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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.

Friday, April 11, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 9th April 2014


[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. I thought this week might be a bit lackluster, with a slower release class this week, but I was wrong and I think this week's show was pretty darn enjoyable. Hope you feel the same.

Just a reminder that I'll be gone in two weeks, so no show the week of April 23rd.

Now, while the beautiful spring weather is still with us, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 9th April 2014 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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Eternal Summers - "A Burial" [from the drop beneath. really digging this record. maybe a contender for the year-end best of.]
Placebo - "You Don't Care About Us" [from without you i'm nothing. there's something about this record that has really held up for me over the years. dig this band a lot still.]
Protomartyr - "Scum, Rise!" [from under color of official right. i have no idea what's going on with that album title, but this does remind me of a slightly smoother pop. 1280. well probably hear more.]
Sleater-Kinney - "Get Up" [from the hot rock. probably among my favorite sleater-kinney singles of all time. love when the song finally builds to its all-too-quick resolution of the twin shouts of "get up!"]
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the Whigs - "Hit Me" [from their new album modern creation. the whigs will be at the blind tiger in greensboro this saturday night, april 12th. it's been just over seven years since the band joined me live on the show after the release of their first album and now they're on number five. pretty good clip.]
Matthew Sweet - "I Wanted to Tell You" [from girlfriend. really enjoyed the vagabond saints society cover show of his stuff the other week. really good.]
White Hinterland - "Metronome" [from baby. more good music from casey dienel and company.]
R.E.M. - "7 Chinese Brothers" [from reckoning which, as frank pointed out to me, turned 30 years old on the night of the show. ah, how time flies.]
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Cloud Nothings - "Now Hear In" [from the new here and nowhere else. really promising stuff from an increasingly good band.]
Paul Westerberg - "33rd of July" [a bonus track on the japanese edition of suicaine gratification. always has been one of my favorite westerberg non-album tracks.]
the Hold Steady - "The Only Thing" [from teeth dreams. jeez this record is growing on me a lot. i think it's really, really superb.]
the Dream Syndicate - "The Days of Wine and Roses" [the title track from their debut. this song is not one second too long, even at seven and a half minutes. just so recklessly good.]
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EMA - "When She Comes" [from the new album the future's void. i'm still wrapping my head around this album. it's good in spots though. why does it remind me so much of courtney love? in a good way.]
the Streets - "Sharp Darts" [from original pirate material. always loved this short song. good stuff.]
De La Soul - "Dilla Plugged In" [from the new smell the Da.I.S.Y. which is available for free download on bit torrent and around the web. it's an album of songs featuring the production of the late j. dilla. very worth hearing.]
Midnight Oil - "Feeding Frenzy" (live) [this is from their mtv unplugged performance of this track, originally from their earth and sun and moon album. honestly, i like it better than the studio version, but i also think their unplugged performance is among the best there ever was on the show. just superb.]
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the Afghan Whigs - "Lost in the Woods" [from the new do to the beast which is out this week. really enjoying this record, per my discussion with ryan snyder last week.]
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter - "LLL" [from like, love, lust and the open halls of the soul. a record i still enjoy an awful lot.]
Mac DeMarco - "Treat Her Better" [from the new salad days. a good song from a good album and we'll be hearing more.]
Ryan Adams - "Come Pick Me Up" [from heartbreaker because, well, it's maybe the best song he ever wrote. i hate to pigeonhole, but it's true.]
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Don Chambers - "Which One is Worse" [from disquietude which is available through is bandcamp page. quite a good album and we'll still be hearing more later.]
Supergrass - "Late in the Day" [from in it for the money. seriously - do you like great rock and roll? have you not heard this album? then get on it. and give yourself something really enjoyable for once.]
Simone Felice - "The Gallows" [from his new album strangers. this song is pretty good. well, i like it a lot at least.]
Nickel Creek - "Destination" [from the new reunion album a dotted line. love this song - really infectious. nickel creek have come back a winner, i think, guys.]
the Brothers and Sisters - "I Shall Be Released" [from a recently re-issued album called dylan's gospel. originally recording in 1969, light in the attic records has re-issued this record of gospel dylan covers that, frankly, is really, really amazing.]

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

Friday, April 04, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 2nd April 2014


[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. I hate that last week's show went missing as I had a great interview about Phuzz Phest going on this week in Winston-Salem. Sadly, the recording gods thought it was not to be. On the plus side, this week's episode with Ryan Snyder of YES Weekly went as planned. We talked new music from the Afghan Whigs and the Hold Steady and a little bit about why the new Pixies album annoys me and Ryan talked me back from the ledge. It's all pretty fun listening, so I hope you enjoy.

