Monday, August 30, 2004

playlist for august 30, 2004

set 1 (9:08-9:31))

Jeremy From Boise "Jeremy" How Bizarre: A Tribute to the '90s
Laura Veirs "Rapture" Carbon Glacier
Jens Lekman "Do You Remember the Riots?" When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog
The Twilight "I've Got Love" Summer Sweet Summer
The Fresas "The Dance" Clouds and Balloons
The Frenchmen "Like the Weather" Sorry We Ruined Your Party
Racetrack "Do Your Homework" City Lights
Racetrack "One Step Forward" City Lights

set 2 (9:39-10:01)

Bis "school disco" I [heart] Bis
Tracy + The Plastics "this is dog-city" culture for pigeon
Dealership "Two Turns" Action/Adventure
The Capricorns "Prisoners of Love" Go the Distance!
Ash "Girl From Mars" (live, acoustic) Satellite Transmissions Volume 1
Jens Lekman "I Saw Her at the Anti-War Demonstration" You Are the Light EP

set 3 (10:15-11:00)

The Frogs "We Can Stop the War" Made Up Songs #1,6
Snow Fairies "Stormy Weather" Snow Fairies
Gary Wilson "Debbie Debbie" Mary Had Brown Hair
They Might Be Giants "Bastard Wants to Hit Me" The Spine
Colin Clary and the Magogs "Moped Rally" Her Life of Crime
The Jenni Jensens "Hobbies" Amateur Rocket Club 7"
The High Water Marks "Good I Feel Bad" Songs About the Ocean
Morrissey "It's Hard to Walk Tall When You're Small" Irish Blood, English Heart EP
Jeff Ensley "Everyday Is Like Sunday" How Bizarre: A Tribute to the '90s
His Name Is Alive "This World Is Not My Home" Stars on E.S.P.
Denise James "Come Home to Me" It's Not Enough to Love
Palomar "Albacore" Palomar III: Revenge of Palomar
MWF "Low" How Bizarre: A Tribute to the '90s
Harry and the Potters "The Human Hosepipe" Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!


Monday, August 23, 2004

playlist for august 23, 2004

set 1 (9:00-9:32)

Sue Lyons "Turn off the Moon" Girls Grow Up Faster (one of those mix tapes I bought from Calvin)
Radiohead "Planet Telex" The Bends
The Magic Is Gone "Adorable" No One Will Ever Be Completely Satisfied
Call and Response "Mr. Weatherman" Dreaming Up the Perfect Pop
The Snow Fairies "The Lonely Cartographer" Dreaming Up the Perfect Pop
Casper and the Cookies "Oh!" Oh!
They Might Be Giants "In the Middle, In the Middle, In the Middle" No!
They Might Be Giants "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" Future Soundtrack for America
Connie Landers "Heart In Hand" Girls Grow Up Faster

set 2 (9:43-10:01)

Land of the Loops "Fresh Pond Parkway" Puttering About a Small Land
Lizzie Wittman "[Track 12]" (the songs have titles, but I don't know what they are) Solo
Kiddo "This Could Take Forever" Boompa Vol. 1
Harry and the Potters "The Missing Arm of Viktor Krum" Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!
Harry and the Potters "The Weasle" Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!
Harry and the Potters "Keeping Secrets From Me" Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!
Magnetic Fields "I Don't Believe You" i

set 3 (10:17-)

Magnetic Fields "I Don't Believe You" All's Fair In Love and Chickfactor
Morrissey "The Never-Played Symphonies" Irish Blood, English Heart EP
Space Needle "Starry Eyes" Voyager
The Twilight "The Sound" Summer Sweet Summer EP
Colin Clary and the Magogs "Pet Sound" Her Life of Crime
Would-Be-Goods "Leave My Mind Alone" All's Fair In Love and Chickfactor
The Capricorns "Everywhere I Go" Go the Distance
[insert a set of Scruggscorp commercials here]
The Frenchmen "Chemistry Lessons" Sorry We Ruined Your Party
Palomar "You Dance Bad" Palomar III: Revenge of Palomar
Dealership "Pure of Heart" Action/Adventure
Dealership "Anarchy In the UK" Action/Adventure
The Blue-Belles "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman" Girls Grow Up Faster


Tuesday, August 17, 2004

climb high, climb high

I GOT THE CANADIAN TELEVISION SIGNALS BACK! I guess my threat worked. You know, the threat to publicly protest the denial of the Canadian audio/visual goodness by ripping out my own fucking organs on the street to symbolize how the absence of Canadian television has affected me psychologically. The FCC really is listening.

