Friday, May 7, 2010

The Beat Frequency - May 7, 2010

Last show! Both sad and happy.  We started the show with the playlist from my first ever show at UMD.  Songs 1-15 were from my beginning times on WMUC.  Fond stuff.  "Beat Control" by Tilly and the Wall was the first song I ever played on the radio.

I had also had an outstandingly bad week the week before this show, and to commemorate it with song, the last half of the show was really depressing.

Then we ended it on "Reelin' in the Years," a song I had been trying to get a copy of for ages. 

1Tilly and the WallBeat Control
2Tally HallGreener
3Weezer Buddy Holly
4Foo FightersEverlong
5Arcade FireKeep The Car Running
6The Postal ServiceSuch Great Heights
7Mates of StateThe Re-arranger
8The Dandy WarholsScientist
10Alphabeat 10,000 Nights
11Arctic MonkeysFluorescent Adolescent
12SpoonThey Never Got You
13Bishop AllenRain
14DevoWhip It
15Muse Starlight
16The ProclaimersI'm On My Way
17Noah and the Whale5 Years Time
18Rufus WainwrightCigarettes and Chocolate Milk (Reprise)
19The Magnetic FieldsEpitaph For My Heart
20RadioheadLet Down
21Elliott SmithWaltz #2 (XO)
22Bob DylanIdiot Wind
23DonovanCatch The Wind
24Cake Friend is a Four Letter Word
25PhoenixIf I Ever Feel Better
26Flight of the ConchordsI'm Not Crying
27David BowieChanges
28Regina SpektorOn The Radio
29Steely DanReelin' in the Years

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Beat Frequency - April 30, 2010

This was the day of the Art Attack concert of Ben Folds and Weezer at the University of Maryland.  We sat really far away.   Lots of Ben Folds and Weezer on the show today.

This was also the day where Tevis and I sang "Topologize" (math version of "Apologize" by OneRepublic) on the radio.  Good day.

"Add It Up" was one of my favorite songs of this time of year.  I edited it and played it at the end.  We closed with the theme song to "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" in honor of the "It's Always Sunny" party I was throwing May 1st.  Oh college.

1The PresetsMy People
2Mates of StateNow
3Lady SovereignPretty Vacant
4Wye OakI Hope You Die
5You Say Party! We Say Die!Laura Palmer's Prom
6The New PornographersCrash Years
7The LikeWaves That Never Break
8The ReplacementsAlex Chilton
9Social DistortionI Was Wrong
11The Rolling StonesRuby Tuesday
12Dan DeaconSnookered
13UMD Math Club"Topologize"
14Those Dancing DaysSpace Hero Suits
15The Silent YearsMadame Shocking
16Class ActressAdolescent Heart
17Regina SpektorNo Surprises (Radiohead cover)
18Little BeirutSniper's Lament
19The Sound of ArrowsM.A.G.I.C.
20Broken Social SceneWorld Sick
21Ben FoldsAnnie Waits
22Ben Folds FiveKate
23Ben FoldsIn Between Days (The Cure cover)
24WeezerBuddy Holly
25WeezerIsland In The Sun
26WeezerEl Scorcho
27Weezer(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
28Violent FemmesAdd It Up
29Heinz KiesslingTemptation Sensation

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Beat Frequency - April 23, 2010

This week: the original of "Laura" (last week had the cover)
"Fascination" by La Roux ("old fascination is feeding my frustration" were sweet lyrics)

Best thing ever "Worst Song Medley" by Garfunkel and Oates, ukulele version of the following put together in the best way possible:
1. "I Love You Always Forever" by Donna Lewis
2. "I Don't Want To Wait "by Paula Cole
3. "Too Close" by Next
4. "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None The Richer
5. "I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Badd
6. "Barbie Girl" by Aqua
7. "Breakfast At Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something
8. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson
9. "Cotton Eyed Joe" by Rednex
10. "Rush, Rush" by Paula Abdul
11. "I'll Be Missing You" by Diddy
12. "Drops of Jupiter" by Train (last line)

Final Fantasy's cover of "Peach, Plum, Pear" by Joanna Newsom, a suggestion from my friend Carrie.

