It’s Hard to Hold a Grudge Against the Sun


Colour me cathartized.

After I announced that the Ann Arbor Dub Project was playing at the Michigan Medical Marijuana Benefit, I got a call.
“Did you say the Ann Arbor Dub Project was playing?”
“Yes, I did.”
“That’s weird, we broke up a while ago. Nobody told me.”

Ouch. Somebody else having a bad day.

“Jean jacket reeks in the warm rain.” — Midwest Main Street, Great Lake Myth Society, 2nd best lyric of the week

“I went down hard, got up like a champ.” — Humdinger, Old Crow Medicine Show, 1st best lyric of the week


  • hugonaut14oct2008.mp3
Playtime Title Artist Album Label
1:03 PM Goodbye Sweet Daisy Old Crow Medicine Show Greetings From WAWA
1:04 PM Summertime Booker T. and the M.G.s Best Of
1:06 PM Midwest Main Street Great Lakes Myth Society Compass Rose Bouquet
1:08 PM Who is He (And What is He to You) Bill Withers
1:14 PM Saint Cloud Six Organs of Admittance School of the Flower
1:18 PM Grasshopper J.J. Cale Grasshopper
1:20 PM Society Cortney Tidwell Don’t Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up
1:24 PM Pour it On Dock Old Crow Medicine Show Greetings From WAWA
1:29 PM Ololufe Mi Koola Lobitos Nigeria 70 – The Definitive Story of 1970’s Funky Lago
1:39 PM Another Green World Brian Eno The Big Ship
1:39 PM Drop Thumb Medley Steve Martin Comedy is Not Pretty!
1:42 PM Summertime Louis Armstrong feat. Ella Fitzgerald
1:52 PM Autumn Walking Song Martes Martes Dragon Cat Fox Can Scn
1:52 PM Buckets of Rain Neko Case Live From Austin TX
1:54 PM You Make Me Happy Alton Ellis Studio One Disco
2:00 PM Ain’t No Sunshine Bill Withers Greatest Hits
2:06 PM Queen Bee Taj Mahal The Essential
2:08 PM Side B (Excerpt) The Cansecos Juiced
2:13 PM Humdinger Old Crow Medicine Show Tennessee Pusher
2:18 PM Football Results Michael Bentine
2:24 PM Family Tradition Hank Williams Jr. Family Tradition
2:24 PM Hotter Than Mojave in My Heart Irid Dement Infamous Angel
2:26 PM Neon Beanbag Stereolab Chemical Chords
2:35 PM Empty Bottles The Magik Markers Boss
2:38 PM George Gershwin Peter Sellers
2:39 PM Where I’m From Digable Planets Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
2:43 PM The Science Murs Murs For President
2:48 PM di gals dem wump dem chomp tl
2:51 PM BLEEDMASTER ZEBRA JAM 4000 bleedmaster

Riding the Human Highway

In which Reverend Andrew [First Church of the Atlantic (De-Hydrated) Eternal Pope of the Western Lands] and I finally spring a plan we’ve been hatching for a long time: a tribute to Neil Young and Devo’s 1982 apocalyptic-art-comedy film Human Highway. Starring Mark Mothersbaugh (who never takes off his rubber mask), Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper and Neil himself as bumbling gas jockey. Needless to say, this is one of the odder films I’ve seen, and we made no effort to build a less-odd musical sequence around it. We just plugged a vcr into the board, popped in a VHS tape, and let it go. Then played a bunch of related music over top of that, since just listening to movie dialog is mostly pretty boring.

If that sounds like something you’d like to experience, experience it now:

And here’s the rough list of songs we played:

poster for human highway

  • humanhighway09oct2008.mp3
Playtime Title Artist Album Label
10:36 AM human highway (movie) Neil Young
10:37 AM video killed the radio star buggles the age of plastic warner
10:37 AM After the Goldrush The Flaming Lips
10:49 AM love without anger the aquabats we are not devo
10:53 AM this note’s for you Neil Young
10:54 AM time out for fun voodoo glow skuls we are not devo
11:00 AM last trip to tulsa Neil Young
11:06 AM el mongoloido possum dixon we are not devo
11:25 AM blockhead ridel high we are not devo
11:32 AM the day my baby gave me a surprise the vandals we are not devo
11:38 AM Devo whip it Greatest Hits
11:39 AM computer cowboy Neil Young Trans

Renaissance of the Euro-Trash Girl


Bit flustered today, as I arrived in the station to find that I had left my musical selections on my bed. Still, the show went on. There was one really terrible transition (can you spot it?) and a bunch of good old music. Solo Johnny.

