Songs on Toast – 07/31/2009

Time Song Artist Album
10pm Tonight's the Night Neil Young Tonight's the Night
  Marijuana Hell Ron Nagle Bad Rice
  Sister Morphine The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
  Don't Bogard That Joint Little Feat The Last Record Album
  Jive Bobby Darin Aces Back To Back
  Cocaine JJ Cale Anyway the Wind Blows
  My Medicine Snoop Dogg Feat. Everlast Ego Trippin'
  Psycotic Reaction Count Five Roots of the Sex Pistols
  Bop Pills The Cramps Stay Sick!
  Junko Partner Holy Modal Rounders I & II
  Drugs The Talking Heads Fear of Music
  Bass Strings Country Joe & The Fish Electric Music for the Mind and Body
  Losing David Forman Song of Persia
  Old Fashioned Morphine Jolie Holland Escondida
  Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire Joni Mitchell The the Roses
11pm Peter's Trip The Electric Flag The Trip
  That Cat Is High The Ink Spots Street of Dreams
  Are You Hep to the Jive? Cab Calloway Are You Hep to the Jive?
  Euphoria Holy Modal Rounders Last Round
  I'm Waiting for the Man Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
  Flying on the Ground is Wrong Neil Young Neil Young Archives
  Too High Stevie Wonder Innervisions
  Poverty Train Laura Nyro Eli and the Thirteenth Confession
  Sweet Cocaine Fred Neil The Many Sides of Fred Neil
  Cocaine Dave Van Ronk The Two Sides of Dave Van Ronk
  Roll Another Number Neil Young Tonight's the Night
  Cocaine Habit Blues Memphis Jug Band Ruckus Joic & Chitlins: The Great Jug Bands
  Needle of Death Bert Jansch Dazzling Stranger
  The Needle & the Damage Done Neil Young Harvest
  Junco Partner Professor Longhair 'Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology
  Hashishin Buffy Sainte-Marie & Ry Cooder Performance
  Heroin Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
  Junker's Blues Champion Jack Dupree Blues from the Gutter

FreeWorldNetworkRadio-X – 07/30/2009

So far my favorite concert of the summer: Tuesday night i went to see and hear Tower Of Power put a hurtin’ on the stage at City Winery in NYC! City Winery (generic names are the trend right now…you know the deal.. no hype leaves something to be desired) is a very beautiful room themed of dark wood&iron sort of like a fancy wine cellar and has fine food and spirits I might add… it is a place you can bring the whole family and apparently is owned by Michael Dorf of Knitting Factory fame. I got home from the show around 1:30am and by 2:42am I still couldn’t settle down. I just wanted to pll out all the Tower Of Power CDs or vynyl I have and play it loud! Beside being in top form, Tower Of Power is in their 41st year and they played as if they were in their 2nd year of existence with something to prove. As many of you know, this band has nothing to prove to anyone… they’ve done that already by influencing a world of musicians and are part of a very special time for creation in popular American music -the late 1960’s and 1970’s. It was a crazy tight and funky set featuring founding members, leader- Emilio Castilio on tenor sax&vocals, Stephen “Doc” Kupka- Baritone sax&vocals, Francis “Rocco” Prestia-Bass, and David Garibaldi-Drums! The new singer -Larry Bragg has a clear and expressive tenor voice that cuts through all the syncopation of T.O.P.’s unique rhythm section with ease. He clearly has a voice of his own but really gets what T.O.P. is about. You can hear glimpses of the great and former lead vocalist Lenny Williams in him of course… I mean how could one not bring that to the table for anyone ready to digest Tower Of Power? I mean outside the horns and rhythm section, Lenny’s voice became just as much a signature of the band as the other components to the point where one might imagine him to be there while knowing he left the band after only a 2 and 1/2 year stint (1972-74)! A big impact Lenny made and obviously some big shoes to fill for anyone not to slight the rest of the band by NO MEANS… So I give much props to Larry Bragg, because he did his thing in a world where singers come a dime-a dozen. But that wasn’t it, former band member and lead tenor sax soloist – Lenny Pickett joined the posse for some cameo stage time and exceptional solos! Come on now, it just doesn’t get much better for a TOP fan after 40 years… Lenny Pickett blew his horn ’til it literally whistled elongated tones reminiscent of the late-great St. Clair Pinckney (The JB’s)- he was blazing! Then one of my favorite trumpeters appears as special guest sololist – Mr. James Zollar! Yo!!! Mr. Zollar (who I met while working with Atiba Wilson) was killin’! He soloed on “You’re Still A Young Man” beautifully and later (in the 2nd set which I was so fortunate and grateful to be around for – thanks Jared & Mr. Dorf) he and Lenny blew the audience away with killer solos on “What Is Hip”! Oh, btw, the fact that in the middle of their sets they performed a mini-tribute to James Brown didn’t help to calm things down – they flat out tore up “It’s A New Day” and “There It Is”!
All I can say is… it is almost 3am now and I still can’t settle down. It felt as though it was a new sound, yeah, just that fresh it was. Pure hotness! I guess you realize I’ve been funktified again… which isn’t hard for me to be since that’s what I’m pretty much about… so bare with me if I roll with some back-to-back funk in this show.
I deliberately do not play stuff back-to-back because it would stifle may various tastes and be just self gratifying ALL THE TIME. Even one’s own gratification can become boring to the gratified one. That being said, one day I’ll have to do a funk special and trust that T.O.P. will be somewhere at the top of the list along with other horn-based soul/funk and afro-caribbean funk bands like Mandril, The JB’s, The Beginning of the End, Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns, Maceo & The Macks, Kool & The Gang, The Brecker Bros (r.i.p. Michael Brecker), Earth, Wind&Fire, Blood Sweat&Tears, Parliament, the Ohio Players, Fishbone and others… but one thing I found… I still be diggin’ on James Brown…!

