Pesto and Alfredo have invited “Yung Mike” and “Momma Joci” to be their guests on Saucy Saturday, a feature aired at 2 AM Eastern on Sunday morning. I’ve assembled a playlist and notes below. Joci added some of her favorites (Supertramp and Sting) at the end.
I love the energetic fiddle and vocals here. “Konrad Wert is a teacher by day, but when he plays his country-folk songs for fans in his home of Austin, Texas and elsewhere, he goes by the moniker Possessed By Paul James.” – NPR
Song: Elevator Operator, Artist: Courtney Barnett, Album: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
I love Courtney Barnett. I love her frolicking guitar and the intelligent, hilarious lyrics. “Elevator Operator” is the encounter of two unhappy people on an elevator, and how they misunderstand each other. “Don’t jump little boy” vs. “I like to imagine I’m playing Sim City.”
I love this album, and San Fermin is a must-see concert. Such interesting songs and sound. Methusaleh features the sonorous male lead singer, Allen Tate.
The second San Fermin song on this playlist, Crueler Kind, features Stephen Chen (saxophone) and Charlene Kaye (lead vocals). That sax dominates in concert as almost a percussion piece.
Lucius is wonderful in concert and on their albums: such beautiful harmonies and instrumentation. I love the message of this song which seems to tell the story of running to keep up with their success. “There’s no race, there’s only a runner.”
There is so much emotion in this song, and it really comes through when they belt it out in concert. I fell in love with this band first with their NPR Tiny Desk Concert which must be seen and heard.
Another exciting live band. Tame Impala’s Elephant has great powerful fuzzy guitar.
Merrill Garbus who performs as tUnE-yArDs lives in Oakland (so I hear) – go Oakland! She makes such incredible sound using loops. Check out her NPR Tiny Desk concert.
Do lots of crazy things to push boundaries, but “just stay alive.” A good message.
I first heard Tijoux on NPR’s First Listen. She has such a powerful sound and a strong message to her lyrics. For a translation of these lyrics, go here.
Another Oaklander, Fantastic Negrito was the winner of the first Tiny Desk concert. I saw him in Boston on my last visit. In this song, he takes on income inequality and gentrification.
Tempest is an aptly named poet and rapper with a big social consciousness message. I recommend listening to this album all the way through for its story of love conquering everyday despair.
Sturgill’s a deep thinker who is stirring up country music traditions. Here, he tackles theology, drugs and the meaning of life. If the title confuses you, check out this Wikipedia page on cosmic stacks of turtles.
Using bits of old newscasts and movies, PSB weaves engaging stories. “Go!” captures the excitement of rocket-powered descent to the moon.
Shout out to Lizzy for singing the praises of this band to me so that I took a second listen. Why is there a sword fight with Harrison Ford in this song? I’m not sure, but it’s fun. Check out the New Yorker profile of this band for chocolate chip/dog anecdotes and an explanation of the band’s name.
My first cassette was “Night at the Opera” by Queen. “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Death on Two Legs” gave me my taste for transgressive and interesting music.
Joci grew up on Supertramp and Sting. Here are a few of her favorites:
Link to the station schedule: