Monday, December 31, 2007

That Year End Music Thing

Okay, people want to know.

I can't tell you what the best releases of the last year were - I'm not qualified to do that. I really don't think anybody is. People are too darned eclectic! If you want to know the top selling albums of last year, look up Billboard charts. I think we can probably agree that "top seller" doesn't necessarily mean "best."

Think about the albums you're going to pull off the shelf years from now and still enjoy. I didn't have as many of those during 2007, but there were a few. So here are my favorite records from the last year.

One time, a friend of mine said that all music reviews could basically be summarized as thus: "Like the bastard lovechild of (so & so) and (so & so) in (name of place) on (altering substance)." So let's do it.


10. The Good, The Bad & The Queen - s/t
"Like the bastard lovechild of Blur and King Tubby in London on downers."

9. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
"Like the bastard lovechild of a young Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin at the Apollo high on the Holy Spirit."

8. Beirut - The Flying Cup Club
"Like the bastard lovechild of Stephin Merrit and Jacques Brel in Paris on cigarettes and coffee."

7. Intramural - This Is A Landslide
"Like the bastard lovechild of the Postal Service and a helluva lot of good singers in outer space on ecstasy."

6. Grinderman - s/t
"Like the bastard lovechild of Jesus Lizard and Johnny Otis in the middle of desert on PCP."


5. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
"Like the bastard lovechild of Billie Holiday and Mary J. Blige in London on whatever she can get her hands on."

4. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
"Like the bastard lovechild of America and Fleetwood Mac in the Caribbean on mary-jane."

3. M.I.A. - Kala
"Like the bastard lovechild of Missy Elliott and Sister Carol in a bangin' 3rd world club on coke."

2. Blanche - Little Amber Bottles
"Like the bastard lovechild of Lee & Nancy and John & Exene in a swamp on moonshine and Jesus."

1. Great Northern - Trading Twilight For Daylight
"Like the bastard lovechild of Frou Frou and Grandaddy in Heaven on absinthe."


And there you go! I'll play all of it when I get back on the air at Little Radio, Monday January 7th from 6-8pm PST. Okay? :)

Friday, December 21, 2007

Better Late Than Never

Sometimes you just can't listen to everything when it comes out. Sometimes you don't know about it, don't have the money to get it, haven't gotten around to checking out what your friend may have burned for you, or just flat out missed it the first time around. Hell, maybe you missed it the second or third time around. Anyway, these are some things I was late to the game on, and my life is better for having finally heard them.

Amy Millan - Honey from the Tombs
This record came out mid 2006 by the frontwoman for Stars. A beautiful set of folky, whiskey drenched tunes, on the acoustic side (but the album is done with help from Stars, BSS and other Canadian pals). It's lovely and sad, not too complicated and endearing.

The Mint Chicks - Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
This was something I found on my trip to Australia last year - frantic Kiwis with melody and spunk to burn. This is what Redd Kross would have evolved into, had they continued evolving. Bubblegum punk tempered by metal riffs in a crazy early 80's Devo-lutionized way that only the kids in Auckland can get so wrong that it's right.

Beirut - everything
Luckily for me, they (or rather, "he") put out a new album this year so I wasn't too far behind the pack... but I don't know how I missed this one. Orchestral cafe pop with melodramatic vocals? I love that stuff! I heard it for the first time at a friend's in Austin while out for SXSW last year - and was capitivated, along with a million other morose popsters.

Honeycut - The Day I Turned To Glass
This is one of those records that sat on my back burner all through 2006. I'd heard a song here or there on KALX, Berkeley when I would listen in from afar, but this past March, when I ran into my friend Bart Bavenport at SXSW, I had to go check out Honeycut. And I was immediately ashamed for not having listened to them sooner. Not only are they a blast live (I've vowed never to miss them again if I can help it) but the record is a tapestry of deeply dark and moody yet intensely groovy funk. Bart's daydream/nightmare lyrics and silky smooth vocals just add to the scary electro soul this album throws out. Amazing stuff.

Snatch and the Poontangs
My girlfriend Heather-Marie (aka Uni & Her Ukelele) used to sing backup for Johnny Otis, but she never told me about this naughty, naughty gem he put out on (you guessed it) 1969 under the name befitting the music most. It's all filthy, dirty r&b, with lotsa trash-talkin' and sex-havin' and murderin' all over the place. Fiddy ain't got nothing on Grampa Otis, that's for damn sure!

I'm sure there's more, but I was definitely obsessed over those things over the last year. More countdown goodness to come...

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Song, Song Blue

The ever popular "Best Of" lists... I can't do one. Who am I to judge that sort of thing? But since some of you have asked nicely what I've liked over the course of 2007 , I'll tell you. But not all at once.

Here are a bunch of songs that I really liked this year, and they pretty much all came off releases from 2007 (or kind of towards the end of last year, maybe).


20. Thuggery - You Am I

Drunk Aussies rock out, cleverly, again.

19. Flightless Bird, American Mouth - Iron & Wine
Maybe it's just because he calls himself a "fat house cat" on this one, but I find the song beautiful.

18. Irreplaceable - Beyonce

From now on, whenever I'm done with a guy, it will be expressed by the phrase: "to the left."

17. Detlef Schrempf - Band of Horses
So pretty and sad. I'm a sucker for pretty and sad.

16. Georgia, You Were Right - Sally Jaye
From this local (by way of Georgia) singer's debut, Amarillo, her voice was my favorite to sing along to in the shower, especially when this song came on. Earthy and melodic.

15. Eddie's Raga - Spoon
I like it when Spoon gets groovy, and I dig the line "I'm a slut for the New York Times." Smarty pants!

14. Wild Vanilla - Kristin Hersh
"You messing with my head makes a terrible noise." That clinched it for me.

13. Revival - Soulsavers

Close your eyes and listen... perhaps it's salvation?

12. Apartment Story - The National
His voice is immensely swoonable, and this song is sexy as opposed to too slick (like I find about half of that album).

11. Stronger - Kanye West
Oh please, you danced your ass off too. And this line? "Since Prince was on Apollonia, since OJ had isotoners..." Rad.

10. The Golden State - John Doe
Obviously, swoon factor goes far with me, and there are few voices more swoonable than John Doe's. It's a sad yet rockin' tribute to the aches and pains of love. Sigh...

9. Get It On - Grinderman
Dirty, dirty boys!

8. The Heinrich Maneuver - Interpol
Okay, I liked the record, but I LOVED this single. It just kicks off to a classic Interpol jam and is tight as fuck.

7. Devastation - The Besnard Lakes
A noisily beautiful track that made me remember why I loved that whole shoegazer thing when it was done right.

6. Paper Planes - M.I.A.
How does she do it? It's fun to sing along to, and you can pretend to shoot guns and open cash registers WHILE dancing. Good going, girl!

5. Exodus Honey - Honeycut
This soulful trippy number is all about melodies and "do do dos." It makes me think about lazing on a lounge chair, smoking pot, and ignoring the whole entire world. Nice, huh?

4. Telling Lies - Great Northern
Again, if I enjoy singing along, it makes the list. This one is more intense than other tracks on the record, but I love the motion of the music here. And her voice - gorgeous.

3. Someone Great - LCD Soundsystem
This song just builds so perfectly, is so endearing and bittersweet, all while remaining groovy. Like a good New Order moment. Of which I approve.

2. Go Places - The New Pornographers
I pretty much only like New Pornographer tracks with Neko Case on them. And this is a really good one to (you guessed it!) sing along with.

1. Nights Are Long - Intramural
A gorgeous voice, beautiful music, heartbreaking lyrics - "Here's the part where I drink all the time, here's the part where I tell you I'm fine..." Open a bottle of wine and hit repeat. I did that for about a month.

There you go! Some of my favorite songs of the last year. I'll get around to tossing out more opinions later.

Friday, December 14, 2007

No-No-Nokia (do the Chia Pet song here..)

On Wednesday night I got to see Bjork in the swanky new downtown Nokia Theatre, which was quite nice. Granted my friends and I were lucky enough to be in the 5th row, and 5th row in just about any venue is quite nice, right?

Our favorite part (outside of the show, that is) was the downstairs lounge. No lines for booze = happy Mo & friends! We enjoyed the aquarium like atmosphere until all the lighting turned a lava lamp red - so red that the whites of our eyes actually glowed pink. At first we thought that was management's way of clearing the decks, but it turned out just to be one of the many color changes of the evening. The others were nice yellows, blues, and greens, so the red was a bit, ahem, jarring.

