Marsbar Playlist ~ 7-31-2016

July 31, 2016

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

David decided to go an extra hour last night in honor of the holiday. Here is a mostly complete list thanks to 10-midnight assistance from JerusalemSlim, and post-midnight coverage from Dan the LCBO man:

Art Of Noise Feat. Tom Jones – Kiss
Atmospherics – Listen To The Radio
Bad Dreams – Apocalypse Of The Mercy
Badfinger – Carry On Till Tomorrow
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Your Heart Is As Black As Night
Blood, Sweat & Tears – I Can’t Quit Her
Bruce Springsteen – Sad Eyes
Cars – Moving in Stereo
Chuck Berry – Nadine
Church – Under The Milky Way
Cocteau Twins – Know Who You Are At Every Age
Colin James – Why’d You Lie
Dave Stewart & Colin Blunstone – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
David Bowie – Starman
Delerium – Myth
Eberhard Schoener/David Marsden – Why Don’t You Answer
Elliott Murphy – Thirty Was A Long Time Ago
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight (live)
Eric Clapton/Pavarotti – Holy Mother
Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush – Norwegian Wood
Gary Moore – Stormy Monday Blues
Guy Garvey – Unwind
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Wake Up Everybody
Iggy Pop – Chocolate Drops
Jools Holland feat. Mica Paris And David Gilmour – I Put A Spell On You
Jordan John – Somewhere In The Night
Joywave – Carry Me
k.d. lang – Hallelujah
King Crimson – Cat Food
Moms Mabley – Abraham, Martin and John
Moody Blues – Are You Sitting Comfortably
Moody Blues – Melancholy Man
Mutton Birds – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
New Order – Stray Dog
New Pornographers – Champions Of Red Wine
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – God Is In The House
Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush – Don’t Give Up
Peter Murphy – Our Secret Garden
Phil Manzanera – 1960 Caracas
Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)
Placebo – Hold On To Me
Prince – Rocknroll Loveaffair
Procol Harum – Repent Walpurgis
Pryda vs Empire Of The Sun – Mirage the People
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Roderick Taylor Falconer – Play It Again
Rolling Stones – Lady Jane
Savoy Brown – Jack The Toad
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Love Unknown
The The – Heartland
Tim Curry & The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Sweet Transvestite
Toni Childs – The Dead Are Dancing
Ultravox – Vienna (remix)
Unheilig – Unter Deiner Flagge
Utah Saints – Something Good
Willy DeVille – Needles And Pins
Xprime – Closer

Marsbar Playlist ~ 7-30-2016

July 30, 2016

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, with much-appreciated late night assistance from TheBarron:

Art Of Noise feat. Max Headroom – Paranoimia (The Paranoid Remix)
Bastille – Good Grief
Beth Hart/Joe Bonamassa – Close To My Fire
Cure – The Walk
Cut Copy – Future
Dead By April – Love Like Blood
Dear Rouge – Black To Gold
Dierks Bentley – Black
Front 242 – Hey Poor, Jesus Is Here
Gary Bonner/Alan Gordon/Frank Zappa & The Mothers – Happy Together
Gracious – Heaven
Inspiral Carpets – This Is How It Feels
Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Japan – Life In Tokyo
Jerry Lee Lewis/Champs/Little Richard/Danny and The Juniors/Jackie Wilson/Contours – Great Balls of Fire/Tequila/Tutti Frutti/At The Hop/Reet Petite/Do You Love Me/Rockabilly Mash-up
Lee Michaels – Do You Know What I Mean
Little Feat – Old Folks Boogie
Lou Reed/Duran Duran – Walk On The Wild Side/Wild Boys/Mash-Up
Madness – Our House (12” Extended Remix)
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Spirits In The Night
Martha And The Muffins – You Sold The Cottage
My Morning Jacket – Get The Point
Needtobreathe – Great Night
Needtobreathe – Happiness
Nine Horses – Seratonin (Burnt Friedman Remix)
Nu Shooz – I Can’t Wait
Parliament – Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
Pop Will Eat Itself – Def Con One
Project Pitchfork – Orange Moon
Public Service Broadcasting – Everest
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Rough Trade – Fashion Victim
Santana/Everlast – Put Your Lights On
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me) (extended)
Steve Hackett – Watcher Of The Skies
Strange Advance – Love Becomes Electric (extended)
Stranglers – (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
The Boomtown Rats – Joey’s On The Streets Again
Tubes – Boy Crazy
Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
Ultravox – Brilliant
Ultravox – White China (Special mix)
Underworld – Born Slippy (Nuxx)
Yello – Oh Yeah
Yello feat. Shirley Bassey – The Rhythm Divine

