Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Very First 6-10am Set List and Commentary

Sorry this is coming a day late. So much going on, I had no time to write this out yesterday.

I am really excited about the new time slot as well as the new show concept, which you can read about in my last entry. I barely got any sleep on top of everything because Trail of Dead was in town playing the Echoplex on Tuesday night. I wound up hanging out with all of them until about 1am and watching Conrad wring the sweat out of his shirt as if he had been thrown in a pool with his clothes on. The show was good. The sound was a bit weird in the room, but the energy was high. Mostly, I was happy because they played "A Perfect Teenhood" intercut with Patty Smith's version of Gloria, which is my favorite song to watch them play (with the exception of the time that the power cut off in the middle of Caterwaul when we were at Sasquatch Festival and Jason got the entire crowd to chant the song until the power came back on...amazing!).

Anyway, going to bed at 1am and setting my alarm clock for 4:30 was no fun especially since my sleep was filled with nightmares about the show. Kind of sad to admit this, but I still get stage fright. My dreams were about turntables not working, playing the wrong tracks, dead air and every conceivable problem a radio show can have. By the end of the dream I was so frustrated that I trashed the studio (maybe being around Trail rubbed off on me somehow).

Okay, so by the time I got to the station for real, things went significantly better. The highlight, of course was my interview with Marnie Stern, which I will post shortly. Everyone needs to come out on Wednesday to see her at the Echo. Anyway, here is the set list and commentary:

1) Iron Maiden - Aces High
Thanks to Dustin Sussman (Link) for helping me narrow down the perfect Maiden song for 6am. After I played this I went on air and claimed that the new Wednesday 6-10 slot is called "Maiden Voyage: Eddie, Set, Go!" 4 hours a week of Iron Maiden Songs, Iron Maiden covers, Iron Maiden side projects and Iron Maiden news. To me, this is funny.

2) Eumir Deodato - Also Sprach Zarathustra
A Rhodes-heavy '70s Jazz fusion version of the song by Richard Strauss. Prominently featured in the film "Being There" with Peter Sellers.

3) Olivia Tremor Control - Memories of Jacqueline 1906
4) Abe Vigoda - Don't Lie
5) Liars - Sailing To Byzantium
6) Andrew Bird - Not a Robot But A Ghost *
This track sounds like Radiohead. I love it.

7) The Bran Flakes - Stumble Out Of Bed *
Seriously? Sampling 9-5 by Dolly Parton? I feel awkward about how much I enjoy this song.

8) Madlib/Beat Konducta - No More Time *
9) Odd Nosdam - Top Rank *
10) Amon Tobin - Chomp Samba
11) Squarepusher - Love Will Tear Us Apart
12) Kid 606 - Catstep/My Kitten/Catnap
Remember when Kid 606 was the craziest most innovative DJ you had ever heard? Every track made you pull your car over and say "what the fuck?" like it was the first time your parents ever heard "A Day In The Life"? What happened? Why is he putting out mediocre Techno albums now like Pretty Girls Make Raves? I miss IDM Kid 606.

13) Trail of Dead - Bells of Creation
14) Animal Collective - Everyone Whistling
From the oft overlooked album, Spirit They've Gone Spirit They've Vanished.

15) Fuck Buttons - Ribs Out
16) MI AMI - The Man In Your House *
17) Little Teeth - Between My Ears
I love this band so much! More people need to buy this record. Grating, moody and pretty at the same time.

18) Geraldine Fibbers - Lilybelle
Speaking of moody pretty music...

19) Dent May - The Girls in the Square
20) Pterodactyl - First Daze
Former members of Ex-Models. Also, Zach and Matt played a few shows as Marnie's backing band.

21) Melt Banana - Picnic in Panic
22) Lightning Bolt - Ride The Sky
23) Dan Deacon - Get Older
This is not a new add, but mark my words it will be soon. If KXLU doesn't add this record you, listener/reader, should riot. This album will wind up on so many best of lists come December. It sounds like the missing link between Animal Collective albums where they discover warmth. This record is a big deal.

24) The Mae Shi - I Get (Almost) Everything I Want
25) Glenn Branca - Lesson No 1 *
26) Surf City - Records of a Flagpole Skater *
Played at the recommendation of Milk Man Miles. That dude is on top of it! Listen to his show before mine at 2-6am (my old slot).

27) BlackBlack - Skulls
I got more calls asking who did this song than any other song I played all morning. This song is so pretty. The effect of the gentle yet disaffected vocals of Diva intertwined with Alex (AKA Clark Sch├Ądelkopf) pushing The Misfits' words like "And the blood drains down like devils rain, We'll bathe tonight" is so wonderfully eerie yet totally engaging. I never play this song without having it stuck in my head for at least 3 hours.

28) Bauhaus - Antonin Artaud
Kind of a cheap follow-up song as Diva and Lola from the above BlackBlack incarnation are the daughters of Kevin from Bauhaus. On the other hand, this is my favorite Bauhaus song and I play it all the time so it was going to show up on the program at some point, might as well put it next to BlackBlack.

29) Flesh Eaters - Digging My Grave
30) 999 - Homicide
31) Marnie Stern - The Crippled Jazzer

Interview with Marnie Stern:
I will post the interview on my blog shortly. Highlights include:
-Missing a strip club because they were stuck in line for fast food. Apparently, at this very special strip club exists a stripper named Blondie who "crushes beer cans in her boobs and her butt".
-Marnie explaining how she feels 30 years older while smoking Capri cigarettes and is becoming the eccentric elderly rock 'n roll aunt at the family picnic.
-Marnie's likes and dislikes about travel...okay, just dislikes.

Listen to the interview and then come out on Wednesday to see her play at the Echo.

32) Marnie Stern - Shea Stadium
33) Marnie Stern - Healer
34) Wavves - Sun Opening My Eyes *
35) Man Man - Top Drawer
36) Belle and Sebastian - Me and The Major
Live at Barbican thanks to Zoe Davis

37) Arthur Russell - Love is Overtaking Me
38) Yes Please - Love Probe *
39) Beach House - Wedding Bells
40) Lavender Diamond - When You Wake For Certain
Becky Stark will be guest DJing on my show soon. More details to come.

41) New Order - Blue Monday +
This was a request. I was asked to play a song for a friend of the caller at CAA. I figured, since the song Blue Monday is rumored to be about the bombing of the Falkland Islands, a largely senseless and violent war. I imagine that this is a comparable experience to working at CAA.

42) !!! - Take Ecstasy With Me
43) Liquid Liquid - Optimo *

* KXLU New Add
+ Request

Okay, that's it for this week's show. Hope you enjoyed it! Hope we see you tonight at The Little Joy for this


synchronicity said...

wow! so damn epic... love that shht!!

by the by, the best link for the d-child is:

be home soon!

Young Curmudgeon said...

Thanks! I switched the link. Now there is nothing to stop the world from making Sussman it's king!