Archive for 2014

2014: Year in Review, Part 1


Just as we did last year, we're wrapping up 2014 with a wide-spanning, multi-part "year in review" series of broadcasts that highlights some of our favorite music released during the past calendar year. Especially since our 2014 broadcasts were so heavily focused on older underground music from the 1980s and 1990s - through series like Unfinished Business (1980s Post-Punk), Destroy All Music (Early U.S. Punk & Hardcore), Pop-Punk Ain't (All) JunkNick Cave - Man or Myth?, and others - we wanted to take an opportunity to call attention to some newer music too. As music fans and listeners, we here at The Way out aren't entirely stuck in the past!

As regular Way Out listeners have perhaps come to expect, 2014: Year in Review emphasizes the more obscure and lesser-known music and musicians operating today (though there are a number of high-profile indie artists featured here too). This also isn't a traditional "best of" list. There's no ranking or systematic method to the music selected here. It's just a leisurely presentation of some of the more interesting and exciting new artists, songs, and albums we encountered in 2014.

Here's the playlist for Part 1 of 2014: Year in Review, which was broadcast on Saturday, December 20, 2014:

Hookworms - "Radio Tokyo"
Raspberry Bulbs - "Light Surrounds Me"
Naomi Punk - "Eleven Inches"
Protomartyr - "Want Remover"
Eagulls - "Possessed"
Cult of Youth - "Empty Faction"
Total Control - "Expensive Dog"
Secret Boyfriend - "Beyond the Darkness"
Damaged Bug - "Gloves for Garbage"
Grumbling Fur - "All the Rays"
Ariel Pink - "Not Enough Violence"
Swans - "Oxygen"
Anthroprophh - "Space Box Zonk Machine"
Pig Destroyer - "Red Tar"
Godflesh - "Shut Me Down"
Bo Ningen - "Maki-Modoshi"
Goat - "Hide From the Sun"
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - "Hot Wax"
The Fat White Family - "Heaven On Earth"
The Horrors - "Mine and Yours"
Temples - "Mesmerise"
Iceage - "Forever"
Young Widows - "Doomed Moon"
The Ukiah Drag - "Drip From the Fang"
Timber Timbre - "Curtains!?"
Purling Hiss - "Where's Sweetboy"

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PS - Part 2 of our 2014: Year in Review will be broadcast live this Saturday, January 3, 2015, from 10:00 PM-midnight CST.

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Pop-Punk Ain't (All) Junk, Part 2


Back in September, we presented the first in a pair of shows that were designed as a mini-defense of "classic" 1990s pop-punk - a genre that is justifiably much-maligned, though when you scratch the surface there's actually quite a bit of good music to be found underneath your Blink 182's and Offspring's and Sum 41's. We called the series Pop-Punk Ain't (All) Junk.

Here's the playlist for Part 2 of Pop-Punk Ain't (All) Junk, which was broadcast on Wednesday, December 17, 2014:

Lifetime - "Irony is For Suckers"
Down By Law - "Punk As Fuck"
Face to Face - "You've Done Nothing"
The Vandals - "And Now We Dance"
Big Drill Car - "No Need"
Seaweed - "Squint"
Avail - "Model"
Texas is the Reason - "Back and to the Left"
The Promise Ring - "Red Paint"
Jimmy Eat World - "Your New Aesthetic"
The Weakerthans - "Confessions of a Futon-Revolutionist"
Tilt - "White Homes"
Fastbacks - "Hung On a Bead Peg"
The Muffs - "Big Mouth"
Red Aunts - "Sleeping in the Wet Spot"
Discount - "Clap and Cough"
Bikini Kill - "Rebel Girl"
Propagandhi - "The Only Good Fascist is a Very Dead Fascist"
F.Y.P. - "Toss My Cookies"
Scared of Chaka - "Chickenshit"
Young Pioneers - "Food Stamps"
Leatherface - "I Want the Moon"
Hot Water Music - "Trademark"
Fifteen - "Someday"
Pansy Division - "Fem in a Black Leather Jacket"
Fluf - "If I Could Feel Good"

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More Joy: Christmas 2014 Bonus Edition


Here's the playlist for our bonus Christmas-themed mini-set, which was broadcast in the early morning hours of Thursday, December 18, 2014:

The Pogues - "Fairytale of New York"
The Chieftains - "St. Stephen's Day Murders"
Bob Dylan - "Christmas Island"
The Beach Boys - "Child of Winter (Christmas Song) / Here Comes Santa Claus (Medley)"
James Brown - "Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto"
Clarence Carter - "Back Door Santa"
Count Sidney and His Dukes - "Soul Christmas"
The Marcels - "Merry Twist-mas"
Kay Brown - "Daddy Is Santa Really Six Foot Four?"
Rufus Thomas - "I'll Be Your Santa Baby"
Rotary Connection - "Silent Night Chant"
Three Aces and a Joker - "Sleigh Bell Rock"
Santo and Johnny - "Twistin' Bells"

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Christmas 2014


Here at The Way Out, we tend to mark the major holidays with speciality broadcasts that highlight some of the more unique and esoteric seasonal music available. And like with our annual Halloween show, we attempt to never repeat ourselves, always presenting new artists and/or songs. (Check out our Christmas show from last year.)

Here's the playlist for our winter holiday music show, which was broadcast on Saturday, December 13, 2014:

John Denver & The Muppets - "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
Stiff Little Fingers - "White Christmas (Live)"
The Yobs - "Rub-A-Dum-Dum"
UK Subs - "Hey Santa"
The Damned - "There Ain't No Sanity Clause"
The Sonics - "Don't Believe in Christmas"
Descendents - "Christmas Vacation"
The Vandals - "Oi to the World"
Bad Religion - "What Child is This?"
The Mono Men - "Christmastime is For Sinners"
Mojo Nixon & The Toadliquors - "Mr. Grinch"
The Dirtbombs - "My Last Christmas"
The Fleshtones - "Super Rock Santa"
Fucked Up - "Jingle Bells"
They Might Be Giants - "Santa's Beard"
Captain Sensible - "One Christmas Catalogue"
Ride - "Like a Snowflake"
Sloan - "Twelve Days of Xmas"
Superchunk - "Child's Christmas in Wales"
Tom Waits - "Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis"

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PS - This was our last regular broadcast of 2014. We'll still be broadcasting live shows sporadically during the winter break, including most Saturdays at 10pm CST. Keep an eye on our Twitter account to learn when exactly we'll be on the air. 

