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Heyoooo… hope you’re all enjoying Jim’s songs of the day. I’m gonna start getting in on that action starting tomorrow, but for now here’s what I played on the radio show Sunday:

The Pixies – Subbacultcha
The Clientele – Reflections After Jane
Modest Mouse – The Stars are Projectors
Sonic Youth – Incinerate
Bass Drum of Death – GB City

The Horrors – So Now You Know
The Gories – Again and Again (Live)
Chromeo – Fall Back 2U

Codeine – Sea
Come – Michael
Greys – User Your Delusion
The Velvet Underground – Black Angel’s Death Song
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Honeybear
Q and Not U – We Heart Our Hive

The Animals – Boom Boom (Live)
Death From Above 1979 – Sexy Results
Devo – Uncontrollable Urge
The Black Angels – You’re Mine
King Tuff – Stranger

The Orwells – The Righteous Ones
Liars – Pro Anti Anti
Cherry Glazerr – Crybaby

Iggy Pop – China Girl
Ride – Chelsea Girl
Spiritualized – Hey Jane
Animal Collective – We Tigers

The Birthday Party – Funhouse (Live) (Stooges Cover)
Deerhunter – Hazel St.
Young Widows – Glad He Ate Her
Harlem – Friendly Ghost
Watery Love – Empty Walls

Sharon van Etten – Our Love
The Fleshtones – What Are You Talking About
Thee Oh Sees – Drop
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Thought Ballune
Prince Rama – Om Namo Shivaya
Minus the Bear – Lemurs, Man, Lemurs
Balkans – Edita V

Yo La Tengo – Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind

The song of the day. Because it’s fun. Also, Jad Fair has a new release on Joyful Noise Records.

I could listen to this all day…

You can read about the wonder twins of the working class here.

Playlist for June 8th show.  All of our playlists are available here.

Artist Album Track
Alice Donut Three Sisters up is down
Julie Doiron Goodnight Nobody no money makers
Big Ups Eighteen Hours of Static Going Black
The Breeders Last Splash Do you love me now?
Pins Girls Like Us Lost Lost Lost
Genghis Khan Experience 7″ This is goodbye
Ovlov am milk
Tulips Choco Pig
Fat History Month Sad History Month 7″ Tom Waits for no man
OBN IIIs Third Time to Harm No Time for the Blues
Y.A.C.H.T. Shangri-La Paradise Engineering
Sylvan Esso Sylvan Esso Could I Be
Death III Restlessness
The Fiery Furnaces Blueberry Boat My Dog Was Lost But Now He’s Found
The Carbonas The Carbonas Phone Booth
Jean Paul Sarte Experience Love Songs I Like Rain
Polvo Exploded Drawing Fast Canoe
The Blow The Concussive Caress What the guitar said about the firmament
Hysterics Deformative years hanging out at the 512
Yo La Tengo Camp Yo La Tengo Mr. Ameche Plays the Stranger
Dinosaur Jr. Farm Over it
The Armadillos The Armadillos Hillcrest Mine
my captain my sea grow up or die alone Moon
Afghan Whigs Do to the Beast The Lottery
LODRO Big Sleep for Alice
Thee Oh Sees Drop Encrypted Bounce
Shopping Consumer Complaints You Are A Sort (Don’t Call Me)
Perfect Pussy Say Yes to Love Interference Fits
New Madrid Sunswimmer Manners
Ride Nowhere Seagull
Beat Happening Beat Happening Foggy Eyes
Snack Truck Bloom (Sweet)
Guided By Voices Cool Planet Males of Wormwood Mars
June of 44 Engine Takes to the Water Have a safe trip, dear
Grass is Green Big Dog Tee Shirt Birthday Weekend
Tullycraft Beat Surf Fun Sent to the moon
Dog Faced Hermans Mental Blocks for All Ages Suppressa
The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower Love in the Fascist Brothel Angry, Young, and Rich
Tacocat NVM Crimson Wave
Night Sun On My Way
Epicycle You’re Not Gonna Get It: 1979-’81 You’re Not Gonna Get It
Pop.1280 The Horror Nature Boy
Nothing Guilty of Everything B&E
Track Count: 43

Guided by Voices is that band that I should, by all accounts, love.  I recognize why they are widely liked but I typically can’t get too deeply into them.  This album, I think, for the Guided by Voices fan will continue to resonate.  It reminds me a bit of social distortion, not in sound, but in how it falls within a genre entirely, but also barely.  And so that’s where this review is coming from since Guided by Voices’ general motif is well known.  

On Cool Planet, GBV sometimes hits gold and sometimes falls into an area of the uninspired.  Nothing on this album is bad. Some songs aren’t great, but depending on what you like most in your vocal guidance (dad joke!), there is plenty here to love.  The label recommends tracks 12, 10, 5 and 3. Those aren’t my favorites (except maybe 5) but they might have broad appeal due to pop structures.    Fortunately, GBV is good enough at what they do and they bring a broad range of it on Cool Planet.  Overall, this is what makes this a good album.  That and the fact that nothing on this album is too long.
Males of Wormwood Mars is probably my favorite track.