December 31, 2008


Hey Soupers! WE'RE COMIN' BACK IN 09!

Alphabet Soup, coming to you in spring 2009 on FRIDAYS from 4-6pm EST!

That means we'll be reunited in sweet bliss on JANUARY 16! Can't wait to soup it up!

-devon, jane, chicken lips (who has graduated to DJ-dom! congratulate the woman!), and NEW SECRET INTERN, COMING SOON!

December 10, 2008


As the year comes to a close, we should reflect on what we're thankful for. I can't lie; we got this idea from NPR's All Songs Considered podcast (which we highly recommend). The hosts aptly describe 2008 as "an impressively bearded year."

You can download a list of 100 albums by clicking on the "vote" link in this article, and you even download the podcast, if you want! I would.

Here's Devon's top 10 list, in no particular order :
Islands' Arm's Way
Jenny Lewis' Acid Tongue
Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago
Dr. Dog's Fate
Conor Oberst's Conor Oberst
Vampire Weekend's Vampire Weekend
Fleet Foxes' Fleet Foxes
Human Highway's Moody Motorcycle
Jack's Mannequin's The Glass Passenger
The Decemberists' Always a Bridesmaid EP

what's yours look like?

December 5, 2008

It's Here!

As promised, here is your very own downloadable copy of our interview with singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche!

Soupers, it's been a pleasure and a privilege playing the Alphabet Soup game with you this semester. Thanks for listening to us, despite all the talk about ska dancing.

Join us next weekend, on Saturday December 13 from 5-6pm EST, for a special Alphabet Soup "cram jam" broadcast! Listen in to hear two shiny, new things:

1. Chicken Lips is taking over! Her very first full playlist, all by herself!
2. Our exclusive interview with Ezra Koenig, the frontman of VAMPIRE WEEKEND!




Grazing in the Grass – Friends of Distinction
A Kick in the Teeth – Fischerspooner
Just Friends – Frickin’ A
Vampires with Gold Teeth – The Fashion
Blue Ridge Mountains – Fleet Foxes
The Handjive – The Fictions
Every Dog Has Its Day – Flogging Molly
Killing Me Softly – The Fugees
Clumsy – Fergie
Oh What A Night – Frankie Valli
Old Old Fashioned – Frightened Rabbit
This Kiss – Faith Hill
Foux Du Fafa – Flight of the Conchords
Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
Benson Hedges (demo) – fun.
Dark of the Matinée – Franz Ferdinand
Floaty – Foo Fighters
Oceans – The Format
When Your Mind’s Made Up – The Frames
The Rockafeller Skank – Fatboy Slim
Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra

November 23, 2008


It's been awhile since we've blogged, dear Soupers, so there will be several HUGE HUGE things in this entry.

1.Click here for a downloadable version of Devon's interview with Ahmed Gallab, the newly welcomed drummer from Of Montreal! - Feather boas, crazy cars, and more. Recorded from the 11/14 broadcast.

2. It's Thanksgiving time, which means Black Friday, which also means, sadly, there is no Alphabet Soup for any of us this upcoming Friday - go be insane, frenzied shoppers instead.

3. BE SURE to tune in December 5, though (at the usual time, of course), for Alphabet Soup's exclusive recorded interview with SONDRE LERCHE! He spoke with us (Devon) before his show here yesterday, Saturday the 22nd, at the Paradise Rock Club. Listen in for sharks, Burt Bacharach, and 007!

peace, love, and little letter-shaped noodles,
devon, jane and chicken lips

November 17, 2008

UPDATE 11/17

Hey Soupers,

Be sure you check out one of the shows that's happening tonight (or both?!): Jack's Mannequin with fun. (Nate from The Format's new band) at the Paradise OR Margot and the Nuclear So and So's at T. T. The Bear's Place. JM is definitely sold out, but if you're a superfan, you'll be able to swipe some scalper tickets at the doors, most likely. Do it for me--sadly, it seems that my academics always get in the way of my education.

