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Episode #87: New Wave Pink

Yesterdays Forever“Are you trying to bribe me?”

“Trust me, our single’s gonna be a smash.”

“This other stuff sounds good, but you wanna get money out of me before I even hear the single?”

This was no transcript from Behind the Music, nor was it a scene from Spinal Tap.  It actually happened last Sunday when I had recording industry mogul, Andy Ingram, in my basement, listening to my band’s recordings (about 75% tracked).  Convinced I had backed him into the corner and held the upper hand in negotiations, I replied….well, I can’t remember what I replied.


Everything in that story is true.  But keep in mind that Andy runs an indie pop/rock label in Dayton, Ohio.  (He could probably find better ways to make money.)  He and I ran in very similar circles until we finally met a years ago through either my friend, Joel Atkinson, or my wife, I can’t remember.  Anyway, Andy visited Kansas City last weekend and was simply sitting in a chair in the corner of my basement recording room when we held the above conversation.

How does that relate to this show?  Well, Andy has a sweet band, XL427.  Enjoy.

  1. “This Is Me” – Chris & Cosey (Heartbeat | Rough Trade | 1981)
  2. “Four Long Years” – Wire (Object 47 | Pink Flag | 2008)
  3. “Order for Order” – Colin Newman (A-Z | Beggars Banquet | 1980)
  4. “Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!!” – Trentemøller (Into the Great Wide Yonder | In My Room | 2010)
  5. “It’s Not Just Pink, It’s New Wave Pink” – XL427 (Yesterdays Forever | Poptek | 2009)

Radio Free Raytown – Episode #87 (8/12/11)

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Episode 62: Here Comes That Heart Attack

When I think of Dayton, I think of my in-laws, Roger Troutman and Guided By Voices.  I also think of Andy Ingram, promoter of first-class rock shows and member of about thirty bands.  He also runs Poptek Records, whose roster doesn’t exactly mirror, but draws upon the sounds and ethos that make the Guided By Voices catalog so great.  There’s everything from lo-fi bedroom pop to power pop garage bands on the label, and so many of the albums are available for free.  There’s no reason to go another day without Ruetschle, Kris N  and XL427 on your harddrive.

I play another artist this week, Pinkle, whose music is also available for free.  Please download his album, Invertible, if you’re a fan of pop songs, slide guitars and cheap drum machines.  You will certainly enjoy it if you dig Sufjan Stevens or Sam Billen (who has also posted a lot of free music).

Believe it or not, I don’t always aim to seek out the most obscure stuff.  It’s just that so much good music is under people’s radar, and much of it is cheap.  I’m more than willing to pay a lot for a good album, but don’t believe the RIAA who’d have you believe you need to buy what’s on the radio and pay full retail price for it.  It’s just that the good music may sometimes require a hunt, and that’s why I’m here.  Enjoy.

  1. “Computer in Love” – Perrey & Kingsley (The In Sound from Way Out!/Vanguard/1966)
  2. “#1 Hit Song” – Minutemen (Double Nickels On The Dime/SST/1984)
  3. “Beethoven Misspelled” – Kris N (Burning Down Belmont/Poptek/200?)
  4. “MC Speller” – Muckafurgason (Muckafurgason/Edelstein/2001)
  5. “Titanic Death” – Pinkle (Invertible/independent/2009)
  6. “One Bell Ringing” – Elvis Costello (National Ransom/Hear Music/2010)
  7. “Where Did It All Go Wrong?” – U2 (Achtung Baby demo’s/1991)

Radio Free Raytown – Episode #62 (11/19/10)

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