Marsbar Playlist ~ 7-24-2016

July 24, 2016

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

The complete list, thanks to double-duty late-night help from TheBarron:

American Authors – Superman
Art Of Noise – Moments In Love (Beaten)
Band – I Shall Be Released
Beck – Diamond Dogs
Beck – Wow
Blodwyn Pig – Dear Jill
Bob Dylan – Lay Lady Lay
Chicago Transit Authority – I’m A Man
Concrete Blonde – Mexican Moon
Conjure One – Centre Of The Sun (Solarstone’s Chilled-Out Remix)
David Bowie – Lazarus
David Bowie – The Loneliest Guy
David Gray – Sail Away
Dee Long – Goodnight Universe
Dee Long – Little Neutrino
Delerium – Metaphor
Garfield – Private Affair
Gary Wright – Dream Weaver
Genesis – Firth Of Fifth
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Hidden Cameras – The International M.M.A. (The Mild Mannered Army)
Icehouse – No Promises (Us Club mix remastered)
Jake Bugg – Broken
Joe Bonamassa & Beth Hart – Your Heart Is As Black As Night
Joe Satriani – I Believe
Jools Holland/Eric Clapton – What Would I Do Without You
Killing Joke – Sanity (The Roman Mix)
King Harvest – Dancing In The Moonlight
Kygo feat. Parson James – Stole The Show
Mark Knopfler – The Long Road
Moby – Lie Down In Darkness
Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party – The Solutionists
Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Roger Waters – The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)
Ryuichi Sakamoto/David Sylvian – Forbidden Colours
Santana – Samba Pa Ti
Simple Minds – Broken Glass Park
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Casino
Strange Advance – Love Is Strange
Strange Advance – Who Lives Next Door
Strawbs – Lady Fuschia
This Mortal Coil – Song For The Siren
Wallflowers feat. Mick Jones – Reboot The Mission

 

Marsbar Playlist ~ 7-23-2016

July 23, 2016

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, thanks to TheBarron’s cheerful post-10PM assistance:

American Authors – What We Live For
Band/Dr. John – Such A Night
Brian Eno/John Cale – Spinning Away
Chalk Circle – April Fool
Daniel Lanois – The Maker
David Bowie – Aladdin Sane
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence (Reinterpreted)
DJ Kodi – Purple Rain
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
FM Phasers On Stun
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes (Annihilation)
Freddie Mercury – The Great Pretender
Goldfrapp – Ooh La La
Holly Johnson – Ascension
Hooters – All You Zombies
John Martyn – I’d Rather Be The Devil
King Crimson – Walking On Air
Last Shadow Puppets – Calm Like You
Lords Of The New Church – Dance With Me
Mick Jagger – Sweet Thing
Mike Oldfield – Moonlight Shadow
Moral Support – Living With Passion
Nero – Between ll Worlds
New Order – True Faith
Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia (The Full Horror)
Peter Murphy – A Strange Kind Of Love
Pink Floyd – Lost For Words
Project Pitchfork – Souls (Remastered)
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light (Stuart Price US 12″ Mix)
Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Healing Hands
Sly & The Family Stone – Hot Fun In The Summertime
Spoons – Nova Heart (Dark Before Dawn Remix)
Strange Advance – Love Becomes Electric (extended)
Strange Advance – Love Is Strange
Stranglers – Nice ’N’ Sleazy
Supertramp – Goodbye Stranger
Sweet – Love Is Like Oxygen
U2 – Numb (Gimme Some More Dignity Mix)
Underworld – Ova Nova
Visage – The Damned Don’t Cry
Wild Nothing – The Body In Rainfall
Yello – Lost Again

Marsbar Playlist ~ 7-17-2016

July 17, 2016

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, thanks to much-appreciated and ever-efficient post-10PM assistance from JerusalemSlim:

Al Stewart – Lord Grenville
Alabama 3 – Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlife
Amy Winehouse & Paul Weller – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
B.B. King & Tracy Chapman – The Thrill Is Gone
Beth Hart – Caught Out In The Rain
Big Supreme – Don’t Walk
Buddy Miles – Them Changes
City Boy – The Violin
Colin James – Freedom
Common & John Legend – Glory
Dalbello – Gonna Get Close To You
David Bowie – Changes
David GIlmour – Faces Of Stone
David Usher – Black Black Heart
Dear Rouge – Black To Gold
Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson – Crazy
Dr. John & Odetta – Brother Can You Spare A Dime
Earons – Land Of Hunger
Elliott Murphy – Anastasia
Elton John – Claw Hammer
Field Music – Disappointed
Genesis – Counting Out Time
Goldfrapp – Ooh La La
Hidden Cameras – Afterparty
Isaac Hayes – Theme From Shaft
Jam – Butterfly Collector
Jimi Hendrix Experience – The Wind Cries Mary
Jordan John – Somewhere In The Night
KLF feat. Tammy Wynette – Justified & Ancient (All Bound For Mu Mu Land)
Kygo/Parson James – Stole The Show
Leon Russell – This Masquerade
Lotus Eaters – You Don’t Need Someone New
Monty Python – Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime
Nick Cave – I’m Your Man
Prince – Rocknroll Loveaffair
Psychedelic Furs – President Gas
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Robin Trower – Bridge Of Sighs
Rolling Stones – Waiting On A Friend
Roger Waters – Who Needs Information
Shuggie Otis – Oxford Gray
Slave To The SQUAREwave – My Beautiful One
Sound Of Contact – Pale Blue Dot
Supertramp – Cannonball
Van Morrison – Moondance
Violent Kin – The Honesty

Marsbar Playlist ~ 7-16-2016

July 16, 2016

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, thanks to TheBarron’s ever-cheerful and invaluable post-10PM assistance:

Apollo 440 – Stop The Rock
Blancmange – Blind Vision
Brandon Flowers – I Can Change
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend (Seeb remix)
Cut Copy – Hearts On Fire
Cut Copy – Lights And Music
David Bowie – This Is Not America
Delerium/Sarah McLachlan – Silence (Michael Woods Remix)
Demics – New York City
Depeche Mode – Strangelove (Tim Simenon/Mark Saunders remix)
Empire Of The Sun – We Are The People
Farm – Very Emotional (Remix)
Frank Zappa – Flakes
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax (Jam & Spoon hi n-r-g Remix)
Freddie Mercury – Living On My Own
Gary Moore – Crying In The Shadows
Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child (Wild One Extended Version)
Jam – The Butterfly Collector
Jeff Beck/Rod Stewart – People Get Ready
Jerry Lee Lewis – Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu (The Locust years)
Jordan John – George & Sylvester (The Funky Nation)
Kate Bush – The Dreaming
Love And Rockets – Haunted When The Minutes Drag
Ministry – Halloween (remix)
New Order – Plastic
Oran “Juice” Jones – The Rain
Parade – Go West
Parliament – Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
Pet Shop Boys – Go West (2001 Remastered)
Pink Floyd Feat Stéphane Grappelli – Wish You Were Here
Prince – Purple Rain
Project Pitchfork – Timekiller (And One remix)
Rammstein – Stripped
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast – Time Warp X 2
Simple Minds – Promised You A Miracle
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Texan Thugs And Rock ‘N’ Roll
Soul Asylum – Misery
Stranglers – The Raven
Swinging Blue Jeans – The Hippy Hippy Shake
TBA – Love Across The Nation
The The – Uncertain Smile
Tom Robinson – War Baby (12” Remix)
Visage – The Damned Don’t Cry

80s (and Sometimes 10s) Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/Bands ~ Neurotic Wreck

Anyone who has followed this blog over the years knows that I have a huge soft spot for 80s alternative music, synthesizers, musicians who think outside of the box, and sultry British voices. When Marilyn Roxie (founder/creator of net music label Vulpiano Records) asked me to review Neurotic Wreck’s latest compilation, I must say I hit the lottery on all counts.

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Dan Wreck

Neurotic Wreck is the wildly successful cumulative and solo efforts of musician Dan Wreck. He is a one-man battering ram of musical and lyrical genius. The variety of styles ranging from electric-folk to synthesized electro could be a holy train wreck (pun intended) in the wrong hands—but it works flawlessly on his superb album called “Glow Ghosts.”

