Monday, March 27, 2006

Ode to a Talking Flute

Here’s this week’s playlist. I absentmindedly keyed the last song in incorrectly. It was the Jeff Lewis Band doing a cover of Schwervon’s “Swamp Thing.” The song before that was Schwervon doing a cover of the Jeff Lewis Band’s “Heavy Heart.” Both appear on the Gas Money Tour EP (2005).

Our Six O’Clock Special was a three-song set from the soundtrack to that classic 1970s drama, Pufnstuf. I used to watch HRPufnstuf on Saturday mornings, along with the Bay City Rollers, who would perform songs and painful seconds of scripted comedic seque to introduce the adventures of Freddie and his talking flute. Ah, memories...Thanks to Perry for that unexpected gift. I presume it was a thank-you for my continuing to let him in every Monday morning. Just think, some day you will have your very own keycard!

When I came in this morning at 5 a.m., I discovered Roshay, WRVU’s PSA and underwriting director, studying in the listening room. Then he had to go because the Vanderbilt police showed up wanting him to move his car.

Perry’s friend Peter visited this morning as well.

I am still pondering my crazy "Belle and Sebastian at the Hollywood Bowl" scheme. It’s really a matter of funding. Right now my strategy is to play the lottery. I hope I win before all the good seats are sold. Alternatively, I could always ask Belle and Sebastian for the money. They seem nice; I bet they’d spot me.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Tweet tweet!

Here’s today’s playlist. I really enjoyed doing the show today. I played obscure Pink Floyd (with bird songs to mark the first day of spring, as Perry noted), toothachingly sweet Partridge Family, and a song about the Parthenon (the NASHVILLE Parthenon). What more could a girl ask for in a show...

I have hatched an evil scheme to go see Belle and Sebastian at the Hollywood Bowl on July 6. The price is astronomical and crazy. I am working on a suitable escort consisting of either my husband or my friend Brenna. Are either of them crazy enough to dive with me into this swirly idol-worshipping madness? We shall see...

Today’s Six O’Clock Special was “Hank and Scots,” my tribute to the heretofore underestimated connection between Hank Williams and Scottish music makers. When Belle and Sebastian played at the Ryman (have I told you about that?), they performed “Lost Highway” and seemed to appreciate the magical, musical heritage that is the Ryman. My friend Alan (who is Scottish) had previously sent me his song, “Mount Olive,” which is about Hank Williams. The two events converged in my fevered brain and Voila! a radio show segment was born. Here’s what we heard:

  • Belle and Sebastian, “Billie Jean” (live cover of the Michael Jackson song)
  • Alan Edwards, “Mount Olive”
  • Incredible String Band, “This Moment”
  • Hank Williams, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Die”
  • Donovan, “Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do”
  • Monday, March 13, 2006

    I Woke Up in Love This Morning

    Here's today's playlist.

    I put Perry to work today with the various random administrative stuff a DJ has to do. It's not all glamorous rock 'n' roll and maracas...or is that mascara...anyway, there's actually a good deal of menial labor involved. But it's worth it. Hey, if you wish you had a radio show, go to and contact the training director. Or email me at the address to the bottom right of this page and I'll tell you all about it. Power to the people, I always say.

    You might think I'm kidding about Belle and Sebastian, but I mean it. I've had a spiritual awakening, a religious conversion! It's very exciting. The guiding thought is, there's a lot to love in this world, so it's important that we get right to it.

    Thursday, March 09, 2006

    Sunshine, We All See the Same Sky

    If worshipping Belle and Sebastian were a religion, my acolyte devotion would know no bounds. That's how good the show was last night.


    Tuesday, March 07, 2006

    partial woe is me

    I saw the Silver Jews for about 3 minutes last night...I had a meeting I couldn't get out of, and when I finally arrived at The End, they were in the middle of their last song. I had put makeup and jewelry on, for goodness' sake! The people at my meeting were probably wondering why I looked so good...I'm resolved to eliminate meetings from my life. They are keeping me from getting at the marrow of life, i.e., rock 'n' roll...

    Anyhoo, the few minutes I experienced were excellent. And I was happy to see that the place was packed full of my anonymous SJ comrades. I spent no more than 10 minutes inside and came out smelling like I'd just smoked 100 cigarettes. A nice olfactory souvenir.

    Just read a good Pitchfork interview with David Berman from a few months ago:

    The thing about artists is, when they are great, they make YOU want to create. It's contagious, if we let it be.

    Monday, March 06, 2006


    I found out yesterday that the Silver Jews will have an open rehearsal tonight at 8 p.m. at The End. They are preparing for their upcoming tour, which doesn’t include a Nashville date, so this is it, Silver Jews fans!

    Here’s today’s playlist.

    For the Six O’Clock Special this morning, we had a musical review of my week last week. I was ill, then I got better, then I really liked this one song, then Jimmy from H R Puf N Stuff died, then I rented “Rent.” We heard

  • Nikolai Dunger, “My Time Is Now” (I’m obsessed with it)
  • Bob Dylan, “Just Like a Woman” (When I was sick, I broke just like a little girl)
  • Bay City Rollers, “Saturday Night” (From the Saturday morning TV show)
  • Broadway Cast of Rent, “Finale B” (No day but today)

  • I’m going to see Belle & Sebastian Wednesday night with my friend Brenna. I’m really excited, because I rarely go to shows. Usually it’s because I have to love someone to spend more than $5 (not much of my income is disposable), and also because so many venues stink. But the Ryman is awesome, and so is the new Belle & Sebastian album.

    We're gonna be in the balcony.