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Show #46 (I think) Playlist, etc. + LONG-PLAY TUESDAY!

Alright! I look forward to the show every week, but ever since declaring the last Tuesday of every month Long-Play Tuesday, I’ve been very excited for this Tuesday!

It’s all on vinyl tonight. The format of the show won’t be much different, although you’ll likely hear some neat stuff that I normally don’t feel I have time for in my hour-long show.

Be sure to blow off those old headphones, clear yourself a nice space on the floor, dim the lights, light that incense and let the music take you on another journey. :]


1. Dennis Coffey and Luchi De Jesus – Main Theme from Black Belt Jones
2. Carla Bley – Song Sung Long
3. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Humble Me
4. Oscar Peterson – Some Of These Days
5. The University of Calgary Jazz Ensemble – Planos
6. Bill Laswell – Beyond Zero
7. Pat Steel – Papa
8. Bettye LaVette – Choices
9. Carbon Dating Service – Dead Dogs
10. Dosh – Nevermet
11. Thom Yorke – Atoms For Peace (Four Tet Remix)

Thanks, as always, for listening. I hope you enjoyed the second edition of Long-Play Tuesday and hope you can tune in again next week during Radiothon!

Show #45 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Yes lawd! Good god! I’ve got some good stuff for you again this week. There’s only an hour to play with but you are in imminent danger of some Jimmy Smith, Imelda May, Beck, Beirut, Sublime, Maceo Parker, Victor Wooten and plenty more.


1. Pop Levi – Mai’s Space
2. Beirut – No Dice
3. Feist – I Feel It All
4. Jamiroquai – Corner Of The Earth
5. Imelda May – Knock 123
6. Hayden – Two Doors
7. Nina Simone – Feelin’ Good (Joe Classell Remix)
8. davidovic – In One Part Of The World
9. Beck – Movie Theme
10. Maceo Parker – Busted
11. Victor Wooten – Resolution
12. The Oscar Peterson Trio – Hymn To Freedom

Thanks so much for listening. Join me again next week for the last Tuesday of the month! All vinyl, baby!

Show #44 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Tonight’s Theme: Story Time

No, I’m not going to read Lewis Caroll’s Looking Glass tale to you, and I promise nothing from my complete works of Edgar Allan Poe.

While I enjoy a lot of music for the various sounds that are made (the majority of it being without lyrics or words at all), I do enjoy a song that uses words to tell a good story, don’t you?

Some of my favourite storytellers will be featured tonight, including: Buck 65, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Lucinda Williams and of course, many more.

I hope you can tune in at 8:00 and let me turn the pages for you for an hour!


1. Tom Waits – What’s He Building In There?
2. Dr John – On The Wrong Side Of The Railroad Tracks
3. Ray Lamontagne – Narrow Escape
4. Joni Mitchell – Talking To The Audience
5. Joni Mitchell – Carey
6. Buck 65 – The Floor
7. Lucinda Williams – Lake Charles
8. The Smashing Pumpkins – Lily (My One And Only)
9. Leonard Cohen – Suzanne
10. The Flaming Lips – A Spoonful Weighs A Ton
11. The Cat Empire – The Car Song
12. Tom Waits – Bedtime Story
13. Bob Dylan – Mr. Bojangles

5 Favourite Tunes, right now.

    1. Simon & Garfunkel – The Boxer
    (Bridge Over Troubled Water)

Timeless. Classic. Unforgettable. Magical. Wonderful… If you were to search for reviews of Simon & Garfunkel, all of these words would come up. The duo’s powerful, yet subdued vocal harmonies are recognized to any listener in an instant. The simple chord structure, yet busy finger-picked guitar are complimented by some uncommon sounds in this style of folk music, such the really neat-sounding contrast of the bass harmonica, the eerie steel guitar solo, the definitive crash during the “Lie la lie” chorus, and the unexpected and incredible ending – featuring layered vocal harmonies, huge synthy symphonic sounds and immense power compared to the rest of the song. While the music has always been a strong factor in Simon & Garfukel’s work, the lyrics are really what puts them far above any nearly comparable acts. Paul Simon’s ability to tell a story gives this song a very personal quality – he has hinted in interviews that the boxer of whom he speaks could easily be he, himself, as he drifted into the music scene, relatively unknown (though, by the time this album was released, they were very well-known) and taking a proverbial beating from the music industry and the world, “I am leaving! I am leaving! But the fighter still remains.” I’m sure I’ve listened to this song a hundred times or more by now, and I could easily continue to repeat it for the rest of my life.

    2. Goldfrapp – Human
    (Felt Mountain)

Goldfrapp’s music has been intriguing to me since I first heard their eerie, melodic style of dance/pop. This is the third track on the first album, and if the first two tunes hadn’t sold me on their work already, this one put them way over the top in my books. One thing I love about music in general is hearing sounds that I’ve never heard before, and that was definitely the case with my first Goldfrapp experience. This is one of the creepiest pop-ish tunes I’ve ever heard. The string quartet plays an easily-whistled melody and lovely harmonies – the type that you might hear as you walk down a cold and empty city street, wet with recent rain, alone, but with that feeling that you’re being watched and faint sounds of someone else’s footsteps behind you, almost in rhythm with your own. This is intensified by the chorus, which asks, “Are you Human?” Alright, so it’s creepy. It’s also catchy as hell! There’s a Latin percussion groove going on (complete with güiro and cowbell) throughout the tune, a brass section and, of course, lots of synth! It’s not quite a Latin tune, though. The horns make it sound a little like a ’70s movie theme, while those strings keep it feeling like an early film noir. One way or another, it’s one hell of a piece of music for what most music stores would file under “Rock/Pop”!

