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Monthly Archives: April 2012

DJ: Bruce

  • “Hot Burrito # 1 (Obit for Chris Ethridge)” – Gram/Burrito Brothers – Sacred Herts and FallenAngels ( [Rhino]
  • “Judgement Day (Levon Helm obit)” – John Hammond Jr – So Many Roads [Vanguard]
  • “Generals are Born Again (Charles Colson obit)” – Oyster Band – Pearls from the Oysters [Recall]
  • “Lucy Farr’s” – Martin Hayes (coming to town next month) – Under the Moon [Green Linnet]
  • “(When I was no But) Sweet Sixteen” – June Tabor & the Oyster Band – Ragged Kingdom [Topic: 2011]
  • “Kangding (traditional, china)” – Magraw Gap – Magraw Gap [1996]
  • “En Bas du Chene Vert” – Balfa/Savoy/Menard – (Arhoolie Box Set – 40th Anniversary) [2000]
  • “Emmelin, Take Your Time” – Sid Hemphill – Compilation – Travelling through the Jungle Fife and Drum Music [Testament]
  • “Autumn Memory” – Giao Linh – Compilation Saigon Rock and Soul – 1968-1974 [Sublime Frequencies: 2012]
  • “You Me Bullets, Love” – The Bombay Royale – You Me Bullets Love [Hope Street: New]
  • “Bagnale2” – Amadou & Mariam – Folila [Nonesuch: New]
  • “Our Treasures” – Elvis Phuong – Saigon Rock & Soul
  • “Ali Pasha Heroic Ballad” – Mati Kola and Shoqnija Vjefdha – Compilation AlbanianVillage Music 1930 [Heritage: 1998]
  • “Fiore Lukusek” – Francis Baloyi (1952) Mozambique – Compilation African Popular Music 1926-1952 [Buda: 2004]
  • “Modumkgole (Sounds from Afar)” – Philip Tabane & Malombo – Unh! [ICON: 1989]
  • “Amanke Dionti” – Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze – Amanke Dionti [Motema: New]
  • “Sekar Gadung” – Seka Gambuh Pura Desa Adatl Bahuan – Music of the Gambuh Theater [Vital: 1999]

Listen to this show on the Tape Vault. It will be available for the next two weeks.

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ImageLegendary radio personality Pete Fornatale has died at the age of 66, evidently of complications from a recently suffered stroke. Fornatale was one of the founding fathers of progressive rock radio at WNEW-FM in New York City, a station that I grew up listening to and the primary reason why I became a DJ here at WTJU, a station that still allows the jocks to program their own shows. Though in his old age Pete got a little stale, at least for my tastes, with an affection for bland 1960s folk groups professing peace and love, he did introduce me to artists such as Suzanne Vega and the Fast Folk scene of the so-called Folk revival of the 1980s.  And his weekly show Mixed Bag on WNEW at a time when commercial FM radio devolved from free-from to play listed dreck was a harbor for someone like myself who yearned for radio that was creative and original, not just something to fill the time between ads aimed at the mentality of a four-year old.  And, we share the idea of programming a show along themes.

You know you’re getting old when all your childhood heroes are dying off.

Here’s one of many links of interest remembering Pete Fornatale, who is now off the dial.

DJ: David

Well, in a bit of serendipity, apparently WordPress had technical issues at the same time as I did on this evening’s show. Even as I write this, I cannot access this site via Safari (though it seems to work on Chrome).  In any event, the short story is there was a problem with the board that put the turntables and the line-in digital functions offline; alas, my show was composed primarily of vinyl and digital files on my iPod, both of which were rendered inoperative by the glitch. For some reason, the CD players stayed on line, so the beginning of the show comprised lengthly tracks from John Hiatt and Neil Young loaded by the Monster of Happiness from Jumpin’ on the Bed (the show that precedes mine) while I scrambled to figure out what to do. What I figured out was to call our intrepid station GM, Nathan Moore, who engineered the reboot (the solution turned out to be ridiculously simple, though it took a while to realize how to do it) and start the show more or less as planned.  Below is the playlist that I had planned; what actually aired was more disjointed and condensed seeing as we had lost the first half of the show.  I’ve highlighted in blue tracks that I planned to play, but had to edit out because of time constraints.

My apologies for a period of dead air and cut off tracks.  It’s what a colleague here calls NPR–Not Professional Radio.  I guess they’ll just have to fire me. (Wait, aren’t they already going to do that?)

Thanks to the listener who called in with the kind words.

