show 193 – Callers

Kathleen Edwards – Away – Back To Me (Zoe/Rounder)
Jill Sobule – Sweet Little Summer – The Folk Years: 2003-2003 (self)
Paul McCartney – Jenny Wren – Chaos And Creation
John Vecchiarelli – Paint – Songs From Whoville (self)

Callers live in-studio:
       Forever (The Marvellettes)
       O Yer Cordial
       The Other Day

Callers – Julia – Callers (self)

Callers live in-studio:
       I Miss You

Christine Fellows – Advice
Susie Blue – Slip – Sink (Sinking Ship)
Jorane – Help – Preface (Six Degrees)
Lara Michell (with Todd Bayles) – Into The Dream remix (self)
Jon Brion – Knock Yourself Out – I Heart Huckabees soundtrack (

Laura Veirs – Secret Someones – Year Of Meteors (Nonesuch)

half the way there

Eight Hello Cruel World shows left! Here’s the list of upcoming guests for the next four:

25 Sep – Callers (duo from Providence, RI)
02 Oct – Treva Blomquist (from Nashville, TN)
09 Oct – Chad Bault
16 Oct – Dennis Hitchcox

I’m really looking forward to these — I hope you’ll join me!

One last announcement: I now have the Randy Kaplan in-studio from August 24th available for download. This is the original uncut version (I cut out quite a bit for the Hello Cruel World broadcast — there wasn’t enough time to air it all).

Randy Kaplan live on KPSU – August 24, 2005


show 192 – Dustin Hamman

Ben Folds – Jesusland (edit) – Songs For Silverman (Epic)
Michael Penn – Pretending – Mr. Hollywood Jr. 1947 (SpinArt)
Frank Black – Go Find Your Saint – Honeycomb (Back Porch)
Laura Veirs – Fire Snakes – Year Of Meteors (Nonesuch)

Dustin Hamman live in-studio:
  &#160    State Of The Union
  &#160    Tearin’ Down The Rainbow
  &#160    Oooooh (The Movie Song)
  &#160    Paper Moon

Jon Brion – Knock Yourself Out – I Heart Huckabees Soundtrack (Milan)
Yann Tiersen – Bagatelle – L’Absente (Virgin France)
Casey Neill – Raleigh And Spencer – Live On 11th Street (self)

Loudon Wainwright III – Cardboard Boxes – I’m Alright (Rounder)

show 191 – Jeremy Serwer

Bright Eyes – When The President Talks To God – iTunes Exclusive
Elliott Smith – A Distorted Reality – Pretty (Ugly Before) 7″
Steve Earle – Amerika 6.0 – Jerusalem (Artemis)
Les Barker – The Civilised World – Anti Theft Device (Waterbug)
Billy Bragg – The Price Of Oil – free from

Jeremy Serwer – Set To Go – Redistributing The Wealth (self)

Jeremy live in-studio:
       Nervous Energy
       Dog On A Leash

Dan Bern – Talkin Al Kida Blues – The Swastika EP (Messenger)
Neil Young – Let’s Roll – Are You Passionate? (??)

show 190 – Johnny Keener / Rachel Ries

Another smashing double-header tonight – it is much much fun for me to be host to this doubled dose of live acoustic music.

Both Johnny and Rachel were great fun to chat with. I think it is fantastic that Rachel is signed to Waterbug Records – they are definitely building an arsenal of fine songwriters – who needs major labels with labels like this??? Honestly! And Johnny Keener previewed songs from two upcoming albums: a rockabilly kids record, and an “adult” record. I have a smile on my face just thinking of this hour. Here’s how it all went down:

Johnny Keener – Space Like Heaven – When Space Was Like Heaven

Johnny live in-studio:
       Homecoming Day
       God’s Hand
       Untitled (new kids’ song)

Rachel Ries – Valentine, NE – For You Only (Waterbug)

Rachel live in-studio:
       You Only
       Our Summertime
       Lonely Spires
       The Luckiest One

R.L. Burnside – It’s Bad You Know – Come On In (Fat Possum)

I’m glad I could fit in the R.L. Burnside track – I will be forever thankful for his willingness to innovate. His updated versions of the blues were what led me back to the beginnings of the genre (you have him to thank for the sprinkling of old blues classics here and there on this program). May he rest in peace (1926 – 2005).

show 189 – Alison Wesley / Randy Kaplan

Double-header tonight – two guests – Alison Wesley from here in Portland, and Randy Kaplan from Brooklyn NY. I’m quite proud of how the show turned out, though this has more to do with these two fine performers than anything I did. I’m thrilled to be a part of radio like this.

