Show #42 (I think) Playlist, etc. + LONG-PLAY TUESDAY!

Hi friends,

It’s going to be a special program tonight on WPIT! I’ve long had a bit of a fascination with vinyl records, dating all the way back to when I broke my dad’s turntable as a tyke. I bought my first turntable just a few years ago – let’s say, around 5 or 6 years – at the Community Radio Garage Sale, of all places, and have been building a steady collection ever since. I like old records for that old record sound – some crackle and fuzz, but I also like buying new records. Partly for novelty, I’ll admit, but partly because I’m convinced it just sounds nicer than CD and certainly nicer than mp3. It’s just a bigger, warmer, nicer sound. That said, I’ve probably accumulated around 200 records since then. Some neat old jazz stuff, pop rock stuff, electronic, funk, reggae, symphonic, experimental, rare and odd stuff…

So, I’ve decided to start Long-Play Tuesday! On the last Tuesday of every month, I will play all vinyl records.

That said, you can get at least an idea of what’ll go down tonight. I’ve played plenty of records on the show in the past, but this time I’ll be getting down and dirty – digging into the depths to find some cool selections to cram into the hour! I know you’re going to like this!

Update:

1. Willie Nelson – I Guess I’ve Come To Live Here
2. Wailing Souls – Lay It On The Line
3. Dumb Angel – Two Leaves
4. Buddy Holly – Everyday
5. Jason Collett – Cold Blue Halo
6. Taj Mahal – Corinna
7. Stevie Wonder – Love’s In Need Of Love Today
8. Chick Corea – Crystal Silence
9. Elmer Gill – After Hours
10. Weather Report – Havona
11. Pat Metheny & Ornett Coleman – Mob Job
12. Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass – Everytime We Say Goodbye

Thanks, as always, for listening. I hope you liked listening as much as I did.

Next week, tune in at the same time, but stick around. What Planet Is This?! will be running until 10:00 PM next Tuesday, as The Shadow from That Rock Show will be away for the night. You never know what I might pull out of the bag with two hours at my disposal! Hope you can tune in then.

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5 Favourite Tunes, right now.

    1. Tom Waits – Blue Valentines
    (Blue Valentine)

A lonely but cool bluesy/jazzy number from the world’s bluesiest/jazziest voice. I could write forever about Tom Waits tunes. He delivers each song with just the right amount of force, and this is no exception. The master storyteller pours his heart out over his “Blue Valentine” while an electric guitar accompanies and compliments with simple, unobtrusive and beautiful playing – interrupted only by a great solo somewhere near the middle.

And it takes a whole lot of whiskey to make this nightmares go away.
And I cut my bleeding heart out every night.
And I’m gonna die just a little more on each St. Valentines day.

This is the blues!

    2. Caribou – Irene
    (Andorra)

After being strung along into a creepy, slightly detuned, electronic world of swirling synths and Rhodes piano for two minutes without any vocals, Caribou finally says the first word of the song – “Irene”. While there does appear to be a story line after this, it’s vague and a little confusing. The vocals sink back into the heavy chords, layers of electronic noise, and vocal harmonies without words. Then, just as you’re really starting to get into this cool track, a slow outro with a lot of static brings you to a rather abrupt end. One of those endings that really makes you want more. What a very cool tune from this eclectic artist!

    3. Leonard Cohen – The Future
    (The Future)

If someone asked you who your favourite Canadian poet is, would you have an answer? Unquestionably, I would tell you “Leonard Cohen”. Cohen’s ability to paint a mental image by use of words is unparallelled in this world. In an interview I read, he mentioned that he might spend years on some of his songs, changing them, adding, subtracting, until he gets exactly what is necessary on the page. I first heard this tune in the ’90s late at night on Much Music, believe it or not. At first, the sort of cheesy, dated music kind of put me off. Then his less-than-attractive voice began to churn and I searched for the remote. In my scramble for the remote, I hear,

Give me back my broken night
my mirrored room, my secret life.
It’s lonely here,
there’s no one left to torture.
Give me absolute control
over every other living soul.
And lie beside me, baby,
that’s an order!

Now I’m intruiged.

Give me crack and anal sex
Take the only tree that’s left
stuff it up the hole
in your culture
Give me back the Berlin wall
give me Stalin and St Paul
I’ve seen the future, brother:
it is murder.

