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”
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Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 8/3/12
Last night, Robert Mathis guested on my radio show Left of the Dial, performing an acoustic set as The Human Fly and engaging in a dialogue with me that really illuminated his creative process and made me appreciate his music even more. After the performance, Robert and I talked about the music that influenced his work as The Human Fly, and he shared a playlist of hand-selected tracks that represented what he was listening to around that time. Though brief, the 6-song playlist was great, and Robert was a total pro behind the radio console. Because we had extra time, we tacked on a track by Giles Corey as well.
Check out his full playlist below, and stream it via spotify at the embedded link below that.
- 1. The Walker Brothers - “The Electrician”
- 2. Screaming Females - “A New Kid”
- 3. Flipper - “Ever”
- 4. Bruce Springsteen - “Highway Patrolman”
- 5. Samuel Barber - “Adagio For Strings”
- 6. The Gunshy - “I Will Die Alone”
- 7. Giles Corey - "A Sleeping Heart"
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Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 5/18/12
Thanks to everyone who tuned in to last night’s show! I got a lot of requests through tumblr, some of which I didn’t get around to playing, so thanks well for that! Check out the full playlist from last night immediately below, and stream all the tracks that were available on Spotify below that.
- 1. The Smashing Pumpkins - “Zero”
- 2. The Hold Steady - “Soft In The Center”
- 3. Japandroids - “Adrenaline Nightshift”
- 4. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - “Young Adult Friction” (Requested by anon)
- 5. Screaming Females - “I Don’t Mind It”
- 6. The Hiya Dunes - "Black Fur"
- 7. Fang Island - "Asunder"
- 8. Iron Chic - “Cutesy Monster Man”
- 9. Animal Collective - “Honeycomb”
- 10. St. Vincent - “Cheerleader”
- 11. The Act of Estimating As Worthless - "Black Fly"
- 12. Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s - “Dress Me Like A Clown”
- 13. Sun Kil Moon - “Among The Leaves”
- 14. The Tallest Man On Earth - "1904"
- 15. The Smiths - “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”
- 16. Sean Milo - "Eyes So Small"
- 17. Sharon Van Etten - “Leonard”
- 18. Sea Snakes - “Forget-Me-Not Night”
- 19. Owen Pallett - “Lewis Takes His Shirt Off” (Requested by whileyouweresleeping)
- 20. The Rural Alberta Advantage - “North Star”
- 21. Spiritualized - “Too Late”
- 22. The Men - “Candy”
- 23. The Replacements - “Swingin Party”
- 24. Joy Division - “Atmosphere”
- 25. Built To Spill - “The Weather”
- 26. My Heart To Joy - "All Of Life Is Coming Home" (Live 05/14/12)
Lewis and his Blog April 2012 Mix
Of the four installments in the monthly 10-track mix series that I started at the beginning of this year on Lewis and his Blog, this one has been the hardest to put together. I listened to so much great new music this month that it was very difficult to choose just ten songs to represent all of it. Nevertheless, I think I did a pretty good job. This is easily my favorite monthly mix that I’ve made so far, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do. Stream the embedded mix below or the click the picture above to listen to the mix via 8tracks.
1. Japandroids - “The House That Heaven Built”
When Japandroids debuted this track from their new album Celebration Rock at the beginning of the month, my already dangerously high excitement level for new Japandroids music reached critical mass. Now that the album has leaked and “The House That Heaven Built” has had time to settle into the Japandroids canon, I’m still convinced: This might just be their best song yet. With an explosive chorus, pristine power pop riffage, and more hooks than you can shake a stick at, I don’t think that anything I’ve heard this year has made me want to yell and pump my fist while crowdsurfing more than this track. Pre-order Celebration Rock now from Polyvinyl Records.
2. Screaming Females - “Expire”
With Steve Albini at the helm, the New Jersey punk trio Screaming Females may have upped the production ante on their rich new album Ugly, but its best moments reflect what they’ve always done best. On “Expire,” frontwoman Marissa Paternoster howls and wails like a post-punk legend while she and her bandmates craft a swirling, angular brand of garage punk with inflections of surf rock. Add in a monstrous guitar solo and a killer chorus, and you’ve got a single that seems primed for the coming summer months. Ugly is out now on Don Giovanni Records.
3. St. Vincent - “KROKODIL”
Coachella crowdsurfing aside, this is a song that nobody expected St. Vincent to make. In a complete reversal of the steely, reserved art pop that she crafted on last year’s rather middling Strange Mercy, Annie Clark absolutely cuts loose on “KROKODIL,” her new single released on 7” vinyl for Record Store Day. The track is angry, brash, and most importantly fun, all three of which are qualities rarely displayed in the music of St. Vincent. Hopefully this is an indication of things to come for her.
