Monday, August 29, 2005

you're a miracle, like madeline meech consoling moaning stallions on the beach

It took a while, but I finally got the whole show up. Listen to the beginning of Part 2. I think it's the greatest moment I've ever had in my entire broadcasting career.

Part 1
Part 2

I have another Scruggscorp for you, too. I'll try and have that up here before too long.

playlist for august 29, 2005

The Blow "Pile Of Gold" PDX POP NOW!
New Grenada "Pyramid Gym" More Nature
Marbles "Out Of Zone" Expo
Pony Up! "Shut Up and Kiss Me" Pony Up!
Kidz Bop Kids "Float On" Kidz Bop Vol. 7
Jens Lekman "You Are the Light" When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog
Acid House Kings "This Heart Is a Stone" Sing Along With Acid House Kings
Red Pony Clock "Love and Understanding" Tunes From Terrace Towers
Calvin Johnson & Mark Pickerel "Sand" Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood
eric Metronome "tonight, you belong to me" Lime Green
Of Montreal "Let's Do Everything For the First Time Forever" Coquelicot Asleep In the Poppies
Magnetic Fields "The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side" 69 Love Songs Vol. 1
Jale "All Ready" So Wound
Men In Fur "The Tiger Song" Men In Fur
The Smittens "The Garden" A Little Revolution
Weird War "Girls Like That" Illuminated By the Light
crayon "knee-high susan" brick factory
California Oranges "Racing Here" Souvenirs
Brian Jonestown Massacre "Seer" We Are the Radio
Cheese On Bread "biological romance" Maybe Maybe Maybe Baby
Sissies "Stand Up" Look Back and Laugh
The Helper T-Cells "Beat the Beans out, Beatrice (The mis-adventures of Beatrice the Bean-Sprout Buccaneer and Lazy-Brains the Pink-Cheeked DISASTER)" Songs For People Who Like Bugs
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir "Jennie That Cries" i bet you say that to all the boys
Tiara "No Better For It Alt." Tiara Tour Single 2005)
Orenda Fink "Invisible Ones Guard the Gate" Invisible Ones
Maximilian Hecker "I Am Falling Now" Rose

Monday, August 22, 2005

uh, uh, uh, oh (tullycraft rules!)

You'd better fucking be at Case on the 27th. If Tullycraft ever comes to Cleveland again, it will be a long time. Unless the Spot spends more of that CWRU money to get them back here. There's no guarantee that will happen, though. And Tullycraft will only come back if we give them a nice reception now. So, go! It's free!

No one replied about Scruggscorp, so I'm just going to post the "Jerry Waldaman talks to Sen. Bill Frist" episode and hope that people listen to it. Expect that before the week is over.

I'm really excited about the Minibosses coming here, too. Too bad they're opening for that Moistboyz band. I don't want to have to deal with obnoxious Ween fans while I'm trying to rock out to live rock versions of classic Nintendo music.

Finally, for those who missed it, the Abductees are still alive, but they've changed their name to the Helper T-Cells and they just released a new album about bugs. I think they're going to try and play out some more, too.

I don't have anything else to say right now. If I think of something else, I'll post it here. Just go to the freaking Tullycraft show! You won't regret it!

Part 1
Part 2

Edit: Again, the Tullycraft show starts at 7 with Machine Go Boom opening. Click here for details on how to get to the show. The show isn't in the Spot itself, but it'll be outside the building in which the Spot is located.

I met "thumbs!" at the Smittens show. He looks cool. He should be in a band.

You really should have gone to the Smittens show. It was fun! People danced and skipped around the ballroom! I don't care if you're over 30 and feel too unhip to go to shows. Don't you know that most people who go to shows are older than me?

playlist for august 22, 2005

Maximilian Hecker "Kate Moss" Rose
Neutral Milk Hotel "A Baby For Pree" On Avery Island
Orenda Fink "Miracle Worker" Invisible Ones
Tiara "Something Good to Come" The Summer of the Lion, The Summer of the Lamb
Tullycraft "8 Great Ways" City of Subarus
The Smittens "Tell Al Green" A Little Revolution
The Helper T-Cells "The Complete Beginner's Guide to Liking Bugs (and Loving It!)" Songs For People Who Like Bugs
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir "I Know A Girl" i bet you say that to all the boys
The Pancakes "Nonsense Poetry" Flying In the Blue Sky On a Frying Pan
Tullycraft "Leaders of the New School" Disenchanted Hearts Unite
New Grenada "Nerd Alert" Parting Shots
California Oranges "Run Away" Souvenirs
The Sour Grapes "Apparently I'm Oppresive" No More Drama
Red Pony Clock "Wasting Away" Cat & Dog Dialogue/Red Pony Clock split CD
eric Metronome "in writing" Lime Green
Tullycraft "Sent to the Moon" Beat, Surf, Fun
The Smittens "Twitterpated (MFDOD Remix)" A Little Revolution
The Blow "Pile of Gold" PDX POP NOW!
New Grenada "Shock The House" More Nature
Maximilian Hecker "My Love For You Is Insane" Rose
Tullycraft "Every Little Thing" Disenchanted Hearts Unite
Harvey and Felix "I Hate New York" download here
Apples In Stereo "Liza Jane" Dimension Mix
The Helper T-Cells "Hey there, Sprout-Springer!" Songs For People Who Like Bugs
All Girl Summer Fun Band "Lipsmacker Kiss" Summer of '98
Tullycraft "Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend's Too Stupid to Know About" Old Traditions, New Standards
The Smittens "Stop The Bombs" A Little Revolution