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Playtime Title Artist Album Label
1:04 PM Sexual Healing Hot 8 Brass Band Talkin’ Loud But Sayin’ Something
1:13 PM Arrow Through Me Wings Back to the Egg
1:16 PM Soul Fire Lee “Scratch” Perry Roast Fish Collie Weed & Corn Bread
1:20 PM No Hay Problemas Art Blakey Dancefloor Jazz 4
1:25 PM Gimmie the Nightclub (dj BC edit) Dan Meth
1:39 PM Eurotrash Girl Cracker Kerosene Hat
1:40 PM Lay Lady Lady Bob Dylan Nashville Skyline
1:51 PM Sample and Hold Neil Young Lucky Thirteen
1:53 PM Gut Feeling Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo
1:54 PM Don’t Be Angry Nappy Brown
1:57 PM Rockity Roll Mike Doughty Laundrytown
2:00 PM Abydos Sir Richard Bishop
2:03 PM Fever Peggy Lee
2:06 PM Yeti Caribou The Milk of Human Kindness
2:11 PM Dilaudid (Marrtronix Remix) The Mountain Goats Dilaudid
2:14 PM The Ghettysburg Address Lambchop The Decline of Country and Western Civilization
2:20 PM You Are A Runner and I Am My Father’s Son Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary
2:25 PM Royskopp’s Night Out Royskopp 32 Canciones
2:37 PM Let Them Knock Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings 100 Days 100 Nights
2:40 PM St. Elmo’s Fire Stereolab Fires
2:43 PM Twisted Little Man Michael J. Sheehy Deadwood Soundtrack
2:47 PM Mondo Bongo Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros Global A Go-Go
2:55 PM Thirteen Days J.J. Cale 5
2:57 PM Colours Hot Chip

Pathos and Bathos


A mix of candy-fun pop, angry political choices, and segues between them. I got to say “I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me From Being the Master” twice and play requests dedicated to the economic crisis. Also spent some time in the west and specifically California.

  • hugonaut30sep08.mp3
Playtime Title Artist Album Label
1:01 PM What We Do Is Wrong Freeway
1:01 PM You Can’t Stop Us Now Nas
1:01 PM Clap Yo Hands Naughty By Nature
1:04 PM Garbage Pickers Blanche If We Can’t Trust the Doctors
1:07 PM Peter Gunn Roy Buchanan Deluxe Edition
1:10 PM That Certain Female Charlie Feathers Uh Huh Honey
1:13 PM Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee Stick Mcghee Atlantic Rhythm and Blues
1:19 PM Do You Like Boys? Freezepop Future Future Future Perfect
1:23 PM I’m Good I’m Gone Lykke Li Youth Novels
1:23 PM Wonderful People Q And Not U Power
1:32 PM Low Rider J.J. Cale Number 10
1:33 PM Red is the Color Steve Earle Washington Square Serenade
1:37 PM Look at Miss Ohio Gillian Welch Soul Journey
1:41 PM Call of the Wild Wall of Voodoo Call of the Wild
1:48 PM California Uber Alles Dead Kennedys
1:50 PM Sink With California Youth Brigade Sink With Kalifonija
1:56 PM Government Brand Camille and Alexander McGregor Ponies in the Surf
2:02 PM Emcee Murdah K-Os Joyful Rebellion
2:06 PM Onomatopoeia Flobots
2:10 PM Alice in Chains Rooster Dirt
2:16 PM Sam Stone John Prine Great Days
2:22 PM Strange Overtones David Byrne and Brian Eno Everything that Happens Will Happen Today
2:25 PM Wild Mountain Honey Steve Miller
2:34 PM Kukuxumusu Electric Six I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me From Being the Master
2:38 PM Shadows Midnight Juggernauts Dystopia
2:40 PM The Last Mall Steely Dan Everything Must Go
2:44 PM Put it Off The Tragically Hip Trouble at the Henhouse
2:49 PM Cheap and Cheerful The Kills Midnight Boom
2:54 PM China Girl Iggy Pop The Idiot

Living Writers: Sam Quinones

I’m engineering the Living Writers show for the term. Yesterday T. had Sam Quinones on, and I thought it was an especially good interview, so I’m including it here as bonus radio.

Sam is exactly as chill and interesting in person as he sounds in the interview. It felt like meeting a celebrity, except celebrities are supposed to be dicks, and I’d never actually heard of him before.

(I’m not sure if the audio above will work, as I’m linking to it from the wcbn server. Let me know if it doesn’t play or download for you.)

