Thursday, August 31, 2006

Here’s today’s playlist.

The Seven O’Clock Special featured a coupla goodbye songs, since the new fall schedule is coming up and I don’t know where I will land. We heard Terry Jacks’ “Seasons in the Sun,” The New Seekers’ “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing,” and Bread’s “Everything I Own.”

The new Yo La Tengo album, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass, sounds really good.

I like the shakeup of a new schedule every semester, because it makes the show feel fresh and knocks me out of my rut. I’d like to explore more late ’60s alternative rock next semester. My show remains a general (vs. specialty) one, which means I have to play 12 songs from the WRVU rotation in my two hours. It helps keep me current.

Friday, August 25, 2006

publicity hound

There's an extremely unflattering photo of yours truly with Brian from Commodity Fetishists Exquisite Corps on the Lambchop site, in the brunch slide show.

I'm torn about this because 1) it's an extremely unflattering photo, but 2) I'm on the Lambchop website, dude, it's like I'm famous!!!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

You have you to complete and there is no deal

Here’s today’s playlist.

The Seven O’Clock Special was “Jiggy Sawdust/Gumshoe” by The Catheads. It’s the album I was fanning myself with during the Lambchop brunch at Grimey’s on Sunday. It was 99 cents plus tax. Thanks to Walt for pointing out that I should play it on my show. Then we heard “Paperback Bible,” the first track from the brand-new Lambchop album, Damaged.

In the end you'll still be you
One that's done all the things you set out to do

There's a cross for you to bear
Things to go through if you're going anywhere

For the things you know are right
It s the truth that the truth makes them so uptight

All the things you want are real
You have you to complete and there is no deal

Stand, stand, stand
Stand, stand, stand

You've been sitting much too long
There's a permanent crease in your right and wrong

There's a midget standing tall
And the giant beside him about to fall

Stand, stand, stand
Stand, stand, stand

They will try to make you crawl
And they know what you're saying makes sense and all

Don't you know that you are free
Well at least in your mind if you want to be

Stand, stand, stand

—“Stand,” Sly and the Family Stone

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Here’s today’s playlist.

I couldn’t get the laptop to play today.

I was whiny.

My kids started school this week and I am sooooooooo tired. Our Seven O’Clock Special was a Back-to-School Special featuring Weird Al Yankovic’s “Another One Rides the Bus,” “Anxiety Attack” by Jeffrey and Jack Lewis, and Led Zeppelin’s “Friends.”

Lambchop will be performing at a free brunch Sunday at Grimey’s Records. Food at 1 p.m., music at 1:30. See you there.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

the things that I must do consist of more than style

Here’s today’s playlist.

Today’s Seven O’Clock Special was a coupla songs w/birds in ’em: Pink Floyd’s “Cirrus Minor” and Minnie Riperton’s “Lovin’ You.”

Today I also did the first segment of “True Confessions,” where I confess something and play the related song. My confession today was that when I was 15, I wanted to marry Billy Idol. I used to practice writing my name, “Ashley Idol.” The fact that the “White Wedding” video features Billy with a bride onto whose hand he forces a wedding ring, drawing blood, indicates an obvious psychological problem on my part. You can send me your true confessions and related song and I'll play it on the radio. My email address is in the right column of this page.

Arthur Lee of the ’60s band Love died last week. He had a gentle soul and I am sad.

At my house I've got no shackles
You can come and look if you want to
In the halls you'll see the mantles
Where the light shines dim all around you
And the streets are paved with gold and if
Someone asks you, you can call my name

You are just a thought that someone
Somewhere somehow feels you should be here
And it's so for real to touch
To smell, to feel, to know where you are here
And the streets are paved with gold and if
Someone asks you, you can call my name
You can call my name
I hear you calling my name yeah all right now

By the time that I'm through singing
The bells from the schools of walls will be ringing
More confusions, blood transfusions
The news today will be the movies for tomorrow
And the water's turned to blood, and if
You don't think so
Go turn on your tub
And it it's mixed with mud
You'll see it turn to gray
And you can call my name
I hear you call my name

(“A House Is Not a Motel” by Arthur Lee, from the Love album Forever Changes)

The following comes from

The Rock & Roll Troubadour and More

Who is this man so filled with soul?
What are the words he sings to those who search for hope?
He is the slender man with a bulging heart.
Whose fingers enjoy a love affair with notes and measures.

His eyes have seen places that fill the mind with delight.
His lungs have tasted the air of a thousand different corners.
Watch him dance in step with the rhythms that reach the spirit.
The poetic gift that links generations and transcends class.

A voice of many styles sings to those who do not dine together.
The man whose black hat rides atop the tightly tied scarf
Knows the highs and lows that burst forth upon the living.
The craftsman who finds breath using the tools of his trade.

A man of faith who knows of powers beyond his own.
Believes in the beauty and value of love.
Never withheld a gift that was not his to imprison.
Finds life in bestowing presents made of chords and codas.

Knows the love of a woman known for three decades and more.
Trusted in the possibilities that come with each new day.
Dreams of the refrain yet written and the songs yet recorded.
Gracious host to those who live an unusual time table.

by Mike Revord, a hospital Chaplin who came to know Arthur over the last few months.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Playlist etc

Here’s today’s playlist.

Today’s Seven O’Clock Special was the somewhat newly released Editors cover of Stereolab’s classic, “French Disko.” Then, because I couldn’t get my hands (without expense) on the original, we heard another Stereolab song, “Excursions into ‘oh, a-oh,’” from the album Fab Four Suture.

There were varying opinions on our new segment, “Top 40 Dance Party,” during which I played Christina Aguilera’s newest single, “Ain’t No Other Man.” I like that song. So did some of you. Others despised it. Pretend I sang the “Diff’rent Strokes” theme here....hmmmm...I think I’ll play that next week.

My mike was fuzzy sounding today and I don’t know why.

We played Alice Cooper’s “Elected” (by request) in honor of its bein’ election day today. I also played Ella Fitzgerald’s “Vote for Mr. Rhythm,” the Smiths’ “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before,” and Jeffrey Lewis’ “Don’t Let the Record Label Take You Out to Lunch.”

I’m definitely going to Left Can Dance tomorrow night (around 10 or 10:30) at Ombi Bar (Le Peep on Elliston Place). I forgot to mention that on the air. You can learn more about the weekly alternative dance fest at

I want to start a new segment called “True Confessions” in which I confess something and then play the related song. You can participate, too, by emailing me at the link on the sidebar (down on the right) with your story and relevant song. If it’s good, I will play it.

I just realized that I forgot to put the autorotation playlist tracker on.