Posts tagged “Blur

BLAST FROM THE PAST #2: Be Here Now

I probably own the wrong Oasis album.

As far as I can tell the general consensus surrounding the Gallagher brothers and company is that they peaked early in their career. Definitely Maybe and (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? are remembered as classics of the mid-‘90s Britpop explosion. Many of the band’s most memorable songs – “Live Forever,” “Supersonic,” “Wonderwall,” “Champagne Supernova,” “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” and so on – can be found on those two albums. And while Oasis had to deal with the “Beatles rip-offs” criticism for much of their career, those two albums made them international superstars.

I have neither of those albums.

No, I have the album whose name has since become synonymous with artistic excess. I have the album that is now a case study in a band expanding their sound too far. I have the album where Oasis basically took everything they could get their hands on – including the kitchen sink – and squeezed all of it onto a single disc without anyone saying, “You know, maybe we should cut some of this stuff out.” I have the album that, despite selling eight million copies worldwide and being the fastest-selling album in U.K. history at the time and all the praise it garnered upon release, is now often remembered as the point where Oasis more or less jumped the shark. I have a copy of Be Here Now.

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Sept. 11, 2009: Show #23

I know what you’re thinking. “Hey, what the hell is this? Two 9/11 posts in a row? Wasn’t this blog supposed to be about music or something?” Well, don’t you worry your pretty little heads. This is a totally different kind of post relating to 9/11. I did my first show of the fall semester yesterday, and here’s the playlist…

1. Bloc Party, “The Marshals Are Dead” (Silent Alarm B-sides)

2. Cave In, “Come Into Your Own” (Tides Of Tomorrow EP)

3. Spoon, “The Way We Get By” (Kill The Moonlight)

4. Band Of Horses, “Weed Party” (Everything All The Time)

5. Pavement, “You Are A Light” (Terror Twilight)

6. Radiohead, “These Are My Twisted Words” (Wall Of Ice EP — just kidding, it’s a single)

7. Blur, “M.O.R.” (Blur)

8. Arctic Monkeys, “When The Sun Goes Down” (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not)

9. The Fall Of Troy, “I Just Got This Symphony Goin'” (Doppelganger)

10. Titus Andronicus, “My Time Outside The Womb” (The Airing Of Grievances)

11. Green Day, “Murder City” (21st Century Breakdown)

12. Minus The Bear, “Memphis & 53rd” (Menos El Oso)

13. My Morning Jacket, “What A Wonderful Man” (Z)

14. The National, “Available” (Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers)

15. RX Bandits, “One Million Miles An Hour, Fast Asleep” (…And The Battle Begun)

16. Dead Confederate, “Shadow The Walls” (Dead Confederate EP)

17. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Tangled Up In Plaid” (Lullabies To Paralyze)

18. Kings Of Leon, “Soft” (Aha Shake Heartbreak)

19. Radiohead, “Subterranean Homesick Alien” (OK Computer)

20. Nirvana, “Stay Away” (Nevermind)

21. British Sea Power, “Trip Out” (Do You Like Rock Music?)

22. White Rabbits, “Percussion Gun” (It’s Frightening)

23. Green Day, “21 Guns” (21st Century Breakdown)

24. Muse, “Uprising” (The Resistance)

25. Silversun Pickups, “Panic Switch” (Swoon)

26. Thom Yorke, “The Present Tense” (live @ Latitude Festival)

27. Grizzly Bear, “Two Weeks” (Veckatimest)

28. The Beatles, “Taxman” (Revolver) — played to fill dead air

Well, that covers it for my first show of my last semester here at the University of Maryland. As always, keep tuning in every Friday from 4-6 p.m. on WMUC2 and keep watching this space for more updates and fun stuff.


May 15, 2009: Show #22

Here it is, folks… the last of my playlists from the 2008-09 school year. An emotional moment, I know. But I plan to be back for the Fall ’09 semester, having submitted my returning DJ application today. So far I’m thinking my biggest issue will be thinking up ideas for new Top 5 lists. If you’ve got any ideas for lists, I’m all ears. Check the Top 5 page on this site so you’ll know which lists I’ve already done — I’d rather not repeat myself, after all.

