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Bob Dylan and Weird America

Saturday, April 18 06:00PM

Hosted by: David Soyka & Jay Hertel

The Basement Tapes marked yet another turning point in Bob Dylan’s career, from folk-rocker-poet to backwoodsman steeped in the spooky Appalachian laments, music that critic Greil Marcus termed “Weird America.” This evening we dipped into the great Gothic dramas of American traditional music collected in Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, as well as modern interpretations of these classics and, of course, Bob Dylan and The Band and the Basement Tapes. (We also took requests for anything vaguely related to the topic.)

And we did it all to help raise money for WTJU. We’d like to thank everyone who pledged during our time slot. Your generous contributions go directly to help preserve this unique (and, sad to say, increasingly rare) form of independent community radio that allows us, as well as all the announcers at WTJU, to play such a diverse range of music.

We raised $440, a tad short of our $500 goal, but still something of an achievement. If you didn’t get the chance to pledge for our show, you can click on the “Donate Now” button at the bottom of this page. You’ll also have plenty have opportunities to pledge during both the folk and rock portions of the marathon, which continues until the early morning of Monday, April 27.

Thanks again for your support.

For further reading on our theme, see The Old Weird America: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes by Greil Marcus.

Here’s what we played:

“I’m Not There” – Bob Dylan and the Band – I’m Not There

“Clothes Line Saga” – Suzy and Maggie Roche – A Nod to Bob

“Don’t Ya Tell Henry” – The Band – Across the Great Divide

“Girl from the North Country” – John Gorka – A Nod to Bob

“Coo Coo Bird” – Clarence Ashley – Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music

“Coo Coo Bird” – Richard Thompson with Eliza Carthy – Harry Smith Project

“Odds and Ends” – Bob Dylan and The Band – The Basement Tapes

“My Back Pages” – Marshall Crenshaw – Bleeker Street

“Yea Heavy and a Bottle of Bread” – Howard Fishman Quartet – Howard Fishman Performs The Basement Tapes

“Million Dollar Bash” – Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking

“James Alley Blues” – David Johansen and the Harry Smiths – David Johansen and the Harry Smiths

“Frankie” – Beth Orton – Harry Smith Project

“Spike Driver Blues” – Marianne Faithful – Harry Smith Project

“You Ain’t Goin Nowhere” – Bob Dylan and the Band – The Basement Tapes

“Quinn the Eskimo” – Bob Dylan and the Band – Greatest Hits Vol. II

“Old Lady and the Devil” – Bill and Belle Read – Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Music

“Sugar Baby” – Dock Boggs – Dock Boggs: His Folkway Years 1963-1968

“Katie’s Been Gone” – Bob Dylan and the Band – The Basement Tapes

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DJ: Jay

  1. “Okemah”The Iguanas – If You Should Ever Fall On Hard Time
  2. “Wash It”Left Lane Cruiser – Bring Yo Ass To The Table
  3. “Stone Love”Ruthie Foster – The Truth According to Ruthie Foster
  4. “Big Brand New Religion”Shemeika Copeland – Never Going Back
  5. “Justice”Brigitte DeMeyer – Red River Flower
  6. “Shakin’ All Over”Eileen Jewell – Sea of Tears
  7. “Sea of Tears”Eileen Jewell – Sea of Tears
  8. “Camino de Sanlucar”Richard Ray Farrell & the Spanish Band – Camino de Sanlucar
  9. “Me and Your Ghost”Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles – The Stars Are Out
  10. “This Tornado Loves You”Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
  11. “Chicken Wire”The Felice Brothers – Yonder is the Clock
  12. “Itchy Clhicken”Los Straitjackets – Los Straitjackets
  13. “Run Chicken Run”The Felice Brothers – Yonder is the Clock
  14. “Burnin’ the Chicken”Los Fabulocos – Los Fabulocos
  15. “White Rock Rooster”James “Super Chikan” Johnson – Blues Come Home to Roost
  16. “She’s About A Mover”Little Willie G – Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm
  17. “Adios Mexico”Joe “King” Carasco & the Texas Tornados – Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm
  18. “Doomsday”Elvis Perkins – In Dearland
  19. “Dear Molly”The Zydepunks – Finisterre
  20. “Crazy Ivan”Allison Brown – The Company You Keep
  21. “Old Enough”The Raconteurs – Top Yourself
    featuring Ashley Monroe and Ricky Skaggs
  22. “Angelina”Bela Fleck – Throw Down Your Heart
    featuring the Luo Cultural Society
  23. “Africa”Amadou & Miriam – Welcome to Mali

