Monday, July 26, 2010

July 26, 2010

"The boy with the perpetual nervousness" - The Feelies (Crazy rhythms)
"Timba en trampa" - Hilario Duran Trio (Motion)
"Nic fit" - Sonic Youth (Dirty)
"Shadows" - The Bob Szajner Triad II (Live at the Detroit Montreux jazz festival 1981)
"Take off" - Tempo all stars (Next stop… Soweto: township sounds from the golden age of mbaqanga)
"Holding ground" - Sunna Gunnlaugs (The dream)
"Immortal being" - Sun Ra and His Omniverse Jet-Set Arkestra (Detroit Jazz Center 1980)
"No more videos, just teasers" - The Jon Cohen Experimental (Behold)
"Fair sex and merciless crimes" - Calibro 35 (Ritornano quelli di…)
"A l'ile de fressanges (…nuit d'ete…)" - Lee Konitz/Chris Cheek/Stephane Furic Leibovici (Jugenstil II)
"Souls brother" - The Sa-Ra Creative Partners (Nuclear evolution: the age of love)
"Clarity (4)" - Michael Gregory Jackson (Clarity)
"Donna Lee (goes south)" - CaneFire (Pandemonium)
"The sacred prune of rememberance" - Friendly Rich and the Lollipop People (The sacred prune of rememberance)
"How to get to heaven" - Willard Grant Conspiracy (WMBR's Pipeline!, Cambridge, MA, April 25, 2000)
"Voices from the sky" - The Gerry Alvarez Odyssey (Omega tea time)
"Solli" - John McLaughlin (Uppsala Konsert & Kongress Hall, Stora Salen, Uppsala, Sweden, May 8, 2010)
"Daylight hour" - Mid Pines (Unmeasure)
"Up in the dark" - The New Pornographers (Together)
"The exotic forest #2" - Sun Ra (College tour volume one: the complete nothing is…)
"Broken ankle" - The Stolen Organ Family Band (Cooking with joy boy)
"Hare krishna" - The Fugs (Tenderness junction)
"Jerusalem trilogy - allegro con brio" - Matt Herskowitz (Jerusalem trilogy)

Another wide and varied show, built on a core of jazz, mostly new stuff. Got to play two re-released Sun Ra tracks plus a bunch of other kinda freaky odds and ends (e.g. "Hare krishna" by the Fugs and "The sacred prune of rememberance" by Friendly Rich; the Friendly Rich CD has a great cover, BTW).


Monday, July 19, 2010

July 19, 2010

"Blue web in space" - Matthew Shipp (4D)
"Lucy potato" - Teenage Head (Ontario 1978-1980)
"Sumo" - Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge (The comet's tail: Performing the compositions of Michael Brecker)
"Offertoire" - Andre Leroux (Corpus callosum)
"3 ninjas-High noon at mega mountain" - Fortunately Everything Dies (Horror)
"Glistening Glyndebourne" - John Martyn (Bless The Weather)
"Let down" - Easy All-Stars featuring Toots & The Maytals (Radiodread)
"The moon is down" - Gentle Giant (Aquiring the taste)
"Apri l'occhi pt. 1" - M. Mucci (Time lost)
"True blue" - Joe Sealy & Paul Novotny (Songs)
"Ike (take a hike)" - Harvie S (Cocolamus bridge)
"Disappearing woman" - Great Speckled Bird (Great Speckled Bird)
"Vernon the company man" - Les Claypool (Of whales and woe)
"Insomnie" - Lucien Dubois Trio & Marc Ribot (Ultime cosmos)
"We are future housing developments for maggots" - The Last Felony (Too many humans)
"The lost blues" - Rodney Jones (A thousand small things)
"Song 15" - Breakestra (The live mix part 2)
"Runnin' back to Saskatoon" - D. Rangers (Guess who's home)
"Clouds" - Steve Coleman and Five Elements (Harvesting semblances and affinities)
"Meltdown" - Lisa Hilton (Nuance)
"Very (extract)" - Keith Rowe (Harsh)
"Suicide is painless" - The Bob Florence Limited Edition (Legendary)

This was a fun show, I think. Lots of musical variation plus I threw in some old favourites of mine, including "The moon is down" by Gentle Giant, "Disappearing woman" by Great Speckled Bird, and "Vernon the company man" by Les Claypool. Best title: The totally charming
"We are future housing developments for maggots" (guess what - it's metal, surprise, surprise).


