Sunday, December 27, 2020

Sonic Bliss 20-52 (December 27th)

Sonic Bliss 20-52
December 27, 2020

Hour 1
Wild Wood – Paul Weller
Tumbleweed – 9 Lazy 9
Fleeting Instant – Delerium
His Rope – Burial, Fourt Tet & Thom Yorke
Red Umbrella – Kostars
Love Will Turn Your Head Around – Karmacoda
No Reason – Bonobo w/Nick Murphy
Come To Me – Bjork
Student Bashing At The Seaside – The Bionaut
Held In the Arms Of Your Words – Tired Pony
Green Eyes – Arlo Parks
Je Reviens – Autour de Lucie
My Last Two Weeks – Peter Murphy

Hour 2
The First Taste – Fiona Apple
Stop, Look, Listen – Lewis Taylor
Dormant – Sevdaliza
This Love – Craig Armstrong

Gentle Beauty – MoShang
Sweetest Day – Control Freq
Ashes To Ashes – Flunk
In Another Time – Sade
Live With Me – Massive Attack
Blank Pages – The Album Leaf
When The Party's Over – James Blake
Without You – Sasha Dobson
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want – Smiths & Dream Academy
Dumbing Down Of Love – Frou Frou

Hour 3
Astronauts – One Eskim0
Compassion – Bombay Dub Orchestra
Nyquil – Alpha
Shadows – Zero 7
Sadeness – Enigma
Halo – Depeche Mode
Para Sempre – Thievery Corporation
Outer Sunset – Tycho
Lilac Wine – Jeff Buckley
Let Me Love You Like A Woman – Lana Del Rey
Simone – Goldfrapp
Losing A Battle, Winning The War – Kings Of Convenience
Love That Boy – Innocence Mission
**Love Grows Out Of Thin Air – Ulrich Schnauss

UTR 20-52 (The Avalanches)

Under The Radar Radio #20-52
December 27, 2020

Pick Of The Week
The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You

The Avalanches - The Divine Chord (f/MGMT & Johnny Marr)
Death Cab For Cutie - Waterfalls
Postal Service - Such Great Heights (Live)
Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone (Live)
Tindersticks - You'll Have To Scream Louder
Matthew Sweet - Stars Explode 
Crowded House - Whatever You Want

The Avalanches - Interstellar Love (f/Leon Bridges)
Arctic Monkeys - Crying Lighting (Live)
Arctic Monkeys - Knee Socks (Live)
Cloud Nothings - The Spirit Of
The Hold Steady - Family Farm

Blossoms - Under The Sun
Kiwi Jr. - Cooler Returns
The Avalanches - Running Red Lights (f/Rivers Cuomo)
Belle and Sebastian - Seeing Other People (Live)
Belle and Sebastian - Step Into My Office, Baby (Live)

Cribs - Siren Sing-A-Long
Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven (Live)
Pixies - Where Is My Mind (Live)
The Avalanches - We Go On
Peter, Bjorn & John - Gonggong

Pure Bathing Culture - Saturday Night
Rostam - Under Control
The War On Drugs - Pain (Live)
The War On Drugs - Accidentally Like A Martyr (Live)
The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You (f/Blood Orange)
Jenny Lewis & Serengeti - Unblu

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Sonic Bliss 20-51 (December 20)

Sonic Bliss #20-51
December 20, 2020


Hour 1

Wandering Star – Portishead
When The Night Is Over – Lord Huron
After Dark – Harold Budd & Rob in Guthrie
Cold As December – Hillton FM
Christmastide – Tori Amos
Snow – Craig Armstrong
River – Joni Mitchell
Skating – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Frozen – Viia  > (see below)
Under Ice – Kate Bush
The Holly & The Ivy – Loreena McKennitt
The Girl Who Fell Through The Ice – AIM
Serve Chilled – Groove Armada
Love In December – Club 8

Hour 2

Winter Wonderland – Kate Havnevik
Wintersun – Brendan Perry
Winter Dub – Emancipator
Eskimo – pH Balance   >> (see below)
Chilled Goodbyes – Medaka
Snow – Emiliana Torrini
Snow Is Falling On Manhattan – Chili Conzalez
Urban Angel – Natalie Walker
Seasonal Affective Disorder – Squirrel Flower
If We Make It Through December – Phoebe Bridgers
Eight Candles – Yo La Tengo
Carol Of The Bells – Bird & The Bee
Please Come Home For Christmas – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Baby It's Cold Outside – Norah Jones & Willie Nelson
Underneath The Christmas Lights – Sia
2000 Miles – Coldplay

Hour 3

Christmas Day – Dido
Frosty The Snowman – Cocteau Twins
I'll Be Home For Christmas – She & Him
White Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald
Christmas Song – Aimee Mann
O Holy Night – Trombone Shorty & Friends >>> (see below)
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Diana Krall
Christmastime Is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Over The Rhine
Greensleeves – Dave Brubeck
Oiche Chiuin (Silent Night) – Enya
We Three Kings – Scott Leonard
Snowflake – Kate Bush & Bertie McIntosh
When It's Cold I'd Like To Die – Moby
Golden Slumbers - elbow

> Frozen by Viaa is not availabe on Spotify.  Click here for a still-framed video on youtube. 

