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

Apr 29, 2016

So because we had two scene shows this month, and the grunge show ran overlong, this is a particularly short week, but hey, it's still a show, and it's full of fun stories of people whom have brought (or stoked) particular music in my life over the years.

I tell stories about an epic mixtape from high school, about an alternative to Hooked On Phonics, about how I learned the 19/17 Nebraska rule, about the songs I picked up riding in cars, and a handful more.

It's a show that won't last much more than an hour, but it's chock full of fun.

As always, you can find all our podcasts at and you can contribute to the show at

There is a Prince tribute show coming in the vein of our David Bowie tribute show (the R.I.P. Prince show will be show #43) but it's a bit out, because I have plans for the next episode that have been set for a while (based on the episode number, so it can't really move), and because I want to do my homework on Prince first. I wasn't a huge fan of his beforehand, but in starting to do my research, I think I was just being exposed to the wrong stuff. I thought about trying to to cram Prince into the hour and change I had here, but it felt like I was short shifting him, which isn't fair to an artist of his breadth of work.



  • "Sometime To Return" - Soul Asylum
  • "Nutshell" - Alice In Chains
  • "Never Talking To You Again" - Hüsker Dü
  • "The Witch" - The Cult
  • "Everyday Is Like Sunday" - Morrissey
  • "Playstar Vista" - Supercar
  • "Sweet Jane" - Cowboy Junkies
  • "Wolfman's Brother" - Phish
  • "Oop Pop A Dah" - Dirty Dozen Brass Band (with Dizzy Gillespie)
  • "Mineral" - Buffalo Tom
  • "Slam" - ONYX
  • "Blink" - Boom Boom Satellites
  • "Battle Without Honor Or Humanity" - Tomoyasu Hotei
  • "Ol' Dusty Trail" - The Goddamn Gallows
  • "Bushes Of Love" - Bad Lip Reading
  • "Once In A Lifetime" - Talking Heads
  • "East Bay Night" - Rancid
Apr 22, 2016

It's a power of 4 show, and that means a scene show! This is our biggest show to date, clocking in at a whopping 3 hours worth of music (which means next week will be a pretty short show) but to cover grunge, I needed to go deep and make sure didn't miss any of the heavyweights.

Over the course of this episode, I'll talk about the protogrungers, the early days and the rise of SubPop Records, grunge's breakthrough into the mainstream, the supergroup projects that formed, some of the non-Seattle grungers, the reasons grunge crashed out of the mainstream, whatever the hell "post-grunge" is supposed to be, and a bit about where grunge is today.

So strap on your Doc Martins, pull on your flannel overshirts and get ready to get dirty in the moshpit. Let's talk about grunge.

As always, if you want to contribute to the show, you can do so over at and if you're new to our show, you can find all the back episodes up at

Finally and most importantly, thanks for tuning in, and I hope you'll go find a new convert for the show today. Keep spreading the word.

(Correction: In the show, I state that Kim Deal started The Breeders with her brother Kelly. I meant to say her twin sister Kelley. Brainfry, man. It happens.)



  • "Loose" - The Stooges
  • "N.I.B." - Black Sabbath
  • "Heater Moves And Eyes" - Melvins
  • "Debaser" - The Pixies
  • "Love Buzz" - Nirvana
  • "This Town" - Green River
  • "Holy Roller" - Mother Love Bone
  • "Touch Me I'm Sick" - Mudhoney
  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Nirvana
  • "Alive" - Pearl Jam
  • "Jesus Christ Pose" - Soundgarden
  • "Comedown" - Bush
  • "Plowed" - Sponge
  • "Far Behind" - Candlebox
  • "Bluebell" - Babes In Toyland
  • "Plush" - Stone Temple Pilots
  • "Pretend We're Dead" - L7
  • "Riding On The Rocket" - Shonen Knife
  • "Cannonball" - The Breeders
  • "Heart Shaped Box" - Nirvana
  • "No Excuses" - Alice In Chains
  • "On A Plain (Unplugged)" - Nirvana
  • "River of Deceit" - Mad Season
  • "Pushin Forward Back" - Temple Of The Dog
  • "Nearly Lost You" - Screaming Trees
  • "Animal" - Pearl Jam
  • "Man In The Box" - Alice In Chains
  • "Miss World" - Hole
  • "Black Hole Sun" - Soundgarden
  • "Hey Man, Nice Shot" - Filter
  • "Kryptonite" - 3 Doors Down
  • "This Is A Call" - Foo Fighters
  • "No One Knows" - Queens Of The Stone Age
  • "Cochise" - Audioslave
  • "Hollow" - Alice In Chains
  • "Been Away Too Long" - Soundgarden
  • "You Know You're Right" - Nirvana
Apr 15, 2016

It's another fun week, blending all sorts of things on the quick and dirty, filled with bands from around the globe, including France, Turkey, Japan, Austria, Germany, Israel and more. There's also a big block of clubby music in this show, so if you're looking for that kind of thing, you'll find it here.

There's thrills, there's chills, there's a bunch of bangin' tunes that'll keep you on your toes.

As always, if you want to contribute to the show, you can do so over at and you can find the page for the show at - I hope you'll continue to spread the good word and get more converts. This week's turnout has been a little low, so the more people who know about the show, the better.



