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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

94.9 - and some well thought out twinkies

Out here in sunny southern california, enjoying some fish tacos and grocery stores that sell beer, and I've found the radio station of my dreams. I believe its 94.1. Here's a sampling of some of the stuff I've heard on this station, keep in mind I've been in the car like 90 minutes tops:

- first song i heard: a wild reggae/ska cover of Radiohead's Let Down
- spoon: the underdog
- cake: frank sinatra
- new feist song
- new silversun pickups song ( ) - sweet fuzzed out song that, on 2nd/3rd listen, has some serious smashing pumpkin vibes... damn is this a catchy song

- nirvana - in the pines
- 2 new interpol songs
- raconteurs - steady as she goes (love this song)

If I hear hot snakes and dylan on this station in the next three days, I might not fly back on Friday morning!


correction - its 94.9... 94.1's last 10 played list included carrie underwood, madonna, and the goo goo dolls. No offense intended to ms. underwood, but that's definitely not my dream playlist. Based on their recommendations, clearly I've been listening to 94.9

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

top five or so

That last post had me thinking, what does my list of favorite bands/artists look like right now?

  • Bob Dylan
  • Hot Snakes
  • Neil Young
  • Faraquet
  • Wilco
  • Drive Like Jehu

Near the top: Spoon, Mogwai, Miles Davis, Husker Du, Magnolia Electric Company, Rocket from the Crypt, The Beatles, Fugazi

Too soon to tell: Midlake, Beirut

Fading with time? ... Helmet (but I still love all their LPs), Primus (still love their first three LPs)

faraquet reforming

I rarely make it, because it does shift as the seasons change, but when I do make it, my list of favorite bands almost always includes Faraquet, the short-lived DC trio that I was fortunate enough to see 3 or 4 times, the most memorable of which was in a State College basement on a double-bill with Q and not U. I just swung by yesterday and the news is that Faraquet is re-forming for a handful of shows as they plan to release a compilation of their singles. I'm guessing the 4 songs from the split with Akarso would also make their way onto this new release.

If you've never heard them, you can check out Cut Self Not here, its the first track off of The View From This Tower, their sole LP.

In not so stellar news, Andrew Becker, the monstrous drummer from Devin and Chad's new band, Medications, has left that band. I never did get to see them proper- Gabe and I caught a pre-Medications lineup under the name of Heat Better Scream, but Chad wasn't on bass yet at that point.