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!
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!
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!
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!
ROBERT MALTA and MATT NORELLI are HUGElarge, Sonoma County's loudest and rawest rock duo ever. Not only did Russian River Brewing Company create a renowned beer in their name, but they boast a pedigree that includes the likes of AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB, PAWPAWBLOWTORCH, and no less than PENN & TELLER! And they prove that it doesn't take massive drum kits and ear-numbing amps to make a rockin' and memorable sound. Listen as ROBERT and MATT play some fave records and tell some amazing stories on this special live-action episode of GE. Small can be HUGE, fellow music geeks!
BOBBY CONN could be a Jesus-loving telemarketer, or he could be the Antichrist, or he could be a hyper-capitalist warmonger, or he could be all of the above or none of the above. Constantly perplexing and consistently surprising, his records going back to 1997 are still impossible to pin down and categorize. They're just really good. Hear several of Mr. CONN's finest vinyl releases on this GE episode. Getting CONNed can be good for you, fellow music geeks!
ESZTER BALINT grew up in 1980s New York, surrounded by the swirling sounds of No Wave and every other type of music and musician imaginable. She became a star in a role as a young ambivalent Hungarian woman in Jim Jarmuschís first feature film Stranger Than Paradise, and in addition to notable film and television roles since that auspicious debut, has continued a parallel musical path, culminating in a remarkable release from this past year called Airless Midnight. Hear snippets of a freewheeling discussion between your host The RockíNíRoll Nurse and Ms. Balint along with the entirety of Airless Midnight on this unusually revealing show. Joy and pain in full color, fellow music geeks!
ROXY MUSIC was seminal in ways too numerous to mention, but in particular provided the perfect UK bridge from progressive bands like KING CRIMSON to glam artists like DAVID BOWIE and GARY GLITTER. Hear many of their finest moments, along with excellent solo work by BRIAN ENO and PHIL MANZANERA on this look back to the future, 1970s-style. Go ProGlam, fellow music geeks!
Psychedelic/Prog/Hard Rock pioneers FAMILY were responsible for some of the greatest LPs never heard in the 1960s and 1970s. The distinctive hard-edged trilling vocals of ROGER CHAPMAN and the unusual and innovative guitar artistry of JOHN WHITNEY drove the band through many style changes which never seemed unnatural or cloying. Hear some of the great FAMILY songs that barely saw the light of day on this GE episode. Go under the underground, fellow music geeks!
For the exciting finale of a long string of GE shows examining the mysteries and joys of collaboration, amazing vinyl archivist Miss Deena playfully spars with your host The Rock'N'Roll Nurse to play the best (and most surprising) recorded collaborations ever! Thrill to the sounds of creativity in collusion and collision, fellow music geeks!
STEVEN KALINICH and JON TIVEN have been around various and sundry elements of the rock'n'roll scene since the swinging '60s, hanging with the likes of several BEACH BOYS, some ROLLING STONES, ALEX CHILTON, PAUL MCCARTNEY and many others across the years. They've also written over 1000 songs together, and a small portion of those songs have appeared on 2 remarkable albums released over the past few years, most notably on their most recent release Each Soul Has A Voice. You'll hear that entire record with discussion/commentary by its creators on this unexpectedly spiritual and philosophical GE episode. Inner/outer peace never rocked so hard, fellow music geeks!
Songwriting duo CHRIS DIFFORD and GLENN TILBROOK wrote the vast preponderance of the catchy/witty repertoire for their band SQUEEZE circa 1978-1981, and this episode of GE celebrates some of their best work on the 4 LPs released during those years. Ride that New Wave, fellow music geeks!
Criminally overlooked despite producing one of the most stellar power-pop singles of the 1970s ("I'm On Fire"), DWIGHT TWILLEY BAND is finally getting its due in films like Diary Of A Teenage Girl 40 years later. The 2 LPs that were the total output of the band between 1974-1978 are quite amazing in their songcraft from beginning to end, and you can hear both Sincerely and Twilley Don't Mind in their entirety in this episode of GE. Make TOM PETTY move over, fellow music geeks!
Many think of REGINALD DWIGHT (aka ELTON JOHN) as a cheesy over-the-top pop-rock lightweight, but on closer inspection his early collaborative work with lyricist BERNIE TAUPIN holds up well more than 40 years on. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is arguably their most ambitious and successful work, a sprawling 2-LP set that took the world by storm in 1973. Hear this surprisingly eccentric album in its entirety with commentary by your humble host The Rock'N'Roll Nurse in yet another exploration of the power of collaboration. EJ rockin' with your DJ, fellow music geeks!
For the past 30 years or so, DAVID GREENBERGER and CHANDLER TRAVIS have been friends and collaborators, originally in 2 similarly-minded bands (MEN & VOLTS and The INCREDIBLE CASUALS) based in Massachusetts. Over time, they built up an impressive collection of wonderful songs sporting GREENBERGER's playful and smart lyrics and TRAVIS's surprising and rich musical arrangements. Many of the most successful of these collaborative efforts are featured on a recent release Bocce And Bourbon, which is featured in its entirety with commentary by its creators on this revelatory episode of GE. Collab can be Fab, fellow music geeks!
In 1972-3, the world was getting pretty heavy, and teeny-bopper brother sensations THE OSMONDS were not immune to the music trends of the time. They released 2 LPs in succession that surprised fans and foes alike with their ferocity and their odd presentation of Mormon Church doctrine. This episode of GE features those two albums (Crazy Horses and The Plan) in their entirety for your listening "pleasure" and religious cult edification. Rock hard with the LDS, fellow music geeks!
From last week's 2 brother collaboration with SPARKS, this week we have 3 brothers in perfect tune from the early 1970s -- THE HUDSON BROTHERS! With a career that includes hit songs and a nutty children's TV show (The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show) as well as a horror film spoof flop (Hysterical!), this talented trio flew high for a decade, releasing a couple of stellar pop records in 1974-75 (Totally Out Of Control and Hollywood Situation) which will be featured on this episode of GE. Razzle dazzle indeed, fellow music geeks!
Brothers Ron and Russell Mael have been amazing musical collaborators since 1968, when they started HALFNELSON together. In the '70s that band became SPARKS and exists to this day. From their first LP produced by TODD RUNDGREN in 1971, they produced a plethora of irreverent and visionary records over the following 30+ years, with many songs co-written with each other. This episode of GE compiles some great tunes from 1971-2006 for your listening pleasure. Enjoy the dada-pop with fangs, fellow music geeks!
The album The Last Day Of Winter is an extraordinary document of a particularly difficult experience. Friends and collaborators GEORGE USHER and LISA BURNS created a strong set of subtly poetic songs created in a time of struggle and uncertainty. Snippets from discussions with both authors are presented along with the entire album in this special episode of GE. Art out of tragedy, fellow music geeks!
In the period 1965-66, The BEACH BOYS were in major transition, moving from an infectious touring pop band playing its innocuous pop hits to a serious contender in the pop artistry sweepstakes. At the heart of this change was songwriter/producer wunderkind BRIAN WILSON and his chosen lyrical collaborators Tony Asher and Van Dyke Parks. The result was two intriguing and engaging albums, Pet Sounds and Smile. While Pet Sounds stands as a beautifully creative response to The BEATLES' Rubber Soul, Smile was destined to be abandoned and never officially released. Hear both works in their entirety (the latter as re-recorded and finished by WILSON and PARKS in 2004) and selections from the hastily recorded Smiley Smile on this episode of GE. The pain of genius unmasked, fellow music geeks!
