Show #144 (I think) Playlist, etc. + Long-Play Wednesday

Come on over to my place. The old orange/brown floral couches are comfy. We’ve got wine, tea, rum, coffee. It’s nice enough out to let a breeze in through the living room window. The stereo receiver is turned on and warmed up. The 3-way speaker towers are just waiting to have those 10″ woofers hum. Pick out an album from the shelves, have a seat and enjoy!

If you can’t come over, tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 for selections from my record collection. Just be sure to turn the volume up and relax!
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Show #143 (I think) Playlist, etc. Special International Talk Like A Pirate Day Edition


It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day #itlapd 2012 and a might fine day it be, indeed! This be yer Cap’n speakin – er… typin to ye from below the mighty mast of the dreaded ship CJTR. I’s here to tell ye to tune in for a special pirate edition of What Planet Is This?!* We’ll be anchoring around 4:00 and settin’ sail by 6:00 tonight. Tuning in is required and the beatings will continue until morale improves.

*For the record, this will not be 2 hours of sea shanties. Sorry – or you’re welcome, depending on how you look at it.
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Show #142 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Charles Mingus

If you could be any well-known figure in history, who would you be? Don’t pick yourself. That’s lame. Would you be a famous humanitarian like Dr. Martin Luther King or the Dalai Lama? A famous prophet like Jesus or Muhammed? A notorious political leader like Stalin or Hitler? How about a folk singer like Joni Mitchell or Bob Dylan? Or a brilliant thinker like Einstein or da Vinci?

To put specific rules on this particular fantasy, this would be your chance to be a passive tag-along in their life. This would not be your chance to go back and change history. This would be your chance to go back and experience everything about their life as an observer who could not participate actively.

I’d love to hear who you’d be and why, if you want to leave it in the Comments here.

Personally, I’d have to go with a jazz innovator like Miles Davis or John Coltrane or Dizzy Gillespie or Herbie Hancock. There are dozens of others, but those four names came to mind immediately, when I began to ponder the idea. I won’t go into their life stories, but each of them (in unique ways) has agressively pushed the limit of what is accepted as jazz and/or popular music. Each of them has taken their knowledge of an existing form of music and used that knowledge to utterly destroy the very conventions that gave them the opportunity in the first place. They’ve each received their share of flack from critics over their wild ideas too. Each of these inspired characters have been highly influential and has lived or is stilling living a in a world where their name is known by countless people and their style and influence continues to be drawn upon by musicians everywhere.

That’s cool.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 PM for some great music.
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Show #141 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Christine Leakey

I’m kind of on a independent weirdo / classic jazz kick these days. If it’s not essential jazz recordings like Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” or Charles Mingus’ “Mingus Ah Um”, it’s bluegrass covers of Radiohead, folk renditions of Weezer or new experimental electronic pop.

Same old, right?

Well, the big orange bag is about as full as it can handle with just such things and a few others. Not to be too intentionally vague, but that’s all I’m telling you for now.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 for some possibly odd, likely jazzy, maybe folky, somewhat electronicky goodness.

Also, I may just play a Hank Williams cover. Undecided on that one though. We’ll see.
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Show #133 (I think) Playlist, etc. + Long-Play Wednesday

Fred Wesley and the J.B.’s – Damn Right I Am Somebody

You didn’t get blown away in the storm last night, did you? That was pretty wild for a short while.

Thank the music gods for the end of the month.

“Why?” You may ask. (Go ahead, ask.)

If for no other reason than sweet, wonderful Long-Play Wednesday!

Tonight, as we reflect on the marshmallow-like mammatus clouds of yesterday in Regina, plug in those headphones, or (if you can do so without being evicted) turn that old stereo way up, make yourself a nice cup of tea, tune out the rest of the world and enjoy 2 hours of vinyl records from my personal collection starting at 4:00 PM.
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Show #98 (I think) Playlist, etc. + Long-Play Wednesday

Dusty old record player

Dusty old record player

I hate spending time apart. Don’t you?

Well, I may have been missing out on the show – which is normally one of the best parts of my week – but I did get to see songwriting legend and performer Allen Toussaint in Edmonton last Wednesday night. What a good time!

Now that I’m back in town, though, it’s time to get down to business – the laid-back, easy-going way! I picked up some new records while I was in the big city and I’ve already got them along side my steadfast favourites and random cool selections for tonight.

As you know, the last Wednesday of every month is Long-Play Wednesday. It’s all on vinyl record tonight, so pour yourself a drink of choice, pull up your favourite chair, plug in those headphones or just let the speakers play and let me guide you into musical happiness from 4:00 to 6:00!
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Show #86 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Victor Wooten

Victor Wooten

What to play, what to play…

It’s a short month for me here at CJTR. I skipped the first week of this month for an out-of-town wedding and I’ll be skipping out again next week, but this time for a paying gig (only slightly more forgivable). Such sordid times are these! What makes it worse is that next Wednesday is the last of the month, which means we’re going to miss Long-Play Wednesday! I even have a few new records to show off, but we’ll just have to wait until next month and I’ll make it all-the-better.

Stay tuned to 91.3 FM and check back on this page for information about the very special show that will be filling in for me next week.

Before then, though, let’s talk of present things! Since it’s a short month for me, I’ve decided to pull a couple of tricks out of the bag. There’ll still be a healthy helping of jazz (I’ve got some Coltrane, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Charles Mingus on standby), but I’m going to throw a couple of cool newish pop tunes at you (Feist, Justice) a new and very talented young Canadian jazz singer (Nikki Yanofsky), some folky stuff (Hayden, Leonard Cohen) and we’ll see what else we’ve got time for.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 (use the new links at the top of this page) and check back here for a playlist sometime after the show.
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Show #83 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Tilahun Gessesse

Tilahun Gessesse

I like to keep things nice and simple around here at What Planet Is This?!. That’s why tonight will have no surprises. We will not have any jazz, no folk, no popular music, no soul, no weird stuff, no new school, no old school and definitely not any Ethiopian funk.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 tonight to certainly not hear any of that!
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Show #80 (I think) Playlist, etc.

What Planet Is This?! is best listened to with headphones, on the grass, with a partially-shaved head.

Show #80, eh? Well, I’d better pick up the quality a little bit. They already started making me wear pants to the station since I took over the Wednesday drive time. Since I’ve already bowed down to “The Man”, I suppose it’s only natural that I should stop snoring on the air, stop whistling along with tunes with the mic on, and discontinue stopping the music and turning on the mic every time I want to yell at someone I see walk by from the top floor of the GMC building (where the station is located). We’ll see. This might be too much for me to handle. I’ll just keep up the good music and see how much of these things I can give up. That seems reasonable.

Tonight’s program is going to have a little more soul than usual; including some R&B classics as well as a newbie or two. I’m not going to keep it on that groove though. There’s also some high-quality jazz and country from the Canadian prairies, a pop number or two and a bunch of other fun stuff. Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 and check back here (or just ask me) for a playlist after the show.
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