Show 115 – Brenda Weiler

My guest tonight was Brenda Weiler.

Kris Delmhorst – Waiting Under The Waves – Songs For A Hurricane (Signature)
Paul Schneider – Where Are You Now? – Escape Velocity (Semaphore)
Tanya Donnelly – The Night You Saved My Life – BBC Session
Damien Rice – Cannonball – O (Vector)

Brenda Weiler – Scatter – Cold Weather (Virt)

Brenda Weiler in-studio:
       Poor Me
       The Weather I’m In

Josh Ritter with Blake Hazard – Tonight You Belong To Me – Sweetheart (Hear Music)

Brenda is playing a show this coming Saturday, Feb 21st at the Alberta Street Public House with John Vecchiarelli. Quite a bill, hope to see you there!

show #112 – Myshkin

Myshkin brought two guitars with her tonight – a regular, and a really cute smaller one that she said was a tenor guitar.

She had this piece of paper she was looking at before we went on the air. When I got a closer look at it, I noticed that it was chock full of song titles – the page was literally covered with them. They are all her songs. A big sheet from which to draw from. And draw from she did – she played some amazing songs tonight. A great version of “Ruby Warbler”, and a new favorite of mine called “Gypsytown”.

Myshkin’s Ruby Warblers – Unearthed – Rosebud Bullets (Double Salt)

Myshkin live in-studio:
       School Kids
       King Of Kankakee
       Ruby Warbler
       The Dance

Myshkin – Apricot Tree – Why Do All The Country Girls Leave? (Binky)
Girlyman – Amaze Me – Amaze Me compilation (Rubberneck)
Jim Page – Everything Is Round – CD-R Sampler

Thanks to Myshkin for letting me make an mp3 of “Gypsytown” available. Click here to download it.

show 109 – John Vecchiarelli

The show was great – the kind of show that makes an hour seem like 20 minutes – it went by much too fast.

John Vecchiarelli live:

Pete Krebs – Bittersweet – Bittersweet Valentines (Cavity Search)
Elliott Smith – St. Ide’s Heaven – Elliott Smith (Kill Rock Stars)
John Vecchiarelli – Train Song (unreleased track from Tiny Rooms sessions)

John Vecchiarelli live:
        Bulletproof (Radiohead cover)

Catherine Wheel – Crank – Chrome (Fontana)

Show 105 – Jordan Tyler & The Storyline

all my playlists follow this standard order:
Artist – Song – Album (Label)

Jordan Tyler – Beyond – So Far Away (Outsider Audio)
Jordan Tyler in-studio:
– Once Before
– Better Than Nothing (w The Storyline on backing vox & handclaps)
– If You Leave
Jordan Tyler – Lydia – So Far Away (Outsider Audio)

The Weepies – Vegas Baby – Happiness (self)
Babybird – So Gorgeous – Ugly Beautiful (Atlantic)
Hamell On Trial – When Destiny Calls – Tough Love (Righteous Babe)

John Vecchiarelli – In Tow – Tiny Rooms (Denver Coffee Achievers)
McKinley – Goner – Goner (self)
They Might Be Giants – Christmas Cards – O Tannenbaum 7″
The Pretenders – Watching The Clothes Go Round – Learning To Crawl (Sire)

Jordan and band were on a pretty even keel until halfway through “Better Than Nothing”, when they erupted into handclaps and harmonies. It was a brilliant moment.

Their energy rubbed off on me – I had to chuck the singer/songwriters format at the end and go for the highly charged Pretenders track.

