Monday, September 28, 2009

My KMHD Playlist from Saturday 9-26-09

Wish I could reverse the order but, you know, I'm busy.


10:54Summer Pudding / Skerik's Syncopated Taint (Husky)

10:51Land Trust Picnic / Mylab (Mylab)

10:46Naluch / Jim Black (Houseplant)

10:41Meet the Zony Mash / Zony Mash (Brand Spankin' New)

10:34Ah Ndiya / Bela Fleck (Throw Down Your Heart)

10:26Loss Is Freedom / Gordon Lee (Rough Jazz at Jimmy Mak's)

10:16Shorty's Back Again / Edie Harris & Les McCann (Second Movement)

10:06Stardust On Your Sleeve / John McLaughlin (Belo Horizonte)

10:01Sunday Morning / Charles Lloyd Quartet (Keith Jarrrett tune) (Love-In)


11:57National Brotherhood Week / Tom Lehrer (That Was the Year that Was)

11:51Running For the Office of Love / Conjure (Cab Calloway Stands In for the Moon)

11:44To Lady Mac: In Retrospect / Michael Gibbs: Chrome Waterfall Orchestra (The Only Chrome Waterfall Orchesra)
1:41Infinite Gentleness / Don Cherry & the Jazz Composers Orchestra (Relativity Suite)
11:35Pick Up My Life / David Ornette Cherry (Organic Journey)

11:29Bliss / Darryl haprer (Stories In Real Time)

11:26Groooving Out! / Jan Garbarek (Dresden)

11:16Walk In the Night / Grant Green (Live)

11:10Blues In the Closet / Gliuffre/Konitz/Connors/Bley (IAI Festival)

11:05Blues On Belle Isle / Gerald Wilson Orchestra (Detroit)


12:59Drunk Again / Champion Jack DuPree (Red Robin Presents)

12:54When the Saints Go Marching In / Tuts Washington (New Orleans Deep Roots)

12:49Say Na Hey / Leo Nocentelli (single)

12:43Ain't Got No Home / Yockamo All-Stars (Rampart Street Rhumba)

12:40Everybody Wanna Get Rich Rite Away / Dr. John (Desitvely Bonnaroo)

12:39Message from the Meters / Meters (Greatest Hits)

12:36It Aint My Fault / Smokey Jackson (New Orleans Deep Roots)

12:29Love Doctor / Millie Jackson (DISCO PAR-R-RTY)

12:24Give Up the Funk: (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker) / Parliament (Greatest Hits)

12:19Doing It To Death / James Brown (LIve in Zaire 1974)

12:13Sissy Walk / Eddie Bo (New Orleans Deep Roots)

12:10The International Male / Int'l Male (Anthems of Potency)

12:09Saturday Night / Roy Brown (Complete Imperial Recordings)

12:03The Piano Has Been Drinking / Tom Waits (Small Change)

1:28Right Off / Miles Davis (Tribute to Jack Johnson)

1:19What'd I Say / Ray Charles (Complete)

1:13I Got My Mojo Workin' 1 & 2 / Muddy Waters (At Newport)

1:08Let's Make It Baby / John Lee Hooker (American Folk Blues Festival)

1:06Every Time I Get To Drinkin' / Sumlin/Dixon/Sunnyland Slim (Blues Anytime!)

1:02Good Jax Boogie / Dave Bartholomew (New Orleans Deep Roots)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

My KMHD Playlist from Saturday Night 9-19-09

10PM Hour
Wolverine Blues / Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Jelly)

Tempus Fugit / Bud Powell (The Genius of Bud Powell)

Over the Rainbow / Rich Halley (Objects)

Larry's Boogie / Larry Coryell (The Lion and the Ram)

In the Place of Calling / Friesen, et al (Voices)

Rondo Amoroso / Jan Garbarek (Dresden)

Cousin Mary / Leon Thomas (Gold sunrise on Magic Mountain)

Where Flamingos Fly / Gil Evans Orchestra (Out of the Cool)

The Cutting Edge / Sonny Rollins (The Cutting Edge)

11pm Hour

Transport Glamour / Kelly Shannon & John Stowell (unreleased)

Grand Max / Charles Tolliver (Impact)

Green and Pale / Ramsey Embick (Extended Shel Life)

Mad Love / Sertab Erener & Demit Demerkin (Painted on Water)

Malinyea / David Ornette Cherry (unreleased)

Queen of the Night / Flora Purim (Queen of the Night)

Dado / Nana Vasconcelos (Saudades)

Drethoven / Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (One Day In Broklyn)

Sicilian Clan / John Zorn (Naked City)

MTV / Sam Howard (Out Tonight)


Skinny Legs and All / Joe Tex (Greatest Hits)

Get Ready/Call Me / Temptations/Blondie (Another Motown Remix Project)

Supersitious / Stevie Wonder (Talking Book)

I Got Soul, I'm So Wasted / Wallpaper (Doo Doo Face)

Jungle Love / The Time (Ice Cream Castle)

Tell Me Something Good / Rufus (Rags to Rufus)

LIttle Queenie / Chuck Berry (The Great 28)

Soul Train / Snooks Eaglin (Teasin' You)

Hot and Heavy / Earl Hooker (Don't Mess with the Blues)

Shake It Baby / John Lee Hooker (American Folk Blues Festival)

The House of Blue Lights / Chuck Berry (Blues)

Saturday Night / Roy Brown (Complete Imperial Recordings)

The Piano Has Been Drinking / Tom Waits (Small Change)

Hotplate Heaven at the Green Hotel / Persuasions (The Persuasions Sing Zappa)

Hotplate Heaven at the Green Hotel / Persuasions (The Persuasions Sing Zappa)

Goodnight Moon / Vagbond Opera (The Zeitgeist Beckons)

Twenty Slivers (Remix) / Stephanie Schneiderman (Dangerous Fruit)

America / Auditory Sculpture (unreleased)

My Melody / Chirgilchin (Chirgilchin)

Afrique Du Sud / Jali Musa Jawara (Soubindoor)

Just Kissed My Baby / John Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen (John Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen)

Nutbush City Limits / Ike & Tina Turner (Top 70's Party)

You Be Illin / Run DMC (12" single)

Potential / Jimmy Castor Bunch (Butt of Course)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My KMHD Playlist from Last Saturday Night

Still back to front:

That's Chicken or Beef / Reptet (Chicken or Beef)

All the Way / Chris Mosely (Semi-Somnus)

Country Girl / Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (One Day In Brooklyn)

Song of Eve / Kelly Shannon w/ John Stowell (unreleased)

Having the Blues Is Not So Bad / David Ornette Cherry (Organic Journey)

There Were Swallows / Jan Garbarek Group (Dresden)

Hattie / Andrew Hill / Nefertiti vinyl)

Just Us Blues / Elvin Jones Jimmy Garrison Sextet (Illuminations vinyl)

Reminder / Billy Hart (Rah vinyl)

Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting / Charles Mingus (Passions of a Man vinyl)


Julie Christie / Lorraine Brown (Far Out)

Twice / Margaret Slovak Quartet (For the Moment)

Egyptian Fantasy / Allen Toussaint (Bright Mississippi)

Kaira / Toumani Diabate (Music Meeting Festival Highlights 2009)

Useless Landscape / Nancy King & Glen Moore (Impending Bloom)

Useless Landscape / Nancy King & Glen Moore (Impending Bloom)

Johnny Hornet / Slow Poke (Redemtion)

Wonton / Mediski, Martin & Wood (Radiolarians III)

You Gotta Give Me Some / Loose Marbles (Recession Session)

Wait Till You See Her / John Abercrombie (Wait Till You See Her)

August Day Song / Bebel Gilberto (Tanto Tempo)


Trick Bag / Meters (Funkify Your LIfe)

Hang Tough / Crescent City Gold (The Ultimate Session)

Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) / Sly & the Family Stone (Greatest Hits)

Ain't Nuttin' Nice / John Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen (Pin Your Spin)

Walk on Gilded Splinters / Dr. John (Gris Gris)

Let It Rock / Chuck Berry (The Great 28)

The Red Rooster / Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley (The Super Blues Band)

Saturday Night Daddy / Little Esther (Sleazy R&B)

Fare Thee Well, Deacon Jones / Bullmoose Jackson & His Buffalo Bearcats (Big Fat Mamas Are Back in Style)

She Ain't So Such-a-Much / Cousin Joe (New Orleans Piano Blues)

Saturday Night Function / Roy Brown (Complete Imperial Recordings)

The Piano Has Been Drinking / Tom Waits (Loose Change)

Fuga Y Misterio / ? (Tango Chill Out)

Alone With the Moon / Tiger Lillies (The Brothel To the Cemetery)

Boulevard of Broken Dreams / Marianne Faithfull (20th Century Blues)

have you met miss jones / lennie niehaus (the octet)

unknown / Auditory Sculpture (unreleased)

I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself / Isaac Hayes & Dionne Warwick (A Man and a Woman Together)

Embrace Me / LIv Warfield (Embrace Me)

Smooth Operator / Sade (Diamond Life)

Outta Space / Billy Preston (Instrumental HIts)

Soul Finger / Bar-Kays (Instrumental Hits)

Think / James Brown (Think)

Siucker MC's (Krush Groove) / Run DMC (12" single)

Slippin' / Rubberneck (El Nino)

Slippery When Wet / Commodores (Soul Legends)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Last Night's KMHD Playlist

I sat in last night on Soul Station


Be Thankful For What You Got / William DeVaughn (Be Thankful For What You Got)
How Long Do I Have To Wait for You / Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings (Ticklah remix) (Daptone Records Remixed)
Jet Set / Dr. John (12" single)
If You Want Me To Stay / Linda Hornbuckle & Janice Scroggins (Sista)
The Third Rail / Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet (Husky)
Drum Suite / Thara Memory (Chronicle)
Funky Runthrough Pt. ! &2 / The Poets of Rhythm (Practice What You Preach)
Brother Man / Liv Warfield (Embrace Me)


This is My Country / Curtis Mayfield (Best of)
Living Just a Little, Laughing Just a Little / The Spinners (New and Improved)
The Hen / Leslie Overdrive (With the Hammond, In the Beauty)
Scrape / Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk (Live at Jazzfest 2005)
The Dealer, The Peeler and the Stealer / Andre Williams (The Black Godfather)
Hard Times / David "Fathead" Newman (Back In My Disc Jockey Days)
Mojuba / Melvin Gibbs Elevated Entity (Ancients Speak)
Anthony Hamilton / They Don't Know (Southern Comfort)
Brooklyn Works Suite / Lester Bowie's New York Organ Ensemble (The Organizer)
Action Jackson / Liquid Soul (Evolution)
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) / Angelique Kijdo (Keep On Moving Best of)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

My KMHD Playlists from Friday and Saturday Nights

For some reason, unknown to me, the new KMHD playlist begins at the end of the hour and ends at the beginning of the hour.

