Rafi Zabor’s Updoc. Fri 11/29 & Tues 12/3

Updoc—Friday at 8PM, noon next Tuesday—usually shows up late for anniversaries, and this year’s no exception. Last week’s show fell on November 22 and could have celebrated Benjamin Britten’s centenary or remembered JFK’s fifty-year-old death, the day my country began to crash and burn, with for instance Booker Ervin’s great lament A Day to Mourn. Instead there was Bach on mandolin, new releases, and the always apt Thelonious Monk. A day after that, the 50th anniversary edition of a well-loved British telly show was overwrought, over-effectsy, overblown, and in typical Time Lord fashion, unexpectedly moving by the end. So this week Updoc indulges in its own bit of time travel, all the way back a week, to visit Great Britten, including shades of requiem and illumination and, for a finish, a last dash of the melodic monumental opera in which Peter Grimes sinks his boat and self while the seaside people sing about themselves and choose to see nothing, as the world’s two most quietly devastating drum thumps nail the ending down. Britten makes some people anxious and equivocal: was he one of the great 20th century composers or not? Updoc has stopped asking, and has also found its two hours’ airtime insufficient for due tribute. Britten’s music is Tardic: bigger on the inside than the outside. Jammy dodgers, jelly babies or fish fingers and custard: bring what you have and come on in.Tardis

Songs on Toast – 11/23/2013

Encarnacoes Em Kodya 3:53 Tiganá Santana The Invention Of Colour
It Never Entered My Mind 4:42 Chet Baker Chet
Willow Weep for Me 9:37 Red Garland Groovy
Black Woman 4:00 Tiganá Santana The Invention Of Colour
Tender Wheels 3:10 Brian Cullman 11/19/13
When I Was A Young Girl 6:04 Nina Simone Nina Simone At Carnegie Hall
Wrong Things 1:34 Nick Holmes Duel Worlds
Two Lovers 3:47 D Forman Live at JPs
That’s How Strong My Love Is 3:41 Steve Young Rock Salt And Nails
Eye On the Road 4:01 Bob Neuwirth Back to the Front
Secret Someones (demo ) 4:16 Laura Veirs Songs for Shelter
Tennessee Time 3:16 Valerie June Pushin’ Against A Stone
Cry To Me 2:35 Solomon Burke The Very Best Of Solomon Burke
I’ve Been All Around This World 3:50 Wayne Horvitz & Robin Holcomb Songs for Shelter
O Som Dos Sapatos 3:04 João Afonso Zanzibar
Trocintro 1:03 King Coya Cumbias de Villa Donde
Lusuki 4:25 Tiganá Santana The Invention Of Colour
Beads Of Rain 4:00 Yeahwon Shin Lua Ya
Bayaty 3:54 The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble gurdjieff folk instruments ens.
Back In The Crowd 2:49 Tom Waits Bad As Me
The Lions Breath 2:14 Lord Buckley The Tales of Lord Buckley
Goodbye Booze 2:53 Loudon Wainwright III High Wide & Handsome
Tsakve 1:32 Abdullah Ibrahim Africa: Tears And Laughter (
N’Taki 4:26 Idrissa Soumaoro Köte
Sehenon Men 3:56 Mamadou Kelly Adibar
Mi Scusi 3:57 Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld Still Smiling
Baby Simone 4:48 Louisa Mark Breakout
Beautiful Girl 3:39 Vybz Kartel Kingston Story
Perfumed Forest Wet With Rain 4:00 Abdullah Ibrahim Africa: Tears And Laughter
I Just Can’t See For Lookin’ 3:06 Nat King Cole Trio The Complete Capitol Recordings
Love Is The Drug 3:14 The Bryan Ferry Orchestra The Jazz Age

Men With Big Feet

Theres an outbreak of sincere flattery on Howling’s domain this week – or could it be  purloining? No point in looking to Dick for the answers –   he’s more interested in playing stuff even HE doesn’t know about and getting dangerous. Welcome back by friends for another hour in the company of the strange and wonderful cats that are on the porch this week playing the finest blues ‘n roots ya ever heard!

You can download the podcast either here or subscribe at iTunes and not only are there links to the artists on this page but also to some great videos – check ‘em out.

And don’t forget to let Dick know how ya liked it at howlingdick@gmail.com – he’ll thank you!

