July 25, 2014, First Half

Playlist:

Opening Set:

  • St. James Infirmary – Allen Toussaint (The Bright Mississippi, 2007)
  • Louie Louie – Robert Plant (Soundtrack to ‘Wayne’s World 2’, 1993)
  • Like Nothing That You’ve Seen – Mark Lindsay (Life Out Loud, 2013)
  • The Train Kept A Rollin’ – The Yardbirds (Having a Rave Up, 1965)
  • Bang a Gong (Get It On) – T. Rex (Electric Warrior, 1971)
  • Traveling Band – Creedence Clearwater Revival (Cosmo’s Factory, 1970)
  • The Curly Shuffle – Jump in the Saddle Band (Jump in the Saddle Band, 1983)
  • Hard Time – Walter Trout (The Blues Came Callin’, 2014)`

 

  • I Wanna Marry You – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (The River, 1980)
  • As Long as I (Can Be With You) – Patty Scialfa (Rumble Doll, 1993)

Evan James Springsteen, first-born son of Bruce Springsteen & Patti Scialfa, born on this day in 1992

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  • Beeswing – Richard Thompson (Acoustic Classics, 2014)
  • When the Spell is Broken – Richard Thompson (Acoustic Classics, 2014)
  • Fair Warning – The Rails (Fair Warning, 2014)
  • Bye Bye Baby – Mary Wells (Bye Bye Baby I Don’t Want to Take a Chance, 1961)
  • Got to Get You Off My Mind – Huey Lewis & The News (Soulsville, 2010)
  • Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – Leslie Zimei (Black and White, 2014)
  • I Don’t Know What You Got – Little Richard (Mr. Big, 1970)
  • Watch Your Back – Martha Reeves (Home to You, 2004)
  • Broken Bones & Pocket Change – St. Paul & The Broken Bones (Half the City, 2014)

The New Album from Leslie Zimei (Available at CDBaby.com and I-Tunes)

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July 25, 2014, Second Half

 

Playlist:

  • Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan (The ‘Royal Albert Hall’ Concert, 1966)
  • Cod’ine – Buffy Sainte-Marie (It’s My Way, 1964)
  • That’s Alright – Keb’ Mo’ (Bluesamericana, 2014)
  • Key to the Highway – Junior Wells (Live a Theresa’s, 1975)
  • Baila Mi Cha Cha – Neil Schon, Gregg Rolie, Jose Chepito Areas, Mike Shrieve, Alphonso Johnson, Mike Carabello (Abraxas Pool, 1997)
  • I Like It Like That – Pete Rodriguez (Soundtrack to ‘Chef’, 2014; Originally appeared on I Like It Like That, 1967)
  • Ball ‘n’ Chain – Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton (Ball ‘n’ Chain, 1968)
  • Hound Dog – Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton (Single, 1953)

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton (December 11, 1926 – July 25, 1984)

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  • See That My Grave is Kept Clean – Guy Davis (Juba Dance, 2013)
  • You Showed Me – The Verbs (Cover Story, 2014)
  • Black and White – Leslie Zimei (Black and White, 2014)
  • I Know There’s an Answer – Sonic Youth (Smiles, Vibes & Harmony, 1990)
  • Paper Sun – Traffic (Heaven is in Your Mind, 1969)
  • Midnight Sun – Ghost of a Saber-Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp) (Midnight Sun, 2014)
  • I Misunderstood – Richard Thompson (Acoustic Classics, 2014)
  • Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly & The Family Stone (Single 1969)

 

July 18, 2014, First Half

Playlist:

Opening Set

  • St. James Infirmary – Allen Toussaint (The Bright Mississippi, 2007)
  • Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Huey Lewis & The News (Sports, 1984)
  • Party Town – Glenn Frey (No Fun Aloud, 1982)
  • New York City – John Lennon, Yoko Ono & The Elephants Memory Band (Sometime in New York City, 1972)
  • Don’t Look Back – Fine Young Cannibals (The Raw & The Cooked, 1989)
  • Teenage City – The Dahlmanns (All Dahled Up, 2011)
  • Bang! – The Raveonettes (In and Out of Control, 2009)
  • It’s a Wild Weekend – NRBQ (Wild Weekend, 1989)
  • 21st Century Chicken Shack Back Blues – Andy Statman (Old Brooklyn, 2011)
  • Baby, What You Want Me to Do? – Dion (Bronx in Blue, 2005)
  • Blue Suede Shoes – Dion (Heroes: Giants of Early Guitar Rock, Volume 1, 2008)