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

scruggscorp and tullycraft

Hey, remember how I like to post episodes of Scruggscorp Syndicated Radio on this page? I think it's about time to change episodes.

First, however, I'd love to know what you think of the one that I currently have up (the "Star Wars" episode of the Jerry Waldaman show). The Scruggscorp people come to this site every now and then, too, so I'm sure they'd also like to know what you think of the "Star Wars" episode.

Secondly, I'd like to try and give you a choice on what episode I post next. I have three of them that I can post. Here are your choices:

1. Jerry Waldaman discussing the impending doom of Ragnarok (the final battle that leads to the end of the world in Norse mythology) with Berry Cheevers.
2. A special July 4th army recruiting special on Sy Thomas's Tropical Rainforest of Radio with special guests country star Dale Flagg and army recruiter Capt. Eric Donohue.
3. Jerry Waldaman with very special guest Senator Bill Frist.

So, which of those sounds good? Post your opinion in the comments and I'll get your favorite posted sometime in the next couple of weeks.

And now, here's some awesome, awesome news...

TULLYCRAFT IS PLAYING AT CASE ON THE 27TH (that's a Saturday)! I don't know if you have any idea how big this is. Tullycraft is one of the most important twee bands ever, and it seemed like the only show that they were going to play east of the Mississippi was the Athens Popfest. BUT THEY'RE ACTUALLY COMING TO CLEVELAND! All the way from Seattle! YAY!

The show is being put on by the Spot, but it's going to be held outside near the building in which the Spot is located.

Of course, this is going to be free, so you have no excuse not to go. Unless you have an emergency. But any other leisure activities you might have planned for the 27th pale in importance and sheer awesomeness compared to this.

You really must go!

Monday, August 15, 2005

quick addendum

I don't know if I made it clear when I was talking about the song, "Bubbles", that the original lyrics had the line "When will Jesus come again?", and the verse with that line was replaced with "Mojo Jojo's on the rage again..." and such. I hope you got to hear that song. It's really awesome. There's a great guitar solo that Dressy Bessy didn't recreate in their version. DB did their version in just two days, though. And it's a good thing, too, because the people putting together the Powerpuff CD were asking someone else to cover it, but Kindercore was able to say, "Hey! We already have our version!"

It's an interesting story, but I don't know if I can give you all the details. At least, not on here.

And I just want to say that I have no comment about Turkey, which came up as a subject of discussion in the comments under the playlist for whatever reason.

cute and friendly

If you heard the show live, you may have noticed that I talked more often than usual. That's because I was talking with the philosopher, Derrida (does the Wednesday afternoon psychedelic show from 1-3), and I mentioned that people don't seem to learn the names of the bands that I play and go to their shows. He asked me how often I talk on the air. When I told him that I talked only every 40 minutes, he was shocked and disgusted. He said that he hates when DJs wait that long to announce songs because it's hard to keep track of what's being played when sets are that long. He likes to announce songs every 20 minutes or every 3-5 songs. So, I decided to try that. And it seems like it might be working. So, I'm going to keep doing that.

Please come to see the Smittens tomorrow night at the Beachland. It's only $5! They're going to set up on the Ballroom floor. It'll be fun! They're cute and friendly, too! Don't you like cute and friendly people?!

Come on, we need to start having a real twee scene here, so we have to go and see all twee bands great and small when they come to town.

And I also recommend seeing Racetrack at Pat's in the Flats on Saturday. They're not twee, but they're indiepop and they're awesome.

