Marsbar Playlist ~ 4-16-2011

April 16, 2011

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.

The show tonight was amazing. It was a seamless, brilliant weave of emotion-inducing music that couldn’t have been more expertly presented. Be sure to join us again tomorrow night for another healthy portion of what your hungry ears are craving. David Marsden and you, putting it across the planet from the Rock.FM.

69 Eyes – Beneath The Blue
A-4 – Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlife
Ali Slaight – Hey You
Alice In Videoland – Going Down
Big Audio Dynamite – Medicine Show
Blancmange  – Radio Therapy
Boys Brigade – Into The Flow
Brendan Canning – Love Is New
Cage The Elephant – Shake Me Down
Carole Pope – Love Strikes Hard
Chalk Circle – April Fool
Clan Of Xymox – The Bitter Sweet
Concrete Blonde – Everybody Knows
Cure – Love Cats
Deadmau5 – Ghosts ‘N Stuff
Dee Long – Toronto
Diodes – Tired Of Waking Up Tired
Eisbrecher – This Is Deutsch
Electric Six – Radio Ga Ga
Evermore – It’s Too Late
Fabulous Poodles – Mirror Star
Fingerprintz – Wet Job
Garfield – Private Affair
Genesis – The Carpet Crawlers (1999)
Gentleman Reg  – Rewind
Hidden Cameras – Do I Belong?
Hooverphonic – Wake Up
Iggy Pop – Endless Sea
INXS – Devil Inside
Japan – Life In Tokyo
Leonard Cohen – Democracy (Spoken Word)
Love & Rockets – Ball Of Confusion
Moev – Open Mind
Moody Blues – Melancholy Man
Motors – Airport
Noah & The Whale – Tonight’s The Kind Of Night
Pink Floyd  – Echoes
Rammstein – Reise, Reise
Ray Davies feat. Paloma Faith – Lola
Roger Waters – Sunset Strip
Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light
Scritti Politti – Absolute
Shriekback – My Spine (Is The Bassline)
Slave To The SQUAREwave  – Healing Hands
Spirit Of The West – Enough, Already Alright (Hello Cleveland)
Spoons – Nova Heart
T. Rex – Children Of The Revolution
Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of Love
Tin Star Orphans – Jaw Wired Shut
Type O Negative – We Were (Electrocute)
Violent Kin – Keep Your Balance
Wombats – Let’s Dance To Joy Division

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.

The Secret Life Of Numanoids ~ Part Three

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Paul Chandler ~ UK

Paul Chandler was kind enough to agree to be interviewed about what it’s like to be a Numanoid. A fan since 1978, he is one of the core, long-time group of fans that have followed Gary Numan since the very beginning of his career.

When asked, “What drew you to Gary Numan?” Paul had this to say:

“The early electronic sound and Gary’s vocal and image style is what drew me to Gary Numan. I was into music from an early age and was quite happy listening to bands like Slade and other glam rock artists. I did get bored quickly with the pop moulding that seemed to always happen; nothing different was going on, and I needed something that was not mainstream. Punk hit me straight away as it was a great escape from the humdrum. When I first bought (Tubeway Army’s) “That’s Too Bad,” I didn’t think that this was just another punk record. The music may have been of the same trend, but it was Numan’s vocals that drew me, and I felt that this was not quite right for a ‘punk’ record. “Bombers” confirmed that Tubeway Army were not typical punk at all, and something else was waiting to be unleashed! Replicas and The Pleasure Principle were the type of music that I had been waiting for! Ever since, I have filled my life with so much music and all because of Gary Numan and his style and uniqueness.”

Paul continues with an explanation of what Numan’s music means to him. “His music means everything to me. After hearing “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” it blew my mind! His music from the early days still means as much to me now as it ever did. It was like having someone be there for you at a difficult time and they came through for you; a friend who is always there for you.”

“Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” via YouTube user scruffyonion:

Asked to provide the name of his favorite Gary Numan LP, Paul candidly responds, “Can I have 3? The Pleasure Principle, Replicas, and Telekon.”