Here's what I played when I sat in Friday 6-10pm

6:49I Wanna Dance With You / Nathaniel Mayer (I Just Want to be Held)
6:46Tacks In My Shoes / Ike Turner (Blues Roots)
6:43At Least I'm Not With You / Insomniacs (3rd Annual Delata Groove All-Star Blues Revue Vol.1)
6:36I Made Up My Mind / Clifton Chenier (Live at Grant St.)
6:33Everyday I Have The Blues / BB King (Singing the Blues)
6:23The Red Rooster / Wolf/Muddy/Bo Diddley (The Super Blues Band)
6:19Get Tough / Terry Robb (Rose City Blues Festval The Album)
6:08Try Not to Kill Me / Paul deLay Band (Last of the Best)
6:06Shim Sham Shimmy / Champion Jack DuPree (Red Robin Presents)

7:48I Got the Blues / Albert King (New Orleans Heat)
7:43We Got It / Big Sam's Funky Nation (Peace, Love and Understanding)
7:38I Just Keep Lovin' Her / LIttle Walter (The Blues World of Little Walter)
7:34Ball of Confusion / Neville Brothers (Walkin' In the Shadow of Life)
7:30Cream Them Beans / `Cyril Neville (Brand New Blues)
7:27Danger Zone / Percy Mayfield (Walking On a Tighrope)
7:18Come to the River / Terry Evans (The River)
7:15I Knew Who Threw the Whiskey In the Well / Bull Moose Jackson & His Buffalo Bearcats (Fat Mamas Are Back In Style)
7:12Wiggles / Red Prysock & His House Rockers (Honkers & Screamers)
7:08Give Me Back My Wig / Hound Dog Taylor (Beware of the Dog)
7:02Out In the Woods / Buddy Guy (Skin Deep)

8:54Fannie Mae / Buster Brown (Best of)
8:49Dirty Dealin' Mama / Paul Oscher (The Deep Blues of)
8:46When Hearts Grow Cold / Candi Staton (His Hands)
8:38Super Hero / Jim Suher & Monkey Beat (Tijuana Bible)
8:34Black Water Side / Woodbrain (Swimming In Turpentine)
8:31Trashy Dog / A. King/Cropper/Staples (Jammed Together)
8:29We're Gonna Rock / Memphis Slim (American Folk Blues Festival)
8:27Gray's Boogie / Henry Gray (Swamp Blues)
8:20Jump and Shout / Ealine Harris (Sleazy Rhythm & Blues Vol.3)
8:16I Believe In You / Johnny Taylor (20 Greatest Hits)
8:14I Don't Want No Woman / Bobby Blue Bland (Two Steps from the Blues)
8:09Ball and Chain / Big Mama Thornton (Ball and Chain)
8:05St. Louis Blues / Linda Hornbuckle & Janice Scroggins (Sista)


9:57The Piano Has Been Drinking / Tom Waits (Small Change)
9:55St Louis Blues / Eartha Kitt & Shorty Rodgers (St. Louis Blues)
9:51Boogie Children / Snooks Eaglin (A Legacy of the Blues)
9:45Mardi Gras In New Orleans / Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Louisiana Spice)
9:40Pearl River / Mike Zito (Pearl River)
9:37Hen Layin' Rooster / Dr. John (Dis Dat or D'udda)
9:25Slow Blues Medley / King Louie & Baby James (Around the World)
9:18A Little Meat On the Side / Katie Webster (No Foolin')
9:12Back Door Man / Willie Dixon (I Am the Blues)
9:09I've Got a Toothache / Watermellon Slim (No Paid Holidays)
9:05Will There Be a Shopping Mall In Heaven / Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (Deep Fried & Sancified)
9:02Drunk Again / Champion Jack DuPree (Red Robin Presents)
9:00Pass the Biscuits / Andre Williams (singles Collection)

Here's the playlist from Saturday night.


10:52Drum Suite: Mr. Ahnoh / Thara Memory (Chronicle)
10:48Naima / McCoy Tyner (Solo)
10:42Out of Towner / John Abercrombie Quartet (Wait Till You See Her)
10:32Hip Joint / Commotion (Commotion)
10:27The Black & Crazy Blues/ A Laugh for Rory (For Joel Dorn) / Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (Out of Brooklyn)
10:16Blue / Dave Holland Trio (Triplicate)
10:10Remember/I Remember Cifford / Ramsey Embick (Extended Shelf Life)
10:07King Porter Stomp / Fletcher Henderson (Developing an American Orchestra 1923-1937)
10:01The Watergate Blues / Heath Brothers (Marchin' On)
10:00Duke / Wayne Horvitz (Monologue)

11:39Chameleon / Herbie Hancock (Headhunters)
11:30Transit / Darcy James Argue's Secret Society (Infernal Machines)
11:26Swing 41 / Kung Pao Chickens (Live at the Roost)
11:15You Talk That Talk / Gene Ammons (Have You Had Your Vitamin B-3 Today)
11:09So Long Mickey Mouse / Return To Forever (Live)
11:03Flora On My Mind / Airto (Identity)

12:58They Don't Know / Anthony Hamilton (Southern Comfort)
12:50Flash iIght (Groovemaster Mix) / George Clinton (Essential Funk)
12:48Get the Funk Out My Face / Brothers Johnson (Get the Funk Out My Face)
12:45Mother Popcorn / James Brown (The CD of JB)
12:41Oops Up Side Your Head / Gap Band (Essential Funk)
12:36Peace, Love and Understanding / Big Sam's Funky Nation (Peace Love & Understandng)
12:30La La Jam Up / Kalyan (Kalyan
12:23It Don't Make Sense / David Vest Live at 2008 Waterfront Blues Festival / (Unreleased)
12:20Send Me Back My Money / Clarence Reid (Dancing with Nobody But You)
12:17Rats in the Kitchen / Sleepy John Estes (Sun Records Vol. 1)
12:14Shake Baby Shake / Champion Jack DuPree (CDP feat Mickey Roker)
12:12You Live the Life, You Pay the Price / Jimmy Witherspoon (Jazz Me)
12:10Classified / James Booker (Classified)
12:07Saturday NIght / Roy Brown (Complete Imperial Recordings)
12:03The Piano Has Been Drinking / Tom Waits (Small Change)

1:51Goodnight Moon / Vagabond Opera (The Zeitgeist Beckons)
1:29Spanish Key / Miles Davis (Bitches Brew)
1:24Long Way to D.C. / Staples Singers (Soul Folk In Action)
1:22This Is My Country / Curtis Mayfield (Superfly)
1:18Why Can't We Be Friends / War (Best of Stan Kenton)
1:12Yes We Can / Pointer Sisters (single)
1:07Too High / Stevie Wonder (Innervisions)
1:04Got to Give It Up / Marvin Gaye (Every Motown Hit)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Partial KMHD Playlist from Saturday night 8/22

There are still glitches in the new system at KMHD. All that showed up today was the 1am hour of the bar:

Counting backwards:

1:54Zoe of Rome / Rachel Taylor Brown (Susan Storm's Ugly Sister)
1:44Liminal / Meredith Monk (Impermanence)
1:38Tona Atoyaatl / Soriah & Ashkelon Sain (Atlan)
1:32Funky Kingston / Toots & the Maytals (best of)
1:32Theme from Shaft / Dutch Rhythm & Steel & Show Band (Soul & Steel Show)
1:24Slipping Into Darkness / War (best of)
1:21Green Onions / Booker T & the MGs (best of)
1:18Bacon Fat / Andre Williams (best of)
1:11 2001 / Deodato (Instrumental Classics)
1:07Fire on the Bayou / Meters (Funkify Your Life)
1:03Familiar Reality-Opening / Dr. John (The Sun, Moon & Herbs)

I've been trying to piece together, in what's left of my brain, some other parts of the playlist. I will try to rebuild what I did as it comes back into memory. It may take a while.

For instance, I opened the show at 10pm with:
Keith Jarrett / Bop-Be / Bop Be / vinyl
Eric Dolphy / Hat and Beard / Out To Lunch
Gary Burton & Steve Swallow / Chelsea Bells / Hotel Hello

After I opened The Bar and played the Bettye LaVette tunes and the interview, I think it went something like this:

Tony Ozier / Aural Penetration
Liv Warfield/ Brother Man / Embrace me
Prince / Kiss / The Hits II

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

While sitting outside at 1am on my old wicker, in the old courtyard of the old apartment building and listening to WWOZ from New Orleans. Pops is signing, "Cheek To Cheek" with Ella Fitzgerald….

I wish KMHD had a live over night DJ. Maybe I wish I was him.

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On Monday, OPB threw a little party to let their staff get to know some of the KMHD jocks, or "On-Air Hosts" as we are officialy called now. Was nice to see old friends. In one month, they have given us more opportunities for DJs to talk to each other than we had in a year under the old regime.

