Dj Distal


And just like that, my reign as a WCBN dj concludes. I promised myself that if I went back to school, I would get on the radio. That was a good plan.

  • hugonaut16dec2008.mp3
Playtime Title Artist Album Label
1:04 PM If There’s Such A Thing As Love The Magnetic Fields I
1:06 PM Run DNA The Avalanches El Producto
1:09 PM The Search for Cherry Red Jonathan Fire Eater Tremble Under Boom Lights
1:13 PM For Lovin’ Me Gordon Lightfoot Complete Greatest Hits
1:15 PM I’m All Over You Mutronium
1:23 PM Santa Claus is a Black Man AKIM & the Teddy Vann Production Company A John Waters Christmas
1:26 PM La Culebra The Company
1:28 PM My Medicine Snoop Dogg Ego Trippin’
1:31 PM How Can You Sleep With the Light On In Your Head Martin Tielli
1:42 PM Deteriorata National Lampoon
1:45 PM The Problem Godley & Creme Snack Attack
1:49 PM Winter Walking Song Martes Martes Dragon Cat Fox Can Scn
1:51 PM Can’t Run But Paul Simon Rhythm of the Saints
2:02 PM Why You Wanna Mess It All Up Rachelle Ferrell Individuality
2:05 PM Let Me Do It To You J.J. Cale Troubadour
2:06 PM Synthesizer Guide Book on Fire The Boredoms Chocolate Synthesizer
2:08 PM We R In Control Neil Young Trans
2:13 PM Do You Like Boys? Freezepop Future Future Future Perfect
2:19 PM Apollo 18 They Might Be Giants Narrow Your Eyes
2:21 PM Randy Newman Great Nations of Europe Bad Love
2:24 PM Old Crow Medicine Show Bobcat Tracks Big Iron World
2:26 PM Indians Roxy Gordon
2:34 PM The Virgins Chris Buhalis myspace
2:39 PM When A Man Loves A Women Jerry Lee Lewis Southern Roots
2:43 PM Everything is Borrowed The Streets Everything is Borrowed
2:46 PM Gum Mustard Plug
2:49 PM The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton The Mountain Goats All Hail West Texas
2:51 PM Occapella Lee Dorsey Voodoo Soul
2:53 PM Air Travel Ray & Bob The Golden Age of American Rock n’ Roll

Dj Ventral


The show was pretty much The Very Best Mixtape from Esay Mwamwaya and Radioclit plus a few other songs. You can get it here, or many other places around the internet.

Hey, can you believe that 50+ shows later, I’m still finding hours of music I really want to play? Some of it isn’t even repeats.

  • hugonaut09dec2008.mp3
Playtime Title Artist Album Label
1:12 PM Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit Get It Up The Very Best Mixtape
1:13 PM No Sex for Ben The Rapture GTA 4 OST
1:13 PM Goin’ Down South R.L. Burnside A Bothered Mind
1:13 PM Jimmy M.I.A. Kala
1:16 PM Flintsones Theme Black Lodge Singers
1:23 PM Snow Falls in November Julie Dorion Goodnight Nobody
1:27 PM I Lost My Baby Jean Leloup Joue de la Guitare
1:35 PM Unchained Melody Peter Sellers
1:36 PM Olvidado Anika & Edunetto Visiones
1:42 PM Old Sad Songs Lucero Tennessee
1:44 PM Sigmund Frued’s Impression of Albert Einstein in America Randy Newman Little Criminals
1:46 PM Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
1:49 PM Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa The Very Best (Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit) The Very Best Mixtape
1:57 PM Third Rail Ben Allison Peace Pipe
1:59 PM The Matador The Mighty Imperials Daptone 45s
2:03 PM Telescope Mind Tussle Pow!
2:08 PM Bush-Drum Neu! Neu!
2:10 PM The Staunton Lick Lemon Jelly ky
2:24 PM Plaisir d’Amour Joan Baez The Lovesong Album
2:25 PM Al Green Jesus is Waiting Call Me
2:27 PM Monotonous Eartha Kitt Sings Songs from New Faces
2:35 PM Hey Pocky A-Way The Meters Rejuvenation
2:38 PM Hide & Seek The Very Best (Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit) The Very Best Mixtape
2:42 PM When Love Was The Law in Los Angeles Tarwater Spider Smile
2:46 PM Take it As It Comes Charles Bradley and Sugarman & Co Daptone 45s
2:50 PM Annie Kid Creole & the Coconuts Mutant Disco

Dj Dorsal

Or, “Please Put Out Her Grace’s Hair”

, a sentence not actually included in this week’s show, but which I enjoyed despite of myself in “The Duchess”, which is no longer playing at the Michigan, sorry.

