J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

j's indie/rock mayhem - 12th april 2006

[a tremendous show this week with more brand new music and some great throwbacks as always. this month of april is capital 'R' RIPE for the picking when it comes to new releases, so let's get started and see what it serves us. onward.]

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Gnarls Barkley - "Gone Daddy Gone" [in case you guessed it, yes, this is a cover of the violent femme's classic tune. from their forthcoming album st. elsewhere which is due out may 9th. quite a listen.]
Tiger Bear Wolf - "Wrong Lens, Wrong Film" [from the j's indie/rock # 3 album of 2005, the torrential greensboro band's self-titled debut for hello sir records. they'll be playing may 11th along with the rosebuds, fin fang foom and tommy gun at the flying anvil's grand opening celebration.]
Nanci Griffith - "These Days in an Open Book" [from flyer. i'm not sure why, but this song has always caught me in a way that the rest of the album never did, but nanci is still one fantastic songwriter.]
Pretty Girls Make Graves - "Speakers Push the Air" [i'll be honest with you, i really enjoyed this band's debut, good health, from which this track is taken, but since then i just haven't loved them. they have a new album out called elan vital, and yes, it looks like i'm not in the majority, but i yawned my way through the new romance and i'm not looking for much else. was that too harsh?]
Built to Spill - "Goin' Against Your Mind" [so, the album finally arrives and you in reverse is quite good. this song, the lead track from the album, clocks in at 8 1/2 minutes of crazy built-to-spill-goodness that you will enjoy again and again. click here to download.]
Cornershop - "Sleep on the Left Side" [por mi raquel. she complained that i hadn't been playing this record as much since i bought it last year and so there you go. from spin magazine's # 1 album of 1997, when i was born for the 7th time.]
the Tears - "Autograph" [in any other year, this probably would've been my favorite song of last year. but then "iron woman" was released and well, that did it. all that aside, this song is remarkable. this is suede redux, in all its former glory. from here come the tears.]
the National - "Lit Up" [from 2005's alligator. i've raved quite a bit about this band, so if you haven't heard this album by now, go to it.]
the Twilight Singers - "Bonnie Brae" [from their forthcoming album powder burns. i like this song a good bit and it gives me hope that this record will be good. if you get a chance to see the twilight singers on tour, do it. greg dulli is a performer to be seen. click here to download. tip o' the hat to satisfied '75 for this one.]
Fountains of Wayne - "No Better Place" [from their most recent new LP, welcome interstate managers. power-pop magestry, behold.]
Big Star - "When My Baby's Beside Me" [and speaking of power-pop. from their debut album radio city.]
Glen Phillips - "Duck and Cover" [from his most recent solo LP winter pays for summer. glen and the rest of his bandmates from toad the wet sprocket are getting back together, again, for a tour around the u.s. this summer. the closest they'll be to here is charlottesville, VA in july. they were great when i saw them on the reunion tour in 2003, so here's hoping they'll be as great this time around.]
Drive-by Truckers - "Little Bonnie" [so our exploration of a blessing and a curse continues. two weeks ago = jason isbell. last week = mike cooley. so this week we take a look at one of patterson's songs. i liked this song quite a bit. the album is out next week, so get ready.]
the Foreign Exchange - "Let's Move" [from the excellent album connected. a collaboration between phonte of north carolina's little brother and dutch(?) producer nicolay. this is a really fantastic album and certainly one of the overlooked triumphs of hip-hop back in 2004. click here to download.]
Robert Earl Keen - "Corpus Christi Bay" [from his album a bigger piece of sky. a tremendous, heartbreaking song that never fails to leave me weak by the end. truly wonderful.]
the Arctic Monkeys - "Fake Tales of San Francisco" [by request. from the ever hotter whatever people say i am, that is what i'm not. they have a new EP out in england. we'll see about getting it.]
Josh Ritter - "Good Man" [from the newly released (finally!) the animal years. this is an excellent cd, and honestly, i think it surpasses his previous efforts quite handily. you will hear plenty more of this album in the coming weeks. click here to download.]
Whiskeytown - "Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight" [from the tremendous stranger's almanac. if you're a fan of ryan adams and have never explored his work in whiskeytown, this album is a perfect place to start.]
Blind Boys of Alabama feat. Gift of Gab - "Demons" [from atom bomb. a cover of a fatboy slim/macy gray tune featuring a rap bit by gift of gab. thought i'd throw this on, along with the following track, since i was heading over to winston to see blackalicious.]
Blackalicious - "Supreme People" [from their latest, the craft. blackalicious put on a tremendous show which i will hopefully be able to review sometime before the end of the weekend for you.]
Band of Horses - "The Great Salt Lake" [well, here we go. the band everyone's been talking about. everything all the time is the first album from these ex-carissa's wierd bandmates and the results are pretty good. i really enjoyed this song and am looking forward to more in the coming weeks.]
Michael Penn - "Try" [from his third album resigned. this was the first michael penn song that i ever heard and i've been hooked ever since. i loved the video for it.]
Kathleen Edwards - "Hockey Skates" (live) [from the live at the bowery ballroom EP. a really gorgeous rendition of this song from her debut LP failer. i've still yet to see her live. i've had chances. lord, i've had chances. click here to download.]
Liz Phair - "Big Tall Man" [minus band of horses, this set turned into a 'let's play bands that j. saw at sxsw in 2003.' no, i'm not contradicting myself. i've met kathleen edwards (very nice lady), but haven't seen her play. from whitechocolatespaceegg, it's the artist my girlfriend can't stand. believe me. i've played her every servicable liz phair record (all the ones up to this one) and no go. alas.]
Brian Eno and David Byrne - "Regiment" [from the recently remastered and re-released my life in the bush of ghosts. an amazing collaboration between these two artists just after talking heads had finished touring for the eno-produced fear of music album. if you've never heard this album, as i hadn't until i bought it, click here and take a listen.]
R.E.M. - "Finest Worksong" [from document. the lead track and one of the band's finest moments. i love this album.]

That'll do it for this week. I'll be back next week with more new releases, more new music, more new everything. Until then, take care.



  • At 11:46 AM, April 15, 2006, Anonymous Charlie said…

    Can't wait for the Anvil to open its doors. Finally a rockin' venue right here in Greensboro.


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