My top 10 tunes for summer road trippin’

My Chevy Cavalier has truly made the rounds this summer. In the past month alone, I’ve been all over the state – to the mountains, the coast, and everywhere in between, as well as to visit friends in Virginia. You’d be surprised to hear how loud I can bump the bass in that little car. I’ve got a stack of mix CDs I’ve made to make time on the interstate pass by quickly, and of all the songs that have accompanied me on the roads, there are definitely some I will always identify as “summer 2009 road trip songs.”

Here are my top ten:

  1. Telekinesis All Of A Sudden
    This song is catchy belong belief and perfect for summer!
  2. Kings of LeonTaper Jean Girl
    This song isn’t new or anything, but there’s this “uhhh huhhh” after the opening chords that gets me every time. I could listen to this one on repeat for a whole car trip, I’m pretty sure.
  3. BombadilSad Birthday
    Bombadil created a song with a super upbeat tempo and really depressing lyrics, and the outcome was a great success.
  4. Empire of the SunWalking On A Dream
    This song is for me what MGMT’s Kids was last summer – fantastic.
  5. The Love LanguageLalita
    My steering wheel becomes my drum set every time I hear this song.
  6. Lonnie WalkerPendulum’s Chest
    Bet you thought I was going to choose Summertime…well, I almost did. Am I cheating on this top 10 to say Lonnie Walker’s entire album, “These Times Old Times” is on my summer road trippin’ list?
  7. Bowerbirds – Beneath Your Tree
    I’m sure if Bowerbirds heard my rendition of this song in the car, they’d add me to the band. (That is a total lie, but I can dare to dream!)
  8. Thao With The Get Down Stay DownSwimming Pools
    No explanation necessary; this song is summer in music form.
  9. St. VincentActor Out of Work
    This song is more up-beat than I’m used to hearing from St. Vincent, which is one of the reasons it made this list. The lyrics make me laugh, because I know several people who I would describe as “actors out of work.”
  10. The Avett BrothersDie Die Die
    This just happens to be favorite Avetts song at the moment, and a good one to sing along to on I-40!

Which songs would you add to the list? I’ve still got miles to cover before school starts, and I’ve always got room for more CDs in my car.


Dance Dance Revolution playlist – Sunday, June 14

Here’s my playlist from today. I hope you guys have enjoyed my show. Chuck will be back for his show next weekend.

  1. !!! – A New Name
  2. Cut Copy – Hearts on Fire
  3. Fujiya and Miyagi – Pterodactyls
  4. Chromeo – Bonafide Love (Tough Guys)
  5. Black Ghosts – I Want Nothing
  6. Does it Offend You, Yeah – Battle Royale
  7. LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous!
  8. The Faint – Get Seduced
  9. Junior Boys – The Equalizer
  10. The New Young Pony Club – Ice Cream (Comets Remix)
  11. The Rapture – The Devil
  12. The Services – House of Mirrors
  13. Muscles – Ice Cream
  14. Ghostland Observatory – Club Soda
  15. Goldfrapp – Ooh la La  (Tieschwarz Remix)
  16. Hot Chip – And I Was a Boy from School
  17. Vampire Weekend – Kids Don’t Stand a Chance (Chromeo Remix)
  18. Midnight Juggernauts – Shadows
  19. The Teenagers – Starlett Johanson (Rory Phillips Remix)
  20. The Ting Tings – We Walk
  21. Black Kids – Love Me Already
  22. Ratatat – Mirando
  23. Walter Meego – Wanna Be a Star
  24. Beck – Shake Shake Tambourine (Adrock Remix)
  25. Daft Punk – Revolution 909
  26. Data Rock – Fa-Fa-Fa
  27. Starfucker – Dance Face 2000
  28. Phoenix – 1901

Top10: Bombadil

This week a few members from Bombadil are sharing their lists of the tunes that inspire them.

Bryan Rahija

Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees
Hymn 101 – Joe Pug
I Can See the Light – Paleface
Manteo – The Love Language
Last Bastion of Worthlessness – Des_Ark
Red Moon – The Walkmen
Oh You Pretty Things – David Bowie
Katoucha – Seydou Boro
Cut Your Hair – Pavement

James Phillips

Get The Fever Out – Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers
RoboCop- Kanye West
Blue Ridge Mountains – Fleet Foxes
I Pray for You To Die – Schooner
Clara Clairvoyant – Donovan
Badlands – Bruce Springsteen
Fireplace – Lost in the Trees
It’s a Man’s World – James Brown
The Sheriff – Wes Phillips
Hello – Sam Quinn + The Japan Ten

Fans should know that Bombadil has a new album,  Tarpits and Canyonlands, coming out July 17th!


