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Nov. 23rd, 2014

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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
Abdullah Ibrahim

Nov. 16th, 2014

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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

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Nov. 9th, 2014

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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

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Omer Avital
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Catamount Community Radio - November 9, 2014

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_1153

Nov. 2nd, 2014

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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

jack-bruce

Oct. 26th, 2014

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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

cassan11

Oct. 19th, 2014

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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

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Ben Allison

Oct. 13th, 2014

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Father / Daughter Coversation

ME: Do we have to listen to music?
IZ: Yep.
•••
IZ: It's 11:11, make a wish.
ME: I wish we didn't have to listen to your music.
IZ: You said your wish out loud, therefore it can't be granted.
•••
ME: What I don't like about these pop songs is the sentimentality of the lyrics, you know, I would swim across the ocean just to lie in your arms.
IZ: Well, at least they don't degrade women ... Unlike a lot of hip hop.
•••
IZ: At least the hip hop I listen to doesn't degrade women ... Not very much.
ME: Just degrades them a little bit?
IZ: Yeah.
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Oct. 12th, 2014

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Catamount Community Radio - October 12, 2014

I generally pride myself on running the board pretty smoothly, and with all the years I've been doing radio, I usually do a pretty good job. I made a couple of mistakes today, leading to a couple seconds of dead air, but I have to say I'll take sloppy, live radio over perfectly voiced-tracked, canned radio any day. That said, I look forward to one day doing a completely voice-tracked show with special jokes and sound effects.

The time went rushing by today. I got to the station at like 9:57, was on the air by 10:00, and before I knew it, it was 12:00. And it wasn't like it was some sort of extraordinary show.

We did listen to a few tunes from Bill Frisell's new album, "Guitar in the Space Age." I remarked that Frisell has a special talent for taking upbeat tunes and making them sound plaintive and almost melancholy, "Surfer Girl," for example.

We considered the country guitar finger picking style today. You use a pick on your thumb and use it to play the bass notes. The other fingers are used to play the melody notes on the treble strings. Its popularity can be traced back to Ike Everly (father of Don and Phil the Everly Brothers), from Muhlenberg County in western Kentucky. Everly taught the technique to his neighbor Merle Travis, "country's first Renaissance Man," who in turn taught it to Chet Atkins, who taught Jerry Reed, and son. We listened to Chester and Jerry pick a tune called "Cannonball Rag," which Travis and Everly had played, and then listened to Frisell (who loves him some Americana) do the same tune.

Mary Ellen edges Jim Dandy in the cover contest, by a half a point, 2.5 - 3.0.

1. What classic surf tune is Bill Frisell covering? - "Pipeline"

2. What classic surf tune is Bill Frisell covering? - "Surfer Girl," by the Beach Boys

3. What tune is being covered, and who is covering it (for extra credit) - The Everly Brothers' "All I Have to do is Dream," covered by The Dandy Warhols.

4. Who is covering Junior Wells' "Messin' with the Kid"? - Bill Frisell

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (East Coast) on WWCU-FM.


1. David “Fathead” Newman – Hard Times
2. Bill Frisell – Rebel Rouser
3. Sten Getz & Oscar Peterson – Three Little Words
4. Sly and the Family Stone – If You Want me to Stay
5. Abdullah Ibrahim & Ikaya – Joan Capetown Flower
6. Bill Frisell – Bryant’s Boogie
7. Bill Frisell –Pipeline
8. Nick Lowe – Poor Side of Town
9. Charlie Parker – Drifting on a Reed
10. Bill Frisell – Cannonball Rag
11. Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed – Cannonball Rag
12. Everly Brothers – Bye, Bye Love
13. Abdullah Ibrahim & Ikaya – Nisa
14. Yusef Lateef – Jungle Fantasy
15. Van Morrison – Cleaning Windows
16. Bill Frisell – Surfer Girl
17. Bob Marley – Zimbabwe
18. Charles Mingus – Alice’s Wonderland
19. The Dandy Warhols – All I Have to do is Dream
20. Junior Wells – Messin’ with the Kid
21. Bill Frisell – Messin’ with the Kid
22. Amy Winehouse – Love is a Losing Game (demo)
23. Amy Winehouse – Love is a Losing Game
24. Bix Biderbecke – In a Mist
25. Mel Tormé – Let’s Take a Walk around the Block
26. Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton & Mark Whitfield – Drfitin’
27. Fred Frith – Spring any Day Now

