12.30.2009

playlist for 12/30/09 (sub)

Subbing for Amusia Radio!
And playing some of the best songs of 2009. In fact, I'll italicize the not-recent stuff.

aston familyman barret - we're gonna make it - cobra style
the very best - heart of africa - heart of africa
amadou and miriam - ce n'est pas bon - welcome to mali

edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros - home - s/t
camera obscura - french navy - my maudlin career
thao w/ the get down stay down - know better learn faster - know better learn faster

atlas sound feat. panda bear - walkabout - logos
animal collective - my girls - merriweather post pavillion
headlights - cherry tulips (remix by tj lipple) - remixes

sleigh bells - ring ring - [independent release]
the drums - let's go surfing - summertime
king khan and the bbq show - anala - invisible girl

magnetic fields - california girls - distortion

sleigh bells - crown on the ground - [independent release]

flight of the conchords - hurt feelings - i told you i was freaky

flight of the conchords - carol brown - i told you i was freaky
dent may and his magnificent ukulele - god loves you, michael chang - the good feeling music of...
magnetic fields - absolutely cuckoo - 69 love songs

why? - january twenty something - eskimo snow
dutchess and the duke - scorpio - sunset/sunrise
anni rossi - living in danger - rockwell

devendra banhart - baby - what will we be
elvis perkins in dearland - shampoo - s/t
mountain goats - phillipians 3:20-21
matt and kim - daylight - grand

dan deacon - paddling ghost - bromst
fuck buttons - olympians - tarot sport
antony and the johnsons - her eyes are underneath the ground - the crying light

lee fields and the expressions - love comes and goes - my world
mary wells - do you want to know a secret? - love songs to the beatles
gladys knight and the pips - yesterday - silk and soul

12.21.2009

top 15 albums of 2009

Some of the best new stuff out there! Totally subjective list.

15. Elvis Perkins in Dearland - [Self-Titled]
According to Wikipedia (ahem), Perkins "loathe[s] the term singer-songwriter, because it reminds me of open-mic nights and coffee shops and lazy chord structures" -- he would rather be referred to as "a recording artist." Sure, dude. Whatever you say. Perkins's second offering shows off his songwriting skills, and you can be sure this is no open-mic night; he certainly doesn't use lazy chord structures, nor does he fall into the many humdrum cliches of modern indie rock. Although this album teeters over blandness, it never quite falls, always saved by an organ trill, or a tremor in his voice. This is the kind of record that you could leave in your car for months, or even for the duration of a road trip. Start with the excellent "Shampoo," then work your way into "Hey" and "Doomsday."

14. Fool's Gold - [Self-Titled]
Joyous and danceable Afrobeat, exported from 1970s Africa to 2009 Los Angeles by way of Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov. Perfect party album, as it's bound to please both wild kids craving beats and soft intellectuals looking for esoteric sounds. Luke often sings in Hebrew, which is a cool personal touch (and tends to lend an extra tinge of the "exotic"). Standout tracks: "Nadine" and "The World is All There Is."

15. The Drums - Summertime
Clocking in at a brief 25 minutes, this album is short, sweet, and to the point. The title suggests summer jams, and The Drums deliver plenty -- from the swaggering "Let's Go Surfing" to the head-bopping "Down by the Water." Apparently there was a big boom in California garage sound this year, so a lot of bands tried the same tricks, but The Drums are undoubtedly the cream of that crop. They also seem to have slight influences from Flying Nun and/or other 80s DIY bands, and that's a big plus for me.

12. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down -
Know Better Learn Faster
Understated, passionate indie-rock. When Thao with the Get Down Stay Down came to UCI, she somehow managed to turn a room of bored, shuffling, Orange County hipsters into a rowdy dance hall. Not only that, but at the end of each song, we were all compelled to pause, drenched in sweat, to listen to whatever the adorable Thao Nguyen had to say. A year later, and she's just as charming and infectious as ever, channeling the wide-eyed wonder of 2008's "We Brave Bee Stings and All" into a more mature sound. "When we swam our love to pieces," she sings haltingly, "we washed up on messy beaches / You cleaned dry; I would not drift yet." In songs like "When We Swam," Thao reveals herself as both vulnerable and steadfast, using her weakness as a weapon.

11. Amadou & Mariam - Welcome to Mali
It begins with Mariam's voice, singing soft and low in French, filtered through lo-fi. That's broken by short chords from a tinny synth -- and before you know it, Mariam's coming through clear as a bell, singing "Sabali, sabali," high and pronounced. Her voice is soon interwoven with more synth arpeggios, and the song no longer seems slight; now it's ethereal. Although the rest of the album gets more complicated as it goes, Amadou and Mariam always retain the bare sweetness of "Sabali." It gets even sweeter when you realize that they're a completely blind African couple who have been playing together since the 1970s. Each song on "Welcome to Mali" is a departure from the one before it, as Amadou and Mariam mix traditional Mali sounds with "rock guitars, Syrian violins, Cuban trumpets, Egyptian ney, Indian tablas
and Dogon percussion" (thanks Wikipedia).

10. Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele - The Good Feeling Music of...
"Welcome to my record, welcome to the show!" Dent May lilts in the opening track. The rest of the album follows in hospitable suit; May aims to please, and he succeeds. Even though he reps his ukulele, that ubiquitous hipster instrument, the actual production downplays it with plenty of harmonizing vocals and other background embellishments. The lyrics are also appropriately cute and clever ("Joyce, Whitman and Camus...why no, I haven't read them, I'm just here for the booze" he sings in "At the Academic Conference"). Imagine if Paul McCartney started as a solo artist, bypassing the Beatles. Or a happy Stephin Merritt. That's this record.

9. Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

What can I say? I have a thing for adorable indie girls. Tracyanne Campbell is the epitome of plain wallflower turned indie-pop goddess (well, next to that Bat for Lashes chick). With "My Maudlin Career," Camera Obscura proves that they still have what it takes after 13 years of performing -- and they've even gotten better as they've aged. Sounds like a sunny day in Glasgow (...not the band) and promises to warm the cockles of any crusty heart.

8. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Let's face it -- this was a good album. As much as I'd like to dismiss it, defying Pitchfork's mad unconditional love for Animal Collective, "Merriweather Post Pavilion" has it all. From solid, complex instrumentation, to mind-numbing lyrics ("am I really all the things that are outside of me?" they wonder in "Taste"), these guys own their hype. Most of the songs mesh anxious thoughts with calm, meditative sounds -- see "Lion in a Coma" or "Also Frightened" for excellent examples of that tightrope feat. And of course, "My Girls" is the kind of song with which you want to assault everyone's eardrums. [I will leave no preposition behind. -- Ed.]

7. Anni Rossi - Rockwell
Another chick with a guitar, yadda yadda, snoooooze...or so one would think. Rossi takes all the usual elements of solo female musicians and transforms them into something new and mesmerizing. Certainly, her voice occasionally yelps like Regina Spektor, and her palms occasionally smack her guitar like Kaki King, but overall, this is a stunning debut from a very talented artist. She lays it down soft and low in songs like "Air is Nothing," brings haunting dissonance with "Deer Hunting Camp 17," and aims straight for the heart in the quirky-yet-honest "Machine" and "Living in Danger."

6. The Dutchess and the Duke - Sunset/Sunrise
This acoustic Seattle duo takes the old folk model and refurbishes it for this modern age, leaving just the right amount of dust and scratches for the final product. The result is simultaneously raw and comforting, tingling with tambourines and peppered with strings and organ. Jesse Loritz and Kimberly Morrison alternate between harmonization and call-and-response, and their mid-range voices meld together beautifully. Simon & Garfunkel are nodding in approval. My favorite songs here are "Scorpio," "Let It Die," and "Living This Life."

5. Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
Melancholic. Heartbreaking. Sustaining. "Ocean," the transgendered Antony croons, "swallow me now." These words from "Her Eyes Are Underneath the Ground" constitute just a small sample of Antony's moving songwriting, which, at its most sublime, burrows into the pit of your stomach. This isn't an album for everyone; Antony's voice warbles like Nina Simone, and the piano/string arrangements are delicate and wispy. But if you're in the mood for something affecting, maybe even visceral, then you'll definitely want to invest in this group. Although Antony and the Johnsons have been performing for nearly a decade, the critics have only just started paying attention. Maybe their time has come. "The Crying Light" is an excellent showcase for the group, and a good choice for both fans and the uninitiated.

4. Dan Deacon - Bromst
Pure futuristic funtime. Sounds like 2009. That's the main reason why I admire this record: Dan Deacon stubbornly avoids retro-cool for something modern, strange, and endlessly listenable. Amidst all the beep-bop sounds and high-pitched squeal of Dan's vocoder, you can tell that he's having a good time, that he thoroughly enjoys the music that he's making -- so why wouldn't you? Give this to your little brother and be the cool older sibling. Play it for your parents to confuse them. Archive a copy so you can
listen to it when you're grizzled and gray, and pretend that you're young and hip again.

3. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros -
[Self-Titled]

There are two things that I enjoy a lot about this band. One is the song "Home," which has whistling and handclaps and cloying lyrics ("Alabama, Arkansas, I do love my ma and pa, but not quite the way that I love you"), so it should be totally annoying indie Urban Outfitters fodder. And yet. Something about this song hits all the right places. Maybe it's the chemistry between Edward Sharpe and Jade Castrinos in their back-and-forth, maybe it's the 12-piece camaraderie, maybe it's the overabundance of major chords -- but it's a very nice song, and the shining standout of a very nice album. The second thing I like is that "Edward Sharpe" is the indie pseudonym for Alex Ebert, who's the mastermind behind the hot 2003 power-pop group Ima Robot. If you know both of these bands, I'm sure you'll be highly amused.

2. Lee Fields and the Expressions - My World
Fields is a soul legend -- "renowned throughout the global Funk community" -- who has "poured his grunts and screams over a legacy of funk and soul hits from the early seventies" into a brand new project. The quotes are from his new label, Truth and Soul Records, and I can get behind that promotional praise. Even though this is arguably not a "new" sound, this album is legit, and definitely one of the best of the year. You too can fall in love with Fields; just listen to the simmering cover of "My World is Empty Without You," the scintillating "Ladies," and/or "Money I$ King," which speaks the truth...via lots of soul.

1. Lady Gaga - Fame Monster [Deluxe]
If you buy this version, you will have every song that Lady Gaga has made thus far, minus a few scant B-sides. In years to come, I believe that she will be the defining artist of 2009 -- like it or not. It is the best album of the year on my list just to annoy you.



Honorable Mentions

Best Throwbacks
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - [Self-Titled]
These guys rip off 1980s indie-pop...and succeed wildly. Check out "Young Adult Friction" and "Teenager in Love."

King Khan and the BBQ Show - Invisible Girl
Khan runs his BBQ Show jams through lots of lo-fi production, and produces the best 60s garage music this side of the century.


Best Half of an Album
Eels - Hombre Lobo
Sometimes Mark Oliver Everett gets sad. Sometimes he wants to rock. On "Hombre Lobo
," he alternates between beautiful acoustic songs and fairly mediocre rock songs. Download this album, then delete any song with electric guitar; you will be left with roughly 6 awesome songs to spin on a rainy day.


Some Other Things That Didn't Quite Fit
But Were Still Pretty Good


Dinosaur Jr - Farm
Jeremy Jay - Slow Dance
Cass McCombs - Catacombs
The Very Best - Heart of Africa
Ida Maria - Fortress Round My Heart
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - Summer Of Fear
The Sound of Wonder: Plugged-in Pop at the Pakistani Picture House

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A lot of good music was released this year, come to think of it!

12.19.2009

playlist for 12/19/09

I've been waiting 12 months for this...!


charo + pee wee herman - feliz navidad
celia cruz - soy feliz en la navidad - youtube
guster - mamacita, donde esta santa claus? - maybe this christmas 2

the ventures - santa claus is coming to town - the ventures' christmas
the boppers - merry twistmas
sufjan stevens - come on! let's boogey to the elf dance

datarock w/ a traditional norwegian tune - youtube
peter joback - guds frid i gode vise man - jag kommer hem igen til jul
martina sorbara - it's the most wonderful time of the year - maybe this christmas 2

the break-ups - breaking up for christmas - plastic snow
sufjan stevens - it's christmas! let's be glad! - songs for christmas
yo la tengo - it's christmas time - merry christmas from...

polyphonic spree - happy christmas (war is over) - maybe this christmas 3
i make this sound - holiday - plastic snow
the ventures - sleigh ride - the ventures' christmas album

dreaming ferns - christmas drill - plastic snow
the aislers set - "christmas song" - the last match
low - just like christmas - christmas

bright eyes - god rest ye merry gentlemen - a christmas album
magnetic fields - mr mistletoe - distortion
cocteau twins - frosty the snowman - lullabies to violaine

earlimart - i'll be home for christmas - plastic snow
eels - christmas is going to the dogs - useless trinkets
of montreal - christmas isn't safe for animals

jens lekman - maples leaves - when i said i wanted to be your dog
wild honey - angel's christmas - in the christmas groove
the harlem children's chorus - black christmas - in the christmas groove

the o'jays - christmas just ain't christmas - soul christmas
harvey averne band - let's get it together this christmas - in the christmas groove
charles brown - please come home for christmas

jim reeves - jingle bells - gentleman jim
meatwad (athf) - frosty the red-nosed snowman - have yourself a meaty little christmas
disco christmas party - winter wonderland

jimmy jules - the new year - in the christmas groove
eisely - the winter song - maybe this christmas 2
fleet foxes - white winter hymnal - fleet foxes

sleigh bells - ring ring - [independent release]
zebra - christmas morning -in the christmas groove
flaming lips - white christmas - maybe this christmas 2

12.12.2009

playlist for 12/12/09

this one goes out to: tom, and the jews!! hannukah time~


clocks remixxxed with buena vista social club
blossom dearie - i won't dance
dinah washington - send me to the electric chair
teresa brewer - i wanna be bad - good news
cat anderson - you're the cream in my coffee - cat anderson & the ellington all-star band

nouvelle vague - just can't get enough
magnetic fields - absolutely cuckoo - 69 love songs
nick drake - pink moon - way to blue
frank black - atom in my heart - honeycomb

yo la tengo - cherry chapstick - and then nothing turned itself inside out
the clean - are you really on drugs - mister pop
the velvet underground - white light / white heat - the best of the velvet underground

king khan and the bbq show - spin the bottle - invisible girl
the nerves - when you find out - one way ticket

the thunderbirds - twistin safari - surfbeat behind the iron curtain
meshugga beach party - hava naglia - meshugga beach party!
silver jews - people - american water
the leevees - latke clan - hannukah rocks

nana grizol - gave on - "ruth"
polaris - recently - music from the adventures of pete & pete
galaxie 500 - plastic bird - on fire
forever people - sometimes - invisible/sometimes (ep)

francois & the atlas mountains - tour de france - brother
thao and the get-down stay-down - when we swam - know better learn faster
nana grizol - for the things that haven't come yet - "ruth"

lake - oh, the places we'll go - oh, the places we'll go
the xx - islands - xx
department of eagles - no one does it - in ear park

galactic heroes - the summer project - how about san francisco?
vivian girls - i'm not asleep - everything got wrong
spearmint - a week away - a week away

the bodines - slip slide - played
the brilliant corners - with a kiss - somebody up there likes me

of montreal - i was a landscape in your dream (grizzly bear remix)

