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Sunday, April 05, 2009

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 1st April 2009

[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. Sorry for the delay in posting this week as a whole set of things colluded to prevent it from happening in a timely manner. That said, it was an awesome show that I definitely think you'll enjoy. In fact, let's get to it. Onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 1st April 2009 Show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
the Veils - "Killed by the Boom" [from the forthcoming sun gangs which is due out next week, i believe. it's taking me a bit, but this record is growing on me. it's not quite as immediate as the stellar nux vomica, but it's good.]
Drive-by Truckers - "(Something's Got To) Give Pretty Soon" [from decoration day. one of the drawbacks to being a radio dj is that you really begin to perceive music from the perspective of singles. would it make a good radio song? you sometimes forget the hidden gems on albums that aren't always as immediate - this song is pretty single-ready, but it's not one of this album's more widely revered songs, so it sometimes slips past me. thankfully, this week, i remembered.]
the Odds - "Getting My Attention" [from cheerleader, the first new odds album in thirteen years. it sounds like they never left. do you like your power-pop canadian? well, look no further.]
The The - "Dogs of Lust" [from dusk. this song got lodged in my head the other day and begged for play this week. so i did. the video was a bit of an MTV hit back in the day. we've come a long, weird way since then. not really for the best.]
Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 - "Hurry for the Sky" [from goodnight oslo, hitchcock's latest. they're going to be playing at the cat's cradle in carborro next wednesday night, april 8th, so why not go celebrate the impending tar heels' national championship with some robyn hitchcock?]
Hot Snakes - "This Mystic Decade" [from audit in progress, the band's final studio album. there's something really sinister and awesome about this song. it's long been a favorite of mine, largely based on first hearing it on their peel sessions EP.]
Liz Durrett - "Wild As Them" [from out side our gates. i've become rather interested in this record. it's really growing on me, though i'm not sure why just yet. durrett is a solid songwriter.]
the Afghan Whigs - "Fountain and Fairfax" [from gentlemen. my favorite whigs song of all time (which is no simple choice, mind you), it's one of the most cathartic and foaming songs i've ever heard. i would probably put this album in my top ten records of the 90s. but that's just me.]
Superchunk - "Misfits and Mistakes" [from the forthcoming leaves in the gutter EP, superchunk's first new music in seven and a half years. there's a tentative agreement with the folks at merge for us at aquarium drunkard to do a series of interviews with merge artists this spring as a lead-up to the big merge 20th anniversary party this summer. stay tuned for details as they actually solidify.]
Talking Heads - "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)" [from remain in light. ridiculously infectious music. one of the truly unique bands in popular music, then, now and always.]
Katy Mae - "Falls Down" [from you may already be a winner. i had a blast with these guys on the show a couple of months ago and i really enjoy their music. good roots rock from brooklyn.]
Michael Penn - "Try" [from resigned. the video for this song was the first i ever heard of michael penn and revisiting it now really does show off the penchant for classic hollywood motifs that penn has used off and on in his lyrics over the years. this is still one of my favorite songs of his.]
Bob Dylan - "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" [from the forthcoming together through life which is out later this month. if this first single is to be believed, i think we're in for something good. i was a bit underwhelmed by modern times, even though it was a good record. it lacked the heft of either of its two immediate predecessors. here's hoping this one comes out swingin'.]
Wire - "Map Ref. 41°N 93°W" [from 154, an album i will be revisiting soon on aquarium drunkard. i've admittedly been away from wire for a good while. after my initial discovery of their first three albums' goodness, i took off except for occasional plays of single songs. but while working recently, i slid 154 in and was amazed at it all over again. the end trajectory of wire's initial run of albums, it's certainly one of the true classics of post-punk.]
the Damnwells - "55 Pictures" [from the excellent new one last century. go download it for free from the paste magazine website. great power-pop.]
Iron and Wine - "Freedom Hangs Like Heaven" [from the woman king EP. this is the release that made me sit back up and re-pay attention to iron and wine. i had heard their debut and then completely slept on our endless numbered days. this, however, was like a needed slap to the face. it's still among my favorite of the band's output.]
the Buzzcocks - "Ever Fallen in Love?" [by request. from singles going steady. the guy who called and requested this called back while i was playing it to request more. i don't think he knows we have caller ID. he called back again later. this is the only request he got.]
Justin Townes Earle - "Can't Hardly Wait" [from midnight at the movies. i think i missed this album when it came out originally, but i downloaded it this week and was surprised to find this sturdy little replacements cover tucked within its folds. and inspired, as all good things do, a theme set.]
Blair - "Androgynous" [one of my favorite newer artists and her cover of the 'mats classic originally from let it be. i forget, however, where her version of this is from or available through. i'll remedy that.]
the Replacements - "Left of the Dial" [from tim. sigh. does this song ever get not amazing? the answer is no. never not amazing.]
Tommy Womack - "The Replacements" [from circus town. an over eight minute ode to the greatest and worst band in the world depending on when you saw them. tommy lays out his own experiences with seeing the band live, including witnessing one of the revelatory 'greatest band on earth' nights. "i had to look twice to make sure it was the same guys...like pupa to butterfly, like saul to paul, like cougar to mellancamp.."]
Tommy Keene - "Hide Your Eyes" [from the new in the late bright. tommy is one of america's overlooked power-pop masters and if this song is anything to judge by, this new record really could be one of his best. we'll be hearing more.]
the New Pornographers - "Sing Me Spanish Techno" [from twin cinema. as if i didn't play this song often enough when this album came out originally. but here it is again, in all its glory.]
Wilco - "I'm Always In Love" [from summerteeth, another album i've been re-discovering lately. when i first heard this album, i recoiled a bit from it as i had been (and still continue to be, to some extent) lost in the majesty of being there and this album was such a shift from that album's perfection of roots-rock. it was a turning point for the band - one that allowed things like yankee hotel foxtrot and even the recent sky blue sky to happen, even if they were off in their own worlds as well.]
the Vaselines - "Son of a Gun" [from the way of the vaselines. although they will be coming nowhere near here (natch), the vaselines will be touring north america later this spring. pitchfork has the details and for those of you who can catch them, i'd say do so.]
Yo La Tengo - "Deeper Into Movies" [from i can hear the heart beating as one. i need to do some digging back into their catalogue as well in prep for hopefully seeing them this summer at the pitchfork festival. i listened to this song while prepping a mix cd the other week and it found its way in this week.]

That'll do it for this week. More new stuff coming your way next week. One of the benefits of waiting this long is to be able to celebrate the Heels' victory over Villanova. Onward to Monday night! Until next time, Go Heels!, and take care.



  • At 9:48 AM, April 05, 2009, Blogger illicitizen said…

    Some great stuff here J. This'll give me some stuff to listen to whilst tending to my yard full of weeds.

  • At 12:35 PM, April 05, 2009, Blogger J. Neas said…

    Thanks, illi. I had a lot of fun with this week's show. Didn't even get to the Califonie, Whiskeytown, Seahorses and J. Tillman I was going to play. More for next week!

  • At 1:01 PM, April 05, 2009, Anonymous Christian said…

    i enjoy very much your blog...
    i m the guitar playe of a brazilian indie band called Instiga..if you have time, listen our music on www.instiga.com or in the myspace/instiga

    thanks a lot!


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