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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Long Player #1 :
AC/DC - Back in Black

Welcome to Long Player. Once a week, give or take some holidays, for the foreseeable future (read: years?), I will be proceeding through my vinyl music collection in alphabetical order. Some of these records will be painfully obscure, others painfully well known. With most artists, I will actually devote a different column to each album I have of theirs. In some cases, I may lump several records together for one entry. Or none. I don’t know. I’ll decide as I go and will have logic to go along with it.  
In some ways, I feel like starting off with AC/DC’s Back in Black is an intimidating thing to do. In other ways, it's the most appropriate thing that could happen. Here's why. I’m taking a long, thorough dive through my vinyl collection, something more interesting to me than it could possibly be to anyone else. My LP collection is an oddity in some ways. It's not the primary way I have ever bought music, but it's not insubstantial in amount. I've gone deep on collecting certain things, and then have spartan examples of other catalogues that I managed to get cheaply. Back in Black is a perfect example of that as it's the only AC/DC album I have on vinyl. I've had chances to buy others. I haven't yet done that.
It's also an album that has been written about a million times over and the odds of me saying anything new or interesting about it border on the infinitesimal. But since I've already admitted that this writing exercise is more for me than anything else - and I'm truly hoping that people enjoy it along the way, though that's not the point - then why not tackle one of the monoliths of rock and roll?
Back in Black is of course a strange record in rock's history because of its placement at the front of the second half of the Bon Scott/Brian Johnson eras of the band. You'd be hard pressed to think of another band that lost one of its key members (especially a lead singer) only to come back immediately with a record that would become its most successful to date at the time and one that defines the band to this day.
One thing I certainly like about the vinyl era of music was the physical limitation. If you wanted to avoid spreading out onto a second LP, you were limited to around 45 minutes of music or less. This made albums fairly compact and to someone who grew up in the age of cassettes (60 minutes) and CDs (80 minutes), the smaller scale punch really stands out. I noticed that most of my favorite albums of 2016 were in the 30 – 40 minute range. And that’s not a surprise. Albums that length tend to hit with their best songs and get out before wearing you down and also prompt repeat listening as a result.
Back in Black is a masterclass in this kind of thinking. It clocks in at 42 minutes and each side basically rolls from barnstorming opener (“Hells Bells” on side 1; the title track on side 2) into hellacious rockers and fist pumping giants before settling into the slowest respective song on each side. Which is not to be mistaken for a ballad. “Let Me Put My Love Into You” at the end of side 1 is really all about setting you up for the monumental “Back in Black” on the opening of the next side. “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” at the end of the record is just a nice, heavy sigh by way of winding things up.
My 21-month old daughter came home about a month ago singing Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” I have no idea who taught her this or why, but it eventually lead me to bring up the video for the song on YouTube for her to see. Now of course I’m stuck playing that video, or the song itself on Spotify, over and over for her. (On the plus side, with the percussion instrument set I got her for Christmas, I’ve managed to get her to imitate the iconic thump-thump-pop of the song. She’s the next Janet Weiss, guys, I’m serious.) But in doing so, I’ve been forced to re-evaluate a song that I’d long cordoned off in the same part of the world as Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Part 2” and, well, Queen’s “We Are the Champions” from the same album as “We Will Rock You.” And in doing so rediscovered what’s so engaging about it in the first place.
Same with Back in Black. The big hits on the album are massive. To have escaped “Back in Black,” “Hells Bells” or the gigantic “You Shook Me All Night Long” somehow implies a level of purposeful cultural ignorance that I would tip my hat to. Even “Shoot to Thrill,” never a single, has appeared in too many big move soundtracks to count. All of these songs come back to life within the context of the album. “Hells Bells” is an opener with few peers in rock. “Back in Black” is the same for the second side.
And “You Shook Me All Night Long” is the poppiest song on the album, earning its ubiquitous presence in our culture. I find myself singing along with it in a way that would seem tedious if I ran across it on classic rock radio. Context is everything in the case of a lot of these songs. But it’s interesting to think about in comparison with the bloated modern album. Do big singles regain anything within the span of albums like Drake’s VIEWS? Or are their purposeful single-hood pointed out all the more? And is this an effect of the era-of-bloat or more about Back in Black’s status as an unimpeachable album from front to back? Clearly the answer is the latter, but the svelte size of Back in Black doesn’t hurt.
And it is pretty perfect. Even the deep cuts (god, “Shake a Leg,” y’all – for real) are golden and carry the album along transcendentally. I read a listener review of the album over at AllMusic where they basically said “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” is the worst song on the album but only because its slow, winding-down throb just suffers a bit by comparison after the previous 37-and-a-half minutes of lightning. I find that a legitimate argument, but if that song is the worst on your album, you’re doing something right.
Plus, also, Veruca Salt’s American Thighs. I do really enjoy band lyric references in other bands’ album titles.
And, what the hell, let’s just rank the songs on this album for the fun of it. I may do this with every album, or I may not.
10. Let Me Put My Love Into You
9. Have a Drink on Me
8. Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
7. Given the Dog a Bone
6. Shoot to Thrill
5. What Do You Do For Money Honey
4. Hells Bells
3. You Shook Me All Night Long
2. Shake a Leg
1. Back in Black