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Unfinished Business, Part 8 (1980s Post-Punk)


Here's the playlist for Part 8 of Unfinished Business, our ongoing 1980s post-punk series, which was broadcast on Saturday, December 6, 2014:

Devo - "Penetration in the Centerfold"
Minimal Compact - "When I Go"
Sad Lovers & Giants - "Colourless Dream"
The Royal Family and the Poor - "The Dawn Song"
The The - "Heartland"
Shriekback - "Malaria"
Super Heroines - "Tears of a Star"
Bone Orchard - "Girl With a Gun"
Scientists - "Swampland"
Blackouts - "Being Be"
Human Sexual Response - "What Does Sex Mean to Me?"
I'm So Hollow - "I Don't Know"
Maximum Joy - "Man of Tribes"
Teenage Jesus & The Jerks - "Baby Doll"

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The Creation Records Show


Here at The Way Out, we're still basking in the warm glow of Slowdive's brilliant return earlier this year. And then this week, Swervedriver announced that they'd be touring the U.S. (including a stop in our very own Madison, WI) and releasing a new album next year, their first since 1998. That was Monday. Then, on Tuesday, the really big news hit: rumor started circulating online that Ride would be reforming in 2015. Within a day, the rumor was confirmed as true, and Ride announced 9 shows next May and June, including only two North American appearances in New York and Toronto. In honor of all this much-welcome news, we decided to dedicate this week's show entirely to the Creation Records label - the home to Ride, Swervedriver, Slowdive, and so many other great 1980s and 1990s U.K. shoegaze and indie-pop bands. 

Here's the playlist for our Saturday, November 12, 2014, broadcast:

Slowdive - "Sing"
Ride - "Polar Bear"
My Bloody Valentine - "Drive It All Over Me"
The Telescopes - "Precious Little"
Swervedriver - "Sunset"
Adorable - "Favourite Fallen Idol"
The House of Love - "Road"
Teenage Fanclub - "Star Sign"
Biff Bang Pow! - "Someone Stole My Wheels"
Felt - "Down But Not Yet Out"
The Times - "Dada Won't Buy Me a Bauhaus"
Razorcuts - "I'll Still Be There"
Ride - "Like a Daydream"

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Unfinished Business, Part 7 (1980s Post-Punk)


Here's the playlist for Part 7 of Unfinished Business, our ongoing 1980s post-punk series, which was broadcast on Saturday, November 15, 2014:

Psychic TV - "Godstar (1985 7" Version)"
Alternative TV - "Victory"
Mekons - "Empire of the Senseless"
The Three Johns - "Teenage Nightingales to Wax"
The Ex - "Human Car"
The Skodas - "Everybody Thinks Everybody Else is Dead Bad"
Futurisk - "Army Now"
Music For Pleasure - "The Human Factor"
Thomas Leer - "International (1978 7" Version)"
The Membranes - "Muscles"
Judy Nylon - "The Dice"
Lene Lovich - "New Toy"
B-Movie - "Nowhere Girl"
Polyrock - "Like Papers On a Rack"
Television Personalities - "Godstar"

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Destroy All Music, Part 3 (Early U.S. Punk & Hardcore)


Earlier this year, we kicked off a mini-series called Destroy All Music, which is dedicated to early U.S. punk and hardcore music (some from the late 1970s, but mostly from the 1980s). The recurring series' primary focus is on more lesser-known and obscure artists from the era (i.e., no Black Flag, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Germs, Dead Kennedys, et al). We also strive for no duplication across shows, meaning each set features a completely different list of bands/artists. Part 1 was broadcast back in January, followed by Part 2 in April and a spin-off Youth Crew Hardcore set, also in April.

Although our attention has been focused elsewhere in recent months, we've steadily been putting aside songs for future installments of Destroy All Music. In fact, we have enough music mapped out for at least another two hour-long playlists, not including this week's third installment. So, keep your ears open for more Destroy All Music in the coming months. In the meantime, here's the playlist for Part 3 of Destroy All Music, which was broadcast on Saturday, November 8, 2014:

Agent Orange - "Bloodstains"
7 Seconds - "Here's Your Warning"
Reagan Youth - "Reagan Youth"
D.I. - "Reagan Der Fuhrer"
M.D.C. - "John Wayne Was a Nazi"
Wasted Youth - "Fuck Authority"
Born Against - "Resist Control"
D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) - "Busted"
Visual Discrimination - "Badge Happy Cop"
Afflicted - "Here Come the Cops"
Dicks - "Hope You Get Drafted"
Gang Green - "Kill a Commie"
Toxic Reasons - "War Hero"
Naked Raygun - "Surf Combat"
Bl'ast! - "Surf & Destroy"
The Vandals - "I'm a Fly"
Youth Brigade - "Sound & Fury"
Government Issue - "Teenager in a Box"
Agression - "Intense Energy"
Malignant Growth - "Hopeless"
Adrenalin O.D. - "White Hassle"
RKL (Rich Kids on LSD) - "Feelings of Hate"
YDI - "Enemy for Life"
Negative Approach - "Friend or Foe"
Poison Idea - "Pure Hate"
Bad Attitude - "Kill You"
The Mad - "I Hate Music"
No Milk On Tuesday - "Killing Myself With Drugs"
The Simpletones - "I Like Drugs"
Crucial Youth - "Caffeine"
Murphy's Law - "Sit Home and Rot"
Vatican Commandos - "Things Are Not the Same"
Beastie Boys - "Egg Raid On Mojo"

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Halloween 2014


Here's the playlist for this year's annual Halloween show, which was broadcast on Saturday, November 1, 2014:

Comateens - "The Munsters Theme"
The Cramps - "Zombie Dance"
The Damned - "Born to Kill"
T.S.O.L. - "Silent Scream"
Misfits - "Ghouls Night Out"
Scratch Acid - "Cannibal"
Redd Kross - "Linda Blair"
Nomeansno - "It's Catching Up"
Christian Death - "Skeleton Kiss"
Nick Cave & The Cavemen - "I Put a Spell On You"
X - "The Hungry Wolf"
The Flesh Eaters - "See You in the Boneyard"
Destroy All Monsters - "Vampire"
Dead Moon - "Graveyard"
Alex Chilton, Alan Vega & Ben Vaughn - "The Werewolf"
Jonathan Richman - "Vampire Girl"
X Men - "Do the Ghost"
The Revillos - "Jack the Ripper"
Wesley Willis - "Vampire Bat"

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More Gore: Halloween 2014 Bonus Edition


A lot of planning goes into our annual Halloween show, and there's always a ton of extra music that doesn't make the final cut. Here's a half-hour bonus Halloween mini-set that was broadcast on Saturday, October 25, 2014:

Joy Division - "Dead Souls"
Black Sabbath - "Black Sabbath"
Alice Cooper - "Welcome to My Nightmare"
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire"
Robyn Hitchcock - "My Wife and My Dead Wife (Live)"
Lou Reed - "Halloween Parade"

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Diana's Birthday Bash


It was Diana's birthday. She hand-picked some of her all-time favorite songs and artists. Here's the playlist for Diana's birthday show, which was broadcast on Saturday, October 25, 2014:

