Saturday, October 31, 2009

Phish is raging at Festival 8

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The musical Hallowe'en costume will be Exile on Main St.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Musical Hallowe'en treats

Here are a few shows worth checking out for Hallowe'en

Caravan of Thieves - FTC Stage One
Cosmic Jibaros -Acoustic Cafe
King for a Day - Two Boots
Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams - Gramercy Theatre, NYC

Monday, October 26, 2009

Ice Painting

Did you ever wonder how the lines and logos on a hockey rink were created? Here are a couple of videos demonstrating the fine art of ice painting.

GIANT Center, Hershey, PA (hat tip: Uni Watch)

NHL Playoff Logo

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Groovadelic Saturn images has a wonderful collection of images taken from the Cassini probe.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Playlist, October 25, 2009

Not much of a playlist today. Rod & I will be doing fundraising. The audio treats will include some highlights from Radio Vibes. Please support WPKN.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

RIP Captain Lou Albano reports that Captain Lou Albano died today at age 76. I remember him as manager to the greatest heels in the WWWF when it was still a regional promotion that I had to watch on Channel 47 with the circular UHF antenna. Safe crossing, Captain! Thanks for the memories.

I would do a tribute this Sunday, but my program has been preempted for a cover tunes marathon.

UPDATE: It was a fun morning with Cliff rolling out the sometimes strange cover tunes. Thanks to everybody who made a pledge to WPKN. (10/18/2009)

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pacifica: Comedy Gold

The left eats its own once again as CounterPunch goes after Pacifica and Grace Aron hits back.

It started with Iain Boal's piece in CounterPunch asserting that
On September 17 the Governance Committee of the Pacifica National Board passed a resolution expressly designed to find out whether Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! program is getting CIA funding through covert channels like the Ford Foundation for suppressing the “truth” about the 9/11 “over-up” The author of the resolution, Chris Condon, made it clear that he wrote a motion on funding disclosure specifically to find out "where the hell Amy Goodman's money is coming from".
After his opening salvo, Boal changes the subject to discuss how the current situation at Pacifica resembles their problems in 1999.
Under Aaron’s tenure, the stations have been under serious pressure to increase listenership and fundraising by offering miracle cures and 9/11 conspiracist DVDs as donor “thank you gifts”. Pacifica station WBAI in New York made tens of thousands of dollars on gifts promising protection from fungus-causing aerosols that the government is supposedly spraying on its population. It is also symptomatic that at the same time that Aaron favors depoliticized self-help shows, she is reported to fulminate against “pro-Palestinian, pro-immigrant” public affairs programming on the network.
Pacifica National Board chair Grace Aron fought back with a letter demanding a retraction. After correcting some of Boal's assertions, she defends her anti-Israel bone fides:
The statement that "she is reported to fulminate against “pro-Palestinian, pro-immigrant” public affairs programming on the network" is untrue. I have a long track record as a peace activist on those issues and I consider this an unfounded smear on my reputation.
It's comforting to know that Pacifica has its priorities straight.

For a trip into the fever swamp, read this story on the NYC Indymedia site. The comments are hilarious.
"New Pacifica's" frontal attack on Democracy Now!
After rejecting Cynthia McKinney for ED, Aaron's Pacifica now turns on Amy Goodman

Pacifica recently rejected the application of perhaps the nation's best-known 9/11 Truth activist - former Rep. Cynthia McKinney - for the position of Executive Director. Meanwhile, PNB Governance Committee member Christopher Condon revealed one goal of his resolution - to reduce funding of Democracy Now!, the network's most popular program, in future contract negotiations.
You just can't write better comedy.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Playlist, October 11, 2009

Set One
Grateful Dead; That Would Be Something; Dick's Picks 17 (2000 GDP)
Katie King; Come Together; Harry's Fight (2008 OA2)
Sara Gazarek; Blackbird; Yours (2005 Native Language)
Erin Bode; Here, There & Everywhere; Don't Take Your Time
Quintetto Vocale Italiano Le Pause Del Silenzio; Here, There & Everywhere; Freedom Jazz Dance (1992 Soul Note)
Dani; Oh! Darling; Fried Glas Onions: Memphis Meets the Beatles Vol. 2 (2005 Inside Sounds)
[mic break 10:28 a.m.]

Set Two
Grateful Dead; Baba O'Reilly/Tomorrow Never Knows; Dick's Picks 27 (2003 GDP)
Phish; Sea and Sand; New Year's Eve 1995 (2005 Rhino)
Phish; Drowned; New Year's Eve 1995 (2005 Rhino)
Alex Scolnick; Pinball Wizard; Goodbye to Romance: Standards for a New Generation (2002 Skol Productions)
The Chieftains; Behind Blue Eyes; An Irish Evening (1992 BMG)
[mic break 11:06 a.m.]