Stay tuned--this week's letter is N!
Lots of REALLY GOOD stuff coming up in the next month on Alphabet Soup.
...and when we say REALLY GOOD, we mean REALLY GOOD.

We'll be posting the mp3 of the Ahmed interview soon as we figure out the technology! :)

sincerely yours,

November 15, 2008


Devon dropped her phone in the toilet during our show. Monumental times at WTBU.

She also did a kick ass interview with the drummer from Of Montreal. She's a woman of many talents.

November 13, 2008


Hey Soupers!

This week's theme is CRAPPY LETTERS! That's right, from 2-4pm EST tomorrow (Friday) we'll be playing songs by artists starting with the letters Q, V, W, X, Y and Z.

ALSO: I'm excited to announce that tomorrow at 3pm EST (that's NOON for you west coasters, 2pm for you Philly kids!) we will be broadcasting an interview that Devon (I) did yesterday with Ahmed Gallab, the drummer of Of Montreal!

DID YOU HEAR ME? OF MONTREAL! We talked about feather boas, Athens GA, and more!


but also tune in at 2pm (EST) for the actual show.

-devon, jane & chicken lips

November 9, 2008

Raincoat Song

Hey Soupers! I know you all love The Decemberists as much as I do, so I thought I'd share this song with you. They played it at the show at the Orpheum this past Thursday. It's called "Raincoat Song" and it's brilliantly simple: a Colin Meloy masterpiece.

November 8, 2008

WEEK 10: S--The Minimally Broadcasted Episode ☹ November 7, 2008

Don’t Cry Out – Shiny Toy Guns
Juicebox – The Strokes
Kissing the Lipless – The Shins
Creator – Santogold
Woe – Say Anything
From Where I’m Standing – Schuyler Fisk
Change is Hard – She & Him
Black & Gold – Sam Sparro
Gobbledigook – Sigur Rós
Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
Xavia – The Submarines
Very Loud – The Shout Out Louds
Superstar – Sonic Youth
I’ve Got the Power – Snap
When It’s Over – Sugar Ray
Panic – The Smiths
Modern Mystery – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Hurricane – Something Corporate
Two-Way Monologue – Sondre Lerche
House of Seven Sisters – Spitzer Space Telescope
Sister Jack – Spoon
Your Ex-Lover is Dead – Stars
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
To Be Alone With You – Sufjan Stevens
I Dare You To Move – Switchfoot
Of Course, Isabelle – Sylvie Lewis
Beauty in the Breakdown – The Scene Aesthetic

November 6, 2008

my forcible insomnia=your benefit

Hey Soupers,

As I sit here beating my brain around my skull cavity writing a paper at 3am, I thought I'd recommend some "Late Night Paper Writing Albums," and the moods they bring around, for you, in the future, if you ever have a night like this one.

1. Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago: calming/inspiring!
2. Fleet Foxes' Fleet Foxes: reassuring
3. Conor Oberst's Conor Oberst: rev it up! (okay, I know I don't make sense anymore. Forgive?)

What about you? Do you have a couple albums that you revert to when studying/working late into the night/morning? Let us know!

November 1, 2008

HALLOWEEN SHOW: October 31, 2008

Halloween Theme – John Carpenter
Monster Mash –Bobby Boris Pickett
I’ll Put a Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Shankill Butchers – The Decemberists
Between Halloweens – The Matches
Is There A Ghost – Band of Horses
Dio – Tenacious D
Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo
This is Halloween – Nightmare Before Christmas
Devil in Disguise – Elvis Presley
Seven Deadly Sins – Flogging Molly
Addams Family – Addams Family?
Walking With a Ghost – Tegan and Sara
All Dressed Up – Citizen Cope
Jack’s Obsession – cover by Sparklehorse
Twilight Zone – Neil Norman
Monster Wedding – The Aquabats!
Devil Went Down to Georgia – The Charlie Daniels Band
Vampire – Antsy Pants
Beetlejuice – The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Scary Monsters (& Super Creeps) – David Bowie
The Bunny Man – The Residents
Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show
and then some extras, if you’re interested ☺
People are Strange – The Doors
Little Ghost – I’m From Barcelona
If You Take Away The Make-Up (Then The Vampires They Will Die) – Tullycraft
They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh! – Sufjan Stevens

I thought this week was the best week so far! What'd you think?

