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September 2011 Archives

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Honey don't!

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The amount of Sandy Denny unreleased or repackagings never seem to stop... in addition to the 19-CD set last year, there's another informal recording from the the 60's out now called 19 Rupert Street, and until I get a copy I've pulled a track from the Live the BBC box set.

It's Buddy Rich's birthday (lots of videos and music at the drummerworld site) - "Mr. Personality" as quipped by a librarian in the CBC building.  Apparently, there was a sensitive side to Buddy...

Playing Dame Vera Lynn earlier this week got Don Olds wanting to hear more music from his "teen years", in particular... Groucho Marx!

And will Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey" make it to the airwaves this year?

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A reason to smile

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We begin the show with some cheery music by Sowande from the African Suite requested by Debby in Vancouver, performed by the CBC Vancouver Orchestra (the original theme to Gilmour's Albums).

Then something for Nommeqa in Nelson, who was looking for a tune called "Diamonds and Pearls", and it turned out to be Sherry Kean (she had a bit hit in '83 with "I Want You Back"), and then some more Canadian rockabilly/pop from Jeffrey Hatcher and the Big Beat.

And as the Honey poll and month of September comes to a close, Desmond in Sooke asked for a honey of a Beach Boys tune.

And looks what's coming in November!





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Love's in need of love today

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You can never go wrong starting off with Dusty Springfield...

Also, Stevie Wonder's fantastic Songs In The Key Of Life turns 35 years old today - there's no filler on this record, which is quite a feat for a double-album with an extra four songs, especially considering this album was following his masterpieces Innervisions and Fulfillingness First Finale.

Toronto's Nick Zubeck has a new album (I haven't heard it yet, but it's currently available for free download from bandcamp page), but I'm playing one of his older ones to get familiar with his catalog again, and a request for Queen from Harry, dedicated to Becky.

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On a morning misty and mild and fair

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Begin with music by Meg Hutchinson, from the new Bob Dylan tribute album A Nod To Bob #2 from the stable of Red House Records artists.

Then a love song for the litigious from Eleanor McEvoy's album from this year I'd Rather Go Blonde, followed by a peppy number by Jeremy Fisher (here's his tumblr blog).

And brand new music... being released today by The Waterboys An Appointment With Mr. Yeats, original music to accompany the poetry of W.B. Yeats.


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There is no dark side

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Music to begin this windy Monday with ambient composer Harold Budd teams with ex-Cocteau Twins guitarist Robin Guthrie with their new album Bordeaux.

And then a request from Graham in Victoria, for Dame Vera Lynn direct from Nashville, and a track off the new Doris Day album (!) featuring a song written for her (and sung by) her late son Terry Melcher.

And tomorrow is a battle of the cult bands... Nirvana's Nevermind deluxe reissue drops, as does Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon Immersion box set - 6 discs, all dedicated to that album including live recordings, out-takes and demos.  Plus marbles!

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Autumn leaves are clogging up the sewers

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So many versions of "Autumn Leaves" to choose, since the official arrival of Fall at 2am this morning... so let's go with the popular Jo Stafford, reportedly recorded the first English-translated version (and the internet is never wrong).

Speaking of the internet... via the magical tubes listener Gary Woloski sent me this po-em he wrote while cycling and gave me permission to post:

Push-bike or motor
Don't brake like you not otter
Nor leaf a skid mark.

 
- Gary Woloski, 2008


Then to a request for John in Vancouver for Rosie Flores, and a new track from Nick Lowe's latest album The Old Magic... he appeared on Q recently as well.

The latest podcast is out - subscribe here or download it directly - featuring a 15-minute prog-rock opus by Spookey Ruben.  Since I can't play that on Earlier, I have a different cut from another album of his...

...and Nirvana's Nevermind turns 20 years old tomorrow, so we wrap with fellow Seattle musician Sara DeBell, who recorded a version of their signature tune that everyone can enjoy.

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Never Know What To Expect

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Lori Cullen starts us off with a King Crimson cover, on the anniversary of their Discipline album turning 30.

And then a request for Karen in Victoria, who has heard Raghu Lokanathan on CBC before, and hasn't heard him for some time.  She's also coined the phrase N.K.W.T.E. (pronounced "Nukwutee") when referring to this show... thanks Karen!

