Monday, February 17, 2020

Orphans 2019

Try as I might, I just can't seem to catch all the great music that's released over any given year. A big part of the reason for that, of course, is that this blog tends to mine for the most obstinately obscure nuggets in the most hidden corners of modern pop culture (with the occasional exception). And that's not going to change, so these Orphans mixes are necessary as a catch-all for all the cool tunes that I missed. And jeebus, I missed a lot of cool tunes. Like, there's an underground re-visitation of 70s style glam rock that somehow evaded my grasp during 2019 - but I found a bunch of it, and it's dispersed among the more typical entries on the mix, so be warned if you have any personal allergies to the junk shop stomp of bands like Slade. Me? I can't stop blaring it.

All We Need Is An Accident

1. Sp00n No Bullets Spent
2. Ha1ey Mary The Piss, The Perfume
3. Sunf1ower Bean King of the Dudes
4. Detroit C0bras Stay Down
5. Sister J0hn I'm The One
6. The Dates Star
7. Creem Circus Automatic Style
8. Rusty Strange Game
9. Hammered Satin Dynamite
10. The Sore1s She's in the Gang
11. Linda Kay I Wanna Love You
12. Wyatt B1air Cherry Rose
13. Dead Furies Stay Gold, Ponyboy
14. The Vicious Cyc1es Life Insurance
15. Crimina1 Hygiene Incompletely
16. Yo1a Love All Night (Work All Day)
17. The Last Bees Can't Wait
18. The King Khan Experience Turkey Ride
19. James Ha11 Purr...
20. Martha Orange Juice
21. Baby Shakes Cause a Scene
22. BB Sea Be Bop Palooza
23. The Nuc1ears Lightspeed Getaway
24. Rea1 Sickies Bye Bye

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Best of 2019

The Un-Herd Music Top 50 of 2019

1. White Reaper You Deserve Love

Early fans may complain about the added sheen, space, and (gasp) maturity in the mix, but any initial resistance will be steamrollered by the boatloads of hooks. Prepare to fall in love immediately.

 2. The Sweet Things In Borrowed Shoes, On Borrowed Time

I was recently lamenting the dearth of bona fide sleazoid Exile-On-Main-Street worship in modern music, and then this album shows up to kick my ass around the block and teach us all how it's done.


 3. The Delta Riggs Modern Pressure

An album difficult to adequately describe, using elements of classic rock in its melody and disco in its bottom end, some punk here and indie there, all of which is topped by Elliot Hammond's oddly charismatic (or charismatically odd) drawl.

 4. Imani Coppola The Protagonist

A seemingly personal statement that ties together some of the various strands of Mr. Coppola's immense talent, ranging from R&B cool to indie rock to a cuttingly sardonic folk complaint. 

 5. Twin Peaks Lookout Low

At this point existing perfectly out-of-time, Twin Peaks continue to follow their own obscure muse, making a loosely structured version of (uh, let's call it) classic rock that requires some patience and - most importantly - richly rewards that patience.

 6. Natalie Sweet Oh By The Way... It's Natalie Sweet

Bouncy, hook-filled rock 'n' roll that splits the difference between the most bubblegum Ramones tunes and most bubblegum of the 60s girl groups, with welcome help from the estimable Morten Henriksen of the Yum Yums.

 7. Jordan Jones Jordan Jones

The song "Rumors Girls" might be the best pure power pop song of the year, and the rest don't land too far off that lofty target.

 8. Attic Lights Love in the Time of Shark Attacks

Scottish group reappears after a 6 year lay-off with their absolute mastery of hooks, harmonies, and crunchy melancholy wholly intact.

 9. Pat Todd & the RankOutsiders The Past Came Callin'

From his days with the Lazy Cowgirls to the present, Pat Todd has married Johnny Cash to Johnny Thunders in ways that'll either have you crying in your beer or moshing in a frenzy.

 10. Starcrawler Devour You

While still trafficking in big riffs and chaos, the band has opened the door to honest-to-god hooks and (swear to god) subtlety, as evidenced most notably on the Stonesy "No More Pennies."

11. Sheer Mag A Distant Call
12. Ryan Hamilton & the Harlequin Ghosts This Is The Sound
13. The Brothers Steve #1
14. Ulysses On Safari
15. Charlie Faye & the Fayettes The Whole Shebang
16. The Dip The Dip Delivers
17. Josie Cotton Everything Is Oh Yeah
18. Terry and Louie ...A Thousand Guitars
19. Olivia Jean Night Owl
20. Velveteen Rabbit Velveteen Rabbit

21. More Kicks More Kicks
22. Ten Tonnes Ten Tonnes
23. Nick Waterhouse Nick Waterhouse
24. The Successful Failures Saratoga
25. Diamond Dogs Recall Rock 'n' Roll and the Magic Soul
26. Alex Lahey The Best of Luck Club
27. Pale Lips After Dark
28. The Whiffs Another Whiff
29. Asa Lucid
30. Ex Hex It's Real

