Thursday, June 29, 2006

Oh Boy! Jane's Here!

Jane Hamsher is visiting New Haven today, and she's got a lump in her throat from the newest Ned Lamont campaign advertisement. Some kids reading a script; sorry, it doesn't move me.

Not all the firedogs are feeling so sentimental. One found an opportunity to attack somebody not related to the current thread.
I get the impression that Michelle Malkin is a product of her husbands ideology and not her own. She is intelligent but not smart enough to have her own say, a parrot of her husband and the conservative movement, she may not realize that she’s not a WASP or JAP or even blond but she does crave the attention. Mabuhay Maglalang bana mabaling or in Pink Flamingo’s that stands for pah pah ooh mow mow.
I wonder what this poster is getting at? Hmmmmmmmm......

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Radio Piece III

Ahhh...late Wednesday night, and Tom Makucevich is filling in for Amir. He's playing his Radio Piece III album Tesseract and Monuments, which is one of my favorite recording of all time. It's happy, bubbly and quirky. I used to listen to it all the time when I had a job doing technical illustrations.

My state is ground zero for the battle for the Senate, and the shit is hitting the fan around Israel, but for a moment I can lean my head back, close my eyes, and enjoy some excellent music. Thanks, Tom!

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Stop the Presses! Jane's coming!

Jane Hamsher is coming to New Haven on Thursday, no doubt to meet with Ned Lamont's nutroots suporters.

That firedoglake thing reads like a cult of personality. At least she drove some traffic to WPKN Today a few weeks ago. Right now she seems to be the poster child for Lieberman Derangement Syndrome. Somebody should clue Jane and the folks at Lamont Blog that Michelle Malkin did not actually endorse Joe Lieberman. If this is "reality-based" blogging, I am the walrus.

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Playlist, June 25, 2006

Set One
Christian McBride; Out Jam/Via Mwandishi>Mwandishi Outcome Jam>The Comedown (LSD Jam); Live at Tonic
Casey Driessen; Sugarfoot Rag/Freedom Jazz Dance; 3D
Eddie Jefferson; Freedom Jazz Dance; Things Are Getting Better
Eddie Jefferson; Chameleon; Godfather of Vocalese
Herbie Hancock; Chameleon; Headhunters
Chembo Corniel & Andrea Brachfeld; Freedom Jazz Dance; Beyond Standards
[mic break 11:02 a.m.]

Set Two
Erin Bode; Don't Take Your Time; Don't Take Your Time
Jane Monheit; Taking A Chance on Love; Jazz Vocalists Hear & Now
Nnenna Freelon; Lover Man; Jazz Vocalists Hear & Now
The Calvin Owens Show; Best Worst Day; I Ain't Gonna Be Yo' Dog No Mo'
John Faddis; The Hunters & Gatherers; Teranga
[mic break 11:30 a.m.]

11:30 a.m. On-air fundraising
12:45 p.m. Interview with Erin Bode

Set Three
Erin Bode; Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You; Don't Take Your Time
Donald Fagen; Mary Shut the Garden Door; Morph The Cat
Steely Dan; Babylon Sisters; Alive in America
Melvin Sparks; She's A Bad Mama Jama; Groove On Up
Patric Cornelius; Winds of Change; Lucid Dream
McCoy Tyner; The Greeting; Milstone Profiles
[mic break 1:33 p.m.]

Set Four
Pat Metheny Group; The Awakening; Imaginary Day
The Jazz Circle; Stolen Moments; Joshua
Frank Zappa; Strictly Genteel; Make A Jazz Noise Here
[2:00 p.m.]

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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Notes on today's program

Lots of new releases on the shelf this week, including the Ed Palermo Big Band. I tried to find Ponty's "Canteloupe Island," but it was nowhere to be found. I have an original import LP of "King Kong" at home, but that doesn't help me right now. We also have new music from Melvin Sparks and Ray Mantilla. Milestone came out with a "Profiles" series of some of its artists, and a new Monk & Coltrane CD is out: the Complete Riverside Recordings from 1957.

