Thursday, December 30, 2010

Twee Time's Farewell 2010

Here are some of my favourites from 2010. Tune into "Twee Time" every Friday at 20:00 on 1690 AM in Montreal; Concordia University's underground radio.

Fave Releases

Twee Time's favourite albums of 2010 (in order of release), with selected tracks.

01. Magnetic Fields - Realism
Listen to: Better Things; You Must Be Out of Your Mind

02. The Strange Boys - Be Brave
Listen to: Be Brave; Night Might

03. Black Tambourine - Black Tambourine
Listen to: Dream Baby Dream (cover song, originally by Suicide)

04. Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be
Listen to: Jail La La

05. MGMT - Congratulations
Listen to: Song for Dan Treacy

06. Woods - At Echo Lake
Listen to: Blood Dries Darker

07. The Apples in Stereo - Travellers in Space and Time
Listen to: It's All Right

08. The Black Keys - Brothers
Listen to: Howlin' for You

09. Best Coast - Crazy for You
Listen to: Our Deal; Goodbye

10. Play Guitar - Shields / Don't Worry About Death
Listen to: Celebration

11. Magic Kids - Memphis
Listen to: Good to Be

12. Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
Listen to: Old Fangs; Wilderness Heart

13. The Vaselines - Sex with an X
Listen to: Ruined; I Hate the 80s; Exit the Vaselines

14. Various Artists - No More of Your Fairy Stories (an indiepop loveletter to the Ramones)
Listen to: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Don't Go; The Just Joans, Questioningly; Horowitz, Judy is a Punk

15. Belle & Sebastian - Belle & Sebastian Write About Love
Listen to: I Can See Your Future; Write About Love; I Want the World to Stop

16. Stereolab - Not Music
Listen to: So is Cardboard Clouds

17. Girl Talk - All Day (internet release)
Listen to: All of it, all day.

Fave Singles

Twee Time's favourite 7" singles of 2010.

01. The Nymphets - Slow Song
02. Bearsuit - Please Don't Take Him Back
03. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Heart in Your Heartbreak
04. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Say No to Love
05. Veronica Falls - Beachy Head
06. Seapony - Dreaming
07. La Sera - Never Come Around

Fave Old Releases

On repeat in 2010.

01. The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St.
02. Gorilla - Rock Our Souls
03. Plumtree - Predicts the Future
04. Television - Marquee Moon
05. The Slits - Cut
06. MC5 - Kick Out the Jams

Fave Independent Labels

01. Fortuna Pop!
02. Darla
03. In the Red
04. Slumberland
05. Happy Happy Birthday to Me

Best Live Show of the Year

It's a tie!

01. Devo @ Osheaga
02. The Strange Boys @ Casa del Popolo

Most Memorable Moment

Stephen Malkmus of Pavement getting hit in the face with a beer at Osheaga.

Most Annoying Moment

When the guest list for the Magnetic Fields was pulled at the last minute, causing me to miss the show at the Corona Theatre on February 6th 'cause I didn't have a damn ticket.

Live Shows to Remember

01. The Nymphets @ Divan l'Orange
02. Red Mass @ Café Campus
03. Devo, Pavement, Sonic Youth, Owen Pallett, Black Keys, Japandroids, Snoop Dog, Seu Jorge & Almaz, Arcade Fire @ Osheaga
04. Superchunk @ Le National
05. The Vaselines @ Sala Rosa
06. Asexuals @ Cabaret

On the Internet

Because I'm modern that way.

01. Arcade Fire @ Madison Square Garden Webcast (streamed on Youtube August 5th)
02. Belle & Sebastian @ Barrowland Webcast (streamed on NPR Music December 21st)

Those Who Will Be Missed

01. Ari Up (The Slits)
02. Jay Reatard (The Reatards, Lost Sounds, etc.)
03. Alex Chilton (Big Star)
04. Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse)
05. Peter Steele (Type O Negative)
06. Malcolm McLaren (manager of the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls)
07. Sergio Vega (seriously, look him up)
08. Captain Beefheart (The Magic Band)
09. Miep Gies (shelterer of the Frank family, preserved Anne Frank's diary)
10. J.D. Salinger (author of The Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, etc.)
11. Alexander McQueen (fashion designer)
12. Andrew Koenig (actor on Growing Pains, and son of Walter Koenig "Chekov" from Star Trek)
13. Chris Haney (inventor of Trivial Pursuit)
14. Corey Haim (actor, The Lost Boys, Goonies, and the better half of the two Coreys)
15. Gary Coleman (actor, Diff'rent Strokes)
16. Tom Bosley (actor, Mr. C on Happy Days)
17. Tony Curtis (actor, Some Like It Hot)
18. Leslie Nielsen (actor, Airplane! and The Naked Gun series)
19. Blake Edwards (director, Breakfast at Tiffany's and the Pink Panther)
20. Harvey Pekar (American Splendor)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Songs about crushes

For a few months now I've had a serious secret crush on an amazing heavily-tattooed man, so here are some songs for those who are crushing too.

