Monday, July 28, 2008

Get Down This Morning!

Hey all~

As promised, here's what we rocked on Little Radio this morning!

Little Radio Playlist

Bam Bam - Sister Nancy
Trip To Your Heart - Sly & the Family Stone
Heavy Makes You Happy - Staples Singers
Suddenly Strange - Bic Runga
First Love - Adele
Map To Where You Are - The Watson Twins
You Only Call Me When You're Drunk - Ed Harcourt
Here Comes Everybody - Autolux
When the Night Falls - The Eyes
I Don't Ever Want to Change - The Drones
Good Time - Crystal Castles
She's Good For Business - MSTRKRFT
Same Old Scene (Glimmers Remix) - Roxy Music
Hyperballad (LFO Disco Sync Mix) - Bjork
Get Up Get Out - The Rosebuds
Your Love Has Been So Good To Me - Ruth Copeland
Youthless - Beck
Put You To Sleep - Jeff Klein
All You Ever Wanted - The Black Keys
Satellite - TV On the Radio
Murder In the City - The Avett Brothers
Torque - Kristi Hersh
Stephen Hawking - Hello Dragon
My Mistakes Were Made For You - The Last Shadow Puppets
Heard The Stirring - Fleet Foxes
Ice Cream Love - Johnny Osbourne
I'm A Man - Spencer Davis Group
Indian Ropeman - Julie Driscoll
I'm Still In Love - The Mighty Diamonds
We Own the Sky - M83

Thanks for tuning in... do it next week too! :)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Where Did Mo Go? Part 1...

I vanished from the internets for a while... Personal stuff. Working too much. Seeing some shows. Traveling.

I thought, to get us back in the swing of things, that I would tell some tales from the last couple months, a bit at a time.

I saw Yeasayer back in April...

The story goes: Coachella asked them to pause when they got to LA, just in case there was room to put the Brooklynites on the Indio bill. You see, acts performing at Coachella have a clause in their contract that says they can't play within a certain mile radius of Los Angeles within a certain time frame. (Of course, those super sorta secret shows never count.) So Yeasayer didn't book an L.A. show.

That's the rumor anyway.

And the, it didn't happen. Scrambling for a show, they hooked up with super hipsters, No Age, for an old school all ages show at the Ukranian Cultural Center in Silverlake. A place I'd drive by just about every day and wonder about... Tickets were being sold the night of the show at the ice cream place around the corner.

Being a super geek about this band, I got in touch with them via the ever-so-handy MySpace and asked if I could do an interview. The singer, Chris, wrote me back to say they would be SO happy to do that! I was pretty pleased.

As the show got closer, I figured it was going to be a pretty loose affair as we were just going to try to meet up after the show. I did find Chris before the show, and he was sweet as can be, and SO happy to be meeting up with his girlfriend after a long tour. (That should have been red flag number 1.) I then met Jason, the band's manager and label owner for We Are Free - a collective of sorts when it comes to music, management, and etc. Jason was also a nice guy, pretty busy (as managers are) but taking time out to bring me to the rest of the band so we could say hi and chat a bit. But this wasn't interview time - they wanted to take care of that biz after the show.

The show? Fan-fuckin'-tastic. They are so impressive live. I can't honestly describe their music and do it justice. Just go to their website and download some. Really. It's like indie hippie folk world music or something. And if all those things sound like bad things to you - well, they aren't when you mix 'em all up into Yeasayer.

After the show, well, everyone was a little drunk and/or stoned. Wrangling that band would have been like herding kittens, as they say. They were finding friends, getting hugs, eating hot dogs, smoking, and - well - generally relaxing and having a good time. And who was I to disrupt that with my little MP3 recorder? Sigh... no interview this time. But one day...

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Sounds of Summer

On July 7th, I was lucky enough to get to interview Kristin Hersh for the billionth time. Actually, it may have been the 3rd or 4th, but it's a blast every time.

She graciously drove out form her secret desert locale to chat and sing some songs for us that the Little Radio studios. We talked about paranoid grandfathers out to get squirrels, the new 50 Foot Wave record, and what color her songs are... among other things. If you want to download the podcast, go here:

Kristin Hersh at Little Radio, 7/7/08

On July 9th, she played a show called "The Shady Circle" at the Hotel Cafe, which was as morose, gloomy, and straight up hilarious as Kristin's shows tend to be. I mean, where else can you hear someone describe the next song as "One about true love and then a bit of 'stab-stab'"? It was a collection of Appalachian folk songs mixed in with some appropriate KH tunes and covers, and it was worth a tear or three.

Back in February of last year, my friends over at Amoeba were kind enough to ask me to come by and interview her there as well. It was one of the worst interviews I ever did, no fault to Kristin. I was just having a mental break that day. But it all worked out, because that chick is a pro. Here it is if you feel like watching:

A HUGE thanks to Kristin for dropping by Little Radio... She is a real treasure to the music community, so check out her website and get some music, ya hear?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Really. I grew up with this. Loved every minute of it too. Miss it quite often. Really.

And when I get back to Encinitas, I'm gonna visit Swami's and hear some more.

And LAUGH...

(Thanks Scotty!)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Weeeeee're Back!

I know, I know... I've been totally M.I.A. That doesn't mean I'm not thinking of you! I'm gonna make up for it. Seriously. Any regular reader here knows that I've had some family stuff come up, and that means a bit of a derailment, but I'm gonna get back to you. You missed me, right?

Let's start with a little bit of Little Radio! Our annual Summer Camp fun means my Monday morning show is sporadic at best (you try setting up a studio in minutes on a hungover Monday morning!), but today we were able to squeeze in a bit of music:


Watch the Sunrise - Big Star
California Stars - Billy Bragg & Wilco
Crazy on You - Heart
Technology - The Whigs
We Fucked It All Up - Machine Gun Blues
Baby Come On Home - Solomon Burke
He Doesn't Know Why - Fleet Foxes
I Hear A Symphony - The Supremes
Julie - Jens Lekman
Heart of Hearts - !!!
Travailler - TTC
Galang (Caveman remix) - M.I.A.
Creator - Santogold
Keep Me In Mind Sweetheart - Isobell Campbell & Mark Lanegan
She's Gone - Langhorne Slim
Island In the Sun - The Paragons

Enjoy - stay tuned - stay posted - I promise to have much more fun stuff for you to read/look at/listen to in the near future!