J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 21st January 2009

[Tonight's episode of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem was amazing. Well, at least, it was from where I was standing. I was visited by the incredibly friendly and really fantastic Katy Mae from Brooklyn, New York. They were playing tonight in Winston-Salem at the Garage and are playing tomorrow night in Charlotte at the Evening Muse. They sat in for an interview, played a couple of live acoustic songs, talked about how it is to be a working musician and generally caused me to have a good time.

Lots of new stuff this week - I'll be doing an interview with Megafaun this Saturday that might make an appearance on the show - I never know anymore. At the very least, it'll be going up on Aquarium Drunkard.

Tonight I got a phone call from a former WQFS DJ. Lynn and her husband, Ray, were two of the most esoteric and eclectic DJs I have ever had the pleasure of working with at the station. The last time I got to talk (or see) either of them was a few years ago when we all were in Myrtle Beach to see the Church play at the House of Blues. Lynn, especially, is a huge fan of the Church and knows the band members and it was in run-over time tonight, while playing the Church, that she was prompted to call. I hadn't heard from her in awhile, and when I inquired about how Ray was doing, she informed me that he died last spring. It was a heartbreaking thing to hear - to think of someone who was an integral part of the lovely mosaic of weirdness and diversity that our station is as not being around anymore. I'm very late to saying so, but godspeed, Ray. This show is in your memory.

Now, while there's still actually snow on the ground here, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 21st January 2009 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Katy Mae - "Falls Down" [from the 2008 EP you may already be a winner. this is one of my favorites from the EP. the interview begins after this. you can check that out on the podcast.]
Katy Mae - "You May Already Be A Winner" (live on WQFS) [this is the title track of their latest EP. this featured phil and hans, katy mae's two guitarists, playing with phil singing. hans actually borrowed my guitar that i brought for him to use and made it sound awesome. this was a definite highlight. click here to download.]
Katy Mae - "Country Hardball" (unreleased - live on WQFS) [this is an unrecorded/unreleased song by the band. another fantastic one. click here to download.]
Katy Mae - "Two Dollars Late" [also from the you may already be a winner EP. a fantastic end to the interview. hopefully we'll have katy mae back down here at some point to play a live show. i'd love to get a chance to actually, properly see them.]
Dead Confederate - "Goner" [from wrecking ball. great, grungy rock from last year's excellent debut.]
Megafaun - "Lazy Suicide" [from bury the square. megafaun will be opening for the rosebuds this saturday night at the cat's cradle in carborro. a billing i've been eagerly anticipating for some time. i can't wait.]
Sleater-Kinney - "Jumpers" [from the woods. my feelings about this being one of the best albums of this decade have not let up. sleater-kinney seriously upped the ante with their final album and then walked away. it's akin to wire walking away after 154. simply amazing.]
A.C. Newman - "The Palace at 4 A.M." [from get guilty, which you can read my review of over at aquarium drunkard. the new album is seriously good - fans of newman, rejoice.]
the Reigning Sound - "Stormy Weather" [from time bomb high school. i actually heard this being played in a coffee shop the other day. granted, they were playing satellite radio, but still. was so nice to hear.]
Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power and the Amorphous Strums - "And How" [from dark developments. chesnutt and elf power were playing tonight at local 506 in chapel hill. sad that i couldn't make it.]
Lucinda Williams - "Pineola" (live) [from the second disc of the deluxe edition of car wheels on a gravel road. the whole second disc is a live show from the world café. this song is originally from sweet old world.]
Andrew Bird - "Oh No" [from noble beast. that's right. new andrew bird dropped this week and people are already flipping out over it. i haven't given a full listen yet, but this song is pretty solid.]
the Vivian Girls - "Where Do You Run To" [from their self-titled album. the more i listen, the more i really, really like. this song, when listening to it earlier this week, prompted me to go back and listen to el perro del mar some more.]
Butthole Surfers - "Sweat Loaf" [from locust abortion technician. admittedly, i was drawn into playing this by the whole dialogue bit at the beginning. it's something my fourteen year old self would've cackled at. come to think of it, my twenty-seven year old self still is cackling about it. oh, well. so much for evolution.]
Bon Iver - "Woods" [from the blood bank EP. finally! a good use for autotune. a really good use.]
Antony and the Johnsons - "Kiss My Name" [from the crying light which finally got its release this week. antony had a show planned for here in NC, but it's been canceled. please, please re-schedule, antony. please.]
Calexico (with Nicolai Dunger and His Band) - "Alone Again Or" [from the convict pool EP. yes, a grand cover of the classic song by love. i haven't thought about nicolai dunger much lately, but i love his music. just so you know.]
the Rosebuds - "Nice Fox" [from life like. as mentioned earlier, they'll be at the cat's cradle this saturday along with megafaun. meanwhile, go read my interview with the rosebuds' ivan howard over at aquarium drunkard.]
Gillian Welch - "Revelator" [from time (the revelator). she's a sneaky one, she is. i don't always pay a lot of attention to gillian welch's music, but sometimes. man.]
Telekinesis - "Tokyo" [from their self-titled album. i'm really jumping the gun on this - this album isn't due out until april. but oh, my, god, what a power-pop treat. we'll be hearing tons more, don't worry.]
the Shys - "All On Me" [from you'll never understand this band the way that i do. kathy clark (of the wonderful worker's playtime show on WQFS) turned me onto these guys the other week and i like what i hear.]
Mark Olson and Gary Louris - "Bicycle" [from ready for the flood. lovely, simple songs are all over this new album by the jayhawks founders. it's good to hear again.]

That'll do it for the show this week. I want to thank Katy Mae, again, for dropping by and spending some time. Next week, it's back to normal scheduling, finally, thank goodness. Until then, Go Heels! and take care.

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