Saturday, July 29, 2006

Your Cover's Blown

Thanks to Walt and Perry, who covered my show with covers last Thursday while I was out of town. Apparently the entire show featured cover versions of all your favorite tunes, with a lovely Beatles set in the second hour. Check out the playlist or, until the next show anyway (Aug. 3), listen to the archive.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Show info for Thursday, July 20

Here’s today’s playlist.

I got 5,000,000,000,000 calls today. It was fantastic. Except for when I couldn’t simultaneously talk on the phone and work the equipment.

Today’s Seven O’Clock Special was a father and son set featuring Jim Croce and A.J. Croce. We heard “Roller Derby Queen” by Jim, “One and Only” by A.J., and a live version of “Lover’s Cross” by Jim. A listener called in and said he was with Jim Croce in a Philadelphia bar when the local roller derby team walked in, inspiring Jim to scratch down “Roller Derby Queen” on a napkin and subsequently write the song. That’s incredible!!

The New York Dolls have a new album out. I programmed it for the station but it didn’t make primary rotation. Here’s my little mini-review:

New York Dolls
One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This
Roadrunner Records

Yes, it’s THOSE New York Dolls (early ‘70s glam punk prototypes, a junkie “mascara massacre”), only older, cleaner, and less dress wearing. Like any aging hipsters, the music’s not the same, but there’s some interesting stuff here. Lyrics reflect the wisdom we all hope comes with age—either that or David Johansen has a really good therapist. (Instead of wearing a dress, he’s addressing his issues! Hahahahaaaa! Ahem. Okay.) Rockin’ K12 with guest Iggy Pop is my top pick. K9 features Michael Stipe but is pretty lame. K4 is a vocabulary-rich commentary on intelligent design. K7 is full of that sensitive reflection I mentioned. K1 might be the best musically speaking, but it has the F word in it. I want to spit on that F word, fall off stage, get back up, and then stomp on it with my high heels until it’s radio playable.

1. We're All in Love
2. Runnin’ Around
3. Plenty of Music
4. Dance Like a Monkey
5. Punishing World
6. Maimed Happiness
7. Fishnets & Cigarettes
8. Gotta Get Away from Tommy
9. Dancing on the Lip of a Volcano
10. I Ain’t Got Nothin’
11. Rainbow Store
12. Gimme Luv & Turn on the Light
13. Take a Good Look at My Good Looks

I'll be out of town next week, back for the Aug. 3 show.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

come on you miner for truth and delusion

Here's today's playlist.

Our Seven O'Clock Special was a tribute to Syd Barrett, who died last week. We heard "Arnold Layne," "Matilda Mother," "Bob Dylan Blues," "Shine on You Crazy Diamond," "Bike," and, by request, "Lanky (Part 1)."

Sunday, July 09, 2006


The way I understand it, Danielson (aka The Danielson Famile) are playing Wednesday night (July 12) at The End. I don't know what time or how much it will cost. Probably 9 p.m. and $5. I'm going to try to make the show, but who among us can predict the future, I mean, it's a whole three days away.

I really like them. They have a crazy sound and are charmingly Christian. I hope they wear matching doctor and nurse outfits like I saw online. But there's the possibility that it's just the one main guy and there will be no uniforms.

They/he are/is also doing a free in-store performance at Grimey's 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Episode Where Ashley's Sister Visits

Here’s today’s playlist.

We had two special guests this morning: my sister Joy and her friend Paul Cassella, lead singer for local band The 8th Grade. We heard a few songs from the CD The 8th Grade, dished a little, and plugged tomorrow night’s show at 12th and Porter. It’s at 8 p.m.—be there!

Today’s Seven O’Clock Special was an ’80s dance party featuring Bronski Beat’s “I Feel Love,” New Order’s “Blue Monday,” and Goldfrapp’s “Ooh La La.” The latter is from the 2006 album Supernature, but I think it fits right in.

Monday, July 03, 2006

I Protest

Tonight I visited Walt's show, College Music 101: Now and Then, to play some protest music. Walt takes these themes very seriously. I may have interfered slightly with my desire to chatter rather than play music. But play music we did. My "protest" songs were more like hippie love anthems, but hey, I protest nonhippie hate nonanthems. You can check out the archive and the playlist at

See you Thursday morning!