Wednesday, April 9, 2008

On Hiatus

Well, folks, it's been a busy spring. And ever since the show got moved from Friday to Thursday, it's been tough to keep up. So we're going on a little hiatus. Shows will be sporadic and occasional from here on out (maybe one show a month), at least until the summer. I'll announce upcoming shows here and post the podcast after the fact. Past shows and songs aren't going anywhere. I'll leave them up for the foreseeable future.

I'll leave you with one of my (many) favorite songs. It's somewhat fitting for the occasion, but above all, it's just a great, great song. Just one of those songs that rises above all its little imperfections to approach perfection. Enjoy and I will see you around.

The Bevis Frond - Lights Are Changing (buy album)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Show Cancelled for Literary Reasons

Yet another show cancellation. Sorry, folks, but I have another reading scheduled. I'll be reading at Assumption College, so if you are in the Worcester MA area, come on by and take a load off.

Husker Du - Books About UFOs (buy album)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

March 20, 2008 Show

Fun show this week. Had a special guest in the studio: my 9 year old son. We talked about favorite bands and college basketball. And we spun some killer tunes. Have a listen -- the kid's pretty good.

Beat Surrender Podcast: March 20, 2008 Show [66 min]

Playlist for March 20 -- click here for a more detailed playlist

The Jam - Beat Surrender
The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner
Guided By Voices - Back to the Lake
The Raconteurs - Intimate Secretary
Nick Lowe - Shake & Pop
Elvis Costello & the Attractions - (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding
The Broken West - On the Bubble
[This Week in Punk Rock History, 1977: The Clash's debut single]
The Clash - White Riot
The Pogues - The Sunny Side of the Street
Flogging Molly - Requiem for a Dying Song
Chesterfield Kings - Outtasite! (buy album)
Wilco - Outtasite (Outta Mind)
Miracle Legion - Out to Play (buy album)
The Ramones - Do You Wanna Dance?
The Fuzztones - Bad News Travels Fast

Thursday, March 13, 2008

No Show Due to Sickness

I'm sick, people. Been sick all week. Won't be able to do the show tonight. That's two weeks in a row, I know. Coming back strong next week. I promise.

The Pogues - The Sick Bed of Cuchuliann (buy album)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

No Show This Week

No show this week, folks. I've got a prior engagement that requires my attendance. If you're going to be in the Cambridge, MA area on Friday night, come on by and have a listen.

In lieu of the show, I'll leave you this subject appropriate song for your listening pleasure:

The Old 97s - Book of Poems (buy album)

Saturday, March 1, 2008

February 28, 2008 Show

We did our monthly theme show this week, which we do on the last show of each month. This month's theme: Numerology. All song titles had to have a number in the title. We had so many songs to choose from . . . could have done a two or three hour show.

Beat Surrender Podcast: February 28, 2008 Show [71 min]

Playlist for Feb. 28 -- click here for a more detailed playlist

The Jam - Beat Surrender
R.E.M. - Driver 8
The Ramones - 7-11
Len Price 3 - Cold 500
The Hoodoo Gurus - Miss Freelove '69 (buy album)
The Lemonheads - My Hero, Zero (buy album)
Big Star - Thirteen
[This Week in Punk Rock History, 1977: Sex Pistols oust Glen Matlock]
The Sex Pistols - Seventeen
Iggy Pop - Five Foot One
Albert Hammond Jr. - 101
Echo & the Bunnymen - Seven Seas
Uncle Tupelo - Fifteen Keys
Yo La Tengo - From a Motel 6
The Nails - 88 Lines About 44 Women
Buffalo Tom - Three Easy Pieces
Tom Robinson Band - 2-4-6-8 Motorway

Sunday, February 24, 2008

February 21, 2008 Show

New music from Nick Cave on the show. I also talked a little about the video to this song, which is spectacular. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the link below. Nick Cave dances and sports the most fabulous mustache in the history of mustaches.

