Playlist, WSUM, 2013-09-10

Italians Do It Better set. Chromatics, Night Drive vs. Glass Candy, After Dark 2.
Italians Do It Better set. Chromatics, Night Drive vs. Glass Candy, After Dark 2.

First Hour:

  1. Stuck In The Past (Radio Edit) by Kool Keith from Stuck In The Past [Self-Released / Bandcamp]
  2. Young Ladies (f. Patra Big Shug & Kool Keith) by Guru from Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2 [EMI / Chrysalis]
  3. Buried Alive (Feat. Dr. Octagon) by Yeah Yeah Yeahs from Mosquito [Interscope]
  4. Warm In The Winter by Glass Candy from After Dark 2 [Italians Do It Better]
  5. Night Drive by Chromatics from Night Drive [Italians Do It Better]
  6. The Village by Errors from Power Corruption & Lies, Covered [Mojo]
  7. What Goes Boom by Pixies from EP-1 [Self-Released]
  8. Freaky by The Men from New Moon [Sacred Bones]
  9. Teal Kia (demo) by Weekend from Garage Swim [Adult Swim]
  10. Apathetic Stars by Mutts from Separation Anxiety [Mutts Music]
  11. Man Maid Man by Literature from Cincinnatti [Self-Released / Bandcamp]
  12. Blue Agent by Deerhunter from Monomania [4AD]
  13. Worship You by Vampire Weekend from Modern Vampires Of The City [XL]
  14. Red Right Hand by Fidlar from Red Right Hand [Self-Released / Tumblr]
  15. Water’s Edge by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds from Push The Sky Away [Bad Seed Ltd]

Second Hour:

  1. Reverse Running by Atoms For Peace from Amok [XL]
  2. Day & Night by Diamond Rings from Free Dimensional [Astralwerks]
  3. “Get A Shot Of The Refrigerator” by Stereolab from Fab Four Suture [Too Pure]
  4. What Good Is Moonlight by The Virgins from Strike Gently [Cult Records]
  5. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais by The Clash from The Clash [Epic/Sony/Drastic Plastic]
  6. I’m Waiting For The Man by Warm Soda from Castleface, VU & Nico [Castleface]
  7. Invoice by Buildings On Buildings from Buildings On Buildings [Self-Released]
  8. Road To Nowhere by Marty Finkel from Might Be Found [Slothtrop]
  9. Moonlight Mile by The Babies from Our House On The Hill [Woodsist]
  10. Modern Jesus by Portugal, The Man from Evil Friends [Atlantic]
  11. Hard On For Jesus by The Dandy Warhols from Come Down [Capitol]
  12. Personal Jesus (Acoustic) by Depeche Mode from Personal Jesus 7″ [Mute]
  13. Monday by Wilco from Being There [Reprise]
  14. 36″ Chain (Radio Edit) by Run The Jewels from Run The Jewels [Fool’s Gold]
  15. Suicide Girl by Belle & Sebastian from The Third Eye Center [Matador]

Upcoming Shows (in Madison, unless otherwise noted):

Playlist, WSUM, 2013-09-03

Deerhunter, Monomania vs. Wax Idols, Discipline & Desire.
Deerhunter, Monomania vs. Wax Idols, Discipline & Desire.

First Hour:

  1. Summer Kisses, Winter Tears by Julie Cruise from Until The End Of The World [Warner]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  2. Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Ray from Born To Die [Interscope]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  3. I Want To Die In The Hot Summer by I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness from I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness[Emperor Jones]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  4. Leather Jacket II [new release] by Deerhunter from Monomania [4AD]
    tagged with genre(s): [loud lock]
  5. Sliver by Nirvana from Incesticide [Geffen]
    tagged with genre(s): [loud lock]
  6. I See No One [new release] by The Men from New Moon [Sacred Bones]
    tagged with genre(s): [loud lock]
  7. Sixpack by Jeff The Brotherhood from Hypnotic Nights [Warner]
    tagged with genre(s): [loud lock]
  8. Tallboy by The Soft Pack from Strapped [Mexican Summer]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  9. Tall Boy by Har Mar Superstar from Dark Touches [MRI/Megaforce]
    tagged with genre(s): [electronica]
  10. When It Happens [new release] by Wax Idols from Discipline & Desire [Slumberland]
    tagged with genre(s): [loud lock]
  11. Sacrilege [new release] by Yeah Yeah Yeahs from Mosquito [Interscope]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  12. Heartless by The Casket Girls from Sleepwalking [Graveface]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  13. Broken Up A Dingdong by The Beta Band from The Beta Band
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  14. Paracosm [new release] by Washed Out from Paracosm [Sub Pop]
    tagged with genre(s): [electronica]
  15. London’s Burning by The Clash from The Clash [Epic/Sony/Drastic Plastic]
    tagged with genre(s): [punk/ska]

