Radio shows

Sing All Kinds Radio: “The 1980 Show”

My initial pitch for my radio show at WYXR was called “Postwar Pop,” and conceit was that each week I was going to play music from a different year, 1945-2000. But they gave me too much time to think between giving me a show and the station’s launch and once I started thinking of one-off ideas for shows those ideas piled up to the point that I switched to the “Sing All Kinds,” weekly theme format. But I think I’m going to weave the original notion in, with one “time travel” show each month. 

This week was the first one, jumping back 40 years. I did forget to move the fader on the first record I played, so this playback missed the first 20 seconds or so of “Take Your Time.” 

Next week: “The Your Favorite Music Show,” songs about listening to, well, songs. 

Here’s this week’s show:

And here’s this week’s playlist:

  1. “When You Were Mine” — Prince
  2. “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” — The S.O.S. Band 
  3. “Upside Down” — Diana Ross
  4. “Open Up” — Chic
  5. “Zulu Nation Throwdown” – Afrika Bambaataa and Cosmic Force
  6. “Twist and Crawl” — The English Beat
  7. “Crosseyed and Painless” — Talking Heads
  8. “I Found That Essence Rare” — Gang of Four
  9. “Fa Ce-La” — The Feelies
  10. “Split” — Kleenex
  11. “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” — The Slits
  12. “The World’s a Mess, It’s in My Kiss” — X
  13. “Rolling Along” — Lucinda Williams
  14. “Something on Your Mind” — Professor Longhair
  15. “I’m Getting Ready to Go” — Michael Hurley
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Sing All Kinds Radio: “The Play a Train Song Show”

I missed doing last week’s show due to traveling, but it was nice to be back behind the glass at Crosstown Concourse this week.

This show was inspired by the Todd Snider song that leads things off. There are tons of good “train songs,” so this was a show that could have filled two or three hours easy. 

Next week I’m planning on the first of monthly “time travel” shows exploring individual years: The 1980 Show. 

Here’s this week’s show:

And here’s this week’s playlist:

  1. “Play a Train Song” — Todd Snider
  2. “Night Train to Memphis” — Roy Acuff 
  3. “The Memphis Train” — Rufus Thomas
  4. “Freedom Train” — James Carr
  5. “Ride That Train” — The Oblivians
  6. “Mystery Train” — Elvis Presley
  7. “Folsom Prison Blues” — Johnny Cash
  8. “My Baby Thinks He’s a Train” — Rosanne Cash
  9. “Waiting for a Train’ — Dickey Betts
  10. “Georgia on a Fast Train” — Billy Joe Shaver
  11. “Train” — Uncle Tupelo 
  12. “Night Train” — James Brown
  13. “Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train” — Mabel Scott
  14. “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” — Louis Jordan
  15. “Everybody Loves a Train” — Los Lobos
  16. “Westbound Train” – Dennis Brown
  17. “C’Mon and Ride It (Railroad Mix)” — Quad City DJs
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‘Sing All Kinds’ Radio: The Movie Show

This week’s edition of “Sing All Kinds” on WYXR was inspired by the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival. It was The Movie Show, a hour of songs about cinema. 

The show can be streamed (and downloaded) after the fact on the show page. I’m on vacation next week and won’t have a show, but look forward to a set of themes in November that will include time travel, locomotion and something appropriate for Thanksgiving. 

Here’s this week’s show:

And here’s this week’s playlist:

  1. “Movie Magg” — Carl Perkins
  2. “Tom Courtenay” — Yo La Tengo 
  3. “The Right Profile” — The Clash
  4. “Marie Provost” — Nick Lowe
  5. “Ingrid Bergman” — Billy Bragg and Wilco
  6. “Made for TV Movie” — Clem Snide
  7. “Debaser” — The Pixies
  8. “The Union Forever” — The White Stripes
  9. “New Age” — The Velvet Underground
  10. “Bette Davis Eyes” — Kim Carnes
  11. “Kung Fu Reference” — Ass Ponys
  12. “Woody Allen” — Allo Darlin
  13. “Attica” — Wussy 
  14. “The Sands of Iwo Jima” — The Drive-By Truckers
  15. “Slapped Actress” — The Hold Steady
  16. “What’s Yr Take on Cassavetes?” — Le Tigre
  17. “Saturday Night at the Movies” — The Drifters
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‘Sing All Kinds’ Radio: The ABCs of Love Show

This week’s edition of “Sing All Kinds” on WYXR featured me remembering to take off my mask before I talked but also a couple of CD malfunctions. Still, overall I’d grade it an upgrade in execution. To paraphrase David Porter, I’m just trying to make it better each and every week.

The show can be streamed (and downloaded) after the fact on the show page. Next week’s show, in honor of the Indie Memphis Film Festival, will be “The Movie Show.” 

Here’s this week’s show:

And here’s this week’s playlist:

  1. “The ABCs of Love” — Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  2. “Alison” — Elvis Costello 
  3. “Bonita Applebaum” — A Tribe Called Quest
  4. “Charles” — Scrawl
  5. “Donna” — Clem Snide
  6. “Evangeline” — Los Lobos
  7. “Hey, Miss Fannie” — The Clovers
  8. “Gloria” — Them
  9. “Hannah Hunt” — Vampire Weekend
  10. “Irma Jackson” — Merle Haggard
  11. “Jolene” — Cory Branan (didn’t actually play)
  12. “Kathleen” — The Blasters
  13. “Lola” — The Kinks
  14. “Mary Anne” — Marshall Crenshaw
  15. “Nadine” — Chuck Berry
  16. “Ophelia” — The Band
  17. “Peggy Sue” — Buddy Holly & the Crickets
  18. “Lovely Rita” — The Beatles
  19. “Sheena is a Punk Rocker Now” — The Ramones
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‘Sing All Kinds’ Radio: The We’re Gonna Make It Show

It’s not just a very sporadically updated blog. It’s now a radio show. The first edition of my weekly radio show for the new WYXR radio (91.7 FM in Memphis, everywhere) was Thursday afternoon.

It was the first time in more than 20 years I’ve done a show. The muscle memory remained, but if doing a radio show is like riding a bike it might take a couple of weeks to keep it from wobbling. There were a couple of times I started a song without having it’s channel set to go live. I forgot to drop my mask when I talked, which is why I sound muffled. And I was a little distracted on the mike anyway because I was trying to remember all the buttons I needed to press and when. I’m expecting at least 20% fewer flubs next week.

The show — every Thursday at 4 p.m. — will be thematic. The first show attempted to reflect the mood of the moment. Next week will be “The ABCs of Love.” You’ll have to tune in to see what that means. You can listen to the stream of this week’s show at the link below (note: the first song on this stream is the last cut from the previous show).

And here’s this week’s setlist:

The We’re Gonna Make It Show

  1. “Please Don’t Bury Me” — John Prine 
  2. “This Year” — Mountain Goats 
  3. “Badlands” — Bruce Springsteen
  4. “Buck Up” — Carsie Blanton
  5. “Seems Like a Long Time” — Rod Stewart
  6. “Bon Bon Vie” — T.S. Monk 
  7. “Tread Water” — De La Soul
  8. “Ultimate” — Gogol Bordello
  9. “Life in Marvelous Times” — Mos Def
  10. “Hope the High Road” — Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
  11. “Good Fortune” — Todd Snider
  12. “Don’t Ever Change” — Amy Rigby
  13. “Time Tough” — Toots & the Maytals
  14. “Michael and Heather at the Baggage Claim” — Fountains of Wayne
  15. “All the Best” — John Prine