We’re on our big Touch the Transmitter road trip this week. An awesome playlist is what separates a real road trip from just driving around, so we’ve pulled together an amazing bunch of tunes. Whether you’re on the road or at home, take a listen to what our hosts have pulled together this week.
Baba: Louis Prima, “The Bee Song (He-Bee And She-Bee)”
A little ditty about birds and bees. It is spring time and the ‘he bees’ and ‘she bees’ are gonna be busy bees — and Mr. Louis Prima, singer, actor, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter, does his thang.
Amy Van Keeken! Whitney, “No Matter Where You Go”
“I wanna drive around With you with the windows down.” You’ll be singing these lyrics as the radio blasts this pure pop candy to your ears. Everything from the guitar riff to the production feels like all the best parts of early’ 70’s singer-songwriter, pop rock. Based in Chicago, Whitney will be in Alberta the first week of April.
Lionel Rault: Gretchen Peters, “Woman On The Wheel”
Masterful songwriting from one of the Nashville’s best — a spirited performance!
Orest Soltykevich: Carlos Barbosa Lima, “Enric Mardiguera: Adios”
Barcelona-born Enric Mardiguera wrote this piece for his young love, Anais Nin, who was born in France and became a renowned writer after she settled in the United States.
*This song is not available on Spotify. Listen to it here.
Cam Hayden: Hector Anchondo, “Masquerade”
A relative unknown from Omaha Nebraska, young Hector Anchondo has racked up a pretty good resume. This track features some great guitar from this young blues man
*This song is not available on Spotify.
Hayley Muir: The Como Mamas, “Move Upstairs”
Anything new from Daptone Records is always something to get jazzed about! The Como Mamas make such lovely, accessible, feel good gospel-soul and this single is nothing short of that. With the hole left at Daptone after Sharon Jones’ passing, it’s even better to hear new tunes from the other amazing women on their roster.
Dianne Donovan: Psychedelic Furs , “The Ghost in You”
Old school ’80s:
“Angels fall like rain
And love is all of heaven away
Inside you the time moves”
Oskar Zybart: The Beach Boys, “I Get Around”
Nice weather, timely themes, groovy cruisin’ music to touch transmitters by.
Lisa Wilton: The Replacements, “Left of the Dial”
Depending on who you read and what you believe, singer Paul Westerberg was dating someone in the North Carolina jangle pop band, Let’s Active, or the long-forgotten Athens, Georgia group, Oh Ok, when he wrote this wonderful song. As the story goes, he was inspired after hearing his love’s band on a college radio station while on tour. ” “Left of Dial” means a lot to me as I was a college radio DJ for a few years in my 20s and I’ve always connected to music that didn’t always fit into the mainstream. Left of the Dial also perfectly sums up CKUA’s approach to broadcasting. You will always hear amazing music, but not usually stuff that is played on other stations.” Plus, I just love the lines: “Pretty girl keep growin’ up, playin’ make-up, wearin’ guitar
Growin’ old in a bar, , ya grow old in a bar.”
Why? Er, no reason.
Grant Stovel: Land of Talk, “This Time”
This Montreal band will soon release their first album in seven years! Plus, they’ll follow it up with some Alberta tour dates in June. To add to the excitement, it turns out that several of the new songs are co-written with the wonderful Sharon Van Etten, who also sings backup on this shimmering new advance single.
Monica Miller: Aimee Mann, “Stuck In The Past”
Always a smart, witty, understated songwriter, this one comes from Aimee Mann’s brand new album, Mental Illness. She has referred to it as the “saddest, slowest” record of her career. To quote Uncut Magazine, “Mental Illness is as elegantly dark as a wrought iron gate.”
Tony King: Hite, “Miss You”
“Lovely and unsettling. Brightly arranged and shot through with darkness. Rooted in folk yet still using the language of art rock and electronica. The artist Hite revels in these contradictions in her striking debut album, Light Of A Strange Day.” – John Schaefer, WNYC