  • "We're #1" - The World Record
  • "Elegantly Wasted" - INXS
  • "L'Estate" - AfterHours
  • "Fall Through Glass" - Bushwalla
  • "Universal Everything" - Leftfield
  • "Earth Beat" - Herbie Hancock
  • "Strange Days" - Syntax
  • "You" - The Chain Gang of 1974
  • "Raw" - Saul Williams
  • "Swoon" - The Chemical Brothers
  • "Vanishing Point" - Noisia
  • "Jimmy's Gang" - Parov Stelar
  • "The Awakening" - Onlap
  • "Really Scrape The Sky" - Kingmaker
  • "Route466" - DEEN
  • "Play It Out" - DMA's
  • "I'm A Reptile" - Fury In The Slaughterhouse (Live with JM Watts)
  • "Protection" - Fischer-Z
  • "Day By Day By" - Mike Doughty
  • "Heart Full Of Soul" - The Ringo Jets
  • "The Girl With The X-Ray Eyes" - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
  • "Things Could Be Better" - Kavaret
  • "Grace Under Pressure" - Elbow
  • "Here Comes The Ride" - The Jealous Sound
  • "Don't Do Me Like That" - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • "Danger Zone" - Cherlene & Kenny Loggins
Apr 8, 2016

This week's show was a lot of fun, with me not giving a lot of preplanning to the show, remixing the set list right up through recording, putting things in, pulling things out, just finding an odd blend that tickled my fancy, but I think it should amuse and entertain loads of people, and if it's not for you, well, try again next week, I guess, but I love this week's episode.

It is, as the kids say, a banger.

It's got it all - domestic, international, current stuff, things from the Way Back Machine, rock, techno, jazz, hiphop, grunge, pop... we play stuff from loads of different countries (Turkey, UK, Indonesia, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Israel) as well, as always, and hopefully you'll find something new to love, as well as maybe be reminded to go listen to things you haven't fished out of your record collection in quite some time.

As always, if you want to contribute to the show, you can do so at and you can follow me on Twitter at and you can always find all our shows at and if you want to email me, I tell you the email address to reach me at the end of every show. Good lord, this social media thing results in a ton of hyperlinks. Maybe that's why they're so hyper.

Now, on with the tunes! Heeyah!


(Correction: In the show I mistakenly state that Temple Of The Dog was a tribute to the late singer of Poi Dog Pondering. It was a tribute to Andrew Wood, the late singer of Mother Love Bone. See Show #40 - Grunge to hear more about how many times I've made this mistake over the years.)



  • "Go!" - M83 (feat. Mai Lan)
  • "Stars (Edit)" - Ulrich Schnauss
  • "Camel" - Sonny Rollins
  • "The Mountain Will Fall" - DJ Shadow
  • "This Is A Landslide" - Intramural
  • "Stay Lit" - Holy Fuck
  • "Barcarole" - Pat Metheny Group
  • "Shirat Hastiker (Sticker Song)" - Hadag Nahash
  • "Hunger Strike" - Temple Of The Dog
  • "I'm Alright (You Gotta Go There To Come Back)" - Stereophonics
  • "Word On A Wing" - David Bowie
  • "Never Hurt You" - The Telescopes
  • "Keep On Doin'" - The Isley Brothers
  • "Island" - The Starting Line
  • "サークルゲーム" - Galileo Galilei
  • "Life Of A Match" - The Matches
  • "2001 (2011/08/12 - Outside Lands)" - Phish
  • "We Don't Play Around" - Dizzee Rascal (feat. Jessie J)
  • "Superman's Big Sister" - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
  • "Alone, Jealous And Stoned" - The Secret Machines
  • "Open Your Eyes" - School Of Seven Bells
  • "Sudahkah Kita" - Slank
  • "Get Better" - Frank Turner
  • "I'll Kill You" - X Japan
  • "Kamlama" - KES
  • "Generals And Majors" - XTC
  • "Experimental Film" - They Might Be Giants
Apr 1, 2016

I'm feeling better again, after a week's cold/flu that was one of the worst I've ever endured, I think, and I'm back for another scene show. This week, we take a look at progressive rock, better known as Prog.

Prog's roots are mostly English, but there were American (and Canadian) prog rock bands too. Now, prog as a scene is too big for one scene show, so consider this Intro To Prog, and it focuses on '66-'77. At some point later, we'll revisit Prog in another scene show, and delve more into the time periods after that. Not next month, though.

As always, if you want to help the show, you can contribute over at and if you're new to the show, feel free to check out our entire back catalog of shows. Scene shows are clearly marked, and are powers of 4.

This week's show is full of Mellotrons and Roger Dean paintings, bands singing about mystic things and lofty ideals, time signatures that go off the rails and keep on going...



  • "Caroline No" - The Beach Boys
  • "I Ain't Got No Heart" - Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
  • "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!" - The Beatles
  • "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" - Procol Harum
  • "Alucard" - Gentle Giant
  • "Empty Pages" - Traffic
  • "The Story In Your Eyes" - The Moody Blues
  • "Man-Erg" - Van Der Graaf Generator
  • "Back Street Luv" - Curved Air
  • "Focus II" - Focus
  • "Aqualung" - Jethro Tull
  • "Witchwood" - The Strawbs
  • "Roundabout" - Yes
  • "Dancing Madly Backwards (On A Sea Of Air)" - Captain Beyond
  • "Money" - Pink Floyd
  • "Toccata" - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • "Red" - King Crimson
  • "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" - Genesis
  • "Rhayader Goes To Town" - Camel
  • "All The Way" - Caravan
  • "I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You" - The Alan Parsons Project
  • "Icarus (Borne On Wings Of Steel)" - Kansas
  • "Foreplay / Long Time" - Boston
  • "Holiday" - The Dixie Dregs
  • "Xanadu" - Rush