Sunday, December 26, 2010

Show #262--12/26/10

World Where You Live—Crowded House
I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)—Sandi Thom
I’m on Fire—Dwight Twilley Band
This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide—The Kings 
Who’s Gonna Save My Soul—Gnarls Barkley
You’ll Never Learn—Daryl Hall & John Oates
Paranoia Blues—Paul Simon
O’Light—Robb Kunkel
Here’s to the Next Time—Elton John

Hour 2—70s A’s and B’s

Stop Breaking My Heart—Tom Jones
I (Who Have Nothing)—Tom Jones
She’s Good—The Jackson 5
Never Can Say Goodbye—The Jackson 5
Who Has Seen the Wind?—Yoko Ono Lennon
Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)—John Ono Lennon
Knife-Edge—Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Lucky Man—Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Ballroom Blitz—Sweet
Just Like This Train—Joni Mitchell
Help Me—Joni Mitchell
Harmony—Elton John
Bennie and the Jets—Elton John 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Show #261--12/19/10

Kind and Generous—Natalie Merchant
Close Your Mouth (It’s Christmas)—The Free Design
Sound of Love—The Five Americans
The Spirits and I—Royal Wood
Get Out of London—Intaferon
Ready for Love/After Lights—Mott the Hoople
Bulletproof—La Roux
Don’t Pass Me By—The Beatles
Drink to Me, Babe, Then—A.C. Newman
Over Rusty Water—XTC
White Christmas—Corporal Blossom

Hour 2—Best of 2010 with Dr. Gonzo

Tune in for a hearty listening session of stuff that impressed us this year. 
(See below for hearty commentary).  
P.S.  The titles and artists listed are in reverse (and  incorrect!) order.  

The Bird and the Bee-Heard it on the Radio
Zeus-The Renegade
Local Natives-Sun Hands
Yeasayer-Ambling Alp
The Books-A Cold Freezin' Night
Surfer Blood-Floating Vibes
Spoon-Who Makes Your Money
Twin Sister-Lady Daydream
The Mynabirds-Let the Record Go
The New Pornographers-Crash Years
She & Him-Thieves
Maps & Atlases-Living Decorations
Grinderman-Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man
The Dead Weather-No Horse
Broken Bells-The High Road
Miniature Tigers-Bullfighter Jacket
Vampire Weekend-Giving Up the Gun
Field Music-Measure
Beach House-Zebra
The Soft Pack-Pull Out
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti-Round and Round
LCD Soundsystem-I Can Change
Robyn-Dancehall Queen
New Young Pony Club-Lost a Girl
Sleigh Bells-Infinity Guitars
Crystal Castles-Vietnam
Chromeo-Night by Night

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Year in Music: Marc's Favorites of 2010 (Part Two)

Although I like to tout that my Sunday show is eclectic, I’m well aware that the kind of music I like most is definitely pop-oriented.  Always looking for someone to add a creative twist, an indelible melody, a unique and interesting arrangement, etc. to work some magic with the ol’ diatonic scale.  Here are some of those extra efforts I was lucky enough to hear this year:

I’m only moderately familiar with Hot Chip, but the reviews say their newest CD One Life Stand is a little mellower, more midtempo stuff than normal, and I have to say, the midtempo stuff is perhaps not their forte.  But there are two especially danceable tracks that were just aces with me—“Take It In” and the title track “One Life Stand.”  They exhibit a nice mix of everyman vulnerability and sincerity with a giddy thump, especially the breakdown in “Life.” 

Been a fan of the Sunderland band Field Music ever since playing catch up with their first album in 2005.  They’re natural-born tunesmiths who are ambitious to boot, and I have to hand it to their label Memphis Industries for giving them the freedom to stretch out and release what is essentially a double album, “Field Music (Measure).”  It ranges from the meditative “Curves of the Needle,” which remembers that silence can be so effective to the drama of a song)  to the out-of-character dance-like track “Let’s Write a Book” to their seemingly effortless guitar pop.  It’s a lot to digest in one sitting, but a very worthwhile endeavor for fans of excellent music.  I cringed a little when I read that Peter and David Brewis (the core of the group) said they felt sympathy for the other members of the group, while intimating that they thought their musical ideas were difficult to grasp and execute.  My thought is, if it was, it’s very well worth it for what you get here. 

