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Dec. 21st, 2014


Catamount Community Radio - December 21, 2014

My garbage can is full of chicken bones and the shells of crustaceans who were sacrificed for my pleasure and sustenance, so you can imagine what my belly is full of.

My current bicycle is the first I've ever owned with disc brakes rather than caliper brakes. I have a hard time adjusting them. I get them nice and tight and the next thing I know they don't work at all. On the way in today I was braking like Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble.

The first hour of the show today was basically Sherwin Sleeves reading "The Christmas Skater.". I hope the listeners liked it.

I played a couple of numbers from D'Angelo's new album, The Black Messiah, which shares a title with a record Cannonball Adderley put out back in the day. Although critical acclaim is almost universal, Nicholas Payton dissented, saying, more or less, don't believe the hype. I think what really bothers him, though, has less to do with the album itself than with the fact that it took D'Angelo almost 15 years to make it. I like it, especially the interplay of horns and guitars, and even though the lyrics are almost unintelligible, and probably not transcendent anyway. Well, maybe they are ... I haven't listened to the whole album through yet.

Jim Dandy edges out Nick and Gaby to win the cover contest for the fourth straight time. Only two questions today.

1. Who's tune is German saxophonist Heinz Sauer covering? - Prince's ("Nothing Compares 2 U")

2. Who wrote the tune, and who is singing it? "Blackbird," written by Paul McCartney and interpreted by Cassandra Wilson.

Catamount Community radio airs Sunday mornings 10-12 (Eastern Coastal) on WWCU-FM...... Although most likely not on the air next week. I will probably be on my annual Michigan voyage with Roscoe and the Issue.

1. Hank Jones & Christian McBride – Alone Together
2. Oscar Aleman – Whispering
3. Sherwin Sleeves – The Christmas Skater
4. Pau Casals – Sarabande
5. Herbie Nichols – Shuffle Montgomery
6. Eric Dolphy – Sunday Go-To Meeting
7. Jim Campilongo – Snakestretcher
8. Heinz Sauer & Michael Woliny – Nothing Compares 2 U
9. D’Angelo & the Vanguard – Sugah Daddy
10. Matt Ulery – Mary Shelly
11. Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together
12. Coleman Hawkins – Thru the Night
13. 3 Cohens – Blueport
14. Cassandra Wilson – Blackbird
15. George Cables – Blue Heart
16. D’Angelo & the Vanguard – Really Love (fragment)

Sherwin Sleeves

Dec. 14th, 2014


Catamount Community Radio - December 14, 2014

X Ray is playing Sherwin Sleeves' "The Christmas Skater." He played it last year too, which is when I learned of it. It's a good story, and I've been pondering putting it on next week. I think it lasts about 40 minutes. I'll keep thinking about it.

Roscoe was feeling lethargic yesterday. He's an active, mischievous dog, so it's very strange to see him act like that. When he feels bad, it's hard to be happy. Fortunately he seems to be feeling better today. When I took him out this morning, he nipped at my heels a little bit, which is a good sign.

Yesterday I graded in the morning, with Roscoe sleeping at my feet. I got a lot of work done. In evening there was a departmental Christmas party. I drank some whiskey, and felt just fine. But between the working and the partying, there was no time to prepare a cover contest. I'll try to have one ready for next week.

Catamount Community Radio, more fun than two barrels of monkeys, Sunday mornings 10-12 (East Coast) on WWCU.

1. Sonny Rollins – How are Things in Glocca Mora?
2. Frank Sinatra – Polka Dots and Moonbeams
3. Roy Hargrove – Polka Dots and Moonbeams
4. Nick Lowe – Rise Up, Shepherd
5. Sonny Stitt & Oscar Peterson – I Can’t Give You Anything but Love
6. Bob Dylan – The Night Before Christmas
7. Charlie Parker – Just Friends
8. Antonio Arcaño – Mambo
9. U2 – Peace on Earth
10. Chet Baker – Winter Wonderland
11. Julia Lee – Christmas Spirit
12. Sonny Rollins – Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Good-bye
13. Marcus Roberts – I’ll be Home for Christmas
14. John Coltrane – Impressions
15. Ike Quebec – Nancy (With the Laughing Face)
16. Kurtis Blow – X-mas Rappin’
17. Charles Mingus – Goodbye, Porkpie Hat
18. Nick Lowe – I Was Born in Bethlehem
19. Thelonious Monk – Evidence
20. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass – Sleigh Ride
21. Tony Bennet – Last Night when We were Young
22. Miles Davis – Seven Steps to Heaven
23. Nick Lowe – Christmas at the Airport
24. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – We Free Kings
25. Annie Lennox – Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
26. Mel Tormé – The Christmas Song

