Sunday, December 27, 2009

Playlist, December 27, 2009

A Jam Band New Years: NYE Shenanigans from the Wayback Machine

Archive audio: (the whole show)

Set One
Phish; Gamehenge Time Phactory > Auld Lang Syne > Weekapaug Groove; New Year's Eve 1995 (2006 Jemp)
[mic break 10:32 a.m.]

Set Two
Joan Baez; Tunisian New Year Song; 12/31/81 Oakland Auditorium
Joan Baez; Me and Bobby McGee; 12/31/81 Oakland Auditorium
Joan Baez; Bye Bye Love; 12/31/81 Oakland Auditorium
Grateful Dead; Kesey/Countdown; 12/31/81 Oakland Auditorium
Grateful Dead; Iko Iko; 12/31/81 Oakland Auditorium
[mic break 10:58 a.m.]

Set Three

Umphrey's McGee; Nothing Too Fancy; 12/31/05 Aragon Ballroom
Umphrey's McGee; Auld Lang Syne; 12/31/05 Aragon Ballroom
[mic break 11:25 a.m.]

Set Four

Yonder Mountain String Band; NYE Countdown; 12/31/06 Fillmore Auditorium
Yonder Mountain Ohh La La; 12/31/06 Fillmore Auditorium
moe. Lazarus; 12/31/07 Radio City Music Hall
moe. NYE Countdown; 12/31/07 Radio City Music Hall
moe. Raise A Glass; 12/31/07 Radio City Music Hall
[mic break 11:45 a.m.]

Set Five
Grateful Dead; Midnight Madness; 12/31/82 Oakland Auditorium
Grateful Dead; Sugar Magnolia; 12/31/82 Oakland Auditorium
Grateful Dead; NYE Countdown; 12/31/86 Kaiser Convention Center
Grateful Dead; Touch of Grey; 12/31/86 Kaiser Convention Center
Grateful Dead; Let it Grow; 12/31/86 Kaiser Convention Center
[mic break 12:15 p.m.]

Set Seven

Zen Tricksters; jam (NYE countdown); 12/31/04 Tribeca Blues
Zen Tricksters; All You Need is Love; 12/31/04 Tribeca Blues
Zen Tricksters; Viola Lee Blues; 12/31/04 Tribeca Blues
Station ID 1:02 p.m.
The Breakfast; Sundance; 12/31/08 Toad's Place
The Breakfast; Auld Lang Syne; 12/31/08 Toad's Place
The Breakfast; Echidna's Arf; 12/31/08 Toad's Place
The Breakfast; Phaddy Boom Baddy; 12/31/08 Toad's Place
[mic break 1:29 p.m.]

Set Eight
JJ Grey and Mofro; NYE Coundown; 12/31/08 Freebird Live
JJ Grey and Mofro; Auld Lang Syne; 12/31/08 Freebird Live
JJ Grey and Mofro; Dirtfloorcracker; 12/31/08 Freebird Live
Grateful Dead; NYE Countdown; 12/31/90 Oakland Coliseum Arena
Grateful Dead; Not Fade Away; 12/31/90 Oakland Coliseum Arena
The Radiators; Auld Lang Syne; 12/31/99 Mardi Gras World
Grateful Dead; Ken Nordine's Flibberty Jib; 12/31/90 Oakland Coliseum Arena
[2:00 p.m.]

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Playlist, December 20, 2009

The Zappa Birthday Special

Archive audio: (the whole show)

Set One
Frank Zappa; Sharleena; You Can't Do That On Stage Any More Volume 3 (1988 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Friendly Little Finger; Zoot Allures (1976 Warner Bros)
Frank Zappa; Wonderful Wino; Zoot Allures (1976 Warner Bros)
Frank Zappa; Frogs with Dirty Little Lips; Them or Us (1984 Barking Pumpkin)
Frank Zappa; Whipping Post; Them or Us (1984 Barking Pumpkin)
[mic break 10:33 a.m.]

Set Two
Frank Zappa; The Central Scrutinizer; Joe's Garage (1979 Zappa)
Frank Zappa; The Joe's Garage; Joe's Garage (1979 Zappa)
Frank Zappa; Society Pages; You Can't Do That On Stage Any More Volume 3 (1988 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; I'm A Beautiful Guy; You Can't Do That On Stage Any More Volume 3 (1988 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Beauty Knows No Pain; You Can't Do That On Stage Any More Volume 3 (1988 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Charlie's Enormous Mouth; You Can't Do That On Stage Any More Volume 3 (1988 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Cocaine Decisions; You Can't Do That On Stage Any More Volume 3 (1988 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Nig Biz; You Can't Do That On Stage Any More Volume 3 (1988 Rykodisc)
[mic break 11:05 a.m.]

