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Catamount Community Radio - April 22, 2012

I'm back from Kentucky. The traveling part of traveling can be unpleasant, but I do like being somewhere else sometimes. Instead of going straight home, I headed for my office to prepare today's radio show. Years ago, I was browsing the wine aisles at a yuppy grocery story in Durham, NC, when the wine guy came up to me, looked at the bottle I was examining, and told me, "It's sublime, but good." Perhaps that would be a good description of today's show: sublime, but good.

Dick Clark died last week, reminding me of the seventies, when I would sit in front of the TV with my little cassette recorder and tape the songs I liked from American Bandstand. If my dad came walking through talking loud I would be angry. I wonder what ever became of those tapes. Surely they're decomposing at a millennial pace in a landfill somewhere.

We kicked it off with a string quartet version of "Mind Games." For one reason or another, the tune was kicking around it my head last week, and whenever a song gets stuck in my head, I'm compelled to play it on the radio.

While writing my blog entry on the visit to Lexington, I was listening to WFMU on the headphones. The DJ played Heart's "Dog and Butterfly," a tune I hadn't heard in eons. I remember in the seventies, going to Traverse City with my mom to buy a stereo. We went into the speaker room and the salesman put on some Heart. Oh boy, did it sound good. I saw Heart perform about a thousand years ago. They rocked.

As I type right now, I'm listening to the late Levon Helm and the Band do "The Weight." I don't know why, but Levon Helm was not often on my radar, not because I didn't like his music, but because I was always listening to something else. While in Lexington, I enjoyed listening to a late night special on the radio about Levon Helm. A few weeks ago I watched a video of Mavis Staples, Wilco, and Nick Lowe doing "The Weight." Poor Nick Lowe was swallowed up by exuberance of Staples and Tweedy. Speaking of Nick Lowe, I played a few of his tunes. Lowe is currently far and away my favorite song writer. I played three of his tunes, including "All Men are Liars:"

Their words ain't worth
no more than worn out tires
Hey girls, bring rusty pliers
to pull this tooth
All men are liars
and that's the truth.

We heard a couple from Steven Bernstein's "Diaspora Soul." "Chusen Kalah Mazel Tov" which is reminiscent to me of "St. James Infirmary" (So I played a couple versions of the latter tune).

I played a couple from Steve Earle, including a love song in open tuning on guitar, "Every Part of Me." Next time I have some goof around time I need to goof around with open tunings.

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1. Vitamin String Quartet – Mind Games
2. Betty Carter – Again and Again
3. Duke Ellington – Honeysuckle Rose
4. Marc Ribot – Conserito plena
5. Heart – Dog and Butterfly
6. Al Wilson – La La Peace Song
7. Dr. John – Marie Leveau
8. Nick Lowe – All Men are Liars
9. Dizzy & the Sonnys – On the Sunny Side of the Street
10. Steven Bernstein – Chusen Kalah Mazel Tov
11. Hot Lips Page – St. James Infirmary
12. Marc Ribot – Aquí como allá
13. Taj Mahal – Cakewalk into Town
14. Nick Lowe – Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
15. Tom Waits – Jersey Girl
16. Steve Earle – Everey Part of Me
17. Freddy King – The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist
18. Sun Ra - Of Wounds and Something Else
19. Al Tharp – Boatin’ Up Sandy
20. Steve Earle – Rich Man’s War
21. Neil Young – Silver and Gold
22. Bajofondo Tango Club – Air Concrete
23. Nick Lowe – Somebody Cares for Me
24. Johnny Cash – A Little at a Time
25. Silje Nergaard – Let There be Love
26. Taj Mahal – It Takes a Lot to Laught, It Takes a Train to Cry
27. Merle Haggard – Misery and Gin
28. Marc Ribot – St. James Infirmary

Steve Earle

Taj Mahal



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