August 2020 Podcast (S2, E 10) – Dan and Scott Phillips of Rotary Ten

This month’s podcast is an interview with Dan & Scott Phillips who burst onto the Cleveland music scene in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s as one half of Rotary Ten. Both brothers are still making music today. Earlier this month, Dan who is based in Cincinnati by way of Chicago, released a new, self-titled album as Zapruder Point + The Brightness. This past Friday, Scott who has lived in Raleigh, North Carolina since the 2000’s, released a five-song EP titled Orchard as The Monologue Bombs. We talk about the brothers’ Northeast Ohio roots, the unique sound of Rotary Ten, their evolution as The Boy Wonder Jinx after their move to Raleigh, and their subsequent solo works.

The Phillips brother maintain an on-line presence for Rotary Ten on Bandcamp where you can find songs from that band. From there, you can find links to the Boy Wonder Jinx, Dan’s solo work as Zapruder Point, and Scott’s projects with Rotary Ten bassist Gregg Eyman (Goner and Gnoer) and his solo work as the Monologue Bombs. Go take a listen and buy their new stuff. You won’t be disappointed.

Set List
“Winona” – Rotary Ten
“Never No Kidding” – Rotary Ten
“Earmarks (Live)” – Rotary Ten
“Doug Hopkins” – The Boy Wonder Jinx
“99 Cent Shirt” – The Boy Wonder Jinx
“Sinker” – The Boy Wonder Jinx
“Jay” – Zapruder Point
“This Side of the Bridge” – Goner
“Spirit of 91” – Zapruder Point
“Whatever Day It Is” – Goner
“Terrible Things” – Zapruder Point
“The Winter Pagent” – Goner
“Lisa Pruett Will Have Her Revenge on Coventry” – Zapruder Point
“Dickinson Ave (Song of 27)” – Goner
“Stars + Specks” – Zapruder Point
“The Mathematics” – Gnoer
“Taps” – Zapruder Point
“The Nightingale Routine” – The Monologue Bombs
“Unnamed Stars” – Zapruder Point
“Best Mistakes” – The Monologue Bombs


July 2020 Podcast (S2, E9) – The Akron Sound

This month’s podcast features an interview with author and archivist for the Akron Sound Museum, Calvin Rydbom. A professional archivist by day, Calvin’s 2018 book, The Akron Sound: The Heyday of the Midwest’s Punk Capital, is a superb account of the Akron/Kent music scene from the mid 1970’s to the mid 1980’s when the Rubber City took center stage in the burgeoning punk and new wave moment with artists and bands enjoying recognition from Northeast Ohio to the United Kingdom. While a few bands and artists like Devo, The Waitresses, Rachel Sweet and the Rubber City Rebels signed with the major labels, other bands such as 15-60-75 AKA The Numbers Band, Tin Huey, the Bizarros, and the Action are fondly remembered and their members are still making great music today.

Calvin and I discuss just what exactly the Akron Sound is, some of his favorite bands and artists, and the origins of the Akron Sound Museum which is located in the Bomb Shelter on Bank Street in Akron.

Setlist

“Animal Speaks” – 15-60-75 AKA The Numbers Band
From the 1976 album Jimmy Bell’s Still In Town on Water Brothers Records

“Cuyahoga Creeping Bent” – Tin Huey
From the 1977 EP Puppet Wipes on Clone Records

“Truck Stop Queen” – Rachel Sweet
From the 1978 album The Akron Compilation on Stiff Records

“Lady Doubonette” – Bizarros
From the 1977 split album with Rubber City Rebels From Akron on Clone Records

“Child Eaters” – Rubber City Rebels
From the 1977 split album with Bizarros From Akron on Clone Records

“Jocko Homo” – Devo
From the 1977 single on Booji Boy Records

“Laugh” – Hammer Damage
From the 1979 single on Broken Records

“Waves of Disgust” – Chi-Pig
From the 2004 album Miami on Chi-Pig Records

“Go Ahead and Kiss Her” – Unit 5
From the 1981 album Scared of the Dark on Clone Records

“Radio Music” – The Action
From the 1979 single on RadioGram Records

“Russia Rocks” – The F-Models
From the 1981 single on T.M.I. Products

“Pipeline” – The Walking Clampetts
Unreleased track

“Swinging and the Supermarket” – Trudy & The Trendsetters
Unreleased track

“Cincinnati Stomp” – Teacher’s Pet
From the 2008 compilation Teacher’s Pet on Smog Veil Records

