Playlist for the 4/12/15 show

April 13th, 2015 by leg

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8:00am (+ 8:00pm!)
Withered Hand: King of Hollywood
Wye Oak: Shriek
Mac DeMarco: Passing Out Pieces
Atlas Sound: Mona Lisa
Chromatics: Cherry
Temples: Colours To Life
Tame Impala: Lucidity
Devendra Banhart: Long Haired Child
Strand of Oaks: Goshen ’97
Warpaint: Undertow
Timber Timbre: Creep On Creepin’ On
Mark Mulcahy: In The Afternoon
Brown Bird: Blood Of Angels
St. Vincent: Digital Witness
LCD Soundsystem: Time To Get Away
Dum Dum Girls: Yours Alone
Panda Bear: Comfy in Nautica

9:00am (+ 9:00pm!)
Beck: Morning
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down: You Can Have It All
Carla Thomas: You’ll Lose A Good Thing
Palace Brothers: I Had A Good Mother And Father
Quilt: Penobska Oakwalk
Pseudosix: Apathy And Excess
Real Estate: Crime
Cibo Matto: Lobby
Michael Kiwanuka: You’ve Got Nothing to Lose
Nord Express: Tripleplay
Death Vessel feat. Jónsi: Ilsa Drown
Angel Olsen: Iota
Laura Cantrell: When The Roses Bloom Again
Frankie Cosmos: Leonie
Os Mutantes: Fuga No. II
Dan Croll: Home

Playlist for 6-8pm of the Hello Pretty City marathon on 4/5/15

April 11th, 2015 by leg


The Smittens: Stop The Bombs
Fol Chen: Doubles
Cayucas: Deep Sea
St. Vincent: The Strangers
Death Cab for Cutie: Stay Young, Go Dancing
Phosphorescent: A Charm / A Blade
Bleached: Searching Through The Past
Soltero: Hands Up
Bored Nothing: Popcorn
Guards: Ready To Go
Pernice Brothers: Overcome By Happiness
Animal Collective: My Girls
Kacey Johansing: Honey
Orba Squara: Millionaires
Veronica Falls: So Tired
Sufjan Stevens: Adlai Stevenson

Living Sisters: Can You Get To That?
Vetiver: To Baby
Emiliana Torrini: Today Has Been Ok
The xx: Fiction
The Coathangers: My Baby
Tame Impala: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Another song that I was pretty sure I’d hate forever and now I turn it up every time it comes on.)
The Magnetic Fields: Andrew in Drag
The Innocence Mission: That Was Another Country
Girls: My Ma’
Fruit Bats: You’re Too Weird
Junip: Your Life Your Call
Johnny Flynn: The Wrote & the Writ
Daniel Martin Moore: The Old Measure
Bowerbirds: House Of Diamonds
Young Man: Wasted
Hanne Hukkelberg: No Mascara Tears
The Bandana Splits: Baby Talkin (The Shoo Wop Song)

Playlist for 4-6pm of the Hello Pretty City marathon on 4/5/15

April 11th, 2015 by leg


Haim: The Wire
The Blow: Make It Up
Cayucas: East Coast Girl (Total sucker for any song referencing my beloved east coast.)
Jake Bugg: Lightning Bolt
Bleached: Searching Through The Past
Phosphorescent: Ride On / Right On (I listened to this first thing one morning and it made me actually dance in bed.)
Valerie June: Workin’ Woman Blues (This was the song and album I listened to the most in 2013. I really, truly can’t wait for what she does next.)
Okkervil River: Stay Young
Foals: My Number
Eleanor Friedberger: Stare At The Sun (In a perfect world I would’ve played her whole album on today’s show.)
Bombino: Amidinine
MaryLeigh Roohan: Coward (This song is so catchy that I dream of it being on top 40 radio and being loved and sung along to by people all over the country.)
Shannon And The Clams: Hey Willy
Veronica Falls: Tell Me
Califone: Frosted Tips
Hand Habits: Mynt (This little album is a gem. I listen and enjoy it any time of day.)

