Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 5/10/13
Esteemed guest DJ Ruth Douglas and I had a good time spinning tunes for you last night on WNHU. Thanks for tuning in and placing requests! I hope you enjoyed the show. Check out the playlist below and stream it via Spotify at the bottom.
- 1. Sondre Lerche - “Love You”
- 2. Sondre Lerche - “Track You Down”
- 3. Deerhunter - “Agoraphobia”
- 4. Phoenix - “Trying To Be Cool”
- 5. Vampire Weekend - “Unbelievers”
- 6. Dum Dum Girls - “He Gets Me High”
- 7. The So So Glos - “Son Of An American”
- 8. Pet Symmetry - “Please Don’t Tell My Father That I Used His 1996 Honda Accord to Destroy The Town of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania In 2002”
- 9. Mikal Cronin - “Weight”
- 10. Naive Thieves - “Grindin’”
- 11. Anamanaguchi - “Blackout City”
- 12. Great Thunder - “Kees”
- 13. Christopher Owens - “A Broken Heart” (Acoustic)
- 14. Death Cab For Cutie - “Champagne From A Paper Cup”
- 15. The New Pornographers - “The Laws Have Changed” (Requested by oceanofantics)
- 16. Bright Eyes - “Lua” (requested by Maeve Holler)
- 17. The Front Bottoms - “Skeleton”
- 18. Deerhunter - “Monomania”
- 19. Slow Warm Death - “Sunburn”
- 20. Vampire Weekend - “Finger Back”
- 21. Paul Simon - “Graceland”
- 22. Rilo Kiley - “I Never”
- 23. The National - “Secret Meeting”
- 24. The National - “Karen”
- 25. The Postal Service - “Turn Around”
- 26. Baths - “Phaedra”
- 27. Youth Lagoon - “Posters”
- 28. Sigur Rós - “Ísjaki”
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I made a mix for today. Fourteen songs for February 14th. Stream it at the embedded link below or download the whole thing HERE. It’s all properly tagged and ordered and everything. I made it for both my heartbroken followers and my happily coupled followers, but mostly for the heartbroken ones.
- 1. Jens Lekman - “I Know What Love Isn’t”
- 2. Julia Brown - “Library”
- 3. Bright Eyes - “Loose Leaves”
- 4. Morrissey - “I Am Hated For Loving”
- 5. Midi & The Modern Dance - “Where Do You Think I Belong?”
- 6. My Bloody Valentine - “New You”
- 7. Teen Suicide - “Falling In Love”
- 8. Sky Ferreira - “Everything Is Embarrassing”
- 9. Dirty Projectors - “Impregnable Question”
- 10. Bob Dylan - “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”
- 11. Christopher Owens - “Everywhere You Knew”
- 12. Chet Baker - “It’s Always You”
- 13. Cat Power - “Color and the Kids”
- 14. Waxahatchee - “I Think I Love You”
Lewis and his Blog Presents: A Hurricane Relief / Industrial Collapse Party Playlist
I could get used to this whole ‘Northeast hurricane’ phenomenon becoming an annual thing. I made a playlist for myself during Hurricane Irene last year, and this time around I thought that I’d share one with all of you. I chose 17 tracks of moody, contemplative music, ranging from elegiac folk to reverberant surf rock and pummeling drone. Alternatively, you could just listen to Mount Eerie’s Ocean Roar and Wind’s Poem on repeat. Either method should provide anybody living in Hurricane Sandy’s path with a fitting soundtrack over the next couple days.
- 1. Rilo Kiley - “The Good That Won’t Come Out”
- 2. The Microphones - “I Want Wind To Blow”
- 3. Bright Eyes - “Jejune Stars”
- 4. The Hiya Dunes - “Storms & Pipes”
- 5. Grizzly Bear - “Sleeping Ute”
- 6. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - “Killing The Blues”
- 7. The Rural Alberta Advantage - “Tornado ‘87”
- 8. The Wrens - “This Boy Is Exhausted”
- 9. Sharon Van Etten - “Sychophant”
- 10. Grinderman - “When My Baby Comes”
- 11. Duster - “Earth Moon Transit”
- 12. Converge - “Coral Blue”
- 13. Alcest - “Souvenirs D’un Autre Monde”
- 14. Mount Eerie - “Waves”
- 15. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - “Moya”
- 16. Built To Spill - “Things Fall Apart”
- 17. Bob Dylan - “Shelter From The Storm”
Enjoy the mix and stay safe during the storm, East Coast friends!
Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 10/19/12
Thanks to everybody who tuned in for my radio show last night. In retrospect, this playlist was pretty moody. Check out the whole thing below and stream the available tracks via Spotify at the embedded link at the bottom.
