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 176 – “rock block adieu”

I met with Jenn from the Wax Fire before the show, and she confirmed what deep in my heart I already knew: The Wax Fire are just too big for KPSU’s tiny interview booth. That, coupled with the fact that it’s hard to find a sound tech on a Sunday afternoon, meant that I was on my own for tonight’s edition. I was pretty addled for the first 15 minutes, but I managed to relax and do a show. I’m so used to the live segment that I didn’t have enough music with me (which is a crime — there are so many great songs I’ve discovered lately!) but I managed to cope, and made up for it by weaving in some old favorites.

Here’s the crime scene report:

Jill Sobule – Freshman – Underdog Victorious (Artemis)
Jill Sobule – Jetpack – Underdog Victorious (Artemis)
Jill Sobule – Cinnamon Park – Underdog Victorious (Artemis)
David Piper – Musta Gone Wrong – All Our Angels Past (Trough)
Be Good Tanyas – Lonesome Blues – Chinatown (Nettwerk)

Myshkin’s Ruby Warblers – Gypsytown – Corvidae (self)
Robyn Hitchcock – Statue With A Walkman – Sequel Sampler Promo (Sequel)
Mike Doughty – White Lexus – Haughty Melodic (ATO)
Nina Nastasia – What She Doesn’t Know – Peel Acres ’03 (BBC Session)

Mirah – Nobody Has To Stay – C’mon Miracle (K Records)
The Wax Fire – Mars – Brown Paper Envelopes (K Records)
Deb Talan – Whetstones – Something Burning (self)
Daniel Johnston – The Startling Facts – Artistic Vice (Positive)
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Short-Haired Woman – Gold Star Sessions Vol 1 (Arhoolie)

Xavier Rudd – 3 Degrees – Solace (Salt.X)

Looks like KPSU’s Archivebot grabbed all of the show. You can grab it yourself here.

show 165 – too cathartic

I kid you not — I brought the song “Father And Son” down to the station to play on my show, not making the connection that tonight was the anniversary of my dad’s passing (he died in 2003). I mean, I knew what day today was, but didn’t know why I was bringing “Father And Son” to play on the show other than the fact that I ran across it this week and I was feeling like I hadn’t played Johnny Cash in awhile (and then there’s Fiona — the music has been freed! — go to for more info). Anyway, after I had the “AHA!” moment, I decided to listen to the universe for a change – bag the songs I had brought down, and play some more songs with my dad in mind. I hope you can relate.

Nick Cave – Breathless – The Lyre Of Orpheus (Mute)
Bro. Danielson – Daughters Will Tune You – Brother Is To Son (Secretly Canadian)
John Vecchiarelli – Skinned Knees – Tiny Rooms (Speck Records)
John Vecchiarelli – I Have No Idea – Tiny Rooms (Speck Records)
Johnny Cash w/ Fiona Apple – Father & Son (Cat Stevens cover) – Unearthed Box (American)

Randy Kaplan – Carpeted World – Perfect Gentleman (self)
Loudon Wainwright III – Prince Hal’s Dirge – BBC Sessions (Varese)
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Wolf Among Wolves – Master And Everyone (Drag City)

Crystin Byrd – I Surrender – My Silence (self)
Hillstomp – Long Haired Doney – One Word (self)

Ani DiFranco – Seeing Eye Dog – Knuckle Down (Righteous Babe)

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.

show 159 – Best of Live 2004

All tracks from live performances on Hello Cruel World in 2004

Graham Lindsey – Hutch Jack Flats Rag (28 Mar 04)
Brenda Weiler – Poor Me (15 Feb 04)
Chris Moore – Home From War (11 Jul 04)
Libbie Schrader – War On Science (31 Oct 04)
Libby Kirkpatrick – Brooklyn (Patrick Brickel) (1 Jun 04)
John Vecchiarelli – Addition (w/ Todd Bayles on accordion) (11 Apr 04)
Myshkin – Gypsytown (25 Jan 04)
Alan Kanning – A Thousand Things (w/Brant David) (26 Sep 04)
Rose Polenzani – Married Man (29 Jun 04)
Don Viramontes – Me Oh My (25 Apr 04)

Due to equipment failure, I wasn’t able to feature as many songs as I’d like. So I’ve decided to feature all 18 songs as mp3 downloads. I’ll make 3 songs per day available here. They are great performances and deserved to be heard.

show 157 – “control freak”

The Decemberists – Sixteen Military Wives – Picaresque (due out March 22 on Kill Rock Stars)

Butterfly Boucher – Soul Back – Flutterby (A&M)
Randy Kaplan – One Too Many Times – Perfect Gentleman (self)
Fiona Apple – Better Version Of Me — for more info go to
Sufjan Stevens – The Dress Looks Nice On You – Seven Swans (Sounds Familyre)
Mia Doi Todd – Digital – The Golden State (Sony)

