Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Special Guest DJ!

The great RICH PARKER, host of WUSB's "What's He Building?" on Sunday nights, shall be doing a rockin' fill-in for me tonight. Join Rich as he shows me up, but good. (I may have to kill him if he's too good.)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

FINN'S REVOLUTION! playlist 1/15/08

The Eat/It's Not The Eat, It's The Humidity/Communist Radio
Ray Charles/Genius & Soul/Let The Good Times Roll
Brenda Ray/Walatta/Everybody's Talkin'
Peeps of Soulfunk/Tribb To JB/Funky President
James Brown/Star Time/Funky President
Hisato Higuchi/Butterfly Horse Street/Guitar Six
David Greenberger and 3 Leg Torso/Whispers, Grins, Bloodloss & Handshakes/Buddy
Cepia/Natura Morta/The Undeniable Bend
Gilberto Gil/Brazil '70/O Canto da Ema
Videohippos/Unbeast The Leash/Wages of Fear
Bob Dylan/Dylan/I Can't Wait (Live)
Devendra Banhart/Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon/Seahorse
Radiohead/In Rainbows/All I Need
Dri/Smoke Rings/Indria
Charles Mingus/Trio/I Can't Get Started
Ragga Twins/Rumble In The Jungle/Ragga Trip
Robyn Hitchcock/Groovy Decay/America
Electric Bird Noise/fragile hearts...fragile minds/Moments Like Last Night Make Me Wanna Believe in Ghost
David Byrne/The Knee Plays/In The Upper Room
Randy Newman/Bad Love/The World Isn't Fair
Thin Lizzy/Dedication/Whiskey In The Jar
The Clash/Combat Rock/Carjamming
The Cranks//In My Car
Shane MacGowan & The Popes/The Rare Oul' Stuff/Cracklin' Rosie

Cheers! Finn

Monday, January 14, 2008

Alex Crank Benefit/Revolution Preview

Some (intentially) light contaminated Holga images from Alex's benefit: TOP: The great Babs, rock and roll chick extraordinaire. BOTTOM: Alex's brother, Ian.
The benefit for Alex (see previous post) this past Saturday at Connolly's was apparently a resounding success, featuring The Peace Group, a great heartfelt set by Ian Cathcart (as always), and an outstanding set by the great Jay Spero and Trudy. Jay, in addition to other tunes, started off with some classic Brown Ploppy! (btw, I don't think I could ever play a BP song on the radio, as the heads of FCC staff might explode! But YOU should seek out some tunes of theirs) Some pics to be published at a later date..........as I've a few e-mails inquiring about Alex/Cranks info, I'll try and play a few tunes this Tuesday....
Working on a very special guest of the political nature for Tuesday's Revolution, schedules allowing...stayed tuned.......

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Vampire Weekend/Mansard Roof/Mansard Roof
John Cale/Circus Live/Hanky Panky NoHow
Peter Evans Quintet/Peter Evans Quintet/The 3/4 Tune
John Doe/A year in the Wilderness/Grain of Salt
Black Dice/Load Blown/Kokomo
Mum/Go Go Smear The Poison Ivy/Dancing Behind My Eyelids
The Sadies/New Seasons/What's Left Behind
Radiohead/In Rainbows/Bodysnatchers
Alex Crank/In My Head
Nick Lowe/download only/What's So Funny About Peace Love & Understanding?
Steve Earle/Washington Square Serenade/Come Home To Me
Hell On Heels/Dogs, Records & Wine/Win Some Lose Some
Robyn Hitchcock/Groovy Decay/The Cars She Used To Drive
Mickey & The Salty Seadogs/Saltwater & Whiskey/Man of Love
Ramones/Anthology/The KKK Took My Baby Away
Southern Culture On The Skids/Countrypolitan Favorites/Life's A Gas
Terry Adams/Rhythm Spell/Terry Adams-What A Mess
The Clash/Sandinista!/One More Time
Tom Waits/Orphans/Lucinda
Randy Newman/Good Old Boys/Mr President
William Shatner/Has Been/I Can't Get Behind That
The Velvet Underground/Loaded/Rock and Roll
Shane MacGowan & The Popes/The Snake/Nancy Whiskey
Cornershop/When I Was Born For The 7th Time/Good To Be On The Road Back Home
Buttered Soul/Get Your Soul Buttered/No Romance/Buttered Soul
James Brown/Star Time/Funky Drummer
The Westones/Daydream Believer
The Jam/Direction Reaction Creation/Going Underground

