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April 2012 Archives

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April showers

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We begin with a optimistic tune about all this cloud and rain by the one and only Judy Garland...

And then for Graham in Victoria, we quietly celebrate the end of April's International Guitar Month with a live recording by Doc Watson, and then a familiar song performed by Sharon Isbin duetting with Nancy Wilson (of Heart fame).

And Laurie Biagini has once again sent in a new song, mere hours after it was recorded and mastered, of another track from her upcoming 4th album which she's currently working on.  Thanks Laurie!

And we go out with two giant guitar pickers... Chet Atkins and Lenny Breau together.


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Album almanac

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First off, happy birthday to Simon's wife In Soo in North Vancouver, and he requested a very eclectic track by Myriam Alter to celebrate.

And then it's Album Anniversary day!  Three major albums have milestones today: 30 years ago, Paul McCartney's Tug Of War is released... a fine collection of under-rated songs, all with the help from the 5th Beatle George Martin.

And XTC's swansong as a full trio Nonesuch turns 20 today - the album I really discovered them past "Making Plans for Nigel".  Since it was released, they lost one of their integral talents Dave Gregory, became independent and released two albums before Andy and Colin completely broke off ties and now only work on seperate projects.  XTC no more.

And Marshall Crenshaw's career kicked-off with his debut in 1982 on his self-titled album, featuring some of the best pop songs written since.  The album is chock full of tunes with a 50's influence, but a fresh sound that still is so catchy 30 years on.

Marshall is currently running a fan-funded kickstarter campaign for an EP subscription service.. all the details here.


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Way over yonder

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Happy birthday to film composer Francis Lai who turns 80...

Ron in Summerland asked for a tune by the Rhythm Pals - here's the late Marc Wald's webpage, we dig out a 50 year old early single by Gord Lightfoot, and a cut from the new demo collection by Carole King.

And Steely Dan help celebrate Pretzel Day with a song about... time travel?!



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The answer to every problem involved penguins

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...or so says Rick Riordan.

We start off with an album I haven't played in a while.. Pat Metheny's collaboration with Polish vocalist Anna Maria Jopek.

And it's ANZAC Day today, so I've got a favourite from Eric Bogle.

Dar Williams has a new album out, just last week and I have a cut from that too.  Oh, and it's World Penguin Day, so please enjoy this Penguin Cam.

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Love and compassion

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James Taylor to start the program this morning, and then a cover of a early 90s hit by Emily Baker - and you can listen to her album House of Cards here.

Dr. Music Doug Riley's birthday today...he would've been 67 and sad news broke after I went off the air yesterday that co-founder of the Parachute Club Billy Bryans died at the age of 63.



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St. Georges Day

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Celebrating the Patron Saint of England, St. George with the woman associated with England as much as Queen Elizabeth - Dame Vera Lynn.

A new discovery from Madrid by the name of Yani Martinelli (you can get her whole for free download on her bandcamp page), and sad news from the Australia music world as Greg Ham died last week - he played the flute and saxophone with the band Men At Work.

And Bruce The Chef on Salt Spring Island is moving to bigger digs - congrats Bruce!  And he wanted to hear some Louis Prima to celebrate.

And it's not St. George's Day without a little Winchester Cathedral...


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Helmless

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Well, we knew it was happening but still sad to learn that Levon Helm of the The Band passed away yesterday at the age of 71 - thanks to Susan and Tom for your memories and request.

I've also had two mentions of wanting to hear Amy Cervini from Maureen in Chilliwack and Doug in Powell River - and Penny in Vancouver would like you to know about the concert this Sunday by Solidarity Notes.

Then Vanessa in Vancouver followed up on the British women 60s singers program on Tuesday with a request for the Caravelles, and happy birthday to Johnny Tillotson.



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So long Dick Clark

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End of era of television with Dick Clark's passing yesterday - so this morning I've got a bunch of platters by groups that got their first taste of national (and sometimes international) exposure on television through American Bandstand..

...like Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke, Johnny Mathis, The Diamonds, Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon and of course, Bill Haley and his Comets.

And can't forget about the Rate-A-Record (if not for watching teens groove to Herb Alpert):



And this is a little interesting piece of history (and there's tons more here):


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You, me, the music, and me

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Starting off with a nice instrumental from a 1974 album by Bruce Cockburn..

..and a new discovery!  Tammy Rochelle posted a sampler of her solo work on Noisetrade (free music for the price of an email address) which has some really nice classic 70s singer/songwriter elements.

And Danny Wilson's debut album Meet Danny Wilson just turned 25 years old, a band that broke up too soon but did manage one massive hit.

And happy birthday Rick Moranis!  And it's the 105th birthday of orchestral, film score music and conductor Miklos Rozsa.


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British Women of 60s pop

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That's right, the whole show of British women who had big singles in the 60s, mostly on the British charts.