12.08.2009

playlist for 12/8/09 (sub)

George Had a...Sun?
3 hours of standards; favorites; and some new stuff (in italics)...

the blow - parentheses (rory phillips remix)
canned heat - poor moon - uncanned!
frank black - go find your saint - honeycomb

flight of the conchords - carol brown - i told you i was freaky
magnetic fields - i think i need a new heart - 69 love songs

dutchess and the duke - mary - she's the dutchess, he's the duke
the belles - melvin (gloria) - girls in the garage (vol 1)
standells - dirty water - bb 1966

incredible bongo band - apache - bongo rock
bobby womack - across 110th street - american gangster (ost)
tammi terrell - my heart - rare + unreleased; youtube
don covay - see about me - mercy mercy

los straightjackets - god rest ye merry gentlemen - surf xmas
(can't wait for christmas!!)

the clean - billy two - anthology
the verlaines - pyromaniac - juvenilia
pains of being pure at heart - higher than the stars - higher than the stars
the crocodiles - tears - 100 top NZ songs
the bats - north by north - daddy's highway

king khan and the bbq show - tryin' - invisible girl
the staggers - wild teens
the monks - i hate you - black monk time

apples in stereo - same old drag - #1 hits explosion
man man - van helsing boombox - six demon bag
mother mother - wisdom - o my ♥
mount righteous - christmas accordian - when the music starts

why - gemini (birthday song) - elephant eyelash
lake - breathing - let's build a roof
the xx - vcr - xx
madeleine peyroux - you're gonna make me lonesome when you go - careless love

beny more - como fue - mambo kings (ost)
clocks - coldplay...latin remix! - rhythms del mundo
she's leaving home - the beatles...remixed by luciano albo! - youtube
single ladies - pomplamoose...covering beyonce! - youtube

fool's gold - nadine - fool's gold
magnetic fields - absolutely cuckoo - 69 love songs
yo la tengo - if it's true - popular songs
the tams - be young, be foolish, be happy! - hey girl
, don't bother me

dinah washington - teach me tonight! - dinah
blossom dearie - i'm hip! - blossom time at ronnie scott's
fats waller - your feets' too big! - mandy
fats waller - it's a sin to tell a lie! - the complete recorded works

brenton wood - oogum boogum song - the oogum boogum man
the exciters - blowing up my mind - northern soul floorshakers
joe dassin - siffler sur la colline - souvenirs

quem e - nara leao - nara leao (1968)
sylvie vartan - abracadabra - best of sylvie vartan
george a romero - the gonk - dawn of the dead (ost)
darondo - didn't i - let my people go

12.07.2009

so here's the hap!

There's no playlist for this past Saturday (12/5/09) because I got a sub! It's been cold and rainy, which does not bode well for a sick girl on a bike.

However, I will be subbing the awesome George Had a Hat late tomorrow morning (11-1pm), so look forward to that!

11.28.2009

playlist for 11/28/09

Nice mix of things today. Hopefully there were some people listening out there -- if it were up to me, I'd still be in a food coma from Thursday.

~musica de mexico
, california, brazil y cuba~
café tacuba - volver a comenzar - sino
the ventures - perfidia - best of the ventures
chico buaraque - chega de saudade - youtube
ibrahim ferrer - herido de sombras - buena vista social club presents...

~soft but strong females~
linda perhacs - chimacum rain - parallelograms
dusty springfield - soft core - white heat
gladys knight & the pips - if i were your woman
nouvelle vague - just can't get enough - nouvelle vague

~let's have a dance party to hide our melancholy~
the blow - parentheses (rory phillips remix) - parentheses (ep)
animal collective - water curses - water curses (ep)
la bionda - i wanna be your lover - DiscoRing
marine girls - fridays - beach party

~jams~
ian dury - don't ask me - do it yourself
soft machine - as long as he lies perfectly still - volume two

~reflecting on relationships~
cinerama - hate - va va voom
kings of convenience - me in you - declaration of dependence
the jean paul sarte experience - einstein - love songs
thao and the get-down-stay-down - trouble was for - know better learn faster

~heavy folk influences~
magnet + gemma hayes - lay lady lay
the dutchess + the duke - living this life makes it hard - sunset/sunrise
grizzly bear - i live with you - veckatimest

~jangly DIY sound~
pants yell! - someone loves you - received pronunciation
the verlaines - doomsday - juvenilia
tall dwarfs - the brain that wouldn't die
television personalities - jackanory stories - jackanory stories

~faux + bonafide soul~
the animals - bring it on home to me
major lance - um um um um um
don covay - see about me - mercy mercy
the exciters - blowin up my mind

~earnest indie rock w/ a beat~
frank black - go find your saint - honeycomb
lake - breathing - let's build a roof
atlas sound - walkabout (feat. panda bear) - logos
sam prekop - c+f - who's your new professor

~good way to start the day~
m. ward - vincent o'brien - transfiguration of vincent
devandra banhart - can't help but smiling - what will we be

11.26.2009

I'm thankful for...

...the 1970s...when you could get away with lurid costumes and hokey dance moves, because everyone was overflowing with soul.

11.21.2009

playlist for 11/21/09

Interns Amy and Rachel helped me out on this show! Thanks, ladies.

~español y/e portugese~

maría con tenis - la ultima vez - maría con tenis
hello seahorse - esperando a que llegue - hoy a las ocho
novos baianos - o samba de minha terra - enciclopédia musical brasileira

~boy! i wish it was summer!~
bart davenport - la girls - maroon cocoon
dinosaur jr - take a run at the sun - ear-bleeding country
pants yell! - cold hands - received pronunciation

~you stole my heart...and now i'm dead~
frank black - atom in my heart - honeycomb
magnetic fields - i think i need a new heart - 69 love songs
tilly and the wall - nights of the living dead - tilly and the wall
king khan and the bbq show - anala - invisible girl

~sunny 60s grooves~
standells - dirty water - best of the standells
joe dassin - siffler sur la colline - les champs-élysées
the turtles - elenore - ...present the battle of the bands

~sunny 60s kiwi grooves~
larry's rebels - let's think of something - nature's best 2

shona lang - 1905 - best of new zealand


~80s twee angst (from new zealand)~
crocodiles - tears - best of new zealand
the verlaines - you forget love - bird dog

~amy's set~
fruit bats - lives of crime -spelled in bones
okkervil river - plus ones - the stage names
andrew bird - imitosis - armchair apocypha
empire of the sun - walking on a dream - walking on a dream
dr. dog - heart it races - architecture in helsinki cover

~rachel's set~
mates of state - get better - rearrange us
tilly & the wall - falling without knowing - o
camera obscura - lloyd, i'm ready to be heartbroken- let's get out of this country

~TARATS standards~
the bats - block of wood- daddy's highway
the valentines - breakaway! - if you love me (really love me)

~original soul versions of hit songs~
lou johnson - there's always something there to remind me - youtube
gloria jones - tainted love - youtube
barret strong - money - youtube
gladys knight and the pips - fire and rain - standing ovation

11.14.2009

playlist for 11/14/09

I sorta "liveblogged" the show today. It was a successful experiment. The playlist was neater, I was more organized, the kids at home could follow it easier...good show all around.

