Radio Fragments - Back to the...err...past.

I like to refer to my show as "The Coolest Music of the last 100 years", but I recognize that sometimes I spend a bit more time in the last 40 years than that tagline deserves.

So, tonight, we're going back to the past. Starting 10 years ago with an album released in February 2000, we just go back, back, back. The 90s and 80s flash by in the first set. We dwell in the seventies for 25 minutes or so, rush through the 60s, going deeper and deeper. Soon we're into the 40s, the 30s...a couple of songs from 1929, and then to one of the oldest pieces in my collection, dating from 1915.

And these aren't going to be 'old standards'. Many are quite subversive, some tackle social issues, some technological issues. There's a piece of experimental electronic music from '72, a song about drug use from '44, some of the oldest blues recordings we have, a 'New Sound' (the newest sound around, doncha know), what may very well be the first all-girl rock band...and then a piece called "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals". Tell me that isn't a show!

The show is available from the streaming archive, or you can download the podcast/mp3 version by hour (below).

Hour 1 – 1-2 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Supreme Beings of Leisure, "Under the Gun" (2000)
Ministry, "Jesus Built My Hotrod" (1992)
Skinny Puppy, “Glass Houses” (1985)
Kate Bush, "The Dreaming" (1982)
Throbbing Gristle, "Hot On The Heels Of Love" (1978)
Langley Schools Music Project, "Space Oddity" (1976)
Tom Waits, "Diamonds on my Windshield" (1974)
Sadistic Mika Band, "Dance Is Over" (1973)
Ingram Marshall, "Cortez" (1972)
T.Rex, "Motivator" (1971)
Sly and the Family Stone, "I Want To Take You Higher" (1969)
The Continental Coets, "Live for the Present" (1966)
Phil Moore, "Watch Your Step, Please" (1964)

Hour 2 – 2-3 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Charles Mingus, "Freedom" (1963)
Fabian, "About This Thing Called Love" (1960)
Ella Fitzgerald, "Do Nothing Till you Hear From Me" (1957)
Elvis Presley, "Mystery Train" (1955)
Tony Burello, "There's a New Sound" (1952)
Roy Brown, "Butcher Pete Pt. 1" (1950)
Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson, “Who Put The Benzadrene In Mrs. Murphy’s Ovaltine” (1944)
Foy Willing & The Riders of the Purple Sage, "Texas Blues" (1943)
Bukka White, “Fixin’ To Dies Blues” (1940)
Robert Johnson, “Travelling Riverside Blues” (1937)
Raymond Scott, "Dinner Music For a Pack of Hungry Cannibals" (1936)
Cleoma Falcon, "Blues Negres" (1934)
Cab Calloway & His Orchestra, “Minnie The Moocher” (1931)
Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band, "Get the 'L' on Down The Road" (1929)
Billy Murray, "Which Switch is the Switch, Miss, For Ipswitch?" (1915)
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Radio Fragments - Cover to Cover

Until recently, the show that followed mine was "Recycled Music" with DJ Chairman Moe. It was two hours of cover versions of songs, every week. I have a soft spot for cover versions -- the crazier the better -- and I always enjoyed listening to his show as I drove home from the station after my own show. The Chairman retired his show a couple weeks back, and in tribute to it, I present two hours of my favorite covers.

Sometimes they are earnest, heart-felt tributes to the originals. Some times they have their tongues lodged so firmly in their cheeks it's hard to imagine how they can possibly sing. Other times they take the song and put it in such a strange new context it's practically unrecognizable. And I love them all.

The show is available from the streaming archive, or you can download the podcast/mp3 version by hour (below).

Hour 1 – 1-2 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett”
Sebastian Cabot, “Like a Rolling Stone”
The Bad Plus, “Comfortably Numb”
Big Daddy, “Once in a Lifetime”
Ladysmith Black Mambazzo w/ Des’ree, “Ain’t No Sunshine”
Senor Coconut, “Home Computer”
Harry James, “Shine (DJ Spooky Subliminal Big Band Remix)”
Cowboy Junkies, “State Trooper”
Harry Connick, Jr. “Don’t Get Around Much Any More”
Depeche Mode, “Route 66”
Bauhaus, “Ziggy Stardust”
Love and Rockets, “Ball of Confusion”

Hour 2 – 2-3 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Gary Jules, “Mad World”
Devo, “RU Experienced?”
Snake River Conspiracy, “How Soon Is Now?”
Richard Cheese, “Hot For Teacher”
Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, “California Uber Alles”
William Shatner, “Common People”
Starchildren, “Isolation”
Styrofoam & Sarah Shannon, “I Found Love”
Rayzd, “Tank”
The Squirrels, “Time”
801, “TNK (Tomorrow Never Knows)”
Led Zeppelin, “Traveling Riverside Blues”
Dread Zeppelin, “Stairway to Heaven”
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Radio Fragments - Long-Play Extravaganza

Sometimes, when I'm carefully crafting my show from a huge pile of CDs, I tend to favor the shorter to medium-length songs. I start to worry that people won't want to hear a long song, that I have to keep things moving, changing, to stay interesting. Tonight was my attempt to prove myself wrong.

