Playlist, WSUM, 2010-01-25, 6-8am

First Hour:

  1. Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind by Yo La Tengo from I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass [Matador]
  2. Hatchet by Low from Drums And Guns [Sub Pop]
  3. Hide It Away by Retribution Gospel Choir from 2 [Sub Pop]
  4. Billie Holiday by Warpaint from Exquisite Corpse [Manimal Vinyl]
  5. Kisses Over Babylon by Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros from Up From Below [Vagrant]
  6. October by Royal Native from L’Orangerie EP [Self-Released]
  7. In The Sun by She & Him from Volume Two [Merge], album out 3/23/2010
  8. Numbers Don’t Lie by The Mynabirds from What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In [Saddle Creek] album out 4/27/2010
  9. I Want You Back by Discovery from LP [XL]
  10. Girl I Love You (She Is Danger Remix) by Massive Attack from Heligoland [Virgin/EMI] album out 2/8/2010
  11. Blessa by Toro Y Moi from Causers of This [Carpark] album out 2/2/2010
  12. Feel It All Around by Washed Out from Life of Leisure EP [Mexican Summer]

Second Hour:

  1. Ira Glass (demo) by Adam WarRock [Self-Released] Beat used: “That’s What I Am Talking About” by Pete Rock
  2. Audience by Cold War Kids from Behave Yourself EP [Downtown]
  3. And I Was A Boy From School [Hot Chip Cover] by Grizzly Bear from TripleJ, Like A Version [TripleJ]
  4. Rowboat [Beck cover] by Johnny Cash from Unchained [American]
  5. The Robots by Kraftwerk from The Mix [Elektra]
  6. Robots [Live] by Flight Of The Conchords from The Distant Future [Sub Pop]
  7. I’m Not Done by Fever Ray from Fever Ray [Mute]
  8. I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish by The Smiths from Strangeways, Here We Come [Rough Trade]
  9. All Medicated Geniuses by Pretty Girls Make Graves from The New Romance [Matador]
  10. Modern Romance by TV On The Radio from New Health Rock Single [Touch And Go]
  11. Science vs. Romance by Rilo Kiley from Take Offs And Landings [Barsuk]


Playlist, WSUM, 2010-01-18, 6-8am

First Hour:

  1. Ira Glass (demo) by Adam WarRock [Self-Released] Beat used: “That’s What I Am Talking About” by Pete Rock
  2. Losing My Edge by LCD Soundsystem from LCD Soundsystem [DFA]
  3. Born On A Day The Sun Didn’t Rise by Black Moth Super Rainbow from Eating Us [Graveface]
  4. Poison Lips by Vitalic from Flashmob [PIAS]
  5. Written In Reverse by Spoon from Written In Reverse Single [Merge], new album Transference out 1/26/2010
  6. Pure Shores by JJ from JJ No 2 Vinyl [Sincerely Yours]
  7. California Shakedown by Pearl Harbor from Wish We Were Here [Self-Released]
  8. Beach Comber by Real Estate from Real Estate [Woodsist]
  9. Spring by Ducktails from Landscapes [Olde English Spelling Bee]
  10. In Limbo by Radiohead from Kid A [Capitol]
  11. In My Little Thatched Hut by The Fiery Furnaces from Bitter Tea [Fat Possum]
  12. Harry Partch-MM2 Mst by Beck [Self-Released]

Second Hour:

  1. Swim (To Reach The End) by Surfer Blood from Astrocoast [Kanine] album out 01/19/2010
  2. Mystery by BLK JKS from Mystery EP [Secretly Canadian]
  3. The High Road by Broken Bells from The High Road Single [Columbia] album out 3/9/2010
  4. All The Words You Can’t Say Right by Laarks from An Exaltation of Laarks [Absolutely Kosher] from Eau Claire, WI
  5. In Our Talons by Bowerbirds from Hymns From A Dark Horse [Dead Oceans]
  6. For You by Sharon Van Etten from Because I Was In Love [Language of Stone]
  7. The Geeks Were Right by The Faint from Fasciinatiion [blank.wav]
  8. Contramelt B by Vampire Weekend from Contra-bonus disc [XL]
  9. I’m Not Going Anywhere by Nika + Rory [Zola Jesus / Rory Kane] from Myspace/Self-Released
  10. Scissor by Liars from Sisterworld [Mute] album out 3/9/2010
  11. Morning Light by Girls from Album [Matador/True Panther]
  12. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle by Jay Reatard [Self-released]
  13. Lion Face Boy by Seabear from We Built A Fire [Morr] album out 03/02/2010
  14. Happy Hippo by Cloud Cult from Advice From The Happy Hippopotamus [Bari]
  15. Hey Hey, My My (Out of the Blue) by Neil Young & Crazy Horse from Rust Never Sleeps [Warner]


  • Adam WarRock is the stage name of Euge Ahn. Euge and Ruckus will be reworking the demo of Ira Glass to include an original beat. Respect to Pete Rock.
  • New Spoon Album, Transference, is out Tuesday 01/26/2010 on Merge. It’s streaming right now over at NPR’s All Songs Considered. I’ve enjoyed both “Got Nuffin” and “Written In Reverse” but the rest of the album hasn’t grabbed me yet. I’m hoping it’s a grower.
  • Pearl Harbor started as two sisters from California, though they’ve added a boy for live performances. Check out an MP3 from their album Something About the Chaparrals over at Stereogum.
  • Radiohead / Fiery Furnaces / Beck internet-feud via Pitchfork. I really should have bought & played the actual Radiohead song Harry Patch.
  • Surfer Blood ‘s album Astrocoast comes out tomorrow from Kanine Records. Highly recommended. There’s also a pie chart from the Chicago Tribune breaking it down. I agree, tambourines get extra points.
  • You’ve probably already heard of Broken Bells by now, but the project with DJ Dangermouse & James Mercer [of The Shins] is going to get more hype before the actual album gets released. From what I’ve heard, it’s worth it.
  • Also, shouts out to Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based Laarks. I’m a sucker for collective nouns, as found in the title to their record An Exaltation of Laarks. The title, and the one track that I’ve heard have peaked my interest. Once I track down the actual album, I’ll report back.
  • You can check out mp3s of “I’m Not Going Anywhere” by Nika + Rory and “Scissor” by Liars on their respective websites. Seabear also have a new album coming out in March. They are from Iceland, but are a lot more gentle pop music than the weirdness that is Bjork.
  • Likewise, you can download Jay Reatard’s cover of Nirvana’s Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle via his website.  I only got to see a few minutes of him opening for The Pixies last year, but he had an intensity that was hard to ignore. RIP Jay.

Playlist, WSUM, 2010-01-11, 6-8am

First Hour:

  1. Ceremony (New Order Cover) by Radiohead from Thumbs Down Webcast [Self-Released]
  2. Keep Slipping Away by A Place To Bury Strangers from Exploding Head [Sire]
  3. Velvet by The Big Pink from A Brief History Of Love [4AD]
  4. Good Morning by Rogue Wave from Permalight [Brushfire] out 3/2/2010
  5. Brothersport by Animal Collective from Merriweather Post Pavillion [Domino]
  6. Cousins by Vampire Weekend from Contra [XL] out 01/12/2010
  7. Wet Hair by Japandroids from Post-Nothing [Polyvinyl]
  8. I Was Never Young by Of Montreal from Sundandic Twins [Polyvinyl] on a mini-tour early 2010
  9. Moonless March by Aloha from Home Acres [Polyvinyl] out 03/09/2010
  10. Skeleton by BLK JKS from After Robots [Secretly Canadian]
  11. Little Secrets by Passion Pit from Manners [Frenchkiss]
  12. Kisses Over Babylon by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros from Up From Below [Vagrant]
  13. Ambling Alp by Yeasayer from Odd Blood [Secretly Canadian] out 02/09/2010
  14. Colouring of Pigeons by The Knife [ft. Mt. Sims and Planningtorock] from Tomorrow, In A Year [Mute] out 2/2 digitally, 3/9 LP/CD

