Wednesday, August 3, 2016


followup to my cycle of life show, 

songs about the afterlife:

Time Artist Track Album
09:05:06 Elton John Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
09:12:02 Robyn Hitchcock Where Do You Go When You Die? Storefront Hitchcock
09:19:08 T. Rex Cosmic Dancer Electric Warrior
09:23:35 Aerosmith Dream On Pandora's Box
09:28:00 Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin IV
09:36:03 Bob Dylan Knockin' On Heaven's Door Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
09:38:50 Tin Machine Heaven's In Here Tin Machine
09:48:34 Van Morrison Inarticulate Speech of the Heart No. 1 Inarticulate Speech of the Heart
09:49:23 Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields Requiem K. 626: Introitus / Dies Irae / Rex Tremendae Majestatis / Confutatis / Lacrymosa Amadeus
10:01:30 The Beatles Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows Love
10:04:30 The Beatles Helter Skelter The Beatles (White Album)
10:09:01 The Beatles Across The Universe Let It Be
10:12:34 The Beatles Good Night The Beatles (White Album)
10:18:41 The Mekons Heaven And Back Rock 'n' Roll
10:22:04 Bad Brains Return To Heaven I Against I
10:25:25 The Clash Up In Heaven (Not Only Here) Sandinista!
10:29:53 INXS All The Voices The Swing
10:35:56 The Armoires Playing With The Lights Incidental Lightshow
10:44:48 Lou Reed Heavenly Arms The Blue Mask
10:49:34 David Bowie Blackstar Blackstar
11:01:07 Pink Floyd Lucifer Sam The Piper At the Gates of Dawn
11:04:17 Squirrel Nut Zippers Hell Hot
11:07:15 Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians Serpent At The Gates Of Wisdom Respect
11:11:24 Sting Saint Augustine In Hell Ten Summoner's Tales
11:18:07 Genesis In Limbo In The Beginning
11:21:40 Roxy Music The End Of The Line Siren
11:26:43 case/lang/veirs Atomic Number case/lang/veirs
11:29:35 New Order Dreams Never End Movement
11:32:42 Stevie Wonder Higher Ground Innervisions
11:36:30 The Smiths Asleep Louder Than Bombs
11:40:27 Simple Minds The Big Sleep New Gold Dream
11:47:23 Simon & Garfunkel El Condor Pasa (If I Could) Bridge Over Troubled Water
11:50:23 Van Morrison Into The Mystic Moondance
11:53:47 Frank Zappa Blessed Relief The Grand Wazoo

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

cradle to the grave

songs about the cycle of life.

