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Catamount Community Radio - August 23, 2009



On today's show we listened to Sister Wynona Carr, the Scavenger Quartet, and the usual latinjazzhiphophillbillyetc. I think I may have set a record for records played: 37 tunes in two hours. Tune in on Power 90.5 Sunday mornings, 10-12 on the East Coast.

According to the excellent blog, Music for Maniacs, the Scavenger Quartet is "a combo led by veteran Detroit oddball Frank Pahl, who plays on such junkshop refugees as the Farfisa organ, banjo, ukulele, euphonium, zither, toys (piano, popcorn maker), and occasionally resorts to digital technology so that he can sample that old circus music maker, the calliope. And doorbells. Yes, doorbells. They're honestly quite mellifluous in Pahl's hands. His fellow band members add horns, reeds, guitar, and all manner of percussion. An entire high school band appears on one song. Which is all well and good, but this would be mere gimmickry without quality songwriting. Fortunately, the Quartet's got such grand tunesmithery that their addictive second album, "We Who Live On Land," has not left my CD player in weeks. The unusual sounds suggest Harry Partch or Tom Waits, but with an identity all their own, sometimes sweetly nostalgic, sometimes cartoonishly crazy."

Writing in South of Hell, France, Reverend Frost drops some knowledge about Wynona Carr: "Hallelujah! Wynona Carr was born in Cleveland, OH, where she started out as a gospel singer, forming her own five-piece group The Carr Singers around 1945 and touring the Cleveland/Detroit area. Being tipped by The Pilgrim Travelers, who shared a bill with Carr in the late 1940's, Art Rupe signed her to his Specialty label, giving Carr her new stage name "Sister" Wynona Carr (modelled after pioneering gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe) and cutting some twenty sides with her from 1949 to 1954, including a couple of duets with Specialty's biggest gospel star at the time, Brother Joe May. Although she recorded rarely, Carr nevertheless remained a highly prolific songwriter, composing poetic, topical material often inspired by headlines of the day; she cut dozens of demos for Specialty, and ironically enough earned more money from sales of her sheet music than from her actual recordings. After successfully touring white nightclubs in 1954 with Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight, Carr finally broke her ties with gospel to pursue a career singing R&B; in 1957, she scored with the hit ballad "Should I Ever Love Again," but again fate was against her; at the same time the record was rising on the chart, she was stricken with tuberculosis, and spent the next two years on the sidelines, convalescing at her parents' home. As the 1970s dawned, Carr went into seclusion; her health continued to decline, and she died on May 12, 1976. Damn."

1. Bill Evans & Stan Getz – But Beautiful
2. George Jones – I'll Share My World With You
3. The Seatbelts – Black Coffee
4. The Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes for You
5. Norah Jones – Cold, Cold Heart
6. Sonny Rollins – Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody
7. Jarabe de Palo – Bonito
8. Celia Cruz y la Sonora Ponceña – Sonaremos el tambó
9. ModeReko – Schoolin'
10. Wynona Carr – The Ball Game
11. Allen Toussaint – Tipitina & Me
12. Little Jimmie Dickens – Hillbilly Fever
13. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass – Green Peppers
14. Wynona Carr – Dragnet for Jesus
15. Omer Avital – Arrival
16. Nina Simone – Brown-eyed Handsome Man
17. Serge Gainsbourg – Couleur café
18. Joe Henderson – Happy Madness
19. Kanye West – Heard 'em Say
20. Claude Thornhill – Sometimes I'm Happy
21. The Scavenger Quartet – Excitable Sea Porcupine
22. The Futuristic Ensemble – In a Mist (Reprise)
23. Moondog – Down is Up
24. Al Hirt – Java
25. Hank Williams – Move It On Over
26. MF Doom – Crosshairs
27. David Newman – Fathead
28. Lee Dorsey – Games People Play
29. The Scavenger Quartet – Wonderful Nautilus
30. Antonio Carmona – Se amarra el pelo
31. Louis Armstrong – Weary Blues
32. Buck Owens – Under the Influence of Love
33. The Moonglows – Most of All
34. Jeff Beck – Pay Me No Mind
35. Peggy Lee – Everything is Moving too Fast
36. Wynona Carr – I Want to go to Heaven and Rest
37. Gene Ammons – Answer Me, My Love



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