Archive for January, 2009


Cuppa Joe’s On KALX Tomorrow


Yours truly will be doing a special program on KALX tomorrow starting at 3 PM (West Coast time).  It’s our annual Best Of Week where DJs feature their favorite moments and music from 2008. Under my DJ moniker of Cuppa Joe I’ll be doing my 5th annual KALX #1′s Show, three hours of all the records that held the top spot in our weekly charts.  To tune in click on the picture above and get the audio stream or try 90.7 FM if you’re in the SF Bay Area.

Here’s what we’ll be enjoying tomorrow (w/ some samples):

Emily White Jane – Dark Undercoat
Bessie Smith
Yeasayer – All hour Cymbals
Step On (Happy Mondays)
Kitka – The Rusalka Cycle
Hot Chip – Made In The Dark
Burial – Untrue
Raveonettes – Lust Lust Lust
You Want The Candy
Apples In Stereo – Electronic Projects for Musicians
Man Man – Rabbit Habits
Devotchka – A Mad & Faithful Telling
Clinic – Do It!
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
We Call Upon The Author
Sun Ra – Some Blues But Not The Kind Thats Blue
Portishead – Third
Flight Of The Conchords – S/T
Business Time
Ladytron – Velocifero
Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple
Run (I’m A Natural Disaster)
Steven Bernstein – Diaspora Suite
Ting Tings – We Started Nothing
That’s Not My Name
Sigur Ros – Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
King Khan and the Shrines – The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines
Hercules and Love Affair – S/T
Dr. Dog - Fate
Gilberto Gil – S/T
Daedelus – Love to Make Music To
Stereolab – Chemical Chords
Jorge Ben – Forca Bruta
Calexico – Carried To Dust
Victor Jara’s Hands
All Girl Summer Fun Band – Looking Into It
Vivian Girls – S/T
Antony And The Johnsons – Another World
Another World
Lulu – Something to Shout About
Jay Reatard – Matador Singles ’08
Blitzen Trapper – Furr
War On Machines
TV On The Radio – Dear Science
Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs – Dirt Don’t Hurt
El Guincho – Alegranza
David Byrne & Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Poor Boy
Brazillian Girls – New York City


‘Mats reissues

Trying to get back at this sorry, neglected blog here. The knee’s feeling much better; thanks for the kind emails folks. Anyway, at long last I got to indulge in a bit of used record shopping for the first time since the ol’ leg hinge crapped the bed and had to be refurbished (my ortho referred to it as “spring cleaning”). And what was waiting for me at dear old Amoeba Berkeley? A fourtet of the Rhino Replacements reissues: Sorry Ma,…; Hootenanny; Let It Be & Tim. Sweet!! I’ve had ‘em on such heavy rotation I can’t even recall at the moment what else I bought.  Some thumbnail first impressions:

Sorry MaStarting at the beginning with Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash. The most bonus tracks by far at 13 (out of 31, I love symmetry). My personal highlight isn’t even one of the 12 unreleased tracks but rather a strong candidate for my favorite b-side ever. So excited that I can finally post this without having to rip one of the most battered 7 inch’s in my collection.

If Only You Were Lonely – the flipside of “I’m In Trouble”


Skipping Stink (just for now, trust me) we get  Hootenanny. No sophomore slump for these dudes. And consider notice served that they are no one trick pony either. The bonus stuff is leaner but still very interesting; a studio take on “Treatment Bound” (though I’m glad they went with the recording from their rehearsal space), a couple versions of “Lovelines” and a jacked up version of “Johny’s Gonna Die” (a ballad from Sorry Ma,…). At the risk of getting stuck in mellow mode I must say my personal fave is this solo home demo of a lost Westerberg gem.

Bad Worker

Let It BeNext is one of the most lauded albums in the annuls of indie rock and my first Mats purchase, Let It Be. By far the worst liner notes of the lot. Gina Arnold’s hyperbole about how great the Replacements were provides zero insight into the creation of this college rock landmark. Someone  telling us something we don’t already know instead of preaching to the choir would have been nice. Bonus tracks include another fabulous b-side, the gloriously shambolic cover of T.Rex’s “20 Century Boy,” and another solo Westerberg home demo, a positively feral take on “Answering Machine.” In the end I decided to share a pretty rocking outtake and a regular album track because if I had to decide on my top Replacements tune I’d go with this one. Plus I think of my wife whenever I hear it.

Perfectly Lethal (outtake)

Favorite Thing


The best Replacements show I ever saw was at the Fillmore in support of Tim. Sadly the last with Bob Stinson on board. These are the bonus tracks I’m returning to far more than those the other three. The first  up is from a session “produced” by Alex Chilton. Serious food for thought hearing Bob playing on a future classic. The next is from a “get your feet wet” session in the spring of 1985 with new producer Tommy Erdelyi (aka Tommy Ramone). Though the final version definately benefits from a more subdued approach this demo of another favorite is a ferocious,  infectious rocking revelation.

Can’t Hardly Wait (alternate version)

Kiss Me On The Bus (alternate version)

Now off to the local and search for Stink and Pleased To Meet Me.


Golden Globe #2 for the Boss

AP photoBruce Springsteen picked up his second Best Original Song Golden Globe  last night for his theme for the film “The Wrestler.” He won the same award for 1994′s “Streets Of Philadelphia.” While he certainly deserves kudos I mention his victory over Peter Gabriel, Clint Eastwood & Miley Cyrus merely as an excuse to revisit of my favorite records of 2006, We Shall Overcome: The Seegaer Sessions. The Seeger Sessions is a rollicking, heartfelt tribute to a giant of contemporary American folk music. While the sound is big enough to verge on bombastic there’s a rowdy sincerity that’s impossible to resist. Instead of literal interpretations of Seeger’s spare sound Bruce infuses these tunes with a careening energy as diverse as a 60′s hootenanny mixed with Dylan’s work with The Band.

Here is an incredible sounding recording from the Seeger Sessions tour when it stopped in the UK.

St. Luke’s , London 5/10/06

John Henry
Oh Mary Don’t You Weep
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live?
Mrs. McGrath
My Oklahoma Home
Jacob’s Ladder
We Shall Overcome
Pay Me My Money Down

Get the whole deal at once: Seeger Sessions live zip


Rehabby New Year everybody

Sorry for the extended absence folks. NHT has been laid low with some corrective knee surgery. First time I ever had to show ID to get a prescription. I must say I fail to see what all the hubbub about this oxycodone (generic  Oxycontin) stuff is. Sure I’m not feeling much post op pain but there’s a distinct lack of the euphoria that would explain why folks as disparate as Jeff Tweedy and Rush Limbaugh would get hooked. I guess one needs to ignore doctor’s advice to get their mellow on. Anyway, hopefully we’ll have more time to post in between physical therapy sessions.

Here’s some medical related tunes that have been running through my head this week:

Gomez – Emergency Surgery

The Replacements – Take Me Down To The Hospital (live)

Conor Oberst – I Don’t Want To Die (In A Hospital)

The Weakerthans – (Hospital Vespers)

Ken Nordine – Knee

The Rolling Stones – Dear Doctor

Got any Dr./sick/hospital tunes? Leave a comment!

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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