Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Best Records of 2015

As in many past years, for 2015 I ranked numerically my top picks for Best Albums and Best Singles, and also made alphabetical lists of contenders that nearly made those ranked lists.  For the most part, I limited eligibility for the Best Albums and Best Singles lists to “new” recordings made in (or just before) 2015.  However, in a few instances, I admitted new releases containing much older recordings to membership on these lists, so long as the lion’s share of the recordings at issue were never previously released.

For the first time, this year I also ranked my Top Five reissues numerically, before reverting to my usual practice of listing all other Best Reissues alphabetically.  I did so because this year five deluxe box sets reflected scales of scope and ambition (and corresponding price tags) that seemed to separate them categorically from the many other excellent reissues that also were released in 2015.  

Finally, for the first time, this year I made a separate list of Great Local Releases from Cincinnati, unranked and listed alphabetically.   I had several reasons for doing so.   First, mainly through hosting Trash Flow Radio on WAIF 88.3 FM in Cincinnati, I have been exposed to a lot of local music that my out-of-town friends who read this list would not likely discover on their own.  This list seems like a good way to steer curious out-of-towners towards some of the good sounds being made in Ohio’s Queen City.   Second, on my local release list, I have relaxed my persistent bias against non-physical releases, which would otherwise have prevented me from acknowledging many of the digital-only releases listed here.  Third, because I am personally acquainted with members of many of the excellent bands on the local release list (and related at the first degree of consanguinity to the leader of one of them), to avoid unnecessary friction I chose not to rank any of them. 
 

Top Twenty-Five Albums of 2015 (ranked)

  1. Scharpling & Wurster – The Best of the Best Show 16CD Box Set (Numero Group)   
  2. Jeffrey Lewis & Les Bolts - Manhattan LP/CD (Rough Trade)   
  3. The Chills - Silver Bullets LP/CD (Fire)   
  4. Robert Forster ‎– Songs To Play LP/CD (Tapete)
  5. The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ 2LP/CD (Merge)   
  6. Mecca Normal ‎– Empathy For The Evil LP/CD (M'Lady's)
  7. The Cairo Gang - Goes Missing LP/CD (God?/Drag City)   
  8. X____X - Albert Ayler's Ghosts Live at the Yellow Ghetto LP (Smog Veil)   
  9. Styrenes - CLE 76-79 Unreleased 3x7"EP (My Mind's Eye)   
  10. TV Colours ‎– Purple Skies, Toxic River LP (Comedy Minus One)   
  11. Twerps - Range Anxiety LP/CD (Chapter Music/Merge)   
  12. Joanna Newsom - Divers 2LP/CD (Drag City)   
  13. Sweet Talk - Double Perfect LP (12XU)  
  14. Neil Hamburger - Entertainment OST LP (Numero Group) 
  15. Spider & The Webs - Spider Magic MP3-Album (Bumpidee)  
  16. Kath Bloom - Pass Through Here ‎LP/CD (Chapter Music)   
  17. Goddess - Paradise LP (self-released)   
  18. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect LP/CD (Hardly Art)   
  19. Expert Alterations ‎– You Can't Always Be Liked LP/CD (Kanine)   
  20. Dick Diver – Melbourne, Florida LP/CD (Trouble In Mind)   
  21. V/A - Fifty @50 LP (Old 3C) 
  22. David Arvedon ‎– The Best Of Dave Arvedon Volume 2  LP (Mighty Mouth)   
  23. Kurt Vile - B’lieve I'm Goin Down 2LP/CD (Matador)   
  24. Ultimate Painting – Green Lanes LP/CD (Trouble In Mind)   
  25. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit (Deluxe Edition) 2LP/2CD (Mom + Pop)

Next-Best Albums of 2015 (alphabetical):

  • Amen Dunes - Cowboy Worship LP/CD (Sacred Bones)  
  • Lou Barlow - Brace The Wave LP/CD (Joyful Noise)   
  • Blank Realm ‎– Illegals In Heaven LP/CD (Fire/Bedroom Suck)   
  • The Blue Jean Committee - "Catalina Breeze" 12"EP (Drag City)   
  • Bully – Feels Like LP/CD (Startime International)
  • Bob Collins & The Full Nelson ‎– Telescopic Victory Kiss CD (Jigsaw)   
  • Eleventh Dream Day ‎– Works For Tomorrow LP/CD (Thrill Jockey)  
  • James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg - Ambsace (Paradise of Bachelors)   
  • Jad Fair & Norman Blake - Yes LP (Joyful Noise)   
  • Bill Fay – Who Is the Sender? LP/CD (Dead Oceans)
  • Freakwater ‎– Scheherazade CD (Bloodshot)   
  • The Gizmos – Gizmos World Tour 2014 CD (Gulcher)
  • Colleen Green - I Want To Grow Up LP/CD (Hardly Art) 
  • Steve Gunn/Kurt Vile - Parallelogram LP (Three Lobed)
  • Half Japanese - Bingo Ringo 12"EP (Joyful Noise)
  • Roscoe Holcomb - San Diego State Folk Festival 1972 LP (Tompkins Square) 
  • Home Blitz ‎– Foremost & Fair LP (Richie)
  • Susan Howe & David Grubbs - WOOD­SLIPPER­COUNTER­CLATTER CD (Drag City)
  • Joanna Gruesome ‎– Peanut Butter LP/CD (Slumberland)
  • Tommy Keene ‎– Laugh In The Dark LP (Second Motion)
  • Laurice - Best Of Laurice Vols. 1 & 2  LP/CS/CD (Mighty Mouth)   
  • Alan Licht ‎– Currents LP (Vin Du Select Qualitite)   
  • Longmont Potion Castle - 12  MP3-Album (D.U.)
  • Glenn Mercer - Incidental Hum LP/CD (Bar/None)
  • Motel Beds - Mind Glitter ‎LP (Anyway)   
  • Parquet Courts ‎– Monastic Living 12"EP (Rough Trade)
  • Tom Phillips ‎– Mr. Superlove LP/CD (Western Famine)    
  • Royal Headache – High LP/CD (What’s Your Rupture?)   
  • Rozi Plain - Friend LP/CD (Lost Map) 
  • Ravi Shavi ‎– Ravi Shavi LP/CS/CD (Almost Ready)   
  • Shilpa Ray ‎– Is Last Year’s Savage LP/CD (Northern Spy)   
  • Rocket From The Tombs - Black Record LP/CD (Fire)   
  • Joan Shelley – Over & Even LP/CD (No Quarter)   
  • The Silence ‎– The Silence LP/CD (Drag City)   
  • Sleaford Mods – Key Markets LP/CD (Harbinger Sound)   
  • Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love LP/CD/CS (Sub Pop)   
  • Speedy Ortiz ‎– Foil Deer LP/CS/CD (Carpark)   
  • St. Lenox - Ten Songs About Memory And Hope LP ‎(Anyway)    
  • The Treasures of Mexico - Holding Pattern CD (Shelflife)   
  • Vacation - Non-Person LP (Don Giovanni)   
  • Neil Young + Promise Of The Real -  The Monsanto Years 2LP/CD (Reprise)
  • Yo La Tengo - Stuff Like That There LP/CD (Matador)
  • V/A - Different Drum OST CD (Gulcher)

