Andy Bargerstock's blog

camelThis week's musical journey showcases the magical talents of British progressive rock band, CAMEL (photo), from their 1976 LP, Moon Madness.  You will hear tracks, "Another Night" and "Spirit of the Night" and previously unreleased delightfully delicious demo version of Spirit. Tune in early to hear Camel, not to be confused with Peter Frampton's group. This group comes from the fabled Canterbury area of England, the same city that spawned Soft Machine and Caravan, both of which have been highlighted by DJ Andy Bargerstock, on previous Fringe Toast episodes. Early in the show, from the same era, listen for guitar wizard, John Martyn, and a rare Ten Years After blues selection.  Oh yes! ... the endorphin levels will get elevated.  For sure!  (PLAYLIST)

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See below for link to play list. This program begins with tracks from the film, "Up in the Air" and includes a 1971 demo by Graham Nash, and intriguing version of "This Land is Your Land" by Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings (used in opening credits) and Dan Auerbach's (aka Black Keys lead) "Goin' Home." Soon, thereafter, you'll hear Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam's recently released CD, Backspacer.

In the classic '70s rock set, your musical sensibilities will be enticed with some of DJ Andy Bargerstock's favorite fringe tunes including Harvey "The Snake" Mandel's (photo left) "One Way Street", Peter Green's "I Can't Help Myself", and Deep Purple's "The Shield." If you recognize these tracks by name, you hung out in all the right places back then, or you have been a loyal listener on our show, Fringe Toast.

allmanbrosSEE BELOW FOR PLAYLIST LINK. On this week's show, DJ Andy Bargerstock offers two new concoctions from his musical library. You will hear two 3-song mixes based on classicrescues songs: "Dreams" by Allman Brothers (photo) and "Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie" by Blood Sweat & Tears. Tune in early to hear!

baaba maalHot off his co-hosting of Saturday Night at the Sondheim Benefit Concert, "Music from the Movies", DJ Andy Bargerstock pulls random tracks from the past year's treasure of Fringe Toast shows.  This live-hosted program will include tracks from a variety of world-wide musical groups and singer-songwriters including Joan Armatrading, eddireaderAlpinestars, Keren Ann, Eddi Reader (photo), Jah Wobble, Senegalese artist Baaba Maal (photo), Roma di Luna and others.   Just go with this flow.... you'll be glad you did. Play list posted after show airs.

claptonwinwoodAfter opening tracks from Minnie Riperton and morcheebaNorah Jones, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood (photos) lay down the classic Blind Faith ballad, "Can't Find My Way Home" from Feb. 2009 concert at Madison Square Garden. Oh, you don't want to miss this session! As the night unfolds, Morcheeba (UK's downtempo trip-hop pioneers) charm us with three tracks from 2008 "Dive Deep" CD.

frampton(See Playlist link at bottom) After opening piece "Father and Daughter" by Paul Simon, legendary guitarist Peter Frampton (photo left) offers his cover of George Harrison's mazzy"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" recorded in 2003. Sublime interpretation! As the night unfolds in delicious spendor, your ears will delight with aural flavors from Lisa Hannigan, Mazzy Star featuring Hope Sandoval (photo), Hem, Madeleine Peyroux, and Marc Cohn. You will hear new tracks from LA-based singer-songwriter simply known as AM. Natalie Merchant will take the stage in the second hour with tracks from her 1998 Ophelia CD. Along the way, alternative indie bands share their scintillating creativity.

wishbone ashSee below for playlist link! The Golden Era Set early in the first hour features UK's Wishbone Ash (photo left), one of the major innovators in the 1970s with twin-harmony lead guitars. On this night you will hear some of their finest from the 1971 Pilgrimage LP. After the GE Set, DJ Andy Bargerstock will take us on a trip to France with new tracks from three very cool bands: Air, Maya de Luna, and Lonah, dripping with that exotic blend of female vocals, acoustic and electronic elements.... perfectly suited to the Fringe Toast scene. Last track of the zerotimeevening comes from Tonto's Expanding Head Band's "Zero Time" LP from 1971 with "Riversong" track. See circular photo of the duo, Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil from their Zero Time album cover. This innovative Indian influence cosmically-flavored lyrical electronic piece demonstrated to musicians of the day the possibilities for synthesized music. Tama Star sings through a Moog synthesizer sounding like an instrument herself. Stevie Wonder labeled Zero Time as one of the most important LPs of all-time.

ten years afterShortly after Tonto's Expanding Head Band introduced synthesizers to rock music in 1971, Alvin Lee and Ten Years After (photo left),raw sienna experimented with acoustic-electronic arrangements. In this week's show, DJ Andy Bargerstock features TYA music from 1971 LP, A Space in Time. From the same era, Savoy Brown (photo right) will feature two tracks with Chris Youlden's vocals from 1970 LP, Raw Sienna. These two LPs display amazing creative flow and sophistication. Tune in early to join the jam.

massive attackLots of new FT artists this week. Anchor spots held by Massive Attack and Bird York (photos). UK's Massive Attack, generally credited as one ofbird york the inspirational bands for trip hop style of downtempo music, offers "Pray for Rain", a haunting 7-minute track that really takes off musically about half-way through. In the other hand, Bird York, actress and sometimes singer-songwriter will perform "Had a Dream" from her CD, Wicked Little High -- one of DJ Andy Bargerstock's personal favorites that will get you dancing and singing.

raman kiaHighlighted band of the week, Buddahead (photo), features Iranian-born Raman Kia with distinctively polished alternative music stylizing cat powerfrom their 2004 and 2008 CDs. Listen early to catch this cool band from New York. Female artist of the week, Cat Power (photo), hails from Atlanta known for her minimalist style and breathy vocals.

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