So, here's today's show:

Part 1
Part 2

We'll see if I feel like posting again this week. I've been feeling less than energetic lately. Maybe that'll change.

playlist for august 15, 2005

Apples In Stereo "Liza Jane" Dimension Mix
Duplex "Camels in the Desert" Ablum
The Smittens "I Hate Vermont" Gentlefication Now!
The Pancakes "gzm" Captain Curtain 7"
The Abductees "Absorbency The Pigeon" Animal Songliture For Listening Ears
Of Montreal "In the Army Kid" Horse & Elephant Eatery (No Elephants Allowed)
Racetrack "City Lights" City Lights
Dressy Bessy "Ringalingaling" Electrified
Moose "Can't Get Enough of you" High Ball Me!
buttersprites "Kimono Kitty" buttersprites
California Oranges "Don't Ask Why" Souvenirs
Orenda Fink "The Dirty South" Invisible Ones
Mirah "Girland" Storageland
Hinterlander "Cake To Burn" Minikin
The Smittens "My Girl" Gentlefication Now!
The Smittens "Good Migrations" Cwistmas Twee
Land of Ill Earthquakes "Never Coming Back" Land of Ill Earthquakes
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir "Would You Still Love Me If I Was In a Knife Fight?" i bet you say that to all the boys
Pants Yell! "Public Gardens" Songs For Siblings
Sour Grapes "Business Casual" No More Drama
The Free Design "Bubbles" The Best of the Free Design
Racetrack "Sortie [Come and Gone]" City Lights
New Grenada "20 Lbs" Parting Shots
New Grenada "Hot War" Parting Shots
Bunnygrunt "We Got Your Money" Karen Hater's Club
Cheese On Bread "The Kiss Song" Maybe Maybe Maybe Baby
Racetrack "Epitaph" City Lights

Monday, August 08, 2005

1,2,3,4, there ain't no devil, there ain't no lord. 5,6,7,8, only love, only hate.

I really do love that Orenda Fink CD more than I should. Especially since it's on Saddle Creek.

Here's today's show, which had an extra 16 minutes of Boogiepop goodness:

Part 1
Part 2

playlist for august 8, 2005

set 1 (9:06-9:41)

Orenda Fink "Leave It All" Invisible Ones
The Real Tuesday Weld "Asteroids" The Return of the Clerkenwell Kid
Maximilian Hecker "Full of Voices" Lady Sleep
Sloan "Underwhelmed" Peppermint EP
New Grenada "Just Inside a Week" Parting Shots
Boyracer "I Love Accents" Insults & Insights
Dandy Warhols "Bohemian Like You" Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
buttersprites "Fever" buttersprites
Sonic Youth "Bone" Experimental Jet Set, Trah and No Star
Dressy Bessy "[Bonus Track]" Electrified (vinyl version)
Cub "She's a Sensation" [(some obscure vinyl compilation that I can't recall the name of right now)]

set 2 (9:51-10:21)

DJ Madson "The God Who Wasn't There" The God Who Wasn't There
Orenda Fink "Invisible Ones Guard the Gate" Invisible Ones
Spiritualized "Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space" Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space
The Umbrellas "Pennies" The Hiss That We Missed
Tracy + The Plastics "dawn feather" Real Damage EP
The Blow "Pile of Gold" PDX POP NOW!
kittycraft "how long can this go on?" catskills
The Smittens "Gentlefication Now! (the La La La Song)" Gentlefication Now!
The Smittens "Doomed, Lo-fi and In Love" Gentlefication Now!
Colin Clary "of the stars" Sweater Weather or Not, These Are the Songs I Got

set 3 (10:33-11:16)

Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players "Look At Me" Look At Me b/w Don't You Know What I Mean 7"
Land of Ill Earthquakes "Steal These Days" Land of Ill Earthquakes
Red Pony Clock "Dude, You Know You're Going to Die" Paisley and Twee
New Grenada "Why I Didn't Like August '93" Parting Shots
New Grenada "Tiger Thompson (Mark Knopfler's Last Stand Version)" More Nature
The Gossip "It's Over" PDX POP NOW!
Duplex "Camels In the Desert" Ablum
Sloan "Underwhelmed" (live on friday night with ralph benmergui) A-Sides Win
The Brunettes "You Beautiful Militant" Mars Loves Venus
Mirah "While We Have the Sun (4-Track Home)" PDX POP NOW!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

your diction is off the wall

For those of you who don't know, Pitchfork sank its teeth yesterday into the new Dressy Bessy album. Click here to read the review. Of course, I highly disagree with the review and am disgusted with how their songwriting was compared to that of Veruca Salt. I'm sure the members of Veruca Salt wish they could still write anything that measures up to Dressy Bessy.

I read on allmusic a couple of years ago that Veruca Salt's American Thighs was a concept album about child abuse. I actually had that CD in high school and never suspected it. Of course, I also didn't realize that "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by the Crash Test Dummies was about child abuse, either. I thought the lyrics were just nonsense. Anyway, I guess I should also mention that I envy Veruca Salt for their guitar solo on "Seether". I just love that guitar tone they have. I'd love to know how they got the lead guitar to sound like that.


Oh, wait... dig this quote from the Pitchfork review: "Ealom almost reconciles these influences on the standout title track, with her coy gasps ("you're six feet tall, electrified!") and riot grrrl 'tude ("Suspicion, don't push me down/ Your diction is off the wall") establishing a brusque female libido that would've been squelched on earlier albums. No way Ealom's sultry overemphasis on the first syllable of "dic-tion" passes on the fluffy Pink Hearts, Yellow Moons."

