The first two submissions are gearing up for The Decemberists and Andrew Bird show at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Monday, June 8th.
(Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, through Ticketmaster.com.)
And tune in at 8 p.m. as Alayna Blazakis chats with Tyler about her expanded "Bird song" mix tape, featuring tracks from Andrew Bird, Apples in Stereo, Neko Case, Stevie Wonder, Wilco, and more.
Submit your own mixtape!
6 a.m. Megan Linehan
Three songs that Colin and The Decemberists have covered to show a wide range of influences. Also, all these songs are totally awesome.
- "Mr. Blue Sky," by ELO
- "Blues Run the Game," by Jackson Frank
- "Everyday is Like Sunday," by Morrissey
8 a.m. John Kelly
What a time to be a music lover! A simple, random walk through the months of the year, sparked by a love of the Decemberists. I'll let you know when I've got a full 12 month cycle selected, and other WTMD listeners could try it out and see what they discover.
- "January Song," by Five Times August
- "Summersong," by The Decemberists
- "November," by Azure Ray
- "October is Coming," by Marc Hessenberg & The Tulips
10 a.m. Courtney Block
These are the songs that lift me up when a client has just done a beat down—or if I'm the recipient of some less than good news.
- "Cannonball," by The Breeders
- "Warning," by Wye Oak
- "No Bad News," by Patty Griffin
- "Starless Summer Sky," by Marshall Crenshaw
12 p.m. Kenny Friedman
To pay homage to the great Jewish-American artists, I have compiled this very short list. Lou Reed from the Velvet Underground is Jewish. Adam Duritz from Counting Crows is both Jewish and from Baltimore—the double whammy. And Beck is Jewish via his maternal grandmother. He's my wild card.
- "Heroin," by Velvet Underground
- "Fidelity," by Regina Spektor
- "Raining in Baltimore," by Counting Crows
- "New Pollution," by Beck
- "Shadrach," by Beastie Boys
5 p.m. Hope Ashton
Songs like these were the armor I wore in high school. And if they were books of mine, they'd be dog-eared and falling apart, as testament to my love for them. To call them nostalgic is inaccurate because they're just as relevant and alive today as they were back then.
- "Regret," by New Order
- "You are the Everything," by R.E.M.
- "Kiss Them for Me," by Siouxsie and the Banshees
- "Birthday," by The Sugarcubes
- "Monkey Gone to Heaven," by The Pixies
7 p.m. Benjamin Pillow
Sonic Youth for my '80s & early '90s upbringing; Bloc Party for the best band I saw at Virgin Fest last year; Drive by Truckers b/c I'm from S.C.; and QOTSA just rock out
- "JC," by Sonic Youth
- "Positive Tension," by Bloc Party
- "Boys from Alabama," by Drive-By Truckers
- "Song for the Dead," by Queens of the Stone Age