Or, “Huh!”, a la Neil Diamond in “Cherry Cherry”, which was indeed included in this week’s show. Except that Huh! doesn’t quite capture the glottal drop at the end of syllable as Diamond performs it, and “Hugh!” is a misrepresentation in the context of this website.


This week’s set break music courtesy of the OC Remix community and Super Street Fighter II Tubo HD. Now that’s a video game title.

Here’s Neil Young live at Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, 1968, via NPR.

I didn’t get around to this. Next week:

Playtime Title Artist Album Label
1:01 PM Data Redux Young Canadians No Escape
1:03 PM Baby Hates Me Danko Jones
1:06 PM Drunk Kid Koala Xen Cuts
1:11 PM Cherry Cherry Neil Diamond Hot August Nights
1:15 PM noatak.1 Boards Of Canada Hooper Bay
1:30 PM Your Belgian Things The Mountain Goats We Shall All Be Healed
1:37 PM Silver Sparkle Amps Mixel Pixel Rainbow Panda
1:38 PM Star Blanket Morning Child Brightblack Morning Light Brightblack Morning Light
1:50 PM Anirog Da Squarepusher Hard Normal Daddy
1:50 PM Free Radical The Flaming Lips At War With the Mystics
1:58 PM Come On Teacher Joel Plaskett Truthfully Truthfully
2:06 PM Gallow Pole Led Zeppelin Request
2:08 PM One Night of Love Karen Dalton In My Own Time
2:11 PM Teenage Caveman Beat Happening You Turn Me On
2:14 PM Fight For Your Mind Ben Harper Burn One Down Request
2:17 PM Back in Our Minds Funkadelic Maggot Brain Request
2:19 PM White Lightning Waylon Jennings The Journey
2:25 PM Burn Out The Cinematic Orchestra Every Day
2:27 PM Army Dreamers Kate Bush The Whole Story
2:27 PM Where Did All the Money Go? NPR Planet Money Podcast with Niall Ferguson
2:40 PM Lonely Financial Zone Jonathan Richman
2:49 PM Bookstore Rap Neil Young Live at the Cantebury House 1968
2:49 PM Loner Neil Young Live at the Cantebury House 1968
2:55 PM I’ve Been Waiting For You Neil Young Live at the Cantebury House 1968
2:56 PM Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa The Very Best (Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit) The Very Best Mixtape

Dj Proximal


Drink some of this, it will put colour in your cheeks! Includes two attempts at Frank Zappa.

BTW, the podcast has been acting strangely lately. Apologies for any inconvenience. It should be mostly OK now, but let me know if you encounter any ectoplasm.

  • hugonaut25nov2008.mp3
Playtime Title Artist Album Label
1:01 PM My Sweet Potato Booker T. and the M.G.s And Now!
1:03 PM Klezmeil Queen of the Swamp The Brillantinas Locos Instrumentales
1:05 PM Flyin’ on 747 Kid Loco DJ Kicks
1:10 PM Do Not Go Quietly Unto Your Grave Morphine Good
1:13 PM Bees Caribou The Milk of Human Kindness
1:19 PM Punks in the Beerlight Silver Jews Tanglewood Numbers
1:23 PM You Moved In Smog The Doctor Came At Dawn
1:36 PM Sleeper Eliza Gilkyson Going Driftless
1:38 PM Baby Step Back Gordon Lightfoot Greatest Hits
1:42 PM Burn it Off Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Dukes of Hazzard Soundtrack
1:45 PM Son of Mr. Green Genes Frank Zappa Hot Rats
2:00 PM Sexuality Billy Bragg Don’t Try This At Home
2:02 PM Voices from the Wilderness Martin Tielli We Didn’t Even Suspect He Was the Poppy Salesman
2:06 PM Tijuana Bibles Gorilla Stomp Rock and Roll Fighting
2:11 PM the Mercury Program Leaving Capitol City For Good From the Vapor of Gasoline
2:15 PM Red Right Ankle Decemberists
2:25 PM Sound of Love Danko Jones
2:27 PM Gone Gone Gone Charlie Feathers Uh Huh Honey
2:28 PM C.R. Avery When I’m Gone Chainsmoking Blues
2:33 PM Nova Scotia Robots Boards Of Canada
2:34 PM I Don’t Love You The Dishrags Vancouver Complication
2:35 PM Needy Girl Chromeo She’s In Control
2:43 PM Campus Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
2:47 PM Tania Maria Transamazonica Dancefloor Jazz 4
2:49 PM PJ Harvey The Piano White Chalk
2:53 PM The Rheostatics Legal Age Life at Variety Store Whale Music
2:55 PM Color in Your Cheeks The Mountain Goats

DJ Christmas Boyfriend


Because several people asked, the answer is James Howard Kunstler. You can hear the entire talk here. Because several other people asked, the answer is National Lampoon’s Radio Dinner album, specifically the “Phono Funnies” track.