Just as an advance notice, there will be no podcast the week of what would be the April 23rd show. I'll be skipping that week. I'll also be missing another show in mid-May, but I think you guys can handle it. Right?

Now, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 2nd April 2014 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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Future Islands - "Back in the Tall Grass" [from singles. digging this record quite a bit so far, so well hear more. good to see these guys really taking off. they deserve it.]
the Clash - "Brand New Cadillac" [from london calling. between this and "safe european home," the "clash song for the second song of the night" slot is pretty well locked up on my show, clearly.]
EMA - "So Blonde" [from the forthcoming the future's void. this is out next week and we'll see how i feel about the whole thing. i like the hole vibe on this song though.]
Whiskeytown - "Yesterday's News" [from stranger's almanac. my favorite whiskeytown album. period.]

[Here is where I was joined by Ryan Snyder to do the Indie/Rock Roundtable. We discussed new albums from both the Afghan Whigs, Do to the Beast which is out next week, and the Hold Steady, Teeth Dreams which was out last week. As always, the discussion is pretty fun, so make sure you listen, but the final results: Afghan Whigs - Ryan and J: thumbs up. The Hold Steady - Ryan and J: thumbs up. But there's a lot more than just general likes here - I think we had a pretty good discussion about all of it.]

the Afghan Whigs - "Matamoros" [from do to the beast.]
the Afghan Whigs - "It Kills" [from do to the beast.]
the Hold Steady - "The Ambassador" [from teeth dreams.]
the Hold Steady - "On With the Business" [from teeth dreams.]
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the Coathangers - "Shut Up" [from suck my shirt. i played this on last week's show, but since it went missing, i thought it was worth a replay.]
Grandpaboy - "Ain't Done Much" [from the debut self-titled EP. paul westerberg's geriatric(?) alter-ego's debut. still a fun EP.]
Posse - "Shut Up" [from soft opening. i enjoy that two new records both have songs called "shut up" on them. amusing.]
the Damnwells - "Kiss Catastrophe" [from bastards of the beat. i also played something off of this record last week, but changed up the song this week. i miss the damnwells.]
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Mac DeMarco - "Let Her Go" [from salad days. ryan and i debated getting into this album for the roundtable, but decided not to. we'll hear more as i'm enjoying it.]
the Tills - "Who Wants You" [by request. from mixtape volume 1. asheville, north carolina band tearing it up with their garage goodness.]
the War on Drugs - "An Ocean in Between the Waves" [from lost in the dream. man, i have to say, i'm really digging this record. almost feels like a fall record, but it's working well for my spring time as well.]
Son Volt - "Back Into Your World" [from straightaways. i learned how to play this on a guitar back in high school and made a girl leave a coffee shop in tears. true story. up to you as to whether it was because i did so well or so terribly.]
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Cloud Nothings - "Psychic Trauma" [from the new here and nowhere else. we'll get into more of this next week, but excited to hear new music from them.]
Against Me! - "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" [the title track from their latest. this is bound for my year-end best singles list. god this song rocks.]
Nickle Creek - "Rest of My Life" [from a dotted line. new nickel creek! i actually reviewed their last new album for WQFS - which I really enjoyed - but it's very nice to hear them back. we'll hear more.]
White Hinterland - "Ring the Bell" [from baby. played this single a month or two ago, and now the album is out so we'll hear more new stuff from this next week.]
Liz Phair - "Baby Got Gone" [from whitechocolatespaceegg. an underrated liz phair record, if i do say so myself.]

Alright, that'll do it for this week. I'll be back next week with more great tunes, so until then, take care.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 19th March 2014


[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. This week's show is pretty rockin' from start to finish, if I do say so myself. Plenty of amazing stuff. Tonight's show also features a tribute to the late Gary Burger of the Monks and Scott Asheton of the Stooges, both of whom died this past week. Proto-punk would not have been the same without both of those men.

I'll be joined next week by Mike Wallace to talk about the upcoming Phuzz Phest in Winston-Salem which has an amazing lineup this year. We'll have a lot to talk about, I'm sure.

