Archive for March, 2008


Cuppa podcast

Just in case none of you bother reading all that stuff on the left I’ve been doing DJ shifts under the Cuppa Joe moniker on KALX in Berkeley for a bunch of years now. Sadly my current shift (9:30 to midnight every Thursday) will expire in a couple of weeks but I’m hoping to get another spot soon. It’s part of the station’s mission to have Cal students on the air most of the time and while that makes it hard on us “community members” who love spinning records and running our mouths I have to applaud the policy.

While typing up the previous blurb about Vampire Weekend’s limited edition 7″ it occurred to me that posting this set from my show on March 13 would be a nice way to celebrate a timelsot I’ll sorely miss (seeing as how it contains the song from the VW video and all).

Track list:
The Dodos – “Fools” (from Visiter on French Kiss)
DJ Paul V – “Tequila Lip Gloss (Lil Mama vs. The Champs)” (from the Best Of Bootie 2007 compilation discussed here)
The Coasters – “Charlie Brown” (from the Loud, Fast & Out of Control compilation on Rhino)
Vampire Weekend – “A-Punk” (from their self-titled record on XL)
Binky Griptite & The Mellomatics – “Mellomatic Mood” (from the 7” single on Daptone)



Limited Vampire Weekend 7" for Record Store Day

As previously mentioned, April 19 is the day to kick down some corn in your local indie record store. Not only has Metallica signed on to kick off the national event with their first in-store in a decade (go Mountain View) but indie rock sensation Vampire Weekend are getting in on the limited edition fun with a special 7″ single available only at stores participating in Record Store Day. It’ll feature the album version of “A-Punk” with an unreleased rehearsal version of “Oxford Camera” on the b-side.

The video for “A-Punk”


New music

Death To Los Campesinos!Los Campesinos!

Hold On Now, Youngster…, the stellar full length debut from this Welsh septet will be released in North America April 1st on Canada’s Arts & Crafts records. Their frenetic indie rock mixes Broken Social Scene’s “everyone we know who sings or plays is in the band” aesthetic, Art Brut’s snotty punk pop attitude, Arctic Monkey’s insanely wordy social observation and Architecture in Helsinki’s eclectic instrumentation with great male/female vocal interplay. Click on the cover to pre-order a deluxe edition from Insound.

KALX is co-announcing their show at Bimbo’s June 6 so tune in towards the end of May for free tickets. Los Campesinos! on myspace

That Man I ShotDrive-By Truckers

One of the more chilling songs about war I’ve ever heard, inspired by a backstage conversation between Patterson Hood and some Gulf war vets. Brighter Than Creation’s Dark maintains the high octane rocking and quality songcraft we’ve come to expect from these Athens, GA folks despite the departure of guitarist and third songwriter Jason Isbell. The legendary Spooner Oldham sits in on keys throughout and bassist Shonna Tucker contributes some fine songs to fill the absence left by her now ex-husband Isbell.

Paper SwitchbladeTommy Guerrero

Record number eight from this Bay Area skate legend proves he’s still an unstoppable groove machine. Return Of The Bastard is
the perfect soundtrack to those slow summer cruises with the top down. These killer funk, deep soul and Latin instrumentals have kept my toes tapping for weeks.


I see frozen people

Got turned on to this very cool video on Maniac World by my mother-in-law, thanks Penny! Would love to try this after some big name headliner leaves the stage and the house lights go up…

alternate soundtracks:

Frozen FeetTacks, The Boy Disaster
Frozen OnesUltravox (thanks to Sailor Jerry for the vinyl rip from the 1977 single)
You’re Not Moving The Way You’re Supposed ToThe Homosexuals (live from SXSW courtesy of WFMU’s ever essential Beware Of The Blog. Get the whole set here)

I’ll add a vinyl rip of Freeze Frame by J. Geils later


The Raconteurs at Bimbo’s presale tomorrow

The Raconteurs are sidestepping hype by releasing their new album Consolers Of The Lonely this Tuesday, a mere two weeks after finishing it. Now that’s what I call a rush release. No press reviews, no blog raves, no leaked tracks or videos, just straight up here it is and make up your own damn mind. Speaking of rush, they’ve also announced tour dates only days before tickets go on sale. They’ll be playing Bimbo’s 365 Club on April 23 and tickets go on presale tomorrow at 10 AM exclusively at There’s a 2 ticket per person limit and you need a password to get in on the presale folks. Drop me an email and I’ll give you the skinny.

The rest of the tour dates:
4/20 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver
4/21 Neumo’s, Seattle
4/22 Wonder Ballroom, Portland
4/25 Coachella Fest, Indio, CA
4/26 The Joint, Las Vegas
4/28 The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver
4/29 Uptown Theatre, Kansas City
5/01 House of Blues, Dallas
5/02 Stubb’s BBQ, Austin
5/04 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
6/13 Bonnaroo Fest., Manchester, TN
6/26 Hove Fest.,Arendal, Norway
7/12 T in the Park, Kinross, Scotland
7/13 Oxegen Fest., Naas, Ireland

Consolers Of The Lonely tracklist:
1. Consoler Of The Lonely
2. Salute Your Solution
3. You Don’t Understand Me
4. Old Enough
5. The Switch And The Spur
6. Hold Up
7. Top Yourself
8. Many Shades Of Black
9. Five On The Five
10. Attention
11. Pull This Blanket Off
12. Rich Kid Blues
13. These Stones Will Shout
14. Carolina Drama

UPDATE: the show at Bimbo’s apparently sold out during the pre-sale in just under an hour…


Limited edition Jicks 10" available at Record Store Day

Stephen Malkmus & Co. are putting out a 10″ single of “Cold Son” (off the brand spanking new Real Emotional Trash) in support of Record Store Day. The b-side will feature 3 unreleased tracks including fan favorite “Carl The Clod”. The event is a national celebration of that most endangered of species: the local indie record store. 100′s of stores are participating by holding special events, in-store appearances and offering special schwag like the above mentioned 10″ which, BTW, will also be available at the Jick’s long list of live dates. Organizers of this physical record store relief effort have gotten verbal support from some huge names including Macca and The Boss and video testimonials from folks like Moby and Regina Spektor. So go rummage the dusty dollar bins on April 19 and keep your local music shop from doing the Tower Records Tumble.

Cold SonStephen Malkmus & The Jicks

Record Store Day 10″ tracklist:
1 Cold Son
2 Walk Into the Mirror
3 Pennywhistle Thunder
4 Carl the Clod

The Jicks will be at The Fillmore April 27th

Catch me on KALX in Berkeley

I host the Cuppa Joe show on KALX in Berkeley every other Wednesday from 6 to 9 PM. You can tune at 90.7 or online by clicking HERE ------------------------------------------- NEXT SHOW: October 28 FUNDRAISER SHOW!! ------------------------------------------- Check out past playlists HERE
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Quick note about the tunes

The mp3s on this blog are to give folks a little taste. Imagine they're those little pouches on the bag your Sunday paper comes in. You know, the one's with a packet containing just enough toothpaste to brush your teeth once or twice. They are left up for a limited time. If you find something you like support the artists by dragging your friends to their shows and/or buying their CDs/records/schwag. If you are the artist (or their label/representative) and don't want an mp3 on here, please email me ( and I'll remove it posthaste.
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