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May 2011 Archives

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Say the secret word

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I really don't play enough Free Design on the show..

And a further connection in Kurt Swinghammer's new album (his wife Lori Cullen worked with Chris Dedrick from FD) called Turpentine Wind, that is available on bandcamp for free listening, and also available in a deluxe Blu-Ray package.

I have a tune from John Gorka's latest album - he will playing with Red Horse, coming to Vancouver Island in July, and it's Lea Thompson's birthday... yes, she's an actress but also a singer! 



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Looking at the big sky

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Couple of requests to start off the shew... our resident weather expert Norman in Prince George wants to hear a weathery tune from Pink Martini, and Heather on Lasquiti Island sends out a song to Bruce the Chef (I chose Keely Smith, hope that's ok).

RIP Gil Scott-Heron, who died on Friday and the news broke Saturday morning... and a first listen to the new Blackie and The Rodeo Kings album Kings and Queens (not a fan of the cover, though).

And with these ukulele taking over the world, Ron in Vancouver wrote in about the Vancouver Ukulele Circle, and you can also visit the BC Ukulele site that lists a few others clubs around BC.

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Return Of The Son Of The Attack Of The 70s

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Discovered a new album by Giorgio Tuma, a songwriter/producer from Italy who has a new album called In The Morning We'll Meet which is perfect for the early mornings, AND it features the voice of Lori Cullen!

New music from Christopher Cross!  Yup, he's been away for 10 years and if you were a fan of his material, you will continue to be.

Plus, music from New Zealand's Boh Runga, and happy birthday to Cilla Black and Bruce Cockburn.

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Isn't it grand

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Thanks to Mike in West Vancouver for introducing me to Joshua Rifkin and his Baroque Beatle Songbook, something I will get lots of mileage out of.

Brand new music from Eliza Gilkyson... her new album is called Roses At The End of Time, and she was recently here playing with Red Horse, and she'll be back this way for the Folk Festival in Vancouver.

Also, the girl-group sounds of Gigi featuring Rose Melberg, and it's the birthday of ukulele king George Formby Jr.

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Knowing where one's towel is

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Started off with Miles Davis who would have been 85 tomorrow.

Carrie Newcomer also has a birthday today - a wonderful songwriter, she's also a modern-day Quaker - and another album anniversary for Joe Jackson's under-rated Big World album.

Here's the Sarah Harmer concert from Massey Hall recorded by CBC, and a little spacey Hitchhiking music from Jean Michel Jarre for Towel Day.


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Ten of Swords

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Happy birthday Bob Dylan!

To celebrate his 70th, I've got a selection of choice covers of Dylan's music.

He's influenced a couple of generations of artists and groups from a lot of different backgrounds, and today you will hear the likes of Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Mr. Zimmerman himself... and a few surprises along the way.

And listener Tom Anderson sent me this newspaper scan of an article he wrote with an interesting story on one of Dylan's classic songs...

..and when's Bob and Soy Bomb gonna reunite?




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Gotcha covered

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The charming ukulele of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole to begin, and then BC's favourite ukulele virtuoso James Hill (who's working on a new CD as I type).

Also, a very different version of a classic Hendrix tune by Dion (not with the Belmonts though).

30 years ago today Kim Carnes was riding high with a cover tune, and Big Daddy cover her cover, and it's the 57th birthday of Bill Haley and his Comets version of "Rock Around The Clock" (yup, that's a cover too).

I'm off on Monday - back on Tuesday with a whole show dedicated to the music of Bob Dylan for his 70th birthday.

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Moon June Balloon Pantaloon

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Krista Detor begins the program from her Chocolate Paper Suites album, and then another moony tune from Rosanne Cash who's got a new double-CD retrospective out.

Lynn Miles is getting some rave reviews from her latest album Fall For Beauty, and the Manhattan Transfer will be scooby-doo'ing and ska-doo-wah'ing at the Kay Meek Center on June 9th.

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Museum of sound

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One of the earliest incarnations of mixing nature bird sounds with new age music (before the term was invented) came from Sweet People, a band from Switzerland in 1978, who had a hit with "And the Birds Were Singing".

Today is International Museum Day, and Ken Nordine takes us on a tour of the "Sound Museum".  Then the most artistic Canadian musician I know... Jane Siberry.

And it's Big Joe Turner's birthday, so we do a little Shake, Rattle and Rollin'.


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Bodhisattva

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Starting with a track from the new Kate Bush album Director's Cut, which comes out today in Europe, and next week in North America. 

Jason in Vancouver requested a tune by Cat Stevens for Vesakha (aka Buddha Day), and we feature another track from Eleanor McEvoy's latest album I'd Rather Go Blonde.

And today, as you can guess by the post below is the 40th anniversary of Paul & Linda McCartney's Ram album, which is regarded as one of his best.  Go have a listen to the whole thing!

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Sea Monkey Monday

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Monroe in Invermere requested a tune from the film Synecdoche, NY written by Jon Brion (whom I'm a big fan of) and sung by Deanna Storey.