>> Eskimo by pH Balance is from an artist out of North Carolina named Pam Howe.  Sorry, this will be a bit hard to find

>>> This version of O Holy Night was featured on the excellent, but short-lived TV series Studio 60 on The Sunset Strip.  This happened the first holiday after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and proceeds from it's download went to help the Tipitina's Foundation (famous music club in NOLA).  A bit hard to find these days but click here for the video of the TV show scene where it was featured (with show dialogue).  

UTR 20-51 Picks Of The Year 5-1

Under The Radar Radio #20-51
December 20, 2020 

#5 - #1

The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York
1988 Pick of The Year  If I Should Fall From Grace With God

  #5 Fontaines D.C. - A Hero's Death         

A Hero's Death
I Don't Belong
A Lucid Dream
You Said

Parquet Courts - Dust
2016 Pick of The Year  Human Performance

#4 X - Alphabetland                    

Water & Wine
Strange Life
Angel Of The Road

Portishead - Sour Times
1994 Pick of The Year  Dummy

#3 A Girl Called Eddy - Been Around       

Been Around
Not That Sentimental Anymore
Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart

Regina Spektor - Eet
2009 Pick of The Year  Far

#2 Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters      

Heavy Balloon
Under The Table

Prefab Sprout - When Love Breaks Down
1985 Pick of The Year  Two Wheels Good (a.k.a. Steve McQueen)

#1 Doves - The Universal Want      

Broken Eyes
Cycle Of Hurt
Universal Want

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Sonic Bliss 20-50 (Dec 13)

Sonic Bliss #20-50
December 13, 2020

Hour 1

Beautiful Otherness - Bent
A Gentle Dissolve - Thievery Corporation
A Kissed Out Red Floatboat - Cocteau Twins
Is It True - Tame Impala (Four Tet Remix)
That Girl - Esthero
Kindling - elbow
Que Bom - Mocean Worker
All That Glitters - Death In Vegas
RCA (+) - Carbon Based Lifeforms
The Downtown Lights - Pure Bathing Culture
Waiting For You To Come - Spain
White Horses - Dean & Britta
Back To The Moon - Jazzamor

Hour 2
Universal Traveler - Air
Every Day A Story - Fragile State
Snow Storm - Blank & Jones
Let's Go Out Tonight - Craig Armstrong
The Long Day Is Over - Norah Jones
Lille - Lisa Hannigan
Safe From Harm - Massive Attack
Tonight - Koop
Sonhando Ipanema - Barriere
Never Enough - Dive Index
Gush Forth My Tears - Miranda Sex Garden (*see note below)
True - Yuri Petrovsky
My Ever-Changing Moods (Piano) - Style Council

Hour 3
Bloodstain - UNKLE w/Alice Temple
Northern Skies - Dido
Today - Fruit Bats
Beggar's Prayer - Emiliana Torrini
Meditation from 'Thais'  - Dominguess & Ives  (> see note below)
A Question Of Lust - Depeche Mode
Long Gone Blues (GXR Remix) - Billie Holliday
Man Enough - Lloyd Cole
Il Volto Nascosto Di Luna - Luciana Michelini
Paper Thin - Lianne La Havas
Strange & Beautiful - Aqualung
Mirrorball - Everything But The Girl
Girl - The Internet

*The version of Gush Forth My Tears from Miranda Sex Garden that I play is from a CD single that I've had since the Mid 1990s.  It is VERY hard to find and so that is why the Spotify playlist has a different version.  Sorry.  

> This electronic version of Meditation From Thais is available on a compilation album called Classics Regrooved.  You can find it on places like, but not on any streaming services.  That's a shame.   

