Saturday, January 30, 2010

Feel The Spin Playlist, Jaunary 31st...

Hour 1
(Brand-new/current songs. My obsession with all things Dan Black continues, while I'm particularly fond of the flow of the final three songs of the hour)

Heartbreak Warfare - John Mayer
Money - Matt Morris
Symphonies - Dan Black
Alone - Dan Black
Rocket - Goldfrapp
Stylo - Gorillaz
Never Gonna Give In - Michaela Wright
One More Lie (Standing In The Shadows) - Craig David
Run To You - Oh Fibes with Kim Wilde
Into the Clouds - Sound of Arrows
Hello World - Lady Antebellum
Calm Under the Waves - Maria Mena
I See You - Mika

Hour 2
(I spent some time recently wandering around the Lower East Side of Manhattan, an area where I spent a LOT of time as a college student. As I walked around, I listened to Patti Smith's elegant, yet tortured "Horses" album over and over. I started with a couple of her songs in building this hour, and then the memories flooded my brain... along with the rest of the hour. I love this hour because it reminds me of a time in my life when I was more brave and daring... and even reckless. I need more of that in my current life. Do you?)

My Generation - The Who
Angel - Fleetwood Mac
You Love The Thunder - Jackson Browne
Even The Losers - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Starman - David Bowie
I Wanna Be Your Dog - Iggy Pop & the Stooges
So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star - Patti Smith Group
Gloria - Patti Smith Group
Sweet Jane - The Velvet Underground
Meeting Across the River - Bruce Springsteen

Hour 3
(This hour started with my desire to play the new David Byrne/Fatboy Slim collaboration. From there, I started tapping into that songs dreamy aspects, as well as it's R&B texture. The rest of the hour came easily. I had particular fun rediscovering Ruthie Foster's "Heal Yourself." What a brilliant song)

A Loaded Smile - Adam Lambert
Heal Yourself - Ruthie Foster
This Girl - Levi Kreis
Please Don't - David Byrne and Fatboy Slim with Santigold
Paradise Circus - Massive Attack
Live Forever - Matt Morris
Red - Daniel Merriweather
Like A Virgin (Live at Sirius XM) - Kiki
Like A Prayer (Hope for Haiti Now) - Madonna
Hard Times (Hope for Haiti Now) - Mary J. Blige
Above The Clouds (Live at Sirius XM) - Cyndi Lauper
Love - Sugarland

Hour 4
(My favorite kind of disco is romantic.)

Come To Me - France Joli
Once Upon A Time (Theme) - Donna Summer
Rumour Has It/I Love You - Donna Summer
Romeo & Juliet - Alec Constandinos
Magic Bird of Fire - The Salsoul Orchestra
More Than A Woman - The Bee Gees
Pow Wow - Cory Daye
Dreamin' - Loleatta Holloway
Touch and Go - Ecstacy, Passion & Pain
From New York to L.A. - Patsy Gallant

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Feel The Spin Playlist, January 24th...

Hour 1
(Brand-new/current releases. Particularly intriguing this week is the new Gorillaz track, while my addiction to all things Ke$ha and Dan Black continues. Also, you must, must, must learn more about Matt Morris and Maria Mena.)

Music Again - Adam Lambert
Stylo - Gorillaz
Wonderful Life - Hurts
This Momentary - Delphic
Never Gonna Give In - Michaela Wright
Blah Blah Blah - Ke$ha with 3OH!3
Animal - Ke$ha
Symphonies - Dan Black
I Am Not A Robot - Marina & the Diamonds
Money - Matt Morris
Live Forever - Matt Morris
Calm Under The Waves - Maria Mena
The Fireman of My Dreams - Elouise

Hour 2
(There's no grand intention to this hour. I started by selecting songs that either nourish a world-weary heart, and then started reaching for tunes that allow you to close your eyes and mentally visit someplace lush and lovely)

Hopes And Fears - Will Young
Change - Daniel Merriweather
Human - The Killers
I'll Be Your River - Cyndi Lauper
Be As You Are - Kenny Chesney
Roll On - Kid Rock
Gonna Be Alright - Levi Kreis
Shelter - Lone Justice
A Good Heart - Maria McKee
Carolina In My Mind - James Taylor
Someone Somewhere - Jason Reeves

Hour 3
(This is intentionally the emotional flipside to the previous hour. I have a cold and I'm really feeling tired, and these songs gave me a much-needed bit of smiley energy)

We Belong To The Music - Timabland with Miley Cyrus
Hotter - Parralox
Everytime - Sergey Lazarev
The Reeling - Passion Pit
Into The Clouds - Sound of Arrows
Telephone - Lady Gaga with Beyonce
Rain (Seamus Haji Mix) - Mika
Make U Love Me - Mika
Black Sweat - Prince
Kiss And Dance (Mash-Up) - Prince vs. Genesis
Do You Mind - Robbie Williams
Many Shades of Black - Adele with the Raconteurs
Rain On Your Parade - Duffy

