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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Extra Mayhem - 16th June 2009

[Welcome to another Extra Mayhem. I had a ton of fun programming this week's show - especially the theme hour. Though it's kind of hokey and ultimately just an exercise in reaching for straws, but hey, what else are themes for? Though I'm still irritated that I didn't have enough time to grab some music from Kurt Rambis for the Los Angeles Lakers theme part of the show. Oh, well. There's always another day for Rambo.

Remember that in order to avoid copyright skirmishes, naturally, only the theme hour will be podcasted as sending out a copy of an entire album, even if it is only FM quality, is a bit beyond the pale. But I will have a couple of songs from each featured album up for download as well.

Now, while I'm awake, onward.]

J's Extra Podcast: 16th June 2009

Big Ditch Road - "Detroit City Mouse" [from the great dissent. so, the los angeles lakers were originally the detroit gems. in 1946 they were purchased for the princely sum of $15,000. but here they were but a tiny team in detroit. aww.]
the Detroit Cobras - "I Wanna Holler (But the Town's Too Small)" [from baby. they wanted to go to bigger and better things. detroit was too small...so off to...minneapolis? eh, whatever.]
J. Neas - "By the Time I Get to Minnesota" [i'm going to apologize ahead of time for slipping this in - one of my own songs, cheaply (very cheaply) recorded. but hey, minnesota and stuff. even if it is an ode to the replacements.]
that dog. - "Minneapolis" [from retreat from the sun. and the team goes, following its owner and future championships.]
Telekinesis - "Great Lakes" [from their self-titled debut. they'll be at local 506 in chapel hill on thursday night. here's where the lakers got their name. so a set of songs about lakes. can anyone think of some other teams whose mascot is a vestige of their previous geographic location? the utah jazz, of course, are left over from new orleans. and the current new orleans team from the charlotte hornets. but who else?]
John Prine - "Lake Marie" [from lost dogs and mixed blessings. probably my favorite john prine song. is there video footage of prine on sessions at west 54th floating around out there on the web? his performance of this there was the first time i ever heard it and it was mesmerizing. sigh. thank you, internets.]
Sera Cahoone - "Baker Lake" [from only as the day is long. i was really fond of this record when it came out last year. i was stretching a bit in this set as it's really a tenuous connection of the word "lake" for these songs. oh, well.]
Grandaddy - "The Crystal Lake" [from the sophtware slump. classic grandaddy. interesting to see how this compares to jason lytle's new album.]
Lucinda Williams - "Minneapolis" [from world without tears. and of course, eventually they had to leave minneapolis. and they did. and lucinda sings it right. i love this song.]
Frank Black - "Los Angeles" [from his self-titled debut solo album. i've always had a mixed relationship with this song over the years. i've always been back and forth about this album, too.]
the Decemberists - "Los Angeles, I'm Yours" [from her majesty, the decemberists. hey, the team announces that they've arrived. aw, ain't that sweet?]
X - "Los Angeles" [the title track from their debut. was there any doubt i would pull this out? i sincerely hope not. what a band. i heard their set at the cat's cradle last week was fiery, per usual.]
Wire - "The 15th" [from 154. this recent championship was the 15th such for the lakers franchise, so i thought i'd celebrate with not one, not two, but three versions of this song. first the original.]
Mike Watt - "The 15th" [then a cover by the legendary mike watt from the WHORE wire tribute album from the 90s.]
Fischerspooner - "The 15th" [then with another really solid cover from fischerspooner's debut, #1. very good stuff.]

[Tonight's Wholesale album is from 1985. Whenever anyone talks about the Meat Puppets, it's inevitable that their stunning sophomore album, II, will come up in discussion. Especially in light of their contributions to Nirvana's Unplugged album which all came off of the II album. Equally heralded, but far less frequently mentioned, is the 1985 follow-up, Up on the Sun. In many ways, Up on the Sun is II's better - the playing is sharper, the lyrics more focused - the band doesn't sound like it's falling apart at every chord change. Yes, that's half the charm of II, but here the acid-fried country channeled through a punchy version of post-punk that dealt in hardcore and classical trappings is much more neatly framed. Yes, this album is a lot easier to swallow and I would argue that makes it better from a certain perspective.

Engineered by Spot, who of course did most anything released on SST in the early 80s, the album recalls the production style of some of the Minutemen's records for SST with the guitars popping off the record and slapping you around a bit as you listen, like bugs zooming around your head. The lyrics are endearing and charming as always, even if they get downright weird in spots and sickeningly simple in others. It's a thoroughly enjoyable album and this week's Wholesale album is...]

Track Listing

1. Up on the Sun [click to download]
2. Maiden's Milk
3. Away
4. Animal Kingdom
5. Hot Pink
6. Swimming Ground
7. Buckethead [click to download]
8. Too Real
9. Enchanted Pork Fist
10. Seal Whales
11. Two Rivers
12. Creator

That'll do it for this week. I'll see you on Wednesday evening for Indie/Rock Mayhem and until then, take care.

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