Posts tagged “Coldplay

The 2011 “Listen Up!” Awards: Handing Out The Harleys

So here we are, entering the home stretch of the year 2011. And if you actually believe that whole stupid Mayan apocalypse theory, we’re entering the home stretch of the human race. On that happy note, we’re going to be seeing some year-end lists popping up some time in the next couple of weeks. I figure I might as well submit my own, but just as I did last time I’ll be looking at unconventional categories (read: totally arbitrary distinctions that I made up myself). It’s time for the 2011 Harleys!

Who's a good little award statuette? YOU ARE! Come here and let me scratch you!

The fun begins, as always, after the jump. Bring on the first award!

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Top 5 Lists I Didn’t Get To Do On My Show

During my tenure at WMUC2 as the host of Listen Up!, I did 34 shows. Only two of them ended without a Top 5 list – three if you count the Top 20 Shortest Songs list, which I did as part of an experiment to see how many songs I could squeeze into two hours – and only one of those was because I didn’t have an idea for the week. The other was because my show was cut short by a Maryland baseball game.

Terrapins baseball: Interrupting my radio shows since 2009.

Of course, along with the 32 lists that made it to the airwaves, there were several list ideas that I never got to do. Most of the time it was because I had a hard time thinking of five songs with which to fill the list, which kind of defeats the purpose of the whole “Top 5” thing. But that’s what happens when you try to classify songs into excessively specific categories, especially because my brain isn’t quite the encyclopedia of music knowledge that I would have liked for it to be. It certainly would have made filling these lists a lot easier!

As always, the fun begins after the jump.

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The Search for the Song of the Summer

Every summer is often defined by that one massive pop hit, that one song that so thoroughly dominates the airwaves that it will lurk in your memories of that summer for years to come whether you like it or not. And as much as I would love for the Radioheads and My Morning Jackets and Minus The Bears of the world to dominate the summer with a monster hit, I’ve accepted that it’ll probably never happen. Not unless I one day gain the power to reshape mainstream culture to fit my own taste. There’s probably an X-Men character who can do that.

Last year the title was pretty much handed to Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” the instant it was released. This left me to wonder if I was the only person on Earth who realized that “California Gurls” was a blatant rewrite of Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok,” a song that already irritated the crap out of me the first time around. Hell, I still have memories of being the only kid alive in 1996 who didn’t want to learn the stupid Macarena. And if I ever hear “Livin’ La Vida Loca” or “All Star” again, it will be too soon. I guess the lesson is that no matter what the song of the summer ends up being, by the end of that summer simply hearing the first new notes of that damn song will be enough to drive you utterly mad.

So with the summer of 2011 officially underway, let’s take a look at some randomly chosen contenders from this week’s Hot 100. The fun begins after the jump!

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POTW #7: Telling Fortunes In American Slang

You know, this year I’ve been trying to follow a weekly posting schedule just so I can keep this blog updated and also give me something to do. Lately I’ve been slipping in that particular regard. That’s the thing about those Blast From The Past posts — they take a really long time to write. Also, I’ve had one sister graduate from college (yay Kerry!) and we had to move both of them back home. And then there’s that whole “job hunting” thing… yes, still. Oh, and I’ve been volunteering with the local MLS team, the Philadelphia Union, for their home games.

But enough about me. Here are my picks for this week… after this new Arcade Fire song.

And also this new Arcade Fire song.

And also after the jump, just like always.

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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)


Feb. 13, 2009: Show #12 – Valentine’s Day Special

Hey everyone. In an attempt to lighten the mood of this blog somewhat after the last post’s journey into the realm of scary music (not to mention the darker reaches of my imagination), here’s the playlist from my Valentine’s Day special on Feb. 13, 2009.

1. Jimi Hendrix, “Foxey Lady” (Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix)

2. Blur, “Coffee & TV” (13)

3. The Smashing Pumpkins, “Cupid De Locke” (Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness)

4. Spoon, “Finer Feelings” (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)

5. Daft Punk, “Something About Us” (Discovery)

6. The Fall Of Troy, “Quarter Past” (Manipulator)

7. The Darkness, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (Permission To Land)

8. We Are Scientists, “Lethal Enforcer” (Brain Thrust Mastery)

9. Coldplay, “Yellow” (Parachutes)

10. The Police, “Next To You” (Outlandos d’Amour)

11. Green Day, “Extraordinary Girl” (American Idiot)

12. Queens Of The Stone Age, “In My Head” (Lullabies To Paralyze)

13. Foo Fighters, “Big Me” (Foo Fighters)

14. The Strokes, “12:51” (Room On Fire)

15. Cake, “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” (Comfort Eagle)

16. Bloc Party, “Sunday” (A Weekend In The City)

17. Minus The Bear, “Pachuca Sunrise” (Menos El Oso)

18. Muse, “Unintended” (Showbiz)

19. Radiohead, “All I Need” (In Rainbows)

20. My Morning Jacket, “Knot Comes Loose” (Z)

21. Garbage, “Milk” (Garbage)

22. The Beatles, “Something” (Abbey Road)

23. Snow Patrol, “Grazed Knees” (Final Straw)

24. Weezer, “Across The Sea” (Pinkerton)

25. The Beach Boys, “God Only Knows” (Pet Sounds)

26. U2, “All I Want Is You” (Rattle & Hum)

27. Peter Gabriel, “In Your Eyes” (So)


Feb. 6, 2009: Show #11

Here’s the playlist for my Feb. 6, 2009 show on WMUC2. I’ve been trying to update the Download page to add more show files, but no luck so far. Stay tuned just in case.

1. The Strokes, “Juicebox” (First Impressions Of Earth)

2. Interpol, “Narc” (Antics)

3. The Hives, “A Get Together To Tear It Apart” (Veni Vidi Vicious)

4. Led Zeppelin, “Heartbreaker” (Led Zeppelin II)

5. Pearl Jam, “Spin The Black Circle” (Rearviewmirror: Greatest Hits 1991-2003)

6. Bloc Party, “Better Than Heaven” (Intimacy)

7. Daft Punk, “Digital Love” (Discovery)

8. Kings Of Leon, “Closer” (Only By The Night)

9. The Police, “Deathwish” (Regatta De Blanc)

10. Minus The Bear, “We Are Not A Football Team” (Highly Refined Pirates)

11. R.E.M., “I Don’t Sleep, I Dream” (Monster)

12. Foo Fighters, “Statues” (Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace)

13. Coldplay, “Don’t Panic” (Parachutes)

14. The Clash, “The Card Cheat” (London Calling)

15. The National, “Abel” (Alligator)

16. My Morning Jacket, “Off The Record” (Z)

17. Incubus, “Paper Shoes” (Light Grenades)

18. Nine Black Alps, “Behind Your Eyes” (Everything Is)

19. Citizen Cope, “Son’s Gonna Rise” (The Clarence Greenwood Recordings) — for Dan O. from the Jersey Shore

20. Breaking Benjamin, “Forget It” (We Are Not Alone)

21. Snow Patrol, “Take Back The City” (A Hundred Million Suns)

22. Battles, “Leyendecker” (Mirrored)

23. Nirvana, “Lounge Act” (Nevermind)

24. Green Day, “Longview” (Dookie)

25. Muse, “Hysteria” (Absolution)

26. Radiohead, “Dollars & Cents” (Amnesiac)

27. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Around The World” (Californication)

28. The Beatles, “Back In The U.S.S.R.” (The White Album) — you won’t hear this in the download file because I had to go over by a couple minutes to fill dead air until the next host arrived