And Norman in Prince George sent me this photo to prove that Enviroment Canada is incorrect when it called for "cloudy" skies there:

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Lotsa musical birthdays by musical geniuses (not using that word lightly): Billy Cobham, Robert Fripp and I'm playing something from under-appreciated guitarist Adrian Legg, followed by the one and only Jonathan Richman who turns 60 today.

By the way, it's Sea Monkey Day... and it's Monday, and Jeremy Fisher has a messed up tune for the day...and here's his Lite-Brite video for "Come Fly Away":

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Trixcadecaphobia: the fear of 13 wheat crackers

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Mentioned The Hollyridge Strings yesterday... well, now you get to hear 'em!  Mort Garson arranged it...he's Canadian, eh?

Steve Martin - yes, that one - has a very nice tune on his new album dedicated to the memory of Martin Short's late wife Nancy, and I'm really enjoying the new album by Melanie Doane... just finished listening to all of her albums again, and Emerald City is her best thus far (although you should check the others out too).

And Scott on the Sunshine Coast wanted to tell me it's World Naked Gardening Day (I'll just google that for you, 'sup to you after that) and Talking Heads have a song I can get beh...a song you might enjoy.

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Hit me with your cheerful stick

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Gabriel Fauré's birthday today, and I can never get enough of "Pavane", heard this morning from Arturo Sandoval's new album.

Also, RIP John Walker of the Walker Brothers fame, and Penny in Vancouver requested a tune by Phil Ochs, as the DOXA film fest is running a documentary on Phil tomorrow night.

And seeing that it's also the birthday of the late Ian Dury, Daphne in Cranbrook needs some "Reasons to be Cheerful".

And for Kate Bush fans, head over to NPR for your first listen to her new album The Director's Cut.

PLUS... a web-only extra of a Phil Ochs recorded live in concert March 13, 1969 at the PNE Garden Auditorium in Vancouver:

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Puttin' on the ritz

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Another cat request from Anthony and Melody in Riondel for a tune by Zav RT (formerly Jamie RT).

And since I played the late Phoebe Snow backed by members of Steely Dan, why not hear some 'Dan?

And it's Irving Berlin's birthday, celebrated with Fred Astaire for whom Irving wrote some of his most remembered songs.


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The Cat came back

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A request to start for John in Vancouver for Blossom Dearie, and then a brand new release from Stephen Fearing and Andy White together as Fearing and White.

Playing another cut from Erin Bode's Photograph album, and Gary in Vancouver has a cat song request from Paul Whiteman's Orchestra featuring Bix Beiderbecke (and thanks Doug who pointed out that Bix played cornet, not sax... of course, my brain not working this morning, apologies).

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Kindness and love

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The day after VE Day seems right to start off with Vera Lynn.

Happy birthday Billy Joel, and some new music from East River Pipe, and Winnipeg'er Steve Bell.

And if you're fan of old-time radio, here's a bunch of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy shows.

Also, today marks the first time Kermit the Frog appeared on a show called Sam and Friends:



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Tuba or not tuba

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Not only is it Tuba Day - and Kevin Morgan is our Virtuoso Tubist this year - but... well, there are other days, but not as inheriently musical as the tuba is:

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Thank you, Gary Larson.

Also on the show, the first ever musical performance of Orson Welles (for his birthday) and a tune I haven't played yet from the ever-delightful Hark The Herons.

And in the earworm category for the day... Graham in Victoria has been waiting patiently to hear Ottowan.  Happy Mothers Day on Sunday!

And where would be without Tubby The Tuba?




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Atomized Individualism

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Bit of a 70s flashback for today - starting with a new take on a disco-lite hit from Canadian jazz-cover queen Lori Cullen.

Then two superacts of the 70s are touring BC at the end of May: Supertramp and Burton Cummings.

And sad news that the classical trumpetist David Mason, who played the famous piccolo trumpet solo on "Penny Lane" died at the age of 85.

And it's Delia Derbyshire's birthday - she was a pioneer and very influential member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, famous for making the Dr. Who theme sound the way it does.  More info on her (including sound samples) is available at delia-derbyshire.org.



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Suddenly it's Wednesday

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First up, a dedication for the voice of the late Abbey Lincoln from Bruce to Heather - then it's music from Amy Holland, who's been singing on her own albums, soundtracks and doing background vocals for over 30 years.

I've also got the perfect pop sounds of The School, and it's Star Wars Day with some far-out-galaxy sounds by Mark Jonathan Davis (aka Richard Cheese), and want to irritate your friends and co-workers today?  Try the R2-D2 speech generator.

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Lumpy rug

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Happy birthday Bing Crosby - and I've also been listening to a now-defunct Canadian band called Five Guys Named Moe, who sadly never really took off.

Also send me an email to enter for the Wailin' Jennys CD giveaway - 5 copies to randomly draw tomorrow!  Deadline to enter is noon today.

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Something's happening here

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Starting with a very long piece by Aaron Copland, performed by the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, conducted by Mario Bernardi.

Also, celebrating over 50 years in the business, happy birthday to Lesley Gore.

And we go out with the theme song of Expo '86 on its 25th anniversary, sung by Lisa Dalbello which was played every night as the park closed.