J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

j's indie/rock mayhem - 14th july 2004

[i, personally, really enjoyed tonight's show. there were a handful of really awesome new releases this week, as well as some digging that was done to unearth some wonderful items buried in rotation. so let's take a look.]

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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the Roots - "I Don't Care" [from their newly released the tipping point. quite a different record from the studied, mindbending exploration of craft and sound of their 2002 masterpiece phrenology. this new record finds them returning to the deep grooves and jams of their earlier records. it resounds as an enthusiastic and fun album and this song is way up near the top as one of the album's strongest tracks.]
Morphine - "Murder for the Money" [mark sandman is sadly missed, as is morphine as a band. from their deftly cool like swimming.]
Jay Farrar - "Damn Shame (live)" [i love how jay has taken up playing the re-mixed version of this song live. it bares the innate funkyness of the song more openly than the original album version had tapped. from the new live album stone, steel and bright lights.]
RJD2 - "Clean Living" [from the new album since we last spoke.]
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A.C. Newman - "Miracle Drug" [it's a shame that what is repeatedly appearing to me as the best track on this album is also the very first. but that's alright. at least it was written at all. brilliant rock-pop from the slow wonder.]
the Gun Club - "She's Like Heroin to Me" [from fire of love.]
Josh Rouse - "Directions (live)" [the song that drew a lot of peoples' ears to josh rouse's music on the vanilla sky soundtrack. originally from his second album home, this is from the new the smooth sounds of josh rouse live dvd and rarities set.]
My Bloody Valentine - "When You Sleep" [little, if anything, sounds like the album loveless and i doubt anything ever will.]
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Jim White - "Static on the Radio" [the first track from jim's new album drill a hole in that substrate and tell me what you see. it features amy mann on backing vocals. jim will be at local 506 in chapel hill on tuesday august 17th.]
Sonic Youth - "Stones" [sonic nurse sits very solidly in my top 5 albums of 2004 thus far. sonic youth is slowly becoming the best band they've ever been. i know i love what i'm hearing.]
the River Bends - "Are You Lonely?" [denison witmer, no stranger to this radio show or the greensboro area, has finally amassed a full fledged band to surround his beautiful, reflective songs. based on this song, this may be the best, most exciting release in his career thus far.]
Wilco - "Theologians" [repeatedly, this comes to mind as one of my very favorite tracks from the new a ghost is born.]
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the Avett Brothers - "Swept Away" [from the new album mignonette. the avetts will be on QFS tomorrow between 12p - 2p on the rock and roll scrapbook, so tune in for that. they'll also be playing tomorrow night at the garage in winston-salem. i'll be there.]
the Streets - "Dry Your Eyes" [another of my top 5 albums of the year thus far, the streets' a grand don't come for free is not only one of the most unique records of the year, but the songwriting is clever and smart; leagues beyond typical commercial radio fare and twice as catchy.]
Belle and Sebastian - "Your Cover's Blown" [referred to in several reviews as "the indie 'bohemian rhapsody,' this is certainly one of the most unique songs from belle and sebastian i've ever heard, but damn if it's not really good. from the new books EP.]
Patti Smith - "Trampin'" [the title track and old spiritual from the new patti smith album.]
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Mutual Admiration Society - "Trouble" [the record i've been waiting nearly 4 years for; originally recorded in december of 2000, this collaboration between glen phillips (ex-toad the wet sprocket) and the members of nickel creek has sat collecting dust. it has finally received its release on sugar hill records and is a beautiful work. this is their lovely version of a jon brion song.]
Jesse Malin - "Goin' Out West" [this song is haunting. from jesse's new album, the heat. he'll be playing at go studios in chapel hill on wednesday july 28th.]
For Squirrels - "8:02 p.m." [i recently bought a used copy of for squirrels' debut album, example. the sad story of the band's rise and sudden tragedy (half the band died in a car accident one month before example's release) overshadows what is a really strong slab of mid-90s alt-rock. this song especially stands out.]
Drive-by Truckers - "Decoration Day" [with a new album looming and two local shows upcoming (Thurs. July 29th - Visulite Theatre, Charlotte, NC; Fri. July 30th - Ziggy's, Winston-Salem, NC), i thought i'd pull out one of my favorite bands of the past few years.)
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Old 97s - "Won't Be Home" [the lead track from the new old 97s album drag it up.]
Edwyn Collins - "A Girl Like You" [another recent used purchase. i first heard this song on the empire records soundtrack, but edwyn's tenure in the scottish band orange juice had him exposure long before i'd heard him. though i remembered it largely for nostalgic reasons, it's a truly good song.]
Azita - "Yours for Today" [from the new album life on the fly. the review described them as steely dan and elton john backing up nico. not a bad description as this band is almost precisely like that description. very, very good. but then, i love steely dan. and nico.]
the B-52s - "52 Girls (Remix)" [this is from the party mix EP of dance remixes of six classic b-52s tracks.]
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the Tragically Hip - "You're Everywhere" [from the quite excellent new album in between evolution.]
the Jayhawks - "Angelyne" [from their most recent, rainy day music.]
the Buzzcocks - "Ever Fallen In Love?" [from singles going steady.]

I'll be back next week and I'll see you guys tomorrow night at the Avett Brothers' show at the Garage! Take care.

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