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Thursday, June 03, 2010

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 2nd June 2010

[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. So, my theme music went missing tonight, so I was unable to open the show as normal. That's okay as it saved me a few minutes to squeeze in another song or so.

I'll be busking downtown this Friday, June 4th, at the First Friday Indie-Market at the corner of Martin Luther King and Elm Streets at the public parking lot. Come on down and say hi. I'll be there between 5 and 8 at least, most likely.

Now, while we can, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 2nd June 2010

the New Pornographers - "Your Hands (Together)" [from together, an album i still believe is establishing itself at the top of this awesome band's catalogue. i, honestly, don't think i'd shy away from recommending it as a starting place for a new listener.]
Sugar - "Your Favorite Thing" [from file under easy listening. i wanted to play the replacements' "favorite thing" back to back with this, but was without my copy of it. oh, well.]
Drive-by Truckers - "Daddy Learned to Fly" [from the big to-do. the lead track from their latest. this album is really growing on me. i know a lot of fellow truckers fans have had a harder time with it, but i think it's solid.]
Sleeper - "Lady Love Your Countryside" [from smart. one of the great also-rans of the britpop movement in the 90s. some smart, sharp and sexy writing.]
Teenage Fanclub - "Baby Lee" [from the forthcoming shadows which is due out next week. the new record is pretty good. pretty close in sound to 2005's man made, but with a bit more umph. yet without the obvious single of something like "slow fade." weird.]
Beck - "Fuckin' With My Head" [from mellow gold. i was listening to this album for the first time in a long time last week and really enjoying it. i think it's aged pretty well for a record that will be 20 years old in a few years.]
Jews and Catholics - "Trouble One, Trouble Two" [from the new who are? we think we are! they'll be playing at the record exchange over in winston-salem this saturday without their drum machine. ought to make for an interesting sound.]
Brian Eno - "Blank Frank" [from here come the warm jets. if you've never heard eno's solo work, especially these first three albums, just go do it. now. we'll talk about how your life changed later.]
Gil Scott-Heron with Mos Def - "New York Is Killing Me" (Mos Def remix) [originally from the i'm new here album, this is the second major remix of this song, the first being the one by nas. this song is obviously inspiring people.]
Girls Against Boys - "Disco Six Six Six" [from house of gvsb. i loved this band when i was in high school, and there's a fantastic run of records they did in the mid 90s.]
Son Volt - "Medicine Hat" [from wide swing tremolo. people always jump on the trace bandwagon, but i, personally, love all of the first three son volt albums. this album has especially grown on me over the years.]
Nada Surf - "Enjoy the Silence" [from if i had a hi-fi, their new covers record. i told y'all last week that they turned this classic into a straight up power-pop song. was i lying? nope.]
Let's Wrestle! - "I Won't Lie to You" [from in the court of wrestling let's. i've heard a lot about this band, but this is the first time i've heard them, so good to finally hear it. great stuff so far.]
Violent Femmes - "Add It Up" [from their self-titled 1982 debut. wow, this album is almost 30 years old? well, so am i. hm.]
the Del Fuegos - "Don't Run Wild" [from their 1985 album boston, mass. a great album from a great band. and both they and the violent femmes are name checked by another boston musician..]
the Juliana Hatfield Three - "My Sister" [from become who you are. this song got in my head this week thanks to picking up a copy of her memoir from a couple of years ago. i followed her on twitter until she abandoned it here recently. her tweets were...interesting. i'm kind of hoping for the same level of..uh..interesting stuff in this book.]
Blitzen Trapper - "Dragon's Song" [from the forthcoming destroyer of the void. i like this song more than the one i played last week, so the record is growing on me.]
Paul Westerberg - "It's A Wonderful Lie" [from suicaine gratification. i like to cover this song when i play out - speaking of which, i'll be busking downtown in greensboro this friday afternoon, june 4th, for first friday with the arts and the indie-market at the corner of martin luther king and elm street in the public parking lot there. come down!]
the Mynabirds - "We Made a Mountain" [from the excellent what we lost in the fire we gained in the flood. serious, seriously good music.]
Built to Spill - "You Were Right" [from keep it like a secret. they tore through this when i saw them at the pitchfork festival last summer. oh, how great a show that was.]
Josh Ritter - "The Curse" [from so runs the world away. this song is an amazing story in itself, but there's a fantastic new video of it done entirely with puppets and it's very much worth seeing. the puppets were done by the drummer for josh's band as well. all in-house.]
Television - "Glory" [from adventure. is there anything more awesome i can say about this album? there are times where i think i prefer it to marquee moon. seriously. it's so good.]
Bear in Heaven - "Deafening Love" [from beast rest forth mouth. a band that has just bowled me over, but y'all already knew that. really looking forward to finally catching them this fall at the hopscotch festival.]
Unrest - "West Coast Love Affair" [from perfect teeth. on sunday, july 11th, they'll be at the cat's cradle as part of the teen beat records' 26th anniversary show. i'm so incredibly excited to see them live.]
the Love Language - "Summer Dust" [from libraries. this album is seriously awesome. and i cannot wait for this band to blow up.]
the Morning Benders - "Pleasure Sighs" [from big echo. had a request for some morning benders last week, and this slow burner fit just perfectly.]
Buffalo Tom - "Soda Jerk" [from big red letter day. the last of the numerous boston bands that snuck into tonight's show. boston is an oft-overlooked bastion of indie-rock from the 80s and even early and mid 90s. they don't get the recognition a lot of other cities do, but they had a lot of unique things happening.]
Roy Orbison - "In Dreams" [for dennis hopper. you know why.]

That'll do it for this week. Until next week, take care.



  • At 7:38 PM, June 06, 2010, Blogger Justin said…

    Great mix of newer and older stuff this week. I'm loving everything I've heard on the upcoming Love Language and I think I need to pick up that Mynabirds record too.


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