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Nov. 29th, 2015


Catamount Community Radio - November 29, 2015

Kind of a Thanksgiving show today, with the usual thankful songs, as you can see. The usual Nemerov poem:

"Infant mortality didn't, as they say, claim me, though it damn near did. So I grew what they call 'up.' To the childhood illnesses routine for those times I added only paratyphoid on my own. I was never starved nor did my parents whip me or leave me chained to the bed. Nor did I get born a Jew in Germany. Plus, I went to their war and didn't die of it. Leaving aside my adventures among the dentists (your teeth are fine but those gums have got to go), my skirmishes with medicine include but a couple of major operations and a few discomfortable bothers with skeleton and strings. I have so far stayed out of asylums and jails and given the smawth and fewth of my abilities, have been lucky in being steadily employed. I'm still with the same dame, have three sons; have lost to death up to this day only a few family and five good friends. So help me, life, I may still make it to the end."

I don't play a lot of hip hop, but I did drop some Eric B. & Rakim:

"I can take a phrase
that's hardly heard
flip it
Now it's a daily word."

I think in all the years he was active, he never inserted a curse word in his rhymes.

1. Sly & the Family Stone – Thankful and Thoughtful
2. Benny Goodman – Lullaby of the Leaves
3. Charles Mingus – Pussy Cat Dues
4. Bing Crosby – I’ve Got Plenty to be Thoughtful For
5. Madeleine Peyroux – J’ai deux amours
6. Raymond Scot Quintet – War Dance for Wooden Indians
7. Matt Wilson – Happy are Here Again
8. World Saxophone Quartet – Requim for Julius
9. Duke Ellington – Solitude
10. Ella Fitzgerald – Solitude
11. Charlie Parker – Kiack-Overseeds-Tene
12. Frank Sinatra – That’s Love
13. Sketch Show – Return
14. William DeVaughn –Be Thankful for What You Got
15. Bill Frisell et. al. – My Thief
16. Duke Ellington – Honeysuckle Rose
17. Beach Boys – Don’t Worry, Baby
18. Kronos Quartet – Crepuscule with Nellie
19. Ray Davies – Working Man’s Café
20. Wynton Marsalis – Big Butter and Egg Man
21. Hank Ballard – The Hoochi Coochi Coo
22. Howard Nemerov – Tyhanksgrieving
23. Willie Nelson – It’s Npot Supposed to be that Way
24. Bob Marley – Give Thanks and Praise
25. Tampa Red – New Bad Luck Blues
26. NEXT Collective – Thank You
27. Eric B. & Rakim – Follow the Leader
28. Orinn Evans – Blues Connotation
29. Hall & Oates – Thank you for
30. Walter Smith III – Henya

Howard Nemerov

Nov. 22nd, 2015


Catamount Community Radio - November 22, 2015

To get to the radio station you have to climb a rather significant hill, and I do it on a bicycle. Last week as I got to the top I was repeating to myself, for no reason in particular, "fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck." I thought I was alone, but I soon realized that there was an Asian girl walking by. I just pretended everything was normal. And I guess it was. A cold one this morning, though I kept my four-letter words to myself.

Bob Dylan doesn't cease to impress me. I'm just gonna take a chunk out of the middle:

When you think that you've lost everything
You find out you can always lose a little more
I'm just going down the road feeling bad
Trying to get to Heaven before they close the door

I'm going down the river
Down to New Orleans
They tell me everything is gonna be all right
But I don't know what all right even means

I was riding in a buggy with Miss Mary Jane
Miss Mary Jane got a house in Baltimore
I've been all around the world, boys
Now I'm trying to get to Heaven before they close the door.

Or, how about the New York Dolls?

Yeah, I been to the doctor
He said there ain't much he could do
"You got the human condition
Boy, I feel sorry for you"

There's a sorrowful joy
I've known since I was a boy
Joyful sorrow I guess
It's a maimed happiness.

All this and more. It's a goddam musical cornucopia. Keep that in mind.

Sunday mornings 10-12 and still not streaming on the interwebs.

