For the very last episode of the Geek EmaNation Show, The Rock'N'Roll Nurse presents yet another interview with GLENN MERCER, co-founder of indie-rock pioneers THE FEELIES. In honor of the 40th Anniversary since the first FEELIES club performance and the re-release of the albums Only Life and Time For A Witness, both records are presented in their entirety with commentary by Mr. MERCER. It's been grand, but now it's time to move on, fellow music geeks!
Geek Emanation The Opposite Of Time For A Dirty Mind!
Geek EmanationThe Opposite Of Time For A Dirty Mind!
After a rough week that included the end of an amazing Purple Reign, BRIAN CULLMAN has some soothing but thoughtful sounds to distract us from our collective mourning. His latest album The Opposite Of Time is presented in its entirety along with commentary by its creator. And then the show takes a 180 degree turn to partyup with PRINCE's first masterpiece Dirty Mind. Time for some heavy catharsis, fellow music geeks!
EDWARD ROGERS may not be a household name, but for the past decade and change he has been quietly putting out records that synthesize British and American pop from the 1960s to the 1980s with precision and beauty. His latest epic release Glass Marbles presents 19 songs (culled from 50 actually written!) that were written and recorded over a year's time, featuring songs celebrating the past, present and future in equal measure. His commentary punctuates a presentation of the entire album on this intimate episode of The Geek EmaNation Show. Get real and get gone, fellow music geeks!
Geek Emanation THE POP GROUP's MARK STEWART Elucidates!
Geek EmanationTHE POP GROUP's MARK STEWART Elucidates!
THE POP GROUP exploded brilliantly in the late '70s-early '80s and then members splintered off for years to other worthy musical projects. They reemerged in the 2010s with great performances, a new album (Citizen Zombie) and some essential reissues. Last year brought a re-release of their seminal sophomore effort For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder, and this episode of The Geek EmaNation Show features that album in its entirety along with feisty commentary by co-founder MARK STEWART. Time to draw a line, fellow music geeks!
VULGAR BOATMEN were arguably one of the best roots-infused indie rock bands of the '80s and '90s, yet had difficulty even getting records released in this country. Critics and true believers ate them up, but the record-buying public wouldn't budge. Hear co-founder DALE LAWRENCE's take on toiling in obscurity in both VB and Indiana pop-punk pioneers The GIZMOS on this episode of The Geek EmaNation Show with host The Rock'N'Roll Nurse. Get back to the real roots, fellow music geeks!
For the final Geek EmaNation Show in the Thursday 4-6PM time slot, The Rock'N'Roll Nurse decided to pay tribute to the shows directly preceding and following (Axel Chitlin's AM Radio and Bad Girl Beats) by juxtaposing '60s folk-pop heroes THE TURTLES with '70s disco diva SYLVESTER. Hear the resulting zaniness and decide for yourself if it makes any sense whatsoever. Next stop Fridays 8-10PM, fellow music geeks!
L.A. hippie/jazz/pop pioneers SPIRIT were a big part of the early rock education of host The Rock'N'Roll Nurse, and looked in the late '60s like they would be as huge as contemporaries JIMI HENDRIX and LED ZEPPELIN. But like so many near-miss stories, they had the supreme bad luck of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hear their classic LP 12 Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus in its entirety, as well as choice selections from their previous 3 records on this love-bead laden episode of The Geek EmaNation Show. Truckin' Topanga-style, fellow music geeks!
I've never seen the film myself, and may never bother, but the soundtrack to I Was A Teenage Zombie showed up at my doorstep (because I bought it on Discogs) and it brought me back to some of my favorite indie-rock bands from the 1980s in a big way. Share a celebration of the golden age of indie-rock with me, The Rock'N'Roll Nurse, on this nostalgia-filled episode of The Geek EmaNation show. Thirty years rolls by in a flash, fellow music geeks!
From its powerful first release by TELEVISION ("Little Johnny Jewel"), Ork Records culled many of the most innovative underground rock and pop bands from around New York City (and sometimes Memphis and the UK) to serve up a 45RPM stew that would ignite imaginations everywhere. The best of Ork was recently compiled and re-released by Chicago obscurity reissue label Numero Group, and the second CD of this astonishing 2-CD set is featured on this GE episode. Punk/New Wave origins exploding, fellow music geeks!
Ork Records may not have become a household word during its 5-year tenure from 1975-1980, but it certainly help set the stage for several music revolutions that ended up sweeping the world. From its powerful first release by TELEVISION ("Little Johnny Jewel"), Ork Records culled many of the most innovative underground rock and pop bands from around New York City (and sometimes Memphis and the UK) to serve up a 45RPM stew that would ignite imaginations everywhere. The best of Ork was recently compiled and re-released by Chicago obscurity reissue label Numero Group, and the first CD of this astonishing 2-CD set is featured on this GE episode. Punk/DIY origins exploding, fellow music geeks!
