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Touring the world one pair of headphones at a time...

Feb 17, 2017

So this one's back to random access theater - music done with no concern for being consistent or reliable. It's just going to play what it wants how it wants. You should just shove it into your earholes and not try and fight back. You'll only go crazy if you do...

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Setlist:

  • "Offensive Language" - George Carlin
  • "Star Roving" - Slowdive
  • "Припева нет" - Uma2rman
  • "Bird's Nest" - Charlie Parker
  • "Selfless, Cold, and Composed" - Ben Folds Five
  • "Inside Out" - The Chameleons UK
  • "Euphoria, Take My Hand" - Glasvegas
  • "Not Afraid Anymore" - Halsey
  • "This Is War" - Thirty Seconds To Mars
  • "I'm Into Something Good" - Herman's Hermits
  • "Falling Down" - Oasis
  • "How Bizarre" - OMC
  • "La Lune (ft. Dan Smith)" - Madeon
  • "I Am Here" - Picnic
Feb 14, 2017

This isn't an episode full of chipper, happy, upbeat love songs, but there's a lot of good music here, if you like...

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Setlist:

  • "Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns" - Mother Love Bone
  • "Cologne (Piano Orchestra Version)" - Ben Folds
  • "Something I Can Never Have (2010 Remaster)" - Nine Inch Nails
  • "My Instincts Are The Enemy" - American Football
  • "Heaven Knows I'm Lonely Now" - Cracker
  • "Curse Of Love" - The Pogues
  • "So Lonely" - The Police
  • "Love Is Blindness" - U2
  • "Why Can't You Be" - Third Eye Blind
  • "Tired Of Giving Up" - Ryan Adams
  • "Again I Go Unnoticed" - Dashboard Confessional
  • "Tell Tale Signs" - Frank Turner
  • "Nothing Lasts For Long" - The Samples
Feb 10, 2017

This episode is not for kids. But it makes me laugh. Give it a listen. Tell other people to listen to it. And good LORD the show with me and Topher got a lot of downloads... I'm not sure if that's because it's long, or because people enjoyed hearing me and someone else bounce off one another...

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Setlist:

  • "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television" - George Carlin
  • "Fortunate Son" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "This House Is Not For Sale" - Ryan Adams
  • "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)" - Pink Floyd
  • "Jimmy" - Tool
  • "I Fought The Law" - The Clash
  • "War Pigs" - Faith No More
  • "Dominion/Mother Russia" - The Sisters Of Mercy
  • "Super Stupid" - Funkadelic
  • "Filthy Words" - George Carlin
Feb 7, 2017

Sort of back to our normal mishmash of styles and genres and bands and things, but hey, who can tell any more. It's a lot of music that keeps me moving and getting through the rough political snafus we keep getting. It seems like each and every day, something new gets fucked up. The show on the weekend is going to swear a lot, so be warned of that, but this should mostly just be music to ease the roughness of the days...

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Playlist:

  • "Have You Passed Through This Night?" - Explosions In The Sky
  • "Where'd You Go (ft. Holly Brook & Jonah Matranga)" - Fort Minor
  • "Love Or Confusion" - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • "Doomsday" - Ryan Adams
  • "King Of Pain" - The Police
  • "Know Your Quarry" - Biffy Clyro
  • "Unfamiliar Ceilings" - Fightstar
  • "My Descent Into Madness" - Eels
  • "I Can't Quit You Baby" - Led Zeppelin
  • "Silent All These Years" - Tori Amos
  • "Break Myself" - Something Corporate
  • "Leather Jacket" - Arkells
  • "Call Me" - Blondie
  • "Sexual Healing" - Marvin Gaye
Feb 3, 2017

So, this is a strange one... I don't know how many of you are going to want to download and listen to this, but this show was recorded Wednesday with my oldest friend, Topher, who was in town, and features a lot of us talking about how we met, how we grew up, our time rooming together in college, the period in time where we faded from each others' lives and our eventual return and where it's found us.

 

Don't get me wrong. There's a bunch of music here, and I think the conversations are a fascinating look inside of my head from an outside perspective of someone who's known me the longest, but your mileage may vary. What with downloads being as low as they have been the last few weeks, I'm starting to think that I can do whatever I want and it won't affect the tiny number of listeners I have anyway.

 

The conversation volume levels for this episode are all over the place - sorry about that. I've never done a show with someone else before. The music selection leans very heavily into the late '90s (surprise) but I think the show is worth listening to, even if you may not. It's up to you. It's also a long show, just under 3 hours, with probably 45 minutes of that me and Topher talking. Up to you.

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Setlist:

  • "Carouselambra" - Led Zeppelin
  • "San Jose" - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  • "Going Back To Cali" - The Notorious B.I.G.
  • "Song 2" - Blur
  • "My Kingdom" - The Future Sound Of London
  • "Army" - Ben Fold Five
  • "Don't Drink The Water" - Dave Matthews Band
  • "Perfect Day" - Lou Reed
  • "3 Libras" - A Perfect Circle
  • "The Great Below" - Nine Inch Nails
  • "My Name Is Mud" - Primus
  • "Black Star" - Radiohead
  • "The Lovecats" - The Cure
  • "Lemon" - U2
  • "Kick The P.A." - Korn & The Dust Brothers
  • "Homicidal Schizophrenic (A Lad Insane)" - Emergency Broadcast Network
  • "Schism" - Tool
  • "$300" - Soul Coughing
  • "Cure For Pain" - Morphine
  • "Goodbye You Lizard Scum" - Bill Hicks
  • "Journey To The End Of The East Bay" - Rancid
Jan 31, 2017

An episode mostly of protest music, to put you in the right mindset to be fighting daily, and to keep your spirits up, so you know people have your back. It's hardest to be the first person to stand, and it's just as hard to take your first stand, but it's important that everybody get out and protest right now, so we don't take this lying down.

 

There's classic rock, stuff from two of the countries that Trump hates (Syria/Mexico), some stuff from countries that are worried about us (UK/Germany/Japan) some stuff to get you angry, some stuff to help you ease off enough to get your second wind, and then a bit more to get you angry again. This is one of the times that I have to say that Roger Daltrey is wrong - the new boss is not the same as the old boss. Trump's gotta be removed from office as soon as possible, before that's no longer an option... He's currently making Nixon look like a 3rd grade class president with delusions of grandeur. Keep at it, folks.

 

Yeah, I took a little time off. Head wasn't in the right space, body was failing a bit, bunch of other things went sideways, but I didn't quit on you. Don't quit on me. We're worth it, all of us. (And feel free to spread the show around - I know, I know, self-promotion is a shitty thing to have to do when we're in the middle of a revolution, but we all gotta do it anyway...)

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Setlist:

  • "World Leader Pretend" - R.E.M.
  • "Hikari No Machi" - Dragon Ash
  • "We're Not Gonna Take It" - Twisted Sister
  • "Concept of Freedom" - Will Varley
  • "The Sand In The Gears (live)" - Frank Turner
  • "This Is Not America" - David Bowie & The Pat Methany Group
  • "Paint It Black" - The Rolling Stones
  • "Take The Power Back" - Rage Against The Machine
  • "Fighting My Way Back" - Thin Lizzy
  • "Heei Yaa Alahobalin Hoobalowa" - Waaberi
  • "When Life Gives You Lemons PUNCH LIFE IN THE FUCKING FACE" - Akira The Don
  • "Know Your Rights" - The Clash
  • "Revolution" - Wingenfelder:Wingenfelder
  • "Appalachian Springs" - The Verve
  • "11:11" - Rodrigo y Gabriela & C.U.B.A.
  • "Won't Get Fooled Again" - The Who

 

Jan 23, 2017

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Setlist:

  • "Dark Days (Main Theme)" - DJ Shadow
  • "A Deafening Distance" - God Is An Astronaut
  • "Cody" - Mogwai
  • "Quiet" - This Will Destroy You
  • "Losing You To You" - Hammock
  • "God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters" - Moby
  • "Our Sisters" - Signal Hill
  • "Our Hearts Are Read" - The American Dollar
  • "Small Steps" - Saxon Shore
  • "Everything Wrong Is Right Again" - The Six Parts Seven
  • "Your Hand In Mine" - Explosions In The Sky

 

Jan 20, 2017

It's a hard time right now. One of the most despicable people just became the President of the United States, and he's trying to take the country back to the 1800's. We aren't going to stand for it, but it's also important we stand together, and that we remember who and what we're fighting for. It's okay to stumble, it's okay to sit and take a breather, it's okay to lean on someone else for help now and again, but we aren't going to back down, and this show's all about togetherness and trying to stay positive in the face of adversity.

