J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

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

[you know, never let it be said that any day can't be turned around, and straight away. not that i was having a bad day, but i certainly, due to job-ness, hadn't been thinking of much music this week. usually i have a list of songs stuck in my head and compiled. not so this time. but i came home, rounded up a batch of some old favorites, and lit out for the territory and i had a smashing time.

so, here's the december schedule for the show: dec. 7th - regular j's indie/rock with a possible emphasis on past top 25 albums. dec. 14th - 'best of the rest' show (non-top 25 of 2005 albums that're still great) and my favorite single songs of the year. and then finally, dec. 21st - the 4th annual j's indie/rock mayhem top 25 albums of the year - 2005. so, so exciting. so if you still have any recommendations, get them in to me. and fast. now, onward.]

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show" [you know, i play this every week, but it never occurred to me that some of y'all might never have heard it. so click here to download the edited version that leads off each show.]
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Dirty Three - "The Zither Player" [not too many times a day are zithers mentioned, so i played it. it's also one of the few more up-tempo songs, akin to last week's "doris," on a pretty laid back album. it's all very good though. from the new album cinder.]
the Sex Pistols - "Holidays in the Sun" [in honor of their forthcoming induction into the rock and roll hall of fame, i thought i'd play one off their legendary shot across the bow, nevermind the bollocks...]
Gift of Gab - "The Writz" [any song that samples "putting on the ritz" is worth a listen every now and again, even if gift's first solo album, 4th dimensional rocket ships going up, is a bit of a hit-and-miss affair.]
the New Pornographers - "Sing Me Spanish Techno" [listening too long to this one song. but oh, how sweet it is. from twin cinema.]
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the Finks - "Caveman" [hot new music from winston-salem's own. this is off the compulation: songs from north carolina vol. 2. unreleased and new stuff from all sorts of great NC artists including the kingsbury manx, autopassion and others.]
Archer Prewitt - "O, KY" [from this year's wilderness. archer and his ilk (read also: sam prekop and the sea and cake) have made a living off of confounding pop expectations in indie-rock. there is nothing simultaneously as soft and lulling while being utterly perplexing in its retro-stylings. kudos.]
Pulp - "Lipgloss" [from 1994's breakthrough album his 'n' hers. there's always the big story about pulp filling in at the last possible second at the glastonbury festival in 1995 for the by then falling-apart stone roses. they totally stole the show (which is completely believable if you've ever had the luck of seeing pulp perform).]
Citified - "March Through Mayday" [also from the aforementioned compulation collection. i'm a big fan of citified and this song is right up there with all i've heard before.]
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Silver Jews - "Sometimes a Pony Gets Depressed" [yes, indeed, farm animals are susceptible to depression as well. thank you, mr. berman. from the excellent tanglewood numbers.]
Dinosaur Jr. - "Puke + Cry" [by request. from the green mind album. caller wanted to hear something off the whatever's cool with me EP but we don't have it sadly.]
the Deathray Davies - "Don't Point at the Stoners/She Can Play Me Like a Drum Machine" [by request. from the day of the ray. i really love the deathray davies, but this caller always requests this song. you know, it's cool and all, but c'mon. get a cassette deck or something.]
Banjo Spiders - "Gilligan's Daughter" [i waxed a bit about (brace yourself) how cool the abercrombie and fitch website used to be. squirrelled away in a dark corner, they used to post about 5 different mp3s by independent, cutting edge bands each week. i'm fairly sure this song came off that site, but just the fact that i was weekly visiting abercrombie's website still has me befuddled. from their self-titled 1999 album. click here to download.]
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Ris Paul Ric - "The Sleeparound" [more subdued post-punk brilliance from chris richards' first solo endeavor, purple blaze. good stuff.]
Azita - "Wasn't In the Bargain" [if there's any band in the world who owes steely dan royalties (other than lord tariq and peter gunz - points if you're paying attention and can tell me in the comments what i'm talking about), it's azita, but man, what a record. life on the fly came so close to making my top 25 of 2004 it's not even funny.]
Willie Nelson - "December Day" [okay, so it's still november, but i had to play this. off of his 1971 concept album yesterday's wine. one of nelson's best albums, right up there with red-headed stranger and phases and stages.]
Hayden - "Dynamite Walls" [from 2001's skyscraper national park. my friend sara sent a copy of this album to me since i was living in london when it came out. after having enjoyed (but been mildly disappointed by) the holding pattern of his moving careful EP and the closer i get LP, this album was a welcome and thrilling change. this song especially. 6 minutes long? feedback? all hail the new hayden.]
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Ryan Adams - "Starlite Diner" [another new one off the forthcoming 29 which comes out on december 20th. so, let's continue with the leaking. click here to download.]
the Rain Parade - "This Can't Be Today" [i always play this song, but jeez, i mean, it's amazing. the whole emergency third rail power trip album is incredible also. of course, the whole paisely underground movement, and much other post-psychadelic music, is covered quite nicely in the new children of nuggest box set. what's that? you say you saw it in my wishlist? wow. so you did.]
the Flaming Lips - "Buggin'" [one of my very favorites from the still quite amazing the soft bulletin.]
Sleater-Kinney - "Step Aside" [this song put me on my ass the first time i listened to one beat. horns belong in many more rock songs.]
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Vashti Bunyan - "Here Before" [from the lookaftering album. i really, really liked this song. it was gorgeous. soft, lulling, beautifully orchestrated modern folk music.]
Crooked Fingers - "Twilight Creeps" [from dignity and shame. north carolina has been done pretty proud this year by a whole handful of musical artists, but especially this album.]
T. Rex - "Jeepster" [from electric warrior, the album that gives me shivers just saying the title. good shivers. very. good. shivers.]
X - "The World's a Mess, It's In My Kiss" [prominently featuring the awesome keyboards of producer ray manzarek, this album closer to x's 1980 debut album los angeles is a barnstormer of epic proportions. and x, with complete original lineup, is playing this saturday in charlotte at the tremont music hall. their only NC show, sadly.]
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the Housemartins - "I Smell Winter" ['cos it's cold and i can play this wonderful song as often as i like. hah. from now that's what i call quite good.]
Johnny Cash - "I Walk the Line" [from the sun sessions. do i really need to mention why i played this?]

Thanks for tuning in. Don't forget to get your nominations for the best albums of the year in. I'm still getting my ears on things, so don't leave me in the dark. I'll be back next week. Take care.

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