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November 18, 2017 03:12 AM PST
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Stop what you are doing and check out the great music on this week's episode featuring music by the Campbell Apartment, Plasticsoul, The Gas Giants, The Maggies, Magic Eight Ball, Somerdale, An American Underdog and much much more!


A Question Of Temprature Human Sexual Response
Don't Cha Stop The Cars
Stop The Show The Shake
VP of Snails The Campbell Apartment
I Hope My Kids Like Marilyn Manson Gas Giants
Stop the Time The Rhinos
Your Reign Is Over An American Underdog
Make up Your Mind [Explicit] Death By Unga Bunga
You Can Smile Now Icecream Hands
Everybody's Golden Age The Maggies
Come Down From Your Raincloud Plasticsoul
Can't Stop The Leftovers
Greene, Janet The Sun Sawed in 1-2
You And Your Friends The Paybacks
Stop The Dirtbombs
How Unlucky (Can You Possibly Get)? The Jessica Fletchers
Left Turn Gretchen's Wheel
Shake It Up Ringo Starr
Stop Your Sobbing Jonathan Richman
Down By The River Magic Eight Ball
Walk Away Renee Somerdale

November 10, 2017 03:30 PM PST

Well, with all of the awesome music coming out of the Greater Detroit area, someone had to do a show about it ... so why not us! I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I had making it! Special thanks to Chipper Saam for helping me dig even deeper!


Ready for Whatever Nick Piunti
She Called Me To Say The Legal Matters
Portland An American Underdog
Cricket Time The Hangabouts
If You See Her John Holk & The Sequins.
Never Been so Blind Your Gracious Host
Misremembered Fred Thomas
Sorry David Bierman Overdrive
Make It Like the Movies The Dives
Saturday Evening Clothes Suburban Hi-Fi
Left to Right The Reed Brothers
Now You Can Break My Heart Donny Brown
Go On Zach Curd
The Girl Who Checks All the Boxes Dave Caruso
Someday Marshall Crenshaw
First In Line The Romantics
Chasing a Song Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms
Tonite The Fags
Don't Do Anything Tonight Chris Richards And The Subtractions
All Day All Night The Hangabouts

November 04, 2017 07:03 AM PDT

... for the music of course! This week we spotlight my new obsessions; The On and Ons, Dave Caruso, Richard Turgeon, The Glad Machine, Arvidson and Butterfies and much more.

Also on the heels of an incredible reunion show at the House of Blues in Boston and the re-release of both albums, I celebrate with my favorite track of theirs.


Tell Me Why Death By Unga Bunga
Why Do I Cry The Remains
Why Do the Heathen Rage? Guadalcanal Diary
I Don't Know Why Ben Kweller
Mystic Eyes The On And Ons
About a Girl Richard Turgeon
And Such and Such The Forty Nineteens
The Mirror The Campbell Apartment
Without a Sound Nick Piunti
Hey! Little Child Alex Chilton
Allendale Dave Caruso
The Marriage Billy Bragg
Sections Plasticland
You're Black And Blue The Exploding Hearts
Freak Flag Southern Culture On The Skids
No Good For Yourself The On And Ons
Still Life The Zags
Mind Reader The Jags
Wake Up, Girl The Glad Machine
Loose It Arvidson and Butterflies
Land of the Glass Pinecones Human Sexual Response

October 27, 2017 03:35 PM PDT

Tricks, Treats and two people on the Essential Guest List! We celebrate the new release by Dave Caruso, Buddha Pesto Manifesto and Mike Patton adds a new Halloween single to the already impressive list of songs in the Vista Blue catalogue! They also both treat us to some of their favorite songs. (I had to give up control of eight songs this week ... not easy folks, but they both impressed me with their picks!)

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Devil Doll X
Homecoming The Glad Machine
Birds and Bees Hawaii Mud Bombers
I Walked With a Zombie The Forty Nineteens
Solar Sister The Posies
Still Alive Joe Jackson
She Shelia The Producers
This & That Michael Penn
The Girl Who Checks All the Boxes Dave Caruso
Stars in the Sky Orbis Max with Rich Staples
That's All The Geezers
Do The Vampire Superdrag
Freak Me Out Weezer
The Fear Pulp
Dark Secret Matthew Sweet
I'm Gonna Be You for Halloween Vista Blue
Halloween The Gaslight Anthem
Halloweenhead Ryan Adams
Tell Her No The Zombies

October 21, 2017 03:37 AM PDT

I have been told I use the word "Cool" too much. But when it's the best way to describe new tracks by, Kurt Baker, Ed Ryan, Vista Blue, Arvidson and Butterflies, Plasticsoul, Thrift Store Halo and the Len Price 3, I guess I'm guilty!

Girl's Got Money Kurt Baker
Boys Go Crazy The Knack
This Is The Life David Brookings And The Average Lookings
Gators in the Sewer! Vista Blue
Turmoil In My Head Arvidson and Butterflies
Need The Manics
Get Over You Thrift Store Halo
Lisa Baker The Len Price 3
Used to Believe Ted Leo
Monkey on a Stick Plasticsoul
High Society Cotton Mather
Dirt Road Southern Culture On The Skids
Cool Jerk The Creation
Turn Down Day The Cyrkle
Mary Mary The Monkees
One of Our Psychedelic Beakers is Missing The Dentists
Turn on a Dime Cliff Hillis
Basement Punks Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms
Under the Sun and the Moon Shake Some Action!
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October 14, 2017 04:43 AM PDT

This week we spotlight the new album, Furious Mind, by Ed Ryan. Ed also picks four great tracks for the Essential Guest List! We have new tracks by The Woggles, Filthy Friends, Ringo Starr and Charles Jenkins and the Zhivagos.

