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POP Goes The World!

Jan 2018

Azalea POP




I first had Saw Black on my show back in 2012 and immediately called him one of my favorite local songwriters. Last year, his album, Azalea Days on Crystal Pistol Records, was the most played album on WRIR 97.3 fm Richmond Independent Radio. I’ll have him in the studio with me this afternoon to play some songs and talk about what’s next.


Giving away tix to see They Might Be Giants at The Jefferson in C’ville Wed. night!

Port O'Brien “I Woke up Today” from All We Could Do Was Sing (2008)

Josh Ritter “Rumors” from The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter (2007)

Spoon “Don't You Evah” from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007)

Say Hi “Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh” from Oohs & Aahs




Those Darlins “Mystic Mind” from Screws Get Loose (2011)

Setting Sun “Make you Feel” from Fantasurreal (2010)

The Shaky Hands “i'm alive” from The Shaky Hands

The Wood Brothers “Postcards from Hell” from Loaded

The National “Slow Show” from Boxer




They Might Be Giants “You're on Fire” from Nanobots

Sparks “Fa la Fa Lee” from Sparks (1971)

Ian Dury & The Blockheads “Dance Little Rude Boy” from Ten More Turnips from the Tip

The Creatures “right now” from A Bestiary Of the Creatures (1981)




The Cleaners From Venus “The Jangling Man” from Number Thirteen (1990)

Corridor “Le grand écart” from Supermercado

Deerhunter “Desire Lines” from Halcyon Digest (2010)




Saw Black (live in the studio)




John Moreland “Nobody Gives a Damn About Songs Anymore” from In the Throes




Saw Black (live in the studio)




Blake Miller “Hey Lover” from Break Mirrors

The Duke Spirit “Love Is an Unfamiliar Name” from Cuts Across the Land

Tracy Bryant “I'm not there” from I'm Not There - Single

Chrome Pony “Ragged Child” from Past Lives - EP




La Femme “Exorciseur” from Mystère (2016)

Jul 2017

On a day, which is everyday….



Breezy pop songs will be the respite you need on this hot summer day.


Karamozov playing live to close out the show!


Badly Drawn Boy “Once Around the Block” from The Hour of Bewilderbeast(2000)

Adrian Belew “One Of Those Days” from Mr. Music Head

Elliott Smith “memory lane” from From a Basement On the Hill (2004)

Bishop Allen “Like Castanets” from The Broken String




Ani DiFranco “Little Plastic Castle” from Little Plastic Castle (1998)

Chuck Ragan “do What You Do” from Feast or Famine (2007)

DeVotchKa “Head Honcho” from A Mad and Faithful Telling

Ivy “This is the day” from Apartment Life




Belle and Sebastian “Another Sunny Day” from The Life Pursuit (Bonus Tracks)(2006)

The Decemberists “O Valencia!” from The Crane Wife (2006)

The Boy Least Likely To “When Life Gives Me Lemons I Make Lemonade” from The Law of the Playground

The Smiths “Cemetary Gates” from the queen is dead




Ezra Furman “anything Can Happen” from Day of the Dog

The Dodos “black night” from No Color

The Clean “Tensile” from Mister Pop

Bedouin Soundclash “When the Night Feels My Song” from Sounding a Mosaic




Camera Obscura “If Looks Could Kill” from If Looks Could Kill

Bricolage “Looting Takes the Waiting Out of Wanting” from Bricolage

Ferraby Lionheart “Harry and Bess” from The Jack of Hearts

Richard Hawley “Tonight the Streets Are Ours” from Lady's Bridge (2007)

Close Lobsters “I Kiss the Flowers In Bloom” from Foxheads Stalk This Land(1987)

Asobi Seksu “Transparence” from Hush




Karamozov live in the studio



Apr 2017

2017 Spring Fund Drive Kickoff w/GHOSTS!





The Dirtbombs “Livin' for the City” from Ulltraglide In Black (2001)

The Rebels of Tijuana “Tellement fou de toi” from Un foutu hippie - EP

Pretty Vicious “Cave Song” from Cave Song - EP

Tijuana Panthers “Red Headed Girl” from Max Baker




Flamin' Groovies “Yes It's True” from Shake Some Action

Sonny & The Sunsets “Green Blood” from Antenna To the Afterworld (2013)

Gino Washington “Around the Town” from Out of This World (1999)

Shannon and the Clams “Troublemaker” from I Wanna Go Home (2009)




The Stooges “1969” from The Stooges (1969)

Nobunny “I Am a Girlfriend” from Love Visions (2012)

FIDLAR “west coast” from too

King Tuff “Wild Desire” from Wild Desire - Single




GHOSTS live in the studio




The King Khan & BBQ Show “Animal Party” from Invisible Girl

Jeff Rosenstock “Hey Allison!” from We Cool?

