Saturday, September 23, 2017

Top 20 Records of 1997

1997 was an interesting year in music.  You had the rise of Hellcat Records, best of collections released for the likes of the Pixies, Cock Sparrer, and The Replacements, plus the emergence of TKO Records, and a reunion of the Rumors lineup of Fleetwood Mac.  It was a year that saw the release of a lot of 7 inches and EPs by up and coming labels from some bands that would go on to big things and others that would fade away.  This was also the year of the short-lived '60s soul revival with bands like The Inciters and The Pietasters knocking out records that take you back to the glory days of Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, and Wilson Pickett; many, many record label sampler compilations; and Dwight Yoakam covering The Clash.  Overall it was a pretty weird year.

One of the biggest challenges in putting this list together had to do with the fact that so many of the great records of 1997 were released on small labels that no longer exist and the availability of information on these releases ranges from little to none.  And on that note, a lot of this stuff isn't available on Spotify, so I've created a playlist on YouTube.  Hopefully this works...

Check out my other posts looking back at the music of the past 20 years: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996.

20.  More Bounce To The Ounce by v/a
19.  A Little Sex and Death by The Lazy Cowgirls
18.  Under the Covers by Dwight Yoakam
17.  The Colour and the Shape by Foo Fighters
16.  The Dance by Fleetwood Mac
15.  Bloody Minded... The Best Of Cock Sparrer by Cock Sparrer
14.  Last of the Sharpshooters by Down by Law
13.  Willis by The Pietasters
12.  All for Nothing / Nothing for All by The Replacements
11.  Boys on the Docks by Dropkick Murphys
10.  The Donnas by The Donnas
9.  The Bouncing Souls by The Bouncing Souls
9.  War Birth by US Bombs
7.  The Bodies by The Bodies
6.  Movin' On by The Inciters!
5.  Before You Were Punk: A Punk Rock Tribute to 80's New Wave by v/a
4.  Bootlegger's Son by One Man Army
3.  This Is The Heartdrops by The Heartdrops
2.  Give 'Em the Boot by v/a
1.  Riot Squad by Riot Squad

Honorable Mentions -- 
Class Separation by The Forgotten
No Requests Tonight by The Devil Dogs
Let's Face It by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Something to Remember Me By by Ben Lee
Fuel for the Hate Game by Hot Water Music
Well And Good by Zoinks!
Death to the Pixies by Pixies

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 15

This week we have new stuff from Adam Darowski, Diet Cig, Tim Barry, and Choke Up plus cult classics from Jawbreaker, Those Unknown, and Husker Du.

1.  "Never Going Back" by Hot Water Music (from Light It Up)
2.  "Say 123" by Flowers (from Say 123)
3.  "Find the Way" by Adam Darowski (from Find the Way / Half Step)
4.  "Blue Moon" by Choke Up (from Stormy Blue)
5.  "Hypnotize You" by The Gomes (from Hypnotize You)
6.  "My Best Friend (Is A Nihilist)" by Iron Chic (from You Can't Stay Here)
7.  "Dramamine" by Jeff Rosenstock (from Dramamine)
8.  "Achin" by Poor Form (from Achin)
9.  "Sixteen" by Diet Cig (from Swear I'm Good at This)
10.  "Purple Mountains" by Able Baker Fox (from Visions)
11.  "Ivy League" by Alex Lahey (from B-Grade University)
12.  "No Prevail" by Those Unknown (from Those Unknown)
13.  "Hero" by The Nixons (from Six)
14.  "High On 95" by Tim Barry (from High On 95)
15.  "Busy" by Jawbreaker (from Unfun)
16.  "Come On, All You Fascists" by Shane Sweeney (from Come On, All You Fascists)
17.  "Someday" by The Outlets (from The Outlets)
18.  "Anything Could Happen" by Bash & Pop (from Anything Could Happen)
19.  "Green Eyes" by The Plurals (from RIP Grant Hart)
20.  "Keep Hanging On" by Husker Du (from Flip Your Wig)
21.  "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" by The Smiths (from Pretty in Pink)

Listen to "Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 15" on Spreaker.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 14

On this edition of the Oklahoma Lefty Podcast we have new stuff from Dizzy Bats, TV Crime, The Homeless Gospel Choir, and Fresh plus Higley, Red Forty, The Forgotten, and much more.

1.  "Get Bent" by Fresh (from Fresh)
2.  "Clocking In" by TV Crime (from Clocking In / Clocking Out 7")
3.  "Maybeing" by Armchair Martian (from Hang on Ted)
4.  "Some Friends" by Kali Masi (from Wind Instrument)
5.  "I'm Listening" by Dizzy Bats (from I Don't Live Here Anymore)
6.  "Who We Are" by Descendents (from Who We Are)
7.  "Nothing" by Drawstring (from One)
8.  "And Such And Such" by The Forty Nineteens (from Good Fortune)
9.  "All the Same" by Needles//Pins (from Good Night, Tomorrow)
10.  "Lucky Seven" by The Scandals (from Lucky Seven)
11.  "2nd Class Citizen" by The Forgotten (from Veni Vidi Vici)
12.  "Novocaine" by The Carolyn (from Keepsake)
13.  "Seventeen" by Red Forty (from Discography)
14.  "Teenage Feelings" by Kamikaze Girls (from Seafoam)
15.  "5 Minutes" by Higley (from Higley)
16.  "Normal" by The Homeless Gospel Choir (from The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents Normal)
17.  "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M. (from MTV Unplugged)
18.  "Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas [Quiet Slang]" by Beach Slang (from We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags)

Listen to "Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 14" on Spreaker.

