VALENTINE’S DAY MIX #4: SAD WOMEN

PFU MIX #004

USE: Dealing With Heartbreak, Shock and Depression Stages. For Her.

  1. Little Dragon – Twice
  2. Portishead – Mysterons
  3. Beach House – Some Things Last A Long Time
  4. Shangri-Las – I’ll Never Learn
  5. Lali Puna – Don’t Think
  6. Patsy Cline – Why Can’t He Be You?
  7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Down Boy
  8. Betty Crutcher – So Lonely Without You
  9. Blonde Redhead – Misery Is A Butterfly (Wicked Version)
  10. Aretha Franklin – Without The One I Love
  11. Holly Golightly with The Greenhornes – There Is An End
  12. Nina Simone – Either Way I Lose
  13. Cat Power – Metal Heart [Original Version]
  14. Heart – Alone
  15. Boss Hog – Texas
  16. Dolly Parton – Jolene
  17. Etta James – Fool That I Am
  18. Debbie Dean – A New Girl
  19. Neko Case – (Look For Me) I’ll Be Around
  20. Delizia – Laissons Passer les Annees
  21. Mazzy Star – Into Dust
  22. Yael Naim – Toxic

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BRUISE CRUISE 2012!

 

Here is a re-post of an article I wrote for Free Press Houston about this year’s Bruise Cruise. Here’s a link to the actual article: http://www.freepresshouston.com/music/bruise-cruise-2012/.  Enjoy…

I’ve just limped off the gangplank of the Carnival Imagination into the Port of Miami, and I have a rare sort of nervous elation I am scared to lose and know I will fiend to find again. I spent the weekend on the Bruise Cruise, a three-day music festival aboard a cruise ship sailing from Miami to Nassau and back. It was truly fucking exceptional.

The line-up this year included The Dirtbombs, Thee Oh Sees, Neil Hamburger, Fucked Up, King Khan & The Shrines, Kyp Malone, Mikel Cronin, The Soft Pack, Quintron, Jello Biofra, and the cruise-only, cover band supergroup The Togas (Ty Segall, The Strange Boys, & Reigning Sound) among others. The Bruise Cruise is not a festival; it’s a luxury vacation away from the culture of music.

As far as the performances go, ALL of them were outstanding. They took place primarily in Xanadu, the gilded, 90’s-era, kitsch lounge in the rear of the ship and Señor Frog’s in Nassau. Yep, Señor Frog’s.

The high points are endless. To name a few:

  • A bouncing crowd being slung back and forth by the ship during Thee Oh Sees set.
  • Neil Hamburger berating the non-bruisers in the crowd at Senor Frog’s.
  • Mick Collins looking at The Dirtbombs’ cruise-only 7” and saying “Huh? When did we cut this?”
  • Kyp Malone maxing out the PA with a vocal shriek.
  • The Togas (in costume) covering “Search and Destroy”.
  • Our cruise director (Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham) hurling condoms at the crowd during the cruise’s version of The Dating Game.
  • Jello Biafra organizing rides to the airport at the after-party.
  • Miss Pussycat’s puppet show being interrupted by our quasi-intelligible, Italian captain to discuss Valentine’s Day.
  • An unsuspecting bachelorette party (in matching outfits) arriving at Frog’s during the Fucked Up show (and then staying).
  • Dancing for hours at Quintron’s unmatchable set and the Swamp Stack Dance Party that followed.
  • Realizing on the last day that Karen O was on the cruise,  and usually in a bathrobe.
  • The lust opera of a performance by bouncemaster (and Houstonian!) Vockah Redu.

The Bruise Cruise (now in its second year) is organized by the indelible Michelle Cable of Panache Booking and Jonas Stein of the band Turbo Fruits. They have created something that may seem like a charmed, DIY novelty at first, but it’s a lot more than that.  At its very least, the Bruise Cruise is a necessary invention.

There were roughly 2000 passengers on board; only 500 were “Bruisers” who paid double that of the regular cruisers. The 500 consisted of: bands, press, and fans who have a reckless attitude toward their net worth. We were a strange upper-class, pressing every luxury forward. So, why did we do it?

I had hoped for sociological theater, but that didn’t happen. From all reports, last year’s inaugural cruise had a much more mischievous stripe running through it. I suppose that most thought it was an enchanted one-off and treated it as such. If last year was about reckless conquest, this year was about nesting and making sure that we could all do it all again.

The apathy of the other cruisers was welcome company to a crowd hailing mostly from the twitching hyper-informed city of Brooklyn, New York, which was recently described to me as the “Hollywood of music”. I’ve also never seen bands look more content or relaxed. The weekend was, after all, a vacation from their winter tours.

The most important thing to note is that there was virtually no phone service or Internet available for the entire trip, and I never heard anyone complain. This became what really made this festival truly special.  The crowd was not watching the shows through a sea of raised iPhones, and then scrambling to post their “footage”; they were actually present, together, sharing an experience. This festival didn’t need to be validated by the Internet; it was valid on its own.