Ty Segall “girlfriend” from Melted

Royal Headache “another world” from High




Jay Som “next to Me” from Turn Into (2016)

Yuck “get away” from Yuck

Mikal Cronin “apathy” from Mikal Cronin

Guided By Voices “The Unsinkable Fats Domino” from Let's Go Eat the Factory




XTC “Helicopter” from Drums and Wires

Oct 2016

The Posies


Ken Stringfellow, and Jon Auer are in the studio with me with a playlist they picked out tracking their influences, their contemporaries, and "important" songs. We'll play these tracks, and talk about what they mean to the band.

The Posies Mrs. Greene      
The Posies Believe In Something      
XTC Respectable Street      
Husker Du These Important Years      
The Replacements Never Mind      
The Smiths What Difference Does It Make      
Brendan Benson I'll Never Tell      
Beach Slang Kids      
Cheap Star Separated From You      
The Melismatics Lost The Feeling      
The Posies Daily Multalation      
The Posies For The Ashes      
Hall & Oates I Can't Go For That      
Alive 'N Kickin' Tighter, Tighter      
Starbuck Moonlight Feels Alright      
Buiilt To Spill Car      
Ken Stringfellow Down Like Me      
Jon Auer Gold Star For Robot Boy (Guided By Voices cover)
Apr 2016



Our 2016 Spring Fund Drive kicks off NOW!!!

Be our inaugural donor, and I’ll let you co-host a future POP Goes The World withg me!


Pete Curry playing live!!!




Artist Song Album           Year/
Brendan Benson Borrow My Old Familiar Friend   2009
Jellyfish She Still Loves Him Bellybutton   1990
Fountains Of Wayne Leave The Biker Fountains Of Wayne   1996
The Tories Gladys Kravitz Wonderful Life   1997
The Knack Your Number Or Your Name Get The Knack   1979
The Rubinoos Wouldn't It Be Nice The Rubinoos   1977
Alex Chilton Hey! Little Child      
The Replacements Kiss Me On The Bus Tin   1985
The Nerves One Way Ticket One Way Ticket   2008
Paul Collins Beat That's What Life Is All About The Kids Are The Same   1982
Sylvain Sylvain Just One Kiss Syl Sylvain & The Teardrops   1981
Tommy Keene Let Me Dream If I Want to (Mink Deville cover) Excitement At Your Feet   2013
Nervous Eaters Leretta Eaterville, Vol.1   2010
Marshall Crenshaw Our Town Field Day   1983
Pete Curry 1998 Live in the WRIR Studios    
Pete Curry Don't Ask Me Live in the WRIR Studios    
Pete Curry Chevy Van Live in the WRIR Studios    
Pete Curry Little Ideas Live in the WRIR Studios    
Pete Curry Speed Of Light Live in the WRIR Studios    
Pete Curry Nobody's Home Live in the WRIR Studios    
The Boo Radleys Lazy Day Everything's Alright Forever   1992
The Undertones Gotta Getta The Undertones   1979
The Vapors Prisoner New Clear Days   1980
The Jam It's Too Bad All Mod Cons   1978
The Bongos Nuts & Bolts Drums Along The Hudson   1982
Let's Active Make Up With Me Make Up With Me   1983
The Evil Eye Vicious Circle Vicious Circle   2011
The Well Wishers Heroes Jigsaw Days   2008
Apr 2016

Win A Date With Herschel!!!


O.k. ladies (and gentlemen, for that matter), break open your piggy banks because this afternoon we will be auctioning off a date (with all proceeds going to our fund drive) with one of my favorite men about town, Herschel Stratego!!!