Happy Birthday, Dion DiMucci (1939)

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  • Blue Anthem – Charlie Haden & The Liberation Music Orchestra (Not in Our Name, 2003)
  • I Won’t Grow Up – Rickie Lee Jones (Pop Pop, 1991)

Charlie Haden (August 6, 1937 – July 11, 2014)

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  • Why Do You Treat Me So Bad? – Martha Reeves (Home to You, 2004)

Happy Birthday, Martha Reeves (1941)

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  • I Put a Spell on You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (At Home with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, 1956)

Screamin’ Jay (Jalacy) Hawkins (1929 – Februaryy 12, 2000)

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  • Rag Doll – The Four Seasons (Rag Doll, 1964)
  • Chelsea Girls – Nico (Chelsea Girl, 1967)

Nico (Christa Paffgen) (October 16, 1938 – July 18, 1988)

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July 18, 2015, Second Half

Playlist:

  • Blitzkrieg Bop –The Ramones (The Ramones, 1976)
  • Do You Wanna Dance? – The Ramones (Rocket to Russia, 1977)
  • I Don’t Care – The Ramones (Rocket to Russia, 1977)
  • Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – The Ramones (Rocket to Russia, 1977)
  • California Sun – The Ramones (Leave Home, 1977)
  • I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend – The Ramones (The Ramones, 1976)
  • Sheena is a Punk Rocker – The Ramones (Rocket to Russia, 1977)
  • Oh, Oh, I Love Her So – The Ramones (Leave Home, 1977)

Tommy Ramone (Erdelyi) (January 29, 1949 – July 11, 2014)

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    • Tribute to Muddy – Johnny Winter (The Progressive Blues Experiment, 1969)
    • When You Got a Good Friend – Johnny Winter (Johnny Winter, 1969)
    • Highway 61 Revisited – Johnny Winter (Second Winter, 1969)
    • Further on Up the Road – Johnny Winter with Jimmy Vivino (Roots, 2011)
    • Jumpin’ Jack Flash – Johnny Winter And (Johnny Winter And Live!, 1971)

Johnny Winter (John Dawson Winter III) (February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014)

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  • Johnny’s Garden – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Live 1974, 2014)
  • The Lee Shore – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Live 1974, 2014)
  • Love Art Blues – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Live 1974, 2014)
  • Military Madness – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Live 1974, 2014)
  • Ain’t There Something Money Can’t Buy – Nick Waterhouse (Holly, 2014)
  • Gotta Get Away – The Black Keys (Turn Blue, 2014)
  • Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly & The Family Stone (Single, 1969)

July 4, 2014, First Half

Playlist:

  • Lou Gehrig’s Farewell Speech – Yankee Stadium, July 4, 1939
  • St. James Infirmary – Allen Toussaint (The Bright Mississippi, 2007)
  • You’re Going to Need Somebody – Continental Drifters (Listen, Listen, 2001)
  • Mother and Child Reunion – Paul Simon (Paul Simon, 1972)
  • Happy Troubadour – Jeremy Spencer (Coventry Blue, 2014)
  • Thomas the Rhymer – Steeleye Span (Now We Are Six, 1974)
  • Lazaretto – Jack White (Lazaretto, 2014)
  • Streets of Tangier – SQURL (‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ Soundtrack, 2014)
  • Gimme Shelter – Patti Smith (Twelve, 2007)
  • Copper Coin – Edward Rogers (Kaye, 2014)
  • Lonely Days – The Bee Gees (2 Years On, 1970)
  • A Day in the Life – The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)
  • Dingly Dell – Lindisfarne (Dingly Dell, 1972)
  • Kick – Conor Oberst (Upside Down Mountain, 2014)
  • In a Miracle – Chrissie Hynde (Stockholm, 2014)
  • 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle, 1973)
  • Freak Flag – Chemical Wedding (RTZ (Return to Zero), 1993)
  • Holly – Nick Waterhouse (Holly, 2014)
  • What’s Wrong – Adam Marsland (from Cockeyed Ghost) (Long Promised Road: The Songs of Dennis and Carl Wilson, 2007)
  • A Special Life – John Mayall (A Special Life, 2014)
  • Speak of the Devil – John Mayall (A Special Life, 2014)

