J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

Playlists, podcasts and music from WQFS Greensboro's J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 20th January 2010

[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. Tonight's show was really stellar - a great lineup of new and classic stuff, some great requests, some great randomness. I'm really enjoying getting the requests on Twitter during the show, so keep 'em coming at me. Just send an @ message to jneas81 and let me know what you want to hear. I'll do my best as always.

We'll be going into training mode the next two weeks, so don't be surprised if I have some guests up the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, let's get into it. Onward.]

Update: If you've read in the comments, you'll notice the Web Sheriff comment. I've had a Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice filed against the podcast alleging 'piracy' issues over playing music by Spoon. I've already spoken with the fine folks at Merge Records who were fine with me having the songs on there and am in the process of fixing this. Unfortunately, until this is rectified, my podhost service is required to remove the podcast from availability. I will let you know as soon as the January 20th show is available again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 20th January 2010 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Tune-Yards - "Sunlight" [from bird brains. i slept on this record last year and wow, what a mistake. i played this song a few weeks ago, i think, but it came up again on random the other day and just caught me all over again.]
Suede - "Animal Nitrate" [from their self-titled debut. looks like suede (minus bernard butler) is reuniting to play a charity festival over in england. does this record still sound as good to you as it does to me? yeah, i thought it did.]
Fin Fang Foom - "Nome, Alaska" [from monomyth, their latest. quite engaging classic sounding indie-rock channeled through the post-rock leanings we're all secretly fond of in our darker moments.]
Passion Pit - "Little Secrets" [by twitter request! from their album manners. i love doing these twitter requests. just send me an @ message at my twitter account: jneas81 - you don't even have to be following me to do it, but hey, it doesn't hurt. i'm fun to follow.]
Blair - "Candy in the Kitchen" [from the forthcoming die young which is out next week. i adore blair and i adore this record. we'll be reviewing it over at aquarium drunkard next week, so keep your eyes peeled.]
Iron Maiden - "Flight of Icarus" [from piece of mind. i hadn't listened to my copy of this in some time, so i pulled it out this week and forgot how much i love the songs that aren't called "the trooper." still, "the trooper." amiright? what a song.]
The King Khan and BBQ Show - "I'll Be Loving You" [from last year's invisible girl. there's some really exciting music flowing through the veins and minds of these guys constantly it seems. great rock and roll. check out the awesome video.]
Aziz Ansari - "Are White People Psyched All The Time?" [a bit from his new stand-up album, intimate moments for a sensual evening. hilarious comedy that i definitely recommend.]
Decoration Ghost - "Camera Bag and a Backpack" [a demo of a song from their forthcoming debut album. greensboro rock and roll. they'll be at the green bean next friday night, january 29th, along with athens, georgia's part bear and winston-salem's the tallboys.]
Gil Scott-Heron - "Me and the Devil" [from his forthcoming album i'm new here, his first new record in 14 years. he'll be playing/performing at the carolina theatre in durham, north carolina on friday, february 5th. i'll be there. catch a legend while you can.]
Tom Waits - "Way Down in the Hole" (live) [from the big time live record. seemed an appropriate song to follow up the gil scott-heron, theme wise, at least. a great version of this classic originally from franks wild years.]
Jay Reatard - "Nothing Now" [from watch me fall. more music from the sadly, recently late musician.]
the Only Ones - "Another Girl, Another Planet" [from their self-titled debut, but here from the alone in the dark best-of collection. i was turned onto this band, as i imagine a good handful of people were, through the replacements. great post-punk.]
Vampire Weekend - "Horchata" [from contra, which, by the way, was the number one album in america this week according to billboard. it's only the 12th indie-label record to achieve that in the nearly 20 years that they've been keeping up with this stuff. awesome.]
Citified - "Secret Knock" [from their self-titled debut. great greensboro rock. they'll be playing at the green bean next thursday, january 28th, along with chapel hill's north elementary and atlanta, georgia's the good graces - all on eskimo kiss records. great music, all.]
Fruit Bats - "My Unusual Friend" [from the ruminant band. played this song last week on the early edition of the show, so had to bring it back for the podcast. great pop.]
the Dandy Warhols - "Hells Bells" [from the bohemian like you CD single. yes, this is a cover of the AC/DC classic and yes, it's awesome. slowed down, rumbly, horn section. man, it's good.]
Spoon - "Out Go the Lights" [from transference. my friend, laura, and i were having a discussion about this album last night. we're both fans of the band. i like this album. she doesn't. we weren't able to dig deeper than that, but i'm interested to see what other spoon fans think. thoughts?]
Superchunk - "Late-Century Dream" [from here's to shutting up. a great song from a great record by a great band. did i mention..great?]
the Cave Singers - "At the Cut" [from welcome joy. another record that got past me last year. i have got to do a better job of listening to things this year. that's definitely a goal of mine - otherwise awesome songs like this get past me.]
Johnny Russell - "Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer" [the title track from this album. i heard this song on WQFS about 5 years ago and i went out of my way to hunt this thing down. amazing song. this is country.]
Frightened Rabbit - "Swim Until You Can't See Land" [from the forthcoming the winter of mixed drinks. one of the best live bands i saw last year - i hope they'll come south for this record. you know. south from scotland.]
Public Image Ltd. - "Careering" [from second edition. been spending time with one of my favorite post-punk records recently. it's a dense, challenging album, but man, is it great great stuff. i would probably never go out of my way to recommend it to anyone unless i really knew their taste. that said, if you've never heard it, go to it.]
Chuck Prophet - "Sonny Liston's Blues" [from !let freedom ring! a really raucous and dark song. this is, after all, the guy who co-wrote a lot of alejandro escovedo's amazing real animal the other year. get on it.]
the Replacements - "Portland" [from the re-issue of don't tell a soul, but also available as part of the second disc of the all for nothing/nothing for all collection. lyrically this song shares some ties with "talent show," and it's one of my very favorite non-album mats tracks.]
Susu - "Clean vs. Dirty" [from r and r and r. more raucous rock and roll from this excellent band's excellent new album.]
the Rain Parade - "This Can't Be Today" [from emergency third rail power trip. one of the defining albums of the paisley underground movement and for very good reasons. all neo-psych fans, pay attention.]
Vic Chesnutt - "In My Way, Yes" [from silver lake. i'll probably be closing the show down with vic for awhile. here's another lovely song from his 2003 album. and here's the write-up from that excellent chesnutt song blog.]