Anyway, here’s the playlist from May 15, 2009.

1. Mastodon, “Quintessence” (Crack The Skye)

2. Intronaut, “Australopithecus” (Prehistoricisms)

3. Slayer, “Dissident Aggressor” (South Of Heaven)

4. Metallica, “Escape” (Ride The Lightning)

5. Baroness, “O’Appalachia” (Red Album)

6. Between The Buried And Me, “Prequel To The Sequel” (Colors)

7. High On Fire, “Fury Whip” (Death Is This Communion)

8. The Sword, “March Of The Lor” (Age Of Winters)

9. At The Drive-In, “Mannequin Republic” (Relationship Of Command)

10. Green Day, “Peacemaker” (21st Century Breakdown)

11. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Auto Pilot” (Rated R)

12. Radiohead, “Where I End And You Begin (The Sky Is Falling In)” (Hail To The Thief)

13. My Morning Jacket, “Two Halves” (Evil Urges)

14. Minus The Bear, “Fulfill The Dream” (Menos El Oso)

15. Interpol, “Next Exit” (Antics)

16. Pavement, “Starlings Of The Slipstream” (Brighten The Corners)

17. Foo Fighters, “Miracle” (In Your Honor)

18. Kings Of Leon, “Revelry” (Only By The Night)

19. Blur, “No Distance Left To Run” (13)

20. The National, “Racing Like A Pro” (Boxer)

21. Weezer, “The Good Life” (Pinkerton)

22. Bloc Party, “Rhododendrons” (“Hunting For Witches” single)

23. Nirvana, “You Know You’re Right” (Nirvana)

24. The Beatles, “Eleanor Rigby” (Revolver)

25. Radiohead, “No Surprises” (OK Computer)

Well, that covers it for all the playlist posts. Be sure to watch this space for updates about next semester’s show times, and also for all the Internet-only content.


May 1, 2009: Show #20

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I last updated this blog, so here I am. It’s kind of sad that I have to start every other post with pretty much that exact sentence, especially considering how much free time I have. But whatever. Here we are, and to atone somewhat for my recent absence I give you Bret Michaels getting clotheslined by a Tony Awards set piece.

Oh, I kid you, Mr. Michaels. I know you’ve contributed a lot to American pop culture. Without Poison, nobody would know what “Unskinny Bop” means. And without Rock of Love Bus, we wouldn’t have been subjected to the first televised twat shot that wasn’t on HBO or late-night Cinemax or some random subscription-only porn channel. Truth be told, I’m not sure what to make of this dude. Sometimes he actually does seem like a nice guy, but then sometimes on his show he’ll make the girls do or wear something really sleazy, and one of them will be like, “I don’t feel comfortable doing this” and he’ll just say, “Oh, come on, you need to learn how to party.”

But enough about Bret Michaels. I’m not even sure why I’m writing so much about him since I’m not a Poison fan and I didn’t play any of his music on my show. And speaking of which, here’s the playlist from May 1, 2009.

