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A Side Of EDM Playlist & Player


playing-cards-queen-60x90-mm-thumb13730270 You’ll notice something right off the bat on the playlist. There is a LOT of music from 2012 in the 1st hour. That wasn’t intentional, however it was that year that I first dipped my toes into the genre.

This is in no way a complete sampling of EDM, nor would The Appetizer Radio Show be the greatest outlet for that. In all ways, this is a taste. The goal of this episode is more to illustrate the affects and influence that EDM (electronic dance music for the uninitiated) into other realms and genres of music. We hear EDM more now in alternative rock, Pop, hip-hop, and even folk than ever before. This week’s show is an exploration of some of the better known EDM artists, their influence into other genres of music, and some emerging indie bands who are changing the way we hear electronic dance music forever. Enjoy!

A Side of EDM Hour 1 Playlist

Lindsay Katt. “Heart Place (Instrumental)” Picking Out Boxes. Lindsay Katt, 2008. 01:10
Deadmau5. “Telemiscommunication” >album title goes here<. Mau5trap Recordings, 2012. 04:07 Deadmau5. "There Might be Coffee" >album title goes here<. Mau5trap Recordings, 2012. 07:04 Purity Ring. "Lofticries" Shrines. 4AD, 2012. 03:59 Purity Ring. "Fineshrine" Shrines. 4AD, 2012. 03:30 The History Of Panic. "Out of Control" Fight! Fight! Fight!. Le Grand Magistery, 2012. 03:56 The History Of Panic. "The Chase" Fight! Fight! Fight!. Le Grand Magistery, 2012. 03:13 Delhi 2 Dublin. "Bali High" Turn Up The Stereo. Delhi 2 Dublin, 2012. 03:03 Delhi 2 Dublin. "Turn Up The Stereo" Turn Up The Stereo. Delhi 2 Dublin, 2012. 04:15 William Fitzsimmons. "Goodmorning (Pink Ganter Remix)" Derivatives. Nettwerk Productions, 2010. 04:45 William Fitzsimmons. "So This Is Goodbye" Derivatives. Nettwerk Productions, 2010. 05:18 Spyn Reset. "Auto Dialect" 2014 EP. Spyn Reset, 2014. 05:22 Spyn Reset. "Synesthesia" 2014 EP. Spyn Reset, 2014. 05:25 Pretty Lights. "How We Do" Filling Up The Skies Vol 2. Pretty Lights Music, 2008. 03:46

A Side Of EDM Hour 2 Playlist

Lindsay Katt. “Heart Place (Instrumental)” Picking Out Boxes. Lindsay Katt, 2008. 01:10

Walk The Moon. “Tightrope” Walk The Moon. RCA Records, 2012. 03:31
Walk The Moon. “Fixin'” Walk The Moon. RCA Records, 2012. 04:22

P.O.D.. “Boom [the Crystal Method Remix]” Satellite (Deluxe edition). Atlantic Recording, 2001. 03:17
P.O.D.. “Youth Of The Nation [Conjure One Remix]” Satellite (Deluxe edition). Atlantic Recordings, 2001. 03:55
Blindside. “My Alibi” The Great Depression. Wasa Recordings, 2011. 04:33

Tiesto (with Tegan and Sara). “Feel It In My Bones” Kaleidescope (bonus track). Musical Freedom LLC, 2009. 04:52
Hydrogen Skyline. “Inhale_Exhale” Single. Hydrogen Skyline, 2016. 03:31

Passion Pit. “Tiesto (with Tegan and Sara)” Gossamer. Columbia Records, 2012. 04:34
As The City Rumbles Underneath. “I Am You Are (Chris Lago Radio Remix)” Flowers From The Stars. Ashton Price/Catherine Bolduc, 2014. 03:42
Chrome Sparks. “Goddess” Forecastle Festival Mixtape 2014. Forecast Festival, 2014. 05:27

Matthew Mayfield. “Fire Escape (Catherine Marks Remix feat. John Paul White)” Irons In The Fire. Sweet Exchange Records, 2013. 04:24
Johnny Cash. “She Used to Love Me A Lot (Elvis Costello Remix) ” Out Among The Stars (bonus tracks). Sony Music, 2014. 03:23
The Killers. “Mr. Brightside Mr. Brightside (Jacques Lucon remix) ” Sawdust (. The Island Def Jam Records, 2007. 08:00

This & That Playlist & Streaming Player


tumblr_m6y0tuoWxU1qa0q13o1_1280 Is there a real central theme to this week’s show? Sure there is. It’s in the title (Little of This and a Little of That). Truthfully, it’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve taken the lid off of the variety box and had fun meshing some very different genres around in a way that is both unusual and intriguing. That was the main idea.
Key in on a few brand new acts in the mix this time including JD Simo, an outstanding guitarist who is bringing back a classic rock sound reminiscent of the 60s and 70s (end of hour 1). My good friend Brandon Kinder of The Rocketboys is continuing on his side project The Wealthy West with 2 cuts from an album out this week. Vandeveer is a music project from an outstanding Americana artist out of the north that you will certainly love, and all this is the tip of the (first hour) iceberg.
If alternative rock is your thing, I have some magnificent servings for you in the 2nd hour. Do enjoy this mix and let me know what you think of this week’s episode. Cheers!

