‘Music from the Fort,’ broadcasting on WVVX 101.1fm on Wednesdays 7-8pm.
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Here is the September 16, 2021 playlist for the debut episode of That’s Not Incredible!. Either listen live or LISTEN HERE
- Left Unsaid – The Fluid. Clear Black Paper LP. Sub Pop. 1988.
- Love Canal – Flipper with David Yow. 7″. Joyful Noise. 2019.
- Ghost on the Highway – The Gun Club. 7″. Beggars Banquet. 1982.
- You’re Not Patsy – Big Dipper. The Wailing Ultimate Compilation. Homestead Records. 1987.
- Box Batteries – Mac McCaughan. 7″. Merge Records. 2015
- War Pigs – Quasi. Mole City LP. Kill Rock Stars. 2013.
- Crossing – Wooden Shjips. West LP. Thrill Jockey. 2011.
- Your God Is Dead To Me Now – Five Eight. Your God is Dead to Me Now LP. Iron Horse Records. 2011.
- Surrounded – Richard Buckner. Surrounded LP. Merge Records. 2013
- Shelly’s Winter Love – Crooked Fingers. Reservoir Songs II. Foreign Leisure Records. 2010.
- Mayday – The New Year. Snow LP. Undertow. 2017.
- Metallic Cloud – Damien Jurado. Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son LP. Secretly Canadian. 2014.
- Russian Collusion – The Hammer Party. Smashed Hits LP. Psychic Static Records. 2020
- Astro-Zombies – Rob Crow. Everybody’s Got Damage LP. No label. 2020.
- Coast To Coast – CarCrashLander. Mountain On Our Backs LP. No label. 2009
- The New North American Friction – TW Walsh. How We Spend Our Days LP. Tower of Song Records. 1999.
- Writes A Letter Home – Eleventh Dream Day. Eighth LP. Thrill Jockey. 1997
Here is the Sept 15, 2021 playlist for Music From The Fort. Either listen live or LISTEN HERE
- The Way You Touch Me Makes Me Laugh – John Davis. Blue Mountains. Shrimper. 1996
- Wish Fulfillment – Sonic Youth. Dirty. DGCD. 1992
- The Guy Who Invented Fire – Shellac. The Rude Gesture (A Pictorial History) 7″. Touch and Go. 1993
- All Souls Day – Unwound. New Plastic Ideas. Kill Rock Stars. 1994
- Buick MacKane – The Cynics. 7”. Sympathy For The Record Industry. 1990
- This Woman’s Work – Kate Bush. 7”. EMI. 1989
- That’s All There Is – Nina Nastasia. The Blackened. Touch & Go. 2002
- Close Up – Peaches (Featuring Kim Gordon). Rub. I U She Music. 2015
- The Moth Joke – Norm MacDonald. The Conan O Brian Show. Off of YouTube. Year Unknown.
- Clones (We’re All) – Alice Cooper. 7”. Warner Bros. Records. 1980
- Dead and Buried – Alien Sex Fiend. Touched by the Hand of Goth 3. Subterranean. 1997
- Laughing Larry – Six Finger Satellite. Pigeon Is The Most Popular Bird. Sub Pop. 1993
- Sick Machine – The Chinese Stars. Turbo Mattress. Skin Graft Records. 2003
- Heiße Lippen – Cluster. Zuckerzeit. Brain. 1974.
