Posts Tagged ‘Yo La Tengo’

Night Falls on Hoboken

December 16, 2010

Here’s Yo La Tengo with the beautiful track Night Falls on Hoboken off of And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out.

Advertisements

Yo La Tengo, you make me giggle…

February 7, 2010

The track is Sugarcube and its off of I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One. The video clip is hysterical, I love these guys from Hoboken, New Jersey.

Favorite tracks of the decade

December 27, 2009

Well, I started DJing around 2000 and now its approaching 2010. I thought I should do some of my favorite tracks of the decade. I’m sure this will be an ongoing post that I keep coming back to when I forget about a jem here and there. Also, a lot of my tracks are going to overlap with Rolling Stone and Pitchfork‘s favorites. I don’t mean to step on anyone’s toes, a great track is a great track. Unlike Pitchfork and Roling Stone, I’m going to be different and leave out OutKast from my list and also LCD soundsystem. Not that I don’t think their good, I do actually prefer to listen to OutKast when I’ve had five to many beers, but they just aren’t my favorite. So here we go, I’m going to list these in numerical order (that however does not mean that #1 is my favorite and so on, I’ve never been good at ranking and I’m not going to start trying to do it now.)

1. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Fever to Tell (2003), Maps
The New York Times chose this as album of the year, it was nominated for a grammy, and is on Spin’s 100 greatest albums between 1985 and 1995. I bought it for the hearfelt track “Maps”. It’s a brilliant love song, and I’ll even go out on a limb and say its the best of the decade.
2. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009), My Girls
This is Animal Collective’s 8th album, check these guys out.
3. M.I.A., Kala (2007), Paper Planes

4. David Byrne & Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008), Strange Overtones
I dare you not to dance:

5. Sufjan Stevens, Illinois (2005), Chicago
6. TV on the Radio, Desperate Youths Blood Thirsty Babes (2004), Staring at the Sun
7. The Arcade Fire, Funeral (2004), Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
8. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002), Reservations
In my humble opinion, this is Wilco’s best album.
9. Modest Mouse, Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004), Float On
10. Spoon, Kill the Moonlight (2002), The Way We Get By
I couldn’t stop playing both the Modest Mouse’s Float On and Spoon’s The Way we Get By for a very long time.

11. Portishead, Third (2008), The Rip
Thank God this beautiful woman brought us another album.
12. Beck, Sea Change (2002), Lost Cause
13. Fugazi, The Argument (2001), Cashout
14. Yo La Tengo, And Then Nothing Turns Itself Inside-Out (2000), Our Way to Fall
15. Cat Power, You Are Free (2003), I Don’t Blame You
16. Radiohead, Kid A (2000), Optimistic
17. Elliot Smith, Figure 8 (2000), Easy Way Out

18. Pinback, Blue Screen Life (2001), Penelope
19. Blonde Redhead, Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons (2000), In Particular
20. PJ Harvey, Stories from the City- Stories from the Sea (2000), A Place Called Home
21. Death Cab For Cutie, You Can Play these Songs With Chords, Pictures in an Exhibition
This band  (along with Bright Eyes) took College Radio by storm.

22. American Analog Set, Know by Heart (2001), The Postman

What are some of your favorite tracks over the past 10 years?

“You’ve Been a Friend”- Merry Christmas

December 16, 2009

The title of the post today is a Jesus and Mary Chain track off of Stoned and Dethroned.  I’ll finish off tonight’s set with it, and it goes out to KRUI (who I’ve seen transition through a couple of different stations), the DJ’s I’ve met there, and the music I’ve learned about from volunteering at “Iowa City’s Sound Alternative” for the past 6 years.  It’s my last show tonight at KRUI, and the majority of it will be the Christmas Show.  The last 30 minutes or so will be a couple of favorite tracks that express how I feel about leaving the station and Iowa City. Listen in at 89.7 fm KRUI or online here from 8 to 10pm.