Sonny Rollins

Dec. 7th, 2014


Catamount Community Radio - December 7, 2014

I walked in today, because my bike was already on campus. On Friday I went to the U Club's oyster roast; by the time that was over it was dark, so I walked home. I wasn't as prolific this year as I was last in the consumption of oysters, but I still probably ate 20 or 25. But I had to power walk this morning to make it on time.


We're easing into the season; wouldn't want to overdose on the ol' christmas cheer. We'll save the eggnog, the mistletoe, and the red sweater for another day. We did hear a handful of Nick Lowe numbers from last year's holiday album, and Chuck Berry did "Run, Run, Rudolph"

Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town
Santa, make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph 'cause I'm reelin' like a merry-go-round

Said Santa to a boy child, What have you been longing for?
All I want for Christmas is a Rock and Roll electric guitar
And then away went Rudolph a whizzing like a shooting star

Run, run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town, come on
Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph, reeling like a merry-go-round

Said Santa to a girl child, What would please you most to get?
A little baby doll that can cry, sleep, and wet
And then away went Rudolph a whizzing like a Saber jet

Jim Dandy wins the cover contest for the third week in a row.

1. What tune is Joo Kraus & Tales in Tones Trio covering? - Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean"

2. Name the tune, the sax player playing it, and the composer - "White Christmas" / Charlie Parker / Irving Berlin

3. What Hoagy Carmichael tune is Dave Brubeck playing? - "Stardust"

4. Whose tune is Larry Goldings playing? - Randy Newman's "I Think it's Gonna Rain Today." My hint was that it was by a cat who once had a hit poking fun at those of diminutive stature.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10--12 on WWCU.

1. John Lewis – December, Remember
2. Nick Lowe – Chritmas Can’t be Far Away
3. Duke Ellington – Jubilesta
4. Mouse on Mars – Creolian Saphire
5. Freddie King – Christmas Tears
6. Maceo Parker – The that Got
7. Sketch Show – Attention Tokyo
8. Joo Kraus & Tales in Tones Trio - Billie Jean
9. Nick Lowe – I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day
10. Chick Corea & Christian McBride – Tango Improvisation #1
11. Charlie Parker – White Christmas
12. Nick Lowe – A Dollar Short of Happy
13. James Brown – Mother Popcorn, pt. 2
14. Hortence Ellis – This is my Story
15. Marcus Roberts – Hidden Hues
16. Nick Lowe – Silent Night
17. Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond – Stardust
18. Michael Lowenstern – No. 1
19. Sly & the Family Stone – Thank You (Fallentinme be Mice Elf Afgain)
20. Dinah Washington – This Bitter Earth
21. Cannonball Adderley – Surrey with a Fringe on Top
22. Roger Miller – Old Toy Trains
23. Doctor Rockit – Male James Bonding
24. Feist – Please Be Patient
25. Nick Lowe – Just to be with You (this Christmas)
26. Larry Goldings – I Think it’s going to Rain Today
27. Gil Scott Heron – On Coming from a Broken Home (pt. 1)
28. John Lewis – December, Remember

Maceo Parker

Nov. 30th, 2014


Catamount Community Radio - November 30, 2014

Random thing number 1. I can be a neatness freak at times. I've noticed nobody's vacuumed the studio in awhile. So while the songs were playing today I was picking up specks of this and that from the floor. I found several fingernail clippings. That's it. My faith in humanity is over. People are idiots.

