Friday, April 26, 2013

Whiter Indiepop A To Z # 40?

I've told myself that, despite the fact that I'll never finish, I'm going to do the "indie pop a to z" thing every four months until I stop or someone makes me stop.  But I have to write about it every four months & I don't imagine I'll say anything new or different each time.  We're still in the letter "h" & we'll start the show off with the amazing Robyn Hitchcock.  I have no idea where we'll stop, but I have a bunch of songs & bands that start with the letter h that I am bringing up.

I wonder, what did I say the last couple of times I wrote about this?

For Indiepop A To Z # 39:

"We'll start with HEN or so.  We may get as far as HOL.  Interestingly, I was once called a Hen's Hole in high school.  I shook the fellow who was insulting me's hand."

That seems appropriate.  Except we didn't get anywhere near to "HOL."  Which was also my high school experience.  Ba da bum!

For Indiepop A To Z # 38:

"First of all, I am entirely aware that over on the Self Help Radio website, it says this week's theme is "Indiepop A To Z # 39."  I think I know why/how that happened."

Ooo, I had a mistake to correct.  I hope that happens next time!

So the show will start at 4pm EST & end at 6pm EST.  (If I were clever, I might have said "7pm CST" but I'm not.)  It'll air in Lexington at 88.1 fm on the dial & you can hear it all over town & I know that because I can hear all over town.  You think you're so cute.

You can also listen online by going to

If you miss it, you will get a chance to hear it later.  If you want to check out many previous entries, they're somewhere in the list of stuff on this page.

Forty entries.  Holy moley.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Preface To Indiepop A To Z # 40: It's A Full Moon Tonight

According to the Farmer's Almanac (or is it a farmer's almanac? do they have the name trademarked?) it's a "pink full moon" day (& that's not a reference to a Nick Drake song & album - it's one of the names - the rest of which are "sprouting grass moon," "fish moon," "growing moon," & "waking moon" - for full moons in the early spring) & sure enough when I came home from the dog walk tonight a lovely full moon was rising.

It's probably a good time to debunk the myth (again) that moon bad things happen under a full moon than any other moon.

For all the good it'll do.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Go Ahn

The hunk of him which wanted to be on television also was afraid of swords, gun, fireflies.  She couldn't help thinking something about him is secretly a predator - though she didn't think all of him was at all openly anything.  What united them was a love of Alex Chilton.

He proudly told her the only Alex Chilton story he had.  She was thinking I wish I had an Alex Chilton story that had Alex Chilton in it.  His did, but only because he was involved in a motor vehicle accident & Alex Chilton had been in the back seat of the car that rammed his.

This wasn't in Memphis, since neither of them had ever been to Memphis.  Except for a school trip to Washington, DC, she hadn't ever really been out of Kentucky.  She was thinking to herself does looking over the Ohio River into Indiana from Louisville count?

He played her Feudalist Tarts on vinyl - vinyl! - then tried to kiss her after showing her his audition reel.  He wanted to impress upon her his value as a person before making another move.  She had that moment of doubt in which her brain told her I don't think I like the way he smells.

Three days later he stopped sending texts to her with the message "What happened? Was it me?"  She spent the next morning reading user comments on a lyrics website for Chris Bell's "I Am The Cosmos."  She kept saying to herself how did someone get homosexuality out of this?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Source Material

This week I am continuing my ridiculous "Indiepop A To Z" list which will have its fortieth episode but remains in the eighth letter of the alphabet, which is "H."

Perhaps I have mentioned before my not-terribly-developed obsessive-compulsive disorder.  I say "not terribly developed" because I am not medicated nor diagnosed but show signs of creeping desires to keep thing orderly beyond the norm.  For example, doing a radio show in which I take a list of bands in a specific genre & put them in alphabetical order.

But it's not may fault!  I was inspired by the list here at Twee dot Net.  One day many moons & moods ago I was looking for a list of "indie pop" songs & found my way there.  I had become infatuated with bands like the Lucksmiths & Tullycraft & wanted to see exactly what genre they belonged to.  Lo & behold.

Before you think about calling a professor head shrinker for me, then, write an angry letter to the folks at TweeNet.  Just be sweet about it.

Monday, April 22, 2013

On My Mind

You were on my mind this week.  See?  Look at all the songs I played about you being on my mind!

The songs are listed below.  The show in which all I do is play songs & talk about you being on my mind is on the Self Help Radio website.  But knowing you, you'll want to go straight to the show, which is in two parts: part one & part two.

Thanks for listening - & for being on my mind!

(part one)

"Friday On My Mind" Easybeats _Gonna Have A Good Time: The Complete US & UK Singles Collection_
"Something On My Mind" Rita Wright _The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 8: 1968_
"I've Always Got You On My Mind" Paul Collins' Beat _Yellow Pills, Vol. 3_

"Always On My Mind" Pet Shop Boys _Discography_
"On My Mind" Fabienne Delsol _On My Mind_
"Hanging Heavy On My Mind" Doris Allen _Soul Diva Sessions_
"I Don't Have You On My Mind" Bears _Greater Lakes_
"You're On My Mind" Mighty Mighty _The Girlie Years_

"Always On My Mind" Dirty Fences _Too High To Kross_
"The Last Thing On My Mind" Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton _Just Between You & Me_
"On My Mind" Mitzi _Truly Alive_
"Gentle On My Mind" Frank Sinatra _The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings_
"Always On My Mind" Reading Rainbow _Prism Eyes_

"(There's Always) Something On My Mind" The Pale Fountains _(There's Always) Something On My Mind_

(part two)

"I've Got Something On My Mind" The Left Banke _There's Gonna Be A Storm: The Complete Recordings 1966-1969_
"Ain't Got The Love (Of One Girl On My Mind)" The Ambassadors _Strange Games & Funky Things, Vol. 5_
"You Stay On My Mind" Lena Moné _Absolute Funk, Vol. 1_
"You Put It On My Mind" Mike James Kirkland _Doin' It Right_

"Girls On My Mind" David Byrne _Uh-Oh_
"Seems To Be On My Mind" Suburban Kids With Biblical Names _# 3_
"On My Mind" The Flatmates _Potpourri (Hits, Mixes & Demos '85-'89)_
"You Were On My Mind" Ian & Sylvia _Best Of The Vanguard Years_
"Too Much On My Mind" The Kinks _Face To Face_

"Mama, You Been On My Mind" Bob Dylan _The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 : Rare & Unreleased, 1961-1991_
"On My Mind" Marine Girls _On My Mind_
"I Don't Want You On My Mind" Mick Harvey _Two Of Diamonds_
"Troubles On My Mind" Holly Golightly _Laugh It All Up!_

"Georgia On My Mind" Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra _1931-1932_
"Got You On My Mind" Derrick Morgan _Moon Hop (Best Of The Early Years 1960-1969)_