(November 17, 2017): Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians – Another Bubble

From the 1985 album, Fegmania! Hitchcock’s first outing with The Egyptians (with former Soft Boys Andy Metcalfe and Morris Windsor). A psychedelic throw back at a time of psychedelic throwbacks.


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(November 16, 2017): Joy Division – Warsaw

From the band’s debut 1978 EP, An Ideal For Living. The song title comes from the name that the band used immediately prior to adopting Joy Division. Indeed, the name was still in use during the recording sessions for this EP.

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(November 11, 2017): John McCormack – There’s A Long, Long Trail

From the 1917 single side 78 rpm, There’s A Long, Long Trail.  A WWI staple for this old Armistice Day.  Stoddard King and Alonzo Elliott, both seniors at Yale, wrote the tune in 1913. Note the price on the lable for this single song, “Price $1”.  A hundred years later, the standard digital price is a penny less – for just the music alone. Without a physical artefact, it remains to be seen if they will survive a Century.

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(Nov. 11, 2017): Pussy Riot – Police State

From the 2017 Youtube release, Police State. A bit ironic that this finds its initial broadcast through a privacy shredding vehicle like Alphabet (Google’s parent). Still, the band nicely brings Trump and Putin into the same frame. As recounted in the New York Times:

Only one member of Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, is clearly identifiable in the video. She said in a telephone interview from Berlin on Thursday that other members of the group needed to remain anonymous for their protection.

Ms. Tolokonnikova said she hoped the video would highlight “how difficult and dangerous it is for political activists to spread new information.” She added, “We’ve been attacked several times and people around us have been attacked and even killed — killed just because of political participation.”

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(November 3, 2017): PP Arnold – Medicated Goo

From the 2017 album, The Turning Tide. A fantastic outing.  This Traffic cover, has a list of guests that could have appeared on Arnold’s two 1968 long players – Eric Clapton, Carl Raddle, Bobby Whitlock, Jim Gordon, Bobby Keys, and Rita Coolidge.

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(October 27, 2017): Chip Taylor & The New Ukrainians – F**k All The Perfect People

Title track from the 2012 album, F**k All The Perfect People.  New Jersey native, Taylor, released his first single in 1961 and has, since 1971, put out at least 25 long players. He joins with a backing band from Sweden here for a low key outing despite the title of the LP.

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(October 26, 2017): Depeche Mode – Going Backwards

From the 2017 album, Spirit.  This Martin Gore piece is another tune that captures the dispiriting zietgiest of the second decade of the 21st Century. Most of the other tracks are likewise topical. Perhaps the stage is set for another intense period of great protest songs.

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