Random thing number 2. I was out scouring campus for a sandwich or something, and I ran into a student from a few semesters back. He asked me for a hug. How about that? Faith in humanity restored.

The screeching tires were a propos again today. I think my limo came to a screeching halt outside the doors of the studio and my security detail ushered me in at 10:00 on the dot. I had some Oscar Peterson spinning right away, as if nothing. That's how I roll. Freeform radio, baby, by the seat of one's pants, whatever that means.

Jim Dandy repeats as Cover Contest winner, edging out Mary Ellen and Nick, who tie for second.

Dandy, with his "Jim Dandy" acoustic guitar.

1. What's the tune, whose tune is it, and which guitarist is covering it? - "Surfer Girl," Beach Boys, Bill "the Frizzilator" Frisell.

2. Matt Wilson and the gang played a holiday tune. What's the title? - "I'll be Home for Christmas." I'm working on this for the Christmas recital, by the way.

3. We heard a cover of Dylan's "Simple Twist of Fate." Who did the covering? - Jeff Tweedy

4. We heard two versions of a tune called "Hidden Shame." Who are doing them, and which is the cover and which is the original? - Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash. Elvis did the original; and the Man in Black, the cover.

1. Oscar Peterson – They’ll be some Changes Made
2. Joshua Redman – You’ve got a Friend in Me
3. Brook Benton – Mother Nature, Father Time
4. Duke Ellington – Little Brown Book
5. Adriana Calcanhotto – Cantada (depois de ter voce)
6. Jack Dejohnette (featuring Esperanza Spalding) – Salsa for Luisito
7. Bill Frisell – Little Surfer Girl
8. John Zorn – Miller’s Crake
9. Dinah Washington – Fat Daddy
10. Matt Wilson – I’ll be Home for Christmas
11. Little Walter – Juke
12. Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden – No Moon at All
13. Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran – Pretty Girl
14. Lloyd Glenn – Sleigh Ride
15. Diana Krall – Simple Twist of Fate
16. Jeff Tweedy – Simple Twist of Fate
17. Ben Webster & Richard “Groove” Holmes – Them That’s Got
18. Hank Jones – Lonely Woman
19. Hank Williams – I’m so Lonesome I could Cry
20. Chris Potter – The Wheel
21. Elvis Costello – Hidden Shame
22. Johnny Cash – Hidden Shame
23. Paul Mitchell Trio – Another Way to Feel
24. El Pauling – Soul House
25. Christian McBride Big Band – Bluesin’ in Alphabet City

Nov. 23rd, 2014


Catamount Community Radio - November 23, 2014

It's a beautiful day: gray and a little rainy, but not too cold. I look forward to walking Roscoe this afternoon before practicing the piano. The tunes are coming along, and I have almost a month before the recital.

Friday I cooked with my Japanese friend, Masa. Or basically, he cooked, and I helped. We had nigiri sushi (tuna), sautéed shrimp, Japanese style poached flounder, pot stickers (store bought) and sautéed spinach. Delicious.

Unlike previous years, I didn't really do a full-blown Thanksgiving-themed show, although I did play a few thankful tunes: William DeVaughn doing "Be Thankful for What You Got," Bing Crosby's "I've Got Plenty to be Thankful For," Sly Stone's "Thankful and Thoughtful" and Hall & Oates' "Thank You for."

We heard a few pensive piano musings from Abdullah Ibrahim, and a couple saxophone improvisations from Joshua Redman too. One with strings, a format that goes back at least as far as the late forties when Charlie Parker released those "Charlie Parker with Strings" albums.

Jim Dandy edges out Mary Ellen to win the cover contest this week.

1. Shelby Lynne sings "I Only Want to be with You." Two-part question, the first, who originally had a hit with tune; and the second, who had an even bigger hit with their cover? - Dusty Springfield and the Bay City Rollers.

2. The next question was also a two-parter. The tune is "Edith and the Kingpin." First, who is doing the covering? Second, who is being covered? - Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell

3. Dave Alvin covers "Surfer Girl." Whose tune is it? - The Beach Boys'

4. Diana Krall covers "Simple Twist of Fate." Who wrote the tune? - Bob Dylan

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings, 10-12 (Right Coast time) on WWCU.

