J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

j's indie/rock mayhem - 8th december 2004

[only two more weeks until the j's indie/rock mayhem top 25 albums of 2004 show. you can still email me with your nominations. i mean, it's my list, but i can always be persuaded. also, don't forget to keep buying things from amazon through this site to help out the triad health project. click here for the details. just click on the amazon link, buy stuff while you're there, and the THP will receive all commissions generated off this site. now for the rock. onward.]

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
the Delays - "Nearer Than Heaven" [well, i'm a dunce. i didn't hear this glorious album, faded seaside glory, until the past month. now i'm hooked. amazing, pure pop the likes of which you are not hearing on an often enough basis.]
Q and Not U - "X-Polynation" [from the gloriously rockin' power.]
the Velvet Underground - "What Goes On" [from their self-titled album without nico. their 3rd album. damn bands with multiple self-titled records. oh, well.]
Richard Hell and the Voidoids - "Love Comes in Spurts" [classic NYC punk circa 1977. from blank generation.]
Medications - "Safe and Sorry" [from their self-titled debut EP. two-thirds of the glorious band faraquet make up this new addition to the dischord records roster.]
Fretblanket - "Into the Ocean" [from home truths from abroad. admittedly, this is no life changing album, but it has held up well since 1998. great pop hooks, especially on this song. besides, the video for this won the jury prize on that MTV show 12 angry viewers. what else do you want?]
Drive-by Truckers - "Tornadoes" [from the dirty south. playing this friday and saturday night at the visualite theatre in charlotte. i'll be there saturday.]
Big Star - "O, Dana" [from the epic and oft-lauded third/sister lovers. this album is chock full of great songs, but am i a heretic for preferring both #1 record and radio city? oh well.]
Tom Waits - "Martha" [this was a whole set of tom waits songs to mark his 55th birthday on yesterday, the 7th. my mother's name is martha, so this song is always sweet. from closing time.]
Tom Waits - "Johnsberg, Illinois" [clairvoyancy is amazing. i asked for tom waits requests and this guy calls in and asks for this song. i had just loaded swordfishtrombones (the album it's on) into the cd player because i was about to play...]
Tom Waits - "16 Shells from a Thirty-Ought Six" [..so i just played them both. i love them both, so why not. from 1983.]
Tom Waits - "Cold Cold Ground" [from 1987's franks wild years. this was the song that got me into his music, thanks to seeing him on vh1's top 100 artists of rock and roll. then, of course, my friend sylvia loaning me her copy of bone machine. but that's another story.]
Tom Waits - "Shake It" [from real gone, his latest. "metropolitan glide," another track from this album, has been nominated for the best male rock vocal grammy. rock on, tom.]
the Maroons - "If" [great hip hop from this excellent collaboration of lateef and chief xcel. from the lp ambush.]
Brian Eno - "Third Uncle" [from taking tiger mountain (by strategy). this right here is going to be a long, slippery slope, i can tell. i will own many eno albums by the time this is done. lord help me.]
Bob Dylan and the Band - "Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)" (live) [from the live before the flood album. i'm not totally crazy about the versions of the songs on this album, but it's still a damn fine record.]
the Avett Brothers - "Swept Away" [lovely north carolina artists who are playing at the green bean this saturday but it is sold out, brother. from their latest album mignonette.]
Pavement - "Strings of Nashville" [originally a b-side to the "gold soundz" single, it's one of the 37 additional tracks tacked onto the outrageously awesome crooked rain, crooked rain re-issue. i'm glad someone knows how to do re-issues around here.]
Public Image Ltd. - "Swan Lake" [from the 1979 post-punk classic, second edition. ever wondered where radio 4/the rapture/moving units/etc. came from? this album is a good place to start.]
Pink Floyd - "Fearless" [okay, okay. i never thought i'd play pink floyd on my show. i also never thought i'd own a pink floyd album. then i broke down and bought meddle and all i can say is wow. this will not become a recurring thing, but i just had to play this song. lovely stuff.]
Pulp - "This Is Hardcore" ["you are hardcore/you make me hard." jeez, jarvis, tell us how you really feel. the gloriously un-subtle title track from their brilliant 1998 album.]
the Emergency - "Under the Weather" [from how do you move? easily one of the catchiest records i've heard all year. my goal for spring of '05 is to get these guys in greensboro to play.]
the Church - "Reptile" [from starfish. i was driving around town one day when chuck carrol (thursdays, 6pm - 8pm on WQFS) played this song. i immediately went home, called gate city noise and had them hold a copy. i've never looked back.]
Kathleen Edwards - "12 Bellevue" [by request. from her brilliant album (and j's indie/rock's #1 of 2003) failer. long time QFS booster stan called in for this one. good to hear from you.]
the Modern Lovers - "Roadrunner" [from their self-titled debut. one of the all-time greatest american rock and roll songs ever written. ever.]
Hank Williams III - "I'm the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised" [hank III's wonderful rendition of this johnny paycheck classic. from one of the best tribute/compilation albums of the year, touch my heart: a tribute to johnny paycheck.]
the La's - "There She Goes" [pop rarely gets better than the shimmering guitars on this song. long live pop music. from their self-titled album.]

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