October 28, 2008

Ma Bird!

A friend of mine shared this link with me...Andrew Bird + Yo Yo Ma = LOVE. PERIOD.

to see the full article, click here.

October 24, 2008

Don't Be Mad: Week 8 Letter A

I forgot to note all the songs we played this week. Forgive me; if, for some strange reason, you have a strong urge to know a song we played, leave a comment and we'll try to help you out.

Anyway, to quell the outrage I know ALL of our fans are harboring at the moment, here are some new artists to check out (in case you hadn't already heard of them--if you had, you're cooler than I).

Fleet Foxes: new album (self-titled)! So stoked. A more folky, spiritually inclined Dr. Dog. Check out "Quiet Houses" especially.
Janelle Monáe: Playing CMJ in New York this weekend. Blend of Fergie, Andre 3000, and Amy Winehouse. Not usually a fan of these artists, but she's GREAT.

Leave some love, some hate, whatever! We love you, Soupers!


October 20, 2008


Hey, Soupers...I know you'll enjoy this as much as I did (well, I hope you do). It's the "Tiny Desk Concert" that All Songs Considered does every so often with bands they like; essentially the band huddles in the tiny space behind Bob Boilen's desk and are videotaped playing a short set.

This is Dr. Dog's Tiny Desk Concert. It made my night of studying and paper-editing more bearable. Enjoy.

(click on the photo, silly.)

I exist in the blogging world!

I ventured out of the alphabet soup facebook group all the way to blogger! This time it's a real post too not just a fakey fake one.

If you enjoy skunks and/or humans you would love everything about this song. If you don't, then we'll only love you if you like bears, frogs or dinos. Otherwise, we question your love of alphabet soup.

Favorite Animals Song

October 17, 2008

Week 7: The Letter P, for PERFECT. and PARENTS' WEEKEND.

here's what we played. stay tuned (or at least within the vicinity) for next week's letter, A! FINALLY!

Hold Me Now – The Polyphonic Spree
The Ballad of Dean Jiggo – The Peasantry
California – Phantom Planet
Pressure – Paramore
Heartbreaker – Pat Benetar
Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney
Cut Your Hair – Pavement
Young Folks – Peter Bjorn and John
Let My Love Open the Door – Pete Townshend
Nothing Better – The Postal Service
Last Kiss – Pearl Jam
Back on the Chain Gang – The Pretenders
Beware of the Boys – Panjabi MC
Starry-Eyed Surprise – Paul Oakenfold
You’re the Champagne, I’m the Shiznit – The Pettit Project
Poetry Man – Phoebe Snow
Shake Your Groove Thing – Peaches & Herb
Hate (I Really Don’t Like You) – Plain White T’s
Pokémon Theme – Pokémon
Hey You – Pink Floyd
Can’t Stand Losing You – The Police
Walk Like an Egyptian – Puppini Sisters
Bad Boy for Life – P Diddy
Where is My Mind? – Pixies
Another Day in Paradise – Phil Collins
and in case you were interested in islands...this is their new video for "creeper" (took 'em long enough...the song's only been out for a couple years):

October 16, 2008


I have an amazing mp3 for you. I just haven't figured out how to post it. It will be a project for this weekend.

Get ready!

October 13, 2008

10/10: Dr. Dog & Delta Spirit @ Middle East Downstairs

There is a certain type of show that stays with you for a good, long time...and the Americana rock trinity who took a sold-out Middle East Downstairs by storm on Friday night certainly delivered one of them.