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Oct. 5th, 2014

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Catamount Community Radio - October 5, 2014

Fall may have been here officially for a week or so, but it really arrived late on Friday night. Friday was a warm, rainy day. It cleared up in the evening, but remained relatively warm. The skies were beautiful. But I woke up in the middle of the night feeling pretty cold. Had to throw another blanket on the futon and another book on the fire. And sure enough, Saturday morning, there they were: dead leaves littering the lawn. I even wore a sweater today. From now on, my students will see a lot of sweaters. Fall is my favorite season and more than just for the usual reasons: the apple cider and the changing colors. In the fall you're in synch with the season; everything is slowly dying, just as you are. It's a little morbid, but it's true. Spring, on the other hand, as TS Elliot would say, is the cruelest part of the year. That's because you continue your slow fade into oblivion just as everything else is being reborn. All those daffodils and all that green. Give me the melancholy autumn.

Cayo passed away last week, leaving Jim Dandy devastated. She was his family for the last 19 years. So I had to pay a little tribute to her. I played Henry Mancini's "Something for Cat" and Roy Hargrove's "Ev'rybody wants to be a Cat." Jorge Luis Borges remarks somewhere that, while humans are condemned to live in the past and the future, cats live in an eternal present. This is part of their allure. They are masters of comfort. They don't seem to give a damn about what you think about them. We wish we could, like them, find that patch of sunshine and stretch out in it, and forget all about our worries, our anxieties, our remorse and our regrets. We manage it at intervals, but soon enough are back to our worldly preoccupations.

Dandy wins this week's cover contest.

1. Who wrote "People Get Ready," and who is doing the covering? - Curtis Mayfield wrote it, and it is being covered first by Maceo Parker, and then by Al Green. (Al had help but I'm not sure who she was.) Later on in show we heard a fragment of Jeff Beck's version of the tune.

2. The Lovin' Spoonful did "Nashville Cats." I believe I mistakenly called this a cover version, because the other version I had in my head, that of Flatt and Scruggs, sounds older. But I think the fact is that Flatt and Scruggs were covering the tune, which was written by John Sebastian, rather than the other way around. Oh well, radio by the seat of your pants, the best kind.

3. "This Land is Your Land." Who wrote the tune and who is covering it? Woody Guthrie wrote it, and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are covering it.

4. We heard Bob Marley and the Wailers cover "What's New, Pussycat?" Which songwriting duo wrote it? - Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (East Coast) on WWCU-FM.


1. Andrew Hill – Malachi
2. Jimmie Lunceford – I’m Nuts about Screwy Music
3. Joe Sample – Jitterbug Waltz
4. The Titans – So Hard to Laugh
5. Jimmie Lunceford – Organ Grinder’s Swing
6. Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Damned Back Blues
7. Kenny Burrell – Lost in the Stars
8. Maceo Parker – People Get Ready
9. Al Green – People Get Ready
10. Henry Mancini – Something for Cat
11. Roy Hargrove – Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat
12. The Lovin’ Spoonful – Nashville Cats
13. Orin Evans – Rockin’ Chair
14. Jeff Beck – People Get Ready (fragment)
15. 3 Cohens – Tiger Rag
16. Kronos Quartet – Tabú
17. Kronos Quartet – Mini Skirt
18. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – This Land is Your Land
19. Dave Douglas – Summit Music
20. Bill Charlap – It’s Love
21. Bob Marley & the Wailers – What’s New, Pussycat?
22. Pavel Wlosok & Joel Frahm – Sister Julie
23. The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry, Baby
24. Louis COrchia – La roulette
25. Sam Mangwana – Gato negro
26. Vern Gosdin & Emmylou Harris – Yesterday’s Gone (fragment)

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