They had thrown a party for DJ's on the day the station switched over from MHCC's studio to the new one at OPB.

They've gone out of their way to make us feel at home. I think it will spur everyone to do a better job. I started my first shift in the new studio with Oregon's version of Jim Pepper's Witchi-Tai-To from the Out of the Woods album…and on vinyl. I did my whole first set from vinyl.

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Good guess. I don't know the answer, but I know which band has one of the longest and that's the Django-style band the Kung Pao Chickens at the Laurelthirst Pub. They've been playing every Monday night for free for nine years! Of course, you're supposed to throw something in the tip jar.

As you may remember, the Chickens were started by Pete Krebs. After he left town Jon Neufeld, Tracy Kim, Gary Guenther and Tim Acott made up the band. When Pete came back he joined in from time to time until he went away (what seems like) permanently (but who knows?).

They've always been a treat. These days, they've been joined by a large group of swing dancers who make Mondays even more fun. Would I rather watch girls swing dance or would I rather watchthe band? You figure it out.

Gary has been around forever and still sounds great whether he's playing clarinet, sax, flute or singing. Neufeld, for my,money is still the great undisovered jazz guitarist in this town. Tracy Kim, since he changed guitars to one which doesn't sound as much like Jon's stands out a lot better and is playing better than ever.

And ole Laurelthirst is as funky as ever.

Here's a story I did on them several years ago:

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Last Friday's CD release for Commotion was not only a great performance, but the hang was awesome.

I wrote about it for the O. Read it right here.

We were all sitting around outside Someday shooting the shit. Found out that Damian Erskine is putting the finishing touches on a new album which he says makes his last one (which was tremendous) look like a demo.

Joked with his wife, artist Courtney Erskine, about Mary Sue Tobin's brief obsession with the S.O.S. Band's Just Be Good to Me and how she had to listen to all those 80's songs (good and bad) when Ms Erskine was bartending in Chicago.

Was nice to see saxophonist Jason DuMars back in circulation after spending three years in Nashville. (What was he thinking?) Looking forward to his collaborations with Joe Janiga and others.

Was bittersweet to see drummer Drew Shoals, knowing he's going back east to Philly and law school. Now we're going to miss him all over again.

David Ornette Cherry talking to drummer Rod Nighingale who had to play after just having surgery on his leg. Dusy York and I talking about the Orioles.

A great evening.

Btw….Ohmega Watts opened and played with Commotion on their last tune. Ever seen this video of his?

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He's booking FREE monthly indie jazz there every first Tuesday. Starts Tuesday Sept 1 with Trio Sutonic with Chris Mosely. He's calling it Notes from the Underground and will take advantage of the big screen. During breaks, on the first night they'll be showing Wynton Marsalis (with Branford Marsalis) in Poland - October, 1983, Joshua Redman Quartet in Switzerland - May, 2000, and the Sarah Vaughn Trio in Germany - November, 1969.

Andrew Oliver Sextet is scheduled for November. October is TBA.

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One of the nice things about summer is walking through that big open door (window?) at Living Room Theaters, into the bar while a band is playing.

The other nght when bassist Skip Elliot Bowman was playing was one of those nice nights. He was in a trio with guitar and drum/melodica. Not sure if he's coming back. Hope so.

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It'll be returning monthly. Here's the sched:

September 19 Obo Addy/ David Ornette Cherry
October 17th The C4 InFluenz featuring Rod Nightingale
November 21th Quadraphonnes
December 19th Ron Steen Trio Featuring Toni Lincoln

David wll be my studio guest on KMHD on Saturday, August 29 in the 10pm hour.

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click on this thing.

Here's a hint: I liked it.

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Guitarist Chris Mosely and drummer Rod Nightingale are both moving to Texas. What's that about? I thought Teaxs was seceeding from the U.S. What're you gonna do then get a passport to come back and play?

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Don't get much deeper in the blues than that:

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Playlist from Saturday 8-8-09

The playlist function on the KMHD website won't be working until we're broadcasting out of OPB on Monday. So here's what I'm playing tonight.....updated as I play the music.

10:00 Wayne Horvitz / Duke / Monologue
10:02 King Louie & Baby James / Mood Indigo / Around the World
10:07 Jessica Williams / Elaine / The Art of the Piano
10:13 Kid Ory / Oh, Didn't He Ramble / Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band / vinyl
10:16 Rahsaan Roland Kirk / Slipppery, Hippery, Flippery / Rip, Rig and Panic
10:26 Chris Mosely / ? / Semi Somnus / releases Sept 5
10:34 Commotion / Intencion Sexual / Commotion
10:42 Kelly Shannon w/ John Stowell / xxx /unreleased
10:49 Terrance Blanchard / Choices / Choices / vocal Dr. Cornell West
10:55 Melvin Gibbs Elevated Entity / Summer Breeze / Ancients Speak

11:03 Toumani Diabate / Cantelowes / The Monde Variations
11:10 Soriah / Tonacayotica / Atlan
10:16 Andrew Oliver Kora Band / Kaira / Just 4 U
10:26 Carla Bley / Awful Coffee / Appearing Nightly
11:31 Betty Carter / You're a Sweetheart / The Betty Carter Album
11:35 David Friesen / Within These Walls / Five & Three
11:43 Chico Freeman & Von Freeman / Lover Man / Freeman and Freeman
11:51 Arthur Lyman / Taboo / Taboo
11:54 Sydney Omar / All About Your Sign... / The World's Most Renowned Astrologer
11:57 Lorraine Bowen / Julie Christie / Far Out


12:08 Tom Waits / The Piano Has Been Drinking / Small Change
12:11 Roy Brown / Saturday Night / Complete Imperial Recordings
12:14 Little Esther / Saturday Night Daddy / Sleazy R&B Vol .1
12:16 Andre Williams / Jail Bait / best of
12: 20 Rosemary McCoy / Dippin' Is My Business / Sleazy R&B Vol. 2
12: 22 Champion Jack DuPree / Nasty Boogie Woogie / Bluse From the Gutter
12:25 Dirty Red / Muther Fuyer / Urban Blues Vol .1
12:28 Harry "The Hipster" Gibson / Who Put the Benzedrine In Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine / best of
12:34 Kalyan / La La Jam Back / Kalyan
12:40 Mighty Sparrow / Martin Luther King / Solid Gold
12: 44 Exodus Steel Orchestra / Sugar Bum / Caribbean Steel Orchestra
12:52 James Brown / Make It Funky / Chartstopers Vol .1
12:54 Joe Tex / Loose Caboose / He Who Is Without Funk

1:02 Dr. John / Dis Dat or D'Udda / same
1:08 Neville Brothers / Ball of Confusion / Walkin' In the Shadows of Life
1:11 Funkadelic / One Nation Under a Groove / same
1:18 Meters / Funkify Your Life / Funkify Your Life
1:24 Hot Chocolate / You Sexy Thing / Non-Stop 70s Party
1:27 Isley Brothers / Harvest for the World / same
1:32 Solomon Burke / Down In the Valley / Solid Gold Soul Vol. 2
1:35 Eddie Holman / Hey They There Lonely Girl / Soul Hits of the 70s
1:38 Otis Redding / These Arms of Mine / Otis In Europe
1:43 The Spinners / Living Just a Little / Live
1:48 Allen Toussaint / Sweet Dreams / Connected
1:52 Rachel Taylor Brown / Giovanni Bernadone / Susan Storm's Ugly Sister

Monday, August 3, 2009

My KMHD playlist from last Saturday 8-1-09

Next Saturday night is my last show from Gresham. KMHD starts broadcasting from our new studio at OPB 8/10 (my birthday) and my first show there is 8/15. Sweet, huh?

10:00 PM : Wayne Horvitz : Duke : Monologue
10:01 PM : Oscar Peterson & Roy Elddridge : Crazy Rhythm : Jousts : vinyl
10:07 PM : Jessica Williams : Esperanza : The Art of the Piano
10:10 PM : Dan Balmer : Greasy Kid Stuff : Thanksgiving
10:18 PM : Sun Ra : Drop Me Off In Harlem : Nuclear War
10:26 PM : Trio Subtonic : Kaleidocoping : Cave Dweller
10:31 PM : Commotion : Fiasco : Commotion
10:38 PM : Farnell Newton Marcus Reynolds Quartet : The Bluest Eyes : Sense of Direction
10:46 PM : John Surman, John Abercrombie, Drew Gress, Jack : Going for a Burton : Brewster's Rooster
10:52 PM : Jean-Luc Ponty : Is Once Enough? : Aurora : Vinyl
10:55 PM : Anachronic Jazz Band : Giant Steps : Blues to Bechet

11:00 PM : Anachronic Jazz Band : Giant Steps : Blues to Bechet
11:02 PM : Will Bernard : Blue Plate Special : Blue Plate Special
11:07 PM : Dr. John : I Ain't No Johnny Mercer : Mercenery
11:11 PM : Robert Moore & the Wildcats : Marche L'Idiots : Karla's Sermon
11:16 PM : Stebmo : Tough Luck : Stebmo
11:24 PM : Kevin Deitz : Uncle Ray : Skylines
11:29 PM : Steve Kuhn Trio w/ Joe Lovano : LIving Space : Mostly Coltrane
11:34 PM : Art Ensemble of Chicago : We Bop : Naked
11:39 PM : Beliss : Disclosure Project : The Bloomin of the Human Tree
11:46 PM : Esquivel : Mucha Muchacha : Latin-Esque
11:49 PM : Bonzo Dog Band : Mr. & Mrs. Mickey Mouth : Beast of the Bonzos
11:52 PM : Leon Redbone : My LIttle Grass Shack : Whistling In the Wind
11:54 PM : Captain Beefheart : Tropical Hot Dog Night : Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)


