Wednesday, April 29, 2020

BARTLEMANIA! April 30 and May 3, 2020

Circle Jerks - When The Shit Hits The Fan - 1984-04-17

Soft Boys - Rock And Roll Toilet - Invisible Hits (Ryko)
Soft Boys - Have A Heart Betty I'm Not Fireproof - Invisible Hits (Ryko)
Soft Boys - I Wanna Destroy You - Underwater Moonlight (Matador)

Soft Boys - I Got The Hots - Underwater Moonlight (Matador)
Soft Boys - Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole (live) - Invisible Hits (Ryko)
Soft Boys - Insanely Jealous (alt. take) - Underwater Moonlight (Matador)

Soft Boys - Vegetable Man - Underwater Moonlight (Matador)
Robyn Hitchcock - Brenda's Iron Sledge (Amniotic Mix) - Black Snake Diamond Role (Rhino)
Robyn Hitchcock - How Do You Work This Thing - Gravy Deco (Rhino)
Robyn Hitchcock - Acid Bird - Black Snake Diamond Role (Rhino)
Robyn Hitchcock - Do Policemen Sing - Black Snake Diamond Role (Rhino)

Soft Boys - Positive Vibrations - Underwater Moonlight (Matador)
Robyn Hitchcock - The Cars She Used To Drive - Gravy Deco (Rhino)
Robyn Hitchcock - City of Shame - I Wanna Go Backwards (Yep Roc)
Robyn Hitchcock - The Man Who Invented Himself - I Wanna Go Backwards (Yep Roc)

Wreckless Eric - Lower Sproul Plaza, Berkeley - November 16, 1979

Walking on the Surface of the Moon
Semaphore Signals
I Wish It Would Rain
Whole Wide World
Roll Over Rock-Ola

Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby - The Nines - Jan 21, 2012

Reconnez Cherie
Hit & Miss Judy
You're A Creep
Red Rubber Ball
The Endless Wire
The Trouble With Jeannie
Are We Ever Going to Have Sex Again?

Wreckless Eric's Blog:

Ragpicker String Band - Blue Monk (excerpt) - Ragpicker String Band (Yellow Dog)

Saturday, April 25, 2020

MUSIC/FUN - a review of a recent ElectroZone event

The Electrozone will be doing online musical events every Friday and Saturday night until lockdown ends. These reviews are about the program titled MUSIC/FUN (, which went live on Friday, April 24th, 2020.

Here are my capsule reviews of what went on. I strongly recommend that you check out the shows video archives. Links below.

Deep Creature (

Deep Creature is the solo project of New Jersey keyboard player Sam Gutman. This guy has a sound that reminds me of Roger Powell (circa Cosmic Furnace) with a little bit of George Duke and mid-70s Herbie Hancock tossed in for good measure. A very vintage, analogue sound. Three keyboards and a roomful of other electronic goodies. One piece features the voice of the late Carl Sagan, describing our planet in loving detail, another the sampled calls of songbirds.

Samuel Aronoff (

Much more minimalist setup than the previous act, only two keyboards and a sequencer. But the sound is no less fat, or vintage. And it's no less engaging. Samuel does a lot with his minimal setup. If you weren't watching, you might think he was playing a room's worth of analogue synths. Faint echoes of Kraftwerk, circa Autobahn.

Grant Bouvier (

Sounds a bit like we may have another Kitaro here! His instrumental stylings owe more than a little to Asian musical styles, at least until he gets into full-on analogue-flavored noise-music mode before returning to more mellow but no less interesting electronic sound. Rather than show images of himself at the controls, his highly-psychedelicized videos accompanying the music are of trains, urban scenes and machinery. The sampled vocals are equally spacey.

Viola Yip (

I last saw Viola Yip perform at the Greyhaven Motel in Ithaca a few years ago. Her music was unconventional to say the least. It involved electric buzzers which injected buzzing tomes into the mix, and controlled a bank of different-colored light bulbs. This time, she is playing a specially-modified PVC pipe which is rigged as an amplified one-stringed instrument. It produces some dreamy, droney and sometimes mildly disturbing sounds. She plays it by hand, or with a bow, a stick, and/or a motorized wire brush (shades of Remko Scha!).

To see future and past ElectroZone online performances, follow the links below:
Live link:

Donations of US$10.00 can (and should) be made at 
venmo @electrozone.
Or via PayPal -

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

My review of a recent Electro-Zone online concert (April 17th, 2020)

ElectroZone Event
Friday, April 17, 2020
9-11 PM

I caught ElectroZone’s online show last Friday evening. If you missed it, don’t sweat it, the link to the archived videos is below.