"Laurie" by Daniel Johnston

I can't explain such love aflame
I overcame victorious
Filled my heart with such desire
So grand and so glorious

"Boyfriend" by Best Coast

There's nothing worse than sitting all alone at home
And waiting waiting waiting waiting by the phone
I hope that he's at home
Waiting by his phone
I wonder if he knows
That I want him

I wish he was my boyfriend
I wish he was my boyfriend
I'd love him to the very end but instead he's just a friend
I wish he was my boyfriend

"Cool Guitar Boy" by Heavenly

He looks so neat with his hair which is tousled up long mess and
He acts all coy, smiles and hides. Could he like me? I have to guess
He looks so cool in this shades, hide his eyes, might be looking my way
Never speaks, which I like, doesn't have much to say

I love him lots and I wish he'd see me: the Cool Guitar Boy
He looks so brilliant when he plays his twelve-string and smiles
Oh pure joy!

And I wish he's see me
And I want him to love me
Cos I know there's heaven, heaven in his arms

"I'm in Love with a Girl Who Doesn't Know I Exist" by Another Sunny Day

So many times this has happened before
But I never knew love could make you feel this sore
I could speak to you
You could speak to me
Oh but it will never happen
What will be will be
So I'll just lie and dream of the chance I have missed
I'm in love with a girl who doesn't know I exist

"Youth" by Beat Happening

When I was young
I sought to win a young girl's heart
I chased the girl around a cherry tree
All I ended up winning was a couple of skinned knees

"Prettiest Boy" by Tiger Trap

I have a pineapple crush on a boy 
I don't know where he came from 
Or how he got skin just like snow
He's the angel I asked for in my prayers last night
He's the only one who can make my wrong life right
'Cause I know he was sent here just for me
beautiful vision is stuck in my heart
I wish I could tell him but don't know where to start

"The Way I Feel Inside" by The Zombies

But till I can see
That you'd really care for me
I'll keep trying to hide
The way I feel inside

What are your favourite songs about crushes and unrequited love?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Holidays from Belle & Sebastian

Hey pop kids, great news! On Tuesday December 21 4PM EST, Belle and Sebastian's pre-Christmas "Holiday Spectacular" show in their home town will webcast live and for free with the help of NPR and The Guardian. Get the details here and here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Pains

Just a quick note to say that you can download the B-side track "The One" from the Pains of Being Pure at Heart's upcoming 7" release at Fortuna Pop!

Heart in Your Heartbreak

The single "Heart in your Heartbreak" will be available December 14, 2010 from Slumberland records.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Another obscure indie band

The Happydeadmen


Described as "The Swedish Smiths", this jangle pop band formed in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Today's Quote is from founding members Thomas and Jan:

Swedish music sucks, let's save it.

Today's Track is "Silent Sigh City" (their first single, 1988-89)

Check out their MySpace page for information and more Happydeadmen tracks!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NME C81 Cassette

Today's History Lesson Cassette Culture


Selected tracks from the New Musical Express compilation C81, released in 1981.

"Blue Boy" by Orange Juice

"Endless Soul" by Josef K

"Shouting Out Loud" by The Raincoats

"We Could Send Letters" by Aztec Camera

Saturday, November 20, 2010

My Favorite

Today's Track "Burning Hearts" by My Favorite

The songs we sung and then forgot
The hearts that would burn and the hearts that would not

This Long Island, New York band were "musicians on the verge" in 1998. What happened to you, My Favorite?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Another Ramones tribute

The Ramones arrive to save the day

Underneath those leather jackets, behind the raw tireless sound and in-your-face attitude, beyond "Punk", lies some of the best pop music that has ever graced this sad and beautiful world.

Well kids, there's an indiepop tribute!

No More of Your Fairy Stories - An indiepop loveletter to the Ramones (various artists) from Precordial Catch Records.

Friday on Twee Time, I will be playing selected tracks from this sold-out compilation. For now, how about a little taste of what's to come?

Today's Track "Don't Go" by The Ramones (composed by Joey Ramone, from the album Pleasant Dreams 1981)

Today's Download a cover by The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

Thanks to Taylor for the heads up!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Twee Things

Today's Quote is from my friend Sam:

You know you're an old washed up indie pop scenester when you listen to some new band and it sounds like Aislers Set or Talulah Gosh to you but all the reviews compare it to Best Coast and Vivian Girls.

Today's Track "Dream Baby Dream" by Black Tambourine. From the compilation Black Tambourine (Slumberland), released in 2010, which has their complete recordings and six new songs.

Today's Tweevia "Dream Baby Dream" is a cover, originally recorded by the protopunk band Suicide.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

CJLO DJ of the Week!

Today I was named DJ of the Week at CJLO, 1690 AM in Montreal.

Hi, how are you

Here is the write-up from the CJLO website:

A five-year veteran of the CJLO set, Twee Time host Stephanie Dee characterizes her CJLO stint as "the only thing that makes me cool." Her hour-long show from 8 to 9 on Friday nights is a fun and charming, as well as charismatic program.

From her humble beginnings, where she specifically remembers the date of her first broadcast (5 p.m. on August 29, 2005) and the first song she ever played ("Son Of A Gun" by the Vaselines) until now, her quiet storm of all things twee (and C-86 and anorak and any other of indie rock subgenres).

"I play under-appreciated music for the part time punks who play their records very loud, and pogo in the bedroom in front of the mirror, but only when their mums gone out," explains Miss Dee, "And for the kids who know which band I nicked that description from."

Always ready to help out and ensuring that her Friday night slot is always great, Steph is this week's DJ of the week!