Monday, September 26, 2005

waaaaaa! don't need you!

Attention, Jon Read! If you are reading this, please post a comment informing us of your status and the status of your equipment and the Wiggins show that's supposed to take place at Pat's on the day after Thanksgiving! I hope your car didn't overheat if you actually evacuated.

I don't really have anything interesting to say right now.

But tune into WCSB this Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. when I'll be filling in for Cool Chick #59!

Here's the show, complete with a feminist rant and yet another threat to kill myself:

Part 1
Part 2

playlist for september 26, 2005

The Gossip "Nite" Movement
Le Pepes "Renting a Space Station" All Fun Things End
Bunnygrunt "Horror Hotline: Big Head Baby" Karen Hater's Club
Sonic Youth "Titanium Expose" (8-Track Demo) Goo (2-CD reissue)
J. Carter, Chestnut, A. Jackson, and Veal "Cut Your Hair" Gold Sounds
Pavement "Cut Your Hair" Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Le Tigre "New Kicks" This Island
Le Tigre "Seconds" This Island
Hang on the Box "No Sexy" For Every Punk Bitch & Arsehole
Shonen Knife "Messy Room" Candy Rock
New Grenada "Nicole Vs. Rita" Parting Shots
The Gossip "Catfight" That's Not What I Heard
The Gossip "Where the Girls Are" That's Not What I Heard
Bikini Kill "Distinct Complicity" Reject All American
Bikini Kill "Rebel Girl" The C.D. Version of the First Two Records
The Gossip "Sleepers" Real Damage EP
Trembling Blue Stars "The Ghost of an Unkissed Kiss" Alive to Every Smile
Trembling Blue Stars "All I'm Doing Is Losing" The Seven Autumn Flowers
Acid House Kings "Do What You Wanna Do" Sing Along With Acid House Kings
The Smittens "My Favorite Dream" A Little Revolution
Saturday Looks Good To Me "Disaster" I Don't Want to Go/Disaster 7"
Ladytron "Destroy Everything You Touch" Witching Hour
The Snow Fairies "Railroad Tracks" get married
The Snow Fairies "Water and Beer" get married
Atom & His Package "She's In the Bathroom and She's Shaking Me 'Till Tomorrow" Atom & His Package
Sonic Youth "DV2 (Kool Thing)" Goo (reissue)

Monday, September 19, 2005

...and sometimes "y", you might need it, too

I don't feel so good, so I'm not going to say much right now.

It's too bad you didn't go to see the Minibosses. They did an awesome set. It doesn't do them justice to call them a Nintendo cover band because there's more of an artistry to what they do. They don't just cover single songs from Nintendo games, they arrange a bunch of songs from a game into one whole piece, like classical symphonies with different movements. And they rock.

In case you didn't go, I actually remember the setlist:

Megaman 2
Double Dragon
Ninja Gaiden
Super Mario Bros. 2

And like I said before, people moshed during "Castlevania". I really hope they come back and headline. What would really be awesome is if they came here with the 14 Year Old Girls. If I had the same sort of power that the girl in charge of booking at the Spot has, I'd try and make that happen for next year's "Welcome Back" show.

While I'm at it, in case anyone from the Spot actually reads this, you should book Mirah. Try and get her to come with the Blow, too. I think only the Spot would be able to get Mirah to come to Cleveland. Touring bands/artists prefer college shows because they're guaranteed to get paid a good amount of money no matter how many people show up. Which is too bad, because I bet that Mirah would fill up the Beachland Ballroom or the Grog Shop. I think she has no idea how many fans she has here, though, so the only option is probably a show at the Spot. And get the Blow here, too! We love you, Khaela!

Oh, and in case you didn't see it in one of the comments links below, Harvey and Felix (composers/performers of the hit song, "America Will Punch You") now have a proper website, and it looks really good. It's at

Okay, here's today's show:

Part 1
Part 2

Oh, and did anyone download that crazy Neutral Milk Hotel remix? Any comments on that?

