“More of Us” – Weisshund: This is one of the bands engineered and mixed by this week’s guest, Richard Salino. They’re a remarkable band, with one of the best drummers in America (Marlon Patton) playing both drums and Moog bass pedals. True greatness.
“Big Black Gun” – Dirty Heretics: Another Richard Salino project. This is a track I don’t know a whole lot about, except that it sounds fantastic.
“Broken-Hearted Dance” – Mr. Mustache: This is the very track that I talk about Richard mixing when he was my “intern”, that made me realize that he had some skills that he had been hiding. It holds up, here now almost ten years later.
“It’s Relative” – Hunger Anthem: Pinky Doodle Poodle played with this Athens band in Charlotte, last week, and they were outstanding. Bassist/backing vocalist Margo Fortune is a true star.
“1-2-3, Go!” – Pinky Doodle Poodle: This is the band that pays my rent, these days! High energy rock and roll from Tokyo, Japan. Come see us on the road!
“The Criminal Age” – Breakfast Cigarette: This band opened for us at a club in Franklin, NC, and absolutely destroyed. They remind me of Uncle Tupelo and Dawes and Sonic Youth, live.
“You Don’t Have a Choice” – Easter Island: I was in this band for a hot minute, and Richard and I engineered this session when we worked together at Studio 1093 in Athens, GA. It was mixed by Grant Curry, my guest on Episode 5!
“Wild Cherry Nightmare” – Motherfucker: This is one of my favorite Athens bands, and a band I have played many shows alongside. If you don’t know them, get on it. Their drummer, Erika Rickson, is one of my favorite people in the world and someone who I hope to have on the show, soon.
“Horrify” – Friendship Commanders: This is a band with whom PDP has played recently, and they are frankly amazing. A duo who somehow manages to create a wall of sound equivalent to being run over by an alcohol-fueled funny car, singer Buick Audra’s raw, elemental wail stabbed me right in the heart. This band is life-changing.
“Do You Wanna Dance” – The Girls: A band called “The Girls” that contains no actual girls, this raw, high-energy group of young toughs reminded me somehow of the New York Dolls in their heyday. Spirited, snotty, brassy, fun. I saw a spontaneous teenage mosh pit materialize when they opened for PDP in Wilmington, NC.
“Why Can’t Friends Just Kiss on the Lips Sometimes?” – Secret Club: Recently, PDP played Nashville at Betty’s Cafe, after the primary location for the show closed unexpectedly. Secret Club opened. and their performance had the heady lyricism of Elvis Costello with the raw energy of Surfer Rosa-era Pixies.
“Another Saturday Night” – Endiana: Endiana came down to Athens to do some drinking and then traveled with PDP to Atlanta to play a show, and they blew my mind. This is easily my favorite band from Indianapolis, and they combine the solid lyrical prowess of Robert Earl Keen with the laconic, blue collar instrumental skill of Nashville session players. Just a great band.