Our second favorite thing about the theatre was the various Nokia displays: the history of the Nokia cell phone, a selection of current Nokia cell phones, and other Nokia stuff for you to poke at. Thing is, didn't the Nokia people realize that more than half of those wandering the halls are drunk anyway? I'd like to see how they deal with the interesting ways people find to damage that stuff later.

Our third favorite part of the night was the fact that Sarah Michelle Geller was sitting behind us with her hubby Freddie Prinze Jr. and her gay boyfriend. her gay boyfriend was having a great time, while Buffy just watched and bitched about everything around her, and Freddie stood with his hand on his chin, observing. At some point, she said about my two girlfriends: "Why don't those bitches sit down?" You see, we were all dancing. Like ALL of us. The entire bottom level of the Nokia Theatre, as far as I could see. Poor Buffy.


The show? I loved it. It was my first time seeing Bjork, and what a way to do it! Some friends who had seen her before said they'd seen better shows, but I had a wonderful time. I went nuts when she did "Army of Me," cried at "Hyperballad," loved "Joga," "Pagan Poetry," and "Innocence," and flipped out during the "Declare Independence" closing riot complete with Bjork confetti.

So maybe Buffy didn't have a great time, but the rest of us sure did.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Me & Ike...

On Tuesday, Ike Turner died at the age of 76 in his San Marcos home (not to far from my parents' place in good ole Encinitas). I couldn't help but feel a little twinge of sadness, because ole Ike provided me with one of the best stories I was able to tell in recent years. In fact, after I wrote it up on my blog, my pal Scott Thill posted it in his e-zine (Morphizm.com) and it's still something that people ask me about today.

So I'm going to reprint it here for you, so that we can all reminisce together. And I'm including the autographed picture, so you can maybe tell me what the hell he meant by what he wrote on it.

Big wheels keep on turnin'~

*************************
20 July 04
My Private Dancer

Today is my last day at my current position. I'm moving on to a better one (with a touch more money), and one with a whole new set of interesting issues. But let me tell you about some of my misadventures with this job.

Some of what I do during the day is handle phone calls from cracked out songwriters who may have had a hit for about 32 seconds, 18 years ago. And since one of my bosses -- the guy who is supposed to handle these calls -- refuses to talk to them, I get to pass on the good news that they won't be getting a check from us anytime soon.

"How the fuck am I supposed to feed my chilluns, beeyatch?" "But I'm on the street; can't ya give me a couple thousand?" Stuff like that.

Now they aren’t all crazy -- some of the nice folks I’ve chatted up are Glenn Frey, Irene Cara, Afrika Bambaata, and Kool (leader of The Gang). From time to time, however, the nutcase on the other line is also a name that I recognize.

On this particular day, it was Ike Turner.

What made this call special was that it came on my private line. That was because my boss' line was busy, and good ol' Ike told the receptionist that he had better talk to the person who could interrupt that phone call, because a call from Ike Turner was more important than a call from anyone else. Damn straight!

And that person was me. So as I'm telling Ike that my boss is on a conference call, he interrupts to say, "Baby, you have a beautiful voice. Is that why they put you on this phone?" "Yep, you know it." "Well, maybe I'll just come on down to the offices there and see your boss myself." I told Mr. Turner that I'd have my boss call him to set up an appointment as soon as I could.

Cut to 28 minutes later.

I received a call from our receptionist that Mr. Ike Turner was downstairs. I passed on the info that my boss was in a meeting and couldn't be interrupted, but it turned out that Ike wanted ME to come downstairs to help him out. As I came out of the elevator, I was greeted with, "Well, there's my lovely voice! And a lovely lady too..." (Sigh.) I told him my boss was in a meeting, and he said that he just wanted two things: to find out if "some woman" was stealing his money, and to meet that voice on the other end of the line.

I was leaning against a counter, and pretty soon he was leaning up against the other side of me. And that man was all bling, let me tell you. He was wearing loads of gold chains, a gold bracelet the width of my hand, and a freakin' Super Bowl-sized ring encrusted with diamonds which I just kept imagining hitting the side of Tina's head. So he asked me if I would find out what address we had on record for him, "just in case that bitch, Beatrice, is trying to run off with my money." I said sure.

While he was rubbing my arm, I asked him if the number he'd left me earlier was a good one to call, and he said, "Oh no, baby, I'm gonna give you my real phone number. Junior!" He snapped his fingers and the guy I thought was his assistant, but turned out to be Ike Jr., ran over with a couple promo shots. "Which one of these do you want?"

I took the concert shot instead of the still shot of him posing with a guitar. "I should have known you'd like the action shot, honey," he said with a wink. He wrote down two phone numbers. "Now this one is my home number in San Diego. And this one is my cell. That way you can reach me, anytime. Now what's your name, baby?" I told him, and he signed the picture:

"To Mo, I Love Mo're (that you!), Love, Ike Turner"

I'm not sure what that means, exactly. But if you want to call Ike for any production needs or advice on the ladies, I've got his number.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Reeling In the Year

Little Radio will be closing up shop for the holidays, but not completely! There will still be music, just not us DJs. Last night was my last gig for 2007 - and I will most certainly be back in 2008 to let you know what my favorite stuff over the course of the last year was... Hell, I'll post it here before that anyway. Good times, good times, and I'm thankful to all y'all that listen.

So here goes:

Little Radio Playlist
12/10/07

This Is Your Last Chance to Be Famous, My Love - The Mint Chicks
I Know There's Something Going On - Frida
Miss Lucifer - Primal Scream
White Horse - Laid Back
Housequake - Prince
World Town - M.I.A.
Too Nice To Talk To - The English Beat
The Living Kind - The Ups & Downs
Web in front - Archers of Loaf
Planet of Sound - Pixies
Kiasu - Celia Mancini
Vegas Collie - Flying Lotus
Feelin' Alright - West Coast Revival
Crumbs Off The Table - Laura Lee
I Wish I Were An Apple - Derrick Morgan
Beautiful & Dangerous - Desmond Dekker
The Devil Never Sleeps - Iron & Wine
I Wanna Be With You - The Raspberries
Shonen Knife - Redd Kross
7 Heures Du Matin - Jacqueline Taeb
Party Line - The Kinks
Take It As It Comes - The Sugarman Three & Co.
Groove Me - King Floyd
Let A Man Do What He Wanna Do - Lee Fields
Jesus Is Just Alright - Doobie Brothers
Saturdays - Cut Copy
Fool's Gold - The Stone Roses
California Stars - Billy Bragg & Wilco
I Don't Want to Know - Fleetwood Mac
Electric lash - The Church
Thuggery - You Am I

Download shows here, and let's hope that the powers-that-be get around to posting the last ones so you have something new to check out over the holidays!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Nights Are Long

It's December, and people are starting to get all into their "best of" lists... I can't pretend to tell you what the best is, just what my favorites have been. And I'm thinking about it.

I can, however, tell you with absolute certainty what my favorite song from the last year has been. "Nights Are Long" by Intramural.
Intramural is a concept of sorts, created by Denver Dalley (of Desaparecidos and Statistics). He came up with the music, and had other folks come up with the lyrics/vocals. Guest vocalists include Greg Dulli of the Twilight Singers and John Roderick from The Long Winters, but my favorite song is by a guy from a great indie band out of Seattle called the Slender Means, Josh Dawson. The song is called "Nights Are Long."

The first time I heard it was over a year ago. A friend of mine was contributing to the album, and played me that track. It immediately sank deep into my mind, so deep that when I heard it again a few months later, I still remembered some of the words. "Here's the part where I drink all the time... Here's the part where I tell you I'm fine..." And his voice - well, it's beyond swoonworthy. When I commented on it to my friend, he responded, "Man, I wish I could sing like that!"

Anyway, I don't know how to do the mp3-on-a-blog thing, so you're just going to have to track down the song yourself. Or get the record. It's worth it.

