gimmick Holiday show! To be honest, as soon as I got my timeslot, I looked through the calendar to see if my show fell on April 1st because I was so excited to do a joke show, maybe play Now That’s What I Call Music Vol 6. in its entirety, but instead I got today and Halloween. The nice part of having a morning show is that I still have all day to dread going out / do nothing. As a bonus for today’s super America oriented show, I have a link to a bonus playlist on Spotify that is over two and a half hours of patriotic (though mostly focusing on the right to the 1st Amendment) bliss! Recap show below:
and for those who want the music going all day for their BBQs and sparklers, here is an extended playlist. FYI, this is not a censored playlist, so be mindful who you play it around.
[Classic]Elliott Smith – XO
How does anyone narrow down their favorite Elliott Smith album? I think it’s pretty hard. So let’s just stick with the facts. This was Smith’s first solo major label debut, moving from Kill Rock Stars to DreamWorks. But even with a larger studio, he kept to the core of his music, delivering his usual heartbreaking and haunting lyrics and melodies. Once more, if you were lucky and quick enough, you might have seen the special black and white marble repress by Geffen, limited to 500 copies of XO and a clear Figure 8. XO was released Aug 25th, 1998.
[Worth a Re-Spin]tUnE-yArDs – W H O K I L L
The marvelous Merrill Garbus. I remember seeing her when she toured behind this album. Merrill herself is such a force, and what she does with a loop machine still blows my mind. But when you add the sax stylings of Noah Bernstein and Matt Nelson, it takes everything to a whole other level. I remember I was standing next to Reggie Pace of Bon Iver (back when the S/T came out) and the No BS! Brass Band, and he was just rocking out so hard with everyone else. This album is so solid, and I love coming back to it. w h o k i l l was released April 2011 on 4AD.
[Deep Cut]Superchunk – This Summer
It’s Superchunk doing Banarama! Released 2012 on Merge, the 7 inch for This Summer was Superchunk’s first single since 2010. While it wouldn’t be another year until a new album (which funnily enough, ‘I Hate Music’ features a winter set picture). Here’s a little blurb about the single from Mac McCaughan, “I like “summer” songs. They could be about the actual season, or just be songs listened to most while doing things you do during the summer—taking a road trip, going to the coast, sitting outside on the roof or the porch or the beach or wherever. And actually, maybe most of those songs were written during the winter or the spring by someone somewhere cold who was looking forward to summer (because for one thing, if you want a song to come out during the summer, please note that you have to make it long before then).”
[Words to Live By]Walt Whitman – Excerpts from “Leaves of Grass”
It’s funny, I originally intended to play ‘Pioneers, O Pioneers!’ in its 6-minute entirety, but chickened out. ‘For You O’ Democracy’ is a little more on theme too. Since this is a music show, I am going to focus more on the record and less on the writings. Smithsonian released this record through their Folkways label. My personal copy is from a school library, used for teaching kids and for research, prior to the days of the internet (I too remember using an Encyclopedia to do a paper, until I got that sweet Encyclopedia Britannica CD set). The album features 12 of the 800 poems of ‘Leaves of Grass.’ Read by anonymous university students from anonymous universities, they were simply known as The University Players. Included with the record are linear notes that contain the text of all the poems to read along too. You can still find a digital and cassette version online from the Smithsonian.
Want to request any music for an upcoming show? Obscure, sleeper, local, big hit, send them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you a shout out if I end up using it! Tune in next week when we go back to our regular format and hear new music from The National, Sarah P., Broken Social Scene, Waxahatchee and more!