  • wcbn-living_writers-2008-09-24-161501-EDT.mp3

You Want to Be In the Band, You Got to Put Your Hat On


This week was great and fun.

  • hugonaut23sep08.mp3
Playtime Title Artist Album Label
1:01 PM Chicken Soup for the Fuck You Shout Out Out Out Not Saying/Just Saying
1:05 PM Tell the Police the Truth Mahjongg myspace or something
1:10 PM We Hate the Pigs Cause the Pigs Hate Us Kiwi
1:12 PM Cubs in Five The Mountain Goats Nine Black Poppies
1:18 PM Texas Eagle Steve Earle Mountain
1:19 PM Someday Blanche If We Can’t Trust the Doctors
1:22 PM Hello in There John Prine Great Days
1:27 PM Abacua Manteca Diggin the Crates for Afro Cuban Funk
1:37 PM If I Sang it Pretty Bob Snider Catterwaul and Doggerell
1:39 PM Freeway to Stairbird (Live) Rev. Billy C. Wirtz Pianist Envy
1:41 PM One Mint Julep The Clovers Atlantic Rhythm and Blues
1:45 PM Just A Little Bit Jerry Lee Lewis Southern Rock
1:48 PM When I Feel the Sea Beneath My Soul Taj Mahal The Essential
1:49 PM White Lightning Waylon Jennings The Journey: Destiny’s Child
1:54 PM Revelry Kings of Leon Only By the Night
1:57 PM San Bernadino The Mountain Goats Heretic Pride
2:01 PM Family Tree TV on the Radio Dear Science
2:07 PM Everything is Borrowed The Streets Everything is Borrowed
2:10 PM You Go To Satan Rube Waddell Hobo Train
2:14 PM When Dey Wud No Crawfish Old Crow Medicine Show Greetings From WAWA
2:16 PM Codiene Fred Eaglesmith Dusty
2:23 PM Young Bride Midlake The Trials of Van Ocupanther
2:28 PM Isn’t Anything My Bloody Valentine Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside)
2:30 PM Aretha Sing One for Me George Jackson
2:33 PM Nggg DJ Champion Chill Em’ All
2:37 PM Finger Danko Jones Sleep is the Enemy
2:40 PM Sequinsizer The Beta Band To You Alone/Sequinsizer
2:47 PM Sabroso Como el Guarapo Orquestra Sublime Diggin the Crates for Afro Cuban Funk
2:51 PM Many Moons Janelle Monae Metropolis Suite 1: The Chase
2:54 PM 1976 RJD2 Since We Last Spoke

Who’s Been Playing Records in His Bedroom?


Who Disco?
Who Techno?
Who Hip-Hop?
Who Be-Bop?
Who’s been playing records in his bedroom?

Who rocks out?
Who’s spaced out?
Who brings you?
Who sings you?
Who’s still workin’ on his masterpiece?

The great intoxication
The mental generation
Sound effects & laughter
Stupid ever after
Hopin’ it was cranked up
Loud enough for you to hear

He’s drunk and he’s insistent
Shy but he’s persistent
Boisterous & jumpy
Disorganized & funky
Every day he wonders
What the hell she sees in me?

— David Byrne, The Great Intoxication

When I write the post for each radio episode, I usually say how great/fun the show was. Then sometimes I delete that and write something less adjectivey, or leave it without comment. The thing is, for me every show is great and fun. I love doing radio. When I started (just over a year ago now, oh my) I usually sat in the chair. Partially because back then I was doing the 6am slot and I was tired, but mostly because that was the body language of most of the other djs I had trained with. Nowadays I’m driven to stand through the whole show. Or, yes, dance. I love doing this stuff.

Doing radio is probably an anachronism. Having one clique of the technically anointed choosing the playlist for a region may not make sense in a long-tail world of customized content. Everybody has the technological power to access the zeitgeist, or the many mini-zeitgeists of genre and locale, and shape their own experiences of them. Why would you count on radio djs to pick the music, when their only real credential is that they were willing to jump through some training hoops and caffeinate themselves through a first-term early morning shift? If you have internet and a willingness to deploy peer-to-peer software, you effectively have access to a larger music library than any physical radio station can house. And if you can read some audio blogs and music interzines, or just go to some local shows, you can get just as solid a finger on the pulse of the scene as anybody else, including the wannabegentsia with the clever names on the radio.

