Mar 8, 2020

Smashin’ Transistors 64: Natural Born Raver


Let's say you're dj'ing a party and you play "Hellraiser" by Sweet. If a person turns up their noise about it in anyway, ask that person to leave the party because they don't like to have fun.


What you'll hear:

Sweet – Hellraiser
Enchanters – High Heeled Roller Skates
Demolition Doll Rods – Maverick Girl
Product Placement – Eyes In My Head
-words from your host-
Vanity – Anticlimax
Blue Cheer – Believer
The Shitdels – To And fro
En Attendant Ana – The Light That Slept Inside
-words from your host-
En Kernaghan Band – Put It Out
Billiam – Party Pooper
Lavender Flu – Barbarian Dust
Stonefield – Morning Hours
-words from your host-
The Cowboy – From The Grave
Sex Church - Bleed Me
The Gonks – I'm The Lonely Night Driver
The Roves - Hey Little Man
-words from your host-
Fake Rays – The Pits
Toeheads – Glue Factory
Red Mass – Devil In Disguise
The Rain Parade – This Can't Be Today
-words from your host-


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Feb 18, 2020

Smashin' Transistors 63: Through clouds like ashes

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is most likely best known for joyful and genial poems. The one he wrote for the shortest month of the year, Afternoon In February, as not one of those though. As a matter of fact, it was about death.

Amid the grayness of the skies and all the things wrapped in it though here in the Great Lakes, slogging through it has to be done. Putting together another episode of this fake radio show a bit like setting a fire at such times for yours truly.

What you'll hear:
Dirty Filthy Mud – The Forest Of Black
Quintron – Birthday In Tunisa
The Beauticians – Mental Hygene 
-words from your host-
Red Mass – Young Lover
the Ponys – Little Friends
Confusion - Ya No Voy A Pensar En Nada Más
Gino & the Goons – Wrote You A Letter
-words from your host-
Martyr Privates – Peeling The Shade
The Scaners – X Ray Glasses On
The Mirrors – She Smiled Wildly
Pimpono Ensemble - Gliding
-words from your host-
The Cavemen – Guess I Know It's True
Poison Joy – Not Known
Dandee Lions – I Have Been Woke
Bad Weed – Bye Bye Baby
-words from your host- 
The Get-Alongs – Nickel City
Brick Distributor -Another Personality
Match Factory – Naive Memories
Gang Of Four – Outside The Trains Don't Run On Time
-words from your host-

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Feb 7, 2020

Film Photo Friday 28: "It's An Ampeg Stud"

"Hey, man. What model SG is that?!"

"It's not an SG. It's an Amped STUD!"

A-Ron of the BaseballFuries at the Gold Dollar in Detroit. June 1998. Opening for the Splash 4 and the Dirtys. Not too sure what camera I shot this on but most likely a cheap point-n-shoot.

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Jan 31, 2020

Film Photo Friday No. 27: Cenotaphs of the Big 3 No. 5

Galaxie. Shot on a Lomography Diana F+ using Lomochrome Purple 120 film.

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Jan 29, 2020

Smashin' Transistors 62: Entrée a Decade


A new decade has dropped and it's rolling at a furious pace for your truly (here's a lot as to why) but I'm gonna do what I can to make sure you loyal listeners can get at least one of the fake radio shows a month until everything settles.



What you'll hear:
20/20 – Under The Freeway
Comet Gain – Werewolf Suit
Bad Weed – Down, Down, Down
The Moodists – The Disciples Know
-words from your host-
The Beauticians – Donna
Tubeway Army – Are You Real
Schizos – Driller
Obnox – Red I
-words from your host-
Martyr Privates – Blak Light
Postman – Fitted Wool Blankets
Human Switchboard – Fly In
Dadar – Get Away
-words from your host-
Fatal Figures – X Minus One
Hue Blanc's Joyless Ones – Lemon Chiffon
The Plastic Shoelaces – Bigger Heads
The Cheater Slicks – Another Stab
-words from your host-
Zurich Cloud Motors - Trail Of No Return
Gone Wrong – Shut Down
Warm Exit – Gloom Sauce Is Going To Take You Out
The Skinnies – Out Of Order

Minor show note: The Comet Gain album is called Fireraisers Forever! and not as I absentmindedly called it Firestarters Forever! I believe I may have called it the latter in a previous episode too. I know that is not the name of the album though my brain for some reason keeps telling me to call it that.


