Archive for August 2010

Colleen and Paul “Colleen and Paul”

August 28, 2010

Maybe it’s the Diet Mtn. Dew talking, but this record has me yelling, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” as if I were a volleyball player. Jenny and Johnny, Matt and Kim, She & Him, and Colleen and Paul. They all do their parts to make compound-complex sentences even harder to copyedit. And of course, it’s more fire for the ampersand debate as well.
Those acts all sound the same, too, which is fine by me. Go on with your bad selves. I want more of this male-female duet stuff. “Please Be Kind” is one of the better tracks, although all are noteworthy. I also like “You’re My Globe.” If Pee-Wee’s Playhouse were still around, I bet Colleen and Paul could be special guests, and they could sing this one to Globey. “TV Summer” makes a reference to TV Guide, so you know I’m all over that.

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Episode 1494 is up

August 26, 2010

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August 26, 2010

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August 24, 2010

Episode 1491 is up

August 24, 2010

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 75, 22 August 2010 Playlist

August 22, 2010

Mt. St Helens Vietnam Band, Leaving Trails
Sia, You’ve Changed
Here We Go Magic, Casual
Gemma Ray, Touch Me I’m Sick
Tender Forever, When I’m in the Dark and You Take the Light
Tender Trap, Grand National
Jenny and Johnny, Big Wave
Audrye Sessions, Julianna
The Barbarellatones, Lesbotron
Cowboy Junkies, Stranger Here
The Prids, Sydney
Grand Lake, Louise (I Live in a Fantasy)
Misty Boyce, How Long
Tracey Thorn, Singles Bar
Fading Collection, The Real Rotator
Buck-O-Nine, Something Funny
Phantom Planet, Making A Killing
The Muffs, A Little Luxury
The Start, Trinity
The Shocks, More Kicks
Josie and the Pussycats, Shapeshiter
Tsunami Bomb, My Machette
Matchbook Romance, Lovers & Liars
The Briefs, Sylvia
Rufio, Still
Bouncing Souls, Hopeless Romantic
Twelve, Never Let You Go
The What Ifs, The Park
Swingin’ Utters – Glad
Shoplifting – L.O.V.E.
12 Steps to Nothing – New Direction
The Spits – PCT

Carissa’s Wierd “They’ll Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003”

August 21, 2010

That’s like naming a band “Doug’s Rael Obnoxious.”
I had really high expectations for this one, and that’s never good. This is an act I somehow missed in my heyday, but when I saw this look back at their apparent greatest times and accolades, I saw it as a chance to finally get to know Carissa’s Wierd. Better late than never, right?
I regret not knowing of these guys when they existed. I would have seen them live at least twice. And it does not surprise me that they spent several years in Portland. And they had a woman who did nothing but play violin. I missed out.
The music itself is like a dark Suddenly, Tammy! Although Carissa’s Weird does not set out to be overly dirty, it’s pretty clear from the get-go that this is a band that knows that rocking means sitting in a van for nine hours, subsisting on little more than Fun Dip. How I can tell this by listening to the record is complicated, but it has a lot to do with song titles such as “The Color That Your Eyes Chaned With the Color of Your Hair” and “So You Wanna Be a Superhero.”
I can tell “One Night Stand” is one of their landmark songs. I’ll play along with that. “Drunk With the Only Saints I Know” is another winner.
My favorite track is “Blessed Arms That Hold You Tight, Freezing Cold and Alone.” It’s a little dramatic, I know, but that was the style at the time.
I would have enjoyed these guys, but they are more of an exhibit of the era than an exemplary representative.

Episode 1490 is up

August 21, 2010

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August 21, 2010