2 hours, 10 songs. Some of my favorite long-format music.

The show is available from the streaming archive, or you can download the podcast/mp3 version by hour (below).

Hour 1 – 1-2 am (Download - 57 Mb)

James Brown, "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine)"
Can, "Future Days"
Talk Talk, "After The Flood"
Pink Floyd, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
Richard Thompson, "Season of the Witch"

Hour 2 – 2-3 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Bauhaus, "Bela Lugosi's Dead"
Suicide, "Frankie Teardrop"
These New Puritans, "Navigate Navigate"
Fela Kuti, "Zombie"
Bill Laswell, "Rebel Music"
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Radio Fragments - Getting in Late

Getting in a little late tonight and I'm tuckered out, so I'll skip the witty descriptors for a week and just get straight to the music.

The show is available from the streaming archive, or you can download the podcast/mp3 version by hour (below).

Hour 1 – 1-2 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Garmarna, “Gamen”
The Doors, “The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)”
Chris Whitley, “Dust Radio”
Can, “She Brings The Rain”
DJ Zebra (Goldfrapp vs. N. Greenbaum vs. ZZ Top), “Ooh la Grange in the Sky”
Utah Saints, “New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)”
The Police, “I Burn For You”
Spoons, “Nova Heart”
Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, “Mary Had A Little Lamb”
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “From Her To Eternity”
White Stripes, “One More Cup of Coffee”
Rosemary Clooney, “Black Coffee”
Tony Alvon & the Belairs, “Sexy Coffee Pot”

Hour 2 – 2-3 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Jim’s Big Ego, “Someday Café”
Shel Silverstein, “Have Another Espresso”
Scout Niblett, “Calcification”
New Young Pony Club, “Ice Cream”
Ohio Players, “Funky Worm”
The Hot Rats, “Pump It Up”
The Tragically Hip, “At the Hundredth Meridian”
St. Etienne, “Split Screen”
Richard Swift, “The Ballad of Old What’s His Name”
Albert Kuvezin, “Yenisei-Punk”
The Braineaters, “Edge”
Canned Heat, “Future Blues”
Laurette Langille, “Won’t Kill Me”
Manic Street Preachers, “This Joke Sport Severed”
DJ Krush, “Final Home (Vocal Version)”
Lusine, “Gravity”
Vangelis, “Albedo 0.39”
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Radio Fragments - The Mid-January Sunny-Day Variety Fun-Hour

...or two hours, depending on how fast you play the music. It's a beautiful early spring (fingers crossed) here in the Pacific Northwest -- and to celebrate, more music!

Steve & Edie performing "Black Hole Sun"? Frontier Psychologists? Jazz Butchers? Pat Boone sings Metallica? You betcha. Not just that, but Kinetic Stereokids, The Strokes, Elbow -- and let's not forget Luis Russell & His Orchestra coming atcha from 1929. All this and more on tonight's Radio Fragments.

The show is available from the streaming archive, or you can download the podcast/mp3 version by hour (below).

Hour 1 – 1-2 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Southern Culture on the Skids, “Voodoo Cadillac”
Buddy Greco, “The Lady Is a Tramp”
Soft Cell, “Memorabilia”
Richard Cheese, “Been Caught Stealing”
The Jazz Butcher, “Caroline Wheeler’s Birthday Present”
Super Furry Animals, “The Very Best of Neil Diamond”
The Who, “The Seeker”
Berlin, “The Metro”
Steve Lawrence & Edie Gorme, “Black Hole Sun”
The Avalanches, “Frontier Psychologist”
Fever Ray, “Triangle Walks”
Banco de Gaia, “Last Train to Lhasa”

Hour 2 – 2-3 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Luis Russell & His Orchestra, “New Call of the Freaks”
T-Bone Walker, “Call It Stormy Monday”
Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam, “Romance Without Finance”
The Monks, “Monk Time”
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “If 6 was 9”
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, “She’s Too Young”
King Crimson, “I Talk to the Wind”
Pat Boone, “Enter Sandman”
Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, “Thou Shalt Always Kill”
Elbow, “Grounds for Divorce”
The Strokes, “Juice Box”
Kinetic Stereokids, “Twisted Thoughts”
Spiritualized, “I Think I’m In Love”
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