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Jan. 31st, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - January 31, 2016

A couple from Oscar Peterson, a couple from Nick Lowe, a couple from the Cactus Blossoms. I first heard the latter warming up for Nick Lowe. I listened to an interview with them yesterday on WFMU, and when asked if they been writing any new tunes ... They said no, that Nick's songwriting is casting too big a shadow!

Didn't talk much today. Too tired, uninspired. So here's some Nick Lowe, and I'm out.

Theres a kind of man
that you sometimes meet
Worlds passing him by
on wing-ed feet
he walks around
with his senses numb
If you know him
thats the kind of Man That I've Become

The kids all know him
'cause when they play
he comes and shoos
them away
he's irritated
by everyone
If you know him
thats the kind of Man That I've Become

The friends he had
are 'so-called' now
they all slipped
away somehow
he's had the blues
much more than some
If you know him
thats the kind of Man That I've Become

He wont go to church
cause his faiths all gone
The sweet singing of the choir
will only drive him home
as for comfort
he hasn't got a crumb
If you know him
thats the kind of Man That I've Become

He wont go to church
its too loud for him now
the sweet singing of the choir
is nothing but a row
his hearts a prune
when it once was a plum
If you know him
thats the kind of Man That I've Become

If you know him
thats the kind of Man That I've Become

CCR - Sundays 10-12 at 90.5 on your FM dial.

1. Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden – No Moon at All
2. Stan Getz & Oscar Peterson – Three Little Words
3. Nick Lowe – The Man that I’ve Become
4. Jerry Bergonzi – Pannonica
5. Tito Puente – El cayuco
6. Tito Puente – 3-D Mambo
7. John Coltrane – I wish I Knew
8. 3 Cohens – Tiger Rag
9. Solomon Burke – Got to Get You off my Mind
10. The Mar-Keys – Last Night
11. The Cactus Blossoms – If I Can’t Win
12. The Cactus Blossoms – Change your Ways or Die
13. Francis Bebey – Guitar Makossa
14. Sahib Shihab – Bohemia After Dark
15. Nick Lowe – A Dollar Short of Happy
16. Jimmy Blythe – Chicago Stomp
17. Los Amigos – Gandinga, Sandunga, Mondingo
18. Tony Schwartz – I Got Contageous
19. Tito Puente – The Continental
20. Ellis & Branford Marsalis – Lulu’s Back in Town
21. David Bowie – Changes
22. Wilco – Forget the Flowers
23. The Beach Boys – God Only Knows
24. Oscar Peterson – Gal in Calico
25. Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint – On Your Way Down
26. Johnny Cash – If You Could Read my Mind
27. Wild Bill Davis & Eddie Davis – Misty
28. Eartha Kitt – I Want to be Evil
29. James Hunter The Hard Way

Jan. 24th, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - January 24, 2016

Jonas rolled through ... You know a storm is big when it has a name. I only had to work one day last week (Wed.), but I worked every day, at least a tad. Heavy, wet snow is what we get down south. Then it gets cold and crusty, then it melts, then there is black ice ("black ahhs") on the road. What I forget/ forgot is that when there is plenty moonlight, the whiteness reflects it, creating a magic ambience.

I mentioned that only the "cognoscenti" know Herbie Nichols. It is correctly pronouncedˌ"känyəˈSHentē, ˌkäɡnəˈSHentē," but I pronounced it all wrong. Don't give a shit. I'm sure the Englishmen who were responsible for the fossilization of the pronunciation were ignorant of how the Romans would have pronounced the word, so I poop in their milk. I said "kōgna-sentī." But check out Herbie Nichols.

Like Nick Lowe, I read a lot... and not just magazines, but other more serious things. Not really, but if it's Christmas vacation I do. I am reading now though, Woody Guthrie's Bound for Glory. Most excellent.

One of Benny Goodman's most famous tunes is "King Porter Stomp." Goodman's band played the Fletcher Henderson arrangement of the tune. We listened to the Henderson band's recording, and then to the tune's composer, Jelly Roll Morton, play it, complete with commentary. Library of Congress recording, 1938, with Alan Lomax.

We listened to a couple golden oldies from Bowie, "Golden Years," and "Young Americans." We also listened to "Lazarus," from Bowie's new album.

Look up here, I'm in heaven
I've got scars that can't be seen
I've got drama, can't be stolen
Everybody knows me now


Oh, I'll be free
Just like that bluebird
Oh, I'll be free
Ain't that just like me?

