Monday, December 29, 2008

RIP Freddie Hubbard

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Grammy-winning jazz musician Freddie Hubbard, whose style influenced a generation of trumpet players, has died at age 70.

Hubbard's manager, David Weiss, says the musician died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles. He had been hospitalized since suffering a heart attack last month.

Although he had been in declining health in recent years, Hubbard continued to perform until just a few months ago. Known for both the intensity of his playing, as well as his melodic style, Hubbard's last concert was in June in New York at a party celebrating the release of his final album.

He won a Grammy in 1972 for best jazz performance by a group for the album "First Light."
Here's Freddie playing Canteloupe Island with Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter & Tony Williams.



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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Please, think of the puppies!



Eye On The World: Jordanian lawmakers burn Israeli flag, demand to expel Israeli ambassador

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Tribute to Victor Pachera

WPKN will air a tribute to the late Victor Pachera Monday, December 29th at 12 noon. The program will feature air checks and listener phone calls remembering Victor. Observant listeners will recall that Victor's program stopped airing when Harry Minot left WPKN. It's not known if Harry will make an appearance.

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Playlist, December 28, 2008

Set One
The Ed Palermo Big Band; Dwarf Nebula Processional March & Dwarf Nebula;
Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (2006 Cuneiform)
Dan Cavanagh; Pulse; Pulse (2008 OA2)
Roy Assaf & Eddy Khaimovich Quartet; Andarta; Andarta (2008 Origin)
Benny Powell; You Got It; Nextep (2008 Origin)
J.J. Johnson; It's You Or No One; Let's Hang Out (1993 Verve)
[mic break 10:39 a.m.]

Set Two
Avi Lebo Double Trombome Quintet; Let's Play; Shades of Brass (1997 Mapleshade)
Tom Beckham; In Flight; Rebound (2008 Apria)
Anat Cohen; Jitterbug Waltz; Notes From the Village (2008 Anzic)
Cedar Walton; The Man I Love; Seasoned Wood (2008 HighNote)
Javon Jackson; One By One; Once Upon a Melody (2008 Palmetto)
[mic break 11:24 a.m.]

Set Three
Sonny Rollins; Best Wishes; Road Shows Vol. 1 (2008 Doxy)
Sarah Vaughn; I Remember You; Live at the 1971 Monterey Jazz Festival (2007 Monterey Jazz Festival)
Sarah Vaughn; The Lamp is Low; Live at the 1971 Monterey Jazz Festival (2007 Monterey Jazz Festival)
Sarah Vaughn; 'Round Midnight; Live at the 1971 Monterey Jazz Festival (2007 Monterey Jazz Festival)
Thelonious Monk/John Coltrane; Epistrophy; The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (2006 Concord)
[mic break 12:00 noon]

Set Four
Fats Waller; Let's Pretend There's a Moon; The Complete Recorded Works Volume 2 (2006 JSP)
Ben Webster; Noah; Big Ben (2006 Proper)
Hamiet Bluiett; Oasis/The Wall; Bluiett's Barbecue Band (1997 Mapleshade)
Melvin Sparks; Cranberry Sunshine; Groove On Up (2006 Savant)
John McLaughlin; Raju; Floating Point (2008 Abstract Logix)
[mic break 12:32 p.m.]

Set Five
moe.; Crab Eyes; Warts and All (2001 Fatboy)
Mike Agranoff; Ballad of the Sandman; The Modern Folk Musician (1993 Mike Agranoff)
Grateful Dead; I Need a Miracle>Terrapin Station; The Closing of Winterland, December 31, 1978 (2003 Rhino)
Jefferson Airplane; We Could Be Together; The Worst of Jefferson Airplane (1970 RCA)
Hot Tuna; Candy Man; Keep On Truckin' (2006 Sony)
Michael Falzarano; Candy Man; We Are All One (2008 Woodstock)
[mic break 1:38 p.m.]

Set Six
Frank Zappa; Xmas Values; Civilization Phaze III (1993 Barking Pumpkin)
The Doors; The End; The Doors (1967 Elektra)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tuesday

If you and your cronies see a successful project and you want a cut of the action or a say in how it's run, you are gangsters. If the Board of Directors gives you approval to operate in such a manner, the organization is corrupt.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Playlist, December 21, 2008

Set One
Donald Fagen; The Nightfly; The Nightfly (1982 Warner Bros)
Grateful Dead; Cold Rain & Snow; 6/9/76 Boston Music Hall
Grateful Dead; jam > Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad > Cold Rain & Snow; Ladies & Gentleman...Fillmore East April 1971 (2000 Arista)
[mic break 10:48 a.m.]

Set Two
Frank Zappa; Lumpy Gravy part one; Lumpy Gravy (1995 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Put a Motor in Yourself; Civilization Phaze III (1993 Barking Pumpkin)
Frank Zappa; Evelyn a Modified Dog; One Size Fits All (1975 DiscReet)
[mic break 11:13 p.m.]

Set Three
Frank Zappa; Rat Tomago; Sheik Yerbouti (1979 DiscReet)
Frank Zappa; Ya Hozna; Them or Us (1984 Barking Pumpkin)
Frank Zappa; Black Napkins; Zoot Allures (1976 Warner Bros)
Frank Zappa; The Torture Never Stops; Zoot Allures (1976 Warner Bros)
[mic break 11:40 a.m.]

Set Four
Frank Zappa; The Closer You Are; Them Or Us (1984 Barking Pumpkin)
Mothers of Invention; WPLJ; Burnt Weenie Sandwich (1969 Reprise)
Frank Zappa; Charva; The Lost Episodes (1996 Rykodisc)
Mothers of Invention; Love of My Life; Cruisin' with Ruben and the Jets (1968 Verve)
Frank Zappa; Love of My LIfe; Son of Cheep Thrills (1999 Rykodisc)
Mothers of Invention; Cheap Thrills; Cruisin' with Ruben and the Jets (1968 Verve)
Mothers of Invention; You Didn't Try to Call Me; Cruisin' with Ruben and the Jets (1968 Verve)
Frank Zappa; Fountain of Love; The Lost Episodes (1996 Rykodisc)
Mothers of Invention; The Air; Uncle Meat (1968 Reprise)
[mic break 12:11 a.m.]

Set Five
Frank Zappa; Here LIes Love; You Can't Do That on Stage Any More Volume 5 (1992 Rykodisc)
Mothers of Inventions; Directly From My Heart to You; Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970 Reprise)
Frank Zappa; Sharleena; The Lost Episodes (1996 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up; Joe's Garage (1979 Zappa)
Frank Zappa; Son of Orange County > More Trouble Every Day; Roxy and Elsewhere (1974 Warner Bros)
[mic break 12:53 p.m.]

Set Six
Mothers of Invention; The M.O.I. American Pageant; Absolutely Free (1998 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; The Black Page; You Can't Do That on Stage Any More Volume 5 (1992 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Harder Than Your Husband; You Are What You Is (1995 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Sofa No. 2; One Size Fits All (1975 Warner Bros)
[1:30 p.m.]


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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Grateful Dead Scarlet Begonias jam

One more before I go to bed. This is an outtake from the Grateful Dead Movie. I don't know what it is, but I love that crackling funky sound the Dead had in 1974.



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Sesame Street "Subway" video



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Friday, December 19, 2008

More Fairness Doctrine talk

Following a comment from Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) about bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, Brent Littlefield wrote this piece in Pajamas Media.

Battle Lines Being Drawn in Fight Over Fairness Doctrine
Why do they say it’s needed? They claim the federal government must ensure local stations fully cover local news and topics of the day. However, those promoting the new Fairness Doctrine come from the politically correct left, which is incensed that conservative-minded talk show hosts have large ratings, large audiences, and big paychecks.

Liberal activists want the federal government to determine if a station is balanced and providing politically correct programming in our neighborhoods. Just imagine, if you will, a federal bureaucrat hops on a plane and travels from Washington to a local rural radio station. That bureaucrat then walks in to tell a station manager what to put on the air.

Yes, Virginia, they would be coming from the government and they would only be there to help. Or so the activists promoting the Fairness Doctrine want you to believe.
WPKN had a big internal quarrel over fairness doctrine principles regarding their "right to respond/personal commentary disclaimer" a few years ago, and it was the station's "progressive activists" who were against it. The guideline for the left seems to be "free speech for me, but none for thee."