I need to immerse myself in Canadian band Zeus’s “Say Us” album a lot more in the coming weeks, because I think end-to-end it’s a solid musical effort, a loose and relaxed set of 70’s-influenced rock.  The music has a very comfy-cozy feel to it, but it moves and sways and rocks quite nicely, thank you.  “The Renegade” or some other track will definitely be heard on Sunday night.

“Boyfriend” by Best Coast, featuring those yearning, echoey vocals from Bethany Cosentino and those great lyrics about being jealous of the supposedly prettier and better-educated rival for her guy’s affections…It’s like a modern-day slacker version of a Ronettes tune.  So sweet.  The rest of the “Crazy For You” album follows in that lovelorn mold to a lesser degree, but this single’s a killer. 

Maps & Atlases’ debut full-length “Perch Patchwork” is a distinctive mix of folk and progressive-type music.  Led by the part yowl-part croon of Dave Davison (you have to hear him to know what I mean—it works), and it’s a low-fi gem, smart and compelling, with arrangements that pay attention to the up-close strum and chirp of guitars, a flute floating in here, a toy piano there, and the click and the tap the thump of percussion.   If there’s such a thing as a modern hippie vibe, this kinda has it (and they’re from Chicago!).   Wordless vocals and pleasingly angular beats and melodies all part of the mix at times, creating a consistently interesting musical landscape throughout.  There are even moments of dare I say, music you could dance or jerk spastically around to.  Love it. 

The New Pornographers are probably one of the most talented ‘collectives’ in pop music today, if you consider that most if not all of its members came together from other bands or projects, and still go back and forth between them.   The songwriting’s mainly done by A.C. Newman with a smattering of Dan Bejar.   “Together,” their 5th album since 2010 continues the trend from 2007’s “Challengers” of more balladry (though nontraditional) creeping in betwixt the uptempo hookmonsters.  For me, the album does bog down in the second half with these meditations, which I can take or leave.  But the opening trio of tunes are everything you could hope for from your shoulda-been popular music.  And, I love the wistful waltz “Daughters of Sorrow”—lots. 

I was pleased to see that other people think Sara Lucas, lead singer of Callers sounds like Phoebe Snow (hello, WNYC).  That wonderful voice is a perfect match for this frankly lovely music, mellow and slightly inscrutable (who knows what “You are an Arc” means?).   No matter.  Intimate music with moments of sudden aggressiveness/assertiveness.   Mellow, but watch it.   I love how “Glow” seamlessly transforms from one song into another, two different moods.  With its spare, elegant settings for these songs, it’s a refreshing switch from a lot of the overstuffed & cranked up music that gets a lot of airplay. 

I won’t lie; legacy artist they may be, but I was not disappointed in Devo’s return this year.  Their “Something for Everybody” continues their sly way of both celebrating and critiquing modern ‘devolution’ with tuneful and clever songs (they show their hand on “No Place Like Home,” I suppose.  I don’t detect much irony on that one).  And the guys seem in good voice, too!  It’s like it’s 1980 all over again.  Contemporary hitmaker producers keep the band ‘up to date,’ but it’s nothing so radical that old fans will protest. 

The Soft Pack has a debut that blazes through 10 slices of garage/surf rock.  Most enjoyable.  Direct and immediate.  And it rocks.  Simple as that.    

Guards is Richie James Follin, basically, sometimes his sister, too, and a few other guests.  He calls his 2010 EP’s sound as “pop wave doom.”  I don’t know about that as a whole (though I’ve said “Sail it Slow” is a pretty melodically pleasing dirge with a great lumbering guitar riff as its spine).   It’s kind of low-fi pop, otherwise.  It has that sort of subdued, echoey feel about it.  That churchy organ can’t help but add to the austerity of it all.  Also, Guards is on Bandcamp, a great website for independent music.  Check it out!

