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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 4th March 2009


[Welcome to another action-packed episode of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. Had some great calls tonight and some great discussions which I may or may not mention in the text below, but I think all in all it was a good night. I'll be gone next week - off to Chapel Hill to see Kathleen Edwards, but one of WQFS's best new DJ's, the fantastic Johnny Welch, will be filling in for me. He'll make you feel right at home, I know it.

Now, shall we? Onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 4th March 2009 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
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Animal Collective - "My Girls" [from merriweather post pavilion. i finally have an animal collective album that makes sense to me. and the critical reports are universally placing it as one of their best, so i guess i picked a good point to get on board.]
Blur - "Tracy Jacks" [from parklife. so, if you missed the big news, blur are reuniting, yes, with graham coxon, and have shows planned. please, please, please come to the u.s. pretty please?]
Andrew Bird - "Oh No" [from noble beast. i need to give this album some more ear time. thoughts from y'all about it?]
Oakley Hall - "Confidence Man" [from gypsum strings. honestly i meant to play something else off this record as i always play this song, but it fit so nicely. who cares. freakin' great song.]
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Marty Willson-Piper - "High Down Below" [from nightjar. marty is, of course, the lead guitarist for the church and he and fellow church member steve kilbey both have new solo records out. i really like what i've heard from the willson-piper record, so we'll hear more.]
the Squirrel Nut Zippers - "The Ghost of Stephen Foster" [from perennial favorites. my favorite zippers album and this song is forever in my heart as a favorite on the album.]
the Bad Plus with Wendy Lewis - "Barracuda" [from for all i care. yes, it's a cover of the heart classic and yes, it's done up all jazzy. if you haven't heard the bad plus, you're in for a treat here.]
Buffalo Tom - "Birdbrain" [the title track from their 1990 album. this was their second LP, also produced, like the first, by j mascis. at this point buffalo tom still sounded like a disciple of dinosaur jr. (not that that's a bad thing), so they hadn't quite moved into the excellent stride they would hit on subsequent records. but they're getting there.]
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J's Indie/Rock First Times - Michael Lerner - Click to Listen [i did an interview last night with michael lerner of telekinesis and that interview will be going up on aquarium drunkard in a few days. meanwhile, here's a teaser in the form of the classic first times feature where michael talks about his first concert experience and the sickening feeling it left him with. literally.]
Telekinesis - "All of a Sudden" [from their self-titled debut which is out in early april. i will not stop playing this record until everyone understands how great this band is. seriously. one of the best, poppiest and catchiest records of this year.]
That dog. - "Minneapolis" [from retreat from the sun. i'm not sure why i love this song as much as i do, but i feel it has something to do with its simplicity. and my utter fascination with the city of minneapolis, even though i've never been there.]
the Moondoggies - "Changing" [from don't be a stranger. this is rock and roll, pure and simple. jeez louise.]
Mirah - "Don't!" [from 2008's the old day feeling. people are getting a lot of (good) mileage by revisiting the girl group/specter sound in recent years. i say keep it up.]
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the Broken West - "Eat at Home" [from the new ram on l.a. tribute album. it's a tribute to paul and linda mccartney's ram album where various artists cover different tracks and recreate the album in its entirety. this is put out through aquarium drunkard and its autumn tone records imprint. the album is available for free though you are encouraged to donate some money to the No More Landmines organization, a group championed by McCartney himself over the years. the compilation is seriously good, whether you're a fan of the original album or not. it features earlimart, frankel, the radar brothers, le switch, travel by sea and other great artists all contributing to a great product. go get it!]
Vigilantes of Love - "I Can't Remember" [from 1992's killing floor. a good friend made me a rather amazing mix CD recently that had this song on it - my first exposure to this athens, georgia band and i really like this song. i can't speak for the rest of their work at all, but this is great. anyone have any thoughts?]
Liz Durrett - "Wild as Them" [from out side our gates. another athens artist. i'm liking this record a lot. we should hear more.]
Sleater-Kinney - "The Size of Our Love" [from the hot rock. i mean it when i say i think it was a personal affront that they never played this any of the times i saw them live. alas. still one of my favorite songs.]
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the Pains of Being Pure at Heart - "Kurt Cobain's Cardigan" [from the emusic selected and collected compilation. this song, as far as i know, is only available on this comp and is well worth seeking out over there at emusic if you're a fan of the band.]
the Breeders - "Doe" [from pod. so, on the air you'll hear me ask people if they have a preference between pod and last splash and about how i'm, somewhat oddly, really jonesin' to have an argument with someone about the two. cue caller brooke (she of the husband jason who called a few weeks ago; longtime listeners) who said that my playing this song had just inspired that very argument between she and her husband. i came down on the same side as brooke. make your claim to preference in the comments and maybe i'll share mine.]
Anathallo - "All the First Pages" [from their self-titled album. i downloaded this last year but hadn't really gotten onto it. but they'll be playing this saturday night at the cat's cradle in chapel hill, so here's a chance for you to hear them.]
Filthybird - "Fightsong" [from southern skies. greensboro's own filthybird will be opening for anathallo, so all the more reason to go check the show out.]
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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - "Seven Mile Island" [from their self-titled album. good stuff.]
Swirlies - "Jeremy Parker" [from blonder tongue audio baton. oh, swirlies. will there ever be a moment for the rest of my life where your songs do not thrill me? doubtful. oh, so doubtful.]
the Box Tops - "Cry Like a Baby" [from the ultimate box tops. this was alex chilton's first group, before he would go on to change lives with big star. this was their highest charting hit - #2! a great song.]
Kathleen Edwards - "Asking for Flowers" [the title track from last year's superb album. she'll be playing at the carborro arts center next wednesday night on her acoustic tour. i'll be there. boy, will i.]
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Blair - "Hello, Halo" [from the forthcoming die young. i'm salivatin'.]
Peter Bruntnell - "Rio Tinto" [from 2002's ends of the earth. i got into bruntnell through his 2000 album normal for bridgewater and this is the first time i've picked up any additional material. he's a pretty masterful alt-country songwriter for a brit, so he's well worth checking out.]
Lyle Lovett - "She's Already Made Up Her Mind" [from joshua judges ruth. i cannot resist this album or anything off of it. it's my favorite lovett record and a masterful piece of country songwriting. this song and its neighbor on the record, "north dakota," are mesmerizingly dark and are just part of an incredible album.]

That'll do it for this week. I'll be back in two weeks, so don't get anxious, now. Until then, Go Heels!, and take care.

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