J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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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"
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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.]
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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.]
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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.]
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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.]
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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.]
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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.]
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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.]
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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.]
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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"
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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.]
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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.]
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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.]
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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.]
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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.]
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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.]
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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"
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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.]
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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.]
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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.]
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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.]
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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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Friday, June 06, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 4th June 2014


[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. A great show tonight as Ryan Snyder from YES Weekly dropped by for our periodic Indie/Rock Roundtable. We looked at  new albums from Parquet Courts and Yonatan Gat, so check out the info below and the details in the podcast.

We're heading into our summer schedule here in a couple of weeks, so while there shouldn't be any interruptions to the normal airing of the live show, keep your eyes here or on the Twitter account for updates.

Now, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 4th June 2014 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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the Orwells - "Who Needs You" [from disgraceland. well, the new orwells record is finally here. and after all the needless hubub over their letterman performance, the record is quite good, i think. they're due back on letterman in a couple of weeks (no lie), so we'll see how that one goes.]
10,000 Maniacs - "Scorpio Rising" [from the wishing chair. my personal favorite 10,000 maniacs album is also one of their more rocking ones. if you've never heard this one, it's worth digging up.]
the Reigning Sound - "Never Coming Home" [from their forthcoming album shattered. excited to hear their new album is going to be on merge. it's been a minute since their last one, so here's to new music.]
XTC - "Respectable Street" [from black sea. one of my favorite xtc albums and this goes out sort of to julie who called a long time ago to request a different song off of this same album.]

[Here's where I was joined by Ryan Snyder for the Indie/Rock Roundtable. We looked at the new Parquet Courts album Sunbathing Animal as well as a new EP from former(?) Monotonix guitarist  Yonatan Gat called Iberian Passages. As always, a lot of detail in the discussion, so check out the podcast, but here are the results: Parquet Courts - Ryan and J. : thumbs up.  Yonatan Gat - Ryan and J. : thumbs down.]

Parquet Courts - "Bodies" [from sunbathing animal.]
Parquet Courts - "Sunbathing Animal" [from sunbathing animal.]
Yonatan Gat - "EscorpiĆ£o" [from the iberian passage EP.]
Yonatan Gat - "Conga Monteca" [from the iberian passage EP.]
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Bob Mould - "I Don't Know You Anymore" [from beauty & ruin. so i'll admit that i haven't followed mould's solo career much at all aside from workbook and black sheets of rain. so i ignored silver age the other year and was only talked into giving this a spin when someone told me that it had sounded like sugar. well, this song is evidence that that is correct. we'll probably hear more.]
Oakley Hall - "Confidence Man" [from gypsum string. this song never stops being awesome. oakley hall, where are you? miss you guys.]
Haley Bonar - "Last War" [the title track from her new album. great to hear haley back and we'll be hearing more in the coming weeks for sure.]
the Boo Radleys - "Stuck on Amber" [from wake up! the boo radleys have been popping up a lot on random for me lately, so time to exorcise these demons. such good stuff.]
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Gold-Bears - "Yeah, Tonight" [from dalliance. another one of the younger slumberland bands of late and i'm digging this. we'll hear more.]
Guadalcanal Diary - "Always Saturday" [from flip flop. a classic that i owe to tom of tom's diner from some point in the past. great song.]
Fucked Up - "Sun Glass" [from their new album glass boys. not sure how i feel about the new album yet, but we'll see. these guys are incendiary live, for sure.]
Dream Boat - "Way Out" [from their forthcoming album the rose explodes. an athens, georgia band with a new album due out later in the summer. i really dig this song though so we'll be keeping an ear out for more.]
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Caleb Caudle - "How'd You Learn" [from the forthcoming paint another layer on my heart. caleb's new album is going to be out on the this is american music record label - on vinyl, too! very exciting. we'll hear more soon. meanwhile, check out the stream of the song over at blurt.]
that dog. - "She Doesn't Know How" [from totally crushed out. maybe one of the best that dog songs ever recorded.]
Andrew Bird - "My Sister's Tiny Hands" [from his new album of handsome family covers, things are really great here, sort of. i was fascinated when i heard he was releasing this, as i'm a huge fan of the handsome family. we'll hear more.]
Rickie Lee Jones - "Skeletons" [from pirates. a soft, haunting song from my favorite of her albums.]
Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Jackson" [from their forthcoming album LOSE. seriously, people, if the rest of this album is as good as this song, we'll have a top ten record on our hands for my year-end list. sheesh.]