The set started out fairly cute and dreamy, then gradually became more rambunctious; wrapped it up soft and low at the end.

hello seahorse - no encontre nada - hoy a las ocho
pipas - barbapapa - a cat escaped*
little wings - boom! - light green leaves*
angels of light - untitled love song - how i loved you*

she and him - why do you let me stay here - volume 1
hit parade - stop - with love from...*
aztec camera - oblivious - high land, hard rain*
david kilgour - you forget - youtube

cinerama - hate - va va voom*
jean paul sartre experience - einstein - love songs
ballboy - i wonder if you're drunk enough to sleep with me tonight - a guide for daylight hours*

look blue go purple - cactus cat - look blue go purple
noah and the whale - five years time - ...the world lays me down*
heavenly - sperm meets egg; so what?! - the decline and fall of...
devendra banhart - lover - smokey rolls down thunder canyon

devendra banhart - baby - what will we be
jens lekman - the opposite of hallelujah - night falls over kortedala
thao w/ the get down stay down - cool yourself - know better learn faster
jeremy jay - will you dance with me? - slow dance

choir - it's cold outside - pebbles v. 2*
jim and the beatmakers - my only one - hei vain
luciano albo - she's leaving home (beatles motown remix) - check it out
gladys knight & the pips - yesterday - silk n' soul

the dixie cups - iko iko - the complete red bird recordings
the monks - i can't get over you - black monk time
valentines - breakaway - if you love me (really love me)
ruby andrews - just loving you - the zodiac sessions 1967-73*

james last orchestra - gonna fly now (theme from rocky)
harry nilsson - jump into the fire - nilsson schmilsson

polaris - ivy boy - music from the adventures of pete & pete

kaki king - saving days in a frozen head - dreaming of revenge
pygmy lush - god condition - mount hope
headless heroes - true love - the silence of love
linda perhacs - chimacum rain - parallelograms


*A lot of the songs played today were from my favorite music blog---that of lihan li. That guy has led me to a lot of good music, and I tip my hat to him.

11.07.2009

playlist for 11/7/09

Intern Elicka helped me out with this show. Thanks, Elicka!

New releases are italicized, yadda yadda...

~español y frances~
ibrahim ferrer - como fue - buena vista social club presents...
viejas locas - homero - especial
francoise hardy - tous les garcons et les filles - the yeh-yeh girl from paris
joe dassin - aux champs-élyséess - es plus grands succès
edith piaf - milord - best of edith piaf

~french, you say?~
beirut - scenic world - gulag orkestrar
pants yell! - two french sisters - alison statton
nick drake - pink moon - way to blue
stereo total - the other side of you - b-sides and other rarities

~best ballads~
prince buster - at the dark end of the street - jamaica's prime
madeline peyroux - you're gonna make me lonesome when you go - careless love

~flying nun time~
the bats - it had to be you - daddy's highway
the verlaines - joed out - juvenilia
the verlaines - you forget love - bird dog
the clean - in the dream life u need a rubber soul - mister pop

magazine - a song from under the floorboards - the correct use of soap

~indie rock (elicka's choice)~
shaky hands - let it die - let it die
stars - ageless beauty - set yourself on fire
dr. dog - the rabbit, the bat and the reindeer - fate
dr. dog - architecture in helsinki's "Heart It Races"

~the power of love~
headless heroes - true love - the silence of love
harry nilsson - all i think about is you - everybody's talkin
liam finn & eliza jane - honest face - champagne in seashells
grizzly bear - two weeks - veckatimest

~lalala havin a good day~
saturday looks good to me - meet me by the water - all your summer songs
daniel johnston - high horse - is and always was
kathy mccarty - walking the cow - flyin' the flannel
why? - rubber traits - elephant eyelash

~ending it on a wistful note~
lake - sing 99 & 90 - let's build a roof
mates of state - these days - mates of state/dear nora

11.03.2009

...and here's another cool thing!

Congrats to Adam, the lucky listener who won two tickets to see the Dinosaur Jr. show at the House of Blues in Hollywood on Thursday!

I'm also going. I am incredibly pumped.


An Hour of Flying Nun Records!

This week is KUCI's 40th Anniversary of being on the air. To celebrate, we're doing a week of special themed days. Today was Record Label Day, and I picked my favorite little underdog label: Flying Nun!

Flying Nun was started in 1981 in Christchurch, New Zealand. For the next decade and a half, all sorts of plucky garage bands were signed to this label, most of them from rural towns scattered around New Zealand. They've all got a similar sound --- like a punk-washed Sarah Records, or The Smiths, if Morrissey knew how to have fun.
the flying nun dvd with loads of cool music videos
I discovered them through The Clean's "Anything Could Happen," which, regular listeners might recall, is one of my favorite songs, ever. From there, the miracles of Youtube led me to the once-rare Flying Nun music videos (ripped off the marvelous-looking DVD, "Very Short Films").

It's rather hard to find Flying Nun stuff in your average record store, but through the combined powers of Youtube, CDs on EBay, and KUCI's anthropological shelves of vinyl, I can bury myself in that sweet Dunedin sound.


Here's what I picked out as the creme de la creme:

the clean - tally ho - anthology
the chills - pink frost - kaleidoscope world
the chills - dan destiny and the silver dawn - brave words
the tall dwarfs - the brain that wouldn't die - hello cruel world
the verlaines - pyromaniac - juvenilia
the bats - block of wood - daddy's highway
the verlaines - you forget love - bird dog
the verlaines - doomsday - juvenilia
jean paul sartre experience - own two feet - love songs
sneaky feelings - husband house - positively george street
the bats - north by north - daddy's highway
doublehappys - the other way - nerves
the clean - billy two - anthology
the clean - thumbs off - anthology
the chills - speak for yourself - brave words
the clean - anything could happen - anthology

Listen to my recording of the show here!

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If you're interested, there's a really cool documentary about Flying Nun on Youtube; here's the first part, and you can follow the related videos from there.

10.31.2009

playlist for 10/31/09 - halloween edition!

oooOOoooOO! Halloween show, as promised!

rodrigo y gabriela - diablo rojo - s/t
django reinhardt - appel direct - swing from paris
thanksgiving - the ghost and the eyes - the ghost in the eyes with trees in the ground outside the window
the flamingos - i only have eyes for you - american graffiti vol. 1
grandaddy - e. knievel interlude (the perils of keeping it real) - the sophtware slump

man man - engwish bwudd - six demon bag
the aquabats - attacked by snakes - the fury of the aquabats!
mr. guy - letter from jeepers - pulp surfin'
john zacherley - coolest little monster - spook along with zacherley

sebadoh - violet execution - iii
tegan and sara - walking with the ghost - so jealous
of montreal - chrissie kiss the corpse - satanic panic in the attic
architecture in helsinki - the cemetery - in case we die

animal collective - cobwebs - water curses (ep)
bird names - treeless island peopled by birds - open relationship
the microphones - sleepy hollow - the glow pt. 2
dr. dog - fool's life - easy beat
eels - teenage witch - souljacker

robert johnson - cross road blues - robert johnson anthology
hasil adkins - i had a dream about you - moon over madison
howlin' wolf - i ain't superstitious - the london howlin' wolf sessions

blanche - superstition - if we can't trust the doctors
crystal stilts - graveyard orbit - alight of night
eden ahbez - full moon - eden's island
mt. eerie - between two mysteries - wind's poem

van dyke parks - palm desert - song cycle
brenton wood - the oogum boogum song - brenton wood's best
prince buster - at the dark end of the street - jamaica's prime
the ventures - slaughter on 10th ave - best of the ventures

france gall - laisse tombeur les filles - paris in april
the aquabats! - phantasma del mar - the fury of the aquabats!
the ventures - out of limits - best of the ventures
the cramps - goo goo muck - off the bone

astor piazzolla - concierto para quinteto - tango: zero hour

10.29.2009

Halloween Mixes!

Hey gang!

This Saturday will be a special All Hallow's Morn edition of "Take a Run at the Sun." You won't wanna miss that.

And speaking of Halloween...

I made two Halloween mixes for the new mixtape project, Mixed Tapes for Mixed Tastes!

One of them is in the old surf vein of this show (see fig. 1)
, and the other one is just a grab-bag of stuff.

I'll be playing some of these songs on Saturday...and some other songs too!! OoooOOOoo.

