Monday, January 10, 2011

Toasting The Slits, Lizzy Mercier DesCloux and Basqiuat's "Gray"

Welcome 2011!...and to the Wee Hour Review broadcast live on CKUT 90.3 FM with your host Tim Taylor - LISTEN HERE
On the roster:
  1. Slits Tribute: Previously unaired, this show was prerecorded in October when we lost Ari Up from seminal Riott Grrl progenitors the Slits. For more on the Slits, scroll down to the October 29th blog posting on the Slits.
  2. Remembering Paris' Lizzy Mercier deCloux - We unleash the biological warfare of Lizzy Mercier DesCloux with such New York No Wave inspired tracks as "Tumour" and "Herpes Simplex". DesCloux's career is further explored as she progresses into a broader range of sounds embodying Worldbeat. DesCloux evlolutions takes us from the Bahamas to Ethiopia to Brazil. DesCloux truly became an international, albeit little-known, artist culminating in a respectable body of work with such jazz greats as Chet Baker.
  3. A brief description of the downtown art scene featuring Jean Michel's Basquat's band "Gray": in New York City, circa 1980: Art not only became a fashion but a huge commodity to be bought and sold--both art and artist nearly cannibalized. No sooner was the art snatched up by collectors than it was auctioned off at inflated prices, the artist sometimes discarded and career destroyed before it ever began. Organic beginnings were traded in for designer careers plunged into instant decadence and fame. Obscene amounts of cash exchanged hands, the East village and Soho were no longer discernible from the egregious hustling of Wall Street. Basquiat, among others, Julian Schnabel, Jenny Holzer and Keith Haring, were some of the artists at the right place at the right time. But some never made it out alive.

Liquid Liquid - Cavern
Nhate Backwords - Typical Night Master
Nhate Backwords - You light up freestyle (watch, man!)
Slits - Issues
Slits - Slits Tradition
Adam & the Ants - Deutsche Girls
Slits - Pay Rent
Dead Kenedys - Halloween
Slits - FM
Terravona - Mongril
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put a Spell On You
Talking Heads - I Zimbra
Wilson Picket - In the Midnight Hour
New Age Steppers - Abderhamane's Demise
The Slits - Animal Space
Lizzy Mercier DesCloux - Morning High
Lizzy Mercier DesCloux - Tumour
Lizzy Mercier DesCloux - Herpes Simplex
Rosa Yamen - Nina Con un Tercer Ojo
Rosa Yamen - Torso Corso
Mars - 3E
Richard Hell & the Voidoids - Blank Generation
Mars - 11, 000 Volts
Patti Smith - Land
Lizzy Mercier DesCloux - Funky Stuff
Lizzy Mercier DesCloux - Mais ou sont passes les gazelles
Lizzy Mercier DesCloux - FogHorn Blues
Gray - So Far So Real
Gray - Drum Mode
Gray - Mockingbird
Gray - I Wanna Go Back
Gray - Mr. Bickerton
Gray - Desire
Gray - Sweet of the New
Gray - Life on the Streets

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