Sunday, December 10, 2017

Faves of 2017 (vol. 3)

Well durn, it took a lot longer than usual, but here's the final installment of UHM Faves for this year. Of course, that doesn't include the inevitable Orphans mix that'll show up sometime early in the new year, which will compile all the great stuff I somehow missed in 2017. Nor does it include the upcoming Best Of 2017, which will join the yearly summation of my favorite albums (many of which are represented on this very mix). And there's probably still a Xmas compilation to post before the year is over.

I guess what I'm trying to say is sorry for taking so long. And, as usual, let me know what's missing! 

Discount Bins of Broken Things

1. Stag The Bedazzler
2. The Crazy Squeeze Twisted Little Secrets
3. The R1ch Hands Fast and Loose
4. First Base Sandra
5. Twin Temp1e Girl Trouble
6. QTY Dress/Undress
7. The Stan1eys What Are We Gonna Do
8. Terra Lightf00t Stars Over Dakota
9. Kitty, Daizy & Lewis Just One Kiss
10. Sweet Sp1rit Pretty Baby
11. Justine & the Unc1ean I'm In Love With You, Jackass
12. The Cheep Cassettes Hieroglyphics in Lipstick
13. JD McPhers0n Crying's Just a Thing That You Do
14. The High-tai1s So Long
15. A1ex Lahey I Love You Like a Brother
16. Ind0nesian Junk I'll Run Away
17. The Pink Ti1es Rocky Road
18. Shi1pa Ray Shi1pa Ray's Got a Heart Full of Dirt
19. Fuzzy V0x I Fell In Love With the World
20. Bu11et Proof Lovers One Last Night
21. D1rty Fences Never Over
22. The Dah1manns Conny Converse
23. Ha1ey Thompson-King No Room For Jesus
24. Watts All Done With Rock & Roll
25. Backstreet Gir1s Back Again

Sunday, November 12, 2017

10 Years of UHM

It's been 10 years to the month since I first created this blog, so allow me a quick fling with some self-reflection (and self-indulgence).

A lot has changed since I started. Streaming services (like Spotify) have made this blog almost pointless. Why bother going through the extra step of downloading when streaming a playlist is so easy and immediate? Of course, the fact a lot of what you'll find on UHM isn't available on sites like Spotify is a mitigating factor - but there's no doubt that our constantly evolving technology will eventually terminate this blog. That's okay - and no big loss, I'm sure - but I do wonder and worry about the future of the underdog music that I love. I'm not convinced the ease of the streaming sites will be a positive development in the financial viability of any band, let alone ones that get championed here.

And look, I know that the very concept of a shared mix involves a level of piracy. You may remember, back in the cassette days, there used to be a music industry campaign based around the claim that "Home Taping Is Killing Music." But I've never bought into that. In fact, in my own experience the very notion had been proven as bullshit. I've witnessed at least a couple of occasions when I made a mix for someone and they subsequently went out and bought an album by every band on the mix. Usually the end result isn't quite so sweeping - but at least a few bands on every mix will find a new member in their fan club. And that's my argument for what I do here - and, as evidenced by the corrupted spellings of the tracklists, also an acknowledgement that what I do is not condoned by the labels (even if it's mostly condoned by the bands themselves).

So that's where it all is. And for now I'll continue my sporadic uploads. And I'll probably never stop making mixes, even if they're only for me, because I'll forever hold the belief that people would love all these songs if only they could hear them. I believe UHM should exist like the old corner record store - no advertising and precious little traffic, but I have faith that all the people out there who need to find it will find it.

And I thank each and every one of you who have already found it. Let's all keep fighting the good fight.

The Ballad of UnHerd Music

1. Michae1 Monroe Ballad of the Lower East Side
2. Arke11s Ballad of Hugo Chavez
3. The Phant0ms Ballad of Overend Watts
4. Dada Ballad of Earl Grey and Chamomile
5. XTC Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
6. The Tomorrows Ballad of a Lesser Man
7. Luke D0ucet Ballad of Ian Curtis
8. The New P0rnographers Ballad of a Comeback Kid
9. Nikki Sudden Ballad of Johnny and Mariane
10. Ted Le0 + the Pharmacists Ballad of the Sin Eater
11. Cheap Tr1ck Ballad of TV Violence
12. Ike Rei11y Ballad of Jack and Haley
13. Pernice Br0s. Ballad of Bjorn Borg
14. A1oud Ballad of Emily Jane
15. The S0 So Glos Ballad of a So So Glo (King's County II)
16. Mu11 Historica1 Society Ballad of Ivor Punch
17. Evan Dand0 Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star cover)
18. S1im Dun1ap Ballad of the Opening Band
19. E11iot Smith Ballad of Big Nothing
20. Jerry Jerry & the Sons of Rhythm 0rchestra Ballad of John Card & the Booze Rookie
21. The Loud Fami1y Ballad of How You Can All Shut The Hell Up


