Archive for April, 2010

bacon in the morning playlist 4.30.10

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Camera Obscura – The Sweetest Thing
MGMT – Kids
Old Canes – Little Bird Courage
Beirut – Scenic World
Blur – Song 2
Nada Surf – Popular
Camera Obscura – I Don’t Do Crowds
The New Pornographers – Bleeding Heart Show
The New Pornographers – Crash Years (double shot)
Bouncing Souls – Ole
Fanfarlo – The Walls Are Coming Down
OK Go – This Too Shall Pass
eventideall of the past (local…and awesome.)
She & Him – In The Sun
Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict A Riot
K’s Choice – It’s Not A Habit (live)
The Cure – Mint Car (birthday request)
Camera Obscura – Eighties Fan
Regina Spektor – Après Moi
Jack Johnson – Flake

double thumbs up.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Here’s some video cheesiness for you. This is what we do when we’re in the studio all the time. Believe that.

This is your brain on Hogs.

this is what a media whore looks like.

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Listening to the U.S. Bombs and organizing my media collection…books and magazines are not included in this photo.

This is your brain on Hogs.

playlist 4.23.10

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

MGMT – Kids
Beastie Boys – Root Down
Green Day – East Jesus Nowhere
Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
Janes Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
Camera Obscura – Alaska
OK Go – This Too Shall Pass
Vampire Weekend – Cousins
Camera Obscura – The Sweetest Thing
Interview with Lee Thomson
Cake – Never There
Cake – War Pigs (requested by Holly, double shot)
Tegan and Sara – Nineteen
Camera Obscura – Tougher Than The Rest (Bruce Springsteen cover)
Mastadon – Oblivion (requested)
Nirvana – Come As You Are
The Avett Brothers – Slight Figure of Speech
Passion Pit – Little Secrets
Antennas Up – Don’t Wait Up
Camera Obscura – I Don’t Do Crowds
Ultimate Fakebook – Inside Me, Inside You
The Ruckus – Never Stop

unearthed mixtape.

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Sort of in the vein ofCassette from My Ex, I found a mixtape I made during a very transitional period of my life (both musically & emotionally) and I thought I’d post the songs, in order, for old time’s sake. I can still remember how I was feeling when I made this tape, and it wasn’t good. But the music is…at least some of it. It’s kind of a schizophrenic mixtape and, were I to make it now, I’d be more selective and find a better flow. And for sure there’s music in my collection now that I didn’t have then which would be better for how I was feeling then. Ah, well, live and learn.

There were some songs that worked, The Old 97’s Timebomb, for example. (Which is not the same as Rancid’s Timebomb, I assure you.)

I titled the tape “Oops there goes another year, oops there goes another pint of beer,” which is a lyric from Billy Bragg’s Greetings To The New Brunette (Shirley) which is one of my all-time favorite songs.

My favorite lyrics from that song are these:
I’m celebrating my love for you
With a pint of beer and a new tattoo
And if you haven’t noticed yet
I’m more impressionable when my cement is wet

Politics and pregnancy
Are debated as we empty our glasses
And how I love those evening classes

Billy Bragg pretty much rules.

Side A
The White Stripes – Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)
Dillinger Four – Our Science is Tight
Endless Struggle – Gold Old Days
Taking Back Sunday – Cute Without the “e”
Nirvana – Son of a Gun
Common Rider – Classics of Love
The Transplants – Weight on My Mind
The Pixies – Debaser
The Pretenders – Back on the Chain Gang
Fabulous Disaster – Short Fuse
Jurassic 5 – What’s Golden
The Blood Hound Gang – You’re Pretty When I’m Drunk
Sublime – Waiting for My Ruca
Big Dumb Face – Duke Lion

Side B
They Might Be Giants – We Want A Rock
Old 97s – Timebomb
Ultimate Fakebook – Soaked In Cinnamon
Justin Sane – Never Want To Leave Home
Billy Bragg – Shirley
$wingin Utter$ – Devious Means
Distillers – Sick of it All
Ramones – Swallow My Pride
The Beastie Boys – Gratitude
The White Stripes – I’m Finding It Harder To Be a Gentleman
Frogpond – I Did
U.S. Bombs – Contract
Bouncing Souls – Manthem
Less Than Jake – Look What Happened

