3/27/14: Alice In Chains

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This past week was the first of the Spring Quarter. Around here that means it’s time to lock it down and kick it into overdrive. In other words, work hard, stay busy, hold on and don’t let go. Ten more weeks until daylight. They say life gives you as much as you can handle. I’m not sure if this is true. Some days I believe it, other days I want to punch that sentiment to the ground. The truth is – sometimes life itself is more like a test than a gift. Some days are better than others, that’s for sure. It’s times like these when you sharpen your blades in order to cut through, move forward and move beyond. Nothing dull about it. Survive and advance. Tenacity rules.

Many times in recent memory, the stress of life made me determine it was an Alice In Chains kind of night in the soundtrack of my life. This band continues to make beautifully dark music years after the death and departure of two original members. Choosing what songs to play proved difficult. I went with a song each from their first three full length releases and a single found on a best of collection. I also was happy to expand this into a Compare/Contrast by playing other Alice In Chains related groups like Mad Season and songs from Jerry Cantrell.

Lots of great new music played tonight as well. If you what you see/hear, keep listening while you tell every rock & roll fan you know. Thanks.

Here’s the playlist.

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Daddy’s In The Doldrums – The Secret Machines

Zodiac Sign – Imperial Drag

Good Fortune – PJ Harvey

Pauline Hawkins – Drive-By Truckers

Can’t Say No – Sweet Water

Tones Of Home – Blind Melon

How Can A Man With So Many Friends Feel So Alone – Eagles Of Death Metal

Flashback – The Twilight Singers (featuring Mark Lanegan)

Mary Mountain – Quilt

Depot – Psychic Ills

On The Run – Sultan Bathery

Blood Drive – ASG

Witch And The Star – Lions

Anysound – The Vines

Two-Timing Touch And Broken Bones – The Hives

Rhode Island Freakout – Kinski

A Little Bitter – Alice In Chains

X-Ray Mind – Mad Season

Dickeye – Jerry Cantrell

Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) – Class Of ’99

Cut You In – Jerry Cantrell

Sunshine – Alice In Chains

Gone – Jerry Cantrell

Angry Chair – Alice In Chains

Again – Alice In Chains

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The Overgrown Super Shit

I watched some of Rocky III on AMC last night. Eye of the tiger, eye of the tiger! Immediately I was reminded of a great song from Cornershop called “Lessons Learned From Rocky I To Rocky III.” The video is pretty fantastic too, just when you think it can’t get any better there’s a lederhosen break at the 2:10 mark.
Listen to the song. You’ll be humming “the overgrown super shit” all day. You’re welcome.

3/20/14: Anatomy Special Feature

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Last week I was buried under a large pile of finals week work that needed grading. This past week was a brief break from the grind and a chance to relax and unlock my body. Taking a cue from the break itself, I felt it was time to have a nice special feature, one that I have not had in a while. My choice was to feature songs about the body. Therefore, this past week was the latest Fuzz Factory Anatomy Special Feature.

In addition to the special feature, I had a special guest. My friend Maribeth was in Atlanta and came to the studio with me to be my special guest host. Maribeth is a long time rock & roll fan and Fuzz Factory listener. Even though she did not speak much (her New Jersey accent was an actual request) her presence in the studio was felt all around the world.

So here you go. Body rock – Fuzz Factory style:

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Severed Hand – Pearl Jam

The Native Tongue – Brant Bjork & The Bros

Your Genius Hands – Everclear

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is – Jet

Angel Eyes – Jerry Cantrell

Open Your Eyes – Sun Dial

My Fingers – Brad

Brain Stew – Green Day

She Has Eyes – L7

Universal Heart-Beat – Juliana Hatfield

Immaculate Heart 1 & 2 – The American Analog Set

Mouthful Of Air – Catherine Wheel

Up To Our Hips – The Charlatans

Piece Of My Heart – Big Brother & The Holding Company *

Heart Of Glass – Blondie

Our Lips Are Sealed – The Fun Boy Three

The Hair Song – Black Mountain

Somebody Else’s Body – Urge Overkill

Shoulder Holster – Morcheeba

Clap Your Hands – Reginald Milton & The Soul Jets

My Brain – Morphine

Mouthful Of Cavities – Blind Melon

Over Your Shoulder – Concrete Blonde

In My Mind – The Sheepdogs

Eye Of The Tiger – Great White *

Evil Eye – Fu Manchu

Foot – Love Battery

The Brain Center At Whipples – Melvins

Searching With My Good Eye Closed – Soundgarden

* = listener request

3/6/14: Truckfighters, Dozer & Greenleaf

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Hello Fuzz Factory listeners and followers. Fuzz Rock = Sweden. Drawing inspiration from looking forward. Next Monday is the highly anticipated Truckfighters concert. Highly anticipated here in the Fuzz Factory music galaxy. Next Monday, I’m going to dismiss class and walk two blocks to a venue hosting one of my favorite bands on the opening night of their American tour. That’s an alignment of time that’s as close to perfect as you’ll ever see.

Therefore, I decided to make my Compare/Contrast Special Feature a selection of top shelf Fuzz Rock from Sweden, the Fuzz Capital of the World. In addition to Truckfighters, I played a few songs from Dozer and Greenleaf (a Dozer based side-project). All three are stellar hard rock bands and have some of the best songs the fuzz rock genre has to offer.

Well – that’s all I have to say at the moment. These days, every minute I am not sleeping I am working. So back to work, but not until after this playlist is posted. Tune in to the Fuzz Factory this coming Thursday for two more hours of the best rock & roll radio found across the internets. The secret sauce is in the segue.

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Half Awake – Maids Of Gravity

Blues Before & After – The Smithereens

Star Girl Blues – Santacruz

Make You Mine – The Black Lips

Built 4 It – Satchel

Shadows – Waxy

Trails – Moon Duo

Start Choppin’ – Dinosaur Jr.

Psychedelic Warlords – U.S. Christmas

Peace Dog (original version) – The Cult

No More Understanding – The Soup Dragons

All I Want – The Cure

Sun Structures – Temples

Last Believer, Drop Dead – The Secret Machines

Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair – Arctic Monkeys

Slither – Opeth

Mind Control – Truckfighters

Masterplan – Greenleaf

Days Of Future Past – Dozer

Desert Cruiser – Truckfighters

Traffic – Truckfighters

Sunken Ships – Greenleaf

Vultures – Dozer

Monte Gargano – Truckfighters

Hello From Sweden: Fuzz Capital Of The World

Hello Fuzz Factory listeners and followers. Drawing inspiration from the Truckfighters concert coming up next week, I’ve decided to make my Compare/Contrast feature is a selection of top shelf fuzz rock from Sweden, the Fuzz Capital of the World.

Truckfighters. Dozer. Greenleaf.