Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 1/25/13
Thanks to those of you who tuned in to last night’s broadcast of Left of the Dial. It honestly felt like one of the best shows I’ve had in a long time in terms of playlist quality; maybe this whole ‘losing all the music on my harddrive and rebuilding from scratch’ thing is paying off. Check out the full playlist below and stream the available tracks via Spotify at the embedded link at the bottom. As always, be sure to tune in again next Friday from 6 to 8 PM.
- 1. Hymie’s Basement - “21st Century Pop Song”
- 2. The Dismemberment Plan - “The City”
- 3. Broken Social Scene - “Almost Crimes” (Radio Kills remix)
- 4. Bleeding Rainbow - “Pink Ruff”
- 5. Television - “Venus”
- 6. Hallelujah The Hills - “Get Me In A Room”
- 7. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - “So Good At Being In Trouble”
- 8. Sidewalk Dave - “Cayenne”
- 9. Titus Andronicus - “Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With The Flood of Detritus”
- 10. Suns - “Be Good Boy”
- 11. Iceage - “Coalition”
- 12. X - “We’re Desperate”
- 13. Pylon - “Crazy”
- 14. Rilo Kiley - “Portions For Foxes”
- 15. Screaming Females - “Poison Arrow”
- 16. Ducktails - “Ivy Covered House”
- 17. Marti Jones - “The Element Within Her” (Elvis Costello cover)
- 18. My Bloody Valentine - “When You Sleep”
- 19. Purity Ring - “Grandloves”
- 20. Eskmo - “We Are All Terrestrial”
- 21. Nosaj Thing - “Home”
- 22. Small Black - “Photojournalist”
- 23. Waxahatchee - “Peace and Quiet”
- 24. Wye Oak - “Civilian”
- 25. Comadre - “Hack”
- 26. Black Moth Super Rainbow - “Windshield Smasher”
- 27. The Magnetic Fields - “Strange Powers”
- 28. Grouper - “Living Room”
Stream via Spotify:
Came home from the SATs to find my promo copy of the new Hallelujah The Hills record in the mail. Thanks Ryan! (Taken with instagram)
Hallelujah The Hills - “Hungry Ghost Extraordinaire”
I just got a message on facebook from Ryan Walsh, the lead singer and songwriter for the Boston-based power pop band Hallelujah The Hills, a group that I first discovered while interning at WNHU over two years ago. Turns out that he’s a reader of Lewis and his Blog! How cool is that!
Anyway, on a less personal but more generally exciting note, Hallelujah The Hills have a new record coming out. No One Knows What Happens Next is the title, and it’s currently slated for a May 22nd release date. They’ve already set up a bandcamp page for it, so feel free to check that out HERE. Two of the album’s tracks are up there now, including this lovely gem “Hungry Ghost Extraordinaire.”
With slow, plodding percussion and soothing strings that seem to evoke the scores of Ken Burns’ documentaries, this track is calmer than most of The Hills’ tracks, but Walsh’s introspective lyrics and vocals make it great. These lyrics are classic Walsh, blending evocative, occasionally absurdist imagery in the vein of Robert Pollard’s lyrics with wonderfully simple but poetic turns of phrase — “What they say about me is true,” he admits, “but what they say about you is too.” I’m not sure exactly what ‘they’ say about Walsh’s so-called “Hungry Ghost Extraordinaire,” but I can bet that it’s worth singing about.
No One Knows What Happens Next will be the first major new music from Hallelujah The Hills since the release of Titus Andronicus' landmark 2010 album The Monitor, my favorite album of that year, which the members of Hallelujah The Hills played on. I got to see this band on tour with Titus Andronicus in support of that record in 2010, and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen to this day. One of the real highlights was when Titus performed “To Old Friends And New,” with Walsh filling in on the vocals that are handled by Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner on the record. I can only hope that I'll be able to catch Hallelujah The Hills again when they tour in support of the new record.
Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 1/20/12
Here’s the playlist from last night’s broadcast of Left of the Dial on WNHU. I tried to play some positive music to counteract my general unhappiness and I guess it worked, at least for the two hours during the show. Notable songs included Sharon Van Etten's beautiful “Kevin's,” from her new album Tramp, which I reviewed earlier today HERE. I also played a track from the new One Hundred Year Ocean EP Poison Smoak, and the new Bruce Springsteen single. I hope those of you who tuned in enjoyed what I had to play.
- 1. The Hold Steady - "Positive Jam"
- 2. Hallelujah The Hills - “It’s All Been Downhill Since The Talkies Started To Sing”
- 3. The Shins - "Simple Song"
- 4. Free Energy - "I’m Going Down" (Bruce Springsteen cover)
- 5. Girls - "Heartbreaker"
- 6. Chestpiece - "Cassius Clay"
- 7. The Flaming Lips - "Do You Realize??"
- 8. Grandaddy - "Hewlett’s Daughter"
- 9. Sharon Van Etten - "Kevin’s"
- 10. Belle and Sebastian - "Seeing Other People"
- 11. The Microphones - "The Moon"
- 12. Laura Stevenson and the Cans - "Master Of Art"
- 13. Spraynard - "We’re Pretty Nice Guys"
- 14. Suns - "Machine"
- 15. Rivers Cuomo - “There Is No Other One”
- 16. Hour of the Star - "Steeplechase"
- 17. One Hundred Year Ocean - “1576”
- 18. Sinforiano Diaz - “Congregation”
- 19. Bruce Springsteen - "We Take Care Of Our Own"
- 20. Okkervil River - "Black"
- 21. of Montreal - "Dour Percentage"
- 22. Cloud Nothings - "Wasted Days"
- 23. The Music Tapes - "The Minister of Longitude"
- 24. Neutral Milk Hotel - "A Baby For Pree/Glow Into You"
- 25. Neutral Milk Hotel - "Little Birds (studio)"
- 26. Neutral Milk Hotel - "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea"
Tune in next Friday for another broadcast on WNHU.
Song of the Day Number 138
Hallelujah The Hills - “Hallelujah The Hills”
Back in July of last year, I saw Boston’s Hallelujah the Hills play a show here in New Haven supporting Titus Andronicus. Although the former band was much more reserved onstage and far less raucous than the latter, there are a number of connections between the two bands that are worth pointing out. Firstly, Hallelujah the Hills played an important part in the crafting of Titus’ 2010 album The Monitor, bringing their energy to the table and pushing the sound of that record to even loftier heights with added instruments and string arrangements.
Additionally, where Titus’ frontman Patrick Stickles writes at length about his pride for New Jersey, Hallelujah the Hills singer Ryan Walsh conveys his pride for Vermont in his band’s music. This is best exemplified by the band’s self-titled song, off their 2009 album Collective Psychosis Begone. The song is a ramshackle indie rock anthem, complete with acoustic guitars, strings, pounding drums, and slightly out-of-place synths. Walsh’s wordy vocal delivery recalls R.E.M.'s “It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”, while the song's melody and sporadic horn breaks evokes some sort of post-modern sea shanty. Like Titus Andronicus' own self-titled song, “Hallelujah The Hills” is an attempt to encapsulate the spirit and ethos of the band in three minutes. “I was born in Vermont, and she was born in Vermont, and we'll all die in Vermont, hallelujah the hills!” he sings, as the instrumentation cuts out. While the rest of Collective Psychosis Begone may fail to sustain the power unleashed by this great track, for at least those three minutes, we’re on Walsh’s side.