Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Dec 4th 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 Bruce Springsteen “Forever Young” from Lost Sessions CD Album (Columbia 2010)
1:06pm The Young Russians “Jade” from Warehouse Sessions CD EP (The Young Russians 2011) L
1:10pm B.B. King “Into The Night” from Live at San Quentin CD Album (Geffen 1990)
1:17pm Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight Tonight” from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness CD Album (BMI 1995)
1:22pm Truckstop Honeymoon “Latch Key Kid Recipe Book” from Homemade Haircut CD Album (Squirrel 2010)
1:26pm Cake “Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To War” from B-Sides And Rarities CD Album (Upbeat Records 2007)
1:32pm Willie Nelson “Sixteen Tons” from Remember Me CD Album (R and J 2011)
1:38pm Harry Belefonte “Goodbye Everybody” from The Long Road To Freedom (Unknown)
1:54pm Ben Harper “Rock And Roll Is Free” from Both Sides Of The Gun CD Album (Virgin 2006)
2:02pm Yawpers “Heart On A String” from Capon Crusade CD Album (Yawpers 2012) L
2:06pm Captain Beefheart “Pachuco Cadaver” from trout mask replica CD Album (Reprise 1970)
2:12pm Nirvana “Polly” from MTV Unplugged in New York: Nirvana CD Album (Geffen 1994)
2:20pm Peter Gabriel “I Don't Remember” from Sixteen Golden Greats CD Album (Geffen 1994)
2:24pm Rose Hill Drive “Man On Fire” from Rose Hill Drive CD Single (Unknown 2006) L
2:26pm Mama Lenny and the Remedy “Big Bird” from Punches & Hugs CD Album (Mama Lenny and the Remedy 2012) L
2:28pm Squirrel Nut Zippers “Put A Lid On It” from Christmas Caravan CD Album (Mammoth 1998)
2:45pm Outernational “Eyes On Fire” CD EP (Outernational 2009)
2:48pm Beastie Boys “Hold It Now Hit It” from Licensed to Ill CD Album (Def Jam 1986)
2:55pm John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light “Go To Hell (With Me)”from Beautiful Empty CD Album (Free School 2011) L
3:02pm Mosey West “Hurricane Eyes” from Bermuda CD EP (Mosey West 2013) L
3:11pmCommon Anomaly “Pour Mon Frere” from Iridium CD Album (Common Anomaly 2011) L
3:15pm Ghost In The Machine “Choices” from Above Suspicion CD Album (Haus Of Kraus 2012) L
3:18pm Kristina Murray “Smoke And Brown Whiskey” from Unravelin' CD Album (Kristina Murray 2014) L
3:22pm Shel “Battle Of Evermore” from SHEL CD Album (Moraine Records / Mad King Records 2012) L
3:30pm Porno for Pyros “Porno For Pyros”from Porno For PyRos CD Album (Warner Brothers 1993)
3:34pm The Convalescents “The Real Me” from The Convalescents (The Convalescents 2012) L
3:37pm Red Hot Chili Peppers “Punk Rock Classic” from Uplift Party Mofo Plan CD Album (Warner Brothers 1987)
3:39pm Galactic “Hey Na Na” from Carnivale Electrico's MP3 Album (Unknown 2012)
3:43pm John Legend & The Roots “Our Generation” from Wake Up! CD Album (Columbia Records 2010)
3:45pm Musketeer Gripweed “Woman” from Live From Austin SXSW MP3 Single (Musketeer Gripweed 2011) L
3:49pm A.C. Reed “These Blues Is Killing Me”from Rare Blues CD Album (Fuel 2000 2007)
 3:57pm David Bowie “Andy Warhol” from Hunky Dory CD Album (Ryko 1990)

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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