- Runners Stand Still – Trans Am. Futureworld. Thrill Jockey. 1999
- So Called Dangerous – The Fall. Code: Selfish. Cog Sinister, Fontana. 1992
- Tugboat – Galaxie 500. Today. Aurora records. 1988
September 8, 2021 playlist for Music From the Fort. Listen here
- Neanderthal Man – The Idle Race. 7”. Liberty. 1970
- Worthless – The Fall-Outs. Sleep. Super Electro Sound Recordings. 1995
- Alex Put Something in His Pocket – Meices. 7”. Empty Records. 1993
- King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 3 – Apples in Stereo. Score! 20 Years of Merge Records – The Cover. Merge Records. 2009
- St. Elmo’s Fire – UILab. Fires. Bingo. 1998
- Ashes to Ashes – Warpaint. 7”. Manimal Vinyl Records. 2010
- Tulsa Phone Book (live) – Calexico. Real the Tom T Hall Project. Sire. 1998
- Tulsa County – Son Volt. Switchback. Warner Bros. Records. 1997
- Things Could Turn Around – fIREHOSE. Ragin’, Full-On. SST Records. 1986.
- 911 is a Joke – Public Enemy. Fear of a Black Planet.Def Jam Recordings. 1990
- Dance For Me (Ultimatum Remix) – Queen Latifah. All Hail; the Queen. Tommy Boy. 1989
- I Go To Work – Kool Moe Dee. 12”. Jive records. 1989
- Half Time At The Proper Name Spelling Bee – Fishboy. Albatross: How We Failed To Save The Lone Star State With The Power Of Rock And Roll. Fishstick Records. 2011
- Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend’s to Stupid To Know About – Tullycraft. The Long Secret. Harriot Records. 1995
- Every Saturday – Unbunny. Sensory Underload. Hidden Agenda Records. 2008
- Center of The Universe – Built to Spill. Center of the Universe. Warner Bros. 1999
- The Bump – 9 Iron. The Make Out King. Safe House. 1995
September 1, 2021 playlist for Music From the Fort. Listen here
- Destination: Diamonds – Diamond Nights. Once We Were Diamonds. Kemado Records. 2005
- Never Stop Hanging Out – Cool Original. I Never Said I Didn’t Care. Underwater Ally. 2019
- First Of The Gang To Die – Morrissey. You Are The Quarry. Attack Records. 2004
- Your Number or Your Name – The Knack. Get The Knack. Capitol Records. 1979
- Venus – Television. Marquee Moon. Elektra. 1977
- Back To Gray – The Thermals. More Parts Million. Sub Pop. 2003
- Sex Sux (Amen) – The Vaselines. Dum-Dum. 53rd & 3rd. 1989
- I Smell A Rat – The Bags. A Night of Corn People & Waiting For Maloney. Helier Skelter Records. 1991
- Via Con Me – Paolo Conte. Paris Milonga. RCA Italiana. 1981
- I Wish It Was Like Christmas Everyday – Sonic Boom. Almost Nothing Is Nearly Enough. Carpark Records. 2021
- Light and Day/ Reach For The Sun – Polyphonic Spree. The Beginning Stages of…Good Records. 2001
- The Nitty Gritty – Shirley Ellis. 7”. Kapp Records. 1966
- Europe Is Lost – Kate Tempest. Let Them Eat Chaos. Caroline International. 2016
- Pictures of Matchstick Men – Status Quo. 7” Pye Records. 1967
- Bad Reputation – Joan Jett. Bad Reputation. Blackheart Records. 1980
- Square Pegs – Waitresses. 7”. Polydor. 1982
- Dreaming – Blondie. 7”. Chrysalis. 1979
- Between The Road Signs – Melanie. Stoneground Words. Neighborhood Records. 1972
August 25, 2021 playlist for Music from the Fort. Listen here
- Manta Ray (Live) – Man Or Astro Man. Live Transmissions From Uranus. Homo Habilis Records. 1995
- 99 Red Balloons – 7 Seconds. Walk Together Rock Together. Better Youth Organization, Positive Force Records. 1985
- Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi – Jacques Dutronc. 7”. Disques Vogue. 1966
- Champion – Buju Banton. 12” single. Loose Cannon. 1994
- Rebel Without a Pause (Whipped Cream Mix) – Evolution Control Committee. The Whipped Cream Mixes. Eerie Materials. 1996
- Daughter – Espers. Espers. Locust Music. 2004
- How’s Your News Theme 2003 – How’s Your News Band. Self Released. 2003
- First Day of Work – Jad Fair & Daniel Johnston. Jad Fair & Daniel Johnston. 50,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Watts Records. 1989
- Take Life A Little Easier – Rodney Allen Rippy. Bell Records. 1974
- Super Afro Beat – Daktaris. Soul Explosion. Desco Records. 1998
- The Champ – The Mohawks. Mama Records. 1968
- Subway Joe – Joe Bataan. Subway Joe. Fania Rdecords. 1968
- I’m Pop – Hershel Savage & The American Flag. Self Titled. Rockathon Records. 1998.
