Nora’s [Fill in the Blank] Radio Show – The Last One

This is the last show my friends. The last blog entry that goes on for a ridiculous amount of space. The last time you’ll ever have to hear Mika (until next fall). For you’re enjoyment, here are the details from Wednesday’s show.

Playlist

  1. We Are Golden Mika*
  2. I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked – Ida Maria
  3. Emasculate Me – The Cribs
  4. Grounds for Divorce – Elbow
  5. Twilight Omens – Franz Ferdinand
  6. Love and Let Love – Gossip
  7. Like It Too Much – Kaiser Chiefs
  8. Perfect Symmetry – Keane
  9. Vienna – Ultravox**
  10. Pick Up Off the Floor – Mika
  11. New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down – LCD Soundsystem***
  12. Ladies and Gentleman (Roll the Dice) – Kasabian
  13. Secret Door – Arctic Monkeys
  14. Tigerlilly – La Roux
  15. Never Gonna Happen – Lily Allen
  16. AnimalMiike Snow
  17. Game Over – VV Brown
  18. Don’t Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go) – The Noisettes
  19. Lollipop Mika****
  20. Zero – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  21. The Golden Age – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  22. New Town – Little Boots
  23. You Want History – Kaiser Chiefs
  24. Can’t Stop Feeling – Franz Ferdinand
  25. Let’s Dance to Joy Division – The Wombats
  26. Merry Happy – Kate Nash
  27. Goodbye Stranger – Supertramp*****

News Items

Releases

  • Mr. Hudson – Straight, No Chaser******
  • The Bravery – Stir the Blood

Well that’s it kiddies. I’ll be back in the fall with stories and British music up the wazoo. I’ll make my exit now before I go all sappy. Until the fall, listen to good music and don’t panic.

*If you click on each of the provided links, you’ll be watching videos for the first three tracks of Mika’s album The Boy Who Knew Too Much. Which I think should be everyone’s goal in life.
**With spiders!!! That will never fail to amuse me.

***Yes, that’s Kermit mouthing along to the song. And yes, that’s the entire reason I linked to it. Kermit is awesome.
****Same thing as with “We Are Golden” but out of order and the first four tracks except for the third cut because a) no video and b) don’t like the song at all. So yeah, exact same thing.
*****I ran over on my show and had to cut this song short. I’ve provided this link so you can listen to the whole song, which you should do because it’s a great song.
******Mr. Hudson is the one sitting. Or you could say Mr. Hudson is the one with bleach blonde hair. Either works, he’s still Mr. Hudson.

Nora’s [Fill in the Blank] Radio Show – The 2nd to Last Show

Apologies for no blog last week. However I won’t be doing a double entry, because that would be ridiculous. So this week’s show was my second to last show for the semester and, because I won’t be here next semester, my second to last show until next fall. Other than cramming three Mika songs into the play list, not that much happened. But I did manage to cram three Mika songs into the play list. Yay me. So here are all the pertinent details:
Playlist

  1. Grace Kelly – Mika
  2. Always Happens Like That – Kaiser Chiefs*
  3. The Sun Ain’t Shining No More – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  4. You’ve Got the Love – Florence + the Machine
  5. I Could Say – Lily Allen
  6. You Haven’t Told Me Anything – Keane
  7. The Bachelor – Patrick Wolf
  8. In Another World – Maximo Park
  9. Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
  10. The Underdog – Spoon**
  11. Fire – Kasabian
  12. Right Where They Left – The White Rabbits
  13. Cornerstone – Arctic Monkeys
  14. New Fang – Them Crooked Vultures
  15. Queen of the World – Ida Maria
  16. Cheat on Me – The Cribs
  17. Plastic Jungle – Miike Snow
  18. I’m Not Your Toy – La Roux
  19. One Foot Boy – Mika***
  20. Remedy – Little Boots
  21. When I Grow Up – Garbage
  22. North American Scum – LCD Soundsystem
  23. Ulysses – Franz Ferdinand
  24. Dimestore Diamond – Gossip
  25. Four Kicks – Kings of Leon
  26. Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  27. Toy Boy – Mika****

News Items

  • A celebrity chef and a guy who’s sampled human hair on album, are set to make a flute out of pig bones. I won’t be playing that and not just because I don’t play the flute.
  • Another week of the NME Top 10, another week of Calvin Harris topping said chart. Anyone who’s been on Never Mind the Buzzcocks is okay in my book, so it’s all good.
  • There’s a one out of five chance that Vampire Weekend will be coming to Mary Wash. However, if you’re in NYC there’s a one out of three chance of seeing them. Best be moving to NYC if you like Vampire Weekend.
  • NME comes out with a CD of their favourite songs from 2009. Unsurprisingly, no Kaiser Chiefs, Keane or Lily Allen. However lots of artists I haven’t heard of.
  • Ever wanted to ask Simon Cowell a question? Well if you’re in the UK you can. My question: Why does everything you touch turn to crap?
  • The Cribs announce a North American with Johnny Marr!! I won’t be here, but you should go and see the Cribs. With Johnny Marr!! It’s on a Tuesday, but still, Johnny Marr!
  • Paul McCartney turned down an opportunity to work with Ozzy Osbourne. No one was surprised, save Ozzy who had never listened to the kind of music Paul McCartney writes.
  • The best albums of the decade according to the NME. Per usual, we don’t see eye to eye.