The Books, and their album “The Way Out.”  Collage artists, I guess.  Raiding thrift stores for choice bits of people’s discarded answering machine tapes and whatnot, looking for a narrative or bits of interesting stuff they can sample and wedge into their (mostly) laid-back musical tapestries.  Helps remind us that the human voice is an important part of ‘music,’ even if we’re not singing.  (“A Cold Freezin’ Night” was the first track that caught my attention.  I can’t help but be reminded of my duties at my ‘new’ job associated with that song.  Listened to it while in a studio monitoring a baseball broadcast.)  Probably unlike most other music you’ve probably heard, it’s more of an aural experience than aimed at any pop sensibility, though it’s by no means difficult listening.

And…Miniature Tigers.  Their album “Fortress” I would recommend to those who were perhaps disappointed in Vampire Weekend’s 2nd album.  Sounds great, and won’t insult your intelligence.   I could write more, but I’m tired (aw).  But it’s great stuff all around. 

Choice tracks:  “Heart That’s Pounding” by Sally Seltmann, “Every Little Bit Hurts” by Title Tracks, “On the Sly” by The Bamboos, “I Learned the Hard Way” by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, “Buster Keaton” by Quadron, “My Time” by Minus the Bear, “Lewis Takes Action” by Owen Pallett, “Bootstraps” by Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives, “Whatever You Like” by Joan as Police Woman, “Ungrateful Little Father” by Broken Social Scene, “Burn it Down” by Los Lobos, “All Around and Away We Go” by Twin Sister, “They Don’t Want” by Electric Wire Hustle, “Aminals” by Baths, “It is Not Meant to Me” by Tame Impala, “China Steps” by Women, “Stylo” by Gorillaz, “MCs Can Kiss” by Uffie, “Who Makes Your Money” by Spoon, “Lover of Mine” (Roman Ruins remix) by Beach House, “Logic” by Operator Please, “Numbers Don’t Lie” by The Mynabirds, assorted tracks by Das Racist

Um, thanks for reading!

Some of these songs’ll be featured on Sunday night’s hybrid Sunday Sampler/Gonzo’s Music-o-Rama show, beginning at 9:00 PM eastern, and of course Dr. G will be there with me as we profile our Best of 2010 picks.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Year in Music: Marc's Favorites of 2010 (Part One)

Time to ramble on a bit about my top picks for 2010, as a sort of companion to the “Best of 2010” show that Dr. G and I are going to present this Sunday evening.

Let’s just jump in and talk about albums as a whole that I thought were very good listening experiences from end to end. Listening to an entire album is something I find I have to often discipline myself to do nowadays. I doubt I’m the only one who feels this way, as most music consumers that skew younger today are more of a download generation, and I think this trend allows people to pick and choose a la carte what they want and not bother with the rest, so the idea of an album that is conceived as a piece may be harder to put over to listeners. In any case, what I’m getting at from my point of view is, I count myself as a part of that group, so if a singer/group inspired me to pick up the disc or download the entire album, I think that’s saying something about the general excellence of the product. I’m also chagrined to say that even with this commitment of sorts, that (for me) I still haven’t spent enough time with a lot of these albums to know and love them inside out, which I think they deserve. But further exploration is always on the horizon.

After thinking about it a bit, if you asked me what my personal #1 album pick of the year would be, I would have to say it is “Before Today” by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. I had stolen a line from someone else’s music blog or whatnot that the music reminds me of “70’s AM radio filtered through a windowless dungeon.” While there are some slight stylistic variations (garage rock remake, goth rock homage), the entire album has a kind of twisted easy-listening vibe with old synthy sounds and mellow groove that I really like. “Round and Round” is easily my favorite track. Even if this is not its intention (they could be playing all this ironically for all I know), it comes off as earnestly anthemic, in its opaque way.