- This Is Not The End – Agent Orange. This is the Voice. Enigma Records. 1986
- Mad Doctor – The Peeches. Do The Math. Kill Rock Stars. 1996
- I want My Baby on Mars – Bow Wow Wow. Your Cassette Pet. EMI. 1980
- Very Rare – Jon Spencer Blue Explosion. Orange. Matador. 1994
- Cut Your Hair – Pavement. 7”. Matador. 1994
- Wondering’ – Neil Young and The Shocking Pinks. 7”. Geffen Records. 1983
- One Fine Day – The Chiffons. 7”. London Records. 1969
August 18, 2021 playlist for Music From The Fort – music to annoy your co-host. Listen here
- Disorder – Bedhead. 1992-1998. Numero Group. 2014
- Push – The Cure. The Head On The Door. Elektra. 1985
- Les Capotoes Anglaises – Jane Birkin. Di Doo Dah. Fontana. 1973
- 7 – Prince and the New Power Generation. Love Symbol. Paisley Park/ Warner Bros. 1992
- Oye Como Va – Amrals Trinidad Cavaliers Steel Orchestra. Latin Steel. Calypan. 1974
- Two Hearts Beat As One – U2. Two Hearts Beat as One. Island Records. 1983
- Moonshake – Can. 12”. Cherry Red. 1983
- Gimmie Back My Bullets – Lynyrd Skynyrd. Gimmie Back My Bullets. MCA Records. 1984
- You’re Old Enough To Fall In Love – Danny Bonaduce. 7”. Lion. 1972
- Gently Johnny – Paul Giovanni. The Wicker Man. Silva Screen. 2015
- Slam, Spit, Cut Your Hair, Kill Your Mom – Anarchy 6. Hardcore Lives! Giant Records. 1988
- Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen. 7”. EMI. 1978
- Simian Fever – Six Finger Satellite. Severe Exposure. Sub Pop. 1995.
- Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows – Leslie Gore. It’s My Party! Bear Family Records. 1994
- Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? – Debbie Burton & Bette Davis. 7”. MGM Records. 1962
- Tubthumping – Chumbawumba. 12”. Universal Records. 1997
- The Champion – Keith Mansfield. 1976
August 11, 2021 playlist for Music from the Fort – tribute to the 2000’s. Listen here
- Rhode Island Is Famous for you (edit) – Erin McKeown. Sing You Sinners LP. Nettwerk. 2006
- Ap(parenthe)synthesis – Feathers. St EP. Hometapes. 2006
- I want it all – Trans Am. Red Line. Thrill Jockey. 2000
- Shadows In Vain (Tubeway Army) – Elf Power. Nothing’s going to Happen. Orange Twin Records. 2002
- Tiny Cities Made of Ashes – Modest Mouse. The Moon & Antarctica. Epic. 2000
- Living Life – Daniel Johnston. Daytrotter Presents No. 12. Daytrotter. 2009
- Start Wearing Purple – Gogol Bordello. Gypsy Punks (Underdog World Strike). SideOneDummy Records. 2005
- No Fun (Stooges) – Ridiculous Trio. Plays The Stooges. Self Released. 2004
- 13 Monsters – Lightning Bolt. Ride The Skies. Load Records. 2001
- Dub Will Tear Us Apart – Jah Division. Dub Will Tear Us Apart 12″. The Social Registry. 2004
- The Dark Don’t Hide It – Magnolia Electric Co. What Comes After the Blues. Secretly Canadian. 2005
- How Sad, How Lovely – Connie Converse. Lou Derette Recording. 2009
- Dashboard Lazarus – Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores. Bent At The Waist. Handsome Records. 2002
- Straight is the Gate – Hylozoists. La Fin Du Monde. Boompa Records. 2006.