This is your brain on Hogs.

bacon in the morning playlist 4.16.10

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Antennas Up – This Way
Radio City – Speaking With Nothing
Sage Francis – The Buzz Kill
Beastie Boys – Body Movin
OK Go – This Too Shall Pass
Bush – Machine Head
Sugar Free All-Stars – Stinky
Foo Fighters – Learn to Fly
Norah Jones – Chasing Pirates
Phoenix – 1901
Maggie McClure– What’s It Like
Maggie McClure– All We Need
Broken Bells – The High Road
Vampire Weekend – Cousins
Split Lip Rayfield -Trucken Song [live] (local)
Los Campesinos! – There Are Listed Buildings
Of Montreal – Gronlandic Edit
Camera Obscura – The Sweetest Thing
The Ruckus – I Hate You The Most
Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
Bad Religion f/Sage Francis – Let Them Eat War
Umphrey’s McGee – Andy’s Last Beer (requested via note by the guy sitting directly outside the studio)
Built to Spill – Hindsight
Sleater-Kinney – What’s Mine Is Yours
Ruskabank – My Friends
The White Stripes – You Don’t Know What Love Is

live interview with maggie mcclure tomorrow.

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

During tomorrow’s show I’ll be interviewing 23 year-old Norman, Oklahoma recording artistMaggie McClure,who plays piano-based pop. She’s been compared to artists such as Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles.

Her music has been featured on television programs such asThe HillsandThe Young and the Restless.

Listen live on our website, starting at 9:30.

I’m going to push back airing the interview with Camera Obscura’s, drummer, Lee Thomson until the April 23rd show but never fear, it shall air.

This is your brain on Hogs.

rain, waiting & camera obscura

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I sit in a booth at the back of the dimly litBottlenecklistening to the rain storm I drove through pepper the window with cold drops. I’m readingThe Believerand wondering if coming to Lawrence three hours before the doors are set to open will pay off. If not, I’ll leave without an interview, lugging my recording equipment back to my car before the show starts. That doesn’t really matter, though, since either way, I get to see Camera Obscura.

As I read, I witness several people come in and buy tickets for the show. “Why isn’t this show sold out?” I wonder to myself. If I remember correctly, the show in St. Louis was sold out two days in advance of the fabulous Scots’ arrival in the Show Me State.

After, perhaps, an hour or so, members of one of the most luminescent pop bands in the world begin to trickle inside from their tour bus to start soundchecking. Tracyanne Campbell stands center stage, shielding her eyes from a bright light, electric guitar at the ready. She begins to strum it gently before fully announcing her presence, hitting a pedal and allowing the distortion to move in waves around the nearly empty club. As the soundcheck continues and the levels are adjusted, she takes a quick step back from a floor monitor, which is feeding back at her like a striking snake.

To Campbell’s right, as always, Carey Lander stands behind her organ, red hair peeking out of a blue hoodie. One might almost mistake her for aKU fan, were it not for her Scottish accent. After Campbell’s sound check is complete, Lander begins hers and the Bottleneck is transformed, from a dingy rock club, into a shiny church of pop.

Lander’s keyboard fills the Bottleneck with a happy, almost holy sound. For the duration of her soundcheck I forget that it’s grey and cold and raining outside. The neon signs advertising cheap, domestic beer become stained glass windows, with sun streaming through them. The handful of patrons playing billiards are the congregation, though they seem not to notice the revival they’re unwittingly a part of. It is difficult not to smile.

When individual soundchecks are complete, the full band begins playing parts of French Navy, Razzle Dazzle Rose, Tears for Affairs and Come Back Margaret. The sounds of customers playing pool and video games are swallowed whole by the band playing The Sweetest Thing. They seem to have fun during the soundcheck, and the music they play has me completely forgetting I have to go back into the wet, metallic Kansas weather to eat dinner.

