# 0090 – Recast

[Kevin] This is a mix of covers that recasts the originals. It looks heavier than it really is.

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[Kevin] This is a cover mix that looks heavier than it really is. Essentially, it’s a rock / alternative / metal / country mix.

It started with my friend Don Heeter’s “Goofy Sh*t” play list that was basically a list of covers he liked where the original had been redefined by the cover band putting their own spin on the song. The list started with Crowbar’s recasting of Gary Wright’s 1976 radio classic “Dreamweaver” as a cauldron of churning sludge that still sounds pleasing to the ears. If you listen to nothing else on this mix, check out Dreamweaver.

Heeter’s list also had “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” “Orion” (which is a great acoustic version of the Metallica original), “Simple Man,” “Buick McKaine,” and “I Never Dreamed.” One night while drinking we added “I’ve Got the Fire,” “Imagine,” and “Run Like Hell.” Then to round it out I added the rest. Hope you enjoy it.

As always, if you like a song or a band, please support them by purchasing their CDs, LPs, mp3s, or DVDs, and by going to see them when they tour…

  1. DreamweaverCrowbar, original by Gary Wright
  2. Sounds of Silence Ascension of the Watchers, original by Simon and Garfunkel
  3. *Ghost of Tom JoadRage Against the Machine, original by Bruce Springsteen
  4. ImagineA Perfect Circle, original by John Lennon
  5. I’ve Got the FireIron Maiden, original by Montrose
  6. OrionRodrigo Y Gabriela, original by Metallica
  7. Simple Man Deftones, original by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  8. Three DaysL7, original by Willie Nelson
  9. CrossroadsRush, original by Robert Johnson
  10. Buick McKaineGuns’n’Roses, original by T. Rex
  11. Get a Grip (on Yourself)Prong, original by The Stranglers
  12. Run Like HellKitty, original by Pink Floyd
  13. Slip KidAnvil & Franky Perez, original by The Who
  14. Evil Hearted YouThe Pixies, original by The Yardbirds
  15. Rated XNeko Case, original by Loretta Lynn
  16. I Never DreamedBlack Label Society, original by Lynyrd Skynyrd

*Grapes of Wrath (1940)

#0089 – Beat This

So goes a nonstop mix that will goes out to all you head nodders. Don’t dare turn this mix down — keep it turned up.

One of the best things about the friends I’ve made online in the last couple of years has definitely been the music I’ve been exposed to.  Just the mere mention of any genre, like this mix and Hip Hop, and everyone comes out of the woodwork with their favorites.  Once in a while, you end up in a bar with some of your online friends, and you crack out your Shazam application, and you capture some long lost beat that you never knew existed but now can’t escape your brain.  So goes a nonstop mix that will goes out to all you head nodders.  Don’t dare turn this mix down — keep it turned up.

With much respect:

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#0088 – All Over the Place

My mix, based on what iTunes thinks I like with the random selection of Nick Lowe…

Many moons ago, Kristen (who is among my oldest friends) made the suggestion that I put my iTunes on random and just make a mix of the first load of songs that come up.  For reasons unclear (mostly laziness I suspect), I never got around to it until last week, where I specifically just threw the iPhone into a frenzy as I scrolled through my 32GB library and decided to hit shuffle, which resulted in the wonderful “Cruel to be Kind” by Nick Lowe.  I then pressed Genius to see what it’d recommend and the result was…. well, it was all over the place, but it actually sounded pretty good.  I didn’t change the order or anything.

So here you go.  My mix, based on what iTunes thinks I like with the random selection of Nick Lowe…

  • Nick Lowe – Cruel to be Kind
  • John Hiatt – Ethylene
  • William Shatner – Ideal Woman
  • Aimee Mann – Put Me On Top
  • Hall & Oates – Did It In A Minute
  • Sleep Out –  Three Towns
  • Electronic – Getting Away With It
  • The Dead Weather – Treat Me Like Your Mother
  • Mexican Institute of Sound – Sinfonía Agridulce
  • Prince – She’s Always In My Hair
  • Saul Williams – The Ritual
  • Jellyfish – The Glutton of Sympathy
  • Santigold – Say Aha
  • The Go! Team – Get It Together
  • Prodigy – Memphis Bells
  • Street Sweeper Social Club – Fight! Smash! Win!
  • The Roots – No Great Pretender
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers – It Ain’t You
  • Astrud Gilberto – Light My Fire
  • Tom Jones – Green, Green Grass of Home

Please… also let me know how my voice sounds.  I was so pissed off with my last show that I plunked down for a Blue Snowball and I think it’s a marked improvement.  You tell me…

#0087 – Lollapalooza 2009

Music culling my favorite performances from Lollapalooza 2009!

