Danger Radio Podcast Episode 181

Episode 181 – Danger Radio Podcast


Part III of our episode from the private Casual event.

If you want to catch up on the full night and count how many times we played Happy Mondays vs. how many times we played Super Furry Animals, you can listen to Part I here and listen to Part II here.

Peace – Lovesick
Happy Mondays – W.F.L.
Franz Ferdinand – Outsiders
Altered Images – Happy Birthday
Belle & Sebastian – Legal Man
The Primitives – All The Way Down (Beat Version)
Lush – De-Luxe
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?
The Pixies – Dancing The Manta Ray
Inspiral Carpets – Commercial Rain
Ian Brown – My Star
Deltron – Positive Contact
The Dandy Warhols – We Used To Be Friends
Echo & The Bunnymen – Bedbugs & Ballyhoo
Happy Mondays – Step On
Top – Number One Dominator
Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
T. Rex – 20th Century Boy

Danger Radio Podcast Episode 180

Episode 180 – Danger Radio Podcast with Tyler Jacobson and Jake Ryan


Part II of our DJ set from a living room in Denver’s Baker Neighborhood. Part 1 is over here.

Run For Our Lives – The Morning After Girls
My Rising Star – Northside
The Right Thing Right – Johnny Marr
Flashlight Fight – The Go! Team
The Placid Casual – Super Furry Animals
Dennis And Lois – Happy Mondays
Sleeping Beauty (The Porters Remix) – Sulk
Polar Bear – The Charlatans
Loosely Dancing – The Twang
Octopus – Bloc Party
Breather – Chapterhouse
Supersonic – Oasis
I Want To Touch You – Catherine Wheel
There’s No Other Way – Blur
Head On – The Jesus & Mary Chain

Danger Radio Podcast Episode 179

Episode 179 – Danger Radio Podcast with Tyler Jacobson and Jake Ryan


What’s this? A new episode? With both Tyler and Jake? Has it really been so close to a year since that happened? Will it be this way on the regular? Who can say? (So many questions…. so many god damn questions…. )

Erica Beegle is a wonderful person with a T.Rex tattoo on her arm – she also tends bar at the Meadowlark and is a large reason that we bring Casual there more often than not –  on the irregular basis when we do it. When asked what she wanted for her birthday, she said she wanted her party to be Tyler and Jake playing one of our “Casual” sets. How could we say no?

Picture a living room – lights off, strobes on,  trippy projections occupying a portion of wall above a lit fireplace, a makeshift DJ booth… these are the sounds of those moments…. 5 – 6 hours deep – so we’ll have at least a few podcasts to work through the evening. Here’s the first of those episodes – starting at the top of the evening.

Slow Life – Super Furry Animals
Killing of a Flash Boy – Suede
Three Girl Rhumba – Wire
The Classical – The Fall
Digital – Joy Division
Contact – Godzuki
Double Rocker – Stereolab
Impact – Saloon
Boogie Woogie/ Rock’N'Roll – Komeda
Crocus – Gypsy Death and You
Anybody Silent – Miniatures
See You – The History of Apple Pie
What You Were – The Drums
All I Wanna Do – Splashh
Diamonds in Ashes – Sulk
Weekender – Flowered Up
Mad Cyril – Happy Mondays

New album details and video from The Horrors

Recorded over 15 months in the band’s east London studio-laboratory-bunker with co-producer Craig Silvey (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, The National), Luminous is the follow-up to the band’s 2007 debut Strange House, the Mercury-nominated Primary Colours (2009), and the critically-acclaimed Skying (2011) – a record that entered the charts the UK charts at number five, featured prominently in the end-of-year magazine/newspaper polls, and was anointed NME’s Album Of The Year. Luminous is trailed by “I See You,” which received its first broadcast earlier today on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. The seven-and-half-minute synth anthem was recently unveiled at The Fly Awards in London, where The Horrors were joined onstage by Thurston Moore. Luminous is out on May 6. The track listing is: Chasing Shadows First Day Of Spring So Now You Know In and Out Of Sight Jealous Sun Falling Star I See You Change Your Mind Mine and Yours Sleepwalk


Joe Strummer is dead. Long live Joe Strummer.