And now, on to the playlist:

Little Radio Playlist
12/3/07

Hook and Sling Meet the Funky Superfly - Sharon Jones
What About You - Co-Real Artists
But I Was Cool - Oscar Brown Jr.
I Can't Make It - The Small Faces
A Change - Aretha Franklin
Can I Change My Mind - Tyrone Davis
Get Up Get Out - The Rosebuds
Dark Benches - Belles Will Ring
Bone Marrow - Mellowdrone
Nights Are Long - Intramural
Black Dirt - Sea Wolf
Put Yourself In My Place - Jan Panter
Look For Another Love - Lonnie's Legends & the Currents
Your Ex Is Turning tricks Again - The Holograms
It Ain't What You Do It's The way That You Do It - Fun Boy Three and Bananarama
On The Bank -The Coolies
Pull Up To The Bumper - Grace Jones
D'Yer Maker - Led Zeppelin
Metrorail Thru Space - Cut Chemist
Parisian Nights - Malibu
They Follow You - Siouxsie
Sympathetic Noose - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
What This Town Needs - Blanche
Kosciusko - Midnight Oil
The Disciples Know - The Moodists
Cuerpos Haran Amor Extrano - The Gris Gris
Sea of Love - Cat Power
If I Should Die Tonight - Marvin Gaye
One Step At A Time - Maxine Brown
It's All Wrong But It's Alright - Percy Sledge
Everybody Is A Star - Sly and the Family Stone
Do It Right - The Three Tops w/ Phyllis Dillon
Express Yourself - Byron Lee & the Dragonaires
Jealous Guy - Donny Hathaway


Click here to download past shows...

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Thank you!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Beasties, Superstars and Moi

Okay, Little Radio is really going into overdrive in order to give its listeners (you, perhaps?) a good time before the '07 runs out. So check it:

THE BEASTIES ARE BACK!


Beastie Boys Radio is starting up again, Tuesdays from 1-3pm. You can download some old shows and catch the new ones by checking out the Little Radio website. Here's the official announcement.

And then, Scott Ford wants make your band the next big thing...



Continuing his pretty awesome series of Unsigned Bands shows, he ups the ante by bringing in not only A&R guys and top notch producers, but celebrity guest judge Greg Dulli (the funniest man alive) and prizes of free studio time at a couple seriously major places here in Hollywood. For more info, check out Scott's blog and tune in Thursdays from 1-4pm PST. Entries must be received by Friday the 7th, so get on it!!!


And then there's little ole me... Doing the regular kick-ass rock'n'soul for your entertainment. So tune in!

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Thanks much, my friends!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Peach Kelli Pop!

A few weeks ago, me & the BFF went to check out a show that was very nostalgic for us... Redd Kross.


In the late 80's and early 90's, I used to drive from Berkeley to LA to see Redd Kross with my BFF all the time. Sure, they came to the Bay too, and I'd see them there, but to see them in LA with my friends was way better. We love, love loved them, and every show was a blast.
The McDonald Brothers had this long, beautiful hair which they rocked with wild abandon. They would bust out into the most unexpected covers at any moment, tell crazy stories and hilarious jokes, and then hit us with their yowling bubblegum punk and we always left with hot, sweaty smiles on our faces.



The last show they did at the Echoplex on November 2nd was no exception. Even though no one's hair was as long (or in some cases, existent), and the were no covers, and not as many jokes... There was still silliness and rock. The busted out stuff they hadn't done in forever ("Linda Blair!"), and played them chronologically. And when you thought they were through, they started all over again with a new set! So, once again, we left with hot, sweaty smiles on our faces.

Here's a clip of one of the tracks they did - except that this is a fuzzy old video of them in their wild tressed glory. It's for "I'll Blow You A Kiss In The Wind."


And here's a clip of the original version. See why Redd Kross are such geniuses? Swoooooooon...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Hook & Sling

I'm not the only one who likes Ms. Jones, it turns out... Her show at the El Rey next Tuesday is sold out, and I got to give away all my tix on Little Radio last night. Thanks so much for writing in! She is a blast live, I can't wait!

And now, the playlist:

Little Radio Playlist
11/26/07

Shark Fin Blues - The Drones
Speed & Sleep (acoustic) - Kristin Hersh
Freak Scene - Dinosaur Jr.
Malibu '69 - Grant McLennan
Suddenly Upside Down - Oranger
Reckoner - Radiohead
Polar Bear - Ride
Starman - David Bowie
Smoke - Dimmer
Nights Are Long - Intramural
Traffic Boom - Piero Piccioni
Spreadin' Honey - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
Dead End Street - Lou Rawls
The Wrong Way - TV On the Radio
This Land Is Your Land - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Tell Me - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Got To Be The Way It Is - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
How Long Do I Have To wait For You (Ticklah remix) - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
100 Days, 100 Nights - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
To hell With Poverty - Gang of Four
Romantic Rights - Death From Above 1979
Feel Good Hit of the Summer - Queens of the Stone Age
Double Vision - The Ponys
Country Girl - Primal Scream
Foolin' Around - Patsy Cline
Brown Eyed Handsome Man - Wanda Jackson
Give Back the Key To My Heart - Uncle Tupelo
Up On Cripple Creek - The Band
Red Eye To Nashville - The Brillantines
Shake Sugaree - Mary Lou Lord & Elliott Smith
Think - Lyn Collins

Click here to download past shows...

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Muchos gracias!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Why This MO-nday Will Rule!


I'm giving away tickets to see the amazing Miss SHARON JONES on Little Radio during my show this Monday. Tune in for details, and tons of great music!

The Sharon Jones show will be Tuesday, December 4th at the El Rey. If you've never seen her, then for God's sake - GO! They don't call her the female James Brown for nothin'!

Read a really cool interview I got to do with her here.



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And once I'm done at Little Radio, I'm gonna get my ass over to The Thought Gallery on Cahuenga, next door to the Burgundy Room in Hollywood, to check out Torrance Stonewall Jackson. He's got a voice that shivers me timbers - and will shiver yours too. Check him out - it's free and fantastic!

Monday, November 19, 2007

As Promised!

I'm getting my playlist from tonight's show up quickly. Because you guys asked, and thank you for doing so! It's nice to know folks are out there listening. Well, folks other than my Dad (thanks Padre!).

So here 'tis:

Little Radio Playlist
11/19/07

Band On the Run - Foo Fighters
Ockham's Razor - The Mint Chicks
Check It Out - Komeda
He's A Mover - Nikki & The Corvettes
Hey Sailor - The Detroit Cobras
Annie's Gone - Redd Kross
Careless Whisper - The Gossip
Spy - Intramural
Kitty In The Middle - The Presets
The Dreaming - Kate Bush
Boyz - M.I.A.
Sweet Talk - Spank Rock
Go Places - The New Pornographers
She Goes To Bed - Jason Falkner
When My Baby's Beside Me - Big Star
Death & he Maiden - The Verlaines
The Killing Moon - Echo & The Bunnymen
What A Bam Bam - Derrick Morgan
Swing & Dine - The Melodians
Cupid - Amy Winehouse
Young Americans - David Bowie
Spooky - Dusty Springfield
In The Mausoleum - Beirut
Gypsy's Curse - Calexico
Arrow To My Drunken Eye - Carla Bozulich
City of Sleep - Great Northern
Ghosts - Japan
Dirty Little Secret - Carolyn Mark & the Roommates
Dumb - Tim Rogers & the temperance Union
Teenage FBI - Guided By Voices

Well, it went something like that. I don't know - I realized I forgot to write down the Redd Kross track, so I put it where I think it goes. We'll all have to wait for the podcast to be sure. That damn newfangled webcam has thrown me off my game!


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Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Night At The Opera

I suppose it was actually the Walt Disney Hall last Friday night, for a lovely night of Bittersweet Country with Neko Case. At least that's how it was billed.


It was Neko playing songs in the round (I guess that's how you see things in this particular space) and having to explain each one before performing... It was a songwriter's series, you see, and the LA Phil required those invited to 'fess up a bit about the lyrics. Neko Case is not exactly a linear writer these days, tending to represent several perspectives within a single song without much to clue you in.

I rarely remember what is performed at shows I go to - I think I'm just too "in the moment" or something - but here's what I remember about this. "Favorite" was the first song she wrote completely on her own and it was about a dream where Fate is your friend but causes bad things to happen to you anyway. "Star Witness" is about a boy walking through his neighborhood and the things he sees and hears along the way. "Hold On Hold On" is about being a feeling lame for being single. "Lady Pilot" is about how she was on a scary flight once, but found out there was a lady pilot so she figured everything would be okay. "I Wish I Was The Moon" is about her dad, and "Dirty Knife" is based on a story her Ukranian grandmother told her.

That's how I remember it, and I'm probably not totally right, but hey - that's memory for you. Besides, I was pretty "in the moment," because it was pretty "awesome."

Here's a clip from a show I got to see in my hometown (or right next door) at the Belly Up tavern in Solana Beach last February, doing one of my absolute favorites, "Favorite."

