Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Deep End: That's The Story Of A Life

A tribute to Lou Reed.

Here is the script I was working from. Sometimes the segments from Metal Machine Music compete with my voice a bit (hey, that's why I'm back in school, to improve my audio production skills!), so here's what I'm saying (ad libs aside):

So what you are hearing right now in the background is the album Metal Machine Music, Lou Reed’s controversial experimental music album released in 1975. Lou Reed just passed away this weekend, aged 71, and on tonight’s Deep End we’re going to spend the entire hour paying tribute to his life and work, both solo and with his groundbreaking band from the 60s, the Velvet Underground. We’re going to start quietly with the very first song from the Velvets’ debut album. I first got the news about Lou when I woke up yesterday, and had to immediately reach for this. How strangely appropriate that we find out the bad news on a Sunday morning.

“Beginning To See The Light” from the Velvet Underground’s 1969 Live album, probably the most influential record ever for me. I was 20 when I first heard it, and it just swept away everything else I had ever heard. It was like folk-rock but with the power and directness of punk. The music wasn’t showy; it got straight to the point, while the lyrics had this sly, deadpan wit that made me want to be as cool and worldly wise as that guy singing. Becoming a Velvet Underground fan then was like joining a secret society where everything was smart, dark, sexy and a little bit scary. What more does a kid growing up want? And Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison elevated the rhythm guitar at a time when everyone else thought guitar playing was about doing the fastest solos possible. It was a different way of looking at music that ultimately changed everything. More Velvets and solo Lou coming up.

“Real Good Time Together”, a great, slightly insane remake of an old Velvets song from Lou Reed’s album Street Hassle from 1977, when the CBGB’s scene was helping to bring him a whole new audience. We started with “Some Kinda Love”, from the third Velvet Underground album, an oddly quiet record from a band who often made a lot of noise. I think this album in particular is the source of the whole twee indie-pop sound, but Lou’s lyrics come from another place entirely. We’re gonna break for a promo, and then showcase more of Lou’s solo work, starting with a great one from Transformer, his first hit record, produced by David Bowie.

Intense. That was “Waves Of Fear”, from The Blue Mask by Lou Reed, with some great guitar from the late Bob Quine. Before that, “Vicious”, from Transformer. That song makes me think of certain former friends who claimed to be flower children but were really just vicious. Next in our special Deep End tribute to Lou Reed, a song from the album New York, where Lou started branching into social commentary, in his own wonderfully abrasive style.

Lou Reed just gave us “The Last Shot”, a song from the 80s that could be about giving up any number of bad habits. Before that we had “Dirty Blvd.”, which featured a little guest cameo at the end from doo-wop legend Dion DiMucci. You’re listening to The Deep End with J Neo Marvin as we continue our tribute to the late Lou Reed. Coming up, one of my favorites, the opening track on Lou’s very first solo album, “I Can’t Stand It”.

The most important thing is “Work”! That’s from Songs For Drella, an album by Lou Reed and his former Velvet Underground comrade John Cale where they told their version of the life of Andy Warhol, who actually managed the band for a while. This is a song that shows another side of Warhol than we usually hear about, namely his relentless work ethic. Next we have something special from one of Lou’s final albums, the double CD The Raven. It’s special because Lou Reed had a lifelong love for avant-garde jazz, and in this song he got to collaborate with free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman, on a little psychodrama called “Guilty”. It’s a terrible thing to be consumed by irrational guilt, and Lou nails that feeling here.

Another less-celebrated track from the 80s, “High In The City”. Lou captures the paradox of being swept up with a loved one in a state of public intoxication, and at the same time being wary of all the other intoxicated people around you! Like all great writers, Lou’s genius was in his attention to detail. We started with “Guilty” from The Raven, and in between we had another gem from the 3rd self-titled Velvet Underground album, “That’s The Story Of My Life”. We’re approaching the close of this take on the story of the life of the great Lou Reed, but before we turn it over to Matt Freitas and Good Times Are So Hard To Find, we’re going to hear one final song by the Velvets, Lou Reed’s hymn to the redemptive power of “Rock & Roll”.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Deep End: What's Your Take On Cassavetes?

