Saturday, January 31, 2009

1/2009 Playlist

It's a new year, and so I thought it would also be time for a revamped playlist header. The monthly playlist is something that I have been doing for almost three years now, it's simply a new iTunes play list each month titled for the month, and add what ever tracks catch my ear or stick in my brain to it. When the month is over, I file the old list, start a new one. When I joined ( in June of 2006 and started writing a summary and/or comentary for each track sometimes posting a related video as well. As time passed Mog started to wane, and I decided to branch out my posting of the list. At first I added it to my multiply page, my gather page, my Myspace page, but all of that got to be too much, so from here on out I will only post this list on my mog page and my blog ( Thanks to everyone who has been reading along and feel free to post comments, questions or what ever in the comments section. Enjoy
Eric Reanimator.

We Will Fall by The Stooges  
The first thing that I thought when I heard of the passing of Ron Asheton was We Will Fall indeed. I have already paid tribute to him on my blog and my mog pages, so I am going to limit my comments to just this track. It's a hypnotic trance like dirge of a tune, it's long and droning, it's simple, but it's got a punch to it. It's like a meditation, it's like it's whispering truth in the midst of chaos, it's the quite at the eye of the storm and it's a great example of how The Stooges could be lower key and reflective.... in a fairly simple way.

Gospel Plow by Screaming Trees
Following the We will Fall with the Screaming Trees playing their rocked out version of this gospel tune was a happy accident. I added it because I have been thinking about this album while trying to get started on writing my book on it. No, I haven't gotten the nod for the 33 1/3 people, I honestly don't think I am going to, but I have committed to myself to write it anyway. This tune is much like We Will Fall in that it has a quiet droning quality, and it's reflective and deals with the issues of morality. All of the elements of this song work just right, the traditional moments melt just right into the swirling guitar and thudding bass that were the hallmarks of the Screaming Trees sound....

Honeymoon Hotel by Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler & Chorus
It's catchy, fun, and slightly subversive. This song lodged in my brain like a bullet when I saw Footlight Parade this past month. On thing, this song works on it's own, but it's better when you see it from the film...

Catwoman on the moon by Riot Squad  
I've been a Staggers since their previous incarnation Riot Squad, a Dallas based Oi!/Street punk band singing about horror films and politics. They have always been catchy, basic, fun and filled with energy. For some reason Catwoman on the Moon got stuck in my head.

What Stephanie Wants by T.S.O.L
TSOL have come a long way since the early 1980s and Long Beach CA. They were part of the second wave of SoCal punk, and were notable for their political lyrics and great hooks.. you can read the history at one of the links above.. anyway, this track is from their new album (which was a free download when I got it this past month, and it still might be).... This tune is just a solid punk rock tune that has all the energy of their recent out put. You can hear the classic punk sounds of The Ramones and the Damned, but also the bark and bite of classic TSOL. If anything they have become more subtle in their sociopolitical lyrics.

See you next month.

Jan reads 2009

Baby Shark's Beaumont Blues by Robert Fate
This is the second of the Baby Shark books, and while it's light on the pool, it's a fast terse entry in the series. There is the darkness of broken families and some solid action scenes, but it is the feel of Texas circa mid 1950s that really makes this something more than another action/ PI series. I have the next entry in the series waiting to be read..
Lines of note:

P 41 "They was up to Something with all that hardware, low voltage or not."
P 236 "Ask your Husband if calling the devil is the same as seeing him walk atcha"

The Hunter by Richard Stark
Parker, a criminal with out emotion, who is cold and calculating in getting just what he feels he is owed. This is of course the first in series that is hard and uncompromising.

SPQR I- The King's Gambit by John Maddox Roberts
Set during the Roman Empire this is the first in the series of the SPQR books... pretty much it is your basic mystery, just in a world that we are not used to. I liked the book just fine, but didn't find any reason to read the next one.

Butcher's Moon by Richard Stark
This is the last of the first set of Parker books written by Stark (Donald Westlake), before he took a long break before coming back to Parker. This one is touches on all that has come in the series so far, as Parker and Grofield return to the scene of a previous heist to recover some cash that was left behind. things go wrong, and Parker has to call in the troops to help him out. This was a great read, and I look forward to reading more.

Killing Castro by Larwence Block
This is what Pulp is all about, fast, furious, action packed and page turning fun. The story is about four men sent to Cuba to... well kill Castro. Each has a different reason for their participation in killing Castro.

