i can only fall so many times before i’m broke, unrecognizable

Well, that about wraps up the all the World Cup hullabaloo. Germany just beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time, about 10 minutes ago. Not that I was watching. Instead of all that jazz I’ve been listening to Grieves – Winter & The Wolves (March 2014), Wess Meets West – When the Structures Fail Us (February 2014), Athletics – Who You Are Is Not Enough (June 2012), and Moving Mountains – “Foreword” EP (November 2008) while working on things like finally uploading Episode #51 of Neeshcast. Relatively mellow soundtrack, rather excellent for productivity. Except, I hadn’t listened to Athletics in far too long. I got completely distracted by the emotions the songs of Who You Are Is Not Enough evoke. Heck, I even broke down into tears during “III.” Such. Beautiful. Music. WYAINE truly is a masterpiece. I actually ranked it at #3 for my 2012 Albums of the Year list. It was also recently re-released along with instrumentals on Deep Elm Records. The digital version is STILL free. Your soul needs WYAINE. Grab Who You Are Is Not Enough. I got my (sold out) vinyl copy not too long ago. I’ve actually purchased quite a bit of physical music in the past few months.

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2 Vinyl Records, 2 7″ split EPs, 9 CDs

Let’s see what we’ve got there. Top left is the Athletics Vinyl I previously mentioned. Top right is the 2007 perfect masterpiece from Kiss Kiss, Reality Vs. The Optimist. That vinyl was produced last year thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. I actually discussed the campaign during Episodes #20 & #21 with lead singer/songwriter/guitarist/synth Josh Benash, so be sure to check out those episodes if you haven’t already. Picking up that record was a no-brainer. 2007 was divided into 3 albums for me. I was all about that Kiss Kiss LP, Porcupine Tree‘s Fear of a Blank Planet, and 3‘s The End is Begun. There’s still a few of those vinyl records left. Get Reality Vs. The Optimist on Vinyl.

Let’s discuss the two 7-inch splits. On the left is The Jazz June & Dikembe split. I spun the whole thing on the show last week. The EP features The Jazz June‘s first song in 12 years, “Over Underground” as well as a tune from Dikembe. I’m all about Dikembe these days. They’ll be releasing Mediumship on Tiny Engines Records August 5, 2014, but a few tunes have been released. “Gets Harder” is my jam! I spun it on Neeshcast June 25th, July 2nd, and requested it on ThePipShow on the 3rd. I don’t know what it is about it, but I’m in love. Anyway, that split was put out on both Topshelf Records (who are set to release a The Jazz June full-length) & Tiny Engines. It comes in 4 variants. Mine is greenish. The other EP is a 4-way Christmas split featuring You Blew It!, Dikembe, Have Mercy, and Kittyhawk. 250 were pressed and proceeds went to Toys For Tots.

CDs. Directly under Kiss Kiss is Icarus The Owl – Icarus The Owl (February 7, 2014). Oh shit, they’re in this region the next few days with Artifex Pereo. Looks like I’ll be goin’ to Jersey Tuesday night! To the right of Icarus The Owl is an album that was released the same day: Weerd Science – Red Light Juliet Broadcast 2: Steady Straight Lights​/​Sudden Dark Turns (February 2014). Last year we heard from Weerd Science in Episode #42 all about RLJ1. The boys are working on RLJ3 as we speak.
Beneath Icarus The Owl and Red Light Juliet Broadcast 2: Steady Straight Lights​/​Sudden Dark Turns is VonEsper‘s debut LP, Stalemate. I snagged #60 of their unique 100 hand-painted CDs. To the right of that is Wess Meets West’s EP – The Sun The Moon The Master (September 2009). Oh crap, I forgot their Chevaliers (November 2011) LP in my car.
The bottom row is Icarus The Owl – Love Always, Leviathan (June 2012), K.FlayLife As A Dog (June 2014), Wess Meets West – When The Structures Fail UsVoyeur’s KaleidoscopeA Fearful Page In The Record of My Existence (January 2013), and Mr. BreakdownThe Purple Bag (April 2014).