Next Week on Long Player: Ryan Adams - 29


Sunday, April 12, 2015

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 8th April 2015

[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. I was gone for a couple of weeks for the birth of my daughter, so this episode is dedicated to her. In addition to the new music, all of the older songs have a 'baby' theme to them. A bit of a stretch on some, but, you know, that's how it goes. Hope you enjoy.

Ryan Snyder will be joining me next week for Indie/Rock Roundtable, so tune in as we discuss a couple of new albums and how 2015 is shaping up as a year in music.

Now, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 8th April 2015 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
the Sonics - "Bad Betty" [from this is the sonics, their first new album in 49 years.]
the Babies - "Baby" [from our house on the hill. i think i mistakenly called this their self-titled album on the air. my bad.]
Courtney Barnett - "Pedestrian at Best" [from sometimes i just sit and think and sometimes i just sit.]
Big Star - "When My Baby's Beside Me" [from #1 record.]
the Mountain Goats - "Foreign Object" [from beat the champ.]
the Heartbreakers - "Baby Talk" [from l.a.m.f.]
American Wrestlers - "Kelly" [from their self-titled debut.]
Pulp - "Babies" [from his 'n' hers.]
Calexico - "Falling From the Sky" [from edge of the sun.]
Mary Lou Lord - "Baby Blue" [title track from her last album, a badfinger cover.]
Wire - "Burning Bridges" [from their new self-titled album.]
Paul Westerberg - "Whatever Makes You Happy" [from suicaine gratifaction.]
Waxahatchee - "Under a Rock" [from her latest, ivy tripp.]
Teenage Fanclub - "Baby Lee" [from shadows.]
Lower Dens - "Ondine" [from escape from evil.]
Tom Waits - "I Can't Wait to Get Off Work (And See My Baby on Montgomery Avenue)" [from small change.]
Hayden - "Hey Love" [the title track from his latest.]
the Ramones - "The KKK Took My Baby Away" [from pleasant dreams.]
Broken Water - "High-Lo" [from their new album wrought.]
T. Rex - "Baby Strange" [from the slider.]
Speedy Ortiz - "Raising the Skate" [from their forthcoming album foil deer.]
Talking Heads - "Stay Up Late" [from little creatures.]
Hey Mandible - "Missing Monet" [from the arse.]
Bill Callahan - "Baby's Breath" [from apocalypse.]
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - "Billions of Eyes" [from after.]
Nirvana - "Drain You" [by request. from nevermind.]
Vaughn Aed - "Right Near" [from ashe.]
the Decemberists - "Better Not Wake the Baby" [from what a terrible world, what a beautiful world.]
Rickie Lee Jones - "Skeletons" [from pirates.]

That'll do it for this week. Hope you enjoyed the 'baby' theme additions to the show. I'll be back next week with more great new and classic stuff, so until then, take care.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 18th March 2015

[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. So! As I mentioned last week, I'll be taking a couple of weeks off when this baby arrives and, ready or not, that will be sometime in the next week. The illustrious Mad Dog will be filling in for me next Wednesday night and then someone else the week after that. I'm going to try and put together a special baby themed podcast for upload during that stretch, but we'll see what time allows.