“Hideaway” – Color Me Gone
From the 1984 album Color Me Gone on A&M Records

“Yankee Wheels” – Jane Aire & The Belvederes
From the 1978 single on Stiff Records

“I Know What Boys Like” – The Waitresses
From the 1982 album Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful on Polydor Records

“My City Was Gone” – Pretenders
From the 1984 album Learning to Crawl on Sire Records

June 2020 Podcast (S2, E8) – Scott Hanson Interview

Sometimes I have to pinch myself when it comes to these interviews. I mean, I ask my self how in the hell I managed to set these things up but when one of the most prolific and talented Cleveland songwriters sends you a Facebook message, you take the opening and ask for an interview opportunity. Scott Hanson started on the Cleveland music scene in the early 1980’s with Boy Wonder which featured future Damn Yankees and Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer, Solon, Ohio native Michael Cartelone. Boy Wonder played numerous gigs and released one self-titled EP in 1982.

When Boy Wonder fizzled out, Hanson, along with Boy Wonder guitarist Tim Kirker, and bassist Greg Thomas added drummer Ron Musarra and formed the synth pop band, Slam Bamboo in the mid 1980’s, Slam Bamboo released their first single, “House on Fire” b/w “Black Book” in 1986. The single was produced by Danny Powers and Kevin Raleigh from the Michael Stanley Band. Sometime after the release of the single, Trent Reznor joined Slam Bamboo on keyboards and played with the band for almost a year. He appeared with the band when Slam Bamboo played on WKYC’s AM Cleveland hosted by Scott Newell. Reznor also appeared on Slam Bamboo’s second single, “Cry Like A Baby” b/w “Cry Like A Baby” which was produced by the band with Sean Bevan and Bruce Sommers. Slam Bamboo played a number of high profile gigs including as the opener for INXS at the Variety Theatre.

After the end of Slam Bamboo, Hanson eschewed the traditional band approach. Instead, he worked on writing and recording songs with a select group of studio musicians releasing his songs as Hanson: The Movie including “I Want You To Know” on the 1993 WMMS compilation Northcoast Buzzard Tracks, Volume 2. Scott’s next project in the mid-1990’s was Son of Slam, a four piece, grunge inspired band which released their only self-titled album in 1996. Son of Slam received some airplay with “Rollercoaster Ride” and toured the United States.

Scott Hanson continues to write and record for himself as well as writing for others like singer Nate Jones. His music receives regular airplay on John Gorman’s oWOW internet radio and of course, on Listen Project Radio. Hanson also owns and operates Scotti’s Italian Eatery on E 185th Street in Cleveland. Enjoy this retrospective of his long and successful career.

Set List
“Dangerous Radius” – Boy Wonder
“Through Someone Else’s Eyes – Boy Wonder
“When The Night Falls” – Boy Wonder
“House On Fire” – Slam Bamboo
“Give In To Love” – Slam Bamboo
“Cry Like A Baby” – Slam Bamboo
“Give Into Love” – Slam Bamboo
“I Want You To Know” – Hanson: The Movie
“Hands of Time” – Hanson: The Movie
“Toss and Turn” – Son of Slam
“Rollercoaster Ride” – Son of Slam
“Down In The Dirt” – Son of Slam
“It’s A Crime” – Scott Hanson
“Johan’s Song” – Scott Hanson
“Take Me Over” – Scott Hanson
“Kid In A Candy Store” – Scott Hanson with Carlos Jones
“Terrified” – Scott Hanson with Nate Jones
“All To Myself” – Nate Jones (written by Scott Hanson)
“Enemy” – Scott Hanson

For more Scott Hanson music. check out his Soundcloud page.

May 2020 Podcast – Kent: Small Town, Big Music (S2, E7)

Fifty years ago, in a small town in Northeast Ohio, America was forever changed on a spring day.  In less than a minute, Kent, Ohio jumped from relative anonymity to a lasting symbol of a nation divided.  “Four dead in Ohio” became a battle cry for the Boomer Generation and a stark reminder of the tragedy at Kent State University on May 4, 1970.  While the history of that dark day still permeates the campus and the city, both the community and the university have come to accept their shared responsibility to never forget.  We dedicate this program to the memories of William Schroeder, Sandra Scheuer, Jeffrey Miller and Alison Krause, forever young but never forgotten.

