The Better Half: Basementcast #16


Photo from Bob Carlos Clarke/Rex USA/Everett Collection

It’s been a while since the last one of these hit the internet. The Q1U has been burried under a stack of a records for the last few months. I was cleaning the basement the other day and uncovered it. Inspiration hit and a list of songs was assembled with an initial unintended musical slant . A little rejiggering, and it became an ode to the female of the species and my favorite basementcast yet. See what you think.

download: basementcast #16 (~165 Mb)

Las Kellies – Prince In Blue  from Kellies (Fire)
ESG – It’s Alright  from Come away with ESG (Soul Jazz)
No Joy – Indigo Child (Stereolab Remix) from Ghost Blonde (Mexican Summer)

Red Sleeping Beauty – The Trumpet Song from  Singles (Siesta)
The Chiffons – He’s So Fine  from Sweet Talkin’ Girls – The Best Of The Chiffons (EMI)
Laetitia Sadier – By the Sea  from The Trip (Drag City)

Wax Idols  – All Too Human (Hozac 7″)
Mocket – Bionic Parts  from Bionic Parts (Punk In My Vitamins)
Soul Swingers – Brighter Tomorrow  from Wheedle’s Groove – Seattle’s Finest in Funk & Soul 1965-75 (Light In the Attic)
P.S. Eliot – Sadie  from Sadie (Salinas)

Calligraphers – Let The Eyes Talk (Bandcamp)
Help Stamp Out Loneliness – Angelyne from Help Stamp Out Loneliness  (WIAIWYA)
Seapony – Always from Go With Me  (Hardly Art)

Xeno & Oaklander – Sentinelle from Sentinelle (Wierd)
Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking  from Uptown Top Ranking (Frontline)
Amor De Dias – Bunhill Fields from  Street Of The Love Of Days (Merge)

Times New Viking – Fuck Her Tears  from Dancer Equired (Merge)
Molly O’Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks – Poor Ellen Smith  from Columbia Country Classics Volume 1: The Golden Age (Columbia)
Dreamdate – Pyramids from Melody Walk (Tic Tac Totally)

Kids On A Crime Spree – Trumpets of Death  from We Love You So Bad (Slumberland)
Bake Sale – Meanwhile  from As Predicted 7″ (Grand Palace Records)
The Louche F.C. – Back Bedroom Casualty  (Sways 7″)

Posse – Sarah (Self-released)
Eleventh Dream Day – You Know What It Is from Lived To Tell  (Atlantic)

Saint Etienne – Kiss and Make Up from  Foxbase Alpha (Warner)
Cat’s Eyes – The Best Person I Know  from Cat’s Eyes  (Downtown)

Thee Oh Sees – I Won’t Hurt You from  Castlemania (In the Red)

Rock n’ Roll Pest Control: Basementcast #15

Basementcast number fifteen was designed specifically to stamp out pests.  Be it the criter kind or the pesky rock n’ roll kind.  Oh, you know the type.  That song you accidentally hear down the hall, in the Gap or in your mom’s car that you can’t get out of your head.  You keep singing the chorus and then form a quizical look on your face that says why in the hell did I just sing that?  This baemenctcast was specifically desingned to erradicate those nuisance songs from your brain and fill it with ‘worthy’ songs to belt out at the stop light, in line at the coffee shop or any old place.

download: basementcast #15 (~175 Mb)

Tracklist:
Arabesque – Orchestre de studio from Apres Ski
Continental – Jonny from Candyfloss

Best Album – Vic Godard & The Subway Sect from We Come As Aliens
Landlocked – BOAT from Dress Like Your Idols
That’s Your Red Wagon – Anita O’Day/Cal Tjader from Time For Two

Speed Queen – Les Molies from Kumcat
A Hundred Days Of Snow – The Little Penguins from Shapes And Shadows
Unusual Sounds – The Sneetches from  Sometimes That’s All We Have

Springstung – Sweet Bulbs from Sweet Bulbs
So High – Ringo Deathstarr from Colour Trip
Fanci Pantz – Cotton Candy from Top-Notch & First-Rate

Get Away – Yuck from Yuck
U.F.O. – Jim Sullivan from U.F.O.
Drive Me To The Park – The Embarrassment from Heyday 1979-83

