Author: Lorenzo Mameli

December 18 PlaylistDecember 18 Playlist

Our latest show was like a bottomless Christmas stocking or one of those ridiculously large candy canes that no one can come close to finishing! Over three hours of the sounds of the season.

Click here to check it out. Here’s the playlist:

  • BRIAN SETZER Jingle Bells
  • JOHN MELLENCAMP I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  • THE SONICS Santa Claus
  • U2 Baby Please Come Home
  • THE VENTURES O Christmas Tree
  • WEEZER The First Noel
  • PANIC! AT THE DISCO Feels Like Christmas
  • RAMONES Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight)
  • BOOKER T & THE MGs Jingle Bells
  • THE POGUES Fairytale of New York
  • ROB THOMAS A New York Christmas
  • LYZA WILSON Christmas in New York
  • THE SINGING DOGS Jingle Bells
  • THE JACKSON 5 Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • THE TOASTERS Feliz Navidad
  • EMILIA CLARKE Last Christmas
  • KHRUANGBIN Christmas Time is Here
  • PAT BENATAR Please Come Home for Christmas
  • THE BEACH BOYS Little Saint Nick
  • SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS White Christmas
  • THE VENTURES The Christmas Song
  • THE KINKS Father Christmas
  • REEL BIG FISH Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
  • BAD MANNERS Christmas Time Again
  • SLIM JIM PHANTOM & JENNIE LEE Rockabilly Christmas
  • BIG BUD & JOHNNY MARKS Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  • JD McPHERSON Twinkle Little Christmas Lights
  • THE UNIQUES Rock’n Rudolph
  • THE REFRESHMENTS Santa’s Gonna Rock Tonight
  • ROBERT GORDON Blue Christmas
  • PAUL McCARTNEY Wonderful Christmastime
  • MICHAEL BUBLE Christmas Sweater
  • STEVIE WONDER Someday at Christmas
  • JAMES BROWN Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto
  • CHICAGO God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
  • FOGHAT All I Want for Christmas is You
  • INFAMOUS HER Christmas Wrapping
  • SIMPLE PLAN My Christmas List
  • THE PRETENDERS Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • GOO GOO DOLLS Better Days
  • THE EELS Christmas is Going to the Dogs
  • DARLENE LOVE All Alone at Christmas
  • SIA Candy Cane Lane
  • ED SHEERAN & ELTON JOHN Merry Christmas
  • JULIAN CASABLANCAS I Wish it was Christmas Today
  • DEE SNIDER & LZZY HALE The Magic of Christmas
  • HALL & OATES Jingle Bell Rock
  • BRYAN ADAMS Christmas Time
  • LYNYRD SKYNYRD It’s Christmas Time
  • EMMY THE GREAT & TIM WHEELER Christmas Moon
  • BLONDIE We Three Kings
  • GREEN DAY Xmas Time of the Year
  • REEL BIG FISH Whatever You Celebrate
  • JOHN LENNON Happy Xmas (War is Over)

December 11 Playlist: Rockin` Christmas JamsDecember 11 Playlist: Rockin` Christmas Jams

Rest ye merry, gentlemen and ladies! We did all the work in putting together a rockin’ Christmas show for ya! If you missed it, just click here and turn up the volume! Here’s the playlist:

  • GEORGE THOROGOOD Rock and Roll Christmas
  • BOBBY HELMS Jingle Bell Rock
  • CHUCK BERRY Run Run Rudolph
  • THE PENGUINS Jingle Jangle
  • JOAN JETT The Little Drummer Boy
  • DROPKICK MURPHYS The Season’s Upon Us
  • SPLIT Last Christmas
  • NEON TREES Holiday Rock
  • CHEAP TRICK I Want You for Christmas
  • THE WAITRESSES Christmas Wrapping
  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • THE SMITHEREENS Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • SI CRANSTOUN Christmas Twist
  • JD McPHERSON Hey Skinny Santa
  • JOSE FELICIANO Feliz Navidad
  • BRENDA LEE Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
  • .38 SPECIAL Hallelujah, It’s Christmas
  • BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  • BUSTER POINDEXTER Zat You, Santa Claus?
  • TRAIN Shake Up Christmas
  • BOWLING FOR SOUP Frosty the Snowman
  • KYLE BROOK Every Snowflake’s Different
  • MARIAH CAREY & QUEEN Don’t Stop Christmas
  • THE MAVERICKS Hey Merry Christmas
  • BILLY IDOL Yellin’ at the Christmas Tree
  • THE GREEDIES A Merry Jingle
  • SLADE Merry Christmas Everybody
  • TOM PETTY Christmas Time Again
  • JOHN LENNON Happy Xmas (War is Over)