Apparently I don’t believe in the relevance of the college dj. So why do it? For one, ego, obviously. It’s fun to think of yourself as a radio disc jockey. But wait, there’s more. It’s true that having a real live person doing the work of putting songs together into a musical comment thread is different than having the intercloud dump a bunch of generally great music on you. Knowing that there is some one person doing it is does enhance the focus somehow. And for some reason, it helps if you know they are within a few miles of you. There is a bit of drama there. The real possibility of failure makes it more interesting. (And that’s one thing I know I can provide to an audience.)

But these are reasons why I like listening to radio, not why I like doing it. I should point out: I don’t just like listening to campus radio. I love it. College djs didn’t know they were getting me through my first two years of undergrad. They didn’t know they made my computer-staring existence in Virginia a degree of exciting. They don’t know they chivvied me through a good portion of this new degree thing I’ve been doing. They don’t know I miss them now that I’m in an office and can’t crank the radio when other folks are in there.

I recently had an email exchange with the wcbn programming director in which we both admitted that we kept cassette tapes of campus radio during undergrad. That’s right, when I got home from class I used to sit down at my desk, turn on the radio on my early 90’s stereo and press record on the tape deck. If the song wasn’t good, I would back it up, then press record again, in case the next one was. And those tapes got played again and again, and I regret not knowing where they are today.

So I definitely like listening to campus/community radio, but again: why do I like doing it? I could play the same music at home. And I sure do. Well, the ego, as mentioned. And the sense of power. Driving the transmitter tower, coating the whole town in radio frequency electromagnetic waves of my own choosing! And I really think I have some music to play that someone in town might like, as so many djs have played music which was a big deal to me. When you’re in the booth it’s hard to conceptualize the audience, but they must be out there. Sometimes they even call to tell you so. If there’s a slim chance I’m replicating the role of the djs who have shown me so much great and unexpected music, that’s an exciting chance.

Anywho, this week’s show was great and fun. I think it started out strong and dissipated towards the end, but it hardly matters does it? Because I had fun. A whole hell of a lot of fun.

  • djhugonaut16sep08.mp3
Playtime Title Artist Album Label
1:00 PM All Your Experts Dan Melchior Fire Breathing Clones on Cellular Phones
1:03 PM Grumpus Lambchop Nixon
1:13 PM Cellphones Dead Beck The Information
1:16 PM Dirty Brass dj BC Wu Orleans
1:16 PM Everything is Borrowed The Streets Everything is Borrowed
1:21 PM Bang On The Breeders Mountain Battles
1:23 PM Hold On I’m Coming Jerry Lee Lewis Southern Roots
1:34 PM Hold On I’m Coming Rueben Wilson Love Bug
1:39 PM Folsom Prison Blues Chet Atkins Country Gems
1:40 PM Shayeret Harohvim Boom Pam Puerto Rican Nights
1:41 PM Cyclones Bullwhip Rock The Golden Age of American Rock n’ Roll
1:43 PM Hang On to Your Ego The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
1:48 PM When Eggnog Goes Bad Diplo Sound and Fury
1:54 PM The Great Intoxication David Byrne Look Into the Eyeball
1:57 PM Razzle in my Pocket Ian Dury Jukebox Dury
2:00 PM I Work for the Government Now Central Services
2:04 PM Government Center Jonathan Richman The Best Of
2:06 PM Crips Ratatat Ratatat
2:12 PM Deeper Understanding Kate Bush The Sensual World
2:15 PM Hard Wired Tracy Chapman Let it Rain
2:18 PM Strange Overtones David Byrne and Brian Eno Everything that Happens Will Happen Today
2:23 PM The Intro and the Outro Bonzo Dog Band The Best Comedy Album in the World… Ever
2:30 PM Don’t Be Angry Nappy Brown The Golden Age of American Rock n’ Roll
2:32 PM Thunder on the Mountain Bob Dylan Modern Times
2:38 PM Crowd Surf Off A Cliff Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton Knives Don’t Have Your Back
2:44 PM Second Guessing Tussle Telescope Mind
2:47 PM On Interstate 15 Wall of Voodoo Call of the West
2:50 PM One Mint Julep The Clovers The Golden Age of American Rock n’ Roll
2:55 PM School of Kraut Peter Bjorn and John Seaside Rock

Horrible Experiments, Gone Wrong and Right


Swing-season radio, principally masterminded by un-dj janeboles. Good stuff, I promise.

