Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Rhetorical Situation, May 18, 2010

Well, I'm a bit late with the podcasts lately, but here, friends, is the May 18 show.

Minneapolis is hot, thesis revisions are moving along fine, and we'll be presenting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday for the Rhetoric Society of America Conference.

Enjoy some music. Only two episodes of The Rhet Sitch remain!


Broken Social Scene, "Art House Director"
The Boggs, "Little Windows"
The Magnetic Fields, "The Book of Love"
The Tallest Man on Earth, "Troubles Will Be Gone"
Jenny Lewis Feat. Elvis Costello, "Carpetbaggers"
The Hold Steady, "You Can Make Him Like You"
Broken Bells, "October"
Nurses, "Lita"
The Shins, "Sleeping Lessons"
The Black Keys, "Tighten Up"
The Dead Weather, "Blue Blood Blues"
Iron Horse, "Dark Center of the Universe"
The Devil Makes Three, "Dynamite"
Modest Mouse, "The Good Times Are Killing Me"
Old Crow Medicine Show, "Wagon Wheel"
Neil Young, "On The Beach"
Grateful Dead, "Sugar Magnolia"
Band of Bees, "A Minha"

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Rhetorical Situation, May 11, 2010

I have no idea what happened during this episode of The Rhetorical Situation because my brain has been fried by academia. But I see from the playlist (below) that we played some damn good songs! I think I went on some self-indulgent rant about midway through the show (see: any week), and was this the week that someone called in to say we're his/her favorite show on the station? Anything is possible.


The Tallest Man on Earth, "Burden of Tomorrow"
The Builders and the Butchers, "Short Way Home"
The Velvet Underground, "I'm Waiting For The Man"
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, "100 Days, 100 Nights"
Gil Scott-Heron, "Me and The Devil"
The Beatles, "A Day in the Life"
The Do, "A Mouthful"
Neko Case, "The Pharaohs"
Port O'Brien, "Tree Bones"
Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens," What Have You Done?"
The Morning Benders, "Excuses"
OK Go, "Skyscrapers"
The Felice Brothers, "Penn Station"
The Black Keys, "Stack Shot Billy"
The Boggs, "Forts"
The Flaming Lips, "Race For The Prize (Remix)"
Billy Bragg and Wilco, "Walt Whitman's Niece"
TV on the Radio, "Crying"

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Rhetorical Situation, May 4, 2010

Jacob and I dash into the studio at the last minute and drop bombs: new Broken Social Scene, new Hold Steady, new Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, new Gogol Bordello, New Pornographers. (See what I did there?)

Not to mention, we sound off about racial profiling in Arizona, and I lament the end of an emotional Blazers season. Oh, and excuse the slight delay before the first song.

Catch us live every Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. PST at, or 88.7 FM around Corvallis.


Broken Social Scene, "All To All"
Broken Bells, "The Mall & Misery"
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, "Be Easy"
Spoon, "Nobody Gets Me But You"
Tahiti Boy & The Palmtree Family, "1973"
Four Tet, "Plastic People"
Fang Island, "Sideswiper"
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, "Shake The Sheets"
Regina Spektor, "That Time"
The Hold Steady, "The Sweet Part of the City"
The New Pornographers, "You Hands (Together)"
Free Energy, "Bang Pop"
The Besnard Lakes, "And This Is What We Call Progress"
Naomi Shelton, "Am I Asking Too Much?"
Dinosaur Feathers, "Know Your Own Strength"
Gogol Bordello, "My Companjera"
Nada Surf, "See These Bones"

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Rhetorical Situation, April 27, 2010

Another week, another episode of The Rhetorical Situation.

Next week, Jacob and I really sound off on Arizona's racist legislation and the catastrophic oil "spill" in the Gulf of Mexico.

Until then, cheers.


Hole, "Samantha"
Plants and Animals, "The Mama Papa"
Everclear, "El Distorto de Melodica"
Gogol Bordello, "Pala Tute"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Phenomenon"
The Shins, "Sea Legs"
Arctic Monkeys, "Dance Little Liar"
Atmosphere, "Mama Had a Baby and His Head Popped Off"
Rolling Stones, "Let It Bleed"
The New Pornographers, "Crash Years"
Fang Island, "Life Coach"
Free Energy, "Dark Trance"
The Magnetic Fields, "I Think I Need A New Heart"
Portugal. The Man, "Everyone is Golden"
The Dead Trees, "My Friend Joan, She Never Asks"
The Do, "Travel Light.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Rhetorical Situation, April 20, 2010

I'm flyin' solo for the first 30 minutes, but have no fear, Jacob returns. Great stuff from The Do, Chris Bathgate, and Delta Spirit.

The playlist:

Freelance Whales, "Generator First Floor"
Freelance Whales, "Generator Second Floor"
Girls, "Lauren Marie"
Metric, "The Police and The Private"
The Do, "A Mouthful"
Radiohead, "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi"
Yeasayer, "Ambling Alp"
Chris Bathgate, "Restless"
Pixies, "Into The White"
Of Montreal, "She's A Rejector"
The Heavy, "How You Like Me Now?"
Dan Auerbach, "Heartbroken, In Despair"
Langhorne Slim, "Cinderella"
What Made Milwaukee Famous, "Sultan"
Delta Spirit, "People C'mon"
Thao with The Get Down Stay Down, "When We Swam"
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, "You'll Be Taken Care Of"
Ugly Cassanova, "Barnacles"
Currituck County, "Antichrist"
Rilo Kiley, "With Arms Outstretched"

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Rhetorical Situation, April 13, 2010

On the last Rhetorical Situation, Jacob and I probably talked about our theses. Then played some music. Then we said some funny things. I can't really recall right now, so you should definitely look into it.