That'll do it for this week. Tune in next week for more great new music and classics. Until then, take care.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 28th May 2014


[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. This week's episode is pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. Lots of good new and classic stuff.

Next week, Ryan Snyder from YES Weekly will be joining us for the Indie/Rock Roundtable. We'll be discussing new albums from Parquet Courts and Yonatan Gat. Ought to be a good time.

Now, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 28th May 2014 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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Parquet Courts - "Black and White" [from their forthcoming album sunbathing animal which will be out next week. we'll talk more about it on next week's show.]
Temples - "Shelter Song" [from sun structures. one of my favorite records of this year so far.]
Haunted Hearts - "House of Lords" [from initiation, the new album from the band featuring dum dum girls' dee dee and crocodiles' brandon welchez. this is the married couple's new project together and it sounds pretty good. we'll hear more.]
Beastie Boys - "Sure Shot" [from ill communication which celebrated its 20th anniversary last saturday. a pretty important record in terms of the pop culture as i was growing up, no doubt.]
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Sharon Van Etten - "Our Love" [from her new album are we there. take a loook at my review of the album over at aquarium drunkard.]
Midnight Oil - "Kosciusko" [from red sails in the sunset. was pretty stoked to find a copy of this album on vinyl a few weeks ago. love midnight oil.]
Sturgill Simpson - "Living the Dream" [from metamodern sounds in country music which, frankly, is in my top ten albums of this year, unquestionably.]
Steely Dan - "Barrytown" [from pretzel logic. i've been reading the three novels that compose roddy doyle's barrytown triology and this song is in my head each and every time i look at the cover.]
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Echo and the Bunnymen - "Constantinople" [echo and company are back with their new album meteorites and this is a pretty solid song. we'll probably hear more.]
Jews and Catholics - "Bastards" [from last year's civilized. great north carolina band. they'll be at new york pizza here in greensboro on saturday, june 14th. go see them.]
the Roots - "Black Rock" [from the new album ..and then you shoot your cousin. still figuring out how i feel about the album as a whole, but this is a stand-out for sure.]
Public Image Ltd. - "Poptones" [from second edition. i'm sure i run some listeners off every time i play PiL, but honestly, that's kind of fun. i love this record.]
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La Sera - "Running Wild" [from her new album hour of the dawn. i dig this song quite a bit, so we'll be hearing more.]
Felt - "Rain of Crystal Spires" [from forever breathes the lonely word. i haven't explored felt beyond this record, really. any recommendations from people?]
Emma Ruth Rundle - "Shadows of My Name" [from some heavy ocean. this is a gorgeous song, people. we'll be hearing more of her, for sure.]
Nanci Griffith - "Lookin' For the Time (Workin' Girl)" [from last of the true believers. i also love the version from her one fair summer evening album which is mis-identified on the broadcast. my bad.]
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Popstrangers - "Country Kills" [from their sophomore album fortuna. new zealand band that just moved to london to do this album. we'll hear more.]
Lambchop - "Beyond Belief" [their cover of the elvis costello classic. this is from the beyond nashville compilation and also the loose: new sounds from the old west - volume two compilation. great cover.]
Herzog - "Mad Men" [from their album boys. interesting uptempo rock. not sure i can say much more.]
Evan Dando - "Won't You Sometimes Think of Me" [a cover of the hank williams classic from the loose: new sounds from the old west - volume 3 compilation.]
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Jolie Holland - "First Sign of Spring" [from her new album wine dark sea which is, honestly, really, really good. we'll be hearing more.]
Noahjohn - "First Communion" [this is also from the third volume of the loose series mentioned earlier. this is a more stripped down, demo-y version of the song that would end up on noahjohn's last album water hymns. and if you don't know that album, well, go read what i had to say about it.]
First Aid Kit - "My Silver Lining" [from their forthcoming album. we'll be hearing a lot more off of this album, i get the feeling.]
the Supersuckers - "Must've Been High" [the title track from their 1997 album. a band that seems to get lost at times, but such a good band.]
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Young Widows - "Gift of Failure" [from their new album easy pain which is a pretty raucous record at times. we might hear more.]
Joni Mitchell - "Amelia" [from hejira, one of her great albums that people don't talk about as much as the others. another album i picked up on vinyl pretty cheaply recently.]
D.M. Franklin Kane - "The Mind of God" [from the hard truth. love this greensboro music, man. and this song especially.]
Eliza Shaddad - "Waters" [the title track from her forthcoming EP which you can order or listen to more of here.]
Blur - "This is a Low" [from parklife, one of the many, many great albums that turn 20 years old this year. there you go.]

