I’m mostly annoyed by radio stations. They play the same 20 or so songs pretty much all day long and commercials annoy the crap out of me. Because of this, I usually listen to w00t FM aka my iPod… pretty much all day long, when wake up and am brushing my teeth, sitting in traffic on the way to work, at work, on the way home, while making dinner… My iPod provides the soundtrack in my day and I like it that way.
So it’s pretty rare that I actually get around to listening to the radio. It’s even rarer that I actually enjoy a program and continue listening through commercial breaks just to see what they say next. Last week I found myself taking the long way home because of a great set on Atlanta’s Dave FM. Margot Smith really brought out some great choices in her Dave After Tomorrow set on December 28th.
It was your basic year end set but with some very interesting choices and observations about artists. Two of the songs she played during the hour that really struck me as wonderful choices were Vaporize by the Broken Bells (Amazon mp3 / iTunes) and Don’t Take My Sunshine Away by Sparklehorse (Amazon mp3 / iTunes).
The latter was a song originally released on the 2006 album “Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain” but was included in the set due to the suicide of one of its founding members, Mark Linkous. It really reminds me of the Beatles White Album in so many ways and that’s certainly a positive association for me as the Beatles are my favorite band. (An easy pick.) It’s kind of a warbled trippy sound and I really dig it.
I’ve no doubt that if you’re at all into alternative music, you’ve probably already heard of The Broken Bells, the collaboration of Danger Mouse and James Mercer of the Shins. I’ve heard most of this album but this track stood out to me in the radio broadcast because I hadn’t heard it before and it really hits the spot. Mostly a calm track but hardly anything that’s going to put you to sleep. I especially dig this lyric…
“It’s not too late
To feel a little more alive
Make an escape
Before we start to vaporize”
All in all a really insightful and interesting set by Margot Smith. I hope you caught it and if you didn’t that you’ll give her a chance in the future. You can check out her DJ page at http://929dave.radio.com/author/margotsmith/.