December 2011 Archives

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Lee's Top 25 Albums of 2011

Many many new discoveries this year, and while a couple of 'old favourites' did let me down a little (Todd Rundgren, cough cough), there were some nice surprises as well.

I've decided to go with an alphabetical listing this year, because I'm finding it very difficult to rank them.  There's a couple here that you haven't heard on Earlier, because they don't fit the format of the show.  And there's nothing wrong with the Honourable Mentions either.

Click on each artists entry to visit their website, and if you'd like to get a sample of the Top 25, listen below where you can stream a track from each album in a non-stop 90 minute mix:

























Honourable Mentions:

Helen Austin - Song of the Week 2
Burning Hearts - Into the Wilderness (ep)
Brave Irene - s/t
Edie Brickell - s/t
Chloe and Silas - Spring Hill
Trent Dabbs - Southerner
Nils Frahm - Felt
Daryl Hall - Laughing Down Crying
Susan James - Highways Ghosts Hearts and Home
Jude Johnstone - Blue Girl
Nick Lowe - The Old Magic
Sara Lowes - Back to Creation
Pat Metheny - What's It All About
The Nines - Polarities
Orwell - Continental
Carly Paradis - They Have Been Watching
Steve Reich - WTC 9/11
They Might Be Giants - Join Us
Judie Tzuke - One Tree Less
Anna Waronker - California Fade
The Wailin' Jennys - Bright Morning Stars
Yes - Fly From Here

Fave Reissues:

Stan Rogers - Fogerty's Cove
Paul McCartney - McCartney II
Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Rodd Keith - My Pipe Yellow Dream
Gerry Rafferty - City To City

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Best Albums of 2011, Day Three

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Ah, yes... as you can see above... the complete list!  And on the show today, a handful of tracks from those albums (different songs from the ones in the 90 minute mix too).

I'm not numbering the list this year (alphabetical), but if you did only buy one album on the list?  Mae Moore.

Plus a personal highlight for me this year was getting a loungey track on a remix EP by Acid House Kings for their song "Would You Say Stop?", and the sole-original tune by Lori Cullen from her fantastic That Certain Chartreuse (I'll save the Japanese bonus track for next year).

And we end the year with a track from The Beach Boys Smile Sessions... a song you know, but in a way you've never heard before.. in mono, from vinyl with unheard sections.

Happy New Year!  I am off for a week vacation until January 9th, so please take care and thank you very much for listening and supporting my little 20 minutes.

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Best Albums of 2011, Day Two

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Four more selections from the list of fave albums... music today by all new discoveries this year: Fiery Blue, Lori McKenna, Caracol and Emily Baker.

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Best Albums of 2011, Day One

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Well, "best" is always subjective.. I always wait until the very end of the year to post my list of fave albums, because:

1) New albums are still being released (I saw one for Dec 25th!)
2) Albums released earlier in the year are still being discovered

...and even then, this list will never be finished as I know that I will discover something released in 2011, oh... probably in 2013.

The full list will be published here on the website on Friday, but today cuts from Carrie Newcomer, Lucy Wise and the B'Gollies, Kurt Swinghammer and Paper Aeroplanes.

Also check out the recent podcast, a best of "sampler" of sorts... which features 3 more Canadian directly, subscribe or sign up via iTunes.

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The day before Christmas Eve day

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Last show before Christmas, and thanks to everyone who called or wrote in for a request... sorry if it didn't make it on this year, I had more requests than any other.

For Olaf in Chilliwack, the voice of Judy Garland with a song she introduced to the world in 1944 (and it's a sad song!) ... and for John Sharpe and Rob who requested it, and as I will continue to play it every year... Stan Freberg's "Green Christmas".

Sneak one more request for Helen who is rockin' around the Christmas tree on her birthday, and we wrap with a wonderful seasonal song from Krista Detor.

Earlier will return to the airwaves on December 28th.... so, happy holidays, Joyeux Noel, Happy Hannukah, Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas... bah humbug.

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Still singing "Galway Bay"

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For Maureen and Brian in Chilliwack, we begin with the voices of Ben Heppner and the Toronto Children's Chorus, and then for our resident weather expert Norman Dale in Prince George (and also for Phyllis in North Saanich)... Stan Rogers.

And it couldn't go this year without a request for The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl, winner of this year's BBC6 Christmas Song Final (thanks Doug!)

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Come all ye faithful

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Grand voices on the program this morning... for Dr. Robert Whiteley in Kelowna, the majestic Mahalia Jackson... and then for Patrick in Mill Bay, the voice of Pavarotti.

Also, Vicki requested Peter Auty's recording of "Walking in the air" from the animated short The Snowman.

And in memory of her sister... Michele in Sorrento asked for Lynn Anderson.

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Festival of lights

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Starting off with a new seasonal song by Schuyler Fisk, and then... Happy Hanukkah!

Mark Turner in Vancouver sent in a request for Le'eyla, and Carol in Victoria likes to crank up Jon Anderson.

And a tune by The Pretenders for Murray and family!

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Silent night

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I've had a few requests for a particular Simon and Garfunkel tune this morning, mostly recent from Paul in Gold River.

