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January 2012 Archives

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Last of the crumpets

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If you're a Rose Cousins fan, you probably already know (and funded) her upcoming album We Have Made A Spark.. if not, you get your possibly first taste of the it on the show this morning.

Then it's the last of the Hot Tea Month tunes, by request from Terry in Fernie BC for T-Rex (insert rimshot) and Janyce in Kimberly asked for a popular Donovan tune.  And I also sneak in a little number by The Who.  Thanks to all who sent in their suggestions for tea songs!

And Rev. Al Green's Let's Stay Together album turns 40 today.

And Happy National Gorilla Suit Day... here's why.

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The center of my little world

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Lynn Miles is on the podcast this week (download, subscribe or iTunes), and for the show we go back for a tune to her album Night In A Strange Town.

Listener Vik in Vancouver alerted me to this fundraising project by Canadian writer Michael White (who used to live in Vancouver) for the first and only authorized bio for the famed British "twee pop" label Sarah Records... so that means playing The Orchids, one of Sarah's best bands. 

And following it up with another Sarah-related band The Hit Parade, who have been recording and putting out their own records since Sarah Records folded in 1995, whose lead singer Julian Henry is a PR consultant for famous people by day...

And new discovery for the Earlier music library: Josh Pyke from Australia!


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I got the news

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Happy birthday to Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies.. playing something from their breakthrough Trinity Sessions this morning.

And David in Terrace wrote in for a CSN (no Y) tune that doesn't mention tea, but certainly sounds like it should be played during a spot.

And I've toyed around with the idea of playing a very long cut from Steely Dan's Aja album, and now that a certain Toronto indie-rock band has covered the whole album - now is the time.  And thanks to listener Ian Martin in Burnaby for posting his thoughts on the whole affair.

Have a good weekend!


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Fair dinkum

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Happy Australia Day!
  Mike Millard, our official West Van representative of all things Oz, requested one of their best-known folk songs (next to "Pub With No Beer") performed by Benjamin Luxon and Bill Crofut.

Graham in Victoria requested a piece (that I know Mike in West Van also likes) as Peter Sellers takes us to the El Morroco Tea Room and other fine attractions in "Balham - Gateway to the South".

And a mysterious called-in request for a Harry Nilsson tune...

And we go out with a little sunshiney music for all who could be wishing they were enjoying an Australian Christmas with Tommy Emmanuel, joined by Chet Atkins.




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Happy Robbie Burns Day!

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Yes, Scotland's favourite son turns 253 years old today, and I've got music of a Burns nature, all requested by you.

You can't have a program on Robert Burns without Andy M. Stewart requested by Fraser in Kamloops, or the voice of the late great Scottish tenor Kenneth McKellar, going out to Maureen in Chilliwack.

Also, a request from David in Kelowna for Emily Smith who hails from the same Dumfries and Galloway area as Burns (and worked with on same the Darwin Song Project that Krista Detor did) and Carol in Port Angeles wanted to hear from Dick Gaughan.

And we go out with something for John in the Cowichan Valley... Puirt a Baroque from Cape Breton.  Slainte mhath!



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Oh my Lionheart

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We begin with a beautiful piece suggested by Harry in Vernon as one of his favourite songs to steep tea by from the Madama Butterfly opera.

Then it's The Police, requested by Kathy in Vancouver and Simon in North Vancouver - and an early Kate Bush song that mentions tea (as well as arsenic).

And a new addition to the Earlier library from the UK group Red Sky July.

Robbie Burns today tomorrow!  Email in your requests or call 604-662-6116.

ps. you might not have seen this article... worth reading though.


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This flat old earth

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Starting with a tune that is a bit different, but certainly very interesting... requested by Norman Dale of Prince George, a song that mentions tea by the Edmonton band The Awesomehots.

Have you visited Norman's Umbraphiles of Earlier Facebook group yet?

Thomas Dolby is coming to Vancouver, playing in April supporting his newest record... but I'm playing a song from his Astronauts and Heretics album, the last pop record he made before taking 15 years off.  He's also asking the question "If you had 30 seconds to explain to an alien visitor what went wrong with our civilization, what would you say?"  They didn't buy enough Dolby records, perhaps?

Also playing a cut by Roger Joseph Manning Jr: once a member of the legendary band Jellyfish, but also worked in Moog Cookbook, a side player for Beck and many other musical masks.

And a little of the concert from 1982 when Etta James sat in in with the Grateful Dead.

