Tune in to KRUU today, Thursday Dec. 1, from 4-5 PM for an audition of a new music show: In Root. Not the latest and greatest music out there, rather the roots of rock and roll via the blues, folk, and country. People like Lonnie Johnson, Robbie Fulks, Johnny Cash, RL Burnside, and Paul Reddick will be bringing their particular brands along. There are lots of frequently forgotten artists that get rediscovered these days, thanks to folks out there unearthing old tapes and studio sessions. Here is a new showcase for some blue collar craftwork. This is a one-off, no replay, tune in today.
Yes, that is correct, this month marks the ten year anniversary of this show. I am taking the entire month of December to celebrate. The tunes change but the theme is still the same: look back over the last fifty years and find the most creative and exciting music to experience. Nothing too fancy, just some solid rock and roll in all its various forms. I did find an alternate version of Planet Caravan that is so very cool I just have to play it. I studied the playlists I have put together over the years and I will be playing cuts off of the ones that have the largest number of readers. I am bringing back some old theme songs just for the heck of it. Otherwise you are in for the usual eclectic mix of finely crafted songs. The G Man
Faine Jade leads off another edition of the show with a song called People Games Play. In it you will hear the line, 'If the lantern should grow cold, and you need a flame for fire, you just think the magic thought, and ignite it with desire.' As is the case with most of my themed shows, that song, and that specific lyric, led to the rest of the two hours of killer rock and roll. Lots of music from obscure artists like Ant-Bee, Dimentia 13, Phantasia, and Eden's Children. Actually what you really need to know is that the songs are very lyrically dense. Themes of dreaming vs. reality, checking in at the gut level, and taking steps to move ahead with love and purpose abound. Perfect for a holiday of gratitude. I am overflowing with thanks for the KRUU, my family, and the land of the free. Take some time to relax and enjoy. Furthermore, December has five Thursdays, and they are all dedicated to the 10 year anniversary of the station, and Centripetal Sounds. Look for some high frequency musical software next month.
17 of the 19 songs on the show this weekend are recent productions. Check out what a great year of music it has been with the likes of Horseback, Tycho, William Tyler, Hard Working Americans, The Green Pajamas, Michael Chapman, and Morgan Delt. I am ramping up my coverage of new music as I put together my list of the best of 2016. I will have the best albums, songs, the best rereleases and remasterings, and a list of the best music I found from prior years. That list will go clear back to the sixties, as usual. Of course, I have a bag of music sitting right next to me that I purchased today, so stay tuned for future developments. Cool Breeze
Yes, if you were sitting around a small shop on a bright afternoon sipping your beverage of choice, this might be what you would hear from the speakers over the mild chatter. We start with brand new music by Charlie Hunter and David Gilmour. Later on in hour one more new tunes by The Love Explosion and Psychic Ills. Hour two of the show features Dion, The Beat Pharmacy, John Mayall, Alt-J, and Jim of Seattle. Jim has a new release out, and we will hear from that disc in two weeks. Next week is Thanksgiving Day, so the show will spin without me. December will be a treat: The ten year anniversary of this show is the theme for the entire month. Lots of goodies from 50 years, and 5 days ago. Promise. The G Man
I guess this is an unusual week, since the Donald just managed to play way over his head and win the job of President despite being the apparent underdog. My show is songs that remark about indecision or action, as the case may be. You can be frozen into inaction by events, or you can simply get to work and solve the problems in front of you until you reach your goal. Musically we will be graced by Living Hour, David Bowie, Morgan Delt, Dr. Dog, and Sloan. I even managed to work in an unusual ending to the show. The G Man
Background Music happens to be one of four songs that run past eleven minutes on the next edition of the show. Chad Stuart did the soundtrack to a movie called Three In The Attic, and this song is all of side two. I am also playing my favorite song by Blood, Sweat, & Tears called Blues, Part 2. The other two are Tarkus by Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, and Flash by My Solid Ground. This version of flash is the full length one, very trippy. Actually the whole show sort of floats along pleasantly. One other item of note is the Dr. Dog song Good Grief, off of their brilliant release this year Psychedelic Swamp. A musical Cool Breeze.
25 songs by bands that fans of rock and roll will be very familiar with- either as a 45 rpm single, or a choice album cut. We will hear singles by Fleetwood Mac, Free, The Alan Parsons Project, Aaron Neville, Canned Heat, and JJ Cale. I dug deep and pulled out some album tracks by The Beach Boys, The Doors, Blues Image, It's A Beautiful Day, and David Crosby. Check out the playlist online Thursday morning, and catch some stars at 2 PM. The G Man
Your pre-election song cycle hits today at 2 PM. Side One: Angst. The Demublicans and Republicrats have hoisted their boorish clowns on us, so now I get to play my favorite anti-establishment music. You can expect songs that skewer effectively. Side Two: Contentment. After venting for an hour I will provide the bigger picture and we will all go off and focus on more important things like love and purpose. Perhaps cathartic, certainly emotive, and generally satisfying music on the way from bands like Steely Dan, Its All Meat, Badly Drawn Boy, Chicago, and Ray LaMontagne. Maybe twenty other bands or so, so please enjoy the music, and express your support for KRUU if you can't support you-know who. The G Man
The four artists listed above are dominating the show this weekend, along with a comedy skit by The Firesign Theatre. Full album side-length cuts will take you quickly through the show. J. K. & Co. is a new addition to my collection even though it was produced in 1968. The album, called Suddenly One Summer, is a candidate for record of the year in my mind. Two other items of note: I found an alternate version of a Turtles song I love, and I have a track from a recent compilation by Lee Hazelwood that is very cool. Lots of other great music, check the playlist. Cool Breeze