Americana Blues and Company Playlist 10.29.11

If you were up and going strong at 10 a.m. on Saturday, congratulations! Molly and Tenbrooks surely weren’t. If you were interested in what was played, take a look:

Sierra Hull – Don’t Pick Me Up
The Honey Dewdrops – Stomping Ground
Chris Pandolfi – Wichita Stomp
Abigail Washburn – City of Refuge
The Biscuit Burners – Take Me Home
Sarah Jarosz – My Muse
Chatham County Line – Bacon in the Skillet
Chris Thile and Michael Daves – Blue Night
Julie Elkins and David Thompson – Carolina Is Gone
Bearfoot – Midnight in Montana
David Rawlings Machine – To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)
Dom Flemons – Po’ Black Sheep,Gwine Dig A Hole
Norman Blake – The Weathered Old Caboose Behind the Train
Samantha Crain – The Last Stanchion Goes Belly Up
David Grier – Impulsive
Cornmeal – Raging River


Billy Bragg and Wilco – Hot Rod Hotel
Gillian Welch – Caleb Meyer
Black Lillies – two Hearts Down
Drive By Truckers – God Damn Lonely Love
Johnny cash – Big River
Jerry Reed – Aunt Maudie’s Garden
Townes Van Zandt w/ Willie Nelson – No Place to Fall
Chet Atkins – A Taste of Honey
Muddy Waters – Sugar Sweet
Son House – Death Letter Blues
Howlin’ Wolf – California Blues
David Jacob-Strains – Come On Im My Kitchen
Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding
Vince Gill – The Strings That Tie You Down
The Everybodyfields – Medicine Girl
Loose Fur – The Ruling Class
Whiskeytown – 16 Days

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween! If you have any requests feel free to e-mail


Krispy Kreme Challenge DJ Playlists

This Saturday, Feb. 5 marks another glazed filled, four mile run for the charity event benefiting the NC Children’s Hospital. The Krispy Kreme Challenge will host 7,500 runners this year, some of which will feature our very own WKNC deejays. In order to get pumped for the event, we’ve posted below a few of our playlists for the run.


1. The Black Keys – 10 a.m. Automatic
2. Generationals – Faces in the Dark
3. I Was Totally Destroying It – Done Waiting
4. Kate Nash – Kiss That Grrrl
5. M. Ward – Never Had Nobody Like You
6. Rilo Kiley – Portions for Foxes
7. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – I Learned the Hard Way
8. Weezer – Ruling Me
9. Shout Out Louds – Fall Hard

Special K:

1. Smith Westerns – Weekend
2. If These Trees Could Talk – What’s In the Ground Belongs to You
3. Kanye West – Get Em High (Ratatat Remix)
4. The Luyas – Too Beautiful To Work
5. The Light Pines – Bird Tribe
6. Washed Out – You and I
7. Kisses – Midnight Lover
8. Y La Bamba – November
9. King Mez & Commissioner Gordon – The Light
10. Future Islands – Walking Through That Door

Agent “Glazed and Confused” Orange:

1. Japandroids – Wet Hair
2. Digitalism – I Want I Want
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Y Control
4. Bloc Party – Flux
5. Queens of the Stone Age – Go With The Flow

DJ Mensch:

1. Broken Social Scene – 7/4/ (Shoreline)
2. Minus the Bear – My Time
3. The Love Language – Heart to Tell
4. The Seatbelts – Tank!
5. Blink 182 – Feeling This
6. Mute Math – Chaos
7. Rancid – Red Hot Moon
8. Rise Against – Savior
9. The Temper Trap – Science of Fear
10. +44 – No It Isn’t

Hot Tamale:
1. Donnis – Gone
2. Joy Formidable – The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade
3. The Hood Internet – Two Weeks of Hip Hop (Dead Prez vs Grizzly Bear)
4. Sleigh Bells – Run The Heart
5. Drake – Best I Ever Had
6. The Who – Baba O’Riley
7. Girl Talk – Triple Double
8. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
9. Matt & Kim – Block After Block
10. Bloc Party – Ion Square

Riff Raff/Kate-tose-intolerant:

1.Outkast- Rosa Parks
2.Best Coast – Bratty B
3.Best Coast – Crazy For You
4.Best Coast – Summer Mood
5.The Beatles – Golden Slumbers
6.The Beatles – Carry That Weight
7.The Beatles – The End
8. Bassnectar- BBC Mixtape 2010
9. Paper Tiger- The Bully Plank
10. Blue Sky Black Death – Days Are Years


July Playlists on

July, July, July
It never seemed so strange

Okay, so Colin Meloy of The Decemberists wasn’t thinking about WKNC when he wrote July, July!,  but something strange has happened to our Web site. Diligent listeners have noticed and reported to us that our online playlist archive stops after June 28, 2010.  We’re know it’s broken, we’re sorry and we’re trying to get it fixed. In the meantime all the playlists are still available, but you have to manually change the URL. Click on any date and something like this will pop up in the address bar: Replace the “06-28” with whatever day you need and viola! The search function still works just fine. Again, we’re sorry and we sincerely thank you for your patience as we try to get this fixed.


Now Playing: 3/26/10

Here is a compilation of the latest new music we have received in the past week.

Free Energy- Stuck on Nothing

Sounding closer to Thin Lizzy and Cheap Trick, Free Energy emits a fun, upbeat, guitar heavy album.

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Drive-by Truckers– The Big To-Do

Probably the best southern rock album you’ll listen to this year. Imagine Dinosaur Jr. with a country slant –if you haven’t listened to one of their other nine excellent albums. Get out your lighters y’all.

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Love is All– Two Thousand and Ten Injuries

High energy Swedish pop. Eccentric album with a collage of traditional and not so traditional rock instruments, i.e. saxophone. The female vocals can get annoying at times but the excellent clash of sounds make up for that.

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Arctic Monkeys– My Propeller (single)

Solid B-sides that play of of the similar down tempo beats from Humbug. Although they don’t do anything revolutionary for the band, they are still quite enjoyable for the fans.

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She & Him– Volume Two

Pop favorite Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward are at it again with another charming album. This time it’s more she than him. Really sweet and endearing, although after the first few tracks you start to lose your sugar high.

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Slow Club– Yeah So

This UK indie-duo has sweet lyrics, simple guitar melodies and interesting harmonies. They take turns with lead vocals and never disappoint. Every song is interesting, up-beat and give you that feeling of: I want more more more.

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Pavement – Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement

Well, hot damn.  Listening to this compilation, it’s remarkable to hear how genius Pavement’s music is–their low-fi aesthetic perfectly melds with Stephen Malkmus’s lazy, idiosyncratic wordplay .  This compilation is absolutely essential–it’s sequencing is flawless and the track choice balances their singles with album gems.

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Jason Collett – Rat A Tat Tat

More good stuff from the Arts & Crafts Label.  Collet’s tunes are impassioned with twang and swagger and his music walks the line between alt-country, 60s pop, and the more soulful dispositions of indie rock.

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One For The Team– Ghosts

Catchy, unpretentious, and unabashedly fun power pop.  It sounds like Mates of State with punk grit or the New Pornographers playing Something Corporate.  Lots of crunchy guitars and incessant harmonies.

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Josiah Wolf– Jetlag

I really like this album! Here we have the solo album from the drummer of WHY? Seeing as I am not a huge fan of WHY? I was somewhat skeptical, however  I was totally wrong. I am really into this folky Paul Simon-esque experience.

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Goldfrapp– Head First

You know I love this. Rocket might be the catchiest song ever. Think Xanadu meets David Bowie, a mixture of ‘80s glam rock and ’70s disco.

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Drink Up Buttercup– Born and Thrown on a Hook

Psychedelic mixture of the Beatles and Man Man. A weird pop experience for sure.

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Let’s Wrestle- In the Court of the Wrestling Let’s

Scrappy British punk music. They are on Merge Records and have been getting a lot of press.

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Dum Dum Girls– I Will Be

This is sort of a mixture between ’60s girl pop and shoegaze buzz garage rock. Sort of falling the trend of most of the bands out right now, but this one is surprisingly good.

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Black Tambourine– Black Tambourine

This band has pretty much influenced every popular band out right now. Shoegaze pop that resembles A Sunny Day in Glasgow, but a lot darker.

