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8: rainmusic

In playlist on 26 April 10 at 8:41 pm

F&L, bbs: here it is.  Music to listen to while it rains outside and you are maybe happy/maybe sad/maybe something.

  1. tUnE-yArDs, “Fiya”
  2. Love is All, “Bigger Bolder”
  3. The Art Department, “Rock ‘n’ Roll”
  4. Arthur Russell, “Love is Overtaking Me”
  5. The Morning Benders, “Mother and Child Reunion” (Paul Simon cover)
  6. Belle & Sebastian, “I Don’t Love Anyone”
  7. The Tallest Man On Earth, “I Want You” (Bob Dylan cover)
  8. Smog, “I’m New Here”
  9. Camera Obscura, “I Need All The Friends I Can Get”
  10. Built to Spill, “Reasons”
  11. Mirah, “Apples in the Trees” (live for KSDT)
  12. The Books, “Classy Penguin” [for yr background music pleasures]

Okay. So it was a short show and I think the station is still a bit wonky, but thanks for listening! I appreciate it treemendously and oh, right, so I won’t be there next week because I HAVE A FAMILY REUNION TO ATTEND (!!!) and I’m terribly excited but I’ll tell you now that I will miss you and think of you fondly as I am communing with my many relations.


7: the city that reads

In playlist on 12 April 10 at 9:05 pm

Hello, babies! We spent an hour with Baltimore musicians.  In between ramblin’ about Baltimore facts, famous Balitmoreans, and upcoming Baltimore shows, I played a few tunes:

  1. Ecstatic Sunshine, “Perrier”
  2. Ponytail, “Small Wevs”
  3. Rye Rye feat. M.I.A., “Bang”
  4. The Art Department, “Julia I Can’t Run Anymore”
  5. Dan Deacon, “The Crystal Cat”
  6. Double Dagger, “Pillow Talk”
  7. Bean, “Boneless but Branching”
  8. Lizz King feat. DJ Dog Dick, “K.O.”
  9. Lands & Peoples, “Bad Habits”
  10. Secret Mountains, “Growing Season”
  11. Wye Oak, “Take It In”
  12. Hop Along, “Bride & Groom”
  13. Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, “Mostly A Friend”

CLICK ON EVERY LINK.  And lo! There is more of Baltimore to behold via the ears: the Get ‘Em Mamis, Lexi Mountain Boys, Dustin Wong, Teeth Mountain, Arbouretum, Lungfish, Videohippos, Weekends, Run DMT, Bethany Dinsick, Celebration, Oxes, ETC.  Get in on it!!

Whew. What a night. What a night we spent together.

6: songs on repeat/songs about my weekend/songs by request/songs about summer

In playlist on 5 April 10 at 9:53 pm

Babies, I didn’t prepare for our time together.  I had a full weekend and a long day at work, so I had only just cobbled together a show with four themes by the time 8:08pm rolled around (seriously, I need to have a word with “The Full Metal Corset Hour” and say, “Listen, can you just justjust PLEASE finish up on time, please? I AM TRYING TO BE PUNCTUAL FOR MY LISTENER BASE”).  Oof.  This was a sloppy playlist, I know, I apologize:

  1. Amadou & Mariam, “Magossa” [start of the Songs I’ve Listened to On Repeat in the Last 2 Weeks theme]
  2. Girls, “Lust for Life”
  3. Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers, “Lydia”
  4. Elvis Costello, “Everyday I Write The Book”
  5. Sleater-Kinney, “Modern Girl”
  6. The Modern Lovers, “I Wanna Sleep in Your Arms”
  7. Best Coast, “That’s the Way Boys Are” [start of the Songs About My Weekend theme]
  8. Reading Rainbow, “Restless”
  9. Double Dagger, “Pillow Talk”
  10. The Temptations, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” (SISTER JAM!! Love yyyou, Jessica & Alyson)
  11. Hop Along, “Bride and Groom” [start of the Songs Requested by Friends theme] [for Shannon!]
  12. The Dead Milkmen, “Punk Rock Girl” [for Milton!]
  13. Bikini Kill, “I Like Fucking” [for Sonnet! who helps run the illustrious WGTB/Georgetown Radio]
  14. Ryan Adams, “So Alive” [for Emily!]
  15. St. Vincent and the National, “Sleep All Summer” (Crooked Fingers cover) [start of the Songs About Summer, Even Though It’s Only Spring, But Listen, You Know What I’m Trying to Say theme]
  16. Jens Lekman, “A Sweet Summer’s Night on Hammer Hill”
  17. Islands, “Jogging Gorgeous Summer”
  18. Beat Happening, “Indian Summer”

Alright and FINE I’ll just admit it: I was also distracted because Jonah came to visit and what can I say, he’s a mesmerizing dude.

THE TUNE ARRANGEMENTS NEXT WEEK WILL NOT BE SO SHODDY, I PROMISE.  To prove this to you, I’m going to try to orchestrate the Baltimore theme I’ve been talking about for ages.  Get ready for the best music that The City that Reads has to offer!!

5: good question

In playlist on 29 March 10 at 9:21 pm

Good evening, friends & lovers.  Tonight’s theme was “GOOD QUESTION” which indicates that every song had some sort of question mark in the title.  It also indicates that I’ve had some questions rolling around in my brain lately (e.g., questions about romance; queries about graduate school; Am I going to be able to stay in Baltimore after my job at Hopkins is up?; etc).  It also indicates, for some reason, that tonight’s show was going to involve a LOT of animal facts.  Here’s the setlist:

  1. Golden Ghost, “If You Are In Love Then Why Are You Asleep?”
  2. The Cure, “Why Can’t I Be You?”
  3. Whitney Houston, “How Will I Know?”
  4. Cloud Nothings, “Whaddaya Wanna Know”
  5. Marnie Stern, “Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads”
  6. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?”
  7. Nina Simone, “Do I Move You?”
  8. The Tallest Man On Earth, “Honey Won’t You Let Me In”
  9. Arthur Russell, “Hey! How Does Everybody Know”
  10. The Books, “Future, Wouldn’t That Be Nice”
  11. Etta James, “What’d I Say” (live)
  12. The Beach Boys, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
  13. Crass, “Where Next Columbus?”
  14. Beulah, “What Will You Do When Your Suntan Fades?”
  15. A Tribe Called Quest, “Can I Kick It?” [thrilling background music to my nonstop talkin’]

Whew.  I’ve been really exhausted all week for nonsensical reasons, so today’s post will be a short one.  If you’re looking for a stirring rendition of all 872 animal facts I relayed on the air, holler at me.  I’ve committed them to memory and in my humble opinion, they’re all pretty interesting.

NB: I got my car towed last week, post-radio show, and this week, I got a parking ticket for an expired meter.  Hate you, BCPD.

4: unwieldy crushes

In playlist on 22 March 10 at 11:07 pm

To balance out last week’s pity party, I decided to get down to business with this week’s butt-rockin’ theme: unwieldy crushes.  Do you know what I’m saying? You know what I’m saying.

An hour of excitable heart-soaring is not quite enough, amiright, but we did the best we could.

To kick off our first set, I made a small detour to honor the recently fallen Alex Chilton (formerly the lead singer of Big Star), who passed from this cold, blue world on St. Patrick’s Day.  Ahh.

  1. The Replacements, “Alex Chilton”
  2. The Flaming Lips, “Buggin'”
  3. MEN, “Off Our Backs”
  4. The Pixies, “Hey”
  5. [Brandy, “Sittin’ Up In My Room” as background music to the talkin’]
  6. Marnie Stern, “Put All Your Eggs In One Basket and Then Watch That Basket!!!!”
  7. Best Coast, “Something In The Way”
  8. Jens Lekman, “A Higher Power”
  9. Dinosaur Jr., “We’re Not Alone”
  10. [Atlas Sound, “Walkabout” for between-set talks]
  11. The Zombies, “Care of Cell 44”
  12. Big Star, “I’m In Love With A Girl”
  13. The Magnetic Fields, “Strange Powers”
  14. [The Books, “Fralité” while introducing the one and only:]
  15. Ponytail, “Beg Waves” (or, What Jen Feels Internally Whenever She Has a Crush On Someone)
  16. Mariah Carey, “Always Be My Baby”

I said hello to the usual suspects, but also to some other friends who tuned in, including Lizzie and Matt! Woohoo! Friendship!