Birthdays:

alan wilsonAlan Wilson (Canned Heat)

July 4, 1943 – September 3, 1970

jeremy spencerJeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac)

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July 4, 2014, Second Half

Playlist:

  • Mayall’s Piano Boogie – Walter Trout (The Blues Came Callin’, 2014)
  • Nobody Moves Me Like You Do – Walter Trout (The Blues Came Callin’, 2014)
  • My time Ain’t Long – Canned Heat (Future Blues, 1970)
  • Coventry Blues – Jeremy Spencer (Coventry Blues, 2014)
  • Drive-in Movies – Ray LaMontagne (Supernova, 2014)
  • Drive-In – The Beach Boys (All Summer Song, 1964)
  • Just One Drink – Jack White (Lazaretto, 2014)
  • Time to Remember – Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters (Good News, 2014)
  • Change is Gonna Come – Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters (Good News, 2014)
  • It’s All Over Now – The Rolling Stones (12 X 5, 1964)
  • Fire and Rain – Bobby Womack (Communication, 1971)
  • And I Love Her – Bobby Womack (Understanding, 1972)
  • Just Like a Baby – Sly & The Family Stone (There’s a Riot Goin’ On, 1971)
  • Trust Me – Janis Joplin (Pearl, Recorded-1970; Released-1971)
  • Lookin’ For a Love – Sam Moore & Jon Bon Jovi (Overnight Sensational, 2006)
  • Lookin’ For a Love – The Valentinos featuring Bobby Womack (Single, 1972)
  • The Harlem Shuffle – The Rolling Stones (Dirty Work, 1986)
  • Across 110th Street – Bobby Womack (Single, 1972)
  • That’s the Way I Feel About ‘Cha – Bobby Womack (Communication, 1971)
  • Lou Gehrig’s Farewell Speech – Gary Cooper (‘Pride of the Yankees’)

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March 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014

 

Record Review: KAYE by Edward Rogers

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KAYE – Edward Rogers (Zip Records, 2014) Michael J. Mand, June 28, 2014   For those of you unfamiliar with the name Kevin Ayers, let’s just say that he was a major factor in the inception of the psychedelic music scene in England in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.  He has been associated with the likes of Syd Barrett, Mike Oldfield, Brian Eno, John Cale and a host of others and he was a founding member and the bass player of the band, Soft Machine.  Throughout his career, at least the early portion, Ayers struggled with alcohol and drugs.  He died in his sleep in February, 2013, at the age of 68, and his passing made only a slight ripple in music news basically because he lived much of his later years as a recluse in the south of France.

Fortunately English expatriate and current New Yorker, Edward Rogers, has taken it upon himself to offer a living legacy to Ayers on his latest album, KAYE, the title of which is a direct reference.  Although, not a concept album in the literal sense of the word, the music of Rogers’ past permeates this collection in a most engaging manner and the influences are most obvious.  The over-arching message of this collection might appear, if one were to infer from the song titles, to be one of measured pessimism – a longing for the better, simpler times of the past that are history – tempered with reluctant acceptance of the age in which we live today (“What Happened to the News Today”).  That’s what it would seem on the surface.  But upon closer examination, it’s more than calculated compliance; there’s a healthy dose of maturity.  The message is clear and the lesson is learned.  Rogers has come to terms with his present and KAYE is how he lets us in on this.

The album opens strongly enough with “My Street”, a song that could have come straight out of an unreleased Velvet Underground session; but this is not unusual for Rogers.  “My Street” sets the tone both musically and verbally.  He sings about where he was born and how it was supposed to be; how he thought it would be.  But in the chorus he sings: “…it’s all changed now; some say for the better.   But I remember back and disagree”.  Even the negative imagery of the past is depicted in a positive light:  “…The chimney smoke gave the evening moon a misty glare.”  Often revisionist memory clouds the reality.  And he concludes:  “On the street where I was born, here I am on the street forvever to stay”, figuratively, of course.  So the message is clear.  It’s all changed for sure, but it’s no longer a problem; it was once, but no more.   Life was simpler, but we grow up…if we’re lucky.  And that is what KAYE is all about.