I played a bunch of songs requested from my friend Greg, including the Bob Dylan, Usher, and Prince songs below.

"Warrior" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs may or may not have been requested by my sister, but I will associate that song with her forever.

1Local NativesWild Eyes
2Ben Folds FiveBattle of Who Could Care Less
4La RouxFascination
5Garfunkel and OatesWorst Song Medley
7SpiderbaitBlack Betty
8Final FantasyPeach, Plum, Pear
9Crystal CastlesBaptism
11Reverend and the MakersHeavyweight Champion of the World
12Architecture in HelsinkiMaybe You Can Owe Me
13Bob DylanI Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Met)
14UsherMy Way
15PrincePurple Rain
16ShilohOperator (Girl Like Me)
17Modest MouseLives
18Nick DrakeAt The Chime Of A City Clock
19Wild BeastsHooting and Howling
20Yeah Yeah YeahsWarrior
21Depeche ModePersonal Jesus
22Joanna NewsomOn A Good Day
23White RabbitsWhile We Go Dancing

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Beat Frequency - April 16, 2010

I'm really bad at updating blogs.  It's kind of thing of mine to have a blog, write all the posts except the last few and just stop.  My new goal is to actually finish this one.

The night before this show I went out to a birthday party for Jenn from Wye Oak at the Golden West Cafe in Baltimore.  It was pretty cool.  Friend of the band Mickey Free performed along with a few other acts for the birthday girl.  The party was pretty fun, there was a giant moose head, beer, a guy with a tattoo of Talking Heads lyrics ("There's a city in my mind" if you were wondering), and decently good times.  I played the Mickey Free remix of "That I Do" by Wye Oak in honor of the event.

Darwin Deez's "Radar Detector" was a solid part of my playlist this time of year.  It's cute and bouncy. 

The Dirty Projectors' "Two Doves" was played with Nico's "These Days" because I had recently found out "Two Doves" contained a few lyrical references to "These Days", a classic Jackson Browne song I've known since I was very little.  (He wrote that song when he was in high school.  Deep stuff.  My mom's a big Jackson Browne fan.  We named our dog after him.)

Mates of State's cover of Girls' "Laura" was a really good one during this time of year too.  I like the cover way better.

Here's the entirety of the playlist.

1BostonMore Than A Feeling
3The NationalStart A War
4Wye OakThat I Do (Mickey Free Remix)
5Local NativesSun Hands
6The ClashTrain In Vain
7Bob DylanYou're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
8DevoGirl U Want
9WilcoMuzzle of Bees
10WeezerEl Scorcho
11Talking HeadsRoad to Nowhere
12Elliott SmithMemory Lane
13Magnetic FieldsI'll Dream Alone
14Owen PallettLewis Takes Action
15Barenaked LadiesI'll Be That Girl
16Surfer BloodSwim
17Tokyo Police ClubBreakneck Speed
18The WombatsHere Comes The Anxiety
19The Magic NumberThe Pulse
20RadioheadNo Surprises
21The BlowTrue Affection
22Darwin DeezRadar Detector
23The NationalAfraid of Everyone
24Jens LekmanIf You Ever Need A Stranger
25Dirty ProjectorsTwo Doves
26NicoThese Days
27Eric ClaptonGot You On My Mind
28PrinceI Would Die 4 U
29Mumford & SonsCousins (Vampire Weekend cover)
30Mates of StateLaura (Girls cover)

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Beat Frequency - April 9, 2010

Hello hello! Welcome to my musical musings.

The Blow is awesome, and I think I heard this song "Hey Boy" on my friends and radio neighbors' show Victory Sweater a few month back. Good stuff.

