family matters. [not that urkel show.]

Been thinking about my family lots and lots lately.

Missing them.

But I received my favorite photo in the whole world the other day and it helped…

beautiful.

This is a photo of my Momma and my brother, Ryland, when he was just a tot.  I love this photo so much and have wanted a print of it for so long.

it's perfect.

As soon as I found a place to hang it, I put it on the wall, stepped back and said…

– I want to be a beautiful mother.

Evan looked at me like I had just said something amazingly offensive.  I quickly finished that thought…

– Someday.  Someday I want to be a beautiful mother.

Yes.  Maybe.  Someday.

And then I worked on an invitation for my Daddy’s 60th birthday party.  He wants to have a Malapropism-themed party.  [don’t ask…]  I got so nostalgic for our backyard parties whilst making the invitation.  Missing the fam and the music and the games and the laughs and the food and the hugs and the margs and it all.

I love it.  I love it all.

My family is who I am.  Why I am.  How I am.  What I am.  And I’m so proud.

Dad called the other day and left a message…

– Hey Rocky, I won tickets to a meet and greet with the band Band of Horses… Ever heard of them?

Yep.  My folks are cooler than I am… Did I mention that?

Welp, I gave Daddy a Band of Horses shout-out in this week’s Morning Scramble.  Take a listen…

[have yourself a happy little rest of your tuesday!]

those simple.

The morning shows on KHOL are just so indie-tastic.  So pleasant.  Good tunes, good people.

It’s just such a great way to start your morning.  I remember before I helped at the station, I worked with adults with disabilities and one Monday and Tuesday mornings I would drive one of our clients around and we’d empty trash cans around town for her job.  And it was so early.  [well, 8am… but that’s early to be dealing with your town’s trash.]  But I was always so happy, because there was always such amazing music on 89.1 KHOL.

Silly little things, but every time I drive a bit South of town, I think about those mornings.  Those simple mornings.  How community radio saved my sanity… and beyond that, made me love those mornings.

I hope I contribute to that for someone now.

Yesterday was a great Morning Scramble.  We had special guest, Victor Pokorny of Rotating Super Structure, in the studio to tell us about the bands new ventures and help with the music selection.

look how comfortable we all seem with each other.

Take a listen to the show!  I’m not going to be posting them to the Book of Faces any longer, so you’ll have to get your fix here if you want any Scrambles:

Or you can always just check out wull hay’s Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/wullhay

And here’s the playlist, complete with disfunctioning pen frustration:

Here are two of my faves from the show:

[thanks so so much for listening.]

[love,r.]

march is hard.

Oh, music.

Had The Morning Scramble on 89.1 KHOL this morning.  Did not want to get out of bed, but it turned out to be an amazing show, highlighting the kind of music I needed to get psyched on this day, this light, thisness.

TWENTY-TWO new songs!

[Some faves: Wye Oak, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Adele, Tapes ‘N Tapes, The Go! Team, James Blake, Grizzly Bear, etc. etc.]

Take a listen…

Tell me what you think.  Let me know what you like.  Request.  Enjoy!

[thanks for being here.]

drumroll please…

Days late and dollars short, but here ye be…


[TEN] – THE BLACK KEYS, “BROTHERS”

Oh, the Black Keys.  They are every boy you wanted to date in college in one band.  And instead of going dutch on a Taco Bell late dinner, they’re seducing you in every Urban Outfitters you step in with their hip-swiveling music.

[and they make rad, hilarious videos…]

 


[NINE] – FLORENCE + THE MACHINE, “LUNGS”

Okay, okay… This album came out in 2009… technically.  BUT it wasn’t really introduced to the States until 2010 and it is awesome and I think Florence needs some rekignizin’, so, blam: she’s on the list [with her machine].  Almost every song on here is “ride around on your bike in the sun, daydreaming” worth.  “The Dogs Days are Over” was totally ruined by an unfortunate placing in the “Eat, Pray, Love” trailer, but I’ll forgive and someday forget.  Florence has said that she writes her best music when she’s drunk.  Man.  That is WAY better than what we have to put up with from most drunk people…

Also, this album should be on here solely for all the incredible remixes it produced this year…



[EIGHT] – CEE LO GREEN, “LADY KILLER”

To represent my TwentyTen love for pop music, I present my number eight… Cee Lo Green.  This man is a grandpa, did you know that?  And he’s making every American, young and ancient, want to yell, “F*ck You!” while bobbing their head along in unison.  That takes some kind of good music.  No denying.

