Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Love is all around the latest episode of ‘Song Chest Radio Hour’

Mallorey Wallace

This month’s Song Chest Radio Hour serves us love songs in all forms — from budding to enduring to breaking. It transports listeners to a dreamy soundscape, taking us on a journey across genres and decades, dotted with clever quips and deeply personal anecdotes from Justin Vernon himself.

The hour opens with a lesser-known gem from harmonious quartet The Chordettes. With the tone set, Vernon lines the episode’s playlist with underrated tracks from other well-known artists, like Prince and Ricky Lee Jones. It’s a lesson in contrast, weaving together sleepy country songs and experimental dubstep tracks with ease, gently urging even the most stubborn listener to expand their musical palette.

Sending us off on a somber note, Vernon prefaces the last track with a poem by Mary Oliver, one that reminds us to slow down every once in a while and reflect on our shared, painfully human experience. 

For more music discovery, tune into the next episode of Song Chest Radio Hour live on 88Nine at 5 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 4. You can also catch up on previous episodes here and here.

Episode 3 playlist

  • 00:00 — “Born to Be With You,” The Chordettes
  • 03:47 — “Do You Believe,” Supreme Jubilees
  • 09:00 — “Man 'O' War,” Prince
  • 14:34 — “Archangel,” Burial
  • 19:06 — “Memo to My Son,” Randy Newman
  • 22:07 — “Juke Box Fury,” Rickie Lee Jones
  • 27:24 — “Lovin’ The Easy Way,” Dobie Gray
  • 30:40 — “Here I Come,” CocoRosie
  • 35:27 — “Fun,” Collections of Colonies of Bees
  • 40:19 — “Infinity,” Don Williams
  • 45:30 — “Cast The First Stone,” Graceland McCollough Tigers
  • 52:17 — “In Reverse,” The War On Drugs
  • 52:32 — “Wild Geese,” Mary Oliver