Time Artist Track Album
12:02:02 The Godfathers Birth, School, Work, Death Birth, School, Work, Death
12:05:44 Hüsker Dü These Important Years Warehouse: Songs and Stories
12:09:31 Talking Heads Once in a Lifetime Remain in Light
12:15:38 Archie Roach A Child Was Born Here Looking For Butter Boy
12:19:54 The Lovin' Spoonful Daydream Daydream
12:22:08 Joni Mitchell Little Green Blue
12:25:31 The Smiths The Hand that Rocks the Cradle The Smiths
12:30:02 Harry Chapin Cats In The Cradle Verities & Balderdash
12:33:41 Cat Stevens Father & Son Tea for the Tillerman
12:37:20 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Teach Your Children Déjà Vu
12:40:08 David Bowie Kooks Hunky Dory
12:42:53 Billy Joel Vienna The Stranger
12:48:09 Bob Dylan Forever Young Planet Waves
12:53:09 Peter, Paul, & Mary Puff, The Magic Dragon Moving
12:56:04 The Beach Boys Wouldn't It Be Nice Pet Sounds
12:58:28 Tom Waits I Don't Wanna Grow Up Bone Machine
13:01:56 R.E.M. Catapult Murmur
13:05:48 U2 Stories for Boys Boy
13:08:40 The Strokes Someday Is This It?
13:11:51 The Who My Generation Who's Better, Who's Best
13:16:50 The Clash Lost In The Supermarket London Calling
13:20:34 Bruce Springsteen Growin' Up Greetings From Asbury Park
13:23:41 The Undertones Teenage Kicks The Undertones
13:26:10 David Bowie Teenage Wildlife Scary Monsters
13:32:43 Sonic Youth Teenage Riot Daydream Nation
13:39:28 The Who Baba O'Reilly Who's Next
13:46:36 Warren Austin Don't Throw Your Young Life Away Young Life
13:50:58 The Smiths Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now Hatful Of Hollow
13:54:30 The Pretenders Middle of the Road Learning To Crawl
14:00:17 The Byrds Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season) Turn! Turn! Turn!
14:04:05 Simon & Garfunkel A Hazy Shade Of Winter Bookends
14:06:23 David Bowie Changes Hunky Dory
14:09:55 Neil Young Old Man Harvest
14:14:35 Grateful Dead Touch Of Grey In The Dark
14:20:21 The Beatles When I'm Sixty-Four Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
14:22:58 Elvis Costello And The Attractions Battered Old Bird Blood & Chocolate
14:28:48 Pulp Help The Aged This Is Hardcore
14:33:12 Arcade Fire In the Backseat Funeral
14:39:17 Frank Sinatra My Way Sinatra
14:46:17 Laura Nyro And When I Die The First Songs
14:48:37 George Harrison All Things Must Pass All Things Must Pass
14:51:54 The The Love Is Stronger Than Death Dusk
14:56:18 Sufjan Stevens Death With Dignity Carrie & Lowell

Thursday, June 16, 2016

incidental lightshow

The Armoires reveal a great big musical world with the haunting heartfelt harmonic convergence of this eclectic power pop diary.   Originally brought together as part of a Talking Heads cover band that never happened, lead singers Rex Broome and Christina Bulbenko began to work on songs that Rex had written over the years.  This 'coffee house' duo expanded when Christina's son Ian began helping them record a demo.  As the sessions progressed, the band gained confidence; but after their first public performance, Ian was killed in a car accident.  In the aftermath of the tragedy, the band decided to continue with the recordings in his memory with Christina's daughter Larysa contributing viola and vocals; her bandmate Sean Barillas from symphonic metal band Mantis (referenced in "Playing With The Lights") on drums; multi-instrumentalist Nate Myer adding guitar, bass, keys, drums, and vocals; plus Derek Hanna and Clifford Ulrich who played with Rex in Skates & Rays (who get name dropped in "Doubtful Sound") on drums and on bass (and vocals) respectively.  Three of the songs ("Fort Ashby", "Unhaunted", and "Norma Corona, What Have You Done?") retain performances by Ian on drums.  Christina plays keyboards and Rex plays guitar, harmonica, and mandolin.  Recording took place at Burbank Music Academy Sound Studio, Causality Studios in North Hollywood, Roundhouse Recording in Encino (where producer Glen Laughlin sat in on guitar and bass), and "at home" in Burbank.  Much of the final mix for 'Incidental Lightshow' was done in Toronto by Alan Fraser.  

The Armoires have developed a network of likeminded musicians in the Burbank area with their monthly showcase “Big Stir: Power Pop and More” at the California Institute of Abnormalarts in North Hollywood, featuring some of the folks that helped to create their debut album and who share their genre defying mindset.  Christina considers: “We didn’t know how to start, and we didn’t know if we could go on after losing Ian.  In the end we had to. And now we’ve found ourselves welcomed into this beautiful community of amazing musicians and songwriters who get what we were trying to do all along. We’re flabbergasted, humbled, and happy to be home.”

The myriad musical styles in this mellifluous wardrobe run the gamut through Americana, sunshine pop, garage, throwback psychedelia, blue eyed soul, surf rock, new wave, shoegaze, and country.  Sometimes within a song. 'Incidental Lightshow' gets its title from the emotional centerpiece of the album, "Playing With The Lights", a touching tribute to Ian and the synchronous signs that the band experienced after his passing.  Mysterious dancing lights and mantis appearances leading to the question:  "Are you laughing in the stars and playing with the lights?".  Christina helped to compose the lyrics and Nate contributed the song's exploratory bridge.  

