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Nov. 17th, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - November 17, 2019

I seem to have caught that blank page thing that writers sometimes get ... what's that called? Oh yeah, writer's block. I guess it happens, even to me. But I can look out the window, and write about what I see out there. If there are no crows weighing the pros and cons of abandoned French fries, or trees flaming into the full glory of fall coloration ... Well, I can substitute ... I might just find a few items that remind me of a lost love and arrange them artfully on my desk. At that point my muse surely pays me a visit. If she doesn't, I curse her, and in her language, which is French, and there is also a theme that can be developed: ma muse m'abuse.

Catamount Community Radio. It's a very small community, maybe seven people in all. But our arms are open wide and we're always looking for new recruits to corrupt with our hedonistic musical excesses. Think about it. If you're the type who likes bebop, country & western, and Afro-Cuban jazz, who has a pair of boogie shoes in the closet and a thinking cap in the dirty clothes bin, who might rock a wig every once in a while, who has tinfoil tied to the tips of your antennae and a bottle of muscatel baking in the oven, this is the radio show for you.

It airs Sunday mornings 10-12 at 90.5 FM and streamlines on the internet at wwcufm.com.


Steve repeats as cover contest champion, with Dandy nipping at his heals.

1. Miley Cyrus covers Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go"

2. Cracker covers The Carpenters' "Rainy Days and Mondays"

3. Caetano Veloso covers Dylan's "It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Crying"

4. Marc Ribot plays "St. James Infirmary"


1. Andrew Hill - Dedication
2. Nick Lowe - I'm a Mess
3. Charlie Parker - My Heart Belongs to Daddy
4. Julia Lee - Lotus Blossom
5. John Scofield - Georgia on my Mind
6. Miley Cyrus - You're Gonna Make me Lonesome when You Go
7. Art Pepper - Imagination
8. Spearhead - Red Beans and Rice
9. Fletcher Henderson - King Porter Stomp
10. Cracker - Rainy Days and Mondays
11. Tomatito - Al tío Juan Habichuela
12. Bob Seger - Katmandu
13. Barry Harris - Hallucinations
14. Barry Harris - Blue Monk
15. Terence Blanchard & Poncho Sánchez - Harris Walk
16. Buck Owens - Before You Go
17. Conway Twitty - (Lost her Love) on our Last Date
18. Faron Young - Almost Persuaded
19. Eric Reed - Evidence
20. Caetano Veloso - It's Alright Ma (I'm only Crying)
21. Mario Bauzá - Mambo Inn
22. Suggie Otis - Destination You
23. Fontella Bass - I'm Leaving the Choice to You
24. Marc Ribot - St. James Infirmary
25. Wynton Marsalis - Big Butter and Egg Man
26. Wynton Marsalis - Quick Ate
27. Woody Guthrie - So Long, It's Been Good to Know You
28. Aki Takase - Love You Madly

Nov. 10th, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - November 10, 2019

After careful consideration, I've decided not to do the show in front of an idling helicopter. I mean, there are advantages to doing the show in front of a helicopter. For one thing, I don't have to pay attention to anything I don't want to pay attention to. I can just pretend I can't hear it. And then there's the optics. If I've got a helicopter there waiting to take me off to golf, that says I'm somebody….

But let's stop fooling ourselves. This is Catamount Community Radio, a free-form radio show broadcasting to the world from deep in the Smokey Mountains. I don't have a helicopter and I don't play golf. I play old jazz and country and western records and ride around on a bicycle.

And then there's the Who. Great concerts back in the late sixties. Roger Daltrey was charismatic. Peter Townsend, brilliant. Keith Moon, a lunatic. John Entwistle, crunchy as all get out ...."Talkin' 'bout my generation! (my generation, baby!) ..." Quintessential rock and roll. But at the end of the shows, Townsend had to smash his guitar. Pure schtick, and unnecessary. But I guess you had to put up with such foolishness if you wanted to see a Who show ("Who show" - that's almost a palindrome).

Hendrix too. Jimi, you're not off the hook. Pouring lighter fluid on the strings of your Strat and torching it ... no reason for that either. Hendrix himself probably thought it was dumb. But it was the late sixties, and what to do? Maybe it seemed appropriate given the convulsive moment in history. I think he wanted to believe that we were on the dawn of a new era, when peace and love would prevail and such nonsense as racial hatred would fade away. It was a shamanistic ritual cleansing through fire. Or maybe just show biz.