Makes me think of that Charles Bukowski poem:

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
you want to blow my book sales in

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
and we sleep together like
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do

All this and more. Catamount Community Radio on WWCU</a>, Sunday mornings, 10-12.

1. Duke Ellington – Lament for a Lost Love
2. James P. Johnson – Birmingham Blues
3. Wendow Kolosky – Soki Oyoki Victoria
4. Jimmie Rodgers – Peach Pickin’ Time in Georgia
5. 3 Choens w/ Christian McBride – Just Squeeze Me
6. The Cactus Blossoms – Traveler’s Paradise
7. Herbie Nichols – The Spinning Song
8. Tipsy – Tuatara (fragment)
9. Nick Lowe – I Read a Lot
10. David Bowie – Golden Years
11. Ben Webster – Chelsea Bridge
12. Fletcher Henderson – King Porter Stomp
13. Jelly Roll Morton – King Porter Stomp
14. Horace Andy – Skylarking
15. Moondog – Why Spend the Dark Night with You?
16. Kahil El Zabar – All Blues
17. James Brown – Out of Sight
18. Wynton Marsalis – Big Butter and Egg Man
19. Sketch Show – Turn Down Day
20. Nappy Brown – Skidy Woe
21. Joni Mitchell & Herbie Hancock – Tea Leaf Prophecy
22. Charlie Parker – Confirmation
23. David Bowie – Young Americans
24. David Bowie – Lazarus
25. Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information
26. Roy Hargrove – I’m Not so Sure
27. Tony Schwartz – I Got Contagious
28. The Mighty Sons – Stand by Me

Jan. 23rd, 2016


A Confederacy of Dunces (1)

“The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs.”

Something about this reminds of Dickens, maybe the descriptive exuberance, the imagery and the contrasts.

The earflaps, “full of large ears …” Strange, but somehow apt.

The image of the hunting cap with the earflaps up as a turn signal, “indicating two directions at once.”

The corners of his mouth, full of disapproval (metaphysical) and potato chip crumbs (physical).

It continues. Ignatius is “studying the crowd of people for signs of bad taste in dress.”

Double binaries, also reminiscent of Dickens at his best:

The clothes of several were “new enough and expensive enough to be properly considered offenses against taste and decency.”

1. new enough (a) / expensive enough (b)
2. taste (a) / decency (b)

“Two eyes were watching him, two sad eyes shining with hope and desire…
… the two sad and covetous eyes…”

1. hope (a) / desire (b) +
2. sad (a) / covetous (b) -

While the novel is hilarious, well plotted, etc., repeated readings uncover its author’s mastery of rhetoric.

Synecdoche. Jones:

“the sunglasses” blew smoke (meaning, the man wearing the sunglasses)

“the old man asked the cloud of smoke” (meaning, the man asked the other man who was smoking)

You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, especially if it doesn’t have a cover (like the one I’m reading right now), but I think that you can make some judgments about a book on the basis of the first few pages, and especially the first paragraph.

Jan. 17th, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - January 17, 2016

While I don't knock myself out doing this show, I do put a modicum of effort into it, a labor of love, or of like at the very least.

Let's get our preliminaries taken care of before we get on to Bowie.

I played Sharon Jones singing Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land." My thought: In this day and age of increasing income inequality, when a segment of the political world believes that the solutions to our economic problems lie in increased privatization, and, on the other hand, we have a serious presidential candidate who unabashedly calls himself a socialist, maybe it's time to revisit the work of Woody Guthrie. I'll tell you this: his memoir, Bound for Glory, is a fantastic read. Steinbeck would be jealous; he studied it but the Woodchuck lived it.

John Mayer's "Stop This Train" and Joshua Redman's cover. Beautiful music.

Coltrane playing a beautiful ballad; Rollins killing it, as usual, this time on Cole Porter's "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye." I'm glad to have the lyrics in my head.

There's no love song finer
but how strange the change
from major to minor
Ev'ry time we say goodbye.

OK, on to Bowie. When I heard of his death, my first thought was, "this is going to be all over Facebook," and, believe me, it was. More than I could have imagined. It struck me first as an over-reaction, but I have been studying up, getting caught up, as it were. And I'm starting to understand. I still have a short Bowie essay up my sleeve, so I don't want to write to much; why steal your own thunder? So I'm going to let Chris O'Leary do the talking.

