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Options January 27, 2009: the soothing sounds of the rain, with THOMAS FUNCTION live!!
Trying to describe Thomas Function's music is like trying to describe the colors of a kaleidoscope. Flummoxed music writers tend to use genre descriptors like "garage," "blues," "psych," "bluegrass," "glam" and "country." They throw around band names like the Buzzcocks, Television, Violent Femmes and the Modern Lovers. Well, they're all right. Listen to this live set and it will make perfect sense. Plus, you'll understand why I named their Celebration CD my Best Of 2008.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments New Approx. start time
buzzcocks  i believe   Options different kind of tension  irs        0:00:00 ()
grifters  soda pop   Options 7"  shangri-la  1998      0:06:56 ()
blurt  the fish needs a bike   Options best of blurt vol 1  salamander  2004  orig 1981    0:09:53 ()
joe tex  looking for my pig   Options first on the dial  shout!  2008      0:12:24 ()
the reivers  ragamuffin man   Options saturday  capitol  1987      0:14:55 ()
the resonars  she did   Options that evil drone  burger      *   0:17:45 ()
hellacopters  baby come   Options           0:20:01 ()
the buckinghams  don't you care   Options time & charges  columbia  1967      0:23:03 ()
engineered by Diane Kamikaze
special thanks to DJ Superpong for invaluable assistance

Josh - vocals/guitar
Zach - keyboards/piano
Travis - bass
Phil - drums

Look for their
Celebration album from 2008 on Alive; new album coming in May on Fat Possum.
Check their myspace page for tour dates and more info!
thomas function  picking scabs   Options live on WFMU          0:32:48 ()
thomas function  filthy flowers   Options live on WFMU          0:35:16 ()
thomas function  not asking for much   Options live on WFMU          0:37:08 ()
thomas function  birmingham   Options live on WFMU          0:38:46 ()
thomas function  can't say no   Options live on WFMU          0:41:51 ()
thomas function  andy dale petty's blues   Options live on WFMU      http://www.myspace.com/andydalepetty    0:45:00 ()
thomas function  relentless machines   Options live on WFMU      I told them if they didn't do this song then I'd take back the critical drumkit part that I ran out and bought. I was kidding. Mostly.    0:47:40 ()
thomas function  hope you die   Options live on WFMU          0:52:06 ()
thomas function  chatting with efd   Options live on WFMU          0:54:17 ()
indian jewelry  zing zang   Options split 12" with future blondes  dull knife      *   1:05:48 ()
wooden shjips  vampire blues   Options 7"  sick thirst      *   1:14:46 ()
wolfgang press  going south   Options funky little demons  4ad  1995      1:19:49 ()
colossal yes  a ballad is the air that you breathe   Options charlemagne's big thaw  ba da bing!      *   1:23:27 ()
a.c. newman  there are maybe ten or twelve...   Options get guilty  matador    playing live on the Cherry Blossom Clinic this Saturday, 3pm-6pm  *   1:26:24 ()
the pains of being pure at heart  come saturday   Options s/t  slumberland      *   1:33:27 ()
popguns  can't ignore the train   Options another year, another address: the best of the midnight years  cherry red  1996  orig 1991    1:36:33 ()
ministry of sound  white collar worker   Options measure for measure: the john carter anthology 1961-1977  rpm        1:39:04 ()
sandhy & mandhy  recuerdo hoy   Options para castukis  lion    orig 1968, from Argentina  *   1:42:40 ()
the goodnight loving  take you home   Options s/t  off the hip      *   1:54:04 ()
sutherland brothers & quiver  one more night with you   Options down to earth  columbia  1977      1:57:43 ()
el goodo  i can't make it   Options coyote  grease      *   2:01:07 ()
beaches  sandy   Options s/t  mistletone      *   2:04:18 ()
hugo montenegro  boo-bam-boo, baby   Options mr. groovy  omni      *   2:08:55 ()
love is all  epic   Options 7"  what's your rupture?      *   2:17:33 ()
the specials  (dawning of a) new era   Options s/t  chrysalis  1980  still had this in my record bag from last week...    2:21:07 ()
mc yogi  ganesh is fresh   Options elephant power  white swan    song title of the week?  *   2:23:34 ()
jah wobble's invaders of the heart  visions of you   Options rising above bedlam  atlantic  1991      2:27:08 ()
nightingales  down with the blue lobster   Options insult to injury  klangbad      *   2:32:14 ()
obits  one cross apiece   Options 7"  stint      *   2:43:17 ()
the crazy birds  guaraches con tacon   Options va-international vicious society vol 4  university of vice      *   2:46:34 ()
the higher state  trip on high   Options 7"  13 o'clock      *   2:48:43 ()
pink reason  the lecherous one   Options split 12" with hue blanc's joyless ones  florida's dying      *   2:51:46 ()

Listener comments!

