J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

j's indie/rock mayhem - 15th november 2006

[and welcome again to another mayhem. the year creeps ever onward and we get nearer and nearer to the end. i'm poring over the albums that have a shot at making this year's top 25 album list and re-visiting some i haven't spent a lot of time with since the spring. it's an arduous, but fun, process. in compiling the list there are some records i'd, admittedly, forgotten about since the first of the year. and that's not necessarily a bad thing. my mind is constantly moving along from new album to new album during the course of the year, so i do the best i can.

tonight's show seemed a little homogenous at times, but sometimes it's nice to take a night and just string together a bunch of music that just sounds good together. so it's a lot of guitar, dipping into jangle pop and 'indie-rock' of the 80s and 'alternative' rock of the 90s. it's a good set. let's get to it. onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 15th November 2006 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
the Hold Steady - "You Can Make Him Like You" [from the excellent boys and girls in america. they'll be at the cat's cradle in chapel hill on sunday, november 26th. i've got my tickets and this might just sell out, so get yours now if you're going. a top 25 contender, definitely.]
At the Drive-In - "Enfilade" [from relationship of command. i've had an on-again-off-again relationship with this record. i couldn't get enough of it after it came out and the band's subsequent demise, but in the wake of the sub-par releases by splinter-groups sparta and the mars volta, i hadn't thought of it much. but seeing it tonight, popping it in and remembering what it felt like to hear this record over again was a nice reminder. there are days where nothing short of this record would do.]
Blackalicious - "The Fabulous Ones" [from nia. the beat on this song seems torrential and much harder than it really is which makes it a great follow up for harder songs.]
the Ramones - "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" [their version of the tom waits classic from adios amigos! not the greatest release in the ramones catalogue, but for this song and "born to die in berlin" alone, it's worth scoring a used copy.]
Pavement - "Kennel District" [from the recently reissued and swanked up wowee zowee: sordid sentinels edition. there's not a pavement LP i don't love (well...no. terror twilight has enough good moments), but I've been admittedly a bit confused about the hindsight laurels that wowee zowee has been receiving lately. and why do people keep ranking it as a better record than brighten the corners? sheesh.]
Sleater-Kinney - "Jumpers" [there's a certain justice, and coincidence, that sleater-kinney's first truly great album (dig me out - if you want to argue with me about call the doctor, this argument is over in two words: janet f'in' weiss) was released the same year as pavement's last great one (brighten the corners) so that the decline of probably the best american rock band of the 90s matched perfectly the ascension of the best american rock band of the late 90s/early-mid '00s. don't you think? from the woods.]
the Lemonheads - "No Backbone" [by request. from their new self-titled record. to be honest, as much as i like this album, it probably won't end up on my top 25 albums list. and i know that maybe it's a bit unfair to keep hoping for it's a shame about ray again, but you know, damnit, so what? meanwhile, at least songs like this are bound for the 'best songs' show.]
Tripping Daisy - "Sonic Bloom" [by request. from jesus hits like the atom bomb. caller wanted to hear the polyphonic spree's new version of this, but sadly we're lacking their new EP, so, the original it is!]
the Evens - "Cut From the Cloth" [from their latest, get evens. this record is growing on me. its quiet fury is really engaging. i may have to go back and check out their first album since i sat on that one. what's really impressive is how full this record sounds with just the two instruments.]
X - "4th of July" [by request. from see how we are. caller wanted to hear early x, but not having mine with me, i went with this completely-out-of-season song that is still just tremendous.]
the Twilight Singers - "Bonnie Brae" [from powder burns. they put on a fantastic show at the cat's cradle last saturday night along with mark lanagan whom they've brought on tour with them to promote the new EP that he worked on with them. you know, greg dulli is a really nice guy.]
the Db's - "A Spy in the House of Love" [from 1984's like this. this song sounds a bit dated with its wispy production and drum effects, but a good song is a good song and this one is catchy as hell. this album got a reissue recently, which may mark its first time on CD. not sure.]
Califone - "The Orchids" [from roots and crowns, a definite contender on the top 25 list. they were up in chapel hill at local 506 last night (tuesday) and i couldn't go. oh well. this record is going to get a good bit of attention from me while making up this list though. click here to download.]
Glen Phillips - "Everything Matters" [a demo of a song glen (ex-toad the wet sprocket) wrote for a small indie film. i don't know that the song was ever released on a soundtrack or anything, but this demo, from glen's website ages ago, is a solid, beautifully written song. "and every angry word / is like a cigarette / a moment of relief / a nail in your chest." gorgeous. click here to download.]
Buffalo Tom - "Summer" [a band i've been hovering around ever since my introduction to them via the generation x compilation with "sodajerk." but now i see they're quite good. from their 1995 album sleepy eyed.]
Let's Active - "Ring True" [by request. from cypress. a caller said 'hey, so, while you're digging around through older NC artists..' like the db's, yes. let's active is quite good.]
Willie Nelson - "Blue Hotel" [from his latest songbird. this is a ryan adams' song that nelson tackles, along with adams and his cardinals as the backing band. willie sounds good here.]
Calexico/Iron and Wine - "A History of Lovers" [from the majestic in the reins from last year's top 25 albums list. putting calexico and sam beam together was a brilliant concept and it paid off handsomely.]
Le Tigre - "Bang! Bang!" [from the from the desk of mr. lady EP. this song tackles the new york city police department's problems with racial shootings in the early 00s, specifically the death of amadou diallo. the band counting to 41 at the end of the song (the number of times diallo, unarmed, was shot by undercover policemen) is especially riveting. click here to download.]
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - "American Skin (41 Shots)" (live) [and a fitting conspirator with that song, springsteen's gorgeous and mournful song about the same topic. from the live in new york city album. click here to download.]
Citified - "Read Like a Number" [from their forthcoming album, as yet untitled and due out early next year. great greensboro rock. check out my interview with them from two weeks ago on november 1st.]
the Smithereens - "House We Used to Live In" [i played these guys last week, then mp3-blogging pal aquarium drunkard did a post about them as well. so i played the song he uploaded. head over to check it out. from green thoughts.]
Brian Eno - "You Don't Miss Your Water" [a beautiful take on a classic song - this version was, up until recently, unavailable outside of the married to the mob soundtrack. but then it was tacked on as a bonus track to a re-issue of the brian eno/john cale album wrong way up.]
Paul Westerberg - "Stain Yer Blood" [one of my favorite westerberg solo song. from the friends television series soundtrack. i doubt this song actually appeared in an episode anywhere, but all the same. a great tune.]
the Damnwells - "She's the NYC Skyline" [a song posted on their myspace page at some point, if only briefly. it's not on their new album air stereo (which i still haven't heard), but it's good listenin' none the less. click here to download.]

That's going to do it for this week. Thanks for all of you who are downloading the podcast either here or on ITunes. It's great to see the number of downloads every week. Plus we're set to cross the 30,000 hits mark in the next couple of days! Thanks so much for making working on this blog worthwhile. Until next week, go Panthers, and take care.



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