Garett Michaels reunites with High Octane Growler host Tommy Hough at the show’s Portland, Oregon world headquarters for the first of a multi-segment residency, featuring several choice beers pulled from Garett’s man-sized cooler during his move from San Diego to Seattle.
Also appearing is High Octane Growler regular and Tommy’s fellow O.U. (that’s Ohio) graduate Scott Slonaker, also known as one-half of The Others. And this time, we’re happy to report Scott was spared the indignity of drinking from a Taylor Swift mug.
With Garett’s appearance, really, could we play anything other than something from Dayton, Ohio’s mighty Guided By Voices? Fronted by the prolific Robert Pollard, we opted for Guided By Voices’ :90 second classic “Game of Pricks,” from their 1995 album Alien Lanes.
Despite having lived in Dayton for about 10 minutes in the 1990s, Tommy came to Guided By Voices by way of Garett’s enthusiasm for the band and the Dayton scene, which was also responsible for producing bands like The Breeders, Brainiac (featuring the late Tim Taylor), Shrug, Real Lulu, Swearing At Motorists, and Johnny Smoke, which featured Tommy’s former radio colleague Dorsie Fyffe.
For the middle interlude we opted for Athens, Georgia’s Flat Duo Jets and their cover of Sonny and Cher’s 60s classic “Needles and Pins,” from the Bonograph Sonny Bono tribute album, released by Carl Grefenstette and Pittsburgh’s Bogus Records in 1991.
For the closer, will it ever get any better than the first Flying Burrito Brothers album? Released in 1969, The Gilded Palace of Sin was an instant classic, with a line-up featuring Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow and Chris Ethridge. We opted for “Do You Know How It Feels,” but really, as we used to say in college radio, “cue and choose.” Gilded Sin is all good.