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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Playlist for the Unpopular Music webcast for October 31, 2015

Greetings blog readers.

Freeform, like the weather! We've got some Blue Note jazz, some newer jazz, some 20th/21st century classical, a couple of pop songs, and a token Hallowe'en reference. (pretentious spelling, no extra charge!)

See the playlist, after the break...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

What's this world coming to?

So, I'm waiting for take out, and apparently there's a song on the radio now that samples the Munster's theme? Do they still play that show? What's the Venn diagram of people who know that tune and the audience for this juvenile synth-pop drivel? Does it exist just to mess with the heads of people like me? 'Cause, good job!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Top 4 for October 20, 2015

Just a quick list to keep my blogging muscles flexed and maybe get back into the habit. Just some recommendations without much explanation I'm afraid.

Esteem - The Ideal Bread

from the Ideal Bread album. The Steve Lacy tribute band made up of his former New England Conservatory students in a contemplative mode.

Chitlins con Carne - Kenny Burrell

from Midnight Blue. Blue Note soul jazz from  the early sixties. I remember first hearing this when I was in high school on some sort of "Best of Blue Note" compilation borrowed from the public library, recorded and then force on anyone who I could listen in order to spread the jazz gospel.

Trio for Bass Instruments by Charles Wourinen

As played by the Group for Contemporary Music. One of the most lyrical of high modernists mucks about in the low registers for some interesting sounds and rhythms. Plus, it has the great David Taylor on bass trombone.

The Pusher - Nina Simone

The super funky lead-off to It Is Finished, a 1974 live album.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Playlist for the Unpopular Music webcast for October 17, 2015

I kind of pulled this program out of the ether at the last minute, but it's the kind of thing that I imagined doing if given the opportunity. I hope it comes out fine on your end.

See for yourself after the break ...

Friday, October 9, 2015

Webcast info for October 10, 2015

This weekend I'll be celebrating Columbus Day in the traditional manner - setting off on a traveling adventure, winding up someplace else entirely, and claiming that place as my own over the objections of those already living there. Also, by posting an previously heard episode of Unpopular Music.

This weekend it's the March 28, 2015 edition. Remember back when we thought winter would never end, and I played a show with a lot of saxophones, some African Music, some early 20th century classical pieces and a dramatic Acadian folk song? I sorta do. Let's look back together, Saturday at noon on Boston Free Radio (dot com).

Update: Or not.  It will be the July 5th, 2014 one yet again. Not sure why this happened.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Top 8 for October 8, 2015

Haven't done this in quite a while, but it was a good music day.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard - Musica Ricecarata - II: Mesto, rigido e cerimoniale

from the György Ligeti Edition, Volume 3

You may know it as the that three note piano piece from Eyes Wide Shut, but it's hauntingly effective in its simplicity.

Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure

The title song from their second album, Brian Eno's presence is strongly felt, just before his absence was.

J. S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A. O. Scott's Ode to Snobbery

"Urban Dictionary helpfully cites Paris Hilton and the Olsen twins as examples" of snobs, but I have no idea who those people are.

Before I dart off to hear some music from the Spanish Renaissance, let me direct you (although surely you've already read it) to New York Times film critic A. O. Scott's defense of snobbery, at least in the arts world. Scott, who was once accused by TV's most popular movie critic 1 of being too lightweight for the Times job, defends his tastes and attitudes admirably.