Monday, December 29, 2008

The Beat Frequency: Winter Edition

Hello readers!

The Beat Frequency is taking over a 6-8pm time slot on WMUC over the University of Maryland's winter break.

Which means my last few shows will be today's show, and then January 5, 12, and 19th. Wow, only three more left. :(

Here's the playlist from today's show. I won't lie to you; I was organizing the CD cabinet for most of the show. I have problems...

1SpoonBelieving Is ArtGirls Can Tell
2The ShinsKissing The LiplessChutes Too Narrow
3House of PainJump AroundSwitch On
4Rilo KileyThe FrugThe Initial Friend EP
5She & HimSentimental HeartVolume One
6The KooksSofa SongInside In/Inside Out
7REO SpeedwagonTake It On The RunHi Infidelity
8Someone Still Loves You, Boris YeltsinSome ConstellationPershing
9Wolf ParadeThe Grey EstatesAt Mount Zoomer
10Modest MouseThe World At LargeGood News for People Who Love Bad News
11Fleet FoxesWhite Winter HymnalFleet Foxes
12Snow PatrolLifeboatsA Hundred Million Suns
13ElbowGrounds for DivorceThe Seldom Seen Kid
14Crosby, Stills and NashSuite: Judy Blue EyesCrosby, Stills and Nash
15HumStarsYou'd Prefer an Astronaut
16The KillersChange Your MindHot Fuss
17The StrokesHard to ExplainIs This It
18Fleetwood MacThink About MeTusk
19Sia Breathe MeColour The Small One
20David BowieSpace OdditySpace Oddity
21The New PornographersThe Laws Have ChangedElectric Version
22The BeatlesA Day In The LifeSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
23Rogue WaveAre You On My Side?Descended Like Vultures
24BeulahA Good Man Is Easy To KillThe Coast Is Never Clear
25The White StripesWe're Going to be FriendsWhite Blood Cells
26The Boy Least LIkely ToHugging My GrudgeThe Best Party Ever
27Vampire WeekendExit Music (For A Film)OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer
28This Is Ivy LeagueLondon BridgesThis Is Ivy League
29The RaptureNo Sex for BenThe Music of Grand Theft Auto IV
30The Beach BoysKokomoThe Greatest Hits Volume 1
31Smashing PumpkinsThat's The Way (My Love Is)Zeitgeist
32MuseStarlightBlack Holes and Revelations
33Death Cab for CutieCath...Narrow Stairs
34AdeleCold Shoulder19

Friday, December 26, 2008

Your Holiday Music Bath

The Holiday Music show was a blast! I had so much fun. 3 hours of holiday music is a lot. Playlist is below. The Beat Frequency should be back on the air starting this Monday, December 28th at 6pm. If you're not in the College Park, MD area, tune in on (WMUC not WMUC2), otherwise hear us on 88.1 FM.

Note the David Hasselhoff German Silent Night. Classic.

My favorites:
Baby, It's Cold Outside by Zooey Deschanel (of Elf) and Leon Redbone.
All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
All That I Want by The Weepies
Come on! Let's Boogie to the elf dance! by Sufjan Stevens
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland

Oh, and the SNL Christmas song.