Top Fifteen Singles of 2015 (ranked):

  1. Protomartyr / R. Ring - A Half Of Seven Split-7"45 (Hardly Art)
  2. Woollen Kits ‎– "Girl With Heart" b/w "In The Black" 7"45 (R.I.P Society)
  3. Terry - Talk About Terry 7"45 (Upset! The Rhythm)
  4. The Pagans – “NoWhere Girl” MP3-Single (Ruin Discos)
  5. Bummers Eve - Fly On The Wall 7"45 (Almost Ready)
  6. Jonathan Richman ‎– "Keith" b/w "They Showed Me The Door To Bohemia" 7"33 (Blue Arrow)
  7. The Rutabega - Shiny Destination 7"45 (Triple Eye)
  8. Radiator Hospital/Martha Split-7"EP (Specialist Subject)
  9. Wussy ‎– Public Domain, Volume I CDEP (Shake It)   
  10. Hinds/The Parrots  ‎– Hinds Parrots Split-7"45 (Burger/Lucky Number)
  11. The Pop Group - “Nations” b/w Sleaford Mods - “Face To Faces” Split-7"45 (Freaks R Us/Harbinger Sound)
  12. The Pizza Underground - PU Demos 7" (Jett Plastic Recordings/GranDetroit Records)
  13. The Crabs - Sleep MP3-Single (Bandcamp)
  14. Alex Chilton - Jesus Christ 7"EP (Munster Records)
  15. Laura Cantrell & The Charlatans ‎– “Emanuel” b/w Sinkane & The Charlatans – “Emilie” Split-7"45 (O Genesis)

Next-Best Singles of 2015 (alphabetical):

  • Courtney Barnett ‎– "Boxing Day Blues (Revisited)" b/w "Shivers" 7"45 (Third Man)
  • Bonnie 'Prince' Billy ‎– "On Raglan Road" b/w "Go 'Way From My Window" 7"45 (Palace)
  • The Crabs ‎– 5 More Steps CDEP (Jigsaw)
  • Destiny 3000 ‎– Destiny 3000 7"EP (R.I.P Society)
  • Feedtime - Flatiron 7"45 (Sub Pop)
  • Girl Band ‎– The Early Years 12"EP (Rough Trade)
  • The Gories ‎– "Be Nice" b/w "On The Run" 7"45 (Third Man)
  • Hinds ‎– Very Best Of Hinds So Far  10"EP (Mom + Pop)
  • Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift ‎– “Follow Your Money” b/w “Motion Pictures” 7"45 (Yep Roc)
  • King Kong – “Pawnshopolis” Video-Single (Youtube)
  • Dan Melchior ‎– For Letha 7"EP (Vin Du Select Qualitite)
  • Mint Mile ‎– In Season & Ripe 12"EP (Comedy Minus One)
  • The Nots ‎– “Virgin Mary” b/w “Shelf Life” 7"45 (Goner)
  • Sleaford Mods ‎– "A Little Ditty" b/w "I'm Shit At It" 7"45 (Emotional Response)
  • Slum of Legs - Doll Like 7"45 (Tuff Enuff)
  • Sophie's Dream - "Michael" b/w "Independence" MP3-Single
  • Tuff Love / Lazy Day ‎– “Groucho” b/w “Portrait” Split-7"45 (Lost Map)
  • V/A - 7 Inches in Heaven 7”EP (RSD 2015) (Bubbles In The Think Tank)

Top Five Reissues of 2015:

  1. Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966 Collector’s Edition 18CD + 10 MP3-Album Box Set (Columbia) (1965–66)
  2. V/A - Ork Records 16x7"45/4LP/2CD Box Set (Numero Group) (1975-79)
  3. Velvet Underground – The Complete Matrix Tapes 4CD (Universal) (1969)
  4. V/A ‎– When I Reach That Heavenly Shore (Unearthly Black Gospel 1926-1936) 3LP/2CD (Tompkins Square) (1926-1936)
  5. The Go-Betweens ‎– G Stands For Go-Betweens: The Go-Betweens Anthology Volume 1 4LP+4CD (Domino) (1978-84) 

Next-Best Reissues of 2015 (alphabetical):

