Friday, May 25, 2018

May 24, 2018 (Alternative To What?)

Not Breaking The Tethers but a showfill for Alternative To What? (ATW?), Kerry Clarke's long-running CJSW program.  Kerry was away this week and kindly let me handle the reins of ATW? for this week (many thanks, Kerry!).  I always enjoy hosting her show and this one was no different.  As I usually do for ATW?, I took a two hour trip all over that musical map.  Highlights: an Indian lean to a fair amount of the music; freak folk; avant-garde big band; "Puking in the heather"; and much more!

I'll be back behind the board next Monday, May 28, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM,, for the next edition of my regular show, Breaking The Tethers.  Please tune in with me then!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May 21, 2018

The usual mix of old and new and a variety of styles this week. I definitely dug everything played. Hope you did, too! Next week's show will be very much along the same lines.

On the subject of next week's show, it'll be Monday, May 28, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM, www, the usual time and place!

I should also note that I'll be away a few Mondays over the next several weeks. Here's when I'll be gone along with the guest hosts for Breaking The Tethers those days:

June 4: John Reid
June 11: Adam Mbowe
July 2: Linda Cunningham

Many thanks in advance to John, Adam, and Linda!

One more "I should also note": I will be guest-hosting Alternative To What? this Thursday, May 24, 4-6 pm MT, same radio station. The regular host, Kerry Clarke, is away so I'll be filling her shoes (only a bit!) this week.  Should be fun; I'll be playing stuff from all over the musical map.



Monday, May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018

A "regular" kind of show, with new and old material and a fairly wide variety styles.  That being said, there was a bit of lean toward guitar, with that instrument appearing prominently in half or so of the tracks. Such is the way it goes sometimes.

Fave track this week: "Max's tune" by the Jeff Beck Group, off their 1971 record, Rough and ready. It's a piece of music that I've always enjoyed, from a record that I find myself getting pulled into more and more.

I should note that, on the CJSW site for this show (see above), the first two songs on the tracklist are in the wrong order. "Syntax error" should be first and "More chicken" second.  I thought I had these right when I entered them into the system but I must have accidentally flipped them.

The next Breaking The Tethers episode will be next week, Monday, May 21, 10-11 am MT on radio station CJSW, 90.9 FM or


Monday, May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018

So, after last week's program, I suggested that this week's show should have a lean to the avant side of things (the April 30 show had a lean to the straight-ahead, more or less).  For the most part, I think I succeeded in that.  I think I especially hit the mark with the 23+ minute "Septober energy, part" from the Septober energy by the 50+ member jazz/prog/etc band Centipedge, released in 1971.  And some folks actually liked the track 😃, judging by people who came by the booth door and called.

The next show will be at the usual place and time, CJSW, 90.9 FM,, Monday, May 14, 10-11 am MT.  Please tune in!


Monday, April 30, 2018

April 30, 2018

A mix of old and new this week, some stylistic variation, though not much that on the out-there side of things; I'll have to deal with that next week :-)  Lots of guitar and piano plus Afrobeat! (Seun Kuti)

This was also UNESCO International Jazz Day! I should have come across it (much) earlier but I didn't find out about it until a few days ago - my bad! Anyway, play some jazz today for International Jazz Day and all will be well!

Next episode: Monday, May 7 (May already...), 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM, Please tune in for some good music!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April 23, 2018

This was the Breaking the Tethers show for the 2018 CJSW Listener Appreciation Week.  Linda Cunningham joined me on air and we played some tracks that had been earlier requested by BTT listeners (and a couple from me and Linda).  Many thanks to everyone who submitted requests!  Here's what was played and who requested each track after in parantheses:
  • How would you like to have a head like that
    Jean-Luc Ponty • King kong (Dave)
  • Veiled
    Dan Weiss • Starebaby (Andrew)
  • Changing opinion
    Philip Glass • Songs from liquid days (John)
  • The shaman: concerto for percussion and orchestra: III. fire dance
    Vincent Ho/Evelyn Glennie/WSO • The Shaman/Arctic Symphony (Linda)
  • The healing smoke
    Jan Garbarek • Visible world (Linda's cousin)
  • Heavy lifting
    LYNNeS • Heartbreak Song of the Radio (Linda)
  • Last train home
    Pat Metheny • Still life (talking) (Brian)
I should note that Listener Appreciation Week is still going on; there's two days left, through April 27.  Check out what's happening at

Join me for the next edition of Breaking The Tethers on Monday, April 30, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM,  This will be a "regular" kind of program, with some variety of styles and dates in the music played.


Monday, April 16, 2018

CJSW Listener Appreciation Week 2018 and Breaking The Tethers

For the past couple of years, CJSW has held a Listener Appreciation Week (LAW) once a year.  For 2018, LAW will be held from Friday, April 20 through Friday, April 27.  Loads of great stuff will be happening this week; check it all out at

The Breaking The Tethers LAW show will be on Monday, April 23, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM,  Hosting this week will be me and Linda Cunningham. This will be an all-request show!  Linda and I would like CJSW listeners to select the material, in advance, for this program. We're looking for performances that would fit into the BTT format (jazz, broadly writ, leaning a bit "out there"), nothing too long (BTT is only an hour long).  Tell us what you'd like to hear! You can send requests through this blog, via Twitter (I'm @01Waller and Linda is @lasquetipress), or by email to me at  Looking forward to hearing from everyone!