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Mets get rid of Heilman, get a Putz

It's pronounced "puts" and he's supposed to be good, but after what I've seen coming out of the Mets bullpen the past two years the headline seemed appropriate. J.J. Putz will be the setup man for Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez. Schoeneweis and Smith are also gone, with Sean Green coming in for middle relief. Let's hope that Omar Minaya made the right moves.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

RIP George Kirschner

George was a legendary history teacher at the former Walden School in New York. He lived well into his 80s, lucid until the end. George's influence was felt far and wide among his former students of many years. I was not as attentive or engaged as I could have been when I had him for 11th grade American History, but he made the subject come alive. Farewell, teacher. You will be missed.
KIRSCHNER--George. Beloved grandfather and greatgrandfather, father, husband, teacher, and friend will be remembered for his contagious smile and energy, unwavering principles, profound sense of justice, unequivocal commitment to activism, and open and welcoming heart. Born in New York City, George served in the US Coast Guard during WWII. He began as a brewer, later went to college, and found his professional love as a teacher of history at the Walden School in New York City. He is survived by his children, Carl and Sandy, his grandchildren Emily, Jessie, Jonathan and Amanda, and his great-granddaughter Mia. Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders.
UPDATE: You can leave comments for George's family in the guestbook.

UPDATE: A lot of people are landing here from Google and going to the guestbook. Hello to all Walden alumni & faculty. Here's a link to Doctors Without Borders.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Playlist, December 14, 2008

Set One
Steely Dan; The Last Mall; Everything Must Go (2003 Reprise)
Carlos Garnett; Giant Steps; Moon Shadow (2001 Savant)
Billy Hart; Mellow B; Quartet (2006 HighNote)
Bob Mintzer Big Band; Timeless; Gently (2002 DMP)
[mic break 10:29 a.m.]

Set Two
Jeff Coffin Mu'tet; Tag > Al's Greens; Mutopia (2008 Compass)
Joe Baione; Down Fuzz; Oh Yeah! (2008 Jeo Baione)
Ray Mantilla; Midnight Sun; Good Vibrations (2006 Savant)
Sarah Vaughn; What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life; Send in the Clowns: The Very Best of (2006 Sony)
Curtis Fuller; Maze; Keep It Simple (2006 Savant)
[mic break 11:08 a.m.]

Set Three
Kristin Korb; Why Can't You Behave; Why Can't You Behave (2008 Double K)
Sonny Stitt; Getting Sentimental Over You; It's Magic (2005 Delmark)
Bill Heid; Asian Persuasion; Asian Persuasion (2008 Doodlin)
Victor Bailey; Nothing But Net; That's Right (2001 ESC)
JJ Grey & Mofro; Move it On; Orange Blossoms (2008 Alligator)
Shemekia Copeland; Walk On; Talking to Strangers (2002 Alligator)
[mic break 11:47 a.m.]

Set Four
Dar Williams; The Christians and the Pagans; Mortal City (1996 Razor & Tie)
Oscar Peterson; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; An Oscar Peterson Christmas (1995 Telarc)
Duke Ellington; Solitude; Masterpieces by Ellington (2004 Sony)
David Murray Big Band; Dewey's Circle; Live at Sweet Basil Vol. 2 (1986 Black Saint)
Herbie Hancock; River; River: The Joni Letters; 2007 Verve)
Eric Alexander Quartet; Blues Like; Prime Time (2008 HighNote)
[mic break 12:33 p.m.]

Set Five
Zach Deputy; Chicken Pot Pie
Michael Falzarano; New Shirt; We Are All One (2008 Woodstock)
Hot Tuna; Good Morning Little Schoolgirl > Walking' Blues; Live At Sweetwater Two (2004 Eagle)
Donna Jean & the Tricksters; So Hard; Donna Jean & the Tricksters (2008 Heart of Gold)
Buckethead; The Ballad of the Buckethead; Monsters & Robots (1999 Higher Octave)
NRBQ; Trouble at the Henhouse; Tapdancin' Bats (1983 Rounder)
[mic break 1:05 p.m.]

Set Six
Erroll Garner; Just One of Those Things; Dreamstreet & One World Concert (1995 Telarc)
Charles Earland; Ready 'n Able; Ready 'n Able (1995 Muse)
Roni Ben-Hur; So Nice; Anna's Dance (2001 Reservoir)
[1:30 p.m.]

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Playlist, December 7, 2008

Set One
Grateful Dead; Cold Rain and Snow; Dick's Picks 18 (2000 GDP)
Herbie Hancock; River; River: The Joni Letters (2007 Verve)
Clay Giberson; From the Outside; Spaceton's Approach (2008 Origin)
Tim Green & Trio Cambia; Linus and Lucy; Change of Seasons (2008 OA2)
David Sancious; The Bridge; The Bridge (1981 Elektra Musician)
[mic break 10:46 a.m.]

Set Two
Lester Young; Sometimes I'm Happy; The Lester Young Story (2005 Proper)
Lester Young; After Theatre Jump; The Lester Young Story (2005 Proper)
Clifford Brown & Max Roach; Daahoud; Pure Genius (1982 Elektra Musician)
Coleman Hawkins; The Man I Love; Sirius (1975 Pablo)
[mic break 11:12 a.m.]

Set Three
George Duke; Images of Us; Dukey Treats (2008 Heads Up)
Cedar Walton; Hindsight; Seasoned Wood (2008 HighNote)
Pearl Harbor newscast
FDR Speech to Congress 12/8/1941
Lester Young; Tea for Two; The Lester Young Story (2005 Proper)
The Roches; The Hallelujah Chorus; Keep On Doing (1982 Warner Bros)
The Doors; Break on Through; The Doors (1967 Elektra)
The Paul Winter Consort; Icarus; Icarus (1972 Living Music)
[mic break 11:55 a.m.]

Set Four
The Paul Winter Consort with the Dmitri Pokrovsky Singers; Down in Belogorod (1987 Earth Music Products)
Steely Dan; Green Book; Everything Must Go (2003 Reprise)
Dubmatix; Burning Fire Dub; Renegade Rocker (2008 7 Arts Ent.)
James Newton; O'Keeffe; Echo Canyon (1984 Celestial Harmonies)
Porter Batiste Stoltz; Funky Miracle>Sing a Simple Song>Rainy Day Women; Moodoo (2008 Highsteppin')
Vida Blue; Most Events Aren't Planned; Vida Blue (2002 Elektra)
[mic break 12:35 p.m.]

Set Five
Charlie Parker; A Night in Tunisia; Boss Bird: Studio Recordings 1944-1951 (2005 Proper)
Fats Waller; Handful of Keys; The Complete Recorded Works Volume 2 (JSP
Enrico Rava; Chanana; Sting Band (1984 Soul Note)
M'Boom; It's Time; Collage (1984 Soul Note)
Donna Jean & the Tricksters; So Hard; Donna Jean & the Tricksters (2008 Heart of Gold)
S.M.V.; Lil' Victa; Thunder (2008 Heads Up)
Victor Wooten; Bass Tribute; Soul Circus (2006 Vanguard)
Weather Report; A Remark You Made; Heavy Weather (1976 Columbia)
[mic break 1:22 p.m.]

Set Six
Jeff Coffin Mu'tet; Emma Ya; MuTopia (2008 Compass)
Ryan Montbleau Band; Honeymoon Eyes; One Fine Color (2006 7 Not)
John McLaughlin; Glancing Backwards; Where Fortune Smiles (1975 ATV)
Stan Getz; 500 Miles High; Captain Marvel (1975 Columbia)
Steely Dan; Everything Must Go; Everything Must Go (2003 Reprise)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Playlist, November 30, 2008

Set One
Grateful Dead; Cold Rain and Snow; Dick's Picks 14 (1999 GDP)
Steely Dan; The Last Mall; Everything Must Go (2003 Reprise)
Dirk Quinn Band; Evil Birdman of Funk; QuinnTet (2008 Efficient Chimps)
Corey Christiansen; Steele; Roll With It (2008 Origin)
[mic break 10:26 a.m.]

Set Two
Victor Wooten; The Lesson; Palmystery (2008 Heads Up)
McCoy Tyner; Passion Dance; Guitars (2008 Halfnote)
Bill Cantrall; Like I Said; Axiom (2008 UpSwing)
Cosmologic; Face in the Crowd; Eyes in the Back of My Head (2008 Cuneiform)
Bob Mintzer Big Band; Freedom Song; Swing Out (2008 MCG Jazz)
[mic break 11:07 a.m.]

Set Three
Kenny Garrett; Sketches of MD; Sketches of MD (2008 Mack Avenue)
3 Cohens; Gigi et Amelie; Braid (2007 Anzic)
Oscar Utterström Quintet; Open Secret; Home (2008 Right Turn)
Dan Cavanagh; Black Rattle; Pulse (2008 OA2)
Miles Davis; Honky Tonk; The Cellar Door Session 1970 (2005 Sony)
Miles Davis; What I Say; The Cellar Door Session 1970 (2005 Sony)
[mic break 12:14 p.m.]

Set Four
Tim Green & Trio Cambia; Linus and Lucy; Change of Seasons (2008 OA2)
Typhanie Monique, Neal Alger & Friends; Christmas Time is Here; Yuletide Groove (2008 Tymoni)
David Webster; River Grill; Dance on the Moon (2007 Bug Gua)
Toninho Horta; If Everyone Was Like You; To Jobim With Love (2008 Resonance)
Gene Bertoncini & Roni Ben-Hur; I Concentrate on You; Smile (2008 Motema)
John Pizzarelli; Happy Talk; With a Song in My Heart (2008 Telarc)
Pat Metheny; "It's For You"; Works (1994 ECM)
[mic break 12:55 p.m.]

