Friday, July 30, 2010

7-29-10 Playlist

Anyone else going to the Mi Ami/Pocahaunted/Peaking Lights show tonight at the Bootleg Theater? I am. We should high five pretty hard. I'd like that.

And heeeeeeeeeere's stuff I played last night:

Things that Are Square 7-29-10

(*) = New release

(*) Dean & Britta - Not a Young Man Anymore - 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests

Mi Ami - Dreamers - Steal Your Face
Pocahaunted - Make It Real - Make It Real
(*) Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round - Before Today

(*) The Books - Chain of Missing Links - The Way Out
(*) So Percussion & Matmos - Needles - Treasure State
Animal Collective - Fireworks - Strawberry Jam
(*) Mahjongg - Whoop - The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger

(*) Wavves - Mickey Mouse - King Beach
The King Khan & BBQ Show - Spin the Bottle - Invisible Girl
Yo La Tengo - Emulsified - Fakebook
The Cramps - Surfin' Bird - Gravest Hits

(*) Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill - Treats
Love Is All - Busy Doing Nothing - Nine Times the Same Song
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Young Adult Friction - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Another Sunny Day - Anorak City - London Weekend

Akron/Family - Moment - Akron/Family & The Angels of Light
Blood on the Wall - Stoner Jam - Awesomer
Superchunk - Like a Fool - Foolish
(*) Shapes and Sizes - 23 and Rizing - Candle to Your Eyes

The Wedding Present - Getting Better - George Best Plus
Orange Juice - Falling and Laughing - The Glasgow School

Hymie's Basement - You Die - Hymie's Basement

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

YOU'RE the timewhore

Back before he was in good ol' Built to Spill, Doug Martsch was in the slightly grungier/punkier Treepeople. Here is a video of them rocking out.

Sidenote: Did ALL old indie rock videos use to look like this? :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Next entry in our "Great American Beards" series.

I think I may have been a hesher in a past life. I dig guitars way too much.

Monday, July 26, 2010


You guys know there's a free, high-quality Captain Ahab live album you can download right? OK. Good.

Download it here.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The mic isn't entirely neccessary

Mi Ami from Ben Chandler on Vimeo.

The newest Mi Ami album, Steal Your Face, is 100% ripping it up in my stereo. Frenzied, sweaty, boogie inferno. And they're playing on July 30th at the Bootleg Theater and I'm going and it's going to be rad.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Like the tumblin' tumbleweed

In case you're into that sort of thing, I got me one of them new-fangled Tumblr accounts.

Playlist for 7-22-10

Howdy folks,

Another solid Friday for the record books. Slacking off at work watching "They Live," listening to some Archers of Loaf, going to the Dodgers/Mets game tonight, packing up some books I sold on Amazon for some sweet scrill....heck yeah Fridays. And now I'm telling you what I played last night during my radio show (because I know you've been holding your breath, waiting to find out). Fear not, faithful listener. Here is what I played:

Things that Are Square 7-22-10

(*) = New release

Phosphorescent - The Last Thing I Needed (First Thing This Morning) - To Willie

(*) Lost In The Trees - Walk Around the Lake - All Alone in an Empty House
Okkervil River - Okkervil River Song - Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See
John Prine - (We're Not) The Jet Set (w/ Iris DeMent) - In Spite of Ourselves
Kind of Like Spitting - Passing Through - In the Red

Woods - Blood Dries Darker - At Echo Lake
The Lucksmiths - The Cassingle Revival - Where Were We?
Brian Eno - Some of Them Are Old - Here Come the Warm Jets
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands! - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (For Matt in Irvine, CA)

Jonathan Richman - That Summer Feeling - I, Johnathan
(*) The Drums - Let's Go Surfing - The Drums
(*) Wavves - King of the Beach - King of the Beach

The Wedding Present - My Favourite Dress - George Best Plus
Fang Island - Daisy - Fang Island
Wolf Parade - Grounds for Divorce - Apologies to the Queen Mary
(*) Casiokids - En Vill Hest - Topp stemning på lokal bar

(*) The Books - The Story of Hip Hop - The Way Out
Prefuse 73 - Point to B - Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives
(*) Holy Fuck - Silva & Grimes - Latin
(*) Mahjongg - Gooble - The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger

(*) Mi Ami - Latin Lover - Steal Your Face
Jónsi - Go Do - Go
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Rent a Wreck - #3
The 6ths - San Diego Zoo - Wasps' Nests

(*) Active Child - When Your Love Is Safe - Curtis Lane EP

Monday, July 19, 2010

About 8%

Mahjongg At UC Irvine from Jason Oppliger on Vimeo.

