J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

j's indie/rock mayhem - 4th april 2007

[a fantastic show this week - i had to compress a lot of the new music into a smaller amount of time and it made for some pretty awesome listening. but i also missed a few things - if you read my announcement on myspace about this week's show, i promised you new music from the clientele. well, guess who forgot to bring it with him to the show? yeah, me. so, scamper over to pitchfork which has the new song, "bookshop cassanova," all ready for you to grab.

congrats to charles johnson who correctly named two of the artists jesse sykes name checked in the interview tonight as ones she listened to heavily growing up. he won a copy of jesse sykes and the sweet hereafter's new album, like, love, lust and the open halls of the soul, from the fine folks at B.B.'s new and used CDs and DVDs over in quaker village. congrats, charles.

this has been some year for music already and it just gets better. if you enjoyed tonight's interview, hang tight - there's at least one more on the horizon - and another, quite big one, that is in the works (knock on wood). so, let's go. onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 4th April 2007 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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Fountains of Wayne - "New Routine" [from their brand new album traffic and weather which came out yesterday. my initial listen left me wanting something in this album, but i'm sitting here giving it its second proper listen and it's growing on me. much like their wonderful welcome interstate managers, the album is just a couple of tracks too long, but if you're a fan of the band, you should find this a welcome addition to their catalogue. this song especially.]
LCD Soundsystem - "North American Scum" [by request. from sound of silver. i really love the snarky, tongue-in-cheek lyrics in this song - especially with the incredibly infectious beat underneath. this song doesn't even feel like a 5+ minute track. it's a winner in every conceivable way.]
Jimmy Norman - "Gangster of Love (Pts. I & II)" [from the what it is! funky soul and rare grooves 1967 - 1977 box set. an amazing 4 cd collection of below the radar funk and soul cuts from atlantic, warner brothers and atco records during the peak of the funk era. this isn't the 'also rans' of funk - it's the should've beens. as usual, hat tip to aquarium drunkard for tipping me off to this set last year over on his blog.]
Dizzee Rascal - "Stand Up Tall" [from 2005's showtime. dizzee's forthcoming album, maths & english, is due out on june 5th, but the video for the first single, "sirens," is already out and wow. the video is sharp and amazing (such a brilliant visual representation of 'old' and 'new' english culture) and the song is thrilling. i'm now officially chomping at the bit for this record.]
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the Rosebuds - "Cemetery Lawn" [from the new night of the furies. fans of the rosebuds may want to brace yourselves - this is not exactly the same band. the production (done by the band) yields something that sounds like new order channeling the rosebuds' songwriting style and the results are at first a bit hard to follow. but upon repeated listens, the record opens up into something warm and gorgeous. i like it.]
XTC - "Earn Enough for Us" [from 1986's skylarking. a band i'm way late coming to, but it's been a long time coming. great stuff.]
Menomena - "Wet & Rusting" [from friend and foe. menomena put on a great show at local 506 last sunday (along with raleigh's megafaun who are really flippin' amazing - we'll be hearing them as soon as their first album is finished) and were nice enough to do some voice IDs for me. this album is a slow burning stunner. their fractured (and reconstructed) version of pop music is a wonder to behold.]
Kaiser Chiefs - "I Can Do It Without You" [by request. from yours truly, angry mob. i liked what i heard, but wasn't blown away by the kaiser chiefs' first album - but this song has me quite impressed. i guess we'll be hearing more.]

[this is where i played the interview with Jesse Sykes. she was nice enough to do a phone interview with me and talk about her new album, working with Phil Wandascher, touring and a certain swede musician of whom we are both very fond. in the interest of time, i had to excise part of the interview, so you can check out that segment by clicking here. see the benefits of coming to read the blog? expanded entertainment! the songs listed here were played inbetween segments of the interview. enjoy.]

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter - "You Might Walk Away" and "Station Grey" [both of these tracks are from the new album, like, love, lust and the open halls of the soul.]
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Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter - "LLL" and "Tell the Boys" [the first is from the latest album and the second is from 2004's oh my girl, a really tremendous record as well.]
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Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter - "The Air is Thin" [from like, love, lust....]
the National - "Fake Empire" [from the forthcoming album the boxer which is due out in may. another album i'm foaming over.]
Jarvis Cocker - "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time" [jarvis finally saw its american release this week. it's a really top-to-toe fantastic pop record. no one constructs pop music the way jarvis cocker does.]
the Damnwells - "I Am a Leaver" [from 2006's air stereo. i would look for this album often when i would go buy cds, really wanting to play it on my show, but never finding it (and obviously not going out of my way to just order a copy), but my local independent music store had one and i snapped it up. so finally, 'new' music from the damnwells. the album is fantastic.]
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the Ponys - "1209 Seminary" [from the album turn the lights out. this is a band i've heard a lot about, but hadn't heard anything until i got the album last week. this song reminds me of a style/a band in particular, but i can't put my finger on it yet. whether it's derivative or not, it's damn good.]
Jesse Malin - "Don't Let Them Take You Down (Beautiful Day!)" [the lead track from glitter in the gutter. the album title says it all. beautiful losers everywhere and plenty of drops to drink.]
Health - "Morning Sigh" [from the fantastic where you from? greensboro rock is at it again.]
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Killing Joke - "The Wait" [from their 1980 self-titled album. i'm still pretty floored by the agressive gleeful tension of this album for something that is closing in on 30 years old.]

That'll do it for this week. I'm going to start expanding content on the site soon, upping to three posts a week which will hopefully include a mix of album reviews, concert reviews, print interviews and discussion threads in which you, the reader, should participate. Look for those to start this Friday and run with some regularity on Mondays and Fridays to surround the Wednesday night radio show. Until then, take care!

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