Tuesday, July 31, 2007

patience please

So... Toledo Indiepop Fest was really awesome, and while I was there, I ended up booking a band to be on my show today. That band was Patience Please from Seattle. They came up today and played six songs, and we also had a little interview. At the bottom of this post, I'll post the links so you can listen.

For anyone who actually likes Wizard Rock, you'll notice that I played a new non-album track by Harry and the Potters near the beginning of the show. If you saw them at the Grog Shop earlier this year, you probably remember that song that they did about bacon, and it sounded like they were making up the song as they went along. Well, surprisingly, they actually recorded it...

Oh, and I didn't get to mention that ShiSho kicked ass in Toledo. They played "Rocks and Penalties" (the psychedelic song about the Smiths reunion) and totally nailed it. Awesome! Plus, they were both wearing Harry and the Potters shirts...

Finally, Ladybug Transistor, Red Pony Clock, and the Afternoon Naps are all playing tonight at the Grog Shop. You should go. It's going to be great...

And now, here's the show:

Part 1 (of 2)
Part 2 (of 2)

playlist for july 31, 2007

Mirah and Spectratone International "Gestation of the Sacred Beetle" Share This Place
Ladybug Transistor "Thoughts of You" Beverley Atonale
Harry and the Potters "Bacon" Wizards and Muggles Rock for Social Justice
Red Pony Clock "Don't Forget Who Your Friends Are" God Made Dirt
Midtown Dickens "Airplane" Oh Yell!
The Smittens "C'mon (When the Grass Grows Tall and Green)" Let It Bee
Arrah and the Ferns "Emo Phillips" Evan Is a Vegan
Annemarie "Wonderboy" ABC ON TV
Baby Calendar "Way of the Samurai" Gingerbread Dog

***live performance by Patience Please***
"Coal Enough For Steam"

Wire "Map Ref. 41 N 93 W" 154
Boat "Come With Me, We'll Win" Let's Drag Our Feet
Racetrack "Sure Thing!" Go Ahead and Say It
The Hat Company "Lu Lu" Fair Weathered Friends
The Chills "Rain" Brave Words
Magnetic Fields "Plant White Roses" 5 Rows of Teeth

***live performance by Patience Please***
"Blue Line"
"If You're Sure"
"Too Forthright"

R.E.M. "Life and How to Live It" Fables of the Reconstruction
The Afternoon Naps "Orange Paw" Sunbeamed

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

"radical" is my word!

Since nobody said that they liked the Harry Potter set last week, I decided to see if I could win acclaim by doing a set dedicated to another giant media phenomenon, namely, The Simpsons. Since the Simpsons movie is coming out this week, I decided to pull out the punk rock Simpsons compilation that I listened to a lot in high school and play most of the good songs from it. That set rocked disturbingly hard for a Boogiepop show. I hope it didn't lose fans for me again like the Harry Potter set probably did.

Actually, no one said they particularly liked the Simpsons punk rock set, either. I just don't know anymore...

So, this is going to be an awesome week. Harry and the Potters are playing with Draco and the Malfoys and the Whomping Willows at the Lakeshore Facility of the Cleveland Public Library tomorrow night (Wednesday the 25th) at 6:30 p.m. That's going to be awesome.

And then Toledo Indiepop Fest is happening on Friday and Saturday. I just booked my hotel room. Yay!

And in case you didn't see my last post yet, the Helper T-Cells, who were to gloriously represent Cleveland on Saturday night, pulled out. That's too bad. I'm sure they would have won a lot of new fans in Toledo.

However, they've been replaced with ShiSho! Woo hoo! I get to see them live without having to go to Columbus! (Still, they should play a Cleveland show.)

So, this is pretty much going to be the climax of the summer. This coupled with the Harry Potter book release last Friday. Like I said, I did go to a midnight release. I went to the one at Mac's in Coventry. They were having a bunch of things going on up and down Coventry, so I decided to go and support an indie bookstore.

Anyway, that's all that I have for now. Here's the show...

