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Catamount Community Radio - August 2, 2015

I'm hoping that this may have been my last show of the summer that didn't stream on the internet. But that is beyond my control. I'm lying in bed last night wondering, who really listens to the radio on the radio these days. I suppose that while driving in the car, one might tune in. But do people still have functional radios in their houses much anymore? Plus, since we're in the mountains, reception varies so much from place to place.

So I do something that I think is good, like my calypso set, or my thoughts about Rastafarianism, and I can't help but wonder how many people were listening. I'm thinking about doing a "music of the Caribbean" show, jumping from island to island and highlighting the major genres and styles on each one.

So I played two calypso numbers, and commented on the similarities between calypso and classic hip hop: the necessity of being able to extemporize, the social contexts of the songs (calypso songs are not baby-I-love-you songs but rather social commentary songs). Stay tuned.

We moved up to Jamaica; heard one from Burning Spear and one from Bob Marley. Marley sings, "Babylon system is a vampire / sucking the blood of the sufferers." I commented on the Rastafarian idea of Babylon: the system of imperialism, exploitative capitalism, and the institutions - religion, media, education - that support it. If you study it (and I haven't much), you'll realize that Rastafarianism is much more than the deification of Haile Selassie and the smoking of ganja.

We heard three from Ben Allison, in honor of my pal Tyler's "Nuclear Tiger Project," a three-and-out series of shows featuring the music of Ben Allison.

Here's part of my FB blurb for the show:

"Catamount Community Radio, more fun than two cats, one dog, a chameleon, two starfish and one of those figures from antiquity, human on top and hoofed below .... It's August, and we're starting to think about fall classes, and it's getting darker just a little bit earlier, and just a little cooler at night ... But there is still a good bit of summer left, so we're going to wring it out and get some on us."

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings from 10-12 (East Coast) on WWCU. I hope to be streaming on the interwebs next Sunday. But I'll be there either way. I've got things up my sleeve that I'm saving, but I've got a whole musical cornucopia streaming or not.


1. Dizzy Gillespie – Coney Island
2. Abdullah Ibrahim – Blue Bolero
3. John Scofield – Checkered Past
4. Sketch Show – Theme from a Summer Place
5. Ben Allison – Goin’ Back
6. Ban Allison – Man Size Safe
7. Benny Green – Magic Beans
8. Billy Preston – Nothing from Nothing
9. Lenny Kravitz – It Ain’t Over til it’s Over
10. Joshua Redman – You’ve Got a Friend in Me
11. Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster – It Never Entered my Mind
12. Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On
13. John Patatucci, Roy Haynes, Danilo Pérez – Dear Old Stockholm
14. Lee Konitz – Indian Summer
15. Rolando Aguilo – Mambología
16. The Mighty Terror – TV Calypso
17. Lord Iere & Neville Marcado – War
18. Burning Spear – Jordan River
19. Bob Marley – Babylon System
20. Omer Avital – Hafla
21. Ben Allison – Realization
22. Hank Mobley – Remember
23. Duke Ellington – Reflections in D
24. Brian Wilson – Love and Mercy
25. Abdullah Ibrahim – African Marketplace

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