This show is pretty great, I think. Lots of great new stuff. So now, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 18th March 2015 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Colleen Green - "Pay Attention" [from i want to grow up.]
Teenage Fanclub - "Don't Look Back" [from grand prix.]
Aquatic Ceremony - "Meditation" [from aquatic ceremony.]
Depeche Mode - "I Feel You" [from songs of faith and devotion.]
Krill - "Torturer" [from a distant fist unclenching.]
Toad the Wet Sprocket - "Reincarnation Song" [from dulcinea.]
Shana Falana - "Heavenstay" [from set your lightning fire free.]
Kathleen Edwards - "Independent Theif" [from back to me.]
Radical Dads - "Don't Go" [from universal coolers.]
the Darkness - "Best of Me" [from the b-side of the "get your hands off of my woman" single.]
Courtney Barnett - "Pedestrian at Best" [from her first full length sometimes i sit and think and sometimes i just sit which is out next week.]
Edwyn Collins - "A Girl Like You" [from gorgeous george.]
Matthew E. White - "Rock and Roll Is Cold" [from fresh blood.]
Josh Rouse - "Nothing Gives Me Pleasure" [from under cold blue stars.]
Pyramids - "The Substance of Grief Is Not Imaginary" [from a northern meadow.]
Blossom Dearie - "The Shadow of Your Smile" [from blossom dearie live in london.]
Dick Diver - "Tearing the Posters Down" [from melbourne, florida.]
the Foreign Exchange - "Take Off the Blues" [from leave it all behind.]
Hey Mandible - "Calypso Twist" [from the arse.]
Tom Waits - "New Coat of Paint" [from the heart of saturday night.]
Diet Cig - "Harvard" [from over easy.]
the Blow - "True Affection" [from paper television.]
Tobias Jesso Jr. - "Hollywood" [from goon.]
Rock Plaza Central - "My Children, Be Joyful" [from are we not horses.]
the Replacements - "Valentine" [from pleased to meet me.]

That'll do it and I'll be back in a few weeks. Until then, take care!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

J's Indie/Rock Mayhe - 11th March 2015

[So, where have I been? Well, there are a lot of answers. I've been cranking out the radio show on a weekly basis. It's just that the podcast went away. It's been a busy 2015 for me, but if you ever don't see the podcast, don't forget that you can catch me live each week on Wednesday nights at 6 PM EST at 90.9 FM in the Greensboro, NC area or streaming at our Tunein site online.

So, I'm also getting ready to have a baby. My wife and I are expecting literally any minute now, so, I will disappear again for a couple of weeks, though I might throw up some of those 'missing' episodes in the meantime to tide you over. Regardless, I'm going to get us back on track with these shows.

In the meantime, onward. Check out the song listing below.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 11th March 2015 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Sleater-Kinney - "Bury Our Friends" [from no cities to love.]
Mathew Sweet - "Sick of Myself" [from 100% fun.]
Radical Dads - "In the Water" [from universal coolers.]
Beastie Boys - "Stand Together" [from check your head.]
Swervedriver - "Setting Sun" [from i wasn't born to lose you.]
Josh Ritter - "Snow is Gone" [from hello starling.]
Shana Falana - "Anything" [from set your lightning fire free.]
the Dead Boys - "Sonic Reducer" [from young, loud and snotty.]
Dick Diver - "Waste the Alphabet" [from melbourne, florida.]
the Afghan Whigs - "Goin' to Town" [from black love.]
Cannibal Ox - "Gotham (Ox City)" [from blade of the ronin.]
Marah - "It's Only Money, Tyrone" [from kids in philly.]
Matthew E. White - "Tranquility" [from fresh blood.]
the Lemonheads - "Great Big No" [from come on feel the lemonheads.]
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - "Vena Cava" [from after.]
the Reigning Sound - "Reptile Style" [from time bomb high school.]
Will Butler - "Take My Side" [from policy.]
Liz Phair - "Baby Got Gone" [from whitechocolatespaceegg.]
Bombadil - "Love is Simply" [from hold on.]
the Streets - "Blinded by the Lights" [from a grand don't come for free.]
Built to Spill - "Living Zoo" [from untethered moon.]
Sixteen Horsepower - "Brimstone Rock" [from low estate.]
Heron - "Sally Goodin" [from their self-titled album.]
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - "You Know We Can't Go Back" [from chasing yesterday.]
Bill Callahan - "Small Plane" [from dream river.]
Screaming Females- "Wishing Well" [from rose mountain.]
the Church - "Vanishing Man [from further/deeper.]
Helium - "Baby Vampire Made Me" [from pirate prude.]