So those are my latest physical acquisitions. #SupportIndependent. As previously mentioned, I finally uploaded Episode #51. Ironic timing considering it was the 1 year on Radio Xenu anniversary show. This week is officially Neeshcast Anniversary week. 2 years! Kinda fun to listen to the hijinx of the 1 year show. It’s up at Neeshcast.com/51, on Mixcloud (it displays the songs playing as they’re playing, and if you have an account and link it to your last.fm- the songs will be scrobbled), on Tumblr, on Stitcher Radio, and on iTunes. The show was days before Attack of the 90’s premiered (they are celebrating their first birthday Saturday night). I discussed that, shared my first impression of the Joey Eppard & Friends project, talked about IRL crowd-funding, recounted the first Radio Xenu AutoDJ jam I fell in love with, chatted about covers that I didn’t think were covers, played some new stuff, and there were cameos by my fellow RX DJ’s.

Neeshcast #51: You’re not punk, and I’m telling everyone (FIRST RX anniversary!) by Neesh on Mixcloud

Fabulous playlist.

Oh, also in Episode #51 I discussed my first #EmoNightNYC experience. It’s crazy how things parallel. This month I may be going to my second Emo Night. There’s one that’ll be the official Braid afterparty. I think the Braid dudes are DJing a set too. Sounds awesome!

Actually, let’s talk more about weird crazy ironic parallels. Last week I had technical difficulties. The show was completed and ready to go, when my internet decided it would be funny to slow to a crawl and tell me that a file that usually takes 5-10 minutes to upload would take 9 hours. The file wasn’t going to be uploaded in time for my usual 7-11pm Central slot. Long story short, Episode #32 played, half of the planned July 9, 2014 show played, Gross Misconduct Live went on, and we got the second half of the planned Neeshcast after they wrapped up. During the planned show I fangirled over the new Braid album, No Coast (it’s their first album in 16 years, and it’s fantastic). #32 starts with a Braid track. #32 continues on with a Greg Dunn kick (he’s from Moving Mountains and is an engineer/producer)… dude’s currently on tour along with Fred Mascherino (aka The Color Fred of Terrible Things, ex-Taking Back Sunday, Breaking Pangaea) & Kenny Bridges (Moneen) as additions to the Say Anything Hebrews touring band. #32 also has Sloss Minor (they were known as Death in the Park at the time of the March 2013 episode), K.Flay, and a few other artists… who I spun in the planned show due to current happenings with them. It’s hard to explain. Just was super coincidental and blew my mind a little bit.

At the end of this post I’ll include the playlist from the past 30 days. It’s that time again to submit the playlist for Streaming Royalties!

Shit, I gotta talk about Radio Xenu’s Top 20 Mid-Year Countdown!

So, Thursday night was the Radio Xenu 2014 Mid-Year Top 20 Countdown. Over several weeks listeners were encouraged to vote for however many songs tickle their fancy. Specifically the songs had to be “AutoDJ” songs. You see, when there isn’t a hosted show on RX, there’s a fabulous playlist, curated by Pip (one of his Station Manager duties is doing that Music Director thang). Radio Xenu is definitely a music station. Indie, Rock, Alternative, and there’s a few talk shows. But yeah, last week in my huge blog update I included a list of the songs I voted for. 32 songs, ha.

Tuesday night during @JuggernautJaret’s solo show, The Canadian Virus, he played his own top 20 favorite Radio Xenu jams, mixed in with other tracks from AutoDJ. That shit PUMPED ME UP! ADJ is AWESOME!

So awesome, in fact, that 97 artists in total were voted for in the Top 20 Mid-Year Countdown!

I was super interested to hear what fellow listeners picked, considering how varied our tastes are. During my show last week I predicted that The Neighbourhood would be the most requested artist and that “Doses & Mimosas” by Cherub would soooo be #1. Outside of that, I had no idea how the countdown would turn out.

7 of the songs I voted for made the cut. Hell yeah! But the thing that I was really stoked about was that 3 of the tunes in the countdown were added to ADJ after they were well received during a Neeshcast airing.

I don’t play songs specifically for the station. My show is my show. Specialty, niche shizz.

That being said, it’s freakin exciting when my tunes get added into rotation. The 3 that made it to the countdown were:

That’s right, the guests of Neeshcast #25 broke the top 10! Squee!

Make sure to browse the full list. It’s all here. The link will also give you a good idea of what tunes get spun on Radio Xenu. You should totally listen with the free TuneIn app when you’re on the go.

Look out for the first official Neeshcast Compilation! We’re gonna party like we’ve been on Radio Xenu for 2 years. wooo!

Alright, here’s what I played since June 18, 2014:

Artist Song Album
3 It's Alive (Live)
3 Only Child The Ghost You Gave To Me
65daysofstatic The Fall of Math
Adham Shaikh Water Prayer (Mat the Alien Remix)
Ambulance LTD Primitive (The Way I Treat You) LP
American Football Honestly? American Football
American Football Never Meant American Football
Anakin Abort.Retry.Fail Random Accessed Memories
Anakin Sink To The Bottom (Fountains of Wayne cover) / EP
Anakin Solstice / EP
Anathema The Beginning and the End
Anberlin Atonement
ANTEMASQUE I Got No Remorse ANTEMASQUE
ANTEMASQUE Ride Like The Devil's Son ANTEMASQUE
As Tall As Lions Stab City As Tall As Lions
Astronauts Boom Shock Voodoo
At The Drive-In 300 MHz Vaya EP
Athletics I Am Withdrawal
Atoms for Peace Default Amok
Audiogold Into the Light The Raw Singles
Bad Books Forest Whitaker II
Bad Suns Cardiac Arrest Language & Perspective
Bad Suns Salt Language & Perspective
Band of Horses The Funeral
Bauhaus Bela Lugosi's Dead (Bauhaus – Studio Version) Bela Lugosi's Dead – Versions & Remixes
Beck The New Pollution Odelay
Bedouin Soundclash Brutal Hearts Feat. Coeur de Pirate Musicphile|osophy.com
Ben Folds Five Battle Of Who Could Care Less Whatever And Ever Amen
Braid Lux No Coast
Brand New Luca The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Britney Spears Can't Make You Love Me Oops!…I Did It Again
Britney Spears Do Somethin' Greatest Hits – My Prerogative
Britney Spears I Love Rock 'n' Roll Britney
Britney Spears Showdown In The Zone
Broken Social Scene Cause = Time You Forgot It In People
Built to Spill Out of Site Perfect from Now On
Built to Spill You Are Ancient Melodies of the Future
Busdriver Ego Death (featuring Danny Brown and Aesop Rock)
Bush Personal Halloway Razorblade Suitcase
Caravela Ghost and L’Uccello
Caravela Royal
Caribou Odessa Swim
Chantal Kreviazuk God Made Me Under These Rocks And Stones
Cherub Doses & Mimosas Year Of The Caprese
Chiddy Bang Always (On My Grizzly) (Ft. Eldee The Don) Peanut Butter And Swelly (Official Mixtape)
Childish Gambino Bitch Look At Me Now (Two Weeks)
Circa Survive Birth of the Economic Hit Man Violent Waves
Coasta Sunzal Sunzal
Coheed and Cambria Blood Red Summer The String Quartet Tribute to Coheed and Cambria's In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Coheed and Cambria Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry The Defiant
Coheed and Cambria The Crowing
Coheed and Cambria The Velorium Camper I: Faint of Hearts The String Quartet Tribute to Coheed and Cambria's In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Consider The Source Moisturize the Situation (Are You Watching Closely?)
Consider The Source Paranoid Android (Radiohead Cover)
Cosmonaut Radio Silence
Cosmonaut Subterranean Mercenary
Cursive The Casualty Domestica
Death Cab For Cutie No joy In Mudville We have facts and we're voting yes
Death Cab For Cutie St. Peter's Cathedral Codes And Keys
Death From Above 1979 Trainwreck 1979