Set Five
Grateful Dead; He's Gone>Gloria Jam>C.C. Rider; 12/1/79 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA)
Arlo Guthrie; Alice's Restaurant (The Massacree Revisited); Alice's Restaurant (1996 Rising Son)
[mic break 1:52 p.m.]
Steely Dan; The Last Mall; Everything Must Go (2003 Reprise)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Playlist, November 23, 2008

Set One
Grateful Dead; Desolation Row; Postcards of the Hanging (2004 Rhino)
Oingo Boingo; Capitalism; Only A Lad (1981 A&M)
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic; The Simpsons; Pyroclastics (1992 Cuneiform)
Steely Dan; Godwhacker; Everything Must Go (2003 Giant)
[mic break 10:19 a.m.]

Set Two
Bill Evans; Our Delight; The Best of (2004 Riverside)
Houston Person; Blues for H.P.; The Party (1991 Muse)
Gil Evans Orchestra; Mixed; Into the Hot (1988 Impulse!)
Woody Shaw; Love Dance; Live Volume One (2000 Highnote)
[mic break 11:00 a.m.]

Set Three
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble; Iko-Iko/Aicho; Year of the Snake (2003 Innova)
Loggins & Messina; Angry Eyes; On Stage (1974 Columbia)
The Mothers; Happy Together; Fillmore East June 1971 (1971 Reprise)
Isley Brothers & Jimi Hendrix; Testify; In The Beginning (1972 Buddah)
Stanley Turrentine; Don't Mess with Mr. T; T Time (1995 MusicMasters)
[mic break 11:33 a.m.]

Set Four
Horace Silver; Rocky's Overture; Rockin' with Rachmaninoff (2003 Bop City)
Duke Ellington; Skin Deep; Ellington Uptown (2004 Columbia Legacy)
Typhanie Monique, Neal Alger & Friends; Baby, It's Cold Outside; Yuletide Groove (2008 Tymoni)
Jackie Green; Uphill Mountain; Giving Up The Ghost (2008 429)
[mic break 11:59 a.m.]

Interview with Dave Webster

Set Five
David Webster; Dance on the Moon; Dance on the Moon (2007 Buga Gua)
Boris Garcia; She Wasn't Born to Follow; Once More Into the Bliss (2008 Rykodisc)
Jimmy Herring; New Moon; Lifeboat (2008 Abstract Logix)
Dave Brubeck; One Alone; One Alone (2000 Telarc)
Brad Goode; Astra Projection; Polytonal Dance Party (2008 Origin)
Al Grey Jimmy Forrest Quintet; You Are the Sunshine of My Life; Truly Wonderful (1992 Stash)
[mic break 1:20 p.m.]
Steely Dan; Everything Must Go; Everything Must Go (2003 Giant)
[1:30 p.m. Morning Mommy Update]

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Playlist, November 16, 2008

Set One
Steely Dan; The Last Mall; Everything Must Go (2004 Giant)
Phish; Harry Hood; A Live One (1995 Elektra)
Garaj Mahal; Jamie's Jam; w00t (2008 Owl Studios)
Return to Forever; Vulcan Worlds; The Anthology (2008 Concord)
[mic break 10:36 a.m.]

Set Two
Steve Ramsdell; Cascades; Looking For... (2008 Kopaesthetics)
Pat Metheny; Snova; Let's Move (2008 Nonesuch)
Mike Stern; 55 Dive; Is What it Is (1994 Atlantic)
McCoy Tyner; Blues on the Corner (with John Scofield); Guitars (2008 HalfNote)
[mic break 11:01 a.m.]

Set Three
Anat Cohen; After the Rain; Notes from the Village (2008 Anzic)
Dan Cavanagh; Tunnel Vision; Pulse (2008 OA2)
James Newton; Peace; Romance and Revolution (1987 Blue Note)
Wayne Wallace; Love Walked In; Infinity (2008 Patois)
[mic break 11:33 a.m.]

Set Four
Danilo Perez; Another Autumn; Across the Crystal Sea (2008 Decca)
Herbie Hancock; Court and Spark; River: The Joni Letters (2007 Verve)
Elaine Lucia; All Dressed Up with a Broken Heart; Lets Live Again (2008 Songflower)
Roy Assaf & Eddy Khaimovich Quartet; You Don't Know What Love Is; Andarta (2008 Origin)
Spiros Exaras World-Jazz Ensemble; Virtue is Gone; Phrygianics (2002 Laughing Buddha)
[mic break 12:10 p.m.]

Set Five
Skip WIlkins Quintet; December (As I Would Have It); The Paint-Peeler (2008 Dreambox Media)
Roy Hargrove & Antonio Hart; Work Song; The Tokyo Sessions (1992 Novus)
Cynthia Holiday; I LIke What I See; All the Way (2008 Miles High)
McCoy Tyner Big Band; Fly With the Wind; The Turning Point (1992 Verve)
[mic break 12:47 p.m.]

Set Six
Jimmy Herring; Splash; Lifeboat (2008 Abstract Logix)
MFSB; Love is the Message; Love is the Message (1973 Philadelphia International)
Weather Report; Black Market; Live & Unreleased (2002 Columbia)
Either Orchestra; Yezamed Yebaed; Afro-Cubism (2002 Accurate)
Mothers of Invention; Son of Suzy Creamcheese; Absolutely Free (1995 Rykodisc)
Club D'Elf; Quilty; Now I Understand (2006 Accurate)
Wayne Shorter; Yamanja; Phantom Navigator (1987 Columbia)
[mic break 1:37 p.m.]

Set Seven
Miles Davis; Flamenco Sketches; Kind of Blue (1959 Columbia)
Frank Zappa; Sofa #2; The Best Band You Never Heard in Your LIfe (1990 Barking Pumpkin)
Steely Dan; Everything Must Go; Everything Must Go (2004 Giant)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Playlist, November 9, 2008

Set One
Steely Dan; The Last Mall; Everything Must Go (2004 Giant)
S.M.V.; Classical Thump; Thunder (2008 Heads Up)
Garaj Mahal; Hotel; w00t (2008 Owl Studios)
McCoy Tyner; My Favorite Things; Guitars (2008 Half Note)
McCoy Tyner Big Band; High Priest; The Turning Point (1992 Verve)
Bill Evans; Night and Day; The Best of (2004 Fantasy)
[mic break 10:41 a.m.]

Set Two
(In memory of Victor Pachera)
Bix Beiderbecke; Rhythm King; Bix Restored Vol. 4 (2002 Sunbeam)
Bix Beiderbecke; Louisiana; Bix Restored Vol. 4 (2002 Sunbeam)
Bix Beiderbecke; Concerto in F; Bix Restored Vol. 4 (2002 Sunbeam)
Benny Goodman; Clarinet a la King; King Porter Stomp (2002 Prism Leisure)
Benny Goodman; 'S Wonderful; King Porter Stomp (2002 Prism Leisure)
Benny Goodman; Pink Panther Theme; Hello Benny (2003 Capitol)
[mic break 11:03 a.m.]

Set Three
Charlie Parker; Body and Soul; A Studio Chronicle 1940-1948 (2003 JSP)
Charlie Parker; Honeysuckle Rose; A Studio Chronicle 1940-1948 (2003 JSP)
Charlie Parker; Warming up A Riff; A Studio Chronicle 1940-1948 (2003 JSP)Charlie Parker; Billie's Bounce; A Studio Chronicle 1940-1948 (2003 JSP)Charlie Parker; Now's the Time; A Studio Chronicle 1940-1948 (2003 JSP)
[mic break 11:22 a.m.]

Set Four
Ernie Watts Quartet; Hot House; To The Point (2008 Flying Dolphin)
John Pizzarelli; I Want to Recognize the Tune; With a Song in My Heart (2008 Telarc)
Corey Christiansen; Roll With It; Roll With It (2008 Origin)
Katie King; Alone Together; Harry's Fight (2008 OA2)
Katie King; Come Together; Harry's Fight (2008 OA2)
Kenny Garrett; Wayne's Thang; Sketches of MD (2008 Mack Avenue)
[mic break 12:04 p.m.]

Set Five
Dan Cavanaugh; Having Built in Deeper Waters; Pulse (2008 OA2)
McCoy Tyner; Greensleeves; Guitars (2008 Half Note)
Jimmy Herring; Lifeboat Serenade; Lifeboat (2008 Abstract Logix)
Bryan Doherty Band; Dreading Science; Rigamarole (2008 Origin)
Jeff Bujak; I > Cake; Peaces of Man and Machine (2006 Lizardflag)
[mic break 12:49 p.m.]

Set Six
(In memory of Jimmy Carl Black)
Mothers of Invention; Concentration Moon > Mom & Dad; We're Only In It for the Money (1995 Rykodisc)
Mothers of Invention: The Return of the Hunch-Back Duke > Trouble Every Day > Proto-Minimalism; You Can't Do That on Stage Any More Volume 5 (1992 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Lonesome Cowboy Burt; 200 Motels (1997 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Teen-age Wind > Harder Than Your Husband; You Are What You Is (1981 Rykodisc)
[mic break 1:19 p.m.]

Set Seven
Duke Ellington; Mood Indigo; Masterpieces (2004 Sony)
Kenny Burrell; Sultry Serenade; Ellington a la Carte (1993 Muse)
Jarrett/Peacock/DeJohnette; I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me; The Out-of-Towners (2004 ECM)
[mic break 1:52 p.m.]
Steely Dan; Everything Must Go; Everything Must Go (2004 Giant)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Quote of the day

Someone once described democracy as 51% of the people agreeing to rob the other 49%.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

RIP Victor Pachera

Victor Pachera, host of "Jazz Classics" on WPKN, has left the building.

Obituary
He was born in Tarrytown, N.Y., on June 19, 1931, to the late Guerino Pachera and Maria Formaggioni Pachera, and lived in Bridgeport for 70 years. A graduate of Central High School in 1949, Mr. Pachera was employed by the Sikorsky Division of United Technologies Corporation until his retirement. An avid reader and insatiable intellectual, he had an astute mind for such diverse fields as 20th Century American and European art, history, music, contemporary humor, and military aviation. Victor is best known as the host of "Jazz Classics", a weekly show broadcast on WPKN radio devoted to American Jazz from the 1920's to the end the swing era, which was one of the longest running WPKN programs. As the voice of "Jazz Classics", Victor had a strong fan base of admiring listeners, and was widely known for his authoritative commentary on the lives and musical styles of legendary players and singers.
UPDATE: Guest book for Victor.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Der Fuehrer's Face



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Schumer talks Fairness Doctrine

The polls haven't even closed yet, but Chuck Schumer is already talking about reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday defended the so-called Fairness Doctrine in an interview on Fox News, saying, “I think we should all be fair and balanced, don’t you?”

Schumer’s comments echo other Democrats’ views on reviving the Fairness Doctrine, which would require radio stations to balance conservative hosts with liberal ones.
The Fairness Doctrine was one enshrined in WPKN's Constitution, even long after is ceased to be law. A few years ago there was a long, bitter struggle within WPKN over the station's personal commentary disclaimer. The station's leftist producers found it inconvenient to disclose that the content of their programs did not reflect the views of WPKN or its licensee and invite listener response. The commentary disclaimer/response invitation was eventually relegated to weekday evenings around 6:30, appropriately following the left-slanted Free Speech Radio News.

If the Fairness Doctrine once again becomes law due to Democratic control of Congress, the squealing from WPKN's news & public affairs producers should be very entertaining.

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

RIP Jimmy Carl Black 2/1/38-11/1/08

Playlist, November 2, 2008

Set One
Steely Dan; The Last Mall; Everything Must Go (2004 Giant)
Libby York; Midnight Sun; Sunday in New York (2003 BluJazz)
Bill Cantrall; Minor Transgression; Axiom (2008 UpSwing)
Tony Greene; Sax Rock; Midnight Blue (2008 VP)
Duke Pearson; A Beautiful Friendship; I Don't Care Who Knows It (1996 Blue Note)
KU Jazz Ensemble I; Corner Pocket; The Best is Yet to Come (2008 Sea Breeze Vista)
[mic break 10:40 a.m.]

Set Two
Mitch Paglia; Brittle; Fall Night (2008 Origin)
Railroad Earth; Bird in a House; Elko (2005 Bag O' Sand)

11:00 a.m. Intervew: Bob Stirner of Boris Garcia

JJ Grey & Mofro; Everything Good is Bad; Orange Blossom (2008
Lonnie Smith; Dancin' in an Easy Groove; Move Your Hand (1996 Blue Note)
Irene Reid; What a Difference a Day Makes; Million Dollar Secret (1997 Savant)
[mic break 11:46 a.m.]

Set Three
Don Braden; Through the Fire; The New Hang (2004 Highnote)
Jenny Evans; That's What Zoot Said; Shiny Stockings (1997 Enja)
KU Jazz Ensemble I; The Best is Yet to Come; The Best is Yet to Come (2008 Sea Breeze Vista)
Corey Christiansen; Half Pay; Roll With It (2008 Origin)
[mic break 12:13 p.m.]

Set Four
Jimmy Herring; Lost; Lifeboat (2008 Abstract Logix)
Roger Davison; Eu Sinto Saudade Dela; Bom Dia (2008 Soundbrush)
Adrian Iaies Trio; Nefertiti; Vals de la 81st & Columbus (2008 Sunnyside)
Little Feat and Friends; Willin' (with Brooks & Dunn); Join the Band (429records)
Mike Stern; Rooms; Give and Take (1997 Atlantic)
Cyrus Chestnut; Blue Skies; Another Direction (1996 Evidence)
[mic break 12:53 p.m.]

Set Five
Oingo Boingo; Capitalism; Only a Lad (1981 A&M)
Rush; Red Barchetta; Moving Pictures (1981 Polygram)
Joe Jackson; Obvious Song; Summer in the City (2000 Sony)
David Bowie; Heroes; Heroes (1977/1991 Rykodisc)
The Who; Won't Get Fooled Again; Who's Next (1995 Polydor)
[mic break 1:27 p.m.]

[1:30 p.m. Morning Mommy Update]

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Friday, October 31, 2008

WPKN folded, according to Long Island newspaper

The East Hampton Press is reporting that WPKN folded, although it is not certain when.

In an article published this week announcing a local studio in Springs, NY, the paper stated
The station was founded in 1963 by the University of Bridgeport. It was sold some years later, when the university’s radio station folded, to its own membership. It is run and owned by a board of directors that is elected each year by the members, according to Mr. Ernst.
I've been at WPKN for many years, and to my knowledge the station never folded. Learn something new every day.


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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Playlist, October 26, 2008

Set One
Steely Dan; Everything Must Go; Everything Must Go (2004 Giant)
Lisa Hilton; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Sunny Day Theory (2008 Ruby Slippers)
Pamela Luss; For All We Know; Magnet (2008 Savant)
Stan Bock Ensemble; I'll Remember April; Your Check's in the Mail (2007 OA2)
[mic break 10:24 a.m.]

Set Two
Pete Zimmer Quartet; Search; Chillin' Live @ Jazz Factory (2008 Tippin')
Jimmy Herring; Lifeboat Serenade; Lifeboat (2008 Abstract Logix)
Bill Bruford; Sample and Hold; Feels Good to Me (1977 Epic)
Lee Ritenour; Captain Fingers; Captain Fingers (1977 Epic)
Lee Ritenour; The Captain's Journey; The Captain's Journey (1978 Elektra)
[mic break 11:03 a.m.]

Set Three
JJ Grey & Mofro; Higher You Climb; Orange Blossom (2008 Alligator)
David Sanborn; Brother Ray; Here & Gone (2008 Decca)
Max Creek; Leaves; Spring Water (1998 Wranger)
Gilfema; Fiesta; Gilfema +2 (2008 ObliqSound)
[mic break 11:32 a.m.]

Set Four
Mothers of Invention; Big Leg Emma; Absolutely Free (1968/1995 Rykodisc)
KU Jazz Ensemble; Ain't That a Kick in the Head; The Best is Yet to Come (2008 Sea Breeze)
Roxy Perry; Stone in the Sea; Back in Bluesville (BluePerry Hill)
Cynthia Holiday; More Today Than Yesterday; All the Way (2008 Miles High)
Jimmy Herring; Lost; Lifeboat (2008 Abstract Logix)
[mic break 11:58 a.m.]

Interview with Matt DeTroy

Set Five
Bill Heid; 400,000 Miles; Wet Streets (1999 Savant)
Weather Report; The Juggler; Heavy Weather (1977 Columbia)
Ratdog; Easy To Slip; 8/22/08 Canandaigua, NY (2008 Ratdog Live)
[mic break 1:13 p.m.]

Set Six
Boris Garcia; Captain Jack; Once More Into the Bliss (2008 Dig Music)
Heavy Metal Duo; Broken Open; Work Songs and Other Spirituals (2004)
Frank Zappa; Theme From the Third Movement of Sinister Footwear; You Are What You Is (1981 Rykodisc)
Portinho Trio; Aquarela do Brasil; Vinho do Porto (2008 MCG Jazz)
[mic break 1:38 p.m.]

Set Seven
Sonny Rollins; Best Wishes; Road Shows vol. 1 (2008 Doxy)
Tim Warfield; Make it Last; One For Shirley (2008 Criss Cross Jazz)
Steely Dan; Everything Must Go; Everything Must Go (2004 Giant)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bill Ayers planned re-education camps

And if 25 million capitalists couldn't be re-educated, they would be killed.

Isn't it comforting to know that Bill Ayers is now an educator?



