Friday, July 31, 2009

Past blasters

My friend Sierra showed me this video, and I think it's sufficiently good to warrant passing it on. Long-time listeners of Things that Are Square (like, 5 years ago long-time), will remember her as my former co-host. :)

You probably guessed that I'm not the world's biggest Coldplay fan, but dammit if this isn't well done:

Playlist for 7-30-09

Hey folks,

Before the playlist, I just wanted to alert you that KUCI is putting on a special screening of Zach Galifianakis's "Visioneers" tonight at UC Irvine. Go to for all the sweet shit.

Anyway, the sort of downer version of Things that Are Square:

Things that Are Square 7-30-09

The Angels of Light - Evangeline - How I Loved You

Yo La Tengo - I Feel Like Going Home - I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
Okkervil River - Maine Island Lovers - Down the River of Golden Dreams
Low - Over the Ocean - The Curtain Hits the Cast
Antony and the Johnsons - Her Eyes Are Underneath the Ground - The Crying Light

Arab Strap - New Birds - Philophobia
Dinosaur Jr. - Said the People - Farm
Set Fire to Flames - Mouths Trapped in Static - Telegraphs in Negative/Mouths Trapped in Static

Jonathan Richman - That Summer Feeling - I, Jonathan
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Man O'War - Vs. Children
The Field Mice - End of the Affair - Snowball

Jens Lekman - I Don't Wanna Die Alone - The Opposite of Hallelujah
Jacob Borshard - If You Loved Anyone (Mary 2004) - Songs for a Small Stereo
The Magnetic Fields - All My Little Words - 69 Love Songs
Mirah - Don't Die In Me - C'mon Miracle

She & Him - I Thought I Saw Your Face Today - Volume One (For Megan in Irvine, CA)
Iron & Wine - Sodom, South Georgia - Our Endless Numbered Days
Sun Kil Moon - Carry Me Ohio - Ghosts of the Great Highway

Songs: Ohia - Blue Factory Flame - Didn't It Rain (For Theresa in Irvine, CA)
Sigur Rós - Starálfur - Ágætis Byrjun (For Theresa in Irvine, CA)

The Open House Collective - Alley Cat - Constructive Mysticism (For both Megan AND Theresa in Irvine, CA because they were so persistent in their requests)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Good morning, Mr. Jeffers

Hey folks,

KUCI is presenting a special screening of Zach Galifianakis's movie "Visioneers" next Friday (the 31st) at 8:00pm. Admission is the low, low price of $5, and proceeds to go help the station stay afloat while the University is cutting millions from its budget. Please come down, and bring your friends with good comedic taste. :)

The trailer can be seen here:

And feel free to go to for more details. Hope to see you there.

Playlist for 7-23-09

Howdy folks!

I'm just vegging out in my office, with a filling breakfast in my gut, listening to rad music, and totally ready for a weekend of buying supplies for Burning Man, finally seeing the new Harry Potter, and going to see the Muppet Movie at a cemetery in LA. All is right with the world. Please help me kill time by checking out the playlist from last night's radio show:

Things that Are Square 7-23-09

(*) = New release

(*) Cave - Encino Men - Psychic Psummer

(*) The Phenomenal Handclap Band - I Been Born Again - The Phenomenal Handclap Band
Serge Gainsbourg - Melody - Histoire de Melody Nelson
(*) Yacht - The Afterlife - See Mystery Lights

!!! - Intensify - !!!
Coconut Coolouts - (Please Don't Break Me Out Of) Party Jail - Party Time Machine
Japanther - Um Like Your Smile Is Totally Ruling Me - Tut Tut Now Shake Ya Butt

(*) Math the Band - Hang Out/Hang Ten - Don't Worry
Matt & Kim - It's a Fact (Printed Stained) - Matt & Kim
Best Fwends - Skate or Live - Alphabetically Arranged
Parts & Labor - The Gold We're Digging - Mapmaker

