Monthly Archive for June, 2008

“Subways” by Urban Verbs

urban.jpgUrban Verbs reunited recently. My friend Haley told me in advance. I was meaning to post this a while before Haley, outta nowhere, asked me about them. NPR has a recording of the show. A good band that you can learn about here. The fact everyone will tell you bout them is that this is Chris Frantz’ (Talking Head/Tom Tom Club/Producer of less-popular Happy Mondays albums)’s little brother Roddy’s band. I bet they hate hearing that all the time. The baggies of water on this cover freak me out a bit; don’t like thinking about wet photos.

Urban Verbs, “Subways” from their self-titled LP on Warner Brothers (1980)

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“Sunny Day,” by Pigbag

pigbag.jpgPigbag is an absurdly funky post-punk ensemble. I ripped this track (the version from the Stiff US 12″) recently for a mix I listened to while training for the 2008 Buffalo Marathon (which I ran last week and got a PR of 3:44!). It’s got all the Pigbag trappings, frenetic funky beat, horn blasts, and countless changes. Theses guys are tight.

I was prompted to post this track this yesterday when I saw that the always fantastic Fantod Under Glass has made available a live Pigbag LP that I didn’t even know existed. Head on over and check it out.

More on Pigbag here. This band has been getting ripped off for years, but somehow still sounds incredibly fresh.

Pigbag, “Sunny Day,” from the 12″ single on Stiff Records (1981)
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