Now I’m amazed! They can’t say that on Much Music, can they? Even if it is 3:00 in the morning! To this day, the lyrics in this tune are so bold and methodical, it amazes me. If you’ve never heard Leonard Cohen or read his work before, I highly suggest you jump right in with The Future.

    4. Tower of Power – Soul With A Capital S
    (Soul Vaccination: Live)

I’ll say it time and time again, everybody needs more funk in their life! I’m talking about the live recording, here. Lots of energy, great horn licks, damned funky slap bass playing, big rock drums, vocal harmonies, a powerhouse chorus and fantastic lead vocals! Every time I hear this tune, I feel about 4000 times better about everything in the world. No one could listen to a number like this and be angry or sad. You just can’t do it!

    5. Stan Getz – Wee
    (Ultimate Stan Getz)

This number has been attempted and even conquored by a few of the greats, but none swing it with such ease as Stan Getz and his band. Not known as a bebop musician, Stan Getz’s fame lies largely in his work with Bossa Nova greats João & Astrud Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim. And while I love that sweet sultry sound that Getz lends to the Bossa Nova idiom, this quick bop number reminds listeners that Stan Getz ain’t no slouch! The tempo rips around 165 bpm, but that doesn’t stop Getz from playing 16th notes like riding a bike – not to mention the band! Some of the names on this collection include Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, Ron Carter and Max Roach. I guess when you’re this good, you get to hand pick which of the who’s-who you want for each session! There are a lot of Stan Getz tunes that I really like, but this one makes my jaw drop every time!

Show #41 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Oh man! For once, I can say it was kind of a long week since last show. A lot of stuff has happened and I’m a little exhausted, so tonight I’m going to let the music take me away to another space and time. I hope you can join me and do the same.

I’m feeling one of those all-over-the-map kind of shows tonight. Not too much of any particular style or idiom. You will definitely hear some of the following: Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass, Leonard Cohen, Beck, Radiohead, Parliament, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings…

As well, I picked up a bunch of give-away records yesterday, so I may sneak in one or two tracks from those.

Update:

1. Stevie Wonder – I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
2. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Answer Me
3. James Brown – Home At Last
4. Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass – The 4, 679,385th Blues in Bb
5. Parliament – I’ve Been Watching You
6. Louis Prima – When You’re Smiling
7. Leonard Cohen – Anthem
8. Feist & Ben Gibbard – Train Song
9. The Most Serene Republic – Who So Looking Back
10. Animal Collective – Bluish
11. The Notwist – Moron

Thanks for tuning in. Come on back next week for some more great music!

Show #40 (I think) Playlist, etc.

#40 (I think) already, eh? Wow! It’s funny, but it feels like I’ve been doing this for a really long time – way longer than 40 weeks. How many weeks are in a year? Aw hell, I’m not leaving this page just to find out. Anyway, it feels like I’ve been doing this for ever now. Not that it’s any less fun – more so, actually. I just feel so “at home” at CJTR. That’s kind of nice. Every Tuesday night, I get to kick my feet up (figuratively, of course) and play some great music. It’s kind of like I’m at home, only I get to imagine you fine folks out there, enjoying the same music at the same time that I get to. Maybe it’s a one-with-the-universe kind of thing for me…

*ahem* Anyway, tonight you can expect some pretty cool stuff including (if there’s time for all of it) some very chilled-out sounds from Iron & Wine, some classic Bob Marley, some creepy funk from Parliament, some tricky rhythms from Caribbean Jazz Project, some neat electro stuff from The Quail, a duo by Feist & Ben Gibbard and plenty more.

Update:

1. Chick Corea – Blue Monk
2. Joe Williams & Ella Fitzgerald – Party Blues
3. Oscar Peterson – I Can’t Give You Anything
4. Betty Carter – Naima’s Love Song
5. John Coltrane – Naima
6. Apostle of Hustle – Song For Lorca
7. Bob Marley – Small Axe
8. Sufjan Stevens – You Are The Blood
9. The Quail – After Rainfall

Thanks, as always, for listening and super-extra-special-awesome-thanks to Dale, listening from all the way over in South Korea!
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5 Favourite Tunes, right now.

