Silent Command 93 – Short, Cheerful Pop Songs

Strawberry Story – Close My Eyes
Liechtenstein – Stalking Skills
Ribbon Stage – Cry In The Driveway
Rose Ette – Awake
Muscovite Five – Untitled
Lilys – A Nanny In Manhattan
New Pornographers – Sing Me Spanish Techno
Modern Lovers – I Wanna Sleep In Your Arms
Confetti – Warm/Jenny
Talulah Gosh – Bringing Up Baby
Velocity Girl – I Don’t Care If You Go
Pynkie – Personality
The Primitives – All The Way Down (beat version)
Comet Gain – Hideaway

Silent Command 92 – Information Therapy

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Richard H. Kirk – Information Therapy
Dr Alimantado – I Am The Greatest Says Muhammad Ali
Nick Lowe – So It Goes
Silicon Teens – You Really Got Me
Thomas Leer – Private Plane
Julie Ruin – Breakout A-Town
Betty Davis – Steppin’ In Her I. Miller Shoes
The Magnetic Fields – Hustle ’76
The Feelies – Moscow Nights (demo)
The Stooges – Down On The Street (single mix)

Silent Command 91 – Lo-Fi Indiepop and Dreampop, 2009-2011

Or: Don’t Call Us Chillwave.

Best Coast – When I’m With You
Frankie Rose and The Outs – Candy
Wavves – King of The Beach
Nite Jewel – Artificial Intelligence
Widowspeak – In The Pines
Vivian Girls – Where Do You Run To
The Mayfair Set – Desert Fun
Crystal Stilts – Love Is A Wave
Reading Rainbow – Always On My Mind
Pearl Harbor (Puro Instinct) – Sunburn
Minks – Cemetery Rain
Dum Dum Girls – Brite Futures
Dum Dum Girls – Don’t Talk To Me (bonus track)

Silent Command 90 – Now Make It Mellow, Vol. 2

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A soundtrack to the Summer 2020 beach vacation you didn’t get to take.

The Doobie Brothers – It Keeps You Runnin’
Gary Wright – Our Love Is Alive
Ian Gomm – Hold On
Joe Jackson – Cancer
Atlanta Rhythm Section – So into You
The Stories – Brother Louie
The Spinners – Could It Be I’m Falling In Love
Hall & Oates – Family Man
Todd Rundgren – A Dream Goes On Forever
Steely Dan – Time Out of Mind
Larry Sanders – Child of December
Steve Miller Band – Swingtown

Silent Command 89 – Love Rock Roots 1988-1992

– Some Velvet Sidewalk – 20,000 Leagues
– Tsunami – Flameproof Suit (live at WRSU-FM, March 1991)
– Courtney Love – Baseball Bat
– Sleepyhead – Play
– The Go Team – MIlquetoast Brigade
– Kicking Giant – Faster
– Wondertwins – If I Were A Real Woman (Kathleen Hanna and Tim Green, from A Wonderful Treat compilation cs)
– Kickstand – Spinning Top
– Beat Happening – Dreamy
– Bratmobile – P.R.D.C.T. (Gidget Was A Minor Threat cs version)
– Nation of Ulysses – You’re My Miss Washington, D.C.
– Autoclave – Dr. Seuss (Teenbeat 50 version)
– Heavens To Betsy – My Secret

Collapse Into Then: All eight volumes of Last Train to Athens (so far)

Before I started Silent Command, I would make iTunes mixes for myself.  One of them was 45 minutes of 1980s jangle-pop in the vein of early R.E.M.  I fell in love with that sound in high school.  That was long enough ago that I’ve now assembled a sizable collection of 7″s and EPs from American college towns mining that Byrdsian sound.   When I started to upload mixes onto Mixcloud, those were among the first.

Ironically, the series’ namesake – DDT’s “Last Train to Athens” – was a sarcastic romp by an Atlanta band poking fun at the Athens scene.  “What the hell’s a love tractor?” they sneered.  The world may never know.

There have been eight installments so far.  I’ve got enough tracks for at least another three or four volumes.  Here’s what we have to date.

Mambo-X – Machines of Eden
Three Hits – Pressure Dome
Painted Birds – I’ll Be There
Dumptruck – Something’s Burning
Cattle Collision – Very Sorry Second Best
Let’s Active – Horizon (demo)
Alex Chilton – Bangkok
Art In the Dark – Answer
Perfect Strangers – Another Faith
R.E.M. – Catapult (IRS demo)
Absolute Grey – Watching Waiting (live)
The Embarrassment – Wellsville

Pylon – Weather Radio
Rainy Day – I’ll Be Your Mirror
Go Dog Go! – The Rain
Holiday – At The Movies
Glass Eye – The Sleeping World
Let’s Active – Easy Does
R.E.M. – White Tornado
The dB’s – If And When (live)
Dumptruck – Repetition
Game Theory – Girl With A Guitar

The Dream Syndicate – When You Smile



Love Tractor – Fun To Be Happy
Turning Curious – Out Into The Light
Von Bulows – Summer Song
Method Actors – Hi-Hi Whoopie
The Windbreakers – Make A Fool Out of Me
Salem 66 – Sinking Ship
Perfect Strangers – Country Dogs and Cotton Fields (unreleased demo, January 1987)
Zeitgeist – Freight Train Rain
Big Star – When My Baby’s Beside Me (live, Lafayette’s Music Room)
Arms Akimbo – Dominique
Oh-OK – Playtime
Buzz of Delight – Miracle
The Bongos – Question Ball



