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Smashin‘ Transistors 84: You might as well live

September 20th, 2021

I'll admit it, I've read a lot of poetry ever the years. Don't quiz me on of 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. 
Vicious Visions - Beat You
Fashion Pimps and the Glamazons – Jazz For Johnny
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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Smashin‘ Transistors 83: Take Your Shirt Off And Throw It In The Pool

September 2nd, 2021

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 
Heather The Jerk – Hot 
-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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Smashin’ Transistors 82: How To Start The Next Dance Craze?

July 21st, 2021

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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Smashin’ Transistors 81: Dankness on The Edge Of Town

June 20th, 2021

If a craft brewery run by hardcore Springsteen enthusiasts, you know they make an IPA called Dankness On The Edge of Town. The bigger question though is if they're torn between naming their Mexican lager Rosalita or saving it for the Sangria flavored hard cider they are working on. 
Are they thinking of making a sour called Gose It All Night? 
During the Christmas season, would you be game to try their peppermint stout called Candy's Room? 
Also, if they brew one called JungleLambic are the raspberries REALLY were grown underneath that giant Exxon sign that brings this fair city light?

What you'll hear
Let’s Active – Ornamental

Kneeling In Piss – I Love My Echo Chamber
Fun Time Objects – Bug Eyed
Mary Bell – Some Friendships Are Meant To End
-words from your host-
Worm Reducer – The One To Me
Mononegatives – Today’s Adult
Country Teasers – Mosquito
Hue Blanc’s Joyless Ones – With All Due Respect
-words from your host-
Christopher Alan Durham – Gratiot Crawl
Stereolab – Stomach Worm
Mdou Moctar – Taliat
Print Head – Crushin’ Memories
-words from your host-
Lousy Sue – Damaged
The Sueves – Stare
Chuck Bernard – Send For Me
Rexxx- Lost Caus
-words from your host-
Qlowski – All Good
Iceage – Dear Saint Cecilia 
Personality Cult – Brazen
Magazine- Believe That I Understand
-words from your host-

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Smashin’ Transistors 80: Weather and Wonder and Wondering Whether

May 27th, 2021

One summer weekend in northern Michigan years ago, I ate breakfast at a Bob Seger themed diner. Pretty much just a few Seger album covers framed and on the wall and an autographed photo signed by Alto Reed. The menu items did not have any Seeg related puns. Just regular breakfast item names. 

They missed the boat on not naming something Kat-ham-du.

What you'll hear.

Gaunt – Insangel 
Zurich Cloud Motors – Trails Of No Return 
Giant Sand – Searchlight 
Midnight Steppers – Diamonds On The Golden Road To Hell 
-words from your host- 
The Sueves – Mop Bucket 
Daughter Bat and the Lip Strings – No Excuse For You 
Spiritual Mafia – Hybrid Animal 
Red Asphalt – Phone Call From God 
-words from your host- 
Mononegatives – Trauma 
Cabaret Voltaire – The Set Up 
Delilah Holliday – Feel 
JSBX – Lovin’ Machine 
-words from your host- 
Collate – Genesis Fatigue 
Nick & the Nod – New Content 
Piranhas - Blinking Light 
Germ House – Final Touches 
-words from your host- 
Reigning Sound – A Little More Time 
Smirk – Violent Game 
Lousy Sue – Rats 
Blue Cheer – Just A Little Bit 
-words from your host-
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Smashin’ Transistors 79: Churlishness Prevalent

April 25th, 2021

I have not worked in a retail setting in over twenty years. I kept good with continuing out of it. Well, until late 2020 that is. Not by choice and hopefully it is just temporary but bills gotta get paid, y'know. I forgot how churlish the general public can be. The pandemic seems to make the off-their-rocker types get even more cross. 

Compulsive Gamblers – Bad Taste 

Hue Blanc’s Joyless Ones – Burn To Run 
Califone – Wade In The Water 
Lewsberg – Through The Garden 
-words from your host- 
TJ Cabot and thee Artificial Rejects – On Off 
Smirk – Eyes Conversing 
Purrses – Wrong Tide 
Church Mice – Babe, We’re Not A Part of Society 
-words from your host- 
Bobby Would – So To Say 
Savoy Motel – Smooth Operator 
Frank and the Hurricanes – I See A Ghost 
Celebrity Handshake – Civilized People 
-words from your host- 
Penza Penza – Why Do We Care About Anything 
Sex Tide – Medical Board 
Psychedelic Furs – Mr. Jones 
Iceage – Vendetta 
-words from your host- 
M.A.Z.E. – Psycho Eyes 
Warm Exit – Crocodile In My Brain 
Caution – Buy My Life 
Mott The Hoople – Honaloochie Boogie 
-words from your host-

Smashin’ Transistors 78: Blanketed In Yellow Dust

April 5th, 2021

"A head fulla dust." Such a line has been a lyrical adumbration since at least the early 20th century. Though they aren't most likely talking about pollen, that such yellow dust is into its yearly ubiquitous showing. It's a way of life. Literally really. Trees, bees and everything that flowers. Things required to breathe and eat. Keeping hankies handy.