BRIAN ENO spent a good chunk of time in the latter half of the 1970s in Germany, collaborating with the likes of CLUSTER, HARMONIA and DAVID BOWIE. Hear some of the highlights of those collaborations, many of which cemented ENO's role as the unappointed King Of Ambient Music. Space out righteously, fellow music geeks!
The Rock'N'Roll Nurse gets a huge boost this week from special guest DJ MISS DEENA, as 2 vinyl lovin' fanatics sport their most questionable finds from across the years. Weird, obscure, headscratching, goofy, zany -- you'll hear the likes of YMA SUMAC, RICHARD SIMMONS, RODD KEITH, JIMMY HASKELL, SAMMY DAVIS JR., BARRY MANILOW and MIKE NESMITH on this very special episode. Cognitive dissonance in spades, fellow music geeks!
BRIAN ENO is known for his great solo records stretching back to the 1970s, but has also been an amazing collaborator on many very influential records as well. This episode of GE focuses on a few of those fertile collaborations, including the LP collaboration with ROBERT FRIPP from 1973 "No Pussyfooting", which is presented in its entirety. ENO +1 for you, fellow music geeks!
JEAN SMITH is arguably Canada's best-known musical feminist agitator, and in the 1990s had an explosive output of material playing with both 2 FOOT FLAME (featuring New Zealanders PETER JEFFERIES and MICHAEL MORLEY) and MECCA NORMAL (with guitarist/artist DAVID LESTER). She tells her own story of participating in both bands, the latter of which lasts to the present day, for this in-depth episode of GE. Rage grrrl style, fellow music geeks!
Your pal The Rock'N'Roll Nurse was a wee tyke of 12 in 1975, but was a voracious consumer of oddball pop/rock/whatever LPs. Hear some of his more memorable polyvinyl chloride finds from back in the day on Part 4 of a 4-part tribute to the halfway point of the '70s (featuring bands with names S-Z in his meticulously alphabetized collection)!
Your pal The Rock'N'Roll Nurse was a wee tyke of 12 in 1975, but was a voracious consumer of oddball pop/rock/whatever LPs. Hear some of his more memorable polyvinyl chloride finds from back in the day on Part 3 of a 4-part tribute to the halfway point of the '70s (featuring bands with names M-S in his meticulously alphabetized collection)!
Your pal The Rock'N'Roll Nurse was a wee tyke of 12 in 1975, but was a voracious consumer of oddball pop/rock/whatever LPs. Hear some of his more memorable polyvinyl chloride finds from back in the day on Part 2 of a 4-part tribute to the halfway point of the '70s (featuring bands with names F-M in his meticulously alphabetized collection)!
Your pal The Rock'N'Roll Nurse was a wee tyke of 12 in 1975, but was a voracious consumer of oddball pop/rock/whatever LPs. Hear some of his more memorable polyvinyl chloride finds from back in the day on Part 1 of a 4-part tribute to the halfway point of the '70s (featuring bands with names A-F in his meticulously alphabetized collection)!
GE gets woefully obscure in a 2-hour celebration of the mostly forgotten '70s pop-prog pioneers ARGENT. From the ashes of Brit baroque-pop sensations The ZOMBIES came an ambitious band bent on breaking musical barriers led by keyboard wizard ROD ARGENT (and including his cousin JIM RODFORD on bass). Mostly known for 1 smash hit (1972s "Hold Your Head Up") and 1 cult classic (1973s "God Gave Rock And Roll To You"), their first 5 LPs informed the young musical palate of your host The Rock'N'Roll Nurse, and he obsessively presents highlights from those records for your aural pleasure. Prog-Lite forever, fellow music geeks!
Tony (T.S.) McPhee and The GROUNDHOGS were one of the heaviest blues-based UK bands in their 1970s heyday. They were also the favourite band of host The Rock'N'Roll Nurse in 1975, 40 years ago! 2 hours on a relatively obscure band from the last century may seem excessive, even self-indulgent, but that's what makes it a perfect geek pastime. Get with the rockin' boogie vibe, fellow music geeks!
In 1971 geeky maestro FRANK ZAPPA led The MOTHERS OF INVENTION and a dysfunctional family of friends and fans (including the likes of RINGO STARR, KEITH MOON, and THEODORE BIKEL, and TURTLES' alumni FLO & EDDIE) on a wild excursion into the extremes of self-indulgence with his film 200 Motels and the accompanying 2-LP soundtrack record. Much of the guided insanity seems dated today, but the project still commands attention as an inspired work of collective stream-of-consciousness. Hear the entire soundtrack and more music from the early-'70s era MOTHERS on this GE episode. Hail to the geek king, fellow music geeks!
The '60s-'70s Welsh R&B/Prog/Boogie/Jam collective known as MAN had a particular connection with San Francisco, being arguably the UK's answer to MOBY GRAPE. It got a scandalous start when the track "Erotica" from MAN's first LP was banned by the BBC, and then went in many varied and unpredictable directions, even spinning off another fine prog-rock act The NEUTRONS. Hear plenty of early MAN tracks plus peripheral work by front-man DEKE LEONARD on this GE episode! Grove with the Wales/SF connection, fellow music geeks!
DUKE GARWOOD may not be a household name quite yet, but he's played with members of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SCREAMING TREES, The ORB, SAVAGES, ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT, and THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA. Indie survivor MARK LANEGAN described him as "one of his all time favorite artists" and working with him as "one of the best experiences of his recording life." Hear snippets of discussion and plenty of music from Mr. GARWOOD on this episode of The Geek EmaNation Show. Get down with the Brit-Swamp Blues, fellow music geeks!
Almost no lyrics at all on this episode of GE, save for "Jet Lag/It's a drag" and the first part of PINK FLOYD's "Echoes". Otherwise, no words to trap your imagination from going where it will go, with songs by GRYPHON, FOCUS, BO HANSON, NELSON RIDDLE, DAVID BYRNE, GATO BABIERI, JOHN FAHEY, and many more. Time for a dry daydream, fellow music geeks!
2014 was a great year for new vinyl releases and re-releases, and The Rock'N'Roll Nurse's personal LP collection got much fatter as a result. Hear new music from EDWARD ROGERS and SHELLAC, and re-releases by DEVO, CRIME, PETER JEFFERIES and the LA PLANETE SAUVAGE soundtrack, along with classics by BESSIE SMITH, FRED FRITH and plenty of others. Vinyl is clearly here to stay, fellow music geeks!
As MELVIN VAN PEEBLES put it himself, "What The F#%$@ You Mean I Can't Sing?!" Most people know about Mr. VAN PEEBLES' amazing innovative DIY film from the early '70s Sweet Sweetback's Badasssss Song, but few know that he put out a plethora of intriguing and revolutionary records around the same time, sometimes under the moniker BR'ER SOUL. Hear all the righteous anger and inspired proto-rap from this undersold genius on this nearly comprehensive podcast. Take it to The Man, fellow music geeks!
JOHN CALE (not to be confused with JJ CALE or JOHN CAGE) was one of the founding members of The VELVET UNDERGROUND, and kept himself plenty busy in the decade following his split from that band in 1968. In addition to producing some of the most important and influential rock recordings of the late 1970s (like PATTI SMITH's Horses and The STOOGES first LP) he had quite an amazing and productive solo career. This episode of GE plucks many of the highlights of Mr. CALE's LPs from that era for your listening pleasure. Hail the Godfather Of Punk, fellow music geeks!