- In Awe Of The Awful – The Ordinary Boys. Over the Counter Culture. B-Unique Records. 2004
- Sing Me Spanish Techno – The New Pornographers. Twin Cinema. Mint Records. 2005.
- She’s The One – The Fathoms. Fathom This!. MuSick Recordings. 2007
August 4, 2021 Playlist – tribute to the 90’s
- Deep Marsh – 5ive Style. 5ive Style. Sub Pop. 1995
- Pleasures of the Flesh – Pain Teens. Born In Blood. Trance. 1990
- A Kid Who tells on Another Kid Is A Dead Kid – Nation of Ulysses. 13 Point Program To Destroy America. Dischord Records. 1991
- Forces – Stringbuilder. Stringbuilder. Self Released. 1999
- Learning the Game – LemonHeads. Into Your Arms e.p. Atlantic. 1993
- Steve LaRose – The Sad And Lonely(s). Self Titled. Super Electro Sound Recordings. 1991
- Nati Bati Yi – Wellwater Conspiracy. Declaration of conformity. Super Electro Sound Recordings. 1997
- Shockwave rider – Royal Trux. 7″. Drag City. 1994
- Champion Nines – Unrest. Imperial F.F.R.R. Teen Beat. 1992
- O How I enjoy the Light ( Live)- Palace Brothers. Live at VPRO, 1994. Unreleased. 1994
- Your Dress – Smog. Forgotten Foundation. Drag City. 1992
- Make All The Ghoul girls Cry – QuixOTic. Night For Day. Ixor Stix. 1999
- Tell Me Have You Ever Seen Me – Gumball. Wisconsin Hayride. Columbia. 1992
- Sleep – The Fall Outs. Sleep. Super Electro Sound Recordings. 1994.
- I’m Cold – Fastbacks. Answer the phone, Dummy. Sub Pop. 1994.
- It’s All Going to end in tears – Plymouth Rock. It’s All Going to end in tears. Self released. 1998
- On A Tip – Halo Benders. God Don’t Make No Junk. K Records. 1994
- You Guys – Noel The Coward. Scooter Destroys Baltimore. Rockstar Records. 1995
- Dodge Vegomatic – Vehicle Flips. Friendly Society A Harriot Records Comp. Harriet. 1998
- Stronger than Dirt – The Mummies. Fuck CDS! It’s The Mummies. Hangman Record 1992
- Captain Kennedy (radio edit) – Nikki Sudden & The Jacobites. Dead Men Tell No Tales/ Texas. Creation Records. 1990
Jodie Treloar Sampson — I Thought I Was Dead, but I Was Really Alive (75orLess Records)
The second EP from Jodie Treloar Sampson is absolutely vibrant! “Water” opens like a campfire lullaby then flows into something more. “Cotton Candy Girl” navigates the nostalgia of youth and how time changes us. It kind of reminds me of post-modern ’70s folk. Timeless is probably more accurate, but I get paid the big bucks to make up genres that don’t exist. “Pangea” rocks against the continental drifts of a past relationship with searing lines like, “All I know is what I feel and it’s all too fucking real, going to make this good as a death row meal.” My favorite is the ballad “Fits and Starts” because the sparse instrumentation of the piano and percussion allows one to sway in the glow of Sampson’s vocals. I Thought I Was Dead, but I Was Really Alive is available on all the streaming sites.