If you missed the Mahjongg show last week, watch this video, compare your lives to mine, and then kill yourselves.

Iceland's chief exports

Jónsi - Go Do from Jónsi on Vimeo.

What the heck does Jónsi/Sigur Rós know that allows them to pack so much joy and hope into all their music, and where can I sign up to learn those things?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Playlist for 7-15-10

Happy friday, folks,

Whatcha doin' this weekend? Totally sweet pool party? Hot date? Road trip? Seeing "Predators" with your roommate so you can be somewhere with air conditioning for two fucking hours? I'm an "option D" kind of guy. See you there.

Things that Are Square 7-15-10

(*) = New release

Low - Lord, Can You Hear Me? - A Lifetime of Temporary Relief

Panda Bear - Take Pills - Person Pitch
Yume Bitsu - Untitled Seven - The Golden Vessyl of Sound
The Gregory Brothers - Double Rainbow Song - Youtube (For Erin in Huntington Beach, CA)

(*) Casiokids - Finn Bikkjen! - Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar
(*) Mahjongg - LA Beat - The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger
(*) Captain Ahab - Kill Me - The End of Irony
(*) Tobacco - Stretch Your Face - Maniac Meat

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Toby, Take a Bow - Twinkle Echo
(*) The Drums - Book of Stories - The Drums
(*) Tender Trap - 2 to the N - Dansette Dansette

The Books - An Animated Description of Mr. Maps - Lost and Safe
Kid Koala - Lunch with Pavlov - Your Mom's Favorite DJ (For Nat in Irvine, CA)
TV on the Radio - Halfway Home - Dear Science
The Jesus and Mary Chain - My Little Underground - Psychocandy

Mike Birbiglia - Charity Golf - My Secret Public Journal
(*) Bare Wires - If It's Over - Seeking Love
The Replacements - Hold My Life - Tim

Simon Joyner - Burn Rubber - Beautiful Losers
The Mountain Goats - Cubs in Five - Nine Black Poppies
Wooden Wand And The Sky High Band - Hot Death - Second Attention
The Diskettes - Art - The Diskettes

Big Black - The Power of Independent Trucking - Songs About Fucking
Double Dagger - Imitation Is the Most Boring Form of Flattery - Masks

Built to Spill & Caustic Resin - When Not Being Stupid Is Not Enough - Built to Spill/Caustin Resin

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I heard that God wrote a song called "Prayer to Steve Albini"

Some days, you just kind of put off signals that you want people to stay the fuck out of your office, you know?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

This is how we do it

This is the best song of 2010. That's just how that is. No big deal. Just the pinnacle of this year's songwriting.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Playlist for 7-8-10

Happy friday, folks,

The day is off to a rad start. Just watching disc two of the Criterion "Monterey Pop Festival" DVD, with Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding's extended scenes. God damn. All music should be this passionate. But I guess they're legends for a reason.

Anyway. The show from last night:

Things that Are Square 7-8-10

(*) = New release

Beulah - Me and Jesus Don't Talk Anymore - Yoko

OOIOO - On Mani - Kila Kila Kila (For Sam in Irvine, CA)
(*) Mark Sultan - Misery's Upon Us - $
Reigning Sound - Stormy Weather - Time Bomb High School
Thee Oh Sees - Meat Step Lively - Help

(*) Tender Trap - Do You Want a Boyfriend? - Dansette Dansette
Bunnygrunt - Superstar 666 - Action Pants!
Dear Nora - Second Hand - Three States: Rarities 1997-2007
(*) The Wave Pictures - I Love You Like a Madman - Instant CoffeeBaby/If You Leave It Alone

(*) Casiokids - Grønt Lys I Alle Ledd - Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar
El Guincho - Palmitos Park - Alegranza
Ponytail - Die Allman Brüder - Ice Cream Spiritual
The Mae Shi - Run to Your Grave - Hlllyh

(*) Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Revolution's a Lie - Before Today
Mission of Burma - That's When I Reach for My Revolver - Signals,Calls, and Marches
Television - Friction - Marquee Moon
Stephen Malkmus - Freeze the Saints - Face the Truth

Weed Diamond - Mint in My Mouth - Carry On
Television Personalities - The Glittering Prizes - ...And Don't theKids Just Love It
Mirah - Light the Match - Advisory Committee
(*) May McDonough - Mamma Drain the Bathtub - Spilt Milk

Songs: Ohia - Lioness - The Lioness
The Extra Glenns - The River Song - Martial Arts Weekend
Silver Jews - Random Rules - American Water
Daniel Johnston - Speeding Motorcycle - Yip/Jump Music

Wipers - Romeo - Over the Edge
Suicide - Ghost Rider - Suicide
Black Dice - Gore - Load Blown

mclusky - To Hell with Good Intentions - mclusky Do Dallas

Thursday, July 8, 2010

It's pretty much like that

a) Thee Oh Sees shows are absolute madness, and I think this video captures that.
b) Acrobatics Everyday/Life's Blood Sam totally looks like he's jerking off at the 1:21 mark. And that dude LOVES Thee Oh Sees, so it's entirely possible.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Mixed tape: Birthday year

This month's mix theme was "music released the year you were born." Hope you enjoy it.

