Saturday, December 25, 2010

December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve is a magical time for many. Some hold the traditions of attending services, gathering with family and friends, and even opening a gift or two in anticipation of the big day.

For many of us, the holidays are filled with stress, loneliness, disappointment, and heartache. The anticipation born of the commercialism of the time leaves many of us feeling unfulfilled and empty. That’s when David Marsden steps in.

David nurtures us all year round by weaving a tapestry of music that is more fine art than craft. Rightfully called the “master of free-form broadcasting,” he lets the music take us on a journey that brings us far away from the drudgery of real life, and allows us to enter a happy place deep within ourselves.

On Christmas Eve, the magic really blossoms. Thirty-seven years ago, Marsden himself experienced the feeling of emptiness that engulfs so many. As it reached out and tried to consume him with dread and fear, he fought it back. It was on that one night as he walked alone on cold and snow-swept streets, that a voice told him to do what he does best so that others would feel warm, cared for, and part of a family. This year embodied all that was fabulous from the previous years. It was truly a work of love.

David works hard to ensure that everyone feels a sense of community. And, you need not keep your feelings to yourself. Sistahmar provides a chat room where you can come and discuss what’s on your mind, talk to others who feel much like you, and celebrate a worldwide communal Christmas. David provides the music and the heart-warming stories, Happy Pants provides the latest updates on Santa’s whereabouts, as well as firsthand glimpses into his bag of goodies, and the rest of us provide the companionship via Sistahmar’s Marsbar Theatre Chat Room, FaceBook, and email.

It’s never too late to start a tradition. David Marsden can be heard on 94.9 The Rock (who graciously provided 5 hours of commercial-free time to David on Christmas Eve) Saturday and Sunday nights from 7 pm until midnight (ET). He’s currently on a short break and will return on Saturday night, January 8. Consider joining us then. We’ll save you a spot by the fire in the theatre.

I’ve chosen not to publish a complete playlist from this year’s extravaganza, merely list some of the special highlights. You really need to experience the show firsthand. In the meantime go to and download the available podcasts that David posts to get a taste of what you’ve been missing. And, we’ll anticipate your visit on the 8th.

~ MissParker ~

Alex Lifeson - Little Drummer Boy
Captain Sensible - One Christmas Catalogue
Chris DeBurgh - A Spaceman Came Traveling
Crash Test Dummies - Little Drummer Boy
Dan Fogelberg - Same Old Lang Syne
David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy
David Marsden Reading Of “The Night Before Christmas”
David Marsden Reading Of Toy Trains
David Marsden Christmas War Story
David Marsden Christmas Eve On The Radio Story
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer - I Believe In Father Christmas
Eurythmics - Winter Wonderland
Jethro Tull = Another Christmas Song
John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Jon Anderson - O Holy Night
La Cage Aux Folles - The Best Of Times Is Now
Leonard Cohen - Dance Me To The End Of Love
New Music - On Islands
Payola$ - Christmas Is Coming
Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York
Queen - Thank God It’s Christmas
Roger Miller - Old Toy Trains
Tractors - Rocking This Christmas
Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping
Yobs - Silver Bells

Sunday, December 19, 2010

December 19, 2010

Only 4 more sleeps until David's much-anticipated Christmas Eve extravaganza. Please try to join us on Friday night from 7 pm until midnight (ET) for a memorable, touching, poignant, funny, and meaningful evening with good friends, good music, and the best host on the planet.

Thank you, Jerusalem Slim, for your invaluable help and dedication to detail.

See all y'alls on Friday night.