The most satisfying part of creating a piece of art is when it’s done. This is especially true when the artist is also dealing with multiple diseases during the process of making it. Swansea native and stellar singer-songwriter Jodie Treloar Sampson had to deal with this while writing the music for her latest record, I Thought I Was Dead, But I Was Really Alive. The record was released via the Warren based label 75orLess Records on January 21 and since its release she’s been looking on to the next step. She’s also been managing her time between running her own business and pursuing another creative outlet.
We recently had a conversation about the music she grew up with, having a bunch of people being involved in the making of the album, a commercial she’s recently been a part of, wanting to do a lot of things and being reinvigorated.
Rob Duguay: How would you describe your upbringing with music? Did your parents play records for you when you were a kid or did you get into it on your own?
Jodie Treloar Sampson: It was definitely both. I’m 40, which is not that old but my family did have a record player in the living room when I was growing up. This was before we had CDs or a CD player and my parents had a lot of records, I used to listen to a lot of folk. Stuff like Simon & Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell but I also listened to their rock records, I remember when they had The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers on vinyl and I’d look at the zipper on the cover and it was crazy. My parents were kind of easy with that stuff, we’d watch bad shit on HBO and do things that we probably shouldn’t have.
We had Led Zeppelin and The Who, I remember really being into The Who’s A Quick One because it had “Boris The Spider” on it. The Beatles were also a big part of me growing up, I remember being really young around six or seven years old when I started with music and I think it was because I’m the baby of the family. My brother and sister are about five years older and they’re only a year apart but I was way younger while always trying to catch up with them and do everything they were doing that I thought was cool. I listened to everything they were listening to with my parents, my sister was obsessed with The Beatles and I’m not even trying to brag but I think I can play every single Beatles song. My brother brought a lot to the table too musically as well and I grew up playing piano probably at age six.
My mom got us all piano lessons, I was always more rebellious though. My siblings were really disciplined and better students, my brother got his master’s in music and he’s actually the band director at B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River. He’s a very accomplished musician, when he was in college he was a big brass player but he also played guitar and he’s just phenomenal. His kids are awesome too. My sister stopped after high school but I started playing guitar when I was 20, it was really because I wanted to sing.
I can play piano really well without singing but sometimes it’s not easy for me to play and sing that way so I wanted something that made it easier to do that. To be honest with you, all I ever really wanted to do was sing even as a kid. I think that’s why I’m so adept at harmonies because I was alwaying singing with The Beatles when I was young. I don’t know whether I just have a natural ability for it and it was encouraged by what I was listening to or it was something else. I also love Neil Young and Crosby, Stills & Nash, I like ‘60s and ‘70s folk and rock music.
RD: Those harmonies that you mention are very apparent in your latest album, I Thought I Was Dead, But I Was Really Alive. It’s a mix of folk, dream pop and alternative rock and you also say in the liner notes that it was born of confusion, illness and healing. Do you consider the making of the album to be a very cathartic experience for you?
JTS: Oh my God yeah. It was even more cathartic getting it out because honestly when I was writing some of the songs I was really ill with lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. I was finishing grad school and I was just really tired and ill. Writing the songs wasn’t even the hard part, it was cathartic but I think the most cathartic part was getting everything recorded. I just didn’t have the energy and that’s what I named the record what it is, I really felt that way.
I thought I was dying, both physically and mentally. I didn’t have the same “umph” anymore and I didn’t have the same life force anymore, so now that it’s out I’m much more thrilled. I feel like now I have the space and the freedom to get to work on my next project, which I’m excited about.
RD: Did you make the record before COVID-19 hit and you were just waiting to put it out? Did the pandemic get in the way of everything at all?
JTS: It didn’t get in the way, it was actually good because it gave me some time to try and get my shit together, get the artwork done and do everything that I had to do for it. The pandemic was kind of a relief in a way because I was running around way less. It’s nice because I had a little bit of time to think about what I really wanted to do with it and it didn’t feel rushed. While COVID-19 completely sucks in every possible way it did allow for some more time. I will tell you that I really wasn’t creative during the height of the pandemic, I’ve written a couple of songs and one of those I really like but maybe two, maybe two. It’s been a weird time.
