PLAYLISTS for 12/29/13 on THE PEAK, WDHA and THE GAMUT

107.1 The Peak

Anything, Anything Dramarama
I love this town Alan King (happy bday Alan)
I love NYC (live for anything anything) Andrew WK
If I Ever See The Light Willie Nile
Sometimes Always The Jesus & Mary Chain (happy bday Jim Reid)
Sometimes Lucero
I’m Not Your Hero Tegan & Sara
I’m not Sayin Replacements (happy bday Paul Westerberg)
I Can’t Explain Yvonne Elliman (happy bday Yvonne)
Where have all the Flowers Gone (German) Marlene Dietrich (happy bday Marlene)
Little Town Flirt  Altered Images
Nobody’s Business Del Shannon (happy bday Del)
Misery Business Paramore (happy bday Hayley)
shangri las radio spot
Stop And Think It Over Mary Weiss (happy bday Mary)
Breakaway Tracey Ullman (happy bday Tracey/ RIP Allan Mckeon)
Breakaway The DelFuegos
Just Like Fire Would Bruce Springsteen
Heaven’s Wall Bruce Springsteen
Like Hell Prima Donna
Spiderman The Ramones (happy bday Stan Lee)
Boogie John Hartford (happy bday John)
Flash Unsigned Clip with Bill Werde
Tom Cruise H1TCAMPAIGN
Pocketful of Poetry Mindy Gledhill
Flood Cooper
Vaya Edtang
Skeleton The Front Bottoms
Down On Your Luck Hollis Brown
Tiger Woods Dan Bern (happy bday Tiger)
Stand Tall Burton Cummings (happy bday Burton)
Getaway Pearl Jam
Happy New Year John Eddie

105.5 WDHA

Anything, Anything Dramarama
Its Gonna be a Great Year Revenge of the Nerds
This will be our Year Foo Fighters
Frankie Fell in Love Bruce Springsteen
Breathless Love Lucero
Thanks For Getting Fat Avon Junkies
Skeleton The Front Bottoms
Down On Your Luck  Hollis Brown
Son of an American The So So Glos
Let Her Dance  Wyldlife
Smell Of The Newsprint Linda Brady
I Don’t want a fake Christmas Tree Arthur Saliceti 
Can’t Hardly Wait Live (1986 Maxwell’s) The Replacements
Shock to your System(live Starland Ballroom 9/27/13) Tegan and Sara
The Hymn Of Acxiom Vienna Tang
Vienna Billy Joel
If I See The Light (Acoustic) Willie Nile
There Remaineth A Rest  Donald Lawrence
Where there’s a Will (there’s a way) GBU
I Blame Myself Sky Ferreira
Don’t Blame me Marky Ramone & Intruders w/ joan jett
Hard To Grow Up Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Vaya Edtang
Happy New Year John Eddie

THE GAMUT

Anything, Anything Dramarama
It Was A Very Good Year Frank Sinatra
Riot Seasons
Keep Together Hunter Hunted
Rockstar,rollstar, moviestar, tv star Tonio and the Change
Rollercoaster Radio Mix PLX Static Summer
Lost Bianca Monica
if our music plays again emily’s army
Tennis Court Lorde
14_The Wrong Tree Wesley Stace
I Can Hear The Devil Knocking Joe Grushecky
that’s heavy James Maddock
Like Hell Prima Donna
Song For Hope Jake Clemons
Champagne Mark Wilkinson
Thanks For Getting Fat Avon Junkies
Truth Serum Garland Jeffreys
Vaya Edtang
Everybody Out There (Studio Version) Paul McCartney
Breathless Love Lucero
Skeleton The Front Bottoms
05 Down On Your Luck (mastered) Hollis Brown
Son of an American The So So Glos
Everyday The Del Lords
Flood Cooper
Bad as We can Be Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
Drove Me Wild Tegan & Sara
Getaway Pearl Jam
Trash Wyldlife
Man Neko Case
Tripwire Elvis Costello & The Roots
If I Ever See The Light Willie Nile
Happy New Year John Eddie

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THE 20 BEST ALBUMS OF 2013

The 20 Best Albums of 2013
(full list is below the article)

I’ve been conditioned to have an open mind when any of my any favorite artists announce they are going to do something different, as the below scenarios have crossed my path throughout the years:

“Springsteen is doing an album of covers from the 1800’s with washboards”

“Elvis Costello is doing an album with a classical string quartet”

“Eddie Vedder is doing an entire album on the Ukelele”

“Tegan and Sara are doing a pop album”

I’ll admit I had two reactions upon hearing that Tegan and Sara’s Heartthrob would be a pop album, the first being:

It made sense, considering they’ve done at least one perfect pop song on every album since If It was You which had “Monday Monday Monday” , So Jealous had “Walking with a Ghost” & “Take me Anywhere”,  The Con had “Back in Your Head”, Sainthood had “Northshore” & “Aligator” , which all should have been top 10 hits if top 40 Programmers had any clue.

…but then there was a little ounce of doubt, a brief fleeting thought, what if “Pop Album” means crap like Auto tuned Vocals, or Sampling and/or god forbid Pharell or Chris Brown on it? or whatever Top 40 radio shoves down teenagers throats as hits.

I admit I did gasp at the potential thought of that, for about 2 seconds.

Then I realized it’s Tegan and Sara and they don’t play by anybody’s rules but their own.