  1. “The Other Shoe”The Mastersons – Birds Fly South [New West: 2012]
  2. “Welcome to the Jungle” {Congrats to Guns n Roses and the AWOL Axl Rose}Etta James – The Dreamer [Verve: 2011]
  3. “Fugue on a Monstrous Theme” {Happy Record Store Day}Portland Cello Project – Homage [Jealous Butcher: 2012]
  4. “Bandstand Boogie” {RIP Dick Clark}Les Elgart – Dick Clark’s Dance Classics [Time Life: 1987]
  5. “Opening Theme/Collingwood”{RIP Jonathan Frid, aka Barnabas} – Robert Cobert Orchestra – Dark Shadows [Varese Fontana: 1966]
  6. “My Brother’s Keeper” {RIP Harry Crews}Jim White – Where it Hits You [Yep Roc: 2012]
  7. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” {RIP Levon Helm}The Band – The Last Waltz [Warner Bros.: 1978]
  8. “Radio Nowhere” {For the return of WBCN}Bruce Springsteen – Magic [Columbia: 2007]
  9. “You Are My Destiny”Paul Anka – 30th Anniversary Collection: His All Time Greatest Hits [Rhino: 1989]
  10. “Our Day Will Come”Amy Winehouse – Lioness [Universal: 2011]
  11. “La Vie En Rose”Grace Jones – The Best Versions of La Vie En Rose [Open Records: 2010]
  12. “Rocky Ground”Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball [Columbia: 2012]
  13. “Spacious Thoughts”N.A.S.A and Tom Waits – The Spirit of Apollo [Anti/Epitah: 2009]
  14. “Voice”Ani DiFranco – Note of Hope [429 Records: 2011]
  15. Ballad of a Thin Man”Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966 [Columbia: 1998]
  16. “Cocteau Twins-Athol Brose (1988)”Christopher O’Reily/Matt Haimovitz – Shuffle Play Listen [Oxingale: 2011]
  17. “Billie Jean”Anderson & Roe Piano Duo – When Words Fail [Steinway and Sons: 2011]
  18. “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”Kronos Quartet – Chimes of Freedom” The Songs of Bob Dylan [Amnesty: 2012]
  19. “Miss You”The Rolling Stones – Some Girls [Rolling Stones Records: 1978]
  20. “Miss You”Michael Wolf – Love and Destruction [Wrong: 2011]
  21. “Escoutas [Diga Diga Diga]”Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orchestrii – Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orcjhestrii [Nonesuch: 2011]

Listen to this show on the Tape Vault. (Though why would you?) It will be available for the next two weeks.

The New York Times reports the resurrection of legendary WBCN, one of the pioneers of free-form radio back in the day before corporate overlords figured out how to make a buck out of what was then called underground radio that sadly turned into caricature classic rock. WBCN is not only back, but is back to its free-form roots and with its original program director.

The free form WBCN “is not a nostalgia trip”…but a revival of the old techniques that radio has lost in recent years, when D.J.’s took listeners on a musical tour [of]  “radio theater, the human voice put together with every other element that you can use for sound,” including music and ambient street noise. Unlike streaming music services such as Pandora, he added, “radio is all about the human connection; it has something to say.”

So, what program currently (at least for now) on WTJU sounds like this playlist:

…Paul Anka’s “You Are My Destiny” with Amy Winehouse’s “Our Day Will Come” and vintage and new Grace Jones… “We can double-play Grace Jones; there are no rules”…

Right, that would be us.

What’s interesting about this is that the station is only available on HD, a digital channel that allows a single license holder to transmit multiple streams in addition to its FM content. Of course, you need to have a radio capable of HD reception, though newer car models and probably AV receivers are coming with these as standard features. But what does this sound like?

Back in the 1960s, when many people’s television sets could only display in black and white, there was this newfangled thing called FM. Radio station owners didn’t quite know what to do with it. At first, they just simulcast what was on AM, until the FCC ruled it wasn’t in the public interest and they had to play different original programming. Because they didn’t think anyone was really listening, the radio honchos let the music DJs do whatever they wanted. Until, that is, they figured FM had attained mass market status and it was time to rein in all these folks who thought they were doing something relevant to culture and music, but were informed it was about to become about selling advertising.

What’s different, though, is today’s radio and entertainment spectrum is a lot more fragmented than back in the Ma Bell monopoly era when there were only three national broadcast stations on the television dial. Here’s keeping our fingers crossed that WBCN can regain its glory days with a deserving audience.

Maybe there’s hope after all.

