Friday, December 13, 2013

Dec 11th Wed Afternoon Mix on KRFC Ft Collins

Dec 11th 2013

Below is the playlist from my weekly radio show on commercial-free community radio. This is in no way a reflection of the kind of music that I typically play at a wedding or other private event. For more about the fascinating differences between DJing live events and DJing on the radio please scroll down to the end of this post.

Complete listing of all my playlists are available here

1:01pm Dr. Dog “Lonesome” from Be the Void CD Album (Anti 2012)
1:08pm Second Hand Smokers “Cleopatra” from One More First CD Album (Second Hand Smokers 2011) L
1:17pm Cass McCombs “Meet me At The Mannequin Factory” from Big Wheel and Others MP3 Album (Domino 2013)
1:21pm Ray LaMontagne “Henry Nearly Killed Me (It's A Shame)” from Gossip in the Grain CD Album (RCA 2008)
1:25pm Harry Belefonte “Yonder Come Day” from The Long Road To Freedom (Unknown)
1:29pm Galaxies “At The Zoo With You” from Galaxies Christmas 2011 MP3 Single (Unknown 2011) L
1:33pm Son Seals “Going Back Home” from 35x35 Comp (Alligator Records)
1:41pm The Raconteurs “Old Enough (Bluegrass Version)” from Brioken Boy Soldiers CD Album (Third Man 2006)
1:48pm Mosey West “The Next Breakdown” from Bermuda CD EP (Mosey West 2013) L
1:58pm Tommy Castro “Suitcase Full Of Blues” from Can't Keep A Good Man Down CD Album (Blind Pig 1997)
2:02pm Stella Luce “Broken Heart” from Entropy (Independant 2010) L
2:05pm Rich With Friends “My Dogs” from One Step Closer CD Album (Rich With Friends 2012) L
2:09pm Longest Day Of The Year “Bury Books With Bone” from Turn Into the Ground CD Album (Mulewax 2012) L
2:13pm Peter Gabriel “I Don't Remember” from Down To Earth MP3 Single (Walt Disney 2008)
2:17pm Neil Diamond “Thank The Lord For The Nightime” from 10 Favorites (Promo) CD Album (Columbia 2009)
2:20pm Janis Joplin “Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)” from 18 Essentail Songs Digital‑Library Album (Sony BMG 1995)
2:24pm Britton Deuel “Reveal” from Sky Between the Pines CD Album (Britton Deuel 2013) L
2:31pm Buffalo Killers “The Path Before Me” from Buffalo Killers CD Album (Alive 2006)
2:36pm Escape Goats “Edge Of A Cliff” from On The Lam CD Album (Goat Eye Music 2013) L
2:40pm Jimmy Cliff “Bongo Man” from We Are All One/The Best Of Jimmy Cliff CD Album (Columbia 2012)
2:44pm Jalan Crossland “Don Quixote” from Portrait Of A Fish CD Album (Boom Chicken Rekkerds 2011) L
2:52pm Brave Combo “Coal And Switches” from Holidays CD Album (Rounder Records 2005)
2:55pm Willie Nelson “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!” from Remember Me CD Album (R and J 2011)
2:58pm Andrew Bird “Give It Away” from Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production OF Eggs CD Album (Wegawam 2005)
3:03pm Mama Lenny and the Remedy “Help Me” from Punches & Hugs CD Album (Mama Lenny and the Remedy 2012) L
3:09pm Otis Taylor “Romans Had Their Way” from Otis Taylor's Contraband CD Album (Telarc 2012) L
3:14pm Jason Ricci & New Blood “Keep The Wolf From My Door” from Blood On the Road CD Album (Rah Fox 2005)
3:19pm Post Paradise “Here Come The Wolves” from Digging Secrets CD Album (Post Paradise 2013) L
3:25pm Muddy Waters “I Be's Troubled” from 100 Blues Masters CD Comp (Time Music 2001)
3:29pm Natalie Cole “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball” from Ken Burns' Baseball Documentary Soundtrack CD Album (Elektra Nonesuch/Warner 1994)
3:32pm Benny Goodman “Santa Came In The Spring” from Benny Goodman Combos LP (Columbia)
3:34pm Primus “Jerry Was A Racecar Driver” from Frizzle Fry CD Album (Caroline Distribution 1990)
3:46pm Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “Running Man's Bible”from Mojo CD Album (Reprise 2010)
3:53pm Isley Brothers “You Make Me Wanna Shout” from The Definitive Collection MP3 Album (Hip-O 2007)
3:57pm Otis Spann “Must Have Been The Devil”from 'Up Jumped The Devil' American Devil Songs 1920's - 1950's CD Comp (Viper 2008)

The very best thing about DJing for a live audience is the real-time feedback they give you. No words need to be spoken, 50 - 500 people cannot help but let you know how the party is going. This leads to a certain trust and understanding between audience and DJ. This is called "reading a crowd" and is an absolute blast when you are good at it. I also like to encourage people to approach me throughout the night to make requests. This helps to really hone in on what the crowd might is calling for.

DJing on the radio is totally different. No crowd. No Feedback. There might be a handful of phone calls from people who are listening. They might offer a few encouraging words to go along with a question or a request here and there.

I DJ on a non-commercial community radio station which is even different from standard commercial radio. I have total freedom over what I play on daytime radio as long as its FCC compliant and not too aggressive. Some of the more adventurous music is reserved for shows later at night. I take my work and music selections very seriously, I work very hard to play music you won't hear on most radio stations. This includes a lot of local music and other seldom heard tracks from more well known artists.

Community radio allows me to really explore how music can go together and how to transition from one style to another. It's also a lot of fun to play one song and then play something completely different that the listening audience could not have predicted but will in my estimation enjoy.

The biggest difference between DJing for a live audience and an unseen audience in radio land is the difference in music. DJing for a live audience typically demands that you play more recognizable dance friendly music that will appeal to a wide audience. Community radio is a much more open format in which I can play the most amazing music without any consideration to whether or not a song is danceable.

Djing both to live audiences and on community radio is to me what I believe to be the best of two closely related but different worlds. I consider myself very lucky to have one foot in each of these two realms. Experience in one always compliments the other making me a better all around DJ and entertainer with every passing week.

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