Happy Lunar New Year!

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The Grateful Dead live with Etta James - New Years Eve 1982

Here is the complete Grateful Dead concert featuring Etta James (on the last 5 tracks) along with the Tower of Power horns, recorded at Oakland Auditorium on December 31, 1982:


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Etta James, RIP


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Never-ending penguin

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Thanks to listener Richard, who quickly realized that TODAY is Penguin Awareness Day, not yesterday (I was a little too excited about it), so you get two days to celebrate.  You're welcome!

Music for this wintery snowy morning from Nick Drake, and two batches of tea songs... I normally play Bernard Cribbins "Right Said Fred" on Don't Be Hasty Day on March 25 (penguins, anyone?) but John in North Vancouver reminded me of the many tea references in the song.

And tea fan Dr. Robert Whiteley mentioned he wouldn't mind hearing some Kinks, who have a handful of tea songs.

And happy birthday tomorrow to Virginia Craybill!  She wanted to hear Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne, together.

Have a good weekend!

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Way out Willie

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Edgar Allan Poe's 203rd birthday, and a musical tribute to the author from Alan Parson's Project..

..and two tea songs: Doug in Powell River and Vanessa in Vancouver requested Art Tatum, and Bruce The Chef wanted to hear Michael Franks, as did Bob in Nelson.

RIP Johnny "Hand Jive" Otis, and thanks to Don in Nakusp for passing this video along:



..and it's also Penguin Awareness Day.  Opus kinda looks like an eggplant..



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Oh bother

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Happy Winnie the Pooh Day, coinciding with A.A. Milne's 130th birthday today, and I know the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded "House At Pooh Corner" first, but I will always love the Loggins and Messina version best.

Then a tea song requested by Arielle and also from Carol in Port Angeles for Leonard Cohen - along with Leonard interviewing Suzanne Vega.

And another tea request from Simon Matthews for the late Long John Baldry.

I think I said Apollo 11 on the show.. whoops, it is Apollo 100.

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I'm back!

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We start the first of our Hot Tea Month songs, with an appropriate selection for all the snow out there by Cat Stevens, requested by Desmond in Sooke.

Leigh Nash from Sixpence None the Richer has a solo album out, of old hymns set to new music - and it's Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday today... Simon in North Vancouver suggested Simon and Garfunkel.

And you will also hear about Betty White's 90th... but you probably won't hear that it's Chris Montez's birthday too!


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What me, Lucky?

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Ooooh yes, the dreaded Friday The 13th!

So to combat any possible nasty forces, all lucky songs today by Blossom Dearie, Henry Mancini, The Firesign Theater, Joni Mitchell and The Isley Brothers.


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Snuffle

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Revisiting a couple more releases from 2011 before all the 2012 come roaring in... music from Kimmie Rhodes, Nick Lowe and new discovery Joel Willoughby (he's on the podcast too - download directly, subscribe through your rss of choice, or on iTunes).

And January is Hot Tea Month, and with my cold tea is looking pretty good... email me your suggestions for a "tea" playlist, and some Nat King Cole to get you steeped (sorry).

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Early risers

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Revisiting some music this morning from some of my fave albums of 2011: Lucy Wise and The B'Gollies, and a couple that didn't get as much attention like Catherine MacLellan and Jude Johnstone.

And have you heard anything from the new Sting Paul McCartney album Kisses On The Bottom yet?

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Life and times

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Backlog of brand new music built up from before Christmas... today is a hazy dreamy track from Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell.

And some re-released always slip the cracks with so much going on: the late Gerry Rafferty's City To City album (the one with "Baker Street" and "Right Down The Line" is now available in a double disc package including a bonus disc of demos, and Beth in Merville wrote in to say it's Jim Croce's birthday today.

And as I discovered Judie Tzuke in December, she released a new album called One Tree Less which I'm very pleased to play this morning.

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To it and at it

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Happy 2012!

Back from vacation, been listening to alot of Easy Listening music while I was gone... probably to balance the craziness of the season.

First up, a brand new group to this show called Chloe and Silas, from Australia.  Then it's Scott Walker's birthday, so I pulled a cut from his critically-acclaimed Scott 4.

And did I mention Easy Listening music?  Great tune by Quincy Jones featuring Matt Munro on vocals from the movie The Italian Job.

And happy 65th birthday to Don in Nakusp!  He's looking forward to his old age pension check, and he requested the soundtrack for the event by Roy Acuff.

How about a little Kaempfert?