It is not often that a first-opener does anything for you except give you a chance to grab another beer, go outside for a smoke, and/or hold your ears shut and scream in agony. Not so, however, with Hacienda, a San Antonio quartet who stayed true to their roots with a solidly talented 45-minute set of Beatles-infused soul rock. Songs like "Hear Me Crying" and "She's Got a Hold On Me" had the audience thoroughly converted; then, a strange thing happened: these scruffy Texas boys got the hipsters to dance. Indeed, a considerably large circle of plaided, skinny-jeaned kids in the center of the dance floor began moving, to the beat of the music, and apparently enjoying themselves. The set ended with a guest harmonica appearance by the fedora'd and well-received Scott McMicken (of Dr. Dog)--this show was to be henceforth fraught with collaboration, one of the most impressive qualities of the performances. It should go without saying that Hacienda went above and beyond the call of duty and demonstrated what opening bands should have had from the beginning: talent. Take note, fledglings.

Up next was the grungy blues-folk powerhouse, Delta Spirit. It's a miracle and a blessing how Matt Vasquez (lead vocals, guitar) keeps his larynx intact after so much screaming. The lyrics "If you're feelin' what I'm feelin', come on/All you soul-searchin' people, come on!" resonated throughout the club, with a couple hundred people screaming it back onto the stage. Delta Spirit seemed relatively indifferent to their adoring fans, smiling only once or twice if at all, but it's safe to say that the fans themselves could not have cared less. Yet again, hipsters (and bros alike!) danced, and the set ended with even MORE collaboration, with every member of Dr. Dog flooding the stage with drumsticks, maracas, and awesomeness.

Finally, after hours and hours of waiting, the headliners arrived onstage—and by no means was the waiting in vain. Dr. Dog, the charismatic indie-blues quintet birthed in Philadelphia, kicked off a power hour of punch-you-in-the-gut folk rock with the song “The Old Days” from their newest album, Fate. Following this was a whirlwind of old and new material, including songs like “Hang On,” “The Girl,” “100 Years,” and “The Beach.” And the encore…oh, the encore. While the crowd had been shouting for a number of songs throughout the set, no one song title was thrown out more than “Die Die Die,” which rumbled into existence as the band re-mounted the stage and every voice in the club began singing—or wailing—along. By the end, every member of both Hacienda and Delta Spirit had joined the band onstage, Vasquez complete with a coffee pot full of beer, in a full-blown cacophony of what can only be described as the very essence of thumping, rasping, good old American blues. As a fan put it numerous times, screaming over the crowd’s roar, holding his hands to the sides of his head in disbelief, “Oh my god! This! Is! Incredible! Best night of my life!”

To put it simply, listening to recordings of this band is not enough to appreciate the full talent that is the work of McMicken (lead guitar & vocals), Toby Leaman (bass & vocals), Zach Miller (keys & vocals), Juston Sens (drums & vocals), and Frank McElroy (rhythm guitar & vocals). With each song’s performance came even louder, more soulful laments than their albums could have communicated. There’s definitely something to be said for a band that makes great records and then manages to render the music even more spectacular by roughing it up completely. The grating harshness of Dr. Dog’s live set qualified the whole night as an unforgettable show, one that should not, under any circumstances, be missed when it comes to town again.

October 6, 2008


A friend of mine introduced me to this band just now. They're called Vedera, and this is an acoustic version of their song, "A World Apart." What do you think? Are they too much like Paramore? Or is this girl just phenomenal? Let us know your thoughts, Soupers.

October 5, 2008

a fun cover

This is a project Okkervil River put together in accordance with their new album, The Stand Ins. They had a bunch of equally cool bands cover their songs acoustic and video tape them and put them on YouTube. This is Bon Iver performing "Blue Tulip." I haven't heard the real version yet but this one will DEFINITELY suffice. Enjoy, Soupers.