William Onyeabor: Atomic Bomb
Night Beds: Even If We Try
Foxygen: Shuggie (One of my favorite songs to sings along to.)
Camera Obscura: This Is Love (Feels Alright)
Cass McCombs: Brighter!
Sam Amidon: My Old Friend (His performance at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall was my favorite show of 2013. Even listening to his album gives me the same shudders and goose bumps I had that night.)
Rhye: Open
Devendra Banhart: Never Seen Such Good Things
Willy Mason: Talk Me Down
Magnolia Electric Co.: Don’t Fade On Me
James Blake: Retrograde
Soko: I Just Want To Make It New With You
Denison Witmer: Keep Moving Brother, Keep Moving Sister
Jim Guthrie: The Sound Of Wanting More
Alela Diane: I Thought I Knew
Veronica Falls: Shooting Star

Playlist for 2-4pm of the Hello Pretty City marathon on 4/5/15

April 11th, 2015 by leg


Grimes: Oblivion (Seeing her play in Hudson in September 2012 was cool. But not as fun as thinking about it and getting excited for it all summer.)
Major Lazer: Get Free
Father John Misty: Nancy From Now On (I like watching him perform. And it’s not just because of his awesome dance moves. But I like those, too!)
Lower Dens: Brains
Frankie Rose: Gospel / Grace (2012 will be the year of watching Frankie Rose fall in love with Albany. She played here twice and the second time she so easily declared how much she loved playing here. My heart melted from smiling.)
Sean Rowe: Downwind
Babe City: Wait Weight (So happy to have this as a favorite song. The people in this band are the reason I get excited about music in Albany.)
Thee Oh Sees: Flood’s New Light
Bahamas: Caught Me Thinking
Alabama Shakes: Hold On
Beach House: Myth
The Parlor: Tear Down The Coastline (They’re so great! And they’re from here!)
Tanlines: All Of Me
Shearwater: Animal Life (Their show at Helsinki Hudson will be one of my all-time favorites. I liked watching and listening to the lead singer transform himself on stage. His voice became power and it was as if he didn’t even have a body…just a voice.)
Horse Feathers: Last Waltz

Cat Power: Manhattan (Had to pick this because it goes in my collection of songs about cities and New York.)
Dr. John: Revolution
Damien Jurado: Working Titles (Sometimes I try not to listen to this album because I get worried that it will make me sad. But it never does. And this: “wrote about me on every new record, i’ll show up in a title of your song, i only hope somebody requests it.”)
Kelly Hogan: We Can’t Have Nice Things (I want to love this whole album. But I mostly love this song.)
Lord Huron: The Man Who Lives Forever (This song makes me think everything is going to be okay. Triumphany.)
Justin Townes Earle: Am I That Lonely Tonight?
Sharon Van Etten: Life of His Own (I’m still wrecked from seeing her perform at Rest Fest 2012.)
Sun Kil Moon: Young Love
The Tallest Man On Earth: To Just Grow Away
Taken By Trees: Only You
Twin Shadow: Five Seconds (This version is my 2012 slow jam. It really is.)
Poor Moon: Clouds Below
Michael Kiwanuka: Bones
The Antlers: Drift Dive (They were another favorite show at Helsinki Hudson. I listened to them non-stop for two weeks immediately starting after the concert ended. I can still listen and feel like I’m back hearing the songs live.)

Playlist for 12-2pm of the Hello Pretty City marathon on 4/5/15

April 11th, 2015 by leg


Literature: The Girl, The Gold Watch, And Everything (Their show at The Low Beat was awesome, like being in some indie, jangle-pop heaven I never knew existed.)

Lizzy Mercier Descloux: Fire (I love her dance moves!)
Ex Hex: Don’t Wanna Lose
Ariel Pink: Put Your Number In My Phone
Angel Olsen: Hi-Five
Damien Jurado: Silver Timothy
Sinkane: How We Be (This Song + Video = Shot of Adrenaline to Life)

Sylvan Esso: Coffee (I want this song to automatically come on when I’m in the car driving around any city late at night. I carry this album with me where ever I go.)
Deerhoof: Paradise Girls
Sean Rowe: Desiree
Strand Of Oaks: Goshen ‘97
St. Vincent: Digital Witness
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks: Little Fang
Frankie Cosmos: Owen (This whole album is delightful.)
Fear Of Men: Green Sea
Warpaint: Disco//very (I can’t listen to this song just once, it’s gotta be at least two times in a row. And its perfect girl gang video is what really opened me up to the whole album.)

Jenny Lewis: Just One Of The Guys
Real Estate: Talking Backward
Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Night Noises
PHOX: Slow Motion
Temples: Keep In The Dark
Mac DeMarco: Passing Out Pieces
Mitski: First Love-Late Spring (Her album is already a classic. Kinda in the vein of Exile In Guyville. Yeah, I said that and I mean it! She’s definitely got something special going on, even The New York Times thinks so!)
José González: This Is How We Walk On The Moon (I really do like the original by Arthur Russell but this version adds some magic melancholy that makes it even more irresistible.
T.Rex: Cosmic Dancer (From 1971 but I only just heard it in November 2014. It came on while I was sitting in a sunbeam in Nashville and I had a few moments of crazy until I figured out who sang it so I could listen to it forever.)
Sylvan Esso: Hey Mami
Quilt: Eye of the Pearl
Sharon Van Etten: Every Time the Sun Comes Up
The Firs: Your White Dress (My most beautiful album of 2014. I can listen to it anytime and especially when I’d usually listen to Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago”. A gem.)
Jessica Lea Mayfield: Standing in the Sun

