Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mountains of the Moon

It seemed like the first clear night in almost two weeks, and I finally got back outside with the telescope. The moon is the dominant feature of the night sky, a bright gibbous lighting my back yard. I put the 9mm eyepiece in and concentrated on the terminator and edges. There were some nice mountainous regions with the craters well highlighted. 
Saturn was a challenge because of the moon's glare, but a got a quick view with the 9mm. The wind was just enough to make things a big shaky, but I still had a few moments of the gold ball with its rings. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Playlist, May 27, 2012

Set One
Dr. Lonnie Smith; Frame for the Blues; Spiral (2010 Palmetto)
Untempered Ensemble; Poverty is the Father of Fear; Untempered Ensemble (2011 Shadrack)
Great Caesar's Ghost; In Memory of Elizabeth Reed; Live with Butch Trucks (2012)
[mic break 10:40 a.m.]

Set Two
Spectrum Road; Coming Back Home; Spectrum Road (2012 Palmetto)
Tony WIlliams; Coming Back Home; The Joy of Flying (1978 Columbia)
Trio of Doom; Dark Prince; Trio of Doom (2007 Columbia Legacy)
[11:00 a.m.]

Interview: Ray Kairys from The Electrix

Set Three
Grateful Dead; Playing in the Band; Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA (5/21/82)
Grateful Dead; Uncle John's Band; Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA (5/21/82)
Grateful Dead; Space; Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA (5/23/82)
Grateful Dead; The Other One; Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA (5/23/82)
[mic break 11:56 a.m.]

Interview: Danny Kean

Set Four
Danny Kean; Crazy Days
John McLaughlin and the One Truth Band; The Dark Prince; Electric Dreams (1979 Columbia)
John McLaughlin and the One Truth Band; The Unknown Dissident; Electric Dreams (1979 Columbia)
Steve Smith and Vital Information; Cat Walk; Live! One Great Night (2012 BFM Jazz)
[mic break 12:33 p.m.]

Set Five
Manner Effect; Corcovado; Abundance (2012 Manner Effect)
Frank Zappa; Cruising for Burgers; Make a Jazz Noise Here (1991 Barking Pumpkin)
Steely Dan; Everything Must Go; Everything Must Go (2003 Reprise)
[12:55 p.m. PSA break]

Sunday Brunch Concert: Helmet of Gnats
[2:00 p.m.]

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And a Groovadelic Good Morning to You

We have a bunch of things to test this morning at the Radio Golden Quality Assurance Lab. The times are accurate in an approximate way.

  • 11:00 a.m. – Interview with Ray Kairys from The Electrix. They're part of the the benefit show for WPKN taking place next Sunday at the BrickHouse Brewery in Patchogue.
  • 11:05 a.m. – Summer 1982. Much has been made of the Grateful Dead's legendary Europe '72 tour in light of its 40th anniversary, and more importantly, the release of every show on that tour. Well, I'm not Rhino Records or Grateful Dead™ Marketing, so I'll leave the heavy lifting to the professionals. Instead, there's the 30th anniversary of a pretty good run of shows in Grateful Dead history: the 1982 Summer Tour. Today's show contains the first installment of this series. 
  • 12:00 p.m. – Interview with Danny Kean. He's also playing at the BrickHouse Brewery next Sunday.
  • 12:55 p.m. – Your favorite part of WPKN's programming: the mandatory five-minute-feels-like-a-lifetime PSA break.
  • 1:00 p.m. – Helmet of Gnats LIVE on the Sunday Brunch Concert. Join our studio audience if you like your music up close and personal.

As always, I tweet the playlist live as it happens so you don't have to wait for the mic breaks. Follow me on Twitter.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Astronomy Domine

In the interest of keeping this blog a bit more active than it is, I'm going to start posting some things about astronomy and maybe even my musical activities, such as they are.

Let's start with this great photo from Flickr user jimnista.