12:04 AM : Tom Waits : The Piano Has Been Drinking : Small Change
12:07 AM : Roy Brown : Saturday NIght : Complete Imperial Recordings
12:09 AM : Ernie K-Doe : Too Drunk to Drink : Jump and Shout
12:12 AM : Jimmy "T-99" Nelson : T-99 Blues : single
12:16 AM : Chubby "Hip-Shakin'" Newsome : Little Fat Woman with the Coconut Head : single
12:18 AM : Boogie Bill Webb : Drinkin' and Stinkin' : same
12:21 AM : Andre Williams : Bacon Fat : Rude Dudes
12:24 AM : Barrellhouse Annie : If It Don't Fit Don't Force It : Rude Dudes
12:27 AM : Lee Allen : Walkin' With Mr. Lee : Down On Burbon Street
12:29 AM : Little Richard : Burning Up withLove : Southern Child
12:32 AM : Chris Thomas Kiung : 21th Century Blues : 21st Century Blues
12:40 AM : Bob Marley & the Wailers : Trenchtown Rock : Live : vinyl
12:44 AM : Toots & the Maytals : Funky Kingston : Very best of
12:48 AM : Dr. John : Familiar Reality : The Sun, Moon & Herbs
12:54 AM : Papa Grows Funk : Big Wind : Shakin'

1:02 AM : Both Worlds : Fish Bait : Something Special Under the Sun WKTK : vinyl
1:04 AM : James Brown : Hot Pants : Charttoppers : vinyl
1:07 AM : Parliament : Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker : Best of
1:13 AM : Run D.M.C : It's Like That : 12" : vinyl
1:16 AM : Stephanie Schneiderman (Auditory Sculpture remix : First : single
1:04 AM : Run DMC : Sucker MC's : 12" : vinyl
1:22 AM : Ike & Tina Turner : Nutbush City Limits : Non-Stop 70s Party
1:30 AM : Jevetta Steele : I Am Calling You : Bagdad Cafe : vinyl
1:35 AM : Irma Thomas : I Need Your Love So Bad : Straight From the Soul
1:38 AM : Sam Cooke : Lost and Lonely : Night Beat
1:40 AM : Stylistics : Betcha By Golly Wow : The Stylistics
1:44 AM : Solomon Burke : It Don't Get No Better Than This : Soul of the Night
1:48 AM : Jackie Wilson : This Bitter Earth : Do Your Thing
1:50 AM : Allen Toussaint : Sweet Dreams : Connected

Monday, July 27, 2009

My Playlist from Last Saturday 7-25-09

10:00 PM : Wayne Horvitz : Duke : Monologue
10:01 PM : Scotty Barnhart : Con Alma : Say It Plain : w/ Wynton Marsalis
10:10 PM : Elvin Jones : Someone's Rocking My Jazzboat : New Agenda
10:18 PM : David Valdez : Desert Flower : Desert Flower
10:27 PM : Commotion : Opening To The Show/ Hip Joint : Commotion
10:36 PM : John Surman/ John Aberceombie/ Drew Gress/ Jack : Slanted Sky : Brewster's Rooster
10:45 PM : Toque Libre : Marinela : Toque Libre
10:49 PM : Oregon : Frined of the Family : Violin : vinyl
10:54 PM : Bill Evans : Gary's Theme : You Must Believe In Spring

11:01 PM : Joe Zawinul : Introduction to A Mighty Theme/ Waraya : My People
11:08 PM : Miroslav Vitous Group w/ Michel Portal : Blues Report : Remembering Weather Report
11:13 PM : John Stowell : Friendly Giant : Solitary Tales
11:18 PM : Steve Kuhn Trio w/ Joe Lovano : Jimmy's Mode : Mostly Coltrane
11:28 PM : Gilbrto Gil : Louvacao : same
11:31 PM : Will Bernard : Frontwinder : Blue Plate Special
11:36 PM : Open Sky : Devotion : Open Sky : vinyl
11:45 PM : Jay McShann : Vine St Boogie : My Baby With the Black Dress On
11:51 PM : Takin' On : Italian Secret Service : Far Out
11:53 PM : R Crumb & the Cheap Suit Sereneders : Persian Rug : Number 2 : vinyl
11:57 PM : Camp Galore : Bill Bailey : Deco Disco


12:03 AM : Tom Waits : The Piano Has Been Drinking : Small Change
12:08 AM : Roy Brown : Saturday NIght : Complete Imperical Recordings
12:10 AM : Ike Turner : Tacks In My Shoes : Blues Roots
12:13 AM : Ted Taylor : I'm Just a Crumb In Your Breadbox of Love : Charly Presents
12:16 AM : Gladys Hill : Don't Touch My Bowl : Sleazy Rhythm & Blues Vol. 3
12:19 AM : Champion Jack DuPree : One Dirty Woman : CJD and his Blues Band
12:22 AM : Professor Longhair : How Long Has That Train Been Gone : Rock n Roll Gumbo
12:25 AM : Watermelon Slim : I've Got a Toothache : No Paid Holidays
12:28 AM : Champion Jack DuPree : Shim Sham Shimmy : Red Robin Presents
12:30 AM : Andre Williams : Mother For You : Greasy
12:36 AM : Toots & the Maytals : Reggae Got Soul : Very Best of
12:39 AM : Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings : Pick It Up, Lay It in the Cut : Dap Dippin
12:43 AM : James Brown : Mother Popcorn : The CD of JB
12:46 AM : Graham Central Station : The Jam : Ain't No Bout a Doubt It
12:54 AM : Neville Brothers : Papa Funk/ Can't Stop the Funk : Walkin' In the Shadow of Life

1:02 AM : Earth Wind & Fire : Shining Star / That's the Way of the World : That's The Way Of the World : vinyl
1:10 AM : Al Green : Truth In Time : same
1:15 AM : The Temptations (randy cantor mix) : I Can't Get Net to You : The Ultimate Remix
1:19 AM : George Cilinton : Do Fries Come With That Shake : 12"
1:23 AM : Sugar Hill Gang : Rapper's Delight : 12"
1:29 AM : Allen Toussaint : All of It : Connected
1:33 AM : Staples Singers : Pray On, My Child : Peace In the Neighborhood
1:40 AM : Otis Redding : These Arms of Mine : Live In Europe
1:43 AM : Al Green : L-o-v-e : Greatest Hits Vol 2
1:46 AM : Solomon Burke : Don't Give Up On Me : same
1:50 AM : Impressions : Keep On Pushin' : same
1:52 AM : Allen Toussaint : Sweet Dreams : Connected

Thursday, July 23, 2009

I'm a WW Best People? Me? Oh, for THAT.

I had forgotten that a young lady from Willamette Week nameded Whitney Hawke (Is that her porn name? Or her Storm name?) had called me up and asked me some questions about my days long-ago as a supermarket tabloid writer.

Then today their Best of Portland came out and I was named Best Tabloid Journalist in the Best People section. Scroll and scroll and scroll and scroll to get to it.

Or look at what they wrote here:

Best Tabloid Journalist

When you look at a rack of tabloids in the grocery store, do you ever wonder what sicko thought up stories like “Grandma Turns Pet Dog Inside Out Looking for Lost Lottery Ticket,” “Cult Uses Human Heads for Bowling Balls” or “Rabid Nun Infects Entire Convent”? Well, the answer is Portland resident Tom D’Antoni. The bearded and bespectacled D’Antoni wrote for The Sun—a national tabloid rag —while living in Baltimore in the mid-’80s, earning $25 for each salacious story he wrote. Plus another $10 if the story went on the cover.

D’Antoni describes the experience as being “fun at the beginning because it was a status symbol,” but the job quickly became a morbidly depressing gig. “I would get up in the morning and think of the worst things I could think of. Sometimes it would upset me so much I had to leave the house,” he says. D’Antoni compares the world of tabloids to so-called “professional” wrestling. The vast majority of people know it’s bullshit, but some kooks believe every bit of it without question.

Now a radio host on Portland’s KMHD 89.1 FM, a blogger for The Huffington Post and a freelance journalist for The Oregonian, D’Antoni has become a player in Portland’s local media scene. He’s tossed tabloid writing aside for now to focus on other projects, including one he says he “can’t even talk about yet, but will have a major impact on journalists in Portland.” So long as you don’t plan on using our heads for bowling balls, Tom. WHITNEY HAWKE.

Thanks WW.....I think.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dis, Dat or D'udda

While listening to my own KMHD show from last Saturday... Don't laugh. Ok laugh, but since I like all the stuff I play and since sometimes I don't remember what the hell I did, it's fun to listen to my own sets. I always get surprised.

Dave Chappelle will make a special appearance on this blog at midnight.

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Was a blast being on the air for four hours on Friday. Bill Rhodes Trio (w/Jim Miller and Frank "Paris Slim" Goldwasser was a study in blues intimacy and just right to begin the festival. Enjoyed interviewing Bill and Jim between and after their sets, especially making Bill do the legal KMHD ID (he has a lot of radio experience). It was very ecumenical of him to do it since he has a show on KBOO.

Somehow, while talking with Jim Miller, the conversation turned to sweeping up leftover endorphins off the stage.

Duffy Bishop followed and was Duffy Bishop. Took her (very high-heeled) shoes off and went out into the audience to sing. I asked her about it and she said she likes to go out into the audience because it makes her less nervous. Hard to imagine Duffy getting nervous.

She's gone to SF for a few months to sing in the same cabaret show that took her away to Seattle for the previous several months. She had just a few Portland gigs in between. Glad I saw this one.

Missed the rest of the festival, but caught some of it on radio. No big names to draw but a very nice festival. I go to that park just to sit and look at the river sometimes. My favorite PDX park.