As a matter of fact and in keeping within the format of what I do: I have some new funk from the artist- Dayton Flic and something I just picked up after meeting a band I enjoyed in Philadelphia known as the Ross Brown Project, so that’s how we’ll start off this set. Enjoy. – Bruce

Time Song Artist Album
noon Just Enough and Too Much Tower of Power In The Slot
  Treat Me Like Your Man Tower of Power In The Slot
  Soul Vaccination Tower of Power Tower of Power
  Chocolate Chip Miles Davis Doo Bop
  You Got Me Floatin' P.M. Dawn Stone Free: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix
  I'm Mad Dayton Flic unreleased
  Funk Stick Ross Brown Project Frank Freed Fred: The Aliens Are Getting Angry
  South East Theme Ross Brown Project Frank Freed Fred: The Aliens Are Getting Angry
  Doninke Kandia Kouyate In Griot Time-String Music from Mali
  Yelele Claude Gomis Mandiago
  When I Think of One Kevin&Patrice Starting Now (EP)
  Casket IsWhat!? The Life We Chose
1pm Babes In Toyland Smitty Like A Child
  Bula Malaya Voyager Series Memories of Fiji
  Everything Radio Citizen Berlin Serengeti
  Go For Broke Bo Diddley Tales From the Funk Dimension
  Al Atal Cairo Orchestra Cafe Hookah: Exotic Flavours From The Orient
  The Road Black Pocket Beat Dimensions Vol.1
  Take Your Time Jeremy Ellis Lotus Blooms
  The Hunt Aceyalone A Book of Human Language
  You'll Find A Way Santigold Santigold
  Packed My Bags Chaka Khan Funk This
  Fly Othello feat. Ohmega Watts & Braille Alive at The Assembly Line
  Mandira Craig Harris Instanbul
  Musashi John Esposito The Blue People
  Evil Is Alive And Well Jacob Dylan Seeing Things
  Wild Flower Aaron Neville Wild Flower

Van Morrison’s contractual obligation album

Why has it taken me so long to discover the album Van Morrison recorded to get out of his contract with Bang Records? Songs like “Want a Danish,” “Ringworm” and “Blow In Your Nose” make it one of the great ‘fuck you’s’ in rock history:

In order to fulfill his obligation to his early solo label Bang Records, Van Morrison sat down in 1967 or so and cranked out 31 songs on the spot, on topics ranging from ringworm to wanting a danish, to hating his record label and a guy named George. Make sure you get past the first few tunes – it takes him a few to get cooking.

