Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday,
November 20, 8-10pm) include Bubble Puppy, Elvis Costello and the Attractions,
Chrome, the Fall, Young Marble Giants, Thee Headcoatees, My Bloody
Valentine, Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, Deerhoof, lots of new music,
as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.
PICTURE SLEEVE OF THE WEEK: “Subterranean Modern” was a compilation
of four notable late 70s underground bands from San Francisco, Chrome, MX-80,
the Residents, and Tuxedomoon. It appeared in 1979 on Ralph Records, a label
that often featured edgier, avant garde music. The cover art was done by Gary
Panter, a cartoonist, illustrator, and artist. While he has contributed to such
diverse publications as Time, Rolling Stone, and RAW, he is perhaps best known
for winning three Emmy awards for his set designs for Peewee’s Playhouse.
(Click on image to enlarge.)
LAST WEEK’S DUSTY DIAMOND (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The
PeeChees were a garage-y punk band from Oakland that included eventual
Lookout! Records co-owners Christopher Appelgren and Molly Neuman. They
were active between 1996 and 1998, releasing two albums and several singles.
“To Be Counted,” a crunchy, somewhat angst-y number with crisp guitar work,
features Appelgren’s nasally high register vocals counterbalanced by Neuman’s
more melodic backing vocals. It appeared on the 1997 “Games People Play”
album on Kill Rock Stars. Listen to it here:
Promo art from the Headcoatees 1992 “Have Love Will Travel” album on Vinyl
Japan Records. Photo by Eugene Doyen.