1. The Clash, “Clampdown” (London Calling)

2. The Strokes, “Reptilia” (Room On Fire)

3. Foxboro Hot Tubs, “Highway 1” (Stop Drop And Roll!!!)

4. The Beatles, “I’m Only Sleeping” (Revolver)

5. The Decemberists, “The Crane Wife 3” (The Crane Wife)

6. Radiohead, “The Trickster” (My Iron Lung EP)

7. Interpol, “Mammoth” (Our Love To Admire)

8. Pavement, “Embassy Row” (Brighten The Corners)

9. Spoon, “Don’t Make Me A Target” (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)

10. The National, “Trophy Wife” (Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers)

11. The Smashing Pumpkins, “Here Is No Why” (Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness)

12. Squeeze, “Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)” (Singles — 45’s And Under)

13. R.E.M., “Strange” (Document)

14. Wintersleep, “Jaws Of Life” (Untitled)

15. Weezer, “Slave” (Maladroit)

16. The Fall Of Troy, “The Dark Trail” (Manipulator)

17. Bloc Party, “Like Eating Glass” (Silent Alarm)

18. Alkaline Trio, “Mercy Me” (Crimson)

19. Muse, “Stockholm Syndrome” (Absolution)

20. Nine Black Alps, “Get Your Guns” (Everything Is)

21. Radiohead, “Bodysnatchers” (In Rainbows)

22. Nirvana, “Endless Nameless” (Nevermind bonus track)

23. Kings Of Leon, “Talihina Sky” (Youth And Young Manhood bonus track)

24. Minus The Bear, “Electric Rainbow” (Planet Of Ice bonus disc)

25. Blur, “Me, White Noise” (Think Tank hidden track)

26. Queens Of The Stone Age, “The Fun Machine Took A Shit And Died” (Era Vulgaris bonus track, certain editions only)

So since I’m starting to run low on playlist posts, what to do aside from ENJOY THE GENIUS and Top 5 posts? Don’t you worry your pretty little heads, all five of you readers who come here searching for something other than pictures of tits. I’ve got ideas, so stay tuned. And I’ll try to update more regularly, but I won’t guarantee anything. In the immortal words of Eric Cartman, “What-eva! What-eva! I’ll do what I want!”


April 24, 2009: Show #19

Hey everyone! I’ve finally returned to the blogosphere. My exams have all been taken, my papers have all been written, and an entire apartment’s worth of my stuff has been crammed into an SUV and driven back to Pennsylvania. I’m still not entirely sure how we pulled that last part off. Apparently the Ford Freestyle has more cargo room than I’ve ever given it credit for. Either that, or my mom’s a packing genius. I think I’ll go with a little of column A and a little of column B.

So on to the next playlist post! And hoo boy, do I remember this show well. This aired during a time when my computer had been all screwed up and I was relying mainly on YouTube (with some help from Myspace and Last.fm and the like) to do my shows. On April 24, 2009, I realized why relying on YouTube can result in total disaster. Stuff was taking too long to load and then there would be additional sound effects in the videos that I didn’t want being played. But as much as I’d like to give this show the Wayside School treatment — there is no 19th story in Wayside School and no 19th Listen Up! show — I can’t pretend it didn’t happen. Here’s the playlist from that show, and thankfully things went much more smoothly with subsequent shows.

1. Green Day, “Know Your Enemy” (21st Century Breakdown)

2. Blur, “Parklife” (Parklife)

3. Weezer, “Possibilities” (Maladroit)

4. Jupiter One, “Countdown” (Jupiter One)

5. Queens Of The Stone Age, “3’s & 7’s” (Era Vulgaris)

6. The Sword, “Iron Swan” (Age Of Winters)

7. High On Fire, “Waste Of Tiamat” (Death Is This Communion)

8. Between The Buried And Me, “Viridian” (Colors)

9. Metallica, “Whiplash” (live in Athens, Greece — originally on Kill ‘Em All)

10. Fierce Allegiance, “No Way Out” (The Meaning Of Sacrifice)

11. Mastodon, “Aqua Dementia” (Leviathan)

12. Radiohead, “Knives Out” (Amnesiac) — dammit, I forgot to play my cell phone ringtone on the air that day. With the help of Audacity, I made the first 20 seconds of “Knives Out” my custom ringtone. My text message alert, in case you’re curious, is the end of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” with Ringo Starr yelling, “I’VE GOT BLISTERS ON MY FINGERS!”