So, I get to watch Olympic coverage without NBC's drama bullshit. You know what I mean, right? They like to do all these personality pieces about the athletes. Yeah, I understand that it's supposed to make you care more deeply for the athletes and get you more emotionally involved in their competition. But come on... anyone watching the Olympics already cares quite a bit about what happens because of national pride.

Oh, and I thought that all the Internet listeners would be gone after my little tirade about losing Canadian television and making the threat to vivisect myself, but I checked afterwards and saw that there were 10. That's actually a lot for my show. I think it's the most I've ever had, in fact. Neato.

I went to the Calvin Johnson/Ian Svenonius DJ thing last night. Whoever won tickets didn't, though. Argh! I'm so unhappy with the way the ticket giveaway went. Don't tell me that only a couple people who listen to my show know who those people are!

Anyway, I had a good time and got to hobnob with the legends of indie rock. I did talk to Calvin and got to ask him what happened to Heather after Beat Happening. She's married in Seattle with two kids. She didn't join another band, but she sang on a few songs with a band (one-man band, I think) called Land of the Loops. We do have their CDs at the station, and I'll play one or two of the songs that she sings on sometime during the next show. It sounds like Heather singing in a tweepop fashion over hip-hop beats. It's actually pretty good.

Calvin didn't bring much merch to sell with him. He did have buttons (yes, that included K Records buttons), and he had these compilation tapes that he made of all these different genres of music. I got a couple that he made of '50/'60s girl groups.

Ian recognized me right away. I asked him how he learned how to dance, and he said that the first thing one should do when learning how to dance is to watch the movie Quadrophenia and copy the moves that they do. Then you can go from there. He also said that when you dance, you shouldn't look at other people, even with the other person you might be dancing with. It makes you feel less goofy that way.

I wish I had taken a tape recorder. I bet Ian would have given me an interview if I asked him to. Maybe Calvin would have, too. Calvin is not a jerk at all.

And what type of music did they play? Ian played mostly old rock and R & B. Calvin played old stuff, too, but also many modern things. Like a new song by the Blow that hasn't been released yet. It sounded really good. Calvin said that it's not getting released until November. I can't wait that long! I bet this upcoming Blow album is going to be better than the last.

And before I forget, I have a sad announcement to make. You know that show on WCSB at midnight on Sunday night/early Monday morning? That's the Scruggscorp Radio (aka "Best of WCSB") show. One of the people who does that show told me that this weekend is going to be the final episode. :(

I'm going to miss it. I think that was one of the best shows on college radio.

Well... I don't think I have anything else to say for right now. Blah.

Monday, August 16, 2004

playlist for august 16, 2004

set 1 (9:06-9:32)

Pansy Division (w/Calvin Johnson) "Jackson" Pile Up
Busytoby "sparrow, somehow you know" It's Good to Be Alive
Snoozer "Providence" Winter Stops ALl Sound EP
Nedelle and Thom "Cute Things" Summerland
Casper and the Cookies "Summer Spider" Oh!
Yo La Tengo "Season of the Shark" Summer Sun
Tilly and the Wall "You and I Misbehaving" Wild Like Children
Jens Lekman "You Are the Light" You Are the Light EP

set 2 (9:45-10:00)

Beck (dueting with Calvin Johnson!) "I Get Lonesome" One Foot In the Grave
David Candy "Incomprehensibly Yours" Play Power
David Candy "Listen to the Music" Play Power
The Twilight "I've Got Love" Summer Sweet Summer EP
Beat Happening "Fortune Cookie Prize" Dreamy
Colin Clary and the Magogs "Mixed Too Late to Send" Her Life of Crime

set 3 (10:09-11:00)

Rose Melberg "Devoted to You" Portola
Rivertubes "These Sounds Fall Into My Mind" How Bizarre: A Tribute to the '90s
Cocker Spaniels "Freshmen Girls" Withstand the Whatnot
The Make Up "Introductions/Don't Step on the Children" Destination: Love Live! at Cold Rice
L.A. Tool and Die "Game Over" Fashion for the Evildoer
Freezepop "I Am Not Your Gameboy" Fancy Ultra-Fresh
14 Year Old Girls "Pacman's In Egypt" Zombies In Robots Out
The Capricorns "'Slow 80's Song'" Go the Distance!
Talulah Gosh "Steaming Train" Backwash
The Frenchmen "Steaming Train (aka 'Screaming Train')" download from
The Frenchmen "Matthew Mark Lupe and Jon" Sorry We Ruined Your Party
Beat Happening "Nancy Sin" Dreamy
The Make Up "Here Comes the Judge" After Dark


Friday, August 13, 2004

cho chang, what have i done?

