[Playlist] Ajax Diner Book Club – 8.25.14 – KRFC Ft. Collins CO

The Clash “Clash City Rockers” from The Clash
Sebadoh “Weird” from The Sebadoh
Micah Schnabel “I’m Dead Serious” from I’m Dead Serious
Charley The City Mouse Fasano “Gasoline Fumes” from Retrospect/ed
The Minutemen “Jesus And Tequila” from Double Nickels on the Dime
John KaSandra “The Natural Do” from Single
John R. Miller “M.O.T.E” from Service Engine
Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound “Time In Bars” from Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound
Mother Merey And The Black Dirt “Old Rope” from Down To The River
Pixies “No. 13 Baby” from Doolittle
Peter Buck “Life Is Short” from I Am Back To Blow Your Mind Once Again
Benjamin Booker “Violent Shiver” from Benjamin Booker
Tyler Keith & The Apostles “Shadow Of A Cross” from Black Highway

PETER BUCK – I AM BACK TO BLOW YOUR MIND ONCE AGAIN

Peter-Buck

In early 1980 Peter Buck was working at Wuxtry Records when he met Michael Stipe. Chances are good that you know the rest of that story. But this record review is about a different story, the story of Peter Buck’s second solo record, I Am Back To Blow Your Mind Once Again, a grandiose title for a humble record. If you haven’t heard Buck’s first solo record from a couple years back then you are no doubt curious about what a Peter Buck solo record sounds like.

For starters, Buck sings. His voice is gruffy, confident and filled with snarls. But what does the music sound like? To me the record sounds like the music Buck would have made in 1980 if Stipe hadn’t started coming into the record store all the time. I Am Back… is filled with crunchy guitar driven garage rock with the kind of hooks that would make Joey Ramone proud.

I don’t exactly know why I say this, but it’s hard to believe that a guy that’s sold millions of records could make an album like this. There are no hints of pretense or success. However, there is urgency and debauchery mixed with an understanding of how to play loose and fast while crafting excellent garage rock songs.

Joining Peter Buck is longtime collaborator Scott McCaughey as well as Kurt Bloch and Bill Rieflin. Corin Tucker from Sleater Kinney sings lead on one song and Patterson Hood does one of his spoken word things about the fall of the south on a song. But throughout the record what is most prevalent is the bizarre and oddball joy that exude the grooves and must have been present in the recording sessions.

Normally this is where I would stick in a couple of songs for you to check out but since Peter Buck decided to only release I Am Back... on vinyl I can’t do that. But this website has some minute long samples you can check out.

Not only is I Am Back To Blow Your Mind Once Again Essential Listening, it is one of my favorite records of 2014 so far.

Buy I Am Back… Official word from Peter about the record