Laura Veirs – Galaxies – Year Of Meteors (Nonesuch)

Alison Wesley live:
      Poor Little Me
      Love At You

Randy Kaplan – Many Times Over – Reborn As Bees (self)

Randy Kaplan live (pre-recorded):
      Hesitation Blues
      Rusty And New
      Bernadette Peters

New Pornographers – These Are The Fables – Twin Cinema (Matador)

There’s about 10 minutes more to that Randy Kaplan session – two songs’ worth. I hope to secure permission to make it available via download from this website. Stay tuned.

Podcast now available from iTunes!

Well, that’s a bit misleading. What I mean to say is that you can now configure iTunes (or any other podcasting program) to download Hello Cruel World automagically.

Thanks to the same masterminds who brought you the KPSU archives, you can now subscribe to the Hello Cruel World podcast via RSS feed.

Here’s how: Launch iTunes, and in the menus up top go to Advanced -> Subscribe to Podcast. In the dialog box that pops up, paste in the following URL:

That’s all there is to it! iTunes will now download Hello Cruel World whenever there is a new show available. (You should go into the iTunes prefs and set up your downloading prefs.)

show 187 – all graduated

Mountain Goats – Dance Music – The Sunset Tree (4AD)
Be Good Tanyas – Reuben – Chinatown (Nettwerk)
Martha Wainwright – When The Day Is Short – Martha Wainwright (Zoe)
Loudon Wainwright III – Here Come The Choppers – Here Come The Choppers (Sovereign)

John Hiatt – Graduated – Little Head (Capitol)
Ani DiFranco – Knuckle Down – Knuckle Down (Righteous Babe)
Brownie McGhee – Twelve Gates To The City – Undiscovered Blues
Erin McKeown – To The Stars (acoustic) –
Ron Sexsmith – Average Joe – Other Songs (Interscope)

Elvis Costello – God’s Comic – Spike (Rhino)
Laura Cantrell – Letters – Humming By The Flowered Vine (Matador)
Laura Veirs – Ether Sings – Carbon Glacier (Nonesuch)

Pat McDonald – Master And Servant –

recreating spontaneity

Once again, I did the 4pm slot.

I used the time to try and recreate a set that I improvised about 6 months ago when I was filling in for the Shrink Rap folks. I like the variety of music, but the transitions didn’t go so well. I blame a faulty cue button on the mixing board. 😉

New Order – 586 – Power Corruption & Lies (Qwest)
Stereo Total – Baby Strich – Do The Bambi (Kill Rock Stars)
Camera Obscura – Shine Like A New Pin – Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi (Merge)
Corrina Repp – You Almost Made It Out – It’s Only The Future (Hush)
The Decemberists – From My Own True Love – Picaresque (Kill Rock Stars)
Smoosh – Massive Cure – She Like Electric (Pattern 25)
Elvis Costello – Button My Lip – The Delivery Man (Lost Highway)
Soul Coughing – Paint – Irresistible Bliss (Slash)
Me First & The Gimme Gimmes – Ain’t No Sunshine – Take A Break (Fat Wreck Chords)
Aquabats – Pizza Day – Myths Legend Volume Two (Fearless)
Devo – Gut Feeling – Life Aquatic Soundtrack (Hollywood)
Billy Bragg – Pict Song – William Bloke (Elektra)
Wilco – Theologians – A Ghost Is Born (Nonesuch)

Land Of The Loops – Multifamily Garage Sale – Bundle Of Joy (Up)

another month of sundays

This Sunday there is no guest — I’ll be playing DJ for a full hour. Expect to hear recent tracks from John Hiatt, Loudon Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Laura Cantrell, and an acoustic track from Erin McKeown

Here is the lineup for August and into September:

14 August — no guest = album cuts (email me with requests)
21 August — Alan Kanning (hosted by Todd C. Bayles)
28 August — Alison Wesley, Randy Kaplan
04 September — Johnny Keener, Rachel Ries
11 September — Jeremy Serwer

One last bit of news before I go: the KPSU archives are now ginormous! The station has purchased additional storage space for their servers and you’ll now find over 3 weeks of archived programming on the archive page. Here are links to four editions of Hello Cruel World currently available. Get ’em before they scroll away!