We at Vagabond Shoes strongly urge you to consider pledging your support at any level you can afford.  There are very few stations like this anywhere in the country, and while the station does have a monetary goal, numbers of supporters are equally important to demonstrate there is a desire and a demand for this unique kind of radio.  The reason you don’t hear this kind of programming anywhere else is because this is one of the few radio stations left where all the DJs pick their own music, unbeholden to focus groups, corporate dictates, or narrowly defined playlists.  And if you don’t happen to like what one DJ is playing, chances are pretty good the next one might be more suited to your taste. So, please, please (as we do play James Brown) make a pledge.  You can make a pledge from here by clicking on the “Support WTJU” button on the bottom of the page, or from the”Make a Pledge” selection at wtju.net.  Either way, tell them, Jay and Dave sent you.

Of course, you can also pledge during any of the special programs we’re doing, and be eligible for cool stuff. We know hats and T-shirts are involved, but there may be some CDs you can add to your collection. Rumors about a date with Neko Case are just that, rumors, and if they weren’t, we would have already pledged for that ourselves.

Just like voting in Chicago, please pledge, and pledge often,  for any show. If you’d particularly like to pledge for Vagabond Shoes, or specifically for Jay or Dave, or better yet, contribute to all three shows, here’s when your intrepid announcers are appearing:

Bob Dylan and Weird America
When:
Saturday, April 18 06:00PM
Hosted by:
David Soyka & Jay Hertel
Category:
Folk
The Basement Tapes marked yet another turning point in Bob Dylan’s career, from folk-rocker-poet to backwoodsman steeped in the spooky Appalachian laments, music that critic Greil Marcus termed “weird America.” Join us for an evening in which we dip into the great Gothic dramas of American traditional music performed by the likes of Dock Boggs, the Carter Family and Clarence Ashley, as well as modern interpretations by the likes of Judy Collins, the Howard Fishman Quartet and, of course, Bob Dylan and The Band.
Milwaukee’s Home Brew: BoDeans
When:
Monday, April 20 09:00PM
Hosted by:
Jay Hertel & David Soyka
Category:
Folk
Milwaukee’s seminal roots rock band, The BoDeans, were winners of the 1987 Rolling Stone reader’s poll as Best New American Band. Their signature sound features the harmonies of lead singers Sammy Llanas and Kurt Neumann over their timeless heartland rock.
Eric Andersen
When:
Tuesday, April 21 09:00PM
Hosted by:
David Soyka & Dusty
Category:
Folk
One of the charter members of the Greenwich Village folk revival in the 1960s, Andersen penned the quintessential song about the Civil Rights movement, but his career has spanned far beyond the folk and protest realm to country, ragtime, poet-songs, and spoken word. Take off your thirsty boots, and stay for awhile as we explore the life and times of, in the words of Bob Dylan, “the great ballad singer,” Eric Andersen.

DJ: Dave
song-artist-album

“Get Your Boots On” – U2 – No Line on the Horizon
Here at Vagabond Shoes we are always interested in new footwear.
“Subterranean Homesick Blues” – Bob Dylan – Bringing it All Back Home
“Beyond here Lies Nothin'” – Bob Dylan – Together Through Life

This is the first weekend in April, the first nice day of a particularly rainy spring:

“April” – P.J. Harvey & John Parish – A Woman A Man Walked By
“So, Early, Early in the Spring” – Judy Collins – Fifth Album
“April, Come She Will” – Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds of Silence
“Rainy Day Blues” – Willlie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis – Two Men with the Blues
“Let It Rain” – Patricia Barber – Modern Cool
“Buckets of Rain” – Redbird – Redbird

Of interest:
“Anthem” – Leonard Cohen – Live in London
“Another Saturday” – Stuart Murdoch – Dark Was the Night
“Medley from Brian Wilson’s Smile” – Rufus Wainwright – War Child Presents Heroes
“Amazing Grace” – Cat Power – Dark Was the Night

Songs intended to be listened to as part of an album (though, of course, we aren’t playing the entire album, so it kind of defeats the purpose).
“Prelude/A Bower Scene” – The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
“Overture” – The Who – Live at Leeds
“Alice” – Tom Waits – Alice
“Dime Store Mystery” – Lou Reed – New York (an early Easter song)

The new bossa nova flavored album from Krall:
“Too Marvelous for Words” – Diana Krall – Quiet Nights

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