~ MissParker ~

A-4 - Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlife
Alice In Videoland - Going Down
Andre Rieu – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Arkitex - Lincoln Walk
B.B. King – Why I Sing The Blues
Beck - Diamond Dogs
Billy Idol - Christmas Love
Blood, Sweat & Tears – I Can’t Quit Her
Bob Dylan - The Christmas Blues
Bob Reid – Highway Of Heroes
Box - Live On TV
Boys Brigade - The Passion Of Love
Captain Beefheart - Electricity
Colin James – Lost Again
Dalbello - Gonna Get Close To You
Daniel Lanois – The Maker
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin - I’m In A Different World
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Derek and the Dominos – Bell Bottom Blues
Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood
Eight Seconds - Kiss You When It’s Dangerous
Fire Diviner - Wither And Die
Fixx - Red Skies
Frank Zappa - Happy Together (Live) Featuring Flo & Eddie
Gang Of Four - I Found That Essence Rare
Garbage - The World Is Not Enough
Genesis – Firth Of Fifth
George Harrison - When We Was Fab
Golden Earring – The Vanilla Queen
Icehouse - Electric Blue
Jason Collett - Vanderpool Vanderpool
Joe Cocker – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Leonard Cohen - Democracy
Lou Reed - Ride Sally Ride
Magazine - The Light Pours Out Of Me
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Spirits In The Night
Martha & The Muffins – Echo Beach (acoustic)
Mashmakhan - As The Years Go By
Metallica – The Unforgiven (acoustic)
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Peter Gabriel & Jimmy Pursey - Animals Have More Fun
Peter Murphy - All Night Long
Pink Floyd - Mother
Ray Materick - Home From The Parade
Rupert Hine – The Set-Up
Rymes With Orange – Marvin
Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Slave to the SQUAREwave – The Hopeless Believers
Steve Cropper, Pop Staples & Albert King - Tupelo
Steve Harley – Sebastian
Tin Star Orphans - Juvenile Haul
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Something’s Always Wrong
Troggs – Love Is All Around
Tom Robinson – Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio
Van Morrison - The Great Deception
Vladymir - Everybody’s Crazy

Saturday, December 18, 2010

December 18, 2010

The mood was certainly very festive in the Marsbar Theater this evening. Everyone is anticipating the wonderful Christmas Eve show that David will have this coming Friday night (December 24) from 7 pm until Midnight. It's a Marsbar Theater tradition. And, you wouldn't want to miss Happy Pants - trust me.

Meanwhile, join us once again tomorrow (Sunday) night from 7 pm until midnight as you have your ears calibrated in anticipation of the best upcoming Christmas show on the planet.
~ MissParker ~

54-40 - Radio Luv Song
Adrian Belew - Big Electric Cat
Big Supreme - Don’t Walk
Bob Geldof - This Is The World Calling
Boomtown Rats - Windchill Factor Minus Zero
Chalk Circle - April Fool
Champion - Resistance (Skool)
Chilly Gonzales - Bittersuite
Clash - Guns Of Brixton
Cliks - Complicated
Concrete Blonde - Mexican Moon
David Bowie - Station To Station
Depeche Mode - Everything Counts
Depeche Mode - Precious
Econoline Crush - All That You Are
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes - Home
Elbow - The Fix
Electric Six - Radio Gaga
Eric Clapton - Layla (Unplugged)
Fiat Lux - Blue Emotion
Frank Zappa - Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow
Gary Numan - Cars
Hunter Valentine - Van City
Japan - Rhodesia
Jona Lewie - Louise (We Get It Right)
Killing Joke - Requiem
Kinks - Permanent Waves
Lee Michaels - Heighty Hi
Long John Baldry - Walk Me Out In The Morning Dew
Madness - One Step Beyond
Moev - Yeah, Whatever
Muse - Uprising
Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party - Wish Upon A Dog Star
Pete Wylie - Sinful
Powder Blues Band - Boppin’ With The Blues
Psychedelic Furs - Heartbreak Beat
Pukka Orchestra - Might As Well Be on Mars
Pukka Orchestra - Rubber Girl
Roger Waters - Sunset Strip
Rough Trade - Crimes Of Passion
Simply Red - Jericho
Sisters Of Mercy - Temple Of Love
Slave To The SQUAREwave - London Baby
Spoons - Romantic Traffic
Spoons - Ciao
Stranglers - Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
Stray Cats - Rock This Town
Tenpole Tudor - Swords Of A Thousand Men
Thompson Twins - Lies
Tin Star Orphans - Men With Guns
Ultravox - Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Wall Of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
Wombats - Let’s Dance To Joy Division
Yello - Lost Again

Sunday, December 12, 2010

December 12, 2010

The weather outside is frightful - even in SoFla - but it's always warm and cheery inside the Marsbar Theatre. Don't hang outside in the cold....come on in and make yourself some new friends....and treat your ears to the best free-form broadcasting in the universe by none other than Hall of Fame DJ David Marsden. Make a date to join us next weekend, Saturday and Sunday nights from 7 pm until midnight (ET).

Huge thanks to JerusalemSlim for his gracious and ever-so-detail-oriented assist with the list.