That'll do it for this week. I'll see you guys back here next week for more awesome music. Until then, Go Heels!, and take care.



  • At 6:13 PM, January 21, 2010, Blogger WEB SHERIFF said…

    Who You Gonna Call
    Tel 44-(0)208-323 8013
    Fax 44-(0)208 323 8080

    Hi J,

    On behalf of Merge Records and Spoon, we would kindly ask you not to post copies of "Transference" on your site (or any non-preview tracks from Spoon's new album - street date 18th Jan UK /19th Jan US).

    We do appreciate that you are fans of / are promoting Spoon, but the label and artist would greatly appreciate your co-operation in removing your links to the pirate files in question.

    Thank you for respecting the artist's and label's wishes and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, then a full length version of "Written in Reverse" is available for fans and bloggers to post / host / share etc at www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120830261&ps=bb2 ... .. for further details of the new album, on-line promotions, videos and 2010 shows, check-out the band's official site at www.spoontheband.com and keep an eye on official sources for details of further Spoon news, preview material and on-line promotions.

    As a special, New Year's gesture to fans and bloggers, an exclusive preview stream of the full album is now available via NPR Music's Exclusive First Listen series at www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122279793 ... .. this is for hyper-linking ONLY and for streaming by fans directly off NPR, so please reciprocate this goodwill gesture by NOT ripping or embedding these files.

    As you will appreciate, this post is written on a without prejudice basis and, as such, all of our clients' accumulated, worldwide rights
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  • At 2:50 PM, January 22, 2010, Blogger illicitizen said…

    Wow there is a sheriff of the internet. Who knew?

  • At 4:55 PM, January 22, 2010, Anonymous Harlan said…

    Err...how do they consider it a "pirate" file when you played it on a radio show two days AFTER it's official street date? Were you supposed to pay Merge to play a Spoon song? I really don't know about these things but that's just...stupid.

    Otherwise, I have a question that may seem odd: I'm essentially unfamiliar with Tom Waits and I'm interested in digging into his seemingly vast catalog. Any recommendations on where to start? (BTW, I listen to quite a variety of music and I know that some people consider Waits an acquired taste - I have no problem with that as I enjoy being challenged and entertained simultaneously).

  • At 4:56 PM, January 22, 2010, Anonymous Harlan said…

    Sorry, that should have been "one day after it's official street date." Still don't get it, tho.

  • At 8:22 PM, January 22, 2010, Blogger J. Neas said…

    @ Harlan - You've asked a complex question without an easy, pat answer. But, here's my feeling on it. Your mileage may vary.

    You can divide Waits' catalogue into three periods - the early, jazzy beatnik; the fractured carnival barker; and the apocalyptic crooner. I'm a fan of all three periods, but that's not everyone's experience. So, here are some key albums as a starting point for each period:

    Jazzy, Beatnik - I would recommend The Heart of Saturday Night, one of his finest early studio albums. It has a cohesion that I sometimes feel is missing from his excellent debut, Closing Time, but is also a uniformly strong set of songs that makes for great listening in general.

    Fractured Barker - I've had many animated discussions with people over the album I'm about to suggest, but for this period, Swordfishtrombones is, for me, the best entry point. Others will argue that Rain Dogs is its better, but while I disagree, I will say that either is, honestly, a perfectly good lead-in to this version of Waits.

    Apocalyptic Crooner - Without question, Bone Machine is the album to start with for late-period Waits. It's one of the finest records of his entire career, but certainly gives the best portrait of the sound that has defined his past nearly 20 years.

    If you want to dig deeper:

    Jazzy - If you like this period, proceed with Closing Time and Small Change and Nighthawks at the Diner. Blue Valentines is also a stellar record that, despite its dated keyboard sounds, has some of his best written songs. Save Foreign Affairs for last, but if you enjoy those other records, there's no doubt you'll like it as well.

    Barker - Like this period, definitely grab Franks Wild Years. Heart Attack and Vine also serves as a nice bridge between the earlier period and this one.

    Apocalyptic - Like this period, the Orphans 3 CD box set is essential listening. Mule Variations and the musical soundtrack of Alice are also magnificent. Blood Money and Real Gone are good, but probably better saved for later.

    Hope that helps. I had to really work to keep myself from going off on this - I'm a bit of a Waits completist with my collection, so it's fun to actually try and pare his works down to try and create a small guide.

  • At 12:28 PM, January 24, 2010, Anonymous Harlan said…

    Thanks, looks like a great guide to start!


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