City of Night – July 13, 2013 – 88.5 KCSN Los Angeles

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Playlist July 13, 2013

Artist Title
Dee Dee Sharp Rock Me In The Cradle
Terraplane Sun Get Me Golden
Allah-Las Long Journey
David Lynch Star Dream Girl
Neil Young Heart of Gold
Say Lou Lou Julien
Edward Sharpe In the Summer
Otis Redding Little Ol’ Me
Har Mar Superstar Lady, You Shot Me
Tapioca & The Flea Mellotron
Devo Satisfaction
Beck I Won’t Be Long
Blake Hazard Energy & Consequence
New Order Regret
Part Time How Do I Move On?
Blonde Redhead Spring and By Summer Fall

Islands Wave Forms
Burning Sensations Belly of the Whale
Hockey Wild Style
David Bowie Cracked Actor
Andrew Belle Pieces
Cream Politician
Howlin’ Wolf Getting’ Old and Grey
Maps Built To Last
Ultravox Vienna
Dead Weather Are Friends Electric?
Jesus and Mary Chain Head ON
Light FM Let Go
Half Moon Run Full Circle
Jonathan Richman Corner Store

T. Hardy Morris Disaster Proof
George Harrison Art of Dying
John Lennon Nobody Told Me
Mikal Cronin Turn Away
Dum Dum Girls I Got Nothing
Gogol Bordello Malandrino
Man Man Head On
Jim Carroll Band I Want The Angel
Patti Smith Ask The Angel
Roy Orbison In Dreams
Led Zeppelin The Lemon Song
Deap Vally Baby I Call Hell
Pixies Bagboy
Soko Happy Hippy Birthday
Hot Chip Dark & Stormy
CSS Frankie Goes To North Hollywood
Little Walter Don’t Need No Horse

My folks were swingin’ the “Spectacular Stereophonic Sound”!!!

Occasionally, I’m asked about the music that I use for a “bed” (the music that plays while I’m talking) during my show. This music selection comes from a special stack of vinyl albums that I hijacked from under my parents’ stereophonic hi-fi console. Yes, my folks came of age living an episode of “Mad Men.” Being the swinging 60s, they collected the latest in “Living Stereo!” and “Visual  Sound” percussion records.

The artwork alone is worthy of a gallery, but the tonal quality of these original hipster stereophonic records is like, crazy, man.  Little did they know that I’d be spinning them every Saturday on City of Night. Here’s one of my favorites, A Bunch of Bongos (1960), featuring Willie Rodriguez and the International Stars. The sleeve back declares “a remarkable new development in stereophonic recording. It is called Spectacular Stereophonic Sound, which includes a key element that is not found in other two-channel recording systems—the newly developed Phase X process, which creates a complete panorama of sound.”

Well shit! No wonder it sounds so good, they dropped the Phase X bomb on us!




City of Night playlist / podcast – July 6, 2013 – 88.5 KCSN-LA



City of Night Playlist for Saturday July 6, 2013 –

Artist Song

Pretty Little Demons I Don’t Wanna Grow Up
Elastic Bond Find A Way
Them It’s All Over Now Baby Blue
Adam Green & Binki Shapiro Just To Make Me Feel good
David Bowie Boys Keep Swinging
Bad Cop Light On
The Clash Police and Thieves
Maps This Summer
LCD Soundsystem Someone Great
Bat For Lashes Strangelove
Stone Roses I Wanna Be Adored
The Weeks Brother In The Night
King Tuff Unusual World

Little Richard Rip It Up
Bleached Ride Your Heart
Black Angels Evil Things
The Jam Away From The Numbers
Gauntlet Hair Simple
Soko How Are You?
Rolling Stones As Tears Go By
Gliss Waves
Talking Heads This Must Be The Place
Beach Day Walking On The Streets
Western Lows Grapevine
Silversun Pickups It’s Not Dark Yet
Miss Derringer Black Tears
Iggy Pop Knocking ’em Down in the City

Calexico Fortune Teller (Replacements)
The Cure Fire in Cairo
The Horrors Sea Within a Sea
Gil Scott-Heron / Jamie XX New York is Killing Me
A Flock of Seagulls Wishing
The Icarus Line Dead Body
Hooded Fang Graves
Kitten G#
Pink Floyd Have a Cigar
Cat Stevens Father and Son
Neil Young Pocahontas
Preservation Hall Jazz Band That’s It!

