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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: Sarah Jarosz

“Simple Twist of Fate” [Bob Dylan]

Wow. Just wow. This cover gives me goosebumps before she even starts singing. Sarah Jarosz is a very young phenom in the bluegrass world. At age 18 she released her debut album and was nominated for a Grammy award. This year she released her third album, Build Me Up From Bones, as she graduated from the New England Conservatory of music in Boston. At 22 years old, with her flawless voice and mastery of multiple instruments, I think it’s an understatement to say her career looks promising!

Build Me Up From Bones is where you’ll find this incredibly beautiful Bob Dylan cover and tonight you can hear the album from start to finish on mvyradio’s Album Of the Week (9PM).

Sarah Jarosz

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ALBUM: Dawes

Stories Don’t End

When you’re REALLY sick (the stomach bug kind), there’s not a lot of joy in the process of getting better. There’s a lot of sleep, a lot of fluids, a lot of pleading with your digestive system…but there’s not a lot of music. At least there wasn’t for me these past 4 days. Getting “must call out of work” sick made me stop and realize how much I appreciate my job as a DJ – where I get to pass along a minimum of 4 hours of music a night, simultaneously taking all that in myself. While I battled the sickness, I was also thankful for a note in my inbox that included a link to this new album preview – it sure sounds like Dawes will treat us to some more kickass tunes in April!

Thanks to PJ for employing me, and for sending me this Dawes video while I was at home sick!


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SONG: Ben Gibbard

“Bigger Than Love” [feat. Aimee Mann]

Wow. For those who didn’t hear, the radio station I work for has succeeded in raising $600,000 to continue as a non-profit, commercial-free, web-based operation. mvyradio lives on! I will say, the past two months of fundraising has taken a lot out of me and distracted me quite a bit from this blog (and other things, like laundry ;) BUT, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. It’s been absolutely incredible to hear from over 3,700 listeners who think the world of this little radio station. THANK YOU to everyone who’s showed their support!

So, I’m going to try to check in here much more often…as always, there has been no shortage of great music! This track from Ben Gibbard’s solo album Former Lives has really grabbed me recently:

“It’s bigger than love
brighter than all the stars combined
dwarfing the sun
burning within my heart and mind”

Benjamin Gibbard

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SAVE mvy Campaign close to goal!

The time is now…

save mvy

After almost two months of campaigning, mvyradio is nearing the $600,000 mark — as I write, we are at $526,185 in pledges!

Once we reach that 600K goal, we will take a leap of faith into a new chapter of our nearly 30 year history. We will no longer broadcast on 92.7FM, but we will continue to stream online as we have since 1998. We will be commercial free, completely non-profit and listener supported. The money raised will cover our first year of expenses and we will work hard to secure a future online as well as a new spot somewhere on the FM dial.

We’ve received pledges from 48 of the 50 U.S. states and from 14 countries around the world. It’s clear that this radio station is something special…something worth preserving. Help to get us to our goal. PLEDGES ARE BEING MATCHED RIGHT NOW.

Call 508 693 5000
or visit mvyradio.com

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SAVE mvyradio!


If you haven’t heard, the radio station I work for is at a crossroads. Our FM signal was sold in November, but we have the opportunity to continue as a web based non-profit…IF we can raise the money for our first year of expenses. Since the news of the sale, we’ve been fundraising to try to get to our $600,000 goal. As I type, we are at over $363,000 in pledges. I’m hoping you can make a pledge today.

What makes TODAY special? – a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous will MATCH EVERY DONATION MADE. So please READ OUR STORY and MAKE A PLEDGE to help save an independent radio station with deep roots in a very special place – Martha’s Vineyard. If you’ve visited, spent a week, spent a summer, or live here year-round, you know how special this island is…and for mvyradio to go silent would be a blow to this community and a loss to online listeners around the globe. I can’t count the number of people who have told us that we bring them back to MV when they can’t be here. A recent tweet from a listener read, “Turned on WMVY and white wine and sand started pouring out of the speakers”.

On the flip side, some folks who listen have never set foot on the Vineyard, but they say we provide what their local stations don’t – independently chosen music, both old and new, with refreshing perspective and REAL, personable DJs.