The new CD openers are here. They are round, translucent things that look like fat lollipops on a key chain; the design is similar to the wristwatch. If you are a retailer and you want some to give out to customers, drop me a line.

The new Monk/Coltrane release is as good as expected. I also made a happy discovery in the library: Remi Kabaka/Abbdul Lasisi Amao/Steve Winwood. It's wrapping up my electric set right now, and then we're in for a change in style.

Today's final set is bookended by two versions of Darrell Scott's "River Take Me." The first is a new recording by Sam Bush, who played on the original; the closer is a live version by Darrell himself.

UPDATE: I'll try to post audio from the unhinged phone call I took on air during my show.

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Playlist, June 18, 2006

Set One
The Ed Palermo Big Band; RDNZL; Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
David Berger & The Sultans of Swing; No Refill; Hindustan
Thad Jones & Mel Lewis; Tiptoe; Thad Jones & Mel Lewis (Blue Note Reissue Series)
Duke Ellington; Joog Joog; The World of Duke Ellington Vol. 2
[mic break 10:32 a.m.]

Set Two
Benny Goodman; Pick Yourself Up; The Complete Benny Goodman Vol III: 1936
Melvin Sparks; Cranberry Sunshine; Groove On Up
Luisito Quintero; Percussion Madness; Percussion Madness
Ray Mantilla; Midnight Sun; Good Vibrations
The Ed Palermo Big Band; Dwarf Nebula Processional March & Dwarf Nebula; Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
Frank Zappa; The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue; The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
Eric Dolphy; G.W.; The Best of Eric Dolphy
[mic break 11:20 a.m.]

Set Three
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane; Monk's Mood; The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane; Crepuscule With Nellie; The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings
Jimmy Scott; Mood Indigo; Jimmy Scott (Milestone Profiles)
Helen Sung Trio; H*Town; Helenistique
Bill Evans; Blue in Green; Bill Evans (Milestone Profiles)
Miles Davis; Two Bass Hit; At Newport 1958
[mic break 12:07 p.m.]

Set Four
The Soft Machine; Out-Bloody-Rageous; Grides
Ed Spargo; Caddy; Ed Spargo
Helmet of Gnats; Yesterday's Brain; Helmet of Gnats
Cheb i Sabbah; Esh 'Dani, Alash Mshit: The Rai of Light Club Remix
Abdorahman Nurak; Aktamak Kötamak; The Rough Gide to the Music of Central Asia
Remi Kabaka/Abbdul Lasisi Amao/Steve Winwood; Irin-Ajo; Aiye-Keta
[mic break 12:52 a.m.]

Set Five
Sam Bush; River Take Me; Laps in Seven
Bruce Springsteen; Kitty's Back; The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle
The Ed Palermo Big Band; A Pound For A Brown; Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
Darrell Scott; River Take Me; Live in NC
[1:30 p.m.]

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Lamont's backers show their true colors

Check this diary by Grand Moff Texan at Daily Kos:

Juan Cole is, apparently, not too bothered by the fact that he's not going to Yale and who could blame him? Presented with the choice of living and working in Ann Arbor or Hartford New Haven, I'd rather be a Wolverine too. But that's not what this is about. I have a problem with the fact that Yale decided not to hire someone because a bunch of Israel-first, rightwing flacks went and scared Yale's Jewish donors, and they in turn scared administrators at Yale.
Now check out the cartoons. Is this guy living in 1938 or what?

Hey, Lamont, you big dummy! This is coming under the auspices of the guy in your TV commercials. Do you approve this message?

Your candidacy is through unless you dump Markos "screw them" Zuniga. How about it, Ned? Are you going to distance yourself from the sewer or roll in it?

