Monkey Mind – 04/06/2009

Here’s the Monkey Mind playlist for Monday, April 6th, 3-5pm (with reruns Wednesday 10am-noon and early Thurs morn 12am-2am).

Btw, I missed noting another Little Esther/Esther Phillips tune: after “Mistrusting Blues” and “All the Way Down” add “Cherry Wine,” a 1953 track from the Proper Introduction to Little Esther CD.

Time Song Artist Album
3pm Clean Slate Tower of Power Tower of Power
  Familiar Reality Doctor John Definitive Pop Collection
  Malamin Jobarteh Pierre Dorge New Jungle Orchestra Whispering Elephants
  Everybody's Fancy Holly Yarbrough Mister Rogers Swings
  When You Walk Smog Julius Caesar
  TAQN Eyes We're Desparate the l.a. scene
  Gettin' Drunk Johnny Guitar Watson Proper Introduction to Johnny Guitar Watson
  Down Don't Bother Me Albert King Born Under A Bad Sign
  Lord I Want You to Lead Me On Sister O.M. Terrell Country Gospel
  E Pluribus Unum Last Poets Chastisement
  I Don't Even Know Myself The Who Who's Next
  Better Be Good Real Kids Real Kids
  Hihache Lafayette Afro Rock Band Darkest Light: Best of
  International Pricks Blowfly Porno Freak
4pm Boulevard of Broken Dreams James Chance Irresistable Impulse
  New Morning Todd Terje Inside Scandinavia, Vol. 2
  Fatback (bossa mix) BrazilFunk Brazilica Lounge
  Mistrustin' Blues Little Esther Proper introduction to Little Esther
  All the Way Down Esther Phillips Capricorn Princess
  Don't let it go Bo Diddley Go Bo Diddley
  Bo's Guitar Bo Diddley Go Bo Diddley
  Willie and Lillie Bo Diddley Go Bo Diddley
  Hey Butthole Surfers PCPPEP
  Testament Bellrays Let It Blast
  Trip to Your Heart Sly and the Family Stone A Whole New Thing
  Can't No Grave Hold My Body Down Two Gospel Keys Country Gospel
  In the Morning When I Rise Sweet Honey in the Rock Still on the Journey
  Sinner Man Gregory Isaacs The Winner 1968-1978

B.P.R.D. – 04/06/2009

A couple of longer works this week. The Steve Reich piece is about the cloned sheep Dolly; it’s one of three on technological themes he wrote to accompany video by Beryl Korot (included on a DVD in the Three Tales package). The BBC called it “video opera.” Here’s the 2006 New Yorker portrait of Morton Feldman by Alex Ross mentioned during the show – it’s a sharp look at Feldman’s life and career and well worth the time. Don’t know much about Richard Jordan Smoot except that I stumbled on the “Hauntings” CD and like it a lot. Zappa is the palate cleanser. Hope you enjoy.

Time Song Artist Album
2pm Dolly Steve Reich Three Tales
  Suite for Prague Richard Jordan Smoot Hauntings: Orchestral and Chamber Music by Richard Jordan Smoot
  Untitled Composition for Cello and Piano (1981), section 7 Morton Feldman Untitled Composition for Cello and Piano
  Outside Now Again Frank Zappa Boulez conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger

Updoc 37: Blimey: 4/03/09

1 – 9: John & Robert Dowland/Monika Mauch/Nigel North: Dovrò dunque morire; Passava Amor su arco desarma; Lady, If You So Spite Me; Amarilli mia bella; Si le parler et le silence; Se di farm i morire; O Eyes, Leave off Thy Weeping; In Darkness Let Me Dwell; Far From Triumphing Court: A Musical Banquet (ECM)
10. The Beatles: Eleanor Rigby; Revolver (Capitol)
11. The Beatles: In My Life; Rubber Soul (Capitol)
12. Benjamin Brittten/Colin Davis/Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Jon Vickers/Heather Harper/ Elizabeth Payne/Jonathan Summers: Peter Grimes (selections) (Philips)
13. Robert Fripp/Peter Gabriel: Water Music I, Here Comes the Flood; Exposure (EG Music)
14: Thomas Tallis/Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly: Spem in Alium [title tune] (Naxos)

Note: For those moved or intrigued by Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, by all means buy a recording of the opera. The only thing wrong with the Colin Davis bargain version I used on the show is the absence of the libretto from its booklet, and this deprives you of the particularized brilliance of Britten’s musical dramaturgy. This you can find, for full price, in Richard Hickox’s superb recording on Chandos (although I prefer the Davis/Vickers version musically). Additionally, Alex Ross’ treatment of Britten generally and Peter Grimes in particular is one of  the strongest things in his history of 20th century music, The Rest is Noise. If Britten’s music has turned you on, it has no finer elucidator than Alex Ross.

B.P.R.D. – 04/03/2009

This week’s show is the complete recording of a 1994 live “occult working” by graphic novelist/shaman Alan Moore of Watchmen fame. The backing music/soundscape was prerecorded by David J (Formerly of Bauhaus, etc) and Tim Perkins, and played while Moore spoke on stage. It’s an odd, ritualistic, rambling piece, with Moore occasionally hitting peaks of bizarre shamanic/political/absurdist wordplay. Hope you like it.

Time Song Artist Album
7pm The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels Alan Moore, David J, Tim Perkins The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels

Songs on Toast – 04/03/2009

Time Song Artist Album
10pm Gargoyle The Lighthouse Keepers Lipsnipegroin
  If Love Was a Train Amy LaVere Died of Love
  Say What I Know Morley Seen
  A Onda Pierre Aderne Alto Mar
  As April Is to May Luke Winslow-King Old/New Baby
  Brotherly Love Ollabelle in progress
  So Much Love Cedric Burnside 2 Man Wrecking Crew
  Honest I Do Aretha Franklin Spirit In the Dark
  I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You Bobby Womack Anthology: Bobby Womack
  Sesi Pierre Akendengue Nova
  Why You De Run Katamanto Highlife Orchestra Katamanto Highlife Orchestra
  Shelter Me Buddy Miller Universal United House Of Prayer
  Toneladas (Sixteen Tons) Noriel Vilela 16
  Rosalie Glenn Patscha Jefferson Highway
  Too Much to Hide Joseph Arthur Nuclear Daydream
  Chasing Strange Chocolate Genius Inc. Black Yankee Rock
  I Can Make You Happy Taj Mahal Maestro
  See Me In the Evening Hound Dog Taylor Deluxe Edition
11pm Ana Magovani Chaba Zahouania Medahates
  Sad Days, Lonely Nights James Blood Ulmer Bad Blood In The City: The Piety Street Sessions
  Maggot Brain [Alt Mix] Funkadelic Maggot Brain
  Check Your Bucket Eddie Bo New Orleans Funk
  Dig You Otis Spann Biggest Thing Since Colossus
  Beyond Here Lies Nothin' Bob Dylan Together Through Life
  Black Magic Woman Fleetwood Mac The Best Of Peter Green`s Fleetwood Mac
  I Got A Gig Hayes Carll Trouble In Mind
  Hard Workin’ Man Captain Beefheart The Dust Blows Forward
  A Little Bit Of Soap The Jarmels Doo Wop Box III
  Spoons Various Artists Gypsy Caravan
  Jailbird Love Song Geoff Muldaur Having A Wonderful Time
  If You Don't Know Me by Now Lester Bowie Brass Fantasy The Odyssery Of Funk & Popular Music