In 2013, when Tegan and Sara dove head first into the Pop Mainstream, they did so with no shock value, no half naked or fully naked pictures of them or soft core porn videos, there’s not even pictures of them in dresses, other then a magazine shot from like 15 years ago, I don’t think there’s ever been a shot of them “sexed up”, because they don’t need to do that.

When you are confident in your place in the world, and with your beauty and your art, you don’t need a smoke screen to make someone pay attention, or to divert from your auto tuned vocals or lip synced concerts.

Tegan and Sara have always represented everything you’d want your girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband, daughter or son to be: Honest, Independent, Confident, Opinionated, Hard Working, Talented, Artistic and Beautiful.

and now add persistent to that list.

The first single “Closer” came out in September of 2012 (The album Heartthrob was released in January 2013) and in the world of top 40 radio, if a song doesn’t break in 6 weeks, it’s done because there’s a weekly onslaught of new singles and videos and PR stunts every week from every major pop star; so once a song doesn’t hit, it falls down and out of the chart and off the radar. and the labels and pop stars reload and try again with another single.

But Top 40 didn’t realize is that this is Tegan and Sara and they don’t play by anybody’s rules but their own

Almost a year later, “Closer” did make the Billboard Top 100 chart, a few weeks earlier it had broken into the Top 20 airplay charts on a few different radio formats. It never had been done this way; this long after its release with no other event (ie soundtrack, death etc) surrounding it.

Just hard work.

and a fantastic album which in my opinion is the best album of 2013. How this album or any songs from it did not get any Grammy nominations is a huge head scratcher.

The First 5 songs are as good as any opening quintet of songs on any pop album since Thriller and once again if top 40 programmers had a clue by now all 5 of those songs would be top ten hits: “Closer” “Goodbye Goodbye” “I was a fool” “I’m not your Hero”  “Drove Me Wild” and the remaining 5 songs continue the pace with such standouts as “I couldn’t be your friend” “Now I’m all messed up” and “Shock to your System”

Heartthrob legitimately has 8 songs that should or could be top 10 hits, which is unheard of in this day and age for a “Pop” album to be this solid.

The world we live in now; have made “Pop” music transient and more of a pump and dump scheme, where acts and labels release things as quick as possible with one or two hits on it, then re-release it with a bonus track and then make another album, creating a false sense of longevity while keeping some PR Firms in business as they cycle up to cash on favor after favor.

Heartthrob of course is different, because I’m sure as you are now aware, this is Tegan and Sara and they don’t play by anybody’s rules but their own.

Coming in at #2 this year is Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Unvarnished which is her best album beginning to end since her debut album. Some scathing political commentary, some forlorn love, catchy riffs and Joan’s distinctive voice really hit on all cylinders. Standout tracks include “ “Bad as We Can Be” “Hard to Grow Up” “Make it Back” “Soulmates to Strangers”

Willie Nile continues to deliver, and American Ride is no exeception and is my #3 album of the year, standout tracks include my #1 song of the year “If I Ever See the Light” “This is our Time” “Life on Bleecker Street” “God Laughs”

Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt comes in at #4 with standout tracks “Getaway” “Sirens” “Pendulum” “My Father’s Son”

Brooklyn punks The So So Glos come in at #5 with Blowout with standout tracks “Son of an American” “Wrecking Ball” “Lost Weekend”

And with no warning David Bowie dropped The Next Day and very happy he did as that comes in at #6 with stand out tracks “The Stars are out Tonight” “Valentine’s Day” “Boss of Me” “Where are we Now”

Hollis Brown’s Ride on the Train comes in at #7 with standout tracks “Gypsy Black Cat” “Down on Your Luck” “Ride on the Train”

And another thing that came out of left field with little advance warning was Billie Joe + Norah’s Foreverly coming in at #8, a very faithful redo of The Everly Brothers’ Songs our Daddy Taught Us

Wyldlife’s debut album came in the top 10 a few years ago, so needless to say their 2nd album, The Time has come to Rock and Roll was highly anticipated, but there is an old adage “you have your entire life to make your first album, and then a few months to make your second” hence the term sophomore slump, no slump here, as Wyldlife has done it again, coming in at #9. Led by standout tracks “Saturday Night” “Trash” and “The Right”

The New Jersey rock and roll scene is alive and well with The Front Bottoms leading the charge, The Talon of the Hawk comes in at #10, Stand out tracks include “Skeleton” “Au Revoir” “Funny You Should Ask”

Lorde domininated the airwaves with her debut album Pure Heroine and it comes in at #11, stand out tracks include “Tennis Court” “Royals” and “White Teeth Teens”

I think i already mentioned how alive and well the New Jersey music rock and roll scene is, EdTang is part of why, Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner comes in at #12 and features such stand out tracks as “Vaya” “Lincoln” “Two Old Friends”

One of the most important bands to come out of NYC at the tail end of the 70′s punk scene are the Del Lords, and Elvis Club was their first album in 23 years! and it comes in at #13, stand out tracks include “Damaged” “Princess” “Everyday” “When the Drugs kick in”

Like Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys continues to release solid album after solid album, Truth Serum comes in at #14 featuring stand out tracks “Any Rain” “Dragons to Slay” “Truth Serum”

Queens of the Stone Age ….Like Clockwork comes in at #15, stand out tracks include “Smooth Sailing” “Fairweather Friends”  “My God is the Sun”

There’s alot of older legacy artists on this list, and that’s because they know what they are doing, Paul McCartney’s New comes in at #16 featuring stand out tracks “Everybody out there” “Queenie Eye” “Save Us”