[and then a band of horses cover… that’s right.]



[SEVEN] – CRYSTAL CASTLES, “CRYSTAL CASTLES (II)”

This whole album make me feel like I’m dancing in a dark club with a bunch of strangers… and I like it.

…I really like it.



[SIX] – WARPAINT, “THE FOOL”

Warpaint surprised me by kissing me on the lips late in the year.  I didn’t even know they existed and then there they are, laying in my bed, being so sweet, I can’t turn them off, I can’t kick them out.  And just when you think there’s only one jam that they have going on, they surprise you with another one on the album.

[i think this video does a good job describing the feelings warpaint’s trying to make happen inside…]



[FIVE] – MUMFORD & SONS, “SIGH NO MORE”

There’s no denying these guys are doing it and doing it well.  Any band that can rock out hard on a banjo while not playing “do your sister music”, is alright in my book.  I hope to hear and see more of Mum & Sons in 2011… hopefully still rocking the early 90s outfits.

And I know you’ve all probably heard this song… but have you watched the video?  Because it only takes one watch to appreciate this band…



[FOUR] – SLEIGH BELLS, “TREATS”

Everyone who hears this album wishes that it would’ve come out when they were in high school so they could played it, loved it and just pissed their parents right off.  Or at least it transforms you to a place where you want to have someone that you can rub the wrong way with this album… because you think that’s what they’re going for… and you like it.  Well, I like it.  I like it a lot.

[for a tad of a softer side of sleigh bells, try…]



[THREE] – LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, “THIS IS HAPPENING”

It’s no surprise that some of the best songs made this year were closer to 10 minutes than 2… because they were done by LCD Soundsystem.  And even if those rad songs were made that long only to make mini-feature films about the twisted plight of a robot, we just don’t care… because, well, those films are freaking awesome as well…



[TWO] – BEST COAST, “CRAZY FOR YOU”

Oh, Best Coast… you are ALMOST the best.  You’re so dreamy, a bit edgy, upbeat, wait… wait… now, downbeat, ugh… you’re so great.  Listening to this album makes me want to get ready to go surfing and then surf for five minutes and then crash hard and then lay on the beach all day with my surf board right next to me… listening to this album.

LOVE.



[ONE] – Arcade Fire, “The Suburbs”

[surprise!]

Arcade Fire is one of the best bands of our time; there’s no denying it.  And with this album, they made more than music, they made a story.  Flip through the songs on your iPod, and you’ll see the album cover change colors slightly, setting the mood, making the story [magic].

The whole album deals with the theme of growing up in a sheltered, cookie-cutter home and having to make up our own world for the world… but then when the real world happens and darkness sets in, it’s not what we had in mind… not what we had made up.  Tragic, even.  Something that [almost] everyone had to encounter at some time in life and I think Arcade Fire is a compilation of geniuses for putting it to music.

And I love them for the way they’ve chosen to tell this story further.  Like getting Spike Jonze to direct a video of the song “The Suburbs”


And coming up with an amazing online, interactive experience called, THE WILDERNESS DOWNTOWN.  [if you haven’t checked that out yet, what are you waiting for?]


Arcade Fire was a favorite before this year.  I didn’t think they could get much better than “The Funeral” [2004]:


And then “Neon Bible” [2007]:



But they did.  They Did.  Putting “The Suburbs” as my top album for TwentyTen… maybe ever.


Y’all have a good, musical Twenty’Leven now, ya hear?


soundtrack this.

‘Tis the season for music.

Christmas Music — YES.  [and, boy, do i love it.]  But, other music as well.

People are gathering: celebrating their fondness for each other, celebrating their love, celebrating a cause, celebrating a hobby, celebrating smiles, celebrating family, celebrating giving, celebrating faith, celebrating someone, celebrating a community, celebrating.  Celebrate good times… c’mon!  [there’s always music.]

