show 176 – “rock block adieu”

I met with Jenn from the Wax Fire before the show, and she confirmed what deep in my heart I already knew: The Wax Fire are just too big for KPSU’s tiny interview booth. That, coupled with the fact that it’s hard to find a sound tech on a Sunday afternoon, meant that I was on my own for tonight’s edition. I was pretty addled for the first 15 minutes, but I managed to relax and do a show. I’m so used to the live segment that I didn’t have enough music with me (which is a crime — there are so many great songs I’ve discovered lately!) but I managed to cope, and made up for it by weaving in some old favorites.

Here’s the crime scene report:

Jill Sobule – Freshman – Underdog Victorious (Artemis)
Jill Sobule – Jetpack – Underdog Victorious (Artemis)
Jill Sobule – Cinnamon Park – Underdog Victorious (Artemis)
David Piper – Musta Gone Wrong – All Our Angels Past (Trough)
Be Good Tanyas – Lonesome Blues – Chinatown (Nettwerk)

Myshkin’s Ruby Warblers – Gypsytown – Corvidae (self)
Robyn Hitchcock – Statue With A Walkman – Sequel Sampler Promo (Sequel)
Mike Doughty – White Lexus – Haughty Melodic (ATO)
Nina Nastasia – What She Doesn’t Know – Peel Acres ’03 (BBC Session)

Mirah – Nobody Has To Stay – C’mon Miracle (K Records)
The Wax Fire – Mars – Brown Paper Envelopes (K Records)
Deb Talan – Whetstones – Something Burning (self)
Daniel Johnston – The Startling Facts – Artistic Vice (Positive)
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Short-Haired Woman – Gold Star Sessions Vol 1 (Arhoolie)

Xavier Rudd – 3 Degrees – Solace (Salt.X)

Looks like KPSU’s Archivebot grabbed all of the show. You can grab it yourself here.

show 175 – Jenni Alpert

We had some technical glitches tonight – thanks to those who called to alert us. Thanks to Jenni for being a trooper, and for giving good interview.

Here’s how the night progressed:

Anne McCue – I Want You Back – Roll (Messenger)
Crystin Byrd – Elsewhere – My Silence (self)
Kathleen Edwards – The Lone Wolf – Failer (Zoe)
Jenni Alpert – Baltimore – Pieces (self)

Jenni Alpert in-studio:
       All The Nothings
       Tell Me Why (Neil Young cover)

Jenni Alpert – Heaven – Pieces (self)

Loudon Wainwright III – Cobwebs – Live on KGSR Volume 4

I’m still editing the podcast, but you can hear what the KPSU Archivebot captured here (its only the first 20 minutes or so – it was having its own technical glitches I guess)

Update: I’ve finished digitizing the podcast. Its at a lower bitrate (80kbps), which I think will make most of you happier. Email me if you have opinions about ideal bitrate for this type of podcast.

Click here to download Show 175.

show 174 – 20 Minute Loop

We don’t usually have bands on the show, but in the case of 20 Minute Loop I will happily make an exception!

Here’s what got played:

Mike Doughty – From The Bottom Of A Well – Haughty Melodic (ATO)
Jill Sobule – Mom – (self)
Be Good Tanyas – Rowdy Blues – Chinatown (Nettwerk)
20 Minute Loop – Cora May – Yawn + House = Explosion (self)

20 Minute Loop live:
       Miriam Hopkins
       Carlos The Jackal
       Our William Tell

20 Minute Loop – I’ll Never Forget You (Husker Du cover) – Yawn + House = Explosion

Pamela Means – Two Halves – Single Bullet Theory (self)

The KPSU archive-bot had some problems last week, so I’m making the podcast of tonight’s show available here. Enjoy!

Guests for May

08 May – 20 Minute Loop
15 May – Jenni Alpert
22 May – The Waxfire
29 May – Michael Meanwhile

I’m back home from crazy work trips, and excited about the lineup for this month. I hope you’ll join me Sunday nights from 5-6pm PST as we feature some great touring artists, and a ton of new releases (where do I start??)

show 173 – Ben Bochner

This is Todd again.

I have a confession to make; I didn’t know of Ben Bochner before the show. All my Google searches turned up nothin’. So I was pleasantly surprised by what a nice and accomodating guy he is, and a total professional (not to mention a really cool songwriter!). I think Ben’s going to do well here. Chicago doesn’t know what it’s missing.

(Note to self: “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime” is my favorite song to end the show with, but I’ve done that a few times now, so it’s probably time to find an alternative.)

Here’s the playlist:

Crystin Byrd – Shadow – My Silence (self)
John Vecchiarelli – To The Brim – Songs From Whoville (Speck)
Yann Tiersen & Shannon Wright – Dragon Fly
Susie Blue – Slip – Sink (Sinking Ship)

Ben Bochner live:
       Food Chain
       Bobby Just Got Out Of Jail (false start)
       Faller’s Girl
       Everybody’s Ass Is Up For Grabs

John Wesley Harding – When The Beatles Hit America (dedicated to Thuy)
Ben Folds – Give Judy My Notice
Mia Doi Todd – Digital
Beck & Jon Brion – Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime – “Eternal Sunshine” s.t.

Thanks to all those who pledged to HCW and KPSU!

I’d like to give a shout out to John N. Dallas.