May 13, 2022

Smashin' Transistors 90: Started Hummin' a Song from 1862

There were a handful of occasions to celebrate the first week of May. Cinco de Mayo. Kentucky Derby.

The Friday of that week is one of the most important holidays for many people from my homeland. Yes, I am talking about Michigan. And, yes, I am talking about the birth of Rockin' Robert Seger, born 177 years ago on May 6th.

It's not an official holiday in the state but let's put it this way. If you are in a crowd of people and something like Katmandu comes on and you don't let out a giant Woo! or Yeah!, the crowd will look at you like you are some sort of malcontent and most likely an apostate of the Mitten State. 

What you'll hear:

Kim Weston – Soul On Fire
Tha Retail Simps – Summertime
The Neckbones – Eyeful
The Drin – Move To Extinction
-words from your host-
Mr. and The Mrs. – Fukkkopps
Loop – Isochrone
Henry Flynt and the Insurrections – Go Down
The Pinstripes – Fish On Land
-words from your host-
The Crawlies – Get On Down
Sundog Summit – Whiskey Woman
Jeremy Scott – Your Ice Cream’s Gonna Melt One Day
Ian Hunter – Just Another Night
-words from your host-
Clinic – Miracles 
The Salem Trials – Shutting Down
Pylon- Dub
Dom and the Wizards – Heavenly Sweet Little Skin Wrapped Skeleton
-words from your host- 
Jug and the Bugs – Hurrying
Shawn David McMillen – Kick Off Your Shoes
Waylon Thornton – Amnesiac Amber Boardroom
The Saints – This Time
-words from your host-

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Mar 26, 2022

Smashin' Transistors 89: This Side Of The Daisies

"Still on this side of the daisies" is now my new favorite response when asked how the day is going.

Not sure if it's an actual southern colloquialism but a sassy Chapel Hill lady well into her eighth decade of living said that to me recently when I asked her such a question.

I found it quite poetic.

What you'll hear:

Waylon Jennings – Stop The World (and Let Me Off)
Julie Doiron – Et Mom Amour
Nick Lowe – Mary Provost
Jeremy Scott- What Am I Talking About
-words from your host-
Headkicker – The Law
The Drin – For The Tsarina
Ify Jerry Krusade – Everybody Like Something Good 
The Crawlies – Way It Goes
-words from your host-
Toe Ring – Staring At The Sun
Spiritualized – The Mainliner Song
Print Head – Slippin’
ADULT. – Fools (We Are)
-words from your host-
Star Party – Shot Down
Mudhoney – You Got It
Reaper’s Gong – Bed Of Mutilation
Jon Spencer and the Hit Makers – Junk Man
-words from your host-
Tha Retail Simps – 25 Step Program
Sonic Chicken 4 – Shalalalove
Lifters – Stop Holding On to Me
The New Lime – Ain’t Got No Soul
-words from your host-

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Mar 8, 2022

Smashin' Transistors 88: Sprinkled In Gold Dust

Except it's not really gold in color. It's more of a weird bright yet sickly yellow. And it falls from the skies before doing the things it does in the earth. 

The seed plants of the US southeast have started have gone all on their yearly horndog already. Time to open the windows up to let the air in but only for a very short time. The gymnosperms don't give a damn where the goops of reproduction land.

If you landed on this post through googlin' The Pollening, I guess it shows some of my SEO tools are still sharp. Now just don't go up hoarding the facial tissues for yourself, ok?

What you'll hear: 

XTC – Beattown
Hue Blanc’s Joyless Ones – Winter Palace
Gino and the Goons – I’m Your Man
Tha Retail Simps – Rock n’ Roll
-words from your host-
Air Vent Dweller – Heat Wave
Minor Threat – Screaming At The Wall
Crash The Superyacht – Like A Rash
The Statics – Can’t Get Enough
-words from your host-
Green/Blue – Bad Looks
Zurich Cloud Motors – ‘56 Chevelle
Kalemaris - Frk. Arm & Dr. Konto
Hélène Barbier – You Little Nothing
-words from your host-
Power Flower – Whippet
Schizos – Gross
CIA Debutante – No To A Mirror
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Trophy
-words from your host-
Honey Radar – Plum Scouts
Exek – (I’m After Your) Best Interest
NicFit – Flux
The Persuaders – I Ain’t Your Daddy
-words from your host-

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Jan 30, 2022

Smashin' Transistors 87: A New Year of the Same Ol' Same Ol'?

