Friday, December 29, 2006

18: Power Pop-pourri II

With the exception of the Vienna Teng track, this set's composed entirely of some of my favorite power poppy tunes, including a couple Beach Boys covers and a Billy Joel cover.

Dime No. 18: Power Pop-pourri II

The Mockers "God Only Knows" (from the 2-CD Japanese-only release of The Lonesome Death of Electric Campfire; 2006)
The Wondermints "Guess I'm Dumb" (from The Wonderful World of Wondermints; 1996)
Anton Barbeau/Loud Family "Pop Song 99" (from What If It Works?; 2006)
The Oranges Band "OK Apartment" (from Two Thousands; 2004)
Hussalonia "Sleeping With The Television On" (from Glass Houses; 2006)
The 88 "Haunt You" (from Over and Over; 2005)
Vienna Teng "Whatever You Want" (from Dreaming Through The Noise; 2006)
Tally Hall "Be Born" (from Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum; 2005)
The Tories "Greenhill" (from Wonderful Life; 1997)
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. "Too Late for Us Now" (from The Land of Pure Imagination; 2006)

Monday, December 25, 2006

17: Santa's Bringing You a Big Bag o' Dimes, Part Three

This is the final installment in the Christmas Show Trilogy. I want to wish everyone a Happy (and tuneful) Christmas this year. Hopefully, every one of you have the day off.

Dime No. 17: Santa's Bringing You a Big Bag o' Dimes, Part Three

Jill Sobule "Jesus Was A Dreidel Spinner"
Kristin Hersh "Jesus Christ"
REO Speedwagon "I Believe In Santa Claus"
The Apples in Stereo "Holiday Mood"
Senor Happy "Christmas Time Is Here"
Kristoffer Ragnstam "Merry Chirstmas Baby"
America "Christmas in California"
Lada Sport "A Night In Christmastown"
The Mangkuks "Have A Punky Christmas Everybody"
Martha Wainwright "Merry Christmas And Happy New Year"

Sunday, December 24, 2006

16: Santa's Bringing You a Big Bag o' Dimes, Part Two

This was going to be the second and final part of the Christmas shows this year, but I had a few more songs I wanted to play and got all my Christmas presents wrapped sooner than I expected, so I bumped this one up to Christmas Eve and a third part will show up tomorrow.

So, have yourself a happy little Christmas Eve and watch for ten more songs tomorrow.

Dime No. 16: Santa's Bringing You a Big Bag o' Dimes, Part Two

John Lennon "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"
Hem "Peace At Last"
The Pogues "Fairytale of New York"
Sarah McLachlan "Silent Night"
James Taylor "Jingle Bells"
Vince Guaraldi "Christmas Time Is Here (Alternate Vocal Take 5)"
Sufjan Stevens "That Was The Worst Christmas Ever!"
Aimee Mann "Calling on Mary"
The Heathens "Two Chimneys"
Yuletide Lounge Band "Cool Yule"

Friday, December 22, 2006

15: Santa's Bringing You a Big Bag o' Dimes, Part One

Two more shopping days left until the big day and I'm maximizing my gift-purchasing as much as humanly possible. So, although this show's got the usual ten, the whole show's a little bit shorter than the usual. Like that foul little elf with the multiple nicotine patches that taunts me as I leave my local Super Target.

Dime No. 15: Santa's Bringing You a Big Bag o' Dimes, Part One

Barely Pink "I Want An Alien For Christmas"
Eux Autres "Another Christmas At Home"
Bobby Baby "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
Aberdeen City "Just Like Christmas"
Irene "Christmas On The Beach"
Gravy "Mele Kalikimaka"
Southern Culture on the Skids "Merry Christmas, Baby"
Tom Lehrer "A Christmas Carol"
Death Cab For Cutie "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
Aimee Mann/Grant Lee Phillips "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"

Friday, December 15, 2006

14: from the halls of mentholyptus

There seems to be some sort of loose theme running through this episode but I'll be damned if I know what it is. If you have an idea, leave your guess in the comments.

Dime No. 14: from the halls of mentholyptus

Typewriter "Outdoor Miner" (from A Houseguest's Wish; 2002)
Deerhoof "+81" (from +81; 2006)
The Starlight Mints "Pumpkin" (from Drowaton; 2006)
8MM "Stunning" (from Songs To Love and Die By...; 2006)
The Hard Tomorrows "Patterns" (from Lights Out; 2006)
Chimères "Ketchup" (from an upcoming as-yet-unnamed album)
John Hoskinson "I Hope I Die Before You Do" (from Miscellaneous Heathen; 2004)
The Wondermints "Guess I'm Dumb" (from The Wonderful World of Wondermints; 1996)
Winterpills "Found Weekend" (from Winterpills; 2005)
The Jessica Fletchers "I Got News" (from Whatever Happened To The ?; 2003)

Saturday, December 09, 2006

13: 30,000 Feet and Climbing

A little late again, but some high altitude music from 10cc, Receiver, and The Orchestra (the remnants of the remnants of the Electric Light Orchestra). And, of course, a track from the new George Martin/Cirque de Soliel collaboration "Love."

