J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

j's indie/rock mayhem - 28th november 2007

[oh, man, a fantastic show this week. so many things came flying my way this week thanks to blogs and websites and all sorts of good stuff. and it's that time of year again - the countdown to the j's indie/rock top 25 albums of 2007 show is on. only three weeks from tonight, wednesday, december 19th. i'm in the middle of reviewing all the albums i thought were dynamite this year and putting my ears on them one last time. i can't wait to create the list and see what happens.

congratulations to dave who correctly identified denmark as the country of origin for the raveonettes - thus, he win's tonight's $15 gift certificate to BB's new and used CDs and DVDs. we give away that gift certificate every week around 6:30 PM, so make sure you tune in to win.

now, while i watch the tarheels and buckeyes, let's go. onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 28th November 2007 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Marah - "Hard Up!" [from the new can't take it with you EP. this is a digital only EP that is being used as a teaser for a full length early next year. check out my review for a listen.]
the High Strung - "Maybe You're Coming Down With It" [from get the guests. i've enjoyed the high strung a good bit since mad dog called my attention to them a few years back. this new album is their strongest to date.]
the Beastie Boys - "Shadrach" [from paul's boutique. the biblical allusion in this song's title/chorus is a great one. this album is a watershed moment in rock.]
Ham 1 - "I Had a Good Idea, But It Passed My Mind" [from their album the captain's table. one of two athens, georgia bands that were featured tonight and one of three bands/songs called to my attention thanks to the daily reading of aquarium drunkard. check out his post on them here. we'll be hearing more - i loved this song.]
Mark Lanegan - "Man in the Long Black Coat" [from the i'm not there soundtrack. one of many really fantastic dylan covers on this collection. lanegan seems perfectly suited for this song, originally from dylan's oh mercy album.]
Sleater-Kinney - "Modern Girl" [from the woods. whenever i think of ways in which musicians can make the music a metaphorical reflection of the lyrical subject matter, i think of this song. carrie brownstein's devastating chorus of "my whole life / is like a picture of a sunny day," coupled with the blissful, cracking, distorting static and distortion that comes into the songs closing minutes, is one of the most dynamic portraits of self-aware self-destruction i've ever heard. it was my # 1 record of 2005 for a reason, folks.]
Johnathan Rice - "What Am I Going to Do?" [from further north. i've played two songs off of this album and enjoyed both quite a bit - especially this one. and i've read pretty 'meh' reviews on the record. i know i'm not wrong - this guy has some good songs in him.]
the Graves of Fairmount - "Ignore the Forecast" (live) [live in-studio from last week's interview with paul o'keefe, the graves of fairmount. this song is on his new EP, calendars and casualties. great north carolina rock and roll.]
the Raveonettes - "Aly, Walk With Me" [from the forthcoming lust lust lust which is due out in february of next year. folks were nice enough to send this my way early and it's good. i've always enjoyed the raveonettes - especially that first LP.]
Morphine - "Super Sex" [from yes. i will never get over how original and unique this band was even in the middle of a pretty great indie scene in the 90s.]
Band of Horses - "Detlef Schrempf" [okay - so, now i'm officially sold on cease to begin. this song is just gorgeous and, silly name and all, is the icing on the cake. i'm picking up a copy when i can.]
Bash & Pop - "Friday Night (Is Killing Me)" [the title track from the one and only album from this band, the first of tommy stinson's post-replacements projects. i've always loved this song something fierce. i couldn't fit it into my replacements set last week, so here it is. thanks, tommy.]
Jens Lekman - "Your Arms Around Me" [from night falls over kortedala which i reviewed this week. i've really been won over by this album, especially by this song which i'd easily say is my favorite from the record. i haven't been able to get enough listening to it.]
Jeff Buckley - "Last Goodbye" [from grace. and as long as we're playing singers with unique voices, buckley. is this album overrated? i've often thought about it. but i honestly can't see it as anything less than a classic. would buckley have kept it up had he not died? a useless question.]
Adam Thorn - "Where's the Freedom?" (live) [live in-studio from the summer of '06. adam stopped by to play a couple of songs, both of which would end up on the debut album from him and the top buttons. this song became the title track. one of my favorite albums of this year.]
Flight of the Conchords - "Business Time" [from the distant future, an EP of their comedy-bit songs. if you're not familiar with these guys or their show on HBO, here's a clip to help you along. and a warning: be careful. when it's business time, you need to avoid being flagged for giving someone the business.]
Dead Confederate - "The Rat" [from their self-titled EP. a full-length is due out in the new year, but this song is pretty gnarly guitar rock. our second band of the night from athens, georgia and again a band that i first heard through aquarium drunkard. rockin'.]
Future of the Left - "Suddenly It's a Folk Song" [from curses. when the story of the 00's is written, mclusky ought to be remembered as one of its true highlights - hopefully future of the left will continue to make me feel that way. i've enjoyed their debut album a lot.]
Black Grape - "In the Name of the Father" [from it's great when you're straight, yeah. this album is bound for review on the weekly return trip article, but not sure when. shaun ryder really seemed like he was back on his game with this album - too bad the sophomore effort was blah.]
Joe Henry - "Scare Me to Death" [from civilians. i like this song quite a bit - and i like joe henry in general. we'll have to hear more.]
PJ Harvey - "Before Departure" [from white chalk. for such a quiet, reserved, fractured album, it has haunted me pretty consistently since i bought it. will it end up on my top 25 albums of the year list? only three weeks until we all find out.]
the Afghan Whigs - "Going to Town" [from black love. absolutely one of my favorite afghan whigs songs. "going to town, burn it down / turn around and get your stroll on, baby." hot, hot, hot.]
Hayden - "Better Off Inside" [from the closer i get which was this week's return trip review. a vastly underrated record and one that still really impresses me in a lot of ways.]
Whiskeytown - "Dancing With the Women at the Bar" [from stranger's almanac. i haven't played this song in some time and it's still way high on my list of all-time weepers.]
Citified - "Read Like a Number" [an advance song from the eventually forthcoming LP by greensboro's own. i've enjoyed this song a lot since the band was nice enough to send it my way. good, good stuff.]

That'll do it for this week. It's time for another Randomocity this week on Notes From Underground so look for that on Friday and I'll be back next week with album reviews and the show. For most of December the Now Departing reviews will be taking a look back at some good records that I haven't had a chance to review from this year, so they may not be brand new, but they'll have been from this year in a lead-up to the Top 25 Albums show on December 19th. Until then, Go Panthers, Go Heels and take care.



  • At 11:09 AM, November 30, 2007, Blogger Justin said…

    That Band of Horses album really lodges itself in the brain. "Chuck" used "No One's Gonna Love You" perfectly on this week's episode.


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