1Aberdeen CityJust Like Christmas
2ColdplayHave Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
3Christmas Time is HereVince Guaraldi Trio
4Jason MrazWinter Wonderland
5Rilo KileyXmas Cake
6The WaitressesChristmas Wrapping
7HansonChristmas (Baby Please Come Home)
8The WombatsIs This Christmas
9EelsEverything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas
10Barenaked LadiesGod Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
11Wham!Last Christmas
12Trans-Siberian OrchestraCarol of the Bells
13The Smashing PumpkinsChristmastime
14Zooey Deschanel and Leon RedboneBaby, It's Cold Outside
15ScrubsTwelve Days of Christmas Parody
16The City of New OrleansO Holy NightStudio 60
17Sufjan StevensCome On! Let's Boogie to the Elf Dance!
18Barbra StreisandJingle Bells
19Joni Mitchell River
20Joshua RadinWinter
21Colin ClaryMeow Meow
22The KinksFather Christmas
23The Walkmen feat. Nicole SheahanChristmas Party
24Saturday Night LiveChristmas Song (I wish it was Christmas today...)
25Trans-Siberian OrchestraWizards in Winter
26Voices of the Conservative MovementHanukkah Hip-Hop
27Rosie ThomasWhy Can't It Be Christmastime All Year?
28Mariah CareyAll I Want For Christmas Is You
29Linda CassadyIs Santa Claus A Hippy?
30The RamonesMerry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
31Frightened RabbitIt's Christmas So We'll Stop
32The Bird and the BeeCarol of the Bells
33She Wants RevengeHazy Shade of Winter
34Bruce SpringsteenSanta Claus is Coming to Town
35The Flaming LipsChristmas at the Zoo
36Stephen Colbert and Elvis CostelloThere Are Much Worse Things To Believe In
37Richard CheeseJingle Bells
38The ChipmunksThe Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)
39Death Cab for CutieI Was A Kaleidoscope
40Vince Guaraldi TrioO Tannebaum
41Ben FoldsLonely Christmas Eve
42The Royal GuardsmenSnoopy's Christmas
43Damien RiceHappy Christmas (War is Over)
44David HasselhoffStille Nacht
45Elliott SmithAngel in the Snow
46Smashing PumpkinsOnce Upon A Time
47Matt CostaCold December
481990sSee You At The Lights
49The WeepiesAll That I Want
50Dan FogelbergSame Old Lang Syne
51The Beach BoysLittle Saint Nick
52The RonettesSleigh Ride
53Judy GarlandHave Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Top 10 Albums of 2008

Top 10 Albums of 2008. Good stuff. The following are my opinion, feel free to try to influence them as you wish.

1. We Are Scientists - Brain Thrust Mastery

I know the first time I heard of We Are Scientists, it was through The Lonely Island. Yes, those lovely goofballs responsible for great things like "Lazy Sunday," and "Just 2 Guyz." If you don't know what I'm talking about, Google it.

I found this video (, then immediately downloaded all of the album I could find, and fell in love. Luckily, working at the radio station got me the rest of their 2008 CD and it was phenomenal. Oh, and I saw them in concert. That was a riot. Anyway, here's to Brain Thrust Mastery and general We Are Scientists ridiculousness.

2. Mates of State - Re-Arrange Us

I love my sister. And she loves Mates of State. And so do I.

After playing this album and it's almost title track "The Re-Arranger" a billion times, I am hooked on Mates of State. This album brightens my days. My sister got me into Mates of State (I actually bought her this CD before I had ever listened to it) and I'm very glad she did.

Oh, and quote of the countdown:
"Love loud, don't lose loud."

Also, and just to show how awesome Mates of State are, they went on Yo Gabba Gabba.

3. Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line

I heard "Ghost Under Rocks" ( a few times and liked it before I was heavily recommended by Jon Hood to give them more of a listen. I was incredibly impressed. My favorite on the album is probably "Can You Tell," which you can check out here:

4. Tilly and the Wall - o

What got me into Tilly and the Wall was not a song from the album I'm about to give a number 4 slot to, but instead the wacky "Beat Control" which I found on the lovely internet. (See incredibly wacky video here:

Favorite track: "Pot Kettle Black" which makes my FCC monitored brain freak out, but is fantastic. Also, they put on a hell of a live show. Much dancing and balloons! And if you haven't figured this out after listening to a few of their songs, they have a tap dancer as a primary source of percussion.

Oh, and folks, it's so good you can get into car accidents listening/dancing to it! They should put that on the label.

5. Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight

I will admit, I have not heard all of this album. But I could not even care.

"The Twist" and "Keep Yourself Warm" are both poignant, real and incredibly skeezy, not to mention two of my new favorite songs. Don't listen to the latter if you have a problem with f words. All the rest of the tracks I've heard are also fantastic.

6. The Coast - Expatriate

My favorite Canadian indie band that no one has heard of comes in at number 6. I found these lovely gentlemen on the internet, reviewed their CD for WMUC, and saw them live at beginning of school with Tokyo Police Club.