Here are my capsule reviews of the four performers:

Vishwanath Gi

Definitely a lot of Berlin school influence here. I'm almost tempted to compare him to Tangerine Dream, or another ElectroZone favorite, Finite Element. But he definitely tips his hat to 90s ambient champions like the Orb or maybe 70s space cadet Steve Hillage. I found myself spacing out and swaying to this performer's music, which varied in intensity. A great, blue-black wall of sound.

Monty Sciencist (Instagram: @SynthScienceist)

Old-school ambient with a new school twist and vocal samples. Harold Budd-style electronic percussion. More solid beats get into the mix as the tune progresses. A bit more down to earth than Vishwanath Gi but definitely influenced by the Berlin school. Just a little bit of Kraftwerkishness is present. There are several layers in Monty’s music, some of which is very danceable, some of which is sonorous and dreamy. Some nice grooves here. (Scienceist is not a misspelling. Oh yes. The pants he wore as he performed were very psychedelic!)

Shivasongster (

Think Gary Numan, or later Ultravox. Only a bit more produced. A bit of Merrell Fankhauser’s lyricism. Electro-metal new age? Very danceable without smacking you over the head with the beat. His virtual light show wasn't too shabby either! Much more accessible stuff of the whole. He played songs rather than instrumentals, whose lyrics centered around sci-fi themes. Some vocals had just the right amount of vocoder processing.

Rainbow Trash (Headliner)

This female performer is from Montreal, Canada. She uses synths, which were off-camera in the video feed, a Nintendo Game Boy for that 8-bit lo-fi sound, and a very prominent Theremin. She began her set with the sacred classic, Ave Maria. I think Wendy Carlos couldn't have done a more interesting version of it! Her cover of a Pixies tune (“Where Is My Mind”) delivered the goods, with the Theremin standing in for that song’s background vocal passages! She's got a pretty good singing voice! She played more experimental-sounding pieces toward the end of her set.

As I said, the videos of the show can be seen here:

And while you’re at it, why not scoot ElectroZone a US$10.00 donation to help the musicians make rent and to help ElectroZone put on more of these online events? Venmo: @electrozone

BARTLEMANIA! April 23 & 26, 2020

Ill Chemist - Feel Alright
David Bromberg, SUNY-Binghamton (Binghamton U.), May 2, 1975:

Turkey In The Straw
'Lectric Chair
Tennesee Waltz
New Lee Highway Blues

Josh Oxford - EST (ft Thru Spectrums) - Oxified (radio mix)
Durand Jones & The Indications - Groovy Babe - Durand Jones & The Indications (Colemine)
Dub Narcotic Sound System - Handclappin' - Handclappin' EP (K Records)
Queen (ruined by Rick Rubin and company) - We Will Rock You (remix) (Hollywood Basic)
DJ Logic - Miles Away/Tih Gnob - The Anomaly (Atlantic)

The Bright Communion of Primal Energies - Ruptured World - Exoplanetary (CryoChamber)
Mount Shrine - Reach None - Shortwave Ruins (CryoChamber)
100 per cent Black - Big Empty - The Crow (blackisblack bandcamp com)
Excepter - Presidence - Presidence (Paw Tracks)

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

BARTLEMANIA! April 16 & 19 2020 - Tribute to John Prine

John Prine - Dear Abby - Toronto July 30 1993

John Prine - Speed of the Sound Of Loneliness - Toronto July 30 1993
John Prine - Picture Show - Toronto July 30 1993
John Prine - All The Best - Toronto July 30 1993
John Prine - Illegal Smile - Toronto July 30 1993

(from 1989-10-29) New York, WXRK, Idiot's Delight w/Vin Scelsa

1-Spanish Pipedream
2-Bottomless Lake
3-Fish & Whistle
4-My Old Man
5-Steve Goodman memory
6-Hello In There
7-Angel From Montgomery

Great American Music Hall, SF, CA 6-11-1978

John Prine - Please Don't Bury Me - SF 6-11-78
John Prine - Bruised Orange - SF 6-11-78
John Prine - I Had A Dream - SF 6-11-78

Frank Zappa - Dead Girls of London (Van Morrison Vocals)
Frank Zappa - Honey Don'tcha Wanna Man Like Me - Lather (Ryko)

Bevis Frond - Foreign Laugh - Auntie Winnie Album (Cherry Red)
13th Floor Elevators - Monkey Island - Psychedelic Sounds Of (Charly)
Peter Stampfel - Big River - Dook of the Beatniks (PFAM)