Joe Grushecky’s Somewhere East of Eden comes in at #17 with a collection of haunting songs, some solo, some with various Houserockers, stand out tracks include “I Can Hear the Devil Knocking”  “Who Cares about those Kids” “John the Revelator”

Wesley Stace’s Self Titled (really it’s titled Self Titled) comes in at #18 with stand out tracks “The Wrong Tree” “When I Knew” “Wrong for the Part”

The bomb that hit the music industry and the internet was Beyonce’s Beyonce album that came with no promotion and took the world by storm and left alot of blogs who submitted their year end lists in November holding the bag, since they couldn’t add it, I guess it’s more important to get your list out first than to wait to all of the albums are released. It made my list at #19 and here’s the stand out tracks “Blue” “Superpower” “XO”

Frank Turner’s Tape Deck Heart rounds out the list at #20, stand out tracks include “Recovery” “Tell Tale Signs” “Good and Gone”

Support these artists and purchase these albums.

1.   Heartthrob TEGAN AND SARA
2.   Unvarnished JOAN JETT and THE BLACKHEARTS
3.   American Ride WILLIE NILE
4.   Lightning Bolt PEARL JAM
5.   Blowout THE SO SO GLOS
6.   The Next Day DAVID BOWIE
7.   Ride on the Train HOLLIS BROWN
8.   Foreverly BILLIE JOE + NORAH
9.   The Time has come to Rock and Roll WYLDLIFE
10. The Talon of the Hawk THE FRONT BOTTOMS
11. Heroine LORDE
12. Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner EDTANG
13. Elvis Club DEL LORDS
14. Truth Serum GARLAND JEFFREYS
15. …Like Clockwork QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
16. New PAUL MCCARTNEY
17. Somewhere East of Eden JOE GRUSHECKY
18. Self Titled WESLEY STACE
19. Beyonce BEYONCE
20. Tape Deck Heart FRANK TURNER

 THE 30 Best Songs of 2013

This was a pretty good year for music, tons of great songs, when I first heard Willie Nile’s “If I ever see the Light” it jumped right out of the speakers and grabbed me by the throat, the lyrics say it all, we’ve all been in the position of fighting to see the light and Willie’s song captures it perfectly. It’s inspiring and it’s the best song of 2013.

I’ve made a montage of the top 30 songs for you to listen to, as opposed to youtube videos of each song, hoping that after you hear the montage you’ll be inclined to support these artists by buying these songs, there’s a ton of local and local based artists on this list as well..

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1.If I Ever See The Light Willie Nile (local)
2.Tripwire Elvis Costello & The Roots
3.Man Neko Case
4.Trash Wyldlife (local)
5.Getaway Pearl Jam
6.Drove Me Wild Tegan & Sara
7.Bad as We can Be Joan Jett and The Blackhearts (local)
8.Flood Cooper
9.Everyday The Del Lords (local)
10.Son of an American The So So Glos (local)
11.Down On Your Luck Hollis Brown (local)
12.Skeleton Front Bottoms (local)
13.Breathless Love Lucero
14.Everybody Out There Paul McCartney
15.Vaya Edtang (local)
16.Truth Serum Garland Jeffreys (local)
17.Thanks for Getting Fat Avon Junkies (local)
18.Champagne Mark Wilkinson
19.Song for Hope Jake Clemons
20.Like Hell Prima Donna
21.That’s Heavy James Maddock (local)
22.I can hear the devil knocking Joe Grushecky
23.The Wrong Tree Wesley Stace
24.Tennis Court Lorde
25.If our Music Plays Again Emily’s Army
26.Rockstar,rollstar, moviestar, TV star Tonio and the Change
27.Lost Bianca Monica (local)
28.Rollercoaster Static Summer (local)
29.Keep Together Hunter Hunted
30.Riot Seasons (local)

THE 20 BEST COVERS OF 2013

Here’s the 20 best covers of 2013, the best known original version is in ( )

Covers are are very important part of an artist’s repertoire and growth, just look at how many covers on are on the early Elvis, Beatles and Stones albums, as well in the live sets of Springsteen, The Grateful Dead and Pearl Jam…

Most of these are available via itunes etc, some only on 7 inch singles, some you had to see it live and perhaps you can find on youtube. Enjoy!

1.i’m Not Sayin Replacements (Nico)
2.Rock and Roll is Dead Prima Donna (The Rubinoos)
3.Fool To Cry Tegan & Sara (The Rolling Stones)
4.Swingin Party Lorde (The Replacements)
5.High Hopes Bruce Springsteen (The Havelinas)
6.Let Her Dance Wyldlife (Bobby Fuller Four)
7.Roving Gambler Billie Joe + Norah (traditional)
8.Lil Red Riding Hood Girl in a Coma (Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs)
9.Changes Charles Bradley and Budos Band (Black Sabbath)
10.Just Dropped In (to see what condition) The Launderettes (The First Edition)
11.You Must Fight to Live on the Planet of the Apes Peter Buck (the Mummies)
12.Johnny 99 Shovels and Rope (Bruce Springsteen)
13.D’yer Maker Bardot (Led Zeppelin)
14.I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day Nick Lowe (Wizzard)
15.I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Bi-lingual Version) The Krayolas (Ramones)
16.From the Git Go Lucero (Slim Dunlap)
17.Nobody knows you when you’re down and out Neko Case (Bessie Smith)
18.Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You The Hold Steady (Billy Squier)
19.John the Revelator Joe Grushecky (Blind Willie Johnson)
20..Call It Off Bern & the Brights (Tegan & Sara)