Monday, July 5, 2010

July 12, 2010

"A music of tranquility" - Lee Konitz/Chris Cheek/Stephane Furic Leibovici (Jugenstil II)
"Put it there pal" - Richard Thompson (You? me? us?)
"Five dolls for an august moon" - Calibro 35 (Ritornano quelli di…)
"Political song for Michael Jackson to sing" - Minutemen (Double nickels on the dime)
"Conversations with a lunatic' - Hilario Duran Trio (Motion)
"Nothing is" - Sun Ra (College tour volume one: the complete nothing is…)
"Linebacker" - University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble (Bumper crop V/Water colors)
"I sivenoe" - Melotone Sisters With Amagola Band (Next stop… Soweto: township sounds from the golden age of mbaqanga)
"Spin 2" - Sunna Gunnlaugs (The dream)
"Somethin's gotta change" - Garrison Starr (Songs from take-off to landing)
"Isolation" - The Bob Szajner Triad II (Live at the Detroit Montreux jazz festival 1981)
"Oliver Lake" - Michael Gregory Jackson (Clarity)
"The following" - STS9 (Axe the cables)
"Prelude in D" - Chris Gestrin (After the city is gone: quiet)
"I'm not the one" - The Black Keys (Brothers)
"Polonaise libanaise" - Matt Herskowitz (Jerusalem trilogy)
"Losel drolma" - Fred Anderson/Hamid Drake (Back together again)
"No moon at all" - Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden (Jasmine)
"Funky hi-life" - C.K. Mann (Funky hi-life)
"Pslam of the rubble" - Georgia Ann Muldrow As Jyoti (Ocotea)
"I got a little" - Rising Sons (Rising Sons)
"Land's end" - Champian Fulton (The breeze and I)
"Edmonton, AB" - Forestry (Forestry)
"Longing" - John Kameel Farah (Unfolding)

Whereas the July 5 show leaned in the direction of rock, much of the content in this week's show came from the jazz world. A fair number of new jazz CDs crossed my path so I figured I should give them an airing, along with the usual mix of other musical genres. Among the latter, I was pleased to be able to (finally) play something credited to Richard Thompson alone. I'm a big RT fan and, though I once played a track from the Industry album put out by RT and Danny Thompson, I've never played something from his solo works. Today, I stopped holding back and gave "Put it there pal" (one of the best-ever put-down songs) from Me? you? us? a spin.

In addition, this week, I didn't receive any calls complaining that I wasn't playing "rock" (though I certainly would have failed on that account). The most notable non-musical noise this week came from the hailstorm that hit the part of Calgary where CJSW is located. It featured the usual hailstorm elements; large-marble-sized chunks falling from the sky, big black clouds, thunder, lightning, etc. Sky go boom.


July 5, 2010

"Boss city" - Kashmere Stage Band (Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974)
"Palomar" - Rheostatics (Double live)
"Akiwowo" - Olatunji (Drums of passion)
"Stethoscope" - Dan Berglund's Tonbruket (Dan Berglund's Tonbruket)
"The eye of the mind" - Tineke Postma (The traveller)
"Frankenstein" - New York Dolls (New York Dolls)
"Fantasie sobre un Benedictus" - Ralph Maier (The art of vihuela)
"Circling" - Four Tet (There is love in you)
"Epitah I: Doo-wee-inn (for Dewey Redman)" - Chad Eby (Broken shadows)
"The sixth sense" - Lee Morgan (The sixth sense)
"Sasquatch hunter" - Tim Hus (Hockeytown)
"Herbert Harper's free press news" - Muddy Waters (Electric mud)
"A dozen discos" - Type Monkey Type (Jungle noise)
"Griot" - Lionel Loueke (Mwaliko)
"Sunset strip: I. 7 pm" - North Carolina Symphony (American spectrum)
"St. Louis" - Widespread Panic (Dirty side down)
"Make sure I'm out screwing up" - Wesley Willis (Greatest hits, vol. 2)
"Beneath the veil" - Last Call Chernobyl (Drowning beneath the sound of change)
"Pyronecrophilia" - The Hellbound Hepcats (The Hellbound Hepcats)
"One" - Nucleus with Leon Thomas (Montreux, June 20, 1970)
first track - Polymaths (Home again)
"No. 19" - Mary Halvorson Trio (The Vortex, London, December 24, 2009)
"Harsh tutelage of the waltzing kodiak" - Mares of Thrace (The moulting)
"White noise" - The City Streets (The jazz age)
"Weathered floor" - SSRIs (Effeminate godzilla-sized windchimes)

The focus, more or less, of this week's program ended up being new Canrock. I played a bunch of short tunes that fall into this category, many of them local (Calgary). I didn't plan things that way but I'm very much OK with it. Next week will likely feature a mess of new jazz; several new releases (including a double Sun Ra set, a couple of things from ESP, a new Hilario Duran CD, and a CD of duets between Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden) have crossed my path and I'm keen to give these an airing.

Though I forgot to mention it on air, today's show was also a milestone of sorts. Breaking The Tethers has just passed its fourth anniversary on CJSW. It first went on air on July 4, 2006. Since then, 4438 tracks have been played in three different time slots. I've enjoyed all of it and I hope to keep Breaking The Tethers going for a while longer.

Speaking of time changes, the program today was the first in the new slot. Same day (Monday) but a different time (noon-2 pm). I think things went well; I managed to give the correct time everytime I announced it (I think).

I should note that one listener didn't think that things went well. Just after I put on the piece by the North Carolina Symphony, I got a call from someone who sounded like a grumpy older dude who wanted "rock" and asked me what time it was; I guess I was playing the wrong sort of music for that time of day. Unfortunately, all he did was rant and hang up; I didn't have a chance to tell him that something different would be coming on after the symphony piece nor was I able to ask him about the law that "rock" has to be played in early weekday afternoons. I wasn't aware of this regulation and, as I don't want to be breaking the law, I would have appreciated him pointing me to the appropriate legislation. Oh well, he missed his opportunity. Maybe I'll play more symphony music in the future to calm him down :-)