13. Rancid, “Time Bomb” (…And Out Come The Wolves)

14. Deerhunter, “Agoraphobia” (Microcastle)

15. Thrice, “Image Of The Invisible” (Vheissu)

16. Solar Powered Sun Destroyer, “Some Assembly Required” (live on WMUC Third Rail Radio 4/19/09, originally on Intromission EP)

17. Interpol, “The Heinrich Maneuver” (Our Love To Admire)

18. Bloc Party, “Mercury” (Intimacy)

19. The National, “Brainy” (Boxer)

20. My Morning Jacket, “Evil Urges” (Evil Urges)

21. Kings Of Leon, “Taper Jean Girl” (Aha Shake Heartbreak)

22. The Hold Steady, “Stuck Between Stations” (Boys And Girls In America)

23. Muse, “Starlight” (Black Holes & Revelations)

24. Foo Fighters, “All My Life” (One By One)

25. Radiohead, “2+2 = 5 (The Lukewarm)” (Hail To The Thief)

26. Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nevermind)

So what was the real lesson? If you rely on your computer to do your radio shows, God help you if it gets a virus and stops working. Also, don’t leave things in the fridge. And as always, join my Facebook group if you’ve got an account and keep watching this space.


April 17, 2009: Show #18

That’s right, it’s double-post day here at the ol’ Listen Up! blog. I’m in a very bloggy mood today, which I hope passes soon because if I don’t stop adding posts tonight I’ll be out of things to post during the summer. (Not really sure where that huge rant about the Jonas Brothers came from, but hey… if it makes someone laugh, it’s all worthwhile.)

Anyway, here’s the playlist from my April 17, 2009 show on WMUC2.

1. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Monsters In The Parasol” (Rated R)

2. Blur, “Bugman” (13)

3. The Fall Of Troy, “Cut Down All The Trees And Name The Streets After Them” (Manipulator)

4. Kings Of Leon, “Slow Night, So Long” (Aha Shake Heartbreak)

5. Titus Andronicus, “Arms Against Atrophy” (The Airing Of Grievances)*

6. Radiohead, “Blow Out” (Pablo Honey)

7. The Whigs, “I Never Want To Go Home” (Mission Control)

8. Muse, “Bliss” (Origin Of Symmetry)

9. Cymbals Eat Guitars, “Wind Phoenix” (Why There Are Mountains)*

10. Interpol, “Leif Erikson” (Turn On The Bright Lights)

11. Have A Nice Life, “Bloodhail” (Deathconsciousness)

12. The Drones, “The Minotaur” (Havilah)

13. Pavement, “Stereo” (Brighten The Corners)

14. The Sword, “Maiden, Mother, & Crone” (Gods Of The Earth)

15. Others May Fall, “Napoleon”

16. Mastodon, “Oblivion” (Crack The Skye)

17. Deerhunter, “Never Stops” (Microcastle)

18. The National, “Green Gloves” (Boxer)

19. My Morning Jacket, “El Caporal” (Dark Was The Night compilation)

20. Radiohead, “Go To Sleep (Little Man Being Erased)” (Hail To The Thief)

21. Minus The Bear, “Guns And Ammo” (Acoustics EP)

22. Mountain, “Mississippi Queen” (Climbing)

23. Guns N’ Roses, “Nightrain” (Appetite For Destruction)

24. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Little Sister” (Lullabies To Paralyze)

25. The Rolling Stones, “Honky Tonk Women” (Forty Licks)

26. Blue Oyster Cult, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (Agents Of Fortune)

27. Vampire Weekend, “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” (Vampire Weekend) — you won’t hear this in the show MP3 because I had to go long to fill dead air

Kind of strange how I seem to have made Vampire Weekend my go-to band for filling dead air.

And as always, join my Facebook group if you have a Facebook account and keep watching this space. Now that the semester’s over, I won’t be doing any more shows until the fall. I’ll be sure to update you all on any changes to my schedule. Since I don’t have any classes scheduled for Fridays next semester, it may not even have to change at all. I can’t say I’d mind having an FM gig, though…

*denotes albums I’ve been looking for but haven’t found anywhere


Buying music will save the economy

…And I’m doing my part. Here’s a list of albums I’ve added to my collection this semester just to show you all that I haven’t forgotten about this blog.

