Posts Tagged ‘The Jesus and Mary Chain’

“You’ve Been a Friend”- Merry Christmas

December 16, 2009

The title of the post today is a Jesus and Mary Chain track off of Stoned and Dethroned.  I’ll finish off tonight’s set with it, and it goes out to KRUI (who I’ve seen transition through a couple of different stations), the DJ’s I’ve met there, and the music I’ve learned about from volunteering at “Iowa City’s Sound Alternative” for the past 6 years.  It’s my last show tonight at KRUI, and the majority of it will be the Christmas Show.  The last 30 minutes or so will be a couple of favorite tracks that express how I feel about leaving the station and Iowa City. Listen in at 89.7 fm KRUI or online here from 8 to 10pm.

Here’s an old picture of me in the station when I used to have a show from 12 to 2am on Wednesday nights:

The Christmas Show:
1. The Vandals, Oi to the World, Hang Myself from the Tree
2. Belle & Sebastian, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, O Come, O Come Emmanuel
3. Holly Golightly, Christmas Tree on Fire, Christmas Tree on Fire
4. Low, Christmas, Just Like Christmas
5. Tom Waits, Blue Valentine, Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis
(I still remember my old co-host Zach loving this track, also one of my favorites.)
6. Sufjan Stevens, Sufjan Stevens: Songs for Christmas, That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!
7. The Bird and the Bee, Carol of the Bells, Carol of the Bells (A great request!)
8. Michael Chang or possibly the Flaming Lips doing Plastic Jesus
(Yep my fiance did this and maybe I’ll play it, it’s a cover of an old folk song,  the flaming lips also covered it on Transmissions from the Satellite Heart).
(Taken by HeidiHehnly)
9. The Olivia Tremor Control, Presents: Singles and Beyond, Fireplace
10. Guided by Voices, Universal Truths and Cycles, Father Sgt. Christmas Card
11. The Fall, No HO HO, (We Wish You) a Protein Christmas
12. The Flaming Lips, Clouds Taste Metallic, Christmas at the Zoo
13. The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground, Jesus
14. Spent, Songs of Drinking and Rebellion, Santa Claus to the Rescue
15. My Bloody Valentine, Isn’t Anything, Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside)
16. AM, Holiday Happiness & Cheer-EP, Home for the Holidays
17. Teenage Fanclub, Songs from Northern Britain, Winter
18. The Paper Chase, Kill Rock Stars Winter Holiday Album, The War is Over
19. The Everyothers, Kill Rock Stars Winter Holiday Album, 1000 Miles (This went out to David and Sam at OurLifeInIthaca, I love them.)
20. Leadbelly, Important recordings, A Christmas Day
21. Pixies, Come on Pilgrim, The Holiday Song
22. Remy Zero, Remy Zero, Christmas
23. Superchunk, Here’s Where the Strings Come In, Silver Leaf and Snowy Tears
24. The Murder City Devils, Thelema, 364 Days
25. Sonic Youth, Sleighed-The Other Side of Christmas, Santa Doesn’t Cop Out on Dope. (This is my absolute all time favorite Christmas track, EVER!)
I think this was also feature on a Geffen Christmas album shown below:

My last tracks to Iowa City and KRUI:
1. Yo La Tengo’s Don’t Have to Be So Sad
2. Heatmiser’s See You Later
3. New Order’s Your Silent Face
4. The Thirteen Floor Elevators, You’re Gonna Miss Me
5. The Jesus & Mary Chain’s You’ve Been A Friend

What is the Light?

December 9, 2009

I forget how pop-wonderful The Flaming Lips can be. I’ve been pretty disappointed with them the past couple of years, but I’ve been slowly bringing out some of their older albums, e.g. The Soft Bulletin, which is where I pulled the title of my post from. “What is the Light?” is a true musical delight. When they released this album back in 1999, it was their 9th. NINTH. These guys were pounding out music. Their first full length Hear it Is is a pleasure to hang out with, I’m also a fan of Transmissions from the Satellite Heart which arguably features their most famous track “She don’t use Jelly.” It’s so famous you can even hear a sample of it on Wikipedia.