10.24.2009

playlist for 10/24/09

here we goooo

~ fancy fretwork~
astor piazolla - concierto para quinteto - tango: zero hour
rodrigo y gabriela - viking man - s/t
secos e molhados - el rey - 1973-1974
nagisa ni te - me, on the beach - on the beach

~dreamy recent releases~
* bon iver - flume - for emma, forever ago
* grizzly bear - while you wait for the others - veckatimest
* mountain goats - hebrews 11:40 - the life of the world to come
* duchess and the duke - living this life makes it hard - sunset/sunrise

~solid classic~
moody blues - nights in white satin - days of future passed

~ goofy newish indie rock~
magnetic fields - strange powers - i
* yo la tengo - all your secrets - popular songs
why? - gemini (birthday song) - elephant eyelash

~goofy older indie rock~
the only ones - another girl, another planet! - the only ones
dinosaur jr. - i don't think so - ear-bleeding country

~new zealand indie insurgence~
doublehappys - needles and plastic
the verlaines - death and the maiden - juvenilia
th' dudes - bliss
jean paul sartre experience - einstein - love songs

~similar c86 stuff~
the verlaines - joed out - juvenilia
galaxie 500 - plastic bird - on fire
the go-betweens - spring rain - liberty belle & the black diamond express
razorcuts - i'll still be there - r is for razorcuts

~sweet soul time~
eddie spencer - if this is love (i'd rather be lonely) - youtube
don covay - see about me - mercy, mercy!
valentines - breakaway - breakaway (ep)
curtis mayfield - i plan to stay a believer - curtis! live

*fool's gold - nadine - fool's gold
salah ragab & the cairo jazz band - neveen - spirital jazz

10.20.2009

playlist for 10/17/09

My friend Chad was the guest co-host for today! He helped me out with the first half of the show. Thanks, Chad!

~requisite spanish songs~
la plata sextette - bilongo - the retired ritmo latino podcast
hector lavoe - el dia del suerte - de ti depende

~ye-ye! les femmes~
france gall - hippie hippie - the in-kraut
sylvie vartan - irresistiblemen - sylvie vartan 1965-1968
jacqueline taieb - le coeur au bout des doigts - youtube

~indie songs with swagger~
taken by trees - lost and found - open field
holger czukay - photo song - der osten ist rot
atlas sound w/ panda bear - walkabout - logos
sam prekop - c&f - who's your new professor

basketball jamz

~raw jams with an electronic sheen~
animal collective - my girls - merriweather post pavillion
la bionda - wanna be your lover - wanna be your lover!
canned heat - poor moon - best of canned heat
suburban lawns - janitor - suburban lawns
tom tom club - pleasure of love - close to the bone

~ugh! misanthropy!~
at the drive-in - embroglio - acrobatic tenement
the slits - typical girls - cut (also: cool youtube)

~syrupy sweet~
grizzly bear - two weeks - veckatimest
broadcast - tears in the typing pool - tender buttons
taken by trees - the greyest love of all - east of eden
m. ashral feat. nahid akhtar - good news for you - "the sound of wonder! the first wave of plugged-in pop at the pakistani picture house"

~s-s-s-soul~
wax tailor - how i feel - takes of the forgotten memories
shuggie otis - rainy day - inspiration information
garland green - i can't believe you quit me - jealous kinda fella
dori grayson - try love - shreveport southern soul

~upbeat funk~
the skull snaps - it's a new day - skull snaps
ian dury - don't ask me - do it yourself
soft machine - as long as he lies perfectly still - volume two

~requisite 80s indie-pop/post-punk block~
the mekons - where were you - where were you (ep)
the jam - that's entertainment - sound affects
the dBs - neverland - repercussion
verlaines - pyromaniac - juvenilia**

~a clever song; then bollywood~
consolidated - college radio - friendly fascism
kamal ahmed feat. noor jehan - i am very sorry - "the sound of wonder! the first wave of plugged-in pop at the pakistani picture house"
mohammed rafi - jaan pehechaan ho - gunaam


**I'm buying this CD! The Verlaines are so good.

10.10.2009

playlist for 10/10/09

Today started funky and folky, then got real twee. The middle section is the real meat n' potatoes for me: 80s indiepop annihilation.

I started off, as usual, with some nice transition tunes en español...

algo de roberto pulido...
herb alpert & the tiajuana brass - tiajuana taxi
mexican institute of sound - mirando las muchachas -mejico maxico
chico buarque - chega de saudade - youtube
giula y los tellarini - la ley del retiro - vicky cristina barcelona

nagisa ni te - me, on the beach - on the love beach
orion rigel dommisse - drink yourself (to death) - what i want from you is sweet
broadcast - paper cuts - the noise made by people
saturday looks good to me - last night i fell asleep on your floor - slgtm

spearmint - a week away - a week away
saturday looks good to me - think about tomorrow - slgtm
magnetic fields - strange powers - holiday
the sundays - here's where the story ends
the wake - crush the flowers - sarah records singles

the jam - that's entertainment - sound afffects
the nerves - hangin on the telephone - nerves
the wire - the 15th - wire on the box: 1979
the clean - billy two - anthology

sneaky feelings - husband house - positively george street
galaxie 500 - plastic bird - on fire
the bats - had to be you - daddy's highway
the cat's miaow - third floor fire escape view - a kiss and a cuddle

the go-betweens - two steps, step out - before hollywood
the verlaines - doomsday - juvenilia
the only ones - another girl, another planet - unknown pleasures
the nerves - are you famous? - nerves
undertones - teenage kick - true confessions

church - aquamarine - song face crystal
damien jurado - caskets - caught in trees
thanksgiving - the ghost and the eyes - the ghost and the eyes with trees in the ground outside the window

peter bjorn n john - nothing to worry about - living thing

the drums - let's go surfing - summertime (ep)
gospel claws - roman road - roman road (ep)
the clean - tensile - mister pop

10.03.2009

playlist for 10/3/09

Yes!! I'm back!

~ musica en espanol ~
bobby capo - piel canela - bobby capo con la sonora matancera
julieta venegas - me voy - limon y sal
hello seahorse! - esperando a que llegue - hoy a las ocho

~ soft beep boop sounds ~
amadou & miriam - sabali - welcome to mali
grandaddy - hewlett's daughter - sophtware slump

~ soft jangly guitars ~
the field mice - if you need someone - skywriting + singles
new order - ceremony - ceremony ep
echo and the bunnymen - silver - live performance 1984
magazine - song from under the floorboards - the correct use of soap

~ sweet indie rock ~
shaky hands - let it die - let it die
the lodger - the good old days - life is sweet
maia hirasawa - gothenburg - though, i'm just me

~ party tunes! ~
nouvelle vague - blister in the sun - 3

jonathan richman - parties in the usa - i, jonathan
saturday looks good to me - lift me up - slgtm
jens lekman - a sweet summer's night on hammer hill

~ wistful ladies ~
pomplamoose - single ladies - youtube
pomplamoose - little things - youtube
headless heroes - true love - the silence of love
regina spektor - chelsea hotel - bbc1 sessions
linda perhacs - if you were my man - parallelograms

~ staying strong ~
frida hyvonen - i drive my friend - until death comes
fruit bats - being on our own - the ruminant band
camera obscura - teenager - underachievers please try harder
eels - my timing is off - hombre lobo

~ love and loss ~
magnet & gemma hayes - lay lady lay
monsters of folk - baby boomer - monsters of folk
the dutchess and the duke - mary - she's the dutchess, he's the duke
mt eerie - grave robbers - lost wisdom

~ addictive personalities ~
rodriguez - sugar man - cold fact
peter sarstedt - where do you go to my lovely - top of the pops 1969
the postmarks - run away love - memoirs at the end of the world
magnetic fields - if there's such a thing as love - i

9.24.2009

playlist for 9/24/09 (sub)

This was the last time subbing for Truffle Shuffle and "DJ Naptime." Next week: same bat channel, new bat time (Saturdays from 7-9am)!

