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Thursday, February 15, 2007

j's indie/rock mayhem - 14th february 2007

[happy st. valentine's day (belated) to you all. hope you were able to tune in and enjoy the j's indie/rock mayhem st. valentine's day massacre. i only get to do a show on valentine's day once every 6 years or so, so i thought i'd take advantage and try and pour on the love. so i hope you had a wonderful valentine's day. mine ended up with me sitting in a bar playing music trivia with a friend and eating a rather tasty blackened tuna sandwich. but that's neither here nor there.

congratulations to penn farr for winning this week's b.b.'s new and used cds and dvds gift certificate give away. he correctly answered the question: on her 1992 album sweet old world, lucinda williams closes with a cover of the song "which will." who wrote the song? penn correctly identified the composer as the one, the only nick drake and so he's the recipient of a $15 gift certificate to our friends over in the quaker village shopping center. congrats, penn.

now. onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 14th February 2007 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter - "I Like the Sound" [from their latest, the really tremendous like, love, lust and the open halls of the soul. this record rivals every inch of her previous album and it'll be interesting to see how it shakes out in my year end list. the race for the best album of 2007 is already on! jesse will also be opening for sparklehorse at the cat's cradle in carborro on friday, march 2nd.]
New Order - "Bizarre Love Triangle" [not my most favorite new order song ever, but a really good one none the less, and why not? this is the single version from the pop disc of the 4-disc retro box set.]
Stephen Malkmus - "Jenny and the Ess-Dog" [from his self-titled solo debut. a lovely song of love between a high school girl and a 31 year old aging hipster in a 60s cover band. and they called it puppy love.]
Nirvana - "Love Buzz" [from their debut bleach. not a band i pull out lightly on the show, but it is a great cover of shocking blue's 1969 ode to love.]
Drive-by Truckers - "Feb. 14" [from their most recent, a blessing and a curse. the truckers are going to be playing a few shows titled 'the dirt underneath' that will be reminiscent of their pine hill farm in-house performances from 6 years ago. you can check out their website for tour dates marked as such. it ought to be a great time.]
Matthew Sweet - "Girlfriend" [the title track from his amazing 1991 album. i can't believe i forgot to play it up until the last minute. seemed like an obvious choice, no?]
the Stooges - "I Wanna Be Your Dog" [from their self-titled debut. this is about as close to songs about love as the stooges ever got, so i figured i'd run with it. i mean..offering to be someone's dog? that's romantic.]
the Replacements - "Valentine" [from 1987's pleased to meet me. i dedicated this to my out-of-country friend matt tomich who runs the best replacements newsletter/social group on the internets, the skyway. every valentine's day he always sends out the lyrics to this song to all the people on the list, so cheers to you, matt. hope you're well.]
Lucinda Williams - "Unsuffer Me" [from her newest album west which was just released on tuesday. this one snuck up out of nowhere. i'm still getting my bearings and it'll take a few listens. it's a dark, somber affair in a lot of places and i'm still figuring out how i feel about it. this song, at least, is quite good.]
Dave Edmunds - "Queen of Hearts" [from his 1979 album repeat when necessary. this was a lucky break, since the only reason i knew he'd done this was because of my research into...]
Juice Newton - "Queen of Hearts" [from her album juice which came after edmond's version. neither of these are the original, but i was more familiar with newton's version easily. thankfully allmusic.com set me straight. always fun to play back to back versions of the same song.]
the Ramones - "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" [from their self-titled debut. sweeet little guh-hurl...i wanna be your boyfriend.]
Big Ditch Road - "Saint Lonesome" [and what's valentine's without digging into the less lovey portions? from the j's indie/rock # 5 album of 2006, suicide note reader's companion.]
the Jayhawks - "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" [from smile. it took forever for this album to grow on me, but once i realized how brilliant some of the songs were (especially this one), i was hooked forever. i still do so miss the jayhawks.]
Johnny Thunders - "Great Big Kiss" [from his 1978 solo album so alone. thunders never really got back up to the level of greatness he had with the new york dolls, but for brief shining moments, he was there. "you can't put your arms around a memory" is one of the great rock and roll songs of all time. in any world.]
the New York Dolls - "Looking for a Kiss" [from their self-titled debut. raunchy, dirty, r&b and blues sounding punk channeled through a set of cross-dressing drug addicts. god bless america.]
the Avett Brothers - "Pretty Girl at the Airport" [from the beautiful mignonette. this song is probably my favorite in their entire catalogue. heartbreaking, high and lonesome. they have a new record due out in may, so get set.]
the Stone Roses - "Ten Storey Love Song" [from their oft-maligned second (and last) album, second coming. this song, however, is well up there with the best of their catalogue.]
Lou Reed - "Perfect Day" [from transformer. i would mind feeding animals in the zoo and drinking sangria in the park. sounds like a pretty perfect day to me.]
Bob Dylan - "Love Sick" [from 1997's time out of mind. (holy crap, has it really been a decade since this album came out?) the song that announced the true, studio re-birth of dylan that has carried on through his last two albums as well.]
the Emergency - "Not Angry" [by request. i had to sort of play around to find a valentine's theme here. finally i just went with the fact that i love this band. that's good enough, right? from their latest, doo-lang, doo-lang.]
Dwight Yoakam - "Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses)" [the finale to the love-murder song cycle that opens yoakam's brilliant buenas noches... album. we had to have at least one murder ballad, right? we'll be hearing more yoakam next week.]
Richard Hell and the Voidoids - "Love Comes in Spurts" [from the brilliant blank generation. one of the true leading lights of american punk.]
Songs to Wear Pants To - "All You Need is a Little Pancreas" [from the right amazing songs to wear pants to website. these are songs composed by a canadian named andrew. you can suggest any topic, even any style, and he might write the song for you. pay him, and he'll definitely do it. it's a great site to spend a while perusing and listening to his concoctions.]
Big Star - "I'm In Love with a Girl" [the closing track from their second album, radio city. forlorn love and big star go hand in hand afterall.]
Paul Westerberg - "Love Untold" (live) [a live version from one of his solo tours - sadly the information wasn't available. the studio version can be found on his second solo disc, eventually.]
Johnny Polonsky - "Love Lovely Love" [from hi, my name is jonny, one of those great, under-the-radar power-pop records from the 90s. long-lost friend (and former co-host of this show), jeremy fischer, introduced me to polonsky our freshman year. so this one goes out to you, jeremy.]
Tom Waits - "Blue Valentines" [the closing title track from his amazing 1978 album. as i said, the mood of this song sums up how i felt this valentine's, but it's a brilliant song none the less. a very underrated album in waits' catalogue.]