Um... yeah... okay... I didn't notice any special emphasis on the "dic" in "diction" when I listened to that song before, and I just went back to check it again. I could imagine the reviewer thinking (and imagine this being said in the voice of Butthead from "Beavis and Butthead", "Huh huh huh, she said 'dick'!" and pretentiously deciding to attempt to pass off this Freudian observation as a profound insight to impress the Pitchfork hipster-slave-master editors.

And how about this? "Sure, on 2003's self-titled effort the band spit out their bubblegum sound and assumed a more grown-up persona, but frontwoman Tammy Ealom's miffed sexuality felt like playacting." Miffed sexuality? I've never gotten the feeling that Tammy is trying to be some sort of riot grrrl or whatever, and I certainly didn't catch any sort of "woman scorned" mentality or whatever the fuck this reviewer is getting at when I listened to their self-titled CD.

Oh, and the real kicker is this: "Fortunately the dry spots here aren't egregious, save for some cutesy Saddle Creek moments speckled throughout."

I would love to know what he means by "Saddle Creek moments". And "cutesy"? Saddle Creek's stuff isn't that cutesy? Unless you count Tilly and the Wall, who are not on Saddle Creek, but are on Conor Oberst's Team Love label.

Okay, one more and then I'll stop: "Unfortunately when Ealom sticks her neck out, no one's got her back. Electrified's rife with cardboard power chord progressions that should've been buried with all the other Nirvana aftermath opportunists."


Seriously, Dressy Bessy sounds nothing like Bush (the ultimate post-Nirvana opportunist band). Dressy Bessy draws too much of their influence from the late '60s/early '70s to fall into that trap. They're just reconciling their need to rock with their cute, twee nature. Even if Tammy hates being called twee.

Well... perhaps this was a waste of time. When I saw the link to the Dressy Bessy review on Pitchfork's review, I certainly wasn't expecting anything better than what was there. Dressy Bessy isn't profound or ironic, they're just fun and cute. Pitchfork doesn't understand the appeal of that. It's just a fact of life and I've come to accept it. Still, I'd rather have them not review Dressy Bessy at all than publish the jaded Freudian bullshit that I've just addressed.

Edit: Dressy Bessy is going to be on Conan O'Brien Thursday night! Yay!

Monday, August 01, 2005

gentlefication now!

Here's today's show:

Part 1
Part 2

The Smittens are playing at the Beachland on the 16th. It's going to be in the ballroom, but they're setting up on the floor, which will be very fun. You'd better go! I'll be disappointed if I don't see a decent turnout. Click here to find out why you should go. (Listen to the MP3s!)

I might have more to say, but I don't have much time right now, so...

playlist for august 1, 2005

set 1 (9:06-9:41)

New Grenada "Concussion (8-bit Mix)" More Nature
Freezepop "duct tape my heart" Fancy Ultra-Fresh
Le Tigre "Viz" Live at KCRW
Le Tigre "The The Empty" Le Tigre
The Blow "Pile of Gold" PDX POP NOW!
Azure Ray "New Resolution (TPS Mix)" New Resolution EP
Orenda Fink "Invisible Ones Guard the Gate" Invisible Ones
Orenda Fink "Bloodline" Invisible Ones
Radiohead "A Reminder" Airbag/How Am I Driving?
Pants Yell! "stop making music" '83 in '05 7"
Land of Ill Earthquakes "Acres of Fakers" Land of Ill Earthquakes
Ash "Lost In You" 1977

set 2 (9:54-10:23)

Men In Fur "The Deer Song" Men In Fur
Bunnygrunt "Private Affair" Karen Hater's Club
The Sour Grapes "Gravy Train Derailed" No More Drama
Tullycraft "Polaroids From Mars" Disenchanted Hearts Unite
buttersprites "Love Call" buttersprites
Asobi Seksu "I'm Happy But You Don't Love Me" Asobi Seksu
The Pancakes "Fireworks and I" Captain Curtain
Winnebago "Let's Blow Something Up!" 4th of July Spectacular! (A Summer Celebration)
Le Tigre "Tres Bien" Feminist Sweepstakes

set 3 (10:30-11:00)

Sleater-Kinney "Modern Girl" The Woods
Kiddo "The Make Out Song" Kiddo
The Minders "I'm So Low" PDX POP NOW!
Dressy Bessy "[Bonus Track]" Electrified (vinyl version)
Weird War "Girls Like That" Illuminated By the Light
Cocteau Twins "Otterley" Treasure
Phranc "Lifelover" Folksinger
The Make Up "R U A Believer Pt. II" Destination: Love; Live at Cold Rice
The Smittens "Gin and Platonic" Gentlefication Now!

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