Download it here

1. Rush - Tom Sawyer ["Moving Pictures"]
2. The Clash - This Is Radio Clash ["This Is Radio Clash/Radio Clash" single]
3. The Specials - Ghost Town ["Ghost Town/Why?/Friday Night, Saturday Morning" single]
4. New Order - Ceremony ["Ceremony/In a Lonely Place" single]
5. Brian Eno & David Byrne - Mea Culpa ["My Life in the Bush of Ghosts"]
6. Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love ["Tom Tom Club"]
7. Kraftwerk - Pocket Calculator ["Computer World"]
8. Devo - Through Being Cool ["Through Being Cool/Going Under" single]
9. Black Flag - Rise Above ["Damaged"]
10. Minor Threat - I Don't Wanna Hear It ["Minor Threat" EP]
11. Wipers - Youth of America ["Youth of America"]
12. Dead Kennedys - Too Drunk to Fuck ["Too Drunk to Fuck/The Prey" single]
13. The Gun Club - Sex Beat ["Fire of Love"]
14. The Cramps - The Crusher ["Psychedelic Jungle"]
15. Orange Juice - Intuition Told Me (Part Two) ["L.O.V.E... Love /Intuition Told Me (Part Two)" single]
16. Television Personalities - The Glittering Prizes ["And Don't the Kids Just Love It"]
17. Daniel Johnston - Grievances ["Songs of Pain"]
18. Prince - When You Were Mine ["Controversy/When You Were Mine" single]
19. Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure ["Under Pressure/Soul Brother" single]

Bonus!: The Rub - Hip-Hop History Volume 3: 1981

Friday, July 2, 2010

Wipers weekend

So, are you saying little-known punk bands from the early 80s don't have music videos for their songs? What the hell?

Anyway, I'm going through the Wipers box set of their first three albums, so expect a couple more posts about these dudes in the days to come.

Playlist for 7-1-10

In case I don't talk to you before then, Happy Fourth of July, folks,

I hope you have an excellent 3-day weekend full of fireworks (sanctioned or illegal), American beers, and grilled foods. And, if your idea of patriotism includes homoerotic dudes in speedos, there's always the Captain Ahab show at the Smell on the 3rd.

Stuff I played:

Things that Are Square 7-1-10

(*) = New release

(*) Captain Ahab - Kill Me - The End of Irony

(*) Casiokids - En Ville Hest - Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar
Tullycraft - The Neutron - Every Scene Needs a Center
Belle and Sebastian - The Boys Are Back in Town - The BBC Sessions
The Splinters - Sorry - Kick

Jens Lekman - A Sweet Summer's Night on Hammer Hill - Oh You're So Silent Jens
Stereolab - Tone Burst - Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements
The Late BP Helium - They Broke the Speed of Light - Amok
Pavement - Trigger Cut - Slanted & Enchanted

(*) May McDonough - Riverside - Spilt Milk
Tom Waits - Jockey Full of Bourbon - Rain Dogs
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Sure 'Nuff 'n Yes I Do - Safe As Milk
Chain and the Gang - Unpronounceable Name - Down with Liberty...Up with Chains!

(*) Dash Jacket - Till Dawn - Romance
Tera Melos - Hey Sandy - Idioms Vol. 1
Parts & Labor - The Gold We're Digging - Mapmaker
The Dismemberment Plan - Girl O'Clock - Emergency & I

Swell Maps - H.S. Art - A Trip to Marineville
Japanther - I Io - Master of Pigeons
Operation Ivy - Gonna Find You - Energy
Superchunk - Without Blinking - Foolish

Guided by Voices - Gold Star for Robot Boy - Bee Thousand
Rocketship - Kisses Are Promises - A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness
Shonen Knife - Catnip Dream - Rock Animals
Orange Juice - Blue Boy - The Glasgow School

Sunset Rubdown - The Taming of the Hands that Came Back to Life -Random Spirit Lover
Q and Not U - This Are Flashes - Different Damage

(*) Dragons Power Up! - House Fires - Brace for the Bloom

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I have only one burning desire

So....let's go.