Papa Jojo Radio Show for Thursday 19 January 2023

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! Welcome back for another edition of the Papa Jojo Radio Show! I hope everyone enjoyed a fun and fulfilling holiday season. Today is Dolly Parton’s birthday, so stay tuned for a Dolly block in the 6:00 hour.

This post will be updated through the 8 O’Clock hour.

The 6 O’Clock Hour

  • Gladie – Born Yesterday
  • They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in your Soul
  • Steady Holiday (featuring Bedouine) – People Take Pictures of Each Other (Kinks cover)
  • Phoebe Bridgers – Kyoto
  • Beths, The– Silence is Golden
  • TRY (with Mikky Ekko)– Fire Sign
  • Alvvays– Pharmacist
  • R.E.M.– Exhuming McCarthy
  • Stevie Wonder– Happy Birthday
  • Dolly Parton – Harper Valley PTA
  • Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds– Sneaking’ Around
  • Dolly Parton– The Story
  • Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt– After The Gold Rush
  • Matt Bohannon– Dew Drop Inn
  • New Order– Bizzare Love Triangle
  • Yo La Tengo– Aselestine

The 7 O’Clock Hour

  • Widespread Panic– Ain’t Life Grand
  • B52s, The– Roam
  • Spoon– The Hardest Cut
  • Beabadoobee– The Perfect Pair
  • The White Stripes– Blue Orchid
  • John Prine– This Guitar Is For Sale
  • Buffalo Springfield– For What It’s Worth
  • Shovels and Rope– Collateral Damage
  • Weird Al Yankovic & Kate Winslett– I Need A Nap
  • New Pornographers– All The Things That Go To Make Heaven and Earth
  • Amanda Shires– Take It Like A Man
  • English Beat– Save It For Later
  • Talking Heads– Wild Wild Life
  • Fleetwood Mac– Oh Well
  • Maggie Rogers– Want Want
  • Son Volt– Drown

The 8 O’Clock Hour

  • Monty Python– I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song On The Radio
  • Larkin Poe– Kick The Blues
  • Guadalcanal Diary– … Vista
  • Jeff Beck– Beck’s Bolero
  • Paramore– This is Why
  • Breeders– Happiness Is A Warm Gun
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers– Even The Losers
  • Joe Jackson– I’m The Man
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs– Wolf
  • Meat Puppets– Backwater
  • Beatles, The– Rain
  • Led Zeppelin– The Rain Song
  • Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, and others– While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Live)
  • Trampled By Turtles– Burlesque Desert Window
  • Jake Bugg– Lightning Bolt
  • Marcus King – Blood On The Tracks

Papa Jojo Radio Show for Thursday 01 Dec 22

Dear Friends,

Welcome back for another edition of the Papa Jojo Radio Show! I hope y’all enjoyed a great Thanksgiving in the US, and those outside enjoyed the World Cup. RIP Christine McVie from Fleetwood Mac.

This post will be updated through the 8 O’Clock hour.


The Six O’Clock Hour

  • They Might Be Giants – Ana Ng
  • Cowboy Mouth – Better
  • Black Keys, The – Your Team is Looking Good
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees – Kiss Them for Me
  • HAIM – Lost Track
  • Beths, The – Silence is Golden
  • Soccer Mommy – Feel It All the Time
  • B-52s, The – Roam
  • Alvvays – Pharmacist
  • Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun
  • Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie – In My World
  • Taylor Swift (with Lana Del Rey) – Snow on the Beach
  • Fievel is Glauque – the Perfect Idiot
  • Prince – 1999
  • David Bowie – Modern Love (Moonage Daydream Mix)
  • They Might Be Giants – You’re On Fire

The Seven O’Clock Hour

  • Shovels & Rope – Collateral Damage
  • Spoon – On The Radio (Adrian Sherwood Reconstruction)
  • Beabadoobee – 10:36
  • The Ditty Bops – Oh La La
  • Gladie – Born Yesterday
  • Vincent Perrot – Jaguar
  • John Prine – Linda Goes to Mars
  • John Prine (with Susan Tedeschi) – Color of the Blues
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band – I Am the Moon
  • Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
  • Ben Harper – Need to Know Basis
  • Amanda Shires – Hawk for the Dove
  • Linda Lindas, The – Never Say Never
  • Wilco – Heavy Metal Drummer
  • Son Volt – Drown
  • Jack White – A Tip From You To Me

The Eight O’Clock Hour

  • R.E.M. – Begin the Begin
  • Paramore – This is Why
  • Maggie Rogers – Want Want
  • Talking Heads – Psycho Killer (Live at the Old Grey Whistle Test)
  • Santigold – Disparate Youth
  • Band, The – The Shape I’m In
  • Meat Puppets – Backwater
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
  • Nirvana – Come As You Are
  • Who, The – Can’t Explain
  • Dazy – Rollercoaster Ride
  • Led Zeppelin – Fool in the Rain
  • Living Colour – Cult of Personality
  • Bjork – Atopos

