Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Countdown: Hittin' Those T's!

X Ambassadors

Well here's another countdown for you enjoyment this Thanksgiving (if you're in America) or Same as Normal (if you're not in America) week!

Listen for me hitting the middle T in "twenty" for twenty one pilots in a weirdly enunciated way!


Countdown #271

All-Time Quarterback
Atlas Genius
Cold War Kids
Coleman Hell 
Death Cab For Cutie
Diet Cig
Elle King
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Silversun Pickups
twenty one pilots
X Ambassadors

Top Ten Tuesday: Alessia Cara "Here"

Fun new song that's sort of been blowing up of late. Enters the Top Ten at #10

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1951

1. Overture
2. Cotton Blossom
3. Make Believe

4. Ol Man River
5. Can't Help Lovin
6. Life Upon the Wicked Stage
7. You Are Love
8. Why Do I Love You
9. Bill
10. Nobody Else But Me

It's so interesting to hear a musical's soundtrack because you can ALMOST get what the story is. Almost.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New Countdown: Less' Talk, More Rock

The Struts
I think this may be the shortest episode we've had in years, but it's a great one with great music. Just less umming and ahing from your humble host! :)


Countdown #270

Cold War Kids
Coleman Hell
Death Cab For Cutie
Elle King
Mike Mictlan featuring Aby Wolf
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
The Struts
twenty one pilots
X Ambasaddors

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Elle King "Ex's and Oh's"

Entering the Top Ten at #10 this week, this makes the 3rd song this year to make the Hot 100 Top Ten that has also made the Alternative Songs Top Ten (and there for the podcast)!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

2015 Festive Fifty Shortlist Vote!

 It's that time of year again! Time to vote for the songs that will comprise the Festive Fifty for 2015!

Here are the songs (instructions are below):

Alabama Shakes - Don't Wanna Fight
Alabama Shakes - Future People
Arborist - Twisted Arrow
BC Camplight - Grim Cinema
BC Camplight - Thieves In Antigua
Beach House - PPP
Beirut - No no no
Ben Folds - Phone in the Pool
Björk - Lionsong
Blur - Ice Cream Man
Blushing Satellite - Arul
BORNS - Electric Love
Brandi Carlile - Wherever is Your Heart
Brian Jonestown Massacre - Dust (13th Floor Elevators cover)
Cairo Gang - Ice Fishing
Calexico - Falling From the Sky
Catfish & the Bottlemen - Kathleen
Catfish & the Bottlemen – Cocoon
Chvrches - Bury It
Chvrches - Leave a Trace
Courtney Barnett - Depreston
Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian at Best
Daughter - Doing the Right Thing
Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands
Dawes - Things Happen
Decemberists - Make You Better
Decemberists - The Singer Addresses His Audience
Diet Cig - Dinner Date
Diet Cig - Sleep Talk
EL VY - Return To The Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)
Elle King - Ex's and Oh's
Escondido - Heart is Black
Ezra Furman - Body Was Made
Fall Out Boy - Jet Pack Blues
Fall Out Boy - Novocaine
Father John Misty - Chataeu Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
Fenne Lily - Stranger
Florence & the Machine - Ship to Wreck
Garden of Elks - This Morning We Are Astronauts
Girlpool - Before the World Was Big
Grimes - Flesh Without Blood
Grimes - Realti
Hamilton soundtrack - Wait For It
Helio Sequence - Leave or Be Yours
Hop Along - Waitress
Houndmouth - Sedona
Imelda Staunton - Everything's Coming Up Roses
Jamie XX - Stranger in a Room
Jason Isbell - 24 Frames
John Grant - Disappointing
Joywave - Tongues
Kacey Musgraves - Dime Store Cowgirl
Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material
Kendrick Lamar - i
Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta
Khruangbin - White Gloves
Kopecky - Talk to Me
Kurt Vile - Pretty Pimpin
Leftfield - Head & Shoulders
Legs - Top of the World
Leon Bridges - Coming Home
Leon Bridges - Smooth Sailin'
Lord Huron - Fool For Love
Low - What Part of Me
Major Lazer - Lean On
Marlon Williams - Strange Things
Matthew E White - Rock and Roll is Cold
Max Richter - Space 11 (invisible pages over)
Memory Tapes - House on Fire
Modest Mouse - Lampshades on Fire
Mumford & Sons - The Wolf
My Morning Jacket - Believe (Nobody Knows)
Mynabirds- All My Heart
Mynabirds- Believer
Naoise Roo - Sheets
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats - S.O.B.
New Basement Tapes - Kansas City
New Blue Death--Silo
New Order - Nothing But a Fool
Passion Pit - My Brother Taught Me How to Swim
Passion Pit - Where the Sky Hangs
Patrick Watson--Love Songs For Robots
Pierce Brothers - Mama Please
Pierce Brothers - Overdose
Protomartyr - Why Does It Shake
Public Service Broadcasting - Gagarin
Public Service Broadcasting - Go!
Rihanna, Kanye, Paul McCartney - Four Five Seconds
Rodney Cromwell - Barry Was an Arms Dealer
Roots Manuva - Don't Breathe Out
Shifters - Creggan Shops
Slaves - The Hunter
Sleater-Kinney - Bury Our Friends
Slug - Greasy Mind
Small Black - Boys Life
Speedy Ortiz - Raising the Skate
Sufjan Stevens - No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross
Sufjan Stevens - Should Have Known Better
Tame Impala - Let It Happen
Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better
Tobias Jesso Jr - How Could You Babe
Torche - Minions
TV On the Radio - Trouble
The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – You Can’t Live There Forever
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
Wave Pictures - Pea Green Coat
Weepies - No Trouble
Wilco - Random Name Generator
Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile
Yang Fan - Autumn in Your Town
Zun Zun Egui - African Tree

