In the second of an ongoing Summer series of special More Lost Time shows in appreciation of the new book, "Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock," solo music by YLT member James McNew is featured. It's worth a listen for the Ronettes cover alone, but there's a lot more than that.
In the latest More Lost Time, host Ric Dube recognizes the 20th anniversary of the Drop Nineteens debut, recalls Deep Wound, the Embarrassment, digs up a lost Joe Jackson single, showcases a pair of overlooked fuzz-drenched garage rockers and wonders why the Fall have never covered a Connie Francis tune.
In this special installment of More Lost Time, archivist Ric Dube says Jesse Jarnow's new book, "Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock," succeeds because it makes him want to listen to Yo La Tengo while he reads it as well as whenever he's not reading it. Fortunately Dube owns more Yo La Tengo music than music by anybody else. For this More Lost Time, he made tough choices, but selected from the band's earliest recordings, familiar tracks in unfamiliar forms, and examples of the band at its loudest.
It's hard to believe that it's been two years now that Ric Dube has been consistently late releasing new installments of More Lost Time. This one is no exception, but is also no exception to previous installments in that it is provides an exceptional selection of rare cuts from his record collection, including a pair of punk rock records released 32 years to the week (or so) from this podcast: one by the Gizmos and one by Husker Du. Also, more recent cuts by Joe Christmas and the Black are celebrated. Additionally, less recent cuts by Hackamore Brick and the Royale Coachmen are celebrated. Further, the lack of available background about the Royale Coachmen is lamented and the vast weakness of their name is considered.
Maybe it would have been nice for host Ric Dube, in this installment of More Lost Time, to pay a tribute to recently departed musical artists Robin Gibb and/or Chris Ethridge. Maybe it would have been nice for him to provide a bit more information about the Australian acts he opted to play instead, Shy Imposters and the Clean. Maybe it would have been nice if he had put more effort into generating an audience for the program instead of creating advertising copy for sponsors, the value of which -- let's face it -- are questionable. But he didn't do any of these things. What you have to ask yourself is whether this really is to the detriment of the show? He'd say no. Where else can you hear Barbara Howard, Brendan Benson, the Redcaps, Peter Case and Greenberry Woods? Nowhere.
In this More Lost Time, host Ric Dube responds to requests for harder rock (Fu Manchu, Melvins) and a specific challenge to track down material by New Hampshire-based indie act Yessireebob. He also salutes two recently passed rock icons and one long since gone, the great Sam Cooke, who on a rare live LP reminded men in the audience of the importance of not beating their wives. The program is sponsored by Modern Age Brownies.
Netherlands' Blue Planet, whose complete output consists of just three singles are lauded on the latest More Lost Time, alongside obscure soul gems by Brenda Holloway and Irma Thomas (The Soul Queen of New Orleans). Also post-Blake Babies acts Velodeluxe and Some Girls are considered. Plus -- as is often mentioned in such situations -- much more.
Host Ric Dube achieves his worst title ever for this installment of More Lost Time, which is supposed to celebrate Valentine's Day but includes programming relevant to the holiday in so far as the first few songs are about girls. To make up for the weak concept, the records are killer: rare recordings by the Mobius Band, Dump, the Primitives and the Laurie Jay Combo (both of '60s England) and two other acts you should listen to the show to learn about. Also, new trivia is revealed about the musical background of the pastry magnate that sponsors the program.
Rare music archivist Ric Dube delivers his second podcast of the year in quick succession, a sampling of seven exceptional rare recordings from his filthy, neglected, basement full of much loved recordings. Part two of the "payback batch" of More Lost Time installments following the hyper-unreliable 2011 spotty scheduling includes a pair of lost singles by pop-rock acts that sound vaguely Who-like: Cyrus Erie and Hound Dog. Also, vintage Califormia punk from the Simpletones, vintage garage freak from the 'N Betweens and vintage failed power pop from the Romantics. Plus, as they say, "more." The program is brought to you -- and hopefully others -- by Modern Age Brownies.
More Lost Time is back with new programs for 2012 as vinyl archivist Ric Dube showcases a weirdly unrecognized incident of similarity between a British Invasion single and a little-known 1966 45 by Arizona act Phil and the Frantics. Also, rare cuts by Spectrum, Juliana Hatfield, Mercury Rev, Snakes and others. Longtime sponsor Modern Age Brownies returns to the podcast with an updated marketing strategy and the program welcomes new interns.