December 4 PlaylistDecember 4 Playlist

Today’s show began with an ode to resiliency, a soulful tribute to Hanukkah, a comical walk-through Staten Island, a 20th birthday, a 29th wedding anniversary, a 50th anniversary of the events that inspired a classic rock tune, a tribute to Steven Sondheim, an incredible Michael Jackson cover and ended with a rockin’ rendition of Silver Bells…and that’s only a third of the show!

Listen to the rest of it here!

Here’s the full playlist:

  • THE BAD EXAMPLES Not Dead Yet
  • LOS STRAITJACKETS Game of Thrones Opening Theme
  • MATTHEW SWEET Sick of Myself
  • WINGS Junior’s Farm
  • BUSH TETRAS You Can’t Be Funky
  • SHARON JONES & THE DAP-TONE HORNS 8 Days of Hanukkah
  • GWEN McCRAE Rockin’ Chair
  • AVRIL LAVIGNE Sk8er Boi
  • RANCID Roots Radicals
  • THE ROOTS How I Got Over
  • PETE DAVIDSON, BIG WET, MARC COHN & METHOD MAN Walking In Staten
  • DEEP PURPLE Smoke on the Water
  • DOKKEN Just Got Lucky
  • THE BEATLES I’ve Just Seen a Face
  • FLORENCE + THE MACHINE No Choir
  • PET SHOP BOYS Somewhere
  • BRYAN FERRY Send in the Clowns
  • DURAN DURAN Femme Fatale
  • MINK DEVILLE Guardian Angel
  • CHRIS CORNELL Billie Jean
  • LENNY KRAVITZ Dig In
  • FOO FIGHTERS Love Dies Young
  • EAGLES OF DEATH METAL I Want You So Hard
  • PEARL JAM Rearviewmirror
  • TWISTED SISTER Silver Bells

November 20 Playlist: Our Own YokosNovember 20 Playlist: Our Own Yokos

If you haven’t heard Our Own Yokos yet, click on the link here and be prepared to join the fan club. They were live and fantastic!

  • THE BLACK KEYS Lonely Boy
  • MARK RONSON & THE DAPTONE HORNS God Put a Smile on Your Face
  • TEENAGE HEAD Let’s Shake
  • BILLY SWIVS Baby, I’m Your Clown
  • CHEAP TRICK In the Street
  • LED ZEPPELIN Good Times, Bad Times
  • THE BEATLES The Ballad of John & Yoko
  • OUR OWN YOKOS Carry On
  • HOT CHOCOLATE You Sexy Thing
  • BLACK ROSE BURNING Every Single Thing
  • THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS Two Girls in One
  • DADA Sick in Santorini
  • WEEZER We are All on Drugs
  • OUR OWN YOKOS Thunder
  • J. GEILS BAND ‘Til the Walls Come Tumbling Down
  • MILLIE MANDERS & THE SHUTUP Silent Scream
  • OUR OWN YOKOS New Wave Dave
  • YOGABALL HEADACHES Perpetual Retreat
  • THE KILLERS On Top
  • OUR OWN YOKOS Follow You Down
  • GRAHAM PARKER Almost Thanksgiving Day

November 6 PlaylistNovember 6 Playlist

A stupendous potpourri of sounds from then and now, including some cuts from participants in The Battle of the Bands at Flagship Brewery. Click here and turn it up!