1. Cyrus Chestnut – Indigo Blue
2. William DeVaughn – Be Thankful for What You Got
3. NEXT Collective – Thank You
4. Bill Frisell – Strawberry Fields Forever
5. Adele – Make You Feel my Love
6. Abdullah Ibrahim – Third Line Samba
7. Abdullah Ibrahim – Blue Bolero
8. Peter Tosh – Ketchy Shubby (instrumental)
9. Shelby Lynne – I Only Want to Be with You
10. Joshua Redman – Star Dust
11. Bing Crosby – I’ve Got Plenty to be Thankful for
12. Elvis Costello – Edith and the Kingpin
13. War – Cisco Kid
14. Sly and the Family Stone – Thankful and Thoughtful
15. Dan O’Keefe – Good Time Charlie’s got the Blues
16. Abdullah Ibrahim – Editation / Mummy
17. Joshua Redman – Easy Living
18. George Benson – Last Train to Clarksville
19. Dave Alvin – Surfer Girl
20. Orlando “Cachaíto” López – Wahira
21. Hall & Oates – Thank You for
22. Diana Krall – Simple Twist of Fate
23. Omer Avital – Ballad for a Friend
24. Aaron Neville – Tell it like it is
25. Ted Nash – Organized Crime
26. The Faithful Harmonizers – Up Above my Head

Abdullah Ibrahim

Nov. 16th, 2014


Catamount Community Radio - November 16, 2014

In an effort to lose some weight I decided to start running. I had my first run November 6. Yesterday I took my second ... So I guess I'm due for another run around November 24.

Practiced piano last night for three hours. I impressed even myself (who else am I going to impress?).

Can you have a bad dream about radio? Yes. You dream about being late, dead air. I wasn't late this morning, and everything went pretty much as planned.

In a spurt of inspiration I wrote this last night for my Facebook post to promote the show:

"Sunday morning, time for Catamount Community Radio: it's what all the smart, slightly nerdy, artistic kids listen to. I've got three cover contest questions set in stone, and two alternates, one of which will be question number four. We'll hear a few tunes from Nick Lowe's 2007 album "At my Age," some groovy jazz (and I'm not using "groovy" as a synonym for "good" or "hip," but rather to mean that there are good grooves incrusted into the grooves of them there records). We might let a couple singer-songwriter types hang out with us, if they promise not to be too morose and angst-ridden, and we'll jump into the time machine once or twice, just as casually as if we were jumping into a hot tub. Catamount Community Radio, you can bet your bottom dollar it's more fun, and less ethically questionable, then monkeys stapled onto border collies running around herding sheep at halftime of an NFL football game. Coffee time, stay warm and tune in."

Mary Ellen comes back to win the cover contest this week, edging out Nick/Gaby and Jim Dandy.

1. What's the name of the tune, and who is covering it. "The Charleston" AKA "The Charleston Rag." Written by Eubie Blake and covered here by Stephan Grapelli and Django Reinhardt. ("C'mon up to my apartment; we'll listen to some Django Reinhardt records and I'll show you my etchings" - my usual schtick)

2. Bill Charlap and friends play a tune. What's the title? - "The Odd Couple Theme." Dandy points out that it was written by Neil Hefti, who also penned the Batman theme. I believe Jim is in the middle of a Batman marathon.

3. A two part question: First, who is playing the piano on the cover; and secondly, who is doing the original? - Brad Mehldau, Sufjan Stevens

4. What's the name of the tune? - "Baby Elephant Walk" (a tune written by Henry Mancini. I remember my grandmother playing it on the piano when I was but knee-high to a grasshopper)

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (Carolina Time) on WWCU.

