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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for July 21, 2018

Pretty much a jazz show this week, with much of the variety that word contains. There are a couple of poppy things, and a little piano strumming from when that sort of thing was new.

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See the playlist after the break...

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for July 14, 2018

Today we return to the studio with the usual mish-mash of things jazzy and not. A tune is played after being referenced in another. An artist gets played after another group plays one of his tunes. A plea is made to support Cuneiform Records in their time of need. The microphone is bumped into on more than one occasion. Composed/conductor Oliver Knussen is remembered. A song from over thirty years ago describes the week's news. Something for everyone.


See the playlist after the break...

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Webcast info for July 7, 2018

not a recent photo from Boston

I'm called out of town this weekend, so today we will be presenting an encore presentation of the episode from August 26, 2017.

If you recall (and I'm sure you do), I was feeling a bit lazy and uninspired, partly because of the hot weather of that week, which, after this week's clock melting weather, I would surely laugh at now.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for June 30, 2018

Today it music for people who think it's too hot to go outside and would rather stay in and listen to the internet. We have a typically jazzy first hour which includes two tenor sax-piano-drums trios from differing vintages. The  second hour becomes a bit percussion dominated, but moves toward some summertime sounds.


Check it out after the break...

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for June 23, 2018

Today we try to break the usual rhythm with a program with basically two second hours. (I'm still a little low-energy.) Both sets are relatively jazzy with a couple of invocations of summer thrown in. Many tracks are kind of long (you've been warned.)

Unintentional connecting thread - groups with multiples of the same instruments.


See for yourself after the break,,,

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for June 16, 2018

My somewhat triumphant return to the studio after a holiday/medically inspired absence.

The ususal jazzy first hour, with a grab-bag second hour which starts with a marking of Bloomsday for all you James Joyce fans.



See for yourself after the break...

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Webcast info for June 2, 2018 and June 9, 2018

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 Um, hello.

I don't know if anyone noticed, but I missed last week's program because I was in the emergency room. The June 24, 2017 episode was played instead.

I'll have to miss this week's program as I am recovering from surgery (nothing too bad, I assure.) The October 31, 2015 will be rebroadcast. Of course I hesitated a bit before choosing it, but as I recall, there aren't too many actual Hallowe'en references, otherwise there were some interesting selections on order. Plus, I like messing with people's senses of time.

I'm putting myself at 50/50 for next week. Watch this space.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Webcast info for May 26, 2018

The Somerville Media Center is closed for Memorial Day Weekend and I'm not around anyway, so today Boston Free Radio will rebroadcast the September 30, 2017 episode of Unpopular Music which I feel like I've replayed before, but I can't prove it.

If that's not enough, there's also the old Memorial Day episode from 2014 (plus profanity laden Sun Ra centennial set)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for May 19, 2018

Who else brings you Sly Stone and Darius Milhaud?

We have our usual jazzy first hour/freeform second. We get nostalgic for 18 hours ago with some of the tunes played by Broken Shadows at the Regattabar last night. There's also a pair of selections written by Ennio Morricone along with some long pieces by David Lang and the aforementioned M. Milhaud, plus a bunch of this and that.


Check out the playlist after the break...

Saturday, May 12, 2018

webcast info for May 12, 2018

Off to visit Mom this weekend, so will be presenting the April 16, 2016 episode.

This was a pretty eclectic program, and includes one fantastically eclectic piece of music in particular which helped set me down this eclectic music listening path which led me to you.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for May 5, 2018

Today we do our usual jazzy/freeform configuration. We have a couple of selections from the late Bob Dorough (neither scholastic nor rockin') plus something you may consider a Cinco de Mayo Set, but you don't really have to.)



See the playlist after the break...

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for April 28, 2018

I feel pretty good about this week's program, much more than last week. We have the usual first hour/second hour jazzy/freeform divide. I advocate for the alto-with-two-tenor sax line-up. There's even some new releases. The second hour has contrast with continuity and a couple of tracks from albums I hadn't listened to in years that were as good as I remember them.



