Saturday, April 25, 2009

Calling All Frenz of the Enz

I'm resigned to the fact that a lot of people just don't stumble onto this blog! But, I'd like to post this anyway, just in case...

On an upcoming Sunday Sampler (May 17th), I thought I'd do something completely different: The theme hour on that day will be devoted solely to the work of New Zealand band Split Enz, but the unique part is, I've combed Blogger to find profiles of other members who list Split Enz as one of their favorite bands, and I've asked them to please forward their 3 favorite Enz songs (in order!) to me, so I can make a sort of 'countdown' of the most popular Split Enz songs (at least amongst this relatively small corner of the web). And you, dear reader?

If I haven't sent you an email, and you find me here (somehow)'re invited to contribute as well. You can email them to me at

And an apology to anyone that reads this that did receive an email from me: I humbly apologize if you ended up getting duplicate emails. I started sending them via gmail, but it declared that I was sending spam, stopped me in my tracks, and right now it's inconclusive exactly how many messages actually did get though.

Thank you, thank you! I'll be anticipating your replies.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Show #178--4/26/09

Hammer in My Heart—Utopia
Divine Hammer—The Breeders
Help I’m Alive—Metric
The Strangers—St. Vincent
The Sleeping Prophet—The Paper Hats
What is Life—George Harrison
Life’s Too Easy—The Undertones
Crazy Life—Toad the Wet Sprocket
Walk on the Ocean—Toad the Wet Sprocket
Any Way the Wind Blows—The Mothers of Invention
Ooo Baby Baby—Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
May I Baby—Sam & Dave
Nails in My Feet—Crowded House

Hour 2—K-104’s “Rock to Riches” album (1982)

Scroll downward a few posts to see the background story of this album…well, my discovery of it, anyway! Here's the track listing. Some awfully good music from the Erie area on this hour of the Sampler. Would I steer you wrong?--Marc

How to Say We’re Sorry—Introverse
Deep in Love—John Peterson/Jeanne Smith
Fire and Ice—ATV
Love Has Caught Me By Surprize—Ivory Chase
Little Child—Kidder

Too Hot—Refugee
Gearhead—Jack Dillen
Boy Wonder—Friction
No Way Out—U-X-B
On the Rise—Zacharias

Friday, April 17, 2009

Show #177--4/19/09

Honey in Your Hips (Live)—Sonny Boy Williamson & the Yardbirds
Shop Around—The Miracles
Mean Old Man’s World—Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Lonesome Road Blues—Joe Bonamassa
Trick Bag—Earl King
Street Parade—Earl King
Ghost Train—Elvis Costello
Sinking Ships—Sloan
Hop a Plane—Tegan and Sara
Ashby Man—Charlie Hunter Quartet
Blue Money—Van Morrison
Bags’ Groove—Milt Jackson & the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
Streets of Fire—The New Pornographers
Bark at Ghosts—RuRu

Hour 2—Parlour Game: "Hearing Double"

I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)—Lulu
Toast and Marmalade for Tea—Tin Tin
Let Go—Frou Frou
Shut Up and Let Me Go—The Ting Tings
Is it Love—Mr. Mister
Turn to You—The Go-Go’s
Union of the Snake—Duran Duran
It’s My Life—Talk Talk
I Do What I Want, When I Want—Xiu Xiu
Secrets for the Well—Beep Beep

Not for Long—honeyhoney
Red and Purple—The Dodos
Get Up—Mary Mary
Gonna Be a Big Thing—The Yum Yums

Friday, April 10, 2009

Show #176--4/12/09

Towerblock—Julia Fordham
Right as Rain—Adele
You’ve Made Me So Very Happy—Blood, Sweat & Tears
The Easy Way Out—Josh Ottum
Walk Tall (Like a Man)—The 2 of Clubs
She’s Not There—The Zombies
The Great Banana Hoax—The Electric Prunes
Journey to Tyme—Kenny & the Kasuals
Airstream Driver—Gomez
All Too Much—Gomez
Midnight Rocks—Al Stewart
People Got a Lotta Nerve—Neko Case
Birds and Ships—Natalie Merchant
Peace in the End—Fotheringay

