show 147 – Libbie Schrader

Tonight’s show was fraught with portent, involving a keyboard with no speaker in a room with only microphones.

Thankfully, Libbie brought some cables, Todd brought an amp, and the show felt like a show. Libbie was great – a true professional, and I really loved her song “War On Science”.

Here’s how the hour went down:

Kid Koala – Tricks And Treats – album unknown
Bauhaus – The Party Of The First Part – Swing The Heartache (Beggars Banquet)
Libbie Schrader – It Breaks Today – Letters To Boys (self)

Libbie’s in-studio performance:
         War On Science
         Leave Me Now
         Blood Red Moon
         Come When I Call

Myshkin – Lied – Anti-Theft Device (Waterbug)
Loudon Wainwright – President’s Day – mp3 available on Loudon’s webpage
Dan Bern – Bush Must Be Defeated – My Country II (Messenger)

Thanks to Libbie for lugging her keyboard all the way down to KPSU, and to Todd for co-hosting.

show #146 – Deborah Bartley

Tonight’s show was much fun. Deb was very engaging and played some lovely songs (and sang accompaniment parts, too). Thanks to Todd for co-hosting. The night was a great way to welcome back the show after its shaky existence.

Laura Veirs – The Cloud Room – Carbon Glacier (Nonesuch)
Lori McKenna – Pour – Bittertown (Signature Sounds)
Josh Ritter – Hotel Song – Josh Ritter (self)
Deb Bartley – High Time – Tell It To The Wheels (Wanderingeye)

Deborah Bartley live:
        Spin The Bottle
        Joe DiMaggio
        500 Years

Dan Bern – The Biggest Thing Man Has Ever Done (Guthrie) – Anthems EP (Messenger)
Beck – Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime (Korgis) – Eternal Sunshine Soundtrack

see you next Sunday- Halloween night – my guest will be Libbie Schrader!


It’s not quite a done deal, but the word around these parts is that KPSU and Portland Public Schools have come to some sort of an agreement. We will be on the air for at least the next six months.

I’m so glad. I have guests booked almost every Sunday from now until December.

This coming Sunday my guest will be Deborah Bartley.

And join me next Friday evening on KPSU as I guest host our flagship show “Live Friday”. My guest will be Dan Bern, who will be in town to play a gig at Berbati’s Pan.

mp3 blog

Here is another installment of “wannabe mp3 blog” — all of these songs have been featured at one time or another on my show. These mp3’s will stay up for a week.

Joanna Newsom – The Book Of Right On (from the album “The Milk-Eyed Mender”)

Robyn Hitchcock – Mamie Dunn/Good Times Rock N Roll (from a recent Young Fresh Fellows tribute album)

Tommy Tutone – 867-5309 / Jenny (acoustic) (found this on the internet a few years ago)

John Vecchiarelli – Addition (performed live on HCW (w/ Todd Bayles on accordion)

Myshkin – Gypsytown (solo acoustic – live on Hello Cruel World)

Sunday’s show a repeat

It causes me pain that in KPSU’s darkest (and yet most publicized) hour, I am out of town and will be unable to do my show this Sunday.

The show that will air while I’m gone is mine, and is a repeat, which is bad, but it contains some great sequences of really catchy songs — which is good. From 2nd of May of this year. (Please disregard any dates you might hear during the broadcast).

Enjoy — and hopefully KPSU will live long enough for me to do another live show. I’m crossing fingers and toes.

Email me your song requests at mail@hellocruelworldDOTorg. I would love to do a show of all requests.

a last minute reprieve from the governor

In one hour — 12 midnight — KPSU was supposed to have gone dark on the AM side.

But according to an official email from our station manager, we have been given (via verbal agreement) a one-week extension.
As of right now, KPSU will go dark on Friday, October 22 at 7pm. A high school football game will be broadcast at 7pm. Negotiations will continue next week, and the hope is that both sides can come to an agreement on terms for a new contract.

Thank you all for your continued support of KPSU. Thanks for your emails. I appreciate your kind words.

October Surprise

I haven’t received official word yet, but it looks like KPSU just got suckah-punched by Portland Public Schools. Our last AM broadcast will be Friday night, October 15th . We provide a very important service to the Portland Metro Area, and the people in power have decided that high school sporting events are more important.

More info here as I get it.

show 145 – a glass of water

Jill Sobule – Good Person Inside – Jill Sobule (Lava)
Mirah – Nobody Has To Stay – C’mon Miracle (K Records)
Devendra Banhart – There Was Sun – Rejoicing In The Hands (Young God)
Chris Moore – Constellation – Figurines (Waterbug)
Lucinda Williams – American Dream – World Without Tears (Lost Highway)

Joanna Newsom – Book Of Right-On – The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City)
Laura Veirs – Ether Sings – Carbon Glacier (Nonesuch)
Malcolm Middleton – Crappo The Clown (demo) – 5:14 Fluoxytine Seagull (Chemikal Underground)
Utah Phillips – How To Live In Peace – I’ve Got To Know (AK Press)
Robyn Hitchcock – Television – Spooked (Yep Roc)

Elvis Costello – Monkey To Man – Delivery Man (Lost Highway)
James Taylor & Carly Simon – Mockingbird – Hot Cakes (Elektra)
Beck – Satan Gave Me A Taco – Stereopathic Soul Manure (Flipside)

show 144 – John Twist

When John Twist first visited my program earlier this year, it was during a low point for the station in terms of equipment failure. It didn’t affect his set a bit, it just left us feeling sad that it hadn’t been captured on tape. With John’s upcoming fundraiser at the Red & Black Cafe, we figured it’d be the perfect time to have him come back and play some more songs. With elections coming up, it was particularly important to me that John play “Blood On The Blade”, which I feel is one of his best songs.

Joanna Newsom – The Book Of Right-On – The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City)
Laura Veirs – Icebound Stream – Carbon Glacier (Nonesuch)
John Twist – Four Letter Word – The Vine Grows Back (self)

John Twist live:
        Blood On The Blade
        Instrumental #1

Josh Ritter – Kathleen – Hello Starling (Signature Sounds)

more John Twist live:
        Cottonwood Crow
        Instrumental #2

Here’s an mp3 of “Blood On The Blade” for you to download and enjoy. Thanks to John Twist for making this available:

John Twist – Blood On The Blade