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Cartoon of the day




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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Things I wonder about

Who from Tempe, Arizona and Sacred Heart University find this blog so interesting?
Are really there that many people looking for pictures of Donna Jean?
Are all the 24 fans looking for anything and everything about the show until it comes back?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Playlist, October 19, 2008

Set One
Steely Dan; Everything Must Go; Everything Must Go (2004 Giant)
Weather Report; Havona; Heavy Weather (1977 Columbia)
Patrick Arena; How Could I Not Love You; Night and Day (2008 Patrick Arena)
Sarah Vaughn; Out of This World; Incomparable (2000 Just Jazz)
[mic break 10:22 a.m.]

Set Two
Stanley Turrentine; Sunny; The Story of Jazz (2000 EMI)
Stanley Turrentine; A Little Sweetness; T Time (1995 MusicMasters)
Dr. Lonnie Smith; River Walk; The Turbanator (2000 32Jazz)
Mulgrew Miller; Small Portion; With Our Own Eyes (1994 Novus)
[10:55 a.m.]

Set Three
Doug Hamilton Jazz Band; Paula; Doug Hamilton Jazz Band (2008 OA2)
Charles Mingus; Passions of a Woman Loved; Tonight at Noon (2000 Label M)
Art Farmer/Jim Hall; A Child is Born; Big Blues (1979 CTI)
Tom Beckham; Tiny Star; Rebound (2008 Apria)
[mic break 11:30 a.m.]

Set Four
Ray Brown; St. Louis Blues; Some of My Best Friends are the Piano Players (1995 Telarc)
Bob Stewart/Ray Anderson; Time After Time/Sugar Pie Honey Bunch; Heavy Metal Duo (2004 Ray Anderson)

12:30 p.m.
Live Music: The Kind Buds

Set Five
The Neville Brothers; Love the One You're With/You Can't Always Get What You Want; Mardi Gras to the World (1994 A&M)
Barbara Streisand; Life on Mars; Butterfly (1974 Columbia)
Lake Street Dive; Death on Pluto; Promises, Promises (2008 Westside Music)
Joe Roccisano Orchestra; Throw Back the Little Ones; Leave Your Mind Behind (1995 Landmark)
Frank Zappa; Strictly Genteel; You Can't Do That on Stage Any More vol. 6 (1994 Rykodisc)
[mic break 1:54 p.m.]
Steely Dan; Everything Must Go; Everything Must Go (2004 Giant)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Going John Galt

Dr. Helen Smith wonders if it's time to "go John Galt" -- a reference to the hero of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, who led a strike of the productive industrialists against the government backed looters.
Obama talks about taking from those who are productive and redistributing to those who are not — or who are not as successful. If success and productivity is to be punished, why bother? Perhaps it is time for those of us who make the money and pay the taxes to take it easy, live on less, and let the looters of the world find their own way.

My question to readers is, what are some ways to “go John Galt” (legally, of course) — that is, should productive people cut back on what they need, make less money, and take it easy so that the government is starved for funds, or is there some other way of making a statement?
Think "going Galt" is too extreme? Watch this video and think again.



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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Playlist, October 12, 2008

Set One
Steely Dan; Everything Must Go; Everything Must Go (2004 Giant)
Miles Davis; In A Silent Way/It's About That Time; In A Silent Way (2969/2002 Columbia)
[mic break 10:28 a.m.]

Set Two
Lew Soloff; Little Wing; Little Wing (1991 Sweet Basil)
Jimi Hendrix; Drivin' South; Lifelines: The Jimi Hendrix Story (1990 Reprise)
Jimi Hendrix; Manic Depression; Live at Winterland (1987 Rykodisc)
Eric Clapton; Little WIng; Rainbow Concert (1973 RSO)
[mic break 11:00 a.m.]

Set Three
Gil Evans Orchestra; 1983 - A Merman I Should Turn to Be; Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix (1974 Bluebird)
Miles Davis with Gil Evans; Buzzard Song; Porgy and Bess (1958 Columbia)
Miles Davis with Gil Evans; Bess, You Is My Woman Now; Porgy and Bess (1958 Columbia)
[mic break 11:22 a.m.]

Set Four
Miles Davis; Right Off; Jack Johnson (1970 Columbia)
[mic break 11:53 a.m.]

Set Six
Bernard Allison; Hear My Train Comin'; Blue Haze: Songs of Jimi Hendrix (2000 Ruf)
World Saxophone Quartet; Hear My Train A Comin'; Experience (2004 Justin Time)
Beautiful People; Rilly Groovy; If 60s Were 90s (1992 Continuum)
Frank Zappa; Purple Haze; The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (1990 Barking Pumpkin)
Kennedy; Fire; The Kennedy Experience (1999 Sony)
[mic break 12:44 p.m.]

Set Seven
Miles Davis; Ife; Big Fun (1974 Columbia)
[mic break 1:10 p.m.]

Set Eight
Jimi Hendrix; Stone Free; Radio One (1988 Rykodisc)
Jimi Hendrix; Radio One Theme; Radio One (1988 Rykodisc)
Jimi Hendrix; Day Tripper; Radio One (1988 Rykodisc)
Jimi Hendrix; Killing Floor; Radio One (1988 Rykodisc)
Miles Davis; Spanish Key; Bitches Brew (1969/1988 Columbia)
[mic break 1:41 p.m.]

Set Nine
Jimi Hendrix; 1983...(A Merman I Should Turn To Be); Lifelines: The Jimi Hendrix Story (1990 Reprise)
Jimi Hendrix; Purple Haze; Lifelines: The Jimi Hendrix Story (1990 Reprise)
Miles Davis; Orbits; Miles Smiles (1967 Columbia)
Steely Dan; Everything Must Go; Everything Must Go (2004 Giant)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

ACORN voter fraud continues

How much of this goes on in their Bridgeport chapter? ACORN is under investigation in Connecticut, among several other states.



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Sunday, October 05, 2008

ACORN Submitting False Registrations In CT

Bridgeport Registrar Joe Borges explains the problem with ACORN's bogus voter registrations.



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Playlist, October 5, 2008

Set One
Charles Mingus; Peggy's Blue Skylight; Tonight at Noon (2000 Label M)
Roy Assaf & Eddy Khaimovich Quartet; On the Way...; Andarta (2008 Origin)
[mic break 10:26 a.m.]

Set Two
Chris Potter 10; Against the Wind; Song for Anyone (2007 Sunnyside)
George Cables; Little B's Poem; Morning Song (2008 Highnote)
Idit Shner; Ha Lachma; Tuesday's Blues (2008 OA2)
Funky Pieces of Silver; Sister Sadie; The Horace Silver Songbook (2007 Highnote)
Charles Earland; Milstones; Cookin' with the Mighty Burner (1999 Highnote)
[mic break 11:01 a.m.]

Set Three
Bill Charlap Trio; Somewhere; Somewhere (2004 Blue Note)
DF Dolores vs Taraf de Haidouks; Dumbala Dumba; Electric Gypsyland (Crammed)
Shantel vs Mahal aRai Banda; Dumbala Dumba; Electric Gypsyland (Crammed)
Ken Nordine; A Thousand Bingbangs; A Transparent Mask (2001 Asphodel)
Grateful Dead; Victim or the Crime; 7/2/1988 Oxford ME
The Roches; Piggy Mask; Moonswept (2007 429 Records)
[mic break 11:31 p.m.]

Set Four
The Blues River Jazz Orchestra; Prince Albert; The Blues River Jazz Orchestra (2007 Phoenix)
Russell Gunn; Eighty One; Plays Miles (2007 Highnote)
Jason Miles; Flamenco Sketches; Miles to Miles (2005 Narada)
pledge break 12:05 p.m.
Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond; You Go To My Head; 1975: The Duets (1975 A&M)
Charles Earland; Seven Steps to Heaven; Cookin' with the Mighty Burner (1999 Highnote)
[mic break 12:29 p.m.]

Set Five
Stan Bock; I'll Remember April; Your Check's in the Mail (2007 OA2)
Heavy Metal Duo; East St. Louis Toodle-oo; Work Songs and Other Spirituals (2004)
Pat Metheny Group; Part 4; The Way Up (2005 Nonesuch)
[mic break 1:05 p.m.]

Set Six
Howard Tate; Hope Springs Eternal; Blue Day (2008 Evidence)
Garnet Mimms; Muddy Water; Is Anybody Out There? (2008 Evidence)
Sammy Price & The Blues Singers ; Let Me Rock Your Home; Volume 2 - 1939-1949 (2001 Document)
Lucky Thompson; Why Not; Complete 1944-1947 Recordings (2001 Discomforme)
Count Basie; Goin' To Chicago Blues; Count Basie And Friends (1996 TKO Magnum)
[mic break 1:29 p.m.]