~ MissParker ~

Age Of Electric - Remote Control
Aswad - Don’t Turn Around
B.B. King & Eric Clapton – Come Rain Or Come Shine
Band - Shine A Light
Blue Rodeo - All The Things That Are Left Behind
Bob Rivers - Walking ‘Round In Women’s Underwear
Cliks - Red & Blue
Colin James - Lost Again
Colourfield (feat. Sinead O’Connor) – Monkey In Winter
Crash Test Dummies – The In-Between Place
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Elton John & Leon Russell – If It Wasn’t For Bad
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Shipbuilding
Eric Clapton – Groaning The Blues
FM - Phasers On Stun
Frank Zappa - Flakes
Gary Moore – Looking For Somebody
Gordon Deppe - Between Two Floors
Grinderman – Vortex
Horslips - The Man Who Built America
Hunter Valentine - Van City
Kinks - Misfits
Klaatu – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
Leon Russell – A Song For You
Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan
Madness - Our House
Mark Knopfler – Wanderlust
Moms Mabley – Abraham, Martin & John
My Morning Jacket - Look At You
Pansy Division - Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond Of Each Other
Patti Smith - Dancing Barefoot
Paul Young - Every Time You Go Away
Pink Floyd – Echoes
Richard Wright - Night Of A Thousand Furry Toys
Robbie Robertson - Soapbox Preacher
Robin Trower - Bridge Of Sighs
Rough Trade - Birds Of A Feather
Scott Joplin - Boogie Woogie Blues
Silencers - Bulletproof Heart (Dick Wellstood? Please leave a comment if you know)
Slave To The SQUAREwave - Big Change
Spiral Beach – Midnight
Stranglers - Skin Deep
Strawbs – Tears and Pavan
Strolling Scones - You’re A Very Lovely Woman
Supertramp - Cannonball
T. Rex - Children Of The Revolution
Tears For Fears - Sowing The Seeds Of Love
Thomas Dolby - Europa & The Pirate Twins
Timber Timbre – Lay Down In The Tall Grass
Tin Star Orphans – Jaw Wired Shut
Tom Waits – Romeo Is Bleeding
Van Morrison - Bulbs

December 11, 2010

Absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder. We all missed David so much last weekend - and he showed us how much he missed us all by providing a seamless and splendid show. He played two really excellent songs by Fire Diviner. We were treated to a visit in the chat room by the group's singer who explained that "Wither and Die" was a tribute to Martin Streek, among others. What a beautiful, yet gripping tune. "The Way I'm Seeing You" was a barn-burner - shouldn't be a lick of snow left in Ontario after that tune blew through the airwaves.

Join us tomorrow night for a show that will take your mind off of anything that may be troubling you, brought to you by the master of free-form broadcasting. 7 pm until midnight ~ make a promise to yourself to be there.
~ MissParker ~

69 Eyes - Betty Blue
Alison Moyet - All Cried Out
B-52s - Planet Claire
Big Supreme - Don’t Walk
Billy Idol - Merry Christmas Baby
Boomtown Rats - Rat Trap
Box - Crying Out Loud For Love
Brendan Canning - Love Is New
Chalk Circle - April Fool
China Crisis - Wishful Thinking
Dave Rave - Good News
Deftones - Change
Doobie Brothers - One Chain (Don’t Make No Prison)
Elbow - The Fix
Fall Out Boy - Thnks Fr Th Mmrs
Fire Diviner - The Way I’m Seeing You
Fire Diviner - Wither And Die
Genesis - The Carpet Crawlers (1999)
Harrison Fjord - Open Spaces
Images In Vogue - Just Like You
Japan - Taking Islands In Africa
Joe Cocker - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Joe Eli - Sunday Morning (Coming Down)
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
Klaatu - Knee Deep In Love
Meat Puppets - Backwater
Mick Ronson - Billy Porter
Moev - Wanting
Muse - Undisclosed Desires
National Velvet - Flesh Under Skin
Nitzer Ebb - Join In The Chant
Pink Floyd - Pigs (Three Different Ones)
Placebo - Running Up That Hill
Procol Harum - Conquistador
Propellerheads & Shirley Bassey - Goldfinger
Pukka Orchestra - Might As Well Be On Mars
Queen - ‘39
Rammstein - Du Hast
Richard Strange & The Engine Room - Damascus
Roy Orbison - In Dreams
Scissor Sisters - Lovers In The Back Seat
Shriekback - All Lined Up
Slave To The SQUAREwave - 1972
Spoons - Ciao
Status Quo - In The Army Now
Stranglers - Walk On By
Streets - Dry Your Eyes
Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone (extended mix)
Tin Star Orphans - Men With Guns
Tommy Bolin - Post Toastee
Tubes - Tubes World Tour