Each song has an emotional resonance that ties a thread through the entire album.  What are obviously very personal references seem somehow universal.  Although the lines are often blurred with alternately poignant and priceless phrases, there is a sense of a grieving process.  There is denial ("No one is to blame because no one is responsible at all") in the new wave powerpop of "Responsible", anger ("Violent revolution on behalf of the non-famous people!") in the surf rock complaints of "Norma Corona, What Have You Done?", bargaining ("Hearts might heal, but you can’t unbreak a home") in the domestic drama of "What You Don't Wish For", sadness ("Doesn’t get much lower than the waterline at Doubtful Sound") lurking under the surface of a doomed romance (or perhaps a new musical venture?) with a Mustang-less Sally, and acceptance ("Sometimes you feel like you get what you’re wishing for; sometimes you don’t even know") in the fleeting pop of the sweet album closer "Double Blades".       

Rex reveals:  “Our songs are stories.  Whether they’re dreamlike or straightforward, they always revolve around some kind of narrative, and above all, characters. The way Christina and I trade off lead vocals and come together for harmonies really allows us to bring those characters to life. There’s so much untapped potential in that male/female vocal approach. For all the classic duets in pop music, you don’t hear it much in bands. The New Pornographers are a big inspiration. Fleetwood Mac and X, as different as they are, both did it brilliantly. Those bands dig into multiple perspectives within a single song, and do it magically. That’s the starting point for The Armoires.”

In case you don't know, an armoire is a type of fancy cabinet with lots of drawers and compartments.  The songs themselves are thick with metaphors and layers of meaning that reveal more with each listen.  Although you can look too deep.  Is the "Wire Girl" an art piece, an old sketch, or a dilapidated ship?  I originally thought "Newberry Spectacle" was a reference to the matching glasses that Rex and Christina wear (instead of some kind of art contest?), or that Norma Corona might be a reference to the murdered Mexican activist.  I still like to think that the crass countrified capitulation of  "Live And Direct" could be subtitled "The Chronicles of Ventura".  And that line "he can't keep it up, she can't keep it down" is too perfect.  

The first time I ever heard of an armoire was in the famous "Soup Nazi" episode of 'Seinfeld'.  As with the many wonderful recipes that the titular character had stashed away in his armoire, you'll be amazed at the variety of musical flavors; and like armoire-stealing "street toughs" Bob and Ray, you'll be intrigued by the gorgeous inlay and insist on taking it home for yourself.  And that's all there is to it.


"Fort Ashby" opens the album with a flood of childhood memories of the Mineral Country Fair in West Virginia.  

Out-of-tune piano, cylinder gramophone
Katydids, calliopes, big machines that buzz and groan
Down at the County Fair
There’s music in the air
It’s like a Tom Waits tune but with a different singer
It’s a great big world and it seems to me (it’s coming back to me)
It’s much bigger and it’s so much smaller than it
Ever used to be
In my grandma and grandfather’s backyard
They built a forty-foot slide
All I remember is the light
There’s a funhouse called Star Warz, it’s spelled with a “z”
Copyright infringement, it’s all coming back to me
Here comes a big bass drum
To rock my skeleton
There’s candy in the air, it’s slipping through my fingers
It’s a great big world and it seems to me
It’s much bigger and it’s so much smaller than it
Ever used to be
Now they tell me that it’s monster trucks and
Tractor pulls in the night
All I remember is the light
Put me in the moonwalk, I can’t even stand
Take me to the stage to see Daddy in a country band
Some kid who’s half my size
She won the livestock prize
She had a little lamb
And then the lamb got bigger
It’s a great big world and it seems to me
It’s much bigger and it’s so much smaller than it
Ever used to be
Got my baby beside me going eastbound
On a cross-country flight
All I can think of is the light
It’s coming back to me…

"Unhaunted" describes someone obsessed with the memory of a departed love.  