Neil Young's American Stars and Bars

As promised, one of the greatest album covers of all time.

  • hugonaut18nov2008.mp3
Playtime Title Artist Album Label
1:04 PM This is Arnie School of Public Health Toxic Tour of Detroit
1:04 PM The Chob We’re Pretty Quick
1:07 PM The Marching Song Pointed Sticks Vancouver Complication
1:07 PM Restrooms Domiana Carter Detroit Toxic Tour
1:08 PM What’s He Building in There Tom Waits Mule Variations
1:10 PM A Normal Day Bob Snider Words and Pictures
1:18 PM The Only Living Boy in New York Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
1:19 PM Mutual Slump DJ Shadow Endtroducing
1:23 PM Satan is the Whistler Rheostatics Night of the Shooting Stars
1:33 PM Insomniac Olympics Blockhead Music by Cavelight
1:38 PM Food Stamp Blues Treme Brass Band Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary
1:47 PM The Wedge Boom Pam Puerto Rican Nights
1:57 PM Elevator Music Beck The Information
1:58 PM Season of the Witch Donovan
2:00 PM at the Commonwealth Club James Kunstler Mar 29 2007
2:08 PM Leb Wohl Neu! Neu! 75
2:14 PM Trance Manual John Vanderslice Pixel Revolt
2:20 PM Highway Girl (Double Suicide) The Tragically Hip
2:25 PM Cocaine Habit Old Crow Medicine Show Big Iron World
2:32 PM Moonshiner Jolie Holland Springtime Can Kill You
2:36 PM Freakwater My Old Drunk Friend Feels Like the Third Time
2:39 PM Phone Funnies National Lampoon Radio Dinner
2:40 PM Holiday In Cambodia Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
2:46 PM Dewek Jenson TUC Radio
2:46 PM The Warning Hot Chip The Warning
2:55 PM Will to Love Neil Young American Stars N’ Bars

Playing Your Requests Before You Make Them


I don’t know if that’s good music, but it sure is something.

  • hugonaut11nov2008.mp3
Playtime Title Artist Album Label
1:04 PM ‘Til the Money Runs Out Tom Waits Heartattack and Vine
1:05 PM First I Look at the Purse J. Geils Band 31 Songs
1:08 PM Translucent Bubblyfish
1:12 PM Twisted Little Man Michael J. Sheehy Deadwood: Music from HBO Original Series
1:19 PM Electric Worm Beastie Boys The Mix Up
1:22 PM Candy Jail Silver Jews Lookout Mountain Lookout Sea
1:22 PM Mississipi River J.J. Cale Grasshopper
1:25 PM Who’s to Say Blanche If We Can’t Trust the Doctors
1:36 PM Every Way But Loose Plunky & Oneness of Juju Initial Grooves
1:39 PM El Pico Ratatat Ratatat
1:45 PM Beyond Belief Lambchop The Decline of Country and Western Civilization
1:49 PM These Burgers The Moldy Peaches The Moldy Peaches
1:51 PM Alpha and Omega Boards Of Canada Geogaddi
1:59 PM Apocalypso Monochrome Set Love Zombies
2:02 PM Funky Broadway Wilson Pickett Soul to Soul
2:05 PM The Applejack Joe Morris Atlantic Rhythm and Blues
2:10 PM circle.1 Boards Of Canada Hooper Bay
2:11 PM Overglazed The Breeders Mountain Battles
2:13 PM The Devil Never Sleeps Iron & Wine The Shepherd’s Dog
2:16 PM Everything in it’s Wrong Place Dj Panzah Zandahz Me and This Army
2:17 PM Idioteque Calisthenics feat. Gift of Gab and Cut Chemist Dj Panzah Zandahz Me and This Army
2:20 PM Dyambo Hugh Masekala Dancefloor Jazz 4
2:23 PM Gracias a la Vida (instrumental) Violeta Parra & Los Calchakis
2:27 PM Cottage For Sale James Brown Ballads
2:37 PM Down Home Girl Old Crow Medicine Show Big Iron World
2:38 PM Blue Yodel #9 Jimmie Rodgers Recordings 1927-1933
2:41 PM 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (WXPN Live) Lucinda Williams Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
2:45 PM Chicken Soup for the Fuck You Shout Out Out Out Not Saying/Just Saying
2:53 PM The Curse of Ka’Zar Lemon Jelly Lost Horizons