And it's Jim Byrnes birthday, and since it's raining cats and dogs today, Rudi in Kerrisdale..you get your wish!

And a little Elephant Appreciation Day with Rene Touzet!

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Brave new world

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I've had another request for the beautiful "Spiegel Im Spiegel" by Arvo Part, performed by Angele Dubeau with La Pieta... going out to Jennifer in Courtenay.

And it's H.G. Wells birthday today, and until there's a musical version of The Invisible Man (haven't seen it...arf arf) I've got the Jeff Wayne musical epic War Of The Worlds, featuring a tune with Richard Burton and The Moody Blues Justin Hayward (Moody Blues are on tour next month too).

And also happy birthday Leonard Cohen.

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These changes have come

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Erin Bode begins the show with the title track from her latest album Photograph, and then it's the tale of two Kellys: two women in the usually male-dominated power pop field and both named Kelly... Kelly Jones and Kelley Ryan.

And the Stills-Young Band (made up of Stephen Stills and Neil Young) put out one record 35 years ago today... ironically featuring the song "Long May You Run".





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Arrrrrr!

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We start with soothing music by Brenda McMorrow (once of the band Julia Propeller - you can download one of their albums here) is playing at the Three Jewel Wellness center on Wednesday with her meditative and spiritual music.

And yes, today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day - it's also Butterscotch Pudding Day (not my favorite flavour, always more of a chocolate pudding fan) so I put both of them in my Little Orphan Annie Shake-Up Mug and came out with... The Pirate Movie?

And i's the by's, you can download Tom Smith's "Talk Like A Pirate Day" song for free at his website.

Also, it's Paul Williams birthday... I could have played any of the songs he's co-written like "We've Only Just Begun" or "The Rainbow Connection"... but decided to keep the cult-movie theme going with something from the Phantom of the Paradise.

And Simon and Garfunkel reunited this day 30 years ago for their Concert In Central Park, which is available on album and DVD.




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Good friends

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Happy El Grito de la Independencia!  Today is Mexico's Independence Day, and we have music from Tish Hinojosa.

Meanwhile, we return to the 80s with Kris Delmhorst, who recorded a whole album of Cars covers - and follow that up with a demo of an 80's-era Joni Mitchell tune that doesn't sound like the 80s.

And The Beatles #1 album was re-issued this week, and since Mike in West Vancouver has been very patiently waiting, it's for a little Peter Sellers.

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Lopin' along through the cosmos

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The new Earlier podcast is out, and this time it's the music of Carly Paradis - originally from Montreal, now in London and working on scoring TV and films.  You can subscribe for future pods, or download the latest one directly.

Stephin Merritt's new Obscurities compilation is out, featuring rare and unreleased tracks from his days of Magnetic Fields, The 6ths and more...

...and Queen has reissued their entire catalog (remastered again!) to celebrate their 40th anniversary with a bonus disc of rare tracks and b-sides in each title; I've picked a non-single cut from News Of The World.  Why is "Spread Your Wings" never included on Greatest Hits packages?

Virginia Crabill wrote in requesting a song by Ian & Sylvia - they have a new book out now with stories of the folk scene from the 60s - and Judee Sill's self-titled debut album turns 40 today.

And it's also the 40th anniversary of Greenpeace... you can listen to the historic Amchitka concert featuring Phil Ochs, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor.

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We don't need no stinkin' cannons

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Brand new music today from two artists: first up, Maria Taylor - one half of the Azure Ray duo - has released Overlook, where she goes off into a little more uncharacteristic rockin' direction in general, but I've chosen one of the more gentle tracks.

And Scottish twee-pop-originals The Orchids have a new 7" single out, and I'm particularly taken with one of the b-sides that has reviews drawing Beach Boys comparisons.

Also, a tune from Kevin Fox's latest album... he also appearing in Kitimat in October and we end with a bang....an unusual request from Shirley in Vancouver for the Swingle Singers that definitely requires your attention.

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Everything'll be alright

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Starting off with a tune from J.D. Souther's newest release Natural History, where he records his own versions of tunes recorded by others.