Americana Blues & Co. Playlist 5-30-09

As I am out of town on vacation this weekend (and possibly the next two) all of the songs I played on today’s show will not appear in the normal Playlist so I feel obligated to list the tracks here for all of my fantastic listeners.  Also, if there are tracks you want to hear on next week’s show feel free to pop me an email request at!  I will be sure to get any tunes I can just for you and give you a shout out along the way.  Thanks for listening this morning and be sure to tune in next week from 10am-Noon as well!

Emmylou Harris: In Rodanthe
The Duhks: Ships High In Transit
Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez: Sweet Tequila Blues
Soggy Bottom Boys: Man Of Constant Sorrow
Old Crow Medicine Show: Cocaine Habit
Flatlanders: Im Gonna Strangle You Shorty
Carolina Chocolate Drops: Dona Got A Ramblin Mind
Lauren Pritchard: Way Down In North Carolina
Nanci Griffith: Lookin For The Time
Codetalkers: Beggin
Carrie Rodriguez: Infinite Night
Eliza Lynn: Honey Suckle
The Waybacks: Nice To Be Alone
Josh Ritter: Harrisburg
Robin Ella: Down The Mountain
Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir: Dark Holler

Donna The Buffalo: Way Back When
Ry Cooder: Suitcase In My Hand
Seth Walker: Miss Ann
Norah Jones: Crazy (Patsy Cline Cover)
Jill Barber: When I’m Making Love To You
Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
Taj Mahal: Statesboro Blues
BB King: The Thrill Is Gone (Roy Hawkins Cover)
Mad Tea Party: Polly Put The Kettle On
Cave Singers: Dancing On Our Graves
Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, & Lester Flatts: Pick Along
Calexico: Corona
Jolie Holland: Old Fashion Morphine
Holy Ghost Tent Revival: The End To…


Top 10: Des Ark

Hey readers,

It’s your lucky day!

Aimée Argote, the powerful voice behind Des Ark is sharing the songs that have been inspiring her this week.

BRIAN WILSON -Our Prayer – Gee
CHROMATICS-Hannah’s Song
FILTHYBIRD -The Gospel Of Truth (As Judas Told It To Me)
LIZA KATE -Anclote
LUCINDA WILLIAMS -Fruits of My Labor
MASS MOVEMENT OF THE MOTH -Idle Minds Speak In Binary
NEIL YOUNG -Only Love Can Break Your Heart
PYGMY LUSH -Butch’s Dream

Aimée with be playing at TRKfest on June 13th.


Four for the Summer

April showers brought the May flowers, and now the June sunshine and Dog Days of July are around the corner. Is it me or is everything better with lots of sunshine? With the official start of summer less than a month away, I’m excited about a lot, including the music … It’s gonna be a massive summer for electronic artists! As always, the global stage of electronic dance music pulses with life, and many ambitious forward-looking albums are on their way or were recently dropped—the sounds are futuristic, the grooves killer, the tunes huge. So what are some of the things that I will be listening to?

1. Kikomoto Allstars “House Music LP”

Dance music has a globe-spanning history, and right now few encompass that spirit more than Cam Farrar. Hailing from Melbourne, Farrar takes his moniker from Tadao Kikomoto, the guy at Japanese synth-giant Roland behind the TR909 and the TB-303. Of course these instruments landed in Chicago and helped to set new directions for the emerging house music sound, perhaps most famously in the case of the 303 whose growling baselines defined Acid house. (It ’s called acid because the 303 is a bass machine…get it?) This release is all original material, but also very much a tribute to the roots of electronic dance music. All the original instruments are used, and tracks such as “I’ll Make You Jack” and “Jack the House” conjure bygone days of nightlife as do “Can’t Stop the House” and “Warehouse Days.”

2. Louie Vega and Dj Pierre “Da Jungle EP”

This EP features nine different versions of “Da Jungle,” a colloboration that is itself special because Vega and Pierre are two pioneers of dance music. Vega is one half of the legendary duo Masters at Work, and a solo marvel for his soulful, Nuyorican flavored NYC house, fitting for the nephew of Hector Lavoe. Similarly, DJ Pierre is also a superstar of house music, a certified institution of Chicago House, responsible for bringing Wildpitch and Acid styles to that city’s house sound, and so to the world. Pierre’s Afro-Acid label grew out of a party in Chicago, and this collaboration is another remarkable track from what has quickly become one of my favorite labels in dance music.

3. Kris Menace “Idiosyncrasies 3-Disc” LP

Um, wow…just, wow. Kris Menace’s is my no doubt going to be my fav album of the summer. This one is a 3-CD release—two albums of original tracks and a third that’s a DJ mix. An embarrassment of riches, and almost too good to be true—this one is for anyone who likes airy and melodic synthesizers airy or dance music inflected by the eighties hold the cheese. Lots of that here, all spilling over tightly knitted beats, some of them in collaboration with others—Felix Da Housecat, Spooky, Alan Braxe, Fred Falke, Hexstatic all show up to lend different directions to these 26 tracks. The album certainly has a “sound”–one that after so many tracks remains surprisingly fresh, and non-repetitive.