Another two-hour edition of The Deep End on KSFS. Let the body rock! Keep the arms moving in circular motion!

The Deep End - Show 2.7 - Oct 21, 2013 by Thedeepend on Mixcloud

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Deep End: Ando Meio Desligado!

We're back again, with added news breaks and promos for other KSFS shows to give this podcast a little extra time capsule ambiance. This go-round, we've got some Clash, some Beefheart, Os Mutantes, Ed's Redeeming Qualities, Jeffrey Lewis, Mecca Normal, Numbers, and more from our Deep End playlist. As Lenny Kaye once reminded us, it's a nugget if you dug it.

The Deep End - Show 2.6 - Oct 14, 2013 by Thedeepend on Mixcloud

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Deep End: See the people all in line, what's makin' them look at me?

A special two hour edition of The Deep End, where we start with some classic alienated 60s psychedelia, move through indie-pop, anarcho-punk, garage-rock, and torch songs, showcase a ton of great female artists, and close out by wishing a happy birthday to Fran Gibson, the golden-voiced lead singer of Australian indie band The Cannanes.

The Deep End - Show 2.5 - Oct 7, 2013 by Thedeepend on Mixcloud

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Thank God for the liberal media

Tom Tomorrow just posted this absolutely stunning specimen of dripping bothsidesdoitism from Joe Nocera at the New York Times.
A party controlled by its most extreme faction will ultimately be forced back to the center. The Democrats learned that when Walter Mondale was losing to Ronald Reagan, and Michael Dukakis to George H.W. Bush. Now it is the Republicans who don’t seem to understand that their extreme tactics are pleasing a small percentage of their countrymen but alienating everyone else."
Walter Mondale, the Eugene V. Debs of the 80s. I am speechless.

Saturday, October 5, 2013


Extraordinary piece by Aimai on the mentality behind this predicament we find ourselves subject to. I'd trace it back to Nixon and the culture of resentment he rode in on. We still live in his land.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Deep End: Open the box! Open the box!

Highlights of this week's show:

Are you ready to rock? "Yes." Outer space is a really nice place. You thought that I would need a crystal ball to see right through the haze. Poverty, poverty knock, oh how I wish I had wings. Open the box! When we kiss it feels like a flying saucer landing. On the day that I forget you, I hope my heart explodes. He took off his glasses and said, "that's the biggest load of rubbish I ever heard in my life!" When will they understand that we must be set out of the prison?

The Deep End - Show 2.4 - Sept. 30, 2013 by Thedeepend on Mixcloud

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ear Candle Radio's Top 20: September 2013

Another display of unpredictable and wonderful choices from our loyal listeners, including a double dose of Can. Turn on, tune in.

1. John Cooper Clarke - Beasley Street - Snap, Crackle & Bop
2. X-tal - Dub Rat - More Fun
3. Huun-Huur-Tu - Kh mei (v) - Sixty Horses In My Herd
4. Pleasant Day - Haunted House Of Love - SF Unscene
5. The Great Unwashed - It's a Day - Collection
6. Wire - 40 Versions - 154
7. Can - Waiting For The Streetcar - The Lost Tapes
8. The Saints - River Deep Mountain High - (I'm) Stranded
9. Roger Miller - Space Is The Place - Oh
10. Rico Bell & The Snakehandlers - Big River II - Darkside Of The Mersey
11. The Pastels - Nothing To Be Done - Truckload Of Trouble
12. The Misunderstood - I Can Take You To The Sun - Before the Dream Faded
13. Jimmy Cliff - Under The Sun, Moon And Stars - Unlimited
14. The Music Magicians - Convertibles and Headbands - Do You Know the Difference Between Big Wood and Brush?
15. The Experimental Bunnies - No Sleep Till The Pleiades - Aranka
16. Kevin Ayers - May I - June 1, 1974
17. John Shirley's Screamin' Geezers - They're Making Money (You Can't Argue With That) - We're Not Supposed To Be Doing This
18. Can - Midnight Men - The Lost Tapes
19. The Amps - Pacer - Pacer
20. Suicide - Super Subway Comedian - The Second Album + The First Rehearsal Tapes