4. People Who Love People - “The Dirty Misogynist Gets His Wings Cut Off”
On their new record Disappointment: The Album, the Connecticut group People Who Love People remind me a lot of Andrew Jackson Jihad, if Andrew Jackson Jihad had tried to make Knife Man back when they were just getting their start in 2005. It’s rife with vaulting ambition, radically varied on a song-to-song basis between different styles, and undoubtedly good, but it plods along with an endearing quality of inexperience and youthfulness that can neither be overlooked nor dismissed. Still, they certainly do craft some great songs on here. In particular, the harmonica-punctured, drum machine powered, distortion fest “The Dirty Misogynist Gets His Wings Cut Off” is a great highlight. That reminds me — this band is great with song titles. Download Disappointment: The Album HERE.
5. Death Grips - “Hacker”
I’m still not sure if I really get Death Grips, but I’m certainly fascinated by them. Their new album The Money Store might not be the perfect record that some (*ahem* Anthony Fantano) have touted it to be, but it’s a vast improvement over their 2011 mixtape Exmilitary that leaves me wondering whether I can truly enjoy this band that I previously ruled out. “Hacker” might be the album’s most immediately appealing track (although not strictly the most immediate) because it manages to find balance between the fucked up mythos of the group and their actual musical talent. “Gaga can’t handle this shit.” Neither can any of us. Purchase The Money Store from Epic Records via Amazon HERE.
6. El-P - “Oh Hail No” (Feat. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire & Danny Brown)
I wrote about this new El-P track yesterday in my review of his new album Cancer For Cure, so I’ll spare the details here, but suffice to say that this track is a huge banger and a definite album highlight on a record filled with raw, motormouthed rap and vicious mechanical beats. El-P and up-and-comer Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire are in top form here, and although I can’t say I’m a fan of Danny Brown’s verse from a technical perspective, that guy certainly knows how to make a song his own. Cancer For Cure is available for pre-order from Fat Possum.
7. Sufjan Stevens & Rosie Thomas - “Here I Am!”
After a very disappointing collaborative EP with his new group s /s / s, I’m happy to say that Sufjan Stevens has earned my trust again with his new Record Store Day 7”. It turns out that he just needed to do a little work with his longtime collaborator Rosie Thomas in order to get his groove back. Although Sufjan is still operating in that weird auto-tuned electronic style that he’s been obsessed with since 2010’s The Age Of Adz, his lyrics on this new track hit a lot closer to home than anything he’s done since the All Delighted People EP. Thomas’s vocals (also auto-tuned) are a nice treat as well.
8. Suns - “Crocodile”
Bolstered by the addition of a dynamic new guitarist, the Connecticut group Suns stepped their game up to great effect on their new LP The Engine Room. Released a few days in advance of the album, the single “Crocodile” is the best track — a dynamic, pulsating song that slithers about in the reeds before explosively pouncing in its incendiary final minute. That last conflagration of guitar noise, bitter screams, and propulsive drumming might be my favorite isolated minute of music that 2012 has given me. Download The Engine Room from Suns’ bandcamp page.
9. The Act of Estimating As Worthless - “The Things We Remember”
In my review of The Act Of Estimating As Worthless' new album (the title of which is even longer than the band's name), I focused on “The Things We Remember” as the album's centerpiece — a lush, nostalgic song that captures the dusty ruminations and memories of the album within its ~3 minute running time. Although the track works best in the album's context, it stands up well enough on its own, thanks in part to its instrumental dynamics. Echoing Mount Eerie, the song begins quietly and soon burns up in a pyre of distortion. The twin vocalists play it cool throughout the whole piece, and go down calmly in the flames. Download the new album HERE.
10. Sigur Rós - “Varúð”
Sigur Rós' new album Valtari has earned the distinction of being the only Sigur Rós I can listen to in full while falling asleep at night. The only remote impediment to the washed out, ambient atmosphere that hangs over Valtari comes in the form of “Varúð,” the sole track on the new album that approaches the level of cathartic grandeur of their earlier material. Although the Icelandic group may only try to craft a post-rock crescendo once on Valtari, it’s clear that they still know how to do it well — “Varúð” features a breathtaking instrumental buildup that rivals Sigur Rós’ most angelically heavy past work. Preorder Valtari from Sigur Rós’ website HERE.
Thanks for reading and listening to this month’s mix! As always, feel free to stream and read along to any of the past monthly mixes by clicking the “Monthly Mix” tab towards the left of this page. Otherwise, just click HERE. Enjoy!
Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 4/27/12
Thanks for tuning in to Left of the Dial last night. By popular demand, I’ve decided to start posting my weekly radio playlists on Spotify, even though not all the songs are available. If you would like to stream the playlist on Spotify, I’ve embedded it below, sans the 7 songs that weren’t available. The full playlist can be found directly below, but I’ve only attached links to the songs that weren’t available on Spotify. If you’re not on Spotify already, hopefully this will provide you with an incentive to get on that!