  • Beat Happening ‎– Look Around 2LP/CD (Domino) (1984-2000)
  • Bikini Kill - Revolution Girl Style Now LP/CS/CD (Bikini Kill) (1991)
  • Shayne Carter & Peter Jefferies – “Randolph's Going Home” b/w “Hooked, Lined And Sunken” 7"45 (Captured Tracks) (1986)
  • Alex Chilton - Ocean Club '77 ‎2LP/CD (Norton) (1977)
  • The Clitboys ‎– We Dont Play The Game 7"EP (Beer City) (1983)
  • Crime ‎– Crime 7x7"45 + CD Box Set (Munster) (1977-79)
  • The Dictators ‎– Go Girl Crazy! 2CD (Real Gone Music) (1975)
  • Bob Dylan - The Basement Tapes LP (Other Peoples Music) (1967)
  • Dredd Foole – In Quest Of Tense LP (Feeding Tube) (1994)
  • Kim Fowley - "The Trip" b/w "The Underground Lady" ‎7"45 (Norton) (1965)
  • The Girls - Punk-Dada Pulchritude LP (Feeding Tube) (1977-79)
  • Fannie Lou Hamer - Songs My Mother Taught Me CD (Folkways) (1963)
  • Inflatable Boy Clams ‎– Inflatable Boy Clams 2x7"EP (Superior Viaduct) (1981)
  • Chris Knox ‎– Seizure LP (Captured Tracks) (1989)
  • Lead Belly - The Smithsonian Folkways Collection ‎5CD Box Set (Smithsonian Folkways)   (1933-49)
  • Owen Maercks  ‎– Teenage Sex Therapist LP (Feeding Tube) (1978)
  • Momus - Circus Maximus CD (Manufactured Recordings) (1986)
  • David Peel & Death - King of Punk LP (HoZac) (1978)
  • Pere Ubu ‎– Elitism For The People 1975-1978 2LP+2MP3 (Fire) (1975-78)
  • Sand In The Face ‎– Music Made To Riot: New Jersey Hardcore 1982-1983 LP (Mad At The World) (1982-82)
  • The Scientists - The Scientists LP (Numero Group) (1981)
  • Tall Dwarfs - Weeville LP (Captured Tracks) (1990)
  • Teenage Jesus And The Jerks ‎– Live 1977-1979 LP/CD (Other People) (1977-79)
  • Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments – Straight To Video LP (Straight To Video) (1997)
  • Vulgar Boatmen - You and Your Sister CD (Time Change) (1989) 
  • V/A ‎– Back From The Grave Vols 9 & 10 2LP/CD (Crypt) (1965-69)
  • V/A – Creation Artifact: The Dawn Of Creation Records 1983-1985 10x7"EP/5CD Box Set (Cherry Red) (1983-85)
  • V/A ‎– Early Indiana Punk And New Wave: The Crazy Al's Year(s) 1976-1983 2CD (Time Change) (1976-83)
  • V/A ‎– Punk 45: Burn Rubber City Burn! Akron, Ohio : Punk And The Decline Of The Mid West 1975-80 CD (Soul Jazz) (1975-80)
  • V/A – Punk 45: Extermination Nights In The Sixth City! Cleveland, Ohio : Punk And The Decline Of The Mid West 1975-82 ‎CD (Soul Jazz) (1975-82)
  • V/A ‎– Souvenirs Of The Soul Clap Vols. 3 & 4 - Jonathan Toubin's New York Night Train LPs (Norton) (1963-72)

Great Cincinnati Local Releases of 2015 (alphabetical):

  • Birdie Hearse –s/t MP3-EP (Bandcamp)
  • Black Planet – Mild Discomfort MP3-EP (Bandcamp)
  • Bummers Eve - Fly On The Wall 7"45 (Almost Ready)
  • Cincinnati Royals - First Four CDR (self-released)
  • Dinosaurs and Thunder - Worry Wart MP3-EP (Lo Fi City)
  • Leggy - Nice Try MP3-EP (Bandcamp)
  • Little Trees – Feel Factory MP3-EP (Lo Fi City)
  • Mardou – “Rimbaud” b/w “Bounty Hunter” 7"45 (Torn Light)
  • The Night Divided - Disruptor LP (Requisite)  
  • Old City - The Sun Is My Light CS-EP (self-released)
  • The Ophelias – Creature Native MP3-Album (Bandcamp)
  • Plastic Ants – “Tintype” & “Imperial Phase” MP3-Singles (Requisite/Bandcamp)
  • Sleepy Drums - Lucy MP3-EP (Lo Fi City)
  • Sophie's Dream - "Michael" b/w "Independence" MP3-Single (Ouroboros/Bandcamp)
  • Swim Team - Swim Team CDR (self-released)
  • Vacation - Non-Person LP (Don Giovanni)
  • The Wonderful Sadists – “Alive In America” & “Knever” MP3-EPs (Male Fraud/Bandcamp)
  • Wussy ‎– Public Domain, Volume I CDEP (Shake It)   
  • Alex York – “1” & “Implicit Memory“ MP3-EPs (Bandcamp)
  • V/A - CinCinCrimCram Holiday Sampler 2015 CD (Art Damage)

 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

RIP Steve "Chile" Rigot (Trash Flow Radio Special - March 21, 2015)

On Sat March 21, 2015, Trash Flow Radio celebrated the life and work of Louisville punk legend Steve “Chile” Rigot, who passed away the previous day after a long illness.  Best known for his work as the vocalist in The Endtables (1979-80), Rigot was legendary for his unique voice and also for his courage, creativity, grace, humor, and dignity.  Over the course of his post-Endtables career, he collaborated with many Louisville musicians of note, in combos including The Monsters, Skull of Glee, In The Vines, and Phantom Love (whose tracks were played) as well as Women Who Love Candy, Common Law Cabin, Funhouse, and Martine (whose tracks will have to wait six weeks, until Derby Day).   Our March 21 broadcast included phoned-in remembrances from archivist Steve Driesler (who compiled The Endtables retrospective CD issued on Drag City Records in 2010), Louisville rock iconoclast/historian Robert Nedelkoff , and Louisville guitar legend Tara Key (Antietam/Babylon Dance Band), who shared stages with Steve Rigot periodically from 1979 to 2014.  We also aired a remarkable never-before-heard 25-minute long 1987 home recording of Steve Rigot composing the song “Carnival of Death” in real time.

The world may little note nor long remember what Trash Flow Radio said here, but it can never forget what Steve "Chile" Rigot did here.   You can download the March 21 broadcast, ad-free, in two parts, from:
 
Download: Trash Flow Radio March 21, 2015 (RIP Steve Rigot) - Part 1 of 2 (67 mins | 62 MB): <https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/sa6fcf>.

Download: Trash Flow Radio March 21, 2015 (RIP Steve Rigot) - Part 2 of 2 (50 mins | 46 MB): <https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/tapdyn>.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Jockey Club Reunion Gig w/ The Thangs, The Libertines US, SS-20, BPA and The Reduced (Nov 22, 2008)

Bill Leist passed away on Dec 28, 2014.  I didn't know him well.  However, to commemorate his passing I am re-posting this remembrance of the day I first met him, Nov 22, 2008.

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Jockey Club Reunion Gig w/ The Thangs, The Libertines US, SS-20, BPA and The Reduced.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Shake It Records (Cincinnati, OH) and Southgate House (Newport KY).
 
I never lived in Cincinnati or Kentucky until the 21st Century.  But even at 600 miles remove, in the mid-1980s I had heard tell of a legendary American Hardcore venue in Northern Kentucky where the moshing was rough and the neighborhood even rougher, in which skinheads and Mohawk-punks communed with Hell's Angels and hillbillies and lowlifes and speed-freaks in some kind of outcast coalition held together by its constituents' shared interest in tattoos, violence, anarchy, cheap Foster's Lager in big cans, and loud fast harsh sounds.  My friend David Grubbs played the Jockey Club four times in 1985 as a member of the teenaged Louisville punk band Squirrel Bait, and never spoke of the experience without evincing at least a hint of amazement that he had managed to survive it.  (The threat of violence inside and outside the Jockey Club was not the only hazard faced by out-of-town bands who played there.  Culinary/gastronomical threats also abounded:  Grubbs recalls that the White Castle that neighbored the Jockey Club "was a test market where on occasion you could order the Chick 'n' Cheese sandwich and the completely vile Castle Onion Stix.").
 