Relearning Web-less human interaction is pretty easy in a formalized setting that is built only for drinking, eating, fucking, swimming, and going broke. These are all themes that have a significant place in rock-and-roll culture. This irresponsible electricity in an exclusive environment, away from the bad noise of the world came to feel, for lack of a better term…punk.

There is a heavy irony in the idea that independent music culture has become so over-saturated, dangerously accessible, and embedded in the marketplace, that one of the last places it can still get enough room to breathe is in the staged-and-staffed, faux opulence of a “luxury” cruise liner.

The Bruise Cruise was a savage vacation that reminded me how great it is to see a show, and the human connection that makes me come back.

PFU’s CHRISTMAS COLLECTION: PART 3 [CHRISTMAS 2009]

My personal favorite.

PFU #010: CHRISTMAS 2009

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TRACK LIST

  1. Neil Hamburger – Cranberry Sauce
  2. The Mistreaters – Santa Stole My Baby
  3. Fat Daddy – Fat Daddy
  4. Twice As Much & Vashti – The Coldest Night of the Year
  5. James Brown – Hey America
  6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – All I Want For Christmas
  7. Dean & Britta – He’s Coming Home
  8. The Phi Mu Washboard Band – Chilly Winds
  9. Elvis Presley – Santa Claus Is Back In Town
  10. Dr. Octagon – Moosebumps
  11. Holly Golightly – Christmas Tree’s On Fire
  12. The Shangri-Las – Good Taste Tip #3: Gift Receiving
  13. George Harrison – Ding Dong, Ding Dong
  14. Nina Simone – I Am Blessed
  15. The Halo Benders – Snowfall
  16. Dion McGregor [Sleep Talker] – Snowflakes
  17. Dick Dale – Hava Nagila
  18. Pebbles & Bam Bam – Snowflakes
  19. Floyd Dixon – Empty Stockings
  20. Galaxie 500 – Listen, The Snow Is Falling
  21. The Davis Sisters – Christmas Boogie
  22. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
  23. The Harlem Children’s Chorus – Black Christmas
  24. Merle Haggard – If We Make It Through December
  25. Archers of Loaf – Assassination On X-Mas Eve
  26. Mae West – My New Year’s Resolutions
  27. Pharoah Sanders – Prince of Peace

Take Back The Living Room: A Holiday Music Rx From Production For Use.

Happy Holidays Everyone. Just in the nick of time this year’s PFU holiday mixes are ready. I have been one out and about in the seasonal atmosphere and have been hearing Christmas music constantly, naturally. What I’ve been shocked to discover is that I really hate most of it. I would say that 80 – 90% of the common radio play holiday music makes me angry. This is particularly ironic since that’s the opposite of its supposed goal and since I own so much holiday music from all sorts of varying styles and time periods. A lot of it is by artists that generally everybody knows…but I never hear much of it. Therefore if my mixes (or at least one of them) are kind of dark this year, my frustration with “popular” holiday music should explain why.

I’m doing something different this year that will hopefully make the mixes a bit handier to everyone. There are 2 versions. One is the actual holiday mix that seemed to make sense this year (PFU #10), but it has quite a few songs that might make it unusable, say, at your grandmother’s house. I’m partial to the first because it has songs that fit many different emotional states, which is generally many people’s condition around the holidays.

But, since not everyone likes to accessorize all emotions (or can’t) there is a second alternate/supplement mix (PFU #011) is that has a far more accessible track list. That way if you only want good, clean holiday songs then you have that option, and if you like both then mixes then you can use the “clean version” when hanging around the family, etc. It’s designed to be an alternative to what other sort of dreadful crap that may be lurking on Christmas radio or dusty parental CD cabinets during your holiday. I hope that everyone gets some enjoyment out of them in one way or another. Enjoy your holidays.

PFU #010 – Holiday Mix 2009 [The Very Slightly Dirty Version]

USE: Enjoying your Holidays with Holiday Music That is Suited To Fit A Holiday Sized Range of Emotions.

  1. Neil Hamburger – Cranberry Sauce
  2. The Mistreaters – Santa Stole My Baby
  3. Fat Daddy – Fat Daddy
  4. Twice As Much & Vashti – The Coldest Night of the Year
  5. James Brown – Hey America
  6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – All I Want For Christmas
  7. Dean & Britta – He’s Coming Home
  8. The Phi Mu Washboard Band – Chilly Winds
  9. Elvis Presley – Santa Claus Is Back In Town
  10. Dr. Octagon – Moosebumps
  11. Holly Golightly – Christmas Tree’s On Fire
  12. The Shangri-Las – Good Taste Tip #3: Gift Receiving
  13. George Harrison – Ding Dong, Ding Dong
  14. Nina Simone – I Am Blessed
  15. The Halo Benders – Snowfall
  16. Dion McGregor [Sleep Talker] – Snowflakes
  17. Dick Dale – Hava Nagila
  18. Pebbles & Bam Bam – Snowflakes
  19. Floyd Dixon – Empty Stockings
  20. Galaxie 500 – Listen, The Snow Is Falling
  21. The Davis Sisters – Christmas Boogie
  22. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
  23. The Harlem Children’s Chorus – Black Christmas
  24. Merle Haggard – If We Make It Through December
  25. Archers of Loaf – Assassination On X-Mas Eve
  26. Mae West – My New Year’s Resolutions
  27. Pharoah Sanders – Prince of Peace

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PFU MIX #011 – Holiday Mix 2009 [Family Suitable Version]

USE: To Feel Warm and Fuzzy For The Holidays and To Ward Off Other Holiday Music That Many Dread More Than Bankruptcy.

