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CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 02.MAR.2015

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Vinyl Experience

Remembering Lesley Gore ... and Romeo and Juliet — DJ Paul Cavalconte honors the passing of '60s pop star Lesley Gore by offering a few tidbits about her career and playing some of her greats: "Maybe I Know," "California Nights" and "It's My Party." Then he explores songs that reference the most infamous star-crossed lovers in history, Romeo And Juliet. Top picks include Dire Straits - "Romeo And Juliet" // The Reflections - "(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet" // Steve Forbert - "Romeo's Tune" // Blue Oyster Cult - "Don't Fear The Reaper" // Peggy Lee - "Fever" // Thin Lizzy - "Romeo And The Lonely Girl."
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GP comment:  Whaaaaat?? "Don't Fear the Reaper"?? ... Yup. "Romeo and Juliet are together in eternity... We can be like they are... Come on, baby... Don't fear the reaper."

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Feb.2015

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 23.FEB.2015

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Rock and Roll History Show

"Are You Kidding Me?" Moments at the Grammys — Topics/songs include a review of some of the more ridiculous awards and omissions at the Grammys over the years; the great story of why B.B. King names all of his guitars Lucille; a review of the seminal live-aid concerts; the relationship between the Scorpions' "Wind of Change" and the opening of the Iron Curtain.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   29:56

GP comment:  It's always good to craft ways of remembering not to repeat doing stupid things. Thanks, B.B.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Jan.2015 ~~ Original story title: A famous guitar, supersonic flight, and the fall of communism

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 18.FEB.2015

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Vinyl Experience

I Got the News — As three fabled faces of media are no more—one forced out, one stepped down, one tragically cut short—DJ Paul Cavalconte uses journalism as his theme for this show. Top tracks are ... Steely Dan - "I Got The News" // Rolling Stones - "Yesterday's Papers" // Joe Jackson - "Sunday Papers" // Don Henley - "Dirty Laundry" // Genesis - "Paperlate" // Kinks - "Did You See His Name?" // The Jam - "News Of The World" // Simon & Garfunkel - "Silent Night/7 O'Clock News" ... And, of course, the awesome, incomparable ... Beatles - "A Day In The Life."
Go to page  |  Download/listen   55:42

GP comment:  Like any narrowly targeted theme, plenty of songs are available, but song quality, um, varies. Overall, Cavalconte's playlist is just fine. There numerous other theme-appropriate songs that weren't included in this set, but the only missing track that causes me to wag my finger at the DJ is "Newspapers" by Stan Ridgway.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Feb.2015

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 13.FEB.2015

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Rock and Roll History Show

A Poor Old Sot, Family Ties, and Crippling Depression... Yeay! — This deep dive into rock 'n' roll trivia includes ... Why Ian Anderson named one of Jethro Tull's most famous songs after an old diving apparatus; how the popular TV show "Family Ties" resurrected a little-unknown single by Billy Vera and the Beaters and pushed it to #1; the shocking story of how the most depressing song ever written—"Gloomy Sunday"—led to scores of suicides.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   29:56

GP comment:  The "Gloomy Sunday" story is truly shocking. I wish he'd played the Billie Holiday version of the song—Elvis Costello singing a torch song is enough to drive anyone to the window ledge.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Jan.2015 ~~ Original story title: An Antiquated Diving Apparatus, Family Ties, and Crippling Depression... Yeay!

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 05.FEB.2015

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Rock and Roll History Show

Rock and Roll Ripoffs—Or Not — Songs and tidbit topics include whether Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" ripped off Huey Lewis' "I Wanna New Drug" (IMO, no); the more famous case of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" vs. The Chiffons' "He's So Fine" (again, no); the advent of the Motown smash group The Marvellettes; the non-inebriated reference for the Foreigner song "Double Vision".
Go to page  |  Download/listen   30:00

GP comment:  Fun stuff if you're a fan of the music.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Jan.2015

CATEGORY:  MUSIC, MEDIA — 01.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen NPR

Pandora's New Deal—Different Pay, Different Play — The Internet radio service Pandora made its name by creating personalized stations by having users "like" and "dislike" songs and by tweaking playlists based on the relationships between artists and songs---relationships that have been established through its massive Music Genome Project. But a deal between Pandora and a group of record labels has raised concerns that the company will now start favoring certain songs over others because it can pay a smaller royalty to the musicians behind the favored songs.
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GP comment:  Payola lives! I personally have never found Pandora very helpful due its simplistic binary rating system. I miss Launchcast!

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 26.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen A Bowl of Soul

Sing A Happy Song — Tracks include "Sing A Happy Song" by The O'Jays // "Every Day of The Week" by The Students // "So Much Things to Say" by Bob Marley // "Strategy" by Archie Bell and The Drells // plus a few nice R&B Christmas tunes by Lee Rogers, Darlene Love, and Otis Redding.
Download/listen   58:45

GP comment:  Nothing flashy here, but mostly solid.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 03.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Vinyl Experience

A Sample of Joe Sample — This is a tribute to master keyboardist Joe Sample, who played first with The Crusaders, then went on to a successful solo and session career. Sample died in September 2014. Featured here are songs in which Sample was involved in one way or another. Top tracks are ... Joe Sample - "Carmel" // Crusaders - "Street Life" // Steely Dan - "Black Cow" // Marvin Gaye - " Let's Get It On" // Average White Band - "Put It Where You Want It" // Joe Sample - "Night Flight" // Joni Mitchell - "Harry's House/Centerpiece"
Download/listen   56:33

GP comment:  Sample may just have been the top smooth-jazz artist of his era. Not just great playing, but great songwriting too. Try his album Rainbow Seeker for starters. Carmel is also quite good.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 24.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

The Four Seasons—Songwriting, Harmonies, Frankie Valli's Vocal Range, and the MobFrankie Valli and the Four Seasons Frankie Valli used to be the only name people recognized from '60s pop sensation The Four Seasons. But Bob Gaudio, in addition to singing and playing keyboards for the band, wrote or co-wrote most of The Four Seasons' hits, including "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Bye Bye Baby" and "Rag Doll." He also wrote the Frankie Valli solo hit "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." Here, Gaudio talks about the songwriting flexibility offered by Valli's multi-octave voice; how the songwriting worked in the band; and how he and Valli dealt with the mob's interest in the band and its members. Song clips are those already listed, plus a few others.
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GP comment:  Though the songs of the Four Seasons are clearly from a bygone era, they have not lost their charm.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 22.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

The Story Of Little Feat's Fame, Destruction And Revival — The archetypal '70s band had a charismatic front man and wonderful songs, but they also had drug problems and kept breaking up. Their Warner Bros. recordings are in a new box set called Rad Gumbo, chronicling Little Feat's most productive years. Song clips include ... "Dixie Chicken"; "New Delhi Freight Train"; and "All That You Dream".
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GP comment:  Good for rock fans, even if they're not necessarily huge Little Feat fans (which I am not).

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 11.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Vinyl Experience

Finest Work Songs — This is a solid set of songs about working. Top tracks are.... REM - "Finest Worksong" // Animals - "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" // Bruce Springsteen - "Out In The Street" // Eddie Cochran - "Summertime Blues" // Tennessee Ernie Ford - "Sixteen Tons" // Thom Chacon - "American Dream" // Pet Shop Boys - "Opportunities" // Kinks - "Dead End Street" // Arcade Fire - "The Suburbs" // Bob Dylan - "Maggieís Farm" // Lucero - "Women And Work"
Download/listen   56:42

GP comment:  Notably missing: Huey Lewis, "Workin' for a Living" and Rush, "Working Man"

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 28.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

The Band That Won't Quit — An uneven set that includes some classics and some clunkers, as well as a set of very early Rolling Stones songs. Best tracks overall include ... Cream - "World Of Pain" // The Doors - "You're Lost Little Girl" // Iron And Wine - "Grace For Saints And Ramblers" // Jeremy Messersmith - "Ghost" // Rolling Stones - "Route 66".
Download/listen   59:53

GP comment:  The Stones material is interesting but not their best work.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 10.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Jack White Spins Both Ways — A decent mix of mostly rock and alt rock/pop. Top tracks are ... Steely Dan - "Bodhisattva" // Electric Light Orchestra - "10538 Overture" // Joe Turner - "Shake Rattle And Roll" // Two Door Cinema Club - "Do You Want It All" // Husker Du - "Sorry Somehow" // Roger Daltrey - "After The Fire" // After The Fire - "Starlight".
Download/listen   55:22

GP comment:  Pretty good, though as usual a few of the tracks are marred by sub-par vinyl quality.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Jun.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 14.JUN.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Vinyl Experience

D-Day — This is a mix of some really great rock and pop songs, punctuated by lesser tunes from various eras. In the "great" category are ... Pink Floyd - "A Pillow Of Winds" // Beatles - "Getting Better" // Earth Wind & Fire - "Getaway" // Bruce Springsteen - "No Surrender" // Led Zeppelin - "What Is And What Should Never Be" // King Crimson - "Matte Kudesai". Special tip-of-the-hat for Harry James and Dick Haymes doing the WWII-era "I'll Get By."
Download/listen   57:54