My review of the new Harry and the Potters CD is now up on Mundane Sounds. Click here to see it.

Apparently, this show on Saturday will be the Twilight's CD release show. If anyone from the Twilight reads this, can you tell me what time the show will start and where you are in the order of bands? I have to work at midnight that night, so it will have an effect on whether I go or not.

I can't see the Canadian television anymore... shit.

I don't have anything else to say right now.

Monday, August 09, 2004

van is a used-up man, man

I thought that today's show didn't really suck, but damn... I forgot to announce those Kiddo and Twilight shows this weekend. Kiddo is playing Friday night at the Beachland, and the Twilight is playing Saturday at that Community Shares benefit at the Beachland. For some reason, I thought those shows were both next weekend. Even though I knew the dates for them. I just became chronologically misplaced, I guess. Sorry about that.

Oh, and remember when I mentioned that I was picking up Canadian television with my antenna? Maybe I won't be for much longer. Some guy called and asked me what the channels were. He was very curt about it, and said nothing about the awesome music I was playing. So, I'm worried that maybe the FCC was listening and now they're going to jam the signals so I won't be able to watch the good shit anymore. Canadian over-the-air television beats the fuck out of ours! They leave in expletives! I saw Biloxi Blues (that comedy in which Matthew Broderick goes to boot camp during WWII and Christopher Walken is the drill seargent) on CBC, and they left "shit" and "asshole" in. And the South Park that they showed last night (not CBC, it was some other Canadian channel) was the NAMBLA episode! They didn't censor it any more than Comedy Central would. And I want to see CBC's coverage of the Olympics! I bet it's going to be so much better than NBC's.

Do any of you people out there pick this stuff up, too? I live high up in an apartment building, so I wonder if that has anything to do with it.


You'll be happy to know that I got that URL for the Sleater-Kinney/Pearl Jam stuff. It's right here.

I just found the SeƱor Coconot y Su Conjunto CD. It's Latin music version of Kraftwerk songs. I don't know if I would have played it this morning. I'm not into the Kraftwerk, Kraftwerk, Kraftwerk.

Oh, and I guess I was wrong about Martin Van Buren being in the Simpsons caretaker presidents song. But dammit, I got that William Henry Harrison quote correct!

OH SHIT! Another thing that I forgot to mention was the exciting thing happening at the Beachland on Monday of next week. CALVIN JOHNSON IS GOING TO BE THERE WITH IAN SVENONIUS! They're not singing, though. Just doing DJ sets. I have no idea what they'll be like, but I'm sure I'll be going.

I think that's all that I have to say for now. I should go finish that record review that I have half-written right now. ^_^

playlist for august 9, 2004

set 1 (9:07-9:31)

Saint Etienne "I'm Too Sexy" The Fred EP
Bis "Make It Through" Plastique Nouveau
The Capricorns "Beatbox" Go the Distance!
Hott Beat "booty rott" A Hott Mess
The Blow "Watch the Water Roll Up" Bonus Album
The Diskettes "How Bizarre" How Bizarre: A Tribute to the '90s
The Diskettes "Art" The Diskettes

set 2 (9:39-9:59)

The Frenchmen "Black and White" Sorry We Ruined Your Party
The Maybellines "Our Town" Radio 1190 Local Shakedown Vol. 2
The Magic Is Gone "The Same Prescription" No One Will Ever Be Completely Satisfied
Sloan "I am the Cancer" Smeared
Sleater-Kinney "Off With Your Head" Future Soundtrack for America
Sleater-Kinney/Pearl Jam "Keep On Rocking In the Free World" download here

set 3 (10:07-10:32)

Tub Ring "Kool Thing" Confuse Your Idols: A Tribute to Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth "Catholic Block" Sister
Black Cabbage "The Vice-President Is a Robot" live at Cassettefest Fest
They Might Be Giants "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" Future Soundtrack for America
They Might Be Giants "Experimental Film" The Spine
Harry and the Potters "The Human Hosepipe" Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!
Colin Clary and the Magogs "I Only Give Bad Advice Because I Love You" Her Life of Crime
Snoozer "One Day It Will Stop" Songs
Snoozer "You're Standing On My Neck (Theme from Daria)" download from

set 4 (10:39-11:00)

Nedelle and Thom "Care For Me" Summerland
63 Crayons "The Mold" Good People
Hot Pursuit "Why Married?" The Thrill Department
Sekiden "S-T-A-Y" Junior Fiction (download for free from
Sleater-Kinney/Pearl Jam "Fortunate Son" download here
Harvey + Felix "Roger" Farm Aid
Metropolitan "I'm Too Sexy" How Bizarre: A Tribute to the '90s


Friday, August 06, 2004

playlist for cool chick #59 8/6/04

set 1 (6:50-7:31) (sorry for the late start!)

