Jean Ritchie singing Barbry Allen is too beautiful.

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Viking Moses (photo: David Garland)

This Viking Moses on WNYC’s Spinning on Air was so good that I listened to it once and then immediately a second and third time right away. 

He’s playing with Spenking at the Half Moon in Hudson on Monday, August 4. He’s one of my favorite people to see perform. He REALLY, REALLY performs and it feels so good to be there when he does.

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Record shop La Plaque Tournante, 1930. Paris. Source

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Record shop La Plaque Tournante, 1930. Paris. Source

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So good.

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Tee Set — Ma Belle Amie (1969)

Pop perfection from the Dutch 60s scene (remember Shocking Blue?) Lead singer Peter Tetteroo has a pretty voice that’s just ragged enough to sound rock’n’roll.

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All the really good songs from the 7/13/14 radio show! Ha! Just kidding! They’re all good and my favorite has to be a tie: Marla Hansen and Connie Acher singing Happy Harlem.
8:00 (+ 8:00pm!)
Tame Impala: Feels Like We Only Go BackwardsBroadcast: Goodbye GirlsLucius: WildewomanThe Tallest Man On Earth: King Of SpainTEEN: Come BackSpent: Ready OKShearwater: TomorrowLittle Dragon: Ritual UnionStereolab: Everybody’s Weird Except MeMatthew E. White: Signature MoveThe Cave Singers: When the WorldBand Of Horses: On My Way Back HomeSufjan Stevens: Dear Mr. Supercomputer (Mostly, I’m happy living in this era (with occasional pangs for New York City in the 30s and 40s.) Then there are times when it feels utterly lucky to live in this time and place: like this weekend getting to see the ballet that Sufjan Stevens composed the music for on a hot Saturday at SPAC.)Peggy Seeger: Gonna Be An EngineerMarla Hansen: Hollow and Bold

9:00 (+ 9:00pm!)

Boardwalk: I’m To BlameJoanna Newsom: CassiopeiaHaim: Go SlowSongs: Ohia: Just Be SimpleGrizzly Bear: While You Wait For The OthersMarissa Nadler: Holiday InSebadoh: Let it OutCayucas: Will The ThrillWarpaint: HiBenjamin Verdoes: Under the LayersConnie Acher & Blind Drunk John: Happy Harlem (New Connie Acher just came out in April! It has some killer cover art. And songs!)Camera Obscura: I Missed Your PartyMetronomy: Everything Goes My WayThao & The Get Down Stay Down: With A Girl Like YouPicture note: Map of dreamy Adirondack spots.

All the really good songs from the 7/13/14 radio show! Ha! Just kidding! They’re all good and my favorite has to be a tie: Marla Hansen and Connie Acher singing Happy Harlem.

8:00 (+ 8:00pm!)
Tame Impala: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Broadcast: Goodbye Girls
Lucius: Wildewoman
The Tallest Man On Earth: King Of Spain
TEEN: Come Back
Spent: Ready OK
Shearwater: Tomorrow
Little Dragon: Ritual Union
Stereolab: Everybody’s Weird Except Me
Matthew E. White: Signature Move
The Cave Singers: When the World
Band Of Horses: On My Way Back Home
Sufjan Stevens: Dear Mr. Supercomputer (Mostly, I’m happy living in this era (with occasional pangs for New York City in the 30s and 40s.) Then there are times when it feels utterly lucky to live in this time and place: like this weekend getting to see the ballet that Sufjan Stevens composed the music for on a hot Saturday at SPAC.)
Peggy Seeger: Gonna Be An Engineer
Marla Hansen: Hollow and Bold

9:00 (+ 9:00pm!)

Boardwalk: I’m To Blame
Joanna Newsom: Cassiopeia
Haim: Go Slow
Songs: Ohia: Just Be Simple
Grizzly Bear: While You Wait For The Others
Marissa Nadler: Holiday In
Sebadoh: Let it Out
Cayucas: Will The Thrill
Warpaint: Hi
Benjamin Verdoes: Under the Layers
Connie Acher & Blind Drunk John: Happy Harlem (New Connie Acher just came out in April! It has some killer cover art. And songs!)
Camera Obscura: I Missed Your Party
Metronomy: Everything Goes My Way
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down: With A Girl Like You

Picture note: Map of dreamy Adirondack spots.
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I love the tender appreciation in Sylvan Esso’s song “Wolf” that was inspired by this Michael Hurley’s song “Werewolf.”

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My favorite kind of song. Jangly. Rough. Screechy sometimes. Begging. Rockin. “Be Brave” by The Strange Boys.

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Welcome To The Future, Ladies: Neko Case And Kelly Hogan’s “These Aren’t The Droids”

Neko Case and Kelly Hogan recently teamed up to take on fanboy culture and the “man-child” epidemic in their new song “These Aren’t the Droids.” The music video features Case sporting a Spock costume and Princess Lea wig opposite Hogan as Chewbacca while the two playfully mock a future entirely shaped by teenage boys. Case and Hogan eventually take over to deliver a manifesto on their own ideal future that would feature equal pay, lots of body hair, and guns that shoot out feelings. The video also stars Ellie Kemper (The OfficeBridesmaids) as the frustrated wife of a storm trooper.