Probably wouldn’t have paid all that much attention to The Dead Weather’s “Sea of Cowards” if not for G. picking it as an early choice on our “First Impressions” record review show over the summer. But, it’s a solid chunk of what I hear as Led Zeppelin/Black Sabbath-y guitar rock, only streamlined for maximum hook appeal. No wanker solos here, just lean mean killer riffage and appropriately wailed vocals from Alison Mosshart and Jack White. So vocally in sync with each other, too, that when they’re in their upper registers it’s tricky for me to figure out who’s wailing. Highlights for me are the opening one-two punch of “Blue Blood Blues” and “Hustle and Cuss,” as well as “Gasoline,” “No Horse,” “Jawbreaker,” and “Old Mary.” (a great coda to it all…Supposedly there’s some overarching narrative to the whole thing, but I don’t think it’s necessary to enjoy the album fully). But it’s all pretty kick-ass, immediate stuff.  I'm very glad it was put in front of me!

That’s pretty much as heavy as it gets for me on my list, although there are a few stray tracks from other artists this year that rocked convincingly enough for me (I listen to some of this ‘heavy’ music today that’s overly self-conscious of being ‘heavy' and ponderous and 'life is hell' and I just think, ‘wankers.'):

One of my fave tracks of this year “Art Czars” by Japandroids kinda addresses this, the words of the song seemingly addressing disappointed fans that the group isn’t ‘hard’ enough for their fans (they could be making this up, sure, or maybe not). “I’m really sorry if you want more screaming. You missed my heart, but you’ve got my ears bleeding. Here’s your money back, here’s your punk rock back.” Ironically, despite their contrariness, this things smacks very much of punk to me. And the refrain burrows its way in.

I can’t say I’m over the moon about Ty Segall’s album “Melted” —though very well executed, it’s a bit too one-note for me, the garagey-fuzz-noise pop, but there are two tracks that have received a good number of plays for me throughout the year, and that’s two more than the majority of albums that were released this year. I love “Finger”s surprise chord changes, like someone suddenly put their hand on a turntable and slowed it down a whole step or so. And “Sad Fuzz” is a great singalong, if only I could make out the words.

Crystal Castles’ “I Am Made of Chalk” is of course its own kind of ‘hard,’ and while perhaps it’s not really representative of their newest album as a whole (more people probably like the dancy stuff than the noisy stuff, maybe?), it made an impression of me, Alice Glass’s deliberately muddied and desperate-sounding vocals drowning in an electronic soup. Sorta unforgettable, if you’re into that sort of thing. I admired the rest of the album dance and experimental pieces alike, even if it wasn’t something I spun a lot.

Surely one of the coolest album covers of the year.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday Sampler takes a week off

No show this week, as IUP Basketball will be on the air Sunday evening.  Dr. Gonzo's Music-o-Rama follows IUP Basketball after its completion.

Tune in next Sunday, when me and Dr. G do our 2nd Annual "Best of 2010" show where we'll play a lot of great new music that hit shelves, racks, websites, blogs, etc. this year.  Plus, as an added bonus, our sterling commentary on what impressed us most.  The Sampler starts at 8:00 PM, "Best of 2010" at 9:00.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Show #260--12/5/10

Faron—Prefab Sprout
Tokyo—The Books
Muesli—Minotaur Shock
Balboa—Downtown Harvest
Shine—Collective Soul
Hypnotized—Fleetwood Mac
Shelter—The xx

Hour 2—A Round of Remakes

Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You—The Lettermen
I Won’t Last a Day Without You/Let Me Be the One—Al Wilson
The Letter—The Nirvana Sitar & String Group
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)—Anju Ramapriyam
The Back of Love—Burning Airlines
3 is a Magic Number—Blind Melon
Easy—Faith No More
That’s All—Zeus
Baby, Now That I’ve Found You—Alison Krauss
You Really Got Me—Oingo Boingo
Gone Daddy Gone—Gnarls Barkley
I Can’t Tell You Why—Chromeo 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Show #259--11/28/10

