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Monthly Archives: May 2009

DJ: Dave

Theme: Memorial Day and Bob Dylan’s 68th birthday.

“Boots of Spanish Leather” – Julia Haltigan – Listen to Bob Dylan

We take heed of Spanish boots here at Vagabond Shoes
“Anthem” – Matt Haimovitz – Anthem
“Ashoken Farewell” – Jay Ungar and Molly Mason – The Civil War
“Arrowhead” – Richard Shindell – Blue Divide
“Dixie’s Land” – The Mavericks with Thad Cockrell – Song of America
“Love Vigilantes” – Iron and Wine – Around the Well
“John Brown’s Body” – Marah – Song of America
“The Veteran’s Big Parade/Play It Again Sam” – Dory Previn – Live at Carnegie Hall
“New Orleans Wins the War” – Randy Newman – Land of Dreams
“Battle Hymn of the Republic” – Joanna Smith – Song of America
“Stars and Stripes Forever” – Jake Shimabukuro – Song of America
“Born in the USA” – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – Live in New York
“John Brown” – Bob Dylan – Live at the Gaslight 1962
“Masters of War” – Tim O’Brien – Red on Blonde
“Meet Me in the Morning” – Mary Lee’s Corvette – Blood on the Tracks
“Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine” – Sue Foley – Blues on Blonde
“It’s All Good” – Bob Dylan – Together Through Life

I talked over “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” as performed by Sharon Isbin’s Journey to the New World; “With God on Our Side” performed by Jewels and Binoculars from The Music of Bob Dylan; “It Ain’t Me Babe” by Nancy Sinatra.


DJ: Dave

Tonight’s show of hard times and the problems that money (or the lack thereof) causes inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s encore performance at the JPJ arena of the Stephen Foster tune, “Hard Times.”

“Money is Too Tight to Mention” – Simply Red – Simply Red 25 Greatest Hits

Maybe you can’t afford shoes for your kids, but you afford to listen to Vagabond Shoes

“Hard Times” – Syd Straw – Surprise
“Hard Times” – Willliam Elliot Whitmore – Animals in the Dark
“It’s a Hard Life Wherever You Go” – Nanci Griffith – Storms
“Life is Hard” – Bob Dylan – Together Through Life
“Animal” – Jackie Greene – Giving Up the Ghost
“John Deere” – Fred Eaglesmith – Ralph’s Last Show
“Trouble in the Fields” – Nanci Griffith – One Fair Summer Evening
“Pretty Boy Floyd” – Woody Guthrie – Folkways : A Vision Revisited
“Ellis County” – Buddy and Julie Miller – Written in Chalk
“Meeting Across the River” – Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
“Do Re Mi” – John Mellancamp – Folkways: A Vision Shared
“What’s Happening Brother” – Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Betty LaVette – What’s Going On
“It’s Money that Matters” – Randy Newman – Land of Dreams
“Money” – Richard Thompson – 1000 Years of Popular Music
“For the Love of Money” – The O’Jays – Ship Ahoy
“M-O-N-E-Y” – Lyle Lovett – Live in Texas
“Money (That’s What I Want)” – Barrett Strong – Money (That’s What I Want)
“Money” – Matt Morris – Live at Paste (download from the magazine’s website)

And, to end with some optimism, this song from the near-end of the Depression:
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Melody Gardot – My One and Only Thrill

I talked over selections from Terrance Blanchard’s A Tale of God’s Will (a requiem for katrina) and Pink Floyd’s “Money” from The Dark Side of the Moon.

Fabulous show last night, better than his previous appearance at the JPJ arena (though I had slightly better seats for that show). Given that the first show followed almost right on the heels of Danny Federici’s death, that might account for the much looser feel of last night’s performance.The band definitely seemed to be having a good time.

As a Jersey native, my relationship with Springsteen is sort of like those C’villers who used to see Dave Matthews at Trax (is that what it was called?) early in his career.  My mother-in-law used to live in Asbury Park, a few blocks down from the Stone Pony. She always complained that Bruce played too loud.

I can attest to that; my ears are still ringing.

– DJ Dave


As a follow up to last Saturday’s set dedicated to Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday and various celebrations to that effect, here’s a New York Times review of the show at Madison Square Garden.  Note that our local musical celebrity didn’t fare so well, at least in the opinion of this particular reviewer.

Also of interest is this observation by Lawrence Downes on the future of Seeger-styled social activism through song.

DJ: Dave

This week’s edition celebrates a pair of birthday boys as well as my daughter’s 19th, and the new release from Bob Dylan.

  • “Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy” – Red FoleyRadio Radio
    We keep our vagabond shoes highly shined.
  • “Daughter”Loudon Wainright – Strange Weirdos
    For my daughter, Sydnie, who turns 19(!) on May 4
  • “Clean Like Tomorrow” – X – Hey Zeus – by request

Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger, on your 90th year.

  • “Well May the World Go” – Pete Seeger Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie
  • “Henry My Son” – Pete Seeger Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie
  • “Old Dan Tucker” – Bruce Springseetn – The Seeger Sessions
  • “Where Have all the Flowers Gone” -Pete Seeger The World of Pete Seeger
  • “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy” – Richard Shindell – Vuelta
  • “Turn, Turn, Turn” -Judy Collins – Live at Newport
  • “If I Had a Hammer” – Pete SeegerThe World of Pete Seeger
  • “Steve’s Hammer (for Pete)” – Steve Earle – Washington Square Serenade
  • “Maggies Farm (Live at Newport)” – Bob Dylan No Direction Home – When Seeger famously tried to cut off the sound system, either because he was enraged that Dylan was playing electric or because the sound was so bad, depending on who you talk to.
  • “Beyond Here Lies Nothin'” -Bob Dylan – Together Through Life
  • “Howdy Neighbor” with an introduction by DJ Bob Dylan – Porter Wagoner & the Wagonmasters  Theme Time Radio Hour: Friends and Neighbors (Available on the Deluxe Edition of Together Through Life)
  • “It’s All Good” – Bob Dylan – Together Through Life

Another birthday boy – William Shakespeare, who allegedly wrote Shakespeare’s plays – celebrates his 445th!

  • “(The Story of) Hamlet” -Richard Thomspon – RT: The Life and Music of Richard Thompson
  • “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” -Harry Clark and Jack Diamond  – Kiss Me Kate (a shout out to Eric, who used to host “The Show Show” featuring Brodaway tunes for many years here at WTJU)
  • “Somewhere” – Tom Waits- Blue Valentine
  • “Renegades” – Willie NilePlaces I Have Never Been
  • “Talk to Me” – Joni Mitchell  – Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter
  • “Romeo and Juliet” – Dire Straits – Makin’ Movies

During the breaks I talked over selections from Ravi Shankar (who was in town on Friday) and Moondog’s “Shakespeare City” from Sax for Pax.

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