Nora’s [Fill in the Blank] Radio Show – 10/14/09

We’re back from fall break and the weather has decided it’s actually winter. Here are the basic details from the show, I’ve got a lot of foot notes this time, so quickly, onto the songs and stuff!


  1. Blame It On the Girls – Mika
  2. Disco 2000 – Pulp
  3. I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked – Ida Maria
  4. Emasculate Me – The Cribs
  5. Can’t Stop Feeling – Franz Ferdinand
  6. Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads*
  7. Like It Too Much – Kaiser Chiefs**
  8. The Fix – Elbow
  9. Bleeding Love – The Wombats***
  10. Song Away – Hockey****
  11. Pretend That You’re Alone – Keane
  12. Heart of Glass – Blondie
  13. Bulletproof – La Roux
  14. New In Town – Little Boots
  15. Push the Envelope – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  16. Lover Boy – Mika*****
  17. Whistle for the Choir – The Fratellis
  18. I Could Say – Lily Allen
  19. Cornerstone – Arctic Monkeys
  20. Star Star – The Frames
  21. Thick as Thieves – Kasabian
  22. London – The Rumble Strips
  23. French Navy – Camera Obscura
  24. All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem******

News Items

  • David Archuleta – Christmas From the Heart
  • Bob Dylan – Christmas in the Heart
  • Flaming Lips – Embryonic
  • Death Cab For Cuties – Box Set

Well that’s it for this week. Next week’s show will be starting late, so prepare yourself for less insanity by listening to Mika. Or the Kaiser Chiefs or whatever causes you to go crazy. Until then, don’t panic.

*This is from the concert video Stop Making Sense which was my first introduction to the idea of a tiny, tiny man in a really big suit. Enjoy
**In this same recording session, Lily Allen pretended to be a cat. It was great.
***As you can tell, this is not the version by the Wombats. I just like messing with your heads and I like Leona Lewis’ version just as well.
****The bassist for this band was on Never Mind the Buzzcocks last week and talked a lot more than I thought he would. However he didn’t know the lyrics to his own band’s song.
******Turned out I had more time than I thought, so I unofficially played another song. Here’s the link to the “official” video of Mika performing “Billy Brown.”

Nora’s [Fill in the Blank] – 9/30/09

So this for this week’s show I spent great long periods of time not saying a thing. I guess you could say I let the music speak for itself (which I’m sure many of you were glad to have happen.) So, to mirror my show, this week’s entry will let the music speak for itself. 0_0


  1. Rockin’ the Suburbs – Ben Folds
  2. Mirrorball – Elbow
  3. Sleep Alone – Bat For Lashes
  4. Ladies and Gentleman (Roll the Dice) – Kasabian
  5. Tomato in the Rain – Kaiser Chiefs
  6. Never Forget You – Noisettes
  7. French Navy – Camera Obscura
  8. Not the Only Person – The Rumble Strips
  9. High Fidelity – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
  10. Goodbye Mr. A – The Hoosiers
  11. No You Girls – Franz Ferdinand
  12. Keep Fishin’ – Weezer
  13. 22 – Lily Allen
  14. New In Town – Little Boots
  15. Animal – Miike Snow
  16. Bulletproof – La Roux
  17. Human – The Killers
  18. Hard Times – Patrick Wolf
  19. The Golden Age – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  20. Vienna – Ultravox
  21. Zero – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  22. Love and Let Love – The Gossip
  23. Black Burning Heart – Keane
  24. The Calculation – Regina Spektor
  25. Emasculate Me – The Cribs
  26. Dolores Delivers a Glorious Death – The Blood Arm

News Items


  • La Roux – La Roux
  • Mariah Carey – Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel
  • Madness – The Liberty of Norton Folgate
  • Where the Wild Things Are OST
  • Chromeo – DJ Kicks

That’s it until next week. Until then, don’t panic.

Nora’s [Fill in the Blank] Radio Show – 9/23/09

This week’s show was made in the face of much opposition. This week’s show was created out my sweat and tears as the last thread of my sanity went down the proverbial drain. This week’s show happened in spite of the fact that no one did a thing to speak of. This week’s show was created because I care about all of you. This week I’ll give you both the talking points and videos. Don’t expect that kind of respect next week. So now for the dets.

