J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

j's indie/rock mayhem - 7th june 2006

[a great and really fun show. plus! a debut. j's indie/rock and extra mayhem will now be podcasting on a weekly basis. every week, the complete show will be recorded to mp3 for you to download, put on your computer, listen to at work, put on your mp3 player, etc. a great way to carry me in your pocket, no metaphor required! the files are kinda large (100+ MB), but i'm working on fixing that problem. in the meantime, you'll see the podcast link at the top of each post. how exciting. in the meantime, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 7th June 2006 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Camera Obscura - "Lloyd, I'm Ready to be Heartbroken" [from their new album let's get out of this country. a 22-year-a-comin' response to lloyd cole's "are you ready to be heartbroken?" i'm still sorting my way through the rest of this album, but this song is fantastic. i really enjoyed their previous LP, but now things are really firing away.]
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - "Are You Ready to be Heartbroken?" [and sure, why not? it just makes sense, right? from 1984's rattlesnakes.]
the Beastie Boys - "Shake Your Rump" [from paul's boutique. in the proper circles, the beasties (and this album in particular) get their due, but on the whole, they are the unheralded purveyors of inventive, invigorating hip-hop that ignores tired borders in genre.]
Nada Surf - "Hyperspace" [the lead track from their second album the proximity effect. i picked this album up really cheap back in '99 or so, almost as a laugh, having remembered "popular," of course. and was stunned to find a subtly brilliant power-pop record. their subsequent records have only gotten better.]
Beirut - "Brandenburg" [from the gorgeous gulag orkestra. if you haven't gotten a chance to hear beirut yet, now is the time. eastern-european, plaintive vocals and beautiful sense of demure melody. i wouldn't be surprised to find this record tucked away on many a best-of 2006 list.]
the Clash - "Janie Jones" [one of my favorite jokes in the movie high fidelity is something that only people with way too much time on their hands would get. when asked to name his top-5 track one/side ones (album lead tracks) of all time, rob (john cusack) names, among others, "janie jones" by the clash. the pretentious nature of naming a song that was only the first track on the UK version (albeit, the original version) of the clash's self-titled debut makes me chuckle just a bit. as it is, this is track 9 on the u.s. version of their firebrand debut. a great song, regardless.]
the Tears - "Autograph" [i've ranted enough about this song. i love it. from here come the tears.]
Built to Spill - "Conventional Wisdom" [by request. from their latest, you in reverse.]
Sonic Youth - "What a Waste" [from their new album rather ripped which is due out next week. there are quite a handful of kim gordon songs on this album, and the sound actually diverges in some places from traditional sonic youth sound, though it's very much in the vein of their recent records. i'm excited to give it a full listen next week.]
Butter 08 - "Butter of 69" [ah, the 90s and their crazy spin-off projects. featuring both members of cibo matto, russel simins of the jon spencer blues explosion and a couple of others. and how much more 90s can you get than being released on grand royal records? sir, i salute you. fun, fun stuff.]
His Name is Alive - "I Thought I Saw" [from their latest, the gorgeous and really, very good detrola. jazz, blues and electronic noise weave their way in and out of what could come to be my favorite album by these guys.]
the Only Ones - "Another Girl, Another Planet" [that classic of classics. originally from their self-titled debut, but also available on numerous compilations. a criminally unknown song.]
Mr. Lif - "The Fries" [from his forthcoming LP mo'mega which is out next week. this song is the fast food nation of hip-hop, going toe for toe with eric schlosser's bluntness. i'm excited about this one. lif is a unique and powerful force.]
Sleater-Kinney - "Jumpers" [from the j's indie/rock mayhem #1 album of 2005, the woods. this record just gets better and better.]
Buffalo Tom - "Sodajerk" [one of the things i do to entertain myself while doing the show is try to make really vague, obscure connections between songs. here we have a stretch: "sodajerk" to "the fries." fast food. ha-ha. get it? yeah. from their album big red letter day, i've had this song on an old cassette compilation for some time and love it.]
Billie Holiday - "Strange Fruit" (live) [from anthology 1944 - 1959, released on stardust records. a really wonderful reading of this song, an important piece of the ever vibrant legacy of american protest/social commentary music.]
Katharine Whalen - "Want You Back" [from her second solo album, dirty little secret. it's so crazy to hear whalen outside of the context of the swing/jazz revival for which her work is so well known. there are elements of that music here, but so are myriad other sounds. this song reminds me (in a very good way) of the vibrant "your woman" by definite one-hit wonder, white town.]
the Jayhawks - "Nevada, California" [gary louris once said that he missed playing with marc olson in the jayhawks most because he didn't feel like he could play the jayhawks songs that olson had written. this is the one in particular that he called out as missing the most. from hollywood town hall, this is indeed a fantastic song.]
Geometry - "Cutout" [things just get better. word is that geometry has her debut LP coming soon. you'll definitely hear it here, but in the meantime check out this gorgeous new track. you can catch it on her myspace. i can't give a direct link at the moment (stupid work filters) but if you click on the j's indie/rock myspace link then you can find her site in my friends list. this is good stuff.]
Paul Westerberg - "Stain Yer Blood" [by request. originally from the friends television show soundtrack, it finally got a more kosher release on the besterberg best-of collection that came out last year. this is one of my favorite westerberg songs, hands down.]
the Twilight Singers - "Forty Dollars" [from the superb album powder burns. as you read previously their show at the cat's cradle last saturday was amazing.]
the Cure - "In Between Days" [from the head on the door which is getting set, along with the top and kiss me, kiss me, kiss me to get the swank re-issue treatment that have been given to their first 4 albums as well.]
the Mountain Goats - "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton" [from the superb all hail west texas. being that yesterday was 6/6/06 and everyone was freaking out for no good reason, i thought i'd play along. the uplifting, resounding clarion call of "hail satan!" marks the most perfect end to this song possible.]
the Louvin Brothers - "Satan is Real" [the title track from their perfect slice of gospel-country. exploring the louvins is such a treat.]
the Damnwells - "She's the NYC Skyline" [again, you can hear this on their myspace site, but whether this is a song that will appear on the forthcoming air stereo or not, i'm not sure. regardless, it's a beautiful song. the damnwells' last album snuck up on me after months of modest listening and ended up as my #13 album of 2004. this song shows promise of the same goods this time around. Update: reader gilly informs us that this song is apparently NOT on the tracklisting for their forthcoming album. it's down off of their myspace page and has been replaced by two new songs that are on the record. and they're both really good. check 'em out.]
Television - "Call Mr. Lee" [from their 1992 reunion album. another teaser for this sunday's wholesale album. i'll play the television album at 10pm and the second album at the normal time of 11pm.]
the Afghan Whigs - "Turn on the Water" [from 1992's congregation. there's your teaser for the 11pm album. you can probably guess which afghan whigs album it is, but you know i don't give it away ahead of time. i'm really looking forward to cranking this one up.]

