Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 24, 2015 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #237) -- FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SHOW

Today show was five years and one day after my first official CHIRP Radio show. It has been a fantastic five years -- every show is a bonus.

9:01 AM The Sneetches • A Good Thing • Blow Out the Sun •Spin Art

9:04 AM C.W. McCall • Convoy • Black Bear Road • MGM

9:08 AM Mega Bog • Cologne in the Night • Gone Banana •Couple Skate

Saturday, January 17, 2015

January 17, 2015 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #236)

Today marked the five year anniversary of CHIRP Radio as a streaming internet station. It's been an amazing time.

9:02 AM David Bowie • Five Years • The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust • RCA

9:06 AM Tim Finn • Couldn't Be Done • Imaginary Kingdom •Parlophone

9:10 AM She & Him • Stay Awhile • Classics • Columbia

Saturday, January 10, 2015

January 10, 2015 CHIRP Playlist (Show #235)

9:02 AM Roky Erickson with Okkervil River • Devotional Number One • True Love Cast Out All Evil • ANTI-

9:05 AM Gleaming Spires • How To Get Girls Through Hypnotism • Songs of the Spires • Posh Boy

9:10 AM Jessie Ware • Tough Love • Tough Love • Cherrytree

Saturday, January 3, 2015

January 3, 2015 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #234)

This was the second half of my Top 40 Records of 2014 special(s). The ranking is in parentheses behind the appropriate LPs.

9:01 AM Lykke Li • No Rest for the Wicked • I Never Learn •Atlantic (#20)

9:05 AM Marianne Faithfull • Sparrows Will Sing • Give My Love To London • Easy Sound Recording Co. (#19)

9:08 AM Andy Stott • Damage • Faith in Strangers • Modern Love

Saturday, December 27, 2014

December 27, 2014 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #233)

This week was the first of my two-part special counting down my Top 40 albums of 2014 (those albums indicated by ranking on this list). Tune in next week, Saturday, January 3, 2014, 9 a.m. to Noon (CST) at

9:02 AM Sabers • Money Eddie • Sic Semper Sabers • self-released (#40)

9:06 AM Ibibio Sound Machine • I'm Running • Ibibio Sound Machine • Soundway (#39)

9:09 AM Dilated Peoples • Cut My Teeth • Directors of Photography • Rhymesayers

Monday, December 22, 2014

My Top 40 albums for 2014

This year, I think I listened to at least 120 albums in full, and sampled many more. With each year, I feel like I don't even scratch the surface of what's out there, but I always hear plenty of good stuff. Ranking albums is a semi-futile exercise, but I'm now programmed to do so. So, as per usual, the further down the list you go, the more fungible the rankings are. In other words, the difference in quality between the number 40 record and the number 22 record is near negligible. And there are plenty of other albums that I considered that are just as good as what made the bottom half of the list (such as Poor Luther's Bones, The Paul & John, Les Butcherettes, Cloud Nothings, Rival Sons, Iceage, La Sera and others I'm forgetting now). That being said, this list has a mix of music that I like and is decently representative of a lot of what I'm into.

1. St. VincentSt. Vincent: Anne Clark’s art-pop just got a little bit funkier and a little bit more accessible, and the result is a smart, danceable, fun record. There are plenty of hooks, elusive but intriguing lyrics, layers of cool electronics, Clark’s quirky-but-not-too-quirky vocals and her amazing guitar playing. While I didn’t think her collaboration with David Byrne took off, this album shows that it had an impact, as it plays with rhythms and textures in a Talking Heads-y manner, without ever sounding imitative.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

December 20, 2014 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #232)

9:00 AM Jamey Johnson • Mele Kalikimaka • The Christmas Song • Big Gassed

9:03 AM Jodie Marie • Here Today • Pet Sounds Revisited •MOJO

9:06 AM Ted Leo • Dragging My Own Tombstone • While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records • Bloodshot