Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Freedy Johnston, Trashcan Sinatras, Dave's True Story, The Flashcubes, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Petra Haden, Group Sounds, Huma, Kevin Tihista's Red Terror, X-Wife, The Trouble With Sweeney, East River Pipe, and All Girl Summer Fun Band prove that rock and roll ain't noise pollution...
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You Only Live Twice - TRASHCAN SINATRAS
On A B Road, Bobame, 2004
From their excellent collection of b-sides and cover songs, available from their website. Also check out their most recent studio album, Weightlifting. They're great live, too: see them Monday, April 18 at The Saint in Asbury Park; two shows Wednesday, April 20 at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia; Friday, April 22 at Southpaw in Brooklyn; Saturday, April 23 at the Mercury Lounge in Manhattan; and Sunday, April 24 at the mighty, mighty Maxwell's.
And I swear on a stack of Dylan records that it didn't even occur to me until after I'd recorded this that I'd begun Show #007 with a James Bond theme.
Blue Nile - DAVE'S TRUE STORY
Nature, Bepop, 2005
From their new album, which hits stores next Tuesday, April 19. You can buy it now at the iTunes store. They're playing live every Wednesday this month at The Living Room, 8 p.m. no cover. Many more shows in the coming months, including The Rotunda at the William Brennan Courthouse in Jersey City on Friday, June 17. I interviewed them around the time they released their album Sex Without Bodies.
JERSEY ROCK CITY SET
She's A Goddess - FREEDY JOHNSTON
The Way I Were: 4-Track Demos 1986-1992, Bar/None, 2004
The former Hoboken resident plays next Wednesday, April 20 at The Goldhawk, 9 p.m., $10 at the door. An oldie but a goodie: my 1997 interview with Freedy.
Six Months In A Leaky Boat - TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS
Sharkbite Sessions, Lookout!/iTunes, 2005
His Split Enz cover is an iTunes store exclusive. See him live at the Terrace Club in Princeton, Thursday, April 21, 10 p.m.
Start To Realize - HUMA
Huma, no label, 2004
While the New Brunswick trio works on some new music, go to their site and download some of their tunes. Read my chat with them.
Kill The Action - EAST RIVER PIPE
Mel, Merge, 1996
A fine tune by F.M. Cornog, who grew up in Summit, N.J. and at one point, when he was homeless, lived in the Hoboken train station. He came a long way back.
1,000 Phone Calls - GROUP SOUNDS
EP, no label, 2005
Buy their EP and download some tunes at the band's site while you can; after opening for The Kills, Hot Hot Heat, and Louis XIV, I doubt they're going to remain unsigned for long.
Eno - X-WIFE
Feeding The Machine, Nortesul, 2004
When this Portuguese band was in town in late 2004, they did a live set you can stream on WFMU's rockin' Cherry Blossom Clinic, hosted by Terre T.
Evelyn Rochman - THE TROUBLE WITH SWEENEY
Fishtown Briefcase, Burnt Toast Vinyl, 2004
Download this song for free from their site; better yet, buy the CD from the Not Lame store.
It's You Tonight - THE FLASHCUBES
Bright Lights, Northside, 1997
The Syracuse power-pop heroes of the late '70s, and an incendiary live band, in one of their finest moments.
Cutie Pie - ALL GIRL SUMMER FUN BAND
All Girl Summer Fun Band, K, 2001
Twee fun! Can't wait for their third album.
I Can't Reach You - PETRA HADEN
Petra Haden Sings The Who Sell Out, Bar/None, 2005
A highlight of Petra's a capella full-album cover of what I would (and, in fact, sometimes do) argue is The Who's best album.
Just Not Enough - KEVIN TIHISTA'S RED TERROR
Don't Breathe A Word, Parasol, 2001
A brilliant Chicago songwriter. Peep pics of Kevin drinking beer, and buy CDs while you're at it.
Hoboken Rock City is produced with the cooperation of the artists and record labels whose recordings appear on the show.
Thank you: Pat Pierson, Tris McCall, John and Frank Navin, Keith Cullen, MaiMai, Fran Azzarto, Robin Morton, Jeff Eyrich, Kelly Flint, David Cantor, Michael Hill, Glen Morrow, Rob Cukierman, Brian, Laura & Jess from Huma, Erin Smith, Christina Rentz, Jared & Group Sounds, Rajeev Muttreja, Scott at Burnt Toast Vinyl, Tommy Allen & The Flashcubes, Amber Bua, Michael Roux, all the listeners, commenters, and voters.
See you next Wednesday for Show #8. Yeah!