Just Another Lost Angel…

July 3, 2013 – On this date in 1971 Jim Morrison died in Paris.

It’s no secret that the inspiration for the name of my program, ‘City of Night,’ came howling from the throat of Jim Morrison in The Doors’ song ‘L.A. Woman.’

“Are you a lucky little lady in The City of Light?
or just another lost angel…City of Night”

I was fortunate to be able to tour Europe recently by hitching a ride with the L.A. band Gliss, and the last stop was in the true ‘City of Light’—Paris, France.  As fate would have it, we were staying just down the street from the Père Lachaise Cemetery, the resting place of dozens of historical luminaries including Chopin, Maria Callas, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Balzac, Modigliani, and our own Jim Morrison. I had to pay a visit.


As I stood at the foot of his grave paying homage, I reflected on the lives of Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek, whom we had also just recently lost. So much of their music was about ‘the other side,’ and now they were there. It was a somber and humbling reflection, only broken when the dark clouds let loose with a low rolling thunder. As if on cue, the approaching rainfall found me without an umbrella. Standing soaking wet under the thunder, smelling the cemetery’s wet dirt and concrete, in my head I could hear Ray’s first keyboard notes from “Riders on the Storm”.  An unforgettable moment that could not have been scripted better.

Bless you Jim and Ray. Thanks for the soundtrack.



City of Night playlist / podcast – June 29, 2013 – 88.5 KCSN Los Angeles


City of Night Playlist for Saturday June 29, 2013 –


Artist Song
Let’s Go Sailing Icicles
Mikal Cronin Weight
Pixies Wave of Mutilation
Elastic Bond Find a Way
Led Zeppelin Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
Hooded Fang Ode To Subterrania
Beach Boys Pet Sounds (stereo)
Maria Del Pilar High Heels
Kate Bush Running Up That Hill
Arcade Fire Wake Up
Haim Forever
Prince Wall of Berlin
Heaven 17 Let Me Go (12”)
Father John Misty Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

Jimi Hendrix Long Hot Summer Night
Nightmare Air Sun Behind The Rock
Thomas Dolby The Flat Earth
Bjork Declare Independence
Bauhaus She’s In Parties
City and Colour Thirst
Bob Dylan Man In The Long Black Coat
Banks Before I Ever Met You
Franz Ferdinand Right Action
The Doors Peace Frog
Stereophonics Indian Summer
Neil Young Four Strong Winds

Valerie June Pushin’ Against a Stone
Hank Williams Settin’ the Woods on Fire
Pete Townshend Save it For Later
The English Beat Twist & Crawl
Black Sabbath War Pigs/Luke’s Wall
Alpine Hands
Tijuana Panthers Boardwalk
Barry White Standing in the Shadows of Love
Radiohead High and Dry
Johnny Cash/Joe Strummer Redemption Song
X 4th of July
Billy Idol Hot In The City

City of Night playlist / podcast – 88.5 KCSN – June 22, 2013


City of Night Playlist for Saturday June 22, 2013 –


Artist Song
Johnathan Rice That Summer Felling
Velvet Underground Who Loves The Sun
Ima Robot Alive
Beach Day Beach Day
Washed Out It All Feels Right
Volcano Choir Byegone
Roxy Music Song For Europe
Soko We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow
Soko For Marlon
Pink Floyd One Of These Days
Sonic Youth Teenage Riot
Free Energy Electric Fever
Bachman Turner Overdrive Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
Elephant Stone Setting Sun

