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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Weekend on The Radio Events and Doings around Town

From the Monument Lighting tonight to The Merry Mart at the Creative Alliance, there is always something going on in and around Baltimore to keep you busy when you're not shopping.  See the list.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

From the Land of LaMontagne Meet Jason Spooner

Inspired by a trip to a world-renowned music store, Portland, Maine native Jason Spooner decided to leave the comfort zone of his acoustic guitar and plug in for his third album Sea Monster.

Along with the dynamic rhythm section that rounds out his trio, Spooner's quest for sonic adventure takes listeners on a tour of folk, blues, jazz and New Orleans soul, without sounding sloppy.

This Friday at 920am, we take Morning Sessions out of the WTMD studios and into the house of a WTMD friend and supporter, where you'll meet the Jason Spooner Trio. I think you'll like them, so join us!

Top 10 Songs of the Year! Staff Picks

Here's the WTMD Staff Picks for the Top 89 Songs of 2010.  Take a gander and the vote for your top songs. We'll countdown the Top 89 based on your votes on December 17th!

Please Consider an End of the Year Additional Gift or Become a New WTMD Member as we count down the memories of 2010, your support will make 201l even more memorable!

Erik Deatherage 
The Morning Man
  1. Beach House- Silver Soul
  2. Spoon- The Mystery Zone 
  3. Citizen Cope- Lifeline 
  4. Rogue Wave- Solitary Gun
  5. Fyfe Dangerfield- She Needs Me
  6. The Hold Steady- The Weekenders 
  7. JJ Grey and Mofro- The Sweetest Thing 
  8. Victoria Vox- Oh I Wonder 
  9. The Magnetic Fields- You Must Be out of Your Mind 
  10. Quadron- Slippin

Matt Galler
Weekend Host
  1. The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
  2. Ra Ra Riot - Boy
  3. Ceelo Green - F*** You! (aka Forget You)
  4. Freelance Whales - Hannah
  5. Fyfe Dangerfield - She Needs Me
  6. Sleigh Bells - Tell 'Em
  7. Vampire Weekend - Cousins
  8. Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs - Beg, Steal or Borrow
  9. Broken Bells - The Ghost Inside
  10. Arcade Fire - Ready to Start

Tyler Laporte
Midday Host
  1. Stornoway – Zorbing
  2. Delta Spirit – 9/11
  3. Bad Books – You Wouldn’t Have To Ask
  4. Yeasayer – O.N.E.
  5. Vampire Weekend – Giving Up The Gun
  6. Rostam, Bethany, & Kid Cudi – All Summer
  7. Spoon – The Mystery Zone
  8. Minus The Bear – My Time
  9. Band of Horses – Dilly
  10. Dr. Dog – Shadow People

John Mathews
Afternoons and Roadhouse
  1. Spoon-Trouble Comes Running
  2. Ray Lamontagne-For The Summer
  3. Dean Rosenthal-Left Into Galesville
  4. Yeasayer-Madder Red
  5. Spoon-The Mystery Zone
  6. Fistful Of Mercy-Fathers’s Son
  7. Lee Ritenour, Steve Lukather, Slash-’68
  8. Arcade Fire-We Used To Wait
  9. Best Coast-Boyfriend
  10. Brian Eno-Two Forms Of Anger

Paul Hartman
  1. Great Big Sea- Long Life (Where Did You Go)
  2. Ellis Paul-The Cotton's Burning
  3. Johnny Clegg Manqoba (The Victorious)
  4. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars- Living Stone
  5. Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore- Saints & Sinners
  6. Richard Thompson- Big Sun Falling in the River
  7. Old Man Luedecke- Woe Betide the Doer of the Deed
  8. Carolina Chocolate Drops- Trouble in Your Mind
  9. Samy Izy- Igny Ihany
  10. Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band- The Raven
Steve Yasko
General Manager
  1. Adele- Rolling in the Deep
  2. Grace Potter and the Nocternals- Paris (Ooh la la)
  3. Janelle Monae- Tightrope
  4. Jace Everett- Bad Things
  5. John Legend And The Roots - Wake Up Everybody
  6. Fitz and the Tantrums- Money Grabber
  7. Quadron- Slippin
  8. Guster - Do you Love Me
  9. Julian Velard- Do It Alone
  10. Gorillaz- On Melancholy Hill 
Kristin Bachran
Membership Manager
  1. Spoon – The Mystery Zone 
  2. Minus the Bear  - My Time  
  3. Band Of Horses - Dilly 
  4. Vampire Weekend  - Giving Up The Gun 
  5. Local Natives – Airplanes 
  6. Ok Go! – WTF? 
  7. Gorillaz - Stylo 
  8. LCD Soundsystem - I Can Change 
  9. The Black Keys - Everlasting Light 
  10. Arcade Fire –  Sprawl II
Crickett Herrmann
Manager of Individual Giving
  1. MoneyGrabber- Fitz and the Tantrums 
  2. Half a Mind- Jason Spooner
  3. Avett Brothers- January Wedding
  4. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals- Paris
  5. Ben Folds- From Above
  6. Ceelo Green- Forget You 
  7. God Willing and the Creek Don't Rise- Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
  8. Matt Costa- The Season
  9. Richard Thompson- Haul Me Up 
  10. Los Lobos- Can't Stop the Rain