Hour 1 Playlist

(Show Theme) Lindsay Katt. “Heart Place (Instrumental)” Picking Out Boxes. Lindsay Katt, 2008. 01:10

The Wealthy West. “Come On, Sailor” Long Play. The Wealthy West, 2015. 03:48
The Wealthy West. “Ghost in The Garden” Long Play. The Wealthy West, 2015. 03:10

Callenberg. “Give Me That Money” Lost In The Mail. C&P Bend Records, 2016. 03:53
Callenberg. “What If It Never Starts” Lost In The Mail. C&P Bend Records, 2016. 02:33

Vandaveer. “A Pretty Thin Line” The Wild Mercury. White Space, 2015. 07:06
Vandaveer. “Absolutely Over The Moon” The Wild Mercury. White Space, 2015. 05:50

Matthew Mayfield. “Mess Of A Man” Wild Eyes Unplugged EP. Matthew Mayfield, 2016. 03:50
Matthew Mayfield. “On Your Knees” Wild Eyes Unplugged EP. Matthew Mayfield, 2016. 03:46

Ben Folds. “Capable Of Anything” H Mo 22. New West Records, 2015. 03:51
Ben Folds. “Long Way To Go” H Mo 22. New West Records, 2015. 04:43

SIMO. “Please” Let Love Show The Way. Mascot Music Productions, 2016. 02:41
SIMO. “I’d Rather Die In Vain” Let Love Show The Way. Mascot Music Productions, 2016. 09:00

Hour 2 Playlist

(Show Theme) Lindsay Katt. “Heart Place (Instrumental)” Picking Out Boxes. Lindsay Katt, 2008. 01:10

Geographer. “Fallin Apart” Ghost Modern. Roll Call Records, 2015. 03:45
Geographer. “Patience” Ghost Modern. Roll Call Records, 2015. 04:04

Jimmy Eat World. “Lean” Damage. Exotic Location Recordings, 2013. 03:05
Jimmy Eat World. “No, Never” Damage. Exotic Location Recordings, 2013. 03:51

Hydrogen Skyline. “Relentless (Victory Remix)” Only Shy Deer King (Deluxe Edition). Hydrogen Skyline, 2015. 04:49
Hydrogen Skyline. “They Say” Only Shy Deer King (Deluxe Edition). Hydrogen Skyline, 2015. 04:25

All Them Witches. “El Centro” Dying Surfer Meets His Maker. New West Records, 2016. 08:25
All Them Witches. “This Is Where It Falls Apart” Dying Surfer Meets His Maker. New West Records, 2016. 07:02

Science!. “Follow Me Down” Alcoves & Alleyways. Science!, 2015. 04:20
Science!. “Julia” Alcoves & Alleyways. Science!, 2015. 05:00

Silversun Pickups. “Catch & Release” Swoon. Dangerbird Records, 2009. 04:40
Silversun Pickups. “It’s Nice To Know You Work Alone” Swoon. Dangerbird Records, 2009. 04:46

The Metronomad Opening Doors On Big Debut

What does the songwriting of a Muslim living in democracy sound like?

You weren’t expecting that kind of opening were you? I’ve known about the man behind the music act The Metronomad for a few years. His songwriting hits both an honest and thought-provoking chord with his debut EP titled Opening Doors.

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Diving into the songs to get the full experience

You can tell from the cover of the album that mysticism and fairy tale blend into the notions of life, love, hope and clarity. These are themes prevalent in the entirety of the album.

Lyricism that dives into descriptive tales of creation, love, and honesty are just a few of the highlights of this indie singer-songwriter. Ownership helps kick off the album with inventive phrases that ask a question perfect for religious discussion or philosophical debate. The title track, Opening Doors, adds a new layer to the moving composition with a fluid combination of violin and snare drum rolls that brings a familiar sound made famous by The Goo Goo Dolls and Counting Crows. Somewhere transcends the mold of a traditional love song to come off more like an entry in a journal of longing for someone very special, with a bit of an island flavor in the melody.

However, it’s a song that’s placed towards the end of the album that captures the essence of the Metronomad, and creates and introspective opening of the doors of attitudes, perspectives, and biases. Dear Listener should have been the opening track, however I understand why it wasn’t. If after listening to a songwriter share his heart of love and hope, we can remove the predominate biases of our attitude towards some religions whom the mainstream media (and some political entities) have deemed as “evil.” These songs about hope and love strengthen our ideology that musicians must be like us to have these feelings. And yes they are. But our ideologies have to be open to see the truth.

Breaking down the highlight of Opening Doors

In Dear Listener we get the real Metronomad, aka Mustapha, the Muslim songwriter who gives his honest and candid response to a musical and ideological culture that doesn’t understand him or his religion. In potentially the strongest song on the album, he wisely and cleverly points out how our biases as people (speaking on behalf of most folks in America) can hinder our ability to truly see and understand the communities of the world, both locally, regionally, and internationally.

“No I don’t believe what ISIS believes. Osama was Islam’s biggest enemy. Muslims are these groups largest casualties. And you’re trying to tell ME what terrorism means?”

There’s a commonality to the songs and ideas presented by The Metronomad on Opening Doors that reminds me a lot of the early work of one of my favorite songwriters, Trevor Hall. Trevor’s eastern mysticism blended with Christianity and Buddhism confuses a lot of religious people but draws in the open minded music lover into a conversation about what’s really good, and what’s really love. The Metronomad achieves that end in this provocative debut.

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