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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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Smashin’ Transistors 74: Nothing But Candy Corn in the Treat Bag

October 28th, 2020

Like all thing this year, Halloween is pretty much canceled. No Butterfingers. No Baby Ruth's. No Snickers. No good candy at all.

Yeah, 2020 is like going to every door and getting a nickel or a Brach's Candy Corn Treat Pack.

What you’ll hear

Yvonne Fair – Say Yeah Yeah
Cherry Cheeks – No Ticket
Oh Sees – Toadstool
Pussy Cat – La la lu
-words from your host-
Brandy – Text Home
Wire – Fly In The Ointment
Zurich Cloud Motors – For The Beyond
Horribly Wrong – The Living Nightmare
-words from your host-
The Stroppies – Sad Sorry Soul
Nick Allison and the Player’s Lounge – Move Along
The Pastels – Crawl Babies
Era Bleak – Era Bleak
-words from your host-
Shark Toys – Black
The Toeheads – Jane Doe #59
Public Eye – The Door Is Always Closed
Henry Fiat’s Open Sore – I Don't Know
-words from your host-
Optic Sink – Dumb Luck
CCR Headcleaner – Sweets
Satanic Togas - Panic Room
The Freeze - Halloween Night
-words from your host-

Smashin’ Transistors 73: The Bacillus is Pumpkin Spiced?

October 10th, 2020

Smashin' Transistors radio play of the foklore favorite Will-o'-the-wisp will not be heard tonight. In it's place, we present you this special program.

Tompall Glaser – Pass Me By
No Age – Turned To String
Brigid Dawson & the Mothers Network – The Fool
Hobocop – Walking Around Stoned
-words from your host-
Sweeping Promises – Cross Me Out
Fun Time Objects – Autocratic Generator
The Stroppies – Holes In Everything
CCR Headcleaner - Oxygen
-words from your host-
Brick Head – Fed Up
T. Rex – The Slider
MARV – Unruly Garden
Obnox – Avalanche Grave
-words from your host-
The Cowboy – Jellyroll
Violent Change – Dreary Example
The Leather Nun – Jesus Came Driving
Dame – Cicadas
-words from your host-
Fertile Scum – Life in Dirt
Satanic Togas – Customer Service
SPK – Contact
The Calico Wall – I’m The Living Sickness
-words from your host-
 

Smashin’ Transistors 72: And the days grow short

September 2nd, 2020

Did we even have a summer? No gatherings in backyards or beaches. No beer in garages in with pals. The days turn to gold. They grow few.


What you'll hear:

Girls At Our Best – Getting Nowhere Fast 

Flat Worms – Market Forces 
Krystian Quint – Rain 
Photogenic – Destroyer 
-words from your host- 
The Dirts – Going Nowhere 
The Charles – Motorcycle 
Protomartyr – Modern Business Hymns 
Loop – Torched 
-words from your host- 
Lifters – Bird Island Summer Girls 
The Hunches - Your Sick Blooms 
Thomas Leer & Robert Rental – Day Breaks, Night Heals 
Paik – Strange Familiar 
-words from your host- 
Moving Objects – I Wanna Be Your Man 
X - Lipstick 
Devil Town – Rumble 
Honey Bucket – Furniture Days 
-words from your host- 
Sweeping Promises – Falling Forward 
Home Blitz – Final Decay 
Mudhoney – Good Enough 
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Potterville 
-words from your host-
 
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Smashin’ Transistors 71: Orchestrations of Night Bugs

August 1st, 2020

In the wilds of Michigan’s Thumb, the sounds of the night bugs were mostly crickets. In my new surroundings of North Carolina’s Triangle, there are crickets as well but also many katydids. And for an added attraction right now, we got the cicadas too.  There are a lot of trees surround the digs I dwell. Hearing all of the night bugs going on at once here is a three drone band bill where they are doing some sort of concept set about spaceships landing in a lush green forest.

Though I did not record this episode outside to capture some of those sounds, I seriously did consider it. Perhaps I even will some time down the road.

What you’ll hear:

Jefferson Airplane- Greasy Heart

Obnox – Return Fire
Medium Medium – Further Than Funk Dream

PR Shake – Dust

-words from your host-

Personality Cult - Weigh Down
The Zone V – I Cannot Lie

Hobocop – Home Connect
Celebrity Handshake – Don’t Wanna Talk About It

-words from your host-
Sonic Boom – Things Like This (A Little Bit Deeper)

Clock DVA – White Cell
Cool Greenhouse- Life Advice
KeiyaA – RectifiYa
-words from your host-

Fun Time Objects – Emergency Action

The White Wires – Stayed Up Late
Ghoulies- Genetic Flaw

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Messages
-words from your host-

Gimmick – Hiball
Zip It – Gatormouth

RMFC -  Reader
The Pretenders – Mystery Achievement

-words from your host-

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