J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

j's indie/rock mayhem - 9th may 2007

[a training-tastic night of...training. steve, this week's trainee, was already pretty able by the time he came under my wing. so he did a pretty bangup job during the second hour. hats off to him.

congrats to frank brosnan, this week's winner of the BB's new and used CDs and DVDs $15 gift certificate giveaway. he correctly identified chicago as the city that is home to the sea and cake, touch and go records, the smashing pumpkins and various other things. i give away that gift certificate at the beginning of the third block of music, right around 6:30 or a little after, each week so tune in and win.

lots of great new stuff this week and more next week so keep it locked. onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 9th May 2007 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Radio Birdman - "Remorseless" [from their 2006 album zeno beach. a roaring return for these veteran aussie punkers. they'll be at the cat's cradle in carborro on june 29th.]
the Gun Club - "She's Like Heroin to Me" [from fire of love, an album i always like citing as being released the year i was born. pop quiz, hot shots.]
the Replacements - "Anywhere's Better Than Here" [the live version from a sire records promotional 12" record trumps the original, but this one still has all the snark, sting and resigned resentment that it can bear.]
Mansun - "Negative" [our trip back through britpop landed us on these prog-britpoppers whose first two albums (at least) are gold for fans of progressive minded (confusing) rock and roll. from their album six.]
Blair - "Mona Lisa" [more from this wonderful new orleans based artist. her new EP is winging its way to us, so we'll be hearing more. 'til then, go check out her myspace.]
Josh Rouse - "Directions" [from his sophomore, and underrated album, home. this song got a lot of attention due to its placement on the vanilla sky soundtrack and still is a celebrated song in his live sets.]
the Lemonheads - "No Backbone" [from the self-titled album from last year, their first in nearly a decade. j. mascis lends a tasty guitar overlay to this wonderful song.]
Tom Waits - "Goin' Out West" [from bone machine, the first waits album i ever heard. "i look good without a shirt" really sums up the feel of that entire song, don't you think?]
the Sea and Cake - "Coconut" [from everybody which was just released on tuesday. sea and cake records are sleeper affairs. they don't jump out and mug you. rather, slowly, insidiously, you come to realize what great musicians these guys are and how they've slowly numbed your entire brain. days can be lost listening to their records. i've only given it one solid listen-through so far, but this new one is fantastic.]
Blur - "For Tomorrow" [from their sophomore album, modern life is rubbish. this is where blur departs from their dancier side (on leisure) and prepares themselves for the great leap forward that was parklife. a great album.]
Dinosaur Jr. - "It's Me" [by request. from beyond, the reunion album to trump all reunion albums.]
Blonde Redhead - "23" [they put on a stellar show at the cat's cradle last saturday night and their second song in was this one, the lead track from their new album of the same name, 23. the 'shoegazer' tags have been out in spades for this song, but that's not a bad thing.]
the Clientele - "These Days Nothing But Sunshine" [the new clientele record is very similar to strange geometry but even more devastatingly structured and gorgeous. god save the clientele is a polished, hazy pop record. and thus far i'd say, their finest hour to date.]
Richard Buckner - "Lucky" [from meadow. and yes, that's the man himself giving that WQFS legal ID to lead in. he's a nice guy.]
49 Admiral - "The Art of Giving Up" [another of the myspace bands that i've discovered. this one from boston and their full length debut is nearly finished. just waiting on it to finish pressing and we'll be seeing a copy soon after.]
Britt Daniel - "Bring It On Home to Me" [from the bridging the distance compilation - i'm a bit confused as to the purpose of this collection. it's subtitled "a portland or covers collection" and also features the minus 5 doing "that smell" and the minders doing "don't bring me down" among others. but i like this take of spoon's britt daniels doing sam cooke. fits him well. bruce.]
Sixteen Horsepower - "Brimstone Rock" [one of the first things trainee steve said was, "what do you think of sixteen horsepower?" and i said well, i really love them. and we were good from there. from low estate.]
Filthybird - "Fight Song" [from southern skies, a record well worth hearing, even if you aren't in the greensboro area. especially if you're not in the greensboro area, is it worth hearing.]
the Meat Puppets - "Plateau" [from the oft-cited II album. a record that i don't listen to much, but when i do, buddy, i'm listening.]
the Church - "Unified Field" [from last year's uninvited, like the clouds. a great, classic, late-period church album with all the gorgeous music that that implies.]
El-P - "Flyentology" [a song stuck in my head last week from this year's i'll sleep when you're dead. most notable for its featuring of trent reznor in the chorus, but a damn catchy song by any standard. i can't wait to see this cat live.]
Yo La Tengo - "Cherry Chapstick" [this is an alternate version - slowed, acoustic - from the one from the and then nothing turned itself inside out album. caller wanted to hear "you can have it all" from that album, but lacking that album, i went with this version of another track from the same album. this version is a gorgeous reworking of one of yo la's great rock songs.]
the Jayhawks - "Nothing Left to Borrow" [from tomorrow the green grass. the more i think about this album, the more i go - what's going on here? sure, it has "blue," "miss williams' guitar," "nothing left to borrow" and a few others, but by and by, it fails to live up to its predecessor (hollywood town hall) or, in my opinion, the record that followed (sound of lies). am i thinking the album deserves more credit because their most well known song ("blue") is on it? re-evaluation is a great process.]
Butthole Surfers - "The Hurdy Gurdy Man" [by request. from the 1990 the hurdy gurdy man EP. caller wanted to hear a different song, but failing to find it, i went with the surfers' great cover of donovan's classic. easily one of the most listenable songs the early version of the butthole surfers ever recorded.]
Wilco - "Impossible Germany" [my initial listens to sky blue sky were a bit confusing. i wasn't sure what to make of its breezy, 70s rock sound. but being a fan of steely dan, i embraced it and now it just seems one more step in the ever shifting game of 'name the genre of that album' that wilco has been playing since they threw everyone off the trail with being there.]
Squirrel Nut Zippers - "La Grippe" (live) [by request. from the limited edition sold out EP. i actually saw a used copy of this 5 song EP going for about $10 in a store recently and i realized, wow, i guess they weren't kidding about there only being about 5,000 copies or something. bottom line: i have a copy.]

That'll do it for this week. Next week, more music and good stuff. Apologies for the missing album review this week. I'm still getting my pattern down for the writing, but Notes From Underground will be back this week - sans the mp3 player. At least for this week. Until then, take care.



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