Sufjan Stevens in Vulture

Sufjan Stevens’s catalogue feels wild and untamable. In just a year span, between September 2020 and 2021, the singer-songwriter and Asthmatic Kitty Records founder debuted almost five hours of music: the pensive, electronic album The Ascension; the ambient, mournful Convocations; and the film-obsessed A Beginner’s Mind, where he and artist Angelo De Augustine wrote songs about a string of horror and action-adventure movies. In the aughts, Sufjan’s Michigan and Illinois albums earned a massive following impressed not just by his heartfelt lyrics, elaborate arrangements, and affecting singing, but by the way songs like “Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Stepmother!” and “Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)” imparted a sense of geography and history, however subtle. It was then, in 2006, with Illinois sales sailing past 100,000 units, when he released a delightfully quixotic array of projects, including Songs for Christmas, a five-volume set of holiday tracks the performer had originally gifted to friends. The song selection revealed him as a sophisticated collector of carols, and the expedition in the originals — from the ramshackle folk of “We’re Going to the Country!” to the boisterous big-band sound of “Get Behind Me Santa!” and “Christmas in July” — mapped all the creative turns it took to get from the embryonic ideas in his 1999 debut A Sun Came to the big mainstream breakthrough.

Holiday albums are the back roads in Sufjan Stevens’s catalogue, the less-traveled trails joining the points of interest where the rest of the audience congregates. They’re also a place where the elaborate detail and abrupt stylistic shifts and secular-spiritual dualities in his art feel most unfettered, being products of a friends-and-family tradition the rest of us heard only years after the fact. By the time you figured this out, Sufjan was already miles away. If Illinois was your first encounter, you might’ve scratched your head at the winding, calamitous, synth-drenched tunes on his 2010 album, The Age of Adz, a sharp detour for fans pining for more “Chicago.” Another holiday package — 2012’s 58-song Silver & Gold — traced that evolution, getting from the gorgeous, rustic Dessner brothers collaborations “Barcarola (You Must Be a Christmas Tree)” and “Carol of St. Benjamin the Bearded One” to the glitchy, psychedelic epic “The Child With the Star on His Head.” It’s a strange journey, but the artist sees his now 100-song seasonal undertaking in a different light; ten years in, Sufjan Stevens, who once met Steven Spielberg and introduced himself as a Christmas songwriter, feels that it’s imperative for him to leave the project behind.

Read more here.

Happy (U.S.) Thanksgiving & no show this week

I know few places in the world celebrate Thanksgiving like we do here in the States, yet I wish you all glad tidings and thank you for being you.

Campus is closed at Chattanooga State for the holiday, and anyway I’m hosting the festivities at my place for the first time in about 20 years, so no Papa Jojo Radio Show this week.

Rest assured I am still working on how to get the show on even when I’m not there. And stay tuned here for news I think you can use.

Dear Friends, Happy Thanksgiving!

Papa Jojo Radio Show for Thursday 10 Nov 2022

Dear Friends,

Welcome to another edition of the Papa Jojo Radio Show on! Pleased as punch to be back with y’all!

The show pays tribute to some artists recently lost: Loretta Lynn, Mimi Parker from the band Low, and Jeff Cook from the band Alabama.

The 6 O’Clock Hour

  • R.E.M. – What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
  • Angel Olsen – All The Good Times
  • Sharon Van Etten – Mistakes
  • Shovels & Rope – St. Anne’s Parade
  • Alabama – Song of the South
  • Elle King – America’s Sweetheart
  • Loretta Lynn – You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man
  • Soccer Mommy – Feel It All The Time
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
  • Low – More
  • Sundays, The – Here’s Where The Story Ends
  • Alvvays – Pharmacist
  • Paramore – This is Why
  • Beatles, The – One After 909
  • John Hammond – 2:19

The 7 O’Clock Hour

  • Jonathan Coulton – Ikea
  • New Pornographers, The – Brill Bruisers
  • A.C. Newman – Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns
  • Neko Case – People Got A Lotta Nerve
  • Low – Monkey
  • Jack Johnson – Don’t Look Now
  • Alabama – Mountain Music
  • Courtney Barnett – Write a List of Things To Look For
  • gladie – Born Yesterday
  • Loretta Lynn – You’re Looking At Country
  • Kathleen Edwards – Back To Me
  • They Might Be Giants – You’re On Fire
  • Parquet Courts – Walking at a Downtown Pace
  • Brandi Carlile – Broken Horses
  • Band of Horses – Crutch
  • Avett Brothers, The – Slight Figure of Speech

The 8 O’Clock Hour

  • Smithereens, The – Out of This World
  • Alabama – The Closer You Get
  • Jocelyn and Chris Arndt – Popcorn
  • Dazy – Crowded Mind (Lemon Lime)
  • Loretta Lynn – Harper Valley, P.T.A.
  • Tori Amos – God
  • Wilco – Taking It Out On You
  • Low – Holy Ghost (Live on KEXP)
  • Richard and Linda Thompson – I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
  • Waterboys, The – The Whole of the Moon
  • Fievel Is Glauque – “The Perfect Idiot”
  • David Bowie – Young Americans
  • Syd Barrett – Effervescing Elephant
  • Wet Leg – Wet Dream
  • Japanese Breakfast – Slide Tackle
  • Beths, The – Expert in a Dying Field