You can rest assured that I'm not going to make a big show of smashing up or torching the radio equipment of 90.5 as my show winds to a close at high noon. I'm by nature gentle, humble (really?) and opposed to violence. Tune in 10-12 Sunday morning. It's wholesome radio fun for the whole family. No gratuitous destruction; no helicopters. 90.5 on the FM dial and heard, from Tokushima to Memphysema, at wwcufm.com.


Steve wins the cover contest, with Dandy and Mary Ellen tying for second, and Jeff in fourth.

1. "High and Dry"
a) covered by Jamie Cullum
b) by Radiohead

2. "Moondance"
a) by Van Morrison
b) covered by Bobby McFerrin

3. Whose tune and what is the title?
a) Bob Marley's
b) Crazy Baldheads

4. "Crazy"
a) written by Willie Nelson
b) played by Bill Frisell


1. Charles Mingus - Solo Dancer
2. The Gordons - Bebopper
3. Count Basie - Dickie's Dream
4. Ella Fitzgerald - Solitude
5. Manu Dibango - Fleur de Marigot
6. Jamie Cullum - High and Dry
7. Art Blakey - Uptight
8. Sarah McLachlin - Ice Cream
9. Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
10. The Who - My Generation
11. Jimi Hendrix - Slow Blues
12. Bobby McFerrin - Moondance
13. Don Gibson - Give Myself a Party
14. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - The Creator
15. Art Pepper - You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to
16. Kalbata - Luke the Ox
17. Colin Hay - Overkill
18. Cootie Williams - Ol' Man River
19. Elvis Costello & the Roots - Walk Us Uptown
20. Elvis Costrello & Jamey Johnson - She'll be Bak
21. Monty Alexander - Crazy Baldheads
22. Mississippi John Hurt - Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me
23. The Chavelles - Red Tape
24. Melissa Aldana - I'll Be Seeing You
25. Bill Frisell - Crazy
26. Gordon Ligjtfoot - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
27. Raymond Scott - The Penguin
28. Ballin' the Jack - Daydream

Nov. 3rd, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - November 3, 2019

My understanding is that Daylight Saving Time ends today, when we “fall back.” If you’re an optimist, or a sleep-deprived college student, you have an extra hour to sleep. Today, November 3, will be a 25-hour day, but not to worry, they’ll unceremoniously seize that hour back from us in the spring. When I was younger, and liked to go out at night to drink and dance, this “extra hour” seemed like some sort of bonus. But here’s the rub: the listeners of Catamount Community Radio are the type of people who used to go out partying back in the day, but don’t so often anymore. Now, they go to bed at like 10:30 P.M. and are up and about by 6:30 in the morning. So, while at first glance it seems like a good thing (an extra hour to sleep, yeah!), what it really means is that my people are going to wake up at 5:30 rather than 6:30 … and that they’ll have to wait an extra hour for the magic to begin at 10:00. What this is all about, only Alfie knows. For all I know, the muscatel might be gone by the time the tires screech and we embark on this week’s adventure.

We’ll have a special cover contest today: all Cole Porter, probably ten songs in all. Born in Peru, Indiana, to a fairly well-to-do family, he studied at Yale, where he majored in extra-curricular activities. Although gay, he married a woman even richer than he was. Oh, the life of the smart set in the twenties and thirties in Paris, Venice and other exotic locales! He had engraved on his cigarette lighters, “Stolen from Cole Porter.” A paragon of the American show tune, his songs are known for their nonchalant sophistication. They're love songs, but in most cases, unromantic ones. While blatantly hedonistic on one side, there is also a tender side to Porter’s songwriting (although, granted, both euphoria and heartache tend to be understated in his work). Poetry has long since become intellectualized, encroaching at times on the realm of philosophy. Porter’s lyrics are catchy and clever but, as Ira Gershwin put it, “any resemblance to actual poetry, living or dead, is highly improbable.”

Catamount Community Radio, 10-12 Sunday morning at 90.5 FM, and streamlining from Kalamazoo to Timbuktu, from Kalkaska to Alaska, at wwcufm.com.


