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article by: Michael Canter

01 August 2011

Jivewired Top 25 Spins For July 2011

This is a Listener's Poll based upon user ratings from Jivewired Radio and at Jivewired.com for the period of July 1, 2011 through July 31, 2011 inclusive. Listeners can rate songs through an application on our radio player. A minimum of 10 spins for the month is required to qualify.

  • You can listen to the monthly Top 25 Spins each Sunday morning on Jivewired Radio beginning at 11 AM EST.

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Listener's Poll Top 25 Spins For June 2011

01. Give It (Once In A Lifetime) by Lambchop
from the album "Live At XX Merge"
Label: MERGE RECORDS


When Lambchop were first conceived as Posterchild in the late '80s, it was in the spirit of getting together to play with no discernible purpose. Anybody who wanted in could have in. There is still something of that spirit in the 11-piece edition of Kurt Wagner's venerable Lambchop that appeared at Merge Records' 20th anniversary festival in North Carolina in July 2009. Between horns and keyboards and multiple strummers, including the supremely tasteful lead guitarist William Tyler -- who embodies Lambchop's indie Nashville vibe to a T -- Wagner's project is still impossible to classify, and completely sublime. ~ www.allmusic.com

02. Bad News by Whitey Morgan & The 78s
from the album "Whitey Morgan & The 78s"
Label: BLOODSHOT RECORDS


Who says outlaw country is dead? Whitey Morgan and the 78's are a rough-hewn, edgy, honky tonk band from Flint, MI, and they embody the spirit of Waylon, David Allan Coe, Hank Jr., and Johnny Paycheck from the '70s. That said, this is no mere tribute band; they also have an unsentimental, rock & roll attitude from the rust belt's DNA. This isn't alt-country or Americana. The 78' offer hard-edged, 2-stepping, beer-soaked barroom music. ~ www.allmusic.com

03. One Look At You by The Smithereens
from the album "2011"
Label: eONE MUSIC


When it all clicks, The Smithereens are deliriously good. The band has a gestating knack for songwriting and creating hook-laden melodies that counterpoint heavier themes of unrequited love, bitterness and similar intimate concepts. Songs like Sorry, Goodnight Goodbye, A World Of Our Own, Keep On Running and One Look At You will be familiarly recognizable to fans and can be considered as modern classics that reside comfortably within their historical canon. ~ www.jivewired.com

04. Cease And Persist by El Ten Eleven
from the album "It's Still A Secret"
Label: FAKE RECORD LABEL


El Ten Eleven's latest spinning plastic disc, It's Still Like a Secret, could be a dance record, but it's not unrelentingly blissful. It could be a power rock record if you're in the mood. If it spun slower it would be a fine rainy day record. It's dance music with depth, or it's post-rock with a sense of humor, but it defies easy labels and that's just another thing that's great about it. Because It's Still Like a Secret is almost a lot of different things, it's any of them when you want it to be. ~ Shut Music

05. Buick City by Whitey Morgan & The 78s
from the album "Whitey Morgan & The 78s"
Label: BLOODSHOT RECORDS


Who says outlaw country is dead? Whitey Morgan and the 78's are a rough-hewn, edgy, honky tonk band from Flint, MI, and they embody the spirit of Waylon, David Allan Coe, Hank Jr., and Johnny Paycheck from the '70s. That said, this is no mere tribute band; they also have an unsentimental, rock & roll attitude from the rust belt's DNA. This isn't alt-country or Americana. The 78' offer hard-edged, 2-stepping, beer-soaked barroom music. ~ www.allmusic.com

06. Tramp Stamp by Wally Dogger
from the album "We've Turned Into Monsters"
Label: THE CONGO IS LEFT RECORDS


The song writing, while wrapped up in some very neatly packaged alt rock, is very true, revealing, and for the most part so damn clever. Wally Dogger is an alternative power-pop rock band with a touch of garage sound and punk wit. This group of guys have immersed themselves in Chicago's big city living and have nothing but witty commentary which pokes fun at the standards of relationships and social hierarchy. ~ www.jivewired.com