That'll do it for this week. I'll be back next week with Ryan Snyder for the Indie/Rock Roundtable plus more great new and classic music. Until then, take care.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 14th May 2014


[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. I'll tell you right now that this week's episode is fantastic - lots of great song pairings and new stuff. It was a joy to listen to as it unfolded live in the studio, so I hope you like it as much as I do.

I won't be here next week as I will be, well, somewhere else, but I'll have someone good filling in for me, so don't worry. The next podcast will be in two weeks, so hang tight until then.

Now, while the going's good, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 14th May 2014 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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Clear Plastic Masks - "So Real" [from their new album being there. my stumbling bill lambier joke aside, i really dig this song and this record so far. hate that i couldn't get to see them up in chapel hill last week.]
Mansun - "Negative" [from six. one of my go-to songs for the second-song-slot of the show, but it still holds up. the first two mansun albums are really, really superb.]
the Horrors - "Jealous Sun" [the lead track from their new album luminous. the horrors' development as a band is so interesting - it has such a chronological feel to it, that it's almost like a course syllabus in rock and roll. i like that. it appeals to the music historian and critic side of myself.]
Superchunk - "Late-Century Dream" [from here's to shutting up. this album doesn't always get remembered as much, it seems, but i love this song (and most of this album) a lot. it has such a grand, swelling feel to it.]
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Guided by Voices - "Cool Planet" [the title track from their new and sixth(!) album since their 2012 reunion. diminishing returns? maybe. something seems to have really lit a fire under these guys. even more so than normal, it feels like. but every GVB record always has a handful of great songs and this one is no exception.]
the Undertones - "Jimmy Jimmy" [from their self-titled debut. oh, undertones. a band that deserves to be heard so much more than they are.]
Deleted Scenes - "Landfall" [from lithium burn. i'm really digging this album a lot and the video for this song is pretty unnerving. in a good way.]
Television - "Carried Away" [from 1978's adventure. such a ridiculously good song.]
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Circulatory System - "If You Think About It Now" [from their forthcoming album - only the third in the band's long existence - mosaics within mosaics. it ought to be a doozy, as they all have been.]
the Suburbs - "Baby Heartbeat" [from 1980's in combo. one of the more curious bands to emerge from the minneapolis scene of the 70s and 80s. good stuff.]
Swans - "A Little God In My Hands" [from their new album to be kind. they'll be at the neighborhood theatre in charlotte on tuesday, july 1st. go see them. do yourself a massive favor and go see them.]
the Teardrop Explodes - "Ha Ha I'm Drowning" [from their 1980 debut kilimanjaro. good, good stuff.]