Center Door Fancy by Joan Blondell
The thinly disguised biography of Mrs. Blondell...

Savage Night Jim Thompson
This was a tough read in that I had a hard time following in places, however it's the story of a killer set to take out a witness, and how things fall apart.

Joan Blondell- A Life in Pictures Matthew Kennedy
A full biography of Mrs. Blondell, who was a actress mostly know for having been in several of the Busby Berkely flicks in the 30s

I Am Not A Cop Richard Belzer with Michael Black
Did not finish, it was just too something, but I was never drawn into the story or what was going on... so I gave up.

Murder Me for Nickels Peter Rabe
A solid pulp mob story about the Juke Box racket. It was simple, straight forward, and I enjoyed it.

Lines of note:
P 43 "It stuck me what a Mercenary Minx she was

33 1/3: Black Sabbath- Master of Reality John Darnielle

A review of the album Master of Reality as told by a teenage boy in a metal health care unit, and then 10 years later when he is out and working in the world.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Noir Pie- The Big Heat

For all you lurkers from the crime/noir fiction world... here is slice of New Wave singer song write Noir Rock..

Sunday, January 25, 2009

New Records in 2009 I am excited about

It's a new year, there is no longer a baby boomer (or baby doomer as I like to call them) running the USA, and it's time to look forward. There are new things in the wings that I am happy to see arrive in stores....... there are books, and movies and what not, but it's the music that I feel the need to talk about at the moment. So far I have heard about two forthcoming albums that I am excited about.
First is the new Neko Case album- Middle Cyclone which arrives on March 3 2009, promises to keep the dreamy, sometimes dark, feel of her last record Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. Neko has a voice that is that of a real woman, with hints of depth and maturity that is missing from so many of the American Idol/ Teen pop types. For a short time her song, People Got A Lotta Nerve, can be downloaded at The Anti label blog  ( here is a little video from Neko her self about the charity tie with her new single...

here is the Pre Order  link mentioned on the image.

The second record I am excited about is the new one from The Thermals. For those not in the know, The Thermals  (Wiki & Myspace) are a political punk group from Portland much in the mode of The Minutemen, Wire, and their ilk, with the political complexity of the best stuff that the Dead Kennedy's released. I was lucky enough to see them play at the Triple Rock in MSP,  it was a great show, and I eagerly await their newest offerings...

here is the video for one of my fave Thermals tunes-

They are on Kill Rock Stars  these days, and here is the album cover and a little ad from their label

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Don’t get Me Started: Where do the Homeless charge their; Cell Phones, iPods and Laptops?

Where do the Homeless charge their; Cell Phones, iPods and Laptops?

The fist thing that comes to mind is.... if you can afford a: Cell Phone, a iPod or a Laptop why can't you afford housing? Simple, Laptops and iPods are a one time expenses and a pretty small expense these days. iPods can be had for under $300, and a ok laptop for under $1000...where $600 a month for rent, each and every month, not always possible.....

back to the topic at hand... when you are homeless where do you charge the batteries for your electronics? There are a couple of options. Cafe's and Coffee Shops are a likely place, where you can get your cup or coffee or tea for under $2, find an outlet and plug in. If you live in a college town like I do, there are plenty of coffee shops that have free Wi Fi and there for not only can you charge your laptop, you can surf the web as well.

The easier option for a lot of people, and the one that inspired this post, is the public library. I happen to work in one and I get to deal with the issues that surround the issue of the public having access to power outlets. First I have to say that the building that I work in, and indeed many of the library buildings out there, were not designed with the idea that the public would need access to outlets, after all this is a library. However, as the services provided by our library's have evolved the need for access to electric outlets have grown, not only for the public but for the institution.

Just think back to the 1950s when the last major burst of infrastructure was built in the country. The electrical needs of a library was pretty simple: Lights and maybe record players (or radios), the electric typewriter, the odd fan, and of course the Vacuum cleaner for cleaning after hours. As time progressed new technologies entered the library world, copy machines, tape decks, electric clocks, CD players, computers, scanners, self check outs, Wi Fi, video games, DVD players, and on and on and on….

The problem of course is that buildings were not designed to accommodate these things. I have seen this before, when I was working in dorms at a major university that were built in the 1950s. We would continue to have problems with circuit breakers popping, because the power grid in the buildings were not build to accommodate the load. Like the library, the dorms were build to accommodate a lamp, a fan, and maybe a radio or record player…. And for the unthinkablely well off…. A TV. By the time that I entered college in the early 90’s the typical dorm room would have: lamps, stereos, computers, a mini fridge, a TV, a microwave…. You get the point.

