Friday, August 19, 2011

Playlist for 8-18-11


Great show yesterday! And I didn't go to work today and I'm going to Disneyland tonight! It's just a non-stop awesome train over here on Team TtAS. Are you doing anything rad this weekend? I'll bet you are. You seem like a sexy young go-getter who knows how to have a good time. Be safe, kids.

But don't forget all the sweet jams we enjoyed together:

Things that Are Square 8-18-11

(*) = New release

Allo Darlin' - Dear Stephen Hawking - Henry Rollins Don't Dance

Ballboy - Sex Is Boring - Club Anthems
Half Japanese - 1,000,000 Kisses - Greatest Hits
Shonen Knife - Johnny Johnny Johnny - Rock Animals
Yeasayer - O.N.E. - Odd Blood (For Alexi in San Diego, CA)

(*) Stephin Merritt - Take Ectasy with Me - Obscurities
Caribou - Found Out - Swim (For John in Irvine, CA)
High Places - The Storm - High Places
(*) Pregnant - There's a River - Tradition

(*) John Maus - Cop Killer - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Killers - Vs. Children
Nana Grizol - Motion in the Ocean - Love It Love It
Defiance, Ohio - Condition 11:11 - The Great Depression

Herman Düne - This Will Never Happen - Not On Top
FOG - Cockeyed Cookie Pusher - Hummer
The Microphones - The Glow - It Was Hot, We Stayed In the Water

(*) Efrim Manuel Menuck - I Am No Longer a Motherless Child - Plays
"High Gospel"
White Rainbow - Gilded Golden Ladies - Zome
Matmos - Y.T.T.E. - The Civil War

(*) Mister Heavenly - Hold My Hand - Out of Love
King Khan & The Shrines - Shivers Down My Spine - The Supreme Genius Of...
The Modern Lovers - Someone I Care About - The Modern Lovers
(*) Male Bonding - Tame the Sun - Endless Now

(*) Archers of Loaf - Web in Front - Icky Mettle: Deluxe Edition
Minutemen - This Ain't No Picnic - Double Nickles on the Dime
The Splinters - Cool - Kick

(*) The War on Drugs - Baby Missiles - Slave Ambient

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Part 5 of 26

Here's the latest in my little "ukulele cover for every letter of the alphabet" series. I flubbed a lyric in the third voice, but I left it in because I'd hate for you to confuse this with know....good.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

There's beauty in this world...

Efrim Manuel Menuck, the dude behind such great bands as Godspeed You! Black Emperor and A Silver Mt. Zion recently put out a solo album called "Plays 'High Gospel'." The Godspeed stuff is, as I'm sure you're aware, heavily informed by a passionate political activism. Very dark and gloomy and intense. And when the Silver Mt Zion project started, it felt in a similar vein, though the focus was now on personal emotions instead of political ire. And over the years, ASMZ added vocals and became this melancholic/hopeful choir of emotion. The image in my head while listening to many of their albums was a slow, romantic kiss with a loved one as the world ends outside your bedroom window.

Now, as Godspeed reunited and toured, Mr. Menuck put out a solo album that's further down the path of "personal music," perhaps to combat Godspeed's global outlook. Songs about finding beauty in life and mournful songs about the death of a friend. Long, ambient passages alternate between tracks with lyrics like "Look at my boy. Look at him smile. I am no longer a motherless child." Sad beauty has always ranked high as my favorite kind of beauty. But that explains a lot, to me, I suppose.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Playlist for 8-11-11

Hey folks,

Good show yesterday. Good all around hustle from everyone involved. Keep it up, team, and we may just make the playoffs after all.

Here's what we played.

Things that Are Square 8-11-11

(*) = New release

Suicide - Rocket USA - Suicide

Vitamins - No Notion of Anything Only Whatever Is What - No Notion of Anything Only Whatever Is What
Can - Sing Swan Song - Ege Bamyasi
The Soft Pink Truth - Real Shocks - Do You Want New Wave or Do You
Want the Soft Pink Truth?
(*) John Maus - Hey Moon - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

(*) 13 & God - Armored Scarves - Own Your Ghost
Schneider TM - The Light 3000 - 6 Peace EP
Asa-Chang & Junray - Kutsu #3 - Tsu Gi Ne Pu

The Juan MacLean - The Simple Life - The Future Will Come
Mahjongg - Gooble - The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger
Casiokids - Finn Bikkjen! - Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar

(*) Mister Heavenly - Pineapple Girl - Out of Love
When I Was 12 - Explicit Content - Dear Eskimo
Tullycraft - Superboy & Supergirl - The Singles
Standard Fare - Love Doesn't Just Stop - The Noyelle Beat (For Mat in
Foothill Ranch, CA)

(*) NODZZZ - True to Life - Innings
Talulah Gosh - Be Your Baby - Backwash
The Raincoats - Black and White - The Raincoats
Glass Widow - Shadow - Past Time

Sabertooth Cavity - Y Lis/Nommo/Con Safo - En Lak Ech
Sonic Youth - Mary-Christ - Goo
(*) Jeff The Brotherhood - Shredder - We Are the Champions
(*) Yellow Ostrich - Whale - The Mistress
The Mummies - The House on the Hill - Death by Unga Bunga!!

(*) Watercolor Paintings - Persian Radio - These Arms
Daniel Johnston - Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grievances - Yip/Jump Music

Saturday, August 6, 2011

I don't always listen to songs with names like "Bloodhail"

But when I do, they're moody, atmospheric, shoegaze jams like this one by Have a Nice Life.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Playlist for 8-4-11

Howdy folks,

Thanks to everyone who tuned in last night. I think we all had a good time and learned a lot about each other...and ourselves. Memories were made, friendships treasured, obstacles overcame. If you didn't listen, there's no way to recreate the bonding experience, but you CAN see the music we listened to:

Things that Are Square 8-4-11

(*) = New release

Television - Venus - Marquee Moon

Built to Spill & Caustic Resin - When Not Being Stupid Is Not Enough - Built to Spill Caustic Resin
(*) Woods - Out of the Eye - Sun and Shade

(*) NODZZZ - Always Make Your Bed - Innings
Japanther - Summer of 79 - Skuffed Up My Huffy
Pink & Brown - Puddles of Acid Part 1 & 2 - Shame Fantasy II
(*) Shannon and the Clams - You Will Always Bring Me Flowers - Sleep Talk

(*) Thee Oh Sees - AA Warm Breeze - Castlemania
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Zig Zag Wanderer - Safe As Milk
Fugazi - Public Witness Program - In on the Kill Taker
(*) Jeff The Brotherhood - Shredder - We Are the Champions

(*) John Maus - Believer - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Lullatone - Floating Away - ...Plays Pajama Party Pop
(*) Moonface - Fast Peter - Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped

(*) 13 & God - Old Age - Own Your Ghost
(*) Tig Notaro - Names/Family Tree/Can You Believe It/Baby Shower - Good One
Peter and the Wolf - Safe Travels - Lightness

Arab Strap - Girls of Summer - Mad for Sadness
The Angels of Light - Evangeline - How I Loved You
Red House Painters - Mistress - Red House Painters

Four Tet - Sing - There Is Love In You

If you want to get in on this party, Things that Are Square is on every Thursday 6-8pm PST on KUCI 88.9fm in Irvine, CA, and worldwide live on the internet at KUCI.ORG, the college radio presets of iTunes, and the RadioFlag iPhone app.