    1. Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
    (Innervisions)

Probably one of my favourite tunes of all time. Actually, I’ve always said that Stevie Wonder’s worst songs are some of the best tunes I’ve ever heard. Higher Ground has been set as my alarm clock for about two years now, and surprisingly, I’ve yet to tire of it. There is so much funky energy in this song – I just can’t get enough of it!

    2. The Deep Dark Woods – Charlie’s (Is Coming Down)
    (Charlie’s (Is Coming Down))

A great mixture of country, gospel and rock; Charlie’s (Is Coming Down) is just a fantastic song. Music doesn’t need to be complicated to be good. This tune is very simple and just beautiful. I admit I’m a fan, and I like so many of their songs, but the thing that puts Charlie’s on this list right now is that it’s about a well-known icon in Regina: Good Time Charlie’s Pub – part of the Plains Hotel which is scheduled for demolition this month, after being around for decades. Charlie’s has been a regular stay for live bands from way back, and aside from this being a really strong song, I think it’s pretty cool that a local-ish band (from Saskatoon) would take the time to write and record a song dedicated to a place that has seen a lot of music and a lot of good times!

    3. Ray Lamontagne – Hold You In My Arms
    (Trouble)

Calm, gentle and just a little rough around the edges – that’s how I’d describe virtually any song by this singer/songwriter. A simple yet powerful melody and 3/4 rhythm are accompanied by handclaps, a shaker and a drummer playing quitely (just when I thought that wasn’t possible). The music is mesmerizing, beautiful and catchy, while the lyrics are just wonderful, “I could hold you in my arms. I could hold you forever.” This song might remind you of the best hug you’ve ever had, or it might make you want to go out and find that one for you – someone to hold forever.

    4. Sufjan Stevens – You Are The Blood
    (Dark Was The Night [compilation])

It’s kind of like pop music and kind of not. Kind of organized, kind of improvised. Elements of rock, folk, electronic dance, brass band, classical and more can all be found in this epic number. Running just over ten minutes long, this is a heavy-duty listen, but worth every second and every repeated play. The musical seams are sewn together so well on this track that you tend to just let it have its way with you.

    5. Frank Zappa – It Must Be A Camel
    (Hot Rats)

Is it jazz? Is it rock? Is it noise? Just what the hell is this? Fans of the Mothers surely already knew to expect the unexpected from Frank Zappa, but when he released Hot Rats, people didn’t know what just hit them. I first heard the album long after its original release (I’m just a tyke, remember), maybe around 2003, and was just floored. I’m not entirely certain but this album might have been my first serious introduction to Zappa (having heard about countless numbers from my saxophone teacher – though not actually having heard them). Upon first listening, I couldn’t help but think, ‘How have I not actually gotten into this before now?!’ It Must Be A Camel, like every other tune on the album, is without lyrics, features complex rhythmical and melodic ideas, and includes a jazz-influenced rock guitar solo, among other cool ideas. The album is something that every Zappa fan should already have in their collection and is highly recommended to anyone who likes to hear something new in music, and this tune is just one example of the cool, yet bizarre things that Zappa does with his music.

Show #39 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Hooray! It’s my favorite time of the week! My sweet sweet release from everyday life! Oh man, if only I could do this everyday…

Once a week, I get to head on down to Regina Community Radio headquarters (a well-kept secret base, close enough to Bushwakker you can almost smell that delicious cheesecake, yet far enough away that you couldn’t possible sneak off during a tune to get a piece and make it back in time to play the next tune), with coffee or tea in-hand and my big tacky orange bag of CDs, records, broken guitar strings and chipped saxophone reeds to play some of my favorite tunes to 91.3 FM’s loyal listening audience.

Thank you.

Update:

The list…
1. Ramsey McLean and the Survivors – Rocket Number Nine
2. Mr. Something Something – Make Your Mind
3. Jaco Pastorious – Chromatic Fantasy
4. Charles Mingus – Thrice Upon A Time
5. The Most Serene Republic – A Mix Of Sun And Cloud
6. Joni Mitchell – Judgement Of The Moon And The Stars (Ludwig’s Tune)
7. Sarah Slean – Duncan
8. Ella Fitzgerald – Reaching For The Moon
9. Simon & Garfunkel – The Boxer
10. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – It’s All Right With Me
11. Kurt Elling – Time To Say Goodbye