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mvyradio HOT SEAT


On the Hot Seat Monday, I focused on song lyrics that I’ve been loving lately. You can hear the show again tonight (Sunday) at 10pm on mvyradio.

Here’s what I played:

Dr. Dog “Long Way Down”
Feist “My Moon My Man”
Bob Dylan “Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine”
Dawes “Most People”
Paul Simon “I Am A Rock” [acoustic]
Vampire Weekend “Horchata”
St. Vincent “Digital Witness”
Tedeschi Trucks Band “Made Up Mind”
Ben Folds Five “Do It Anyway”
Paul Simon “Train in the Distance” [demo version]
Laura Marling “Where Can I Go”
The Belle Brigade “Losers”
Alabama Shakes “Hang Loose”
Rilo Kiley “More Adventurous”


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COVER: Mark Ronson

“Just” [Radiohead]

Last night I explored the music of Mark Ronson and Dan Auerbach on mvyradio’s Hot Seat. I wasn’t quite sure how the hour-long show would turn out but I had the inspiration the night before and I thought I’d give it a shot. These are two of my favorite contemporary music producers – Ronson won Producer Of the Year at the 2008 Grammys and Auerbach took away that same award at this year’s ceremony.


I was actually quite pleased with how the two producers complimented each other. I played a set of music produced by Ronson and then a set produced by Auerbach and so on. All told, the hour of music was pretty stellar (*See list below). You can hear a replay of the show Sunday night at 10pm on mvyradio.

This is one of Ronson’s tracks that I really love, a cover of the Radiohead song “Just” with Alex Greenwald of the band Phantom Planet singing the vocals:

Mark Ronson
Phantom Planet

*mvyradio Hot Seat – 11.18.13
“New” Paul McCartney
“Rehab” Amy Winehouse
“Just” (Radiohead cover) Mark Ronson feat. Phantom Planet
“Valerie” Amy Winehouse/Mark Ronson
“Lonely Boy” The Black Keys
“Revolution” Dr. John
“Never Go Back” Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
“Lasan” Michael Kiwanuka
“Alligator” Paul McCartney
“Cold Shoulder” Adele
“You Know I’m No Good” Amy Winehouse
“God Put A Smile Upon Your Face” (Coldplay cover) Mark Ronson feat. Daptone Horns
“You Can’t Be Told” Valerie June
“Loneliest Soul” Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

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SONG: Dawes

“Fire Away”

Last night on the mvyradio Hot Seat, I focused on contemporary artists and the musicians who have inspired their sound. When it came time to show how the band Dawes has been inspired by Jackson Browne, it seemed fitting to play a song that features Browne on backing vocals. I feel like this track can get lost on the Dawes album, Nothing Is Wrong, but I was reminded of just how good it is when I revisited it. It’s lengthy, but if you can listen until the end, it just keeps getting better and better.


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SONG: Gotye

“Hearts A Mess”

Tonight on the Hot Seat I featured some artists that have recently been added into the mix at mvyradio… and I explored some deeper cuts or older songs from those artists. How much Gotye have you heard? I love “Somebody That I Used To Know” just as much as the next guy, but I always think it’s nice to hear more from an artist whose single grabs you. Here’s another great tune from Gotye:


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mvyradio HOT SEAT

Last minute, my boss asked me to sit in the HOT SEAT on Monday night, which means I play an hour of whatever I want on mvyradio at 9PM. I really had no idea what I’d do for a theme, but I said yes, and a day or two later I came up with a pretty fun idea.

I’m a huge fan of movies, and especially in the winter I watch them pretty frequently (a movie a day lately). I have a small collection of my favorites that I watch again and again…a BIG part of what makes me love them – the soundtrack ! Good music placed at a particular point in a film is SO memorable. I could probably do a 2 hour show with this theme, but I’ve got to choose! Here are a few I know I’ll include:

MOVIE: The Royal Tenenbaums
SONG: Nico – “These Days”

MOVIE: The Life Aquatic
SONG: David Bowie – “Life On Mars”

MOVIE: Garden State
SONG: The Shins – “New Slang”

Tune in on Monday at 9PM for my HOT SEAT on mvyradio.com


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mvyradio HOT SEAT: Life Is Good

Tune in tonight at 9pm, when I host THE HOT SEAT on mvyradio. I’ll play music from the artists performing at next weekend’s Life Is Good festival. I’ve also talked with James MacDonald, who’s the producer of the festival, and he had some wonderful background to share about the company as well as the mission of the Life Is Good playmakers. This is more than just a fun festival with a dynamite lineup…100% of festival proceeds go towards helping children in need. Great music and a great cause. Here’s my playlist for tonight:

Ray LaMontagne – “You Are The Best Thing”
Ingrid Michaelson – “Way I Am”
The Hold Steady – “Sequestered In Memphis”
The Avett Brothers – “Kick Drum Heart”
Martin Sexton – “Happy”
Levon Helm – “When I Go Away”
Robert Randolph & the Family Band – “If I Had My Way”
Raphael Saadiq – “Stone Rollin'”
Maceo Parker – “Hallelujah, I Love Her So”
Michael Franti – “Sound Of Sunshine
Dwight & Nicole – “Cry, Cry”
Ryan Montbleau Band – “Glad” [LIVE at Life Is Good]
Ingrid Michaelson – “Everybody”



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mvyradio HOT SEAT

Tune in tonight as I take you to the beach…with music that has a sunny, CHILL, fun, relaxed feeling…

Sublime – “DJs”
Bob Marley – “Bend Down Low”
Brett Dennen – “Comeback Kid”
Rilo Kiley – “With Arms Outstretched”
The Strokes – “You Only Live Once”
Frightened Rabbit
– “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”
A Fine Frenzy – “Electric Twist”
Vampire Weekend – “White Sky”
Feist – “Mushaboom”
311 – “Stealing Happy Hours”
Led Zeppelin – “Friends”
Paolo Nutini – “Pencil Full Of Lead”
Paul Pena – “Gonna Move”
Regina Spektor
– “The Calculation”
Shawn Lee – “Throwing Shadows at the Wall”



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mvyradio HOT SEAT

I struggled for probably half a day trying to think of a theme for my Hot Seat tonight, but then I kinda gave up. There’s so much great new music out there, I figured I could just play some that I’ve really been digging lately. Then I thought about my habit of listening to a particular song I love on repeat, and figured I could narrow it down to about 10 or 15 songs that I’ve been playing over and over again. So, “Songs On Repeat”… that’s what I’ll do tonight for the Hot Seat, and here’s my playlist:

“Dazzling Blue” Paul Simon
“Rumor Has It” Adele
“World News” Local Natives
“The King Knows How” Over the Rhine
“Doc Pomus” Ben Folds/Nick Hornby
“Helplessness Blues” Fleet Foxes
“They’re In Love, Where Am I?” The Weepies
“Little River” The Tallest Man On Earth
“Barton Hollow” The Civil Wars
“White Table” Delta Spirit
“Colors” April Smith and the Great Picture Show
“Dog Days Are Over” Florence and the Machine
“Second Chance” Peter Bjorn & John
“The Chain” Ingrid Michaelson

I’m very happy with how this came together! Hope you can check it out tonight at 9pm…

“Songs On Repeat”


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mvyradio HOT SEAT

The more I thought about my idea for the Hot Seat tonight and the more I looked through my music to find songs, the more confused I got. But thankfully, I work best when I just sit down with all of my options and go for it! I pieced together my show today and I think the music explains the mood and theme I’m going for much better than I can. Wintertime melancholy is the rough idea, but listen tonight at 9 and you’ll feel it. Here’s my set list:

The Decemberists – “The Crane Wife 1”
Band Of Horses – “Evening Kitchen”
Ray LaMontagne – “Sarah”
The Weepies – “Stars”
Death Cab for Cutie – “Passenger Seat”
Radiohead – “Let Down”
Ingrid Michaelson – “The Chain”
Jose Gonzalez – “The Nest”
Kings Of Convenience – “24-25”
Julian Velard – “A Dream”
Iron & Wine – “Naked As We Came”
Death Cab For Cutie – “A Lack Of Color”
The Weepies – “World Spins Madly On”
Matt Pond PA – “Not So Bad At All”
Nick Drake – “Pink Moon”

Listen to THE HOT SEAT!
Tonight at 9PM

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Song Of The Day

Death Cab for Cutie – “Transatlanticism”

I’m gearing up to take the mvyradio Hot Seat on Monday night. I’ve decided to give in to my winter blues. I tend to get a little down during the wintertime and especially this month, I’ve been in a bit of a funk. I know I’m not alone, and I’ve decided to embrace this feeling and turn it into an hour of comforting music.

“Sometimes when one is sad, it consoles one to hear a sad song”
-Thomas Hardy

I’ll be playing songs that epitomize feelings like loneliness, sadness, and bleakness… songs that give off the feeling of the cold, gray, damp New England winter. Right away I know that the Death Cab for Cutie album, Transatlanticism will be included in this Hot Seat. In my opinion, this is the ultimate winter album. I may not play the over 7 minute title track, but here it is to give you the full effect.

Death Cab for Cutie


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