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PLAYLISTS for 12/22/13 on THE PEAK, THE RAT, WDHA and THE GAMUT

107.1 The Peak

Christmas Christmas Cheap Trick
Holiday Hootenanny Paul and Paula
New York is a Christmas Kind of Town Marah
Christmas in Suburbia Cleaners from Venus
Christmas in Vietnam Private Charles Bowens
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day Ray Price (RIP Ray)
Bells of St. Ignatius Wormburner
Homeless for Christmas Black Halos
Home For Christmas Kenny Laguna
Christmas Duel The Hives and Cyndi Lauper
Merry Christmas ( i dont wanna fight) Little Steven w/Max Weinberg 7
(it’s gonna be a) Punk rock Xmas The Ravers
Peppermint Schnapps Wyldlife
Drinkin Up Xmas Blag Dahlia
Jolly Fat Man Tony Sacco
Hooray for Santa Claus Milton De Lugg & Little Eskimos
The Santa Claus Parade The Little Angels
Santa Claus Jerry Clayton
Santa Make Me Good The Grip Weeds
Santa Claus Meets The Purple People Eater Sheb Wooley
Santy Claus Told Me Chris Koch
Santa Santa (written Neil Diamond) The Rocky Fellers
Donde Esta Santa Claus? Guster
Santa Claus And His Old Lady Cheech & Chong
Poncho Claus El Vez
The Hat I Got For Christmas Is Too Beeg Mel Blanc
Santa’s got a Mullet Nerf Herder
I Want a Rock and Roll Guitar Johnny Preston
Rock n Roll Christmas  Julie Miller
Takin care of Christmas  BTO
jerry gee-raffe (santa’s bashful helper) Vincent Russell
Christmas at the Airport Nick Lowe
(I wanna go) Surfin with Santa The Hollyberries
Surfin Santa The Ramblers
its a technicolor xmas when you’re jewish cause the movie houses never close Tommy & the Greyhounds
Lonely Jew (radio edit) Kyle from South Park
Elvin the little Black Elf The Classmen
Merry Christmas Mama Bill Cosby

95.9 THE RAT

Christmas, Christmas    Mojo Nixon
Christmas Christmas     George Beverly Shea
Merry F#%kin Xmas       Denis Leary
Another Christmas       Yobs
Another Christmas Song  Stephen Colbert
Drinkin’ Up Xmas        Blag Dahlia
I Won’t Be Home For Xmas        Blink-182
I’ll Be Home For Christmas      Girl In A Coma
Christmas in Suburbia   Cleaners from Venus
Christmas in Malibu     The Radudes
Christmas in Hollywood  Hollywood Undead
Christmastime in the City of Angels     Maple Mars
Christmas In L.A.       Dave Philips
Christmas in L.A.       The Killers
Xmas greetings from Family Guy
Clint Frostwood The Chillaz
Takin Care of Christmas      BTO
Santa, I Got Your Number        Tommy Tutone
Whip me Santa Claus     Mucus and the Bloody Phlegm
Sure Hope I Don’t have to beat your ass this Xmas Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Humping Santa   Ms. Jody
Xmas message from Jenna Jameson
Sex Toys for Christmas  Vegas Demilo
No gifts this Xmas      The Blank Tapes
Tu Regalo       Pizza Time
The Hat I Got For Christmas Is Too Beeg Mel Blanc
Santa Claus And His Old Lady    Cheech & Chong
Poncho Claus    El Vez
Little Girls And Hobos  The Naked Trucker & T-Bones
Will Santa Come to Shanty Town  Scotty Alexander
Santa Claus Rides a Strawberry Roan      Jim Lowe
Santa Don’t Drive No Pick-Up Truck      Foster Martin Band
Santa’s Got a Coupe de Ville    Four Imperials
Santa’s Comin’ In A Whirlybird  Gene Autry
Santa’s Got An Airplane         Beach Boys
Rocket Ship Santa       The BellRays
Santa came on a Nuclear Missile Heather Noel
Santa’s Supersonic Flying Rocket Sled   The Hollyberries
Santa Claustrophobia    X Ray Ted
Santa’s got a Mullet    Nerf herder
Jerry Gee-raffe (Santa’s bashful helper)        Vincent Russell
Christmas Is The Time   Kids of Widney High

105.5 WDHA

Christmas Christmas George Beverly Shea
Rock n Roll Christmas  Julie Miller
Rock and Roll Christmas The Connection
Rock This Christmas Down Cherie Currie & Lita Ford
I Gotta Rock For Christmas Acres
boardwalk santa/ghetto santa (bruce parody) Punsters
Blue Christmas  Bruce Springsteen
Merry Christmas ( i dont wanna fight) Little Steven w/Max Weinberg 7
The Christmas Song Clarence Clemons
Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) The Smithereens
Merry Christmas Baby Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
merry xmas baby  Scott Kempner
Jolly Fat Man Tony Sacco
Fat Daddy Shannon and the Clams
I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus Siné
Hey Daddy (I’m Gonna Tell Santa On You) Billy Beau
Christmas Single (Prostitute for Xmas) The Ouse Valley Singers
Xmas message from Jenna Jameson
Sex Toys for Christmas  Vegas Demilo
No gifts this Xmas      The Blank Tapes
Tu Regalo       Pizza Time
The Hat I Got For Christmas Is Too Beeg Mel Blanc
Santa Claus And His Old Lady    Cheech & Chong
Poncho Claus    El Vez
Little Girls And Hobos  The Naked Trucker & T-Bones
Will Santa Come to Shanty Town  Scotty Alexander
Santa Claus Rides a Strawberry Roan      Jim Lowe
Santa Don’t Drive No Pick-Up Truck      Foster Martin Band
Santa’s Got a Coupe de Ville    Four Imperials
Santa’s Comin’ In A Whirlybird  Gene Autry
Santa’s Got An Airplane         Beach Boys
Rocket Ship Santa       The BellRays
Santa came on a Nuclear Missile Heather Noel
Santa’s Supersonic Flying Rocket Sled   The Hollyberries
Santa Claustrophobia    X Ray Ted
Santa’s got a Mullet    Nerf herder
Jerry Gee-raffe (Santa’s bashful helper)        Vincent Russell
Christmas Is The Time   Kids of Widney High

