Friday, January 30, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1989, NEW ORDER released their fifth album Technique. Part of the album was recorded on the island of Ibiza. For this record, the band incorporated Balearic beats and acid house into their techno sound. Today we have TULLYCRAFT playing a live cover of the song Love Less by NEW ORDER from their album Technique. Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1979, Brenda Ann Spencer went on a shooting spree at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, CA. She used a rifle that she had been given for Christmas by her father. The school's principal and head custodian were both killed and eight children and a police officer sustained wounds. When asked why she had done this, Brenda shrugged and simply replied, "I don't like Mondays, this livens up the day." She was 16 years old. Bob Geldof (from The Boomtown Rats) learned of the shootings after reading a telex report at the Georgia State University campus radio station, WRAS. The fact that Spencer showed no remorse for her crime, and her full explanation for her actions was "I don't like Mondays," baffled Geldof and inspired him to write the song: I Don't Like Mondays.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1997, the third full-length album, Perfect from Now On was released by Built to Spill. It was the band's first major label release on Warner Bros. The original recordings of the album were destroyed by heat when Producer Phil Ek was driving from Seattle to Boise to record overdubs. After this set-back, the band rehearsed some more and re-recorded the album at the Avast! Studios in Seattle. Today we have the song I Would Hurt a Fly by BUILT TO SPILL from the album Perfect from Now On.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

MP3 of the Day

One of Jenny's new best friends, Patton Oswalt was born on this day in 1969. Even if you weren't a fan of King of Queens, how can you deny Ratatouille? Happy Birthday Patton! Today we have the song My New Best Friends by RED PONY CLOCK from their album God Made Dirt.

Monday, January 26, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1934, Producer Samuel Goldwyn purchased the film rights to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The book had originally been published in 1900, and though Baum died in 1919 his widow had agreed to allow another writer to continue the "Oz" series. Goldwyn had intended for Shirley Temple to play Dorothy in the film, but 17-year-old Judy Garland got the part instead. The movie was released in 1939 and it made Judy Garland an international star. Today we have the song Picture Show by BALLBOY.

Friday, January 23, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1998, the film Spice World featuring The Spice Girls debuted in the US. Little known fact: Franklin Bruno was originally cast as the tour bus driver but left the film after a disagreement with the Spice Girls. He was replaced by Meat Loaf. Today we have the song 4 Counts After The End Of The World... by the band IJI - featuring former members of Patience Please. I caught this band live last weekend and they were great! They are playing tonight (Jan 23rd) in Santa Barbara, CA and tomorrow (Jan 24th) in Modesto, CA. Check out their MySpace for more details. Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1973, a 24-year-old George Foreman pulled off a stunning upset, defeating reigning champion Joe Frazier in four minutes and 35 seconds to win the heavyweight championship of the world in Kingston, Jamaica. Howard Cosell called the match for television, making one of sports history’s most memorable calls when he repeated "Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!" Today we have the song Man Vs. Wild by THE BESTIES from their new album Home Free.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Magic Marker 10th Anniversary Show

Saturday, February 7th
Someday Lounge
Portland, OR

Galactic Heroes
Dear Nora
All Girl Summer Fun Band

Today we have the song To Fall is Not to Fail by DEAR NORA from the new 2CD collection of singles, and compilation tracks Three States: Rarities 1997-2007 out on Magic Marker Records.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 2006, the television movie High School Musical debuted on Disney Channel. In 2007, the High School Musical soundtrack got into the Guinness World Records for "Most hits from a soundtrack in the US Charts simultaneously". Nine tracks were simultaneously in the US Hot 100 - a world first. Today we have the song We're All In This Together from the High School Musical soundtrack. Maybe I'm crazy, but somehow this seemed appropriate for inauguration day.

Monday, January 19, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1953, episode #56, "Lucy Goes to the Hospital," of the sitcom I Love Lucy premiered. The episode, in which Lucy Ricardo gave birth to a son, was one of the most popular in television history. Forty-four million viewers (72 percent of all U.S. homes with a television) tuned in - only 29 million viewers had watched President Dwight D. Eisenhower's televised inauguration the previous night. Today we have the Serious Cat 7" version of the song I Suck by NEW BAD THINGS

Friday, January 16, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1996, THE HALO BENDERS released their second album Don't Tell Me Now on K Records. The band formed in 1994 as a side project by Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening) and Doug Martsch (Built to Spill). Following a hiatus through the early 2000's, the band reformed in March 2007 for a pair of shows at the Visual Arts Collective in Boise, ID. Today we have one of my favorite HALO BENDERS' songs, Mercury Blues from the album Don't Tell Me Now. Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1974, the first episode of Happy Days aired on ABC. The show followed the exploits Milwaukee high school student Richie Cunningham in the 1950s. A minor character, biker Arthur "the Fonz" Fonzarelli, soon came to be the show's central character. The immensely popular series launched several spin-offs, including Laverne & Shirley, Joanie Loves Chachi and Mork & Mindy. Today we have the song The Good Old Days by THE LODGER.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