Slowdive - "Slowdive"
Ride - "Like a Daydream"
My Bloody Valentine - "You Made Me Realise"
The Cure - "10:15 Saturday Night"
Beat Happening - "Red Head Walking"
Make-Up - "Blue is Beautiful"
Further - "She Lives By the Castle 2"
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - "Open Heart Surgery"
The Telescopes - "To Kill a Slow Girl Walking"
Chapterhouse - "Die, Die, Die"
Sonic Youth - "Shadow of a Doubt"
Teenage Fanclub - "God Knows It's True"

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The Synth Show, Part 3


Here's the playlist for Part 3 of The Synth Show, our synth music mini-series that began back in August. This set focused more heavily on the darker and harder aspects of 1970s-1990s synth music: synth-punk, noise rock, glitch, industrial, and avant-garde rock. It was broadcast on Saturday, October 18, 2014:

Soft Cell - "Sex Dwarf"
Misfits - "Cough/Cool"
The Jesus Lizard - "Rabid Pigs"
Six Finger Satellite - "Rabies (Baby's Got the)"
Brainiac - "Go Freaks Go"
The VSS - "Crawling in Place"
Men's Recovery Project - "They Found My Naked Body by the River"
The Locust - "Well I'll Be a Monkey's Uncle"
Atari Teenage Riot - "Speed"
kid606 - "Two Fingers in the Air Anarchy Style"
Suicide - "Frankie Teardrop"
Tuxedomoon - "Egypt"
The Residents - "Picnic Boy"
Negativland - "Christianity is Stupid"
Babyland - "Burning Up"

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Construction of a New Action (1990s Chicago Underground Rock)


Continuing our focus on 1990s indie/underground rock scenes, this week we turned our attention to Chicago. Rather than focus heavily on a few genres or labels (as we did with our recent D.C. and Olympia shows), we tried to cover a wide range of the Windy City's musical styles and scenes/communities. We purposefully skipped the city's alt-rock heroes of the day: Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, Urge Overkill, Veruca Salt, Wilco, et al. And there were a lot of great bands that we didn't have time to include: Tar, The Coctails, Red Red Meat, Mekons, pretty much all the emo/post-hardcore bands apart from Cap'n Jazz. But we were able to include a number of personal favorites (Trenchmouth, Lake of Dracula, Los Crudos, Assembly Line), as well as feature a mini-set of artists from Chicago's terrific "now wave" noise rock scene of the mid-1990s.

Here's the playlist for our Saturday, October 11, 2014, broadcast:

Shellac - "Wingwalker"
Tortoise - "Cornpone Brunch"
Gastr del Sol - "Is That a Rifle When it Rains?"
The Sea and Cake - "Flat Lay the Water"
Joan of Arc - "Post Coitus Rock"
Trenchmouth - "The Volcanic Action of My Soul"
Assembly Line People Program - "New Minds"
Jaks - "Fidgecake & Pismire"
Los Crudos - "Crudo Soy!"
Charles Bronson - "Chicago"
The Jesus Lizard - "Nub"
Ministry - "TV II"
Bobby Conn - "United Nations"
U.S. Maple - "Letter to ZZ Top"
Flying Luttenbachers - "Fist Through Glass"
Scissor Girls - "Vamps, Here!"
Lake of Dracula - "Blues Fantastique"
Cap'n Jazz - "Basil's Kite"

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The International Pop Underground's Hometown, Part 2 (1990s Olympia Indie Rock)


Here's the playlist for Part 2 of our 1990s Olympia series, The International Pop Underground's Hometown, which was broadcast on Saturday, October 4, 2014:

Beat Happening - "Tiger Trap"
Frumpies - "Be Good"
Bangs - "Vintage Piranha"
The Need - "Crush"
Heavens to Betsy - "Terrorist"
Excuse 17 - "The Drop Dead Look"
Sleater-Kinney - "You Ain't It"
Nirvana - "Aneurysm"
Seaweed - "Deertrap"
Screaming Trees - "Who Lies in Darkness"
Fitz of Depression - "Sitting in a Room"
Young Ginns - "Cemetary"
The Halo Benders - "Canned Oxygen"
Lois - "Press Play and Record"
Pell Mell - "Blacktop"
Melvins - "Night Goat"

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The International Pop Underground's Hometown, Part 1 (1990s Olympia Indie Rock)


We've been spending the early part of this Fall semester exploring 1990s U.S. indie/underground rock through the lens of various cities and local scenes. Last week, we listened to the Washington, D.C., indie-pop scene, with a focus on the TeenBeat, Slumberland, and Simple Machines record labels. This week kicks off a pair of shows exploring 1990s music from the other Washington - the State of Washington. And in particular, its capital city of Olympia. Although Seattle and "grunge" garnered most of the mainstream press headlines during the early/mid-1990s, the much smaller Olympia - just about an hour south of the Emerald City - was one of the country's hotbeds of indie rock and DIY punk. Not only was Olympia home, at least for a time, to everyone from Bikini Kill to Nirvana, but it was also host to two of the defining record labels of 1990s underground rock: K and Kill Rock Stars.

Here's the playlist for Part 1 of our 1990s Olympia series, which we're titling The International Pop Underground's Hometown. It was broadcast on Saturday, September 27, 2014:

Beat Happening - "Fortune Cookie Prize"
Bratmobile - "Cool Schmool"
Unwound - "Nervous Energy"
Karp - "13 Ways to a Cavity"
Bikini Kill - "Feels Blind"
Dub Narcotic Sound System - "Monkey Hips and Rice"
The Go Team - "Bikini Twilight"
Some Velvet Sidewalk - "Big City Plans"
Long Hind Legs - "Kicking Giant"
Kicking Giant - "This Song"
Satisfact - "Unswitched"
Mocket - "Spark Plug"
Witchypoo - "The Reaper Song"
Lync - "Two Feet in Front"
Modest Mouse - "Dukes Up"
godheadSilo - "Master of Balance"

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DC, Not Dischord (1990s DC Indie Rock)


Minor Threat, Fugazi, Nation of Ulysses, Bad Brains. Those are likely some of the bands you first think of when you consider music from our nation's capitol. Great bands, all. And indeed, Washington, D.C.'s hardcore punk and post-hardcore scene is rich and deep. But as we already play those acts often here on The Way Out - check out our Also On Dischord show from this past April - we thought we'd feature a different area of D.C. underground music this week. We've turned our attention to D.C.'s early/mid-1990s indie-pop scene, in particular acts on three of the city's best record labels: Slumberland, Simple Machines, and TeenBeat. (We took some artistic liberties with the NYC-based Versus, based on their relationship with TeenBeat.) While Slumberland and TeenBeat are no longer run out of D.C. and Simple Machines sadly ceases to exist, we nevertheless thought we'd pay tribute to three of the record labels that helped make D.C. underground rock music so great these past few decades.

