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Midyear 2013: 88.1 KDHX DJ top songs and concerts

Midyear 2013: 88.1 KDHX DJ top songs and concerts EQ photo by Javier Morales
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As we head into the second half of 2013, the DJs of 88.1 KDHX look back on the songs and shows that are sure to stick with them all through the year.

And don't miss our midyear list of 88.1 KDHX top album spins covering January through June 2013 and our DJ lists of favorite albums of the first half of this year.

And be sure to let us know what songs and show you've most love this year by leaving a comment below!

Midyear 2013 88.1 KDHX DJ Top Songs and Shows Lists



Keith Dudding
Down Yonder



Favorite bluegrass covers of non-bluegrass songs:

Sam Bush - I've Just Seen A Face (Let Us In: Americana Tribute to Paul McCartney)
Rebecca Frazier - Human Highway (When We Fall)
Old Crow Medicine Show - Back Home Again (The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver)
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen - The Letter (On the Edge)


Punch Brothers at Sheldon Concert Hall, January 25
Foghorn Stringband at Off Broadway, February 14
Ricky Skaggs at Sheldon Concert Hall, February 22
Noam Pikelny, Bryan Sutton, Ronnie McCoury, Luka Bula and Barry Bales at Sheldon Concert Hall, April 11
Sam Bush at the Old Rock House, June 6



Cat Pick
Emotional Rescue




One Direction - One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)
Brothers Lazaroff - Dance While You Can (Hope, Fear, Youth)
Atlas Genius - Trojans (When It Was Now)
Midas Whale - Folsom Prison Blues
Sam Palladio - Gun for a Mouth (The Music of Nashville Original Soundtrack Volume 2)
Robin Thicke feat. TI and Pharrell - Blurred Lines (Blurred Lines)
Lorde - Royals (The Love Club)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Despair (Mosquito)



Chris Bay
Gold Soundz




Elephant Stone - A Silent Moment (Elephant Stone)
Hundred Visions - Red Tide
Iron & Wine - Grace for Saints and Ramblers (Ghost on Ghost)
Laura Stevenson - Runner (Wheel)
Mark Kozelek - Young Girls (Like Rats)
Pickwick (feat. Sharon Van Etten) - Lady Luck (Can't Talk Medicine)
Surfer Blood - Demon Dance (Pythons)
Veronica Falls - Waiting for Something to Happen (Waiting for Something to Happen)
Villagers - Nothing Arrived ({Awayland})
Yo La Tengo - Before We Run (Fade)



Doug McKay
The Juke Joint




James Cotton - Saint on Sunday (Cotton Mouth Man)
Jesse Dee - Stay Strong (On My Mind/In My Heart)
Johnny & the Mo-Tones - She’s Still Here (Shake It)
Ana Popovic - Hot Southern Night (feat. Lucky Peterson) (Can You Stand the Heat)
Ana Popovic - Every Kind of People (Can You Stand the Heat)
Bobby Rush - You Just Like A Dresser (Down in Louisiana)
Sayed Sabrina - Loser’s Lament (Big Boy Blues)
Boz Scaggs - Can I Change My Mind (Memphis)
Mighty Mike Schermer - Be Somebody (Be Somebody)
Mike Zito - The Road Never Ends (Gone to Texas)



Rob Levy




Little Numbers - Boy (Mutual Friends)
Camera Obscura - I Missed Your Party (Desire Lines)
CHVRCHES - Recover (Recover EP)
Daft Punk - Get Lucky (Random Access Memories)
Empire of the Sun - Alive (Alive)
Guards - Ready to Go (In Guards We Trust)
Palma Violets - Best of Friends
Splashh - All I Wanna Do (Comfort)
Veronica Falls - Waiting for Something to Happen (Waiting for Something to Happen)
Yo La Tengo - Ohm (Fade)



John Wendland
Memphis to Manchester




1. Dolly Varden - Saskatchewan to Chicago (For a While)
2. Laura Mvula - Green Garden (Sing to the Moon)
3. Jason Isbell - Stockholm (Southeastern)
4. Mount Moriah - I Built a Town (Miracle Temple)
5. James Hunter Six - Heartbreak (Minute by Minute)

Best shows of 2013 so far:

This is just off the top of my head. I know I'm leaving some great shows off this list.

1. Patti Smith (CAM) / Charles Bradley & The Extraordinares (Old Rock House) Double-header
2. Waterloo Records SXSW showcase (Austin) - Richard Thompson/ The Relatives / The Mavericks / Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - back to back to back to back
3. Bob Dylan / Dawes - Peabody Opera House
4. KDHX / Twangfest SXSW Party - Broken Spoke (Austin) - The Lone Bellow / Kelly Hogan / Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis / Ron Sexsmith
5. KDHX Kinks Tribute Night - Off Broadway- tremendous assemblage of St. Louis talent
6. Willie Nile (Driskoll) followed by John Fogerty (Moody Theatre) at SXSW (Austin)
7. Paul Kelly / Pieta Brown & Bo Ramsey - High Noon (Madison, WI)
8. Kittypalooza (Off Broadway) - See #5 comments above
9. Mike Scott & Steve Wickham at SXSW (Austin)
10. (tie) Son Volt / Colonel Ford - The Pageant
10. (tie) Melody Den CD Release Party - Off Broadway - just a really-well put together night of St. Louis music.