So many pleasant and welcome surprises this year.  Acts I thought might just be “okay” were insanely, life-changing phenomenal.  Acts I had high hopes for — some delivered better than my high expectations; others faltered.  At the end of the three days, I surmized a few things: I’m getting too old for this sh*t; new music is totally awesome and no matter how mild the summer is, Lollapalooza will always land on the hottest weekend of the summer.

Lollapalooza 2009

I had the BEST time hanging out with my buddy Michael (@romacafe) the entire weekend.  I was so happy to hang out as much as we could with my old pal Dennis and even with twitter friend (and major huge Tool fan) Lisa (@kavka).  Everyday we seemed to make friends around us, despite inclement weather.

I hope you like this mix.  Santigold brought something more than an A-game with her this year.

  • Depeche Mode – A Question of Time
  • Souja Boy Tell ‘Em – Turn My Swag On
  • Hold the Line – Major Lazer
  • Brooklyn Go Hard – Jay Z
  • Shove It – Santigold
  • The ’59 Sound – The Gaslight Anthem
  • Fitz and the Dizzyspells – Andrew Bird
  • Wolf Like Me – TV On the Radio
  • Everyday I Love You Less and Less – Kaiser Chiefs
  • We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed – Los Campesinos!
  • Little Secrets – Passion Pit
  • This Tornado Loves You – Neko Case
  • Jambi – Tool
  • The General Specific – Band of Horses
  • Creator – Santigold
  • Unstoppable – Santigold
  • Red F – Dan Deacon
  • Vampires – Thievery Corporation

#0086 – Music for Melancholy

Melancholy is this show’s theme. More precisely, how music moves me from feeling melancholy to feeling more upbeat. We all feel melancholy from time to time, for many different reasons. Lost or unrequited love, loss of a dream, even a rainy day. whatever the reason we have all been there.

When I feel melancholy I like to first live with it for a while, then listen to songs that sweep the melancholy away.

Rock Island, WI at sunset

Move from feeling melancholy to . . .well. . . better

1. The Who – Melancholia
2. Neil Young – Birds
3. Patty Loveless – Sorrowful Angels
4. Bob Dylan – Simple Twist of Fate
5. Ray Charles – A Fool for you
6. The Doors – The Changeling
7. Rolling Stones – Rocks Off
8. Steve Earl – Galway Girl
9. The Grateful Dead – Scarlet Begonias
10. The Allman Brothers – Blue Sky
11. The Ramones – California Sun

#0085 – Summer!!!!!!

It’s summertime. At least it should be. Here’s a simple mix of stuff I’m listening to that puts me in a summer mood for drives, barbecuing, hanging out…

My daughter rocks out to Whitesnake, more than she should..
My daughter rocks out to Whitesnake, more than she should..

It’s summertime.  At least it should be.  Here’s a simple mix of stuff I’m listening to that puts me in a summer mood for drives, barbecuing, hanging out…

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  1. Metric – Help I’m Alive
  2. The Killers – Spaceman
  3. N.A.S.A – Money (with David Bryne and Chuck D.)
  4. Young MC – Got More Rhymes
  5. De La Soul – A Roller Skating Jam Named ‘Saturdays’
  6. Mos Def – Casa Bey
  7. Choir of  Young Believers – Action/Reaction
  8. Hunters & Collectors – When the River Runs Dry
  9. Wilco – You Never Know
  10. Friend – Doki
  11. Chickenfoot – Oh Yeah
  12. Bible of the Devil – Ol’ Girl
  13. Hell City Glamours – Ready to Fall
  14. Brian Wilson – Love and Mercy
  15. Phoenix – Lisztomania
  16. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
  17. Passion Pit – Little Secrets

#0084 The Anthropological Series, 1978-1984: The Legend of Gray Ghost

[Kevin] The idea behind the Anthropological Series is to capture what the DJ and those around her/him were listening to at the time, perhaps in a particular location or phase in life. The focus is early 80s metal and hard rock.

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[Kevin] The idea behind the Anthropological Series is to capture what the DJ and those around her/him were listening to at the time, perhaps in a particular location or phase in life. I made a play list like this last year but lost it in a drive crash, so then when I saw by accident that Anvil had a movie coming out, I threw the mix back together, and here it is. The focus is early 80s metal and hard rock.

The Gray Ghost was the over-dramatic name given to my family’s 1978 Chevy Impala, a V8, flat-gray rocket with bench seats that my dad purchased after its life as a sales company car for Continental Can Company. This photo of it is from my high school photography class. The car’s standard FM/AM radio was limiting to my musical tastes so I would seat-belt my boom box in the back seat and blast mix tapes that I made at my buddy Todd’s house, because he had a nice stereo and I didn’t. These were songs I heard in my car and at high school parties, or that I would drum to in my basement or band.

Metal and hard rock “back then” were really limited to a few good bands, nothing like the huge spectrum of today. Most of these bands I listened to extensively and nearly exclusively. One of them was Anvil, a band that was good in the early 80s but never made it. Robb Reiner’s drumming was inconceivable to me and ahead of his time, and as a teenage drummer it blew me away. I’ve included two Anvil songs in this mix, because yesterday they released a movie about Anvil, the story of why they never made it big. You’d think with sex-obsessed lyrics and songs like “Motormount,” “Heatsink,” “Backwaxed,” and “Bushpig,” they would have shot threw the charts, but not so! I stopped listening to new releases from Anvil after 1984, so I have no idea what their later stuff is like.

So, if you like this kind of music, enjoy this ode to a 15-year old’s daily life metal soundtrack, back in nineteen hundred and eighty-ish. As Twisted Sister used to print on their releases…”PLAY IT LOUD MUTHA!”

  1. Saxon – Princess of the Night
  2. Rose Tattoo – Scarred for Life
  3. Accept – Fight it Back
  4. Anvil – Mothra
  5. Black Sabbath – Children of the Sea
  6. Scorpions – Another Piece of Meat
  7. Motorhead – (We Are) The Road Crew (Live)
  8. Judas Priest – Rock Forever
  9. Ozzy Osbourne – S.A.T.O
  10. Twisted Sister – The Kids are Back/Like a Knife in the Back
  11. AC/DC – Bad Boy Boogie
  12. Riot – Swords and Tequila
  13. Iron Maiden – The Prisoner
  14. Anvil – Motormount

No samples or audio. And I pomise to take a Motorhead break for a while.

#0083 Sooth-ed Commuter

[Kevin] The “Sooth-ed” Commuter is a varied, relatively light play list that might be perfect for a morning commute when you’re not really in the mood to go to work.

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[Kevin]  The “Sooth-ed” Commuter is a varied, relatively light play list that might be perfect for a morning commute when you’re not really in the mood to go to work. Some days the news is just too much or too stagnated to listen to, the job a ripping pain in your head that you wish you could avoid, and on those days, this mix may help make your morning commute a bit more enjoyable.  Or maybe not. Hell, who can tell these things? Not me. But, it’s sure helped me over the last few weeks. Hope it does the same for you.

  1. Gretli & Heidi – Hinterhalten
  2. Romance – Face on the Sun
  3. Film School – Go Down Together
  4. Deer Tick – These Old Shoes
  5. The Herbaliser – On Your Knees
  6. Wax Tailor – The Tune
  7. Anoushka Shankar – Red Sun
  8. Marianne Dissard – Le Lendermain
  9. The Walkmen – Donde Esta la Playa
  10. *Imani Uzuri – Sun Moon Child
  11. Haale – Middle of Fire
  12. Autodrone – Final Days
  13. The Dutchess and the Duke – Reservoir Park
  14. Iron & Wine – Evening on the Ground (Lilith’s Song)
  15. Dr. Dog – The Old Days
  16. Lowlife – Wild Swan
  17. Snowden – Black Eyes
  18. La Cherga – Ciganka
  19. The High Decibels – Prophesy
  20. **Late of the Pier – Space and The Woods
  21. Loney Dear – Airport Surroundings
  22. Sleepy Eyes of Death – Final Heart Beats Black

*Ghost dog
**The Producers

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Photo credit: Patrick Gormley

#0082 – Spring Broke

I know it’s about time for Spring Break, and we’re all pretty strapped for the cash. Even with that situation, I’m all good. I hope you are, too!