GP comment:  Again, a number of crappy recordings mar an otherwise decent set. Boo-hiss ... crackle, pop.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Jun.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 02.JUN.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Vinyl Experience

Slip Kid Got Nuffin — A pretty good set of mostly rock, sprinkled with a bit o' soul and jazz. Top tracks are ... Wilco - "Impossible Germany" // Joe Jackson (with Elaine Caswell) - "Happy Ending" // Al Green - "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)" // Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Can You See Me" // The Who - "Slip Kid" // The Hollies - "Bus Stop" // Chuck Berry - "30 Days" // Spoon - "Got Nuffin".
Download/listen   1:00:00

GP comment:  Starts off with two skippable live tracks but then settles in to some good stuff.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.May.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 27.MAY.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Fresh Air

Donovan—The '60s, the Hits, and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame — The singer-songwriter Donovan Leitch, a.k.a. Donovan, who wrote several '60s folk rock hippie anthems, will soon be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In this interview from 2004, he discusses the background to some of his hits, including "Wear Your Love Like Heaven," "Co'dine," "Sunshine Superman," "Mellow Yellow" and "Season of the Witch," as well as some of the cultural oddities of the 1960s.
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GP comment:  I'm just mad about Saffron ... and Donovan.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.May.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 26.MAY.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

New And Rare — An OK set of rock sprinkled with light country, vocal standards, and dance pop. Top tracks are ... Toto - "Rosanna" // Rolling Stones - "Far Away Eyes" // Bee Gees - "First Of May" // Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - "29" // Greg Kihn - "Roadrunner" // Ting Tings - "That's Not My Name" // Johnny Hartman - "Charade"
Download/listen   58:08

GP comment:  Good background music.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.May.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 10.MAY.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Fresh Air

The Animals—The British Invasion That Wasn'tThe Animals Largely ignored today, the rough-and-tumble '60s band The Animals gets reassessed in a new box set titled The Mickie Most Years & More. This clip talks about the early years of The Animals and plays sections of some of the hits from that era, including "House of the Rising Sun"; "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"; and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood".
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GP comment:  A nice if too-brief summary of the early years.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.May.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 04.MAY.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... A Bowl of Soul

Satisfied by Agent 00 Soul — This set is R&B and soul. Top tracks are ... "The Girl Can't Help It" by Little Richard // "Agent 00 Soul" by Edwin Starr // "Young Americans" by David Bowie // "You Brought the Joy" by Freda Payne // "Satisfied" by Little Milton.
Download/listen   59:15

GP comment:  With the exception of "Young Americans," the listed tracks all occur in the first half. The rest is skippable.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 28.APR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Thump Your Bible for Record Store Day — This is a decent set dedicated to Easter, Passover, and a few Bible-thumpin' classics. Top tracks are ... Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Born On the Bayou" // Doobie Brothers - "Jesus Is Just Alright" // Elton John - "Border Song" // Jaako Eino Kalevi - "Uu Uu Uu" // Jerry Garcia - "Deal" // Jack White - "High Ball Stepper" // The Animals - "Boom Boom Boom" // Mott the Hoople - "Roll Away the Stone".
Download/listen   55:54

GP comment:  Lots of problems with hissy and otherwise subpar vinyl here. Come on, Mr. DJ, all you're doing is proving the CD-philes right.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 26.APR.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Fresh Air

Fight Sound With Sound—Grateful Dead's Arena CombatDave's Picks Volume 9 features a 1974 Grateful Dead concert played in Montana. In 1974, sound engineer Owsley Stanley created an enormous conglomeration of amps and speakers called the Wall of Sound, with the goal of cleaning up the muddy sound that had typified rock concerts of that decade. He largely succeeded. The new release Dave's Picks, Volume 9 captures a concert from this era.
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GP comment:  Interesting, but for audiophiles and Dead fans only, I think.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 19.APR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Sunrise Ocean Bender

Is It Secret? — The first third of this set is somewhat drony prog and neo-prog—not bad, but not particularly noteworthy. Then we get a three-song set of very nice accessible prog—recent releases that are throwbacks to the classic short prog-psyc sound of the 1970s. These tracks are "Altar Hexes" by White Candles, "Paper Sky" by Ian Skelly, and "The Brook Horse" by Barrett Elmore. This hattrick is immediately followed by a long Floydian instrumental, a la "Echos"—"Slumbers Gate" by Sky Picnic. Unfortunately, things head for deep space after that—so deep that static is all I could hear.
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GP comment:  Recommendable overall, but you can pretty much cut out after the first half ends with "Slumber's Gate."

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 17.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Vinyl Experience

Hall of FamePeter Gabriel A nice set of songs featuring this year's Rock 'n' Roll hall of Fame inductees. Top tracks are ... Cat Stevens - "Peace Train" // The Beatles - "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" // Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies - "Different Drum" // Nirvana - "Lithium" // Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - "The E Street Shuffle" // Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra - "The Last Time" // Peter Gabriel - "DIY" // Kiss - "Love Gun" // Daryl Hall, John Oates, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendrick - "Apollo Medley (live)".
Download/listen   56:37

GP comment:  (Mostly) great songs. My only complaint is that a few of the vinyl tracks are marred by surface noise and other quality problems. Frankly, in those cases, I'd rather have the CD Experience.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 12.APR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen NPR

The Coming Robot Army Just Wants To RockZ-Machines, a power trio designed by Japanese roboticists, on stage in Tokyo last year. The songs on Music for Robots, a new EP by the U.K. artist Squarepusher, is performed entirely by the group. British electronic musician Tom Jenkinson, better known as Squarepusher, was approached by a group of Japanese roboticists last year with a pitch he calls "the ultimate 12-year-old-boy fantasy." The team explained that they had constructed a band of mechanical musicians with superhuman abilities: a dreadlocked bot with 78 fingers that could play two guitars at once, an octopus-like drummer with 22 arms, a laser-shooting keyboard player. They were called the Z-Machines. All they needed were songs.
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GP comment:  There are some interesting insights here about how preconceptions can influence whether we appreciate a musical piece. More generally, robotic music probably won't be a thing, but then again I would have said that about the Blue Man Group, too.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 08.APR.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... A Bowl of Soul

Gaye King Knuckles — A Bowl of Soul plays songs in honor of Marvin Gaye, Martin Luther King Jr., and Frankie Knuckles. Best tracks are ... "Inner City Blues" by Marvin Gaye // "Confidential" by Sonny Knight // "Brothers and Sisters" by MFSB // "Don't Let Love Get You Down" by Archie Bell & The Drells.
Download/listen   1:00:02

GP comment:  With a few exceptions, this is run-of-the-mill pop soul. Not bad, but not essential.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 02.APR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Pop Goes the World

Post-Fund-Drive Victory Lap! — A good set of high-energy alt pop. Top tracks are ... "Staying Cool" by Natalie Portman's Shaved Head // "Bohemian Like You" by The Dandy Warhols // "To Be Like I" by China Rats // "Hit Me" by The London Suede" // "Heart" by " by Rockpile // "Rockin' Around N.Y.C." by Marshall Crenshaw // "That's Entertainment" by The Jam // "Spacehead" by Primitives // "Steady Love" by Title Tracks // "I Love You" by Said The Whale // "Someone's Going To Break Your Heart" by Fountains Of Wayne // "Tokyo" by The Pinkertones.
Download/listen   1:59:27

GP comment:  Be thankful I spared you the picture on the track listing page.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 30.MAR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Spring Springs Eternal — A set of songs in celebration of spring. Top tracks are ... Zombies - "Time Of The Season" // XTC - "Grass" // Stranglers - "Always The Sun" // Simon and Garfunkel - "At The Zoo" // Allman Brothers Band - "Revival" // Outlaws - "Green Grass And High Tides Forever (live)" // Wilson Pickett - "Donít Let The Green Grass Fool You" // Traffic - "Berkshire Poppies" // Talk Talk - "Lifeís What You Make It."
Download/listen   58:04

GP comment:  There are another half-dozen songs (not listed) in the "eh" category. I would have preferred that a couple of those get dropped in favor of bringing in the longer, awesomer studio version of "Green Grass And High Tides Forever." And I fail to see why DJs seem to always favor Taj Mahal's lesser version of the Monkees' classic "Take a Giant Step." Still, a good set overall.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 24.MAR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Michael Fremer's Stereo-Filesold-style record player and 45's This is an interesting peak at some recent remasters, with commentary from vinyl maestro Michael Fremer. Top tracks are ... Rolling Stones - "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" // Weather Report - "Birdland" // Beach Boys - "In My Room" // XTC - "Senses Working Overtime" // The Who - "Underture" and "The Song Is Over".
Download/listen   54:54

GP comment:  There are a couple of weak tracks (not listed here), but overall the picks are quite good—a nice, mostly rock set.