THE PLAYLIST:

  • CHEAP TRICK Hello There
  • BOBBY LEE COMBO Let’s Dance
  • JD McPHERSON Everybody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout the All-American
  • LEON BRIDGES Better Man
  • MANNESKIN Beggin’
  • SCORPIONS I Can’t Explain
  • BREWSTER MOONFACE Catcall Blues
  • LISSIE Better Days
  • TEDDY GEIGER Tomorrow Never Comes
  • DAN CORIO BAND Hanging Up the Phone
  • THE HORRIBLE CROWES Behold The Hurricane
  • THE BEATLES And Your Bird Cam Sing
  • LOVELY THE BAND These are My Friends
  • BLACK ROSE BURNING Black Sun Saturday
  • GOON DADS Peps
  • ALL-IN MOMENT For You
  • ON PINK A Lighter
  • PERSEI A Way Out
  • YOGABALL HEADACHES Perpetual Retreat
  • TOM WAITS Downtown Train
  • DAVID BOWIE Heroes
  • ELVIS COSTELLO Alison
  • AMY WINEHOUSE Me and Mister Jones
  • GEM AND EYE Roaring Twenties
  • ROD STEWART Maggie May
  • ALLMAN BROTHERS Revival

October 23 Playlist: Saints In The CityOctober 23 Playlist: Saints In The City

Joey Thompson and Matt Kutner from the Springsteen tribute band Saints In The City joined us live in the studio. They gave us four excellent renditions of Bruce classics. Listen here! Here’s the full playlist:

  • DAVE EDMUNDS From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)
  • TRAFFIC Glad
  • PERSEI No Way Out
  • THE DEADNOTES Easy Summer
  • MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE I Don’t Love You
  • SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES Love on the Wrong Side of Town
  • JOEY THOMPSON & MATT KUTNER Growin’ Up
  • WILLIE NILE Someday
  • CHUCK BERRY Johnny B. Goode
  • PATTI SMITH Because the Night
  • DUSTY SPRINGFIELD You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
  • JOEY THOMPSON & MATT KUTNER I’m on Fire
  • THE ALARM 68 Guns
  • SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS Hell!
  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Staying Alive
  • GEM AND EYE Roaring Twenties
  • REBECCA LOU Lovesick
  • JOEY THOMPSON & MATT KUTNER Incident on 57th Street
  • DONNA SUMMER with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Protection
  • TUK SMITH & THE RESTLESS HEARTS Same Old You
  • JARED JAMES NICHOLS Can You Feel It
  • JOEY THOMPSON & MATT KUTNER The Rising
  • ALAN MORRISSEY Fresh Kills

October 9 Playlist: 2 Year AnniversaryOctober 9 Playlist: 2 Year Anniversary

For our 2nd anniversary show on MPR, we asked our listeners to tell us what they wanted to hear. This is the playlist they created. Click here for the link to the show.

  • CHRIS JAGGER Anyone Seen My Heart?
  • DAVID BOWIE Putting Out Fire
  • THE SMITHS Cemetry Gates
  • MOTLEY CRUE On with the Show
  • THE BEATLES Tomorrow Never Knows
  • QUEEN Bohemian Rhapsody
  • STEVIE WONDER You Are the Sunshine of My Life
  • DION The Wanderer
  • HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS Doing it All for my Baby
  • KISS Cold Gin
  • KEANE Somewhere Only We Know
  • POST MODERN JUKEBOX Dream On
  • NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS We’re on Our Way Now
  • THE KINKS Lola
  • THE CLASH Lost in the Supermarket
  • OUR DAUGHTER’S WEDDING Lawn Chairs
  • THE BEAT Rock and Roll Girl
  • LED ZEPPELIN Stairway to Heaven
  • HALESTORM I Like it Heavy
  • KILLERS featuring BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Dustland
  • ROBERT PALMER Every Kind of People
  • TOM PETTY Wildflowers
  • H BLOCKX Time of Your Life
  • CAROLE KING Now and Forever
  • CANDLEBOX Criminals
  • THE ROLLING STONES Brown Sugar

September 25 Playlist: George GrantSeptember 25 Playlist: George Grant

If you missed any or all of Saturday’s show with special guest George Grant, the link and playlist are below. We focused on his current band, Black Rose Burning, while also doing a bit of a career retrospective. Ignore the frozen video, and enjoy the music here!

