Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 3/16/12
By this time tomorrow, I’ll be staying in an apartment in Paris, France. On last night’s Left of the Dial radio program, I geared up for my trip by playing a little French music. I also played some new tracks, including a song from Port of Morrow, the new album from The Shins. I wrote a pretty thorough piece about The Shins yesterday as well, and I think that’s worth reading if you’re into them. Other new music on the playlist included the new b-side from Sharon Van Etten and a track from the new Saddest Landscape album After The Lights, which the legendary post-hardcore band is releasing officially tomorrow in Hamden, CT. Unfortunately I won’t be able to go, but you should if you’re in the area. Find more information about the record release show HERE.
Below is the full playlist rom last night’s show, plus youtube links to each song. Thanks for tuning in!
- 1. Cloud Nothings - “No Future/No Past”
- 2. Cheap Girls - “Ft. Lauderdale”
- 3. Hostage Calm - “The ‘M’ Word”
- 4. Dikembe - “Scottie Spliffen”
- 5. The Thermals - “A Pillar of Salt”
- 6. New Year’s Revolution - “Long Drive Home”
- 7. Baby Grand - “Blame”
- 8. The Shins - “The Rifle’s Spiral”
- 9. God Help The Girl - “God Help The Girl”
- 10. The Magnetic Fields - “The Nun’s Litany”
- 11. Sharon Van Etten - “Life Of His Own”
- 12. Feist - “L’Amour Ne Dure Pas Toujours”
- 13. Pink Martini - “Je ne veux pas travailler”
- 14. Bjork - “It’s Oh So Quiet”
- 15. Belle and Sebastian - “The Boy With The Arab Strap”
- 16. The Shins - “New Slang”
- 17. The Smiths - “Reel Around The Fountain”
- 18. Vampire Weekend - “M79”
- 19. The Flaming Lips - “The Spiderbite Song”
- 20. Feist - “The Limit To Your Love”
- 21. The Magnetic Fields - “Andrew In Drag”
- 22. Fishing The Sky - “You Just Got Niced!”
- 23. Alcest - “Summer’s Glory”
- 24. Built to Spill - “Kicked It In The Sun”
- 25. The Saddest Landscape - “Desperate Vespers”
Cheap Girls - “Gone All Summer”
Yesterday afternoon, I got out of school for the next two weeks. A few hours ago, I took the SATs. I guess you could say that my Spring Break officially started when I put down my pencil for the last time after finishing the test, but to be honest, I feel like it started a little earlier. In my mind, Spring Break began the moment I set foot in Lilly’s Pad in New Haven on Thursday night to see Cheap Girls play live.
Wearing a band t-shirt and my old cut-off jean shorts for the first time since the end of summer, I was expecting a fun, carefree power pop set to ring in the new season, and that’s exactly what they delivered. Their music was as welcome and as wonderful to me as the warm spring sun, which shone for the first time that day. But although I highly recommend it, you don’t need to see the Cheap Girls live in order to experience that great feeling of the first day of spring — Their new record Giant Orange does a great job of replicating that in the studio setting.
Here’s the album’s first track “Gone All Summer,” a super catchy, instantly likeable power pop gem with chugging guitar riffs and hooks in abundance. It typifies the aesthetic of Giant Orange — Simple, entertaining, and endlessly replay-able. There’s also just enough restlessness and real emotion on this track, hidden away such that it doesn’t ruin the generally happy vibe, but present enough that it adds character. I could see this sounding great at a barbecue or in the car with the windows down, driving to some show somewhere with friends. Get yr summer mix CDs ready.
Check out some photos I took at the Cheap Girls show at Lilly’s Pad on Thursday HERE.
Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 3/9/12
Last night’s broadcast of Left of the Dial on WNHU was my first time doing my radio show in three weeks! It felt good to be back. On the show last night I played a lot of new stuff by artists such as The Men, Arcade Fire, and Bruce Springsteen. I also played some new music from Cheap Girls, whom I saw live the night before in New Haven. Check out some photos from that show HERE. Additionally, I played one of my favorite tracks from Love At The Bottom of the Sea, the new record from The Magnetic Fields. I reviewed that album HERE.
Here’s the full playlist, complete with youtube links to each song whenever I could find them. Thanks for tuning in!
- 1. The Men - “Turn It Around”
- 2. Ben Kweller - “Launch Ramp”
- 3. Cheap Girls - “Gone All Summer”
- 4. New Year’s Revolution - “City Lights”
- 5. Paul Baribeau - “Nothing To Say”
- 6. The Mountain Goats - “Full Flower”
- 7. Dagwood - “Guilt”
- 8. of Montreal - “Jacques Lamure”
- 9. The Kinks - “Victoria”
- 10. Echo & The Bunnymen - “My Kingdom”
- 11. Simon & Garfunkel - “April Come She Will”
- 12. Arcade Fire - “Abraham’s Daughter”
- 13. Bruce Springsteen - “Death To My Hometown”
- 14. Cheap Girls - “Communication Blues”
- 15. The Magnetic Fields - “I’d Go Anywhere With Hugh”
- 16. Porcelain Raft - “Unless You Speak From Your Heart”
- 17. Grimes - “Oblivion”
- 18. LCD Soundsystem - “North American Scum”
- 19. Cursive - “The Sun and Moon”
- 20. The Saddest Landscape - “This Heals Nothing”
- 21. Loma Prieta - “Fly By Night”
- 22. Alcest - “Écailles De Lune (Part II)”
- 23. Balance and Composure - “Separation”
- 24. I Hate Myself - “This Isn’t The Tenka-Ichi-Budokai”
- 25. Xiu Xiu - “I Luv The Valley OH”
- 26. Bruce Springsteen - “Wrecking Ball”
- 27. Nick Drake - “Place To Be”
- 28. Into It. Over It. - “Raw Bar OBX 2002”
- 29. David Bello - “Farewell Earth”
Photos: Cheap Girls live at Lilly’s Pad. New Haven, CT - 3/8/12
Last night, the Michigan power pop act Cheap Girls played a tight and relatively short set for a similarly tight audience at Lilly’s Pad in New Haven, Connecticut. They focused on debuting material from their brand new record Giant Orange, behind which they are touring this month with pop-punkers The Sidekicks, who also have a new record out. The songs were carefree, breezy, and unforgettably catchy, and made for a great soundtrack to the first really nice day/night of the year.
Check out some photos of Cheap Girls’ headlining set above, and head over to the Lewis and his Blog facebook page HERE for more shots from last night. Connecticut’s own New Year’s Revolution, Dagwood, and New York’s Timeshares also played.
Cheap Girls setlist - 3/8/12
- 1. “Gone All Summer”
- 2. “Communication Blues”
- 3. “Hey Hey, I’m Worn Out”
- 4. “Pure Hate”
- 5. “Something That I Need”
- 6. “Mercy-Go-‘Round”
- 7. “Kind Of On Purpose”
- 8. “Sleeping Weather”
- 9. “Ruby”
- 10. “Modern Faces”
- 11. “No One To Blame”
Anonymous asked: do you ever wear ear plugs to shows?
I don’t, but I probably should. I just got back from the Cheap Girls show in New Haven, and my ears are ringing like crazy. I was standing right next to the PA the whole time. I’ll probably have some pretty serious hearing damage by the time I’m an adult if I keep this up.
I’m going to try to attend this tonight. I’ve been spinning Cheap Girls’ new record Giant Orange a lot lately, so it should be a good time. If I can attend, I’ll be sure to take pictures and post them tomorrow, possibly along with a review. If you see me at Lilly’s Pad tonight, feel free to say hi.
Also, this flier doesn’t say so, but New York’s Timeshares are also scheduled to play this show.