UTR 20-50 (Picks Of The Year - Part 1)

Under The Radar Radio #20-50
December 13, 2020 

#10 - #6

Liam Gallagher - Now That I Found You
2019 Pick of The Year  As You Were

  #10 Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Sideways To New Italy  

Cars In Space
She's There
The Second Of The First
The Only One
Not Tonight

XTC - Earn Enough For Us
1986 Pick Of The Year - Skylarking 

  #9 Travis - 10 Songs  

Waving At The Window
A Ghost
Nina's Song
The Only Thing (f/Susannah Hoffs)

Happy Mondays - Step On
1990 Pick Of The Year - Pills N Thrills & Bellyaches

  #8 Gorillaz - Song Machine (Season One)  

The Valley Of The Pagans (f/Beck)
Chalk Tablet Towers (f/St. Vincent)
Aries (f/Peter Hook)
Simplicity (f/Joan As Police Woman)
Strange Timez (f/Robert Smith)

Arctic Monkeys - I Want It All 
2013 Pick Of The Year - AM

  #7 Pretenders - Hate For Sale  

Turf Accountant Daddy
Hate For Sale
The Buzz
Maybe Love Is In NYC
Lightning Man

Ash - Burn Baby Burn
2001 Pick Of The Year - Free All Angels

  #6 IDLES - Ultra Mono  

Model Village
A Hymn

Liam Gallagher - Now That I've Found You
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Cars In Space
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - She's There
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - The Second Of The First
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - The Only One
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Not Tonight

XTC - Earn Enough For Us
Travis - Waving At The Window
Travis - A Ghost
Travis - Nina's Song
Travis - Valentine
Travis - The Only Thing w/Susannah Hoffs

Happy Mondays - Step One
Gorillaz - The Valley Of The Pagans
Gorillaz - Chalk Tablet Towers
Gorillaz - Aries
Gorillaz - Simplicity
Gorillaz - Strange Timez

Arctic Monkeys - I Want It All
Pretenders - Turf Accountant Daddy
Pretenders - Hate For Sale
Pretenders - The Buzz
Pretenders - Maybe Love Is In NYC
Pretenders - Lightning Man

Ash - Burn Baby Burn
IDLES - Model Village
IDLES - Carcinogenic
IDLES - Grounds
IDLES - Anxiety
IDLES - A Hymn

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Sonic Bliss 20-49 (Dec 6)

Sonic Bliss 20-49
December 6, 2020

NGC 6302, The "Butterfly Nebula", Taken by Hubble

Hour 1

Anything With You – Hillton FM
Hush Hush – Fila Brazillia
Broken Land – Celso Mendes
Everything I Wanted – Billie Eilish
Black Mambo – Glass Animals
City Moon – Love Spirals Downward
Walking On The Moon – Zero Cult
Sugar For The Pill – Slowdive
Watercolors – Postmarks
Petals – Bibio
I'm in the Doorway – Tricky & Oh Land
This Isn't The Place – Nine Inch Nails
Malmo – Album Leaf
French Movie – Loner

Hour 2

Begin – Shallou
Water In Our Hands – Dive Index
Slip Into Something More Comfortable – Kinobe
Worlds Within Worlds – Hot Chip
Light Of Gold – Skye & Ross
Midnight – Coldplay
Transcontinental – Vienna Teng
Silence – Delerium & Sarah McLachlan
Bright Lights – Archive
Joga – Anoushka Shankar
Fall Asleep/Back Seat – SOAK
Passenger's Seat – Death Cab For Cutie
Halcyon – Jon Hopkins

Hour 3

This Life – Mandalay
Rainbow – Chicane
Eclipse on 5th – Sounds From The Ground
In Your Eyes – Jessie Ware
Once Upon A Time – Air
Master Plan – Nightmares On Wax
The Carnival Is Over – Dead Can Dance
Elvis – Alpha
I Remember You – Bjork
Run Away With Me – Sufjan Stevens
Lebanese Blonde – Thievery Corporation
Marlene Dietrich's Favourite Poem – Peter Murphy
Teenage Birdsong – Four Tet

UTR 20-49 (Top Tracks of 2020)

Under The Radar Radio #20-49
December 6, 2020 

Top Tracks of 2020

Fantastic Negrito - Chocolate Samurai
Real Estate - Paper Cup
Ghost Of Vroom - Rona Pollona
Hamilton Leithauser - Here They Come
Saint Motel - Preach
Brendan Benson - Richest Man

Sondre Lerche - You Are Not Who I Thought I Was
Tennis - Need Your Love
Arlo Parks - Green Eyes
Ladyhawke - Colours In the Dark
Sinead O. Brien - Limbo
Psychedelic Furs - Don't Believe

The Fiery Furnaces - Don't At The So & So
Car Seat Headrest - Hollywood
Waxahatchee - Can't Do Much
Inner Wave - Rose
Andrew Bird - Capital Crimes

