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Catamount Community Radio - March 1, 2015

I don't watch a lot of movies; I really don't know why. I guess I'm just afraid of commitment, afraid of committing myself to sitting still for two and half hours. But I did sit through one the other night and it was excellent: Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel. It's a sort of double flashback, a flashback inside of a flashback. It's a comedy, but not an example of realism. There is quite a bit of non-versimile nonsense, but it doesn't fall into the traps that other non-realistic movies do (I'm looking at you, Pan's Labyrinth). One of my favorite things was the way that Ralph Fiennes' character, Monsieur Gustave, would combine this affected diction with straightforward, obscenity-laced talk. Highly recommended, if you have yet to see it. Worth sitting a couple of hours for.

Today was more a day for music than for lyrics, but Bob Dylan did drop some nice ones on us:

Gonna take dancing lessons, do the jitterbug rag
Ain't no shortcuts, gonna dress in drag
Only a fool in here would think he's got anything to prove


Feel like fallin' in love with the first woman I meet
Puttin' her in a wheelbarrow and wheelin' her down the street

Jelly Roll Morton explained Luis Russell and New Orleans riffs to us. "Call of the Freaks."

"[Luis Russell] invaded New York with this thing and happened to get a job after King Oliver had failed with these great musicians. He wrote this number as a kind of theme ... No, Luis Russell is not a sissy... He wrote this number and called it 'Call of the Freaks.' There were so many freaks in the city of New York. They were so bold, they would do anything for a dollar and a half. When he start to playin' this thing, why they would start walking ... and throw their hands way up high in the air, and keep astride with the music and walkin' and of course they used to have a verse in there that went like this:

Stick out your can
Here come the garbage man."

Jim Dandy and Nico/Gaby tie for the win in the cover contest this week, with Mary Ellen one point behind.

1. What's the name of the tune that Akiko Tsuruga is playing, and who had a hit with it back in the day? - "I won't Last a Day without You" / The Carpenters.

2. Two Tons of Steel did a countrified version of a tune ... whose? - "I Wanna be Sedated" by the Ramones.

3. We heard a version of "Crossroads." A three- part question:

a) who is covering - John Mayer
b) who wrote the tune? - Robert Johnson
c) who has famously covered it? - Cream

4. We heard Joshua Redman cover a tune. What's the title and whose tune is it? - "The Crunge," by Led Zeppelin. Where is that confounded bridge, anyway. Mary Ellen, had you gotten the title, you would have tied for the win! Although since you are gonna score me some dry sherry, I'll make you an honorary winner.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 on WWCU-FM. Fall back next week an hour, so I may sleep in a little bit. See you then!

1. Yusef Lateef – Plum Blossom
2. Bill Charlap – Lucky to be Me
3. Bob Dylan – Things Have Changed
4. Johnny Griffin – The Londonderry Air
5. Neil Young – A Letter Home Intro
6. Dave Holland – The Empty Chair
7. Akiko Tsuruga – I Won’t Last a Day Without You
8. Nick Lowe – Freezing
9. Jeff “Tain” Watts – Katrina James
10. Two Tons of Steel – I Wanna be Sedated
11. Nick Drake – Radio
12. Prince – Lady Cab Driver
13. George Cables – Tasshi’s Night Out
14. Jelly Roll Morton – Luis Russell and New Orleans Riffs
15. Luis Russell – The Call of the Freaks
16. Jelly Roll Morton – Freakish
17. Wallace Stevens – So & So Recling on her Couch
18. Henry Threadgill – Chairmaster
19. John Mayer – Crossroads
20. Hank Jones – Lonely Woman
21. Señor Coconut Yellow Magic (Tong Poo)
22. Dr. Octagon – Got Any Kids?
23. Los Amigos – Gandinga, Sandunga y Mondongo
24. Joshua Redman – The Crunge
25. Allison Krauss & James Taylor – How’s the World Treating You?
26. Herbie Hancock & John Mayer – Stitched Up
27. Unknown Hinson – Love on Command (intro)
28. Was (Not Was) – Semi-Interesting Week

Luis Russell


If I was a Carpenter

I wouldn't be kickity-kick-kick-kicking myself for missing that one.
Yikes. Great show, Frodo.

April 2019



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