Fortunately for Paul, there is not a limit in this series for how many favorite songs a Numanoid might list. He cites the following as his favorites:

“Here goes… Listen to the Sirens/Steel and You/Something’s in the House/Me! I Disconnect from You/Are ‘Friends’ Electric?/Praying to the Aliens/You Are in My Vision/We Are So Fragile/Airlane/Metal/Films/M.E/Conversation/Cars/On Broadway (Live)/This Wreckage/The Aircrash Bureau/Telekon/Remind Me to Smile/We Are Glass/I’m an Agent/I Dream of Wires/I Die: You Die/Slowcar to China/She’s Got Claws/Crash/I Sing Rain/Love Needs No Disguise/Music for Chameleons/This Is My House/We Take Mystery (To Bed)/Noise Noise/Warriors/The Iceman Comes/This Prison Moon/My Centurion/Sister Surprise/My Car Slides/Berserker/Cold Warning/Pleasure Skin/Creatures/Tricks/God Only Knows/Anthem/No Shelter/My Breathing/Unknown And Hostile/This is Emotion/Hunger/Voix/Respect/I Don’t Believe/Soul Protection/Confession/The Skin Game/A Question of Faith/Scar/Love and Napalm/Dominion Day/Prophecy/Dark/An Alien Cure/Pure/Walking With Shadows/Rip/My Jesus/Listen to My Voice/ I Can’t Breathe/Hybrid/Halo/Slave/In a Dark Place/Haunted/Before You Hate It.”

Paul recalls his most exciting Gary Numan moment as, “The first time I heard “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” and waiting for new albums!”

As for his favorite way to express his love for Gary Numan, Paul states, quite simply, “Loyalty.”

Paul continues, “When you follow an artist who has changed your life and given you an opening to absorb various other music, you do feel the highs and lows of their career. You want them to rule the world of music and to climb back into the limelight,when all goes dark and comes to perhaps a point of no return. When times were bleak for Gary Numan, regarding record sales etc., I always knew he would find his way again! With each record that was released, I kept hoping that this would be the one!

“Some may not approve of his vocal and music style, but there is much more to Gary Numan than meets the eye. You can hear on tracks such as “Crash” and “This Wreckage” that his vocals can be stretched. Often, because of his distinctive vocals, Numan is dismissed for having a high vocal range. I think that this is far from the truth! These vocal tones are what make him unique, and the great artist that he is and always will be!

“’Nuff said.”

80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 04-12-11

It was a night of extended mixes and 12-inchers. Not hard to figure out that Ed went bin-diving again this week and scored a large cache of vinyl for our aural pleasure. If you missed out this week, he’s bound to have plenty more for next Tuesday. Make a date to join us, won’t you?

Be sure to tune in to Ed and his ”I went vinyl shopping….again” 80’s Retrospect show on CFRC-FM from 8 pm until 10 pm on Tuesday nights. Ed takes requests by phone: (613) 533-CFRC (2372) or email: retrospectcfrc at yahoo dot ca. Indulge yourself in some “80’s Music that doesn’t suck.” I guarantee die-hard 80’s New Wave/Post-punk fans will not be disappointed.

CFRC-FM Playlist April 12, 2011

Basement of Carruthers Hall in Queens University, Kingston, Ontario

ED-FM ~ Retrospect
80’s Music That Doesn’t Suck
If the “Listen Live” link on the CFRC Website doesn’t work, copy and paste this URL into your Windows Media Player: http://sunsite.queensu.ca:8000/
Join us in the Chat Room during the show – either click the link on the right menu under the Rave and Roll graphic, or here.
To listen to any shows that you may have missed, go to the CFRC website and look up the archives under the “Programming” drop-down menu. You can enjoy Ed’s previous shows in one-hour increments.

Rational Youth – City Of Light (extended)
It’s Immaterial – Ed’s Funky Diner (12 inch)
Fad Gadget – Collapsing New People (London mix)
Blue In Heaven – I Just Wanna
Ohama Meets Dania – Lonely Heart Dance
New Musik – On Islands (10 inch single)
Peter Murphy – All Night Long
Payola$ – Soldier
Channel Five – How Could We Know
The The – Uncertain Smile (extended)
Marc Almond – Tears Run Rings (12 inch)
Simple Minds – Ghost Dancing (12 inch)
Gene Love Jezebel – Desire (Come Get It)
Kissing The Pink – Certain Things Are Likely (extended)
Moral Support – Strange Day For Dancing
A Flock Of Seagulls – Telecommunications (12 inch)
Manteca – Danceteria

Marsbar Playlist ~ 4-10-2011

April 10, 2011

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.

