Visiting Hitsville USA – The Motown Museum in Detroit



Standing in the shadows of greatness.

Hoping you had a decent Thanksgiving. I was very fortunate to make a rare late November trip back to the Motor City to spend the holiday with my family. During my brief visit I made a stop at Hitsville USA, the original headquarters of Motown records on West Grand Blvd in Detroit. The building was a house that Berry Gordy Jr. converted into a recording studio and office facility. There is also an upper floor apartment that Gordy lived in, which looks like it could be the creation of a set designer from Mad Men – But it’s the real deal, even the orange sofa that Marvin Gaye used to crash on.


The building is now operated as a museum and it is literally a time capsule into the 1960’s. MotownReceptionEverything has been left exactly as it was, from the rolodexes which sit on the lobby desk next to the three black phones that Mary Wells and Diana Ross once answered as receptionists, down to the candy machine, still stocked with the Baby Ruth bars in slot number 4 for the 11 year old Little Stevie Wonder.

MotownControlRoomThe Studio A control room still houses the board and tape machines that all of the great Motown music we know and love once passed through. The floor under the console where the producers and engineers sat have holes where the tile and wood beneath have been worn through from the stomping of feet and tapping of toes.

Stevie-Wonder-in-session-with-the-Funk-Brothers-inside-Motowns-Snakepit-in-1967Stepping down into the main studio room, I was overcome with a deep reverence for the enormous spirits who had created such timeless, universal magic in that small space.

Everything was exactly as it was, including the mic cables hanging down from the ceiling, the headphones the artists had worn, the hook where they had hung their coat in the winter.

bildeThe 1877 Steinway concert grand piano had recently been restored thanks to a generous donation from Paul McCartney after he had visited the studio and taken the same tour.

Brian Ray, long time guitarist for McCartney saw this picture I had posted on Facebook and he offered this tid-bit about the restoration,

“…nice touch, huh? I was standing next to Paul when he asked if he could play the piano and they said, “no it needs restoration and is unplayable” w plexiglass over the keys. Paul got a gleam in his eye and later asked what we thought of gifting them with true restoration in NYC.. I hope it is played and enjoyed. B”

I am so extremely grateful for having the opportunity to visit this mecca of American music.These rooms, small, basic and simple would be nothing without the creative expression of the songwriters, musicians, producers and performers who poured themselves into the records that will stand forever as a testament to their greatness.


*Photos are not allowed inside of the building. These interior photos were found on the web.

City of Night playlist – 11/29/14 – 88.5 KCSN Los Angeles

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City of Night Playlist for Saturday November 29, 2014





The Four Tops Reach Out I’ll Be There
The Dead Weather It’s Just too Bad
The Singles You’ve Runned Away
Minutemen Corona
Cheatahs Controller
The Kinks 20th Century Man
Lo-Fang Look Away
Waters I feel Everything
Warpaint Love Is To Die
The Band The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (live)
Shakey Graves Pansey Waltz
Pixies Andro Queen
BØRNS Electric Love
T-Rex Metal Guru
T-Rex Monolith

The Delta Spirit Interlude/War Machine
Pink Floyd Welcome To The Machine
Arcade Fire Here Comes the Night Time
Cornershop Brimfull of Ashea (Norman Cook remix)
King Tuff Black Holes in Stereo
Neon Neon Mid century Modern Nightmare
Blue Oyster Cult Godzilla
Io Echo Ministry of Love
Richard Hell & The Voidoids Blank Generation
Etta James Sunday Kind of Love
Merchandise Telephone
Escondido Black Roses
Elvis Costello & The Attractions Clowntime Is Over
Adam Green & Bikini Shapiro Just To Make Me Feel Good
TV On The Radio Could You

Shannon & The Clams Rip Van Winkle
Buddy Holly Heartbeat
Ex Hex How You Got That Girl
XTC Life Begins at the Hop
Radiohead Idioteque
Hooded Fang Graves
Ex Cops Black Soap
Crocodiles Marquis de Sade
Beach Boys God Only Knows
The Clash Bankrobber
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds We Know Who You Are
Billy Bragg & Wilco California Stars
Parquet Courts These Boots Are Made For Walking
13th Floor Elevators I Don’t Ever Want To Come Down
The XX Islands
Cream I’m So Glad

…..aaaaand we’re back!