During its fabled existence from 1982 to 1988, the Jockey Club brought the cream of America's Most Hardcore to Newport, Kentucky, providing a storied venue for gigs by Black Flag, Minor Threat, H.R. (Bad Brains), The Minutemen, The Dead Kennedys, Descendents, DOA, Crucial Youth, The Dicks, The Dickies, Circle Jerks, The Meatmen, The Effigies, The Necros, Flipper, GG Allin, Big Black, Naked Raygun, The Ramones, Johnny Thunders, GBH, The Exploited, The Damned, The Fall, Scream, Samhain, Malignant Growth, The Gun Club, Husker Du, The Replacements, and may more (A near-complete accounting is online somewhere).  (During the same years, I had the great fortune to see many of these bands play at the late lamented City Gardens in Trenton NJ, the east coast's closest analogue to the Jockey Club).  Perhaps more importantly, the Jockey Club provided a supportive home to a number of local Cincy/Northern Kentucky punk bands possessed of surprising stylistic diversity.  (In calling the scene "supportive," I am taking the liberty of construing as "support" the tendency of Jockey Club regulars to pelt their favorite local bands with literally hundreds of beer cans during a 30-minute set).  This support enabled a highly original local music scene to survive and prosper throughout the 1980s despite the lack of even a scintilla of encouragement or interest from anyone (other than Jack Rabid) located outside Cincinnati's I-275 Beltway.
 
On November 22, 2008, the Aurore Press of Cincinnati published a 250-page book entitled "Stories for Shorty: A Collection of Recollections from the Jockey Club 1982-1988."  Stories for Shorty is more of a scrapbook than a narrative history.  It is basically a collection of everything submitted by anyone (employees, musicians, patrons) who felt moved to transcribe a recollection of the Club.  The book contains some well-documented submissions by highly informed and literate scene participants (Hospital Records proprietor "Uncle Dave" Lewis is a particular standout), and some two-paragraph blurbs by people in possession of singular scraps of info (sometimes vital, sometimes not).  Most of the major local scene participants are represented, if alive.  Consistent with the outside world's near-universal disregard of the Cincy scene in the 1980s, Joey "Shithead" Keithley of the Vancouver, Canada combo DOA is the sole (inter-) national touring artist whose prose graces the volume, though others were also invited.  (DOA played the Jockey Club ten times, the most of any out-of-town band). 
 
To celebrate the publication of Stories for Shorty, release-day events were held at Shake-It Records in the afternoon, and at the Southgate House in the evening.  The afternoon event, attended by about 60 fans, consisted mainly of extemporaneous speeches by original Jockey Club scene insiders. There, I learned that the Jockey Club had been owned by a hardboiled pair of pistol-packing septuagenarian brothers—"Shorty" and "Tiny" Mincey—who took turns tending bar and who virtually never left the club's premises.  "Shorty" had previously worked as a laborer in a local brewery, alongside the father of "Billy Blank" Leist, a twentysomething Newport punk, ne'er do-well, and sometime volunteer DJ on community radio station WAIF-FM in Cincinnati.   Blue-collar Newport being a small community, fate and social networks ensured that "Billy Blank" would soon be booking punk bands into the Jockey Club.  The Club's prospects of obtaining national touring acts grew bright when "Billy Blank" enlisted his well-connected fellow WAIF DJs "Handsome Clem" Carpenter and Robert "Jughead" Sturdevant.  Apparently, "Shorty" and "Billy Blank" bridged the generation gap after bonding over their shared ambition to have some fun and make some money.  By all accounts their business partnership was congenial and respectful, though "Shorty" always insisted on handling all cash personally. 
 
At the book party, we heard from all three of the Jockey Club's WAIF DJ founders, and also from Neil Aquino, the former "Hockey Punk" (now famed as the "Texas Liberal" blogger); Steve "Snare" Arnzen (of "Snare and the Idiots," whose fame never quite extended beyond the 45223 Zip Code despite releasing a well-regarded 7"EP); Jockey Club soundman "Jimmy D" Davidson (also of The Libertines); Hospital Records proprietor "Uncle Dave" Lewis; Aurore Press owner/publisher Chuck Byrd; and several other notables.  The speeches were mostly extemporaneous, but they were filled with passion and politics and pride.  (It turns out that many original Jockey Club scenesters and musicians have remained involved with left-politics in Cincinnati, which in several cases is the vehicle through which social contacts have been maintained and strengthened over the years).  There was also a surprising amount of naked sentimentality.  It's not every day that a boozy punk-rocker with a potty-mouth exhorts his audience to turn to the person next to him and shake his/her hand and thank him/her for being part of your scene, but I was there when it happened in Shake-It Records on Saturday Nov 22, and I'll be damned if I didn't shake hands with a grinning "Billy Blank" himself, who welcomed me as if I'd actually been there back in the day!  (I was accompanied at this event by my pal Al, a well-known documenter of the scene who really was there back in the day).
 
The evening gig started earlier than I expected, so I arrived at Southgate House after The Thangs had already finished playing.  My pal Al was already there, and was enough of a local celeb that The Thangs gave me some free 7"singles just for being Al's pal!  Sweet!  Next up (and first up to me) were The Libertines, now called "Libertines US" because some major-label English act stole their name during their years of inactivity.  The Libertines (best known nowadays as Randy Cheek's pre-Ass Ponys combo) actually regrouped more than a year ago, when frontman/songwriter Walt Hodge decided to come out of musical retirement.  Tall, thin, and well-groomed, Hodge looks a lot like Clint Conley, who similarly came back from two decades of retirement to reform Mission of Burma a few years ago.  And like Mission of Burma, the revived Libertines picked up right where they left off, as if twenty years were erased from the calendar and 2007 was the year that followed 1986.  Sounding like Southern Ohio's Human Switchboard (or maybe like Big Dipper or Dumptruck or The Wrens), the Libertines live hit that perfect Amerindie gtr-rock groove that sort-of characterized proto-indie rock in the mid-1980s. (Sadly, their recordings never came anywhere near capturing the punch or muscle of their live show).  It is a testament to the stylistic catholicism of the Jockey Club scene that The Libertines were always well-loved there.  The Libertines were not a hardcore band (and barely even a punk band) in a scene where loud fast ruled.  But they were of the scene, by the scene, and for the scene, and the Jockey Club scene appreciated them—in the 1980s and again in 2008.
 