Hour 2—“Featuring unique instruments…”

*The Princely Hours—Erik Norlander (moog)
Lucky Man—Emerson, Lake & Palmer (moog, Keith Emerson)
Do It Again—Steely Dan (electric sitar, Denny Dias)
Turn Down Day—The Cyrkle (sitar, Tom Dawes)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)—The Beatles (sitar, George Harrison)
So Long Baby—Del Shannon (musitron, Max Crook; kazoo, Del Shannon)
Velvet Waters—The Megatrons (soprano sax, Heywood Henry)

Barstow—Harry Partch
(surrogate kithara, chromelodeon I, diamond marimba, bamboo marimba)
(all instruments played by Harry Partch and John Stannard)

Twitchy—Rene Hall’s Orchestra featuring Willie Joe (unitar, Willie Joe Duncan)
Into the Dream—Pat Metheny Group (42 string “Pikasso” guitar, Pat Metheny)
Carrie-Anne—The Hollies (steelpan)
Moonlight Feels Right--Starbuck (marimba, Bo Wagner)
I Know There’s an Answer—The Beach Boys (bass harmonica, Tommy Morgan)
Good Vibrations—The Beach Boys (electro-theremin, Paul Tanner)

*Erik Norlander's track was composed for the Bob Moog Foundation. Clicking that link will take you to the foundation's websiter, where you can hear this track again, download it, and find more information about electronic music pioneer Bob Moog and the efforts to build a museum in his honor in his longtime home of Asheville, NC.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Show #175--4/5/09

Animal Zoo—Spirit
Follow Me—Sharks
Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine—Country Joe & the Fish
Expecting to Fly—Buffalo Springfield
Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It—Buffalo Springfield
Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again—The Monkees
I Need a Lover—John Cougar
Stay for the Freak—Emperor Penguin
Where Does it Hide?—Alligators
On the Earth—Persephone’s Bees
Open Up Your Door—Richard and the Young Lions
Cannibal Queen—Miniature Tigers
What Do You Belong To—Jules and the Polar Bears
Oh No—Andrew Bird

Going to try and do something different, beginning this week--I usually play a smattering of new music on each week's show; to encourage the listener to investigate further into the artist, I'll link the titles of those new tracks to the artist's website, or their MySpace page, etc. Keep in mind that on many of these pages there are embedded music players within, so music may start to play when you load their page, just so you know. Wouldn't want anyone to be confused as to why, for instance, two songs are playing on top of each other during my show (presuming, perhaps erroneously that you listen to my show)!...and if you end up becoming a fan of their music, please let them know where you heard/found 'em!

The final track of the first hour is something new from Andrew Bird. I don't know if he consciously sets out to do this, but he sure has a knack for the thoughtful, wistful song (his whistling only adds to that perception). I came across this link which features Bird's discussing his thought processes as he was organizing the ideas and music which eventually came together as the song "Oh No." I found it very interesting, and it added another layer of appreciation to my enjoyment of the song. Perhaps you'll like it, too:

Hour 2—Fools

I’m a Fool to Want You—Frank Sinatra
Kissing a Fool—George Michael
Fool in the Rain—Led Zeppelin
Fool in Love with You—Jim Photoglo
Who’ll Be the Fool Tonight?—Larsen/Feiten Band
Educated Fool—Charles Brown
I Pity the Fool—Bobby “Blue” Bland
Fool for You—The Impressions
Fool Too Long—Rockpile
Man of a Fool—Nick Lowe
Fool Country—Olivia Newton-John
Chain of Fools—Aretha Franklin
The Fool’s Fooling Himself—Scott Matthews

*Yep, sure, there are many more 'fool' songs that I didn't get to play during this hour. If I get some suggestions for songs, I'll do a 'Get Fooled Again' theme next week....and if not, then you're at my mercy...again. Leave a comment below.