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Catamount Community Radio - May 26, 2013

I had a funny dream: I was eating in a bicycle shop / restaurant. I asked the waitress if there were sandwiches on the menu, so she showed me that page. After the name of each sandwich, there was a brief description. One was "Turkey Sandwich - disturbing."

What's for lunch? Red beans and rice (that's nice). Red beans and ricely yours.

Week Three of the cover contest. Jim Dandy nailed all four, but missed the extra credit question. Didn't need it, he already made an A on the quiz. Yeah!


1. "Sugar, Sugar" done by Bob Marley & the Wailers. Who are they covering? - The Archies. The first time I've played a cover of a TV cartoon band.

Archie: lead vocals / lead guitar
Reggie: bass guitar / backing vocals
Jughead: drums
Betty: tambourine
Veronica: organ


2. "Big Yellow Taxi." Two-part question: first, who composed the song? And second, and who's doing the cover?

a) Joni Mitchell
b) The Counting Crowes

3. "A Case of You," Same format as #2

a) Joni Mitchell
b) Prince (or as Dandy says, "the artist formerly known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince"). I saw His Purpleness on TV the other night, playing some heavy guitar and rocking a fro and round, tinted glasses.

On the back of a cartoon coaster
In the blue TV screen light
I drew a map of Canada
Oh, Canada
With your face sketched on it twice.
Oh, you're in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet
Oh, I could drink a case of you, darling
And I would still be on my feet
Oh, I would still be on my feet.

4. "There Will Never be any Peace (Until God is Seated at the Conference table)"

a) The Chi-Lites (extra credit)
b) Nick Lowe


I drove Tyler to his gig in Asheville on Friday evening; he is having some car trouble. The gig was at a tapas bar called Zambra. I sat at the bar while Tyler played. Years ago I ate there. I was not impressed. I thought to myself, the tortillas de patatas available at any bus station cafeteria in Spain are superior to this one. But things have changed, the food was great. I had three tapas: grilled shrimp, patatas bravas, and huge crusted scallops. Excellent, all washed down with dry sherry. So, I had a good chance to chat with Mr. T on the drive over and back. One of things we talked about was show tunes. I mentioned how, before going to Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate" many years ago in New York, I hadn't ever heard a show tune that wasn't played in the jazz idiom. I remember being surprised how square they sounded when played straight. Well, today we heard one swung from that very show: Mel Tormé doing "Too Darn Hot."

While it wasn't part of the contest, we heard two versions of Thelonious Monk's "Bright Mississippi." One by Danilo Pérez, the other by Allen Toussaint. We heard Monk himself do "Rhythm-a-ning," which had Dandy dancing in the rain like Gene Kelly, reportedly. (BTW, Jim, I cut up a whole cabbage and followed your recipe ... what a great idea, you can have the cabbage in the fridge for days and just make little batches of slaw to order.)

I played Django Reinhardt's version of "I'll See you in my Dreams." I hauled out my customary quip: "Come on up to my apartment, we'll listen to Django Reinhardt records and I'll show you my etchings." (Canned laughter)

Two versions of an old standard, "My Ideal," one by Rollins, the other by Coltrane. Tenor Madness, my favorite malady. Je suis malade. J'ai la folie. J'ai un cas de tenor madness.

A summer theme, as Memorial Day marks the onset of summer: Sinatra with "Summer Wind," Alec Wilder's "Footnotes to a Summer Love," and Sketch Show, with "Theme from a Summer Place."

All this and more. You know, one thing that bugs me is when businesses refer to themselves as families. Businesses in some cases might resemble families, but in most cases they have one objective: to make money. So it gets my goat when I hear stuff like "Join the (insert business name here) family" or "we'd like to welcome so-and-so and what's-his-name to the ___________ family."

Tune in to WWCU-FM Sunday mornings 10-12 (ET) and become a member of the Catamount Community Radio family. Jim, you can be the eccentric uncle. I'll be the Andy Griffith-like character.

1. Duke Elliington – Fleurette africaine
2. Benny Green – Chant
3. Ellis & Branford Marsalis – Lulu´s Back in Town
4. Grateful Dead – Cats Under the Stars
5. Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – Angelica
6. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Sugar, Sugar
7. Coleman Hawkins – The Bean Stalks Again
8. Django Reinhardt – I’ll See You in my Dreams
9. Frank Sinatra – Summer Wind
10. Alec Wilder – Footnotes to a Summer Love
11. Sketch Show – Theme from a Summer Love
12. Counting Crows – Big Yellow Taxi
13. Albert Collins – Frosty
14. Brian Lynch & Bill Charlap – On Green Dolphin Street
15. Mel Tormé – Too Darn Hot
16. Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Believe, Beleft, Below
17. Prince – A Case of You
18. Sonny Rollins – My Ideal
19. John Coltrane – My Ideal
20. Heleno Dos Oito Baixos – Começo de verão
21. Nick Lowe – Hope for Us All
22. Ben Webster – The Duke and the Brute
23. The Chi-Lites – There Will Never Be any Peace (Until God is Seated at the Conference Table)
24. Nick Lowe - There Will Never Be any Peace (Until God is Seated at the Conference Table)
25. Thelonious Monk – Rhythm-a-ning
26. Danilo Pérez – Bright Mississippi
27. Allen Toussaint – Bright Mississippi




You got me feelin cleaver, Beaver!
Had a great time hanging out with virtual you and listening to records.
And speaking of (for the) records, it's still raining! That doesn't put me in a pickle. Although I did get a few pickles put in the fridge. (3 jars were too many cukes for the juice, so I hadda add more vinegar.) Don't count your pickles before they're juiced. Every week a new lesson!
Love, Eclectic Uncle Jim.

Re: Sweeeeeet!

wow, it's the next day now, Memorial Day, and the sun is actually shining in a clear blue sky. The week of rain dind't keep my grass from growing so my work is "cut" out for me today! Follow up on yesterday's pickle. Yummy! Crunchy and (how did Andy Griffith say it?) Goooo-ooood!

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