show 139 – Jordan Tyler

Jordan Tyler was my guest tonight. He’s written alot of new songs, and brought a handful in tonight — some on cd, some to play live. An added bonus was Jordan’s rendition of John Vecchiarelli’s “My Own Design”, a favorite song of mine.

Dan Bern – President – My Country II EP (Messenger)
Jordan Tyler – Undone – 3 song radio promo (self)

Jordan live:
         My Own Design (John Vecchiarelli cover)

Jordan Tyler – Inside Out – 3 song radio promo (self)

Jordan live:
         Everything’s Okay

Ani DiFranco – Buildings And Bridges – Out Of Range (Righteous Babe)
Xavier Rudd – Conceal Me – To Let (Salt X)
Blind Willie Johnson – Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed – Dark Was The Night (Columbia/Legacy)

Sarah Harmer – New Enemy – All Of Our Names (Rounder)

mp3 blog

If you go to the Wayback Machine — specifically here — around the years of 2000 – 2001, you’ll see that my pal and I hosted what would now be known as an mp3 blog. Yeah, we coded it all by hand almost every week, so it wasn’t a real blog, but the idea was the same.

I love mp3s, and love discovering new songs through blogs. Starting today I will be including mp3 content here fairly regularly. The usual disclaimers apply: i.e., music piracy for world domination or financial success is bad, turning people on to new music is good, screw the majors, mp3s posted here will not last forever, etc. etc.

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Dan Bern did a month-long residency in San Francisco a month or so ago. I’m pretty sure that he wrote “Revolution Begins In The Basement” while he was there — just listen to all the SF references. And with his path crossing Chris Chandler‘s at the High Sierra Folk Festival on 4th of July weekend, it seems like a perfect vehicle for collaboration.

Dan Bern (with Chris Chandler) – “Revolution Begins In The Basement” (live)

show 138 – dj card

Loretta Lynn – High On A Mountain Top – Van Lear Rose (Interscope)
Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels On A Gravel Road – Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (Mercury)
Chuck Brodsky – Blow ‘Em Away – Radio (Red House)
Loudon Wainwright III – Revenge – Fame And Wealth (Rounder)
Erin McKeown – Fast As I Can – Distillation (Signature Sounds)

Ron Sexsmith – Not About To Lose – Retriever (Nettwerk)
Girlyman – Maori – Remember Who I Am (Clever Shark)
Jim White – Static On The Radio – Drill A Hole In That Substrate And Tell Me What You See (Luaka Bop)
Jordan Tyler – Crazy Me – So Far Away (Outsider Audio)

Mike Doughty – Move On – Future Soundtrack For America (Barsuk)
Joanna Newsom – Inflammatory Writ – The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City)
Randy Kaplan – On A Plain (Nirvana cover) – Ten American Songs (self)

My favorite DJ game is “What’s The Connection?” I loved playing along listening to station KQAK in San Francisco when I was a kid.
The idea is that there is a thread that runs through a block of 4 or 5 songs. Tonight’s first set had a bit of that game in it:

Mountaintop — is by Loretta Lynn
Car Wheels — mentions Loretta
Blow ‘Em Away — continues the car theme
Revenge — continues the going postal theme.

There you have it; radio dissected right in front of your very eyes.

show 137 – Paul Curreri and Devon Sproule

I was unprepared for how much I would enjoy tonight’s session. Paul and Devon‘s latest cd’s are both great, but if you don’t catch them live you are missing a whole ‘nother dimension entirely.

Devon Sproule – Plea For A Good Night’s Rest – Upstate Songs (City Salvage)

        Paul – Letting Us Be
        Devon – 1340 Chesapeake
        Paul – Something Comes
        Devon – Old Virginia Block
        Paul & Devon – Tomorrow Night
        Devon & Paul – Weeping Willow
        Paul & Devon – Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me

Paul Curreri – Fishbowl – Songs For Devon Sproule (City Salvage)

Edie Brickell – Rush Around – Volcano (Cherry/Universal)
Joanna Newsom – The Book Of Right On – The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City)
Syd Barrett – Wined And Dined – Barrett (Capitol)
Badly Drawn Boy – Once Around The Block – The Hour Of Bewilderbeast (XL Recordings)

Neko Case – Lady Pilot – Blacklisted (Bloodshot)

show 136 – summer singles

John Wesley Harding – Summer Single – Pett Levels: The Summer EP (Sire)
Elvis Costello – The Other Side Of Summer – Mighty Like The Rose (Rhino)
Ron Sexsmith – This Is Where I Belong – This Is Where I Belong: Songs of Ray Davies & The Kinks (Rykodisc)
Elliott Smith – Independence Day – XO (Dreamworks)
Jill Sobule – Sweet Little Summer – The Folk Years: 2002-2002 (71 Recordings)
John Doe – Forever For You – Dim Stars, Bright Sky (Artist Direct)

Loudon Wainwright III – The Swimming Song – Attempted Moustache (Columbia)
Stew – North Bronx French Marie – The Naked Dutch Painter (Smile)
Robyn Hitchcock – Keep Finding Me – Luxor (Editions PAF!)
Thea Gilmore – St. Luke’s Summer – Rules For Jokers (Compass)
Cat Power – Free – You Are Free (Matador)

Pamela Means – Two Halves – Single Bullet Theory (Wirl)
Dar Williams – The End Of The Summer – The End Of The Summer (Razor & Tie)

show 135 – Erika Simonian

Chris Moore – Volunteer – Figurines (Waterbug)
Erika Simonian – Gold Dress – 29 1/2 (Puddyhead)

Erika Simonian live:
        Pretty Good Wife
        Self-Made Drama Machine
        Dancing In The Dark (Springsteen)
        New York City

Erika Simonian – Bitter And Brittle – All The Plastic Animals (Puddyhead)
Bruce Springsteen – Thunder Road – Greatest Hits (Columbia)
Patrick Brickel – Brooklyn – Songs From The Pink Sofa (Trailer)
Sinead O’Connor – Annachie Gordon – can’t find info on this; let me know if you know