Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 12/4 & Tues 12/8


Well this is different. I was away for a few days, on an island out West, deprived of music and connection, so when I came back without a show I asked our leader Bob Rogers to pick an oldie for me for this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, back on East Coast time—and he pulled one up from almost three years ago featuring two Fifth Symphonies, some Pops and Duke, some Blossom Dearie and so on. Hmm. The Sibelius is Karajan’s early outing with the Philharmonia Orchestra, fine by me, stellar even; but the Mahler is by Pierre Boulez and the Viennas, and though I still like that, nowadays I’d plunk for Abbado with the Lucerne orchestra, something I aired about a year ago I think. But let’s see, or listen: the Sibelius is almost blindingly radiant, the Mahler doomstruck and lurching toward triumph, and how much younger and less baritonal will I sound on the intros? I was still naming my shows back then, and called this one Double Pumper Nickel, which sounds promising. I might have been in a good mood. Meet me at the line shack when it’s over, unarmed, and tell me what you think.

Death Valley Radio Program 867

Death Valley Radio is a format-free program for the musically curious.

In this age of bland radio programming (both commercial and non-) and automated music services, DVR is still built by hand, non-algorithmically — one set at a time.

Death Valley Radio can be heard here at taintradio on Saturdays at 10:00 PM ET and Wednesdays at 10:00 AM ET.

Death Valley Radio program 867 features Ben Monder and Paul Motian’s unconventional reading of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'”; music in the key of Reich; and some sage advice from Ray Charles, Joe Tex, Rufus Thomas, the Soul Children, Bonnie Raitt and the Iceman, Jerry Butler.

Also: new tracks from Hamilton de Holanda, Vinicius Cantuária with Melody Gardot, Jane Antonia Cornish with Decoda, Paul Hemmings, and the UK’s Engine Room Favourites.

This week’s holiday message, courtesy of the ever-cheerful Rev. J.M. Gates: While you are getting ready for Christmas, the undertaker, the jailer, the lawyer and the police are all getting ready for you.

Each week’s playlist will be archived until the end of time at deathvalleyradio.org.