October 17, 2014
Funeral and the Twilight, Tidal Horn, Extensionless @ The Palace Lounge, Friday October 17th


Ghosts of Total Fest Fest past convene tonight in Missoula when Minneapolis “goth” punk “rockers” Funeral and the Twilight rear their three-headed hydra. Or something. I’d like to count them as giving one of those break-out performances Total Fest is known for. We may have already known they ruled those few years back but dude…that night there was some serious dark magic in the air. Fitting they’re here now in what many people call the spookiest month of the year. Or something. Bring candy.

Minneapolis’ Funeral and the Twilight play the Palace Lounge (in the basement of the Badlander Complex) tonight, Friday October 17th, along with Missoulian heavy-hitters Tidal Horn and MPLS expats Extensionless. There aren’t a ton of specifics on the show’s Facebook event page but we can assume something starts happening around 10pm, it’s 21+, and the cover is somewhere in the $5 range. Namaste.

October 16, 2014
HIGH LIFE 10-10-14 (1985 Edition)

Shit starts to get really dark and (kinda) weird from here on out. Hope you’re not hoping this mix is full of anything featured on the above mixtape. We never wanted to make an 80’s pop show and we definitely haven’t with this one. Enjoy. Choose 1985.

Here’s the playlist:

 Roedelius - Langer Atem
 Sapho - Carmel
 Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
 Chris & Cosey - Morning
 Martin Rev - Whisper
 Mandingo - Harima
 Thomas Leer - Chasing the Dragon
 Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World
 Book of Love - I Touch Roses
 Godley & Creme - Cry
 Dire Straits - So Far Away
 The Jesus and Mary Chain - Some Candy Talking
 The Wolfgang Press - I’m Coming Home (Mama)
 Jacobites (Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth) - Every Girl
 Jonathan Richman - I’m Just Beginning to Live
 Love and Rockets - Haunted When the Minutes Drag
 The Cure - Close To Me
 Dead Can Dance - Enigma of the Absolute
 New Order - Love Vigilantes
 The Smiths - The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
 The Fall - I Am Damo Suzuki
 Butthole Surfers - To Parter
 Rites of Spring - Nudes
 The Cramps - Can Your Pussy Do the Dog?
 Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Black Crow King

Stream it here: HIGH LIFE 10-10-14 (1985 Edition)

October 16, 2014
HIGH LIFE 10-3-14 (1984 Edition)


1984, dudes. Everybody thought the world was gonna end. Reagan really didn’t make things any easier on anyone, but shit still happened and some pretty remarkable records got released. There’s always this famous thing…

…directed by Ridley Scott no less. 

Here’s the playlist:

 Dead Can Dance - Threshold
 Echo & the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
 The Legendary Pink Dots - The Lovers, Part I
 Nikki Sudden - Kissed You Twice
 Talking Heads - Heaven (Live)
 Prince - Purple Rain
 Scott Walker - Blanket Roll Blues
 The Blue Nile - A Walk Across the Rooftops
 96 Eyes - Raging Beauty
 Orchestral Manoeuvres in The Dark - Love and Violence
 Cocteau Twins - Persephone
 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - From Her to Eternity
 The Wolfgang Press - Deserve
 New Order - Too Late
 This Mortal Coil - Kangaroo
 The Cure - The Caterpillar
 Julian Cope - Sunspots
 Felt - Spanish House
 The Smiths - This Charming Man
 The Homosexuals - Soft South Africans (Slow)
 The Fall - 2 X 4
 The Dream Syndicate - Still Holding On to You
 The Replacements - I Will Dare
 The Minutemen - Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing
 The Cramps - I Can’t Hardly Stand It
 Television Personalities - Stop & Smell The Roses

Unfortunately, my computer died between the airing of this show and my ability to get the thing posted on to Mixcloud and then Tumblr…alas, the file of the show is lost forever. Feel free to let the playlist above inspire you, in whatever direction that may lead. All those songs are fantastic.

October 1, 2014
James Cargill, Trish Keenan’s 46th


Though Broadcast’s vocalist Trish Keenan died about 3 years ago, her legacy lingers. It would have been her 46th birthday this week and her husband, James Cargill, has posted two previously unreleased demos from their 2005 album Tender Buttons on his Soundcloud page. Those are fantastic, check them out, but it’s also worth while to keep digging. He’s posted a ton of sonic beauty there. Here’s my personal favorite, a mix Trish put together, called the Toys & Techniques Birthday Tape

October 1, 2014
HIGH LIFE 9-26-14 (1983 Edition)


We should all be aware of the rather hefty (literary?) shadow next week’s 1984 is already casting. Many of the bands presented in the 1983 edition went on the next year to pretty much improve their shit ten-fold (looking at you, Echo & the Bunnymen and/or The Smiths). That doesn’t mean this show is wanting in any way. Quite the opposite, as we start venturing into the middle of the decade, I’m getting WAY more acquainted with my methods. Expect some surprises, every year is throwing something unexpected in my face and I’ve been making an effort to let that unexpected-ness make its way onto the playlists.

I was born in 1983. I’m finally alive for these songs!