David mentioned something about having a resemblance to Robbie Robertson….I couldn’t resist:

Many thanks, JerusalemSlim. Have a great week!

69 Eyes – Beneath The Blue
801 – Listen Now
A-ha – Crying In The Rain
Band – Shine A Light
Blancmange  – I’m Having A Coffee
Bob Marley – Get Up, Stand Up
Brian Eno – Backwater
Champion Heartache – Breathing For A Living
City Boy  – 5000 Years/Don’t Know Can’t Tell
Cowboy Junkies – Sweet Jane
Cure – The Walk
David Bowie – Future Legend
David Bowie – Diamond Dogs
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Dee Long – I Can’t Help It
Dr. John – Right Place Wrong Time
Elvis Costello – Senior Service
English Beat – Tears Of A Clown
Fire Diviner – Wither And Die
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag
Godley & Creme – An Englishman In New York
Grace Jones – The Apple Stretching
Inspiral Carpets – This Is How It Feels
Jackie Shane – Any Other Way
Jason Collett – Vanderpool Vanderpool
Joe Cocker – Everybody Hurts
Joe Jackson – Real Men
John Cooper Clarke – Beasley Street
Klaatu – Calling Occupants Of interplanetary Craft
Leon Russell – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Lighthouse – 1849
Long John Baldry – (Don’t Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On) The King Of Rock & Roll
Lou Reed – Perfect Day
Lyle Lovett – I’ve Been To Memphis
Mike Batt – Run Like The Wind
My Morning Jacket – Look At You
Noah & The Whale – Tonight’s The Kind Of Night
Noah & The Whale – Waiting For My Chance To Come
Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up
Phil Lynott – Solo In Soho
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd – The Show Must Go On
Pink Floyd – In The Flesh
Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down The Crazy River
Roderick Falconer – Mr. Radio
Ronnie Hawkins – Who Do You Love
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Love Unknown
Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes – Walk Away Renee
Status Quo – Come On You Reds
Stranglers – Skin Deep
Strawbs – Round & Round
Streetband – Toast
Thunderclap Newman – Something In The Air
Tin Star Orphans – Men With Guns
Visage – Fade To Grey
Vladymir Rogov – Where Is Love

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.

Marsbar Playlist ~ 4-9-2011

April 9, 2011

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.

David rocked our socks off tonight. It was pretty much non-stop the last half of the show – just one fantastic tune after another. Although thoroughly satisfying, it still leaves me craving more…..so thank goodness we have another chance to do it all over again tomorrow night. Won’t you join us?

69 Eyes – Betty Blue
Archie Bell & The Drells – Tighten Up
Art Of Noise (feat. Duane Eddy) – Peter Gunn
Be Bop Deluxe – Modern Music
Be Bop Deluxe – Dancing In The Moonlight (All Alone)
Be Bop Deluxe – Honeymoon On Mars
Be Bop Deluxe – Lost In The Neon World
Be Bop Deluxe – Dance Of The Uncle Sam Humanoids
Be Bop Deluxe – Modern Music (Reprise)
Blue Peter – Don’t Walk Past
Box  – Live On TV
Bronski Beat – Small Town Boy (1994 release)
Chalk Circle – April Fool
Chris Spedding – Guitar Jamboree
Clash – Mustapha Dance (Rock The Casbah remix)
Cliks – Dirty King
Commander Cody – Hot Rod Lincoln
Dee Long – Toronto
Diodes – Catwalker
Elsiane – Prosaic
English Beat – Ranking Full Stop
Frank Zappa – Montana
Gang Of Four – Is It Love
Gene Loves Jezebel – Desire (Come & Get It)
Gowan – A Criminal Mind
Haircut One Hundred – Love Plus One
Hidden Cameras – Do I Belong?
Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Icehouse – Electric Blue
Iggy Pop – Play It Safe
Japan – All Tomorrow’s Parties
Jim Carroll Band – People Who Died
John Fred & His Playboy Band – Judy In Disguise
Jona Lewie – (You’ll Always Find Me In The) Kitchen At Parties
Living Colour – Glamour Boys
Love & Rockets – If There’s A Heaven Above
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Fox On The Run
National Velvet – Sex Gorilla
Noah & The Whale – Tonight’s The Kind Of Night
Noah & The Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Parachute Club  – Rise Up
Pete Wylie – Sinful
Peter Murphy – Marlene Dietrich’s Favourite Poem
Powder Blues Band – Boppin’ With The Blues
Psychedelic Furs  – Sister Europe
Rammstein – Du Hast
Ray Materick – Home For The Parade
Records – Starry Eyes
Richard Wright – Night Of A Thousand Furry Toys
Robbie Robertson – Ghost Dance
Roy Orbison – In Dreams
Sick Puppies – All The Same
Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Slave To The SQUAREwave  – Dirty Disco
Spoons  – Static In Transmission
Supreme Beings Of Leisure – Last Girl On Earth
Tears For Fears – Change
Type O Negative – Cinnamon Girl
Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Wall Of Voodoo – Ring Of Fire
Willy Deville – Needles & Pins