Here’s an old picture of me in the station when I used to have a show from 12 to 2am on Wednesday nights:

The Christmas Show:
1. The Vandals, Oi to the World, Hang Myself from the Tree
2. Belle & Sebastian, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, O Come, O Come Emmanuel
3. Holly Golightly, Christmas Tree on Fire, Christmas Tree on Fire
4. Low, Christmas, Just Like Christmas
5. Tom Waits, Blue Valentine, Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis
(I still remember my old co-host Zach loving this track, also one of my favorites.)
6. Sufjan Stevens, Sufjan Stevens: Songs for Christmas, That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!
7. The Bird and the Bee, Carol of the Bells, Carol of the Bells (A great request!)
8. Michael Chang or possibly the Flaming Lips doing Plastic Jesus
(Yep my fiance did this and maybe I’ll play it, it’s a cover of an old folk song,  the flaming lips also covered it on Transmissions from the Satellite Heart).
(Taken by HeidiHehnly)
9. The Olivia Tremor Control, Presents: Singles and Beyond, Fireplace
10. Guided by Voices, Universal Truths and Cycles, Father Sgt. Christmas Card
11. The Fall, No HO HO, (We Wish You) a Protein Christmas
12. The Flaming Lips, Clouds Taste Metallic, Christmas at the Zoo
13. The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground, Jesus
14. Spent, Songs of Drinking and Rebellion, Santa Claus to the Rescue
15. My Bloody Valentine, Isn’t Anything, Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside)
16. AM, Holiday Happiness & Cheer-EP, Home for the Holidays
17. Teenage Fanclub, Songs from Northern Britain, Winter
18. The Paper Chase, Kill Rock Stars Winter Holiday Album, The War is Over
19. The Everyothers, Kill Rock Stars Winter Holiday Album, 1000 Miles (This went out to David and Sam at OurLifeInIthaca, I love them.)
20. Leadbelly, Important recordings, A Christmas Day
21. Pixies, Come on Pilgrim, The Holiday Song
22. Remy Zero, Remy Zero, Christmas
23. Superchunk, Here’s Where the Strings Come In, Silver Leaf and Snowy Tears
24. The Murder City Devils, Thelema, 364 Days
25. Sonic Youth, Sleighed-The Other Side of Christmas, Santa Doesn’t Cop Out on Dope. (This is my absolute all time favorite Christmas track, EVER!)
I think this was also feature on a Geffen Christmas album shown below:

My last tracks to Iowa City and KRUI:
1. Yo La Tengo’s Don’t Have to Be So Sad
2. Heatmiser’s See You Later
3. New Order’s Your Silent Face
4. The Thirteen Floor Elevators, You’re Gonna Miss Me
5. The Jesus & Mary Chain’s You’ve Been A Friend

My personal soundtrack…

November 18, 2009

Well Iowa city, I have about three Radioloveless shows left before I leave the KRUI airways for good. Two shows will consist of my favorite tracks to hear, thus the title of my post. If you listen to the show, I’m sure you’ve heard most of them. Either way, the next two shows will be filled with my favorites. The last show will be my Christmas show, which is always a fun show to do.

I’ll be moving back east next year, after living and DJing in Iowa city for the past 6. I love it here, and I love KRUI even more. Listen in at 89.7 fm or online here. Here’s the show

1. R.E.M.’s Fables of Reconstruction (1985), Driver 8
2. Sebadoh, Bakesale (1994, oh and the naked baby on the cover is Lou Barlow), Skull
(It’s my favorite track from Sebadoh along with lots of other kids my age, thank you Lou for bringing this into my life.)

3. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Pig Lib (2003), Vanessa from Queens
(Steve defines cool, even if I can’t figure out what he’s singing about)
4. Teenage Fanclub, Bandwagonesque (1991), Star Sign
(This just sounds like the 90s to me, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and little.)
5. The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground, Pale Blue Eyes
(Uhm, who doesn’t like this song?)
6. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002), I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
This is my favorite Wilco album, I keep coming back.
7. Wire, Pink Flag (1977), 1 2 X U
8. Yo La Tengo, President Yo La Tengo (1989), Barnaby Hardly Working
9. Catherine Wheel, Ferment (1992), Black Metallic
10. Black Tambourine, Complete Recordings, Pack You Up
This track is so short and cool, it just makes me want to go out and be their groupie if they were still around.
11. The Dandy Warhols, Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (1999), Sleep
I can’t help it, I love this album.
12. Big Star, #1 Record (1972), Thirteen
Rolling stone said it was “one of the most beautiful songs about Adolescence.”
13. The Breeders, Pod (1990), When I was a Painter
14. Pavement, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain (1994), Silence Kit (awesome request for Sutcliffe Catering Song but was having issues with my CD.)
15. Built to Spill, Perfect From Now On (1997), I would Hurt a Fly
16. Cat Power, What would the Community Think (1996), Bathysphere
17. The Church, Starfish (1988), Under the Milky Way
18. Cocteau Twins, Head Over Heels (1983), When Mama was a Moth

19. My Bloody Valentine, Loveless (1991), When you Sleep
Pitchfork quoted Loveless as the best album of the 90’s, I might have to agree.
20. The Clash, The Clash (1977), Janie Jones
21. Sleater-Kinney, One Beat (2002), Combat Rock
22. Depeche Mode, Violator (1990), Blue Dress
23. The Cure, Seventeen Seconds (1980), A Forest
24. Archers of Loaf, White Trash Heroes (1998), Dead Red Eyes
25. Guided By Voices, Alien Lanes (1995), My Valuable Hunting Knife
26. Meat Puppets, Meat Puppets II (1984), New Gods

Thank You Yo La Tengo

October 14, 2009

Yo la Tengo has a new album out called Popular Songs. I featured a track on last weeks show. I sat down this last week and listened to the album and there are some truly beautiful unique tracks on it. I’m going to feature a couple of the tracks tonight from the album on Radioloveless. I love their sweet lyrics along with their complex juxtaposition of sound in a handful of the tracks.

Here’s the set for tonight, listen in from 8 to 10 pm on KRUI 89.7 fm or online here.

1. Sunny Day Real Estate, Rising Tide (2000), Faces in Disguise
album-the-rising-tide
2. Yo La Tengo, Popular Songs (2009), Here to Fall
3. Animal Collective, Strawberry Jam (2007), For Reverend Green
4. Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures (1979), I Remember Nothing
unknownpleasures
5. Colin Newman (of the band Wire), A-Z (1980), Around You
6. The Names, Swimming + Singles (1982), Discovery
7. The Wake, Here Comes Everybody (1985), O Pamela
8. R.E.M., Dead Letter Office (1987), Wolves Lower
This album contains rarities and B-sides including 3 velvet underground covers. (This was also a great request by this Hottie.)
9. Catherine Wheel, Ferment (1992), Texture
10. Department S, Sub-Stance (2003), Is Vic There? (The track was originally released in 1981)
11. Josef K, Entomology (1981), It’s Kinda Funny
entomology
12. Blonde Redhead, Misery Is A Butterfly (2004), Misery Is A Butterfly
13. Pinback, Some Voices (2000), Some Voices
14. Kinski, Alpine Static (2005 off of Sub Pop), Hot Stenographer
kinski
15. The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Strung Out in Heaven (There seventh full length album released in 1998), Let’s Pretend its Summer
Strungoutinheaven
16. Built To Spill, There’s Nothing Wrong With Love (1994), Distopian Dream Girl
17. The Dandy Warhols, Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (2000), Cool Scene
18. Frank Black Francis, Frank Black Francis (2004), Velouria
19. Guided by Voices, Bee Thousand (1994), The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory
20. The Dream Syndicate, Out of the Grey (1986), Cinnamon Girl
dreamsyndicate
21. The Velvet Underground, VU (recorded 1969 released 1985), Foggy Notion
22. Talking Heads, Talking Heads: 77 (1977), Happy Day
23. Slowdive, Morningrise-EP (Morningrise is the third single released by Slowdive in 1991), She Calls
24. My Bloody Valentine, Isn’t Anything (1988), No More Sorry
isntanything

Daydreaming days in a daydream nation…

October 7, 2009

Tonight is Radio Loveless from 8 to 10 pm on KRUI 89.7 fm or online here. The title of today’s post can be found in the album below:
daydream