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This just in from Andrew Oliver:

Mary Sue Tobin and Andrew Oliver are proud to announce a new series in partnership with DiPrima Dolci Italian Bakery and Restaurant: Jazz Bakery @ DiPrima. The series will take place on the First and Third Thursday of the month beginning July 23

This Thursday will feature the High Mountain Quartet:

Chad McCullough, trumpet and flugelhorn (Seattle)
Andrew Oliver, piano (Portland)
Eric Gruber, bass (Portland)
Tyson Stubelek, drums (Boston)

The High Mountain Quartet performs original music alongside repertoire from across the jazz tradition. Their music emphasizes jazz improvisation as a medium of communication, both between the band and the audience and between the band members themselves. Their musical dedication is evident in the intensity of their performances and their intuitive group interaction.

Long-time musical associates and friends Tyson Stubelek and Andrew Oliver began playing with Seattle-based trumpeter Chad McCullough at the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in 2009, where they were all participants. The musical chemistry was immediately evident and upon Tyson and Andrew’s return to Portland, Chad was invited down from Seattle to augment their long-standing trio with Eric Gruber into a quartet.

I like to stop there and pick up some pignolis after breakfast at Beaterville. I don't know any other place to get them. Do you?

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At Mizz Pizz last Friday playing tunes from Drew's The Greatest Haven't Been Born Yet album. The band who played on half of the tunes on that album was there. John Nastos on sax, Ben Darwish on keys and Damien Erskine on bass. Damien played that amazing solo from Lux but extended it.

If there was any doubt about Drew, having spent more time over the past year in New York, dealing with helping offenders than playing drums, you'll be happy to know he is better than ever.

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Jay Bozich (King Fader) posted this video of them from 2006. I ran into Jen at the Dave Chappelle party at the square last week. Says she's trying to give up music and become a writer.


This is called Mad World

Dahlia Mad World

Cover Song Footage from Pi-Rem in Portland, Oregon 08-25-06 Created by Vance Malone of Food Chain Films

Btw…I stood in the back of East the other night with Keith Schreiner while he watched Oracle do a gig that was a rehearsal for a House of Blues show in L.A. Yes, he wrote the tunes, etc. DJ Izm sat in for him because he will be at a FOLK FESTIVAL with Stephanie Schneiderman. Cracked me up. Keith at a folk festival? He told me he was gonna be like Dylan at Newport.

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I started playing the Joe Tex song because of the constant urging of Adam McIsaac of Int'l Male to play more Joe Tex during The Bar portion of my radio show (12m-2am). Now it has become a phenomenon. They threaten to teach the whole audience how to do it.

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There's more but I got real work to do.

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My KMHD Playlist from Last Saturday 7-18-09

We start broadcasting from the new studio at OPB on August 10. My first show from there is August 15.
DJ training on the new gear starts this week!

10:00 PM : Wayne Horvitz : Duke : Monologue
10:01 PM : Willie Ruff/ Dwike Mitchell : Passon Flower : Strayhorn : vinyl
10:07 PM : Oscar Peterson/ Dizzy Gillespie : Mozambique : Oscar Peterson & Dizzy Gillespie : vinyl
10:14 PM : Drew Shoals : Lux : The Greatest Haven't Been Born Yet
10:23 PM : Trio Subtronic : Subtronix : Cave Dwellers
10:28 PM : Andy Shepherd : International Blues : Movements In Color
10:33 PM : Allen Toussaint : Winin' Boy Blues : Bright Mississippi
10:40 PM : Dr. John : That Old Black Magic : Mercenery
10:45 PM : Kyle Eastwood : Rue Perdue : Metropolitain
10:50 PM : Mahavishnu Orchestra : Meeting of the Spirits : Inner Mounting Flame
10:57 PM : Stanley Clarke Trio : Sicilian Blue : Jazz in the Garden

11:04 PM : Carla Bley : Real Life Hits : Songs With Legs
11:13 PM : Bridge Quartet : Isfahan : Night
11:23 PM : Oregon : Cry of the Peacock/ Coral : Our First Record : vinyl
11:29 PM : Joe Venuti : Limehouse Blues : S'Wonderful 4 Giants of Swing
11:37 PM : Broun Felinis : Botticelli's Roommate : Real Moments
11:46 PM : Danieele Luppi : La Nudista : Far Out
11:49 PM : R Crumb & the Cheap Suit Sereneders : Home : Singing In the Bathtub
11:52 PM : Lorraine Bowen : Julie Christie : Far Out
11:56 PM : The Bobs : Never Marry a Musician : Get Your Monkey Off My Dog

12:04 AM : Tom Waits : The Piano Has Been Drinking : Small Change
12:08 AM : Roy Brown : Saturday Night : Complete Imperial Recordings
12:10 AM : Duo-Tones : Shake a Tail Feather : Savage Catfish Kick
12:12 AM : Big Jay McNeely : All That Wine Is Gone : Atomic Cocktails
12:15 AM : Ruth Brown : I'll Wait For You : Sleazy R&B Vol. 2
12:18 AM : Delores Brown : You Played My Piano : Sleazy R&B Vol. 1
12:21 AM : Jimmy Reed : High and Lonesome : Charly Sampler : vinyl
12:23 AM : Champion Jack DuPree : Drunk Again : Red Robin Presents
12:26 AM : Rene Hall : Twitchy : single
12:30 AM : Lee Michaels : Do You Know What I Mean : 5th
12:34 AM : Neville Brothers : Ball of Confusion : Walkin' In the Shadows of life
12:41 AM : Joe Tex : Loose Caboose : He Who is Without Funk (Cast the First Stone)
12:47 AM : James Brown : Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine/ Cold Swe : Live In Zaire
12:56 AM : Isley Brothers : The Heat Is On : best of

1:01 AM : Graham Central Station : My Radio Sounds Good To Me : same : vinyl
1:06 AM : Sly & the Family Stone : In Time : Fresh
1:12 AM : Mar-Keys : Last Night : Classic Soul Instrumentals
1:16 AM : S.O.S Band : Just Be Good To Me : 12" vinyl
1:23 AM : Black Stalin : Hard Hard Hard : Rebel Soca
1:28 AM : Kalyan : La La Jam Back : Kalyan
1:33 AM : Mighty Sparrow : Martin Luther King : Sings True Life Stories etc
1:42 AM : Ooh Child : The Five Stairsteps : Soul Hits of the 70s
1:44 AM : Del-Fonics : Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time : Soul Hits of the 70s
1:47 AM : Al Green : Belle : Belle
1:52 AM : Anita Baker : Soul Inspiration : Compositions

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

My Playlist from last Saturday 7-11-09

Sorry I haven't put up the last few playlists. You don't want to know. You can find them here.
Click on "Playlists" (duh) and then search the date and time, if you absolutely can't live without knowing what I played.

Saturday, July 11

10:00 Wayne Horvitz/ Duke/ Monolgue
10:01 Chico Hamilton/ First Light/ Twelve Tones of Love
10:06 Steve Kuhn Trio w/ Joe Lovano/ Song of Praise/ Mostly Coltrane
10:14 Kyle Eastwood/ Hot Box/ Metropolitain
10:23 Bridge Quartet/ Strode Rode/ Night / Premiere
10:31 Scotty Barnhart/ Say It Plain/ same
10:39 Drew Shoals/ Maternity Warden/ The Greatest Haven't Been Born Yet
10:43 Miroslav Vitous/ Variations on Wayne Shorter/ Remembering Weather Report
10:49 David Friesen/ Within These Walls/ Five & Three
10:57 The Loose Marbles/ Ballin' the Jack/ The Royal Rousers

11:02 Betty Carter/ I Can't Help It/ The Betty Carter Album
11:05 Stan Bock/ Ain't Nothin' New/ Your Check's In the Mail
11:11 John Scofield/ A Go-Go/ same
11:17 Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble/ From an Old Diary/ unreleased Live at Community Music Center
11:26 Andy Shepherd/ We Shall Not Go to Market Today/ Movements In Color
11:32 Sun Ra/ Enlightenment/ Jazz In Sillhouette/ me reading Ra poetry
11:38 Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber/ making Love to the Dark Ages B/ Making Love to the Dark Ages
11:41 Beliss/ Disclosure/ The Bloomin' of the Human Tree
11:49 Martin Denny/ Jungle Fever Boat/ Exotica Vol. III / vinyl
11:52 Conjure/ Medley: General Science-Ish-Papa La Bas / Cab Calloway Stands In for the Moon
11:57 Captain Beefheart/ Ashtray Heart/ Doc at the Radar Station


12:04 Tom Waits/ The Piano Has Been Drinking/ Small Change
12:08 Roy Brown/ Saturday Night/ Complete Imperial Recordings
12:10 Calvin Boze/ Looped/ Atomic Cocktails
12:12 The Four Gators/ Wine-o-Wine/ Black Rock n Roll Vol. 1
12:15 Chick Webb/ Wackey Dust/ Reefer Songs
12:18 Mighty Sparrow/ Martin Luther King for President/ Sings of Life, etc
12:24 Kalyan/ La La Jam Back/ Kalyan
12:28 Mighty Sparrow/ Good Morning Mr. Walker/ Hot and Sweet
12:33 Exodus Steel Orchestra/ Sugar Bum/ Carribean Steel Orchstra
12:39 Gary US Bonds/ Dear Lady Twist/ Very Best of
12:41 CJ Chenier/ Man Smart, Woman Smarter/ Too Much Fun
12:46 William DeVaughn/ Be Thankful for What You Got/ same
12:51 Tony Ozier/ Hope f/ Neco Redd & S.U.N./ Aural Penetration
12:57 Dr. John/ Let's Make a Better World/ Desitively Bonneroo
1:01 Solomon Burke/ None of Us are Free/ Don't Give Up On Me/ w/Blind Boys of Alabama
1:07 Angelique Kidjo/ Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)/ Very best of
1:11 Ton Loc/ Funky Cold Medina/ 12"
1:28 Regen Fykes & Ohmega Watts/ ? /single
1:31 LaRhonda Steele/ Northwind/ Artistic Differences
1:38 Bootsy Collins/ Ahh, the Name Is Bootsy/ Bootsy's Rubber Band/ vinyl
1:41 Joe Tex/ Loose Caboose/ Let He Who Is Without Funk (Cast the First Stone)
1:48 Gary US Bonds/ Not Me/ Very best of
1:51 Vagbond Opera/ Goodnight Moon/ The Zeitgeist Beckons.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Blues Festival Aftermath.

