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After working hard work all week, Ann Delisi’s Essential Music (ADEM) is your weekend destination for fun. Ann serves up a thoroughly hand-picked combination of great contemporary music and the classics you need to hear. ADEM features music made in Detroit, along with live in-studio performances, interviews and special features.

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Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, August 30, 2015

Aug. 30, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann’s In-Studio guest is Detroit thrash-grass band The Native Howl

Song Artist Album
This is How We Walk on the Moon Jose Gonzalez Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell
Another Thought (A Little Lost) Arthur Russell Another Thought
Sunflower Girl Jill Jack Sunflower Girl
Revelation Sunshine Cree Summer Street Faerie
You Are the Best Thing Ray LaMontagne Gossip in the Grain
How We Be Sinkane Mean Love
How to Waste a Moment James Vincent McMurrow N/A
Here We Go Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors Medicine
Last Time Forever Squeeze Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti
Never Enough Trixie Whitley Fourth Corner
There Isn't One Way Patty Griffin Servant of Love
Wish I Had Answered Mavis Staples Your Good Fortune EP
Love is Deep Matthew E. White Fresh Blood
Awake Electric Guest Mondo
Song Artist Album
Death Jam The Native Howl Live in the WDET Studios
Thunder Head The Native Howl Live in the WDET Studios
Close to Me The Cure The Head on the Door
Gold Chet Faker Built on Glass
Run LIke the River Vintage Trouble 1 Hopeful Rd.
Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms) The Detroit Emeralds Greatest Hits
It Serves Me Right to Suffer Saint Cecilia Saint Cecilia
Rigamarole The City Champs The Set-Up
Better Man Leon Bridges Coming Home
Panamericana Gotan Project Tango 2.0
Compound Fracture My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
Oscar Wilde Company of Thieves Ordinary Riches
Song Artist Album
Running Up That Hill Kate Bush Hounds of Love
Satellite Guster Ganging Up on the Sun
Ship to Wreck Florence + The Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
All Across This Land Bitzen Trapper All Across This Land
You Don't Have to Believe Me Eric Hutchinson Sounds Like This
Mystery Boxed In Boxed In
Lonely Boy The Black Keys El Camino
Worth Wondering Bronze Radio Return Old Time Speaker
Babylon Crashing Silent Violet The Harder Way Out EP
French Navy Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career
I Knew the Bride When She Used to Rock & Roll Nick Lowe The Rose of England
Busy Earnin' Jungle Jungle
Tonight's Today Jack Penate Everything is New
The Healer John Lee Hooker The Healer

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, August 29, 2015

Aug. 29, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann celebrates Van Morrison’s 70th Birthday and talks with Chef John Sommerville from The Lark restaurant.

Song Artist Album
Off the Wall Michael Jackson Off the Wall
Come Together The Beatles Abbey Road
Boo Zooh Monarchs N/A
Gloria Them The Angry Young Them
Green & Gold Lianne LaHavas Blood
Heavy Things Phish Farmhouse
Here I Am Emmylou Harris Heartaches and Highways
Digital Witness St. Vincent St. Vincent
Dreams Beck Dreams
Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl
Rumour Has It Adele 21
Song Artist Album
Pressure My Brightest Diamond This is My Hand
Je T'Adore The Figgs Palais
Time China Global Soul
Summertime The Sundays Static & Silence
Moondance Van Morrison Moondance
Into the Mystic Van Morrison Moondance
I've Been Working Van Morrison His Band and the Street Choir
Streets of Arklow Van Morrison Veedon Fleece
By His Grace Van Morrison Hymns to the Silence
Song Artist Album
Real Real Gone Van Morrison Enlightenment
Irish Heartbeat Van Morrison & The Chieftains Irish Heartbeat
Have I Told You Lately Van Morrison Avalon Sunset
Same to You Melody Gardot Currency of Man
Lay Your Cards Out POLICA Give You the Ghost
Pagan Heart Van Morrison Born to Sing: No Plan B
Astral Weeks Van Morrison Astral Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, August 22, 2015

Aug. 22, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s album “Born to Run”