This wonderful collection of tracks transported me back to such tremendous musician favorites as Underworld, Jesus & Mary Chain, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, and a short-lived but fantastic group called Ashengrace.  There’s even a covert reference to a well-known Gary Numan song, but I am not going to spoil the experience by disclosing which one. The tracks are relatively short, extremely captivating, and arranged in such a brilliant way that the segue from one to another keeps the listener glued to the playlist. And, the fun part is, the artists I’ve named here are by no means the complete list of influences that the listener will identify.

Marilyn

Marilyn Roxie

The best way to introduce you to the up-and-coming artist Dan Wreck (a.k.a. Neurotic Wreck), along with Marilyn Roxie, the backbone of his label Vulpiano Records, is to share some questions that I asked both of them. As this post goes to press, the intended release date for “Glow Ghosts” is July 14. This is a must-have for any 80s or even contemporary alternative enthusiast, and may be purchased via pay-what-you-want here:
http://neuroticwreck.bandcamp.com/album/glow-ghosts

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Sandy Missparker (SM): I’m going to show my hand up front and admit I was blown away from my first listen. You had me at “The Wakeup Call” which was, indeed, a wake-up call for me. Typically, I’m a bit skeptical when first asked to listen to a new (to me) artist’s work, but that all went out the window pretty quickly, once the playlist got rolling. So, I’m curious: how long has Neurotic Wreck been making music?

DAN WRECK: As Neurotic Wreck, I’ve been doing this since 2011; steadily putting out collections of songs compulsively to a deafening silence, a name known to literally fives of people. I’ve been in bands from an early age, though (as most artists worth anything have been, I know). There’re other projects I’m involved with, but it’s not fair to elaborate on those, (because) if I do that people’ll go “Oh Dan obviously came up with this bit” if they like what I’ve done here, and quite often the things people pick out as me having contributed–I haven’t!

SM: I clearly hear some of my favorite 80s artists influencing your music. I’d love to hear from you specifically who it is that influences the direction of your music, and what attracts you to theirs?

DAN WREurope's Missing SonsECK: Here’s where I get to be tedious and nerdy!

You already picked out the Numan thing, and like recognizes like there: one autistic monomaniac has to recognize another. I first heard Numan as a teenager and went on about how great he was to very disinterested friends. Prince is another big influence on me, another case of like recognizing like; not that I’m as technically gifted as him, but like me he was an androgynous, sexually ambiguous weirdo and artistic control freak. Also from the 80’s there’s New Order, as you’ve likely picked up from the tracks where I’ve shamelessly stolen Peter Hook’s style of playing bass. On the subject of bass, there’s also Barry Adamson: stuff like Speak In My Voice and After The Quiet sort of bear his imprint. As well as having played with many of my favorites at some point, his solo stuff manages to be soul and jazz influenced while still being very North West English; and let’s not forget the North Will Rise Again.

Then outside of all the obvious synth-pop stuff, loads of 60’s girl group records like I Never Dreamed by The Cookies, immortal solid gold pop; the drama and the melody in them is what sticks with me. Scott Walker for similar reasons. Rowland S Howard, undoubtedly, lingers over everything I do, but I could drone on about him forever (and in an article on Dennis Cooper’s excellent blog which Google have in their infinite wisdom taken down for no reason, I do). Coil is another one; I’m not sure it’s apparent from Glow Ghosts, but Jhonn Balance is a similar spectre pacing through things I’ve written. Maybe it’s apparent from Rune Cloud and some of the more esoteric lyrics.

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MARILYN ROXIE: Here’s where I have to chime in, because it is Dan’s influences that I shared as favorite artists, both literary and musical, that caused me to pay more attention to his music submission, which was from an email he’d sent to my old music blog A Future in Noise back in December of 2012 with his Leave Tonight – Mixtape Side 2. Not only that, but the way that he is able to integrate it all together with his own personal style instead of the hopelessly derivative way that some artists do–that’s what really impresses me. Our mutual love of Coil and Dennis Cooper were initial conversation topics and I immediately invited him to also release material on my netlabel Vulpiano Records, which I don’t ask everyone. Vulpiano is really my own little curated paradise of independent and unsigned artists who I really love; and now Dan and I are together actually as a couple, as well, so it is very exciting to be able to work together more closely on what is happening musically.