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Yuck - "Another One" [from their new southern skies EP. i'm a fan of the new version of yuck. i must say.]
Weezer - "No One Else" [from their self-titled debut. so, the blue album turned 20 years old this past saturday and i found myself re-listening to it and enjoying how incredibly well it's held up over the years. but i also remember how atrocious this song is, lyrics wise. i mean - it's so sing-along and catchy and so horrific at the same time. i don't always know how to handle it.]
Mirah - "Oxen Hope" [from her new album changing light. i haven't played any mirah on the show in a long time, but this is good. we'll probably hear more.]
Thee Oh Sees - "Toe Cutter / Thumb Buster" [by request. from their 2013 album floating coffin. i love when i get really good requests like this. great song.]
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Sturgill Simpson - "Turtles All The Way Down" [from his new album metamodern sounds in country music. holy crap, people. get this record. get it now.]
the Velvet Crush - "One Hundred Years From Now" [their cover of the gram parsons classic - a b-side from the "hold me up" 12" single from their teenage symphonies to god album. one of my favorite finds in a record store the last time i was in london.]
PAWS - "Tongues" [from their new album youth culture forever. pretty good song, plus they got into a spat with morrissey, so that's worth something, right?]
Nico - "I'll Keep It With Mine" [from chelsea girl. maybe my favorite dylan cover of all time. i just love how nico handles the singing in this song. it still slays me every. single. time.]
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Wooden Wand - "Uneasy Peace" [from the new album farmer's corner. good to hear j. jackson toth back yet again. i'm enjoying his prolific nature a lot more than uncle bob's of late.]
the Wonder Stuff - "Astley in the Noose" [originally the b-side for the "it's yer money i'm after baby" single, it was eventually added as a bonus track for the album the eight legged groove machine. this song is a bit dated and a bit harsh of poor rick, but it's still a good song.]
Sharon Van Etten - "Taking Chances" [from her forthcoming album are we there which is out later this month. really enjoying the album so far.]
Pop Will Eat Itself - "Preaching to the Perverted" [from this is the day...this is the hour...this is this. i love this song because the very first line of the song calls out the wonder stuff's "astley in the noose" and it doesn't let up from there. good stuff.]
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Quilt - "Arctic Shark" [from their album held in splendor. really good stuff that i should play more of even though it's from a bit earlier this year.]
Dave Edmunds - "Queen of Hearts" [from repeat when necessary. i grew up with juice newton's version of this, naturally, and i remember being flabbergasted the first time i heard edmunds. love his quite a bit.]
Lydia Loveless - "Chris Isaak" [from her album somewhere else. one of my favorites of this year, unquestionably.]
T. Rex - "Mambo Sun" [from electric warrior. how can you not go out well on some t. rex? exactly.]

