Agony Shorthand

Thursday, December 15, 2005

First off, in some weird sort of double-reverse logrolling, Scott at CRUD CRUD has re-posted the two fantastic Beatles remakes by twisted 1980 Omaha, NE synth punk act THE BETTER BEATLES, apparently at the behest of Agony Shorthand readers a few weeks ago. This lost 45 was one of my favorite discoveries this year, and you owe it to yourself to take 30 seconds to download them both (48 minutes if you’re on dial-up). Second, not only does Scott host a great radio show on Davis, CA college station KDVS – sort of like his blog, but on acid!! – but there’s another splendid radio show on that same station, hotter than pretty much any college show I’ve heard in years. It’s called “Art For Spastics” and it’s hosted by an assuming record fiend named DJ Rick. I’ve been downloading these shows in 2-hour blocks nearly every week, and sometimes even find time to listen to them all the way through. It’s one of the best spots you’re going to find anywhere for the newest weird-ass noise & punk 45s & reissue LPs, from a guy who obviously thinks that the peak of musical history accomplishment lies with TAMPAX, the ELECTRIC EELS, NEUBAUTEN, THE STALIN and the like. There’s a podcast available that I haven’t figured out how to work yet, as well as a weekly mp3 download of the show that I recommend without reservation. If you’ve ever heard even two numbers per show you’re a better woman than I.