MARK STEWART of THE POP GROUP gives an amazing introduction to the upcoming TPG show in San Francisco at The Great American Music Hall on March 11th with a freewheeling discussion about music/politics/philosophy/history. Your mind will be suitably blown with 2-hours of words and music designed to create maximum cognitive dissonance. Danceable revolution time, fellow music geeks!
KIM FOWLEY was a thorn in the side of the beast called pop music for over 50 years. He was arguably the trashy flip side of PHIL SPECTOR, recording crazy wild novelty singles just for the fun of it in the 1960s and then putting together acts like The RUNAWAYS and VENUS AND THE RAZORBLADES in the 1970s. In later years he was more like an underground svengali, showing up in various towns and recording outrageous records with local musicians, and then disappearing just as quickly. Irreverent, difficult, visionary -- he definitely left his mark. The Animal Man beckons, fellow music geeks!
For those not familiar with the dubious pleasures of the German pop music genre known as "Schlager", you will get a 2-hour crash course lesson with this episode of GE. The King Of Schlager known as HEINO gets free reign to spew 50-some years of folky/dancy/schlocky pop bliss. If you're like JELLO BIAFRA and have a strong ear and stomach for some outre sounds, you're in luck. Schlocky shocky stuff for y'all, fellow music geeks!
Today's episode features some talented local acts that are playing soon in San Francisco and environs, including The Rock'N'Roll Nurse's extreme solo act RAKEHELL. Breaking all rules of good taste and refusing to recuse himself due to conflict of interest, your not-so-humble host toots his own horn and plays 4 RAKEHELL tracks to waste your precious time. Also included are locals NIGHT HERONS, BITTERWIND, MAUS HAUS, and The Y AXES (playing 3 songs live, no less!). SF music nerds/geeks unite -- our moment of victory is nigh!
Long-time fans like The RockíNíRoll Nurse were very excited in 2013 with the reissues of PETER JEFFERIESí 1st and 2nd solo records from the 1990s (The Last Great Challenge In A Dull World and Electricity) and a planned tour set to begin right here in the Bay Area. But alas, an overzealous Dept. Of Homeland Security decided we needed to be protected from the New Zealand musicianís art rather than be allowed to enjoy it. Mr. JEFFERIES may never be allowed to tour here, but you can hear his music and snippets of a free-wheeling telephone discussion on this DHS unapproved episode of Geek EmaNation. Audio blows against the empire, fellow music geeks!
Polyvinyl records released a 7" single each month of 2014 featuring an indie-rock band or performer recording 2 songs on a 4-track cassette recorder. The entire 12 single set is featured on this episode of GE, including the likes of CLOUD NOTHINGS, JOHN VANDERSLICE, and MYNABIRDS. Share in the vinyl madness while looking back on 2014, fellow music geeks!
Superior Viaduct is an amazing re-release label out of Oakland that in 2014 put out amazing vinyl releases by the likes of GLENN BRANCA, PETER JEFFERIES, BRIGITTE FONTAINE, GRUPPO D'IMPROVVISAZIONE and PIP PROUD. Hear highlights from those releases on glorious PVC on this wistful episode of GE. Revel in the beauty of obscurity, fellow music geeks!
I say the name of the record label incorrectly throughout the podcast, but that shouldn't dissuade you from listening to almost 2 hours of local maximum cognitive dissonance from local SF label Resipscent Records. Two 2014 releases are showcased: MOIRA SCAR's "Scarred For Life" and ZEEK SHECK's epic "Joinus". Both are played in their pristine obsidian vinyl versions for your listening pleasure/pain. Get with the Bay Area craziness, fellow music geeks!
As the rainy winter weather starts to relieve Northern California of some drought woes, thoughts turn to the Rainy Day compilation of covers handled by a team of the biggest Paisley Underground heroes of 30 years ago. Hear that comp in its entirety, along with great PU songs from RAIN PARADE, THE THREE O'CLOCK, TRUE WEST, DREAM SYNDICATE and BANGLES on this mind-clouded episode of GE. Eat your paisley and love it, fellow music geeks!
From the sublimely ridiculous to the ridiculously sublime we travel in this odd but compelling episode of GE. The journey starts with 6 slices from 6 different countries featured on '70s schlock-meister JAMES LAST's epic Around The World 3-LP set. Then as the kitsch becomes impossible to take, host The Rock'N'Roll Nurse shifts gears to post-rock giants SCENIC (featuring the genius of SAVAGE REPUBLIC's Bruce Licher)and FANG WIZARD (featuring the genius of UNREST's Mark Robinson). Some Rumi and Daily Buddhist teaching gets thrown in just to create a bit more cognitive dissonance. Ride the roller coaster if you dare, fellow music geeks!
Legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist P.F. SLOAN wrote some of the swimmingest surf songs, the poppiest pop songs, and the angriest folk anthems of the 1960s, most while still in his teens! He culled plenty of rabid fans but that seemed to matter little to an indifferent music industry that did not seem to know what to do with his immense talent. Nearly 50 years later, after 14 years of painstaking research and recording, P.F. unleashed a gem of pop/classical genius called My Beethoven. Hear the entire album and many vintage hits from the P.F. SLOAN catalog along with edited highlights from a discussion he recently had with your host The Rock'N'Roll Nurse on this very special episode of GE. 50 years of musical genius revealed for your ears only, fellow music geeks!
Local SF pop hero ARI VAIS from THE CAMPBELL APARTMENT stopped by RV studios to play some live tunes and some new recorded hits from the upcoming CA vinyl(!) EP Sundogs. The unpredictable and freewheeling discussion that ensued ran the gamut from power-pop heroes from the '70s to irascible Russian hospital patients. Hear all this and a ton of great KINKS hits on this odd and endearing episode of GE. Pop with the moderns, fellow music geeks!
The first hour of this special episode of GE is firmly ensconced in the sounds of New Wave as practiced in the last 20 years, culminating in an extremely goofy interview with local heroes THE Y AXES. The second hour descends into the madness that was German Schlager-esque soundtrack music from the late '60s/early '70s. Don't even ask, just listen... Plenty of aural cognitive dissonance for you, fellow music geeks!
Part 2 of a never ending series of self-indulgent shows that feature whatever vinyl slabs host The Rock'N'Roll Nurse decides to grab that day. This episode includes BLOODROCK, SCORPIONS, NAPALM DEATH, HENRY PLOTNICK, WINDY AND CARL, RAKEHELL, DODOS, CALIFONE, and many, many others in an eclectic mix that will test your musical tolerance. There's beauty in contrast, fellow music geeks!
In a fit of solipsism, your humble host The Rock'N'Roll Nurse decided this time out to play some LPs that have made their way into his hot hands in recent times. Songs by KEVIN AYERS, SOFT MACHINE, UNITS, KELLEY STOLTZ, The RENTALS, ALVVAYS, OF MONTREAL, TOTAL CONTROL, UNICORN, DAVE GILMOUR, RICHARD BARONE/JAMES MASTRO and others will tickle your ear as much as they emptied the RnRN's pocketbook. Vinyl blitzing rules, fellow music geeks!
EDWARD ROGERS might not be a household name, but he has quietly been putting out some of the finest personal pop music for a decade with the help of members of PSYCHEDELIC FURS, TEENAGE FANCLUB, and some of the finest musicians NYC has to offer. His latest release is dedicated to pop eccentric KEVIN AYERS, and bring a strong psychedelic element to his pristine pop vision. Hear excerpts from a recent discussion between Mr. ROGERS and GE host The Rock'N'Roll Nurse on this special episode. Go Brit-Pop crazy, fellow music geeks!
