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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Playlist for the Unpopular Music webcast for February 27, 2016

It was a chilly day in the BFR studio today. We have to rely on a space heater and I'm the first one here in since Thursday night, and strangely enough, it's actually been cold the last couple of days, almost as if it were February. For some reason there's some screaming kids out in the lobby and the segue editor is not working so I'm trying to hold it together.

We have a jazzy first hour, and a freeform second, with various bits of rhythm, with varying authenticities. Completely accidentally, we have both Genesis singers. You never know.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

RIP Umberto Eco

from the New York Times

“I’m not a fundamentalist saying there’s no difference between Homer and Walt Disney, but Mickey Mouse can be perfect in the sense that a Japanese haiku is.”

Likewise, I'm not saying there's no difference between Machaut and the Ex, but they're each perfect in their own way, and when one hears them next to each other the contrasts, and possibly the similarities illuminate each other, and perhaps become clearer.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Playlist for the Unpopular Music webcast for February 20, 2016

Kind of a scatterbrained show this week. Some jazz, some electronics. A jump from the 14th century to some arty punk rock. Last minute set changes, happy and unhappy accidents. Technical problems leading into music that sounds like technical problems. Something for everyone!

See the playlist after the break...

Friday, February 12, 2016

Webcast info for February 13, 2016

SCATV is closed for the President's Day weekend, so no live program, but I am the most confident I've been that the December 6, 2014 program will finally be rebroadcast while I escape the frigid Somerville climes by traveling north to even more frigid climes.

UPDATE - Well, maybe not...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

In which I can admit I'm wrong

I'm about a week late with this, but I had once joked that despite their respective decades of hard living, Leonard Bernstein would end up living a longer life than Keith Richards for the sole reason that in classical music one can't smoke onstage. (Along with the constant smoking, Lenny was also into booze and pills, and generally didn't take great care of himself.) Well, on February 4, Keith made it to day 26,346 (72 years, 1 month, 2 weeks, 2 days) moving past the maestro. Credit where credit is due, I suppose.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Playlist for the Unpopular Music webcast for February 6, 2016

Today, we dig out from the snow by digging the out sounds of Unpopular Music. (my that's clever, I'm going to sit back and enjoy it for a while ... okay)

I don't know about you, but yesterday, when the snow stopped and the sun came out (or dropped below the cloud line, really) it was quite beautiful, with some of the most amazing colors in the sky - pinks and blues and yellow. (No, I was not high.)

So with that in mind, we present a variety pack of music for a snowy morning. Just so you know, the fact that I open with a song called Snowy Morning Blues from an album called 100 Vintage Holiday Classics does not mean that I'm doing my long-threatened show of songs that get played at Christmas that have nothing to do with Christmas, but are actually really about winter. That time will come, I assure you, but not today.

See the playlist after the break...

webcast info - RIP Live 365

Just in case you haven't been paying attention to all the latest internet radio news, and the latest internet radio news suggests you haven't, Boston Free Radio's internet network Live 365 now belongs to the ages. Apple has also dropped iTunes Radio in favor of its paid streaming service, so as far as I know the only place to listen to the webcast is directly at the BFR website, or I guess the TuneIn app still works. It also seems like the metadata (artist, title, album) is not being displayed anywhere, but hopefully that will change.

Stay tuned.