K Staff Playlist – The First Songs I Heard On K by Sarah Cass

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

K Staff Playlist - The First Songs I Heard On K and show fliers from my first K shows in Grand Junction, CO.

[Mail Order Maven Joel has asked members of the K staff to create Staff Playlists for the K Mail Order Dept. What follows is a playlist of the first songs that Production Manager, Sarah Cass, heard that were released on K.  Her K Staff Playlist is available as individual digital downloadables or as a full album download.]

1. Dear Mr. & Mrs. Troublemaker - All Girl Summer Fun Band
2. Oh, Katrina - Tender Trap
3. The Top Seven Singles Club - Wolf Colonel
4. Backstabber - The Rondelles
5. Market Size - The Crabs
6. Hand Clappin’ - Dub Narcotic Sound System
7. You and Me Forever - Gene Defcon
8. Good Thing - Jason Traeger
9. The Glow Pt. 2 - The Microphones
10. Love Travels Faster - The Halo Benders
11. Engine Heart - Mirah
12. Sarah Jane Part II - Dennis Driscoll
13. Indian Summer - Beat Happening
14. Sleep Away Your Troubles - The Softies
15. Car - Built to Spill
16. Nothing - The Blow
17. Jet Ski Accidents - Jason Anderson

When I was a teenager, I was so lucky to have two important people in my life to hear about new music from — my best friend, Meggan Howell, made me the most amazing mixes (which many of the songs on this playlist came from!), and introduced me to K.  The other very important person in my life, Chris Adolf (whose band, Bad Weather California, took third place in the Dub Narcotic Studio Dub Narcodes contest!), introduced me to DIY house shows, and invited me to my first very first house show at his home, The Pop-Up House.

The line-up that night happened to be Calvin Johnson, Get The Hell Out of the Way of the Volcano (The Blow!), and The Microphones.  EPIC!  Being from Grand Junction (which sits between Salt Lake and Denver), if it weren’t for him, I can say without a doubt that I would never have gotten to see Jason Anderson/Wolf Colonel, Mirah, Dub Narcotic Sound System, Karl Blau, The Intima, Dave Longstreth, The Badger Kings (part of The Blow and YACHT!), Laura Viers, and so many other amazing and inspiring musicians.  We are all so lucky to have people like Chris in our lives!

Between the two of them, I have the fondest memories associated with every song on this playlist, which were the first K songs that I ever heard.  I may be biased, but K is the best!  What were the first songs that you heard?
Love,
Sarah

  • Mariella_Luz

    that talent show poster is amazing. “take our rapt attention and go deep with it” and “we want you and your weird friends” – just reading it I can hear Khaela and Jay.


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