September 1, 2014
HIGH LIFE 8-31-14 (1980 Edition)

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This is the first in a series of ten radio shows I’ve put together documenting music of the 1980s. The first question you may be asking is “why?” and to be honest, I didn’t really have a reason when I decided to do this. You could say I chose this decade willy-nilly (I did), but the more I’ve delved deep the more I’m certain that the 80s deserves a better representation than whatever passes for nostalgia radio these days. There are gonna be some “hits” from time to time but really, I’ve tried hard to avoid most of the stereotypes consuming those ten years. Consider this an “alternative history” of 1980s music. It isn’t all pop, it isn’t all new wave, or punk, or whatever. I tried hard to create a well rounded playlist for each decade that still fits into the loosely defined aesthetic of HIGH LIFE.

To explain my process: each show specifies a year and all of the music played in each show was released during the year in question. There are bound to be some historical errors but this is an example of my methodology: if an English band released a record in England in 1984 but it wasn’t released in the US until 1985, I considered the songs for the 1984 show. Sometimes the release dates are a little fuzzier for some of the more obscure bands and via research I attempted to make my best judgement.

You may not hear a lot of your favorite 80s artists. I’m not a huge fan of a lot of the mid-to-late 80s alternative rock scene ala Butthole Surfers, Husker Du, or The Replacements, but I tried to find homes for some of their better songs somewhere. These are incomplete playlists dictated by the two-hour maximum time allotted for a radio show. I did my best. I hope you enjoy this edition of HIGH LIFE and stick with me for the next nine weeks. If there’s a call for it I may make these available for download.

Kisses, Lord Topia.

Here’s the playlist:

 Glenn Branca - Lesson #1 For Electric Guitar
 Winston Edwards & Blackbeard - Downing Street Rock
 New Age Steppers - Fade Away
 Poly Styrene - Toytown
 The Specials - Stereotype
 Grace Jones - Pars
 Lizzie Mercier Descloux - Five Troubles Mambo
 Harald Grosskopf - So weit, so gut
 OMD - Bunker Soldiers
 Suicide - Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne
 Chandra - Kate
 Prince - When You Were Mine 
 Diana Ross - My Old Piano
 Gary Burbank - Who Shot JR
 David Bowie - Up the Hill Backwards
 The Clean - Oddity
 Echo & the Bunnymen - Stars Are Stars 
 Colin Newman - &Jury
 Adam & the Ants - Kick! (Single Version)
 The Ramones - Return of Jackie and Judy
 The Cure - So What
 Swell Maps - The Helicopter Spies
 Siouxsie and the Banshees - Christine
 Joy Division - A Means To An End
 Young Marble Giants - The Man Amplifier
 Talking Heads - Crosseyed and Painless
 Public Image Limited - Poptones
 Snakefinger - Living In Vain
 New Age Steppers - Animal Space

Stream it here: HIGH LIFE 8-31-14 (1980 Edition) NOTE: I totally mistitled this show on Mixcloud as 9-1-14, I’m aware it’s wrong and Mixcloud won’t let you change the titles so…oh well.

August 30, 2014
doomandgloomfromthetomb:

Television - Piccadilly Inn, Cleveland, Ohio, July 24, 1975
Duders! Head over to Aquarium Drunkard NOW to check out a truly stellar Television bootleg (which was actually one of the first things I posted on this blog oh so many Marquee Moons ago). Cleveland, Ohio 1975! The place to be, against every odd imaginable. Verlaine and co. played two nights — the recording over on AD is the second night. As an added bonus to you Doom & Gloomsters, here’s a recording of the first night! Not quite as good a recording, but actually better than I remember. A different setlist, and even the repeats are pretty different from the next show. Totally killer stuff. Just $3 to check in to the Piccadilly Inn!

doomandgloomfromthetomb:

Television - Piccadilly Inn, Cleveland, Ohio, July 24, 1975

Duders! Head over to Aquarium Drunkard NOW to check out a truly stellar Television bootleg (which was actually one of the first things I posted on this blog oh so many Marquee Moons ago). Cleveland, Ohio 1975! The place to be, against every odd imaginable. Verlaine and co. played two nights — the recording over on AD is the second night. As an added bonus to you Doom & Gloomsters, here’s a recording of the first night! Not quite as good a recording, but actually better than I remember. A different setlist, and even the repeats are pretty different from the next show. Totally killer stuff. Just $3 to check in to the Piccadilly Inn!

