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As part of the new “Hello Cruel World”, I’ve been setting my little camera up at KMHD2 to try to capture some of the artist performances. I’m uploading these to youtube as I get them finished. If you enjoy any of these, you may want to subscribe to my youtube channel so that you’ll be notified when new ones are uploaded.

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Here’s a sample video. Chris “Sandman” Sand rapping about all of his keychains. The session took place on January 8th, 2011.

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Elvis Perkins In Dearland – Shampoo – Elvis Perkins In Dearland (XL, 2009)

Dolorean – Thinskinned – The Unfazed (Partisan, 2011)
Norfolk & Western – Porch Destruction – A Gilded Age (Hush, 2006)

Mirah – Nobody Has To Stay – C’mon Miracle (K, 2004)
Joan As Policewoman – Honor Wishes – To Survive (Cheap Lullaby, 2008)
Joanna Newsom – No Provenance – Have One On Me (Drag City, 2010)
Loudon Wainwright III – Cobwebs – KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 4 (self, 1995)

Laura Veirs – The Ocean – From The Land Of Ice And Snow: The Songs Of Led Zeppelin (Jealous Butcher, 2010)
Steve Earle – Jericho Road – Washington Square Serenade (New West, 2007)
Warren Zevon – Life’ll Kill Ya – Life’ll Kill Ya (Artemis, 2000)
Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around – American IV: The Man Comes Around (American, 2002)

Barry Brusseau – Night Moves – The Yurt Sessions (self, 2010)

The Decemberists – January Hymn – The King Is Dead (Capitol, 2011)
Kaki King – Life Being What It Is – Dreaming Of Revenge (Velour, 2008)

Matthew Payne live in-studio:
– More Like A Polaroid Than A Painting
– Open Letter To, Let’s Just Say, Virginia
– There’s A Thousand On Fire
– There’s A Passage In The Heart

Fernando – True Instigator – True Instigator (In Music We Trust, 2011)
Randy Kaplan – Many Times Over – Reborn As Bees (self, 1999)
Libby Kirkpatrick – White-Eyelashed Girl – Winged (self, 2002)
Kathleen Edwards – The Cheapest Key – Asking For Flowers (Zoe, 2008)

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Neko Case – People Got A Lotta Nerve – Middle Cyclone (Anti, 2009)
Fiery Furnaces – Keep Me In The Dark – Take Me Round Again (Thrill Jockey, 2009)
John Wesley Harding – The Dark Waltz – Sings To A Small Guitar Vol I (self, 2010)
Malcolm Middleton – Week Off (live) – Long, Dark Night (Chemikal Underground, 2010)
Myshkin’s Ruby Warblers – Thousand Gallon Hat – Sigh Semaphore EP (Double Salt, 2006)

Loudon Wainwright III – Times Is Hard – 10 Songs For The New Depression (self, 2010)
Abner Jay – I Wanna Job – Yeti compilation Volume 7 (Yeti, 2009)
Pancake Breakfast – Hoot Hot Damn! I Got A Job Of Work – Friends And Friends Of Friends Vol 3 (Tender Loving Empire, 2010)

Barry Brusseau in-studio:
– Fall By The Wayside
– Royal Violent Birds
– A Night Goes Through
– Car Ride

Barry Brusseau – Thrift Store Buzz – A Night Goes Through (Gorbie, 2011)
Kimya Dawson – Everything’s Alright – I’m Sorry That I’m Sometimes Mean (Rough Trade, 2003)

Ryan Adams – Off Broadway – Easy Tiger (Lost Highway, 2007)

Bon Iver – Flume – For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguar, 2008)
Nina Nastasia – What She Doesn’t Know – What She Doesn’t Know 7″ Single (FatCat, 2008)
Jarad Miles – He Once Was A Friend Of Mine – Rocket Ship (Speck, 2011)

Jarad Miles live in-studio:
– Never Thought I Could Die
– Make You Love Me
– Thoughts May Cease
– Won’t Be Long

Brothers Young – Birthdays – The Sun Says He’s God (Emeritus, 2009)
Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins – The Charging Sky – Rabbit Fur Coat (Team Love, 2006)
Sun Kil Moon – Lucky Man – April (Caldo Verde, 2008)