That'll do it for this week. I'll be back in two weeks with some more great new and classic songs. Until then, take care.

Friday, May 09, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 7th May 2014


[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. Well, it looks like I will be here next week after all, so no need to fret. The concert I was going to see has been canceled, so I'll be in the driver's seat for next week's fun. However, I will be missing on the 21st, so you know, be prepared for that. We're hitting a great stretch of releases lately and I feel like the shows are going to be awesome in the coming weeks though.

Now, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 7th May 2014 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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the Afghan Whigs - "Algiers" [from their latest, do to the beast. i'm a big fan of this song - and of this album. hope i get to see them live at some point. here's the band doing "matamoros" on later...with jools holland as well.]
Adam Daniel - "Her Shake" [from blue pop. adam daniel, if you're out there, i just want you to know how great this song is.]
tUnE-yArDs - "Real Thing" [from the new album nikki nack. it's growing on me. this band is something else entirely.]
Calexico / Iron and Wine - "A History of Lovers" [i had not thought about this collaborative EP in quite some time called in the reins. there are some great moments on it.]
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First Aid Kit - "Cedar Lane" [from their forthcoming album stay gold. excited to see them at the cat's cradle on friday, june 13th as well.]
Gene Clark - "Elevator Operator" [from gene clark with the gosdin brothers, his first solo album after his initial departure from the byrds. a great, great record.]
Cheap Girls - "Knock Me Over" [from their forthcoming album famous graves. we'll be hearing more as this stuff sounds quite good.]
the Ramones - "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" [from 1980's end of the century. i don't play the ramones on the show often, but this song was a good fit.]
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Wovenhand - "The Refractory" [from their latest refractory obdurate. i'm glad to hear new music from david eugene edwards again. i guess i fell off of the wovenhand wagon for awhile - not sure what was going on. but glad i caught this new one.]
the Rain Parade - "This Can't Be Today" [from emergency third rail power trip. oh, paisley underground. how i love thee.]
Soft Peaks - "Marty" [from their self-titled EP that is up on their bandcamp page. great power-pop from former greensboro-ites.]
Jurassic 5 - "L.A.U.S.D." [from quality control. seriously one of my favorite jurassic 5 songs of all time.]
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Lykke Li - "No Rest for the Wicked" [from her new album i never learn. interesting stuff - i haven't been on top of her work so far, so this is new to me. we'll hear more. someone correct me if i just completely slaughtered her name pronunciation after slaving so hard over the wikipedia phonetic key.]
Swirlies - "Bell" [from 1993's blonder tongue audio baton. seriously one of the best 90s albums in american indie-rock. period.]
See Gulls - "You Can't See Me" [more new music from raleigh's see gulls. last week and this week's songs are up on soundcloud so check 'em out.]
Rain - "All I Want" [from their 1991 debut a taste of.... the band shared some members with the eventual oasis, so you get an idea of what kind of early 90s brit-rock we're talking about here.]
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Clear Plastic Masks - "Baby Come On" [from being there. we'll definitely hear more - they're in carborro at the cat's cradle back room this sunday, may 11th.]
Sylvan Esso - "Play It Right" [from their new self-titled album. they'll be at the cat's cradle tonight, friday, may 9th, but it is sold out.]
North Elementary - "Eventually Everything Connects" [from their new album honcho poncho (the title of which i may have gotten backwards on the podcast. oops.) they'll be having their CD release show in raleigh at king's on friday, may 16th.]
Angel Olsen - "Hi-Five" [from the tremendous burn your fire for no witness. she'll be at the cat's cradle on friday, may 16th and at the grey eagle in asheville on saturday, may 17th.]
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the Pains of Being Pure at Heart - "Simple and Sure" [from their forthcoming album days of abandon. good to hear from them again.]
the Replacements - "Nowhere is My Home" [from the boink! EP and also from the tim reissue the other year. a great, great song.]
Wussy - "North Sea Girls" [from their new album attica! i like this song quite a bit, so we'll hear more.]
Ex Hex - "Hot and Cold" [from the "hot and cold" 7" from earlier this year. i hope to hear more. a lot of promise in this song. then again it is mary timony. has to be awesome.]
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Sturgill Simpson - "Long White Line" [from his new album metamodern sounds in country music. we'll be hearing a lot more of this because...well, listen to it? man it's good.]
Haley Bonar - "Car Wreck" [from ...the size of planets. haley has a new album coming out shortly, so hopefully we'll be hearing more of that.]

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

Friday, May 02, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 30th April 2014


[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. I hate having to miss weeks, but I love the pileup of new music as well. Certainly didn't get to everything during this show, so a lot more next week as well.

I'll be missing another show on Wednesday, May 14th, so try to get by without me. Not sure who's going to be filling in just yet, but I will personally make sure they're awesome.