Not only are they swell guys, but they make great music too.

Favorite song: Tightrope (

7. Kings of Leon - Only By The Night

I knew Kings of Leon before this CD, and I had liked "Manhattan" which was the first song off this album that I heard. But thanks to a certain Erika Kallio, I listened to "Use Somebody" ( which quickly became one of my favorite songs of the year. And that song made me go review/steal the CD from WMUC. (I'll give it back, I promise). Oh, and "Sex on Fire" is also amazing.

8. Alphabeat - This Is Alphabeat

"We are Alphabeat and we play pop music" is the biggest understatement of the year.

My favorite Danish pop band, possibly my favorite pop band, is Alphabeat. I have never seen a group of people make such undeniably catchy pop songs. The first song I heard of theirs was "Fascination" ( and then after "10,000 Nights of Thunder" ( I was sold. I bought this on Amazon I wanted it so bad. Other favorites include "Into the Jungle," "Boyfriend," and "Fantastic 6." This would probably be higher on my list if I didn't consider it such a guilty pleasure.

9. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

This barely made it into the 2008 list, since it was released in January of 2008. Remember Vampire Weekend?

I believe "Oxford Comma" was the first song of theirs that I heard, and I also like "A-Punk," "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa," "Walcott," and several others. Oh, and I bought this CD too. Yes, I sometimes still buy CDs.

10. Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

I can't not put this on here. Yes, I was on the mailing list that got "Violet Hill" for free on their website. Yes, I listened to "Viva la Vida" before I knew it was on iPod commercials. And yes, I bought the CD the day it came out at Borders. So shoot me.

I still think "Strawberry Swing" ( is my favorite, although I incredibly enjoyed pretty much the entire album.

Here is another less detailed list of very close contenders:
Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell
The Submarines - Honeysuckle Weeks
Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin - Pershing
Beck - Modern Guilt
TV on the Radio - Dear Science
Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
This is Ivy League - This is Ivy League
Snow Patrol - A Hundred Million Suns

Our Best of 2008 Radio Show

The Best of 2008 Show

The Beat Frequency just had our Best of 2008 show last Friday. The playlist is below. The first song wasn't in 2008, but it was requested, and it was on Psych in season 2.

The rest are some of my favorite songs of the year off albums released in 2008.
The show is available here until 12/19/08: Enjoy.

1Bloc PartySo Here We AreSilent Alarm
2The Beat Frequency'sBest of 2008 Show
3Frightened RabbitThe TwistThe Midnight Organ Fight
4Snow PatrolIf There's A Rocket Tie Me To ItA Hundred Million Suns
5ColdplayStrawberry SwingViva la Vida
6We Are ScientistsAfter HoursBrain Thrust Mastery
7Tilly & The WallCacophonyo
8Mates of State The Re-ArrangerRe-Arrange Us
9Ra Ra RiotCan You TellThe Rhumb Line
10Vampire WeekendA-PunkVampire Weekend
11The CoastTightropeExpatriate
12Friendly FiresJump In The PoolFriendly Fires
13Kings of LeonUse SomebodyOnly by the Night
14Phantom PlanetDroppedRaise the Dead
15BeckYouthlessModern Guilt
16Does It Offend You, Yeah?Dawn of the DeadYou Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into
17SantogoldL.E.S. ArtistesSantogold
18Bon IverSkinny LoveFor Emma, Forever Ago
19Blitzen TrapperFurrFurr
20Someone Still Loves You, Boris YeltsinModern MysteryPershing
21Alphabeat10,000 Nights of ThunderThis is Alphabeat
22MGMTElectric FeelOracular Spectacular
23Tokyo Police ClubTessellateElephant Shell
24The SubmarinesYou, Me & The BourgeoisieHoneysuckle Weeks
25TV on the RadioGolden AgeDear Science

Sunday, December 7, 2008

I've never met anyone quite like you before...

The Beat Frequency for Dec. 5th

I love my radio show. It was only a week and two days between my last fill-in and my show this week, but it felt like an eternity. Playlist is below.

It has a track from the new Snow Patrol album that I like and a new favorite New Order song "Temptation." Also, "Funkytown" which never gets old. I also finally played "King of the Rodeo" by Kings of Leon which I adore.

