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Sweet Love - Motor

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Sweet Love - Motor

Pouring out both melodic and atmospheric guitar riffs over driving bass and tight drum work, Sweet Love is fuzz-rock that will put you on a bus back to the days of grunge and beyond. The band's debut album "Motor" is a tightly packed 35 minutes of heavy rock and roll with soulful lyrics culminating in head-banging hits. This is limited to 125 silkscreened copies. Digital downloads and streaming are available here and the compact disc is available at the label webpage.
Captain Beefheart, Material, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Hot Snakes, Cibo Matto

Acid Punks has Cibo Matto 12-31-96
I Don't Care About Sleep has Material's Improvised Music New York 1981
Shint Grey Monotone has Hot Snakes 8-12-02
Isles of Noises has Captain Beefheart's Mirror Man sessions 1967
Captains Dead has Neil Young and Crazy Horse 6-2-87

Bob Kendall - Midnight Flower

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Bob Kendall - Midnight Flower

It's been a decade since Bob Kendall released his debut solo record "Enough is Enough" on his own Kentone Records label. The founding member of the bands Lifeboat, The Blood Oranges, The Brothers Kendall, and The Labor Pool has finally let go of this collection of songs written, self-produced and recorded in his backyard shed. The title track, "Midnight Flower" features vocals by Tanya Donelly. (Belly, Throwing Muses, The Breeders) "Donelly adds a certain visceral, seventh sense - and conjures up weary-wise tones of Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris" (Influenza). Muses drummer, David Narcizo, once again provides his trademark style of hypnotic rhythms throughout the record. Kendall's songs have been described as "telling tales of recrimination and self-deception". Song styles and influences are reminiscent of Jeff Tweedy, Teenage Fan Club, Tom Petty, Ian Hunter, The Velvet Underground and Gram Parsons. Mixed and fixed by Kraig Jordan and mastered by Pete Weiss at Verdant Studios. Check out the Bob Kendall facebook page, download the track Ready Still, and pick up a copy of the cd at the label webpage.

The Best Show on WFMU podcast

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Tom Scharpling - The Best Show on WFMU

The long running Best Show on WFMU (They recently celebrated their 500th episode) is a slow burner that pays off once you get to know all the reoccurring characters and guests. Host Tom Scharpling is an indie rock fan boy veteran, who ended up producing the tv show 'Monk' for a number of years and also recently directing music videos for bands like the New Pornographers. The man has amazing friends, whether it's Ted Leo, Paul F. Tompkins, Julie Klausner, John Hodgeman, or any number of the regular callers he gives the ol' "Heave-ho" to once he is tired of them. Musician Jon Wurster gets to flex his comedic muscles, calling in almost every show under a variety of guises and characters that always end up blowing themselves up or getting murdered by a woman named Sheila Larson. Whether he is threatening to make every show his last, battling AP Mike, or drinking Four Loco until he is literally curled up in a ball under the board, he is always obsessed with indie rock, Paul McCartney, and GG Allin. Scharpling knows his music history and if you decide to call in, you better make sure you have your facts straight.

Updated: Live on Tuesday 9pm-12am EST Every week, downloadable every Friday
Guests: Frequently
Twitter: @scharpling
Deep Purple, Squirrel Bait, Johnny Thunders, Straitjacket Fits, The Jam

Big O has Deep Purple 6-29-73
Noise Addiction has Squirrel Bait demos and live 1983-86
Nuzz Prowlin Wolf has Johnny Thunders 10-5-90
Wilfully Obscure has Straitjacket Fits 10-21-89
Great White Wonders has The Jam 11-30-80
Bottomless Pit - Lottery 2005-2012

Comedy Minus One has released the Bottomless Pit compilation "Lottery 2005-2012". This double cd gathers everything that band has released so far, plus two brand new songs and a new "fast" version of the track 'Winterwind'. This is an import cd from Japan, but the label has limited physical quantities available. There is also a digital download available through Amazon, which collects only the three unreleased tracks.

Sklarbro Country podcast

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Sklar Brothers - Sklarbro Country podcast

The Sklar twins, Randy and Jason, should be well known to sports fans due to their long lost classic ESPN's Cheap Seats and their latest show 'United Stats of America' . Their sports comedy podcast is like no other, as they concentrate on criminal acts and cheating by athletes from all over the world (find the "poop glove" episode for proof). Every show ends with a fake guest segment thanks to their friends in the comedy world with amazing voice impersonation skills. It might be Bruce Jenner calling from under his house hiding from his wife or Tim Gunn talking about his love for MMA fighting. They also have a healthy fixation on indie rock and play parts of songs as they come and go out of each segment - there's also the chance of an in-studio performance.

Updated: About three times per month
Running Time: 90 minutes
Guests: Every show
Twitter: @SklarBrothers
Part of the Earwolf network
Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt, Shellac, Pavement, Bob Dylan and the Band, The Birthday Party

NYC Taper has Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt 6-20-12
Shiny Grey Monotone has Shellac 12-2-04
Captains Dead has Pavement 10-14-99
Doom and Gloom From The Tomb has Bob Dylan and the Band 1-14-74
I Don't Care About Sleep has The Birthday Party live 1981-82
Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast

Even though he lives on the west coast now, every word out of Burr's mouth reflects his upbringing in the bitter cold of Boston. If there's one thing Burr may always be known for, it's heroically taking on a hostile Philadelphia audience and handing them their heads before walking off to a standing ovation. Whether he's explaining his distaste for alt-comics for cherry picking their audiences or getting shushed in the middle of the show by security while recording in a hotel room on the road, there's no production values and very rarely any guests - just one man, one microphone, and one dog. The show catches his fans up on his past week and dishes out advice to fans in predicaments, an underrated/overrated list, recommended youtube videos, before ending with his signature sign-off "Go fuck yourselves."

Updated: Weekly
Running Time: 60 minutes
Guests: Rarely
Twitter: @billburr

Taking the holiday off from posting any music links this week. In addition to all the music we listen to, we get to hear so many different podcasts that we have decided to review a dozen free podcasts we listen to regularly. Bill Burr will be the first one up on Monday.

Mission of Burma - Unsound

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Mission of Burma - Unsound (Fire Records)

After 33 years, any band could be forgiven for easing up a little, but Mission of Burma refuses to take that ticket. Their vital skronk remains potent as ever, and they've added new elements with moments of horns, some almost-funky wah spaz-outs, and some new aggressive fuzz on Roger Miller's guitar. But frankly, that's all icing. If you don't know how good MoB is by now, you just don't deserve this album.

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