Sunset Beach Eclipse May 20th 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Playlist, May 20, 2012

Set One
Wes Montomery; Take the A Train; Echoes of Indiana Avenue (2012 Resonance)
April Hall; My Baby Just Cares for Me; Room for Two (2012 Bee Boy)
April Hall; That's All; Room for Two (2012 Bee Boy)
Anna Borges & Bill Ward; É Luxo só; Receita de Samba (2012)
Either/Orchestra; History Lesson; Mood Music for Time Travelers (2010 Accurate)
[mic break 10:33 a.m.]

Set Two
Garaj Mahal; Alison's Pony; More Mr. Nice Guy (2010 Owl Studios)
Pat Metheny Group; James; Offramp (1982 ECM)
Bill Evans; Past Thoughts; Living in the Crest of a Wave (1984 Elektra)
Bill Evans; Tit for Tat; Dragonfly (2012
[mic break 11:07 a.m.]

Set Three
Bill Evans; 34 Skidoo; The Paris Concert (1984 Elektra)
Budman/Levy Orchestra; 95 or 64; From There to Here (2012 OA2)
Horace Tapscott; Sketches of Drunken Mary; Live at Lovero (1984 Nimbus)_
Spectrum Road; Where; Spectrum Road (2012 Palmetto)
[mic break 11:53 a.m.]

Set Four

Allan Harris & Takana Miyamoto; You Must Believe in Spring; Convergence (2012 Love Productions)
Ablaye Cissoko/Volker Goetze; Kana Maloundi; Amanké Dionti (2012 Motéma)
Garaj Mahal; Faster Than the Speed of Time; More Mr. Nice Guy (2010 Owl Studios)
Garaj Mahal; Tachyonics; More Mr. Nice Guy (2010 Owl Studios)
Garth Hudson; Cyrus & Mulgrew; The Sea to the North (2001 Woodstock)
Keith Jarrett; Part 3; Radiance (2005 ECM)
The Ed Palermo Big Band; RDNZL; Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (2006 Cuneiform)
[mic break 12:38 p.m.]

Set Five

Mickey Hart Band; Through Endless Skies; Mysterium Tremendum (2012 360°)
Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent; Sweet & Low Down; Sweet & Low Down (2012)
[mic break 12:52 p.m.]
PSA Break

Sunday Brunch Concert: Kath Bloom & Love at Work (ARCHIVED AUDIO)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Playlist, May 13, 2012

Set One
Eddie Gomez; Arianna; Per Sempre (2012 BFM Jazz)
Omar Sosa; Ancestors; Across the Divide (2009 Half Note)
Either Orchestra; Harvey's Entrance; Afro-Cubism (2002 Accurate)
[mic break 10:25 a.m.]

Set Two
David "Fathead" Newman;  Mellow-D for Mr. C; Keep the Spirits Singing (2001 Highnote)
Cecil Brooks III; Bounce; Live at Sweet Basil (2001 Savant)
Dado Moroni; Vitti Na Crossa; Live in Beverly Hills (2010 Resonance)
[mic break 10:57 a.m.]

Set Three
Steely Dan; Everything Must Go; Everything Must Go (2003 Reprise)
Old & in the Gray; Pancho and Lefty (2002 Acoustic Disc)
Anders Osborne; Higher Ground; Black Eye Galaxy (2012 Alligator)
Django Reinhardt; How High the Moon; Postwar Recordings (2008 JSP)
Steve Earle; Dead Flowers; Live at the BBC (2009 MCA)
Dave Ralston; I Don't Care; I Don't Care (2012 GFY Worldwide)
Home Cookin'; I Will Survive; Saturday Night Hay Fever (compilation) (2002 Skipping Discs)
[mic break 11:35 p.m.]

