Oct 17 2012

The Letter C

(aired 10/12/12)

Letter C

Almost  exactly 1 year ago I did a show that featured songs all starting with the letter S. Earlier that year I’d enjoyed focusing on the letter M. The letter F started this fun tradition in February 2010. (Looking back through my notes I also realized that we’d brainstormed songs starting with the letter U a couple years ago, but I ended up concentrating solely on two particular words: Under and Up.) This week I decided it was time to continue with another chapter, this time looking at the letter C.

This theme actually emerged in an unexpected way. Addictions had been on my mind recently, and it occurred to me that a lot of my own vices actually happen to start with the letter C. I’m not actually going to divulge my own personal specifics, but here’s a brainstorm of various elements starting with the letter C that can be addictive: cocaine, crack, cannabis, cigarettes, cocktails, coffee, caffeine, colas, cookies, crackers, candy, chips, carbs, calorie counting, cardiovascular charge of exercise, computer games & computer porn, codependency, compliments & care from others, compulsive cleaning, crime, cards & coins in gambling, collecting cars (classics & clunkers), cocks, clits, condoms, cuckold, centerfolds, creampie, coming, climaxes, control, cable/communications industry, coaxing a certain someone’s charm & charisma – these are ALL compulsions. Now what? Use control and close it cold turkey, cut the chain, call it a day, choke the cords, crack the code to curb it, cease the craziness!

Thus I feature a sub-theme for this show, with two specific sets of songs focusing on elements that can be seen as related to addictions in some form (songs #14-22 below). Other than that, the theme is specifically just songs starting with the letter C. Thank you to everyone for your suggestions! Perhaps I’ll do a second chapter of this same theme for my next show…

  1. The C Song – A.J. Jenkins
  2. Change – Blind Melon [suggested by Alison Young]
  3. Carnival – Natalie Merchant [suggested by Elisa Vick]
  4. Come On In My Kitchen – Robert Johnson [suggested by Joe Fitzsimmons, Joshua Geesaman]
  5. clip: Channel Z – The B-52’s [suggested by Howie Morningstar]
  6. Culture of Fear – Thievery Corporation [suggested by Howie Morningstar]
  7. Catherine the Waitress – Teitur [suggested by Sara Porter]
  8. Cowgirl in the Sand – Neil Young [suggested by Bruce Wright]
  9. Cream – Prince [suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  10. Canary – Liz Phair [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  11. Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois – Sufjan Stevens [suggested by Natalie Reiser]
  12. C. C. Rider – Elvis Presley [suggested by Charlie Stanton]
  13. Cowboys – Portishead [suggested by Andy Rowan]
  14. Crazy Love – Bob Dylan & Van Morrison [suggested by Claire Robbins]
  15. Cure For Pain – Morphine [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  16. Coffee’s Cold – Abigail Washburn [suggested by John Swift]
  17. Cheeseburger in Paradise – Jimmy Buffett [suggested by Bob Fisher]
  18. clip: Constant Craving – k.d. lang
  19. Cocaine – Eric Clapton [suggested by Laurie Hultquist]
  20. The Crystal Ship – The Doors [suggested by John Tredway, Natalie Reiser]
  21. Candy Shop – 50 Cent [suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  22. “C” Is for Cookie – Cookie Monster on Sesame Street [suggested by Derek Keevil, Claire Robbins]
  23. Conjunction Junction – Schoolhouse Rock! [suggested by Vanessa Houk]
  24. Cannonball – The Breeders [suggested by Mark Mezadourian, Joe Fitzsimmons]
  25. Call Me – Blondie [suggested by Claire Robbins, Bob Fisher, Crystal Hannan]
  26. Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel [suggested by Laurie Hultquist, Crystal Hannan]
  27. Christo Redemptor – Charlie Musselwhite [suggested by Scott Rogers]
  28. clip: Come With Me – S.I.P.
  29. Commissioning a Symphony in C – Cake
  30. Cow Cow Boogie – The Ink Spots [suggested by Joe Fitzsimmons]
  31. clip: Calls, Cries and Clamours – Jocelyn Pook
  32. Chemmie – Joan As Police Woman

Originally aired on KSKQ on October 13, 2012. 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.)


Oct 14 2012

San Francisco & the Bay Area

(aired 6/22/12)


I recently had the pleasure of traveling down to California to visit my family, staying in Berkeley. It turns out there are a TON of songs about the city of San Francisco – tunes that reference various aspects of the city (or other places in the Bay Area) in the lyrics and titles.

It was fun brainstorming all this music with my creative mother, Lynn. She helped me put together this fabulous playlist of songs. Thanks Mom!

