Good rest to you, David James – a local Irish music legend.

Many of you might not know who David James was, but I’ll try to sum up his amazing life in a blog post.

David James was well-known in the South Bend / Mishawaka (“Michiana”) area as a legend in the Irish music scene.  He pretty much put South Bend on the map as a hotspot for Irish music, and he wasn’t even Irish.  He loved the music, promoting it, and most of all playing it.  He played banjo, fiddle, bass, harmonica, and probably half a dozen other instruments I’ve forgotten about as I write this.  He was best known, however, for his mastery of the hammer dulcimer.  David won multiple prestigious awards at Irish music festivals for his dulcimer skills.

He was a Notre Dame graduate with a degree in political science and he remained an avid advocate for social justice all through his life.  He championed workers’ rights, LGBTQ and racial equality measures, education reform, and many other causes that sought to help the underdog.

The way David affected my life was that he co-founded Nocturne – the WSND program for which I DJ in the summer and winter – in 1968.  David worked at WSND as the host of “Celtic Traditions” for many years, broadcasting Celtic music all over the world.  He would often be there when I showed up for my Nocturne shows and tell me stories of playing grimy blues clubs with blues legends, Irish music festivals with hardcore hippies, and being in the middle of the politically charged 1960’s.

He was a lover of all kinds of music and often asked me about the music I spun on my show.  He’d hang out for the first couple tunes I’d play while we chatted and sometimes stop in mid-conversation and ask, “Who is this?”  I introduced him to Ancient River when I played one of their tunes and he said, “Sounds like someone’s been listening to a lot of Doors.”  I also turned him on to Gary Wilson and Earthless one of the last times I saw him over the summer of 2017.

I’ll always think of him when I spin at WSND now, and I wish he could’ve seen the new station once the construction is done.  I’m sure his spirit will slide into the booth now and then when he’s not kicking back a ghostly pint at the Fiddler’s Hearth in South Bend.  I plan to play a tribute to him this summer on WSND with lots of psychedelic rock, blues, and his own music.

Oh yeah, as if his local legacy, national tours with multiple bands, and international awards weren’t enough, he released two albums – Tiompan Alley in 1992 and The Lone Man’s Path a decade later.

Good rest to you, sir.

Keep your mind open.


DJ set list for August 24, 2017.

Thanks to everyone who listened to my last show of the 2017 summer on WSND. I should be back on air Wednesday nights this winter (or through December, at least).  It was a fun summer at the studio.  I appreciate all the listens, requests, Tweets, chats, and calls.  Here’s my set list from last night:

  1. Bebel Gilberto – Aganju
  2. She-Devils – Come
  3. The Mynabirds – Be Here Now
  4. EMA – I Wanna Destroy
  5. Frenzy radio ad
  6. Kasabian – Underdog
  7. Slowdive – Slomo
  8. Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
  9. Robin Trower – In City Dreams (requested)
  10. RIDE – All I Want
  11. The Misfits – American Nightmare
  12. Fake Limbs – An Inconvenience
  13. Billy Idol – Eyes Without a Face (requested)
  14. Skyland Drive-In Theatre intermission
  15. Devo – Head Like a Hole
  16. Cloakroom – Big World
  17. The Raveonettes – Ignite
  18. So Many Wizards – Sic Boys
  19. Vadaat Charigim – Ein Li Makom
  20. Priests – Design Within Reach
  21. Husker Du – Ice Cold Ice (live)
  22. Gary Wilson – Gary Feels Cool
  23. Male Gaze – Wha Do Wha Do
  24. Screaming Females – The Bearded Lady
  25. Vacation – Fake It
  26. Fats Domino – Whiskey Heaven (requested)
  27. Stepford Wives radio ad
  28. Fairfield Four – Po Lazarus
  29. Elmore James – The Sky Is Crying
  30. The Black Keys – The Desperate Man
  31. Johnny Cash – Get Rhythm

Keep your mind open.

DJ set list for August 10, 2017.

Thanks again to everyone who tuned in for my WSND show last night.  I had some fun requests and calls.  Here’s my set list:

  1. D:Fuse and Scanners – Music Is About You
  2. Moby and the Void Pacific Choir – In This Cold Place
  3. Garbage – Why Do You Love Me? (requested)
  4. The Prodigy – Wild Frontier
  5. Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell radio ad
  6. Bad Religion – Against the Grain
  7. Aretha Franklin – Rock Steady
  8. Gothic Tropic – Stronger
  9. The Love Me Nots – Black & Blue
  10. Sleater-Kinney – Ballad of a Ladyman (requested)
  11. Slaughter Hotel radio ad
  12. Bonde Do Role – Marina Gasolina
  13. My Morning Jacket – Run Thru (requested)
  14. Boss Hog – Strawberry
  15. Skyland Drive-In Theater intermission
  16. The Dirtbombs – Possession
  17. The Dirtbombs – Theme from the Dirtbombs
  18. Muddy Waters – Trouble No More
  19. The Black Keys – Everlasting Light
  20. Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror radio ad
  21. The Rolling Stones – Love in Vain
  22. Queen – I’m in Love with My Car
  23. Maniacs Are on the Loose radio ad
  24. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Sleep Drifter
  25. Luis Enriquez – Django main theme
  26. Blue Man Group – Opening Mandlebrot
  27. Bomb the Bass – Empire
  28. Sons and Daughters – Dance Me In (requested)
  29. F for You – Disclosure
  30. Zavala – Mirrors
  31. Tabla Beat Science – Sacred Channel (live)

I might not be on air next week, as there’s a chance I’ll be in Kalamazoo, Michigan seeing the New Pornographers in concert.  If so, my last show of the summer will be August 24th.  If not, see you next week!

Keep your mind open.

DJ set list for August 03, 2017

Thanks to everyone who listened to my show on WSND last night.  There was a lot of good participation online and via the good ole phone.  Here’s my set list from last night:

  1. POW! – Cyberattack #3
  2. Com Truise – Memory
  3. Austra – Future Politics
  4. The Jeff Beck Group – I Ain’t Superstitious (requested)
  5. Four Flies on Grey Velvet radio ad
  6. Alice in Chains – Again (live)
  7. Boris – Riot Sugar
  8. Zeke – Killer Inside
  9. Ron Gallo – Why Do You Have Kids?
  10. Be Your Own Pet – Super Soaked
  11. Damaged Bug – Eggs at Night
  12. Thundercat – Them Changes
  13. Vintage Ban deodorant 1960’s radio ad
  14. Led Zeppelin – I Can’t Quit You Baby (live)
  15. The Strypes – I Can Tell
  16. Vintage 1960’s radio ad for the Byrds’ Ballad of Easy Rider
  17. The Byrds – Ballad of Easy Rider
  18. Skyland Drive-In Theatre intermission
  19. Blue Cheer – Rock Me Baby
  20. Fever – Distorted Horizon
  21. Moda – Deeper
  22. Abyss – Mind Games
  23. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Fan It
  24. The “Bongo Dance” from the Astro Zombies soundtrack
  25. Elephant Stone – Savage Soul
  26. Dengue Fever – Saran Wrap
  27. Shonen Knife – Cookie Day
  28. Shock Waves radio ad
  29. Bauhaus – Party of the First Part
  30. Radiohead – Treefingers
  31. Sisters radio ad
  32. No Joy – Ignored Pets
  33. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Long As I Can See the Light

    I’m back on air August 10th at midnight EDT.  Give me a listen!

    Keep your mind open.

DJ set list for July 27, 2017.

Thanks to all who listened to my last radio show on WSND.  I’m back on air August 03, 2017.  Here’s my set list from my July 27th show.

  1. Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie Orchestra – Come Fly with Me (live)
  2. Deap Vally – Julian
  3. Television – Maruqee Moon (requested)
  4. Nothing – Hymn to the Pillory
  5. Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows (requested)
  6. Clutch – Minotaur
  7. Primus – Bob’s Party Time Lounge
  8. Alice in Chains – Again
  9. Food of the Gods radio ad
  10. Franky and the Band – Austin Prison Blues
  11. Soundgarden – Kickstand
  12. Bad Religion – Best for You
  13. Skyland Drive-In Theatre intermission
  14. Pet Shop Boys – Always on My Mind
  15. Damaged Bug – Bunker Funk
  16. B. Mitchell Leather 1960’s radio ad
  17. Sonic Youth – 100% (requested)
  18. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Weapon of Choice
  19. The Kills – Black Balloon
  20. Shock Waves radio ad
  21. Computer Magic – Lonely Like We Are
  22. The Raveonettes – Evil Seeds
  23. The Raveonettes – Til the End
  24. Unknown artist – The Undertaker Is Coming (from the soundtrack for The Undertaker and His Pals).
  25. Elephant Stone – Andromeda (live)
  26. The Dunes – Door to the Mind (live)
  27. Donovan – Atlantis
  28. Bryce & Hart 1960’s ad for Coca-Cola
  29. Thundercat – Uh Uh
  30. KLIF Klassic Album 1960’s radio ad
  31. Reverend Horton Heat – Callin’ in Twisted
  32. Gaby Novak – Ponesi

Thanks for the requests and calls.  I plan to drop some house music on you during the next show, so put on your dancing shoes.

Keep your mind open.