1. Hary Nilsson – Turn on your Radio
2. Larry Goldings & Harry Allen – Lucky am I
3. Nick Lowe – Freezing
4. Deli Sosimi – Di bombs (instrumental)
5. Omer Avital – Sabah El-Kheir (Good Morning)
6. Nick Lowe – A Better Man
7. Nick Lowe – Feel Again
8. Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt – There is no Greater Lover
9. Django Reinhardt – The Charleston
10. Youssou N’Dour – Tourista
11. Kurt Rosenwinckle & Joel Fraham – What’s Your Beat?
12. Bill Charlap et. al. – Theme from the Odd Couple
13. Louis Armstrong – I Want a Little Girl
14. Nick Lowe – Love’s Got a Lot to Answer For
15. Sonora Ponceña – Woody’s Blue
16. Danny O’Keefe – Got Time Charlie’s got the Blues
17. The Meters – Sassy Lady
18. Brad Mehldau – Holland
19. Sufjan Stevens – Holland
20. Zapp & Roger – So Ruff, So Tuff
21. Teddy Wilson – Coquette
22. World Standard – Silent Homecoming
23. Ted Nash – Baby Elephant Walk
24. Nick Lowe – The Other Side of the Coin
25. James Hunter – The Hard Way
26. Omer Avital – New Song
27. Camille – Quand je marche
28. Thelonious Monk – Blessed Assurance


Nov. 9th, 2014


Catamount Community Radio - November 9, 2014

"I've got couth I ain't even used yet!" - Jim Dandy

I took up running yesterday in an effort to bring my weight down, hopefully to below 200 lbs. I ran two miles and today my legs hurt. I wonder how long this thing is going to last. I've probably said 101 times that I hate running, unless a ball is involved, and now here I am, running.

Yesterday on my way in to the office to prepare my playlists, I'm at the intersection of the four-lane on my bicycle, waiting for the light to change. I see a bottle of bleach right in the middle of the intersection, lord knows how it got there. The light turns green and off I go, scooping up the bleach as I passed it. The funny thing is that earlier in the day I was cleaning my garbage can, and I thought to myself, "I'm running out of bleach." My friend Santiago joked, "I'm running out of bourbon and nothing like that has happened to me."

I featured the new album by Israeli bassist Omer Avital. Good stuff. Joel Fraham plays tenor on it and Avishai Cohen is on trumpet. I also played a tune by my friend Pavel Wlosok, also with Joel Fraham on tenor. Ain't this a small world?

Didn't hear a lot of singing today, but the little we did hear was hear was good: Nick Lowe, Jackie Wilson, Smokey Robinson.

My friend Nick up in New York played in the cover contest, along with Gaby. Look out. Unless Therese plays again, I wonder if anybody else has a chance to win!

1. What tune are Larry Goldings and Harry Allen playing? - "Morning has Broken" (a Christian hymn first published in 1931, and recorded by, among others, the artist formerly known as Yusef Islam.)

2. Matt Wilson played "Turn, Turn, Turn" - Two part question, name the tune and also the songwriter. (Peter Seeger) Not as good as Bob Seger.

3. Brittany Murphy sang "Somebody to Love." Whose tune is it? - Queen's

4. Matt Wilson played a tune; what's the title? - "Strangers in the Night" (exchanging glances) I remember when I was a kid there was an easy-listening station broadcasting out of Gaylord, Michigan. They called themselves "warm and friendly." Whenever my dad tuned in the station in the car I would moan, "No dad, not warm and friendly!"

Strangers in the night
Two lonely people, we were strangers in the night
Up to the moment when we said our first hello little did we know
Love was just a glance away, a warm embracing dance away.

Congrats, Nick and Gaby! First-time winners.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 on WWCU.

1. Omer Avital – New Song
2. Quincy Jones – Theme from the Pink Panther
3. Nick Lowe – A Different Kind of Blue
4. Omer Avital – Tsafdina
5. Omer Avital – Avishkes
6. Jimmy McGriff – The Bird Wave
7. Johnny Rivera – Necesito una amiga
8. Larry Goldings & Harry Allen – Morning has Broken
9. The Miracles – Who’s Loving You
10. Omer Avital – Hafla
11. Mat Wilson – Turn, Turn, Turn
12. Alice Cooper – Alma Mater
13. Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove
14. Omer Avital – Bedouin Roots
15. Prince – Funknroll
16. Brittany Murphy – Somebody to Love
17. Omer Avital – New Middle East
18. Unknown – Jazz Battle
19. Matt Wilson – You Bet
20. Jackie Wilson – That’s Why (I Love You So)
21. Willie Nelson – The Songwriters
22. Matt Wilson – Strangers in the Night
23. Pavel Wlosok & Joel Fraham - Fragments