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Power Pop Primer

This is one of those mixes I've been meaning to put together forever but never mustered the energy for it. I guess most of the entries just seem so obvious and well-known that it feels like a pointless exercise, especially given this blog's goal of exposing the underexposed (plus it runs the risk of appearing condescending to the seemingly encyclopedic music knowledge of this blog's visitors). But then again, exactly how popular are these songs? Answer: not as popular as they deserve to be! So that puts 'em all right in my wheelhouse. If I need justification, there it is.

So I stuck to the verities of power pop (imho); music released between 1970 and 1980. I didn't go hunting for proto-power pop (although feel free to harangue me about missing the early Who or Beatles or John Fred or whoever), and didn't want to sink into absolute obscurity (again, feel free to point out that it's inexcusable for me to have left off the Toms or 20/20 or whoever). If it alleviates your annoyance, I did leave off some of my own faves too (where's the mofuggin' Artful Dodger anyway?). There will be later volumes, however - so suggestions are as welcome as criticism.

She Hates The Same Things That I Hate

1. The Nerve5 Hangin' On The Telephone
2. The Cryer5 Shake It Up (Ain't It Time)
3. The F1amin' Groovies Shake Some Action
4. B1g Star September Gurls
5. The Heat5 Nights With You
6. The Jag5 Back of My Hand
7. Pag1iaro Lovin' You Ain't Easy
8. Cheap Tr1ck Oh Candy
9. The J00k Aggravation Place
10. Dwight Twi11ey Band I'm On Fire
11. The Fabu1ous Pood1es Work Shy
12. Badf1nger No Matter What
13. The Rec0rds Starry Eyes
14. The Raspberrie5 Cry
15. The P1imsou1s Now
16. Nick L0we So It Goes
17. The M0ve California Man
18. Sy1vain Sy1vain & the Crimina1s Teenage News
19. T0m R0binson Band 2-4-6-8 Motorway
20. Eddie & the H0t Rods Do Anything You Wanna Do
21. Phi1 Seym0ur Baby It's You
22. B0b Segarini Laurel Ann
23. Menta1 As Anything The Nips Are Getting Bigger
24. The Undert0nes Teenage Kicks

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Faves of 2017 (vol. 2)

It's been a long time coming, but the new UHM faves mix is finally ready to rock dad's pants off at your next family gathering.

This one's chock full of stuff from albums that will undoubtedly be featured in my Best of the Year list. It's been great to hear some of this blog's all-time favorites return with maybe the best music of their careers (so far). But there have been some disappointments too. I try to stick with only the positive here, however, so my thoughts on long-awaited releases by Jim Jones and J. Roddy Wa1ston - as well as longer-awaited releases by the Dream Syndicate and the F1amin' Groovies - will have to be saved for elsewhere.

Fuckitfuckitfuckitfuckit

1. Sunshine & the Ra1n Come On Baby
2. The Real Sick1es Everywhere You Go
3. Shear Mag Just Can't Get Enough
4. Need1es//Pins Violet
5. Ho11erado I Got You
6. Biter5 Gypsy Rose
7. The P0pguns We Don't Go Around There Anymore
8. D0wntown Boys A Wall
9. Sam Cash & the R0mantic Dogs Carmen
10. Waxxahatchee Never Been Wrong
11. C0tton Mather Hijinks Dad
12. Successfu1 Fai1ures Misguiding Light
13. L0w Cut Connie Revolution Rock n Roll
14. Gregg Stewert R is for Rock Star
15. Fi1thy Friends Come Back Shelley
16. The Preature5 Lip Balm
17. Duncan Re1d & the Big Heads Bombs Away
18. Cyanide Pi11s Government
19. The Strype5 Get It Over Quickly
20. Boogie Patro1 Foolish Mind
21. New Swear5 Comfortably Hungover
22. Ted Le0 Can't Go Back
23. Danie1 Romano Pride of Queens
24. T0gether Pangea Alison

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Back in 1999

The next Faves mix is taking a little long to compile, so how about biding the time with a little 90s nostalgia? I've tried to stay away from the obvious choices - not much in the way of grunge or Madchester represented - although, if you're a follower of this blog I imagine it's all pretty predictable. This is in no way meant to be construed as a Best-Of. Just a bunch of stuff I've barely listened to in the last *cough* twenty years *cough* or so. Maybe it'll hit the spot for you too.