A Badly Recorded Thumb War with John Hodgman


A couple of weeks ago John Hodgman was in town, and as engineer for T. Hetzel’s Living Writers show, I got to meet the man and watch him through a glass partition for an hour. JKH may only score as a minor celebrity on the vertigously logarithmic US celebritometer scale, but he’s one of the few that I might actually be giddy about meeting, and I was giddy.

The interview was great, and John is by any metric of sober non-giddiness a real pleasure to interact with. He’s (surprise!) funny and interesting and affable. Which may actually be surprising if you’ve read Kurt Vonnegut’s description of the social lives of writers; roughly paraphrased: people expect writers to be articulate and sparkling, since they may write articulate and sparkling things. But the truth is they require two years locked in a room to get just a few basic thoughts out of themselves, and when forced to relate to humans in real time (here I’m quoting) “drag themselves through society like a gut-shot bear”.

Hodgman’s books are about being funny and interesting and affable, and yet that is what he is, so there you go.

The interview is great, T. did a lovely job as she usually does and John needed little prodding. They do in fact engage in a thumb war at one point.

Which brings me to my involvement. Since I first listened to this audio, I have been gradually forgiving myself, but it still pains me to say this: I screwed up the levels. John initially asked for more volume in the headphones, and I chose a very stupid way of bringing those levels up. Consequently there is clipping and distortion, to a degree that significantly detract from the experience. No, I couldn’t hear it when it was happening, but there were three different meters that I failed to absorb visually. Oh man, it still hurts. It does start getting better around minute 8, but it never gets good.

Anyhow, I’m putting the audio up because despite my ineptitude, it’s still worth listening to.

  • 20081027JohnHodgman.mp3

She Won’t Disport With Me


Not actually an election-day show. But it was more than usually driven by people calling in and telling me what to play or commenting on what was playing, so that is democracy of a sort.

  • hugonaut04nov2008.mp3
Playtime Title Artist Album Label
1:04 PM Wait For Your Approval Young Canadians No Escape
1:05 PM Just A Little Bit Jerry Lee Lewis Southern Roots
1:08 PM The Look of Love Dorothy Ashby The Art of Afro Harping
1:12 PM Katie Cruel Karen Dalton In My Own Time
1:15 PM Carpel Tunnel Syndrome Kid Koala Ninja Cuts Funkungfusion
1:21 PM Lighten Up Morrissey Sparks Exotic Creatures of the Deep
1:25 PM Pinniped/Quadraped Diplo Sound and Fury
1:36 PM Nazionale Neu! Neu! 4
1:37 PM Losing My Edge LCD Soundsystem Losing My Edge
1:47 PM Staring at the Sun TV on the Radio Young Liars
1:53 PM Soul to Soul Ike & Tina Turner Soul to Soul Original Soundtrack
1:55 PM Third Rail Ben Allison Peace Pipe
1:59 PM Pass the Hatchet Roger and the Gypsies Saturday Night Fish Fry: New Orleans Funk and Soul
2:03 PM Dirty Ice Cream Dan Melchior Fire Breathing Clones on Cellular Phones
2:04 PM Cubs in Five The Mountain Goats Nine Black Poppies
2:08 PM Top Floor Bottom Buzzer Morphine The Night
2:12 PM Big Man Restless Kissing the Pink Naked
2:19 PM Daft Punk Is Playing At My House LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem
2:23 PM Underground Hand Kleptones Live’r Than You’ll Ever Be
2:27 PM This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us Sparks
2:30 PM Sister Anne MC5 High Time
2:43 PM News Travels Fast C.R. Avery
2:51 PM Meat Man Jerry Lee Lewis Southern Roots
2:51 PM News Travels Fast C.R. Avery
2:53 PM State Trooper Bruce Springsteen Nebraska
2:56 PM Triumph of the Pigs that Ran Straightaway into the Water The Mountain Goats We Shall All Be Healed
2:59 PM The Book of Right On Joanna Newsom The Milk-Eyed Mender

A Tablespoon of Codeine


Starts slow and builds, more or less, less or more. Ends with back-to-back frenetic Fred Eaglesmith and Nina Simone. I haven’t listened to it since, but in the studio I thought I might even have gotten away with that bit.