DJ set list for July 20, 2017.

Thanks to everyone who tuned in for my latest WSND show last night.  I had some good requests and good response to my Pitchfork Music Festival recap segment.  Here’s my set list:

  1. The Smithereens – Afternoon Tea
  2. Led Zeppelin – You Shook Me (live)
  3. Tommy Bolin – Post Toastee (requested)
  4. Death from Above 1979 – Right On Frankenstein (live)
  5. “Final Dimension in Shock” triple bill radio ad for The Corpse GrindersThe Undertaker and His Pals, and The Embalmer.
  6. Bread – The Guitar Man (requested)
  7. The Coathangers – Make It Right
  8. Fishbone – Fight the Youth (requested)
  9. Deep Throats – Eyes
  10. She-Freak radio ad
  11. Treat Her Right – Rhythm and Booze
  12. Hanni El Khatib – You Rascal You
  13. The Moonlandingz – Lay Yer Head Down on the Road
  14. Chat Noir – Old Man McGraw
  15. The Cramps – Naked Girl Falling Down the Stairs
  16. Skyland Drive-In Theatre intermission spot
  17. Madame Gandhi – Her
  18. Priests – Design Within Reach
  19. Thurston Moore Group – Cease Fire
  20. Danny Brown – Dip
  21. LCD Soundsystem – Movement
  22. Funkadelic – Can You Get to That
  23. Madvillain – Do Not Fire!
  24. P.J. Harvey – Down By the Water
  25. A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation (requested)
  26. RIDE – All I Want
  27. Derrick Carter – Where You At?
  28. NE-HI – Stay Young
  29. Nicolas Jaar – Took Me Out of the Dark Rain

I’m back on air July 27th and will have the return of all my usual segments – Hit the Road, First & Foremost, the Mondo Moment, and Holiday Music.  See you then.

Keep your mind open.

DJ set list for July 06, 2017

Thanks to everyone who listened to my WSND last night.  It was a fun, humid show.  Here’s my set list from the night:

  1. All Them Witches – Call Me Star
  2. Tamaryn – Afterlight
  3. Mars Volta – Drunkship of Lanterns (requested)
  4. The Exorcist radio ad
  5. The Constellations – Setback
  6. The Smithereens – Blues Before & After
  7. Radiohead – Climbing Up the Walls (remix)
  8. Radiohead – Little by Little
  9. Applesauce Tears – A Kiss and a Cuddle
  10. Moors – Asphyxiated
  11. Imarhan – Idarchan Net
  12. Goat – Words
  13. Shanty Tramp radio ad
  14. Slavething – Death Thing
  15. Skyland Drive-In Theater intermission spot
  16. Nirvana – The Man Who Sold the World
  17. The New Pornographers – You Tell Me Where
  18. Beacon – Backbone
  19. The Troggs – Wild Thing
  20. The Female radio ad
  21. Bad Religion – The State of the End of the Millennium Address
  22. The Humpers – Rocket and the Retards
  23. Buzzcocks – Do It
  24. Dead Dick Hammer and the TBA Band – Res-Erection
  25. Don Johnson – Heartbeat (requested)
  26. The Love Me Nots – I’m the One
  27. The Black Eyed Snakes – Chicken Bone George
  28. Johnny Cash – Everybody Loves a Nut
  29. Earthless – Uluru Rock
  30. Cosmonauts – Doom Generation

I’m back on air July 13th and I’ll have a big Pitchfork Music Festival preview show highlighting many of the artists playing in Chicago next weekend.  Give me a listen.  You might discover your favorite band.

Keep your mind open.

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DJ set list for June 29, 2017.

Thanks to all who listened to my “Best of 2017 So Far” show last night.  I managed to play everything I wanted to spin and more.  Here’s my set list:

  1. Yacht – The Afterlife
  2. DangerDoom – El Chupa Nibre
  3. Moby Grape – Omaha (requested)
  4. King Khan and the Shrines – (How Do I Keep You) Outta Harm’s Way
  5. The Humpers – Mutate with Me
  6. Circle Jerks – 22
  7. Equinox radio ad
  8. The Black Keys – Ten Cent Pistol
  9.  The B-52’s – Strobe Light
  10. Feltworth – Forget This Feeling
  11. “The Razors Edge / The Bangles” 1960’s concert ad
  12. Soulwax – Missing Wires
  13. Sasquatch – Rational Woman
  14. Scream and Scream Again radio ad
  15. Bleached – Flipside
  16. Dayluta Means Kindness – When You’re Young You’re Invincible
  17. Skyland Drive-in Theater intermission
  18. So Pretty – Comfort Service
  19. Failure – Another Space Song (live)
  20. Turn to Crime – Dead Man
  21. Sleater-Kinney – I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone (live)
  22. Evel Knieval radio ad
  23. Ancient River – My Sonic Temple
  24. Tinariwen – Sastanaqqam
  25. The Moonlandingz – I.D.s
  26. Jake Xerxes Fussell – Jump for Joy
  27. Ron Gallo – Put the Kids to Bed
  28. The Flaming Lips – The Castle
  29. The New Pornographers – High Ticket Attractions
  30. Scream Blacula Scream radio ad
  31. The Black Angels – Death March
  32. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nuclear Fusion
  33. All Them Witches – Bruce Lee
  34. WALL – High Ratings
  35. Kelly Lee Owens – S.O.