I'm From Barcelona's "Treehouse" is adorable. Nada Surf covering "If You Leave" and You Say Party! We Say Die! covering R.E.M.'s "Nightswimming," which is one of my favorite R.E.M. tunes.

"There Goes My Love" was probably an iPod commercial song and "Bye Bye Bye" was on Chuck. I love television and music. Pavement's "Gold Soundz" was for my sister, who loves that song and is always surprised when I like it too.

Oh snap, Janis Joplin. When I was way little (it came out when I was 6), I used to love the Faith Hill version of this song. Now that I'm older and know the Janis Joplin version, I like it a lot. I didn't actually know that Janis Joplin's version was a cover as well. Thanks Wikipedia.

The next three were all requests from my friend Lilly. My favorite of these tracks was Ha Ha Tonka's "Close Every Valve To Your Bleeding Heart" which is fantastic for times when you are down. It has incredible lyrics too. Here are some of my favorites:

Thick skinned, hard headed, better off
you're closing every valve to your bleeding heart
Does it hurt too much?
Are you just fed up?
Or is it something else entirely?

When I ask you why
you reply the death of hope hit you hard too

Only Dostoevsky could kill off a pair like us.

Holy cow. Just listen to the song.

Kate Nash's "Do Wah Doo" uses the word "bitch" in such an adorable way.

Next a mini science themed set of We Are Scientists, Dandy Warhols, and Guided by Voices.

I had the opportunity to attend the Florence + The Machine concert with The Temper Trap the Tuesday before this show. Florence Welch, the lead singer with Florence + The Machine, drunkenly sang the Etta James song "Something's Got A Hold On Me" to her now manager in a bathroom. I love Etta James, so that was a cool piece of trivia. Then we played "I'm Not Calling You A Liar" a song that appears to be about taking someone for who they are without considering their baggage or their past.

The BlowHey Boy
I'm From BarcelonaTreehouse
Nada SurfIf You Leave (OMD cover)
You Say Party! We Say Die!Nightswimming (REM cover)
The Blue VanThere Goes My Love
Plants and AnimalsBye Bye Bye
PavementGold Soundz
Think About LifeSweet Sixteen
Janis JoplinPiece of My Heart
Ha Ha TonkaClose Every Valve of Your Bleeding Heart
Neko CaseThis Tornado Loves You
LhasaMy Name
Kate NashDo Wah Doo
We Are ScientistsAfter Hours
The Dandy WarholsScientist
Guided by VoicesI Am A Scientist
Etta JamesSomething's Got A Hold On Me
Florence + The MachineI'm Not Calling You A Liar
Matt Pond PARuins
BostonMore Than A Feeling
Joanna NewsomEasy
The Presidents of the United States of AmericaVideo Killed The Radio Star
Phantom PlanetDropped
WeezerMy Name Is Jonas
The BeatlesThe Fool On The Hill

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Beat Frequency - April 2, 2010

Greetings! Welcome back to another installment of me rambling on about the music I like.

I found out that Regina Spektor had done a John Lennon cover and I had to hear it. And of course it was amazing.

We played some Tally Hall who I had seen a week before, and then some new Frightened Rabbit "Skip The Youth", which is very good, and has an intriguing intro. I was seeing Florence + The Machine the next Tuesday and played some "Hurricane Drunk," which I didn't like initially but now really enjoy. Daniel Zott's "Living A Lie" was on Chuck in early March.

Right about this time of early April, I was obsessed with Joanna Newsom's "Good Intentions Paving Company." It's an elegantly and intricately constructed song.

"How I said to you, 'honey, just open your heart', when I've got trouble even opening a honey jar"

That's just a half stanza. The whole song is full of excellence. Lyrics here.

Also Joanna Newsom is dating Andy Samberg of Saturday Night Live fame. So we played some music by The Lonely Island right afterward.

Fun fact: The song I played by Washington is called "Teenage Fury." For some reason, my computer switched the titles of that song and her song "Halloween."

