Jan 22 2010


(aired 1/22/10)

Two past shows have featured modes of transportation: trains (7/17/09) and planes (10/9/09). Today it’s time to complete the set by focusing on automobiles. With a diverse mix of suggestions from you listeners, I compiled a list of songs about cars, trucks, driving, buses, tractors and even an ambulance. While I certainly am an advocate for alternative modes of transportation (such as mass transit, bicycling and walking), the songs today explore a major piece of our cultural heritage. As you’ll hear, autos are icons. They can represent adventure, identity, relationships, control, escape, group camaraderie, big dreams, and so much more. Thanks to everyone for your contributions to this show. Let’s go for a ride!

  1. Little Deuce Coupe – The Beach Boys [suggested by Dee Yoh, David Rood]
  2. 455 Rocket – Kathy Mattea [suggested by Elizabeth Hamer]
  3. Cars – Gary Numan [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  4. Drive My Car – Bobby McFerrin [Beatles version suggested by Ed Keller, Derek Keevil]
  5. Terraplane Blues – Robert Johnson [suggested by Kevin Schlottmann]
  6. Radar Love – Golden Earring [suggested by Eagle Jones]
  7. See The U.S.A. In Your Chevrolet – Dinah Shore
  8. Two Drivers – Ramon And Jessica
  9. Convoy – C.W. McCall [suggested by John Jarrell]
  10. Speeding Cars – Imogen Heap
  11. Mustang Sally – The Commitments [suggested by Ray Morley]
  12. Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round – Raffi and kids [general song suggested by Erik Runquist]
  13. Mercury Blues – David Lindley & Ry Cooder [suggested by Maria Katsantones]
  14. Stickshifts and Safetybelts – Cake [suggested by Dan Kraut, Derek Keevil]
  15. Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin
  16. Ambulance – TV on the Radio
  17. Little GTO – Ronnie And The Daytonas [suggested by Julaine Morley, Russ Otte]
  18. Brand New ’64 Dodge – Greg Brown [suggested by John Seligman]
  19. Engine Heart – Mirah
  20. Car Song – Woody Guthrie [suggested by David Rood]
  21. Big Green Tractor – Jason Aldean [suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  22. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  23. Pink Cadillac medley – Natalie Cole, Lullaby Players, Bruce Springsteen, Pickin’ On Series, Kid and Nic Show [general song suggested by Molly Ballew & Woo, and Crystal Hannan]

Originally aired on KSKQ on January 22, 2010. Select the play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)

Jan 15 2010


(aired 1/15/10)

I started collecting the songs for today’s theme more than 15 years ago. Yet I never thought it would actually be a topic for my radio show, since it was always just my own private joke. It originally spawned for me in high school, when I had a friend of Japanese descent whose brother’s name was Yu. I kept noticing all the songs dedicated to him. Artists of many genres were singing directly to Yu! I haven’t stopped collecting relevant songs since then, but this week was the first time I shared this wacky news publicly. It seemed like an appropriate time, since Yu celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday.

All the selected songs today use “you” in the objective form, as you’d use someone’s name. Sure, there are many great songs that use “you” in subjective form, but I didn’t pick any. (They’d have to be: You Is My Sunshine, Is You Gonna Go My Way?, You Can’t Always Get What He Wants, Is You Lonesome Tonight?, Every Breath You Takes, etc.)

So if your name is Yu, or you know someone with that name, these songs will have an extra meaning. And for the rest of you, these songs are all for you!

  1. Is You or Is You Ain’t My Baby (Rae & Christian Remix) – Dinah Washington
  2. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
  3. Need You Tonight – INXS
  4. Miss You – The Concretes
  5. To Know You Is To Love You – B.B. King
  6. Within You Without You (feat. Matisyahu) – Easy Star All-Stars
  7. Crazy For You – Miho Hatori
  8. Love You Madly – Cake
  9. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) – The Commitments
  10. Let Me See You – Girl Talk
  11. You Each Time – Ani DiFranco
  12. I Get A Kick Out Of You – Jungle Brothers
  13. See You In Hell – The Corner Laughers
  14. I Want You – Bob Dylan
  15. There Will Never Be Another You – Ernestine Anderson
  16. I Wish You Wouldn’t Say That – Talking Heads
  17. I Wrote This Song About You – Simone White
  18. I Want You Back – Jackson 5
  19. Try Me On…I’m Very You – Deee-Lite
  20. I Love You – G. Love & Special Sauce