1. I’m going to start with a live version of Sonic Youth’s Hyperstation off of the reissued Daydream Nation Box set. This album first came out in 1988, and was Sonic Youth’s fifth album.
2. Yo La Tengo, Popular Songs, Periodically Double or Triple
Yes, the twelfth album from Yo La Tengo has arrived.
Popularsongs
3. Tortoise, TNT, The Equator
This mostly instrumental band formed back in 1990 and are still recording. TNT was released in 1998.
4. The Mary Onettes, Puzzles-Single, Puzzles
This sounds like early 80s sweet synth-pop. I love it, it came out last month.
Here’s a review of the band by Pitchfork.
5. Echo and the Bunnymen, Songs to Learn and Sing, The Back of Love
This compilation album was released in 1985, the single was originally released in 1982 and added to their Porcupine release.
6. The Cure, Faith (1981), Faith
7. Elliott Smith, From a Basement On the Hill (2004), A Passing Feeling
fromabase
8. Sebadoh, III (1991), The Freed Pig
9. Frank Zappa, Apostrophe’ (1974)/Overnite Sensation, Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow (A Request!)
10. Polvo, In Prism, Beggar’s Bowl
In Prism is Polvo’s fifth studio album released on Merge Records and their first since 1997’s Shapes. Beggar’s Bowl is streaming on line here.
Polvo_InPrism_Package
11. Uzeda, Stella (Sicilian group formed in 1987, this album came out in 2006), This Heat
12. Cocteau Twins, Head Over Heals (1983), My Love Paramour
13. Mogwai, Rock Action (2001), Take Me Somewhere Nice
14. Gene Loves Jezebel, Voodoo Dollies-The Best of Gene Loves Jezebel, Bruises
15. The Evens, Get Evens (2006), Eventually
16. Beefeater, Plays for Lovers (1985) & House Burning Down (1987), A Dog Day
17. Mission of Burma, The Definitive Editions Compilation, All World Cowboy Romance
Originally this track was off of Signals, Calls, and Marches released in 1981.
18. Grant Lee Buffalo, Mighty Joe Moon (1994), Sing Along

19. The Jayhawks, Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995), Ten Little Kids
20. TV on the Radio, Dear Science, DLZ
(I dare you not to dance.)

21. New Order, (The Best Of) New Order, Let’s Go (Nothing for Me)
22. Gang of Four, Entertainment (1979), At Home He’s a Tourist
23. XTC, Go 2 (1978), Are You Receiving Me?
24. Les Savy Fav, 3/5 (1997), Scout’s Honor
25. Q and not U, Hot and Informed-EP, Busy Lights Busy Carpet
26. Sunny Day Real Estate, Diary, Song About an Angel

I love you.

September 23, 2009

This show is all about love and sweet sounds. Why? Because, I’m in a sappy mood (due to the dream-boat/newly-acquired-fiance featured in the image below). Join me tonight on KRUI 89.7fm or online here.