We got started a bit late tonight because the DJ before me went over.  Next time, I will put my foot down and ask nonchalantly if I could maybe just go on at 9pm EST as is my right.  Maybe.

Also, you all should know that the show after mine, hosted by the incomparable Jonah Furman, is cool and if you are by your computer anyway, why not just listen to it, right? You could even look at his Facebook group page, because he puts his playlists there and it would give you a Taste of his selections.

Great! What a day! It was so nice to be with you for a short time!

3: songs for heartbroken folks

In playlist on 15 March 10 at 9:41 pm

From the top of a rainy Monday evening — hello, babies.  As we all know, winter is a season of icy sidewalks and rocky relationshipping.  In anticipation of the springtime ahead of us, I wanted to acknowledge (and put to rest!) the sadness of the cold months with a mopey playlist that I’m calling, “Songs for Heartbroken Folks”.  Because Hopkins undergrads have dispersed for break, I have the station to myself… and in such an event, why shouldn’t we commiserate for more than an hour? Yes! Why not! We did it! Surprise two-hour show! Due to routine overzealousness, it ended up being about 2.5 hours, actually.  Hope you enjoyed it:

  1. Wye Oak, “I Hope You Die”
  2. Arthur Russell, “Our Last Night Together”
  3. Devendra Banhart, “Forget About Him” (Kath Bloom cover)
  4. Bob Dylan, “Abandoned Love”
  5. St. Vincent, “These Days” (Jackson Browne cover)
  6. Camera Obscura, “James”
  7. The Tallest Man On Earth, “Burden of Tomorrow”
  8. Joanna Newsom, “Sadie”
  9. The Magnetic Fields, “I Don’t Really Love You Anymore”
  10. Micah P. Hinson, “When We Embraced”
  11. The Mountain Goats, “Raja Vocative” (Daytrotter session)
  12. Sam Cooke, “Bring It On Home To Me”
  13. Cat Power, “Lost Someone”
  14. Hop Along, Queen Ansleis, “Failure” (now just Hop Along, and coming to a city near you!)
  15. Deer Tick, “Dirty Dishes”
  16. Belle & Sebastian, “I’m A Cuckoo”
  17. The Beach Boys, “Tell Me Why”
  18. Spoon, “Anything You Want”
  19. Lemuria, “Dog – Dogs”
  20. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, “How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?”
  21. The King Khan & BBQ Show, “I’ll Never Belong”
  22. Daniel Johnston, “Silly Love”
  23. Alison Krauss & Union Station, “New Favorite” (Gillian Welch cover, I think?)
  24. Phosphorescent, “Can I Sleep in Your Arms Tonight” (Willie Nelson cover)
  25. Joni Mitchell, “A Case of You”
  26. The Mountain Goats, “Bad Priestess”
  27. Dinosaur Jr., “Get Me” (alternate version)
  28. Bob Dylan, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” (No Direction Home bootleg)
  29. The Magnetic Fields, “I Don’t Believe You”
  30. Built to Spill, “Else”
  31. Solomon Burke, “Won’t You Give Him One More Chance”
  32. The Mountain Goats, “Standard Bitter Love Song #1” (live at Zoop ’07)
  33. Woodpigeon, “You’re My Only Home” (Magnetic Fields cover)
  34. Jens Lekman, “The Wrong Hands”
  35. Beulah, “Cruel Minor Change”

    ** Hollered at: Caleb in Baltimore (who is a famous musician, did you know this); Scott & Katie (the loveliest couple I know); Aita; Sine (& her very kind mom!!) in Baltimore; my sisters at home; the nine on-campus listeners (you are heartily commended for being in The Greatest City In America and not like Key West or some shit); An & Jessica L. (of Red Emma’s fame & fortune.  Thanks for the love, and for playing my show at Emma’s!); oh hey and yes! finally, but not hierarchically, the good patrons of Red Emma’s on this drizzly Monday night! Woohoo!