And last week on Jackie Trent's birthday, I sent her a little birthday greeting and to my utter amazement, she wrote back!  And on top of that, she sent me a song from a show she's putting together.  Thank you Jackie!

And it's Roald Dahl's 95th birthday, and I've chosen a cut by Andy Partridge (of XTC) that he was asked to write for the animated James and The Giant Peach before he bowed out of the production.

And for John Mountain in Ladysmith, The Limeliters with a song from their very-popular and beloved Through Children's Eyes album.

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We never come down to earth

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Saw the moon for the first time in a while this morning.. and the music I've chosen to start by Peter Maunu is quite fitting.

Marshall in Langley requested one of those tunes from the seminal days of early 70s FM radio, where DJs would play entire sides of records, broadcast from the middle of a rainstorm...or is that just in the movies?  Anyway, Marshall was looking for a song by the band Circus Maximus.

And brand new music from ukulele-virtuoso James Hill!

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Calling all angels

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We begin with a beloved song of Jane Siberry, who is expected to have new music very soon.  Meantime, you can still download her whole catalog for free at her website.

And for Simon in North Vancouver, a reflective song by Al Stewart called "Roads to Moscow" dealing with war and modern times.

And John Lennon's "Imagine" turns 40 today - it was also a song that was allegedly-banned from Clear Channel stations after September 11, 2001.

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In space, no-one can hear you scream

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Yes, testing the patience of listeners across the galaxies - it's Star Trek's 45th anniversary of appearing on NBC television in 1966.

Now, I'm not a trekkie, but I do love the musical space debris that resulted from this pop culture quasar.

Music (?) from William Shatner's Transformed Man, Nichelle Nichols displays her broadway jazzy style, and Leonard Nimoy....um, Nimoys.

Also, tunes that were inspired by the show by Terry McGovern, and novelty group The Firm.



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Not fade away

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It's Buddy Holly's 75th birthday today!

The whole show is celebrating his music and influence, including a cover tune by Mary Chapin Carpenter with Kevin Montgomery, music by Buddy himself, music by those who worked with him like The Crickets, and those who were inspired by him like The Hollies and Marshall Crenshaw.


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Goodbye summer... hello, summer?

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Weather-wise you wouldn't believe what time of year it is, but officially we say goodbye to summer requests (not to say that you can request something anytime)...

Our resident weatherhound Norman in Prince George requested a fitting tune by the Celtic Woman ensemble, and Liz in Sidney asked for a summer-night song by Smithers-based Mark Perry.

Also, happy birthday to regular listener Jason in Vancouver who wants to celebrate with the Carpenters, and also a birthday wish to one of my favourite singers, Jackie Trent.

And once again, I'm threatening to play "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro on the show... email your vote YES or NO now!

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Max Ferguson Day

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Yes it is also Labour Day today, but it falls on the 2nd annual Max Ferguson Day!

Max signed off on this day in 1998, and last year we started the tradition of celebrating his 50+ career on the CBC (so that's somewhat tied to labour).  Today, Max plays DJ as we revisit highlights from The Max Ferguson Show originally broadcasted on September 7, 1986... 25 years ago.

For more Max, visit the CBC archives page and this interview [pdf] Max did with Barry Luft and Jim Dauncey when he signed off.

And you can also listen to the entire hour-long version below:

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Inside every room there's a story to tell

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Just realized that I've never played anything from Patty Griffin's album Downtown Church from last year...so that's fixed.

And a couple of tunes from two artists appearing at the 30th Sunshine Music Festival this weekend: Helen Austin and Mae Moore.

Rob in Lone Butte wrote in asking for a very odd little tune from the band Sagittarius, that is a shining example of the wonderful and bizarre experimentation in pop music that could only happen in the 60s... and yes, for Margaret, Doug in Vancouver and Don in Victoria: Mungo Jerry.

Happy Labour Day weekend.. I'll be here on Monday with a special program to celebrate Max Ferguson Day!

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See you in September

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All September songs!

Yup - tunes from Jimmy Durante, Santo & Johnny, Lulu, Julie London, Neil Diamond and it wouldn't be September without Earth, Wind and Fire.