- 1. Ty Segall - “Thank God For Sinners”
- 2. Wilco - “You Are My Face”
- 3. Bon Iver - “Holocene”
- 4. Sun Kill Moon - “Ålesund”
- 5. Bright Eyes - “Four Winds” (Requested by Blueshadedays)
- 6. The Jesus And Mary Chain - “Just Like Honey”
- 7. Converge - “Sadness Comes Home”
- 8. Titus Andronicus - “Still Life With Hot Deuce On Silver Platter”
- 9. Burial - “Loner”
- 10. The Caretaker - “As if one were sinking into sand”
- 11. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - “Mladic”
- 12. Cat Power - “Moonshiner”
- 13. Elliott Smith - “Oh Well, Okay”
- 14. The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up - “In Focus”
- 15. Codeine - “Vacancy”
- 16. Scott Walker - “Big Louise”
- 17. Beck - “Already Dead”
- 18. Bright Eyes - “Amy In The White Coat”
- 19. Jeff Buckley - “Grace”
- 20. Built To Spill - “Things Fall Apart”
- 21. Carissa’s Wierd - “Asleep” (The Smiths cover)
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Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 9/28/12
Thanks for tuning in to my radio show Left of the Dial last night. We had a lot of fun in studio spinning classic 00’s indie rock along with new stuff. I played a track from that new Spook Houses LP Trying, which I reviewed recently, as well as a song from the Waxahatchee album that I also reviewed. Both of those LPs are great if you haven’t heard them already.
Check out the full playlist from the show last night below, and stream it via Spotify at the embedded link below that. Tune in again next Friday for another live broadcast.
- 1. Nana Grizol - “Galaxies”
- 2. Woods - “Cali In A Cup”
- 3. Wild Nothing - “Only Heather”
- 4. A.C. Newman - “Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns”
- 5. Elvis Depressedly - “Waves of Bad Intention”
- 6. Flying Lotus - “Electric Candyman” (feat. Thom Yorke)
- 7. Sigur Ros - “Hoppipolla”
- 8. How To Dress Well - “Cold Nites”
- 9. Girls - “Hellhole Ratrace”
- 10. Bright Eyes - “We Are Nowhere And It’s Now”
- 11. Bright Eyes - “Lover I Don’t Have To Love”
- 12. Elliott Smith - “Between The Bars”
- 13. Teen Suicide - “The Same Things Happening To Me All The Time, Even In My Dreams”
- 14. Deer Leap - “What Is Dead May Never Die”
- 15. Sidewalk Dave - “Honey Bee”
- 16. Spook Houses - “Bad Sound”
- 17. Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - “Loop Duplicate My Heart”
- 18. Dum Dum Girls - “I Got Nothing”
- 19. Madeliene - “Susan, Oh”
- 20. Feist - “Let It Die”
- 21. Waxahatchee - “Be Good”
- 22. Morrissey - “Suedehead”
- 23. Jens Lekman - “If You Ever Need A Stranger (To Sing At Your Wedding)”
- 24. Neutral Milk Hotel - “Two-Headed Boy Pt. Two”
- 25. Belle and Sebastian - “If You’re Feeling Sinister”
- 26. The Magnetic Fields - “Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits”
- 27. The Antlers - “I Don’t Want Love”
- 28. Grizzly Bear - “Yet Again”
- 29. The Smiths - “Reel Around The Fountain”
- 30. Sufjan Stevens - “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.”
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Bright Eyes’ “First Day Of My Life” Covered By Mac Miller
Bright Eyes’ “First Day Of My Life” was recently covered by Mac Miller. Stream the cover below by clicking “Read More.”
In other news, I am going to commit suicide.
Jesse Harris - “I Won’t Wait” (feat. Conor Oberst)
Jesse Harris is one of those singer/songwriters who seem to exist on their own isolated, self-contained plane of singer/songwriters. He’s collaborated with plenty of musical luminaries, released nearly a dozen records, and has even won a Grammy award or two, yet he doesn’t seem to have any following outside of that musical sphere.
I was turned onto Harris’ music through his work with Bright Eyes, which included playing guitar on the majority of tracks on that band’s breakthrough LP I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning in 2005. As of now, Conor Oberst has returned the favor, contributing guest vocals to this track from Harris’ new LP Sub Rosa. Oberst’s presence on “I Won’t Wait” is not immediately felt in any particularly notable sense, but the song is good enough to stand on its own. His distant, emotive wail in the background contrasts nicely with Harris’ more refined, clear voice, while the jazzy electric guitar and strings keep the track chugging along at a clip.
Watch the so-called “iPhone video” for “I Won’t Wait” above, and pick up Sub Rosa from Jesse Harris’ website HERE.
Chris Cappello - “You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will” (Bright Eyes cover)
I thought it would be nice to cap the celebration of Lifted’s 10th anniversary with a cover of one of my favorite songs from that album, “You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will”. At my live shows, I often do a quick soundcheck with the first two verses of this song. I don’t really like doing covers, but I’m glad I chose to do this one because it’s a song that means a lot to me. I also had some fun with the arrangement at the end. I added two extra vocal tracks, 12-string guitar, electric guitar, and tambourine.
