J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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

[an incredible night for music. i, literally, ran out of time. you can hear me on the podcast become playfully exasperated at the end. so new avett brothers and wilco get the boot to next week. as do old-timers, the godz, who will wait patiently for a third week for me to find a place to squeeze them in.

congratulations to jim plummer. he correctly identified the squirrel nut zippers as the former band that employed andrew bird as an auxillary player. jim wins the $15 gift certificate to BB's new and used CDs and DVDs over in quaker village shopping center. congrats!

so, without further adieu ado, onward.]

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

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Modest Mouse - "Dashboard" [from the newly released we were dead before the ship even sank, their first album with new member johnny marr. yes, that johnny marr. i'm not a huge modest mouse fan, but this single's not bad and if they can keep being successful with a formula that doesn't involve totally numbing what made them an indie-success in the first place, more power to them.]
Public Enemy - "War at 33 1/3" [from fear of a black planet. there are certain tracks on this record that make me shake my head; "meet the 'g' that killed me" and "pollywannacracka" among them. but "burn, hollywood, burn" and this track, along with others, cut a brazen swath through the hip-hop wasteland. to this day the bomb squad's production sounds as futuristic and shocking as it did the day it was released. try not to lose control.]
Mclusky - "Dethink to Survive" [from mclusky do dallas. i may have to put a moratorium on mclusky for awhile. but their music is just so good. but it may be for the best. so this is the last you'll see of them for a bit.]
Heartless Bastards - "Brazen" [from all this time. they're on tour opening for lucinda williams right now. i wonder how that pairing is going. i may need to start released suplimentary lists for my top 25 albums list. this would've certainly gone on last year's list had i heard it in time.]
Jarvis Cocker - "Black Magic" [from jarvis which hits stores stateside on april 2nd. robert kirk spotted the "crimson and clover" lick that's lifted for the song. but jarvis is oh so good at doing that. and getting away with it. and making it sound good. this album is amazing.]
Tyrone Davis - "I Keep Coming Back" [from turn back the hands of time. a gorgeous piece of r&b soul. the shimmering guitar melody that strolls through the background is as memorable as davis' vocals.]
Afghan Whigs - "Fountain and Fairfax" [from gentlemen, on which the afghan whigs covered "i keep coming back." dulli's vocals are something to behold on that version.]
Travis - "Writing to Reach You" [the lead track from 2000's the man who. good songs never stop flooring you and so it is with this one. i still feel like i'm in my bedroom at my parent's house, hitting repeat on track one over and over. it's just that good of a song.]
Andrew Bird - "Fiery Crash" [from the amazing armchair apocrypha. andrew bird has been making more and more seismic waves over the past years and this may be the album that lands him ashore. it's hard to describe bird's music - just realize it's an experience like no one else in rock really.]
the Handsome Family - "All the Time in Airports" [from 2006's the last days of wonder. the chorus of this song sold me on it - brett sparks' wailing of the titular line is moving in a very weird way.]
Elvis Costello - "Watching the Detectives" [by request. hi, emily! from my aim is true. classic, debut-era costello.]
the Emergency - "Hey Whoopy Cat" [from their newest album doo-lang doo-lang. a great slice of power-pop mayhem.]
LCD Soundsystem - "North American Scum" [okay. i'm working on removing my foot from my mouth. i've never given much creedence to DFA or to anything even related to those guys, so when i actually gave the new LCD soundsystem record a listen, i was blown away. it's a lively, dancey, genuinely infectious slab of post-punk/post-rock/post-post goodness. you can hear some sizeable samples of all the tracks on sound of silver by clicking here.]
Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf - "Here's a Smirk" [from the should've-been-a-classic big shots. originally recorded in 1993, this is a genuine, unaffected time capsule of where hip-hop was in the early 90s. and yes, it's just that good. not released until 2003 or so because of the untimely death of charizma, this is an overlooked classic of hip-hop.]
the Streets - "Let's Push Things Forward" [from original pirate material which, oddly enough, still sounds as good as it did in 2002.]
the Replacements - "Nowhere is My Home" [from the boink!! LP. a 'best of' collection from their first three albums as well as b-side "if only you were lonely" and this song recorded in a session with alex chilton. this is quite possibly my favorite replacements song that never made it to an official album or single release. although "learn how to fail" is right up there also.]
Son Volt - "The Picture" [from the search which is holding up well. leagues better than okemah and the melody of riot. if you ask me.]
Felt - "Rain of Crystal Spires" [from forever breathes the lonely word. yeah, so he sounds a lot like tom verlaine. this is a bad thing? not when you're writing amazing, cascading pop music that seems to float in the air outside the stereo.]
Pavement - "Stereo" [from brighten the corners, the next album in line for the matador 2-cd reissue release. i'm excited as it tends to be my favorite pavement album and i'm hoping there's a lot to dig up to add to its beautiful confines.]
Noahjohn - "Rabbit is Asleep" [from water hymns. my mp3 player does a good job of reminding me of bands i'd forgotten about. enter: noahjohn. a band i saw perform in london in 2001, took quite a liking to and then slowly lost track of them. then my mp3 player gave me a dose of this song - lost in its hazy, ethereal vocals and guitars is a song that would've made the velvet underground blush. luna too while they were at it. it's near perfect as a song can be.]
Jesse Malin - "Broken Radio" [you heard correctly - that's the boss singing in this song. how jesse swung that, i'm not sure, but it's a great pairing on this lovely little ballad. from glitter in the gutter.]
the Whigs - "Half the World Away" [from give 'em all a big fat lip. as i said on the show, they left my interview and north carolina and apparently kicked major ass at south by southwest. i won't take all the credit, but i'll take some. isn't it obvious?]
Trek Life - "All Times" [from price i've paid. it's an intriguingly produced record, sounding in a lot of spots like a modernized throwback to the golden age of hip-hop. it's not an album that will blow you away, but hip-hop could definitely use some more like it. charming, ingratiating and catchy without demoralizing/demonizing its listeners.]
the Wonder Stuff - "It's Yer Money" [from the eight legged groove machine. 'it's not your heart, it's your bank / i wanna break. it's your / money i'm after, baby.' clever. endlessly clever.]
the Rosebuds - "Get Up Get Out" [from their forthcoming album night of the furies due out in late april. hat tip to aquarium drunkard for getting me on this track.]
El-P - "Flyentology" [from the astounding new i'll sleep when you're dead. it's not a record that rewards listening to single tracks so much as devouring it whole. do yourself a favor and go listen to the album in its entirety. you'll be glad you did.]

That'll do it for this week. I'll be back next week with more insanely good music and until then, Go Heels! and take care.



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