  • hugonaut28oct2008.mp3
Playtime Title Artist Album Label
1:02 PM Junk Paul McCartney McCartney
1:04 PM Famous Blue Raincoat Marissa Nadler Songs III: Bird on the Water
1:09 PM Fly Hawaii B.J. Cole/Luke Vibert Stop the Panic
1:13 PM Tablespoon of Codeine John Vanderslice Emerald City
1:17 PM Cotton The Mountain Goats We Shall All Be Healed
1:26 PM History Repeating Propellerheads feat. Shirley Bassey Descksanddrumsandrockandroll *by request
1:35 PM Carmelita Fred Eaglesmith Times is Changin’
1:38 PM Timba Am Gaya The Mutants Locos Instrumentales
1:40 PM Minneapolis Lucinda Williams World Without Tears
1:44 PM After Hours Caribou Andorra
1:49 PM Midnight Rambler The Rolling Stones Let it Bleed
2:03 PM Up With People Lambchop Nixon
2:07 PM Everything is Free Gillian Welch Time (the Revelator)
2:11 PM When A Man Loves A Women Jerry Lee Lewis Southern Roots
2:16 PM Big Belt Buckle Tijuana Bibles Rock and Roll Fighting
2:19 PM Bank Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton What is Free to a Good Home?
2:25 PM Big in Japan Tom Waits Mule Variations
2:28 PM I’m Good I’m Gone Lykke Li Youth Novels
2:36 PM St St St Glenna Garramone
2:41 PM Summertime Booker T. and the M.G.s And Now!
2:46 PM Talkin’ Rebirth Brass Band Talkin’ Loud But Sayin’ Something DJ Concerned
2:54 PM Do You Love Me Now Fred Eaglesmith Fred J. Eaglesmith
2:55 PM My Way Nina Simone Legends

Sucking the Milk Out of 1000 Cows


After borrowing the jumper cables from Tom, wandered through southern rock, hip hop, groove, pop and inevitably ended up flailing around in the mash-up end of the kiddy pool. Fresh trax from Lucinda Williams and Vampire Weekend. It was good for me.

How great is that new station ID that was playing before my show started?

And does anybody have more ideas for dj names that start with the “hyu” sound?

  • hugonaut21oct2008.mp3
Playtime Title Artist Album Label
1:02 PM Pow! Tussle Telescope Mind
1:05 PM We R In Control Neil Young Trans
1:09 PM Pontiac Tom Waits Orphans
1:11 PM Lie To Me Tom Waits Orphans
1:13 PM Pontiac Rod Picott A Tribute: The Songs of Fred Eaglesmith
1:17 PM Pontiac Mahjongg
1:22 PM Rainy Day Blues Fred Eaglesmith Fred J. Eaglesmith
1:28 PM M89 Vampire Weekend
1:36 PM Against Pollution The Mountain Goats We Shall All Be Healed
1:40 PM L’Ennui Flobots Onomatopoeia
1:43 PM Dr. Carter Lil’ Wayne Tha Carter 3
1:48 PM A Tune for Jack Lemon Jelly ky
1:57 PM Rod’s Brain The Metalunas Locos Instrumentales
2:05 PM Meat Man Jerry Lee Lewis Southern Roots
2:05 PM If You Want to Get to Heaven Ozark Mountain Daredevils The Best Of
2:08 PM Well Well Well Lucinda Williams Little Honey
2:12 PM Amerika v6.0 (The Best We Can Do) Steve Earle Jerusalem
2:17 PM The Virgins Chris Buhalis
2:26 PM Hercules Aaron Neville New Orleans Funk (1960 – 1975)
2:28 PM The Big Ship Brian Eno Another Green World
2:31 PM Mas Que Nada Dizzy Gillespie Swing Low Sweet Cadillac
2:37 PM Thunder on the Mountain Bob Dylan Modern Times
2:46 PM Dog’s Got a Bone The Beta Band The 3 EPs
2:50 PM Run DNA The Avalanches El Producto
2:53 PM Ottoman Vampire Weekend Nick & Norah Soundtrack
2:57 PM I Like the Girls Who Do Max Miller
3:02 PM Beastie Ketchup Go Home Productions

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