Dananananaykroyd - Infinity Milk - Hey Everyone!
The Blood Brothers - The Shame - ...Burn, Piano Island, Burn

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash - Real Emotional Trash
Yo La Tengo - Moby Octopad - I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Feel So Good - Tepid Peppermint Wonderland: A Retrospective

Six Organs of Admittance - Home - School of the Flower
Fog - I, Baby - Live Performance Recording
Elliott Smith - Let's Get Lost - From a Basement on the Hill
Shapes and Sizes - Island's Gone Bad - Shapes and Sizes

(*) Nouvelle Vague - Ça Plane Pour Moi - 3
Peter and the Wolf - Silent Movies - Lightness

Shearwater - The Snow Leopard - Rook

Friday, July 17, 2009


I've been listening to the Dananananaykroyd album "Hey Everyone!" a lot for the last two weeks. It's definitely grown on me. I wasn't sure what to expect from their "fight-pop" genre label, but what it apparently means is "sort of like a cross between the Blood Brothers and Los Campesinos!" It's like twee pop you're supposed to mosh to? And they have two drummers so you get that hint of ridiculous classic rock. Good times.

Unfortunately, the one professionally-made video of theirs I could find doesn't quite display their sound as much as I'd like, so, I'll give you a live one, too.

Playlist for 7-16-09

What's up, folks,

So, tonight I'm totally going to the OC Fair. That means a) I take it as a personal challenge to eat anything that is both fried and on a stick, and b) hours of shameful whie-trash people watching. I'm going to wear a Hooters shirt to blend in. Try and find me! I'll be the bearded college radio asshole in a Hooters shirt.

Anyway. Here's the playlist from last night's show:

Things that Are Square 7-16-09

(*) = New release

Akron/Family - Gravelly Mountains of the Moon - Live on KUCI

Mercury Rev - Goddess on a Hiway - Deserter's Songs
The Fall - Totally Wired - 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong
Les Savy Fav - Tragic Monsters - Go Forth
(*) Dinosaur Jr. - Over It - Farm

(*) Mika Miko - On the Rise - We Be Xuxa
Fugazi - Public Witness Program - In on the Killtaker
Dananananaykroyd - Totally Bone - Hey Everyone!
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Loop Duplicate My Heart - #3

(*) The Phenomenal Handclap Band - Testimony - The Phenomenal Handclap Band
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Hot Boyz (with Dear Nora) - Advance Base Battery Life
Parenthetical Girls - A Song for Ellie Greenwich - Entanglements
Nat Baldwin - Lake Erie - Most Valuable Player

(*) Dirty Projectors - Useful Chamber - Bitte Orca
Jens Lekman - A Sweet Summer's Night on Hammer Hill - Oh You're So Silent Jens
(*) Starlight Mints - Paralyzed - Change Remains
(*) Camera Obscura - The Sweetest Thing - My Maudlin Career

(*) God Help The Girl - Funny Little Frog - God Help the Girl
(*) Black Moth Super Rainbow - Twin of Myself - Eating Us
Neu! - Hallogallo - Neu!

Can - Pinch - Ege Bamyasi
Elliott Smith - Baby Britain - XO
Math and Physics Club - Holidays and Saturdays - Math and Physics Club

Mates of State - Starman - All Day
The Endless Bummer - Mend My Bleeding Heart - Donald Fagan Mix Tape

Friday, July 10, 2009

J Mascis can both shred AND thrash

Anybody else stoked to see Dinosaur Jr. when they swing through SoCal again in November?

I suspect that video MAY be playing with our perceptions of how good the dudes in Dinosaur Jr. are at freestyle X-Games-type activities.

Playlist for 7-9-09

Howdy, internet,

Thanks to anyone reading this who may have attended the first ever KUCI Night at the Kitsch Bar on Tuesday. I enjoyed playing music for you to get drunk by. Feel free to stop by any Tuesday, 10p-2a for excellent music played in a relaxed environment. No cover. Good times. Sexy DJs?

