Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 10/5/12
Thanks to everybody who tuned in and/or placed requests during my radio show last night! It was, as usual, a lot of fun for me. This was an especially eventful week for new music, so I had a lot of stuff to choose from. I hope you enjoyed my picks. Check out the full playlist immediately below, and stream the available tracks via Spotify at the embedded link at the bottom.
- 1. Titus Andronicus - “Ecce Homo”
- 2. Built To Spill - “Distopian Dream Girl”
- 3. The Replacements - “Color Me Impressed”
- 4. The Mountain Goats - “The Diaz Brothers”
- 5. Yo La Tengo - “Stockholm Syndrome” (Requested by Tortipouss)
- 6. The New Pornographers - “The Fake Headlines”
- 7. King Tuff - “Hit & Run”
- 8. Title Fight - “Secret Society”
- 9. Hum - “Stars”
- 10. Elvis Depressedly - “Exhaustion Prevails” (Requested by eniloj)
- 11. The Hold Steady - “You Can Make Him Like You”
- 12. Big Star - “Thank You Friends”
- 13. The New Pornographers - “If You Can’t See My Mirrors”
- 14. Now, Now - “Thread”
- 15. Sidewalk Dave - “Happiness Is An Art: We Must Learn While We’re Apart”
- 16. The Killers - “A Matter Of Time”
- 17. Efterklang - “Dreams Today”
- 18. 10,000 Maniacs - “Hey Jack Kerouac”
- 19. Kiran Leonard - “Dear Lincoln”
- 20. LCD Soundsystem - “Tribulations” (Live at Madison Square Garden, 4/2/11)
- 21. Morrissey - “Let Me Kiss You”
- 22. Desaparecidos - “The Happiest Place On Earth”
- 23. Hostage Calm - “Brokenheartland” (Requested by thomyorke-ismyhalloweenthemedurl)
- 24. Converge - “Aimless Arrow”
- 25. Warsaw - “Warsaw”
- 26. Mount Eerie - “Through The Trees Pt. 2” (Requested by sausagespookies)
- 27. Port St. Willow - “Put The Armor On The Mantle”
- 28. Jesu - “Brave New World” (Requested by withlugosi)
- 29. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - “Their Helicopters’ Sing”
Stream via Spotify:
WASN’T IT GREAT!?!
I teared up a little, I’ll admit.
Today I went to Redscroll Records in Wallingford CT around 9 AM to do some shopping for record store day! Prices were marked down 15% for everything in the store, and they also had a number of exclusive Record Store Day items. I almost bought The Money Store by Death Grips but decided against it because I didn’t want to spend another $15 or so.
Clockwise from top left:
- LCD Soundsystem - “Losing My Edge” b/w “Beat Connection” (Disco Dub version) 12” DFA Records
- Sufjan Stevens & Rosie Thomas - Hit & Run Vol. 1 split 7” Sing-A-Long Records
- St. Vincent - “KROKODIL” b/w “Grot” 7” 4AD Records
- Beach House - “Lazuli” b/w “Equal Mind” 7” Sub Pop Records
- Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump (2011 reissue) 12” The Control Group
- Bomb The Music Industry! - Vacation (2011 original pressing) 12” Really Records
I think I made a good haul today, and I’m particularly proud of the three 7” records I bought, all of which were Record Store Day exclusives. The colors of the St. Vincent and Beach House 7”s are particularly beautiful. The Bomb The Music Industry! LP is half clear and half red, which makes it look like a Pokeball. I’m excited to spend some time with these records in the coming days.
Redscroll also gave me a goodie bag that came with a 7”, a few CDs, pins, stickers from The Needle Drop, and a Topshelf Records 2011 sampler, which has my face on the front.
Did any of my followers go out for Record Store Day today? Photo-reply with some pictures of the records your bought!
Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 1/13/12
Last night’s show provided a sad, contemplative mix of songs for your Friday evening. I hope those of you who tuned in enjoyed what you heard. The playlist is below, with links to stream each track when available.
