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Sunday, August 21, 2011

J's Indie/Rock Mayhem - 17th August 2011

[Welcome to another edition of J's Indie/Rock Mayhem. Sorry for the unplanned two week break; those of you who listen live on the stream or on the air caught last week's show, but sadly, it wasn't recorded. That's okay as the first six or seven years of my show went unrecorded except on cassette tapes. This week's show became a touch self-indulgent as this coming Sunday marks my birthday and I'm turning 30. So this week's show takes a lot of liberty drifting back in time to some of my favorite bands and whatever was on my mind for the week. So there you go.

Now, before I die before I get old, onward.]

J's Indie/Rock Podcast: 17th August 2011 show

Theme Song - Peaches - "Rock Show"
EMA - "Milkman" [from past life martyred saints. we're going to keep hearing more of this as it's one of the more interesting loud rock records i've heard this year. good stuff.]
Matthew Sweet - "Faith in You" [from in reverse. one of those killer matthew sweet guitar songs that just tears through with epic guitar solos. seriously, this song just flat out rocks. seriously.]
Sloan - "Unkind" [from the double cross. power pop, oh, divine power pop. how i do so love you in the hands of these canadian purveyors. huzzah!]
Sleater-Kinney - "Turn It On" [from dig me out. speaking of songs that cause you to pump your fist and just feel exhilirated. hard to believe it's been 14 years since this album.]
Obits - "Shift Operator" [from moody, standard and poor. this set has a wonderful set of bookends which you'll see/hear momentarily. this record is one of this year's best so far.]
the Replacements - "Color Me Impressed" [from hootenanny. and what would a self-indulgent show (or really any show of mine) be without the 'mats?]
Apex Manor - "The Party Line" [from the year of magical drinking. one of this year's finest songs. and seriously, i'm done playing this record until year end time. promise.]
Hot Snakes - "This Mystic Decade" [from audit in progress. the bookend! rick froberg was in both hot snakes and obits, obviously, and if you've never listened to hot snaked, good god, fix it. so, so good.]
Fountains of Wayne - "Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart" [from sky full of holes. seriously, though. i'm still lukewarm on this album, but this single is right up there with some of the band's best.]
Beck - "Fuckin' With My Head" [from mellow gold. pulled out this old beck classic as an excuse to share this awesome interview with beck over at pitchfork that looks back at his last 15 years. pretty stellar.]
The Asteroid No. 4 - "The Unknown" [from their latest hail to the clear figurines. neo-psychedelia and pretty excellent.]
Rain Parade - "You Are My Friend" [from explosions in the glass palace. i wax a bit about this EP on the show and talk about how awesome it is considering it came on the heels of founding member dave roback's departure from the group. that said, this stuff is awesome.]
Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues" [the title track from this year's stunning sophomore LP. i'll just leave it there.]
the Mama's and the Papa's - "California Dreamin'" [from if you can believe your eyes and ears. i've talked about this song before, but my thoughts about its meaning have evolved even from then. the fact remains, it's one of modern music's greatest moments.]
John Doe - "Heartless" [by request. from forever hasn't happened yet, a really solid entry in doe's solo career. he's got another one in the pipe for later this year.]
Kathleen Edwards - "Summerlong" [from back to me. probably my favorite edwards song of her entire career and that's not a light statement considering my undying love for her songwriting.]
Times New Viking - "Ever Falling In Love" [from dancer equired. a nice play on the buzzcocks' classic song title. i am really enjoying this album, so we should hear more.]
Art Brut - "Pump Up the Volume" [from it's a bit complicated. the bridge to this song is just so cathartic after the buildup of everything before it.]
Kurt Vile - "Jesus Fever" [from smoke ring for my halo. what can i say about this guy aside from 'amazing?' there you go.]
Devin Davis - "Iron Woman" [from lonely people of the world unite. power pop extrordinaire. where are you, devin? you disappeared.]
Phil Cook and His Feat - "Juniper" [from hungry mother blues. more gorgeous instrumental stuff from the megafaun member's solo debut.]
Archers of Loaf - "Backwash" [from icky mettle which i wrote about over at aquarium drunkard for the new reissue from merge records. killer.]
the Lemonheads - "Become the Enemy" [from their self-titled album. can't wait to see them at the cradle on october 2nd.]
the Flaming Lips - "Kim's Watermelon Gun" [from clouds taste metallic. they'll be at the hopscotch fest as well in september. very cool.]
Tune-yards - "Bizness" [from whokill. one of the best records this year, without question.]
Pere Ubu - "Caligari's Mirror" [from dub housing. love this band and most every thing they've put out that i've heard. which, admittedly, isn't much compared to their entire catalogue.]
Toad the Wet Sprocket - "Windmills" [from dulcinea. one of those formative records for me. really one of my favorites.]
Jim White - "Diamonds to Coal" [from transnormal skiperoo. and of course, jim is one of my favorite artists hands down. perfect for my birthday show.]
Television - "Call Mr. Lee" [from their self-titled reunion record. overlooked, and not nearly as good as the original two albums, but still pretty awesome.]



  • At 9:33 PM, August 21, 2011, Blogger Dropnamer said…

    Okay Josh, just a reminder that the Mats first album "Sorry Ma I Forgot to Take Out the Trash" was released on August 25,1981. Irony? Only four days of your life without the Mats. Please play "Customer" off "Trash" in honor of the 30th aniversary of the album, if you please. I'd request "Shiftless When Idle" but I played it on my show tonight.

    Happy Birthday J.

  • At 8:27 AM, August 22, 2011, Blogger J. Neas said…

    Thanks, Frank! Absolutely no coincidence there at all. The 'Mats and I have been linked nearly from birth. I needed to come out of the womb four days early so that I'd be ready to pick up the release the following Tuesday. :) "Customer" it is for this week - thanks for the birthday wishes as well.

  • At 11:32 PM, August 26, 2011, Blogger Justin said…

    I, too, have been waiting for new Devin Davis. Come back to us, Devin!

    I'd say welcome to the 30s but I turned 40 earlier this year. The 30s are pretty good, so enjoy.

    Your summer shows have been great and this was no exception. Keep 'em coming!


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