This week, no themes, but plenty of great music to discuss.
John Allen set "All And Everyone" from P.J. Harvey's new Let England Shake album next to 1992 Moles and a Bevis Fond track, "Termination Station Grey," from 1988.
Ken played three songs about New Jersey: I knew the first two: Dave Van Ronk's "Garden State Stomp," and Bob Dylan''s "East Orange, NJ." Then Ken played a strange piece of Garden State easy listening, "New Jersey," by Bob D'Fano, which Ken found in his high school radio station. I wonder how Scott Walker would make this track scary?
Usually, Scott Williams uses an easy listening take on "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" by Frank Comstock And His Orchestra as talk over music. This week he played an obtuse spoken word version by R.W Adam between Blank Realm and Earth Girl Helen Brown. Sugar up the classics, deconstruct the classics.
The free form genre blender: Blues pianist Pinetop Perkins--who played with Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker and many others-recently died. Bob Brainen played "Pine Top's Boogie Woogie" next to Frank Sinatra's "Bim Bam Baby," then "Bajabula Bonke (The Healing Song)" by Hugh Masekela.
Tony Coultrer played "Tiruliruli" by Hermeto Pascoal from 1984. In 1971, Miles Davis collaborated with the Brazilian composer for a few short, spacey pieces for the Live-Evil album. Get a Real Player to hear "Little Church" played by Irene Trudel. An organ, a muted trumpet, a bass, and a whistle, the 40 year old track still sounds more inventive than most modern ambient.
Forgive me: I just can't hear "Little Church" without including the Live-Evil track that follows, "Gemini/Double Image." written by Joe Zawinul and played by David on Inner Ear Detour in Real Audio. David segues the piece with a Nurse With Wound Track, "Sea Armchair," but you'll know when the Miles track starts: John McLaughlin plays some of the nastiest guitar ever recorded--as sharp and frightening as a razor in the dark.