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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

j's indie/rock mayhem - 13th june 2007

[a fantastic show tonight with lots of great requests and great music. plus my interview with erika wennerstrom of the heartless bastards. lock yourself in for this one.

congratulations to sarah levenson. she was the winner of a copy of the heartless bastards' album all this time courtesy of the fine folks at BB's new and used CDs and DVDs. she listened carefully to the interview and identified that the band that helped the heartless bastards get signed to fat possum records was the black keys.


J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 13th June 2007 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
the Afghan Whigs - "I'm a Soldier" [from the new unbreakable: a retrospective. i like the two new songs a lot, but really, it's the 16 tracks from their original albums that make this collection worth it. i'll try to get over the fact that "fountain and fairfax" isn't on there.]
the Jam - "The Modern World" [the title/lead track from their debut record. it still befuddles me that the jam were as huge as they were in britain without making any headway in the states. their type of music should've ruled the airwaves. were they just 'too british?']
Sleater-Kinney - "Call the Doctor" [the title/lead track from their sophomore record. my friend jenny loaned me sleater-kinney's first three albums back in 1997 to try and introduce me to them. i listened to them in order. the self-titled, i didn't even finish. call the doctor i liked a bit more. but dig me out blew me away. i blame janet weiss. what a drummer.]
the Detroit Cobras - "(I Wanna Know) What's Going On?" [from tied and true. a powerful set of pipes and a pretty nasty backing band will give r&b classics a great makeover. and the detroit cobras prove it admirably. they're coming to the cat's cradle in july.]
White Rabbits - "Dinner Party" [another excellent track from fort nightly. i'm not sure if my like of this record has plateaued or not. there are plenty of records that impress me out of the box, but then just stay there. a good record impresses and gets better with repeated listens. where does this one fall? we'll see.]
the Lemonheads - "Poughkeepsie" [one of my favorites from last year's self-titled record. my show has generated a great list of 'rock staples,' great power songs that i go to time and time again to keep tempos up or to fill in gaps in the show. this song has become one of them.]
the Perceptionists - "People 4 Prez" [from the excellent black dialogue. i do so wish we'd gotten our hands on an edited copy of the album. it would sound a lot better than my repeated button pushings on this one. still a killer song.]
Pulp - "Disco 2000" [from different class. laura brannigan be damned, i love this song. it's in my top 5 pulp songs list. real quick, for right now, my list: "dishes," "razzamatazz," "disco 2000," "babies" and "a little soul." but that's just for right now. what's yours?]

[this is where i broadcast the interview with erika wennerstrom of the heartless bastards. she was kind enough to sit down with me before their show at the cat's cradle on tuesday, june 12th. we talked about cincinnati, fat possum records, label mates, touring mates, promotion for the newest album and then we played a 3-2-1 question game at the end. erika was a good sport and a super nice person. i got to sit around and talk music with her for another 10 or so minutes after the interview as well. she's good people. below are the songs i played between sections of the interview. if you'd like to listen to just the interview, click here.]

the Heartless Bastards - "Searching for the Ghost" [from all this time. a great song whose guitar riff immediately caught my ear and hasn't let go.]
the Heartless Bastards - "Runnin" [from their 2005 album stairs and escalators.]
the Heartless Bastards - "Brazen" [from all this time. a definite highlight of the show last night and my favorite from the album.]
John Doe - "Lean Out Yr Window" [from the just-released a year in the wilderness. everything i've heard off this record so far has been great. john doe has been consistantly cranking out engaging solo records. he deserves much more praise than he gets.]
Adam Thorn and the Top Buttons - "Expressway to Your Heart" [the lead track off of where's the freedom. you can check out my review of the album in the previous post.]
the Von Bondies - "Lack of Communication" (live) [by request. from the rare and raw album.]
Spoon - "The Underdog" [from the forthcoming ga ga ga ga ga. i've been pretty high on spoon's last two records - how will this one stack up? i guess we'll see, but i like what i hear.]
the New Pornographers - "My Rights Versus Yours" [from the forthcoming challengers, due out august 21st. now, that being said, go check out the amazing deal matador records is offering for pre-ordering the album now. $20 nets you a guaranteed copy + a streaming copy of the album NOW, 3 unreleased song downloads, 3 additional CDs of downloadable material later on. it's almost stupid not to do this. seriously.]
Sonic Youth - "Teenage Riot" [from daydream nation. pitchforkmedia does a great job reviewing the new deluxe edition of daydream nation that just came out yesterday. the review does a spot on job explaining just why this album is so important. i like this record, though personally, there are others i enjoy way more. i've always been more partial to later period sonic youth. but that's me. i will probably still get this edition eventually.]
Queens of the Stone Age - "Goin' Out West" [from the b-side of the "sick sick sick" european single. a cover of tom waits' classic from bone machine. it's a great cover and a perfect song for them to do.]
Los Straitjackets (feat. Dave Alvin) - "California Sun" [by request. from sing along with... los straitjackets are playing in chapel hill tonight and greensboro tomorrow (thursday, june 14th) at the empire ballroom as part of the eastern music festival fringe series.]
the Ladybug Transistor - "Always on the Telephone" [from their new album can't wait another day. the tragic death of their drummer just a few weeks before this album was released is a real blow i'm sure, but wow, i was really blown away by this song. i've never spent a lot of time listening to them, but that will have to change.]
International Submarine Band - "Miller's Cave" [from safe at home. this is of course the first stab gram parson's took at perfecting his cosmic americana music. this song plays like a classic country song - repetition, clever word play and tragic endings.]
Pavement - "Unseen Power of the Picket Fence" [by request. from the no alternative compilation. the REM references are amusing.]
Reverend Glasseye and his Wooden Legs - "No Road Out of Houston" [by request. from black river falls.]
Grandpaboy - "Lush and Green" [from the grandpaboy EP. one of the finest songs paul westerberg has ever written. i loved it from the moment i heard it. i haven't stopped. it's a shame this song is hidden on this out-of-print, hard to find EP.]
Wholesale Album Artist Teaser - XTC - "Dear God" [the teaser for the upcoming wholesale album on j's extra mayhem. it'll be an album by XTC - but not skylarking, which is of course the one that this song is from. so tune in sunday night to find out which XTC record it is.]

That'll do it for this week. I'll be back on Friday with Notes from Underground and then on Sunday with Extra Mayhem. Until then, take care.



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