J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

j's indie/rock mayhem - 26th september 2007

[this fall has turned out to be a deluge of amazing new music, and so, it's another great episode of the show. some new stuff, some older new stuff, some older old stuff, all together. ain't life grand?

next week: i will have ed cone, columnist for the greensboro news and record and champion of the greensboro blogosphere, and joe killian, reporter for the news and record, up in the studio to discuss the upcoming convergesouth 2007 conference. the conference is a basic tech/bloggers conference for all people who use the 'net. and you, as a reader of this blog (and perhaps, author of a blog of your own?) should listen in and think about coming to the conference on friday and saturday october, 19th and 20th. both ed and joe will be in attendance and helping to direct some panels. i'm looking forward to this interview quite a bit.

congratulations to randy carr, the winner of tonight's $15 gift certificate to BB's new and used CDs and DVDs. he correctly identified washington, d.c. as the home of dischord records. we do the give away every week at the beginning of the third set, right around 6:30, so tune in for your chance to win.

now, while my taquitos are crisping, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 26th September 2007 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Band of Horses - "Is There a Ghost" [from the forthcoming cease to begin. the band re-located to mt. pleasant, south carolina for the recording of this album. we'll see if the southerness is somehow inside this new record. i'm still waiting to see how the whole thing sounds, as i felt somewhat underwhelmed by their debut, despite its excellent song, "the great salt lake." lure me in with a great single and then bait 'n' switch? we'll see.]
Liz Phair - "Supernova" [from her second album, whip-smart. this was probably the first liz phair song i ever heard - what with its video and all. i mentioned her as a point of comparison in my review of that dog. earlier this week, so i thought i'd play some as a semi-apology for calling her less melodically saavy. sorry, liz.]
Liars - "Houseclouds" [from the new self-titled album. liars are a prickly band and i fully understand anyone who doesn't really dig their sound. but it's engaging, i'll give them that much.]
Oakley Hall - "No Dreams" [from i'll follow you. this song rolls right up after the slow-burn of the album opening "marine life." it's a great calling card for a great record. i've been kind of out of step with the larger reviews about this record. i think it's the equal of their prior records, easily.]
Josh Ritter - "Rumors" [from the historical conquests of josh ritter. i'm heading up to west virginia in a few weeks to catch josh live, but he's also coming to the cat's cradle in chapel hill on monday, november 5th, along with eric bachmann. and i'll be at that show as well, you better believe. sadly, the night after i'm seeing him in WV, he's playing a few cities over (still in WV) along with loudon wainwright III. curse work nights.]
Guided by Voices - "The Best of Jill Hives" [by request. from earthquake glue, a pretty solid little album. this was a request by frank who, bless him, has requested GBV several times and i keep not having much outside of the recent records, despite having some older ones at home. i'll get on it someday.]
the New Pornographers - "All the Old Show Stoppers" [one of my very favorite songs from the new challengers album. now that the dust has settled, i just don't like this album as much as the previous twin cinema, but it's still a leap beyond most music, so that's all that matters.]
that dog. - "Silently" [from 1995's totally crushed out! which i reviewed this week in the debut of the return trip feature. look for that to become a weekly feature. expanded content! believe it.]
Georgie James - "Look Me Up" [from their debut LP places. it's about time this record got released. they've been teasing for well over a year or so now with myspace songs and that self-released single. sounds like the wait was worth it though. brilliant pop music.]
New Young Pony Club - "Ice Cream" [by request. i was honestly fairly bored by this. at the same time it made me think of that new heineken commercial with the robot woman and the mini-keg. i just don't care for this kind of music that much. from their album fantastic playroom.]
the Dead Kennedys - "Let's Lynch the Landlord" [from their debut, 1980's fresh fruit for rotting vegetables. alliterative title? check. grammatical 'error' in band name? check. political/social hot-button topic in lyrics? check, check, check. good job, guys.]
A.A. Bondy - "Vice Rag" [from the really lovely american hearts which got its release back on the 18th. bondy is the ex-frontman of the wonderful band verbena and while this solo debut is much less..well..loud, it's got a lot of the elements that made bondy a great songwriter. so belly up.]
Beirut - "In the Mausoleum" [from the forthcoming the flying club cup. it hits stores on october 9th, but is already available from digital stores on the internets. their debut album, gulag orkestar, was my # 3 album of 2006, so how will this one stack up? we'll see, won't we?]
Soul Asylum - "Sometime to Return" [from 1988's hang time. i played this to focus on the release of the new collection welcome to the minority: the best of the A&M years 1988 - 1991 which documents pretty much everything the band released during its first major label run on A&M. this collection includes the albums hang time and and the horse they rode in on in their entirety and a disc of live rarities. it's great treatment for their earlier work.]
Akron/Family - "Ed is a Portal" [from the new love is simple. sadly, the band got jacked earlier this week to the tune of several instruments. who steals things from bands? i mean, really. by the way, the really awesome raleigh band megafaun is out on tour with them right now. good stuff.]
Sleater-Kinney - "Get Up" [from 1998's the hot rock. as i said, sleater-kinney, your song is responsible for nearly a decade of unfulfilled desires in the fact that you only chant/yell/ullulate 'get up!' twice towards the end of this song. it needs at least two more of those. just sayin'.]
Iron and Wine - "Pagan Angel and the Borrowed Car" [the lead track from the new the shepherd's dog, a really quite thrilling and gorgeous cd. this cd picks up well where the woman king EP left off and if you loved that EP (which, god, I did), then you'll enjoy this album.]
Swirlies - "Pancake" [from their 1993 album blonder tongue audio baton. as i mention on the podcast, i got the type of call that makes DJing totally worth it. a listener called in to say this was the first time he'd heard the swirlies on college radio in a decade. he used to see them a lot as a teenager in new york city (they're from boston) and said they blew his mind back in the day. i can only imagine, sadly. but honestly, bands like this that have such a limited audience...well, it's nice to make contact with someone who appreciates them like you do. thanks for making my week, man.]
the Veils - "Advice for Young Mothers to Be" [from the absolutely amazing nux vomica which is definitely in top 10 contention for the j's indie/rock mayhem top 25 albums of 2007. who else is in? well, just guess.]
Regina Hexaphone - "Spider Boys" [from their new album, into your sleeping heart. hailing from the chapel hill/raleigh area of the state, they're typically a gorgeous, pop/alt-country/blues tinged band. this recording sounds a bit tame compared to their live shows.]
Steve Earle - "City of Immigrants (With Forro in the Dark)" [from the new washington square serenade. it may be that i'm just paying less attention to steve earle, but this album slipped out this week without any prior knowledge on my part. not that i'm an unbeatable cauldron of all knowledge or anything, but still. i haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but you'll hear from me about it.]
Velocity Girl - "I Can't Stop Smiling" [from 1994's simpatico. velocity girl is another one of the female fronted/female-centric bands that have slowly been lost in the larger indie-rock narrative of the last two decades. which is a shame considering how good they were.]
Whiskeytown - "Too Drunk to Dream" [from their debut album, faithless street. this is the most purely 'country' ryan adams would sound until digging back into this sound for his jacksonville city nights solo album in 2006. he's still finding his footing as a songwriter, but there's some great stuff on here.]
Blair - "Kamakazee" [from new orleans, blair is a lovely artist who has made some really thrilling music and this new song is among her best. i'm looking forward to hearing a full length LP from her at some point in the future.]
His Name is Alive - "Go to Hell Mountain" [from their new album xmmer. i've never heard such a light sounding song with such a contentious title. i like it. and i love this band.]
Space - "Female of the Species" [from 1997's spiders. i have plans to look at this album for one of the return trip features in the near future as i had some insights into it recently that i wouldn't have had earlier. mostly cos i haven't heavily listened to the entire album since..1998. but this was a rather fun and righteous single back in the day.]
Japancakes - "Lalita" [from the forthcoming giving machines which is due out october 9th. i love this band - gorgeous, shimmering music that at times i can't get enough of.]

That's going to do it for this week. I'll be back on Friday with Notes from Underground - it's Randomocity week! - and I'll be back on Monday with the Now Departing review for next week. Until then, Go Panthers (take out those Bucs), and take care.



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