Thursday, October 05, 2006

Last Week's Radio UTD Charts: An MP3 and a video

1 BEACH HOUSE Beach House Carpark
2 VARIOUS ARTISTS Peanut Butter Wolf Presents Chrome Children Stones Throw
3 PERNICE BROTHERS Live A Little Ashmont
4 PORTASTATIC Be Still Please Merge
5 CHIN UP CHIN UP This Harness Can't Ride Anything Suicide Squeeze

1 TV ON THE RADIO Return To Cookie Mountain Interscope
2 MY MORNING JACKET Okonokos: Double Live Album ATO
3 FOUR TET Remixes Domino
4 GRIZZLY BEAR Yellow House Warp
5 BECK The Information Interscope
6 THE KNIFE Silent Shout Mute
7 BONNIE PRINCE BILLY The Letting Go Drag City
8 ALBUM LEAF Into The Blue Again Sub Pop
9 HELLA Acoustics 5RC
10 SPARKLEHORSE Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain Astralwerks
11 R.E.M. And I Feel Fine... The Best Of The I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 Capitol
12 LEMONHEADS The Lemonheads Vagrant
13 JUNIOR BOYS So This Is Goodbye Domino
14 LOW LOWS Fire On The Bright Sky Warm
15 YO LA TENGO I'm Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass Matador
16 SANDRO PERRI Plays Polmo Polpo
17 SLUMBER PARTY Musik Kill Rock Stars
18 BEN KWELLER Ben Kweller ATO
20 CHANGES Today Is Tonight AAM
21 SIRENS SISTER Echoes From The Ocean Floor Control Group
22 MASTODON Blood Mountain Warner Bros.
23 OVER THE ATLANTIC Junica Carpark
24 DUPLOMACY All These Long Drives 2024
25 WHAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS Trying To Never Catch Up Barsuk
26 TORTOISE A Lazarus Taxon Thrill Jockey
27 WIRE 154 Pink Flag
28 XIU XIU The Air Force 5RC
29 AKRON/FAMILY Meek Warrior Young God
30 INSTRUMENTAL QUARTER Traffic Jam Southern

You know, the new Junior Boys album is really shaping up to be one of my favorites this year, and its actually quite surprising to me that they aren't a bigger band than they are. Not every song on the new album is a club banger or anything, but there are a few that sound as if they could be really big singles. The MP3 below is one such song. The album is called So This is Goodbye. Listen to it.

"In the Morning" Click

Also, here is a video for Wire's "Ahead," off their 1987 album The Ideal Copy. I must admit, I haven't heard much of that record, although what I have heard sounds quite a bit different from the earlier stuff with which I am more familiar. Really great song:


Blogger Andrea said...

Word on the junior boys thing. it's really fantastic. i liked Last Exit a whole lot, but this kind of amped up where they were going with that one and added some depth.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Zine-O-Phonic said...

in regards to the Junior Boys:

I'd want to hear the full album before I make up my mind, but I don't see what is so special about this group.

It's not overly dancy, crazy, or prolific in scope. I certainly don't hate it, but I'm not sure if it is deserving of the praise I've read about the album on about 4 different sites this week.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i guess weeperson's site is in dire need of traffic, cuz she's been here way too often as of late.
that pretty much goes for sammy, the slags, geoffie, and anyone else running a blog who desperately desire's wscliffbarnes #'s......................

1:15 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

anon 11:15 - i first read that as "Weeper-son" not "Wee person" ... I gotta say, I kinda like it. Wee Weeperson, from Weepersville, Weepersee.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

also, anon 11:15 (who gets additional props for use of the term "slag") ...

If I wanted to get more hits for my site, you can bet I wouldn't be posting on WSJR, where I appear to be universally hated by all and end up getting skewered in every thread by a bunch of anonymous pussballs. Same goes for the Fine Line girls and Sam.

We may all be blithering idiots, but we're not posting here for the great publicity, I can assure you of that.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now its time to talk about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs doing a instore at good records on friday.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like you andrea. I enjoy your blog, your D.O. column, and your whole general "thing".

1:35 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

wanna spoon, 11:35?

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I WILL buy you Jack Daniels some day.


1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone slow down. Damn. Ya'll gonna get blog AIDS.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't people like stuff anymore?
Why is everyone a You Can't Like That police-person?
Why do think people are trying to dupe you by saying they like something and WHEN THE FUCK DID EVERY PERSON ABLE TO TYPE BECOME A MUSIC CRITIC?

1:56 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

it's the sweet beauty of new media, anon 11:56.

with great power comes great responsibility. and a lot of mindless blather.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I swear this runs through people's minds when they hear a band is good: "if this band doesn't a)save my fucking life, b)make me instantly cum for 4 weeks straight or c)sound like radiohead, flaming lips or grandaddy they are the absolute worst band ever and if anyone says they like them i'm going on a machine-gun campaign to spread my hatred."

2:01 PM  
Blogger Zine-O-Phonic said...

I'm not sure if you were talking about my comments, but I am not trying to "spread my hatred". I'd just wanted to see someone communicate what makes this Junior Boys record so great.

(Andrea's first comment wasn't up when I had begun my post)

I see a lot of "I love this record" plugs on websites, but then nothing to describe why they love it.

And unless you listen to everything without caring, you are critical about music. This is a blog about music, and the critique of music. Is it that odd that other people critique music on this site?