- 1. Ceremony - “Into The Wayside Part I\Sick”
- 2. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists - “Dial Up”
- 3. Bomb The Music Industry! - “Everyone That Loves You”
- 4. Titus Andronicus - "Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With The Flood Of Detritus"
- 5. The Fucking Cops - "Paycheck"
- 6. Screaming Females - “It All Means Nothing”
- 7. St. Vincent - "KROKODIL"
- 8. Andrew Jackson Jihad - “Heartilation”
- 9. Ceremony - “Citizen”
- 10. One Hundred Year Ocean - "Poison Smoak"
- 11. Desaparecidos - “Greater Omaha”
- 12. Beach House - “Lazuli”
- 13. Fang Island - “Sideswiper”
- 14. The Guru - "Pirate’s Cove"
- 15. The Format - “She Doesn’t Get It”
- 16. Sufjan Stevens/Rosie Thomas - "Here I Am!"
- 17. Serengeti & Polyphonic - “Bon Voyage”
- 18. Aesop Rock - “Labor”
- 19. Zammuto - “Groan Man, Don’t Cry”
- 20. Jack White - “Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy”
- 21. Elvis Costello - “Every Day I Write The Book”
- 22. Simon & Garfunkel - “Cecilia”
- 23. Red House Painters - “San Geronimo”
- 24. Cameron Boucher - "27"
- 25. Into It. Over It. - “Raw Bar OBX 2002”
- 26. Sigur Rós - “Varúð”
Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 4/6/12
Thanks to everybody who tuned in to last night’s live broadcast of Left of the Dial on WNHU. The full playlist is below along with links to stream each of the songs. Tune in next Friday for another broadcast.
- 1. Teenage Fanclub - "The Concept"
- 2. Girls - "Honey Bunny"
- 3. Sebadoh - "Magnet’s Coil"
- 4. Joyce Manor - "Beach Community"
- 5. Japandroids - "The House That Heaven Built"
- 6. The Strokes - "Hard To Explain"
- 7. The Hold Steady - “Party Pit”
- 8. Midi & The Modern Dance - "Everything I Touch (Just Falls Apart)"
- 9. Suns - "Crocodile"
- 10. Martin Luther King - "Boneflower"
- 11. Stay Ahead Of The Weather - "Get Old Or Die Tryin’"
- 12. LVL UP - "ROMAN CANDLE"
- 13. Screaming Females - "Expire"
- 14. Jaill - "Waste A Lot Of Things"
- 15. The Act Of Estimating As Worthless - "The Things We Remember"
- 16. Scott Walker - "Mathilde"
- 17. Jaques Brel - "La Chanson De Jacky"
- 18. Broadcaster - "All Your Friends"
- 19. WHY? - "Good Friday"
- 20. Serengeti - "Long Ears" (feat. Yoni Wolf and Becky Wolf)
- 21. Astronautalis - "Meet Me Here Later"
- 22. The Cure - "Close To Me"
- 23. The Unicorns - "Ghost Mountain"
- 24. Lower Dens - "Brains"
- 25. Beach House - "Myth"
- 26. Dirty Projectors - "Useful Chamber"
- 27. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billie - "Death To Everyone"
- 28. Poliça - "Amongster"
- 29. Craig Finn - "Honolulu Blues"
- 30. Red House Painters - "Brown Eyes"
As some of you may know, I’ve started writing for The Needle Drop again in a limited capacity. I’ll repost some of my favorite new tracks that I’ve written about for TND here as they go online.
Screaming Females - “Expire”
New Jersey indie rockers Screaming Females are gearing up to release their new album, Ugly, on April 3rd, and they just dropped a new track from it. “Expire” is a gritty garage stomper with a classic 70s post-punk bite, replete with jittery lead guitar in the verses and basement-filling drums. It’s not completely foreign territory for the Screamales, but it does present something of a departure from the straight up college rock sound of their earlier work. Plus, even though Steve Albini’s approach as a producer is notoriously hands-off, there is something to be said for the production on this track. As gritty and punk as it sounds, “Expire” still boasts an excellent mix, in which all the instruments come through loud, clean, and clear.
However, the best part of the song are frontwoman Marissa Paternoster’s vocals. She yelps and shrieks like an animal on this track, calling to mind post-punk legends like Siouxsie Sioux with her tremolo-riddled wail. More than anything, she sounds like she’s having fun, and as a listener, I am too. Ugly is available for pre-order now from Don Giovanni Records.
Originally posted on The Needle Drop HERE.
"SCREAMING ON PLANET TITUS" SPRING 2012 TOUR
“SCREAMING ON PLANET TITUS”3 / 5 - BALTIMORE, MD - OTTOBAR TICKETS3 / 6 - RICHMOND, VA - STRANGE MATTER TICKETS3 / 7 - NASHVILLE, TN - THE FREAKIN’ WEEKEND @ THE END TICKETS3 / 9 - ATHENS, GA - CALEDONIA LOUNGE (18+) TICKETS3 /10 - ATLANTA, GA - THE BASEMENT (18+) TICKETS3/11 - NEW ORLEANS, LA - HOUSE OF BLUES (18+) TICKETS3/12 - HOUSTON, TX - WAREHOUSE LIVE STUDIO TICKETSPUNK IS BACK2012
So, Titus Andronicus has an official tumblr page now, which you might want to check out. Here are some dates from their upcoming March tour with Screaming Females and Diarrhea Planet.