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Home-schoolers at risk in Belgium

Brussels Journal Editor Threatened with Prosecution over Homeschooling
Yesterday my husband Paul Belien, the editor of this website, was summoned to the police station and interrogated. He was told that the Belgian authorities are of the opinion that, as a homeschooler, he has not adequately educated his children and, hence, is neglecting his duty as a parent, which is a criminal offence. The Ministry of Education has asked the judiciary to press charges and the judiciary told the police to investigate and take down his statement.
Their crime? Refusing to sign an official “declaration of homeschooling” in which they agree to school their children “respecting the respect [sic] for the fundamental human rights and the cultural values of the child itself and of others.”
The declaration does not specify what “respecting the respect for the fundamental human rights and the cultural values of the child itself and of others” means. It states, however, that government inspectors decide about this and adds – and here is the crux of the matter – that if the parents receive two negative reports from the inspectors they will have to send their child to an official government recognized school.
That's Big Brother for you. The people who complain about fascism in this country should try living in progressive Europe.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The Revenge of Marxism

A great essay from Fjiordman at Gates of Vienna:

What happened is that while the “hard” Marxism of the Soviet Union may have collapsed, at least for now, the “soft” Marxism of the Western Left has actually grown stronger, in part because we deemed it to be less threatening. The “hard” Marxists had intercontinental nuclear missiles and openly said that they would “bury” us. The soft Marxists talk about tolerance and may seem less threatening, but their goal of overthrowing the evil, capitalist West remains the same. In fact, they are more dangerous precisely because they hide their true goals under different labels. Perhaps we should call it “stealth Socialism” instead of soft Socialism.

One of the readers of Fjordman blog once pointed out that we never had a thorough de-Marxification process after the Cold War, similar to the de-Nazification after WW2. He was thinking of the former Soviet Union and the countries in Eastern Europe, but he should probably have included their Marxist fellow travellers, their sympathizers and apologists in the West. We never fully confronted the ideology of Marxism, and demonstrated that the suffering it caused for hundreds of millions of people was a direct result of Marxist ideas. We just assumed that Marxism was dead and moved on, allowing many of its ideals to mutate into new forms and many of its champions to continue their work uninterrupted, sometimes filled with a vengeance and a renewed zeal for another assault on the capitalist West.

Read it all.

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Playlist, June 11, 2006

Set One
Bob Mintzer Big Band; Go Go; Old School: New Lessons
Christian McBride; Sonic Tonic; Live at Tonic
Frank Kimbrough; Jimmy; Play
Frank Kimbrough; Play; Play
Cannonball Adderly; The Happy People; The Happy People
[mic break 10:53 a.m.]

Set Two
Ahmad Jamal; Appreciation; Live in Concert
Max Roach & Cecil Taylor; Duets Part II; Historic Concerts
Kenny MacKenzie Trio; Plata; II
Don Sebesky; Naima; Full Cycle
Frank Sinatra; Fools Rush In; The Essential Frank Sinatra with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Etta Jones; I Love Paris; Don't Go To Strangers
New Air featuring Cassandra Wilson; Apricots On Their Wings; Air Show No. 1
Klezmer Conservatory Band; Voilin Doyne; Old World Beat
Klezmer Conservatory Band; Watch Your Step; Old World Beat
[mic break 11:42 a.m.]

Set Three
Billy Preston; Outta Space; I Wrote A Simple Song
Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Aquatarkus; Tarkus
Don Braden; Feel Like Makin' Love; Workin'
Eric Alexander; Let's Stay Together; Alexander the Great
[mic break 12:12 p.m.]

Set Four
Miroslav Vitous; Freedom Jazz Dance; Mountain in the Clouds
Grateful Dead; Here Comes Sunshine; Dick's Picks Volume 1
Mordy Ferber; Zipora; Mr. X
Ralph Towner; If; Time Line
Preston Reed; Deadline; Halfway Home
Yes; Time and a Word; YesShows
Yes; Going For The One; YesShows
Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia; Space; Well-Matched
Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia; Positively 4th Street; Well-Matched
Jack's Waterfall; Vision; Calling All Angels
[mic break 1:27 p.m.]