Dime No. 13: 30,000 Feet and Climbing

The Beatles "A Day in the Life" (from Love; 2006)
The Tories "Not What It Appears" (from Wonderful Life; 1997)
My Chemical Romance "Teenagers" (from The Black Parade; 2006)
Codaphonic "Good Morning Radio" (from Good Morning Radio EP; 2006)
Receiver "Aeroplane" (from International Pop Overthrow, Volume 5; 2002)
The Orchestra "Can't Wait To See You" (from No Rewind; 2001)
10cc "I'm Mandy, Fly Me" (from How Dare You?; 1976)
Josie & the Pussycats "Come On" (from Original Soundtrack - Josie and the Pussycats; 2001)
The Loud Family with Anton Barbeau "Rocks Off" (from What If It Works?; 2006)
Loto "Cuckoo Plan" (from Beat Riot; 2006)

Friday, December 01, 2006

12: You Keep Getting Younger As You Keep Getting Older

Another mix of music from my ever-growing music collection. If you're in the DC area, The Pernice Brothers are playing at the Black Cat next Wednesday (12/6/2006).

Dime No. 12: You Keep Getting Younger As You Keep Getting Older

Jim Boggia "Bubblegum 45s" (from Fidelity Is The Enemy; 2001)
Tally Hall "Greener" (from Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum; 2005)
Hawksley Workman "Your Beauty Must Be Rubbing Off" (from (Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves; 2002)
Jennifer Trynin "Getaway (February)" (from Gun Shy Trigger Happy; 1997)
The Bluetones "Tiger Lily" (from Science and Nature; 2000)
The Pernice Brothers "Microscopic View" (from Live A Little; 2006)
Ray LaMontagne "Hannah" (from Trouble; 2004)
The Loud Family "Spot The Setup" (from Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things; 1993)
Dons of Quixote "Savoy Truffle" (from International Pop Overthrow, Volume 5; 2002)
Mike Viola and the Candy Butchers "Happy Birthday Risbee" (from Let's Get Serious EP; 1999)

Friday, November 24, 2006

11: Black Friday

I came across a really fun little video this morning of The Format's "Dog Problems." Be sure to watch for the little "Bohemian Rhapsody" homage near the end.

As for tonight, I was going to play a certain Steely Dan song in honor of today's big shopping day, but changed my mind at the last minute and decided to play Flogging Molly instead. The rest of the show is just a bit of everything. So did everyone get their Christmas shopping done today?

Dime No. 11: Black Friday

The Heathens "Until the End" (from Big White House; 2006)
Flogging Molly "Black Friday Rule" (from Swagger; 2000)
Trip Shakespeare "Down My Block" (from Lulu; 1991)
The Shins "Mine's Not A High Horse" (from Chutes Too Narrow; 2003)
K's Choice "Favorite Adventure" (from Almost Happy; 2000)
The North Atlantic "Scientist Girl" (from Wires In The Walls; 2006)
Eels "A Daisy Through Concrete" (from Daisies Of The Galaxy; 2000)
The Posies "Conversations" (from Every Kind of Light; 2005)
Sloan "I'm Not Through with You Yet" (from Navy Blues; 1998)
Weezer "My Best Friend" (from Make Believe; 2005)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

10: Stuffed

Thanksgiving is a time for going home, spending time with your family and doping yourself to gills on tryptophan and touchdowns.

Dime No. 10: Stuffed

The 88 "Coming Home" (from Over and Over; 2005)
Bill Lloyd and Tommy Womack "Picture Book" (from This Is Where I Belong: The Songs of Ray Davies and the Kinks; 2002)
Crowded House "Better Be Home Soon" (from Temple of Low Men; 1988)
Eef Barzelay "Thanksgiving Waves" (from Bitter Honey; 2006)
New Found Glory "Coming Home" (from Coming Home; 2006)
James Taylor "Letter In The Mail" (from Never Die Young; 1988)
Midlake "Head Home" (from The Trials of Van Occupanther; 2006)
Bob Dylan "Lone Pilgrim" (from World Gone Wrong; 1993)
Dido "Thank You" (from No Angel; 1999)
John Oszajca "Long Drive Home" (from From There To Here; 2000)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

9: It Only Hurts When I Laugh...