Alright, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 19th March 2014 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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the Pack A.D. - "Airborne" [from do not engage. i've heard about these folks for years, but haven't checked them out until now. not bad.]
Elastica - "Stutter" [from their self-titled album. as i said last week, this record turned 20 years old on march 14th. this song still kills me.]
the Coathangers - "Drive" [from suck my shirt. digging this song and what i've heard from the new suicide squeeze band. we'll hear more.]
Black Grape - "Reverend Black Grape" [from it's great when you're straight...yeah. another record that still just bowls me over when i listen to it. shaun ryder appears able to make one really amazing record with each new group he's in and that's it.]
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Nothing - "Bent Nail" [from their guilty of everything album. another track from their new album. enjoying it.]
Public Enemy - "Burn Hollywood Burn" [from fear of a black planet. i forgot how mildly difficult this song is to edit, and i also left off one of the best parts - flava flav's audition for a movie role at the end. sorry.]
Eternal Summers - "A Burial" [from the drop beneath. this virginia band is pretty stellar, based on this. we'll hear more.]
Mclusky - "Dethink to Survive" [from do dallas. this song is like a steamroller and i love it. love it.]
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the War on Drugs - "Red Eyes" [from lost in the dream. a lot of up and down reviews on this one, but i'm really digging what i'm hearing so far.]
Travis - "Writing to Reach You" [from the man who. oh, this song. when i bought my copy of this album, i sat and hit repeat on this track at least four or five times. so good.]
D.M. Franklin Kane - "The Mind of God" [from the hard truth. frank kane is back with his first post-citified album. lots of good stuff here, especially on this song. check it out at his bandcamp.]
Jim White - "Epilogue to a Marriage" [from where it hits you. one of my favorite songs from a record full of them. still hits me hard.]
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Perfect Pussy - "Interference Fits" [from say yes to love. i realized after saying the name of this band once on the air that perhaps i shouldn't. but whatever. good song.]
Buffalo Tom - "Summer" [from sleepy eyed. oh, buffalo tom. just such a tremendously great songwriter band.]
Homeboy Sandman - "Wade in the Water" [from the white sands EP. this song amuses me - i really love the languid, slower delivery of sandman. so i tend to play him at least once every now and then.]
Blackalicious - "It's Going Down" [from blazing arrow. one of the records i really regret not getting to write about for the drunkard best of the decade series. so good.]
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Posse - "Jon" [from soft opening. i like this song quite a bit and we'll hear more from them.]
Kathleen Edwards - "Moneytalks" (live) [from the live at the bowery EP. hadn't played this in awhile, but this out-of-print EP is worth it for this cover at the very least.]
Kalle Mattson - "God's Only Son" [from someday, the moon will be gold. does this record just get better with each track? clearly so.]
Tiger Bear Wolf - "Input/Output" [from their self-titled album. oh, sainted greensboro rock and roll.]
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Wood Ear - "Pack of Cards" [from the forthcoming electric alone EP. from our friends at churchkey records, a new EP from this durham, nc band. good song.]
Elf Power - "The Naughty Villain" [from the winter is coming. a classic. i first heard this song as a download on abercrombie & fitch's website. true story.]
Michael Kiwanuka - "You've Got Nothing to Lose" [a new single from a great musician. this is the a-side of the single we heard the b-side of last week. great to hear kiwanuka back.]
Superchunk - "Beat My Guest" [from the cup of sand b-sides and covers collection. a cover of the adam ant classic. i love their version. originally recorded around the time of on the mouth.]
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Don Chambers - "Evacuate the Ghost" [from his forthcoming album disquietude. excited to play more of this as don chambers' music is pretty unique.]
Rickie Lee Jones - "Livin' It Up" [from pirates. my favorite rickie lee jones album, and one of my favorite songs.]
the Monks - "Monk Time" [from black monks time. monks lead singer, gary burger, passed away this past week at the age of 72. if you've never heard this album, go hunt it down as it's really an immaculate piece of 60s proto-punk. rest in peace, gary.]
the Stooges - "Down on the Street" [from fun house. and we've lost another asheton. after guitarist ron asheton's death in 2009, now his brother, scott asheton, drummer for the stooges, has died. the beat on this song alone is proof of his prowess, but it's all over those early stooges records. rest in peace.]

That'll do it for this week. Tune in next week for our Phuzz Phest preview and lots more. Until then, take care.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 12th March 2014


[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. This week's show was particularly fun, I believe. Lots of good new and classic stuff. On the actual live broadcast, I had some trouble with the new song by Nothing, but you lucky podcast listeners get the whole song as it was intended to be heard. So just sort of ignore my apology in the voice break after that set.