I promise to do my best.

I’ve decided to re-activate for a variety of reasons.

It’s been a busy year in Shoveltown and I want to be able to bring all of my various activities under one umbrella.

The reason I had stopped posting my playlists on this page nearly a year ago was because all of the ‘City of Night’ playlists and audio were automatically being posted to the website and so it was redundant to spend the time to post them here.

As you can see, the last post I had made here was the year end “Faves of 2013” list. As I was beginning to look at this past year’s playlists to start compiling the “Faves of 2014” I realized that the ‘City of Night’ playlists are disappeared from after 3 months. NOW I see why it wouldn’t have been a waste of time to post my shows here on

Lesson learned – Nobody else can decide to delete things from my own website, therefore I will begin to post the shows here once again.

City of Night – Jan. 4, 2014 – 88.5 KCSN – Faves of ’13 – Week 2 of 2



There was so much great music in 2013 that my “Faves of ’13 list continues this week with more of the songs that made the year one which I will look back at with warmth and fondness.

Wishing you happiness in the new year, Mr. Shovel

 City of Night playlist – Jan. 4, 2014 – 88.5 KCSN
 Faves of ’13 part 2 of 2

Artist Song
Cults Always Forever
Western Scene Living
Au Revoir Simone Crazy
Noah and the Whale Heart of Nowhere
Robert DeLong Happy
Palma Violets Best of Friends
Deap Vally Woman of Intention
Prince Screwdriver
Jamaican Queens Water
Man Man Head On
Low Just Make It Stop
Parkington Sisters Inside My Head
The Rubens My Gun
Milk Carton Kids Promised Land
King Krule Borderline

Together Pangea Offer
Tea Leaf Green Give Me One More Chance
Saint Motel My Type
Valerie June Pushin’ Against a Stone
Typhoon Dreams of Cannibalism
Splashh All I Wanna Do
Light FM Let Go
Chelsea Wolfe The Warden
Trampled By Turtles Where Is My Mind (live)
Those Darlins In The Wilderness
 The Weeks  Brothers In The Night
Io Echo Ministry of Love
Los Campesinos What Death Leaves Behind
Polica Chain My Name
Bleached Ride Your Heart

Crocodiles Marquis De Sade
Guards Coming True
Lo-Fang #88
Villagers Nothing Arrived
Turin Breaks Time and Money
Cate Le Bon Sisters
Temples Shelter Song
Dum Dum Girls Lost Boys and Girls Club
Hunter Hunted Keep Together
 Papa  Put Me To Work
Haim Forever
 Savages  She Will
Jim James A New Life
 Soko  We Might Be Dead Tomorrow

City of Night – 88.5 KCSN – Dec. 28, 2013 – Faves of ’13 – Week 1 of 2



There was a lot of great music released in 2013, far too much to fit into a top 10 or 25. Here I highlight many of the memorable songs that were featured over the past year on City of Night. I decided to do it over the course of two weeks. The result is six hours of music that will make me remember 2013 as a great year in music. Even after six hours I could not fit everything. There are many great songs left off this list, which plays in no particular order. I hope it will bring you pleasure.

Wishing you the best in the coming year, Mr. Shovel

City of Night Playlist for Saturday – December 28, 2013 – 88.5 KCSN

Faves of ’13 – Week 1 of 2

Artist Song
Guards Ready To Go
Dan Croll From Nowhere
Foxygen San Francisco
Hockey Wild Style
Pillowfight Get Your S**t Together
Adam Green & Binki Shapiro Just To Make Me feel Good
Elastic Bond Find A Way
Crosses The Epilogue
Arctic Monkeys Why’s You Only Call Me When Your High?
Generationals When They Fight, They Fight
Phosphorescent Song For Zula
Cass McCombs Brighter! w/ Karen Black
Tom Odell Another Love
Banks Before I Ever Met You
The National Sea of Love
David Bowie (You Will) Set The World On Fire
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Swim and Sleep (Live a Shark)
Mikal Cronin Weight
Indians Magic Kids
Sir Sly Where I’m Going
Jim James Dear One
Gliss The Sea Tonight
King Khan & The Shrines Born To Die
Empire of the Sun Alive
Okkervil River Down Down the Deep river
Depeche Mode Heaven
Moth & The Flame Winsome
Beach Day Walking on the Streets
Har Mar Superstar Lady, You Shot Me
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Life IS Hard
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Jubilee Street
Midlake Antiphon
Washed Out All I Know
Glasser Keam Theme
Portugal the Man Modern Jesus
Andrew Belle Pieces
Kan Wakan Moving On
Preservation Hall Jazz Band That’s It!
Queens of the Stone Age I Sat By The Ocean
Arcade Fire Here Comes The Night Time
Paul McCartney Early Days
Tom Waits New Years Eve