Now, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 30th April 2014 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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Ex-Cult - "Midnight Passenger" [the title track from their new album. pretty intriguing rock and roll, so we'll probably hear more.]
Beady Eye - "Iz Rite" [from last year's BE and also my #2 single of last year. seriously, this song has grown and grown on me. the chorus is pretty simplistic, lyric wise, but it hits me in a way i can't quite fully explain. just great.]
tUnE-yArDs - "Time of Dark" [from their new album nikki nack. it's been awhile since we've heard from tune-yards, so it's nice to see a fairly unique band back in the saddle.]
Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf - "Here's a Smirk" [from big shots. there's a whopping big 4-LP set of everything charizma and peanut butter wolf did together (more or less) coming out soon on stones throw records. ought to be pretty awesome.]
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Survival Knife - "Divine Mob" [from loose power. two-thirds of the band unwound in their new project. interesting and we'll probably hear more.]
Ben Kweller - "Wasted & Ready" [from sha-sha. mad dog feted this record to no end back when it came out and, truly, this and "commerce, tx" off the same album are some amazing pop songs.]
Yuck - "Athena" [from the new southern skies EP. man, i don't know about you, but i think i completely love the new version of yuck. last year's LP won me over pretty fully, and now this EP is continuing the trend.]
Sleeper - "What Do I Do Now?" [from the IT girl. this song shows just how good a performer - in addition to songwriter - louise weiner could be. and i think it's the just slight bit of heartache you hear in her voice when she sings "was it when i said / i wanted to have children?" late in the song. just bowls me over every time.]
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Damon Albarn - "Lonely Press Play" [from everyday robots. i haven't put my ears on the entire album yet, but this song is pretty intriguing. albarn's first proper solo record. we'll hear more, undoubtedly.]
Egyptian Lover - "I Cry (Night After Night)" [from on the nile. a classic that i do love to break out every so often. oh, egyptian lover - do you still cry?]
Ought - "Forgiveness" [from more than any other day. i love the slow build of this song into something really quite beautiful.]
the Replacements - "Kiss Me On the Bus" (studio demo) [by request. this is the studio demo of the song, released on the re-issue of tim from a few years ago. requested by frank because it's about someone proposing and, yes, i proposed to my girlfriend this past week and we're getting married. aw, shucks.]
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See Gulls - "Don't Write Me Love Songs" [new recordings from this relatively new north carolina band. check them out at their bandcamp where you can download the songs and throw them a few bones if you dig it.]
the Moles - "Bury Me Happy" [from their 1991's debut untune the sky. not a bad i know much about, but pretty interesting all the same.]
Sharon Van Etten - "Every Time the Sun Comes Up" [from the forthcoming are we there which is out may 27th. i will say - i'm pretty excited for her new album. the tracks released off of it so far have been extraordinary.]
the Catherine Wheel - "Crank" [from their second album chrome. this is a band that needs revisiting - or at least that i would like to hear some thoughts on. do their records hold up?]
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Soft Peaks - "Good Luck" [from their new self-titled EP. ex-tiger bear wolf, health and some other bands put out a fantastic EP. man. just go check it out. please.]
the Jayhawks - "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" [from smile. one of the three albums that are getting prepped for vinyl reissue by the band. i'm pretty excited for this one and the sound of lies for sure.]
D.M. Franklin Kane - "These Days" [from the hard truth. this is the first song on the album and it has a pretty great video up, so go check it out.]
Del Amitri - "Hatful of Rain" [from their second album, waking hours. can you tell i'm getting pretty psyched for justin currie playing at the cat's cradle in a couple of weeks?]
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Deleted Scenes - "Let's Not Try to Fix Everything At Once" [from their new album lithium burn. this record is growing on me song by song. i'm impressed.]
Sonic Youth - "100%" [from dirty. you know - classic yutes.]
Fear of Men - "Tephra" [from their new album loom. pretty good song as well. we'll have to hear more.]
the Blow - "True Affection" [from their 2006 album paper television. this song was played a ton on wqfs back in 2006, and for good reason. it's kind of a great song.]
Wye Oak - "Before" [from their new album shriek. not a bad song from the long-awaited new wye oak album. we'll hear more.]
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For Against - "Sabres" [from december. another album i haven't had a lot of time to listen to, but this song is solid.]
that dog. - "Silently" [from totally crushed out. one of my absolute favorite that dog songs of all time. just perfect.]

That'll do it for this week. I'll be back next week with more fantastic new and classic music, so until then, take care.

Monday, April 21, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 16th April 2014


[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. Really fun group of songs this week including some classics. So we'll get to that shortly.

Just a reminder that there will be no podcast this week as I'll be elsewhere, but if you can tune in live, my old cohort Patrick will be filling in for me with his usual great mix of quality tunes. So check him out if you can.

