It's back to school time, time to show others that you're better than them. You dress better, you look better, and you have these 10 CDs in your spiffier backpack: 16 Horsepower's Secret South (Razor and Tie). Nothing says fall like this brand of Appalachian goth. Except maybe pumpkins, falling leaves, and late sunrises. Jets to Brazil's Four Cornered Night (Jade Tree). If there are two things I can't stand it's flying and countries that have beautiful women who go topless on countless numbers of beaches. I'm just kidding, flying isn't that bad. Harvey Danger's forthcoming King James Version (London). Sean Nelson 3:16 says, "I just created a record that rocks your ass, again." Man or Astroman? A Spectrum of Infinite Scale (Touch and Go). They can put a man on the moon but they can't create hovercars, the key to fixing all of our traffic nightmares. The Go-Betweens' The Friends of Rachel Worth (Jetset). Underappreciated Australian songwriting duo collaborates with Sleater-Kinney? Whoa. Damon & Naomi with Ghost (Sub Pop). The greatest thing since Damon & Naomi & Dean Wareham. Subset's Overpass (Post-Parlo). This is a band out of Austin, Texas. I have a feeling Sir Mix-A-Lot and The Presidents of the United States of America have better attorneys. If the stupid band name fits, you must acquit. De La Soul's Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump (Tommy Boy). They can put a man on the moon but only De La Soul seems to be able to put out such intelligent and thoughtful hip-hop. Royal Fingerbowl's Greyhound Afternoon (TVT). I had a "Greyhound Afternoon" once in Florida. A passenger urinated all over the back four seats, set fire to the toilet paper in the bathroom, and threatened to kill us until the bus driver "gave him his eyeballs back." Curtis Mayfield's Curtis (Rhino). The masterpiece has been rereleased for a whole new generation of lovemaking. I have nothing funny to say about
this, I just like to say "lovemaking."
John rummages through his backpack weekdays from 6-10am on 90.3 FM KCMU and live on the Web at www.kcmu.org.