Shari Vari – The Dirtbombs from Party Store
Wanderlust – Chrisma from Chinese Restaurant
The Cuban – Honeydrum from Honeydrum

Nectar – Still from Nectar
Cameo – Boomgates from Bright Idea 7-inch
Golden Lights – Twinkle from Golden Lights

Should Be Gone – The Feelies from Here Before
Sur Ton Répondeur – Notre Dame from Chansons Françaises
Stiff Joints – Yuni In Taxco from Sanpaku

Go! – Mind Spiders from Mind Spiders
The Helicopter Spies – Swell Maps from Jane From Occupied Europe
Cement Surfboard – Sic Alps from Napa Asylum

Oh, The Divorces! – Tracey Thorn from Love And Its Opposite

Talking Turkey: Basementcast #14

You may or may not know that Ben Franklin thought that the national bird should have been the wild turkey. He thought the bald eagle to be of questionable moral character and that it was lazy since it scavenged and stole food from other birds. Wild turkey’s on the other hand, he thought were a much more respectable bird, maybe a little vain and goofy, but they were courageous. Maybe if not for the unfortunate name, its connotations, and the fact that they taste pretty good, there might have been a different bird adorning our money. Of course then what would have everyone eaten at Thanksgiving? Desert of course. Basementcast #14 hopefully will be on your menu this week, it may not be as good as grandma’s pumpkin pie, but it certainly is as good as fruit cake.

download: basementcast #14 (~169Mb)

Right Side Of My Brain – Veronica Falls

Prison Mind – Idle Times from Idle Times
Ida Red – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys from Tiffany Transcriptions, Vol. 2
Whole Wide World – Wreckless Eric from Greatest Stiffs

Vancouver B.C. – Orca Team from Let It Go
No Oil – Surf Friends from Confusion
Monongah, WV – Weekend from Sports
New York Mining Disaster 1941 – Bee Gees from Bee Gees’ 1st

West of La Brea – The Tartans from West of La Brea Single
Nice Guy – Max Eider from Disaffection
Ballad Of A Bus Stop – Cinema Red And Blue from Cinema Red And Blue
Face It – Ed Robinson from What It Is! Funky Soul and Rarities

Hit It Off – Kellies from Kellies
Orchard Girls – Calories from Basic Nature
Hanging From Above – Figurines from Figurines

Northern Islands – Blank Dogs from Land and Fixed
Audio Video – Detachments from Detachments

Summer Of Love – The Fresh & Onlys from Play It Strange
Straight Shooter – The Mamas & The Papas from Gold
Can’t Explain – Spells from The Age of Backwards

Everso – The Telescopes from Everso
Heedless – No Joy from Ghost Blonde
Deli Dream – Sourpatch from Mira Mija EP

Peppermint – Spectrals from Extended Play
Mexico – The Soft Pack from The Soft Pack

Té-lé-phone – Katerine from Philippe Katerine
Don’t Talk To Strangers – Prinzhorn Dance School from Prinzhorn Dance School

You Look Ready – The Zebras from Worry a Lot
Block of Wood – Vomit Launch from Teenbeat 50

Number 13 Baby: Basementcast #13


photo from JamieSanford’s Photostream.

As luck would have it, here is basementcast number 13 on the 13th day of September. Not a dreaded Friday the 13th but a Monday the 13th which, it seems to me, is a lot worse than a Friday the 13th. After all, you have two days to make things right after a Friday of bad luck. On a Monday the 13th you need all the help you can get. That’s where the basementcast comes in. Think of it as your lucky rabbit’s foot. Put it on your mp3 player and it will help you avoid black cats, hats on the bed, walking under ladders and a multitude of other crazy stuff that could happen to you on this day. Plus you will have saved a rabbit from having to hop around with only three legs.

download: basementcast #13 (~182 Mb)

Stupid Kids – Christmas from Ultraprophets Of Thee Psykick Revolution
I Don’t Wanna Be Around You – Sugar Stems from Sweet Sounds of the Sugar Stems

One Million Year Trip – Laetitia Sadier from The Trip
Daylight – Robert Scott from Ends Run Together
Bury My Head In My Hands – Orange Juice from The Orange Juice