[via this Metafilter thread about this fun linguistic analysis of a Morrison audience insult (marred only by the linguist’s inexplicable inability to appreciate Morrison’s musical genius)]

Monkey Mind – 07/27/2009

Time Song Artist Album
3pm The Gardener Sky Saxon Blues Band A Full Spoon of Seedy Blues
  What Do You Do When Love Dies Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis
  After Hours Roy Buchanan Second Album
  When You Have to Sneak (You Have to Sneak) David Porter Victim of the Joke? - An Opera
  Two Lonely Hearts Richard & Linda Thompson Sunnyvista
  The Highland Watch Puirt a Baroque Return of the Wanderer
  Night Rider's Lament Jerry Jeff Walker Ridin' High
  Lord I Want You To Lead Me On Sister O.M. Terrell Country Gospel: The Post-War Years (1946-1953)
  Pray For Me Mama (I'm a Gypsy Now) Jason and the Scorchers Fervor
  Sandrevan Lullaby/Lifestyles Rodriquez Light in the Attic Records 2009 Sampler
  Sadie Green The Vamp of New Orleans Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Rare Junk
  Cedar Hill Country Cooking 26 Bluegrass Instrumentals
  Corpses/Pol Pot/Creator Has A Master Plan Eugene Chadbourne Corpses of Foreign Wars
  It Tango Laurie Anderson Big Science
  Consent Clock DVA White Souls in Black Suits
  Laugh the World Away Mission of Burma Mission of Burma
  Complicated Game XTC Drums and Wires
  Earth Blues Jimi Hendrix First Rays of the New Rising Sun
  Don't Mess With People Mandrill Composite Truth
  Unity Desmond Dekker Let's Do Rocksteady (1966-68)
  Honey in Your Hips Yardbirds Eric Clapton & the Yardbirds
  It's Only Money Part 2 Argent In Deep
  Fuzzhead The Bellrays Let it Blast.
  Woe-Is-Uh-Me-Bop Fast 'N' Bulbous Waxed Oop
  Travelling Mood Dr. John
  The Funky Grass Band Porter Wagoner Porter
  No Rump to Bump Parlet Funk Essentials: Best of Parlet

Updoc 51: The Heat: 7/24/09

Opening theme: Sidney Bechet: Summertime; Giants of Jazz (Time-Life)

1 – 2. Kip Hanrahan: Two (Still in Half-Light); Far From Freetown: Desire Develops an Edge (American Clavé)
3 – 6. Kip Hanrahan: Sharazade (Opening); Aziz and Azizah (Opening); Diente De Oro; Aziz and Azizah (Continued): A Thousand Nights and a Night (American Clavé)
7 – 8. Silvana DiLuigi: La Cumparsita; Discepolin: Yo! (American Clavé)
9 – 12. Jon Balke/Amina Alaoui: Safwati; Itimad; Thulâtiyat; Toda ciencia Trascendiendo: Siwan (ECM)
13 – 14: Silvana Diluigi: Cuesta Abajo; Milonga de los Vientos: Yo! (American Clavé)
15 – 18: Kip Hanrahan: Busses From Heaven; Caravaggio – A Quick Balance; One Summer Afternoon (for Gil Evans); Salt in the Mozambique Evening: Beautiful Scars (American Clavé)

Out theme: Brigitte Bardot: Les Amis de la Musique; Hellenika Diethni (Lyra)

Songs on Toast – 07/24/2009

Covers (instr.)