Super XX Man – Out On The Tiles – From The Land Of Ice & Snow: Songs Of Led Zeppelin (Jealous Butcher, 2010)

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First show of the new era! Here’s how it went down:

Feist – Look At What The Light Did Now – Look At What The Light Did Now (Interscope, 2010)
Neil Young – Sign Of Love – Le Noise (Reprise, 2010)
Shoeshine Blue – 1776 – Howl At The Wooden Moon (self, 2009)
The Weepies – Little Bird – Hideaway (Nettwerk, 2008)
Alana Sveta – Oh Betty (Swedebourg, MO) – EP (self, 2008)

Jaime & Becky live in-studio:
-Johnny Cash
-The Farm

Jaime & Becky – Rusty Bike – Jaime & Becky (self, 2005)
Ah Holly Fam’ly – All Unfolding – Reservoir (Lucky Madison, 2009)
Elliott Smith – Thirteen (Big Star cover) – Thumbsucker Soundtrack (Hollywood Records, 2005)

Headless Heroes – True Love Will Find You In The End (Daniel Johnston cover) – The Silence Of Love (Headless Heroes, 2009)
Duncan Sheik – Stay (Blue Nile cover) – Covers 80 EP (self, 2010)
Volcano Choir – Husks And Shells – Unmap (Jagjaguar, 2009)

Chris Sand – Michael Jackson – Chemicals In The Wheat (Loner Records, 2010)

Chris Sand live in-studio:
– Damascus
– Two Keychains
– Radio Works Fine
– The Illness

Wilco – Impossible Germany – Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch, 2007)

Practice Resurrection!

Hello Cruel World is back, on a new station and a new timeslot!

KZME is a brand-new community radio station here in Portland. The frequency is 107.1 FM, and we’ll be broadcasting at least for the next year or so out of the KMHD2 studios located at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR.

The show will air Saturdays from 4-6pm. The format will change slightly to highlight more local music (KZME’s slogan is “Music Where You Live”). We’ll have in-studios on as often as we can….yesterday’s inaugural show for KZME featured local acoustic duo Jaime & Becky in hour 1, and rappin’ cowboy Chris “Sandman” Sand in the second hour (he’s also the star of a documentary called “Roll Out, Cowboy” that is showing next week here in town at the Reel Music Film Festival).

Next Saturday’s guests are Jarad Miles and Barry Brusseau, they have a joint cd release party at The Woods on January 20th.

Site Update Sept 2006

Over dinner last week, someone asked me about this website. “Do you ever update it?”

I had to admit that I don’t. Hello Cruel World ended November 13, 2005 with its 200th show.

But I do think about HCW – often. A few months ago, I spotted a local songwriter coming out of the grocery store. She had been a guest on my show once, but I could not recall her name. It bothered me for days (I’ve since remembered – hey Tamara J!), and really hit home how lost and out of touch I’ve felt since I ended things last fall.

I do plan on updating things here a bit more regularly. I have plans for the future, and I want to better document the 200 shows of Hello Cruel World via this website. My first little project is to create some playlist statistics for the show using Google’s new online spreadsheets.

2005 Playlist Statistics (in progress)

I hope to eventually do stats for all four years, and then a sum of all the years. It will be interesting to me to see which artists got the most play on HCW.

I also plan to create a Flickr account for HCW to document the show’s history via photos.

Finally, once I get my cd’s and home studio unpacked and put together, I plan on creating a couple of podcasts. Hopefully I can get one done before year’s end.

That’s all for now. If you listened to the show, thanks very much. If you still visit the site hoping for a glimpse of activity, it’s here (though it’ll mostly be nostalgic in nature).

Update: Flickr account created! One pic for now (hey Johnny K!) and more as I find them (on hard drives, floppies, etc.)

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The Guitar Shop

I did a two-hour set last night, subbing for DJ Victrola on her show “The Guitar Shop“.

It’s the first radio I’ve done in almost three months.