While listening to Chris Thomas King's remix of his own 21cb…that's Twennty-first century blues to youse…from Dirty South Hip Hop Blues. I know he makes more money singing Delta blues but it's about time for a follow-up in this style.
I don't give a damn what the purists say/ They wouldn't know the blues if it bit 'em anyway/ This is the blues of the 21st century/ And I don't give a damn if you can't get with me.


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Where to start…..

1. Big Sam's Funky Nation

As good as he was at the festival, he was even better the following night at Roseland. Why? I was wondering myself till I was talking to Tony Ozier who was also on the show. He was hanging in the green room with Sam and company. Sam and the trumpet player were raving to him about the new mouthpieces they had gotten earlier in the day from David Monette.

They found out that Monette's horns and mouthpieces really do make you sound better!

I had great fun channelling the legendary R&B radio DJ Hot Rod during my intro to Sam at the festival. Yeah, that's some of The Real Zeal Zod coming out when I do The Bar on KMHD.

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2. NW Blues Pianorama

David Vest, Janice Scroggins, D.K. Stewart and Steve Kerin were all different even though they all play in the blues tradition. I MC'd this one. They each did one fifteeen minute set and then played together at the end.

It was jaw-dropping. One after another. What was unspoken was that they all knew they had to be at their best. They were. I hope somone recorded it.

I hate to single out any one of them (cuz they were all wonderful and I'm liable to get hit) but Janice's (nearly) solo performance in the second set of the night was sublime…jazz, blues, ragtime and swing. She told the story of American music in one beautiful solo.

She gets my vote for most influential musician at the festival. She was everywhere playing with everyone. I lost count. Her gospel set with Linda Hornbuckle, Between Friends with Linda and Duffy Bishop, LaRhonda Steele and others, Sonny Hess' NW Rhythm and Blues Women….I know there's more.

Speaking of which….

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3. The Return of Sheila Wilcoxson

She stopped singing locally years ago, and altogether a while back. She did a Koko Taylor tribute during Sonny Hess' set and knocked everyone out, as she always has. Major props to Sonny for persuading her to come back.

Sheila tells me she got some home recording gear and just may be surprising us with her own material before long.

Welcome back. She was a major talent around here.

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4. Note to Karl Denson's road manager.

I MC'd for Karl. He and the guitar player were a little bit late taking the stage so Stage Manger Jim Miller took his time introducing me. I took my time introducing Karl. At one point Karl's road manger tapped me on the shoulder and gave me the universal sign for "wrap it."

Only he didn't mean it. He thought he was telling me to stretch it. I started to rev it up to kick off the set but somebody stoppped me again. They weren't ready. So I stood there and pulled shit out of my ass for another 3 or 4 minutes in front of 20,000 people while Karl plugged in.

By then I was taking my cues from Karl. It was pretty funny. Nobody got mad. Usually when I'm talking to 20,000 people I don't get to see them. Of course I enjoyed it.

See, when you want someone to stretch you………….oh never mind.

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5. Among other smiles at the festival
One of my favorite images of the whole festival was in the nearly-backstage area at the Miller Stage during Sharon Jones
electrifing set….all in a line were Tahoe Jackson, Mary Sue Tobin, Leah Hinchcliff, Deborah Katz and Lauren Sheehan grooving to the music.

While onstage, Sharon had lined up some women from backstage.
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Yes, that's Liv Warfield on the end of the line. At this moment she's in France singing with Prince at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Our Liv!!


Thanks to LaRhonda Steele, who also sang with Ken DeRouchie on Thursday, for an advance copy of her exciting new album. I got it on the air Saturday night, of course.


Ran into musician/artist Ron Rogers. Told him he needs to make coffin art for Michael Jackson like he has for all those blues and soul people. Could make a lot of dough. He wasn't enthusiastic. He did tell me somone used a tune of his on a music video up on YouTube. This one. They don't let you embed it for some reason.

David Vest played a couple of hot sets on one of the cruises with Jimi Bott and Don Campbell.

David at the Workshop Stage

One of my favorite discoveries at the festival was the Loose Marbles, a traditional jazz band from New Orleans. Tres cool. On Friday, they played at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

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They played all over town for swing dances, too.


The folks who run the backstage operations are a lot of fun and always friendly. I would name them all but I know I would leave some out.

Congrats to Peter Dammann, Jean Kemp-Ware and all the others who pulled off a great festival, made the dough the Oregon Food Bank and brought just enough music to make everyone happy in a time when festivals are cutting back drastically or just plain going out of business.

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I need a nap. Too much fun. Too tired to put in all the URL's. I figure you know how to Google. And I gotta go make some money.

Before I go....When Max Roach died no news channels covered it. Bastards

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Monday, June 29, 2009


While listening to a radio station from Port of Spain, Trinidad. It's WACK, the best call letters for a station since I tried to get a rich drug dealer to buy a station in Baltimore so I could re-name it WRAT.

I found it last night and got hooked. I wish there were some Trinidadians in Portland, they throw awesome cabarets. If you hear of any, please let me know. When I lived in Baltimore,I hung out with some guys from Trinidad who had a real steel band. Yes, of course I did a story on them. They let me sit in one night. They were very nice to me. Didn't even laugh.

I found the station here via my friend Art Levine. You can listen to stations from all over the world. Now that's real world music.

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I'm not going to get in trouble and spill all the beans before they make a public statement but I got wind of their choice last week. I visited the site of his current station and did a big WOW!! I thought, this is going to be fun!

If he does the things here that he's doing there, we're in for a great ride. Found out he's heard my show and likes it, too. So I'm hoping The Bar stays open.

He gets to town in three weeks.

Can't wait to meet him. I'll have more to say when they make it official. But maybe I've said too much, haven't said enough.

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I don't know about you but I've been finding that people are more excited about it this year. Maybe it's the crappy economy, or the Oregon summer, but I'm glad to see it. Spirits seemed to be a little bit down. Not this year.

When I posed the question on FB, Int'l Male's waggish Adam McIsaac said, "More people have the blues this year." Others said things like "totally pumped!!!"

Tip of the hat to KINK and KMHD's Steve Pringle who has the difficult job of assigning the (unpaid) MC's. Everybody wants to MC for their favorites. I am thrilled to get to intro Big Sam's Funky Nation on Sunday.

I'll also be introducing Ken DeRouchie, who will have the spectacular LaRhonda Steele singing with him, also Sonny Hess's all-star NW Blues Women, AND Karl Denson.

If you haven't gone to the Candlelight to see LaRhonda's regular Thursday nights, you're missing out. I mean, where else can you hear somebody sing a Spinners song and mean it!

David Vest axed me to MC the NW Blues Pianorama show at the Marriott on Thursday night at 10….part of the Festival but separate admission. They've got FOUR piano players this year…David, DK Stewart plus Janice Scroggins and Steve Kerrin who lots of people haven't heard yet.

I'm looking forward to seeing Loose Marbles. I wrote abut them in the tabloid the O gives away at the Festival. I've been playing them on the radio….including Postage Stamp from their album The Royal Rousers.

See you there!

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Tony Ozier's Wednesday nightfunk/soul jam at a new (and little) club called Calabash in the 800 block of SW 2nd Ave is absolutely the coolest thing in town. It's like you stepped into a different town. Reminds me of clubs I've been in n the East Coast. Very diverse crowd. That means there are Black folks there. Felt like home. The stage takes up half the space. The whole thing rocks.

I ran into a lot of Portland's best musicians there, who just came to dig it and sit in. Liv Warfield was there. She's about to go back out on the road with Prince…she told me the Montreux Jazz Festival is part of the tour. She had to cancel a gig at Jimmy Mak's to do it. Not that there was any question.

Rod Nightingale was there, too. Just ran across a new video from Madgesdiq and Rod's C4Influenz band performing "Love is The Key" when they opened for K'Naan at Berbati's Pan.

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…on Thursday nights. He gave me some new stuff he's done and some remixes of the Stephanie Schneiderman album. You can download them on his MySpace page.

Here's the remix of Dangerous Fruit, the title tune. Knocked me out.

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Between sets at Jimmy Mak's the other night, Ben Darwish told me that things are looking good for weekly jazz Tuesday nights at The MissionTheater. How about that? Dinner, music and a movie under one roof! Daters take note.

btw….Drew Shoals is coming back to town! Watch for gigs.

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Nuff for now. OK, one more thing…Dinah Washington singing Bessie Smith.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Longer the Days, the Shorter the Blog, Seems Like

Taking vacation time this week. Just means I'm not doing the blog this week. Still, a few things:

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We miss him around here, big time.

He said:

I s(aw) saxophonist/composer John Ellis over the weekend here in New York. He wrote a Tim Burton-esque jazz opera called "The Ice Siren" about a dream-like, after life love story brought to life (or death) by a string quartet, tuba, vibes, percussion, guitar, tenor sax, and a couple vocalists. The best music I've heard in New York so far.

Nuff said.

Wonder when he's coming back to town and running for mayor?

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Hey guys I wanted to invite all of you out to my first tuesday night back out in the world. I have hidden in the studio for 2 years and its time now to get back out on a regular basis, but I did not want to deal with the cityiots or the brianless masses on fridays and saturday nights, so I opted for a locals kinda night where I dont have to cater to idiots, SO.... every Tuesday night starting on June 16th thats next tuesday, I will be down at east from 8:30pm-12:30am doing what I do, I hope some of you come thru for the first one, it would be great to see you guys and catch up.
Also john Plummer told me there will be happy hour prices or some kind of good deal on drinks as well.....Much rejoicing

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Thanks to Art Levine for this.

