Friday, September 28, 2012

Playlist for 9-27-12

Hey folks!

Happy Friday! I hope it's going better than mine (the alternator in my car is dead and now I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to get it to my mechanic/seeing how feasible it is to take trains/busses to work every day). But other than that! I'm ready to go to Koreatown tonight and get some rad food and then hit up some karaoke. My R. Kelly rendition is something to see.

Also I play music on a radio show!

Things that Are Square 9-27-12

(*) = New release

Kid Koala + P Love - Moon River - Unreleased

Odd Nosdam - Small Mr Man Pants - Burner
Kid Koala - Nerdball - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (For Nick in Irvine, CA)
Matmos - Spondee - A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure
Naomi Elizabeth - Call Me Maybe Featuring Someone Like You - Call Me
Maybe (For Michael in Los Angeles, CA)

(*) Can - Millionenspiel - The Lost Tapes
The Seatbelts - Tank! - Cowboy Bebop (For Brian in Los Angeles, CA)
Holy Fuck - Milkshake - LP
(*) Dan Deacon - True Thrush - America

Captain Ahab - Kill Me - The End of Irony
Charlie - Spacer Woman (Vocal) - Spacer Woman
(*) Religious Girls - Girlfriend - I Want to Believe

Spiritualized - Walking with Jesus - Royal Albert Hall October 10, 1997
Boredoms - Spiral - Vision Creation Newsun
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Crystal Rainbow
Pyramid - Crystal Rainbow Pyramid Under the Sun

Perfume Genius - Take Me Home - Put Your Back N 2 It
The Antlers - I Don't Want Love - Burst Apart
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Jump Into My Mouth and Breathe the Stardust
- Dandelion Gum (For Michael in Irvine, CA)
Fog - I, Baby - Live Performance Recording

(*) Thee Oh Sees - Will We Be Scared? - Putrifiers II EP

Monday, September 24, 2012

I have grown weary on my own

The most recent Perfume Genius album, Put Your Back N 2 It, is the most affecting, fragile collection of songs that I've heard in a good long while. The simple piano parts paired with Mike Hadreas's frail, emotional voice feels like the musical offspring of Antony and the Johnson's nakedly emotional, soul-stirring themes of weakness and Seven Swans-era Sufjan Stevens's passionate beauty. Except while Sufjan was writing about the capital-L-Lord, Hadreas is writing anthems to a prostitute's john. That feels uneven, until you hear the lyrics to this song and realize that both are looking for salvation of some type. Hadreas sings "Take me home/tend to me/baby, lay me down easy/for I have grown weary on my own." Compare that to the Bible's Psalm 40:13: "Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me." And like both Antony and Sufjan, Hadreas seems to be shooting for that secret, angelic chord that Leonard Cohen immortalized. A breed of beauty that can only exist in giving one's self fully to another, be it God or man.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Playlist for 9-20-12

Hey folks,

Kind of an odd show this week. Usually I just play what I've been listening to, but I've honestly just had "Cabin in the Woods" on repeat since it came out Tuesday. Maybe I should just play "Cabin in the Woods" on my radio show? People want to hear like...20 minutes of screaming, right?

Things that Are Square 9-20-12

(*) = New release

(*) David Byrne & St. Vincent - Ice Age - Love This Giant

Micachu - Golden Phone - Jewellery
tUnE-yArDs - You Yes You - whokill
(*) Dan Deacon - Crash Jam - America
(*) Religious Girls - Care Harder - I Want to Believe

DJ Shadow - Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain - Endtroducing...
Secret Mommy - Basketball - Very Rec
Do Make Say Think - In Mind - You, You're a History in Rust
(*) Swans - Mother of the World - The Seer

(*) Thee Oh Sees - Will We Be Scared? - Putrifiers II EP
Beat Happening - Left Behind - Dreamy
Clinic - Porno - Clinic (For Tyler in Tustin, CA)
(*) Ty Segall Band - Tell Me What's Inside Your Heart - Slaughterhouse

(*) King Khan & The Shrines - Welfare Bread - The Supreme Genius Of...
Ponytail - Die Allman Brüder - Ice Cream Spiritual
Giraffes? Giraffes! - I Am S/H(im)e[r] As You Am S/H(im)e[r] As You
Are Me And We Am I And I Are All Our Together: Our Collective
Consciousness’ Psychogenic Fugue - More Skin with Milk-Mouth
Butthole Surfers - Cherub - Psychic...Powerless...Another Man's Sac

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Ange Mécanique de
Saturne - Univers Zen ou de Zéro à Zéro

Mammatus - The Outer Rim - Mammatus

Friday, September 14, 2012

Playlist for 9-13-12

Hey folks,

Last night was a pretty good show. I played several songs. At least four or five songs were played. Then I talked on air. I said interesting things in a nice voice. Then I went and home and slept off a week of staying out too late at Swans and Moon Pearl shows and all is right with the world.

Things I played last night:

Things that Are Square 9-13-12

(*) = New release

Allo Darlin' - Neil Armstrong - Europe

The Lucksmiths - Camera-Shy - Naturaliste
Comet Gain - Don't Fall in Love If You Want to Die in Peace - Réalistes
The Vaselines - The Devil's Inside Me - Sex with an X
(*) Thee Oh Sees - Lupine Dominus - Putrifiers II

(*) Can - Millionenspiel - The Lost Tapes
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Universe of Romance - New Geocentric World of Acid Mothers Temple
EMA - Redstar - Past Life Martyred Saints
Yo La Tengo - Black Flowers - I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

(*) Swans - Avatar - The Seer
Akron/Family - Moment - Akron/Family & The Angels of Light
Grinderman - Heathen Child - Grinderman 2
(*) Slug Guts - Stranglin' You Too - Playin' in Time with the Deadbeat

Pop. 1280 - Hang 'em High - The Horror
Pere Ubu - Over My Head - The Modern Dance
James Chance & The Contortions - I Can't Stand Myself - Twist Your Soul
The Velvet Underground - Lady Godiva's Operation - White Light/White Heat (For Bronson in Irvine, CA)

Jay Reatard - Always Wanting More - Matador Singles '08
The Mae Shi - Lamb and Lion - Hlllyh
Math the Band - Why Didn't You Get a Haircut? - Don't Worry
(*) Dan Deacon - Guilford Avenue Bridge - America
Manitoba - I've Lived on a Dirt Road All My Life - Up in Flames

Mogwai - 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong - Rock Action

Sunday, September 2, 2012

It is a starless winternight's tale. It suits you well

Being involved in college radio to any meaningful degree, you're going to be aware of Einstürzende Neubauten. It's just one of those bands who, even if you haven't listened to them, have contributed enough to independent music that people are just....aware of them. Until recently, I also hadn't heard their music. The foreboding full of umlauts and Germanic "warmth" (which translates into "collapsing new buildings"), a legacy of performing using trash as instruments. It just seemed too dour and arty for my usual tastes. But one day, listening to Nick Cave "radio" on, the song "Sabrina" popped up and I was entranced. It occupied that Nick Cave-ian niche of dark and sexy. Some research informed me that Nick Cave's long-time guitarist Blixa Bargeld was one of the founding members of EN. I was sold. I picked up a copy of the "Silence Is Sexy" album that "Sabrina" was found on, and I have not regretted that decision one bit. Full of slithering bass lines and fascinating textures and hushed vocals. It's no Nick Cave, but what is?

Pick it up at the band's website or Amazon.