I admire his writing. He had a great blog, Locust Street, which he suddenly abandoned to start a song-by-song Bowie blog. I thought, why? Locust Street was so much more interesting. Only now am I beginning to see the light. The blog is linked, I imagine, to Chris's book on Bowie, Rebel, Rebel.

So today, besides the usual nonsense, jazz, and shenanigans. I played Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album in its entirety. It may be true that it's not Bowie's best album, but it's the one that most connects with my personal history. But I'm going to let Chris do the talking.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings, 10-12 at 90.5 FM, and still not streaming on the internet.


Chris O'Leary, cut and pasted:


...David Bowie’s Christmas carol. It offers a promise of deliverance, that the human race has been redeemed by greater powers, with a chorus built for a crowd to sing it. It’s the song that finally broke Bowie, whose performance of it on a July 1972 Top of the Pops made him a nationwide, and soon worldwide, pop star. So while the Ziggy-era Bowie is remembered today for his outrageousness, the song that made his name is warm, reassuring and most of all familiar.

"Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide"

... isn’t much of a rock & roll song, either. As with much of Ziggy Stardust, “rock ‘n’ roll” happens off-stage, like naval battles in Shakespeare plays….Bowie saw “Suicide” as the ember stage of a rock singer’s life, a plastic rock star wandering, burned-out, through the streets, realizing he’s suddenly no longer young; he’s discarded, and destroyed, by his audience.

"Suffragette City"

“HEY man” is the first thing you hear after the engine-revving intro. It’s not the singer, but his friend or his roommate or his lover. It’s a flat, stoned-sounding, but insistent request—it disrupts the singer’s flow, gets him flustered. (The line pans from left to right speaker, as if the ‘roommate’ is buzzing around the singer.) The needling is just one of the singer’s problems. “Suffragette City” is a ball of agitation, the frenzied thoughts and speech of someone who’s sure he’s going to get laid if only things would work out for him, if his deadbeat roommate would just get the hell out of the house for once, or if his boyfriend wouldn’t mind if he just brought this chick over for a bit. “She’s a total blam-blam!” he pleads, realizes how ridiculous he sounds, and keeps going.

"Five Years"

Of all of Bowie’s dystopic and apocalyptic songs (and we’ve many to go), “Five Years” is the most unsettling. The key’s in the details, what Bowie discloses and, more importantly, what he doesn’t—that is, why the world is going to end. It’s as though the planet has received a terminal prognosis and has to get its affairs in order. And Bowie also wisely keeps his perspective on the street, on the masses who, having gotten the news (the same news that “all the young dudes” are carrying, Bowie later said), despair, collapse, debase themselves.

"Soul Love"

"I was in love once, maybe, and it was an awful experience. It rotted me, drained me, and it was a disease. Hateful thing, it was."

David Bowie, interviewed by Cameron Crowe in Playboy, September 1976.

"Ziggy Stardust"

It’s only five seconds in each duration but is perfect and complete: a slammed G chord, a fanfare, then the tough connective tissue leading to the next G chord. To make a riff like this, for guitarists, is like forging a passkey to Valhalla.

"Lady Stardust"

Most of all, there was Marc Bolan, Bowie’s greatest creative rival and, for a time, inspiration. While in early 1972 Bowie was still relatively unknown, Bolan had become a pop star (four consecutive UK #1s in 14 months) and the Ziggy Stardust storyline is in part a weird parody of Bolan’s rise to fame. Bowie watched Bolan as through a one-way mirror, mimicking his voice on “Black Country Rock,” drafting variations on Bolan in songs. A commenter noted that “The Prettiest Star” was likely as much a homage to Bolan as it (allegedly) was to Angela Bowie. “Lady Stardust,” originally called “Song For Marc,” was more overt: at the Rainbow Theater in August 1972, Bowie sang “Lady Stardust” while Bolan’s face was projected on a screen behind him.


It could be a number sung by a teenage girl in a Broadway show, it could be a paying-your-dues anthem by a metal band. “Star” has no sense of reality, of rock & roll as a business: rock stardom is a fairyland contrasted to the weary business of politics or art. The singer sees his friends commit to activism or violence (like Tony, who goes off to fight in Northern Ireland) and decides he’s not cut out for sacrifice. Instead he just wants to be a rock & roll star, which seems easy enough. “So enticing to play the part,” the singer imagines, pouting into the mirror.

