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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Playlist for the Unpopular Music webcast for December 5, 2015


A few days ago, when it was still November for a few more hours, I was in line at the supermarket check out, with headphones on as per usual, over which, before I took them off to interact with the cashier1, was playing the Beatles' "In my life" (one of John Lennon's greatest songs) to be greeted, for the first time of the season, by the strains of "Happy Xmas (War is Over)", one of Lennon's worst.2 And so, this is Christmas...

Today we offer some music other than what bothers you while you're waiting in the check-out line when you feel it's too early for Christmas music (who does Christmas shopping at the grocery store anyway?). A jazzy first hour, that ends with a couple of pop songs. An, I-don't-know, atmospheric, contemplative, ponderous second hour follows.

Playlist and footnotes after the break...
1 For those of you who have never worked in retail, this is the civilized thing to do. This applies to talking on your mobile phone as well.

2 The most irredeemable part - "Now - ow - ow - ow." Even before the children start singing it.

artist song album comment label / date
Katie Lee Real Sick Sounds Songs of Couch and Consultation 1st part of theme Commentary Records
Naked City Inside Straight Naked City 2nd part of theme Nonesuch
Thelonious Monk Off Minor Monk's Music Take 4
Ray Copeland (trp) Gigi Gryce (as) Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane (ts) Wilbur Ware (b) Art Blakey (d)
Wayne Shorter Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum Speak No Evil Wayne Shorter (ts) Freddie Hubbard (trp) Herbie Hancock (p) Ron Carter (b) Elvin Jones (d) Blue Note
Sonny Clark Blues Mambo Blues Mambo Sonny Clark (p) George Duvivier (b) Max Roach (d) West Wind
Wayne Horvitz This New Generation This New Generation music behind DJ Elektra Musician
Ground Zero Yume no Hansyu Ground Zero Plays Standards Otomo Yoshihide (turntables) Uchihaski Kazuhisa (g) Matsubara Sachiko (syn) Kikucki Naruyoshi (ss, ts) Tanaka Yukimo (shamisen, voc) Nasuno Mitsuru (b, voc) Uemura Masahiro, Yoshigaki Yasuhiro (prc), Phew (voc)
composition by Phew and Yamamoto Seiichi
Thomas Stevens, members of the Westwood Woodwind Quintet Two Little Serious Pieces - I: Allegro Thomas Stevens, Trumpet Thomas Stevens (trp) Gretel Shanley (pcc) Peter Christ (obe) David Atkins (clt) Roger Greenberg (bs)
composition by Silvestre Revueltas
Crystal Records

John Tchicai & Cadentia Nova Danica This is Heaven Afrodisiaca John Tchicai (as, ss) Hugh Steinmetz (trp) Willem Breuker (ts) Pierre Doerge (g) Theo Rahbek (trp) Mauritz Tchicai (trb, sph) Joergen Thorup (clt) Michael Schou (as, flt) Willy Jagert (oph)Sune Weimar (as) Christian Kyhl (as, ss) Mogens Bollerup (ts) Ole Kühl (ts, as) Ole Matthissen, Ole Thilo (org) Claus Boeje, Jon Finsen (d) Anthony Barnett (prc, tbl)
music by Talbot O'Farrell
Orrin Evans Mumbo Jumbo Liberation Blues Sean Jones (trp) JD Allen (ts) Orrin Evans (p) Luques Curtis (b) Bill Stewart (d)
tune by Paul Motian
Smoke Sessions Records
Bud Powell Ornithology The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 Bud Powell (p)
Tommy Potter (b) Roy Haynes (d)
tune by Charlie Parker and Barry Harris
Blue Note
Tinariwen Imidiwan Ma Tenam Tassili
with guest guitarist Nels Cline
song by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib
Spaceheads Trip To The Moon Trip To The Moon EP music behind DJ Electric Brass
Sean Rowe Horses The Salesman & The Shark Sean Rowe (voc, g) Woody Jackson (g, keys) Gus Seyffert (b) Danny Frankel (d) Davey Chegwidden (prc) Jennavive Varga (vln) Octetto Magnifico Anti

Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets Raging Eyes The Quality Holiday Revue (Live) Nick Lowe (voc, g) Eddie Angel, Danny Amis (g) Pete Curry (b) Jason Smay (d) Yep Roc Records
Yo La Tengo Georgia vs. Yo La Tengo Summer Sun music behind DJ Matador
Thomas Stevens and Michael Peters Encounters III, for trumpet and percussion - I: Strategy Thomas Stevens, Trumpet composition by William Craft Crystal Records
John Medeski and Sō Percussion Terminals 5 [excerpt] Terminals composition by Bobby Previte Cantaloupe
Bing & Ruth And Then It Rained City Lake David Moore (p, composer) Jeremy Viner, Patrick Breiner (clt) Greg Heffernan, Leigh Stuart (vc) Becca Stevens, Jean Rohe (voc) Jeff Ratner(b) Myk Freedman (lap-steel g) Mike Effenberger (tape-delay) Chris Berry (prc) RVNG Intl.
Ennio Morricone Astrazione Con Ritmo Crime And Dissonance From the film Il Serpente Ipecac Records
amalgamated Borborygmus IX amalgamated Amalgamated is:
Phil Klampe
Bob Newell
Cory Bengtsen
Mike Richards
D. Petri
Intangible Cat sometime between 2004 and 2007
Jace Clayton Gay Guerrilla - Part V The Julius Eastman Memory Depot David Friend, Emily Manzo (p)
Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) (elec)
New Amsterdam 2013

Roomful of Teeth The Ascendant - The Fence is Gone Render composition by Wally Gunn
special guest Jason Treuting on percussion
New Amsterdam 2015
Boston Symphony Chamber Players Contrasts, for violin, clarinet and piano, BB 116 - III: Sebes (first dance) Harold Wright - Clarinet Concert No. 5 Joseph Silverstein (vln, RIP) Harold Wright (clt) Gilbert Kalish (p)
Boston Records
Manu Dibango Lakisane Manu Dibango (aka Collection Blanche) music behind DJ
disques fesstival
Dave Douglas Etiquette High Risk Dave Douglas (trp) Shigeto (elec) Johnathan Maron (b) Mark Guiliana (d)

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