Second Hour:

  1. Flashbacks, Memories, And Dreams by The Virgins from Strike Gently [Cult Records]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  2. Strictly Reserved For You [new release] by Charles Bradley from Victim Of Love [Daptone]    tagged with genre(s): [blues]
  3. I’m Loungin by Guru from Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 [EMI]
    tagged with genre(s): [hip hop]
  4. All Fired Up by Interpol from Our Love To Admire [Capitol]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  5. I Miss The Girl by Soul Coughing from El Oso [Slash/Warner]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  6. Oblique City [new release] by Phoenix from Bankrupt! [Glassnote]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  7. Don’t Lie by Vampire Weekend from Modern Vampires Of The City [XL]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  8. Oubliette [new release] by Weekend from Jinx [Slumberland]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  9. Sun Medallion [new release] by King Tuff from Was Dead [Burger Records]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  10. Swannanoa by Mount Moriah from Miracle Temple [Merge]
    tagged with genre(s): [folk/country]
  11. Candy Apple Red by The Veils from Time Stays, We Go [Pitch Beast]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  12. Exorcised Painting [new release] by Mood Rings from VPI Harmony [Kemado]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]
  13. Except Death [new release] by !!! from THR!!!ER [Warp]
    tagged with genre(s): [electronica]
  14. Broken Face by Pixies from Surfer Rosa [4AD]
    tagged with genre(s): [loud lock]
  15. The Noise Of Carpet by Stereolab from Emperor Tomato Ketchup [Elektra / Warner]
    tagged with genre(s): [experimental]
  16. Run Run Run by White Fence from Castleface Records Presents The Velvet Underground & Nico [Castleface]
    tagged with genre(s): [rock]

Upcoming Shows (in Madison, unless otherwise noted):

CD Review – Django Django, Django Django, Ribbon Music, 2012

Django Django, Django Django, Ribbon/Domino, 2012

Library Classification: Rock / Electronic
File Under:  D

Artist:  Django Django
Title:  Django Django
Label:  Ribbon Music

Date(s) Recorded:  2012
Date Released: 09/25/12
Date Received: 09/07/12

Clean:  All
Indecent:  None

RIYL: Bear In Heaven, Yeasayer, Clinic, Grizzly Bear, Alt-J, Primal Scream
In a nutshell: British Art-School Psychedelia
Play: 3-Default, 4-Firewater, 2-Hail Bop, 10-Storm

Comments: The band formed in Edinburgh in 2009. This album came out in the UK in 2011, and in the US in 2012. NPR has featured them on First Listen, and the album is heaps of fun. Touring with Hot Chip (duh) in the UK. Fun fact: they have nothing to do with Jazz Guitarist Django Rheinhart, but get asked about him all the time. Cool harmonies over sometimes glitchy beats. Good guitar work. Nods to 90s & 70s UK Pysch, but in a decidedly electronic way. Solid debut.


Review – Menomena, Moms, Barsuk Records, 2012

Menomena, Moms, Barsuk, 2012

Classification: Rock
File Under: M

Artist: Menomena
Title: Moms
Label: Barsuk

Recorded: 2012
Date Released: 09/18/2012
Date Received: 09/10/2012

Clean: All
Indecent: None
Play: 1-Plumage, 8-Tantalus, 3-Pique, 4-Boton, 5-Heavy Is As Heavy Does, 9-Don’t Mess With Latexas

RIYL–Morphine (sax solos), of Montreal (art school rock), Neutral Milk Hotel (bodily imagery-bones & teeth)

Their fifth album and first without Brent Knopf, who really balanced out the band with a kindness. Sure, there are still plenty of airy piano lines, but the whole album is waaay more sexual, almost uncomfortably so. Album opener “Plumage” begins “Animal. I’m just an animal. Looking for another animal.” It continues on like an episode of Nature on the mating habits of the Pacific Northwestern Male Hipster.

Boton (4) is a somewhere between a twisted Hail Mary prayer and an airing of grievances. “I Wish I didn’t have to rob a grave to hold you near…. I wish that codependence could sustain us thru the years. I wish that wrecking fantasies could pass for a career.” It’s sad, funny, dark, but kind of sweet all at the same time.

