The Saturday Alternative: 11-28-15

Dig into this week’s Saturday Alternative playlist! The Fitting Room album was Many Moons by former Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney. The album is out now on Domino Records.

Scroll down for the SoundCloud playlist.



Lean – VHS Collection – VHS Collection EP

Stella – The New Tarot – Stella! EP

Guesthouse – David Wax Museum – Guesthouse

Pills – White Reaper – White Reaper Does It Again 

Several Shades of Green – Wreckless Eric – America 

Raised The Bar – Chris Storrow  – The Oceans Door

It Came To Me – The Domestics 

Record High, Record Low – Givers – New Kingdom

Infamous – Basia Bulat – Good Advice

Dropout – Braves

ii) Gold – Mikal Cronin – mciii

Mire (Grant’s Song) – DIIV – Is the Is Are

Young – The Arcs – The Arcs vs. The Inventors EP

Disintegrate – Painted Palms – Horizons 


Back Pocket – Vulfpeck – Thrill of the Arts 

Make Love Stay – Astropol – The Spin We’re In

To Know You – Wild Nothing – Life of Pause 

Thin Air – Wildhoney – Your Face Sideways EP 

Lime Habit – Polica – United Crushers 

Quiet Americans – Shearwater – Jet Plane and Oxbow 

An Island – Clara Nova 

Deathless – Moving Mountains – Moving Mountain / Prawn

Mess Around – Cage the Elephant – Tell Me I’m Pretty 

Hey Me Israeli – Earl Burrows – No Love for the Drowning 

Open Passageways – All Them Witches – Dying Surfer Meets His Maker 

Idealistic – Mind Enterprises – Idealist

Automatic – ZHU & AlunaGeorge 


Water – Ra Ra Riot – Need Your Light

Silver Lining – TRAAMS – Modern Dancing 

Gold and Stone – Eternal Summers – Gold and Stone

Silver John – This Is The Kit – Bashed Out 

Golden Lion – The Besnard Lakes – A Coliseum Complex Museum


Beloved New Jersey indie rockers Real Estate called it quits a few months ago… at least for the time being… and their guitarist Matt Mondanile wasted no time releasing new music as Ducktails which he had been doing on and off for years…But their singer Martin Courtney used this as an opportunity to release his first ever solo album and its such an incredibly pleasant listen. His songs.. and his voice have a super chill quality too them, just as they did with real estate, but he’s taking his time even more here on Many Moons… which we’ll be trying on today. We’ll hear three tracks as always… and we’ll begin with Vestiges……. This is Martin Courtney… here in the Fitting Room.. on the Saturday Alternative.. on 89.7 WTMD..

Vestiges – Martin Courtney – Many Moons

Northern Highway – Martin Courtney – Many Moons 

Airport Bar – Martin Courtney – Many Moons


Paper Mache Dream Balloon – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Paper Mache Dream Balloon

Sister of Pearl – Baio – The Names 

Long May You Sail – Simo – Let Love Show the Way 


Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) – White Denim 

We’ll end here with a cover from the amazing, genre mashing Austin Texas band White Denim… Not sure if you’ve been keeping up with the second season of Fargo on FX… but if you’re not… you’re truly missing out. I haven’t been this hyped about a show since breaking bad… Everything about it from the story, to the acting, to the cinematography to the music is top notch… This cover was used in the last episode… a nod to the cohen brothers who used the original version in the The Big Lebowski… its White Denim’s cover of Mickey Newbury’s tripped out 1967 song Just Dropped in To See What Condition My Condition was in…

The Shadow – Nov. 27th

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The original band were at the forefront of the Philly soul scene in the 1970’s and had a bunch of hit singles, including one song about a locomotive and another about people you can’t trust. You might enjoy a glass of this along with your breakfast. This is an appropriate Black Friday song. The Shadow band…

Weekend on the Radio: Nov. 26th – 29th


Plan your Thanksgiving weekend with Sam and Don! There are several exciting shows happening Friday night, including Psycho Killers (the Talking Heads tribute band) with Thomas Dolby at Baltimore Soundstage, Surfer Blood at the Crown, The Wombats, Royal Teeth and Pop Etc and Rams Head Live, NRBQ at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis and…