- 1. Joie de Vivre - “Summer In New London”
- 2. Joie de Vivre - "Salt"
- 3. Death Cab For Cutie - "Title Track"
- 4. The Microphones - "I Want Wind To Blow"
- 5. The Mountain Goats - "Wild Sage"
- 6. Owen - "The Sad Waltzes of Pietro Crespi"
- 7. Into It. Over It. - "Midnight: Carroll Street"
- 8. Suns - "Casual"
- 9. Football, etc. - "Sudden Death"
- 10. Joan of Arc - "Gin & Platonic"
- 11. My Heart to Joy - "Seasons in Verse"
- 12. The Antlers - "Atrophy"
- 13. Beck - "It’s All In Your Mind"
- 14. Bright Eyes - "A Line Allows Progress, A Circle Does Not"
- 15. Carissa’s Wierd - "Drunk With The Only Saints I Know"
- 16. Red House Painters - "Katy Song"
- 17. Andrew Jackson Jihad - "Back Pack"
- 18. Bon Iver - "For Emma"
- 19. Broken Social Scene - "Lover’s Spit"
- 20. LCD Soundsystem - "All My Friends"
- 21. Dirty Beaches - "Lord Knows Best"
- 22. Midi & The Modern Dance - "Where Do You Think I Belong?"
- 23. Modest Mouse - "Bankrupt on Selling"
- 24. John Galm - “Be My Baby” (The Ronettes cover)
- 25. Weezer - "Butterfly"
- 26. Owen - "Nobody’s Nothing"
- 27. The Replacements - "Unsatisfied"
- 28. William Basinski - “Untitled” (#1)
Top 10 Shows of 2011
Here we are at the very end of my extensive 2011 year end coverage. Among many other things, I saw more live shows in 2011 than ever before. Naming just ten of my favorites was painfully difficult for me, as I’ve seen so many fantastic shows this year, so I’ve included an honorable mention section at the bottom. The top ten are in descending order of preference. Special thanks to Manic Productions for making the majority of these shows possible. Connecticut wouldn’t be the same without them.
The original review for each of these shows is linked in each title, for the ones that I actually reviewed. I’ve also attached links to see more photos at the Lewis and his Blog facebook page when applicable.
WHY?'s show at The Wadsworth Atheneum happened only four days ago, well after I already started putting together my lists, but after I attended it I knew that it deserved a place here. The band debuted new material from their forthcoming record, which sounded great, and interspersed it with classics from their 2008 LP Alopecia and its followup Eskimo Snow. Recent Anticon-signee Serengeti opened, with help from WHY? multi-instrumentalist Doug McDiarmid.
View more photos HERE.
Low’s show back in April at Daniel Street was definitely one of the most surreal and eerie concerts I went to this year. The band played in almost total darkness, and the audience was seated in front, which was an unusual arrangement for the bar/venue. Low brought out songs from their 2011 LP C’mon, and also dug into their archives to play songs like “Sunflower” from Things We Lost In The Fire. The performance was heavy and emotional, but the band didn’t lose themselves for one moment. Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk’s distinctive harmonies never sounded better.
I’m not completely positive about this, but I’m pretty sure that I saw Okkervil River play in my hometown this Summer on the exact day that I got out from school. If that’s the case, I couldn’t have thought of a better way to kick off summer 2011. Although I love Okkervil River, I was just as excited to see opening band Titus Andronicus again, whom I had just seen exactly a week prior at B.O.M.B. Fest in Hartford. Titus ruled as usual, but Okkervil River tore the house down, playing for well over an hour and a half and performing many of my favorite songs of theirs.
View more photos HERE.
Sharon Van Etten's free show at BAR was one of the first of a long-running series of Wednesday night shows that Manic Productions hosts at the downtown New Haven pizza joint, and also one of the first shows I saw in 2011. The more I think about it, the more I realize that it was also one of the very best. It's amazing to me how vividly I remember it; the intimacy, the atmosphere, and especially Van Etten's beautiful vocals resonate in my mind with just as much power as they did on that day almost a full year ago.
As I wrote in my original review, this was a show that I never would have predicted I’d be seeing if you asked me about it at the beginning of 2011. But with his accommodating demeanor and beautiful music, Jeff Mangum transported everyone in the New England Conservatory Jordan Hall in Boston that night back to 1998. Mangum may have gotten older, but you wouldn’t have noticed it if you had been there. Like his songs, it seems like Mangum will last forever.