Mary Ellen and Tania team up to tie Steve to win the cover contest. Dandy in third.

1. What's the tune and who is playing it?

a) "I Get a Kick out of You"
b) Charlie Parker

2. Who duets on "Well, Did You Evah?"

a) Frank Sinatra
b) Bing Crosby

3. "Ev'ry Time We Say Good-bye" Who is singing and what band did she front back in the nineties?

a) Annie Lennox
b) The Eurhythmics

4. Who is singing "Get Out of Town"? - Caetano Veloso

5. What is the tune that Shorty Rogers and the band are playing? - It's De-Lovely

6. Who is singing "Always True to You in my Fashion"? - Blossom Dearie

7. Who is dueting on "Well, Did You Evah" this time around?

a) Deborah Harry
b) Iggy Pop

8. Who is singing "Too Darn Hot"? - Ella Fitzgerald

9. What's the tune and who is playing it?

a) Begin the Beguine
b) Charlie Parker

10. Who is singing "So in Love"? - k.d. lang


1. Joel Frahm & Brad Mehldau - Away from Home
2. Lauryn Hill - Can't Take my Eyes off of You
3. Ted Nash - Dreamsville
4. Charlie Parker - I Get a Kick out of You
5. Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi (radio edit)
6. Ensemble Ambrosius - Zoot Allures
7. Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby - Well, Did You Evah?
8. DJ Food - Well Swung
9. Annie Lennox - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
10. Lester Young - She's Funny That Way
11. Clifford Brown - Yesterdays
12. Caetano Veloso - Get Out of Town
13. Marcus Roberts - Maple Leaf Rag
14. Shorty Rogers - It's De-Lovely
15. Oscar Peterson & Sonny Stitt - I Can't Give You Anything but Love
16. Esperanza Spalding - Precious
17. Blossom Dearie - Always True to You in my Fashion
18. Rubén Blades - Jiri son bali
19. Deborah Harry & Iggy Pop - Well, Did You Evah?
20. Wes Montgomery - Delirium
21. Tabu Ley Rochereau - Aon Aon
22. Ella Fitzgerald - Too Darn Hot
23. Jr. Walker & the All Stars - Shake and Fingerpop
24. Duke Ellington - Blue Serge
25. Charlie Parker - Begin the Beguine
26. Dinah Washington & Brook Benton - Baby, You've Got What it Takes
27. k.d. lang - So in Love
28. Clifford Brown - Easy Living
29. John Patitucci - Go Down, Moses

Oct. 27th, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - October 27, 2019

Memory is a blessing, but also a curse. I always feel some pride when I can remember the name of a student I had years ago, the name of an author whose books I read in the nineties, the name of some obscure baseball player, or what I had for dinner last night. The curse part is that there are plenty of things that you might prefer to forget, but can't.

Borges has a story about this dude, Funes, who has an infallible memory (I remember that I learned the word "infallible" in the fourth grade). Funes is incapable of forgetting anything. He can learn Latin effortlessly ... but to him, a dog seen in profile at 3:14 is not the same dog as the one seen from the front at a quarter past three. To think is to forget differences; it is to generalize, make abstractions. Funes is incapable of thought. Or maybe the story is just an allegory about insomnia.

Fortunately, Catamount Community Radio requires neither thinking nor memory (well, if you wanted to win the cover contest, a little memory power would be a good thing). Just put on your dancing slippers, grab that bottle of muscatel that's baking in the oven, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Sunday mornings 10-12 at 90.5 FM, and streaming from Carolina to Indochina at wwcufm.com.


Jeff wins the cover contest this week, edging Dandy, with Steve in third. Five entries this week, the most in a long time.

1. Jewels and Binoculars plays one. Author and title?

a) Bob Dylan
b) "Spirit on the Water"

2. A Rogers and Hart tune. Title and pianist playing it?

a) "Bewitched"
b) Brad Mildew (Mehldau)

3. Steve Nash plays one. Composer and title?

a) Henry Mancini
b) "Peter Gunn"

4. Mildew plays one. Title and composer.

a) "Alfie"
b) Bacharach (and David)


1. Ted Nash - Ugly Beauty
2. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Undercooled
3. Hot Lips Page - St. James Infirmary
4. Booker Little - Sweet and Lovely
5. Jewels and Binoculars - Spirit on the Water
6. Unknown Hinson - Fishcamp Woman
7. Lee Konitz - Indian Summer
8. Peter Tosh - Brand New Second Hand
9. Craig Handy - In a Sentimental Mood
10. Brad Mehldau - Bewitched
11. Bootsy Collins - Bootzilla
12. Count Basie - Pennies from Heaven
13. Clifford Jordan - Glass Bead Games
14. Jelly Roll Morton - Doctor Jazz
15. Art Tatum - Sheik of Araby
16. Steven Bernstein & Antony Hegarty - Family Affair
17. Ted Nash - Peter Gunn
18. Bebo Vladés - Babalú
19. Rosie Flores - Heartbreak Train
20. Gal Costa - Minha voz, minha vida
21. Astor Piazzola - Libertango
22. Lester Young - He Don't Love Me Anymore
23. Omer Avital - New Song
24. Brad Mehldau - Alfie
25. Nick Lowe - Changing all the Changes
26. Freddie Hubard - Bolivia
27. Gustavo Santaolalla -Gaucho
28. Aníbal Velázquez - Mambo loco
29. Aki Takase - Lotus Pond

Oct. 20th, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - October 20, 2019

When it comes to Catamount Community Radio, for every good idea that comes to me, I have at least five bad ideas that my inner editor must strike. One bad idea was asking my listeners for requests. If I liked them, I would play them. And if not, I would mock the listener. Bad idea.

Another good, but perhaps untenable, idea was an imaginary conversation between two ghosts: Free-form radio genius X.Ray Burns and French philosopher Jean Baudrillard. They are in the Cadillac between Kearny and Jersey City, discussing Bjorn Borg. Baudrillard says that in Salt Lake City, all the Christs look like Bjorn Borg, and X.Ray replies, "Don't hate Bjorn Borg. He had nice hair."

Then Baudrillard reflects on American skies: " It isn't clouds that are fleecy here, but brains. Clouds float over the city like cerebral hemispheres driven by the wind. The people have cirrus clouds in their heads or coming out of their eyes."

X.Ray comes back with, "to me they look like lint. 'Consolidated Lint' ... I should have gotten in on that when it was low ... too late now.

and it goes on and on.

Here's another idea. I will supply the quote, and you decide if it's Burns or Baudrillard. Did it, with two entries. Steve beats Mary Ellen for the chance to wear the imaginary cardboard cover contest crown for a week. UPDATE: actually, New York Jim wins with 11/12.

The answers:

1. "Driving is a spectacular form of amnesia ... the excessive pitiless distance, the infinity of anonymous faces and distances." (Baudrillard)

2. "If I had a major-league expansion team, I would draft Jesus to play second base." (Burns)

3. "It's like a low, sustained, howl of anguish, but I've grown comfortable with it." (Burns)

4' "It is a world completely rotten with wealth, power, senility, indifference, puritanism and mental hygiene, poverty and waste, technological futility and aimless violence, and yet I cannot help but feel it has about it something of the dawning of the universe." (Baudrillard)

5. "The French are very fond of jazz, that's another reason to stay away from them." (Burns)

6. "Americans may have no identity, but they do have nice teeth." (Baudrillard)

7. "There is no aphrodisiac like innocence." (Baudrillard)

8. " The phone is good when you need it, but still, it is destroying the social fabric of the nation." (Burns)

9. "Democracy is the menopause of Western society ... Fascism is its middle-aged lust." (Baudrillard)

10. "There is nothing funny about Halloween." (Baudrillard)

11. "Anatomy is destiny. Fashion is something else altogether." (Burns)

12. "Isn't it sad that your phone is smarter than you? It's like a robot in your pocket." (Burns)


1. Kronos Quartet w/ Bill Evans & Eddie Gómez -n Turn out the Stars
2. Erroll Garner - The Coffee Song
3. Terence Blanchard & Poncho Sánchez - Siboney
4. Rosie Flores - Crying Over You
5. Boots & his Buddies - The Raggle Taggle
6. Lee Konitz & Miles Davis - Hi Beck
7. Parliament - Mothership Connection
8. Ted Nash - Tico Tico
9. Led Zeppelin - Ramble On
10. Miles Davis - Milestones
11. Marisa Monte - Segue o seco
12. RZA - Afro's Father Fight
13. Aaron Goldberg - Yoyo
14. Hoagy Carmichael - Two Sleepy People
15. Terence Blanchard & Poncho Sánchez - Dizzy Gilespie Medley
16. Bunny Wailer - Reincarnatd Souls
17. Jason Moran -The Sun at Midnight
18. Boots & his Buddies - East Commerce Stomp
19. Rumbanella Band - El Congo
20. Fats Waller - The Sheik of Araby
21. Coleman Hawkins - The Sheik of Araby
22. Peggy Lee - Everything's Moving too Fast
23. Eric Dolphy - 17 West
24. Johnny Cash - Hidden Shame
25. Futuristic Ensemble - Candlelights

Oct. 13th, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - October 13, 2019

Here in Cullowhee it's a gray and drizzly morning, a perfect morning for radio, the kind of morning where you might want to curl up on the couch with your wireless and a coffee cup full of muscatel.

I'm ready for the show, more or less, even though I just got back from Alabama. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference in Auburn, although getting there and back in the Toyota was enough to drive me nervous, since I went through Atlanta both ways. I suppose if you live in Atlanta and deal with that traffic every day, it's no big deal. But for a boy from the provinces, five lanes of vehicles moving along at 70 mph, weaving in and out ... it's terrifying.

After five hours on the road I walk into the house and the spousal unit immediately starts laughing. "What?" I ask.

"Your hair," she replies, "You look like you've been electrocuted. Your hair is sticking out every which way."

Oh well. I hope you haven't been electrocuted, but you will need electricity to plug in your radio, or some other device to tune it to 90.5 FM, where I'll be filling the airwaves with the old magic. Catamount Community Radio, 10 -12 Sunday mornings and coming down the interstate 90 miles an hour at wwcufm.com.


Dandy retains the imaginary, cardboard, cover contest crown, with Mary Ellen in second and Steve in third. Chris will probably submit his entry Wednesday or so.

1. Dave Edmunds and the Stray Cats do "The Race is On." Whose tune? - George Jones's

2. What's the tune, who is playing it, and which front man from a great 80s era heavy metal band covered it?

a) "Just a Gigolo"
b) Thelonious Monk
c) David Lee Roth

3. Lauren O'Connel Sings "All I Have to Do is Dream." Whose tune? - The Everly Brothers'

4. Vijay Ayer plays one. Title and original artist.

a) "Galang"
b) M.I.A.


1. Thelonious Monk - Little Rootie Tootie
2. Buck Owens - Under the Influence of Love
3. Cecil Taylor - Pots
4. Mary Lou Williams - Mary Lou's Blues
5. Emily King - Distance
6. Dave Edmunds & the Stray Cats - The Race is On
7. Sonny Rollins & Thelonious Monk - The Way You Look Tonight
8. Mark Whitfield - Early Autumn
9. Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice, It's Alright
10. Bob Dylan - Tryin' to Get to Heaven
11. Thelonious Monk - Just a Gigolo
12. Burning Spear - Mother
13. Freddie King - Tore Down
14. Bebo Valdees - Danza Nº 2
15. Henry Mancini w/ Ted Nash - Dreamsville
16. Miles Davis - Seven Steps to Heaven
17. Rachelle Forell - Peace on Earth
18. Aaron Parks - Roadside Distraction
19. Melissa Aldana - My Ship
20. Lauren O'Connell - All You Have to Do is Dream
21. MTB - Little Melonade
22. Loretta Lynn - These Boots are Made for Walkin'
23. Thelonius Monk - Evidence
24. Eartha Kitt - Monotonous
25. Sonny Rollins - I've Grown Accostumed to your Face
26. Vijay Ayer - Galang
27. Red Sovine - Freightliner Fever
28. Louis Prima & Keely Smith - Hey Boy! Hey Girl!
29. Etta James - A Sunday Kinda Love
30. Michael Lowenstern - No. 10

Oct. 6th, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - October 6, 2019

On the left, my current radio notebook, which was inaugurated December 3, 2017 and will be retired today (as soon as I figure out who wins the cover contest). On the right, the new radio notebook, in which I will start writing next week.
I use these notebooks to keep track of my playlists, jot down ideas for quips and tunes to play, and outline and judge the cover contest. Traditionally, they are also where I would copy down the witticisms of the late X.Ray Burns, like these …

"Can we make out later? ... After I'm finished with this glazed doughnut."

"The men's room floor art ... You have to bend over until the light is just right, and you'll see what I'm talking about."

"I've seen you glide, and when you glide, everybody better get out of the way."

"I love a diablo sandwich, and I don't even know what it is."

"I'm looking at this girl, who I would like to have as my own, but she's got Billy Joel all over her ... cigarette breath, bourbon."

"I've got you under my sink."

"My next investment is a pressure cooker ... you can cook a chicken in eight minutes. If you don't like it, you can always turn it into a bomb."

"Lawsuits can be funny."

What does this have to do with promoting Catamount Community Radio? Nothing really, just something that may be of interest to my hardcore fans. Catamount Community Radio airs Sunday mornings, 10:00-12:00 at 90.5 in Cullowhee, NC and environs, and it streamlines at wwcufm.com. Today, we have the cover contest, a set of Unknown Hinson, jazz, and et cetera.

Dandy wins the cover contest, edging Donna. Mary Ellen sat this one out, due to connectivity issues.. Steven in third.

1. The Pic & Bow pick one.

a) title - "Oye, ¿Cómo va? ("Hey, how's it going?")
b) a hit for - Santana
c) written by - Tito Puente

2. Jamie Johnson does "A-11". who wrote it - Hank Cochran

3.The Bad Plus does a number

a) title - "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
b) a hit for - Tears for Fears

4. Jimmy Smith plays which tune? - "Old Man River"


1. Allen Toussaint - Just a Closer Walk with Thee
2. Bob Marley - So Much Trouble in the World
3. Sonny Rollins - Toot, Toot Tootsie, Goodbye
4. Slim & Slam - It's Gettin' Kinda' Chilly
5. The Doors - The Crystal Ship
6. The Pic & Bow - Oye, ¿Cómo va?
7. Mos Def - Quiet Dog Bite Hard
8. Mark whitfield - I Wanna Talk About You
9. Prince - The Work, Pt. 1
10. Charlie Parker - She Rote
11. Jamie Johnson - A-ll
12. Radio Tarifa - Rumba argelina
13. Walt Weiskopf - Davenport Blues
14. Benny Green - The Sheik of Araby
15. Poncho Sánchez - African Flower
16. Unknown Hinson - Alkyhol Withdrawel
17. Unkonwn Hinson - I Don't Take Dope
18. Unknown Hinson - Clower to the Light
19. Vladimir Horowitz - Scrabian's étude in Bb minor Op. 8/7
20. Louis Armstrong - Stardust
21. The Bad Plus - Everybody Wants to Rule the World
22. Nick Lowe - Rome Wasn't Built in a Day
23. Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London
24. Duke Ellington - Jubilesta
25. Mel Tormé - Monsters Lead such Interesting Lives
26. Jimmy Smth - Old Man River
27. Gregory Isaacs (remixed) - 9 to 5
28. Randy Newman - Losing You
29. Craig Handy - If I Should Lose You

Sep. 29th, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - September 29, 2019

My last haircut was in mid-June. Since then, I've been doing something of an experiment, just letting it grow. I'm sure that for other people this would produce more esthetically pleasing results than it does for me. For one thing I'm balding, so my hair is patchy. Secondly, gravity holds no dominion over my locks: my hair grows only up and out.

Predictably, people have different responses to my experiment. The secretary of our department hates it. She says it makes me look like some crazed, oddball professor (some truth in that), while the old, close-cropped look made me look dignified and respectable. My wife also thinks I should get it cut, but at the same time she seems resigned to me carrying out my little experiment. On the other hand, a student says she likes it, and Mary Ellen (of cover contest fame) says it makes me look hipper.

The symbolic power of hair is interesting (think of Samson and Delilah) although I really don't want to get very deeply into it right now. We all know that in the sixties and seventies hair length was an outward sign of an inner free spirit. By the mid-seventies, even the squares had hair falling past the tops of their ears along with extravagant side-burns and mustaches, and this corresponded to society becoming more open, relaxed and tolerant.

