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.
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:
I had a couple too many mezcals during the “Spirits of the World” Culture Collide San Francisco Creative Summit panel and… yadda yadda yadda… I invited Norwegian indie pop band Level & Tyson to come on to the show! Their debut album “Even Faster Still” is a fantastic display of skill and restraint – crafting melodic, layered choruses from quirky walls of guitar and synth. If this band and their album was being promoted in the United States, you’d already know about it.
Once in the studio, the band was as charming and disarming as their music. We talked about their impending trek down to LA. I begged them to stop in Big Sur, and taught them how to order at In n’ Out. We took some time to preview more of the bands playing Culture Collide: Nervous Nellie, Popstrangers, Gossling, The Oaths, Sleep Thieves, Monokino, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
My tribute to Dischord Records. I include bands from across their roster and the last three-plus decades! I tell stories about being grounded and missing some iconic bands! I announce a new Dick of the Week!
I review the many vinyl purchases I made in both Detroit and San Francisco over the last two weeks, including many local indie, punk, and garage rock bands from both cities. I also poke fun at Magnet Magazine’s Tweedy cover.
Matt Sharp, the brainchild and synth-savant behind The Rentals calls into the show for great discussion regarding his new album “Lost in Alphaville” (and it’s possible meanings), preparing to take the show on the road, and a myriad of other tangential subjects, including but not limited to the sexy, sultry voice of the automated conference call operator that made our interview possible!
The Rentals new album on Polyvinyl Records – “Lost in Alphaville” – is absolutely the high watermark of their recorded output, and based on Matt’s comments about the current group’s chemistry, I can’t help but be excited about their live show. The Rentals will play Slim’s in San Francisco on Monday 9/8.
It’s very obvious, watching Matt Sharp on stage, that he loves what he does. In a way, I’m reminded of Bob Nastonivich from Pavement who once said something to the effect of “My job is to go out there and try to make people cheer for 90 minutes”. Matt Sharp’s energy reads much the same. Although he seems to take art and music seriously, it never seems like he takes HIMSELF too seriously. Humor was never too far away from nostalgia up on that stage as the band perused The Rental’s catalog, and everyone present was on board: fans, band, Matt. Most of the show he was flailing from Slim’s famous “stage poles” beckoning to the crowd to join in on every sing-a-long melody. He crawled the length of the stage, got into people’s faces, and draped his sweaty, enthusiastic frame across every band mate he could.
I think I grabbed some decent shots:
The guys from White Reaper call into the show and we have a bunch of fun talking about the Louisville (straightedge?) scene, their recent US tour, our shared love for Polyvinyl Records, and a whole lot more. It’s these types of moments that make radio worth while!
Also, I play a bunch of tunes per usual and it rocks.