View more photos HERE.
5. The Antlers live at The Space, Hamden CT - 6/17/11
I actually did take photos at this show, but through some mishap or another I lost the files on my camera’s SD card. In retrospect, I’m pretty upset about that, and definitely disappointed that I was too busy to review this show after I saw it. Anyway, someone recorded audio from the show and took the photo above. The entire show can be downloaded over at Connecticut Recordings. Oh look, there I am in the Sebadoh shirt right behind Peter Silberman. You can actually hear me singing during the “encore” performance of “Two.” Crazy. Immediately after the show, I caught Peter Silberman before he could bolt off the stage, and got a copy of the setlist, which is now hanging on my wall.
My last.fm charts inform me that after The Mountain Goats, Bright Eyes is my most listened-to artist of 2011. Could you have guessed? I’ve been a little obsessive over Conor Oberst in this past year, and that obsession came to a head at the end of the Summer, when I took the train down to Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Waterfront to see Bright Eyes on The People’s Key Tour. Oberst and company did not disappoint, playing a lengthy set of songs culled from many of the band’s past albums. The highlight of the night came towards the end, when they played the epic closer to 2002’s Lifted, “Let’s Not Shit Ourselves (To Love And To Be Loved).” Openers Real Estate and Dr. Dog were also stellar.
View more photos HERE.
3. My Heart To Joy live at Madison Arts Barn, Madison CT - 5/14/11
As sad as it may be to admit this, 2011 will probably go down as a year of breakups, both on local and national levels. On the local level, the year’s hardest breakup for me was that of My Heart To Joy, who announced their disbandment in February. Thankfully, they decided to go out with a bang, enlisting an army of the best bands in the Northeast and Midwest punk scenes and playing a generation-defining final show at the Madison Arts Barn in May. More than anything else I did this year, attending this show made me truly proud to be from Connecticut. I wore that orange wristband for months afterward.
2. LCD Soundsystem live at Madison Square Garden, New York City NY - 4/2/11
If My Heart To Joy's breakup was the saddest local disbandment, LCD Soundsystem's was the saddest national one. This was a band at the peak of their creative output and potentially on the verge of massive commercial success, and they gave it all up for reasons that are still unclear to me. Thankfully, I got the chance to see their last show at Madison Square Garden, which, if anything, showed exactly how much this band mattered. The show sold out months in advance, and was anticipated with bated breath as everyone waited to see if an independent band could pull something this extravagant off. LCD Soundsystem proved that this was absolutely possible, and if they needed to break up to show just what an indie rock band could do, perhaps it's worth it after all.
Although it wasn’t as big or as extravagant as LCD Soundsystem’s final show, Sufjan Stevens' two night run at Prospect Park in Brooklyn holds a place in my heart as undoubtedly the most personally significant live music event of the year for me. In many ways, the two shows (both of which I attended) felt like the culmination of all of Sufjan's previous efforts. It was a cataclysmic declaration of his creative voice, and a stunning indication of his ability to exercise that voice, with well over a dozen musicians, electronic light displays, and a focus on music from the highly conceptual Age of Adz LP from 2010. And yet, perhaps because the show took place in a venue that Sufjan called “his backyard,” the shows also felt incredibly intimate and personal. Sufjan Stevens deserves the credit for being the first artist to “get me into” modern independent music, and with the Prospect Park shows in August, I felt like my musical interests had finally, truly been validated.
View more photos HERE.
The Guru live at The Space, Hamden CT - 6/11/11
Frank Turner live at Heirloom Arts Theater, Danbury CT - 9/20/11
Hostage Calm live at The Space, Hamden CT - 9/24/11
Thank you to everyone who read and enjoyed any of my 2011 lists. This has been a very enjoyable ordeal for me, and I’m really satisfied with how everything turned out. 2011 has treated me very well musically, and all I can do is attempt to give back in some way. Now that I’ve finished covering 2011, I’m going to set my sights on 2012 and hope for the best. Thanks for everything.
Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 12/2/11
Last night’s show with my friend Jared Eisenberg went without a hitch. Thanks to everyone who called in and everyone who listened last night. Here’s the full playlist from the show, complete with links to listen to each song.
- 1. The Cure - "Lovesong"
- 2. The Hold Steady - "Barfruit Blues"
- 3. Black Flag - “My War”
- 4. Wild Flag - "Romance"
- 5. Los Campesinos! - "By Your Hand"
- 6. Minutemen - "Theater Is The Life of You"
- 7. Mission of Burma - "That’s When I Reach For My Revolver"
- 8. Diarrhea Planet - “Juggernaut!”
- 9. Bust It! - "Yesterday’s News"
- 10. Minor Threat - "Screaming At A Wall"
- 11. Pixies - "Wave Of Mutilation"
- 12. Total Babes - “Give Me Nothing”
- 13. Maritime - "It’s Casual"
- 14. The Rural Alberta Advantage - "The Breakup"
- 15. Spraynard - "We’re Pretty Nice Guys"
- 16. Sharon Van Etten - "Serpents"
- 17. LCD Soundsystem - "Dance Yrself Clean"
- 18. The Las - "There She Goes"
- 19. Matthew Sweet - "Girlfriend"
- 20. Beirut - "A Candle’s Fire"
- 21. Marissa Nadler - "Wedding"
- 22. Little Scream - "Cannons"
- 23. Bjork - "Crystalline"
- 24. Holy Ghost! - "Do It Again"
- 25. Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) - "When You Are Done Living On Borrowed Time"
- 26. La Dispute - "Harder Harmonies"
- 27. Pianos Become The Teeth - "Shared Bodies"
- 28. Wess Meets West - "Deadlock Arms"
- 29. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Little Wing" (Request)
- 30. Nicolas Jaar - "Colomb"
Tune in next Friday for another live broadcast of Left of the Dial on WNHU!
7costanza-deactivated20120617 asked: Did you go to the last LCD Soundsystem show at msg?
Yes, it was incredible. I had seated tickets but I snuck into the pit early on. Amazing show.
Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 5/20/11
I had so much fun during last nights Left of the Dial radio show on WNHU! I played a lot of music from bands who are playing B.O.M.B. Fest in Hartford next weekend, along with some old (and not so old) favorites of mine. The full playlist is below, complete with youtube links to each song (when available). Remember to tune in next Friday, where I’ll be getting everyone psyched up for B.O.M.B. Fest the next day!
- 1. Low - “Sandinista” (Daytrotter Session Version)
- 2. Broken Social Scene - "Meet Me In the Basement"
- 3. Anamanaguchi - "Dawn Metropolis"
- 4. Dan Deacon - "Red F"
- 5. Man Man - "Dark Arts"
- 6. Beck - "Peaches and Cream"
- 7. The Postal Service - "Recycled Air"
- 8. Best Coast - "Bratty B"
- 9. Real Estate - "Fake Blues"
- 10. High Pop - “Concrete Surfer”
- 11. The Guru - “Aloha Hawaii”
- 12. James Blake - “Lindisfarne” (Single Version)
- 13. LCD Soundsystem - "Home"
- 14. Dirty Beaches - "True Blue"
- 15. The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - “To Miss Catherine (A Birthday Gift. Sorry I Can’t Do Better, But Still…)” (Live in New Haven 3.4.11 Bootleg)
- 16. My Heart to Joy - “Can You Feel It, Captain Compost?!”
- 17. Midi & The Modern Dance - “Out the Room Pt. 2”
- 18. Bon Iver - "Holocene"
- 19. Bright Eyes - "Arienette"
- 20. Man Man - "Black Mission Goggles"
- 21. Tom Waits - "The Heart of Saturday Night"
- 22. R.E.M. - "Hyena"
- 23. Sebadoh - “Give Up”
- 24. Cap’n Jazz - "Little League"
- 25. The Antlers - “Putting The Dog To Sleep”
- 26. Primal Scream - "Damaged"
- 27. Big Star - "Watch the Sunrise"
I hope you enjoyed the show!
Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 4/15/11
I’ve been pretty bad about posting my radio show playlists lately. I’m really sorry about that, and I promise I’ll be posting them more regularly from now on. Below is Friday’s playlist, complete with youtube links where applicable.