4. DJ Hell “Teufelswerk” 2-Disc LP

I’ve been waiting for this record since I heard DJ Hell’s guest appearance on Tom Wax’s radio show in Berlin. There’s been a lot of hype around this one… It. Is. All. True. Hell’s third full-length artist record is brilliant. Dance music at its best. The double CD is split into Day and Night. “Day” is somber, melodic, and in places experimental–“Carte Blanche,” “Action (Interlude),” and the extended opening of “Germania” each sound like something out of Karlheinz Stockhausen; this dance music is one of ideas, extended languishing tracks filled with color and atmospheric subtlety. “Night” gets down to the brass tacks of the dancefloor. For this one, Hell enlists P. Diddy and Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music as vocalists as well as a number of other producers including Frankfurt’s Anthony Rother on “Bodyfarm.”


Top10: Birds of Avalon

Ever wonder what your favorite local artists are listening to?  What inspires them to make the music we enjoy?

Let us introduce you to a new feature here at WKNC that introduces you the music that our artists listen to!  From here on out we will be regularly be bringing you into the headphones of local bands and friends of local music!

This week the members of Birds of Avalon have graciously sent us lists of what they have been currently rocking out to!


Craig Tilley- Vocals

  • Led Zeppelin- Down by the Seaside.
  • Chicago- 25 or 6 to 4
  • Joe Jackson- Steppin Out
  • Sparks- Nothing to Do
  • Van Halen- Little Guitars
  • Steely Dan- My Old School
  • Clipse- Ride Around Shinnin
  • Benji Huges- The Mummy
  • The Cherubs- Stag Party
  • And now and for the rest of my life: Brenton Wood- The Oogim Boogum Song

David MuellerBass

  • Cut Copy- Unforgettable Season
  • Lyres- How Do You Know?
  • Bob Dylan- The Gates of Eden
  • A Tribe Called Quest- Award Tour
  • The Horrors- I Only Think of You
  • DOOM feat Empress Starhh- Still Dope
  • Fever Ray- Dry & Dusty
  • Franco- Mambu ma Miondo
  • Kurt Vile- Freeway
  • Crystal Stilts- Departure

Scott Nurkin- Drums

  • Sarolta Zalatnay – Hadd Mondjam El
  • Bonniwell Music Machine – Astrologically Incompatible
  • Carlton and the Shoes – Never Give Your Heart Away
  • Alphonse Mouzon – Mind Transplant
  • The Millineum – The Know-It-All
  • Buffalo Springfield – It’s so Hard to Wait
  • Joe Jackson – Friday
  • Love – You Set the Scene
  • Masters Apprentices  – War or Hands of Time
  • The Paragons – Left with a Broken Heart

Cheetie Kumar- Guitar

  • Harmonia-Monza-Rauf Und Runter
  • Neu-Hallogallo
  • Deerhoof-Tears and Music of Love
  • Brian Eno-Sky Saw
  • Wizzard-French Perfume
  • Wire-French Film Blurred
  • Pretty Things-She’s A Lover
  • George Harrison-I Dig Love
  • The Germs-Lexicon Devil
  • Gong-You Can Kill Me
  • King Crimson- Great Deceiver

Paul Siler-Guitar

  • The Band-King Harvest (has surely come)
  • The Bee Gees-I Close My Eyes
  • Dungen-Gor Det Nu
  • The Beatles-Blue Jay Way
  • Polvo-In This Life
  • Bob Dylan and the Band-Katie’s Been Gone 
  • Charlie Parker-Bluebird
  • Lets Active-Talking to Myself 
  • Joni Mitchell-Free Man in Paris 
  •  Free-Oh I Wept
  • Flaming Lips-In the Morning of the Magicians 

Birds of Avalon fans should be excited to know that their new album, Uncanny Valley, is coming out June 23 with a tour kicking off at the Local 506 on June 13th.


In need of an (almost) infinite playlist

In less than a week, I will be going on a long trip. When I say long, I mean that I will be flying from Raleigh to Chicago, from there to Frankfurt, Germany and finally to Prague, Czech Republic. Needless to say, I’ll be riding in planes for multiple hours. Although I’ll be staying in Prague for about six weeks, I’m more concerned at the moment with making a monster playlist to sustain me during these ridiculously long flights than with packing clothes for the trip.

I know I’ll have the chance to finally listen to the The Decemberists’ April release, “Hazards of Love,” all the way through, which I have heard good things about. Also, I just got “Telekinesis!” by, of course, Telekinesis, which was released in April as well and seems highly upbeat at first listen.

As for the rest of my million-hour playlist, I’m not sure. If you know of any good traveling music, post it, or shoot me an email at Suggestions would be much appreciated!