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:
       Mystery
       I Really Don’t Mind The Rain
       Things That Need To Be Said
       Seashell

Crystin Byrd – Windows Down – My Silence (self)

show 183 – Alexa Wiley

Super silly fiesta night with Alexa Wiley! Lately on the show, if we’re not doing reviews of local taquerias, we’re spouting on the coolness of Mexican radio announcers. That’s just how things have gone down. The music as usual was great — Alexa’s song “Las Calles Del Alma” should inspire open mic-ers everywhere to start composing in Spanish.

The pre-game:

Trashcan Sinatras –
Spoon – Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentine – Gimme Fiction (Merge)
Cake – No Phone – Pressure Chief (Epic)

The show:
Elliott Smith – Bled White – XO (Dreamworks)
Crystin Byrd – Please Let Me – My Silence (self)
Jaime & Becky – Midwest – Jaime & Becky (self)
The Weepies – Somebody Loved – Happiness (self)

Alexa Wiley live in the studio:
       Moments
       Las Calles Del Alma
       Ode To Light

Susie Blue – Big Head – Sink (Sinking Ship)
Suzanne Vega – The Knight & The Soldier – Suzanne Vega (A&M)
Laurel Brauns – Percy Schmeiser – Periphery (Red Trail)
Mary Lou Lord – His Indie World – Mary Lou Lord EP (Kill Rock Stars)

Next week: Blackwood Hymnal and a ticket giveaway for the upcoming Weepies show!

show 182 – Adam Sweeney

We had a last minute switch on the program; Johnny Keener couldn’t make it, and Adam Sweeney filled in. I had heard Adam’s songs a few weeks ago at the White Eagle, and really loved them. Erin Eichenberger came along as well and added some beautiful harmonies to the mix. It was a night for beautiful folksongs.

Pre-game warmup:
Robyn Hitchcock – Funkytown (Lipps Inc) – Obliteration Pie (Oak Tree)
Fiona Apple – Better Version Of Me – Extraordinary Machine
Daniel Johnston – The Startling Facts – Artistic Vice (Positive)

The show:
X – See How We Are (demo) – See How We Are (Elektra)
Butterfly Boucher – A Walk Outside – Flutterby (A&M)
John Wesley Harding – July 13, 1985 – It Happened One Night (Appleseed)
Adam Sweeney – Linden, CA – Places & Names (self)

Adam Sweeney with Erin Eichenberger:
        Headin’ South
        Starting Over
        Jericho Street
        Say A Prayer

Dan Bern – Birdhouse In Your Soul (TMBG) – live at 12 Galaxies, San Fran
Erin McKeown – Life On The Moon – We Will Become Like Birds (Nettwerk)
Alexa Wiley – Las Calles Del Alma – Las Calles Del Alma (self)

Thanks to Todd for the co-hosting.

show 180 – jawn stil gawn; tawd rawks

Hi, everybody. This is Todd. Like I said on the air, today was “no guests, no interviews, no pledge drives, just me, you, and the Rock.” I like doing the live guests and stuff, but I’m so shy by nature that I don’t ever feel comfortable doing that. I’d be perfectly happy if I never had to speak at all on the air. 🙂

So anyway, here’s the playlist for the one hundred and eightieth show:
       Julie Doiron – Sweeter
       Christine Fellows – Advice
       Crystin Byrd – My Silence – My Silence (self-released)
       A.C. Newman – Come Crash – The Slow Wonder

       Leigh Marble – Long Overdue – Peep
       Butterfly Boucher – Beautiful Book – Flutterby
       Yann Tiersen – Bagatelle (live) – C’etait Ici
       Paul McCartney – Piece Of Cake – Ram

       Dan Bern – City Of Models – Smartie Mine (self-released)
       Neil Finn – Turn And Run – One All
       Dido – Don’t Think Of Me – No Angel
       Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine – Extraordinary Machine
       Erin McKeown – Perastra – We Will Live Like Birds

Note to anyone who’s really interested: I MEANT to end the show with “Life On The Moon” by EM. That’s what I announced. Oh well; “Perastra” is a perfectly good song. Maybe through the magic of technology, we can just edit this show, slip “LOTM” right in there, and no one will be the wiser!