Back to the library, the first issue with public access to outlets is placement. In many places the outlets were placed in out of the way sections of the wall so that cleaning equipment could easily be plugged in, places that were clear of tables and chairs, and often right on the walk way. The problem has become that the public has started using these outlets and stretching their power cords across the walk ways. This is an issue for two main reasons. First is it’s a trip hazard for those who are attempting to use the walk way. I have personally seen several people almost trip and one person (who had been asked to move their cord) start to trip because of the issue.

The second issue is that power cords stretched across walkways violate the Americans with Disabilities act[1]. Persons with ambulatory difficulties are not able to traverse these cords, wheelchairs can be impeded and obviously persons with vision impairments are not always going to see them.

The third issue that comes into play with the question of public access to power outlets is monitoring of electronics while they are being charged. In places where outlets are often times there are not enough to fulfill demand, and because charging takes time, often several electronics are plugged in at the same time. In places where there are not multiple open outlets this means that one or more of the items can’t always be monitored. This leaves these items open to theft. Now I see plenty of college kids and clueless adults who leave their stuff unattended, but the homeless are more vulnerable to theft than other for the simple reason that they tend to prey on each other, they tend to distrust police, and because of their economic situation the likelihood that they have insurance or replacement protection on electronics is lessened, and the likely hood that they have the money to replace items is lessened.

The last issue is that of energy cost. The fact that public accommodations are being used, and that energy is being used by people who are not paying for it, might seem small when you think of a guy down on his luck just charging a cheep pay as you go cell phone, or a old lap top left over from a former life, but when you realize that there are maybe hundreds of electronic items being charged in the library across the span of a week, and for hours and hours the economic reality to the institution and the cost starts to build. We are living in a time when the cost of energy is rising, the funding for public works is constricting and there is concern about the overall carbon foot print of our life style, when you think about the total number of public dollars across the country, year by year, that goes into paying for this electricity, you start to see the impact on these institutions.

Now, I am not in any way saying that we should start charging money for providing electrical outlets for public access, but there has to be a point where the cost of that service has to be addressed and dealt with.

Now, in my old life as a working slave for a major international retailer, when I brought issues to one of the bosses, the question I would get posed to me first was “what do you want me to do about this?”, in this case the question would be, what are the solutions to this issue and what can be done to create a win-win for all concerned? As with that job, I have learned to come with a couple of ideas that address this issue.

1) Green powered public charging stations. Simply put, there has to be a model out there for some brave venture capital person to start building charging stations that can be bought for or by public institutions, NGOs, or others that will provide access to charging at low or no cost that isn’t dependent on coal, oil, or other polluting energy sources. These stations could be based on a combination of wind, solar, hydroelectric or even pedal power. They would act like a huge power strip where people could plug in and charge for a length of time.

2) I recall hearing a radio news story on NPR a year or two back about someone who had built and was operations cart that acted as a charging station for portable electronics in I think it was New York City. The charge to plug in was pretty minimal, and they were able to make a living. It struck me as being kind of like the modern version of hotdog cart vendor. That model could do a couple of things; first and foremost provide new jobs, in not only the retail aspect of the vending cart, but also in the manufacture and repair of such carts.

3) Lastly, the most out there Idea that I have, but it seems like a simple one… because of the obesity issues in the USA (and is now extending around the world) more and more people have turned to working out and exercise classes to keep fit and provide exercise. Spinning (stationary bicycle riding) classes have been a rage for a while, and I hate to think of all that exertion and spinning going to waste. Imagine if all of those bikes were hooked up to a generator and the electricity generated were put back into the grid? In many places if you put electricity back into the grid the power company has to pay you for it. What if these classes would be lower in cost or even free if the energy generated and the sale of that electricity to the power company was enough to cover the cost of running the fitness club? Maybe this power could also be donated to cover the cost of running a public charging station, or maybe the school systems, the government (city, county, state, federal) buildings and the local libraries (just to bring us back to what we started talking about). Maybe this model would also give more people more of a reason to take spinning classes, you get your work out, you don’t have to pay for it, and it might lower your taxes or make them go further because they aren’t being used to pay for as much power…. Yes it’s a out there and wacky idea I know..