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Jan 8, 2020

Smashin' Transistors Faves of 2019


Every year I say to myself I need to put together a year end list. My intentions are good but often they never get finished. This year though, I actually completed one.

After a bunch of hem & haws, adding & subtracting & thinking and weighing, here's the records of 2019 that I believe I listened to the most.

Aluminum Knot Eye Neutered and Declawed 7inch: Read the Smashin' Transistors review.

Andy Human and the Reptoids Psychic Sidekick LP: Listening to the Reptoids 2nd album, is like listening to a stellar comp of elsewise unheard '77 DIY arty punk singles and caffeinated but loose Krautrock. The difference is though is that they're all made by the same band. Hear tracks on Smashin' Transistors podcast episodes 46, 48 and 50

Celebrity Handshake This Is Real Life LP plus singles: In the current world of chaos and disconcertion, Celebrity Handshake's primitive grunts and bangin' is from the smack-dab middle of the maelstrom. Hear tracks on Smashin' Transistors podcast episodes 48, 55, 56 and 58.

Chronophage Prolog for Tomorrow LP: Technically this Chronophage's "official" debut album came out out in 2018 but it was literally three days before the year ended. It's decayed and wobbly lo-fi fit like an familiar sweater last winter. Equally and oddly warming as it is itchy. Hear tracks on Smashin' Transistors podcast episodes 46 and 47.

Cochonne s/t cassette: Post-punk with groove that's rubbery and capricious, Durham, NC's Cochonne often get comparisons to the Slits/Raincoats/Au Pairs camp. While dropping such names is understandable, the band sound here is not a pastiche as it is one of a group that got map references but then decided to find a path of their own to reach a desired destination. Hear tracks on Smashin' Transistors podcast episodes 60 and 61.

Comet Gain Fireraisers Forever! LP: Firestaters Forever lyrically takes sprightly jabs at boomers from a Gen Xer's point of view and wraps it up in a very iridescent and British indie-rock characteristic that is the very own. David Feck and co. continue to show a way on how to age gracefully while still keeping cynicism and sharp wit intact. Hear tracks on Smashin' Transistors podcast episodes 57 and 59.

Cowboys Bottom Of The Rotten Flower LP: Read the Smashin' Transistors review.

Dan Melchior Group Ruins LP: Dan Melchior did three albums in 2019. Two with the Dan Melchior Band. his it's band, a trio that consists of him and Jah Nada of Bloody Show & Raw Pony. It's heavy & straightforward but still thick with that weird art garage thing that Dan executes so masterfully. Hear tracks on Smashin' Transistors podcast episodes 57, 58 and 60

DANA Glowing Auras & Black Money LP: Dark, distorted and spiked with theramin whirrings, Columbus, Ohio's is not playing just simple space-punk. They're creating and orchestrating music for adventures in the galaxy's many black holes. Hear tracks on Smashin' Transistors podcast episodes 48, 56 and 60

Hash Redactor Drecksound LP: Alec of Ex-Cult and Meredith & Charlotte of NOTS are in Hash Redactors ranks. Lumbering and trebly, Drecksound a dark and ominous affair as the band sounds like it's haunted by Mark E. Smith's final breaths and bourbon demons telling ghost stories of the blues. Hear tracks on Smashin' Transistors podcast episodes 49 and 50.

JOHNNY ILL Congratulations Digital EP: Read the Smashin' Transistors review.


Isolation Party Fiber Optic Holiday LP: Read the Smashin' Transistors review.

