11/21/13: The Animals & The Godfathers

The United Kingdom has provided the world with more great rock & roll than just about anywhere in the world. This is true – especially when you consider it is much smaller in size and population than the United States. In fact, per capita, the United Kingdom blows out the rest of the world’s stereo speakers. Marshall stack amplifiers even originate from the UK. Face it, the UK rocks!

This week on the Fuzz Factory, the Compare/Contrast segment featured sharp edged rhythm & blues based rock from the UK, courtesy of the Animals and the Godfathers. Sounds from two different eras that were meant to be played together. The late 60’s and the late 80’s meld together very well with these two bands.

Rock & roll radio is still going strong. Get hip to the Fuzz Factory – and if you like what you hear, go tell all the people you know and even some you don’t know. Spread the word. Silky smooth style. The Fuzz Factory – saving rock & roll radio one week at a time.

There will be no Fuzz Factory show next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. However, keep on the lookout for great shows in December, including the latest Cover Song Spectacular and a Full On Fuzz Rock Special.

Here is the latest playlist:

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Let The Records Play – Pearl Jam

Who? – The Sheepdogs

My Morning Song – The Black Crowes

R U Mine – Arctic Monkeys

California – Unified Theory

The Chemicals Between Us – Bush

Re-Hash – Gorillaz

George Square Thatcher Death Party – Mogwai

Working For The Man – PJ Harvey

Sunshine, No Shoes – Spacin’

Sugar On Top – The Dirtbombs

Jesus Hairdo – The Charlatans

How Does It Feel to Feel? – Ride

The Ragtime Castratos – Menthol

What’s In My Head – Fuzz

Back To Land – Wooden Shjips

Aqua Beard – Ten East

Doctor Mule – Melvins

Just Try To Keep My Cool – Shoraiders

We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place – The Animals

I’m Lost And Then I’m Found – The Godfathers

Inside-Looking Out – The Animals

Cause I Said So – The Godfathers

Don’t Bring Me Down – The Animals

She Gives Me Love – The Godfathers

It’s My Life – The Animals

Birth, School, Work, Death – The Godfathers

11/7/13: Lou Reed

Lou Reed had the best frown in rock & roll. Completely horizontal and a perfect representation of his entire career in music. Regardless of the subject, Lou Reed primarily presented a dark vision of humanity in his songs. The results were as true as it gets.

This week on the Fuzz Factory, I played some of my favorite Lou Reed songs as a tribute to his career and cultural legacy. Personally, I find the Velvet Underground era his greatest contribution to rock & roll. He always remained a progressive artist in his solo career, however that all pales in comparison to the VU. It really does.

Rock & roll radio is still going strong. Get hip to the Fuzz Factory – and if you like what you hear, go tell all the people you know and even some you don’t know. Preach on about the Fuzz Factory in all it’s majestic glory. Spread the word. Silky smooth style. The Fuzz Factory – saving rock & roll radio one week at a time.

I came out of the gates roaring and eventually mellowed out while making the transition to the Lou Reed feature. Here is the Velvet Fuzz playlist:

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Mercury – Clutch

Long Whip/Big America – Corrosion Of Conformity

Sweet Remain – Vista Chino

Orbiter – Fu Manchu

Parabol/Parabola – Tool

SuperChrist – Smashing Pumpkins

Fall On Me – King’s X

Always On The Run – Lenny Kravitz

Dust Radio – Chris Whitley

Stull – Urge Overkill

Ride On/Right On – Phosphorescent

That I Do – Wye Oak

I Would Hurt A Fly – Built To Spill

Halfway Paralysed – The Godfathers

(Tony This Song Is Called) Lou Weed – The Dandy Warhols

Waiting For My Man – The Velvet Underground

Vicious – Lou Reed

Walk On The Wild Side – Kendra Morris

Sweet Jane – Cowboy Junkies

The Gift – The Velvet Underground

Busload Of Faith – Lou Reed

Rock And Roll – The Velvet Underground

Oh Sweet Nothing – The Velvet Underground

10/31/13: Everyday Is Halloween (Part 2)

This week was part two of the Fuzz Factory Everyday is Halloween Special. I’m telling you – it’s not easy choosing what to play on a night such as this. There is such a long legacy of supreme evil in rock & roll music. That’s why it’s known to some as the devil’s music!  If you’re a friend of rock & roll, you’re a friend of the devil. No doubt about it. No way to resist it either. The evil powers of rock & roll have already taken your soul.

So without further delay, here is the HALLOWEEN playlist of death!

