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Host, Ann Delisi Essential Music

Ann has been an influential part of Detroit media for more than 20 years. From radio to television to voiceovers, Ann Delisi is a familiar voice to metro Detroiters. A Wayne State grad and former WDET staffer (1983-1995), Ann now hosts a show on WDET that is a fun, contemporary and thoroughly hand-picked approach to music that moves Detroit. Ann will guide us through the “essential music,” both new and familiar, that’s shaping our culture and feature music made in Detroit every hour. Ann’s show also brings you live performances, interviews and special features.

anndelisi@wdet.org   Follow @anndelisimusic

Recent Posts

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, October 25, 2015

Oct. 25, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Birthday nods to Ben Harper and Johnny Marr with a a segment on the song “How Soon Is Now”

Song Artist Album
Stay In My Corner The Arcs Yours, Dreamily
Car Crash Anna Nalick Broken Doll & Odds & Ends
How We Be Sinkane Mean Love
Directions Ane Brun N/A
Morning Glory El Dee Endearment
The Ghost Inside Broken Bells Broken Bells
How To Waste a Moment James Vincent McMurrow N/A
Ode to Billy Joe Sinead O'Connor Help
London Benjamin Clementine At Least for Now
Ruin Cat Power Sun
One By One Grey Reverend Of the Days
Fitz & Dizzyspells Andrew Bird Noble Beast
Sleep Allen Stone Allen Stone
Can't Sleep Kirabelle Frabotta Wildwood Flower
Only Words The Verve Pipe Underneath
Song Artist Album
Take My Hand Ben Harper & The Blind Boys of Alabama There Will Be a LIght
Breakin' Down Ben Harper Welcome to the Cruel World
Find What You Are Looking For Flint Eastwood Small Victories
Borrowed Heart Hezekiah Jones In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw
M-O-N-E-Y Lyle Lovett You Can't Resist It
The Gypsy The James Hunter Six Minute By Minute
Hard Times Laura Rain and the Caesars Gold
Everybody Pays Big Harp White Hate
It's All Rite Roman Carter Never Slow Down
Sittin' Here St Germain St Germain
Fried Neck Bones and Some Home Fries Dan the Automator & Willie Bobo Verve Remixed
Still Hanging On Lee Fields & The Expressions Faithful Man
I'll Take Care of U Gil Scott Heron & Jamie Xx We're New Here
Shake It Off Ryan Adams 1989
Song Artist Album
Sweetest Smile and the Funkiest Style Aretha Franklin Rare & Unreleased Recordings
Cold Sweat James Brown 20 All Time Greatest Hits
32 Flavors Alana Davis Blame It On Me
Supernova Ray LaMontagne Supernova
No Time for Love Spottiswoode & His Enemies English Dream
U Got the Sunshine Graffiti6 The Bridge
Golden Boys Res How I Do
Reach Back Duane Allen Harlick Beneath the Surface
Spotlight Leagues You Belong Here
How Soon Is Now? The Smiths Meat is Murder
Gravitate to Me The The Mind Bomb
Easy Money Johnny Marr Playland

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, October 24, 2015

Oct. 24, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann talks with Contemporary Classical Composer, Nico Muly, about the US premiere of his viola concerto

Song Artist Album
Superstition Stevie Wonder Talking Book
So What the Fuss? Stevie Wonder A Time to Love
Long Black Road Electric Light Orchestra American Hustle Soundtrack
Use Me Bill Withers Still Bill
Smooth Sailin' Leon Bridges Coming Home
I Learned the Hard Way Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings I Learned the Hard Way
Prince of Darkness Indigo Girls Indigo Girls
Kalan Nege Kissa Bagayogo Putumayo Presents African Beat
Day By Day Sons Et Al Godspeed EP
Gimme Shelter Merry Clayton 20 Feet From Stardom
Song Artist Album
Green and Gold Lianne LaHavas Blood
What Kind of Man Florence + The Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Right As Rain Adele Live in the WDET Studios
Hello Adele 25
Joey Concrete Blonde Bloodletting
Kiss Prince Parade
Big Time Sensuality Bjork Debut
Thirst City And Color The Hurry and the Harm
Wasted Love City and Colour If I Should Go Before You
Young Americans David Bowie Young Americans
Song Artist Album
Head Over Heels JD McPherson Let The Good Times Roll
City Swan Neko Case The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Try, The Harder I Try, the More I Love You
Lucky I Got What I Want Jungle Jungle
Gibraltar Beirut NO NO NO
Tune Down Chris Joss Sticks
1977 Ana Tijoux 1977
Respect Otis Redding Otis Blue
Send a Message Amp Fiddler Bassmentality 3
Is It Too Late World Party Goodbye Jumbo
I Hear Them All Dave Rawlings Machine A Friend of a Friend
Loving Arms The Belfuries Workingman's Belfuries
Something Beautiful Trombone Shorty Backatown
Airstream Driver Gomez A New Tide