1The FrayFall AwayHow To Save A Life
2Snow PatrolThe Golden FloorA Hundred Million Suns
3Talking HeadsBurning Down The HouseSpeaking in Tongues
4LuceGood DayLuce
5Lipps Inc.FunkytownMouth to Mouth
6Death Cab for CutieTitle and RegistrationTransatlanticism
7New Order TemptationTemptation 7"
8John LegendGreen Light feat. Andre 3000Evolver
9The PoliceRoxanneOutlandos d'Amour
10The RomanticsWhat I Like About YouThe Romantics
11AnnualsConfessorSuch Fun
12Kings of LeonKing of the RodeoAha Shake Heartbreak
13Stroke 9Letters (Acoustic)Cafe Cuts: A Collection Of Acoustic Favorites
14BeulahSilver LiningThe Coast Is Never Clear
15Steve ReynoldsMistaken IdentityThe Carnival Papers
16Barenaked LadiesSecond Best (Acoustic)Everything to Everyone
17ForeignerCold As IceForeigner
18DispatchThe GeneralBang Bang
19Etta JamesSpoonful feat. Harvey FuquaAt Last!
20CalexicoTwo Silver TreesCarried to Dust
21Jade McNelisWinsAll the Fables EP
22Billy JoelPiano ManPiano Man
23QueenDon't Stop Me NowJazz
24The Go! TeamHuddle FormationThunder, Lightning, Strike

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Beat Frequency usurps SGA's timeslot...

I needed a radio show this week. So I took one. Luckily, the SGA conveniently didn't have a meeting so I stole their slot on WMUC2. You can download the show here for a week: click on SGA_Meeting_1800_2200.mp3
(available until next Wednesday)

This was a show of sad songs, and songs with words I cannot play on FM radio. Silly FCC. The Beat Frequency is usually a rather upbeat, fun time, but sometimes all you want to hear is sad songs. Sad beautiful songs. That was tonight's show.

Pretty much most of my sadness was due to the knowledge the Pushing Daisies is getting cancelled. Tonight's episode was good anyway.

Playlist is here (apologies for the weird numbering):

29Alison KraussForget About ItForget About It
30Frightened RabbitKeep Yourself WarmThe Midnight Organ Fight
31The EaglesDesperadoDesperado
32Kate NashWe Get OnMade of Bricks
33Norah JonesCarnival TownFeels Like Home
34Joy DivisionLove Will Tear Us ApartSubstance
35The WreckersLeave the PiecesStand Still, Look Pretty
36AdeleCold Shoulder19
37Fiona AppleSleep To DreamTidal
38Imogen HeapHide and SeekSpeak for Yourself
39Bon IverSkinny LoveFor Emma, Forever Ago
40Fleetwood MacThe ChainRumours
41The StrokesModern Girls and Old Fashioned Men (feat. Regina Spektor)Modern Girls and Old Fashioned Men
42Jackson BrowneFountain of SorrowLate for the Sky
43Bonnie RaittI Can't Make You Love MeLuck of the Draw
44Taylor SwiftWhite Horse(for Emma, Meghan and Allyson)
45Tegan and SaraWhere Does The Good Go?So Jealous
46Rufus WainwrightHallelujahShrek Soundtrack
47InterpolNYCTurn On The Bright Lights
48Timberland presents OneRepublicApologizeTimberland presents Shock Value
49Kate NashMerry HappyMade of Bricks
50Third Eye BlindMotorcycle Drive ByThird Eye Blind
51Eve 6GirlfriendIt's All In Your Head
52The Postal ServiceThe District Sleeps Alone TonightGive Up
53Tilly and the WallPot Kettle Blacko
54Frightened RabbitMy Backwards WalkThe Midnight Organ Fight
55Inara GeorgeFools In LoveGrey's Anatomy Soundtrack
56The BeatlesEleanor RigbyRevolver
57Arlo GuthrieAlice's Restaurant Massacre

Oh yeah, and Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant. A Thanksgiving Classic.

