Jun 18 2010


(aired 6/18/10)


Today’s show was inspired by a blog entry I found titled “Mixtape: 15 Spelled-Out Songs for Scrabble Nerds” by Margaret Eby. She has wittingly put together 15 songs that spell out words in the lyrics. I played some of her selections (all marked by the * symbol), as well as other appropriate songs. Thanks to everyone for the brainstorm of ideas. Let’s have some F-U-N!

  1. Gloria – Patti Smith* [suggested by Ray Morley for Van Morrison version]
  2. L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  3. L-O-V-E (Love) –  Al Green  [suggested by Carrie Bader]
  4. D-I-V-O-R-C-E –  Tammy Wynette * [suggested by Toni Dileo]
  5. Washington, D.C. –  The Magnetic Fields *
  6. Cheese and Onions – The Rutles [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  7. T-R-O-U-B-L-E — Elvis Presley *
  8. B-I-N-G-O — Barney [general song suggested by SueZ Jaffe]
  9. Lola — The Kinks [suggested by Alison Young]
  10. I’m a Woman — Peggy Lee
  11. I’m a Man — Bo Diddley *
  12. Over and Over —  Hot Chip *
  13. Respect — Aretha Franklin* [suggested by Ray Morley, Magnolia Rainbow]
  14. I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts –  X [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  15. The Coffee Song – Ralph’s World
  16. I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo – Glenn Miller
  17. YMCA – Various Artists (3 clips: in French, German, Korean) [general song suggested by Magnolia Rainbow]
  18. S-E-X-X-Y –  They Might Be Giants [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  19. Pizza Party –  L’Homme Run *
  20. B-A-B-Y –  Carla Thomas *
  21. Saturday Night –  Ned’s Atomic Dustbin [suggested by Travis Ogden]
  22. Your Dictionary – XTC  [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  23. Method of Modern Love – Hall and Oats
  24. The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  25. They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh! – Sufjan Stevens

Originally aired on KSKQ on June 18, 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.)

Jun 11 2010


(aired 6/11/10)


My dear younger sister Phoebe is turning 31 years old next Tuesday, June 15th. To celebrate her birthday, this week’s show is dedicated to sisters. She made me an awesome mix last Christmas featuring songs that all have the word “sister” in the titles. I’ve been waiting to play it for a show, and today felt perfect. Every song below is from Phoebe’s mix, except for the ones marked with a star (*).

Hearing the songs also gave me appreciation for the other examples of supportive sisterhood I see in my life. Lynn, Lisa, Lori and Lana (my mom and 3 aunts) demonstrate the beautiful strength of sister unity. I especially want to send Lana lots of love for her courage right now.

Ready to hear some singin’ about sisters? Happy Birthday, Phoebe! I’m so lucky to have you as my sister.

  1. Little Sister – Rufus Wainright
  2. A Sister’s Social Agony – Camera Obscura
  3. Sister Luck – The Black Crowes
  4. Sister – Devendra Banhart
  5. Little Sister – Elvis Presley
  6. Sister Jack – Spoon
  7. Two Sisters – The Kinks
  8. Sisterhood – Langhorne Slim
  9. Sail Away Sweet Sister – Queen
  10. You Are My Sister – Antony & The Johnsons
  11. Brothers & Sisters (Featuring Morgan Heritage) – Les Nubians *
  12. Oh, Sister – Bob Dylan
  13. Sister – Prince
  14. Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves – Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin [suggested by Julaine Morley]
  15. Sister, Do You Know My Name? – The White Stripes
  16. Sister – Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds *
  17. Sister Disco – The Who [suggested by Stephan Krueger]
  18. Miss Celies Blues (sister) – Quincy Jones *
  19. Shakespeare’s Sister – The Smiths
  20. Baby Sister (Live) – Damien Rice *
  21. Soul Sister Brown Sugar – Sam and Dave *
  22. Sister – Sufjan Stevens

Originally aired on KSKQ on June 11, 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.)

Jun 4 2010


(aired 6/4/10)

fruitLately I’ve been filling my my fridge with fresh strawberries, cantaloupe and other fruit. Yummy in the tummy! There are plenty of songs that celebrate the tantalizing bounty as well. So today we’ll hear a spread of fruity numbers…

  1. Tutti Frutti (clip) – Little Richard
  2. Mango – Bruce Cockburn
  3. Peaches – Presidents of the United States of America [suggested by Jayne Wangen and Trevor Thomas]
  4. Coconut – Harry Nilsson [suggested by Eric Runquist]
  5. short clip: Coconut – Fred Schneider
  6. The Lemon Song – Led Zeppelin [suggested by Rachel Davis, Matt Olson and Jayne Wangen]
  7. Life Is a Bowl of Cherries – Judy Garland [suggested by Matt Olson and Jayne Wangen]
  8. Raspberry Beret – Prince [suggested by Lynn Gates, Jim Giancarlo]
  9. Peach, Plum, Pear – Joanna Newsom
  10. clips of covers for Strawberry Fields Forever by: Hayseed Dixie, Me First and Gimme Gimmes, Candy Flip, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
  11. Strawberry Fields Forever – Jim Sturgess & Joe Anderson [suggested by Erik Runquist and Lynn Gates]
  12. Ba-Na-Na [Skit] – M.I.A.
  13. Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson
  14. Peaches En Regalia – Frank Zappa [suggested by Brandon Ducharme]
  15. The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat – Carmen Miranda (from “The Gang’s All Here” movie) [suggested by Jim Giancarlo]
  16. Cherry, Cherry – Neil Diamond [suggested by Maria Katsantones]
  17. Apple Tree – Erykah Badu
  18. short clip: I Heard it Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
  19. Apple of My Eye – Badfinger [suggested by Stephan Krueger]
  20. You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb – Spoon
  21. Agent Orange – Tori Amos
  22. Banana Boat Song (Day-O) – Harry Belafonte [suggested by Erik Runquist]

Originally aired on KSKQ on June 4, 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.)