J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

j's indie/rock mayhem - 23rd may 2007

[a really fantastic show tonight. rotation is amazing right now - tons of great music has been flooding out of the gates this year. it's been really fun to watch and listen to it all come out. and we're not even half way through the year yet!

tonight's winner of the gift certificate to BB's new and used CDs and DVDs was kenneth combs. he correctly identified that it was stephen king who has recently given the big thumbs up to ryan adams' forthcoming album, easy tiger. he won a $15 gift certificate to our good friends over there in the quaker village shopping center.

i'm going to be out of town, so j's extra mayhem is in the hands of the fantastic andy freedman, QFS's head music director. he'll be choosing the wholesale album of the week and all that jazz, so tune in sunday night for the extra chaos.

now, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 23rd May 2007 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
the Avett Brothers - "Will You Return?" [i kicked off the show with this track from their latest, emotionalism. it was released last week and i just found out today that it reached #134 on the Billboard top 200 albums chart for last week. what an accomplishment for these north carolina musicians! cabarrus county, represent.]
RJD2 - "The Horror" [the lead track from his debut album, deadringer. i still haven't give his new one a proper listen. i really should stop paying attention to reviews.]
Hüsker Dü - "Books about UFOs" [from new day rising. appropriate since when i came home, the religious show that comes on cable access at 9 on wednesday nights was talking about how UFOs are angel chariots and are talked about extensively in the bible. serendipitous.]
the Emergency - "Hey Whoopy Cat" [from the excellen tdoo-lang doo-lang. some of west virginia's finest power pop.]
Dinosaur Jr. - "Been There All the Time" [from beyond. i really can't get enough of their excellent new album. i mean, it's been so long since i've heard dinosaur jr. rock this good, it's liable to end up in the best of 2007 list. we'll see.]
Primal Scream - "Movin' On Up" [the lead track from 1991's groundbreaking screamadelica. there are parts of the world (read: england) where this album is put on par with nevermind as the most influential of its year.]
Dwight Yoakam - "Guitars, Cadillacs" [the title track from his debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, etc. etc. it's hopelessly catchy and a stomping, rollicking great song.]
The The - "This is the Day" [from 1983's soul mining. this makes the second commercial i've heard this song in - first for dockers, now for M&Ms. so i play it so maybe someone'll recognize it and seek out this wonderful band.]
Ryan Adams - "Two" [so here we go - the first official single off of the forthcoming easy tiger. i like it. i'm going to have to give it a few more listens - it was hard to focus while i was taking calls for the trivia question. but i like what i heard. a lot.]
the Hold Steady - "Stevie Nix" [from 2005's separation sunday. there just aren't many better rock and roll bands in america right now. between this and the national's alligator, i really dropped the ball in 2005.]
the Whigs - "Technology" [from give 'em all a big fat lip. super nice guys whom i had in for an interview earlier this year.]
Pela - "Waiting on the Stairs" [from their album anytown graffiti. roots rock base and indie-yelping vocals. this song's a building winner and i'm looking forward to hearing more of this album.]
the National - "Apartment Story" [from boxer, my review of which you can read down below this post. it's gooooooooood.]
Superchunk - "Driveway to Driveway" [from foolish, the first superchunk album i ever heard. bought a casette copy and became hooked. i saw the video for this on (surprise!) 120 Minutes and it sealed the deal. i love that album.]
Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians - "Madonna of the Wasps" [by request. a great song from the queen elvis album. maybe i should pull out some soft boys next week. hmm.]
Citified - "Secret Knock" [ah, greensboro. you and your amazing bands. just saw citified at the green bean downtown a couple of weeks ago and they put on a great show. this is from their self-titled release.]
Adam Thorn and the Top Buttons - "Speak, Imagination" [from the excellent new where's the freedom? an earlier version of this song appears on the WQFS consensus compilation that came out in 2005. it's developed quite well. catching these guys live is a great treat.]
Voxtrot - "Ghosts" [finally, the full-length LP has arrived. from the self-titled LP. i downloaded one of voxtrot's EPs earlier this year and loved it, and i like this song as well. we'll hear more soon.]
LCD Soundsystem - "North American Scum" [by request. from sound in silver. i really liked everything i heard off of this album, but man, this song is too catchy for its own good. too snarky and too right. i love it. one of my favorite songs of the year, without a doubt.]
the Veils - "One Night on Earth" [more rotation music making me click my heels. from nux vomica. vocally..i'm honing in on scott walker a little bit? i'm loving this album.]
the Sea and Cake - "Crossing Line" [from the excellent new everybody. this album's a soft party and everybody's invited! i like it. it's gorgeous and big without being bloated or even in your face. it's tenured, structured and most of all, different.]
the Tubes - "Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman" [by request. from the 1981 album the completion backward principle. i've heard of the tubes quite a bit over the years (being a fan of tubeway army, you get used to finding the tubes instead) but never listened. interesting. goofy. not much else.]
John Wesley Harding - "Sussex Ghost Story" [from the man with no shadow. harding's live rendition of this song is mesmerizing and it still ranks high on my list of favorites. his "still photo" was the one that flat-out floored me when i saw him live.]
the Clientele - "Here Comes the Phantom" [from god save the clientele. all the really great records this year have been fairly subdued and restrained. when are the balls-out rockers going to start impressing me? in the meantime, more gorgeous pop.]
Townes Van Zandt - "Waiting Around to Die" [the incredibly nice aquarium drunkard was having a conversation about the heartworn highways documentary. it was recently put out on DVD and the soundtrack reissued on cd. some amazing early performances by steve earle and others. and then there's this flat-out haunting townes van zandt song. i can't get it out of my head.]
the Afghan Whigs - "John the Baptist" [from 1965. the new whigs' best of with a new song or two is due out soon. get ready. first new whigs in nearly 8 or 9 years.]

That'll do it for this week. I'll be back on Friday with the Notes From Underground column and then on Monday with next week's album review. Until then, take care.



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