City of Night – August 24, 2013 – 88.5 KCSN Los Angeles



Playlist August 24, 2013, 2013
Artist Title
Talking Heads (Tito Larriva) Radio Head
Of Montreal Fugitive Air
The Who Pictures of Lilies
Deap Vally Bad For My Body
Joy Division She’s Lost Control
King Khan & the Shrines Born to Die
Leagues Walking Backwards
B-Movie Nowhere Girl
Nantes Unsatisfy
Elvis Presely Burning Love (live)
The Specials Concrete Jungle
Polica Chain My Name
Fratellis Seven Nights Seven Days
White Stripes Canon
Beach Day Beach Day
The Ramones Rockaway Beach
The Moon Doggies Red Eye
Irontom Boy Born
Nine Inch Nails Everything
Butthole Surfers Hurdy Gurdy Man
Iggy Pop Everybody’s Talkin’
Floyd Dixon Please Don’t Go
Bruce Springsteen I’m Goin’ Down
Zola Jesus Vessel (Versions)
Porcelain Raft Night Verses
Black Sabbath Rat Salad
The Nymphs Wasting My Days
Derek & The Dominos Little Wing
Blitzen Trapper Shine On
Floyd Tillman The Took The Stars Out of Heaven
The Candles Passenger
Replacements Kiss Me On The Bus
The Beatles Sexy Sadie
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Red Right Hand
Warship Heater
Billy Bragg Sexuality
Viva Voce Plastic Radio
Pink Floyd Pigs (Three Different Ones)
Greyjoy Strangers
Andrew Belle Pieces
Sonic Youth Tunic
Phosphorescent Right On
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
Valerie June Pushin’ Against a Stone
Bob Dylan Only A Pawn In Their Game

City of Night – August 17, 2013 – 88.5 KCSN Los Angeles


Playlist August 17, 2013, 2013

Artist Title
Alice Cooper Billion Dollar Babies
Phosphorescent Right On
The The Dogs of Lust
The Polyphonic Spree You Don’t Don’t Know Me
Little Dragon Blinking Pigs
Depeche Mode Never Let Me Down Again
The Griswolds Heart of a Lion
Bleached Ride Your Heart
Buddy Holly Take Your Time
Terraplane Sun Get Me Golden
The Dead Weather The Difference Between Us
The Doors Strange Days
Jamaican Queens Water
Black Kites Lucretia My Reflection
Haerts Wings
Joseph Arthur Currency of Love
The Cranes Why Should I Suffer With The Blues

Saint Motel My Type
Nightmare Air Icy Daggers
Tapioca & The Flea Mellotron
Arctic Monkeys Do I Wanna Know?
Alabama Shakes How Many More Times
Led Zeppelin In My Time of Dying
Frank Zappa Montana
No Age No Ground
LA Font On Shore
Nirvana Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For a Sunbeam
Patti Smith People Have The Power
Pale Whale Give it To Me
Wildcat! Wildcat! Mr. Quiche
Ski Lodge Anything To Hurt You
Smiths The Boy With The Thorn in His Side
Wild Belle Another Girl
Together Pangea Snake Dog
Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child (Woodstock)
Star Spangled Banner (Woodstock)
Purple Haze (Woodstock)
Woodstock Improvisation (Woodstock)
Villanova Junction (Woodstock)