Song Artist Album
Boogie Chillun John Lee Hooker Boogie Chillun
Same to You Melody Gardot Currency of Man
Hole of Sorrow The Blueflowers Stealing the Moon
Congo Bear Mountain XO
Dreams Beck Dreams
Thunder Road Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Born to Run
Can't Keep Checking My Phone Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love
Dog Days Are Over Florence + The Machine Lungs
Paisley Park Prince Around the World in a Day
Tenth Avenue Freeze Out Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Song Artist Album
Shine Trey Anastasio Shine
Spring to Come John Butler Trio Flesh & Blood
Night Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Born to Run
Bloodbuzz Ohio The National High Violet
The Walk Mayer Hawthorne How Do You Do
Meet Me in the Woods Lord Huron Strange Trails
Backstreets Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Born to Run
Boo Hoo Hoo No Sinner Boo Hoo Hoo
Send a Message Amp Fiddler Bassmentality 3
Rock 'n' Roll is Cold Matthew E. White Fresh Blood
Song Artist Album
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Born to Run
Soundtracks & Come Backs Goldfish Perceptions of Pacha
Float Pacific Air Stop Talking
The Calculation Regina Spektor Far
She's the One Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Born to Run
Repo Man Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise
Strange American Mars Chasing Vapor
Meeting Across the River Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Born to Run
Holding on to Black Metal My Morning Jacket Circuital
King & Cross Asgeir In the Silence
Jungleland Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Born to Run

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, August 15, 2015

Aug. 15, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Song Artist Album
Cry Love John Hiatt Walk On
Alone in the Dark John Hiatt Bring the Family
Dancin' on My Knees The Infatuations Detroit Block Party
Little Sister Dwight Yoakam The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam
Big Boss Man Elvis Presley Today, Tomorrow and Forever
Green Meadows Green Meadows N/A
Dreams Beck Dreams
Sound of Sunshine Michael Franti & Spearhead The Sound of Sunshine
Hard Swing Travelin' Man Brenda Boykin Chocolate & Chili
Compound Fracture My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
True Affection Father John Misty I Love You Honeybear
Garden Audra Kubat Since I Fell In Love with Music
Gardening at Night R.E.M. Dead Letter Office
Song Artist Album
The Way It Was Aceyalone The Lonely Ones
I'm Gonna Love You Melvin Davis Detroit Soul Ambassador
Life is Better Norah Jones & Q-Tip Featuring Norah Jones
Send a Message Amp Fiddler Bassmentality 3
You Know I'm No Good Amy Winehouse Back to Black
You Are Undeniable Mos Def & Marvin Gaye You Are Undeniable
In the Back of of the Car EMO Putumayo Presents: A New Groove
Tutu Miles Davis Tutu
Real Wild Child Iggy Pop Blah Blah Blah
Broken Mirrors Mike Ellison FLYTANIUM
Green and Gold Lianne LaHavas Blood
Wish I Had Answered Mavis Staples Your Good Fortune
Run LIke the River Vintage Trouble 1 Hopeful Rd.
Song Artist Album
Sunday Bloody Sunday U2 War
Sam Huff's Flying Raging Machine Lettuce Rage!
Superhero Mackinac N/A
Talk of the Town Pretenders Pretenders II
Wolf Mumford & Sons Wilder Mind
Art Louque So Long
Spirit in the Dark Aretha Franklin Live at the Fillmore West
It's Your Thing The Isley Brothers The Essential Isley Brothers
Heavy Metal Drummer Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Rumble and Sway Jamie N Commons Rumble and Sway EP
Up There Down There Patti Smith Dream of Life
Let Me Down Easy Paolo Nutini Caustic Love
Lightening Bolt Jake Bugg Jake Bugg

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, August 9, 2015

Aug. 9, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann’s guest is Port Huron band The Gasoline Gypsies