Part 1 (of 2)
Part 2 (of 2)

quick update

I just found out that the Helper T-Cells have pulled out of the Toledo Indiepop Fest. That's too bad. However, they've been replaced by ShiSho! Yay! I've never seen ShiSho live, so that makes the Toledo Indiepop Fest even more exciting.

The Toledo Indiepop Fest site/Myspace page doesn't reflect that change, but I got this information from an e-mail straight from ShiSho, so it must be correct.

Anyway, I don't have time to upload the show right now. Check for it tonight!

playlist for july 24, 2007

Stormshadow Party For Self Defense "The Union Song/Nelson's Song to Lisa" This Is Springfield, Not Shelbyville!
Assspatula "See My Vest" This Is Springfield, Not Shelbyville!
The Brickbats "Zombie Flanders" This Is Springfield, Not Shelbyville!
Hallraker "M.V.H." This Is Springfield, Not Shelbyville!
Crazy Jim Buhdula and the Sweaty Midgets "Stonecutter's Song" This Is Springfield, Not Shelbyville!
Hooray For Everything "Flaming Moe's" This Is Springfield, Not Shelbyville!
Slappy "Murder at the Simpson House" This Is Springfield, Not Shelbyville!
In Crowd "Kwik-E-Mart" This Is Springfield, Not Shelbyville!
Susie Derkins "Baby On Board" This Is Springfield, Not Shelbyville!
Coincide "Mr. Plow" This Is Springfield, Not Shelbyville!
Last In Line "Stop the Planet O' The Apes..." This Is Springfield, Not Shelbyville!
Mirah and Spectratone International "Credo Cigalia" Share This Place
Ash "Lost In You" 1977
Pony Up! "Shut Up and Kiss Me" Pony Up!
Bears "All I" The Shortest Day of the Year
Moonbabies "Weekend A Go-Go" At The Ballroom
The Icicles "Crazy" Arrivals & Departures
Draco and the Malfoys "99 Death Eaters" Draco and the Malfoys
Velcro Stars "Same Everyday" Hiroshima's Revenge
Midtown Dickens "Eggs & Toast" Oh Yell!
Afternoon Naps "The End Is Near" Sunbeamed
Kiddo "About You" Okay Sweetheart
The Hat Company "Tide" Fair Weathered Friends
Patience Please "Science Credits" Fleeting Frequencies
Harry and the Potters "Save Ginny Weasley From Dean Thomas" The Power of Love
The Gothic Archies "Walking My Gargoyle" The Tragic Treasury: Songs From A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Whomping Willows "I Killed My Owl" The Whomping Willows
Red Pony Clock "Love and Understanding" Tunes From Terrace Towers
Red Pony Clock "Mr. Belvedere" Sitcomp!
The Helper T-Cells "The Complete Beginner's Guide to Liking Bugs and Loving It" Songs For People Who Like Bugs
The Bicycles "Two Girls From Montreal" Yay 4 Cuteness!
Mirah and Spectratone International "Following the Sun" Share This Place

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

you don't make heroes out of warlocks!

Sorry I will never do that again. ^_^

It's yet another act of self-sabotage that you've come to expect from "the Brian Jonestown Massacre of college radio".

And yes, there is a shitload of bands who do songs about Harry Potter.

Oh... but I will probably play some Harry and the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, and Whomping Willows again next week. They're all playing at the Lakeshore facility of the Cleveland Public Library on Wednesday the 25th.

But besides that, I'll be playing a bunch of bands that are playing at the Toledo Indiepop Fest. That's going to be happening on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th. Bears, the Afternoon Naps, and the Helper T-Cells will all be there to represent for Cleveland. Yay! (Kiddo will also be there, if you still count them as a Cleveland band at all.)

You should go to Toledo. It's not that far away. It's a little closer than Pittsburgh. I'll post the tentative schedule at the end of this post so you can see who's playing.

Anyway, here's the show:

Part 1 (of 2)
Part 2 (of 2)

And this is the tentative schedule for the Toledo Indiepop Fest. (Get updates by friending Toledo Indiepop Fest on Myspace.)