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 19.MAR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

New And OldGraham Parker A decent, eclectic mix of modern rock and classic rock. Top tracks are ... Nirvana - "Come As You Are" // Led Zeppelin - "The Immigrant Song" // Bonzo Dog Band - "I'm The Urban Spaceman" // Rolling Stones - "2000 Man" // Echo & The Bunnymen - "Never Stop" // Graham Parker & The Rumour - "Stick To Me" // The Reflections - "Just Like Romeo & Juliet" // Neil Young - "Cortez The Killer".
Download/listen   57:02

GP comment:  Hard to believe it's been 40 years since Neil Young did Zuma.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 13.MAR.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Sunrise Ocean Bender

For What's Ailin' You — There are seven songs that make this set worth downloading. Fortunately, five of the seven are played in the first 20 minutes. The songs in the rest of the two hours vary from "OK but non-essential" to "beware the fuzztone drone attack"; except, of course, for those other two good songs. Whether it's worth wading through the whole thing to hear them or not is up to you and your ear bones. The superlative seven are ... "Forget Everything" by Os Noctambulos // "I Wanna Make It With You" by The Smoke // "Zookeeper" by The Melted Americans // "Don't Look Back" by 39th & the Nortons // "The Gypsies Graveyard" by The Higher State // "Monkey On My Back" by Sonic Jesus // "Rise" by This Other Kingdom.
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GP comment:  Didn't fix me much.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Jan.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 07.MAR.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... A Bowl of Soul

Bootzilla Gives Me FeverJohnnie Taylor This is (mostly) a decent mix of Motown, R&B, funk, and blues. Top tracks are "Masterpiece" by The Temptations // "Fever" by Little Willie John // "My Girl Josephine" by Fats Domino // "I'm Gonna Make It (I Will Wait For You)" by Diana Ross & The Supremes // "Bootzilla (Wind Me Up)" by Bootsy Collins.
Download/listen   1:00:03

GP comment:  The set falls into the chamber pot of saccharine pop-soul at the end, but the first 2/3 is good.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 27.FEB.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Sunrise Ocean Bender

You Really Didn't Need My Help... You Knew It Already — Some decent, obscure prog rock. Top tracks are ... "The Moving Finger" by Dorothy Ashby // "Atomic Tape" by Chris Joss // "Pisces" by Surly Gates // "Halfway Down The Stairs" by Trashed Romeos // "Don't You Dare" by The Kumari // "Across the Golden Border" by The Resonars // "The Hump" by The Fast Camels // "Everything Is Sunshine" by Langor.
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GP comment:  Of course I knew it already. What?

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Mar.2013

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 20.FEB.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Sunrise Ocean Bender

There Must Be Some Kind Of Way Out Of Here — If you don't get too worn out by the opening salvo from Acid Mothers Temple, you'll find some good, fairly accessible (if mostly obscure) prog rock here. Top tracks are ... "Phantasmagoria" by Curved Air // "Lights In My Mind" by Cressida // "Egyptian Tomb" by Mighty Baby // "Watch" by Bow Street Runners // "No Home Today" by Kult // "Sky Pilot" by The Animals // "No Illusion" by The Black Hollies // "Welcome to the Void" by Morgen.
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GP comment:  And there is a deep-space sonic storm at the end too, but don't let the droning end caps put you off the yummy middle.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Dec.2013

CATEGORY:  MUSIC HISTORY — 17.FEB.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' ArrivalThe four Beatles in a snowy airport Fifty years ago, in February 1964, the Beatles touched down at JFK airport and entered American earspace. Two days later they broke TV viewing records and changed music history and general culture when they appeared live on The Ed Sullivan Show. Fresh Air celebrates by rebroadcasting two archival interviews: a 1995 interview with Ringo Starr and a 2001 interview with Paul McCartney.
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GP comment:  There is material here that I had not heard before, and I've watched and listened to a large number of Beatles specials.

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Jan.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 10.FEB.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Pop Goes the World

Pop You — This is a decent set of energetic indie pop. Top tracks are... "Starry Eyes" by The Records // "Change Her Mind" by Peachfuzz // "Gabrielle" by Ween // "You Better Get Ready" by The Rosebuds // "I Love You Tonight" by Bare Wires // "Everyday Things" by The Plimsouls // "U.S.A." by The Beat // "I'm The Man" by Joe Jackson // "This Is Not My Flag" by Dentists // "Someone's Going To Break Your Heart" by Fountains Of Wayne.
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GP comment:  A bit droning-on at times, but the energy is definitely there.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Jan.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 07.FEB.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Vinyl Experience

Flanging—Do Not Attempt to Adjust Your Receiver — There's a technique in studio production called flanging, which gives musical passages a spacey effect. Trust me, you'll know it when you hear it. Paul Cavalconte presents a collection of tracks that all use flanging. Fav's here are ... Miss Toni Fisher - "The Big Hurt" // The Beatles - "Blue Jay Way" // Jimi Hendrix - "Burning Of the Midnight Lamp" // Status Quo - "Pictures of Matchstick Men" // Small Faces - "Itchycoo Park" // The Animals - "Sky Pilot" // Bloomfield/Kooper/Stills (Super Session) - "You Donít Love Me" // Byrds - "Wasnít Born To Follow" // Electric Light Orchestra - "Turn To Stone" // Tears For Fears - "Head Over Heels".
Download/listen   1:00:00

GP comment:  Great sound, great picks. Thanks, Paul!

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Oct.2013

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 04.FEB.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen A Bowl of Soul

funky donkey You've Got to Pay the Price, Funky Donkey — A nice set of instrumentals from the world of jazz-pop, funk, and soul. Top tracks are ... "You've Got to Pay the Price" by Al Kent Orchestra // "Please, Sunrise Please" by Young Holt Unlimited" // "Sexy Coffee Pot" by Tony Avlon and The Belairs // "Instrumental #1" by Richard Terry & Co // "K-Jee" by MFSB // "The Funky Donkey" by The Illusions.
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GP comment:  Once you get past the screechy sax in the first couple of tracks, the groove gets on down wid its bad self.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Jan.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 30.JAN.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... The Sunrise Ocean Bender

Standing On The Roots — This is a mixed bag in three phases. Phase 1 is floaty progressive folk-rock—largely "OK," with one standout track: "English Dream" by James McKeown. Phase 2 transitions into mostly trancy ambient prog, with the only particularly listenable track being "Madrigal Meridian" by Tangerine Dream. If you can survive Phase 2, the last 20 minutes offers some nice accessible short-format prog rock, with the two standouts being "Penelope Definitely" by Thomas McConnell and "The View From Gainesborough" by Beaulieu Porch."
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Additional GP comment:  There's always the fast forward button...

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Nov.2013

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 26.JAN.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Vinyl Experience

Introducing (and Inspiring) The Beatles — Phase 1 here features artists that inspired The Beatles, including The Isley Brothers ("Twist & Shout"), The Shirelles ("Baby It's You" and "Boys"), and The Cookies ("Chains"). Phase 2 plays the Top Ten songs of January, 1964—the month The Fab Four hit the US market. Top tracks are from Jan & Dean ("Drag City"), The Marketts ("Out Of Limits"), Shirley Ellis ("The Nitty Gritty"), The Rip Chords ("Hey Little Cobra"), The Kingsmen ("Louie Louie"), and Bobby Vinton ("There I've Said it Again"). The third and final phase features tracks from the first US Beatles LP, including "Please Please Me," "I Saw Her Standing There" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand."
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GP comment:  Hard to believe it's been 50 years. Cavalconte does a really nice job here.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Jan.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 20.JAN.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen A Bowl of Soul

Boogie On, Pleasure Principle — A nice set of funk, soul, and dance. Top tracks are ... "Boogie On Reggae Woman" A Bowl of Soul logo by Stevie Wonder // "Walking Along" by The Solitaires // "Fancy Dancer" by The Commodores // "Real Love" by Jody Watley // "Where Did You Go" by The Four Tops // "Driving Wheel" by Al Green // "Stay With Me (By the Sea)- Al Green (feat. John Legend) // "The Pleasure Principle" by Janet Jackson.
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Original Show Pub Date: 10.Jan.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 15.JAN.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Vinyl Experience

For Phil Everly — DJ Paul Cavalconte honors the passing of Phil Everly of the Every Brothers, one of the seminal groups of the late '50s and early '60s. He juxtaposes songs so you can hear the influences on the EB's as well as the wide impact they had on other artists. Top tracks here are ... Everly Brothers - "Bye Bye Love" // Everly Brothers - "Let It Be Me" // Beach Boys - "God Only Knows" // Neil Young - "Harvest Moon" // Everly Brothers - "Walk Right Back" // Paul McCartney & Wings - "Let Em In" // Everly Brothers - "Cathy's Clown" // Beatles - "All I've Got To Do" // Nazareth - "Love Hurts" // Linda Ronstadt - "When Will I Be Loved." And when you hear Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones do "Long Time Gone," you will swear it's the Everly Brothers themselves.
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GP comment:  Very solid. Still, there should have been a pick from Rockpile's excellent 4-song EP of Everly Brothers songs.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Jan.2014

CATEGORIES:  ENVIRONMENT, MUSIC — 06.JAN.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio EcoShock

Best Environmental Songs of 2013 — Talk, talk, talk ... about environmental stuff. Here, instead of more jabbering, Alex Smith turns to DJ'ing for an hour, with his picks for the best environmental songs of the last year. Top tracks are the hilarious "Denial Tango" by the group Men With Day Jobs and Kris Kitco's excellent "Frack That Oil."
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GP comment:  All by relatively unknown artists; mostly pretty good, with a couple standouts.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Dec.2013