October 3, 2008

A Post Script

Definitely check out the newest edition of Under the Radar magazine. There's a great article about Jenny Lewis and her inspirations for her new album, Acid Tongue.

The website also has some cool stuff about their last edition, which was the ever-so-alternative "Protest Issue," which actually has some TOTZ HAWT pictures of Colin Meloy, Conor Oberst, Fleet Foxes, St. Vincent, and more.

I might have to subscribe.

Week 5, Letter R: With Guest DJ Zach Kohn the Backbone

So this week was much more dedicated to talk than even last week. We discussed Rocky Horror, Zach's future kids Ice Cream and Orange Traffic, and whether skanking is vicious or not. Here was our playlist:

Do You Want More?!?!?!? – The Roots
Steady as She Goes – The Raconteurs
Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root
On The Radio – Regina Spektor
A Man/Me/Then Jim – Rilo Kiley
It’s the End of the World As We Know It – R. E. M.
Dammit Janet! – Rocky Horror Picture Show
Super Freak – Rick James
Rapper’s Delight – Run DMC
You Wear it Well – Rod Stewart
Escape – Rupert Holmes
Beast of Burden – The Rolling Stones
Roller Coaster of Love – Red Hot Chili Peppers
I Can Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
Ghost Under Rocks – Ra Ra Riot
Beat on the Brat – The Ramones
Maxwell Murder – Rancid
I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
Blue Side – Rooney
Kenya Dig It? – Ruby Suns
Hallelujah – Rufus Wainwright
Two [Easy Tiger] – Ryan Adams

**BE SURE TO TUNE IN NEXT WEEK FOR A LIVE ACOUSTIC SET FROM L.A.-BASED BAND, TREEUNION! (click the name to listen; they're lovely, I promise.) In their honor, our letter of the week will be T!**

devon, jane, and chicken lips

September 26, 2008

This Week's Incomplete Playlist: September 26, 2008 M

Blinded by the Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Me Gustas Tu – Manu Chao
Mouth – Merrill Bainbridge
Electric Feel – MGMT
King of Bedrock – Metrovox
Sunshine – Mos Def
Deerhunter – M Bison
Paper Planes – M.I.A.
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me – M Ward and Zooey Deschanel
Bukowski – Matt Kallish
Float On – Modest Mouse
Tearing Up the Oxygen – Maritime
Pretty Green – Mark Ronson feat. Santogold
Get Better – Mates of State
Anyone Else But You – Moldy Peaches
Sunday Mornings – Maroon 5
Love Me Like You – Magic Numbers
Girlfriend – Matthew Sweet
Bruces’ Philosophers Song – Monty Python
Eine Kleine Nachmusik – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Lollipop – MIKA
The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
Will o’ the Wisp – Miles Davis
More than Local Boys – the Matches
I. O. U. - Metric
The Monkees (theme song)– The Monkees
California Dreamin’ – Mamas and the Papas
Everything is Alright – Motion City Soundtrack
Time is Running Out – Muse
Come On, Get Higher – Matt Nathanson

yes, I understand that we suck, but there were seriously only about 2 songs that we forgot about recording, and I think you can survive. Most of you seemed like you had about three times the library of M artists that we did, anyway. Plus, I'll show you something cool. I hope you all like it...because it'll break my heart if you don't. Check out the album with the same name. Because you trust me.

September 19, 2008

Week 3, Letter C!