Set Seven
Pete Zimmer Quartet; Search; Chillin' Live @ Jazz Factory (2008 Tippin')
Tish Oney; There'll Be Another Spring; Dear Peg (2008 Rhombus)
Van Morrison; Baby Please Don't Go; At the Movies: Soundtrack Hits (2007 EMI)
Jay McShann; Vine Street Boogie; Picking The Blues: Boogie Woogie Pioneers (2008 Document)
The Blues River Jazz Orchestra; Ancestral Chants; The Blues River Jazz Orchestra (2007 Phoenix)
[2:00 p.m.]


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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Change we can believe in



Coming soon to a republic near you.

L'Shana Tovah. May you be inscribed for a sweet and prosperous New Year.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Playlist, September 28, 2008

Set One
Jaco Pastorius; Black Market; Live in Italy (1986 Jazzpoint)
Ed Spargo; Clumber Slumber; Ed Spargo (2005 ESJ)
Steely Dan; Aja; Footprints: The LIfe and Music of Wayne Shorter (2004 Sony)
Weather Report; Mysterious Traveller; Footprints: The LIfe and Music of Wayne Shorter (2004 Sony)
Miles Davis; Milestones; Miles In Berlin (2005 Sony)
[mic break 10:38 a.m.]

Set Two
Belinda Underwood; Odd Meter Blues; Greenspace (2008 Cosmik Muse)
Gary Burton; A Dance for Most of You; Next Generation (2005 Concord)
Bob Mintzer Big Band; Runferyerlife; Old School: New Lessons (2006 MCG)
Keith Jarrett; The Rich (and the Poor); Treasure Island (1974 Impulse)
Keith Jarrett; Autumn Leaves; Tokyo '96 (1998 ECM)
Miles Davis; Autumn Leaves; Miles In Berlin (2005 Sony)
Nicholas Payton; The Three Trumpeters; Payton's Place (1998 Verve)
[mic break 11:32 a.m.]


Set Three
Duke Ellington; Tonight I Shall Sleep; Unknown Session (1979 Columbia)
Clifford Brown/Max Roach; Woodyn' You; Live at the Bee Hive (1979 Columbia)
[mic break 12:01 p.m.]

Set Four
Shirley Horn; My Funny Valentine; I Remember Miles (1998 Verve)
Cynthia Felton; All Blues; Afro Blue: The Music of Oscar Brown, Jr. (2008 Felton Entertainment)
The Roy Hargrove Quintet; The Stinger; Earfood (2008 Groovin' High)
[mic break 12:36 p.m.]

Set Five
Corey Christiansen; Kaiya's Dance; Roll With It (2008 Origin)
[1:06 mic break]
John McLaughlin; Mr. D.C.; The Heart of Things (Verve)
Phish; You Enjoy Myself; A Live One (1995 Elektra)
[mic break 1:38 p.m.]

Set Six
Stan Bock Ensemble; Bouncin' the Baby; Your Check's in the Mail (2007 OA2)
The Ed Palermo Big Band; Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance; Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (2006 Cuneiform)
Boris Garcia; Skootch; Once More Into the Bliss (2008 DigMusic)
Jimmy Smith; Stay Loose (Lyrics Born Remix); Verve Remixed 3 (2005 Verve)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Family Told Obama NOT To Wear Soldier Son's Bracelet

NewsBusters has the story, including audio from a radio interview with the solder's father.
Barack Obama played the "me too" game during the Friday debates on September 26 after Senator John McCain mentioned that he was wearing a bracelet with the name of Cpl. Matthew Stanley, a resident of New Hampshire and a soldier that lost his life in Iraq in 2006. Obama said that he too had a bracelet. After fumbling and straining to remember the name, he revealed that his had the name of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek of Merrill, Wisconsin.

Shockingly, however, Madison resident Brian Jopek, the father of Ryan Jopek, the young soldier who tragically lost his life to a roadside bomb in 2006, recently said on a Wisconsin Public Radio show that his family had asked Barack Obama to stop wearing the bracelet with his son's name on it. Yet Obama continues to do so despite the wishes of the family.

Read the transcript and listen to the interview. If you didn't already think Obama was a cynical Chicago machine politician, you will now.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Urban Infidel: Ahmadinejad Protest New York City

Once again, Urban Infidel got some great photos of a protest in New York. This time it's folks coming out to protest Iran's nasty little leader's visit to the den of vipers known as the United Nations.

Urban Infidel: Ahmadinejad Protest New York City

Monday, September 22, 2008

Astroturfing the Obama campaign

Is a large PR firm connected to the Obama campaign spreading false rumors about Gov. Sarah Palin in a way that appears to be a grassroots effort? Rusty Shackleford thinks so, and presents a compelling case against Winner & Associates and Obama's chief media strategist David Axelrod.

Hope, Change, & Lies: Orchestrated "Grassroots" Smear Campaigns & the People that Run Them
Extensive research was conducted by the Jawa Report to determine the source of smears directed toward Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Those smears included false allegations that she belonged to a secessionist political party and that she has radical anti-American views.

Our research suggests that a subdivision of one of the largest public relations firms in the world most likely started and promulgated rumors about Sarah Palin that were known to be false. These rumors were spread in a surreptitious manner to avoid exposure.

It is also likely that the PR firm was paid by outside sources to run the smear campaign. While not conclusive, evidence suggests a link to the Barack Obama campaign.
Read it all.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Playlist, September 21, 2008

Set One
Jaco Pastorius; Medley: Purple Haze/Third Stone From the Sun/Teen Town; Heavy'n Jazz (1986 Jazzpoint)
Jaco Pastorius; Continuum; Jaco Pastorius (1976 Epic)
[mic break 10:26 a.m.]

Set Two
Tom Beckham; Tiny Star; Rebound (2008 Apria)
RCC Jazz Ensemble; Nasty Dance; Upside Out (2003 Sea Breeze Vista)
Mitch Paglia; Op Doll; Fall Night (2008 Origin)
[mic break 10:57 a.m.]

Set Three
Belinda Underwood; The Oasis; Greenspace (2008 Cosmik Muse)
Christian Howes; The Wind; Heartfelt (2008 Resonance)
Boris Garcia; Through the Window; Once More Into the Bliss (2008 Dig Music)
Kathy Kreger; Can't Find My Way Home; Grand Central Waltz (1989 Passing Tone)
[mic break 11:30 a.m.]

Set Four
CNY Jazz Orchestra; Get Smart; Then, Now & Again (2008 CNY)
Eric Reed; E-Bop; E-Bop (2003 Savant)
[mic break 11:58 a.m.]

Set Five
Wayne Escoffery; Love Walked In; Hopes and Dreams (2008 Savant)
Wayne Shorter; Atlantis; Footprints Live! (2002 Verve)
Sammy Figueroa; Crossroads; The Musician (2007 Savant)
[mic break 12:36 p.m.]

Set Six
Preston Reed; Last Scene in September; Playing By Ear (1984 Flying Fish)
Houston Person with Ron Carter; Meditation; Just Between Friends (2008 Highnote)
John Patitucci; Circular; Line by Line (2006 Concord)
[mic break 1:10 p.m.]

Set Seven
Russell Gunn; Park Avenue Petite; Mood Swings (2003 Highnote)
Jerry Bergonzi; Left Of Memory; Tenor Talk (2008 Savant)
Stan Bock Ensemble; Crystal's Waltz; Your Check's in the Mail (2007 OA2)
Matt Ulery's Loom; Slow and Awake; Music Box Ballerina (2008 Woolgathering)
Rodney Jones; Light My Fire; Soul Manifesto Live! (2003 Savant)
[mic break 1:49 p.m.]

Set Seven
Russell Gunn; Park Avenue Petite; Mood Swings (2003 Highnote)
Jerry Bergonzi; Left Of Memory; Tenor Talk (2008 Savant)
Stan Bock Ensemble; Crystal's Waltz; Your Check's in the Mail (2007 OA2)
Matt Ulery's Loom; Slow and Awake; Music Box Ballerina (2008 Woolgathering)
Rodney Jones; Light My Fire; Soul Manifesto Live! (2003 Savant)
[mic break 1:49 p.m.]
Charles Rutherford's Jazz Pacific Orchestra; Battle of the Bop Brothers; Reunion (1993 Sea Breeze)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

KPFA meltdown and the opportunists

A few weeks ago KPFA management called the police to remove somebody from the studio. The ongoing drama from this incident has made for amusing reading, if only because it makes WPKN look like paradise.

Much to my surprise, a group from KPFA wrote a letter to the Berkeley Daily Planet that isn't completely crazy. In fact, it almost sounds sane.
They have used KPFA’s airwaves to launch sensationalized reports that are both false (reporting a sprained arm as a broken one, and a pregnancy that did not exist), mistargeted (calling for the resignation of two managers who had nothing to do with the decision to call the police), and self-serving (concluding one on-air segment with a demand for a regular show).
What a surprise--Nadra Foster and her supporters lied. 