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, October 18, 2015

Oct. 19, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann picks from the “H” section of WDET’s Music Library

Song Artist Album
God Bless the Child Billie Holiday
Song Artist Album
God Bless the Child Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra Billie Holiday's Greatest Hits
The Healer John Lee Hooker The Healer
Back of My Hand Gemma Hayes Night On My Side
Cherry Wine Hozier Wish I Was Here
When I Go Away Levon Helm Electric Dirt
Dreamboat Annie Heart Dreamboat Annie
Rough and Tumble Joe Henry Scar
The Splendor of Empire Khalid Hanifi A Brief Respite from Shooting Fish in A Barrel
The Wolves Ben Howard The Wolves
You've Got You Eric Hutchinson Sounds Like This
This is Us Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris All the Roadrunning
I Believe to My Soul Heatwave Central Heating
Song Artist Album
How You Like Me Now The Heavy The House That Dirt Built
Gold to Me Ben Harper Fight For Your Mind
Bloodshot Eyes Wynonie Harris Wynonie Harris Greatest Hits
Cry Love John Hiatt Walk On
Everytime Boots Julia Holter Have You In My Wilderness
Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) The Hollies Greatest Hits
Doo Wop (That Thing) Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Let England Shake PJ Harvey Let England Shake
For You and I The Hounds Below You LIght Me Up in the Dark
All Those Years Ago George Harrison Somewhere In England
These Chains Hot Chip In Our Heads
Cantaloupe Island Herbie Hancock Cantaloupe Island
Complete Heavenly Beat Prominence
Climbing Honeycut Comedians
Song Artist Album
Castles Made of Sand The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold As Love
My Morphine Hardkandy Second to None
Something Good Hyperstory Hyperstory
Lost in My Mind The Head and the Heart The Head and the Heart
You've Got to Lose The Holmes Brothers Brotherhood
Peggy Sue Buddy Holly Buddy Holly
Dark Sunglasses Chrissie Hynde Stockholm
She's Gone Hall & Oates Abandoned Luncheonette
Somewhere Apart Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians Element of Light
The Sound of Coming Down The Hard Lessons Complete B&G Sides
Detroit On My Mind Howling Diablos Ultra Sonic Gas Can
Winning Streak Glen Hansard Didn't He Ramble
Full Circle Half Moon Run Dark Eyes
Do Your Thing Isaac Hayes Isaac Hayes: Greatest Hits
The Way It Is Bruce Hornsby and the Range The Way It Is

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, October 17, 2015

Oct. 17, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Detroit photographer Michelle Andonian is interviewed about “Hope Dies Last” commemorating the Armenian genocide.

Song Artist Album
Shake Your Hips Joan Osborne Bring It On Home
Wish I Had Answered Mavis Staples Your Good Fortune
I'll Take You There The Staple Singers Be Altitude: Respect Yourself
Lay Down Son Little Son Little
Ponca De Lanca African Jorge Ben Brazil Classics
Sittin' Here St Germain St Germain
Gooey Glass Animals Zaba
Never Say Never Basement Jaxx Junto
Bad Blood Ryan Adams 1989
Believe Mumford & Sons Wilder Mind
In My Dreams Eels Hombre Lobo
The Boy in the Bubble Paul Simon Graceland
You Should Be Doubly Gratified Mike Doughty Sad Man Happy Man
Song Artist Album
Love is the Answer Aloe Blacc Lift Your Spirit
Family Affair Sly & The Family Stone & Studio Rio Studio Rio Presents: The Brazilian Connection
I'm So Free Lou Reed Transformer
Rock & Roll is Cold Matthew E. White Rock & Roll is Cold
Finally Find What You're Looking For Flint Eastwood Small Victories
Cello Song The Books Featuring Jose Gonzalez Dark Was The Night
Mystery Boxed In Boxed In
superhero mackinac N/A
Riptide Vance Joy Dream Your Life Away
Dead Fox Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
Good News Amy Helm Didn't It Rain
Trouble Blues Sam Cooke The Man Who Invented Soul
Right Place, Wrong Time Dr. John In the Right Place
Big Wheel Saun & Starr Look Closer
Song Artist Album
Looking Too Closely Fink Hard Believer
Islands The Xx Xx
This Fire of Autumn Tindersticks The Something Rain
Budapest George Ezra Wanted on Voyage
London Benjamin Clementine At Least for Now
Running Tha Boogie Love Tha Boogie
Helpline Operator The The Dusk
Matisse the Cat Jesse Cook Frontiers
Hard Times Laura Rain & The Caesars Gold
Lately Macy Gray The Sellout
Heart Attack Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin'

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, October 11, 2015

Oct. 11, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

WDET On-Air Fundraiser

Song Artist Album
Please The Falls Into the Fire
Until You Come Back to Me Aretha Franklin 30 Greatest Hits
You've got Nothing to Lose Michael Kiwanuka N/A
Hoochie Coochie Man Eric Clapton From the Cradle
Be Thankful for What You've Got Massive Attack Blue Lines
Feeling Good Nina Simone Compact Jazz: Nina Simone
Steel and Glass John Lennon Walls and Bridges
Love and Happiness Al Green I'm Still in Love With You
Song Artist Album
I'm Blue (The Gong Gong Song) The Ikettes One Kiss Can Lead to Another
Same to You Melody Gardot Currency of Man
You Got the Love Florence + The Machine Lungs
LIttle Wing The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love
Respect Yourself The Staple Singers The Best of the Staple Singers
Love Crazy The Walkervilles Rebirth of the Cool
Windows Are Rolled Down Amos Lee N/A
Song Artist Album
Higher Ground Stevie Wonder Innvervisions
You're Undeniable Mos Def/Marvin Gaye You're Undeniable
Mercy Mercy Me Marvin Gaye What's Going On
I'm Not Leaving The Crystal Method/Martha Reeves/The Funk Brothers RE: GENERATION music project
Stranger to My Happiness Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings Give the People What They Want
I've Been Working Van Morrison His Band and the Street Choir
I'm Coming Home Mel Torme Comin' Home Baby
Lovely Day Bill Withers The Essential Bill Withers
High Hopes Bruce Springsteen High Hopes
Tell Me 'Bout It Joss Stone Introducing Joss Stone
Heartbreaker Crazy P When We On

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, October 10, 2015

Oct. 10, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

WDET On-Air Fundraiser

Song Artist Album
Seven Nation Army The White Stripes White Elephant
Can't Keep Checking My Phone Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love
Stepping Into Destiny Mike Ellison FLYTANIUM
Be Bop A Lula John Lennon Rock 'n' Roll
Smooth Sailin' Leon Bridges Coming Home
Designer Drug Mayer Hawthorne Where Does This Door Go?
My Ever Changing Moods The Style Council Cafe Bleu
Song Artist Album
Head Over Heels JD McPherson Let The Good Times Roll
28 Butts Little Jackie The Stoop
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Born to Run
Send a Message Amp Fiddler Bassmental
The Other Way Around Gabin Featuring China Moses Mr. Freedom
Heavy Music Bob Seger & The Last Heard Lost Pop & Doo Op 45's Vol. 1
The Hunter Gets Captured By theGame Grace Jones Warm Leatherette
Balanca Bossacucanova Our Kind of Boss
Song Artist Album
Busy Earnin' Jungle Jungle
Please Come Back Mackinac N/A
Get Back The Beatles Let It Be
Caught Up Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas Demons
Dreams Beck Dreams
Shop Around Smokey Robinson and the Miracles Hi…We're the Miracles
Black is the Color Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow is My Turn
I Will Follow U2 Boy

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, October 4, 2015

Oct. 4, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

35th Anniversary of The Police’s 3rd Studio Album “Zenyatta Mondatta”

