September 16, 2011 Playlist

"Only Life" by The Feelies (1988)
The Feelies  "Only Life"  1988 (USA)
The Feelies have just released their fifth album after an on-again/off-again career that has lasted more than 30 years so far.  Their 1980 debut Crazy Rhythms is a critical favorite from the post-punk era that melds two-chord garage rock to hyperactive rhythms.  But in my opinion the string of albums from later in the 1980's and early 1990's are their unsung classics.  These records emphasized the guitars more than the first album, resulting in a very groovy sound that harkens back to the classic sounds of The Byrds (jangle) and Velvet Underground (drone) with lyrics reminiscient of a nerdier version of Iggy & The Stooges (brilliantly dumb teenage punk attitude).
The Feelies scored a minor college rock hit from this album with "Away", but their highest profile moment was probably their appearance in Jonathan Demme's film Something Wild.  Here's a live clip from a a couple years ago which shows that they still got it:  "Raised Eyebrows"!  And here they are playing a tune from the new 2011 album Here Before:  "On And On".
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
Baby Woodrose What Ya Gonna Do? Love Comes Down (N) 2011 (Bad Afro) Denmark
The Cynics I Need More Spinning Wheel Motel (N) 2011 (Get Hip) USA
The Hanna Barbarians Porcelain Rooster Syzygy (N) 2011 (self release) USA
The Black Lips
Mad Dog Arabia Mountain (N) 2011 (Vice) USA
The Honey Slides Not To Worry The Honey Slides EP (N) 2011 (self release) USA
White Fence Harness White Fence Is Growing Faith (N) 2011 (Woodsist) USA
The Luck Of Eden Hall
Shampoo Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1 (N) 2011 (self release) USA
The Feelies Too Much Only Life
1988 USA
The Feelies Crazy Rhythms Crazy Rhythms 1980 USA
The Feelies Away Only Life
1988 USA
The Feelies Should Be Gone Here Before (N) 2011 (Bar/None) USA
Moon Duo
Fallout Mazes (N) 2011 (Sacred Bones) USA
Mike Watt Hollowed-Out-Man Hyphenated-Man (N) 2011 (Clenched Wrench) USA
Wire Please Take Red Barked Tree (N) 2011 (Pink Flag/Mute) UK
Yuck Operation Yuck (N) 2011 (Fat Possum) UK
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Stick Figures In Love Mirror Traffic (N) 2011 (Matador) USA
Paris Suit Yourself Father My Main Shitstain (N) 2011 (Big Dada) France
Sun Araw Lute And Lyre Ancient Romans (N) 2011 (Drag City) USA
Oriental Rugs Persian Carpet Oriental Drugs EP (N) 2011 (Plustapes) USA
Jokers Going Away Jokers (N - reissue)
1972 (2011 Fading Sunshine) Iran
Googoosh Talagh Googoosh (N - reissue compilation) rec. 1970's (2011 B-Music) Iran
Fusioon No Hay Habitacion Absolute Fusioon (N - reissue)
rec. 1970's (2011 B-Music) Spain
Pax Exorcism (bonus track) Pax rec. 1970's Peru
Os Mutantes Pitágoras Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol 1974 Brazil
Van der Graaf Generator Mr. Sands A Grounding In Numbers (N) 2011 (Esoteric) UK
Cheer-Accident Sleep No Ifs, Ands Or Dogs (N) 2011 (Cuneiform) USA
Lumerians Xulux Transmalinnia (N) 2011 (Knitting Factory) USA
Afuche They're In There Highly Publicized Digital Boxing Match (N) 2011 (Cuneiform) USA
Eleanor Friedberger Owl's Head Park
   / Early Earthquake
Last Summer (N)
2011 (Merge) USA
Akron/Family Light Emerges Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT (N) 2011 (Dead Oceans) USA
Six Organs Of Admittance
Light Of The Light Asleep On The Floodplain (N) 2011 (Drag City) USA
Thurston Moore Orchard Street Demolished Thoughts (N) 2011 (Matador) USA
Us And Them with Frobisher Neck Willow's Song (from The Wicker Man film) Summerisle EP (N - 7" colored vinyl) 2011 (Fruits De Mer) Sweden/UK
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