*July 27th
Main Stage:

6:00 pm The Hat Company

6:40 pm The Antivillains

7:20 pm New Grenada

8:00 pm Kiddo

8:40 pm Paper Airplane

9:20 pm The Homeville Circle

10:00 pm The Afternoon Naps

10:45 pm This Story

11:25 pm Bears

12:00pm Stylex

12:40 pm Pony Up!

*July 28th
Main Stage:

6:00 pm Patience Please

6:50 pm The Bicycles

7:40 pm Zoos of Berlin

8:30 pm Frontier Ruckus

9:20 pm Brown Recluse Sings

10:00 pm Red Pony Clock

11:40 pm Arrah and the Ferns

12:25 pm His Name Is Alive

1:15 am The Hard Lessons

*July 28th
Outside Stage:

6:15 pm Daniel Strange

7:25 pm Radio Free Roscoe

8:05 pm The Helper T-Cells

playlist for july 17, 2007

Harry and the Potters "I Am a Wizard" Harry and the Potters
The Wands "I Can Be Your Wand" [Myspace page]
The Whomping Willows "Your Flying Car" The Whomping Willows
Draco and the Malfoys "Potions Yesterday" Draco and the Malfoys
Harry and the Potters "Save Ginny Weasley" Harry and the Potters
Ginny and the Heartbreakers "I Was Possessed" Love Storm
Voldemort "Feeding the Basilisk" Evil Is Sexy
Remus and the Lupins "Expecto Patronum" Born to Howl
The Parselmouths "It's Not Half Bad (remix)" Illegal Love Potion
The Whomping Willows "When You Touched Me in That Special Place" The Whomping Willows
Draco and the Malfoys "Voldemort Is Awesome" Draco and the Malfoys
Remus and the Lupins "The Order of the Phoenix" Born to Howl
Harry and the Potters "Stick It to Dolores" Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock
The Remus Lupins "Battle at the Ministry" Horcruxes and Hand Me Downs
Harry and the Potters "Dumbledore" The Power of Love
The Parselmouths "Oh Dumbledore" Illegal Love Potion
Fugazi "Merchandise" Repeater
They Might Be Giants "Experimental Film" The Spine
They Might Be Giants "Particle Man" Flood
Mirah "Recommendation" Advisory Committee
They Might Be Giants "Ana Ng" Lincoln
Grenadine "I Only Have Eyes For You" Goya
Patience Please "Too Forthright" Parallel Plots
The Hat Company "Love Letter" Fair Weathered Friends
Tullycraft "Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend's Too Stupid to Know About" Old Traditions, New Standards
The Afternoon Naps "The Sun Ain't the Same" Sunbeamed
Nedelle "Ex-Priest" The Locksmith Cometh
Mirah "Jerusalem" C'mon Miracle
Sebastian Fors & The Ones That Got Away "Birds and the Bees" Let It Bee
Moonbabies "Take Me to the Ballroom" At the Ballroom
Mirah "Sweepstakes Prize" You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

yay! trumpet!

The Afternoon Naps album is done! So, now you can hear "Bun Bun" with the same epic trumpet part that they do at their live shows! And you can hear other songs that you've never heard outside of one of their shows.

The physical CD version of the album isn't out yet, but you can buy/sample MP3s at the Afternoon Naps Myspace site.

And of course, I actually bought all the songs before the show, even though they probably would have given me the CD for free (no, I'm not like Evan Dando... I don't get all my records for free, just the Afternoon Naps' stuff). I had to get the whole thing right now!

And what else did I play on my show?

Well, I did a brief block of songs in Spanish because there was a listener from Spain on the Internet. And then the listener from Spain betrayed me by leaving right before I announced the songs from that set! That made me quite sad.

Oh, and if you download the second part of the show, I should tell you that I started recording it halfway through my mic break at the top of the 10:00 hour. I missed the part during which I said that perhaps Boyracer's version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" wasn't really the greatest song in the world. I suspect that it may really be "Oh, Comely" by Neutral Milk Hotel. The part at the end of the song with the Siamese twins freezing to death is incredible... "Goldline my dear, we will fold and freeze together. Far away from here, there is sun and spring and green forever, but now we move to feel for ourselves in some stranger's stomach. Place your body here, let your skin begin to blend with mine." Holy shit!

