Monday, May 20, 2019

The Disciplines- Live In Sweden 2009

Ken Stringfellow has been a member of so many bands and projects it's hard to keep track of all his musical contributions be it as a singer, songwriter, musician, arranger and producer. According to Wikipedia, Stringfellow's discography includes more than 200 albums, as he continues to stay busy with the Posies and the various side-projects he's been a part of. His original claim to "fame" would be as co-founder of the Posies with Jon Auer. He and Auer were also members of the re-formed Big Star in the 90's and 2000's with Alex Chilton and drummer, Jody Stephens, until Chilton's death in 2010. Stringfellow probably played in front of his largest audiences as a touring/recording member of R.E.M. in the late 90's to the mid-2000's. I'm guessing his association with R.E.M. began when he was member of the Minus 5 with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey (who was joined R.E.M.). I've previously posted a great album by the Orange Humble Band, Assorted Creams which featured Stringfellow as their lead singer. I think it's still downloadable, so if you haven't heard it, I highly recommend a listen, it's a power-pop classic.

In 2007, Stringfellow formed the Disciplines with members of the Norwegian band, Briskeby and he was the lead singer. Their music is a raw, melodic, powerful garage rock that sounds fantastic live. I fluked into purchasing their first album, Smoking Kills while record shopping in Philadelphia in 2009 and I was instantly blown away. They released a second album, Virgins of Menace (which I have not seen or heard) as they were active from 2007-2011 with the two albums and tours of Europe and North America.

I hadn't thought of the Disciplines for while until I read this message recently on the Posies website:

“Hello from Ken!
Recently my band THE DiSCiPLiNES has found themselves in a trademark dispute with another artist… we need to register our name as a trademark (read: hire a team of lawyer$) to resolve this situation and we have launched a GoFundMe to help raise $$ for our legal fund. Could really use your help — this is not only about The D’s music, which could virtually disappear if we don’t successfully navigate the dispute, but also my own ability to make music as an independent musician is highly impacted by these legal costs–right at a time when I’m devoting my energies to working exclusively on the Posies new album for 2020. Any and all help appreciated!

Thank you,


As of this writing, the campaign is over halfway to it's goal of $5,000. So if you want to contribute to help support the Disciplines legal fund, head over to GoFundMe and pledge what you can. Even if you haven't heard the Disciplines music before or aren't yet a fan, please support Ken for all the great music he has shared as a solo performer, with his bands and other music projects he's been a part of. To help entice you, I'm posting an incredible sounding live show from the Disciplines from their mini tour of Sweden in 2009. A small venue with Stringfellow rocking out hard, you can almost feel the sweat flying...yeah, it was probably amazing!

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Raw Bar, 

Eskilstuna, Sweden
11 September 2009

Taped & edited by raya
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01 Yours for the taking
02 Falling knives
03 Complicated times
04 Best mistake
05 Wrong lane
06 Get it right
07 Some kind of sickness
08 Gonna get worse
09 For you I walked over the line
10 [pointless shit]
11 I got tired
12 One *)
13 Fate's a strong bitch
14 There's a law
15 Hurricane
16 Cause or FX

Bonus track:
17 Virgins of menace
Lilla Hotellbaren @ Scandic Malmen, Stockholm, Sweden, 12 September 2009

*) Ken playing guitar

The Disciplines are:
Ken Stringfellow, vocals
Bjørn Bergene, guitar
Bård Helgeland, bass
Ralla Vilnes, drums

DISCIPLINES- 2009-09-11 Eskilstuna FLAC. rar

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Yo La Tengo- Request-A-Thon 2019

Once again, Yo La Tengo performed on WFMU-FM (out of Jersey City in the good ol' USA) for an afternoon of accepting fundraising pledges in exchange for a song. This annual, Request-a-Thon has had the honour of having Yo La Tengo live-on-air taking your requests for something like 24 straight years, if that's true it's simply amazing! As a music fan outside of the listening zone of New Jersey (though, I'm sure online is a possibility) I await for someone to post the show so I can hear YLT always interesting covers and I'm more than eager to share it here. I've posted the last three years broadcasts along with a couple others from the early 2000's and to make it easier to access the previous posts, I've started to add tag labels (at the bottom of the post). For example, at the bottom of this post, if you click Yo La Tengo or WFMU, the search will bring up the other posts with the same label, easy eh?

In case you're not completely familiar with the format of the all request live-on-air show, here's an excerpt from Yo La Tengo's page:
  Anybody who pledges at least $100 gets to make a song request, and we will do our best to play it.  And if you’ve heard this show before you are well aware that all too frequently our best, to quote Eric Burdon, just ain’t good enough.  This is the 24th year in a row that we’ve done this, and you’d think we’d have it down by now.  