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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Mandela and Melange — 06 Dec 2013 — This set includes a few songs in honor of the passing of Nelson Mandela, as well as a bunch of deep-cut tracks for no reason at all. Best stuff includes... The Records - "Starry Eyes" // Bram Tchaikovsky - "Girl of My Dreams" // Aretha Franklin - "See Saw" // Moody Blues - "I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)" // Alan Parsons Project - "Wouldn't Want To Be Like You" // Special AKA - "Nelson Mandela" // Billy Joel - "Zanzibar".
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

The BBC and the Rise of the Beatles — 27 Nov 2013 — Between 1962 and 1965, the Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs, including their own series, Pop Go the Beatles. They performed originals and covers and chatted with BBC hosts. A new collection from that era, The Beatles: On Air-Live at the BBC Volume 2, has just been released. Producer Kevin Howlett gives the background behind the project and reviews some of the recordings. Musical clips include "If I Fell," "Please Please Me," "There Is a Place," and "Please Mr. Postman," as well as several true rarities.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

For JFK — Nov 2013 — An eclectic set of songs that mention or in some way relate to John F. Kennedy. Top tracks include ... Rolling Stones - "Sympathy For The Devil" // The Byrds - "He Was A Friend Of Mine" // Bob Dylan - "Chimes Of Freedom" // Dion - "Abraham Martin And John" // The Police - "Born In the 50s" // The Dream Academy - "Life In A Northern Town" // Living Colour - "Cult Of Personality" // Billy Joel - "We Didn't Start The Fire"
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Pop Goes the World

Pop Goes the Sun — Nov 2013 — The theme here is "sun." There's plenty of solar noise in the set, but there are also some dazzling bursts. Top tracks are ... "Always The Sun" by The Stranglers // "Sun Is Out" by The Apples In Stereo // "When The Sun Comes" by Skidmore Fountain // "Until We Burn In The Sun" by Bedouin Soundclash // "Another Sunny Day" by Belle & Sebastion // "Close To The Sun" by The Grip Weeds // "Setting Sun" by The Aliens // "Sun Kissed Bliss" by Splashh // "Sunshine Girl" by The Dirtbombs // "Staring At The Sun" by Ultra Vivid Scene.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Random Rock — 15 Nov 2013 — A pretty good set of random rock. Top tracks are ... Ian Gomm - "Hold On" // Beatles - "It's Only Love" // Arcade Fire - "Reflektor" // Police - "One World" // Roberta Flack - "Compared To What" // Neil Young - "I Believe In You" // Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship - "Starship".
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Pop Goes the World!

11-12-13 — 12 Nov 2013 — In honor of the numerology of the eponymous date, DJ Enzo undertakes to play 32 songs in a row from the alt pop genre that have numbers in the title—in numerical order! Well, the quality of the music is not always the best, but you have to admire the effort. Top tracks are... "The Magnificent Seven" by The Clash // "News At Ten" by The Vapors // "V Thirteen" by Big Audio Dynamite // "21 For The Money" by Car Bomb // "25 O'Clock" by The Dukes Of Stratosphear // "Section 26 (We Crawl)" by The Polyphonic Spree // "B27" by The Toasters // "29" by Lloyd Cole & The Commotions // "Thirty One Today" by Aimee Mann.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees — 18 Oct 2013 — Some of this year's worthy nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are Nirvana, KISS, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Yes, and the Zombies. This show features songs by these artists and the other nominees, who are Chic, NWA, Link Wray, Replacements, The Meters, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, LL Cool J.
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(GP comment:  This is a good idea for a theme, but the result is marred by Cavalconte's typically sub-par song choices. I'm all for deep-cut normally, but here, why not play the songs that made the bands famous and worthy of consideration in the first place? And including disco, rap, and soul artists in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame is just silly.)

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Fresh Air

Never Back Down—Fresh Air Remembers Lou Reed — 29 Oct 2013 — Terry Gross and guests talk about Lou Reed, his band The Velvet Underground, and the associated music and cultural phenomena. Reed died in October.
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Mellow Madness, Apr 2013
Nice Mix of All-Over-The-Place Pop-Soul, R&B, and Fusiony Pop
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Vinyl Experience

TV Tunes — 04 Oct 2013 — This show features songs that enjoyed an afterlife when used in famous scenes from TV shows throughout the years. Top tracks include ... Badfinger - " Baby Blue" // Earth Wind & Fire - "Shining Star" // Cars - "Bye Bye Love" // Four Tops - "Bernadette" // Peter Gabriel - "Don't Give Up" // Patsy Cline - "Walkin' After Midnight" // Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows" // Herb Alpert - "The Spanish Flea"
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Fresh Air

Graham Nash:  Wild Tales from a Long Music Career — 15 Oct 2013 — British singer-songwriter helped spawn numerous hits with the Hollies but quickly moved on to a second and even more successful phase with Stephen Stills and David Crosby. Nash discusses the relationships, songs, and stories of his long musical career. Topics include musical influences, drugs, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, the Everly Brothers, and vocal harmonies.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Voice of Middle Earth

Eclectica — The music here is a nice mix of soft folk and proggy folk-rock from the bands Lothlorien, Misty Mountain, and Guiseppe Festa, all loosely inspired by the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. In the spoken part, we get a summary of the story of Bilbo Baggins.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Sunrise Ocean Bender

I'll Be The Fish Swimming In Your Heart — A decent set of rock love songs of various stripes. Top tracks include ... "I Know What Her Name Is" by Simon's Secrets // "Dawn" by Daydream Machine // "Don't Touch Me There" by The Tubes // "The Prettiest Star" by David Bowie // "I See You (live)" by The Pretty Things // "For Your Love" by The Ace Kefford Stand // "Today" by Jefferson Airplane // "Nursie" by Jethro Tull // "Wonderful" by Beta Band // "At Night The Quarry Glows Like A Mothership" by The Soft Hearted Scientist // "Hi-Fi Mama" by ZZ Top.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Fresh Air

Linda Ronstadt on Genres, Relationships, and 100 Million Records Sold — 17 Sep 2013 — Last month, Ronstadt revealed that she has Parkinson's disease and can no longer sing. In this conversation, she talks about a career that spanned country-folk, rock, Hispanic, and standards, resulting is massive record sales. Topics include her musical relationships with the Stone Poneys, Emmylou Harris, and Nelson Riddle, as well as some interesting non-musical sidebars. Numerous clips of her songs are played.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Pop Goes the World!

Pop Goes the Empire (Brit-Pop) — By the end, this set devolves to a punky/grungy pile of Brit sludge, but the first 3/5 is some pretty good boppy Brit-pop. Top tracks are... "Hollywood" by Codeine Velvet Club // "Beautiful Ones" by Suede // "Tonight The Streets Are Ours" by Richard Hawley // "You Stole The Sun From My Heart" by Manic Street Preachers // "Here Come The Good Times" by A-House // "We Are Sleepyheads" by Belle & Sebastian // "To Be Like I" by China Rats // "Hometown Unicorn" by Super Furry Animals // "Same Jeans" by The View.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Summer BREAK — A nice set of pop and rock. Top tracks include... Blondie - "Accidents Never Happen" // Joni Mitchell - "Snakes And Ladders" // Supremes - "Up The Ladder To The Roof" // Cat Stevens - "Moonshadow" // Led Zeppelin - "Nobody's Fault But Mine" // Jimmy Cliff - "The Harder They Come"
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio Parallax

Novelty Songs Through the Decades — 08 Aug 2013 — Don Rose discusses the characteristics of good novelty songs and highlights some of the most popular novelty songs of the last 50 years, including "The Curly Shuffle," "Camp Grenada," and "Sukiyaki."
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(GP comment:  Seems like Ray Stevens should have gotten a mention here...)

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Voice of Middle Earth

Musings on Middle Earth Music — The discussion portion covers the thoughts of David J. Finnamore on creating musical structures to bring to life the Middle Earth music Tolkien might have wanted to go with his written world. Original compositions by Finnamore are also played. ~~ The strong set of proggy folk rock includes ... Gandalf the Grey Wizard - "My Elven Home"; Galadren - "Song of Theodore"; The Strawbs - "Midnight Sun"; and Tamanshud doing a song from the LP Mornings on the Earth.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Artist = Title — Some punk noise in a few places, but overall this is a decent set of self-referential rock. Top tracks are... Wilco - "Wilco (The Song)" // Bad Company - "Bad Company" // Black Sabbath - "Black Sabbath" // Free Energy - "Free Energy" // Talk Talk - "Talk Talk" // Big Country - "In A Big Country" // Kool& The Gang - "Kool & The Gang" // Bo Diddley - "Bo Diddley".
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Radio Parallax, 11 Jul 2013
Phil Procter on Classic Plays, Aging, and the Origins of the Name "Firesign Theater"
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Vinyl Experience

Midsummer Songs — This is a very solid set of rock and pop that references summer themes. Fav's include Led Zeppelin - "Dancing Days" // The Who - "Sea And Sand" // Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Even The Losers" // Sweet - "California Nights" // Paul McCartney - "Heart Of the Country" // The Guess Who - "No Time" // Big Audio Dynamite - "E=MC2" // Bee Gees - "You Should Be Dancing" // Eddie Cochran - "Summertime Blues".
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Sunrise Ocean Bender

I Know Exactly Where I Am — A decent set of obscure space rock. Better tracks include "Butterfly" by Beautify Junkyards, "Brother Sister" by The Soft Hearted Scientists, "Close Your Eyes" by The Smoking Trees, "The View From Gainsborough" by Beaulieu Porch, "Time Must Have Stopped" by Chris Sherman, "The Glass Axe" by Alexander Tucker, "Tiptoe On The Highest Hill" by Twink, "Dream Yourself Away/Paint Me A Dream" by Sky Picnic, "Seven Stars" by Frugal Puritan, and a proggy cover of the Hollies' "King Midas In Reverse" by Hi Fiction Science.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

Carole King—A Natural Woman — 28 Jun 2013 — Carole King wrote hit songs for others before becoming a performer and penning her own big hits. She recounts the stories behind some of her most famous songs and her relationships with songwriters like James Taylor, Gerry Goffin, and Paul Simon.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... A Bowl of Soul

Is It In? — This is an OK set of funk and soul. Better tracks include "Is It In" by Jimmy Bo Horne, "Life Of The Party" by Jackson Five, "Just the One (I've Been Looking For)" by Johnnie Taylor, "What You Gave Me" by David Ruffin, and "Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms" by Detroit Emeralds.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Under Pressure — A decent set of mostly deep-cut classic rock. Top tracks include... Queen with David Bowie - "Under Pressure" // Jefferson Airplane - "Pretty As You Feel" // Elton John - "Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters" // Queen - "Message Of Love (Calling All Girls)" // David Bowie - "Cat People" // Grateful Dead - "Eyes of the World."
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Vinyl Experience

Seventeen — A slew of "17-related" songs; mostly hits of one sort or another; some annoying, some excellent. Among my picks for the non-annoying tracks: Stray Cats - "Sexy + 17" // Bruce Springsteen - "The River" // Beatles - "I Saw Her Standing There" // Janis Ian - "At Seventeen" // Rod Stewart - "Young Turks".
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NPR, 11 Jun 2013
Competitors Try To Chip Away At Pandora's Audience
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Pop Goes The World

The Man In The Skinny Black Tie Show — A decent mix of new wave and boppy punk. Best tracks include... "Almost Saturday Night" by Dave Edmunds, "Teacher Teacher" by Rockpile, "Someday, Someway" by Marshall Crenshaw, "So It Goes" by Nick Lowe, "Stay In Time" by Off Broadway USA, "Southern Girls" by Cheap Trick, "Outside" by Apache, "Mystery Achievement" by The Pretenders, "I'm The Man" by Joe Jackson, "Let Me Out" by The Knack.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Pop Goes the World

Later That Night — This show starts out with a set of obscure, largely irritating, oversynthed pop. But things get better in the second and third sets, with more new-wavish leanings. The show finishes up with some mostly forgettable folkish alt rock—the exception being Junip's "Line Of Fire." That song and ten other good ones make this show worth a listen: "You Don't Know Me" by The Polyphonic Spree // "Don't Play With Guns" by The Black Angels // "Reaction" by Warm Soda // "Caught By Surprise" by The Postells // "Laugh Now I'm Weak" by The Death Of Pop // "The Possessed" by Glass Candy // "AM Portal" by LONE // "First Days Of Something" by Young Dreams.
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Fresh Air, 24 May 2013
Ray Manzarek—Boogie, Bach, and Breaking on Through to the Other Side of the Doors
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The New Breakfast Snob

Bloom and Gloom — A pretty good mix of rock, prog, alt, and funk, with only a handful of outright X's. Highlights include Phil Manzanera doing a very ELO-ish new song, " Swimming"; the Rolling Stones doing the wonderfully trippy "Citadel"; Brian Wilson doing an expanded version of the Beach Boys classic "Heroes and Villians"; and Roswitha doing the dream-poppy "Change." Other worthy tracks are Snakefinger - "The Garden of Earthly Delights" // Ginger Baker's Air Force - "Sweet Wine" // The Brian Jonestown Massacre - "I Want To Hold Your Other Hand" // Savoy Brown - "Lost and Lonely Child" // Jimi Hendrix - "Inside Out" // Marvin Gaye - "Far Cry" // Karlex - "Sleepless in Bandols" // Roxy Music - "Beauty Queen" // Angela Faye Martin - "No One Can Wake You" // Supertramp - "Nothing To Show"
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... The New Breakfast Snob

A Day in the Record Store Life, Chapter One — A collection of passable rock that rarely rises above average. Good background music. The better tracks are ... Sopwith Camel - "Coke, Suede and Waterbeds" // Stats Quo - "Down the Dustpipe" // The Sweet - "It's Lonely Out There" // Etta James - "Quick Reaction and Satisfaction" // Roky Erickson - "Creature With The Atom Brain" // Deep Purple - "Sail Away" // The Turtles - "Grim Reaper of Love" // Good Rats - "Does It Make You Feel Good?" // Kooper, Bloomfield, Still - "You Don't Love Me" // The Move - "Useless Information"
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Sunrise Ocean Bender

Remember When We Did The Moonshot? — This is an OK set of space rock and prog—not bad, not great, but worth a listen. Once you get past the way-long, overwrought, live double-bill from Deep Purple ("Space Trucking") that introduces the set, things get better, with top tracks including...."Paradise of Your Mind" by Captain Billy's Whizbang // "No Secret Destination" by SRC // "Move On" by Stray // "Hush" by Deep Purple // "Heavy Metal Acid Head" by White Manna // "Hilly Fields (The Mourning)" by Nick Nicely.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

Bing Crosby—From The Vaults, Surprising Breadth — 13 May 2013 — Four albums of reissues and archival recordings from Bing Crosby's own vaults are getting a high-profile release. They demonstrate that his influence on modern singing is so huge, we barely notice it anymore. He could sing anything—from Latin to Hawaiian to the Great American Songbook
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

100 Years Of Woody Herman — 16 May 2013 — Clarinetist/saxophonist Woody Herman's career ran from the 1930s into the 1980s. He is best know for his big-band sound but the bandleader also dabbled in rock 'n' roll, doing his best to change to reflect the times. Herman would have turned 100 in May 2013.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

Daft Punk Brings It Down to a More Human Level — 22 May 2013 — Daft Punk's new album, Random Access Memories, finds the French duo changing its process in an effort to make its songs sound more human, more accessible. They enlist guest stars such as Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers and evoke echoes of classic artists like Air, Steely Dan, and The Buggles.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Record Store Day — There are some interesting tidbits here for vinylphiles, but musically it's a mixed bag. Best tracks are: The Doors - "Soul Kitchen" // David Bowie - "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" // The Animals - "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" // Mercury Rev - "Goddess On A Highway" // Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Hey Joe" // Sweet - "Fox On the Run".
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Pop Goes The World

The Chicks Cannot Hold Their Smoke — A decent set of 1980s synth-pop. Top tracks are "The Jet Set" by Alphaville // "Rain" by Dragon // "Escalator Of Life" by Robert Hazard // "That Was Then But This Is Now" by ABC // "Livin' In The Real World" by Blondie // "Poor Girl" by X // "Bold As Brass" by Split Enz // "Really Sayin' Something" by Bananarama // "One In Ten" by UB40 // "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" by Ian Dury & The Blockheads // "Work For Love" by Ministry // "News At Ten" by The Vapors.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen A Bowl of Soul

Journey to Salsoul — A bunch of songs in celebration of the legacy of Vincent Montana, Jr.—arranger, composer, percussionist, and founder of Salsoul Records. Half good, half "eh," IMO. The better tracks are "Journey to Phoebus" by Salsoul Orchestra // "Expressway To Your Heart" by The Soul Survivors // "Only The Strong Survive" by Jerry Butler // "La La Means I Love You" by Delfonics // "# 1 Dee Jay" by Vincent Montana Jr. Presents.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... New Breakfast Snob

The Best Show of All Time (w/ Mistakes) — A fair number of skippables here, but enough good stuff to warrant a listen. Top tracks are... Brian Eno - "No One Receiving" // Sopwith Camel - "Sleazy Street" // Angela Faye Martin - "Love Song For Paris" // David Bowie - "Soul Love" // Neil Young & Crazy Horse - "The Loner (live)" // Shivaree - "The Fat Lady of Limbourg" // Sam Page - "A Little Love" // Caravan - "Aristocracy (alt. ver.)" // Queen - "In The Lap of The Gods" // Green Man - "Banks of the Lee" // Heart - "Little Queen".
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Dear Margaret... — This is a split bill: In the first half, we get some mostly recent, mostly decent rock, with top tracks including Heartless Bastards - "Got To Have Rock And Roll" // Hollis Brown - "Down On Your Luck" // Grizzly Bear - "A Simple Answer" // and the Rolling Stones' classic "Time Waits For No One". In the second half, a half-dozen songs offer commentary on the reign of Margaret Thatcher and her ilk. Several of the songs are quite good, including The Specials - "Ghost Town" and Tears For Fears - "Sowing The Seeds Of Love." Several others are, um, about as likeable as Thatcher.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The New Breakfast Snob