Monks and punks are notoriously shorn, and there was something monastic about the way I had been keeping my hair. Now, I ain't one of them hippie drum-circle sombitches, but let's think about it: on a hypothetical spectrum, with close-cropped on one end (along with the attendant respectability and conformity); and crazy afros and free-flowing locks on the other (signifying waving the free flag high) .... Catamount Community radio tends toward the long-hair side.

So, don't bother with socks and don't comb your locks, just leave your hairs and come downstairs to tune in to Catamount Community Radio, 10-12 Sunday morning at 90.5 FM, and filling the internet tubes with magic at wwcufm.com.

Jim Dandy rocks the cover contest like a boss.

1. "Lust for Life"

a) by Iggy Pop
b) covered by Tom Jones & the Pretenders

2. "In the Jailhouse Now"

a) by Jimmie Rodgers
b) covered by Steve Earle

3. "Burnin' Down the House"

a) by The Talking Heads
b) covered by Tom Jones & the Cardigans

4. "Jambalaya"

a) by Hank Williams
b) covered by The Residents


1. Christian McBride & Dr. Billy Taylor - Spiritual
2. Diana Krall - Glad Rag Doll
3. Frank Zappa - Little Umbrellas
4. Al Green - Back Up, Train
5. Paul Bley - Flashpoint
6. Tom Jones & the Pretenders - Lust for Life
7. Marcus Roberts - Hidden Hues
8. Rufus Wainwright - Poses
9. Lester Young - Lester Blows Again
10. Laurie Anderson - Flow
11. Steve Earle - In the Jailhouse Now
12. Abdullah Ibrahim - The Wedding
13. Vince Gill & Terri Clark - I Can't Keep You in Love with Me
14. A Tribe Called Quest - Melotonin
15. Rahsaan Roland Kirk 3-in-1 Without the Oil
16. Paul Bley & Gary Peacock - How Long
17. Rufus Wainwright - Vibrate
18. Houston Person - You've Changed
19. Hank Williams - (I Can't Help It) If I'm Still in Love with You
20. Tom Jones & the Cardigans - Burnin' Down the House
21. Duke Ellington - Rockin' in Rhythm
22. Nostalgia 77 & the Monster - Island in the Sun
23. RDM & Aquila Rose - Big Yellow Taxi
24. Sufjan Stevens - The Upper Peninsula
25. Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Lady's Blues
26. The Residents - Jambalaya
27. Lata Mangeshkar - Mera Padhne Mein Nahin
28. Rufus Wainwright - Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk
29. Paul Bley & Gary Peacock - Where Can UB

Sep. 22nd, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - September 22, 2019

The blurb:

"Time to flex my fingers and come up with some sort of promotional blurb for Catamount Community Radio. This will not be hard because, while my physique has been trending lately toward meager, my prose remains as muscular and nimble as ever.

One thing for certain is a John Coltrane tribute. Coltrane was born September 23, 1926, right here in North Carolina. A case could be, and certainly has been, made that he is one of the greatest musicians ever to tread this valley of tears.

Another thing is et cetera. I will be playing a set or two of et cetera. Amidst the et cetera will be interspersed the cover contest. You will need your tinfoil-tipped antennae, your boogie shoes and your thinking cap (if you can remember where you left it). In addition, it will help if the planets are aligned in a way propitious to your success.

Catamount Community Radio, at 90.5 on the FM dial and on the World Wide Web at wwcufm.com."


Mary Ellen regains the imaginary cardboard crown in this week's cover contest.

1. Ernest Ranglin does a reggae instrumental

a) title - "Everybody's Talkin'"
b) a hit for - Glen Campbell
c) about - heroin

2. Michael Jackson's "I Can't Help It"

a) covered by Esperanza Spalding
b) tenor sax by - Joe Lovano

3. Billy Taylor's most famous tune, played by the composer

a) title - "I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free"
b) associated with - Nina Simone

4. Lou Donaldson plays a famous tune from back in the thirties, Title - "Glory of Love"

Jimmy Durante's version:


1. Duke Ellington - The Star-crossed Lovers
2. The Cars - Bye Bye Love
3. Quincy Jones - Pink Panther Theme
4. Gonzalo Rubalcava - Hip Side
5. Ernest Ranglin - Everybody's Talkin'
6. Moondog - All is Lonliness
7. John Coltrane -Like Someone in Love
8. Miles Davis - Trane's Bues
9. Esperanza Spalding - I Can't Help It
10. The Lounge Lizards - Bob & Nico
11. Jason Moran - Arizona Landscape
12. Brenda Lee - Break it to me Gently
13. Ornette Coleman - The Men who Work in the White House
14. Nate Cole - Rose Room
15. Sly & th Family Stone - The Skin I'm In
16. John Coltrane & Duke Ellington - My Little Brown Book
17. Billy Taylor - I Wish I Knew How it would Feel to be Free
18. Nancy Sinatra - The Last of the Secret Agents
19. Lou Donaldson - Glory of Love
20. John Coltrane - Alabama
21. John Coltrane - Satellite
22. John Coltrane Johnny Hartman - My One and Only Love
23. The Meters - Liver Splash
24. The Kronos Quartet - Mini-Skirt
25. Ream Daranoi - Fai Yen
26. Count Basie - Honeysuckle Rose
27. Jason Moran - The Sun at Midnight

Sep. 15th, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - September 15, 2019

I was looking though my CDs, seeing if I could find some fodder for the show. I don’t alphabetize my CDs, sort them by genre or anything … you might say it’s a … it’s a … free form mélange of eclectica. Or you might just say it’s mere chaos (a word with no plural). Even so, I know where certain CDs can be found without too much trouble. I ran across one that I had never listened to before: a Woody Herman anthology. He of the Thundering Herd. A dude played some pretty swinging Woody Herman tracks on WKCR a couple weeks back, so I thought, I’m going to give this disc a listen. But when I opened it up the case, there was no CD inside. I couldn’t help but think that it was perhaps symbolic of something: packaging sans product: body without soul. But sometimes an empty CD case is just an empty CD case ... or not.

Anyway, tune in to Catamount Community Radio Sunday morning, 10-12 at 90.5 FM, or streamline it on the interstate at wwcufm.com. You don’t know what you’re gonna get, but unlike that Woody Herman CD, there will be content of some sort.


Jim Dandy will be waring the metaphorical cardboard cover contest crown this week, as he edged Mary Ellen. We had a new player this week, Steve …

1. Jacob Collier et. al. do "Flintsones" How many characters can you name? (Fred and Barney don't count). Among answers are Bam Bam, Wilma, Betty Mr. Slate, the Great Gazoo.

2. "Spooky" was first released as an instrumental in 1966. Who is doing the cover that we listen to? - Dusty Springfield

3. I need title, author, and covering guitarist.

a) "What the World Need Now is Love"
b) Bacharach / David
c) Bill Frisell

4. Who is covering the theme from the Roadrunner cartoon? - The Barenaked Ladies


1. David Sánchez – Ven esta cançao
2. Lee Dorsey – Ya Ya
3. Peter Tosh – The Crimson Pirate
4. Wynton Kelly – Come Rain or Shine
5. Jacob Collier – Flintstones
6. Steven Bernstein – Manic Depression
7. Jamey Johnson (w/ Allison Krauss) – Make the World Go Away
8. Ben Webster – Foe O’Clock Drag
9. Nick Lowe – Crying Inside
10. James Jamerson – Behold
11. Dusty Springfield – Spooky
12. Clifton Chenier – Boggien’ in New Orleans
13. Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry on their Own
14. Joseph Spence – The Crow
15. Sly & The Family Stone – (You Caught Me) Smilin’ Again
16. Miguel Zenón – Perdón
17. Serge Gainsbourg – Intoxicated Man
18. Kronos Quartet – Crepuscule with Nellie
19. Nancy Wilson – Alone with my Thought of You
20. Chu Berry – Maelstrom
21. Coleman Hawkins – I Talk to the Trees
22. John Gorka – I’m from New Jersey
23. Bill Frisell – What the World Needs Now is Love
24. Duke Ellington & Louis Armstrong – Azalea
25. Woody Herman – Blowin’ Up a Storm
26. Andre Williams – The Monkey Speaks his Mind
27. Barenaked Ladies – Roadrunner
28. Teddy Wilson – Zonky
29. Sonny Boy Williamson – Help Me
30. Lord Kitchener – Fallslake
31. Nobukszu Takemura – Fallslake
32. Prince Lasha – A.Y.

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