Pottery - Hot Heater
Girl Friday - Earthquake
Surfer Blood - Karen
Midnight Oil - Gadigal Land
Alex The Astronaut - I Think You're Great
Natural Child - Time Is Money

Sneaks - Faith
EOB - Shangri-La
Tennis - How To Forgive
Devon Gilfillian - Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
Paul Weller - On Sunset
Ben Folds - 2020

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Sonic Bliss 20-48 (Nov 29)

Sonic Bliss 20-48
November 29, 2020

Hour 1

Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space – Spiritualized
Treasure – Sounds From The Ground
Pilots – Goldfrapp
Helpless – Rhye
Two Tongues – Swell Season
Gorecki – Lamb
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight – The Postal Service
Lifted Up – Saru
Featherweight – Fleet Foxes
Ocean & A Rock – Lisa Hannigan
See The Light – Sofa Surfers
Fotografia – Celso Mendes
New Ways – Daughter

Hour 2

Subterranean Homesick Alien – Radiohead
Dayvan Cowboy – Boards of Canada
How Soon Is Now? - AG w/Dressage
Makes Me Wanna Die – Tricky
Lullaby – Leonard Cohen
As You Fall – Bent
Days Like This Keep Me Warm – Polyphonic Spree
Protection – Massive Attack
Sunrise Sunset – Honeyroot
Shadows – Zero 7
Spiritual High (State Of Independence) – Moodswings
Don't Leave – Faithless
Your Love – Turtle

Hour 3

Stonemilker – Bjork
Number 4 – Sigur Ros
Down Here/Moon Above – Flunk
Anna – Taken By Trees
Cronulla Breakdown – Pernice Brothers
Once Upon A Time – Talvin Singh
Koop Island Blues – Koop
Something About Us – Daft Punk
Inside Your Dream – Melorman
Thank Heaven 4 You – Esthero
Haunt – Washed Out
Waiting For The Night (Bare Version) – Depeche Mode
For No One – Rickie Lee Jones
**Across The Universe - Fiona Apple

UTR 20--48 (Horns-A-Plenty)

Under The Radar Radio #20-48 
November 29, 2020


Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Rescue Me
Replacements - Can't Hardly Wait
The Cure - Why Can't I Be You
Madness - House Of Fun
Haircut 100 - Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)

Fishbone - Party At Ground Zero
Bruce Springsteen - Blinded By The Light (Live In Dublin)
Earth, Wind & Fire - September
US-3 - Cantaloop
Har Mar Superstar - Prisoner
Rick James - Give It To Me Baby

Was (Not Was) - Spy In The House Of Love
Kirsty MacColl- In These Shoes
Elvis Costello - The Only Flame In Town
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Take Me With U
Black Joe Lewis - Come To My Party
Rubblebucket - Came Out Of A Lady

Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping
Specials - A Message To You, Rudy
OK Go - This Too Shall Pass (w/Notre Dame Marching Band)
Fleetwood Mac - Tusk (w/USC Marching Band)
Blues Brothers - Peter Gunn Theme

Morphine - Radar
Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Just Dropped In
Swing Out Sister - Twilight World
Corinne Bailey Rae - Breathless
Sade - Is It A Crime

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sonic Bliss 20-47 (November 22)

Sonic Bliss 20-47
November 22, 2020

Hour 1

Oya – Ibeyi
Zebra – Beach House
New York – St. Vincent (Yoshiki)
Pavane (Faure) – William Orbit
April Shower – De-Phazz
Heaven – Bitter:Sweet
Candy Says – Hot Chip
I Am Stretched On Your Grave – Sinead O'Connor
Richest Man In Babylon – Thievery Corporation
Moments In Love – Art Of Noise
Window To Window – Dive Index
Know How – Kings Of Convenience
For Light – Jay Som
Sugar Hiccup – Cocteau Twins

Hour 2

The City Sleeps – MC 900 Ft. Jesus
Morse – Nightmares On Wax
The Rip – Portishead
Paper Thin – Lianne La Havas
Take Care In Your Dreams – Tindersticks
Little Monsters – Charlotte Gainsbourtg
Venus – Air
14 Days – Science For Girls
Flower – Moodfood
Slipping Away – Leisure
Beloved – Anoushka Shankar
Birds – Emiliana Torrini

Hour 3

Saturday Come Slow – Massive Attack
Eden – Hooverphonic
In Space – Royksopp
I'm God – Clams Casino w/Imogen Heap
Signs of Love – Moby
Crimson – Morcheeba
(aa) Ghost Pong – Emancipator
Superheroes – Esthero
That's Not Her Way – eels
Pleasure Is All Mine – Bjork
To S – Father John Misty
Seashell – Skylab
Sacrifice – Lisa Gerrard
Bambi – Gus Gus

