Downhome With Howling Dick (Ep 134 A Pair Of Underpants)

This time out, Howling’s decided to talk less whilst unashamedly promoting videos, breaking with tradition and examining novel headwear. Fear not though loyal blues hounds, despite all this rubbish you can rest assured it’s an hour of fine blues and roots on Taint.

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Furry Lewis “Never mislaid his luggage”

Another Fool Like Me Jesse Thomas God Don’t Like It VIDEO
Howlin’ At The Moon Robben Ford Into The Sun VIDEO
Mississippi Fred’s Dream Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band Born To Love The Blues VIDEO
Dry Land Blues Furry Lewis OTRS 33 “DON SPEAKS THE BLUES” Pt 4 VIDEO
Can’t Find My Way Home (Live) Bonnie Raitt, & Lowell George Ultrasonic Studios 1972 (Live) VIDEO
Walking Blues Joe Willie Wilkins Giants Of Country Blues Guitar Vol. 2 VIDEO
Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Safe As Milk VIDEO
I’m Looking for a Woman Ironing Board Sam Super Spirit VIDEO
She Brought Life Back to the Dead Howell Devine Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju VIDEO
Hard Lovin’ Blues Yack Taylor Jazzin’ the Blues Vol. 5 (1930 – 1953) VIDEO
Parchman Farm Bukka White OTRS 33 “DON SPEAKS THE BLUES” Pt 4 VIDEO
Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor Gillian Welch Soul Journey VIDEO
My Home Is In The Delta Otis Spann Walking The Blues VIDEO
Forget What I Said Noora Noor Soul Deep VIDEO
Don’t Take Your Love Away From Me Neil Young & The Bluenotes Bluenote Cafe VIDEO

 

 

 

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri Feb 5 & Tues Feb 9

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How and when, according to what clock or ordination, is the gift given? The other day I was in a group clinic trying to help a friend through a surgical ordeal, and all across the space surgeons were at work on bodies immobilized in a warren of cubicles. Usually the background music there is easy classic rock but that day a jazz station was the luck of the draw, incompletely audible through the working clatter, but I could hear Clifford Brown being brilliant over the top of it—too bad my friend wasn’t into jazz: it might have helped her—but even so the place and time felt fragmented and dismembered. Then it was John Coltrane on his devotional ballad Dear Lord, but even a few notes of that sound were enough not so much to cathedral the rattling clinic but restore an integrated human harmony to it and afford a place for the human soul even as human bodies were being piecemealed. Well, of course, John Coltrane: who else? But not a whole show’s worth—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, West 52nd St. time—just a few relative rarities, and a boy in a boat and a barque on the ocean, and Sidney DeParis with the Paradise Orchestra and a brilliant new recording of Lutoslawski’s piano concerto performed by its original dedicatee. And some more John Coltrane, who came and went and hasn’t left us yet, and Kamasi Washington, who has picked up the torch and is waving it afresh, and the eleven-year old piano prodigy Joey Alexander showing a fresh face of the unexpectable on Coltrane’s Giant Steps, never letting you hear how small his hands are and somehow indicating emotions and experience he can’t have had time for yet. Sometimes it’s enough to listen in and witness the wonderment, while waiting for the next visit and a chance to join in, yourself.

Death Valley Radio Program 876

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.

DVR program 876 features ukuleles and mandolins (Paul Hemmings, Jorma Kaukonen, Aaron Neville, Peter Case with David Hidalgo, the Louvin Brothers, King’s Sacred Quartette); gurgling Wurlitzers (Randy Newman, Mike Farris, Lizz Wright); world rhythms (Thomas Mapfumo of Zimbabwe, Afel Bocoum and Lobi Traoré of Mali, Kasai Allstars of the DRC, Orishas of Cuba, Daara J of Senegal, the French-Cuban duo Ibeyi); composer Michael Vincent Waller’s “Snowman Suite”; and duets by guitarist Jim McAuley with violinist Leroy Jenkins and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith with bassist John Lindberg.