Here it is a new year. It's been since last year that Smashin' Transistors sent out a broadcast transmission. The work/life/the record company thang/world in general imposed exile is over. Never had any PTO available to use for it anyhow so I knew I'd be back. Just took a bit.

What you'll hear:

Teenage Boatpeople – My Friends Know Too Much
The Notwist – Exit Strategy To Myself
Gentleman Jesse – Compass
Bat Fangs – Talk Tough
-words from your host-
Lappen – Nachtschweiß
Rearranged Face – Menaced Assassin
Ivy Green – I’m Your Television
Power Supply – Let’s Do This and Let’s Do That
-words from your host-
The Mary Veils – Rowhome
The Cowboy – Galaxy Jam
Honey Radar – Sunrise Alphabet
Smirk - Step
-words from your host-
M.A.Z.E. – Her Smile Is Fake
Dom and the Wizards – Outlaws and the Cops
MARV – Con Moto
Brute Spring – Into Ribbons
-words from your host-
Helene Barbier – Unbolted Cover
R.L. Crutchfield’s Dark Day - Hands In The Dark
208 – Red Cat
Dale Hawkins – Tornado
-words from your host-

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Jan 22, 2022

Your Two First Favorite Albums Of 2022?!

Last year around this time I announced that I would be reviving my record label Bancroft Records up again.

Due to usual supply chain issues and how vinyl pressing plants were already overwhelmed with projects, it took forever to see the finished product. 

They have arrived and are now available! In the US, you can grab the new albums from Hue Blanc’s Joyless Ones and Zurich Cloud Motors direct at Bancroft’s online storefront in the USA.

They are also now available at Sorry State, Spacecase and coming soon to Total Punk and Goner. More distro’s and mail order joints coming soon too!

In other Smashin' Transistors related news, I know it has been a couple months since the last episode of the fake radio show. The holidays, work (and looking for different work as the current work is okay but, y'know, looking for something else cuz I just ain't feeling it, maaaan!) and other things (like getting all the ducks in the row for the Bancroft relaunch and life in general) have been taking up a bunch of time. I promise ya though, a new show coming soon.

Follow the Smashin' Transistors social pages to keep in the loop for some of the other things in the works and general rants and raves.

Nov 24, 2021

Smashin' Transistors 86: There's A Bird In The House

We got our Thanksgiving turkey a week or so ago. Kept it in the freezer until last night. For those who may not know, the Smashin' Transistors digs share space with the Mr. Ripperpotamus; the figurehead of Bancroft Records.

If there is one thing that dude obsesses over, it is turkey. Every time we go to the kitchen, he reminds us that there is a turkey defrost in the fridge. Tomorrow, he will set of camp in that very kitchen and remind us every ten minutes that there is a turkey cooking in the oven. We will not get any peace until some slivers of it are in his belly.

Then he will sleep for ten hours.

What you'll hear:

Barry Jones – Turkey Walk 
Rearranged Face – Lonely Elevator 
Les Fille de Illighadad – Innsegh Innsegh 
The Byrds – What’s Happening 
-words from your host- 
Heavenly Blue – Shoplifter 
The Pops – Heart Attack 
The Control Freaks – Don’t Trust 
Print Head – Sick 
-words from your host- 
Rat Columns – It’s Your Time (To Suffer) 
Lil Ugly Mane – Benadryl Submarine 
Sweeping Promises – Out Again 
Power Supply – I Got Feelings Too 
-words from your host- 
The Courettes – I Can Hardly Wait 
The Hot Blood – Something Is Bringing My Baby Down 
Wayne, Pat and Keith – I’m Tired Of You Satan 
Shop Regulars – Mischief 
-words from your host- 
Chemical Bank – In Cop Land 
Fairyport Convent – High and Stoned Bluez 
Blues Lawyer – Scenic Route 
The Living End – Turkey Stomp 
-words from your host-