Moving on, my show is tonight from 8 to 10 pm listen in on KRUI 89.7 fm or online here. I don’t have many shows left, so listen in.

Here’s some of the set:

1. Smog, Knock Knock (1999), Lets Move to the Country
2. Peter Murphy, Wild Birds (1985-1995), Cuts You Up
3. Radio Birdman, Zeno Beach, Locked Up
4. Public Image Ltd., Public Image Ltd. (First Issue 1978), Home
5. The Jesus Lizard, Liar (1992), Slave Ship
6. The Ocean Blue, The Ocean Blue (1989), Between Something and Nothing
7. Unwound, New Plastic Ideas (1993), Entirely Different Matters
8. Shipping News, Flies the Fields (2005), Louven
9. Devo, Greatest Hits, Gut Feeling
(Off of the 1978 album Q: Are we not men? A: We are Devo!, possibly the best title ever.)
10. Dirty Looks, 12′ O’Clock High, Dissappearing
11. Elliott Smith, From A basement On The Hill (2004), A Fond Farewell
12. Bauhaus, Burning from the Inside (1983), King Volcano

13. Adolescents, Adolescents (1981), No Way
14. Boss Hog, Whiteout (2000), Whiteout
Yes I know everyone loves Christina Martinez. Here’s another photo of her, because well, she is DAMN hot (so is Jon Spencer who is also in this photo.)

15. Bob Mould, District Line (2008), The Silence Between Us
16. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Psychocandy (1985), Never Understand
17. Gang of Four, Entertainment (1979), He’d Send In the Army
18. Les Savy Fav, Go Forth (2001), Daily Dares
19. Thievery Corporation, The Cosmic Game (2005), Marching the Hate Machines (Into the Sun) (features the Flaming Lips and this was a request)

20. Tom Waits, Mule Variations (1999), Get Behind the Mule
21. Wire, A Bell Is A Cup Until It Is Struck (1988), Kidney Bingos
22. Echo & The Bunnymen, Echo & The Bunnymen (1987), Bedbugs and Ballyhoo

23. Catherine Wheel, Ferment (1992), Ferment
24. The Flaming Lips, The Soft Bulletin (1999), What Is the Light?
25. Guided By Voices, Mag Earwhig! (1997), Jane of the Walking Universe
26. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Good Son (1990), The Weeping Song
27. PJ Harvey & John Parish, A Woman A Man Walked By, Black Hearted Love
28. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Boatman’s Call (1997), Into my Arms
(A Request)

Another Week of My Favorites

December 2, 2009

I’ve got maybe two more regular shows left, including this one, and my Christmas show. Spend my last couple of Wednesday nights on KRUI 89.7 fm with me from 8 to 10 pm, you can also listen in online here.

1. Blondie, Blondie (1976), X Offender

I pulled this sweet image of Debbie Harry off of the Blog entitled “x” Another cool bit of info is that this photo was taken by Bob Gruen who’s exhibit at the MoMA I just got to experience. “x” does a really nice job describing the image, so I won’t go there, if you want to read about it check it out.
2. Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense (1984), Take Me To The River
3. Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures (1979), Disorder
4. Liz Phair, Whitechocolatespaceegg (1998), Polyester Bride
(I’m engaged, and I wouldn’t mind having a polyester dress.)
5. Lyres, 12 Classic 45s, I Want to Help You Ann
6. Mazzy Star, So Tonight That I Might See (1993), Fade Into You
(God I love this song, tell me its not beautiful?)
7. Mission of Burma, Vs. (1982), Trem Two
(Another definite favorite, it’s in my top 10 favorite songs for sure.)
8. New Order, Power Corruption and Lies (1983), Age of Consent

9. The Replacements, Let It Be (1984), Unsatisfied
10. Sonic Youth, Dirty (1992), Theresa’s Sound World

11. Superchunk, Incidental Music 1991-95, Night of Chill Blue
I might have to say this is my favorite Superchunk song.
12. Pixies, Doolittle (1989), Here Comes Your Man
This song just appeals to everyone, I bet even my parents would jam to it and they prefer to rock out to Elvis and Peter Paul and Mary.
13. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (1992), Chicken Walk
14. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Automatic (1989), Head On
(The Pixies do an awesome cover of this track)
15. Pavement, Terror Twilight (1999), Spit on a Stranger
You know what I heard? Pavement is going to be featured on GUITAR HERO! Yuck. Steve what are you doing? You know who else is going to be featured? Spoon. I don’t know why this shocks me and I can’t seem to figure out why it annoys me. If someone can articulate this better than me please do it. For now, I’m going to sit down and think about it.

