Thursday, April 5, 2012
Hey folks, I'm on a bit of a mission of late. It seems that even among my biggest music geek friends, very few are aware of the wealth of great music that came from New Zealand starting in the late 70's and continuing to this day.
One of the most important of these acts were The Clean from Dunedin. Nine years ago, Merge Records put out an amazing two-disc compilatition simply titled Anthology. Not only is this collection essential, it is very much still in print and readily available. I urge you to head over to the Merge Records Online Store and pick up a copy-- you won't be sorry.
Below, I have put together a 25-song companion disc, which culls tracks from The Clean's five albums since 1990. The Anthology I mentioned above, covers the first three of these albums, but I tried to avoid overlap (there is one track on both).
The Clean are playing a handful of dates here in the U.S. this Spring:
30 Los Angeles CA The Echo
2 Austin TX Chaos in Tejas - Club De Ville
4 Allston MA Brighton Music Hall w/ Times New Viking
5 New York NY Le Poisson Rouge w/ Times New Viking
6 Philadelphia PA Johnny Brenda's w/ Times New Viking
7 Washington DC Rock & Roll Hotel w/ Times New Viking
8 Chapel HillLocal 506 w/ Times New Viking
I'll be at the Chapel Hill show!
Excerpts from The Clean: 1990-2009
01. Bye Bye
04. Getting To You
05. Starting Point
06. Outside the Cage
07. 2 Reasons
08. Something I Need
09. Different World
10. Champagne and Misery
11. Changing Your Head
12. Happy Lil Fella
14. Valley Cab
17. Golden Crown
18. E Motel
19. Poor Boy
22. Are You Really on Drugs
23. In the Dreamlife U Need a Rubber Soul
24. Factory Man
25. Asleep in the Tunnel
Total Time: 1:13:27
Download it here: Excerpts From The Clean: 1990-2009
Just wanted to let you know that this is not an abandoned blog. I have been having issues with my laptop. This morning it suddenly sprang to life. I've gotten several emails and comments regarding dead megaupload links. I am in the process of fixing those. Just this morning I put up new links for the first three Halloween comps, 1984, Tennessee Power Pop, the first three Rebellious Jukebox comps, and Power Pop Explosion #3 and #4. Not sure how many more are dead, so if you run across one that isn't working let me know. Thanks!