Kent carries another legacy that stretches from before May 4, 1970 and through today, a legacy as a vibrant music town as a birthplace for bands as well as for having legendary live performance venues, both equally as important.  In this podcast, we’ll cover three generations of Kent music – from the late 60’s/early 70’s rock of the James Gang all the way to the earliest work from the Black Keys in the early 2000’s with a variety of music in the years in-between, you’ll hear bands who were either Kent born and bred or bands from Akron who were part of the vibrant and eclectic Kent music scene.  And of course, we’ll hear from the band that is the bedrock of Kent music, 15-0-75 AKA the Numbers Band who recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of Kent music, I recommend Jason Pruffer’s excellent book Small Town, Big Music: The Outsized Influence of Kent, Ohio, on the History of Rock and Roll.  Published by Kent State University Press in 2019, the book is an excellent look at Kent’s place in the music world from the late 1960’s through today.  Jason is also producing a documentary film about the Number Band titled Out of Obscurity, Into Oblivion.  The film’s premiere has been delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but hopefully we will be able to view it soon.

Set List

“I Find I Think of You” – The Measles
From the 1967 album Beg, Borrow & Steal as the Ohio Express.  Written by Joe Walsh

“Funk #48” – James Gang
From the 1969 album Yer Album

“Funk #49” – James Gang
From the 1970 album Rides Again

“Auto Motion” – Devo
1975 demo first released on Hardcore Devo:  Volume One (1990)

“Whip It” – Devo
From the 1980 album Freedom of Choice

“Animal Speaks” – 15-60-75 The Numbers Band
From the 1976 album Jimmy Bell’s Still In Town

“High Heels Are Dangerous” – 15-60-75 The Numbers Band
From the 1987 album Among The Wandering

“Brass In Pocket” – The Pretenders
From the 1980 album Pretenders

“Middle Of The Road” – The Pretenders
From the 1984 album Learning To Crawl

“Puppet Wipes” – Tin Huey
From the 1977 EP Puppet Wipes

“Chinese Circus” – Tin Huey
From the 1978 Stiff Records album The Akron Compilation

“Astronettes (Love? You Must Be Kidding)” – The Waitresses
From the 1981 Clone Records compilation album Bowling Balls II

“I Know What Boys Like” – The Waitresses
From the 1982 album Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful

“Nobody Loves Me” – The F-Models
From their 1981 7″ single

“Noise Pollution” – Hammer Damage
From the 1981 Clone Records compilation album Bowling Balls II

“Alone’s Alright” – The Bomb
From a 1985 unreleased demo

“Play The Game” – In Fear of Roses
From the 1991 cassette release In Fear of Roses

“Another Day” – The Twist-Offs
From the 1987 EP Looking For Bugs

“Red Light” – Indian Rope Burn
From the 1993 album Sex Party

“Race Against Time” – Ray Carmen
From the 1990 EP Radio Friendly

“Retardo y Retardo” – Harriet the Spy
From the 1994 album God Gave Us Music and The Courage to Sing

“Never Ending Cycle” – The Party of Helicopters
From the 2003 album Please Believe It

“Seems Like Most Everything Used To Be Something” – The Six Parts Seven
From the 2001 album Things Shaped In Passing

“Set You Free” – The Black Keys
From the 2003 album Thickfreakness

“Ohio” – Dink
From their unreleased second album recorded in 1995

 

April 2020 Podcast – Marky Ray, The Rock ‘N Roll Mercenary (S2, E6)

Some guys come up with a moniker that is an expression of ego rather than to describe the actual.  In the case of Marky Ray, Rock ‘N Roll Mercenary the moniker fits like a glove on a hand.  Marky IS NE Ohio music.  With a start in the early 80’s, this kid from Hudson, Ohio has had an incredible, successful career as a musician, stage hand, production manager, circus kinker and today, as a teacher and archivist of NE Ohio music.  Cool, extremely knowledgeable and simply one of the kindest, most humble musicians I’ve ever know, Marky and I finally met in person a couple years ago while he was running the flea market for Michele DeFrasia at the Phantasy Complex in Lakewood.  We met a second time last fall at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives on the Metro campus of Cuyahoga Community College for a NEO Sound event in which he was a presenter along with Chris Butler from the Waitresses.  By that time, I was knee deep into the Listen Project podcasts and I knew that I needed to have Marky on as a guest.