Second Hour:

  1. Here To Fall by Yo La Tengo from Popular Songs [Matador]
  2. Hunchback by Kurt Vile from Childish Prodigy [Matador]
  3. Even Heroes Have To Die by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists from The Brutalist Bricks [Matador] out 3/9/2010
  4. Chinaberry Tree by Vic Chestnutt from At The Cut [Constellation] R.I.P.
  5. Islands by The XX from XX [XL]
  6. Rule My World by Kings Of Convenience from Declaration Of Dependence [Astralwerks]
  7. Polish Girls by Califone from All My Friends Are Funeral Singers [Dead Oceans]
  8. All The Pretty Girls by Fun. from Aim And Ignite [Nettwerk]
  9. All The Pretty Girls Go To The City by Spoon from Kill The Moonlight [Merge] – Transference out 01/18/2010
  10. Joy by Supersystem from A Million Microphones [Touch And Go]
  11. Arrow by Tegan and Sara from Sainthood [Sire]

Best of 2009, Leftovers

Show aired on WSUM, 91.7 FM, 2010-01-04, 2-4pm

The station is on an open schedule right now, so spent the afternoon playing some tracks left over from my Best of 2009 show. Here’s the list:

  1. French Navy by Camera Obscura from My Maudlin Career (4AD)
  2. Green River by Real Estate from Real Estate (Woodsist)
  3. You’re A Jerk by Bang Bang Eche from Sonic Death Cuntttt (Self-Released)
  4. Love Comes Close by Cold Cave from Love Comes Close (Matador)
  5. Tonight by The Clientele from Bonfires On The Heath (Merge)
  6. No One Said This Would Be Easy by The Postmarks from Memoirs At The End Of The World (Unfiltered)
  7. Crown On The Ground by Sleigh Bells from Self-Released
  8. Isaiah 45:23 by The Mountain Goats from Life Of The World To Come (4AD)
  9. Hysteric by Yeah Yeah Yeahs from It’s Blitz (Interscope)
  10. This Tornado Loves You by Neko Case from Middle Cyclone (Anti)
  11. Sunday Morning by Beck from Record Club (Self-Released)
  12. No You Don’t by Islands from Vapours (Anti/Epitaph)
  13. So Insane by Discovery from LP
  14. Phantom Limb by Fuck Buttons from Tarot Sport (ATP Recordings)
  15. Rising 5 by Hudson Mohawke from Butter (Warp)
  16. Growls Garden by Clark from Totems Flare (Warp)
  17. Periodically Double Or Triple by Yo La Tengo from Popular Songs (Matador)
  18. Change Of Heart by El Perro Del Mar from Love Is Not Pop (TCG/The Control Group)
  19. The Warm Heart Of Africa by The Very Best from The Warm Heart Of Africa (Green Owl Recordings)
  20. Laura by Girls from Album (True Panther Sounds)
  21. Crying Lightning by Arctic Monkeys from Humbug (Domino)
  22. I Can Be A Frog by The Flaming Lips from Embryonic (Warner)
  23. Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell by Das Racist & Wallpaper (Self-Released)
  24. We’re Both In Love With A Sexy Lady by Flight Of The Conchords from I Told You I Was Freaky (Sub Pop/HBO)
  25. Up From Below by Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros from Up From Below (Community Records)
  26. Written In Reverse by Spoon from Written In Reverse Single (Merge)
  27. Stand Up by Lee Fields with Sugarman & Co. from Daptone Gold (Daptone)
  28. I’ll Shoot The Moon by Tom Waits from Glitter And Doom Live (Anti)
  29. Dear God by Monsters Of Folk from Monsters Of Folk (Shangri-La Music)

A couple of thoughts:

Yo La Tengo will be playing in Madison @ Barrymore Theatre, Jan 23, 2010, 8pm. Tickets available via True Endeavors or The Barrymore.

Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell was just too weird of an internet meme to not include. Consider this Pitchfork Review of this song. Also worth considering, this Overcompensating Comic about this song. Then again, maybe that’s just too obscure.

I was sad to see Flight Of The Conchords get canceled, but the series probably had run its course. I would have preferred to play Too Many Dicks (On The Dancefloor), but that’s probably not FCC-friendly. I loved seeing these guys live, since I doubt I’ll get the chance again anytime soon.

Beck’s version of Sunday Morning by The Velvet Underground was one of the highlights of his Record Club project for me. Basically, he and his friends got together to play covers of famous songs by The Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen, and Skip Spence. By his friends, I mean Jeff Tweedy, Leslie Feist, and Devendra Banhart. Project is ongoing at Beck’s website.

Don’t forget to listen to the rest of the WSUM Morning Zoo for their Best of 2009 shows the rest of this week, 6-8am on WSUM 91.7 FM (streaming online at

This will be my last time plugging the Madison A.V. Club article on WSUM Morning Zoo Best of 2009 Shows.

Best of 2009 Show, 2010-01-04, 6-8am

The WSUM Morning Zoo got a nice little write up in the Madison A.V. Club for our Best of 2009 shows this week.

Show aired on WSUM, 91.7 FM, 2010-01-04, 6-8am

  1. When I Grow Up by Fever Ray from Fever Ray (Enhanced)
  2. Young Hearts Spark Fire by Japandroids from Post-Nothing (Polyvinyl)
  3. Bells Of Creation by Trail of Dead from The Century of Self (Justice)
  4. What We Know by Sonic Youth from The Eternal (Matador)
  5. Bunuel by Califone from All My Friends Are Funeral Singers (Dead Oceans)
  6. Lovesick Teenagers by Bear In Heaven from Beast Rest Forth Mouth (Hometapes)
  7. While You Wait For The Others by Grizzly Bear from Veckatimest (Warp)
  8. Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective from Merriweather Post Pavillion (Domino)
  9. Famous Last Words by Deerhunter from Rainwater Cassette Exchange (Kranky)
  10. Walkabout (w. Noah Lennox) by Atlas Sound from Logos (Kranky)
  11. Treat Me Like Your Mother by The Dead Weather from Horehound (Warner)
  12. Molalatladi by BLK JKS from After Robots (Secretly Canadian)
  13. I Say Fever by Ramona Falls from Intuit (Barsuk)
  14. Stillness Is The Move by Dirty Projectors from Bitte Orca (Domino)
  15. Basic Space by The XX from The XX (XL)
  16. DJ by Amanda Blank from I Love You (Downtown)
  17. Head Full Of Doubt / Road Full Of Promise by The Avett Brothers from I And Love And You (Sony)
  18. Give Blood by Rain Machine from Rain Machine (Anti)
  19. It’s Not Like That Anymore by Morphine from At Your Service (Rykodisc)
  20. From Africa To Malaga by JJ from JJ No 2 (Sincerely Yours)
  21. Funny Little Frog by God Help The Girl from God Help The Girl (Matador)
  22. Gimme Sympathy by Metric from Fantasies (Metric Music International)
  23. Dominos by The Big Pink from A Brief History Of Love (4AD)
  24. Exploding Head by A Place To Bury Strangers from Exploding Head (Mute)
  25. No You Girls by Franz Ferdinand from Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)
  26. Life Magazine by Cold Cave from Love Comes Close (Matador)
  27. Glorious Dawn by Carl Sagan from Glorious Dawn Single (Colorpulse/Third Man)