Sunday, October 11, 2009

Playlist for 10-9-09, featuring Stephen David Heitkotter's album "Heitkotter"

Last Friday's show featured an interesting record indeed. Steve Heitkotter, once a drummer for a late-60's garage band in California called the Roadrunners, cut this album presumably in his basement with a couple other guys. During his time in the aforementioned band, his contributions included incredibly solid drumming and a b-side titled "Pretty Me," which I also played on the program.

That's where the story gets kind of strange: Mr. Heitkotter was apparently institutionalized for some reason I have not been able to uncover very shortly after recording this disc in 1971. So soon after, in fact, that only about 10 copies of this LP even exist. Most of them were sent out to radio stations in California, and probably didn't receive much airplay due to the music contained within.

Upon contacting a knowledgeable source, I was told that Mr. Heitkotter is STILL in the psych ward, and in very bad shape. I was also informed that it would be useless to try and contact him because his family is very against having anything to do with his record, and will not allow it to be re-released (even though offers have been proposed.) All this adds up to a good story, but how is the actual music?

Strange, to say the least. It sounds to me like Mr. Heitkotter's trio consists of two guitars, drums and vocals. He is the drummer, songwriter and vocalist on all tracks, although the two guitarists are unknown (one of them absolutely shreds.) The songs are filled with bizarre rhythms and repeating patterns that imply a certain amount of improvisation--but nobody could have completely improvised shit this intense. The LP is comparable to other releases by troubled musicians (i.e. Skip Spence's idiosyncratic songwriting on "Oar), but literally sounds like nothing else. The vocals provided by Mr. Heitkotter sound to be those of someone who can croon like a motherfucker when he's not completely breaking down.

In other words, despite some disturbing off-key ranting, there are some really interesting melodies here. I dunno; if you like Captain Beefheart or any early 70's experimental stuff, you'll probably get into this.

Get it here. As a bonus, Steve's song from the Roadrunner days is also included.

Or, get the podcast for the entire show.

Playlist:

Oct 09 - 1:57 AM The Spoils of War Now is Made in America S/T
No
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Oct 09 - 1:53 AM Peter Grudzien White Trash Hillbilly Trick The Unicorn
No
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Oct 09 - 1:52 AM Dion McGregor The Diet The Night World of Dion McGregor
No Bizarro Jerry e/d
Oct 09 - 1:47 AM Randy Holden Fruit and Iceburgs Population II
No
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Oct 09 - 1:45 AM Jack Starr My Love for You is Petrified Born Petrified
No
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Oct 09 - 1:40 AM The Roadrunners Pretty Me 45 rpm single
No
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Oct 09 - 1:26 AM Stephen David Heitkotter Fly Over the Moon Heitkotter
No
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Oct 09 - 1:20 AM Stephen David Heitkotter Cadillac Woman Heitkotter
No Bizarro Jerry e/d
Oct 09 - 1:15 AM Stephen David Heitkotter Quaker, Dog Got Away Heitkotter
No
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Oct 09 - 1:04 AM Stephen David Heitkotter I Don't Mind Heitkotter
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Oct 09 - 12:58 AM Stephen David Heitkotter Hangin' All Night Heitkotter
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Oct 09 - 12:52 AM Mike Rep and the Quotas Steppin Fetchit is Dead Stupor Hiatus
No
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Oct 09 - 12:50 AM Bob Jacobs The Illustrated Man Songs for a Sideshow of the Mind
No Bizarro Jerry e/d
Oct 09 - 12:47 AM Kenneth Higney Night Rider Attic Demonstration
No
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Oct 09 - 12:44 AM Bob Log III bump pow! bump bump bump bump pow! One Man Band requestical Yes
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Oct 09 - 12:40 AM Gary Wilson Chromium Bitch You Think You Really Know Me
No
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Oct 09 - 12:35 AM The Strange Twelve Boats Souvenir Album
No
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Oct 09 - 12:29 AM Kaplan Brothers Happy Nightbird
No
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Oct 09 - 12:28 AM Vyto B Secret Automatic Vaudeville
No Bizarro Jerry e/d
Oct 09 - 12:25 AM Virgin Insanity Thursday Matinee Theme Song (I Got Your Love) The Odometer Suite
No
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Oct 09 - 12:21 AM Bruce Haack Word Game The Electric Lucifer
No
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Oct 09 - 12:18 AM Sun City Girls The Flower Torch of the Mystics
No
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Oct 09 - 12:13 AM Simply Saucer Mole Machine Cyborgs Revisited
No
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Oct 09 - 12:09 AM Thirsty Moon Rooms Behind Your Mind S/T
No
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Oct 09 - 12:05 AM Bob Vido High Speed Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 2
No Bizarro Jerry e/d
Oct 09 - 12:01 AM Bill Clint Mama I'm a Baby The Crying of a Generation
No
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Next week, I will be ending the inclusion of full-length albums in the show. Instead, I'll be featuring 3-4 cuts off some of my favorite 'Cut-Out Bin Classics.' These are albums that I've purchased from outlet malls or pawn shops for cheap. Often, the same albums will end up in numerous cut-out bins because nobody wants 'em.

Such records include the only LP by the Killer Shrews--a band consisting of one Mekon, one guy from Pere Ubu, and another guy who I can't remember. Another is Yall So Stupid's album "Van Full of Pakistans," an oddball hip hop LP similar to the Pharcyde, but funnier and sloppier. Tune in next Thursday night, midnight til 2 to find out what the first classic will be!

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