Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Top Ten Songs of 2008 - #1

Not only did NANA GRIZOL record the best song of the year, but they also released the best album of the year, Love It Love It. Today we have the #1 song on our Top Ten Songs of 2008 countdown: Circles 'Round The Moon by NANA GRIZOL. Happy New Year! See you in 2009.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Top Ten Songs of 2008 - #2

Today we have our #2 pick on the Top Ten Songs of 2008 countdown: Won't Say Anything by HELLO SEAHORSE!

Tomorrow we will reveal the #1 song of 2008.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Top Ten Songs of 2008 - #3

Today we have #3 on our Top Ten Songs of 2008 countdown: T.I. (featuring RIHANNA) with the song Live Your Life.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Top Ten Songs of 2008 - #4

Today we have #4 on our Top Ten Songs of 2008 countdown: Apple+Option+Fire by HOT LAVA.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Top Ten Songs of 2008 - #5

Today we have #5 on our Top Ten Songs of 2008 countdown: Coat Tails by CARS CAN BE BLUE. Happy Friday!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Top Ten Songs of 2008 - #6

#6 on our Top Ten Songs of 2008 countdown is the song: New Broom by MINISNAP. Happy Christmas Eve!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Top Ten Songs of 2008 - #7

THE TOOTHACHES are #7 on our Top Ten Songs of 2008 countdown with: Hungover (And Over Again).

Monday, December 22, 2008

Top Ten Songs of 2008 - #8

We have so much snow here in Seattle! Today we have #8 on our Top Ten Songs of 2008 countdown: We are beautiful, We are doomed by LOS CAMPESINOS!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Top Ten Songs of 2008 - #9

Today we have #9 on our Top Ten Songs of 2008 countdown: Never Be Lonely Again by SLOW DOWN TALLAHASSEE. Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Top Ten Songs of 2008 - #10

Today we're kicking off our Top Ten Songs of 2008 countdown. #10 on the list is: Tender Forever by SCARY MONSTER.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1971, DAVID BOWIE released his fourth album, Hunky Dory. Bowie didn't have a record contract when he started recording the album in April 1971, but when RCA Records heard the tapes they signed him to a three-album deal, releasing Hunky Dory two months later. Supported by the single "Changes", the album received good reviews and sold reasonably well when it was released. Today we have the very Velvet Underground inspired Queen Bitch by DAVID BOWIE from the album Hunky Dory.

Remember, the Top Ten Songs of 2008 countdown begins tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

coming soon... Top Ten Songs of 2008

On Thursday (Dec 18th), we're going to begin the Top Ten Songs of 2008 countdown. Each weekday we'll feature one song counting down to our #1 pick on New Year's Eve. Today we have the song Every Little Counts by NEW ORDER.

Monday, December 15, 2008

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1979, the film Over the Edge received a limited theatrical release. Matt Dillon's very first movie followed a group of teenagers living in a planned community called New Granada. With nothing to do in this suburb, the kids turned to substance abuse and petty crime as a way to kill their boredom, but their actions fell on deaf ears, as their parents were too concerned with pursuing wealth to actually understand the reasons why their kids were acting up. Eventually, the kids violently rebeled against their parents and the authorities, in an uprising that resulted in fiery mayhem at the junior high school. The film was inspired by actual events that took place in Foster City, California in the early 1970s, and it was also the inspiration for the music video for the song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. Today we have the song Just Inside a Week by the band NEW GRENADA.

Friday, December 12, 2008

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1980, the fourth studio album by The Clash Sandinista! was released. It was a triple album containing 36 tracks featuring reggae, jazz, rockabilly, folk, dub, rhythm and blues, calypso, rap, and Clash-style punk. That year Sandinista! was named the best album of the year by The Village Voice. Today we have THE BLACK KIDS performing a live version of the song The Magnificent Seven from the album Sandinista!. Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1987, Hüsker Dü played their last ever show in Columbia, Missouri. The band was on tour in support of their Warehouse: Songs and Stories album, and drummer Grant Hart was trying to quit heroin. His bottle of methadone had spilled earlier in the day, but he played the show in Columbia without incident. Still, fellow band members Bob Mould and Greg Norton were concerned that Hart would soon be suffering from withdrawals and wouldn't be able to continue the tour. Hart insisted he could perform, but Mould canceled the dates anyway. Hart quit the band four days later and Hüsker Dü broke-up. Today we have the song Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely by Hüsker Dü.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1967, soul singer Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash. The plane crashed into Lake Monona, several miles from the Madison, Wisconsin airport. Four months after his death, Otis Redding’s "(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay," the last song he ever recorded, reached the top spot on the pop music charts. It was his first #1 hit. Today we have the song I Never Thought I Could Feel This Way For A Boy by SCOTLAND YARD GOSPEL CHOIR recorded live on KEXP.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