The Subjects, "Winter Vacation"
The Features, "The Idea of Growing Old"
The Besnard Lakes, "Albatross"
Built to Spill, "Broken Chairs"
Wilco, "One Wing"
Spoon, "Before Destruction"
Led Zeppelin, "When the Levee Breaks"
The Decemberists, "The Engine Driver"
The Do, "On My Shoulders"
Dirty Mittens, "Ten Feet Deep"
Elvis Costello, "Watching the Detectives"
The Band, "Ophelia"
Blitzen Trapper, "War on Machines"
Port O'Brien, "Calm Me Down"
Neko Case, "Reckoner"
King Khan and the Shrines, "Destroyer"

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Rhetorical Situation, April 6, 2010

Funny jokes! That's what we give you on this episode of The Rhetorical Situation. Like, for example, 2 solid minutes of dead air at about 23 minutes into the show. And we pretend a microphone isn't working! April fools, all of us. Better yet, we rip the Catholic church for institutionalized crime and introduce new albums from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dum Dum Girls, and Portland's finest, MBilly.

Catch The Rhet Sitch every Tuesday from 2-4 PST at or 88.7 FM around Corvallis.


Port O'Brien, "Sour Milk/Salt Water"
TV on the Radio, "Staring at the Sun"
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, "I Learned the Hard Way"
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, "Beat The Devil's Tattoo"
Loch Lomond, "Spine"
Freelance Whales, "Location"
Dum Dum Girls, "Jail La La"
Camera Obscura, "Let's Get Out of This Country"
M Billy, "Mild Mannered Man"
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, "Dancing Together"
Fitz & The Tantrums, "Winds of Change"
Devendra Banhart, "Can't Help But Smiling"
Shout Out Louds, "Show Me Something New"
Pavement, "Old to Begin"
Gonjasufi, "DedND"
Can, "Outside My Door"
The Dead Weather, "..."

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Rhetorical Situation, March 30, 2010

On the first episode of the last term of The Rhetorical Situation, Jacob and I offend conservatives, cheer the local Robin Hood, and bring in some good new tracks from Tahiti Boy and the Palmtree Family, Port O'Brien, She and Him, and Black Francis.

Check us out live at in our new time slot, Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. PST, 88.7 FM around Corvallis.

The playlist:

"One More Try," My Robot Friend
"Cigarette Pack," Dan Black
"Surplus," Kate Lamont
"1973," Tahiti Boy and the Palmtree Family
"My Will is Good," Port O'Brien
"Florida," Pyramiddd/Starfucker
"Ghost of an Earthworm," Loch Lomond
"In The Branches," The Builders and the Butchers
"I Want a House," Twin Sister
"Dead Man's Curve," Black Francis
"Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?," She and Him
"And This is What We Call Progress," The Besnard Lakes
"If You're Feeling Sinister," Belle & Sebastian
"Oh Yeah," Built to Spill
"Boom Boom," The Animals
"Barnacle Goose," Born Ruffians
"Hello Bonjour," Michael Franti and Spearhead

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Rhetorical Situation, March 19, 2010

On the final Rhetorical Situation of the term, Jacob and I discuss our spring break plans (hint: Brazilian waxes, kiddie pools, tequila), rant about the Gazette Times, and play a whole bunch of songs that mostly have nothing to do with spring break.

We may have a show on Friday during spring break, but we may not. We will have a different show time beginning the week of March 29, but I'm not sure about the day or time yet. Stay tuned. So you can stay tuned. Live at Thanks for listening.

The playlist:

Girls, "Summertime"
Twin Sister, "Ginger"
Basia Bulat, "If Only You"
Drive-By Truckers, "Birthday Boy"
Caitlin Morrisette, "Wake Me Up"
Blitzen Trapper, "Lady on the Water"
Monsters of Folk, "The Right Place"
Beck, "Lost Cause"
Portugal. The Man, "Just a Fool"
Fleet Foxes, "Your Protector"
Telekinesis, "Coast of Carolina"
Eels, "Prizefighter"
These United States, "When You're Traveling at the Speed of Light"
Cold War Kids, "Relief"
Steven Malkmus & The Jicks, "Baltimore"
Julian Casablancas, "11th Dimension"
Drive-By Truckers, "Get Downtown"
Spoon, "The Way We Get By"
Santigold, "Shove It"

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Rhetorical Situation, March 12, 2010

On today's Rhetorical Situation, Jacob and I introduced Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Broken Bells before finishing the show with the first band we ever played, Mount St. Helens Vietnam Band.

Our best show ever? I won't say it's not.

Tune in Fridays from noon to 2 PST at or 88.7 FM around Corvallis.

The playlist:

So Called, "You Are Never Alone"
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, "How Do I Let a Good Man Down?"
Julian Casablancas, "Eleventh Dimension"
Local Natives, "World News"
Bloc Party, "Positive Tension"
Viva Voce, "Paper Doll"
Wilco, "Impossible Germany"
Real Estate, "Fake Blues"
Julian Casablancas, "Out of the Blue"
Portugal. The Man, "The Dead Dog"
Harlem Shakes, "Niagara Falls"
Rod Stewart, "Tonight I'm Yours (Don't Hurt Me)"
Hockey, "Learn to Lose"
Broken Bells, "The Ghost Inside"
Yeasayer, "Rome"
Neutral Milk Hotel, "Holland, 1945"
Mount St. Helens, "Albatross, Albatross, Albatross"
Beck, "High 5 (Rock the Catskills)"