They Don’t Know—Tracey Ullman
Sailor Song—Regina Spektor
Silly Love Songs—Wings
March Into the Sea—Modest Mouse
I Know You Love Me—Smoking Popes
Ballroom Baby—The Checks
Pay No Mind (Snoozer)—Beck
The Lizard Song—Etienne de Rocher
Rocket 2 U—The Jets
Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)—The Jacksons
Ice Cold Daydream—Shuggie Otis
Les Grands Sentiments Humains—Michel Polnareff
Love Song—Lesley Duncan

Hour 2—Billboard Hot 100 Spotlight:  November 27, 1965

Don’t Have to Shop Around—The Mad Lads (#96)
Five O’Clock World—The Vogues (#94)
Look Through Any Window—The Hollies (#86)
You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice—The Lovin’ Spoonful (#75)
The Little Girl I Once Knew—The Beach Boys (#69)
Flowers on the Wall—The Statler Brothers (#60)
Let’s Get Together—We Five (#59)
Mystic Eyes—Them (#45)
Make Me Your Baby—Barbara Lewis (#38)
Hang on Sloopy—Ramsey Lewis Trio (#28)
England Swings—Roger Miller (#24)
Something About You—The Four Tops (#20)
I Got You (I Feel Good)—James Brown (#9)
A Taste of Honey—Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (#7)
Get Off of My Cloud—The Rolling Stones (#5)
Let’s Hang On—The Four Seasons (#4)
1-2-3—Len Barry (#3)
Turn! Turn! Turn!—The Byrds (#2)
I Hear a Symphony—The Supremes (#1)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Show #258--11/21/10

Spirits in the Material World—The Police
Art for Art’s Sake—10cc
Like You Do—Walter Egan
Save Me a Place—Fleetwood Mac
Flood—Jars of Clay
Water—Hothouse Flowers
Call of the Wild—Caroline Peyton
Poetry Man—Phoebe Snow
Tears—The Phenomenal Handclap Band 
Mrs. Morris/Anna—Charles Spearin

Hour 2—Hillbilly/Rockabilly

Chew Tobacco Rag—Zeb Turner
Ugly and Slouchy—The Maddox Brothers
Ten Horned Devil—Prince Arky
You’re Humbuggin’ Me—Lefty Frizzell
Can’t Hardly Stand It—Charlie Feathers
Ain’t I’m a Dog—Ronnie Self
Red Hot—Billy Lee Riley
Whistle Bait—Larry Collins
Woo-Hoo—The Rock-a-Teens
Honey Don’t—Carl Perkins
Lend Me Your Comb—Carl Perkins
Hurricane—Joe Maphis & Larry Collins
Goin’ Down That Road—Ersel Hickey
Big River—Johnny Cash
Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor—Johnny Horton
Train Kept a Rollin’—Johnny Burnette & the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio
I Need a Man—Barbara Pittman
Bo Bo Ska Diddle Daddle—Wayne Walker
I Gotta Know—Wanda Jackson
Fujiyama Mama—Wanda Jackson 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Show #257--11/14/10

I Cannot Let You Go—Sondre Lerche 
African Waltz---Johnny Dankworth and His Orchestra 
The Laws Have Changed—The New Pornographers 
Swoon—Pell Mell 
How Deep is Your Love?—Jonatha Brooke 
Let Me Be the One—Exposé 
Miniature Sun—XTC 
Chalkhills and Children—XTC 

Hour 2—Where…

Where Did She Go—Steff 
Where Were You When I Needed You—The Grass Roots 
Where is Yesterday—The United States of America 
Where Do I Go—Carla Thomas 
Where Do the Children Play?—Cat Stevens 
Where to Now St. Peter?—Elton John 
Where is the Love—Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway 
Where Have I Known You Before?—Return to Forever featuring Chick Corea 
Where Have You Been All My Life—Fotomaker 
Where Were You—Journey 
Where Have All the Good Times Gone (Live)—The Kinks 
Where’s Summer B.?—Ben Folds Five 
Where Are They Now?—Gene 
Where is My Mind?—The Pixies
Where Did You Sleep Last Night—Nirvana 