DJ: Bruce

  • “Pharoah” {Richard Thompson} – The House Band – the World is a Wonderful Place [Topic: 1993]
  • “Things I done wrong” – Danny Barnes – Things I done Wrong [Terminus]
  • “the Hammer” {Bob Marley} – Larry Keel (guest on Sunset Road April 27 – Larry Keel [2000]
  • “Euphoria” – Holy Modal Rounders – Holy Modal Rounders (a.k.a #1) [Prestige/Fantasy: 1963]
  • “Snap Your fingers” – Al Jolson March 15, 1912 – Phonographic Yearbook 1912 [Archeophone]
  • “Farm Boy (solo version)” – Billy Bragg – Mr. Love & Justice [Anti: 2008]
  • “I’ll Sail my ship along” – Hank Williams 1951 – Unreleased Live [Time Life: 2008]
  • “Good Road Blues” – Wright Holmes – Compilation Jook Joint Blues [JSP: 1947]
  • “Leather Britches” – Matt Flinner & David Grier 2000 – Prism Coffee House
  • “The Spiral Staircase” – Ralph McTell – Spiral Staircase [Topic: 1969]
  • “Le petit soldat de bois” – Louis Boudreault (violin and clogging)1989 – Saguenay [Magada / Tamanoir]
  • “They Thought I was Asleep” – Paul Kelly 2005 – Foggy Highway [(Greatest Hits)]
  • “Kurdish Dance” – Bahram Osqeezadeh & Pejman Hadadi – Alast Nava-Esfahan [2008]
  • “Bako” – Antoine Moundanda – Kesse Kesse [Indigo: 1997]
  • “Streets of Lhasa” – Anon – Streets of Lhasa [Sublime Frequencies: 2004]
  • “Child vocal” – Streets of Lhasa
  • “Erhu Solo” – Streets of Lhasa
  • “Mwalusu” – Tswa Drummers 1954 – Compilation Southern Mozambique 1943-1963 [Sharp Wood]
  • “Banondari Ulah Ceurik” – Uun Bdimanandthe Jugala GamelanOrchestra (Java) – Banondari [Felmay: 2006]
  • “Ekassa 25” – Vicgtor Uwaifo – Rough Guide to Psychedlelic Africa [World Music Network: 2012]

Listen to this show on the Tape Vault. It will be available for the next two weeks.

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DJ: David

  • “Italian Shoes” – Patti Larkin – Red [Vanguard: 2003]
  • “I’m Football Crazy” {RIP: Cosmos #9} – Giorgio Chinaglia – (I’m) Football Crazy) [RCA: 1974]
  • “Happy Feet” – Paolo Conte – The Best of Paolo Conte [Nonesuch: 1998]
  • “Dr. Rock” {RIP: Jim Marshall, whose amps made rock n roll a stadium attraction} – Motorhead – Best of Motorhead [Metal-Is/Sanctuary: 2000]
  • “Gloria In Excelsis Deo Gloria” {Happy Easter} – Patti Smith – Horses [Arista: 1975]
  • “Dime Store Mystery” – Lou Reed – New York [Sire: 1989]
  • “Suzanne” – Leonard Cohen – Cohen Live [Columbia: 1994]
  • “Like a Man” – Adam Cohen – Like a Man [Decca: 2012]
  • “Holy Are You” {By Request} – The Electric Prunes – Release of an Oath [Rhino: 2005 (Reissue)]
  • “Rise Up” – Diane Birch – Bible Belt [S-Curve: 2009]
  • “Peep Show Bible” – Gary Lucas’ Gods and Monsters – The Ordeal of Civility [Knitting Factory: 2011]
  • “Gideon’s Bible” – John Cale – Vintage Violence [Columbia: 1970]
  • “Dust on the Bible” – Wanda Jackson – The Party Ain’t Over [Nonesuch: 2011]
  • “Vatican Rag” – Tom Lehrer – That Was the Year That Was [Reprise: 1965]
  • “Darwin, Jesus, The Devil and Me” – Damion Suomi – Self-Titled [Pi for Panda: 2009]
  • “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest” – Thea Gilmore – John Wesley Harding [Fulfill: 2011]
  • “When He Returns” – Bob Dylan – Slow Training Coming [Columbia: 1979]

Listen to this show on the Tape Vault. It will be available for the next two weeks.

DJ: Bruce

  • “Diving into the Wreck” – Adrienne Rich (obit) – Poetry on Record [Shout Factory]
    published 1973, this reading 1986
  • “Nothing to it” – Earl Scruggs (obit) and Byrds – E.Scruggs Family and Friends [Columbia: 1971]
  • “The Greenslade Story” – Goon Show (peter sellers, spike milligan, harry secombe Dec 1955 – Goon Show Classics Vol 5 [BBC Records: 1955]
    Script by Spike Milligan
  • “Shane Warne (cricket/baseball opening day)” – Paul Kelly 2007 – Greatests Hits [Universal Australia: New]
    Music credited to Lord Kitchener (‘London is the Place for Me”)
  • “Tabuh Telu” – Gamelan of Kayumas Koja 1973 – Bali – Temple Music [Nord Sud: 2002]
    Recordings by Deben Bhattacharya
  • “Barong, partial” – Gamelan of Tegaltamu 1973 – Bali – Temple Music
  • “Patusca de Ghandi” {Gilberto Gil} – Clarice Assad – Home [Adventure: New]
  • “Armenian Suite (medley of traditional comps.)” – Djivan Gasparyan & Ensemble – Armenian Fantasies [Network: 2001]
    leader on Duduk, apricot wood oboe

Listen to this show on the Tape Vault. It will be available for the next two weeks.

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