ABC – Jackson 5
Hearts on Fire – Cut Copy
Lean On Me – Club Nouveau
Friday I’m In Love – The Cure
My Best Friend’s Girl – The Cars
Aretha Sing One For Me – Cat Power
Born on a Bayou – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Short Skirt Long Jacket – Cake
Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken – Camera Obscura
ACL 2008 Lineup Mashup – Car Stereo (wars)
Mr. Blue – Catherine Feeny
All I Need – Chelsea Williams
Zoot Suit Riot – cherry poppin daddies
Sing Again – Chris Walla
The Girls – Calvin Harris
Nocturne in E Flat Major – Chopin
Clap Your Hands! – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Saint John – Cold War Kids
Talk – Coldplay
Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
Wild World – Cat Stevens
Love Fool - The Cardigans
Brim Full of Asha – Cornershop
I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick
West Coast – Coconut Records
Sweet Relief – Chris Jones
Friendly Fire – Citizen Cope

ALSO: I was just turned on to, no pun intended, -slash-horrified by this video. Hope all you skanky-pants enjoy.

Sex Over The Phone by the Village People

September 12, 2008

WEEK 2 PLAYLIST: September 12, 2008: D

Digital Love – Daft Punk
Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
People Are Strange – The Doors
Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? – Dana Fuchs
It Happens Every Time – Dream Street
Ain’t It Strange – Dr. Dog
Freak Scene – Dinosaur Jr.
We Used to Be Friends – The Dandy Warhols
Black and White Town – Doves
Come On Eileen – Dex’s Midnight Runners
The Rocky Road to Dublin – Dropkick Murphys
Screaming Infidelities – Dashboard Confessional
Sound of Settling – Death Cab for Cutie
Pick Up Sticks – The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Let’s Dance – David Bowie
Loneliily – Damien Rice
Shine- David Gray
Riot Radio – The Dead 60s
Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
Afterparty – Kevin Devine
Let’s Make Out – Does it Offend You, Yeah?
Television Fission – DeVoid
16 Military Wives – The Decemberists
Groove is In The Heart – Deee-Lite
We’re In Heaven – DJ Sammy
Laffy Taffy – D4L

September 5, 2008

A Day of Firsts

Welcome one and all to the official, shiny and new blog of Alphabet Soup, your favorite show this fall on WTBU Radio, the Beat of Boston University! We're broadcasting to you on Friday afternoons from 2-4pm EST, bringing you music of all genres, with the artists on our playlists beginning with a different letter each week!

On this blog, we'll be posting the playlists from each week, as well as upcoming shows, new albums to check out, etc. Hope you guys enjoy, because we love you!

This week was our first episode. Our letter was J...for Jane, obviously. :) Here's the stuff we played. Make yourself a mix CD.

WEEK 1: SEPTEMBER 5, 2008: J
Canned Heat – Jamiroquai
Crashin’ – Jack’s Mannequin
What Am I Gonna Do? – Johnathan Rice
Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix Experience
Wordplay – Jason Mraz
Your Love Keeps Lifing Me Higher – Jackie Wilson
ABC – The Jackson Five.
Jenny From the Block – J. Lo
The Charging Sky – Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
P.S. – Jenny Owen Youngs
I’m Leaving You Because I Don’t Love You – Jens Lekman
Leavin’ (Radio Edit) – Jesse McCartney
Bonnie and Clyde – Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Let’s Get Married – Jagged Edge (feat. Run DMC)
Cassiopeia – Joanna Newsom
Why Don’t We Get Drunk – Jimmy Buffett
I Got the Feelin’ – James Brown
My Love – Justin Timberlake
Centerfold – Jay Giles Band
Jack and Diane – John Cougar Mellencamp
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Let’s Get Ready to Rumble – Jock Jams
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash, June Carter
Aqualung – Jethro Tull
Somebody to Love – Jefferson Airplane
The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
Surf City – Jan & Dean
It Looks Like Love – Josh Rouse
Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
Burnin’ Up – The Jonas Brothers

More to come! Stay tuned! (Add us into your RSS feed. Duh.)
And be sure to catch us next Friday, for the letter D!

devon and jane

In case you didn't know, you can listen to us online at or on the radio itself (wow!) at 89.3FM/640AM (on BU's campus only...and even then, not in some dead zones). The radio station itself has a blog (click here! there's some cool shizz on the radio blog!)