Charles+Mingus++2+Loosdrecht+08Charles Mingus – now we can get dangerous

She’s Crazy ‘Bout Entertainers Jerry McCain Abolutely The Best: The Complete Jewel Singles 1965-1972 VIDEO
Oklahoma Blues Watermelon Slim Big Shoes To Fill VIDEO
Who You Gonna Hoodoo Now? Tony Joe White Hoodoo VIDEO
Louisiana Mojo Mark Cook Backwoods Chaos VIDEO
Goin’ To Brownsville North Mississippi Allstars World Boogie Is Coming VIDEO
God Moves On the Water Blind Willie Johnson The Complete Masters VIDEO
Jesus Is Going To Make Up (My Dying Bed) Pops Staples Father Father VIDEO
Roll and Tumble Sam Mitchell VIDEO
Ride Until The Mornin’ Comes Danny Kyle Rag ‘n’ Bone Blues VIDEO
Goin’ Down South The Jake Leg Stompers Hill Country HooDoo VIDEO
Time I’m Leaving Wooden Horse This Kind Of Trouble VIDEO
Insane Asylum Koko Taylor What It Takes: The Chess Years VIDEO
Third Degree Eddie Boyd The Best of Blues Rock Songbook VIDEO
Cryin’ Blues Charles Mingus Blues & Roots VIDEO


Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri Nov 22 & Tues Nov 26

Free picture of a Trans-Dniestrian 50 ruble note to anyone who can puzzle out the thematic continuity of this week’s Updoc show of mostly new releases—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Hudson River Time. Chris Thile plays Bach on a mandolin that sounds like an instrument Bach might have played himself; we remember John Tavener via a setting of William Blake and play a few pieces from Matthew Shipp’s stunning new solo album Piano Sutras; Anne-Sofie von Otter sings French songs awfully well for a non-French otter while Gretchen Parlato sings Herbie Hancock, and even I can’t figure out how and if it fits together. Thelonious Monk probably supplies the best advice, in three installments: Abide With Me, Well You Needn’t, and Don’t Blame Me.50Trans-DniestrianRubles

Tone Science – 11/17/2013

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight War Criminals / Sex Toys Joe McPhee, Dominic Duval, Jay Rosen, Mikołaj Trzaska Magic
  String Quartet No. 4 New Hellenic Quartet Nikos Skalkottas: String Quartets 3 & 4
  Foramen Magnum Olivia Block Karren
  Movement Two: Fields Nuts Symphony for Old and New Dimensions

In A Manly Way

This week Howling’s handing out advice on matrimonial status and warnings on  recreational drugs as well as declaring love and how Robert Johnson he is. Boy, Dick’s real busy on the porch this week with a bunch of hooligans and heroes dishing out an hour of the finest blues ‘n roots.

BandNorth Mississippi Allstars – It would be rude not to play ’em

t’s Dangerous to Be a Husband Cousin Joe New York & New Orleans Blues VIDEO
Meet Me In The City North Mississippi Allstars World Boogie Is Coming VIDEO
Mr. Evil Mike Snowden Evil VIDEO
My Last Regret Robert Cray Twenty            VIDEO
Love Again Blues Leyla McCalla Vari-colored Songs VIDEO
Mama You Been On My Mind Brian Kramer Full Circle VIDEO
Ballad Of A Prodigal Son Lincoln Durham Exodus Of The Deemed Unrighteous VIDEO
Walking Spanish Tom Waits Rain Dogs VIDEO
Jessie James Robert Pete Williams Long Ol’ Way From Home VIDEO
Jesus Is Sweeter Than Honey In The Comb Rev. Edward W. Clayborn Complete Recorded Works 1926-1928 VIDEO
Cried Like A Baby Jimmie Vaughan Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites VIDEO
Black Coffee Chris Connor Double Exposure VIDEO
Amazing Grace/Walking Blues/ Blue Moon of Kentucky Medley Rory Gallagher Montreaux VIDEO













Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Nov. 15 & 19

I remember going to the Top of the Gate one Sunday or Monday night in the ‘70s and waiting for the band to come in. When they did, Billy Higgins found that all the club was providing in the way of a drumset was a bass drum with no pedal, a 12×8 hanging tom-tom, and one cymbal stand. Fortunately Higgins had brought a cymbal. The band was a quintet or a sextet, and without apparent special effort, Billy Higgins provided it with a wealth of buoyant, ebullient swing throughout the two sets I stayed for. Nothing was missing. I don’t think he even kicked the bass drum for punctuation. I don’t want to give you the wrong idea that this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Village Gate time—is a Billy Higgins show, because I’m mostly indulging, as a chill infests the air with winter, in what may be the last of my autumnal Brahms obsession, but you’ll probably enjoy hearing Higgins play a series of duets with Charles Lloyd. Nasheet Waits posted a piece listing ten favorite Higgins cuts on Mosaic Records’ website and you’ll probably enjoy that too. Smiling Billy, Mr. Joy. I used to see you most often with Lee Morgan and Jackie McLean’s band, and when, at the age of fifteen, I ran into you sitting in at a tiny Village joint, you were friendly to the kid who gushed about how wonderful your playing was. My feeling and appreciation of what you had and gave freely have only deepened since.BillyHiggins

