So, first order of business - next week's show will go up on Tuesday, not on Monday. That said, this week is a mini-theme show - it's a show dedicated to the stuff I love most of all, as it is my birthday this week (on Thanksgiving no less).
This week also runs a little bit longer than your standard weekly show (by about 10 minutes or so). I still dabble in music from all around the world, but I have a skew towards the things I most wanted to listen to personally this week, and a little less on the discovery. But hey, it should make for a good show nonetheless...
This week, we get extremely international with music from Trinidad, Germany, Portugal, Japan, Russia, India, Mali and China, plus some stuff from the US and England. We dabble into punk, rock, electronica, hip-hop and more. I tell a story about how two different people in my high school had differing opinions about the same band (and how I split the difference.)
The microphone rustle you hear when I'm talking about KES is my cat Maverick, hopping up and into the microphone. I left it on there so he would stop harassing me as I was recording. As always, get the podcast some new friends - tell people about the random jukebox that is the Starlight Society!
Instead of our normal scene shows, for the months of November and December we're going to do something a little bit different. November's big show each year will be a cover songs show, where I play people covering other people's songs. This was such a fun show to put together, I decided to make it an annual thing, so we'll do it again next year! Enjoy!
This week, we don't delve as quite internationally as we usually do, but we play a very wide swath of genres, from an early rap/pop crossover, to the OTHER song that The Rembrandts recorded that got some popularity, to an exotic U2 B-side and more... I also tell a story about dreaming a song I never remember hearing...
I also urge you to go out and find a random person and convince them to download an episode of this podcast (any episode, we're not picky) to try and help us get more listeners.
This week's show, we visit two countries we haven't touched yet: China and Turkey. We also play tracks from each decade of the last half century, giving you 50 years of music all in one big blast. Tell someone new about the show today!
In this episode, we spin some cavernous cover songs, we play big rocks tunes with big rock banjos, we play tracks from Korea, Nigeria and Belgium for the first time, and perhaps most importantly, we celebrate the availability of Dragon Ash here in the states!
Just in time for Halloween, it's a study of Goth Rock, from its precursors to the defining moments to some of the players to some of the latter day neo-goths. Put on your best shades of black, dance in the graveyard under the full moon and strap in for our newest scene/deep dive show, the history of goth rock.
This week, I dial the show up to 11, with songs that go above and beyond the edge, until they find the ledge beyond the edge. It's all about big sounds this week, turned up loud and proud. ENGINES GO!
It's show ten! Double digits! This week we'll explore metal, played acoustically at high speeds or with cellos (accompanied by a tall Japanese man on electric guitar), classic blues, experimental music from Brazil, Russian rock, a new song from my boys in Wingenfelder over in Germany, and many more things indeed. Let's get busy!
(Happy Birthday Avri!)
“She” by The Sundays
“One” by Rip Slyme
“Dancing With Her” by Ewan Dobson
“Jambalaya On The Bayou” by Harry Connick Jr.
“Sene (Working the Land)” by Afro Celt Sound System
“Volare” by The Gipsy Kings
“Minas de Cobre (For Better Metal)” by Calexico
“I Disappear” by Wonderlick
“I'm The Girl” by Heather Nova
“Terra da Fantasia” by El Efecto
“Let The Good Times Roll” by BB King
“Staring At The Sun” by Ultra Vivid Scene
“Beste Band der Welt” by Wingenfelder
“Combat Baby” by Metric
“Blue Storm” by Jay Chou
“Будь моей тенью” by Splean
“I Am Dust” by Gary Numan
“Grace (feat. Hotei)” by Apocalyptica
This week, we've got some leftovers from show 8 as well as a whole slew of new stuff, including Portugese prog-dub, Israeli pop, Ozarkian soundscapes, Croatian cowpunk, Japanese post-rock/math-rock, gospel-esque rap/rock, acid jazz and some Bay Area locals. Welcome to new comers - you should consider going back and catching up on older episodes, but it isn't necessary for enjoyment. To my faithful stalwarts, let's carry on!
(Happy Birthday, Christy!)
From August 26th to August 30th, I lived my own little version of "Grosse Point Blank." Yes, I went back to Omaha for my 20 year class reunion, against all better judgment, and came out feeling pretty okay about the trip. So this is, perhaps, a show that offers a little more insight into your host, but also does it through a musical journey, and will give you an idea of what the Midwest was like in the year 1995. I tell stories about friends and adversaries, and, most importantly, we play a lot of great tunes, both from that time period and outside of it.
This mix goes out to anyone who ever went to high school, but especially to those of Omaha Central High class of 1995. Enjoy the flashbacks.
On this week's episode, we dabble in music from all sorts of genres - grebo, psytrance, high-speed post rock, techno comedy, neo-soul, acid jazz and more... We'll get music from half a dozen countries, and expose you to a bunch of people most likely new to your particular palatte. It's episode #7, "I'm Pretty Big In Tokyo!"
This week we delve all across the world, mixing styles and nationalities with complete reckless abandon. You'll hear a modern cover of an old English murder ballad, a band named after a Capcom fighting game, jamtronica, souther-fried prog rock, acid jazz and more... Let's ride, folks! It's Episode #6 - "A Roving Blade!"
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This week's show features glitchstep-meets-post-rock, Russian alternative, Hindu prog folk music, Japanese trance-pop (which was used as an anime theme song), southwestern rock and a whole lot more. We're back to our usual globehopping, exploratory tunes for another installment of the Starlight Society.
This episode is the first of our "Deep Dive" series (every 4th show), where I take an in-depth look into a specific thing in music, be it genre, subgenre, musical movement, record label, etc. We cover the history of the thing, the players, some of the significant tracks/bands, where it came from, where it went, and what legacy it left behind. For our first show, we're looking into Madchester, a scene that mixed acid-house, disco funk and indie rock all into one heady cocktail. Here and gone in half a decade (1988-1993), it's a sound that flamed out before it could fade away. Time to drop some knowledge.
In which we delve into loungecore, dabble in glitchhop, talk about my high school girlfriend's favorite album as well as her sister's ignorance of classic rock, play some music by a band that befriended Thomas Pynchon and a whole lot more! Featuring music from the US, Japan, Germany, the UK, France and Russia!
Also, this show features a new microphone, and way better editing than previous shows. I'm getting better at this as I go, I promise!
This week we delve deep into the stacks and cover music from 1930 to today, bands with just one person and bands with dozens. As always, we're eager to explore the world, and so we've got rap in two different languages, neither of them English, electroswing from Eastern Europe, rock from Germany and more. Join us, won't you, as we travel across the world, looking for new music to inspire and delight.
As always, please let other people know about the show and if you've got suggestions of people I should be listening to, you can email me at the address mentioned in every show. Until then, enjoy Episode #2, "Come And See."
Our first show! Starlight Society is about discovering new music from all throughout time and all across the world. We want to expose you to bands and sounds you've never been introduced to, or may have only heard in passing somewhere it didn't even register. As with all new podcasts, we're still getting our feet wet, but we hope you'll join us as we go diving into the stacks in search for undiscovered sounds.