Thank Goodness It's Friday Kurt Baker
About the Weekend The Jellybricks
Pitch a Fit The Woggles
Jealousy Best Coast
Always Check the Backseat Vista Blue
Laughable Ringo Starr
Before Our Eyes The On and Ons
You And Your King Filthy Friends
Girl on the Northern Line The Anderson Council
Slow It Goes Eyelids
Southern Girls Cheap Trick
20th Century Man The Kinks
05 - ROCKET SHIP Ed Ryan
The One Sugar Stems
Everyone Loves Me Charles Jenkins And The Zhivagos
Message Of Love The Pretenders
What Are You Doin' In My Life? Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Flirting With Time Tom Petty

October 06, 2017 05:13 AM PDT

This week we have the Essential Pop Three of October, someone new joins the Essential Guest List and new tracks, by Arvidson and Butterflies, Deer Tick, Ted Leo, Richard Turgeon and much more. (Photo credit M. Dinnen/A. Warhall)

Blank Season Arvidson and Butterflies
Wants / Needs Deer Tick
Anthems of None Ted Leo
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding Brinsley Schwarz
Charlie Don't Surf THE SUNFLOWERS
Charlie Don't Surf The Clash
Sparky's Dream Wayne James and The Harry Evlar Experience
Fight! Death By Unga Bunga
In Her Raincoat Plasticsoul
Run to Me Coke Belda
Left to Right The Reed Brothers
Stop It Pylon
Discovering Japan Graham Parker
Radio, Radio Elvis Costello
Radio Free Europe [Original Hib-Tone Single Version] R.E.M.
Flowers Around Me The Dentists
Midway Down The Creation
Look Away Richard Turgeon
Full Circle Ben Kweller
Hey Pocahontas Searching For Sylvia

September 30, 2017 04:33 AM PDT

This week we pay tribute to the late great Grant Hart, Brownlee adds his two cents to the essential Guest List and we have new tracks by the Shazam, Vista Blue, Rob Clark, The Woggles and many more!

Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely Hüsker Dü
Somehow The Vapors
Photo Michael Carpenter and The Cuban Heels
Maryellen Tim Anthony
What You Think We Are The Woggles
Big Dark Nowhere The Contrast
Better Times Rob Clarke And The Wooltones
She's Got Everything The Romantics
Girl Who Can Curl Vista Blue
Leave Me Alone The Cavedogs
Grant Hart The Posies
Rats The Bamboos
It's Doomsday, Honey The Shazam
Abracadabra Blue Ash
Saturday Night Hitch Hiker The Pop
Lovin' You Ain't Easy Michel Pagliaro
I Found That Essence Rare Gang Of Four
Falling For You DM3
You're the Reflection of the Moon On the Water Grant Hart

September 23, 2017 05:27 AM PDT

This episode we pay tribute to fabulous Not Lame Record Label by play our favorite Not Lame artists!

We even asked Wayne, The Ice Cream Man to weigh in with his favorites on the Essential Guest List!

Join us for a bit of fun and a lot of great music.


A Notice To Everyone (The Cops Are Pissed) The Model Rockets
Everything's Alright Supahip, The
Life Goes On Everyday Things, The
Blister Easterly
Train Of Thought Wanderlust
Hey Hey Hey Black Watch, The
Happy Now? Fuzzbubble
There's No One in This City Tommy Keene
Hopi Deal
Kinda Like a Star Cherry Twister
There Goes Pete Best Peter & the Penguins
Sweet Bitch The Shazam
On My Mind The Chevelles
Hurts Too Much Rubinoos, The
Heartbreaker Michael Carpenter
Shake and See the Reason Ice Cream Hands
Lets Be Friends Again Toms
This Is What You Get JTG Implosion, The
Only Guy Dons, The
Better Than Myself Starbelly
When She Cries Myracle Brah

September 16, 2017 04:01 AM PDT

This week, cool stuff by The Weaklings, Spirit Kid, Beginner's Mynd, Plastic Soul, Shellye Valauskas Experience, Trip Wire and much more.


Paperback Writer The Weaklings
Seven Days a Week Nick Piunti
Domino The Producers
Devil In Me The Romantics
Round And Round Greenberry Woods
The World Doesn't Stop Spirit Kid
My Favorite Song Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Another World Hoodoo Gurus
Days of Joy The Beginner's Mynd
Biff Bang Pow Plasticsoul
Fifty Years of Fun Biff Bang Pow!
I Wouldn't Turn You Away The Sitting Tenants
Making Deals The Cynics
She Revolves The Quarter After
So Run Down [Album Version] The Psychedelic Furs
Passive Aggressive Baby Justine and the Unclean
Carrie's Uptight TRIP WIRE
Everything You've Done Wrong Sloan
40 Things Shellye Valauskas Experience
Run to Me Coke Belda

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