Beat Surrender Podcast: February 21, 2008 Show [75 min]

Playlist for Feb. 21 -- click here for a more detailed playlist

The Jam - Beat Surrender
Elvis Costello & the Attractions - The Beat
The Fleshtones - Shiney Hiney
The Fall - Cruisers Creek
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Dig Lazarus Dig (see video!)
The Pixies - Dig for Fire
Squirrel Bait - Sun God (buy album)
[This Week in Punk Rock History, 1978: Devo releases 2nd single]
Devo - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Public Image Ltd. - Public Image
Magazine - Shot by Both Sides
Bob Mould - Who Needs to Dream?
Hunters & Collectors - Do You See What I See? (buy album)
Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - Are You Ready to be Heartbroken?
The Mekons - Where Were You?
The Waco Brothers - Do What I Say
Iggy Pop - Lust for Life

Friday, February 15, 2008

February 14, 2008 Show

This week's show fell on Valentine's Day. Yes, the bogus holiday exploited by the greeting card companies, among others. So, what the heck, we joined the fray and played nothing but "love songs."

Beat Surrender Podcast: February 14, 2008 Show [68 min]

Playlist for Feb. 14 -- click here for a more detailed playlist

The Jam - Beat Surrender
The Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love?
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - Who Do You Love?
The Ramones - Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World (buy album)
The Pretenders - Message of Love (buy album)
The White Stripes - Fell in Love with a Girl
Winter Hours - Just Like Love
[This Week in Punk Rock History, 1979: NME's Reader's Poll for 1978 released]
Public Image Ltd. - This Is Not A Love Song
Squeeze - Is That Love?
The Mooney Suzuki - First Comes Love
Richard Hell & the Voidoids - Love Comes in Spurts
Joe Jackson - Fools in Love
The Fleshtones - Love Yourself
X - True Love
The Replacements - Valentine
Billy Bragg - Valentine's Day is Over

Friday, February 8, 2008

February 7, 2008 Show

First show at the new day and time . . . and length. Gonna need to get used to doing a one hour show. Had a problem recording the show, so no podcast this week. Sorry about that. Playlist and goodies below.

Playlist for Feb. 7 -- click here for a more detailed playlist

The Jam - Beat Surrender
The Replacements - Bastards of Young
Soul Asylum - Never Really Been
The Evening Rig - Never Been'er
Husker Du - Dead Set on Destruction
Marah - Angels of Destruction
The Clash - Spanish Bombs
The Smithereens - Blood & Roses (buy album)
The Len Price 3 - If I Ain't Got You
[This Week in Punk Rock History, 1980: Plimsouls release debut EP]
The Plimsouls - Hypnotized
The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action (buy album)
Wilco - You Are My Face
True Believers - The Rain Won't Help You When It's Over
Rancid - Ruby Soho

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

New Show Time

As mentioned earlier, the radio station has changed its programming schedule, as it does every semester. This is college radio, folks. Since I am not a student and only a staff/community member, I get to pick through the scraps of the remaining time slots.

Anyway, new day and time (and length!) for the show: Thursdays from 7-8PM.

Leaner and meaner.

Monday, February 4, 2008

February 1, 2008 Show

Tonight we featured a birthday gift from the Mrs.: the No Thanks! box set put out by Rhino.

We also learned that the programming schedule at the radio station changed for the Spring semester, which means that the show will no longer be broadcast live on Fridays from 6-8PM. Stay tuned for the new day and time. I will post it here as soon as I find out. Thanks for listening.