 

I know I said I wasn't going to do a Friday show, but I can change my mind, too, and I keep coming back to this Frank Turner lyric...

 

"So try and get better and don't ever accept less..."

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Setlist:

  • "I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor
  • "Tomorrow" - James
  • "On the Edge of a Cliff" - The Streets
  • "Leon On Me" - Bill Withers
  • "Stand Up And Be Strong" - Soul Asylum
  • "Gimme Shelter" - The Rolling Stones
  • "Don't Give In" - Third Eye Blind
  • "Protection" - Fury In The Slaughterhouse
  • "With A Little Help From My Friends" - Joe Cocker
  • "Get Better" - Frank Turner
  • "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" - U2
  • "Stand By Me" - Ben E. King
  • "We Take Care Of Our Own" - Bruce Springsteen
  • "Don't You (Forget About Me)" - Simple Minds
Jan 18, 2017

Double long show again, because I wanted to do an extra long work out show of stuff I use to motivate myself into going to the horrible gym in an effort to try and get back into shape, a shape other than the one I'm currently in. I hate the gym. Everybody hates the gym, but fuck it, if you want to eat rich, you need to do the work to be able to afford it. And while I'm scaling back what and how I eat, I'm not giving up all the things I like. Fuck that.

Also, no show over the weekend. And still need ideas for the next scene show.

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Setlist:

  • "Born Slippy (Nuxx)" - Underworld
  • "Everything" - VNV Nation
  • "Ready, Steady, Go" - Oakenfold
  • "Nobody Speak (ft. Run The Jewels)" - DJ Shadow
  • "Mind Killer" - Adam Freeland
  • "Stronger" - Kanye West
  • "Let Forever Be" - The Chemical Brothers
  • "Faint" - Linkin Park
  • "Stop The Rock" - Apollo 400
  • "Our Demons (ft. Aja Volkman)" - The Glitch Mob
  • "Discipline" - Nine Inch Nails
  • "Aerodynamic" - Daft Punk
  • "Good Luck (ft. Lisa Kekaula)" - Basement Jaxx
  • "Simply Being Loved (Somnambulist)" - BT
  • "Keep Hope Alive" - The Crystal Method
  • "Hysteria" - Muse
  • "Chinese Burn" - Curve
  • "Dive For You" - Boom Boom Satellites
  • "Come With Me Now" - KONGOS
  • "Ya Mama" - Fatboy Slim
  • "Spybreak!" - Propellerheads
  • "Spygame" - Parov Stelar
  • "All Sewn Up" - David Holmes
  • "A Midwestern Night's Dream" - Ian O'Brien
Jan 10, 2017

It's a double-sized show 100, chuck full of all the stuff I love to listen to, from today all the way back to the 60s. There won't be a show this weekend, but hopefully the larger show makes up for it.

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Setlist:

  • "Hundred Mile High City" - Ocean Colour Scene
  • "Sodajerk" - Buffalo Tom
  • "We Looked Like Giants" - Death Cab For Cutie
  • "Polaroid Picture" - Frank Turner
  • "Congratulations" - Fury In The Slaughterhouse
  • "Mountains" - Biffy Clyro
  • "The Hollow" - A Perfect Circle
  • "I'm A Soldier" - The Afghan Whigs
  • "Some Days Are Better Than Others" - U2
  • "Heroes" - David Bowie
  • "Navigating By The Stars At Night" - Mike Doughty
  • "Tomorrow Never Knows" - The Beatles
  • "Love Is Hell" - Ryan Adams
  • "Just Like Heaven" - The Cure
  • "Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf)" - Pixies
  • "朝凪Revival" - Dragon Ash
  • "Strangers" - Tomoyasu Hotei
  • "Manic Depression" - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • "I Still Remember" - Bloc Party
  • "Fall On Tears" - Love Spit Love
  • "Love Steals Us From Loneliness" - Idlewild
  • "Elephant Stone" - The Stone Roses
  • "Faster" - Third Eye Blind
  • "Starry Eyes" - Too Much Joy
  • "Timberwolves At New Jersey" - Taking Back Sunday
  • "Don't Hate Me" - The Get Up Kids
  • "Here It Comes" - Emeli Sandé & Rick Smith
Jan 6, 2017