Omer Avital

Nov. 2nd, 2014


Catamount Community Radio - November 2, 2014

It seems to be warming up today, but yesterday was pretty cold, and the day before there was snow at the higher elevations. I have a tendency to moan and groan about the hot weather, so I'm just going to put on my long johns and a sweater and enjoy it while it lasts. I was riding my bicycle past all the tailgaters yesterday, when a woman stopped me and asked, "Would you like a bowl of low country boil? We made fifteen gallons." "What's that?" I asked. It turned out to be a soup of onions, smoked sausage, shrimp, corn and potatoes. Pretty good. I could make that. Easy. It was good. I stood there eating it chatting with two cops, who were also getting their free bowls.

I haven't yet reset my alarm clock. I never use the alarm anyway, for I generally don't oversleep because I'm not sleep-deprived. I just looked at the clock this morning and subtracted an hour. Knowing me, it will be two weeks before I change the time on my alarm clocks. As a kid, we probably could't even conceive of cell phones and personal computers, much less cell phones and computers whose time settings change automatically.

I played a few tunes by Matt Wilson, plus some Jack Bruce that had hardly anything to do with Cream. Kinda avant-gardish stuff from 1970 with guitarist John McLaughlin. Bruce died a week or so ago at 71. He considered himself a jazz musician, but others considered him one of the great rock bassists.

Jim Dandy wins the cover contest with three of four.

1. Lee "Scratch" Perry is covering "Tell me Something Good." Whose tune is it? - Chaka Khan and Rufus.

2. Nick Lowe is covering "True Love Travels on a Gravel Road." With whom is the tune usually associated? - Elvis Presley

3. Jazz Against the Machine is covering a tune. What's the title and whose tune is it? - "Spoonman," by Soundgarden. The song has a 7/4 figure. When the band was asked about it, they said they didn't do it intentionally.

4. Marlin Wasilewski did a piano trio version of a tune. What's the title and whose tune is it? - "Diamonds and Pearls," by Prince.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 on WCU-FM.

1. Larry Goldings – Everything Happens to Me
2. Aaron Goldberg – Taurus
3. Cassandra Wilson – If Loving You is Wrong
4. Mat Wilson – Get over, Get off, and Get on.
5. Jack Bruce – Born to be Blue
6. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Tell Me Something Good
7. Ari Honing – Green Spleen
8. Nick Lowe – True Love Travels on a Gravel Road
9. Mat Wilson & John Medeski – Main Stem
10. Chico Hamilton w/ Eric Dolphy – Azure
11. Aki Takase – Take the Coltrane
12. Matt Wilson – Teen Town
13. Marc Ribot – St. James Infirmary
14. Willie Nelson – Hard to be an Outlaw
15. Bob Dylan – Long and Wasted Years
16. Phil Ochs – Changes
17. Roger Miller – One Dying and One Burying
18. Jack Bruce – Sam Enchanted Dick Medley
19. Jazz Against the Machine – Spoonman
20. María Jiménez – Con dos camas vacías
21. Chabuca Granda – Una larga noche
22. Marcin Wasilewski – Diamonds and Pearls
23. Tigran Hamasyan – Pt. 2 Alternative Universe


Oct. 26th, 2014


catamount Community Radio - October 26, 2014

Not to drone on and on about headphones, but the new pair already has a short in one of the ears. Oh well, one ear is better than no ear. I like my ear to hear, my dear.

The weather, as my mom would say, has been gorgeous. But besides walking Roscoe, I haven't really spent a lot of time out in it. Roscoe has been getting good at catching the frisbee, even though he occasionally misses an easy one.