MP3 of the Day

Dave Grohl was born in Warren, Ohio on this day in 1969. On September 25th, 1990 Grohl auditioned to be the drummer for Nirvana. Later that night Kurt Cobain drove to Olympia, WA and dropped in on Cavlin Johnson's radio show at Evergreen State College. He told Johnson: "I wanted to be as spontaneous as possible, you know? I just thought I'd come here and say 'Hi'." During the radio show Cobain played a number songs, including the then-unreleased "Lithium," "Polly" and a cover of The Wipers' "D-7." Today we have the song Midnight Radio by THE MINUS 5 with CYNDI LAUPER.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1999, Michael Jordan announced his retirement from professional basketball, for the second time, in front of a crowd at Chicago’s United Center. Jordan had retired from basketball once before in 1993. In 1994 he signed a minor league baseball contract with the Birmingham Barons. Though his very presence on the baseball field drew crowds, he only batted .202 in his first season, striking out 114 times in 127 games. By March 1995, he had decided to put down his bat and return to basketball. Jordan came out of retirement yet again in September 2001 as a free agent with the Washington Wizards. He retired for the third and final time on April 16, 2003. Today we have the song Retirement Days by DARREN HAYMAN.

Monday, January 12, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1944, the Alfred Hitchcock film Lifeboat premiered at the Astor Theater in New York. The movie confined all of its action and suspense to the space of one small boat. Hitchcock made his trademark cameo by appearing in a newspaper ad for weight loss that one of the characters reads. Today we have the BMX BANDITS covering the Galaxie 500 classic Tugboat.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Phoning It In Friday

Today we have the second installment of: Phoning It In Friday! Phoning It In was a radio show broadcast formerly 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 record some pretty amazing performances. Today DARREN HANLON gives a short interview and plays a cover of the Magnetic Field's song The Book Of Love over the phone from Prescott, Arizona. Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1966, ABC aired its last episode of the rock-n-roll variety show Shindig. The show had debuted in September 1964, and it had featured such acts as: the Ventures, the Rolling Stones, the Zombies, the Who, and the Beach Boys. NBC launched a similar show, Hullabaloo, in January 1965, which ran until August 1966. Today we have the song Spare Change by MATT & KIM from their new album Grand.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters played their very first game in Hinckley, Illinois. Actually from Chicago, not New York, the Globetrotters won 101 out of 117 games in their first season and introduced many Midwestern audiences to basketball. By 1936, they had played more than 1,000 games and appeared in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, Washington and North and South Dakota. (The Globetrotters didn’t actually play a game in Harlem until the late 1960s.) Their first national championship appearance came in 1939, when the Globetrotters lost to the New York Renaissance. That same year, the team began to add the silly antics they later became known for, including ball handling tricks and on-court comedic routines. The crowds loved it, so the team kept up the clowning around, but only when they had achieved a solid lead. In 1948, the Globetrotters earned a new measure of respect by beating the Minneapolis Lakers of the newly established NBA. Some of the Globetrotters who went on to become NBA stars include Wilt Chamberlain, Connie Hawkins and Nat Clifton. Today we have the song In Step by GIRL TALK.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1982, ORANGE JUICE released the single "Felicity" b/w "In A Nutshell." A version of the single had been previously available as a flexi disc over a year earlier. The 12" featured a bonus track, "You Old Eccentric." Although the original band recorded these songs for Polydor, since that time they had experienced some major line-up changes. Orange Juice's new line-up was Edwyn Collins on vocals, David McClymont on bass and the new additions, ex-Josef K guitarist Malcolm Ross and drummer Zeke Manyika. Today we have the song Felicity by ORANGE JUICE.

Monday, January 05, 2009

MP3 of the Day

On this day in 1959, Coral Records released the record "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" by Buddy Holly. The single was Holly's last before the plane crash that took his life along with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" climbed to #13 on the charts two months after his death. Today we have the song Sugar Girl by the band BUDDY.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Top Ten Songs of 2008 - Re-cap

#1 Circles 'Round The Moon by NANA GRIZOL

#2 Won't Say Anything by HELLO SEAHORSE!

#3 Live Your Life by T.I. (featuring RIHANNA)

#4 Apple+Option+Fire by HOT LAVA

#5 Coat Tails by CARS CAN BE BLUE

#6 New Broom by MINISNAP

#7 Hungover (And Over Again) by THE TOOTHACHES

#8 We are beautiful, We are doomed by LOS CAMPESINOS!

#9 Never Be Lonely Again by SLOW DOWN TALLAHASSEE

#10 Tender Forever by SCARY MONSTER