The title track is a personal statement of thanks from the singer/composer to his subject.  It’s a painfully honest tribute to Ayers who lived the life and lifestyle of a rock ‘n’ roll artist in all ways and who was an obvious influence on Rogers.  The chorus expands on the words found on a note next to Ayers bed when he died:  “You don’t shine if you don’t burn.”  That was Ayers doctrine in one sentence. Perhaps, in some way, it’s Rogers’ as well.  (Aside:  that note that was found was not thought to be connected to Ayers’ death.)  To add impact to the fitting tribute, Rogers does a respectable cover of a Kevin Ayers’ single, from 1974, “After the Show”.  The song actually appears earlier on the disc.  It’s a more pop oriented song than one would expect from Ayers, especially if you are only familiar with his Soft Machine material (as I am).

Although not nearly as “out there” and avant garde as most Soft Machine albums – certainly you won’t hear “all that jazz” – KAYE does follow the Machine’s multi-faceted path of its long player albums.  There is the usual dose of unconventional rock ‘n’ roll paired with songs of uncompromising beauty.  We listeners are captivated by the folkier melody of “Copper Coin”, with harmonies reminiscent of the pre-‘Saturday Night Fever’ Bee Gees, and guided by the energizing guitar work of virtuoso, Pete Kennedy of The Kennedys.  “Coin” is followed directly by another vocal-driven song with even stronger harmonies, “Borrowed and Blue”, the closing lyric of which might imply downright abjection:   “Nothing left to say but to stay away, Time won’t heal truth revealed today, Too much hurt wasted needlessly, The dream was lost by reality”, but who’s heady melody indicates otherwise.  We get it.

KAYE is capped with “Peter Pan Dream” which, in its eight minutes, lays it all out on the line.  Growing up is inevitable, even desirable.  A child’s life may be appealing in its simplicity and lack of responsibility, and we’d all like to hold on as long as we can, but eventually it must be left behind:  “The real world caught him and it wouldn’t go away. Forced to face the realities of today, he and his shadow now here to stay.”  As are we.

Great albums seem to come in threes and KAYE is the third in a string of gems that began with 2010’s SPARKLE LANE and continued with PORCELAIN, released in 2012.  All three were either produced or co-produced by Don Piper who is almost always seen to Rogers’ left when they perform on stage.  Once again they call upon his usual cast of musicians consisting of Sal Maeda on bass, Kennedy, Piper and James Mastro on guitar and Joe McGinty on keyboards, all of whom clearly understand Rogers’ music almost as well as he does.  The only new name (for me, that is) is drummer, Dennis Diken.  Admittedly, Rogers does not possess music’s strongest voice – an argument could be made that that distinction belongs to his friend, the lead vocalist from The Zombies, Colin Blunstone – but his voice is more than adequately expressive and appropriately emotional and suits his songs rather well.  Besides, his support team is spectacular.

Even in the narrower world of the music industry, Rogers understands what we all, artist and listener alike, must accept; that we’ve probably aged out of mainstream music.  Popular music targets a younger audience and commercial success will be granted to a new generation, one that has figured out the digital world.  For the rest of us it’s just about the music, only the music.  And quite simply, KAYE is a superior album best absorbed as a single successful unit with its individual working parts all achieving a common goal.  The Peter Pan dream is over, but a responsible adult remains and that, my friends, brings us ultimate satisfaction and greater rewards.  Rogers understands this.

Ultimately, we are reminded that Kevin Ayers may be gone, but we live on.  We don’t forget the past – we’re not supposed to – but, for better or worse – the decision is ours - we live in the now.  And so does KAYE.

June 20, 2014, First Half

Playlist:

  • St. James Infirmary – Allen Toussaint (The Bright Mississippi, 2007)
  • Walking the Dog – The Troggs (Live at Max’s Kansas City, 1981)
  • Nightlight – The Dollyrots (Barefoot and Pregnant, 2014)
  • I’m a Believer – Robert Wyatt (Single, 1974)
  • Delirious Love – Neil Diamond with Brian Wilson (12 Songs, 2005)
  • Don’t You Just Know It – Jan Berry & Brian Wilson (Single, 1973?)
  • Glad All Over – The Verbs (Cover Story, 2014)
  • Going Back Home – Roger Daltrey & WilKo Johnson (Going Back Home, 2014)
  • Song for My Father – Horace Silver (Song for My Father, 1965)
  • Poor Butterfly – Yusef Lateef (The Last Savoy Sessions, 2000)
  • It’s Too Late – Carole King (Tapestry, 1971)
  • One Fine Day – The Chiffons (One Fine Day, 1963)
  • I Wanna Be With You – The Raspberries (Fresh, 1972)
  • Down Home – Spring (Spring, 1971)
  • Tapestry – Don McLean (Tapestry, 1970)d
  • Respectable – Don McLean (Tapestry, 1970)
  • Orphans of Wealth – Don McLean (Tapestry, 1970)
  • Pleasant Valley Sunday – The Monkees (Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, 1968)