Now, while the going's good, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 16th April 2014 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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Woods - "New Light" [from their new album with light & with love. pretty lovely little song and we'll undoubtedly be hearing more.]
the Replacements - "Nevermind" [from pleased to meet me. well, the rumour about the replacements playing hopscotch seems to not be true (for now - there are still more bands to be announced, but who knows) but there is still hope they'll come closer than their festival date in atlanta in early may.]
Perfect Pussy - "Big Stars" [from say yes to love. well, the fact that the album is in rotation means i guess it's okay to say the band name on the air. sure.]
the Lemonheads - "No Backbone" [from the 2006 self-titled album that was honestly really, really good. c'mon, evan. you can do more of this.]
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the Both - "Milwaukee" [from their self-titled debut - the new project featuring aimee mann and ted leo. pretty fun song here. well hear more.]
Fugazi - "Cashout" [from the argument. as i tweeted at the time, can you seriously not still find yourself completely won over by this song? i miss fugazi.]
Cody Chestnutt - "Gunpowder on the Letter" [from the new landing on a hundred b-sides release - a bunch of additional tracks recorded at the same time as his excellent 2012 album.]
the Delays - "Hey Girl" [from faded seaside glamour. what a great album name and what a great album. these guys were still releasing music, but nothing quite like this album.]
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Deleted Scenes - "Stutter" [from lithium burn. i'll tell you right now - i enjoyed this song immensely. maybe among my top five songs of this year so far. just love the stuttering effect on the track. we'll hear more.]
Teenage Fanclub - "Slow Fade" [from man made. it was on tour for this album that was the last (and only) time i've seen this band live. thankfully this summer will remedy that as they're playing at the merge records 25th anniversary shin dig. hallelujah.]
Trashettes - "Sucker Punch" [a new greensboro band's new track. check it out on soundcloud. we'll probably hear more from them in the future.]
the Chameleons - "Swamp Thing" [from 1986's strange times. is this record not amazing or what? and this song - sheesh. love this band.]
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Cloud Nothings - "I'm Not Part of Me" [from here and nowhere else. this record is a solid winner, i think. not sure if i think it's better than the previous album yet or not though.]
Myty Konkeror -  "'sus Envy" [from i miss the future. i miss these guys. are they still together? going to put out a new album? bueller?]
the Roots - "When the People Cheer" [from their forthcoming album ...and then you shoot your cousin which will be out in may. high hopes for this considering how much i loved their last album.]
Art Brut - "Pump Up the Volume" [from it's a bit complicated. still one of the finest songs i've ever heard in my life. no joke.]
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the Whigs - "Modern Creation" [the title track from their new album which is out this week. they were fantastic here in greensboro the other week. so much fun to see.]
Glen Phillips - "Duck and Cover" [from winter pays for summer. while i've been lukewarm about phillips' solo career at times, i do very much love this song and think it contains some of his most deft lyricism. especially in the album title reference.]
Black Santa - "Sofa King Smooth" [from their album danny, we love you. they have a new album out as of last week over at their bandcamp so go check it out. more new greensboro rock and roll.]
the Lucksmiths - "Take This Lying Down" [from their 2003 album naturaliste. loved how this song was used in this video at deadspin. just well done.]
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Tweens - "Bored in the City" [from their self-titled record. fun album. we'll be hearing more.]
Social Distortion - "So Far Away" [from their self-titled album. i love the first two songs on this record so much - they are perennial tracks for uptempo stuff on my show.]
Amps for Christ - "Earth is Spinning" [from canyons cars and crows. some really interesting stuff. a band i've heard of for years but have never dug into.]
Richard Buckner - "Boys, the Night Will Bury You" [from the self-titled album that was originally sold at live shows. if you've never heard this, all tracks were recorded live at the black eyed pig in san francisco and if you're a buckner fan, you would love it.]
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School of Language - "Distance Between" [from old fears. interesting stuff and we might hear more.]
the Tragically Hip - "Gift Shop" (live) [this is from the live between us live album that is one of the best documents of this band that i know of. they are incredibly intriguing live here and the whole album is spectacular.]
Howler - "Don't Wanna" [from their new album world of joy. i dig this song a lot, so we'll hear more from this album.]
Luna - "Moon Palace" [from penthouse. dean wareham has done a lot of great music in and out of luna and galaxy 500, but there is something very special album this album.]

That'll do it for this episode. I'll be gone this week, so I'll see you back next live on Wednesday, April 30th. Until then, take care.