City of Night – August 3, 2013 – 88.5 KCSN Los Angeles


Playlist August 3, 2013, 2013
Artist Title
Tom Waits The Heart of Saturday Night
Andrew Belle Pieces
The English Beat Ranking Full Stop
The Wild Ones It’s Real
Savages She Will
Morrissey First In The Gang
Haim The Wire
New Order Shellshock
Say Lou Lou Julian
Rolling Stones Monkey Man
Hey! Hello Black Valentine
Islands Becoming The Gunship
Iggy Pop Bank Bang
Jagwar Ma Come Save Me
Duran Duran Planet Earth
Wild Belle Another Girl
Phantom Planet Galleria
The The This Is The Day
Warships Heater
Bright Eyes Lover I Don’t Have To Love
Saint Motel My Type
Sam Cooke Another Saturday Night
The Weeks King-Sized Death Bed
Traveling Wilburys Not Alone Any More
Father John Misty Well, You Can Do It Without Me
Smashing Pumpkins Landslide
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Life Is Hard
Nada Surf Inside of Love
Bob Dylan One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)
Wilco You Never Know
Junip Line of Fire
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Powderfinger (live)
The Candles Passengers
Lou Reeds Charlie’s Girl
The Fleeting Ends Operator
The SkAfish Wild Night Tonight
The Del-Vetts Last Time Around
The Sonics Psycho
J. Geils Band Detroit Breakdown (live)
Band of Gypsys Machine Gun (live)
Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman
Glen Campbell Gentle on My Mind

City of Night – July 27, 2013 – 88.5 KCSN Los Angeles

Playlist July 27, 2013
Artist Title
Pink Martini City of Night
Johnny Cash Ring of Fire
Thriftstore Masterpiece Long Black Train (w/ Frank Flack)
Broncho Record Store
Dennis Coffey Scorpio
Superhumanoids So Strange
Simple Minds Promised You a Miracle
Laura Veirs That Alice
Silversun Pickups Comeback Kid
Deer Tick The Dream’s In The Ditch
James Laid
Bad Cop Light On
The Jam Thick As Thieves
Black Joe Lewis Come To My Party
Black Joe Lewis Skulldiggin
Supergrass Caught By The Fuzz
David Lynch / Lykke Li I’m Waiting Here
The Cramps Goo Goo Muck
Man Man Head On
Elvis Presley Let It Be Me (Live)
Edward Sharpe & the… Life Is Hard
Edward Sharpe & the… Remember To Remember
Ewert and the Two Dragons (In the End) There’s Only Love
The Clash Somebody Got Murdered
Solid Gold Pendulum
Ravonettes He Hit Me, I’m Down
The Doors Five To One
Silver Swans House of Blood
Pet Shop Boys Vocal
Siouxie & The Banshees Happy House
Elvis Costello and The Roots Walk Us Uptown
Elvis Costello & The Attractions I Don’t Want To Go To Chelsea
The National Sea of Love
Chameleons Up The Down Escalator
Guards Not Supposed To
Chocolate Milk Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Travis Warning Sign
The Catherine Wheel Crank
Washed Out All I Know
Ramones Time Has Come Today
Van Halen Dance The Night Away
Splashh Headspins
Pixies Bagboy
Pixies Velouria

City of Night – July 20, 2013 – 88.5 KCSN Los Angeles


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City of Night Playlist for Saturday July 20, 2013 –

Artist Song
Tiny Masters of Today Riot Radio
Autolux Here Comes Everybody
Depeche Mode Never Let Me Down Again
Mazzy Star California
The Velvet Underground Satellite of Love
Deer Tick The Dream’s in the Ditch
Soft Swells Summer
Echo and the Bunnymen The Cutter
The Love Language First Shot
Deep Purple Burn
Bass Drum of Death White Fright
Jacuzzi Boys Double Visions
The Black Lips New Direction
Kinks Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy
Babyshambles French Dog Blues
Xtc Life Begins at the Hop
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. We Almost Lost Detroit
Pink Floyd Lucifer Sam
Crocodiles Endless Flowers
The Amazing Gentle Stream
Sonic Youth Stones
Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht Hang On To Life
Marvin Gaye Pride and Joy
The Grates Like You Could Have It
The Clash Know Your Rights
The Virgins Wheel of Fortune
Bob Dylan and The Band Forever Young (live)
Goldfrapp Drew
Peace 1998 (Delicious)
Nightmare Air Escape
David Bowie Moonage Daydream (live)
Cheap Trick Surrender (live)
Pillowfight Get Your S##t Together
Hockey Explorer
Saint Motel Honest Feedback
Roxy Music Prairie Rose
Primal Scream It’s Alright, It’s Ok
Little Comets Tense/Empty
Jerry Lee Lewis Breathless
Part Time How Do I Move On?
Jimi Hendrix My Friend
The Generationals When They Fight, They Fight