Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Lo Fi - RENO'S MEN
Step Up To The Stereo Slider, Quagmyre Shagpile, 2005
Jersey's favorite Scottish expats usher in the lo fi revolution. Buy it at the iTunes store or CD Baby.
Helicopter - BLOC PARTY
Silent Alarm, Vice, 2005
What's that humming sound? Oh, it's the biggest Brit buzz band of the moment. The album's out this week in U.S. The snooze-lose principle applies: their two shows at Bowery Ballroom in April are long sold out.
How We Know - THE THERMALS
Fuckin' A, Sub Pop, 2004
Punk as—well, duh—fuck! Okay, there's punker, but The Thermals are pretty punk. Download this track for free from Sub Pop or directly from the band, punk.
Never Felt Like This - EDWYN COLLINS
Doctor Syntax, Setanta, 2002
Here's the latest encouraging news from Edwyn's wife Grace, writing on edwyncollins.com: "I think we can say that Edwyn is now virtually out of immediate danger. We are organising his next move, to intensive neuro rehabilitation, which should happen in the next few weeks at the latest. This is a tough challenge, but you know he's beaten the odds already and I fully expect him to go on in his customary stubborn manner... If you wish, you can send cards to him at: West Heath Studios, West Heath Yard, 174 Mill Lane, London, NW6 1TB."
Sickos - THE HARLEM SHAKES
demo, no label, 2004
They just played Southpaw with the heavily hyped Go! Team, and they're playing Sarah Lawrence College next Thursday, March 31.
Ungrateful After All - SMART BROWN HANDBAG
Little Things Are Everything, Stonegarden, 1999
The best little band in America. Buy their most recent at cdbaby.com.
JERSEY ROCK CITY SET
Everybody Dies - DRAMARAMA
Made In N.J., johneasdale.com, 2004
Yes Virginia, there is new music from Dramarama, the first in more than ten years. Download this and more new tracks from bandleader John Easdale's site.
Shapes Of Things - THE CHRIS STAMEY EXPERIENCE
A Question Of Temperature, Yep Roc, 2004
The ex-dB leader teams with Yo La Tengo for an album recorded in Hoboken. Yes, this is a Yardbirds cover.
New York City - CRAYON ROSARY
Crayon Rosary, XOXO, 2004
Gorgeous twee pop from New Brunswick. Free download of this track from Bayonne's XOXO Records.
Early Morning Fuzz - THE GENERAL STORE
Mountain Rescue, no label, 2005
The latest pop pastiche from British singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tam Johnstone—that's son of Davey, Elton John's guitarist since Honky Chateau—is another gem. Buy The General Store's previous album Local Honey at the Not Lame store. Read about the afternoon we spent bopping around Brighton a few years back in this rambling travelogue.
Lipsill - DUNGEN
Ta Det Lungt, Subliminal Sounds, 2004
The incredible psychedelic fuzzed-out Swedish one man rock assault, in one of his more tender moments. More info at his label's site.
I've Got A Feeling - MR. ENCRYPTO
Hero And Villain, Death Barney, 2002
A brilliantly executed cover of an Ivy song by a '60s pop fan's '60s pop fan.
Thank you: Pat Pierson, Tris McCall, John and Frank Navin, Mr. Jim Murphy, Adam Shore, Chris Jacobs, Brent Katz, David Steinhardt, Keith Cullen, Chris Stamey, David Rose, John Easdale, Brendan & Keith of Crayon Rosary, Lola Emanuelli, Tam Johnstone, Bruce Gordon, Stefan Kery, MaiMai, everyone who sends comments, and everyone who listens. See ya for Show #5 next Wednesday!