It's chilly in San Jose right now, far colder than I like a California winter to be. Hopefully you have someone to hold close right now and keep you warm. If not, the music'll have to do. Hang in there. I'm trying to.

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Setlist:

  • "Where The Streets Have No Name" - U2
  • "A Life Less Ordinary" - Ash
  • "A Lifeless Ordinary (Need A Little Help)" - Motion City Soundtrack
  • "Divorce Song" - Liz Phair
  • "Song Of Love And Hope" - Driftland
  • "Mayonaise" - Smashing Pumpkins
  • "Exile Vilify" - The National
  • "A Letter To Elise (Unplugged)" - The Cure
  • "Yesterday" - The Beatles
  • "F.E.A.R." - Ian Brown
  • "Hold On Me" - SPC ECO
  • "Faith" - George Michael
  • "When I Grow Up" - Garbage
  • "Fall Down (Unplugged)" - Toad The Wet Sprocket
Jan 3, 2017

Mostly just some music for you to listen to.

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Setlist:

  • "Blue Train" - John Coltrane
  • "Mr. Writer" - Stereophonics
  • "Ocean" - Velvet Underground
  • "Still Fighting It" - Ben Folds
  • "The Queen Of Lower Chelsea" - The Gaslight Anthem
  • "Deep Inside Of You" - Third Eye Blind
  • "Wrong Alley Street, Pt. 1" - Chris Joss
  • "Bird's Lament" - Moondog
  • "Supermoon" - Satchel Grande
  • "Fortunate Friends" - Into It. Over It.
  • "Last Goodbye" - Jeff Buckley
  • "Get Miles" - Gomez

 

Jan 1, 2017

Well, this is it folks, the last mix of 2016. The year is finally drawing to a close, and while there were a ton of horrible things that happened, there were a few rays of personal sunshine that I'm going to hold onto dearly into 2017 and hope that I can make it through another go around of the sun.

 

If you're one of those people who enjoys when I make weird left turns in the show, and delights in being surprised, don't read the setlist until you've listened to this episode once...

 

Sorry about no show earlier in the week, but the Year End Concert Review had gotten lost in the holidays, so I wanted to let it have more time for people to listen to it. Hopefully this extra long show makes up for it, and hopefully you people are actually listening to these things. Some days I feel very much like the lone person standing on the edge of the world, shouting into the abyss.

 

But I hope we'll get through things together.

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Setlist:

  • "A Long December" - Counting Crows
  • "It's A Motherfucker" - Eels
  • "Misery" - Soul Asylum
  • "You With Me" - Jimmy Eat World
  • "With Or Without You" - U2
  • "Crying Blue Rain" - Jimi Hendrix
  • "Arashigaoka" - Tomoyasu Hotei
  • "Alone" - Dinosaur Jr.
  • "Soul Meets Body" - Death Cab For Cutie
  • "Sometimes Always (ft. Hope Sandoval)" - The Jesus & Mary Chain
  • "Words You Said... I'll Never Forget You Now" - Hammock
  • "Move" - Miles Davis
  • "Flash And Shadow" - Wanderlust
  • "Hot Thursday" - Bei Bei & Shawn Lee
  • "You" - Candlebox
  • "When You Were Young" - The Killers
  • "Wild, Wild West" - The Escape Club
  • "stir" - Dragon Ash
  • "Hot Traveler" - Failure
  • "Never Tear Us Apart" - INXS
  • "Crazy For You" - Adele
  • "Many Of Horror (When We Collide)" - Biffy Clyro
  • "Don't I Hold You" - Wheat
  • "Goodbyes" - JamisonParker
  • "Livin' On The Edge" - Aerosmith
  • "Highway To Hell" - AC/DC
  • "Together We'll Ring In The New Year" - Motion City Soundtrack
  • "In Love With A Clown" - Fury In The Slaughterhouse
  • "The Astronaut (New Album Mix)" - Something Corporate
  • "Together (ft. Lemon Jelly)" - William Shatner
  • "With A Little Help From My Friends" - The Beatles
  • "Colors Pt. I & II" - Halsey
  • "It's Just A Ride" - Bill Hicks
Dec 23, 2016

