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Catamount Community Radio - June 23, 2013

Coming down the hill from the station on my bicycle today a squirrel darted out right in front of me. That's why I don't ride fast down the hill. Now, there are two opposing theories: the first is evolution, according to which traits evolve for adaptation and survival. You know, chameleons develop the capacity to change colors to match their surroundings in order to hide from predators, and butterflies develop spots on their wings to look like the eyes of some scary snake. The other theory is intelligent design. God says, I will now invent the shark ... and voilá, a shark! So how did squirrels come about? What advantage is there to being squirrelly? Maybe in evolution some traits simply develop by accident, by-products if you will. But if squirrels were intelligently designed it would just be because god has a sense of humor: I will now invent the squirrel. It will amuse human beings, the chosen species, with its manic darting to and fro.

I framed the show with Miles Davis, starting with the tie-wearing, ballad-playing, epitome of cool Miles Davis of the mid fifties and ending with the wild, funk-playing, bell-bottomed, epitome of cool Miles Davis of the early seventies.

Mel Tormé sang the only song I know about asphyxiation: "Zaz Turned Blue."

One night in the park for a lark
Zaz let Steve Brown fool around
Steve squeezed his neck, figured what the heck
But Zaz hit the ground, he was downed
Zaz turned blue, what were we supposed to do
Zaz turned blue, what were we supposed to do
When Zaz turned blue

Jimmy Hoffa is back in the news. After years and years the authorities had what they thought were some good tips, so last week they dug some holes in Detroit and once again were disappointed. I couldn't help but play Tim Wilson's "Help Me Find Jimmy Hoffa":

She said when they find Jimmy Hoffa
that's when I'll come back to you ...

If I'll ever get her back, brother, I don't know
I got a set of dental records and a new backhoe

So I grab a shovel, you've gotta help me find Jimmy Hoffa.


Jim Dandy wins the cover contest with three of four. Mary Ellen once again in second. She could have won last week but had some internet connectivity issues and couldn't listen to the show. I wonder when the first time the word "connectivity" was uttered.

1. Who are Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band covering in the live recording of "Nutbush City Limits." - Ike and Tina Turner. Both Jim Dandy and Mary Ellen nailed it. Dandy quipped, "Shit, I've known that for 38 years," alluding to Seger telling the audience, "..I was reading Rolling Stone where, they were saying Detroit audiences are the greatest rock-n-roll audiences in the world. I thought to myself, shit, I've known that for ten years." I had to edit that bit out, because, as George Carlin knows, you can't say "shit" on the radio.

2. Who are these guys and gals covering with "Blitzkrieg Bop" - The Ramones. It's got one of my all-time favorite lyrics: "They're piling in the back seat / They're generating steam heat ... What they want, I don't know / they're all revved up and ready to go."

3. Who is Céu covering with "Concrete Jungle"? - Bob Marley

4. Who is Keb Mo covering with "(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding?" - Nick Lowe. The clue was, it's not Elvis Costello, which would be the natural choice since he had a hit with this number some years back. Neither Mary Ellen nor Jim got this one.

Beyond that, Los Tucanes de Tijuana's "El árbol" in two different styles, typical accordion-driven norteña style and then in the banda sinaloense style. Then a country tune sung in German, just for kicks, "Der Wilde Wilde Western."

Tune in next week for more fun. Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (ET) on WWCU-FM. So much fun I'm surprised it's still legal.


1. Miles Davis – Will You Still be Mine?
2. Earl Hines & Johnny Hodges – Rosetta
3. Yusef Lateef – Summer Song
4. Louis Jordan – Pettin’ and Pokin’
5. Benny Moten – Kater
6. Was (Not Was) w/ Mel Tormé – Zaz Turned Blue
7. Thelonious Monk – Nort of the Sunset
8. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band – Nutbush City Limits
9. John Coltrane – Satellite
10. Tim Wilson – Help Me Find Jimmy Hoffa
11. Bossa & Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
12. Al Green – Look What You Done for Me
13. Little Dragon – Twice
14. Ornette Coleman – Feet Music
15. K.C. & the Sunshine Band – Boogie Shoes
16. Elvin Jones – Harmonique
17. The Crusaders – Tough Talk
18. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Kimble
19. Céu – Concrete Jungle
20. Ray Charles – It Makes no Difference Now
21. Nancy Wilson – (You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am
22. Los Tucanes de Tijuana – El árbol
23. Los Tucanes de Tijuana – El árbol (versión sinaloense)
24. King of the Road – Der Wilde Wilde Western
25. Fred Frith – Life at the Top
26. Keb Mo – (What’s So Funny About) Peace, Love, and Understanding
27. Sonny Rollins – Every Time We Say Goodbye
28. John Hartford – Where the Old Red River Flows
29. Steve Earle – Rich Man’s War
30. JD Allen- East Boogie (Kolby’s Theme)
31. Miles Davis – One and One

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Ramones

That's a cool pic of the Ramones.
You're a pretty squirrelly guy too.
Thanks for amusing us human beings, the chosen species, with your manic darting to and fro, and for keeping this show going for so long!

Re: Ramones

My Sunday morning time slot is not highly coveted by my college-aged colleagues. They're sleeping off their hangovers. Thanks for listening. And I'm little-by-little checking out The Blisters.
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