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Catamount Community Radio - January 6, 2013

Last week I didn't prepare; this week I was over-prepared. I brought in enough music for two radio shows, so I guess I don't have to worry about next week's show.

Been riding the bike a lot so far this year. Yesterday I did my first long ride in ages: 17 miles. Gonna try to keep it up, get back into shape. I used to believe that bike rides were good for thinking about things. Now I think that they're good for NOT thinking about things.

As for the show, we heard Dylan singing "Early Morning Rain." Dude has a sense of humor. His album of covers is called "Autobiography." This tune is by Gordon Lightfoot.

Had a little Nick Lowe theme going. I've been listening to his newer music (he seems to be somebody who gets better with age), so I thought I would listen to some relative oldies today, like "When I Write the Book," and "Crackin' Up." We heard BPA (Brighton Port Authority - a Fatboy Slim project) with Olly Hite cover Lowe's "So it Goes."

I remember one night the kid cut off his right arm
In a bid to save a bit of power
He got fifty thousand watts
In a big acoustic tower
Security's so tight tonight
Oh they're ready for a tussle
Gotta keep your backstage passes
That your promoter had to muscle

We heard a little Stan Getz. He was undoubtedly one of the great saxophonists, although reportedly a shmuck in his personal life. "Night Rider" is Getz backed by a string section. Very nice. Later on we heard one from his time with Woody Herman.

I played a new one from Leonard Cohen, "Darkness." Pretty dark:

I caught the darkness,
It was drinking from your cup.
I caught the darkness,
Drinking from your cup.
I said is this contagious?
You said just drink it up.

Eight days ago, I was driving south through Cincinnati on I-75 when on the radio came a wonderful tune, tasteful blues piano accompanied by jingle bells. I had to know what it was so I had the issue write down the frequency. I had lost reception in Northern Kentucky before the DJ announced the songs (if he or she eve did), but I remembered what time it was (1:25) and what song aired next ("Stardust"). So the other day, I found the station's website, and emailed them with my query. Soon I had my reply. The tune was Lloyd Glenn's "Sleigh Ride."

We heard a cool record by Slim Gaillard called "Slim's Jam," a representation of sorts of a jam session. In walks Charlie Parker, whom Gaillard calls "Charlie Yardbirdaroonie." Parker claims to have a reed problem, but they set him up, and he blows a bluesy chorus that has them going.

For the first, but probably not the last, time. I played some Grateful Dead on Catamount Community Radio. When I was at my brother's place in Michigan over the holidays, the Dead were in heavy rotation on his stereo. I wasn't aware that he was a fan of the Dead. I thought it might have been because there was a recent article about them in the New Yorker. But that wasn't the reason. He just likes the Dead. While I knew that he played "Ripple" on the guitar, I never knew that he liked to listen to the Dead in general. And funny, up in Glenville on Friday night, I was talking to a girl who had on Jerry García sweat pants ... She turned out to be a Deadhead. So, given that coincidence, I had to spin a Dead number today. Chose "Franklin's Tower."

All that and more. Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (ET) on WWCU-FM.


1. Mike Cottone – Stardust
2. Cassandra Wilson – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
3. Bob Dylan – Early Morning Rain
4. Peggy Lee – Johnny Guitar
5. Noah Preminger – Until the real Thing Comes Along
6. Don Byas & Slam Stewart – (Back Home in) Indiana
7. Nick Lowe – When I Write the Book
8. Johnny Cash – Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright)
9. Louis Jordan – Pettin’ and Pokin’
10. Lloyd Glenn – Sleigh Ride
11. The Chi-Lites –There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God is Seated at the Conference Table)
12. Stan Getz – Night Rider
13. Ellis & Branford Marsalis – Lulu’s Back in Town
14. Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why
15. Kahil El’Zabar – Well, You Needn’t
16. Nat Cole – Rose Room
17. Hank Williams – Howlin’ at the Moon
18. Chico Freeman – You Are Too Beautiful
19. Leonard Cohen – Darkness
20. Ray Price –The Same Old Me
21. Slim Gaillard – Slim’s Jam
22. Patrice Rushen – When I Found You
23. Bob Marley & the Wailers – There She Goes
24. Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics – Cha Cha
25. Woody Herman – Early Autumn
26. Grateful Dead – Franklin’s Tower
27. Nick Lowe – Crackin’ Up
28. The BPA with Olly Hite – So It Goes
29. Takada Ren – Yellow Man
30. Charles Mingus - Slop

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