December 22, 2004

"I sit around and think about it all the time." - Flop.

This is likely my last post of the year, so in order to be just like everybody else, I'd like to share my favorite 10 releases of 2004 (as already submitted to Junkmedia, who have their own very attractive omnibus Best of 2004 list here, and Crazy Earley, who is also collecting lists for some reason). While my list is numbered, the numbers don't really mean anything. I subscribe to the same attitudes and opinions on comparing apples and oranges as John Darnielle does on this very good Last Plane To Jakarta post. Without further ado, my list:

1.. Arcade Fire – Funeral
2.. Lali Puna – Faking The Books
3.. Sonic Youth – Sonic Nurse
4.. The Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone
5.. Deadbeat – Something Borrowed, Something Blue
6.. Nels Cline Singers – The Giant Pin
7.. Dizzee Rascal – Boy in da Corner (domestic Matador release)
8.. Volcano I’m Still Excited!! – Volcano I’m Still Excited!!
9.. Wilco – A Ghost Is Born
10.. Modest Mouse – Good News for People Who Love Bad News

From the "It's an awesome record but event I think that price is too high" files: someone is hocking a CD version of the stellar Acetone "I Guess I Would" EP on Ebay for $30. I've got this on vinyl -- it was a promo from my WESU days. The B-side is a MONSTER jam on some Kris Kristofferson song which is somewhat akin to Mogwai reworking CCR's take on "I Heard It Through The Grapevine." Anyway, if you can find this for $9.99 or less, you will really enjoy the record. I am still holding out for a copy of "If You Only Knew" to replace my cassette dub of it. Found it for $1 last week, but then the dumbass wanted to charge me $3.50 in shipping. That's just gouging.

Another from the ridiculously priced CD file. Some jackass wants $80 for the posthumous Archers of Loaf live record. Duh.

To co-opt an anti-tobacco slogan, where is the outrage? The torture of prisoners at Gitmo detailed in this report by the NYT makes my stomach turn. Everything right is wrong again. Or something.

Finally, here is the playlist from my radio show this prior Tuesday. Another good night, two whole listeners, including the mysterious listener with the IP address that suggests they are from Malibu, CA. Rest assured I'll be back with more rock in 2005.

1. Ad Council - WESU PSA "Ridiculous."
2. Recorded Outside John Cage's Apartment - New York City.
3. Manta Ray - Prelude.
4. Creedence Clearwater Revival - I Heard It Through The Grape Vine.
5. Richard Buckner - Here (Live at Schuba's Tavern).
6. Jane's Addiction - Chip Away (Live).
7. The Lemonheads - Paint.
8. Flop - Anne.
9. Recorded Outside John Cage's Apartment - New York City.
10. Lefty's Deceiver - H to Hg.
11. The Walkmen - The Rat.
12. Wendyfix - Pillowhead (1993).
13. Iris - The New Jersey Song.
14. The Sea and Cake - Jacking the Ball.
15. The Stone Roses - Ten Storey Love Song.
16. Yo La Tengo - Today Is The Day (Rock Version).
17. Yo La Tengo - Let's Be Still.
18. Recorded Outside John Cage's Apartment - New York City.
19. Lou Reed and John Cale - Waiting for My Man (Live 1972).
20. Small Factory - Keep On Smiling.
21. R.E.M. - Find the River.
22. Yung Wu - Powderfinger.
23. Recorded Outside John Cage's Apartment - New York City.
24. Prefuse 73 - Trains on Top of the Game (Interlude).
25. Poole - There You Go.
26. Polvo - Missing Receipts.
27. Neu! - Liever Honig.
28. Sonic Youth - Radical Adults Lick Godhead Style.
29. Drive Like Jehu - Here Come The Rome Plows!
30. Shellac - Wingwalker.
31. The Dambuilders - Kill Haole Day.
32. The Clash - White Man in Hammersmith Palais.

That is all. Happy Ramadan, Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year.

December 14, 2004

"I am the pawn, I am the King." - J Church.

NYT has a nice happy profile of a Philadelphia band I knew nothing about until now. I just like the optimistic smily-ness of the profile.

Scenestars does a fair enough job summing up The Stones Roses, or at least where things went wrong for them. I've been thinking about re-assessing "Second Coming," and the two tracks posted here will give me the chance.

The coolest thing I've heard all week is Brendan Canty of Fugazi fame is doing a DVD series where he goes to a city and films the bands touring through the city or residing in that city playing music in front of a structure that is about to be destroyed. Crazy, but true. Billboard has the skinny.

Okay, here is the playlist from last night's webcast. A hot show in my opinion. At least, I enjoyed listening to it. There will be one more show this year, 12/21 at 9PM. Then I'll be back on the InterWeb the first Tuesday after New Year's, which I beleive is the 4th.

