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Does It Offend You, Yeah? “Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You”

May 8, 2011

I’ve heard a lot about this band, and I’m only hip enough to recognize the name. “John Hurt” samples Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s “It Takes Two.” They must also like the Whopper. “Wrong Time Wrong Planet” was a little psychedelic but not too much to make you uncomfortable.
Fans of Apollo 440 should like “Wondering.” I don’t know what to do with this type of music, but it is fun if nothing else.
By the time I get to the end of this record, I am expecting to hear something quirky disguised as normal, and so the quirkiness is what keeps me going. Well, when I hear “Broken Arms,” it never gets weird. So the song is fine, sure, but I wasn’t expecting a straight-ahead shoegaze type of song. Flaming Lips does this to me as well sometimes. How dare they do one song normally! And I most certainly was not warned!

Liam Finn + Eliza Jane “Champagne in Seashells”

May 8, 2011

It’s an EP. I don’t know enough about music to know whether “Plane Crash” is in C, but Rilo Kiley fans would like this one nonetheless. “Long Way to Go” is catchier and has jangly guitar as well as some synths. This is one to dance to. In fact, I think I’ve heard this before. I have. The chorus has the same melody as “Do You Wanna Hold Me?” by Bow Wow Wow.
“Won’t Change My Mind” is slower and has the same music as “Another Day in Paradise” by Phil Collins. How is that even possible? It’s subtle, but it’s there. “Honest Face” has a peppy rhythm and a mid-90s power pop sound. Picking up the rear is “On Your Side.” It’s a fun amalgamation of sound.
This isn’t the first record of theirs that I’ve listened to, and I hope it won’t be the last. These guys are a lot of fun.

Eux Autres “Broken Bow”

March 13, 2011

Here’s a band our beloved traffic director can really get into. It’s pronounced “ooh oh-TRAY.” I saw these guys in San Francisco last year when they were touring. The easiest analogy is Nous Non Plus, because they both have female vocals and a French name. It’s not entirely off base, but the music is less eccentric and has more of an ’80s sound. Musically, I like them much better than Nous Non Plus.
“Queen Turner” has a bit of a twee sound, and the accompaniment is perfect. It reminds me of Sweetheart. “Under Rays” has tremendous power pop sensibilities to it. This could be one of the best songs of the year.
If you want something a little more male-dominated, “A Band Undone” does quite nicely. “You’re Alight” goes back to those lovely female vocals again. The piano in the background is good stuff, and reminds me of another band that makes me think of French, Of Montreal.
Muffs, Neko Case and Fastbacks fans may think “Go Dancing” is one of their own, only on Prozac. “Cover Rights” is the cherry on top of a fantastic item. If this is the future of music, then we’re in good hands.

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 83, 15 October 2010 Playlist

October 15, 2010

Reporter, Silent Running
Cotton Jones, Goethe Nayburs
Magic Kids, Phone
Fitz and the Tantrums, Don’t Gotta Work It Out
Rogue Valley, English Ivy
Jesca Hoop, Hunting My Dress
Carissa’s Wierd, One Night Stand
Colleen and Paul, You’re My Globe
of Montreal, Coquet Coquette
Neon Indian, Deadbeat Summer
Preaching to the Animals, Mercy Me
Dirty Projectors, Ascending Memory
Sarah Jaffe, Summer Begs
Why?, Gemini (Birthday Song)
Miss TK and the Revenge, Beach Master
Land of Talk, Cloak and Cipher
Margaret Cho, Intervention

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 77, 12 September 2010 Playlist

September 12, 2010

Brass Widow, Landscape
Casiokids, Gront Lys I Alle Ledd
Spouse, What You’re Feeling
Jesca Hoop, The Kingdom
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, The Roof
Shapes and Sizes, Time Has Practically Stopped
Colleen and Paul, Please Be Kind
Rogue Valley, The Warming Moon
Shapes and Sizes, I Need an Outlet
Shannon Stephens, My Feeble Heart
Here We Go Magic, Collector
Star Fucking Hipsters, 3,000 Miles Away
Audrye Sessions, The Paper Face
Super Stereo, Capsule Man
The Pleasure Kills, Bring Me a Match
Unwritten Law, Teenage Suicide
Tangiers, Love Rockets
The Shocks, Human abfall Aus Bonn
Shoplifting, L.O.V.E.
Queers, Overdue
Motion City Soundtrack, Indoor Living
Horrorpops, Bring It On!
Hot Hot Heat, Get In or Get Out
Terue Tereu, Cheers
Whiskey Avengers, Leavin’ You
Wirestraps, Fast Edit
Amazombies, That’s Right
Vitamin Party, Over the Counter
Alkaline Trio, San Francisco
The Bell Rays, Pinball City

Episode 1398 is up

May 19, 2010

Episode 1397 is up

May 19, 2010

Episode 1396 is up

May 17, 2010

Episode 1394 is up

May 16, 2010

Alphabet Soup, Episode 4, May 16 2010 Playlist

May 16, 2010

Kate Bush, King of the Mountain
Call and Response, Colors Bleed
Camera Obscura, Happy New Year
Cadallaca, Cadallaca Theme
Cat Power, The Greatest
Neko Case, People Got a Lotta Nerve
Catatonia, Sweet Catatonia
Care Bears on Fire, Gym Class Haze
Exene Cervenka and the Original Sinners, It Ain’t Supposed to Be
Chairlift, Bruises
Cinnamon, Springtime of My Life
Cibo Matto, Spoon
Jenny Choi, First Day