Here's everybody I saw live this year, and what I thought about the shows. I talk a bit about each show and sort of frame where I was in the year with it, and why some shows are more important than others. It's a good year end revue of why live music is important to me, who I'll see more than once, and what it takes for me to walk out of a concert I've paid for.

All of this, of course, means this show is more grab bag than normal, and that's saying something. You'll get prog victory metal, neo country, stand up comedy, electro swing and a whole lot more in a little more than two hours. It's all presented in chronological order, starting from last December and up through today, although the last show I saw was a bit back. What can I say, December's been busy.

I do this every December as the scene show, a reminder of how live music plays such an important part in my life. Take a trip down my memory lane, won't you?

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Setlist:

  • "Symphony of the Night" - Dragonforce
  • "Farewell" - Kamelot
  • "Euro-Trash Girl" - Cracker
  • "Northern California Girls" - Camper Van Beethoven
  • "I Need L.O.V.E." - Parov Stelar
  • "I Can Feel You" - Motion City Soundtrack
  • "I Don't Know You Anymore" - Bob Mould
  • "End" - The Cure
  • "Mighty (ft. JFTH)" - Caravan Palace
  • "Blood Pressure" - The Jaguar Club
  • "El Capitan" - Idlewild
  • "Music Jail, Pt. 1 & 2" - They Might Be Giants
  • "West End Riot" - The Living End
  • "Helios Erebus" - God Is An Astronaut
  • "The Party's Over" - Prophets Of Rage
  • "Nobody's Hero" - The Heavy
  • "Pitter Patter (ft. G Jones & Bleep Bloop)" - DJ Shadow
  • "Black Widow Woman" - Gallows Bound
  • "I Am Still The King" - The Goddamn Gallows
  • "Brick O Dildos" - Christopher Titus
  • "Autotheology" - You Blew It!
  • "Homecoming" - Taking Back Sunday
  • "North Star Ordination" - The Appleseed Cast
  • "Sad Heart Of Mine" - Caspian
  • "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" - Monty Python
  • "So Bright" - Pretty Lights

 

Dec 20, 2016

Happy holidays from all of us here at Starlight Society Productions (which is to say, me and my producer/cat Maverick) and I wanted to bring you a show full of a lot of holiday music, but not exclusively holiday music. And I wanted to avoid that sort of stuff you get on the oldies station, or things your parents play to make the family die on saccharine overdose.

So enjoy this one from me to you. Consider it your aural stocking stuffer.

(Which is a nice way of me saying to shove it into your earholes and savor it.)

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Setlist:

  • "Fairytale of New York" - The Pogues
  • "Christmas Lights" - Coldplay
  • "Dance Of the Sugar Plum Fairy" - Akira The Don
  • "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" - U2
  • "The Lights and Buzz" - Jack's Mannequin
  • "Christmas Song" - Mogwai
  • "Christmas Will Break Your Heart" - LCD Soundsystem
  • "Last Christmas" - Jimmy Eat World
  • "Boots" - The Killers
  • "Good Man" - Josh Ritter
  • "The New Year" - Death Cab for Cutie
  • "Let's Spend The Night Together" - The Rolling Stones
  • "Why Don't I" - Sonny Rollins
  • "La Cienega Just Smiled" - Ryan Adams
  • "California (There Is No End To Love)" - U2
Dec 17, 2016

Good music, perhaps a bit more melancholy of Cliff than we need, but the holiday season always tends to darken my clouds a little bit. But there's still plenty of great music for you to enjoy.