You know what else is a Thanksgiving classic? Pie.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Person I'd Most Like To Meet

Ok, yet again, I finish watching Chuck longing to meet the person responsible for the music selection.

Can You Tell by Ra Ra Riot
is one of my favorite songs and it just ended out this week's episode of Chuck.

It made my day. Just like Skinny Love by Bon Iver did when it was on.

Seriously, if you're out there, I would love to meet you.

Show 11.21.08

This was a show filled with optimism. Blind, beautiful optimism. Stay tuned for next week's show filled with depression and cynicism. Good times!
1We Are ScientistsHoppípollaChris and Keith's Ultimate Playlist (Sigur Rós cover)
2Someone Still Loves You, Boris YeltsinHeersPershing
3Republic TigersBuildings and MountainsKeep Color
4Kings of LeonCloserOnly By The Night
5Friendly FiresIn The HospitalFriendly Fires
6Frightened RabbitThe TwistThe Midnight Organ Fight
7The Bird and The BeeAgain and AgainThe Bird and The Bee
8Dear and the HeadlightsTalk AboutDrunk Like Bible Times
9Jackson BrowneTender is the NightLawyers in Love
10Counting CrowsHanginaroundThis Desert Life
11AmericaA Horse With No NameAmerica
12Vampire WeekendCampusVampire Weekend
13The KillersSmile Like You Mean ItHot Fuss
15Tally HallSpring and a StormMarvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum
16Jack JohnsonFlake Brushfire Fairytales
17Snow PatrolOpen Your EyesEyes Open
18Corinne Bailey RaeLike A StarCorinne Bailey Rae
20Field MusicYou're So Pretty...Field Music
21The Smashing PumpkinsZeitgeistZeitgeist
22Paul McCartneyBlackbirdWings Over America
23SugarcultDo It AloneLights Out
24Fleetwood MacOver My HeadFleetwood Mac
25The ZombiesTime of the SeasonThe Greatest Hits
26The White StripesThe Denial TwistGet Behind Me Satan

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dear Television...

Thank you for giving the show Chuck excellent music that I can steal for playlists on the radio.

I would like to let you know that I'm upset with you for not posting the SNL parody sketch of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" music video with Justin Timberlake dancing ridiculously.

That is all for now.


The Beat Frequency

First Post!

Hello there!

I thought it'd be fun to have a little blog about our lovely radio show on WMUC 88.1 FM College Park (

Here's our playlist from last week:

2Billy JoelOnly The Good Die YoungThe Stranger
3We Are ScientistsDinosaurs (Ibiza Mix)Chris & Keith's Ultimate Playlist EP
4Better Than EzraDesperately WantingFriction, Baby
5Tapes 'n' TapesInsistorThe Loon
6Monty NormanJames Bond ThemeJames Bond: Dr. No Theme
7Jack White & Alicia KeysAnother Way To DieJames Bond: Quantum of Solace Theme
8Shirley BasseyGoldfingerJames Bond: Goldfinger Theme
9Nancy SinatraYou Only Live TwiceJames Bond: You Only Live Twice Theme
10Paul Oakenfold
James Bond Theme
11The CribsMoving PicturesMen's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever
12The Lovin' SpoonfulSummer in the CitySummer in the City
13The StillsBeing HereOceans Will Rise
14The CoastAll The BoysExpatriate
15Tilly and the WallLost GirlsBottom of Barrels
16MoonbabiesWar on SoundMoonbabies at the Ballroom
17Ben Folds FiveKateWhatever and Ever Amen
18Bishop AllenRainThe Broken String
19SwitchfootDare You To MoveThe Beautiful Letdown
20U2Mysterious WaysAchtung Baby
21Kings of LeonUse SomebodyOnly By The Night
22Matt CostaSunshineSongs We Sing
23The TemptationsAin't Too Proud To BegGettin' Ready
24The CarsGood Times RollThe Cars
25WilloughbyStoryI Know What You're Up To
26The WhoSqueeze BoxThe Who By Numbers
27Ben HarperShe's Only Happy In The SunFight For Your Mind

It was quite a James Bond day, with lots of excitement for the new Quantum of Solace movie coming out.