Sunday, October 28, 2018

Faves of 2018 (Vol. 3)

It might be Halloween everywhere else, but here at UnHerd Music it's time for a new faves mix, and - with the possible exception of a foray into "Satanic doo-wop" (courtesy of Twin Temp1e) - there's nothing remotely scary going on here. What's scary is how long it took to compile. I'm crossing my fingers it's not indicative of a major trend away from the UHM preferences (and, hey, I'm aware that there are zero major trends towards the UHM preferences, but the true believers' underground has always delivered a plentiful crop of righteous anti-trendoid artistes in years previous, so let's pray the holy three chord gods continue to watch over us).

Regardless of future trends we're left with this mix, which travels a fair amount of ground in terms of genre. There's one instance of cheating (a 2017 release is included, which I didn't find until very recently), but otherwise all are eligible for the UHM Best of 2018 list.

Hey Man, Do You Want Some More of This Stuff?

1. Bass Drum 0f Death Heavy
2. Mi1es Kane Cry On My Guitar
3. Go1d Star Dani's In Love
4. A1ejandro Escovedo Outlaw For You
5. Wargir1 Mess Around
6. Ura1 Thomas & the Pain Time
7. Macy Grey Over You
8. The J0nes Betty Jean
9. Hands0me Jack Baby Be Cool
10.1an McNabb I Can See Tomorrow
11. Imani Coppo1a Just Feels Good
12. The Sha 1a Das Those Years Are Over
13. B1ack Honey Crowded City
14. Twin Temp1e The Devil (Didn't Make Me Do It)
15. X-Wife This Game
16. The Dah1manns Get It Right
17. Nick Pianti You Invented Hell
18. The Aints Red Aces
19. Supersockers Private Parking Lot
20. Extra Arms Headacher
21. Rich H0pe Blow Away
22. G1en Mat1ock  Strange Kinda Taste
23. D0t Dash Gray Blue Green
24. The Wa1dos Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)?

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Talkin' Bout My Baby

Another theme mix to bide the time while I'm compiling the next Faves compilation. No subtlety at all in regards to theme: it's all song titles about some kind of baby. And for those playing the home game, my arbitrary rules demanded that the word "baby" had to come after the modifier. So, as an example, "Circus Baby" works, but "Baby Lightning" doesn't (even though I prefer the latter as a song). Maybe I'll switch that rule around for a future mix.

 Everything Connects And That Ain't Nowhere

1. Caro1ine & the Treats Wam Bam Baby
2. The Sta1kers Circus Baby
3. Transvisi0n Vamp Revolution Baby
4. The Regrettes Juicebox Baby
5. The Cute Lepers Dirty Baby
6. Faz Wa1tz Telepath Baby
7. Prima D0nna Doll Face Baby
8. Starz Cherry Baby
9. Sheer Mag Nobody's Baby
10. Brand New Hate Hoochie Coochie Baby
11. Biters Bite Me Baby
12. The Ravyns Incidentally Baby
13. S1ow Motorcade Vietnamese Baby (Dolls cover)
14. The Wa1dos Cry Baby
15. The Dirtb0mbs Motor City Baby
16. The F1eshtones Rock 'n' Roll Baby
17. Beu1ah Landslide Baby
18. F1ash Bastard TV Baby
19. The Yum Yums Let's Go Baby
20. Justine & the Unc1ean Passive Aggressive Baby
21. The Pooh Sticks Sugar Baby
22. Habibi Detroit Baby
23. Teenage Fanc1ub Metal Baby
24. The Dig Moonlight Baby
25. The Twisteroos Baby Baby Baby

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Faves of 2018 (vol. 2)

Although this mix is coming hot on the heels of the last one, it doesn't mean I'm intending to invade your summer with compilations. I've actually been sitting on this Fave mix for a while, excruciatingly waiting for one last awesome song before it was ready to post. As luck would have it, the Sick Things album fell from heaven mere days ago - and it's the perfect capper for a collection of songs that are totally kicking my ass. Consider this a premature peek at the UHM Best of 2018 - or forget about the future entirely (and all its ugly complications) and just rock your summer bbq right now.

