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

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Beat Frequency - March 12, 2010

Cake's "Love You Madly" is in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, one of the funniest films I've ever seen. I watched it again with my roommate before spring break happened.

Washington's "How To Tame Lions" is easily my favorite new track off of the SXSW torrents. You should listen to it. To get this, and a ton more songs from this year's SXSW festival, check out the following site here.

Band of Horses' "I Go To The Barn Because I Like The" gets the award for most incomplete song title and it was also on the season finale of Psych this past week. Broken Bell's "The High Road" is a new one from the collaboration between Danger Mouse and James Mercer from The Shins. We then played "Rules Don't Stop" by We Are Scientists, a new track from them, which is pretty catchy.

We also had a lot of fun with the record player playing "We've Got The Beat" by The Go-Go's for absolutely no other reason than playing with the record player.

PS22 doing "Lisztomania" was the best thing ever. Click here for the video. Be prepared to think it is the most adorable thing ever. I want the director's job. Continuing with our Phoenix theme we played "If I Ever Feel Better" which has some fantastic lyrics in it. Next we had Yael Naim (you might remember her from "New Soul" which was in a lot of Mac commercials) doing a cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic", which I guiltily love (both versions actually).

More music in there followed by the new song from OK Go, which has a sweet, sweet music video with a Rube Goldberg machine that took the team involved 4 months to make. It was worth it. Check out the video here. It's even cool to watch silently.

Also, I'd been on a binge of The Smiths this week, which was most of the reason for playing the She & Him cover of "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (featured in (500) Days of Summer) and "How Soon Is Now?" earlier.

1MGMTFlash Delirium
2CakeLove You Madly
3WashingtonHow To Tame Lions
4Family of the YearChugjug
5Band of HorsesI Go To The Barn Because I Like The
6Broken BellsThe High Road
7We Are ScientistsRules Don't Stop
8DiscoverySlang Tang
9The SmithsHow Soon Is Now?
10Will SmithGettin' Jiggy Wit It
11The Go-Go'sWe've Got The Beat
13Of MontrealWe Were Born the Mutants Again with Leofling
14Jarvis CockerDon't Let Him Waste Your Time
15PS22 ChorusLisztomania (Phoenix cover)
16PhoenixIf I Ever Feel Better
17Yael NaimToxic (Britney Spears cover)
18Fleet FoxesMykonos
19TV on the RadioDLZ
21Emily Haines & The Soft SkeletonNothing and Nowhere
22The Magnetic FieldsNothing Matters When We're Dancing
23Barenaked LadiesI'll Be That Girl
24RadioheadHigh and Dry
25Frou FrouPsychobabble
26No DoubtSunday Morning
27OK GoThis Too Shall Pass
28Bob DylanMr. Tambourine Man
29The Stone RosesI Wanna Be Adored
30She & HimPlease, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths cover)

The Beat Frequency - March 5, 2010

Hello readers! Another lovely post from your friend here at The Beat Frequency. Here's our playlist with explanations, if not vague ones, about why I played some of these songs on our radio show here at WMUC.

I was talking with a friend about staying hungry or ambitious, and "Hungry Like The Wolf" popped immediately into my mind. Also, this lovely Old Spice Commercial. No, not this one. (But it's good too.)

Also, another friend of mine requested "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)" which is a ridiculous Beatles tune, along with "Strawberry Fields Forever."

We played The Kissaway Trail because they are opening for The Temper Trap and Florence + The Machine at their show that I'm seeing in April. (WHICH I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT)

The Tom Waits and Townes Van Zandes tunes were covered by Norah Jones on an album I owned a long time ago. I needed to hear the originals.

Bob Dylan is awesome. Enough said.

Bruce's "Dancing In The Dark" was related to the hungry theme. Lyrical quote: "They say you gotta stay hungry. Hey baby, I'm just about starving tonight."

"Debaser" is a great song. Shouting the lyrics makes my day.

The Blow's "Parentheses" goes out to my sister on her 20th birthday, which was later the next week, because she showed it to me and I love it.

Billy Joel's "Vienna" goes out to anyone who has ever been overwhelmed with trying too hard. "Dream on, but don't imagine they'll all come true." Kills me every time.