Hop aboard this cable car, and let’s take a trip together to the golden city of Frisco…

  1. clip: I Left My Heart in San Francisco – Dean Martin
  2. Fake Tales of San Francisco – Arctic Monkeys
  3. San Francisco – Vanessa Carlton
  4. San Francisco Days – Chris Isaak
  5. Frisco Town – Memphis Minnie
  6. Rice-a-Roni (The San Francisco Treat) – TV commercial
  7. clip: San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) – Scott McKenzie
  8. The Sound of San Francisco – Global Deejays
  9. Frisco Blues – John Lee Hooker
  10. Sausalito – Conor Oberst
  11. The Bay – Zion I
  12. Little Boxes – Pete Seeger
  13. clip: Little Boxes (Ticky Tacky) – Malvina Reynolds
  14. Little Boxes – Regina Spektor
  15. Little Boxes – Elvis Costello
  16. Wake Me Up in San Francisco – Matt Langlois, aka The Welcome Matt
  17. On San Francisco Bay (1911) – Billy Murray
  18. Come Back From San Francisco – The Magnetic Field
  19. Streets of San Francisco theme song
  20. Grace Cathedral Hill – The Decemberists
  21. Sitting on the Dock of the Bay – Rockapella
  22. clips of various versions: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay – Popa Chubby, Anna Ducros, Aaron Neville, Pearl Jam, Sarah Bareilles
  23. Sitting on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
  24. Russian Hill – Jellyfish
  25. San Francisco – Brett Dennen
  26. Do You Know the Way to San Jose? – Dionne Warwick
  27. Full House theme song – Jesse Frederick
  28. clip: Daly City Train – Filthy Thieving Bastards
  29. 16th & Valencia – Devendra Banhart
  30. Cable car sound effects
  31. Into Action – Tim Armstrong
  32. October in Railroad Earth – Jack Kerouac
  33. clip: San Francisco Bay Blues – Peter, Paul & Mary
  34. San Francisco Bay Blues – Phoebe Snow [suggested by Stefan Windroth]
  35. Mean Old Frisco Blues – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
  36. San Franciscan Nights – Eric Burdon and the Animals
  37. San Francisco (mix) – Robots Attack
  38. Berkeley Pier – Tilt
  39. I’m Always Drunk in San Francisco (And I Don’t Drink At All) – Nancy Wilson
  40. When the Lights Go Down in the City – Journey

Originally aired on KSKQ on June 22, 2012. 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.)

Oct 13 2012

Themeless #15

(aired 9/21/12)

Intuitive Compass

This show didn’t have a theme. Just exploring music I like…

  1. You’re The Storm – The Cardigans
  2. Well, You Can Do It Without Me – Father John Misty
  3. The Little Red Caboose – Sweet Honey In The Rock
  4. Too Late to Topologize – Zammuto
  5. Hello the Truth – S.I.P. 
  6. Hot Knife – Fiona Apple
  7. Love You Madly – Cake
  8. Fine And Mellow (live) – Eva Cassidy
  9. Museum Day – s / s / s
  10. The Keepers – Santigold
  11. Who Is He And What Is He To You – Meshell Ndegeocello
  12. Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas) – Regina Spektor
  13. Listen Joe – Golden Smog
  14. Conceal Me – Xavier Rudd
  15. I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers
  16. Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits
  17. This Little Light – Mavis Staples
  18. Circus Song – Intuitive Compass
  19. Watching the Wheels – John Lennon
  20. Go Slow – Haim
  21. I Mind – James Blake
  22. Golden Phone – Micachu & The Shapes
  23. I’m The Man Who Loves You – Wilco
  24. Heaven – The Rolling Stones
  25. Who – David Byrne & St. Vincent

Originally aired on KSKQ on September 21, 2012. 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.)

Oct 4 2012

Themeless #16

(aired 9/28/12)


My show today was themeless. I put together a long list of potential songs I liked ahead of time, but during the actual broadcast I simply chose the order spontaneously as I went. It encouraged me to relax, trust, and stay in the present moment.

  1. American Boy – Estelle with Kanye West
  2. Wait For Me – Anais Mitchell feat. Ben Knox Miller and Justin Vernon
  3. Need You Tonight – INXS
  4. Two Bedroom Apartment – Danielle Ate The Sandwich
  5. Lollipop (Squeak E. Clean & Desert Eagles Remix) – The Chordettes
  6. Don’t Worry About The Government –Talking Heads
  7. Un Jour Comme Un Autre – Brigitte Bardot
  8. Makin’ Out – Pomplamoose
  9. Needle in the Hay – Elliott Smith
  10. Fifty Fifty – The Luyas
  11. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
  12. Dirty Girl – Felt
  13. Cold Sweat (James Brown cover) – Tim Reynolds
  14. Can I Kick It? – A Tribe Called Quest
  15. Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill
  16. When Doves Cry – Prince
  17. Daydream in Blue – I Monster
  18. Silver Lining – Rilo Kiley
  19. April in Paris – Judy Garland and Bing Crosby
  20. サカナクション – エンドレス
  21. Come Sta La Luna – Can
  22. Out of Sight – James Brown
  23. These Days – Nico
  24. Toxic – Yael Naim
  25. Anonanimal – Andrew Bird

Originally aired on KSKQ on September 28, 2012. 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.)