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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

j's indie/rock mayhem - 28th february 2007

[another show, another set of fantastic music. tonight's show was pretty upbeat, tempo wise, at least until the last bits of the show when it slowed down a bit. but rest assured, plenty of big rock action througout.

congratulations to eban dennis for winning the B.B.'s new and used CDs and DVDs gift certificate give away. he was able to correctly identify that georgie james member john davis had previously been the drummer for q and not u. he's the recipient of a gift certificate for $15 to our friends over in the quaker village shopping center.

so, lots of new music down the pipe. let's get to it. onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 28th February 2007 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Arcade Fire - "Keep the Car Running" [from the forthcoming neon bible album. this was the second song they played on saturday night live last week if you caught them there. "black mirror" didn't blow me away, but the two songs i heard them play on SNL has re-attuned my interest in this album. i like this song quite a bit.]
R.E.M. - "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" [from the much maligned monster. this was the first cd i ever owned. my parents bought it for me when they bought me my first cd player boombox. and i'll stick up for it. this song especially is up there with their best.]
Social Distortion - "So Far Away" [the lead track from their self-titled album. though he didn't play on this album, social distortion drummer derek o'brien (who played on their debut) was killed late last year when he was hit by a car. it feels like social distortion is overlooked a lot of times, but you'd be hard pressed to find as consistent a band as they are. their albums aren't always amazing, but they're guaranteed to have a handful of great, straight-ahead classic punk songs.]
Mclusky - "Without MSG I am Nothing" [the lead track from the difference between you and me is that i'm not on fire. you should hear me in the studio singing along to this. or maybe you shouldn't. either way, i do so love this band.]
Dinosaur Jr. - "Almost Ready" [from the forthcoming beyond due out may 1st. i talked about dinosaur jr. being hardcore (or at least, the mid-80s idea of hardcore) and i had a caller call up and sort of (politely) take issue with me. he called them 'fluff.' we can all get along, but jesus..j. mascis' guitar is not fluff.]
the Jayhawks - "Angelyne" [from their swan-song rainy day music. i actually liked the tight collection of songs that composed this album quite a bit. this is one of my favorite of the bunch.]
Fugazi - "Smallpox Champion" [from in on the kill taker. though this was slightly accidental, another caller (different from the 'fluff' commenter) asked me to play some 'hardcore.' when i pressed him for a specific band he said 'you know..tough guy shit.' okay, tough guy. post-hardcore/punk doesn't get much better than fugazi.]
Black Flag - "Best One Yet" [and from 1985's loose nut comes one of the original hardcore bands. one of three albums they released in 1985. i've never been a huge black flag fan, but i can only imagine what their live shows were like.]
Georgie James - "Need Your Needs" [from their debut single. the full length is (as far as i know) still being shopped around for a label. they put on a great show at the cat's cradle opening for camera obscura.]
the Hold Steady - "Chips Ahoy!" [from boys and girls in america. still sounding every bit as good as it did when it cruised to the # 2 spot on my top 25 albums of 2006 list.]
Midnight Oil - "Sell My Soul" [one of my first real ventures to greensboro was as a member of my high school's FBLA club (shut up) when we came to state competition at the koury center. i walked into the record barn at four seasons mall and bought several things while i was there including a casette copy of this album, diesel and dust, which i still treasure. thankfully i scored a cheap used copy finally on cd.]
Fountains of Wayne - "Valley Winter Song" [one of my favorites from welcome interstate managers. these guys craft amazing songs. adam schlesinger, FOW's main composer, crafted several songs for the new drew barrymore/hugh grant film music and lyrics also. remember his songs in that thing you do? yeah, of course you do.]
You Am I - "Gunslingers" [from their newest album convicts. you am i are rather huge in australia, but they now have an american distribution deal with north carolina's own yep roc records. convicts is their 7th studio album and it's quite a rockin' good time.]
R.E.M. - "Windout" [by request. from dead letter office, the b-sides and rarities collection from the IRS records years. this song also, apparently, appeared on the soundtrack of (and actually in) the movie bachelor party. strange, strange things we find out.]
Heartless Bastards - "Brazen" [probably my favorite band of the moment, thank you very much, all this time. the drums on this song are what make it so hypnotic and ratchet up the energy incredibly high.]
Dwight Yoakam - "Guitars, Cadillacs" [you'd be hard pressed to find a more rollicking song. the title track to yoakam's debut album is an incredible song. 'guitars, cadillacs and that hillbilly music / are the only things that keep me hanging on.' can you listen to this and see why he was playing clubs in L.A. along with X and the Blasters, etc? of course you can.]
the Close - "Old New" [from their latest album sun, burn. i saw the close open for girls against boys about 2 or 3 years ago and really enjoyed their performance, so it's good to see them back. this album came out back in november, so i'm glad to finally get a chance to hear it. these guys are tight with the rosebuds, so if you like them, you might give 'em a spin.]
the Roots - "Long Time" [from game theory. every track on this album, up through this song, is tremendous. the first nine songs on this record comprise some of the best work the roots have ever done. oh, how the last few tracks let a great album slip from their grasp.]
Robert Earl Keen - "Corpus Christi Bay" [from a bigger piece of sky. the last line in this song kills me. i really love it.]
School of Fish - "King of the Dollar" [from their self-titled album. school of fish's main songwriter, josh clayton-felt, died in 2000 from cancer and it's a shame. my favorite part of this song is the little rolling stones nod in the satisfaction line. ah, music geeks.]
Mitch Easter - "Sights Set on Heaven" [from mitch's first ever solo album (and first new material since the last let's active record) dynamico. it's great to hear one of north carolina's indie-rock gods back in business. i'm not sure what i think of the production, but the song chops are definitely still there.]
Ride - "Vapour Trail" [from 1990's nowhere. ride is a band that i would always hear mentioned, but never heard them. they were a name to drop, but people didn't own any of their albums. i finally picked up a copy of the ox4 best of set that came out a few years back and was treated to the kind of gorgeous music you just haven't heard that much since the early 90s. they are the link between the softer, more fuzzed out my bloody valentine and their much heavier, more agressive shoegazing brethren, the catherine wheel.]
Lucinda Williams - "Everything Has Changed" [from the new album west. it's not growing on me yet. it's hard to actually sit down and listen to it all the way through. with all the records i've been listening to lately, it's been the only one i haven't been ready to absorb in its entirety without getting a bit bored.]
the Replacements - "Within Your Reach" [from hootenanny. i told my students i'd play some 'mats, and doggone it, i did. i'm working on a tremendous replacements related item on ebay right now. keep your fingers crossed for me]
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter - "LLL" [from like, love, lust and the open halls of the soul. they'll be playing at the cat's cradle this friday night, march 2nd, opening for sparklehorse. i have my ticket sitting right here beside me. huzzah!]
Sonic Youth - "100%" [from the wonderful mid-90s album dirty.]
The Good, the Bad and the Queen - "Herculean" [from their self-titled debut. brit-rock/pop/punk royalty and a member of fela kuti to boot. quite a supergroup.]