Whew.  We really packed a punch there, didn’t we, with all of those mopey tunes.  Gosh.  I don’t know about you, but I’m sort of exhausted.  I also managed to share a small bit of my recent heartbrokenness on the air (summary: long-distance is a such a bummer.  Madprops to those who can endure it and maintain honest, open communication!) which was embarrassing, so I stopped.

Please, consider joining me in the weeks to come.  I will try to wrangle a second hour out of the station so that we can continue to have good times together for just a little bit longer.  Also, gosh, please give me some feedback (good, bad, and ugly) — you can comment on this post, for example, or you could add me as a Facebook friend! Come on! Consider this a friend opportunity!

Hope y’all have a lovely night.  To close out the evening without any dead air, I played MONDO BOYS’ excellent warm-weather mix, entitled, “WEIRD SUMMER”.  Check it outtttt, friends & lovers.  Uplift yourselves!

2: lady business

In playlist on 8 March 10 at 11:59 am

Happy International Women’s Day, friends & lovers.  In honor of this worldwide occasion, I played a hoppin’ list of female-fronted tunes and talked at length (despite initial microphone difficulties) about the cool things that women & female-bodied folks are up to in music.  An hour’s way too short to highlight the many excellent women that ought to have our attentions, but with just a handful of songs, I hope it wasn’t a bad way to spend the 8pm hour:

  1. Nina Simone, “Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter”
  2. Dar Williams, “As Cool As I Am”
  3. Sleater-Kinney, “Oh!”
  4. M.I.A., “Paper Planes”
  5. Le Tigre, “Deceptacon”
  6. Lauryn Hill, “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
  7. Wisdom Tooth, “Cathedral Park”
  8. Liz Phair, “Go West”^
  9. Hop Along, Queen Ansleis, “Failure”
  10. Lemuria, “Pants”^
  11. Jubilee, “Killdeer”
  12. Ponytail, “Small Wevs”

    ^ Many thanks to my friend Randi in DC for coming up with the excellent title of this theme, and for all her suggestions!

On the air, I mentioned a few things, including my understanding and engagement with the word “queer” (which you can read more about here, from the Gender Equity Resource Center at UC Berkeley), as well as a few words on three of the musicians I featured on my show.  For more on Jubilee, Wisdom Tooth, and M.I.A., click on their names in the playlist above.

Also, before I forget: JD Samson (formerly of Le Tigre and currently of MEN, a “Brooklyn-based band and art/performance collective that focuses on the energy of live performance and radical potential of dance music”) will be in Baltimore on March 13 at 9pm, with Taxlo and The Very Best; read more here and here.

Thanks so much for listening! I hollered at Aita, John, Scott, Daniel & Robert, Adam, my sisters (Jessica & Alyson!), and the 14 folks on campus who saw fit to tune in.   Eee! Next time, I’ll remember to say hi to Leila and Sarah S-K, too (sorry for missin’ your hellos).  Also, hey! I was informed that the good patrons of Red Emma’s got an earful of “All Things Considered Tops” this evening, which is pretty fucking rad (thanks, Micah).  Whew!


1: first show!

In playlist on 1 March 10 at 9:45 pm

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for tuning in to my first-ever show.  Even now that I am off-air, I am still pretty nervous (is this weird? It is weird). What a thrilling experience, though, holy gosh. As promised, here is tonight’s playlist:

Theme: None.  I was trained moments before going on the air, you guys. Allow me to gain my bearings and you shall then have your themes!