Incidentally, this was also the first show that I did as a 21 year old :)

~ neato indie rock ~
the bats - claudine - thousands of tiny luminous spheres
special needs - blue skies - funfairs & heartbreak
the waves pictures - i love you like a madman - instant coffee baby
jeremy jay - in this lonely town - slow dance

~ whimsical and fey ~
pants yell! - two french sisters - alison statton
hello seahorse! - ok!...lobster - hoy a las ocho
pipas - barbapapa - a cat escaped

~ sultry 60s sound ~
the greenhornes feat. holly golightly - there is an end - broken flowers
the pretty things - you don't believe me - get the picture
allt har ett slut - florence valentin - pokervall i varby gard

~ indie torch tunes ~
bon iver - flume - for emma, forever ago
man man - van helsing boombox - six demon bag
elvis perkins - while you were sleeping - while you were sleeping

~ more indie songs to croon softly to yourself ~
jens lekman - the opposite of hallelujah - night falls over kortedala
castanets - down the line, love - texas rose, the thaw, and the beast
magnetic fields - chicken with its head cut off - 69 love songs
the field mice - if you need someone - skywriting

~ songs for struttin' ~
the nerves - hangin on the telephone - one way ticket
wax tailor - how i feel - tales of the forgotten melodies
magnetic fields - all you ever do is walk away - holiday
lou barlow - the right - goodnight unknown

~ folk time! ~
jackson c frank - goodbye to my loving you - blues run the game
rev. f. w. mcgee - fifty miles of elbow room - american folk music
django reinhart & stephane grappelli - appel direct - swing from paris
the carter family - single girl, married girl - last.fm

~ soul time! ~
bobby womack - across 110th street - american gangster soundtrack
gladys knight and the pips - if i were your woman - amazing youtube
tyrone davis - a woman needs to be loved - 20 greatest hits
cerrone - love in c minor - dreamy disco youtube

~ brazillian psychadelic acoustic funk rock c.1971!! ~
novos baianos - preta prehina - acabou chorare

9.17.2009

playlist for 9/17/09 (sub)

Today was a low-key indie rock day, colored by the announcement that the members of Pavement, perhaps the moodiest sunny band*, are going to reunite.

New releases are in italics, as usual (lately).

dr. dog - the rabbit, the bat and the reindeer - fate
bressa creeting cake - palm singing - bressa creeting cake
like honey - airport - airport (ep)
dr. dog - ain't it strange - we all belong

why? - berkely by hearseback - eskimo snow
mike oldfield and maggie reilly - to france - live performance 1984
samra lubelski - field the mine - future slip
vivian girls - tension - everything goes wrong

pavement - shady lane - brighten the corners
the bodines - slip slide - played
the go-betweens - that way - bella terrace
the pastels - zooom - sitting pretty

darling buds - it's all up to you - it's all up to you (ep)
the shop assistants - i don't wanna be friends with you
shonen knife - super group - super group
heavenly - PUNK girl - PUNK girl (ep)

gorky's zygotic mynci - the game of eyes - introducing...
of montreal - cato as a pun - hissing fauna, are you the destroyer?
animal collective - guy's eyes - merriweather post pavilion
bird names - i had a girl - sings the browns

the bluebells - cath - sisters
the go-betweens - head full of steam - bella terrace

m. ashraf - dama dam mast qalandar - "the sound of wonder! : the first wave of plugged-in pop at the pakistani picture house"
bendaly remy - do you love me

of montreal - everything disappears... - cherry peel
okkervil river - dead dog song - don't fall in love with everyone you see
the mountain goats - home again garden grove - we shall all be healed
gillian welch - winter's come and gone - hell among the yearlings

pavement - cut your hair - cut your hair (ep)
kaki king - montreal - dreaming of revenge


*As opposed to the sunniest moody band, The Smiths. Clearly.

9.15.2009

disco music about robots

On today's show, I gave my listeners a small glimpse into the magical world of Space Disco.

In the late '70s, people were crazy about space. Everyone became endlessly fascinated by every new automatic appliance and "computer"; Star Wars and Star Trek fueled the public demand for space operas.
So space was huge.
Almost as huge as disco.

So, the space-themed disco songs started popping up all over the radio, especially in Italy and Germany, for so
me very strange and inexplicable reason. Space Disco had an even shorter shelf-life than Regular Disco; its peak was in 1977 (guess which movie was released in that year). But even curiouser...

Within that sliver of a genre of Space Disco, there is a running trope of songs about robots. Being in love with robots. Being a robot. Meeting robots. Dancing with robots. Robots in space. Robots on Earth. Girl robots trapping you in space caves. Boy robots that can never love you back. All sorts of robots!

I've found almost 50 of these songs.

I can hardly believe it myself.


Check out my youtube playlist. It's a parsec fulla fun.

playlist for 9/15/09 from 4-6pm (sub)

All-genre show "Monkeys Invade the Heaven Palace" allows for wonderful eclecticism!

~ soft and strange ~
larkin grimm - blond and golden johns - parplar
the microphones - i'll not contain you - the glow pt 2
beach house - home again - devotion
headlights - cherry tulips - some racing, some stopping

~ sarah records/flying nun records(-esque!)~
the bats - claudine - thousands of tiny luminous spheres
math & physics club - weekends away - weekends away ep
the clean - in the dream life u need a rubber soul - mister pop
poppyheads - pictures you weave - sarah records singles
st. christopher - my fortune - sarah records singles

~crazy 8 piece indie rock~
los campesinos! - you! me! dancing! - hold on now youngsters
why? - january twenty something - eskimo snow
the world/inferno friendship society - addicted to bad ideas - w/ifs
mt. righteous - when the child awakes - when the music starts

~disco music about robots~
la bionda - wanna be your lover - youtube
andrew thompson - we're in business - i'm not likely to change
meco - star wars disco - youtube
the galactic force band - star trek disco - glorious youtube

~sweet sweet afro-beat~
the incredible bongo band - apache - bongo rock
the ogyatanaa show band - ageisheka - ghana soundz vol2
the sweet talks - eyi su nhaangaa - ghana soundz vol2
lord kitchener - take you meat out me rice - youtube

~winding down~
duke ellington - east st. louis toodle-oo - duke: the complete works
dent may - god loves you, michael chang - the good feeling music of...
final fantasy - i'm afraid of japan - he poos clouds
eels - bus stop boxer - eels w/ strings, live at town hall

~"these songs are so true"~
johnny cash - folsom prison blues - at folsom prison
yo la tengo - if it's true - popular songs
m. ward - vincent o'brien - transfiguration of vincent
holger czukay - photo song - der osten ist rot

9.10.2009

playlist for 9/10/09 and possibly 9/3/09 (sub)

I've been subbing for Truffle Shuffle the past couple of weeks (Thursday mornings, 6-8am PST). This show generally plays indie rock, but I always find myself slipping weird little tunes in there. Keeps me on my toes in that early morning.

I found loads of songs listed in an e-mail draft; I think this is two shows combined. In fact, I know this is two shows combined, because there were lots of repeats. I've deleted the any redundancies, so now, here you go, 4 hours of early morning subbing condensed into 3 hours of solid music blocks.

