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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Webcast info for Januaty 12, 2019

It's the second week of January and I'm already slacking off. Well just some family obligations keeping me away from the Media Center this week. In my absence, we're presenting a repeat of the  January 7, 2017 episode.

As I said at the time, it features a "raucous first hour, [and a] contemplative, yet not, somnambulant second hour."

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Playlist for the Unpopular Music webcast for January 5, 2019

We have a kind of subdued program (though not without moments of exuberance) for what turned out to be a rather grey Saturday afternoon in Union Square. It's one of those "let's see what played on my phone the past week" kind of shows, and that's how it came out.


 
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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Webcast info for December 29, 2018



I'm still out of town for the Holidays, so to close out Unpopular Music for 2018, we are repeating the program which closed out 2017.

Feel free to ignore any references to the weather, as today is about 40° warmer than last December 30. The tunes are still hot though. This was program came mostly from the BFR library, which is rare for me, mostly jazzy and upbeat, with a too on the nose ending.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music webcast for December 22, 2018

On a grey and drizzly Saturday before Christmas, we bring you a set of Unpopular Christmas, at least not what they're playing at the mall. It's been a couple of years since I've done a full Christmas program, and now I remember why - Christmas songs are short! There's a lot of pieces to put together.



The program is bit more broken up by genre than is typical. We start with jazz a, as usual, but there's also a sort of Americana set, a bit more jazz followed by an upbeat set, before we bring you, on what is often a busy run-around day for may people, a bit of a chill-out, or contemplative set in the middle of the second hour.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for December 15, 2018

Music for a balmy mid-December afternoon (but not, you know, late-December - there's plenty of that music elsewhere.) There's a bunch of upbeat jazz in the first hour. I inadvertently follow the Verve Records rule and make the second song a ballad. The second more freeform hour gets a bit more contemplative before building back up.



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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for December 8, 2018

Definitely a variety show for you today. A couple of leftovers form last week. A few selections from my fallback artists. Some engaging bits of filler.





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Saturday, December 1, 2018

No. 1 for December 1, 2018

John Payne plays along with Slim Slow Slider at the Cambridge Public Library


I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that there has been no super-deluxe reissue of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. There has however been much other commemoration, particularly in written form.

One such item is local musician Ryan Walsh's book Astral Weeks: A secret history of 1968. Walsh led a presentation today at the Cambridge Public Library featuring most of the musicians from the band Morrison led in the Boston area in 1968 which first played the songs that ended up on the album, only to be replaced at the record company's insistence by studio cats for the recording.

The panel consisted of Walsh and three of the Boston musicians - John Payne (flute), Tom Kielbania (bass), Joey Bebo (drums). It was an enjoyable, but pretty standard panel discussion, but something amazing happened at the end.

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for December 1, 2018

A broad century-spanning program featuring few items from the German jazz label MPS, and a couple of items from the soon to be (or maybe not) lamentably late Free Music Archive.



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Friday, November 23, 2018

Webcast info for November 24, 2018

trying to hitch a ride out of town for the holiday
What with the Somerville Media Center being closed this weekend for some reason, I've decided to go off and visit my family. There fore today we are presenting a repeat of the August 4, 2018 episode.
This featured a couple of long contemplative pieces from Lee Morgan and Charles Lloyd, a few jazz (or at least jazzy) interpretations of popular songs (or at least "pop" songs) therefore rendering them unpopular.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for November 17, 2018

This week we hew to the usual jazzy first hour/not-so-jazzy second. No grand themes, just a bunch of music I've heard recently kind of raggedly assembled for your consideration.




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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for November 3, 2018

This week in recognition of the upcoming election, we present an artificact from your host's audio archive - a mixtape of political songs made in 1992 labeled "Revolution".

It is with a certain amount of trepidation that I turn over the programming to my 22-year-old self. It's easily the least jazzy, most rockin' episode in the series. The "unpopular" label is violated on several occasions. As for the political content of the songs, there's no real policy statements, essentially. At some level, you could just say it's a bunch of songs containing the word "revolution." At several occasions, there's a lot of bad language. It's more just a broad expression of where the roots of power should lie, who should benefit, and what our priorities should be. I don't distance myself from the politics presented, but sometimes worry if the proper context is clear. (For instance, I'm more pro-free speech than I am pro-outrageous-filth and its usual accompanying misogyny, and I certainly don't advocate political violence.)



