Oh Messy Life – May 4, 2023 Show Notes
Track 1: Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster
Back in the 90s I used to play mostly punk related music on my show. In the interest of not becoming stagnant, I now try and vary the show up more. But every once in a while I remember there are listeners out there who weren’t even born when I was doing those shows and who might not have heard some of those songs. So I decided to dip my toes back into some old favorites and see which ones still moved me. This one still sounds amazingly anthemic so many years later.
Track 2: The Big Boys – We Got Your Money
Among the many things I love about the Big Boys is how joyful they sound, even here when they are jeering frat boys.
Track 3: the Gits – Seaweed
Still one of the most amazing voices in all of punk rock, rest in peace Mia.
Track 4: 8 Bark – Structurally Sound
“Culture is persuasion sold with a line
by people sexually dependent on making money all the time”
Track 5: Teengenerate – Tore Me Apart
I almost always play my favorite Teengerate song, “Grown Up Wrong”, so I decided to listen to a few others and this one grabbed me.
Track 6: Nusantara Beat – Djanger
Switching gears to new music, another find via the Les Disques Bongo Joe label, their songs apparently inspired by traditional Indonesian music.
Track 7: Antibalas – Fight Am Finish
Had a small “how long has it been?” moment when the Bandcamp page for this album mentioned their 20 year career.
Track 8: Les Abranis – Chenar Le Blues
Another find from Les Disques Bongo Joe, this time re-issued material from an Algerian band.
Track 9: ONIPA – No Commando
Found this one via Bandcamp promo email
Track 10: The Philthy Dronez – Del Sonidero, Pa El Sonidero (En Vivo)
I liked the Philthy Dronez remix of Ritmos Tropicosmos so much, I decided to check out their own music.
Track 11: Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Dínamo
Heard a bit from them a while ago, then got an email from BandCamp saying they had something new out.
Track 12: Xiu Xiu – Tarsier, Tarsier, Tarsier, Tarsier
The Xiu Xiu track I played last week didn’t have Jamie on vocals, so I went back to get a bit more of that distinctive sound.
Track 13: Do Nothing – Happy Feet
BandCamp promo email discovery again.
Track 14: Kosmischer Läufer – Nordlicht
Found this one via WFMU’s Heavily Played Records page. According to BandCamp, this was a secret side project from an artist tasked with creating music to train East German olympic athletes.
Track 15: Oceanic – KxT
From the KZSU A-file.
Track 16: Jah Shaka – Majestic Dub
Saw someone on Mastodon recommending Jah Shaka, so I checked out some tracks and liked what I heard.