Playlist [There were two minor revisions from the original playlist, but no worries, I wrote everything down this week]

  1. Morning Light – Ida Maria
  2. Ignore the Ignorant – The Cribs
  3. Bad Reputation – Joan Jett
  4. Rudie Can’t Fail – The Clash
  5. Right Where They Left – The White Rabbits
  6. Can’t Stop Feeling – Franz Ferdinand
  7. Just – Mark Ronson
  8. When The Cows Come Home – Blur
  9. French Navy – Camera Obscura
  10. London – The Rumble Strips
  11. Mouthwash – Kate Nash
  12. Waiting – Cake
  13. Good Days Bad Days – Kaiser Chiefs
  14. F*** YouLily Allen [This is the explicit version, so be warned]
  15. Seattle – The BPA
  16. Young Love – Mystery Jets
  17. Burial – Miike Snow
  18. Fire – Kasabian
  19. Grounds for Divorce – Elbow*
  20. Wait For Me – The Pigeon Detectives
  21. Low Rising – The Swell Season
  22. On the other side – The Strokes
  23. Blue Skies – Noah and the Whale
  24. Can’t Say What I Mean – Kaiser Chiefs**
  25. Golden Years – David Bowie***
  26. We Are Golden – Mika
  27. Ulysses – Franz Ferdinand

The Talking Points


  • Mum – Sing Along to Songs You Don’t Know
  • Rufus Wainwright – Milwaukee at Last!!! [Deluxe Edition]
  • Baseman Jaxx – Scars
  • Monsters of Folk – Monsters of Folk

Well that’s it for this week. Next week is up in the air, though there will defininatly be music, I can promise you that. Until then, don’t panic.

*As with last week I’m featuring Elbow backed by a full orchestra. The first link is to the official video, the second to the Abbey Road session. What can I say, I’m a sucker for orchestration.
**This is me, dragging you into my sad obsession. I apologize.
***Whenever I hear this song, I think of the big dance scene from A Knight’s Tale. So in choosing a video link, guess what I went with. The big dance scene from A Knight’s Tale.

Nora’s [Fill in the Blank] Radio Show! 9/16/09

First of all I would like to point I’ve unwittingly started a trend, which I’m totally cool with. However, I accidentally threw out my talking points and deleted the links to all the articles I mentioned during my show. Now this doesn’t mean I don’t remember what I talked about. I remember. It’s more that, until I get some more free time (which, by the way, is the reason why this is being written 2 days after my show was aired), no talking points without links (so no talking points). To make up for that I’m going to try and link all of the songs I played to videos on YouTube. I can’t promise that every song will be on YouTube :cough:And Your Bird Can Sing:cough:, but I’ll do my darndest to find one! So onwards and upwards!


  1. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Beyonce
  2. Picture Book – The Kinks
  3. Let Me Go – Cake
  4. Not Fair – Lily Allen
  5. Crash the Party – OK Go
  6. Another Sunny Day – Belle & Sebastian
  7. And Your Bird Can Sing – The Beatles
  8. Uprising – Muse
  9. Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
  10. Cornerstone – Arctic Monkeys
  11. The Universal – Blur
  12. Mirrorball – Elbow*
  13. Like It Too Much – Kaiser Chiefs
  14. Pumpkin Soup – Kate Nash
  15. We Were Aborted – The Cribs
  16. Viva La Vida – Coldplay**
  17. Pretend That You’re Alone – Keane
  18. The Golden Age – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  19. Twilight Omens – Franz Ferdinand
  20. Antmusic – Adam and the Ants
  21. Creepin Up the Back Stairs – The Fratellis
  22. Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  23. Love and Let Love – Gossip
  24. Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode***
  25. It’s All Too Much – The Beatles****


  • Muse – The Resistance
  • Nelly Furtado – Mi Plan
  • Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon:The End of Day
  • Manic Street Preachers – Journal for Plague Lovers
  • Mark Knopfler – Get Lucky

Well that it’s for this week. Come back next week for crazy British stuff and hopefully this time I’ll remember to not throw out my talking points.