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Trombone Shorty

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Monday, June 8, 2009

My KMHD Playlist from Last Saturday 6/6/09

10:00 PM Wayne Horvitz/ Duke/ Monolgue
10:00 PM Jaco Pastorius/ Opus Pocus/ Jaco Pastorius
10:05 PM Jimmie Lunceford/ For Dancers Only/ For Dancers Only
10:08 PM Allen Toussaint/ Blue Drag/ The Bright Mississipi
10:12 PM Robert Moore/ Marche L'Idiots/ Karla's Sermon
10:18 PM Bill Henderson/ Royal Garden Blues/ Live at the Vic
10:25 PM Darcy James Argue's/ Secret Society/ Transit Infernal Machines
10:32 PM David Friesen/ Every Other Time/ Five and Three
10:42 PM David Murray/ Jug-a-Lug/ same
10:50 PM Cecilia Frioni/ La Cose Semplici/ Papillon
10:52 PM Thelonius Monk/ Brilliant Corners/ same

11:03 PM Gil Evans Orchestra/ 1983 A Merman I Should Turn To Be/ Plays Jimi Hendrix
11:10 PM Jaco Pastorius/ Kuru/Speak Like a Child/ Jaco Pastorius/ piano Herbie Hancock
11:18 PM Lester Young/ June Bug/ Blue Young/
11:20 PM Tony Malaby/ Lucedes/ Paloma Recio
11:30 PM Mike Doolin & David Martin/ Prevarication/ Reflection
11:36 PM Billy Harper/ Oh...If Only/ BLueprints of Jazz/ that was Amiri Baraka
11:42 PM Astor Piazzola/ Libertango/ Double Best Collection
11:47 PM Edmundo Ros/ Bess, You Is My Woman Now (Baion)/ Porgy and Bess and Show Boat
11:50 PM Bobby Hammack/ Powerhouse/ Cocktail Mix Vol. 2
11:51 PM Pizzicato Five/ Girl From Ipenema/ Pink Panther's Penthouse Party
11:55 PM Swingin' Singles Orchestra/ Je T'Aime (Mon Non Plus)/ Music for a 90s Bachelor Pad


12:04 AM Tom Waits/ The Piano Has Been Drinking/ Small Change
12:08 AM Roy Brown/ Saturday Night/ Complete Imperial Recordings
12:10 AM Buddy Guy, Junior Mance, Junior Wells/ Talkin' Bout Women Obviously/ Buddy & the Juniors
12:22 AM Al Green/ Take Me To the River/ Greatest Hits Vol. 2
12:25 AM Al Green/ Belle/ The Belle Album
12:30 AM Al Green/ Tired of Being Alone/ Gratest Hits Vol. 1
12:33 AM Al Green/ Love and Happiness/ Greatest Hits Vol.2
12:38 AM Al Green/ Truth N' Time/ same
12:49 AM Robert Moore/ Your Molecular Structure/ Karla's Sermon
12:59 AM Funkadelic/ One Nation Under a Groove/ same

1:06 AM The Clinton Administration/ Flash Light/ One Nation Under a Re-Groove
1:12 AM Joe Tex/ Loose Caboose/ He Who Is Without Funk (Cast the First Stone)
1:19 AM James Brown/ Ain't It Funky Pt. 1/ Instrumentals
1:27 AM The Dells/ Stay In My Corner/ There It Is
1:33 AM Marvin Gaye/ Everybody Needs Love/ Here, My Dear
1:39 AM Mavis Staples/ Security/ Only For the Lonely
1:42 AM Jerry Butler & the Impressions/ For Your Precious Love/ The Sweetest Soul
1:46 AM Irma Thomas/ I Need Your Love So Bad/ Straight From the Soul
1:50 AM Rachel Taylor Brown/ Susan Storm's Ugly Sister/ same
1:53 AM Vagabond Opera/ Goodnight Moon/ The Zeitgeist Beckons

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Friesen Radio Interview, R.I.P. Koko, Dig Terry Evans

While listening to a very strange version of I Say a Little Prayer by Al Green on Truth N' Time his last "secular" album….well, before he started making them again. The title tune is my favorite on the album, tho. Yes, I bought the vinyl. Uh oh, now I'm in a vicsious cycle of listening to that title tune over and over. Good thing it feels good.

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I wanted to have David come to the studio and spend some time talking on the air but he had to go to Los Angeles to play in a tribute gig for Bud Shank. So he called. The clip starts with a tune from his wonderful new album Five and Three which is a 2CD set featuring a quintet of him, John Gross and Rob Davis on saxes, Charlie Doggett and Gary Hobbs on drums and Dan Balmer on guitar. The trio is David, Rob Davis and Greg Goebel on piano.


Dropped in to Jimmy Mak's last Friday to have praised heaped upon me for heaping praise on Friesen and band…having encapsulated their album into about 150 words in the O. I accepted graciously. I need all the props I can get.

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They've begun selling early bird tickets….bargains, you know. Click on the link above to find out.

I'll have a lot more to say about it as we get closer. I have a meeting this week to see what the O wants outta me. So till I find out what I'm selling and what I'm giving away, I wanted you to hear Terry Evans, whom I have never seen. After hearing this clip I can't wait. Hope you feel the same way.

It's called, The River from his album Come To the River

Speaking of which, it's a shame that Koko Taylor died this week. There's a great vid of the young Koko with Little Walter:

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At Cinema 21 on Saturday night you can see The Hustler and a Miles Davis concert film from 1991. Yeah, I know nobody liked what he was doing then, but in the intervening years, I'm pretty curious to see what became of him. I'll be on the air. Oh well. I expect reports.

It's a new print of The Hustler. In the lobby Brian Casey and Brett White, a bass/trumpet duo will be playing. All starts at 9:30.

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The Lions of Batucada will be playing a set under the Hawthorne Bridge on Sunday, June 7 and then leading a parade to the Terry Shrunk Plaza as part of the "United For Oregon" rally….about state budget cuts that will eliminate many services now provided for seniors and kids. (Bastards)

Starts at noon. In case you need a reminder:

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It's too nice to keep typing, and you've gotten your money's worth.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My KMHD Playlist from Last Saturday 5-30-09

10:00 Wayne Horvitz/ Duke/ Monologue
10:02 Oregon/ If/ Prime
10:08 Oregon/ An Open Door/ Prime
10:14 David Friesen/ You and You Alone/ Five & Three
10:26 Flora Purim/ Queen of the Night/ same
10:30 David Vest/ Follow That Ark/ unreleased Live @ Duff's Garage, Portland 5-22-09
10:32 David Murray Octet/ New Life/ same
10:40: Allen Toussaint/ Singin' the Blues/ The Bright Mississippi
10:46 Carla Bley/ Real Life Hits/ Songs With Legs
10:54 Nancy King & Fred Hersch/ Ain't Misbehavin'/ Live at the Jazz Standard

11:02 On Ka'a Davis with Famous Original Djuke Music People/ Voodoo Ultralux/ Seeds of Djuke
11:07 M. Nahadr/ Starlight/ EclecticIsM
11:10 Rahsaan Roland Kirk/ Bright Moments/ Kirkatron/ vinyl
11:14 John Abercrombie/ Vingt Six/ The Third Quartet
11:24 Garaj Mahal/ 7 Cows Jumping Over the Moon/ Woot!
11:29 Melvin Gibbs Elevated Entity/ Summer Breeze/ Ancients Speak
11:33 Herbie Hancock/ Rockit/ Future Shock
11:38 John McLaughlin/ Time Remembered/ same
11:41 Milt Bucker/ Cute/ Milt Plays Chords
11:47 Leo Addeo and His Orchestra/ Dancing Tambourines/ Stereo Action! Unlimited/ vinyl
11:51 Lorraine Bowen/ Julie Christie/ Far Out: Swinging Bachelor Pad Music
11:53 Edmundo Ros/ I've Got Plenty of Nuthin'/ Show Boat and Porgy & Bess
11:56 Captain Beefheart/ I Love You, You Big Dummy/ Lick My Decals Off Baby


12:03 Tom Waits/ The Piano Has Been Drinking/ Small Change
12:08 Roy Brown/ Saturday Night/ Complete Imperial Recordings
12:10 Lil Johnson/ Take It Easy Greasy/ Rude Dudes
12:14 Otis Blackwell/ Fever/ These Are My Songs!
12:17 Nathanial Mayer/ I Want to Dance With You/ I Just Want to be Held
12:21 Big Sam's Funky Nation/ We Got It/ Peace, Love and Understanding
12:27 Dr. John/ Can't Git Enuff/ Desitively Bonneroo
12:29 Bonerama/ Big Fine Woman/ single
12:35 The Clinton Administration/ Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)/ One Nation Under a Re-Groove
12:40 Graham Central Station/ The jam/ Ain't No Bout A Doubt It
12:53 Joe Tex/ I Gotcha/ best of
12:55 Otis Redding/ I Can't Turn You Loose/ In Person at the Whiskey A Go Go

1:00 Soul Vaccination/ Souled Out/ Live at Jimmy Mak's
1:04 James Brown/ Get On the Good Foot/ same
1:11 Isaac Hayes/ Shaft/ best of
1:16 Al Green/ I'm So Tired of Being Alone/ greatest hits vol. 1
1:18 Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings/ Got a Thing On My Mind/ Dap-Dippin
1:21 Major Harris/ Love Won't Let Me Wait/ My Way
1:27 Johnny Adams/ Your Love Is So Doggone Good/ Soul of the Night
1:32 Stevie Wonder/ Golden Lady/ Innervisions
1:37 Jackie Wilson/ This Bitter Earth/ Do Your Thing
1:44 Irma Thomas/ Thinking About You/ Simply Grand
1:48 Mary Flower/ When I Get Home I'm Gonna Be Satisfied/ Bridges
1:50 Vagabone Opera/ Goodnight Moon/ The Zeitgiest Beckons.