Tommy Keene – Back To Zero Now
The Vines – Leave It At That
The Reverbs – Trusted Woods
Wild Seeds – She Said
Wednesday Week – Perspective
Dreams So Real – Everywhere Girl
The Wygals – Sleeps With Angels
Will Rigby – Heart’s Expired
Richard Barone and James Mastro – My Sin
Yo La Tengo – The River of Water
Absolute Grey – Remorse
Raging Fire – A Family Thing



The Seen – Younger Than Yesterday
Winter Hours – Wait ’Til The Morning
Cattle Collision – Not To Mean
Miracle Legion – Butterflies
The Toms – Better Than Anyone Else
The Three O’Clock – Stupid Einstein
Peter Holsapple – Bad Reputation (solo version)
The Cyclones – You’re So Cool
Riff Doctors – I Don’t Want To Go Back
James Mastro – Jamais
Holiday – John Buffalo
Hyaa! – Thrushes
R.E.M. – Radio Free Europe Dub (Cassette Set version)



Go Dog Go – Farewell Not Goodbye
The Wooden Soldiers – The Highway Talking
The Bandables – Cynicism
Cowboy & Spingirl – Say Goodbye
The Bongos – The Bulrushes
Po! – Engineering
Dangerous Birds – Alpha Romeo
The dB’s – The Fight
Color Me Gone – Almost Heaven
The Church – Too Fast For You
Kilkenny Cats – Attractive Figure
Soft Boys – The Queen of Eyes



The Cucumbers – My Boyfriend
Yo La Tengo – The Summer
Yung Wu – Big Day
The Wygals – Sleep With Angels
The Bongos – Glow in The Dark
The Cyclones – You’re So Cool
The dB’s – Tearjerkin’
Spiral Jetty – Blackboard
Tiny Lights – Song of The Weak
Human Switchboard – I Used To Believe In You
Mod Fun – A Minuet Twenty
The Feelies – Run Run Run/European Son/What Goes On



The Neats – Sad
Hyaa! – Monuments
28th Day – Where The Bears Sing
Perfect Strangers – Majority Rules
The Windbreakers – You Never Give Up
Tanzplagen – Meeting
Dumptruck – Back Where I Belong
Salem 66 – Shimmery Fish (WMBR radio session)
a picture made – God Loves a Hell of A Man
Mystery Date – Pink Ribbons
Painted Birds – A Green & Peaceful World
The Individuals – Dancing W/My 80 Wives
R.E.M. – Auctioneer (Another Engine) (live at Rutgers University, 4/28/85)

Silent Command 88 – Last Train to Athens, Vol. 8


The Neats – Sad
Hyaa! – Monuments
28th Day – Where The Bears Sing
Perfect Strangers – Majority Rules
The Windbreakers – You Never Give Up
Tanzplagen – Meeting
Dumptruck – Back Where I Belong
Salem 66 – Shimmery Fish (WMBR radio session)
a picture made – God Loves a Hell of A Man
Mystery Date – Pink Ribbons
Painted Birds – A Green & Peaceful World
The Individuals – Dancing W/My 80 Wives
R.E.M. – Auctioneer (Another Engine) (live at Rutgers University, 4/28/85)

Silent Command 87 – All Roads In My Mind


I finally upgraded to an iPhone 8, which means I now have many, many more tracks at my disposal. I recorded Silent Command 87 on DJay. It turned out to be a 1960s set – psychedelia, folk-rock, soul, R&B, ye-ye, garage rock and more. As I’ve said before, I usually don’t go into a DJ set with a specific set of songs in mind. I much prefer to just see where things go. Here’s where they went this time.

Four Jacks & A Jill – Master Jack
Shocking Blue – Send Me A Postcard
The Action – Hey Sha-Lo-Ney
13th Floor Elevators – Reverberation (Doubt)
Captain Beefheart – Zig Zag Wanderer
The Byrds – I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better
Left Banke – She May Call You Up Tonight
The Starlets – You Don’t Love Me
Creation – Biff Bang Pow
Otis Redding/Carla Thomas – Tramp
The Rolling Stones – 2000 Light Years From Home
Pink Floyd – Vegetable Man
The Remains – Don’t Look Back
The Zombies – Beechwood Park
Martha & The Vandellas – Wild One
France Gall – Laisse Tomber Des Filles
Sam & Dave – I Thank You


 

Silent Command 86 – NYC and East Coast Garage-Rock From the Mid-1980s


The Vipers – Nothing’s From Today
The Tryfles – Had Enough of Your Lies
The Ferrets – Record Man
The Optic Nerve – Mayfair
Phantom Five – She’s Not
The Brood – See If I Care
The Cheepskates – Run Better Run
Lord John – West Miniature Abbey
Chesterfield Kings – She Told Me Lies
Mad Violets – Black Light Sound Reality
Mod Fun – Hangin’ Round
Laughing Soup Dish – Teenage Lima Bean
Stepford Husbands – Seeing Is Believing
The Raunchettes – Girls in The Garage
The Fuzztones – 1-2-5