So there you have it, I think I have exausted my thoughts on the subject for the moment… thoughts, questions, spare change…. Oh… don’t get me started

[1] which was signed into Law by Bush Sr. so if any of you are ever challenged to come up with something good that a Republican president has done in modern times, here is your answer

Thursday, January 22, 2009



I wrote about these guys on my 11/2008 play list post, and my write up on the Scorgies reunion on Mog.... so if you liked the video or wanted to hear them, pop on over and take a listen.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Crime Thoughts May 2005

Written in May 2005

For the last couple of weeks have been reading a lot of crime novels. It started when I read about a new book by George Pelecanos who is a writer for The Wire which is one of the best shows ever to appear on TV. I picked up a couple of his book and did some research on him. Having read a half dozen or so of his books and taken a break from them to read other stuff I have formed a few thoughts on his work.

First I dig that he integrates music into his work. His characters are often listening to various rock, pop, soul (old school 70’s Soul), punk, alternative and jazz music. It fills them out in the same way that other crime novel vets are filled out by mention of what kind of beer they drink or car that they drive… and Pelecanos includes that kind of stuff as well. I wish that more pop lit, of which I consider the crime novel a sub-genre of, had the guts to talk about the pop culture that surrounds us all.

Secondly his stories are often filled with the juxtaposition of urban criminals and rural criminals. He talks about their interactions and culture clashes, even though at their core they are all the same, scummy dope pushing pussy hounds out to snatch as much cash as possible. Psycho’s either way, wearing Nikes or shit kickers, Stetsons or raiders hats.

What I realize about his stuff is that it’s much more about people caught up in the business of it all, sure he has a few psychos drifting though the books, but mostly it’s greedy fucks out to fuck each other for what ever they can get.

Speaking of psycho, the Pelecanos books led me to the work of Michael Connelly, who writes crime novels centered around Los Angeles and Los Vegas. I have read 3 of his books so far, Void Moon, The Poet and The Narrows. Void Moon was basically a caper book, with the main character, a woman (which you really don’t see all that much in hard-boiled crime novels by men), who is a prowl artist who is looking for that one big score. I enjoyed that book and because I enjoyed , along with a nice endorsement from Stephen King, I've read The Poet.

The Poet is a serial killer story (yawn! I was over those years ago) that was hyped as scary and tense, it was ok. By ok I mean it had it’s moments and some very good prose, but nothing earth shattering. More than anything I see that it was the twist ending and high concept idea of the book that surprised and delighted most people, but in the end it didn’t have that mania and fire, that ultimate darkness of the human soul and flawed people that would make it really a classic to me. The Narrows is sequel with the same killer and the same FBI agent tracking him, along with another Connelly regular character along for the ride. Once again it was OK, and to be honest it hasn’t inspired me to pick up any more of Connelly’s work, what it has done is sent me back to reading the real master of the modern crime novel, James Ellroy.

It’s been a decade since I discovered his work. I read everything that he had written up to that point and have followed his work since then. He is one of the few authors that I kept up with in the late 90’s when my reading habits changed and I gave up following Tony Hillerman, T. Jefferson Parker and Robert Parker.

I have been rereading one of his early books, 'Because the Night' which is the last of his Lloyd Hopkins books. He’s said that he created Hopkins because he was advised to create a series character and build a following with the series. I heard him say somewhere that he really learned how to write novels from those three books. I read the books all those years ago and this is the first time that I have picked one up, and comparing it to the Connelly books I can see why I don’t find Connelly all that shocking or dark.

Even when he was shilling for a crime novel career Ellroy had the magic. His plots are basic and really he’s setting up a good monster and a bad monster for a clash at the end, but it’s the ride that’s worth it.

When I was 18 I had a high school teacher tell me I was way too young to be as cynical (and I assume jaded) as I was at the time. He was right, so maybe that’s why I don’t find Ellroy all that dark, or scary. I find him to be honest about that darkness, just as I try to be honest about mine.

And this is where it gets personal; I have looked into another kind of darkness. I didn’t have LA in the 60’s and 70’s, a murdered mother, a dying father, and a minor league crime career to inform my understanding of inhumanity. I had Ann Arbor Michigan; I had a dead father and a mother who refused to see the reality of the world around us. I had 3rd wave extreamist Feminists telling me every male was a criminal in my high school. I had dopy ‘we love everyone’ hippie crits living in ivory towers while slippie madness was fomenting under the current of that quite little college town. We may not have had the murder rate of LA or DC, but we had death just the same. A murder a year, and most of them were over the top, suicides, rapes, weird accidental deaths, and car accidents and of course drug O.D.s.

So I am going to keep on reading these crime novels and try to write my own. I have some ideas that I have been playing with for years, it’s a matter of putting them down and letting them out.

I wrote the above almost five years ago, I have edited it slightly, mostly to clarify a few things. I am still trying to write crime stories, and deal with the personal demons that I mentioned at the end. I haven't read much more Pelecanos or Connelly since writing about them, but I have a couple of each writers books that I still need to get to. 

Sunday, January 11, 2009

33 1/3 proposals announced

Continuum publishing has announced the long list of proposals submitted during their recent open submission call. They had almost 600 submissions and it looks like a pretty diverse selection of titles. I have to say that I was disappointed to see so many recent indie darlings on the list, as I don't think they have come anywhere close to standing the test of time or had enough of an impact on the music world to merit a volume in the series.... yet.... you can take a look at the complete list here


I did submit a proposal, I'll leave it to you readers to figure out which one, I'll give  you 2 hints, the record is over 10 years old, and I was the only one to submit a proposal for the artist in question. Moggers will get an extra hint in looking for the obvious....

other than mine, the books that I would most like to see from this list are:

Beat Happening – Beat Happening

Blue Oyster Cult – Secret Treaties

The Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us

Danzig – Danzig

David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo

Iggy and the Stooges – Raw Power

Jellyfish – Spilt Milk

Johnny Cash – American Recordings

Mike Ness – Cheating at Solitaire

Modern Lovers – Modern Lovers

New York Dolls – New York Dolls

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Tender Prey

Pearl Jam – Ten

Queensryche – Operation Mindcrime

Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Blank Generation

Robert Calvert – Captain Lockheed

Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger

The Stooges – Fun House

Suicide – Suicide

Various Artists – Let Them Eat Jellybeans

Various Artists – O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack

Various Artists – Pebbles, Vol 1

Various Artists – Pulp Fiction: Music from the Motion Picture

Various Artists – Repo Man soundtrack

Various Artists – Reservoir Dogs soundtrack

Various Artists – Singles soundtrack

Warren Zevon – Warren Zevon

Waylon Jennings – Honky Tonk Heroes

Willie Nelson – Stardust

X-Ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents

X – Los Angeles


my guess of which ones will get the nod? I think that at least one of the country records, maybe a soundtrack, and very likely one of the Stooges books will get the go ahead, depending on the proposals.... best of luck to everyone one who submitted, and I plan to write mine if it is selected, or even if it isn't...

Their blog is at 

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

More on Ron Asheton

I think I met Ron Asheton once, in passing really, I think it was at the old performance network, he was practicing with Powertraine, Denis Tek of Radio Birdman was there, along with Scott Morgan of course, and as I recall Ron was leaving as I was coming in with my brother. I do remember the first time I saw Ron and knew who he was, it was in 1997 or so when his band Dark Carnival was playing the State theater in Detroit (I refuse to call it by that SF club name) and recall clearly Chris “Box” from Mazinga giving Ron a copy of the first Mazinga single we'd put out on Reanimator. I don't know that Chris would ever have thought that he was going to get to play with Ron someday, not to mention live around the corner from him.

Around the corner, that's maybe why his passing sent a chill though my body, because he was a local guy. The last time I saw him, was when my brother and I were coming home from the local grocery story a couple of months back, and Ron was driving in the lane next to us. It really wasn't a shock, because our local grocery store was his local grocery store. He lived, at least a chunk of his life, about three city blocks from us, interrupted only by a swath of I-94, a swath that I could hear from my bedroom window when I was a teen and a young adult, and that I assume he should have been able to hear as well..... of course I didn't know who he was when I was a teen or when I was in my early 20s. It was only when I was in my mid to late 20 that I discovered The Stooges and the fact that they were local boys, a pair of brothers and their buddies from school. A couple of kids that had started something and when they were young and wild not had much commercial success... just like us.... and lived (well most of them) to see their legacy (that's a shout out for the Mazinga guys for those not in the know) legitimized.

Ron lived to see his art heralded, lived to see it spawn, well punk rock and much of what has flowed from it since. I am sure in the next couple of days we are going to see tributes and comments and biographies of Ron Asheton, but I just want to say, thanks for all you helped to build, and prove about how a couple of kids from Ann Arbor Michigan could over come their second class citizen status as Townies and set the world on fire...