SM: I have a deep fascination for single artist “bands” (and even duo-artist such as Underworld) who create such intricate orchestrated melodies. What does your studio look like and what types of instruments/devices do you use to develop your music?

DAN WRECK: My studio is basically wherever I’ve plugged in my digital 8 track recorder: it’s a Boss BR-600, and basically all I do is record on that, then export the tracks onto an old Window XP desktop with the Reaper Workstation installed on it. There I mix, add effects, and sometimes add software synths into it; but most of the sounds come from an electric guitar with 4 strings, a bass with 3 strings, a Novation synth with a key missing, and an old drum machine. Most of my equipment is at least cosmetically broken. Being able to afford more expensive equipment would be great personally, but wasted on me because I’d just dither around with it trying to make cool sounds rather than writing songs. I have to work within limits.

SM: In order to take your music out on the road, would you be willing to train other musicians to play various parts, or is it something that you could reproduce live as a solo act? Is live performance even something that you would consider doing?

DAN WRECK: Live performance is something I’ve done with other projects and will continue to do so because I love doing it. But as Neurotic Wreck, it’s quite unlikely, frankly, for the time being. Never say never, but for now it’s not on the menu. I don’t see the point of getting other talented people in and then getting them to just play what I ask them to when they may well have better ideas than me. So, if it does happen, then it’ll most likely be me doing it solo. That said, who knows? It’s under the name “Neurotic Wreck” not “Dan Shea:” it could, down the line, become more of a band. It has been, briefly, in the past.

SM: What got you started making music initially? Did you wake up one day and say, “I’m going to be a musician,” or did a specific person or event set you on that path?

DAN WRECK: Well, I’ve been around music from a very early age: my dad is a very talented songwriter, so it’s probably in my blood. I didn’t set out to be a musician or a songwriter; in fact, sometimes, to be quite honest, I wish I wasn’t. I wish I could be one of these people who’s happy just to be a consumer, rather than a producer. Ignorance is bliss, after all, but that’s not the way it worked out. In fact, for quite a long time I thought everyone could do what I do: being autistic, as I’ve mentioned, I just assume everyone can write songs or play an instrument, because if I can do it, it must be easy! Then I’ve spoke to people about it and they’ve looked back at me like a dog being taught a card trick, so it’s only recently sunk in that I may actually be quite good at all this.

SM: How would you classify your music? In other words, does it fit neatly into one genre, or does it span several different types?

coverDAN WRECK: I’ll give you a short and a long answer

Short answer: Just call it post-punk; no one knows what it actually means, but it’s an accepted bit of terminology. And if you say “post-punk,” people just nod and assume you know what you’re talking about.

Long answer: I don’t think it fits neatly into one genre, but I don’t think a lot of music does. There’re so many genres out there and they exist more as a marketing thing than as any remotely helpful guide to what you’re actually getting from the music. I’d say genre is more the domain of the gate-keepers, if you will: journalists (who I like) and publicists (spits over shoulder and crosses self). It spills over a bit but I’d say mood is a more useful way of categorizing music than genre tags. It is for me, anyway. To each their own.

MARILYN ROXIE: Post-punk makes a lot of sense as a descriptor…also, experimental synth, a dash of neo-folk that goes counter to people’s expectations around that genre as it can be overly anti-fascist. I do agree that it isn’t necessary to think of genre when he can do so many different styles with ease.

SM: It’s not unusual for artists to evolve their musical direction over time, but there is an evolution of sorts that happens in the span of the 13 tracks of this one dynamic compilation, a la David Bowie. Was that intentional?

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DAN WRECK: It may have been intentional, but it wasn’t my intention. I got Marilyn to order the tracks because I think if you’re looking at something as an album rather than purely a collection of songs (important distinction even if it is an irrelevant one for many people these days), then the order is incredibly important. You’ve just mentioned Bowie, so a case in point would be 1.Outside: at the end of what is a fairly heavy-going album, especially from a multi-platinum megastar, there’s “Strangers When We Meet,” which is one of his most moving songs and even more effective because of what it’s come after. If it had been in the middle, as an individual song it’d still be wonderful; but the right sequence of tracks, as someone who still believes in the album as a viable format, is utterly crucial.

