Show #37 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Hey folks,

Things are a little hectic here at What Planet Is This?! headquarters this week. Please be assured that your journey will begin at 8:00 PM this evening, as usual. We’ll be throwing it into high gear and ripping down some jazz, funk, electro, odd, folksy, poppish, reggae… As always, you can expect some really good music.

Update, finally:

1. Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s – Damn Right I’m Somebody
2. Spyro Gyra – The Crossing
3. Paul Simon – Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
4. Ben Harper – Black Rain
5. A Gentle Forest – The Moon’s Appeal
6. Tom Waits – $29
7. Cassandra Wilson – Vietnam Blues
8. Buck 65 – Riverbed 5
9. Jeffery Straker – Slippery Slope
10. Andrew Bird – Nomenclature
11. The Dissociatives – Thinking In Reverse
12. Windom Earle – Movie Music Theme Sound Track (75 Remix)

Sorry for the delay. As I suggested earlier, things have been more than a little bit hectic this past week, but I knew I had to find time somewhere to update this playlist – after all; there were some pretty cool tunes played this week.

Tune in next week for more great music and thanks for listening!

Show #36 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Hi friends,

I hope you’re ready for another trip. I went a little overboard with the selections this time around. I know I always say I’ve got way too much music for an hour-long show, but I am going to come packed to the brim this time. I don’t know what I was thinking… :S

Some of the possibilities include: Charles Mingus, Tom Waits, Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s, Paul Bley & Sonny Greenwich, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Freddie Hubbard, Andrew Bird, Maria Schneider, Dosh, Tiga, and the ENTIRE Coltrane family!

Oh well. The benefit is, you’re in for another good one tonight!


1. Jimmy Smith – The Preacher
2. Squirrel Nut Zippers – Evening at Lafitte’s
3. Alice Coltrane – Journey in Satchidananda
4. Dosh – Loud
5. Do Make Say Think – War on Want
6. Björk – The Dull Flame of Desire
7. The Most Serene Republic – The Men Who Live Upstairs
8. Tom Waits – Make it Rain
9. The Deep Dark Woods – Sweet Maggie
10. Joni Mitchell – Raised on Robbery
11. Chick Corea & Bela Fleck
12. Seal – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
13. Jason Collett – Love is a Dirty Word

5 Favourite Tunes, right now.

    1. Tom Waits – Emotional Weather Report
    (Nighthawks At The Diner)

You’re in a dark, smoky club, somewhere in New York. Or, at least, that’s the feel of the tune (the whole album, actually). The place is packed! Master of storytelling, captivating the audience, Tom Waits reels ’em in with this one. It’s actually the second track on the album, but now you’re hooked! It’s a live performance, and according to the album’s producer, for this very cool, low-down jazzy number, Waits “turned around to face the band and read the classified section of the paper while they played.” Only, the forecast was just letting you know what kind of a night you were in for. One of my favourite lines from the tune is, “When the thunderstorms start increasing over the southeastern, south-central portions of my apartment, I get upset.”

    2. The Flaming Lips – A Spoonful Weighs a Ton
    (Soft Bulletin)

Sometimes I really wish popular music sounded more like The Flaming Lips! Their style of rockish/popish/psychedelic craziness is not only weird and bold, but it’s also catchy as hell! This tune has all the elements of good music, in my opinion. It’s not boring and repetitive, but it has simple themes mixed together in a musically complex way that makes you forget you’re listening to rock & roll. This tune also tells a story, only complimented by the changing forces in the music, from flute sounds and strings to the HUGE bassy synth chorus-sort-of-thing. I love music that can’t quite be classified and can still be very pleasing to listen to!

    3. The Doobie Brothers – Takin’ It To The Streets
    (Takin’ It To The Streets)

Now this is good rock & roll! Rhythm and blues, a little bit of funkiness with a Motown feel, even some gospel and topped off with a saxophone solo! Gotta have a saxophone solo! This is just a great tune! Another catchy-as-hell number, very typical of the Doobie Brothers’ style, this tune will be stuck in your head for a long while. Heck, I even have the chorus from this as my cell phone ring tone (nerdy, but awesome – I know).

    4. Pharoah Sanders – The Creator Has A Master Plan

This is such a cool tune! Definitely not for the weak of heart (it’s 32 minutes and 48 seconds of free jazz), but I think it’s just fantastic! The feel of the tune changes a few times, and definitely has several themes going on throughout, but it’s interesting to note; despite the screeching saxophone and overload of percussion, despite the strange vocal noises, despite the huge walls of sound, you can actually walk away after this tune humming the main riff. Diving deep into those dark waters of ’60s experimentation, The Creator Has A Master Plan features Eastern influences and probably smells of incense and some other kind of smoke.

