Archive for December, 2010

The Bull Pit #84 – Best of 2010

Friday, December 31st, 2010

new yearThe greatest hits of the year starring High School Motherfuckers, Los Bastardos Finlandeses, Sandbox Rebel, 900 Pound Gorilla, The Shotgun Break, Surgeon Marta, Cyanide Pills, The Unsatisfied, Rob Skane, Toilet Boys, Zoe Vette and the Revolvers, The Lusties, Switchblade Justice, Sad Tropics, Tokyo Pop Stars and American Heartbreak.

Get The Lusties “Soldier Boy” track here, and here’s a link to the Spirit Bear Comp I mention on the show.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Bull Pit skull logo by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com). Music provided, in part, by MusicAlley from MEVIO.

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The Spirit Bear Rebellion

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Spirit Bear RebellionYesterday evening there was an envelope waiting for me on the dining room table from BeatnikPressDigital. I knew it contained the brand new Spirit Bear Rebellion CD that Bull Lee contributed a song to earlier this month (it’s called “I Can’t Love You After 8” and was premiered on Episode 82 of The Bull Pit Podcast where I also interviewed our guest vocalist Edie Lustie who performed on the song).

Bull Lee has been on a handful of compilations and most of them suck pretty bad. I put the thing on today while driving in the rain to work with low expectations as usual, and I must say, I’m very pleasantly surprised.  I like every song out of the nine I’ve heard so far.

Bands on the disc are Zoe Vette and The Revolvers, John Sinclair & His International Blues Scholars, FIREBRANDS, Grown Up Avenger Stuff, Nervous Nellie, Fontaine, Non-Divine, Mikiruka, Grey Revell, Steve Rich and a mystery track.

All profits from the comp go to the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition who is working hard to save the Spirit Bear, “a genetically unique subspecies of the black bear unique only to Canada’s west coast – numbers fewer than 400, possibly fewer than 200.” The bear “plays a critical role, because of its color, within the nutrient cycle that upholds one of the largest land carbon sinks in the world.”

You may think that saving this rare white bear (not a polar bear) isn’t the most pressing issue facing our world today, but there is more to it. The organization has aspirations to “create a new paradigm between ecology and economics that will meet everyone’s bottom line.” I like that kind of thinking because if improving life on this doomed planet can prove to be profitable to those who have the real power to make a difference, perhaps we aren’t so doomed after all. 

So kudos to Lee Estes from BeatnikPressDigital, Zoe and all the other artists who helped put this thing together (and special thanks to Edie for layin down one of the sexiest rock vocals I’ve ever heard).

Get your copy of the Spirit Bear Rebellion CD here for only $4.99!

The Bull Pit #83 – A Very Kranken Kristmas

Friday, December 24th, 2010

mrpantsA General Kranken Haus Christmas Special for you all. Happy Holidays from John DissedBull Lee Media, Kranken Welpen Presents, Poppy Bush AND his crippled bitch!

GKH is a brand new comic variety soap opera featuring gypsy punk rock legends Kranken Welpen and the band The Goodys – two very different bands having to live together for their punishment, and our amusement. 

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Bull Pit skull logo by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com).
 
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Naïve Medley: This Must Be The Coverville Tribute to the Talking Heads

Monday, December 20th, 2010

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Here is another brand new covers tribute I recorded a song for. The Talking Heads, according to Brian Ibbott of the Coverville podcast (who commissioned all the songs from independent artists) is a band who ”sadly, has never had an official tribute album”.

My choice was a version of “This Must be the Place (Naïve Melody)“. I picked the song because my friend BC has always talked about it being one of his favorites. After spending a few days internalizing it while recording my version, I agree that it’s probably the best Talking Heads song I’ve heard. It was a lot of fun to do, and a challenge as the song really doesn’t have a chord progression.

Here’s a quote about the lyrics by David Byrne: 

“That’s a love song made up almost completely of non sequiturs, phrases that may have a strong emotional resonance but don’t have any narrative qualities. It’s a real honest kind of love song. I don’t think I’ve ever done a real love song before. Mine always had a sort of reservation, or a twist. I tried to write one that wasn’t corny, that didn’t sound stupid or lame the way many do. I think I succeeded; I was pretty happy with that.”

Thanks to Brian Ibbott for letting me be a part of tribute album history by contributing to the world’s very first Talking Heads tribute album!

Download individual tracks or the entire album for free here at the Coverville website. And if you are a fan of covers, definitely check out the Coverville Podcast.

Conceptual Continuity: A Cover Freak Tribute To Frank Zappa

Monday, December 20th, 2010

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Tomorrow is Frank Zappa’s 70th birthday. Steve, who runs a covers blog out of Chicago called Cover Freak, commissioned covers from independent artists and put together a tribute to Zappa called Conceptual Continuity.

My contribution to the project is an acoustic version of “Dirty Love”. The original was on Zappa’s 1973 Over-Nite Sensation album. The following is from a review of the album on AllMusic.com.

While the music is some of Zappa‘s most accessible, the apparent callousness and/or stunning sexual explicitness of “Camarillo Brillo,” “Dirty Love,” and especially “Dinah-Moe Humm” leave him on shaky aesthetic ground. Zappa often protested that the charges of misogyny leveled at such material missed out on the implicit satire of male stupidity, and also confirmed intellectuals’ self-conscious reticence about indulging in dumb fun…

I had the help of two great musicians; bassist/percussionist, Hector Feirreiro (who helped me produce the track as well as play bass and percussion), and singer, Myra Washington (who provided some extremely hot background vocals).

Download individual songs, or the entire comp for free at the Cover Freak blog here.

Beyond the Bull #5

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Once a month, my friend Jeremiah, from the One Step Beyond podcast, and I record an hour or so conversation about music, film, current events or whatever happens to come up. This month we continue last month’s discussion about our early musical obsessions.

Check it out on iTunes here, or at OSBRadio.blogspot.com.

The Bull Pit #82 – I Can’t Love You After 8

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

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I premiere a brand new Bull Lee single called “I Can’t Love You After 8″, reveal our very special guest singer on the song and interview her. I also play a few songs from her awesome band.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Bull Pit skull logo by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com).

 
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The Bull Pit #81 – Purple Bubble Boogie

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

PurpleMediumBubbleMusic by The Unsatisfied, Straight Outta Junior High, American Heartbreak, Sparkling Bombs, Mutant Press, Answer for Everything and Thee Spivs.

Also, Episode 8 of General Kranken Haus, “Moose and Squirrel”. GKH is a brand new comic variety soap opera featuring gypsy punk rock legends Kranken Welpen and the band The Goodys – two very different bands having to live together for their punishment, and our amusement.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Bull Pit skull logo by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com). Music provided, in part, by MusicAlley from MEVIO.

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The Bull Pit #80 – These Boots Are Gonna Come All Over You

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

BootsFeaturing music by Ginger, Lucifer Star Machine, The Shotgun Break, The Bloody Muffs, Patty Hurst Shifter, The Fast Takers, Unquiet Nights and Switchblade Justice.

Also, Episode 7 of General Kranken Haus, “Boot Polish”. GKH is a brand new comic variety soap opera featuring gypsy punk rock legends Kranken Welpen, and the band The Goodys – two very different bands having to live together for their punishment, and our amusement.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Bull Pit skull logo by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com). Music provided, in part, by MusicAlley from MEVIO.

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