Insomnia Radio: New York #4 – Mystery Meat
(Date Submitted: 8/17/2006)
After an unexpected and unavoidable hiatus, IR:NY returns with a slightly tweaked playlist format, as well as a newly appointed Quasi-Evil Overlord [which simply is a must for any Benevolent Despot]!
I’m oh so very sorry to have been MIA, rocklings, but since this is a total labor of love for me, I’m afraid that there will be times where I simply lack the time and/or energy to produce a quality show – and you deserve a quality show. [Being unable to pay my bills simply isn’t an acceptable option.]
Instead of an indefinitely dead content stream, though, my dear friend Sean White [aka the Nefarious Bovine of the delightfully rambling Nefarious Bovine Radio Podcast] will step-in and give you the goods, as only my Second-in-Command could!
Episode #4 is chock-full of tracks of his choosing. [Well, I chose ‘My Ex-Wife’ but I digress.]
While we may periodically be co-host cohorts, I’ll remain your primary guide and Sean shall be the able-and-amiable substitute. For this show, however, you shall be subjected to the inanity that ensues when he and I get together… like discussing the Star Wars Holiday Special and other absurdities.
Makar is a 15th century Scottish term meaning ‘poet’. It’s also the name of a dark and groovy, acoustic guitar and piano driven, little indie band from New York City. All of Makar wants to give up their day jobs – happily and ecstatically – so they can write and play music all day every day. After all, writing a song like ‘I Hate My Job’ is not just a coincidence.
Atomic Tom is fed and watered by Luke White. While pursuing his personal obsession with Star Wars actresses, he’s amassed an array of minor triumphs as a musician and entertainer. Born in Virginia to a local jazzman and an Italian-American political activist, Luke mastered guitar + keys + drums at an obscenely young age and went on to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Currently, he lives in Brooklyn with actress Megan Manzi and a plastic figurine of Queen Amidala.
Noir swing story-songs, filled with black humor and flailing vibraphone mallets, sung by an unusual girl, Doll Hospital is the vaguely malformed brainchild of downtown NYC music-scene mainstay Heather Eatman. Featuring Heather on arch-top guitar and vocals, Nick Mancini on vibraphone, Andrew Burns on drums and Jim Whitney on string bass, this tiny wayward orchestra takes us on a swinging tour of the fevered mind of a songwriter who loves Raymond Chandler as much as Raymond Scott.
There is simply NO WAY that I couldn’t love this stuff, rocklings. So much so that this is the current front-runner for my fave album of 2006.
This track by Raliss is Sean’s pick for closing out the show. With songs inspired by true stories comprised mostly of broken hearts and ironic twists, singer-songwriter Dan and guitarist-songwriter Dugans are joined by player x on bass and player y on drums. Despite the song’s title, there is a distinct lack of piano but no dearth of guitar. We don’t mind, though. We like guitar.