SAN DIMAS OASIS – COOLRUNNINGS
Hole In My Head – Box Elder
Jesus – Dom
Strange Love – Sonny & the Sunsets
Causers Of This – Toro Y Moi
Surfin – Memory Cassette
Jacuzzi Limo Explosion – Rayon Beach
Creepy Crawlin’ – The Boo Jays
7 and 7 is – Charlie and the Moonhearts
OMC – Apache
Teardrops on My Telephone – Hunx and His Punx
My Favourite Shoes – Comanechi
Konchiwa Tokyo – Hang On The Box
Kill The Teacher – The Creteens
Nazi Gold – Grand Trine
Love Burns – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Weight Of The World – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
River Styx – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Kiss Kiss Kiss – The Dirtbombs
Witch Girl From The North – Haunted George
Summertime – Die Zorros
I Found A Peanut – Kid Congo And The Pink Monkey Birds
Voices Green and Purple – The Bees
Castiatic Tackle – Thee Oh Sees
Suburbia Suburbia – The Furys
Safe Home – Danger Beach
Red Light Love – Those Darlins
The Fiery Tears of St. Laurent – King Kahn & Pat Meteor
Never Give You Up – The Black Keys
Towards The Sun – Sri Aurobindo
Aly, Walk With Me – The Raveonettes
Surfin’ USA (Summer Mix) – The Jesus & Mary Chain
Case Race – Mean Jeans
Cricket Scores (Memory Tapes Remix) – Boy 8-Bit
Slow Motion – Panda Bear
Vaudeville Villain – Viktor Vaughn
The Winter Song – The Hard-Hearted Heartbreakers
Tune in next week, I’ll play a bunch of witch-house and be trendy ‘n shit
Firstly, apologies for the lack of updates recently. I’ve been very busy/lazy. There will definitely be a show tomorrow night at 7pm right here and more frequent posts. Also, I’ve been thinking of compiling a mix of the best Lost Classics tracks for download, drop us a comment and let us know what you think.
I first heard of Father Yod and his cult-collective Ya Ho Wa 13 when reading about the late Sky Saxon (The Seeds) and was intrigued by the story of the religious cult/psychedelic band. Formed by Father Yod (health food store owner and leader of the Source Family cult/commune) in Los Angeles in 1973 they released 9 self-pressed LPs of varying quality until Yod’s death following a hang-gliding accident (yes, really) in Hawaii in 1975. It was rumored that up to 65 full albums were recorded, but much of these were likely nothing more than jam sessions that were never pressed.
Included in this flurry of recording was 1974’s Savage Sons Of Ya Ho Wa, in my opinion one of the best psychedelic garage rock albums ever, “lost” or not. Taped before morning prayer sessions between 3-5am, Father Yod himself did not appear on the album, not necessarily a bad thing considering the albums I have heard his distinctive grunt on, instead ceding the microphone to someone who clearly enjoys Neil Young and another with a very Captain Beefheart-esque delivery. The band, also influenced by Neil Young conjured up some of the spookiest sounding garage rock I’ve ever heard, it really is quite a trip.
Somewhere between 500-1000 copies of Savage Sons were pressed, making it very difficult to track down. A Sky Saxon helmed box-set was released in 1999, but even that is next to impossible to find. Luckily, we live in the internet age. Here are some sample tracks:
Detroit’s death never got to put out an album during the brief time in the early 70s they were actually together, but For The Whole World To See is a fairly good approximation of what one would have sounded like.
David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney were three African-American brother who started out playing funk and soul, but eventually got turned on to the local sounds of Iggy and the Stooges and The MC5 and added a proto-punk string to their bow. Changing their name from Rock Fire Funk Express (which is an awesome name by the way) to Death they starting writing politically charged rock and roll, catching the attention of Columbia Records’ Clive Davis. Soon after Davis met the band he began to pressure them to change their name before he would sign them, but in a display of true punk spirit they flatly refused and Columbia Records lost interest in the trio.
Unfortunately for the band and music fans there weren’t any other labels interested in putting out music by three black brothers making political statements via punk rock under such an uncompromising moniker and they only managed to put out one self-released single in 1976, breaking up soon after. Finally, over thirty years after the fact, Drag City had the good sense to put out Death’s seven song catalogue on a compilation, For The Whole World To See. Below are some samples from the record…
Everyone knows The Clean, at least I think most people who’ve ever tuned into This Is Hardcore are aware of them, but far less people know their short-lived side-project The Great Unwashed. After The Clean broke up in 1982, the Kilgour brothers kept writing music as The Great Unwashed. The resulting sound didn’t stray terribly far from the familiar Flying Nun template, rather a more lo-fi and experimental set of songs were produced, becoming Clean Out Of Our Minds (yes, they evidently enjoyed puns). Sadly the project only lasted until 1984 before they broke up the band, again. Anyway, Clean Out Of Our Minds would probably be a lot more well known had it been released under the Clean moniker, but as it stands it’s a little known gem. If you see it, buy it.
Last night I did the show by myself, so the witty banter was non-existent, there wasn’t even a sports report. Thus it doesn’t really matter that the show wasn’t recorded and you are podcast-less for the week. Here’s the playlist in case you listened, enjoyed a song and then didn’t catch what it was.