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August 2011 Archives

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When the summertime is over

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It's not a summer request, but we start with a piece of music that Norm in Victoria has been looking for: the music used in the BBC4's The Human Animal television series hosted by Desmond Morris, which was the 2nd movement of Schubert's "Quintet in C, D. 956" performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

Brand new music from the East Coast duo of Madison Violet - their new album is out in two weeks, and Carol in Port Angeles wanted to hear something from XTC's Skylarking (which turns 25 in October!)

Ed in Cranbrook also asked for a tune by Bruce & Terry, and the band Big Daddy pay tribute to Wilson Phillips, who are appearing at the PNE tomorrow night.

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Columnated ruins domino

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The Beach Boys album Surf's Up turns 40 today... it's an interesting album because it tries even harder to get away from the 'surfin' image the band were known for, and largely without contributions of Brian Wilson.

And John on Saturna Island has a birthday today, and as one of his presents he wants to hear Dave Van Ronk.

Kurt Swinghammer is the subject of this week's Earlier podcast - download it directly or  subscribe to get all future episodes, plus here's a concert he did recently captured by CBC Radio 2.

And as we get into the twilight of summertime requests, Rudi in Kerrisdale asked for something by Bob Dylan.

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Two feet off the ground

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Starting the show off with the instrumental music of Randy Edelman, who's released his first pop record in close to 30 years, but a little of the scoring he loves to do snuck onto it.

45 years ago today the Beatles performed their last full concert (27 minutes) at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.  The quality of the document recorded by a 15-year old fan is not quite broadcastable (you can listen to the whole show in this post) but any Beatles is good.

And local singer and 60s-music lover Laurie Biagini is performing Wednesday night at the Railway Club as a part of Vancouver's International Pop Overthrow Festival.

And this past Saturday was the 115th birthday of Leon Theremin, and Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin do a nice tribute song to him, and if you haven't seen it I would recommend the documentary on Theremin: Electric Odyssey (sorry for the subtitles, but you can rent it at the library!):


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Hear me roar

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Today is Women's Equality Day (only one day?!) and we'll dedicate the anthemic music of Helen Reddy to Ken in Hope, who requested it.

Then Brian in Penticton sent in a bit of an odd request, not for Elvis Costello, but for Elvis's Dad, Ross MacManus.

And Elvis's buddy Nick Lowe and his Rockpile buddies has a new live album out (it's a show from 1980), so that's as good a reason as any to play something from Seconds of Pleasure.

And this all request edition wraps up with one for Heather on Lasquiti Island for The Neville Brothers covering Bob Marley (and Curtis Mayfield).

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Living in your mind

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Thanks to Stuart in Vancouver who turned me onto the music of Brent Cash - he's got a brand new album out, and we start the show with the first song on the album How Strange It Seems.

Then a couple of requests - one for Ray in Port Coquitlam for Robin Ward, and Andre in Terrace wanted to hear Robert Goulet's big number from Camelot.

And Trent Dabbs is giving his latest album Southerner away for the price of an email address (for a limited time!) - head over to Noisetrade to download your copy.


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Nothin' like the real thing

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Thomas Dolby has been teasing his fanbase with a couple of EPs of new material before he drops the new album (which apparently is going to be mostly made up of the EPs) - today, something from the second release Oceanea.

And happy birthday to the lover of language Stephen Fry, and Chumbawamba provide the punchline.

And here's a mix of some of the best popular tunes written by Ashford and Simpson, featuring Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Chaka Khan and Ashford & Simpson.

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Nick Ashford dies at 70

Thanks to Jason in Vancouver who just emailed me to let me know that Nick Ashford, one-half of the husband-and-wife songwriting team Ashford and Simpson also died yesterday; he was suffering from throat cancer.

More over at NPR and here's a video of them together with the late Teddy Pendergrass from Live Aid 1985:


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The Man Who Would Be King

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In addition to the sad news of Jack Layton passing away yesterday, the music world also lost a songwriter who's contribution to pop music was immeasurable... Jerry Leiber, one half of the Leiber/Stoller songwriting team.

Thanks to Doug in Powell River for alerting me to the voice of Wendy Bird - she recorded a whole album of covers by Jeffrey Hatcher (he's working on a new album too!) produced by Mr Craig Northey.