Originally aired on KSKQ on January 15, 2010. Select the play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)

Jan 8 2010


(aired 1/8/10)

My one resolution for this new year is to get more sleep. Inspired by this goal, I’ve chosen it as a theme for today’s show. The music is so good that I doubt it will put you to sleep! Get cozy and turn up the volume…

  1. Bed Is For Sleeping – Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Matt Sweeney [suggested by Sarah Kowalski]
  2. Hit That Snooze – Sara Donaldson
  3. The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Brian Eno [general song suggested by Margaret Olson]
  4. I’m So Tired – The Beatles [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  5. I Don’t Sleep, I Dream – R.E.M. [suggested by Rachel Jones]
  6. Your Snore – Lullatone
  7. Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Nirvana
  8. Enter Sandman medley – Metallica, Iron Horse, Apocalyptica, Transformer Di Roboter, and Richard Cheese [Metallica version suggested by Nikki Thommen Bingham]
  9. Sleeping Bear, Sault Saint Marie – Sufjan Stevens
  10. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) – Billy Joel [suggested by Laura Fusare Edinger]
  11. Dear Mr. President – Pink (feat. Indigo Girls) [suggested by Ariel Hays]
  12. Sleep Better – Pete Yorn [suggested by Carrie Bader]
  13. I’m Only Sleeping – Nina Ferro [The Beatles version suggested by Rusty Drake]
  14. I Go to Sleep – The Kinks [Pretenders version suggested by Sarah Kowalski]
  15. Sleep to Dream – Fiona Apple [suggested by Ed Keller]
  16. Sleep the Clock Around – Belle And Sebastian [suggested by Sarah Kowalski]
  17. Sing Me to Sleep – Waking Ashland
  18. Sleep Through the Static – Jack Johnson
  19. Nap – Zanne Tate
  20. Sleeping To Dream – Jason Mraz [suggested by Ariel Hays and Ed Keller]
  21. Trouble Sleeping – Corinne Bailey Rae
  22. Wake Up – The Ditty Bops

Originally aired on KSKQ on January 8, 2010. Select the play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)

Jan 1 2010


(aired 1/1/10)

Happy new year! Today is the first day of a new decade. In celebration, I’m playing songs that feature various years in their titles. We start with 1814 and go all the way to 3000 AD, with plenty in between. By luck, the playlist flows well enough to be able to hear the songs in chronological order. Let’s time-travel together…

  1. Battle of New Orleans (clip of 1st verse) – Johnny Horton [suggested by Steve Enzer and Steve Dawson]
  2. 1901 – Phoenix [suggested by Ed Keller]
  3. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning – Del McCoury [suggested by Kevin Schlottmann and Ariel Hays]
  4. 1963 – Rachael Yamagata
  5. 1964 – Dave Rood [suggested by David Rood]
  6. 1977 – The Clash [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  7. Hawaii ’78 – Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole
  8. 1979 – Smashing Pumpkins
  9. 1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  10. Expo ’86 – Death Cab For Cutie [suggested by Jessica Vineyard]
  11. 1995 – Amy Seeley
  12. The Blizzard of ’96 – The Walkmen [suggested by Jessica Vineyard]
  13. 1999 – Red Dirt Rangers
  14. 1999 – Prince [suggested by Ed Keller and Ray Morley]
  15. 1999 Spaceclub – Arling & Camero
  16. Il fiore del 2000 – Lorenzo Jovanotti
  17. 2001 A Space Odyssey – Ray McVay & His Orchestra [general song suggested by Phoebe Seligman]
  18. 5-22-02 – Golden Smog
  19. 2012 – Eskimo & Sons
  20. Drought of 2013 – Big Head Todd & the Monsters
  21. In the Year 2525 – Zager & Evans [suggested by Ed Keller, Darcy Danielson and David Rood]
  22. In the Year 3000 – LaBamba & Conan O’Brien [“In the Year 2000” version suggested by Thomas Milsom]
  23. 2010 – The Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank, w/Molly Maher

Originally aired on KSKQ on January 1, 2010. Select the play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)