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Monday, July 24, 2006

extra mayhem - 23rd july 2006

[ah, so happy to be back at the wheel for extra mayhem. this show has really been my baby this summer. i hope i can end up doing this every summer. it's way too much fun.

i'm off to see the handsome family tonight, so i'll post pictures when i get them. tonight's wholesale album was a doozy and i was in a rocking mood, so the set reflects it until the end where i had some reflective moments. now, onward.]

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Oakley Hall - "Confidence Man" [from the really, really good new album gypsum strings. this actually came out at the beginning of june, but it slipped through the cracks. it's their second album this year and is every lick as good as second guessing. oh, top 25 of 2006..how full you are becoming. click here to download.]
the Clash - "Brand New Cadillac" [you know it. from london calling and every bit as fiery as ever.]
Fugazi - "Public Witness Program" [from 1993's in on the kill taker. this is my favorite fugazi record. one of the lesser known facts about it is that steve albini was tapped to produce it, but supposedly the band found the results too harsh. hard to believe considering this is fugazi's rawest, most abrasive sounding record. you be the judge. click here to listen to the album version and click here to listen to the steve albini produced version. (hat tip to aquarium drunkard from way back).]
the B-52's - "52 Girls" [people often look at me funny when i talk about what a brilliant record their self-titled debut is, but when people finally give it a listen, the answer is obvious. one of the sharpest, most inventive and overall fun records of the post-punk era.]
the Replacements - "Message to the Boys" [one of the two new tracks off don't you know who i think i was?: the best of the replacements. i like this song more of the two, but they're both catchy and great and not at all an embarassment.]
Richard Hell and the Voidoids - "Blank Generation" [i remember the first time i heard this song, and my world view about guitars has never been the same. god bless you, robert quine. title track from the album.]
Destroyer - "European Oils" [from the excellent destroyer's rubies. this album has been in contention for the best-of-2006 crown since it's release in february. another horse to come out of the gate and never give up the lead? kathleen edwards' debut did that for me in 2003, coming out in march and never looking back 'til dancing atop my best-of list at the end of the year.]
the Handsome Family - "All the Time In Airports" [from their latest, last days of wonder. hope you got to see them tonight.]
Sonic Youth - "Incinerate" [another high-flying contender on this year's list, the glorious rather ripped. if you tuned out on sonic youth in the 90s, you've really been missing out. with one lone exception, every major studio LP since a thousand leaves has been gold.]
Joy Division - "Dead Souls" [i was thinking of nine inch nails' version of this from the crow soundtrack and dug around to find the original. trent's version isn't that bad, but there's no replacing ian curtis' haunting vocals. originally released on the 1981 odds-n-ends still, it's also available on the permanent best of collection and the excellent 1988 substance singles collection.]
Toad the Wet Sprocket - "Don't Go Away" [from the mesmerizing pale. these guys are my sentimental favorite. until i discovered the replacements, they were my favorite band throughout high school. i still find their brand of jangle/pop/folk to be absolutely fantastic.]
Crooked Fingers - "Dignity and Shame" [the title track from the excellent 2005 album. this track winds up the album in a soft and pleading voice that will stick with you for hours after you finish listening.]
Luna - "Sideshow by the Seashore" [also thanks to the drunkard for finally making me really listen to luna. from their 1995 album penthouse which has spent much, much time in my cd player this week.]

[tonight's wholesale album is a tribute to the recently passed on syd barrett. syd left us on july 7th, but he left behind a small but remarkable stamp on the psychadelic music genre that followed him. if you'd like to learn more about syd, there's a wonderful essay by uncle dave lewis over on allmusic.com that you can read and even stream some samples from his solo records.

but for tonight's wake, i wanted to bring to the table the most well known of his works. it's interesting for several reasons. first, syd writes 10 of the 11 songs on this album, despite it being a band. two, it is quite different from the music this band would later become known for. after this album (and syd's departure from the band) their sound would flounder for a few records before regaining footing with the masterful meddle, but syd's presence would loom large well into their later years. tonight, the wholesale album of the week is none other than pink floyd's debut, the piper at the gates of dawn.]

Track Listing

1. Astronomy Domine [click to download.]
2. Lucifer Sam [click to download.]
3. Matilda Mother
4. Flaming
5. Pow R. Toc H.
6. Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk
7. Interstellar Overdrive [click to download.]
8. The Gnome
9. Chapter 24
10. Scarecrow
11. Bike

Wholesale Teaser - Neu - "Lila Engel (Lilac Angel)" [from neu! 2, this band is really what i had in mind when i decided to start up extra mayhem this summer. honestly, i love krautrock, especially neu. but their compositions aren't exactly crafted for the style of my indie/rock mayhem show. so the first thing i thought of when i got this 2nd show was "ooh! i can play neu!" don't let the spelling fool you: the name is pronounce "noi" as in, rhymes with "hey! the noid stole my pizza!" you get the picture. next week, you'll get it even clearer as neu finally graces the hallowed halls of the wholesale album.]

That's going to do it for this week. Make sure you tune in for Indie/Rock Mayhem this week as I'll be broadcasting my interview with Jolie Holland from last week. Otherwise, have a wonderful week, I'll talk to you on Wednesday, and take care.



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