A music blog, established 2010. My name is Chris Cappello and I'm a Yale student from New Haven, Connecticut.

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 3/8/13

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Last night my band Circle Circle played a local basement show and I took the opportunity to ‘pregame’ for it via my radio broadcast that directly preceded it. If for some reason you ever wanted to know what I listen to in order to get psyched up for a live performance, this playlist should give you some kind of indication. For my solo shows, I usually just listen to early Bright Eyes records on repeat… I hope that everyone who tuned in enjoyed the show, and I appreciate those of you who sent in requests. Stream the playlist via a Spotify link at the bottom and be sure to tune in next Friday from 6 to 8 for another live broadcast.

  • 1. The Magnetic Fields - “Absolutely Cuckoo”
  • 2. The Love Language - “Two Rabbits”
  • 3. 10,000 Blades - “I Disagree With Randy Newman”
  • 4. Slow Warm Death - “Sunburn”
  • 5. Sleater-Kinney - “Modern Girl” (Requested by odd-spirit)
  • 6. Liz Phair - “Stratford-On-Guy”
  • 7. Jenny and Johnny - “Animal”
  • 8. The National - “Start A War”
  • 9. Miracle Legion - “The Ladies From Town”
  • 10. Sun Kil Moon - “The Winery”
  • 11. Devendra Banhart - “Daniel”
  • 12. Broken Social Scene - “Stars and  Sons”
  • 13. Dum Dum Girls - “I  Got Nothing”
  • 14. David Bowie - “Valentine’s Day”
  • 15. Stevie Wonder - “Summer Soft”
  • 16. Milo - “Monologion”
  • 17. Bright Eyes - “Approximate Sunlight”
  • 18. Ólafur Arnalds - “For Now I Am Winder” (Feat. Arnor Dan)
  • 19. Shlomo - “Don’t Say No” (Feat. How To Dress Well)
  • 20. Baths - “Miasma Sky”
  • 21. Giraffage - “Thinking About You”
  • 22. The Cranberries - “Dreams”
  • 23. Rilo Kiley - “With Arms Outstretched”
  • 24. Slow Warm Death - “Blood 2”
  • 25. Yo La Tengo - “Before We Run”
  • 26. Sharon Van Etten - “All I Can”
  • 27. Lou Reed - “Berlin” (Request)
  • 28. Waxahatchee - “Swan Dive”

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 2/15/13

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Thanks to everyone who tuned in and the people who made requests during my radio show last night on WNHU. Check out the full playlist below, and stream the available tracks via Spotify through the embedded link at the bottom. Tune in again next Friday from 6 to 8 PM for another live broadcast.

  • 1. The Thermals - “I Might Need You To Kill”
  • 2. David Bowie - “A New Career In A New Town”
  • 3. Broken Social Scene - “Fire Eye’d Boy”
  • 4. By Surprise - “Criteria”
  • 5. My Heart To Joy - “Giving My Hands Away”
  • 6. Sondre Lerche - “Modern Nature” (Requested by anonymous)
  • 7. LVL UP - “Graveyard”
  • 8. Elvis Costello - “No Dancing”
  • 9. Cymbals Eat Guitars - “…And The Hazy Sea”
  • 10. Yo La Tengo - “Paddle Forward”
  • 11. My Bloody Valentine - “Who Sees You”
  • 12. Ducktails - “Sedan Magic”
  • 13. Foxygen - “Shuggie”
  • 14. Serge Gainsbourg - “Ballade De Melody Nelson”
  • 15. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - “Push the Sky Away”
  • 16. Cat Power - “Metal Heart”
  • 17. Beat Happening - “I Love You” (Requested by dbldblwhmmy)
  • 18. LVL UP - “Nightshade”
  • 19. Infinity Crush - “Sleeping In On A Snow Day (In 2011)”
  • 20. Julia Brown - “Virginia”
  • 21. Teen suicide - “Falling In Love”
  • 22. Perfume Genius - “Normal Song”
  • 23. Giraffage - “All That Matters”
  • 24. Elvis Depressedly - “Cry Babies”
  • 25. The Tallest Man On Earth - “Wind and Walls”
  • 26. The Decemberists - “Odalisque”
  • 27. The Comsat Angels - “Independence Day”
  • 28. Crystal Castles - “Suffocation”
  • 29. Destroyer - “Downtown”
  • 30. LCD Soundsystem - “Great Release”

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 2/1/13

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We were having some technical difficulties in the studio at WNHU last night, and the online stream may or may not have been working for the entirety of the broadcast. Anyway, if you did get a chance to tune in, or if you’re just interested in what I played, here is the full playlist from Left of the Dial last night. I won’t be doing my show next Friday because I’ll be seeing Jeff Mangum, but be sure to tune in the Friday after that for another live broadcast.

Stream the available tracks from the playlist below via Spotify.

  • 1. The Antlers - “I Don’t Want Love”
  • 2. The Velvet Underground - “Beginning to See The Light”
  • 3. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - “A Teenager In Love”
  • 4. Los Campesinos! - “Romance Is Boring”
  • 5. Grimes - “Genesis”
  • 6. Wise Blood - “B.I.G. E.G.O.”
  • 7. Dirty Projectors - “Gun Has No Trigger”
  • 8. Animal Collective - “Also Frightened”
  • 9. Primal Scream - “Higher Than The Sun”
  • 10. The Beach Boys - “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)”
  • 11. The Stone Roses - “Waterfall”
  • 12. Elvis Costello - “The Greatest Thing”
  • 13. Cat Power - “Manhattan”
  • 14. The xx - “Islands”
  • 15. David Bowie - “Sound and Vision”
  • 16. The Jam - “Start!”
  • 17. Titus Andronicus - “Ecce Homo”
  • 18. The Modern Lovers - “Roadrunner” 
  • 19. LCD Soundsystem - “Beat Connection”
  • 20. Tame Impala - “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
  • 21. Iceage - “Coalition”
  • 22. Bright Eyes - “Take It Easy (Love Nothing)”
  • 23. Crystal Castles - “Untrust Us”
  • 24. WHY? - “These Few Presidents”

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Anonymous asked: 2 questions. 1. Do you like David Bowie? 2. Is there a Connecticut band/artist that is similar? I also voted for you in that contest. Good luck!

As undeniably influential as David Bowie has been over the past five decades, there really aren’t any artists that actually sound like him, or that I would suggest as a recommendation to someone who just “likes” David Bowie. Throughout his career, he has taken on so many different musical styles and personas that it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what is distinctive about his music other than the simple fact that he’s made a lot of it. There are artists who have been influenced by certain phases of Bowie (the Ziggy Stardust-era glam rock thing, the late-70s Berlin post-punk thing, the glitzy 1980s new wave thing, etc.), but nobody has managed (or, to my knowledge, even tried) to take Bowie’s full oeuvre as influence. 

Anyway, to speak to your first question, I do like David Bowie. My two favorite Bowie records appeared just four years apart, and yet sound nothing alike. Aladdin Sane is a melody-conscious, rollicking glam rock record from 1973 that contains maybe my favorite Bowie song "Drive In Saturday." Meanwhile, my number 1 favorite Bowie record is Lowfrom 1977. The first half is engaging, glittery post-punk with an edge, and the second half is challenging ambient electronic music. It was produced with help from Brian Eno during Bowie’s “Berlin” period. He was doing a lot of cocaine then.

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