Playlist for 10am-12pm of the Hello Pretty City marathon on 4/5/15

April 11th, 2015 by leg


Love Is All: Kungen
Jónsi: Go Do
Revolver: Parallel Lives
Girls: Darling
White Rabbits: Percussion Gun
Ben Sollee: It’s not impossible
Mercury Rev: In A Funny Way
Lost In The Trees: Walk Around the Lake
Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: Heart In Your Heartbreak
Wanda Jackson: Shakin’ All Over
Field Day: Half Past Tennessee
White Denim: I Start To Run
The Innocence Mission: Speak Our Minds
Webb Pierce: Love, Love, Love
Noah And The Whale: 5 Years Time
The Welcome Wagon: But For You Who Fear My Name
The Shins: New Slang
Warpaint: Baby
Willie Nelson: Satisfied Mind
Matt Sweeney & Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Beast For Thee
Nick Drake: Time Has Told Me
The Watson Twins: Just Like Heaven
Denison Witmer: Are You A Dreamer?
Coconut Records: Summer Day
Thao: The Give
Wisely: Through Any Window
Whiskeytown: Tennessee Square
Fences: From Russia With Love
A.A. Bondy: A Slow Parade
Brown Bird: Severed Soul
The Boswell Sisters: The Object of My Affection

Playlist for the 4/5/15 show (8-10am and 8-10pm)

April 5th, 2015 by leg

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Without WEXT, Hello Pretty City wouldn’t have a home. And without some very special people at WEXT, it wouldn’t happen at all. These five years have been so sweet thanks to Chris Wienk (radio mastermind extraordinaire and one of the most supportive and kind people I know), KTG (my beloved producer who makes the show sound so good), and Dave Delaney (my favorite radio voice and the best silent disco dancer in the Capital Region.)

Making this radio show is 100% of my sincerest love. Thank you for listening; it’s an honor and deep pleasure to share music with you. (This past December I talked about this in a TEDx talk I gave in Albany.)


8:00am (+ 8:00pm!)
LoneLady: (I Can See) Landscapes
Laura Marling: Short Movie (I listened to this five times in a row a few weeks ago when NPR was streaming it.)
Bon Iver: For Emma
Yacht: Where Does This Disco
Meklit: Kemekem (The name of this song translates to “I Like Your Afro.”)
T.Rex: Mambo Sun
Alvvays: Next Of Kin
DeVotchKa: You Love Me
Mitski: First Love-Late Spring
Father John Misty: Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for two virgins)
Ryan Adams: Am I Safe
Gillian Welch: The Way It Goes
Beverly: Honey Do
Houndstooth: No News From Home
Le Tigre: Tres Bien

9:00am (+ 9:00pm!)
Daymé Arocena: Madres
Toro Y Moi: Empty Nesters
Iron & Wine: Lion’s Mane
Snowapple: California
Matthew E. White: Take Care My Baby
Sufjan Stevens: Death with Dignity
Ryley Walker: On the Banks of the Old Kishwaukee
Sylvan Esso: Uncatena
Woods: Military Madness
The Magnetic Fields: Acoustic Guitar
Jessica Pratt: Game That I Play
Via Tania: Where Would We Be?
Luluc: Small Window (I listened to this album last fall and thought it was too quiet to ever play on the radio or even listen to again. I was so wrong. Now I keep it with me where ever I go.)
Broadcast: Valerie

Playlist for the 3/22/15 radio show

March 23rd, 2015 by leg

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8:00am (+ 8:00pm!)
Joseph Arthur: Black Lexus
Eleanor Friedberger: Stare At The Sun
Brown Bird: Seven Hells
Josh Ritter: New Lover
Saturday Looks Good To Me: The Sun Doesn’t Want to Shine
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: Anne With An E
Elvis Perkins: Doomsday
JD McPherson: North Side Gal
Sea Wolf: You’re A Wolf
Haerts: Wings
King Tuff: Loser’s Wall
Kaiser Cartel: Ready To Go
The Growlers: Someday
Beach House: Myth
Deerhunter: Sleepwalking
Elastica: Car Song