If you’ve never listened to mvyradio, you can check it out easily on iTunes — just choose “Radio” on the left sidebar and then choose “Eclectic” and scroll down to M for mvyradio. If you don’t use iTunes, you can CLICK HERE to listen.

and remember TODAY, your pledge will be matched!

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NEWPORT FOLK: Gary Clark Jr.

“Bright Lights”

Well, Newport Folk is upon us – I’ll be heading down to Fort Adams tomorrow for WILCO! If you can’t make it, tune in to mvyradio for coverage of the festival…starting with a LIVE broadcast of the WILCO show tomorrow night! And now, another artist I don’t know much about who I’m looking forward to seeing…

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this young blues guitar player from Texas and I’m excited to see him live at Newport. His set is sure to be one of the more rockin’ ones.

Gary Clark Jr.
Newport Folk Festival

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NEWPORT FOLK: Jonathan Wilson

“Desert Raven”

Well, I’ve been asking around, and nobody seems to know where June went…but believe it or not, the Newport Folk Festival is just three weeks from today!

My boss at mvy just started asking me if I had heard of some of the acts who will perform at Fort Adams this year. As always, Newport keeps us on our toes with their lineup. When heading to check out some of Jonathan Wilson’s music, I had no idea what to expect. I found myself furrowing my brow in confusion at the start of this video…but then once the music kicked in – wow! I dig his “psychedelic folk” and I can’t wait to see him live!

Jonathan Wilson

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SONG: Weather Report


After a very stressful mishap on-air tonight that was truly a technical problem and nobody’s fault, this song lifted my spirits. I played a bunch of songs tonight, and aside from that one Bruce tune that directly talked about our country, this one felt the most celebratory. Enjoy :)) Happy 4th!

Weather Report

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Album Of The Week

Ingrid Michaelson – Human Again

At the very start of  Human Again I’m  struck by urgent sounding strings and piano…but before even a full minute into the song, a dance-like drumbeat joins in to make a sound that I’m not totally familiar with. Track two follows suit with guitar and drum tracks creating epic beats that echo. At this point I’m taking off my headphones and listening through the speakers because I’m not used to this. Am I hearing it right?

Ingrid Michaelson was right when she said fans of her cute voice and stripped down ukelele sound could be disappointed with this album. It’s big. It’s layered. A lot of it’s clearly computer generated. I can’t say that particular sound is my favorite, but I’m excited for the evolution.

Track 4, “I’m Through” [*below] seems to be the first song to really grab me. It’s mostly piano and vocals…and that’s when I start to think maybe I’m actually one of those disappointed fans who misses stripped-down Ingrid.

“Black and Blue” has a playful beat and gets me more intrigued for the second half of the album. Right away, “Ribbons” is a bit different than the rest, but maybe the most pop sounding so far. Then I’m pulled in by “How We Love” because of its sparseness [*listen below]. Ingrid’s beautiful lyrics soar over repetitive guitar plucking and not much else:

“We hate the rain when it fills up our shoes
but how we love when it washes our cars
we love to love when it fills up the room
but when it leaves oh we’re cursing the stars”

But then it’s back to poppy beats and repeating, call and response vocals on “Palm Of You Hand” – probably the one track I’ll be sure to skip over on my next listen. I’ve grown fond of track 10, the single “Ghost”…I think she really comes off as honest and open on this particular song [*great live version below].

Track 12, “Keep Warm”,  surprises me by joining the lush, produced sound with a simpler sounding melody…I feel like this middle of the road approach is incredibly successful and this might be my favorite track on the album [*check out the tune below]. “End Of World” (fittingly) ends the album but unfortunately this is another track I’d probably not revisit…I don’t care for the harsh, high pitched vocals.

All in all this album seems to be sort of a mixed back sonically. I’ll have to listen more, but initially, the less produced tracks are more appealing to me. But I do always appreciate an artist taking chances and experimenting…pushing themselves and their music to different places…out of the comfort zone. That’s when the magic can really happen.

“I’m Through”

“How We Love”

“Ghost” [live]

“Keep Warm”

Tune in to hear this album in its entirety,
TONIGHT at 9pm
at mvyradio.com

Ingrid Michaelson

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