Wade sends a request of Fleetwood Mac out to his gal AJ, and Ellen in Fernie wants to dedicate an Alabama tune for her eldest son Todd.

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Floating around

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For Wilhelm Waldstein, we begin the program with the rousing overture to Mozart's Don Giovanni, one of his favourite pieces of music of all time.

And keeping with the classicality, John in Victoria loves the Gershwin standard "Summertime" by Kiri Te Kawana.  And it's Be An Angel Day, and the late and dearly missed Kirsty MacColl has the soundtrack for it.

And happy 10th anniversary to "she-knows-who", celebrated by a tune from the band Sunzet covering this tune:



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My wings are a thousand songs

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I play a lot of Pat Metheny, and Chet Atkins... I should play more Lenny Breau too.

Happy birthday to Billy J. Kramer, and Terry in Vancouver wants to hear Joe Jackson as he goes driving off to Chilliwack for his parents 50th annversary.

And speaking of Chilliwack, the first album I heard by them was Wanna Be A Star, which turns 30 years old this Sunday.

And it's also Aviation Day in the States (International Aviation Day happens in December), in recognition of Orville Wright's birthday.

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I see that we meet again

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The original 1969 Woodstock wrapped up this morning with a final performance by Jimi Hendrix... at 8:30 in the morning!

And Matthew's Southern Comfort had a hit single with their cover of Joni Mitchell's defining song about that purple-hazy weekend.

The latest Earlier podcast is out!  Download the mp3 directly here, or subscribe to the feed to have them sent to you automatically.  You don't need a portable mp3 player to listen either.  Today's episode features The Heavy Blinkers... MIA since 2004.

And Olaf in Chilliwack wanted to hear music from the summer of 1970...The Stampeders, who have just added a ton of tunes to the CBC Radio 3 website.

Another summer request from Romeo who will also know how to spell V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N thanks to Connie Francis, and a little birthday tribute to Enoch Light.

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Life in the woods

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Susan Jacks will be participating in the upcoming Kidney Walk on August 21st, and if you'd like to sponsor her or get involved there's more details at her website.

A number of requests today: Tanya, who delivers papers in Courtenay almost every morning (probably not on roller skates) requested Melanie, and Karen in Victoria asked for "Jeans on" by Lord David Dundas.

Kjell also wrote in wanting to hear more accordion music on the show, in particular Carl Jularbo.

And here's the 3-D video for The Simple Carnival's latest single (you don't need them but it looks a lot better with glasses):




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Vérités et mensonges

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Today is Tell A Joke Day, and just like last year, I'm playing all fake bands this morning - either created as a side project for fun, or as a part of something else... like a TV show or movie.

Starting with the greatest of all Spinal Tap (second only to The Rutles), but you'll also hear Diane Dane (from That Thing You Do) and a little set of television bands like The Silver Platters, Josie and the Pussycats and Jem!

And as a bonus, here's a couple of classic Canadian fake bands:





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Life on Cloud 8

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Birthday today of legendary Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson, and we start with his moving "Hymn to Freedom".

You probably haven't heard much of the band Frazier Chorus - a pop band from the UK with a penchant for hushed vocals and synthesized flutes and strings, not your typical production choices for the dance-heavy mid 80s.

Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields has a new rarities compilation coming out, so we're revisiting the I album, featuring song titles that start with the letter I.

And it's Napoleon's birthday as well... and there are many musical mentions of him and his life in everything from ABBA, to Napoleon XIV and Vancouver's Kenny Colman, and I mentioned the Vancouver Vintage blogspot has a neat video of Ken doing a medley with Patty Surbey and Gillian Russell..


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Metallica as torture

While Metallica's Black Album turns 20, I have no intention of playing or promoting their music... I'll let Chumbawamba address the anniversary:

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Only as young as you feel

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If it wasn't enough to make you feel old that Nirvana's Nevermind turns 20 next month, Paul Simon's Graceland turns 25 years old today.

Then a couple of Victoria-focused tunes: Graham from Victoria wrote in (a letter!) with fond memories of Burma Shave billboards, birds following ferries and movies starring Sir Cliff Richard.  And that reminded me of Ken Garland's ode to such birds; I made the mistake of crediting Ken as the singer... it is actually sung by John Dunbar.