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Playlist, September 14, 2008

Set One
Lawson Rollins; Through the Night; Infinita (2008 Infinita)
Russ Mullen & the Jazz Associates; Back East; Metro Mile (2008 Russsongs)
Garaj Mahal; 7 Cows Jumping over the Moon; w00t (2008 OwlStudios)
[mic break 10:19 a.m.]

Set Two
Shirley Scott; A Shot in the Dark; Great Scott!! (1958 impulse!)
The Ed Palermo Big Band; RDNZL; Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (2006 Cuneiform)
The Persuasions; Electric Aunt Jemima; Frankly A Cappella (2000 EarthBeat!)
The Bobs; Naming the Band; Shut Up and Sing (1993 Rounder)
Kimber Manning; Blue Skies; Eventually (2006 Kimber Manning)
Lucky 13; Monsters in the Dark; Lucky 13 (2008 Sunic Underground)
[mic break 10:50 a.m.]

Set Three
Gail Storm; Blues Never Die; Just the Blues (2003 Gail Storm)
Roxy Perry; Whole Dog; Back in Bluesville (2005 BluePerry Hill)
Wallace Roney; Just My Imagination; Mystikal (2005 Highnote)
The Stylistics; It's Too Late>Children of the Night; Round 2 (1972 Avco)
Pat Metheny; Third Stone From the Sun; Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix (1993 Reprise)
[mic break 11:27 a.m.]

Set Four
Vincent Herring; August Afternoon; Dawnbird (1993 Landmark)
Mike LeDonne; After the Rain; Night Songs (2005 Savant)
Idit Shner; Tuesday's Blues; Tuesday's Blues (2008 OA2)
Wayne Escoffery & Veneration; Chronic Blues; Hopes and Dreams (2008 Savant)
Mitch Paglia; Brittle; Fall Night (2008 Origin)
[mic break 12:12 p.m.]

Set Five
Tom Beckham; Cee's and Dee's; Rebound (2008 Apria)
Houston Person with Ron Carter; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; Just Between Friends (2008 Highnote)
Steve Turre; Rainbow People; Rainbow People (2008 Highnote)
Wayne Wallace; Serpentine Fire; The Nature of the Beat (2008 Patois)
[mic break 12:44 p.m.]

Set Six
Cynthia Felton; Dat Dere; Afto Blue: The Music of Oscar Brown Jr. (2008 Felton Entertainment)
George Duke; Images of Us; Dukey Treats (2008 Heads Up)
Grateful Dead; St. Stephen; 6/9/76 Boston Music Hall
Ratdog; William Tell Bridge>The Eleven; 8/11/07 GOTV Bridgeport
[mic break 1:20 p.m.]
Donald Fagen; New Frontier; The Nightfly (1982 Warner Bros.)
[1:30 p.m.]

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Playlist, September 7, 2008

Set One
Joe Locke; Like Joe; Force of Four (2008 Origin)
Larry Willis; TD's Tune; The Offering (2008 Highnote)
David "Fathead" Newman; Mama-Lou; Diamondhead (2008 Highnote)
[mic break 10:30 a.m.]

Set Two
The Bruce Saunders Quintet; Half Right; 8x5 (2006 Mel Bay)
Betty Buckley; The Surrey With the Fringe on Top; Quintessence (2008 Playbill)
The Jay D'Amico Trio; Tuscan Prelude; Tuscan Prelude: Jazz Under Glass (2008 Consolidated Artists Productions)
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble; Que Sera Sera; Forked Tongue (2008 Cuneuform)
Wayne Wallace; Besame Mucho; The Nature of the Beat (2008 Patois)
McCoy Tyner Quartet; Passion Dance; McCoy Tyner Quartet (2007 Half Note)
[mic break 11:20 p.m.]

Set Three
Return to Forever; After the Cosmic Rain; The Anthology (2008 Concord)
Cathy Kreger; Can't Find My Way Home; Grand Central Waltz; (1989 Passing Tone)
Alfonso Velez; End of the World Blues; Make it Plain (2007 DJ Boy)
Robin Rogers; Can You Hear Me Now; Treat Me Right (2008 Blind Pig)
[mic break 11:48 a.m.]

Set Four
Joe Locke; Ruminations; Force of Four (2008 Origin)
Donald Fagen; Maxine; The Nightly (1982 Warner Bros.)
Gerry Eastman Quintet; Just Like the First Time; Brown Skin Gal (007 WMC)
Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet; Caravan of Winder; Tabligh (2008 Cuneiform)
Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio; Autumn Leaves; Ooh Live! (Katalyst)
[mic break 12:39 p.m.]

Set Five
Corey Christiansen; Kaiya's Dance; Roll With It (2008 Origin)
Jamie Baum Septet; South Rim; Moving Forward, Standing Still (2004 OmniTone)
Chris Potter 10; Chief Seattle; Song for Anyone (2007 Sunnyside)
Shea Brezux Wells; Blue Skies; A Blind Date (2007 Ultimate)
Curtis Fuller; Wheatleigh Hall; All-Star Sextets (1979 Savoy)
[mic break 1:20 p.m.]

Set Six
Duke Ellington; Dimuendo and Crescendo in Blue>Satin Doll; All-Star Road Band Vol. 2 (1985 Doctor Jazz)
Mark Applebaum; Depth for trombone & contrabass; 56 1/2 Ft. (2005 Innova)
The Beatles; The Fool on the Hill; Magical Mystery Tour (1967 EMI)
Garaj Mahal; Pundit-Ji; w00t
[mic break 1:52 p.m.]
Joe Locke; Available in Blue; Force of Four (2008 Origin)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Playlist, Sunday, August 31, 2008

Set One
S.M.V.; Hillbilies on a Quiet Afternoon; Thunder (2008 Heads Up)
Jeff Bujak; Crowd; Building and Arsenal (2008 Lizardflag)
[mic break 10:26 a.m.]

Set Two
Houston Person with Bill Charlap; Don't Forget the Blues; You Taught My Heart to Sing (2006 Highnote)
David Murray Black Saint Quartet; Sacred Ground; Sacred Ground (2007 Justin Time)
Larry Willis; TD's Tune; The Offering (2008 Highnote)
Cedar Walton; Back to Bologna; The Promise Land (2001 Highnote)
[mic break 10:57 a.m.]

Set Three
Ray Barretto; Lean On Me; Standards Rican-ditioned (2006 Zoho)
Dan Heck; Ciao Jobs, I'm not Rolan; Compositionality (2008 Origin)
Christian McBride; D Shuffle Jam; Live at Tonic (2006 Ropeadope)
Garaj Mahal; Semos; w00t (2008 owlstudios)
[mic break 11:41 a.m.]

Set Four
Harmonious Wail; Home At Last; Resist Temptation (2008 Range)
Hot Club of Detroit; Seven Steps to Heaven; Night Town (2008 Mack Avenue)
Harry Pickens Trio; Blue in Green; The Shadow of Your Smile (2008 harrypickens.com)
Miles From India; Blue in Green; Miles From India (2008 Times Square)
[mic break 12:16 p.m.]

Set Five
Kenny Wheeler; Win Some Lose Some; Other People (2008 CamJazz)
Diana Krall; Isn't This A Lovely Day; From This Moment On 2006 Verve)
Miles From India; Great Expectations; Miles From India (2008 Times Square)
Brisa Roché; Dans Le Vert De Ses Yeux; The Chase (2005 Blue Note)
Pat Metheny Group; American Garage; American Garage (1979 ECM)
Pat Metheny Group; The Epic; American Garage (1979 ECM)
[mic break 12:57 p.m.]

Set Six
Jeff Bujak; Gears; Building an Arsenal (2008 Lizardflag)
George Cables; Who Can I Turn To?; Morning Song (2008 Highnote)
Greg Ellis; Form 3; Kala Rupa: Explorations in Rhythm (2001 Narada World)
Mercury Landing; Mediawashed; Eyes Against the Sky (2008 Mercury Landing)
Grateful Dead; The Wheel>Playing in the Band (reprise); Dick's Picks 18 (2000 Grateful Dead Productions)
[mic break 1:39 p.m.]

Set Seven
David "Fathead" Newman; New York State of Mind; Diamondhead (2008 Highnote)
Rob Parton's Jazztech Big Band; Just One of Those Things; Just One of Those Things (2007 Sea Breeze Jazz)
David Berger & the Sultans of Swing; Hindustan; Hindustan (2006 Such Sweet Thunder)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Denver freak show begins



The level of discourse on WPKN will probably be about the same, minus the vulgarity during daytime hours.

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Playlist, August 24, 2008

Set One
John Abercrombie; Dansir; Class Trip (2004 ECM)
Portinho Trio; Pools; Vinho do Porto (2008 Manchester Craftsmen's Guild)
Blue Wisp Big Band; Little Sunflower; Tribute (2008 Sea Breeze Jazz)
3rd Coast Jazz Orchestra; At This Point in Time; Unknown Soldiers (2000 Sea Breeze Jazz)
Fletcher Henderson; Tidal Wave; The Legendary Big Bands Series (2000 Pulse)
[mic break 10:37 a.m.]

