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Mar. 31st, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - March 31, 2019

The listeners of Catamount Community Radio may get a little unruly Saturday nights and then, bleary-eyed on Sunday morn,’ tune their radios to 90.5. But the truth is they’re paragons of virtue. They’re compassionate, they don’t toss their trash out the window while driving, they don’t sit in their cars staring at their phones with the windows rolled up and the engine idling on Spring days when the sun is shining and the temperature is 71 degrees F. And when they pour their significant others a cup of joe, they never lace it with arsenic. We gentle souls meet at 90.5 on the FM dial Sunday morning 10-12 in the greater Cullowhee metropolitan area, and the show streams, from Guam to Vietnam, from Oaxaca to Osaka, at wwcufm.com. I’m bringing the cover contest back, so fish your thinking cap out the dirty laundry bin, and wrestle those boogie slippers away from Fido.

1. Gillham Park Orchtet – Pharmacies of Tamaulipas
2. Bob Marley – Lively Up Yourself
3. Talking Heads – Crosseyed and Painless
4. Ray Baretto – Babalú
5. Coleman Hawkins – The Sheik of Araby
6. Colin Hay – Overkill
7. Art Tatum – The Sheik of Araby
8. Gang Starr – Jazz Thing
9. Freddie Hubbard – Full Moon and Empty Arms
10. KC & the Sunshine Band – Boogie Shoes
11. Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery – King of the Road
12. Charles Wright – Express Yourself
13. Terence Blanchard – Dizzy’s Dashiki
14. Gale Garnett – We’ll Sing in the Sunshine
15. Michael Lowenstern – No. 10
16. The Clinton Administration – Bop Gun
17. Jossie Esteban – Pegando pecho
18. Randy Newman – Losing You
19. Oscar Peterson – The Sheik of Araby
20. Jimmy Smith – Ode to Billy Joe
21. Vijay Raghan Rao – Lilt on Sitar
22. Tyrone Davis – Can I Change my Mind?
23. Suzanne Vega – Luka
24. The Isley Brothers – Fight the Power
25. Julian Lage – Love Hurts
26. Stacey Kent – Ces petits riens
27. Fats Waller – The Sheik of Araby
28. Unknown Hinson – Closer to the Light
29. Orinn Evans – Rockin’ Chair

Jim Dandy wins the cover contest this week with Donna/Jeff in second and Mary Ellen in third.

1. A self-cover. Who is singing and who is he "covering"?
a) Colin Hay
b) Men at Work

2. What's the tune, whose is it, and give me some lyrics.
a) King of the Road
b) Roger Miller
c) for example: "Trailer for sale or rent, rooms to let, fifty cents/ No phone, no pool, no pets / I ain't got no cigarettes / Ah, but, two hours of pushin' broom / Buys an eight by twelve four-bit room/ I'm a man of means by no means / king of the road."

3. What's the tune, and what's the name of the bridge?
a) "Ode to Billy Joe"
b) "Tallahatchie Bridge" (I accept "Tallahassee Bridge" - that's what it sounds like anyway)

4. What's the tune, whose tune is it, and who is covering?
a) Love Hurts
b) Nazareth
c) Julian Lage

Mar. 29th, 2019


Mark's Youtube Roundup

Oh shit. I haven't done this since forever.

Mar. 24th, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - March 24, 2019

My FB blurb from this morning:

"So, kids, don’t take dope, and don’t listen to rock. Read your Bible and you’ll be okay. No rock for me, thanks, because I like both kinds of music: country AND western. This morning on Catamount Community Radio, it’ll be just country & western. Or maybe, country & western and Afro-Cuban. Or maybe country & western, Afro-Cuban and jazz. Aw shucks, it looks like all hell is gonna break loose; it’ll be a freeform mélange of eclecticity. Sunday morning, 10-12 at 90.5 on your FM dial, and streaming on the interstate, from Bangladesh to Marrakesh, at wwcufm.com."