Slowblow "very slow bossanova" slowblow
For Stars "It Doesn't Really Matter" falls apart
Kings of Convenience "Know-How" Riot On an Empty Street
Nedelle and Thom "You Know" Summerland
Belle and Sebastian "Cover (Version)" Books EP
Camera Obscura "San Francisco Song" Old Enough to Know Better: 15 Years of Merge Records
Jens Lekman "I Saw Her at the Anti-War Demonstration" You Are the Light EP
The Sunshine Fix "What Do You Know" Green Imagination
The Sprites "Following Her Around" Starling, Spiders, Tiger and Sprites
Kissing Book "melbourne, au" lines & color
Low-Beam "Airstream" Every Other Moment

set 2 (7:38-7:58)

The Frenchmen "Chemistry Lessons" Sorry We Ruined Your Party
Churchbuilder "Castle of Blood" Patty Darling
Mirah "this dance" you think it's like this but really it's like this
Sebadoh "Careful" Bakesale
Tilly and the Wall "Bessa" Wild Like Children
Sekiden "All Ordinaries" Junior Fiction
Chester Copperpot "Whine, Women, and Song" The Kings of Kirby
The Parcels "Jessica Pancakes" Have a Go With the Parcels

set 3 (8:06-8:29)

Magnetic Fields "If I Were a Rich Man" Knitting on the Roof
The Twilight "Something For Your Heart" live on Elixir Is Zog
The Twilight "I've Got Something to Say" live on Elixir Is Zog
Jeremy From Boise "Jeremy" (that's the Pearl Jam song) How Bizarre: A Tribute to the '90s
Oval-Teen "Flying Rocket Ships" A Million Shades of Oval-Teen
Yo La Tengo "Hey Ya" 2004 WFMU All-Request Marathon

set 4 (8:35-9:00)

Kanda "Feel Like Making Love" Boyracer/Kanda split CD
The Capricorns "Sunset Over Malibu" Go the Distance!
Tullycraft "The Lives of Cleopatra" City of Subarus
Stephen Malkmus "Jo Jo's Jacket" Stephen Malkmus
The Minders "Jealous Baby" Ghetto Kitty Island 7"
Mirah "sweepstakes prize" you think it's like this but really it's like this


Thursday, August 05, 2004

cool chick #59 + the smittens

I'm going to be filling in for Cool Chick #59 this Friday morning from 6 to 9. I'm not sure what I'll do yet. Any requests?

Elizabeth often plays a full album between 6 and 7. I don't know what full album I might want to play.

The Smittens and Harvey and Felix ruled!

Harvey and Felix played first, and they covered the Smittens' song, "I Hate Vermont". Rather than being annoyed, the Smittens were very flattered.

They also played "Frobee" (the Mr. Big cover), and of course they played the patriotic hit of the year, "America Will Punch You".

The Smittens played all their hits, plus new songs and a couple of covers. The covers were "My Boyfriend's Back" (that classic girl group song) and "Cast a Shadow" (by Beat Happening). I told them afterwards that it was cliche to cover "Cast a Shadow" because Cub already did it. Yo La Tengo did it, too, actually. Actually, it was really cool when they played "Cast a Shadow". Did you see that new indie movie, Napoleon Dynamite? They did hand motions to the lyrics, which was reminiscent of the "Happy Hands Club" in that movie. It was cute. And "My Boyfriend's Back" just kicked ass.

They did a Hanukkah song, too. And this really good anti-war song that I would love to have a recording of.

I don't think I have anything else to say right now. Just listen on Friday from 6 to 9 a.m.

Monday, August 02, 2004

playlist for august 2, 2004

9:00 hour

Harry and the Potters "Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock" Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!
Cocker Spaniels "the only black guy at the indie show" withstand the whatnot
Hott Beat "Mall Song" A Hott Mess
The Capricorns "You'll Never Be Mine" Go the Distance
Kiddo "This Could Take Forever" (basement recording)
Sloan "Gimme That" Action Pact
The Wiggins "Rapture Dance" (unreleased?)
Rapider Than Horsepower "Little Trouble Girl" Confuse Yr Idols: A Tribute to Sonic Youth
The Smittens "Gentlefication Now! (the La La La Song)" Gentlefication Now!
The Smittens "My Girl" Gentlefication Now!
Radiohead "You and Whose Army?" Amnesiac
Slowblow "i know you can smile" Slowblow
New Grenada "Eric's Trip" Confuse Yr Idols
Sonic Youth "Stalker" Dirty (reissue)

