Tonight will showcase two hours of music that sit at the top of my best of list for the past decade of incredible music. Rather than reshash the list you will see time and time again with Animal Collective, Radiohead The Strokes and Arcade Fire….these are the bands that never really found themselves in the spotlight for long or to be honest, ever. Tonight’s show also serves a great reminder of just how much great music the press and hype machines miss year in and year out.
With the task of summing up a decade comes quite a bit of music that carries the weight of heavy personal attachment but what I tried to do is pick the artists the didn’t just serve up a keen single; these are artists who make records I respect from start to finish. Luckily I have been blogging about music for nearly all of this decade so my years of posts really helped me create one big list of bands and songs. Then from giant list came the enormous task of weeding out bands that I thought people would probably know well and even harder, picking the best of the best.
This is still an immensely personal 120 minutes of music but hopefully the songs will be impressive enough to stand on their own without memories of the decade attached to them.
I don't normally place my set list here but I wanted to share it with those who won't be able to catch the show tonight as well as to have it somewhere in a permanent place for myself. Its been a fucking brutal 10 years for me and these songs represent the truly positive, often life saving aspects of what I would like to remember about it.
Wanna know what I will be playing tonight from 7PM to 9PM on WRIR (www.wrir.org or 97.3 FM), well this is it in all its glory.
With You With Me 2:07 Welcome - Sirs - FatCat
LAX 2:02 Hot Snakes - Suicide Invoice - swami
Year Nine, Yeah! 2:20 Die! Die! Die! - Die! Die! Die! - Ok!Relax
War Machine 3:22 part chimp - I am come - Rock Action Records
My Last Hostage 3:53 The Life And Times - Suburban Hymns - Desoto
Win Instantly 4:17 Channels - Open - Desoto
Almost The Same 3:57 Clearlake - Cedars - Domino
The Long Distance Four – 2:22 – Constantines – S/T – Three Gut
Nice Chaps, Buddy 2:16 The Ladies - They Mean Us - Temporary Residence
Hideaway Tokyo 1:58 Pretty & Nice - Get Young - Hardly Art
All Night (Album Version) 2:23 Figurines - Skeleton - Control Group
Repossession 3:13 Bottomless Pit- Hammer of the Gods - Comedy Minus One
Neo-Plastic Boogie-Woogie 4:32 Mahogany - Connectivity - Darla
Fortune Map 3:06 Je Suis Animal - Self-Taught Magic From a Book - Perfect Pop
Entertainment 3:40 The Projects 7" - Track & Field
Punks 3:36 I Heart Hiroshima - Tuff Teef - Valve
Juno 5:08 Life Without Buildings - Any Other City - Tugboat
Make Out Fall Out Make Up 2:59 - Love Is All - Nine Times That Same Song - Whats Your Rupture
Tell Me 3:38 Taken By Trees - Open Field - Rough Trade
Pictures On The Sidewalk 2:17 Cortney Tidwell - Don't Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up - Ever
Mind Idea 2:38 Jeremy Enigk - OK Bear - Lewis Hallow
Black Path 3:54 Aereogramme - Sleep And Release - Matador
Seer Believer 3:52 The White Birch - Come Up For Air - Rune Grammofon
It Never Changes To Stop 4:01 The Books - Lost And Safe - Tomlab
Hunters Map 3:06 Fionn Regan - The End of History - Lost Highway
Crooked Legs 5:08 The Acorn - Glory Hope Mountain - Paper Bag
Brother 3:43 Annuals - Be He Me - Ace Fu
Bright Ideas 2:44 Nurses - Apple's Acre - Dead Oceans
Some Other Life 2:38 Meneguar - The In Hour - Woodsist
Cough Coughing 3:22 Menomena -I am the fun blame - filmguerrero
Melody Day 4:11 Caribou - Andorra - Merge
New Language 3:29 The Sounds of Kaleidoscope - From Where you Were - Hackshop
Drive Me Home 3:19 Serena-Maneesh - Honey Milk
Susan's In The Sky 2:25 Bubblegum Lemonade Susan's In The Sky - Matinee
Nothing to be done 2:24 The Legends Up Against The Legends - Lakeshore
Sister In Love 2:43 Envelopes Sister in Love - Brille