Saturday, March 20, 2010

WalCast 10: Random Stuff and RIP's

I planned on this being another random playlist type of week, and it is for the first half, but some notable deaths in the music world in the last couple of weeks changed that in part. I didn't have time to put together the kind of tribute I would have liked, but I did a little something.
The first loss was Alex Chilton, on March 6th. He died of a heart attack in New Orleans after complaining of poor health. Chilton was, of course, the heart of the legendary band Big Star, in addition to fronting The Boxtops beforehand and an eclectic solo career for years afterwards. He (mostly via Big Star) was an influence to multitudes of bands from the early eighties through today, and his loss is a tragic one, particularly since he had gathered the remaining members of Big Star for a performance at SXSW this week. That show will go on as a tribute to him, with other musicians and friends joining in.
Mark Linkous took his life on March 17th with a shotgum to his chest. Linkous started his career in the eighties with Dancing Hoods, but they never achieved much success and eventually split up. Then in the early nineties he started/formed/became Sparklehorse, a project which yielded 4 albums, multiple collaborations, and the critical acclaim and respect of a large portion of the musical world. He battled depression for years, and finally succumbed to it this month.
They both left us with some really great music, however, and this week I will share a small sampling of that with you in the second half of the show. The first half is pretty decent it's self.
Player at the top, download at the bottom, as always.

Track List:

On the Way Out - Freedy Johnston - Power pop from the NYC singer-songwriter's 1997 album Never Home.

Bend and Break - Keane - From the British popster's first album, Hopes and Fears.

Cellphone's Dead - Beck - Beck is a musical genius, in case you didn't know. This was the first single from a great album, The Information.

The Blues are Still Blue - Belle and Sebastian
- From one of the best albums of the last decade, The Life Pursuit.

Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse - Of Montreal - If the song title wasn't high-brow enough, the album is Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

- Regina Spektor - NYC folk-popster from her album Begin to Hope.

Well Thought Out Twinkles - Silversun Pickups - from the obviously-Smashing Pumpkins-influenced band's first album, Carnavous.

Kool Thing - Sonic Youth - Musical slam of rappers treating women as their playthings ("I don't wanna, I don't think so") from the album Goo.

Tantalized - The Church
- From my favorite Church album, Heyday, way back in the mid eighties.

Torn Away - Dancing Hoods - The opening track from Hallelujah Anyway, the 1988 release from Mark Linkous' first band, Dancing Hoods.

Someday I Will Treat You Good - Sparklehorse - Linkous' 2nd incarnation, critically acclaimed time and time again. From the first album, Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot.

Baby's Got Rockets - Dancing Hoods - The one song from Hallelujah Anyway that got some attention and play on Mtv

Feel - Big Star - The opening track to the album that influenced a thousand bands, #1 Record.

When My Baby's Beside me - Big Star - Perhaps my favorite song from the band headed by the legend Alex Chilton.

Alex Chilton - The Replacements - The 'Mats recorded Pleased to Meet Me at Ardent Studios in Memphis and included this song, a tribute to Chilton and Big Star.

I'm having link problems for the download, so just stream it.

**UPDATE** Download the show here.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

WalCast 9: 2010 So Far

It's time for some new stuff. I mean, I normally throw some new stuff in to each WalCast, but I mean ALL new stuff this time. That's right, it's time to review far. I've been checking out a lot of the new music that's been put out during the first quarter of the year, and I came up with a list of tunes that would have made for two shows, but I've whittled it down to just this one. That is not to say that the other stuff will be totally forgotten, but it will have to wait for now. There has also been a few other bands that have come to my attention since I put this show together (see the post previous to this one), but they will also have to wait. The tunes included in this show, however, can wait no longer. Their time has come. That time is now. Have you started the stream yet? OK, let's try that again...ahem...That time is now. Look, we've rehearsed this, can we try it one more time? When I say "That time is now" you press the little play button on the embedded player below. It's a dramatic entrance type of thing, get it? Great. OK, here we go... Their time has come. That time is now. (good job!)

The show this week consists of the following tracks:

Answer to Yourself - The Soft Pack - San Diego indie band from their self titled first full length album.

I'll Sleep When You're Dead - Ken - I can't much info on this band other than they are German and have some great song titles, such as "Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies vs. Robots". The album is Yes We.

All Day Daylight - The Morning Benders - Another California band from their 2nd album, Big Echo.

If You Come Again - Eldia - Again, I can't find much info on these guys except that they are from Paris and this appears to be their first full length album, Yayaya.

Liquid Love - Shy Child - Title track from the latest release from the New York electronic music duo.

Interstate - The Automatic - First single from the Welsh band's latest, Tear Down The Signs.

Come Back Home - Two Door Cinema
- From Tourist History, the debut of this Northern Ireland band which has been described as a mix of DCFC and Franz Ferdinand. They are pegged by many as one to watch this year.

Wang Lee - Yamon Yamon - Stockholm popsters from their debut, This Wilderlessness.

Floating Vibes - Surfer Blood - From Astro Coast, the first from this West Palm Beach, FL surf-rock indie band.

Exile City - Veil Veil Vanish - From Change in the Neon Light, the latest album from this San Francisco based post-punk quartet.

One Last Time - Fair - Producer and former Poor Old Lu guitarist Aaron Sprinkle's latest band from their new release, Disappearing World.

Got to Lose - Hollerado - I promised more from this Canadian treasure, and here it is. Another great track from their debut, Record in a Bag.

Run Run Run - Nom de Guerre - Another Stockholm pop group from their latest Love Thy Neighbor.

Steady Love - Title Tracks - New project of John Davis, formerly of Q and not U and Georgie James. This album, It Was Easy, is pure power-pop pleasure. There are moments that remind me of Daniel Jones at his finest, and the last track on the album could be an Elvis Costello tune.

There is a Wind - The Album Leaf - A Chorus of Storytellers is a gorgeous, sprawling album from the San Diego group (really more of a project of Jimmy LaValle's), and the first one with a full live band.

Download this show here.

Friday, March 12, 2010

2 Songs From An Album You Need to Hear/Own

I sift through a lot of music week to week trying to find the next thing that will knock my socks off, or at least something that will become a permanent part of my music collection. Over the past few years I have discovered and extolled the virtues of such albums as The New Frontiers' Mending (still beating that dead horse), Siberian's With Me, and more recently The Wheat Pool's Hauntario and Hollerado's Record in a Bag. While some of the tunes I listen to and play on the WalCast are perhaps the only good songs from the related albums, some are just selected tracks from a virtual pool of gems. Such is the case with today's couple of tracks from new Dallas band The Slack. Formed from a hodgepodge of members from various indie bands in the area, they have put out a killer debut, The Deep End. Drawing from many diverse influences and incorporating them all into a wonderful and consistent album of pop/rock tunes varying from two and a half minute ditties to five minute anthems, this is definitely one for your collection. The two songs here are pretty much randomly selected, although not completely. I will definitely include another song at some point in the near future on a full-blown WalCast.

Truth and Fiction - The Slack - Love the organ solo on this one.

Pipe Dream - The Slack