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Show #256--11/7/10

The Small Stuff—The Dismemberment Plan
The Official Ironman Rally Song—Guided by Voices
Say That You Love Me—Loudon Wainwright III
Bleecker & MacDougal—Fred Neil
2-Tone Army—The Toasters
Infinite Me—The Lapse
Pictures of Matchstick Men—Status Quo
I Don’t Know Why—The Rolling Stones
Where’s the Boy for Me?—The Revillos
Love is a Stranger—Eurythmics

Hour 2—Heart Trouble

You Done Stompt on My Heart—Mason Williams
Heartbreak Warfare—John Mayer
Hammer in My Heart--Utopia
Heart of Stone—The Rolling Stones
Love is Like an Itching in My Heart—Diana Ross & the Supremes
Nothing But a Heartache—The Flirtations 
Heart Attack—Kurt Vile
Dyslexic Heart—Paul Westerberg
My Heart Hurts—Nick Lowe
Owner of a Lonely Heart—Yes
Hot Razors in My Heart—Crack the Sky
Your Heart is an Empty Room—Death Cab for Cutie 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Show #255--10/31/10

A Few Minutes of Silence—Paul Westerberg
White Lies—Grin
Ram On—Paul and Linda McCartney
Space Child—Spirit
Citysong—Luscious Jackson
Madman Across the Water—Elton John
Click, Click, Click, Click—Bishop Allen
This Kind of Love—Meg Hentges
Zombie Jamboree (Back to Back)—Nilsson
Zombies—The Laughing Dogs

Hour 2—Ladies of the 80’s

Time After Time—Cyndi Lauper
I Drove All Night—Cyndi Lauper
Upside Down—Diana Ross
Chain Reaction—Diana Ross
When I Think of You—Janet Jackson
Love Will Never Do (Without You)—Janet Jackson
Bebe Le Strange—Heart
Anything for You—Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
Bad Boy—Miami Sound Machine
How Will I Know—Whitney Houston
You Give Good Love—Whitney Houston
Ain’t No Big Deal—Madonna
Like a Virgin—Madonna


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Show #254--10/24/10

Burning Down the House—Talking Heads
Nautilus—Bob James
Can You Get to That—Funkadelic
Nappy Head—War
Queen of Clubs—KC and the Sunshine Band
Dancing in the City—Marshall Hain
Let My Love Open the Door—Pete Townshend
In the Mind of the Bourgeois Reader—Sonic Youth
Everybody Needs Somebody—Love Psychedelico

Hour 2—Encore hour from 1/18/09

For Today—Jessica Lea Mayfield
Will You Return?—The Avett Brothers
Being Here—The Stills
Fire—Jason Collett
Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire—Joni Mitchell
Blow Away—George Harrison
Walking Through My Dreams—The Pretty Things
Walking on a Dream—Empire of the Sun
Escalator of Life—Robert Hazard
Praying to a New God---Wang Chung 
Street Trash—Tobacco
Less Cities, More Moving People—The Fixx
Roads Girdle the Globe—XTC
The Footsteps Die Out Forever—Kaki King
Long Dark Road—The Hollies

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Show #253--10/17/10

Garret Intrigues—Sue Ann Harkey
Sweet Tuesday Morning—Badfinger
White Noise—Lauren O’Connell
Do the Bearcat—David Wilcox
I Really Taught Me to Watusi—Katrina & the Waves
Goody Two Shoes—Adam Ant
Black Stations/White Stations—M + M
Lies (Through the 80’s)—Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