Let’s Fall In Love – Sea Lions from Yay! 12″
Dreaming – Seapony from Seapony
Anorak City – Another Sunny Day from London Weekend
Anorak City – Fucked Up from Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009

Pogo – Eternal Summers from Silver
Sunlight – Swimsuit from Life Like Demo

Disco Rough – Mathematiques Modernes from Les Visiteurs Du Soir
Make It Better – The Knocks from Make It Better 7″
Throwing Shade – Abe Vigoda from Crush

Gone To Sea – A Classic Education from Hey There Stranger
Cathy Dennis – June & The Exit Wounds from Little More Haven Hamilton, Please
Life is Good When Cinematic – Talbot Adams from Weekend 7″

Estate Sales – Intelligence from  Males
Mini, Mini, Mini – Jacques Dutronc from Jacques Dutronc
Twist – Tones On Tail from Night Music

Stiff Little Fingers – The Vibrators from Pure Mania
Stiff Little Fingers – Dum Dum Girls from  Stiff Little Fingers 7″
30 Century Man – Scott Walker from Scott 3
Ice Melts Around My Battery – Number One Cup from People People Why Are We Fighting

Candy – Frankie Rose And The Outs from Frankie Rose And The Outs
The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game – The Marvelettes from Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection
Toutes Les Nuits – Les Calamités from C’est Complet

A Salty Sea – Scraps from  Dirty Knobby 7″
Ego Psycho – Les Bellas from Belladelic
Going Down to Liverpool – The Bangles from All Over the Place

Coastering: Basementcast #12


photo from Vintage Seattle

The coaster enthusiast in you will delight in the latest edition of the basementcast. It is built of wood, rickety, jarring and a guaranteed thrill ride that feels like it’s just about ready to fall apart. No need to go to your nearest amusement park, pay $50 for admission, $10 for a hot dog and wait in line for every ride.  Just hit play and experience the heartburn of the hot dog and the stomach churning of the roller coaster. It won’t cost you a thing, only your valuable time.

download: basementcast #12 (~178 MB)

Crack Habit – Summer Babes from Babe Summer EP

Golden Town – Super Wild Horses from Fifteen
Halve – Beaches from In a While 7″

Police Lights – The Cute Lepers from Smart Accessories
Chapel Market – Animals That Swim from Faded Glamour: The Best Of Animals That Swim

Shadow – Grass Widow from Past Time
Total Life Forever – Foals from Total Life Forever

Our Composition Book – Wild Nothing from Gemini
On The Beach (The Ladder Descends) – Nick Nicely from Psychotropia
Nova Mars – DiMaggio from Di Maggio

Passion For Water – Liechtenstein from Passion For Water 7″
Speed Reaction – Spirea X from Fireblade Skies
Coconut Shampoo – Neverever from Angelic Swells

Seeking Love – Bare Wires from Seeking Love
The Thresher – Abner Jay from The Original Folk Song Style of Abner Jay
The Big Stick – Minutemen from 3-Way Tie (For Last)

Doin’ Me In – Jason Falkner from All Quiet On The Noise Floor
Meds – Stephanie from Stephanie
Gotta Get The First Plane Home – The Kinks from The Kink Kontroversy

Not Exactly D.L.E.R.C. – Cud from Leggy Mambo
At The Indie Disco – The Divine Comedy from Bang Goes The Knighthood
Mr. Tinker – Harry Nilsson from Aerial Ballet

Crazy For You – Best Coast from Crazy For You
Tracks Of My Tears – Aretha Franklin from Soul ’69

Forever After – The Young Sinclairs from Chimeys
It’s About Time  – The Pandoras from Children Of Nuggets

Gay Human Bones – Harlem from Hippies

The Friskiest One Yet: Basementcast #11


photo from Vintage Seattle

I tell ya.  Let the sun come out in Seattle this time of year and people go nuts.  The clouds cracked open this afternoon and people came out of the woodwork, stripping off clothes and soaking up the sunshine like they might never see it again.  And they might not, at least not until July.  While the rest of the northern hemisphere is springing into summer we in the PNW are left waiting.  Something just as unpredictable as the exact start date of summer around here, is when the next basementcast will appear.  Well, here is my attempt to taunt mother nature.  A new basementcast, and none to soon.  Filled with songs to conjure the next season along, a grill, a cooler, some flip-flops and even a sun hat.  I even threw in a sun lamp just in case.