Song Artist Album
Angels The Xx Coexist
Mermaids Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Push the Sky Away
Green and Gold Lianne LaHavas Blood
Gotta Serve Somebody Pops Staples Don't Lose This
Everybody Loves the Sunshine Roy Ayers Everybody Loves the Sunshine
Never Say Never Basement Jaxx Junto
One Heart Leftover Cuties The Spark & The Fire
Billy Joe Paula Cole Raven
My Time Minus the Bear Omni
Gold Chet Faker Built on Glass
Squares The Beta Band Hot Shots II
There Isn't One Way Patty Griffin Servant of Love
What is Success Bonnie Raitt Streetlights
Send a Message Amp Fiddler Basementality 3
Song Artist Album
Head Over Heels JD McPherson Let the Good Times Roll
When You're Falling Afro Celt Sound System When You're Falling
Compound Fracture My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
Perfect Skin Lloyd Cole & The Commotions Rattlesnakes
I'm Only Happy When It Rains Garbage Garbage
Something's Gotta Give The Gasoline Gypsies Live in the WDET Studios
Run Baby Run The Gasoline Gypsies LIve in the WDET Studios
Time Jungle Jungle
Into My Soul Gabin Feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater Mr. Freedom
Rock & Roll is Cold Matthew E. White Fresh Blood
What I Thought Chris Emmerson Chris Emmerson
Motion Animal crash Hardly Criminal
Song Artist Album
Time to Get Away LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver
How We Be Sinkane Mean Love
A Song for the Lovers Richard Ashcroft Alone with Everybody
Meet Me in the Woods Lord Huron Strange Trails
Counting Backwards Throwing Muses The Real Ramona
Where I'm Going Cut Copy Zonoscope
I'm Callin' Tennis Ritual in Repeat
All Buttoned Up Richard Thompson Still
Dark Sunglasses Chrissie Hynde Stockholm
Fools Gold The Stone Roses The Stone Roses
Looking Too Closely Fink Hard Believer
This Train That I Ride Snakefarm Songs from My Funeral
Cracked Open Arthur Lee Land Cracked Open
Funny Little Tragedy Gov't Mule with Elvis Costello Shout!

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, August 2, 2015

Aug. 2, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann will talk with music writer, Gary Graff and Ryan Dillaha & the Miracle Men perform in the WDET Studios

Song Artist Album
Heaven Talking Heads Fear of Music
Take Me to the River Al Green Explores Your Mind
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cultur The Bruised Reed N/A
Is It a Crime Sade Promise
Memory Kills The New Tarot The New Tarot
One By One Grey Reverend Of the Days
Meant Elizaveta Beatrix Runs
Fourteen Year Old Moment Holly Palmer Holly Palmer
Song Artist Album
No Place Left to Hide Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas Secret Evil
I Can't Get Next to You The Temptations My Girl - The Very Best of the Temptations
In the Waiting Line Zero 7 Simple Things
Cities Talking Heads Fear of Music
Who David Byrne & St. Vincent Love This Giant
Never Say Never Basement Jaxx Junto
Summer Breeze The Isley Brothers The Essential Isley Brothers
Downtown Whitehorse Leave No Bridge Left Unburned
The Storm Patrick Watson Close the Paradise
Shake & Tremble Django Django Born Under Saturn
Song Artist Album
I Zimbra Talking Heads Fear of Music
Find a Way Elastic Bond Real
What You Don't Do Lianne LaHavas Blood
Mystery Boxed In Boxed In
Please The Falls Into the Fire
Ruin Cat Power Sun
To the Max BigBang Edendale
Standing By Your Side Lee Fields Emma Jean
27 Jennifers Mike Doughty Golden Delicious
Volare Gipsy Kings Volare!
Ordinary Madness Jojo Effect Ordinary Madness
They Won't Mind Chris Richards & The Subtractions Get Your La La's Out
Strangers Are Strange Unknown Mortal Orchestra Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Life During Wartime Talking Heads Fear of Music