In this podcast, we cover Marky’s long and colorful career as a member of bands like Terrible Parade, Death On A Stick, Death of Samantha and 3D; his adventures on the road with Nine Inch Nails, the Butthole Surfers and the Jim Rose Circus; his endeavors as a teacher for the Tri-C Recording Arts and Technology (RAT) Program; and his work as an archivist and board member of NEO Sound at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives.  We talked for close to two hours and I could’ve easily listened to Marky for two more, so this interview has been edited for time.

Check out Marky’s ever-growing YouTube channel for cool stuff.

Set List

“My Horoscope” – Terrible Parade
From their 1985 self-titled 12″ EP

“China Turns To Dust” – Terrible Parade
From their 1985 self-titled 12″ EP

“Time Of Our Lives” – Terrible Parade
Unreleased 1985 studio track recorded at the Beat Farm

“Engine Room” – Death On A Stick
From the 1999 album Industrial Strength Jazz

“Sunbaked No Good” – Death On A Stick
From the 1999 album Industrial Strength Jazz

“Walkman” – Death On A Stick
From the 1999 album Industrial Strength Jazz

“You Are Aware” – Marky Ray
Unreleased solo track, mid-1990’s

“Despair Is A Funny Thing” – Death of Samantha
Track from unreleased album, early 1990’s

“Closely Watched Trains” – Death of Samantha
Track from unreleased album, early 1990’s

“Plump” – Doll Steak Test Meat
Unreleased track, 1990’s

“Midnight Light” – 3D
Unreleased track, late 1990’s

“Love Fractured” – 3D
Unreleased track, late 1990’s

“Pictures Of Time” – 3D
Unreleased track, late 1990’s

“4 Day Creep” – 3D
Unreleased cover featuring Marky Ray on lead vocals, late 1990’s

Photos courtesy of Mark Ray’s Facebook Page

April 2020 Podcast – Seven Inch Special (S2, E5)

It’s April 7, 2020.  We’re still staying at home, sheltering in place and practicing social distancing but to keep your spirits up and to bring you entertainment, the Listen Project is here with another podcast featuring the music that made NE Ohio such a vibrant scene from 1975 to the early 21st century.  For this episode, we are returning to that classic music format, the 7” single.  All of the tracks today are either the ‘A’ side or ‘B’ side of an artist or band’s 7” release.  The earliest single you will hear is from 1977 with the cap year being 1986 which was an incredibly fertile time period.

“Mama Sez” – Love Affair (1980)

“Statutory Sue” – American Noise (1982)

“I Don’t Need It” – Crash Coffin & Cuyahoga Sludge (1980)

“Everything’s OK” – Fayrewether (1981)

“Shirley” – Mirrors (1977)

“Things Fall Apart” – The Generators (1980)

“Trouble” – Monitors (1981)

“Dreams Don’t Last” – Wild Giraffes (1977)

“Modern Dance” – Pere Ubu (1977)

“R U Talking To Me” – The Rubburheads (1982)

“Another Word For Love” – Separate Checks (1986)

“Sign Of The Time” – Strictly Physical (1983)

“Rock N Roll Planet” – Times (1979)

“Your Daddy’s Home” – Moonlight Drive (1982)

“Put-in-Bay” – Lipstick (1985)

“Too Much Traffic” – Don Kriss (1977)

“I Know Where I’m Comin’ From” – Raven Slaughter (1979)

“Get Back To Me” – The Action (1978)

“There’s No Surf In Cleveland” – Euclid Beach Band (1978)

 

March 2020 BONUS Podcast #2 (S2, E4)

I’m serving up yet another bonus podcast for all of you who are shut in and actively fighting the good fight against the spread of COVID-19.  I’m opening the vaults of the Jim Benson NE Ohio music collection as well as my own personal collection and focusing on the years 1988 to 1993 when I was personally involved in the Cleveland music scene as the guitarist & chief songwriter for North by Northwest.  Today’s selections feature some of my favorite bands and artists from that era. 

