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February 17, 2018 05:19 AM PST

Hey folks, this week new tracks by Elvyn, Sloan, The Hangabouts, The Rallies, The Well Wishers, Gunboat Diplomats, Orbis Max, and The Shellye Valauskas Experience ... need I say more?

Time Capsule Elvyn
Back Seat Driver The Greenberry Woods
Cut Your Hair Pavement
Cool In the Water Bread & Butter
The Day Will Be Mine Sloan
Let's Get This Over With They Might Be Giants
These Are The Words The Rallies
Cheap Shot The Shellye Valauskas Experience
Always Love Nada Surf
Gore Girls (Gimme More) Gladhands
I'm Not Going Back To Jacksonville The Gunboat Diplomats
Brutal Honesty Supercrush
All Over My Head The Well Wishers
Stickin Around Orbis Max w/ Rich Staples
California In The Fall Magic Eight Ball
When I Feel Again The Hangabouts
Pictures of a former past The Dazies
I May Hate You Some Times The Posies
Gravity The Shellye Valauskas Experience

February 04, 2018 05:55 AM PST

Here is a special episode of Chasing the Essential spotlighting 4 great years in music chosen by 4 cool podcasters! Here are my pics from those years.

Listen and enjoy!


Get it On Woodentops 1986
Greetings To The New Brunette Billy Bragg 1986
The Trains The Nashville Ramblers 1986
Lonely Street Guadalcanal Diary 1986
I Believe R.E.M. 1986
Sucked Out Superdrag 1996
Monday Wilco 1996
World Won't Let Me The Model Rockets 1996
Ontario The Posies 1996
Survival Car Fountains Of Wayne 1996
Kicking (That Gone Fishing Song) Too Much Joy 1988
Melanie Dreams So Real 1988
Rip In Heaven 'Til Tuesday 1988
House We Used To Live In The Smithereens 1988
There She Goes The La's 1988
Sort It Out The Caesars 2003
Mystery #1 Contrast 2003
Fields In Glass The High Dials 2003
Wait, Wait, Wait The Format 2003
Stealing Rosemary The Bangles 2003
I Think Therefore I Rock 'n' Roll Ringo Starr 2003

February 03, 2018 03:10 AM PST

Let me take you on a one hour ride of great new music by Bread and Butter, Reno Bo, The Telephone Lovers, plus favorites like Old 97s, The La's and Thrift Store Halo.

Enjoy the Ride!


Ride The Vines
Ride Swag
RIDE Rod Bennet
Ride Old 97's
Take Cover (Single) Reno Bo
Tell Me What You Say The Sunnyboys
Way Out The La's
Two Dollar Baby Telephone Lovers
Just For Fun The Mayflies USA
Time To See Even
Thrill Me The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Desperation Bread & Butter
Sparky's Dream Teenage Fanclub
Take The Fifth Spoon
Boxer The Gaslight Anthem
No Place Like Home The Neighborhoods
Grey Skies Southern Culture On The Skids
(Love By) Misadventure Thrift Store Halo
All The Pretty Girls fun.
You've Got A Lot On Your Mind Sloan

January 27, 2018 04:13 AM PST

Both XTC and the Shazam are wondering if you are receiving? New tracks by Richard Turgeon, The Shellye Valauskus Experience, The Stanleys and Mark Elston plus a whole lot more stuff!


Everyday People Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
A Change In The Weather The Mayflies USA
RU Recieving The Shazam
Are You Receiving Me? XTC
Over The Top Shellye Valauskas Experience
Diddy Wah Diddy The Remains
Everything You Are Icecream Hands
Be My Wife Richard Turgeon
Stay Where You Are Nick Piunti
Hefner The Stanleys
Are You Famous? The Nerves
I Don't Think So Shake Some Action!
She's Leaving The On And Ons
Dangerous Kind Dumptruck
Like I Do Sugar Stems
Sexuality Billy Bragg
Scheme of Things Dash Rip Rock
On Top Of The World Cheap Trick
Idle Talk Marc Elston
Circles In The Sky The Bangles

January 20, 2018 04:22 AM PST

This week the line up is "Super" and includes Superdrag, Supercrush and The Supahip plus Rob Clark, Ryan Allen, Bill Lloyd, Hurry and much more.


Remain Yer Strange Superdrag
I Need Somebody ? & The Mysterians
Keeping a Light On Plasticsoul
The Boy Who Bounces Back Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms
Loose It Arvidson and Butterflies
Keep going on BISCUIT
End of The End Rob Clarke And The Wooltones
Long Dark See You The Maggies
Waiting For You Hurry
I've Been Around Supercrush
The Prisoner The Above
Little White Lies The Romantics
I'm In Your Airport Bill Lloyd
Hanging With You Dave Caruso
I'll Build A Better Castle Marc Elston
That's Really Super, Supergirl XTC
A Song for Sean The Glad Machine
She Don't Remember John Holk & The Sequins
Tulsa Supahip, The
Punk Rock Superstar Marcy Playground

January 13, 2018 05:24 AM PST

Today on the Essential Guest List we have Shellye and Dean of the Shellye Valauskas Experience. Listen to their great picks along with a track, Leftover Mistake (featuring Jon Auer), from their upcoming album, History of Panic.