1. Gladys Knight – Come Sunday
2. Sly & the Family Stone – In Time
3. Clifford Jordan – Glass Bead Games
4. Nick Lowe – Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
5. Fats Waller – Spring Cleaning
6. Conjunto Arsenio Rodríguez – Monte adentro
7. Ray Barretto – Babalú
8. The Del McCoury Band – Amnesia
9. Charlie Parker – Chi-Chi
10. Conway Twitty – (Lost Her Love) on our Last Date
11. CCS – Whole Lotta Love
12. Billy Eckstine – Babalú
13. Cornell Campbell – Music, Keep on Playing
14. Fred Frith – Spring Any Day Now
15. Vibulator – Pocket Monster
16. Raymond Scott - - Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals
17. Carmen McRae – Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most
18. Big Daddy Kane – Young, Gifted and Black
19. Stan Getz – Chega de saudade
20. Mary J. Blige – Talk to Me
21. Bebo Valdés – Babalú
22. Craig Duncan – Wabash Cannonball
23. Branford Marsals – Mo’ Better Blues
24. Bob Dylan – Early Morning’ Rain
25. Clifford Brown – Joy Spring
26. Django Reinhardt - - I’ll See You in my Dreams
27. Jimmy Webb – Wichita Lineman
28. Duke Ellington – Caravan
29. The Gospel Harmonizers – Jesus on the Main Line

Mar. 17th, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - March 17, 2019

My FacePage blurb for today's show:

In Santiago, the stray dogs are so smart ... they never wander out into traffic. In fact, they sometimes go into the metro, slip under the turnstiles, head down to the platform, and ride the train a few stops before getting out and going back up to the street. They also know where to find a free wi-fi connection so they can tune their radios to wwcufm.com, which is not easy without opposable thumbs. Sunday mornings 10-12 at 90.5. Bringing the cover contest back today.

1. Dallas String Quartet – Bésame mucho
2. Jesús Vásquez – Todos vuelven
3. Vibulator – Pocket Monsters
4. Stan Getz & Oscar Peterson – Three Little Words
5. The Techniques – Drink More Wine
6. Kamasi Washington – Ooh Baby
7. Frank Sinatra – It’s Nice to go Trav’ling
8. Sahib Shihab – End of a Love Affair
9. Raymond Scott – The Penguin
10. Jorge Drexler – Soledad
11. Keeling Beckford – Groove Me
12. Yusef Lateef – You’ve Changed
13. The Drifters – On the Street Where You Live
14. Marcus Miller – Boogie On, Reggae Woman
15. Stacey Kent – This Can’t Be Love
16. Melissa Aldana - My Ship
17. James Brown – Talk to Me
18. Joni Mitchell – Talk to Me
19. Al Green – Talk to Me
20. Jimi Hendrix – Highway Chile
21. Deepack Ram – Kalbaderi Road
22. Glen Campbell – If You Could Read my Mind
23. Youssou N’Dour – Tourista
24. Julieta Venegas – Pa’ bailar
25. Andy Kirk / Mary Lou Williams – Moten Swing
26. Johnny Hodges – On the Sunny Side of the Street
27. Taj Mahal – Six Days on the Road
28. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Alfie
29. Josexto Goia-Aribe – La luna y el toro
30. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Lively Up Yourself
31. David Sánchez – Ven esta canoa

Donna wins the cover contest with Dandy, NY Jim, and Mary Ellen tying for second.

1. Kamasi Washington plays "Ooh, Child." Whose tune? - The Five Stairsteps'

2. Keeling Beckford does "Groove Me." Whose tune? - King Floyd's

3. "If you could Read my Mind"

a. Who wrote it? - Gordon Lightfoot
b. Who is covering it? - Glen Campbell

4. "Six Days on the Road"

a. Definitive version by Dave Dudley
b. Covered by Taj Mahal

Mar. 3rd, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - March 3, 2019

1. Oscar Peterson – I Loves You, Porgy
2. Big Yellow Taxi – Sing a Song Like Joni Mitchell
3. Aki Takase – Fleurette Africaine
4. Diana Krall – Glad Rag Doll
5. Jungle Brothers – Feelin’ Alright
6. Hampton Hawes – Feelin’ Fine
7. Gregory Isaacs – Warriors
8. Iggy & the Stooges – Raw Power
9. Julian Lage – Love Hurts
10. Daktaris – Upside Down
11. Commander Cody – I Took Three Bennies (& my Semi Truck Won’t Start)
12. Junior Brown – Semi Crazy
13. Adriano Celentano – Buonasera signorina
14. Adriano Celentano – Nata per me
15. Chet Atkins – Twiddle Dee
16. Anita O’Day – Old Devil Moon
17. Los Super Seven – I Heard it on the X
18. Otto Serge & Rafael Ricardo – Señora
19. The Roots – What They Do
20. Roy Harrove – Kamala’s Dance
21. I Ribelli – Prisencolinsinainaincisol
22. Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys – My Window Faces the South
23. Sir Douglas Quintet – Song of Everything
24. Beatles – Glass Onion
25. Matt Wilson – We Must Be Polite
26. Tommy McCook – Reggae Merengue
27. Fred Hersch & Julian Lage – Monk’s Dream
28. Dave Dudley – Six Days on the Road
29. Bill Charlap – Cool
30. Yusef Lateef – The Three Faces of Balal
31. Brian Wilson – Love and Mercy
32. Matt Wilson – 25 Years of Rutabaga