Hour 4
(The centerpiece of this hour is my recent conversation with Charlotte, a woman I know more about musically than as an actor... or as the daughter to the iconic Serge Gainsbourg. She seemed pleased to be able to sidestep questions about the latter and really dig into the details of her exquisite, luxurious new album, "IRM." Best of all, by the end of our chat, you'll get to hear a side of Charlotte that is quite different than you've ever heard in any other interview. Lord, I love the freedom to throw in a random question here and there!)

Heaven Can Wait - Charlotte Gainsbourg with Beck
A conversation with Charlotte Gainsbourg
Les Collectionneuse - Charlotte Gainsbourg
Trick Pony - Charlotte Gainsbourg
Soldier of Love - Sade
Parade Circus - Massive Attack
United States of Eurasia - Muse
One Day Like This - Elbow

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Feel The Spin Playlist, January 17th...

Hour 1
(Brand-new music. The new year is finally heating up with some substantial and cool new songs. I'm still hardcore obsessing on Ke$ha, but now also really loving Hurts and the new Massive Attack cut. Also, I'm convinced that Matt Morris needs to be a superstar. Let's make it happen!)

I Want It All - Dangerous Muse
The Fireman Of My Dreams - Elouise
Kissing A Porn Star - J. Marie Cooper
Tik-Tok - Ke$ha
Kiss And Tell - Ke$ha
Into The Clouds - Sound Of Arrows
Paradise Circus - Massive Attack
Wonderful Life - Hurts
Never Gonna Give In - Michaela Wright
A Loaded Smile - Adam Lambert
Money - Matt Morris

Hour 2
(This is another of those hours that was built around wanting to play one particular song, "Calm Under The Waves" by Maria Mena. That song is EXQUISITE... thank you, Steve Anderson for sharing it with me. The rest of the songs fell into place around it quite comfortably. This hour isn't a giggle-fest. Rather, it's deep, occasionally dark, and totally out-of-body.)

Message To Myself - Melissa Etheridge
Mississippi Valentine - Kara DioGuardi
Without You (From "Rent") - Siobhan Donaghy
Sober -Pink
When Doves Cry - Patti Smith
Calm Under The Waves - Maria Mena
You're Missing - Bruce Springsteen
Wildflowers - Tom Petty
Dog Days Are Over - Florence + the Machine
Saturn - Jen Foster
The Call - Matt Kennon
One Life To Love - 33 Miles

Hour 3
(I was going to do an '80s hour, but then I got bored with the idea. Instead, I concentrated on songs by artists who add lustre to the term "out-gay performer")

Oh L'Amour - Erasure
An Easier Affair - George Michael
Get Real - Paul Rutherford
Being Boring - Pet Shop Boys
Something To Live For - Jimmy Somerville
Hanging On The Telephone - Jimmy Somerville
Strange Voodoo - Culture Club
Broken Open - Adam Lambert
Stronger - Will Young
Take Me Out - Scissor Sisters
Blame It On The Rain - Mika
Where Did You Come From - Matt Zarley

Hour 4
(Trippin' the disco fantastic)

Got To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn
MacArthur Park Suite - Donna Summer
San Francisco/Hollywood - Village People
Vertigo/Relight My Fire - Dan Hartman
Forbidden Love - Madleen Kane
Hit 'N Run - Lolleatta Holloway

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Feel The Spin Playlist, January 10th...

Hour 1
(Brand-new/current releases. I'm seriously loving the Marina & the Diamonds, Dan Black, and Pixie Lott tracks, and my addiction to all things Ke$ha continues)

Symphonies - Dan Black
Boys And Girls - Pixie Lott
Ego - The Saturdays
I Am Not A Robot - Marina & the Diamonds
Everytime - Sergey Lazerev
I Want It All - Dangerous Muse
Tik-Tok - Ke$ha
Take It Off - Ke$ha
Acapella - Kelis
Pick Up The Phone - Dragonette
Speakerphone (Steve Anderson Mix) - Kylie Minogue
White Diamond (Film Version) Kylie Minogue
Pretender - Elouise
Another Day - Elouise

Hour 2
(These are songs that are intensely visual for me. I'm instantly mentally transported to moments in my past whenever I hear any of these songs... particularly during "Slice," "'Til Summer Comes Around," and "What I'd Give." I love the power of music)