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Oh, Los Angeles in November

It's actually quite warm!

Southern California doesn't really have seasons... it's either hot, cold, dry or wet. Sure, I can't wear miniskirts and shorts every day right now, but I can still wear t-shirts and the occasional hoodie, you know? And then this week, we have another lovely heatwave. This is soooooo easy on my wardrobe...

But you really just want to know what I played on my radio show the other night, right? Here goes!

Little Radio Playlist
11/12/07

Bliss In Concrete - Pelican
Raleigh - Arcwelder
Rocks Off - The High Society
NYC 73 - The High Society
Ice Cream Song - The Dynamics
Could I Be Right - On The Speakers
Move Over - Betchadupa
From the Ground - Intramural
Wanderlust - The Delays
Hideaway - Comet Gain
Our Secrets - im, Son of james
Lovesick - Lisa Germano
My Favorite Book - Stars
Time Stands Still - Cut Copy
Fancy Footwork - Chromeo
This Is Helena - OMD
Easier To Say - Betty LaVette
Why (Am I Treated So Bad) - The Sweet Inspirations
God Will Dry My Weeping Eyes - The Horace Family
Hard To Handle - Patty Drew
True Love Pt. 2 - X
Monkey david Wine - David Allen Coe
Saint John - Cold War Kids
My own Blood - Luther Russell
Christian in Black - Rogue Wave
The Crane Wife 3 - The Decemberists
A Hint of Blood - Mobius Band
Bad Penny - Big Black
Boychucker - Rocket from the Crypt

If you wanna check it out yourself, go here to download the show.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Wave Your Guns In the Air

Last Friday, Raquel & I went to see M.I.A.

The thing I think I liked best about this show was M.I.A.'s ability to make white people act like dorks. Really. The place was not as packed with hipsters as I thought (M.I.A. is just sooooo 2004) altough there were a few American Apparel rejects strutting their gold spandex tube top stuff.

When M.I.A. & gang hit the stage, it was full on third world glamfest. Anyone who's done a bit of traveling, has family from another country (a non -European one), or has wandered over to Telemundo has seen it: Girls in tight shiny outfits shaking their asses and yelling, hoodies and sunglasses and fancy lights along with stage projections of street dancing and even more booty shots than you see in a T-Pain video.

That was the M.I.A. show - pushed full force onto an appreciative audience of white people who danced like fools and sang loudly as if they knew the all the words and pumped their fists and shot their fingers in the air whenever the keyboards blasted a gunshot sound effect.

It was a damn good time.

(And here's a clip from her at Lollapalooza... not even close to last Friday, but still fun for sure.)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

It's Officially Fall

It's finally gotten nippy in the air, the sun is hiding behind the clouds, and the music is getting melodramatic and dreamy. Kinda. Well, see for yourself:

Little Radio Playlist
11/5/07

This Time - The Drones
Panic in Detroit - David Bowie
If It Was Good Enough For Daddy - Clarence Reid
Give It Up Or Turn it Loose - Lyn Collins
I Know It's Wrong - All Smiles
Love's lost uarantee - Rogue Wave
All The Miles - Amy Millan
No Mater Where You Go... - Blanche
My Pal - Peabody
Linda Blair - Redd Kross
I Wanna Be Adored - The Stone Roses
Maze of Love - Dave Clark Five
How Does it Feel - The Creation
Try A Little Sunshine - Factory
Cosmic Sea - Mystic Moods
Barracuda - Miho Hatori
Pretend - Paula Frazer & Tarnation
Blame You - Edith Frost
A New England - Billy Bragg
Nobody Cares - Sarabeth Tucek
Brunettes Against Bubblegum Youth - The Brunettes
Steady Boyfriend - April Young
Do You Wanna Hold Me - Bow Wow Wow
Hook & Sling - Eddie Bo
You've Been Gone Too Long - Ann Sexton
Your Thing Ain't No Good Without My Thing - Marie "Queenie" Lyons
Soul Dressing - Booker T & the MG's
Nantes - Beirut
Rocket - Intramural
Love's Easy Tears - Cocteau Twins
Tomorrow Never Knows - Beatles
Hack It Off - Barkmarket

And guess what? It got posted right away, so go here to download the show.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My Favorite Letter Is U

And "U" stands for Uni and Her Ukelele!



Uni and I had a nice little time on Little Radio last night... She came by with her special ukelele friend Sally Luka all the way from the shimmering forest of San Francisco and played a couple songs for us before getting ready for her Glamtrak tour. Yep - playing shows anywhere Amtrak stops in the U.S. of A. Whoa! Check out Uni's MySpace page here for some tunes and download the Little Radio show here. It's great fun!

And here's what else went down:

Little Radio Playlist
10/29/07

Everyday Weapon - The Ponys
Black Mountain - Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
Explain - Sarah Blasko
Know You Now - The Someloves
Shine a Light - Wolf Parade
I Changed My Mind - Quannum feat. Lyrics Born
Running Out - Mable John
Georgia Morning Dew - Johnny Adams
You're Gonna Miss Me - Ann Sexton
Lonely Just Like Me - Arthur Alexander

UNI & HER UKELELE INTERVIEW!!

The Middle - Great Northern
What's Your Take On Cassavetes - Le Tigre
Catholic Block - Sonic youth
Hippy Dippy Do - Rocket from the Crypt
My Baby Left Me - Wanda Jackson
Nights Are Long - Intramural
Lilly White - Rocky Votolato
Black Leather Coat - Luther Russell
Sometimes I Feel So Lonely - Primal Scream
Gray Skies (You & Me) - Jim, Son of James
Big John Jeeter - Snatch & The Poontangs
Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything) - Donnie Hathaway
The Day I Found Myself - Honey Cone
The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow) - The Jam
Perfect Skin - Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
Celluloid Heroes - The Kinks

And thanks for tuning in, downloading, just being there!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

When the Cocaine Wears Off...

... you'll be listening to Miss Sally Jaye.


She's a lovely L.A. based Americana singer, with an amazing voice and equally amazing songs. Just listen and see if you don't fall in love, while simultaneously wanting to get rip roaring drunk and then cry to your dog about it. Beautiful stuff.

I was lucky enough to have her as a guest on my Little Radio show last Monday, so download it here.

And here is the playlist for the show:

Little Radio Playlist
10/22/07

Something Strange Happens - The Orange Peels
A Man Like Me - Beulah
Winter Windows - Sea Wolf
Cliquot - Beirut
Details of the War - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Allergic - Ken Andrews
This Is A Landslide - Intramural
15 Step - Radiohead
All the Way to Her - Dimmer
It's A Shame - Desmond Dekker
Make Me Yours - Phyllis Dillon
I Want To Go Home - Derrick Morgan
Can't You See - Ken Boothe
What's Happening Brother - Marvin Gaye
Lewis IV - Lewis Taylor
I've Just Seen A Face - The Beatles
37 Hours - Kristin Hersh
Wolves (Song of the Shepherd Dog) - Iron & Wine
Roll On The Rusted days - Howlin' Rain
Outta Mind (Outta Sight) - Wilco
Fido - The Byrds
Hands On The Wheel - Carla Bozulich (with Willie Nelson)

SALLY JAYE INTERVIEW!!

Skinny Boy - Amy Millan
The World I Used to Be Afraid Of - Blanche
Shuffle Your Feet - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

And that's all, folks!

Remember to tune in every Monday from 6-8pm PST, at Little Radio.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Babylon's Burning

I grew up in San Diego, which is pretty much totally on fire right now.

Some of my friend's families have been evacuated, but considering that a quarter of a million people have been evacuated in San Diego County, that isn't so surprising. The mayor told folks not to go to work today and even asked people not to use their cell phones so as to leave valuable carrier space available.



















My family is good right now; they live close to the coast and should be ok. My dad sent the above image (he's a science teacher) so we could get a grasp on it. Here in Silverlake, we're just getting the haze from the Malibu fires. But my friend's dad, also on the coast, took a picture of the sun, so you can get an idea of what the air quality is like at the beach in Encinitas today...












Get your oxygen masks, everyone, it's gonna be a long one...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Monday Debut

The Mo Show on Mondays kicked off this week and it was, of course, alot of fun. Even though my naked friend didn't show up. Sigh...

