Freakshow! – 9/10/09

September 10, 2009

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For week two, we decided to go a little louder and faster than the wildly eclectic season premiere.  But of course, with a couple improvisations, a bit of interesting, insightful talk (well, as interesting and insightful as we can be), some off-air confidence boosters (more on that in a later update), and more awesome music than you can shake a stick at (including what we will go as far to say are, as of this writing, some of the best sets we have ever assembled), this episode proved that Freakshow! is not just back in full form, it’s better than ever.  This ain’t the Freakshow! you used to know; this is Freakshow! 2.0, baby!

Click the song information (when available) to hear the song.  Click the album art next to the song information to view the song’s host album’s page on Amazon.

Refused – New Noise

Radiohead – The Bends

Led Zeppelin – Trampled Under Foot

The Sonics – Have Love, Will Travel

The Black Keys – Set You Free

Graham Parker – Mercury Poisoning

Foxboro Hot Tubs – Pieces of Truth

Bob Dylan – Baby, Let Me Follow You Down

The Vines – Country Yard

Bruce Springsteen – It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City

The Cars – Let’s Go

Datarock – Princess

The Chocolate Watchband – Sitting Here Standing

Electric Light Orchestra – Rockaria!

Andrew W.K. – Party Hard

Minutemen – This Ain’t No Picnic

Husker Du – The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill

Gang of Four – I Found That Essence Rare

Stiff Little Fingers – Barbed Wire Love

Richard Hell – Blank Generation

The Damned – Fan Club

Toadies – Hell In High Water

The Beatles – And Your Bird Can Sing

Wolfmother – Woman

Judas Priest – The Hellion / Electric Eye

The Replacements – Bastards of Young

Foo Fighters – Hey, Johnny Park!

David Bowie – Moonage Daydream

The Pillows – Hybrid Rainbow


Things we said today:

  • Datarock, the crazy Norwegian new-wave-revival band whose song “Princess” we played on today’s episode,  is playing a show on Monday, September 14 at Paradise Rock Club behind their new album.  And you should go.
  • Andrew W.K. has a new album out.  And it’s all improvisational piano pieces.  Did we mention that Andrew W.K. is both out of his mind and completely and utterly awesome?
  • We went all Ebert and Roper on your asses and voiced our opinion on Ponyo, Gamer, and Extract.  Bottom line: see Ponyo immediately because it’s absolutely wonderful; Gamer is neither as charming nor as good as Neveldine/Taylor’s previous two movies – Crank and Crank: High Voltage – but it is still sufficiently entertaining, and the aforementioned writer-director team’s manic, over-the-top brilliance occasionally shines through; Extract is awful.  No seriously, it’s really bad.  Don’t even watch it illegally on the internet, you have better things you could do with your life.  Ignore it, and maybe Mike Judge will finally go away and stop making us question if any of his earlier stuff was ever good to begin with.
  • Today’s Deep Thought was cut short by the fact that we went overtime and were encroaching on Overpowered By Funk’s territory, but here’s the gist of it: people who complain about Rock Band or any other music game and claim that anyone who plays them should learn a real instrument need to shut up.  Unless they are inspirational musicians who have put out critically acclaimed, multi-platinum-selling albums (i.e., Prince and Led Zeppelin, all of whom are vocal critics of music games); they get a free pass.

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