God, What a Beautiful Freak

1. Parker Mi11sap Some People
2. Ruen Br0s. Finer Things
3. The Ho1d Steady Esther
4. The Sick Things Empty Castles
5. Jeff Wha1en Jendy
6. Low Cut C0nnie All These Kids Are Way Too High
7. The Rea1 Sickies Everywhere You Go
8. The Vaxines I Can't Quit
9. Curt Baker C0mbo Foolish Stuff
10. The Be11Rays Bad Reaction
11. The L0ngshot The Last Time
12. Daddy Rock & Roll, Pt. 3
13. The Magic #s The Keeper
14. The PeaWees Stranger
15. The Buttert0nes Midnight in a Moonless Dream
16. Shann0n Shaw  Love I Can't Explain
17. Damian 0'Nei11 & the Monotones Just Wanna Be With You
18. Simon L0ve The Ballad of Sim0n Love
19. Beechw00d Boy Before
20. The Pitchafits!! So Down
21. Bad M0ves Cool Generator
22. Furies Dynamite
23. Lucy & the Rats Pills
24. Wy1d1ife These Days
25. BBQT Last Rocker

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Summer 2018

It's time again for a celebration of summer with a mix that touches on a variety of genres and eras. Some blasts from the past are stirred in with previews from the upcoming Faves mix, all with an ear to being playable among family and/or friends with differing tastes. Unless, that is, you've got family or a friend who likes New Country. I can't help you there, other than to offer condolences.
 
Having Fun's A Terminal Addiction

1. The Some1oves Sunshine's Glove
2. Coo1 Whip Summer Days
3. The Se1ecter The Big Badoof
4. Ruen Bros. Summer Sun
5. The Bamb00s Lit Up
6. The Br0ken West Hale Sunrise
7. Gin Wigm0re Beatnik Trip
8. Vibro1ush Touch and Go
9. Yukon B1onde Summer in July
10. Meesha & the Spanks Summer Love
11. J. White Handcuffed to a Fence in Mississippi
12. The L0ve-Birds Gerrit
13. F1ash Bastard Street Fight Summer
14. Bat Fangs Boy of Summer
15. B0ytoy Mary Anne
16. Miss Chain & the Broken Hee1s Let Us Shine
17. The Space M0nkeys Sugar Cane
18. Mans Weis1ander Idiot Sunshine
19. Te1ephone Lovers Gone for the Summer
20. M0rcheeba It's Summertime
21. Beech Day Bffs
22. Shann0n Shaw Goodbye Summer

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Covers Project Vol. 16

I recently saw Low Cut C0nnie in a small club, and the band delivered one of those rare rock & roll baptisms that rekindle one's faith in the music. They were everything I love about rock & roll - tight, driving, melodic, and hilarious - but they brought the house down with three well-chosen cover songs: Prince's "Controversy," Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky," and David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs." It wasn't apparent to me until the 3rd song hit that they were paying tribute to a holy trinity of recently departed idols. The moment was simultaneously celebratory and heart-rending, emotionally complex in the way only the simplest gestures can be. I bring this up because, without consciously planning it, this mix does the same thing for the same trinity (along with a few other deeply-missed giants). I'm pretty sure that won't take away from the summery good time vibes of the mix - but it might give it a little emotional context.