1. Marvin Hamlish – The Entertainer
2. Coleman Hawkins – Under Paris Skies
3. Adele – Make You Feel my Love
4. Sonny Stitt – Deuces Wild
5. Frank Sinatra – All Alone
6. Hank Williams – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
7. Ahmad Jamal – Paris After Dark
8. Chet Baker – There’s a Small Hotel
9. Maceo Parker – Southwick
10. Lee Dorsey – A Mellow Good Time
11. Abdullah Ibraham – The Homecoming Song
12. Francis Bebey – Paris-Dougou
13. Hilton Ruíz – Home Cookin’
14. Bob Dylan – Trying to Get to Heaven
15. John Zorn – Zechriel
16. La Playa Sextet – Hong Kong
17. Sacri Cuori – La marabina
18. NEXT Collective – Africa
19. Hank Crawford – Boo’s Tune
20. Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Something
21. Phineas Newborn, Jr. – Afternoon in Paris
22. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Love Paris
23. FatsWaller – I Ain’t Got Nobody
24. The New York Dolls – Maimed Happiness
25. Orquesta Aragón – La comparsa
26. Duke Ellington – Rock Skippin’ at the Blue Note
27. Cassandra Wilson – Painted from Memory
28. Tomatito – Al tío Habichuela
29. Bobby McFerrin – Jesus Makes it Good

Phineas Newborn, Jr.

Nov. 15th, 2015


Catamount Community Radio - November 15, 2015

We lost a great. Allen Toussaint died in Madrid last week, at 77 years of age. I'm a fan so I decided to do a whole show with every tune having something to do with Toussaint, either as performer or writer or producer.

His excellence transcended roles. He could play the piano like Professor Longhair, but his true touch was lighter. He wrote hit after hit, "Southern Nights," "Yes We Can Can," "Working in a Coal Mine," "Sneaking Sally through the Alley," "Whipped Cream," "Java," and so many more.

He liked to rock a nice suit (often with slippers) and was known to cruise around New Orleans in a Rolls, but he had a gentle demeanor, was humble and soft-spoken.

I saw him perform in Knoxville some years ago. I'm glad I had that opportunity.

My review of the show can be read here.

Next week, back to the usual shenanigans, but in the mean time let's reflect of some of Mr. Toussaint's words of wisdom:

Now is the time for all good men
To get together with one another
Iron out the problems
And iron out the quarrels
And try to live as brothers
And try to find a peace within
Without stepping on one another
And do respect the women of the world
Just remember we all had mothers
Make this land a better land
In the world in which we live
And help each man be a better man
With the kindness that you give

1. Allen Toussaint – Just a Closer Walk with Thee
2. Allen Toussaint – Tipitina and Me
3. The Harmonious Five – Miss Stacks
4. The Meters – Chicken Strut
5. Allen Toussaint & Chet Atkins – Southern Nights
6. Ernie K-Doe – A Certain Girl
7. Benny Spellman – Fortune Teller
8. Lee Dorsey – Games People Play
9. Irma Thomas – It’s Raining
10. Allen Toussaint – Everything I do Gohn be Funky
11. Warren Lee – Star Revue
12. Allen Toussaint – Egyptian Fantasy
13. Lee Dorsey – Yes We Can Can
14. Aaron Neville – Wrong Number (I am Sorry, Goodbye)
15. Allen Toussaint’s Jazzity Project – Going Places
16. Allen Toussaint – Bright Mississipi
17. Lee Dorsey – Sneaking Sally through the Alley
18. The Showmen – It Will Stand
19. Allen Toussaint – On Your Way Down
20. Benny Spellman – Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)
21. Allen Toussaint & Joshua Redman – Day Dream
22. Al Hirt – Java
23. Patti LaBelle – Lady Marmelade
24. Allen Toussaint – Working in a Coal Mine
25. Aaron Neville – Let’s Live
26. Solomon Burke – Get Out of my Life, Woman
27. Allen Toussaint & Marc Ribot – Blue Drag
28. Ernie K-Doe – Mother-in-Law
29. The Meters – Ride Your Pony
30. Allen Toussaint – Soul Sister
31. Lee Dorsey – Who’s Gonna Help a Brother Out?
32. Allen Toussaint – Yes We Can Can

Nov. 8th, 2015


Catamount Community Radio - November 8, 2015

I got some good news this past week. An article I wrote was accepted for publication, pending a few revisions. I have been striking out on articles lately, so this was great news for me. My elation lasted for about a day, and soon enough I was back to my usual lugubrious thoughts. I think the cause of our anxiety and melancholy is probably that we dwell too much on the past and the future rather than living in the flow of the moment. The best ways I know of to live in the moment are to play music (not a piano recital), to play a sport that involves a ball, or to teach a class. After a good class I come out with this sort of exalted feeling inside .... that eventually dies down when I start dwelling once again on yesterdays and tomorrows.