"Ambitions" by Donkeyboy was a special request from my good friend who now lives in Norway. It was a good song too.

Spoon's "Is Love Forever?" was part of Transference, the album of theirs that I was reviewing for the station (and finally finished.) The review is here at the WMUC music blog.

"Next Year" by the Foo Fighters was the theme song to the television show Ed (2000-2004), where I first started listening to music as an integral part of television. Unfortunately, due to outrageous royalties, Ed may never come out on DVD, which makes me terribly sad. Bowling alley lawyer? Come on, that's classic television. Also, it had the Mac guy in it, and Michael Ian Black. (If you don't know that I like cheesy television by now, you don't know me very well.)

"Abel" by The National was played for the line "my mind is not right" which I had the pleasure to see screamed by the lead singer back in August at the Virgin Free Fest in Columbia, MD.

Rogue Wave's "Good Morning" now has a special place in my brain after I heard it on the drive back from a roadtrip to Wisconsin at around 3am in North Eastern Ohio (on the radio! I know, I was excited too). The great folks at Ohio's Alternation played it, along with a few more tunes I'll share on the March 26th show. Anyway, I couldn't place the song until I got home, but it felt pretty cool to have played it earlier.

And we closed out with a remix of the remix of the cover of "You Got The Love." Yeah, try to wrap your head around that.

1Duran DuranHungry Like The Wolf
2Led ZeppelinMisty Mountain Hop
3The BeatlesYou Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
4The BeatlesStrawberry Fields Forever
5The Kissaway TrailBeat Your Heartbeat
6Thao NyguenTallymarks
7Tom WaitsThe Long Way Home
8Townes Van ZandtBe Here To Love Me
9Bob DylanDon't Think Twice, It's Alright
10Bob DylanIt Ain't Me
11Massive AttackDissolved Girl
12AirPlayground Love
13Bruce SpringsteenDancing In The Dark
14David BowieLife on Mars?
15Elliot SmithJealous Guy (John Lennon cover)
17The BlowParentheses
18Billy JoelVienna
19The ProclaimersOver and Done With
20Built To SpillDistopian Dream Girl
21CSSCannonball (The Breeders cover)
23SpoonIs Love Forever?
24Foo FightersNext Year
25of MontrealCato As A Pun
26Band of HorsesOur Swords
27The NationalAbel
28Rogue WaveGood Morning
29PortisheadSour Times
30Florence + The MachineYou Got The Love (The Very Best Remix)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Beat Frequency - February 26, 2010

Hello there!

Welcome back to another edition of The Beat Frequency, College Park's own wild tribute to the phantasmagorical.  That word just makes me think of the circus. 

Anyway, we started off the show with some new Joanna Newsom from her recently released Have One on Me, along with some new music from She & Him, The Swell Season and Alphabeat.  We threw in "Particle Man" for fun.

The Thievery Corporation track was a gorgeous song that has fantastic lyrics.  Look it up.

My favorite song of the week was rediscovering "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" from Talking Heads.  I forgot how much I love this song.

"The less we say about it the better
Make it up as we go along
Feet on the ground
Head in the sky
It's okay. I know nothing's wrong"

I'm actually just going to post lyrics from some of the remaining tracks instead of talking about them:

"I'm a loser and I'm not what I appear to be"
"Arrest this man, he talks in maths"
"For a little while you'll be here, the only good part of me"
"He's not perfect. He's my hero. Smashing the piano"

Ok, but I have to talk about this one.  "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele is what we played on the show today, but it's a Bob Dylan cover.   When I was younger, I knew the Garth Brooks cover really well and it was one of my favorite songs.  It's beautiful.  It's the one song that I play on guitar really well.  It's also the song I was attempting to play when I broke a guitar string today.  And so it goes.

