(Original boradcast date 10-22-2008)
After an opening electric blues track by Michael Bloomfield's 1968 band, Electric Flag, Paul Kanter will lead the way on another journey through the rarely heard atmosphere. As one of the founding members of the classic psychedelic band, Jefferson Airplane, Kantner gave the group its distinctive sound through his solid lead vocals and rhythm guitar. On this week's show, you will hear two tracks from the classic 1970 album, "Blows Against the Empire" that marked the first time the name Jefferson Starship was cast. It featured an ad hoc collection of band members from the Grateful Dead, the Airplane including Grace Slick, David Crosby, Graham Nash and others.
On this night the Ungandan singer-songwriter, Geoffrey Oryema, will take the stage with two tracks from his 2007 CD, Night to Night. Surrounding his set, you will experience a variety of international artists including such edgy groups as Under, L'Altra, Yo La Tengo, Fono and Serafina, Lisa Benedictis, Ru Du Solei, Dahlia and Tina Dico. The music will fly you to a dreamy zone soothing your soul and lifting you to new heights. Cuddle up with someone special and let your heart soar....
In 1968 Stephen Stills (photo) recorded an impromptu session at a record studio while his lady, Judy Collins, recorded in another. The tapes were lost for many years and resurfaced a few years ago resulting in the 2007 CD, Just Roll Tape, which is what he told the sound engineer in '68. On this week's show, DJ Andy Bargerstock plays "Treetop Flying" from that session, a song covered capably by Jimmy Buffett. Deep into hour two of the show, you will hear the incredible sounds of the Cary Brothers (photo) highlighted by their chill-out version of "If You Were Here" originally performed by the Thompson Twins
(For playlist, see original date of Dec. 5, 2007)
In this week's program, DJ Andy Bargerstock has collected an incredible collection of music from around the world and across the decades. One of the greatest super groups, Blind Faith, recorded their only album in 1970. You will hear one of the previously unreleased jam sessions that we label as "Acoustic Jam". Other good friends from the '70s include Ry Cooder, Dory Previn, Stephen Stills and Arzachel, an obscure and highly regarded but rarely heard psychedelic group from the late 60s.
From the Underground Man's contemporary vault of fine tunes, you will hear a variety of international musicians such as Aim (aka Andrew Turner from UK), singer-songwriter Leslie Feist (Canada), songwriter K.T.Tunstall (Scotland), indie folk-pop group Kings of Convenience (Norway), electronic musicians Telepopmusik (France) and Nightmares on Wax (UK).
In the mid-1990s, the brothers DJ Paul Godfrey and multi-instrumentalist Ross Godfrey formed Morcheeba (photo), one of UK's most enduring bands that mixes an engaging blend of down-tempo blues, rock and electronica.... just the kind of music that we like on Fringe Toast! Tonight, you will hear tracks from their recently released CD called "Dive Deep" with French singer Manda on vocals. With Morcheeba, you can count on Ross Godfrey's trippy, dreamy guitar work to provide a mellow edge.
(See original program playlist dated 11/12/08)
On this week's show DJ Andy Bargerstock begins to insert what he calls, "endslices" which are short instrumental bridges between music tracks. See if you can identify the Pink Floyd bridges tonight. In future programs, you will enjoy more endslices from the Fringe Toast loaf.
Formed in 1965 by Dino Valente (photo right), Quicksilver Messenger Service was one of the premier jam bands of its time with distinctive twanging guitars, folk music sensibilities and classical influences. QMS launches this week's show with 7-minute classic, "Mona" and "Just for Love". Guster and Matthew Sweet will then help us transition from yesteryear into a finger-picking foray by Davenport, Iowa's Catfish Keith (photo left) who was recently inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame. His finger-picking style and classic Mississippi River blues ballads will charm the night away.... fits right into Fringe Toast lickings.
October 2008 marked the passing of the great Hammond organ artist, Merl Saunders, perhaps best known for his collaboration with Jerry Garcia (photo left) of the Grateful Dead. On this night, Saunders and Garcia work together in extended live cuts from their album, "Well-Matched: Best of...". Oh yes, you'll hear flavors of the Dead as well as Saunders collaborations with artists like Tom Fogerty and Mike Bloomfield. Following these tracks, you will hear Amar Sundy (photo right), "bluesman of the desert," who is credited for bringing his unique blend of American and Sahara blues to France... definitely some influences from Albert King with whom he has toured. Iowa's Bo Ramsey sits in for this set, too!
Bridging the music of today and the Golden Era ('67-'75), the music of Liquid Sound Company offers "Art of Ecstacy" (2002) from the CD, Inside the Acid Temple, (photo) with psychedelic and jam band flavors. Tune in early to hear how the Fringe Toast theme song morphs into Massive Attack's "Black Milk". Without doubt the highlight of the night will be the music of 22-year-old Seattle-based Alison Sudol (a.k.a., A Fine Frenzy; photo) who performs her irresistible, hypnotic melodies including two versions of song, "Borrowed Time". Other ladies to grace the stage on this session will be Missy Higgins, Taylor Swift, Mia Doi Todd, and Lisa Hall.
This week's show is 100% worldwide chill out music from the past decade. "Chill out" emerged in the early and mid-1990s as a catch-all term for various styles of relatively mellow, slow-tempo music made by contemporary producers in the electronic music scene." In dance clubs of the 1990s, DJ's began setting up rooms near the dance floor for customers to relax with slower tempo music. Originally intended as background music, "chill out" gradually emerged as a new genre blues influenced electronica. Although not exclusively labeled chill out artists (photos), both Anjani Thomas, American collaborator with Leonard Cohen, and Shantel (Germany) offer interesting slices of blues and elecronica as part of this week's playlist.
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.