Here's the playlist for our Saturday, September 20, 2014, broadcast:

Whorl - "Maybe It's Better"
Unrest - "Can't Sit Still"
Black Tambourine - "Throw Aggi Off the Bridge"
Lilys - "February Fourteenth"
The Ropers - "I Don't Mind"
Teenage Gang Debs - "On Tape"
Tsunami - "Be Like That"
Eggs - "It's Hard to Be an Egg"
Tuscadero - "Nancy Drew"
Blast Off Country Style - "Hey, Hey, I Love You Bitch"
My New Boyfriend - "Thurston Dance"
Versus - "Blade of Grass"
Bastro - "Sketch for Sleepy"
Lorelei - "The Bitter Air"
Velocity Girl - "Tales of Brave Aphrodite"

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Pop-Punk Ain't (All) Junk, Part 1


Starting with last week's Drive Like Jehu themed show, we've shifted our focus for the Fall semester to 1990s indie/underground rock. After probing the depths of 1980s post-punk over the summer (with our Unfinished Business series of shows, plus a few spin-offs), we thought we'd change gears a bit. And this week's theme takes quite the shift: 1990s pop-punk. Pop-punk's certainly not a genre that typically receives a lot of play on The Way Out, nor is it a genre that garners a whole lot of respect in the broader music culture these days (hey, where were all the 20th anniversary celebrations of Jawbreaker's 24 Hour Revenge Therapy earlier this year?). But if you're going to have a discussion about punk or indie rock in the 1990s, you really need to talk about pop-punk. (Jason Heller's excellent "Fear of a Punk Decade" column at The AV Club recently made this point very clear, if only implicitly.)

Pop-punk may be associated with some of the most formulaic and insipid, not to mention apolitical,  music to carry the "punk" label (and for good reason - see the NOFX song on this playlist for just such a critique). But at least for a brief moment in the late 1980s and early 1990s, pop-punk was the site of some of the most innovative punk music around; it was refreshing a punk/hardcore scene that had begun to grow stale and cynical, or that had completely lost its way (see: much of hardcore punk's crossover into metal). Among other things, some of the era's most strident proponents of the DIY ethic were closely associated with pop-punk (groups like the 924 Gilman Street collective in Berkeley). And many pop-punk artists were among the most outspoken when it came to carrying on punk rock's social critiques (anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic, et al). Moreover, pop-punk really wasn't a distinctly separate genre or scene back in the late 1980s and early/mid-1990s, at least not the way it would become in the late 1990s after the big commercial pop-punk boom. Back in the early 1990s, pop-punk, hardcore/post-hardcore, emo, crust, riot grrrl, ska, grindcore, et al, were all relatively entwined. The bands all shared bills together, and even if you were a straight edge kid, you probably had a Green Day or OpIvy record somewhere in your collection.

Whatever the case, take this show as our mini-defense of pop-punk. Of course, we've titled the show Pop-Punk Ain't (All) Junk, so we're hedging our bets a little. We're not going to lie: a lot of the most popular pop-punk out there is total, utter garbage. But if you look past your Blink 182's and Offspring's, there's some really good music to be found.

Here's the playlist for our Saturday, September 13, 2014, broadcast:

Ramones - "Cretin Hop"
Descendents - "I'm Not a Punk"
Bad Religion - "When?"
Screeching Weasel - "Hey Suburbia (Demo Version)"
Operation Ivy - "Junkie's Runnin' Dry"
Pegboy - "Through My Fingers"
Green Day - "2000 Light Years Away"
The Queers - "Granola-Head"
The Mr. T Experience - "Psycho Girl"
Supernova - "Math"
Crimpshrine - "Summertime"
Monsula - "Pre-Past Tense"
Fuel - "Disengaged"
NOFX - "Please Play This Song on the Radio"
J Church - "Fascist Radio"
Jawbreaker - "Indictment"
Samiam - "Bad Day"
Jawbox - "Reel"
Smoking Popes - "Rubella"
Chisel - "Hip Straights"

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The Drive Like Jehu Show


Though certainly not at quite the same level, Drive Like Jehu have grown to possess a Velvet Underground-like legacy in the contemporary underground rock scene. You know, the ol' Brian Eno assertion that they may not have sold many records in their day, but their influence far surpassed their popularity and they inspired legions of musicians who followed in their wake. Indeed, Jehu were only active for 5 years (1990-1995), and even during that tenure the band's members were splitting their time with other bands and projects, most notably guitarist/vocalist John "Speedo" Reis with Rocket From the Crypt. They didn't tour very much. (Andrew was living near Los Angeles for a few of those years, and he honestly can't recall Jehu playing a show there. They certainly must have played a few, but they were hardly playing out often.) They only released two albums and one single. And while we have no idea the sales figures, they were hardly moving mega-units. Nevertheless, their style of propulsive, wiry guitar rock with quiet-loud dynamics, frantic speak-shout vocals, and abstruse lyrics galvanized the prevailing "math rock" sound of the 1990s post-hardcore scene. And it's a style that still gets replicated widely today.

Back in mid-August, Jehu quietly announced that they'd be playing a free reunion show at San Diego's Balboa Park in just a couple week's time, on August 31st. They'd be accompanied by San Diego's civic organist, and play for only about a half-hour. It'd be their first live performance in 19 years, and (at least for now) the band swears it's their only reunion show. (Here's a great HD video of the full set.) To commemorate their reunion, we decided to look back at Drive Like Jehu, some of the members' post-Jehu activities, and the 1990s San Diego indie/punk rock scene from whence they came.

Here's the playlist for our Saturday, September 6, 2014, broadcast:

Drive Like Jehu - "Golden Brown"
Pitchfork - "Thin Ice"
Rocket From the Crypt - "Pigeon Eater"
Hot Snakes - "10th Planet"
Back Off Cupids - "Trivial Pursuit"
Obits - "No Fly List"
No Knife - "Charades"
aMiniature - "Towner On the B-Side"
Chune - "Mel Brown"
Inch - "Chicharrones"
The Peechees - "I Could Have Loved You"
Heroin - "Head Cold"
Antioch Arrow - "Lightning Bolt"
Swing Kids - "El Camino Car Crash"
Trumans Water - "Outpatient Lightspeed"
Drive Like Jehu - "Step On Chameleon"

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The Synth Show, Part 2


Here's the playlist for Part 2 of The Synth Show, our special summertime synth music mini-series, which was broadcast on Sunday, August 17, 2014:

John Harrison - "The Dead Walk (Day of the Dead)"
Suicide - "Keep Your Dreams"
The Units - "High Pressure Days"
Primitive Calculators - "I Can't Stop It"
Cybotron - "Alleys Of Your Mind"
Chrome - "Anorexic Sacrifice"
Goblin - "Tenebre"
Conrad Schnitzler - "Das Tier"
Yello - "Eternal Legs"
Jean Michel Jarre - "Oxygene Pt. 4"
Tangerine Dream - "Central Park"
Brian Eno - "By the River"
The Faint - "Take Me to the Hospital"
Add N to (X) - "Metal Fingers In My Body"
Ladytron - "Paco!"
LCD Soundsystem - "Losing My Edge"
The Calculators - "Worthless in a World of Wires"
Stockholm Monsters - "Partyline"
A Flock of Seagulls - "(It's Not Me) Talking"
Bruce Haack - "The King"
Philip Glass - "Ange Des Orages"
Legendary Pink Dots - "Casting the Runes"
Giorgio Moroder - "Night Drive"
Yaz - "Bad Connection"