Set Three

Frank Zappa; Cocaine Decisions; Palermo, Italy 7/11/82
Frank Zappa; Ya Hozna; Them or Us (1984 Barking Pumpkin)
Frank Zappa; Scratch and Sniff; Trance Fusion (2006 Zappa)
Frank Zappa; City of Tiny Lights; You Can't Do That On Stage Any More Volume 5 (1992 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; That Ol' G Minor Thing Again; Guitar (1988 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Duke of Electric Prunes; Orchestral Favorites; (1979 DiscReet)
[mic break 11:41 a.m.]

Set Four
Frank Zappa/Petit Wazoo; Imaginary Diseases; Imaginary Diseases (2005 Zappa)
Frank Zappa/Grand Wazoo; Greggery Peccary; 9/10/72 Hollywood Bowl
Frank Zappa/Grand Wazoo; Low Budget Dog Meat; 9/10/72 Hollywood Bowl
[mic break 12:14 p.m.]

Set Five
Mothers of Invention; Call Any Vegetable; Absolutely Free (1967/1988 Rykodisc)
Mothers of Invention; Invocation & Ritual Dance of the Young Pumpkin; Absolutely Free (1967/1988 Rykodisc)
Mothers of Invention; King Kong; Ahead of Their Time (1993 Rykodisc)
Mothers of Invention; Status Back Baby > Trouble Every Day Variations; 5/3/68 Denver
Frank Zappa/Mothers; No Waiting for the Peanuts to Dissolve; You Can't Do That On Stage Any More Volume 5 (1992 Rykodisc)
Mothers of Invention; Dwarf Nebula Processional & Dwarf Nebula; Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970 Bizzarre)
Mothers of Invention; My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama; Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970 Bizzarre)
Mothers of Invention; Mom & Dad; We're Only In It for the Money (1968)
Mothers of Invention; Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance; We're Only In It for the Money (1968)
[mic break 12:56 p.m.]

Set Six
Frank Zappa; What's New in Baltimore?; FZ Meets the Mothers of Prevention (1985 Barking Pumpkin)
Frank Zappa; Alien Orifice; You Can't Do That On Stage Any More Volume 6 (1992 Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa; Chunga's Revenge; Trance-Fusion (2006 Zappa)
Frank Zappa; Bowling on Charen; Trance-Fusion (2006 Zappa)
Frank Zappa; Peaches en Regalia; 2/26/1978 Brussels
Frank Zappa; The Torture Never Stops; 2/26/1978 Brussels
Frank Zappa; You Can't Do That On Stage Any More Volume 2 (1988 Rykodisc)
[mic break 1:53 p.m.]
Frank Zappa; Strictly Genteel; Make a Jazz Noise Here (1991 Barking Pumpkin)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Monday, December 14, 2009



Sunday, December 13, 2009-For Immediate Release


Top level management for Furthur, Incorporated and have reached a settlement avoiding costly litigation for patent and trade infringements. Both the Grateful Dead community and the Online travel consumer market breathed a collective sigh of relief as the negotiated arrangement both resolved current tensions and paved the way for future cooperation between the two mega corporations.

A high level negotiating team for was led by none other than celebrity spokesperson William Shatner. Furthur, Incorporated was represented by musician, Bob Weir. The two met for several hours and were assisted in their discussions by representatives of several related and interested parties, such as: The American Interpretative Hearing Association which provided sign language interpretation of the negotiations, Lee Majors-representing the Bionic Ear, and others.

The main point of contention was the allegation that Bob Weir of Furthur, Inc was utilizing a vocal style copied almost verbatim of's William Shatner. This vocal style is known as "Shatnerizing" or "Shatneresque". Shatnerizing has been described as the use of a monotone, deadpan delivery with inflection meant to leave the listener puzzled and amused. It is characterized by the utilization of awkward pauses and unnatural phrasing between words and sentences. Mr. Shatner had perfected the technique and was perplexed when he learned that Weir was using his method while singing. Shatner stated " When I-------- Shatnerize------on the--------commercials,-------I do it-----as-----a joke. I--------am actually-------making fun------of------myself. I never-------imagined that--------someone would------try------and sing----using that style.". After listening to recordings of the new band Furthur, attorneys for both sides agreed that Weir had appropriated Shatners vocal style.

