Saturday, January 31, 2009

Chomsky on Democracy Now: Israel should "leave"

Noam Chomsky appeared on Democracy Now! about a week ago. He compared George Washington a terrorist and said Israel should leave, meaning Israel should leave Earth.

Charles at Little Green Footballs sums it up nicely:
When Chomsky suggests Israel should “leave,” he’s saying the same thing as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Israel should leave the face of the earth.
I hope Democracy Now! never disgraces the airwaves at WPKN.

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The new Brown Shirts wear green vests

Thugs from the Green Vest Patrol (are they ANSWER or the ISO?) assault a NY Post photographer at an anti-Israel rally while the police do nothing.

Jews, arm yourselves!

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Monday, January 26, 2009

The Cult of Personality Continues

Transylvania Phoenix reports on Obama's Little Blue Book. (Available on Amazon.)

Our nation is in deep doo-doo.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Playlist, January 25, 2009

Set One
Brade Goode; Betcha By Golly Wow; Polytonal Dance Party (2008 Origin)
Steely Dan; King of the World; Countdown to Ecstasy (1973 MCA)
Frank Zappa; N-Lite; Civilization Phaze III (1993 Barking Pumpkin)
[mic break 10:33 a.m.]

Set Two
David "Fathead" Newman; Diamondhead; Diamondhead (2008 Highnote)
David "Fathead" Newman; Cant We Be Friends; Diamondhead (2008 Highnote)
David "Fathead" Newman; New York State of Mind; Diamondhead (2008 Highnote)
Ray Charles; Ain't Misbehavin'; The Genius After Hours (1985 Atlantic)
[mic break 11:01 a.m.]

Set Three
Pat Metheny; The Red One; Day Trip (2008 Nonesuch)
Elmore James; Something Inside Me; Kind of the Slide Guitar (2003 Licensemusic)
Santana; Toussaint L'Overture; Santana (2004 Columbia)
Out To Lunch; The Good Doctor; Excuse Me While I Do the Boogaloo (2007 Accurate)
Jimmy Herring; Lost; Lifeboat (2008 Abstract Logix)
[mic break 11:35 a.m.]

Set Five
Kelly Harland; All the Things You Are; Sings Jerome Kern (2008 Origin)
Matt Ulery's Loom; Slow and Awake; Music Box Ballerina (2008 Woolgathering)
Dan Cavanagh; A Time of Reckoning; Pulse (2008 OA2)
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey; Muskogee Smalls; Welcome Home (1999 Accurate)
Mystic Bowie; Neva Run Away (ballad); CD sampler (2008 Mystic Bowie)
Stan Bock Ensemble; Jinriksha; Your Check's in the Mail (2007 OA2)
The Ben Sidran Hammond Quartet; Subterranean Homesick Blues; Cien Noches (2008 Nardis)
[mic break 12:45 p.m.]

Set Six
John McLaughlin; Raju; Floating Point (2008 Abstract Logix)
Gilfema +2; Cove; Gilfema +2 (2008 ObliqSound)
David Fiuczynski; Fung Wah Express; KiF Express (2008 Fuze)
Art Blakey; A Night in Tunisia; The Prime Source (2005 Proper)
Lake Street Dive; The Panhandling Song; Promises, Promises (2008 FYO)
Joey DeFrancesco; The Champ; The Champ (1999 Highnote)
[mic break 1:29 p.m.]

Set Seven
Ken Schaphorst Big Band; Market Street; After Blue (1991 Accurate)
Phish; Bathtub Gin; Hampton Comes Alive (1999 Elektra)
Boris Garcia; Skootch; Once More Into the Bliss (0208 Dig)
John Scofield; Hit the Road, Jack; That's What I Say (2005 Verve)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

RIP David "Fathead" Newman

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Jazz musician David "Fathead" Newman, who was a tenor soloist with the Ray Charles Band, died Tuesday. He was 75.

His manager, Karen Newman, said Newman died of pancreatic cancer in a hospital in Kingston, N.Y.

A Dallas native, Newman left college to tour with Charlie Parker's mentor, Buster Smith.

According to his Web site, Newman spent twelve years with the Ray Charles Band starting in 1954. He began as the baritone player and became the star tenor soloist.

