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The Weekly Feed 5/18

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Welcome to another Weekly Feed.  I’m your host Kyle Meredith and my job is to immerse myself daily in all the happenings in Blog Land and grab the biggest tracks making the most noise across the web.  This time around, that means music from Wilco, The Mummers, Clues, Pearl Jam, Vega, Liechtenstein, My Latest Novel and much more.

As far as crazy antics of rock stars go, the week started off slow but picked up about the time Amy Winehouse decided to try and stage a comeback.  A comeback was to be staged less than three years after she hit the big time.  That’s probably not good for the scorecards.  Anyway, she was all over the place – underwear flashing, bad dancing and general confusion.  Luckily the rains came and washed her set out before total disaster.  We also learned that No Depression - once a magazine, then a book – is now a music festival in seattle. And the Flaming Lips released word that their new album will be… a double album.  Get excited.  Its gonna be a good summer.
Action Painters – Sooner or Later

And a good show.  We’ll start the whole machine with a set from WOXY’s Lounge Act with the band Action Painters.  The Brooklyn based band recorded their latest EP, Lay That Cable, in one day.  Not to make a point about recording.  They, like most musicians, were broke.  But a fantastic feat they pulled off.

Wilco – Wilco (The Song)

I’ve been waiting for the studio version of that song since it was first debuted on Colbert a few months ago. So, the song is named after the band.  And the album is also named after the band.  Wilco – Wilco – Wilco.  Its fun.  Anyway, the whole record, which general consensus is that its the band’s best yet, is available IN FULL on the bands site now.

Great Bloomers – The Young Ones Slept

We’ll now jump over to the Captain Obvious blog who featured the band Great Bloomers and describes the Toronto five piece as “Combining rootsy instrumentation with Beach Boys-esque harmonies, they cover the gamut from country-tinged to the doo-wop."

Max Tundra – Lysine

From another WOXY Lounge Act performance, this time from Max Tundra.  As the Futurist blog puts it, “Between the songwriting and programming, it sometimes took six months for one song to be ready for its home on (the album) Parallax Error Beheads You,”  which would have come off as pure crazy had the song not actually been good.  You win this time Max Tundra, if that is your real name.  … its not.

The Mummers – March of the Dawn

The only band off of the top of my head combining marching bands and string quartets, the Brighton group has a new disc out called Tale To Tell and received a nice bit of notoriety a couple months back after playing on Later with Jools Holland.  Sure you can compare her to Bjork, but Bjork’s not doing it anymore.  Fair game.

Clues – Remember Severed Head

A band with an ex member of Unicorn.  Clues – as the band is called – has really been slaying a few folks out there as of late with their Candian brand of indie rock. Maybe its their sound, but maybe its because they also have a member of Arcade Fire in the band, which is Indie Rock Rule that you have to like them.  But maybe it’s the music.

Pearl Jam – Santa Cruz

While it’s the new A-side of their fan club only Christmas single, it didn’t arrive in fans mailboxes until this past week, which is par for the course for the 45.  And its okay as long as you don’t mind Christmas in May.  The b-side, featured below on the Bonus Track, is a duet with Corrin from Slater-Kenney covering the band X and not to be missed and look for a new album proper from the band by year’s end.

***VIDEO MIXTAPE***

Chris Velan – Oldest Trick

On paper, Chris Velan may come off as just another singer songwriter, but you need only listen to the first few seconds to figure out that there is a little more there, and a lot of potential.  Reminiscent of Jackie Greene, the former environmental lawyer has a new disc out called Solidago

Vega – No Reasons

The Dance artist has a new video out for the song, which you can catch on our Video Mixtape.  But what’s cool is that its fan made and as MOKB says, it features “the "classic" Brolin 1986 skate drama Thrashin'...”  Worth checking out.

Liechtenstein – Roses In The Park

It’s interesting when reading reviews of this track, and its full length Survival Strategies In The Modern World.  Most will first comment on the simplicity of the track and then the rest of the review is about the disc being on Slumberland Records.  As if there was nothing else to talk about.  Catch this band while they’re on tour through this month before they head back home.

My Jerusalem – Sweet Chariot

An indie rock super group of sort.  The group My Jerusalem could at first just be another band not from the town of their namesake, but this one might be forgivable.  The N’awlins based quintet has members of Twilight Singers, Great Northern, Bishop Allen, & The Polyphonic Spree with the blog 32 Feet Per Second comparing them to The National and Beluah and maybe even a “Wilco comparison when comes to the sad-sack horns. But this isn't Jeff Tweedy's painkiller hangover.”

Tori Amos – Strong Black Vine

Her new disc, Abnormally Attracted To Sin hits shelves thisweek on May 19 and it feels like Tori is starting to settle back into some old skin with this one.  Which isn’t to say she’s going backwards.  Just doing what she does best.

Kidda – Under The Sun (Herve Remix)

Here comes some more big beats from Kidda. It’s a remix of “Under The Sun” that You Ain’t No Picasso calls “tailor made for a beach party.”  In Louisville we don’t have beaches, or at least an ocean.  We have the river, but its just not the same.  Close your eyes and its not too far away….

My Latest Novel – All in All in All is All

Scotland’s answer to The Dears.  Not a bad thing at all.  Though the who bands have toured together, which may have sounded a bit redundant after a few hours.  Austin Town Hall gave them a nice review saying their “upcoming album, Death and Entrances, is full of complexities and an organic quality that most enjoy these days.”  They have some cool video of a performace at the BBC online now and their album drops this week, though maybe only by import.

And that’ll wrap it up.  Its been fantastic and as always, if you like what you heard, please tell a friend.  The Weekly Feed is produced by myself and Todd Smith at MixWorks Studio in Louisville, KY.  Interviews set up by Allison Riggs.  I’m your host Kyle Meredith and we’ll see ya next Monday night at 8 for The Weekly Feed on 91.9 WFPK Radio Louisville.

***Bonus Track***

Massy Ferguson Interview

Roots rockers from the North is an okay way of describing Massy Ferguson.  We talk about Southern Rock, Americana, Country, and Spanish music, as well as how that fits into Seattle and visiting Cuba, Germany, Van Morrison and plenty more.

and here is the song The Ride

Ben Lee Interview

This interview with the Australian pop-rocker was done last February right after he got married.  His album was pushed back here in the States but is now finally seeing its release.  So with that, I figured it'd be a good time to post this.

Kyle is the WFPK Music Director. Email Kyle at kmeredith@lpm.org