And then to Emmylou Harris for Rudi in Kerrisdale and Kathryn in Penticton, and a call from Mary, who asked for Anne Murray.

And brand new Christmas song from Vancouver's Laurie Biagini!  And Jen in Golden BC wants a Snoopy Christmas.

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Peace on Earth

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More all request Christmas music..

The Kingston Trio for Virginia, Bowie and Bing for John F. and Gilbert O'Sullivan requested by John Plummer.

And Nana Mouskouri for Lynda in Vancouver and also for Kevin, and Roland in Courtenay asked for a little two-step with Suzy Bogguss.

And I managed to get on Simon in North Van's request for Tuvan throat singer Ayan-ool Sam with Bela Fleck (I believe I said it was Pat Metheny on banjo, but you didn't hear that).

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Christmas of contrasts

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First request goes out to Ken in Hope for Chor Leoni, and then Joan called in for John McDermott, and Harry Adam and family also requested him.

Then we go into something completely different: Gaenor asked for an early Canadian new-wave pop band Rational Youth and Candance along with Bob in Brackendale wanted to hear something that closely resembles Porky Pig, but isn't actually (no offense intended).

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It's coming on Christmas

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Yup... Joni Mitchell on the show requested at least three times for John in Victoria, Sandy on the Sunshine Coast, and Wayne in Vernon.

Next, for Ainslie in Surrey who has been looking for a particular tune by Connie Kaldor that's out of print, and Tom in Victoria as well as Don in Cranbrook wanted to to hear Greg Lake with ELP.

And lastly for Stephen... Bruce Springsteen, in memory of Clarence Clemons.

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Falalalala, la la la la

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More all request Christmas!

Lucinda likes non-traditional Christmas tunes, so we'll send Chris De Burgh out to her lightstation, Des in Sooke gets Charles Brown for Christmas, and Ray in Port Coquitlam called in for Robert Goulet.

Also, Burl Ives for John in Victoria, and for Don in Nakusp, and anyone who hasn't seen this little bit of season looniness:

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The time has come

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All Christmas Music!  From now until December 23rd, lots of holiday humdingers and your requests...

Kick it off with some Dr. Seuss Christmas music, then Pat wanted to hear Gayla Peevey, Mike Millard made sure we got on Rolf Harris, and for Margaret Brady, who has been waiting patiently since October for The Waitresses.

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Intro and the Outro

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Couple of requests.. first for Shauna and Len (sorry if I misspelled your name) and also for Beth in Merville... Tom Waits.

Then Virginia in Ta Ta Creek absolutely hates the sound of the ukulele, so to make up for Wednesday's program she wanted to hear Van Morrison.

Kim McMechan's latest album Paper Sun is out and available, and we have a track from that and it's the YMCA's 160th birthday.  Enough said.

Oh wait, yes happy birthday Neil Innes!  And all Christmas music starts on Monday...

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Softly rocking

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Just discovered the music of Judie Tzuke.... I have no idea why it took 32 years.

Something after that from the new album by Brent Cash, and The Eagles Hotel California turns 35 years old today.

And for Sandy on the Sunshine Coast... birthday boy Bertie Higgins.

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With four strings, you can take over the world

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It's all Ukulele on the show today... how come?  In the words of the great Yakko Warner... "'cuz it's fun!"

You'll hear Jake Shimabukuro, Sophie Madeleine, J. Chalmers Doane (lots of free downloads at his website!), The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and of course, George Formby.

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What time is it?

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It's a jazzy kind of morning, in particular all cuts featuring great jazz drummers...

Starting off with the late Paul Motian, jazz drummer who passed away just a few weeks ago (listen to NPR's profile of Paul), and released his latest album in August called Windmills Of Your Mind, featuring Thomas Morgan, Bill Frisell and Petra Haden.

It's Dave Brubeck's 91st birthday!

Then some Canadian jazz with Uzeb, featuring a solo by the jaw-droppingly fantastic drummer Paul Brochu.

Want more drummers?  Take a trip over to Drummerworld...

And this video with Joe Morello soloing is one of my faves... especially when he pauses to push his glasses up at the 3:55 mark:

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Gently rocking

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Walt Disney's 110th birthday today... and to start, the first movement of Beethoven Pastoral Symphony recorded in Fantasound in 1939, pioneering the first stereo recording for the film Fantasia.

Another birthday today for Andy Kim, and Buffalo Springfield's self-titled debut album turns 45 years old.

And another new discovery to add to your list - Emily Baker!

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Food Bank Day

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Yes, another Food Bank Day on CBC Radio... 25 years.

Music for the day from Julie Andrews, Christine Collister, and some soul searching with Jimmy Cliff and then a great soul classic by The Five Stairsteps.

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Heavy weather

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Beginning with the voice of the late Klaus Nomi, who was one of the first celebrities to die from AIDS, as today is World AIDS Day.

And it's also the birthday of one of the greatest bass players in the last 30 years, Jaco Pastorius.

And we wrap it up with a new discovery: Australia's Lucy Wise and the B'Gollies.