1. Ad Council - WESU PSA "Ridiculous."
2. Reverend J.M. Gates and Congregation - Death May Be Your Santa Claus.
3. Robert Fripp & David Byrne - Under Heavy Manners.
4. The Beastie Boys - EGGMAN.
5. M.I.A. - Uraqt (Diplo Remix).
6. Yoko Ono - Georgia Stone (Excerpt).
7. They Might Be Giants - Hey Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had A Deal.
8. Sugar - Gift.
9. J Church - Band You Love To Hate.
10. J Church - Nostalgic For Nothing.
11. Superchunk - Hello Hawk.
12. Jim O'Rourke - Get a Room.
13. Royal City - Spacey Basement.
14. Bright Eyes - Hit the Switch.
15. Jane's Addiction - My Time (Live).
16. Yoko Ono - Georgia Stone (Excerpt).
17. C.O.C.O. - Move On.
18. KC Accidental - Them (Pop Song #3333).
19. Sam Prekop - A Cloud to the Back.
20. American Football - Never Meant.
21. Haywood - No Way Back to Now.
22. Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress.
23. Karl Hendricks Trio - The Scoffer's Reply.
24. MRC Trio - Act Three Scene Three.
25. Kronos Quartet - Rachell's Weepinge.
26. Keren Ann - Chelsea Burns.
27. Pavement - Dark Ages.
28. The Mendoza Line - Small Town Napoleons.
29. Neutral Milk Hotel - Holland 1945.
30. Lali Puna - Nincompoop (Two Lone Swordsmen Remix).
31. The Smiths - Death of a Disco Dancer.
32. The Mobius Band - Frozen Lake in Unison.
33. ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - Another Morning Stoner.
34. The 6ths - Falling Out of Love (With You).
35. Pink Floyd - Dramatic Theme.

That is all.

December 13, 2004

"Give me my time, and let me be outside." - Jane's Addiction.

Tune in to Radio TeapotHill tomorrow night for my penultimate 2004 webcast. It will rock.

That is all.

December 12, 2004

Peter Torgo. Wesleyan University. March 1996. Posted by Hello
"Kind of hoped you wouldn't blame me, I can't wake up." - Lemonheads

Eagle-eyed (and admitted to practice in PA) reader MLE points us to a pretty great acoustic performance by Evan Dando (backed up ably and probably necessarily by Come/The New Year's/Consonant's Chris Brokaw) in Australia that you can stream here. The first six numbers are "Drug Buddy," "Paid to Smile," "All My Life," "The Turnpike Down," "$1000 Wedding" and "Great Big No." All in all Dando performs pretty well -- his voice exhibits signs of the hard living that Dando has gained notoriety for, certainly, but he is not as fat and grubby here as I have read he has been in the last couple years. Anyway, if you have a chunk of time to spend with it, it is time fairly well spent.

Chromewaves drops knowledge regarding the oft overlooked UK guitar band The House of Love, whose work that I've heard I've liked very much. Chromewaves makes the point that the band filled that gap in time between the end of the Smiths and the rise of the Stone Roses, though I remember them overlapping the Stone Roses or even coming a little bit after. Their career arc, at least in my mind, followed closely that of the also oft overlooked Sundays. Anyway, check it out (the posting also has a direct link to that Stars video I was raving about a couple weeks ago).

Parasol's favorite records of 2004. I don't shop there, but I've seen the Good Doctor blow a week's wages over the phone with them in about eight minutes.

That is all.

December 8, 2004

"After last night it's hard to shine." - Rodan.

Some odds, some sods.

The Big Ticket is building a list of its favorite tracks of the year, all of which to day I heartily approve of. Check it out -- song list/links at bottom of post.

Former Pitchforker and current PSFer Chris Ott does a serviceable job in his turn manning the Stypod.

My latest obsession.
Another obsession is finding a cheap but relatively pristine copy of the Arthur Prysock record "Soul Soliloquoy" (King), which has this zany song on it called "Where the Soul Trees Grow." There is a sample of the song here.

And then they were gone...

Okeydoke, here is my playlist from last night. I had a short breakdown early on in the set, but since I think we officially clocked zero listeners last night, not really a big deal.

1. Ad Council - WESU PSA "Ridiculous."
2. Kronos Quartet - 12/12 (2000).
3. Nuno Canavarro - ?
4. Oval - Kardio V.
5. Rusuden - Day Breaks.
6. Midwest Product - Dead Cat.
7. Flaming Lips - Hit Me Like You Did The First Time.
8. King Tubby - Dubbin' of the Ten Thousand.
9. Andre Afram Asmar - Scientism.
10. M.I.A. - Fade The Pages.
11. Robert Palmer - Johnny and Mary.
12. Nick Forte - Thistle Rue.
13. Brian Eno and David Byrne - Mea Culpa.
14. Moonbabies - Sun AM.
15. Spiritualized - Home of the Brave.
16. Come - Poison.
17. Placeholder - Death Tax.
18. Dinosaur Jr. - Get Me.
19. Small Factory - Hi Howard I'm Back.
20. Moist Vagina - You Unplug My Clock.
21. Flaming Lips - Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon.
22. Efterklang - Step Aside.
23. Archers of Loaf - Chumming the Ocean.
24. The Replacements - Androgynous.
25. Pink Floyd - Wots.. Uh the Deal.
26. Radiohead - Paranoid Android.
27. The Modern Lovers - Modern World (Alternative Version).
28. Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine.
29. Mum - Now There's That Fear Again.