Friday, May 29, 2009

My KMHD Playlist from Last Saturday 5/23/09

10:00 Wayne Horvitz/ Duke/ Monologue
10:02 Chick Correa & Hiromi/ Windows/ Duet
10:09 Charles Mingus/ Canon/ Mingus Moves
10:13 David Friesen/ Sunset Blue/ Five & Three (World Premiere)
10:21 The Tiptons/ Laws of Motion/ same
10:27 David Friesen/ In My Heart/ Five & Three (World Premiere)
10:35 David Friesen Interview
10:54 Davie Friesen/ The Last Goodbye/ Five & Three (World Premiere)

11:07 Allen Toussaint/ Winin' Blues/ The Bright Mississippi
11:13 Kenny Wheeler/ Hotel le Hot/ The Widow in the Window
11:22 Nina Simone/ Plain Gold Ring/ In Concert
11:30 Dusty York/ the 3rd or 4th day of spring/ blood + ink
11:36 Vagabond Opera/ Tango Till You're Sore/ The Zeitgiest Beckons
11:41 Sun Ra/ Sometimes I'm Happy/ Nuclear War
11:46 Art Ensemble of Chicago/ Flash 1 / Naked
11:52 Challenger/ Be Bop a Lula/ Far Out: Swinging Bachelor Pad Music
11:54 Joy & the Spider/ You Are My Sunshine/ Upstairs at Larry's: Lawrence Welk Uncorked
11:59 Leon Redbone/ Play Gypsy Play/ Up a Lazy River


12:07 Tom Waits/ The Piano Has Been Drinking/ Small Change
12:10 Roy Brown/ Saturday Night/ Complete Imperial Recordings
12:12 Big Joe Turner/ Juke Joint Blues/ best of
12:19 Champion Jack DuPree/ Junker Blues/ single
12:21 Bull Moose Jackson/ I Knew Who Threw the Whiskey (In the Well)/ Big Fat Mamas are Back In Style
12:24 Nathaniel Mayer/ I Found Out/ I Just Want to Be Held
12:29 Hound Dog Taylor/ Make It Funky/ Beware of the Dog
12:34 Rufus Thomas/ Funky Robot/ Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky
12:38 James Brown/ Super Bad/ Soul 1972
12:42 Sharon Jones the Dap-Kings/ A Fish In My Dish/ Naturally
12:45 Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy/ B Funk/ Avant-Pop
12:49 Firesign Theater/ Polar Pro/ Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death
12:53 Dr. John/ Dis Dat or D'udda/ same
12:58 Lee Dorsey/ Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley/ Yes We Can

1:01 Chris Kenner/ I Like It Like That/ best of
1:02 Huey Smith & the Clowns/ Well I'll Be John Brown/ best of
1:04 Frankie Ford/ Alimony/ Ooo-Wee-Baby
1:07 Albert King/ We All Wanna Boogie/ New Orleans Heat
1:10 Toots & the Maytals/ Sweet & Dandy/ The Harder They Come
1:13 Johnny Guitar Watson/ A Real Mother For Ya/ same
1:18 The Counts/ Soulful Strut/ Jan Jan
1:20 Staples Singers/ Respect Yourself (live)/ Stax O Soul Sampler
1:25 Curtis Mayfield/ Mighty Mighty (Spade and Whitey)/ Live
1:33 O'Jays/ Back Stabbers/ The Sound of Philadelphia
1:35 Anthony Hamilton/ They Don't Know/ Southern Comfort
1:41 Excellent Gentlemen/ Get Down Baby/ Just Say Yes
1:43 Thievery Corporation/ The Numbers Game/ Radio Retaliation
1:47 Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes/ If You Don't Know Me by Now/ Gamble & Huff's Greatest Hits
1:53 Vagabond Opera/ Goodnight Moon/ The Zeitgeist Beckons

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

While listening to Tim Buckley's Blue Afternoon and remembering the sweaty passion involved when it came out.

Women who like men who sweat are a rare find…but worth the search.

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David Vest packed them in at Duff's last Friday for what turned out to be more blues and boogie-woogie than Sun Ra, but there was just enough to keep the patrons wanting more. I was sitting at the bar, awaiting my turn to read some of Ra's poetry with the
band when a lovely, long-haired woman told me how much she loved the Ra David played at the Paul deLay Scholarship Benefit and that she couldn't wait to hear more.

I didn't ask her if she liked sweat.

David gave them just enough to keep them wanting more. He had given me three to read but when it came time, he told me to read only parts. You don't argue with the band leader. You just do it. I ended up doing more than I thought I would as David directed me to keep reading. I took lines out of order and mixed them all up while David played his "space keys." On This World Is Not My Home the band repeated each line after I read it.

There's supposed to be a recording of it someplace. If you see it below, I got it. If you don't I'll get it. Meanwhile, here is the full text of the Ra poems, including the parts I did not read.

"This World Is Not My Home"
by Sun Ra

Is this a planet of life?
Then why do people die?
This is not life, this is death.
Can't you understand?

You're only dreaming.
You're not real here.
You're only dreaming
you did all the things
you did before you died

You're asleep.
Wake up before it's too late
and you die in a dream.

This world is not the real world.
It's all illusion. It's not real.
Can't you feel that this world is not real?
Someone cast a magic spell
on the people of planet Earth.

If you do right they put you in jail.
If you do wrong they put you in jail.
You can't win.
You got to do something else.
You got to get away from here.

You make death your master.
You're not free.
If you're free, why do you bow to death?
Is that what you mean by liberty?
Stop bowing down to your master called death.
If you're free, prove it.

Here's what it sounded like:

Cosmic Equation

Then another tomorrow
They never told me of
Came with the abruptness of a fiery dawn
And spoke of Cosmic Equations:
The equations of sight-similarity
The equations of sound-similarity
Subtle Living Equations
Clear only to those
Who wish to be attuned
To the vibrations of the Outer Cosmic Worlds.
Subtle living equations
of the outer-realms
Dear only to those
Who fervently wish the greater life

If I Told You

If I told you , “I am from outer space”,
You wouldn’t believe a word I said,
Would you? . . . Why should you?
You have lost your way . . . . . .
You should have nothing to say!
In some far off place
Many light years in space
I'll wait for you
Where human feet have never trod
Where human eyes have never seen
I'll build a world of abstract dreams
And wait for you

And yes, I introduced him as the Original Boogie-Woogie Starchild. Now what I want to seem is a full Ra set in somplace like Jimmy Mak's or the Goodfoot.

btw...He had me read this to the audience:

There will be things played on this piano tonight that no human being can play
You will hear sounds that could only have come from a different order of being
Some of you may actually experience being carried bodily into another dimension through the miracle of trans-molecurization
Some of it will seem strange, some of it may seem familiar -- and there is nothing stranger than the familiar.
You should be very cautious about looking directly into his eyes.

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It was a club up on Frenchman in New Orleans. I heard Washboard Chaz there for the first time. It closed not long ago and got a New Orleans funeral as a tribute.

Watch the Treme Brass Band:

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The great bass player's new album is called Five and Three...a quintet and a tro. He'll be at Jimmy Mak's with the quintet and Woodstock Wine and Deli this Friday and Saturday nights.
I'll have the radio interview I did with him on next week's blog.

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This just in from Artichoke Music. I'll let them tell the tale:

Yesterday we received a surprise in the mail from Judith Cook the founder of Artichoke Music. The package contained a large framed picture of the original Artichoke Logo and this photo of Judith in front of the original Artichoke Music store circa 1971.

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This gift couldn't have come at a better time. It serves as a reminder of how far we've come and how incredibly important this place really is.

From the beginning of our time here we have felt a huge sense of responsiblity to be good stewards of this place we call Artichoke Music. In recent months we have had serious doubts if we were going to be able to keep the doors open. The combination of record breaking snows at Christmas and the economic downturn nearly brought us to our knees.

We are not out of the woods yet but are feeling a bit more optimistic. We have taken steps to help insure the survival of Artichoke. Last month we moved all of the operations of the school and the concert space back into the store. The non profit, Artichoke Community Music, is now a foundation. You won't experience anything different as a result of these changes but we believe this will help the store survive and will give us an even better way to expand on the non-profit mission of "preserving and promoting the folk music tradition".

Speaking of the Artichoke family, Kate Power and Steve Einhorn are doing Tuesdays at Airplay CafĂ©...a Happy Hour and Singalong. They warm up the audience with a happy hour set 6:30 and then the Singalong starts at 7:30. The house band is provided by Kate & Steve and friends…harmonica to strings, Players are welcome to play along from their seats.
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Yeah, the bug is still with me so here's something I played to make myself feel better.

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I'm working on something big and I can't say what it is. Meanwhile, the rate of O assignments has gone up. Wish I could spend more time on this but………

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While you're waiting for the Rose Festival to end and Spring to begin,listen to Joni sing Mingus:

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They've found a weekly home at Dante's and they're calling it Sideshow Speakeasy and subtitling it Bizarre Cabaret Revue. They say they are presenting Vaudevillian Freaks from Beyond the Barricades of Normalcy.

To wit, this week (and in their own words):

This week's guest stars…..recently seen as Tweedledum and Tweedledee in The Wonderland Circus
Russell Bruner and Scott Maxwell

and, representing The Portland Freak Underground:

ballroom burlesquers

prima contortionista

clownhouse of ill repute;

hosted by

with our loyal house band

Come Early For our
8pm - 9pm
Show us your stuff - it's an audition, an open mic, and a free gig
rolled into one!
All Performers Are Encouraged To Apply!

and Stay Late for a Freakshow Dance Party
spun by

(Sick, Sissyboy, Delicious);

And that's just this Wednesday.

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