CHROME is a seminal SF darkwave/psych/industrial band that put its first LP out in 1975! Ahead of its time is a huge understatement. The most recent record Feel It Like A Scientist was just released last month, and it rivals the best they've ever done. Your humble servant The Rock'N'Roll Nurse was graced with an interview opportunity with CHROME mainstay HELIOS CREED to boot. Hear most of the new LP and the coherent parts of the interview on this GE episode. Get out the acid goggles, fellow music geeks!
In the early 1990s, a record came out by NYC pop/psych band SPRINGHOUSE named Land Falls made its way into my hands. Somehow that decade saw it disappear from my hands, but last year a SPRINGHOUSE record from 2007 called From Now To OK caught my attention and got me to do some audio archeology of the band's previous releases. The story of the rise/fall/rise again of this band got me to interview two of the original members to get the real story. Hear the results and lots of SPRINGHOUSE music on this episode of GE. Musical longevity matters, fellow music geeks!
Continuing the spacey mood from last week, some more instrumental music to daydream by. PHILIP GLASS, BILL NELSON, PENGUIN CAFE ORCHESTRA, YELLO MAGIC ORCHESTRA, VANGELIS, TOMITA, GRYPHON, ANTHONY PHILLIPS, TONY BANKS, LOVE TRACTOR, ROBERT QUINE/FRED MAHER will lull you into a day full of dreams. Get that imagination pumping, fellow music geeks!
After seeing BORIS live 2 days previously, the Rock'N'Roll Nurse found himself in a crazed and spacey state of mind. He perused his LP collection and found non-vocal work by the likes of PINK FLOYD, SCENIC, WINDY AND CARL, F‹XA, GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR, ROBERT QUINE/FRED MAHER, and the incredible boy genius HENRY PLOTNICK that suited his altered consciousness. Trip hard without pharmaceutical enhancement, fellow music geeks!
Back in the 1980s, workout albums and videos hit a fever pitch, buoyed by the massive success of Jane Fonda's Workout. In the midst of the repackaging of rock and disco hits with barked workout instruction overlayed, Richard Simmons took a different tack. He put out a legitimate pop/rock record with songs he wrote himself! Reach is his magnum opus, and lucky listeners to this podcast get to hear the 1982 masterpiece in its raw and uncut glory. Time to get in shape, fellow music geeks!
Welcome to Geek EmaNation at a brand new time! This exciting debut show features 2 engaging "experimental pop" artists: Zarko from PROGRESS BAND (who performs live in the studio!) and BILL NELSON (in his various recorded incarnations including BE BOP DELUXE). Barriers being pushed in a big way this time around, fellow music geeks!
Sure prog-rock gets a bad rap in a post-punk era where simplicity and directness trump musical virtuosity, but it's still fun to look back at a time when pretentiousness was not only tolerated but rewarded! Here the prog heavies (YES, GENESIS, KING CRIMSON, STYX) along with some you might have missed (VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, GENTLE GIANT, PROCOL HARUM). No teenage lobotomies this show, fellow music geeks!
Classic Rock has become the cliche that launched a thousand cheesy radio stations, but some of the actual music still packs a punch. Today's GE show will explore some great songs that could have been classic if they'd just gotten a break (and maybe some payola behind them). No shame in being close to classic, fellow music geeks!
Hailing from Vancouver, BC, MARRY ME play a kind of updated classic rock that brings to mind HEART and AEROSMITH. Not necessarily the usual fare on GE, but The RockíNíRoll Nurse is old enough to remember when Classic Rock was being invented with a certain fondness. Hear an interview with smatterings of music old and new. Donít be afraid to rock classically, fellow music geeks!
The mighty DAMNED recently played our fair town, untold years after they first started playing their brand of punky pop music, and it was quite an amazing thing to witness. The experience inspired yours truly, The RockíNíRoll Nurse, to play their epically undercheered power-pop masterpiece Strawberries in its entirety, and plenty of other great DAMNED songs as well. Out DAMNED spot out I say, fellow music geeks!
If you havenít yet heard the wonderfullness that is Scottish Space-Punk band The REZILLOS, you are in for a major treat this episode of GE! Iíll be playing both Sire LPs released in the 1970s by the band, featuring some of the wildest yet tastiest bass playing committed to vinyl. Pogo ítil your eyeballs pop out, fellow music geeks!
The RockíNíRoll Nurse doesnít know what has gotten into him, but a sudden urge to hear the first 2 SAINTS LPs in their entirety has taken hold of him and wonít let go until he acquiesces! So this episode of GE exists solely to allow for this solipsistic foolishness. Partake in the late í70s punk overkill if you dare, fellow music geeks!
Perhaps itís the harsh terrain, or the ever-present sense of isolation, but Australia exploded in the 1970s and 1980s with bands spitting and sputtering with intense punk fervor. Bands like RADIO BIRDMAN, The BIRTHDAY PARTY, X, FEEDTIME, The HARD-ONS and plenty of others blasted fiery sounds that were destined to jump off the island empire to the rest of the world. Hear some still-smouldering Ozzie mayhem from 30+ years back on this final ďdown-underĒ episode of GE. Time to scream Gíday mate with your middle fingers extended, fellow music geeks!
This week the GE Show takes you completely down under with an exploration of some memorable yet mostly forgotten New Wave sounds from Aussie bands from 30+ years back in time. Re-hear the sounds of SPLIT ENZ, MIDNIGHT OIL, HUNTERS AND COLLECTORS, HOODOO GURUS, MENTAL AS ANYTHING, and SKYHOOKS amongst many others, and ponder on how the harsh climate and Aboriginal atrocities made for some unusual and often compelling music. Time to hit the land of Oz, fellow music geeks!
New Zealandís Xpressway Records released a whole slew of great releases from great bands mostly from the South Island from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. Bands like The DEAD C, THIS KIND OF PUNISHMENT, ALASTAIR GALBRAITH, GRAEME JEFFERIES, The TERMINALS, and SANDRA BELL got 7"s and CDs on the label, and most of those bands are represented on three amazing compilations: Making Losers Happy, I Hear The Devil Calling Me, and Killing Capitalism With Kindness. Time to get back in the Kiwi swing, fellow music geeks!
New Zealandís Flying Nun Records has released a whole slew of great releases from great bands from Kiwiland from the 1980s to this day. Bands like THE CLEAN, THE CHILLS, STRAIGHTJACKET FITS, TALL DWARFS, THE BATS, BAILTER SPACE, VERLAINES and the JEAN PAUL SARTRE EXPERIENCE got their starts on the label, and most of those bands are represented on this amazing compilation In Love With These Times, which will be featured in its entirety followed by choice cuts from releases by the above bands. Time to get in the Kiwi swing, fellow music geeks!
Way back in the swinging í60s a crazy-like-a-fox singer/songwriter who took on the moniker BRUTE FORCE threatened to turn pop culture on its ear with some openly subversive pop classics like ďTapeworm Of LoveĒ and ďKing Of FuhĒ. But, like most visionary eccentrics, he was too far ahead of his time to be properly appreciated. Itís probably still too soon for his talent to get the props it deserves, but this episode of GE will give it a shot, with an exclusive interview and plenty of amazing BF music. Cognitive dissonance rules, fellow music geeks!
Anyone at all familiar with Nardwuar The Human Serviette knows what a genius of cognitive dissonance and flat-out hilarity he is. Fewer know that his bands THE EVAPORATORS and THEE GOBLINS were 2 of Canadaís greatest pop-punk acts ever! Hear the evidence and laugh your way to good health as April Foolís Month continues on GE. Never underestimate the healing power of humor, fellow music geeks!
