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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 12th March 2008

[Another week, another slice of mayhem. Tonight's show was pretty sharp, if I do say so. A great mix of young and old, new and used.

Congratulations to Joe who won this week's prize, a copy of A.A. Bondy's American Hearts album, courtesy of the fine folks at BB's New and Used CDs and DVDs. They were kind enough to have that for me this week in honor of the interview with Bondy that is on tonight's show. We give away something good from BB's every week, so tune in at the beginning of the third set, right around 6:30 PM, in order to have a chance to win.

Now, while it's still poppin' fresh, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 12th March 2008 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
the Gutter Twins - "Idle Hands" [from saturnalia which i reviewed this week. while i'm finding this album to be a bit less than the recent twilight singers albums, it's a pretty enjoyable listen. this song, especially.]
Jonny Polonsky - "Love Lovely Love" [from hello my name is jonny. before polonsky disappeared into the wilderness for five or six years after his debut album, he was channeling some pretty hefty power-pop. and hey, it was even produced by frank black. good stuff.]
Drive-by Truckers - "A Ghost to Most" [from brighter than creation's dark. as i mentioned on friday, if you missed your shot at tickets to the now sold-out truckers show in asheville on march 29th, you have another chance to see them on back-to-back nights at the cat's cradle in chapel hill - tuesday and wednesday, may 13th and 14th.]
Future of the Left - "Real Men Hunt in Packs" [from curses. since i never got to see mclusky live, i have to see these guys. i can only imagine the maelstrom that seeing them live would be. brilliant post-punk.]
the Breeders - "Overglazed" [from the forthcoming mountain battles which is due out april 8th. you can hear another song from the album over at aquarium drunkard. i like this album a lot so far. it's growing on me even more.]
the Whigs - "Production City" [from mission control. the whigs are opening for the truckers at the sold-out asheville show. can't wait to see them again.]
the Stranglers - "No More Heroes" [from no more heroes. this is the first song that came to mind following the late unpleasantness with eliot spitzer. i blogged about it over at aquarium drunkard where i am now a semi-regular contributor. which means basically that i'll be throwing stuff up there on and off during the week. so if you weren't already reading one of the best music blogs on the internets, now you have no excuses.]
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - "Out of Reaches" [from real emotional trash. this album is getting better with each listen. the fleshed out, jammy side of malkmus is turning into a right righteous entity and the band is sounding great. i'm dying to play the 10+ minute title track on the show sometime, but we'll see.]

[Here's where my interview with A.A. Bondy was played. Bondy and I talked about his departure with Verbena, the influences on his new work, the up-coming re-release of American Hearts via Fat Possum records, political and religions tones in his work, touring, future recording and more. And as a special treat for you blog readers, below are a couple of live tracks recorded at the show the night of the interview. The quality isn't amazing, but the songs sure are. Enjoy.]

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem Interview - A.A. Bondy : Click Here to Listen

A.A. Bondy - "Black Rain, Black Rain" (live)

A.A. Bondy - "Hang Down Your Head" (Tom Waits cover - live)

A.A. Bondy - "Rapture (Sweet Rapture)";"American Hearts";"Lovers' Waltz" [these are the three songs played during the interview. "lovers' waltz," especially, is a favorite of mine, though really, i love the whole album very much.]

Kathleen Edwards - "I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory" [from asking for flowers which i reviewed the other week. she'll be at the grey eagle in asheville on wednesday, april 16th. i can't wait.]
Big Ditch Road - "The Jackson Whites" [the title track from their latest EP. a really great collection that honestly has just gotten stronger over time. a really fantastic band.]
Dawn Chorus - "A Million Burning Lights" [from second dawn chorus. one of my favorite greensboro bands. they have a new record in the can, being mastered and hopefully on its way here in a month or two. their recent live shows have been a great collection of new material.]
Jesse Malin - "Walk on the Wild Side" [from the forthcoming on your sleeve, jesse's new covers album which he discussed in our interview last week. you know the lou reed original, of course, but if you want to grab this and read some more, the drunkard has you covered.]
the Felice Brothers - "Frankie's Gun!" [from their self-titled album. i enjoyed this song so much the other week, i played it again. did anyone go see them here at the garage, or anywhere else in the country? how's the live show?]
the Emergency - "Breakdown A Go-Go" [from how do you move? the pride of morgantown, west by-god virginia. seriously, these guys are some brilliant power-pop writers. so when's the trip to carolina, guys?]
Pere Ubu - "Ubu Dance Party" [from dub housing which i reviewed this week. an intense, brilliant record. always lumped in with the punk scene of the time, pere ubu were off on their own somewhere. truly, truly unique and amazing. we're still catching up.]
Radiohead - "Bodysnatchers" [from in rainbows. i'm still mad i missed the ticket sales on the charlotte show. maybe i'll go beg my way in somewhere.]
Jim White - "Fruit of the Vine" [from transnormal skiperoo which came out last week. there's a big hole in april/may/june for your touring schedule, jim. get thee to carolina.]
Caribou - "Eli" [from andorra. i played this song quite a bit last year, but it sprang into my head randomly today for the first time in awhile so, when the muse calls, i listen.]
Paul Westerberg - "Dyslexic Heart" [originally from the singles soundtrack but also available on the besterberg: the best of paul westerberg album. as the first thing that westerberg put out post-replacements, it had all the wit, charm and hooks you could ask for.]
the Posies - "Love Letter Boxes" [from frosting on the beater which i reviewed a bit ago. i can't say enough good things about this album. this song especially.]

That'll do it for the show this week. I'll be back on Friday with Notes From Underground, and don't forget to check in over at Aquarium Drunkard to catch my contributions there as well. Oh - how 'bout them Heels? ACC tournament starts tomorrow, so here's hoping we see another conference title. And then we're dancing. Until next time, take care.



  • At 12:17 PM, March 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Awesome show! The AA bondy interview is great! For some reason the Tom Wiats cover isn't working for me... could you maybe re upload it or something?


  • At 3:39 PM, March 13, 2008, Blogger J. Neas said…

    It's working for me, so I'm not sure what to tell you. You might want to give it another shot.

  • At 3:04 PM, March 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Okay, got it now...

    (And now for something completely different) I've really been loving My Morning Jacket lately, and was wondering if you knew of any other bands that are similar to them - lots of reverb! I already have some stuff by Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes and love that, but do you know of any other bands that fit into the reverb heavy category?


  • At 2:57 PM, March 17, 2008, Blogger andywqfs said…

    the felice brothers live show is high on the gimmicks and fun drunken energy, low on the musicianship, dynamics and overall tightness. most of my friends could do a much better job than their bassist and they have no idea how to pull back when someone is trying to do a solo. slightly dissapointing, i must say.


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