Tone Science – 11/10/2013

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Time Song Artist Album
Midnight Fifth Child Burning Lonnie Holley Just Before Music
  Little Man Toddlers Toddlers
  Floating Coffin Thee Oh Sees Floating Coffin
  Original Blimp Mary Halvorson, Kirk Knuffke, Matt Wilson Sifter
  Smothering Instinct Cellular Chaos Cellular Chaos
  Song For A Small Space Charity Chan/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter Improvised Music and Tentacles
  The ueblog tide Huebsch-Van Bebber-Blonk Improvisors
  Hall Of The Mountain King/Louie Louie Half Japanese Our Solar System
  Angelic Brain Cell Matthew Shipp Piano Sutras
  Inuksuit John Luther Adams Inuksuit

The Dark Lord Of Algebra

This week Howling is singing along to Disney, hanging out on the porch with wide boys, dumb blondes and belly dancers and still finds time to play the most racist song ever written (allegedly!). Yup folks, once again its time to park your butt on Howlings porch and revel in some fine blues, roots and loads of other stuff!


 Big Maybelle – Raunchier than Jerry Lee Lewis?

Cherry Red Blues Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson Old Maid Boogie video
Boots and Shoes Chuck Leavell Back to the Woods video
Blues With A Feeling Mick Jagger & The Red Devils The Famous Blues Session video
Do I Move You? Nina Simone Sings The Blues video
I’ve Got A Feelin’ Big Maybelle I Put A Spell On You : The Okeh Story video
Heartbreak The James Hunter Six Minute By Minute video
I Wanna Be Like You Los Lobos / Stay Awake video
Questionnaire Blues Robert Dennis Drop On Down in Florida
He’s a Battle Axe Ella Mae Wilson, Lillie B. & Richard Williams Drop On Down in Florida
Not The Only Fool In Town The Heaters Essex Delta Blues
Bessie’s Advice Maria Muldaur Sisters & Brothers video
Devil In My Blues Danny Kyle Rag ‘n’ Bone Blues video
Motorcycle Blues Charlie Parr Barnswallow  video
Love And War Neil Young Le Noise video

Oh and don’t forget to check out my good friend   Martin Ruby

Songs on Toast – 11/08/2013

Turning Time Around 4:24 Lou Reed Ecstasy
The Get Go 3:52 Alex McMurray I Will Never Be Alone In This Land
Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk 3:44 T-Bone Burnett Truth Decay
Easy Baby 2:46 Magic Sam Definitive Chicago Blues
Stone Crazy 3:00 Buddy Guy The Very Best Of Buddy Guy
Isi Agboncha 5:31 The Semi Colon Ndia Egbuo Ndia (Afro Jigida)
O Convidado 2:56 João Afonso Zanzibar
Each To His Own 4:16 Nick Holmes Sonar
Ndigal 8:42 Karantamba Ndigal (Sangomar, Thiès 1984)
Uthui Ti Sifa 7:12 Kathekani Boyz, John Mutunga Kioko Uthui Ti Sifa
Go On Fool 2:06 Smiley Lewis Rocks 1950-1958
Vicksburg Blues ’51 2:27 Little Brother Montgomery Definitive Chicago Blues
Mari Je Nyare 8:24 Zoumana Tereta Soku Fola
Goombay Bump 7:46 Jay Mitchell Cult Cargo: Grand Bahama Goombay
Guajida 3:14 Jesus Acosta & The Professionals Cult Cargo: Belize City Boil Up
All the World 4:11 Tama Waipara Triumph of Time
Oh Gin (Previously Unreleased) Velvet Underground Loaded
Bidon II 8:23 Alla Tanakoul
Everybody’s Goin’ for the Money Spider John Koerner Music Is Just a Bunch of Notes
Heaven’s Radio 2:45 The Carter Family Lonesome Valley
Brother Where Are You 4:15 Shelby Lynne Sweet Relief III: Pennies From Heaven
Little Rain 4:07 Eric Bibb, Rory Block & Maria Muldaur Sisters & Brothers
Blues Walk 6:43 Lou Donaldson Blues Walk
Addis Ababa 2:56 James Newton Axum
Ecrovid 2:50 Zsófia Boros En Otra Parte
El Hechicero (The Wizard) 3:06 Finis Africae El Secreto de las 12 (The Secret Of 12 O’Clock)