The show today was slightly sloppy; but what do expect? It's free-form radio, where stuff can, does and will happen. Still, I think sometimes rough-edges give character to a show.

Played a few from Tom Waits, a couple from Nick Lowe, a little Kentucky finger picking from Merle Travis. An Elvis Presley number with an amusing false start ... Elvis, sitting on his couch, playing a bass guitar with his sunglasses on, that's how I imagine him. And looky see what I found on the world wide web:

OK, he's sitting on the davenport, without sunglasses. He's waiting for the Beatles to show up. He's feeling a little threatened by their popularity.

During one of the breaks I ran a promo for the Recreational Center. They mention fitness programs that include "pilates" - sounds like "polottis" Sounds more like some Italian desert than exercises.

Tex Ritter sang Johnny Mercer's "I'm an Old Cowhand":

I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande
And I learned to ride before I learned to stand
Well I'm a ridin fool who is up to date
I know every trail in the Lone Star State
'Cause I ride the range in a Ford V-8

Man, I don't know when that internet stream is coming back. I'm feeling resignation, that's what I'm feeling.

1. Larry Goldiings – Road Song
2. Joshua Redman – Easy Living
3. Tom Waits – Jockey Full of Bourbon
4. Ben Webster – King’s Riff
5. Tex Ritter – I’m an Old Cowhand
6. Chet Atkins – Autumn Leaves
7. Nick Lowe – Hope for us All
8. Charlie Parker – Thriving on a Riff
9. Susie Arioli – Here’s to the Losers
10. Duke Ellington – Little Brown Book
11. Ray Charles – Tell the World About You
12. Freddie Hubbard – Wichita Lineman
13. Tom Waits – Walking Spanish
14. Matt Wilson – You Bet
15. Phineas Newborn, Jr. – Barbados
16. Anita O’Day – An Occasional Man
17. Nick Lowe – A Better Man
18. Merle Travis – Nine-Pound Hammer
19. Jamey Johnson – A-11
20. Elvis Presley – Young and Beautiful
21. Cornelius – Brazil
22. Orinn Evans – The Sound of Philadelphia
23. Lord Creator – Paint Up, Clean Up Time
24. Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley – Never Will I Marry
25. Nick Lowe – Hope for Us All
26. James Brown – Mother Popcorn #2
27. Steven Bernstein – Ripple
28. Doris Troy – Just One Touch
29. Futuristic Ensemble – Davenport Blues
30. Tom Waits – Step Right Up
31. Arnem Stepanyan – Es Kirsher, Lousnyag, Es Kirsher

Nov. 1st, 2015


Catamount Community Radio - November 1, 2015

Daylight Saving Time ... Even though I think the reason for which it was instated is probably no longer valid (to save electricity), and even though it's not going to be easy to get around to walking Roscoe before night falls, I did appreciate the extra hour of sleep. I was draggin' ass last night - couldn't even stay up to watch the World Serious - and I got nine hours of sleep. And I feel like a goddam million bucks today.


I really enjoy this tune by David Bowie, "Conversation Piece."

And the world is full of life
Full of folk who don't know me
And they walk in twos or threes or more
While the light that shines above the grocer's store
Investigates my face so rudely

And my essays lying scattered on the floor
Fulfill their needs just by being there
And my hands shake, my head hurts
My voice sticks inside my throat
I'm invisible and dumb and no one will recall me
And I can't see the water through the tears in my eyes

Not too shabby is also Dylan's "Workingman's Blues #2"

There's an evenin' haze settlin' over town
Starlight by the edge of the creek
The buyin' power of the proletariat's gone down
Money's gettin' shallow and weak
Well, the place I love best is a sweet memory
It's a new path that we trod
They say low wages are a reality
If we want to compete abroad
My cruel weapons have been put on the shelf
Come sit down on my knee
You are dearer to me than myself
As you yourself can see
While I'm listening to the steel rails hum
Got both eyes tight shut
Just sitting here trying to keep the hunger from
Creeping its way into my gut


We heard three different versions of the Cuban classic, "Bruca maniguá."