download: basementcast #11 (~ 180 Mb)

Cool – Splinters from Kick
California Sun – The Rivieras from Let’s Have a Party
Sunshine/Pretty Girls – Unnatural Helpers from Cracked Love & Other Drugs

Summertime – Fun Boy Three from  The Best of Fun Boy Three
You Didn’t Love Me – Seinking Ships from Museum Quality Capture
Able To –  Eternal Summers from Eternal Summers 10″

Action Time Vision – Alternative TV from I.R.S. GREATEST HITS VOLS. 2 & 3
Reduction Strategies – Les Cox Sportifs from  Scheiss mit Reis
I Can Be a Jerk – Eddy Current Suppression Ring from Rush to Relax

Meet Me In The City – The Babies from Make a Mess 7″
I Wanna Be Degraded – Colleen Green from  ..Milo Goes to Compton Cassette
Dear John – Nice from Nice

Numbers – Timo Räisänen from The Anatomy Of Timo Räisänen
Butterfly Sun-Kissed – Holland from  I Blow Up

Jimmy Had A Polaroid – Math and Physics Club from I Shouldn’t Look As Good As I Do
Summershine – The Sea Urchins from Stardust

I Want To Be Around – No Kids from  Judy At The Grove
Lying Around – Magic Bullets from Magic Bullets
The Best Things In Life – The Silver Seas from Chateau Revenge

Funeral Song – Minks from Captured Tracks 7″
Sweet Girl – Ringo Deathstarr from Sparkler

Je Ne Suis Pas Trés Drogue – The Liminanas from Trouble In Mind 7″
C’est Bon – Adele from Swinging Mademoiselles Deux
Beige Turtleneck – Peter Thomas from Moonflowers & Mini-Skirts

Never Never Know – Cave Weddings from  Bachelor 7″
Mama Said – The Shirelles from Anthology: 1959-1964
Lily Never Married – The Mantles from upcoming Mexican Summer 12″

Bastard – Babybird from Ex-Maniac

Sniffling, Sneezing, & Stuffy-head: Basementcast #10


Photo from Preshaa

Spring, the time for allergies and procreating.  The clocks have been changed and the days are getting longer, at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and everything is in bloom.  For those of us with inferior genes, that means sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose.  The only thing to do is hermetically seal yourself somewhere and wait for it to pass.  While you’re in your bubble, have a listen to the new basement cast why don’t you?

download: basementcast #10 (~178Mb)

Pretend We Never Met – Moose from High Ball Me
I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am – Merle Haggard from Capitol Collector’s Series
Going To Bed – Craig Ramsey from Parting Gift For A Party Girl

Pull Out – The Soft Pack from The Soft Pack
Friendly Ghost- Harlem from Hippies

Me And Jane Doe – Charlotte Gainsbourg from IRM
Cold Game – Myron and E with The Soul Investigators from Cold Game 7″

I Just Want To See Your Face – Serena-Maneesh from S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor
Cake – Race Horses from Goodbye Falkenberg
My White Bicycle – Tomorrow from Tomorrow

Summer Holiday – Wild Nothing from Gemini 7″
Oh Suzanne – French Kissing from Oh Suzanne 7″

LA Bicyclette – Yves Montand from La Bicyclette
Ex-Boyfriend Beat from Skinned Teen from Bazooka Smooth
Parties – Puberty from a demo

Cigarettes – Butts from Butts
Dagoba System – Wounded Lion from Wounded Lion
Bamboo Floor – John Cale from The Island Years

Neon Noose – Golden Triangle from Double Jointer
By His Word – Holmes Sisters from Fire In My Bones
Famous Gunshots – The Lights from Failed Graves

Those Days, Those Nights – The NotesHoliday single
Christine – Siouxsie & The Banshees from Kaleidoscope
Ginger – Twin Sister from Vampires with Dreaming Kids

s.h.o.p.p.i.n.g. – Art Museums from Woodsist 7″ single
Almost Prayed – The Weather Prophets from Creation Soup Volume Three

Vuitton (Twisted Wires Mix) – Balaclavas from Roman Holiday