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Episode 69: Rockin’ the Morse Code

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon from the band's show at The Uptown Theater (7/18/09)

I get a lot of weird feedback from friends when they discover I like Christian bands.  Or perhaps I should say I get weird feedback when friends discover some of my favorite bands are Christians.  It’s as if they (both Christians and non-believers alike) don’t think Christians are capable of making good music.  They know I am passionate about music, so it’s like they believe I must be selling myself short by listening to subpar bands.

Perhaps it boils down to exposure.  When all you know of christian rock is Stryper and Amy Grant, I can sympathize.  I hate that stuff, too.  But since I had the good fortune of discovering bands like Starflyer 59, Soul-Junk and Danielson in high school, my experience with Christian rock differs greatly from most.  I would confidently put many of these bands’ albums up there with the best that indie rock had to offer in the 1990s.

This is not a treatise on the issue, nor do I set out to write about the theology of Christians and creativity.  I just want folks to understand there is amazing music being made by (some) Christians, and it’s not just limited to Sufjan Stevens or Midlake.  (And perhaps more importantly, there has been a lot of good Christian music made in the past thirty years.  While most in the christian industry were content creating safe music for the evangelical churchgoers, bands like Daniel Amos and Lifesavers Underground actually challenged our ideas about Christian art in the 1980s.)

All that said, I start this week’s show* with Sonic Youth before getting to a super-obscure Christian band, Soul-Junk.  It just kinda made sense for me that way.  Enjoy.

  1. “Unmade Bed” – Sonic Youth (Sonic Nurse /Geffen / 2004)
  2. “Screaming Lobster” – Soul-Junk (1960 / Sounds Familyre / 2009)
  3. “Ill-M-I” – Soul-Junk (1956 / SaraBellum / 2000)
  4. “Cichli” – Autechre (Chiastic Slide / Warp / 1997)

Radio Free Raytown – Episode #69 (1/26/11)

*Remember that I’m taking next week off, preparing the next show, as I’m soliciting ideas for a theme.  (Something I do every tenth episode.)

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Episode 34: We Are Electrocution

One of the best albums of the 90s, Fugazi's "In On the Kill Taker"

Death has been on my mind a lot this week, as Jay Reatard, Mark Linkous and Alex Chilton have all recently passed. I tried to build an episode around their songs, but it just felt inadequate. Perhaps a better tribute would be just to encourage you to listen to Sparklehorse’s It’s a Wonderful Life and Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers in their entirety. You know, I am sure I will play their songs in future shows, but the one I started to record just felt a little off.

Instead, I went with my gut and just threw together a bunch of music I wanted to listen to. Hopefully my sensitivity doesn’t come off as too insensitive.

So I told my friend, Ben, that I had been on a Fugazi kick again this week. I felt validated in my song choices for the show when he said he had just listened to 13 Songs earlier that morning. Sometimes it’s merely coincidence when you discover someone’s also been listening to the same artist or album as you, but sometimes it feels like you’ve tapped into a sort of collective consciousness or whatever. Either way, it’s a sign, right?

Anyway, this weeks show…

  1. “We Are Electrocution” – Le Shok (We Are Electrocution/GSL/2000)
  2. “Eros” – Tortoise (Standards/Thrill Jockey/2001)
  3. “Antenne” – Kraftwerk (Radio-Activity/Capitol/1975)
  4. “Smallpox Champion” – Fugazi (In On the Kill Taker/Dischord/1992)
  5. “Three” – Selfmindead (Selfmindead/Solid State/1998)
  6. “Yippie” – Mouse on Mars (Niun Niggung/Thrill Jockey/2000)

Radio Free Raytown – Episode #34 (3/26/10)

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