16. XTC, English Settlement, Senses Working Overtime
17. INXS, The Best of INXS, Need You Tonight
The single came out around 1986.
18. The Psychedelic Furs, Talk Talk Talk (1981), Pretty in Pink

19. Tears for Fears, The Hurting (1983), Change
20. Billy Idol & Generation X, Billy Idol (1982), Dancing With Myself

21. The Swirlies, Cats of the Wild, Vol.2 (2003), Sleepytime
22. Polvo, Exploded Drawing (1996), Bridesmaid Blues
23. Enon, Believo, Cruel
24. The Jam, The Gift (1982), Town Called Malice
25. PJ Harvey, Uh Huh Her (2004), You Came Through
26. Slowdive, Souvlaki (1993), Souvlaki Space Station

Oh The Misfits, how I love you.

October 21, 2009

Halloween is coming up. Although I’m not doing a Halloween show tonight the season is making me in the mood for some Misfits. These guys rock in such an awesomely ghoulish way, who wouldn’t love hearing them on or near Halloween.

Listen in tonight from 8 to 10 pm on KRUI 89.7 fm or online here.

1. The Misfits, Collection (1986), London Dungeon
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2. The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides and Rarities (2008), Why’d You Want Me
(This is a box set encompassing tracks from their entire career.)
3. Mission of Burma, Vs. (Bonus Track on the Remastered album), Forget
Vs. originally came out in 1982
4. Dinosaur Jr., Where You Been? (1993), Start Choppin
These guys are TOURING, and they played last thursday at the Vic in Chicago. Here’s a quote from Miles Raymour I pulled off of The Chicago Reader. (I couldn’t Summarize Lou Barlow any better, even though I do love the Smiths.)

Morrissey may be popularly perceived as the King of Sadness Feelings, but his arch melodrama has always struck me as too closely related to handful-of-Tylenol “suicide attempt” drama queen-ism, which is just another way for somebody to say “Look at me!” Serious aficionados of feeling bad know that Lou Barlow is the true master of alt-rock miserablism. His 90s discography covers all the main flavors of depression, from the heartbroken “I could break down crying at any time” prettiness of Sebadoh’s “Soul and Fire” to the abject “I haven’t left the house or showered in a week” desolation of Sentridoh’s “Choke Chain,” and his frequent detours into hardcore bong-rip punk are a fair stand-in for manic jags. (Let’s not talk about the Folk Implosion.) On his new solo album, Goodnight Unknown (Merge), he sounds more settled and less self-tortured, more expansive and less dependent on minor keys—but he can still write a tuneful, melancholy pop song, and the hushed “I’m Thinking . . . ” is as dark as anything he’s done.

5. Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville (1993 on Matador records), 6’1″
6. Secret Shine, Untouched (1993), Sun Warmed Water
7. No Age, Eraser (A single off of Sub pop, released in 2008), Eraser
8. Jona Lewie, The Best of Jona Lewie (2002), The Baby She’s on the Street
(This track came out in 1978, and its just so much fun.)
9. Spizzenergi, Where’s Captain Kirk? the Very Best of Spizz (2002), Where’s Captain Kirk (the single came out in 1979)
10. Lene Lovich, Lucky Number: The Best of (2004), Say When
11. Depeche Mode, The Best of Depeche Mode, People are People (single came out in 1984)
(as you can tell from the last three albums I’m a sucker for best of albums.)
12. Elvis Costello, This Year’s Model (1978), Radio Radio
13. Siouxsie & The Banshees, Twice upon a Time- The Singles, Cities in Dust (single was released in 1985)
14. The Gun Club, Fire of Love (1981), Ghost on the Highway
This album is brilliant. When I first heard this I never heard anything like it. Allmusic has them sited as a “tribal psychobilly blues” band. Check them out.
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15. Radio Birdman, The Essential Radio Birdman (1974-1978), Aloha Steve and Danno
16. The Replacements, All Shook Down (1990), My Little Problem
17. Husker Du, New Day Rising (1985), Plans I Make
18. Polvo, In Prism (2009), D.C. Trails
19. Pixies, Come on Pilgrim (1987), The Holiday Song
20. The Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs (1999), I Can’t Touch You Anymore
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21. Mazzy Star, So Tonight That I Might See (1993), Blue Light
22. Modest Mouse, Good News for People Who Love Bad News (2004 and also nominated for a Grammy), The World at Large
23. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tender Prey (1988), The Mercy Seat (Johnny Cash covered this tune.)
24. Portishead, Dummy (1994), Roads
25. The Swell Maps, A Trip to Marineville (1979, and re-released in 1989), Vertical Slum
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26. Tom Waits, Bone Machine (1992, and won a Grammy that year), Goin’ Out West

I love you.

September 23, 2009

This show is all about love and sweet sounds. Why? Because, I’m in a sappy mood (due to the dream-boat/newly-acquired-fiance featured in the image below). Join me tonight on KRUI 89.7fm or online here.

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1. Yo La Tengo, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (1997), Autumn Sweater
2. The American Analog Set, The Golden Band (1999), I Must Soon Quit The Scene
3. Belle & Sebastian, The Boy With The Arab Strap (1998), It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career
4. Beck, Guero (2005), Girl
5. R.E.M., Reckoning (1984), Harborcoat
6. Air Formation, Air Formation (2000), It Falls Away
7. Black Tambourine, Complete Recordings (2002 off of Slumberland), Can’t Explain
8. Beat Happening, Crashing through (2002), Cast a Shadow
9. Jane’s Addiction, Up from the Catacombs: The Best of Jane’s Addiction, Classic Girl (Originally on Ritual de lo Habitual released in 1990)
10. Built to Spill, Time Trap Sampler (included live tracks between 1994-2006, promo only), Car (Live Album Version)
11. Tears for Fears, 20th Century Masters, Sowing the Seeds of Love (This song released in 1989, The song reached #5 in the UK, #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.)
12. Sugar, File Under: Easy Listening (1994), Your Favorite Thing
13. PJ Harvey, Dry (1992), Oh My Lover
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14. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Stoned & Dethroned (1994), Never Saw It Coming
15. TV On the Radio, Dear Science (2008), Love Dog
16. Sebadoh, Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock (Sebadoh’s Sub Pop Debut released in 1992), Brand New Love
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17. The Kinks, Kwyet Kinks, A Well Respected Man (Song was released in 1965)
18. Lou Reed, The Bells (1979), Looking for Love
19. Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Girl From the North Country (Request for David, Sam, and their little one on the way.)
20. Pavement, Wowee Zowee (1994), We Dance
21. The Tell-Tale Hearts, A Matter of Time: The Best of Ray Brandes, It’s Just a Matter of Time
22. Lyres, 12 Classic 45s, I Really Want You Right Now
23. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (1992), Feeling of Love
24. Mercury Rev, Deserter’s Songs (1998), Opus 40
25. Nouvelle Vague, Nouvelle Vague, Love Will Tear Us Apart
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26. Lou Barlow, Goodnight Unknown, Take Advantage (Justin from Standing on the Verge brought this soon to be released track in, and it was GREAT!)
27. Ugly Casanova, Sharpen Your Teeth (2002), Hotcha Girls
28. The Moldy Peaches, The Moldy Peaches (2001), Anyone Else But You

Sub Pop

March 23, 2009

This week I’m going to be featuring the record label, Sub Pop. Sub Pop was founded in Seattle, Washington in the mid 80s and rose to fame with bands like Nirvana and Mudhoney. They have also received recent commercial success with bands like the Postal Service and the Shins.

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Listen in this Wednesday from 8 to 10 pm on KRUI 89.7 fm.