Hour 2—Songs of Goffin & King

One Fine Day—Carole King
Will You Love Me Tomorrow—The Shirelles
Not Just Tomorrow, But Always—Bertell Deche
Every Breath I Take—Gene Pitney
Her Royal Majesty—James Darren
Point of No Return—Gene McDaniels
Chains—The Beatles
He Hit Me (and it Felt Like a Kiss)—Jody Miller
Hey Girl—Freddie Scott
Honey & Wine—The Back Porch Majority
Don’t Bring Me Down—The Animals
Pleasant Valley Sunday—The Monkees
Snow Queen—Roger Nichols
I Happen to Love You—The Electric Prunes
The Loco-Motion—Grand Funk
Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)—Blood, Sweat, and Tears
(You Make Me Feel Like ) A Natural Woman—Aretha Franklin
Smackwater Jack—Carole King

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Show #252--10/10/10

Drunk Girls—LCD Soundsystem
My Body—Young the Giant
Chick Habit—April March
Stop Your Sobbing—The Pretenders
I’m Aware—Clinic
Reach the Beach—The Fixx
Taken In—Mike + the Mechanics
Left of Center—Suzanne Vega
Pigeon—Maps & Atlases
Cousins—Vampire Weekend
I am Made of Chalk—Crystal Castles
You Should Learn—We Are Scientists
Chasing Pirates—Norah Jones
Close to You—Maxi Priest
Stoney Street—Amon Tobin

Hour 2—TEN

10-9-8—Face to Face
Pretend We’re Dead—L7
The Metal—Tenacious D
Ten Feet Tall—XTC
Center of Attention—Guster
Come Here Often?—The Bobs
Eaten by the Monster of Love—Sparks
Maybe—Kristen Ward
Anyone for Tennis—Cream
Tennessee—Arrested Development
Also Frightened—Animal Collective
Swim Until You Can’t See Land—Frightened Rabbit
Lighten Up McGraw—Crack the Sky

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Show #251--10/3/10

Smashed! Blocked!—John’s Children
And Your Bird Can Sing—The Beatles
Half a Mind—The Holy Modal Rounders
My Foolish Pride—The Ides of March
Tell it to the Kids—Bis
Take it In—Hot Chip
If You Want My Love—Cheap Trick
I Wanna Thank You—Sloan
Firewood—The Waxwings  
Homeward Bound—Aztec Two-Step
Permission—Joseph Arthur
Because—Elliott Smith 

Hour 2—It’s on Me

Whip it on Me—Jessie Hill
You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me—Laura Nyro & Labelle
Down on Me (Live)—Big Brother & the Holding Company
Call on Me—Chicago
Don’t Call on Me—The Monkees
Don’t Blame it on Me—The Association
Take on Me—A.C. Newman
Take a Chance on Me—ABBA
Cheat on Me—The Cribs
Have a Drink on Me—AC/DC
Hard on Me—Richard Thompson  
Fall on Me—R.E.M.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Show #250--9/26/10

Heaven (Must Be There)—Rose Ranger
Surfin—William Orbit
Summer’s Over—Sheena Easton
Hebba Ho—Ditch Croaker
This Empty Place—The Searchers
Can’t Get Used to Losing You—Andy Williams
Cast Your Fate to the Wind—Shelby Flint
Canadian Sunset—Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra (Eddie Heywood, Piano)
Harvest Moon—Neil Young

Hour 2—40 Years Ago:  The Official UK Singles Chart, September 26, 1970

What was on the top of the pops across the pond on this date 40 years ago, with a little peek at stateside as well.  

How Can I Be Sure—Dusty Springfield (#37)
Lola—The Kinks (#35)
Neanderthal Man—Hotlegs (#32)
Our World—Blue Mink (#29)
Paranoid—Black Sabbath (#19)
25 or 6 to 4—Chicago (#17)
Make It With You—Bread (#10)
Black Night—Deep Purple (#9)
The Wonder of You—Elvis Presley (#5)
You Can Get It If You Really Want—Desmond Dekker (#4)
Give Me Just a Little More Time—Chairmen of the Board (#3)
The Tears of a Clown—Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (#2)
Band of Gold—Freda Payne (#1)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Show #249--9/19/10

