Saturday, May 26, 2018

May 26, 2018 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #386)

9:00 AM Warren Zevon • The French Inhaler • Warren Zevon • Asylum

9:03 AM Lykke Li • Time in a Bottle • single • LL Recordings

9:06 AM Damien Jurado • Marvin Kaplan • The Horizon Just Laughed • Secretly Canadian

Saturday, May 19, 2018

May 19, 2018 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #385)

9:01 AM Solange • Weary • A Seat at the Table • Saint

9:04 AM Bob Dylan • Life is Hard • Together Through Life • Columbia

9:07 AM Orquesta Akokán • La Cosa • Orquesta Akokán • Daptone

Saturday, May 12, 2018

May 12, 2018 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #384)

9:00 AM Beth Orton • Central Reservation (Ben Watt mix) • Central Reservation • Arista

9:04 AM Fleet Foxes • Blue Spotted Tail • Helplessness Blues• Sub Pop

9:06 AM Joachim Cooder • Everyone Sleeps in the Light • Fuchsia Machu Picchu • Temple of Leaves

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Sparks in a nutshell (updated)

In the comments section of a review of the Sparks album Exotic Creatures Of The Deep, I composed this in answer to a query of where to start with Sparks. For a pithy analysis, well, it's pithy and has enough value to put it on the blog.

1. Demos/Halfnelson/Sparks/Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing: Demented neo-psychedelic rock. Songs about incest, dating Germans and smashing into cars to meet people. Dresden Dolls fans will love some of this stuff.

2. Kimono My House/Propaganda/Indiscreet: Sparks inspires Queen, Morrissey and many others, and become glam stars in the UK. Most fans think this is their best period.

3. Big Beat/Introducing Sparks: -- poor production hampers two solid collections of tunes.

4. Number One In Heaven/Terminal Jive: Sparks invents electronica/techno/gay disco and synth-pop duos. Heaven is the most influential album no one has ever heard. Jive is a shadow of that.

5. Whomp That Sucker/Angst In My Pants/In Outer Space/Pulling Rabbits: Sparks goes New Wave, becomes KROQ stars. The first two albums are great silly fun. Outer Space goes more synth, and Rabbits is hit-or-miss.

6. Music That You Can Dance To/Interior Design: Ron and Russell build a studio. Music is somewhat experimental, yielded the brilliant "Change", but is spotty. Design has even fewer spots.

7. Gratuitous Sax/Plagiarism/Balls: Sax is a Eurodisco comeback and got them on the charts in the UK again. Very good. Plagiarism is an odd self-tribute album. Balls has its moments.

8. Lil' Beethoven/Hello Young Lovers/Exotic Creatures: Baroque minimalistic orch-pomp-pop? Beethoven was so bracing in 2002 and the Maels showed they still have it. Lovers explores the approach some more. Creatures moves the approach into a more pop direction and is awesomely catchy.

9. Seduction of Ingmar Bergman/Two Hands One Mouth:L A Swedish radio music in the style of the albums in entry number 8 above and a live album as a duo. The former is intriguing, the latter simply entertaining.

10. FFS/Hippopotamus: The Maels, with the help of Franz Ferdinand, consolidate many of the styles they've explored over the years on their rockingest LP in years, and follow that with another album of straightforward pop that brims with confidence.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

April 28, 2018 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #383)

9:01 AM Devo • Beautiful World • New Traditionalists • Warner Bros.

9:04 AM Amy Winehouse • You Sent Me Flying • Frank • Universal Republic

9:07 AM Chris Carter • Blissters • Chemistry Lessons Volume 1 • Mute

Saturday, April 21, 2018

April 21, 2018 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show # 382)

8:58 AM The Mekons • Ghosts of American Astronauts • So Good It Hurts • Twin/Tone

9:02 AM The Four Tops • MacArthur Park (Part 2) • MacArthur Park • Motown

9:04 AM Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker • Sad Day • Seedlings All • Rough Trade

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

It's time for the Chicago Tribune to walk the walk

If there's one thing for which I can give credit to the Chicago Tribune editorial board, it's their consistency and persistence. And lately, the issue that the board likes to hammer, again and again and again, is how awful the state of Illinois is. The tax rate, the regulations, the number of governmental units, the lack of school choice, the crony politics, the pension system, and so on and so forth.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

