So CD101 @ 102.5 FM, here in Columbus, is by far one of the best radio stations I’ve come across. It plays the music I like (so naturally I like it) and has No Repeat Thursdays which I think is an amazing thing to have in radio. They also have Guest DJ on Fridays from 1 to 2 pm. In the month of May, however, they’ve had a guest DJ every day of the month. I’ve always been intrigued by Guest DJ and have wanted to participate in it. However, I’d be a little afraid that I would be a little boring as an on-air personality so I’ve always been hesitant. But considering the fact that I always wish I would submit my setlist, I think it’s only a matter of time and luck before I get to play DJ for an hour one day.
In the meantime, I wanted to share what my current Guest DJ list would be. I wanted to bring in some music that some people may not have heard of before as well as play some music from artists that I really like. Since I’m a big fan of movies, I wanted to incorporate movies into my setlist as well and chose to have a Scott Pilgrim vs. The World theme running through it. If you haven’t heard the soundtrack yet for that movie, you are missing out. It is one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard in a very long time. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see Sex Bob-Omb on their iPod artist list. How cool is that?!
CD101 says to have 12-15 songs selected and I have provided 15 songs here, some of which I’m sure would have to be cut for time reasons. I’ve provided a link to preview each song on YouTube. Whenever I could, I tried to link to the official music video or a live performance. The link will open in a new window.
Garbage Truck – Sex Bob-Omb, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World soundtrack (1:44) Listen.Sex Bob-Omb is a fictional band that exists within the world of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel (and now movie). For the movie, Beck wrote all the music for Sex Bob-Omb and intentionally made it sound unpolished and kind of gritty, giving it that made-in-a-garage feel. I think it’s catchy and kind of a cool short tune.
Parting of the Sensory – Modest Mouse, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (5:34) Listen.This a really great song from a really good album. Modest Mouse has been creating music for quite some time now and they’ve made some really great music. This is merely just one of the many great songs that they have produced.
Pug – Smashing Pumpkins, Adore (4:47) Watch the live performance.Smashing Pumpkins may be my favorite band of all time. Adore may be one of their more underrated albums. They got a lot of flack for the change in sound on this album, but I think over time, a lot of people have come around to it and really see it for the great album that it is. There are a lot of great songs on Adore but this one of my favorites on the record.
It’s Getting Boring By the Sea – Blood Red Shoes, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World soundtrack (2:55) Listen.I think part of being a Guest DJ should be trying to expose people to new music and this is a song I discovered on the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack. I think it fits into the sound of CD101 and think its a fun tune.
Like O, Like H – Tegan and Sara, The Con (2:58) Watch the live performance.I’m a huge fan of Tegan and Sara. It’s kind of hard to pick a song from them as I think they have a lot of standout songs to choose from. I chose Like O, Like H because each time I hear it, it always hits me in the gut (just like it says in the song). The lyrics melded with Sara’s voice really just come together and create something that is just full of so much emotion for me. In the live performance, Sara makes a little flub at the beginning.. woops.
The Lost Art of Keeping A Secret – Queens of the Stone Age, Rated R (3:36) Watch the official music video.I’ve been a fan of Queens of the Stone Age since Songs for the Deaf. I only recently discovered Rated R and so I wanted to share one of the songs off that album.
I Heard Ramona Sing – Frank Black, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World soundtrack (3:41) Listen.This song is Pixies-esque. It is Frank Black after all. I like this song a lot and it is just another great track off of the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack.
Head Down – Nine Inch Nails, The Slip (4:55) Watch the live performance.I decided upon this song because I wanted to play a Nine Inch Nails song that I have yet to hear on the air. There was too much to choose from in the NIN discography and I decided to pick a song from The Slip, an album I find myself going to frequently. The link I provided here is a live performance of the song. The video and audio quality are quite good and you get a little bit of a taste of what it’s like seeing NIN live. I saw them in Dallas and it was an amazing concert. Reznor has a lot of energy on stage and I think you can see that in the video.
I Just Threw Out The Love of My Dreams – Weezer, Pinkerton Deluxe (2:38) Listen.I think this may be one of my favorite songs from Weezer. I believe this is a track that was recorded with the intention of it being used in Weezer’s abandoned space-themed rock opera, Songs from the Black Hole. Rivers Cuomo provided backup vocals for the song and the main vocals are provided by Rachel Haden, I believe. It, quite simply, just kicks ass!
Black Sheep – Metric, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World soundtrack (4:55) Watch the Comic Con performance video.In keeping with my Scott Pilgrim theme, here is an excellent song that Metric provided the movie. Their song was used as a hit for the fictional band, Clash at Demonhead. In doing so, Metric has made what may be my favorite song from the band.
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire, Suburbs (5:25) Listen.I like Arcade Fire’s discography thus far. Sprawl II is a standout song from their latest album, Suburbs. I just really like the sound of the song and as well as the woman’s voice (I sadly do not know her name).
Bachelorette – Bjork, Homogenic (5:16) Watch the official music video.In keeping with the movie theme of my setlist, I have decided to include this awesome song from Bjork. While I’m unaware of this song actually being in any movie to date, I think this song is the best James Bond theme song that has never been. Listen to this song and think of it playing alongside the trademark visuals of the opening credits of a James Bond film… am I not right? Would this not only work wonderfully in that respect, but also be THE best James Bond song ever?
Velouria – The Pixies, Bossanova (3:40) Listen.I could not create a list without including a Pixies song, despite having Frank Black on here already. The Pixies are just an amazing band that just create some rockin’ and, often times, really fun music. I struggled with my Pixies selection as there were just too many classic songs to choose from, but settled on Velouria.
2 Wicky – Hooverphonic, I Know What You Did Last Summer soundtrack (4:44) Watch the official music video.Another movie soundtrack that I really enjoy is for the movie, I Know What You Did Last Summer. The album has quite a few good songs on it and thought I’d share Hooverphonic’s 2 Wicky. It is a good song that I thought some people might not have heard before.
Comfort Eagle – CAKE, Comfort Eagle (3:40) Listen.I heard this song a few days before I started making this list. I was listening to my iPod on shuffle and thought this would be a good addition to my setlist. CAKE is one of the few bands that when they cover a song (Comfort Eagle, the song, is not a cover) they tend to outdo the originals, in my opinion. I Will Survive and War Pigs, to name a few, I think are some of the best cover songs I’ve ever heard. I love their lyrics too.. they can be quite quirky and hilarious and I don’t think there is a band out there quite like them.