Been a while since I've shown my face around here. Be assured, it's because I've been hard at work plotting out the details of WFMU's next concert in the Free Music Series, and establishing the equally sinister details of my last regularly scheduled radio show this Monday night at 8 PM. Yep, I'm sitting out for the new schedule to re-charge my batteries, but the Anti Static podcast will soldier on, and I expect to hear you all grumbling "Not this asshole again..." as soon as you hear me filling in for your favorite WFMU DJ.
Anyway, I didn't come here to talk about myself, I came here to show off some music that I like, since I won't be doing that quite so regularly for the next 9 months. To wit, here's four videos by artists that have nothing to do with one another aside from me liking them a whole lot.
Starting at the top left:
1. A Gun Called Tension performing the song "Gold Fronts". Perfect mix of ringing guitars and most other things I often find myself liking about music. They have another track called "There is a War" [Real Audio] that I also like a whole lot, and their overall presence suggests an equal dedication to the big rock and mix unt scratch realms. Don't let me even hear you think the term "rap metal".
2. Tav Falco & the Amazing Panther Burns as featured in some French documentary. The sad fact that this legendary roots & twang ensemble are not more revered by the modern garage crowd is one of the six greatest crimes in music of the last 250,000 years. Between the live footage and the French subtitles, the uber-cool Tav Falco cruises around town with the lovely Lorette Velvette and explains his vision. Here's a listen link to hear the band perform "Red Headed Woman" [Real Audio] from their very first live show in 1979.
3. The Pain Teens quickly scare away the light-hearted and manage to deeply disturb everyone else with their college radio "hit" from the "Born in Blood" album. I've never been to Texas, but I've long contended that any place that could produce both George W. Bush and bands like the Pain Teens must have had something terrible happen to it when it was young. Years later, the band put out another record called "Destroy Me, Lover" which nobody else seemed to like besides me. Take a listen to the song "RU 486?" to compare and contrast. [Real Audio]
4. Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys. Just because that Pain Teens video was sooo creepy, I feel like I need to lighten the mood, and who better to do it than the king of Country/Swing?