Director Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, The Player), passed away at 81 this morning. As a small tribute to the man, I close this episode with a cover of the theme from M*A*S*H by The Manic Street Preachers. It's not much in the way of a tribute, but the movie and the subsequent series, was an important part of my cultural growth so I felt like something was called for.

The rest is just sort of a hodgepodge. I have the week off from work so I'm going to try and put out three shows this week.

Dime No. 9: It Only Hurts When I Laugh...

Jonatha Brooke "Crumbs" (from Ten Cent Wings; 1997)
Frisbie "Book Song" (from The Subversive Sounds of Love; 2000)
Petra Haden "God Only Knows" (2006)
Winterpills "Pills for Sara" (from Winterpills; 2005)
Menomena "Walking" (from Wet and Rusting EP; 2006)
The How "I Was A Boy" (2003)
Chris Brown "All My Rivals" (from Now That You're Fed; 2006)
Waltham "Back to You" (from Waltham; 2005)
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" (from Stadium Arcadium; 2006)
Manic Street Preachers "Suicide Is Painless (Theme From M*A*S*H)" (from Forever Delayed; 2002)

Saturday, November 18, 2006

8: A Million Marys Away

A little late, I know. Sorry. Sometimes it's just too tough to decide which ten songs will make it in.

This week, I saw the '80s band The Plimsouls and opening act Parallax Project in Vienna, VA. If you get a chance to see these guys live, jump at the opportunity. Their studio albums are great, but they're amazing to see live.

Dime No. 8: A Million Marys Away

Ben Folds "Dog" (from Speed Graphic EP; 2003)
Cotton Mather "Homefront Cameo" (from Kontiki; 1997)
Parallax Project "Whole Different Mary" (from Perpetual Limbo; 2006)
The Pernice Brothers "Somerville" (from Live A Little; 2006)
Elvis Costello "Tart" (from When I Was Cruel; 2002)
The Plimsouls "A Million Miles Away" (from Everywhere At Once; 1983)
The Green and Yellow TV "The Man Who Isn't There" (from Sinister Barrier; 2006)
Graham Coxon "Standing On My Own Again" (from Love Travels At Illegal Speeds; 2006)
IKE "Better Off Alone" (from In Real Life; 2005)
Cherry Twister "Charlotte B." (from At Home With Cherry Twister; 1999)

Friday, November 10, 2006

7: Power Pop-pourri

Another fun mix tonight featuring some of my absolute favorite artists and groups.

Dime No. 7: Power Pop-pourri

The Beautiful South "Manchester" (from Superbi; 2006)
Robyn Hitchcock "Viva! Sea-Tac" (from Jewels For Sophia; 1999)
Jellyfish "All I Want Is Everything" (from Bellybutton; 1990)
Jon Brion "I Believe She's Lying" (from Meaningless; 2000)
The Wondermints "Puppet Grrls R Go" (from Bali; 2000)
Robbers On High Street "The Fatalist" (from the upcoming EP The Fatalist; 2006)
William Shatner "Common People" (from Has Been; 2004)
The Apples in Stereo "Glowworm" (from Fun Trick Noisemaker; 1995)
Mull Historical Society "Watching Xanadu" (from Loss; 2002)
Del Amitri "Nothing Ever Happens" (from Waking Hours; 1989)

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

6: Bipartisan Baggage

Whether you make it to the polls or not today, you still have the freedom to listen to some music. Rock on. Vote on.

Dime No. 6: Bipartisan Baggage

Jello Biafra and Mojo Nixon "Love Me, I'm A Liberal" (from Prairie Home Invasion, 1994)
Grand Funk Railroad "Politician" (from Born To Die, 1976)
Iggy Pop "I'm A Conservative" (from Soldier, 1980)
The Ballet "I Hate The War" (from Mattachine, 2006)
Talking Heads "Democratic Circus" (from Naked, 1988)
Circle Jerks "Political Stu" (from Wild In The Streets, 1982)
The Summer Suns "Politics Of Love" (from self-titled LP, 1991)
Bob Dylan "Political World" (from Oh Mercy, 1989)
Neil Hannon, Douglas Payne, Andy Dunlop, et al "Vote Beeblebrox" from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Soundtrack, 2005)
Joe Walsh "Vote For Me" (from Songs For A Dying Planet, 1992)

Friday, November 03, 2006

5: So This Guy Walks Into A Bar...

It's a new month and a new, bouncy, fun mix tonight. If you'd like to request a song for the next show, you can email your request or leave a comment on this post.

Dime No. 5: So This Guy Walks Into A Bar...
Fountains of Wayne "Red Dragon Tattoo"
Brendan Benson "How 'Bout You"
The Waltones "She Looks Right Through Me"
The Merrymakers "Saltwater Drinks"
The 88 "Nobody Cares"
Earlimart "Everybody Knows Everybody"
Nellie McKay "There You Are In Me"
Panic! At The Disco "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"
Splitsville "Headache"
David Mead "Only A Dream"

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

4: Boo!