"Moonage Daydream"

I first heard “Moonage Daydream” when I was 16 years old, which is when you should first hear it. I was in my car, listening to some dubbed cassette of Bowie hits, when suddenly:
I’m an ALLIGATOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m a MAMMAPAPA coming FOR YOU!!!

Teenage bliss. I can’t remember what my exact response was, but it was along the lines of “Jesus! What is this?”

"Hang on to Yourself"

"America is the noisiest country that ever existed."

Oscar Wilde, Impressions of America.

On 27 January 1971 David Bowie finally came to America. He had dreamed of an entrance like Oscar Wilde’s: Wilde had stepped upon a New York City dock after a cross-Atlantic cruise and was met with a mob of reporters eager for choice witticisms. Instead Bowie had to endure a flight (which he hated) and when he landed at Dulles Airport, with his Lauren Bacall haircut and “wearing a purple maxi-coat and a white chiffon scarf” (Christopher Sandford), he was detained by customs agents, who searched him, sniggered at him and finally released him after an hour.

1. Abdullah Ibrahim – Moniebah
2. Louis Armstrong – I’ll Get Mine Bye and Bye
3. John Coltrane – Why Was I Born
4. Sahib Shihab – End of a Love Affair
5. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – This Land is Your Land
6. Cannonball Adderley (remixed) – Bohemia After Dark
7. Porter Wagoner – Be a Little Quieter
8. David Bowie – Conversation Piece
9. Sonny Rollins – Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
10. John Mayer – Stop this Train
11. Joshua Redman – Stop this Train
12. Pressure – Stop this Train
13. Sacri Couri – La marabina
14. Toinho Alagoas – Caráter duro
15. The Staple Singers – For What It’s Worth

David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (16-26)

16. Five Years
17. Soul Love
18. Moonage Daydream
19. Starman
20. It Ain’t Easy
21. Lady Stardust
22. Star
23. Hang on to Yourself
24. Ziggy Stardust
25. Suffragette City
26. Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide

27. Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – Freedom Jazz Dance
28. Jimmy McGriff – On the Way Home
29. Tipsy – Tuatara (remix)
30. David Bowie – Growing Up

Jan. 10th, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - January 10, 2016

Real life, or whatever you want to call it, resumes tomorrow. I'm not ready yet, but by the time I walk into the classroom at 10:10, I will be. I must say it was a good break: went to Michigan, read a few books, pretty much took it easy.

I made a conscious effort to talk a little more today. I think there are two schools of thought. One, that more talk is better; the other, less talk means more music. I really don't think there are that many people listening, maybe more than I imagine, but how do you know. I lean to the former opinion: more talk is better, especially if the talk is clever or at least informative. I keep the breaks short, that way no one even has time to get bored.

A couple Joplin numbers from Marcus Roberts, a couple from Bebo Valdés; a little this, a little that.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12. 90.5 on the FM dial, and not streaming on the internet yet.

1. Stanley Turrentine & Shirley Scott – Deep Purple
2. Ellis Marsalis – Duke in Blue
3. Al Green – Full of Fire
4. David “Fathead” Newman – Hard Times
5. Mavis Staples & Los Lobos – Someday
6. Marcus Roberts – Maple Leaf Rag
7. New Quintet de Hot Club – Minor Swing
8. Bebo Valdés & los Havana All-Stars – Con poco coco
9. Arthur Prysock – What a Difference a Day Makes
10. Charlie Parker – Bird of Paradise
11. Nicholas Payton – Zigaboogaloo
12. T-Bone Walker – Papa Ain’t Salty
13. Jimmy McGriff – Sugar Sugar
14. New York Dolls – Maimed Happiness
15. Ray Davies – Working Man’s Café
16. Joel Frahm – Pennies from Heaven
17. Stacey Kent – This Can’t be Love
18. Count Basie – I Ain’t Got Nobody
19. Billy Butler – B+B Calypso
20. Sonny Stitt – Deuces Wild
21. Everley Bros. – I Wonder if I Care as Much
22. The Cactus Blossoms – This Boy
23. Marcus Roberts – Elite Syncopations
24. Deon Jackson – Love Makes the World Go Round
25. Irving Aaronson – Waffles
26. Bebo Valdés – Lamento cubano
27. Professor Longhair – Her Mind is Gone
28. John Eddie – Same Old Brand-New Me
29. Clarence “Frogman” Henry – Ain’t Got No Home
30. Mavis Staples – Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Jan. 4th, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - January 3, 2016

I'm back in North Carolina after passing some time in Michigan, and so the radio show is back after a two-week hiatus. I'm glad I took my bicycle with me up there, because most of the time we were there there was no snow. But the second-to-last day there was a snow storm, enough snow for issue and I to do a little sledding. I took a lot of pictures, some of which I'll post on Mondo Marco when I get around to it.