You will hear Cilla Black, Jackie Trent, Sandie Shaw, Billie Davis, The Paper Dolls and Dana Gillespie.

And for Doug in Powell River: don't forget Helen Shapiro!

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Happy Librarian Day

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..and to celebrate, a couple of pieces of classic library music from the KPM vaults by John Cameron and Keith Mansfield.  And also an actual song for librarians by Liz Ryan!

And you've probably heard enough of the Titanic 100th anniversary, but it won't be complete until I play Les Barker, and it's also Dusty Springfield's birthday today.


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Fill your heart

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Thanks to an email from Jim in Richmond, I've been off on listening to even more library music than before, like DeWolf and KPM... Monty Python used a lot of production music in their skits on record, and in films as well: all the instrumental passages in The Holy Grail are sourced from library cues, including Anthony Mawer's "Country Wide".

Roberta Flack was at the top of the Billboard charts this week 40 years ago, and Tiny Tim would've been 80.

Next week I'll have some female singers from the 60s era of British pop, and to get you ready for that Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich followed up by the Foundations!


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8-track Day!

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Ok, before I too excited about 8-track day, let me tell you about some of the other things on the shew..

A request for Kathleen Ferrier from "Old Jack" in Victoria, happy 80th birthday to Joel Grey, and I've also been digging the smooth 70s sounds of John Klemmer lately.

And congrats to the Wailin' Jennys on their Juno win, and tune in tomorrow to see who gets the copy of their latest CD!  Thanks to everyone who emailed in, the contest is closed now.

And yes, it is the day of the beloved 8-track!  Those Beatle 8-tracks are from my personal collection...

Last year I played the ubiquitous Chuck Mangione's Feel So Good... this year: disco!  Well sort of.  C'est Chic was a big 8-track fave in 1978 and there's a really good instrumental on it - I had a copy until it got eaten.  Meanwhile enjoy these 8-track videos:






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Another year

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Thanks to Doug in Powell River who alerted me to the voice of Diana Panton - just finished a tour of BC and does a very nice Beatle cover from her latest album...here's the concert she recorded at Glenn Gould Studio for CBC last year.

And then brand new music from singer/songwriter Lori Carson - she's been around since the mid-90s as a solo artist, and her Another Year album comes out today.

Oh yes, another opportunity to get Jethro Tull on CBC Radio... The Broadsword and the Beast album turns 30 today.

And another new track for you, this one from Josh Pyke's latest album Only Sparrows.

And Martin Denny's birthday today, and for Ron in Vancouver we visit a "Quiet Village"...


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Easter

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Music for the day by the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir, English Chamber Orchestra with Thomas Allen, The Blue Nile with guest Rickie Lee Jones, and one rabbity song from Gayla Peevey.


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Million-mile reflections

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Little bit of everything this morning: new age, jazz, folk, pop, country, world and progressive rock.  Oh and rainbows.

Music to start from guitarist Peter Maunu, and then more guitar music from the one and only Pat Metheny.

And for Tom in Victoria, a side of the Charlie Daniels Band that you might not expect...

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Background listening

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I don't play enough library music - I love the stuff, but it has the danger of making it sound too incidental.  No matter!  Ronald Binge's "Sailing By" starts off the shipping forecast for today.

Then something for Tom in Summerland: more Larry Adler.

And this day in 1964, The Beatles occupied the top 5 single slots on the Billboard Top 5 with "Can't Buy Me Love", "Twist and Shout", "She Loves You", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", and "Please Please Me" - all represented with versions by Al Green, Peter Sellers, Ella Fitzgerald and Bill Frisell (since "Twist and Shout" is a cover anyway).



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Present tense tongue twister

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Just found out that Mary Chapin Carpenter has a new album out in June, so very much looking forward to that, and while we wait, I'll play a tune from her previous album The Age Of Miracles, which is also quite excellent.

Then a little set of Canadian group The Benvereens, followed by power-popster Shoes - both lead singers in the bands share a similar tone...

And Graham Boardman in Victoria nominates Gisele MacKenzie for The Canadian Music Hall of Fame.  I can't embed this video, so have a gander at this neat routine she used to perform with Jack Benny...

And we go out with some jazz from Ed Bickert, which is Bruce the Chef's suggestion for CMHF...

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Doheny Cahuenga

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Rebecca Rowan's solo project Kensington Prairie is on the podcast this week - download, subscribe or iTunes - and you can also check out her other band Maplewood Lane.

Then a new CD from a collaboration between Pearlfishers' David Scott and singer Amy Allison, who is the daughter of Mose Allison...

And Dr. Demento turns 71 today, and I've pulled out a Canuck fave that he played on his program alot by The Frantics.

Oh and just for you webboids, get ready for some true classic dementia: