Rodan - Peel Session - 1994
Rodan - How the Winter Was Passed 7" - 1994
Rodan - Rusty - 1994
It should be no surprise to any of the readers that Rodan is one my most favorite bands. Simply put, they are the only band that sounds like this, and while Shipping News comes close, there is no comparison to the jarring tempos and immense beauty of a song like The Everyday World of Bodies.
The main purpose of this post is to share the John Peel Session from 1994. One of our readers (Michael? I apologize for not giving proper credit) shared this with me and I have to say, I am blown away. Everything great about Rusty is present here in the form of three rare tracks (to me at least). I personally had never heard anything more of Rodans work until earlier this year. Rusty has been sitting in my collection for damn near 15 years and holding a spot on a pedestal as one of my most coveted records. Hearing this 3 song Peel Session brings my love of all things Rodan to new heights. That these songs are played live is no small testament to the fact that these guys, and one girl, were born incredible. Their timing, their tact and their ability to engross within the first few seconds of listening is a rare feat in music today; especially to these jaded ears. I hold my breath until the day another band comes around that works within this mold as theyre are very few who remain completely true to the sounds. In fact, I think I may just have to take the steps and start debuting music I make to even attempt this ideal of sonic juxtaposition.
For those who may have missed them before, Rusty and How the Winter Was Passed are incredible vital to any collection. But make sure you hear this Peel Session.
Artwork is finagled by me, remade from a silly 70's era Rodan movie poster. As always, view image in a new window for larger size artwork for iPods and iTunes.