That'll do it for this week. Tune in next week for more chewy goodness and 4 hours of the indie/rock mayhem! With Guilford on spring break, Southern Hospitality is heading south to recharge his batteries. I'll be taking over in order to spread the harmony in his absence. So, until then, Go Heels! Take care.



  • At 11:32 PM, March 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    I wanted to make a comment about Lucinda Williams' new album 'west' but i figured i'd introduce myself briefly.

    My name's Mark and I stumbled across your blog here while doing some "research" about 'the Gun Club'. But anyways, ive been keeping an eye on your blog and using it as a gateway to introduce myself to new bands that i'd never heard before. I just started doing a show for my local university radio station and am always on the lookout for new (relative to me) music, so a big muchos gracias to yourself.

    Anyways, the point here, I wanted to say that I think that Lucinda Williams' new album 'west' is(in my opinion) a really great album. I wouldn't say it was really musically complicated exactly but all the different sounds seem to have a kind of texture or uniqueness to them. Her and her band do so much with what they've got. Or maybe its just really well produced and the levels are just balanced particularly well. And of course her lyrics in combination with her voice is just ... killer. I guess I just feel that she's not just singing, it's more that I feel she's really saying something meaningful (not necessarily 'deep' but personal).

    anyways, thats my take on it.

    thanks again, keep up the good work spreading the word.

    st. catharines, Ontario


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