THE GAMUT

Christmas Christmas George Beverly Shea
Christmas Is My Fav’rite Time Of Year Fred Flintstone
Christmas Time is here Correatown
Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You The Hold Steady
Christmas Is The Time Kids of Widney High
christmas in rochester, my home town (minnesota) The Sunset Terrace School
Singers
Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis  Neko Case
Christmas Single (Prostitute for Xmas) The Ouse Valley Singers
Mr Santa bring me a Doll Robin and his Merrymen
Mrs. Beasley Gipp Forster
Messed Up Xmas The Dollyrots
big christmas valium head Goatmen
Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope Martin Mull
Champagne of Christmas Fleshtones
Happy Birthday Jesus Little Cindy
Christmas in Heaven Monty Python
Christmas time in Hell The Dark Prince
Don?t Believe in Christmas Pearl Jam
Christmas When You?re Dead Sinatra
Run Rudolph Run  The Grateful Dead
Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer Tiny Tim
Randolph the Redneck Reindeer Barry Kaye
Purple Reindeer (prince parody) Steve Altman
Clint Frostwood The Chillaz
Frosty The Snowman The Ronettes
Abominable Snowman in the Market Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
Snowman Diane Ray
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day Nick Lowe
everyday is a holiday with you Unit 3 with Venus
Christmas was better in the 80s  Futureheads
Christmas 1979 Wild Billy Childish
Christmas Spirit of 69 North Pole United
Santa?s North Pole Band Line Material
North Pole Rock Cathy Sharpe
Santa You Owe Me Antigone Rising
Naughty Naughty Children (Better Start Actin? Nice) Grace Potter
Kung Fu Christmas Bill Murray
Im a Christmas Tree Wild Man Fischer

PLAYLISTS for 12/15/13

THE PEAK
Christmas Christmas George Beverly Shea
Christmas Is My Fav’rite Time Of Year Fred Flintstone
Christmas Time is here Correatown
Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You The Hold Steady
Christmas Is The Time Kids of Widney High
christmas in rochester, my home town (minnesota) The Sunset Terrace School Singers
Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis  Neko Case
Christmas Single (Prostitute for Xmas) The Ouse Valley Singers
Mr Santa bring me a Doll Robin and his Merrymen
Mrs. Beasley Gipp Forster
Messed Up Xmas The Dollyrots
big christmas valium head Goatmen
Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope Martin Mull
Champagne of Christmas Fleshtones
Happy Birthday Jesus Little Cindy
Christmas in Heaven Monty Python
Christmas time in Hell The Dark Prince
Don’t Believe in Christmas Pearl Jam
Christmas When You’re Dead Sinatra
Run Rudolph Run  The Grateful Dead
Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer Tiny Tim
Randolph the Redneck Reindeer Barry Kaye
Purple Reindeer (prince parody) Steve Altman
Clint Frostwood The Chillaz
Frosty The Snowman The Ronettes
Abominable Snowman in the Market Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
Snowman Diane Ray
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day Nick Lowe
everyday is a holiday with you Unit 3 with Venus
Christmas was better in the 80′s  Futureheads
Christmas 1979 Wild Billy Childish
Christmas Spirit of 69 North Pole United
Santa’s North Pole Band Line Material
North Pole Rock Cathy Sharpe
Santa You Owe Me Antigone Rising
Naughty Naughty Children (Better Start Actin’ Nice) Grace Potter
Kung Fu Christmas Bill Murray
I’m a Christmas Tree Wild Man Fischer

THE RAT and WDHA
Christmas Christmas Cheap Trick
Christmas Is My Fav’rite Time Of Year Fred Flintstone
Christmas Time All Over The World The Smithereens
Christmas Time Again The Connection
It’s Christmas Time Again Harley Poe
What Santa Wants Santa Claus
Christmas in Heaven Monty Python
Christmas Time in Hell The Dark Prince
Jingle Hells Bells Bob Rivers
Don’t Believe in Christmas Pearl Jam
O Come o Ye Faithful Willie Nile
ha ha ha, ho ho ho Mister Yule
She’s a Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas Patent Pending
Christmas Single (Prostitute for Xmas) The Ouse Valley Singers
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus John Mellencamp
I Saw Mommy Biting Santa Claus The Dollyrots
I saw Mommy Fisting Santa Claus vinnie and the stardusters
I’m Coming Out for Christmas Crystal Bowersox
Butch The Gay Santa Claus Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Back Door Santa  Low Cut Connie
F%* You, Mistletoe (radio edit) Kyle Dunnigan
Christmas Time For My Penis The Vandals
Breaking Christmas Balls Tommy Mullaney
Santa’s Yule Log Andy Dick
Killing Myself For Christmas Sick Puppies
Christmas Suicide Song The Eversons
All Alone On Christmas Darlene Love
Christmas Is On! Gary “U.S.” Bonds
Your Love is All i Want for Christmas Jobonanno & The Godsons of Soul
It Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas Toad the Wet Sprocket
I Feel It In My Bones The Killers
Kung Fu Christmas Bill Murray
Merry Christmas I Don’t Wanna Fight(live version)Joey Ramone and Ronnie Spector