Set Four
Nicholas Payton; Freesia; Bitches (2012 In + Out)
Dr. Lonnie Smith; Beehive; Spiral (2010 Palmetto)
Grateful Dead; Mama Tried > Mexicali Blues; Public Hall, Clevelend, OH (11/29/79)
Frank Zappa; Yo Mama; Palladium, New York, NY (10/29/78)
[mic break 12:15 p.m.]

Set Five
Garaj Mahal; Frankly Frankie Ford; More Mr. Nice Guy (2010 Owl)
Mickey Hart Band; Djinn Djinn; Mysterium Tremendum (2012 360°)
Bob Weir & Ratdog; Two Djinn; Weir Here (anthology) (2004 Hybrid Recordings)
Claudia Schmidt; Wings of Wonder; Bend in the River: Collected Songs (2012 Red House Records)
Hot String Quartet; Never Can Say Goodbye; Saturday Night Hay Fever (compilation) (2002 Skipping Discs)
Bill Evans; Dragonfly; Dragonfly (2012
[mic break 12:51 p.m.]

PSA Break

Sunday Brunch Concert: Avi Wisnia (ARCHIVED AUDIO)
[2:00 p.m.]

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Sunday, May 06, 2012

Playlist, May 6, 2012

Set One
Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A.; Ixtapa; Area 52 (2012 ATO)
Mothers of Invention; King Kong; Ahead of Their Time (1993 Rykodisc)
Thomas Makucevich; By the Time We Get to Neptune; Nefitef (2010 Radio Star)
Umphrey's McGee; Turn and Run; Mantis (2009 SCI Fidelity)
[mic break 10:41 a.m.]

Set Two
Avi Wisnia; New Year; Something New (2011)
Manner Effect; Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly; Abundance (2012 Manner Effect)
Gretchen Parlato; Butterfly; In a Dream (2009 ObliqSound)
Gretchen Parlato; Better Than; The Lost and Found (2011 ObliqSound)
David Liebman/Nancy Reed; You Must Believe in Spring; Neighbors (2012 Vectordisc)
Juliann Kuchocki; Broken Compassl; Broken Compass (2012)
Avi Wisnia; Rabbit Hole; Something New (2011)
[mic break 11:19 a.m.]

Interview: Michael Lawson, Local Band Review Epic II ADA Benefit

Set Three
Terrell Stafford; My Little Brown Book; This Side of Strayhorn (2011 Maxjazz)
Monty Alexander; Come Fly With Me; Uplift (2011 Jazz Legacy Productions)
Ablaye Cissoko/Volker Goetze; Fleuve; Amanké Dionti (2012 Motéma)
Budman/Levy Orchestra; Zona Mona; From There to Here (2012 OA2)
[mic break 11:55 a.m.]

Sunday Brunch Concert: Today in Jam Band History
Hot Buttered Rum String Band; Rocket Man; Evergreen Lodge, Yosemite, CA (5/6/06)
Hot Buttered Rum String Band; Desert Rat; Evergreen Lodge, Yosemite, CA (5/6/06)
Percy Hill; The Now; UNH, Durham, NH (5/6/99)
Raq; Unavailable/Technovailable; Revolution Hall, Troy, NY (5/6/06)
Zero; Papa Was a Rolling Stone; Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA (5/6/98)
Zero; Catalina; Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA (5/6/98)
[12:55 p.m.]

Grateful Dead; Looks Like Rain; Patrick Gymnaium, UVM, Burlington, VT (5/6/78)
Grateful Dead; The Other One; Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY (5/6/81)
Grateful Dead; Ship of Fools Hult Center, Eugene, OR (5/6/84)
Grateful Dead; China Doll > jam; Hult Center, Eugene, OR (5/6/84)
Grateful Dead; Ship of Fools; Frost Ampitheatre, Palo Alto, CA (5/6/89)
Grateful Dead; China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider; Frost Ampitheatre, Palo Alto, CA (5/6/89)
Grateful Dead; Morning Dew; MIT, Cambridge, MA (5/6/70)
[2:00 p.m.]

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