That'll do it for this year's Valentine's Day show. I guess I can do it next year 'cos my show will be on the day before Valentine's. Perfect. As long as I keep this slot, my show is scheduled for Halloween this year also. Hmm. Ideas start brewing. I will talk to you guys next week, so until then, take care.



  • At 3:06 AM, February 16, 2007, Anonymous Charlie said…

    Its the tattooed broken promise
    That I hide beneath my sleeve
    And I see you every time I turn my back.

  • At 7:02 PM, February 17, 2007, Blogger Sophie T. Mishap said…

    I'm glad you remembered Matthew Sweet. That was one of the very first tapes a boy ever gave me. It was a single and it was for Valentine's Day. :)

    Can Texans play these contests?

  • At 1:58 AM, February 18, 2007, Blogger Josh said…

    "Girlfriend" would, I reckon, be about the best thing to give a girl on Valentine's Day. That or the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend." Either way.

    Texans can play, but there's a few hitches: a) you have to be able to listen to the show live, which is impossible unless you're within our listening area and b) you have to be able to come into B.B.'s new/used cds to claim your prize. So, for the time being, it really is kinda restricted to local people. Sorry. Come visit and try and win. :)

  • At 7:13 PM, February 20, 2007, Anonymous Tim said…

    wtf? No My Bloody Valentine?

  • At 10:49 PM, February 20, 2007, Blogger Josh said…

    The answer to why no MBV is simple and somewhat embarassing: I had my copy of Loveless, had even had a request for the final track. But, I know I'm not the only person in the world for whom that album runs together like a blur. I've never been able to remember the song titles and without the liner notes, I had no hope of remembering the name of the song. So I didn't want to play it without being able to correctly identify it or say the title. (That great song by Asian Kung-Fu Generation whose title is in Japanese and unpronounceable by me excepted.)

    Just call it a dedication to precise, informative radio. Sorry.


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