The Gordons – Right On Time 

Tin Foil – Loiter 
GG King – Epoch Rock 
Teenage Head – Picture my Face 
-words from your host- 
Chris Brokaw – Periscope Kids 
Zurich Cloud Motors – Worry About the Hubcaps Later 
The Bassholes – Born To Die 
Tizzi – All Day I Work For Little Money 
-words from your host- 
The Stools – Half Track Mind 
Patois Counselors – Let Beauty Be 
Section 25 – Girls Don’t Count 
Bumbo's Tinto Brass Band – Chewing Mom’s Blouse 
-words from your host- 
Gen Pop – My Apartment 
Midnight Steppers – Lost In Dust 
Smirk – Blind 
TV Freaks – Capital Eye 
-words from your host- 
TOADS – Another Year 
Spiritual Mafia – Smiles 
Purrses – Hey Girl! 
the dBs – Tearjerkin’ 
-words from your host-

Smashin’ Transistors (Apostrophe) 77

March 12th, 2021

There was a spell there towards the end of the last century, that if you wanted to prove how punk rock your attitude was, you would suffix whatever the name of the project was with a "'77."

It quickly became a running joke with some friends I hung out with. Taco Bell '77. Camel Lights '77. I'll be there around seven '77. I don't get paid til Friday '77 and so on. 

It cracked us up for a couple months. 

It was not a running joke with everyone I hung out with though. One evening, I was hanging out with some other group of friends. They were starting a band and were looking for a name. 

"Dude! You should call yourself Apostrophe 77!" I blurted out. From the looks on their faces, you could tell they thought it was brilliant. "Yes, that's perfect. That's when punk rock really started. If people see our name on a flier, they'll know we play punk rock!"

"Yeah, that the joke, man. It lets people know you are (air quotes) PUNK FREAKIN' ROCK, BRO!"

"So, wait," one of them said in a puzzled tone "You weren't serious?"

I think the band lasted a few practices and maybe a basement party. That's a standard punk rock story. they didn't use the name.

There are no songs from '77 in episode 77 of the Smashin'' Transistors fake radio show. 

What you'll hear:
Tilahun Gessesse – Alegntaye
Flying Saucer Attack – Present
Midnight Steppers – The Method Singer
Frankie Traandruppel – Hooray For The Frown
-words from your host-
Smarts – Cling Wrap
Pensioner – The Night
Boris – Furi 
A Feast Of Snakes – Know Your Name
-words from your host-
Astute Palate – A Little Proof
Neil and Crazy Horse – Barstool Blues
The Lice – Daymare Town
Feeling Figures – Never in Time
-words from your host-
ISS - (Met)forming
Cathedral – Suicide Asteroid
Sex Tide – Scorpion
Chris Brokaw – The Heart of Human Trafficking
-words from your host-
Chronophage – Talking Android
Eat Girls – All The Lovers Are Gonna Leave and Die
Lavender Flu – Rake The Face
Angst – Somethings (I Can’t Get Used To)
-words from your host-


Toque to Toboggan

February 9th, 2021

Recently, the guy I worked with showed up in the shop with a wool cap on. Coming through the door he said "I tell ya, man. It sure was cold enough to get the toboggan out. I thought I misplaced it."

"The snow has already melted. What good is a toboggan without it?" I asked. He looked at me like I was loony. "For the cold, man!"

After a few hours of mental images of the ol' rock dog having the time of his life shooting down hills on a big wooden sled, I realized he was talking about his hat. You (and me) may know it as a toque.

What you'll hear:

Ian & Sylvia – You Were On My Mind
Honey Radar – United Fox
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Radio Waves
Gen Pop – Bright Light People
-words from your host-
TOADS – Not A Life
Obnox – Cut Me A Switch
Monoshock – Model Citizen (Nitroglycerine) 
Savoy Motel – Crossword Puzzle
-words from your host-
Patois Counselors – Probably No One
Chronophage – Destiny Falls
MARV – Stingray
The Cowboys – Saintlike Said
-words from your host-
Itchy Self –Playing MTV
Jessie Mae Hemphill – Black Cat Bone
Dana Hatch – Fast Freddie
Toeheads – Screw Loose
-words from your host-
LAMPS – Horse Cow Dog Pig
Mud City Manglers – Armstrong Park
Astute Palate – Loose Wings
Swell Maps – Border Country
-words from your host- 

Smashin’ Transistors 75: Zircon and On and On

December 1st, 2020

No diamonds for number seventy five. In this year, it not even Cubic Zirconia. It might even be Moissanite. 

Some solid sounds though.

What you'll hear: 

Eric’s Trip – Daylight
Kaleidoscope – Deaths of Despair
Penza Penza – Wunder City
David Nance – This Side Of The Moon
-words from your host-
Quintron and Miss Pussycat -You Make It Weird
Twinkeyz - Sweet Nothing
Gen Pop – Pixel Glow
Exploding Flowers – Far, But Never Gone
-words from your host-
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads – Strangers
Lamps – Chest
Mud City Manglers – One Of These Days
Stonewall – Outer Spaced
-words from your host-
Patois Counselors – Give Me Voltage
Lavender Flu – Romelas
Guardian Singles – Midnight Swim
Itchy Self – Reprobate
-words from your host-
The Smarts – Golden Arches
Don Cherry – Degi Degi
ADULT. – Human Wreck
Shadows Of Knight – I’ll Make You Sorry
-words from your host- 


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