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Oct 31, 2021

Smashin' Tranistors 85: Boulevard Of Broken Dream Books

There were a couple of super duper lottery jackpots recently. I admit to throwing a couple of bucks down here and there on the "big ones" a time or two a month. I kinda got outta hand this October as I drop a total ten bucks over the month on playing the numbers. 

I'd rather be not out of the ten bucks but what's two bucks a shot on a dream, right? 

Often on time or two a week I am at the Circle K down the road from my house, I end up being behind a lady in her eighties who likes to read off her numbers to who is ever behind the counter. Since we seem to be in the store at the same time, we've come to this agreement. She knows I am on my way to work, so she often lets me go in front of her so I can be on my way.

I was behind her the other day and she turned to me, waving a 3x5in spiral notebooks and looking into my eyes. "Do you know what this is?"

"You keep notes in it, right?"

"Yes." she darted back in a much exasperated tone. "What kind of notebook?"

"A dream book?"

I've seen my share of them. My grandma kept one. All her friends at the plant where they made luggage racks for GM all kept one.

The Dream book is pretty much where you write down combinations of numbers that may feel lucky. the come in different forms, sizes and schemes.  Most prosperity churches run some sort of elaborate and convoluted merchandising racket based on the dream book model. They're just keeping in the tradition of the old radio barkers of "the lord". It's an easier, flashier swindle nowadays but snake oil is still the same formula.

We were both masked but her eyes gave away a friendly smile. She knew I understood. In a confiding tone, she said "Don't ever keep one of these. It's a bad, bad habit. It's made me grow too old too soon and I gotta plan for my funeral."

"M'am, you are far too feisty to worry about that for quite a long time." 

"Your funeral is the last time the people alive you still like will still be around" she pointed her finger at me and looked me straight and sternly into my eyes. "Give them AND only them good last memories. Remember that."

Duly noted, m'am. duly noted

What you'll hear

The Fall – Don’t Call Me Darling
Worm Reducer – I Don’t Let You Down
GG King – Melt On You
BANGZZ – I’m Fine Thank You and You
-words from your host-
Smirk – Minuscule Amounts
Bob – Thomas Edison
Rolltreppe – Kuhltransporter
Fashion Pimps and the Glamazons – LA County Critters
-words from your host-
Hue Blanc’s Joyless Ones – Breakfast In The Afternoon
Drag Sounds – Blessed Style
Shop Regulars – Put Those Things Away
Terminal Babilonia – Thundra Is Coming
-words from your host-
Meatbodies – Reach For The Sunn
Obnox – Molecule
Hawkwind – Brainbox Pollution
Strapping Fieldhands – The Hand That Plays Calliope 
-words from your host-
Men & Health – Planet Made Of You
The Ruins – Take My Love and Shove It Up Your Heart
Doms – Model Head
Chubby Checker – My Mind Comes From A High Place 
-words from your host-

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Sep 20, 2021

Smashin' Transistors 84: You might as well live

I'll admit it, I've read a lot of poetry over the years. Don't quiz me of on it though as it was years ago. Either way, your rock trivia fact for this episode of the Smashin' Transistors podcast is Bryan Ferry cops a line from Dorothy Parker's Resume' in All I Want Is You.

Also in this episode, you'll hear me say that Michael Beach's Dream Violence album came out on Goner in early 2001, It didn't. It came out early this year. 