    5. The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take Five
    (Time Out)

There are a great many jazz tunes that we call “standards”, but only a few of those tunes are so instantly recognizable to everyone who has ever heard a jazz standard that they go on to become a definition of the very term “jazz”. Take Five is definitely one of those few. Written by saxophonist Paul Desmond and performed by Dave Brubeck’s already popular ensemble, Take Five also came to define the group, becoming their biggest hit. One of the things that makes Take Five so good, in my books, is that it’s catchy and it’s played really really well. The thing that makes it so catchy is largely its unusual feel. It’s written in 5/4 time (counted 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, etc.) rather than the far more popular 4/4 time (1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, etc.) found in most modern music. The other thing is its curious-sounding, easily hummed or whistled melody. This is another one of those tunes that you won’t be able to get out of your head for a while. But it’s so good, why would you want to?

Show #35 (I think) Playlist, etc.

No witty foreword. Sorry. Tune in tonight for a strong dose of funk, jazz, pop, weirdness and more!


Here it is, folks. Thanks, as always, for listening. Let me know if you have any questions about the tunes or the artists.

1. The Mothers of Invention – Toad of the Short Forest
2. Queen – I Want To Break Free
3. Orgōne – The Cleaner
4. Dr John – (Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away
5. Gnarls Barkley – Open Book
6. Buck 65 – The Suffering Machine
7. Apostle of Hustle – Gleaning
8. Kaada & Patton – Crépuscle
9. Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins – Bad Influence
10. David Braid Sextet – The Music Room
11. Easy Star All-Stars – An Airbag Saved My Dub

5 Favourite Tunes, right now.

    1. Thelonious Monk – Evidence (Justice)/Rhythm-a-Ning
    (Live at the Jazz Workshop)

What a fantastic example of great jazz! It’s just wonderful in a way that I can’t describe!

    2. Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie – A Night In Tunisia
    (Diz ‘n Bird at Carnegie Hall)

I always have this tune stuck in my head. I’m constantly humming it. It’s like my life’s theme song (not that the theme actually fits my life). Another fantastic jazz tune, and a standard in the idiom; this is just a great, great tune!

    3. Vampire Weekend – I Think Ur A Contra

A delightfully simple and fun unconventional pop-ish tune from a not always simple, yet delightful, fun and unconventional pop-ish band! I’m not entirely sure what a contra is (doesn’t sound like it’s being used in a musical context), but I don’t think it even matters to enjoy this neat number.

    4. Joshua Redman Elastic Band – Put It In Your Pocket

Funky, funky, funky! Mmm mmm mmm! This whole album (Momentum) is begging to be on a “top” list, but what puts this track into the top 5 for right now is that not only is it funky as hell, the improv is fantastic! Nicholas Payton rips it up on trumpet, and he’s no slouch, but Joshua Redman absolutely wails and the two of them play off of each other so well, stealing little bits of each other’s solos. This is just really good music!

    5. Radiohead – Paranoid Android
    (OK Computer)

A very heavy-feeling tune, full of layers and using unconventional chords, styles and time signatures for pop/rock music; this track just has a great feel to it, from the gentle intro to the rock-out middle section into the dreamy, spaced-out groove and the slap-in-the-face ending. The music is just brilliant. I think every pop band should sound this good!

Show #34 (I think) Playlist, etc.

After nearly three weeks, I’m STILL SICK! ARGH! Fear not, however. The show will go on. I’ll just talk way less, and that only means more music. I’ve got a lot of jazz lined up for tonight, but a little bit of electronic fun, some pop-ish stuff and very possibly something from a new record I picked up in Toon Town that features Saskatoon artists.


Wouldn’t it be neat if I had internet access while at the station, even during the show? I could update this thing instantly, rather than just whenever I get home! Oh well. Here’s the list…

1. Man Man – Magic Blood
2. Holly McNarland – Do you get High?
3. Pearson – My Ghost Your Ghost
4. Great Uncles of the Revolution – Stompin’ at the Savoy
5. Keb’ Mo’ – It’s All Coming Back
6. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Ruler of my Heart
7. Prince – On the Couch
8. Thelonious Monk – Evidence (Justice)/Rhythm-a-ning
9. Sarah Vaughan & Clifford Brown – Lullaby of Birdland
10. Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie – A Night In Tunisia
11. Oliver Jones – We Will Love Again
12. Stan Getz – It Never Entered My Mind

And now (finally): bed. Check back soon, though. There’s something I want to post, likely tomorrow!