07. Christchurch Woman by Justin Townes Earle
from the album "Harlem River Blues"
Label: BLOODSHOT RECORDS


With co-production by Earle and Skylar Wilson and the backing of a killer, intuitive band, the songwriter drops 11 weighty originals steeped in American musical tradition yet bearing his own inimitable lyric and stylistic signature. The title track is an electrifying rockabilly-cum-truck-driving shuffle adorned by slapping bass, guitars, snare and cymbal, and a Hammond B-3. Despite the upbeat tempo and finger-popping rhythmic thrust, Earle's lyrics reveal the protagonist's intention to commit suicide by drowning. With a country gospel vocal chorus complete with handclaps on the refrains, the lyrics and music are intriguingly at odds; somehow the sense of near gleeful purpose in the protagonist's view -- revealing a sense of relief at the prospect of release from this plane of existence -- makes the tune gel. ~ www.allmusic.com

08. Trouble Mind by Red Molly
from the album "James"
Label: RED MOLLY


Simply intoxicating. The trio represents a combination of traditional roots music and a folk-flavored mix of country and bluegrass, with a hint of Southern gospel to create a slightly more contemporary sound that make them up-and-coming members of folk's progressive vanguard. For those not familiar with these three sirens, I offer this: If Alison Krauss were musical triplets, they would be called Red Molly. What makes the band so amazing is their mastering of the three-part harmony; their pitch-perfect vocals are remarkable, but when amplified the trio is simply astounding. As instrumentalists, the girls are exceptionally proficient as well. ~ www.jivewired.com


09. Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars
from the album "Barton Hollow"
Label: SENSIBILITY MUSIC LLC


Sentimental without the cloying clich├ęs and romantic without being precious, country-tinged singer/songwriter duo The Civil Wars makes music to fall in love to on its debut effort Barton Hollow. Composed of Joy Williams and John Paul White, who met by chance and found that they had an instant sonic connection, this twosome quickly drew a buzz with the EP Poison & Wine, which was a viral hit. Barton Hollow weaves together intricately crafted melancholy dirges about love, loss and everything in between with twanging guitars, bold piano tones and dynamic vocal melodies that ooze with palpable chemistry. The slow-building stunner Poison & Wine conveys the love/hate dichotomy of romance, while the cover of Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me to the End of Love subtly conjures a deep-seeded passion through pared-down guitar strums and pitch-perfect vocals ~ www.relix.com

10. Chinatown by Destroyer
from the album "Kaputt"
Label: MERGE RECORDS


Shape-shifting Canadian pop craftsman Daniel Bejar's ninth studio album under the Destroyer moniker added a whole lot of Bryan Ferry to a pot already boiling over with copious amounts of Bowie, Dylan, and T. Rex. Bejar's predilection for pairing Oscar Wilde-inspired, semi-apocalyptic witticisms with glam-kissed, minor-seventh retro pop remained intact, but where previous outings like This Night and Streethawk: A Seduction mined the '70s for inspiration, 2011's Kaputt utilizes '80s sophisti-pop, New Romantic, Northern soul, and straight-up adult contemporary to deliver a flawed but fascinating record. ~ www.allmusic.com

11. Gas Planet by Dr. Pants
from the album "The Trip, Side 1: Illusion & Truth"
Label: LITTLE WEASEL RECORDS


The Oklahoma City-based quartet plays straightforward pop songs here, relying on vocals and lyrics to carry the release instead of the ear-crushing, distorted guitars of Weezer, to which the group is often compared. The tight pop songwriting of “The Trip” contains excellent lyrics and a firm grasp on the line between irony and parody. If you’re not listening to Dr. Pants yet, you should be. ~ The Oklahoma Gazette
**NOTE: Jivewired review forthcoming

12. Come Visit Me by The Rosebuds
from the album "Loud Planes Fly Low"
Label: MERGE RECORDS


If every now and then you’re waiting for the right mellow pop group to come along and capture your attention, The Rosebuds have done just that on Loud Planes Fly Low. It’s something I can listen to in the background and doesn’t annoy me after a few spins. And the deeper I dive into the lyrical content of the broken couple, I’m happy that once upon a time, The Rosebuds got a divorce and came to their senses when it came to their god-given right to a music marriage. This is their best yet. ~ www.theowlmag.com

13. Long Goodbye by The Nadas
from the album "Almanac"
Label: AUTHENTIC RECORDS


The record is fantastic, filled with one alluring folk-country tune after the next. The album was written and recorded virtually live, giving fans a chance to watch the band's every move via a live stream on their website. The Nadas down-to-earth, hard-working approach to rock and roll is refreshing and so is their music. If you feel like your lacking something in your life, pick yourself up a copy of Almanac by The Nadas and let them make you whole again. ~ Laura McDonald, Denver Examiner

14. Even Heroes Have To Die by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
from the album "The Brutalist Bricks"
Label: MATADOR RECORDS