- Grandaddy - "He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s The Pilot"
- Cymbals Eat Guitars - "And The Hazy Sea"
- Dirty Projectors - "Cannibal Resource"
- Animal Collective - "Grass"
- The Guru - “Arizona”
- Low - "Try To Sleep"
- Deakin - "Country Report"
- Panda Bear - "Last Night at the Jetty" (Tomboy version)
- LCD Soundsystem - "I Can Change"
- The Postal Service - "Sleeping In"
- The Magnetic Fields - "Famous"
- Suicide - "Ghost Rider"
- Dirty Beaches - "Sweet 17"
- Joan of Arc - "If There Was A Time #1"
- Fleet Foxes - "Bedouin Dress"
- Midi & The Modern Dance - “Eleanor’s Song”
- Belle and Sebastian - "Expectations"
- Sufjan Stevens - "Decatur, or, Round of Applause For Your Stepmother"
- The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Crosstown Traffic"
- The Feelies - “Way Down”
- Beach Fossils - "Sometimes"
- Sebadoh - "Drama Mine"
- Tigers Jaw - "Smile"
- Snowing - "Kirk Cameron Crowe"
- My Heart to Joy - “Taken With A Presence”
- The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - "Victim Kin Seek Suit"
- Built to Spill - "In The Morning"
- R.E.M. - "Near Wild Heaven"
- The Magnetic Fields - "Boa Constrictor"
Tune in this friday from 6-8 pm eastern time HERE.
Here are some awful cell phone shots I took during last night’s LCD Soundsystem show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, which of course was their last show ever. The balloons dropped right at the end. I was in the floor-level seats right behind the GA pit for most of the show.
Song of the Day Number 123
LCD Soundsystem - “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”
In Case You Missed It of the Day: Last night, LCD Soundsystem concluded their short but storied contribution to music with a comprehensive 230-minute set at Madison Square Garden.
Jeremy Larson described the final show thus: “[T]his concert should be documented as an exploration how one band compiled every good sound from every band that came before them and turned it into a four hour sound orgasm.”
Notable guest appearances include Reggie Watts @ 1:12 and Arcade Fire @ 2:04. Check the video’s description for a complete set list.
So, I was here last night. I’m too tired / my throat is too sick to do anything but drink tea and lie down, but it was worth it. Pretty much the best show I’ve ever seen.
Song of the Day Number 122
LCD Soundsystem - “I Can Change”
I had a difficult relationship with LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening upon its release. For whatever reasons, possibly of the personal nature, I disliked the album and just couldn’t get into it. I tricked myself into thinking that it was one of those albums that wasn’t really good or consistent but that happened to contain some of the best songs of the year. In some sense, I still hold this to be true, but now that those personal matters don’t affect me anymore, I’m finding a lot to love about This Is Happening. While in the past I had focused on the album’s bookends, the album’s much-lauded single “I Can Change” finally clicked with me a while ago. This song is honestly one of the best songs in the history of LCD Soundsystem. In light of the show at Madison Square Garden tonight, which I will be attending, I’m getting really excited about LCD Soundsystem in a way that I really haven’t ever been, at least since the first time I listened to “All My Friends”.
I’m taking a train down to Stamford, CT in a short while, and from there I’ll be driving into the city. So excited!
SUPER RELEVANT UPCOMING ~ * INDIE * ~ EVENTS THAT I HAVE TICKETS TO:
- LCD SOUNDSYSTEM FINAL SHOW AT MSG
- JEFF MANGUM IN BOSTON
BOW TO ME
Song of the Day Number Eighty
LCD Soundsystem - “Losing My Edge”
I was there in 1968.
I was there at the first Can show in Cologne.
I was there in 1974 at the first Suicide practices in a loft in New York City.
I was there when Captain Beefheart started up his first band.
I was the first guy playing Daft Punk to the rock kids.
I was there in the Paradise Garage DJ booth with Larry Levan.
I was there in Jamaica during the great sound clashes.
and on April 2nd 2011, I will be there at the final LCD Soundsystem show in New York City.