Thanksgiving Live Lunch Marathon


We’re thankful for many things here at WTMD. For one, we have the greatest listening audience on the planet who understand the importance of great music and art here in our city. We’re also incredibly grateful to be able to regularly invite our fellow music lovers here to our studios in Towson as we welcome some of…

Downtown Upload: Sandy Pagnotti of Ronald McDonald House

Downtown Upload

The Downtown Upload Weekly Podcast, with Megan Isennock from the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore featuring information and interviews on the people and places that make life Good for Downtown. Good for Baltimore. Listen below: Downtown Upload Previous episodes here. Tweet

WTMD Live Lunch with San Fermin, Wednesday, December 2nd

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Join us for a Live Lunch Concert Broadcast with baroque indie-pop band San Fermin – Wednesday, December 2nd at 12 noon at the WTMD studios. Doors open at 11:30. The show starts at Noon and lasts an hour. The Details: 1 Olympic Place, Towson, MD 21204 Plenty of street parking or use one of the…

The Shadow – Nov. 25th

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We recently dedicated an entire day’s worth of programming to the band in which the original artist plays. You may have caught him performing here in Baltimore last month. The song is about a visit to a doctor who insists that dancing is the best remedy. The shadow version of the song comes off a live…

The Shadow – Nov. 24th

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The original band go by a slightly different name in North American than they do elsewhere, and are known for a sound that blends ska, pop and punk rock. The American version of their name gives you a good idea of where they are from. The song comes off of their third and final album…

The Shadow – Nov. 23rd

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Although the original artist often found success with his versions of other people’s songs, he was a prolific singer-songwriter himself and even wrote One of Three Dog Night’s biggest hits. In a highly publicized incident, he and John Lennon once got thrown out of a Los Angeles nightclub after a few too many Brandy Alexanders….

Today on Detour

Charm City Junction

Tune in to Detour, the folk, roots & world music show today at 5:00 for live music from Baltimore’s own Charm City Junction. We’ll also hear tracks from their new CD. Turning to the news, there will be some songs about immigrants and refugees. And the usual Detour Cover Set and Detour Concert Calendar. Listen…

The Saturday Alternative: 11-21-15


Dig into this week’s Saturday Alternative playlist! The Fitting Room album was Paper Mâché Dream Balloon by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. It’s out now on ATO Records. Scroll down for the SoundCloud playlist.   —- Silver Lining – TRAAMS – Modern Dancing  — Badvertise – Dr. Dog The Noisy Days Are Over –…

The Shadow – Nov. 20th

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This is not the original artist, but the artist who released the most well-known version of the song. He has been quite the Attraction for close to four decades. He’s been called an Imposter, but we know him to be one of the most authentic singers and songwriters of the last half-century. The world will…

Weekend on the Radio: Nov. 19th – 22nd

OY Fest

The holidays are right around the corner, so make the most of this weekend. There’s an Oyster Festival, the Mobbie Awards, and a Live Lunch. Plus choral classics of the season, Baltimore Blast and an artistic reflection on the Baltimore Uprising. Plan accordingly with Sam and Don below. Find out more details here, submit your…

The Shadow – Nov. 18th

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The original duo went by the name Tom & Jerry when they first formed in New York City in the late 50’s.  They are masters of harmony and legends of folk rock. Most of their songs were written by one member who went on to have an incredibly successful solo career and is considered one…

The Shadow – Nov. 17th

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The original band were an iconic soul, r&b and funk group. They were the first fully integrated band in rock history, with members that were black and white, male and female. The song was their first No. 1 single and calls for peace, love and acceptance for all. Different strokes for different folks, and so on….

The Shadow – Nov. 16th

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The original band are an influential, yet often overlooked group from San Francisco who came to prominence in the late 60’s and 70’s. You could say they were “on fire” during that period and had really found their groove. This is their most well-known song, and the Shadow version was, like, totally featured in the movie…