Playlist for February 26, 2010:

1Joanna NewsomGood Intentions Paving Company
2She & HimThieves
3The Swell SeasonIn These Arms
4They Might Be GiantsParticle Man
5AlphabeatHole In My Heart
6Thievery CorporationThe Time We Lost Our Way
7The BeatlesI'm A Loser
8RadioheadKarma Police
9The Mountain GoatsAutoclave
10Talking HeadsThis Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
11The xxIslands
12The New PornographersYour Hands (Together)
13The NationalLit Up
14The Boy Least Likely ToThe Boy With Two Hearts
15MonoHello Cleveland
16Dean MartinThat's Amore
18AdeleMake You Feel My Love(Bob Dylan cover)
20MetricFront Row
21Electric PresidentSafe and Sound
22Bat for LashesTravelling Woman
23Iggy PopSearch and Destroy
24Sun Kil MoonCarry Me Ohio
25Arctic MonkeysBrianstorm
26Sharon Van EttenConsolation Prize
27Wye OakWarning
28WilcoJesus, Etc.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Beat Frequency - February 19, 2010

The Beat Frequency's BIRTHDAY EDITION.

haha, no, but it was my birthday on the 18th and we had a decent amount of celebratory music. Starting with "Birthday" by The Beatles.  Of course.  Kate Nash's "Skeleton Song" was also played because of the line "now I'm twenty-two." (which strangely, Kate Nash wasn't when I first heard her sing that song.)  Another birthday track was "Older" from They Might Be Giants, played a bit later.

A friend posted some lyrics to "Fool in the Rain" on Facebook and I remembered how much I love that song.  My dad loves Led Zeppelin, so we used to listen to a lot of them when I was younger.  Thanks family for liking good music. :)

Yeasayer's "Sunrise" was used in a rap track by Childish Gambino, also known as Don Glover of 30 Rock writing and Community fame (he plays Troy).  He's hysterical.  After listening to his rap over the track (which I'm fairly positive can't be played on the radio, pesky FCC) I fell in love with the Yeasayer original.

One of my favorite tracks which I had the chance to share this week was the mashup of The Killers' "Smile Like You Mean It" and La Roux's "Bulletproof" ("Smile Like You're Bullet Proof").  Great songs, great mashup.  Fanfarlo's "Harold T. Wilkens or How To Wait For A Very Long Time" is also an incredibly catchy new tune.

We also played  "Land Down Under" by Men At Work in remembrance of me being in Australia around this time last year, and also hearing it on the way to Cornerstone on my birthday.  Also, "Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac made an appearance on my shuffle on my birthday and then made its way onto today's playlist. Enjoy.

Playlist for February 19, 2010

1The BeatlesBirthday
2Kings of LeonNotion
3Kate NashSkeleton Song
4Billy JoelPiano Man
5Led ZeppelinFool in the Rain
7a-haTake On Me
8Cobra StarshipKiss My Sass
9CakeShort Skirt/Long Jacket
10The CribsMen's Needs (CSS Remix)
11AlphabeatWhat Is Happening?
12The DarknessI Believe In A Thing Called Love
13They Might Be GiantsOlder
14Sleigh BellsCrown on the Ground
15OasisThe Shock of the Lightning
16Cage The ElephantFree Love
17DevoWhip It
18The Killers vs. La RouxSmile Like You're Bulletproof
19Jefferson AirplaneSomebody to Love
20Fleet FoxesWhite Winter Hymnal
21Fleetwood MacTusk
22FanfarloHarold T. Wilkens or How To Wait For A Very Long Time
23Morning BendersExcuses
24Minus The BearThe Pig War
25Paul SimonYou Can Call Me Al
26LenkaWe Will Not Grow Old
27Men At WorkLand Down Under
28Field MusicThe Rest Is Noise

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Beat Frequency - February 12, 2010

Hello, hello! Today was our first show back after the blizzard which canceled February 4th's show. Everyone in College Park was getting some serious cabin fever. We played some Leonard Nimoy (yes, that's Spock) and a few awesome songs my sister told me about (Gold Motel's "Perfect in my Mind" is fantastic.) Frightened Rabbit's "Nothing Like You" was also on the list. You can check out the video here.

Steve Perry's "Strung Out" was featured in a recent Psych episode and Datarock's "Amarillion" was played in Chuck. Why yes, if you've figured nothing out from any of these blog entries, I get a lot of my new music from television shows.

We also had a cabin fever section of the show featuring the Muppets, R.E.M. and Bon Jovi. My own personal snowed-in song was "Aside" by The Weakerthans. The line "and I'm losing all these stupid games that I swore I'd never play" was stuck in my head all week. TV on the Radio's cover of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Modern Romance" was new to me and I really enjoyed it.