The Long Hots "Nickel and Dime" 7inch: The Velvetoid "Boogie Trance" of Philadelphia's Long Hots 2018 cassette Monday Night Raw became a constant play for me in my car that year. The 2019 single on Third Man became a constant on my turntable the past year too. Hear a track from the single in Smashin' Transistors podcast episode 49.  

Lousy Sue First Digital EP: Read the Smashin' Transistors review.

Midnight Mines Create A Disturbance In Your Mind Double CD: What's actually a comp of their first three cassettes, Private Sorrow and Baron Saturday present of disturbing world where gnarled in a garage guitars are torched in a cauldron of barbarous dub and harsh clang. Hear tracks on Smashin' Transistors podcast episodes 48 and 61.

Mononegatives 5 Second Future Digital EP: Read the Smashin' Transistors review.

Mope Grooves Desire LP: Cleverly crafted bedroom pop that's way too idiosyncratic and lolloping for many to declare pop at all.  Hear tracks on Smashin' Transistors podcast episode 54.

Mountain Babies s/t Digital LP: Over the past decades or so, Port Huron's Mountain Babies have evolved from a one man project led by Dave Peters in to a absolute orphic folk rock quartet. Inspired by Michigan's four seasons of vistas and the scent of Lake Huron air, The band, joined by various guests which make up a veritable who's who of local musicians, has reached a magical stride. Hear a track on Smashin' Transistors episode 53.

Musk "Animal Husbandry" 7inch: Read the Smashin' Transistors review.

Parsnip When The Tree Bears Fruit LP: Tumble-down garage pop that's as sprightly sparkly as it is whimsical and off-kilter, Parsnip debut album delivers as its promise as their singles before it already proved they were capable. I am not telling a lie when I tell you that on a very cold, rainy and depressing day in 2019, I put this record on, the clouds parted, the sun came out and birds started singing. Hear tracks on episode 57 and 59.

Pleather Wasting Time With Riot 7inch: Read the Smashin' Transistors review.

Protruders Poison Future LP: Weird and wiggly, Montreal's Protuders vinyl debut celebrates and emulates musical forefathers that colored outside of the lines. References to Swell Maps, Hawkwind and Ubu are not uncommon when discussing the band and like those combos, they hit grooves that may not be straightfoward and "normal" but are definitely serpentine and alluring. Hear tracks on Smashin' Transistors episodes 51 and 52.
Pscience s/t LP: Synth dominated (but not completely overpowered by) and agitated new wave from members of Buck Biloxi & the Fucks, Trampoline Team etc. Catchy aberrance wrapped up in a recording that sounds like it's straight outta some cheap recording studio circa 1978. Hear tracks in Smashin' Transistors episodes 54 and 56

Red Mass Kilrush Drive LP: Everything Red Mass, a project from Montreal rock-n-roll legend Roy Vucino and his wife Hannah Lewis, have released up til this album was the scaling of a musical mountain. On Kilrush Drive, they've reached their Everest. Post-punk put through a grinder then reformed into something that's appropriately unpredictable and brooding for these strange days we are in. Hear tracks on Smashin' Transistors episodes 48 and 50.

Slump Flashbacks from Black Dust Country LP: Read the Smashin' Transistors review.

Spray Paint Into The Country LP: Read the Smashin' Transistors review.

Toeheads Basement Digital LP: Read the Smashin' Transistors review.

USA/Mexico Matamoros LP: Read the Smashin' Transistors review.

Vision 3D s/t LP: Slashed up Wilko Johnson/Andy Gill guitar bangs and a whole lot of frenetic yet sing along songs, Franco-Belgian band Vision 3D's debut album seems angular and skeletal on the surface, but quickly turns inviting once it starts to seep in. Hear tracks on Smashin' Transistors episodes 57, 58 and 61.


Zurich Cloud Motors Trail Of No Return cassette: Carrying a scuzzy proto-punk disease while also being infected with some dystopian condition that makes them seem prone to cracking open their own skull to get the bugs out, Providence, Rhode Island's Zurich Cloud Motors have a heavy burden to bear. These savants seem to be up to the task. Hear tracks on Smashin Transistors episodes 59 and 61.
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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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