Monday, January 7, 2008


This Saturday there's a benefit for our bud, the great punk/rock guitarist/singer/songwriter ALEX CATHCART (nee ALEX CRANK, among other incarnations). Alex sang & played guitar for bands including Marky Ramone & The Intruders, Lourds, The Westones, The Barflys, The F3s, pigEARTH, Sport Murphy's band, Lancaster County Prison, &, of course, The Cranks among others. He's done everything from playing EVERY bar in Queens to touring the world with Marky. A handsome motherfucker with a pure rocker's heart, Alex was struck with ALS a few years ago, an awful disease which has sapped his resources but will never dim his sly wit and punk soul. (Alex has turned to writing essays and poetry as a creative outlet. I'll get a link up for some of those shortly.) A bunch of folks are getting together to play at Connolly's Irish Pub at 280 Hempstead Ave in Malverne (516-887-5160) to raise some scratch for housing, medical expenses, etc. BUT sympathy for Alex ain't why you oughta be there: come down to watch Peace Group, members of The Westones, Lancaster County Prison, FUB, The Cranks, Finn & His Swinging Buddhas, and god knows who else blow the roof off the place. It'll be rockin', as Alex will have it no other way! I'll try and slip in a few Alex tunes on this week's radio show, otherwise, I hope to see you on Saturday night.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


The Great 28! (the best of 2007)

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE/Shelter from the Ash/Alone With Alone
PISSED JEANS/Hope For Men/Caught Licking Leather
Panda Bear/Person Pitch/Ponytail
Robyn Hitchcock/I Wanna Go Backwards/Sometimes I Wish I Was A Pretty Girl
Caribou/Melody Day EP/Melody Day
Lavender Diamond/Imagine Our Love/Open Your Heart
Sufjan Stevens/I'm Not There/Ring Them Bells
Magik Markers/Boss/Pat Garrett
Pamelia Kurstin/Thinking Out Loud/Copingheaven
Aa/gAame/Best of Seven
Beastie Boys/The Mix-Up/The Cousin of Death
M.I.A./Kala/Paper Planes
Black Moth Super Rainbow/Dandelion Gum/Forever Heavy
Devendra Banhart/Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon/Seahorse
Blonde Redhead/23/Dr. Strangeluv
Animal Collective/Strawberry Jam/Peacebone
Wax Tailor/Hope & Sorrow/Once Upon A Past
The Stooges/The Weirdness/ATM
Earthless/Rhythms From a Cosmic Sky/Cherry Red (Groundhogs Cover)
Sonic Youth/Daydream Nation Deluxe Edition/Kissability (live)
The Clash/Joe Strummer:The Future Is Unwritten/I'm So Bored With The USA
Robert Wyatt/Comicopera/A Beautiful War
Book Of Knots/Traineater/Pray
White Stripes/Icky Thump/You Don't Know What Love Is
Turbo Fruits/Turbo Fruits/No Drugs To Use
Andrew Bird/Armchair Apocrypha/Dark Matter
Thurston Moore/Trees Outside The Academy/The Shape Is In A Trance
Radiohead/In Rainbows/Down Is The New Up

New Years Day '08

New Year's Day 2008. Port Jeff Lanes. For years, bowling on NYs was a tradition for me. Used to be a drunken/drugged affair. Now, armed with simply a hip flask and a 15 pounder, Alison & I bowled like motherfuckers (well, we broke 100 anyway) until the screaming children arrived.....a tradition renewed. Here's Alison calculating her spin...
So this is the new radio show blog for Finn's Revolution!, huh? Let's kick it off on this first day of '08 with my as-of-the-moment BEST OF 2007 list, shall we? You can hear these recordings live on the airwaves tonight.

Top 20 Albums

1. RADIOHEAD  In Rainbows
2. THURSTON MOORE  Trees Outside the Academy
3. ANDREW BIRD  Armchair Apocrypha
6. BOOK OF KNOTS  Traineater
7. ROBERT WYATT  Comicopera
8. JOE STRUMMER (et al)  The Future is Unwritten
9. SONIC YOUTH  Daydream Nation Deluxe Edition
10. EARTHLESS  Rhythms From A Cosmic Sky
11. THE STOOGES  The Weirdness
12. WAX TAILOR  Hope & Sorrow
13. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE  Strawberry Jam
16. M.I.A.  Kala
18. Aa  gAame
19. PAMELIA KURSTIN  Thinking Out Loud

Of course, the following could also easily slip in there, too, depending on me mood: the fine I'M NOT THERE Soundtrack, CARIBOU, BJORK's Volta, PISSED JEANS' Hope For Men, the great SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE album Shelter From The Ash, DEVENDRA BANHART's Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Mountain, LAVENDER DIAMOND, PANDA BEAR's Person Pitch, and most certainly ROBYN HITCHCOCK's I Wanna Go Backwards collection. As for a pure (ie, no new tunes/remixes/outakes) compilation/reissue album, gotta go old-school with the STAX 50th Anniversary collection, and as to live, JOHN CALE's Circus Live. Before I continue to second guess meself (I'll leave that to you), from myself, Alison & Miss Ira Bean, I bid you a fond Happy 2008......