More awesome Fanfarlo. Cyndi Lauper retro jam. Yello's "Oh Yeah" from Ferris Bueller's Day Off and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, better known as "Day Bow Bow". The video is so trippy.

Then some old favorites with "The Frug" and "Karma Police." :)

1Regina SpektorReal Love (John Lennon cover)
2Tally HallTaken For A Ride
3Frightened RabbitSkip The Youth
4Florence + The MachineHurricane Drunk
5Daniel ZottLiving A Lie
6Joanna NewsomGood Intentions Paving Company
7Lonely IslandOn A Boat
8Angus and Julia StoneBig Jet Plane
9WashingtonTeenage Fury

10The AntlersKettering
11FanfarloDrowning Men
12The ShinsPressed In A Book
13Cyndi Lauper She Bop
14YelloOh Yeah
15Cloud CultChain Reaction
16ParamoreThe Only Exception
17Rogue WavePermalight
18MuseMicro Cuts
19Rilo KileyThe Frug
20RadioheadKarma Police
21Black Diamond BoyBrothers In Exile

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Beat Frequency - March 26, 2010

Hello again! Here's a recap of the songs of my life for this week.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' "40 Day Dream" is an incredible song. There's something about "bye bye, to the 'too good to be true' kind of love" being sung so jubilantly that makes my day.

A lot of these songs, well at least a couple, were nods to my road trip to Kenosha, WI with my dad over spring break. The Strokes' "Hard To Explain" and Cold War Kids' "Audience" were two that I had the pleasure of listening to on the radio. "Hard To Explain" was one I heard from in Ohio and I wish I could give a shout out to that station in Ohio who played "Audience." I hadn't heard it before and it is a really good tune.

Oh, and my dad loves Bob Dylan. So when I needed to sleep and he needed some tunes, I basically put my Bob Dylan collection on my iPod on shuffle. I had no idea before, but my dad's favorite is "Subterranean Homesick Blues" so that was for him. I love roadtrips.

"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" is a duet by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty, two of my favorite singers of all-time, which I had recently rediscovered. "Baby you could never look me in the eye...."

Fanfarlo is quite good, and "Finish Line" is one of my favorite songs of theirs. I'm just going to link you to their lyrics page. It's that good.

Also, this was the evening where I was still trying to decide whether or not to attend the Jukebox The Ghost/Tally Hall concert at Sonar in Baltimore, after I missed the one the night before in DC. (I ended up going. It was a great decision.) Tally Hall closed the show and made the audience sit on the floor and turn to the back where they performed their encore with the light of living room lamps, closing with a cover of Biz Markie's "Just A Friend." Jukebox The Ghost played before them, and their song "Hold It In" was my favorite. Also, they did a cover of New Order's "Temptation" which was stellar. I love that song.

Also, I played "Soft As Chalk," which is my sister's favorite Joanna Newsom song off of Have One On Me.

Over spring break, SXSW was going on, and those torrents were stellar. Also over spring break, Alex Chilton died, and in his memory we played some Big Star, Box Tops, and "Alex Chilton" by The Replacements.

1Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros40 Day Dream
2StarsYour Ex-Lover Is Dead
3The StrokesHard To Explain
4Cold War KidsAudience
5Bob DylanSubterranean Homesick Blues
6Dirty ProjectorsDark Eyes (Bob Dylan cover)
7Stevie Nicks & Tom PettyStop Draggin' My Heart Around
8She & HimIn The Sun
9FanfarloFinish Line
11Neon TreesAnimal
12Laura VeirsJuly Flame
13Jukebox The GhostHold It In
14The Magnetic FieldsNo One Will Ever Love You
15Fang IslandDaisy
16Biz MarkieJust A Friend
17Joanna NewsomSoft As Chalk
18Jonna LeeMy High
19Antennas UpDon't Wait Up
20Timothy Nelson and the InfidelsSpeak The Truth In Love
21The Paint MovementFaults
22Big StarSeptember Gurls
23Box TopsThe Letter
24The ReplacementsAlex Chilton