When BLACK SABBATH tried to play in Milwaukee in 1981, they got a big surprise! The rowdy crowd threw crap at them, they refused to play, and then a full-on riot ensued. Hear the riot in action and a series of riot remixes on this wild episode of GE. Search and destroy, fellow music geeks!
For the month of April GE will be celebrating the weird and the eccentric, and how better to celebrate than to play the infamous Tube Bar LP in its entirety. Youíll recognize some of the classic telephone prank calls from the Simpsons, but this is the real deal! Plenty of pranks and fun to be had on this music-less episode. Get down with Hal Jalikeakick, fellow music geeks!
You gotta hear it to believe it! Feed Your Headís DJ Marin will be locked in funky battle with The RockíNíRoll Nurse in a danceable dual duel! The finest and most terrible dance tunes from the previous Millennium will be trotted out for your listening pleasure/pain. Listen if you dare, fellow music geeks!
Back by unpopular demand as GE continues its Dance Into Spring series comes more of the trashy disco schlock that unfairly defines that pop-culture era. ďLuminariesĒ such as ANDREA TRUE CONNECTION, PETER BROWN, DISCO TEX AND THE SEX-O-LETTES will be featured, along with some disco dance instruction and stories about roller skating to the sounds of ďDisco DuckĒ. Throw off those taste tethers, fellow music geeks!
The disco/funk era got fully transmogrified by the purveyors of ďNew WaveĒ in the 1980s. New and often disturbing elements of dissonance and anxiety replaced the drug-fueled positivity of the previous decade. Hear some of the greatest and oddest dance sounds from 30 years back, including BUSH TETRAS, GANG OF FOUR, KLAUS NOMI, AU PAIRS, NENA and plenty of others on yet another danceable episode. Funk up your post-punk, fellow music geeks!
As part of Geek (Ema)Nationís blatant attempt to sell out to a younger and more dance-oriented audience, March will be DANCE-MANIA! Month here at GE Central. With some assistance from the highly capable vinyl spinning hands of Marin from Feed Your Head, these rhythmic grooves are guaranteed to get those danciní shoes moving! Time to pull out your platform sneakers, fellow music geeks!
Ohio produced more than its fair share of innovative bands through the 1970s and 1980s, and this weekís comp LP shines a light on some great underground Cle music from 1983 (and re-released as a double LP set in 2010!). Great tracks by The OFFBEATS, SPIKE IN VAIN, STARVATION ARMY and many others will rock you silly! Also included will be historical Cle tracks by the likes of ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS, PERE UBU, DEAD BOYS and many others. Skank to the Midwest skronk, fellow music geeks!
Three weeks ago GE featured the first in the series of compilation LPs released by Boston's own Throbbing Lobster Records, and this week we get the second! We survived 1984, thanks in no part to the wild and reckless music put out by indie labels like TL, and these comps serve as historical documents to what Boston sounded like to discerning ears 30 years back. Hear the real sounds of Tea Party Revolution, fellow music geeks!
Way back in the 1980s, Cleveland pop-noise masters DEATH OF SAMANTHA bubbled under the surface of the indie-pop miasma, becoming more influential than record sales and show attendance tallies would suggest. 2013 marked a 30th anniversary of their legendary debut/fiasco at a Cle eatery called Ground Round, and also marked the release of their first album in 24 years, If Memory Serves Us Well. Hear snippets of an interview with ace DoS guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Doug Gillard and a whole buttload of DoS classics on this episode of Geek (Ema)Nation. Cleveland rocks tonight, fellow music geeks!
1984 might have been associated with Government clampdown, but in the indie-rock world it was the best kind of anarchy, especially in Boston, MA. Great bands formed by the minute, and often disappeared a few minutes later. Luckily, Throbbing Lobster Records had the foresight to document the explosive scene of the day with some great compilations, of which Nobody Gets On The Guest-List was just the first. Share in a Baked Beantown Massacre with me, fellow music geeks!
Itís birthday time for the RockíN'Roll Nurse, and heís taking the opportunity to do his most self-indulgent show yet! All music played on this episode will be vinyl recordings that the RnRN contributed to between 1987-2012. Hear rare ďhitsĒ by the likes of DASHING MARBLES, FUDGETUNNEL!, BALD COW, CHEEZE, GAG, TASTY BUSH, and many others. Itís a self-promotion explosion, fellow music geeks!
The Chicago underground music scene of the early-to-mid 1980s is where yours truly The RockíN'Roll Nurse cut his teeth as a lad, and this compilation LP from 1984 is a pretty good gathering of the hottest punk acts of the time. Featuring choice tracks by NAKED RAYGUN, The EFFIGIES, BIG BLACK, ARTICLES OF FAITH, SAVAGE BELIEFS, NADSAT REBEL, RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED and OUT OF ORDER, this comp is a slice of Chicago music history that still rocks hard! Cornponed hardcore for you, fellow music geeks!
Mr. Lewis Reed (AKA Lou Reed) was a songster/scenester/huckster who arguably was the most important influence on underground rockín'roll music to this day. Lester Bangs worshiped him and reviled him in seemingly equal amounts, and he could be utterly brilliant and completely obnoxious almost in the same breath. This episode of GE will present a chronological overview of Mr. Reedís career from the early 1960s to the late 1970s for your listening pleasure!
Mick Farren passed in July of this year, but his musical and writing accomplishments will live on for years to come. As singer/songwriter/spiritual leader of The SOCIAL DEVIANTS (later The DEVIANTS) he preached musical revolution from the pulpits of many stages backed by an amazing array of influential musicians, some of whom would eventually morph into the PINK FARIES. Hear the sounds of youth exploding in the 1960s and beyond on this incendiary episode of GE!
Bob Mulrooney (AKA Bootsey X) was a pivotal figure in Detroit garage history of the 1980s and 1990s, and his recent death brings back to light what a great musical force he was, even though he operated in near obscurity. This episode of GE will include many great Detroit bands from the golden age of the 1990s, with plenty of on-the-spot commentary by the RockíN'Roll nurse, and killer tracks by the likes of The LOVEMASTERS, The HENTCHMEN, WHITE STRIPES, DETROIT COBRAS, DIRTBOMBS, GORIES, and many more!
The early 1980s were a great time for New Wave in San Francisco, with 415 Records promoting plenty of great local acts like TRANSLATOR, WIRE TRAIN, RED ROCKERS and ROMEO VOID. They also were responsible for this stellar compilation of largely (criminally!) overlooked bands like The OFFS and The MUTANTS, among others. Get on that local New Wave, fellow music geeks!
GE takes yet another trip back to the swinging í80s with this compilation from Columbia Records from 1984. Hear the sounds of WHAM!, EUROGLIDERS, ROMEO VOID, BANGLES, DAVE EDMUNDS, RED ROCKERS and I AM SIAM as they were smushed together for this promo-only LP. Another day for New Wave, fellow music geeks!
Back in the 1980s, Boston was a locus for great indie-rock (before it was even widely known as indie-rock). Bands like MISSION OF BURMA blasted out a raw but intelligent sound across the nation. Modern Method Records put out several fine compilations documenting the Boston sound of the time, and the first Wicked Good Time comp will be featured on this GE episode, with the likes of LA PESTE, BOYS LIFE, and YOUNG SNAKES (before they became ‚ÄėTIL TUESDAY) strutting their stuff. More sounds from 30+ years ago, fellow music geeks!