(If you listen closely at the end of "Oh, Comely", there's someone who yells "Holy shit!" at the end of the song. The story behind that song is that Jeff Mangum recorded the singing and guitar in one take. Originally, he was just going to run through a verse or two to test the placement of the mics, but instead, he just went through the song and gave what could be the performance of his life. And one of his bandmates who was listening in the other room was so moved that he just yelled "Holy shit!" at the end.)

You know how it seems like with a lot of people that they stop seeking out new music at some point in their lives? Like they'll just keep listening to whatever was popular when they were a teenager or when they were in their mid-20s? I think Neutral Milk Hotel has brought me to a point like that, in which I feel that it's unnecessary to listen to anything new.

But then again, I want somebody to try to top Aeroplane. Or at least match it. DON'T SAY THAT YOU CAN'T DO IT! TRY! JUST FUCKING TRY! TAKE YOUR FUCKING METAPHYSICAL WORLDVIEW AND MAKE AN EPIC OUT OF IT! We'll never advance human civilization beyond the astounding achievement that is Aeroplane if you just give up like that and don't even try to aim high!

(And that's an open plea to anyone who comes across this page. Anyone. Please give me a reason to think that there isn't anywhere else to go but down.)

Anyway, with that craziness said, here's the show:

Part 1 (of 2)
Part 2 (of 2)

playlist for july 10, 2007

Pavement "We Dance (alternate version)" Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition
All Girl Summer Fun Band "Grass Skirt" Summer of '98
Dream Bitches "Atlantic City" Sanfransisters
Winnebago "Brass Knuckle Beach" Cuz We're Winnebago
They Might Be Giants "The Mesopotamians" The Else
Calvin Johnson & The Sons of the Soil "Can We Kiss" Calvin Johnson & The Sons of Soil
Divine Library Invasion "The Inspirational Tale of a Centipede" Divine Library Invasion
Boyracer "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Jukebox Volume One
La Casa Azul "Prefiero bailar" Tan simple como el amor
La Casa Azul "C'est fini" Tan simple como el amor
Le Mans "Un rayo de sol" Le Mans
The Afternoon Naps "Postcard" Sunbeamed
The Pipettes "Your Kissed Are Wasted On Me" We Are the Pipettes
Bears "Walk Away" Bears
Kiddo "Mr. Virtuoso" Okay Sweetheart
Kiddo "Apple Tree" Okay Sweetheart
Emily's Sassy Lime "super fm 666" Right Is Here
Team Dresch "Fake Fight" Personal Best
Amy Kasio "Space Disco" Space Disco single
The Afternoon Naps "Bun Bun" Sunbeamed
Pavement "Heaven Is a Truck (radio session)" Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition
Misha "Crystal In Love" Teardrop Sweetheart
Sister Vanilla "Kissaround" Little Pop Rock
Young Marble Giants "Credit In the Straight World" Colossal Youth
The Moonbabies "War On Sound" At The Ballroom
Annemarie "Lazy Sunny Day" ABC On TV
Smack Dab "Right Smack Dab" Majestic Root
Camera Obscura "Let's Get Out of This Country" Let's Get Out of This Country

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

hey, happy 4th of july... let's blow something up!

Let's see... I started off with a 4th of July set. Then, went into a block of Smiths/Morrissey, a couple of Tetris-related tracks, and someone wanted to hear two Calvin Johnson songs back-to-back. Oh, and the last set of the show was really mellow. Maybe too mellow. But it had a new Mirah song in it. That was the show...

I hope the Smiths/Morrissey thing wasn't too much. Maybe that was a bad idea. But I felt like playing them because they were the last thing I listened to before I left for the station. And the live version of "Bigmouth Strikes Again" was really good because it didn't have those high-pitched vocals on it.

Oh, and I think the guy who wanted to hear the back-to-back Calvin Johnson was
different from whoever requested that entire set of Calvin Johnson a few weeks ago. That's amazing to hear that there are Calvinists popping up in Cleveland. You can't get too much of The Calvin.