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Setlist:

  • "Something Good" - Utah Saints
  • "The Kids Don't Stand A Chance (Chromeo Remix)" - Vampire Weekend
  • "Incite A Riot" - David Holmes
  • "The Mother We Share" - CHVRCHES
  • "Papillon" - The Twilight Singers
  • "The Asian Detective" - Badmarsh & Sri
  • "Jones' Disco" - Los Porcos
  • "Satisfaction" - The Rolling Stones
  • "Brand New Day" - Neil Patrick Harris
  • "Mittens" - Frank Turner
  • "Burst" - Shellyan Orphan
  • "I've Got The Strangest Thoughts" - Ghost Trucker
  • "Henry Don't Got Love" - Le Butcherettes
  • "The Night Before" - Hooverphonic
Dec 13, 2016

http://www.starlightsociety.com/ - That's me. I've got this little podcast I'm pretty proud of, where I spin records that I think people will love, and sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm wrong. Give it a listen.

This particular show dabbles all across things to listen to. You'll find something you love here. At least I hope. That's all I'm trying to do with each and every show...

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Setlist:

  • "Fall" - Something Corporate
  • "Best Imitation Of Myself" - Ben Folds Five
  • "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" - Billy Joel
  • "Right Hand Man" - Broadway Cast Of Hamilton
  • "Maddest Kind Of Love" - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • "Wonder Word" - Supercar
  • "Particle Charge" - Bit Shifter
  • "Simple Forms" - The Appleseed Cast
  • "The Road" - Frank Turner
  • "FMera / Signal To Noise / FMera (reprise)" - Cats Laughing
  • "You Are One" - South
  • "Just When You're Thinkin' Things Over" - The Charlatans
  • "Orange Sky" - Alexi Murdoch
Dec 10, 2016

I can't remember how many people read these liners notes or not, so I'll keep it light for this one, and if you read it, you can scold me for making it so short. I'd love the attention. Heh.

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Setlist:

  • "Do You Still Love Me?" - Ryan Adams
  • "A Movie Script Ending" - Death Cab For Cutie
  • "Carnival" - Natalie Merchant
  • "Fire On The Mountain" - Grateful Dead
  • "When It's Raining" - The Samples
  • "Romeo Had Juliette" - Lou Reed
  • "Phantasm (ft. Laura Darlington)" - Flying Lotus
  • "Time To Pretend" - MGMT
  • "Punching In A Dream" - The Naked And Famous
  • "Here And Now" - Letters To Cleo
  • "Jingo" - Santana
  • "Real Real" - Fiction Plane
  • "Twenty Four Hours" - Joy Division
  • "A Thousand Trees" - Stereophonics
Dec 7, 2016

The days are getting shorter, less sunlight to keep us up and running. But I'm still here. And I still love you.

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Setlist:

  • "Right Here, Right Now" - Jesus Jones
  • "Twenty Years" - Placebo
  • "Even If It Kills Me" - Motion City Soundtrack
  • "Cells" - The Servant
  • "Wrong Impression" - Natalie Imbruglia
  • "High Lonesome" - The Gaslight Anthem
  • "Perfect Day" - supercell
  • "Night Drive" - Jimmy Eat World
  • "Little High Sky Show" - The Drovers
  • "The House Where We Grew Up" - Hammock
  • "Sunflower" - Paul Weller
  • "Call Me In The Afternoon" - Half Moon Run
  • "So Combustible" - Satchel Grande
Dec 3, 2016

Hey folks. Fun little show. Some stuff from Japan, lots of music from different genres and timeframes. A minute or two of me being amazed I've played so little Ben Folds. More from our new favorite person Halsey. A bit of me gushing about a concert from 2015. Lots of fun little things. Have yourselves a happy little weekend.

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Setlist:

  • "Run To The Sun" - Dragon Ash
  • "Hold Me Down" - Halsey
  • "DND" - Semisonic
  • "Four Simple Words" - Frank Turner
  • "Not The Same" - Ben Folds
  • "You've Haunted Me All My Life" - Death Cab For Cutie
  • "Fadeaway" - The BoDeans
  • "Pretty Pimpin" - Kurt Vile
  • "Stella By Starlight" - Miles Davis
  • "愛の愛の星 <Star of Love of Love>" - The Brilliant Green
  • "The Old Apartment" - Barenaked Ladies
  • "Chance Of A Lifetime" - Creeper Lagoon
Nov 29, 2016

As per tradition, November's scene show is always nothing but covers. I have a long standing love affair with the cover song. A great cover version can add to a song, even take mental ownership of a song from the person who wrote it. So here's a couple of hours and change of fantastic cover songs, and some yahoo talking in the middle of them...

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Setlist:

  • "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" - Camper Van Beethoven
  • "When I'm Dead And Gone" - Fury In The Slaughterhouse
  • "All Along The Watchtower" - Jimi Hendrix
  • "Borderline" - Counting Crows
  • "She Don't Use Jelly" - Ben Folds Five
  • "Take On Me" - Reel Big Fish
  • "Tubthumping (feat. The Onion AV Club Choir)" - They Might Be Giants
  • "Paper Planes" - Street Sweeper Social Club
  • "Close To Me" - The Get Up Kids
  • "In Between Days" - Ben Folds
  • "A Letter To Elise" - Sense Field
  • "Let My Love Open The Door" - Luminate
  • "Wish You Were Here" - Catherine Wheel
  • "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" - David Byrne
  • "All Mixed Up" - Red House Painters
  • "Shake It Off" - Ryan Adams
  • "Love Will Tear Us Apart" - Wonderlick
  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - The Bad Plus
  • "Thank You" - Tori Amos
  • "Missing You" - Tyler Hilton
  • "Call Me Maybe" - Enter Shikari
  • "...Baby One More Time" - Fountains Of Wayne
  • "Battlefield" - Fightstar
  • "Thunderstruck" - Steve'n'Seagulls
  • "King Tut" - Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers
  • "Cat's In The Cradle" - Ugly Kid Joe
  • "The Boys Of Summer" - The Ataris
  • "Sweet Child O'Mine" - Luna
  • "Real Love" - The Twilight Singers
  • "East Bound And Down" - Me First & The Gimme Gimmes
  • "Whole Lotta Love" - Hollywood Vampires
  • "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" - Jamison Parker
Nov 26, 2016

So it's Saturday morning in the US, which means technically my birthday's almost over, since I was born in Indonesia, and they're +15 hours from where I am now. But I've never chosen to celebrate it like that. Instead, this will probably hit the airwaves when I'm asleep.

I'm writing all of this four days earlier, but today I turn 40. That means the 30s are over, well, my 30s anyway. Did I do enough with them? Have I started to leave a mark on the world that will outlast me? Did I bring enough positive energy into the world? Was I too afraid, too headstrong, too impatient, too argumentative, too something?

Dunno. Got four days left in my 30s. We'll see what becomes of them. And then we'll see what happens when I get into my 40s. Will the entertainer have an audience, or merely an empty room?

Look at me, getting all melancholy and shit. Anyway. This is a bunch of music I wanted to listen to, so I built this mix for me, to get me through my 40th birthday.  Maybe it'll be awesome. I'd like to hope so. Regardless, it'll be a ride. You're welcome to come along as well.

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Setlist:

  • "Motorcycle Drive By" - Third Eye Blind
  • "Drowning..." - Boiled In Lead
  • "Looking At The World From The Bottom Of A Well" - Mike Doughty
  • "I've Been Waiting" - Matthew Sweet
  • "Bubbles" - Biffy Clyro
  • "Teenage Wristband" - The Twilight Singers
  • "May This Be Love" - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • "Halo" - The Cure
  • "Oh My God, Whatever, Etc." - Ryan Adams
  • "If I Am" - My Bloody Valentine
  • "...Long Time Ago" - Concrete Blonde
  • "[Untitled]" - Smashing Pumpkins
  • "Change Your Mind" - The Killers
  • "This Will Be My Year" - Semisonic
  • "Sleep" - Taking Back Sunday
  • "Omerta / The Vampire Lanois" - The Afghan Whigs
  • "Fetish" - Tomoyasu Hotei
  • "'40'" - U2
  • "I'll Catch You" - The Get Up Kids
  • "A Man Needs To Be Told" - The Charlatans
  • "Romantic" - Fury In The Slaughterhouse
  • "This Modern Love" - Bloc Party
  • "Hands Down" - Dashboard Confessional (ft. Michael Stipe)
  • "Hey Jude" - The Beatles
Nov 21, 2016

So Monday morning show, huh? I know, right? Get over yourself, and don't get used to the idea. I'm not often up early enough for this, but hell with it. Sometimes you do where the muse takes you.

