Dizzy Heights: The 2010s, Volume II

I know, I’m releasing these too close together, sorry! If I wait until after Christmas, no one will see them, and I have at least one more to go, so it needs to go live now. I hope you can forgive me. 

This show turned out decidedly poppier than the previous one (this will be “corrected” on Volume III), which is representative of where I went musically in the latter half of the decade, thanks in no small part to my kids (the girl in particular).

Artists include: Dan Wilson, Ben Folds & Nick Hornby, Fitz & the Tantrums, Hanson, The Seratones, Just Loud, Bastille, Daft Punk, Le Flex, Sia, Ellie Goulding, Jagwar Ma, OK Go, PHASES, Mark Ronson, Saint Motel, Sofi Tukker, Bell X1, Tom Bailey, The 1975, Keane, Cut Copy, Big Data, Bright Light Bright Light, Howard Jones, Stars, M83, Pet Shop Boys, Grace VanderWaal, Diego Garcia, and David Gray.

Thank you so much for listening! 

In case  you missed Volume I…

Dizzy Heights: The 2010s, Volume I

I did not plan to make this, or any of the volumes to follow (two more, at least). I was just thinking to myself that this was the first time in a long time that I didn’t have to, or even want to, put a decade-end list together, and the feeling left me a bit wistful but mostly relieved. And then, strangely, inspired. 

So I grabbed a pen and a piece of paper and jotted down any song I could think of from the 2010s. Then I moved that list into a spreadsheet. Before I knew it, I had about 150 songs. I started cutting and paste from one column to another, and within about 30 minutes, the bones of this show were finished. Adjust some volume levels and a couple transitions, and boom, it was finished. I’ll never again make a two-hour show this quickly.

Track listing, for the curious: 

1. Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
2. Django Django – Default
3. Arcade Fire – Everything Now
4. The Rubens – Hallelujah
5. Foster the People – Houdini
6. Miike Snow – The Heart of Me
7. The Weeknd – Secrets
8. CHVRCHES – Lies
9. Hey Champ – Shake
10. New Order – Tutti Frutti
11. Tame Impala – Let It Happen
12. Duran Duran – Face for Today
13. OMD – The Future Will Be Silent
14. White Lies – Is Love
15. Kaiser Chiefs – Cannons
16. Ride – Cali
17. Death Cab for Cutie – Doors Unlocked and Opened
18. Johnny Marr – Back in the Box
19. My Chemical Romance – Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
20. Muse – Reapers
21. IAMDYNAMITE – Stereo
22. The Like – He’s Not a Boy
23. Twenty One Pilots – Heavydirtysoul
24. Charli XCX – Break the Rules
25. Alphabeat – I Don’t Know What’s Cool Anymore
26. Panic! At the Disco – Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time
27. LSD – Genius
28. Emily Haines – Fatal Gift
29. Florence + the Machine – Delilah

Volume II will arrive shortly. It’s a lot poppier than this one, and I make up for that on Volume III. 

Thank you, as always, for listening, and have a great rest of the year, everyone. 

 

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Thirty-One

 

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Thirty One

Another week passes and the boys prepare themselves to help get you through the constant madness (while trying to deal with it themselves in a logical manner).  For this conversation, hear Jon and Rob discuss the World Series (because they love sports!); the newly-minted war of words between Tulsi Gabbard and Hillary Clinton; New York Mayor deBlasio has the audacity to ask for another $37 million dollars from New Yorkers to “battle mental illness” – after already having taken $850 million under the guise of his wife’s initiatives; the beloved Maxwell’s name is laid to rest once and for all; Rob has a warming story about his old band having a cult following and a surprise online, plus a really clever “In Our Heads” and even more than that!

So get ready for one of the few places you can find comfort and a rational discussion on how we cope with modern life…

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Thirty One

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Popdose Video Premiere: Grace Gaustad, “Louder”

Popdose kicked off the year by premiering the video for ‘Best Self’, the melodic “tip of the iceberg” of new, original material coming from Grace Gaustad, one of the most exciting emerging artists in pop music these past few years. Grace’s Instagram following is closing in on a half million, while her Spotify spins alone are north of five million — not bad for an unsigned singer/songwriter who, like Billie Eilish, is using social media and breathtaking covers to draw worldwide fans to her own, truly incredible original songs. 

2019 was notable for Grace in many ways — in addition to producing a steady stream of new content, she also graduated from high school a year early by combining her junior and senior years. Right before graduation, she dropped Human, her first EP of all original material. Most of Grace’s fans will be too young to remember how Earth-shaking it was to hear Christina Aguilera’s voice for the first time, but in 20 years, they will surely be comparing the next big thing to Grace. She delivers the goods in seven tracks that would give any major label pop record, written by a stable of A-listers, a run for its money. 

Today, Grace shares the latest video from her EP, ‘Louder’:

 

“We all make mistakes every day; some big and some small,” Grace told us when discussing the song. “Sometimes we hurt ourselves and sometimes we hurt those who mean the most to us. We can choose to ignore mistakes or we can choose to face them and accept the consequences. The best lessons in life are the ones you learn on your own because when you lose someone you really care about out of selfishness, your eyes open.”

The video, directed by Leo Deveny, is stark, gorgeous, and confessional. “We shot the video in just a few hours and although it’s simple, the concept behind it was to show a person in total agony being eaten alive with guilt and raw emotions almost to the point they break,” Grace said.

Grace plans on releasing her debut full length album in 2020. In the meantime, you can stream Human and all of her music on Spotify, Tidal, and other digital music sites, or buy her CD and MP3s on Amazon. For all the latest news and new tracks, connect with Grace on Instagram.