playlist for september 19, 2005

Arcade Fire "Vampire/forest fire" Arcade Fire
Mount Eerie "How?" No Flashlight
Apples In Stereo "The Rainbow" The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone
California Oranges "Three Orange Tigers" Souvenirs
buttersprites "Dog Food" buttersprites
Amy Kasio (a.k.a. lil a gets nasty) "I Think We're Alone Now" download from her MySpace
Ladytron "International Dateline" Witching Hour
The Smittens "Twitterpated! (MFDOD Remix)" A Little Revolution
Saint Etienne "Soft Like Me" Finisterre
New Grenada "Behnan's Street Punk Infatuation" More Nature
Kimya Dawson "I Will Never Forget" Hidden Vagenda
Orenda Fink "No Evolution" Invisible Ones
Arcade Fire "Une année sans lumière" Funeral
The Shapiros "Paris Kiss" The Shapiros
The Shapiros "Cry For a Shadow" The Shapiros
The Evens "Vowel Movement" Pancake Mountain Vol. 1
The Evens "mt. pleasant isn't" The Evens
Saturday Looks Good To Me "Parking Lot Blues" Saturday Looks Good To Me/Speedmarket Avenue Tour Split 7"
Dub Narcotic Sound System "Monkey Hips and Rice" Boot Party
Scotland Yard Gospel Choir "I Know a Girl" i bet you say that to all the boys
Rose Melberg "I Love How You Love Me" Patty Duke Fanzine #2 7"
The Minders "I'm So Low" PDX POP NOW!
Ladytron "The Last One Standing" Witching Hour
Palomar "Woah!" Palomar 3.5
Arcade Fire "I'm sleeping in a submarine" Arcade Fire
Oval-Teen "1000 Popsicles" Yorkville, IL
Sonic Youth "Superstar" If I Were a Carpenter

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

"jingoism" is a funny-sounding word

I told you that I'd have something else for you, so here it is...

If you listened to the first part of the show, I mentioned how I usually play some things for September 11th (Kimya Dawson, Sleater-Kinney, etc.), but I just didn't feel like doing it this year because I feel like September 11th has become connected with Bush worship. I just feel dirty about it for some reason, and it's too bad because 9/11 was horrible, it shouldn't be politicized like that, and we shouldn't just forget about it. The whole thing just feels dirty and tacky now.

But anyway, I have this song that I found a couple of years ago on Audiogalaxy. Remember Audiogalaxy? Well, I did a search for Neutral Milk Hotel, and I saw "Ghost (WTC Remix)" on there, and I thought that maybe I Am the World Trade Center (that's an indie dance pop band started by one of the founders of Kindercore) actually remixed Neutral Milk Hotel, which would be one of the most ridiculous things ever, and I'd definitely have to hear it. However, it turned out to be the original song with 9/11 sound bites mixed in. Out of all the music that people would use to sentimentalize 9/11, it's weird that someone would pick NMH. I've tried to find out who did it and why, but Internet searches turn up nothing.

So, it's just this interesting curiosity piece I've found, whose origins are unknown, and instead of playing it on the air this year, I've decided to offer it for download. Want to hear it? Here you go:

Neutral Milk Hotel "Ghost (WTC Remix)

And while I'm at it, I've got a couple other fun things for you.

Do you like the band Belle and Sebastian? I don't, but I know that you do. So, you might be interested in a little feature that the Psychic Shopping Club did about Belle and Sebastian. They talked to a few people around Cleveland to find out what people know about them, and you can see the results. So, go here:

Belle and Sebastian

Finally, in the past, I've played Leonard Nimoy's Tolkien-inspired hit song, "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins". Well, did you know that there was actually a video for that song? Yes, there was actually a music video made for the "Ballad of Bilbo Baggins". And you can (and MUST) see it online. I'm not sure whether the concept for the video is genius or just fucked up. I love it, though! So, go ahead and watch it now:

"The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" video

And that's all that I have for now.

Monday, September 12, 2005

there are secret cities hidden underground...

Of course, I couldn't post until now because no one showed up to relieve me at the end of my show. I actually had to sign off the station at around 11:30. It sucks, but I really had to leave.

So, today's episode has a bunch of stoppage time. I ended up playing all of Le Tigre's KCRW session, and then a couple live tracks from Jens Lekman in hopes that someone would show up before I had to sign off, but alas, it was in vain.

Did any of you go to the Of Montreal show? I did, and it was really weird. Of Montreal is popular now! They were in the Beachland Ballroom (as opposed to the tavern) and loads of people were there.

I hate to admit this, but I had that horrible indie snob feeling, that Of Montreal was getting too popular. That trendy indie hipsters liked them, and I'd have no choice but to be lumped in with that group if I continued to profess my love for them.

Of course, I like other bands that have drawn about as many (or more) people to the Beachland Ballroom (Le Tigre, Yo La Tengo, and Shonen Knife immediately come to mind), but I guess I felt betrayed somehow because I liked Of Montreal before anyone knew them and they became popular without my knowledge, or something like that.

There's a line in Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan" that describes this sort of thing particularly. "You loved me as a loser, now you're afraid that I just might win."

But after the show, I talked with Of Montreal's bass player/merch guy and told him about those feelings, and he said something like (and I should emphasize that he said this in a very nice, unsarcastic tone), "Well, if it makes you feel better, we still have day jobs, Kevin's car is the tour van, and Jamie's car doesn't even work."

