May 8, 2009: Show #21

Hey everyone! I’m finally back after yet another lengthy hiatus from the blogosphere. I just got back home last night from a nine-day vacation with my family in Ocean City, MD (we have a house down there). The weather was consistently pleasant, despite the meteorologists’ insistence to the contrary for a few days; the pool was always a bit chilly at first but would soon become comfortable; there was a nice breeze at the beach; the new Harry Potter movie was pretty solid; my dad celebrated his birthday; the Phillies have been kicking ass for the last few weeks (including tonight’s 10-1 demolition of the Cubs) and are the favorites to trade for kickass pitcher Roy Halladay; Married With Children reruns were on a lot in the morning and are still hilarious; I finally got to read Thank You For Smoking; and all in all it was a pretty good week.

So now that I’m back in the Keystone State, I bring you the playlist for my penultimate show of the 2008-09 school year on May 8, 2009. The playlist and more after the jump!

1. Radiohead, “The National Anthem” (Kid A)

2. Mastodon, “Colony Of Birchmen” (Blood Mountain)

3. Kings Of Leon, “King Of The Rodeo” (Aha Shake Heartbreak)

4. Drive-By Truckers, “3 Dimes Down” (Brighter Than Creation’s Dark)

5. Led Zeppelin, “Houses Of The Holy” (Physical Graffiti, Mothership)

6. Spoon, “They Never Got You” (Gimme Fiction)

7. Interpol, “Hands Away” (Turn On The Bright Lights)

8. Minus The Bear, “Drilling” (Menos El Oso)

9. Muse, “Endlessly” (Absolution)

10. My Morning Jacket, “Sec Walkin” (Evil Urges)

11. Foo Fighters, “Virginia Moon (feat. Norah Jones)” (In Your Honor)

12. Thrice, “The Earth Will Shake” (Vheissu)

13. Green Day, “Take Back” (Nimrod)

14. Nirvana, “Negative Creep” (Bleach)

15. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Tension Head” (Rated R)

16. Incubus, “Pendulous Threads” (Light Grenades)

17. Radiohead, “My Iron Lung” (The Bends)

18. Jimi Hendrix, “Fire” (Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix)

19. Mastodon, “Mother Puncher” (Remission)

20. The Fall Of Troy, “The Circus That Has Brought Us Back To These Nights (Yo Chocola)” (The Fall Of Troy)

21. Pavement, “Westie Can Drum” (Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Ed.)

22. Can, “The Thief” (Delay 1968)

23. Green Day, “Burnout” (Dookie)

24. The National, “Squalor Victoria” (Boxer)

25. Bloc Party, “On” (A Weekend In The City)

26. Muse, “Invincible” (Black Holes & Revelations)

And now for some stuff for you to get excited about — here’s some new stuff I’m certainly looking forward to that’s due to come out in the near future, all from some Listen Up! regulars.

Muse, The Resistance (9/14/09)

The Fall Of Troy, In The Unlikely Event (10/6/09)

Thrice, Beggars (10/13/09)

Minus The Bear — currently untitled and no release date set yet, but it’s scheduled for release this fall. This is per a post from May on their Myspace blog. According to their Twitter, the band is currently recording it.

Bloc Party, “One More Chance” (new single, due for release on 8/10)

While I’m posting videos, here are a few that have me VERY excited. Yesterday (7/19 — I’m specifying in case I post this after midnight) Thom Yorke (the lead singer of Radiohead) played a solo set at the Latitude Festival in England. And he brought along some very special treats for the audience which got me really excited about what could possibly appear on LP8. See, aside from having some great albums and B-sides in their catalog, Radiohead’s also got a whole bunch of unreleased, unfinished songs that I’d love to hear them finish. Thom played two of those songs yesterday, and even added a new song to the set list for good measure.

Thom Yorke, “Follow Me Around” (unreleased, starts at about 4:10; the first few minutes are “Harrowdown Hill” from his solo album The Eraser)

Thom Yorke, “True Love Waits” (unreleased except for a live version on I Might Be Wrong — Live Recordings)

Thom Yorke, “The Present Tense” (OH GOD OH GOD IT’S A NEW SONG)

And just for fun, here’s another new Radiohead song that Thom debuted in Dublin last year.

Radiohead, “Super Collider”

Also, here’s a get-well wish for Adam Yauch (MCA) of the always enjoyable Beastie Boys, who recently announced that he has a mild case of cancer; fortunately, it’s a treatable case that won’t affect his voice or his health in the long run, by his own account.

One last thing before I quit: Here’s an interesting little something from Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails about how up-and-coming bands can succeed in the ever-evolving music industry.

Oh, and I’m seeing Green Day tomorrow night at the Wachovia Spectrum. Should be a fun night. They’ve been one of my favorite bands since I was a kid, and I’ll probably always have a soft spot for them.

And now to close this very long playlist post that has spent more time gushing about new Radiohead music than listing the songs I played on May 8, 2009. Take care, folks.

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