J's Indie/Rock Mayhem

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 25th August 2010

[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. Tonight's show got off a little late due to me running late and horrendous parking on campus, so the podcast is about five minutes shorter than normal. I tried to make up for it; honest, I did.

Next week on the show I'll have members of the Alcazar Hotel up on the show. They're playing a show on Saturday, September 4th at the Flatiron here in Greensboro and they're going to come talk new music, play some for us and just have a good time. They're a fun live band, so I can't wait to talk with them.

I also neglected to play some Filthybird tonight, but they're playing at the Green Bean this Friday, August 27th. I'll be there and you ought to be as well. Great Greensboro rock and roll.

Now, while the moustache wax hasn't melted, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 25th August 2010 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
Teenage Fanclub - "Sometimes I Don't Need to Believe in Anything" [from shadows. i really hope i end up going to catch them at the 930 club in d.c. with the vaselines in october. i should be very excited if i do.]
the La's - "There She Goes" [from their self-titled debut. one of the most perfect pop songs ever written and if you don't think so, well, we have different opinions. that and you're wrong.]
Best Coast - "Boyfriend" [from crazy for you. another of this year's best power pop songs. pretty note perfect. by the way, i'm big on the phrase lately for describing good songs. it's a bit punny and i think i like that.]
the New York Dolls - "Chatterbox" [from too much too soon. seemed like an odd, yet somehow appropriate, companion to "boyfriend."]
Black Mountain - "Old Fangs" [from the forthcoming wilderness heart. have these guys ever played a show in black mountain, NC? i sure hope so. i'm pretty sure a vortex would open up or something.]
the High-Back Chairs - "Share" [from the curiosity and relief EP. featuring minor threat's jeff nelson on drums, this was probably one of the last dischord records power pop bands and, hey, they were great.]
Admiral Radley - "I Heart California" [the title track from their newest, featuring members of grandaddy and earlimart. you can check out the aquarium drunkard live session with the band over at aquarium drunkard. good stuff.]
Verbena - "Baby Got Shot" [from into the pink. after playing verbena last week, i think i got a lot of their stuff stuck in my head. so here's the first song i ever heard by them. great rock and roll.]
Dead Confederate - "Run from the Gun" [from their new album sugar which got its release this week. this record doesn't seem nearly as murky or, even, quite as heavy as the last, but not in a bad way either way. great stuff from a great band.]
Frightened Rabbit - "Nothing Like You" [from the winter of mixed-drinks. i'll probably be retiring this song until the end of the year show, but rest assured it will pop back up then. boy howdy, will it.]
the Suburbs - "Love is the Law" [the title track from their 1983 album. one of the great overlooked bands of the Minneapolis scene of the late 70s/early 80s. this is one of the slicker sounding songs of their career, but man is it good.]
the Seahorses - "Love is the Law" [and then, just for fun, from do it yourself, an identically titled song! something fun i read and had never realized: the seahorses are, of course, john squire's first post-stone roses band and if you re-arrange the name of this new band, you get "he hates roses." hah.]
Secret Message Machine - "Orphanville" [the title track from their new album. great, great greensboro rock and roll. we'll be hearing more.]
Blur - "Death of a Party" [from their self-titled album. this album has done nothing but grow on me over the years. i wish i'd realized how awesome it was when it originally came out and not had my teenage-music-listener-knee-jerk reaction to it.]
Conrad Plymouth - "Here to There" [from their astounding self-titled EP. there's an awesome video for this song, too, that i got to sneak preview. can't wait to be able to link it for y'all. it's public now. check it out.]
Guadalcanal Diary - "Always Saturday" [from flip-flop. this is a pretty amazing song and was included on a list of art items that celebrate the suburbs this week over at the AV club. i was reminded of it when i read that list and just had to play it.]
Lower Dens - "Hospice Gates" [from twin-hand movement. an awesome band that is going to be playing here at guilford college on september 17th. stay tuned for more details.]
Veruca Salt - "All Hail Me" [by twitter request from brad215. from american thighs. i heard that veruca salt, in their day, were a torrentially loud live band. any one experience that?]
Arcade Fire - "Month of May" [from the suburbs. more goodness from this honestly great album. how's everyone else's experience with it been?]
Brendan Benson - "Garbage Day" [from my old familiar friend. going to be co-headlining a show with the posies at the cat's cradle in carborro on thursday, november 18th. can't wait to hear the new posies album.]
the Rosebuds - "Secret Life of the Rosebuds" [from a pair of songs the band recorded to help promote the upcoming hopscotch festival in raleigh. it's only a few weeks away!]
Wipers - "Romeo" [from over the edge. one of the best deals out there is available at wipers' founder greg sage's website. you can get the first three wipers records, classics all, in a box set with bonus tracks for $17. amazing. probably just giving money back to fans via the money he saves by not hiring web designers competent in the post-geocities internet.]
Sonic Youth - "Junkie's Promise" [from washing machine. my preference for later-period sonic youth albums boils down to the fact that this album was my introduction to the band. it's still among my favorite and it has colored my appreciation for them in general.]
Jim White - "Jailbird" [from transnormal skiperoo. this song got stuck in my head at some point this week, so here it becomes exorcised. i do so love jim's music. this song, especially.]
Sleater-Kinney - "Ironclad" [from all hands on the bad one. one of my favorite shorter s-k songs - thus why i squeezed it in here at the end.]

That'll do it for this week. Make sure you tune in next week for my interview with the Alcazar Hotel and their live stuff as well. Ought to be an awesome show. Until then, Go Panthers! and take care.



  • At 2:46 PM, August 26, 2010, Anonymous Harlan said…

    1) "Death of a Party" - very nice. I recently made a mix CD for myself and gave a few copies to friends and included this tune. I don't know why but I love how it sounds.

    2) Really loving the new Arcade Fire much more than 'Neon Bible.' It's not that album #2 was bad - I just had a lot of trouble "getting it" for some reason. No such problems on the new one...

  • At 1:15 PM, August 27, 2010, Blogger J. Neas said…

    @Harlan - I really can't overemphasize how my opinion of Blur has changed in the years since it came out. I was really bummed by it when it was released as it so completely (and, in retrospect, perfectly and in a very timely manner) abandoned the Britpop template they had spent the previous three albums perfecting. It didn't help that this band that I loved so thoroughly was now being sung in my high school hallways by people who referred to the song they were singing as "Woo-Hoo" rather than "Song 2" and had no knowledge of the band otherwise.

    It might have even been after the band's first demise (following Think Tank) that I actually gave Blur a fair re-visit. I know that it was chiefly my contrarian/anti-hype sensibilities that lead to the way I felt about it. I loved 13 when it came out and had no hesitancy about it at all, despite the fact that it was obviously a next-step from Blur. The only reason I can think of is that it didn't have a mega-single, the omnipresence of which colored my relationship with it. I'm still a little ashamed of the way I backed away from this record, but it is truly a competitor with Parklife as the band's finest hour.


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