J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

j's indie/rock mayhem - 17th january 2007

[and another excellent show. my apologies, again, for being AWOL last week. but i'll have to do it again next week also as i travel up to chapel hill to (knock on wood) interview the wonderful josh rouse at his show at the cat's cradle. we're in the midsts of temporary schedule right now, so i had the fortune of getting to train andrew and ryan, both sharp and fun proto-djs in their own right. they'll have a great show when they get one, so keep your ears peeled for it.

in the meantime, a lot of great throwback material and some new-old stuff, so let's get to it. onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 17th January 2007 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Portastatic - "Song for a Clock" [from their latest, be still please. mac is such a consistantly great songwritier, it's criminal the way both superchunk and portastatic have languished in indie-rock's eschalons reserved for great bands who just don't get over. and isn't portastatic really like death cab for cutie if they got a lot, lot better? where's their commercial?]
Eric B. and Rakim - "I Ain't No Joke" [the lead track from paid in full. one of those tracks, indeed, one of those albums, that just sits above time. older hip-hop may sound dated, but some things resist it and this album is one of them.]
Silver Jews - "Punks in the Beerlight" [from 2005's fantastic tanglewood numbers. i still am thoroughly amused and in love with this song.]
the Afghan Whigs - "Debonaire" [from gentlemen. i'm really looking forward to hopefully starting the j's extra mayhem show back up this summer, so that i can get to play albums like this in their entirety again.]
El Perro Del Mar - "God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get)" [from their self-titled debut. this is a one woman show though, no matter how much it sounds like a group effort and this song is a flawless update on girl group aesthetics. i was floored when i heard this song for the first time this weekend.]
Drive-by Truckers - "Nine Bullets" [from their sophomore album pizza deliverance. the truckers' early records suffer from production that just didn't know how to really pull their sound together, but this is an excellent example of the already amazing songwriting coming out of patterson hood.]
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros - "Arms Aloft" [by request. from their sad swansong, streetcore. i've apparently turned a listener onto this album as he heard me play "get down moses" and then went to buy the album. now he loves it. what can i say? great music finds great listeners.]
the Happy Mondays - "Kinky Afro" [from pills 'n' thrills 'n' bellyaches. there is no truer recorded artifact of the madchester scene than this baggy, celebratory, hollering mess of a record. it's a joyous, grooving joy from start to finish.]
Rock Plaza Central - "Sexyback" [as in, yes, the justin timberlake song. rock plaza central is an indie-wet-dream, the unsigned band releasing their own album and having it fall into adoring critics' laps. so, the fine folks at cokemachineglow (yes, that website linked over to the right that you haven't clicked on - for shame) solicited some unusual covers from some wonderful indie aritsts. enter rock plaza central's cover of "sexyback". you can thank me later.]
the Smithereens - "House We Used to Live In" [originally from green thoughts. the smithereens just released a new album this week, a song for song re-creation of the landmark meet the beatles album titled, yup, you got it, meet the smithereens.]
Jurassic 5 - "What's Golden" [from power in numbers. this album still gives me chills. i love, love, love it.]
Mclusky - "Without MSG I am Nothing" [it's been a slow process, but i'm coming to believe that the one-two punch of do dallas and this album, the difference between you and me is that i'm not on fire compromise some of the best rock and roll of this decade, bar none. mclusky's absence makes hyperbole about these releases a bit more likely, but after pouring over this album several times on a long drive this week, i've become convinced that all the best things about rock and roll take place in these albums. tenacity, ferocity, self-awareness, humor, to list a few. if you hate 'screaming' and hate 'loud' music then obviously it's not for you but, if that's the case, what the hell made you like rock and roll to begin with?]
the Lemonheads - "Poughkeepsie" [from their self-titled latest. will be playing at the cat's cradle on thursday the 25th. i've got my tickets and boy am i excited.]
the Nein - "Five Extinctions" [from the twelve thirteen fourteen EP. north carolina rock and that's a very good thing.]
Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf - "Here's a Smirk" [the lead track from the stellar big ideas album. the story behind this album is kinda heart breaking, and you can read a bit about it here. check out the other albums on that list as well. classic early 90s hip-hop.]
X - "Dancing With Tears in My Eyes" [stuck in my head all. friggin'. week. from the wonderful under the big black sun.]
Track a Tiger - "Happy" (live) [it'd been awhile since i'd played something from my good friends over at daytrotter, but they recorded one of my top 25 album producing bands from last year's list, so i had to check it out. this is a live version of a song from their award winning woke up early the day i died and you can check out the other three songs for free by clicking here. thanks again, daytrotter!]
Big Black - "L Dopa" [from songs about fucking. since we played the albini-produced mclusky earlier, why not some albini music?]
the Replacements - "Can't Hardly Wait" (live) [from a bootleg from february, 1986 in hoboken, new jersey. bob stinson is still in the band and versions of "can't hardly wait" with bob still around are a fiery counterpart to the hopeful, almost whistful strings version that ended up on pleased to meet me.]
Brian Eno - "Blank Frank" [from here come the warm jets. the first solo-eno-non-ambient song i heard and oh, god, did i ever love it.]
Sparklehorse - "Ghost in the Sky" [from the excellent dreamt for light years in the belly of a mountain. lord have mercy, though. fri. march 2nd brings sparklehorse to the cat's cradle along with opener jesse sykes and the sweet hereafter!!! i'm a little more than excited.]
Bauhaus - "In the Flat Field" [the title track from their debut album. bauhaus is, of course, always looked to as the godfathers of goth, but their debut is such a hulking, noisy piece of post-punk that, aside from peter murphy's lyrics, it's often hard to decipher the influence it had on goth music. but it's there, nonetheless. and very good.]
Animal Collective - "Banshee Beat" [from their album feel. this was a pick by trainee ryan and a nice one. i've been meaning to explore these guys more thoroughly.]
Josh Rouse - "Givin' It Up" [from his j's indie/rock award winning 2006 album subtitulo. here's hoping that interview goes through and as i said, he'll be at the cat's cradle in carborro next wednesday night.]
the National - "Lit Up" [i'll never get over this song. mostly cos i feel i owe them a debt after hearing the wonderful alligator just a day too late to include it on my 2005 top 25 list. so i always praise the national to the high heavens. and boy do they deserve it.]
the Streets - "Sharp Darts" [one of the songs that truly sold me on the brilliancy of original pirate material. c'mon, mate. you've got another album like this in you. i know it.]
Talking Heads - "Crosseyed and Painless" [another pick from the trainees. from remain in light. good stuff.]
Spoon - "Jonathan Fisk" [from kill the moonlight. i had a weird avoidance of spoon going on for awhile until i heard this song and, i believe, "the fitted shirt" off of girls can tell. then everything was right with the world. seeing them live didn't hurt.]

That'll do it for this week. I'll be gone next week, up there hobnobbing with Josh Rouse, so take care of eachother and yourselves. This time I promise there will be an album review in my absence and we'll get back to things proper in two weeks. Take care.



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