Gogol Bordello Lost Innocent World
Trentamoller Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!!
Best Coast Summer Mood
Kiss Strutter
Ocha La Rocha Sing The People’s Song
Treetop Flyers Haunted House
Halfbluud All That We Are
O.M.D. Enola Gay
Empire of the Sun Concert Pitch
Robert DeLong Happy
Psychedelic Furs Dumb Waiters
Royal Teeth Wild
Sweet Fox On The Run
Tea Leaf Green Give Me One More Chance

The Wild Ones Golden Twin
Wildcat! Wildcat! Mr. Quiche
Rolling Stones Moonlight Mile
Elaine Mandell Magic Summer
Hockey Wild Style
John Lennon Gimme Some Truth
Deerhunter Back To The Middle
Smiths You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby
Gypsy & The Cat Zombie World
Peter Frampton Baby I Love Your Ways
Smith Westerns Glossed
Siouxie & The Banshees This Wheel’s On Fire
Jimi Hendrix Third Stone From The Sun
Echo & The Bunnymen The Killing Moon

City of Night playlist – 88.5 KCSN Los Angeles – June 15, 2013


City of Night Playlist for Saturday June 15, 2013 –

Artist Song
Ian McCulloch Bring on the Dancing Horses (orchestral)
Tapioca & the Flea Mellotron
Guards Nightmare
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Nobody’s Baby Now
Hot Rats Up The Junction
Smith Westerns Varsity
Bass Drum of Death Fines Lines
The Jam And Your Bird Can Sing
Mark Ronson f. Santigold Pretty Green
Pretenders The Wait
The Kinks Destroyer
Dengue Fever Tiger Phone Card
Divine Fits Ain’t That The Way
Elvis Costello High Fidelity
Ethan Johns Don’t Reach Too Far

Patti Smith

In Excelsis Deo / Gloria


Western Lows Last Known Rivers
Portishead Sour Times
Har Mar Superstar Everywhere I’m Local
Tom Waits In The Neighborhood
Tea Leaf Green Give Me One More Chance
Valerie June Pushin’ Against a Stone
Camera Obscura Do It Again
Pavement Summer Babe
Special AKA Nelson Mandela
The Who Relay
Lykke Li Silent My Song
Generationals Extra Free Year
Ravonettes Love in a Trash Can
Queens of the Stone Age I Sat By The Ocean
Io Echo When The Lilies Die
Rose Windows Wartime Lovers
Tijuana Panthers Boardwalk
Joe Jackson Biology
Brazos Charm
Primal Scream It’s Alright, It’s Ok
Free Energy Girls Want Rock
Ramones Pinhead (for Arturo Vega)
Broncho Try Me Out Sometime
Replacements Left of the Dial
Iggy Pop New Values
The Candles Passenger
Bruce Springsteen Highway Patrolman
Alice Cooper I Never Cry
Radiohead Everything’s In It’s Right Place
David Bowie Big Brother/Chant of the…
Sigur Ros Hrafntinna

City of Night playlist – June 8, 2013 – 88.5 KCSN – Los Angeles

Playlist June 8, 2013
Artist Title
Arcade Fire Intervention
Valerie June Pushing Against a Stone
Portugal The Man Atomic Man
Elvis Presley Something (Live)
George Harrison Isn’t It A Pity
Queens of the Stone Age I Sat By The Ocean
The Cure Jumping Someone Else’s Train
Beck Defriended
Jimi Hendrix House Burning Down
Devo Get Feeling
Splashh Headspins
Primal Scream 2013
Inxs Never Tear Us Apart


Free Energy Girls Want Rock
Pixies Where is My Mind?
Talking Heads Psycho Killer (live)
Little Comets Jennifer
Crystal Fighters LA Calling
Iggy Pop Tonight
The 88 The Great Escape
Aaron Embry When All is Gone
Bob Dylan Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
Booker T 66 Impala
Big Deal Dream Machines
Led Zeppelin In My Time of Dying (live)
Eleanor Friedberger Stare At The Sun
R.E.M. Shaking Through
Gypsy & The Cat Zombie World
Mazzy Star Ghost Highway
Richard Hell & The Voidoids Blank Generation
Rolling Stones Citadel
Valerie June You Can’t Be Told
Treetop Flyers Haunted House
Grizzly Bear While You Wait For the Others
Empire of the Sun Alive
The Clash Career Opportunities
The Doors Riders on the Storm
The Doors The Crystal Ship
The Doors Strange Days