Releasing one impressive record after another every couple years is a surefire recipe for getting yourself taken for granted, and with this in mind, it would be easy for Leo to phone in a record here and there, but the passion is still very much alive in his music, dripping from every note. He's attained that elder statesman status, where you normally hear records that sound like the artist mindfully winding down his career, the type of records you listen to with a sense of respect as well as wistful longing for the good old days. The Brutalist Bricks sounds nothing like that at all. Ted Leo is still very much in his prime, and Bricks is as relevant (and as great) a record as you'll hear in 2010. ~ Absolute Punk

15. Hipster Kid/Sexy Beards by Dr.Pants
from the album "The Trip, Side 1: Illusion & Truth"
Label: LITTLE WEASEL RECORDS


The Oklahoma City-based quartet plays straightforward pop songs here, relying on vocals and lyrics to carry the release instead of the ear-crushing, distorted guitars of Weezer, to which the group is often compared. The tight pop songwriting of “The Trip” contains excellent lyrics and a firm grasp on the line between irony and parody. If you’re not listening to Dr. Pants yet, you should be. ~ The Oklahoma Gazette
**NOTE: Jivewired review forthcoming


16. The Golden Age by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
from the album "The Golden Age EP"
Label: IE MUSIC


For those unfamiliar, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour is a Danish electro-funk collective that plays a brassy version of indie pop. Fans in high places -- Amy Winehouse and Steve Jobs, most notably -- haven't hurt this Danish band's crossover potential, but credit is due to what made those ears prick up in the first place, namely ebullient bedroom pop like "The Golden Age." The bubbly song (you've heard it in a Heineken ad complete with uber-wannabe cool video) inhabits a weird intersection of Portishead, the Go! Team, Duffy and '60s Stax soul, and it's topped off by the endearingly squeaky voice of Mette Lindberg, which you'll either love or hate. If it's the latter, give this EP a few spins and she will win you over ~ www.jivewired.com

17. Fantasy Friend Forever by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
from the album "Hope Is A Thing With Feathers"
from the album "The Golden Age EP"
Label: IE MUSIC


For those unfamiliar, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour is a Danish electro-funk collective that plays a brassy version of indie pop. Fans in high places -- Amy Winehouse and Steve Jobs, most notably -- haven't hurt this Danish band's crossover potential, but credit is due to what made those ears prick up in the first place, namely ebullient bedroom pop like "The Golden Age." The bubbly song (you've heard it in a Heineken ad complete with uber-wannabe cool video) inhabits a weird intersection of Portishead, the Go! Team, Duffy and '60s Stax soul, and it's topped off by the endearingly squeaky voice of Mette Lindberg, which you'll either love or hate. If it's the latter, give this EP a few spins and she will win you over ~ www.jivewired.com

18. Breakin' The Chains Of Love by Fitz & The Tantrums
from the album "Pickin' Up The Pieces"
Label: DANGERBIRD RECORDS


Many recent students of old-school soul get the rhythms and vibe right, but what sets Michael Fitzpatrick and his L.A. crew apart is their mastery of Motown-esque melodies. Guitar-less but heavy on the organ, sax, and hands-to-the-heavens claps, this home-recorded debut swings like demos of actual '60s hits. Lyrically, it's less finessed, as the conscious but clunky "Dear Mr. President" makes clear. But Fitz and sidekick Noelle Scaggs can croon and wail like a biracial, male-female Hall & Oates, and with "MoneyGrabber," they've got their own "Maneater." ~ Spin Magazine

19. Used To Get High by The John Butler Trio
from the album "Live At Red Rocks"
Label: ATO RECORDS


‘Live at Red Rocks’ highlights Butler’s prodigious guitar skills, powerful songwriting and the transcendental live performance he delivers with Byron Luiters (bass) and Nicky Bomba (drums.) It showcases the innovative, rhythmically complex, diverse and playful sound that has garnered the JBT a devoted fan base worldwide. ~ Jam Band News

20. Cool Kids by Natalie Walker
from the album "Spark"
Label: DORADO MUSIC


Formerly a member of the trip-hop troupe Daughter Darling, Walker debuted amongst a surge of fellow indie-pop songstresses that dominated the blogosphere (not to mention the soundtracks of nearly every trendy television show of the time, including Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty and The OC)–songstresses like Imogen Heap, Rachael Yamagata and Bat For Lashes. Natalie Walker is one of those rare artists that manages to strike the perfect balance between consistency and a gradual evolution in sound. And judging by what we’ve already heard, Walker’s latest may just be her finest moment yet. ~ www.muumuse.com.com