He returned to Dallas and led his own bands before moving to New York City. As a studio musician he worked on recording projects with musicians including Herby Mann, Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

WPKN is confused about the U.S. government

From yesterday's program listings on the WPKN Today blog:
WPKN will be carrying the historic inaugural ceremonies of President-elect Barack Obama. This will usher out the eight year reign of George W. Bush and for many Americans the swearing in of the first African-American President of the Unites States, signifies real possibility for political, economic and social change.
Presidents don't reign; they serve a term as defined in the United States Constitution.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Playlist, January 18, 2009

Set One
Steely Dan; Your Gold Teeth; Countdown to Ecstasy (1973 MCA)
Bill Heid; Kirai; Asian Persuasion (2008 Doodlin)
Take 6; What's Going On; The Standard (2008 Heads Up)
Jazz Is Dead; Eyes of the World; Laughing Water (1999 Zebra)
Jaco Pastorius; Stuttgart Aria II; Heavy'n Jazz & Stuttgart Aria (1999 Jazzpoint)
[mic break 10:41 a.m.]

Set Two
Coleman Hawkins; It Sends Me; The Essential Sides Remastered 1934-1936 (2006 JSP)
Cedar Walton; Clockwise; Seasoned Wood (2008 HighNote)
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown; I'm Beginning to See the Light (1999 Blue Thumb)
Arturo Sandoval; A Night in Tunisia; The Best of (1997 Milan)
[mic break 11:13 a.m.]

Set Three
Ray Levier; Ralph's Piano Waltz; Ray's Way (2009 Origin)
Larry Willis; The Offering; The Offering (2008 HighNote)
Buddy Rich; Goodbye Yesterday; Time Out (2007 Lightyear)
Louis Armstrong; My Heart; Hot Fives & Sevens Vol. 1 (1999 JSP)
Mike LeDonne; After the Rain; The John Coltrane Songbook (compilation) (2008 Highnote)
Mike LeDonne; Bleeker Street Theme; FiveLive (2008 Savant)
Denise Donatelli; Be Cool; What Lies Within (2008 Savant)
[mic break 11:59 a.m.]

Set Four
Colleen McNabb; Save Your Love For Me; Don't Go to Srangers (2009 Zucca)
Leo Kottke; Chamber of Commerce; One Guitar, No Vocals (1999 Private Music)
Phish; The Squirming Coil; New Year's Eve 1995 (2005 Rhino)
The Who; Getting in Tune; Who's Next (1995 Polydor)
Jaco Pastorius; Jaco Reggae; Heavy'n Jazz & Stuttgart Aria (1999 Jazzpoint)
Weather Report; Fast City; Live & Unreleased (2002 Columbia)
[mic break 12:40 p.m.]

Set Five
Tony Monaco; Someday My Prince Will Come; Live at the Orbit Room (2008 Chicken Coop)
Harvie S; Confirmation; Now Was the Time (2008 Savant)
KJ Denhert; Message in a Bottle; Vivo a Umbria Jazz (2008 Motema)
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band; Señor Mouse; Act Your Age (22008 Immergent)
[mic break 1:12 p.m.]

Set Six
Buddy Rich; Joy Spring; Time Out (2007 Lightyear)
Mickey Hart & Zakir Hussein; Funky Zena; Global Drum Project (2007 Shout Factory)
The John Hicks Legacy Band; Blues in the Pocket; Mind Wine - The Music of John Hicks (2008 Savant)
[1:30 p.m.]

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Friday, January 16, 2009

The Global Intifada

Citizen photojournalist Zombie has a terrific--and horrific--photo essay about the simultaneous anti-Israel, pro-Hamas, pro-genocide tantrums around the world on January 10th.

UPDATE: Welcome to my friends from the State Department. This is primarily a music blog, but I believe Israel in particular and Jews in general are the canaries in the coal mine. I hope you're paying attention.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Dead Spring Tour 2009 "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!"

I wasn't going to post anything about the ticket prices and VIP tour packages for The Dead's 2009 spring tour. It's disappointing that tickets are out of my price range, but that's life. Then I heard this rant. It's worth a listen.
The audio is not safe for work!

UPDATE 4/14/2009: Hello Deadheads! You can get song-by-song tweets here You can listen to the Greensboro show here. Enjoy.

UPDATE 4/26/09: Listen to the audience recordings on

UPDATE 5/16/09: Apparently this is the last night of their tour, and Sirius is carrying the show live. Back in the day, the Grateful Dead would occasionally broadcast a concert on a local radio station. Now you have to subscribe to satellite radio to get the broadcast. It goes along with the $100 ticket prices.