Italicized tracks are new releases!


sneaky feelings - husband house - positively george street
honeydrips - wait for the grief to come - here comes the future
gillian welch - everything is free - time
edson - friends - unwind with edson

robby benson - blue balloon (the hourglass song) - the soundtrack from the hit film "jeremy" (1973)
eels - the longing - hombre lobo (12 songs of desire)
dark dark dark - benefit of the doubt - love you, bye [ep]
the numbers - golden arm + black hand - don't throw me away

micah blue smaldone - springtime blues - some sweet day
Nagisa Ni Te - Me, On the Beach - on the love beach
final fantasy - song song song - he poos clouds
fool's gold - nadine - fool's gold

devendra banhart - lover - smokey rolls down thunder
the belles - melvin (gloria) - riot city!
the sorrows - take a heart - take a heart
harry nilsson - jump into the fire - nilsson schmilsson

tyrone davis - a woman needs to be loved - the ultimate tyrone davis
ruby andrews - just lovin you - the zodiac sessions 1967-73
fats waller - your feets too big - the joint is jumpin'
wendy rene - after the laughter (comes tears) - shaolin soul episode 1
cat anderson - don't get around much anymore - cat anderson and the ellington all stars

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public service announcement music: stelios "efige" requested by khalil.
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fool's gold - the world is all there is - fool's gold
old time relijun - garden of pomegrantes - catharsis in crisis
amadou & miriam - compagnon de lavie - welcome to mali
the phenomenal handclap band - baby - self-titled

taken by trees - greyest love of all - east of eden
samra lubelski - future slip - future hold
dark dark dark - the benefit of the doubt - the snow magic
camera obscura - before you cry - underachievers please try harder

yo la tengo - if it's true - popular songs
saturday looks good to me - lift me up - every night
pants yell! - two french sisters - alison statton
lucksmiths - the chapter in your life entitled san francisco - warmer corners
the thrills - one horse town - so much for the city

the lodger - the good old days - life is sweet
yo la tengo - all your secrets - popular songs
magnetic fields - i wish i had an evil twin - i

dent may - meet me in the garden - the good feeling music of dent may and his magnificent ukulele
okkervil river - unless it's kicks - the stage names
clap your hands say yeah - upong this tidal wave of young blood
jesus and mary chain - head on - live in oslo 2007
the clean - anything could happen - the anthology

6.19.2009

playlist for 6-18-09

All right, gang! This was my last radio show until the fall.

Send a comment my way if you'd like mp3s of any of the shows (I recorded a lot of them), or if you'd like more info / recommendations.

the blow - parentheses (rory phillips remix) - [kyle olson's party mix]
nouvelle vague - just can't get enough - nouvelle vague
coco rosie - rainbowarriors - the adventures of ghosthorse and stillborn
tiny tim - ever since you told me that you love me (i'm a nut)
harry nilsson - daybreak - nilsson schmilsson

forever amber- all the colours of my book - the love cycle
the cramps - garbageman - off the bone
the make up! - i am pentagon - save yourself
six twilights - tonight i'm letting you drive - six twilights

dengue fever - hummingbird - "sleepwalking through the mekong"
sneaky feelings - husband house - sentimental education
crowded house - not the girl you think you are - recurring dream
the 6ths- you you you you you - hyacinths and thistles

jeffery lewis & the junkyard - slogan - 'em are i
heavenly - PUNK girl - the rise and fall of...
shonen knife - catnip dream - rock animals
the aquabats - my skateboard - the fury of...!

dori grayson - try love - shreveport northern soul
camera obscura - teenager - underachievers please try harder
sam prekop - c+f - who's your new professor
it hugs back - now + again - inside your guitar

the field mice - i thought wrong - skywriting + other singles
brighter - poppy day - half hearted (ep)
poppyheads - pictures you weave - cremation town
the bats - claudine - thousands of luminous spheres

frank black - sunday sunny mill valley groove day - honeycomb
camera obscura - the sweetest thing - my maudlin career
saturday looks good to me - lift me up - slgtm
magnetic fields - if there's such a thing as love - i

the clean - anything could happen - anthology


background music: dengue fever, i am robot and proud, hercules and love affair, yann tiersen

6.12.2009

playlist for 6-11-09

new albums (few and far between) marked with asterisks.
i will link youtubes to half of the tracks i played. you are welcome!!


~~ tasty doo-wop block! ~~
barrance whitfield and the savages - juicy fruit - dig yourself
the bop chords - so why - youtube
wendy rene - bar b q - youtube
the marquis - bohemian daddy - youtube
young jessie - shuffle in the gravel - youtube
the du droppers - i wanna love you - youtube

~~ funky and cute world/portuguese music ~~
mickey moonlight - interplanetary music - youtube
* amadou and mariam - ce n'est pas bon - welcome to mali
chico buarque - chega de suadade - youtube
lo burges - homem de rua - youtube
Elis Regina and Antonio Jobim - Águas de Março

~~ even funkier stuff + fresh beats ~~
* amadou and mariam - welcome to mali - welcome to mali
fettes brot - emanuela - youtube
wale - w.a.l.e.d.a.n.c.e. (justice remixed and rap'd) - youtube
disco. - love will freak us (missy eliot / joy division mash-up)

~~ moody and adorable 80s twee indie-rock ~~
echo and the bunnymen - silver - live at the royal albert hall 1983
the sea urchins - solace - stardust
the bodines - slip slide - played
the brilliant corners - with a kiss - somebody up there likes me
the bats - block of wood - daddy's highway
the steppes - i think i'll go - the steppes

~~ love that 60s garage rock sound ~~
the clean - beatnik - anthology
the standells - try it - the best of the standells
the pretty things - you don't believe me - get the picture
the yardbirds - i'm not talking - for your love

~~ dreamier and more lo-fi 60s garage rock ~~
davila 666 - bla bla bla - youtube
ariel pink's haunted graffiti - among dreams - the doldrums
the standells - dirty water - the best of the standells
small faces - hey girl - the autumn stone
the move - blackberry way - the move

~~ new releases mixed in with old favorites ~~
* king khan and the shrines - outta harm's way - what is?!
* the eels - lilac breeze - hombre lobo (12 songs of desire)
sneaky feelings - husband house - heavenly pop hits
the sea urchins - pristine christine - stardust
the bats - claudine - thousands of tiny luminous spheres

* jeffery lewis& the junkyard - broken broken broken heart - 'em are i
magnetic fields - crazy for you but not that crazy - 69 love songs

6.04.2009

playlist for 6-4-09

If you like the background music that I use, you might want to look into Oscar Sulley, or the compilation album Si, Para Usted. John Williams' classical guitar picking is also nice; Herbie Hancock's "Sunlight" is my default.

freezepop - summer boy - freezepop forever
dan deacon - building voices - bromst
dirty projectors - stillness is the move (jimmy douglass mix) - stillness is the move

i am robot and proud - when i get my ears - the electricity in your house wants to sing
coconut records - summer day - nighttiming
jeffery lewis - tell it to your heart - cross pollination: the mixtape

akron family - river - set 'em wild, set 'em free
claira's daze - october - claira's daze (debut ep)
martha wainwright - the george song - i know you're married but i have feelings too
the anniversary - anais - superdrag/anniversary (split ep)

saturday looks good to me - lift me up - slgtm
pas/cal - what happened to the sands - oh honey, we're ridiculous
the thrills - don't steal our sun - so much for the city
cornelius - seashore and horizon - fantasma
aztec camera - dreams sweet dreams - dreamland

clap your hands say yeah - upon this tidal wave of young blood - cyhsy
the clean - beatnik - anthology
the nerves - give me some time - one way ticket
the clean - anything could happen - anthology

wolf parade - i'll believe in anything - wolf parade
grizzly bear - two weeks - veckatimest
why? - speech bubbles - elephant eyelash
pavement - spit on a stranger - terror twilight
magnetic fields - i don't want to get over you - 69 love songs
magnetic fields - i don't love you anymore - I

the bats - north by north - daddy's highway
the go-betweens - that way - metal and shells
the field mice - if you need someone - the field mice
st. christopher - you deserve more than a maybe - (sarah records)

camera obscura - the sweetest thing - my maudlin career

5.21.2009

playlist for 5-21-09

I got a little flustered near the end. I think it's because I checked the stats of the internet stream, and I had a surprising amount of listeners. Also, I forgot that although the Dead Milkmen are adorable punk kids, they are also *punk kids,* and that means that they cuss a lot. I can't play that!