1. Nirvana’s Bleach (one of their biggest grossers)
2. Postal Service (Ben Gibbard of Death Cab’s side project, The District Sleeps Tonight may have sold more records than Bleach)
3. Mudhoney’s Superfuzz Bigmuff
4. Sunny Day Real estate’s S/T
5. The Afghan Wigs Congregation
6. Sebadoh, Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock
7. Sleater-Kinney’s The Woods (These hot hot girls were mostly with Kill Rock Stars, but their last full length the woods was on Sub Pop.)

8. Seaweed’s Four
9. The Murder City Devil’s Thelema
10. The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Munki
11. The Thermals, More Parts per Million
12. Ugly Casanova’s Sharpen Your Teeth (This is an awesome album, with a weird story. Supposedly, a mentally unstable character named Edgar Graham (who called himself Ugly Casanova) followed Modest Mouse around on tour, recorded songs, sent out the songs to some labels and then mysteriously disappeared. Issac Brock then recorded the songs and Sub Pop released it. Weird.)

13. Low’s The Great Destroyer (this music video is a little weird, but the song is cool.)

14. The Shins Oh, Inverted World
15. Damien Jurado’s Rehersals for Departure
(This is a beautiful singer songwriter, just beautiful)

16. The Vaselines, The way of the vaselines
(A re release of the vaselines awesome tracks, thank you Sub Pop.)
17. Fastbacks’s Zucker
18. Eric’s Trip’s Love Tara
19. Velocity Girl’s Simpatico
20. The Spinanes’s Strand
21. Kinski’s Down Below its Chaos
22. Scratch Acid’s track Greatest Gift (was released on a Sub Pop compilation “Sub Pop 100” in 1986.)
23. Sonic Youth’s track Kill yr Idols (it was featured on Sub Pop 100.)

The Shoegaze Show

February 3, 2009

The essence of Radio Loveless.

This week I’m honoring My Bloody Valentine, and the name of my radio show and blog by featuring Shoegaze. My old cohost and I decided to name our 80s and 90s show Radio Loveless because of our deep love for My Bloody Valentine’s 2nd studio release “Loveless”. Everything about this album is awesome, from the beautiful cover art to the haunting yet sexy tracks within. The album was released back in 1991, 2 years after their debut “Isn’t Anything”. We’ve done Shoegaze shows before, but since this is most likely my last semester here at KRUI I’m going to do it once more.

Here’s a photo of My Bloody Valentine:
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So what is Shoegaze? Sort of a weird genre name that condenses music that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 80s. The shoegazing sound featured lots of guitar effects, indistinguishable (yet hot) vocals, and creative noise. The bands that started it all were so cool that it’s hard for me not to play their albums on repeat throughout the day. Early Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine are the main ones that I always think of, but there are other predecessors and followers that also toy with this style such as the Velvet Underground (like their track Heroin), Sonic Youth, Spacemen 3, Catherine Wheel, Spiritualized, and Yo la Tengo.

Here’s my set below for this Wednesday, listen in. As always you can listen on line from 8 to 10 pm.

1. My Bloody Valentine, When You Sleep
2. Cocteau Twins, When Mama was Moth
3. Chapterhouse, In my Arms
4. Ride, Seagull
5. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Something’s Wrong
6. A Shoreline Dream, New York
7. Yo La Tengo, Blue Line Swinger
8. Lush, Desire Lines
9. Spiritualized, Feel so Sad
10. Air Formation, All is Fine
11. Black Tamborine, Throw Aggi off the Bridge
12. Slowdive, Machine Gun
13. Catherine Wheel, Black Metallic
14. Asobi Seksu, Red Sea
15. The Boo Radleys, Does this hurt?
16. The Dandy Warhols, Nietzche
17. Bailter Space, Begin
18. The Nightblooms, Panicle
19. Sonic Youth, Theresa’s Sound World
20. The Verve, Already there
21. The Swirlies, Bell
22. Readymade, no longer ortona
23. Dinosaur Jr. , Little Fury Things
24. Mojave 3, Mercy
25. Spacemen 3, Just to see you smile
26. Swervedriver, Sci Flyer
27. A. R. Kane, Supervixens
28. The Velvet Underground, Heroin