City of Night Playlist – 88.5 KCSN – May 18, 2013


City of Night Playlist for Saturday May 18, 2013 –

Artist Song
David Bowie
Drive-in Saturday
Xtc Summer’s Cauldron/Grass
Modest Mouse
Blame it on the Tetons
Rhye Open
Junip Your Life Your Call
The Doors
Tell All The People
Robert Delong
Oasis Supersonic
Snowden So Red
Alice in Chains
Bleached Ride Your Heart
Pixies Trompe Le Monde
Mountain Goats
Cry For Judas
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Faded in the Morning
LCD Soundsystem
Someone Great
Everything Counts
Peace 1998 (Delicious)
The Virgins
Prima Materia
Io Echo
When The Lilies Die
Pink Floyd
Pigs (3 Different Ones)
Power Lines
Splashh All I Wanna Do
The Little Ones
Night Beds in-studio
Ramona (live)
Kitten G#
Siouxie & The Banshees
Happy House
The Verve
The Drugs Don’t Work
Bjork Dull Flame of Desire
The Mavericks
Come Unto Me
Ty Seagall
Love Fuzz
Jimi Hendrix
Burning of the Midnight Lamp
Well Hung Heart
This is not Love
The Who
There’s a Doctor (Hull)
The Who
Go To The Mirror (Hull)
The Orwells
Ancient Egypt
David Bowie  All The Young Dudes (Live)

City of Night – 88.5 KCSN L.A. – w/ Fitz and the Tantrums and Hands – May 11, 2013


On this City of Night we have two in-studio sessions. We are visited by Hands at the top of the second hour performing songs from “Synesthesia” as they prepare as they prepare to head out for their US tour, and Fitz and The Tantrums join us to kick off their world-wide tour in support of their new album “More Than Just a Dream“.



City of Night Playlist for Saturday May 11, 2013 –


Artist Song
Danzig Mother
The Ramones Commando
The Dead Weather Treat Me Like Your Mother
Elvis Costello Shot With His Own Gun
Smith Westerns Varsity
Department of Eagles No One Does It Like You
Little Green Cars Harper Lee
Chameleons Up The Down Escalator
Bleached Ride Your Heart
AM & Shawn Lee La Musique Nurmerique
Led Zeppelin The Rover
Tea Leaf Green Someday
The Kinks Better Things
Echo & The Bunnymen The Killing Moon
Sander Bohlke Across The Atlantic

Hands in-studio session / interviewBKCJdAiCAAEGIXf-1


Videolove (in-studio)


Nothing But Animals (in-studio)


The Game is Changing Us
Depeche Mode Enjoy The Silence
Snowden So Red
Iggy Pop The Passenger
Hockey Wild Style
The Rolling Stones Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby…
Dum Dum Girls He Gets Me High
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister The Same Old Ground
Translator Everywhere That I’m Not
Portugal The Man Purple Yellow Red & Blue
The Cars Since You’re Gone


Fitz & The Tantrums in-studio session / interview


Fitz & The Tantrums

Out of My League (in-studio)

Fitz & The Tantrums

Keepin Our Eyes Out

Fitz & The Tantrums

06:00:00 AM
Eric Burdon & Jenny Lewis Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
Rilo Kiley The Angels Hung Around
Dwight Yoakam I Want You To Want Me
Elliott Smith Jealous Guy
Bruce Springsteen Highway Patrolman
Roy Acuff Tennessee Waltz
Preservation Hall Jazz Band St. James Infirmary (live) w/ Jim James
The Smiths I Know It’s Over