21. Take Your Medicine by The Quick & Easy Boys
from the album "Red Light Rabbit"
Label: PER CAPITA RECORDS


The bar is set ridiculously high by an opener that is infectiously catchy. Take Your Medicine is intense and relentless indie power-pop, and, despite a healthy dose of musical bravado, never overstated. Generally, the pace is fast and furious and a whole lot of fun. A combination of funk and upbeat honky-tonk with a punk demeanor added for good measure elevates this number to instant classic status. Electric, energetic and almost frenzied at times without any sense of self-indulgence, it's impossible not to become addicted to this song. ~ www.jivewired.com

22. Kickdrum by Handful Of Luvin'
from the album "Life In Between"
Label: HANDFUL OF LUVIN' MUSIC


From start to finish Handful of Luvin’ is one impressive catalogue of music. The music is highly original, uplifting, & extremely entertaining. Note for note, song for song there isn’t a weak piece on this entire catalogue. The writing & playing abilities of this 4 piece are rock solid. The lyrics are catchy lyrics, & the melodies are well crafted & hooky. Last but not least the vocal presence from front man David John is world-class. All in all - “Life In Between” is one of the best CD’s that’s come across my desk this year. If you like Rob Thomas, Dave Matthews Band with a splash Celtic flair then you should definitely jump into “Life In Between” head first! ~ Cyrus Rhodes, Indie Music Digest

23. Horses by Brad Yoder
from the album "Excellent Trouble"
Label: REVERIE RECORDS


Yoder’s songs capture the candor with which life's experiences afford. What makes Brad's CD so captivating is the fact that each playback carries with it a joyful discovery, something new along his journey that gives the listener pause and notice, maybe knocks us slightly off our paths just to take time for self reflection. With time, the entire disc comes full circle, a virtual treasure trove of narrative emotion and forthrightness that is divinely inspirational. www.jivewired.com

24. We Don't Need Our Heads by A Great Big Pile Of Leaves
from the album "Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?"
Label: A GREAT BIG PILE OF LEAVES MUSIC


One of the most spellbinding releases of 2010, HYSMPC? is the breathtaking result of what happens when a band doesn't merely aim to create just a decent rock record, but instead goes balls out to leave a truly remarkable and identifiable footprint on the indie rock landscape. The beauty in A Great Big Pile Of Leaves' music is all the more affecting because it feels genuine, uninhibited by excess or affectation. That it shakes the very foundations of your musical spirit in all the right places merely stirs up that complex mix of emotions even further, taking the listener on a musical pilgrimage that will beg to be revisited repeatedly ~ www.jivewired.com

25. Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire) by Yacht
from the album "Greetings From Dystopia (Where The Earth Is On Fire)"
Label: DFA RECORDS


A while ago, James Murphy‘s legendary DFA Records―home to his own LCD Soundsystem―began White Out Sessions, where they play a new track on vinyl in the DFA office, starting with disco aficionados Holy Ghost!’s Wait And See from their forthcoming debut album. The label has now posted the second session, premiering a new track from dance rock duo YACHT called Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire). The song is one of their more dance friendlier tunes, with a friendly disco backdrop and enough synths to set the earth on fire. ~ www.prettymuchamazing.com


Fifteen That Just Missed:

26. Come Out Of The Woods by Matthew & The Atlas
27. Something To Die For by The Sounds
28. I Hope You Die by Wye Oak
29. Hard To Save by Shannon Wurst
30. When I'm Small by Phantogram
31. Please Ask For Help by Phantogram
32. Asleep On The Lawn by The Hampdens
33. When You're Out Tonight by Cami Stinson
34. Camp Daddy Reel by Lonesome Traveler
35. Bones by Male Bonding
36. Hold Me Down by Minus The Bear
37. Sugar In The Kettle by Wally Dogger
38. Feels Like Home by Stonehoney
39. Usual Suspects by Ha Ha Tonka
40. Undercover (Twin Shadow Remix) by The Chain Gang Of 1974

Previous In This Series: Jivewired Radio Top 25 Songs For June 2011

See Also: Jivewired Radio Year End Listeners Poll - Top 50 Spins For 2010

*Note: Listening statistics are provided by Live365 as part of our contractual agreement as a Pro Station Broadcaster. Jivewired currently has a total of 23,040 songs in our library that are played randomly at any given time, with about 2,500 songs programmed for airplay in any given month.

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