Q&A: Neko Case

The song is one of 28 tracks on the comedy-music benefit album, 2776: A Millenium of Asskickery, which will benefit international education foundation One Kid One World. Other artists featured on the album include Aimee Mann, Ashanti, Will Forte, Ed Helms, Margaret Cho, Andrew W.K., and many others.

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"Everywhere We Go" ballet with music by Sufjan Stevens

Mostly, I’m happy living in this era (with occasional pangs for New York City in the 30s and 40s.) Then there are times when it feels utterly lucky to live in this time and place: like this weekend getting to see the ballet that Sufjan Stevens composed the music for on a hot Saturday at SPAC. 

Even watching this teeny, tiny clip of the nine movement piece chokes me up. 

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This voice. This voice! (How can I only be hearing of her so late in my life?!!) Jean Ritchie playing “Hangman.”

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These are all the awesome songs from last week’s radio show (7/6/14). 

8:00 (+ 8:00pm!)
Lykke Li: Little Bit    Lovers: Wander Through The Time Of Hearts    Blondie: One Way Or Another    Dum Dum Girls: Lost Boys and Girls Club    The Poets Of Rhythm: Augusta, GAThe Shivers: Love Is In The AirLand Of Talk: Some Are Lakes    Shearwater: You As You Were    Lavender Diamond: I Don’t RecallBenjamin Verdoes: Telling the Truth    Thao & The Get Down Stay Down: Holy Roller    The Clientele: Bookshop Casanova    Sea Wolf: Winter Windows    Stornoway: The Bigger Picture    Peggy Sue: Esme    Diego Garcia: Donde Esta

9:00 (+ 9:00pm!)

Diego Garcia: Donde Esta    Y La Bamba: Oh February    Jolie Holland: Adieu False Heart    The Last Town Chorus: Modern Love    Josh Ritter: Nightmares    Shugo Tokumaru: Latern On The WaterCibo Matto: Hotel Valentine (This video of them performing one of their early awesome songs is wild and raucous. So good!)Real Estate: Talking Backward    Raphael Saadiq Feat. Jay-Z: Oh Girl    Marissa Nadler: Thinking Of You    Damien Jurado: Silver Joy (So sweet to hear this song today. Not like I haven’t listened to it with the whole album a bajillion times but something about it today took me right back to hearing it when he played it live right in front of me late last year, kinda like this.)   Night Beds: Borrowed Time    The Amazing: International HairWilly Mason: Into Tomorrow    Widowspeak: Dyed in the Wool    Hurray for the Riff Raff: Blue Ridge Mountain    Yo La Tengo: Our Way To FallPicture note: The Mohawk River from the Amtrak cafe car.
These are all the awesome songs from last week’s radio show (7/6/14). 
8:00 (+ 8:00pm!)
Lykke Li: Little Bit    
Lovers: Wander Through The Time Of Hearts    
Blondie: One Way Or Another    
Dum Dum Girls: Lost Boys and Girls Club    
The Poets Of Rhythm: Augusta, GA
The Shivers: Love Is In The Air
Land Of Talk: Some Are Lakes    
Shearwater: You As You Were    
Lavender Diamond: I Don’t Recall
Benjamin Verdoes: Telling the Truth    
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down: Holy Roller    
The Clientele: Bookshop Casanova    
Sea Wolf: Winter Windows    
Stornoway: The Bigger Picture    
Peggy Sue: Esme    
Diego Garcia: Donde Esta

9:00 (+ 9:00pm!)

Diego Garcia: Donde Esta    
Y La Bamba: Oh February    
Jolie Holland: Adieu False Heart    
The Last Town Chorus: Modern Love    
Josh Ritter: Nightmares    
Shugo Tokumaru: Latern On The Water
Cibo Matto: Hotel Valentine (This video of them performing one of their early awesome songs is wild and raucous. So good!)
Real Estate: Talking Backward    
Raphael Saadiq Feat. Jay-Z: Oh Girl    
Marissa Nadler: Thinking Of You    
Damien Jurado: Silver Joy (So sweet to hear this song today. Not like I haven’t listened to it with the whole album a bajillion times but something about it today took me right back to hearing it when he played it live right in front of me late last year, kinda like this.)   
Night Beds: Borrowed Time    
The Amazing: International Hair
Willy Mason: Into Tomorrow    
Widowspeak: Dyed in the Wool    
Hurray for the Riff Raff: Blue Ridge Mountain    
Yo La Tengo: Our Way To Fall

Picture note: The Mohawk River from the Amtrak cafe car.
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I may never forget Thursday night. It was the time Maryleigh’s voice decorated downtown Albany with its sweet power. (I heard it the moment I stepped out of the car in the parking garage and then it kept me company all the way across the bridge over 787.) She may have opened for Lord Huron at Alive at Five but she was the real memory maker.
That’s Maryleigh on the left and Meg Duffy of Hand Habits playing guitar on the right. For the last song, Olivia Quillio joined them in the middle. 
Maryleigh’s Daytrotter session
Meg Duffy/Hand Habits
Olivia Quillio

I may never forget Thursday night. It was the time Maryleigh’s voice decorated downtown Albany with its sweet power. (I heard it the moment I stepped out of the car in the parking garage and then it kept me company all the way across the bridge over 787.) She may have opened for Lord Huron at Alive at Five but she was the real memory maker.