April 14, 2018 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #381)

9:00 AM Christian Scott • The Eraser • Yesterday You Said Tomorrow • Concord Jazz

9:05 AM Thao with the Get Down Stay Down • We Go • We Brave Bee Stings and All • Kill Rock Stars

9:08 AM Haley Heynderickx • No Face • I Need to Start a Garden • No Face

Saturday, April 7, 2018

April 7, 2018 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #380)

9:00 AM Rumer • Sara Smile • Boys Don't Cry • Atlantic

9:04 AM Roger Miller • Lou's Got the Flu • Roger and Out • Phillips

9:06 AM Jeff Swanson • MF • Case-fitter • Bace

Saturday, March 31, 2018

March 31, 2018 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #379)


8:59 AM Die Rattenfanger • Hart wie ein Stein • Pop in Germany 1 • Bear Family

9:02 AM Roberta Flack featuring Donny Hathaway • You Are My Heaven • Roberta Flack featuring Donny Hathaway • Atlantic

9:06 AM Courtney Marie Andrews • Two Cold Nights in Buffalo • May Your Kindness Remain • Fat Possum

Saturday, March 24, 2018

March 24, 2018 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #378)

9:01 AM Gaz Coombes • I Just Wasn't Made for These Times• Pet Sounds Revisited • MOJO Magazine

9:03 AM Mary J. Blige • Therapy • The London Sessions • Capitol

9:07 AM Andrew Bryant • Pay Your Rent • Ain't it Like the Cosmos • Last Chance

Saturday, March 17, 2018

March 17, 2018 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #377)

9:01 AM The Pogues • A Pair of Brown Eyes • Rum, Sodomy & The Lash • Stiff

9:06 AM The Impressions • Never Let Me Go • The Impressions • ABC-Paramount

9:08 AM Soccer Mommy • Your Dog • Clean • Fat Possum

Saturday, March 10, 2018

March 10, 2018 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #376)


Today, trainee Sarah did her first two sets on CHIRP Radio and she did a great job -- you can see what she played starting at the 10 o'clock hour.

8:59 AM Joanna Newsom • Leaving the City • Divers • Drag City

9:03 AM Madness • Primrose Hill • The Rise and Fall • Stiff

9:06 AM Eric Unger • Bristlecone, Glimmerglass, Caliper Bow• Interzones • self-released

9:12 AM David Byrne • Doing The Right Thing • American Utopia • Nonesuch

9:15 AM Serengeti • to the max • To The Max • Self-released

9:18 AM Cecile McLorin Salvant • Wives and Lovers • For One To Love • Mack Avenue

9:20 AM Cotton Mather • My Before and After • Kontiki • The Star Apple Kingdom

9:26 AM Judee Sill • The Kiss • Heart Food • Elektra

9:31 AM Joan As Police Woman • Warning Bell • Damned Devotion • PIAS

9:34 AM Merle Haggard • In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) • Mama Tried • Capitol

9:38 AM Lucy Dacus • Body to Flame • Historian • Matador

9:41 AM Cindy Lee • Operation • Act of Tenderness • W.25th/Superior Viaduct

9:43 AM S. Carey • Emery • Hundred Acres • Jagjaguwar

9:46 AM Beta Band • Dr. Baker • The Three E.P.'s • Astralwerks

9:53 AM Bill Fay • Cosmic Concerto (LIfe Is People) • Life is People • Dead Oceans

SARAH'S TWO SETS

10:01 AM Ravyn Lenae • The Night Song • Crush • Atlantic

10:05 AM Brenton Wood • The Oogum Boogum Song • Oogum Boogum • Double Shot

10:07 AM Tennis • Born To Be Needed • We Can Die Happy • Mutually Detrimental

10:12 AM MGMT • Me and Michael • Little Dark Age • Columbia

10:16 AM Sly & The Family Stone • If You Want Me To Stay • Fresh • Sony

10:19 AM Yo La Tengo • My Little Corner Of The World • I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One • Matador

END OF SARAH's TWO SETS

10:22 AM Young Fathers • Tremolo • Cocoa Sugar • Ninja Tune

10:25 AM Pretenders • Cuban Slide • Extended Play • Sire

10:30 AM Femi Kuti • One People One World • One People One World • Knitting Factory