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Local Valentine’s Day playlist

Many would call me a hopeless romantic.  I love to send letters and flowers to my girl and pamper her up when I can.  And while I am not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day and its pop culture marketing schemes,, I still feel the urge to go out and buy my sweetie some candy and flowers and make her a nice dinner to show her how much I care.  Another thing I like to do from time to time is make her custom mix tapes based around themes, as it was afterall music that brought us together.  Holiday mix tapes are usually the best and easiest and this Valentine’s Day will be no exception.

North Carolina is a hot pot for music and of course you are going to find some wonderful love songs tucked here and there.  If you had Valentine’s Day creep up on you from the back and take you by surprise today, and your significant other is a fan of local music, feel free to steal this play list as your own.  (You might even want to take it further and take your honey to see all of these artists the next time they play live.)

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    Tift Merritt: Another Country

  2. Avett Brothers: I & Love & You

  3. The Old Ceremony: God Said I Could Have You

  4. Birds & Arrows: Honeymoon Song

  5. Nola: Fall Into Me

  6. Josh Moore: Rush Down My Spine

  7. Benji Hughes: All You’ve Got To Do Is Fall In Love

  8. Jeremy Blair From Effingham: I Do & I Don’t

  9. Bombadil: Reasons

  10. Whiskey Smugglers: Not Your Average Love Song

  11. Brett Harris: I’m In Love

  12. Mandolin Orange: Oh My Love

  13. Stella By Starlight: As Good As It Gets

  14. Tomahawks: Just Like One Another

  15. Lost in the Trees: Love On My Side

  16. Martha Ann Motel: Everything All At Once

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Tift Merrit: Another Country
Avett Brothers: I & Love & You

The Old Ceremony: God Said I Could Have You
Birds & Arrows: Honeymoon Song

Nola: Fall Into Me

Josh Moore: Rush Down My Spine
Benji Hughes: All You’ve Got To Do Is Fall In Love

Jeremy Blair From Effingham: I Do & I Don’t

Bombadil: Reasons

Whiskey Smugglers: Not Your Average Love Song

Brett Harris: I’m In Love

Mandolin Orange: Oh My Love

Stella By Starlight: As Good As It Gets

Tomahawks: Just Like One Another

Lost in the Trees: Love On My Side

Martha Ann Motel: Everything All At Once


Free playlists available from ReverbNation

Each week, Playlist 7 sponsored by ReverbNation and Windows 7 will allow listeners to stream 50 songs by independent artists.

Featured genres include  alternative, electronica/dance, hip hop, jazz, Latin, and rock. Then, listeners can select 7 of the 50 songs for free download. Featured artists and songs will change each week that Playlist 7 continues. Tracks from artists featured the previous week will be available for a limited time in the audio library.

In addition to Playlist 7, music is always available to stream from ReverbNation, including tracks from several North Carolina artists.


TOP 10: Red Collar

This Top 10 comes from Durham’s Red Collar.

Red Collar has had a fascinating year so far.  Its members decided to grasp their dreams by quitting  their great 9 to 5 jobs, cashing in retirement plans, holding yard sales and almost putting a home on the market in order to follow their dreams of touring. They document their journey on their blog.

Below are the lists of what each member is currently listening to. Red Collar said, “These lists of music reflect not only what we’re listening to now but bands we’ve played with over the past year.  There are local – now national – bands whose lead we admired and followed.  There are local – and soon to be national – bands who we love and trade war stories with.”

Beth: Bass/Vocals

1. Tom Waits – “Going Out West”
2. The Gaslight Anthem “The High and Lonesome Sound”
3. The Love Language – “Stars”
4. Des Ark – "Lord of the Rings and his Fascist Time Keepers”
5. Yo La Tengo – “I feel like going home”
6. Jawbox – “Savory”
7. K’Naan – “Dusty Foot Philosopher”
8. David Dondero – “the Real Tina Turner”
9. CCR – “Long as I Can See the Light”
10. Carole King “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”

Mike: Guitar/Vocals

1.  Megafaun – “Gather, Form and Fly”
2. Spoon – “Everything Hits at Once”
3. Joe Tex “Papa was Too”
4. Sonic Youth – “Teenage Riot”
5. Bon Iver – “Skinny Love”
6. American Aquarium – “Katherine Belle”
7. TV on the Radio – “Shout Me Out”
8. Spider Bags – “Teenage Eyes”
9. Hammer No More the Fingers – “Shutterbug”
10. Modest Mouse – “Broke”

Jason: Lead Vocals/Guitar

1. The Love Language – “Providence”
2. Hammer No More the Fingers – “Some Bad Ass New Song”
3. The Sandwiches –  “And Out Come the (Timber) Wolves”
4. American Aquarium – “Katherine Belle”
5. Dave Dondero – “The Real Tina Turner”
6. I Was Totally Destroying It – “Come Out, Come Out”
7. Look Mexico – “You’re Not Afraid of the Dark, Are You?”
8. Worn in Red – “When People Have Something to Say”
9. Tooth/Claw Split 10"
10. The Mountain Goats – “This Year”


1. The Pogues – “Bottle of Smoke”
2. Ben Nichols – “Last Pale Light in the West”
3. Guided By Voices – “A Good Flying Bird”
4. Modest Mouse – “Dashboard”
5. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – “Jack the Ripper”
6. Glenn Kotche – “Mobile, Pts. 1 & 2”
7. The Clash “Straight to Hell”
8. Townes Van Zandt – “Lungs”
9. Bela Fleck – “Matitu”
10. Wilco -“One Wing”

And also this video…

Tools, live at the Cats Cradle and the Duke Coffeehouse

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Make sure to check these guys out Saturday November 7 at the Troika Music Festival and November 22 at the Berkeley Cafe.

Top 10: The Beast

This week’s top 10 comes from local hip-hop group The Beast. They are mixing it up a little and giving us their top 10 albums, instead of tracks, they are currently listing to.

From Pierce, emcee

“Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Part 2” by Raekwon

“Brazilian Girls” by Brazilian Girls

From Eric, piano

“Infernal Machines” by Darcy James Argue’s Secrety Society

“Bring Me The Workhorse” by My Brightest Diamond

From Stephen, drums

“Such Fun” by Annuals

“Wildnerness” by Josh Mease

From Pete, bass

“Funeral” by The Arcade Fire

“Voodoo” by D’angelo

From the band

“Double Booked” by Robert Glasper

“Leave it all Behind” by The Foreign Exchange

The Beast’s album release party at the Duke Coffeehouse on October 16. Kooley High, Carlitta Durand and Freebass 808 will also be performing. Doors open at 8 p.m. See you there!


Top 10: Schooner’s picks

Schooner band members Maria Albani and Reid Johnson have shared their top 10 track lists this week.

Maria Albani: Bass

1.De Cara a la Pared –  Lhasa

2. Scrap ing Past – Atlas Sound

3. Daily Routine  – Animal Collective

4. Leeora- The Sea and Cake

5. Operation- Deerhunter

6. I’m an Animal- Neko Case

7. When I Laugh- The Glands

8. San Cristobal de las Casas- The Swirlies

9. The Ghost of Old Bill Lee- Arthur & Yu

10. Poor Thing-Wes Phillips

Reid Johnson: Vocals & Guitar

1. Old fool- Magnetic Fields
2.  Brothers and Sisters- Wes Phillips

3. Can’t do Nothing Without You-  Danny White

4. Rainy Night Dub- Lee “Scratch” Perry
5. Clapping Yer Hands (ooh la Yeah)- Waumiss
6. She Cracked – The Modern Lovers

7. Pick Me Up on Your Way Down- Patsy Cline

8. I’m Not Saying- Nico
9. Star of Bethlehem Pt. 1&2- Loren Connors
10. All Set – Welcome

Make sure to check out Schooner on Saturday, November 7, for the night show at Duke Coffeehouse for the Troika Music Festival.

Schooner is also playing on October 30 on  N.C. State’s Harris Field. It’s free, so no excuses!

Top 10 tracks selected by Hammer No More the Fingers

This week we are lucky to have Hammer No More the Fingers sending us their list of what they are currently listening to!
1. CavernsRemasculator
2. Deleted ScenesThe City that Never Wakes Up

3. Pink FlagKing of Scene
4. Birds of AvalonI Never Knew
5. MegafaunThe Fade
6. Embarrassing FruitsDetails
7. DeerhoofSpirit Ditties of no Tone
8. The Bronzed ChorusUnderpass Sunrise
9. Johnny Action FigureYoung Rider
10. My Morning JacketWordless Chorus