After the Libertines wrapped it, "Handsome Clem" Carpenter was proud to introduce the next band:  "from the sewers of Newport, Kentucky, those lowlife swine:  SS-20."  SS-20--a political hardcore combo fronted by the fiftysomething Ted Kennedy/Howie Cunningham lookalike and antiwar political activist Robert "Jughead" Sturdevant—always worshipped the Dead Kennedys fairly openly.  As close to a "house band" as the Jockey Club ever had, SS-20 have reuned many times since the mid-1980s.  Their early material is fast and loud but poppy, like (of course) the Dead Kennedys and not unlike The Descendents or The Sex Pistols or Green Day.  Their more recent material is more varied; the highlight of their set was a Clash-inspired anthem entitled "(I'm So Sick Of The) Capital Class," which was written before the present financial collapse but certainly anticipated it.  SS-20 were the crowd-favorite of the evening: when they took the stage, it was truly 1982 all over again.  As if from nowhere, there materialized mohawked punks a-skankin', and kids of all ages slamming, moshing, and careening.  Between exhortations to smash the capitalist state, "Jughead" took a few potsmoking breaks on stage (courtesy of generous audience members).  Magnanimous to a fault, he offered free CDs and T-Shirts to anyone who wanted them.  Between songs, he told a number of good one-liners, e.g.:  "This morning, my 89 year-old mother asked me what I want to be when I grow up.  So I told her, "a teenager.'"  (Ba-da-bing).  Unable to resist using his bully pulpit for some retail politicking, "Jughead" noted angrily that in the USA, the working man works in the capitalist's store.  And he went on record early in identifying "a little problem with Mr. Obama's foreign policy":  ending the war in Iraq is good, but moving it to Afghanistan is not good.  At sixtysomething, the decidedly non-straightedge Jughead also noted a little wistfully that growing up in the 1960s made him want to change the world, but then a few million beers got in the way.  But of course he did change his own small corner of the word, which is why a few hundred old-timers were motivated tonight to come pay tribute.   Mainly on the strength of Jughead's charisma and his palpable (and inspirational) passion, SS-20  played a great show.
 
BPA (the By-Products of America) played next.  Often described as Southern Ohio's Pere Ubu, BPA were part of Cincy's avant-garde Hospital Records scene in the early 1980s, which coexisted at the Jockey Club with the more popular hardcore scene. Formed by identical twin brothers Tim and Nolan Benz in 1981, BPA released several records on Hospital from 1982-86, played gigs until 1992, and kept practicing regularly thereafter until gigging resumed in 2005.  This was the third time I've seen BPA this year, and their set has become more stunning each time.  Instrument-switching, multi-instrumentalism, band members coming and going from the stage throughout the set, different vocalists on each song:  BPA scorch with an intense seriousness of purpose that recalls Mission of Burma and The Fall (though without any songs quite as memorable).  Even at fortysomething, the Benz brothers look and dress (and buzz their hair) so identically with one another that it is impossible to tell which one is which.  Their multi-instrumentalism and complete refusal to address the audience between songs only add to the puzzle and the fascination.  BPA were by far the most contemporary-sounding of the evening's bands, if only because they were 25 years ahead of their time in the early 1980s.
 
Last up was "Billy Blank" Leist's own band, The Reduced.  Never the most "musical" band (even by punk rock standards), The Reduced were a beloved but generic bar-band version of glam/punk bands like The Dictators and The New York Dolls, already somewhat anachronistic in their 1980s heyday, as retro as BPA are modern.  (The Reduced's guitarist, William Weber, later went on to enjoy a dubious fifteen minutes of fame in GG Allin's final combo, "nem" Murder Junkies).  This evening, "Billy Blank" wisely wore a full-body trenchcoat, to absorb the impact from the literally hundreds of beer cans that were hurled at him as he sang (just like back in the day).  He also evoked memories of Brian Jones or Buddy Holocaust or The Monks (while at the same time cannily protecting his own skull from projectiles) by wearing a tall military officer's cap throughout the set.  Bashing out New York Dolls and Creedence covers between originals that aped the style of those bands (if not quite the substance), The Reduced were so glad to be onstage that their joy was infectious.  But they too were a little wistful:  never more so than when a drunken "Billy Blank" quietly but defiantly proclaimed himself to be "your old Billy Bottom, still blanker than you'll ever be."  Damn straight!
 
Overall, the Jockey Club reunion festivities were lovely and exciting and interesting:  a time machine that opened a small window into the "secret history of punk rock," some of which was made in a Newport KY dive-bar in the 1980s.  In 2008, a parking lot is all that remains on the Jockey Club's former site.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Best Records of 2013

At long last, here is this year's Trash Flow Radio "Best Records of 2013" list.  This year, I ranked 25 albums and 15 singles, and supplemented those lists with unranked lists of "Best Reissues" and "Honorable Mention."  To avoid conflicts of interest or gushes of parental pride, I refrained from listing or ranking the self-released self-titled debut CD by Nathan Katkin's great solo project Sophie's Dream.  And for the same reason, I also refrained from listing or ranking the self-released debut single by Nathan's excellent new trio The Great Mistakes.  But FYI, both Sophie's Dream and The Great Mistakes have Bandcamp pages, and The Great Mistakes also have a facebook page.

I thought 2013 was a very good year for music.  The young Australian garage-pop scene continued to wax bright in my world this year, and is well-represented on my lists.  Many old faves of mine (e.g. Sebadoh, Codeine, Death of Samantha, The Pastels, even Andy Kaufman) also returned this year with their first new records in decades!  Not surprisingly, all made my Best Records lists, as did several of my long-time faves (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Jeffrey Lewis, Wire, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds), whose recent output has been steadier.  While I was compiling these lists, Eric Weisbard noted that 2013 may have been the first year ever in which no baby boomer made any record that anyone cared about.   While my #1 Album of 2013 was in fact made by a baby boomer (Nick Cave), I think Eric is generally correct.  Except for the late Andy Kaufman and possibly Lee Ranaldo or Martin Phillipps (Chills), no other boomer made a record that made any of my lists.  I'm not sure what that means, however.  But it's something to write about. 