  Tue. 1/27/09 11:08pm Laurie:

The comic book shoppe I used to visit every Wednesday played nothing but the Buzzcocks pretty much, so I got pretty tired of them eventually. This song? It's hot! I like it!

PS: Got any spoilers for The Love of Ray J??????
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:08pm Jan Coztás:

This is a great song. I need to dig out the buzzcocks records again.
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:09pm cheri:

hiya evan---wuzzzzup this week??? i bet you wil watch the superbowl,,,rite??
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:09pm brock:

holy shit great song to start!
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:13pm cheri:

i can't wait to hear the band efd,,
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:13pm dw:

anyone at the Thomas Function shows this week in NYC?
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:17pm gregory:

I was at the other music in store friday night and I'm excited for the set tonight
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:18pm efd:

hi everyone! going a little crazy in the studio at the moment... you'd think a 7-minute opening song would give me time to catch my breath, but apparently not.
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:19pm john:

Take your time; we'll hang.
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:21pm dw:

Yea, i was there and the Cakeshop show.. really good stuff. Was tempted to go to the Mercury Lounge show too.
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:21pm Laurie:

I guess you could say... I was conditioned to NEVERM(IND THE BUZZCOCKS. http://tinyurl.com/2d3gev

Simon Amstell is my favorite British Simon.

Also!! Grifters! I was just listening to Full Blown Possession and Crappin' You Negative a couple of weeks ago.

And I like this Reivers song! I haven't really listened to them before and have something new (or old, I guess) to look into!
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:21pm efd:

well I know Cheri gets antsy when I don't answer right away...
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:22pm Laurie:

Sorry, I don't know why I typed an open parentheses in "NEVERMIND."
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:24pm cheri:

evan i sometimes do get antsy,, but not always,,,,=)
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:24pm Joe:

Whoa, is Bill Kelly filling in tonight?
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:24pm Laurie:

Possibly because it should really be "NEVER MIND."

Okay, I'll stop commenting!!
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:27pm efd:

Laurie, I think it was because the I is near the 9/( key.
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:31pm cheri:

btw evan i bet you'll be watching the superbowl, i'm i rite??
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:33pm john:

Thomas Function reminds me of a southern-fried James. Which is a compliment. And the Buckinghams were super cool, much more than just "Kind Of A Drag."
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:35pm E.L.:

Oh! Just in time.
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:38pm efd:

hi, E.L., John, Joe, and everyone!
Cheri, you are right - I will be watching the Superbowl.
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:42pm cheri:

it's a great set,, efd you're THE BEST dee jay on fmu!!!!!!!! i swear.
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:43pm Laurie:

Evan, for shame. You should be watching the PUPPY BOWL. (I hope they continue with the kitty cat halftime show tradition!)
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:43pm efd:

Laurie, who says I can't watch both??
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:48pm cheri:

efd--i asure you that THIS will be my ultimate final comment for the nite,,,but i'll still be listenin,g'nite
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:49pm efd:

OK, Cheri! thanks for the kind words, as always.
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:52pm Jan Coztás:

I like this Thomas Function concoction. I never heard of them before. Many thanks for putting this on the air!
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:54pm efd:

cool, glad you're enjoying it Jan!
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:55pm Laurie:

I think I'm sending too many tweets today!
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:57pm E.L.:

I wish I could be blasting this but there are sleeping individuals in the next room. Thomas Function sound particularly victorious after a long day.
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:57pm Jessica:

[hooray for Twittereminding. oof. still: it worked. @JessicaD. (Laurie?)}
  Tue. 1/27/09 11:58pm efd:

note to self: close the Studio B door before interviewing the band next time.
  Wed. 1/28/09 12:00am Laurie:


Matt Fraction just @replied to me, and I gained FIVE followers. Well, one of them was Matt himself, but he's a KINGMAKER.
  Wed. 1/28/09 12:02am Joe:

That set was tasty as hell.
  Wed. 1/28/09 12:14am efd:

glad you enjoyed it, Joe!
  Wed. 1/28/09 12:20am Shjip:

So, how would you say my name?
  Wed. 1/28/09 12:23am efd:

I would say it rhymes with "potjato chjip"
  Wed. 1/28/09 12:26am Laurie:

I like this Wolfgang Press song for the most part, but I really hate that Happy Mondays melisma-y back up singer thing. I think Primal Scream also did it for an album in the early or mid-nineties as well?
  Wed. 1/28/09 12:27am H20:

  Wed. 1/28/09 12:28am Joe:

The "J" is silent. It's spanish.

