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I’ve been living in Ames for 10 years now, and we have a pretty good student-run alternative radio station, KURE. I’d tossed around the idea of applying to be a DJ when I started working at Iowa State, but I ended up holding off because I knew I’d be starting grad school and I didn’t want to overcommit myself. However, I know my time commitments now, and since Mark is gone, I’ve got a lot more time to myself. So I decided to go ahead and throw my application in the ring. Because at least I can say I applied instead of regretting it when I leave ISU.
So what is involved with applying to be a DJ? A catchy show title, of course, and a sample playlist with some banter.
The first thing that came to mind was “This is not your Dad’s radio show.” I don’t know why, other than I was cruising for music to add to my playlist and I started going through my dad’s vinyl collection (in digital form — I put it on Spotify). The theme is “It’s not your dad’s music, but he’ll enjoy it anyway.”
I present to you my playlist, complete with awkward radio banter. I’ve edited the radio banter since I applied, in case I am chosen so I’ve got a script for a show ready. Hopefully I get chosen. If I do, I’ll let you all know my timeslot so you can listen online.
Hi, my name is Calee (not caylee), and this is Not Your Dad’s Radio Program. It’s not as cool as my dad’s vinyl collection, but I know he’d enjoy it anyway. I’ve got a great set for you, with a smattering of new wave, grunge, classic rock, and a few hidden gems sprinkled between. Let’s get started with a different version of Joy Division’s “Love will tear us apart”, a track from regional native, Dessa, from the Twin Cities, and some more classic new wave.
- Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Martin Hannett Sessions)
- Neon Indian – Polish Girl
- Arcade Fire – No Cars Go
- Morrissey – Everyday Is Like Sunday
- Dessa – Alibi
- Metric – Help I’m Alive
- Bow Wow Wow – Baby, Oh No
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The next two tracks are today’s Under the covers selection. I’m a big fan of cover songs, if they’re done well, so I’ll pick a song with a good cover and play it back to back with the original. If you have any suggestions, hit me up at @chimes on twitter. And if I ever make the embarrassing mistake of playing the incorrect version of a song as the original … I’m sure you’ll let me know.
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The next set includes one of my favorite songs by LCD Soundsystem — a track about another one of my favorite bands, Daft Punk, and the epic party that would happen if they ever played at your house.
- Dirty Projectors – Cannibal Resource
- Purity Ring – Lofticries
- LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
- Belle & Sebastian – Another Sunny Day
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The next song is by an artist I recently discovered, you know, because I’ve been under a rock my entire life. Lou Reed was part of the Velvet Underground, who was mixed up in Andy Warhol’s gang of miscreant artists, and as a graphic designer, I’m pretty embarrassed that I hadn’t heard of him. However, my dad’s lifelong friend has been strategically pawning off his vinyl collection on me, so, I got his copy of Transformer. He handed it to me, and said, “really, there’s no explanation needed for this one. It’s a staple.” That it is. Here’s one of my favorite tracks from that album. (I plan to have banter about a song that’s relatively similar to this in just about every show, which brings it back to “not your dad’s radio program” because it’s kind of my dad’s stuff after all).
- Lou Reed – Vicious
- R.E.M. – What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
- Pixies – Dig For Fire
- Communist Daughter – Not the Kid (could omit First Day of My Life, Ballad for My One True Love, or Half Right, or all three)
- Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life
- Mason Jennings – Ballad For My One True Love
- Jimmy Eat World – Half Right
[ Break ]
Here’s the part where you learn that I’ve got a penchant for axe-wielding dudes with long hair. I couldn’t logically work in all the non-explicit heavy metal I wanted, so instead, I bring you the following Headbanger track (this will be a recurring feature — one per show). To start things off right, I’ve included a track from a guy I like to think of as the godfather of heavy metal. After all, he was the guy that popularized the metal horns. Fun fact: that was actually an Italian gesture that stood for the evil eye. Ronnie James Dio had seen his grandmother do it as a boy, and thought it was appropriate. (can cut this down to just “here’s a track from Dio that is the epitome of cheesy thrash metal. and you can argue with me about metal genres if you’d like, but I don’t really care.”)
- Dio – Rainbow In The Dark
- Har Mar Superstar – Dope, Man (could cut if this is to risqué)
- Rilo Kiley – Silver Lining
- Lazerbeak – Burn It Down (Instrumental)
- The New York Dolls – Looking For A Kiss
[ Break ]
I thought this would be a good place to take a break and tell you about how much I love the next band, within reason, but I don’t think I can actually do that in a short amount of time. The next song is from an Omaha band called The Faint. They’ve been around for a while, and they’re currently working on a new album. I’ve shamelessly seen them live at least three times. They’re somewhere between punk and electronic, but oh, so good. This is one of their more rare tracks.
[ Break ]
So here’s the part where I tell you a funny story about that song. I was big into The Faint last summer after I saw them live at Wooly’s in Des Moines. I was training for a 10-mile race, and was listening to that last track. And then I sprained my ankle. True story. Take me to the H- take me to the O- … yeah. I went to the ER.
Confession and warning about this next track: It was the sole reason I bought Crystal Castles’ II. Just so you know, the Robert Smith version is NOT on the vinyl version.
- Crystal Castles – Not In Love
- Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World
- David Bowie – Rock ‘N’ Roll With Me – 1999 Digital Remaster
[ BREAK ]
You see what I did there? A Bowie cover next to a Bowie song. You can’t ever have too much Bowie.
Now’s the time where I sign off and hand this mic to the next guy. But before I do that, I have one more track for you. This is my favorite part of the show: sorry, I’m not sorry, because I’m playing this track anyway. It’s where I pick a guilty pleasure track that normally wouldn’t get played on KURE, but I play it anyway. Don’t worry, I will never play Bieber or Miley Cyrus — that would require a huge apology. Today’s Sorry, I’m Not Sorry track is by the one and only self-proclaimed Purple Yoda: Prince.
Would you ever want to be on the air (TV or radio)? If you had a radio show, what would it be called? And can you believe I got through that without any Michael Jackson?
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Hi there. I'm Calee (pronounced CAL-e). If that's too hard, just call me Cal. Also known as chimes or the chimes. I'm 28ish, a designer, a runner, a self-proclaimed fitness queen, a craftster, a foodie, a music snob — some might call me a hipster. Here's the unabridged version.
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