10:33 AM Marianne Faithfull • The Price of Love • Give My Love to London • Naive

10:38 AM Charly Bliss • The Way You Wear Your Head • Standing at the Gates • Mardev

10:41 AM Wei Zhongle • Wave • The Operators • Self Sabotage

10:44 AM The Chamber Strings • The Race Is On • Gospel Morning • Bobsled

10:47 AM ADT • New Body • Insecurities • Hausu Mountain

10:56 AM Jim James • Of the Mother Again • Regions of Light and Sound of God • ATO

11:00 AM Robyn • Criminal Intent • Body Talk Pt. 2 • Konichiwa

11:03 AM The Effigies • Blue Funk • Fly on a Wire • Enigma

11:08 AM Superchunk • Reagan Youth • What a Time to Be Alive • Merge

11:14 AM Moaning • The Same • Moaning • Sub Pop

11:17 AM RXM Reality • Head Sculpture • RXM Reality • Hausu Mountain

11:20 AM Shoes • Maybe Now • Ignition • Black Vinyl

11:23 AM The Pretty Things • Bracelets of Fingers • S.F. Sorrow • Snapper

11:28 AM Superorganism • It's All Good • Superorganism • Domino

11:32 AM Crowded House • Walked Her Way Down • Time on Earth • ATO

11:36 AM Patrinell Staten • I Let A Good Man Go • Wheedle's Groove: Seattle's Finest In Funk & Soul 1965-75 • Light in the Attic

11:39 AM Judas Priest • Lightning Strike • Firepower • Epic

11:43 AM The Breeders • All Nerve • All Nerve • 4AD

11:45 AM Mikal Cronin • Turn Away • MCII • Merge

11:50 AM Ride • Keep it Surreal • Tomorrow's Shore • Wichita

11:55 AM Jimi Hendrix • Woodstock • Both Sides of Sky • Experience Hendrix






Saturday, March 3, 2018

March 3, 2018 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #375)

8:59 AM FKA twigs • Closer • LP1 • Young Turks

9:03 AM Gary Numan • Love is Like the Clock Law • Warriors• Beggars Banquet

9:07 AM Laraaji • Great Bells in the Morning • Vision Songs Vol. 1 • Numero Group

Saturday, February 24, 2018

February 24, 2018 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #374)

9:00 AM Elliott Smith • Sweet Adeline • XO • Dreamworks

9:03 AM Lorraine Ellison • Stay With Me • Stay With Me • Warner Bros.

9:06 AM Robert Earl Thomas • Winona Forever • Another Age • Captured Tracks

Saturday, February 17, 2018

February 17, 2018 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #373)

9:01 AM Lucinda Williams • Right in Time • Car Wheels on a Gravel Road • Mercury

9:06 AM Sparks • Fletcher Honorama • Sparks • Bearsville

9:10 AM Anna Burch • Yeah You Know • Quit the Curse • Polyvinyl

Saturday, February 3, 2018

February 3, 2018 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #372)

8:59 AM John Cale • Paris 1919 • Paris 1919 • Warner Bros.

9:03 AM Cat Power • American Flag • Moon Pix • Matador

9:07 AM Leyya • Never Never • Sauna • +1/Las Vegas

Saturday, January 27, 2018

January 27, 2018 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #371)

9:00 AM Stevie Wonder • I Love Every Little Thing About You• Music of My Mind • Tamla

9:04 AM Dolly Varden • 1000 Men Like Cigarettes • Forgiven Now • Undertow

9:07 AM Solid Space • Tenth Planet • Space Museum • Dark Entries

Saturday, January 13, 2018

January 13, 2018 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #370)

9:00 AM The Monkees • You Bring the Summer • Good Times!• Rhino

9:03 AM Beach House • Used to Be • Teen Dream • Sub Pop

9:06 AM Hazel English • Other Lives • Just Give In/Never Going Home • Polyvinyl

Saturday, January 6, 2018

January 6, 2018 CHIRP Radio Show playlist (Show #369)

Trainee Sarah did two swell sets during this show, as noted below.

9:00 AM Blur • The Universal • The Great Escape • Food

9:04 AM Curtis Mayfield • Oh So Beautiful • New World Order• Warner Bros.

9:08 AM Peter Oren • Burden of Prro • Anthro • Western Vinyl