Oh yeah, and it was two days before Anna Howard Shaw Day so we played a few songs for all the lovers out there. Ok, so maybe they were just songs that mentioned love of various varieties. The Magnetic Fields' "The Book of Love" off of their 69 Love Songs and Bloc Party's "This Modern Love" are fairly old favorites for me, and added with the newer "Cosmic Love" from Florence + the Machine started off the bit, with the classic "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division and then the epic "Elephant Love Medley" from Moulin Rouge.

Oh, and then Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" because I was heading out to New Jersey after the show. I should've played "Atlantic City" but I like "Born to Run" better.

Playlist for February 12, 2010:

1Friday MileLives of Strangers
2EisleySilver Springs
3Gold MotelPerfect In My Mind
4Leonard NimoyHighly Illogical
5Patrick WatsonOverture
6Frightened RabbitNothing Like You
7Steve PerryStrung Out
8The WeakerthansAside
10R.E.M. It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
11MuppetsCabin Fever
12Bon JoviLivin' on a Prayer
13SpoonWritten In Reverse
14Buddy HollyEveryday
15TV On The RadioModern Romance (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover)
16Fleetwood MacGo Your Own Way
17PhoenixIf I Ever Feel Better
18Flight of the ConchordsI'm Not Crying
19John MayerLove Song For No One
20Elliott SmithClementine
21Death Cab for CutieI Was A Kaleidoscope
22The StrokesWhat Ever Happened?
23of MontrealGronlandic Edit
24Architecture in HelsinkiLike It or Not
25Loney, DearI Was Only Going Out
26Someone Still Loves You, Boris YeltsinModern Mystery
27The Magnetic FieldsThe Book of Love
28Bloc PartyThis Modern Love
29Florence + The MachineCosmic Love
30Joy DivisionLove Will Tear Us Apart
31Ewan McGregor and Nicole KidmanElephant Love Medley
32Bruce SpringsteenBorn To Run

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Beat Frequency - January 29, 2010

Why hello there!

First show of the semester was fun. Favorite new song played?: Spoon's "Got Nuffin," one of my favorites off of their new album Transference. It was also showcased on TV's Chuck. Another great song was "Bulletproof" by La Roux, an excellent, danceable tune about not getting screwed over like you have in the past. An anthem for the ages, really. I fell in love with that song over winter break, but didn't get the chance to share it on the air.

Oh yes! And You've Got The Love (The xx remix). Phenomenal song. Talking about giving up, but then getting through it with the power of love. The song is a cover of a cover of a Candi Stanton disco tune. Florence + The Machine did the latest cover, and then The xx gave their own vibe to the song.

I'll add the playlist a bit later. Unfortunately the snowpocalypse has attacked the server. Catch us this Friday (well maybe, if we're not snowed in) from noon - 2pm on Stay warm!

1Arctic MonkeysFluorescent Adolescent
2SpoonGot Nuffin'Transference
3YeasayerAmbling Alp
4The Temper TrapLove Lost
5Beach HouseNorway
6Barenaked LadiesFalling For The First Time
7Kings of LeonThe Bucket
8The xxVCR
9Imogen HeapHide and Seek
10La RouxBulletproof
11Shout Out Out Out OutBad Choices
12BeckProfanity Prayers
14The Pains of Being Pure At HeartYoung Adult Friction
15Matt & KimGood Ol' Fashioned Nightmare
16Iron & WineBelated Promise Ring
17Florence + The MachineYou've Got The Love (The xx Remix)
18Jimmy Eat WorldA Praise Chorus
19Magnetic FieldI Don't Believe In The Sun
20The ScriptBreakeven
21Owl CityStrawberry Avalanche
22Grizzly BearReady, Able
23St. VincentLaughing With A Mouthful of Blood
24The Cave SingersLeap
25Field MusicLet's Write A Book
26Lee Fields & The ExpressionsLove Comes and Goes

New Time! Last Semester!

Hello there! The Beat Frequency will be moving to Fridays from 12 noon - 2 pm!
Our first show is going on as we speak!
Listen in - Same crazy show, all new music, with a few old favorites.

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