Dikembe Gets Harder
Dikembe Healer of the Pride Split
Dikembe Snakes in My Path
Dishwalla Give Pet Your Friends
Dr. Manhattan Big Chomper, Big Chomper drmanhattan
Emmy Wildwood Mean Love
Failure Come Crashing
Failure Stuck on You Fantastic Planet
Failure The Focus
FiKus Birthday Cake Plus+
FiKus Nightwalker
Fiona Apple Sleep to Dream Tidal
Fountains of Wayne Sink to the Bottom Fountains of Wayne
Glassjaw Mu Empire Worship and Tribute
Gospel Yr Electric Surge is Sweet
Grandaddy A.M. 180 Under the Western Freeway
Grandaddy I'm On Standby Sumday
Grieves The Room We Hide In
Grizzly Bear Two Weeks
Harry Manfredini Theme From "Friday The 13th Part 3" Friday The 13th Limited Edition Box Set – CD3
Head Automatica King Caesar Decadence
Heems Killing Time Heems – Wild Water Kingdom
Helmet Exactly What You Wanted Aftertaste
Hidden Hospitals Featherweight EP 002
Hot Rod Circuit 45's The Underground Is A Dying Bre
Hrvrd Black Creme
I Kill Giants Collector
Imogen Heap Hide and Seek Speak For Yourself
Incubus A Certain Shade of Green S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
INXS Elegantly Wasted Elegantly Wasted
Jagwar Ma Uncertainty Howlin
Jawbreaker Chemistry Dear You
K.Flay 2 Weak
K.Flay Can't Sleep Life As A Dog
K.Flay Fvking Crazy
K.Flay Thicker Than Dust Life As A Dog
Kayo Dot Whisper Ineffable Coyote
KiD CuDi Day N Nite
KiD CuDi The Prayer
Korn A.D.I.D.A.S. Life Is Peachy
Korn Lowrider (War cover) Life Is Peachy
Less Than Jake Automatic Losing streak
Live Freaks Secret Samadhi
Loyal Wife Cut The Rope
Manchester Orchestra Top Notch Cope
Manchester Orchestra Virgin Simple Math
Matchbox 20 Push Yourself Or Someone Like You
Matt Pond PA Halloween Several Arrows Later
mc chris nrrrd grrrl mcchris is dead
MC Lars #Busbros
MC Lars Black And Yellow T-Shirts (feat. MC Frontalot) Indie Rocket Science
MC Lars Industry 1-8-7
Melvins Hooch Houdini
Midtown The Tragedy Of The Human Condition Forget What You Know
Midtown Waiting For The News Forget What You Know
Mineral Gloria The Power of Failing
Miniature Tigers UTBTS
Minus the Bear Damn Bugs Whacked Him, Johnny Highly Refined Pirates
Minus The Bear Throwin' Shapes Planet of Ice
Modest Mouse Long Distance Drunk The Lonesome Crowded West
Modest Mouse Workin' on Leavin' the Livin' Building Nothing Out of Something
Morcheeba Never An Easy Way Who Can You Trust?
Moving Mountains Cover The Roots / Lower The Stems
MUTEMATH Stare at the Sun MUTEMATH
Nada Surf All is a Game The Weight Is a Gift
Nada Surf Your Legs Grow The Weight Is a Gift
New Found Glory Ballad For The Lost Romantics New Found Glory
NK Confessional
No Devotion Eyeshadow
No Devotion Stay
Orange 9mm Fire in the Hole Tragic
Park Your Latest Victim
Pavement Motion Suggests Itself Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition [Disc 1]
Pavement You Are A Light Terror Twilight
Pedro the Lion Bad Diary Days It's Hard to Find a Friend
Pedro The Lion Bands With Managers Achilles Heel
People Like You Everything Matters! This is what you learned.
Pinback Bloods On Fire Summer In Abaddon
Pinback Fortress Summer In Abaddon
Pinback Good to Sea Autumn of the Seraphs
Pinback Non Photo-Blue Summer In Abaddon
Pompeii Ready / Not Ready Nothing Happens For A Reason
Porno For Pyros Hard Charger Private Parts: The Album
Portugal. The Man Creep in a T-Shirt Evil Friends
Prawn Glass, Irony
Purity Ring Obedear Shrines
Radiohead I Might Be Wrong Amnesiac
Radiohead Nude In Rainbows
Regina Spektor Lacrimosa Songs
