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

upcoming guests plus archives

Tune into Hello Cruel World this summer and enjoy some great live music and interviews with special guests:

26 Jun – Nicole Campbell
03 Jul – a freshly pre-recorded show (John & Todd away)
10 Jul – Johnny Keener
17 Jul – Alexa Wiley
24 Jul – Blackwood Hymnal
31 Jul – Mica Lee Williams

If you have requests for the July 3rd show, pass them on quicklike. I’ll be recording the show this Sunday (26th June).

p.s. Thanks as always for visiting the site. Take a look at the archives when you get a chance. I’ve been going back and entering playlists from the show’s beginnings. I’ll be adding editorial comments where appropriate and photos and mp3s as I track them down.

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??)

It’s A Celebration

As my way of saying thanks to you listeners, and also as a way to celebrate pledge drive, I’ve restored all old mp3s here at the site. Any link that was broken before will now work (try this one — it was never actually posted) . I will keep these old mp3s up for the entire pledge drive. Please call 503-725-5945 tonight (or go online) and make a donation to KPSU. A dollar, 5 dollars, 10 dollars, 50 — it is all tax-deductible and goes to a great cause — community college radio. Many local business have donated goods and services to be used as premiums (as a way of saying thank you for your donation), so if you pledge something substantial tonight you will walk away with your pick of some great gifts – including the HCW Mix CD.

I have received some emails asking what artists are included on the mix cd (see the post before this one). Here is a partial list: Tanya Donelly, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Rose Polenzani, Lloyd Cole, Billy Bragg, Warren Zevon, Kaitlyn Ni Donovan, and Joanna Newsom.

Don’t forget about Justin Power tonight. Not only will he be appearing on the radio program tonight, but also he will be performing not long after as the showcase artist at the now-famous White Eagle Open Mic night. The festivities start at 8pm (get there at 7:30pm if you want to sign up and play), and Justin Power goes on at 9pm.

limited edition mix cd for pledge drive

First of all, the inimitable Todd C. Bayles will be hosting Hello Cruel World for the next two Sundays. And he has guests — Justin Power this coming Sunday and Benjamin Bochner the next.

Secondly, KPSU’s pledge drive begins this coming Sunday. Hello Cruel World is always thrilled to be part of the opening-day pledge drive festivities. We love KPSU, and we know you do too. Pledge drive runs from April 24th – May 6th, and is the only time this year that we will ask for your monetary support. Our goal is to raise $5,000 this year, and really — that’s not too much money. We raised just over $4,000 last year, and so could really use your help this year. You definitely do not need to live in the Portland area in order to participate — hundreds of people around the globe are enjoying our live internet stream at any given hour. You can use this handy online form to make a pledge to KPSU.

Finally, as a thank you gift for those listeners who pledge $20 or more to the station, I’ve made a special limited edition Hello Cruel World mix cd. This mix is called “Happy Accidents”, and consists of all my favorite playlist moments in the history of the show (over 170 shows now!!). DJ’s like myself are always looking for flow — for songs that blend seamlessly together or that sound really cool bumped up next to each other, and over the course of 3 years I’ve been lucky enough to have had about 10 of these AHA moments while constructing a set. I went down to KPSU a few weeks ago, and stitched all those moments together into a free-flowing 80 minute mix. I made jokes about it last week on the show, because indie-folk is not a genre that springs to mind when you think of flow or mixtapes. But you’ve gotta try this — I think you’ll like it.

The mix cd’s are a limited edition of 8. They feature cool silk-screened artwork and quirky blister cases courtesy of

Please give generously! Tune in! Call Todd up at 503-725-5945 during the show and let him know you want to pledge. Pledge over $20 and mention the mix cd.

I’m off to Ottawa — thanks so much for your support,

John B. Jones

live free or die

Okay, this is it — the last of the songs I had pegged for last week’s show. They’ll be up for another week or so.

Rose Polenzani – Married Man

Hunter Paye w/ Kina Muir – Worker Bee

Ray’s Vast Basement – Sleeping Pills

Bonus Track:

Odessa Chen – Snow Angels

Tune in on Sunday to hear live music from Greg Oldson — it’ll be THE LAST NIGHT of the fabulous White Eagle Open-Mic night, and Greg will be the showcase artist, so tune into to KPSU and then go down and support The White Eagle Saloon — they’ve been great in opening new doors and lines of communication in the songwriter community.

Merry Christmas

Hope you are enjoying your holiday today.

I just wanted to let you all know about tomorrow’s show. I’ve hand-picked one hour’s worth of the best performances from guests appearing this year 2004 on Hello Cruel World. It was a great year with some stellar guests both local and national.

Update: Change of plan! Jacob Ray and possibly Crystin Byrd will be appearing on the program tomorrow – I will reschedule the best-of for early next year.