Playing Singles and Drinking Doubles


Roddy & Gabriel Fleet FM

Back in 2009, I discovered this crazy radio show that was on Fleet FM Tuesday afternoons, called ‘Playing Singles and Drinking Doubles’ —if that name wasn’t brilliant enough, their music selections were out of this world. I didn’t know these guys at that stage, (well I had met Roddy at Frisbee studios on Albert St and seen his band Supercar play a couple of times), but this radio show was such a breath of fresh air, in that it plundered a vast catalogue of often not before heard (in their own words) “Country, Honky Tonk, Bluegrass, Western Swing, & tragic songs about life.” 

After listening to ‘Playing Singles and Drinking Doubles’ whenever possible, I would download the podcasts of the shows, and sometimes save the show’s Fleet FM webpage as a PDF. I am making them available at this time, to honour the passing of our darling friend Roderick MacLellan (aka Roddy Pain) 1/10/71 – 2/2/2016. The Fleet FM website is now long gone, although there is a skeletal archive, but links to the podcasts are dead.

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I met Gabriel today at Roddy’s wake, and he explained that the pair got so f**ked up on the day of the actual broadcast, it required a full recovery day afterwards, and this also resulted in them not saving any recordings themselves of the shows. So here are fifteen mostly 60 minute podcasts, some with their accompanying tracklists by way of the above mentioned PDFs. (Please note that links in the PDFs are dead, but the tracklists are good.)

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What makes these shows so special, is that the between-song banter has been severely messed with, all of the voiceovers have been rendered either chipmunk or demonic and at times the studio is either burning down with crackling fire sound effects, or under siege by a flock of squawking chickens, howling hyenas or growling doggies! But the choice of music is always top shelf.

Thanks to Roddy and Gabriel, and Fleet FM for that wonderful show, I only wish that I had saved more of them. Enjoy! —Kawowski

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You be the judge… Did CNN steal our riff?

i am thinking of going for pain and suffering grounds for this too – every time i hear it my blood pressure goes up 10 pts.
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New Zealand’s Axemen at WFMU New York (broadcast 24 November 2009)

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One of the big touring surprises for 2009 has to be the visit of New Zealand’s legendary Axemen to U.S. shores.

The band began in Christchurch in 1981 and stood somewhat aside of the pop path exhibited by much of the the Flying Nun label roster, but are without doubt one of the more fascinating Kiwi exports.

Various live shows and releases displayed a loose but virulent amalgamation of avant-garage, Half Japanese style sax primitivism, confusion, and general air of maladjusted greatness.

They’ve got two reissues “Big Cheap Motel” and “Scary!” out now on Siltbreeze, and are hitting the road coast to coast with Times New Viking.

– Brian Turner/WFMU (WFMU Playlist & Streaming Archive for BT’s show)

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November 24, 2009

New Zealand’s Axemen at WFMU (MP3’s)

Axemenlive It’s a chore enough these days for any kind of overseas band to land a U.S. tour on any scale, so its was nothing less than a pleasant surprise when we learned that New Zealand’s Axemen had a pretty extensive one lined up with Columbus, Ohio’s Times New Viking this fall.

The Axemen started in Christchurch in 1981, a time when New Zealand and Flying Nun records in particular were stirring up a major musical waves (ones that were felt in countless 1990’s US indie bands and are still being felt today especially disciples like TNV), yet the sweeping, strummy pop element that was evident in many of the Nun’s stable was only a part of the fuzzy picture that was the Axemen.

The band’s central core of (Little) Stevie McCabe, Bob Brannigan, and Stu Kawowski recorded in both cheapo home mode and in traditional studios, but setting had little to do with the wide-swing of directions that are evident wherever you drop a needle (or cue up a tape).

There’s tons of basement weirdness nodding to the more antisocial Velvets and Swell Maps moments, scatterings of drunken White Album recreation attempts, even moments where they sound like Royal Trux way before their time.

When they played at Union Pool in Brooklyn last week I could swear they were going for a Stackwaddy/Doors thing, but then they became Half Japanese with Stevie playing sax solos on guitar. In Axemen recordings, they have one song about Elmer Fudd that sounds like Psychic TV, and another that is totally inspired by Grandmaster Flash. They even did a full album of Elton John songs. I have a feeling that if Flying Nun gave them the giant studio budget like they did Straitjacket Fits they would have come up with an album just as great as their Big Cheap Motel and Scary! Part III cassettes that Siltbreeze thankfully reissued in 2009.

Check out the clip below (and more after the jump) of the band on a 90’s NZ kids’ TV show (promoting their Peter Wang Pud album!), and dig in to their November 20th visit to my radio show, engineered by Jason Sigal and Alex Yockey.Thanks for Terre T for leaving us all the food the Reigning Sound didn’t eat earlier that day, there were some fancy pastries!

The Axemen Live at WFMU, Brian Turner’s show

Lineup: (Little) Stevie McCabe, Stu Kawowski, Bob Brannigan, Dragan Stojanovic

Promo video for Three Virgins LP (being reissued by Siltbreeze in 2010):

You cand find more on the Axemen’s My Space page and Y2K blog,the latter of which has updates on sometimes-member Mick Elborado’s recent exploits at his workplace; he recently drove his car through the lobby of his employers’ building, New Zealand’s equivalent of the IRS. No one was hurt, but New Zealand’s government might be learning a thing or two about satisfying employees’ gripes in the future.

Posted by Brian Turner on November 24, 2009 at 06:27 PM in Brian Turner’s Posts, MP3s, Music, Video Clips | Permalink