Here's the spotify playlist I made:…/…/playlist/1z4I7kd14CO36lOJT3lIDK

And here are the leftovers:
Pierce Brothers - Overdose (…/blushing-satellite-arul
The Shifters - Creggan Shops (
The Cairo Gang - Ice Fishing (…/autumn-in-your-town
The one song I can't find anywhere is Pierce Brothers - Mama Please. If you can find a nice playable version, please post it in the comments

Send me ( your top 10 favorites (#1 being your favorite) and if you want, 1 song that you want to vote AGAINST! by midnight pacific time on Sunday 11/22/15.

Throwback Thursday: 1952

1. Overture / Because You're Mine (Mario Lanza) 1:31
2. Addio alla Madre (Cavalleria Rusticana) (Mario Lanza) 3:40
3. The Song of the Angels Sing (Mario Lanza) 2:54
4. Fluffy Foam (Mario Lanza) 0:45
5. You Do Something to Me (Doretta Morrow) 2:00
6. Lee-Ah-Oh (Mario Lanza) 1:32
7. The Lord's Prayer (Mario Lanza) 2:51
8. Because You're Mine (Mario Lanza and Doretta Morrow) 2:42
9. Be My Love (Doretta Morrow) 1:45
10. Addio! Addio! (Mario Lanza and Paula Corday) 0:56
11. O Paradiso (Mario Lanza) 1:46
12. Granada (Mario Lanza) 3:04
13. Because You're Mine II (Mario Lanza and Doretta Morrow) 2:21

Lots of soundtracks coming up in the next couple of weeks. I think it would be interesting to see what caused so many #1 soundtrack albums around this time. Is it that people mostly bought singles but when it came to soundtracks, they were willing to buy the whole thing? 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New Countdown: Barely Knowing What's Going On

Coleman Hell
Boy it sure is a good thing I have notes because if I was just going based on my gut instincts about some of these songs, we'd be in big trouble!

Countdown #269

Cold War Kids
Coleman Hell
Death Cab For Cutie
Elle King
J. Cole featuring Miguel
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
The Struts
twenty one pilots
Walk the Moon
X Ambassadors

Top Ten Tuesday (Wednesday Edition): Ariana Grande "Focus"

This song debuted at #7 on the chart this week. It's another Ariana Grande video that is walking this weird line between trying to be sexy and trying to be silly. It's a very catchy song.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1953

Another Jackie Gleason album this week. This one ruled the charts from the week of July 4th through the week of December 19th (as well as a week in May and a week in June). That is insane.

1. Alone Together
2. My Funny Valentine
3. But Not For Me
4. Love (Your Spell is Everywhere)
5. I'm In the Mood For Love
6. Love is Everywhere
7. I Only Have Eyes For You
8. Body and Soul

Here's the whole thing again. But remember: this is for lovers only, so if you have no one, go check out Frank Sinatra's Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Adele "Hello"

This song is pretty much the biggest song to come out this year. It debuts at #1 and is breaking all sorts of streaming records. Her new album 25, comes out on 11/20 and is already slated to sell much more than 1 million copies. I even saw speculation about whether it might break 2 million. Unreal. This has more than 200 million views on Youtube and it came out last week, I believe.

And here's something fun. BBC1 got David Attenborough to narrate the beginning of the video as he would a nature documentary. What an age to be alive!

New Countdown: Can You Still Be SPOOOKY in November?

Death Cab For Cutie

Wrapping up October in the SPOOOOOKIEST way possible: with a return to our regularly scheduled programming :)

This is a good one. Lots of great music from up and coming bands as well as a song by a particular established act (pictured above)!

Countdown #268

Cold War Kids
Coleman Hell
Death Cab For Cutie
Elle King
Jack White
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
The Struts
twenty one pilots
Walk the Moon
X Ambassadors

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November 2015 Media Update

Coming in a little late on this one, but we've been preparing for the week and last night was, of course, Halloween. Fortunately, this month was really easy!

Last Thing I Watched: We watched a very enjoyable, non-Treehouse of Horror, Simpsons Halloween episode last night called "Halloween of Horror" and it was very enjoyable!

Last Thing I Read: I'm finishing up It which has felt very appropriate for the Halloween season. I love Stephen King books so much. More than being scary, I find them often quite touching. Tales about friends banding together and fighting evil. Really works for me. This book has been a lot of that!

Last Thing I Listened To: We had Pandora on while we were looking at Disney pictures that we want to put in a photo album. I made sure to note what was playing at midnight and it was this soul classic. You GOTTA love this song.

Things I'm Seeing on the Internet: Tons of Halloween pics, of course. I love seeing everyone's ideas. And, the image that I posted is one I found on Reddit from the 1890's. It's a costume design that I'm still seeing around these days. And then there are the more typical old Halloween costumes like the one from 1911 posted below. Basically terrifying.

Also terrifying and on the horizon...Election Day is this month. On Tuesday, in fact!

Have a great month, you guys!