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, August 1, 2015

Aug. 1, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, August 1, 2015

Song Artist Album
Higher Ground Stevie Wonder Innervisions
Send a Message Amp Fiddler Basmentality 3
Breathe Telepopmusik Genetic World
Doing It Wrong Moke Hil Time Stops Moving
Into My Soul Gabin Mr. Freedom
Stuck on You Joss Stone Water for Your Soul
Riptide Vance Joy Dream Your LIfe Away
Love Is Like An Itching in My Heart Diana Ross & The Supremes Diana Ross & The Supremes
Black is the Color Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow is My Turn
Something Beautiful Trombone Shortly Backatown
Scroll Call Cody ChesnuTT Landing on a Hundred
Sense of You Cody Chesnutt Landing on a Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Smiles Like a Fist Chris Bathgate A Cork Tale Wake
Song Artist Album
Living for the City Stevie Wonder Innervisions
Compound Fracture My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
Tough Kid Honeycut The Day I Turned to Glass
Don't Come Around Here No More Blaire Alise & The Bombshells For My Darlin'
Orange Blossoms JJ Grey & Mofro Orange Blossoms
Light a Candle JJ Grey & Mofro Ol' Glory
Green and Gold Lianne Lahavas Blood
Paddling Out Miike Snow Happy to You
Helpline Operator The The Dusk
Faith Alejandro Escovedo Street Songs of Love
Little Boys with Their Shiny Toys Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings N/A
Golden Lady Stevie Wonder Innervisions
Song Artist Album
If Love Was a Train Michelle Shocked Short Sharp Shocked
Bathtub Gin Zander Michigan Zander the Great
Dreams Beck Dreams
Ship to Wreck Florence + The Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
365 Days ZZ Ward Til the Casket Drops
Run Like the River Vintage Trouble 1 Hopeful Rd
Because I Know That I Can Andy Burrows Company
Skinny Blues Jeremy Loops Skinny Blues
Look Sharp! Joe Jackson Look Sharp!
Same to You Melody Gardot Currency of Man
Spotlight Leagues You Belong Here
What's Happening Elizabeth Shepherd The Signal
The Walker Fitz & The Tantrums More Than Just a Dream
All in Love is Fair Stevie Wonder Innervisions
Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing Stevie Wonder Innervisions

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, July 25, 2015

July 25, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Guilty Pleasures!!

Song Artist Album
Wannabe Radio Edit Spice Girls Spice
Island Girl Elton John Rocket Man: Number Ones
Limelight Rush The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits
Best of My Love The Emotions Rejoice
Can't Get You Outta My Head Kylie Minogue Fever
Brandy Looking Glass Looking Glass
Superstar Carpenters Carpenters
Church of the Poison Mind Culture Club Colour By Number
I'm a Believer The Monkees The Best of the Monkees
Disco Inferno The Trammps Rhino Hi-Five: The Trammps - EP
Jive Talkin' The Bee Gees Main Course
Don't Bring Me Down Electric Light Orchestra Discovery
Lovefool The Cardigans First Band on the Moon
Rhinestone Cowboy Glenn Campbell 20 Greatest Hits
Song Artist Album
Holiday Madonna Madonna
Notorious Duran Duran Decade
Madness Muse The 2nd Law
Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation Jukebox Hits, Vol. 1
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Rupert Holmes Partners In Crime
Gettin' Jiggy Wit It Will Smith Will Smith: Greatest Hits
The Groove Line Heatwave Heatwave's Greatest Hits
I'm Eighteen Alice Cooper Love It to Death
Toxic Britney Spears In the Zone
Oops! I Did It Again Richard Thompson 1000 Years of Popular Music
September Earth, Wind & Fire Greatest Hits
Kiss Prince & The Revolution The Very Best of Prince
Somethin' Stupid Frank Sinatra & Nancy Sinatra Nothing But the Best
Song Artist Album
Got to Be Real Cheryl Lynn Cheryl Lynn
Love Plus One Haircut 100 Pelican West Plus
Take Me Home, Country Roads John Denver The Essential John Denver
Help Yourself Tom Jones Tom Jones: Gold (1965-1975)
Jessie's Girl Rick Springfield The Best of Rick Springfield
Kicks Paul Revere & The Raiders Greatest Hits
Come and Get Your Love Redbone The Essential Redbone
Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band Starland Vocal Band
Let It Whip Dazz Band 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Dazz Band
Electric Feel MGMT Oracular Spectacular
Can't Smile Without You Barry Manilow Ultimate Manilow
Sugar Sugar The Archies Sugar, Sugar
Happy Pharrell Williams G I R L
Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond Neil Diamond
Dancing Queen ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, July 18, 2015

July 15, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Essential Summer Songs and Beck turns 45.