Hour 1:

X – The New World – More Fun In The New World (Elektra/Rhino)
Cat Power – Living Proof – The Greatest (Matador)
Petra Haden – Armenia – Petra Sings The Who Sell Out (Bar None)
Dan Bern – Murderer – Smartie Mine (self)
Lara Michell – Outside The Inside – Ruby Red (self)
Joanna Newsom – En Gallop – The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City)

Bob Dylan – It’s Alright Ma – Bringing It All Back Home (Columbia)
Latin Playboys – Chinese Surprize – Latin Playboys (Slash)
Madeleine Peyroux – Don’t Cry Baby – Careless Love (Rounder)
Laura Veirs – Fire Snakes – Year Of Meteors (Nonesuch)
Idaho – Live Today Again – The Lone Gunman (self)
Regina Spektor – Pound Of Flesh – Live At Bull Moose (Warner Bros)

Durutti Column – Nina – Still Breathing (Artful/Fulfill)

Hour 2:

Spoon – The Beast & Dragon Adored – Gimme Fiction (Merge)
Super XX Man – Collecting Rocks – X (Hush)
Seu Jorge – Life On Mars – Life Aquatic Studio Sessions (Hollywood)
Mountain Goats – Song For Dennis Brown – The Sunset Tree (4AD)
Utah Phillips – I Will Not Obey – Starlight On The Rails (AK Press)
Ani DiFranco – Paradigm – Knuckle Down (Righteous Babe)

Frank Black – Selkie Bride – Honeycomb (Back Porch)
New Pornographers – Bones Of An Idol – Twin Cinema (Matador)
Malcolm Middleton – Bear With Me – Into The Woods (Chemikal Underground)
Rachel Taylor Brown – Jolyon – Jonah Days (self)
John Vecchiarelli – Whoville – Songs From Whoville (self)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (self)

You can download each hour individually from KPSU’s website, or you can download this 2 hour mp3 that I made.

show 200 – Jaime & Becky

L to R: Todd, Becky, Jaime, Me

Pamela Means – Two Halves – Single Bullet Theory
Mountain Goats – This Year – The Sunset Tree (4AD)
Corrina Repp – Fire At St. Jude – A Boat Called Hope (Hush)
Libby Kirkpatrick – White Eyelashed Girl – Winged (Heart)
John Vecchiarelli – No Ordinary Life – Songs From Whoville (Speck)

Jaime & Becky live:
       Rusty Bike
       New One
       Not How They Seem

Be Good Tanyas – It’s Not Happening – Chinatown (Nettwerk)
Erin McKeown – You Were Right – We Will Become Like Birds (Nettwerk)

show 199 – Rachel Taylor Brown

Ben Folds – Bastard – Songs For Silverman (Epic)
Magic Baby – Who Told You – Four Track EP (
Dan Bern – Commes Vous Les Fait Tous – World Cup EP (Messenger)
Sarah Harmer – Greeting Card Aisle – All Of Our Names (Zoe/Rounder)
Bonnie Prince Billy – The Way – Master And Everyone

Rachel Taylor Brown live in-studio:
        Sitka/Seward’s Folly
        Abraham & Isaac
        17 Year Cicadas
        Stag Field

Cat Power – He War – You Are Free (Matador)
Robyn Hitchcock – Executioner Of Love – Eye (Rhino)
Super XX Man – Soul Of ’02 – My Usual Way (Lelp)

Goodbye Cruel World

Two more shows left:

06 November – Rachel Taylor Brown
13 November – John Vecchiarelli

Please come to the “Goodbye To Hello Cruel World” party at the White Eagle (836 N Russell here in Portland) on Sunday, November 13th. Show IS FREE, starts at 8pm, and will feature some of my favorite local singer/songwriters:

John Vecchiarelli
Jaime & Becky
Lara Michell
Casey Neill
Super XX Man

It will be a very special way to end the radio show (hosted for over 4 years by KPSU) – thanks to John Vecc for setting it up. Hope to see you there!

show 198 – Lenny Rancher with Mike Wilcox

As soon as we walked into the station and saw our guests rehearsing in the “big room”, I knew we were in for a rock n roll treat.

I’d seen Lenny and Mike play together before at the White Eagle, and got really into their guitar interplay. They were shockingly good tonight, adding some politics and some humor into the mix as well.