In a couple of weeks I'm going to have some people up to talk about the upcoming Phuzz Phest in Winston-Salem. This year's lineup is insanely good, so we'll have lots to talk about, I'm sure.

Alright, now, before any of you get distracted by March Madness, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 12th March 2014 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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Pontiak - "Ghosts" [from innocence. this was the first song i played off of this record about a month or so back and man, it still just plows through your ears. so good.]
Dilated Peoples - "Work the Angles" [from the platform. so, after doing some research, apparently dilated peoples have been back together since last year. i'm sleeping on it. come to north carolina, guys!]
Eagulls - "Requiem" [the b-side to their "nerve endings" single from their self-titled album. love this cover of killing joke's song from their debut. that's a band i haven't played in awhile. maybe next week.]
Jarvis Cocker - "Heavy Weather" [from his jarvis solo record. i drove through a pounding rainstorm to get to the show on wednesday, so this was in honor of that.]
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Morgan Delt - "Barbarian Kings" [from their self-titled album. finally, after weeks of promising. i really need to do better on that top-of-show list of upcoming artists.]
Elastica - "Car Song" [from their self-titled debut. i miss this band. even if their second record wasn't nearly as good. the video for this song was awfully cool though. i miss spike jonze's music videos. plus, this album is 20 years old this week - march 14th. crazy.]
together Pangea - "Offer" [from badillac. more pretty excellent stuff from these guys.]
Patti Smith - "Break It Up" [from her debut album horses. oh, patti smith. one of my favorite songs off of this album.]
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Nothing - "Hymn to the Pillory" [from guilty of everything. a pretty interesting record that we will hear more from.]
Michael Penn - "Don't Let Me Go" [from mp4: days since a lost time accident. among my all-time favorite michael penn songs.]
Angel Olsen - "Stars" [from burn your fire for no witness. this record continues to grow and grow for me. just excellent.]
Grace Jones - "Me! I Disconnect From You" [from the forthcoming re-issue of her 1981 album nightclubbing. this was recorded at the time of the album but not released. love hearing people do interesting covers of gary numan's stuff, as big a numan fan as i am.]
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Jessica Lea Mayfield - "I Wanna Love You" [from make my head sing... one of the artists that will be at phuzz phest in early april. enjoying this record so far.]
the Go-Betweens - "Twin Layers of Lightning" [from liberty belle and the black diamond express. i do need to hear more go-betweens. what other records should i check out?]
Real Estate - "Crime" [from atlas. just a lovely song from a lovely record.]
Rickie Lee Jones - "It Takes You There" [from the evening of my best day. she opened with this when i saw her last fall and it was spell binding. i have to see her live again.]
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Dum Dum Girls - "Rimbaud Eyes" [from too true. this record just hasn't grabbed me the way their previous one did. not sure if it's the production or what. songs aren't bad and bravo for moving forward, but, i don't know.]
Futurebirds - "Serial Bowls" [from baba yaga. love these dudes. come back to greensboro again. seems like you hit up every city in the state except us this time.]
Drive-by Truckers - "Pauline Hawkins" [from english oceans. another record that i'm not sure how i feel about. it's good - really good in spots - but the claims from some critics that it's their best ever has me scratching my head a bit.]
Jenny Hval - "Innocense is Kinky" [the title track from her latest. enjoyed this record and she'll be at local 506 pretty soon. i think i want to go.]
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the Bad Lovers - "Freaks" [from wild times. enjoying this record, too, and finally got around to getting this song on the show after a few weeks of misfires.]
that dog. - "Minneapolis" [from retreat from the sun. oh, anna waronker. your husband told me last april that you guys were working on a new that dog record. please tell me it's true.]
Michael Kiwanuka - "Waitin' Around to Die" [from the new "you've got nothing to lose" single. woah. seriously. excited to hear him back and very excited to see him cover this.]
Potty Mouth - "Black and Studs" [from hell bent. a good record from last year that didn't quite make my year-end.]
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Frankie Cosmos - "Owen" [from the album zentropy. i think we'll have to hear more of this because i like it.]
Bjork - "Enjoy" [from post. this record still gets in my head on a regular basis. it's a shame i've kind of zoned out on everything she did after as a result.]
Kalle Mattson - "Eyes Speak" [from someday, the moon will be gold. this is a gorgeous song. i'm really getting into this record. we'll hear more.]
Roman Candle - "Small Time" [from their latest debris. enjoying their latest album an awful lot as well.]

Alright, that'll do it for this week. Tune in next week for more great new and classic music and until then, take care.