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DoubleJust when you thought it was safe to let all those John Lennon tunes slide into the back of your mind again: The John Lennon: Beatles and Beyond show will have one final manifestation this Sunday night at Cafe Paradiso, beginning at 7:30 PM.

Meanwhile, remember Let It Be...Naked?  The remixed version without Phil Spector's Wall of Syrup all over the tracks?  To be honest, most of those original versions have been available in one form or another since even before Let It Be itself was released, so I wasn't all that impressed.

But now there's a companion album - or so the marketing department would have you think: Double Fantasy - Stripped Down.  Same idea, but applied to the last Lennon/Ono album before he died.  It's just John & Yoko and the band on their respective tracks, for the most part, without the big production and the miles of echo that John always had on his voice.  

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    Oct 05
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    8:00 pm
  • Sat
    Oct 09
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Pinocchio is 70 years old - Walt Disney's version, anyway.  (The original story was published as a serial in Italy beginning in 1881)

I must admit that as much as I admire the animation and the beautiful oil colors used in its creation, I've always found this movie almost impossible to sit through because of all the finger-wagging preachiness in the script.  

And the Disney version is a libertine's fantasy compared to the original story, in which Pinocchio kills the cricket (not known as Jiminy then, obviously) and gets hanged as a thief in the end.  The publisher had to plead with the author to write additional chapters in which Pinocchio is redeemed and eventually becomes a real boy.

Still, it's as good an opportunity as any to pull out all my puppet/dummy-themed material, which I will pass on to you listeners with no strings attached.

Tuesday, 10/5/10  8-10 PM  Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.



This week marks KRUU's fourth dazzling year as a broadcast-media giant, so the I.W.H will as usual present its annual salute to wireless telegraphy.  And by the way, did you know that the origin of the term broadcasting is agricultural, meaning "scattering seeds widely", and that the word radio is based on the verb "to radiate"?  If that ain't KRUU, I don't know what is.

And although John Lennon's 70th Birthday isn't until October 9th, this week's show will also feature a few rarities from Dr. Winston O'Boogie in honor of the upcoming Lennon tribute show at the Sondheim this Saturday and Sunday.  (You are planning to go, aren't you?)


Why do I find it ironic that the official website for The International Day of Peace is not functional as I write this?  Still, September 21st is the designated day, and the I.W.H. will do its part with an hour of appropriate music.

Lennonpeace That radical peacenik John Lennon is likely to show up for the occasion.

Equally weird is the fact that some calendars declare the start of autumn to be September 22nd this year, while others say the 23rd.  In either case, the seasonal shift must and will be welcomed with song a little later in the show.

FrithIf you're an aficionado of British progressive/experimental rock of the '70's, or a follower of New York City's 'Downtown' music scene you may have heard of Fred Frith.  Otherwise probably not.

Fred Frith is a composer, improvisor and multi-instrumentalist.  He's worked in rock, jazz, classical, and completely undefinable contexts since the late 60's.  He's written music for dance, film and theater.  He has played on over 400 albums.  Guitar Player magazine said that his album, Guitar Solos " to mainstream guitar what quantum mechanics is to auto mechanics."  He also plays violin, keyboards and xylophone, among other instruments.

You can read more about him here:  He's also the subject of the documentary film Step Across the Border, which is available from Netflix.

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You say you're creeping up on retirement age and you still haven't decided what you want to be when you grow up?

Take a tip from Grandma Moses (1860-1961) - an inspiration to late-bloomers everywhere: after giving up a career in embroidery due to arthritis (and after giving birth to ten children and raising the five which survived) she took up painting at the age of 70.

Over the next three decades (she lived to be 101) she created over 3600 paintings and became a worldwide phenomenon.  One of her paintings hangs in the White House. Another was auctioned off in 2006 for $1.2 million dollars.  Not bad for an amateur who never had a single art lesson.

And if that's not a sufficient claim to fame, the character of 'Granny' in The Beverly Hilbillies was given the name 'Daisy Moses' in her honor.




Every music geek in the world has at least one band that they think deserves wider recognition.  As regular I.W.H. listeners (both of them) know by now, mine is NRBQ.

It's a minority opinion, of course, but that minority includes, PaQ2ul McCartney, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Costello, among many others.  If you've never heard of them you can read a quick synopsis here:

BradburyRay Bradbury turns 90 this week.

I was a complete sci-fi geek during my teen years - subscribed to the magazines, bought the paperbacks by the ton.  I don't remember when I stumbledMartianonto Ray Bradbury's work, or what the first story of his that I read was.  But I knew I'd found something special almost immediately.  Here was a writer who wasn't trying to impress me with high-flown concepts or dazzle me with futuristic technology, though his stories often had both of those elements.  He really seemed to be trying to get me to pay attention to the world around me, to see the beauty and poetry and wonder in everyday life - even when the stories took place on Mars.


From nearly the beginning of the recording era it was an accepted truism that if a song was a hit for one artist it could very well become a hit for another.  In fact, several times during the 1940's the #1 song was knocked off of the top spot by another version of the same song.  During the 1960's if Motown Records had a hit with one artist then they would have several of their other artists cover the song as well, just in case.

And the 60's were such an active period of musical cross-pollination that a Top 40 hit would often be recorded by musicians in half a dozen other genres as well, from jazz to easy-listening.  Case in point: Light My Fire by The Doors, a song that has been recorded dozens of times, from the 60's to the present, and was in fact also a hit for Jose Feliciano.  


Whaddya say, gate? Are you in the know, or are you a solid bringer-downer? Here's the stone bible for you to collar that apple trickeration that will truly get your boots on!

Say, all you cats and chicks, don't be icky. Bust your conk on this mess and you'll be wailin' with the mellows.


Hepcats' Holiday is the new Friday morning show from those same fine folks who bring you (all right, it's just me so I guess it's 'that same fine folk who brings you') The Intercranial Whizbang

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