Song Artist Album
Illuminine Thurston Moore Demolished Thoughts
Half the City St. Paul & The Broken Bones Half the City
Big Wheel Saun & Starr Look Closer
No Other Heart Mac DeMarco Another One
Circles Soul Coughing El Oso
Lean In Lizz Wright Freedom and Surrender
The Storm Patrick Watson Close to Paradise
Wheat Kings The Tragically Hip Fully Completely
All The Love You Got Diane Birch Speak a Little Louder
Strange Conversation Ted Hawkins The Next Hundred Years
Big Things Ted Hawkins The Next Hundred Years
Big Things James McMurtry Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins
Exit Through You Joseph Arthur Big Blue Ball
Cello Song The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez Dark Was the Night
Outta My Head M. Ward Transfiguration of Vincent
Song Artist Album
I'm the Man Joe Jackson I'm The Man
A LIttle Smile Joe Jackson Fast Forward
superhero mackinac N/A
Dead Fox Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
When the World is Running Down You Make the Best The Police Zenyatta Mondatta
Default Django Django Django Django
See-Line Woman Nina Simone The Best of Nina Simone
Black is the Color Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow Is My Turn
Winning Streak Glen Hansard Didn't He Ramble
Don't Stand So Close to Me The Police Zenyatta Mondatta
Don't Stand So Close to Me The Police Every Breath You Take: The Classics
7 Seconds Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry The Guide (Wommat)
Compound Fracture My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
Shake It Off Ryan Adams 1989
Song Artist Album
Canary in a Coal Mine The Police Zenyatta Mondatta
Wrong Club The Ting Tings Super Critical
Gold Chet Faker Built on Glass
Strange Condition Pete Yorn Musicforthemorningafter
Hole of Sorrow The Blueflowers Stealing the Moon
Driven to Tears The Police Zenyatta Mondatta
Wish I Had Answered Mavis Staples Your Good Fortune
Spider Web Joan Osborne Relish
I Got a Woman Ray Charles The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years
Mess Around Ray Charles Ray Charles
I'm Shakin' Little Willie John King Master Series
Man in a Suitcase The Police Zenyatta Mondatta
Doing it Wrong Moke Hill Time Stops Moving
It All Comes Down NIck Piunti 13 In My Head
Freedom and Its Owner Kings of Convenience Declaration of Dependence
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da The Police Zenyatta Mondatta

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, October 3, 2015

Oct. 3, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann talks with Rosanne Cash about writing prose, writing music and her Perspective Series at Carnegie Hall

Song Artist Album
Video India Arie Acoustic Soul
Better Way India Arie/Keb' Mo' Testimony, Vol. 2: Love & Politics
You Don't Have to Believe Me Eric Hutchinson Sounds Like This
Love is the Drug Roxy Music Siren
Kiss & Tell Bryan Ferry Bete Noire
Dreams Beck Dreams
You are the Best Thing Ray LaMontagne Gossip in the Grain
Sittin' Here St Germain St Germain
Destiny John Talabot Fin
Feelin' Love Paula Cole This Fire
Lo-Fi Bronze Radio Return Old Time Speaker
A Feather's Not a Bird Rosanne Cash The River & The Thread
Song Artist Album
Modern Blue Rosanne Cash The River & the Thread
Half the City St. Paul & The Broken Bones Half the City
Sunflower Girl Jill Jack Sunflower Girl
Head Over Heels JD McPherson Let the Good Times Roll
Loving Arms The Bellfuries Workingman's Bellfuries
Shake It Out Karl Denson's Tiny Universe Brother's Keeper
Pa'Bailar Bajofondo Tango Club Mar Dulce
Bamboleo Gipsy Kings Gipsy Kings
Green and Gold Lianne LaHavas Blood
Hurricane Waters Citizen Cope The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
Changing of the Seasons Dylan LeBlanc Paupers Field
Song Artist Album
Green Garden Laura Mvula Sing to the Moon
Singers and the Endless Song Iron & Wine Ghost on Ghost
Frederick Patti Smith Wave
Fresh Feeling Eels Souljacker
Iceblink Luck Cocteau Twins Heaven or Las Vegas
Walking After You Foo Fighters The X-Files: The Album
Hands Macy Gray The Way
Out of Tune Real Estate Days
Find a Way Elastic Bond Real
Heaven Help Me El Dee Endearment
Lovesick LIndstorm & Christabelle Real LIfe Is No Cool
Get Your Way Jamie Cullum Catching Tales
Magpie Abraham Blue for the Most
Female Doctor Miniature Tigers Mia Pharoah

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sept. 27, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Songs to welcome the Fall season.