Also: new music from Larry Keel with Del McCoury, Malcolm Holcombe, and the English trio Three Cane Whale.

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

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 1/29 & Tues 2/2

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American Pastorale is fine with me. There’s some of Aaron Copland’s music that can own me with an opening phrase—his music for Our Town, for instance—and when I listen to Maria Schneider’s widely and highly praised CD The Thompson Fields, topping most critics’ ten-best lists for 2015, I respond easily to its wealth of open-throated melody and open-hearted sentiment, but after awhile it starts sounding a lot like good-quality generic film music to me. Not that there’s anything wrong with that—I like some of John Williams’ scores too. But after playing Schneider’s title composition I felt like chasing it with the music of another lady with a big band, and it’s hard not to find something larger and more multifarious in Carla Bley. Later in the show—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Local 802 Roseland Ballroom time—there’s more contemporary large ensemble music by Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride’s virtuoso big band and, yes, The Lincoln Center guys bringing it back alive from Cuba, but what I’ll confess to liking best this week is the amazing Barbara Hannigan—and she’s amazing even when she isn’t doing something provocative costume-wise—singing her way through Ophelia’s vocabulary from that Shakespeare play in Hans Abrahamsen’s not-too-long composition Let Me Tell You, which sounds like an instant classic to me. Then there’s the Irish-American Pastorale of Aoife O’Donovan, against whose pristine, subtly uninterfered-with voice I have no defenses, unless it’s a brief interruption from Scriabin, and that’s all folks. Next week, I hope, no more bronchitis, and the curmudgeon consigned to the cellar.

Death Valley Radio Program 875

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.

DVR program 875 features surf rock (Bill Frisell’s Big Sur Quintet, R.E.M., Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives); social, political and spiritual commentary (Cody ChesnuTT, Lizz Wright, Bobby McFerrin, Ruthie Foster, Meshell Ndegeocello, Toshi Reagon); and an other-worldly rendition of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’s “I Put a Spell on You” by singer Alice Smith and guitarist Chris Sholar.

Also: new music from Ches Smith with Craig Taborn and Mat Maneri, Orrin Evans, Joe Fiedler, Wayne Horvitz, Kenneth Salters, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Aruán Ortiz with Eric Revis and Gerald Cleaver.

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

Downhome with Howling Dick (ep 133 Salute The Dame)

There’s some wishful thinking this time out as Howling wants to turn the clock back but without success as the usual collection of oddball miscreants including an artistic evangelist, mime artist and father and daughter act join in the madness. Despite the build up, rest assured its an hour of fine blues and roots.

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Bumble Bee Slim – “Who did you expect on a blues show – Ziggy Stardust??”

Liza Jane Davie Jones & The King Bees You Tube VIDEO
Dimples Georgie Bonds Stepping Into Time VIDEO
Stranger’s Blues Hot Roux Stranger’s Blues VIDEO
I Don’t Want To Die Charlie Sayles Charlie Sayles And The Blues Disciples Featuring Tony The Legend Fazio VIDEO
Own House, Own Car Chris James & Martin Fletcher Excursions VIDEO
If I Had My Way Reverend Gary Davis Manchester Free Trade Hall 1964 VIDEO
God Don’t Like It Elder Anderson Johnson God Don’t Like It (Document Compilation) VIDEO
Ry Cooder Les Copeland Don’t Let The Devil In VIDEO
Tamp Em Up Solid Ry Cooder & The Chicken Skin Band Live In Hamburg 1977 VIDEO
If The Blues Was Whiskey Bumble Bee Slim Complete Recorded Works, Vol:4 VIDEO
Child Support Blues Adolphus Bell One Man Band VIDEO
35 Years Old Joe Louis Walker Everybody Wants A Piece VIDEO
Baby Please Don’t Go Sunjay Black & Blues VIDEO
Rock Me Baby Joe Hicks & Jimmy Hughes Something Special VIDEO
Let ‘Em Roll Hank Ballard & The Midnighters Partners for Life VIDEO
Rock These Blues Away Zakiya Hooker Keeping It Real VIDEO

