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Woke up and did some push-ups and sit-ups this morning… yessh, that is hard work.  Reminds me of bootcamp, which, come to think of it, I should try again!

Yesterday, the internets were all aflutter over the Spin Magazine’s Nirvana tribute record, Newermind.

So on over I headed to Spin’s Facebook page… liked, then really liked this jam.

Charles Bradley – “Stay Away”

Download MP3 >> 10 Stay Away

Its a pretty dramatic take on the Nirvana grunge classic.  I really enjoyed the James Brown-esque interpretation.

Charles Bradley’s story is bizarre and crazy too… if the internet is to be believed.  You should read about his life path. The dude did a James Brown lounge show… of course he did.

Neat, there is also a Jessica Lea Mayfield, Amanda Palmer and Surfer Blood cover on there.  Track one, side one… Meat Puppets.

Go with yourself.

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I am about half way through the book Our Band Could Be Your Life” by Michael Azerrad so I thought I’d put down a little mix of some of the bands featured.

The first 7 bands featured on the set are all profiled in the book. The last 3, D.O.A., R.E.M., and Meat Puppets don’t have a profile in the book.. but they get talked about a bunch and I wanted to round out the set.

I hope you like this little 30 minute set of 80s alt. rock.

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DJ Notes

01) The Replacements – “Alex Chilton”
02) Husker Du – “Don’t Want to Know if You Are Lonely”
03) Mission of Burma – “Academy Fight Song”
04) Sonic Youth – “Teen Age Riot”
05) Minor Threat – “Good Guys (Don’t Wear White)”
06) Minutemen – “History Lesson Part 2”
07) Black Flag – “Nervous Breakdown”
08) D.O.A. – “Take A Chance”
09) R.E.M. – “So. Central rain (I’m Sorry)”
10) Meat Puppets – “Plateau”

Stream from Mixcloud >> I’m in love … what’s that song?

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Go with yourself.

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Friday was payday for me, so it was off to Ditch to pick up a couple long players they had set aside.

I am slowly but surely collecting The Replacements discography as best I can, so I grabbed Hootenanny. As I have blogged before, I love the Meat Puppets so their important record II was on the shopping list.

My wife Coral, she had a mad lust to hear the ‘An Innocent Man’ album cut “Christie Lee” so we also got our hands on that record as well. I hope you enjoy listening to some selections off this week’s stack of wax.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to music.

Click to stream>> Playing 33s: his name was always Joe to me

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DJ Notes

01) Billy Joel – “Uptown Girl”
02) Billy Joel – “Christie Lee”
03) The Replacements – “Color Me Impressed”
04) The Replacements – “Within Your Reach”
05) Meat Puppets – “Plateau”
06) Meat Puppets – “Aurora Borealis”

All the records I played on this mix are from 1983!  Whoa… the year Coral was born.

An Innocent Man is Billy Joel’s tribute to the music of his youth.  You’ll hear elements of doo-wop, motown, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

The set begins with “Uptown Girl,” Joel’s first UK #1 hit and a song he wrote about about his soon-to-be wife, Christie Brinkley.

Growing up, Coral had the cassette for this record and she is very familiar with all the songs.  She had a desire to hear the album cut “Christie Lee” (also a song named after his wife).

oddly, on iTunes you can buy greatest hits compilations of Billy Joel’s music, but not any albums?  weird, he’s like the opposite of Pink Floyd.

I am slowly collecting all the Replacements LPs I can get my hands on. Hootenanny is the Replacements 2nd full long player (on the podcast I incorrectly called it their first… but their first was Sorry Ma, forgot to take out the trash).

I kept it pretty safe with my selections off this record playing two of the generally more recognized songs.

“Within Your Reach” was include don the soundtrack for the most excellent film, Say Anything…

“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.” – Lloyd Dobbler you know what’s up.

I finish this little set with a record I just had to own, Meat Puppets II.

I’ve blogged about my obsession with these guys before.  Not not going to pretend that playing vinyl records is “better” than my iTunes or laptop… but I do find a certain satisfaction to listening to the original format when I am trying to transport myself back to this distant times and places.  This is how the kids in 1983 experienced these songs…. errr II came out in 1984…

Go with yourself.

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Cue up Kings of Leon’s “Knocked Up (Lykke Li vs Rodeo Remix)

I’ve always wanted to live in the desert (and oddly, Omaha, Nebraska… I have a recurring dream where I move to Omaha to be on the radio and live by the airport… weird).

But the desert, the desert is somewhere where I think I could live.  I suppose in a pinch I could settle for the Okanagan… but that’s not really what I’m thinking.  I want to live where its flat, desolate, strange creatures dwell, and its hot.

Living in the desert shouldn’t be that challenging of a goal to achieve one day.  No one wants to live there, so it should be matter of just going, and finding a patch of sand to settle.

What got my imagination turning was reading the story of the Meat Puppets.  The Meat Puppets started in the late 70s and early 80s in Phoenix, Arizona.  But not even right in Phoenix the city, but a suburb.  The Meat Puppets began as this crazy hardcore lo-fi (I guess all 80s indie rocker bands would be lo-fi by today’s standards) band but then evolved into a pioneering alternative group.  The Kirkwood brothers, Curt and Cris started the band in a town called Paradise Valley.  I don’t know what Paradise Valley might have been like in the late 70s, but today its one of the more affluent areas of Arizona.  I was reading their bio on wiki, and its a pretty straight forward, they did this, then this happened, then they did this and then this happened and next… you know how it is.  Doesn’t paint much of a picture.  But I was interested in what life might have been like, being a teenager in suburban Phoenix in 1979… being into hardcore music and starting a punk rock band.  What was happening in Curt and Cris’ world to shape them and create the Meat Puppets?  History tells us what happened after.  It took some time, but their sound gelled, they influenced Nirvana, they had some success in the mid 90s when the world went ape shit for grunge… but a lot of that happened 10 years or more after they were high school kids.  I wonder….

Does anyone remember that movie SLC Punk?  What a cool movie, a little goofy but maybe it kinda reminds me of the film I wish I could see about the Meat Puppets.  Fun fact, Jason Segel (who is 8 days my junior) makes one of his first movie appearances in SLC Punk.  huh?  He’ll later go on to star in I Love You, Man, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Knocked Up.

jeeze, all this talk on the 80s has me listening to old Fear and Exploited records.  Oi.

“Hold it, hold it! No way, pal. That’s a bald-faced lie! We caused $500,000 worth of damage, a cool half a million dollars worth of damage, ‘cause we’re professionals, and I counted the damage myself.” – Fear leader Lee Ving talking to the New York post in 1981 about trashing the set of Saturday Night Live.

Go with yourself.

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