Set List

“Tell Me Why” – Atomic Cafe
From a 1988 unreleased demo cassette

“Run Away” – Gypsy Moths
From the 1989 Jim Clevo Presentations compilation CD Another Listen Is In Order

“Lesstime” – The Waynes
From their 1990 self-released cassette EP East Coast Slo

“The Mission” – In Fear of Roses
From the 1989 Jim Clevo Presentations compilation CD Another Listen Is In Order

“Prisoner of Cheese” – Big Hunk O Cheese
From the 1992 Jack Records CD Big Hunk O Cheese

“Tripping Over Clouds” – Nick Riff
From the 1989 Delerium Records cassette EP From the Heart of Oblivion

“Anxiety” – Indian Rope Burn
From the 1992 GGE Records cassette EP Anxiety

“Kitchen Floor” – The 14th Floor
From the 1992 Synthetic Records CD Circus Saints & Sinners

“Like A Wrecking Ball” – The French Lenards
From the 1990 Jim Clevo Presentations compilation CD Clearing the Air

“The Apathist” – Jericho Turnpike
From their 1989 self-released cassette EP Spinning in Infinity

“Phil” – The Earl Rays
From the 1990 Jim Clevo Presentations compilation CD Clearing the Air

“Barbed Wire” – The Outcasts
From the 1992 Cleveland Music Group compilation CD CMG CDs 1 & 2

“Be Wanna Be” – Medicine Men
From their 1992 self-released cassette EP Grandma’s Medicine

“Tierra Say Mantra” – Rotary Ten
From their 1991 self-released cassette EP The Coffee Sessions

“Ed McMahon Says” – Terrible Parade
From the 1990 Presto Records 7 inch single b/w “Telephone Man”

“Fear and Tenderness” – The Chimes
From the 1988 Synthetic Records/Jim Clevo Presentations compilation CD From the Eerie Shore

“If Our Two Worlds Collide” – Hot Tin Roof
From the 1991 Barbed Wire Recordings CD Junk & Desire

“Turnin’ Brown” – Max Crucial & The Krushers
From the 1990 Jim Clevo Presentations compilation CD The Killer Blow

“Strawberry Girl” – Beatnik Termites
From the 1990 St. Valentine Records EP Beatnik Termites

“Silences” – The Walk-Ins
From the 1990 Good Weather Records EP The Fifth Season

“If” – Owen Boogey Trio
From the 1990 Sound of the Sea Records compilation CD They Showered Us With Beads and Flowers

“Circular Road” – Odd Girl Out
From the 1990 Sound of the Sea Records compilation CD They Showered Us With Beads and Flowers

“Nine Reasons Why” – The Dandelion People
From their 1990 self-released cassette EP The Dandelion People

“Clean and Simple” – Jehova Waitresses
From the 1992 Sound of the Sea Records CD Shake Your Buddha

 

 

March 2020 BONUS Podcast (S2, E3)

My regular job is as a first responder, so during the COVID-19 pandemic, my life now consists of hours at work and then some time at home to eat, sleep and try to relax before the process repeats. I’m not complaining – I love my job and in these uncertain times, anything I can do to lessen the anxiety in the community, I embrace. One of the things I’ve found myself doing to relax during these strange days is listening to even more NE Ohio music so why not draft a few play lists and podcast a little more often than monthly? So to keep me focused and occasionally distracted, it’s bonus time for you!

No theme, I’m just offering some of my favorite tunes including new or fairly recent material from the Lowlies, the Outsiders, Signal 30, the Bounty and Skydragster. Oh, and a set featuring Columbus rockers who liked hanging out in Cleveland frequently and often. Oh, and if you haven’t already, you need to listen to Season 2, Episode 2 last week for my interview with Wild Giraffes drummer/Beat Farm and Herb Jackson Records co-owner, Alan McGinty. Sit back, put you earbuds on and “Listen.”

Set List

“Let’s Get the Show On the Road” – Michael Stanley
From the 1973 LP Friends and Legends

“She” – The Lowlies
From the 2019 album A Rough One

“Rushmore” – Robin Stone
From the 2003 album Rushmore

“Another Place” – Azure Blue
From the 1995 CMG compilation Rust Belt Eruptions

“You and Me” – The Outsiders
From the 2020 album In Time

“Then She Turns Away” – Rainy Days Saints
1990 7-inch single (A side)

“Everything’s Better” – Skydragster
From the 2019 album Skdragster and the Hit Song Writing Machine

“Over and Away She Goes” – Bill Fox
From the 1998 album Shelter From the Smoke

“The Big Drain” – Train Wreck Therapy
From the 1995 CMG compilation Rust Belt Eruptions

“Right Through Me” – Signal 30
From the 2017 album A Series of Disappointments

“Stetsons” – Lucky Pierre
1981 7-inch single (A Side)