It goes without saying that I felt like an asshole after that.

Anyway, here's the show, complete with stoppage time at the end:

Part 1
Part 2

I think I have something else for you later, too.

playlist for september 12, 2005

Orenda Fink "Blind Asylum" Invisible Ones
Acid House Kings "Tonight Is Forever" Sing Along With Acid House Kings
Ponies In the Surf "Too Many Birds" Asaurus EP Club #12
Tiara "The Night Air" Tiara Tour Single 2005
Pants Yell! "Go Big Blue" Songs For Siblings
DJ Madson "The God Who Wasn't There" The God Who Wasn't There Soundtrack
The Smittens "Stop the Bombs" A Little Revolution
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn/Ginger Brooks Takahashi & Friends "The Red Curtain" Songs From the Black Mountain Music Project
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn/Ginger Brooks Takahashi & Friends "The Knife Thrower" Songs From the Black Mountain Music Project
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir "She Just Wants to Move" i bet you say that to all the boys
Saturday Looks Good to Me "Since You Stole My Heart" Every Night
Saturday Looks Good to Me "Until the World Stops Spinning" Every Night
Red Pony Clock "We're Only Lying to Ourselves" Cat & Dog Dialogue/Red Pony Clock split
Calvin Johnson "Lies Goodbye" What Was Me
Denise James "Love Has Got Me Crying Again" It's Not Enough to Love
I Am the World Trade Center "September" Out of the Loop
The Blow "Let's Play Boys Chase Girls" Poor Aim: Love Songs
The Blow "Pile of Gold" PDX POP NOW!
The Minibosses "Ninja Gaiden" Minibosses/Penny Winblood split
The Minibosses "Castlevania" Minibosses/Penny Winblood split
Magnetic Fields "Heather Heather" Pieces of April Soundtrack
Mount Eerie "the Moan" No Flashlight
Mount Eerie "No Flashlight" No Flashlight
Sonic Youth "Flower (Anti-Fuckword Radio Edit)" [?]
Oval-Teen "Run Away With Me" Yorkville, IL
Oval-Teen "Take a Look" Yorkville, IL
The California Oranges "Next Season" Souvenirs
Saturday Looks Good To Me "All Over Town" Every Night
Le Tigre "TKO" Live at KCRW
Le Tigre "On the Verge" Live at KCRW
Le Tigre "Viz" Live at KCRW
Jens Lekman "You Are the Light" Live From Stora Teatern
Jens Lekman "I Saw Her In the Anti-War Demonstration" Live From Stora Teatern

Monday, September 05, 2005

would you believe me when i tell you, you're the queen of my heart?

Ugh! I hate doing shows on Monday holidays. There's a much lower listenership. Although, the lines did fill up when I gave away Of Montreal tickets. I wish people would call for things other than tickets, though. Actually, someone asked about the video game remixes that I play when I talk on the air. I always love it when people notice those.

In case you didn't understand that Microindie stuff I was talking about today, here's an excerpt from the e-mail from which I got my information:

I am donating the total amount of sales for the next week via Microindie mailorder to some friends of the Icicles who lost everything in the hurricane. If you want to help, just order anything off my site and the money will all go dollar for dollar to them (the whole amount, not just the profit). You pay me $10 for a new cd, they get it, simple as that. So please help and get some great music in the process. If you want to know more, the email from Mark and Joleen is below (icicles keyboard player and husband). Thanks in advance for your help!

I'm not going to post all the information, but these friends are a young married couple who just had a baby this past week, and they lost almost everything they had thanks to Hurricane Katrina. I'd post all the details, but the e-mail has personal contact info for the keyboard player of the Icicles, and I don't want to just post that up here. I'll e-mail the whole thing if you want details. Just post your e-mail address in the comments below.

OH! That reminds me. If you post a comment and you don't have a blogger log-in, I don't mind if you click the "anonymous" posting option, but if you do, could you at least come up with a nickname for yourself (or post your real name if you want to)? It's annoying when more than one person posts anonymously under one comments link and I can't tell if it's just one person posting or more than one. When you click "anonymous", it really means you're anonymous! I have no idea who you are.

Yesterday, someone posted that they were playing a certain Weezer song on their radio show. WHO ARE YOU?! WHAT IS YOUR SHOW AND WHEN IS IT ON?! You were anonymous, so I have no clue who you are.

Or maybe you don't want to admit to too many people that you're playing "Only In Dreams". ^_^

Whatever the case may be, I wish you had put a name or something under your comment.

For those who didn't listen to the show live this week, here's what you missed:

Part 1
Part 2

I also have a new episode of Scruggscorp for you. This is an edition of the Jerry Waldaman show in which Ol' Jer Talks to Senator Bill Frist, who turns out to know a lot about movies:

Ol' Jer Talks to Bill Frist Part 1
Ol' Jer Talks to Bill Frist Part 2

Okay, that's it for now.