Empty house on my street with the doors chained up tight
And a window with candles that burn late at night
Children quicken their pace as they walk on by
From all the stories they’ve heard and they’re too young to die
And I miss her so badly I wish I were there
To see the spectral lights and feel the chill in the air
Empty bottle of wine and nobody to toast
I’m so jealous of other people’s ghosts
When I want her to haunt me she leaves me alone
No creaking floor, no flickering flame
Black candelabra and black cat bone
No disembodied voice to breathe my name
Got a box with a lock of her hair that I saved
And a bag filled with dirt that I took from her grave
Halloween once again and I’m here by myself
While her ghost is out haunting somebody else
When I want her to haunt me she leaves me alone
No creaking floor, no flickering flame
Black candelabra and black cat bone
No disembodied voice to breathe my name
She’s leaving me
Don’t want to be
And she had such faith in the world beyond
But I’m truly afraid that she’s truly gone
She won’t come to me as some tender wraith
In a column of vapor with her face
When I want her to haunt me she leaves me alone
No creaking floor, no flickering flame
Black candelabra and black cat bone
No disembodied voice to breathe my name
It’s November the First under a hangover sky
She’s bound to leave me unhaunted whatever I try
All my breaking and entering won’t raise the dead
And I’ll still be unhaunted tonight in her bed
All the leaves on the ground blow around in the wind
Like a family of rodents relieved of their skin
Halloween on a dirt road, 1983
I believed it was real, it could happen to me

The careening groove of "Caterwaul" could fuel a rave.  

Come down, catercorner
Carry me across the square
Come down, catastrophic
Crushed and quite beyond repair
Come down, calla lilies
Cold and lovely in a vase
Come down, cantilever
Can you lever me in place?
But if it’s not your time
You can’t make it your time
If it’s not your time
Come down, cat o’ nine tails
Count again, it’s more like ten
Come down, catatonic
Cannot wake her up again
And if it’s not her time
You can’t make it her time
Can’t make it her time
Come down, Cosa Nostra
Clarity and Claritin
Come down, catalytic
Car exhaust to do you in
Come down, cantaloupe and
Honey, do it while you can
Come down, caterwaul and
Honey can I be your man?
And if it’s not your time
You can’t make it your time
If it’s not your time
Caterwaul, catewaul, caterwaul

'Incidental Lightshow'
full album:

Fort Ashby
What You Don't Wish For
Playing With The Lights
Wire Girl
Doubtful Sound
Live And Direct
Newberry Spectacle
Norma Corona, What Have You Done?
Double Blades

Velvet Ties interview:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

there is a light that never goes out

No theme for this show.  Just some songs I was feeling at the time.  Started late.  Here's the link for the show playlist:

Time Artist Track Album

09:15:07 Spectral Arts Love Will Find A Way Solar
09:20:55 Bob Marley Natural Mystic Exodus
09:24:11 Van Morrison Astral Weeks Astral Weeks
09:31:03 Jeff Buckley Calling You You And I
09:35:57 Sally Timms Horses      Somebody's Rocking My Dreamboat
09:39:57 Tom Waits Who Are You Bone Machine
09:43:45 Maria McKee If Love Is A Red Dress Pulp Fiction
09:50:59 Lou Reed Andy's Chest Transformer
09:54:11 The Smiths There Is A Light That Never Goes Out The Queen Is Dead
10:00:33 Roxy Music More Than This Avalon
10:04:23 Tears For Fears Broken Songs From The Big Chair
10:06:55 Tears For Fears Head Over Heels / Broken Songs From The Big Chair
10:12:23 Elvis Costello Opportunity     Get Happy!
10:18:43 Bebel Gilberto Mais Feliz Tanto Tempo
10:21:15 Bob Marley So Much Trouble In The World Survival
10:25:06 The Clash Armagideon Time Clash On Broadway
10:29:18 the English Beat Can't Get Used to Losing You I Just Can't Stop It
10:31:45 M.I.A. Galang    Arular
10:35:21 DIIV Take Your Time Is the Is Are
10:40:13 David Bowie & Queen Under Pressure      The Singles
10:47:10 The Chameleons UK Swamp Thing Strange Times
10:52:38 Doves Lost Souls Lost Souls
10:58:38 Goldfrapp Lovely Head      Felt Mountain
11:03:59 Prince Colonized Mind  Lotusflower
11:09:01 Michael Franti & Spearhead Stay Human (All The Freaky People) Stay Human
11:13:26 Ziggy Marley New Love Conscious Party
11:19:00 Shuggie Otis   Sweet Thang      Freedom Flight
11:23:03 The Soft Boys Human Music A Can of Bees
11:27:40 Led Zeppelin Friends   Led Zeppelin III
11:31:47 R.E.M. Me In Honey Out Of Time
11:35:49 The Mekons Only Darkness Has The Power Rock 'n' Roll
11:39:12 Savages Evil     Adore Life
11:42:45 Parquet Courts Dust Human Performance
11:49:41 Monty Python Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life Monty Python Sings
11:52:23 Frank Sinatra That's Life Sinatra
11:55:24 The Rolling Stones You Can't Always Get What You Want Let It Bleed