That'll do it for this week. Hope you enjoy. I'll be back next week with more, I think. See above. Until next time, take care.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 1st October 2014

[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem during our 15 Years of Mayhem fall celebration. This week we celebrated music from the year 2001. These next weeks are going to get so much easier for me to program as I'll largely be able to pull from my year-end Top 25 Albums lists starting with 2002. Awesome. This week's show was a ton of fun though.

Congratulations to Clay who won our gift certificate give-away to Scuppernong Books tonight. If you haven't been to Scuppernong, it's a fantastic book store and well worth your time when you're in downtown Greensboro. Thanks again to them for being nice enough to donate.

Now while the gettin's good, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 1st October 2014 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
King Tuff - "Black Moon Spell" [the title track from the latest. really enjoying this record a lot so far. t-rexy.]
Ash - "Burn Baby Burn" [from free all angels. the first of our 2001 songs of the night.]
Purling Hiss - "Learning Slowly" [from their latest, weirdon.]
New Order - "Crystal" [from get ready. i like new order - i wouldn't say i love new order. but i have always, unequivocally, loved this song. 2001, man.]
Sloan - "You've Got a Lot On Your Mind" [from commonwealth. sloan just fires on all cylinders all the time it seems.]
Propaghandi - "Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes" [the title track from their 2001 album. played this a lot the year it came out.]
Oasis - "Talk Tonight" [from the new expanded edition of (what's the story) morning glory? this was originally a b-side and then included on the masterplan and now it reappears again on this re-issue. the b-sides this band produced during this stretch are ungodly. the masterplan really is probably the second best oasis album after morning glory.]
Stephen Malkmus - "Jenny and the Ess-Dog" [from his self-titled debut solo album. 2001! i played this song a lot and it still makes me chuckle.]
Christopher Owens - "Oh My Love" [from a new testament. digging this. we'll hear more.]
Ryan Adams - "Firecracker" [from 2001's gold. i was disappointed in this record when it came out. and it's still not among my favorite, but this song is pretty perfect.]
Mazes - "Vapour Trails" [from their new album wooden aquarium.]
Dilated Peoples - "Proper Propaganda" [from expansion team. the last we'll hear of dilated in this rundown of years, but back-to-back years they produced amazing hip-hop albums. 2001 again.]
the Rural Alberta Advantage - "Our Love..." [from mended with gold.]
the Strokes - "The Modern Age" [from is this it. there may not be a more 2001 album than this.]
the Asteroid No. 4 - "Back of Your Mind" [from their new self-titled album.]
Pulp - "The Trees" [from we love life. what is, sadly, looking more and more likely to be the last pulp album was released in october of 2001. so, so good.]
the Cash Brothers - "Nebraska" [from how was tomorrow? from 2001 and probably the best song these guys wrote. they were a good band though. this whole set of songs if from 2001.]
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - "American Skin (41 Shots)" (live) [from the live at madison square garden album. this song still shakes me to the core. and it is even more relevant now. it could be argued that this is the most important song springsteen has ever written. i'd buy that argument.]
Radiohead - "Pyramid Song" [from amnesiac. hardly anyone says positive things about this album, but i like it.]
Spoon - "The Fitted Shirt" [from girls can tell. could this song rock any more?]
Lucinda Williams - "Walk On" [from where the spirit meets the bone. check out my interview with lucinda over at aquarium drunkard.]
Guided by Voices - "Chasing Heather Crazy" [from isolation drills. 2001. for real. this album, y'all.]
Leonard Cohen - "Did I Ever Love You" [from the new album popular problems.]
Fugazi - "The Argument" [from their 2001 album of the same name. sadly, also, probably their last album. god, what a way to go out though.]
Superchunk - "Rainy Streets" [from 2001's here's to shutting up. thought this might be their last, but no!]
Glen Phillips - "Darkest Hour" [from his debut solo album abulum. a beautiful song about his father's death. just lovely.]