Alan Lotenberg
Underwriting Traffic Mgr

  1. Fyfe Dangerfield- She Needs Me 
  2. The New Pornographers - Crash Years 
  3. Adele -  Rolling in the Deep 
  4. Cee Lo Green -  F* You 
  5. Quadron- Slippin 
  6. Guster - Do you Love Me 
  7. Fitz and the Tantrums -  MoneyGrabber 
  8. The Avett Brothers - Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise 
  9. Codeine Velvet Club -  Hollywood  
  10. Vampire Weekend -  Giving up the Gun

Nick Jackson
Producer, Baltimore Unsigned, Altered Fridays, Video 
  1. “Conversation 16,” by The National  
  2. “Tighten Up,” by The Black Keys 
  3. “Month of May,” by Arcade Fire  
  4. “Brave Man’s Death,” by J. Roddy Walston & The Business  
  5. “I Want To Be Well,” by Sufjan Stevens 
  6. “Giving Up The Gun,” by Vampire Weekend  
  7. “In Sleep,” by Lissie
  8. “Monster,” by Kanye West (featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver) 
  9. “Tin Man,” by Future Islands
  10. “I Can Change” by LCD Soundsystem

Don Rogers
Weekend Host
  1. Don't Get Old- J Roddy Walston and the Business
  2. Burn It Down- Los Lobos
  3. Laredo- Band of Horses
  4. Richard Thompson- Haul Me Up
  5. Matt Costa- Witchcraft
  6. The Black Angels- River of Blood
  7. Fitz and the Tantrums- Breakin' The Chains of Love
  8. The Black Keys- Tighten Up
  9. Frazy Ford- Blue Streak Mama
  10. Beady Eye-Bring the Light
Scott Mullins
Program Director
  1. Kings Go Forth – One Day
  2. Band of Horses – Laredo
  3. Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 – Colored Lights
  4. Junip – Always
  5. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Hit ‘em Up Style
  6. Cotton Jones – Dream On Columbia Street
  7. Quadron – Slippin’
  8. Superchunk – Digging For Something
  9. Foals – Total Life Forever
  10. Matt Costa - Witchcraft
Melissa Lauren
Weekend Host
  1. Sharon Van Etten - One Day
  2. Ray LaMontagne - For The Summer
  3. The Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill
  4. Broken Bells - The High Road
  5. Arcade Fire - Ready to Start
  6. Jenny & Johnny - Scissor Runner
  7. The Black Keys - Everlasting Light
  8. Alberta Cross - Old Man  Chicago
  9. The Morning Benders - All Day Daylight
  10. The New Pornographers - Crash Years

        Monday, November 29, 2010

        JJ Grey and Mofro: Singing Songs About the Swampland

        There must be something in the water in Jacksonville, Florida besides gators.

        Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi make sweet sounds together and with their respective bands in their home studio. And fellow Northern Floridian J.J. Grey re-creates a Staxx-era vibe with old amps and worn-out microphones at St. Augustine’s Resophonics- where he’s recorded since he was eighteen.

        A homespun album with a native insect serving as the title inspiration gets CD of the Week honors this week.

        Georgia Warhorse gives off a swamp-like funk and seductively moistens the brow on tracks like “Slow, Hot and Sweaty” and the New Orleans-flavored opener “Diyo Dayo,” while Florida land grabbers and other bad guys get Grey’s ire in “The Hottest Spot in Hell,” which features a killer kick drum and fuzzy guitar riff.

        Two tracks put the latest from this talented multi-instrumentalist and his collective Mofro ahead of their country-blues class: “The Sweetest Thing” which features Grey coaxing reggae maestro Toots Hibbert into a standout vocal performance and the ecologically-themed Southern rock ballad “King Hummingbird.”

        Trucks’s unmistakable melodic note bends close out the album on “Lullaby,” a pine-soaked sendoff from two musicians who make the swamp sound like the land of milk and honey.