SPEED THE PLOUGH is anything but speedy, having put out only 7 records in 27 years, but quality trumps quantity in their world. The most recent release, Now, has several generations of band members contributing, and is arguably their most diverse record to date. Hear the entirety of Now, along with snippets of an interview with keyboardist and co-founder John Baumgartner, on this Geek EmaNation Show podcast. Slow and steady as she goes, fellow music geeks!
The 7" vinyl record may seem like a relic to many, but just like 12" LPs it is experiencing a Renaissance of sorts here in the second decade of the 21st Century. Hear some exemplary releases in this format on Chicago's terrific HoZac Records, along with some other oddities and surprises, on this large-holed episode of The Geek EmaNation Show. Small can be mighty, fellow music geeks!
Geek Emanation FEELIES' GLENN MERCER In Interview And Song!
Geek EmanationFEELIES' GLENN MERCER In Interview And Song!
Fans of so-called "indie-rock" tend to swoon at the name FEELIES. This legendary east-coast originated band provided the missing link between The VELVET UNDERGROUND/LOU REED/BRIAN ENO on one end and R.E.M./NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL/DECEMBERISTS on the other. The latest instrumental album by FEELIES' co-founder GLENN MERCER sounds like the perfect soundtrack to an imaginary road film, and incorporates all the depth, fun and surprise that the great FEELIES' releases had in spades. Hear interview snippets with Mr. MERCER spliced together with every cut from Incidental Hum, and then the entirety of the FEELIES' classic Crazy Rhythms on this indie-rockerific show. Original Geeks are the true OGs, fellow music geeks!
For the second year in a row, Polyvinyl Records sent a 4-track cassette recorder to 12 intriguing pop bands and committed 2 songs from each band recorded with that technology to 12 7" vinyl records. Hear the results from 2015's 4-Track Singles Series Volume 2 on this New Year's edition of The Geek EmaNation Show hosted by The Rock'N'Roll Nurse. Get nostalgic for the year just past, fellow music geeks!
TODD RUNDGREN's 1980s and early '90s records The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect, A Capella, Nearly Human, and 2nd Wind are not well known even among TR fans, but include some of his most intriguing work and most complex and accomplished vocal arranging. Hear the vocal-only wonder that is A Capella and highlights from the other TR records released from 1982-91 on this gleefully obscure episode. The deepest of the deep TODD cuts unearthed, fellow music geeks!
This week's GE presents a few songs from TODD RUNDGREN's 1975-76 solo albums Initiation and Faithful, and then presents his 1978 solo LP Hermit Of Mink Hollow and 1981 LP Healing in their entirety. These aren't TR's most famous records, but definitely albums that deserve to be remembered. Deep TODD for the masses, fellow music geeks!
1973-4 were crazy years for TODD RUNDGREN, producing records for the likes of BADFINGER, The NEW YORK DOLLS, FELIX CAVALIERE, GRAND FUNK, FANNY, HALL & OATES, and somewhere in the middle two pharmaceutical-fueled albums of his own: A Wizard A True Star and Todd. Hear the TODD classic known to fans as AWATS on vinyl in its entirety and then choice cuts from the 2xLP Todd as Geek EmaNation continues its obsession with all things Rundgren...
In these times of discord and division it's good to take a deep breath of gratitude into our lungs, and that's what this GE episode is all about. The incredible and inspiring Miss Deena is flying in from Chicago just to play songs of joy and happiness with your host The Rock'N'Roll Nurse. Fight fear with fun, fellow music geeks!
TODD RUNDGREN was a founding member of the band NAZZ which started in Philadelphia and released two notable LPs in the late 1960s. When he left the band in 1969, RUNDGREN decided to pursue a career as a music engineer and producer and was given a chance to produce The BAND's Stage Fright among other records. The itch to write and record original music persisted, though, and in 1970 RUNDGREN released his first solo LP Runt. Hear highlights of that album, his 2nd solo record The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren, and his 3rd solo release Something/Anything? (presented in its entirety) on the first of a series of TODD-centric GE shows. Genius is hard to suppress, fellow music geeks!
The GUESS WHO are best known for their AM and FM hits like "American Woman" "No Time" and a gazillion others, but from 1969-1973 they put out a series of interesting and eccentric records that missed the public's eye but caught the ear of a young adolescent Rock'N'Roll Nurse. Hear lost songs of this excellent Canadian band on this wistful episode of GE. Winnipeg rocks, fellow music geeks!