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04/24 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri., 4/25 & Tues., 4/29 | Posted by Bob Rogers

For the second time this month Updoc—8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, Fillmore East time—starts off with two rarities from Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane followed by a track from the recent unedited reissue of Miles Davis live at the Fillmore East in 1970, this time an epic version of Bitches Brew; after which the show gives up all pretense of thematic continuity while maintaining, I hope, the show’s (I hope) usually high standards with Schnittke’s 2nd String Quartet performed in American-powerhouse mode by the Kronos, some new Ambrose Akinmusire, some older Jesse Winchester, and a much older Ballade in F Minor by Chopin. The big finish arrives via Christopher Rouse’s Third Symphony played by the NY Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert: a piece that begins assaultively but shows its big heart before it’s over. Rouse’s Requiem will be premiered on May 6th at Carnegie by the same ensemble, and if you can’t get there you might bend an ear toward WQXR, online or through the air, in the interest of catching a broadcast of it before too long. Rouse is one of our great composers, and his Requiem should be a whopper.

04/23 | Cliff Furnald’s RootsWorld Radio | Posted by Bob Rogers

RootsWorld Radio #100, Wednesdays 5pm (Eastern) & Saturdays 8am
Since this program went on the air on March 3 of 2012, I have been pleased to present artists from all over the world; music that defies genre and geography, ideas that embrace both the traditional and the new.  One of the things I have tried to do on RootsWorld is to occasionally present special live songs or sets by some of these great artists, and I thought our centenary program might be a great time to look back on some of those performances. So, our 100th edition of RootsWorld Radio celebrates with some of the live music we’ve been privileged to share with you over the last 2 years, with music by Sacha Silva, AcquaAria, Guy Klucevsek & Todd Reynolds, the band that would become SANS,  Monsieur Doumani and Svøbsk. Find out more online at
Thank you for your support these last two years, and I hope we’ll share many more.  – Cliff Furnald

04/20 | Downhome With Howling Dick | Posted by Bob Rogers

Posted by Howling Dick on April 20, 2014 @ 6:00 am | Post a comment

In Many Tongues

The cast on Howling’s porch at Taint this week include a 70′s disco diva, a genius, a bandleader in white suit and top hat along with someone smuggled out of Africa in the boot of  a car. Altogether a wonderful collection of hot blues hounds and cool jazz cats making an hour of some of the finest blues ‘n roots music you’ll find on the net. Sundays 10am (Eastern), Tuesdays 6pm, Thursdays midnight, Saturdays 10pm; Archived editions Tuesdays 1am.


Glenn Wells –  trying to work out how to play this on an iPod

Hot Town Fess Williams & His Royal Flush Orch. Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard’s Treasure Trove VIDEO
Give and Take Fran McGillivray Band Some Luck VIDEO
Exile Geoffrey Oryema Exile VIDEO
I’ve got my brand on you Muddy Waters Muddy waters at Newport 1960 VIDEO
Fat Grey Cloud (Live) Mike Bloomfield From His Head To His Heart To His Hands VIDEO
She’s a Fool, She Ain’t Got No Sense Emmett Murray Drop On Down in Florida VIDEO
Sinner’s Prayer Ray Charles Blues + Jazz [ VIDEO
Blues In A Flat Red Norvo The Sunny Side Of Things VIDEO
Swaziland (South Africa) Transvaal Rockin’ Jazz Stars Opika Pende VIDEO
Rev James Howlin’ Smurf VIDEO
Butcher In Town Malcolm Holcombe Down The River VIDEO
Rainbow 71 Lolwattta Holloway Bad, Bad Whiskey VIDEO
Write Me A Letter Glenn Wells & The Blends On Bended Knee VIDEO
Oh Lord, Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me Hal Willner Weird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus VIDEO

04/19 | Kip Hanrahan’s Surplus Value / The History of the Microphone, Episode 002 | Posted by Bob Rogers

Tuesdays 7-9pm (Eastern) & Fridays midnight

I’ll Never Be the Same    Jimmy Rowles     The Peacocks

Moses Und Aaron I. Prelude to Act 1    Pierre Boulez &Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra   Schoenberg: Moses Und Aaron

