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Thursday, July 10, 2008

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 9th July 2008


[And a lovely J's Indie/Rock Mayhem to lead into my vacation. A lot of great stuff in tonight's show so we'll get right to it.

Congratulations to Mike who knew that Bonnie 'Prince' Billy had appeared in a parody video of Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothin'." He won this week's $15 gift certificate to BB's New and Used CDs and DVDs. As a head's up, if you're in the area, please go by and spend some money at BB's during their huge clearance sale. They're trying to raise enough money to be able to move the store to a new location. They'll be shutting down the Quaker Village location regardless, but want to be able to re-open. As Greensboro's last remaining indie record-store, please go help them out. There's a great community of music in this area and record stores are as much a part of that as anything else.

Now, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 9th July 2008 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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the Raconteurs - "Many Shades of Black" [from consolers of the lonely. i like this song quite a bit and it's become my favorite of the album. this record has grown on me a good bit.]
Atmosphere - "Can't Break" [from when life gives you lemons, you paint that shit gold. i've never played atmosphere before, but it plays right in to the usual rhymesayers sound of backpacker/indie hip-hop. thus, i like it.]
Killing Joke - "The Wait" [from their self-titled debut. they recently went out on tour performing a couple of their early albums in their entirety, but not this one. i was a bit confused as it is a classic of industrial/post-punk.]
Pavement - "Elevate Me Later" [from crooked rain, crooked rain. in this song, malkmus contends that there are, in fact, '40 different shades of black.' the raconteurs had only said that there were 'many.' glad malkmus could clarify it a bit.]
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Sloan - "Believe in Me" [the lead track from the new parallel play, their second album in as many years. this album is scaled back a bit from the monolithic (by sloan standards) never hear the end of it from last year, but their power-pop savvy is still there.]
Dinosaur Jr. - "Almost Ready" [from beyond. there you go, sarah. enjoy having it out of your head now.]
White Blue Yellow & Clouds - "God Only Knows" [from introducing. this is a genre exercise record - think someone setting out to re-enact the "enchantment under the sea" prom band minus marty mcfly. but their proto-shoegaze take on this beach boys' classic is downright..well..hypnotic and lovely. just like the original.]
Spiritualized - "Soul on Fire" [from songs in a & e. i'll be doing a review of this for aquarium drunkard this week, so keep your eyes peeled.]
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Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - "Lie Down in the Light" [the title track from his latest. the trivia question tonight had to do with billy's appearance in this parody video of a kanye west song. if you've never seen it, do it. it was filmed out in eastern north carolina on the family farm of billy's cohort in the video, the comedian, zach galifianakis.]
Yo La Tengo - "Tom Courtenay" [from electr-o-pura. when i saw yo la tengo earlier this year, ira kaplan told a story about how just that morning he had been sent a japanese cover of this song. when asked if he'd listened to it, he said: 'no, it was too early in the day for something that great.']
Silver Jews - "Party Barge" [from lookout mountain, lookout sea which i reviewed at aquarium drunkard this past week.]
Josh Rouse - "Hey Porcupine" [from his sophomore album home. i honestly didn't care much for rouse's latest album and was lukewarm on its predecessor, but i'm a huge advocate of his first five albums. he's a wonderful songwriter. i hope he hasn't wandered off.]
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Portishead - "Plastic" [by request. from third which is still running at the top of my list for albums this year. amazing stuff.]
J's Indie/Rock First Times - Alejandro Escovedo - Click to listen. [part of the continuing occasional feature. alejandro talks about his first show - ike and tina turner. he was snuck into the show since he was underage and ogled the ikettes for a good portion of the night. i love his description of tina turner's voice.]
Alejandro Escovedo - "Sister Lost Soul" [from his latest, real animal. you can read my interview with him over at aquarium drunkard. excellent album.]
J-Live - "Be No Slave" [from his new album then what happened? using an old r&b sample and a bass line that i recognize from having also been used in jurassic 5's "lausd," i like it a lot. we'll hear more.]
the Afghan Whigs - "Fountain and Fairfax" [from gentlemen. maybe i should do my next installment of sevens over at AD on this song. it's probably my favorite whigs song and it's a howling, slobbering, visceral nightmare of a song. you don't want to be near the studio when i play this and be forced to hear me singing along.]
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Dawn Chorus - "Whitman's Sampler" [from florida st. serenade which is due out here in two weeks on fractured records. you can hear this and other songs over on their myspace. and like i said, the plan is to have them in studio, probably sometime in august, for some live music and talk.]
Son Volt - "Driving the View" [from wide swing tremolo. i've always liked this album a lot - especially since it thematically leads into jay farrar's solo albums - but it always gets a bit of slack. whatever. woo, son volt!]
Mr. Gnome - "Pirates" [from deliver this creature. played this on a recommendation from mr. chuck carrol, one of qfs' longest serving dj's, and it's interesting. we'll see more.]
Fugazi - "Merchandise" (live) [from the 1988 peel sessions - this song would eventually end up on repeater, but is fleshed out here early on. these were up on aquarium drunkard a couple of weeks ago. good score.]
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Madeline - "Lit Elephants" [from her forthcoming white flag. madeline is from athens, georgia, and she has a pretty impressive and lovely set of songs up on her myspace, so go check it out.]
Drive-by Truckers - "The Righteous Path" [by request. and speaking of athens, from their latest album brighter than creation's dark.]
Suede - "Metal Mickey" [from their self-titled debut. i lucked upon this used the other week. until now i'd only owned dog man star, its follow-up, and i was pretty impressed but this album. jeez. no wonder they came on like gangbusters. great, great rock and roll.]
Travel by Sea - "Let It All Die Down" [from their latest, days of my escape. i'm constantly re-won over by this song. quite lovely.]
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Fleet Foxes - "Blue Ridge Mountains" [from their self-titled LP. i need to actually get this album myself. it's too good.]
Matmos - "Rainbow Flag" [by request. from supreme balloon. supposedly no microphones were used to record this album - it's almost entirely synthesizer driven - and it's an interesting listen to be sure.]
the Hold Steady - "Chips Ahoy!" [from boys and girls in america. their new album, stay positive, drops next week. of course i'll be out of town but will be snagging it in some way.]
Fountains of Wayne - "Survival Car" [from their self-titled debut. needed something short and sweet to close things out. nothing finer for that purpose.]

That'll do it for this week. I'll be back for the show on July 30th, but until then, able voiced people will be filling in for me. Keep an eye here on the blog for a few things between now and then, but otherwise, I'll catch you when I get back. Until then, take care.

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