Jim Dandy listening to the show as he clears his drive of snow

Feb. 24th, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - February 24, 2019

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday. Not sure where to rank Sunday in the worst/best days of the week. On the one hand, it's radio day, and then relative freedom after that ... On the other hand, there's the dread of Monday kinda lingering. And gloomy Monday is not merely a cliché; it's the busiest day of the week, with all kinds of responsibilities piled on top of each other.

In other news, X.Ray is still dead.

Brought the Cover Contest back today.

1. Two versions of the tune, one by a band called "Lettuce," the other by Sly Dunbar. What's the title and who is it by?

a) Slippin' into Darkness
b) War

2. Marcus Miller plays a tune called "Free." Whose tune is it? - Deniece Williams's

3. Marcus Miller plays a tune. What's the title, and who is it by?

a) Frankenstein
b) Edgar Winter

4. Charlie Hunter plays a tune. Title and original artist?

a) Come as You Are
b) Nirvana

It looks like Donna/Jeff edge Jim Dandy. Mary Ellen LOSES!

1. Sir Roland Hanna – Come Sunday
2. Merle Haggard – Stop the World & Let Me Get Off
3. Anita O’Day – What a Little Moonlight Can Do
4. Sun Ra – State Street
5. John Mayer – Who Says
6. Ken Nordine – You’re Getting Better
7. Lettuce – Slippin’ into Darkness
8. Sly Dunbar – Slippin into Darkness
9. Nick Lowe – Sensitive Man
10. Steven Bernstein – Hit the Road
11. Ray Charles – Carryin’ that Load
12. K.C. & the Sunshine Band – Boogie Shoes
13. Marcus Miller – Free
14. 3 Cohens – Just Squeeze Me
15. Ornette Coleman – Law Years
16. Jill Sobule – League of Failures
17. Moondog – Be a Hobo
18. Moondog – All is Lonliness
19. Omer Avital – Arrival
20. The Doors – Moonlight Drive
21. Duke Ellington – Moonglow
22. Marcus Miller – Frankenstein
23. Ella Fitzgerald – It’s Only a Paper Moon
24. Bob Dylan – Fu;l Moon & Open Arms
25. Les Dum’s – La danse des grandes singes nus
26. Gladys Knoght – Best Thing that ever Happened
27. Charlie Hunter – Come as You Are
28. Leila Pinheiro – Caminhos cruzados
29. Duke Ellington - Melancholia


Feb. 23rd, 2019


Shit X.Ray Burns has said

In lieu of finishing up the previous entry, I'm just gonna hit you with some X.Ray Burns quotations. I've copied these down over the last couple of years while listening to the show.


“I could have had it all, Jones.”

"Can we make out later? ... After I'm finished with this glazed doughnut?"

"The men's room floor art ... You have to bend over until the light is just right, and you'll see what I'm talking about."

“I’m not afraid of terrorists, but I am afraid of spacemen.”

"I love a diablo sandwich, and I don't even know what it is."

JONES: What's it like to be happy?
X.RAY: It's fleeting, Jones.

"I haven't had many good brushes with death."

"Painkillers are actually not so much fun when you use them for pain."

"I'm looking at this girl, who I would like to have as my own, but she's got Billy Joel all over her ... Cigarette breath, bourbon."

"I've got you under my sink."

X.Ray as a cop: "I'd tase you for being a jerk off."

JONES: Did you ever have an imaginary friend?
X.RAY: No. I would rather have an imaginary enemy. Gives me something to focus on.

"My next investment is a pressure cooker ... you can cook a chicken in eight minutes. If you don't like it, you can always turn it into a bomb."

"Ain't nothing easy about listening to REO Speedwagon."

"I don't mind a good cliché, just not 40 times a minute."

"I'm not eatin' Cap'n Crunch with those freakin' Crunch Berries."

"I'm an old, burned-out husk of what I once was."

"You got a bald spot? Get a spray can full of hair."

JONES: How do you judge a man's life?
X.RAY: By the stains he left on his chair.