Artist Song Album Year/
Prince Pop Life Around The World In A Day 1985
Dogs Die In Hot Cars I Love You 'Cause I Have To Describe Yourself 2004
Junk Food Buddah She Loves Everybody
Devo Girl U Want Freedom Of Choice 1980
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Prince When You Were Mine Dirty Mind 1980
Blur Girl & Boys (Pet Shop Boys remix)
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Ween Hey There Fancy Pants Quebec 2003
Born Again Floozies Small Penis Compensation Vehicle Novelties, Addenda, and Ephemera 2006
The Coasters Down Home Girl
The Brand I'm A Lover Not A fighter
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Joe Jackson Is She Really Going Out With Him (a capella version) Live 1980-1986 1988
The Burning Hell Amateur Rapper People 2013
Jeffrey Lewis Cult Boyfriend A Turn In The Dream Songs 2011
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Best Coast Boyfriend Crazy For You 2010
Bare Wires Seeking Love Seeking Love 2010
Buzzcocks Ever Fallen In Love
Living Things Bom Bom Bom Ahead Of The Lions 2005
Diamond Nights The Girls Attractive Popsicle 2005
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Los Amigos Invisibles Sexy The New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera 1998
Elefant Tonight Let's Dance Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid 2003

Apr 2016

Black Masala!!!


Washington D.C.'s own Black Masala plays LIVE on today's POP Goes The World!

Song Artist Album       Year
Fire Lizzy Mercier Descloux Press Color 2003
Pressure Corners Pressure 2014
Don't Touch My Bikini The Halo Benders God Don't Make No Junk 1994
Davey Crockett Thee Headcoatees The Sisters Of Suave 1999
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I'm Dead The Limiñanas Down Underground- LP's 2009/2014 2015
Hungry, So Angry Medium Medium Hungry, So Angry 2001
Soft Pyramids Q And Not U Different Damage 2002
A Love From Outer Space A.R. Kane "i" 1989
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Tumble Down Terry Malts Killing Time 2012
My Shadow Jay Reatard Blood Visions 2006
Life Goes On The Damned Strawberries 1982
All I Wanna Do Splashh Comfort 2013
Something Soon Car Seat Headrest Teens Of Style 2015
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Horizon Line Red Baraat Gaadi Of Truith 2015
Doom Buggy The Funk Ark Man Is A Monster 2014
Frankenstein's Monster Bella's Bartok Don't Be Yourself 2014
Green Eyes What Cheer? Brigade We Blow You Suck 2010
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When The Trickster Starts A Poking Gogol Bordello Multi Kontra Culti Vs. Irony 2002
Spank That Thang Vampire Beach Babes Beach Blanket Bedlam! 2004
Don't Wanna Lose Ex Hex Rips 2014
Va Va Va Voom Brett Smiley Breathlessly Brett 2003


Black Masala LIVE in the WRIR Studios
Mar 2016

POP Goes The Usual Thing


I had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Marshall Crenshaw when he came into the WRIR studios this past Saturday. I'll be playing that interview plus some acoustic songs Mr. Crenshaw played on this afternoon's POP Goes The World.


I have tix to give away in the second hour to go see Of Montreal at The Broadberry next Thursday!


(photo by Sherri Sosslau)




Song Artist Album      Year
Rockin' Around N.Y.C. Marshall Crenshaw Marshall Crenshaw   1982
I Swear Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside Dirty Radio   2012
I'm Waiting For The Man The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico   1967
I'm Only Sleeping The Beatles Revolver   1966
Grab The Next Train (live, acoustic in the WRIR studios)) Marshall Crenshaw      
Cynical Girl (live) Marshall Crenshaw Live......My Truck Is My Home   1994
One More Time Joe Jackson Look Sharp!   1979
Shake Some Action (Flaming Groovies cover) Eric Ambel Knucklehead   2004
Pretty Pimpin' Kurt Vile B'lieve I'm Goin Down...   2015
Television Light (live, acoustic in the WRIR studios) Marshall Crenshaw      
Our Town Marshall Crenshaw Field Day   1983
Whenever You're On My Mind (Marshall Crenshaw cover) Ronnie Spector Something's Gonna Happen   2003
For His Love (Marshall Crenshaw cover) Ronnie Spector Something's Gonna Happen   2003
Favorite Waste Of Time (Marshall Crenshaw cover) Bette Midler No Frills   1983
There She Goes Again (live, acoustic in the WRIR studios) Marshall Crenshaw      
The Usual Thing (Live) Marshall Crenshaw      
Time Warp The Rosenbergs Ameripop   1999
Jumping Fences The Olivia Tremor Control Dusk At Cubist Castle   2004
Lysergic Bliss Of Montreal Satanic Panic In The Attic   2004
Speak In Rounds Grizzly Bear Shields   2012
Paralyzed Elf Power In A Cave   2008
Gardenia Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Real Emotional Trash   2008
Tell Me When It's Over The Dream Syndicate The Days Of Wine & Roses   1982
Tally Ho The Clean     1981
Let's Get Out Of Here Les Savy Fav Root For Ruin   2010