Putting on Ayers — A pretty good set of proggish rock, using songs by Kevin Ayers and his bands as a centerpiece. Top tracks include... Marc Almond - "Riding Free" // Kevin Ayers - "Love's Gonna Turn You Round" // Soft Machine - "Why Are We Sleeping?" // Curved Air - "Back Street Luv" // The Luck of Eden Hall - "Good Night Annie Berlin" // The Strawbs - "Round and Round" // Soft Machine - "She's Gone" // Camel - "Earthrise". There's also "Do You Feel Like We Do?" by Frampton's Camel—the original studio version, which is now really the alternative version, given the dominance of the version from Frampton Comes Alive.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Sunrise Ocean Bender

Another Voyage Of His Own Delusion — The first 45 minutes of this is some quite-good progressive rock. Top tracks are "Jacco Gardner" by The Riddle, "Shades of Orange" by The End, "Procession/Story In Your Eyes" by The Moody Blues, "Old Man Going" (live) by The Pretty Things, "10,000 Words In A Cardboard Box" by Aquarian Age, and "Try It" by Sky Picnic. The remaining 1:15:00 is a deep space debris field—smooth enough for part of the trip, but by the end, rather dangerous to the ears.
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Fresh Air, 11 Apr 2013
Earl Hines—Big Bands and Beyond ... on a New Box Set
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Pop Goes the World

Eighties Schmaedies — This is a nice tour of some greater and lesser hits from the 1980s, focusing on synth-pop. Top tracks include "The Sun Always Shines On TV " by a-Ha, "Send Me An Angel " by Real Life, "No Stars " by Figures On A Beach, "Tears Run Rings " by Marc Almond, "Big In Japan " by Alphaville, "Kyrie " by Mister Mister, "Cry " by Godley & Cream, "Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone " by Glass Tiger, "Pop Goes The World " by Men Without Hats, "Johnny and Mary " by Robert Palmer, "Steppin' Out " by Joe Jackson.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Fresh Air

Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell on Harmonizing and History — 28 Mar 2013— Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, who was an original member of Harris' "Hot Band," join host Terry Gross to discuss their musical history together and apart, including the work on the recent album, Old Yellow Moon. Harris also discusses her relationship with and influences from Byrd member Graham Parsons. Numerous tracks are played, including "Sweet Dreams," "Here We Are," and "Open Season on My Heart."
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Sunrise Ocean Bender

An Inland Sea, His Symphony — This is a strong deep-cut set of mostly progressive rock with a few lighter songs mixed in. Top tracks are... "Driving to Amsterdam" by Khan // "Firth of Fifth" by Genesis" // "Postcard" by The Gathering Grey // "Bus Stop" by The Hollies // "Comfy's Honey Jar" by The Honey Pot // "Butterfly" by Beautify Junkyards // "Citadel" by Jack Ellsiter // "Greencroft Street" by Beaulieu Porch // "Prism On the Bend" by Icarus Peel // "The Catepillar Song" by The Soft Hearted Scientists // "All The World Is Love" by The Seventh Ring of Saturn // "Tobacco" by The Rockandys.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Voice of Middle Earth

Episode 207—The Music of the Fauns + "Frodo Lives" — Greenman Took plays a nice selection of music by the Fauns, a German band whose music weaves in many Tolkienesque themes. The discussion segment includes a review of the phrase "Frodo Lives!" that became popular decades ago.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... A Bowl of Soul

Not Resisting Temptations — This set is based in the Temptations and related solo work. Top tracks are... "The Way You Do The Things You Do" by The Temptations // "I Can't Get Next To You" by Whisky Barons (Temptations Remix) // "If You Can Want" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles // "Baba Boom Time" by The Jamaicans // "High" by Skyy.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... The New Breakfast Snob

Whole Hog Grinder — This set starts of "eh" and ends even more "eh," but the middle third is quite good. The worthwhile rock nuggets include... Humble Pie - "As Safe As Yesterday" // Agitation Free - "Rucksturz" // Camel - "Dunkirk" // Triumvirat - "The Walls of Doom" // Pretty Things - "All Light Up" // Adnam Othman - "Budi Bahasa" // Super Furry Animals - "Fuzzy Birds."
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... The New Breakfast Snob

Pretty Flowers on the Wall — Mostly "who cares"... but a few good tracks: Fairport Convention - "Mr. Lacey" // Roxy Music - "Ain't That So" // Blue Oyster Cult - "I Love The Night dup" // Jethro Tull - "My Sunday Feeling" // The Beau Brummels - "Deepwater" // Iron Butterfly - "Heavy" // Skip Bifferty - "Time Tracks" // Grateful Dead - "U.S. Blues"
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Fresh Air, 13 Mar 2013
ZZ Top Precursor "The Moving Sidewalks" — Where the British Invasion Met Texas Blues
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Voice of Middle Earth

Episode 206:  Creation Musings and The Silmarilli-on-and-on-and-on-and-on — Narrative portions include the myth of Illuvitar and J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth poem "Mythopoeia." The Middle Earth-inspired musical selections are generally good, with songs ranging from rock to folk and light jazz; plus there is a very funny song about people trying to read The Silmarillion.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Traveling Tunes — A decent set of songs about traveling, wandering, and being in a place. Top tracks include "Bitterblue" by Cat Stevens, "River Of Fools" by Los Lobos, "I Got A Name" by Jim Croce, "Interstate Love Song" by Stone Temple Pilots, "Masterpiece" by The Temptations, "She Ain't A Child No More" by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, "Games People Play" by The Spinners.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... The New Breakfast Snob

Dis Order and Dat Order — This is a highly erratic collection, both in terms of song quality and genres, from great to crap, and from prog to folk to funk. If you don't mind a fair amount of fast forwarding, these tracks might make it worth your while: Three Minute Tease - "Cry Baby Cry" // Vespero - "Jennifer" // The Fast Camels - "The Hump" // Flaming Groovies - "Pagan Rachel" // Sopwith Camel - "Fazon" // Hot Chocolate/Lou Ragland - "Messin' With Sly" // Camel - "Mystic Queen" // Brian Eno - "Needles in the Camel's Eye" // Funkadelic - "Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?" // HuDost - "Dost (Erler Demine)"
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Fresh Air, 27 Feb 2013
Aretha Franklin, Trying to Find Her Early Musical Groove in the Columbia Years
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Mellow Madness

Harvey's Old School Birthday Jam — This is a very nice set of pop/funk/soul from the late '60s through early '80s. Top tracks include... "Another Star" by Stevie Wonder, "Groovin'" by The Young Rascals, "Electric Boogie" by Marcia Griffiths, "Blame it On the Boogie" by The Jacksons, "Baby, Now That I Found You" by The Foundations, "Boogie Oogie Oogie" by A Taste of Honey, "Keep It Comin Love" by KC and the Sunshine Band, "Up in Here" by The Bar Kays, "Natural High" by Bloodstone, "One Night Tan" by Heatwave, "Party Train" by The Gap Band, "Can You Do the Boogie" by The Whispers.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Pop Goes the World

Sweet and Tender Hooligans — In a tribute to The Smiths and the effect they had on '80s music, Enzo plays a decent set of Smithsish tunes. I'm not much of a Smiths fan, but there are certainly some good tracks here, including ..."Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" by The Smiths, "This Charming Man" (cover) by Stars, "Ask Me John" by The Ocean Blue, "At The Indie Disco" by The Divine Comedy, "Timeless Melody" by The La's, "My Finest Hour" by The Sundays, "Lover Lover Lover" by Ian McCulloch, "The Gentle Sound" by The Railway Children, "Your Existential Past" by The Spent Poets, "Good Thing" by The Woodentops, "The Lover's Rights" by The Rosebuds, "Pantomine Horse" by Suede.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... The New Breakfast Snob

Don't Wake the Vultures — This is about 40% skippable, IMO, but there is some good stuff, including: Bubble Puppy - "Hot Smoke and Sassafras" // Stevie Wonder - "All Day Sucker" // Ben Reel - "Sweet Victory" // The Kinks - "Apeman" // Little Feat - "Dixie Chicken" // James Blood Ulmer - "Love Dance" // Wishbone Ash - "Blind Eye" // The Temptations - "Plastic Man" // Caravan - "Golf Girl" ... as well as a couple of nice '40s tunes from the Andrews Sisters.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Vinyl Experience

Home/House — A very strong set of songs with a home/house theme... Top tracks include: The Animals - "The House Of The Rising Sun", Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Red House", Beach Boys - "In My Room", Simon & Garfunkel - "Homeward Bound", CSNY - "Our House", Madness - "Our House", Loggins & Messina - "House at Pooh Corner", John Mellencamp - "Pink Houses", Love - "A House Is Not A Motel"
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(GP comment:  No doubt we can all think of other songs that fit into this rich theme: Steely Dan - "Home at Last"; John Denver - "Home Again"; Jimmy Buffett - "Beach House On The Moon"...)