As I get older I don't read like I once did. I attribute this in part to normal aging. I think Samuel Johnson said as much. He told Boswell something to that effect: read now, while you're young, because when you're older you simply won't feel like it any more. Apparently Johnson read the whole day long when he was a young man. Other reasons include that I'm practicing the piano, and that I'm solving puzzles. Lord knows how I got so addicted to puzzles. The 8 x 8 Kenken seems to be my favorite. I do read things on the internet, but hardly ever anything over three paragraphs in length. I have magazines piling up, which I'm hesitant to toss, because I don't want to recycle perfectly brilliant articles. I did read a nice article about Billy Joel the other day. He helicopters in to Madison Square Garden from his home in Long Island once a month and pulls in a couple million dollars. He hasn't released an album in years, but still has 33 top hits to his name. I never liked Billy Joel much back in the day, but now I like him, maybe the man more than the music. I'm also planning on reading George Clinton's new biography one of these days.

Speaking of Dr. Funkenstein, I played "Atomic Dog" this morning, just to get the second hour going.

Halloween is coming up. I don't know if I have an opportunity (an excuse) to dress up. Back in the day I would get dressed up as Groucho, and spout such Grouchoisms as, "I could dance with you until the cows come home ... or I could dance with the cows until you come home." I do have an Amy Winehouse wig. So I could always do that. I might be able to get that eye make-up down. Or the issue could help me with it. In the Halloween spirit, I played "Monster Mash," "Monsters Lead Such Interesting Lives," Alfred Hitchcock narrating "Music to be Murdered by," Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," and the Kronos Quartet with a part of the film score for "Dracula."

Had a record four entries, including my sister. Mary Ellen wins with a perfect score. Everybody else (Dandy, Patrick, Marie) got three out of four. All the tunes were done by Cassandra Wilson.

1. "Last Train to Clarksville" - the Monkees

2. "Time After Time" - Cyndi Lauper

3. "Wichita Lineman" - Glen Campbell (or Jimmy Webb)

4. "Run the Voodoo Down" - Miles Davis

I closed the show with Wilson singing Stevie Wonder's "If It's Magic," but nobody mentioned it. Dandy may have included some cryptic remark (like last week) for question 4, but if he did I missed it.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (Carolina time) on WWCU.

1. Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins – Wanderlust
2. Ella Fitzgerald – I’ll See You in my Dreams
3. Bebo Valdés – La comparsa
4. Everly Brothers – All I Have to is Dream
5. Dave Douglas – Beware of the Doug
6. Bobby Hutcherson – Una muy bonita
7. Cassandra Wilson – Last Train to Clarksville
8. Jeff “Tain” Watts – Katrina James
9. Bobby “Boris” Pickett – Monster Mash
10. Mel Tormé – Monsters Lead such Interesting Lives
11. Cassandra Wilson – Time After Time
12. Heinz von Hermann Trio – Ugly Beauty
13. George Clinton – Atomic Dog
14. Marvin Pontiac (John Lurie) – I’m a Doggy
15. Cassandra Wilson – Wichita Lineman
16. Slim & Slam – Dark Eyes
17. Alfred Hitchcock – Music to be Murdered By
18. Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London
19. Kronos – Dracula, film score for string quartet 2
20. Ben Webster – Under a Blanket of Blue
21. Cassandra Wilson – Run the Voodoo Down
22. Duke Ellington – Take the A Train
23. Ray Charles – Undecided
24. Little Willie John – Talk to Me, Talk to Me
25. Major Lance – Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um
26. Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran – Pretty Girl
27. Cassandra – If it’s Magic


Oct. 19th, 2014


Catamount Community Radio - October 19, 2014

I bought a new set of headphones because the old pair had one ear shorted out...and because they were simply getting kinda raggedy. But I forget to bring the adapter for the new pair, and thus had to do the show without headphones. It's weird because on the headphones you can hear the signal exactly as the listeners do, but without headphones as soon as you mash the microphone button, the monitor goes off, so if music is still playing, you can't hear it, and you can hear your voice as you normally hear it inside your head. What you have to do is look at the needles on the board, if you can see them bumping up and down, you know you are broadcasting. Anyway, I think I pulled it off pretty well.

