CBGB’s Exile Christmas Playlist

CBGB’s Exile Christmas Playlist

CBGB's Exile Christmas 2011

Bowery Electric: CBGB's Exile X-Mas Jahn Xavier with Lenny Kaye, and Tish & Snooky

Here’s a very special Christmas Playlist treat straight from DJ Tone. Once upon a time there was a little club called CBGB’s OMFUG which was owned and operated by Hilly Kristal. He developed a home where a legacy of bands that defined NYC’s underground music from The Ramones, Blondie to the The Patti Smith Group could perform. Every month these wayard punks that defined an era of music get together once a month. Punks in Exile from that little club with the amazing sound system. I was lucky to play the stage myself at least a dozen times and be a witness to later era bands who graced the stage from Jesus Lizard, Sonic Youth and Bongwater to name a few. The was a iconic cultural destination. I swear everytime I walked by the place there were always tourists taking photos in front. I’d say they enjoyed quite the walk-in crowd. Anyway, here’s a playlist from our own DJ Tone who made this holiday mix called “Carols Buddies Goodfortune Bounty and Much Joy to celebrate the Holiday Season in EXILE at Bowery Electric this past week. We’re 99% certain that all the bands on this playlist played CB’s or at least in Shane Macgowan’s case he at least had a drink there.

In memory of Laura Kennedy, Steve Mach, Claire O’Connor and Susan Palermo.
01) Jesus Christ MP3 by Big Star
02) I Wish It Could Be Christmas Ever MP3 by Lenny Kaye
03) Run, Rudolph Run! MP3 by The Fleshtones
04) It’s Cold Outside MP3 by Stiv Bators
05) We Three Kings MP3 by Blondie
06) Silent Night MP3 by The Dickies
07) Little Saint Nick MP3 by The Kustard Kings
08) Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) MP3 by The Smithereens
09) Santa Bring My Baby (live) MP3 by Marshall Crenshaw
10) Bundle Up (demo) MP3 by The Replacements
11) Christmas Weather MP3 by The Student Teachers
12) One Christmas Catalogue MP3 by Captain Sensible
13) Christmas Day MP3 by Squeeze
14) Fairytale of New York MP3 by The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl

Related Christmas Posts:
No Christmas Cards to Send
Music fan holiday gift ideas and tunes

Big Dipper – Heavens real Alt College Rock

Big Dipper – Heavens real Alt College Rock

Big Dipper Heavens LP album cover

Big Dipper

North East rock was never so eloquently defined than by the alternative music vehicle known as Big Dipper. I meant this to be a follow-up post on the music from City Gardens Riot on the Dance Floor post but needless to say when a group makes a melodic dent like these guys did it’s worth one of my retro-posts because a lot of the submissions I’m getting just don’t rank. This is though one of those bands I trekked down to Trenton to see opening up I think for Robyn Hitchcock. Way back when my friend A.Rockman went to Lehigh, I used to go visit him weekend night’s he’d have a late night shift on 91.3 FM WLVR. This is where I first heard Dumbtruck which featured guys from Big Dipper too. This is the independent “college rock” I remember best. Spinning their first EP Boo Boo was a ear explosion of melody and rough guitars minus the delay pedal present in bands like Echo & The Bunnymen with the same sing-song sense. The follow-up Heavens delivered even more of the same jangle rock. Straight-up songs that fit nicely with The Smithereens, The Feelies and the more melodic tunes by Hüsker Dü on my mix tapes. While short lived in their 7 year history it was awesome to see them play on the Heavens tour as I remember them being one of the tallest bands in world who seemed almost cramped up against the low ceiling on the City Gardens stage. Check out their Anthology out now on Merge!

All Going Out Together MP3 by Big Dipper from Heavens
Faith Healer MP3 Originally on the Boo Boo EP

Bonus tracks:
Celebrated Summer
Strangers When We Meet MP3 by The Smithereens from Especially for you (1986)
Stars Grow Colder MP3 by Dumptruck from Lemmings Travel To The Sea (2001) I need to burn something from Positively Dumbtruck which is the correct era unless somebody can swing that my way?
On the Roof MP3 by The Feelies from the Good Earth (1986)
The Killing Moon MP3 by Echo & The Bunnymen from Ocean Rain

Related Junk:
Randy Now Riot on Dance Floor – City Gardens documentary
Album Review: The Feelies release the Good Earth