Destination Earth X # 06: Secret Empire Finale Review

This week I review the finale of Marvel's Secret Empire event, look at the first stops in DC's Dark Nights: Metal event, plus This Week's Pull and What I'm Reading Right Now.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

The Voices of a Generation X # 02: Bob Mould

This week on The Voices of a Generation X we cover the career of Bob Mould.  Starting with his work in the legendary punk band Husker Du, Mould has had a career that many would kill for by fist by being a pioneer in the American underground, forming the impressive Sugar, dipping his toes into electronic music, and finally a heroic return to form with three outstanding solo records.  Bob Mould has influenced artists from the Pixies to Nirvana and provided a voice for those screaming alone in their rooms.  As a generations, we couldn't ask for a better representative, inspiration, or voice than Bob Mould.

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Destination Earth X # 05: The Dark Age of Comics

This week we discuss that time in comics after the Bronze Age until the mid-2000s, or as I like to call it The Dark Age of Comics, plus This Week's Pull, and my quick thoughts on The Defenders Season One.

TV Tropes --
Useful Notes / The Dark Age of Comic Books
Useful Notes / The Iron Age of Comic Books
Useful Notes / The Modern Age of Comic Books

Oklahoma Lefty --
The Dark Age of Comic Books

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Currently Listening

1.  "Puddle of Blood" by Hard Girls (from Puddle of Blood)
2.  "Normal" by The Homeless Gospel Choir (from Presents: Normal)
3.  "Retardent Jig" by Armchair Martian (from Playing 4 Square)
4.  "Get Bent" by Fresh (from Fresh)
5.  "Goin' Back to Wyo" by Teenage Bottlerocket (from Goin' Back to Wyo)
6.  "Kind of Like Smitten" by The Ergs! (from Jersey's Best Prancers)
7.  "Wembley" by Beach Slang (from Here, I Made This For You [Beach Slang Mixtape, Vol. 2])
8.  "Jazz and Cinnamon Toast Crunch" by Micah Schnabel (from Your New Norman Rockwell)
9.  "The Tide" by RVIVR (from The Tide)
10.  "Ever" by The Lemonheads (from Lick)
11.  "Not This Time" by Bash & Pop (from Anything Could Happen)
12.  "Louder In Outer Space" by Skating Polly (from New Trick)
13.  "The Possibility" by Worriers (from The Possibility)
14.  "Grumpy's" by Cayetana (from New Kind of Normal)
15.  "Link in Bio" by Diet Cig (from Swear I'm Good At This)
16.  "Lucy Stone" by Katie Ellen (from Cowgirl Blues)
17.  "Mosquito Bite" by Daddy Issues (from Deep Dream)
18.  "Just Start Dancing" by Early Riser (from Currents)
19.  "Loved to Death" by Static Radio (from Resentiments)
20.  "Kid Candy" by Seaweed (from Four)

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 13

On this edition of the Oklahoma Lefty Podcast we have doubleshots that include new stuff from Habits, Dead Bars, Fire In The Radio, Benchmarks, and Red City Radio plus classics from 7 Seconds, One Man Army, and Drag the River, and much more including questioning the effect of streaming music services and record labels that pull releases from them.

Find past episodes of the Oklahoma Lefty Podcast on iTunesStitcher, and Spreaker.

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1.  "The Tide" by RVIVR (from The Tide b/w Shaggy)
2.  "Life Moves" by RVIVR (from Life Moves)
3.  "Three Easy Pieces" by Buffalo Tom (from Three Easy Pieces)
4.  "The Seeker" by Buffalo Tom
5.  "April Fire" by Benchmarks (from American Night)
6.  "Let You Down" by Benchmarks (from Our Undivided Attention)
7.  "Real Eternity" by Bombers (from Memorial Day)
8.  "Unconditional Rough" by Bombers (from Hospital Museum)
9.  "Evil Way" by Shit Present (from Misery + Disaster)
10.  "Anxious Type" by Shit Present (from Shit Present)
11.  "Ladders Made Of Smoke" by Scott Reynolds (from Stupid World)
12.  "Jesus, Satan, Gene Beeman, His Car, & Pizza Hut" by Scott Reynolds & The Steaming Beast (from Adventure Boy)
13.  "Drug Life" by Fire In The Radio (from New Air)
14.  "June 14th" by Fire In The Radio (from Telemetry)
15.  "Scared of Heights" by Micah Schnabel (from Not The Boy You Used To Know)
16.  "Jazz and Cinnamon Toast Crunch" by Micah Schnabel (from Your New Norman Rockwell)
17.  "Catching" by 7 Seconds (from Praise)
18.  "99 Red Balloons" by 7 Seconds (from Walk Together, Rock Together)
19.  "Far To Fall" by Habits (from Train Wreck)
20.  "Here's To Us" by Habits (from Don't Panic)
21.  "Little Fighter" by Red City Radio (from Red City Radio / The Gamits)
22.  "If You Want Blood (Be My Guest)" by Red City Radio (from If You Want Blood [Be My Guest])
23.  "Wembley" by Beach Slang (from Here, I Made This For You [Beach Slang Mixtape Vol. 2])
24.  "Wasted Daze Of Youth" by Beach Slang (from A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings)
25.  "Calloused Heart # 2" by Drag the River (from Closed)
26.  "She Used to Smile" by Drag the River (from Chicken Demos)
27.  "It's Empty" by One Man Army (from Rumors and Headlines)
28.  "The Radio Airwaves Gave Me a Lobotomy" by One Man Army (from BYO Split Series, Vol. 5)
29.  "No Tattoos" by Dead Bars (from Dead Bars / The Tim Version)
30.  "Dream Gig" by Dead Bars (from Dream Gig)

*Note*  All music played on this show is done so with the express written permission of the artist, artist representative, and/or the record label.