J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

j's indie/rock mayhem - 17th may 2006

[so exciting news on the j's indie/rock front. since our summer semester is usually a little less full, dj-wise, than the remainder of the year, there's actually space for me to stretch out a bit. so starting this sunday, may 21st, you can catch me on sunday nights from 10pm - Midnight. this new show isn't going to follow my normal show's template, but rather, will delve into more of the music i don't normally feature on my show because it falls outside of the 'indie/rock' template. plus, every week will feature a classic album played in its entirety. so how can you go wrong? make sure to tune in, and of course, playlists will be available here.

hey, also, whaddya know? this site crossed the 20,000+ hits mark this week. all of that since october of '03. not bad, not bad. thanks to y'all who stop in every week. i'm much obliged.

this week's show was great, not only for the new music, but the good requests and bit of dabbling in the mayhem that has been lacking. some shifts from song to song may've been a bit more jarring than normal, but they all still work. so let's go. onward.]

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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the Twilight Singers - "Forty Dollars" [from the excellent new powder burns. this album came out yesterday, and i've featured "bonnie brae" on this site in previous weeks, but the album is stellar. i'm a bit biased since i am a big fan of greg dulli's work, but i really think this will end up on my top 25 list for this year. click here to download.]
New York Dolls - "Personality Crisis" [from their self-titled debut. i'm personally anxious to see new york doll. it's supposed to be a tremendous documentary about the rise, fall and resurrection of arthur 'killer' kane, the dolls' bass player and has gotten rave reviews. the official site i linked to has a great rock and roll trivia game, by the way.]
the Jayhawks - "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" [from smile, the record i really had to get used to. i almost balked at it the first time i heard it, hearing a much sunnier, poppier side of the jayhawks than i'd heard, but time has helped it grow on me and it's a good record. for my money, the sound of lies is better.]
Placebo - "Post-Blue" [from their latest, meds.]
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the Streets - "Hotel Expressionism" [i don't often play critic on the air (other than to gush about something), but this song was too ripe for critique. it's a contradiction: it's one of the hottest beats i've heard skinner produce and yet the lyrics are trite and, frankly, boring. i'm simultaneously drawn and repulsed. judge for yourself. from the hardest way to make an easy living. click here to download.]
Sleater-Kinney - "Dig Me Out" [from 1997's jaw-dropping dig me out. i maintain that janet weiss was precisely what turned sleater-kinney from a great riot-grrl band into a great rock band. her drumming is amazing and when she joined the band on this album, the difference was immediate.]
Steve Earle - "Guitar Town" [the song that begs to be prounounced with the accent on the first syllable of 'guitar.' the title track from steve's debut album.]
Sonic Youth - "Teenage Riot" [by request. caller wanted to hear the new sonic youth, which isn't out until june, but we'll have a first track next week. in the meantime, we dug back into the soon to be expanded and re-released 1988 album daydream nation.]
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Tom Verlaine - "From Her Fingers" [from the excellent songs and other things, tom's first collection of vocals and music in nearly 15 years. tom's legendary band television will be playing in canada this summer at the awesome north by northeast music festival. someday i'll see television live. someday. click here to download.]
Johnny Winter - "One Step at a Time" [by request. from the white, hot and blue album.]
Marilyn Manson - "Lunchbox (High School Dropouts)" [having been nearly 12 years since the release of portrait of an american family, i thought i'd pull out the first marilyn manson single to get airplay. you never hear "lunchbox" anymore, even though it and its video was my first exposure to the band via mtv's 120 minutes. this is a track from the "lunchbox" single which, while labeled like a re-mix, is just the album cut with radio edits. handy for me, a waste for you. great song though.]
Drive-by Truckers - "Feb. 14" [from the new a blessing and a curse which, while good, just hasn't captured me the way their previous two records have. i don't mean to talk badly about the best rock and roll band in america right now, but yeah. still, great songs abound and this is one of 'em.]
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Blank_Blank - "I Just Can't Wait to Get Out of These Underpants" [from here there are dragons, the debut from this local greensboro band. largely instrumental, inventive and pretty catchy at times. we'll be hearing more.]
Josh Rouse - "His Majesty Rides" [from the quite good subtitulo.]
Squirrel Nut Zippers - "Hell" [well i'm all up in the 1990s this evening. from hot. two former members of the zippers, ken mosher and tom maxwell, will be playing this saturday at the flying anvil here in greensboro. (which by the way, after attending two of the grand opening shows last week, is a tremendous place to catch a show.)]
T. Rex - "Life's a Gas" [from electric warrior. t. rex, while well known by rock and roll afficionados, isn't always known by younger fans of rock. does t. rex seem that dated to anyone? i think bolan's work, despite being very rooted to the time in which it was written, is still envigorating. even if i'm still trying to figure out why he would encourage me to 'bang a gong.']
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D.M. Franklin Kane - "Greenway Park" [member of franklin kane's fist and the wonderful citified, franklin kane has dusted off an old set of recordings to release this new record. he and a few others will don the garb of the crown ambassadors for a once-only show playing this album in its entirety at greene street on thursday, june 22nd. franklin will be on my show on wednesday, june 21st to gab it up and talk about the show. in the meantime, you can check out some tune's over on the crown ambassadors' myspace page.]
The Del McCoury Band - "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" [from the del and the boys album, a rollicking cover of this richard thompson classic. "red hair and black leather; my favorite color scheme." indeed.]
the Replacements - "Anywhere's Better Than Here" [from 1989's don't tell a soul. one of the two newly recorded songs that are due out on the best-of coming out in august has leaked and you can listen to it here. i think you'll enjoy it.]
the Church - "Unified Field" [from the wonderful new album uninvited, like the clouds. i've been hesitant to follow the church much beyond the wonderful 1992 album priest = aura but obviously i've been sadly mistaken. this album is wonderful. fans of the church, rejoice.]
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Jolie Holland - "Moonshiner" [no, not the traditional folk song, but one of holland's own devising. from her new album springtime can kill you. holland's voice is mesmerizing and her music is unique and tends to transport you. i loved her previous record and this one is looking just as good. click here to download.]
Uncle Tupelo - "Moonshiner" yes, the traditional folk song. from march 16-20, 1992. uncle tupleo's version of this is, for my money, the definitive version of this classic. so, so haunting.]
Josh Ritter - "Good Man" [from the lovely the animal years. i have unfulfilled quasi-promises of an interview with this man someday, so stay tuned. you'll hear him on the show yet.]
Let's Active - "Waters Part" [by request. certainly the most unexpected and welcome of tonight's requests. from the wonderful cypress album. great, classic north carolina music.]
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Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs - "Cinnamon Girl" [a blistering cover of the neil young classic from the under the covers vol. 1 covers album of 60s pop gems. matthew, you done good. click here to download.]
Neil Young - "After the Garden" [from living with war. beneath the tongue-in-cheek celebrations of this song lies a really excellent, traditional pop structure that makes me smile. this album is really quite good.]
Wire - "Three Girl Rhumba" [and we finish with a short burst of post-punk. wire's oft-cannonized first three albums have recently been remastered and re-issued. and thank god. from pink flag.]

That'll do it for this week. Don't forget to tune in Sunday night, May 21st, at 10pm for the innaugural broadcast of my limited-edition, summer-only show. I'll be there and I'll be back here next week. Until then, take care.

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