October 13, 2010

At Long Last : The Bottomless Pit Show in Download Form !

There were some trials and tribulations along the way....mainly the slow death of one laptop and then the painful process of moving everything from one computer to the next. Step two was learning how to use new mixing software because I gotta be honest, I am not a fan of podcasting and I am happier to offer the show as two seamless mixes with no talking for a limited time.

Sooooo....my apologies for this post taking so darn long. Below are the links to part one and part two of the Bottomless Pit / Silkworm show. Tim Midgett, a member of both bands, was kind enough to supply me with a list of music he considers influential to him as a musician and then all I had to do is put the songs in some sort of order that made sense of it all. (My favorite part actually as it works like an audio puzzle)

The only complaint I have is that any music I pulled from iTunes for this show didn't transfer into my recording / mixing software  so a few tracks from the radio show didn't make it here but alas, most of it is here for your listening pleasure.

My original past about the show is here.

Thanks again for your patience and enjoy,
Mac Review Cast

PS: the scattered notes in italic are by Tim

Part One

What Goes On -  The Velvet Underground  - My favorite song.  The first chord of the chorus is born anew every time it comes around.  I wish they'd done a version a year long.
Is It A Ditch -  Bottomless Pit  
Kicked Out-Kicked In  -  Dead Moon  - I was lucky to be playing music in the Pacific Northwest at the same time as Dead Moon.  I got to see them a lot and never failed to enjoy myself.

Don't Cry No Tears -  Neil Young  - Occasionally, I am asked about my guitar influences.  You haven't asked, but I will tell you anyway:  Malcolm Young, Neil Young, Keith Richards, Ricky Wilson, Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, Bernard Sumner, and Joel Phelps.  Not in that order. 
Neil's Down (original version) - Treepeople    
Revenge (Again)  -   Ein Heit   
The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill  -  Husker Du         
Does Your Mother Know    3:11    Abba   -  The first record I ever acquired was ABBA’s Greatest Hits Vol. II.  I knew there was something mildly naughty about this song, but I couldn’t have told you what it was.  I prefer “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” but this one is pretty good, and I have no problem admitting I love the group in general.

Cattle and Cane    4:19    The Go-Betweens    
Couldn't You Wait?    3:48    Silkworm - One of those hooks, came to me when I was walking.  I couldn't have played it without hearing it in my head first.. I think I built it by trying to hum something out of a Go-Betweens song, probably Cattle and Cane or Spring Rain.
Runnin' Away    2:58    Sly And The Family Stone  - I don't get how he did any of anything good he ever did, including this.  I mean, what is up with those breaks?  Couldn't begin to do it.  So I can't count him as an influence in most ways, other than loving his music. 
Wedding Song -  The Psychedelic Furs        
Your Silent Face  - New Order    Power, Corruption & Lies
Who Is He? (And What Is He To You?)  -  Bill Withers -   The economy and grace of Bill Withers' music is worthy of mimicry.
Heard It Through the Grapevine  - The Crust Brothers   
Garden City Blues - Silkworm   

Invited  -  Joel R. L. Phelps -
Joel is just a natural musician.  A pure artist.  I wish he would make more records.  I learned an awful, awful lot from him.
Human Out of Me   -  Bottomless Pit -  Very many of the Bottomless Pit songs to date have something to do with Michael Dahlquist.  I wanted to be as explicit as I could about how much he meant to me.  Wrote itself.
Shadowplay  - Joy Division      
Point That Thing Somewhere Else - The Clean   

Part Two

Annalisa - Public Image Limited  - Bass is so huge on these records.  We never had enough room under the guitars to go that deep.   
House Full Of Garbage -  Shellac- I have seen Shellac about a million times, and I hear something new in them every time.
Don't Look Back - Silkworm   Like the other ones of mine that I have picked, it fell together in less time than it takes to play.
Oh Yeah - Roxy Music  - Through all the overdubbing and finicky polish, you get such a stark, existential, cynical yet quite lovely sentiment out the end of it.  It seems half-baked and loaded with meaning all at once.    
God's Children - The Kinks    

Kangaroo  - Big Star (random cowbell alert)   
Lares And Penates    3:53    Bedhead -Bedhead was the best band of the 90s, and the New Year are to that standard.  I was fortunate to see some magical shows back then, and they were one of about three peer bands I would count as serious influences.   
Wages of Sleep - The New Year    The New Year 
Been So Long  - Nina Nastasia  -   I first met Nina when we shared a mastering session at Abbey Road.  Silkworm’s Lifestyle, Shellac’s 1000 Hurts, and Nina’s first record, Dogs.  Same session, one after they other—pretty good day’s work.  Anyway:
a)         A)   I remain utterly charmed by her,
b)         B)  she cuts to the heart of the matter more efficiently and brutally than any other writer I have ever met, and
c)         C) her music is gorgeous and usually perfect.
The Bones - Silkworm   

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