10:00 hour

Sonic Youth "Shoot" Dirty
Jens Lekman "You Are the Light" You Are the Light EP
They Might Be Giants "Museum of Idiots" The Spine
Nedelle and Thom "It's Up to You" Summerland
The Frenchmen "Crimes of Fashion" Sorry We Ruined Your Party
The Frenchmen "Flake For You" Sorry We Ruined Your Party
63 Crayons "Sam's Pancake Breakfast/Song for My Sister" Good People
Colin Clary and the Magogs "The Shape of This Town" Her Life of Crime
The Smittens "I Hate Vermont" Gentlefication Now!
Harvey and Felix "Crosswalk" Farm Aid (is it just me, or is this a Dave Matthews parody? i hope it is!)
Harvey and Felix "America Will Punch You" Farm Aid
Harry and the Potters "Keeping Secrets From Me" Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!
Harry and the Potters "Cornelius Fudge Is an Ass" Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!
Harry and the Potters "SPEW" Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!
Tub Ring "Kool Thing" Confuse Yr Idols


Now, go see the Smittens and Harvey and Felix tonight!

Sunday, August 01, 2004

there's something moving over there on the right, like nothing i've ever seen...

Okay, the first thing I should tell you is that the new equipment is all set up in the main air studio, but the changeover from the production studio to the main air studio isn't going to happen until monday afternoon. So, there will be just one more show without the live playlist updates.

This next show will be really good, though. I have LOTS of new stuff to play. Like New Grenada's cover of "Eric's Trip". And the new Harry and the Potters CD. I got that package with the Sonic Youth Dirty 2-CD reissue and the latest Capricorns CD that we got with Cassettefest Fest money. And we just got the full version of the new TMBG CD (we only had a 3-song sampler before). But maybe the TMBG CD isn't that big of a deal because they were at the peak of their power when it was just the two Johns and they didn't record with a full band.

By the way, Harry and the Potters ruled! It's too bad you didn't go to see them. Quite a few people did go. People of all ages, including some teenagers/young adults who knew the lyrics to the songs. I wonder if anyone went as a result of hearing about them on my show.

Anyway, they did a great set, playing at least 75% of their recorded material, spanning all five books. They played all the hit songs from both CDs, and then some. Someone requested the Internet-only single, "The Wrath of Hermione", so they played that, too.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the show, and most of the people in the audience stayed afterwards to get their pictures taken with the two Harrys and have them autograph their CDs. One adult couple even brought an infant to the show, and they said something about it being their baby's "first indie show". Very cute. I didn't get a picture, but I did have them autograph my copy of the new CD.

Then I saw New Grenada and the Twilight last night. New Grenada just rocked out hard, and destroyed a perfectly good bass. They said it was actually old and junky, but it was producing sound, and if it's producing sound, someone could use it.

Really, though, it was great. I wonder if anyone caught the part where they did their cover of "Eric's Trip". Or rather, I wonder if anyone didn't catch it.

I couldn't see all of the Twilight's set. They started late, and I actually had to be at work at midnight. But what I did get to see was good.

Harvey and Felix were there. They told me about what they're going to do at the show on Monday night. I don't think I can tell you what exactly they'll do, but just believe me when I say that it's going to be fucking amazing. I can't wait for it!

So, go see them with the Smittens on Monday night at Pat's in the Flats. I don't know if the Smittens will ever get another chance to come to Cleveland, so you really should go and see them. Just $5. Expecting Rain will be opening.

Hm... Want something good to download. There's this band called the Frenchmen. We just got their CD at the station. They began as a Talulah Gosh cover band, but now they do original songs with that same sort of British indie pop vibe. They have mp3s on their site. Go and download them. One of them is actually a Talulah Gosh cover, too.

Did you see Pitchfork's review of Of Montreal's "Know Your Onion" cover? I feel like breaking my copy of the bonus CD in half and never listening to the songs on it again just because Pitchfork discovered those fucking MP3s on the Of Montreal website. For some reason that makes me feel impure. Hm...

I haven't written any reviews for Mundane Sounds in a while. I'm still with them, but I just haven't had anything I've felt compelled to review. That situation has changed in the last week, so you'll see some more soon.

I don't know if I'll do another post before this coming episode of Boogiepop Does Not Smile, so just click the comments link under this post if you want to leave any comments during the show.

Oh, and I'll be giving away tickets to the Sonic Youth show on the 9th. I'll be doing that at the top of the 10:00 hour.

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