Well, goodbye to the only year of my life divisible by 61, and hello to the only year of my life divisible by 53.  Here's the lists:

Best 25 New Albums of 2013:

 1. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away LP+7"45/CD+DVD (Bad Seed)
 2. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - s/t LP/CD/CA (Palace)
 3. Bitch Prefect - Bird Nerds LP/CD (Bedroom Suck)
 4. Radiator Hospital – Something Wild LP (Salinas)
 5. Title TK - Rocks   Fake-LP (New Images)
 6. Bed Wettin' Bad Boys - Ready For Boredom LP/CD (R.I.P Society)
 7. Andy Kaufman - Andy and His Grandmother LP/CD (Drag City)
 8. Connections ‎– Private Airplane +  Body Language LPs (Anyway)
 9. Scott & Charlene's Wedding - Any Port in a Storm LP/CD (Bedroom Suck/Fire)
10. Courtney Barnett ‎– The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas CD (Milk!/House Anxiety)
11. Bud Benderbe - The Velvet Underground & Nico & Bud Benderbe LP (Boo-Hooray)
12. Codeine ‎– What About The Lonely? LP/CD (Numero Group)
13. Sebadoh - Defend Yourself LP/CD (Joyful Noise)
14. Veronica Falls ‎– Waiting For Something To Happen LP/CD (Slumberland/Bella Union)
15. Blank Realm - Go Easy + Grassed Inn LPs/CDs (Bedroom Suck/Siltbreeze/Fire)
16. Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel - Hey Hey It’s The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band CDR (no label)
17. Lee Ranaldo And The Dust - Last Night On Earth 2LP/CD (Matador)
18. Death Of Samantha ‎– If Memory Serves Us Well 2LP (St. Valentine Records)
19. Stephen Malkmus & Friends ‎– Can's Ege Bamyasi LP (Matador/Domino)
20. Wingdale Community Singers ‎– Night, Sleep, Death LP (Blue Chopsticks)
21. Wire - Change Becomes Us 2LP/CD (Pink Flag)
22. Wussy Duo - s/t CDEP (Shake It)
23. Lower Plenty ‎– Hard Rubbish/Mean 2LP/2CD (Fire)
24. The Source Family OST LP/CD (Drag City)
25. The Pastels ‎– Slow Summits LP/CD (Domino)

Best 15 New Singles of 2013:

 1. Withered Hand/Charles Latham - Split-7"45 (Hangover Lounge)
 2. The Chills - Molten Gold MP3-single (Fire)
 3. Jeffrey Lewis - WWPRD 7"45 (Rough Trade)
 4. Royal Headache -- Stand and Stare 7"45 (Matador)
 5. The #1s - Sharon Shouldn't 7"45 (Sorry State/Alien Snatch)
 6. Superchunk - Faith/Void 7"45 (Merge)
 7. Dump ‎– The Silent Treatment 12"EP (Grapefruit)
 8. Joe Bussard - Guitar Rag / Screwdriver Slide ‎10"78 (Tompkins Square)
 9. Frontier Folk Nebraska - Drop The Ball, Waste Another Year 7"45 (No Chaser)
10. Full Ugly - Drove Down 7"45 (Bedroom Suck)
11. Ian Rubbish & the Bizzaros - The Best of Ian Rubbish MP3-EP (SNL)
12. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Sixty One/Sixty Minute Man 10"EP (Dogfish Head Brewery)
13. Mac McCaughan & Kelly Hogan - That Summer Feeling video (Onion A.V. Club)
14. Scott & Charlene's Wedding ‎– Two Weeks 10"EP/CDEP (Critical Heights)
15. Mick Collins & Danny Kroha - Winter Blues & Greens: Epitaphs & Elegies by Kim Vincent Fowley 2x7"45 (Norton)

Honorable Mention: Best New Albums of 2013 (alphabetical):