Don't forget about the Earlier podcast - on the debut edition you will hear a classic from The Spoons, but on the show you'll hear a new track!



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Everybody wants a happy ending

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New discovery to the Earlier roster: Haroula Rose - she's good friends with the band Azure Ray, so she is in good company.

Local group Sweet Cascadia are also new to Earlier - they were requested last year by a listener before their album had been released (please send me a note if that was you!) and another new track off the Jonny album, which is a collaboration between members of Teenage Fanclub and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci.

And happy birthday to Joe Jackson!  And Chic's album C'est Chic was released today in 1978.

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Twang time

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Quite enjoying the new Pat Metheny album, some stunning guitar playing (as usual) and wonderful arrangements of pop songs from the 60s... today he covers The Stylistics.

New album from Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy on the show, plus there's a series of Kinks albums remastered and super-dooper deluxe packaging out now.

And Ronnie "Be My Baby" Spector's birthday today.


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I want my crayons back

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The Free Design begin the show with a timeless message to "give a little time for the child within you".

Also, music from Kimmie Rhodes's new album and a fan fave from Bruce Cockburn, who image is now on the latest batch of stamps from Canada Post.

Meanwhile, it's Frank Zappa Day in Baltimore... and Lorraine requested a familiar tune from the early 70s, but she wanted to hear it done on the Lawrence Welk Show:



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This was the benefit of standing up

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Starting off with a nice gentle tune from the band Oregon's ECM debut from 1983, and then a couple of newer tracks from The Benvereens and Guster's latest single.

And Carol in Port Angeles requested Ian Anderson with his Jethro Tullians from their early blues days of 1969.


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Taking back Friday

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Fretless basses are pretty common, but back in the 80s, Steve Kujala coined the "fretless flute".  Flutes don't have frets, but he sure makes it sound like they do.

Also, another track from the new album from Italy's Giorgio Tuma (Lori Cullen is in the vocals somewhere) and Stevie Wonder's masterpiece Innervisions turned 38 recently.

And it's Friday of a very long week... and I'm on a mission to erase that other "Friday" song from the minds of the general public, and replace it with today's by Shelley Harland.

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Here's my castle

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Today, beginning with music by Jory Nash, and the sounds of the harp have been ringing through me head since the harp festival wrapped up last week... besides the Friendly Giant, my first introduction to contemporary harp music was Andreas Vollenweider.

A summer request came in from Jennifer in Burnaby for Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys (it's on the honour system that you will now paint your basement floor and back porch), and it's Sir Harry Lauder's birthday today (and Satchmo's too).



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Watermelon time

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Some new music to start off with the Penguin Cafe - not the Orchestra, exactly... this is a new realization led by Arthur Jeffes, son of the original creator of the Orchestra Simon Jeffes (who passed away in 1997).

Then some summery tunes - Roland in Courtenay requested Andy Williams, and Bing Crosby with Peggy Lee meander to the veranda to enjoy some "Watermelon Weather".

And sticking with the era, there's a new double-CD retrospective of Jimmy Jones out by the great Jasmine Records.

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Long weekend blues

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Hark the Herons are always a nice way to start the program, especially on those days after long weekends that still feel like it should be a holiday.

Then I have something from Schuyler Fisk's Blue Ribbon Winner album - very tuneful tunes in the style of 70s singer/songwriter... the kind of thing that *used* to make listening to commercial radio fun.

Maria Taylor from Azure Ray has a new album coming out, so until then I've got a tune from their most recent album Drawing Down The Moon, and regular listener Ron in Vancouver wrote in for his fave summer tune by Bossacucanova.

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MTV turns 30

..back when they used to play videos.  MuchMusic, I'm also looking at you..

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First step toward the US Debt musical


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Happy BC Day

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Yes, music from BC artists - you'll hear the delightful sounds of Stephen Fearing (currently touring with his Rodeo King buddies), Rose Melberg (here's her new project Brave Irene), Chilliwack and of course, no BC Day is complete without the Spuzzum song by 6 Cylinder.

And something from the Rakish Angles brand new CD!