August 30, 2014
doomandgloomfromthetomb:

Talking Heads - The Boarding House, San Francisco, California, September 16, 1978
01. Big Country 02. Warning Sign 03. The Book I Read 04. Stay Hungry 05. Artists Only 06. Girls 07. The Good Thing 08. Love > Buildings On Fire 09. Electricity 10. Found A Job 11. New Feeling/ Pulled Up 12. Psycho Killer 13. Take Me To the River 14. (Removed copyrighted) 15. No Compassion

doomandgloomfromthetomb:

Talking Heads - The Boarding House, San Francisco, California, September 16, 1978

01. Big Country 02. Warning Sign 03. The Book I Read 04. Stay Hungry 05. Artists Only 06. Girls 07. The Good Thing 08. Love > Buildings On Fire 09. Electricity 10. Found A Job 11. New Feeling/ Pulled Up 12. Psycho Killer 13. Take Me To the River 14. (Removed copyrighted) 15. No Compassion

August 30, 2014

(Source: remainsstreet)

August 30, 2014
REALEST zodiac sign stuff
Aries: self-centred competitive cunts but still sweet
Taurus: nice as heck but dont show much emotions and eat a way too much
Gemini: smooth lunatic manipulative assholes but geniuses
Cancer: dependant, emotionally unstable lullabies and probably the nicest persons you know
Leo: most generous and selfish at the same time attention whores
Virgo: steady fuckers that probably have an OCD
Libra: double-faced childish bitches but they know how to look good tho
Scorpio: paranoid psychos that think about dry humping all day long
Sagittarius: funny but rude, one night stands big winner
Capricorn: cold-hearted motherfuckers without any social skills
Aquarius: weird hipsters that always try to sound deep and different but VERY open-minded
Pisces: sensible compulsive liars, daydreamers and super gentle but hypocrites
August 20, 2014
doomandgloomfromthetomb:

Neu! - ‘72 Live in Düsseldorf 
Not really a live show, but Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger (along with bassist Eberhard Kranemann) rehearsing in the spring of 1972 for an upcoming tour. A reviewer once called this “the bottom of the krautrock barrel” but whatever, dude. It’s eeeeeeessential! Extracts of the tape showed up on the Neu! box set a few years ago, but this is the complete, of-dubious-legality Captain Trips disc, which popped up briefly in the 1990s. Totally great stuff. Thanks to I Love Total Destruction for posting. 

doomandgloomfromthetomb:

Neu! - ‘72 Live in Düsseldorf

Not really a live show, but Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger (along with bassist Eberhard Kranemann) rehearsing in the spring of 1972 for an upcoming tour. A reviewer once called this “the bottom of the krautrock barrel” but whatever, dude. It’s eeeeeeessential! Extracts of the tape showed up on the Neu! box set a few years ago, but this is the complete, of-dubious-legality Captain Trips disc, which popped up briefly in the 1990s. Totally great stuff. Thanks to I Love Total Destruction for posting. 

August 20, 2014
paperhose:

Holt and Ramirez’s Chem Lawns at totalfest Friday 8/15.

paperhose:

Holt and Ramirez’s Chem Lawns at totalfest Friday 8/15.

August 20, 2014
doomandgloomfromthetomb:

Kraftwerk: The Missing Years
The Invisible Hits keep on coming over at Pitchfork. This latest column dives deep into Kraftwerk’s work before they hit it big on the Autobahn. Some seriously great stuff to check out. 

doomandgloomfromthetomb:

Kraftwerk: The Missing Years

The Invisible Hits keep on coming over at Pitchfork. This latest column dives deep into Kraftwerk’s work before they hit it big on the Autobahn. Some seriously great stuff to check out. 

August 20, 2014
remainsstreet:

The back of my cover for Lucky Peach.

remainsstreet:

The back of my cover for Lucky Peach.

August 20, 2014

mdthwomp:

Unfriendly reminder that in America it’s reasonable to say an unarmed black kid deserved to be shot six times because he might have robbed a convenience store, but a white kid shouldn’t be kicked off the high school football team just because he violently raped a girl.

(via psyxchic)