Jill Sobule – Joey – Underdog Victorious (Artemis)
AC Newman – Miracle Drug – The Slow Wonder (Matador)
Doyle Bramhall – Shape I’m In – KGSR Volume 11 (KGSR)
Rufus Wainwright – Across The Universe – I Am Sam Soundtrack (V2)

Rose Polenzani – Married Man – August (self)
Crystin Byrd – Shadow – from her forthcoming album, out soon
Jacob Ray – Do I Dare…? – A Small Part Of Something Beautiful (self)
Jill Sobule – Saw A Cop – Underdog Victorious (Artemis)

Next Sunday we have live music from the Bel Air Liberation Army. Its not often that an army storms a radio station, so tune in.

show 156 – 2004 The Year In Review

For those of you who tuned in tonight, I hope you enjoyed the show. I enjoyed putting it together.

For those who didn’t, I plan on making it available here sometime later this week.

Here’s the rundown:

Sarah Harmer – Pendulums – All Of Our Names (Zoe / Rounder)
Robyn Hitchcock – We’re Gonna Live In The Trees – Spooked (YepRoc)
Super XX Man – My Usual Way – Vol VII, My Usual Way (Lelp)
Chris Moore – Verified – Figurines (Waterbug)
Lori McKenna – Stealing Kisses – Bittertown (Signature Sounds)

Ron Sexsmith – From Now On – Retriever (Nettwerk)
Mirah – Nobody Has To Stay – C’mon Miracle (K Records)
Dan Bern – Take Back The New Millenium – Anthems EP (Messenger)
Elliott Smith – A Passing Feeling – From A Basement On The Hill (Anti)
John Vecchiarelli – Cocoon – Songs From Whoville (Speck)

Laura Veirs – Riptide – Carbon Glacier (Nonesuch)
Sufan Stevens – All Of The Trees Of The Field – Seven Swans (Sounds Familyre)
Peter Mulvey – Falling – Kitchen Radio (Signature Sounds)
Little Sue – Hurricane – Shine (self)

Next week: Another overview of 2004 — this time featuring the best of live performances from the past year. Tune in and make your mama proud.

show 154 – super extend-o tawd!


In addition to hosting HCW, I also hosted the two-hour show that’s on right before it. It’s a lot of jazz, world music, and very eclectic. (If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard it.) So that was fun. I did the jazz and world thing for a bit, then gradually (no, abruptly!) morphed into the usual HCW thing at some point.

I’m so glad John let me host the show these last couple of weeks. I’m a fan of the show, and I would be even if I weren’t friends with the host. 🙂 It’s been really fun to bring a slightly different spin to it, and I’m totally honored that he chose me instead of one of the actual KPSU hosts who could have done it.

So here’s the super-extendo play list, which includes this show, and the part of the previous show where I made the switch.

World Party – She’s The One – Egyptology (Chrysalis)
Beck (with Jon Brion) – Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime – “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” Soundtrack

Lucienne Delyle – Mon Amant De Saint Jean – Les Grandes Dames Du Music-Hall (EPM)
Charles Trenet – Que Reste-T-Il De Nos Amours – Les Plus Grandes Chansons Des Annees 40 (EPM)
Jon Brion – Ruin My Day – Meaningless (self)
Aimee Mann – Deathly – Bachelor No. 2 (SuperEgo)

Jacob Ray – Do I Dare. . .? – A Small Part Of Something Beautiful (self)
Kristin Hersh – Your Ghost – Hips And Makers (Warner)
Michael Penn – Out Of My Hands – Resigned (Sony)
Cori Teeple – Captain – demo (self)

Erin McKeown – Cosmopolitans – Grand! (Nettwerk)

HCW: (If you joined us at the regular time, starting here is what you heard)

Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine – Extraordinary Machine (unreleased)
A.C. Newman – On The Table – The Slow Wonder (Matador)
John Vecchiarelli – No Ordinary Life – Songs From Whoville (Speck)
Chris Martin – Yellow (solo live piano version) – Sounds Eclectic Too (KCRW/Palm)
Chris Moore – Constellation – Figurines (Waterbug)

Rebecca Pearcy – Constellation – Constellation (Yoyo)
Crystin Byrd – Windows Down – My Silence (forthcoming)
Fiona Apple – Better Version Of Me – Extraordinary Machine (unreleased)
Chris Colbourn – Bad Little Bird – Split 7″ (Vital Cog)

Lara Michell – Petals – demo (self)
Mia Doi Todd – Digital – The Golden State (Sony)
Deb Talan – Rocks And Water – A Bird Flies Out (self)
Tracy Chapman – Almost – Let It Rain (Elektra)

Aimee Mann – Calling It Quits – Bachelor No. 2 (SuperEgo)

Merry Christmas!

show 152 – luau

Todd and I were both saddened that Lara Michell cancelled. She is not feeling well, and we are gonna reschedule something for 2005. Which is good, because it looks like the singer/songwriter showcase night over at White Eagle will be ending as of January (and with it the steady stream of guests on the program). That is another bummer. It makes me feel guilty — I should’ve supported that night better — bought more food and gotten all liquored up. Crap – what a good night this has been in such a great venue.

