Auckland, and apparently Paul Kelly is going through his enormous repertoire alphabetically. I like his style. There was also a death I heard about this week, Charlie Louvin, the great country and gospel voice has gone upstairs. These random events lead me to think about the songs where it’s a guy / gal and their guitar and hence the troubadours mix. Paul Kelly missed out in the end. Great songs, but they are just so familiar I don’t want to hear them again.

1) I Was The One She Came For (Jonathan Richman) It’s been a long time since I heard any tunes by JR. I downloaded 2 of his recent albums after reading some reviews. He is still singing odd songs, but perhaps more grounded. The interweb gossip is that he is still playing regularly and recently married the manager of a bar he sings at. Makes sense. 2) Random Rules (Silver Jews) Love this guy. He stopped making music to do something more serious. Something about getting back at his Dad. Our loss. 3) Evelyn McHale (Parenthetical Girls) 4) This Is The Early Game (Castanets) Haunting tune by Mr Raymond Raposa of Portland Oregan. A friendly freak folker. 5) 1983 Pelle & Sebastian) (Pelle Carlberg) Swedish but eerily familiar to me. He could be singing about growing up in Invercargill. Small town Sweden circa 1983 and Invercargill? 6) The fairest of the seasons (Nico) 7) A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise (Phosphorescent) AKA Matthew Houck. Folkie surfer dude. 8) kanske ar jag kar i dig (Jens Lekman) Yep – another Swede. My favourite part is the brass at the end. The world needs more brass (and gamalans) 9) Waiting Around to Die (Townes Van Zandt) Since picking up his collected works I have been listening to the late great Mr Van Zandt. He redefines the word sad, but in an uplifting way 10) New Year’s Kiss (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) 11) Glory B (Castanets) 12) I Don’t Want to Get Over You (Magnetic Fields) Love the voice. 13) Catch 21 (Poitier) No guitars to speak of, but its got the vibe. 14) Traveling Salesman’s Young Wife Home Alone On Christmas (Casiotone For the Painfully Alone) 15) never trust a man with a guitar (Wingnut Dishwashers Union) 16) I’m getting back into getting back into you (Silver Jews) 17) Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel (Townes Van Zandt) What the fuck is he singing about – and do we care? 18) Because Her Beauty is Raw and Wild (Jonathan Richman) 19) Systematic Death (Jeffrey Lewis) Antifolk – whatever that means. Did his English thesis on Watchmen. 20) Fault Lines (The Mountain Goats) More lofi goodness, and another artist that made the effort to come to Auckland and I didn’t go see. 21) Long Vermont Roads (The Magnetic Fields) 22) Fri/End (Thurston Moore) Sonic Youth lite. 23) At The Bottom Of Everything (Bright Eyes) Life affirming moments on a plane from Connor Oberst et al. 24) Just Rehearsing (Charlie Louvin,) Goodbye Charlie.