I’d like to dedicate this show to John Inman-Zanita.

show 179 – Laurel Lee

Super good + super nice = Laurel Lee and her band, the Escapees. Turns out she was one of the founding DJ’s on KPSU back in the day. Very cool!

Here’s the playlist; in the mad dash to get the band set up and going, I think I neglected to recap the songs. 🙂

Erin McKeown – Cosmopolitans – Grand (Nettwerk)
Aimee Mann – Calling It Quits – Bachelor No. 2 (Superego)
Laurel Lee – I Don’t Want To But I Can

Laurel Lee live set:
       Not That Kind Of Friend
       Sugar On The Side
       Maybe He Died
       Sing Me To Sleep
       Writing On The Wall
       I’ll Smoke

Tracy Shedd – Circles
Susie Blue – Big Head – Sink EP (Sinking Ship)
Yann Tiersen & Shannon Wright – Ode To A Friend
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely

I’d like to take this opportunity to say hi to John N. Anaheim.

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.

show 172 – Justin Power

Hi, everybody; this is Todd. As I’m writing this, it’s about 2:30 a.m, and it’s warm and beautifully rainy outside. I love the smell and sound of rain in the middle of the night; I guess I’m a Portlander at heart.

Wow. Fun show today! Justin was great, and the show flew by. I felt a little nervous–doing my first interview, live performance, AND pledge drive, all at the same time–but I felt like the show had a good flow overall. Justin’s a really nice guy, and if you have a chance to see him live, you really should do so. He makes it look effortless, and his songs are beautiful.

Here’s the playlist:

E – Hello Cruel World – A Man Called E (Polydor)
Crystin Byrd – Please Let Me – My Silence (self-released)
Elliott Smith – Angeles – Either/Or (Kill Rock Stars)

Justin Power live:
       Smoldering Matchstick
       Needle Spin
       You Are A Statue
       Before History Was Born

Aimee Mann – She Really Wants You – The Forgotten Arm (Superego)
Michael Penn – Walter Reed – Mr. Hollywood Jr. 1947 (forthcoming)
Marty Willson-Piper – Will I Start To Bleed – Spirit Level (Rykodisc)
Fredo Viola – Our Lips Are Sealed – Fredo Compilation (self)

And if I may, I’d like to give a shout out to Jawninottawa!

show 171 – Laurel Brauns


Laurel brought some great new songs in – very dark and goth (in the Shelley sense). I’ve decided that we need to keep some candles down at the station just for such an occasion – turn down all the lights and soak up these songs.

Madeleine Peyroux – Careless Love – Careless Love (Rounder)
Crystin Byrd – I Surrender – My Silence (self)

Laurel Brauns with Travis Goff on bass:
        Mannequin
        North 93
        Outside
        Strawberry Banke

Laurel Brauns – Percy Schmeiser – Periphery (Red Trail)
Chris Martin – Yello (solo piano version) – Sounds Eclectic Too (Palm Pictures)
Elvis Costello – Veronica – Spike (Warner Bros.)
Sarah Harmer – Everytime – You Were Here (Zoe/Rounder)

mp3 is available here.
podcast is available here.

show 169 – Laura Gibson

Lara Michell – Sinking – Ruby Red (self)
Laurel Brauns – Going Back To Boston – Periphery (self)
Michael Penn – Lucky One – MP4: Days Since A Lost Time Accident (Epic)
Laura Gibson – Amends – Amends EP (self)

Laura Gibson in-studio:
       Soul
       Roll
       The Longest Day
       In A Constant Rain

Felix McTeigue – El Paso – Radio Perfecto (self)
Smokey & Miho – Blue Glasses – Smokey & Miho EP (self)
Super XX Man – Steamboat Jean – Volume VII: My Usual Way (Lelp)

Thanks to Laura and Todd. Next week — Super XX Man!!!

