Show Archive: Merge Records 25th Anniversary Record Collection – Or Thousands of Prizes

I packed as many of the songs off of Merge Records 25th Anniversary 7-Inch Subscription Collection “Or Thousands of Prizes” into one two hour show, while still maintaining some witty banter with guest J.FRAHM. Highlights include never-before heard tracks, alternate takes and covers from Superchunk, Lambchop, Vertical Scratchers, Redd Kross, Spoon, Ex Hex, The Clientele, and more!1000s

I signed up for one seven-inch record a month. What I got was:

– One seven-inch record a month for a year.

– A gorgeous magnetic-sealed, metal-stamped box to store all the records in.

– A bonus 12″ EP with six current Merge roster bands covering each other.

– a CD of all the seven-inch record tracks

– A surprise mail delivery to kick things off with a special t-shirt and a bunch of stickers.merge

Merge only printed 1200 copies of this, and the numbers are handwritten! Along with the box set of records, the label sponsored a weekend of shows in Chapel Hill and a run for charity with Merge bands playing along the route.

In preparation for this show, I went a little overboard on the social media. Early wins – a retweet by Merge and a response via Instagram from Jason Narducy (bass player for Bob Mould, touring for Superchunk, and heading up his own band Split Single) quickly turned into me making ridiculous demands of Narducy and Bob Mould himself.

This all started because I noticed that there were two glaring omissions from the whole birthday record collection: Bob Mould and Arcade Fire. I love everything about the record collection, but it makes you wonder…

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ICYMI: White Reaper Interview

I recently wrote up my favorite albums of 2014 for BFF.fm. One release I couldn’t overlook was White Reaper’s debut EP on Polyvinyl Records. Months after playing this album religiously on my show and spazzing out to it in my spare time, I got to catch up with the whole band via telephone for a recap of their Summer 2014 tour. This was definitely one of the funnest interviews I’ve conducted to date.

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ICYMI: Protomartyr Interview with Joe Casey

Last Spring, I had the opportunity to speak with Joe Casey, frontman of Detroit’s Protomartyr, the day after their record release party at PJ’s Lager House for Under Color of Official Right. Since I recently named Protomarytr’s second¬†album to my top albums of 2014, I thought I’d revisit this interview. I don’t remember being so nervous about conducting this interview, but I totally botched the band AND album name during the introduction. Lovely.

The interview takes place around the 1:30 mark. Listen to Joe set the bar really low, right before he jumps into the Safari.

SHOW ARCHIVE: ALL OHIO. Special Guest Tim Krug talks Brainiac Reunion Show

On the occasion of the 1st birthday of the Cracked Machine radio show, I’ve gone back to the beginning and put together an ALL-Ohio set of rock. I’m also joined via phone by Tim Krug of Oh Condor and Swim Diver to talk about the Brainiac reunion in Dayton, OH that happened last week at Blind Bob’s. We talk about the good cause for the reunion and why the band members and local Ohio artists got together.

Listen to the show:

Or read about the cause and how you can contribute.

 

SHOW ARCHIVE: My Last Wednesday!

I’m just gonna play my favorite songs, talk about Margaret Cho’s good deeds , and make a plea to CB Tarver and Matt Sweeney of Chavez to play more shows. I also spin a couple yarns about Polvo, Sebadoh, Unrest and other indie bands.

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Show Archive: 6 Degrees of Women Rockin’

I¬†took the first half of the show to explore my 6 Degrees of Women Rockin’ project, in which I attempt to map out the relationships between women rockers in the underground punk and indie rock scenes. There’s lots of Riot Grrl history there, and a ton of Kill Rocks Stars recordings!

Special thanks to my buddy Keara for helping me get this off the ground, and to Wikipedia contributors for being so thorough. I hope to flesh this project out further and revisit with a more polished narrative.

 

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SHOW ARCHIVE: New Tunes in November

All new music from Merge Records, Sub Pop, Goner, Burger, Carpark, and a bevy of other indie labels! I also praise Perfume Genius for a very amazing Dick Move on Eminem: