J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 14th January 2009


[It's another week of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. A fantastic show this eve, complete with awesome attempts at insulting phone calls. I guess that's what I get for branching out a little bit style wise. I was laughing through most of the show as a result.

The bunnies to the right are my pets, Usagi (black) and Potter (grey). Usagi died in the spring of last year and, sadly, Potter joined him this past week. Tonight's show is dedicated to them and the wonderful gardens they helped me grow (and eat). Rabbit pellets make awesome fertilizer, you know. I miss you, buddies.

Next week, the Brooklyn band Katy Mae will be here live on the show. They're playing next Wednesday night at the Garage in Winston-Salem and Thursday at the Evening Muse in Charlotte. There is a song by them on the show tonight, but you can also check out their MySpace. They'll be doing some live songs in-studio as well, so tune in for what ought to be a great time.

I'm still in denial - wearing my Panthers hoodie. So before I realize the truth, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 14th January 2009 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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the Rosebuds - "Bow to the Middle" [from life like. i did a phone interview with ivan of the rosebuds last week and it'll be up on aquarium drunkard later this week. i'm not going to end up playing it here on the show since i didn't record it in a manner for playback, so i'll link you to the interview next week. it ought to be an interesting read.]
Fountains of Wayne - "Bright Future in Sales" [from welcome interstate managers. this album has, undoubtedly, some of my all time favorite fountains songs, but after track 10, i can really take or leave the rest of the album. oh, if only it could've just been shortened.]
Blitzen Trapper - "Gold for Bread" [from furr. so, this was back to back years with albums by blitzen trapper. another in '09? please say yes.]
Primal Scream - "Movin' On Up" [from screamadelica. so, apparently in some music circles, this was the album of most importance in 1991 - not nevermind. but will either of them really stand up over time? i mean, maybe this is the fan boy in me talking, but i vastly prefer in utero to nevermind and i prefer vanishing point to screamadelica. but i'm odd. thoughts?]
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A.C. Newman - "Like a Hitman, Like a Dancer" [from get guilty. some great singles off of this record. it's certainly growing on me. i guess i need to stop comparing everyone's work to the pornographers' twin cinema. if i don't stop doing that, i'll never appreciate anything ever again.]
the Broken West - "Perfect Games" [from now or heaven. the return of one of my favorite tracks of 2008. don't worry. more new music than you can shake a stick at when the release schedule gets wound back up in a few weeks.]
Dinosaur Jr. - "Puke + Cry" [by request. from green mind. classic post-barlow dinosaur jr.]
Dilated Peoples - "Proper Propaganda" [from expansion team. this song never fails to get me hyped up. especially the second verse. i loves me some political hip-hop.]
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Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power and the Amorphous Strums - "Stop the Horse" [from dark developments. i'm working on getting an interview with vic here in the coming time, so stay tuned for that. in the meantime, he and elf power will be at local 506 in chapel hill next wednesday, january 21st.]
Brian Eno - "Burning Airlines Gives You So Much More" [from taking tiger mountain (by strategy). if you've never done yourself the favor of listening to early solo eno, then please do so. you can start with this album or here come the warm jets, but either way, just start.]
Distance - "Koncrete" [from repercussions. a kind of interesting dark dubstep electronic album that apparently elicited a rather hilariously inept insult call. caller called up to ask when my show was over, and when i said 8, they said that that was when they'd turn their radio back on. hilarity. i don't normally play music like this, but i may do more sprinkling of this in the future just to antagonize the caller with obvious crotchety old-man tendencies.]
Caleb Caudle - "Morning Salvation" [from red bank road. caleb and his band, the bayonets, will be playing tomorrow, thursday, january 15th, at maya gallery on tate street here in greensboro. his new album is coming out in february and we have tentative plans for him to be on the show around that time. stay tuned.]
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the Henry Clay People - "Something in the Water" [from for cheap or for free. i'm excited as it was just announced that these guys are touring opening for the toxic airborne event and will be coming through chapel hill in march. great l.a. indie.]
Vivian Girls - "Tell the World" [from their self-titled album. a record i slept on last year. we'll need to hear more because, seriously, i really liked this song.]
Echo and the Bunnymen - "The Killing Moon" [from ocean rain. i played pavements cover of this on a show a bit recently, so i thought i'd pull out the genuine article.]
Katy Mae - "Trouble Is" [from 2007's the sweetheart deal. they have a new EP from late 2008 out called you may already be a winner and i don't doubt we'll hear tracks off of that next week when they come visit.]
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Paul Westerberg - "Streets of Laredo" [from the new DGT EP that was released over the holiday season. paul is sneaking out music again. this is a version of a traditional cowboy ballad and honestly it's pretty sharp. hey, listen, paul can put out cheap, short bursts of songs whenever he wants. beats waiting years for an album.]
Dizzee Rascal - "Stand Up Tall" [from showtime. be forewarned - i found myself revisiting boy in da corner the other night and there will probably be some of that on the show in the coming weeks. if uncompromising (read: really intensely odd and paranoid) grime music isn't your thing..well..just wade through it.]
Blair - "Androgynous" [a cover of the replacements classic. check it out! my desperate plea for attention from blair last week paid off! she says she'll be on the show! i mean, honestly i knew she looked at my blog every once in a blue moon, so i was hoping it'd be one of those weeks. either way, i'm excited.]
the Afghan Whigs - "Turn on the Water" [from congregation. i've never warmed up to this album as much as the three albums that followed, but it's still pretty amazing. gentlemen is obviously where they hit their mark for the first time, but this is an engaging listen none-the-less.]
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Olson and Louris - "Turn Your Pretty Name Around" [from ready for the flood. this is one of the prettiest songs from the forthcoming album - their first work together since the jayhawks' tomorrow the green grass. they'll be at the carrboro arts center on wednesday, february 11th.]
the Pogues - "Streets of Sorrow / Birmingham Six" [from if i should fall from grace with god. those rather nice reissues of the pogues best albums have finally been spotted at non-ridiculous prices. by me. at a big box store. just saying.]
Alejandro Escovedo - "Swallows of San Juan" [from real animal. this is my favorite song on this album. it has been in my head for weeks. it's gorgeous and perfect.]
El Perro Del Mar - "God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get)" [from their self-titled album. i didn't pay much attention to the follow up album, but this was one of my absolute favorite singles of 2007. it brings back some lovely memories. and it's a lovely song to boot.]
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Jolie Holland - "Your Big Hands" [from the living and the dead. i didn't give this album enough time last year, but it deserves it. holland has been making solid records for awhile now and this, her 4th, is really no exception.]
the Church - "Reptile" [from starfish. i hear that yep roc (maybe) is putting out a steve kilbey solo record in the very near future. maybe he'll come to north carolina. here's hoping.]
the Cash Brothers - "Nebraska" [from how was tomorrow? you don't get a lot of great songs written about music. but occasionally you do get great album/song references within songs. this song, an ode to springsteen's nebraska, is just breathtaking. if you know the album, you'll know exactly what the singer means when he talks about it. exactly.]

That'll do it for this week. I'll be back next week with Katy Mae, live in-studio, and some more awesome new music from all over the place. Until then, Go Heels!, and take care.

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