Monday, February 2, 2009

Ear Candle Radio's Top 20: January 2009

As we yank up bits of our old playlist by the roots and water the new one, our charts reflect the transition with a mixture of old and new.

Tino's Sunday Dub tops the charts at last after throbbing on our station for a year.. "I want to make a record." "Everyone want to make a record!" We also get healthy showings from old favorites like Beat Of The Traps, the Bonzos, Curtis Mayfield, Public Image, and Fuxa.

Some of the newest additions connected with you this time, including some longtime and new friends. The Love Dogs, an early-80s Santa Cruz band featuring saxman/conceptual artist Jeff Grubic (who once showed up at UCSC in the best Halloween costume ever...covered in pots and pans and other clattering objects: "What are you supposed to be?" "I'm NOISE!"), Small Nambas and Riot Of Perfume founder Taani Lee, and future drummer for Cracker (and many others) Joey Peters. They hit #14 this month with a fantastic version of Albert Ayler's "Universal Indians". Thanks to Taani for sending this our way.

A new set of acquaintances are the Mod-Est Lads, an extremely silly parody band who love the Bonzo Dog Band almost as much as we do and figured we'd appreciate their consummate silliness. And they were right: the cautionary tale "Birthday Suit" is creeping up the charts at #20.

Elsewhere, one of Neo's favorite cartoonists from his childhood, the late great Walt Kelly, shows up here, bellowing out the theme from the Pogo musical (did you know they made a Pogo musical?) with copious gusto. Suicide weighs in with a dread benediction to the youth, Jon Langford rocks up a Gertrude Stein poem, forgotten San Francisco band the People remind us that they were the ones who had the hit with that great Zombies song, and Mike Heron leads a Who/Small Faces/Velvet Underground/Incredible String Band supergroup on an energetic song about love being the best dessert there is (or something like that).

Closer to home are a couple of our own artists: the Experimental Bunnies with a languid piece from the new album Biology And Physics and J Neo Marvin And the Content Providers with "Take Me By Surprise" ("convince me there's a better future") from the What Is Truth? album. We also get the original version of one of the cover songs from that same CD, the pulsing, dripping-with-sleaze "Slow Drain", courtesy of Mink DeVille.

We are editing our DJ segments bit by bit to entertain and enlighten you. We've already gotten some feedback for our "in the studio" set. Some people hear the Byrds at odds in the studio and think, "I'm lucky my band gets along better than that!" We are always happy to give people a little perspective.

Keep listening!

1. Tino - Sunday Dub - Tino's Breaks Vol. 5 - DUB
2. Rod & the MSR Singers - Beat Of The Traps - The American Song-poem Anthology: Do You Know The Difference Between Big Wood And Brush
3. Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - Rawlinson End - Let's Make Up and Be Friendly
4. Tall Dwarfs - Rorschach - Weeville
5. Jon Langford - Butter Song - Skull Orchard
6. Curtis Mayfield - Other Side Of Town - Curtis [Remastered]
7. J Neo Marvin and The Content Providers - Take Me By Surprise - What Is Truth?
8. Fuxa - Cheree (Richard Formby mix) - Fuxa Commits Suicide
9. Arthur Lee - Everybody's Gotta Live - Vindicator
10. Public Image Limited - Lou Reed, Pts 1 and 2 (Where Are You?) - Commercial Zone
11. The Dirtbombs - Indivisible - We Have You Surrounded
12. The Soft Boys - There's Nobody Like You - Underwater Moonlight
13. The Experimental Bunnies - Ready For Your Instructions - Biology And Physics
14. The Love Dogs - Universal Indians - The Love Dogs
15. People - I Love You - Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970
16. Walt Kelly And Others - Go-Go Pogo - Songs Of The Pogo
17. Mink DeVille - Slow Drain - Le Chat Bleu Expanded Edition
18. Mike Heron - Warm Heart Pastry - Smiling Men With Bad Reputations
19. Suicide - Child, It's A New World - American Supreme
20. The Mod-Est Lads - Birthday Suit - Let's Get Clecky!

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