UPDATE 2/25/10:  It looks like the video was removed. Supposedly Bob Weir was on CNBC's "Street Signs" announcing that Furthur ticket prices would be around $40, but I haven't been able to find the article.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Can we call it anti-Semitism now?

Zombie has a great photo essay about the latest anti-Jewish protest in San Francisco. The argument that it's just about Israel or Zionism no longer is credible. The mask is off.

Jews, arm yourselves.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Vandals deface three Chicago synagogues

A disturbing report from the Chicao Sun-Times:
Vandals spray-painted the words “Death to Israel’’ on two synagogues and a Jewish school early Saturday in three separate incidents police say could be linked and are being investigated as hate crimes.

In each case, the vandals — at times donning masks — used orange-colored paint, also shattering glass windows with bricks and rocks at two of the buildings.
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Playlist, January 11, 2009

Set One
Grateful Dead; Next Time You See Me; Hundred Year Hall (1994 Arista)
JJ Grey & Mofro; The Truth; Orange Blossom (2008 Alligator)
Pamela Luss; Why Did I Choose You; Magnet (2008 Savant)
Herbie Hancock; Edith and the Kingpin; River: The Joni Letters (2006 Verve)
Danny Green; Panic Nap; With You in Mind (2008 Alante)
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet; Infinity; Infinity (2008 Patois)
[mic break 10:35 a.m.]

Set Two
Ella Fitzgerald/Count Basie Orchestra; (I Don't Stand a) Ghost of a Chance WIth You; Digital III at Montreaux (1980 Pablo)
Ella Fitzgerald/Count Basie Orchestra; Flying Home; Digital III at Montreaux (1980 Pablo)
The Hard-Bop Saxophone Quartet; Blue Bossa; Don't Step on Your Neck (1999 Sea Breeze Jazz)
Enrico Pieranunzi/Jim Hall; Duologue 3; Duologues (2005 CAM Jazz)
Oregon; If; Prime (2005 Came Jazz)
La Orquesta Magica de la Habana; Morenita; Putumayo Presents Cafe Cubano (2008 Putumayo)
[mic break 11:11 a.m.]

Set Three
Toni Jannotta; Borderline; Is It Magic? (2008 Aerie)
Louis Armstrong; Willie the Weeper; The Hot Fives and Hot Sevens Volume II (1988 Columbia)
Sonny Rollins; Easy Living; Road Shows Volume 1 (2008 Doxy)
Igor Stravinsky; Ragtime for 11 Instruments; Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky (1999 Sony)
Otis Rush; Groaning the Blues; The Essential Otis Rush (2000 Fuel 2000)
Duke Ellington; Caravan; Duke's Joint! (1999 Buddha)
[mic break 11:47 a.m.]

Set Four
Greg Osby; Vertical Hold; Channel Three (2005 Blue Note)
Ratdog; Two Djinn; Evening Moods (2004 Hybrid Recordings)
Milt Jackson Quintet; Blues in the Basement; That's the Way it Is (1969 Impulse!)
Six 13; D'ror Yikra; Encore (2008 Sameach Music)
Lester Young; East of the Sun; The Lester Young Story (2005 Proper)
JJ Grey & Mofro; WYLF; Orange Blossom (2008 Alligator)
[mic break 12:21 p.m.]

Set Five
Andy Scott; Out of the Blue; Don't Tempt Fate (2008 Andyjazz)
Chick Corea & Origin; L.A. Scenes; Change (1999 Stretch)
Coleman Hawkins; Star Dust; The Essential Sides Remastered 1929-1939 (JSP)
Jimmy Herrinig; Lifeboat Serenade; Lifeboat (2008 Abstract Logix)
Delta Moon; Titawhirl; Howlin' (2005 Delta Moon)
[mic break 12:46 p.m.]

Set Six
Oscar Peterson; Ellington Medley; Digital at Montreux (1980 Pablo)
Adrian Belew; No Such Guitar; Coming Attractions (2000 Thirsty Ear)
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic; One Thousand Questions, One Answer; Collective Creativity (2008 3Sixteen)
Mike LeDonne; Manteca; FiveLive (2008 Savant)
[mic break 1:15 p.m.]

