I apologize for the lengthy absence, but I cannot say that it will not happen again.
I’ve got a lengthy show for you, to make up for lost time, a bit. I wrote an article on some of the best albums of 2013 so far and I’m going to play some songs from those very albums (and perhaps some that were not mentioned). So, here’s the list:
Speedy Ortiz is getting some love, and rightfully so. . . their album “Major Arcana” is very, very niiiice. The melodies attach themselves to your medulla oblongata and deposit gritty pebble sized guitar notes that you’ll have a difficult time srubbing clean. Be prepared to foster their grunge pop into your life for the foreseeable future, you will not be disappointed.
their bandcamp ——> here
their fb ——–> here
carpark records ——–> here
A return to the music! The Visibles, a SF bay area band, released their self-titled debut LP this May and they open Season 4 of 1 Song 1 Show. Tucked away in the evergreens of Fairfax CA, The Visibles are a local favorite; and they have put out an impeccably produced album, hopefully one of many to come.
Happy Jawbone Family Band is as quirky as their name implies, and if I’ve learned anything about creative people, I’ve learned that they absolutely adore the moniker “quirky”. HJFB is not quirky, they are good. It is music that evokes and emotes. It puts me in a place distinctly within my mind and soul, a familiar place, a place that is comfortable, that is me- quirky. what.
their site ——–> here
thier fb ——–> here
their bandcamp ——-> here
Unknown Mortal Orchestra released II this year and are on the road until forever, check their site for when they’ll be in your town, and pick up the album because it needs you. They are groovy New Zealanders with a lo-fi psychedelic coating of awesome.
The return of 1song 1show! I’ve come back to hopefully do a weekly show, which will truly be 1 song in 1 show. I’ll play a song, hopefully give you a slice or two of some pertinent information about the band and their current whereabouts/whatabouts; then we’ll move onto the next one. I have another hour long podcast “Feed Your Headcast“, go check it out if you like.
Beck is a king, or a very powerful lord at the least. I could have thrown a dart at his body of work and pricked a winner, so I chose one that makes me smile. I also included a couple songs from the Beastie Boys as tribute to the passing of MCA, may he rest in peace. Hope you enjoy. Beck – Que Onda Guero ~63 minutes
Hey! This week’s episode is brought to you by The Pixies! Their songs were melodic and vicious, well structured and violent; they exuded emotional exuberance. I wish I had more time to choose other bands that convey a similar passion, but I feel most bands strive to achieve the type of raw expression within the boundaries of song as the Pixies were able to capture repeatedly. I went back through the file folders digging up some songs that struck me at first listen but whom I never explored further- mixed in with some new stuff and some old. There will be more Pixies, of that you can be sure. Pixies – Hey ~65 minutes
I have a scrapbook of David Bowie images in my head. Ziggy Stardust – the vampire in The Hunger – singing Christmas carols with Bing Crosby – the Goblin King in Labyrinth – duet with Tina Turner. Then there’s that whole Tin Machine thing. I don’t know much about the man, but I got a pretty good feeling he’s pretty much a total bad-ass. I threw a bunch o songs on this one, somewhat haphazardly, thanks to Pascal for turning me on last minute to Seventeen Evergreen. Also, I finally included Thee Oh Sees, after threatening to play them in at least 2 maybe 3 episodes previously, a San Francisco Bay Area band (Seventeen Evergreen are also locals). A handful of older songs show up in the mix, hope you like it: David Bowie – Five Years ~63 minutes
Part Four of the Best of ’11. “Eleven” was released in 2011, unbeknownst to me before starting to record this show. Apparently Thao & Mirah are solo artists that got together for a bit and played some music. I found this song on a free 20 song sampler from their label, Kill Rock Stars. I highly recommend checking out the KRS website and browsing their store, lotsa good bands in there. Also, as I was searching for images to include in this post I came across an article at NPR which claimed that the singer of Tune-Yards, Merrill Garbus, whom I had also chosen for this podcast actually wrote this song. As has happened while putting each show together, I choose a song and other songs follow; then, after I’ve recorded everything, I start flipping around the interwebs and come across all sorts of info that probably should have been in the show. Some of it relevant, some of it interesting and some of it neither, but show-worthy nonetheless. Thao & Mirah – Eleven (right click to download the show) ~45 minutes
Once again I have chosen a song not released in 2011 as the link to my best of 2011. I’m compiling (with a little help from my friends) a list of songs that are worthy of a slot on the best of 2011 list, so I’ve decided to shove a few in here and there where I can. I’m pretty sure “AFK” would’ve made my best of list for the year it was released, so I’ve grouped it in with a number of songs that have similar characteristics- well as similar as I can make them in my own mind. I’ve always had a bit of trouble trying to identify or specify distinguishing characteristics of artists that fall under the giant yellow umbrella that is “indie-rock”. For some reason the label Indie always conjures images of 8-track cassette recordings with xeroxed cover art folded into the case. While indie-rock is not quite mainstream, it has permeated into all areas of our lives, from Levi commercials to Starbucks counter-tops. The spectrum of “indie-rock” is much wider than even I want to consider trying to categorize, so I will just say, there is a shit-ton of music I consider to be indie-rock, and here is some of it. . . Pinback – AFK, the show