THE GAMUT
Christmas Christmas Cheap Trick
Christmas, Christmas Mojo Nixon
The Season’s Upon Us Dropkick Murphys
Christmas Threw Up all over you April Smith and the Lost Picture Show
Piss The Season Wyldlife
The Hat I Got For Christmas Is Too Beeg Mel Blanc
santa’s got a mullet Nerf herder
boardwalk santa/ghetto santa (bruce parody) Punsters
Christmas In The Poor House Luther Lackey
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don?t Be Late) Tegan & Sara
Sleigh Ride fun.
run rudolph run Dramarama
Santa Claus Rides a Strawberry Roan Jim Lowe
Santa’s Got a Coupe de Ville Four Imperials
Santa Don?t Drive No Pick-Up Truck Foster Martin Band
Santa drives a Big Brown Truck Ken Jones
surfin santa The Ramblers
Santa Claus Is Surfin To Town Soupy Sales
Santa’s Got An Airplane Beach Boys
Santa’s Comin In A Whirlybird Gene Autry
Rocket Ship Santa The BellRays
Santa Came On A Nuclear Missle Heather Noel
i saw mommy kissing santa claus John Wesley Harding
i saw mommy fisting santa claus vinnie and the stardusters
I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus Siném Sinaye
Butch The Gay Santa Claus Cherry Poppin Daddies
Christmas Is a Pain In the Arse The Accelerators
I Sure Hope I Don’t Have to Beat Your Ass This Christmas Aqua Teen Hunger
Force
Breaking Christmas Balls Tommy Mullaney
Christmas Time For My Penis The Vandals
xmas message from jenna jameson
sex toys for christmas Vegas Demilo
Humping Santa Ms. Jody
Santa, I Got Your Number Tommy Tutone
takin care of christmas Randy Bachman
Christmas in the Stars, A Star Wars Christmas

 

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THE 30 BEST SONGS of 2013

This was a pretty good year for music, tons of great songs, when I first heard Willie Nile’s “If I ever see the Light” it jumped right out of the speakers and grabbed me by the throat, the lyrics say it all, we’ve all been in the position of fighting to see the light and Willie’s song captures it perfectly. It’s inspiring and it’s the best song of 2013.

I’ve made a montage of the top 30 songs for you to listen to, as opposed to youtube videos of each song, hoping that after you hear the montage you’ll be inclined to support these artists by buying these songs, there’s a ton of local and local based artists on this list as well..

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1.If I Ever See The Light Willie Nile (local)
2.Tripwire Elvis Costello & The Roots
3.Man Neko Case
4.Trash Wyldlife (local)
5.Getaway Pearl Jam
6.Drove Me Wild Tegan & Sara
7.Bad as We can Be Joan Jett and The Blackhearts (local)
8.Flood Cooper
9.Everyday The Del Lords (local)
10.Son of an American The So So Glos (local)
11.Down On Your Luck Hollis Brown (local)
12.Skeleton Front Bottoms (local)
13.Breathless Love Lucero
14.Everybody Out There Paul McCartney
15.Vaya Edtang (local)
16.Truth Serum Garland Jeffreys (local)
17.Thanks for Getting Fat Avon Junkies (local)
18.Champagne Mark Wilkinson
19.Song for Hope Jake Clemons
20.Like Hell Prima Donna
21.That’s Heavy James Maddock (local)
22.I can hear the devil knocking Joe Grushecky
23.The Wrong Tree Wesley Stace
24.Tennis Court Lorde
25.If our Music Plays Again Emily’s Army
26.Rockstar,rollstar, moviestar, TV star Tonio and the Change
27.Lost Bianca Monica (local)
28.Rollercoaster Static Summer (local)
29.Keep Together Hunter Hunted
30.Riot Seasons (local)

THE 20 BEST COVERS OF 2013

Here’s the 20 best covers of 2013, the best known original version is in ( )

Covers are are very important part of an artist’s repertoire and growth, just look at how many covers on are on the early Elvis, Beatles and Stones albums, as well in the live sets of Springsteen, The Grateful Dead and Pearl Jam…

Most of these are available via itunes etc, some only on 7 inch singles, some you had to see it live and perhaps you can find on youtube. Enjoy!

1.i’m Not Sayin Replacements (Nico)
2.Rock and Roll is Dead Prima Donna (The Rubinoos)
3.Fool To Cry Tegan & Sara (The Rolling Stones)
4.Swingin Party Lorde (The Replacements)
5.High Hopes Bruce Springsteen (The Havelinas)
6.Let Her Dance Wyldlife (Bobby Fuller Four)
7.Roving Gambler Billie Joe + Norah (traditional)
8.Lil Red Riding Hood Girl in a Coma (Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs)
9.Changes Charles Bradley and Budos Band (Black Sabbath)
10.Just Dropped In (to see what condition) The Launderettes (The First Edition)
11.You Must Fight to Live on the Planet of the Apes Peter Buck (the Mummies)
12.Johnny 99 Shovels and Rope (Bruce Springsteen)
13.D’yer Maker Bardot (Led Zeppelin)
14.I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day Nick Lowe (Wizzard)
15.I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Bi-lingual Version) The Krayolas (Ramones)
16.From the Git Go Lucero (Slim Dunlap)
17.Nobody knows you when you’re down and out Neko Case (Bessie Smith)
18.Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You The Hold Steady (Billy Squier)
19.John the Revelator Joe Grushecky (Blind Willie Johnson)
20..Call It Off Bern & the Brights (Tegan & Sara)