Well, last night was Halloween, so I did my usual "treat vs. trick" schtick. Signifier "trick or treat" vs. signified: "give me some candy." How dumfounded the little sociopath midgets would be if I said simply "trick." Didn't even buy any candy this year. We live on a busy road anyway, so I dim the lights and of course they don't show. Back in the day we used to trick or treat like mini outlaws, on our bikes all over town. Now it's all controlled. The difference is like adult-supervised sports vs. playing pick-up. Times change, and I become a curmudgeon.

So, I did a little goof today: After playing Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" I put on a novelty record of werewolf sounds, and then over the top, a spoken-word thing by Vincent Price. But not a scary thing, but rather his recipe for pickled mushrooms.


Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 on 90.5. Maybe one day the internet stream will be back.

1. Sonny Stitt – I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance
2. Brian Bromberg – Sanford & Son Theme
3. Orinn Evans – A Special Place
4. Nancy Wilson – (You Don’t Know) How Glad I am
5. Cuba L.A. – Bruca maniguá
6. David Bowie – Conversation Piece
7. Bob Dylan – Workingman’s Blues #2
8. Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster – Shine On Harvest Moon
9. Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London
10. Vincent Price – Mushrooms
11. Jeff Beck – Pay me no Mind
12. Ella Fitzgerald – I Didn’t Know what Time it Was
13. Bill Frisell – Baja
14. Alfredo Gutiérrez – Ojos indios
15. Tom Waits – The Whole Night
16. Gipsy Kings – Nuages
17. Marcus Roberts – Hidden Hues
18. Arsenio Rodríguez – Bruca maniguá
19. Conjunto Arsenio Rodríguez – Monte adentro
20. Orquesta Sonora la Habana – Bruca maniguá
21. Sun Ra – Angels and Demons at Play
22. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Little Demon
23. Mel Tormé – Monsters Lead such Interesting Lives
24. Bobby “Boris” Pickett – Monster Mash
25. Jonathan Coulton – Re: Your Brains
26. Belle Baker – Jubilee Blues
27. Anat Cohen – You Never Told Me that You Care
28. Jason Moran – Lulu’s Back in Town
29. Aaron Goldberg – Yes!
30. Angelic Gospel Singers – One Day

Oct. 25th, 2015


Catamount Community Radio - October 25, 2015

Another Sunday morning, another radio show. The tires screech, and we're under way. Jazz, accordions, shenanigans.

Blossom Dearie sang "Tea for Two." Talk about internal rhymes:

I'm discontented with homes that I've rented
So I have invented my own.
Darling, this place is lovely oasis
Where life's weary taste is unknown.

We heard Joe DeFrancesco play "Never Can Say Goodbye," and later the original Jackson 5 version. When I get some time on my hands, and on other body parts, I'm going to write out a two-part harmony chart.

We wrestled the airwaves away from the electric guitars, and the accordion player in Benny Goodman's quintet took over, at least briefly. And then Adrian Belew, Jimmy Page and Lightnin' Hopkins' electric guitars snatched the airwaves back.

"Here's to the losers":

Here's to those who drink their dinners when that lady doesn't show
To the girl who'll wait for kisses underneath that mistletoe
To the lonely summer lovers when the leaves begin to fall
Here's to the losers, bless them all

"Down with Love":

Down with love
the flowers and rice and shoes

Down with love
the root of all midnight blues

Down with things
that give you that well-known pain

Take that moon wrap it in cellophane

I played hip hop for the first time in ages, A Tribe Called Quest doing "Excursions." One of my favorite hip hop things, and probably the best incorporation of jazz into hip hop.

Back in the days when I was a teenager
Before I had status and before I had a pager
You could find the Abstract listening to hip hop
My pops used to say, it reminded him of be-bop
I said, well daddy, don't you know that things go in cycles
The way that Bobby Brown is just ampin' like Michael

Sunday mornings 10-12 at 90.5 on your FM dial.

