Friday, July 6, 2012

Freestailo #40 - 6/4/12 - Happy 4th of July!

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Oh, hello there.

To celebrate our independence, and subsequently the independence of being able to put millions upon millions of cat pictures on the internet, throughout this post I'm going to give you lots of American themed cats, like this guy.

This 4th of July, I willfully let WCBN take my entire day from me, and I regret nothing. I woke up early and headed to the Canterbury house where we congregated before heading over to the Ann Arbor 4th of July Parade. "What would WCBN do in a parade?" you might ask. Well, we had a MARCHING BAND! Spreading music the only way we know how: freeform style. As a side note, if you happened to be there and have pictures, please feel free to contact us so we can see them!

After the parade, I met up with my roommates and headed to Starbucks for some free coffee, which I SO DID NOT NEED because I was still hyper from the parade, and continued to be while we got ice cream at Washtenaw Dairy, and THEN STILL once I got home and started to do research for the July 4th Sex & Tell special, which pretty much took me the rest of the day, while I stayed in the air-conditioning of my apartment.

I cannot tell you how much fun my time at the station was this day. Even though I messed up a few times, and there were some frustrating moments, there's something special about sharing music with everyone on a holiday that makes up for it. I've DJed on holidays before, and there's an energy that cannot be contained when the whole world/country/state/city is sharing something like a holiday with each other, and you get to create a living and breathing playlist for it.

This is a cat with a red and white star cello.
About the actual show, although I don't do this very often, I created a playlist beforehand to make sure that I had enough material, but allowed a bit of breathing room in the moment for flub-ups, requests, etc., which seemed to work out really well. I tried to make sure all of the songs were either American themed, or for certain parts I created a scheme of Red-->White-->Blue songs for a bit of literal color. The one thing that wasn't "American" was the V for Vendetta clip, but I think that this movie (and especially this clip) is relevant to all people, and all countries.

Anyway, I really hope you enjoy this playlist, and I hope that you all had a loving, drunken holiday.

[Artist: Song - Album]
  1. Kazumi Totaka: Fireworks Festival - Animal Crossing GC OST
  2. Richard Tucker and Philip Maero: Dovunque al mondo - Puccini: Madama Butterfly
  3. Galaxie 500: Fourth of July - This Is Our Music
  4. Rammstein: Amerika - Reise, Reise
  5. The Beach Boys: Surfin' USA - Endless Summer
  6. Chanticleer: Camptown Races - Our American Journey
  7. Funkadelic: One Nation Under Groove Pt. 1 and 2
  8. Steve Earle: American v. 6.0 - Jerusalem
  9. exileFaker: redshift - Ockham's Chainsaw
  10. Kris Ellestad: White As A Feather - No Man Is Land
  11. CHOCOLAT: Blue Mint Blue - Japan Not For Sale Vol. 2
  12. Robert Shaw Festival Singers: Hark, I Hear The Harps Eternal - Amazing Grace American Hymns and Spirituals
  13. Cat Power: American Flag - Moon Pix
  14. British Sea Power: Waving Flags - Do You Like Rock Music?
  15. Yann Tiersen: La redécouverte - Amelie from Montmarte (Bande originale du film)
  16. Anamanaguchi: Helix Nebula - Power Supply
  17. Eels: In Gratitude For This Magnificent Day - Tomorrow Morning
  18. Nina Simone: July Tree - Four Women
  19. The Andrews Sisters: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy/Rum and Coca Cola
  20. The Sex Pistols: God Save The Queen - The Swindle Continues
  21. V for Vendetta: Ending Scene (1812 Overture) - V for Vendetta (movie)
  22. Louis Armstrong: Red Cap - Alexander's Ragtime Band
  23. My Dear Disco: White Lies (Radio Edit) - My Dear Disco EP
  24. Leonard Berstein: America - West Side Story (1957 Original Cast)
  25. Tom Brosseau: Favorite Color Blue - Posthumous Success
  26. Animal Collective: In The Flowers - Merriweather Post Pavilion
  27. Dianne Steinberg, Stargard: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  28. Asobi Seksu: Red Sea - Citrus
  29. T.M. Revolution: WHITE BREATH -MORE FREEZE MIX- - triple joker
  30. Damo: Deep Blue - Seven
Good Things:
  1. Madama Butterfly: I absolutely love this opera, and I really love this segment of the opera because it is just RIFE with sarcasm and irony. Although the sound is patriotic, the content is a big vulgar, and makes a big statement about how the characters represent America. 
  2. Andrews Sisters: I'm in love with this 45", and I'm glad I got to play the other side of it! Honestly, I could play an entire show of just this stuff. Mmmm. 
  3. V for Vendetta clip: This is one of my top-5 favorite movies, and I think the ideas of empowering the people to change the government are powerful, and something that we should all take a good look at for our own government(s). 
Bad Things:
  1. Wrong Animal Collective Song: I'm not even going to lie to you, I was really pissed when I played "In The Flowers" instead of "My Girls." This was one of the main songs I wanted to sing over the course of the show, and I messed it up. You don't even want the know the things I was screaming in the station.
  2. Not Beatles: Also another mistake RIGHT AFTER the Animal Collective mistake, which pissed me off even more. Let me be honest with you: I was positively livid. But things pass, radio keeps going. C'est la vie. 
  3. Too much laptop: I thought that I knew where a lot of this music was in the station, but when I got there I couldn't find all of it, and ended up using my laptop for at least a third of the songs on this list. I don't like that, and I'm sorry. It's not fair to you or me or freeform radio. 
Thanks for listening! Hope you had a great holiday. Stay locked in. 

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