That'll do it for this week. Come back next week as we explore 2002 and get into more great new music. Until then, take care.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 24th September 2014

[Welcome to another great edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem as we continue to celebrate 15 years of Mayhem on WQFS. This week I gave away a $15 gift certificate to the awesome Hippo Records new and used vinyl over on Spring Garden Street here in Greensboro. Terence actually won the trivia question via Twitter, so it makes sense to follow me there so you might have a chance to win.

This is a great episode, so enjoy the musical flashbacks as I dug into music from the year 2000 that got play on my radio show.

Now, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 24th September 2014 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show" [my theme song was released in 2000. just so you know.]
Purling Hiss - "Forcefield of Solitude" [from weirdon.]
Helium - "Baby Vampire Made Me" [from the pirate prude EP.]
Broncho - "Class Historian" [from just enough hip to be woman.]
Radiohead - "The National Anthem" [from kid a. class of 2000.]
Perfume Genius - "Queen" [from too bright. man, this song is seriously good.]
Liz Phair - "Support System" [from whipsmart. 20 years old this past week. still amazing.]
the History of Apple Pie - "Tame" [from their forthcoming album feel something. really digging this. excited to hear the full album.]
Dilated Peoples - "Work the Angles" [from the platform. class of 2000.]
Lucinda Williams - "West Memphis" [from her forthcoming double album where the spirit meets the bone. look for my interview with her over at aquarium drunkard early next week.]
Michael Penn - "Don't Let Me Go" [from MP4: days since a lost time accident. class of 2000.]
the Rural Alberta Advantage - "Runners in the Night" [from mended with gold. this is a super solid song. we will hear more.]
Yo La Tengo - "Cherry Chapstick" [from and then nothing turned itself inside out. class of 2000. thanks, still, to emily for turning me on to them.]
King Tuff - "Eyes of the Muse" [from black moon spell.]
the New Pornographers - "Letter From an Occupant" [from mass romantic. class of 2000.]
Goat - "Goatchild" [from commune.]
Jurassic 5 - "Lausd" [from quality control. class of 2000.]
Whirr - "Clear" [from their new album sway.]
Ryan Adams - "To Be Young" [from heartbreaker. class of 2000.]
Hiss Golden Messenger - "Saturday's Song" [from the new album lateness of dancers.]
Steve Earle - "Transcendental Blues" [the title track from his 2000 album.]
M. Lockwood Porter - "I Know You're Gonna Leave Me" [from his forthcoming album 27.]
Sleater-Kinney - "All Hands on the Bad One" [the title track from their fifth album. class of 2000.]
Outkast - "Gasoline Dreams" [from stankonia. super class of 2000. enjoy, those of you going to see them in atlanta tonight.]

That'll do it for this week. Tune in next week as we celebrate the year 2001 and I give away another gift certificate from a local business! Until then, take care.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 17th September 2014

[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. I'm super excited about this show as it kicks off the next fifteen weeks of celebrating 15 years of the show on WQFS Greensboro. I'm going to be giving away gift certificates live on the show to local Triad businesses throughout the Fall. Tony won tonight's $15 gift certificate to the Mellow Mushroom in downtown Greensboro. Congrats to him. Next week we'll be giving away a $15 one for Hippo Records over on Spring Garden Street, a fantastic new and used record shop. More about that next week, so make sure you tune in.

I was joined via Skype tonight by Lis Ferla to talk about the Scotland independence referendum and a particular song I was drawn to about the situation. Lis is a long-time listener and a fantastic music critic and blogger in her own right. If you aren't following and reading her already, you should. I think our conversation was really great and I hope you guys enjoy a bit of something different this week.

