March 18, 2011 Playlist

"Intolerance" by Grant Hart (1989)
Grant Hart  "Intolerance"  1989 (USA)
Today is Grant Hart's 50th birthday.  He was a co-leader and songwriter for one of my favorite groups of the 1980's, the psychedlic punk power trio Hüsker Dü.  After the band broke up, Bob Mould (the other co-leader) has had a rather successful solo career, while Hart has continued to labor on in the underground in relative obscurity.  Though personally, I've always prefered Hart's open-hearted and soulful approach to songwriting to his more famous ex-partner's acerbic self-absorption.   Hart's solo debut Intolerance is a particularly interesting record, featuring intriguing lyrics, catchy melodies and intimate performances (Hart plays every instrument on the album himself.)
Here is a music video from this album:  "All Of My Senses", and a more recent tune by Hart:  "You Are The Reflection Of The Moon On The Water".  Earlier in the 1980's, Grant was the singing drummer of Hüsker Dü "Pink Turns To Blue" is a song from their "punk rock opera" Zen Arcade, and "Love Is All Around" is an ultracheap video for their version of an old TV show theme which is associated with their hometown, Minneapolis.  Also having a birthday this week:  Sly Stone.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
Flower Travellin' Band Hiroshima Made In Japan 1972 Japan
Blue Oyster Cult Godzilla Spectres 1977 USA
Husker Du Standing By The Sea Zen Arcade 1984 USA
Husker Du Pink Turns To Blue Zen Arcade 1984 USA
Sly & The Family Stone Trip To Your Heart A Whole New Thing 1967 USA
Sly & The Family Stone Only One Way Out Of This Mess studio outtake (Life CD bonus track) 1968 USA
Grant Hart Fanfare In D Major (Come, Come) Intolerance
1989 USA
Grant Hart You're The Victim Intolerance
1989 USA
Grant Hart Anything Intolerance
1989 USA
Meat Puppets Damn Thing Lollipop (N) 2011 (Megaforce) USA
Guzzo Pinc & The Longsleeves Cool School The Clap EP (N) 2011 (Free Agent) USA
Akron/Family So It Goes Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT (N) 2011 (Dead Oceans) USA
Gang Of Four You Don't Have To Be Mad Content (N) 2010 (Yep Roc) UK
Wire Two Minutes Red Barked Tree (N) 2011 (Pink Flag/Mute) UK
The Sights Take & Take Most Of What Follows Is True (N) 2010 (Alive Naturalsound) USA
Sisters Synesthesia Ghost Fits (N) 2010 (Narnack) USA
Past Lives Hex Takes Hold Tapestry Of Webs (N) 2010 (Suicide Squeeze) USA
White Fence Growing Faith White Fence Is Growing Faith (N) 2011 (Woodsist) USA
Ringo Death Starr You Don't Listen Colour Trip (N) 2011 (Sonic Unyon) USA
Jonathan Richman We'll Be The Noise, We'll Be The Scandal O Moon, Queen Of Night On Earth (N) 2010 (Vapor) USA
Deerhoof Super Duper Rescue Heads! Deerhoof vs. Evil (N) 2011 (Polyvinyl) USA
Deerhunter Earthquake Halcyon Digest (N) 2010 (4AD) USA
Fujiya & Miyagi Minestrone Ventriloquizzing (N) 2011 (Yep Roc) UK
Lunar Dunes Oh You Strange Tune forthcoming album "Galaxsea" (N) 2011 (forthcoming) UK
Trip Lava Hover & Land
   / Gurgblah Emerges
   / The Villagers Retreat
Octatroid (N) 2010 (Shark Records) USA
Peaking Lights Marshmellow Yellow 936 (N) 2011 (Not Not Fun) USA
Daughters Of The Sun Hexagram Ghost With Chains (N) 2011 (Not Not Fun) USA
High Wolf Dream Is Good Etoile 3030 (N - cassette) 2011 (Not Not Fun) France
The Grand Astoria Omnipresence Omnipresence (N) 2011 (self release) Russia
Chain & The Gang It's A Hard Hard Job (Keeping Everybody High) Music's Not For Everyone (N)
2011 (K Records) USA
Jokers Southern Blues Jokers (N - reissue)
1972 (2011 Fading Sunshine) Iran
Tyler Jakes Lazy Daze Burning Down The Underground (N)
2011 (self release) USA
Funki Porcini Robert Crumb's
Natural Gait
On (N)
2010 (Ninja Tune) UK
Bee vs. Moth Pennies From Hell Acronyms (N)
2011 (self release) USA
The Budos Band Nature's Wrath III (N) 2010 (Daptone) USA
Scott Walker The Seventh Seal Scott 4 1969 USA/UK
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