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Horace Silver – September 2, 1928 – June 18, 2014

 

June 20, 2014, Second Half

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Gerry Goffin – February 11, 1939 – June 19, 2014

Playlist:

  • Never Too Late to Rock and Roll – Gerry Goffin (Back Room Blood, 1996)
  • Death to the Printed Word – Gerry Goffin (Back Room Blood, 1996)
  • Down on the Street – Gerry Goffin (It Ain’t Exactly Entertainment, 1973)
  • Here Comes Summer – Jerry Keller (Single, 1959)
  • V-a-c-a-t-i-o-n – Connie Francis (Single, 1962)
  • Summer Means Fun – The Chesterfield Kings (Surfin’ Rampage, 1997)
  • Summertime, Summertime – The Jamies (Single, 1958)
  • Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini – Brian Hyland (The Bashful Blond, 1960)
  • Girls on the Beach – The Beach Boys (All Summer Long, 1964)
  • Come On, Let’s Go – Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids (Sons of the Beach, 1975)
  • Palisades Park – Freddy Cannon (Single, 1962)
  • Surf City – Jan & Dean (Surf City & Other Swingin’ Cities)
  • See You in September – The Happenings (The Happenings, 1966)
  • Save Your Heart for Me – Gary Lewis & The Playboys (A Session with Gary Lewis & The Playboys, 1965)
  • Sealed with a Kiss – Brian Hyland (Single, 1962)
  • Girl Don’t Tell Me – The Beach Boys (Summer Days (and Summer Nights, 1965)
  • The Private Lives of Bill and Sue – The Beach Boys (That’s Why God Made the Radio, 2012)
  • Heroes and Villiams – The Beach Boys (SMiLE, 1967)
  • A Friend Like You – Brian Wilson with Paul McCartney (Gettin’ In Over My Head, 2004)
  • The Spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Brian Wilson with Bob Dylan (Sweet Insanity bootleg, 1994)
  • She Says that She Needs Me – Brian Wilson (Imagination, 1998)
  • Surf’s Up – David Crosby, Vince Gill & Jimmy Webb (An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson, 2001)
  • I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times – The Beach Boys (Pet Sounds, 1966)
  • Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys (Pet Sounds, 1966)

Happy Birthday, Brian Wilson (1942)

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This is one of my favorite pictures of Brian.  It came from the SUNFLOWER album, 1970

 

June 13, 2014, First Half

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Playlist:

  • St. James Infirmary – Allen Toussaint (The Bright Mississippi, 2007)
  • Keep the Customer Satisfied – Simon & Garfunkel (Bridge Over Troubled Water, 1970)
  • Luckiest Man – King Khan & The Shrines (Idle No More, 2013)
  • Holly – Nick Waterhouse (Holly, 2014)
  • I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King (Tapestry, 1971)
  • Words – The Monkees (Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, 1967)
  • I’m Gonna Dry My Eyes – The Chiffons (One Fine Day, 1963)
  • Call Me – St. Paul & The Broken Bones (Half the City, 2014)
  • Trapped Again – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (Hearts of Stone, 1978)
  • Wishing You Were Here – Chicago (Chicago VII, 1974)
  • All This is That – The Beach Boys (Carl & The Passions – So Tough, 1972)
  • Tonight I Fell in Love – The Happenings (Single, 1966)
  • Mercy, Mercy – The Rolling Stones (Out of Our Heads, 1965)
  • Love and Mercy – Brian Wilson (Brian Wilson, 1988)
  • Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – The Buckinghams (Time and Charges, 1967)
  • Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology) – Marvin Gaye (What’s Going On, 1971)
  • This is a Game – Nick Waterhouse (Holly, 2014)
  • Time of the Season – The Zombies (Odessey & Oracle, 1968)
  • Soul Sacrifice – Santana (Santan, 1969)
  • Do You Wanna Dance? – The Mamas & Papas (If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, 1966)