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Devil In Me – Demons

Screaming Skull – Sonic Youth

Evil Urges – My Morning Jacket

Skull – Sebadoh

Them Bones – Alice In Chains

Monster – Truckfighters

Bury Me – Smashing Pumpkins

Digging The Grave – Faith No More

The Stalker – Urge Overkill

Marching On The Skulls Of The Dead – The Atomic Bitchwax

99 Ways To Die – Megadeth

For Whom The Bell Tolls – Metallica

Bury Me In Smoke – Down

Witchcraft – Wolfmother

Dustdevil – Gustnado

The Reaper – Beaver

Slaughterhouse – Awesome Color

Bela Lugosi Is Dead – Bauhaus *

The Killing Moon – Echo & The Bunnymen

The Beast – Concrete Blonde

Witch Wolf – Styx

Kill Yourself – Stormtroopers Of Death

You’re A Dick & I’m Gonna Kill You – Olivelawn

Don’t Fear The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

Ghost Town – The Specials

Hell In A Bucket – The Grateful Dead

* = listener request

10/24/13: Everyday Is Halloween (Part 1)

This past week was part one of the Fuzz Factory Everyday is Halloween Special. This feature is always fun, because Halloween is always fun. There is a long and great tradition of Halloween themes in rock & roll. There is no shortage of songs about blood, death, ghosts, devils, demons, witches and all kinds of evil. Finding the right music was easy. Narrowing down the playlist to two hours of music was difficult.

Because there is so much great music to choose from, the show must go on! Be there for part two of the Everyday Is Halloween Special which continues this Thursday  – on Halloween! 

Here is the playlist from part one.

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Runnin’ With The Devil – Van Halen

Right Next Door To Hell – Guns N’ Roses

Crazy Babies – Ozzy Osbourne

Funeral Bell – Black Label Society

I Am Hell – White Zombie

Blood Witch – Melvins

Blood Like Cream – Red Fang

Fistful Of Demons – Ghoultown

The Evil Powers Of Rock & Roll – Supersuckers

Frankenstein – Subsonics

Haunted When The Minutes Drag – Love And Rockets

The Blood – The Cure

Everyday Is Halloween – Ministry

Teenage Witch – Eels

Hell Above High Water – Curve

Came Back Haunted – Nine Inch Nails

Everyone I Love Is Dead – Type O Negative *

Young Men Dead – The Black Angels

Dead Man Walkin’ – Ufesas

Blood On The Valley Floor – Soundgarden

Children Of The Grave – Black Sabbath

Dream Evil – Dio

Welcome To My Nightmare – Ronnie James Dio

Killer – Alice Cooper

* = listener request

10/17/13: Brant Bjork

Hello. Hello to anyone willing to read what I post about the Fuzz Factory, my weekly indulgence. This week my special feature was highlighting the career of fuzz rock extraordinaire, Brant Bjork, one of the coolest guys in rock & roll. He’s so cool, he keeps his wallet in the fridge (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mp8KrTq62I).

Brant Bjork flies under the radar even though he has been involved in numerous projects over the last 20+ years. He’s still doing his thing and I wanted to give his some well deserved respect. Most notably, Brant Bjork was a founding member and drummer for Kyuss while still in high school. The iconic band’s name was his idea.

After leaving Kyuss he joined Fu Manchu, a band he produced a few years earlier. His solo career has been the focal point after leaving Fu Manchu in 2001. Brant Bjork has released several solo albums in which he is the vocalist and guitarist. Most recently, he reunited with two former Kyuss members to form the new band VIsta Chino, whose debut disc was released this summer. Bjork has also been associated with the following acts: Ché, Mondo Generator, Ten East, Fatso Jetson, De-Con, Yellow #5 and the Desert Sessions collaborative.

Besides the feature – I played lots of great music including brand new songs by the Dirtbombs and Blitzen Trapper. I also dropped in a couple of songs from local musician Ben Lawless.

So there you have it. The Fuzz Factory. By design, it’s a two hour decompression chamber, filled with just the right sounds to take me from the art classroom to the art studio. My hope is that the Fuzz Factory vibe can do something similar for listeners as they head into the end of their week of work. That’s my theory and I hope it comes through in the music. I never underestimate the powers of rock & roll.

Don’t forget to join me the next two Thursday nights for the Fuzz Factory Halloween Special! Next week (10/24) and Halloween night! More songs about ghosts, devils, demons, witches and good old-fashioned evil stuff.

Here is the playlist from Thursday night.

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I’m Not Invisible – Rocket From The Crypt

Cracker Box – Tenderloin

Theater In The Round – Half Hour To Go

Remember When (Side B) – The Black Keys

Scene Of A Perfect Crime – Concrete Blonde

Art Class (Song For Yayoi Kusama) – Superchunk

Thirsty Man – Blitzen Trapper

One Good Reason – Bob Mould

Open Your Eyes – Sun Dial

An Unkind – Soundgarden

Get Low – Toadies

Dirty Goodbyes – Verbena

Demon Called Deception – Grant Lee Buffalo

What We All Want (Dandy Warhols Remix) – Gang Of Four

Spring Fling – Ben Lawless

No Angels – Ben Lawless

Exile On My Street – The Ponys

Torture – The Cure

We Come In The Sunshine – The Dirtbombs

Lion Wings – Brant Bjork & The Bros

Smarty Pants – Brant Bjork & The Operators

Let The Truth Be Known – Brant Bjork & The Bros

Blue Demon – Ché

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Fu Manchu

As You Wish – Vista Chino

You’re Alright – Brant Bjork

My Ghettoblaster – Brant Bjork & The Operators

10/10/13: Bob Mould

Well, well, well. Time to tell you all about what you missed on the Fuzz Factory last week. As usual it was a great show and it was great fun  for me to bring it to you – the discerning rock & roll listener.