Mastodon: Crack The Skye

Thrice: Vheissu, The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II: Fire & Water

The Decemberists: The Crane Wife

Interpol: Turn On The Bright Lights, Our Love To Admire

The Roots: Game Theory, Phrenology

Between The Buried And Me: Colors

Blur: Blur, 13, Think Tank

Also, I find it immensely amusing that linking to ONE picture of Keeley Hazell can get me so many hits even though I haven’t updated this blog in a while. Check out this list of recent search terms people have used to find my blog…

  • Boobs
  • Baseball boobs
  • Deux alpes boobs
  • Girl boobs
  • Big boobs
  • Nice boobies
  • Boobs thrust
  • Pretty girls with nice boobs
  • Hot boobs fuckin
  • Huge boobs
  • Public boobs
  • DJ girls boobs
  • Boob lady
  • Girl+boobs
  • Boobs hot
  • Keeley Hazell boobs

I’ve learned my lesson well, folks. From now on, EVERY post on this blog will be tagged with labels relating to boobs. Yes, I know it’s a dishonest way to increase traffic to my site. But who knows? Maybe someone who comes here searching for boobs will end up being so impressed by my blog that they’ll forget all about the boobs and read my posts and tell all their friends what a kickass writer I am.

And maybe Keeley Hazell will pay a visit to my apartment some time this weekend because she’s totally turned on by guys who host radio shows and write blogs about music and have been known to take pictures like this of themselves:

Yeah, thats me. This pictures a couple years old, but its still me.

Yeah, that's me. This picture's a couple years old, but it's still me.

Hey, as long as I’m dreaming, I might as well dream big. And it’s a big dream. Big like a nice pair of boobs.


Mar. 6, 2009: Show #15

This playlist is the shortest I’ve done since the one-hour era of Listen Up! The Maryland baseball team had a game being broadcasted over WMUC2, so my show started about an hour later than usual.

I won’t be doing a show this Friday, March 20, due to me being home in Pennsylvania for Spring Break. Or as I like to call it, Winter Break Jr. The weather around here is still kind of cloudy and chilly. Still, it’s always nice to spend some quality time with the family.

Thanks to Eranga Fernando for filling in for me today. I know I had put the show on the fill-in registry a little later than I probably should have, so I’m glad to know my time slot was taken.

Here’s the playlist from my March 6, 2009 show on WMUC2. See you on the 27th, and as always: tune in every Friday on WMUC2 from 6-8 p.m., join my Facebook group, and keep watching this space!

1. The Fall Of Troy, “Mouths Like Sidewinder Missiles” (Doppelganger)

2. Kings Of Leon, “Trunk” (Because Of The Times)

3. Interpol, “C’mere” (Antics)

4. The National, “Lit Up” (Alligator)

5. Bloc Party, “Luno” (Silent Alarm)

6. TV On The Radio, “Halfway Home” (Dear Science)

7. Blur, “Out Of Time” (Think Tank)

8. Minus The Bear, “Knights” (Planet Of Ice)

9. Spoon, “Sister Jack” (Gimme Fiction)

10. Mastodon, “Joseph Merrick” (Leviathan)

11. Green Day, “Last Ride In” (Nimrod)

12. Incubus, “Battlestar Scralatchtica” (Make Yourself)

13. Radiohead, “Fast-Track” (“Pyramid Song” EP)

14. Metallica, “Orion” (Master Of Puppets)

15. At The Drive-In, “Pattern Against User” (Relationship Of Command) — you won’t hear this in the download file because I had to stay an extra few minutes until the next host arrived


Feb. 27, 2009: Show #14

Here’s the playlist for my Feb. 27, 2009 show on WMUC2. No lengthy introductions this time, but as always, join my Facebook group if you have an account there (and haven’t already joined), keep listening every Friday from 6-8 p.m. on WMUC2, and keep watching this space.