Releases

  • Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
  • Norah Jones – The Fall
  • Fall Out Boy – Believers Never Die: Greatest Hits

So that’s everything from the second to last show until next fall. Tune in on December 3rd for my greatest hits aka the last show until Fall 2010 (!!!). Until then, listen to great music and don’t panic. And go to the radio station’s 80’s dance party.

*There use to be on YouTube a great video for this song that made Lily Allen look like a cat that had been transformed into a human. However, because the BBC is pooey, it’s been taken down. Sad face
**I’m not entirely sure if this a legit video for this song, but it looks like it could be a legit video, so yeah. Here’s hoping it’s not a crappy fan video.
***I could have tortured all of you. I’m quite capable of it. But since I already kind of know what songs I’m playing for my last show, I decided against it.
****This is just the audio. It’s a fun little song, so you should listen. And no scary pictures of people starring at you (I hate those kind of videos, they always weird me out, no matter how much I like the face starring at me. It’s just weird.)

Nora’s [Fill in the Blank] Radio Show – 11/4/09

I don’t have much to say. Here are all the details from last night’s show.

Playlist

  1. Great DJ – The Ting Tings
  2. Between Love & Hate – The Strokes
  3. You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb – Spoon
  4. Wrong ‘Em Boyo – The Clash
  5. Never Gonna Happen – Lily Allen
  6. Don’t Upset the Rhythm – Noisettes
  7. I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked – Ida Maria
  8. Emasculate Me – The Cribs
  9. Never Miss a Beat – Kaiser Chiefs
  10. Charmless Man – Blur
  11. Ulysses – Franz Ferdinand
  12. Grounds for Divorce – Elbow*
  13. You only live once – The Strokes
  14. Black and Blue – Miike Snow
  15. Zero – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  16. Bulletproof – La Roux
  17. Paper Planes – M.I.A.
  18. The Sun Ain’t Shining No More – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  19. Remedy – Little Boots
  20. Dimestore Diamond – Gossip
  21. Girls Who Play Guitars – Maximo Park
  22. Float On – Modest Mouse
  23. Dr. John – Mika**
  24. Always Something There To Remind Me – Sandi Shaw***
  25. You Don’t Know Me – Ben Folds ft. Regina Spektor
  26. French Navy – Camera Obscura
  27. Mercy – Duffy
  28. Dolores Delivers a Glorious Death

News Items

Releases

  • Julian Casablancas – Phrazes for the Young

That’s it until next week. Enjoy Bonfire Day and while burning things, might I suggest listening to the 1812 Overture?

*As performed by the band with the BBC Orchestra.
**I could have tortured you, but I was feeling generous.
***This clip is from the brilliant, and only available in the UK, Blackpool miniseries featuring David Tennant and David Morrissey. You can kind of hear Sandi Shaw, but that’s not really the point now is it?

Nora’s [Fill in the Blank] Radio Show – 10/28/09

So this week I experimented in the idea of letting shuffle take care of making up my playlist (sort of). There were some bumps, but overall, I can easily be replaced by a computer. Except for the mockery. That’s all me baby. So here are last night’s show’s details.

Playlist

  1. Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett*
  2. Everyone’s At It – Lily Allen
  3. Can’t Say What I Mean – Kaiser Chiefs**
  4. Hummingbird – Wilco
  5. Mis-Shapes – Pulp
  6. Cheat on Me – The Cribs
  7. Hard Times – Patrick Wolf
  8. Love and Let Love – The Gossip
  9. New in Town – Little Boots
  10. I Have Loved You Wrong – The Swell Season***
  11. Vienna – Ultravox****
  12. Crash the Party – Ok Go
  13. Mr. Brightside – The Killers~*****
  14. Good Gone Girl – Mika
  15. Never Forget You – Noisettes
  16. Twilight Omens – Franz Ferdinand
  17. Skip to the End – Futurheads
  18. Zero – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  19. I’m Not Your Toy – La Roux
  20. Sweet Heart Hooligan – The Rumble Strips******
  21. The Salesman (Tramp Life) – The White Rabbits
  22. Love Today – Mika~
  23. Audience with the Pope – Elbow
  24. Cornerstone – Arctic Monkeys*******
  25. Burial – Miike Snow
  26. Brazil – Arcade Fire
  27. Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra

News Items

  • Should record contracts have an intervention clause in case an artist or band decide to pull an Amy Winehouse? Who knows, but I would really like to see label bosses try and enforce that clause.
  • Want to know what happened to Morrissey (ever)? NME.com has you covered.
  • Kanye West to serve 50 hours of community service. Maybe it will deflate his ego a micrometer, but in all likelihood, he’ll just complain thus causing his ego to grow even larger.
  • Fall Out Boy to release a greatest hits album. God only knows why, but there you have it. I’m sure stranger things have happened.
  • The Mighty Boosh are hoping to release a film and record next year. I cross my fingers in the hopes that the album will include “Love Games.”
  • Pulp are going to play Glastonbury 2010!!! Oh no, never mind.
  • The Cribs raise money for neglected children in the Leeds/West Yorkshire area by re-releasing their cover of “Modern Way.” Can’t really say anything snarky about that now can I?
  • More crap about illegal downloading laws in the UK. I promise, no more news items about this issue, really. No more.
  • Lily Allen in talks to set up her own record label thus nullifying her previous statement that she’s quitting the music business. Next week she’ll announce that she’s going to release an album through her new label thus nullifying the statement that she’s just quitting singing. And so on and so forth.

Releases

  • Devendra Banhart – What Will We Be
  • Echo and the Bunnymen – The Fountain
  • Weezer – Raditude
  • Wolfmother – Cosmic Egg
  • Tegan and Sara – Sainthood
  • The Swell Season – Strict Joy

Well that is it until next week, when I’ll be making the play list all by myself (hopefully.) Until then have a safe Halloween, watch out for a crazy person in a pink tutu and don’t panic.

~The video for this song is directed by Sophie Muller, video director goddess. Check out her wikipedia entry for more info on her directing style and other videos she’s directed, it’s worth the time and effort.

*I’ve played this song on the show before Halloween for the past two years. I think that makes it a tradition right?
**This isn’t the full song, just further proof that I’m a crazy fan girl willing to post anything done by this band.
***I was at the performance! It was amazing. Like whoa.
****With spiders!
*****On my show I said this was the song that got me back into pop. I wasn’t lying. It was a snow day and, as they say, the rest is history. A history which I won’t burden you with. Also for some reason I kept calling this song “Mr. Bright Eyes.” I don’t know why. :shrugs:
******Another instance when I call something the wrong thing. The title of the album that this song comes from is not Welcome to the Long Walk Alone. It’s just Welcome to the Walk Alone. Again, not sure why I keep calling it the wrong thing, blame bad brain connections.
*******When I imagined what the video for this song would be like in my head, this was not it. Not at all.

Nora’s [Fill in the Blank] Radio Show – 10/21/09

So this week’s show started with a huge, life-altering announcement: I’m studying abroad in London next semester. Other topics discussed included the release date of the Asteroids Galaxy Tour’s debut album (October 26th), Alex James, and cheese. Everything else is listed below in some fashion.

Playlist

  1. Victoria – The Kinks
  2. Tigerlily – La Roux
  3. Touches You – Mika*
  4. The Golden Age – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  5. Never Forget You – The Noisettes
  6. Fuck You – Lily Allen**
  7. Charmless Man – Blur
  8. California Waiting – Kings of Leon
  9. Tropical Iceland – Fiery Furnaces
  10. Secret Door – Arctic Monkeys
  11. Brazil – The Spinto Band***
  12. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps – Cake
  13. Kiss With a Fist – Florence + the Machine
  14. Wings of a Dove – Madness
  15. Save It For Later – The Beat
  16. No You Girls – Franz Ferdinand
  17. Ignore the Ignorant – The Cribs
  18. Goody Two Shoes – Adam Ant
  19. You Want History – Kaiser Chiefs****
  20. Take the Long Way Home – Supertramp

News Items

  • Lady Gaga relaunches her North American tour but forgets DC. Of course.
  • On the other hand the Arctic Monkeys announce more North American tour dates and remember DC. But it’s during exams. I just can’t win.
  • Some very lucky Mancunians got to see Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand play an acoustic set this past Saturday. I, per usual, took Alex’s Twitter update literally and thought he was at an actual tea party.
  • Kings Of Leon career-spanning exhibition to open in London. I’m confused as to how they earned this, but whateves.
  • Amy Winehouse hasn’t taken drugs in a year. According to her Dad. Very reliable, I’m sure.
  • The Madness re-release their debut album, One Step Beyond. Unlike with other re-releases, this one’s old, so it’s cool.

Releases

  • Florence + The Machine – Lungs
  • Flight of the Conchords – I Told You I Was Freaky
  • Sufjan Stevens – The BQE
  • Electric Six – Kill

And that is it until next week. In the mean time, listen to some good music and don’t panic.

*Here’s some insider information for you lot. I’m going to be playing at least one track from Mika’s The Boy Who Knew Too Much every week until the end of the semester. Slowly but surely you will a learn to love Mika. Mwhahahahahaha
**About mid-way through this song I found out my GM (general manager, person who owns me) was listening. And I wasn’t playing the clean version of the song. Not a good idea.
***My sister recommended two of the tracks for this week’s show, the other being Florence + the Machine’s “Kiss with a Fist.”
****I will always love this video because towards the end there’s a great shot of Mark Ronson sitting on the drum platform with a Leeds United scarf playing the tambourine. Makes me laugh every time.