I was driving into work on Morrison road to Alameda, listening to talk radio. The CBS newscast was running through the top headlines – then the announcer said “They called him ‘Strummer’….” followed by an announcement of the death of Joe Strummer. A hero of mine and an icon of strength that this soft generation of religious, bearded pseudo folk singers will never adopt nor replace – because, as a generation, they aren’t in touch with what their own strength and anger can do when combined together. When they’ve been systematically degraded, they choose to accept a stipend from their parents or work for pennies rather than demanding jobs and wages and a future that rewards them for contributing. Rather than fighting, they’ve chosen passive acceptance. History is repeating but it’s a world where Joe Strummer is dead.

“Let fury have the hour. Anger can be power – to know that you can use it.”

Long live Joe Strummer!

(And let’s pretend he never worked with Long Beach Dub All-Stars.)


Episode 178 – Danger Radio Podcast


Jake makes it happen once again – this time w/ guest St. Lenny of Suffolk. Yeah, you know Lenny.

Half Man Half Biscuit – Joy Division Oven Gloves
Primal Scream – 2013
Wild Nothing – Shadow
Cheatahs – The Swan
Pond – Hobo Rocket
Tim Burgess – White
The Duckworth-Lewis Method – Sticky Wickets
Peace – Lovesick
The Fall – Hit The North
I Break Horses – Winter Beats
The Vaccines – Melody Calling
British Sea Power – Machineries of Joy
Toy – Colours Running Out
Merchandise – In Nightmare Room
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Crystallized
Franz Ferdinand – Right Action


Episode 177 – Danger Radio Podcast


Alright – enough of this hiatus business. Jake decides to take things into his own hands and get back to it.


Temples – Shelter Song
Swim Deep – Crush
Deep Sea Arcade – Seen No Right
Miniatures – Midwinter Air
History of Apple Pie – See You
Charlatans – Autograph
Sulk – Diamonds In Ashes
Console Warriors – Sodapop Swing
Last Dinosaurs – Andy
Morning After Girls – Run For Our Lives
Kitchens of Distinction – Quick As Rainbows
The Black Ryder – To Never Know You
Curve – Cherry
Splashh – Feels Like You
Blur – Young & Lovely
Super Furry Animals – The Man Don’t Give A F***

Festival Line-Up If I Was In Charge

GildedAgeFest copy

The festival is the current rage. Big paydays for aging acts (some still stellar, some ragged and worth dismissing) with hipsters and hook-ups a plenty.

I recently sighed deeply at the sight of my inherited Lollapalooza (1st tour) shirt and it’s inability to be donned due to being completely worn out. While I’m no huge fan of Nine Inch Nails (to say the least) or Ice-T, seeing the likes of Lush, Siouxsee and the Banshees, Jane’s Addiction, and the Violent Femmes makes me wonder if more than two great acts are ever going to make it into a one day festival TOUR again. Not these disgusting one-offs of 200,000, but a proper tour with bands becoming aggravated with one another, and bringing some serious punch to whatever counter-culture indie movement is out there.

Here’s my attempt at putting solid acts in a festival tour line-up. I’ll let the egos wage war for time slots as they are all my children. There are a couple things to note here: I left off Blur and The Stone Roses, because they don’t have the sack to go on tour in the US. Second, I took the liberty of dragging Lee Mavers out of seclusion long enough to do a few shows, and put Oasis back together during a long Man City win streak so they’re content enough to be around each other, but still pensive enough to leave it all on stage.

So what bands do you think are missing? Mind you, I tried to spice it up with established acts and newer ones. I also kept in mind that these bands are mostly active with the exception of The La’s and Oasis. I can hear the cries for Savages already, and maybe some people would want the one-trick-pony The National. What say you?