Moses Und Aron: II. Einziger, Ewiger, Allgegenwärtiger (Moses, Stimme Aus Dem Dornbusch: 6 Solostimmen, Chor)        Chorus Of The Netherlands Opera, David Pittman-Jennings, Pierre Boulez, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Zaans Jongenskoor       Schoenberg: Moses Und Aron

Recitation from the Koran        Sheikh Othuma Rahman       Zanzibar: Music of Celebration

New York City       Tabou Combo       New York City

Bang Bang       Joe Cuba Sextet       Latin Soul Boogaloo

Subway, New York City, 1968, two stops       Jonas Mekas       To Petrarca

Stanton Street Clothier’s Theme Song       Moishe Oysher        Music From The Yiddish Radio Project

Uzbekiston Dyorim       A. Mirzaeva        The Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol. 6: Central Asia: Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-1948

Home       Steve Swallow        Home

Holiday In Risk       Carla Bley       Escalator Over the Hill

Holiday In Risk Theme        Carla Bley        Escalator Over the Hill

The Girl Who Cried Champagne        Carla Bley         Trios

Ida Lupino        Paul Bley Trio           Closer

Mother Send the Doctors Away (Mana dioxe tous giatrous)         Rita Abatzi       Dirges in Rebetika Songs Recordings 1935 – 1956

Nightmare       Artie Shaw       Begin The Beguine

The Auctioneer’s Nightmare       Ned Sublette       Kiss You Down South

Rio       Duran Duran        Rio Collector’s Edition

Blurred Lines        Robin Thicke       Blurred Lines

Spring Is Here       Frank Sinatra        The Voice of Frank Sinatra

Just Spring       Teo Macero       Teo Macero with the Prestige Jazz Quartet

Lluvia de abril       Alfredo Triff       Boleros Perdidos

A Man In A Room, Gambling: No. 4       Gavin Bryars       A Man In A Room, Gambling

A Man In A Room, Gambling: No. 9       Gavin Bryars       A Man In A Room, Gambling

Oona singing about strawberries, 21 April 1979       Jonas Mekas       To Petrarca

The Spinning Song       Herbie Nichols Trio       The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Herbie Nichols

Mose salio de Misrain – Moses Left Egypt        Alicia Benassayag       Ballads, Wedding Songs and Piyyutim of the Sephardic Jews

Samy ElMaghribi       Haggadah de Pessah

Manishtana       Steven Bernstein       Diaspora Soul

Golgotha       Tsegué-Maryam Guébrou       Ethiopiques Vol. 21: Ethiopia Song/Piano Solo

Episode 002, April 15 & 18

04/17 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday 4/18 & Tuesday 4/22 | Posted by Bob Rogers

How do you follow the opening choruses of Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions? If you’re doing an Easter-Passover show like Updoc—8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, East New York time—you turn to Soeur Marie Keyrouz keening the Easter music of the Oriental churches, John Coltrane soliloquizing Love, Elijah the prophet between sips of everyone’s seder wine, Jesse Winchester being Quiet About It, and Robeson and Mingus meditating on Moses; after which Poulenc’s spare, austere Stabat Mater commands the space until the Gloria from the Missa Solemnis sends a skyrocket straight to heaven. The show ends with the last two movements of the B Minor Mass. If that’s the kind of thing you want to listen to this time of year, this is where you’ll find it.

04/16 | Cliff Furnald’s RootsWorld Radio | Posted by Bob Rogers

On the 99th edition of RootsWorld radio, we’ll wander down the east coast of Africa, hop to the south Atlantic, pop to the Nordic north, and then wrap the globe in one song and unwrap it in another. Artists will include Caetano Veloso, Mlimani Park Orchestra,  Shikamoo Jazz, Eduardo Durão, D. O. Misiani and Shirati Jazz,  Jocelyn Pook, Aalto, NID, Tom Zè, Sacha Silva, Tom Kerstens G Plus and Spiro.  Wednesdays 5pm (Eastern) & Saturdays 8am.  Archived editions: Sundays 6am, Thursdays 2am.

04/15 | Downhome With Howling Dick | Posted by Bob Rogers

Posted by Howling Dick on April 13, 2014 @ 6:00 am | Post a comment

There’s a regal procession on the porch this week as Howling opens surprise packages, reminisces about school days, DIY  and  the roots of psychedelic pop. Its amazing he still finds time to play an hour of the finest blues ‘n roots on the net – but he does. Well, it is TAINT isn’t it! Sundays 10am (Eastern), Tuesdays 6pm, Thursdays midnight, Saturdays 10pm.


