Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ear Candle Radio's Top 20, April 2011

1. The Who - Call Me Lightning - The Ultimate Collection
2. John Lee Hooker - John L's House Rent Boogie - The Best of John Lee Hooker
3. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Gloomy - Creedence Clearwater Revival
4. Calamity Jane - You Got It Rough - Martha Jane Canary
5. Alan Price - In Times Like These - Between Today And Yesterday
6. The Slits - Newtown - Cut
7. Scrawl - Public Image - Nature Film
8. Steve Hillage - Solar Musick Suite a)Sun Song (I Love It's Holy Mystery b) Canterbury Sunrise c) Hiram Afterglid Meets the Dervish d) Sun Song - Fish Rising
9. Frank Zappa - The Gumbo Variations - Hot Rats
10. Slim Gaillard - Dunkin' Bagel - Vout For Voutoreenees
11. Mark Eitzel - Seeing Eye Dog - The Invisible Man
12. Division By Zero - InSight - Division By Zero
13. Robert Wyatt - Trickle Down - Cuckooland
14. Peter Green - Hidden Depth - The End Of The Game
15. Pelt - Empty Bell Ringing In The Sky No.2 - Empty Bell Ringing in the Sky
16. Neil Young - Walk With Me - Le Noise
17. The Granite Countertops - Shiny Objects - Crashing Into The Future
18. Fleetwood Mac - Oh Well Part 1 & 2 - Then Play On
19. The Experimental Bunnies - The Process - Bunnies On Fire
20. The Zombies - Care Of Cell 44 - Odessey and Oracle

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Blame SF: Wagons And Boys

Our official video for this deceptively sweet Davis Jones composition by The Blame SF, which was first released on The Full Disclosure Principle in 2008. Originally created for an assignment in J Neo Marvin's Digital Media Skills class at CCSF. (Using vintage 60s TV ads provided by the school.) How's it look?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


She has a new album out this week, and the snippets of songs and her words in this interview make it sound like it's going to be really good. How sad that we have to lose her voice on the eve of her triumphant comeback. Poly Styrene, you left us way too soon.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Same Five Questions

Thomas Crone is a St. Louis-based writer who was extremely supportive of X-tal back in the 90s. I recently got invited to do a fun interview on his blog The Same Five Questions, which puts me in the company of the great Tony Visconti, two posts below me. Thanks, Thomas!

Spotify! What is this and how will Google provide?

Rather than launch its own digital music service, Google is considering whether to partner with an existing service, including the likes of Spotify, to power Google Music.

According to a source with knowledge of the talks, Google has told the labels that it has begun discussions with Spotify in recent weeks, though no agreement is in place. Spotify is the European streaming-music service that also has ambitions of launching in the United States.

The talks with Google and Spotify have coincided with an inability by Google to reach agreements with the four top record labels on licensing a cloud music service, the source told CNET. Google had originally hoped to launch a new music service by the end of the year, and then was aiming for March, but now it's indefinite on when it might debut.

Google declined to comment for this story. Spotify, however denied that it has spoken to Google about powering the company's service. "Nothing in it," said Spotify spokesman Jim Butcher.

So, the question is whether Google is trying to scare the labels into ceding better terms. All the major labels would like nothing better than to see another large distributor competing against Apple.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011


Paula Frazer of Tarnation fame has a new band, Skystone, with a crunchy, soaring "late 60s hard rock meets the Banshees" sound. We shot this video of them at the Make Out Room on Mar. 22, 2011. Dig it.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kucinich meets Walker: This is priceless!

Getting down to the people's business, even when surrounded by wankers.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ear Candle Radio's Top 20, March 2011

1. Frankie Rose And The Outs - Memo - Frankie Rose And The Outs
2. Danbert Nobacon - Christopher Marlowe - The Library Book of the World
3. The Andrew Oldham Orchestra - The last time - The Rolling Stones Songbook
4. The Quails - Your Heart Is A Muscle The Size Of A Fist - Atmosphere
5. Neo Boys - Poor Man's Jungle - Crumbling Myths
6. Colin Newman - Lorries - The Singing Fish / Not To
7. Steve Hillage - Solar Musick Suite a)Sun Song (I Love It's Holy Mystery b) Canterbury Sunrise c) Hiram Afterglid Meets the Dervish d) Sun Song - Fish Rising
8. The Granite Countertops - Atlas Wept - Crashing Into The Future
9. Rob K/MDA - Time to Pay - The Purgatory Home Companion
10. Nico - Frozen Warnings - The Marble Index
11. Love - Love Is More Than Words (or Better Late Than Never) - Out Here
12. Janis Ian - Society's Child - The Essential Janis Ian
13. Incredible String Band - No Sleep Blues - The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion
14. George Harrison - Microbes - Wonderwall Music
15. Funkadelic - Can You Get To That - Maggot Brain
16. The Firesign Theatre - The Giant Toad - Dear Friends
17. The Firesign Theatre - 40 Great Unclaimed Melodies! - Dear Friends
18. The Arrows - Make Love Not War - Everything You Always Wanted To Know About 60's Mind Expansive Punkadelic Garage Rock Instrumentals But Were Afraid To Ask
19. Vivian Stanshall & Kilgaron - Are You Having Any Fun? - Keynsham
20. Tall Dwarfs - Michael Hillbilly - The Sky Above, The Mud Below