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.

Gary Numan Live in London and Manchester ~ April 1 & 2, 2011

Copyright (c) Mimi 2011

Gary Numan gave phenomenally great performances billed as “Back To The Phuture” last weekend at the Troxy in London and the Manchester Academy. In Manchester on April 1, Gary Numan and band shared the stage with Recoil, Motor, and DJ Mark Jones. At the Troxy, on April 2, other artists included legendary John Foxx, Mirrors, Motor, DJ Daniel Miller, and DJ Mark Jones.

There are some fantastic fan videos of various songs Gary Numan performed, including one that he penned just that week (“Obelisk/Everything Comes Down To This”). I’ve linked to some of the better ones below. Enjoy!

Gary Numan’s Official website.

Pure (Live)” via YouTube user GaryNumanOfficial:

The Fall (Live)” via YouTube user GaryNumanOfficial:

Obelisk/Everything Comes Down To This” via YouTube user AlmaKnack:

I Die You Die” via YouTube user AlmaKnack:

That’s Too Bad” via YouTube user AlmaKnack:

Haunted” via YouTube user TamTamster:

Pure” via YouTube user TamTamster:

Halo” via YouTube user TamTamster:

Crash” via YouTube user TamTamster:

Zero Bars” via YouTube user TamTamster:

80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/Bands ~ Benjamin Russell

Quite often, listening to David Marsden and Ed-FM introduces me to fabulous music that I missed out on the first time around. Both DJs are committed to promoting underrated musicians, unearthing gems to share with their listeners. As a result, we are are always the winners.

Benjamin Russell is one such criminally underrated artist. I first heard his rare and obscure 80’s song “Miracle” on Ed-FM’s Retrospect show from CFRC. A while back, I attempted to research and write a “Criminally Underrated” article about Mr. Russell, but wasn’t able to find either “Miracle” or much information, at all. Lucky for me, he recently left a comment on one of the playlist postings; it lead to some  correspondence, culminating in today’s interview. So, sit back and take a few minutes to experience this uber-talented, charming, and endearing musician.

You can listen to “Miracle” here.

Benjamin Russell Interview ~ 4-1-2011 

QWhen did you know that you wanted to be a musician?
A – When I was about 2 years old, I heard “rock’n’roll” on the radio, loved it, and tried changing the channels to get the songs I liked. Ever since then, I dreamed of being the one making music, but never thought I could do it until my sister got a guitar and learned to play. I figured if she could do it, so could I. I never looked back.

QWhat/who inspired you to choose music as your profession?
A – It was the crazy days of the late 60’s, early 70’s when there were no rigidly defined genres. You had bands like King Crimson who did the heaviest rock imaginable, but they had sweet beautiful music on the same record. Elton John’s first record was all over the place. When I heard Dylan doing” Tambourine Man” and “The Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel, I realized I didn’t need a band to get started, so I jumped in.

QWhat artist(s) influenced your music back in the beginning, and now (if different)?
A – I’ve always tried to be original, but I listen to everything I can. As Elvis Costello says, “It’s not IF you steal, it’s WHO you steal FROM.”

But my thefts always get filtered through my bent sensibilities. The best example is MIRACLE. My producer actually tried to get me to cover “Let the Music Play” by Shannon with the idea that our version would come out in Canada before hers and we’d basically steal the sales. But I just couldn’t do it. To appease him, I sort of turned it inside out and put my thing into it and that’s MIRACLE. Can you hear Shannon in there?

