PR001 - Let's Be Friends

Hi, I'm Ben. This is my first show for Thanks for having me. Let's Shake Hands.

This show includes some of my favorite radio moments in songs: John Peel introducing just about anyone, WRMS on De La Soul Is Dead, Digital Underground providing in-song assistance to DJs. Radio stations may begin your fade here. For those that would like help, we will start your fade for you.

This show includes a tribute to all the people who have died (died). Well, some of them anyway. Alan Vega. David Bowie. Phife Dawg.  Do you remember? I remember how free we were.

Oh my god. I'm afraid of Americans. God is an American. Sometimes we rock and roll. I'd rather stay at home and build a life. If there is some confusion, who's to blame?

Here's to new beginnings. Here's to chasing references down rabbit holes. Here's to Diversion. Here's to returning home. I don't wanna be Iggy Pop, but if that's what it takes, hey.

Are you going to the party? Are you going to the show? I'm only a man. I do what I can. I'm back, I'm back, I'm back. This heart's on fire. This heart's on fire. I remember incredible love.

While we are continuing to experience technical difficulties, here's a link to a podcast version, just in case:


  1. Let's Shake Hands by The White Stripes on The Complete John Peel Sessions (Third Man)
  2. Diversion by Ty Segall on Emotional Mugger (Drag City)
  3. I Took Your Name by R.E.M. on Monster (Warner)
  4. Moaning Lisa Smile by Wolf Alice on My Love Is Cool (Sony)
  5. Hands All Over Me by Tamaryn on Cranekiss (Mexican Summer)
  6. Going Through The Motions by Kristin Kontrol on X Communicate (Sub Pop)
  7. Pawfluffer Night (Zola Jesus remix) by Run The Jewels on Meow The Jewels (Mass Appeal)
  8. Back Up by Clipping on Wriggle (Sub Pop)
  9. Katz by Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman on Lice (Self-Released)
  10. Loam by Blanck Mass on Dumb Flesh (Sacred Bones)
  12. Kill v. Maim by Grimes on Art Angels (4AD)
  13. Free The Skull by Moon Duo on Shadow of the Sun (Sacred Bones)
  14. This Heart's on Fire by Wolf Parade on Apologies to the Queen Mary (Sub Pop)
  15. Jammed Entrance by Thee Oh Sees on A Weird Exits (Castle Face)
  16. Sleep Till They Die by La Luz on Weirdo Shrine (Hardly Art)
  17. Break the Chain by Ultimate Painting on Green Lanes (Trouble in Mind)
  18. Why Does It Shake by Protomartyr on The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)
  19. Dust by Parquet Courts on Human Performance (Mom and Pop)
  20. Living my life by Deerhunter on Fading Frontier (4AD)
  21. Deborah by Wax Idols on American Tragic (Collect Records)
  22. Siberian Nights by The Kills on Ash & Ice (Domino)
  23. Florian Saucer Attack by Black Mountain on IV (Jagjaguwar)
  24. Cold Light by Operators on Blue Wave (Last Gang Records)
  25. I Remember by Suicide on Suicide (Mute)
  26. I'm Afraid Of Americans by David Bowie on Earthling (Virgin)
  27. Oh My God by A Tribe Called Quest on Midnight Marauders (Jive)
  28. WRMS' Dedication To The Bitty by De La Soul on De La Soul Is Dead (Tommy Boy)
  29. Bitties In The BK Lounge by De La Soul on De La Soul Is Dead (Tommy Boy)
  30. Doowhutchalike by Digital Underground on Sex Packets (Tommy Boy)