RD: It definitely has been.
JTS: Creatively I don’t feel in touch like I did but to your point, the catharsis of putting the new album out has released me and unburdened me in a big way so that chunk of me is now done and I can move on to the next chapter.
RD: That’s great to hear. You had a lot of people involved in the making of the album including Stephen Demers, your husband Eric Sampson, Tom Chase, Kraig Jordan, Rachel Blumberg and Scott Janovitz on various songs. How were you able to get everyone together? Was it pretty much you emailing everybody and that’s how it came about or did they reach out to you?
JTS: I have a really wonderful relationship with Kraig, he’s my producer, sound engineer and creative partner all rolled up into one person. He runs a recording studio in Providence called Plan Of A Boy and we started working together a long time ago. The first thing I recorded with him was when I was doing backing vocals for a song by Six Star General and that was in 2010. He’s the best, we both have such similar tastes in so many ways and he’s just so open-minded, so enthusiastic and he’s always excited about working. Talk about a prolific musician, he’s put out so much music that it’s unbelievable.
He also has so many people that he loves to work with that he’ll have them jump in on a recording, like how he got Scott to jump in on piano for a few of my songs. I knew I wanted to ask Rachel to do the drums because she’s just so good and I got lucky that she had the time and she could do it. She recorded the drums in 2016 so it was a while ago. I’ve worked with Tom on numerous things over the years and Kraig is really the catalyst for all of these people coming together on the record. He just has all of these different connections and good relationships with different musicians of such high quality and talent.
Tom and I did a commercial together for Bob’s Discount Furniture, the one for the Bob-O-Pedic mattress. It’s on TV right now with me singing “Bob’s Bob-O-Pedic”.
RD: Wow, that’s you? I had no idea.
JTS: Yeah, that’s me and Tom is the gummy bear character. The guy who directed the commercial is connected to Kraig and honest to God, Kraig is the keystone in the bridge of getting all of these people together. I could not be more grateful for him, truly. Of course, Stephen Demers is my guitar player and I’ve worked with him for years. My husband Eric is super easy, I just ask him to play on something and he’ll do it. This record is so special to me, I’m so happy I did it.
RD: I can see why, you had a lot of great people involved and I enjoyed listening to it.
RD: No problem. You alluded to how after the release of this record you feel motivated to start the next chapter of your music career, so what is it? What do you have in mind so far? Are you still putting things together for your next release? I know a lot of artists are putting out singles on a monthly basis, so perhaps it’s something like that?
JTS: I like what you just said about releasing singles because I’ve never really done that and I think that’s going to be the next little project I’m going to take on. I am putting out a little companion to the new record for all of the people who participated and donated to the GoFundMe for the album, which will have a b-side on it. That’s in the works right now and then I plan on doing at least one single as soon as I can. 75orLess has another compilation they’re putting out and my husband, Kraig and I did a cover of an Aimee Mann song titled “Save Me” which is her really big hit from the film Magnolia. The reason I bring that up is because Eric and I recorded it at our house and we sent the files to Kraig, he just mixes and adds his magic to it.
I’ve been doing voiceover work for the last year too and I’ve learned how to do my own recording at my house so I think my recording will be a lot more accessible to me now. I live on Martha’s Vineyard so I’d have to ferry off the island and drive all the way to Providence. This is definitely an easier way to do it so the next step for me is to definitely get more voiceover work whenever that can happen. There’s so many things that I want to do and I have a full-time acupuncture practice that I run out of my home. I’m actually kind of happy that I took a break from dealing with the pressure of playing live and now I’m longing to get back on stage.
When the pandemic is over that’ll be a really good next step and I might even put together a tiny mini tour of the East Coast. Nothing major but I like to keep it small but also quality so it’s well curated the best I can.
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