The much-hyped Halloween set follows. What? You didn't receive your share of the Halloween set hype? Well, maybe if you'd put a little more thought into that costume than a sheet with a couple holes cut out for eyes you'd have got more hype. Hey! Hey, what do you think your doing with those eggs?!

Dime No. 4: Boo!
Talking Heads "Psycho Killer"
The Specials "Ghost Town"
Jonathan Coulton "Creepy Doll"
Reverend Horton Heat "The Halloween Dance"
Josh Rouse "Dressed Up Like Nebraska"
REM "I Walked With A Zombie"
Adam Sandler "Werewolves of London"
Moxy Früvous "Splatter Splatter"
Weird Al Yankovic "Nature Trail To Hell"
Dead Kennedys "Halloween"

Friday, October 27, 2006

3: Remembering (1983-1987)

Many of my friends are celebrating their twenty year high school reunion this weekend and, since I'm unable to join in on all of the festivities while they're in town, I wanted to commemorate the occasion in my own way. In this special edition of Suitcase Full of Dimes are ten tracks I've pulled from my ginormous CD collection that fall between 1983 and 1987. From the cheesy pop synths of Journey to the Will Smith referencing Sha Na Na, I feel these ten tracks represent the inclusive years pretty well.

Dime No. 3: Remembering (1983-1987)

Journey "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)"
Devo "That's Good"
David Bowie "Blue Jean"
Julian Lennon "Too Late for Goodbyes"
The Smiths "William, It Was Really Nothing"
'Til Tuesday "Voices Carry"
Oingo Boingo "Weird Science"
INXS "Listen Like Thieves"
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince "Parents Just Don't Understand"
Squeeze "Hourglass"

Plus: Halloween Special coming on Tuesday!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Stop "Piracy" and Subscribe

I've set up a feedburner feed so you can now subscribe with your favorite podcatcher. I personally use Juice (formerly iPodder).

Added on October 24, 2006: If you use iTunes, which I hear a few people use, click on Advanced on the menu bar, choose Subscribe to Podcast, and enter the following URL:

Plus: Jack Black speaks out on "Piracy"

Friday, October 20, 2006

2: Pop Elements

I've got hosting, a new domain, and a new show is up. Next step is to get the RSS feed in place.

Here's what's in this show:
Dime No. 2: Pop Elements

Apples In Stereo "Rainfall"
Bob Schneider "Flowerparts"
Sweet "Love Is Like Oxygen"
The Orange Peels "Circling The Sun"
Harry Nilsson "Mother Nature's Son"
Malajube "La Monogamie"
Sanders Bohlke "Rockets"
The Blue Meanies "Pop Sensibility"
Tom Petty "Girl on LSD"
Richard Cheese "Add It Up"

Friday, October 13, 2006

1: First Dime

This would be the official beginning. I'm even going defy superstitions and begin this on a Friday the 13th. While simultaneously breaking a mirror on a black cat under a ladder.

The initial shows will just be music. Over time, I'll get my microphone issues worked out and actually talk a little and tell you about the music itself. For now, you can read about it and follow the links from here. Also, until I get some other stuff worked out, I'll be hosting the files via Rapidshare (a "one-click service"), which means no automatic downloads just yet.

Why all the hassle? Why not just wait until everything's ready and in place? Because I'm impatient and just want to get these files out for my friends to listen to and enjoy. You may not like every song here and I encourage you to leave comments telling what you like and what you don't. Feel free to suggest tracks for future shows.

Here's what's in this show:
Dime No. 1: Gotta Start Somewhere

Sugarbomb "Hello" (from Bully)
Big Star "13" (from #1 Record)
El Goodo "If I Were A Song" (from El Goodo)
The Beatles "Birthday" (from The Beatles' White Album)
Fountains of Wayne "Hung Up On You" (from Welcome Interstate Managers)
The Raspberries "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)" (from Starting Over)
The Killers "When You Were Young" from Sam's Town)
Fiona Apple "Sally's Song" (
from Tim Burton's: The Nightmare Before Christmas Special Edition Soundtrack)
Bow Wow Wow "I Want Candy (Kevin Shields Remix)"
'Til Tuesday "Coming Up Close"

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Coming Soon...

It's been my intention for a while now to create a music podcast. I've been working on it and it's on its way. For now, I've created some test shows and shared them with friends. I will start posting new shows here soon, possibly as soon as Friday evening.

Because there's no RSS feed involved yet, I hesitate to even call this a podcast. So I've decided that, until I'm set up with a real domain, hosting, automatic download via rss feed, etc., I'll just call it a mixcast.

Watch this space...