*Sniff sniff* Moving on, it has been awhile since we’ve done a REGULAR show (regular meaning a show where we just play songs off cds) so it felt good to do one tonight. Todd ran the whole thing tonight, I got to kick back and play co-host and that felt good too.

Make sure you call Todd during the next two shows and give him some love! Or cookies! Lord knows he will be rocking out harder than I’m physically able to (I’m getting old and crotchety — the first signs of aging were apparent when I listened to a Neil Young album and liked it).

Steve Earle – Condi Condi – The Revolution Starts Now (Artemis)
Ed Harcourt – Born In The 70’s – Strangers (Heavenly/EMI)
Long Winters – It’ll Be A Breeze – When I Start To Fall (Barsuk)
Lara Michell – Petals – from Lara‘s forthcoming album
Joanna Newsom – The Sprout And The Bean – The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City)

John Vecchiarelli – No Ordinary Life – Songs From Whoville (Speck)
Neko Case – If You Knew – The Tigers Have Spoken (Anti)
A.C. Newman – On The Table – The Slow Wonder (Matador)
Suzanne Vega – Headshots – Nine Objects Of Desire (A&M)

John Lennon – Watching The Wheels – Acoustic (Capitol)
Bright Eyes – Lua – Lua single (Saddle Creek)
Mia Doi Todd – 88 Ways – The Golden State (Sony)
Vienna Teng – Harbor – Warm Strangers (Virt)
The Weepies – Gotta Have You – live in Ohio bootleg (thanks, KL!)

If you missed my plug for them on tonight’s show, The Weepies (Steve Tannen & Deb Talan) will be in town on Saturday, December 11th at the Alberta Street Public House. Don’t miss out on those Weepies – they’re like buttah!!

Disney Cruise Line, here I come! See you in 3 weeks!

show 145 – a glass of water

Jill Sobule – Good Person Inside – Jill Sobule (Lava)
Mirah – Nobody Has To Stay – C’mon Miracle (K Records)
Devendra Banhart – There Was Sun – Rejoicing In The Hands (Young God)
Chris Moore – Constellation – Figurines (Waterbug)
Lucinda Williams – American Dream – World Without Tears (Lost Highway)

Joanna Newsom – Book Of Right-On – The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City)
Laura Veirs – Ether Sings – Carbon Glacier (Nonesuch)
Malcolm Middleton – Crappo The Clown (demo) – 5:14 Fluoxytine Seagull (Chemikal Underground)
Utah Phillips – How To Live In Peace – I’ve Got To Know (AK Press)
Robyn Hitchcock – Television – Spooked (Yep Roc)

Elvis Costello – Monkey To Man – Delivery Man (Lost Highway)
James Taylor & Carly Simon – Mockingbird – Hot Cakes (Elektra)
Beck – Satan Gave Me A Taco – Stereopathic Soul Manure (Flipside)

show 141 – neither singer nor songwriter

Weird show tonight — I blame Bill Frisell. I hope some of you enjoyed it.

This is my playlist format
Artist Name — Song Title — Album Title — (Label Name)

and here is tonight’s playlist:

Cat Stevens – Peace Train – Teaser And The Firecat (A&M)
Cat Power – American Flag – Moon Pix (Matador)
John Vecchiarelli – Cocoon – Songs From Whoville (Speck)
Devendra Banhart – A Sight To Behold – Rejoicing In The Hands (Young God)
**Christy Moore – Little Musgrave – Box Set: 1964-2004 (Sony International)

Kathleen Edwards – The Lone Wolf – Failer (Zoe)
Elliott Smith – Fond Farewell – from the forthcoming From A Basement On The Hill
Tanya Donelly – The Night You Saved My Life — live from a BBC radio session
Jill Sobule – Cinnamon Park – Underdog Victorious (Artemis)
Elvis Costello – (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea – This Year’s Model (Rhino)
Dan Bern – My Country II – My Country II EP (Messenger)

Stan Ridgway – Talkin’ Wall Of Voodoo Blues Part 1 – Snakebite: Blacktop Ballads (RedFly)
Arab Strap – You Shook Me All Night Long – The Shy Retirer EP (Matador)

