Monday, May 24, 2010

Night Eyes

Tonight's show will be a narrative sequence inspired by some recently-acquired Travis songs.

Song Artist Album
My Eyes Travis The Boy with No Name
Lazy Eye Silversun Pickups Carnavas
Shut Your Eyes Snow Patrol Eyes Open
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Save Tonight Eagle-Eye Cherry Desireless
One Night Travis The Boy with No Name
Nightswimming R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Swim until You Can't See Land Frightened Rabbit The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Paper Boats Nada Surf Let Go
Pipe Dreams Travis The Invisible Band
Open Your Eyes Snow Patrol Eyes Open
Your Eyes Open Keane Hopes and Fears
Eyes Wide Open Travis The Boy with No Name

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


We continue with another prolific pseudo-indie label, SubPop Records, who famously got their start by signing several Seattle grunge bands including Nirvana. Since then, their repertoire has greatly expanded, as we'll hear in tonight's show.

Song Artist Album
About a Girl Nirvana Bleach
Black River Killer Blitzen Trapper Furr
When U Love Somebody Fruit Bats Mouthfuls
Hearts of Iron Handsome Furs Plague Park
Each Coming Night Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered Days
White Winter Hymnal Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Hiphopopotomus vs. Rhymenoceros Flight of the Conchords Flight of the Conchords
Funeral Band of Horses Everything All the Time
Such Great Heights The Postal Service Give Up
New Slang The Shins Oh, Inverted World
I'm a S**t Jason Loewenstein At Sixes and Sevens
Paperwings Damien Jurado I Break Chairs
Girl on the Wing The Shins Oh, Inverted World
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight The Postal Service Give Up

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Tonight's show showcases the sounds of indie label Matador. We'll hear a song each from several of their artists as we build a portrait of their overall musical style.

Song Artist Album
Stockholm Syndrome Yo La Tengo I can hear the heart beating as one
Float On Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Like Bad News
People Got a Lotta Nerve Neko Case Middle Cyclone
I Turn My Camera On Spoon Gimme Fiction
Miracle Drug A.C. Newman The Slow Wonder
Sing Me Spanish Techno The New Pornographers Twin Cinema
Sleep the Clock Around Belle & Sebastian The Boy with the Arab Strap
Teenage FBI Guided by Voices Do the Collapse
Obstacle 1 Interpol Turn On the Bright Lights
Never Had Nobody Like You M. Ward Hold Time
F**k and Run Liz Phair Exile in Guyville
Teen Age Riot Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Sweet Jane (Live) Lou Reed Berlin: Live at St. Anne's Warehouse

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dual Mystery Theme

Once again our songs outline a work of fiction. This time there is also something else all the songs have in common. See if you can figure out both. Answers at the bottom...

Song Artist Album
Islands The XX XX
Out at Sea Heartless Bastards The Mountain
#1 Crush Garbage Romeo and Juliet Soundtrack
Under Ice Kate Bush Hounds of Love
Winter Tori Amos Little Earthquakes
Blue Lips Regina Spektor Far
Hide and Seek Imogen Heap Speak for Yourself
Are You Out There Dar Williams End of the Summer
Help I'm Alive Metric Fantasies
Save Me Aimee Mann Magnolia
Sweet Surrender Sarah McLachlan Surfacing
Kind and Generous Natalie Merchant Natalie Merchant Retrospective
Solitude Standing Suzanne Vega Solitude Standing
Ode to My Family The Cranberries No Need to Argue

Story: Titanic
Secondary Theme: All Female Lead Vocals

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Fantastic Voyage

Tonight we'll take a journey through a range of climes, both physical and musical. Follow along here for live updates to the playlist.

Song Artist Album
The Mountain Heartless Bastards The Mountain
Find the River R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Down River The Temper Trap Conditions
When the River Meets the Sea John Denver and the Muppets A Christmas Together
In the Aeroplane over the Sea Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane over the Sea
Bouncing off Clouds Tori Amos American Doll Posse
Cloudbursting Kate Bush Hounds of Love
Somewhere over the Rainbow Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Facing Future
Across the Sea Weezer Pinkerton
Wet Sand Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
A Forest The Cure Staring at the Sea
The Field Mason Jennings Blood of Man

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Mystery Themes!

Tonight's show will feature two sets of songs, each of which has a secret theme. I'll update the playlist as we go, and listeners are invited to make guesses about what they think the theme might be. Maybe I can give a prize for anyone who's able to guess each before I announce the answer.
I'll start you off with the hint that both themes tonight are works of fiction.

Part 1:

Song Artist Album
Creep Radiohead Pablo Honey
Riches and Wonders The Mountain Goats All Hail West Texas
Baby You're a Rich Man The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
Love and Longing stellastarr* Harmonies for the Haunted
There Is a Light that Never Goes Out The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
Drive My Car The Beatles Rubber Soul
Barrel of a Gun Guster Lost and Gone Forever

Congrats to Leo Pezzementi for being the first to guess this one.
Highlight below for the answer:
The Great Gatsby

Part 2:

Song Artist Album
It's a Crime The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs
Eli, the Barrow Boy The Decemberists Picaresque
Building a Mystery Sarah McLachlan Surfacing
Teenage FBI Guided by Voices Buffy the Vampire Slayer Soundtrack
Listen to the Darkside Charlie Mars Listen to the Darkside
Watching the Detectives Elvis Costello My Aim is True
Veronica Elvis Costello Spike

Highlight below for the answer:
Veronica Mars

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Women's Names

Today's show is composed of songs whose titles are a woman's name. There's a fair amount of variability in where things go from there, though. Many, though not all go the love song route that you might expect. Stay tuned for the well as the norms.

Song Artist Album
Allison Elvis Costello My Aim Is True
Veronica Elvis Costello Spike
Naomi Neutral Milk Hotel On Avery Island
Michelle The Beatles Rubber Soul
Annabelle Hail Social Modern Love and Death
O Valencia! The Decemberists The Crane Wife
Abigail, Belle of Kilronan The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs
Luka Suzanne Vega Solitude Standing
Sexy Sadie The Beatles White Album
Lovely Rita The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Annie Elefant Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid
Ester Elefant Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid
Madame George Van Morisson Astral Weeks