Finally, I didn't mention it on the air, but WCSB won that kickball game. Actually, we ended up playing 2 games and won both.

And I think that's all that I have to say...

Here's the show.

Part 1 (of 2)
Part 2 (of 2)

P.S. Here are the lyrics to "Bombshelter Part 2" by the Halo Benders. Like I said, these really need to be distributed around the Internet so Middle America can get some perspective...

You know there in Washington, they got a monument covered with names. Names of folks they say gave their lives for their country. And we oughta honor them. The way I see it, they were just doing what they were told.

Now, who I'd like to bestow my gratitude on is them free thinking folks of independent mind. I'd like to say thank you to all of you Vietnam era draft dodgers. And thank you to all you Gulf War military deserters. And I just want to give a big thanks to all of those Americans out there who put their freedom on the line as conscientious objectors and military resistors.

All of you youngsters out there, all of you young men ages 18-22, you're probably wondering what you can do to follow in the footsteps of the American way and assert yourselves as mature individuals. You can decide your own future. I'm not gonna suggest you shouldn't register for the draft. That wouldn't be legal.

But why not take a cue from my buddy Sam? 12 CDs for the price of 1. And register 10 times, 50 times, 100 times. There's no law against it. No law against a woman 18-22 registering 50 or 60 times. Or a man, or a woman 14 or 40 registering for the draft 150 times, 500 times. Just let them know what's on your mind.

About all the bugaboo concerning folks burning the flag. I'd always learned that burning was the proper, respectful way to dispose of a flag when it's become obsolete and worn out its usefulness. Hell, being an American is all about getting things off of your chest and saying your piece. A visual aid can come in mighty handy for getting your point across.

So don't be using up all your matches and lighters, wavin 'em at those big concerts. Save 'em for the streets, where they can express your true feelings, and those of our founding fathers.

God bless all you flag burning patriots, Exercising your rights as Americans.

playlist for july 3, 2007

Morrissey "America Is Not the World" You Are the Quarry
Smitten Kitten "Jefferson Lives!" Popgun 4th of July Spectacular
The Magic Tennies "Patriotic Stomp" Popgun 4th of July Spectacular
Water Utility Rates "One-Dollar Bill" Music For We Sleep In Our Clothes People
The Halo Benders "Bombshelter Pt. 2" Don't Tell Me Now
Red Pony Clock "Rollin' Around" Popgun 4th of July Spectacular
Winnebago "Let's Blow Something Up!" Popgun 4th of July Spectacular
Ideal Free Distribution "The American Myth" Ideal Free Distribution
Morrissey "There's a Place In Hell For Me and My Friends" Morrissey At KROQ
The Smiths "Shiela Take a Bow" Singles
The Smiths "Bigmouth Strikes Again" Rank
Jeff Ensley "Everyday Is Like Sunday" How Bizarre: A Tribute to the '90s
The Diskettes "How Bizarre" How Bizarre: A Tribute to the '90s
The Blue Collars "Tetris" It's Casual
Midtown Dickens "Tetris" Oh Yell!
Cheese On Bread "How Long Have You Been Haitian?" Maybe Maybe Maybe Baby
Calvin Johnson & the Sons of the Soil "Can We Kiss" Calvin Johnson & the Sons of the Soil
Beat Happening "The This Many Boyfriends Club" Jamboree
Grenadine "In a World Without Heroes" Goya
Sonic Youth "Within You Without You" Daydream Nation (Deluxe Edition)
14 Iced Bears "Train Song" in the beginning
Boyracer "Small Consolation" Punker Than You Since '92
Pavement "No More Kings" Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks
Azure Ray "4th of July" Azure Ray
The Blow "The Sky Opened Wide Like the Tide (Lucky Dragons Newage Powermix)" Poor Aim: Love Songs (reissue)
Mirah and Spectratone International "Community" PDX POP NOW! 2007
Rose Melberg "Each New Day" Cast Away the Clouds
The Icicles "Nights Like These" Arrivals & Departures
Boyracer "Wanting For All the Wrong Reasons" Punker Than You Since '92

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