This week, we've got indie pop, Japanese singing dentists, classic rock and our friend's band with her on vocals, as well as the song that has been stuck in my head for much of the last week. Next show's on Saturday, not Friday. Also, correction to the Leonard Cohen RIP show - the muse he wrote the song about was Marianne, not Suzanne. I was tired. Sue me. Or don't. Please don't. I need what little money I have. I have places to go, people to see...

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Setlist:

  • "Silk" - Wolf Alice
  • "ロンリーボーイ" - Galileo Galilei
  • "Privilege (Set Me Free)" - Patti Smith Group
  • "Ghost" - Halsey
  • "Woman In Chains" - Tears For Fears
  • "I Had A Vision" - Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
  • "What You Do To Me" - Teenage Fanclub
  • "Sittin' On A Rubbish Can" - Banjo Racketeers
  • "Marching Bands Of Manhattan" - Death Cab For Cutie
  • "I'll Be Your Mirror (Live)" - The Velvet Underground
  • "Slow" - The Chain Gang of 1974
  • "A Song About Hope" - Ulrich Schnauss
  • "Setsuna" - GReeeeN
  • "Ender Will Save Us All" - Dashboard Confessional
Nov 18, 2016

It's a Unified Theme show! We haven't done one of these in while... the last one was, what, "#35 - the one about rain"? Far too long! This shall be fixed! So yeah, while the country's in the shitshow, I'm in a a great mood, so hopefully you aren't letting the world get you down too much. In fact, shows 83, 84 and 86 form a nice little triptych - panic, anger and recovery. Use as recommended by your physician, or the nice fellow in the white coat with the long sleeves, whoever happens to be closer.

Sometimes the path can be dark for a long while, but there will always be light again, and it will be that much more sweet when it appears, as you appreciate it all the moreso.

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Setlist:

  • "Learning To Fly" - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • "Take Flight" - Lindsey Stirling
  • "Jet" - Paul McCartney & Wings
  • "Planes Over The Skyline" - Swervedriver
  • "Learning To Fly" - Pink Floyd
  • "Airplane" - Indigo Girls
  • "Flight (from Ka')" - Cirque Du Soleil
  • "In Flight" - Danny Wright
  • "Flying" - Death In Vegas
  • "Jetpack Blues, Sunset Hues" - Anamanaguchi
  • "Night Flight" - Led Zeppelin
  • "Takesoffs And Landings" - The Ataris
  • "Fly Away" - The Living End
  • "Big Jet Plane" - Primal Scream

 

Nov 14, 2016

There's no way to write anything short about Leonard Cohen, but I wanted to put together an overview of his life and music for all the people who've been telling me - "I don't know that much about Leonard Cohen. Where do I start?"

As with our RIP shows, there are a number of cover versions and I recommend you go out and get The Essential Leonard Cohen to start with, and grow from there, although you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't get "You Want It Darker," his final album released only weeks before his demise.

Here's Leonard Cohen...

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Setlist:

  • "Suzanne" - Leonard Cohen
  • "So Long, Marianne" - Leonard Cohen
  • "The Sisters Of Mercy" - Sting & The Chieftains
  • "Bird On A Wire" - Leonard Cohen
  • "Famous Blue Raincoat" - Tori Amos
  • "Hallelujah" - Jeff Buckley
  • "Coming Back To You" - Trisha Yearwood
  • "Everybody Knows" - Concrete Blonde
  • "I'm Your Man" - Leonard Cohen
  • "Waiting For The Miracle" - Leonard Cohen
  • "Tower Of Song" - Leonard Cohen & U2
  • "The Future" - Leonard Cohen
  • "A Thousand Kisses Deep" - Leonard Cohen
  • "Going Home" - Leonard Cohen
  • "Slow" - Leonard Cohen
  • "You Want It Darker" - Leonard Cohen
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