Back in the 1980s nuclear war and nuclear energy were major topics of discussion and activism. Even yours truly, The Rock‚ÄôN'Roll Nurse, got arrested for protesting at a nuclear weapons plant! These issues may seem like long past images in the rear view mirror, but they haven‚Äôt really disappeared. In an effort to re-energize your thinking about nukes, Geek (Ema)Nation presents this compilation from 1982 in its entirety, featuring choice cuts by The CLASH, The JAM, The UNDERTONES, The AU PAIRS and other exciting bands of the time. No proliferation here, fellow music geeks!
This 2-LP Compilation released in 1985 (as seen on TV! it says in the lower right corner) says it contains prime tracks by ďthe cream of British rockĒ and the money gathered from sales was supposed to go to a trust devoted to ďexploring ways in which young people who felt alienated in our modern society might be encouraged to help themselves.Ē Lofty goals indeed. Some decent music too, although tracks by the likes of BILL WYMAN, JIMMY PAGE and ROBERT PLANT seem pretty bloated and gratuitous compared to the new wave sounds of KATE BUSH, MADNESS, and even (gasp!) DURAN DURAN. Creamy Brit-Rock for you, fellow music geeks!
In the early í80s no U.S. label was pumping out New Wave music emanating from the underground as ferociously as IRS Records. Bands as diverse as The DAMNED, The BUZZCOCKS, The FALL, The POLICE, ALTERNATIVE TV, CHELSEA, The CRAMPS, The FLESHTONES and many others got their starts on this forward-looking label. This episode features a solid 2xLP compilation released by IRS in 1981. Get hip to the new sound of 30 years back, fellow music geeks!
Your host the Rock'N'Roll Nurse had jury duty and got to the show late without any preparation in place whatsoever, but by pulling some choice '70s and '80s LPs (and a 2013 release by HENRY PLOTNICK called Fields) off the wall he got a pretty listenable show together. Hear the results here!
The Rock'N'Roll Nurse was detained by jury duty, but managed to find some bad '70s records laying around the studio and put them together for a 50 minute exercise in aural excremental excitement. Check out those lost sounds from 30+ years ago, fellow music geeks!
For those who think that Portland was only responsible for cool and interesting music in the last 10 years will be astonished by this unusual (and somewhat inscrutable) concept record, featuring some of the best indie-rock bands from the í90s. GUIDED BY VOICES, STEPHEN MALKMUS (of PAVEMENT), HOWE GELB (of GIANT SAND), GRANDADDY and The MINUS FIVE are just a few of the bands represented on this remarkable 2x LP set. Get conceptual, fellow music geeks!
The RockíN'Roll Nurse was on tour with RAKEHELL and GO PILLS since the beginning of September, and along the way he picked up some choice vinyl morsels from disparate places as Eugene, OR and Los Angeles, CA. Highlights from the spoils will be presented with plenty of commentary on this weekís edition of GE. Get that collector itch, fellow music geeks!
GE goes in a very different direction this episode and features interviews and performances by 2 touring music projects: Russ Forsterís RAKEHELL and Skizz Cyzykís GO PILLS. Both performers will also guest DJ some hot vinyl of their choosing as well! Get hip to the new sounds, fellow music geeks!
Unbelievable but true, the recent analog resurgence has also supported an explosion of wonderful prog/experimental titles on beautiful vinyl! Some great titles that have come my way recently (like the pictured masterpiece Fields by 12-year-old keyboard wizard HENRY PLOTNICK) will be allowed to tickle your ears on this episode of GE. Wade into some deeply underground waters, fellow music geeks!
One of the great things about DJing at Radio Valencia is the cool records available in the station stacks. On this episode of GE, host The RockíN'Roll Nurse will take full advantage of the vinyl available to all DJs instead of bringing his own. It will be a crazy and unpredictable musical roller coaster ride for all. Get super spontaneous, fellow music geeks!
Popdefect7" vinyl records used to be the best/cheapest way to find out about new and great bands, and were also underground music's version of the business card, especially in the 1980s. Your pal The Rock'N'Roll Nurse collected quite a few of these original "compact discs" back in the day, and he reveals some memorable faves by the likes of POPDEFECT, RHYTHM PIGS, MINUTEMEN, MY DAD IS DEAD and many others on this episode. Spin 'til you drop, fellow music geeks!
As part of the RockíN'Roll Nurseís quixotic quest to promote the current Analog Resurgence!, he features big chunks of some terrific new vinyl releases on this edition of Geek (Ema)Nation. Hear cool new sounds by the likes of The EJECTOR SEATS, PAUL ROESSLER (of The SCREAMERS and 45 GRAVE), Turkeyís own KLEPTI KLEPTI, LIQUORBALL, and host the RNRNís own extreme solo project RAKEHELL, all on a cool old format. Polyvinyl Chloride rules (even if it isnít very Green), fellow LP-addled geeks!
Back in the í90s there was more than just boy-dominated grunge music. In the U.S. and the U.K. in particular women and men who love women played a passionate music that was not afraid to confront thorny issues like rape and abuse. Garden Of Delights records put out a terrific compilation record in the mid-í90s as a benefit for a womenís aid group featuring amazing honest songs by the like of AZALIA SNAIL, TELEVISION PERSONALITIES, JOWE HEAD, The PETALS, CUB and GOD IS MY CO-PILOT amongst others. Hear the entire compilation and fave tracks by bands on the comp on this episode. Love and respect toward women always, fellow passionate geeks!
In 1981 2 sampler records of so-called ďNew WaveĒ music were released by Columbia Records as an inexpensive introduction to a bunch of newly signed bands, including The PSYCHEDELIC FURS, OMD, and TOMMY TUTONE among others. Hear how a second ďcheap peak at todayís provocative new rockĒ attempted to market and sell New Wave just as Slash Magazineís Claude Bessy was declaring that ďthere is no such thing as New WaveĒ. Hear the sounds used to sell the scam, fellow skeptical music geeks!
Way back in 1983 (30 years ago!), some hipster employees at Warner Brothers Records came up with the inspired idea to make an LP filled with the best B-sides of various ďnew waveĒ singles put out on the label. The resulting compilation album series called Attack Of The Killer Bís contains some rare pleasures indeed by the likes of The PRETENDERS, TALKING HEADS, RAMONES, ROXY MUSIC and LAURIE ANDERSON among others. Take a trip back ďnew waveĒ lane with your host The RockíN'Roll Nurse, fellow music geeks!
Voxx Records brought í60s garage-rock into the í80s in a big way, and the compilation known as Beasts From The East took up where the amazing Battle Of The Garages series left off with tracks by 8 notable bands from the Midwest and parts eastward. Listen to 1986 recordings by the likes of The LIBERTINES, The SKEPTICS, The TIME BEINGS, The ENDORPHINS, The DWARVES, The CYNICS, GREEN, and The C*NTS as they strive to make the world safe for raw teenage rock. Time to ride the garage wave, fellow music geeks!
In 1995 the estrogen-powered indie label Candy Ass Records released a monumental and highly influential compilation devoted to female empowerment, complete with a 75-page booklet with stories and self-defense tips. This episode features the entire 2-LP set (featuring the likes of LOIS, TEAM DRESCH, and pre-SLEATER-KINNEY bands HEAVENS TO BETSY and EXCUSE 17), along with highlights from the booklet read by host The RockíN'Roll Nurse. Grrrrl power NOW!, fellow womyn-loving geeks!
