Friday, May 29, 2009

Show #182--5/31/09

Garden of Earthly Delights—XTC
Me and the Boys—NRBQ
Honeymooners—Ornette Coleman
Weak for Me—Nite Jewel
I Get Weak—Belinda Carlisle
If She Gives You Her Heart—Monk Turner
Beautiful Me—Shelly Bhushan
Tears and Laughter—Tall Tree 6ft Man
Hold On—Badfinger
Hold On—Ian Gomm
Hold On to Nothing—David Gray

Hour 2—Billboard Hot 100 Spotlight: May 31, 1969

Once again, a chart show! Profiling the hits from 40 years ago this week. Featuring music by: The Beatles, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Cowsills, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, The Fifth Dimension, The Flirtations, The Guess Who, The Hollies, The Lettermen, Henry Mancini, and more!

Hour 3—Feature album: The Genius of Ray Charles—Ray Charles (1959)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Show #181--5/24/09

I’m the Man Who Loves You (Live)—Wilco
Sparks—The Who
Ashes by Now—Rodney Crowell
Tomorrow Goes Away—Delta Spirit
Trashcan—Delta Spirit
Tessellate—Tokyo Police Club
Hey Lancaster—The Simple Carnival
Madge—Stephen Bishop
Drift Away--Dobie Gray
Gotcha (Theme from “Starsky & Hutch”)—Tom Scott
Baker Street--Gerry Rafferty
Feelin’ Stronger Every Day—Chicago
Sweet Marie—The Anniversary
Bitter River--Annie Sidley

Hour 2—Question Period

What’s the Matter with the Mill?—Kansas Joe McCoy & Memphis Minnie
Who Do You Love?—Bo Diddley
How Long Must I Wait for You?—Joe Jackson
Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?—Hurricane Smith
Could I Leave You? (from “Follies”)—Alexis Smith
How Soon is Now?—The Smiths
Do You Sleep?—Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
Where Does it Hide?—Alligators
Why Me—Styx
Are You Happy Now?—Richard Sindell
How Do I Let a Good Man Down?—Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Are You There (With Another Boy)—The Buckinghams
What’s Her Name Today?—Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach

Hour 3—Feature album: Let’s Live for Today—The Grass Roots (1967)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Show #180--5/17/09

Thriftstore Jewelry—The Bad Plus
White Diamonds—Friendly Fires
Gold—Spandau Ballet
Tonight’s Today—Jack PeƱate
Andrew—Crystal Antlers
Burglar Song—Autosalvage
I Feel Fine—The Beatles
Help Me Boy—The Daughters of Eve
Fancy—Bobbie Gentry
Woman of Heart and Mind—Joni Mitchell
Ain’t No Sunshine—Bill Withers
Made to Measure—Umphrey’s McGee
Under the Wheel—Split Enz

Hour 2—Split Enz "Fan Favorite" Countdown

The results are listed at the end of this post.

I asked fans to list their favorites, ranked in 1-2-3 order, with the #1 position given 3 points total, the #2 position received 2, and the #3 position received 1 point. If there were songs that ended up with the same amount of points, the song that received the highest individual scores got the higher position.

As I tallied the songs, 12 seemed a natural limit, as there were 12 songs that received at least 2 individual votes; there were many varied suggestions for Enz songs, but many received only one (but often times passionate) vote. Sorry about that! :/

Thanks much to the lovely people who participated in the poll: Amanda from Springfield, MO; Andrew from; Belinda; Chris from Charlottesville, NC; Chris from PA (Chris, I can’t remember if you actually live in Indiana…); Eddie from Wellington, NZ; James from Newcastle, NSW, Australia; Janine from Sydney, Australia; Jerry; Joanna; Kerron; Lauren from Dunedin, NZ (but originally from California!); Linda from Auckland, NZ; Linzi from Leeds; Martin from NZ; Nicola; Rene from Denver, CO; Robert; Steve from Columbus, OH; Tabatha from Woodbine, NSW, Australia; Trace from Wamberal, Australia. If I didn’t cite your city/town, you didn’t give it to me! Thanks once again. I hope you are able to hear the show, either “Sunday” or some other time. It was a pleasure assembling it, and touching base with all of you over the ‘net.

#12--I See Red (3 points)
#11--I Hope I Never (4)
#10--Nobody Takes Me Seriously (4)
#9--Giant Heartbeat (4)
#8--Bold as Brass (5)
#7--Dirty Creature (6)
#6--History Never Repeats (8)
#5--Stuff & Nonsense (9)
#4--Pioneer/Six Months in a Leaky Boat (9)
#3--Message to My Girl (11)
#2--One Step Ahead (12)
#1--I Got You (15)

...and these others that received one vote each:

Carried Away, The Devil You Know, Lovey Dovey, Stranger than Fiction, Sugar & Spice, Titus (all of these were ranked #1 on someone's list);

Hard Act to Follow, Hermit McDermit, I Wouldn't Dream of It, Make Sense of It, Poor Boy, Take a Walk, Under the Wheel (all of these were ranked #2 on someone's list);

Haul Away, Hello Sandy Allen, I Walk Away, My Mistake, Shark Attack, Spellbound, Strait Old Line, Time for a Change, What's the Matter With You, The Woman Who Loves You (likewise, #3)

...and finally, for the record, my personal choices were:

#1--Bold as Brass
#2--Make Sense of It
#3--I Walk Away

Hour 3—Feature album: I Just Can’t Stop It—The English Beat (1980)

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

No show this Sunday: "Planned power outage" on campus

Hello Samplerians,

Well, as I feared, the yearly maintenance planned for the university puts the Sampler and all other WIUP programs out of business this weekend. So, I'll 'see' you the following week (May 17th) with the Split Enz countdown show, and of course, the usual mix 'specially formulated to maximize your listening pleasure!'

Thanks for listening (and looking) here.


Friday, May 01, 2009

Show #179--5/3/09

Them Kids—Sam Roberts
Out-Side—The Beta Band
Especially for You—The Smithereens
Romeo and Juliet—Dire Straits
The Clothesline and the Silver Birch—Bibio
Eternal Life—Shira Small
Boat—Breathe Owl Breathe
Free to Go—The Folk Implosion
Sharpening Bone—Piers Faccini
Stir it Up—Johnny Nash
Truly—Marcia Griffiths
Snap Crackle—Roy Haynes Quartet
The Reeling—Passion Pit
Self Control—Laura Branigan

Hour 2—Guide to Life

In honor of this season of graduations, commencements, and speeches, a theme hour devoted to advice through song. Featuring Jimmy Cliff, Les Crane, Komeda, Baz Luhrmann, Corb Lund, Alanis Morissette, National Lampoon, John Prine, Chris Rock, Paul Simon, Spin Doctors, The Staple Singers, and Cat Stevens.

Hour 3—Feature album: The Completion Backward Principle (1981)—The Tubes

Um, I think I get an extra hour beginning this week. If that's the case, we'll have a feature album!