J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

j's indie/rock mayhem - 22nd november 2006

[oh, a thanksgiving show. and since i'm posting this kind of late, it makes even less sense. although this show wasn't as thought out as last year's thanksgiving extravaganza (including turkey noises), it still showcased a lot of things i'm thankful for, and as such, is good enough.

don't forget to send me your nominations for my top 25 albums of 2006 list. it's being slowly narrowed down and i need your input. help me remember albums i forgot, or help me discover something i missed before it's too late. i'm still kicking myself for leaving the national's alligator off of last year's list and that was solely because i heard it only ONE DAY before i broadcast the list. so help a brother out. in the meantime, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 22nd November 2006 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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Graham Coxon - "Standing on My Own Again" [ex-blur guitarist's 6th solo LP, love travels at illegal speeds. his previous album was a joy and this one is shaping up to be no less. coxon has really hit his stride post-blur. click here to download.]
The the - "Love is Stronger Than Death" [from dusk. i'm grateful for some of the great aquaintinces i've made over the years doing my show, so this went out to mark up on the blue ridge. we're both fans of the the and that's enough.]
Jim White - "Ghost-town of My Brain" [from 2001's no such place. this is one of the most haunting and memorable songs from that wonderful album and it still gives me chills. especially the opening banjo/tambourine opening played to such ghostly affect.]
X - "The World's a Mess, It's In My Kiss" [from los angeles. i had had a request the previous week for some old X, but couldn't fulfill it, so here's me trying to make up for it.]
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the Evens - "Everybody Knows" [from get evens. i believe this is the third week i've played this record relatively early - releases start drying up towards the end of the year, understandably. but this album is great and is as aurally powerful as many of mackaye's work with fugazi.]
Motörhead - "Ace of Spades" [from 1980's ace of spades. as i said on the show, my girlfriend likes to watch the show "ace of cakes" on the food network. and i like to annoy her by singing "ace of cakes! the ace of cakes!" in my best lemmy impression whenever it's on. so it's been stuck in my head for a few weeks and damnit, there may be no more rocking song ever. so here, you know you wanna download it.]
Dilated Peoples - "Work the Angles" [from their debut album the platform. i think i just realized that evidence drops a reference to the warriors in this song. but man this song still slays me. one of their best. i try to forgive them for their recent snoozer albums.]
Lyle Lovett - "If I Had a Boat" [from pontiac. this was a bit of a farewell to robert altman, the great film director. lovett was in probably my favorite altman film, short cuts. so was another artist i played later on, but this song works well. for you, robert, out on your own boat finally.]
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Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter - "LLL" [lord a mercy, here we go. i'm a huge, huge fan of jesse sykes and she has a new album coming out in early february, but thankfully this song has (legally) leaked early. i already know she'll be a contender for next year's top 25 albums. from the forthcoming like, love, lust and the open halls of the soul. click here to download.]
the Clash - "Train in Vain" [a good warhorse track for me - from london calling.]
Whiskeytown - "Drank Like a River" [from their debut album faithless street. hey, speaking of, there's a fundraiser cover show for the world can't wait organization this friday night at the flying anvil here in greensboro featuring, among others, a whiskeytown cover band! on my show tomorrow night i'll be whipping out songs by all (or most) of the artists who are being covered.]
Mclusky - "She Will Only Bring You Happiness" [from their final album the difference between you and me is that i'm not on fire. this song still astounds me - that from a bunch of cracked up, loony, brash and acidic post-punkers could come this tender, yet still warped, song. it's gorgeous. even if the round near the end threatens to ruin it. click here to download.]
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Tom Waits - "Long Way Home" [originally from the big bad love soundtrack, this is from the bawlers part of the new 3 cd orphans: brawlers, bawlers and bastards odds and sods collection. 30 previously unreleased tracks and a bunch of b-sides and soundtrack collected tracks. listen, if you're a fan of late-period tom waits, this collection is amazing. no joke. run out and get it right. now. if it actually contained all new material, it'd be on my top 25 of 2006 list. it's a joy to listen to.]
Super Deluxe - "She Came On" [from their album famous. one of those also-ran singles that sticks with you for years. when i finally found a used copy of this album, i was so overjoyed.]
Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3 - "Wired" [from their latest tick..tick..tick. steve and the 3 will be playing at hideaway barbecue up in raleigh, north carolina this coming sunday, december 3rd at 7pm. steve wynn and barbecue? how could life get any better?]
the Housemartins - "I Smell Winter" [one of those seasonal tracks that i'm so thankful for - when it starts to get cold, i pull this out. when it starts to warm up, i play josh ritter's "snow is gone." just the things i like.]
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Rock Plaza Central - "My Children, Be Joyful" [from the unsigned act of the year, apparently. from their are we not horses album. i like what i'm hearing, though i haven't heard the full album yet. i guess i should before i make my list. head over to their website to stream/download this song and one other off of the new album and, if you wish, to purchase it.]
Lucinda Williams - "2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten" (live) [from the second disc of the recently remastered and reissued car wheels on a gravel road. the second disc contains a live set from the NPR program world cafe from 1998. a really great performance with williams' stellar backing band from that time period.]
Olivia Tremor Control - "Jumping Fences" [from the marvelous dusk at cubist castle which, by being completely out of its element, has become a timeless record. one of the best albums of the 90s? you bet your sweet bippie.]
the Church - "Reptile" [from starfish. i held off on playing any of one of my favorite bands after playing them quite a bit this summer after their new album and in lead up to an interview i did with them. but yeah, it's time they came back.]
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White Whale - "Nine Good Fingers" [from the excellent WWI. i'm mad i missed them when they came through, but that's what having a day job will do to you. still, the album is making a run for the top 25. where, if anywhere, will it fall?]
Kathleen Edwards - "Somewhere Else" [a perfect gem from her sophomore album back to me. i don't play this song much at all, but it's a solid, gorgeous song. oh, miss edwards..isn't it time for a new LP?]
Morphine - "Murder for the Money" [from like swimming. dark. detached. cool. as. hell. we miss you, mark sandman.]
the Dead Kennedys - "California Uber Alles" [from their debut fresh fruit for rotting vegetables. mad dog called in to say this was an incredibly thanksgiving-esque song. (tongue planted firmly in cheek.) i love it.]
Sonic Youth - "Incinerate" [from this year's fantastic rather ripped.]
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Big Ditch Road - "St. Lonesome" [from this year's ungodly fantastic suicide note reader's companion. another band destined for the top 25.]
Bruce Springsteen - "The Promise Land" [and my closing song, sending us on to turkey and family, from darkness on the edge of town. playing this and then seeing fogerty go through the, unfortunately, timless "fortunate son" at the lions/dolphins game on thanksgiving day reminded me of just how good and presient songwriting can be.]

That's it for this week. I'll talk to y'all tomorrow night with some great, great music. What else would you expect? Until then, take care.

Bonus - Reader/listener OT wrote in to say he loves Brian Eno's cover of "You Don't Miss Your Water," originally from the Married to the Mob soundtrack, and although his cassette copy still plays well, he'd love a digital one. Well, OT, you ask, I consider whether to reply and then do so. So here you go! (Please note that he asked for this because I played it last week - I don't just do this with random songs people want.)

Brian Eno - "You Don't Miss Your Water" [click here to download.]

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