Little Radio Playlist
10/15/07

I Don't Want Nobody to Lead Me On- The Dynamics
Woman of the Ghetto - Marlena Shaw
I'll Take Care of You - Sterling Harrison
Wedlock Is A Padlock - Laura Lee
The Living Kind - Ups & Downs
Catapult - R.E.M.
Anything Could Happen - The Clean
My Little Rad Book - Love
La Nostra Favola - Jimmy Fontana
Desdemona - John's Children
Holy Chord - Dappled Cities
English Roundabout - XTC
Sunshine Smile - Adorable
Selina's Melodie Fountain - Serena Maneesh
Island In The Sun - The Paragons
Tuane - Hammer
I'm A Man - Spencer Davis Group
Bossa Beat - Franco De Gemini & Alessandroni
Laisse Tomber Les Filles - France Gall
One Way Ticket To Nowhere - David Allen Coe
The Heathen Song - Kill Devil Hills
You Love Me - DeVotchka
The Grand tour - George Jones
Needlepoint - Intramural
Stray - Lush
She Speeds - The Straightjacket Fits
Come In Out of the Rain - Engineers
Lying - Martina Topley-Bird
Disco 1 - The Mess Hall
Women (Make You Feel Alright) - The Easybeats
Out of Control - The Lime Spiders
Just One Look - The Hollies

So catch the show next Monday, when I'll be interviewing a fantastic local Americana artist, Sally Jaye. I heart her.

The Mo Show... on MO-ndays!
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Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Naked Guy

When I lived in Berkeley. There was a Naked Guy. Well, to be honest, there were lots of naked guys and gals, usually older ones that you don't really want to see naked, but... well... it was Berkeley.

There was one guy in particular (his name was Andrew, I think) who was a student at Cal and used to do everything naked. Buying books, going to class, at home, whatever. It became a big deal, causing the campus to set up regulations and such. I mostly didn't want to sit anywhere he had sat, you know? Ew.

I heard he had drug problems and died. I know the drug part is true, not sure about the dead part. The Naked Guy came to mind recently as I've been encountering my own naked guy.

A couple months ago while leaving the Little Radio warehouse, Jimmy and I encounter a naked guy. I saw him first as I was walking out, and there was a naked man standing between the two dumpsters across the street. I couldn't see a lick of clothing anywhere, and he was playing with himself in an absent minded way. Spaced out. I turned to Jimmy and said, "Naked guy - across the street." Jimmy said, "Oh yea. That guy wanders around here, but he usually has clothes on." "Does he seems like he wants us to watch?" I said. "No," Jimmy replied,"He seems kind of out of it, actually."

We continued talking outside, my back to the guy, when Jimmy said, "Okay, now that's weird." "The guy?" "Yea, I'm not sure what he's doing. Probably we should go." And so we did. When I got home, I told my roommate about it and said, "The whole thing totally reminded me of Berkeley."

Last Thursday, as I drove up to Little Radio, I parked and started to wrap up a conversation that I was having with my mom. There was a guy up the street, leaning against the wall under the light, who started walking away. I was sitting in my car, about to get out, when I noticed the guy was walking up towards the dumpsters across from me. "Oh, great..." I thought. "A weirdo." I got of the phone with my mom and glanced over to see he was now standing in the street with his pants down, shirt up, sneakers on, actively pursuing that most solo of all solo activities... jerking off.

I called Jimmy: "Do me a favor and come down here as soon as possible." Jimmy swung open the door and the guy backed behind the dumpster. "Naked guy!" I said, knowing that it was the same dude (guess I remembered the equipment). I haven't seen him again, but we know he'll be back. He must have figured out that girls hang out at Little Radio.

There's more than one kind of show, I guess!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Mo's Movin'!

I'm not leaving LA (although I do miss my beloved Bay Area terribly), but I am moving time slots. on Little Radio, that is.

So check it:

NEW DAY AND TIME!!!

Mo MONDAYS!
6-8pm PST (9pm EST, 3am Tuesdays in Berlin and 1pm Tuesdays in Sydney)
LittleRadio.com

Tune in and feel the love.

So here's the playlist for my last Thursday show.

Little Radio Playlist
10/11/07

The Great Stack-A-Lee - Snatch & The Poontangs (aka The Johnny Otis Show)
Funkorgy - Funkafreak
15 Step - Radiohead
Polar Bear - Ride
Inside Out - The Mighty Lemon Drops
Secret Spy Plane - Virginia Dare
Halah - Mazzy Star
Golden Thing - Throwing Muses
Yr Mangled Heart - The Gossip
Go Tell The Woman - Grinderman
Nights Are Long - Intramural
Hey you - Sarabeth Tucek
Diane - Helen Stellar
A Gentle Sound - The Railway Children
A Year From Now - Blanche
Get Thee Gone - The Geraldine Fibbers
Portland, Oregon - Loretta Lynn (and Jack White)
Peaches - The Stranglers
Pushing Up The Daises - The Colourfield
Mount Wroclai (Idle Days) - Beirut
Something's Changed - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Proud Woman - Johnny Adams
You Did Me Wrong (You Used Me For A Good Thing) - Priscilla Price
Love Ritual - Al Green
Right On - Ray Barretto
Letter To An Old Dog - Sun (Rafael Toral Mix)
This Is A Landslide - Intramural
Devastation - The Besnard lakes
May Tomorrow Be A Perfect Day - Donny & Marie Osmond

This was a farewell, and a bit of an Intramural special. But I'll write more on that later...

Check ya Monday!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Make 'Em Laugh

This always makes me giggle. Enjoy.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Life Imitates Art

Well, I saw so much music last month, that OF COURSE I had to play it! Once I finally got back to Little Radio, that is.

Little Radio Playlist
10/4/07

P.A.C.O. - Ladytron
Disco Infiltrator - LCD Soundsystem
XR2 - M.I.A.
Fly Me to The Moon - Lyn Collins
It's A Shame - The Spinners
Sara Smile - Hall & Oates
Nude As The News - Cat Power
How I Came To Know - Lois Maffeo & Brendan Canty
Twinkle Twinkle - Uni & Her Ukelele
Poor Poor Pitiful Me - Linda Ronstadt
Methamphetamine Blues - Mark Lanegan
No More Now - The Smoke
Circles -You Am I
Kiss Me Deadly - Generation X
Official Suburbian Superman - Suzi Quatro
7 Heures De Matin - Jacqueline Taieb
Laisse Tomber Les Filles - France Gall
Les Filles Cest Fait (Pour Faire L'Amour) - Charlotte Leslie
Les Rois Mages - Sheila
J'aime Les Filles - Jacques Dutronc
Every Word Means No - Let's Active
Georgia You Were Right - Sally Jaye
She's Got You - Patsy Cline
If You Were Alien - The Brunettes
Telling Lies - Great Northern
Wake Up - Arcade Fire
Hook and Sling - Edie Bo
Adeniji - The Budos Band
Let's Go (It's Summertime) - James Reese & the Progressions
The Lighthouse - Interpol

Stay tuned... we'll have some fun guests this month. I hope!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

I Wanna Rock!

You know, there were a lot of shows to see this past September. And, lucky me, I got to see bunches!

My month got off to a soulful start, as I went with my Amoeba alums up to the Hollywood Bowl on a chartered school bus to see the Spinners open for Hall & Oates.

As we drove up, there was a posse of young men walking in with curly dark hair and Oates moustaches, which drew hearty applause from us geeks. The Spinners started up, and everyone knew every song. The dancing was good, although not particularly synchronized (and I'm talking about the well dressed men on stage - maybe they just forgot the moves?). Hall & Oates? Amazing. How Daryl Hall can sing the way he does is a small miracle - talk about blue eyed soul! The show ended somewhat abruptly - there was no encore - and I read later that hall wasn't feeling too hot. Well, you couldn't tell, and evidently I was the only one who was okay with the fact that "Private Eyes" was left off the setlist that night. The Amoeba kids got our section singing an enthusiastic rendition of it to make up for that fact.

Back on the 11th, I was whisked off by my pal Buzz for some Art Brut. He had made me see them at Coachella a couple years ago, and although I thought the album was okay, I fell in love with the live show. This evening was no exception. We bounced happily on the floor while Eddie Argos ranted in his calculated British way about girls, drinking, and Morissey. Among other things. I LOVE that guy. Brains turn me on, evidently.


The next night was the continuing Buddy residency at the lovely Bordello (formerly Little Pedro's) downtown. Buddy is a star of the local Hotel Cafe crowd, and it was great to see him there out of his element. First on the bill was the lovely Sally Jaye, an Americana singer with more than a touch of Hope Sandoval in her - I swear that if you added more reverb to some of her songs, you'd have Mazzy Star. Her voice is beautiful and inviting, and even from the stage she makes you feel like you're her best friend at a cozy dinner.

