Once again, I ambehind with the playlist blog post. Sorry about that. Juggling priorities has a negative effect on accomplishing small enjoyable things in life. This qualifies as one of those fun and enjoyable things. I am glad to finally have the chance to post about it.
This week the Fuzz Factory again followed the Regular Fuzz standard format concluding with with the Compare/Contrast feature. This week, the Fuzz Factory compared and contrasted The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (JSBX) and Speedball Baby. Both bands hail from New York City and have a similar vibe happening through out their collection of songs. Both bands combine elements of rockabilly, bluespunk and alt-soul. Put it together and you have what I refer to as urban noir (the sound, not the fashion). Blended together, the sound is dark, gritty, soulful, spastic and strange. On my soundtrack, that’s all good.
Speedball Baby have scattered a few releases over the last 20 years. JSBX is much more prolific. They had numerous discs before taking a hiatus. They got together again in the studio last year to record a new disc. They were inspired to do so after re-releasing their back catalog with B-sides and demo tracks. The new disc, Meat And Bone, is as good as much of the work from their heyday. It was a purely pleasurable experience seeing them at the Earl a couple of weeks ago . It was my fourth time seeing them in concert overall, but the first time in 11 years.
OK – here is the playlist. Keep on listening to the Fuzz Factory! Saving rock & roll radio, one week at a time.
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Stand Guard – Bob Mould
What Did You Call It That For? – Arcwelder
Ignoreland – The Forms
I Am What I Am – Spiritualized
What’s Forsaken – The Black Ryder
Delete My Ideals – The Blue Angel Band
Ohm – Yo La Tengo
Black River – Mondo Drag
To Forgive – Smashing Pumpkins
Bleeding Muddy Water – Mark Lanegan Band
For Heaven’s Sake – 16 Horsepower
Sleepy Silver Door – Dead Meadow
Inside The Falcon – Dozer
M.L.K. – The Entrance Band
Rubber Connection – Speedball Baby
Bellbottoms – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Dangerous Trip – Speedball Baby
Bacon – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Hate You Baby – Speedball Baby
Soul Typecast – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Three Quarter Man – Speedball Baby
Chicken Dog – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion