Singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata returned to The Time Machine with her self released album "Chesapeake". She put together her dream team of musicians for her third record. The band included Victor Indrizzo, Mike Viola, Michael Chaves, Kevin Salem, Tom Freund and Oli Kraus. John Alagia returned as producer to capture it all and the magic on this album is heard from beginning to end.
It's always a treat for The Time Machine Radio Crew to have Rachael on the broadcast as a guest. Rachael's vocals have graced Maui's FM dial for years as she continued to keep busy between each of her albums by co-writing and singing on albums of other artists. The list is long and varied; Duncan Sheik, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Robin Danar, Mike Viola, Margaret Cho, Toots & The Maytals, Ben Lee, Graham Colton, Katherine McPhee, Rhett Miller, John Francis, Jill Cunniff, Dan Wilson, Bill Deasey, Ray LaMontagne, Chris Holmes, Ben Arthur, Jason Mraz, Bright Eyes and Mandy Moore...with so many music projects outside of her own, it appears that she will continue to be on our playlists for years to come (and hopefully we'll get a chance to hear her unreleased EP with Mike Viola of which three of the songs on the new album were originally written for).
Her debut release "Happenstance" produced by John Alagia kept pulling in our listeners and locking her status as "most played artist" right up until the end of 2007. Perfect timing for us because her sophomore double album release "Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart" was released in 2008. That album was produced by Mike Mogis (with a couple of songs produced by John Alagia) and it was an album worth the wait filled with many talented musicians like Kevin Salem, Michael Chaves, Daniel Clarke and Mark Goldenberg adding their musical gifts to the project.
Rachael's music has had a home on our playlists and in our hearts since her debut release. Be sure to pick up a copy of her first album, "Happenstance" and her second, "Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart". Rachael currently topped our airplay chart for 2010 with her song with Semisonic's Dan Wilson, "You Take My Troubles Away" and closed out the year with her yuletide song, "Baby Come Find Me At Christmas". This past year, "I'm Going To Go Back There Someday", Rachael's cover of the classic song from The Muppets where Gonzo sang around a campfire in 1979's "The Muppet Movie" has been embraced by The Time Machine staff and listeners to make it one of the most played songs of the year. The song saw its official release on Disney's tribute album "The Muppets: The Green Album" on August 23rd in preparation for Disney's November release of the Jason Segel film "The Muppet Movie". Other artists featured along with Rachael include; Weezer & Paramore’s Hayley Williams, OK Go, Sondre Lerche, Andrew Bird, Matt Nathanson, The Fray and My Morning Jacket.
Rachael's work with Ben Arthur and John Francis are featured on the broadcast. New music also featured on this aircheck include three wonderful covers from Maxi Dunn & Marty Rudnick with "Walk Right In", "Sweet And Tender Romance" from The Bangles and Joe Algeri & Maria Sokratis performing "Jackson". The new song "Keep Me Holding On" from The Wellingtons continues to garner airplay. Other artists heard on this Maui afternoon FM broadcast include; Elvis Costello, Margaret Cho, Blondie, Katherine McPhee, The Smith Bros., Foster The People, Parker McGee, Wilco and John Alagia.
Although Rachael has done a number of guest slots on The Time Machine, you can also check out three of her extremely detailed interviews with host Michael McCartney on The Time Machine's archived broadcasts below. You can download them as podcasts or listen to them from the embedded players on the webpage itself.