show 167 – Lara Michell


Dan Bern – I’m Not The Guy (Single Mix) – Promo Single (Sony/WORK)
Michael Penn – Footdown – MP4: Days Since A Long Time Accident (Epic)
Eszter Balint – Pebbles & Stones – Mud (Bar/None)
Lara Michell – Sinking – Ruby Red (self)

Lara Michell in-studio:
        Outside The Inside
        Anchor
        House On Fire
        ’A Minor’ Waltz (not the official title)

Lara Michell – Into The Dream (Todd Bayles remix) – unreleased
Damien Rice – Cannonball – O (Vector)
Laurel Brauns – Percy Schmiser – Periphery (self)

show 166 – Jaime and Becky


Leigh Marble – Long Overdue – Peep (Laughing Stock)
Regina Spektor – Ghost Of Corporate Future – Soviet Kitsch (Sire)
Aimee Mann – Humpty Dumpty – Lost In Space (Superego)

Jaime & Becky live in the broadcast booth:
        Bus Song
        At This Rate
        Rain’s Gonna Keep Falling
        Rusty Bike
        Rush In
        Newbie

Pooka – City Sick – Pooka (Elektra)
Laura Veirs – Ether Sings – Carbon Glacier (Nonesuch)
Lara Michell – Outside The Inside – Ruby Red (self)

show 164 – Adrianne


We were big fans of “Bombshell”. Now we’re fans of Adrianne.

Deni Bonet – Sunshine – Deni Bonet EP (self)
Crystin Byrd – Shadow – from the forthcoming LP (self)
Tori Amos – Martha’s Foolish Ginger – The Beekeeper (Epic)
Adrianne – Bombshell – two track promo cd (self)

Adrianne in-studio:
        Sweet Mistake
        Symmetry
        Shout It Out
        World Won’t Wait

Martin Newell – Goodbye Dreaming Fields –
AC Newman – On The Table – Slow Wonder (Matador)

show 163 – Leigh Marble

Billy Bragg – World Turned Upside Down – Back To Basics (Elektra)
Reclinerland – 1981 – cd with a russian title (Expanding Brooklyn)
Leigh Marble – Long Overdue – Peep (Laughing Stock)

Leigh Marble live:
        Parting Shot
        Five Years
        Pale Blue
        Killed Instantly

Adrianne – Bombshell – promo single (self)
Laura Veirs – Icebound Stream – Carbon Glacier (Nonesuch)
Lara Michell – Into The Dream (TCB Remix) – unreleased

Alana Davis – The Reaper – Surrender Dorothy (Tigress)

Podcast coming soon.

show 162 – the elleword

Thanks to DJ WabashCannonball for giving us a few extra minutes – Todd and I both had alot of “Must Play” songs on our list:

Butterfly Boucher – A Walk Outside – Flutterby (A&M)
Jill Sobule – Lucky In Love – Be Mine EP (self)

Randy Kaplan – Bernadette Peters – Perfect Gentleman (self)
Josh Ritter – Tonight You Belong To Me (from “The Jerk”) – Sweetheart (HearMusic)
Chris Martin – Yellow – Sounds Eclectic Too (Palm)
Dido – Don’t Think Of Me – No Angel (BMG)

Deb Talan – To The Bone – A Bird Flies Out (self)
Mike Doughty – The Only Answer – Skittish (ATO)
Tracy Chapman – You’re The One For Me – The Only One (Elektra)
Pete Krebs – Powder Keg – Bittersweet Valentines EP (Cavity Search)
Ruth Minnikin – This Heavy Heart – Ruth Minnikin EP (self)

Leigh Marble – Long Overdue – Peep (Laughing Stock)
Suzanne Vega – Stockings – Nine Objects Of Desire (A&M)
Jacob Ray – When You Wake – A Small Part Of Something Beautiful (self)
Aimee Mann – Save Me – Magnolia soundtrack (Warner Bros.)

Elvis Costello – My Funny Valentine – Armed Forces (Rhino)

I’m having some trouble finding the time to digitize the show for podcast purposes. I will get to it; it just may take another day or two.