Monday, May 31, 2010

Save me from the ranks of the freaks who suspect they could never love anyone

Would it be embarrassing to admit how much I relate to this song?

OK, then. I won't.

I blame you, personally

I went to the Cinespia screening of "Purple Rain" last night, which I had never seen before. So, uh...why didn't anyone tell me that movie is completely fucking amazing? WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME?!

During this song, the entire audience of a couple thousand people pulled out lighters and cellphones and sung along. It was a really, really amazing experience. The sake we were drinking didn't hurt, either.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Playlist for 5-27-10

Howdy folks,

So, I'm beginning to look elsewhere in the country for jobs. The other day, I applied for a DJ gig in Portland, OR. I'd miss doing radio too much if I no longer had KUCI. But, I'm sure I'll be trying EXTRA HARD in the coming weeks to do good shows, lest I need to record one as a demo or something. My lifechange is your gain.

Things that Are Square 5-27-10

(*) = New release

(*) Television Personalities - She's My Yoko - A Memory Is Better than Nothing

(*) The Wave Pictures - I Love You Like a Madman - Instant CoffeeBaby/If You Leave It Alone
Herman Düne - Little Wounds - Not On Top
Dear Nora - Second Birthday - Three States: Rarities 1997-2007
Camera Obscura - I Need All the Friends I Can Get - Let's Get Out ofThis Country

(*) The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio - High Violet
Netherfriends - Nunya (Beeswax) - Daytrotter Session (For Gabby in Irvine, CA)
Real Estate - Fake Blues - Real Estate
Why? - Early Whitney - Oaklandazulasylum

(*) Dash Jacket - Till Dawn - Romance
(*) Dum Dum Girls - Jail La La - I Will Be
Abe Vigoda - Hyacinth Grrls - Skeleton
The Capstan Shafts - St. Paul? - The Sleeved and Grandaughters of the Blacklist
The 6ths - Pillow Fight - Wasps' Nests

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - When You Were Mine - Young Shields
Wizardzz - Whispers from Wallface - Hidden City of Taurmond
Fuck Buttons - Flight of the Feathered Serpent - Tarot Sport
(*) Captain Ahab - Kill Me - The End of Irony

(*) Mi Ami - Harmonics (Genius of Love) - Steal Your Face
Arrington De Dionyso - Kedalaman Air - Malaikat dan Singa
Beat Happening - Teenage Caveman - You Turn Me On

Destroyer - Trembling Peacock - This Night
The Tallest Man on Earth - Graceland - King of Spain
A Silver Mt. Zion - God Bless Our Dead Marines - Horses in the Sky
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space

Galaxie 500 - Don't Let Our Youth Go to Waste - Peel Sessions

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Good romance

The Zombie's "This Will Be Our Year" is one of the most romantic songs ever, and (for my money) one of the best songs ever, period. I'd love to learn to play this song on my ukulele and play it for someone I loved.

That's the ONLY reason anyone ever translates William Blake into Indonesian

Arrington de Dionyso's (of Old Time Relijun) solo side-projects are always really focused on spiritual/ecstatic type stuff. He'll do some Tuvan throat singing, a lot of bass clarinet overtones, lots of really trance-inducing stuff. But he'll also throw down some sweaty, sleazy, tantric skronk. It's just this big messy closet full of monk robes and thrift shop guitars and the Kama Sutra.

His live shows are always full of moments of just complete and utter abandon. You know the rock-trance? That's what happens. And it totally rules.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

That's what I heard, anyway

Still only listening to the Clash and Nick Cave. Sorry. I'll find something else, soon.

Mix CD: Easily Distracted

This month's mix theme was "short attention spans: songs under two minutes." 47 songs on one CD. Maximum mix tape value.

The mix sounds like this.

1. Fog - A Word Of Advice
2. Pixies - Broken Face
3. Pavement - Zürich Is Stained
4. Dear Nora - Make You Smile
5. mclusky - Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues
6. Flight of the Conchords - If You're Into It
7. Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys - I'm Working On A Building
8. James Chadwick - The Wooden Floor
9. The Capstan Shafts - St. Paul?
10. Guided by Voices - Game Of Pricks
11. The Olivia Tremor Control - Today I Lost a Tooth
12. Tullycraft - The Lonely Life Of The UFO Researcher
13. Doctor Octogon - I Got To Tell You
14. Ultramagnetic MC's - Travelling At The Speed Of Thought (Remix)
15. Nose Bleed Island - Land Of The Dead
16. The Death Set - Paranoia
17. OCDJ - 7-5
18. The Mae Shi - Boys In The Attic
19. Misfits - I Turned into a Martian
20. Tera Melos - Hey Sandy
21. Blood on the Wall - Gone
22. The Vaselines - Dum-Dum
23. Talulah Gosh - Beatnik Boy
24. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Tonight Was A Disaster
25. The Endless Bummer - Itacan Of Lakota
26. The Books - Venice
27. Four Tet - A Joy (Featuring Percee P-Koushik Quick Mix)
28. Man Man - El Azteca
29. Old Time Relijun - Daemon Meeting
30. The Mummies - I'm Down
31. The Sonics - Keep A Knockin'
32. Dead Kennedys - Dear Abby
33. Beat Happening - Bad Seeds
34. The Cramps - The Crusher
35. Wesley Willis - Fuck You
36. Why? - Afterschool America
37. Half-Handed Cloud - Let's Go Javelin
38. Roscoe Holcomb - I'm A Free Little Bird
39. The Holy Modal Rounders - Mr. Spaceman
40. Bob Dylan - Oxford Town
41. Tom Waits - The Pontiac
42. Lovage - Herbs, Good Hygiene And Socks
43. Edan - Key Bored
44. France Gall - N'écoute pas les Idoles
45. Watercolor Paintings - Indiana
46. Peter and the Wolf - The Apple Tree
47. Queen - Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon

Some thoughts:
1. I tried to make it kind of flow, but with enough left turns to keep it A.D.D.
2. Track 20 IS a cover of the theme song to "The Adventures of Pete and Pete."
3. Notice any bands missing? Something you may expect to see on a Kyle mix?
4. Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Happy 69th birthday, Bob

Friday, May 21, 2010

We're rockers. We rock out.

All I've listened to this week is basically Nick Cave and the Clash. That's just how I roll now.

Playlist for 5-20-10

Music! Interns! Explosions! York Peppermint Patties! Best show I've ever done? Probably not. But it was enjoyable.

Things that Are Square 5-20-10

(*) = New release

(*) Woods - Blood Dries Darker - At Echo Lake

A.A. Bondy - Mightiest of Guns - When the Devil's Loose
Spencer Kingman - Vietnam Malaria Nostalgia - Spenking
The Holy Modal Rounders - Mr. Spacemen - I & II
(*) The Tallest Man on Earth - The WIld Hunt - The Wild Hunt

Jonathan Richman - Vampire Girl - You Must Ask the Heart
Calvin Johnson - I'm Down - Before the Dream Faded...
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Love Letter - No More Shall We Part
(*) The National - Lemonworld - High Violet

Frightened Rabbit - Swim Until You Can't See Land - The Winter of Mixed Drinks
(*) Big Whup - B.O.N.I.Z.H.E.A.R.T. - B.O.N.I.Z.H.E.A.R.T/Cover My Eyes
Watercolor Paintings - Indiana - Open Your Mouth
Peter and the Wolf - The Apple Tree - Lightness

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Ballad of Jim Jones - Tepid Peppermint Wonderland: A Retrospective
Fog - What's Up Freaks? - Ditherer
Nouvelle Vague - Guns of Brixton - Nouvelle Vague
Xiu Xiu - Clowne Towne - Fabulous Muscles

(*) Thee Oh Sees - Castiatic Tackle - Warm Slime
Coconut Coolouts - (Please Don't Break Me Out Of) Party Jail - PartyTime Machine
The Vaselines - Sex Sux (Amen) - The Way of the Vaselines
(*) Harlem - Three Legged Dog - Hippies

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Intern Triya takes over~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Klaxons - Golden Skans - Myths of the Near Future
Animal Collective - We Tigers - Sung Tongs
Band of Horses - Our Swords - Everything All the Time
Karen O and the Kids - All is Love - Where the Wild Things Are

of Montreal - Oslo in the Summertime - The Sunlandic Twins
Tunng - Bullets - Good Arrows
Animal Collective - Sweet Road - Sung Tongs
Islands - Where There's a Will There's a Whalebone - Return to the Sea

Animal Collective - Derek - Strawberry Jam
The Helio Sequence - Can't Say No - 17 Again

Jesse Harris - The Secret Sun - Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Why There's No Money in My 401(k): A Diary of Obsessive Materialism (Vol. 5)

In an effort to fulfill some bizarre need in my life, I purchase a lot of CDs, both old and new. They are obsessively cataloged and organized and poured over track by track (Seriously, it's obsessive. It involves post-it notes and code and excel spreadsheets). It is truly a labor of love (and an unhealthy psychological imperative). But, since I am consuming so much music, I thought I could use this constant influx for the powers of good. Should I come across anything worth sharing (either a new release or an old favorite), I will share them with you. So you'll love me.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds — Murder Ballads (Mute)Some history: Back before daytime television and 24 hour news networks, the only way the uneducated populace could get their dose of sordid intrigue was through the murder ballad, a sub-genre of music that offered up tale after tragic tale of lives cut short and the folks who did the cutting. The style died away, no pun intended, after the depression era as radio became more prevalent. Thankfully, ever with an eye for sordid intrigue, Nick Cave recorded an album of homage to the style, updating some traditional classics and penning a fresh new batch of mortal melodies. Though, since people are less easily shocked nowadays, Mr. Cave had to up the theatrics, and Murder Ballads comes out the speakers with the fire of a revival preacher and the body count of a 1970s slasher flick.

