Just For Fun Concerts EP 2016-08 (Episode 12)

As I was putting the episode together this week, I noted that my internal tension must be high as the list of songs for this episode contains a combination of angry, funny, and foreign punk rock songs hinting that there must be some unresolved internal conflict. Hmmm … This episode is definitely loud…oh wait …maybe the tension is from the circus that is the current presidential race. This presidential season is shaping up to be the most interesting race in the history of the presidency. Although the race appears to be a tragicomedy – this perception is entirely the creation of a wildly out of control population of retarded clowns casting themselves as the “news media.” We (using “we” in the royal sense here) have long since passed the time when news was reported truthfully, without conscious bias, and without concerted effort to influence the outcome of an election. Truly a shame that so little time of this presidential election season is spent on each candidates policy positions on the numerous “big” issues that will impact each and every one of us (for at least the next 4 years) – foreign policy, domestic spending, education, health care, immigration? WTF? Is an educated electorate too much to ask for?

Well at least the music will be good.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode # 12:

  1. Courtney Barnet – “Three Packs A Day” (from Good for You A Milk Records Compilation)
  2. Adelitas Way – “Bad Reputation” (Getaway)
  3. The Zolas – “Swooner” (Swooner)
  4. Pyrite Sidewalk – “True Love” (Under the Influence EP)
  5. The All Brights – “Hell on A Surfboard” (…Are Wild For a Night EP)
  6. The Muddies – “Don’t Touch Your Dick with the Chili Hands” (First Blood)
  7. Sleep On It – “Bright” (Safe Again EP)
  8. Freak Wave – “Threat? What Threat? (Don’t Let Me Down)
  9. The Scenes – “Absolution, Please” (Sex Drugs and Modern Art)
  10. Anti-Flag – “Kill the Rich” (Cease Fire)
  11. The Flux Machine – “Love and Affection” (Louder!)
  12. Modern Space – “Little Lies” (Before Sunrise)
  13. HXLT – “Down” (HXLT)
  14. The She’s – “Save Me” (She’ll Be Fine)
  15. Shit Present – “Melbourne” (Shit Present EP)

After you kill the rich … you’ll need some love and affection. Finally, I leave you with these words of wisdom…don’t touch your dick with the chili hands.


Dropbox Notes March 7, 2016

I think this might be the most unusual list that I have ever posted. This month’s list contains a greater than usual number of complete unknowns, interspersed with a few lesser knowns, perhaps one or two knowns, and at least one artist you should know well (if you are Canadian) and all without any reissues! …. Here is the list:

  1. Seels – A New Familiar Place [2016]
  2. POP ETC – Souvenir [2016]
  3. New Desert Blues – To Be My Own [2016]
  4. Sauropod – Roaring at the Storm [2016]
  5. Porches – Pool [2016]
  6. Hey Marseilles – Hey Marseilles [2016]
  7. Blackout Problems – Holy [2016]
  8. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool [Deluxe Edition] [2016]
  9. Metz – Eraser [2016]
  10. Basia Bulat – Good Advice [2016]
  11. RNDM – Ghost Riding [2016]
  12. Bent Shapes – Wolves of Want [2016]
  13. Ginger Wildheart – The Year of the Fanclub [2016]
  14. Flowers – Everybody’s Dying to Meet You [2016]
  15. Frights – You Are Going to Hate This [2016]
  16. James Supercave – Better Strange [2016]
  17. Ra Ra Riot – Need Your Light [2016]
  18. Jack Oblivian & the Sheiks ‎– The Lone Ranger of Love [2016]
  19. Prettiots – Funs Cool [2016]
  20. Purling Hiss – Something EP [2016]
  21. Combomatix – Chinese Songs for Bad Boys [2016]
  22. Sioux Falls – Rot Forever [2016]
  23. Scenes – Sex, Drugs and Modern Art [2016]
  24. Wendy James – The Price of the Ticket [2016]
  25. Astronauts etc. – Mind Out Wandering [2015]
  26. Starting Line – Anyways EP [2016]
  27. Feels – Feels [2016]
  28. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware Of It [2016]
  29. Anti-Flag – Cease Fires [2016]
  30. DMA’s – Hills End [2016]
  31. Royal Republic – Weekend Man [2016]
  32. Cub Sport – This Is Our Vice [2016]
  33. Witching Waves – Crystal Cafe [2016]
  34. Polica – United Crushers [2016]
  35. Flux Machine – Louder! [2016]
  36. Blossom – Blossom [2016]
  37. Lily & Madeleine – Keep It Together [2016]
  38. Holy Esque – At Hope’s Ravine [2016]
  39. Adelitas Way – Getaway [2016]
  40. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive [2016]
  41. HXLT – Hxlt [2016]
  42. 1919 – Death Note EP [2016]
  43. Face to Face – Protection [2016]
  44. Burnt Palms – Back On My Wall [2016]
  45. Holy Wave – Freaks Of Nurture [2016]
  46. Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are [2016]
  47. Zolas – Swooner [2016]
  48. Hotel Lights – Get Your Hand in My Hand [2016]
  49. Keeps – Brief Spirit [2016]
  50. Kinky Yukky Yuppy – Until the Sun Goes Down [2016]