Song Artist Album
Go It Alone Beck Guero
Go It Alone Nadir The Book of Jonah
How Do You Sleep? The Sights Most Of What Follows Is True
How Do You Sleep? John Lennon Imagine
28 Butts Little Jackie The Stoop
Dead Fox Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
Sunshine Mike Doughty The Flip is Another Honey
Hurricane Waters Citizen Cope The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
Panamericana Gotan Project Tango 3.0
Tropicalia Beck Mutations
History Repeating Propellerheads/Shirley Bassey Decksandrumsandrockandroll
Day By Day Sons Et Al Godspeed EP
Sand + Silence The Rosebuds Sand + Silence
Get There Robert Randolph & The Family Band Get There
Song Artist Album
Sam Huff's Flying Raging Machine Lettuce Rage!
Dreams Beck Dreams
Got to Give It Up Marvin Gaye The Complete Motown Collection
Wrong Club The Ting Tings Super Critical
Stunnin' Natives of the New Dawn Stunnin'
Please Forgive Me David Gray White Ladder
You Got the Love Florence + The Machine Lungs
Sweetest Day Control Freq Sweetest Day EP
Make You Feel My Love Adele 19
On a Cloud Platinum Pied Pipers Abundance
What You Don't Do Lianne LaHavas Blood
Never Say Never Basement Jaxx Junto
Misery The Dynamics Lost Soulful Doo Wop Treasures
Song Artist Album
Heartbreaker Crazy P When We On
Don't Wanna Fight Alabama Shakes Sound and Color
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now The Smiths Louder Than Bombs
Call Me St. Paul & The Broken Bones Half the City
Shadow On the Wall Ruby Amanfu Standing Still
Head Over Heels JD McPherson Let The Good Times Roll
Orphans Beck Modern Guilt
Numbers with Wings The Bongos Numbers with Wings EP
Petition Tennis Young And Old
16 Days Whiskeytown Stranger's Almanac
Run Like the River Vintage Trouble 1 Hopeful Rd.
Beautiful Day Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers Spirit of Music
Boo Hoo Hoo No Sinner Boo Hoo Hoo
I'll Take Care of U Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie Xx We're New Here
Check Me Out Little Denise It's Kind of the Funny Story
Song Artist Album
Flashlight Parliament Funkentelechy vs. The Placebo Syndrome
One Heart Leftover Cuties The Spark & The Fire
superhero mackinac N/A
Stoned Soul Picnic The 5th Dimension The 5th Dimension
Moving to Brussels Bhi Bhiman Rhythm & Reason
Riptide Vance Joy Dream Your Life Away
Get It Together Green Meadows N/A
Can't Keep Checkin My Phone Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love
A Long Time Mayer Hawthorne How Do You Do
Big Fun Inner City Big Fun Remixes
All My Girls Electric Graffiti Kicked Off the Bus
Looking Too Closely Fink Hard Believer
You Don't Know Smoove & Turrell Antique Soul
You Are The Best Thing Ray LaMontagne Gossip in the Grain

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 5, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann interviews Don Was about the Concert of Colors and The Electrifying Mojo. Eliza Neals performs.

Song Artist Album
Playground Love Air The Virgin Suicides Soundtrack
Full Circle Half Moon Run Dark Eyes
Magpie Abraham Blue for the Most
Roll On The LIttle Willies The Little Willies
Unbearable Why Dr. Dog Shame Shame
I'm Not Lucky Corktown Popes And Also with You
July Flame Laura Veirs July Flame
Mystery Boxed In Boxed In
Leaf Off/The Cave Jose Gonzalez Vestiges and Claws
Jekyll and Hound Eliza Neals Live in the WDET Studios
Breaking and Entering Eliza Neals LIve in the WDET Studios
Detroit Drive Eliza Neals Live in the WDET Studios
Song Artist Album
James Brown Sinead O'Connor I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss
Broken Mirrors Mike Ellison FLYTANIUM
Lucky I Got What I Want Jungle Jungle
Above the Clouds Paul Weller Paul Weller
Seasons Laura Rain & the Caesars Closer
Superhero Mackinac Mackinac
Heart of Steel Galactic featuring Irma Thomas Ya-Ka-May
It's Hard Bein' a Woman Katie Grace Katie Grace
That Old Pair of Jeans Fatboy Slim The Greatest Hits - Why Try Harder
Kindred Spirit Eels The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
One Heart Leftover Cuties The Spark & The Fire
Righteously Lucinda Williams World Without Tears
Song Artist Album
Let's Work Prince Controversy
Private Idaho B52's Wild Planet
Boing Boom Tschak Kraftwerk Techno Pop
Out Come the Freaks Was (Not Was) What Up, Dog?
One Hair Mitch Ryder Detroit Ain't Dead (The Promise)
Sweet Disposition The Temper Trap Conditions
Stuck On You Joss Stone Water for Your Soul
Get What You Want Kate Monaghan Possibilities
Female Doctor Miniature Tigers Mia Pharoah
Dancin' on My Knees The Infatuations Detroit Block Party

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