Ebullition Records was a major force in the í90s punk underground, sporting bands like ECONOCHRIST and SPITBOY. One of the labelís earliest releases was the Give Me Back compilation in 1991 which featured a variety of bands, including the mighty BIKINI KILL, with songs about gender issues. It also sported a thoughtful 20-page booklet (12″x 12″ pages, no less!) with great essays on a variety of issues from homosexuality to rape to abortion. Hear all the music and much of the writing contained in this comp, delivered with aplomb by host The RockíN'Roll Nurse. Body respect and liberation for all, fellow music geeks!
Our good neighbors to the North have produced some of the greatest punk and hardcore bands of all time, including S.N.F.U., D.O.A. and NOMEANSNO. Hear those bands and many others known and obscure as host The Rock‚ÄôN'Roll Nurse plays the entire It Came From The Pit compilation from 1985 and some tasty Canuck punk from his personal collection. Righteous skanking, eh, fellow music geeks!
The Hardcore Punk scene of the mid 1980s often eschewed the nihilism of many of its punk predecessors, with many bands espousing strongly leftist ideals and fiercely anti-war messages. All of that came together in a big way on a sprawling 2xLP compilation released in 1984 appropriately entitled P.E.A.C.E. Hear the entire set with commentary by your host The RockíN'Roll Nurse. Morph those guns into plowshares, fellow music geeks!
If it werenít for Dangerhouse Records, we would be missing a lot of the amazing music that was part of the L.A. Punk Rock explosion 1977-1981. Thankfully they were around to bankroll and archive incredible early performances by the likes of X, ALLEYCATS, AVENGERS, WEIRDOS, BAGS, DILS and many others. Hear some of those historical and often hysterical recordings, along with later recordings from the personal collection of host The RockíN'Roll Nurse on this exciting episode!
Exotica experienced its first heyday in the late 1950s with pioneers like MARTIN DENNY and ESQUIVEL, making a music steeped in 3rd world traditions but with an eye to Space Age. Then 40 years later Exotica made a comeback in the New Millennium thanks in part to the tireless efforts of the fine folks at Dionysus Records. Hear this terrific compilation in its entirety, and then some Exotica from back in the day and beyond from the personal collection of host The Rock‚ÄôN'Roll Nurse. Back to the future, fellow music geeks!
SST Records was rocking hard by the mid-1980s, with an amazing roster of bands that included BLACK FLAG, H√úSKER D√ú, MINUTEMEN, MEAT PUPPETS, DESCENDENTS and eventually DINOSAUR JR. and the VOLCANO SUNS. This compilation contains famous and infamous songs covered by those bands and more. Hear the comp in its entirety and then some rare and fine treats from host The Rock‚ÄôN'Roll Nurse‚Äôs fave SST bands. Get hip to the reinterpretation scene, fellow music geeks!
As part of the Geek (Ema)Nation showís ongoing public service commitment to bring better music through BOMP!, the RockíN'Roll Nurse presents a rare but incredible compilation that came out on the L.A. label back in 1980, when the future seemed to be upon us. Power pop by the likes of STIV BATORS, the NUNS, the ROMANTICS, REAL KIDS, PAUL COLLINS, the SONICS, the WEIRDOS, the DEAD BOYS and the ROMANTICS amongst others. Bomp to the pop, fellow music geeks!
Last month Geek (Ema)Nation was graced by the presence of Steve from Subterranean Records, and this week he agreed to come back for Round Two! HeÔŅĹll be bringing some of the rarest records from his incredible collection, including some test pressings that never saw the light of day for actual release. Plus heÔŅĹs got great stories and explodes some lingering myths about the SF scene in the 1980s. Get yur SF underground history on, fellow music geeks!
There was some mighty fun noise going on in Chicago back in the late ‚Äô70s/early ‚Äô80s, and most likely you weren‚Äôt there to hear it. But now you get a second chance to hear inspired (if often inept) Punk Rock scratchings from the like of NAKED RAYGUN, DA!, END RESULT, TUTU AND THE PIRATES and many other Midwestern ne‚Äôer-do-wells. Host The Rock‚ÄôN'Roll Nurse plays the entire soundtrack to the terrific indie documentary You Weren‚Äôt There, as well as some Chi-Town gems from his personal collection. Listen to da underground from da Windy City, adventurous geeks!
In the mid-1990s a compilation series called Red Hot And Bothered appeared on 2 sets of 10" records. Subtitled "the Indie Rock Guide to Dating," each set included a 36 page zine that included tips on safe, successful dating and sex, and info on the indie bands included on the comps (including FOLK IMPLOSION, GRIFTERS, THE VERLAINES, LISA GERMANO, and BUILT TO SPILL among others). Host The Rock'N'Roll Nurse plays the records in their entirety and reads highlights from the zines as a public service for the horny losers in the audience. Get it on, hot geeks!
Was New Wave just a clever marketing scheme of the early 1980s? Probably, and this week‚Äôs featured compilation LP set makes a strong case for that hypothesis. Released in 1981 by Columbia Records as ‚Äúa cheap peek at today‚Äôs provocative new rock‚ÄĚ, it places artists as disparate as LOVERBOY and BOOMTOWN RATS in the same musical genre. Hear the results of misguided corporate marketing on this episode of Geek (Ema)Nation along with quasi-anti-corporatist rants from host The Rock‚ÄôN‚ÄôRoll Nurse. Don‚Äôt believe the historical (hysterical?) hype, fellow music geeks!
In the 1980s and early 1990s Radio Tokyo was renowned as an L.A. recording studio that was cheap enough for indie bands to afford but provided quality enough for a plethora of great records and singles. Several fine compilations were released to showcase some of the studioís most impressive accomplishments, and host The RockíN'Roll Nurse plays Volume 4 of the Radio Tokyo Tapes (showcasing female artistsí recordings) in its entirety along with some choice L7 and SALEM 66 nuggets. Listen to the women rock, fellow music geeks!
Geek (Ema)Nation has its first in-studio guest ever in this epic podcast! Steve from San Francisco's own Subterranean Records drops in to tell stories and spin some of that labelís best and rarest records from the past 34 years. Plus, host The RockíN'Roll Nurse (RNRN) manages to clear up some of his own misconceptions and faulty memories about Subterranean bands like FLIPPER and FRIGHTWIG. Knowledge of the SF '80s music scene will set you free, fellow geeks!
In the 1970s and early 1980s, San Francisco was home to the surprisingly influential Ralph Records label, home to The RESIDENTS, SNAKEFINGER, TUXEDOMOON, YELLO, and a vast array of other difficult and innovative performers and bands. In honor of The RESIDENTSí 40th Anniversary, host The RockíN'Roll Nurse plays the entire Best Of Ralph double-LP compilation and other choice Ralph nuggets from his personal collection. Get seriously art-damaged, fellow geeks!
The 1980s could be a pretty dodgy time for pop/dance music, but the Beggars Banquet label had a lot of the best bands of the era on it, most of which stand the test of time quite well. With the likes of NICO, JOHN CALE, The FALL, LOVE AND ROCKETS and The CULT on the roster, there were some pretty creative sounds being distributed in the UK by BB. One Pound Ninety-Nine was what this comp cost back in the day, and itís a pretty nice sampler of the labelís finest acts circa 1985. Hear the whole LP and other songs by some of the artists represented, with running commentary by host The RockíN'Roll Nurse. Get that Brit on, fellow geeks!
