Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Radio Cure 2.24.09

1.Phoenix - 1901
2. Vivian Girls - Lake House
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll
4. The Hold Steady - Atlantic City
5. TV on the Radio - Heroes
6. Swan Lake - Spider

7. A.C. Newman - The Palace at 4 AM
8. Crystal Stilts - The Dazzled
9. Of Montreal - Nowhere Man
9. The Little Ones - Cha Cha Cha
10. Charlie Feathers - That Certain Female (Request)
11. Lotus Plaza - Quicksand
12. Luna - The Alibi
13. Sea Wolf - Black Dirt
14. Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks (Live on Letterman)
15. Grizzly Bear - While You Wait for the Others
16. Buck 65 - Roses and Bluejays
17. Thom Yorke - Reckoner
18. The Mountain Goats - Family Happiness
19. Bon Iver - Creature Fear
20. Clem Snide - The Endless Endings
21. Lucinda Williams - Drunken Angel
22. Aimee Mann - Ghost World
23. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down - New One
24. Fanfarlo - Luna
26. Neutral Milk Hotel - Ghost
27. Neutral Milk Hotel - Untitled
28. The Gerbils - Is She Fiona
29. Athlete - El Salvador

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Radio Cure 2/17/09

Current Show Status: LIVE!
1. The National - So Far Around the Bend (Stream Link)
2. Los Campesinos! - Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #1
3. Sea Wolf - You're a Wolf (MySpace Link)
4. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Wind Pheonix (MySpace Link)
5. Deerhunter - Agoraphobia
6. The Raveonettes - Love Can Destroy Everything
7. Flight of the Conchords - Carol Brown
8. Elliott Smith - Stickman (Link)
9. Clem Snide - Hum
10. The Arcade Fire - Lenin
11. Feist + Ben Gibbard - Train Song
12. Bon Iver - Brackett, WI
13. Grizzly Bear - Deep Blue Sea
14. The Decemberists - Sleepless
15. Spoon - Well-Alright
16. My Morning Jacket - El Corporal
17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
18. Vivian Girls - No
19. Belle & Sebastian - Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying
20. Camera Obscura - Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken
21. M. Ward - For Beginners
22. Antony & The Johnsons - Kiss My Name
23. John Vanderslice - Coming and Going on Easy Terms
24. The Mountain Goats - Southwood Plantation Road
25. The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet
26. Liz Phair - Don't Apologize
27. The Long Winters - Teaspoon
28. Guided By Voices - King & Caroline
29. The Nerves - When You Find Out
30. Animal Collective - No More Runnin

Monday, February 16, 2009

Elliott Smith's "Basement" Demos

In my daily sweeps of the best music blogs, I managed to find on Rawkblog a zipped file of unheard Elliott Smith tracks from his final recording sessions, those for "From a Basement on the Hill." Being a huge fan of Elliott's work, I went to check it out, which brings me to a few rants and raves. First off, several of the tracks actually were on "Basement," so just a heads up on that first. Secondly, there is a cover of the Beatles' "I'll Be Back," (improperly labeled as "If I Fell") which is fantastic. For die hard Elliott fans, a lot of these tracks have been floating around for a while, but it was nice to get a version of "Mr. Good Morning" with lyrics and I was surprised to find that the old Figure 8 Demo "Tiny Time Machine" now has lyrics as "Suicide Machine." There are currently no announced plans to release any more of Elliott's work, now over five years since his death, so for now, leaks will have to do.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Videos For Your Weekend

Since we don't always do the greatest job of posting, I thought I'd provide a little treat: a round up of some of the best videos of live performances. Enjoy!

Los Campesinos! - Death to Los Campesinos!

Land of Talk - Some Are Lakes

Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks

Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Concert Review: Titus Andronicus/Los Campesinos!

Having gone since CMJ without a concert, last night's Titus Andronicus/Los Campesinos! show as at the Wexner Center was greatly welcomed. With high expectations for both bands, (especially LC!, my Artist of the Year for 2008) I'm pleased to report I was not disappointed at all.

Openers Titus Andronicus have been on a roll recently, with their debut album The Airing of Grievances getting rereleased. Coming on stage to a monologue presented by a 1960's teen screaming about rock and roll, Titus Andronicus started rocking and never stopped. The howl of lead singer Patrick Stickles was barely decipherable, but it hardly mattered. The band barreled through most of Grievances and let their raucous sound fill the venue, an odd set up where a smaller stage is set up on the big stage of the Mershon Auditorium. The set was also peppered with a cover of the Modern Lovers' "Road Runner" and at one point, they broke down into the classic "Wipeout." This is a band to keep an eye on. They might not reach epic heights, but they seem like they're going to go places.

