Do you listen to music or do you hear music?

Lots of people play music during their day – in the car, while they work, at home, on their pmp/mp3 player while they’re out-and-about… But how many of us are truly, intently listening to the music and how many are just playing something that sounds pleasing while we focus on something else?

Let me know what you think, and please do leave a comment! I’m interested to find out where you sit on this. If you answer before 4:30 on Tuesday, I’ll read your response on the air!

Bootsy Collins Launching Funk University

Such a dire musical proclamation comes from no less a groove guru than William Earl Collins. Better known as Bootsy, the trailblazing bassist for James Brown in the early ’70s and then George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic through 1980, Collins fears for the future of the music he helped pioneer.

Read more here.

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Show #28 (I think) Playlist, etc.


Too tired! I really need to find a way to never get up before 3:00 PM! Good god!

Anyway, I’ll be awake and fully-functional for tonight’s show. I’ve got heaps of great music lined up, once again. I tried putting together a playlist last night, but you know how it goes – 3+ hours of music, 1 hour in which to play it… I’ll try my best. Tonight’s possibilities include: Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Muddy Waters, Sarah Slean, George Benson and even Hank Williams!


1. A Perfect Circle – The Fiddle and the Drum
2. Nina Simone – Black is the Color of my True Love’s Hair
3. Bôa – Duvet
4. Mihirangi – Welcome to Our Country
5. Sarah Slean – Mary
6. Beck – Walls
7. The Quail – Wickless
8. Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts III – 1
9. Odyssey The Band – Let’s Get Married
10. Muddy Waters – “Unk” in Funk
11. George Benson – The Cooker
12. Basia Bulat – Before I Knew
13. Hank Williams – Tennessee Waltz
14. Supertonic – It’s Alright

Thanks, as always, for listening. I hope you can catch the show again next week!

Show #27 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Hooray! It’s Tuesday! That means I get to run desperately to the radio station to get there just in time to push “play” and make up a bunch of stuff to say!

I like Tuesday!

Lots of great music lined up again. First, however, let me just say: I wish Frank Zappa had more radio friendly tunes! As much as I would love to play Bobby Brown Goes Down, I’d also like to be able to continue running a show on Regina Community Radio. Bah! Whatchagonnado?

Tonight you can expect some new Deep Dark Woods, new Dosh, some great jazz from Cannonball Adderly (hopefully for sure this time), Dave Young & Oscar Peterson playing Duke Ellington, and if there’s time, one of my favorite Charles Mingus tracks. There are plenty of other possibilities as well, but those are the ones I want to play the most. If you’ve never heard What Planet Is This?! before, give it a try. You may not like everything I play, but you will like something!

Check back here after the show for playlist. Happy listening!

Oh yeah, before I forget, check out this week’s question. If you get your answer in before 4:30 today, I’ll read it on the show!


1. Bob Marley – One Love/People Get Ready
2. Skavenjah – Be Here Soon
3. The Deep Dark Woods – Charlie’s (Is Coming Down)
4. Earl Hines – Black and Tan Fantasy
5. Cannonball Adderly – Somewhere
6. Dosh – Call The Kettle
7. Weather Report – Man in the Green Shirt
8. Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass – Can’t Stop My Leg
9. Silverchair – Across The Night

As always, thanks for listening. I hope you can tune in next week for more great music!

What is your favorite type of music?

I’ve got an easy one for you, this week, folks. Most people have a specific type of music they listen to more than others, I’m sure.

Personally, I take a certain amount of pride in listening to a combination of everything from IDM to bebop, reggae, country, classical, ambient, swing, “world”, ska, hip-hop, Japanese pop, blues, “folk” and pretty much everything else under the sun – but I still have my favorites!

I’m wondering what yours is/are. Maybe you just can’t decide, between ’80s rap and the Romantic era. Never know.

Reply to this post with your answer, and if it’s a really good one, I just might read in on the air tomorrow night! 🙂

Show #26 (I think) Playlist, etc.

It’s Tuesday! You know what that means! It means it’s only a few more days until another weekend! Hang in there!

It also means What Planet Is This?! will be on the air tonight at 8:00! As always, I’ve got plenty of options to play tonight, and while there is never enough time for everything, some of the possibilities include: Cannonball Adderly, Paul Bley & Sonny Greenwich, Astor Piazzolla, The Faint, Andrew Bird, and maybe even Nancy Sinatra!

By the way, if you haven’t already noticed, I posted another question for you. If you can get your response in before around 4:30 today, I’ll read it on the air tonight!


Here’s what went down, folks…

1. Tom Waits – God’s Away On Business
2. Pop Levi – Never Never Love
3. cloudy, with occasional rain – a world
4. Rodrigo y Gabriela – Diablo Rojo
5. Basia Bulat – I Was A Daughter
6. Andrew Bird – Not A Robot, But A Ghost
7. Nancy Sinatra – Bang, Bang
8. Joni Mitchell – Roses Blue
9. Björk – The Pleasure Is All Mine
10. Beirut – Guyamas Sonora
11. Joshua Redman – Wish
12. The Band – The Weight

Thanks, as always for listening. Tune in next week when I might actually play some of that stuff that I keep wanting to play and run out of time for.

Who is your favorite player?

No, I’m not asking about the NHL playoffs.

Last week I asked what your favorite instrument to hear is. This week, I’m wondering who your favorite player of an instrument is. It may be the same instrument you picked as your favorite instrument. It may be some random instrument that you like, but so-and-so plays it beautifully. The bottom line is who the player is. Not necessarily the instrument, this time.

Show #25 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Yesterday, I asked a question. I’m interested in reading what people have to say about this. If you get in your response before 5:00 pm today, I should be able to read it on the air tonight. I work at a computer all day, so I’ll check back periodically.

As for tonight’s show, you can expect the usual variation – The possible lineup includes something from Jason Collett’s newest album, some bizarre loungey stuff from Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban (a track that I didn’t have time for last week), a samba from Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, some mellow experimentation from Tortoise, and a quick tribute to the late, great Rob McConnell. Be sure to tune in at 8:00 PM to check it all out!

1. Chick Corea – Armando’s Rhumba
2. Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio – I Want To Be Happy
3. Thelonious Monk – Blue Monk
4. Montréal Jubilation Gospel Choir – Babethandaza
5. RJD2 – Reality
6. Jason Collett – Vanderpool Vanderpool
7. Jeffrey Straker – Slippery Slope
8. Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban – La Luna En Tu Mirada
9. Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass – It’s Hard To Find One

As always, thank you so much for listening. I hope you can join me again next week for another hour of great music!

What is your favorite instrument?

And why?

I’m wondering what people like to hear in their music. Even if you play an instrument and really like it, you may still prefer the sound of another instrument. Maybe you’ve taken guitar lessons for years, but love a good trombone sound. Maybe you don’t play any instruments and you just love the sound of a saxophone. Maybe its a good, crunchy rock guitar sound…

Post a comment below and I’ll try to read it on the show tomorrow night!