Well, except for on KHOL this morning.  We had a problem with our signal and it was dead air for a bit this morning as well as most of yesterday.  So no Morning Scramble this mornin’.

But last week?  YES:

woot!

I have some very much new favorites on here.  Some were played at the KHOL Mixer… which was a BLAST.  So good to have so many music lovers in one room… especially those who are passionate about community radio.  Awesome.

Also…

…I took my turn as DJ for a hot second of the night and lemme tell ya, it was so much fun!  Unfortunately, I decided to wear a glorified potato sack that almost gave a peep show every time I bent over to play around with knobs and keys, but all in all, ’twas a super delightful experience.  I didn’t do much, but it made me want to really learn to be a real-life DJ… Goal for twenty ‘leven?  YEP.

Anywho, MUSIC.

Left without playing any this morning, I was so excited to find a Christmas CD from my father in my PO box.  He is just the most thoughtful, most creative…

note the texas license plate in the background... oh, texas love.

I LOVE it, Pops.  Thank you thank you thank you!

I know that Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a holiday CD mix from my dad, but I always am surprised when it comes.  It’s always so heart-warming and overwhelming with love… My cup runneth over.

He included a newspaper article on one of my family’s favorite groups, Albert & Gage.  [also, very good friends of the family.]  At the bottom of the article he scribbled…

“Request please Ms DJ, play ‘Christmas Everyday’ off the A&G Christmas CD.  Thank you [heart] Daddy”

Of course.  Thursday [on the Evening Scramble], I will play…

[p.s. that video is special because it’s at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in Austin… a holiday tradition for my fam… and i get to make it this year for A&G… yay!]

For other holiday music listening, I highly recommend the Sufjan Stevens (Holiday) Pandora station, which my incredible friend, Jared, shared with me.

I also very much recommend the Swingin’ Christmas station on there as well, because I’m pretty sure this is my favorite holiday song everrrrrr:

The part where the second guys goes, “I-yi-yi-yi’m dreaming of a whiiiiteeee… CHRISTmas!”  Just can’t help but smile… so big!

And for your non-holiday music wantings, may I suggest:

http://hypem.com/track/1284546/Lord+Huron+-+The+Stranger

[definitely definitely recommend it… play it… now… ugh, so good.]

——–

[an older love… but a rekindled fling.]

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[larve.]

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[ummm… did you see the title?  yeah, awesome.]

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[fun and pretty.]

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And then there’s a Lykke Li/Beck Remix… http://media.thefader.com/thefader/Lykke%20Li%20-%20Get%20Some%20(Beck%20Remix).mp3

 

Merry Holidays, Loves!

May all your favorite tunes turn up and help you soundtrack this wonderful time of year.

pull it together.

I’m back in Jackson.

It’s almost surreal.  Snow everywhere.  Everything is the same… except it’s all white.  So different than when I left.

Hard to get back into the swing of things.  [i say that like there was ever a constant rhythm to the swing.]

My radio show this morning.  Hard to wake up.

Walking to the station and almost falling over from slipping on the ice.

Anna was supposed to stop by and hang out for a while… and read some Public Service Announcements [cuz she’s the best at ’em].

A text from Anna:

“hey, don’t think i’m gonna make it to the station today.  sorry!”

Not a problem.

Songs played, songs played, I spoke.

I botched it.  Could hardly finish a sentence.  Stumbling over each word.

It was painful.  Painful.  Apologizing on air for not being able to speak.

Embarrassed.

Start the music again.  Five minutes pass.

Anna busts in the studio door with coffee in hand…

– Jesus Christ, Stevens, pull it together!  I heard you and figured you needed a latté in your life.

Highlights:

 

 

HOWL.

click to read treasures galore.

Had a blast in the KHOL studio yesterday.  Groovin’ hard to some sweet tunes.  So many favorites… how do I choose?

[very much love this song/video.]

[also slightly obsessed with this song/video.]

[way excited about new of montreal… especially featuring beyoncé’s little sis. p.s. video = nothing special.]

[here we go… MAGIC!]

[hells yeah jose gonzalez’s band making sweetass tunes.]

[get hooked… get excited.]