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The 20 Best COVERS of 2013

Here’s the 20 best covers of 2013, the best known original version is in ( )

Covers are are very important part of an artist’s repertoire and growth, just look at how many covers on are on the early Elvis, Beatles and Stones albums, as well in the live sets of Springsteen, The Grateful Dead and Pearl Jam…

Most of these are available via itunes etc, some only on 7 inch singles, some you had to see it live and perhaps you can find on youtube. Enjoy!

1.i’m Not Sayin Replacements (Nico)
2.Rock and Roll is Dead Prima Donna (The Rubinoos)
3.Fool To Cry Tegan & Sara (The Rolling Stones)
4.Swingin Party Lorde (The Replacements)
5.High Hopes Bruce Springsteen (The Havelinas)
6.Let Her Dance Wyldlife (Bobby Fuller Four)
7.Roving Gambler Billie Joe + Norah (traditional)
8.Lil Red Riding Hood Girl in a Coma (Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs)
9.Changes Charles Bradley and Budos Band (Black Sabbath)
10.Just Dropped In (to see what condition) The Launderettes (The First Edition)
11.You Must Fight to Live on the Planet of the Apes Peter Buck (the Mummies)
12.Johnny 99 Shovels and Rope (Bruce Springsteen)
13.D’yer Maker Bardot (Led Zeppelin)
14.I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day Nick Lowe (Wizzard)
15.I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Bi-lingual Version) The Krayolas (Ramones)
16.From the Git Go Lucero (Slim Dunlap)
17.Nobody knows you when you’re down and out Neko Case (Bessie Smith)
18.Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You The Hold Steady (Billy Squier)
19.John the Revelator Joe Grushecky (Blind Willie Johnson)
20..Call It Off Bern & the Brights (Tegan & Sara)

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PLAYLISTS for 12/15/13 on THE PEAK, THE RAT, WDHA and THE GAMUT

THE PEAK
Christmas Christmas George Beverly Shea
Christmas Is My Fav’rite Time Of Year Fred Flintstone
Christmas Time is here Correatown
Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You The Hold Steady
Christmas Is The Time Kids of Widney High
christmas in rochester, my home town (minnesota) The Sunset Terrace School Singers
Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis  Neko Case
Christmas Single (Prostitute for Xmas) The Ouse Valley Singers
Mr Santa bring me a Doll Robin and his Merrymen
Mrs. Beasley Gipp Forster
Messed Up Xmas The Dollyrots
big christmas valium head Goatmen
Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope Martin Mull
Champagne of Christmas Fleshtones
Happy Birthday Jesus Little Cindy
Christmas in Heaven Monty Python
Christmas time in Hell The Dark Prince
Don’t Believe in Christmas Pearl Jam
Christmas When You’re Dead Sinatra
Run Rudolph Run  The Grateful Dead
Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer Tiny Tim
Randolph the Redneck Reindeer Barry Kaye
Purple Reindeer (prince parody) Steve Altman
Clint Frostwood The Chillaz
Frosty The Snowman The Ronettes
Abominable Snowman in the Market Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
Snowman Diane Ray
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day Nick Lowe
everyday is a holiday with you Unit 3 with Venus
Christmas was better in the 80′s  Futureheads
Christmas 1979 Wild Billy Childish
Christmas Spirit of 69 North Pole United
Santa’s North Pole Band Line Material
North Pole Rock Cathy Sharpe
Santa You Owe Me Antigone Rising
Naughty Naughty Children (Better Start Actin’ Nice) Grace Potter
Kung Fu Christmas Bill Murray
I’m a Christmas Tree Wild Man Fischer

THE RAT and WDHA
Christmas Christmas Cheap Trick
Christmas Is My Fav’rite Time Of Year Fred Flintstone
Christmas Time All Over The World The Smithereens
Christmas Time Again The Connection
It’s Christmas Time Again Harley Poe
What Santa Wants Santa Claus
Christmas in Heaven Monty Python
Christmas Time in Hell The Dark Prince
Jingle Hells Bells Bob Rivers
Don’t Believe in Christmas Pearl Jam
O Come o Ye Faithful Willie Nile
ha ha ha, ho ho ho Mister Yule
She’s a Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas Patent Pending
Christmas Single (Prostitute for Xmas) The Ouse Valley Singers
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus John Mellencamp
I Saw Mommy Biting Santa Claus The Dollyrots
I saw Mommy Fisting Santa Claus vinnie and the stardusters
I’m Coming Out for Christmas Crystal Bowersox
Butch The Gay Santa Claus Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Back Door Santa  Low Cut Connie
F%* You, Mistletoe (radio edit) Kyle Dunnigan
Christmas Time For My Penis The Vandals
Breaking Christmas Balls Tommy Mullaney
Santa’s Yule Log Andy Dick
Killing Myself For Christmas Sick Puppies
Christmas Suicide Song The Eversons
All Alone On Christmas Darlene Love
Christmas Is On! Gary “U.S.” Bonds
Your Love is All i Want for Christmas Jobonanno & The Godsons of Soul
It Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas Toad the Wet Sprocket
I Feel It In My Bones The Killers
Kung Fu Christmas Bill Murray
Merry Christmas I Don’t Wanna Fight(live version)Joey Ramone and Ronnie Spector