“Nothing Sounds Good” – Son of Slam
From the 1996 album Son of Slam

“One Last Wish” – The Toll
From the 1991 album Sticks and Stones and Broken Bones

“Isabella” – King of Iowa
From the 1993 EP King of Iowa

“These Things Take Time” – The Bounty
From the 2019 album Everybody Loves A Second Chance

“Black Cloud” – The Epicureans
1992 7-inch single (A Side)

“White Light” – Ronald Koal Band
From the 1990 album White Light

“Res-Q Me” – Serious Nature
1987 7-inch single (A Side)

“Love Letters” – Tom Jares
Undated demo

“All I Can Do” – Cactus 12
From the 2005 album Stay

“Happy Hour” – Max Wheel & The Sheades
From the 1986 EP 1st EP

“Left Out” – Quazi Modo
From the 1996 album Ten to Midnight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2020 Podcast – Sticking Their Necks Out For Rock Redux: The Alan McGinty Interview (S2, E2)

DROPPING THE PODCAST A FEW DAYS EARLY TO HELP YOU COPE WITH YOUR COVID-19 CONFINEMENT. BE SAFE AND BE WELL

Who would’ve ever guessed that one of my blog posts from last year would lead to bigger things? Certainly not me but much to my surprise, Wild Giraffes drummer, Alan McGinty emailed me at the end of last year to introduce himself, thank me for my efforts with the Listen Project and to let me know that he would be releasing new Wild Giraffes material in Spring 2020. Of course, being a local music opportunist archivist and general Wild Giraffes fan, I knew I wanted the exclusive on the new stuff for the podcast but the wheels in my mind, as rusty as they are, started turning. Not only was Alan a founding member of the Wild Giraffes, he co-founded the legendary Beat Farm recording studios located in Willoughby and Herb Jackson Records along with original WG’s bassist, Chris Burgess after Alan left the band circa 1983. A number of NE Ohio bands like the Mice, In Fear of Roses, Starvation Army, and Prisonshake recorded at the studio and/or released music on the label. I reached out to Alan to see if he was interested in participating in a phone interview and programming the music for the podcast. Happily for me, he was.

So this month, we journey through the career of the Wild Giraffes, one of the most well-beloved and well-remembered bands from the late 1970’s/early 1980’s Cleveland music scene with Alan McGinty. We also hear music recorded at the Beat Farm or released on Herb Jackson Records as chosen by Alan. Finally, we debut two new tracks from the forthcoming new Wild Giraffes LP Live at the Cleveland Agora. As the Wild Giraffes say, PLAY IT LOUD!

At the Beat Farm – the Outcasts finally drove Al insane! – Photo courtesy of Don Owens

“New Era” – Wild Giraffes (1978)
First 7″ Single – A side

“Right Now” – Wild Giraffes (1981)
From the album Right Now

“Knock Knock” – Wild Giraffes (1981)
Fourth and final 7″ Single – B Side

“Burnin’ Love” – Wild Giraffes (1981)
From the album Right Now & also featured on the re-released WMMS Buzzard Records Pride of Cleveland compilation

“Rosenberg Summer” – Death of Samantha (1989)
From the album Come All Ye Faithless on Homestead Records
Co-Produced by Alan McGinty

“Empty Places” – The Silence (1985)
From the 12″ self-titled EP
Produced by Alan McGinty and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR 4705

“I’m A Saint” – Starvation Army (1988)
From the 12″ EP Ticket to Oblivion
Recorded by Alan McGinty at the Beat Farm

“Fairfield Avenue Serenade” – Prisonshake (1987)
From the 7″ EP Fairfield Avenue Serenade
Recorded by Alan McGinty at the Beat Farm and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR 4710

“I Don’t Know About You” & “We’ll Never Know” – Wild Giraffes (2020)
From the forthcoming album Live at the Cleveland Agora

“Downtown” The Mice (1985)
From the 12″ EP For Almost Ever
Recorded at the Beat Farm and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR-4707

Space Rock “85 – Venus Envy (1985)
From the 12″ EP Space Rock “85”
‘B’ Side recorded by Alan McGinty at the Beat Farm and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR 4706

“Chain Reaction” – The Attitude (1985)
From the 12″ EP Time Stands Still
Produced & Recorded by Alan McGinty at the Beat Farm and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR4708