I did a lot of reading while up north; I estimate around 1,000 pages worth. I reread A Confederacy of Dunces (I don't tire of this book no matter how many times I read it). I read a JD Salinger book, several articles from the New Yorker, a Cortázar short story (the one I have been recently been writing about), and finally Bob Dylan's memoir (Chronicles, Volume 1). With this last book in mind, I played a few Dylan numbers today.

"Gigolo and gigolette
still sing a song
and dance along
the Boulevard of Broken Dreams"

- just heard that on Jonsey - nice line.

I listened to the playback of the show on cassette. It was a good show, and forgive me for being egocentric, I enjoy listening to myself talk ... not that anybody else does.

We heard a couple versions of "I'll See You in my Dreams," Jay McShann on the 88s, and Ella singing it.

Still no internet stream ... I give up on that. 90.5 on your FM dial. Sunday mornings, 10-12.

1. The Crusaders – Tough Talk
2. Hot Lips Page & Pearl Bailey – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
3. Count Basie – Every Tub
4. Bobby Watson – Lemoncello
5. Hary Nilsson – Turn On Your Radio
6. Jamey Johnson & Merle Haggard – I Fall to Pieces
7. Barney Bigard – Diga Diga Doo
8. Bob Dylan – Tomorrow is a Long Place
9. Bob Dylan – Trying to Get to Heaven
10. Johnny Dankworth – Weller Never Did
11. Muluqen Mellese – Gizie Degu Neger
12. Ballin’ the Jack – Texas Shuffle
13. Jimmie Rodgers – Waiting for a Train
14. Clifford Coulter – Alum Rock Park
15. Jay McShann – I’ll See You in my Dreams
16. Ella Fitzgerald – I’ll See You in my Dreams
17. Johnny Cash – Hidden Shame
18. Jamey Johnson & Elvis Costello – She’ll be Back
19. Sidestepper – In Beats We Trust
20. Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Sugar Plum
21. Sonny Stitt – Sancho Panza
22. Hosono – Japanese nonsense 1
23. Miharu Koshi – L’absinthe
24. Joshua Redman – Hide and Seek
25. Johnny Dankworth –Dodson & Fogg
26. U2 – Peace on Earth
27. Hosono – Sea of Tau

Dec. 14th, 2015


Catamount Community Radio - December 13, 2015

December 12 would have been Sinatra's 100th birthday, so I played a few numbers by the man. My favorites are "Cylces, "There Used to be a Ballpark," and maybe "Young at Heart." To play "Strangers in the Night," or the one about the rubber-tree plant ... that goes against my sense of aesthetics. I may be wrong, but I always think, never go for the obvious. If you're gonna play Lennon, stay away from "Imagine." Don't give the people what they want to hear, give them half of what they want to hear and the other 75%, what you think they might dig hearing. Anyway, I think Sinatra is legit as a jazz singer, and his voice was rich. I'm not going to go into rhapsodies about his greatness, like many do, but I appreciate his talent. I really dig this thing he did with Pearl Bailey:

A small, between the lines tribute also to John Lennon, and a few seasonal favorites that are probably only my seasonal favorites.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday morns, 10-12 at 90.5 and - at least for the time being (since May), not streaming on the internet.

1. Miles Davis – I Thought about You
2. Jimmie Lunceford – Organ Grinder Swing
3. Frank Sinatra – Young at Heart
4. Anat Cohen – Veinte años
5. Duke Ellington – Drop Me off in Harlem
6. Frank Sinatra – Pennies from Heaven
7. Benny Green – Magic Beans
8. Matt Wilson – I’ll be Home for Christmas
9. Pearl Bailey – A Five-pound Box of Money
10. Frank Sinatra – Polka Dots and Moonbeams
11. Lloyd Glenn – Sleigh Ride
12. Freddie King Christmas Tears
13. Frank Sinatra – There Used to be a Ballpark
14. Sacri Cuori – La marabina
15. Bob Dylan – Winter Wonderland
16. Jimi Hendrix Poli Gap (fragment)
17. Aaron Goldberg – Perhaps
18. Red Rodney Sextet – Dig this Menu, Please
19. Frank Sinatra – Nice Work if You can Get it
20. Gary US Bonds – Out of Work
21. Marisa Monte – Alta noite
22. Los escorpiones – Igual me da
23. Mel Tormé – The Christmas Song
24. Pearl Bailey & Frank Sinatra – A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing
25. The Cactus Blossoms – This Boy
26. The Beatles – Glass Onion
27. John Lennon – Hold On
28. Frank Sinatra – Cycles
29. John Patitucci – Jesus on the Main Line
30. Frank Sinatra A Day in the Life of a Fool
31. Abdullah Ibrahim – The Mountain
32. Dockmandu – Extremely Large Congenial Romanian
33. JD McPherson – Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
34. Heavenly Gospel Singers – When Jesus was Born
35. Alec Wilder – His First Long Pants