In the early ‚Äô80s, Slash Records was putting out the bands that mattered from the punk/hardcore scene that was picking up steam there, like X, FEAR and the GERMS. But it also was on the cutting edge, pushing bands that might be called ‚Äúroots rock‚ÄĚ now like the BLASTERS and RANK & FILE, and psychedelic/garage bands like the DREAM SYNDICATE, the VIOLENT FEMMES and the GUN CLUB. All these bands are featured on a remarkable compilation record from 1983 entitled Slash: The Early Sessions. Hear this entire LP plus selections from early Slash recordings with running commentary by host The Rock‚ÄôN'Roll Nurse. Get that La-La Land itch, fellow geeks!
The early í80s were a turbulent time politically and musically in the Underground all over the U.S., and the Midwest was not immune to the tumult. In 1981, at a local gay bar that allotted a night to Punk Rock music called Oz, some of Chicagoís most interesting and innovative bands gathered to play to a small but enthusiastic crowd of níer-do-wells, and the result was recorded for posterity as the Busted At Oz LP. Host The RockíN'Roll Nurse plays the entire compilation and then selections from his personal collection of DA, NAKED RAYGUN and EFFIGIES 7″ and 12″ records. Itís historic heartland rebellion, outcast geeks!
In 1980 Berkeley‚Äôs Subterranean Records dropped a live recording that would define San Francisco‚Äôs Underground Post-Punk/Industrial scene and preserve it for history in a way that no other compilation record seems to have done. Live At Target features four fiercely and unrepentantly noisy bands reveling in breaking rules the Punk scene was too timid to attack. Host The Rock‚ÄôN'Roll Nurse plays this remarkable document in its entirety, and then adds early singles by FLIPPER, and 12‚Ä≥s by THE WITCH TRIALS, FRIGHTWIG, and POP-O-PIES, all originally released on Subterranean. Time to break eardrums, fellow geeks!
At the end of the 1980s, New Folk music was sweeping San Francisco, and local label Subterranean Records was there to document it. After putting out dissonance fests by bands like FLIPPER and FRIGHTWIG, the label decided to tone down the noise and pump up the politics with a compilation released in 1990 called Devouring Our Roots. Youíll hear the entirety of this record, featuring local heroes like PENELOPE HOUSTON and The LONGSHOREMEN, and a selection of other Subterranean LPs from the collection of host The RockíN'Roll Nurse. Folk off, music geeks!
Over 40 years ago, the NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND took on a project of immense generational and historical importance. In an effort to bring together three generations of country/folk musicians, they organized recording sessions with aging American music geniuses like MAYBELLE CARTER, ROY ACUFF, DOC WATSON, EARLE SCRUGGS, MERLE TRAVIS and others, recording new and old songs first or second take. The result is breathtaking, friendly, and revelatory on many different levels. Host The RockíN'Roll Nurse plays as much of the 3-LP set as he can fit in a puny 2 hour time slot. Time to get edumacated on yer music history, fellow geeks!
Marty Thau started as a New York recording executive at legendary Buddah Records, then promoted the careers of proto-punk and new wave acts like NEW YORK DOLLS, RAMONES and BLONDIE, and ended up starting a label named Red Star Records, recording and releasing legendary LPs by FLESHTONES, REAL KIDS and SUICIDE. Host RockíN'Roll Nurse plays the Marty Thau Presents 2◊5 compilation in its entirety, and then fave tracks from all the bands listed above. Geek out with some vital music history, hipsters!
A bit over 30 years ago, SF mainstay punk publication MAXIMUM ROCK‚ÄôN'ROLL released a groundbreaking hardcore punk compilation called ‚ÄúNot So Quiet On The Western Front‚ÄĚ featuring offerings by 47 bands from Northern California and Nevada. More than a dusty historical document today, it exists as a memorable blast of energy from an underground scene on the verge of national and international breakout. The Rock‚ÄôN'Roll Nurse plays the 2-LP original album in its entirety, and then adds some fave extras from local heroes ANGST. Skank like a geek, punks!
35 years ago (way back in 1978) a compilation of No Wave bands from NYC quietly made its way into unsuspecting record stores, and the underground music world would never be the same. The LP was called No New York, and was produced and assembled by BRIAN ENO, featuring blistering noisy quasi-pop by the likes of DNA, MARS, the CONTORTIONS and TEENAGE JESUS AND THE JERKS. Though it made a pretty small splash at the time, it has come to be a major work in the No Wave canon, for better or worse. The Rock‚ÄôN'Roll Nurse plays the original LP in its entirety, and spices things up with fave tracks from JAMES WHITE, the CONTORTIONS and LYDIA LUNCH. Hold your ears ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs noise geek heaven!
Yet another of the illustrious labels associated with the Bomp!/Voxx labels, Alive Naturalsound Records has truly brought the vision of Bomp! founder Greg Shaw to the 21st Century. On tonightís episode of Geek (Ema)Nation, your host the RockíN'Roll Nurse plays the faboo comp entitled Never Give Up On Your Hallucinations in its entirety followed by a selection of his fave Alive NS records, including the NERVES, the PLIMSOULS, OUTRAGEOUS CHERRY and many others. Freak out and geek out, baby!
The 1980s brought a resurgence of interest in 1960s Psychedelic/Garage rock that arguably had its epicenter in Los Angeles with the ďPaisley UndergroundĒ. Greg Shaw of Bomp! Records, after success nurturing the Pebbles compilations of obscure 1960s home-grown singles, created Voxx records to document the best of the í80s Garage revival, and created the compilation series Battle Of The Garages to show off the cream of the crop. Geek (Ema)Nation proudly features the second half of Vol. 2 and the entirety of Vol. 3 in the series, along with some bonus songs by host The RockíNíRoll Nurseís faves THE PANDORAS, TRUE WEST and PLASTICLAND!
The 1980s brought a resurgence of interest in 1960s Psychedelic/Garage rock that arguably had its epicenter in Los Angeles with the ďPaisley UndergroundĒ. Greg Shaw of Bomp! Records, after success nurturing the Pebbles compilations of obscure 1960s home-grown singles, created Voxx records to document the best of the í80s Garage revival, and created the compilation series Battle Of The Garages to show off the cream of the crop. Geek (Ema)Nation will proudly feature the first two volumes in the series, along with some bonus songs by host The RockíN'Roll Nurseís faves THE EMBARRASSMENT!
Way down south in Los Angeles, Greg Shaw was a musical visionary from the 1960s to the 2000s whose influence on all kinds of underground musics should not be underestimated. He championed IGGY POP and the FLAMIN‚Äô GROOVIES when no major label would give them the time of day, promoted the ROMANTICS, 20/20, PLIMSOULS and the SHOES before major labels had any idea who they were, and existed on the DIY edge of proto-punk/garage/power pop/indie rock long before it was cool. Tune into the Geek (Ema)Nation podcast to hear The Best Of Bomp! (Volume 1) and much, much more!
In the 1970s and early 1980s Berkleley was home to several great and influential record labels, including Fantasy Records (once home to CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL and SYLVESTER). But more beloved by true believers in power pop and underground rock was the Beserkeley label, started in 1973 by ace manager/producer Matthew King Kaufman. Over the course of the next 11 years Beserkeley was home to national acts like JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS and Bay Area acts GREG KIHN and the RUBINOOS. Go Beserkley with this week's episode of Geek (Ema)Nation -- we dare you!
A breezy compendium of some primo Bay Area Funk/Soul/R&B from way back when. Includes choice cuts by COLD BLOOD, SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, TOWER OF POWER and SYLVESTER among others. Includes some nice early work by NEAL SCHON who would eventually end up in a little ol' SF band named JOURNEY.