Music For Listeners 11/01/2014
1) Beastie Boys-"Country Mike's Theme" From the CD compilation 'Anthology'.
2) Natalie Prass-"Why Don't You Believe In Me (Radio Version)" From the forthcoming digital single for "Why Don't You Believe In Me".
3) The Wave Pictures-"Pea Green Coat" From the forthcoming album 'Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon'.
4) By The Sea-"You’re The Only One" From the brand new album 'Endless Days Crystal Sky'.
5) Wild Balbina-"Stay Alive" From the forthcoming digital single for "Stay Alive".
6) Virginia Wing-"Marnie" From the forthcoming album 'Measures Of Joy'.
7) Catfish and the Bottlemen-"Pacifier" From the album 'Balcony'.
8) Dutch Uncles-"In n Out" From the forthcoming album 'O Shudder'.
9) Inspiral Carpets-"A to Z of My Heart" From the brand new album 'Inspiral Carpets'.
10) Johnny Marr-"Back In The Box" From the brand new album 'Playland'.
11) High Hazels-"Valencia" From the brand new album 'High Hazels'.
12) Sleater-Kinney-"Bury Our Friends" From the forthcoming album 'No Cities To Love'.
13) Be Forest-"Captured Heart" From the album 'Earthbeat'.
14) Crimson Wave-"Say" From the brand new digital single for "Say" / "Calling You".
15) Tuff Love-"Slammer" From the forthcoming EP 'Dross'.
16) Scissors for Lefty-"Chapter 2" From the brand new album 'Bangs and Lashes'.
17) Thumpers (featuring Jena Malone)-"Devotee" From the forthcoming 'Together'.
18) Kid Canaveral-"Skeletons (Alpine Ski Champion Remix)" From the brand new digital compilation 'Clumps: Lost Map Sampler 2014'.
19) Young Fathers-"Get Up" From the album 'Dead'.
20) Bastille-"Bad News" From the brand new digital single for "Oblivion".
21) The Orielles-"Deduce (Demo)" From the brand new cassette single for "Yawn".
22) Radio 9-"A Futuristic Journey by Car" From the album 'Endless Streams of Light'.
23) Neleonard-"Por Pequeño Que Seas" From the forthcoming vinyl 10" EP 'Agosto'.
24) Noir Noir-"Black Hats" From the forthcoming digital single for "Black Hats".
25) The Human Hearts (with Jenny Toomey)-"Loyal Opposition" From the forthcoming vinyl 7" single for "Loyal Opposition".
26) Bell Gardens-"Darker Side of Sunshine" From the brand new album 'Slow Dawns for Lost Conclusions'.
27) The Coral-"You Closed The Door" From the brand new album 'The Curse Of Love'.
28) Christof-"Honey Tears" From the EP 'Honey Tears'.
29) "The Mid-Morning Recording" Poster Children-'Tool of the Man' (Vinyl Version)
All my close friends and some long time listeners know how long I've followed this band. Most of my time in the 90's was spent wearing their t-shirts. They were one of the few bands that I would make sure to buy their music on the day it was released; (if not before). When this album came out in 1993, I had already met the band a couple of times, and being only their third album, they were still forging their mark in modern DIY rock. It ended up being their only album for the UK music label Creation Records after signing with Sire in the U.S. When Orly and I finally met Alan McGee during SXSW a few years back, I did thank him for signing Ride, Primal Scream, and Sugar in particular, but I also said an extra special thanks for making one of my all time favorite bands, "A Creation Records Product". When I met Seymour Stein, I thanked him for the vintage Fleetwood Mac releases, Talking Heads, releasing Creation bands in the states, and I specially thanked him for signing Poster Children. All Creation, Sire, and the P-Kids were DIY all the way! "Poster Children. World's Greatest Band. Tool of the Man." The album also features what may be my favorite single from the band, "Dynamite Chair". I remember the day this album came out and hearing that song for the first time. I still love it to this day. It's a perfect rock song, and it essentially captures the sound of the band that followed. Not all their songs sound like "Dynamite Chair", but the sound quality of the recording, and the political structure in the music would remain. I also have Rose's bass strap from the "Dynamite Chair" video in my rock archive, (a drawer), somewhere around here. The cover of "Tool of the Man" is their first of many acts of interactive play with their audience. More interactive aspects of the band would follow in later releases, and they are certainly pioneers of the tech-rock movement. They were the first band I know that pretty much did everything themselves, even down to releasing an album digitally for download way back in 1998. "I feel like a million bricks and the atmosphere is getting thick with all the changes to the script. The plot is getting thin." - Michael MFL
30) James-"Sayonara" From the CD 'Wah-Wah'.