July 2011 Archives

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Cheesecake got a boom boom

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Thanks to Colin in the CBC Archives for passing along Imelda May's name - she's becoming quite the popular artist in Europe and I'm sure will slowly take over North America.  She's playing the Burnaby Roots and Blues Festival next weekend, and if you want to hear and see a little more of what she's all about:

Plus there are still two copies of the Locarno CD - thanks to everyone who sent in an email - your names are in the hat, and the winners will be drawn at random on Monday.

Plus a little music from Red Box's debut album The Circle and The Square..

...and it's Father-in-Law Day, as well as Cheesecake Day!  Satchmo (and the Muppets) will do the honours:

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Sadie The Cleaning Lady

The Great Michael McKean recently shared this video with his erudite Twitter followers... all I can say is thank you John Farnham!

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Popsicles and Icicles

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Good morning!

The view from Studio 10 this morning - it's going to be too hot for me, but it makes a nice photo.

Ray Lynch's music is perfect for the morning, so I've pulled out an old favourite to start off...

And then some covers!  Kris Delmhorst has released an entire album of covers dedicated to The Cars, and The School have a "Boss" b-side from their new EP.

And sad news that Dan Peek, founding member of America died a few days ago.  Steve in Trail asked for a particular America classic, and we follow it up with a brand new track from America latest covers album Back Pages.

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Light and Gold

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Music to begin the day with Eric Whitacre's moving "Lux Arumque" (you can watch the virtual choir below), and then something from Erin Bode and her band - I've been delving into her past catalog and enjoying it very much.

Plus the Filberg Festival starts this weekend in Comox... many, many great artists there and we heard a tune from one of them: Sue Medley.

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Mused Surfs Mono

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Shari Ulrich's One Step Ahead album turns 30 this year, but that's incidental to the numerous gigs she's got lined up for the month of August, not to mention the show on Thursday in Victoria at the Belfry Theatre.

I have been listening to a lot 60's summer tunes that are new to me, like the one I have this morning from Twinn Connexion.  And somewhat related, Walt Disney's surreal Alice in Wonderland turns 60 years old today.  Already started my patent on the Jerry Colonna Alarm Clock™.

Tracy Spuehler is a new discovery, featuring honest and straightforward pop tunes, which goes nicely with a track from the new Nines demo and out-takes collection Polarities.

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More than a feeling

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Today is Emmett Till's birthday, born in 1941 and Emmylou Harris wrote a song about him from her latest album Hard Bargain.

There have been many examples of atists who were largely ignored by mainstream media when they died, and I have two examples this morning that have since created a lasting impact: Kate Wolf and Nick Drake.

We wrap it up with a summer time request from Mark for The Jamies, and Moog Cookbook serenade us with their version of a Boston tune (Boston's debut album turns 35 today).

And Tom Heemskerk in Victoria sent in this email for anyone in the Victoria area who would like to toast Shisa, the Royal Theatre & McPherson Playhouse resident dog:

Many, many kind words and thoughts have come my way since Shisa's passing, and I thank you for them! It's obvious Shisa made an extraordinary number of good friends at the theatres and throughout downtown, and so I think it will be fitting to have an informal little gathering in his honour - which will be on Monday, 25 July from 6-8 pm at the Garrick's Head Pub in Bastion Square. Drop by if you can to have a visit, look at some photos, and raise a glass to our buddy.

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Magic shadows

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Some moody morning music from Gonzales Solo Piano release, and a summer request for Peter Sarstedt from Gerry in Cranbrook.

And since there is sort of a French theme in the music, we'll go all out with another summer time request from Andre in Terrace for Line Renaud.

And then our last installment of the Girls From Ipanema from our mystery vocalist... congrats to Guy in North Saanich who recognized it!

And sadly movie presenter for over 30 years Elwy Yost has died at the age of 85:

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Falderee, Faldera

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We begin with a request from Don in Victoria for the "Happy Wanderer" tune, and I've chosen a famous rendition by the Obernkirchen Children's Choir.

Then a couple of new releases: Sara Lowes from Manchester released Back To Creation, and The Red Button have a new album, which Doug in Powell River requested a tune from as a new summer favourite.

And Sammy Davis Jr along with the Count Basie Orchestra dig The Girl From Ipanema.

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Izzy Wizzy Let's Get Busy

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Happy birthday to Sooty!  Sooty and Sweep took over controls for the morning:

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Master Control Sooty

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Guest host... Sweep!

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DJ Sooty

And here are a couple of classic bits from Harry Corbett & Sooty:


We continue our Girls From Ipanema week with the tune that started it all from 1964 by Astrud & Joao Gilberto with Stan Getz

On a sadder note, Des in Sooke wrote in to let me know of Gaye Delorme's passing last month (sadly under-represented in the Canadian media) and requested a tune from his Blue Wave Sessions album.

Also, here's the full interview by Peter Brown of Radio Active in CBC Edmonton with Peter North, a good friend of Gaye's:

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Back to the water

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A visit today (on the phone) from Kim Stockwood, talking about her latest album and the TV special Back To The Water (just broadcast in Newfoundland on CBC TV)

I also asked Kim to pick her favourite summer song, and she came up The Tragically Hip.

And we also start our Girls From Ipanema week with Walter Wanderely!

And I couldn't fit it on the show, but here's a web-extra song for Nelson Mandela's 93rd birthday by Special AKA:

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Walk between the raindrops

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Couple of requests to start off the show: one from Nancy for Laura Smith, who isn't heard as much on the radio anymore.

