This week, Ken played the primitive blast of "Dies Iraea" by the Melvins, followed by the more structured sounds of Ennio Morricone, then "Father's Shout" from Pink Floyd's 1970 Atom Heart Mother suite. Ken's sequence builds from primal sounds to orchestral sweep. Listen to how the music becomes richer in detail as the set progresses.
A DJ can grab a listener with an authoritative texture shift. On Nickel And Dime Radio, Small Change went from the mid-tempo blues of "I'll Ride The Storm" (we'll get right to that) by Ludella Black with the Masonics, to the uptempo jam of Richie Havens' "Indian Rope Man," performed by Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity. Feel your visceral reaction when the drum beat starts the second track, double the tempo and intensity of the first.
Now let's dismiss segue school and get to this week's Hurricane Irene broadcasts. As we braced ourselves Saturday morning, Bob Brainen played "Undertow." by Big Tobacco, and "Safe In My Garden" by The Mamas And The Papas. Todd-O-Phonic Todd filled in for Micheal Shelly and opened his show with "Bad Moon Rising," performed by Pasteurized Ashtray, "There Is A Storm Comin' by The Striders, and Sir Douglas Quintet's "The Rains Came." On Cherry Blossom Clinic, Terre T. opened with many storm songs, including some from "The Last Band," The Gories, and The Velvet Underground. At storm's climax, very early Sunday morning, Kelli played--in what was a topical show-"Hurricane" by Grace Jones on Beastin' The Airwaves. Kelli worked into the morning with Clay Pigeon as the storm passed.
Finally, the music world lost two artists. Jerry Leiber of the songwriting team of Leiber And Stoller died. They may be best known for songs they wrote for Elvis Presley, but David played their "Bossa Nova Baby" performed by Tippie And The Clovers on Inner Ear Detour. Eugene McDaniels also passed away. He made soul singles in the early 1960s like "A Hundred Pounds Of Clay," performed here with Kent Allyn in 2010 and played by Joe McGasko on Surface Noise. He also wrote "Feel Like Making Love," a hit for Roberta Flack. In 1971, McDaniels made Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse, a highly political album on race relations Vice President Spiro Agnew tried to stop from being released. From this, Noah played the dark "Jagger The Dagger" on Coffee Break For Heroes And Villains. Small Change wrote the liner notes when Headless Heroes was reissued. R.I.P. to both artists.