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

first songs

My first official show at WUVT FM 90.7.  The theme was first songs, the opening tracks of some of my favorite albums.  I started early (the end of the first hour).  Here's the link for the playlist:

Time            Artist  Track Album

11:51:16 Black Mountain Mothers of the Sun Black Mountain
12:01:14 Genesis Where The Sour Turns To Sweet In The Beginning
12:04:22 U2 A Sort of Homecoming The Unforgettable Fire
12:09:43 Elvis Presley Stranger In My Own Hometown The Memphis Record
12:14:22 The Beatles Two of Us Let it Be
12:19:25 Jane's Addiction Up the Beach Nothing's Shocking
12:22:49 O Positive Talk About Love Cloud Factory
12:27:08 Warren Austin You Make The Rain        Young Life
12:32:18 Jack White Missing Pieces      Blunderbuss
12:35:41 Neko Case Things That Scare Me Blacklisted
12:38:08 Derek and the Dominos I Looked Away Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs
12:41:07 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Rich Woman     Raising Sand
12:46:55 Bob Dylan Like A Rolling Stone     Highway 61 Revisited
12:52:59 Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells A Story Every Picture Tells A Story
12:58:49 Maria McKee I'm Gonna Soothe You You Gotta Sin To Get Saved
13:03:20 David Bowie Changes      Hunky Dory
13:06:57 The Doors The Changeling L.A. Woman
13:11:05 Paul Weller The Changingman Stanley Road
13:15:58 Love Alone Again Or  Forever Changes
13:19:09 Love Jones Here's To The Losers      Here's To The Losers
13:22:17 Icicle Works Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)    Icicle Works
13:25:51 Blondie X Offender      Blondie
13:29:06 Psychedelic Furs Forever Now Forever Now
13:34:30 The Only Ones Another Girl, Another Planet      Special View
13:37:30 Led Zeppelin Achilles Last Stand Presence
13:50:00 Radiohead Everything In Its Right Place Kid A
13:54:03 Sonic Youth Teenage Riot Daydream Nation
14:02:05 New Order Ceremony Substance
14:06:28 The Chemical Brothers Block Rockin' Beats Dig Your Own Hole
14:11:38 Fatboy Slim Right Here, Right Now You've Come a Long Way, Baby
14:18:01 Stereolab Wow And Flutter Wow And Flutter
14:20:54 The Avalanches since i left you        Since I Left You
14:25:06 Beastie Boys Jimmy James Check Your Head
14:28:21 Beck Loser Mellow Gold
14:32:14 Chumbawamba Tubthumping Tubthumper
14:36:05 Pulp Mis-shapes       Different Class
14:39:50 Howard Jones Things Can Only Get Better       Dream Into Action
14:43:46 Elvis Costello Welcome To My Working Week My Aim Is True
14:47:03 The Rolling Stones Miss You     Some Girls
14:51:16 Bee Gees Stayin' Alive      Saturday Night Fever
14:55:53 Prince and the Revolution 1999 1999