See for yourself after the break...

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for April 21, 2018

A workable program for a week where I was short of inspiration. jazzy and a bit noisy in the first hour, a little bit electronic and (perhaps a little too) subdued in the second




See for yourself after the break

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Pulitzer Prize crosses the Rubicon (and I feel fine)

Hmmm, so the Pulitzer Prize is not just for unpopular music anymore.

I must say I'm not all that familiar with Mr. Lamar's music1, and the little I've heard hasn't really piqued my curiosity. Should I feel obliged to listen further? We'll see.

I must say, though, that I am glad to see the committee continue their trek away from the Ivory Tower over the last decade or so. Since they've been giving awards to jazz musicians lately, I'm glad to see recognition spread to other new areas. And I suppose it's good that the Pulitzers can relate to African-American culture other than through honoring newspaper coverage of horrible things that happen there.

(Also, unlike my beef when Henry Threadgill won about giving the award to the record, not the composition itself, I'm confident the DAMN. was conceived as a piece of recorded music.)

At least they know better than to give an award to Bon Jovi.2

1Yes, I pretty much do live under a rock these days.
2We do however congratulate Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe on their induction to that dubious institution.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for April 14, 2018

We spend today's webcast not overly contemplating the brief appearance of spring (this Friday and Saturday ONLY!!!! (Update: not only did the temperature drop as Saturday went along, it was snowing for a while as I was editing the archive version on Sunday morning)), but paying tribute to pianist/composer/poet/dancer/philosopher of music/other Cecil Taylor, who died in time for me to pay tribute to him last week had I heard the news in time (ie. before the webcast.) (Here's Ethan Iverson's tribute.) Stretching the limits of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (and being fairly certain he won't show up on Geek Love) we'll have a Cecil track in each half hour.



Otherwise, we have a jazzy show, some so-called "desert blues," some jazzy new music, a leftover from the Rite of Spring show a few weeks back, and more.

See the playlist (plus some notes, and some more thoughts on Cecil Taylor) after the break...

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr on Jazz


He knows it's not the devil's music!

From remarks delivered at the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival (of all places)-

Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life's difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.
This is triumphant music.
Modern jazz has continued in this tradition, singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence. When life itself offers no order and meaning, the musician creates an order and meaning from the sounds of the earth which flow through his instrument.
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Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for April 7, 2018

Here we are again, having taken a week off and still mostly throwing a show together at the last minute. The second set has a slightly diverse set marking the 50th anniversary of the the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including a couple of tracks recorded in the immediate aftermath of the event.



See the playlist after the break...

Friday, March 30, 2018

webcast info for March 31, 2018


We are out of town fir the weekend, so today Unpopular Music will be presenting a rebroadcast of the April 1, 2017 episode. As I mentioned at the time, it's a typically diverse program - a bunch of white-guy jazz, a trans-century, multi-genre freeform set, and Fleetwood Mac.

As for the above,

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for March 24, 2018

Today's first hour kind of, but not completely jazzy, a little bit arbitrary, but none-the-less enjoyable. (I'm down on how it was put together, not how it came out) The second features some African influenced selections, followed by our traditional Stravinsky-channeling invocation of spring. The two halves of the second hour developed separately, and I was delighted while poking around the internet for Rite of Spring related material to find a track to join them.




See the playlist after the break...

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for March 17, 2018

Happy Evacuation Day every one!! While celebrating the retreat of the British Army from Boston on March 17, 1776, we also mark the Ides of March and any other holidays that might be going on (when is Purim this year? Tikva says it's come and gone already. Oh well), along with other non-holiday occasions with the usual slice of the infinite variety of music (a bit more poppy this week than usual) in unexpected combinations.



(I think I made the assumption that you all know that Evacuation Day is a holiday in the city of Boston, created as making a saint's feast day a civic holiday goes against the US Constitution's first amendment prohibition against the government recognizing religion, a secular event occurring on March 17th has to be commemorated.)

See the playlist after the break...