Everest, local sensitive rockers, rounded out the bill with intensely catchy new stuff, previewing their upcoming album. These indie-country-ish guys are heading into quite an October... The Autumn Fest in Big Sir and Neil Young's revered Bridge School benefit concerts are next on their list, with a new full length any second. (photo by Shayna Peveler)

And then... Justin Timberlake.

I have to say, I expected much more screaming from the young ladies present. I think there was more of a commotion when the Beckhams arrived than during the show. The audience was having a blast - don't get me wrong. I just remember seeing Duran Duran in 1982 and not being able to hear a goddamn thing.

Raquel and I had very, very good seats. Justin's concert-in-the-round concept worked in our favor, as we saw an awful lot of the kid. He put on a great show. Really great. Just enough dancing, real live singing, and oodles of charm. Oh yea, and Timbaland did the intermission music, as it were. And Kanye West dropped in. (OK, I sort of lost my shit at that moment.)


(This video was taken by someone sitting very close to us, because I essentially saw the same thing. Total coolness.)

Me, Kevs, the BFF, Giselle and Skye were all supposed to see the White Stripes that week, but Meg fell apart. I know how you feel, Meg - hang in there!

So we wiped our tears and went on... to the Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem show at the Bowl. LCD was a blast - but I think I would have liked it better in a sweaty club after a few drinks. I felt too detached from the party. Even the new tracks were fun - as they had taken some getting used to for me when I got the record.

Arcade Fire are legendary for their live shows, and deservedly so. The intensity and joy they project from the stage can't help but affect the audience. I hadn't seen them since the release of "Neon Bible," a record I think is lovely but on the dour side, so I wondered how it would come across live. Well, lovely and dour. The energy of the night came, more often than not, from the older material, and there was plenty of singing and dancing for all. And headbanging, screaming, laughing, clapping, etc...

On the 21st, it was Cat Power. The first two times I'd seen her, she ran off the stage in tears, apologizing for sucking. It was heartbreaking. I wouldn't buy tickets to her shows anymore, since she never seemed to go through with them anyway. But at Coachella two years ago, I caught some of her new and improved set, and it was good. So I was only too happy to go with Kevs and Skye to see her at the Avalon with her Dirty Delta Blues Band. She did loads of covers - both from her covers album as well as her upcoming covers album, and she sort of did covers of her own music... All of her own sings which she performed had been almost completely re-arranged, rendering them practically unrecognizable unless you figured out the lyrics right away. It could be both frustrating and amazing, and I applaud her courage to do that. She sounded amazing, was happy and joking with the crowd, and played a great show. See? There's a reason I love cats.

That Saturday, I went to Safari Sam's to check out Sally Jaye again. She was playing a benefit which was hosted by the of the five Kids in The Hall: Dave Foley, Bruce McCullough, and Kevin McDonald. I LOVED Kids in The Hall. Between each band set, they guys would do a couple skits. They'd fuck up and laugh, they'd improve, but mostly, they were hilarious. Those guys are genius, no matter what they do, it seems. I left after seeing a rocking set by Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies, more rough and tumble Americana stuff which had Dave Foley up in front hootin' and hollerin'.

The following week, there was a great freebie show at Hollywood and Highland - if you took the subway. The subway? In L.A.? Damn straight. Ladytron and Great Northern played in the central courtyard area for the car-free and those with cars, if you wanted to stand up on the walkways, as many people did. Great Northern represented - Rachel's voice was beautiful as always, their indie only adding to the blue twilight atmosphere of the evening. When the sun was finally down, Ladytron came on, lights blazing and synthesizers synchronized. Oh, there are lots of other instruments too, but you really notice those keyboards, don't you?

And finally, winding up the month, DeVotchka. I'd be in love with Nick Urata, the dramatic lead singer of the group, if he didn't take the whole hobo/gypsy thing so literally. He looks like he just rolled out of the back of a train half the time, bottle of red wine in one hand and guitar in the other. It's quite charming, and they mesmerize me with that whole mariachi-spaghetti western-polka-gypsy musical styling. How can you argue with a band that uses tuba and cello and trumpet and accordian as well as the standard bass-guitar-drum combo? Not me, that's for sure.


Now to head into Rocktober! After I get some sleep.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

And Where Have YOU Been?

Dude, I went out of town for a bit.

Those last couple weeks of August and early September, I was in either Ephrata, Pennsylvania or the Bay Area. (You may have noticed that I get to the Bay Area as often as I can.)

My brother and I were off to PA to see the relatives. Ephrata is a tiny town (by my urban/suburban standards) with a tiny little main street and lots of horse & buggies. You see, it's in Pennsylvania Dutch country, which means Amish. The surrounding towns have names like Intercourse, Paradise, Virginville and Blueball (my brother and I were very sad to learn the Blueball Hotel had been torn down). The grocery store by my aunt and uncle's house is have paved for cars and half hitching posts for horses.

We spent most of our time with relatives, but did have one particularly interesting afternoon at a big weekly flea market which features Amish food (baked goods, jams, etc) and the regular cheapie t-shirts and stuff, as well as a section for animals. Evidently there are livestock auctions earlier in the day, and at the end of the day when we were there, you could have your choice of available chickens, quails, pigeons, geese, doves, hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs. My brother and I have a particular fondness for bunnies and guinea pigs as we've owned both. Most of these animals were crammed by the dozens in cages (the birds) and cardboard boxes (the rodents) so we'd open them up and have a look. I spotted a guinea pig on the bottom of the pile that looked like one we used to have, so I reached in to give it a pet when the other 5 or so scurried off, kicking this one wildly in the process. It didn't budge. Revealed, I noticed it was pretty dead. I went to tell the kid who seemed to be running the show at the moment, but he just sort of shrugged while the little kids nearby ran to check out the dead thing in the box. Guinea pigs aren't the brightest creatures on the planet, and it's more than possible the others smothered it. But still... Well, my brother took plenty of pictures and we're liberal california folk, so those pictures will make it into the right hands.

It just reminded me that there are alot more than just miles separating us from the folks in that small town.

I did enjoy the homemade ice cream (made from real Amish cows!)and whoopie pies - the pumpkin ones will leave a permanent mark on my taste buds, in the best way.

And I did enjoy my relatives an awful lot too.

Then a quick trip to the Bay to see a couple long lost friends and have lots of time doing boring girl stuff, like shopping and eating and chatting. Although it was definitely not boring, especially if you knew us girls.

So I'm back and settled in, and promise to be "regular."

Friday, September 14, 2007

Little Radio Playlist 9/13/07

Did you wanna know what went down? Well, here ya go...

We had special guests tonight... the amazing and unique DENGUE FEVER!


















Little Radio Playlists
9/13/07

Alimony - The Hummingbirds
You're No Good - Swinging Blue Jeans
One Man - Eulogies
I Don't Care - The Pictures
You Made Me Like It - 1990s
Southside Funk - Soul Seven
DENGUE FEVER INTERVIEW! 3 TRACKS...
Escape From Dragon House
Tooth & Nail
? (a cover of a Cambodian song)
One Thousand Tears of A Tarantula
Hong Kong Garden - Siouxsie & the Banshees
Tthhee Ppaarrttyy - Justice
Miss Lucifer - Primal Scream
Disaster - The Besnard Lakes
Everything I've Got - Ed Kuepper
Ain't That Crazy - Derrick Morgan
You're Like Heaven to Me - Phyllis Dillon
Pony express - The Pioneers
Soul Revival - Zap Pow
Beautiful Day - Spider Harrison
Be For Real - Marlena Shaw
Buick Mackane - T. Rex
I Can Only Give you Everything - Van Morrison
The Way She Goes - Henry's Dress

Remember, Little Radio.com... Most Thursdays from 8-10 PST, 11pm EST, 5am Fridays in Berlin and 3pm Fridays in Sydney...

Download it once it's online http://www.littleradio.com/shows/show/23. Or email Little Radio and tell 'em to get that shit posted!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Little Radio Playlist 9/6/07

Gettin' around to it, gettin' around to it...

