J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

j's indie/rock mayhem - 30th march 2005

[the show started off with me being somewhat perturbed at having left a key cd at home, but ended up with some crazy requests and a really fun show. lots of callers and lots of good vibes. so let's check out the haul. onward.]

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Kathleen Edwards - "Back to Me" [the title track, and lead single, from her new album. i had held off on playing it since it's the track NPR and other progressive-minded stations are playing, but hell, i needed a track that rocks and this is a good one. raucous roots rock.]
Josh Ritter - "Snow is Gone" [i'll probably eat my words for playing this song in celebration of the beginning of spring here in carolina, but for the time being the weather is gorgeous. this song is always a good celebratory one for such an occasion. from his latest, hello starling.]
Social Distortion - "Let It Be Me" [from their self-titled album, my personal favorite social d. record. mike ness was always good at cranking up some of the best punk/rockabilly/country leaning songs and making the whole record still sound of one piece.]
the Minutemen - "The Glory of Man" [from the monumental double nickles on the dime, probably one of the most cleverly named albums in the history of album naming.]
Glen Phillips - "Duck and Cover" [the lead track from his new album, winter pays for summer. glen is, of course, the ex-lead singer of toad the wet sprocket and this is his first album for the lost highway label. congrats to him.]
Bosshog - "Whiteout" [by request. sort of. caller BTO wanted to hear the john spencer blues explosion, but lacking that, i put on boss hog instead. boss hog is fronted by spencer's wife, christina martinez, and features spencer on guitar as well. dirty, bluesy rock. i like it. from their whiteout album.]
Elvis Costello - "No Action" [my theme song from every high school spring break. ever. from the classic this year's model.]
Fountains of Wayne - "Survival Car" [one of my absolute favorite tracks from their nearly flawless self-titled debut. power pop rarely comes so perfectly displayed.]
the Raveonettes - "Everyday" [a really unusual, and therefore welcome and intriguing, cover of buddy holly's classic. this is from the new a touch of black EP that is a precursor for their forthcoming full length.]
Beastie Boys - "An Open Letter to NYC" [possibly my favorite song from their latest, to the 5 boroughs. this song made me flip my wig while driving down the interstate (not a good thing, mind you) the first time i heard it. it samples the dead boys' classic "sonic reducer." right on.]
the Dead Boys - "Sonic Reducer" (live) [this is from the night of the living dead boys live album. an album that they were forced to record after they split up, lead singer stiv bators purposefully sang off mic the entire show leaving the recording unusable. this re-issue on the bomp label had bators actually come into the studio and re-record his vocals. crazy stuff.]
Focus - "Hocus Pocus" [from the album moving waves. many a party my senior year of college would reach its climax as a group of numerous variously-intoxicated people would gather around to sing this song. and as it's nothing but pure yodeling, oh, man. so much fun. and the riff rocks.]
Yo La Tengo - "You Can Have It All" [originally from their breathtaking and then nothing turned itself inside out album. it's one of the featured tracks on the new prisoners of love 3CD best-of box set. very exciting collection of one of america's most consistantly amazing bands.]
Andrew Octopus - "Platinum Decoder Rings" [a very hype song from his latest, who is john titor? north carolina home-spun, minimalist hip-hop.]
the Meat Puppets - "Plateau" [from the still extremely off-kilter meat puppets II album. there could have been no bolder move in the hardcore scene of the early 80s than to record an album of acid-fried country rock. that the meat puppets weren't killed for it is still a mystery, but thank god they did.]
The The - "Good Morning, Beautiful" [by request. from the oft-lauded mind bomb album. i don't know what it is about the the, but it brings people out of the woodwork. not only does mark from up on the blue ridge dig these guys, but i had another call here tonight from a guy who loves the the. they are a band that inspires love, that's for sure. and rightfully so.]
Iron and Wine - "Gray Stables" [yet another of the six brilliant songs from the new woman king EP. this is going on my top 25 of 2005, no questions.]
the Deathray Davies - "She Can Play Me Like a Drum Machine" [by request. from day of the ray. not only do they have one of the most clever band names in rock, the davies are power-pop composers of a first-rate variety.]
the Delays - "Hey Girl" [one of the most flawless pop songs i've heard in ages. from the #8 j's indie/rock album of 2004, faded seaside glamour. this is where the byrds went.]
Fuzzbox - "Bohemian Rhapsody" [by request. from the self! 12" single. so, the caller requests this and i'm thinking 'what asshat tried to cover this song?' there are some songs you just don't cover. what i heard is an acapella rendition that is simply mind blowing. if you can find this song, hear it.]
Son Volt - "Sometimes" [their beautiful cover of alejandro escovedo's song from the por vida escovedo tribute album. things have gone silent, but here's hoping that the buzz about a reformed son volt and a new album were not just hot air.]
Citified - "Secret Knock" [from their self-titled debut. this greensboro band is the real deal. dark power-pop like you wouldn't believe. i have got to hear more.]
Brian Eno - "Burning Airlines Gives You So Much More" [upon re-listening to taking tiger mountain (by strategy) last night, i've decided it's rather brilliant. early post-roxy music eno is probably my favorite, though i do have a soft spot for his ambient work as well.]
John Wesley Harding - "Still Photo" [the first time i ever really heard john wesley harding was in going to see josh ritter open for him in chicago back in '03. this is the song that stuck out to me (among many) and remains one of my favorites of his. from his excellent john wesley harding's new deal.]
the Moaners - "Everybody Wants My Baby" [north carolina rock. this is off a new compilation of NC bands put together to honor the 10 year anniversary of the oldest radio webcast in the world, WXYC, unc-chapel hill's radio station. all of the tracks off this album are available for free download.]
Aimee Mann - "High on Sunday 51" [from her latest, lost in space. she has a new album apparently finished and on the way later this spring. a sort of concept album. we'll see how it pans out.]
Crowded House - "Something So Strong" [the suicide of paul hester, crowded house's drummer, this week was truly sad. as a bit of a memorial i left off with this, one of my favorite tracks from crowded house's beautiful self-titled record.]

That's it. Friday night, April 1st, at Ace's Basement here in Greensboro, local band (and Guilford alumni, ex-QFS djs and managers) Kudzu Wish will be releasing their new En Route EP. The show will also feature Tiger Bear Wolf, Hope for a Golden Summer and Dawn Chorus. I'll be there and it should be a fantastic show. I'll see you next week. Take care.



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