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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Playlist for the Unpopular Music webcast for October 3, 2015

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Playlist and more, after the break...


While listening to the show in the studio, I read a few articles online about "Ode to Billy Joe", and found frustrating the irritation people get about the song's lack of specificity. To me, obviously, the vagueness is what makes the song great. Do we really want a work of art (music, fiction, painting, poetry, what have you) to tell us everything. Why would we go back? Trying to figure out what happened is the listener's job. There's enough there for you to build your own tale (Roger Ebert's review of the movie where someone tried to fill in the blanks for you begins "Now that I know why Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge, I almost wish I didn't."), to have your own mysterious object thrown from the bridge (although I think it's pretty obvious, but it's something that people don't like to discuss, especially in 1967, let alone now). This is just a pop song, albeit a great one, but it fulfills an obligation of great art that only the fiercest snob would deny.


artist song album comment label / date
Katie Lee Real Sick Sounds Songs of Couch and Consultation 1st part of theme Commentary Records
1957
Naked City Inside Straight Naked City 2nd part of theme Nonesuch
1989
Steve Lacy Sextet Gay Paree Bop The Gleam Steve Lacy (ss) Steve Potts (as) Irène Aebi (vln, voc) Bobby Few (p) Jean-Jacques Avenel (b) Oliver Johnson (d)
music by Steve Lacy, poem by Brion Gysin
Silkheart
1986
Robert Whitney / the Louisville Orchestra Symphony No. 15 ("Thesis"), HC 887 - 1st Movement: 3. Presto Henry Cowell: Works for Orchestra music by Henry Cowell First Edition
1961
Booker Ervin and Larry Young Autumn Leaves Gumbo! Booker Ervin (ts) Larry Young (org)
Jerry Thomas (d)
Prestige
1963


Wayne Horvitz This New Generation This New Generation music behind DJ Nonesuch
1985
Sarah Vaughan Teach Me Tonight How Long Has This Been Going On? Sarah Vaughan (voc) Oscar Peterson (p) Joe Pass (g) Ray Brown (b) Louie Bellson (d)
song by Gene DePaul and Sammy Cahn
Pablo
1978
Nina Simone My Baby Just Cares for Me Little Girl Blue Nina Simone (voc, p) Jimmy Bond (b) Albert "Tootie" Heath (d)
song by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn
Bethlehem
1957


Chet Baker Blame It On My Youth sings and plays from the film Let's Get Lost Chet Baker (trp, voc) Frank Strazzeri (p) John Leftwich (b)
song by Edward Heyman and Oscar Levant
Novus
1987
Karin Krog and Dexter Gordon Ode to Billy Joe Don't Just Sing: A Karin Krog Anthology 1963-1999 Dexter Gordon (ts) Kenny Drew (p) Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (b) Espen Rud (d)
song by Bobbie Gentry
originally from Some Other Spring, Blues and Ballads
hear an interview with WFMU's DJ Trouble
Light in the Attic
1970
Count Basie and Joe Williams The Comeback Count Basie Swings & Joe Williams Sings Reunald Jones, Wendell Culley, Thad Jones, Joe Newman (tp), Bill Hughes, Henry Coker, Benny Powell (tb), Marshall Royal (as, cl), Bill Graham (as), Frank Wess (as, ts, fl), Frank Foster (ts, arr), Charlie Fowlkes (bs, b-cl), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Eddie Jones (b), and Sonny Payne (d)song by Charles Frazier, arr. by Frank Foster Verve
1955
Fats Waller I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby The 1935 Transcriptions song by Fats Waller and Alex Hill Naxos
1935
Aimee Mann Nothing is Good Enough Magnolia [Original Soundtrack] music behind DJ Reprise
1999
What Cheer? Brigade Ja Helo Return to the Somerville Theater Trad. Czech; arr. Infernal Noise Brigade 2010
Asiko Rock Group Lagos City Asiko Rock Group music behind DJ EMI
1972
Bang on a Can All-Stars Instructional Video Big Beautiful Dark and Scary Ashley Bathgate (vc) Robert Black (b) Vicky Chow (p) David Cossin (prc)
Mark Stewart (g) Evan Ziporyn (clt)
music by David Longstreth
Cantloupe
2011
Meridian Brothers Somos los Residentes Salvadora Robot music by Eblis Álvarez Soundway Records
2014
Ornette Coleman and Prime Time Guadalupe Tone Dialing Ornette Coleman (as) Dave Bryant (keys) Chris Rosenberg, Ken Wessel (g) Bradley Jones, Al MacDowell, Chris Walker (b) Denardo Coleman (d) Badal Roy (tbl) Harmalodic
1995
Jaco Pastorius (Used To Be A) Cha-Cha Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius (b) Hubert Lawes (pcc) Herbie Hancock(p) Lenny White(d) Don Alias (prc) Epic
1976
Talking Heads I Zimbra Fear of Music
David Byrne (voc, g) Jerry Harrison (g, keys, voc) Tina Weymouth (b, voc) Chris Frantz (d) Brian Eno (electronic treatments, voc) Julie Last (voc) Robert Fripp (g) Ari, Gene Wilder, Hassam Ramzy, Abdou M'Boup, Assane Thiam (prc)
music by Brian Eno and David Byrne, poem by Hugo Ball
Sire
1979
John Zorn The Golden Boat (Turntable Mix) Filmworks 1986–1990 Vicki Bodner (ob), Robert Quine (g), Anthony Coleman (k),Carol Emanuel (h), David Shea (trntbl), Mark Dresser (b), Ciro Baptista (p), Bobby Previtte (d) Tzadik
1990
Luciano Berio; Ensemble Musique Vivante; Chorale Expérimentale Laborintus 2 - Deuxieme Partie Laborintus 2 Christiane Legrand, Janette Baucomont (sop), Claudine Meunier (alt) Edoardo Sanguineti (spk)
music by Luciano Berio, text by Edoardo Sanguineti
Harmonia Mundi
1970
Jaki Byard The Hollis Stomp Solo Piano

Prestige
1969
Roland Kirk with the Benny Golson Orchestra Roland Speaks The Roland Kirk Quartet Meets The Benny Golson Orchestra
Roland Kirk (ts, misc.) Virgil Jones, Richard Williams (trp) Charles Greenlee, Tom McIntosh (tbn) Harold Mabern (p) Richard Davis (b) Albert Heath (d) Benny Golson (cnd, arr)


Mercury
1963
The Section Lucky Strung Out On OK Computer: The String Quartet Tribute To Radiohead
music behind DJ
Vitamin
2001
The Go! Team Everyone's a VIP to Someone Thunder, Lightning, Strike
samples Everybody's Talkin" by Fred Neil and "Stoned Soul Picnic" written by Laura Nyro as performed by The 5th Dimension
Memphis Industries
2004

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