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The Synth Show, Part 1


Here's the playlist for Part 1 of The Synth Show, our special summertime synth music mini-series, which was broadcast on Friday, August 15, 2014:

Harold Faltermeyer - "Axel F"
Kraftwerk - "Showroom Dummies"
Falco - "Der Kommissar"
Visage - "Fade to Grey"
Vangelis - "Pulstar"
Devo - "That's Good"
The Human League - "Being Boiled"
Ultravox - "Quiet Men"
Soft Cell - "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye"
Depeche Mode - "Stripped"
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - "Genetic Engineering"
John Foxx - "No One Driving"
Fad Gadget - "Life On the Line"
Tubeway Army - "Are 'Friends' Electric?"
Tones On Tail - "There's Only One"
New Order - "Thieves Like Us"
Duran Duran - "The Chauffeur"
INXS - "To Look At You"
Heaven 17 - "Let's All Make a Bomb"
The Metronomes - "Sex II"
Nitzer Ebb - "Join In the Chant"
D.A.F. - "Co Co Pino"
Front 242 - "Headhunter V1.0"
Nine Inch Nails - "Sin"
Ministry - "Work For Love"
Cabaret Voltaire - "I Want You"
Japan - "Ghosts"
Bill Nelson - "Eros Arriving"
Killing Joke - "Kings and Queens"
Wire - "Where's the Deputation?"
Sparks - "Beat the Clock"
Tom Tom Club - "As Above, So Below"
Scritti Politti - "Hypnotize"
The Flying Lizards - "Move On Up"
Telex - "Moskow Diskow"
John Carpenter - "The Fog Rolls In"

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Unfinished Business, Part 6 (1980s Post-Punk)


Here's the playlist for the 3-hour long Part 6 of Unfinished Business (1980s Post-Punk), which was broadcast on Thursday, August 14, 2014:

Scritti Politti - "Messthetics"
Essential Logic - "Fanfare in the Garden"
Stockholm Monsters - "Happy Ever After"
The Wake - "Furious Sea"
Colin Newman - "I've Waited Ages"
MASS - "You and I"
In Camera - "Final Achievement"
The Wolfgang Press - "Sweatbox"
Dif Juz - "Hu"
Modern Eon - "Euthenics"
Play Dead - "Shine"
The March Violets - "Crow Baby"
Hula - "Walk on Stalks of Shattered Glass"
Usherhouse - "Permanent Red"
The Swell Maps - "Let's Build a Car"
The Bears - "On Me"
X_X - "No Nonsense"
The Nerves - "TV Adverts"
Art Attacks - "Neutron Bomb"
The Method Actors - "Do the Method"
Tuxedomoon - "No Tears"
Glenn Branca - "Lost Chords"
Pere Ubu - "Heart of Darkness"
Mission of Burma - "Max Ernst"
The Wipers - "Better Off Dead"
Einsturzende Neubauten - "Negativ Nein"
Ausgang - "Weight"
Kas Product - "Never Come Back"
1919 - "Caged"
A.C. Marias - "Drop"
Legendary Pink Dots - "Love Puppets"
Section 25 - "Dirty Disco"
Eric Random - "23 Skidoo"
23 Skidoo - "Porno Base"
A Certain Ratio - "Knife Slits Water"
Sneak Preview - "Desire"
Echo & The Bunnymen - "Do It Clean"
TV21 - "Snakes and Ladders"
U2 - "11 O'Clock Tick Tock"
Indoor Life - "Searching"

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Coldwave, Part 1 (1980s French Post-Punk & Underground Rock)


As a spin-off of sorts to our recent Unfinished Business (1980s Post-Punk) series, we decided to focus this week's show entirely on 1980s post-punk and other underground rock sounds from France. Indeed, we've had plans to do a coldwave themed show for more than a year now but just haven't gotten around to it. Given our current 2-hour summertime slot, though, we chose to expand beyond just the narrower confines of coldwave to explore a wider variety of French post-punk, new wave, synth/electro, and art/experimental rock from the era (late 1970s into the very early 1990s).

Coldwave (or La Vague Froide), for those unfamiliar with the term, is basically a broad categorization for bands/music from the French (and Belgian) post-punk scene. Today, it has come to be associated primarily with minimal synth music - and surely there are some genre purists who will bristle at our using the term to describe anything else. Moreover, "coldwave" has become so synonymous with minimal synth music that it is frequently used to loosely refer to any dark, minimal electronic music from anywhere, past or present (completely obscuring the classification's original temporal and geographic implications). Nevertheless, coldwave can and has been prominently used to refer to any music associated with the French post-punk scene of the 1980s, and it's that more generalized definition that we're using here. To further argue our point, coldwave originated as a guitar-driven form of post-punk, most clearly influenced by the icy, austere punk of Joy Division (and other Factory Records bands produced by Martin Hannett), as well as early goth rock and "darkwave" music from the likes of The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees. The other major influence on the scene was the electronic futurism of Kraftwerk. But limiting coldwave to just synth music is both reductive and ahistorical. These quibbles aside, the coldwave style - whether synth-based or more traditionally rock/pop oriented - is most recognizable for its distant, impersonal performance style and often unemotional, blasé, and/or naive lyrical themes.

This show is hardly a complete, or even representative, survey of the 1980s French coldwave scene (or genre, movement, whatever you want to call it). Indeed, we've easily got enough additional music to fill another few hours of radio. It may not happen immediately, but stay tuned for a follow-up broadcast sometime in the not-too-distant future.

