You may have noticed that this Tuesday night show of mine doesn’t have a name. Every other time I’ve done a radio show, I’ve named it. I’ve given my shows fancy names like “Twirl”, “The Tuesday Night Diner”, and “The California Diner”. Ok, full disclosure: those are the only other shows I’ve done. So why didn’t this one get a name? After all, most of the other DJs on Woody Radio, and even on KUBU 96.5 FM, my other station, have named their shows.

Well, I’d love to give you a lofty reason. I could get all zen and metaphysical on you: “You don’t name the show, the show names you.” Or I could claim that “all the good names have been taken” (not true–there’s always another good name just waiting around the corner).

But the truth is, last November, when I started up my new show, I simply couldn’t think of a name that sounded right to me. For a brief moment, I thought the name “The Cutting Room” might be a good one. So many cool things have that name–even our local Ace Hardware in Sacramento has a “cutting room”. But I thought better of it, and I’m glad I did, because that name is so cool, it’s already been taken by our own DJ Mac (who does a few different amazing, cool shows each week, by the way).

I finally asked Gidget if it would be okay if I just did a show and not name it anything. Her response was something like “your show, your rules”. And that’s yet another reason why I love Woody Radio so much.

When I do refer to my show on the air, or in Twitter tweets or Facebook status updates, I’ll often call it “the big Tuesday night extravaganza”, the “big radio show”, or simply the “DJ Mike Show” (like you see in the title of this post, above). You may have even heard all of those, but in reality, none of those are the name of the show. I just have a show, and I’m on Woody Radio on Tuesdays.

So that explains that. Or not.

But what I do have firmly in mind, is the non-negotiable goal of bringing you amazing indie, and not-so-indie, rock ‘n’ roll each week. I’ll bring exciting and weird segues to the table. And I’ll comment on each and every song, and let you know why they belong on my show. Listen to this week’s show, and you’ll hear 50 hand-picked songs that I wanted you to know about.

Check out all my Woody Radio colleagues’ shows as well. They all care deeply about the music, and want to get you as excited about it as they are.

Enjoy the show!

Artist | Title | Album
Beth Thornley | Wash U Clean | Wash U Clean
R.E.M. | Radio Free Europe (Original Hib-Tone Single) | Eponymous
Frank Black | Jaina Blues | Show Me Your Tears
Addison Love (ft. Anthony Grisham) | Wee & Nancy Lee | Thoughts On Lunch?
The American Professionals | WMPMS | Sympathetic Overdrive
John Wesley Harding | Dead Centre Of Town | Why We Fight
The Scratch | Teen Idol | Mad Dogs and Englishness
Uncle Tupelo | I Wanna Be Your Dog | 89/93: An Anthology
Gail George with Early Times | You Are There | The Barrio Sessions
Alison Hogan | This Time | Songs From The Third Act
Grateful Dead | Mama Tried | Grateful Dead
Elvis Costello | Big Tears | Taking Liberties
Nirvana | On A Plain | Nevermind
Eric Peter Schwartz | Last Ditch Man | Highway 45
Robyn Hitchcock | Sally Was a Legend | Jewels for Sophia
The Bobbleheads | Superhero Pose | Make Yourself Happy
The Breeders | Divine Hammer | Last Splash
Heroes of Toolik | Perfect mp3 | Like Night
The Corner Laughers | Bells Of El Camino | Poppy Seeds
Jody Porter | By Your Side | Pacifier
XTC | No Thugs in Our House | English Settlement
Sam Phillips | World On Sticks | Human Contact Is Never Easy
Laura Pharoah | Sweet Apple | Single release
Felsen | All You Gotta Do is Smile | I Dont Know How to Talk Anymore
Led Zeppelin | Gallows Pole | Led Zeppelin III
Chandler Travis Three-O | Backward Crooked From the Sunset | Backward Crooked From the Sunset
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Alchemy C’mere | Make
The Smiths | Ask | Louder Than Bombs
Nick Heyward | The Goodbye Man | The Apple Bed
Gretchen’s Wheel | One More Mile | Fragile State
The JAC | 6 Days on the Road | Drugs Trucks & Jesus
Los Lobos | Run Away With You | This Time
The Smithereens | I Don’t Want to Lose You | Especially for You
Elk City | He’s Having a Baby | Everybody’s Insecure
Spygenius | Shall I Show You In My Mirror? | Pacéphale
Sean O’Brien | Final Say | Risk Profile
The Taters | Such A Good Day | Menagerie
Danny Wilkerson | Too Much Of A Good Thing | Wilkerson
The Who | Guitar and Pen | Who Are You
Kyro (with Lindy LaFontaine) | This Too, In Time, Shall Pass | Single release
The Cherry Bluestorms | As Above So Below | Bad Penny Opera
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Three Times | Twitch!
Lannie Flowers | Turn Up Your Radio | Circles
John Hiatt | Uncommon Connection | Beneath This Gruff Exterior
Victor Sotelo | Desperately Tired Of White Noise | Homeland Insecurities
Googen | Never Wanna Lose That Thing | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Wire Train | Simply Racing | Wire Train
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music
Ruby Free | Owe To The Man | Shades


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