Beat Surrender Podcast: February 1, 2008 Show (Part 1) [Start > Ian Dury - 65 min]

Beat Surrender Podcast: February 1, 2008 Show (Part 2) [Spoon > End - 57 min]

Playlist for Feb. 1 -- click here for a more detailed playlist

The Jam - Beat Surrender
Generation X - Ready Steady Go
The Raconteurs - Steady, As She Goes
The Fleshtones - Jet Set Fleshtones
Blondie - X Offender
The Boomtown Rats - Lookin' After No. 1
The Damned - New Rose
Billy Bragg - A New England
John Doe - The Golden State
X - New World
The Jam - The Modern World
[This Week in Punk Rock History, 1979: Joe Jackson releases debut LP in UK]
Joe Jackson - Happy Loving Couples
William Shatner (w/Joe Jackson) - Common People
R.E.M. - Where's Captain Kirk?
Devo - Mongoloid
Ian Dury - Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll
Squeeze - Slap & Tickle (buy album)
Spoon - Rhythm & Soul
The Ramones - Needles & Pins
Elvis Costello - Mystery Dance
Bob Mould - Stupid Now
The Hoodoo Gurus - I Want You Back
The Lyres - Help You Ann (buy album)
The Saints - (I'm) Stranded
Nick Lowe - The Heart of the City
The Whigs - Right Hand on My Heart
Neko Case - Things That Scare Me
Television - See No Evil
Marah - Angels On a Passing Train
Dead Boys - Sonic Reducer
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

Monday, January 28, 2008

January 25, 2008 Show

This week we did our monthly theme hour. On the last Friday of the month, we pick a theme and adhere to it during the second hour of the show. This month's theme: State Your Full Name, Please. All song titles had to have a full name in the title, first and last. Good times.

Beat Surrender Podcast: January 25, 2008 Show (Part 1) [Start > Black Flag - 49 min]
Beat Surrender Podcast: January 25, 2008 Show (Part 2) [Hellacopters > End - 75 min]

Playlist for Jan. 25 -- click here for a more detailed playlist

The Jam - Beat Surrender
Gang of Four - I Found that Essence Rare
Devo - Jocko Homo
Dinosaur Jr - Been There All the Time
The Mekons - Memphis, Egypt
Green On Red - Keep On Moving
Chuck Prophet - Freckle Song
Dream Syndicate - Tell Me When It's Over
New Pornographers - The Laws Have Changed
[This Week in Punk Rock History, 1981: Black Flag releases first full-length]
Black Flag - TV Party
The Stooges - TV Eye (buy album)
The Hellacopters - Everything's on TV
The Celibate Rifles - Jesus on TV
The Clash - Janie Jones
The Len Price 3 - Julia Jones
Billy Bragg - Levi Stubbs' Tears
Marah - Walt Whitman Bridge
Sleater-Kinney - I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
Joey Ramone - Maria Bartiromo
Guadalcanal Diary - Michael Rockefeller
They Might Be Giants - Meet James Ensor
The Replacements - Alex Chilton
Teenage Fanclub - Neil Jung
Yo La Tengo - Tom Courtenay
Spoon - Jonathon Fisk
The Jam - Billy Hunt
The Dexateens - Neil Armstrong
The Modern Lovers - Pablo Picasso (buy album)

Monday, January 21, 2008

January 18, 2008 Show

Launched a new segment for the show today: This Week in Punk Rock History. And of course, the mic cut out while I was in the middle of it. I was able to make a recovery, but so much for the new segment. Also some new Marah, in honor of them canceling their tour, which was supposed to kick off on Friday in Providence.

Beat Surrender Podcast: January 18, 2008 Show (Part 1) [Start > Bob Mould - 68 min]
Beat Surrender Podcast: January 18, 2008 Show (Part 2) [Undertones > End - 53 min]