There is a new book out by John Foster called FOR SALE: Over 200 Innovative Solutions in Packaging Design. It features a few projects by our very own Corianton Hale, including the Disenchanted Hearts Unite album (on page 21). Here is an interview about the book with John Foster from the website Grain Edit. Today we have TULLYCRAFT doing our best Prince / Sheena Easton impression on the song Fall 4 U from the album Disenchanted Hearts Unite.

Monday, December 08, 2008

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1972, LOU REED released his second solo album Transformer. The album was produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, and it featured what would become some of Reed's best-known songs like "Perfect Day" and "Satellite of Love." The first single from the album, "Walk on the Wild Side", became an international hit, despite its subject matter (it was edited in some countries and banned in others) and it is now generally regarded as Lou Reed's signature song. Today we have the song Vicious from the album Transformer.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Phoning It In Friday

Introducing.... Phoning It In Friday. Phoning It In was a radio show formerly broadcast on WMBR in Boston and then on BSR in Providence. The idea was to have a band or artist play songs over the phone live on the air. It was hosted by Nadav Carmel, Carrie Hadler, James Brandt, and Gabe Miller. Over the years they managed to capture some pretty amazing performances. Occasionally, we'll be featuring some of these performances on Fridays. Today we have JENS LEKMAN playing the song Your Arms Around Me over the phone from his apartment in Sweden. Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1872, Captain David Morehouse, spotted the ship, the Mary Celeste, sailing at full sail near the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The vessel was seaworthy, its supplies were untouched, but not a single person was onboard. On November 7, the Mary Celeste sailed from New York harbor for Genoa, Italy, carrying Captain Benjamin S. Briggs, his wife and two-year-old daughter, and a crew of eight. After Captain Morehouse sighted the vessel on December 4, he and his men boarded the ship to find it abandoned. The last entry in the captain's log showed that the Mary Celeste had been nine days and 500 miles away from where it was eventually found. Apparently, the ship had been drifting toward Genoa on her intended course for 11 days with no one at the wheel to guide her. Captain Briggs, his family, and the crew of the ship were never found, and the reason for their disappearance was never determined. Today we have the song (My Girl's Got) Miraculous Technique by BELLE AND SEBASTIAN. The song was recorded for the John Peel show (on the BBC) in 2001, and never made it on to a subsequent album.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

MP3 of the Day

Guess what? The world famous "F**k Me I’m Twee" T-shirts are officially sold-out. The last one was shipped to Montreal, Canada a few days ago. We don't currently have plans to make any more. Today we have the song Rowing On by THE DAFFODILS.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

MP3 of the Day

The folk artist, Howard Finster was born at Valley Head, Alabama on this day in 1916. Finster gained national fame after his collaborative work with R.E.M.. The band filmed the video for the single "Radio Free Europe" in Finster's Paradise Gardens in Summerville, Georgia in 1983. The following year, Michael Stipe and Finster collaborated on a painting for the cover of their second album Reckoning. In 1985, the band recorded the song "Maps and Legends" as an homage to Finster on their third album, Fables of the Reconstruction. Finster (and his art) also appeared in the video for the song "Shiny Happy People." Howard Finster died on October 22, 2001. Today we have an interview with PETER BUCK (from R.E.M.) where he talks about Athens, GA, early R.E.M. recordings, and the "Radio Free Europe" single.

Monday, December 01, 2008

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1960, actress Sandra Dee, married singer/teen idol Bobby Darin. Dee, who was under contract with Universal, was best known for playing the title role in the beach movie Gidget. She was the last major star to be under an exclusive contract with a studio when her contract ended, in 1965. Today we have the song The Fade to Black by SECRET DAKOTA RING.