For now, here's the playlist for Part 1 of Coldwave (1980s French Post-Punk & Underground Rock), which was broadcast on Thursday, August 7, 2014:

Metal Urbain - "Panik"
Kas Product - "So Young But So Cold"
C.O.M.A. (Clinik Organik Musak Anatomik) - "Femme-robot"
Charles De Goal - "Dans Le Labyrinthe"
Taxi Girl - "Aussi Belle Qu'une Balle"
Suicide Romeo - "Suicide Romeo"
Jacno - "Anne Cherchait L'amour"
Artefact - "Sex Computer"
Marquis De Sade - "Cancer and Drugs"
End Of Data - "Dans Votre Monde"
Comix - "Touche Pas Mon Sexe"
Twilight Ritual - "Closed Circuit"
Ferdinand - "Tele, Apres La Meteo"
Philippe Laurent - "Distrosion"
Lizzy Mercier Descloux - "Mais ou Sont Passees Les Gazelles?"
Des Airs - "Lovely Lady of the Roses"
Nini Raviolette - "Suis-Je Normale"
Warum Joe - "Sex Beat"
Mathematiques Modernes - "Disco Rough (Long Version)"
Berurier Noir - "Salut a Toi"
Modern Guy - "Electrique Sylvie (Full Length Version)"
Candidate - "Starway"
Ruth - "Polaroid/Roman/Photo"
Braque - "Jeanette"
Asylum Party - "Pure Joy in My Heart"
Mary Goes Round - "The Promised Land"
Coldreams - "Morning Rain"
Movement - "Perfect Day"

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Unfinished Business, Part 5 (1980s Post-Punk)


Here's the playlist for Part 5 of Unfinished Business (1980s Post-Punk), which was broadcast on Thursday, July 31, 2014:

Adam and The Ants - "Physical (You're So)"
The Cure - "The Figurehead"
Siouxsie and The Banshees - "Trophy"
The Birthday Party - "Fears of Gun"
Soft Cell - "Entertain Me"
Lives Of Angels - "Pavilion"
Artery - "Into the Garden"
The Names - "Nightshift"
Dislocation Dance - "Roof is Leaking"
Department S - "Going Left Right"
The Chameleons - "Less Than Human"
The Church - "Almost With You"
Gene Loves Jezebel - "Upstairs"
Flesh For Lulu - "Death Shall Come"
The Lords of the New Church - "Like a Virgin"
The Sisters of Mercy - "Alice"
The Damned - "Under the Floor Again"
The Icicle Works - "Love is a Wonderful Colour"
Punishment of Luxury - "Hold Me (Never Mould Me)"
The Gun Club - "Sex Beat"
The Normal - "T.V.O.D."
John Foxx - "Underpass"
Informatics - "What a World"
Starter - "Baby"
Palais Schaumburg - "Wir BauenEine Neue Stadt"
Orange Juice - "Felicity"

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Unfinished Business, Part 4 (1980s Post-Punk)


Here's the playlist for Part 4 of Unfinished Business (1980s Post-Punk), which was broadcast on Thursday, July 24, 2014:

The Monochrome Set - "Eine Symphonie Des Grauens"
Ultravox! - "Wide Boys"
The Human League - "Empire State Human"
Depeche Mode - "Shame"
Tubeway Army - "You Are In My Vision"
Gary Numan - "Complex"
The Fall - "Lie Dream of a Casino Soul"
The Distributors - "T.V. Me"
Subway Sect - "Ambition"
The Art Objects - "Showing Off to Impress the Girls"
Cravats - "You're Driving Me Mad"
Bauhaus - "Dark Entries"
Tones on Tail - "Performance"
Love and Rockets - "The Game"
Peter Murphy - "Final Solution"
Dali's Car - "The Judgement is the Mirror"
Japan - "Communist China"
The Psychedelic Furs - "Sister Europe"
The Teardrop Explodes - "Treason"
The Sound - "Heyday"
The Moodists - "Gone Dead"
The Soft Boys - "Kingdom of Love"
Television Personalities - "How I Learned to Love the... Bomb"
The Debutantes - "The Man in the Street"
The Wedding Present - "Nobody's Twisting Your Arm"
The Jesus and Mary Chain - "Upside Down"

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Unfinished Business, Part 3 (1980s Post-Punk)


Here's the playlist for Part 3 of Unfinished Business (1980s Post-Punk), which was broadcast on Thursday, July 17, 2014:

Blurt - "My Mother Was a Friend of an Enemy of the People"
The Contortions - "I Don't Want to Be Happy"
Liquid Liquid - "Out"
Ike Yard - "Night After Night"
The Flying Lizards - "TV"
Lizzy Mercier Descloux - "It's You Sort Of"
The Nightingales - "Joking Apart"
The Pop Group - "Thief of Fire"
Biting Tongues - "Compressor"
Abwarts - "Computerstaat"
Cabaret Voltaire - "Nag Nag Nag"
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - "Messages"
Eyeless In Gaza - "Voice From the Tracks"
The Cleaners From Venus - "Urban Jungle"
Fad Gadget - "Collapsing New People"
Delta 5 - "Final Scene"
The Slits - "Newtown"
The Raincoats - "In Love"
Girls At Our Best - "Warm Girls"
Au Pairs - "We're So Cool"
Specimen - "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"
Alien Sex Fiend - "I Walk the Line"
Sexbeat - "Sexbeat"
Sex Gang Children - "Sebastiane"
Howard Devoto - "Way Out of Shape"
Pete Shelley - "If You Ask Me (I Won't Say No)"
Flag of Convenience (Steve Diggle) - "Change"

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Unfinished Business, Part 2 (1980s Post-Punk)


Here's the playlist for Part 2 of Unfinished Business (1980s Post-Punk), which was broadcast on Thursday, July 10, 2014:

This Heat - "A New Kind of Water"
Diagram Brothers - "Bricks"
World Domination Enterprises - "Asbestos Lead Asbestos"
Urinals - "I'm A Bug"
MX-80 Sound - "Man On the Move"
Half Man Half Biscuit - "The Len Ganley Stance"
John Cooper Clarke - "Evidently Chickentown"
45 Grave - "Evil"
Christian Death - "Electra Descending"
Modern English - "Gathering Dust"
The Durutti Column - "A Silence"
The Lines - "Flood Bank"
Foetus (Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel) - "Clothes Hoist"
Chrome - "Firebomb"
Swans - "Half Life"
Scratch Acid - "Cannibal"
Sonic Youth + Lydia Lunch - "Death Valley '69"
Josef K - "Crazy to Exist"
Blue Orchids - "Bad Education"
XTC - "Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)"
Talking Heads - "Cities"
Happy Mondays - "Tart Tart"
Buzzcocks - "I Believe"
Magazine - "A Song From Under the Floorboards"
Fire Engines - "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang"

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Unfinished Business, Part 1 (1980s Post-Punk)


Over the past year or so, we've dedicated different series of Way Out broadcasts to the musical genres/movements of 1980s and early 1990s U.K. indie-pop, 1980s U.S. punk and hardcore, and shoegaze and its roots (among other topics). It seemed about time that we devoted an extensive series to one of our other favorite genres, and one that we constantly seemed to be skirting around with those other series: 1980s post-punk. Surely, we play post-punk music often within various other shows, but it's been awhile since we've delved deeply into the genre. And "post-punk" is an incredibly broad and diverse topic - not really a single genre so much as a category that includes a variety of genres and styles, from art punk, no wave, and dance punk to goth rock, industrial, darkwave, and synth-pop and new wave. So, we knew it was going to take quite a bit of time to provide an in-depth (although hardly comprehensive) survey of the genre.