Pink Anderson “One day son, there gonna be flying pigs!”

Did You Ever Love A Woman B.B. King Singin’ The Blues VIDEO
Yonder Wall Freddie King King of the Blues VIDEO
Down Don’t Bother Me Albert King Born Under A Bad Sign VIDEO
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright T-Model Ford Bad Man VIDEO
The Things I Used To Do Thomas Ford Breaking Everything But Even VIDEO
Church, I’m Fully Saved To-day Blind Willie Johnson The Complete Masters VIDEO
In My Time of Dying Shane Speal 12 Stones VIDEO
Face In The Crowd The Bluesbenders Mayfield VIDEO
Yes I Know Sugar Boy and the Sinners All You Can Eat VIDEO
Baby Please Don’t Go Big Joe Williams All The Masterpieces VIDEO
Everyday In The Week Blues Pink Anderson East Coast Blues VIDEO
Land Of The Crossroads Mick Kolassa Michissippi Mick VIDEO
Have Mercy Baby Jelly Roll Kings Not The Same Old Blues Crap VIDEO
Mislead Mother Roosevelt Sykes The Honeydripper VIDEO
Messin’ Around Memphis Slim Rockin’ This House  – 1946-53 VIDEO
Elvis Presley John Ginty / Albert Castiglia Bad News Travels VIDEO

04/10 | Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 4/11 & Tues 4/15 | Posted by Bob Rogers

Posted by Rafi Zabor on April 10, 2014 @ 2:51 pm | Post a comment

Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic recorded what is probably the dominant modern interpretation of Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps in one session in Brooklyn at the Hotel St. George in January 1958—just listen to how closely the contemporary go-to recording by Valery Gergiev follows it—and it’s probably still the most exciting version on record (if you want something different, try Fischer/Budapest). No orchestra had sounded anything like Lenny’s Phil—so vigorous and American and bursting with muscle—and Stravinsky himself said “Wow!” when he hard them play his piece (though of course, it being Igor, his single syllable was not unironic). The recording was remastered a couple of years ago, reissued with Gray Foy’s wonderful cover art, and it strips away reverb and reveals fresh detail, perhaps at the price of some harshness. I would have used it on the show—Updoc, 8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, Hotel St. George time—but the version I have access to had little quarter-second gaps between the fourteen tracks, so I went with the 1993 digitation, which still rocks the house just fine. For the rest of the show I rounded up some usual suspects: seasonal tunes you’d expect from Miles and Brownie, Sarah Vaughan and Julie London both hung up the most, Bill Evans, Astor Piazzolla, Django . . . Then back to Lenny and the Phil, appropriately manic fit to burst on Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony. It’s been a long tall bitch of a winter here in New York and the new season needs all the boosterism it can get.GrayFoyLarge

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04/08 | Cliff Furnald’s RootsWorld Radio, Wed. 4/9 & Sat. 4/12 | Posted by Bob Rogers

The 98th edition will include some new Nordic explorations, 3 traditional works from Azerbaijan, a little jazz and a little folk. We will also feature the world premiere of a new recording by an ensemble we heard perform live on this program just about a year ago. SANS is a quartet with zither and winds player Andrew Cronshaw,  Finnish singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio, reeds player Ian Blake, and Tigran Aleksanyan on the Armenian reed pipe called the duduk. We’ll be featuring an extended performance from their new CD, SANS Live.    Other artists will include Phønix,  Spiro, Ramiz Guliyev, NID, Violons Barbares, Gochag Askarov and Nazaket Teymurova. Wednesdays 5pm (Eastern) & Saturdays 8am.  See taintradio program schedule for other times.
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04/07 | New programs, Tuesday, April 8th | Posted by Bob Rogers

taintradio proudly presents two new programs.

Chicago Bound, Tuesdays midnight-1 (eastern), from Chicago-based producer Leslie Keros.

Surplus Value/The History of the Microphone, Tuesdays 7-9pm, from New York-based producer Kip Hanrahan.

More to come…

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