1. Ben Webster – All too Soon
2. Sarah Vaughan – Everything but You
3. Joey DeFrancesco – Never Can Say Goodbye
4. Ike Quebec – A Light Reprieve
5. Blossom Dearie – Tea for Two
6. Hot Lips Page – La danse
7. Allison Krauss & James Taylor – How’s the World Treating You
8. Bill Frisell – Hold On (John)
9. Jackson 5 – Never Can Say Goodbye
10. Great Jazz Trio (Hank Jones) – Moose the Mooche
11. Betty Carter – Shine On, Harvest Moon
12. Benny Goodman Quintet – Fine and Dandy
13. John Eddie – Same Old Brand New Me
14. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Let’s Move
15. Led Zeppelin – Tea for One (fragment)
16. Duke Ellington – Four and a Half Street
17. The Spaniels – Do-Wah
18. Adrian Belew – Beat Box Guitar
19. Katie Lee – Will to Fail
20. Susie Arioli – Here’s to the Losers
21. David Allyn – Down with Love
22. The Falcons – Let’s Kiss and Make Up
23. Glen Campbell – By the Time I Get to Phoenix
24. Cyrus Chestnut – Indigo Blue
25. Herbie Hancock – It Ain’t Necessarily So
26. A Tribe Called Quest – Excursions
27. Gene Ammons – I Sold my Heart to the Junkman
28. Tabu Ley Rochereau – Aon Aon
29. Abdullah Ibrahim – Third Line Samba

Oct. 18th, 2015


Catamount Community Radio - October 18, 2015

Drove to Charleston, SC on Wednesday for a conference and back yesterday. A six hour drive with three stops. Man, I don't like driving, or, let me rephrase that ... other drivers scare the shit out of me. But Charleston was nice, I took care of business, did some sightseeing, and ate some delicious food. I listened to no jazz while in Charleston. I had a couple looks for it on the radio while sitting in my room in the hotel, but came up empty, so today, even though I didn't play that many jazz tunes, I did play enough to get my fix.

I enjoyed doing the show today. It was 11:30 before I knew it. I only recorded half of it, but I'll listen back to that tape. Sometimes I think I should keep for the archive a copy of every single show, but I'm too lazy.

OK, here are some lyrics.

John Hiatt, "Let's Give this Love a Try"

Sometimes I don't like being where I am
No matter what
I'd rather be in a barrel of kosher salt and pickle brine
With a thousand paper cuts
I'm uncomfortable in my own skin you might say
Feeling my own guts
So tell me something about yourself, sweetheart
Before I screw this whole thing up

Tom Petty, "The Last DJ":

The last DJ
Well you can't turn him into a company man
You can't turn him into a whore
And the boys upstairs just don't understand anymore
Well the top brass don't like him talking so much,
And he won't play what they say to play
And he don't want to change what don't need to change
There goes the last DJ
Who plays what he wants to play
And says what he wants to say, hey hey hey?
And there goes your freedom of choice
There goes the last human voice
There goes the last DJ

Leon Russell, "Tightrope":

I'm up on the tight wire
One side's ice and one is fire
It's a circus game
With you and me
I'm up on the tight rope
One side's hate and one is hope
But the top hat on my head
Is all you see
And the wire seems to be
The only place for me
A comedy of errors
And I'm falling

DJ nightmare:You're trying to do your show, but there are people in the studio, getting in your way, including your mother. You put on a song, but it's not the one you meant to play. Then there is dreaded dead air, lots of it. Then you scramble to get another tune on, but to no avail. But it doesn't matter than much, because your shift is 3:00 - 5:00 a.m. and nobody is listening.

Still no internet stream. I think that makes five months. Catamount Community Radio, 10-12 Sunday mornings on WWCU-FM.

1. Christian McBride, Mark Whitfield, Nicholas Payton – Chameleon
2. Trio Cervantes – Drume negrito
3. John Hiatt – Let’s Give this Love a Try
4. Duke Ellington – The Star-Crossed Lovers
5. Charles Mingus – Slop
6. Bessie Smith – After You’ve Gone
7. Louis Armstrong – West End Blues
8. Hermeto Pascoal – Batudando nas matas
9. Marisa Monte – Pra mais ninguem
10. Señor Cocnut – Yellow Magic (Tong Poo)
11. Paul Simon – Questions for the Angels
12. Sonny Rollins – My Ideal
13. Sonora Ponceña – Night in Tunisia
14. T-Bone Walker – Papa Ain’t Salty
15. Woody Herman – Early Autumn
16. Merle Haggard – It Makes no Difference Now
17. Lester Young – Texas Shuffle
18. Solomon Burke – He’ll Have to Go
19. Ron Blake & Christian McBride – Shake & Blake
20. Nick Lowe – I Trained her to Love me
21. Ahmad Jamal – We Live in Two Different Worlds
22. Joshua Redman – Lonely Woman
23. Al Wilson – La La Peace Song
24. Teddy Wilson – Limehouse Blues
25. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – The Last DJ
26. Leon Russell – Tightrope
27. Tanariwen – Chet Boghassa
28. Charles Mingus – Self-Portrain in 3 Colors

