These songs have one thing in common: I wish that I had written them. I never seem to get too many days away from listening to these tunes. I have the usual suspects like The Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, and The Moody Blues. I also want you to hear Mike Nesmith, JJ Cale, The Knack, and Johnny Rivers. Country, blues, ballads, pop, and rock. Two hours of afternoon delight in the form of clever, insightful, heartfelt lyrics set to carefully crafted rock and roll. The G Man
Nothing happens in the past, this is our time, so leave us enjoy it in a bigtime way. Here is the bird's-eye lowdown on this caper, whatever that means: Neil Young dominates this show with the song 'Driftin'Back', an opus of 27:37 from his latest release Psychedelic Pill. However, that is not the best song in this segment, that honor goes to The Wallets from their 1983 release 'Catch A Falling Star', with a song called I Want To. Check out the front cover on your favorite search engine. We will actually go all the way back to 1968 for a song by the band Q 65, '80% O'. What does it mean? Also The Moody Blues, The Velvet Underground, and The White Stripes will bring it like there's no tomorrow. And they would be right, so listen in while you can, you can sleep when you're dead..... Cool Breeze
If I am lucky, I occasionally get to wander, and shown at left is a picture I snapped off in a state park in Arizona. That path led to some truly fine scenery, and the walk itself was pretty magical. I tell you this because I have two hours of wandering stories from selected artists on this weeks show. The Eagles will lead us off with an instrumental called 'Journey of the Sorcerer'. Orchestra and banjo- you gotta love it. I have Calexico, John Hartford, and CCR talking about the lost highways they've been down. The oldest song is by Roger Miller from 1965. The newest song is 'Close Your Eyes' by The Smoking Trees from their just released long player 'Acetates'. And in between you can ruminate with Bill Nelson, or Van Morrison about the road less travelled. All for the good of the revolutions, the G Man is 'in root'... join me.
What a great picture of the early lineup of the Jefferson Airplane. These people were/are a trip and a half. I was messing around on my computer listening to some live music by the band, and then I decided to put a list of songs together that I would love to hear them do in concert. This would be an extremely entertaining setlist. I have included some live recordings so you get the feel, just in case you ever have seen them live. The G Man
Let's begin the month of May with a show put together by listeners. This is a rock and roll stew, folks, I just threw everything in the pot that was hanging around and needing to be consumed. My favorite Queens of The Stone Age song leads off: Better Living Through Chemistry. Then a great song from the first of many classic albums by Mercury Rev (Very Sleepy Rivers). Then we will trip through Brother JT, Ash Ra Tempel, Dimentia 13, and Frank Zappa from 'Over Night Sensation'. Plus some Future Sounds of London and Ween, of all people. Hard to find a radio-friendly song by them, hah. Cool Breeze
Well, it had to happen. After six years of spinning records for the greatest radio station on the planet, a detractor contacted the station. He said he did not like Centripetal Sounds, but he sure does love the blues. Ok, is isn't like I skipped playing blues songs, given the fact that my favorite music of all time is psychedelic blues. So here we have a show for any blues fan. I have a couple of 'bent blues' songs from the likes of Captain Beefheart and Nilsson, but we are headed to the bedrock of blues music. I have a 1937 recording of Robert Johnson. I have Muddy Waters, Junior Kimbrough, John Lee Hooker, and John Mayall. Also songs by west side Chicago fave Magic Sam, and Mr. Dirt himself R.L. Burnside. I saw this phrase 'dirt box blues' used to describe an album, and that is quite a visual for a horticulturalist like myself.
Sandy Bull and John Fahey are pretty well known in the acoustic guitar world. 'Fierce imagination, versatility, and genre-bending' is frequently the gab. Well, I have some excellent examples of their work coming up. We will also hear from Happy & Artie Traum, Eric Clapton, and Neil Young, with an oldie but goodie entitled 'Down By The River'. In an unusual departure from the norm, most of the pieces in this show are country-leaning. Cool Breeze
Translation from Lakota Sioux: All my relations.
I received a set of three songs from a good friend a while back, and it inspired me to bring in a playlist of songs that all relate to one another. Those three songs are by Imogen Heap, Anias Mitchell, and Opera To Relax. Add in Jason Molina, Sigur Ros, and The Legendary Pink Dots, and you get a chance to hear just how creative and inventive bands can be at times.
See if you can relate to being in relation to... The G Man
Snapshots in sound...every once in awhile you get lucky and you snap off a shot that seems unusually pleasing to the eye... funny, poignant, histrionic, heart-warming, thought-provoking, or maybe just equivocal... the songs for our next meeting evoke rather pronounced images. Build an album for yourself layer by layer as you relate to the images that form in your awareness. The G Man
Last week I played the entire 'Spheres' side of Metallic Spheres (Limited Edition) by The Orb & David Gilmour. This week the 'Metallic' side shows up. I also have a great cover of 'Set the controls for the heart of the sun' by Red Temple Spirits. I am playing another great song from Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) off his latest release The Raven That Refused To Sing. And, I am going back to 1973 for a classic song by Steely Dan. The usual is pretty nice... Cool Breeze