Lady Jane - Billie Myers
Slice - Five For Fighting
Fearless Love - Melissa Etheridge
She Bop (Acoustic) - Cyndi Lauper
Long Way To Go - Liam Finn
'Til Summer Comes Around - Keith Urban
Word Forward - Foo Fighters
What I'd Give - Sugarland
Venice Beach - Jen Foster
The Call - Matt Kennon
The Rising - Bruce Springsteen
If No One Will Listen - Kelly Clarkson

Hour 3
(I waited for what seemed like an eternity to talk with Mary J. Blige. She was roughly three hours late to record this conversation. She showed up with a massive entourage, which only added irritation to the situation. I confess that I went into the interview with a BAD attitude. I love the girl, but I have a quirk about lateness and how it reads as hardcore disrespect to me. In the end, she had a good excuse, and I wound up feeling pleased that I toughed out the wait. Mary is a delight)

I Am - Mary J. Blige
A conversation with Mary J. Blige
Each Tear - Mary J. Blige
I Love Yu (Yes I Du) - Mary J. Blige
I Got You - Joi Cardwell
Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart - Alicia Keys
Chokin' Kind - Joss Stone
I Wish It Would Rain - Mayer Hawthorne
What Do You Want From Me (Live at Sirius XM) - Orfeh
Ain't Nobody - Levi Kreis

Hour 4
(Trippin' the disco fantastic)

Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me - Peter Brown
This Time - Jackie Moore
I Like You - Phyllis Nelson
Hijack - Herbie Mann
Rise - Herb Alpert
Superman - Celi Bee
Feel Like Dancing - France Joli
Cuba - The Gibson Brothers
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Santa Esmeralda
You Stepped Into My Life - Melba Moore
Dim All The Lights - Donna Summer
Let No Man Put Asunder - First Choice

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Feel The Spin Playlist, January 3rd...

Hour 1
(Brand-new/current releases. I'm particularly excited about Dan Black and Marina & the Diamonds. I believe they're going to have a spectacular 2010.)

You've Got The Love - Florence + the Machine
I Want It All - Dangerous Muse
U+Me= - Dan Black
Symphonies - Dan Black
Starstruck - Robbie Williams
Fearless Love - Melissa Etheridge
Hell - Tegan & Sara
Don't Waste The Pretty - Allison Iraheta
Pick U Up - Adam Lambert
Make U Love Me - Robin Thicke
I Am Not A Robot - Marina & the Diamonds
Wild Horses (In the Club Mix) - Susan Boyle
A Strange Arrangement - Mayer Hawthorne

Hour 2
(I started out wondering how I could logically play the hip-hop "Lose Yourself" and the acoustic-country "Vapor" in the same hour. Oddly, they keep coming up consecutively on my iPod shuffle lately. I started randomly throwing songs together between the two. Somewhere between "Rebel Rebel" and "Last to Die," I found a link: The risks of following your dream versus the dreams that might never come to light. How do you reconcile the two, as well as the substitutes you find? For me, that was to be a rock star. Suddenly, it made sense. At least to me.)

I'm With The Band - Little Big Town
Lose Yourself - Eminem
Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
The Man Who Sold The World
Return To Oz - Scissor Sisters
Last To Die - Bruce Springsteen
Horseshoes And Handgrenades - Green Day
Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
Lightning Crashes - Live
Sexual Healing - Soul Asylum
Vapor - Little Big Town

Hour 3
(I have been seriously stuck on "Welcome To The Black Parade" lately. It's so epic. So operatic. Then I saw a YouTube clip of Adam Lambert singing "Soaked" on New Year's Eve. Rock theatre! I finished the thought with my ultimate Queen song. From there, I tapped into the idea of stepping outside the lines of acceptability. My college years were fueled by that notion. Where did it go? How do I bring it back? By addressing your fears and life-baggage. From there, it's possible... I hope)

Welcome To The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
Soaked - Adam Lambert
Somebody To Love - Queen
I'm Gonna DJ - R.E.M.
Dialect - Siobhan Donaghy
Shake Your Kitty - Lady Gaga
Second Chance - Boy George
Satan's Butterfly Ball - Boy George
Love - John Lennon
Perfect (Acoustic) - Alanis Morissette
Come Undone - Robbie Williams
Turn - Travis

Hour 4
(Trippin' the disco fantastic, '80s-style... and paying tribute to the brilliant Chuck The Jock)

Hit That Perfect Beat - Bronski Beat
My Arms Keep Missing You - Rick Astley
I Heard A Rumour - Bananarama
Something In My House - Dead Or Alive
Too Many Broken Hearts - Jason Donovan
There's More To Love - The Communards
Let Me Go - Heaven 17
Shattered Glass - Laura Branigan
What Do I Have To Do - Kylie Minogue
Coming Out Of Hiding - Pamela Stanley
Right On Target - Paul Parker
Time After Time - Paul Parker