Attorneys for Furthur, Inc tried to argue that it was not intentional, that Mr. Weir was simply older now, and despite over 40 years in the rock and roll industry he had literally "forgotten how to sing". When deposed however, Mr. Weir admitted that he was "Shatnerizing" on purpose, stating that "these songs, especially the Garcia songs are just too good to sing right anymore. I chop them up on purpose. I mean, if Phil can sing the Jerry songs in his own way, I need a way to destroy those good old tunes too". When pressed, Weir agreed that he was trying to create a new style. He said "Look, we know what Jerry would have wanted and we know what the fans want to hear and we don't give a sh-t. Some folks think Phil and I sing the Garcia songs out of love and respect for Jerry, that's just not true. We trash his tunes cause we can. It's our band now. We are proving that we are just as much creative geniuses as Garcia was".

The deal will allow Weir to continue to "Shatnerize" his vocals with Furthur and will also signal a corporate merging between and Furthur, Inc. Weir has agreed to become the TV pitchman for upon Shatners retirement or death, whichever comes first thus assuring continuity for the travel corporation. has agreed to become the sole strategic partner to Furthur, Inc for fans to purchase flight and lodging arrangments.

The negotiations had some other side benefits as well. Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart was brought back into the fold and cut a deal allowing him to portray "Mr. Spock" in any new Star Trek Movies that may be on the horizon.

Furthur guitar player and vocalist John Kadlecik had his entire Star Trek action figure collection signed by Shatner in the deal. "Not too many people know that I was a Trekkie first and a Deadhead later" JK stated. "To me, Space is more than a bathroom break during a show. It is the Final Frontier".

Furthur consultant Jill Lesh learned how to perform both the Vulcan "Death Grip" and the "Mindmelt".

(Hat tip: TheDHJ)

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Playlist, December 13, 2009

Set One
Bangor Flying Circus; Norwegian Wood; Bangor Flying Circus (1969 One Way)
Neuhuman; neversaiditwasreconoitering; Neuhuman (
Mark Karan; Time Will Tell; Walk Through the Fire (2009 Dig)
Neil Diamond; The Chanukah Song
Umphrey's McGee; Turn & Run; Mantis (2009 SCI Fidelity)
Jim McPherson; Left Out in the Cold; A Promise Kept (2009 Kosher Dill)
[mic break 10:47 a.m.]

Set Two
Umphrey's McGee; Turn & Dub; Mantis (2009 SCI Fidelity)
Half Pint; Days I Can't Forget; Classics in Dub (1995 Hightone)
Gov't Mule; Hard to Handle > Hard to Dubya; Mighty High (2007 ATO)
Frank Zappa; Diplodocus; Trance-Fusion (2006 Zappa)
Mo Boma; Walk LIke a Pygmy; Myths of the Near Future (1996 Extreme)
The Section; Underture; The String Quartet Tribute to The Who's Tommy (2002 Vitamin)
The Kennedy Experience; Little Wing; The Kennedy Experience (1999 Sony)
Meridian Arts Ensemble; Purple Haze; Smart Went Crazy (1993 Channel Crossings)
[mic break 11:45 a.m.]

Set Three
Herbie Hancock; River; River: The Joni Letters (2007 Verve)
Wayne Escoffery; Road From Eilat; Uptown (2009 Posi-Tone)
Wayne Escoffery; Gulf of Aqaba; Uptown (2009 Posi-Tone)
Frank Jackson; What Do I Want for Christmas; single (2009 Kasis)
Jacques Schwarz-Bart; Mendé Chiraj (DJ Spinna Remix); Abyss (2009 ObliqSound)
Omar Sosa; Night of the Four Songs; Across the Divide (2009 Half Note)
Lonnie Smith; Freedom Jazz Dance; Jungle Soul (2006 Palmetto)
[mic break 12:22 p.m.]

Set Four
The Afro-Semetic Experience; A Torah Afloat in a Leaky Boat Lands in Congo Square; The Road that Heals the Splintered Soul (2009 Reckless DC)
Dizzy Gillespie; Manteca; The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1995 Bluebird)
Phish; Manteca; A Picture of Nectar (1992 Elektra)
Gerald Wilson Orchestra; Aram; Detroit (2009 Mack Avenue)
Vijay Iyer; Somewhere; Historicity (2009 ACT)
Jason Lindner; Seven Ways; Gives You Now vs Now (2009 Anzic)
Johnny Lytle; Milestones; Possum Grease (1995 Muse)
[mic break 12:59 p.m.]

Sunday Brunch Concert:  The Point (recorded 2/3/2008)

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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Playlist, December 6, 2009

Set One
The Aftro-Semitic Experience; The Road that Heals the Splintered Soul; The Road that Heals the Splintered Soul (2009 Reckless DC)
Mike Longo; West Side Story Medley; Sing Like a Bee (2009 CAP)
Pamela Luss; Nice and Easy; Sweet and Saxy (2009 Savant)
Helio Alves; It's Clear; It's Clear (2009 Reservoir)
The Kevin Hays Trio; Fool on the Hill; You've Got a Friend (2009 JazzEyes)
Houston Person; Sunny; Mellow (2009 HighNote)
[mic break 10:43 a.m.]