  • ROCKS by Primal Scream
  • BUDOS RISING by The Budos Band
  • UNDER TWIN SUNS by Black Rose Burning
  • EVERY SINGLE TIME by Black Rose Burning
  • SHOUT by Black Rose Burning
  • LEAVING NOT BELIEVING by George Grant & The Mighty Templars
  • SOLAR ANGELS by Black Rose Burning
  • WHEN WE DANCE by Black Rose Burning
  • HUNGER by Monster Zero
  • NEW YORK GROOVE by George Grant & The Mighty Templars
  • BLACK SUN SATURDAY by Black Rose Burning
  • UNBELIEVABLE by The Serpenteens
  • GIMME GAUGE by Vainglorious
  • RAINMAKER by The Final Sound
  • OUTGUNNED by Black Rose Burning
  • ZIGGY STARDUST by Bauhaus
  • A PASSAGE TO BANGKOK by Rush
  • MASSACRE by Iron Maiden
  • GOT TO GET MY MIND RIGHT by George Grant & The Mighty Templars

September 11 PlaylistSeptember 11 Playlist

Today’s edition of The Rocker offered a degree of catharsis from the solemn events of this morning. Plenty of bad dancing for the eyes but lots of good music for the ears. The link to the show is here.

  • LOS LOBOS Love Special Delivery
  • BOBBY LEE COMBO And Then There Were Drums
  • THE FOUR TOPS Back to School Again
  • CHUCK BERRY School Days
  • THE YARDBIRDS Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  • PAUL SIMON Me and Julio Down by The Schoolyard
  • JET Are You Gonna Be My Girl?
  • BIFFY CLYRO Tiny Indoor Fireworks
  • STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN Look at Little Sister
  • ROLLING STONES Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
  • THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH Smiling Faces
  • THE IMPRESSIONS Choice of Colors
  • URIAH HEEP Lady in Black
  • GREEN DAY Still Breathing
  • PERRY SERPA I Got a Fever
  • BLACK ROSE BURNING Soul Is On Fire
  • BON JOVI Older
  • THE PRETTY RECKLESS Take Me Down
  • SALIVA Bleed for Me
  • TWISTED SISTER with ALICE COOPER Be Chrool to Your Scuel
  • ADAM SANDLER The Lonesome Kicker
  • DADDY DEWDROP Chick-a-Boom
  • CAVIAR Tangerine Speedo
  • SAXON Ride Like the Wind
  • JUNIOR WALKER Shotgun
  • AL WILSON Show and Tell
  • MARVIN GAYE Inner City Blues
  • CALEXICO Falling from the Sky
  • MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring BLACKBEAR My Ex’s Best Friend
  • REBECCA LOU Bad Heart
  • PETULA CLARK Downtown
  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN The Rising

Songs of Loss Remembrance and Hope: 9/11 TributeSongs of Loss Remembrance and Hope: 9/11 Tribute

Here is the playlist and link to our September 11 tribute show, hosted by my daughter Nancy (her segments were pre-recorded.) Listen here.

  • Sky Blue and Black – Jackson Browne
  • Concerto in D minor – Ian Freebairn-Smith & the MGM Studio Orchestra
  • I Can’t See New York – Tori Amos
  • Friend of Mine – John Hiatt
  • Cavatina – John Williams
  • One More Light – Linkin Park
  • Empty Chairs – Don McLean
  • You’re Missing – Bruce Springsteen
  • Theme from “Missing” – Vangelis
  • The House Where Nobody Lives – Tom Waits
  • Summer’s End – John Prine
  • Angel – Sarah McLachlan
  • Saturn – Sleeping At Last
  • My Father – This Mortal Coil
  • Forse Ancora Poesia – I Pooh
  • We Remember Them – Sylvan Kamens and Jack Reimer
  • I Will Remember You – Sarah McLachlan
  • We All Need Saving – John McLaughlin
  • Song For Someone – U2
  • The Maker – Daniel Lanois
  • Lazarus – Porcupine Tree
  • In Loving Memory – Alter Bridge
  • My City of Ruins – Bruce Springsteen
  • Rise Up – Audra Day
  • Apache Grief Poem – Nancy Mameli
  • Finale from “Last Exit to Brooklyn” – Mark Knopfler