Bands in Costume, Opinions on Battles & Farewell to Music Critic Nick Tosches

Rock and roll has never been purely about the music. The image a band puts forward can be almost as important as their songs. Some bands take it an extra step and make theatrical costumes an integral part of their act. In honor of Halloween, Jim and Greg share some of their favorite bands in costume. They also review the latest from rock band Battles and bid farewell to music journalist and biographer Nick Tosches.

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Bands in Costume


In the spirit of Halloween, Jim and Greg share some of their favorite songs by artists who wear costumes year-round.

reviewBattles Juice B Crypts

Battles Juice B Crypts

Twelve years after their debut album, Battles is back with their fourth full length record, Juice B Crypts. The experimental art punk project boasts a strong lineage connecting it to Helmet, Don Caballero and Tomahawk. That lineage is boosted on this album by guest appearances from Jon Anderson of Yes, Tune-Yards, Shabbaz Palaces and more. Greg says in some ways this album reminds him of cartoon soundtracks and Jim agrees, citing Carl Stallings and Milt Franklyn's work on Looney Tunes as an apt comparison for the album's frenetic pace. They're both very enthusiastic about the latest from Battles.



“Good Golly Miss Molly”Jerry Lee Lewis

Nick Tosches Nick Tosches began his writing career as an iconoclastic music critic. Along the way Jim and Greg both developed friendships with him, Greg even assisted with his biography of Sonny Liston. Jim also admired Tosches' work on non-music topics including noir novels and explorations of Dante. Greg pays tribute to their recently deceased friend by playing a deep cut from Jerry Lee Lewis, who Tosches immortalized in his book, Hellfire. It's "Good Golly Miss Molly" from his 1964 live album recorded at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany.

Featured Songs

  1. Daft Punk, Robot Rock, Human After All, Virgin, 2005
  2. Battles (feat. Shabazz Palaces), Izm, Juice B Crypts, Warp, 2019
  3. Battles (feat. Tune-Yards), Last Supper On Shasta Pt. 1, Juice B Crypts, Warp, 2019
  4. Paul Revere & The Raiders, Just Like Me, Just Like Me (single), Columbia, 1965
  5. The Monks, Monk Chant (Live), Black Monk Time, Infinite Zero, 1997
  6. Madvillain, Accordian, Madvillainy, Stones Throw, 2004
  7. Screamin' Jay Hawkins, I Put a Spell on You, At Home with Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Okeh, 1958
  8. Mercyful Fate, Satan's Fall, Melissa, Megaforce, 1983
  9. Misfits, Night of the Living Dead, Walk Among Us, Slash, 1982
  10. PRISS,“Priss Detroit Rock City,”N/A, N/A, N/A
  11. Village People, Y.M.C.A., Cruisin', Casablanca, 1978
  12. Battles (feat. Xenia Rubinos), They Played It Twice, Juice B Crypts, Warp, 2019
  13. Battles (feat. Sal Principato), Titanium 2 Step, Juice B Crypts, Warp, 2019
  14. Battles (feat. Jon Anderson and Prairie WWWW), Sugar Foot, Juice B Crypts, Warp, 2019
  15. Battles, Atlas, Mirrored, Warp, 2007
  16. Jerry Lee Lewis, Good Golly Miss Molly, Live at the Star Club, Hamburg, Phillips, 1964
  17. Little Brenda Lee, Bigelow 6-500, Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (single), Decca, 1956
  18. The Rolling Stones, Sweet Black Angel, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  19. The Rolling Stones, Shake Your Hips, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  20. The Rolling Stones, All Down The Line, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  21. The Rolling Stones, Soul Survivor, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972