*This was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, with a live orchestra and choir. Hence why I linked it.
**From here until the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the songs are out of order. The original order was suppose to be “Twilight Omens”, “Antmusic”, “Creepin Up the Backstairs”, “Viva La Vida”, “Pretend That You’re Alone”, and finally “The Golden Age.” This is what happens when I don’t have my Zune.
***If you click the link and start watching the video, you’ll very quickly realize that this isn’t Depeche Mode. The Saturdays (the band peforming) are a pre-fab girl group from the UK are made up of the remains of a TV kid band, S-Club. One of the member’s was on Never Mind the Buzzcocks which is why I know any of this.
****This is taken from the original Yellow Submarine movie. It’s suppose to be this trippy, trust me.

Nora’s [Fill in the Blank] Radio Show – 9/9/09

So last night’s show was a bit dicey from my end. As I mentioned during the broadcast I accidentally “immersed” my Zune in “water”* and so last night was Nora reacquainting herself with the CD players in the station. But I made it through the whole show without muting the microphone or CDs for longer than 10 seconds, so it was a success in certain respects. Last night was also a theme night, namely the Mercury Prize. For today’s summary I will be posting the playlist, this week’s releases and the tid bits of information I gave out last night on the Mercury Prize. Have fun!


  1. Better Days – Speech Debelle
  2. In These Arms – The Swell Season
  3. Rudie Fails – The White Rabbits
  4. Amsterdam – Coldplay
  5. Darts of Pleasure – Franz Ferdinand
  6. Never Gonna Happen – Lily Allen
  7. Can’t Stop Now – Keane
  8. Time Honoured Tradition – Kaiser Chiefs
  9. Disco 2000 – Pulp
  10. Postcard of a Painting – Maximo Park
  11. Emasculate Me – The Cribs
  12. No You Girls – Franz Ferdinand
  13. The Fix – Elbow
  14. The Debt Collector – Blur
  15. Ladies and Gentleman (Roll the Dice) – Kasabian
  16. Secret Door – Arctic Monkeys
  17. Sleep Alone – Bat for Lashes
  18. Tracy Jacks – Blur
  19. You Want History – Kaiser Chiefs
  20. Balaclava – Arctic Monkeys
  21. The Lovers are Losing – Keane
  22. In Another World – Maximo Park
  23. Perhaps Vampires is a Bit Strong But… – Arctic Monkeys
  24. 22 – Lily Allen
  25. The Moneymaker – Rilo Kiley
  26. Addicted to Drugs – Kaiser Chiefs
  27. Brazil – Arcade Fire


  • The Cribs – Ignore the Ignorant
  • The Beatles – Super Duper Remastered Box Set
  • Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – Break Up
  • Vivian Girls – Everything Goes Wrong

The Mercury Prize

  • Coldplay – 2003 nominated (been nominated 3 times) (lost to Dizzee Rascal “Boy in da Corner”) (other nominees included Radiohead and the Darkness)
  • Franz Ferdinand – 2004 won (against Keane, Amy Winehouse, The Streets, The Zutons, and Belle and Sebastian)
  • Arctic Monkeys – 2006 won (against Muse, Guillemots, Editors, and Thom Yorke of Radiohead)
  • Arctic Monkeys (again) – 2007 nominated (lost to the Klaxons) (other nominees included Bat for Lashes, Dizzee Rascal, The View, and Amy Winehouse)
  • Elbow – 2008 won (against Adele, The Last of the Shadow Puppets [alex turner’s side project] and Radiohead)
  • Speech Debelle – 2009 won (against Kasabian, Bat for Lashes, Florence and the Machine [favourites], Glasvegas, and the Horrors)
  • It was established by the British Phonographic Industry and British Association of Record Dealers in 1992 as an alternative to the industry-dominated Brit Awards. The prize was originally sponsored by Mercury Communications, a brand owned by Cable & Wireless, from which the prize gets its name
  • According to my definition and calculations there have been 6 non-indie rock winners in the past 17 years (not that they aren’t nominated, they just don’t win)
  • 2005 – Antony and the Johnsons (who are based in NYC) won, causing much controversy. The Kaiser Chiefs were the favourites to win that year. Other nominees from that year included MIA, Bloc Party, and KT Tunstall.

Well that’s it for this week. Next week, hopefully, things will go more smoothly and there will be something to talk about other than the Mercury Prize (because that would just get boring.) Until then!

*It got dropped in my suite toilet. Not exactly a proud moment for your DJ.