  1. Johnny Cash – Not Cool to Kill on Christmas
  2. Toni Stante – Donde Esta Santa Claus
  3. Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns – All I Want For Christmas
  4. Squirrel Nut Zippers – My Evergreen
  5. Toots & the Maytals – Christmas Feeling Ska
  6. People Like Us – Everyday
  7. New Pornographers – Joseph, Who Understood
  8. Jackie Gleason – Christmas In Paris
  9. The Wailers – She’s Coming Home
  10. Josh Rouse – Christmas with Jesus
  11. Kay Martin & Her Body Guards – My Santa Daddy
  12. Nina Simone – Chilly Winds Don’t Blow
  13. Jimmy Butler – Trim Your Tree
  14. The Bird And The Bee – Carol of the Bells
  15. Teenage Fanclub – Christmas Eve
  16. The Staple Singers – Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas
  17. Erlend Øye – Last Christmas
  18. Eddie Cochran with The Holly Twins – I Want Elvis For Christmas
  19. Yo La Tengo – Winter A-Go-Go
  20. James Brown – Sweet Little Baby Boy [Parts 1 & 2]
  21. Henry Mancini – Snowfall
  22. Bob Dylan – Winterlude
  23. Ramsey Lewis Trio – Egg Nog
  24. Vaughn Monroe – Let It Snow,  Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  25. Danièle et Michèle – J’ai vu maman embrasser le père Noël
  26. Lighnin’ Hopkins – Happy New Year
  27. Johnny Cash – Here Was A Man

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Past The Verge. The Heartbreak Anthology: Part 4

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So it’s been a while I know, but things are now rolling again and this month the heartbreak anthology will be completed, at least this volume. This is the mix for women’s sadness, which is a brutal and powerful thing to experience for most involved parties. To be clear, I’m not talking about a scorned woman. That was the purpose of PFU #002. I’m talking about the times when a woman feels truly and honestly sad, desperate , and afraid that she is not or will not be loved. When she has no ideas of how to fix things, no plans for solutions or alternatives, just a dangerous vacuum. This has it’s own special and heavy gravity. With all attempts to have female sadness romanticized, marginalized, and  mocked I feel that its true impact never changes. I think it’s possible to appear unfazed or actually be temporarily indifferent to a devastated woman, but that doesn’t last. Only true sociopaths are immune.

When woman are strong or weak there seems to have be a comfortable cliche to soften, dismiss, or reverse the situation, but when women are truly destroyed, the world seems out of balance, something is wrong. Men don’t, and probably never will, have this power. I like that. Be it chauvinism, guilt, misguided pity, the reality of maternal nature, world history, personal hang-ups, or just me being a pussy…I don’t care. I like the fact that this gender imbalance (or at least my view of it) falls into the woman’s court.

I realize that the idea of making mixes for women that are supposed to sync up with their heaviest emotions is ridiculous, but this is my offering. I tried to feature songs that had a few various root causes of women’s sadness (relating specifically to heartbreak) that I have run across, from the understandable to the illogical and maddening. In an attempt to keep the relevance of this blog I am having two guest mixes for female sadness and anger that will be done by actual females coming later this month. Seeing the contrast alone should be fun or at least educational. Here we go ladies: A soundtrack to one of the things that (most)men are afraid of.

PFU MIX #004

USE: Dealing With Heartbreak, Shock and Depression Stages. For Her.

  1. Little Dragon – Twice
  2. Beach House – Some Things Last A Long Time
  3. Shangri-Las – I’ll Never Learn
  4. Lali Puna – Don’t Think
  5. Patsy Cline – Why Can’t He Be You?
  6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Down Boy
  7. Betty Crutcher – So Lonely Without You
  8. Blonde Redhead – Misery Is A Butterfly (Wicked Version)
  9. Aretha Franklin – Without The One I Love
  10. Holly Golightly with The Greenhornes – There Is An End
  11. Nina Simone – Either Way I Lose
  12. Cat Power – Metal Heart (Original Version)
  13. Heart – Alone
  14. Boss Hog – Texas
  15. Dolly Parton – Jolene
  16. Portishead – Mysterons
  17. Etta James – Fool That I Am
  18. Neko Case – (Look For Me) I’ll Be Around
  19. Delizia – Laissons Passer les Annees
  20. Mazzy Star – Into Dust
  21. Debbie Dean – A New Girl
  22. Yael Naim – Toxic

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