Archive for February 2011

Episode 1677 is up

February 26, 2011

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 96, 23 February 2011 Playlist

February 24, 2011

Trashcan Sinatras, Should I Pray?
Cadallaca, Scarface
Carissa’s Wierd, So You Wanna Be a Superhero
Stereolab, Aelita
Cat Power, I Don’t Blame You
Catatonia, Sweet Catatonia
Salteens, Savings and Loans
Neko Case, At Last
Chairlift, Evident Utensil
N.A.S.A., Chase the Devil
Margaret Cho, Intervention
Jenny Choi, Prometheus
Nerdkween, Catalyst
Cinnamon, Springtime of My Life
Cibo Matto, Sci-Fi Wasabi
Deerhoof, Qui Dorm, Nomes Somia
Chop Chop, Serial Killer
Club 8, Sometimes
Victoire, India Whiskey
CocoRosie, Promise
Cocktail Slippers, You Do Run
Lovers, Figure8
Cocteau Twins, Pink Orange Red
C.O.C.O., Good
Grouplove, Don’t Say Oh Well
Coralie Clement, Bye Bye Beaute
The Concretes, Postpone It
Fort Wilson Riot, All My Friends
Colleen and Paul, You’re My Globe
Concrete Blonde, When I Was a Fool
Tennis, Baltimore
Company of Thieves, Around the Block
Cock and Swan, Remember Sweet
27, What Did You Expect
Cowboy Junkies, (You’ve Got to Get) A Good Heart
The Corner Laughers, Stonewords
The Monday Mornings, Shift the Sea
Christina Courtin, Foreign Country
Cotton Jones, By Morning Light
Tamaryn, The Waves
Saskia Crescentia, Summer Fires
Care Bears on Fire, My Problems
Lady Lazarus, Sick Child
Crazy Mary, Orgasmic Annie
Cranes, Can’t Get Free
Cub, Motel 6

Episode 1676 is up

February 22, 2011

Tumbledown “Empty Bottle”

February 20, 2011

It’s fun to watch modern punk stars do side projects involving country music. If that’s your thing, you will enjoy Tumbledown just fine. Don’t call them sellouts. There’s only so much you can do in a 90-second track, and no doubt, they are envious of crossover acts such as Flogging Molly.
Everything is pretty good on this one. “She’s in Texas (And I’m Insane)” tells a good story, and the tempo is slow enough that it’s easy to follow along. “A Thousand More Times” is a full on ballad.
“Bad News” features Todd Beene, which is a big deal to some of you kids. This one has country guitar and rock ‘n’ roll drums, along with almost Blink 182-style talking. I bet that this is what Generation Y plays while trying to strap the car seat into the Ford F-150 before heading to Mom and Brian’s house to see if they can float them one more loan until they can find another job. This, now this is new country.

Thursday “Common Existence”

February 20, 2011

Well, somebody had to review this. And more than a year after it came out, I realized it might as well be me. But first, my favorite Thursday joke. I always wanted Dar Williams to collaborate with Thursday so they could call the supergroup “Dar Thursday.” Anthony Forrette knows what I mean.
This sounds exactly what you would expect it to. It’s funny that in 10 years that Thursday will be considered “classic rock.” At any rate, give “Friends in the Armed Forces” a listen. It’s less annoying than the rest and doesn’t have a bunch of ridiculous guitar wanking in it. That should count for something.
“Circuits of Fever” sounds like a Stone Temple Pilots song. Thursday seem to have figured out that yelling is just an arrow in the quiver, not the whole arsenal. “Love Has Led Us Astray” is better than having it tear us apart, again, I guess. It sounds like a song Smashing Pumpkins would do, musically.
It’s fine. It’s Thursday. I am calling a spade a spade.

Episode 1675 is up

February 20, 2011

William Brittelle “Television Landscape”

February 20, 2011

I have no idea how this ended up in my queue. Listening to male singer-songwriters complain about watching cartoons and smoking cigarettes is not high on my list. But actually William Brittelle is just ’90s enough, just psychedelic enough, that the record is worth giving a listen.
“Vivid Culture” is the cultural reference above. It’s more than five minutes long and hard to listen to sober without having second thoughts. It sounds better loud. It prolly also sounds better while high.
“Hey Child” has more of an ’80s feel, and I can really get into this one. It channels the same energy that Fantastic Plastic Machine does. I bet Brittelle loves prog rock. The saxophones are the Cherry New York Seltzer on top.
More of the same with “Pegasus in Alcatraz.” There are some strings in this one, however. “Wasteland” focuses a little more on the piano. A lot of these songs sound like Al Jarreau’s band is providing the accompaniment.
“Eyes of the Ocean” goes a little farther back, to the ’70s. It sounds like something the Steve Miller Band would have done and is destined to be a karaoke bar smash hit. It has the falsettos needed to be as kickass as can be.
The last track is “The Color of Rain,” and it makes me picture credits rolling down the screen, while wacky screen shots of the current episode are shown in the background. My girlfriend says they sound like the Bee Gees. Sure, why not.

Episode 1674 is up

February 20, 2011

Episode 1673 is up

February 20, 2011

Episode 1672 is up

February 20, 2011