Music at Work




Bettie Serveert - Shake-Her (Oh, Mayhem!)
The Black Angels - Don’t Play With Guns (Indigo Meadow)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Hate the Taste (Specter at the Feast)
Bleeding Rainbow - Shades of Eternal Light (Yeah Right)
Camper Van Beethoven - La Costa Perdida (La Costa Perdida)
Dale Watson - I Lie When I Drink (El Rancho Azul)
Depeche Mode - Soothe My Soul (Delta Machine)
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison - Born to Roll (Cheater's Game)
The Mavericks - Come Unto Me (In Time)
Meat Puppets - Down (Rat Farm)
Shout Out Louds - Destroy (Optica)



Mr. Roots
The Night Shift



Favorite concerts in St. Louis so far:

Taj Weekes & Adowa
Inner Visions
Dubtonic Kru
Toots & The Maytals
Keith Porter



Darren Snow
Rocket 88



Five songs that keep getting stuck in my head:

Bleached - Dead in Your Head (Ride Your Heart)
Bleeding Rainbow - Waking Dream (Yeah Right)
Local Natives - Colombia (Hummingbird)
Lorde - Royals (The Love Club)
Veronica Falls - Teenage (Waiting for Something to Happen)

Best Concert:

Father John Misty at the Firebird (in January; missed him in June).



Ed Becker
Songwriters Showcase




Eric Taylor - Bill (Studio 10) Eric's sad, hypnotic 1st person account of Bill Morrissey's final days.
Lynn Miles - My Road (Downpour) Another not so glamorous account of life on the road.
Willie Nile - American Ride (American Ride) Ride along with Willie on this wonderful travelogue.
Jason Isbell - Live Oak (Southeastern) A good old fashioned folk murder ballad.
Suzzy Roche, Lucy Wainwright Roche and Loudon Wainwright III - When I'm At Your House (Wayward Saints) Mother, father and daughter show off their wonderful harmonies on a new album loaded with  amazing harmonies.
Buffy Ford Stewart - Daydream Believer (Same Old Heart) Davy Jones (on his last recording) joins Buffy on this heartfelt tribute to her late husband, John Stewart. Peter Tork, Nanci Griffith and the Kennedys join in.
Band of Heathens - One More Song - Levon Helm would always call out for one more song at his legendary Midnight Rambles; the Band of Heathens capture that moment in their great tribute to Levon.
Mary Gauthier - Last of the Hobo Kings (Live at Blue Rock) Great live version by Mary with Mike Meadows and Tania Elizabeth.
David Olney - A Long Time Ago (Predicting the Past) Another master songwriter, Sergio Webb joins in as does Paul Burch, who also produces.
Neko Case - That's Who I Am (Ghost Brothers of Darkland County)  One of many great tunes from the Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett collaboration.



Nick Cowan
Train of Thought




Allen Stone - Rocky Mountain High (The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver)
Beth Bombara - Give Me Something (Split 45 with Town Cars)
The Eels - On the Ropes (Wonderful, Glorious)
The Joy Formidable - Maw Maw Song (Wolf's Law)
The Lovely Bad Things - Hear or Anywhere (The Late Great Whatever)
Petra Haden - It Might Be You (From "Tootsie") (Petra Goes to the Movies)
Shout Out Louds - Illusions (Optica)
The Replacements - I'm Not Sayin' (Songs for Slim EP)
Tight Pants Syndrome - Cherry Don't Quit (All Alive EP)
Whoa Thunder - Chump Change (You're Under Attack)



Caron House
Wax Lyrical




Hey Marseilles - Bright Stars Burning (Lines We Trace)
Josh Ritter - Joy to You Baby (The Beast in Its Tracks)
Pickwick (feat. Sharon Van Etten) - Lady Luck (Can't Talk Medicine)
Junip - Line of Fire (Junip)
Laura Marling - Master Hunter (Once I Was an Eagle)
Aoife O'Donovan - Oh, Mama (Fossils)
The National - Pink Rabbits (Trouble Will Find Me)
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - Rooftop (Ripley Pine)
Phosphorescent - Song for Zula (Muchacho)
Eleanor Friedberger - Stare at the Sun (Personal Record)

Methodological Note: These lists represent the favorite songs and concerts from the first half of the year as selected by 88.1 KDHX DJs as of July 2013. Lists are unranked unless otherwise indicated.


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