UTR 20-47 (Pillow Queens)

Under The Radar Radio 20-47
November 22, 2020   

Pick Of The Week 
Pillow Queens - In Waiting

Pillow Queens - HowDoILook
Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work
The Big Moon - Your Light
Pixies - Hear Me Out
Sinead O'Connor - Jump In The River
Superchunk - Alice

James Vincent McMorrow - Gone
elbow - Gentle Storm
Dream Wife - Temporary
Pillow Queens - Child Of Prague
Little Green Cars - Harper Lee
Death Valley Girls - Hold My Hand

Crowded House - Whatever You Want
Adventures - Drowning In The Sea Of Love
Giant Rooks - Heat Up
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
Sneaks - Faith
Jealous Of The Birds - Pendulum

Bully - Let You
Fontaines D.C. - Sha Sha Sha
Pillow Queens - Handsome Wife
Goat Girl - Sad Cowboy
Arctic Monkeys - Don't Sit Down Cause I've Moved Your Chair
Beabadoobee - Worth It

Ash - Girl From Mars
Porridge Radio - 7 Seconds
Slow Pulp - Idaho
Dunwells - I Could Be A King
Pillow Queens - Holy Show
Arlo Parks - Green Eyes

Monday, November 16, 2020

Sonic Bliss 20-46 (November 15)

(Sorry for the delay, had a power outage).  

Sonic Bliss 20-46
November 15, 2020

The image is titled "Tectonic Shift" by Preston M. Smith.  Since that was the name of the second song on this show and it's a beautiful piece of art, I thought it would be a good fit for this week's playlist.   There are many great works by Preston and you can find them. at   

Hour 1

The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove – Dead Can Dance
Tectonic Shift – Delerium
Let Me Love You Like A Woman – Lana Del Rey
The Spoils – Massive Attack w/Hope Sandoval
Lucky Man – The Verve
Love Will Tear Us Apart – Nouvelle Vague
Someone Like Me – Roykshopp
Stars – Dubstar
Reyjavik – Mocean Worker
Run Away With Me – Sufjan Stevens
Near The Black Forest – Vanessa Daou
Island – Zoe Durrant
On Your Way – Album Leaf

Hour 2
Somersault – Zero 7
Opened Once – Jeff Buckley
Deixa – Bebel Gilberto
Lullaby – The Cure
Out Of View – If By Yesterday's
Cat Groove- Medaka
Dreamland – Glass Animals
Drown – Karen O & Danger Mouse
Beautiful Crazy – Space Raiders
Relaxin' With Cherry – Kid Loco
Your Love Is King – Sade
Autumn In New York – Diana Krall
Shine – Ulrich Schnauss
Everything's Different Now – Innocence Mission

Hour 3
Flood In Heaven – Daysleepers
Windmills – Beauty's Confusion
Everything We Had To Leave – Chicane
Under The Sun – Orleya
Drone 420 – Alektronic
A Long Time – Moby
Ashes To Ashes – Flunk
6 Underground – Sneaker Pimps
Why Won't You Stay – American Music Club
I Wish You'd Stay – Club 8
Heavy – Haux
Waiting For You – Borrtex
Exit Music (For A Film) – Radiohead
Half Time – Amy Winehouse
aa – Half Heart – Angelo Badalamenti

Sunday, November 15, 2020

UTR 20-46 (eels)

Under The Radar Radio #20-46
November 15, 2020  

Pick Of The Week
eels - Earth To Dora

eels - Are We Alright Again?
Lloyd Cole - She's A Girl and I'm A Man
Pillow Queens - Holy Show
Thurston Moore - Hashish
Suzane Vega - 99.9 F
Crowded  House - Whatever You Want

Jayhawks - Waiting For The Sun
Travis - Nina's Song
eels - The Gentle Souls
Aimee Mann - 31 Today
Fleet Foxes - Young Man's Game

Grant Lee Buffalo - Testimony
Sloan - Silence Trumps Lies
Posies - Sideways
Pernice Brothers - How To Live Alone
Doves - Cathedrals Of The Mind

The Flaming Lips - Will You Return/When You Come
Freedy Johnston - Bad Reputation
eels - Earth To Dora
Jealous Of The Birds - Something Holy
Jason Collett - Hangover Days
Elvis Costello - Newspaper Pane

Tift Meritt - Mixtape
Matt Berninger - Distant Axis
Judybats - Being Simple
eels - Anything For Boo
Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning