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Top Five Fridays: The Dogs of Lust

November 14, 2014

Hey Folks,

We’re back with a new season of Top Five Fridays! The part of the show where I throw the keys of the crazy flying All The Day Sounds machine to some hep cat who wants to shower some of their favorite musical gems down upon the rest of us!  Today hanging out with us we have Baron Roth, Maestro of Mayhem and bassist of Harrisburg band The Dogs of Lust.

 

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The Dogs of Lust

The Dogs describe themselves as “the anti-pop” and “seductive groove rock” but to get a good sense of what these fine gents are about, one simply has to listen to their track “Thanks for The Kiss” a raging riff rocker with Ben Farrell snarling a killer lead vocal over some oh so sweet garage raunch.  The recording of “Thanks For The Kiss” has to be mentioned as simply ace.  This is how guitars and drums are supposed to sound on a rock ‘n’ roll record boys and girls, please take note.  so with out further ado, Give it up for the one the only….Mr. Baron Roth:

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I determined my list from albums which I have listened to on infinite rotation, and have trouble listening to only a single song from because I’ll have to finish what I start. They have all had direct creative influence on me, and as a representative of the Dogs of Lust, hopefully, collective influence on the band.

Reading through some of the other contributions, I fear my recommendations will not be as hip as you are accustomed to. So, to offset that insecurity, my first album shall be of such superior hipness that the band is named the Tragically Hip.

Tragically Hip – Phantom Power

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This is a most appropriate record to kick off with as Ben introduced me to the band. It is one of my favorite road trip CDs for me. It’s up beat, driving, roots-y rockin’. Gordon Downie has a unique and (to my oddball tastes) engaging voice that delivers expressionistic poetry of the highest order. It truly is a “sound that makes the headphones edible.”

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Tom Waits – Closing Time

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  It was a high school girlfriend who turned me on to Tom Waits, and Closing Time was my coming of age story. She was certainly “sharp as razor, and soft as a prayer.” Old ’55 only reminds me of leaving her house way past curfew. Even the tune of Martha still runs through my head on those precious few moments we’ve caught up over the years. I’m ever the hopeless romantic, and this maudlin opus breaks my heart in the best way, every time.

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Oliver Nelson – The Blues and the Abstract Truth

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I was raised on jazz, but a lot of it I didn’t get to choose for myself. I found The Blues and the Abstract Truth in my dad’s record collection and was instantly attracted to the name and hooked as soon as I popped it on. While Stolen Moments has achieved jazz standard status, the rest of the record is pretty progressive and out there. Music that takes you someplace and brings you back home has always had special appeal to me, and is certainly an important component to the Dog’s sound. I like to think this record, flowing from its carefully crafted modern arrangements through free improvisation, planted that seed for me. The Blues and the Abstract Truth makes me want to dim the lights and talk about Kerouac while shooting pool. I guess this one is kind of hip.

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 Frank Zappa – Roxy & Elsewhere

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Frank Zappa is an artist Ben and I both hold in the highest esteem. While our music is nowhere near advanced as his, we like to think some of his dna is in there. I discovered Zappa when I was 13 by way of someone covering one of his songs which I never, till years later, knew the name of. While the internet was around, it wasn’t the information monster that it is today. There was no YouTube or Pandora. The only way to find the song was to start buying albums. My first attempt was the Yellow Shark, which is all orchestral and, while I loved it, did not give me an accurate picture of what my future relationship with Zappa would hold. Roxy & Elsewhere was my second foray, and though it still didn’t provide me with the trinket I was looking for, did prove how valuable my treasure hunt would be. Cobbled together from several live performances, if I had to sum it up in one word, FUNKY. Even in odd meters, this record is funky. Possibly the funkiest side of Zappa.

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 Gary Numan – Splinter

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I’m cheating a little on this one because Ben doesn’t really share my adoration of Gary Numan. I’m working on him though. Maybe it says something about me that the only current album on my list is from a 55 year old dude whose first big hit came the year I was born, followed by a couple decades of creative sins. While Splinter is largely dark and somber, I don’t find it morbid. It feels almost triumphant, wise, perhaps because it comes from a man who’s climbed out of the abyss. The music sounds like Gary’s been having Trent Reznor over for tea an awful lot. Splinter really appeals to my synth appetite with some amazing sound design and compositions that aren’t locked to the grid. This record really takes its time and lets the synths develop in a beautiful orchestra of impossible overtones. I think he’s done amazing work on this record and is ample penance for the last thirty years.

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Thank you Baron! Always a pleasure.  Remember kids, you can (and should) like the Dogs of Lust on Facebook.  It’s a good way to stay up to date on all their shenanigans.  For those of you in the Central PA and Philly area, ya’ll should be able to catch a gig before the year is out!  Thanks for reading folks and tune in next week for another exciting Top Five Fridays!  Also remember to check out the other great artists who have participated in a Top Five Fridays!

well peace out good people of the world,

Peter Winter

 

Peter Winter thinks that Ewan Mcgregor should have performed “Mr. Brightside”  towards the end of “Moulin Rouge!” he is also on twitter

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One Comment
  1. Sean permalink

    God bless The Hip

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