FRCH | Over the Radar

Filling the shoes of music aficionado Marty McCauley is not a task to be taken lightly, but alas, it must be done.  My hope is to keep it as musically versatile as possible, so be on the lookout for polls in the future regarding musical tastes around the world!

So, I humbly introduce my 5 jams that were “Over the Radar.”

Simple Pleasures in America – The Arrivals  from Volatile Molotov (2010)

My favorite release of 2010. Due to its late release date (November 2010), it missed a lot of the “best of” lists, but it is widely known in the punk rock and general music community as one of the best Rock and Roll releases in the last few years. The Arrivals (Chicago, IL) have been described as “the future of rock and roll”, and this record is proof that they have surpassed their exit, and now must double back to see what imprint they left on the punk rock community.

Ghost – Neutral Milk Hotel  from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)

While I sat in a hot elementary classroom in 1998 not retaining any information, Neutral Milk Hotel was releasing their second and final studio album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Inspired by the singer’s [Jeff Magnum] obsession with Anne Frank, it is regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the greatest indie records of all time. If you even just barely like this song, I urge you to give this entire album a listen. It’s truly a masterpiece.

You Are Invited – The Dismemberment Plan  from Emergency & I (1999)

The title of this song pretty much explains it.

One Million Coasters – NOFX  from Coaster (2009)

With the uncertain state of the “music industry” these past 5 years, it was only a matter of time before artists began to speak up about their thoughts and opinions on the matter via their greatest asset…music. NOFX was the first to take it to the extreme with their release of Coaster, aptly named to poke fun at the decline of CD sales in light of the convenience of MP3s and digital media. The further underlying significance (or inside joke) of this song and album is that NOFX (established in 1983) are one of the only bands in the world that have achieved immense success without the help of mainstream media or radio play which, in their own way, has exempted them from the ebbs and flows of musical trends over the past 20 years.

Quality of Armor – Guided By Voices from Propeller

Dayton Ohio’s crowning musical achievement Guided By Voices recorded the album Propeller as a farewell album in 1992, due to their obscurity as a band and mounting debt. That farewell was quickly repealed when the album gained them a much larger following, allowing them to go on to be one of the most beloved lo-fi-progressive-post-punk-indie-whatever-you-want-to-call-it acts of all time. If you’re lucky, you can sniff out a GBV performance in the tri-state area once every year or two, if you can manage to get tickets. Also, come to think of it, I think someone here at FRCH recorded a cover of this song recently! Ahem…

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3 Responses to FRCH | Over the Radar

  1. kevinboeckman says:

    Thats some really cool information about Guided By Voices, I had no idea they recorded “Propeller” as a farewell album back in 1992! I’ve been listening to GBV since around 2004 when I first heard one of their songs used in a skateboarding video. Good thing the album generated the attention needed to keep the band going, because there is a good chance I would have never heard the unique sound that is GBV. Great post Jon!

    • jonmlewis says:

      Definitely. I can’t imagine a world where GBV didn’t go on to put out some of the best songs ever written. Not to mention putting on one of the craziest live shows ever!

  2. Chrystal Roggenkamp says:

    Neutral Milk Hotel is AMAZING! In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is definitely on my top 10 list of all-time greatest records. I highly suggest everyone give it a listen from start to finish. And then, you should probably listen to it again…over and over and over again.

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