Dec 2015



RVA's YOUNG SCUM plays LIVE on POP Goes The World!

Song Artist Album Label Year
Candy Flip Spires Spires-Debut Single 2013
Lose Your Mind So Many Wizards Warm Nothing 2012
Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips Moonface With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery 2012
Objects Of My Affection Peter Bjorn and John Writers Block 2007
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Sweepstakes Prize Mirah You Think It's Like This, But Really It's Like This 2000
Recharge & Revolt The Raveonettes Raven In The Grave 2011
Come Saturday The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart 2009
Get A Grip Spectrals Bad Penny 2011
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You're Blessed Iceage New Brigade 2011
Milkman Bully Bully 2014
Movie Star Swearin' Swearin' 2012
Blow Dumb Nobunny First Blood 2010
Love You So The King Khan & BBQ Show The King Khan & BBQ Show 2005
Teenage Girls Bad Sports Kings Of The Weekend 2011
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Incinerate Sonic Youth Rather Ripped 2006
Carpet Rash Total Control Henge Beat 2011
...And The Hazy Sea Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are Mountains 2009
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Young Scum live in the studio
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Go! Tones On Tail Weird Pop 2011
Damaged Goods Gang Of Four Entertainment 1979
Mind Your Own Business Delta 5 Mind Your own Business 2009
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Free Stress Test Professor Murder Professor Murder Rides The Subway 2006
Oct 2015

POP Goes The Fund Drive!


Did you know that WRIR is THE BIGGEST , and MOST SUCCESSFUL LPFM radio station IN THE COUNTRY?

It is.
As much as I'd like to believe it's because of the amazing programs, Like POP Goes The World, it's really because of the amazing support we've gotten for YOU, our listeners!
YOU'RE the reason we're the most successful LPFM radio station in the country!
That's why we don't mind asking for your continued support twice a year, because you've told us how much you appreciate what we've done for the community, and recognize the impact we've had on the cultural community.
We will now kick off our 10 day celebration of our little radio station that could with a live, in studio performance from California Death!

Song Artist Album         Year
Ripped Mind Spiders Mind Spiders EP 2010
Twenty Thirty Three The Whereabouts Twenty Thirty Three 2013
Sugar On Top The Dirtbombs Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey 2013
You Let Me Rust Shannon & The Clams Gone By The Dawn 2015
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Some Other Guy The Hentchmen Hentch-Forth.Five 2007
June Rhyme The StingRays 1986
1789 Fuzzy Vox On Heat 2014
N.O.M.O.N.E.Y. China Rats Don't Play With Fire 2013
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Good Idea Sugar Copper Blue 1992
Makes No Sense At All Hüsker Dü Flip Your Wig 1985
Just Like Heaven (Cure cover) Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me 1987
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (Smiths cover) Dum Dum Girls He Gets Me High 2011
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Run To Your Grave The Mae Shi Hlllyh 2008
Blind Owl Speaks Natural Child Hard In Heaven 2012
Yoou're Gonna Miss Me The 13th Floor Elevators The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators 1966
Dead Wrong Hanni El Khatib Will The Guns Come Out 2011
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California Death live in the studio
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The Mending Of The Gown Sunset Rubdown Random Spirit Lover 2007
Harvard Diet Cig Over Easy 2015

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