Here’s how the night went:

Sufjan Stevens – Casimir Pulaski Day – Illinoise (Asthmatic Kitty)
Keren Ann – L’ Onde Amère – Nolita (Blue Note)
Neil Finn – Turn And Run – One Nil (EMI)
Kristin Hersh – A Loon – Hips And Makers (Sire)

Lenny Rancher with Mike Wilcox:
        True American
        Pauline Shack

Yann Tiersen & Shannon Wright – Dragonfly – Yann Tiersen & Shannon Wright (Ici d’Ailleurs)
John Vanderslice – You Were My Fiji – Time Travel Is Lonely (Barsuk)
Cat Power – Nude As The News – What Would The Community Think (Matador)

show 197 – Diane French

Sarah Harmer – Pendulums – All Of Our Names (Zoe/Rounder)
Erin McKeown – To The Stars – We Will Become Like Birds (Nettwerk)
Joanna Newsom – Book Of Right-On – The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City)
Diane French – Charcoal Heart – This Trick (self)
Diane French – My Volunteer – No Cool Bone (self)

Diane French live:
        Disappointment Card
        Lead Pipe Logic
        Found By My Family

Laura Veirs – Rialto – Year Of Meteors (Nonesuch)

show 196 – Dennis Hitchcox

Sufjan Stevens – Jacksonville – Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty)
Rose Polenzani & Sharon Lewis – Ellen West – Hot Hands (Kuma-Chan)
Rebecca Pearcy – Nights Like Tonight – Sea Deep Sky High (Yo Yo)
Chris Moore – Verified – Figurines (Waterbug)
Dennis Hitchcox – Fearless Leader – After All (self)

Dennis Hitchcox live:
       You Remind Me
       Fair Warning

Laura Veirs – Magnetized – Year Of Meteors (Nonesuch)
Laura Veirs – Parisian Dream – Year Of Meteors (Nonesuch)
(yes, we’re idiots)
Erin McKeown – Queen Of Quiet – Distillation (Signature)

show 195 – Chad Bault

Robyn Hitchcock – Welcome To Earth – Spooked (YepRoc)
Pooka – Blue Star – Graham Robert Wood EP (WEA)
Laura Veirs – Ether Sings – Carbon Glacier (Nonesuch)
Stuart Valentine – Not Ready – Melody’s True (Valentine)
Train Go Sorry – Still Afraid Of My Heart – Souvenir (self)

Chad Bault live:
        Sober But Poor

Michael Penn – Room 712, The Apache – Mr. Hollywood Jr., 1947 (SpinArt)
Frank Black – Selkie Bride – Honeycomb (Back Porch)
Frank Black – I Burn Today – Honeycomb (Back Porch)
Aimee Mann – High On Sunday 51 – Lost In Space (Superego)
Fiona Apple – Waltz – Extraordinary Machine (Epic)

On a sad post-show note, the archive was down when this show took place, and I’d grown so accustomed to the great technology provided by KPSU that I didn’t run my own minidisc. This show existed for an hour and then passed away into the ether. Its a shame, too – apart from the Frank Black snafu (playing two songs from the same artist in a row is just plain sloppy) I’d say it was one of the best shows we’d done in awhile. We loved Chad’s music and his sense of humor was very compatible with ours.

show 194 – le pain perdu

Carla Bruni – Le Plus Beau du Quartier – Quelqu’un M’a Dit (Naive/V2)
Jon Brion – Over Our Heads – I Heart Huckabees! (Milan)
Susie Blue – Red Car – Sink (Sinking Ship)
Yann Tiersen – L’Echec – L’Absente (Virgin France)
Crystin Byrd – Shadow – My Silence (self)

Malcolm Middleton – A Happy Medium – Into The Woods (Chemikal Underground)
Brendan Benson – Metarie – Lapalco (Startime)
Erin McKeown – Air – We Will Become Like Birds (Nettwerk)
Mike Doughty – All The Dirt – Skittish (ATO)
Elliott Smith – Let’s Get Lost – Thumbsucker Soundtrack (Hollywood)

Dan Bern – Comme Vous Les Fait Tous – World Cup EP (Messenger)
Laura Veirs – Rialto – Year Of Meteors (Nonesuch)
Amy Farris – Anyway – Anyway (Yep Roc)
Jaime & Becky – The Bus Song – Jaime & Becky (self)
Nina Nastasia – What She Doesn’t Know – BBC Session

Josh Ritter – Me & Jiggs – Golden Age Of Radio (Signature)