 

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 1/22 & Tues 1/26

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Yeah, I’m not sure about the photo either, but that’s how this week’s Updoc starts off—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Lincoln Center Birdland time—with Charles Lloyd and Maurice Ravel: a set composed of three tracks from Lloyd’s new, largely countrified gospel record called I Long to See You featuring a band twanged up not only by Bill Frisell but Greg Leisz on pedal-steel. He calls them The Marvels, and I dare you not to like it. I double dare you. Interspersing that are two orchestral works by Ravel as conducted by Pierre Boulez: pellucid perfection and hail and not quite farewell. Never fear: neither one of them is Bolero. For the rest of the show I made some picks from other people’s 10-best jazz lists, so that most of it doesn’t really sound like one of my shows; which might be interesting. I say a few equivocal things about some of the playing on the show, but I won’t spill it here; so you’ll have to tune in to find out, if that’s the sort of thing you like. And awaaay we go . . .

Death Valley Radio Program 874

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.

DVR program 874 features a previously unreleased live recording of Roscoe Holcomb’s “Graveyard Blues”; non-bluegrass banjos from Anaïs Mitchell, Iron & Wine, Habib Koité and Eric Bibb, Harry Manx and Kevin Breit, Cassandra Wilson, Punch Brothers, This Is the Kit and Clorinde; a 1982 collaboration between the Raybeats and Philip Glass; Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Rubik’s perky electronic pop; and some Afro-centric hip-hop from A Tribe Called Quest and the Jungle Brothers with Q-Tip.

Also: new music from Patty Griffin, Kate Campbell, the string quartet ETHEL and Ulysses Owens Jr., John Luther Adams and the JACK Quartet, Mette Henriette and Spiro.

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

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 1/15 & Tues 1/19

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That Paul Bley and Pierre Boulez died within two days of each other (and another large, much younger B, David Bowie, five days further on) is pure happenstance, of course, though the family resemblance is prominent: none of these guys had much appetite for musical complacency, for music as a rehearsal of the already known (except in Boulez’s case, appropriately, as a conductor). I don’t like doing all these dead-guy shows, but I tend to feel that attention must be paid—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Carnegie Hall and Village Vanguard time—with the long Paul Bley set staring with his influential solo all All the Things You Are with Sonny and Hawk and the obligatory Ida Lupino, then moving on to cover some of the territory he visited while skating on the other side of the harmonic ice. Boulez is represented by the first movement of Pli Selon Pli, which I’m coming around to thinking is his greatest masterpiece, and by his signature conductions of Debussy, Bartok, and for a finish his unbeatable performance of Mahler’s elegiac Adagietto. The clarity, transparency, and finesse are unmistakably his, and theirs. Two musicians thinking forward, always forward, and finding sounds that rose to meet them. Meet them here for a couple of hours and see what you think.

Death Valley Radio Program 873

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.

DVR program 873 features reports on John Prine and Kate Campbell’s brief chats with Jesus; Evelyn Freeman’s very percussive rendition of “Didn’t It Rain,” a traditional spiritual associated with Sister Rosetta Tharpe; the Staple Singers’ 16-minute gospel rave-up recorded live in Clarksdale, Mississippi; a visit to New Orleans with Jerry Douglas, Dr. John and Don Byron’s New Gospel Quintet; and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Geof Bradfield Quintet and Ken Field’s Revolutionary Snake Ensemble’s calypso-flavored tributes to Charlie Parker, Lead Belly and Harry Belafonte.

Also: Conor Oberst and Mark Lanegan (both of whom need a change of scenery), Cassandra Wilson, Jimi Hendrix, the Roots and Meshell Ndegeocello.

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