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July 8, 2003: Desert Days

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  THIS WEEK'S DIRECTIVES. (NOTE: NONE ARE OPTIONAL.) 1. Go rent Gosford Park. 2. Bake your significant other a risotto for your next date. Use lots of white wine and good cheese. 3. If you don't already have a bike, go buy one right now. 4. Read "When Surface was Depth" by Michael Bracewell. 5. You have too many records/CDs. Give at least 20 of them away to the first available teenagers you see. 6. Go out to see a band. You haven't gone in a while and it would do you good. And get a little dressed up. Bring friends. (NOTE: Reunion shows of bands like GBH, the Stooges, Digital Underground, or "The Doors" do not count.) 7. Clean your apartment. 8. Change the magnets on your refrigerator. That magnetic poetry kit stopped being funny about 4 years ago, and your freezer has said "I am lord of her panty machine" for just as long. 9. Get a haircut. 10. Have another cup of coffee.
         
Pinback  Microtonic Wave   Offcell EP    *  
Steve Turner  I Want You in my Arms   Searching for Melody  he of Mudhoney  *  
Speaking Canaries  Menopause Diaries   MP3  from their forthcoming album on Scat Records. Available on the Scat Website as a download. This is one of the best songs I've heard in a really long time, and has inspired me to work on hopefully getting the Speaking Canaries down for a live session later this summer. Like the Gem song I played last week, I can't help but wonder if I really deserve knowing a song this good.  *  
27 Various  Turn On and On   Fine     
Lorette Velvette  Don't Crowd Your Mind   Dream Hotel     
Danielle Howle & the Tantrums  Where Were You?   Do a Two Sable     
Black Kali Ma  Movin' On   You Ride the Pony (I'll be the Bunny)  Featuring Gary Floyd on vox, formerly of the Dicks and Sister Double Happiness.   
Roky Erickson & the Aliens  Bloody Hammer   The Evil One     
         
         
CAN  Full Moon on the Highway   Landed     
Dabrye  Making it Pay   Idol Tryouts  compilation  *  
Dub Syndicate  Dub Violation   Murder Tone    *  
Lifesavas (feat. J-Live)  Selector   12"    *  
Dinosaur L  Clean on Your Bean #1   New York Noise  compilation  *  
Essential Logic  Music is a Better Noise   Fanfare in the Garden 2xCD    *  
The Plod  Neo City   Velvet Tinmine  compilation   
T. Rex  Telegram Sam   The Slider     
         
         
Big Boys  Fun Fun Fun   The Fat Elvis     
Jawbreaker  Indictment   24 Hour Revenge Therapy     
Attack  School Daze   A Deadly Dose of Wylde Psych  compilation  *  
Swamp Rats  Hey Freak!   Disco Still Sucks!  Hey. I like Disco.  *  
Wombats  Bye Bye Baby   Zontar Must Die  A few people emailed me with suggestions as to who fulfilled the roll of New Jersey's 1980s "hobby bands" and most of the suggestions were of the punk/hardcore variety like P.E.D., Big Nurse, Cyanamid, and Detention. Perhaps it's just my sense of local pride, but I still like all those bands and wouldn't categorize them in the back-handedly derrogatory "hobby band" genre just yet. Maybe the hobby phenom didn't hit Jersey until later on... Bubblegum Thunder? Loose? Motel Shootout? The Blisters? Hell, I like all those bands too... Oh, forget it.   
Saints  This Perfect Day (original version)   Tales from the Australian Underground 2xCD  compilation -- Saints guitarist Ed Kuepper is still the coolest guy ever. (I checked.)  *  
25 Suaves  Detroit   Bulb Singles Volume 2  compilation -- You do not know the meaning of "party" (used in the present tense verb form) until you have seen this song performed live.  *  
Dirtbombs  Got to Give it Up   Ultraglide in Black     
Dinbot  Whipsta!   MP3  here  *  
         
         
The Saucers  Orpheus   What We Did    *  
Ultravox  I Can't Stay Long   Systems of Romance     
Tussle  Eye Contact   12"    *  
Whodini  Magic's Wand   Vice City: Wildstyle Pirate Radio  compilation  *  
Nas  Made Ya Look   God's Son  "Let me see your hand that you shoot with, count your loot with, push the pool stick in your new crib, same hand that you hoop with, swing around like you stoo-pid" is possibly my favorite lyric of the century, just FYI.   
Semi-Official  Crime   12"    *  
Foreign Legion  Y'all Ain't Ready   Playtight 2xLP  To be included on the forthcoming (in my imagination, anyway) HipTran Hit Parade CD compilation.  *  
Federico Aubele  Postales   Den of Thieves  compilation  *  
         
         
New Christs  On Top of Me   We Got This    *  
Prisonshake  Favorite Hospital   MP3 from their forthcoming album  Thanks Robert!  *  
Six Eye Columbia  Traitor Hygeine   A Million Six  Same band that did that weird Roxy Music/Black Sabbath thing. They cover "Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates, too, which it would be remiss of me to not mention.  *  
Vertebrats  Left in the Dark   1000 Day Dream  Still totally bakes my pop cookies, even after 1000 spins. Pop cookies? Let's hear it for making up terminology on the spot... I had initially typed "totally melts my pop nads" but then decided that was a little gross.   
The French Revolution  9 'til 5   Freakbeat Fantoms  compilation   
The Rub  Death of Pop   MP3  This song serves as the theme song to a fine radio show hosted by my good friend Jon Solomon.   
Afghan Whigs  Milez is Dead   Congregation  A friend and I put this one on last week after some (very stiff) drinks at the local Cuban place (which you may recall wreaked havoc on my playlist page two weeks ago... Ahem) and we were both hit with the fond remembrance of how good this song is. A DJ named Tim O'Reiley was the first guy at my old station to find this bonus track buried at the end of the Whigs' "Congregation" CD on Sub Pop, which us inferior types had all been playing "Conjure Me" from for weeks. After Tim spilled the beans, it was this track for weeks and weeks thereafter. If I knew how to track down Tim (I lost touch with him years ago), I would be compelled to give him a firm handshake right about now.   
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum  Bring Back the Apocalypse   Live    *  
Turtles  Eleanor   Slowed down MP3 -- Thank you, computer.     
         
  Thanks to all who listened, called, or emailed during the show. You morning folk have made me feel so welcome on this spangly new daytime airshift, and I can't thank you enough for that! Ciao for now...

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