Set Seven
New Riders of the Purple Sage; Where I Come From (11/29/08 Petaluma CA)
Michael Falzarano; How Long Blues; We Are All One (2008 Woodstock Records)
Interview with Michael Falzarano
Michael Falzarano; When There's Two There's Trouble; We Are All One (2008 Woodstock Records)
Don Braden; Two of a Kind; Gentle Storm (2008 HighNote)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Interview with Michael Falzarano

Today at 1:30 p.m. on WPKN:

Michael Falzarano ( a veteran rhythm guitarist who has spent years on the road with the likes of Hot Tuna. More recently, he has been touring with the New Riders of the Purple Sage. We caught up with him at a recent NRPS concert, where Michael talked about his new solo CD, "We Are All One," and the CD he is producing for the New Riders.

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Monday, January 05, 2009

Israel Matzav: Near-pogrom in Antwerp

Israel Matzav: Near-pogrom in Antwerp

Things are heating up for Jews in Belgium. A protest turned violent in the Jewish quarter of Antwerp.

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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Playlist, January 4, 2009

Set One
Herbie Hancock; Court and Spark; River: The Joni Letters (2006 Verve)
Joni Mitchell; Dreamland; Dreamland (2004 Rhino)
Dave Holland Sextet; The Sum of All Parts; Pass It On (2008 Dare2)
Don Braden; Gentle Storm; Gentle Storm (2008 HighNote)
Roy Assaf & Eddy Khaimovich Quartet; On the Way...; Andarta (2008 Origin)
[mic break 10:40 a.m.]

Set Two
Joe Baione; Oh Yeah!!!; Oh Yeah! (2008 Joe Baione)
Wayne Wallace; TBA; Infinity (2008 Patois)
Funky Pieces of Silver; Song For My Father; The Horace Silver Songbook (2007 Highnote)
Randy Brecker; Sambop; Randy in Brasil (2008 MAMA)
[mic break 11:07 a.m.]

Set Three
Tim Warfield; Sometimes You Got To Let the People Know; One for Shirley (2008 Criss Cross)
Victor Wooten; 2 Timers; Palmystery (2008 HeadsUp]
Stanley Jordan; All Blues; State of Nature (2008 Mack Avenue)
Dan Cavanagh; Having Built in Deeper Water; Pulse (2008 OA2)
Jeff Berlin; This Is Your Brain on Jazz; In Harmony's Way (2001 M.A.J.)
[mic break 11:43 a.m.]

Set Four
Andreas Öberg; Troublant Bolero; My Favorite Guitars (2008 Resonance)
Denise Donatelli; Crystal Silence; What Lies Within (2008 Savant)
The John Hicks Legacy Band; Mind Wine; Mind Wine: The Music of John Hicks (2008 Savant)
Benny Powell; You Got It; Nextep (2008 Origin)
The Clayton Brothers; Wild Man; Brother to Brother (2008 artistShare)
[mic break 12:18 p.m.]

Set Five
Freddie Hubbard; Echoes of Blue; Live at the Left Bank (2001 Label M)
Freddie Hubbard; Yesterday's Dreams; First Light (1971 CTI)
Freddie Hubbard; Prophet Jennings; Hub-Tones (1961 Blue Note)
Freddie Hubbard; Hub-Tones; Hub-Tones (1961 Blue Note)
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers; Caravan; Caravan (1962 Riverside)
The John Coltrane Quartet; The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions (1961 Impulse)
Wayne Shorter; Moon of Manakoora; Wayning Moments (2000 Koch)
Freddie Hubbard; Bob's Place; The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard (1996 Impulse)
[mic break 1:25 p.m.]

Set Five
Freddie Hubbard; Echoes of Blue; Live at the Left Bank (2001 Label M)
Freddie Hubbard; Yesterday's Dreams; First Light (1971 CTI)
Freddie Hubbard; Prophet Jennings; Hub-Tones (1961 Blue Note)
Freddie Hubbard; Hub-Tones; Hub-Tones (1961 Blue Note)
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers; Caravan; Caravan (1962 Riverside)
The John Coltrane Quartet; The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions (1961 Impulse)
Wayne Shorter; Moon of Manakoora; Wayning Moments (2000 Koch)
Freddie Hubbard; Bob's Place; The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard (1996 Impulse)
[mic break 1:25 p.m.]

Set Six
Phish; Reba; Live volume 11 (2002 Elektra)
Frank Zappa; RDNZL; You Can't Do That On Stage Any More Volume 2 (1988 Barking Pumpkin)
Steely Dan; Everything Must Go; Everything Must Go (2003 Reprise)
[2:00 p.m.]

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