Time Song Artist Album
10pm I Heard It Through the Grapevine Bill Frisell East/West
  Dear Prudence Brad Mehldau Largo
  I Want You (She's So Heavy) Eddie Hazel Games, Dames, And Guitar Things
  A Day in the Life Jeff Beck live at Ronnie Scott's
  Tom Dooley Big Jack Johnson The Oil Man
  Peter Gunn Roy Buchanan Dancing on the Edge
  Sleep Walk Danny Gatton Unfinished Business
  I Think It's Going To Work Out Fine Ry Cooder & David Lindley Bop Till You Drop
  Ruby Tuesday Tim Ries The Rolling Stones Project
  Flying Duke Levine Beneath the Blue
  Chain of Fools Bill Frisell Is That You?
  Boo0-G0-Loo Down Broadway Steve Cropper With A Little Help From My Friends
  In My Room Danny Gatton 88 Elmira St.
  Back's In Black Joe Goldmark Steelin' The Beatles
  Blueberry Hill Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy Avant Pop
11pm Teddy Bears' Picnic Kamikaze Ground Crew Kamikaze Ground Crew
  You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' Steve Jordan 25 Golden Hits
  Downtown Booker T & The MGs Soul Men
  Twilight Time Earl Bostic Earl Bostic - All His Hits
  Mister Pitiful Dave Douglas Spirit Moves
  It Ain't Me Babe Duane Eddy Duane Does Dylan
  All I Really Want To Do The Peggy Lee Band New Code
  You Are My Sunshine Ben Mondor Excavation
  Georgia On My Mind John Scofield That's What I Say
  Ferry Cross The Mersey Pat Metheny One Quiet Night
  Wonderland by Night Leo Kottke Pecularoso
  River Man Brad Mehldau Songs
  Surfer Girl Angel Corpus Christi Accordian Pop vol. 1

FreeWorldNetworkRadio-X – 07/23/2009

This is epsiode No.7. The interview with Michael Hill’s Blues Mob (featured in episode 6, hour-2) can be heard in 3 parts at Also, if you do not see a play-list posting for any particular week, please send me an email request and I will send it to you. E-mail to

Time Song Artist Album
noon Aint You Fine Austin Willacy Rock 'N' Roll Reparations Vol.1
  Fury In My Eyes RZA feat. Thea Afro Samari
  Honey Bee Cassandra Wilson CMJ (Vol.118)
  An a Veli Rewasese Entertainment Music of The Fiji Islands
  Circus Superlito Tripping Tropicana
  Exchange Matana Roberts The Chicago Project
  Monkey Tamarind The Beginning of The End Funky Nassau
  Fantastic IsWhat!? Unreleased
  Rafiki (Rise Ashe) Bob Holroyd Traveler '03
  Power of The Gospel Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir 100% Jesus
  Spiritual Rebirth Albert Ayler Live In Greenwhich Village
  Take My Hand Lisla Get It
5pm The Dance (Ballad For The Dancer) M. Nahadr Eclectic is M
  Erratica Mitch Kessler Erratica
  There In Theatre On Ka'a Davis Seeds of Djuke
  Transition Mike Harrison & Paul Olsen ScrapOmatic
  The Cow Ali Shaheed Muhammed Shaheedullah And Stereotypes
  Mojuba Melvin Gibbs' Elevated Entity Ancients Speak
  Good Over Evil Assasin Strictly The Best (Vol.35)
  Freedom In 350 Variations Tricky Dilemma John P. Parker: Viewed From 9 Dimensions
  In The Sky Secretary feat. Big Boss In The Skyscraper
  Funky Fly Bo Diddley Tales From The Funky Dimension
  Just Friends John Esposito The Blue People
  Blessings Michael Hill's Blues Mob Suite: Larger Than Life

Monkey Mind – 07/20/2009

“I’m Reaching Out on All Sides” by the British 70s band If is dedicated to Steve, cohost of the new Taint show “The Hidden Places.” (Progrock 4evah.) I guess the others are dedicated to everyone else. Btw, and apropos of pretty much nothing, if you’ve never read Frank Zappa’s piece from the June 1971 issue of Stereo Review, about his childhood obsession with Edgard Varèse, treat yourself. It’s great.