There’s a lot more good music out there that I still need to find, and a lot more due out this year.  Thanks for giving me a listen.  I’m back on air July 6th on WSND.

Keep your mind open.

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DJ set list for June 22, 2017.

Thanks to everyone who tuned in for my WSND show last night and the big Mamby on the Beach preview.  That went longer than I’d planned, so I didn’t get to the Mondo Moment or Holiday Music segments.  They’ll be back either next week or the week after that.  We didn’t have a winner in First and Foremost either, so that means I get to keep another cover song in my back pocket for future use.

Here’s my set list from last night’s show:

  1. Dahga Bloom – Supa
  2. Chelsea Wolfe – After the Fall
  3. Tamaryn – Violet’s in a Pool
  4. A Place to Bury Strangers – Another Step Away
  5. Equinox radio spot
  6. King Crimson – Red (requested)
  7. The Black Angels – Tired Eyes
  8. The Buttertones – Pistol Whip
  9. Aquarian Blood – Heaven Is in My Head
  10. The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer – Get Ready
  11. Sugar Virus – The Ripper
  12. The Raveonettes – Lust (Trentmoller mix)
  13. Ghostland Observatory – HFM
  14. Skyland Drive-In Theatre intermission spot
  15. The Men – Gates of Steel
  16. Fancy Fux – Stripper
  17. Will Clarke – House Girl
  18. Rayvn Lenae – Free Room
  19. Marian Hill – One Time
  20. Schlock radio spot
  21. Miike Snow – Pull My Trigger
  22. MGMT – Electric Feel
  23. DJ Heather and Colette – Walking on Sunshine
  24. Latmun – Everybody’s Dancin’
  25. Green Velvet – La La Land
  26. STRFKR – In the End
  27. Thundercat – Them Changes
  28. Cut Copy – Lights & Music
  29. Hank Williams – Rootie Tootie

Tune in June 29th for a “Best of 2017 So Far” show.  What are your favorite songs and / or albums of the year as we pass the halfway point of 2017?

Keep your mind open.

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DJ set list for June 15, 2017

Thanks to all who tuned in for my latest show on WSND, and to Aaron for helping out with the music selection and finding out that Chicken Dinner candy bars really existed.  Congratulations to Joe Fuentes, who won First and Foremost, and to Chuck who also guessed the right answer (That “Summertimes Blues” was originally performed by Eddie Cochran).  Here’s our set list from the night of June 15, 2017.

  1. The Cure – Opening (live)
  2. The Crystal Method – After Hours
  3. Com Truie – Ephemeron
  4. Eaten Alive radio spot
  5. Mission of Burma – Spider’s Web (request)
  6. Primus – Tommy the Cat
  7. Broken Bells – After the Disco
  8. Reverend Horton Heat – Big Dwarf Rodeo
  9. MC 900 Foot Jesus – Adventures in Failure (live)
  10. Golden Dawn Arkestra – Afropacalypse
  11. Rock and Roll High School radio spot
  12. Betty Davis – Come with Me
  13. Janelle Monae – Faster
  14. Alex Lopez – Dangerous
  15. Blue Cheer – Summertime Blues
  16. Repellents – AFC!
  17. The Black Keys – Just Got to Be
  18. L7 – Fast and Frightening (live)
  19. Buzzcocks – Last to Know? (live)
  20. Ron Gallo – Kill the Medicine Man
  21. Beastie Boys – Time for Living
  22. The Suitcase Junket – The Next Act
  23. Clutch – Big News 1
  24. Bonde Do Role – Marina Gasolina
  25. Rory Gallagher – Bull Frog Blues (live)
  26. Frank Zappa – Dirty Love
  27. Schlock radio spot
  28. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Comeback
  29. Zeke – Black Witch
  30. Deap Vally – Royal Jelly
  31. The Kills – Goodnight Bad Morning

I’m back on air at midnight June 22nd and will have a big Mamby on the Beach preview show featuring a lot of house and electronica.

Keep your mind open.

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