That is all.

December 6, 2004

"Never learned to swim, can't grow a beard or even fight." - Lemonheads

Tune in to Radio Teapothill tomorrow for my weekly webcast program at 9PM EDT. And now, the news:

Congratulations to The Mobius Band, a longtime Clicky Clicky fav, who have apparently signed to Ghostly International, home to excellent electronic acts including Lawrence, Matthew Dear and Solvent. An EP is in the chutes for this winter, and the band is writing for a full-length to follow. Kudos.

There is a really bad video for the Lemonheads' "Mallo Cup" here, among others. I was trying to find their video for "Luka," sort of to illustrate that every professional advance the band ever made was on the strength of a great cover song. Which sounds like a slag, but I actually really, really like the band a lot. Oh well. Angelina Jolie appears in the video for "It's About Time." Juliana Hatfield does not. The video mix for "The Outdoor Type" is jazzed up with harmonies and solos that don't appear on the album cut.

This is interesting -- posted by Vinyl Journey.

An interesting NYT bit (with obligatory Mike Dreese quote) about different editions of albums hitting the marketplace at the same time.

That is all.

December 3, 2004

"Did you forget me, too, with all the people that I knew?" - Ted Pauly.

Some brief tidbits:

The very uneven Indie Workshop web site reports that the fellow from Christie Front Drive and Antarctica has signed his latest project, the 101 (a nod to the pre-Clash act, I wonder?) to a Philly label and will release a record in February. I tired of Antarctica after a while, but CFD's split with Boys Life is still one of the top 10" records ever released. Incidentally, with the rehabilitation of my Webcor Musicale record player, I revisited Small 23's "Free T-Shirts for Spain" 10" recording Sunday night. That is a hot goddamned record. Certainly the best thing Small 23 did. Anyway, here is the link to the info about The 101 [see the news section, upper right].

Readers will be familiar with my fascination with and disdain for Wal-Mart. There was a recent program on the public television about the retail giant putting the squeeze on U.S. suppliers (in this instance, TV makers) to outsource to China to meet Wal-Mart's demands for cheaper product to make bigger margins. Anyway, here is evidence the retailer role has really become dominant in the supply chain: This article notes how Kraft, the largest food products company in the world, is forced to tighten its operations in order to satisfy the big box stores. The most troubling aspect of this to me is the portion of the story that notes that product diversity is being purposely stifled. But enough of that.

This is a really cool article about someone finding the lost first recording session of the Velvet Underground. Check it out.

Bob Mould buys a new car. This is not interesting, but for some reason it interested me anyway.

Okeydokey, here is the playlist from Tuesday night. Sorry about the breakdown midway through the set -- server logs show I lost a couple listeners there, but picked up others in the 10 o' clock hour. Anyway, thanks for tuning in.

1. Ad council - WESU PSA "Ridiculous."
2. Orlando Cachaito Lopez - Siempre Con Swing (Intro)
3. Brad Mehldau - When It Rains.
4. The Conet Project - Three Note Oddity.
5. Brian Wilson - Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine.
6. The New York Dolls - Personality Crisis.
7. Public Image Ltd. - Public Image.
8. Lilys - Jenny, Andrew and Me.
9. Broken Social Scene - Passport Radio.
10. Desaparecidos - Man, Wife, The Latter.
11. Haywood - Devon Lanes.
12. Dinosaur Jr. - Over Your Shoulder.
13. Flop - Asthenia.
14. Castor - Pontiac.
15. The Smiths - You've Got Everything Now.
16. Built to Spill - You Were Right.
17. Pete Rock and CL Smooth - They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
18. Pavement - Trigger Cut/Wounded Kite at :17.
19. The Feelies - Away.
20. Jon Brion - I Beleive She Is Lying.
21. The Conet Project - English Lady 00000.
22. Belle and Sebastian - The Stars of Track and Field.
23. Swearing at Motorists - Being In Love.
24. Manta Ray - Prelude (Betty Popperetta).
25. Manta Ray - Betty, Please (Betty Popperetta).
26. Drop Nineteens - Delaware (Live).
27. The Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels).
28. Jane's Addiction - Classic Girl.
29. Adrian Crowley - Trilogy.
30. Efterklang - Monopolist.
31. The Cure - The Walk (Live).

That is all.