J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

j's indie/rock mayhem - 30th may 2007

[a really spectacular show tonight. rotation has just been smokin' lately (including some stuff that i purposefully held off on tonight in order to save for the sunday night show) and it shows in the amount i've been playing. so we'll get to this in a hot second.

congrats to michael simpson, winner of tonight's $15 gift certificate to BB's new and used CDs and DVDs. he correctly identified "six o'clock news" as the first track on kathleen edwards' superb debut album failer. i give away one of those every week, so tune in and try and win.

on a sad note, tonight's show is a two-fold dedication: to jack mccool, a co-worker who is currently in ICU fighting cancer that has spread throughout his body. jack is one of the most kind-hearted and hilarious people i've had the pleasure of working with in education. the stories i could tell about him are endless and i hope they don't have to end. also in memory of brandon williams, a high-school compatriot of mine who passed away last week. to both of them i dedicated the last song of the night.

let's go. onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 30th May 2007 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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the Veils - "Advice For Young Mothers to Be" [from the absolutely thrilling nux vomica. i finally had a chance to listen to the complete album on my road trip this past weekend and wow. a top albums of 2007 contender, easily. if you're a sucker for amazing pop music, this is not an album to miss. think the smiths. think XTC. think one of the more original records i've heard in some time.]
the Coral - "Talkin' Gypsy Market Blues" [i'll re-hash my old complaint that this song is not a true 'talking' blues, but that aside, it's a great song. from magic and medicine.]
Jarvis Cocker - "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time" [time to retire this album for awhile, but one last spin of this stellar single. from jarvis.]
the Heartless Bastards - "Brazen" [from all this time. playing at the cat's cradle in carborro on tuesday, june 12th. i'll be there. you ought to be.]
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the Afghan Whigs - "I'm a Soldier" [one of the two newly recorded songs from the unbreakable: a retrospective: 1990 - 2006 album. 18 tracks, two of which are newly recorded by the afghans. the songs run from 1990's up in it all the way through 1998's 1965 and the two new ones. i could make some complaints (where the hell is "fountain and fairfax?!?!") but all in all it's a great introduction to a band that was criminally overlooked in its day and still is to some extent.]
the Wonder Stuff - "Red Berry Joy Town" [from the eight legged groove machine. something about this song is endlessly exciting, revving, remarkable. it and the rest of the album is just a joy to listen to.]
the Arctic Monkeys (feat. Dizzee Rascal) - "Temptation Greets You Like a Naughty Friend" [one of the b-sides on the "brainstorm" single. you read that right - the bridge (or is it third verse?) features a rap by none other than dizzy-diz. it's not a bad song at all - pretty fun, all in all. well worth seeking out.]
Jim White - "A Perfect Day to Chast Tornadoes" [from his debut, wrong-eyed jesus!. this song is haunting (like a lot of jim's best work) and as summer time nears it's a song that's often on my mind.]
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John Doe (feat. Kathleen Edwards) - "The Golden State" [from his forthcoming album a year in the wilderness. edwards' vocals match wonderfully with doe's and it's a top notch song. i've enjoyed doe's past few solo records immensely and they are a strong and consistent bet for content. i'm looking forward to the full album.]
Dinosaur Jr. - "We're Not Alone" [one of those songs where the guitar solo is so gratuitous and yet, so necessary. i love it. from the not-getting-old-at-all beyond.]
Filthybird - "Warm Womb" [by request. from the wonderful southern skies which will be reviewed here on the site next week. greensboro rock.]
the Replacements - "Answering Machine" (live) [by request. this is from a six song sampler/promotional LP put out around the time of don't tell a soul. it features five songs from a live show - this, "talent show," "another girl, another planet," "anywhere's better than here" and "here comes a regular." since i couldn't lay hands on the version from let it be, i thought this one would suffice.]
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the National - "Start a War" [from the really remarkable boxer. i can't say enough good things about this record and really you should just go buy it already. i'm not on air so i can say that now.]
the Drive-by Truckers - "Birmingham" [from southern rock opera. i got to visit birmingham for the first time this past weekend and now i actually understand some of the references in the song. i always enjoy that experience.]
Beirut - "Postcards from Italy" [from the still quite enthralling gulag orkester. there have been a pair of EPs released in the last five or six months. i've downloaded them but haven't put my ears on them yet. here's hoping the band continues their wonderful work.]
Bill Callahan - "The Wheel" [from woke on a whaleheart, the (smog) creator's first under his own given name. this record is at times scattershot and roaming and, though i'm sure this comparison has been made, he reminds me of a slightly less-eccentric (only slightly) howe gelb. they both work in similar universes i'm sure.]
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Spoon - "The Underdog" [from the forthcoming ga ga ga ga ga due out in early july. i like this song - i like spoon quite a bit. and yes, i was joking about hearing that this song was recorded for the live-action underdog movie soundtrack.]
Blair - "Mona Lisa" [from the new orleans' singer's forthcoming EP. check her out here. well worth listening to and then some.]
Tommygun - "Thirteen in the End" [from their latest flames in winter. winston-salem rock and roll! former QFS manager jeff irving produced this one and he's got a golden touch. we'll be hearing more.]
the Sea and Cake - "Coconut" [from everybody. post-rock is such a disparate art form as well. i've heard it used to describe loud, raucous bands who eschew traditional structure and soft and beautiful bands like sea and cake. either way, their new one is a wonderful listen.]
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Adam Thorn and the Top Buttons - "Where's the Freedom?" [the title track from his latest. greensboro rock and roll. this is a record worth tracking down.]
Ryan Adams - "Two" [from the forthcoming easy tiger. lost highway records pulled a teasing, teasy trick earlier this week and 'leaked' this song plus another ("everybody knows") but they aren't complete leaks. just lengthy excerpts. about 2 minutes or so of each one, if that. if i hadn't heard the full version of "two," i might've assumed it just ended in a really annoying fade-out.]
Red House Painters - "Grade Cathedral Park" [from their self-titled debut. i mentioned that, since i didn't have any citified (mine at home; QFS's gone for some reason), and they are playing a show tomorrow night (thursday) at two art chicks here in greensboro, i played a band that is an influence on chris jackson's songwriting. hopefully that catches enough attention.]
the Dream Syndicate - "That's What You Always Say" (live) [from the day before wine and roses, a brilliant live document of a show played not long before they recorded their debut album. and this serves as the wholesale album teaser for sunday night's extra mayhem show. it's really not hard to put together: sunday night's wholesale album will be the dream syndicate's debut, the extrodinarily intense and mind-expanding the days of wine and roses. if you've never heard it, you better settle in for this one, boy.]
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the Replacements - "Here Comes a Regular" [as i said, i don't typically play two songs by an artist in a show, but this is a special case. this song goes out, especially to brandon, but to jack mccool as well. i'll take a great big whisky to either of you anyday. thanks for the inspiration, andrew.]

That'll do it for this week. Check back in Friday for this week's Notes From Underground and Monday for the Extra Mayhem podcast and playlist and the album review of the week. Until then, take care.

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