You can download this for free HERE if you want. Please listen and reblog
I spent the past couple hours putting this together. I hope you all enjoy it.
thanks for the reminder, chris.
There are nights when I think that “The Big Picture” is the best song on Lifted, and this might be one of them.
“If it makes you happy then keep kneeling mama, but I’m standing up.”
I can remember listening to this in the car with my mother years and years ago and watching her bristle at that line. I don’t think I had ever felt so empowered before. It was a watershed moment for me in becoming more confident about my beliefs and actions.
Bright Eyes‘ Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground turned 10 years old today. I’m celebrating the birthday with an honorary listening of my vinyl copy, which I bought last summer when Bright Eyes played the Williamsburg Waterfront on their last tour. ‘Celebration’ is not something that this album generally goes with, but I can’t help but smile at how far Oberst and co. have come since the release of this LP, and how incredibly ambitious Lifted was for a 22 year old and his friends to put together.
If you’re interesting in reading a retrospective piece about this album’s 10th birthday, check out Stereogum’s feature HERE. It’s worth a read for any fan of this record or Bright Eyes in general.
Desaparecidos - “Backsell”
In case you didn’t get a chance to stream it back when it was an Alternative Press exclusive, the b-side of the new Desaparecidos 7” is up on Youtube now. While “MariKKKopa” found Conor Obert dusting off his endearingly blunt lyrical penchant for the political, “Backsell” covers some less familiar territory. On this track, he takes on the corporate music industry and radio business. Like the other new track, it’s refreshing to hear Oberst getting energetic and screaming again, and I think he pulls it off a little better on this track, which is more raw than “MariKKKopa.” It also features some creative use of sampling and an ironic auto-tune effect on Oberst’s vocals.
Stream “Backsell” above and purchase the “MariKKKopa” / “Backsell” 7” at Desaparecidos’ website.
Desaparecidos - “MariKKKopa”
After their surprise reunion announcement back in April, it was only a matter of time before we heard some new music from Desaparecidos, the punk band that Bright Eyes mastermind Conor Oberst fronted in the early 2000s. Although the group disbanded shortly after putting out their excellent 2002 record Read Music/Speak Spanish, Oberst is clearly angry again, and the new Desaparecidos single is testament to that.
This band was never about being subtle, but the gloriously titled “MariKKKopa” might be their most shockingly declarative political statement to date. Over a pummeling instrumental foundation of razorlike guitars, drums, and synth that should be familiar to any Desaparecidos fans, Oberst sets his lyrical sights on Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the racist profiling laws recently implemented in Arizona. He’s always been wont to use an ironic turn of phrase, but “MariKKKopa” drips thoroughly and completely in sarcasm and irony. “It’s time we had some justice for the white race on this earth,” Oberst sneers mockingly in the first verse.
There is something that feels very strange about hearing Oberst scream again, and at 32, he can’t quite do it as well as he did ten years ago, but it is remarkably refreshing to hear Oberst get so visceral. After the strange, disconnected Bright Eyes album The People’s Key last year, this new Desaparecidos track is pointing in a positive, angrier direction for Omaha’s former wunderkind.
“MariKKKopa” will be released as a 7” record tomorrow as a double a-side with “Backsell,” another new track, which is currently streaming at Alternative Press. The 7” goes onsale at midnight tonight at the Desaparecidos website.
I picked these up yesterday at the Chirp Records tent, which will be set up for all three days of the Pitchfork Music Festival. I’ve been looking for these two (Bright Eyes’ Letting Off The Happiness and Desaparecidos’ Read Music/Speak Spanish) for quite a while now, and I managed to find them at the Saddle Creek Records table.
Tilly and the Wall - “Love Riot”
The Omaha, Nebraska indie rock band Tilly and the Wall have a new album on the way called Heavy Mood, which will be opened by a feisty new single called “Love Riot.”
Bright Eyes enthusiasts might remember T&TW singer Neely Jenkins’ vocal contributions on “Contrast And Compare” and the salacious “Pull My Hair” from the Letting Off The Happiness LP. Appropriately, the new Tilly and the Wall LP is being released on Conor Oberst’s Team Love imprint and being produced by Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis. Apparently they like to keep it in the family over at Saddle Creek.
Anyway, this track’s resonant guitars and gritty, gang-style female vocals definitely make it a great opener for the new record. On top of that, “Love Riot” has a stomping, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”-style chorus and an instrumental handclap breakdown towards the end. It’s like they knew exactly what I wanted from this band and made it just for me.
I don’t love Bright Eyes as much as I might let on, honestly. I love the story and the mythos of Bright Eyes, and I really love at least two of their records, but the BE discography as a whole is very spotty as far as I’m concerned.