“Bad Cattle” – New Salem Witch Hunters (1986)
From the self-titled album
Recorded at the Beat Farm and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR-4709

“Red Light Stop” – The Holy Cows (1988)
From the album We’ve Never Heard of You Either
Produced & Recorded by Alan McGinty at the Beat Farm and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR4713

“Big Lightning” – In Fear of Roses (1988)
From the album Beat the Drum
Produced & Recorded by Alan McGinty at the Beat Farm and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR 4716

“Love Me” – Wild Giraffes (1978)
Second 7″ single titled Ensembles & Majorettes – A Side

“Good Times” – Wild Giraffes (1981)
From the album Right Now

“Move It On Over” Wild Giraffes (1981)
From the album Right Now

February 2020 Podcast – Live Without A Net (S2, E1)

This month, our focus is on music recorded live in front of an audience.  As a musician myself, while I love listening to music from an album, I love performing in front of a live audience and watching how a song connects with the collective.  I’ve chosen 21 live tracks, some never released for your listening enjoyment.

Set List
“Strike Up the Band” – Jonah Koslen & the Heroes
From the 2017 release 
Live at the Agora
Recorded on November 9, 1983 at the Cleveland Agora, Cleveland, OH (WMMS Coffee Break Concert) 

“Match” – Lucky Pierre
From the 2009 compilation Lucky Pierre
Recorded at the Cleveland Agora, Cleveland, OH

“Fishin’ In the Mountains” – The Twist-Offs
From the album 1994 Live in Ohio
Recorded on November 23-24, 1993 at Peabody’s Down Under, Cleveland, OH

“Ode to Susie and Joey” – Beatnik Termites
From the 1997 album Live at the Orifice

“The Rain Came Down” – The Walk-Ins
Unreleased live track from 1990
Recorded at the Empire Concert Club, Cleveland, OH (Cleveland Music Group benefit)

“Rebecca” – North by Northwest
From the 1992 limited release Live at Baldwin-Wallace College
Recorded on May 27, 1992 at the Student Activities Center, Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH

“It’s as Close As It Gets” – The Fifth Wheel
From the album It’s As Live As It Gets
Recorded at Cavanaugh’s in October 1994

“Heart of Darkness” – Hot Tin Roof
From the 1990 EP Alive
Recorded at the Phantasy Nite Club

“Final Solution” – Rocket from the Tombs
From the 2002 album The Day the Earth Met Rocket from the Tombs
Recorded at the Piccadilly Inn, July 24, 1975 (Peter Laughner on vocals)

“We’re Glad We Are What We Are” – Les Black’s Amazing Pink Holes
From the 2000 album of the same name
Recorded at the Lakefront, December 31, 1983

“These Days” – The Generators
From the 2017 album Straight Outta (80’s) Cleveland:  The Best of the Generators
Unknown when or where recorded

“I Can Wait” – The Dark
From the 2006 album Scream Until We Die
Recorded at the Electric Banana in Pittsburgh on February 11, 1984

“Funky Poodle” – Wild Horses
From the 1990 WMMS compilation The Pride of Cleveland
Recorded at the Cleveland Agora, Cleveland, OH (Coffee Break Concert)

“Farewell to Mr. S.” – Tye Dye Harvest
From the 2016 album Tye Dye Harvest (25th Anniversary Edition)
Recorded at Easy Street Café, Bowling Green, OH on March 13, 1993

“Never Existed” – Gypsy Moths
Unreleased live track from a 1989 live performance at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH & broadcast on WRUW

“Chances Are She Won’t Remember” – Max Crucial & The Krushers
Unreleased live track from a 1988 performance at the Phantasy Nite Club, Lakewood, OH

“Thank You for This Day” – Third Wish
From the 1998 live album Third Wish
Recorded October 11, 1997 at the Odeon Concert Club, Cleveland

“Laughing at Harpo” – Oroboros
From the 1994 album Psycha-Deli: Live at the Euclid Tavern
Recorded at the Euclid Tavern, Cleveland, OH

“Did You Rock ‘Em” – Joe Bell & The Swing Lizards
From the 2000 album Slither
Recorded at the Savannah

“Green Hand” – Odd Girl Out
From the 1993 album Live in Concert
Recorded October 1-2, 1993 at the Shore Cultural Center, Euclid, OH

“Last Man Out” – Easy Street Band
Recorded in September 1982 at the Cleveland Agora, Cleveland, OH (WMMS Coffee Break Concert)