Luckily, we have a 2-hour weekly slot throughout the summer. We decided to dedicate the entire month of July to the series: that's 5 shows, or 10 hours of radio, covering (mostly U.K.) post-punk music from the late 1970s and 1980s. Believe it or not, July is already over and there's still lots of great post-punk music that we didn't have a chance to play - so we'll likely continue this series for a couple more broadcasts in August. As is usual for us, the emphasis has been placed on more obscure artists, or lesser-known songs from more popular artists.

Here's the playlist for Part 1 of Unfinished Business (1980s Post-Punk), which was broadcast on Thursday, July 3, 2014:

Wire - "Two People in a Room"
Gang Of Four - "Natural's Not In It"
Public Image Ltd. - "Careering"
Crispy Ambulance - "Deaf"
Joy Division - "New Dawn Fades"
New Order - "Ceremony"
Killing Joke - "Change"
Virgin Prunes - "Pagan Lovesong"
Inca Babies - "The Interior"
Executive Slacks - "The Bus"
Ski Patrol - "Agent Orange"
Rema Rema - "Rema Rema"
Glaxo Babies - "Christine Keeler"
Manicured Noise - "Metronome"
Medium Medium - "Hungry, So Angry"
Theatre of Hate - "Do You Believe in Westworld?"
The Danse Society - "Woman's Own"
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - "Monkey's On Juice"
Opposition - "Moving Targets"
The Stranglers - "Peaches"
Spherical Objects - "The Kill"
Minny Pops - "Dolphin's Spurt"
Spizzenergi - "Soldier Soldier"
Malaria - "Zarah"
Kleenex (LiLiPUT) - "Hedi's Head"
Disturbed - "I Don't Believe"
Family Fodder - "Savoir Faire"
Heaven 17 - "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang"

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Nick Cave - Man or Myth?, Part 2


Here's the playlist for Part 2 of Nick Cave - Man or Myth?, which was broadcast on Thursday, June 26, 2014:

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - "Well of Misery"
Teenage Jesus and The Jerks - "Baby Doll"
The Triffids - "Lonely Stretch"
Dirty Three - "The Restless Waves"
The Wreckery - "Hometown Exile"
Conway Savage - "The Ones You Love"
Barry Adamson - "The Sweetest Embrace"
Mick Harvey (with Anita Lane & Nick Cave) - "I Love You... Nor Do I"
Lydia Lunch - "Done Dun"
Neko Case & Nick Cave - "She's Not There"
Perla Batalla, Julie Christensen & Nick Cave - "Suzanne"
Marianne Faithfull - "The Crane Wife"
The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project (Debbie Harry & Nick Cave) - "Free to Walk"
Johnny Cash - "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
Current 93 - "All the Pretty Little Horses"
UNKLE - "Money and Run"
The Flaming Lips - "You, Man? Human???"
Dane Zanes & Friends - "Sweet Rosyanne"
Pulp - "Disco 2000 (Pub Rock Version)"
Shane MacGowan & Friends - "I Put a Spell On You"
Chris Coco - "Sunday Morning"
Gary Lucas - "And the Ass Saw the Angel"
The Ship Song Project - "The Ship Song"
The Boys Next Door - "These Boots Are Made for Walking"

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Nick Cave - Man or Myth?, Part 1


2014 is shaping up to be a landmark year for Nick Cave. His latest studio album, The Bad Seeds' Push the Sky Away - probably his best-received record in a decade - was actually released back in 2013. Nevertheless, the momentum behind the album continues to build. This summer Cave and The Bad Seeds embarked on a North American tour that has produced rave reviews. And an impressionistic documentary of Cave's life and work, 20,000 Days On Earth, has been making the rounds - special screenings even accompanied by solo performances from Cave in select cities.

Cave isn't really the type for nostalgic, sentimental reminiscence. After all, he's only 56-years-old, he's seemingly in good health, and he has remained steadily prolific over the course of his nearly 40-year career. If anything, he's only become more productive and versatile in the past decade. Nevertheless, there seems to be something of a Cave-aissance afoot, with the wider underground music world suddenly waking up and remembering Cave's brilliance and showering him with much-deserved love and appreciation.

We've been rabid Nick Cave fans here at The Way Out for more than two decades (well, Andrew has at least, Diana's slowly but steadily been coming around to his post-Birthday Party stuff). We always knew we were going to do a Cave-themed show in the lead-up to The Bad Seeds' June 20th concert in Milwaukee (for which we bought pre-sale tickets way back in November). We just didn't quite realize how expansive it was going to be become. In the end, we ended up spreading the show out across two weeks and four hours of radio. It was our goal to dig out some real rarities and obscurities, including lots of guest appearances, collaborations, and non-album tracks. In addition, we explored the Birthday Party and Bad Seeds family trees, tracing out some of the other music that Cave's bandmates have made over the years.

Here's the playlist for Part 1 of Nick Cave - Man or Myth?, which was broadcast on Thursday, June 19, 2014:

Boys Next Door - "After a Fashion"
The Birthday Party - "Hamlet"
Tuff Monks - "After the Fireworks"
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - "Loverman"
Shane MacGowan & Nick Cave - "What a Wonderful World"
Nick Cave & Dirty Three - "Time Jesum Transeuntum et Non Riverentum"
Grinderman - "Honey Bee (Let's Fly to Mars)"
Nick Cave (as Freak Storm) - "Mama's Boy" (from Johnny Suede)
Nick Cave - "To Be By Your Side"
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - "The Proposition #1"
Anita Lane - "The World's a Girl"
The Witches (Ha-Mechashefot) - "Shivers"
Johnny Cash - "The Mercy Seat"
The Birthday Party - "Zoo-Music Girl"
These Immortal Souls - "Hey! Little Child"
Nikki Sudden - "Glass Eye"
Crime & The City Solution - "Six Bells Chime"
Rowland S. Howard - "The Golden Age of Bloodshed"
Mick Harvey - "October Boy"
Blue Ruin - "What a Hell'uva Woman"
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - "The Weeping Song"
Einsturzende Neubauten - "13 Loecher"
Magazine - "The Light Pours Out of Me"
Die Haut - "Truck Love"
The Gun Club - "Walkin' With the Beast"
The Cramps - "The Natives Are Restless"

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Scot Rock, Part 2


Here's the playlist for Part 2 of Scot Rock, which was broadcast on Thursday, June 12, 2014:

Franz Ferdinand - "Darts of Pleasure"
1990s - "Arcade Precinct"
Frightened Rabbit - "Fast Blood"
The Phantom Band - "Folk Song Oblivion"
AC Acoustics - "She's With Stars"
Josef K - "The Missionary"
The Orchids - "It's Only Obvious"
Aztec Camera - "Oblivious"
The Golden Dawn - "George Hamilton's Dead"
The Wake - "Talk About the Past"
Jesse Garon & The Desperadoes - "The Rain Fell Down"
Spare Snare - "As a Matter of Fact"
Urusei Yatsura - "Plastic Ashtray"
Ballboy - "You Can't Spend Your Whole Life Hanging Around with Arseholes"
Hidden Masters - "Nobody Knows That We're Here"
Alasdair Roberts - "The Cruel Mother"
Del Amitri - "Sticks and Stones, Girl"
Simple Minds - "Changeling"
Strawberry Switchblade - "Let Her Go"
The Bluebells - "I'm Falling"
The Pearlfishers - "New Stars"
Life Without Buildings - "Young Offenders"
There Will Be Fireworks - "River"
Aereogramme - "Nightmares"
Looper - "Up a Tree Again"
Edwyn Collins - "Forsooth"
The Pastels - "Nothing to Be Done"
Teenage Fanclub - "Everything Flows"
The Jesus & Mary Chain - "Sidewalking"

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Scot Rock, Part 1


For our first two broadcasts in June, we decided to turn our attention to the country of Scotland and its rich heritage of underground rock music.

