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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Playlist for the Unpopular Music webcast for September 27, 2014

Greetings blog visitors!!

Continued apologies for not having much to offer lately.

There is however this week's playlist after the break...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Playlist for the Unpopular Music webcast for September 20, 2014

I'd always been amused since I'd first learned that John Coltrane, Ray Charles and Bruce Springsteen all have the same birthday, September 23rd. But, then I did a little digging, I found there were many other musicians, if not as significant as those above, with that same birthday. A quick scroll through IMDB, only because it's easy to look people up by their birthday there, turns up the following - Les McCann, Julio Iglesias, Jermaine Dupri, Ani Difranco,  folklorist John A. Lomax, the guy who wrote "The Sidewalks of New York" James W. Blake, sometime musical theater performers Mickey Rooney and Jason Alexander and the owner of CBGB's Hilly Kristal. There's plenty more.

We only hear from a select few of them in the program (you're welcome), and while I give no credence to astrology (you may if you like), this is kind of amusing.

Blow out the candles after the break...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bottom 2 for September 13th, 2014

The iCloud

I hate the iCloud. Hate it, hate it, hate it.

Sure, it's nice to have the possibility of recovering lost files, but the lack of user control over it just increases the feeling that Apple can't relinquish ownership of whatever it sells to you, or let you use it in an a way in which they don't approve. Especially from the iTunes store. I've never been a fan of the iTunes store. I find it difficult to browse, and am still stung by the early days when you were stuck only being able to play it on the computer that downloaded it, or approved devices, and its unique file type that you can't edit of mess around with. There are a few songs from the DRM era that I can't play anymore because I've gone through that many computers.

Playlist for the Unpopular Music webcast for September 13, 2014

Alas, another week where the only post is the playlist.

Here's this weeks show without the panic in the studio, after the break ...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Top 4 for September 4, 2014

Short and sweet today, little if any explanation --

Bad Mango - Dave Douglas and Sō Percussion

from album of the same name, Vol. 3 of Dave's GPS set.

Let's Call This - Thelonious Monk 

from the famous Friday the 13th, 1953  session. One of your better bebop French horn solos. I always confuse this song with "Let's Cool One". This is the trickier and less often played one.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Top 5 for September 3, 2014

She Cries Your Name by Beth Orton

The majestic opening to the Trailer Park album, the haunting voice and the eerie ominous strings, plus a nice dancy beat.

Don't Ever Let Me Know - Bobby Fuller Four

Super catchy pop song bliss. Tambourines and hand claps, six against four, catchy melodies. Nice.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

No. 1 for September 2, 2014

I had toyed with the idea of doing a Labor Day themed program for last weekend, as I had done for Memorial Day and the 4th of July, but I ironically got lazy or too distracted to put together a tribute to the working man (and ladies, too). Have no fear, the wonderful DJ Therese over at WFMU put together a fine Labor Day playlist. I've only had a chance to listen to the very beginning (I'm assuming Sonic Youth's "Swimsuit Issue" is a request from Senator Gillibrand), but perusing the list, it's far better than what I would have presented (and that's why she's there and I'm here)