Set Five
Harry Nilsson; It Had To Be You; A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night
Charlie Haden/Quartet West; Lonely Town; The Art of Song
Eladr; Dat Dere; Live at the Blue Note
[2:00 p.m.]

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Not Settled! Not Forget!

While I'm in the video mood, here's one called 未解決 (Not Settled).

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — for ever.
- George Orwell, 1984


Back before WPKN was on 24/7 and I used to do a morning show, I would sign the station on for the day. This song is one of my favorite broadcast day openers.

For serious Dan fans, here are two vintage videos of the original lineup. David Palmer rocks out on tambourine on "Reelin' in the Years" and sings lead on "Do It Again" (check out Skunk on the congas).

If you're wondering what ever happened to Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Pete Blackwell at (parenthetical remarks) reports that
It turns out that the former Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers ax man is a consultant to the U.S. government on missile defense and terrorist tactics.
Apparently he's also reelin' in the dough, making more as a defense consultant than he ever did in show biz. He hasn't forgotten music, though. According to Wikipedia,

He also occasionally plays in The Coalition of the Willing, a band comprised of Andras Simonyi, Hungarian Ambassador to the United States; Alexander Vershbow, US Ambassador to South Korea; Daniel B. Poneman, formerly of the United States National Security Council and now of The Scowcroft Group; and Lincoln Bloomfield, former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs.

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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Playlist, June 4, 2006

Set One
Donald Fagen; Morph the Cat; Morph the Cat
Clark Woodard/Joe Farrell; 500 Miles High; Clark Woodard/Joe Farrell
Yellowjackets; Jacketown; Twenty Five
Stanley Clarke; Lopsy Lu; Live 1976-1977
Jeff Beck; Thelonious; Blow By Blow
Jeff Beck; Freeway Jam; Blow By Blow
[mic break 10:48 a.m.]

Set Two
Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams; Slambovia; A Good Thief Tips His Hat
Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams; Flapjacks from the Sky; Flapjacks from the Sky
Sam Bush; Laps in Seven; Laps in Seven
Béla Fleck & the Flecktones; Fugue from Prelude & Fugue No. 20 in A minor (BWV 889); The Hidden Land
Béla Fleck & the Flecktones; P'lod in the House; The Hidden Land
Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint; Six-Fingered Man; The River in Reverse
Duke Robillard; I'll Do Anything But Work; Guitar Groove-a-Rama
Kerry MacKenzie Trio; Easy Yoke Dance; II
[mic break 11:27 a.m.]

Set Three
Edsel Gomez; NYC Taxi Ride; Cubist Music
Frank Kimbrough; Lucent; Play
Larry Goldings; Valsinha; Quartet
Melvin Sparks; Bambu; Melvin Sparks
The Derek Trucks Band; Sahib Ter Bandi/Maki Madni; Songlines
Janira; Sara; Time and Seasons
[mic break 12:14 p.m.]

Set Four
Sam Bush; White Bird; Laps in Seven
Djursvallens Spelmän; Fingals Cave; Drag That Fiddle
Sammy Figueroa; Bebé; ...and Sammy Walked In
Robin Rogers; My And My Chauffer Blues; Crazy Cryin' Blues
Ralph Towner; Freeze Frame; Time Line
Oregon; Tammurriata; Prime
[mic break 1:48 p.m.]

Set Five
Enrico Pieranunzi; Duologue 1; Duologues
David Byrne-Brian Eno; The Jezelebl Spirit; My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
Manu Katche; November 99; Neighborhood
Roni Ben-Hur; Eretz; Signature
John Oswald; La Estrella Oscura; Grayfolded
Erin Bode; Here, There and Everywhere; Don't Take Your Time
[mic break 1:35 p.m.]

Set Six
Zappa Plays Zappa; Pygmy Tylite; Millan 5/27/06
Zappa; Hot Plate Heaven at the Green Hotel; Broadway the Hard Way
Carlos Franzetti; Nefertiti; The Jazz Camerata
Joel Harrison; Sing Me Back Home; Free Country
[2:00 p.m.]

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