• Anonymous Choir - Anonymous Choir Sings Neil Young's After The Gold Rush LP (Mind Rider).
• Atomiclock - s/t MP3-album (Bandcamp)
• Bailterspace - Trinine LP/CD (Arch Hill/Fire)
• Beachwood Sparks - Desert Skies LP/CD (Alive)
• Beck - Song Reader Book (McSweeney's)
• Bettie Serveert - Oh, Mayhem! LP/CD (Second Motion)
• The Bloodless Cooties - XX   CD (Thick Syrup)
• Bloody Amateur - s/t LP (Teenbeat)
• Body/Head - Coming Apart  2LP/CD (Matador)
• The Book of Amy - s/t CD (Thick Syrup)
• Bottomless Pit – Shade Perennial LP/CD (Comedy Minus One)
• Brokeback & the Black Rock – s/t LP/CD (Thrill Jockey)
• Brother JT - The Svelteness of Boogietude LP/CD (Thrill Jockey)
• Bill Callahan - Dream River LP/CD (Drag City)
• Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You LP/CD (Anti/Lady Pilot)
• Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Live From KCRW 2LP/CD (Bad Seed)
• Rhys Chatham ‎– Harmonie Du Soir LP/CD (Northern Spy)
• Anne-James Chaton & Andy Moor - Transfer (Unsounds)
• The Chills ‎– Somewhere Beautiful 3LP/CD (Fire)
• Chumbawamba - In Memoriam: Margaret Thatcher CDEP (Chumbawamba)
• Edwyn Collins ‎– Understated LP/CD (AED)
• Dead C ‎– Armed Courage LP/CD (Ba Da Bing!)
• Dick Diver - Calendar Days LP/CD (Chapter Music)
• Mike Donovan - Wot LP/CD/CA (Drag City)
• Dumb Numbers - s/t LP/CD (Joyful Noise)
• Eleventh Dream Day  ‎– New Moodio LP (Comedy Minus One)
• The Ex &  Brass Unbound   ‎– Enormous Door LP/CD (Ex)
• Ezra Lbs - s/t CD (Thick Syrup)
• Chris Forsyth – Solar Motel (Paradise Of Bachelors)
• Front Bottoms - Talon of the Hawk LP/CD (Bar/None)
• Philip Glass & Portland Opera- Galileo Galilei 2CD (Orange Mountain)
• The Gospel Truth - A Lonely Man Does Foolish Things LP (12XU)
• Grow Horns - Proper Seasons CD (Centsless)
• David Grubbs - Borough of Broken Umbrellas 10" EP (Blue Chopsticks)
• David Grubbs - The Plain Where the Palace Stood LP/CD (Drag City)  
• Guided By Voices ‎– English Little League LP/CD/CA (GBV/Fire)
• Steve Gunn - Time Off LP/CD (Paradise of Bachelors)
• Neil Hamburger   ‎– Incident In Cambridge, Mass. CA (Burger)
• Industrial Park ‎– Cold White LP (Desire)
• Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister LP/CD (Slumberland/Fortuna Pop)
• Daniel Johnston/Into It, Over It split-LP (Daytrotter)
• The Julie Ruin - Run Fast LP/CD (TJR/Dischord)
• Paul K & The Weathermen - A Wilderness of Mirrors Audiobook MP3 (Shrunken Stomach)
• Tommy Keene - Excitement at Your Feet LP/CD (Second Motion)
• King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath The Moon 2LP/CD (XL/True Panther)
• Tim Lee 3 ‎– Devil's Rope LP (Cool Dog Sound)
• Alan Licht ‎– Four Years Older LP (Editions Mego)
• Limiñanas ‎– Costa Blanca LP/CD (Trouble In Mind)
• David Markey & Heavy Friends - Volume Infinite CD (Thick Syrup)
• Martha’s Vineyard Ferries – Mass Grave LP/CD (Kiam)
• Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – What the Brothers Sang LP/CD/CA (Drag City)
• Mount Eerie ‎– Pre-Human Ideas LP (P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.)
• Scout Niblett - It's Up To Emma LP/CD (Drag City)
• Jeffrey Novak – Lemon Kid (Trouble In Mind)
• Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - Take Me To The Land Of Hell LP/CD (Chimera)
• Painted Faces - Alone In My Head: A Painted Faces Primer 2009-2013 (Gulcher)
• Pere Ubu ‎– Lady From Shanghai 2LP/CD (Fire)
• Joel R.L. Phelps & The Downer Trio - Gala ‎LP (12XU/Triple Crown)
• Raybeats - The Lost Philip Glass Sessions CD (Orange Mountain)
• Alasdair Roberts - A Wonder Working Stone 2LP/CD (Drag City)
• Nathan Salsburg - Hard For To Win And Can't Be Won (No Quarter)
• Ty Segall - Sleeper LP/CD/CA (Drag City)
• Sex Tide - Flash Fuck LP (A Wicked Company) 
• Sleeping Bag - Women Of Your Life LP/CD (Joyful Noise)
• Speed The Plough ‎– The Plough & The Stars LP/CD (Bar/None)
• Superchunk - I Hate Music LP/CD (Merge)
• Surf City ‎– We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This LP/CD (Fire)
• Sweet Talk - Pickup Lines ‎LP (12XU)
• Thermals ‎– Desperate Ground LP/CD (Saddle Creek)
• Tweens – s/t CDR/CA (Chow/Hard Body Sounds)
• The Uncluded - Hokey Fright 2LP/CD (Rhymesayers)
• Various - Burger Records' tribute to the Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat CA (Burger)
• Various - '78 LTD CD (Thick Syrup)
• Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Daze: Deluxe Daze (Post Haze) 2CD (Matador)
• Dean Wareham ‎– Emancipated Hearts 10"/LP/CD (Double Feature/Sonic Cathedral)
• Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt LP/2CD/CA (Don Giovanni)
• Dot Wiggin Band - Ready! Get! Go! LP/CD (Alternative Tentacles)
• Wooden Wand ‎– Blood Oaths Of The New Blues LP/CD (Fire)
• Wussy - Berneice Huff and Son, Bill Sings Popular Favorites MP3 (Shake It)
• Yo La Tengo - Fade Deluxe 2CD (Matador)
• Neil Young - Live at the Cellar Door LP/CD (Reprise)
• Thalia Zedek Band – Via LP/CD (Thrill Jockey)
• Zomes ‎– Time Was LP/CD (Thrill Jockey)


Honorable Mention: Best New Singles of 2013 (alphabetical):

• Hasil Adkins ‎– "Last"  7"45 (Arkam)
• America Hearts - I Like Bad Music MP3 (Soundcloud)
• The Bats / Boomgates Split-7"45 (Bedroom Suck/Mistletone)
• Big Dipper - Joke Outfit 7"45 (Almost Ready)
• Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - This Land Is Your Land MP3 (PBS)
• Cairo Gang ‎– Tiny Rebels 12"EP/CA (Burger)
• Connections ‎– Tough City 7"EP (Lost Weekend)
• Former Utopia - s/t EP (Damnably)
• Alastair Galbraith & Ivor Kallin/Jesus Christ (Eric Gaffney) split-7"45 (Happy Soul)
• G. Green - Our Boss 7"EP (A Wicked Company)
• Luke Haines - Lou Reed Lou Reed MP3-Single (Soundcloud)
• Industrial Park - Echoes/May 7"45 (Toxic Pop)
• David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights ‎– Christopher Columbus  7"45 (Merge)
• The Limiñanas - La Fille de la Ligne 15 7"45 (Trouble In Mind)
• Lower Plenty/Dick Diver Split-7"45 (Matador)
• Tony Molina – 6 Track 7"EP (Matador)  
• David Kenneth Nance - Actor's Diary 12"EP ‎(Grapefruit)
• Jeffrey Novak -- I Never Knew I Knew So Much 7"45 (Matador)
• Negro Spirituals - Black Garden/Ancient Trees 7"45 (A Wicked Company)
• A.C. Newman - Spike's Obsession with John Wesley Shipp MP3 (TBSOWFMU)
• Nude Beach - What Can Ya Do 7"45 (Other Music)
• Parkay Quarts (Parquet Courts) - Tally All the Things That You Broke 12"EP/CD (What's Your Rupture)
• Salinas Records Guided By Voices Tribute 7"EP (Salinas)
• Sebadoh - Secret EP 10"EP (Joyful Noise)
• Sex Tide - Flash Fuck LP (A Wicked Company)
• Superchunk -- I Hate History/Glue 7"45 (Matador)
• Thin Kids w/ Kate Nash – Free My Pussy/Free Pussy Riot Now! 7"45 (Have 10p)
• Various - Record Store Day 2013 4-Way Covers Split-7"EP (Trouble In Mind)
• Kurt Vile/Reigning Sound - Best Show on WFMU Magazine split-Flexi-7"45 (WFMU)


Best Reissues of 2013:

• 15-60-75 (Numbers Band) - Jimmy Bell's Still In Town" 2LP (Exit Stencil) (1976)
• Belle & Sebastian - The Third Eye Centre  2LP/CD (Matador) (2002-2009)
• Big Boys ‎– Fun, Fun, Fun... 12"EP (540) (1982)
• Big Star ‎– Nothing Can Hurt Me  OST 2LP/CD (Omnivore) (1972-74)
• The Boys- s/t + Alternative Chartbusters 2LPs/2CDs (Fire) (1977-78)
• Burnin Red Ivanhoe - Canal Trip: An Anthology 1969-1974 2CD (Esoteric) (1969-1974)
• Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Safe As Milk (mono) LP/CD (Sundazed) (1967)
• The Cartoons - She's A Rock and Roller 7"45 (Last Laugh) (1981)
• Cleaners From Venus ‎– Box Set, Vol. 2 4LP/4CD (Captured Tracks) (1983-85)
• Come ‎– Eleven:Eleven Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition  2LP+7"45/2CD (Matador/Glitterhouse) (1992)
• Death - Politicians In My Eyes 7"45+Blu-Ray (Drafthouse) (1976)
• The Dentists - Some People Are On The Pitch They Think It's All Over It Is Now LP (Trouble In Mind) (1985)
• Victor Dimisich Band – s/t LP (Siltbreeze) (1982/1988)
• Dump – Superpowerless / I Can Hear Music 5LP (Morr Music) (1993-94)
• Bob Dylan - Bootleg Series Vol 10 : Another Self-Portrait 2CD/4LP/4CD (Columbia) (1970-71)
• Epicycle   ‎– You're Not Gonna Get It: 1978-81 LP/CD (HoZac) (1978-81)
• Roky Erickson - The Evil One + Don't Slander Me + Gremlins Have Pictures LPs/CDs (Light In The Attic) (1980/1986)
• Henry Flynt - Graduation 2LP (Superior Viaduct) (1980/2001)
• Kim Fowley - Wildfire: The Complete Imperial Recordings 1968-69 2CD (Tune In) (1968-69)
• Woody Guthrie - American Radical Patriot 7CD (Rounder) (1942-48)
• Peter Gutteridge – Pure 2LP (540) (1989)
• Hackamore Brick   ‎– One Kiss Leads To Another LP/CD (Real Gone) (1970)
• Half Japanese - 1/2 Gentlemen/Not Beasts ‎4LP/3CD (Fire) (1980)
• Lee Hazlewood ‎– There's A Dream I've Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-1971 4CD (Light In The Attic) (1966-71)
• Hüsker Dü ‎– Amusement ‎2x7"45 (Numero Group) (1982)
• Tommy Keene - Back To Zero Now ‎7"45 (12XU) (1983)
• Tommy Keene - Strange Alliance  LP (12XU) (1982)
• Craig Leon – Nommos LP (Superior Viaduct) (1981)
• Blind Willie McTell - Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, Vols. 1-3 LPs (Third Man)
• The Missing Links - s/t LP+7"EP (Sundazed) (1965)
• Mississippi Sheiks - Complete Recorded Works Presented In Chronological Order, Vols. 1-3 LPs (Third Man)
• Scott Morgan   ‎– Three Chords And A Cloud Of Dust 3CD (Easy Action) (1976-97)
• MX-80 Sound - Hard Attack 2CD (Superior Viaduct) (1977)
• Mystic Siva - s/t CD (World In Sound) (1970)
• Neo Boys ‎– Sooner Or Later 2LP/2CD (K Records) (1978-83)
• The Nubs - Job / Little Billy's Burning  7"45 (Last Laugh) (1980)
• Paley Brothers - The Complete Recordings CD (Real Gone) (1978-85)
• Charley Patton - Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, Vols 1-3 LPs (Third Man)
• Public Image Ltd ‎– First Issue  LP/2CD (Light In The Attic) (1978)
• Pussy Galore - Groovy Hate Fuck 12"EP (Shove) (1986)
• The Riot Squad ‎– The Toy Soldier 7"EP (Acid Jazz) (1967)
• The Sacred Mushroom - s/t LP (Shake It) (1969)
• Sleepers - s/t 7"EP (Superior Viaduct) (1978)
• Songs:Ohia - Magnolia Electric Co.: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition LP/CD (Secretly Canadian) (2003)
• Nikki Sudden - Boy from Nowhere Who Fell Out of the Sky 6CD (Troubador)
• The Standells - Zebra in the Kitchen/Someday You’ll Cry 7"45 (Sundazed) (1965)
• Toody Cole/The Western Front Split 10"EP (Mississippi) (1985)
• Toy Love - s/t 2LP/CA (Captured Tracks/Flying Nun) (1980)
• Various ‎– Dangerhouse: Complete Singles Collected 1977-79 14x7"45/2CD (Munster/Frontier/Dangerhouse) (1977-79)
• Various ‎– The Devil Is Busy In Knoxville LP (Mississippi/Change)
• Various ‎– Enjoy The Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992 2LP/CD (Now Again/Sincecure)
• Various ‎– Free Angela comp-LP/CD (Secret Stash) (1973)
• Various ‎– I Heard The Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel From The Nashboro Label 1951-1983 4CD (Tompkins Square) (1951-83)
• Various ‎– Love Poetry And Revolution: A Journey Through The British Psychedelic And Underground Scenes 1966-1972 3CD (Cherry Red) (1966-72)
• Various – Play It Like You Did Back To George Street: An Anthology of Cincinnati Blues 1927-1936 2LP (Shake It) (1927-1936)
• Various – Punk 45: Kill the Hippies! Kill Yourself! Vol 1 LP/CD (Soul Jazz) (1973-76)
• Various ‎– Sharpies comp-LP (Sharps Rock) (1973-79)
• Various ‎– Tragic Songs From The Grassy Knoll: John F. Kennedy 50th Anniversary Collection LP (Norton) (1964-66)
• Various ‎– Turn Me Loose - Outsiders Of "Old Time" Music LP (Tompkins Square)
• Various ‎– Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time & End Time Music 1923-1936 3CD (Tompkins Square) (1923-1936)
• Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat Super Deluxe Edition 3CD (Polydor) (1967)
• Venom P. Stinger - 1986-1991 2CD (Drag City) (1986-1991)
• Village Pistols - Big Money 7"45 (Last Laugh) (1981)
• The Waitresses - Just Desserts: The Complete Waitresses 2CD (Omnivore) (1983)
• Zero Boys   ‎– Livin' In The 80's 7"EP (1-2-3-4 Go!) (1980)