Regina Spektor Oedipus Songs
Regina Spektor You've Got Time You've Got Time – Single
Rogue Wave Kicking The Heart Out Out Of The Shadow
San Cisco Awkward Awkward – EP
Saves The Day Driving In The Dark In Reverie
Saves The Day I Melt With You I'm Sorry I'm Leaving
Session 606 NEIN-NINETEEN
Session 606 Repo Assassins Rebirth
Session 606 What Used To Be Right Now
Shai Hulud Reach Beyond The Sun
Sidewave Weightless Weightless
Silent Rider Hours Rave Love
Silent Rider Skin Silent Rider
Silversun Pickups Booksmart Devil Pikul
Sleigh Bells Rill Rill Treats
Sloss Minor Suburban Commando G Major Neutral Zero
Sloss Minor Human Centipede
St. Vincent Digital Witness St. Vincent
Stellar Young Crumble at The Fault Madison
Stellar Young Over All Over Madison
Stellar Young The Universe is a Bully Everything At Once
Stellar Young We Own Nothing Everything At Once
Steven Wilson Luminol
Strange Changes Crawling Towards the Light
Strange Changes Dinosaur Gravy
Sunny Day Real Estate Lipton Witch
Sunny Day Real Estate Song About An Angel Diary
Thank You Scientist Carnival Maps of Non-Existent Places
Thank You Scientist Leave The Light On The Perils of Time Travel
The Airborne Toxic Event The Fifth Day
The Appleseed Cast Hello Dearest Love Two Conversations
The Appleseed Cast Mountain Halo Peregrine
The Ataris The Last Song I Will Ever Write About A Girl Blue Skies, Broken Hearts… Next 12 Exits
the black and the white Future
The Dismemberment Plan The Jitters Emergency & I
The Doors Peace Frog The Very Best Of The Doors
The Get Up Kids Automatic There Are Rules
The Get Up Kids The Company Dime Something to Write Home About
The Jazz June Over Underground Split
The Mars Volta Vermicide Amputechture
The Movielife Face Or Kneecaps Forty Hour Train Back to Penn
The Neighbourhood Female Robbery
The Neighbourhood West Coast
The Offspring Disclaimer Ixnay On The Hombre
The Offspring Gone Away Ixnay On The Hombre
The Offspring Intermission Ixnay On The Hombre
The Postal Service Natural Anthem Give Up
The Sleeping Anyone Night Stand What It Takes
The Venetia Fair Pride Alone Won’t Put This Fire Out
The Venetia Fair The Day I Set Them Free
The Weeknd Often
This Day Forward White Picket Defense System In Response
This Old Ghost Twenty Six
Thursday Dying in New Brunswick Waiting
Tigers Jaw Cool Charmer
Tigers Jaw Frame You Charmer
Tigers Jaw The Sun Tigers Jaw
Tonic If You Could Only See Lemon Parade
Tool Prison Sex Undertow
Travis Porter Bring It Back From Day 1
United Nations UNITED NATIONS VS. UNITED NATIONS
Upgrade Further Down The Rabbit Hole Ft. Weerd Science Chemical Imbalance
Vallejo Just Another Day
Voyeur's Kaleidoscope Space Shuttle Challenger
WATERS For The One Out In The Light
Weerd Science Baby Parts Sick Kids
Weerd Science Conspiracy Theories w/Out Mel Gibson
Weerd Science The Spawn of Lies Spun
Weezer Undone (The Sweater Song)
Wess Meets West Moon Under Water When The Structures Fail Us
White Town Your Woman Women In Technology
XTC Making Plans for Nigel Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles 1977-92

The Neeshcast airs Wednesday nights from 7-11 Central on Radio Xenu and is currently a pre-recorded Underground, Independent, DIY music show with input from listeners via facebook and twitter. You can always join in the fun by sharing your thoughts on @Neeshcast and facebook.com/Neeshcast. Plus when the podcast airs, you can hop in the chat and interact with myself and fellow listeners!

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