That'll do it for this week. I'll talk to you Sunday for the double-Wholesale album episode of Extra Mayhem at 10pm, but until then, go Hurricanes, and take care.



  • At 7:14 PM, June 08, 2006, Blogger Michael said…

    How do we out of staters get ourselves on of the QFS comps?
    michael "record hospital"

  • At 8:45 PM, June 08, 2006, Blogger Josh said…

    That's a good question, Michael. And actually this goes for anyone interested in picking one up. Cruise on over to http://www.redstringsrecords.com and you can purchase it from there. This is the record lable run by QFS alumni Kelly Davis. All proceeds from the sales come back to us at QFS, so it's a good cause.

  • At 10:37 AM, June 09, 2006, Anonymous Gilly said…

    "She's the NYC skyline" is now MIA from thedamnwells myspace, they put two new songs on there ("I've Got You" & "Golden Days") It doesn't appear that it's going to be on "Air Stereo". If you go to their site and click on the article under their lil "news" part, there's a tracklisting. I had asked Alex last December if the song were a "him song" or a "band song" and his reply was along the lines of "eh, it *could* be a band song I don't know" so from that it didn't sound like he intended it to be...

  • At 11:57 AM, June 10, 2006, Blogger Josh said…

    Thanks, Gilly! I appreciate the information. I enjoy the Damnwells quite a bit, so the more music the merrier, even if it doesn't end up on the eventual final product. At least I saved that mp3 before they took it down.


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