One HUGE influence was the B52’s. I can clearly remember walking down St. Laurence in Montreal and passing an open door with a jukebox playing “Planet Claire” and it was like a switch went off in me! Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams”, Gary Numan’s “Cars”, XTC’s “Respectable Street” – those were the magnets drawing me away from The Clash when I was doing my “Pop Modern(e)” album  for TGO.

QWho do you currently listen to?
A – I’ve got a long list and it just keeps on growing. I still love most of what I’ve loved since I was a kid, but there’s amazing new stuff every day. As I’m writing this, I’m listening to The Black Keys new CD. I really like the last couple of Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco CDs. K’naan is a big fav. Adele, Ray Lamontagne, Keane, Kenna. Geez, there’s just so much good music! One of my new discoveries is pretty old stuff, but it’s new to me – Shostakovich – I’m enjoying his string quartets. The guy had to write this stuff in secret because it wasn’t state approved in the Soviet Union. I relate to the underground aspect and the emotional intensity.

QWhich comes first – the music or the lyrics, and why?
A – That’s changed from when I first started writing songs. In the beginning, it was always words first, then music. But now I hear stuff in my head, try to grab it before it flies away, and often it’s the music first. Sometimes I have these amazing dreams where I’m writing a song and playing it for someone at the same time. I wake up and just write it all down – it’s like words and music spontaneously erupting together!

QHave you been recording steadily over the past 20+ years, or have you taken a break?
A – I have never stopped writing and recording. Simultaneously with me being nominated Most Promising Male Vocalist in the nationally televised CASBY Awards, I had “irreconcilable differences” with TGO, my label, and had to get a lawyer to get out of the deal.

To be fair, I don’t think Tony Green knew what he was getting into when he signed me. I’m fiercely independent artistically, and I was naive enough to think I could get away with it while suckling at the teat of the mainstream industry. I’ve made 9 albums since my 15 seconds of fame in the 80’s. The newest one, ROCKHILL has some stuff on it that my fans from back then seem to like, STARVED, DECEMBER, DEEP MAGIC, QUIET, GHOST.

QWhat do you think of the availability of music electronically?
A – Artistically it’s the best thing that’s happened to me! Now I don’t need to bend to label pressure and can do exactly what I want.

It’s not just that you can distribute online. Technology makes it easier to make music. I’m hearing amazing stuff from people that no one’s ever heard of. Back in the 80’s I had a huge investment in synths, drum machines and racks of gear. My laptop all by itself blows that stuff out of the water. But I’m perverse – now that technology is easy, the challenge for me is to play acoustically without it.

QIf you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A – Somewhere with palm trees, maybe the Acropolis or Delray Beach. Seriously, I love to perform and if you put me in front of an audience who loves music, I’m happy.

QNow the tough question: If you were on a desert island, which 10 albums would be must-haves?
A – That’s not hard. The island would be made of all my favourite music – you could just pile up all the albums from the floor of the ocean and make me my own private atoll.

Oh, you mean… I have to pick 10?!!! Whatever I picked I would seriously regret later because I would be missing something desperately. Assuming I’m not allowed to pick my own music (I make music I love, after all…)

1) Bob Marley & The Wailers – Rastaman Vibration
2) The Clash – London Calling
3) Beethoven’s 9 Symphonies by Herbert von Karajan (it’s a box set – that’s not cheating is it?)
4) Elvis Costello – Get Happy
5) Harmonium – Cinquieme Saison
6) XTC – English Settlement
7) Yma Sumac – Voice of the Xtabay
8) Art of Noise – The Seduction of Claude Debussy
9) Adele – 19
10) Chilliwak – Chilliwak

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Buy Music:

iTunes – http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/rockhill/id358711824
CDBaby – http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BenjaminRussell

On The Web:

Official Website: http://www.benjamin-russell.com
Facebook (just getting started with my music page – get a free song here): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Benjamin-Russells-Music-Page/242286627481?ref=mf

Video Links:

Video from 80’s: POWER OF LOVE 

STARVED (official music video)

GHOST (official music video) 

DECEMBER (live, opening for Gowan at Club Soda in Montreal, March 2011)

BROKEN-HEARTED LOVERS (live with band in 2010)