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August 26, 2003: Newark Style

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  In keeping with my newfound hatred of internet blogs, (joining my older, more established hatreds of television, forced eccentricities, the band YES, and Arsenio Hall) I have decided to change the nature of the comments on this week's playlist. Any interesting anecdotes to share about the bands/songs that were played are included. One liners, parlor tricks, nickel gags, and most links have been axed. Stories about what I did this week are also axed. I have suddenly decided to become a very private person, and really, odds are that you don't care what happened when I went to see "Saturday Night Fever" in Bay Ridge on Thursday night, or what my sister and I did when we hung out on Saturday.
Halo Benders  Virginia Reel Around the Fountain   The Rebel's Not In  I forgot that I actually used to like Built to Spill. Their first album, inparticular -- the one on C/Z Records that I loaned to nobody and then nobody ever gave it back to me. And what about Doug Martsch's older band, the late lamented Treepeople? I always felt like Doug gave those bandmates a royal dis by trotting off and becoming an indie rock star without them, when the Treepeople were in fact a perfectly fantastic band in their own right. See, you can't trust anybody anymore. Calvin Johnson, on the other hand, I have few interesting opinions on. I saw Beat Happening once and liked his on-stage aerobics more than his singing.   
Swell  Come Tomorrow   Bastards & Rarities    *  
Nappy Roots  Good God Almighty   Wooden Leather    *  
Screaming Trees  Transfiguration   Even if and Especially When     
Mickey Jupp  You'll Never Get me Up in one of those   Juppanese     
Puffy  Long Beach Nightmare   Nice    *  
Janis Joplin  Me & Bobby McGee   Pearl     
Hanoi Rocks  Malibu Beach Nightmare   Back to Mystery City     
Skunk  Rosie   Last American Virgin  I forgot to mention that I used to have a long-running (like 10 years) argument with two friends who insisted that Skunk sounded exactly like old Soul Asylum, to the point where they would tease me for refusing to admit it. The truth of the matter is that I never liked Soul Asylum, then or now, and I didn't like anybody pissing on my Jersey band pride parade. Making it worse is that these two jokers were from BOSTON of all places, a city that encouraged the band Hullabaloo to record multiple albums.   
Listener  FYI   Whispermoon    *  
Knaughty Knights  Connection   split 7" w/ Wildebeests  As stated, I think this band has some affiliation with Jay Reatard -- a notorious, beer-swilling delinquent from Memphis. You've got to respect and admire a guy whom you hear ABOUT before you actually hear his music... In Jay's case, a woman at his old record label once told about something he did with a German stripper and a bottle of wine that was so upsetting to me, I've never been quite the same man since. I know what you're thinking it was that he did, and believe me, it's even worse than THAT.  *  
Bobby Fuller 4  Magic Touch   Best of...     
Dizzee Rascal  Fix up, Look Sharp   Boy in da Corner  Screw the cat, this is awesome. Billy Squier samples have been a long time coming, damnit. Either this wipes bling bling off the face of the planet, or I'm sending a memo to management.  *  
The Juan MacLean  Give me Every Little Thing   split CD w/ the Rapture    *  
FB  One of them all   Teutonik Disaster Vol. 2  compilation  *  
Scratch Acid  Damned for All Time   Just Keep Eating  Scratch Acid later became known as the Jesus Lizard, a band that was notorious for featuring a frontman who would take his trousers down on stage nearly every night. Many hundreds of years ago, I was taken to see this band by my then-girlfriend as a 21st birthday gift, following a then-perceived-as-fancy dinner at TGI Fridays. Funny how your tastes change when you get older. I'm not sure which I find less appealing now; a Jesus Lizard concert or the cheddar potato skins from Friday's salad bar. To say nothing of taking down my trousers at a rock concert.   
Public Enemy  You're Gonna Get Yours   Yo! Bum Rush the Show     
Kraut  New Law   Wheting the Scythe     
The Genies  Know what to do when you get it   Funk Soul Sisters  compilation  *  
Dionne Warwick  We Can Work it Out   Soulful     
Fannypack  Boomin' System   So Stylistic    *  
Mortals  Atomic Cocktail   Last Time Around     
Al Perry  Glue Sniffin' Revival   The Now Sound  compilation   
David Lee Roth  I'm Tired   Diamond Dave  Savoy Brown cover  *  
True Believers  Accept It   7"     
Brother JT  Brother Brother   Hang in there Baby    *  
Kris Fucking Kristofferson  Stranger   Songs of Kristofferson     
David Kilgour  Today is Gonna be Mine   Feather in the Engine     
Iggy Pop  Pumpin' for Jill   Party     
Omid (feat. Spoon of Iodine)  I'm Just a Bill   Monolith    *  
Outkast  Hey Ya!       *  
T-Love  Intellectual Proptease   Long Way Back    *  
Glass Candy  Cold Party   Demos June 2003  I (briefly) looked for the Playboy article about the sexiest babes in indie rock, for which Ida No of Glass Candy was a contestant, but it seems to have been taken down. Here is an article from a DC paper that explains the results, however. Disclaimer #1) I am only peripherally interested in indie rock, and by default, those who are alleged to be its' hottest babes. Disclaimer #2) Someone from that band Rainer Maria was nominated. I saw them at Brownies once and recall disliking them so much that I was far more interested in leaving the club immediately than I was in seeing any member of said band naked. Disclaimer #3) Aren't these things always rigged, anyway?  *  
Country Teasers  Wizmo!   Secret Weapons Revealed at Last    *  
Kazumoto Endo  Gimme Gimme Gimme (a Man after Midnight)   Masters of the Scene  Tribute compilation to ABBA  *  
Dynasty  Amy's Song   Dynasty    *  
Cheap Trick  Low Life in High Heels   Special One    *  
Dickies  Fan Mail   Dawn of the Dickies     
Bill Tatman and the Rampagers  What's Wrong with You?   Teenage Shutdown: MOVE IT!  compilation   
Lili Z  Guess Who I Am   10" EP     
The Law  Shriner's Holiday        
Jesters of Destiny  Last Night   Fun at the Funeral     

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