A word or two about these requests.  We will not be consulting computers, phones or anything else to help us play these songs, relying strictly on our “wits” and a lifetime of listening to records.  We do not pretend to know every song ever written, and by the end of the afternoon, you’ll be wondering if we in fact know even one.  If you are of a mind to give us a couple of choices, or “any song by _____,” you’ve got a better chance of hearing us try to take your request.  Whether that’s a good thing or not remains to be seen.            

As the show goes by, the requests tend to pile up faster than we can keep track of them, so pledging in advance will increase the odds that we play your song. We swear on a stack of Hit Paraders that the four of us will know nothing of the requests until after the show begins.

Special thanks to Yo La Tengo and WFMU-FM for making this recording available. WFMU-FM is a listener supported, independent community radio station. It is the longest-running freeform radio station in the U.S.

Donations to the station can be made here:

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Yo La Tengo
Live on Todd-o-phonic Todd's
Request-a-Thon with Gaylord Fields and Evan Funk Davies
WFMU-FM's Monty Hall
Jersey City, NJ USA
7 sets from 3-6pm

Broadcast live over 91.1 WFMU-FM, Jersey City, NJ USA.

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Set 1:
01 - Rumble (Originally by Link Wray) (2:03)
02 - For Pete's Sake (Originally by The Monkees) (2:03)
03 - Daydream Believer (Originally by The Monkees) (2:47)
04 - Puff The Magic Dragon (Originally by Peter, Paul and Mary) (2:00)
05 - Be My Baby (Originally by The Ronettes) (2:53)

Set 2:
06 - Rock n Roll High School (Originally by Ramones) (1:45)
07 - I'm A Man (Originally by Spencer Davis Group) (2:28)
08 - Mother-In-Law (Originally by Ernie K Doe) (1:54)
09 - Autumn Sweater (Originally by Yo La Tengo) (4:54)
10 - Agitated (Originally by the electric eels) (1:48)

Set 3:
11 - Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Originally by Cyndi Lauper) (2:01)
12 - Panic In Detroit (Originally by David Bowie) (2:06)
13 - Ya Ya (Originally by Lee Dorsey) (2:35)
14 - He's Frank (Originally by the Monochrome Set) (3:21)
15 - Betty Lou's Got A New Tattoo (Originally by the Creep) (1:59)

Set 4:
16 -  TV Party (Originally by Black Flag) (2:05)
17 -  Cast A Shadow (Originally by Beat Happening) (2:16)
18 -  Lay Lady Lay (Originally by Bob Dylan) (2:33)
19 -  Synthetic World (Originally by Swamp Dogg) (2:47)
20 -  Rock And Roll (Originally by the Velvet Underground) (3:16)

Set 5:
21 - Get Dancin' (Originally by Disco-Tex and Sex-o-lettes) (1:38)
22 - Cowgirl In The Sand (Originally by Neil Young) (2:40)
23 - Ever Fallen In Love (Originally by Buzzcocks) (2:20)
24 - Can You Get To That? (Originally by Funkadelic) (1:46)
25 - You Really Got Me (Originally by The Kinks) (2:21)

Set 6:
26 - Theme from M*A*S*H (OST) (1:19)
27 - Chewy Chewy (Originally by Ohio Express) (2:40)
28 - Unsatisfied (Originally by the Replacements) (2:38)
29 - She's Not There (Originally by the Zombies) (2:16)
30 - Babysitter (Originally by Ramones) (3:15)

Set 7:
31 - Ain't Got No Home (Originally by Clarence "Frogman" Henry) (2:16)
32 - Mickey (Originally by Toni Basil) (2:36)
33 - Anything Could Happen (Originally by The Clean) (2:15)
34 - Poison Ivy (Originally by the Coasters) (2:03)
35 - She Cracked (Originally by the Modern Lovers) (3:09)
36 - Re-Make/Re-Model (Originally by Roxy Music) > Medley of Requests (5:56)

With references to:
Auntie Grizelda - Monkees
The Beautifule Ones - Prince
Bumpy Ride - Mohombi
I Am A Scientist - Guided By Voices
Kids - MGMT
The Beautiful Ones - Prince
What Do I Get - Buzzcocks
Follow Me Around - Radiohead
Always Everytime
Do You Love Me - Kiss
See The Sky About To Rain - The Byrds
New Girl In School - Freedy Johnston
Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
Insane Clown Posse/X-Ray Burns

Total Running Time: 1hr 30min 59sec

Georgia Hubley - drums, vocals
Ira Kaplan - guitar, vocals
James McNew - bass
Bruce Bennett - guitar, vocals

YO LA TENGO- 2019-03-09 WFMU-FM Jersey City, NJ FLAC .rar

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