1. John Mayer Trio, “Who Did You Think I Was” (Try! John Mayer Trio Live)

2. We Are Scientists, “Altered Beast” (Brain Thrust Mastery)

3. Snow Patrol, “Whatever’s Left” (Final Straw)

4. Nine Black Alps, “Unsatisfied” (Everything Is)

5. Muse, “The Small Print” (Absolution)

6. TV On The Radio, “Crying” (Dear Science)

7. Spoon, “I Turn My Camera On” (Gimme Fiction)

8. Kings Of Leon, “The Bucket” (Aha Shake Heartbreak)

9. At The Drive-In, “Napoleon Solo” (In/Casino/Out)

10. Burning Brides, “Arctic Snow” (Fall Of The Plastic Empire)

11. Alkaline Trio, “Private Eye” (From Here To Infirmary)

12. Dead Confederate, “Goner” (Wrecking Ball)

13. The Sword, “How Heavy This Axe” (Gods Of The Earth)

14. Mastodon, “Hunters Of The Sky” (Blood Mountain)

15. Opeth, “Coil” (Watershed)

16. Minus The Bear, “Dr. L’Ling” (Planet Of Ice)

17. My Morning Jacket, “I’m Amazed” (Evil Urges)

18. Nirvana, “Breed” (Nevermind)

19. The Whigs, “Production City” (Mission Control)

20. Bloc Party, “One Month Off” (Intimacy)

21. The Fall Of Troy, “Act One, Scene One” (Doppelganger)

22. Foo Fighters, “But, Honestly” (Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace)

23. Blur, “The Universal” (The Great Escape)

24. The Beatles, “Let It Be” (Let It Be)

25. Sigur Ros, “Starálfur” (Ágætis Byrjun)

26. Radiohead, “How To Disappear Completely” (Kid A)


Feb. 20, 2009: Show #13

Hey everybody. Sorry I haven’t updated much this week. I’ve had approximately 10,642 papers to write. Ah, the joys of becoming an English major this late in your college career…

Anyway, here’s my playlist from last week’s show. I’m going to try to post some new download files too, but I haven’t been able to get the two-hour shows up yet. And don’t forget to listen to my show on Friday at 6 p.m. — shameless plug, I know, but then again that’s kind of the purpose of this blog, isn’t it?

1. Nirvana, “Scentless Apprentice” (In Utero)

2. Kings Of Leon, “Be Somebody” (Only By The Night)

3. At The Drive-In, “Chanbara” (In/Casino/Out)

4. Dead Confederate, “Start Me Laughing” (Wrecking Ball)

5. The Whigs, “Technology” (Give ‘Em All A Big Fat Lip)

6. Blur, “Death Of A Party” (Blur)

7. R.E.M., “Exhuming McCarthy” (Document)

8. Interpol, “Roland” (Turn On The Bright Lights)

9. Queens Of The Stone Age, “The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret” (Rated R)

10. The Sword, “The Frost-Giant’s Daughter” (Gods Of The Earth)

11. The Dillinger Escape Plan, “Panasonic Youth” (Miss Machine)

12. Mastodon, “Workhorse” (Remission)

13. Slayer, “Criminally Insane” (Reign In Blood)

14. Between The Buried And Me, “Foam Born: (B) The Decade Of Statues” (Colors)

15. High On Fire, “Hung, Drawn And Quartered” (Surrounded By Thieves)

16. The Fall Of Troy, “Chapter IV: Enter The Black Demon” (Phantom On The Horizon)

17. Rancid, “Fall Back Down” (Indestructible)

18. Green Day, “Whatsername” (American Idiot)

19. Alkaline Trio, “Time To Waste” (Crimson)

20. Radiohead, “15 Step” (In Rainbows)

21. Bloc Party, “This Modern Love” (Silent Alarm)

22. Joy Division, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Substance)

23. Matthew Sweet, “Thought I Knew You” (Girlfriend)

24. Garbage, “Special” (Version 2.0)

25. Muse, “Falling Away With You” (Absolution)

26. Ben Folds Five, “Song For The Dumped” (Forever And Ever Amen)

27. Coldplay, “The Scientist” (A Rush Of Blood To The Head)