Dap Walk - Ernie & the Top Notes, Inc.
Sometimes I Feel So Lonely - Primal Scream
Jesus Is Just Alright - The Byrds
Ride Or Die - The Budos Band
Tighten Up Tighter - Billy Ball & the Upsetters feat. Roosevelt Matthews
Sleeping During the Day - The Mint Chicks
Breakin' My Own Heart - Uni & Her Ukelele
Well Well Well - Le Tigre
Catcher - Komeda
Disorder - Joy Division
Hey You - Sarabeth Tucek
My Own Blood - Luther Russell
Terrified - Trevor Childs
Birthday - Sugarcubes (w/ Jesus & Mary Chain)
Fire Fire Fire - Dappled Cities
Circles - Le Fleur De Lys
I'll Keep Holding On - The Action
Green Eyes - Husker Du
Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad - Wanda Jackson
He'd Be A Diamond - Mary Lou Lord
Cactus Cat - Look Blue Go Purple
Girl Don't Come - Sandie Saw
hat's How It Goes - The Breakaways
Brunettes Against Bubblegum Youth - The Brunettes
I've Just Seen A Face - The Dillards
Kingdom Of The Animals - Iron & Wine
Nausea - X
The Thang (Pt. 1) - Eddie Bo
South Side of the Street - Johnny Adams
Kissing My Love - Cold Blood
California Stars - Billy Bragg & Wilco

Remember, Little Radio.com... Most Thursdays from 8-10 PST, 11pm EST, 5am Fridays in Berlin and 3pm Fridays in Sydney...

Download the shows here! We're kinda behind, but there are some nice older ones...

Friday, August 17, 2007

Conjunction Junction

This weekend is Sunset Junction, when I have to fight with guards to cross the street for bagels or something and fight people off who are trying to squeeze their Escalade into the red zone in front of my house that fits a Mini.

And I also get to walk around to eat lots of junk food, see plenty of bands, be tempted by rickety carnival rides, and drink in public with friends.

It's pricey and parking is a bitch, but it's fun. Stop by! But please - don't drop your empties in my lawn.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Anything But Standard

Today, Raquel took me to the pool.

Pools are a dime a dozen in LA. Lots of apartment buildings have them, families invest in them... but rarely are they all that nice. Sometimes you can crash a hotel pool, without having to be a guest, but lots of swankier places have clued into this and started having pool parties where drinks cost too much, people are too beautiful, and lounge chairs come at a price.

Oddly, one of the swankiest places on the Strip didn't do that to our little gang of ruffians on a sizzling Wednesday afternoon. We went to The Standard, which is one of those" places that occasionally winds up in a tabloid or gossip blog. I'd been there for a pool date once before, when a friend was staying there. he held me a poolside seat alongside 3 girls, the 4th of which assumed my seat was actually hers. Of course, much cattiness ensued. I chose to ignore the nasty comments coming from the pool area and occasional directioned kick splashes for a while, but eventually got tired of the extreme lameness and bailed.

So I wasn't feeling terribly comfortable about this particular outing, but hoped that the fact that it was midweek would help, and we could relieve our overheated selves. We were about 10 people strong, and there was safety in numbers as we took over a corner of the grounds, did plenty of pool floating, sandwich munching, cocktail drinking, and laughing. The wait staff was having fun with us, and it turned out to be a lovely day in LA.

Who'd a thought it?

Monday, August 13, 2007

Geriatric Rock

Sooooo... last week I went to see some art. It was an exhibit called...

"Golden Gals Gone Wild!"

It seems a few years ago, the curator of this show bought a painting of Bea Arthur, topless. She fell so completely in lust with this painting that she thought it would be great to get some of her artist friends together and throw this show where all of the art consisted of sexually explicit images of those famous female retirees, the Golden Girls.

To say the idea took off would be kind of an understatement...

The opening for the show was last Friday. I went with some friends of the curator and a couple of the artists. We arrived when the go-go dancers hit the floor - girls in lingerie with papermachie heads representing each of the ladies in question.

The art was nasty and awesome. Rue McClanahan in a portrait of condoms and bubblegum. Betty White in bondage. And more than one topless Bea Arthur, besides the inspirational image (which was for sale at a cost of "Change Your Life Money!").

It's showing in Hollywood till the end of the month, and if you're in the neighborhood, you should check it out. You'll never see old folks in quite the same way again...

Saturday, August 11, 2007

And Now, Before the Break...

Little Radio will be taking next week off, and then I'll be outta town again the week after that. Time to go pay my respects to Don Ramon in the muggy Amish Pennslyvania Dutch air on the east coast... but keep checking the podcast page for any updates! It's been a little slow on the uptake getting them up there, but there's fun stuff to be had all over Little Radio's page.

And now, the playlist:

Little Radio Playlist
8/9/07

Theme From Gidget - Johnny Tillotson (RIP Kelly...)
Skinny Boy - Amy Millan
Sally Cinnamon - Stone Roses
Endless Shovel - Rogue Wave
Do Me A Favor - The Arctic Monkeys
Twist & Crawl - The English Beat
Rumble - You Am I
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - The Animals
On The Green Light - The Spencer Davis Group
Your Love Is Certified - Rasputin's Stash
She's A Burglar - Howard Tate
Into The White - The Pixies
Jaime - Girls Vs. Boys
Born In '69 - Rocket From The Crypt
She's Back On Crack - The Mint Chicks
To Veux Ou Tu Veux Pas - Brigette Bardot
Comme Un Garcon - Stereo Total
Glad All Over - The Rums & Coke
Carry On - Jean Knight
I Wanna Hold Your Hand - Al Green
Why (Am I Treated So Bad?) - The Sweet Inspirations
Don't Even See Me - Dimmer
Who Do You Think - Interpol
Apartment Story - The National
Broadway (So Many People) - Low
Too Many Pills - The Corn Sisters
The Grand Tour - The Geraldine Fibbers
Radio Waves - O.M.D.
Frolic - Komeda
Vicious - Lou Reed
Hot Child In The City - Nick Gilder
Dazzle - Siouxsie & the Banshees

Remember, back on the air August 30th. Till then, podcast like crazy, baby!

Friday, August 10, 2007

R.I.P. Tony Wilson

Who is Tony Wilson?

The man who brought us Factory Records because he wanted the world to hear Joy Division (later New Order), A Certain Ratio, The Happy Mondays and more. The man who started the Hacienda and accelerated the whole Madchester scene, spreading the happy-go-ecstasy rave virus all over the world.

He was a true music lover and used whatever was within his means to share his passion with everyone. He was a character, for sure, and a prouder citizen of Manchester we may not hear of again any time soon.

If you haven't seen "24 Hour Party People" yet, do. It's a hilarious documentation of his life, and he approved even if it painted him as a bit of a twat.

He was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year and music industry friends created a fund to pay for his treatment. But a heart attack ended his fight...He passed away today.

Rock on, Mr. Wilson. I wonder what they'll play at your funeral?

Thursday, August 09, 2007

On The Town

Where have I been? Rockin' and a-rollin', pretty much.

I recently became unemployed. The company I worked for declared bankruptcy on June 1st, and then it was just a waiting game before the doors were locked. For a while it looked like we were gonna make it, but alas... Actually, I hated the job. I was totally into the idea of doing no work and scoring the paychecks, you know? While looking for a better job.

Luckily I scored a pretty cool freelance gig which allows me to work from home. I cannot even begin to tell you what having NO COMMUTE means to me... As long as I've lived in my plush Silverlake digs, I've had to drive to work on the westside. For you non Angelenos, this means a 12 mile drive which takes about an hour and a half. Each way.

My car loves hanging out in the garage now.

So I roll out of bed and get to work, take a break for a walk and when the sun comes blasting through my window. Then I can work some more in the cool evening breeze. It rules.

And without that drive, I've got more time and energy to spend with friends. That also rules.

So I went to some shows!

Dappled Cities came to town, taking a night off from their tour with Tokyo Police Club to do a show of their own at the Echo. I had seen these boys play at the Hopetoun Hotel in Sydney back in January, and was looking forward to seeing them while not under the influence of various substances because they seemed really good. And nice. And they were! Kind of a Modest Mouse/XTC flavor, their quirky indie pop is just accessible enough to not be alienating and still just off kilter enough to keep it interesting. I got to interview them just before the show, but sadly I couldn't use it because the band playing downstairs drowned out some of their clever responses. But I can say that they are nice, silly, and living in the States for the next few months so catch them the next time they are in town - which will probably be in the fall. Oh, and they dropped the "Fly" part from their name because "we've grown up since then." Cute.