After a Guinness and pizza atRudy’s Pizzaria (and the requisite trips to theLove Garden andDusty Bookshelf) I return to the Bottleneck, a little before eight, and order a double Gin & tonic. They’re playing some band over the PA that is doing its best to rip off theFiery Furnacesand it’s kind of giving me a headache. (Well, that or the massive amount of caffeine I’ve ingested since waking up at five in the morning.) The aspirin I took earlier is having little to no effect. I take a seat on the bleachers, set up just opposite the stage, and I’m almost anonymous in the semi-darkness. I gently sip my drink and notice that the club is nearly as empty as it was when I left it earlier, before the sun had set.

Things pick up around eight-thirty, as a crowd of people with unkempt beards, ironic mustaches and vintage Adidas track jackets descend upon the Bottleneck. A very young kid next to me says “If they play Alaska, I’m going to go insane.” I know the likelihood of that happening is not good. Alaska is a B-side on the Merge Records CD single for If Looks Could Kill. I, however, understand where he’s coming from and think to myself, “Kid, if they play San Francisco Song, I’m going to go insane.” (San Francisco Song being a b-side on the Elephant Records CD single for Keep It Clean.)

Opening actPrincetonplay bouncing, jangly pop and sound a little like a mix between LunaandMiracle Legion, with Joy Division-esque keyboards. Kind of a happy-ish shoegaze, I guess. They played a song called Night Winds which, for some reason, reminded me of the theme toLove Boat. Tim, the trumpeter/auxiliary percussionist from Camera Obscura joined Princeton for their final two songs.

After Princeton’s set my role as journalist is done. I keep track of the songs played for asetlist post, but now I’m just enjoying the show. My headache is gone.

Camera Obscura’s set was amazing, of course, and I urge anyone in the cities left on this leg of their US tour to check them out. You will not be disappointed. The band hung around after the set to talk to fans and sign autographs, which is awesome, yet hardly surprising.

Someone took video of The Sweetest Thing at the Lawrence show. (Thanks!)

I was able to interview drummer Lee Thomson, and that interview will air Friday duringBacon in the Morning. (Why don’t drummers get interviewed more?) He introduced me to a term I’d never heard before,“twee”, which, it seems, is a kind of indie or indie pop. I think I probably didn’t know that because, one, until recently, most of the music I listened to was punk rock and, two, the sub genres of sub genres thing gets a little confusing after a while so, anymore, I usually just put music into two categories: “good” and “bad.” To quoteDetroit Rock City, “Good tunes is good tunes.”

Camera Obscura is most definitely good tunes.

This is your brain on Hogs.

bacon in the morning playlist 4.9.10

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Passion Pit – Little Secrets
R.E.M. – Crush With Eyeliner
Ultimate Fakebook – Soaked In Cinnamon (local)
Camera Obscura – Suspended from Class
Boards of Canada – Spectrum (requested)
Pinback – Devil You Know (requested)
Le Tigre – TKO
Pixies – Debaser (requested)
Hüsker Dü – Flip Your Wig
Camera Obscura – Lloyd I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken
Tenacious D – Tribute
Hum – Stars
Animal Collective – My Girls
Rancid – Red Hot Moon
Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Broken Bells – The High Road
Camera Obscura – Honey In The Sun
Beastie Boys – Hey Ladies
Descendents – Nothing With You
Matisyahu – King Without A Crown

camera obscura setlist – the bottleneck – lawrence, ks 4.7.10

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

I just got home after a wonderful show from Camera Obscura at the Bottleneck in Lawrence, Kansas.

I’m too tired to do anything else right now, since it’s 2:52 AM, so here’s the setlist. There will be some Camera Obscura-related surprises in the near future, so stay tuned.

My Maudlin Career
Tears for Affairs
The Sweetest Thing
French Navy
Dory Previn
Honey in the Sun
Let’s Get Out of This Country
Keep It Clean
Lloyd I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken
If Looks Could Kill

Come Back Margaret
Razzle Dazzle Rose

This is your brain on Camera Obscura.