I may play stuff that is similar to the following:

Things that Are Square 7-9-09

(*) = New release

Mirah - La Familia - You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This

Jacob Borshard - Data and Worf - A Glow in the Dark
Little Wings - Faith Children - Wonderue
(*) John Vanderslice - Too Much Time - Romanian Names
The Mountain Goats - Linda Blair Was Born Innocent - We Shall All Be Healed

Low - Don't Drop the Baby - A Lifetime of Temporary Relief
(*) We Were Promised Jetpacks - Ships with Holes Will Sink - These Four Walls
Jonathan Richman - Papel de Chicle - ¡Jonathan, Te Vas a Emocionar!
Herman Düne - At Your Luau Night - Mas Cambios

(*) Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard - Slogans - 'Em Are I
trembling bells - The End Is the Beginning Born Knowing - Carbeth
(*) Summer Cats - Wild Rice - Songs for Tuesdays
caUSE co-MOTION! - Baby Don't Do It - It's Time

(*) Sunset Rubdown - Silver Moons - Dragonslayer
Stephen Malkmus - Vague Space - Stephen Malkmus
The Light Footwork - Docomo - One State Two State
Galaxie 500 - When Will You Come Home - Peel Sessions

(*) Dinosaur Jr. - Said the People - Farm
Built to Spill - Time Trap - Keep It Like a Secret
(*) God Help The Girl - God Help the Girl - God Help the Girl

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Lonesome New Mexican Nights - Advance Base Battery Life
The Faint - Desperate Guys - Wet From Birth
The Mae Shi - Lamb and Lion - Hlllyh
(*) Math the Band - Tour de Friends - Don't Worry

Holy Fuck - Echo Sam - LP
Dan Deacon - Get Older - Bromst
The Fall - L.A. - This Nation's Saving Grace

Television - See No Evil - Marquee Moon

Friday, July 3, 2009

Playlist for 7-2-09

Hey folks,

Ready for the Fourth of July? Any good plans? I'm going to spend all afternoon drinking sangria in LA and then going to the midnight movie at the New Beverly Cinema. They're playing "Red Dawn," the one where commies invade 1980s America and it's total propaganda? Ah, the 80s. Perfect film to top off Independence Day, right?

The playlist:

Things that Are Square 7-2-09

Peter and the Wolf - Safe Travels - Lightness

(*) Iron & Wine - Waitin' for a Superman - Around the Well
The Angels of Light - Kosinski - Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home
The Mountain Goats - I Thought About You a Little - Live on WFMU
(*) trembling bells - I Took to You (Like Christ to Wood) - Carbeth

(*) God Help The Girl - Act of the Apostle - God Help the Girl
Jens Lekman - I Saw Her at the Anti War Demonstration - Oh You're So Silent Jens
Iron & Wine - Flightless Bird, American Mouth - The Shepherd's Dog (For Kim in Berkeley, CA)

(*) Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard - Whistle Past the Graveyard - 'Em Are I
Calvin Johnson & the Sons of the Soil - Love Travels Faster - Calvin Johnson & The Sons of the Soil
Why? - Early Whitney - Oaklandazulasylum
(*) Dirty Projectors - Cannibal Resource - Bitte Orca

(*) The Phenomenal Handclap Band - Testimony - The Phenomenal Handclap Band
Dntel - Last Songs - Life Is Full of Possibilities
Laurie Anderson - O Superman (For Massenet) - Big Science
The Books - Take Time - The Lemon of Pink

Four Tet - Hilarious Movie of the 90's - Pause
Manitoba - Bijoux - Up in Flames
Odd Nosdam - Small Mr Man Pants - Burner
Matmos - L.A.S.I.K. - A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure

Mogwai - R U Still In 2 It - Young Team
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Graceland - Advance Base Battery Life
(*) Dent May - College Town Boy - The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele

(*) Passion Pit - Sleepyhead - Manners
Matt & Kim - Lessons Learned - Grand

(*) Black Moth Super Rainbow - Born on a Day the Sun Didn't Rise - Eating Us