Edit: I just got an update from the Microindie mailing list. There's a story in the Grand Rapids Press about the people to whom Microindie is donating money to from their CD sales this week. I'm posting it below:
The Grand Rapids Press

Most of their possessions are ruined. Their house near downtown New Orleans could be a waterlogged disaster.

But looking at her newborn son, Grand Valley State University graduate Rebecca Davis knows she and her husband, Brian, have something more precious than any possession.

"It's just a house and stuff," said Rebecca Davis, 32, speaking from her room at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston.

Davis gave birth Friday by Cesarean section to Marcus Brian Davis, a 10-pound, 2-ounce reason to have hope for the future.

One week ago, the Davises watched the approach of Hurricane Katrina and made their decision: They would leave the city and have their baby in Houston.

Last Saturday night, they loaded their car with a couple changes of clothes, their dog and cat, a car seat and a few baby items.

"We grabbed our wedding pictures as we were walking out the door," Rebecca Davis said.

Left behind: A house full of presents from their wedding last year, gifts from five baby showers, a variety of jewelry, a bedroom set handed down from her great-grandmother -- and all their other possessions, including a Toyota Camry that Brian drives.

"I assume that is under water," said Brian Davis, 27.

They also walked out of a house about a mile from the French Quarter, a one-story, turn-of-the-century home with a baby room freshly painted blue and green.

But looking at the grim pictures coming out of New Orleans the past few days, Rebecca Davis realizes they are fortunate to be where they are. She believes their home and possessions will be covered by insurance.

"It's horrible," she said of the flooding and subsequent looting.

She has heard the talk by some that maybe New Orleans shouldn't be rebuilt, given its proximity to the ocean and the fact it sits several feet below sea level.

She finds such talk "ridiculous."

It is a place she fell in love with after a succession of visits, finally deciding to move there from West Michigan in 2002. She graduated from GVSU with a degree in metalsmithing and thought New Orleans offered the kind of arts-drenched environment where she could flourish designing and making jewelry.

"It is such a magical place," she said. "It has so much history. The architecture is fantastic. Everyone there is a character. The food is fantastic. It has a lot of different cultures all blended together."

If all goes well with Rebecca's recovery, the Davises plan to leave for Michigan in the next few days. Once here, they will stay at Rebecca's grandparents' home near Portland.

With not a lot of money in the bank, Brian Davis plans to look for work to help them stay afloat for the next several months.

But their friends do not expect them to give up on their beloved New Orleans, no matter how grim things look now.

"Becky is a person who has always been able to maintain a positive attitude," said Grand Rapids resident Mark Rumsey, 32. "They are very much in a mode that 'we can survive this.' "

Says Rebecca: "I have complete confidence that it will be back. The people are very resilient. They are very proud of their city. They love their city.

"I would like my son to know this city."

playlist for september 5, 2005

Mirah "While We Have the Sun" PDX POP NOW!
Hayden "Gouge Away" [some 7" that I don't have the name of]
The Smittens "Guess What?" A Little Revolution
crayon "chutes & ladders" brick factory
The Frogs "Jerry Lewis" (live in Louisville)
The Icicles "Skater Boyfriend" Pure Sugar EP
Kiddo "Amy" Kiddo
Bunnygrunt "Again With The Skirt" Karen Hater's Club
Brian Jonestown Massacre "God Is My Girlfriend" We Are the Radio
Hayden "We Don't Mind" Everything I Long For
Jeremy From Boise "Jeremy" How Bizarre: A Tribute to the '90s
Elastica "Car Song" Elastica
This Bank Holiday "Come Undone" You Already Have Way Too Many CD-Rs
The Diskettes "How Bizarre" You Already Have Way Too Many CD-Rs
Nirvana "Love Buzz" Bleach
The Vaselines "Molly's Lips" Live In London
Beat Happening "Cast A Shadow" Live In London
Of Montreal "Lysergic Bliss" Satanic Panic In the Attic
Of Montreal "Requiem For O.M.M.2" The Sunlandic Twins
Cheese On Bread "How Long Have You Been Haitian?" Maybe Maybe Maybe Baby
Duplex "Salad Song" Ablum
Beck "Bit Rate Variations in B-Flat (Girl remix)" Gameboy Variations (hell yes) EP
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir "I Know a Girl" i bet you say that to all the boys
buttersprites "Panic Attack" buttersprites
Judy & Mary "Music Fighter" Pop Life
bearsuit "kiki keep me company" cat spectacular!
The Icicles "Ralphy Rodriguez" A Hundred Patterns

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