Posts Tagged ‘Cat Power’

Wonderwall

February 12, 2010


I really like the photo montage this photographer put together to go with this song Wonderwall (an Oasis cover) by Cat Power’s Chan Marshall, well done.

Favorite tracks of the decade

December 27, 2009

Well, I started DJing around 2000 and now its approaching 2010. I thought I should do some of my favorite tracks of the decade. I’m sure this will be an ongoing post that I keep coming back to when I forget about a jem here and there. Also, a lot of my tracks are going to overlap with Rolling Stone and Pitchfork‘s favorites. I don’t mean to step on anyone’s toes, a great track is a great track. Unlike Pitchfork and Roling Stone, I’m going to be different and leave out OutKast from my list and also LCD soundsystem. Not that I don’t think their good, I do actually prefer to listen to OutKast when I’ve had five to many beers, but they just aren’t my favorite. So here we go, I’m going to list these in numerical order (that however does not mean that #1 is my favorite and so on, I’ve never been good at ranking and I’m not going to start trying to do it now.)

1. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Fever to Tell (2003), Maps
The New York Times chose this as album of the year, it was nominated for a grammy, and is on Spin’s 100 greatest albums between 1985 and 1995. I bought it for the hearfelt track “Maps”. It’s a brilliant love song, and I’ll even go out on a limb and say its the best of the decade.
2. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009), My Girls
This is Animal Collective’s 8th album, check these guys out.
3. M.I.A., Kala (2007), Paper Planes

4. David Byrne & Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008), Strange Overtones
I dare you not to dance:

5. Sufjan Stevens, Illinois (2005), Chicago
6. TV on the Radio, Desperate Youths Blood Thirsty Babes (2004), Staring at the Sun
7. The Arcade Fire, Funeral (2004), Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
8. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002), Reservations
In my humble opinion, this is Wilco’s best album.
9. Modest Mouse, Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004), Float On
10. Spoon, Kill the Moonlight (2002), The Way We Get By
I couldn’t stop playing both the Modest Mouse’s Float On and Spoon’s The Way we Get By for a very long time.

11. Portishead, Third (2008), The Rip
Thank God this beautiful woman brought us another album.
12. Beck, Sea Change (2002), Lost Cause
13. Fugazi, The Argument (2001), Cashout
14. Yo La Tengo, And Then Nothing Turns Itself Inside-Out (2000), Our Way to Fall
15. Cat Power, You Are Free (2003), I Don’t Blame You
16. Radiohead, Kid A (2000), Optimistic
17. Elliot Smith, Figure 8 (2000), Easy Way Out

18. Pinback, Blue Screen Life (2001), Penelope
19. Blonde Redhead, Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons (2000), In Particular
20. PJ Harvey, Stories from the City- Stories from the Sea (2000), A Place Called Home
21. Death Cab For Cutie, You Can Play these Songs With Chords, Pictures in an Exhibition
This band  (along with Bright Eyes) took College Radio by storm.

22. American Analog Set, Know by Heart (2001), The Postman

What are some of your favorite tracks over the past 10 years?

My personal soundtrack…

November 18, 2009

Well Iowa city, I have about three Radioloveless shows left before I leave the KRUI airways for good. Two shows will consist of my favorite tracks to hear, thus the title of my post. If you listen to the show, I’m sure you’ve heard most of them. Either way, the next two shows will be filled with my favorites. The last show will be my Christmas show, which is always a fun show to do.

I’ll be moving back east next year, after living and DJing in Iowa city for the past 6. I love it here, and I love KRUI even more. Listen in at 89.7 fm or online here. Here’s the show

1. R.E.M.’s Fables of Reconstruction (1985), Driver 8
2. Sebadoh, Bakesale (1994, oh and the naked baby on the cover is Lou Barlow), Skull
(It’s my favorite track from Sebadoh along with lots of other kids my age, thank you Lou for bringing this into my life.)

3. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Pig Lib (2003), Vanessa from Queens
(Steve defines cool, even if I can’t figure out what he’s singing about)
4. Teenage Fanclub, Bandwagonesque (1991), Star Sign
(This just sounds like the 90s to me, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and little.)
5. The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground, Pale Blue Eyes
(Uhm, who doesn’t like this song?)
6. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002), I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
This is my favorite Wilco album, I keep coming back.
7. Wire, Pink Flag (1977), 1 2 X U
8. Yo La Tengo, President Yo La Tengo (1989), Barnaby Hardly Working
9. Catherine Wheel, Ferment (1992), Black Metallic
10. Black Tambourine, Complete Recordings, Pack You Up
This track is so short and cool, it just makes me want to go out and be their groupie if they were still around.
11. The Dandy Warhols, Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (1999), Sleep
I can’t help it, I love this album.
12. Big Star, #1 Record (1972), Thirteen
Rolling stone said it was “one of the most beautiful songs about Adolescence.”
13. The Breeders, Pod (1990), When I was a Painter
14. Pavement, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain (1994), Silence Kit (awesome request for Sutcliffe Catering Song but was having issues with my CD.)
15. Built to Spill, Perfect From Now On (1997), I would Hurt a Fly
16. Cat Power, What would the Community Think (1996), Bathysphere
17. The Church, Starfish (1988), Under the Milky Way
18. Cocteau Twins, Head Over Heels (1983), When Mama was a Moth

19. My Bloody Valentine, Loveless (1991), When you Sleep
Pitchfork quoted Loveless as the best album of the 90’s, I might have to agree.
20. The Clash, The Clash (1977), Janie Jones
21. Sleater-Kinney, One Beat (2002), Combat Rock
22. Depeche Mode, Violator (1990), Blue Dress
23. The Cure, Seventeen Seconds (1980), A Forest
24. Archers of Loaf, White Trash Heroes (1998), Dead Red Eyes
25. Guided By Voices, Alien Lanes (1995), My Valuable Hunting Knife
26. Meat Puppets, Meat Puppets II (1984), New Gods

Goodreads is pretty neat…

August 18, 2009

I’ve been trying to read. I know, its a shocker. Usually when I read, I read juicy novels with complex stories, lots of drama, and of course SEX. I also like fantasy novels that take me into a world that could never “really” exist, but I like to believe that in some parallel universe might. You know, like there really is a Hogwarts that I could go to or send my kids to.
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Now I’m trying to step away from my more imaginative book choices and pick some more music based educational books. I have two on my Goodreads “Music Book” shelf. I’ve included the link below:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2493554-heidi-hehnly?shelf=music-books
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So if anyone knows of a great tale about music please let me know, so I can add it to my list of things I should read. As you can see from the image above, my list is short. But first on it is the book “It came from Memphis” in honor of Jim Dickinson’s passing away 3 days ago. He played piano for the Stone’s “Wild Horses” (which Gram Parsons also recorded), was a record producer, and fronted the Memphis based band, Snake Eyes (among many other things).

There is no Radio Loveless this week on KRUI 89.7fm, however next week I’m back on Wednesday 8 till 10 pm. Listen in.

Cat Power and Kurt Cobain?

May 31, 2009

I found Cat Power’s “I don’t blame you” set to Nirvana clips or a video (can’t figure out which) today on you tube. It has a real eerie feeling to it. The editor of the video says that Chan wrote this based on Kurt, I don’t know if this is the case but it is about a rock star ruined by fame. “I don’t blame you” is on her 2003 ablum You Are Free.

The lyrics to “I don’t blame you” could also apply here…

“When we were teenagers we wanted to be the sky”

February 25, 2009

This past week has taken its toll on me. My time to graduation is rolling closer and closer, and it seems like there is more and more to do. That is why this weeks show is going to be a hodgepodge of music that I haven’t gotten to over the last couple of weeks, and a mix of CDs that I grabbed from home. There will be no theme tonight. However, since there is no theme its a great night to request some alternative tracks from the 80s and 90s.

On a side note, the title of the post is from a track that I was listening to on the way to work this morning. Recently, several people that I have known peripherally either growing up, or from work that are the same age as me have passed away. When I heard these words sung by Cat Power off her track “Colors and the kids” it made me tear up out of no where. I think this lyric applies to most teenagers, and the saddest thing about young adults dying is that they never have the chance that Chan Marshal sings of. It’s a beautiful song, with probably an entirely separate meaning, but for me it was very poignant on this ordinary Wednesday morning.