What you'll hear:

Vicious Visions - Beat You
Speed Stick – Knots
Heavy Metal – Walking The Dog
-words from your host-
The Lipschitz – Computer Sun
Michael Beach – Curtain Of Night
Jason Eddie & the Centermen – Singin’ The Blues
Smart Shoppers – Strange Vehicles
-words from your host-
Virvon Varvon – Allergies
Midnight Steppers – Bleak Disco
Blondie – Union City Blue
Leopardo – Hardship
-words from your host-
Digital Leather – So Warm 
Roxy Music – Thrill Of It All
Fotomatic – Bipolarity
Zurich Cloud Motors – Floorboard Occult
-words from your host-
The Hot Blood – Terrible Idea
Three Body Problem – I’ve Got A Stain
Weenog – Skull Trap
The Pontiac Brothers – It’s Alright At Home
-words from your host-

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Sep 2, 2021

Smashin' Transistors 83: Take Your Shirt Off And Throw It In The Pool

After well over a year, the pool in my complex finally reopened about a month back. I sing the title of this episode of Smashin' Transistors to the tune of Kate Bush's Hounds Of Love every time I amble down to it.

The pool is where I've been spending a lot of my limited free time since. I attempted to work on this episode a few times poolside but someone would always ask me if I was recording a podcast. And is a true-crime podcast.

"Maybe true crimes against music" I've replied winkingly.

I also told someone I am doing a podcast where I am breaking down the Monkees Pool It album, dedicating an episode to every song on the album. But that would mean I'd have to listen to the whole album. I heard it enough at a place I was working when it came out. The people in charge of the stereo were really into that and Aerosmith's Permanent Vacation. I lived my true crimes against music already, man!

The thing is though, I am hanging out at the pool to be in the pool. Y'know, being like Mick Jagger in the jam Summer Romance or something. Not working on a podcast. For those who were on the edge of their seat waiting for the next Smashin' Transistors transmission, I apologize if you completely fell off the chair waiting.

What you'll hear:

Jesse Floyd – Satan’s Wife 
Birds Of Maya – Please Come In 
Crash The Superyacht – Summer Solstice 
Vintage Crop- No Praise 
-words from your host- 
Pale Horsey – Overlord 
A Place To Bury Strangers – End of The Night 
Spider Bags – Long White Desert Rose 
-words from your host- 
Adam Pettis – Dark Road 
Violent Change – Open Space 
Rolling Stones – Moonlight Mile 
Eric Nervous - Motivation 
-words from your host
Lysol – Can’t Win 
Mononegatives – Deep Pockets 
Dirtbombs – Alleys Of Your Mind 
Mesh- Traveler 
-words from your host- 
Virvon Varvon – Nothing To Prove 
The Freakees – The Middle 
Strapping Fieldhands – Why Did You Fly 
Tom T. Hall – That’s How I Got To Memphis
-words from your host-

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Jul 21, 2021

Smashin' Transistors 82: How To Start The Next Dance Craze?

Starting the next dance craze is not an easy task. I looked into it and studied all the angles. My spirit got broken though after many friends pointed out that though my intentions of making one happen may be pure, eventually, the line dance crowd would appropriate it.

"Wait. People still line dance?"

"Yes," I was informed. "And now they do it to Kid Rock."

That killed whatever idea I had for trying to get a new dance craze starting right then and there.

What You'll Hear:

The Split Ends – Rich With Nothing 
Body Shop – Elevator 
Fire Engines – Everything’s Roses 
Nick & the Nod – Com ID 
-words from your host- 
Mini Skirt – With Your Hands 
Toby King – Itch & Scratch 
Tin Foil – Power Pointer 
Can Kicker – Desire 
-words from your host- 
Leopardo – Tell Me 
Bangzz – Love 
Dream Syndicate – Some Kinda Itch 
Blowers – Exterminate 
-words from your host-
Chemical Bank - The Inconsistent 
Isaiah Owens – If It Wasn’t For The Lord 
Red Krayola – Green Of My Pants 
The Scientists – Naysayer 
-words from your host-
OK Satan – I Don’t Care 
M.A.Z.E. – Spread The Disease 
Germ House – Bottled At The Source 
Clock DVA – Relentless 
-words from your host-

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