By the time Los Campesinos! took the stage, the place was packed and ready to go. Drawing equally from their two LPs, Hold on Now Youngster and We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, the band never slowed down. LC! is a blast to listen to on their albums, and the energy emitted by the band in concert is contagious. At the start of the show, the hipsters all sort of bopped their heads, but by the time band finished their encore, everyone was exhausted from dancing. The highlight of the show was easily "You! Me! Dancing!," the band's most recognizable track. When guitarist Tom Campesinos! began playing the intro riff to the song, the crowd erupted in applause. When the song broke wide open, the crowd became a mob of dancing, screaming the lyrics back at the band and bopping along. In between tracks, lead singer Gareth Campesinos! entertained with witty banter that rivals that of Jeff Tweedy. Closing their main set with "Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks" and doing an encore of "Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats," Los Campesinos! left their crowd dizzy in the after shock of an epic show.

After the show, I had a chance to meet Gareth at the merch table. A super nice guy, he right off the bat noticed my Vivian Girls t-shirt and told me where it might be best to trim the collar. After I told him I'd been to Spillers, a record store in Cardiff, we ended up having a conversation about Bath, the city in England where I studied abroad and he lives. It's always cool to meet a musician you enjoy, but even better when you can actually talk to them.

I must say that this show was one of the best shows I've seen in a while. Not since My Morning Jacket back in October have I rocked this hard. A huge thumbs up to both bands.

Grade: A+

NOTE: My memory card is messed up, so my pictures of the show will be a bit delayed. Check back and hopefully I'll get them up soon.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Radio Cure 2/10/09

Show Status: Over :-(
1. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Everything With You [Link]
2. The Thermals - Now We Can See[MP3]
3. Wavves - So Bored
4. Bishop Allen - Dimmer [MP3]
5. Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career [Link]
6. Great Lakes Swimmers - Pulling on a Line [Link]
7. Clem Snide - Beard of Bees [Full Album Stream]
8. Here We Go Magic - Tunnelvision [MP3]
9. Port O'Brian - Is This Really What Its Come To? [MySpace]
10. Animal Collective - Daily Routine
11. Arcade Fire - Surf City Eastern Block
12. Grizzly Bear - Colorado
13. Yo La Tengo - You Can Have It All
14. Amanaz - Khala My Friend [MP3] (Thanks to GvB)
15. Little Joy - Brand New Start
16. Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) - Liner
17. Real Estate - Fake Blues
18. Moscow Olympics - Still
19. Ferris Wheel - Lay Down [Link]
19. Titus Andronicus - Titus Andronicus
20. Los Campesinos! - The International Tweexcore Underground
21. R.E.M. - Gardening at Night
22. Sleater-Kinney - Oh!
23. The Replacements - Alex Chilton
24. Los Campesinos! - We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives
25. Guided By Voices - Motor Away
26. The Shins - Fighting in a Sack
27. N.A.S.A. - Spacious Thoughts

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Radio Cure 2/3/2009

Be sure to tune in tonight from 7:30-9:30 EST for the Radio Cure for a special, jam packed show. In addition to the normal mix of new and awesome music, I'll be doing a segment on the Bonnaroo lineup as well as a tribute to Buddy Holly on the 50th Anniversary of his death. You can listen live at 91.1 FM in the Granville area, or stream it online here. If you caught the show and liked what you heard, or in case you missed it, here's the playlist:
1. Little Joy - Keep Me In Mind
2. Peter, Bjorn, and John - Nothing To Worry About
3. Here We Go Magic - Fangela
4. MGMT - Electric Feel
5. Oxford Collapse - Young Love Delivers
6. Tangiers - I Don't Love You
7. Real Estate - Black Lake
8. Metric - Help, I'm Alive
9. Passion Pit - Cuddle Fuddle
10. Amadou & Miriam - Sabali
11. Pedro - Hope is a Happiness
12. Buddy Holly - Not Fade Away
13. M. Ward - Rave On
14. John Martyn - Glory Box
15. Weezer - Buddy Holly
16. Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes
17. Yeasayer - 2080
18. Okkervil River - The Latest Toughs
19. Wilco - Hate it Here (Live)
20. Ted Leo/Rx - The Great Communicator
21. Band of Horses - Wicked Gil
22. Neko Case - Some People Got a Lot of Nerve
23. Andrew Bird - Oh No
24. Bon Iver - Beach Baby
25. Wrens - Marked Up
25. Deerhunter - Never Stops
26. Feist - I Feel it All (Britt Daniel Remix)
27. Radiohead - Nude (Hipster Runoff Remix)
27. Radiohead - Faust Arp
28.. Buddy Holly - Peggy Sue Got Married