Little Young Lady Stardust Hitching A Ride

1. The Regrettes Teenager in Love (Dion)
2. Devin The Passenger (Iggy Pop)
3. Timmy Sean Revolution (The Beatles)
4. Brady Harris Band Our Lips Are Sealed (The Go-Gos)
5. Low Cut C0nnie Controversy (Prince)
6. N0 Use For A Name Badfish (Sublime)
7. Vista B1ue Rhythm of the Rain (The Cascades)
8. CH3 Blue Skies (Willie Nelson)
9. Say Sue Me Dreaming (Blondie)
10. Lee R0cker Wild Child (Johnny O'Keefe)
11. The New York L00se Chatterbox (New York Dolls)
12. S1aughter & the Dogs Bang A Gong (T.Rex) 
13. Chewy Marb1e Metal Baby (Teenage Fanclub)
14. Materia1 Issue Blockbuster (The Sweet)
15. Tripwires 2-4-6-8 Motorway (Tom Robinson Band)
16. The Do11yrots American Girl (Tom Petty)
17. C0bra Verde Teenage Kicks (The Undertones)
18. The Reverend Shawn Am0s Jean Genie (David Bowie)
19. Vibro1ush Joker (Steve Miller Band)
20. Emper0r Penguin Maid in Heaven (Be Bop Deluxe)
21. The F0rty Nineteens Time Is On My Side (Rolling Stones)
22. Y0u Am I I'm So Tired (The Beatles)
23. Concrete B1onde Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix)
24. Bruce Springsteen Just Like Fire Would (The Saints)
25. Dead R0ck West Bring It On Home To Me (Sam Cooke)

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Faves of 2018 (vol. 1)

I'm happy to report that the first quarter of this year has delivered some truly outstanding music and, as evidenced by this mix, it's stylistically all over the map... well, all over the Un-Herd map, anyway. Don't be expecting anything too far removed from the blog's usual purview. No vapor wave, baby metal, clown step, truffletone, or Fripp hop (I may have made up some of those). Regardless, I can tell you that I had the chance to road test this mix on a long distance drive and it passed with flying colors. 80 solid minutes of non-stop should-be hits that somehow flow together.

If They Can't Find You They Can't Take It From You

1. Bat Fangs Turn It Up
2. Sam C0ffey & the Iron Lungs Tough
3. E1ise LeGrow Hold On
4. High Up Your System Failed You
5. Shannon & the C1ams The Boy
6. Twin Peaks Under the Pines
7. H0t Snakes Six Wave Hold-Down
8. Ruby B00ts It's So Cruel
9. Meisha & the Spanks Be Alright
10. Gin Wigm0re Dirty Mercy
11. The Regrettes Red Light
12. Act0rs Slaves
13. H0ckey Dad My Stride
14. Pub1ic Access TV Your God and Mine
15. Deva Maha1 Snakes
16. The B0rn Readies Automatic
17. Death by Unga Bunga Soldier
18. Dream Wife Let's Make Out
19. Amy1 & the Sniffers I'm Not a Loser
20. Faz Wa1tz Julie
21. The Number 0nes Long Way to Go
22. The Pand0ras Just a Picture
23. Erika Wennerstr0m Twisted Highway
24. Buffal0 Tom Overtime

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Old Monger (Vol.2)

Here's one of the first monger mixes I ever compiled. I figured I'd post it before losing it in some horrible future hard drive crash. This is mostly a mix of tunes from the ancient times, an era when filesharing meant a secretary loaning a stack of papers to the neighboring cubicle. It was also an era before recording levels were all pushed into the maximum dynamic range, which, in the end, might be the only element that ties these songs together.

Sometimes It's Wise to Know Which Way the Gun is Pointing

1. Wanda Jacks0n Let's Have a Party
2. The L0ng Ryders Run Dusty Run
3. The De1 Fueg0s Don't Run Wild
4. The Hangmen Rotten Sunday
5. The Bard0ts Chained Up
6. Be Bop De1uxe Panic in the World
7. The Jam The Place I Love
8. Sunset Va11ey I Got Fair
9. Ten Days Late Reach
10. The Swingin' Neckbreakers Struttin'
11. The Jet B0ys You Tell Me Lies
12. Andrew Mathes0n Red Shoes in Italy
13. The L0west of the Low Salesmen, Cheats, and Liars
14. John D0e Knockin' Around
15. Jerry Jerry & the S0ns of Rhythm Orchestra Bad Luck at Tulane
16. Teenage Head Some Kinda Fun
17. The1onious Monster Sammy Hagar Weekend
18. Bad Brains I Against I
19. Art Bergmann Bound for Vegas
20. Ducks De1uxe Paris 9
21. Roy L0ney I Couldn't Spell %#&!
22. The Brains Money Changes Everything
23. Dramarama In Quiet Rooms
24. The Pand0ras I Didn't Cry
25. Michae1 Monroe Disappointed in You