I was pretty nervous about being on the air for the first time, but overall I'm happy how the first episode of BrooklynVegan Blog radio sounded. To get things started, I ran through the first five months of my blog: August to December 2004. I may continue the format next week by highlighting the first half of 2005. At that rate, I'll be playing brand new music by the 4th or 5th week (and then forever).

Hope you liked it if you listened. Here's the playlist w/ blogified commentary.


Other Passengers @ Mercury Lounge

Other Passengers are the first band I ever wrote about on Now they're the first band I ever played on the radio.

1) Other Passengers - In the Belly (MP3) - 4:47

During the first month of August 2004, I also posted pictures of the Zutons @ Mercury Lounge and None More Black @ Knitting Factory.

2) Zutons - Long Time Coming (alternate version) - 2:35
3) None More Black - Banned From Teen Arts - 2:51

I didn't start talking about Lifetime until they reunited, but they're connected to None More Black via None More Black's singer Jason who sang for Kid Dynamite who shared members with Lifetime. Plus, Lifetime and None More Black go good together.

4) Lifetime - Young, Loud and Scotty (MP3) - 1:59

The Decemberists sound nothing like Lifetime, but I was pretty obsessed with them and Joanna Newsom in 2004. So I played the Decemberists followed by Joanna Newsom followed by the Decemberists covering Joanna Newsom followed by Final Fantasy covering Joanna Newsom (which I posted in December 0f 2004).

Actually a live version of the Decemberists covering Joanna Newsom was my second post ever. The Decemberists later recorded it for the 2005 Believer Magazine compilation CD that came out during the summer of '05.

5) The Decemberists - Red Right Ankle 3:29
6) Joanna Newsom - Sprout and the Bean 4:32
7) The Decemberists covering Joanna Newsom - Bridges & Balloons - 3:26
8) Final Fantasy covering Joanna Newsom - Peach, Plum, Pear - 2:45 (get it here)

In December 2004 the NY Times used the term "Freak Folk" to categorize the scene comprised of Joanna, Devendra Banhart, Antony & The Johnsons, and their family of friends....

9) Devendra Banhart - A Sight To Behold (2:26)
10) Antony & The Johnsons - For Today I am a Boy (2:37)
11) Devendra covering Antony - Fistful of Love (6:46)

The Antony cover by Devendra is also on the Believer CD. I first heard it when Devendra performed it live at Tonic in February 2005.

Panty Flash

Next I pointed out that my blog isn't always about music. In August 2004 the Republican National Convention came to NYC and a company called Axis of Eve staged a protest that consisted of girls and guys stripping to their panties. The protest came in the form of Anti-Bush slogans emblazoned on the undergarments. The pictures I posted from that event went on to become one of the most popular pages ever on, thanks mainly to a link on Fleshbot. That same month I posted pictures of Sonic Youth @ Webster Hall and Murphy's Law on a boat. Coincidentally, both of those bands sing songs about panties...

12) Panty raid by Murphy's Law - 2:57
13) Panty lies by Sonic Youth - 4:15

Fiery Furnaces @ Siren 2004

Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand and Fiery Furnaces - Not only do they share a love of alliteration, they shared a lot of space on my blog in the Fall of 2004. To make matters more complicated, Eleanor from the Fiery Furnaces is dating Alex from Franz Ferdinand, and my friend Michael is dating a girl named Laura (true story).

14) Franz Ferdinand - Michael 3:21
15) Scissor Sisters - Laura 3:40
16) Fiery Furnaces - Chris Michaels 7:53
17) Scissor Sisters covering Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out 4:29
18) Franz Ferdinand - Eleanor put your Boots on 2:50

In "Eleanor put your Boots on" Franz Ferdinand sing about Eleanor from the Fiery Furnaces and Coney Island, more specifically they sing about the Coney Island roller coaster . Some of the earliest concert photos that appear on this blog are of the Fiery Furnaces playing the 2004 Siren Festival in Coney Island. In July of 2005 I found a picture of Eleanor and crew posing in front of the roller coaster from the same day. What does this all mean? It means I need to get more sleep.

Bloc Party @ Knitting Factory

Two more exciting things happened in September 2004. Canada's The Arcade Fire released Funeral and the UK's Bloc Party played their first ever NYC shows @ Knitting Factory and Tribeca Grand. Needless to say, those who were reading my website throughout 2004 and 2005 heard a lot about those two bands.

19) Arcade Fire - Haiti 4:07
20) Bloc Party - Blue Light 2:47

Arcade Fire @ Mercury Lounge

The CMJ Music Marathon is a yearly music industry conference that takes over all the music clubs in NYC for a few days. This year it begins on October 31, 2006 - the same day CBGB closes forever. October of 2004 hosted the first CMJ while I was blogging. The initial lineup was the subject of my 7th post ever. It was at that CMJ that I saw the Arcade Fire for the first time at Mercury Lounge. Other highlights included a set by Sufjan Stevens at the Museum of Television & Radio for KEXP, Magneta Lane's first U.S. show downstairs at CBGB, and three consecutive nights of Jonah Matranga (Onelinedrawing).

21) Sufjan Stevens - Romulus 4:41
22) Magneta Lane - Kissing is Easy 3:25
23) Onelinedrawing (Jonah Matranga) - Yr Letter 4:01

U2 under the Brooklyn Bridge

24) David Bowie - Oh! You Pretty Things - 3:14
25) U2 - I will Follow 3:38
26) The Pixies - Debaser (live @ Hammerstein Ballroom) 3:04

Broken Social Scene @ Bowery Ballroom

The Pixies' track I played is Debaser live from NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom in December of 2004. It's from one of the eight sold out nights they played there. Each night was taped. Each night had a different opener. One night was Broken Social Scene who played two headlining shows at the Bowery Ballroom the same week. I went to all three shows, so I ended the radio show with an ode to BSS and Arts & Crafts.

27) Broken Social Scene - KC Accidental 3:50
28) Feist - Secret Heart 3:49
29) Jason Collett - Hangover Days w/ Metric's Emily Hanes 4:36
30) Stars - One More Night 5:18

Then I thanked people for listening and reminded them to tune in next week (June 6) for episode two, and to tune in tomorrow (Wednesday) for Gorilla Vs. Bear, and every Monday for Product Shop NYC.


I didn't mention the next bit on the show, but while I'm reminiscing about 2004, I might as well mention some holiday shows that ended the year on a high note...

Joanna Newsom @ Bowery Ballroom


Wilco @ Pianos