MARILYN ROXIE: I’m obsessive about playlists so I spent a lot of time working with Dan’s tracks to get the order just right. I always knew that I wanted “The Wakeup Call” to be the first track and “Tell Me What to Swallow” to be last, but finding the right ebb and flow of the softer and punchier songs was a challenge and I’m glad the flow came through in the end. Many of these tracks are from totally different recording periods.

SM: What is the hierarchy of lyrics and music—for example, do you write lyrics and then formulate the music to enhance them, or is it the music that gives birth to the lyrics?

DAN WRECK: It changes from song to song, really. If the song has a definite purpose, then it’s usually the lyrics come first: “One Skin Too Few” is something very personal about my feelings on gender and also the treatment of the mentally ill, and “Speak In My Voice” is about these same themes. They both started from lyrics. “After The Quiet” became something very personal, but that started from the descending melody line after the lyrics are sung in the choruses and expanded outwards.

SM: The label behind the promotion of “Glow Ghosts” is Vulpiano Records. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing its founder, Marilyn Roxie, for about 7 years now, thanks to the magic of the Interwebs. Marilyn, you are an extremely gifted keyboard artist in your own rights, but you seem to get a lot of satisfaction promoting others. Can you give us a little background on what makes Vulpiano Records (and Marilyn Roxie) tick?

Vulpiano RecordsMARILYN ROXIE: Vulpiano started off just as my idea of having a place to host exclusive content from independent and unsigned artists that had submitted to my old music blog (A Future in Noise, now on a bit of a hiatus). It isn’t always easy promoting yourself and throwing your content out there and hoping for the best; in the past few years, a lot of blogs have ceased to exist and only the super-popular remain, so the whole landscape is really different than it was in the late 2000s as well. Creative Commons and places to host free and legal music like Internet Archive and Free Music Archive have persisted, however, and there are a lot of exciting online radio and podcast platforms. I’m always searching for ways to share all of the great music I have gathered up.

Vulpiano is really representative my personal taste and artists I have become friends with that I think are really interesting across genres and want to show to other people, though experimental, electronic, and folk tend to predominate a bit. I do have plans to do another album of my own, which I’ve not put out since 2009 with New Limerent Object, but it’s taken me awhile to really figure out where I want to go with my own music. I am gravitating towards drone and shoegaze a lot lately, but I don’t want to just copy my favorites. I am a little too hard on myself, like many musicians. I enjoy seeking out new and exciting material so much sometimes it is hard to stop and actually go back to doing my own music! I am also involved in video art now and thinking about ways to combine that with my own music. I’ve been making videos for other people, including Dan, so I may want to make an album that has a music video for every song, or something like that. I am really interested in doing something multimedia, at any rate, but I’m not entirely sure of the final form just yet. I hope to do this late this year or early next.

SM: What can we expect in the future from Neurotic Wreck (and please don’t say it was a one-off—that would be SO disappointing!).

Dan Wreck

DAN WRECK: Well, after the huge stream of free releases over the last five years, I’m finally charging for something: Sandalphon, which will be out on Small Bear Records on the 22nd of September, the Autumn Equinox. Sandalphon is something of a genre exercise; two years ago when I recorded the bulk of those songs, I started investigating the genre of neofolk. Again, as I said earlier, this genre tag is just a convenient way of linking things with a similar ethos together; but that influenced Sandalphon an awful lot. Although, not to worry, there’re no banjos on it, the guitars are still plugged in, there’s still lots of synth, and the drums are still as mechanized as God intended. So that’s what’s coming up next. After that, who knows?

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So, there you have it. I can’t emphasize enough the brilliance of this album, “Glow Ghosts,”, and urge you to add it to your music collection. The beauty of creative genius is that it keeps our lives interesting, gives us a positive outlet as listeners, and promises us always something exciting to look forward to.

Further information at Vulpiano Records and alternative stream and download options as Internet Archive, Free Music Archive, and Mediafire are here: http://vulpianorecords.com/post/147400571616

Other relevant links:

Vulpiano Records
http://vulpianorecords.com/
https://www.facebook.com/VulpianoRecords
https://twitter.com/vulpianorecords
http://neuroticwreck.bandcamp.com/

Neurotic Wreck – Funeral of Roses
Music video by Marilyn Roxie; premiered at Artists’ Television Access in San Francisco:

Marilyn Roxie and Neurotic Wreck – Obsidian Offerings
Tribute video for Jhonn Balance for CHAOSTROPHY exhibition at LUDWIG in Berlin: