Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, 8-10pm) include the Action, New York Dolls, Mars, Au Pairs, Monochrome Set, Edith Nylon, Minutemen, Shark Toys, new music by Child’s Pose (London), Spiritual Mafia (Australia), Palberta (NYC), La Femme (France), Freak Genes (UK), and the Living Pins (Austin), as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.
PICTURE SLEEVE OF THE WEEK: The Minutemen’s 1983 “Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat” release on SST Records. Artwork by Joe Baiza, guitarist for another California band, Saccharine Trust. Listen to the Minutemen’s “Little Man with a Gun in His Hand” here:
LAST WEEK’S DUSTY DIAMOND (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The Makers were a garage rock band from Spokane WA, and were active from the mid 90s through the mid 00s. Fronted by the charismatic, if at times confrontational Mike Maker (real name Michael Reetz), they were known for electric, high energy live performances. “Small Town Depression,” a kinetic napalm fuzz-bomb, captures the incredible energy and power of their live shows. It blasts out of the gates at a frantic pace and never lets up. Reetz delivers his vocals (along with yips and yells) with a snarling manic intensity, while the drums hammer away behind some epic fuzz soaked guitar. An amazing song, really. Recorded by Tim Kerr and engineered by Conrad Uno at Egg Studios in Seattle, it appeared in 1997 on the “Hunger” LP on Estrus Records. This was the last album before they went into a “glam” phase. Listen to “Small Town Depression” here:
Promo art from the “Ultimate! Action” collection on Edsel Records. Photo by Alan King.