Inspired by numerous requests to identify the background music played before the beginning of "The Good Die Young" concert at the Sondheim Center, DJ Andy Bargerstock has assembled some of this favorite, lesser-known Underground FM cuts from the Golden Era 1968-72.
This show's first 30-minutes offers tribute to a legendary group from UK. At the 1969 Woodstock Festival, Alvin Lee and his band, Ten Years After (photos), exploded into the world music scene. This band's music ranges from hard rocking anthems to electro-acoustic blues ballads. On this show, DJ Andy Bargerstock pulls from his archives of seldom-heard TYA tunes from 1967-71 including, "Don't Want You Woman", "Over the Hill", and "Here They Come." You will hear what the bandmates have produced recently. Alvin Lee offers solo compositions from '95 and '02. TYA (sans Lee) plays, "I Never Saw It Coming" with their new 27 year old guitarist from Evolution CD released in 2008.
In April 2009, the NYC reggae band, Easy Star All-Stars (photo) released their cover of the Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band. Intrigued by their 2003 release of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, DJ Andy is compelled to share this almost certain-to-be fringe classic. After the show's launch with tracks by Depeche Mode, Bruce Cockburn (photo), Beck, and David Gray, you'll hear Easy Star do "Fixing a Hole" and "Within You, Without You."
In the first half of tonight's program, you will hear circa 1970 music from Savoy Brown, Pink Floyd, and Brian Auger. At the height of the British blues-rock invasion in 1970, Savoy Brown released their "Looking In" album. Guitarist Kim Simmonds and SB provide Fringe Toast listeners with a double-shot tonight: "Sitting and Thinking" and "Take It Easy." From the same era, we will hear from the legendary fringe group, Brian Auger and the Trinity, whose song, "No Time to Live," hung out on DJ Andy Bargerstock's list of mystery tunes for many years. You will also hear a rare blues track from Pink Floyd, "Love Scene Version 6" from the film score to Zabriskie Point.
In the second half, the lineup includes Guster, The Shins, Ian Moore, William Orbit, Leo Kottke with Mike Gordon, and Brian Jonestown Massacre. And, sandwiched in between as a transition piece listen closely for the group, Dual Sessions, a little known Argentinian team that is re-interpreting some classic jazz pieces. Tonight you hear a downtempo, trip-hop version of "Moonglow" which is so unusual that you may not recognize it from the original version. It is truly the kind of tune you expect to find on Fringe Toast, the Wednesday night experience. Remind your friends to tune into the show starting at 8pm CT.
As original members of legendary group, Traffic (photo), in the 1970s, Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason, and Steve Winwood stirred the world with their brilliant songwriting. On this week's show, you will hear a 2004 live recording of Capaldi and Mason performing Mason's composition "Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave" originally on his solo 1970 LP, Alone Together. Not only is this song one of DJ Andy Bargerstock's favorite all-time pieces, but also this version morphs into the Beatles' "Dear Prudence". The musical slide from one to the other is amazingly delightful -- so seamless that you might think they are one composition. Tune in early to experience this endorphin-elevating episode! Late in the show, you will hear from Wah!, who will perform in Fairfield on the weekend of April 30, 2009.
Two years ago, Fringe Toast received rave comments from listeners after hearing award-winning Dory Previn (photo left) from her acclaimed but rarely heard 1971 album, Reflections in a Mud Puddle. On this night, you will hear a 12-min., five-song reflection on her childhood experiences with a mentally ill father and its impact on her life. This is both brilliant songwriting and performance. Notice the well-crafted choice of lyrics and haunting musical arrangements.
Second spotlight artist this week is Juana Molina (photo right), former TV comedian in Argentina who turned singer-songwriter with amazingly delightful results. Her intriguing avant-garde harmonies, coiling electonic keyboards and Middle Eastern textures flow smoothly from her Argentinian and French musical influences. Thanks to Rodney Franz for the tip on this great new find!
Tune in early to catch the best unknown blues guitarist of our age. From the archives of DJ Andy Bargerstock, you will hear the magical sounds of British bluesmaster, Miller Anderson (photo left with band below), formerly with Keef Harley Band, Savoy Brown, Spencer Davis Group, and T. Rex. You will hear his classic, little known 1969 blues masterpiece, "Born to Die", cited as "one of the best electric blues songs ever recorded" with Miller on vocals and guitar. Additionally, Anderson will be heard playing more contemporary compositions from his 2008 Chameleon CD.
Bridging the classic and the new, Peter Gabriel (photo left) doing "Mercy Street", and Ray LaMontagne (right) anchor the first hour with support from Peter Green, Jose Gonzalez and Iron & Wine. The new Fringe Toast artist spotlight shines on American band named, The Eels, with front man, Mr. E, or simply, E. The music ranges from plaintive ballads to acoustic instrumental journeys. Additional FT first-timers include: Texas "psychedelic blues-based" Soulhat, James Newton Howard (former keyboard player behind Elton John's band; now movie score composer), DJ Embee, and Ilhan Erasahin (Turkish saxophonist with electronic and jazz influences).
By popular request, DJ Andy Bargerstock brings you more music from Peter Green (photo left), the great blues guitarist. Tune early to hear his cover of "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "Going Down." Chris Whitley and Chris Isaak are the bookends around the Green set. The likely highlight of the evening will consist of back-to-back versions of Norway's Kings of Convenience doing "The Weight of My Words" -- first, an acoustic and then a scintillating endorphine-raising, chill-out version. It will be important to lower the lights for this one!
You'll hear new FT tracks from singer-songwriters: Anne Heaton, Meg Hutchinson, Deb Talan, Madeleine Peyroux, the Corrs, and Cyndi Lauper teaming with Sarah McLachlan on a great version of "Time After Time."
In 2008 music legends, Jack Bruce (photo left) and Robin Trower (photo right with Bruce), released their third collaborative CD effort called "Seven Moons" .... Bruce, best known for his vocals with Cream and Trower's vintage electric blues guitar first noticed as the lead guitarist with Procol Harum. On this night, you will hear the track, "Just Another Day" and recent version of "Theme from an Imaginary Western." Echoing back to the '70s, listen closely for King Crimson's "I Talk to the Wind."
"> Pulling from a dusty back shelf, DJ Andy Bargerstock will introduce the Fringe Toast audience to the 1987 album, Orbit, produced by William Orbit. Officially, this is considered dance/electronica with sophisticated, refined grooves... just the kind of stuff to make you move and get in the mood.