IMG_0225

1. Yo La Tengo, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (1997), Autumn Sweater
2. The American Analog Set, The Golden Band (1999), I Must Soon Quit The Scene
3. Belle & Sebastian, The Boy With The Arab Strap (1998), It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career
4. Beck, Guero (2005), Girl
5. R.E.M., Reckoning (1984), Harborcoat
6. Air Formation, Air Formation (2000), It Falls Away
7. Black Tambourine, Complete Recordings (2002 off of Slumberland), Can’t Explain
8. Beat Happening, Crashing through (2002), Cast a Shadow
9. Jane’s Addiction, Up from the Catacombs: The Best of Jane’s Addiction, Classic Girl (Originally on Ritual de lo Habitual released in 1990)
10. Built to Spill, Time Trap Sampler (included live tracks between 1994-2006, promo only), Car (Live Album Version)
11. Tears for Fears, 20th Century Masters, Sowing the Seeds of Love (This song released in 1989, The song reached #5 in the UK, #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.)
12. Sugar, File Under: Easy Listening (1994), Your Favorite Thing
13. PJ Harvey, Dry (1992), Oh My Lover
Dry
14. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Stoned & Dethroned (1994), Never Saw It Coming
15. TV On the Radio, Dear Science (2008), Love Dog
16. Sebadoh, Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock (Sebadoh’s Sub Pop Debut released in 1992), Brand New Love
punkrock
17. The Kinks, Kwyet Kinks, A Well Respected Man (Song was released in 1965)
18. Lou Reed, The Bells (1979), Looking for Love
19. Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Girl From the North Country (Request for David, Sam, and their little one on the way.)
20. Pavement, Wowee Zowee (1994), We Dance
21. The Tell-Tale Hearts, A Matter of Time: The Best of Ray Brandes, It’s Just a Matter of Time
22. Lyres, 12 Classic 45s, I Really Want You Right Now
23. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (1992), Feeling of Love
24. Mercury Rev, Deserter’s Songs (1998), Opus 40
25. Nouvelle Vague, Nouvelle Vague, Love Will Tear Us Apart
nouvelle-vague
26. Lou Barlow, Goodnight Unknown, Take Advantage (Justin from Standing on the Verge brought this soon to be released track in, and it was GREAT!)
27. Ugly Casanova, Sharpen Your Teeth (2002), Hotcha Girls
28. The Moldy Peaches, The Moldy Peaches (2001), Anyone Else But You

Center of Gravity

July 22, 2009

It’s a mix tonight. Listen in as always for some great tunes on KRUI 89.7fm or online here.

Here’s a sampling of my set:
1. Mission of Burma’s That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate
2. Mogwai’s Hunted by a Freak
3. Murder City Devils, Thelema, One Vision of May
4. Pixies, Come on Pilgrim, Levitate Me
5. Portishead, Dummy, Sour Times
6. The Replacements, Let it Be, Unsatisfied
Replacements-LetItBe
7. The Stone Roses, Turns into Stone, Elephant Stone
8. Superchunk, Incidental Music 1991-95, Night of Chill Blue (This may be my all time FAVORITE Superchunk track, get ready to rock out.)
9. Wire, Chairs Missing, Too Late (Yo La Tengo did an awesome cover of this)
10. R.E.M.’s Cuyahoga
11. Yo La Tengo, I can hear the heart beating as one, Center of Gravity
Icanheartheheart
12. Hot Snakes, Suicide Invoice, Paid in Cigarettes
13. Kinski, Down Below it’s Chaos, Boy, Was I mad!
14. MC5, I can only give you everything
15. Pavement, Wowee Zowee, We Dance
WoweeZowee

I Loved You First…

May 13, 2009


(She’s just so CUTE!)

This is a lyrical snippet from a track by Regina Spektor called Samson. I won’t be playing it this Wednesday, but the lyric (in a confusing sort of way) defines how I feel about Iowa City. It’s my last show of the semester, and this summer you will be peppered by my presence again on Wednesday nights from 8 to 10pm on KRUI 89.7.

Here’s what I played:

1. Lou Reed, I’ll be your mirror
2. Liz Phair, May Queen

3. The Amps, Pacer
4. Heatmiser, rest my head against the wall
5. Built to Spill, Out of Sight
6. Radiohead’s Lurgee
7. The Dream Syndicate, Then She Remembers
8. Frank Black & The Catholics, Bad Harmony of off pistolero
9. Fugazi’s Suggestion
10. Cat Power’s Nude as the News
11. Luna’s Pup Tent
12. Spacemen 3, Walking with Jesus
13. Yo La Tengo, Deeper into Movies

14. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Never Saw it Coming
15. The Kinks, I need you
16. The Animals, Baby Let me take you Home (I sing this to all the boys.)
17. Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Are you Straight or are you Blind
18. REM, Radio Free Europe
19. Talking Heads, I’m not in Love
20. Husker Du’s Could you be the one?
21. New Order’s Leave me Alone

22. Killing Joke’s Requiem

23. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Thirsty Dog
24. PJ Harvey’s The Life and Death of Mr. Bad Mouth
25. The Beat Happening’s Godsend
26. Morphine’s Good