"I knew Bill Kelly was here because I opened the door and I heard a sound like rustling leaves."

"Guys like you and me, we're not fit to reproduce."

JONES: My dad saw Little Richard in a truck stop.
X.RAY: In the men's room or performing?

JONES: I was looking for the Skynyrd documentary.
X.RAY: What's that Called, "Most of Us are Dead"?

"At this point I'm kind of relishing the rapid acceleration towards death. But when you're young and ya gotta lot of humpin' and drinkin' and stuff to do, you want things to last longer."

"What do you keep [in your locker], soiled laundry and broken dreams?"

"You can feel your pancreas shutting down ... but other than that, they're delicious."

“Alexa, send Jonesy money for heroin.”

JONES: [on shortwave] You would have no listeners.
X.RAY: People listen to this.

"... next thing you know, I'm in bed with the cable guy, watching ESPN."

"I was trippin' balls in Reykjavik ... and I met Walter Mondale.

"You should probably go and see the authorities if your parents are in the IBJ."

"...Shaving Ryan's privates."

"... Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins."

"The best thing about the Passaic fish is that they start to cook as soon as they hit the air."

"I'm the dark cloud. OK, sunshine?"

"It tastes like a big sugary pizza donut."

"I live well, with the exception of my health."

"Several people have come down to kill me over the years, but I won them over with my charisma and my charm."

Feb. 17th, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - February 17, 2019

Today was my tribute to X.Ray Burns, who died last Sunday, in true show-business style during his show (even though he wasn't there). I have a lot to say; and I'm going to say it I hope, just not today. I've already spent five hours with dead X.Ray today, and that's enough. So maybe Tuesday or Thursday (my light work days), I'll finish the entry. the playlist is complete, but songs 16 - 21 are likely in the wrong order, since I was too busy thinking about what to say to keep my playlist current.

1. Scottish Octopus – Joining Heaven and Earth
2. John Gorka – I’m from New Jersey
3. The Seatbelts – Digging my Potato
4. Bruce Springsteen – 4th of July, Asbury Park
5. Led Zeppelin – Black Dog
6. Frank Sinatra – Cylces
7. Bob Seger – Beautiful Loser
8. Tom Waits – Jersey Girl
9. Marc Ribot – It Could Have Been Very Very Beautiful
10. David Bowie – Slip Away
11. Pearl Bailey – I’m Lazy, That’s All
12. Billie Holliday – Gloomy Sunday
13. ZZ Top – Heard it on the X
14. Frank Sinatra – That’s Life
15. John Pizarelli – I Like Jersey Best
16. Tom Petty – Alright Now
17. Led Zeppelin – Communication Breakdown
18. Marc Ribot – St. James Infirmary
19. Frank Sinatra & Pearl Bailey -A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing
20. Bruce Springsteen – The Wrestler
21. Frank Sinatra – Don’t Sleep on the Subway
22. Oscar Peterson – I Loves You, Porgy
23. Billie Holliday – I’ll Be Seeing You

Feb. 10th, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - February 10, 2019

So, I'm sitting here listening to Glen Jones on WFMU, as I do every Sunday between noon and three, and that's not a tear in my eye, just some dust or something. Glen is making public the news that X.Ray has advanced lung cancer. I knew already, because of social media, but listening to Glen reminisce about their friendship over the years is pretty poignant.

A couple themes today, the first one coffee. There was this Seatbelts tune that I lost when I got my computer "refreshed" (IT lingo for "replaced"). Found it anew yesterday.

- Would you like to have some coffee with me some time?
- NO.
- C'mon, just some tea or something?
- NO.

Then, Lefty Frizzell, with "Cigarettes and Coffee Blues" and then Sarah Vaughan with "Black Coffee." Jim Dandy says the tunes reminded him of days in a cafe in Mancelona, him probably with a pop and some french fries, and his mom drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.

Joni Mitchell was the other theme of the day. Sent "Urge for Going" out to Donna, then a bunch of covers and other nonsense.

Played a Thai tune from probably the seventies that my brother hooked me up with some years on one of the many eclectic CDs he burned for me. I imagine it was about the joys of romantic love, and also about the pain it causes.

1. Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran – Pretty Girl
2. Dorothy Love – Ninety-nine and a Half
3. Ray Chalres – instrumental
4. Seatbelts – Black Coffee
5. Lefty Frizzell- Cigarettes and Coffee Blues
6. Sarah Vaughan – Black Coffee
7. Joni Mitchell – Urge for Going
8. RDM w/ Aquila Rose – Big Yellow Taxi
9. Prince – A Case of You
10. Mark Witfield, Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton - Chameleon
11. David Bowie – Word on a Wing
12. Bar-Kays - Knucklehead
13. Sly & Robbie – Big Yellow Taxi
14. Vulfpeck – Newsbeat
15. Henri Guedon – Bilongo
16. Gregory Isaacs Remixed – Nine to Five
17. Christian Scott – Rewind That
18. The Pretenders – My City Was Gone
19. Cannonball Adderley & Bill Evans – Nancy with the Laughing Face
20. Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi (Radio Edit)
21. Dave Douglas – Mr. Pitiful
22. Tina Turner & Herbie Hancock – Edith and the Kingpin
23. Bill Charlap – Big Stuff
24. Ream Daranoi – Fai Yen
25. Glen Campnell – Ghost on the Canvas
26. Eric Dolphy – Come Sunday

Feb. 3rd, 2019


Catamount Community Radio - February 3, 2019

I'm lazy ... that's a well established fact, but I do like to do things. I just want to choose myself what I'm going to do. Yesterday, instead of doing my necessary work, I spent my afternoon preparing for this radio show, digging through the piles and piles of CDs I have in my office in search of forgotten gems ... and Eureka! I found quite a few.

Here's a memory. I went to a conference in Philadelphia but stayed with some friends before and afterwards in New York. I remember drinking this big imported beer on the train and reading a book about Sly and the Family Stone's "There's a Riot Going On" album. I can still remember the quality of the sunlight on the other side of the window that late December day.

If I were a good sax player, I would play like David Murray, with that inside / outside style and robust tone.

The first time I ever went to NYC was with a bunch of my college buddies back in the early eighties. One day we were in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, swimming in the ocean, trying to avoid the floating sewage, watching the planes overhead on their to LaGuardia; you could see the statue of Liberty, dwarfed by the Twin Towers. I made the mistake of bringing a boom box. I was playing a cassette of Jr. Walker and the All Stars. These Jersey cats gave me a look like they were going to kill me. I turned that shit off quick, fast, and in a hurry. But anyway, we heard today a tribute to Jr. Walker by Don Byron.

Catamount Community Radio is not just free form, it is "Stone Free" form. One of my favorite Hendrix tunes; we listened to an alternate take.

Pérez Prado (as English speakers refer to him, as if his first name were "Pérez") was influenced by Igor Stravinsky in the arrangement of his horns .... Mambo, y'all!

"Deep Purple," the jazz standard, not the rock band.

"Down with Love":

Down with love
With flowers and rice and shoes
Down with love
The root of all midnight blues
Down with things
That give you that well-known pain
Take that moon
Wrap it in cellophane

A little Alexander Scriabin.

All that and more .... Catamount Community Radio, heard at 90.5 in Cullowhee, and from Pakistan to Michiganistan at wwcufm.com.

David Murray

1. Duke Ellington – Just a-Stttin’ and a-Rockin’
2. Bunny Wailer – Dream Land
3. Sly and the Family Stone – Family Affair
4. David Murray – Dedication
5. Nickel Creek – Tomorrow is a Long Time
6. Don Byas – My Melancholy Baby
7. Don Byron – Hewbie Steps Out
8. Jimi Hendrix – Stone Free
9. Glenn Gould – Bach: Goldberg Variations, BMV 988 – var. 15
10. Sarah Jarosz – Ring Them Bells
11. Dámaso Pérez Prado – Alekum Salem
12. Kathryn Williams – Birds
13. David Murray – Let’s Cool One
14. Harry Nilsson – Turn on your Radio
15. Duke Ellington – The Intimacy of the Blues
16. Jorge Drexler – Una canción me trajo hasta aquí
17. Duke Ellington – Day Dream
18. James Hunter – People Gonna Talk
19. John Amutabi – Angelike Twist
20. John Zorn – Haiti
21. Don Byas – Deep Purple
22. The Ramones- Makin’ Monsters for my Friends
23. Vladimir Horowitz -Scriabin: 2 Preludes, Op 67, No. 1
24. Prince – Funknroll
25. Kenny Burrell – My Heart Stood Still
26. David Allyn – Down with Love
27. Hank Jones – I Mean You
28. Pearl Bailey – I Ain’t Talkin,’ Though its all over Town
29. Esbjörn Svensson – 4 a.m.

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