Here's the playlist for Part 1 of Scot Rock, which was broadcast on Thursday, June 5, 2014:

The Jesus and Mary Chain - "The Hardest Walk"
Orange Juice - "Wan Light"
The Pastels - "Truck Train Tractor"
Teenage Fanclub - "Alcoholiday"
This Poison! - "The Great Divide"
APB - "Shoot You Down"
Mogwai - "Summer"
Arab Strap - "Kate Moss"
The Twilight Sad - "Talking With Fireworks / Here, It Never Snowed"
The Beta Band - "Needles In My Eyes"
Django Django - "Storm"
The Vaselines - "Sex Sux (Amen)"
Captain America (Eugenius) - "Flame On"
BMX Bandits - "E102"
The Delgados - "4th Channel"
The Soup Dragons - "Head Gone Astray"
Primal Scream - "All Fall Down"
Close Lobsters - "A Prophecy"
Fire Engines - "Get Up and Use Me"
Biff Bang Pow! - "Love's Going Out of Fashion"
Meat Whiplash - "Don't Slip Up"
The Happy Family - "Puritans"
The Rezillos - "Top of the Pops"
Altered Images - "Dead Pop Stars"
Skids - "Into the Valley"
Shop Assistants - "All Day Long"
Dog Faced Hermans - "Les Femme et Les Filles Vont Danser"
Lung Leg - "Maid to Minx"
Idlewild - "Satan Polaroid"

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Spring Cleaning


As we were doing some literal spring cleaning around the house recently (an accumulated couple springs's worth of cleaning, to be perfectly honest), it occurred to us that The Way Out's metaphorical house could use a bit of tidying up too. That is, for every show we broadcast, there are almost always at least a few songs we selected but weren't able play, usually due to time constraints. We really belabor our playlists. For every hour of music you hear on the radio, we probably pulled at least another hour's worth of music that had to get cut. Over the course of any given week, we keep whittling the playlist down until we have exactly an hour's worth come Thursday night. But often, there are still a few extra songs we just can't bear to part with completely. They're not the dregs; they're great songs that, in a perfect world, belong in the regular broadcast. We cling to them, somehow hoping that 60-minutes will miraculously turn into 65-, or 70-, or 75-minutes. Alas, that never happens. The end result is that we have all these great songs saved up, most of which never make it onto the air.

So, to christen the start of our weekly 2-hour-long summer slot (every Thursday 10pm-midnight), we figured why not begin by looking back at the recent past? For this week's show, then, we threw together a set full of the odds-and-ends which were leftover from some of our spring shows: An Arty Punky Sort of Pop, Also On Dischord, The Dan Deacon Show, 1990s Garage Punk, The Roots of Shoegaze.

Here's the playlist for our 2-hour Thursday, May 29, 2014, broadcast:

Jonathan Richman - "That Summer Feeling"
French Toast - "The Letter"
Edie Sedgwick - "Anthony Perkins"
Title Tracks - "Every Little Bit Hurts"
Soccer Team - "Traffic Patterns"
Holy Rollers - "Perfect Sleeper"
Candy Machine - "Macrobat"
Cabaret Voltaire - "The Operative"
Talking Heads - "Don't Worry About the Government"
Brian Eno - "King's Lead Hat"
Volcano Suns - "Jak"
Bongwater - "What's Big in England Now?"
Momus - "Lucky Like St. Sebastian"
Daniel Johnston - "Devil Town"
Trans Am - "Arcadia"
Need New Body - "Hot Shot"
Dan Deacon - "Red F"
Supersuckers - "She's My Bitch"
The Go - "Keep On Trash"
Holly Golightly - "Run Cold"
Supercharger - "Cindy Lou"
The Humpers - "Up Yer Heart"
Impala - "The Scratch"
Bauhaus - "Kingdom's Coming"
Love and Rockets - "The Dog-end of a Day Gone By"
Echo & The Bunnymen - "Seven Seas"
Ultra Vivid Scene - "Mercy Seat"
Husker Du - "59 Times the Pain"
Dinosaur Jr. - "Little Fury Things"
The Rain Parade - "I Look Around"
The Church - "Tantalized"

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Psych & What Not


We were in Texas a couple weeks back for the Austin Psych Fest, which put us on a psych music listening bent recently. For this week's broadcast, we decided to revisit some of the artists who gave our favorite performances of the festival (Bo Ningen, Kikagaku Moyo, White Hills, Destruction Unit, Pink Mountaintops, Dead Meadow, Moon Duo, Earthless, The Brian Jonestown Massacre), along with a few of our perennial favorites of the genre (Clinic, The Warlocks, Oneida, Comets On Fire, Spacemen 3, Swans) and a few other notables (Hookworms, White Noise Sound, Dungen, Goat).

This is only a loosely themed playlist. Some of these tracks veer into post-rock and noise rock terrain, but they all fit together well enough. And it being the end of the semester at WSUM, we were able to pick up an extra hour, enabling us to add in a few extended jams. (By the way, The Way Out will be taking the Thursday 10pm-midnight slot all summer.)

Here's the playlist for our 2-hour long Thursday, May 15, 2014, broadcast:

Pink Mountaintops - "New Teenage Mutilation"
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - "Memory Camp"
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - "Wisdom"
The Warlocks - "We Need Starpower"
Clinic - "See-Saw"
Spacemen 3 - "Revolution"
Bo Ningen - "Chitei Ningen Mogura"
White Noise Sound - "There Is No Tomorrow"
Hookworms - "I Have Some Business Out West"
Destruction Unit - "The Holy Ghost"
Comets On Fire - "The Swallow's Eye"
Kikagaku Moyo - "Kodama"
Goat - "Disco Fever"
Dungen - "Gor Det Nu"
Oneida - "Black Chamber"
Dead Meadow - "Rains in the Desert"
Swans - "A Little God in My Hands"
Moon Duo - "Rolling Out"
Gnod & White Hills - "Run-A-Round"
Earthless - "Equus October" [segment]

Archived streaming audio of this show can be heard here now (playable in Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Opera, and Safari browsers):

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