**by request

show 138 – dj card

Loretta Lynn – High On A Mountain Top – Van Lear Rose (Interscope)
Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels On A Gravel Road – Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (Mercury)
Chuck Brodsky – Blow ‘Em Away – Radio (Red House)
Loudon Wainwright III – Revenge – Fame And Wealth (Rounder)
Erin McKeown – Fast As I Can – Distillation (Signature Sounds)

Ron Sexsmith – Not About To Lose – Retriever (Nettwerk)
Girlyman – Maori – Remember Who I Am (Clever Shark)
Jim White – Static On The Radio – Drill A Hole In That Substrate And Tell Me What You See (Luaka Bop)
Jordan Tyler – Crazy Me – So Far Away (Outsider Audio)

Mike Doughty – Move On – Future Soundtrack For America (Barsuk)
Joanna Newsom – Inflammatory Writ – The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City)
Randy Kaplan – On A Plain (Nirvana cover) – Ten American Songs (self)

My favorite DJ game is “What’s The Connection?” I loved playing along listening to station KQAK in San Francisco when I was a kid.
The idea is that there is a thread that runs through a block of 4 or 5 songs. Tonight’s first set had a bit of that game in it:

Mountaintop — is by Loretta Lynn
Car Wheels — mentions Loretta
Blow ‘Em Away — continues the car theme
Revenge — continues the going postal theme.

There you have it; radio dissected right in front of your very eyes.

show 136 – summer singles

John Wesley Harding – Summer Single – Pett Levels: The Summer EP (Sire)
Elvis Costello – The Other Side Of Summer – Mighty Like The Rose (Rhino)
Ron Sexsmith – This Is Where I Belong – This Is Where I Belong: Songs of Ray Davies & The Kinks (Rykodisc)
Elliott Smith – Independence Day – XO (Dreamworks)
Jill Sobule – Sweet Little Summer – The Folk Years: 2002-2002 (71 Recordings)
John Doe – Forever For You – Dim Stars, Bright Sky (Artist Direct)

Loudon Wainwright III – The Swimming Song – Attempted Moustache (Columbia)
Stew – North Bronx French Marie – The Naked Dutch Painter (Smile)
Robyn Hitchcock – Keep Finding Me – Luxor (Editions PAF!)
Thea Gilmore – St. Luke’s Summer – Rules For Jokers (Compass)
Cat Power – Free – You Are Free (Matador)

Pamela Means – Two Halves – Single Bullet Theory (Wirl)
Dar Williams – The End Of The Summer – The End Of The Summer (Razor & Tie)

show 134 – johnny nemo

Ron Sexsmith – Wishing Wells – Retriever (Nettwerk)
Corrina Repp – Thunder – A Boat Called Hope (Hush)
Juana Molina – El Cristal – Tres Cosas (Domino)
Momus – Tape Recorder Man – Folktronic (Le Grande Magistery)
John Lee Hooker – Miss Rosie Mae – Box Set
Bob Dylan – Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Blonde On Blonde (Columbia)

E – Hello Cruel World – A Man Called E (Polydor)
Erika Simonian – Mr. Wrong – All The Plastic Animals (Puddyhead)
Patty Griffin – Florida – Impossible Dream (Ato)
Dan Bern – Merkle – Diamond Cuts:Grand Slam (Hungry For Music)
Super XX Man – Soul Of ’02- Volume VII: My Usual Way (Lelp)

Pat McDonald – Stripped – Stripped: PM Does DM (Ulftone)

show 133 – fundraiser

Red & Black Cafe is having a fundraiser tonight — huge gig — 7 singer/songwriters, all donating their time and songs for a worthy cause. All proceeds go towards the purchase of a new PA system for the cafe.

C’mon down and show your solidarity. Donation of $5 would be great, more would be even better, but no one will be turned away.

John Vecchiarelli
joined me on air tonight, and we featured tracks from the artists that are performing tonight, including tracks from John’s brand new cd, “Songs From Whoville”, which is in the process of being mastered. It was very cool to get to hear these new finished songs.

Little Sue – Country Song – The Long Goodbye (self)
Myshkin – Unearthed – Rosebud Bullets (Binky)
John Twist – Billy Black – The Vine Grows Back (self)
John Vecchiarelli – Addition – Songs From Whoville (self)

James Low – Mexiquita – Mexiquita
Myshkin – Ruby Warbler – Rosebud Bullets (Binky)
Little Sue – Hurricane – Shine (self)
James Low – You Said – Mexiquita

John Vecchiarelli – Whoville – Songs From Whoville (self)
John Twist – Four Letter Word – The Vine Grows Back (self)

Chris Moore – Constellation – Figurines (Waterbug)