I have been listening to WXPN (www.xpn.org) for years now. More than a dozen for sure. GREAT music. This station taught me about Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, Susan Tedeschi, Aimee Mann (post Til Tuesday), Coldplay, Ryan Bingham, Damien Rice, and I could go on. So much of what I enjoy about music today was founded on the music I listened to while sitting in my office streaming WXPN.
So, about 10 days ago I was driving to New Rochelle, NY (that’s just north of New York City) to attend a funeral. I knew I was driving through XPN country and finally found it on the dial. Live and not streaming. I was able to tune in for over an hour before the New York-New Jersey stations took over (XPN is in Philly). Most of the time I was listening was to David Dye’s World Café, always a treat.
I used Shazam to keep track of some of what I listened to on that drive and those songs that made me dance or smile or just say “wow!”. Here’s the list:
Alt-J – “Left Hand Free”
The Del Fuegos – “I Still Want You”
Dire Straits – “Wild West End”
A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It?”
Paul Simon – “Love and Blessings”
Billy Bragg & Wilco – “California Stars”
Stevie Wonder – “As”
Paul Revere & The Raiders – “Kicks” (tribute to Paul Revere who died earlier this month)
Pretender – “The Phone Call”
John Mooney – “She Ain’t No Good”
There were many more songs I heard that I really enjoyed on the trip up but once I reached Northern New Jersey the traffic was too thick to try and maintain Shazam (being that I have my phone set to lock the screen when it’s not being used).
Some other songs I have shazamed (is that a word – it is now) recently are:
Little River Band – “I Think I Left My Heart With You”
Letters to Cleo – “Dangerous Type” (cover of The Cars song)
Big Data featuring Joywave – “Dangerous”
The Pretty Reckless – “Messed Up World (F’d Up World)
Seether – “Same Damn Life”
Ellie Goulding – “Anything Could Happen”
Apollo Symphony Orchestra – “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048:1” (that’s Bach folks)