Delta 5 - Singles and Sessions 1979-81 - Mind Your Own Business (
Mission of Burma - Heart of Darkness - The Horrible Truth About Burma (Ace of Hearts)
Lydia Lunch Retrovirus - Final Solution - SF CA 2020-02-21

Azymuth - Azymuth - Deluxe Edition - 02 MelĂ´ Dos Dois Bicudos (
Azymuth - Azymuth - Deluxe Edition - 18 Morning (Peanut Butter Wolf Remix) (

Isley Brothers - Nobody But Me - Shake It Up Baby (Varese Sarabande)
The Notations - That Girl (1973) - The Cash Label (Numero)
Raymond Scott - Powerhouse (1937) - The Music of Raymond Scott-Reckless Nights & Turkish Twilights (Columbia)

Monday, April 06, 2020

BARTLEMANIA! April 9 & 12, 2020

Harry Nilsson - Spaceman - Son Of Schmilsson (RCA)

Bevis Frond - Things He Said - 7-inch  split w/Man Forever (
Bevis Frond - Stain On The Sun - 1997-12-04 Cambridge,MA WMBR
Bevis Frond - Reflections In A Tall Mirror - Odense, Denmark 3-1-93

Merell Fankhauser & HMS Bounty - What Does She See In You - Things (Gear Fab)
The Byrds - Tomorrow Is A Long Ways Away - In The Beginning (Rhino)
The Tigermen - Tiger Girl - Scum Of The Earth (Sound Stories)

Tuin - Molly's Return (live in studio 1985) - Tuin (30th Anniversary Edition) (Wicky Tunes)
Red Crayola - Hurricane Fighter Plane - Parable of Arable Land (Spalax)

Cassetteboy - tracks 11-14 - Flogging A Dead Horse  (

Funky Porcini - B Monkey - Hed Phone Sex (Ninja Tune)
Future Bible Heroes - The DJ from Outer Space - Memories of Love Eternal Youth & Partygoing (Merge)

Matmos - Reconstruction - The Civil War (Matador)

Frank Zappa - Are You Hung Up/Who Needs The Peace Corps?/Concentration Moon (mono mix) - Lumpy Money (

The Fugs - The_Garden_Is_Open - Tenderness Junction (Reprise)
Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home (electric) - Blind Faith (Deluxe Ed.)(Polydor)
Procol Harum - Repent Walpurgis - Procol Harum (Salvo)

Al Di Meola-Paramount Theater-Seattle WA May 21 1978

Peter Green - Bottoms Up - End of the Game (Reprise)

National Health - The Lethargy Shuffle & The Mind Your Backs Tango - Missing Pieces (Voiceprint)

Tangerine Dream - Rising Runner Missed By Endless Sender - Cyclone (Virgin)

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

BARTLEMANIA! All new show! April 2, 4 and 5, 2020

Too hot for radio!


Hour 1

Beatles - Maxwell's Silver Hammer (take 12) - AbbeyRoad (50th Anniversary Deluxe Ed) (Apple)

The 3rd Generation Band - Because of Money - Ghana Soundz (SoundWay)
Sure Fire Soul Ensemble - Rise of the East - Out On The Coast (Colemine)
Wilmer & The Dukes - Livin' In The USA - Wilmer & The Dukes (Forevermore)
Richard Thompson - The Money Shuffle - Dream Attic (Shout Factory)
Peaches & Crime - Got A Light - The Great Display (Peaches & Crime)

Captain Beefheart - Old Fart at Play - Trout Mask Replica (Reprise)
Sonic Youth - Electricity - Fast & Bulbous (Imaginary)
Captain Beefheart - 25th Century Quaker - The Mirror Man Sessions (Buddha-BMG)

Captain Beefheart - Lick My Decals Off Baby - Lick My Decals Off Baby (Restless Retro)
XTC - Ella Guru - Fast & Bulbous (Imaginary)

Can - Mary Mary So Contrary - Monster Movie (Spoon)

Hour 2

Flying Luttenbachers - De Futura - Infection & Decline (

Carolina Hardcore Ecstasy - Frank Zappa - Bongo Fury (
Deep Purple - Mandrake Root - Shades Of Deep Purple (Spitfire)
F'LOOM - Just a few Minutes - F'LOOM (private pressing)

Ra Can Row - Things Beyond Our Control - Ra Can Row (Eye Records)

Hooker-Miller-Ranaldo - Monsoon (excerpt) - Monsoon (Atavistic)