THE GAMUT
Christmas Christmas Cheap Trick
Christmas, Christmas Mojo Nixon
The Season’s Upon Us Dropkick Murphys
Christmas Threw Up all over you April Smith and the Lost Picture Show
Piss The Season Wyldlife
The Hat I Got For Christmas Is Too Beeg Mel Blanc
santa’s got a mullet Nerf herder
boardwalk santa/ghetto santa (bruce parody) Punsters
Christmas In The Poor House Luther Lackey
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don?t Be Late) Tegan & Sara
Sleigh Ride fun.
run rudolph run Dramarama
Santa Claus Rides a Strawberry Roan Jim Lowe
Santa’s Got a Coupe de Ville Four Imperials
Santa Don?t Drive No Pick-Up Truck Foster Martin Band
Santa drives a Big Brown Truck Ken Jones
surfin santa The Ramblers
Santa Claus Is Surfin To Town Soupy Sales
Santa’s Got An Airplane Beach Boys
Santa’s Comin In A Whirlybird Gene Autry
Rocket Ship Santa The BellRays
Santa Came On A Nuclear Missle Heather Noel
i saw mommy kissing santa claus John Wesley Harding
i saw mommy fisting santa claus vinnie and the stardusters
I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus Siném Sinaye
Butch The Gay Santa Claus Cherry Poppin Daddies
Christmas Is a Pain In the Arse The Accelerators
I Sure Hope I Don’t Have to Beat Your Ass This Christmas Aqua Teen Hunger
Force
Breaking Christmas Balls Tommy Mullaney
Christmas Time For My Penis The Vandals
xmas message from jenna jameson
sex toys for christmas Vegas Demilo
Humping Santa Ms. Jody
Santa, I Got Your Number Tommy Tutone
takin care of christmas Randy Bachman
Christmas in the Stars, A Star Wars Christmas

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NFSW CHRISTMAS SONGS

Here’s some holiday cheer for you, and yes i’ll figure out some way to play these all on the radio…

Ouse Valley “Christmas Single (Prostitute for Xmas)”

Patent Pending “She’s a ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas”

Vandals “Christmas Time for My Penis”

Vegas Demilo “Sex Toys for Christmas”

Vinnie and Stardusters “I saw mommy fisting santa claus”

Jimmy Butler “Trim your Tree”

Denis Leary “Merry F%*king Christmas”

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ANYTHING ANYTHING FREE FORM RADIO HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!

On 12/15 and 12/22 I will be bringing to the airwaves, my annual holiday shows, which feature all sorts of goodies to get you in the holiday spirit, this year being on 4 stations, i will make sure most of shows vary, but will repeat some songs on all shows as there are gems i’d like each audience to hear. it’s going to be fun.

here’s the promo poster, one for each of the New York/ NJ stations:

holidaynostationpeak

holidaynostationrat

holidaynostationdha

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Playlists for 12/8/18 on THE PEAK, THE RAT, WDHA and THE GAMUT with PODCAST

Enjoy Jake Clemons on Anything Anything, click the player to hear it or listen via itunes, playlist below

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Anything, Anything Dramarama
It’s a really big show tonight (anything version) The Kirby Stone Four with Ed Sullivan
Another Girl Another Planet The Only Ones
you must fight to live on the planet of the apes Peter Buck (happy bday Pete)
making your mind up Bucks Fizz (happy bday Mike Nolan)
You Must Be Crazy Jake Clemons
Jake Clemons Interview
Badlands (live Harlem Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Tribute to Bruce Springsteen (Born in the Usa) Chief Kooffreh
Jake Clemons Interview
Song For Hope Jake Clemons
Two Ryan Adams
Drive all night Glen Hansard with Eddie Vedder & Jake Clemons
Jake Clemons Interview
The Kids Are Alright [live] Pearl Jam
Why Independent Record Stores Fail Marah
Jake Clemons Interview
Scarborough Fair and Gin and Juice Paul Simon, Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan
Local Hero (Leeds 07 24 13) Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band
Jake Clemons Interview
Without Jake Clemons
I won’t go hunting with you Jake (but I’ll go Chasin’ Wimmin) Jimmy Dean

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JAKE CLEMONS PODCAST

Enjoy Jake Clemons on Anything Anything, click the player to hear it or via itunes, playlist below

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Anything, Anything Dramarama
It’s a really big show tonight (anything version) The Kirby Stone Four with Ed Sullivan
Another Girl Another Planet The Only Ones
you must fight to live on the planet of the apes Peter Buck (happy bday Pete)
making your mind up Bucks Fizz (happy bday Mike Nolan)
You Must Be Crazy Jake Clemons
Jake Clemons Interview
Badlands (live Harlem Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Tribute to Bruce Springsteen (Born in the Usa) Chief Kooffreh
Jake Clemons Interview
Song For Hope Jake Clemons
Two Ryan Adams
Drive all night Glen Hansard with Eddie Vedder & Jake Clemons
Jake Clemons Interview
The Kids Are Alright [live] Pearl Jam
Why Independent Record Stores Fail Marah
Jake Clemons Interview
Scarborough Fair and Gin and Juice Paul Simon, Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan
Local Hero (Leeds 07 24 13) Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band
Jake Clemons Interview
Without Jake Clemons
I won’t go hunting with you Jake (but I’ll go Chasin’ Wimmin) Jimmy Dean

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