Oct. 11th, 2015


Catamount Community Radio - October 11, 2015

Check this out, just for the hell of it.

Damn, that is beautiful.

My daughter seems to have a sleep deficit, but we balance out because I seem to have a sleep surplus. I haven't used an alarm clock in years. I don't know how she does it, because when I don't get my eight hours I don't feel well. But apparently I slept so much between Friday night and Saturday morning that it inhibited me from going to sleep last night. So I was up at least till 2:00 a.m, playing piano, goofing off, watching TV. Up this morning at 7:45, I'm feeling on the tired side. Maybe a nap is in order.

The promo for my show I say, with tongue firmly implanted in cheek, something along the lines of "... where I snatch the airwaves away from the electric guitars and the accordions take over." But today it was true, at least for a few tunes. A little French cafe music, and some Colombian vallenata. Beyond that the usual shenanigans.

I played a couple by Django Reinhardt and trotted out my old line, "C'mon up to my apartment. We'll listen to some Django Reinhardt records and I'll show you my etchings." (followed by canned laughter). I can't count the times I've resorted to that schtick. I hear that gypsy jazz is the latest craze among the craft beer swilling, plaid shirt wearing, bearded hipsters.

Catamount Community Radio, a musical cornucopia, airs Sunday mornings 10-12 on Power 90.5, and hopefully will one day stream once again on the internet.

1. Kenny Burrell – Azure (Paris Blues)
2. Marcus Roberts – Jitterbug Waltz
3. Fats Waller – I Can’t Give You Anything but Love
4. Lester Young – Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
5. Hadda Brooks – That’s my Desire
6. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – Dalí
7. James P. Johnson – Snowy Morning Blues
8. Nick Lowe – Lately I’ve Let Things Slide
9. Phineas Newborn, Jr. – Sugar Ray
10. Jean Corti – Coudes à coudes
11. Otto Serge & Rafael Ricardo – Señora
12. Orinn Evans – The Sound of Philadelphia
13. Machito & his Afro-Cubans – Mambo
14. John Hendricks – Do You Call that a Buddy
15. George Benson – Sack o’ Woe
16. Matt Wilson – Feel the Sway
17. Fred Hersch – In Walked Bud
18. Cassandra Wilson – Love is Blindness
19. Wes Montgomery – Groove Yard
20. Los Betos – Benditos versos
21. Bernie Green – Pittsburgh Brethren
22. Larry Goldings – Take Me Out to the Ballpark
23. Django Reinhardt – Undecided
24. Django Reinhardt – I’ll See You in my Dreams
25. Stanley Holloway – Keep Smiling
26. Ben Webster – Pennies from Heaven
27. Chuck Berry – Brown-Eyed Handsome Man
28. Steven Bernstein – Soul Serenade
29. Larry Goldings & Harry Allen – Lucky I Am

Oct. 4th, 2015


Catamount Community Radio - September 20, 2015

Back after a week off. A week ago today I was traveling back from Mexico City.

It's been raining for days, and while it hasn't rained today, rain is still in the forecast. So I did a one-hour plus set of rain-themed songs, framed by Coltrane's "After the Rain." After that, just the usual hi jinx.

The WCU website still says, somewhat disingenuously, "PLEASE NOTE: THE INTERNET STREAMING SERVICE FOR WWCU-FM IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE. We will keep you updated on the repair process. Thank you for your patience!" Exclamation point and all. It's been out since May. Not one update.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 at 90.5 on your FM dial. Maybe you can sit in your car and listen to it if you don't have a radio in your house.