To be sure, this is an album of longing. On Heavy Is As Heavy Does (5), “Among six billion people, I want the ones who never wanted me.” But maybe the standout track is Tantalus (8) a retelling of the Greek myth. Tantalus was cursed to stand in a pool of water under a fruit tree for all eternity. Whenever he bent to drink, the water would recede. Whenever he reached to grab the fruit, it would extend away from him.

In a nutshell: still plenty of drum loops, ripping saxophone, disfunctional relationships, existentialism, dark humor, and clever wordplay.

Review – Pet Shop Boys, Elysium, EMI/Astralwerks, 2012

Pet Shop Boys, Elysium, EMI/Astralwerks
Pet Shop Boys, Elysium, EMI/Astralwerks

Classification: Electronic
File Under: P

Artist: Pet Shop Boys
Title: Elysium
Label: EMI/Astralwerks

Recorded: 2012
Date Released: 09/05/2012
Date Received: 09/07/2012

Clean: All
Indecent: None
Play: 3-Winner, 1-Leaving, 4-Your Early Stuff, 7-Ego Music
RIYL: Junior Boys

Comments: I’m honestly trying to remember the last Pet Shop Boys album that I thought was essential, or that I really loved. Maybe it was Alternative, their B-Sides from the 90s. Maybe it was Bilingual. But it was sometime in the mid-90s that my love affair with their discography broke off. I still respected them as artists, but I just didn’t want to listen anymore. Kind of like U2 about the time Atomic Bomb came out.

So, giant step back. The Pet Shop Boys have been doing this for 31 years. They’ve sold 100 million albums. They played the freaking Olympics. Their 80s catalogue is pretty amazing, and probably earns them the right to put out whatever they want, or at least enough royalties to put out whatever they want.

Plenty of reflection on getting older: 12-Requiem in denim and leopardskin, 11-Everything means something, 10-Memory of the future. They look back on early success in 4-Your early stuff, maybe directly back to “Left to my own devices.” 7-Ego music, genuinely confuses me. I can’t decide if Neil is completely earnest here, laughing at us, or trying to make a parody of Flight Of The Conchords’ version of them (Inner City Pressure). A parody of a parody wouldn’t be beyond him. It’s probably all three, and more.

At the end of the day, PSB will probably leave the club bangers to a younger set, but this is music for the morning after, as you nurse your Monaco hangover and ask yourself if it was worth it.


Review – Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra, Theater Is Evil, 8 Foot Records, 2012


Classification: Pop / Rock
File Under: P

Artist: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
Title: Theater Is Evil
Label: 8 Foot Records

Recorded: 2012
Date Released: 09/11/2012
Date Received: 08/07/2012

Clean: 1, 4-14
Indecent: 2, 3, 15
Play: 4-Do it with a rockstar, 5-Want it back, 9-Lost, 13-Melody Dean
RIYL: St. Vincent, Regina Spektor, Dresden Dolls (obvs), Cabaret

Comments: You can’t just put out records or singles anymore. To make it in the music industry today, you have have give fans videos, contests, assurances via social media that you love them, exclusive content, and most of all reasons to buy your music instead of steal it. In that sense, Amanda Fucking Palmer continues to give the people what they want. This album (her second solo LP) is a culmination of relentless touring, side projects (Evelyn Evelyn) and ruling Twitter along with her husband, Neil Gaiman.

But how does it sound?

It sounds pretty great, actually. It skews poppier than her work with the Dolls, or her last album “Who Killed Amanda Palmer.” There’s still nods towards cabaret, high drama, and plenty of naked emotional confessions. Her latest videos feature plenty of actual nudity: “Want It Back” and “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” (not on this album), which shows just how much she’s willing to do to put herself out there, or at least try to get your attention.

It’s not hard to see some of the songs as modified love letters or unspoken conversations with Neil: 4-Do It With A Rockstar, 6-Grown Man Cry. 12-Massachusetts Avenue is a nice tribute to her address / Boston / whatever passes for home these days. For me, the emotional poles of the album are 9-Lost and 5-Want It Back, which center about what’s lost and what’s never really left you. There’s plenty of high drama, but I get the feeling that there’s even more raw stuff left on the cutting room floor. Who’s to say it won’t end up on the internet, or part of the next project? One thing’s for sure, after all the expectations and build up, AFP’s fans still want more. -DJWB