Set Two
Joel Harrison; I Walk the Line; Free Country (2003 Highnote)
Phish; Harry Hood; A Live One (1995 Elektra)
[mic break 11:03 a.m.]

Set Three
Dr. Bruce Eskovitz; Airegin; One For Newk II (2008 Pacific Coast Jazz)
Time Warfield; Oasis; One Fir Shirley (2008 Criss Cross Jazz)
Doug Hamilton Jazz Band; Modal Blues; Doug Hamilton Jazz Band (2008 OA2)
New York Voices; Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing; A Day Like This (2007 Manchester Craftsmen's Guild)
Billy Taylor & Gerry Mulligan; Darn That Dream; Live at MCG (Manchester Craftsmen's Guild)
Wayne Escoffery & Veneration; The Sake of It; Hopes and Dreams (2008 Savant)
[mic break 11:47 a.m.]

Set Four
Bob Mintzer Big Band; Swing Out; Swing Out (2008 Manchester Craftsmen's Guild)
The Joe Locke Quartet; Sword of Whispers; Sticks and Strings (2008 Jazz Eyes)
S.M.V.; Thunder; Thunder (2008 Heads Up)
Chapinlandia; Mi Lorena linda; Marimbia Music of Guatemala (2007 Smihsonian Folkways)
Frank Zappa; Satumaa (Finnish Tango)>T'Mershi Duween>Dog Meat; You Can't Do That On Stage Any More Volume 2 (1988 Rykodisc)
[mic break 12:36 p.m.]

Set Five
Mr. B; Deep Excavation; Joybox (2008 Megawave)
Karrin Allyson; Help Me; Wild For You (2004 Concord)
Charles Mingus; Tonight At Noon; Tonight At Noon (2000 Label M)
Charlie Parker; Bird of Paradise; The Best of the Dial Years (2000 Stardust)
Essra Mohawk; You're Not Alone; You're Not Alone (2003 Evidence)
[mic break 1:07 p.m.]

Set Six
Phil Lesh & Friends; Wharf Rat>Elevator>The Eleven; 8/2/08 GOTV Bridgeport
[mic break 1:54 p.m.]
Miles Davis; Freedom Jazz Dance (Evolution of the Groove) Remix; Evolution of the Groove (2007 Sony)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The RIAA's latest victims: Muxtape and Pandora

Playlist-Assembling Site Muxtape Shuts Down To Sort Out RIAA Issues
You had to see this one coming. Less than six months after becoming the hipster time-wasting destination of choice, popular music-sharing site Muxtape was suddenly offline on Monday. Fans of the site — which allowed users to assemble mixtape-like playlists online that were available for others to stream — were greeted by the message, "Muxtape will be unavailable for a brief period while we sort out a problem with the RIAA."

The site did not offer further elaboration of its troubles with the Recording Industry Association of America — the trade group that lobbies on behalf of the recording industry, and the force behind thousands of lawsuits against individuals for illegally uploading music. A post on the Muxtape Tumblr site explained, "No artists or labels have complained. The site is not closed indefinitely. Stay tuned." MTV was unable to reach a Muxtape spokesperson at press time. RIAA spokesperson Jonathan Lamy declined to comment. ...

A report on CNET.com suggested that perhaps the RIAA noticed the increasing popularity of the site and predicted it would tip into the same realm as some of the streaming radio services that have recently been ordered to pay hefty licensing fees in order to continue operating. ...

Speaking of those fees, one of the most popular online music discovery sites, Pandora.com, is on the verge of going under because of the high cost of licensing fees for Internet radio stations. The fees, which do not apply to terrestrial radio, have caused a number of popular online radio stations to shut down or consider going out of business.
I'm not hip enough to be familiar with Muxtape, but I listen to Pandora frequently. It's a shame that these services are being extorted out of business. Can WPKN's audio stream be far behind?

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Playlist, August 17, 2008

Set One
George Duke; Dukey Treats; Dukey Treats (2008 Heads Up)
Gene Bertoncini; Concerto de Aranjuez/Spain; Concerti (2008 Ambient)
Dan Heck; Stand Pat; Compositionality (2008 Origin)
Pat Metheny Group; The Gathering Sky; Speaking of Now (2002 Warner Bros.)
[mic break 10:34 a.m.]

Set Two
John Mclean; Better Angels; Better Angels (2007 Origin)
Lynne Arriale Trio; Iko Iko; Live (2005 IN + OUT)
Matt Ulrey's "Loom"; Pink Sea and Wondering Without; Music Box Ballerina (2008 Woolgathering)
[mic break 11:01 a.m.]

Set Three
Four Finger Five; It All Takes Time; Four Finger Five (2008 Terrestrial)
George Duke; Images of Us; Dukey Treats (2008 Heads Up)
The Disco Biscuits; Basis for a Day; The Wind at Four to Fly (2006 Diamond Riggs)
[mic break 11:49 a.m.]

Set Four
Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio; Three Little Words; Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio (1958 Verve)
Barbara Dennerlein; Outhipped; Outhipped (2000 Verve)
Karl Denson; Like Like Dope; Dance Lesson #2 (2001 Blue Note)
Russell Gunn; Footprints; Plays Miles (2007 Highnote)
Bob Mintzer Big Band; Beyond the Limit; Swing Out (2008 Manchester Craftmen's Guild)
University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band; Caravan; Lab 2005 (2005 North Texas Jazz)
[mic break 12:36 p.m.]

Set Five
S.M.V.; Mongoose Walk; Thunder (2008 Heads Up)
King Crimson; FraKctured; The ConstruKction of Light (2000 Virgin)
Mercury Landing; Danman; Eyes Against the Sky (2007 Mercury Landing)
The Austin Lounge Lizards; Get a Haircut, Dad; The Highway Café of the Damned (1988 Watermelon)
Grateful Dead; China Cat Sunflower>I Know Your Rider; Three From the Vault (2007 Rhino)
[mic break 1:19 p.m.]
Lynne Arriale Trio; Come Together; Live (2005 IN + OUT)
[1:30 p.m.]

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Is This Obama’s “Dukakis In The Tank” Photo?


Keep the Change

Russian aggression is the worst it has been in 40 years, Georgian civilians are dying in the streets, Poland is threatened with nuclear annihilation, and Ukraine looks to be in the crosshairs. McCain is hammering the Russians every day while Condoleeza Rice goes to Georgia to demand Russia’s immediate withdrawal. And here is Obama, in a picture worth a thousand (wrong) words.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Playlist, August 10, 2008

Set One
Jen Durkin's Equinox; Heart on a Chain; 2008 demo
Kat Parra; Sugar; Azucar De Amor (2008 Patois)
Willy's NYC Salsa Project; The Fireman; Lo Que Traigo Yo (2008 Latin Street Music)
Sumi Tonooka Trio; Dreaming of Tibet; Long Ago Today (2008 ARC)
Vijay Iyer & Rudresh Mahanthappa; Fly Higher; Raw Materials (2006 Savoy Jazz)
Louie Bellson & Clark Terry; State Street Swing; Louie & Clark Expedition 2 (2007 Percussion Power)
[mic break 10:35 a.m.]

Set Two
Pat Metheny; Day Trip; Day Trip (2008 Nonesuch)
Emory Joseph; Sugaree; Fennario (2008 Iris)
Grateful Dead; Eyes of the World; 2/23/74 Winterland
[mic break 11:03 a.m.]

Set Three
S.M.V.; Lopsy Lu-Silly Putty; Thunder (2008 Heads Up)
Merl Saunders & the Rainforest Band; Sugaree; Save the Planet So We'll Have Someplace to Boogie (1996 Sumertone)
Widespread Panic; Three Candles; Free Somehow (2008 Widespread)
Return to Forever; Medievel Overture; The Anthology (2008 Concord)
Phil Lesh & Friends; Cumberland Blues; 8/2/08 GOTV Bridgeport
[mic break 12:02 p.m.]

Set Four
Zappa Plays Zappa; King Kong; 8/2/08 GOTV Bridgeport
Zappa Plays Zappa; Cosmik Debris; 8/2/08 GOTV Bridgeport
[mic break 12:32 p.m.]

Set Five
Portinho Trio; Pools; Vinho do Porto (2008 Manchester Craftmen's Guild)
Ron George; Sleep & Waking 3rd Movement; The Floating Bubble (2008 Innova)
Christopher Adler; Signals Intelligence; Ecstatic Volutions in a Neon Haze (2007 Innova)
Phish; Stash; A Live One (1995 Elektra)

[mic break 1:04 p.m.]

Set Six
Charles Earland with Najee; My Favorite Things; If Only For One Night (2002 Highnote)
Bhakta; Third Eye; Open Transmission (2002 Sammasati)
John McLean; Blackbird; Better Angels (2007 Origin)
Frank Zappa; Dancin' Fool; You Can't Do That On Stage Any More Volume 5 (1992 Rykodisc)

[1:30 p.m.]


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