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... The Voice of Middle Earth

Episode 203—Gandalf and the King — Greenman Took reviews some background on Gandalf and the other Middle Earth wizards, who Tolkien once described as incarnate angels sent to Middle Earth to assist elves and men resist the forces of darkness. Another segment discusses shadow kings in the modern world as compared to the kings of Middle Earth, noting Tolkien's effort to give healthy, positive, redeeming masculine energy to the kings, particularly as portrayed by the story of Theoden's restoration. ~~ Musically, the songs here are not up to the usual excellent standard, but the overall package is still good enough to recommend for fans.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Sunrise Ocean Bender

What I Want The Most — This is a decent set of psychedelic space-rock. Top tracks are "Fuzz-Shine" by The Dandelion Seeds; "See You In The Morning" by Kontiki Suite; "Plague Ride" by Prince Rupert's Drop; "Reprise" by The Fire Tapes; "Endors Toi" by Tame Impala; "The Perfect Spot" by Life on Earth; "Pines II: Makumatka" by Kiki Pau.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... New Breakfast Snob

When I Was 46 in the Year 13 — Well, there's a bit of crap in this one, but there's also a fair amount of stuff that's quite good, including The Grateful Dead - "Loose Lucy" // Shuggie Otis - "Sweet Thang" // The Chambers Brothers - "Don't Lose Your Cool" // Jim Byrnes - "Fresh Horses" // The Pretty Things - "It'll Never Be Me" // The Luck of Eden Hall - "Alligators Eat Gumdrops" // Bird York - "Up In Flames" // Rilo Kiley - "Under The Blacklight" // Spoon - "Advance Cassette" // The Temptations - "Hum Along and Dance". So.... if you're up for a little fast-forwarding now and then, go for it!
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... The Vinyl Experience

2012 Backspin — You can decide for yourself, but if this is the really the best of 2012's new music, I have to say... "yawn." There are a few exceptions: The Shins - "September"; Jack White/Tom Jones - "Jezebel"; Tame Impala - "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"; Beach House - "Myth."
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Beatles and Stones — A collection of songs that reference The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Top tracks include House Of Love's "Beatles and The Stones" // The Clash's "London Calling" // George Harrison's "Living In The Material World" // The Who's "The Seeker" // Dream Academy's "Life In A Northern Town" // Don McLean's "American Pie" // and a cool live version of Paul Simon's "A Simple Desultory Philippic" that has some alternate lyrics.
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(GP comment:  Notably missing here are Harrison's better targeted "When We Was Fab" and songs from the album Deface the Music by Utopia and songs from The Rutles—both efforts were direct musical tributes to the Beatles.)

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Sunrise Ocean Bender

The Process Of Flowering Into A Different Body — A pretty good set of space rock. Top tracks are "So You'll Aim Toward The Sky" by Grandaddy; "A Sublime Metaphor" by Secret Saucer; "Transmigration" by Ravi Shankar; "Embryo" by Pink Floyd; and "Embryonic Journey" by Jefferson Airplane.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... The New Breakfast Snob

Mystery and Imagination — After starting out with some mostly yawn-inspiring funk and blues-rock, this set finds its rock groove with songs like "The Raven" by The Alan Parsons Project, "Not Weak Enough" by Peter Blegvad, "The Time Has Come" by The Luck of Eden Hall, "In a Rainbow" by Sweetwater, "Let's Go Together" by Jefferson Starship, "Fine Day" by Robin Trower, and "Loch Lomond" by Steve Hackett.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... The New Breakfast Snob

Where I Grew Up In Silence — This is a wildly uneven and eclectic mix, ranging from rock to prog to oldies. There are some nuggets in the pile of ore, though: The Chambers Brothers - "Girls, We Love You" // Cream - "N.S.U."// Rod Stewart - "(I Know) I'm Losing You" // Air - "How Does It Make You Feel?" // Hatfield and the North - "Share It" // The Marvelettes - "My Baby Must Be A Magician" // Claanad - "I See Red"
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Voice of Middle Earth

Tolkien, Alchemy, and Music — Greenman Took discusses the historical underpinnings of some of Tolkien's writings and plays some very nice folk rock. Musical artists include Lothlorien, Hobbyhorse, and Bluehorses.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... New Breakfast Snob

Children of the Unicorn — This show starts off with some good prog rock like John Cale & Terry Riley's "Soul of Patrick Lee" and Gentle Giant's "Isn't it Cold and Quiet?"; gets lost in space-rock territory for a while; then returns to orbit with more good rock and prog, including Spirit's "Space Child," Loreena McKennitt's "Mummer's Dance," Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine," Ambrosia's "Time Waits for No Man," and Alan Parsons Project's "(The System of) Dr. Tarr & Prof. Fether."
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... POP Goes the World!

Justice Is Served — This is an OK mix of alt pop. Top tracks include "Wonderful Life" by Black, "Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune)" by It's Immaterial, "Hands Across The Sea" by Modern English, "Reap The Wild Wind" by Ultravox, "Blue Savannah" by Erasure, "No Stars" by Figures On A Beach, and "Europa and the Pirate Twins" by Thomas Dolby.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... POP Goes The World!

POP Goes The Camp! — Some decent '80s synth-pop. Top tracks include... "The Sun Always Shines On TV" by A-Ha, "Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann" by Nena, "It's A Sin" by Pet Shop Boys, "Sprawl III (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" by Arcade Fire, "Into The Galaxy" by Midnight Juggernauts, "Count Your Lovers" by Clubfeet, and "Never Let Me Down" by Depeche Mode.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... The Vinyl Experience

Glad — This is a rather uneven set, but the stronger songs make it worth a listen. Top tracks are... Traffic - "Glad" // Van Morrison - "Glad Tidings" // Dave Clark Five - "Glad All Over" // Cream - "I'm So Glad" // Beatles - "I Feel Fine" // Rod Stewart - "Handbags And Gladrags" // Iron & Wine - "Glad Man Singing".
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen New Breakfast Snob

How Do You Like Them Apples? — This is a solid set of deep-cut rock that veers into progressive, electric blues, and electric soul as well. Top tracks include ... Bubble Puppy - "Lonely" // Iron Butterfly - "Heavy" // Jefferson Airplane - "Crown of Creation" // Quicksilver Messenger Service - "Gold and Silver" // Skip Bifferty - "Yours For At Least 24" // Traffic - "Paper Sun" // Blossom Toes - "I'll Be Late For Tea"
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Sunrise Ocean Bender

Until The Seconds Start Again — This show features some very nice—if very obscure—progressive rock, with pockets of folk rock and space rock here and there. Top tracks include "On the Street" by Chumley Warner Bros, "Open Your Third Eye" by The Blondi's Salvation, "Shining" by Pontiacs, "Rippled" by Sky Picnic, "Interval" by SRC.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... The Vinyl Experience

After the Storm — In the wake of Sandy, here is an OK set of songs that reference storms. Top tracks include Jimmy Buffett's iconic "Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season"; The Grateful Dead doing "Cold Rain And Snow"; Peter Gabriel's brooding classic, "Red Rain"; The Rolling Stones' haunting "Moonlight Mile"; and Melanie's "(Lay Down) Candles In The Rain."
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Sunrise Ocean Bender

Everybody Thought The Show Was Funny (in a Proggy Sort of Way) — This set proves that great progressive rock is alive and well, at least in some parts of the radio spectrum. The material here spans from 1968 2012. Top tracks include... "Star Track" by Jefferson Airplane; "The Tale of the King On the Hill" by SEID; "Drowning" by Barrett Elmore; "Aged to Perfection" by Darxtar; "So Far" by The Soundtrack of Our Lives; "Astronomy Domine" by Pink Floyd.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Mellow Madness

From Rainy Brazil to Sunny Progland to Soul Pop City — This set is a good but eclectic mix, starting with some indie-sounding Brazilian pop, including a cool cover of "For What It's Worth" by Sergio Mendes; then on to some good accessible prog, including Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf" and the awesome Gracious track, "Introduction"; and finally a long run of good soul pop, including tracks from Marvin Gaye, Fantastic Johnny C, Mad Hatters, Shake, and J Slyck.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good POP Goes the World

I Like My Music Like I Like My Women — A great set of jangle pop about women and relationships with them. Top tracks include... "I'd Like That" by XTC, "Bled White" by Elliott Smith, "Weather With You" by Crowded House, "Casual Wayne" by Paul Ivey, "Vanishing Girl" by The Dukes Of Stratosphear and "So You Think You're In Love" by Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Horses — A good set of songs referencing the equestrian world. Top tracks include "Wildfire" by Michael Murphey, "Horse With No Name" by America, "Bring On The Dancing Horses" by Echo & The Bunnymen, and "Chestnut Mare" by The Byrds.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Vinyl Experience

Telegraph, Telegrams — A musical salute to the telegraph and telegrams... Top tracks include "Telegraph Road" by Dire Straits; "Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell; "Telegraph" by OMD; "Coconut Telegraph" by Jimmy Buffett; "Western Union" by Five Americans.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Musical Food for Thought — 13 Sep 2012 — A few songs about information control, a few songs to make you think about how things are, and a few just to make you tap your foot. Top tracks include "Too Much Information" by The Police, "Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley, "Love's In Need Of Love Today" by Stevie Wonder, "I Got The News" by Steely Dan, and "This Is Radio Clash" by The Clash.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... The Vinyl Experience