31. Amyl & the Sniffers Amyl & the Sniffers
32. Reese McHenry No Dados
33. The Regrettes How Do You Love?
34. Extra Arms Up To Here
35. Rusty Dogs of Canada
36. Pernice Bros. Spread the Feeling
37. Geoff Palmer Pulling Out All The Stops
38. The Rallies Upside Down
39. Råttanson I'd Much Rather Be With the Noise
40. Hollerado Retaliation Vacation

41. Brad Marino Extra Credit
42. New Swears Night Mirror
43. Papernut Cambridge Outstairs Instairs
44. Long Ryders Psychedelic Country Soul
45. Rheostatics Here Come The Wolves
46. Lisa Prank Perfect Love Song
47. Foxygen Seeing Other People
48. Bloodboy Punk Adjacent
49. Redd Kross Beyond the Door
50. Baby Shakes Cause a Scene

Man, This Is What I Call An Epidemic

1. Imani Coppo1a Blackteria
2. The Br0thers Steve We Got The Hits
3. New Swears Concrete Cowboy
4. The Sweet Things Drained
5. Terry & Louie (I'm) Looking For A Heart
6. Attic Lights Ruby's Song
7. The De1ta Riggs Fake That 
8. O1ivia Jean The Hunt
9. Ryan Hami1ton & the Har1equin Ghosts Mamacita
10. Pat T0dd If Only I Could Fly Backwards in Time
11. Jordan J0nes No Makeup
12. White Reeper Might Be Right 
13. The Whiffs My Vision of Love
14. Diamond D0gs Somebody Have Mercy
15. M0re Kicks What a Mess You Make
16. Successfu1 Fai1ures Love You So
17. Pa1e Lips Some Sort of Rock 'n' Roll
18. U1ysses Piper's Chest
19. Nata1ie Sweet Pizza Man
20. Asa Good Thing
21. Twin Peaks Better Than Stoned
22. Nick Waterh0use Undedicated
23. Ve1veteen Rabbit Mind-Numbing Entertainment
24. Sheer Mag Blood from a Stone
25. Starcraw1er Hollywood Ending 

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Un-Herd Christmess 2019

I'll take this opportunity, now that we're about to complete another spin around the sun, to thank those of you who have patiently waited for updates to the blog. It's been a busy number of months, and my regular attention to mixes has suffered for it. It should all get back to normal in the new year.

Next up will be the Best of 2019 mix. That should be a good'un. And shortly after that I'll be posting the 2019 Orphans mix (all of the stuff I didn't find until too late to appear on any Faves compilation), and that's already started. There's still a few nooks and crannies left to look.

So hang in there. Thanks and best wishes for the upcoming year.

Ol' Saint Nick Sucking on a Peppermint Stick

1. Wy1d1ife Piss the Season
2. Attic L1ghts Santa's Girlfriend
3. The Sun K1ngs Have a Very Merry Xmas
4. CJ Ram0ne Xmas Lullaby
5. J0sh R0use Heartbreak Holiday
6. Brad Marin0 Blue Xmas
7. The K1cks Santa Claus is Comin' to the USA
8. Lisa Mycho1s Santa Baby
9. The Breakups & Sweet Hurt Breaking Up For Xmas
10. N1ck Frater Xmas is Cancelled
11. Brenda. Lee Xmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day
12. Dar1ene Love All Alone on Xmas
13. Jet B0ys Merry Xmas, Fuck You
14. Kimber1y Rew All I Want Is You For Xmas
15. A1oe B1acc Funky Ass Xmas
16. The M0no Men Xmas Time Is For Sinners
17. The Muffz Nothing For Me
18. The Humperz Run, Run Rudolph
19. Quadrajetz Xmas Time is Coming
20. JD McPhers0n Bad Kid
21. The Regrets Ho1iday-ish
22. Vintage Tr0ub1e Soul Noel
23. The D1p Santa's Got a Sweet Tooth
24. Cheap Tr1ck I Want You For Xmas
25. B0b Rivers Walkin' Round in Women's Underwear

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Faves of 2019 (vol. 3)

Although I'm slipping this latest faves mix in on Halloween night, don't expect a horror theme of any sort. It's the usual UHM combination of obsessions, with a couple curveballs (one in the form of a well-loved band's most well-known track saved by a new mix, another a Thin Lizzy soundalike by a band featuring one of the original Lizzy members, and the last a release of an 80s noo wave album that's been lost for 30 years). There's plenty here that will eventually find its way on to my Best of 2019 list. See what you think.


1. The Muffs That's For Me
2. O1ivia Jean Night Owl
3. Stag E1ectric Mistress
4. Whlte Reaper Rea1 Long Time
5. Gospe1beacH Nothing Ever Changes
6. The De1ta Riggs Modern Pressure
7. Pernlce Bros. Mint Condition
8. Twln Peaks Lookout Low
9. The Rallies All Over Town
10. Nine Be1ow Zero Ter Wit Ter Woo
11. Starcraw1er No More Pennies
12. Llsa Prank Brighton B1vd
13. Diamond D0gs Small Town Girl
14. Wlves The 20 Teens
15. Magnap0p Dog on the Door
16. Extra Arms F.L.Y.
17. Sorry Gir1s Waking Up
18. Josie C0tton Hand Over Your Heart
19. Råttanson Small Venue Concerts
20. Shear Mag The Right Stuff
21. The Rep1acements I'll Be You
22. B1ack Star Riders Poisoned Heart
23. Rhe0statics Rearview
24. Papernut Cambrldge No Pressure

Sunday, September 22, 2019

God Save The Queens

Here's a hastily assembled mix that should be self-explanatory. Gotta say though, somewhere in the dark recesses of my mind a little voice is yelling that I've left off an obvious and deserving choice. Suggestions are welcomed in the comments - even though I know a few will make me kick myself for the omission.

