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