  1. Bruce Springsteen, “I’m Goin’ Down”
  2. Best Coast, “Something In The Way”
  3. The Books, “Take Time”
  4. The xx, “Islands”
  5. Dr. Dre, “Forgot about Dre (feat. Eminem)” [for my sisters, Alyson & Jessica, listening from Rockville]
  6. Elvis Presley, “Burning Love” [for Mom]
  7. Ecstatic Sunshine, “Swirling Hearts”
  8. Jubilee, “Dust”**
  9. The Minutemen, “My Heart and The Real World”
  10. The King Khan & BBQ Show, “Love You So”
  11. Daniel Johnston, “Lousy Weekend”
  12. The Magnetic Fields, “When You’re Old and Lonely”
  13. Cloud Nothings, “Can’t Stay Awake”
  14. M. Ward, “Poison Cup”
  15. Joni Mitchell, “All I Want”
  16. Elvis Costello, “Welcome to the Working Week” (Pathway Studio demo)
  17. The Tallest Man On Earth, “The Blizzard’s Never Seen the Desert Stands” [for my best friend, Adam, in Massachusetts]
  18. Queen, “Don’t Stop Me Now”

    * Other folks who got hollered at on the air: Jessica & Raja in Baltimore; Miriam in DC; Scott in Thurmont, MD; Katie in New York City; Daniel & Greg in Trenton, NJ; Aita in Baltimore; Jen in Lusby, MD; John in Baltimore; and the NINE on-campus listeners.  Heartwarmth!
    ** Jubilee is from DC, and they totally rule! One-half of the band is Bryan, one of my favorite people in the world; please check them out here!

As I briefly discussed on the show, here is a little more information for Baltimore listeners who are interested in joining the Baltimore Algebra Project on March 4th.  They’ll be meeting at Camden Yards at 10am, and will march to the Juvenile Detention Center (aka “Baby Bookings”) to demand that Governor Martin O’Malley divert $100 million toward education-based youth employments and Baltimore public schools, and away from the construction of three new youth jails.  To learn more, please contact Abeni Nazeer at (410) 533-5189 and visit the Baltimore Algebra Project’s website.  The Baltimore Algebra Project is a great group of high school activists from Baltimore who strive toward social justice in two ways: by tutoring their peers in subjects like math and English, and by advocating for education reform.  Please come out and support them if you can!

Thanks again for tuning in, babies!! I’ve got big plans for next week, so check back here in the near future.

themes for future shows

In State of the Radio on 28 February 10 at 11:39 am

Full disclosure: tomorrow’s show will be nervous flailing, because I’m pretty sure that I will be receiving my first station tour/training while I’m on the air. Once I get the hang of things, though, I’d like to have a new theme for each show.  Here are some of my ideas so far:

  • Lady Business (all female-fronted bands; courtesy of Randi Zung 2010)
  • See America Right (songs about USA #1!! No Lee Greenwood allowed)
  • Good Question (basically, songs with question marks in their titles; I think you might like it)
  • Songs for Broken-Hearted Folks (you know what I’m talkin’ about)
  • Food Tunes (yes, A Tribe Called Quest’s “Ham ‘n’ Eggs” will be on rotation)
  • I Did Crimes For You (songs about ethical dilemmas)
  • Brucetimes (goddamnit I love Bruce Springsteen and none of you haters can stop me.  Bruce facts shall be interspersed throughout the program)
  • The City That Reads, or: How I’m Livin’ (songs from/about Baltimore, the metropolis in which I currently reside)

If you have any suggestions or contributions, please leave a comment or holler at me via the Facebook group! Many thanks to those who found it in their hearts to join up.

just lettin’ you know

In State of the Radio on 27 February 10 at 12:01 am

It’s official: my radio show on WJHU will stream live on Monday nights at 8pm!

After mulling over the many awesome name ideas that I received from friends & lovers, I decided to go with “All Things Considered Tops”.  It will hopefully lead folks to believe that good music will be played (harhar) and it reflects my short-lived aspiration to co-host an NPR news show of a similar name.  Thanks to Leah MF Pine (who organizes the National Student News Service) for her wits, her winning suggestion, and her friendship!!

Got requests? Questions? Concerns? Thoughts/feelings? Let me know.  I have never had my own radio show before and I am totally pumpt/nervous as all get out.