Anyway, I don't think this is apt to change anyone's mind, but as last week's news showed us, people can be led to action when they hear their beliefs validated. With an opportunity to help change the direction of the country imminent, I can only help to do the same.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for October 27, 2018

Putting himself in meteorological peril merely by traveling to the studio, your host cast his fate to the wind to create a program with titles first reflecting the inclement weather, then the upcoming Hallowe'en festivities (boo). It sort of turned into a jazz show, but there's some pretentious 80's pop, plus a couple of rockin' selections. (For a proper Hallowe'en program check out John Funke's Backwoods Halloween Spooktacular on WMBR.org)



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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for October 20, 2018

Today we bring you a program unafraid to put Bartók and Stevie Wonder in the same set, among other choice pairings. A program which hopefully doesn't reflect the dreary morning in which it was assembled but rather the sunny fall afternoon when it was presented. (there's at least one song appropriate for that.)



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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for October 13, 2018

So, you took a few weeks off and had three weeks to put a program together. Surely it was finished well before 10:30 this morning? Ha! I say, Ha!

Truth be told, I did spend a good chunk of yesterday putting the results of a rainy day spent out-of-town on a street full of record stores1 on to the hard drive, so there was a bit more work than usual involved. Also we'll pay tribute to the late great Hamiet Bluiett.



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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Webcast info for October 6, 2018

Today is the third and last of some personal obligations keeping me away from the Somerville Media Center. Today we are successfully rebroadcasting the episode from May 2, 2015.

Recorded on a beautiful spring day, rather than a promising early fall day, with open studios, rather than Honk! getting people out. (that's not where I am by the way, not that you were wondering)

As I've said before, it's a good variety show episode, and one of the first to get much attention on Mixcloud. It starts out jazzy, and then goes through a Latin phase and a somewhat mellow section in the second hour. I think you'll enjoy.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Webcast info for September 29, 2018

This is the second week I have obligations keeping me away from the Media Center. I am fairly certain that this week, in place of a new live broadcast, we will present a classic episode from May 2, 2015. As I said last week, it's a good variety show episode, and one of the first to get much attention on Mixcloud. It starts out jazzy, and then goes through a Latin phase and a somewhat mellow section in the second hour. I think you'll enjoy.

Nope it was August 1, ,2015. Not sure how that happened. Will the third time be the charm.
The next live program is October 13.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Webcast info for September 22, 2018

I have some family and social obligations that will keep me away from the Media Center the next three weeks. This week in place of a new live broadcast, we will present a classic episode from May 2, 2015. Update: Nope, it was the October 21, 2017 again. Try again next week.


It's a good variety show episode, and one of the first to get much attention on Mixcloud. It starts out jazzy, and then goes through a Latin phase and a somewhat mellow section in the second hour. 5 think you'll enjoy.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for September 15, 2018

A somewhat arbitrary selection for this week, with the usual jazzy/freeform divide, perhaps a bit too reliant on the Unpopular Music All-Stars (Coltrane, Zappa, Berne, Frisell, DeJohnette, Mingus.) I pump myself up a bit for Bill Frisell's show in Cambridge tonight. I present a more typical Randy Weston selection. Two events in and out side the Media Center provides minimal distraction. This post gets edited on air. Something for everyone!


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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Playlist for the Unpopular Music Webcast for September 8, 2018

Today's program follows the usual template of jazzy first hour, less-jazzy second hour. We remember Randy Weston and Khaira Arby. (Over on Mixcloud, PFKToledo gives Randy a proper sendoff.) There's a jazzy-yet -haunting piece from between-wars Germany. There's some afro-jazz, some swinging library music, a few, let's say, "jazz-aware" classical pieces. And more, including a song which reminds me of my time working in the CD department of a bookstore where I had no jazz, or really any good records to play (imagine a context where the James Taylor Christmas Album is the album you actually look forward to.)




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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Webcast info for September 1, 2018


The Somerville Media Center is closed for the Labor Day Weekend, so in lieu of live webcast, we are rebroadcasting the episode from October 21, 2017. At the time I described it as "a somewhat arbitrary assortment of jazz, afro-pop, electronic, film music and a contemporary classical extravaganza."