Upcoming schedule:
14 Dec – your regularly scheduled program
21 Dec – best of Hello Cruel World’s live performances
28 Dec – Year-end clearance (best of the year’s releases)

Show 104 – Bernstein (AKA Dan Bern)

Bernstein in-studio:
       South American Motel
       City Of Juarez
       I Was A Cow
       President (stopped halfway through)
       Fly Away (with extra verse)

Sarah Harmer – You Were Here – You Were Here (Zoe)
Loudon Wainwright III – Your Father’s Car – Therapy (Virgin)

This was the third annual Post-Thanksgiving show, the first with a guest. The interview jived well with the tryptophan-induced coma from the turkey, as it was very very mellow. Ah well.

show 046 – Jill Sobule and Marykate O’Neil

Jill Sobule – Mary Kay – Pink Pearl (Beyond)

Jill and Marykate in-studio:
       Jet Pack
       Hudson (Mary Kay with Jill on backing vox)
       Big Shoes (with Jill’s mom doing the rap via cellphone)

Jill Sobule & Robyn Hitchcock – All The Young Dudes – live in Minneapolis
Jill Sobule – Trains – Jill Sobule (Lava)
Jill Sobule – Survivor – (self)
John Prine – Big Ole Goofy World – The Missing Years (Oh Boy)

show 040 – Josh Ritter (phone interview)

Jill Sobule – Heroes – Pink Pearl (Beyond)
Billy Bragg – Sulk – Reaching To The Converted (Elektra)
Lucinda Williams – Too Cool To Be Forgettable – Car Wheels On A Gravel
Elliot Smith – Rose Parade – Either/Or (Kill Rock Stars)
Greg Brown – Why Do You Even Say That? – Over And Under (Trailer)

phone interview with Josh

Josh Ritter – Lawrence, KS – Golden Age Of Radio (Signature)
Jess Klein – Ireland – Draw Them Near (Rykodisc)
Robb Johnson – Life Is Football – The Triumph Of Hope Over Experience
Kristi Martel – Silver – Brave Enough (Sealed Lip)

show 034 – Casey Neill Band

Casey Neill – Mayday – Casey Neill (Appleseed)
Jess Klein – Little White Dove – Draw Them Near (Rykodisc)
Joe Jackson – Different For Girls – I’m The Man (A&M)
Erin McKeown – Queen Of Quiet – Distillation (Signature)
Robyn Hitchcock – Not Dark Yet – Robyn Sings (Editions PAF!)
Casey Neill – Double Dutch – Casey Neill (Appleseed)

Casey Neill Band live in-studio:
       Spanish Harbor
       Philadelphia Girl
       Caldwell Blues
       Brooklyn Bridge
       Bloody Mary Morning

show 019 – the christmas show

The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping – The Best Of The Waitresses
Ben Folds – Lonely Christmas Eve – The Grinch Soundtrack (Interscope)
Jill Sobule – Merry Christmas From The Family – You Sleign Me (Atlan)
Eels – Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas – XFM Cool Cool Xmas
Julie Brown – My Night Before Christmas
Tom Lehrer – A Christmas Carol – Evening Wasted With Tom (Reprise)
Corrina Repp – Silver Bells 1978 – Mass (Hush)
John Wesley Harding – Talking Xmas Goodwill Blues – God Made Me Do It
Wesley Willis – Merry Christmas – Greatest Hits Vol 2 (Alternative T)
Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Born In USA EP
Daniel Johnston – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – You Sleigh Me
Aimee Mann/Michael Penn – Christmas Time – Just Say Noel (Geffen)
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Merry Christmas – A Blues Christmas (EMI)
Dan Bern – Christmas Song – live on Idiot’s Delight program
Billy Bragg – Deck The Halls

show 017 – Dan Bern (phone interview)

Casey Neill – Low Ground – Portland West (Appleseed)
Cat Power – Nude As The News – What Would The Community (Matador)
Natalie Merchant – Golden Boy – Motherland (Elektra)
Dan Bern – New American Language – New American Language (Messenger)

Phone interview with Dan Bern

Dan Bern – Black Tornado – New American Language (Messenger)
Dan Bern – Albuquerque Lullabye – New American Language (Messenger)
Dan Bern – Honeydoo! – New American Language (Messenger)
Jonathan Richman – Everyday Clothes – Jonathan Richman (Rounder)
Chris Thomas King – Hard Time Killing Floor – O Brother soundtrack
Billy Bragg – Help Save The Youth Of America – Help Save EP (Elektra)