Playlist for Jan. 18 -- click here for a more detailed playlist

The Jam - Beat Surrender
The Pixies - U-Mass
Echo & the Bunnymen - Crocodiles
Kaiser Chiefs - The Angry Mob
Elvis Costello & the Attractions - Radio, Radio
Marah - Santos de Madera
Jim Carroll Band - It's Too Late
Paul Westerberg - Waiting for Somebody
The Godfathers - This Damn Nation
[This Week in Punk Rock History, 1978: Sex Pistols break up]
Sex Pistols - EMI
The Stooges - No Fun
Teddybears (w/Iggy Pop) - Punkrocker
X - See How We Are
Bob Mould - The Silence Between Us
XTC - Making Plans for Nigel (buy album)
The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
The Flamin Groovies - Teenage Head
The Ramones - Teenage Lobotomy
Len Price 3 - Sailor's Sweetheart
The Jam - To Be Someone (buy album)
Cheap Trick - Southern Girls
Guided By Voices - Glad Girls
Guadalcanal Diary - Watusi Rodeo
Old 97's - Rollerskate Skinny
The Plimsouls - Everywhere at Once
Steve Earle - Way Down In the Hole
Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years
Buffalo Tom - September Shirt
The Fleshtones - Jet Set Fleshtones

Monday, January 14, 2008

January 11, 2008 Show

Felt like a really good show. New and old music from Marah, in anticipation of their tour which kicks off in Providence next week. Also a set of songs inspired by and including Jack Kerouac. Have a listen.

(Had some technical difficulties with the podcast. It's in two parts, which is a good thing. But two songs got cut off in the process, not to mention some of my scintillating banter. Not good. I've made those songs available below.)

Beat Surrender Podcast: January 11, 2008 Show (Part 1) [Start > Mekons]
Beat Surrender Podcast: January 11, 2008 Show (Part 2) [Velvet Underground > End]

Playlist for Jan. 11 -- click here for a more detailed playlist

The Jam - Beat Surrender
Jason & the Scorchers - If Money Talks
Uncle Tupelo - Graveyard Shift
The White Stripes - Effect & Cause
The Ramones - We Want the Airwaves
Marah - Angels of Destruction
The Replacements - Can't Hardly Wait
The Jam - In the City
The Clash - Lost in the Supermarket
Teenage Fanclub - Metal Baby
Wilco - Heavy Metal Drummer
Winter Hours - Hyacinth Girl (buy album --for only $38.99!)
The Fall - Hey! Luciani
The English Beat - Twist & Crawl
Joy Division - Disorder
New Order - Love Vigilantes
Wire - Three Girl Rhumba
Mekons - Give Me Wine or Money
Cheap Trick - Oh Caroline (buy album)
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - Colleen (buy album)
Velvet Underground - Stephanie Says
The dB's - Molly Says
The Minus 5 - Lyrical Stance
R.E.M. - Little America
The Hold Steady - Stuck Between Stations
Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen - I'd Rather Be Thin Than Famous
The Go-Betweens - The House That Jack Kerouac Built (buy album)
Marah - My Heart is the Bums on the Street
The Posies - I May Hate You Sometimes

Sunday, January 6, 2008

January 4, 2008 Show

Chaotic show this week, at least behind the scenes. Though I don't think it comes through much on the broadcast, which is a good thing. New single from Bob Mould. Old single from Grant Hart. And much more. Podcast and playlist below. Have a gander.

Beat Surrender Podcast: January 4, 2008 Show
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Playlist for Jan. 4 -- click here for a more detailed playlist

The Jam - Beat Surrender
X - Hungry Wolf
The Replacements - Color Me Impressed
Robert Pollard - Rud Fins
Firehose - Brave Captain
Bob Mould - The Silence Between Us
Buffalo Tom - Three Easy Pieces
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Nature Boy
The Blue Aeroplanes - Jacket Hangs
David Bowie - Star
The Soft Boys - I Wanna Destroy You
The Clash - Armagideon Time
The Dream Syndicate - Now I Ride Alone
Lou Reed - Vicious
Yo La Tengo - Mr. Tough
Dukes of Stratosphear - Vanishing Girl
The Pogues - Sally MacLennane
Elvis Costello & the Attractions - High Fidelity
The Len Price 3 - Rentacrowd
The Smithereens - Strangers When We Meet
Big Dipper - She's Fetching
The Ramones - I Wanna Live
The Connells - Get a Gun
The Broken West - You Can Build an Island
Midnight Oil - Best of Both Worlds
The Hives - You Dress Up for Armageddon