Set Two
Hank Jones/Oliver Jones; What Am I Here For?; Pleased to Meet You (2009 Justin Time)
Anne Drummond; Bossa for Copacabana; Like Water (2009 ObliqSound)
Bop Tweed; Eroaneous; Two (2009 Mothlight)
Mike Stern; Big Neighborhood; Big Neighborhood (2009 Heads Up)
John Moulder; Magical Space; Bifröst (2009 Origin)
Typhanie Monique & Neal Alger; Baby It's Cold Outside; Yuletide Groove (2008 Tyme)
[mic break 11:22 a.m.]

Set Three

Wayne Wallace; Mojito Cafe; Bien Bien (2009 Patois)
Interview with Matthew DeTroy & Carol Piro of Zoot Planet
Joey DeFrancesco; Eighty One; Snap Shot (2009 Highnote)
Q'd Up; Dark City Streets; Quintessence (2009 Jazz Hang)
Q'd Up; Dearly Beloved; Quintessence (2009 Jazz Hang)
Betty Buckley; The Surrey with the Fringe on Top; Quintessence (2008 Playbill)
Gretchen Parlato; Doralice; In a Dream (2009 ObliqSound)
Matt Vashlishan; Amalgamation; No Such Thing (2009 Origin)
Wayne Escoffery; No Desert; Uptown (2009 Positone)
[mic break 12:29 p.m.]

Set Four
Phil Kelley & the Northwest Prevailing Winds; Note-o-Riot-ee; Ballet of the Bouncing Beagles (2009 Origin)
Fahir Atakoglu; High Street; Faces & Places (2009 Far & Here)
Cedar Walton; Voices Deep Within; Voices Deep Within (2009 Highnote)
Eric Alexander; You Must Believe in Spring; Revival of the Fittest (2009 Highnote)
[1:00 p.m.]
Sunday Brunch Concert: Typhanie Monique and Neal Alger

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Tomorrow on Morning Maniac Music

Dec. 6th WPKN Benefit with ZOoT PLANeT

11:30 a.m. Matthew DeTroy will join us in the studio.
7:30 p.m. Concert at FTC on Stage One, 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield, CT.

Blast away with this crew of seasoned local musicians as they make their debut on Stage One. Delivering sultry and snappy swing era classics diced with jazz and blues, ZOoT PLANeT will teleport you to a time and place where the roots of great music blends with the sensibility of sound in the millennium. Whether you're a rug cutter or a seat tapper, you're in for a treat that's out of this world! The ZOoT crew is - Matthew DeTroy (keys), Carol Piro (vocals), Bruce Couillard (sax/vocals), Hans Broecking (drums), Tim DeHuff (guitar), Rich Zurkowski (bass). In support of live, local radio ZOoT pLAnEt shares proceeds with WPKN.

Dec. 6th Typhanie Monique & Neal Alger

1:00 p.m. Typhanie Monique & Neal Alger will join us for an hour of music and conversation.

While many musical units are formed with a specific agenda, the jazz duo of Typhanie Monique, vocals, and Neal Alger, guitar, came about mostly by chance.  With a background that contains R&B icons Tina Turner and Lionel Richie from her mother's listening habits, Typhanie came to discover jazz in her teenage years.  After studying jazz vocal technique in college, Monique moved to Chicago and formed a successful funk/acid-jazz group Peking Turtle and performed at many venues in the midwest.  Neal too eventually embraced jazz by his late teens but came into it from a different angle; Neal grew up listening and performing hard rock/progressive rock.  Chicago became home for Alger after college as well, and he freelanced with local jazz luminaries and fronted his own trio.

In the holiday spirit of an inclusive 'musical family', YULETIDE GROOVE, the newest project from Alger and Monique, features many special guests including rising Hammond B3 organ star Tony Monaco.  Monaco brings an infectious beat, a rock-solid swing, and warm vocals to the chestnut "Baby It's Cold Outside" while Monique revels in Monaco's vitality, turning in an inspired vocal performance.  A horn trio of trumpet, sax, and trombone brings a lush but not overly sentimental flavor to Vince Guaraldi's "Christmastime is Here" and the classic "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree".  The sultry sexiness of "Santa Baby" is beautifully enhanced by a cha-cha arrangement which features the contagious musical exuberance of latinos pianist Darwin Noguera and trumpeter Victor Garcia.
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