Then Kevs, Ritchie & I went to check out Machine Gun Blues. The boys had seen this Denver band at a YMCA or something at the South Park music festival a year ago, and I'd heard nothing except raves for these rowdy rockers who worked the crowd up into such a frenzy that everyone was a sweaty naked mess by the end, running into the snow for relief. Well, that didn't happen at the Knitting Factory that night (does anything quite like that ever really happen in LA?), but the bands rocked with their cocks (almost) out, writhed on the floor, and generally made me feel like slamming my body into something hard. Which is a good thing.

The next night, Raquel and I went to check out the 5 O'clock Somewhere show at the Echo. They had been doing a residency which was turning into alot of fun. The band consists of a bunch of people from other bands, most of whom are also bartenders at eastside watering holes, doing a bunch of country songs (originals and covers, as far as I can tell). I got to do a little waltzin' with a big dude, which is a-ok by me.

And then, M.I.A . So the BFF, Raquel, Kevs and myself hauled ourselves to the EchoplexBoyz, and got sweaty real fast. I had somehow scored tix to the second show at the Echoplex, the first having sold out in milliseconds. She played quite a few new tracks (XR2, Bird Flu, Jimmy) and a smattering of old. The old ones, of course, got the crowd beyond pumped. The new ones, though, were a bit more challenging for the average dancers in the crowd, as the beats were pretty erratic at times. Is her new genre Difficult Dance? I'll have to wait for the CD. It was a good time anyway!

A couple days later, I get an email from Kevs: "Are you going to You Am I on Wednesday?" WHAT? I wasn't keeping track of those Aussies since I've already seen them 6 times this year, and before that, I'd seen them twice over a period of 10 years. They never came to this country, and now suddenly they won't leave? No problem! So Kevs, Ritchie and I set out for NME night at Spaceland, where the Wombats and the Redwalls filled out the bill. The Wombats were very cute and British, extremely poppy with tight little harmonies that they showed off acapella style from time to time. The Redwalls were garagey at times, Big Starish at others. But I was there for you Am I - who ripped out the rock and roll just as riotously as I've seen them do at every other show this year, and had a good time in the process. It was especially fun being there with fellow Aussie Kevs, who would yell out some Oz slang occasionally in as thick a brogue as possible for the benefit of the band. I love my mates.


Time to take a little break now, as Sunset junction is coming next weekend and even though the lineup is quite ho-hum this year, it is literally on my street so I will still be checking it out. And then off to the east coast for a little bit to remember what "humidity" really means...

Monday, August 06, 2007

One More Time

The Little Radio Playlist!

8/2/07
(ugh, August already...)

Gloom Junky - The Verlaines
Long Time Coming - The Delays
Terry - The Ladybug Transistor
You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me - Frank Sinatra
Mean Streets - Van Halen
Dumbjaw - Barkmarket
Anti-Love Song - Betty Davis
Home Is Where the Hatred Is - Esther Phillips
Who Is She (And What Is She To You) - Gladys Knight & the Pips
Kingdom Of The Animals - Iron & Wine
Puzzle Heart - Jay Bennet & Edward Burch
Moonage Daydream - David Bowie
Baby Got Shot - Verbena
Lime House - The Breeders
Do You Love Me - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
The False Husband - Isobell Campbell & Mark Lanegan
Ode To Booker T - The Young Marble Giants
Ominous Cloud - Broadcast
Rides the Rails - The Besnard Lakes
Neighborhood - Sugar & Gold
All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem
Tthhee Ppaarrttyy - Justice
My Girl Is Calling Me (A Liar) - Chromeo
Controversy - Prince
About That Rock - Brother Reade
Fleece On Brain - Matthew Dear
Satellite - TV On The Radio
Stella Was A Diver & She Was Always Down - Interpol
Make Your Bed - Neko Case

And if you want to download it to listen for yourself, go here and have a blast!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Can't Stop the Music

And it's back to Little Radio, solo this week, I go...

Actually, I got to do a great interview with Dappled Cities, a wonderfully quirky indie pop band from Sydney, but the recording got screwed up. The band downstairs was just too damn loud!

So I played 'em instead. Along with this stuff:

Little Radio Playlist
7/26/07

La Pollera Collera - Carmen Rivero y Su Conjunto Tropical
Standing on the Corner - Ruth Brown
I Was Made To Love Her - Stevie Wonder
Lady Don't Tek No - Latyrx
So Far To Go - J. Dilla feat. Common & D'Angelo
Lost to the Lonesome - Pela
Under the Knife - Eulogies
Could I Be Right - On the Speakers
I'll Write the Song, You Sing For Me - Irving
Leaves In The River - Sea Wolf
The Grand Tour - George Jones
No Depression - Uncle Tupelo
Unsatisfied - The Replacements
Tar Moochers - Throwing Muses
Give Me Back My Man - The B-52's
Are You Ten Years Ago - Tegan & Sara
An End Has A Start - The Editors
A Sun A Sound - Great Northern
Skin Tight - The Tamlins
Woman of the Ghetto - Marlena Shaw
Express Yourself - Byron Lee & the Dragonaires
Ain't No Sunshine - Jimmy Lindsay
Jesus Is Just Alright - The Doobie Brothers
Gloom Junky - The Verlaines
Holy Chord - Dappled Cities
All You Pretty Girls - XTC
Electric Lash - The Church
Perfect Skin - Lloyd Cole & the Commotions
What I Don't Know About You - You Am I

And if you want to listen to it yourself, download it here. Thanks!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Adios, Mi Abuelito ~


These are my parents on their wedding day. On the left is my grandmother, and on the dapper looking gentleman on the right is my grandfather, Ramon.

Ramon was born in Spain, outside of Barcelona in the Catalunya region. The impending Spanish civil war sent him on a boat to Colombia with his sisters and mother (people I never knew). He soon met my grandmother and they proceeded to have a whole bunch of kids and a cattle farm, until civil unrest led to the destruction of that farm and sent them all to the city of Cali. My Mom married my Dad - a gringo! (as you can tell from the picture) and moved to California, where I have always lived in some city or another.

I'm sure there is much much more to this story, but the fragments keep trickling in...

When I was growing up, I didn't see my Colombian grandparents all that much as, well, they lived in Colombia. We did visit a few times, and I always remember my grandfather as a silly (in a good way!) man. He took us to the bullfights and made up kooky names for things. He used to hold cicadas by the wings and make them "sing." (I never knew one could play the cicada.) He knew all sorts of jokes and songs that he'd entertain everyone with. He talked to us all the time, even though he spoke a language we didn't really understand and couldn't speak... but we pretty much got it.

In the early 90's, most of my Colombian relatives relocated to Ephrata, Pennsylvania. Amish country. I went to visit one summer and stayed there for about 6 weeks. Every day, my grandfather would come to my aunt's house where I was staying, and walk me to my grandparent's house for lunch. He walked very fast, as do I, so we'd usually zip across this tiny town doing random errands along the way. He would talk to everyone, in Spanish, and they all seemed to really like this eccentric old man and always seemed to know what he was there for. "Sure, Ramon, I can mail this for you." "Yes, it's a lovely day, Ramon." "So this is your granddaughter, Ramon?"

I remember one time, my grandfather asked me to drive him somewhere. (All my relatives like to have me drive because they seem to think California drivers are better.) I wound up taking him down a rural road to a farm, where an Amish family came out to greet him. He jumped out of the car and started chasing baby chicks around. I looked a little terrified and the woman of the house laughed, "It's ok, he always does this. He likes to play with the chickens before he gets his eggs." "Oh," I replied, "is that why we're here? Is that ok?" "We're farmers, we sell our produce. Ramon says we have the best eggs in the area."

Eventually my grandfather began to show his age. A bout of colon cancer left him weak, and then the Alzheimer's kicked in. The last time he saw my mother, he didn't know who she was, and he was speaking gibberish more often than not.

Don Ramon died on Tuesday morning, July 24th. He was 96 years old. I've been lucky to have a life with all 4 grandparents and even one great grandmother, and I guess that means I'll be around for a while. Only in recent years have they all started to pass away. Ramon y Manuela had been married over 70 years, my American grandparents were married 66, and my parents are heading into their 40th. It was a different time, for sure.

But for all the life my grandfather, Don Ramon, lived, and the little time I got to spend with him, I will always remember that he loved it all. He was a funny, friendly man whom everyone loved whether they spoke his language or not. Because they all understood something he always had - a purely genuine smile and great laugh.

Dios los bendiga. Suenen con los angeles.