God Save The Queens

1. Mott the Hoop1e Rock and Roll Queen
2. Suzi Quatr0 Glycerine Queen
3. New York Do11s Lone Star Queen
4. cub Pillow Queen
5. Wi1co Casino Queen
6. Marve1ous 3 Indie Queen
7. Zuckerbaby Bellybutton Queen
8. Steve C0nte Rock and Rye Queen
9. New York Vau1ts Three Song Queen
10. The Yayh00s Dancing Queen
11. Rich Hands Junkie Queen
12. The Wogg1es Jungle Queen
13. B1ack Joe Lewis Mamma's Queen
14. Wy1d1ife Sidewalk Queen
15. B1ackfoot Gypsies Gypsy Queen
16. S1aughter and the Dogs Trash Talking Queen
17. The Jackets Steam Queen
18. The E1ectric Mess Snow Queen
19. The Richmond S1uts Junky Queen
20. The Stigmatix Drama Queen
21. The B1ack and Whites Pinball Queen
22. T Rex Planet Queen

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Faves of 2019 (Vol. 2)

This has been a disappointing year so far. That's been true in many respects, although it should come as no surprise that I'm mostly (and myopically) referencing my personal quest for new music. Some of my favorite recent bands have released albums this year that, for whatever reason, just didn't quite resonate with me. I'm not going to catalogue them here, as the Roy Pearl/UHM mandate has developed into reinforcing the positive rather than dog-piling on the negative. If there's any good news to any of it, I suspect we're about to experience a rebirth of righteously pissed-off artists from around the world, and their work will echo that explosive emotional state. Or, I suppose it's possible we won't fight back at all. Maybe we'll simply congeal into a sour gelatin of Tay1or Swift-ian avoidance and ooze our way to oblivion. If those are the two options, then allow this tiny gesture of a new faves mix as evidence that the former has already begun.

Give Me A Sec To Finesse The Mess In My Brain

1. Ho11erado Get Over It
2. Danceha11 Burn
3. J0rdan J0nes Rumors Girls
4. U1ysses Looking For a Guru
5. Mattie1 Rescue You
6. Geoff Pa1mer Make It
7. Curt Baker C0mbo (I Can't Help) Failing in Love
8. Te1ethon (I Guess You'd Call It) An Undertone
9. Sweet Things Dead or Worse
10. The B0rn Readies Mean Genes
11. The Embry0s Wake Up Screaming
12. R00ni Label
13. The Regrets California Friends
14. Young Gov Every Flower I See
15. The Coo1ies Uh Oh
16. Steven Duffy Seventeen
17. Serat0nes Lie to My Face
18. A1ex Lahey Black RMs
19. The Successfu1 Fai1ures No White Knight in Knoxville
20. B1eached Rebound City
21. Lowest of the L0w Imogene
22. Redd Cross Beyond the Door
23. The Jackets Be Myself
24. Amy1 and the Sniffers GFY

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Summer 2019

It's been a little difficult to conjure up a summer mood this year. Part of that has been the weather in my part of the world - it seems my time-off has been on the exact same schedule as days of cloud and rain - and the other part is the constant mental pressure of the current political/sociological horrorshow that's attempting to dismantle all human progress. Unfortunately, neither issue can be remedied by a strong Mai Tai.

But that Mai Tai can try, right?

Don't It Make You Want To Get Some Sun?

1. Locks1ey Vilas Beach
2. S1oan You Got A Lot On Your Mind
3. U1ysses Bad Tattoo
4. L u c i a Summertime
5. Ho11erado King Kong
6. Eag1es of Death Meta1 Family Affair
7. Minky Star shine What I Want
8. Jeff Wha1en Don't Give It Up
9. 10 Tonnes G.I.V.E.
10. The Charms Candy
11. He1en Love Debbie Loves Joey
12. Kim E. Drake Flowers Over Me
13. Nancy Sinatra Ain't No Easy Way
14. Edgar Summertyme I Would Do Anything
15. F0untains of Wayne Radiation Vibe
16. B1oodboy All My Idiots
17. V.V. Br0wn I Did All That For You
18. B1eached Valley to LA
19. B1ack Pumas Touch The Sky
20. Hepcat Can't Wait
21. Justin T0wnes Ear1e Can't Hardly Wait
22. Sou1 Hoo1igan Night Owl
23. Char1ie Faye and the Fayettes Tonight's The Night
24. Rebecca Fergus0n Nothing's Real But Love