Tonight, my Compare/Contrast feature was the work of alternative rock legend Bob Mould. Bob Mould is well known to rock fans from his early days in the highly influential post-punk band Hüsker Dü and the short lived but highly regarded band Sugar. Throughout the years, he’s also recorded many discs as a solo artist. Bob Mould manages to have an unvarnished intensity coming through his music regardless of the tempo. I played a fun sized sample of this at the end of the show.

Make sure to listen to the Fuzz Factory and get your special rock & roll delivery of fat riffs, funky grooves and psychedelic pop twists from the last 30 years or so. If you like what you hear, go tell somebody because the Fuzz Factory is saving rock & roll radio one week at a time.

Get ready! The Fuzz Factory Halloween Special airs 10/24 and 10/31!

In the meantime, here’s that playlist.

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Fire It Up – Black Label Society

Peace Pipe – Cry Of Love

Hopeless Case Of A Kid In Denial – The Hellacopters

Second Song – TV On The Radio

Ladykillers – Lush

I Am Here – Savages

One Dose Of Truth – Girls Against Boys

Skulldiggin’ – Black Joe Lewis

Elephants & Tangerines – The Thornbirds

Portland – Deed

Majestic – Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies

Queens Will Play – Black Mountain

Gonna Live – The Ghost Wolves

Lily Of The Valley – Buffalo Killers

Strawberry – Butthole Surfers

Alone & Easy Target – Foo Fighters

Stand Guard – Bob Mould

JC Auto – Sugar

Something I Learned Today – Hüsker Dü

Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely – Hüsker Dü

First Drag Of The Day – Bob Mould

Never Talking To You Again – Hüsker Dü

Heartbreak A Stranger – Bob Mould

It’s Not Funny Anymore – Hüsker Dü

The Act We Act – Sugar

A Good Idea – Sugar

10/3/13: Mudhoney & Mother Love Bone

Tonight the Fuzz Factory was back to its regular self. There were still some psychedelic fireworks – just not an entire show based on the concept. Tonight, the legendary garage punk band Mudhoney and the short-lived but highly transformative and influential band Mother Love Bone on the Compare/Contrast feature. The spark for these two bands came from the fact that the night before I saw Mudhoney in concert for the first time. The show did not disappoint. They have 25 years of playing together under their belts and the set list was like a hit parade of their best songs.

The choice to compare and contrast Mother Love Bone to Mudhoney is to highlight the diversity between the punk inspired garage rock and glam inspired alternative rock emerging at the same time, the early 1980’s. Before grunge had a name. The public in general tends to overlook and oversimplify the analysis of this diversity. I’ve practically made it my life’s work. What can I say? I am made to compare and contrast.

One of the Mudhoney songs I played was a new song called Douchebags On Parade. I dedicated it to the GOP, who continue to grandstand while positioned in a circular firing squad.

Before the playlist, a reminder that the annual two week Fuzz Factory Halloween Special begins on 10/24. Always a favorite show.

This Fuzz Factory playlist is a step by step program for rocking on and rocking out. Take a look – appropriately we begin with a head full of fuzz. 

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Head Full Of Fuzz – Black Market Karma

Love Song – The Dandy Warhols

The W.A.N.D. – The Flaming Lips

Skeleton Tiger – Tame Impala

Looking Thru Baby Blue – Elephant Stone

Right Turn – Alice In Chains (Alice Mudgarden)

Stray Cat Blues – Soundgarden *

Long Term Exit Strategy – Kinski

Straight And Narrow – Cheap Time

She Kissed Me (It Felt Like A Hit) – Spiritualized

Strife – Savages

Straight Freak Show – Love Battery

Guilty – Black Joe Lewis

Adara – Vista Chino

Clearing Potion – Cojones

Blackout Stout – Fidlar

Touch Me I’m Sick – Sonic Youth

Judgement, Rage, Retribution And Thyme – Mudhoney

Holy Roller – Mother Love Bone

This Gift – Mudhoney

Thru Fade Away – Mother Love Bone

Douchebags On Parade – Mudhoney

Gentle Groove – Mother Love Bone

If I Think – Mudhoney

Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns – Mother Love Bone

* = listener request