Play List:

Mirror Me Caper Clowns
What Are We Gonna Do The Stanleys
Meet Me at The End of The World Jesse Malin
Shine On Norvell Jefferson Pugwash
96 Tears ? & The Mysterians
What's In Store For Me The Kinks
Can You Dig It? The Monkees
Let's Talk About Girls The Chocolate Watchband
You're Gonna Miss Me 13th Floor Elevators
Flavor Of The Month The Posies
I Should Have Known Amiee Mann
Girl The Records
Places That Are Gone Tommy Keene
Oh, Candy Cheap Trick
Leftover Mistake Shellye Valauskas Experience
Don't Put Your Fingers In My Girl Shake
I Can Read Between The Lines Connection
Shook Down Softly The Bye Bye Blackbirds
Going Down Gas Giants
Show Me The Pretenders

January 07, 2018 12:38 AM PST

2018 promises to be a other great year in music and I'm kicking it off with tracks by Chris Richards and the Subtractions, Phil Yates and the Affiliates, Brian Fallon, The Shellye Valauskus Experience and much more!


Groovy Tuesday The Smithereens
Over Your Shoulder Concrete Blonde
Don't Come Back Now The Bye Bye Blackbirds
High on a Wire Outlines
Do Over Shellye Valauskas Experience
If Your Prayers Don't Get To Heaven Brian Fallon
You Can't Win Dumptruck
The Coast is Clear Chris Richards & The Subtractions
Cigarette Glow The Stanleys
My Favorite Bag Phil Yates & The Affiliates
Lil Bit O' Money Telephone Lovers
Tell Me When Did Things Go So Wrong The Smithereens
Saw Ya Biscuit
Oh No! The Shake
Un Día De Furia COOPER
Answers On A Postcard Pugwash
10am The Rosebuds
Bright Future In Sales Fountains Of Wayne
Cigarette The Smithereens

December 28, 2017 06:18 AM PST

Here is the second part of a two part episode of the "stuff" 2017 was made of! Chasing the Essential will be back with our first show of 2018 on Jan 12th... meanwhile, I hope you enjoy!


Blank Season Arvidson and Butterflies
Get Over You Thrift Store Halo
Asleep by Midnight Solarflairs
Keep The Change The Bopp
Forget Me Not Brian Fallon
Watch Me Now Richard Turgeon
Crazy About You The Gunboat Diplomats
Young Punk (Tascam 4-Track Demo) The Dazies
Valerie Sometimes Jody Porter
Goals Deco Auto
She Dazzled Me With Basil Robyn Gibson
Stars in the Sky Orbis Max with Rich Staples
White Light Real Estate
Whose Side Are You On Shake Some Action!
Say It Again Somerdale
And Such and Such The Forty Nineteens
It's Doomsday, Honey The Shazam
Used to Believe Ted Leo
Need The Manics
Algebra In the Sky Chris Price
Wake Up, Girl The Glad Machine
Ike The Weeks
Feel It Still Portugal. The Man

December 28, 2017 05:34 AM PST

Hey folks, 2017 was another banner year for music! Here is the first of a two part episode of the "stuff" 2017 was made of! I hope you enjoy!


Evelyn Wood The Hangabouts
Just Like a Train Your Gracious Host
Thank Goodness It's Friday Kurt Baker
Everybody's Talkin' The Dives
In Her Raincoat Plasticsoul
The Girl Who Checks All the Boxes Dave Caruso
Saving Graces (featuring Robby Valentine & Maria Catharina) Baz Francis
Girl With A Blue Guitar Cotton Mather
Mystic Eyes The On And Ons
Jump In My Igloo Rob Clarke And The Wooltones
Always a Stranger The Homewreckers
Don't Lose Your Mind The Beginner's Mynd
Wipe Out The Coathangers
Saturday Morning Film Show The Len Price 3
Dirty Fingers Marauders
Lacy Loo The Regrettes
Thirteen (Big Star) Vista Blue
Paperback Writer The Weaklings
Everybody (Steve Soto) Suzy & Los Quattro
The Mirror The Campbell Apartment
Music for Love Matthew Sweet
Better in the Dark Gretchen's Wheel

December 19, 2017 04:10 AM PST

Tired of the same old Christmas music ... need to shake it up a little? Look no further, here is 90 minutes of my favorite rock, power-pop and alternative Christmas tunes. Merry Christmas!


Red Lights Dreams So Real
Why Should Christmas Be So Hard? Attic Lights
Spotlight On Christmas Rufus Wainwright
Valley Winter Song Fountains Of Wayne
The Christmas Song The Raveonettes
Snow Day matt pond PA
Snow Day Vegas With Randolph
Christmas Time Is Here Again The Weaklings
December 25 Sloan
Anything But You Vista Blue
You Trashed My Christmas The Primitives
Tinsel and Marzipan Pugwash and Friends
Father Christmas The Kinks
I Wish It Was Christmas Today Julian Casablancas
Christmastime In the City Maple Mars
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus The Pretenders
Waking Up On Christmas Morning The Smithereens
Wishmas Taggart
Keegan's Christmas Marcy Playground
Your Christmas Whiskey The Minus 5
This Christmas Shoes
Merry Christmas Baby Southern Culture On The Skids
Kids Come Back Again at Christmas Sloan
Christmas Morning (Yellow Canary) The Successful Failures
Power Pop Santa Pointed Sticks
Christmas Is The Time The Hangabouts
Another Xmas Song Michael Carpenter
Days Gone By 12-15-17 The Glad Machine
Hey Santa Claus The Chesterfield Kings

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