Time Song Artist Album
3pm Lyndon Tree Shuttle358 Chronologi: 12k: Year 1 - Year 4
  Jesus Christ Pose Wheedle's Groove Light in the Attic 2009 Sampler
  Sam Pisces feat. Linda Bruner This LP Crashes Hard Drives
  Dance Girl Fatback Fatbackin': The Perception Sessions
  Cookie Jar Parlet Funk Essentials: Best of Parlet
  She's Allright Real Kids The Real Kids
  Although They Appear This Kind of Punishment A Beard of Bees
  I Can't Dance With You Small Faces The Anthology: 1965-1967
  When's the Fun Begin? Pink Fairies Kings of Oblivion
  Room to Move John Mayall Best of John Mayall
  Goonur (Woman Doctor) Seachnasaigh The Didjeridu - Dharpa: Sons of the Dreamtime
  Agwado Song Aluku field recordings The Spirit Cries: Music from the Rainforests of South America & the Caribbean
  I Gotcha Joe Tex Best of
4pm Melt Yourself Down James Chance Irrestible Impulse
  Fever 1 Pierre Henry Variations for a Door and a Sigh
  Fox Call Buckminster Fuzeboard How to Make C60Br24
  Naked Pilsners Portastatic I Hope Your Heart is Not Brittle
  Let's Take Some Drugs and Drive Around The Silos Susan Across the Ocean
  Last of the Rock Stars Elliott Murphy Aquashow
  What's Going Ahn Big Star Radio City
  How Can I Live Fat Mattress The Black Sheep of the Family: Anthology
  I'm Reaching Out on All Sides If If
  Expect Nothing Cabaret Voltaire Mix-Up
  Dominator D Dopestyle The Little Happy
  3rd Party Giant Panda Fly School Reunion
  What is This Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens This LP Crashes Hard Drives
  A Part From That Flamin Groovies Supersnazz

B.P.R.D. – 07/19/2009

This week, a few dada- and jazz-inspired classical pieces from Ervin Schulhoff, Darius Milhaud and Stefan Wolpe, mostly from the 1920s, an amazing period for this kind of stuff. Schulhoff’s ‘Sonata Erotica’ is all the more hilarious for being written in 1919 – it’s a short vocal piece for a woman who whispers, giggles, coos, builds to a shrieking orgasm (twice) and then relaxes with a drink. My kinda tune. If you don’t know him, Schulhoff’s a fascinating guy – well worth a click or two.

Time Song Artist Album
2pm Symphonia germanica Ervin Schulhoff/Ivan Kusnjer/Tomas Visek Chamber Works, Vol. 5
  Bassnachtigall: Three Recital Pieces for Double Bassoon Solo Ervin Schulhoff/Lubos Fait Chamber Works, Vol. 5
  Divertissement for Oboe, Clarinet and Basson Ervin Schulhoff/Novak Trio Chamber Works, Vol. 5
  Sonata Erotica Ervin Schulhoff/Diana Stone Chamber Works, Vol. 5
  La Creation du Monde Darius Milhaud/Contemprary Chamber Ensemble Kurt Weill/Darius Milhaud
  Quartet for Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone, Percussion and Piano Stefan Wolpe/Contemporary Chamber Ensemble Spectrum: New American Music, Vol. 4

Updoc 50: Piano Glances: 7/17/09

Opening theme: Art Ensemble of Chicago: Nice Guys [title tune] (ECM)

1 – 3. Steve Kuhn/Sheila Jordan: Tomorow’s Son, Gentle Thoughts, Poem for No. 15: Life’s Backward Glances – Solo and Quartet/Playground (ECM)
4. Maurice Ravel/Jean-Yves Thibaudet: Gaspard de la Nuit; L’Oeuvre Pour Piano Seul (Decca)
5. George Russell/Sheila Jordan: You Are My Sunshine; The Outer View (Riverside/Prestige)
6. Steve Kuhn: I Want to Talk About You; Mostly Coltrane (ECM)
7. Ravel/Thibaudet: Le Tombeau de Couperin; L’Oeuvre Pour Piano Seul (Decca)
8 – 10. Steve Kuhn/Sheila Jordan: The Zoo, Deep Tango, Life’s Backward Glance; Life’s Backward Glances – Solo and Quartet /Playground (ECM)
11. Steve Kuhn: With Gratitude; Mostly Coltrane (ECM)