Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Lots of fun stuff to talk about tomorrow on
OutQ. First off, Jack White's new band, The Dead Weather. Also, Pansy Division. Two weeks ago, I gave Larry Flick a 7" EP by Pansy Division. The EP features a funny song called "Headbanger," about a gay guy seducing an ostensibly straight guy in a guitar store; it also has covers of Judas Priest's "Breaking The Law" and Kiss' "Sweet Pain." I was working at a heavy metal marketing company at the time, and so many people were offended by it, I thought it was great. Anyway, maybe we'll play "Headbanger," or their brand new song, a cover of Green Day's "Coming Clean" (I actually first heard Pansy Division because they opened for Green Day). Then, there's Little Steven's Coolest Songs In The World Vol. 8, maybe the best in the Coolest Song series thus far. I had a hard time choosing songs to play, and I'll have to do a seperate post about that collection. Then, an awesome box set that came out in 2006, What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves 1967-1977. I've been meaning to do a seperate post about that too.

If you played all of the above at a party, it would be going strong for hours. A good way to calm everyone down and get them to think about leaving is Willie Nelson's Naked Willie. It's the opposite of a remix album. Basically, Willie's harmonica player Mickey Raphael took some of Willie's old recordings from the '60s and stripped back the Nashville elements - strings, backing vocals - so that only guitar, bass, drums, piano and Willie's singing was left. Pretty cool stuff, I wish someone would do that with Ray Charles' country material. The song to play: "The Party's Over" of course.

Anyway, we probably won't get to all of it. But next week, I'll be talking about the new Indigo Girls album, Poseidon and the Bitter Bug, and the deluxe reissue of Pearl Jam's Ten.

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