Interview with Gretchen Parlato
Interview with Evy McPherson

Set Three
Rachel Z Trio; Free Man in Paris; Moon at the Window (2002 Tone Center)
Interview with Adam Dotson of Rubblebucket (
Denise Donatelli; Be Cool; What Lies Within (2008 Savant)
Herbie Hancock; Free Man in Paris; River: The Joni Letters (2007 Verve)
David Lahm; Coyote; Jakes Takes on Joni Mitchell (1999 Arkadia)
[mic break 12:25 p.m.]

Set Four
Marco Benevento; Fearless; Live at Tonic
The Disco Biscuits; Astronomy Domine; 2009-04-19 Bridgeport CT
Phish; Cities; 2009-06-02 Wantagh NY
Yonder Mountain String Band; Girlfriend is Better; Mountain Tracks Volume 4 (2006 Frog Pad)
Lorenza Ponce; White Bird; Mystic Fiddler (2001 Melodia)
Pamela Luss; Ain't No Sunshine; Sweet and Saxy (2009 Savant)
The Holmes Brothers; Beast of Burdern; Paint It, Blue: Songs of the Rolling Stones (1997 House of Blues)
Frank Zappa; Purple Haze > Sunshine of Your Love; The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life (1991 Barking Pumpkin)
The Bobs; White Room; 20 Songs 20 Years (2003 Primarily A Cappella)
The Bobs; Helter Skelter; 20 Songs 20 Years (2003 Primarily A Cappella)
[mic break 1:25 p.m.]

Set Five
Moonalice; Stella Blue; 2009-07-25 Gathering of the Vibes
Dave Alvin; Loser; West of the West (2006 Yep Roc)
Levon Helm; Tennessee Jed; Electric Dirt (2009 Dirt Farmer)
Simply Red; Heaven; Picture Book (1985 Elektra)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Playlist, October 4, 2009

Set One
Tom Beckham; In Flight; Rebound (2008 Apria)
Carmen Lundy; Quiet Times; Good Morning Kiss (2002 Justin Time)
George Duke; For All We Know; In a Mellow Tone (2006 BPM)
Frank Sinatra w/Ella Fitzgerald; Moonlight in Vermont/I May Be Wrong; Classic Duets (2002 Capitol)
Miles Davis; Miles Ahead; Miles Ahead (1957 Columbia)
[mic break 10:31 a.m.]

Set Two
Dan Cavanagh's Jazz Emporium Big Band; Having Built in Deeper Waters; Pulse (2008 OA2)
Joe Martin; Far; Not By Chance (2009 Anzic)
Vince Norman/Joe McCarthy Big Band; South of Capricorn (2007 OA2)
The Taylor/Fidyk Big Band; Maiden Voyage; Live at Blues Alley (2006 OA2)
The Phillip Walker Big Band; Don't be Afraid of the Dark; Live at Biscuits & Blues (2002 M.C. Records)
Stan Bock Ensemble; Ain't Nothin' New; Your Check's in the Mail (2007 OA2)
[mic break 11:09 a.m.]

Set Three
Pamela Luss; Canadian Sunset; Sweet & Saxy (2009 Savant)
Joel Frahm & Bruce Katz; Spirit in the Dark; Project A (2009 Anzic)
Ivan "Funkboy" Bodley; Long Hard Slog; Pigs Feet & Potted Meat (2009 Funkboy)
Ivan "Funkboy" Bodley; Metric System; Pigs Feet & Potted Meat (2009 Funkboy)
Jimmy Carpenter; Upswing; Toiling in Obscurity (2008 Jimmy Carpenter)
Les Claypool; Phantom Patriot; Of Whales and Woe (2006 Prawnsong)
Gilfema +2; Twins; Gilfema +2 (2008 ObliqSound)
Chelsea Baratz; Philo's Groove; In Faith (2009 self)
Rob McConnell Tentet; Like Someone in Love; Thank You, Ted (2002 Justin Time)
Miles Davis; Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus); Porgy and Bess (1997 Columbia Legacy)
Bonerama; Hard Times; Hard Times (2009 Highsteppin')
[mic break 12:15 p.m.]

Set Four
Fareed Haque; Bengali Bud; Big Bhangra (2008 Owl Studios)
Frank Zappa; City of Tiny Lites; You Can't Do That On Stage Any More Volume 5 (1992 Rykodisc)
Steely Dan; Your Gold Teeth; Countdown to Ecstasy (1973 MCA)
Return to Forever; After the Cosmic Rain; The Anthology (2008 Concord)
Steely Dan; Everything Must Go; Everything Must Go (2003 Reprise)
[1:00 p.m.]

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Thursday, October 01, 2009