J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, June 02, 2004

j's indie/rock mayhem - 2nd june 2004

[well, if ever there was a night for great music (which it always is), it was tonight. some great new stuff came leaping out of the wood work and announced itself with a vengence. we'll get to that in a second. not that the person who called in will read this, but to the person who called to ask when stevie ray vaughan died...i was right! 1990, bitches. i really am good sometimes. onward.]

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
the Roots - "Don't Say Nuthin" [from the forthcoming the tipping point. i'm excited.]
the Pixies - "Levitate Me" [they're playing in atlanta in november. who wants to go with me?]
Sleater-Kinney - "Not What You Want" [the first time i ever saw sleater-kinney, they opened with this number from dig me out. there are few steamroller songs this good.]
Bad Religion - "The Empire Strikes First" [a surprisingly strong number. the title track from their new album that drops next week.]
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter - "Troubled Soul" [this made me leap out of my sandals. jesse sykes' last album was a treasure and this one is lining up to be no different. beautiful, hazy country music.]
John Wesley Harding - "Still Photo" [probably my favorite harding song. from his john wesley harding's new deal album.]
the Ramones - "Needles and Pins" [you did sonny bono proud, boys.]
the Replacements - "I Will Dare" [my favorite band. le sigh.]
Gift of Gab - "The Writz" [blackalicious' wordsmith steps up for his solo album debut and smacks one. not as strong as he is with chief xcel behind him, but it's still really good.]
Camper Van Beethoven - "Take the Skinheads Bowling" [camper van is out on tour opening for cracker right now which is a marvelous excuse to see the two bands you never thought you'd see play together; what with cracker have spawned from the dissolution of camper van and all that. now..when is uncle tupelo going to open for wilco?]
Andrew Octopus - "Stroboscopic Robitussin Hoedown" [canton, nc rep-re-sent. not to mention what a fabulous lead in for...]
Dizzee Rascal - "Fix Up, Look Sharp" [from the slowly infecting boy in da corner. playing with the streets in d.c. on july 1st, in atlanta on july 2nd.]
Tiger Bear Wolf - "Wrong Lens, Wrong Film" [from wuag's new greensboro area artists compilation. this song is sharp and is the best produced song i've heard by my favorite local heroes.]
the Emergency - "Breakdown A Go-Go"
Division of Laura Lee - "All Streets End" [hot, swedish rock.]
Fugazi - "Smallpox Champion" [from my favorite fugazi album, in on the kill taker.]
the Streets - "Dry Your Eyes" [as i commented on air, Q magazine called a grand don't come for free the best album of 2004 thus far by a long shot. i can't say i disagree right now.]
Willie Nelson - "Night Life"
Dawn Chorus - "Got Some Blood on My Shirt (live)" [dawn chorus, another fantastic greensboro band, has their new album coming out later this summer/early fall, but in the meanwhile they sent this lovely sampler up to us. this has been one of my favorite songs performed live.]
Calexico - "Alone Again Or" [i played this last week, but was slightly distracted. this song is gorgeous. it features the nearly flawless nicolai dunger and his band playing along with calexico in a gorgeous latin inflected country number. bravo.]
Sonic Youth - "Paper Cup Exit" [from the forthcoming sonic nurse which also drops next tuesday. i'm getting more and more hyped on this record.]
Hayden - "Robbed Blind" [easily one of my favorites from the new, gorgeous elk-lake serenade.]
Moonbabies - "Fieldtrip USA" [the temptation to play this back to back with "surfin' usa" and "geek usa" was tempting, but i held out.]
Husker Du - "Turn on the News" [though some of the lines in this song are slightly cheesy, and the rhymes a bit predictable, it's a great tune. given the current state of the world, i'm surprised it hasn't shown up being covered by more indie-rock bands of late. sleater-kinney did the boss's "promised land" and creedance's "fortunate son," after all.]
Mission of Burma - "Fake Blood"
the Cure - "The End of the World" [the new cure single off their forthcoming self-titled album. not a bad song. i've definitley heard worse from them.]
Kathleen Edwards - "Money Talks (live)" [ac/dc. aw, yeah.]
the Jayhawks - "Nothing Left to Borrow" [one of my absolute favorite jayhawks songs.]
Matthew Sweet - "Sick of Myself" [from 100% fun.]
Elastica - "Car Song" [very few things in life top this song.]
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter - "Tell the Boys" [due to a slight delay, i strolled over into the next dj's block. so took advantage of my tendency not to repeat artists during a show and pulled jesse sykes back out. this song is fantastic! based on this song alone i'm heading out to buy the album.]

I'll be back next week, same time. In the meanwhile, Patterson Hood of the Drive-by Truckers is playing a solo show at the Garage in Winston-Salem this Saturday night. He's out promoting his new solo album which has been getting very good reviews. The Truckers are one of the world's best live acts, so I can't imagine Patterson being disappointing. He's a brilliant songwriter. I'll probably see you there. Until then!


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