9:00am (+ 9:00pm!)
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside: Paris
Ponies In The Surf: Ventricle
Evan Dando: Looking For Space
Soley: The Sun Is Going Down II
Yellowbirds: For Girls Who Love To Sing
Camera Obscura: I Missed Your Party
Caetano Veloso: Cucurrucucú Paloma (Live)
Donnie & Joe Emerson: Baby
Sam Amidon: Streets of Derry
The Innocence Mission: Tomorrow On The Runway
The National: Pink Rabbits
Jake Bugg: Trouble Town
Foxygen: No Destruction
Caitlin Rose: Old Numbers
Matt Sweeney & Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Bed Is For Sleeping

Playlist for 3/15/15 show

March 16th, 2015 by leg

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The newest issue of the Hello Pretty City zine is still free and still super beautiful! That’s it in the photo. Available now at Fort Orange General Store on Delaware Avenue in Albany. (It’s a wee-little thing that’s kind of like a print-version of listening to Hello Pretty City the radio show. Next issue will be out in April…collect them all!)

8:00am (+ 8:00pm!)
La Luz: Brainwash
Thao & The Get Down, Stay Down: Bag Of Hammers
Vampire Weekend: Mansard Roof
Eleanor Friedberger: Early Earthquake
Laura Stevenson: Runner
Jonathan Richman: New Kind Of Neighborhood
Eux Autres: Go Dancing
Damien Jurado: Silver Timothy
William Onyeabor: Do You Want A Man (The Vaccines Remix)
Girls Names: Cut Up
Deer Tick: Art Isn’t Real (City of Sin)
Warpaint: Disco//very
Tennis: Take Me Somewhere
Brown Bird: Seven Hells
Dum Dum Girls: Under These Hands
Ponies In The Surf: Poor Jenny
The Parting Gifts: This House Ain’t A Home
The Sadies: Violet and Jeffrey Lee (Playing at Helsinki Hudson on Friday, 3/20.)
Temples: Keep In The Dark

9:00am (+ 9:00pm!)
Lyla Foy: No Secrets
Real Estate: Horizon
Merle Haggard: The Bottle Let Me Down
Sharon Van Etten: Taking Chances
Cass McCombs: Morning Star
Megafaun: Second Friend (One of the guys in this band is the dude in Sylvan Esso!)
Mountain Man: Sewee Sewee (One of the women singing is the singer for Sylvan Esso!)
Sylvan Esso: Coffee (I’ve been listening to this song for almost a year now and I still feel a rush of glee every time.)

Taken By Trees: Not Like Any Other
Frankie Cosmos: Art School
Evan Dando: In The Grass All Wine Colored
Frankie Rose And The Outs: Hollow Life
The Firs: Ageless
Jolie Holland: The Littlest Birds
Essie Jain: Glory
Young Marble Giants: Brand New Life

Playlist for 3/8/15 show

March 9th, 2015 by leg

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8:00am (+ 8:00pm!)
Beach Day: Walking on the Streets
St. Vincent: Prince Johnny
Johnny Cash & June Carter: Oh, What A Good Thing We Had
Valerie June: You Can’t Be Told
Jessica Pratt: Back, Baby
Chromatics: Cherry
Father John Misty: The Ideal Husband
Literature: New Jacket
Sufjan Stevens: Adlai Stevenson (Getting my ears ready for his show at The Palace in April!)
Tennis: Marathon
Mercedes López: Delgadina
José Gonzaléz: Leaf Off / The Cave
The Van Allen Belt: Afternoon Walk of Shame
Sonny & The Sunsets: The Application
Carla Thomas: Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)
The Innocence Mission: Bright As Yellow
The Books: Beautiful People

9:00am (+ 9:00pm!)
Winterpills: Laughing
Young Guv: Crushing Sensation
Deerhoof: Mirror Monster
The Jesus & Mary Chain: Just Like Honey
Alvvays: Adult Diversion
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper: Billions Of Eyes
Rose Melberg: Not Just To Be Loved But To Love
LCD Soundsystem: Home

These songs only played in the 8-10am airing of HPC:
David Byrne and St. Vincent: Who
David Byrne and St. Vincent: Lazarus
St. Vincent: Cruel

Ryley Walker: Primrose Green
Belle & Sebastian: Perfect Couples
Beverly: Madora
Justin Townes Earle: Slow Monday
Ravens and Chimes: Eleventh Street
Elvis Perkins: I Came for Fire
Leadbelly: Irene (Feeling very enamored with Leadbelly after watching this video about the making of his new box set.)
Moreno Veloso: Verso Simples

Photo info: From when I saw Suitcase Junket and Winterpills at Caffe Lena a few weeks back. The music is definitely on my mind because it was beautiful but so is that place; it’s so special that I’d go see anything there.