That’s Maryleigh on the left and Meg Duffy of Hand Habits playing guitar on the right. For the last song, Olivia Quillio joined them in the middle. 

Maryleigh’s Daytrotter session

Meg Duffy/Hand Habits

Olivia Quillio

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A week ago The Firs’ "Smoke Thin" was the soundtrack to my train ride back to Albany. I couldn’t even keep from singing along…very quietly…in the cafe car. I was already certain that it was on my list of fave 2014 albums but that certainty is even deeper after seeing them play with a full band at The Low Beat on Thursday night.

A week ago The Firs’ "Smoke Thin" was the soundtrack to my train ride back to Albany. I couldn’t even keep from singing along…very quietly…in the cafe car. I was already certain that it was on my list of fave 2014 albums but that certainty is even deeper after seeing them play with a full band at The Low Beat on Thursday night.

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I’m going with Autumn Sweater as my favorite song of today’s show. ‘Cause even in the summer sometimes a little sweater late at night feels very good.
8:00 (+ 8:00pm!)
The Concretes: Diana Rossswiim: Soho (After The Weekend)Metronomy: The LookTwin Shadow: Run My HeartFaces on Film: Great Move NorthMidlake: This WeightCass McCombs: Big WheelWilliam Onyeabor: Atomic BombNeutral Milk Hotel: Holland, 1945Thao & The Get Down, Stay Down: TravelLocal Natives: AirplanesPeter Bjorn & John: Paris 2004Wye Oak: CivilianLily & Madeleine: Nothing But TimeThe Julie Ruin: Just My KindLonnie Johnson: Long Road To Travel

9:00 (+ 9:00pm!)

Yo La Tengo: Autumn SweaterCarla Bruni: Little French SongViking Moses: Sole Command Of The DaySay Hi: November Was White, December Was GreyDale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: I Can’t Help ItBlitzen Trapper: The TreeBoardwalk: Oh WellThe Blow: Like GirlsBen Sollee: Bible BeltWillis Earl Beal: Wavering LinesJames Blake: Retrograde Album_Radio EditDjango Reinhardt: NuagesDamien Jurado: Cloudy ShoesDevendra Banhart: Won’t You Come Over

I’m going with Autumn Sweater as my favorite song of today’s show. ‘Cause even in the summer sometimes a little sweater late at night feels very good.

8:00 (+ 8:00pm!)
The Concretes: Diana Ross
swiim: Soho (After The Weekend)
Metronomy: The Look
Twin Shadow: Run My Heart
Faces on Film: Great Move North
Midlake: This Weight
Cass McCombs: Big Wheel
William Onyeabor: Atomic Bomb
Neutral Milk Hotel: Holland, 1945
Thao & The Get Down, Stay Down: Travel
Local Natives: Airplanes
Peter Bjorn & John: Paris 2004
Wye Oak: Civilian
Lily & Madeleine: Nothing But Time
The Julie Ruin: Just My Kind
Lonnie Johnson: Long Road To Travel

9:00 (+ 9:00pm!)

Yo La Tengo: Autumn Sweater
Carla Bruni: Little French Song
Viking Moses: Sole Command Of The Day
Say Hi: November Was White, December Was Grey
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: I Can’t Help It
Blitzen Trapper: The Tree
Boardwalk: Oh Well
The Blow: Like Girls
Ben Sollee: Bible Belt
Willis Earl Beal: Wavering Lines
James Blake: Retrograde Album_Radio Edit
Django Reinhardt: Nuages
Damien Jurado: Cloudy Shoes
Devendra Banhart: Won’t You Come Over
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I thought it was the lush pictures in this ad that made me pay such hard attention to it. But no…it was the JULIE DOIRON song! I love playing her on the radio show and am so pleased that a prolific indie artist’s song will be ringing in so many ears.

karenhurley:

Apple has recently unveiled a new television ad for its iPhone 5s. Titled ‘Parenthood’, the spot cleverly shows off how parents can use the iPhone 5s as a parenting tool to look after their kids. 

Featuring the song ‘Life of Dreams’ by Julie Doiron, the ad shows the iPhone 5s being used as a baby monitor, a thermometer, an educational aid, and even a pet tracker to locate lost pets. 

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