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Thursday, February 01, 2007

j's indie/rock mayhem - 31st january 2007

[after a few weeks of off an on, i'm back into a somewhat regular schedule. the josh rouse interview fell through. sadly, since this isn't my day job, they wanted me in chapel hill to do the interview a little early in the afternoon. my duty to the children calls first. so, the nice people at his label said 'maybe in the fall when his new record comes out.' i'm remembering that. i have the email locked away.

in the meantime, a whole heaping load of new music tonight. so let's get started. onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 31st January 2007 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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the Arcade Fire - "Black Mirror" [and here we go again. neon bible is due out march 6th and already it's like the second coming of christ. this band is really good. i just hope the record gears up the same. maybe i'll finally change my tune about them then. no callers answered my question about where neon bible gets its name. any takers?]
Del Amitri - "Not Where It's At" [the lead track from some other sucker's parade. i will never stop loving this song. although i have my theories about what it's about. if you know the song, ask me sometime.]
Essex Green - "Don't Know Why (You Stay)" [from cannibal seas. saw these guys open for camera obscura the other weekend and, well, they're really good. love the harmonies on this song especially. hat tip to mad dog for pointing it out to me.]
the Suburbs - "Rattle My Bones" [from 1984's love is the law but also on the 1992 compilation ladies and gentlemen, the suburbs have left the building. i got my copy in a sales bin at k-mart oh, so many years ago. i saw they were on twin/tone records, it was five bucks, i bought it. never been disappointed. if you've never heard them, now is the time.]
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Deerhoof - "The Perfect Me" [so people have talked to me about deerhoof on and on and so finally they make an appearance. this is from their new LP friend opportunity. i gotta say..i like it. need more soaking in time though.]
Elastica - "Waking Up" (live) [from the wonderful the radio one sessions. elastica's self-titled record is easily one of my favorite 90s albums and they were one hell of a band in their day. these live recordings from the BBC just go to prove it even further.]
New York Dolls - "Trash" [from their self-titled debut. i've been reading from the velvets to the voidoids: the birth of american punk rock and of course there is an extensive account of the doll's tenure atop the heap in the early 70s.]
the New Pornographers - "Sing Me Spanish Techno" [one of the most flawless songs ever. "listening too long to one song" indeed. what songs have you had that moment with - where you just have to keep listening to one song over and over? devin davis' "iron woman" did that to me. so did kathleen edwards' "six o'clock news." travis' "writing to reach you" also did it to me. man.]
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the Shins - "Phantom Limb" [from wincing the night away. the reviews have been mixed on this - a little underwhelmed has been the general feel (except for NPR's review - they were pretty high on it). i like this song quite a bit and if the rest of the record were like this..well..it'd sound exactly like the shins. better than "sea legs," that's for sure.]
Evan Dando - "It's About Time" (live) [from the 120 minutes live cd featuring live performances from artists on MTV's one truly great video show, 120 minutes. this was dando circa come on feel the lemonheads era with an acoustic solo performance. he played this song last week when i saw the lemonheads and i was thrilled. though no "into your arms." oh well.]
the Adverts - "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" [every time i play this song, i get called away. i haven't gotten to really absorb it any time i've played it. still a great song. originally released as a single in 1977 (and later appearing on re-issues of their debut LP, crossing the red sea with the adverts). it's also available on anthology.]
Marah - "Round Eye Blues" [from the really unquestionably brilliant kids in philly. a hat tip (and shout out) to daniel rubin, a reporter at the philadelphia inquirer and fellow attendee at the 2006 convergesouth conference, who finally set me straight on how to pronounce the band name.]
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the Good, the Bad and the Queen - "Nature Springs" [the superest of super groups i've heard of in a long time: damon albarn (blur, gorillaz), paul simonon (the clash), simon tong (the verve), tony allen (fela kuti) and produced by dangermouse (dangermouse). jeez. this song is quite lovely and i'm warming up to the album a lot, but just because albarn is doing topical writing again doesn't mean this is anything close to parklife 2007.]
Antony and the Johnsons - "Fistful of Love" [from i am a bird now. featuring a nice reading by lou reed, this is one of the snazziest songs on this album. antony's voice is a love it or leave it kind of voice, but man, he's an amazing singer.]
El Perro Del Mar - "God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get)" [by request. from their self-titled album. i played this last week, but if someone wants to call in and request such a sublimely perfect song, i'm not going to argue.]
Bent Bolt and the Nuts - "Mechanical Man" [the first song i've played from the wonderful blog at WFMU. this is part of their 365 series where they post random, vinyl artifacts on every day of the year. here's the post about this song, a classically ridiculous song. i love it.]
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the Emergency - "Pictures on the Wall" [finally! denizens of the 2004 j's indie/rock mayhem top 25 albums list finally return with their new album doo-lang, doo-lang. although apparently it's been out since october. oh, well. fans of great power pop rejoice cos these guys are the real deal. check out their myspace to hear some of the songs off the album.]
Sleater-Kinney - "Ironclad" [from all hands on the bad one. few songs in s-k's catalogue is this tough. love it.]
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult - "Sex on Wheelz" [from 1991's sexplosion! the album widely considered to be my life's high point. i was first introduced to them via hit and run holiday which i still adore to no end. their music is endlessly fun, campy, sleazy and just a good, good time.]
She's Spanish, I'm American - "Car Crash" [the EP project between josh rouse and paz suay, his fianceƩ who also guested on "the man who..." from josh's 2006 album subtitulo. it's a nice little EP but i'm not that hot on it. this is probably one of the strongest tracks from it and it's available via itunes and your local indie-music store now.]
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Georgie James - "Need Your Needs" [i finally get to play these guys. georgie james features john davis (ex-q and not u) and laura burhenn, who put on a fantastic show a little over a week ago with camera obscura up in chapel hill. their full length is still shopping for a label, but if this self-released single is representative, hold on to your hats. great pop music. visit their myspace to get a listen to it.]
the Gun Club - "Texas Serenade" [from their sophomore album miami. i've been in love with fire of love for a few years, but had never really explored the rest of their catalogue. oh, boy. get prepared to hear a lot of gun club over the next weeks.]
Nanci Griffith - "I Will Bring You Ireland" (live) [from the one fair summer evening live album. nanci will be playing here in greensboro at the carolina theatre on saturday, february 17th. i'm excited cos i hope to go.]
Brian Eno - "The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch" [classic eno from here come the warm jets.]
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Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter - "Station Grey" [another new track from the forthcoming like, love, lust and the open halls of the soul. i'm getting more and more excited about this record the more i hear. hat tip to the immor(t)al aquarium drunkard for this one.]
the Modern Lovers - "Government Center" [another of those proto-punk bands that just tore the junk up and then disappeared (sort of). from their self-titled album, the only full record this version of the modern lovers ever really recorded.]
Chris Bell - "I Don't Know" [from the posthumously released i am the cosmos. songs like this show exactly how important chris bell was to big star's massive legacy in power-pop. alex chilton is a mastermind, but so was bell. and the two of them ending up in a band together was a masterpiece.]

That's going to do it for this week's show. I'll be back next week for more indie/rock chewyness, so y'all come back now. Take care.

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