Gilded Age Festival: SULK, New Order, The Black Ryder, Happy Mondays, Johnny Marr, The Morning After Girls, Tame Impala, The Drums, The La’s, Oasis, Gliss, The Horrors, The History of Apple Pie, Airiel, The Kitchens of Distinction, Django Django, Shed Seven, Miniatures, The Dum Dum Girls, La Sera, Tamaryn, Ringo Deathstarr, TOY, Deep Sea Arcade, Splashh, Swim Deep, The Sleepover Disaster, Primal Scream, Gypsy Death and You


Review – Splashh’s “Comfort”

Splashh’s “Comfort” is a solid record. This is not the first time Splashh have been promoted by YourMusicIsAwful, they’ve made multiple podcast playlists. This has gone down largely due to the strength of “All I Wanna Do“. A track that both Tyler and myself enjoy. While Tyler hasn’t gone deeper into the catalog… I took the plunge.

Much like Swim Deep, I was worried that if I scratched the surface I wouldn’t find much underneath. Their facebook page is usually updates of the band pulling faces before, during, or after drinking. I wouldn’t expect less from 20 something rock n rollers. However, I gave them a pass on the aesthetics because the image fit the tunes. The summer-ish tone of the record, coupled with the Kinky Wizards vocal styling lends itself to the boyish-school just got out feel. This may have to do with the bands Kiwi/Aussie/English make-up, or their need to create sunny music as an escape from Hackney. Either way, it works. They don’t seem out to push any musical boundaries, but simply do what they do well. Which seems to be such a tall order for most.You may be inclined to their sound whether you’re looking for surf rock, shoegaze, or straight-forward indie rock.

The 11 (10 plus bonus) track record easily has 5 singles, and I’ll leave it up to you to figure out to which tracks do I refer. In this day and age of simply having a decent single, mediocre follow-up, and an album’s worth of filler, Splashh (and I know we all share the same hope that the extra ‘h’ is a legal necessity) have rendered “Comfort” an effort worthy of your cash. If you’re stingy, “Sun-Kissed Bliss” has been offered as a free download, but note that if you’re in the US it is the “bonus” track. So just splurge, blow your allowance and pick up the entire album.


Echobelly to Calm Of Zero (Twice)

According to various tweets, the band Echobelly went from Echobelly to Calm Of Zero (Twice). However, the heart and soul of the band, Glenn Johansson and Sonya Madan are touring acoustically as Echobelly. Frankly, I don’t see the majority of their catalog being transferable to an acoustic set, but hearing Sonya sing might be worth the price of admission alone.

Originally, I’d planned to simply discuss the brilliance of Echobelly’s third album “Lustra”. Instead, this will end up a pastiche of retrospect and review. After seeing an advert on facebook asking people’s opinion about a different well-known artist’s third album, I came across a response I absolutely loved. You can read it in its full glory here …

Next time you post a third or fourth album from an artist like this, you should just say “here’s the third album, start crapping on it now and bragging about being the first kid in school to own their first release”.

Brilliant Steve. I often have this chat with Tyler on the podcasts.

Second and Third albums are often incredibly overlooked masterworks because an ADD public can’t stay tuned into an artist long enough. This is certainly the case with “Lustra”. Second and Third albums often get met with label pressure and contract issues. Second and Third albums often find themselves stuck in a moment of time that sees a transition in public infatuation to a new “scene”. I don’t automatically pin the failings of a record in the public’s eye on the artist. There are a lot of idiots out there. I write this in the knowledge that two of the best bands out there now (SULK and The Black Ryder) are getting ready to follow-up their incredible debuts.

 ”Lustra” finds Echobelly at their best. Sonya continues to bring a fresh zest to her lyrics. She is a perfect example of how a child who grows up with a different language or culture in the home, often brings a different interpretation to phrasing and word use. You couple this with her astral and heavenly voice on top of quality guitars that bounce between pop and rock without becoming too sugary or too dull and you have “Lustra”.

Do yourself a favor. Take advantage of being able to look back without the dying “scene” of Britpop clouding your vision, and let your hearing enjoy one that got away. If you’re in the UK, you can catch them on tour. Make sure you tell them to stop messing about, and get plugged in!