Dec. 6th, 2015


Catamount Community Radio - December 6, 2015

I watch the students park their cars in the outside. I can't grasp why, if there are isolated spaces galore, they park in the space right next to another car... Or why people drive down the freeway in clumps rather than spacing out the best they can. I think it is merely the social gene that I lack and that everybody else has.

X.Ray is talking about how he doesn't watch many movies any more ... He wants to watch movies, just not right now. That's the same for me. I want to watch movies (and TV shows too), just not right now. I have DVDs of "The Rockford Files," "Louie," and "Parks and Reaction" sitting on the shelf waiting to be seen. I have a documentary on Clark Terry that I haven't seen waiting for me, along with a Mexican movie or two.

Friday I jumped into the Toyota and drove down to Atlanta, checked into the Highland Inn, and then saw myself my third Nick Lowe show. He was backed by a band called "Los Straightjackets," kind of a rockabilly unit. These guys wear matching suits and ties ... but different Mexican wrestling masks. Nick did some tunes by himself with his guitar, played most of the tunes backed by the band, and let Los Straightjackets do a few tunes by themselves. My third Nick Lowe show, my second at the Variety Playhouse. He is as charming as ever. When he plays the toe-tappers, he shakes his left leg like Elvis Presley. With the band he played such tunes as "Christmas at the Airport," "I Knew the Bride when She Used to Rock and Roll," and "Somebody Cares for Me." By himself he played his "What's so Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?" "People Change," and "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day." Great show. Sometimes I think to myself, "I'm glad Nick Lowe isn't more famous than he is, because it's so much more fun seeing him in these venues where you can sit wherever you want or stand in front of the stage, rather than sitting in an assigned seat in an arena a hundred and one miles from the stage. The only problem with going to Atlanta to see Nick Lowe is the "going to Atlanta" part. Driving on I-85 is for me like being an unwilling participant in the Daytona 500: cars zipping by, changing lanes ... Terrifying. Anyway, check out my pics at Mondo Marco.

Did a father / son thing. Dad Dewey Redman playing one tune and son Joshua Redman plaing another.

Next week, I'll play Lloyd Glen's "Sleigh Ride," Mel Tormé's "Christmas Song" along with some version or other of "I'll be Home for Christmas."

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

1. John Lewis – December, Remember
2. Omer Avital – Arrival
3. Nick Lowe – A Dollar Short of Happy
4. Freddie Hubbard – Full Moon and Empty Arms
5. Charlie Parker – White Christmas (fragment)
6. Andy Kirk (w/ Mary Lou Williams) – Moten Swing
7. Nick Lowe – Somebody Cares for Me
8. The Cactus Blossoms – This Boy
9. The Beatles – This Boy
10. Grant Green – Cantaloupe Island
11. Vinicius Cantauria – Vivo isolado do mundo
12. Roger Miller – Old Toy Train
13. The Voodoo Trombones – Do it your own way
14. Walter Smith III – Henya
15. Jimmy Reed – Christmas Present Blues
16. Nick Lowe – Rise Up, Shepherd
17. Nick Lowe – Christmas at the Airport
18. Dewey Redman – I Should Care
19. Joshua Redman – Hide and Seek
20. Marvin Pontiac (John Lurie) – Now I’m Happy
21. Dinah Washington – I Sold my Heart to the Junkman
22. Nick Lowe – Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
23. Unknown Hinson – With his Money (and your Love)
24. Tom Zé – Toc
25. Simon and Garfunkel – 59th Street Bridge Song
26. Nick Lowe – Love’s got a lot to Answer for
27. Heavenly Gospel Singers – When was Jesus Born

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 Days 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.

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