2:46 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

ryan - lord knows i'm one of the worst writers when it comes to explaining what it is about a song or artist i particularly like, but i'll try. the junior boys album is remarkably soft and melodic, but innovative enough with arrangements to hold my attention. it's not trying to be the postal service, which is what some people said about the first album, Last Exit.

i think the lyrics on Goodbye are more accessible than on the first album, and we all know i'm a big whore for lyrics. i feel like Goodbye has a real presence and unity as a record, whereas the first album felt a little disjointed.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you see what i mean?!?

a good lamping would fix you extraordinarily.........

2:59 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

You're going to have to be more specific about this "lamping" process, anon, before i sign on.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Zine-O-Phonic said...

Is that where you put a lampshade on your head?

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and we'll deduct some props from you, so-called anglophile. you really should be ashamed, you know. i believe damon albarn recently received a good lamping, hint hint.
but seriously folks... i thought this chick had a real forum. i believe it's called the dallas observer. and to ryan: o.k., you're new here, got it. so stay out of it!!!!!!!!!!
long live savanteous!

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

see all you pussballs at the monkey bar tonight. i would'nt be caught dead at dada. would you?

3:39 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

who's damon albarn?

honestly, it sounds kinda fun.

3:41 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

wow. Didn't know that about lamping.

And the few times I've been to Dada in recent months have been fairly lame, although it seems that by booking bands like Current Leaves, they're trying to make things a bit better over there. Less singer songwriter stuff would be nice.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

i agree, SR, but dada's kind of a hard place for a band to rock out in. the stage doesn't really lend itself to that, though i think there's hardcore dance floor if they'd move the tall tables on the right side of the bar farther to the back.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

*dance floor potential

3:48 PM  
Blogger Zine-O-Phonic said...

I think Dada has some of the best sound of the clubs I've been to down here, and I think they are making a decent effort to try to get some more diverse groups to play there.

I'm not big on the singer songwriter vibe either, but I've only seen like three acts like that there (and that was the same night).

Not many clubs in deep ellum would even bother with booking local indie groups, so bands around here should take advantage of the oppertunity to play another place.

And even if you don't think that "your crowd" hangs out there, why should the same groups always play that same two or three places? Shake things up a bit. rock the faces off the uncoverted.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Zak said...

Yeah I like that Wire song. I'm no purist when it comes to them. The first thing I ever heard by them was the song "Drill" maybe Part 1, can't remember. It was on some Mute comp called Tonal Evidence I got in the late 80's or early 90s. When I later got into the first three records it was like I was listening to their development in reverse so it was strange.

I don't know much about their 80's output, but I am a fan of that recent stuff on Send, etc. I bet that album is good.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is this "lamping" bullcrap?

Here in Texas we call that shit "spotlighting." Drive up on a big 'ol buck, shine the light in his eyes and watch him freeze, hypnotized by the beam of light. Then, of course, you fuck the deer.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Carlin said...

"i agree, SR, but dada's kind of a hard place for a band to rock out in. the stage doesn't really lend itself to that, though i think there's hardcore dance floor if they'd move the tall tables on the right side of the bar farther to the back."

Andrea, I'll be up at Dada on Saturday afternoon getting the place ready for the Dance Party U.S.A. of Ghostland Observatory. That includes moving the tables out of the way. That's one of the first things I mentioned when I booked them there. Need to move the damn tables...people won't be sitting. See ya!

5:10 PM  
Anonymous TET OFFENSIVE said...


5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:28 PM  
Blogger nerver said...

i heart Wire. thanks for the video, SR.

wee, i hope you're joking on "who's damon albarn?"

5:34 PM  
Blogger nerver said...

anon 2:51: of course, you fuck the deer, but don't go speaking for the rest of us. deerfucker.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nerver eats dick

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Flava Flav said...

What about "cold lampin'?"

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we were just listening to 'the ideal copy' at the store today. madman's honey is amazing..
their next proper record (the 'ideal copy' wasn't a true "album") is more solid as a whole...'a bell is a cup until it is struck'. when they put it out nobody cared. love most of it.
also german shepards is great from 'it's beginning to and back again' (IBTABA). -c.j.

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Carlin said...

"Less singer songwriter stuff would be nice."

Check out the Top 24 on the New Music Tuesday page. Only one singer-songwriter listed in the next 6 shows.

"but dada's kind of a hard place for a band to rock out in."

We'll see what happens when bands like Flaming Fire & Black Elk take the stage on Tuesdays. I guess Gris Gris wasn't necessarily quiet & Willowz promise not to be either.

2:15 AM  
Blogger emcd said...


I'm in Duplomacy, seems like it's on your list...are people liking the album?

9:39 AM  
Blogger Zine-O-Phonic said...

I am now looking forward to that Black Elk show. Carlin, you might want to have them move the tables back for that show too.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carlin buy an ad in the Observer already and stop plastering this message board with Dada crap

12:38 PM  
Blogger Zak said...

Alright, so I listened to that Junior Boys album. I dunno about that. It's good yeah... cool programming and synth stuff, etc.

But this seems to be treading that dangerous ground of getting back to the Erasure/Pet Shop Boys synth pop days and I'm not sure if I can sign off on that.

But hey, This is just my first time through...

3:40 PM  

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