J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

j's indie/rock mayhem - 21st february 2007

[a hale and hearty greeting to you all. another fine episode of the mayhem in the books. a whole heaping handful of new music this week along with some classic stuff as always. some great requests as always as well.

i give a shout out in the show to jared axelrod, former QFS dj and proprietor of the voice of free planet x, a wonderful podcast that involves his short story writing, music and the usual gusto that goes along with his personality. his show on QFS, porn on the radio, was always a fantastic, eclectic listen. i also have to say that i'm really enjoying his short story collection, tales from the uncanny valley, that was put together off of his postings over at 365 tomorrows, which is also a great site to check out if you love science-fiction/fantasy writing. see the kind of creative thinking that QFS draws in and spits back out? amazing stuff.

congratulations to joe avary for winning this week's b.b.'s new and used CDs and DVDs gift certificate give away. he correctly identified two of the projects involving lou barlow after his original departure from dinosaur jr.: he named sebadoh and the folk implosion. as a result, he is now the proud owner of a $15 gift certificate to our good friends over in the quaker village shopping center. congrats, joe.

now, as i bite my fingernails watching carolina and state play, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 21st February 2007 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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the Emergency - "Hey Whoopy Cat" [from their latest, the power-pop loveliness of doo-lang doo-lang. now if i could only convince them that coming down to north carolina is a good idea.]
the Beastie Boys - "Shake Your Rump" [from paul's boutique, still probably my favorite overall beasties record.]
Q and Not U - "Wet Work" [from their third and final album, power. when i spoke with laura burhenn of georgie james (who also features john davis, q and not u's drummer), she and i shared a short discussion about our disbelief over q and not u not becoming bigger than they ever were. i always thought this song would've been radio gold.]
Verbena - "Six White Horses" [from the verbena is the alabama boys choir EP. it was released as kind of a prep for their last studio LP, la musica negra. and the band actually toured as the alabama boys choir in the lead up. i wasn't quite sure what they were doing with that. if anything, i thought that might keep people who love verbena from even knowing they were in town. thankfully i saw them play at the now-defunct go studios in chapel hill on that tour.]
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the Dexateens - "Outside the Loop" [by request. from their album hardwire healing. i'm going to have to give this another listen - this song didn't really catch my ear that much, but apparently fans of the neo-southern rock should take note. we'll see.]
the Flashing Lights - "Highschool" [one of canada's many power-pop purveyors (and not the last we'll hear tonight either) from their where the change is album. thanks, shona!]
Brian Eno - "Third Uncle" [by request. from the marvelous taking tiger mountain (by strategy) album. not only did i get to fulfill this request, but i gave the caller directions to I-40 as well. we're a public-service station, i'm telling you.]
the Blow - "True Affection" [this is a bit of a mea culpa moment. i had ignored the blow because of their name. it sounded like some sort of, i don't know. whatever i thought they were, i ignored them. then this song lands in my lap and i have to eat serious crow. when khaela maricich sings "i was out of your league," i knew i was hearing something great. from the paper television album. this should've been on my best-of-2006 singles list, no doubt.]
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Dinosaur Jr. - "Almost Ready" [from their forthcoming reunion album beyond which is due out on may day. pitchfork media has it up for download and it's quite a listen. it sounds like dinosaur jr. alright, which, you know, is a very good thing this day and age.]
Tom Waits - "Earth Died Screaming" [from bone machine. my friend sylvia loaned me this album to introduce me to tom waits (though i'd heard "cold, cold ground" on something on VH1 one time) and so this song was, essentially, my introduction to the tom. what it says about me that i heard this and that it turned me into the huge fan that i am, i'm not sure.]
Phoenix - "Sometimes in the Fall" [okay, mr. sun, i've finally made my decision. you are right to love phoenix and now, i do too. the song that had won you over didn't really do it for me, but i heard this song on internet radio the other day and it floored me. it's the guitar melody when he sings the chorus. dear god, what those french can do. from their album it's never been like that.]
Ryan Adams - "Come Pick Me Up" [from heartbreaker. i had a caller ask who this was and when i told him, he seemed impressed. he had apparently written off mr. adams and is now thinking of re-evaluating him. all in a day's work. this is one of my favorite ryan adams songs of all time. period.]