Starting the album, the ironically titled "Song of Joy" oozes from the speaker somewhere between "cautionary tale" and "threat." Grimly intoning over dark, bar-room piano, Cave tells the tale of a family, bound and murdered, "Paradise Lost" quotes written in blood on the walls. True to the genre, narrative and melodrama fuse to create a piece that is moving and atmospheric, and, at its heart, entertaining. The narrative unfolds, grizzly murders portrayed in a mildly anachronistic language that permeates the album, imbuing the whole bloody mess with the charm of a bleak folklore and urban legend retold to the listener by an old and not-entirely-trusted relative.

Read the rest at KUCI.ORG

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Murder and sadness

Nick Cave, I wish I were as cool as you. You rule, and I've bought like, 4 of your alubms in the last 6 months. And I'll probably buy more. Continue being awesome.

Monday, May 17, 2010

A-pickin' and a-wincin'

Sometimes I suspect I may have some sort of genetic predisposition towards the enjoyment of twangified acoustic-type stuff, since I have a dad who grew up on a farm and a mom who grew up in the south. I guess that's the "nature" element of my upbringing. The "nurture" bit is probably what's responsible for all the Dead Kennedys albums.

Chapter 70: In Which Our Hero Is Insensitive to a Celebrity Death

I don't give a fuck that Dio died. Sabbath was 100000x better with Ozzy.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I can't believe that worked!

Last night I ended up at a rockabilly bar in Anaheim, watching Bob Log III do his thang. I'm pretty sure he's like...Daft Punk's sketchy, weird cousin. It was a good time that I wasn't drunk enough for. Next time I'll know.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Playlist for 5-13-10

Hey folks,

After a week off due to plague, I'm back (with interns in tow). Intern Vy broke my streak of "never discussing Sex and the City" on my radio show, but whatever. Folks seemed to think the show was funny, anyway.

I also played music:

Things that Are Square 5-13-10

(*) = New release

(*) Holy Fuck - Latin America - Latin

(*) Tobacco - Stretch Your Face - Maniac Meat
Matmos - Steam and Sequins for Larry Levan - The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast
Polysics - I My Me Mine - Now Is the Time! (For Seth in Irvine, CA)
Suicide - Keep Your Dreams - Suicide

(*) Harlem - Friendly Ghost - Hippies
Another Sunny Day - You Should All Be Murdered - London Weekend
The Field Mice - Coach Station Reunion - For Keeps
Talulah Gosh - My Best Friend - Backwash

Los Campesinos! - A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; Or, Letters From Me to Charlotte - Romance Is Boring
The Fall - Victoria - 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong
Fugazi - Bad Mouth - 13 Songs
Blood on the Wall - Gone - Awesomer

Les Savy Fav - In These Woods - Rome Upside Down
Sonic Youth - Rain King - Daydream Nation
(*) Mi Ami - Slow - Steal Your Face

(*) Jónsi - Go Do - Go
Vic Chesnutt - Dying Young - West of Rome
Reigning Sound - You're Not as Pretty - Time Bomb High School
King Khan & The Shrines - Shivers Down My Spine - The Supreme Genius of...

(*) Four Tet - This Unfolds - There Is Love in You

Secret Mommy - Daycare - Very Rec

I'm a rocker. I rock out.

I know we tend to keep it cute and cuddly here on TtAS, but I have other needs that Belle and Sebastian don't always meet. Needs for rock. Needs for guitars and riffs and maybe a slow head-bang. For those moments, I sneak off and listen to stuff like Witch: J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) and a couple dudes from Feathers just paying homage to Black Sabbath. Don't worry, Tullycraft, I'll be back. I just needed to get this out of my system.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I think we need more post-coital and less post-rock

I love Los Campesinos!'s generally over-energetic teen angst-pop, but I have to admit a guilty urge to turn all their lyrics into facebook statuses. Plus, their music makes me yearn for youthful sexual indiscretions I never had (I saved all my indiscretions for college and later). So, anyway...

Chewing, chewing, chewing...

One of my favorite things about Four Tet's music (as a dude who generally doesn't care for electronic music) is how textural it is. Perhaps it's the organic/analog components he factors into his "folktronica," but his stuff always feels so much more warm and chewy than most stuff. Which makes it perfect headphone music, of course. Lie back, slap on your padded headphones, and let all the soundfeelings get warm and cuddly with your earpieces.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Simple switch of fate

Sorry for being MIA for so long, but I came down with a really bad throat infection that had me bed-ridden for a week. But I'm back now. Back and with the first of what will probably end up being a few posts about Vic Chesnutt. I, unfortunately, didn't get into his music until after his suicide last Christmas, but I'm finding it very rewarding. I hope you enjoy it as well.