Now, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 17th September 2014 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
James - "Moving On" [from their new album le petite mort. it was released in the u.k. about three months ago, but finally gets its u.s. release this week.]
Sleeper - "Feeling Peaky" [from the it girl.]
Sloan - "Misty's Beside Herself" [from their new album commonwealth. they'll be at the cat's cradle back room on saturday, november 15th.]
Primal Scream - "Culturecide" [from last year's more light. our first scottish band of the night.]

[Here's where Lis and I start our discussion. It's largely centered around a specific song which you'll see below, but also around the independence referendum in general. I think we get into some pretty interesting topics and it's an insightful discussion, especially for those of us outside the whole shebang. Check it out and I hope you enjoy.]

Ballboy - "JK Rowling Changed My Vote From No to Yes" [the song in question. check out the bandcamp page and enjoy.]
Edwyn Collins - "Dilemna" [from 2013's understated. this section is all scottish bands.]
Teenage Fanclub - "Dark Clouds" [from 2010's shadows.]
Del Amitri - "Some Other Sucker's Parade" [the title track from their 1997 album.]
the Vaselines - "Son of a Gun" [the title track from their first EP.]
Homeboy Sandman - "America, the Beautiful" [from his new album hallways.]
Verbena - "Baby Got Shot" [from 1999's into the pink. this set was devoted to songs i played a lot in my first year on the air.]
Tom Waits - "Chocolate Jesus" [from mule variations. another often-played album from '99.]
Son Volt - "Right On Through" [from 1998's wide swing tremolo. played this a lot that first year also.]
the Asteroid No. 4 - "The Windmill of the Autumn Sky" [from their latest self-titled album. not sure how new this record is - it's getting a release this month, but seems to pre-date the release by a bit.]
Placebo - "Scared of Girls" [from without you i'm nothing.]
Old Smile - "Are You Still There?" [from their new album steep blue hill which is available over at their bandcamp. pretty excellent stuff.]
Lazlo Bane - "Overkill" [from 11 transistor and yes, that is colin hay singing with them at the end.]
Purling Hiss - "Learning Slowly" [from their forthcoming album weirdon.]
Mattson 2 - "Dif Juz" [from their new album agar.]
the Church - "Pride Before a Fall" [from their forthcoming album further/deeper, their 25th in their career and their first without founding guitarist marty wilson-piper. digging this song though.]
Teenage Fanclub - "I Don't Want Control of You" [by request. from songs from northern britain, an album whose title may be dated by friday. this was a request from a listener who thought the title appropriate. i think so.]

That'll do it for this week. Tune in next week for more great new and classic music and the next installment of the 15 years give-away. Until then, take care.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 10th September 2014

[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. This edition is shortened just a bit as I had some trainees in who were playing pretty different stuff from my normal show, so I just shut the podcast off when they took over. Hopefully the hour and a half will be enough this week. Clearly sarcasm.

I think that I'm going to start scaling back my posts on here a bit. I natter on a bit much at times. I'll still go into specifics when I feel like it, but it'll save time on the posting if I just stick to album names in the descriptions rather than feeling like I have to say something about each song. Thoughts?

Next week, I'll be celebrating 15 years of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem on WQFS. Tune in as it ought to be a pretty good show.

Now, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 10th September 2014 show