Paris Train—Beth Orton
He’s Gonna Step on You Again—John Kongos
Machine #2—Leo Kottke
Hellodrama—What Made Milwaukee Famous  
I Beg Your Pardon—Kon Kan
Live in Sunshine—The Rapture
The French Open—Foals
If it Happens Again—UB40
Can't Get Enough of You Baby--Smash Mouth 

Hour 2—Duos & Duets

There’ll Be No Next Time—Louis Prima & Sam Butera
Justine—Don & Dewey
Say Man—Bo Diddley
Sugar Mama, Peachy Papa—Percy Mayfield
Think Twice—LaVern Baker & Jackie Wilson
Tramp—Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
Some Velvet Morning—Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
I’ll Hold You—Frankie & Johnny
If It’s True—Yo La Tengo
From a Whisper to a Scream—Elvis Costello
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around—Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty
I’m Alive—Kenny Chesney & Dave Matthews
Vertigo—The Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo
Falling Slowly—Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova 
Train Song—Feist + Ben Gibbard
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)—Aretha Franklin & George Michael 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Show #248--9/12/10

King of Nothing—Seals & Crofts
I Feel the Earth Move—Carole King
Trick Bag—Earl King
No Fool No More—Charles Walker & the Daffodils
I Can’t Go—Big Buddy Lucas
Never Found a Girl—The Mighty Imperials (feat. Joseph Henry)
Ta Douleur—Camille

Hour 2—City Snapshots

Another Hundred People—Pamela Myers
No Pity (in the Naked City)—Jackie Wilson
Traffic Jam—James Taylor
Summer in the City—The Lovin’ Spoonful
Another Rainy Day in New York CityChicago
Living for the City—Stevie Wonder
Expressway to Your Heart—The Soul Survivors
Crosstown Traffic—Jimi Hendrix
One Way Street—Jigsaw
Walking in L.A.—Missing Persons
City Flat—Boom Crash Opera
The City is Here for You to Use—The Futureheads
22 Grand Job—The Rakes
City—Capitol K
The City—The Dismemberment Plan
Up on the Roof—The Cryan’ Shames

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Show #247--9/5/10

Wrong—Archers of Loaf
Teacher—Jethro Tull
Riki Tiki Tavi—Donovan
Leave It—Yes
Footdown—Michael Penn
Oh Dear—Brandi Carlile

Hour 2—A Round of Remakes

Do You Wanna Dance?—The Silver
Have You Never Been Mellow?—The Feederz
Under the Boardwalk—The Undertones
I Want You Back—KT Tunstall
Billie Jean—The Lost Fingers
Cool it Now—LEN 
I’m Alive—Gamma
Gonna Get Along Without You Now—The Vibrations
Gonna Get Along Without You Now—She & Him
Jesus is Just Alright—The Byrds
Sin Ella (Without Her)— José José
Make it With You—Ralfi Pagan
Crying in the Rain—Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds
When Will I Be Loved—The Toasters
The Night Time is the Right Time—Creedence Clearwater Revival 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Show #246--8/29/10

If I’m in Luck I Might Get Picked Up—Betty Davis
Raised on Robbery—Joni Mitchell
Butter Boy—Fanny
Janglin—Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Living on the Edge—Jim Capaldi
Spinning Away—Brian Eno & John Cale
Truth and Beauty—Sam Yahel Trio
Life is a Carnival—The Band

Hour 2—Onomatopoeia 

Splish Splash—Bobby Darin
Splish Splash—Roger Kellaway Trio
Drip Drop—Dion
Buzz Buzz Buzz—The Mighty Blue Kings
Boom Boom—John Lee Hooker  
Bang Bang—Dizzy Gillespie
Bang Shang-a-Lang—The Archies
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep—Mac and Katie Kissoon
Beep—The Pussycat Dolls

Tik Tok—Ke$ha
Tick Tick Boom—The Vines
Boom Goes the Dynamite
Biff! Bang! Pow!—The Creation
Crash—The Primitives
Crash Years--The New Pornographers
Rill Rill (Ring Ring)—Sleigh Bells
Bang a Gong (Get it On)--T. Rex