17 Jul 2005 – show 183 feat Alexa Wiley
24 Jul 2005 – show 184 feat Blackwood Hymnal
31 Jul 2005 – show 185 feat Mica Lee Williams
07 Aug 2005 – show 186 feat Tony Barber

show 186 – Tony Barber

Randy Kaplan – One Too Many Times – Perfect Gentleman (self)
Stew – North Bronx French Marie – Naked Dutch Painter (Smile)
Jaime & Becky – Not How They Seem – Jaime & Becky (self)
Tony Barber – Mean Streak – On My Own (self)

Tony Barber live in-studio:
       Purple Cloud
       So Long Solitude
       To The Sea
       Make Me Whole

Jim White – Buzzards Of Love – Drill A Hole In The Substrate (Luaka Bop)
Laura Veirs – Riptide – Carbon Glacier (Nonesuch)

oh yes i am a scientist

another warm-up has come upon us. circumstances surrounding the 4pm hour are still up for discussion at the local water cooler. for now, i’m just taking it upon myself to make sure that songs from varied cds play during this hour

Weeping Tile – Don’t Let It Bring You Down – Eepee (WEA)
Cat Power – Speak For Me – You Are Free (Matador)
Elvis Costello – The Delivery Man – The Delivery Man (Lost Highway)
M Ward – Lullaby + Exile – Transistor Radio (Merge)
Eels – Suicide Life – Blinking Lights & Other Revelations (Vagrant)
Loudon Wainwright III – Cobwebs – KGSR Volume 9
Dan Bern – One Thing Real – Smartie Mine (self)

Pete Krebs – Powder Keg – Bittersweet Valentines (Cavity Search)
Petra Haden – Odorono – Petra Sings The Who Sell Out (Bar None)
Brendan Benson – Metarie – Lapalco (Star Time)

show 185 – Mica Lee Williams

Erin McKeown – Aspera – We Will Become Like Birds (Nettwerk)
Malcolm Middleton – A Happy Medium – Into The Woods (Chemikal Underground)
Veda Hille – Carnage / Plants – Field Study (self)
Regina Spektor – Oedipus – Songs (self)
Mica Lee Williams – Daisyhead – Lucid Dreaming High (self)

Mica Lee Williams live:
       I Really Don’t Mind The Rain
       Things That Need To Be Said

Crystin Byrd – Windows Down – My Silence (self)

the sunshine warmup hour

Mark DeGliAntoni – Mermaid – Horse Tricks (Tzadik)
Billy Bragg – Everywhere – Don’t Try This At Home (Elektra)
Billy Bragg – Cindy Of A Thousand Lives – Don’t Try This At Home (Elektra)
Spoon – My Mathematical Mind – Gimme Fiction (Merge)
Geraint Watkins – Heaven – Dial W For Watkins (YepRoc)
Menomena – Sistah Social Theme Song – PDX Pop 2005 Compilation
Eels – Going Fetal – Blinking Lights and Other Revelations (Vagrant)

The Mooney Suzuki – Alive & Amplified – Alive & Amplified (Red Ink)
The Decemberists – Apology Song – 5 Songs EP (Hush)
Nouvelle Vague – This Is Not A Love Song – Nouvelle Vague (Luaka Bop)
Marine Girls – Love To Know – Lazy Ways (Cherry Red)
Amy Farris – Anyway – Anyway (YepRoc)
Phoenix – Everything Is Everything – Alphabetical (Astralwerks)

The Long Winters – Unsalted Butter – The Worst You Can Do Is Harm (Barsuk)
Sondre Lerche – Two Way Monologue – Two Way Monologue (Astralwerks)
They Might Be Giants – LMNO – Here Come The ABC’s (Disney)

show 184 – Blackwood Hymnal

Robyn Hitchcock – Dancing On God’s Thumb – Black Snake Diamond Role (Rhino)
Muddy Waters – I Live The Life I Love – Elvis Costello: Artist’s Choice (Universal)
John Doe – Twin Brother – Forever Hasn’t Happened Yet (YepRoc)
Kristin Hersh – Houdini Blues – Hips And Makers (4AD)
Libby Kirkpatrick – White Eyelashed Girl – Winged (Heart)

Colin Meloy – Pregnant For The Last Time – Sings Morrissey EP (self)
Ruth Minnikin – This Heavy Heart – Ruth Minnikin EP (self)
Petra Haden – Relax – Petra Sings: The Who Sell Out (Bar None)
Hamell On Trial – When Destiny Calls – Tough Love (Righteous Babe)

Loudon Wainwright III – The World – Little Ship (Virgin)

The show:
Laura Veirs – Galaxies – Year Of Meteors (Nonesuch)
Jim White – Still Waters – Searching For Wrong-Eyed Jesus (Luaka Bop)
The Weepies – Jolene – Happiness (self)

Blackwood Hymnal live:
       Highway 8
       Riding (Palace Bros)
       Hotel Song
       Take Me Closer

John Vecchiarelli – No Ordinary Life – Songs From Whoville (self)
Dan Bern – After The Parade – My Country II (Messenger)
Erin McKeown – Cosmopolitans – Grand (Nettwerk)