RIP Ron Asheton,

RIP Ron Asheton,
By Jim DeRogatison January 6, 2009 4from
The term "godfather of punk" is one that's too often abused: The genre can't possibly have had 189,958 progenitors, could it? And bandying it about too lightly only cheapens it when referring to a musician for whom that really was the case.
As reported by the Detroit Free Press, Ron Asheton, who founded the Stooges with singer Iggy Pop and was one of a half-dozen players who defined what punk-rock guitar could and should be, was found dead in his home in Ann Arbor, MI, Tuesday morning. He was 60 years old.
I last spoke to Asheton circa the Stooges reunion in 2007, but we first connected in the late '90s when I was researching the roots of punk in Detroit for Let It Blurt, my biography of rock critic Lester Bangs. The two were friends and mutual admirers, and it seems fitting to give Lester the last word on Asheton's enduring contribution to music, to culture and most of all to punk. From "Roots of Punk (Part One)" in New Wave magazine, 1978:
"'1969'" featured the only use of wah-wah that I had ever liked on any record (mainly because Ron Asheton didn't do anything with it, no flash bulls---, he just blanged out a chord and let the technology play its own self), and most importantly of all, THAT HE AND IGGY DIDN'T GIVE A S--- ABOUT ANYTHING AND NEITHER DID WE. We knew that over in Michigan his lifestyle was identical to ours, just getting f---ed up all the time and trying to find the girls who'd f--- us and usually failing. F--- the establishment, f--- the counterculture, f--- the Beatles after that white atrocity, f--- rock 'n' roll for that matter, everybody being so goddam protective about it like it was some sickly child or something, f--- the government and f--- the war and f--- the college and f--- the hippies and f--- everything. F--- you. I'm f---ed up already. Listen, when one of your best friends is slumped in your room stoned just this side of death on Seconals, drooling on himself and mumbling "I dunno, man, lately I think I been turnin' into a vegetable..." you really don't want to listen to Abbey Road, much less "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," a title I can't even type without sneering.Thanks, Ron, for giving us an alternative.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Joan Blondell

I have been watching quite a few films from the 1930s recently, and have become a big fan of Joan Blondell. She was just the kinda fast talking, smart dame that I like...  

They sure don't make them like her anymore... check out Gold Diggers of 1933, Footlight Parade, or 3 on a Match to see her shine.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Pulp Noir/ Hard Core Crime Todays Purchases

I was out shopping today, and picked up these two pulps. The AA Fair (who was really Earl Stanley Gardner) and Prather books were chosen for two very different reasons. The Prather book was because writer Christa Faust 
had mentioned that this was the book that brought her back to crime stories and because one of my all time favorite bands The Forbidden Dimension has a great tune called Dig That Cra-a-azy  Grave!  so I figured that I would have to check it out. The AA Fair book was because of the cover, and the fact that it's a entry in the Cool and Lam PI series. I read Top of the Heap which is a Cool and Lam book (reissued by Hard Case Crime) and enjoyed it very much.

alas, I won't get to read either of these until I am done with my current book.... The Hunter by Richard Stark.... who was of course the recently passed Donald E. Westlake....

Thursday, January 1, 2009

12/2008 Playlist

12/2008 Playlist

Each month, since Feb of 2006, I start a playlist in my iTunes of the tunes that catch my ear that month. I started off writing a post to my Mog page with a short review or comments of each track, not only to keep a running diary for myself, but also to hopefully point others toward these tunes. In the last several months I have started to cross post this information on other sites where I keep blogs. (If you are reading this somewhere besides Mog, you can find all the old ones at  I want to apologies for any weird formatting stuff right here and now, I type this in MS word and then post it on these various message places, some of which have…w ell formatting issues….

Anyway for this month here is what caught my ear…

Dr. Woofenstein 

by The Damned

This is from the new Damned record which I am still getting into and enjoyng.  This song just caught my ear, it's a little on the slow side tempo wise, but there is just something in the hook that caught in my brain. This video is not the best, but it will give you the idea what the song sounds like. 

Fight Fire With Fire
Shotgun Blues 
by Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan

Copperhead Road 
by Steve Earle

The best video I could find is @ (The Embedding disabled by request) but once again this song was rattling around in my head this month.

The Ballad of Thunder Road
by  Robert Mitchum

Robert Mitchum wasn't a great singer, but this was the theme for the movie that is referenced in the Steve Earle above and is an interesting companion piece to Copperhead Road

Greetings From Shitsville 
by  The Wildhearts

Ever wonder what it would sound like if you mixed power pop vocals and heavy metal riffing..... wonder no more the Wildhearts have build a sound and a following on just  that idea.

Thoughts, comments, spare change.