On This Is The Modern World this week, Trouble's guest, record collector Pat Longo, DJ'd the second half of the show. Listen to this set, starting with Martha Whitney, and including Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings, and The New Jersey Kings Featuring Monica Vasconcelas. This sequence jumps out of its stable, maintaining a galloping, funky propulsion.
Brain Turner played the early 1970's blues-hard-rock grind of Leaf Hound, followed by the modern guitar acrobatics of Drakar. The two tracks have two very different production styles, but notice how the grinding, organic sound of the Leaf Hound track, "Stray," sets up the razor shined axes of Drakar's "Crazy Boy,"
While searching the archives this week, Bill Mac's Zzzzzzero Hour list made me do a double take. Bill played Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey," This 1968 #1 track, with its sappy strings and cuddly as a cocker spaniel puppy textures could be THE counterpoint to 1960's FM progressive radio. But Bill used the track to launch a set that also included Brenton Wood, The Isley Brothers, and Scott Walker. Whatever you think of "Honey," you have to admire how Bill went to top forty extremes to launch a set that shows the eclecticism of old style top forty programming.
Finally, guitarist Bert Jansch died last week. Jansch was a founding member of Pentangle. His dexterous, jazzy acoustic playing made Pentangle one of the most musically accomplished bands of the late 1960's. On Shrunken Planet, Jeffrey Davison played the group's "Bruton Town." John Allen played an entire set of Jansch's solo work, starting with "Strolling Down The Highway." R.I.P