  • djhugh29aug2008.mp3
Playtime Title Artist Album Label
10:12 PM Strange Overtones David Byrne and Brian Eno Everything that Happens Will Happen Today
10:14 PM Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary
10:14 PM Spatisticus (Autisticus) Ian Dury Very Best of
10:17 PM Raised by Wolves Midnight Juggernauts
10:21 PM Sex With My Ex DB Buxton Review myspace
10:27 PM Pow! Tussle Telescope Mind
10:31 PM Ass Attack Hot Chip
10:35 PM Dog’s Got a Bone The Beta Band The 3 EPs
10:44 PM Use Me Bill Withers Greatest Hits
10:45 PM Anyway the Wind Blows J.J. Cale Okie
10:47 PM Stop Complaining Lryics Born
10:51 PM Underneath the Bunker R.E.M. Life’s Rich Pageant
10:54 PM Amtrak Blues C.R. Avery Dead Poet Live
11:04 PM Voices Inside My Head The Police The Police
11:06 PM Marbles Buddy Miles and Carlos Santana Carlos
11:11 PM Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt 1 The Flaming Lips KCRW Sounds Eclectic 3
11:14 PM Strange Victory Strange Defeat Silver Jews Lookout Mountain Lookout Sea
11:18 PM Love Und Romance the Slits Cut
11:19 PM Crips Ratatat Ratatat
11:25 PM Crazy Violent Femmes
11:27 PM Neu! Crazy Neu!
11:37 PM Porno For Pyros Meija
11:37 PM Amethyst Rock Star Saul Williams
11:42 PM Waiting on a Friend The Rolling Stones Tattoo You
11:46 PM Tried by 12 East Flatbrush Project Zen Remix Retrospective
11:50 PM The Last of the Unplucked Gems The Tragically Hip Road Apples
11:53 PM We’re Gonna Rise The Breeders Mountain Battles

My Plan is Going to Work Out Right


Covering for Laurel’s Constellations show. It was supposed to be a random mishmash just to prevent dead air, but I’m worried there was some good music in there.

  • djhugh31jul2008.mp3
Playtime Title Artist Album Label
12:51 PM Baby Please Don’t Go Harry Manx Dog My Cat
12:55 PM Every Day (I Have the Blues) Count Basie and Big Joe Williams Count Basie Swings and Joe Williams Sings
12:58 PM Sweet Darling Think it Over Junior Wells Dancefloor Jazz 4
1:00 PM Got A Thing On My Mind Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings Dap Dippin
1:07 PM Something’s in the House (Original Version) Gary Numan & Tubeway Album
1:10 PM Hard to Handle The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain The Secret Life of
1:10 PM If There’s Such A Thing As Love The Magnetic Fields I
1:14 PM Radio Dinner National Lampoon Deteriorata
1:20 PM Medley: Turn! Turn! Turn! The Byrds Live at the Fillmore
1:36 PM If the Creeks Don’t Rise Sun Parlour Players
1:40 PM Cotton The Mountain Goats We Shall All Be Healed
1:44 PM track 7 Ali Farka Toure Radio Mali
1:46 PM Insect Collector Shonen Knife Shonen Knife
1:51 PM Music For Morning People Bullfrog Bullfrog
1:54 PM Allah Wakabarr Ofo the Black Company Nigeria 70
1:57 PM Funk Betty Davis Nasty Gal
2:02 PM Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky Lee Dorsey Voodoo Soul (Deep & Dirty New Orleans Funk)
2:05 PM Long Lost Twin Clem Snide The Ghost of Fashion
2:08 PM Bus Driver Ron Hudd The Best Comedy Album in the World… Ever with help from Six Organs of Admittance
2:12 PM New Zealand Pines John Vanderslice Pixel Revolt
2:17 PM Old Siam Sir Paul McCartney Back to the Egg
2:21 PM Lay Lady Lady Bob Dylan Nashville Skyline
2:24 PM Suffering Jukebox Silver Jews Lookout Mountain Lookout Sea
2:32 PM People Eating Fruit Manitoba Start Breaking My Heart
2:32 PM Keep On Agitation Free River of Return
2:37 PM Grow Grow Grow PJ Harvey White Chalk
2:41 PM We Went West Rheostatics Night of the Shooting Stars
2:46 PM Hunter Joni Mitchell Hissing of Summer Lawns – Unreleased Demos
2:49 PM Take Your Things Fred Eaglesmith Fred J. Eaglesmith
2:55 PM The Wizard Turns on His &tc &tc The Flaming Lips At War With the Mystics

Special End of Season Special


The first 20 minutes didn’t get recorded. To duplicate the original experience, play The Israelites by Desmond Dekker, talk a bit, then play Reasons to Be Cheerful, Pt 3 by Ian Dury, talk some more, then Lay It in the Cut by Sharon Jones and Whole Lot of Walking to Do by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. Then play the recording. Should be good.

  • MountainPineBeats26June2008.mp3

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