And Grant wrote in, requesting a Gracie Fields tune for his girlfriend Amy as they drive up to study woodpeckers on Terrace Mountain.

It's Cow Appreciation Day!

In addition to the Folk Festival this weekend in Vancouver, Ron Sexsmith is playing at two different festivals in BC this weekend.. one at the Starbelly Jam Festival on Saturday and then on Sunday at the Kulth Festival at Qualicum Beach.

And Happy Umbraphile Day... tomorrow!  Donald Fagen provides the soundtrack for the weekend and don't forget you can still get your Earlier Umbraphile Card!

And here's an additional audio documentary on Laura Smith made for the CBC show The Blues and I:

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Bastille Day

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Since everybody's talking about quitting jobs or not quitting jobs, I've gone back to a favorite for the occasion by Chumbawamba

Woody Guthrie's 99th birthday today, and we also hear a track from Sarah Harmer's political catalog.

And thanks to Mike in West Vancouver for requesting Mireille Mathieu for Bastille Day.

And here's video of They Might Be Giants doing "Tubthumping":

courtesy AV Club

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Radio's got soul

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Astrud Gilberto with Walter Wanderley kick off the program by request from John in Victoria as one of his many favourite summer tunes, and then another request going out to Dave in Pacific Rim National Park for Jonathan Richman.

Then a classic from Van Morrison, and then for complete contrast a brand new song from the new Yes album.

And this one goes out to the late Sherwood Schwartz by Little Roger and the Goosebumps:

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Growin' up too fast

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Brand new music from a new duo called Amor De Dias, made up of Alasdair MacLean from a group called The Clientele and Lupe Nunez-Fernandez - who is one half of the indie pop band Pipas.

Happy birthday to actor extraordinaire Gordon Pinsent to turns 81 today, and then to the other side of country with a tune from Valdy, who never stops playing and touring.

And a summer request from Dan in Nakusp for The Kinks, and I've chosen an under-rated gem from The Shangri-Las.

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Livin' is easy

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A summer request to begin from Maureen in Chilliwack for the great Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, a recording of the timeless Gershwin tune.

Happy birthday Suzanne Vega - she's releasing the 3rd volume in her Close-Up series (tomorrow in Europe and later in fall in North America), where she re-records her catalog in new acoustic interpretations...I have something from Volume 1: Love Songs, and another cut that I haven't played yet from the new Acid House Kings album.

And Lunch At Allen's will be at the Filberg Festival, which starts at the end of July in Comox.

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The last Grateful Dead show

Thanks to Simon who reminded me that the last Grateful Dead show was on July 9th, 1995... and Jerry Garcia died a month later.

In case you weren't there, here's a soundboard recording of the last ever gig at Soldier Field in Chicago:

Set 1

Touch Of Grey
Little Red Rooster
Lazy River Road
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Childhood's End
Cumberland Blues
The Promised Land

Set 2

Shakedown Street
Samson And Delilah
So Many Roads
Samba In The Rain
Corrina ->
Drums ->
Space ->
Unbroken Chain
Sugar Magnolia

Black Muddy River
Box Of Rain

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When hearts were entertaining June

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Starting off with music from the master Antonio Carlos Jobim by request from Simon in North Vancouver for his summer request.

And then we turn to Vancouver Island, where their annual Music Fest is happening today, and I've got a couple of tunes from two artists appearing: the wise and world-weary Eliza Gilkyson, and Jon Anderson.

And happy birthday Raffi!

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Don't go chasing polar bears

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Playing a tune from one of the McCartney solo reissues - notably McCartney II, which I find the most interesting, because it was written and recorded 'just for fun' by Paul, not intending to be released.  Of course this makes it one of his most interesting, next to Ram.

Also have an original song from Lori Cullen's latest album (usually she does covers), and then a cover from France's jazz-cover band Pink Turtle.

And DJ Jason in Vancouver requested the original version of a great summer instrumental by Hugh Masekela.

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More sounds of the 60s

Further to the 1966 playlist, Doug sent along a link of an aircheck from KHJ in Los Angeles from 1966:

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Cute, wonderful, fabulous, magnificent, exquisite

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Kate Bush's latest album Director's Cut is getting more press lately I see, but we're going back a bit and starting off this morning with a tune from her previous album Aerial.

And I've been asking for your summer requests... send me an email with yours!  And Doug in Powell River sent in a whole list of tunes, all from the summer of 1966 and I'm featuring a couple by Tommy Roe, The Happenings, and The Temptations.

And happy birthday to the boy wonder Burt Ward, who recorded a 45 in 1966 with a song written and arranged by...Frank Zappa?!

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Pre-empted this morning..

...due to the hydro tower has collapsing, Early Edition is on the air early this morning at 4:30am, so no Earlier.

As far I know, I'll have today's show tomorrow.

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The Purfuit of Happineff

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Starting off with a request this morning from Ray in Port Coquitlam for the belated birthday of singer Judith Durham, who gained popularity in the 60s singing with The Seekers.

Another track from easily one of the best albums of the year by Matraca Berg, and Randy Newman will be performing this weekend in Courtenay at the Vancouver Island Music Fest.

And happy birthday America!  Stan Freberg provides us with a little audio tableau of the singing (and signing) of the Declaration of Independence.

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Happy Dominion/Canada Day

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All tunes celebrating the Great White North this morning from Ian & Sylvia, Stan Rogers, Mae Moore (who's at the Poetry Gabriola Society this weekend), and a tribute to Canada from our southern neighbours courtesy of B.J. Snowden.