1. John Coltrane – After the Rain
2. Nick Lowe – Raining, Raining
3. Nick Lowe – Shame on the Rain
4. Pet Metheny – Rainy Days and Mondays
5. Arthur Prysock – Teardrops in the Rain
6. Flatt & Scruggs – Down in the Flood
7. Jimi Hendrix – Rainy Day, Dream Away
8. Dinah Washington – September in the Rain
9. Los Lobos – Can’t Stop the Rain
10. Bob Dylan – Early Mornin’ Rain
11. Randy Newman – Louisiana 1927
12. Neil Sedaka – Laughter in the Rain
13. Jimi Hendrix – Still Raining, Still Dreaming
14. Kid Rock – When it Rains
15. Wendall Hall – It Ain’t Gonna Rain no More
16. The Beatles – Rain
17. Sarah Vaughan – Come Rain or Come Shine
18. Randy Newman – Every Time it Rains
19. Jack Dejohnette – After the Rain
20. The Staple Singers – For What it’s Worth
21. Bill Charlap – Fantastic Rhythm
22. Groucho Marx & Bob Hope – A Date After the Show
23. The Starkweather Boys – Abigail Blue
24. Stevie Wonder – Boogie On, Reggae Woman
25. Stevie Wonder – Evil
26. The Jive Bombers – Bad Boys
27. Prince Lasha – Congo Call
28. Freddie King – Hide Away
29. The Beastie Boys – Shadrach
30. Fred Frith –
31. JD McPherson – Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
32. Fred Hersch – In Walked Bud (fragment)

Sep. 20th, 2015


Catamount Community Radio - September 20, 2015

I think my radio shows are pretty good in general; it I thought otherwise I would give it up and sleep in Sunday mornings until the crack of noon. So, an average show is pretty good, as the bar is high. But my thought today is that the show was below average, which is not to say it was bad, but there were no really magic moments on the mic, I didn't say anything funny, and there was an awkward pause or two. But still it was a good show: good music, and a few worthwhile moments on the mic.

A did a twofer thing today: two from Chuck Berry, two from Rufus Thomas, two from Prince and two from Nick Lowe. I was driving yesterday when the radio landed on Garrison Keillor (he was uninjured), he had a guest on, a really good rocker, and immediately I recognized the tune he was doing was Nick's "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day." Strangely, it was a mixture of happiness and jealousy ... as if Nick Lowe were my thing and he was intruding, a ridiculous thought. He followed up the Lowe tune with a rocker, which was excellent. I need to find out who this cat is. The internet (oh, how I love and hate you) tells me it's J.D. McPherson.

Chuck Berry, a genius who still walks among us:

If I go buy a Cadillac convertible coupe
And all I got at home to eat is just onion soup
It's my own business, it's my own business
If I would rather ride around
In my own Cadillac convertible coupe

If I's a dignatary on Capitol Hill
And up and married me a waitress in a hot dog grill
It's my own business, it's my own business
Because I am not a juvenile
And I can go out at my own free will.

Rufus Thomas, a Memphis Stax cat, I was hipped to him on this blog I just stumbled upon: La dimensión de trastos.

10:00 - 12:00 Sunday mornings on Power 90.5. When will the internet stream be back? The program directer sort of laughed when I asked him the other day, and said, "not anytime soon." Crap.

1. Piero Umiliani – My Man, Duke
2. Coleman Hawkins – Thru for the Night
3. Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why
4. Arnett Cobb – Smooth Sailing
5. Nick Lowe – I Read a Lot
6. Don Byas & Slam Stewart – I Got Rhythm
7. Chuck Berry – It’s my Own Business
8. Hank Mobley – Remember
9. Prince – Musicology
10. Roland Hannah – The Best is Yet to Come
11. Johnny Smith – The Boy Next Door
12. Rufus Thomas – The Memphis Train
13. Cal Tjader – Triste
14. Gene Ammons – Canadian Sunset
15. Willie Nelson – What a Way to Live
16. Sonny Rollins – Rock-a-bye Baby with a Dixie Melody
17. Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell
18. Orinn Evans – The Sound of Philadelphia
19. Cecil Grant – I Wonder
20. Sly and the Family Stone – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)
21. Nick Lowe – I’m a Mess
22. Aaron Parks – Roadside Distraction
23. Rufus Thomas – Walking the Dog
24. Larry Goldings – Everything Happens to Me
25. Prince – Joy in Repetition
26. Oddisee – Chocalate City Dreaming
27. Arthur Blythe – Spirits in the Field

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