He’s on tour, so I have to pay homage to my husband, Nick Cave, and his orbit of musical and artistic friends. Listen live on 8 ball radio today (6/17) 4-6EST, or, if you miss it, check the show out on the retrotransmission archives where you can always listen to any retrotransmission you’ve missed! This show includes tracks from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Mick Harvey, Thomas Wydler, PJ Harvey, Warren Ellis, The Birthday Party, The Cramps, Crime and the City Solution, Dirty Three, Grinderman, Johnny Cash, Marianne Faithfull, The Gun Club, Einsturzende Neubauten, Rowland S. Howard, Lydia Lunch, These Immortal Souls, and more.
Happy Valentine’s Day, love cats! I’m sharing with you the retrotransmission Valentine’s Show, one of my favorite playlists that I broadcasted every year, featuring tracks from Holly Golightly, Tom Waits, Ramones, Johnny Thunders, The Modern Lovers, The Gun Club, Suicide, Public Image Ltd., The Damned, X (singing my favorite punk love song, True Love Pt. 2!), Pulp, Buzzcocks, New Order, The Magnetic Fields, My Bloody Valentine, Wire, The Dead Milkmen, Patti Smith, Klaus Nomi, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Angels of Light, and much more. Let it warm the cockles of your heart!
I was reading this great interview with Brian Williams of Lustmord/SPK the other day, and in it he mentions his love of dub. Not surprising. Many writers have written about to what extent, for musicians creating the burgeoning industrial and punk scenes in the UK in the 70s, reggae and dub played a huge influence. John Lydon, Joe Strummer, and Ari Up were particularly taken with the music, and photographer Dennis Morris (whose photo is featured here) and the legendary Don Letts served as central connecting figures in merging the reggae and punk scenes. The sound of this vintage retrotransmission playlist “Punk and Reggae,” from spring 2013, is quintessentially summer to me. Do as John does, light one up, and enjoy.
Tonight I’m DJing a vinyl set with a friend from NYC. In honor of that, and the fact that I’ll soon be living again in New York, I’m posting a vintage retrotransmission playlist from fall 2012 simply titled “NYC” featuring tracks from Suicide, The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, Lounge Lizards, Swans, Patti Smith, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Jim Carroll, Dead Boys, Blondie, Ramones, New York Dolls, Richard Hell, Television, Misfits, Sonic Youth, and lots more. In other news, fresh retrotransmission playlists are in the works and will be up soon, so keep checking the site out every Monday and thanks for visiting!
Last Thursday I was beyond fortunate to see Helios Creed perform as Chrome at El Corazon in Seattle, definitely something I never thought I would get a chance to see. Chrome is an amazing, and deeply under-appreciated band. They were an experimental, “acid punk,” “godfathers of industrial rock” group formed in San Francisco in the 1970s by Damon Edge and Gary Spain. Their first singer quit after their first album, at which point Helios Creed joined the band. Edge died in 1995, but Creed continued touring as Chrome throughout the late 90s and has recently begun to do so again. Chrome’s music is heavily distorted and sounds alien, which accounts for many of their sci-fi album titles including Alien Soundtracks, Half Machine Lip Moves, Blood on the Moon, 3rd From the Sun, Half Machine From the Sun, and, most recently, Feel It Like a Scientist. And, most importantly (to me), the name of my radio show, retrotransmission, is taken from the Chrome album of the same name. In honor of the show, which sounded absolutely killer, I’ve posted this all Chrome playlist (with some solo Edge and Creed, respectively, thrown in for good measure), from this past spring. Enjoy.
Today I’m posting one of my favorite retrotransmissions of all time: The Black Show. This show, from spring 2013, features rock n roll, goth, punk, and post punk bands paying homage to black. Summer goth reigns.
I just returned from a awesome 72 hour vacation in Los Angeles and I’m still feeling those weird LA vibes. Get into it with this vintage retrotransmission playlist, from winter 2013, full of LA punk bands including X, Adolescents, TSOL, Black Flag, Descendents, The Nerves, Agent Orange, Social Distortion, Circle Jerks, Germs, Fear, The Weirdos, and tons more.