Back on March 3rd of this year, DJ Dani from ZBC and I subbed for an absent DJ and decided to play a variety show that had no real theme or continuity except for the fact that at least one of us liked the song being played. Thus Brown Mustard was born and here, for your pleasure, is another installment. Song selection was roughly half and half between Dani and I; somewhere during this show we managed to get into a ridiculous disagreement about the merits of No Age versus the merits of Liars. It’s all a bit silly, but there’s lots of good music on here, including a track from The Sword’s new album, an excellent cover by Tuxedomoon, and a track from a relatively rare Black Moth Super Rainbow EP. Please ignore the fact that I managed to mess up the levels towards the end of the show AGAIN.
Now that Boston is beginning to warm up, the format here at Laughter is going to change just a little bit. Last year Laughter went from an abstract-music-heavy program in the fall/winter to a more pop and rock-heavy program in the spring and summer. There’ll still be plenty of weird programming here and there, but it’ll be minimized to make way for more structured music. This makes sitting in the studio for 3 to 4 hours on a beautiful day a bit easier to cope with and also keeps the show fresh.
I won’t be writing quite as much over the summer, either; I’ll try to be brief and provide some links where I can, but it seems that the digital age makes brevity a necessity for a lot of people. Hopefully this helps you all in your internet music-digging adventures. There’s brand new Matmos and Bonnie “Prince” Billy records out in the shops as of today. The Matmos record blows me out of the water every time I hear it, but I’ve only heard a little bit of the new Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Also new is All the Saints on Killer Pimp, the label responsible for signing A Place to Bury Strangers. They’re currently on tour and their album, Fire on Corridor X, is one that I’ve been listening to ceaselessly over the last week. They’re dark, brooding, heavy, and catchy as hell, sharing some characteristics with bands like Deerhunter and This Heat. Make sure to check them out, I get the feeling you’ll be reading a lot more about them in the near future.
Right now I don’t have too much to add, but keep checking back for updates. I promise that special mix I’ve mentioned here and there will be uploaded, soon.
Thanks for listening.
01. Hammock “Gold Star Mothers” from Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow (2008) on Darla
02. The Sword “Lords” from Gods of the Earth (2008) on Kemado
03. Coil “Teenage Lightning II” from Love’s Secret Domain (1991) on Wax Trax!
04. Cut Copy “Lights and Music” from In Ghost Colours (2008) on Modular
05. Fischerspooner “Emerge” from #1 (2002) on International DJ Gigolo
06. No Age “Eraser” from Nouns (2008) on Sub Pop
07. Crass “Bata Motel” from Penis Envy (1990) on EFA
08. The Flaming Lips “Shine On Sweet Jesus” from The Shambolic Birth and Early Life of… (2002) on Ryko — originally released in 1990 on In A Priest Driven Ambulance
09. New Order “Everything’s Gone Green” from Substance (1988) on Qwest
10. Bonnie “Prince” Billy “West Palm Beach” from Greatest Palace Music (2004) on Drag City
11. Tuxedomoon “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” from Pinheads on the Move (2006) on Crammed Disc
12. Plants and Animals “Feedback in the Field” from Parc Avenue (2008) on Secret City Records
13. Sunset “Man’s Heart Complaint” from Bright Blue Dream (2008) on Autobus, Cat
14. Bon Iver “Skinny Love” from For Emma, Forever Ago (2008) on Jagjaguwar
15. Black Moth Super Rainbow “Side A, Track 1” from Lost, Picking Flowers In the Woods (2005) on Graveface
16. Liars “Broken Witch” from They Were Wrong, So We Drowned (2004) on Mute Records
17. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Red Right Hand” from Let Love In (1994) on Mute U.S.
18. Curve “Already Yours” from Doppelganger (1992) on Anxious
19. Mission of Burma “Trem Two” from Vs. (1982) on Ace Of Heart
01. Blondie “Rip Her to Shreds” from Blondie (1976) on Chrysalis
02. Devo “Speed Racer” from Oh No! It’s Devo/Freedom of Choice (1993) on Virgin
03. The Cramps “New Kind of Kick” from Bad Music for Bad People (1984) on I.R.S.
04. Electralane “I’m On Fire” from On Parade (2003) on Too Pure
05. A Place to Bury Strangers “I Know I’ll See You” from A Place to Bury Strangers (2007) on Killer Pimp
06. Portishead “Small” from Third (2008) on Mercury
07. Severed Heads “Petrol” from ComMerz (2007) on LTM
08. Fad Gadget “Wheels of Fortune” from Under the Flag (1982) on Mute
09. Foetus “Kreibabe (Pan Sonic Mix)” from Blow (2001) on Thirsty Ear
10. Matmos “Mister Mouth” from Supreme Balloon (2008) on Matador
11. Oval “Shop in Store” from 94 Diskont (1996) on Thrill Jockey
12. End “Society of the Spectacle” from Science/Fiction (2002) on Hymen
13. Angels of Light “My True Body” from How I Loved You (2001) on Young God
14. Aereogramme “A Winter’s Discord” from Sleep and Release (2003) on Matador
15. Yeasayer “2080” from All Hour Cymbals (2007) on We Are Free
16. Cerberus Shoal “Junior” from The Land We All Believe In (2005) on North East Indie
17. Bonnie Prince Billy “For Every Field There’s a Mole” from Lie Down in the Light (2008) on Drag City
18. Devendra Banhart “Fall” from Rejoicing in the Hands (2004) on Young God
19. The Lonesome Organist “The Moped” from Forms and Follies (2003) on Thrill Jockey
20. Lamb “Softly” from Fear of Fours (1999) on Fontana
21. All the Saints “Papering Fix” from Fire on Corridor X (2008) on Killer Pimp
22. The Aislers Set “Mission Bells” from How I Learned to Write Backwards (2003) on Suicide Squeeze