I’ve included the updated playlist.

As always listen in to KRUI 89.7 FM tonight from 8pm till 10pm, the only station that matters.

1. Simple Minds, Changeling
(Another one I didn’t get to do due to a scratched CD)
2. Depeche Mode, Policy of Truth
3. Superchunk, Animated Airplanes over Germany
4. Frank Zappa, My Guitar Wants to Kill your Mama
(Frank Zappa went out by request, and what a request…)
5.Tears Run Rings, Waiting for the End
(Wanted to play this on the Shoegaze show)
6. Ride, Here and Now
(Shoegaze again)
7. Talking Heads, Slippery People
(Wanted to play this for the Caffeinated Sound show)
8. The Clash, Rock the Casbah
(What a great request again from David in Ithaca NY.)
9. Pixies, Head On
10. Heatmiser, Rest my Head against the wall
11. Galaxy 500, Ceremony
12. The Smiths, The boy with the thorn in his side
13. The Cure, Lovecats
(12 and 13 were two other splendid requests)
14. Guided Voices, Motor Away
15. The Kinks, You really Got me
(Another great request for their Live version.)
16. Pavement, Unfair
17. Mission of Burma, Fame and Fortune
18. The Replacements, Unsatisfied
19. The Breeders, Invisible Man

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20. Catherine Wheel, Shallow
21. The Nightblooms, Panicle
(Was supposed to go in the Shoegaze Show)
22. Bailter Space, Begin
(Shoegaze again)
23. Tears for Fears, Pale Shelter (The Long Version)
24. Seam, Intifada Driving School
(A great request)
25. Echo & the Bunnymen, Turquoise Days
26. Thurston Moore, Silver>Blue
(This is a beautiful track)

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I’d have a beer with…

February 21, 2009

Chan Marshall

I love the albums “what would the community think” (1996) and “moon pix” (1998) by Chan Marshall’s Cat Power. At the time, she stood alone. She was novel, her voice was pure, and her lyrics piercing. I’ve included a video off of her album “moon pix”, the track is amazing. She still is recording lots, but its not as mysterious as it was back in the late 90s. I still love her music now, but if I had to choose which album of hers I would have if I was stranded on an island, it would be “what would the community think”.

Mixed Tapes, they will always be cool.

January 25, 2009

My first post today is talking about the art of a mixed tape. This is my favorite gift to get from my friends. First, I don’t have to secretly peruse their music collection to figure out what I need to get them for Christmas. Second, it’s interesting to hear what they think I will enjoy. So, since I love receiving a perfect mixed tape, my favorite gift to give is a mixed tape.

Recently I made a “mixed tape” for a friend’s birthday. When I was a kid, making a mixed tape was difficult, but now a mixed tape is really a cd that can easily be made on itunes or some other sort of program.  The “old” mixed tapes had to be made from records (which I would grab from my parents collection), CDs (which I could never afford), or if you were really poor like me, you had to catch your favorite songs on the radio and hit record. However, times have changed itunes has come into my life along with a small income.  I can spend all my free money on cds, mp3’s and records, and make many mixed CDs for all of my friends if they want one or not.

Here is the HeidiHehnly-Gift-CD that I recently gave to my IC friend:screen-capture1

Reasons for tracks:
1. Everyone wants to be naked.
2. This is one of my all time favorite tracks
3. What a sweet track title? The friend is pretty witty, so I thought she might like this.
4. This band is awesome live.
5. Who doesn’t like Bob Mould?
6. This is the Breeders new album. They are “too cool for school”, just like the friend I gave the CD to.
7. She needs a new Car.
8. She’s going to move away soon for a real job, makes me sad.
9. This song was awesome in Donnie Darko.
10. Elliott Smith couldn’t have written a prettier song. It is lovely.
11. Holiday = Birthday
12. I think she secretly wants to be a Scientist.
13. She likes tracks that tell a story, and I want to have Lou Reed’s child.
14. I just like the song.
15. I like that Nick Cave is singing a love song.
16. She’s an ex-hair model.
17. This song united hipsters everywhere.
18. This is how I feel when people refuse to hang out with me.
19. An all time favorite band of mine. I like to force their music on people.
20. Who wouldn’t want to be a sunbeam?