Dec 31, 2019

Focusing 2020


Well, it's been a hectic year but somehow we made it through.

The same can be said about the Twenty-Tens too. Lots of ups. Lots of downs. Roller coasters then calm.

Now, it's time to take on a new adventure in the Twenties ahead. The next few months involve me knuckling down on a major purging of things that have been cluttering up an old house I've been dwelling for in over two decades. The reason being is that it needs to be done. It has collected a lot of stuff over the years. Much of it just...well, clutter.

That, and I am putting the place up for sale. It was left to me when my first marriage of many years dissolved. It's a house I never really wanted in the first place and it needs way too much work that I don't want to invest into it.

We are splitting not only from the house but also the city I was born and raised in (and have lived in for the majority of my time on this planet) as well as the state of Michigan.

After doing a lot of research and some reconnaissance visits to a few towns in this year past, we're are moving to the Raleigh, North Carolina area in spring of 2020.

Needless to say, I've got a lot on my plate to do my part to get this all situated.

Over the next couple of months, there will most likely be a slowdown on activity here at Smashin' Transistors until we land and settle in. I'll be keeping with putting together a podcast at least once a month and a thing here and there (I hope to have a "best of" 2019 list together in, hopefully, the next few days or so for example) but other than that, I can't promise all that much action for the time being beyond that.

At this time I would like to thank everyone for records sent, interviews granted, shows played, floors slept on, beers, shots, food over the years. Many things you've done to make life grand!

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Dec 27, 2019

Film Photo Friday No. 26: "When she walks by she brightens up the neighborhood"

So, yeah, I did sing some lines from the Mark Barkan song made famous by Manfred Mann, "Pretty Flamingo", when I first saw this and then snapped a photo of it.

Shot on a Holga 135BC using Lomography 800 35mm film.
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Dec 23, 2019

Smashin’ Transistors 61: Illuminating Monochrome with Light Emitting Diodes


What a taxing year it's been. We somehow did out best and made it through even if likely we're worse for the wear. This whole Keep On Keepin' On thing ain't easy all the time. 


The next year has plenty of roller coaster rides ahead. Hold on tight. We need ya around!


What you'll hear:
Sandy Sarjeant - Can't Stop The Want
Kool and the Gangbangers – I Don't Wanna Go Outside
VISION 3D - Fan
Ill Globo - Mirabella
-words from your host-
TV Crime - Wild One
The Only Ones – Out In The Night
Toy Trucks - Schoolbus
Goodnight Loving – Land Of 1000 Bars
-words from your host-
Zurich Cloud Motors – A Hair Raising Memory
Spray Paint - Alcohol Surface
Cochonne – Body Bag
Match Factory – All The Same
-words from your host-
Mononegatives - Transient Reality
Dow Jones & the Industrials – Set Yourself On Fire
Foster Care – Rack Brain
Iggy and the Stooges – Shake Appeal
-words from your host-
Solarized -Is This Where I Beg for the Prosthetic Leg
Midnight Mines - Double Attack 
PP Rebel - Where The Quiet Go
Teenage Fanclub - December
-words from your host-
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Dec 13, 2019

Film Photo Friday No. 25: Precipitation No. 1

An earlier than usual and totally unexpected severe snow storm made things nasty on Michigan's east coast last month. I tried to embrace it but in my head I kept reminding myself "If all goes right, this is your last winter in this low wage town and in this state."

Shot on a built in '57 Zorki 2C using Kodak Vision 2 200T 35mm film.

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Dec 12, 2019

LOUSY SUE First EP

Blaring outta Indiana, Lousy Sue is a new combo featuring Jim Kuczkowski aka The Kooch. If you're not familiar with the name but were into blown out rock-n-roll records 90's/early 00' (especially those on the Rip Off label) you may be familiar with some of his work. He was the dude who set up the mics and twiddle the knobs for full length from the Infections, The Problematics and the Marked Men. He was also the guy who recorded my favorite singles from the Mighty John Waynes and the Kill-A-Watts as well.

After a few seconds of stonerish rock fuzz, the drums count off  "Katy Perrys", it becomes obvious this trio executes the same sort of wild and cranked up high as records he worked on.


The level of rowdiness doesn't wane throughout the rest of the EP and the playful obnoxiousness, especially when Jim and drummer Angie trade off vocals on tracks like "Ferma Jean" (which is about someone likes to get really obnoxious and outta control) and the in a tizzy beat that makes "Halfwit" bounce, is something that seems to be missing from a bunch of a bunch bands plying the so called garage punk trade in these days.


Not only that, they knock a faithful but amped up take of one of my favorite songs from when I was a little kid, Tom T. Hall's "Sneaky Snake" right out of the park and probably into some swimming pool filled with bottom shelf whiskey that anyone who isn't square would not have to be asked twice to dive right into.

Roll in the dirt at the Lousy Sue's Facebook page

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Dec 11, 2019

SPRAY PAINT Into The Country LP

The intention has been to sit down and disseminate impressions of the Spray Paint album for a bit of a spell now. Whenever attempted though, this reporter finds himself getting antsy, agitated and itchy. I do believe that has been an intention of the band since their inception and they've continued to achieve it quite well seven albums deep.

A difference with their latest, Into The Country, though is that it sounds as if they've almost found away to almost to use their spasmodic motions and sways for ways to have a bit of sick fun rather than just simply abetting in aberrant thoughts of a listener.

To an extent, that is.

The spring coiled and furious pulse of "Alcohol Surface" opens the record sounding like krautrock in a bouncy house. That someone died a violent death in.


And from there, things get more deviant.

"Keep On Googlin'" is like the reverberated sound glitch that rattles around inside a human brain that has stopped completely stopped deciphering what is fact and what is bogus, leaving all thought to be decided what comes of fits in some kook curated web search. "Death Bed" could very well resemble sounds of aggrieved calm some may hear before exited this plane.


If the taunting of impending doom by mocking it and laughing in its face hasn't become more pronounced as the record progresses, the sentiment seems more than obvious as the record ends with "Can't Help But Kill" and "Cleaning The Gun." The former with a chunk of hillbilly flesh being run through a grinder located deep in a cave guitar lick and a used car salesman meets crazy old biblical looking dude pontificating in front of the post office rant. The latter for first giving an impression of floating in some weightless netherworld and then decompression sickness kicking in.

Huff fumes at 12XU

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Dec 6, 2019

Film Photo Friday No. 24: Cenotaphs Of The Big 3 No. 4: The Standard Trope Number One


I will only shoot  a 57 Chevy if I spot one the in the wild. Nothing against them, it's just the Fonzie/Nostalgia/Oldies "theme" businesses that base their whole theme around that makes me not give much care in seeing them all that much.

Eric Clapton's "Rock-n-Roll Heart" is complete bullshit. That old coot had not "got off 'Screamin' Guitars'" for a good 20 years when he recorded that song.

Shot on a Lomo LCA using Lomography 400 35mm film.

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Dec 1, 2019

December 2019 Mixclouder of the Month: Mawkish Twaddle

As stated on his Mixcloud page, Mawkish Twaddle's host Bob N. plays "plenty of new tracks -- and some old but mostly unknown selections -- from genres like indiepop, post-punk, power pop, art rock, psych pop, indie rock, sunshine pop, soul, cold wave, bubblegum, yé-yé, krautrock, disco, folk rock, freakbeat, glam, honky tonk, and library and film music."


Also, if you are in the San Francisco area you can catch Bob's show live on an actual radio at KXSF 102.5 FM every Saturday night from 10 to midnight.