the New Pornographers - "Brill Bruisers" [the title track from their latest.]
Polvo - "Light, Raking" [from last year's siberia. seriously, what a tremendous song.]
Helado Negro - "It's Our Game" [from double youth.]
Talking Heads - "I Zimbra" [by request. from fear of music. i just started reading the 33 1/3 series book about this album - written by the great jonathan lethem. i could think of no one better to tackle it, honestly.]
Sloan - "Carried Away" [from their new album commonwealth. they'll be playing at the cat's cradle back room on saturday, november 5th. very exciting.]
the Replacements - "Alex Chilton" [from pleased to meet me. their first time back at 30 Rock as a band since they were booted off of saturday night live in '86 this week as they played the tonight show. and they played this song. good deal.]
Ryan Adam - "Am I Safe?" [from his new self-titled album.]
Sleater-Kinney - "Get Up" [from the hot rock. it was announced this week that there will be a limited-edition vinyl reissue box set of all of sleater-kinney's albums. sheesh. i want it.]
Avi Buffalo - "So What" [from their new album at best cuckold. been a few years. good to hear them back.]
Blur - "Trouble in the Message Centre" [from parklife.]
Hiss Golden Messenger - "Lateness of Dancers" [the title track from his latest. north carolina, be seriously proud of this album.]
Lucinda Williams - "Pineola" [from sweet ol' world. i interviewed lucinda last friday for aquarium drunkard and that will be going up later this month around the time of the release of her new double album. we'll hear some of that soon.]
Mazes - "Astigmatism" [from their new album wooden aquarium.]
that dog. - "I'm Gonna See You" [from retreat from the sun.]
Esben and the Witch - "Those Dreadful Hammers" [from a  new nature. really good album, i think.]
the Damnwells - "What You Get" [from bastards of the beat.]
Molly McGinn - "War Angel" [from the new postcards from the swamp EP. album produced by brian haren and featuring phil cook, logie meachum, jeff crawford and a boatload of other great north carolina musicians. this is a seriously good album.]
the Church - "Metropolis" [from gold afternoon fix.]
Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Jackson" [from the really outstanding lose.]
Jennifer Castle - "Sailing Away" [from her new album pink city.]
Loudon Wainwright III - "In a Hurry" [from his new album haven't got the blues (yet). excellent as always.]

That's it for this week. I'll be back next week with some pretty awesome stuff as always and the beginning of what, I hope, will be a fall-long celebration of 15 years of the show. Until then, take care.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 3rd September 2014

[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. This week was jam packed with new releases, so there's a ton of great new stuff this week. I was also joined by two new DJ trainees as we start the fall semester here in a couple of weeks. They did a nice job, so keep an ear out for them on the station in the coming weeks.

I'm skipping Hopscotch for the first time in its existence this year - which is a bit of a bummer - but every field has a fallow year to make it better for the next. Hope everyone is having fun up in Raleigh.

Now, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 3rd September 2014 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Ty Segall - "The Faker" [from manipulator. more great stuff from a great album.]
the History of Apple Pie - "Mallory" [from last year's out of view. pretty amazing song.]
Interpol - "All the Rage Back Home" [from their new album el pintor. i honestly have not listened to any new interpol albums in a long, long time. so i'm giving this one a go. and this song isn't bad. we might hear more.]
Superchunk - "Art Class" [from here's to shutting up. great, great song.]
Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Warning" [from their new album lose. we'll definitely be hearing more of this.]
Liz Phair - "Big Strong Man" [from whitechocolatespaceegg. classic liz phair.]
Delta Spirit - "From Now On" [from their new album into the wide. awesome songs as always from these guys.]
Guided by Voices - "Glad Girls" [from isolation drills. my favorite gbv album. yup.]
Ryan Adams - "Gimme Something Good" [from his new self-titled album. later career self-titled records are usually a re-branding of sorts, a re-dedication to something. is that what's going on here?]
Television - "See No Evil" [from marquee moon. need i say more?]
Esben and the Witch - "Dig Your Fingers In" [from their new album a new nature. there was some cool stuff on their previous album and this one is quite good, too.]
Tom Waits - "Clap Hands" [from rain dogs.]
Half Japanese - "In Its Pull" [from their new album, their first in 13 years, overjoyed.]
Son Volt - "Straightface" [from wide swing tremolo. underrated jay farrar.]
Twerps - "Heavy Hands" [from the underlay EP.]
Horizontal Hold - "Powder White" [from the this is not a living EP. enjoyed their show a lot at the garage last friday. go see them.]
Hiss Golden Messenger - "Saturday's Song" [from lateness of dancers, their first album for merge records.]
Spacehog - "Lucy's Shoe" [from the chinese album. i've been on a spacehog kick of late, so don't be surprised if more shows up.]
Loudon Wainwright III - "Brand New Dance" [from his new album haven't got the blues (yet). more great songwriting from a master.]
Blair - "Die Young" [the title track from her debut full-length.]
Blonde Redhead - "Dripping" [from their new album barragan.]
the Chameleons UK - "Swamp Thing" [from strange times.]
Justin Townes Earle - "Today and a Lonely Night" [from his new album single mothers. good stuff.]
Big Star - "September Gurls" from radio city. and why not? great song.]
Merchandise - "True Monuments" [from their new album after the end.]
Drive-by Truckers - "Marry Me" [from decoration day.]
Cassie Ramone - "Joe's Song" [from the time has come, the first true solo record from the former vivian girls' frontwoman.]

