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July 1, 2003: Urban Life Burn

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  I neglected to mention during today's programme that I am incredibly sunburned. Seriously, I'm like the posterboy for Severe Exposure this week and am all lobstery about the shoulders and back, thanks to my lengthy bike tour of Manhattan on Sunday (falling asleep in Battery Park for two hours didn't hurt, either.) As a result of all this, I've been wearing the same shirt for the past three days, which is a 100% polyester (meaning it doesn't snag on burned flesh) soccer jersey, which earned a passerby in a car to scream "MANCHESTER UNITED!" at me while I was walking back to the station after lunch today.
  This made me enormously happy, as I've always wanted to be mistaken for a European football hooligan, even if only for a minute. If I don't wash the shirt soon, it's going to walk away by itself, so I must now go flip a few cars over and set fire to the local grocery market before I shatter the illusion. Have a stellar holiday weekend, and don't steal anything I wouldn't buy for you anyway.
Beck, Bogert, Appice  Superstitious   Roots of Metal  compilation   
Gem  Suburban Girl   Hexed  Rarely does a song summon a universal jaw-dropping like this one does. If there is such a thing as a modern-day classic, this one definitely makes my list. I don't deserve to know a song this good.   
Cheap Trick  Downed   In Color... And in Black and White     
The Shins  Caring is Creepy   Oh, Inverted World     
Someloves  Know You Now   Tales from the Australian Underground 76-89 2xCD  compilation  *  
Cub  Loaded   Box of Hair     
Pell Mell  Sky Lobby   Star City  I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but Pell Mell has always reminded me of what I imagine you would hear if you held a stethoscope up to a computer.   
Soft Pink Truth  Make Up   Do You Party?  When the mood takes me, yes. Although I would never refer to it as such. Featuring Drew from Matmos.  *  
Go Home Productions  Submusic   MP3  Go here, quickly.  *  
Mathematics  Respect Mine   12"    *  
Gotan Project  El Capitalismo Foranéo   La Revancha del Tango 2xCD    *  
Ghost Exits  Cincinnati Riot Blues   12"  I do not like Electroclash. I do not like it, bitch I am. I liked this, however.  *  
Larry Wallis  Crying All Night   Death in the Guitarfternoon  Possibly, the worst LP title of all time. That is not a challenge, clevertrousers.  *  
Soulside  Trigger   Soon Come Happy  Hey Bobby Sullivan! Where'd you go?   
Arcwelder  All Mixed Together   Xerxes  OK, about 19 billion people emailed and told me that "Xerxes" was a Persian King. Apologies for exposing my ignorance on the air like some kind of funky sore. I didn't realize you were all such upper crusties. I'm still partial to my "Sex Rex" theory, thank you very much.   
Led Zeppelin  The Ocean   How the West was Won 3xCD  I went to high school in Trenton, not far from New Hope, PA, which was sort of a magnet for 80s punk and hippie kids to congregate in because... well, I don't know why. Ween lived there before they were famous, everybody seemed to have something to smoke or drink, and the local headshop sold tickets to all the punk shows at City Gardens. I was firmly rooted in that kind of music by the time I started hanging around there, but the proliferation of dudes with ponytails who hung around on streetcorners playing the opening notes to Zep's "Over the Hills and Far Away" (and the ease with which these guys seemed to gather ladies at their side) was the only motivation I ever had to try the middle class hippie thing. Luckily, this notion was not entertained for any serious length of time. I never bought an acoustic guitar and I never learned how to play any Led Zeppelin songs. Most of the hippies eventually got beaten up by skinheads and Ween got famous, so everthing turned out alright as far as I'm concerned.  *  
Crime  San Francisco's Doomed   San Francisco's Doomed     
Gun Club  Bad Indian   Miami     
Six Eye Columbia  Casanova   Frowny Frown  Roxy Music/Black Sabbath "cover"  *  
Curse ov Dialect  Upsidedown Frowns   Lost in the Real Sky    *  
Poor Righteous Teachers  Self-Styled Wisdom   12"  What Trenton makes, the world takes!   
The Video Age  Protect & Survive   Seed Records Vol. 1  compilation  *  
Professor Angel Dust & the PH Force  Oye, Como Va   7"    *  
Vacuous Ninnies  Eskababble   Vacuous Ninnies    *  
Apparat Organ Quartet  Stereo Rock n' Roll   Apparat Organ Quartet  Live on Scott's show on July 7th.   
Beastie Boys  She's On It   Krush Groove  soundtrack   
Dinbot  I'm Watching for You   MP3  Wire/Britney Spears mashup. Go here and don't be slow about it.  *  
DJ Shadow  (excerpt)   Diminishing Returns 2xCD  mix session recorded by/for/at the BBC  *  
Programme  Le Meilleur Moyen pour y Rester   Mon Cervea dans ma Bouche     
Sonic Youth  Rouche Rumble   4 Tunna Brix EP  A Fall cover, also recorded by/for/at the BBC. John Peel is a busy man.   
Frog Eyes  One in Six Children will Flee in a Boat   The Golden River    *  
Pearls Before Swine  Playmate   One Nation Underground     
Pica Huss  Middle Eastern Song   Shave the Baby!  compilation -- this track caused multiple anxiety-related outbursts among three former/current residents of Ohio. Everybody just settle down. Or else the Royal Crescent Mob records come out next week.   
Frijid Pink  Tell me Why   Frijid Pink     
Sam and Joe  some thoughts to reflect on this July 4th weekend...   Fear of Smell compilation  Sam and Joe are actually Sam McPheeters and Joe Martin, they of Born Against and Citizens Arrest/Hell No fame respectively. I once had a very nice conversation with Joe on somebody's porch. Similarly uninterseting factoid: I bought the "Murders Among Us" 7" single from Sam for two dollars and 40 cents at a hardcore matinee at Middlesex County College many moons ago. Never let it be said that I don't get a lot of mileage out of this "comments" field on my playlist page.   
Fastbacks  In the Summertime   Very, Very Powerful Motor     
Hard Ons  Don't Wanna See You Cry   Love is a Battlefield of Wounded Hearts     
Nils  Scratches and Needles   Something to Believe In  compilation   
David Bowie  Moonage Daydream   Ziggy Stardust y los Spiders del Mars.     

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