    3. Antony with Bryce Dessner – I Was Young When I Left Home
    (Dark Was The Night [compilation])

Written by Bob Dylan, I Was Young When I Left Home is taken to another level by singer Antony. The master lyricist, Dylan created a song that invokes a sentiment known to anyone who has left the comfort of their parent’s home, but can only hold deeper meaning to those who, as Dylan writes, “never wrote a letter to my home”. The song’s message is clear and the original is as great as any of Dylan’s works, but in the hands of Antony and Bryce Dessner, new life and new fond sadness are breathed into it. There is nothing but a voice, guitar accompaniment, and a modest dose of string quartet that comes in when appropriate and vanishes before you even realize it was there. But with so little, the listener can be completely transported to a country road in Nowhere, USA or perhaps a stage in a small club, where the few patrons present are more wrapped up in their own sorrows to notice the beauty of the performance, the singer/guitarist pouring his heart out for no one while the smoke in the air makes his eyes water. There is incredible musical intention in this song, and Antony’s fragile, yet beautiful voice makes it just as memorable as the original.

    4. Silverchair – Emotion Sickness
    (Neon Ballroom)

For a group of 19-year-olds influenced by Alice In Chains and Nirvana, this is an incredible piece of music! Silverchair’s first two albums were good, solid rock albums with the energy of youth and the overall value as any really good rock band. It’s with their third album, Neon Ballroom, though, that listeners realize that this isn’t some grunge band that will fade away as just another rock trio. The entire album is so full of musical intention – incredible vocal work, complicated harmonies, symphonic parts… all while still essentially being rock music. With Emotion Sickness, there is obviously an element of teen angst that’s still present with singer/songwriter Daniel Johns, but in the two years since the previous album, he had really come into his abilities and put together incredible music. If the layers of string parts, piano, and vocal harmonies (dubbed by Johns) were stripped away, you would be left with what might have sounded like something from Silverchair’s previous work. It’s still rock music, but it’s been made so intense and complex by the work of Johns and collaborators that you can’t help but think, “is this really the same band?” The song from Neon Ballroom that ended up being the biggest hit was Anthem for the Year 2000, and though I like that tune too, not to mention the whole album is packed with great music, but for my money, this epic song – the opening track is the one that absolutely floored me and even changed the way that I look at popular music!

    5. Stan Getz – Crystal Silence
    (Captain Marvel)

This is why I love Stan Getz! Crystal Silence may have been written by Chick Corea (as was the rest of the album, except one track), but in the hands of the great saxophonist and with the help of the composer, himself, Crystal Silence becomes something else. Getz is likely best known for his work as a samba player alongside João & Astrud Gilberto, as well as Antonio Carlos Jobim, but a look at his disturbingly impressive list of recordings and the roster of huge names in jazz with whom he’s worked, and you’ll realize you’re listening to a well-versed instrumentalist who is somehow able to take someone else’s music and make it personally emotional without taking away the least bit of its original credibility. While Getz is no slouch and can really show off his chops in any uptempo number, I’m a sucker for the ballads and slower, quieter work. It’s in a wonderful piece of music like this that Stan Getz and Chick Corea can work together to make every note count. Corea has always known just which melodies and harmonies to play and Stan gets plays in this recording like all of the notes are already layed out in front of him and he’s just picking precisely the correct ones at exactly the appropriate time. This is what music is all about.

Show #43 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Wha? Two hours again? Mwahahaha!

Tune in tonight at the regular time (8:00 PM CST) for TWO HOURS of great music. After doing an all-vinyl show last week, I think I might do no-vinyl tonight. Those suckers are heavy! We’ll see.

I’ve got about 30 artists on the list for tonight right now, including some favourites and some never played before on the show. You’ll have to tune in to hear it all, but just to drop a few names: Don Byas, Ravi Coltrane, Van Morrison, Great Uncles of the Revolution, Radiohead, Caribou, and even Metric are on the list.


This is what I am typing for the first hour:
1. Goldfrapp – Hairy Trees
2. Björk – Innocence
3. gutbucket – I Am a Jelly Doughnut (Or a Commentary on U.S. German Relations Post WWII)
4. Metric – Grow Up And Blow Away
5. Divine Brown – Lay It On The Line
6. Major Lazer feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore – Cash Flow
7. Toots and the Maytals feat. Ben Harper – Love Gonna Walk Out On Me
8. Feist – L’amour ne dure pas toujours
9. Caribou – Irene
10. Radiohead – Where Bluebirds Fly
11. Iron & Wine – The Trapeze Swinger
12. Lalo Shifrin – Intersections

This is what I am typing for the second hour:
13. King Crimson – Red
14. Gentle Giant – Raconteur Troubadour
15. Joni Mitchell – Comes Love
16. Molly Johnson – Northern Star
17. Caribbean Jazz Project – Masacoteando
18. Oscar Peterson & Michel Legrand – Lonesome Prairie
19. Great Uncles of the Revolution – Muchacho
20. Silverchair – Emotion Sickness
21. Van Morrison – Into The Mystic
22. Jon and Roy – Thanks for That
23. Andrew Bird – The Water Jet Cilice
24. The Album Leaf – September Song
25. Bob Dylan – Nettie Moore

Man! That’s quite a list. I forgot what it was like to do a two-hour show! Hope you liked it. Thanks for listening. Catch me next week for more great music.