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There’s no voiceover on this mix.  In fact, I really didn’t have a theme for this mix until it came to me.  These are just some tunes I’ve been rolling with for the past couple of weeks.  Then last night and again this morning, it became clear.  These songs are all about some state of dysfunction.  Broken people, broken promises, broken thoughts, broken dreams… pretty much everything but the last song which is so sweet but so earnest that it almost balances out the hour-plus of dystopian irony that precedes it.

Even the theme is kinda stretching it with the awesome power of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” which would be a great anthem to start pretty much any lovely day in Spring.  Closing it out with Fleet Foxes, you’d almost never guess the theme except for the dark but catchy tunes that lay betwixt them (yes, I used “betwixt”).

Steady yourself from being hamstrung by the theme of the mix.  It’s frankly just a good mix of tunes and interesting side note: I had this mix brewing for the last month or so, but as it turns out, many of these artists are rumored to be taking the stage at Lollapalooza this year (Tool, Depeche Mode, Beastie Boys, Jane’s Addiction).  That’d be pretty sweet if I called it in this mix.  Guess we’ll find out in a few months — it would be incredibly sweet to see Arcade Fire and Morrissey, but I’ve heard no rumors about either.  Still, one hopes.

I know it’s about time for Spring Break, and we’re all pretty strapped for the cash.  Even with that situation, I’m all good.  I hope you are, too!

  1. The Arcade Fire – Wake Up
  2. Morrissey – Something is Squeezing My Skull
  3. Depeche Mode – World In My Eyes
  4. Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes
  5. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – We Call Upon the Author
  6. Jane’s Addiction – Standing in the Shower
  7. Pearl Jam – Glorified G
  8. Ra Ra Riot – Dying is Fine
  9. David Bowie – Queen Bitch
  10. Book of Love – I Touch Roses
  11. Franz Ferdinand – Lucid Dreams
  12. Spacious Thoughts – N.A.S.A. (featuring Tom Waits and Kool Keith)
  13. Beastie Boys – Root Down
  14. Tool – Vicarious
  15. The Cramps – Garbageman
  16. I’ll Take Care of It – Sleep Out
  17. Sleep When I’m Dead – The Cure
  18. Fleet Foxes – Ragged Wood

#0081 – May the road rise to meet you


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Well it isn’t St. Patrick’s Day yet of course, but it’s coming up, today is the Saturday before, and I’ll wager many of you are already enjoying the holiday cheer.

I’m more ignorant of my Irish heritage than I’d wish to be, but there isn’t anybody left to teach it to me at this point, so I have to content myself with the Americanized version.  And I like it well enough; I’ve seen Darby O’Gill and the Little People more times than I’d care to admit, I love a good dark ale, I vote early and often and I have a ton of kids.

But one part of that heritage I’d love to explore is the music.  I love the idea of the traditional music session, where talented local musicians gather around their favorite table in the local pub and play sets of traditional reels and jigs.  I also love the modern take on Irish folk music from bands like the Pogues, and even the Irish-influenced punk and metal bands out there.  And yes I probably do like the Pogues too much, what’s it to you?  So anyway, I’ve put together a little mix for all of you, and I hope you’ll give it a listen during your St. Patrick’s Day festivities and that it’ll help you get into the spirit that much more.

Sláinte!

  1. The Pogues – Mountain Dew
  2. The Fenians – Come Out Ye Black & Tans
  3. David Kincaid – Kelly’s Irish Brigade
  4. Dropkick Murphys – Worker’s Song
  5. Stiff Little Fingers – Tin Soldiers
  6. Flogging Molly – Factory Girls
  7. The Waterboys – And a Bang on the Ear
  8. Various (Music at Matt Molloy’s) – Cape Breton Jigs, McGurk’s
  9. Various (Music at Matt Molloy’s) – Kilkelly
  10. Waylander – Bru Na Boinne
  11. Cruachan – The Very Wild Rover
  12. The Pogues – Medley: The Recruiting Sergeant/The Rocky Road To Dublin/The Galway Races
  13. The Bothy Band – Old Hag You Have Killed Me
  14. Shane Macgowan and the Popes – More Pricks Than Kicks
  15. The Dubliners – Fields Of Athenry
  16. Lúnasa – O’Carolan’s Welcome/Rolling In The Barrel
  17. The Pogues – If I Should Fall From Grace With God
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