I had a 48 hour trip to Greenville, SC. I went down to the park by the river to see the waterfalls, ate some awesome sushi, listened to some jazz, and, oh yeah, went to my conference at Furman University. Besides rolling over to Asheville a few weeks ago to buy my suit, I hadn't been out of town for months. And the truth is that I'm a little selfish: I like traveling by myself. I get to eat where and when I want to eat, drink what I want to drink, go to jazz clubs, go to bed when I feel like it, and walk three and a half miles to a restaurant, and then another three and a half miles back downtown again.

Zas turned blue:

Jelly Roll Morton played "Kansas City Stomp," and explained to Alan Lomax the importance of the "break" in jazz.

Susan wins the cover contest. Jim and Mary Ellen didn't have their best day.

1. We heard first Herbie Mann and then Akiko Tsuruga play a tune. The question was, what was the tune and who had a hit with it? - The Carpenters, "I Won't Last a Day without You." Apparently Jim and Mary Ellen are not big Carpenters aficionados!

2. Who is singing and bumpin' the bass on this cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker"? - I was shocked that nobody recognized the one and only Bootsy Coolins. C'mon, people! It's BOOTSY! Don't fake the funk, or your nose will surely grow.

3. Neil Young recorded an album with Jack Black on vintage equipment, making the recordings sound like they were made in the twenties. Why, I don't know. There are several covers on it, one of which is "Changes," which we listened to today. Whose tune was it? - Phil Ochs's.

Sit by my side, come as close as the air
And share in a memory of gray
And wander in my words
Dream about the pictures that I play of changes

Green leaves of summer turn red in the fall
To brown and to yellow, they fade
And then they have to die
Trapped within the circle time parade of changes

Scenes of my young years were warm in my mind
Visions of shadows that shine
'Til one day I returned and found they were
The victims of the vines of changes

The world's spinning madly, it drifts in the dark
It Swings through a hollow of haze
A race around the stars
Journey through the universe ablaze with changes

Moments of magic will glow in the night
All fears of the forest are gone
But when the morning breaks
They're swept away by golden drops of dawn of changes

Passions will part to a strange melody
As fires will sometimes burn cold
Like petals in the wind
We're puppets to the silver strings of souls of changes

Your tears will be trembling, now we're somewhere else
One last cup of wine we will pour
And I'll kiss you one more time
And leave you on the rolling river shore of changes

So sit by my side, come as close as the air
And share in a memory of gray
And wander in my words
Dream about the pictures that I play of changes

4. Somebody covers Tom Waits' "Way Down in the Hole." Who? - Steve Earle.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (East Coast), on Power 90.5.

1. Cannonball Adderly – Stars Fell on Alabama
2. Lester Young – Up ‘n Adam
3. Ella Fitzgerald – Trav’lin Light
4. Donny McCaslin – Merjorana Tonosieña
5. Rufus Wainwright – Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk
6. Roy Hargrove – Strasbourg / St. Denis
7. Herbie Mann – I Won’t Last a Day Without You
8. Akiko Tsuruga – I Won’t Last a Day Without You
9. Etta James – A Lover is Forever
10. Thelonious Monk – Pannonica
11. Ben Allison – Green Al
12. WAM – The Awakening
13. Bill Charlap – A Quiet Girl
14. Fatboy Slim & Bootsy Collins – The Joker
15. Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys – Deep Water
16. Jay McShann – I’ll See You in my Dreams
17. Merle Travis – I’ll See You in my Dreams
18. Mel Tormé & Was (Not Was) – Zas Turned Blue
19. Merle Travis – Cannonball Rag
20. Neil Young – Changes
21. Charlie Parker – She Rote
22. Allen Toussaint – St. James Infirmary
23. Sarah Vaughan – Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
24. Fats Waller – You Meet the Nicest People in Your Dreams
25. Jelly Roll Morton – Kansas City Stomp
26. Paul Simon – Question for the Angels
27. Steve Earle – Way Down in the Hole
28. Bob Marley – One Drop
29. Bobby McFerrin – Jesus Made it Good

Ben Allison

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