Laurie I was thinking the same thing but I don't know what album it is, either.
  Wed. 1/28/09 12:31am efd:

I don't know if the "j" is really silent in Spanish... what about Tijuana?
On the other hand, I had to look up "melisma," so what do I know...
  Wed. 1/28/09 12:32am Laurie:

Love Colossal Yes, love Mr. Newman. As usual, you're playing all of the hits. (I'm using Michael Shelley's loosely-defined interpretation of "hits.")
  Wed. 1/28/09 12:34am Laurie:

And I should have used melismatic instead of melisma-y apparently. Go fig.
  Wed. 1/28/09 12:37am efd:

here's another hit, Laurie.
  Wed. 1/28/09 12:37am Laurie:

YESSSSSSSSS. I love the Pains. I call them the Pains. Because, you know, their band name is kind of a mouthful.

I'm commenting too much, as usual! My apologies, I'll shut up now and lay off the Diet Coke w/ lime (no vodka!)!!
  Wed. 1/28/09 12:43am Joe:

You gonna send this one out to yourself, Mr. Davies?
  Wed. 1/28/09 12:44am profstevesteve:

Hey it keeps the rest of us going, Laurie! BTW during B. Jam's show a couple back it really was a bright purple sky over Syracuse. The beauties of the wonderfully tainted Onondaga Lake we call our shores..!
  Wed. 1/28/09 12:44am The Log Lady:

Wow, I didn't know the Popguns covered 10,000 Maniacs--interesting!
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:06am efd:

ZOMG itz SNOWING!!!!1!! everybody run for your lives!!!
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:09am john:

Wolfgang Press, Thomas Function, El Goodo...it's a night for bands that sound like relatively improbable names of people. No snow yet in the Nutmeg State (TM).
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:09am poof:

  Wed. 1/28/09 1:11am Joe:

keeping my fingers crossed for an 8:30 class cancellation...

I might have to nickname someone "El Goodo" in the coming week... its too good not to use.
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:12am efd:

"mr. groovy" wouldn't be bad either.
I'll be rooting for that cancellation for you!
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:13am Laurie:

I'm assuming El Goodo got their name from "The Ballad of El Goodo," no?
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:13am efd:

poof: Goodnight, Mr. Chjips.
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:19am Michael from the Left Coast:

Laurie--is there any other El Goodo?
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:20am Michael from the Left Coast:

Sutherland Bros and Quiver are British I believe
I believe Pete Thomas of the Attractions was their drummer
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:22am john:

El Goodo are/is Welsh. Agreed on the name; original ideas a little thin on the ground there. Sutherland Bros etc were Brits but had at least one Canadian in the band.
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:23am Joe:

This is great because
A; It's really fun and
B. It probably pisses Mike Patton the hell off.
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:24am efd:

thanks Michael and John for the info. Mike Baird is the drummer credited on the LP I have, but I believe they had a couple of others at least.
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:27am john:

98% of what I know about them comes from, of all reasons, the fact that Tim Renwick played guitar on a bunch of Al Stewart records in the 70s.
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:29am efd:

this "Ganesh is Fresh" might be the best song ever (right at this moment, at least).
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:29am Joe:

  Wed. 1/28/09 1:29am Joe:

Of the decade, maybe. It's 2009, after all.
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:29am Laurie:

Okay, I'm off to bed before I send any more tweets pouting about how two fellows I liked stopped following me. It's like I feel compelled to confirm their reasons for dropping me from their twitter feed!
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:35am efd:

aww.. goodnight, Laurie! you'll never be dropped from the playlist comments.
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:36am john:

Wow, i'd forgotten how unutterably brilliant this Jah Wobble record was, despite the whole Sinead O'Connor thing.
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:40am efd:

honestly I don't recall the rest of the CD at this point, but I had to bust it out when I heard the similar bassline in "Ganesh is Fresh" (!)
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:40am Michael from the Left Coast:

EFD--Mike Baird was the last drummer in Journey (when it was still Steve Perry fronting the band) when Randy Jackson was the bass player. Baird is/was a big session guy
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:44am Michael from the Left Coast:

Good Yogi reference there!
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:45am Michael from the Left Coast:

Ba da Cymbal crash!
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:46am efd:

two for the price of one!
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:46am john:

MC Yogi would like to thank you for making this day necessary. Hard to believe it's nearly two, it gets late early here.
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:48am Michael from the Left Coast:

Do you know where the FMU show will be at SXSW (do you have the venue name?)?
Will you be there?
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:48am Joe:

I just hope he's rocks with Dj BooBoo
  Wed. 1/28/09 1:52am efd:

nicely played, John and Joe.

Michael, the name's not handy - there was a note on that Obits single, but didn't mention the venue. I will not be in attendance, unfortunately.
  Wed. 1/28/09 2:00am john:

Thanks, couldn't let the week pass without a single baseball reference, so when I came to a fork in the road, I took it.
  Wed. 1/28/09 2:12am Joe:

Hilltop Nissan! FUCK! Too late...

Oh well, only the Jersey folks would've gotten it anyway...
  Mon. 2/9/09 12:21pm greg:

hey man, thanks for playing our single!
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