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Dr. Dog - "From" (live) [an unreleased track recorded live in studio by the fine folks at daytrotter. and just in time, too! dr. dog, dead elephant bicycle and health are playing at guilford college for free on thursday, feburary 22nd in the underground. this is another band i've ignored based on their name. sorry guys, but dr. dog is an awful name. but boy do they make great music. head over to daytrotter to download four free tracks by dr. dog.]
Health - "Tree Bear" [from their debut album where you from? health is from here in greensboro and contains members of tiny meteors and tiger bear wolf. and they are very, very good. we'll be hearing more.]
the Perceptionists - "People 4 Prez" [from their j's indie/rock top 25 of 2005 album black dialogue. i came home tonight to watch a very, very frustrating episode of paula zahn's show on CNN asking the question: is hip-hop art or poison? are we not past this debate yet? they did, however, address the problem of rampant homophobia in hip-hop which has long been a sticking point for me with a lot of artists. i may write more on this later, but if you want to see why hip-hop is unquestionably art, black dialogue is a great place to start.]
Heartless Bastards - "Searching for the Ghost" [from their 2006 album all this time. i saw them open for the drive-by truckers about two years back and really enjoyed them. (it was a great show, with southern bitch also opening.) this album is a pretty solid piece of work as well. we'll be hearing more.]
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Charlie Louvin - "Ira" [a real tear-jerker about charlie's brother ira who was killed in a car accident in 1965. this is from charlie's new self-titled album. he re-visits a few of the louvin brothers' standards ("great atomic power" and "the christian life") and has a boatload of country and alt-country heroes come along with him (george jones, jeff tweedy, bobby bare sr.). it's not going to blow anyone away, but charlie's voice still is something to hear and if you're a fan of the louvins, you'll love it.]
the La's - "There She Goes" [from their self-titled album. a new collection of their BBC recordings, BBC in session, has been released and is supposedly really sharp. i'll have to lay my hands on it.]
My Bloody Valentine - "Sometimes" [okay, tim. let it never be said i ignore my readers. he complained in comments that i had left out my blood valentine last week. and you can go read my explanation in comments from last week. but here we go to make up for it. from loveless.]
Son Volt - "Flow" [from wide-swing tremolo. i love all three of the original son volt albums (i'm still figuring out what i think of okemah and the melody of riot), but i especially love the thick production on ..tremolo. i think it really brought the muscular, rock sound of son volt to the forefront for once.]
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Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter - "You Might Walk Away" [from like, love, lust and the open halls of the soul. a really tremendous record that i can't speak highly enough about. she'll be at the cat's cradle opening for sparklehorse on friday, march 2nd.]
the Minus 5 - "Cemetery Row" [from their self-titled (or the gun album) record from last year. colin meloy of the decemberists does lead vocals on this. just a great song from a great record.]
Dwight Yoakam - "This Drinkin' Will Kill Me" [one of the 1981 demos added for the 20th anniversary re-issue of yoakam's 1986 debut, guitars, cadillacs, etc. etc. these demos are amazing since they showcase songs that in some cases didn't end up on a yoakam album until his 2nd or 3rd time out. we'll take a look at another of the demos next week, as i think it actually outshines the eventual studio version.]
Reverend Glasseye and his Wooden Legs - "50% Murder" [from the 2001 album black river falls. jared axelrod turned me onto this cd and i'll never forgive him for it. if you like later-period tom waits, gogol bordello or bands of that ilk, check them out.]
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Sloan - "Who Taught You to Live Like That?" [from their newest, the somewhat overwhelming, 30-track never hear the end of it. i'm just about to get around to listening to it, but we'll see how well they keep up their power-pop chops over 80 minutes.]
Chris Bell - "You and Your Sister" [from i am the cosmos. big star and chris bell have come up numerous times over the past weeks, including in a few blog conversations i've had over at aquarium drunkard's place. cruise over there to check out some classic big star as well. his blog is a daily must-read, so check it out.]
the Minutemen - "Viet-nam" [from double nickels on the dime. i needed a short song to get me up to the top of the hour and boy, i got one.]

That'll do it for this week. In the time it took me to type all this up, Carolina has put the kibbish on State. Go Heels! So until next week, everyone take care.

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