Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Alright, here's another slightly disjointed set of tunes for your consumption. There's a definite rock vibe running through this compilation, more so than in the last few sets I've posted anyway. If that's your bag then have at it, it's a solid one.
I've featured most of these artists on the podcast before so I'll keep the descriptions brief.

Don't Talk Anymore - the Whigs (Give'em All a Big Fat Lip)
Athens GA has been a hotbed for indie rock since before the days of R.E.M, and you can add the Whigs to that impressive list of southern talent. Their debut LP was released in 2005 to critical acclaim and with good reason, it's a solid listen from start to finish.

Shine a Light - Wolf Parade (Apologies to the Queen Mary)
I was fortunate to see this band a couple of years ago in their home town of Montreal at the Osheaga festival. The weather was shitty, the band had sound problems throughout their entire set, and they still managed to blow me away. I cannot wait for them to release a new record.

Got My Eye on You - Brian Jonestown Massacre (Strung Out in Heaven)
The Rolling Stones fan in me absolutely LOVES this tune. Anton Newcombe yelps just like Jagger in the chorus and the guitar riffs are pure Keith Richards, yet the band make this one all their own.

Two Crows - Herman Düne (Switzerland Heritage)
The Düne are a Restless Radio favorite. The first time I heard them I thought I was listening to an obscure Cake record, but I quickly realized that they have their own unique sound and a VERY extensive back catalogue. If you like searching, this is a band with a pot of gold at the end of each rainbow.

National Anthem of Nowhere - Apostle of Hustle (National Anthem of Nowhere)
From the pulsing horn section to the relentless bass line, this track from these Broken Social Scene family tree members is chalk full of epic goodness.

the Hook - Stephen Malkmus (s/t)
If you were a fan of the seminal 90's indie rock band Pavement then this track will be right up your alley. Their former front-man has been busy since the breakup releasing 4 "solo" records, most of which were recorded with his backing band the Jicks. In terms of song writers, this guy is as good as they come.

It's a Long Line - the Mendoza Line (Fortune)
I've gotta thank my NYC buddy Ian for this track. During one of his famous 2am phone calls from Queens one night (or was it the East Village?) he gushed about seeing this excellent band perform at some hole-in-the-wall club. At the time I thought it was just the liquor talking, but a few months later a CD mix showed up on my doorstep from NYC with this track on it. Wicked tune.

Maageeta - My Morning Jacket (It Still Moves)
In case I needed a reason to feature yet another MMJ tune on the podcast, I learned this week that they'll be releasing a new record in June. Giddy up!

G turns to D - Sloan (One Chord to Another)
With the ECMA's just around the corner I thought it fitting to offer up a tune from my favorite ex-pat maritimers.

Things I Don't Remember - Ugly Cassanova (Sharpen Your Teeth)
Fans of Modest Mouse will know this song well, but if it's your first time listening... you're in for a real treat. And if you're up for reading a great little story about the making of this project head over to SubPop's website.

Havana Gang Brawl - the Zutons (Who Killed .... the Zutons)
Just a fantastically fun song to listen to. Long live Brit rock.

I Don't Want to Go - Mike O'Neil (the Owl)
I think I've featured another one of Mr O'Neil's songs in a previous post, and to be honest I'd post the whole album if it wasn't illegal. One of the most underrated Canadian singer songwriters out there.

Heart of Lovers - the Mohawk Lodge (Wild Fires)
A track from one of my favorite albums of 2007. If you like it, head over to the White Whale Records shop and pick up a copy for yourself.

Modern Girl - Sleater Kinney (the Woods)
SK are the loudest live band I've ever heard. It's a damn shame they called it quites in 2006 after an 11 year career. Pearl Jam fans will no doubt recognize the chorus as it was frequently featured as a tag onto "Wishlist" during the '05 and '06 tours.

Shine a Light - the Rolling Stones (Exile on Main Street)
I have several favorite Stones songs, and this one is most certainly near the top of that list. I always thought it should have been the closing track on "Exile", but who am I?
You'd swear it was a gospel tune during the first verse, but in true Stones fashion they kick it up a notch during the chorus with Bill Wyman's bass and the dueling Taylor & Richards combo completely taking over. Billy Preston is all over this track, and in true Preston fashion almost steals the thunder (the Beatles "Get Back" anyone?) from Mick & Keif. I could go on and on about this track and the "Exile on Main St" album as whole, it's just one of those PERFECT records.


1. Don't Talk Anymore - the Whigs
2. Shine a Light - Wolf Parade
3. Got My Eye on You - Brian Jonestown Massacre
4. Two Crows - Herman Dune
5. National Anthem of nowhere - Apostle of Hustle
6. the Hook - Stephen Malkmus
7. It's a Long Line - the Mendoza Line
8. Maageeta - My Morning Jacket
9. G turns to D - Sloan
10. Things I Don't Remember - Ugly Cassanova
11. Havana Gang Brawl - the Zutons
12. I Don't Want to Go - Mike O'Neil
13. Heart of Lovers - the Mohawk Lodge
14. Modern Girl - Sleater Kinney
15. Shine a Light - the Rolling Stones

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