Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ambient Signal 7/16/08

WRPI 91.5fm! for webcast
6-8pm Wednesdays

Son lux - Don't you (forget about me)
Memphis- I dreamed we fell apart
Lykke Li- Dance dance dance
Denali- lose me (live acoustic) (SEE DENALI POST AND VIDEO BELOW)
Great White Jenkins- Brother
Margot and the Nuclear So and So's- Hello Vagina
Twilight Sad- Here it never snowed, afterwards it did
This will destroy you- They move in tracks of never ending light
Boy in static- Violet
Brendan Canning- Hit the wall
Computer vs. Banjo- Guitars need a sinners touch
Talkdemonic- Silvertone
Xu Xu Fang- The Mourning Son
Windmill-Plastic Pre-Flight Seats
The Frequency- Talk to me
Alaska in winter- The homeless and the hummingbird
Giraffes? Giraffes! - Emily Sagees secret
Calico Horse- Happy Placebo Syringe Day
SJ Esau- Bubblehead
The Decemberists- Engine Driver
DNTEL- Dumb Luck
Album leaf- Outer banks
Olafur Arnalds- Haust
Sigur Ros- Festival

pinkie swear!

artist - song

mates of state - get better
does it offend you, yeah? - dawn of the dead
minus the bear - dog park
bitter:sweet - sugar mama <---- playing 8/8 at Revolution Hall, Troy
hercules and love affair - blind
midnight juggernauts - into the galaxy
cut copy - hearts on fire
the chap -they have a name
CB radio - blue skies
moby - alice
n.e.r.d. - spaz
yacht - ring the bell (premix)
daedelus - make it so feat. michael johnson
ladytron - ghosts
bjork - wanderlust
the watson twins - how I am to be
tilly and the wall - jumbler
twink - i <3 rainbows
weezer - the greatest man that ever lived
mates of state - my only offer
the notwist - good lies
radiohead - high and dry
my brightest diamond - inside a boy
justice - let there be light
yelle - je veux te voir
the real mccoy - another night
the ting tings - shut up and let me go


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Denali Reunion show - 7.05.08

So after 5 years of waiting I finally got to see Denali in concert again. They broke up in 2004 (well I think the original members broke up in 2003..I saw their last show in richmond, the cd release show for the instinct). This show at Richmond's semi-new (amazing) venue The National was every bit as satisfying as when I saw them at that show.

The openers alone would have made a great show. Great White Jenkins (I'll be playing their CD on my show) was one of my favorites, with a more interesting Fleet Foxes sort of sound, and a small horn section joining them for the latter half of their set. Prabir and the substitutes wasn't quite was I was into, with a straight up 60's/Beatles kind of sound. Tulsa drone was the last opener. I had seen them a couple years ago at an odd little show in an art gallery in downtown richmond and liked them enough to pick up their CD but didn't listen to it much. They were pretty good live (the CD didn't quite compare) and this show had them in similar form but the anticipation for Denali was sort of overshadowing their western, hammer-dulcimer infused post-rock.

Denali built the crowd up for their set with a looping sound sample of cryptic organs and telephone rings. They also had some video stuff going behind a dark stage. After 5 minutes (too long! haha) of that, they finally entered and started with French Mistake. They only have 2 albums so it was pretty easy to play all of the crowd pleasing songs. Lose Me, Relief, Do Something were some of my favorites. The video work in the background was pretty amazing most times (I'm a VJ myself so I know how hard some of the stuff the artist was doing was). Not the tightest show ever but after 5 years you can't expect spot on accuracy. The important thing was that all of them looked like they were having fun with it. They did unveil one new song they had fleshed out during their practices called Church Hill Bricks (I caught the name on a setlist while I was waiting for an autograph). It sounded good, not typical Denali but hopefully they've all matured in their sounds in 5 years and taken on new influences, I know I have. Here's hoping they record that song (and maybe a couple others, pretty please) to release sometime, but that show will be enough to hold me for at least another 5 years, haha.

I know I saw several cameras recording the show, so a DVD or web series may also be in the works, I know they have a 4 part reunion web series coming out (part 1 has been out for a while). In lieu of that, I brought my own camcorder and recorded a few of the songs. That new one, Church Hill Bricks, is below..enjoy

Denali - Church Hill Bricks (New song from Reunion show) from blair neal on Vimeo.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Camp Bisco


As I've been telling you for the past (forever, really) we've got a pair of passes to Camp Bisco to give away. These passes are good for all three days of the event and include camping! I'll be on the air around 1pm today to give them away! Number at the station is 518.276.6248.

You can also buy your tickets online at