Valentine’s Day Special — Songs to Set the Mood

Jim and Greg celebrate Valentine’s Day by playing their favorite songs to set the mood. They also hear romantic picks from listeners across the country.

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Just when you thought there couldn't be any more posthumous Jimi Hendrix releases, there's news that a new album will see the light of day in March. And, we have a preview song called "Valleys of Neptune." During his short life, Hendrix only released 3 records. But since his death over 30 albums have been released. Jim and Greg explain that "Neptune" is reflective of the guitarist's post-Electric Ladyland period. He was focusing less on guitar work and more on experimental lyrics. And, of equal interest to the music is the business of Hendrix.

Valentine’s Day

It's Valentine’s Day, and one of the most important elements to "Set the Mood" is, of course, music. Jim and Greg play their favorite mood setters:


  • Los Lobos, "Kiko and the Lavender Moon"
  • Luscious Jackson, "Naked Eye"
  • The Album Leaf, "There Is A Wind"
  • Romeo Void, "Never Say Never"


  • Ben E. King, "Stand By Me"
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Hysteric"
  • Otis Redding, "I’ve Been Loving You"
  • John Legend, "Show Me"


This week’s guest listener critics recommend these romantic songs:

  • David from Oklahoma City: George Harrison, "I’d Have You Anytime"
  • Paal from Milwaukee: Explosions in the Sky, "Your Hand in Mine"
  • Cheryl from New York City: Nick Lowe, "I Trained Her To Love Me"
  • Brad from Ann Arbor: New Order, "Temptation ‘87"

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