I played a lot of certain artists. Those artists are italicized. Why did I play them so much? Because they are good
, and their music is varied enough that I can play half the album and you'd never catch on!

I also played certain songs that I have played at least four or five times before. Again
, this is because they are good songs (they are bolded). It has nothing to do with the essay that I have due today. Promise.


balkan beat box - adir adirim (nickodemus remix) - nu made (remixes)
mexican institute of sound - karate kid 2 - soy sauce
architecture in helsinki -that beep - that beep (ep)
freezepop - i am not your gameboy

jeremy jay - gallop - slow dance
ladybug transistor - like a summer rain - the abermale sound
forever amber - bits of my life, bits of your life - the love cycle
the veils - sit down by the fire - sun gangs

dr dog - the world may never know - easy beat
jeremy jay - do you want to dance? - slow dance
jens lekman - into eternity - night falls over kortedala

amadou & mariam - sabali - welcome to mali
jens lekman - kanske ar jag kar i dig - night falls over kortedala
dr dog - we all belong - we all belong

moondog - enough about human rights!
amadou & mariam - masitdeladi - welcome to mali
fujiya & miyagi - knickerbocker - lightbulbs

cha cha cha - sweet dreams - around the world w/ senor coconut

frank black - i wanna live on an abstract plain - teenager of the year
jeremy jay - in this lonely town - slow dance
the pastels - nothing to be done - sittin' pretty
frank black - headache - teenager of the year

conor oberst and the mystic valley band - air mattress - outer south
st. christopher - say yes to everything - say yes to everything (ep)
the field mice - sensitive - sensitive (ep)
the nerves - hangin on the telephone - one way ticket

dead milkmen - big lizard - big lizard in my backyard
heavenly - PUNK girl - the rise and fall of...
like honey - airport - youtube
camera obscura - honey in the sun - my maudlin career

5.14.2009

playlist for 5-14-9

Today, I played three songs from Amadou & Mariam, and two tracks from Colossal Yes. This is because they are both very good groups with a sound that cannot be pinned down!

ear pwr - super animal bros. iii - super animal bros iii
panda bear - take pills - person pitch
brian eno - third uncle - taking tiger mountain
clues - you have my eyes now - clues

the field mice - canada - skywriting + other singles
colossal yes - theyfeast onus/wefeed onthem - charlamagne's big thaw
ladybug transistor - six times - abermale sound
saturday looks good to me - ambulance - SLGTM

amadou & mariam - ce n'est pas bon - welcome to mali
sylvie vartan - abracadabra - the best of sylvie vartan
oscar sulley - bukom mashie - [ghana 1973]
canned heat - poor moon - uncanned!

the chameleons UK - tears - strange times
spearmint - a week away - a week away
the fall - no bulbs - the wonderful + frightening world of...
the three o clock - i go wild - baroque hoedown
the sea urchins - cling film - stardust

sam prekop - c+f - who's your new professor
amadou & mariam - djuru - welcome to mali

the clean - anything could happen - the clean anthology
the brilliant corners - with a kiss - somebody up there likes me
the family cat - from the city to the sea - tell em we're surfin'

the aquabats - my skateboard - the fury of the aquabats
the ladybug transistor - like a summer rain - the abermale sound
asobi seksu - gliss - hush
amadou & mariam - welcome to mali - welcome to mali

5.07.2009

playlist for 5-7-09

The asterisks mean new releases! Also, please consider...erm...donating some money to KUCI. Support college radio and independent music...handy link down at the bottom of this blog.

* architecture in helsinki - that beep (radioclit swedish remix) - that beep (ep)
* the faunts - feel.love.thinking.of. - feel.love.thinking.of.

willie mitchell - that driving beat - that driving beat
joe bataan - rap o clap o - mestizo

todd rundgren - breathless - something / anything?
soft machine - as long as he lies perfectly still - volume two
ian dury - don't ask me - do it yourself

* chain and the gang - chain gang theme (in progress) - down with liberty...up with chains!
mickey moonlight - interplanetary music - interplanetary music
spearmint - a week away - a week away
fujiya & miyagi - knickerbocker - lightbulbs

the move - blackberry way - something
peter sarstedt - where do you go to my lovely - where do you go to my lovely (ep)
harry nilsson - the moonbeam song - nilsson schmilsson
the stranglers - golden brown - feline

* jenny owen youngs - here is a heart - transmitter failure
lisa hannigan - i don't know - sea sew
kask - summer is here - summer is here (ep)
* thunder power - lucky to be alive - love yourself

sam prekop - c+f - who's your new professor
ms john soda - scan the ways - notes and the like

the replacements - seen your video - let it be
frank black - i wanna live on an abstract plain - teenager of the year
television personalities - and don't the kids just love it - yes darling, but is it art?

new buffalo - come back - the last beautiful day
josephine foster - hazel eyes, i will lead you - hazel eyes...

* st. vincent (annie clark) -laughing with a mouthful of blood - actor
look blue go purple - cactus cat - LGBPEPs
* camera obscura - honey in the sun - my maudlin career

4.30.2009

playlist for 4-30-09

Today I gave out another mixtape, received some encouraging phone calls, and played a mess of sweet songs in the general mood of "tough girls have feelings too."

southern culture on the skids - wig out - ditch diggin'
southern culture on the skids - rumors of surf - ditch diggin'
surf teens - bullwinkle - surf mania
thunderbirds - african guitar - surfbeat behind the iron curtain

pizzicato five - twiggy twiggy - this year's girl
kaitO - go - you've seen us...you must have seen us
stereo total - carte postale - rarities

hello seahorse - atardecer en parapent - hoy a las ocho!
julieta venegas - me voy - me voy
the aislers set - catherine says - speak softly and carry a big stick
yann tiersen - summer 78 - amelie soundtrack

pylon - stop it (rock n roll no) - youtube
the je ne se quoi - we make beginnings - we make beginnings
shonen knife - another day - rock animals

herbie hancock - no means yes - sunlight
jimmy burns - i really love you - i love you girl [ep]
fela ransome kuti and the africa 70 - jeun ko ku (chop n quench)

shonen knife - flying jelly attack - let's knife
dead milkmen - punk rock girl - beezlebubba
PUNK girl - heavenly - the decline and fall of heavenly

shop assistants - i don't want to be friends with you - youtube
the sea urchins - pristine christine - stardust
the wake - crush the flowers - crush the flowers [ep]

camera obscura - french navy - my maudlin career
(brand new release!)

4.23.2009

playlist for 4-23-09

today i got to the station late! however, i still pulled through on my awesome mixtape contest. next week it shall be more of a contest instead of an insane free-for-all.

* animal collective - my girls merriweather post pavilion
* it's a musical - pain song - the music makes me sick
mates of state - think long - bring it back

~ time for some cute swedish music! ~
hakan hellstrom - for en lang lang tid - for sent for edelweiss
jens lekman - the opposite of hallelujah - night falls over kortedala
cardigans - little black cloud - super extra gravity
anna maria espinosa - a little moonlight - [random download]
miss li - i'm sorry, he's mine - god put a rainbow in the sky
fibes, oh fibes! - the city's got no boulevards - still fresh

~ now here's some cute music from elsewhere in the world! ~
what laura says - wish i could fly - thinks and feels
* hello seahorse - ok!...lobster - hoy a las ocho
* it hugs back - don't know - inside your guitar
* jeremey jay - will you dance with me - slow dance

~ now here's a mess of c86 stuff! ~
the go-betweens - two steps, step out - before hollywood
sea urchins - summershine - stardust
another sunny day - new year's honors - london weekend
the field mice - anyone else isn't you - coastal
heavenly - PUNK Girl -PUNK Girl EP
wake - pale spectre - here comes everybody

* gringo star - come on now - all y'all