Song Artist Album
Pale September Fiona Apple Tidal
Autumn Serenade John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
Naked, The Night Falls The Crane Wives Safe Ship, Harbored
Fall Away Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks MIrror Traffic
Fall Of '82 The Shins Port of Morrow
October Broken Bells Broken Bells
September Grass James Taylor October Road
Please The Falls Into the Fire
Hope I Don't Fall In Love With You Tom Waits The Early Years, Vol. 2
It's Gonna Be Norah Jones The Fall
Fallin' Trombone Shorty Backatown
Autumn in New York Billie Holiday Ken Burns Jazz: Billie Holiday
Big Sun Falling in the River Richard Thompson Dream Attic
Harvest Moon The Hard Lessons Hey Hey, My My!
Song Artist Album
When You're Falling Afro Celt Sound System When You're Falling
Falling from the Sky Calexico Edge of the Sun
Fallen Sarah McLachlan Afterglow
Dark Autumn Hour Frontier Ruckus The Orion Songbook
Horizons Fall Faded Paper Figures Relics
Leaves That Are Green Simon & Garfunkel Sounds of Silence
Fall On Me R.E.M. Life's Rich Pageant
September Fields Frazey Ford Indian Oceans
Autumn Leaves Paula Cole Postcards from East Oceanside
Harvest Moon Poolside Pacific Standard Time
Autumn Sweater Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One
I Fall to Pieces Patsy Cline The Ultimate Collection
Fear of Falling Robbie Robertson How to Become a Clairvoyant
Autumn Paolo Nutini These Streets
Song Artist Album
September Earth Wind and Fire The Best of Earth Wind and Fire, Vol. 1
This Fire of Autumn Tindersticks The Something Rain
We're Going to Be Friends The White Stripes White Blood Cells
After the Fall Brae Another Time and Place
The Fall Rhye Woman
I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down Elvis Costello & The Attractions Get Happy!
Like a River My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
Waterfall Wendy & Lisa Wendy & Lisa
Waterfalls TLC Crazysexycool
Wake Me Up When September Ends Green Day American Idiot
The Autumn Stone Small Faces The Very Best of the Small Faces
September Song James Brown Soul on Top
Harvest Moon Harvest Moon Harvest Moon

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sept. 26, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann’s guest is Detroit singer/songwriter Jill Jack who talks about her Hope for Haiti Project

Song Artist Album
High Hopes Bruce Springsteen High Hopes
Oh Happy Day Aretha Franklin One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism
Peace Love and Happiness G. Love & Special Sauce Superhero Brother
The Numbers Game Thievery Corporation featuring Chuck Brown Radio Retaliation
Is Your Love Big Enough? LIanne LaHavas Is Your Love Big Enough?
Trouble Town Jake Bugg Jake Bugg
Funny LIttle Tragedy Gov't. Mule w/Elvis Costello Shout!
How to Forget Jason Isbell Something More Than Free
If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On the Danc Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. The Speed of Things
Same to You Melody Gardot Currency of Man
Mystery Boxed In Boxed In
Windows Are Rolled Down Amos Lee MIssion Bell
Song Artist Album
Time Jill Jack Live in the WDET Studios
One People Jill Jack Live in the WDET Studios
I Can Only Give You Everything NIck Waterhouse Time's All Gone
Run Like the River Vintage Trouble 1 Hopeful Rd.
Modern Blue Rosanne Cash The River & The Thread
Bad Blood Ryan Adams 1989
It's Good to Be Alive Imelda May Tribal
Message of Love Pretenders Pretenders II
Send a Message Amp Fiddler Bassmentality 3
Gooey Glass Animals Zaba
Karina Ryan Shaw Real Love
Song Artist Album
Change Patty Griffin Flaming Red
There Isn't One Way Patty Griffin Servant of Love
Good Vibrations The Beach Boys N/A
Heartbreaker MSTRKRFT featuring John Legend Fist of God
How to Waste a Moment James Vincent McMurrow N/A
What's Happening Elizabeth Shepherd The Signal
in My Teeth The Rosebuds Sand + Silence
Rock & Roll is Cold Matthew E. White Fresh Blood
This Love is Here to Stay Thomas Dybdahl What's Left is Forever
Bathtub Gin Zander Michigan Zander the Great
Big Wheel Saun & Starr Look Closer
Ramona Night Beds Country Sleep
Looking Too Closely Fink Hard Believer