That'll do it for this week. I'll be back next week with more great music - new and old - and three trainees to do my bidding. Until then, take care.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 27th August 2014

[This is a story about a blogger and long-time podcaster and radio DJ who got a new job and fell off of knowing how to make time for his blog each week. Thus, the long radio silence. Shows have still been happening weekly, but they haven't been making the transition to the podcast realm, unfortunately. But clearly, because you're reading this, that changes now and hopefully gets back to normal.

Durham's Horizontal Hold was kind enough to stop in this week and chat. They have an excellent new EP and are playing a show this Friday, August 29th with Jews and Catholics and the Kneads at the Garage in Winston-Salem. Come on out if you're in the area and want to see a guaranteed good rock show.

Now, let's cut to the chase. Onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 27th August 2014 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Ty Segall - "Feel" [from his latest, manipulations which has some amazing songs on it, to be sure. we'll be hearing more.]
Temples - "Shelter Song" [from sun structures. this song, and this album, hasn't gotten old for me yet this year. really good stuff.]
Wand - "Flying Golem" [from their new album ganglion reef. i dig this song a good bit, so we'll hear more.]
the Replacements - "Sixteen Blue" [by request, from let it be. fellow DJ frank's youngest turned 16 on wednesday, so he asked me to play this one. very appropriate.]

[Here's where Kim and Dave from Horizontal Hold joined me. We talked about a lot of things including both of their pedigrees from North Carolina bands and their new EP, This is Not a Living. Check out the podcast for more music and some good conversation.]

Horizontal Hold - "All In a Day's Work" [from this is not a living.]
Horizontal Hold - "Powder White" [from this is not a living.]
Horizontal Hold - "Amazing Larry" [from this is not a living.]
Jews and Catholics - "Civilized" [the title track from last year's album. they'll be playing at the garage as part of the show with horizontal hold on friday.]
the Kneads - "Frames" (live on WXDU) [a live track from their bandcamp page. the other band playing friday at the garage. greensboro rock and roll.]
the Breeders - "Invisible Man" [from last splash. since we talked about the breeders, i thought i'd throw this in. great song.]
the New Pornographers - "Fantasy Fools" [from the new album brill bruisers. i love the idea of a bunch of pop-song toughs that the album implies.]
Teenage Fanclub - "When I Still Have Thee" [from 2010's shadows. i guess we're due for a new teenage fanclub album next year. they're on a 5 year cycle nowadays it seems. here's hoping i'm right.]
Actual Water - "647-445-1141 (Call 4 Fun)" [from their new album call 4 fun. really digging these guys.]
Summer Cannibals - "The Hand" [from last year's really excellent no makeup.]
Literature - "Tie-Dye (Your Life)" [from their new album chorus. i don't get band names like this - though it does remind me of the idea i saw for naming a band "algebra II."]
FKA Twigs - "Pendulum" [from the minimalist-titled LP1. i'm really digging this album. it's some pretty amazing pop music, to be sure.]
Operators - "True" [from the similarly titled EP1. dan boeckner is a member of handsome furs and wolf mother and divine fits and here he takes the helm of a band fully for the first time. good results.]
Q and Not U - "So Many Animal Calls" [from different damage. let me tell you, yet again, how amazing i think this album is. i miss this band. and i think it holds up so well though it's 12 years old now.]
Connections - "Aylia" [from into sixes. pretty sharp little song. we'll hear more.]
the Rosebuds - "Esse Quam Videri" [from sand + silence. my favorite named song on the album - north carolina, represent.]
Twin Peaks - "Strawberry Smoothie" [from their new album wild onion. getting great reviews. autumn tone is one a roll as a farm league of late.]
Social Distortion - "Let It Be Me" [from their self-titled album. such great stuff.]

That'll do it for this week. I'll be back next week with a regular show and more great new and classic music. Until then, take care.

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