Back To School and Lessons Learned — 31 Aug 2012 — Top tracks include... "My Old School" by Steely Dan, "Be True To Your School" by The Beach Boys, "Teacher Teacher" by Rockpile, "Me And The Boys" by NRBQ, "Comes A Time" by Neil Young, "School Days" by Chuck Berry.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Whistle-Along ... To the Beat of the Drums — 24 Feb 2012 — The first half features pop songs with prominent whistling parts, such as The Bangles' "Walk Like An Egyptian," Brother Bones' "Sweet Georgia Brown," and Billy Joel's "The Stranger." The second half features pop songs that bring on the drums, such as Sandy Nelson's "Teen Beat" and Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight."
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Rating: 2 of 5 -- Decent; if you've got the time... The Sunrise Ocean Bender

A Star Ride—That's What We're On — 30 Jul 2012 — This set of space rock starts out a bit lost, deep in the inky darkness. But around the 40 minute mark it comes into a less droning orbit and offers some pretty decent moon rock(s). Top tracks include "Where Did She Go" by The Sufis, "The People In Me" by The Volta Sound, "Starbong" by Beyond-O-Matic, "Secret Sight" by Omenopus, and "Venusian Skyline" by Melting Euphoria.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

All in the Mind — 10 Aug 2012 — Given the theme of "all in the mind," one might have expected intracranial greats like "Thinking is the Best Way to Travel" (Moody Blues) or "Dr Heckyll And Mr Jive" (Men at Work) or "Brain Surgery" (Pink Floyd) or, duh, "All in the Mind" (Stray). Nope, sorry, not here. Nonetheless, this is a good set of songs, however much better it could have explored the theme. Top tracks played include "You Set The Scene" (Love), "It's Up To You" (Moody Blues), "And So it Goes" (Nick Lowe), "Going Mobile" (The Who), "Summer Highland Falls" (Billy Joel).
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... The Vinyl Experience

The Godfather at 40 — 09 Mar 2012 — A musical celebration of the 40th anniversary of the movie The Godfather. Other than the awesome "The Punk and the Godfather" by The Who, there are no particularly excellent tracks here, though the host does a good job of covering all the genres within the theme.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Rx 'n' Roll—Vinyl Healthcare — 29 Jun 2012 — For or against the Supreme Court's healthcare decision, this prescription is for a solid hour of doctor songs. Top tracks include "Calling Dr. Love" by Kiss; "Doctor My Eyes" by Jackson Browne; "Dr. Robert" by The Beatles; "Coconut" by Harry Nilsson; "Somebody Get Me A Doctor" by Van Halen; "Doctor Doctor" by The Thompson Twins; and the classic "Dr. Wu" by Steely Dan.
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Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... The Vinyl Experience

New York Stories — 06 Jul 2012 — Eleven tales that take place in the gritty, glamorous city of New York. These are character-driven stories in which New York City itself is a key player. Artists include Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Ethel Waters, U2, Grandmaster Flash, The Tradewinds, and Tony Bennett.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Vinyl Experience

Titanic—Rockin' the Boat — The Titanic sank 100 years ago, and to commemorate, here's an hour of songs about ships and the sea. The excellent choices include "Song For Our Ancestors/Dear Mary" by the Steve Miller Band; "A Salty Dog" by Procol Harum; "1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience; "Atlantis" by Donovan; "Sail On Sailor" by the Beach Boys; and "Closer To Home" by Grand Funk Railroad.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Voice of Middle Earth

Beorn to Rock — In Episode 10, the excellent Tolkien-inspired music includes "King of Morning, Queen of Day" by Horslips and "Magician in the Mountain" by Sun Forest. The narrated segments include the history of the ursine character Beorn and a review of some rare Tolkien books.
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Obit:  Peter Bergman of the Firesign Theatre — 15 Mar 2012 — A few word in memoriam for Peter Bergman, one of the key players in the satirical comedy group Firesign Theatre. Plus a few good FS bits, including the full "Beat the Reaper" piece.
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The Voice of Middle Earth

The Voice of Middle Earth, episode 9 — Music and discussion inspired by the writings of JRR Tolkien, including more tracks from Bo Hanssen's The Lord of the Rings instrumental album and some excellent folk rock. There is also an exploration of the "green man" lore.
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Fresh Air, 29 Mar 2012
Paul McCartney Blows 'Kisses' To His Father's Era
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The Voice of Middle Earth

The Voice of Middle Earth, Episode 8 — More music and discussion inspired by the writings of JRR Tolkien, this time including an overview of Bilbo Baggins' life, some good folk rock, and a number of songs from the excellent progressive Bo Hanssen album, The Lord of the Rings.
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A-Infos Radio Project / Mellow Madness

Finding the Soul of Pop — 21 May 2011 — This is an excellent mix of 1960s through 1980s R&B/soul pop. Many of the tracks are obscure (though still very good), with a few recognizable songs, including ...Stevie Wonder - "Superstition" ... The Jacksons - "Shake Your Body" ... Diana Ross & the Supremes - "He's My Sunny Boy."
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A-Infos Radio Project / The Voice of Middle Earth

The Voice of Middle Earth, Episode 6 — The features include a very nice Tolkien poem, background info on Middle Earth, and read-aloud passages from Lord of the Rings. The music includes some light Tolkien-inspired folk and new-age as well as the great prog rock song "Seven Stones" from Genesis.
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A-Infos Radio Project / Voice of Middle Earth

Voice of Middle Earth, Episode 5 — Another in the series of Tolkien-inspired music and lore. The selections are less compelling musically this time, but Tolkien fans will appreciate the richness of the referential material.
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A-Infos Radio Project / Mellow Madness

International Psych Pop Mix — 27 Mar 2011 — This is a pretty cool mix of international pop with a swanky psychedelic flair.
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A-Infos Radio Project / Bob's Slacktime Fun House

Those Fabulous Sixties, Part 2 — 05 Sep 2010 — Another episode of tightly woven clips from the 1960s—a rollercoaster ride through the pop, rock, and media schlock that permeated the decade.
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Coast To Coast / KSFO, 26 Jun 2011
Behind the Rock: & 1970—The Beatles, CSNY, Simon & Garfunkel, and James Taylor
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A-Infos Radio Project / The Voice of Middle Earth

The Voice of Middle Earth, episode 4 — A (mostly) good selection of songs inspired by the characters and places in The Lord of the Rings, including a set of songs about Galadriel, plus a backgrounder on Galadriel.
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A-Infos Radio Project / The Sunrise Ocean Bender

Held Close By That Which Some Despise — 29 Apr 2011 — Part 1 is a quite-nice string of fairly accessible prog rock. Top tracks include "A Time For Everything" by Jethro Tull; "Heaven Is In Your Mind" by Traffic; and "Encapsulated Marigold" by Our Plastic Dream. ~~ Part 2 is decent but way more out there in space-rock-land.
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A-Infos Radio Project

The Voice of Middle Earth, Episode 2 — More excellent work with this audio playlist of Tolkien-inspired progressive folk-rock. The mid-stream commentary illuminates the origins of the Elves.
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thumb of neon guitar After the Beatles released their epic Sgt. Pepper album in 1967, many artists were inspired to attempt something similar. None came as close as The Pretty Things with their 1968 psychedelic masterpiece, S.F. Sorrow. Here, the band reunites 30 years later to do S.F. Sorrow live , offering a spot-on performance of the album that somehow manages to transcend that amazing original studio effort.   (1:00:51) [MUSIC VIDEO] [22.FEB.2014]

KIDS OF THE APOCALYPSE – “EMPIRE”

thumb of S O S Throughout history, it has been the practice of empire to grind people and places under its wheels. Today is no exception, and we are starkly reminded of the destructive habits of those who run the planet in this music video about empire from Kids of the Apocalypse.   (4:04) [MUSIC VIDEO] [06.FEB.2014]

ADDICTED TO LIKES

facebook addict This funny animation plays off Robert Palmer's hit song "Addicted to Love" and explains that what we're really addicted to is Likes—and other meaningless forms of internet approval..  See funny Facebook video   (3:24) [VIDEO] [18.JAN.2014]

BARRY GIBB TALK SHOW

Jimmy Fallon as Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon does a send up of Barry Gibb as a temperamental talk show host, with his talking voice alternating between normal and falsetto (as the real Gibb did when he sang many Bee Gees songs). This is the funniest thing I've seen on SNL in years.   [VIDEO] [07.JAN.2014]

DENIAL TANGO

men with day jobs lead singer The Australian group Men With Day Jobs perform a hilarious song about global warming skeptics. (4:18)   [MUSIC VIDEO] [04.JAN.2014]

THE CLIMATE LYRIC MYTH

Climate Man has taken songs from some of the '60s greats, including Bob Dylan and The Beatles, and reworked the lyrics into expressions of our climatic woes. Or is it that these are the original lyrics, subsequently changed by the artists to be more pop-friendly? You decide!   [TEXT, AUDIO]

 
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