Back in 1999

1. The Pooh Sticks Let The Good Times Roll
2. Redd Kross Switchblade Sister
3. E1astica Vaseline
4. Terrorvision Oblivion
5. Ween Ocean Man
6. Sponge My Baby Said
7. Sweet Water Superstar
8. James Ha11 Back Stabbing
9. Heatmiser Get Lucky
10. Throwing Muses Not Too Soon
11. De1 Amitri Not Where It's At
12. Gene Sick, Sober, and Sorry
13. The Prissteens Beat You Up
14. Heavy Stereo Cartoon Moon
15. Adam Danie1 Her Shake
16. Peter Case Dream About You
17. Too Much Joy Thanksgiving in Reno
18. Denim The Great Pub Rock Revival
19. Aimie Mann I Should've Known
20. Bandit Queen Miss Dandys
21. Imperia1 Teen Yoo Hoo
22. Le Tigre Deceptacon
23. Bicyc1e Wilderbeast
24. John Oszajca Back in 1999

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Summer 2017

As always, the summer mix is an opportunity for me to juxtapose all manner of interests, eras, and genres into a (possibly) cohesive whole that can be enjoyed by the typically diverse collective of revelers found mingling at a backyard BBQ or pool party. In other words, a crowd pleaser. At least, that's how I explain a mix that moves from punk to hillbilly to Lady Meatdress and back. Does it work? For me, yeah, totally. But - with a hat tip towards cosmic irony and sideways Replacements lyrics - I've found over time that the mixes most intended to please a crowd are the ones most likely not to (... if it's any consolation, I don't begin to understand it).

I just do what I do. Enjoy the summer, y'all.

 We Can Get Drunk and Try to Kiss Girls

1. Vio1a Beach Swings and Waterslides
2. Jordy B1rch Fun Machine
3. B1eached Flipside
4. Sp00n Hot Thoughts
5. Ranc1d Where I'm Going
6. Sam Ca5h & the Romantic Dogs That Was The Summer
7. Queens of the 5tone Age Make It Wit Chu
8. DMThree Show You
9. Litt1e Jackie One Love
10. The G0urds Hooky Junk
11. Everybody E1se Without You
12. The Primitons Don't Go Away
13. The Velveteens Don't Ya Feel Better?
14. Switchf00t Dancin' in the Moonlight
15. The Frightnrs Gotta Find a Way
16. Jesse Ma1in Meet Me at the End of the World
17. Greg Wickhem Waterfall
18. Gaga Come to Mama
19. 1zzy Bizu Hello Crazy
20. B1ack Grape Shake Your Money
21. Lost Ba11oons Hey Summer
22. Misty Mi11er Happy

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Covers Project Vol. 15

Here we go again. Probably the most popular of all the UHM posts, these covers mixes are an opportunity to pay homage to some great songs and salvage some of the worst. I'm not gonna tip my hat over which is which on this one (although it's probably a surprise to no one if I admit I was never a fan of the Ice-spay Irls-gay), and instead let the listeners make those calls themselves.

You May Think It's Funny That I Like This Stuff

1. Wi11ie Ni1e The Times They Are A-Changin' (Bob Dylan)
2. Sp00n TV Set (The Cramps)
3. Steve C0nte Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight (Fleetwood Mac, by way of the Rezillos)
4. Genya Raven Do You Know What I Mean (Lee Michaels)
5. Gar1and Jeffreys Waitin' For The Man (Velvet Undergound)
6. Do11yrots Walkin' On Sunshine (Katrina & the Waves)
7. Timmy Sean Say You'll Be There (Spice Gir1s)
8. Papernut Cambridge Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) (Edison Lighthouse)
9. Pau1 Westerberg w/ Joan Jett Let's Do It (Cole Porter)
10. John D0e Strychnine (The Sonics)
11. Frankenstein 3OOO w/ Leif Garrett 20th Century Boy (T.Rex)
12. Squidhat A11stars When You Were Mine (Prince)
13. Curt Baker What's That Gotta Do With Rock & Roll? (Sylvain Sylvain)
14. 1KE Sparky's Dream (Teenage Fanclub)
15. The Computers Whip It (Devo)
16. Sa11y Crewe Making Plans For Nigel (XTC)
17. Super5uckers Sail On (Commodores)
18. Joan Jett Rebel, Rebel (David Bowie)
19. The Vansaders Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
20. The Donnas Safety Dance (Men Without Hats)
21. Chixdiggit Faith (George Michae1)
22. The Methadones I'm The Man (Joe Jacks0n)
23. Daddy Issues Boys of Summer (Don Hen1ey)
24. Wor1d Party All The Young Dudes (Mott the Hoop1e)