Here’s the playlist: 

Cocteau Twins - Sugar Hiccup
OMD - The Romance of the Telescope
China Crisis - The Gates of Door to Door
David Bowie - Cat People
Echo & the Bunnymen - Back of Love
Wipers - Messenger
Suki Suki Switch - Antenna II
Sonic Youth - The World Looks Red
R.E.M. - Catapult
The Smiths - Hand in Glove
New Order - We All Stand
Tears for Fears - Pale Shelter
Gang of Four - Man With a Good Car
Orange Juice - A Million Pleading Faces
ESG - Dance
Grandmaster Caz - South Bronx Subway Rap
Art of Noise - Beat Box
Mark Stewart & the Maffia - Liberty City
Toure Kunda - Amadou Tilo
Tears for Fears - Mad World
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Opened My Eyes
Crass - Shaved Women + A Part of Life
The Fall - The Man Whose Head Expanded
Morbid Opera - Private Prostitute
Class Info - Out of Line
Live Skull - Corpse

Stream it here: HIGH LIFE 9-26-14 (1983 Edition)

September 24, 2014
Wand, Neighbors, Mass FM @ The Real Lounge on Wednesday, September 24th

Aural kin to neo-psych-oh-delic-ah phenom White Fence (among other Syd worshippers), Wand is yet another reason to resist that urge I have to just stop caring about this vein of modern rock completely. Wand’s got your basic Missoula’s-gonna-love-this-band checklist pretty well filled out: new album on Drag City, Ty Segall is reportedly a big fan, sick/cool album art. I dunno, make up that meat-mind of yours:

It’s just another Wednesday night, doods. Work hungover tomorrow, or go to class hungover or whatever. Most of Missoula’s best shows come to us mid-week. Sucks? Just gotta make do.

LA’s Wand, Seattle’s Neighbors, and Missoula’s Mass FM play the Real Lounge (below Stage 112; entrance is on Front Street) tonight: Wednesday, Sept. 24th. It’s $6 for the drinking public, and $8 for the kiddies. 10:30 pm.

September 24, 2014
Naomi Punk, Drunk Dad, Shramana, Holy Lands, Arrows to the Sun @ Stage 112, Saturday, September 27th


If you didn’t know already, we love Naomi Punk. “Grunge” is a seriously dirty word among our camps but guys…come on…these dudes have actually done it the right way. FUCK NIRVANA. Listen to (Olympia’s) Naomi Punk instead. You’re obviously better for it, chucking away your CDs mostly because CDs make no fucking sense anymore, gone the way of the fucking 8-tracks or something right along with your fucking Nirvana and you just need to come see these guys once more, just once more at Stage 112. 

Naomi Punk, Drunk Dad, Shramana, Holy Lands, and Arrows to the Sun play Stage 112 this Saturday (9/27). Shit apparently starts at 9pm. It’s a $5 show. What a fucking deal!!!

September 21, 2014
Wrecks Goliath at 112.

Wrecks Goliath at 112.

September 20, 2014
Vera at 112.

Vera at 112.

September 19, 2014
HIGH LIFE 9-19-14 (Rachel Patrie Edition)


Took a week off of our trip through the 1980’s so we could assist in the DJ training of one of our (and Missoula’s) favorite folks: Ms. Rachel Patrie. If you listen closely you can hear her say some stuff. The playlist was a true collaborative effort: both she and I threw a bunch of stuff at the wall and if it stuck it sounds great, if not, don’t you worry about it. From that Babes in Toyland song on we tried to keep the songs in a lady-centric-zone because Ms. Patrie is planning on getting a lady-centric KBGA show off the ground and we figured “HEY! why not just do that now?”

There’s a KBGA news break in the middle there so feel free to fast-forward or if you’re OK with listening to a daily broadcast from the past it’s totally your call. We’re that user-friendly.

Stay tuned for next week on 89.9FM KBGA when we return to our 1980’s series with 1983, they year I (your humble editor) was born. Ay yi yi.

Here’s the playlist:

Excepter - Sunrise
Faust - It’s a Rainy Day Sunshine Girl
The Walker Brothers - Nite Flights
Sean Nicholas Savage - She Looks Like You
The Blue Nile - A Walk Across the Rooftops
Iji - Hush Puppy
The Tammys - Egyptian Shumba
Nikki Sudden - Channel Steamer
The Cleaners From Venus - Marilyn on a Train (1982 Version)
Babes in Toyland - Sweet ‘69
The Slits - So Tough
X-Ray Spex - Germ Free Adolescents
Fleetwood Mac - That’s Alright
Grace Jones - Warm Leatherette
Peaking Lights - Midnight (In the Valley of Shadows)
Chandra - Kate
Sonic Youth - Little Trouble Girl
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions - Trouble
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Hong Kong Garden
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Julia Holter - Horns Surrounding Me
Young Marble Giants - Credit In the Straight World
Chrisma - Aurora B
Black Bananas - Physical Emotions
Family Fodder - Film Music
The Flying Lizards - TV
Maria Minerva - Soo High
Geneva Jacuzzi - Love Caboose

Stream it here: HIGH LIFE 9-19-14 (Rachel Patrie Edition)