I hope you’re enjoying the podcasts. If you’re not…don’t @#% tell me!


Just For Fun Concerts EP 2016-07 (Episode 11)

It is Super Tuesday – the day we are likely to find out whether Trump will have a chance to rewrite democratic principles founded upon the Constitution into a better deal….after all the Constitution is just an old piece of paper and if he was there – he would have gotten a better deal for the American people.

However, this episode is not about the Donald or Hillary it is all about weight. When I think about all of the music that is released each year in what literally amounts to a flood of releases, I am shocked at how few tracks actually are heard by the average listener. When I consider the relative large mass of new music in the radio pipeline, the lack of new tracks defies gravity. Rock, as a genre, is more than 70 years old, and the forms emergent from that initial thrust of energy in the 1950’s appear not to diminish with time. What is also evident is that the technical competency of rock musicians today is outstanding when compared with their predecessors and that technical gap is growing. In short, there is a huge mass of new music that is very well written, composed and constructed. So, what prevents this new music from reaching new listeners? I advance this theory which may partially explain the issue: The weight of all that music in the listener pipeline pushes down the ability of songs (that are frequently only a couple of weeks old) from reaching an audience, any audience. Once released, like a new car driven off the showroom lot, these songs immediately lose listener appeal and consequently have diminished economic value. It is this weight that prevents emergent bands from connecting to an audience.

Do you ever ask yourself why some bands constantly receive airplay for their new music? Why bands past their prime receive a slot on that station’s playlist? Rock radio is dying because they haven’t factored in the perception of the weight – listeners want to hear an assortment of recently new music but they don’t even know that this new-ish music exists because radio stations don’t want to take the chance of potentially losing their daily audiences whom they believe are trained hamsters to be fed the same crap every day i.e. a diet of identifiable music and artists every single @#% day. When you clearly have a massive river of music from which to select, it begs the question – is anyone selecting music for any other reason than it sounds exactly like everything else being played by that radio station – both before and after? Perhaps the answer comes down to free will – i.e. listeners being select enough to make actual and real choices rather than accepting the choices made for them ( See it is about Trump and Hillary after all!). Imagine a world where the talking head at the radio station actually cared about what you heard and was excited about the prospect of sharing something with you that they thought was cool? It should be easy. Radio should aspire to be better. Perhaps I am also a victim of the same deceit, but episode 11, like the prior ones, takes into account the weight. Perhaps one day I can be a king. More likely … I’ll crawl into my bed each night…and listen to the National.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode # 11:

  1. Some Go Haunting – “Me & You” (Wandering Souls)
  2. Giants of Industry – “In With The New” (Forward)
  3. James Supercave – “How To Start” (Better Strange)
  4. High Highs – “How Could You Know (Cascades)
  5. H-Burns – “Night Moves” (Night Moves)
  6. Blackout Problems – “The National” (Holy)
  7. Holy Holy – “Outside Of The Heart of It” (When The Storms Would Come)
  8. Sixteen Scandals – “Time Vampires” (Create Destroy)
  9. Rococode – “Panic Attack” (Don’t Worry It Will Be Dark Soon)
  10. Secret Staff – “My Life Is A Steinbeck Novel (Learning not To Care EP)
  11. Royal Republic – “Playball” (Weekend Man)
  12. The Starting Line – “Quitter” (Anyways EP)
  13. Jack Oblivion & the Sheiks – “Hey Killer” (The Lone Ranger of Love)
  14. Hippo Campus – “South” (The Halocline Eps)
  15. Blossom – “Light Us Up” (Blossom)

Hey killer… I’ve been told life’s not a joke you should laugh about … in my fake empire.