this week paul mccartney released a new single, and since john's not around to say it, i will: it's complete shite. but that doesn't mean the 4 beatles didn't release a lot of good individual music after their 1970 break up.
40 years ago george, paul, ringo, and john each released solo albums, and this week i combine their best tracks into the beatles album that could've happened.
between the lazy tracks each of them released some very creative work. and yet when listening to any one song, while there is some self-consciousness of the other former-members' existance, you don't get the dynamic push or critique from the others, that could have enhanced these songs.
nonetheless, it's a great way to get a feel for the band as a whole--4 years after they quit playing together. and maybe a taste of what could have continued to be.
turn on, tune in, and drop in... for some great trips down pink floyd's new cd, perfectly titled, "endless river."
that title describes their music well: you experience it like a fascinating flow of energy that keeps moving out from their primordial well of sounds...
to keep the ambient waves flowing, i'll intersperse their music with cell (the group; not the biological unit).
what a great holiday thanksgiving is. its premise is so simple: get together with as many friends and/or relatives as you possibly can, eat as much as you possibly can, and try to avoid killing them or yourself.
i'm here to help. here's what you need to know:
1. how to eat pumpkin pie: see photos, right.
2. how to enjoy eating and/or digesting from 8:00-9:00 pm thursday night, and 8:00-9:00 am sunday morning: enjoy an hour of music about (and only about) food.
you'll hear weird al yankovic enjoying the state of fatness, a tribe called quest and jimmy buffet each discuss their conflicts with vegetarianism, the beatles getting their stomach pumped after eating too many truffles, snoop lion enjoying fruit juices, and the beach boys proclaiming the joys of vegetables, wild honey, and cool, pure water.
it's an hour about food. so be sure to eat responsibly.
"hygge" - that danish word that gets activated during the beginning of the cold months...
denmark always tops the lists of the happiest, most contented countries, despite its long cold winters. even among other happy scandinavian countries, it leads the pack, and the concept of hygge may have something to do with that.
it's pronounced kind of "hyu-gah" and is even harder to define: like a campfire coziness, but also the warmth of friends around a table. and on my show this week you'll find hygge in sharing the experience of sharing some cozy, wintery tunes from around the world: uganda, ireland, ghana, australia, nigeria, scotland, hawaii, and denmark...
so what is hygge? it's mostly internal, the inner sense of contentment. "it's like a feeling," says lotte hansen, a student from aalborg, denmark, who's interning at the danish museum in elk horn, iowa. "a mood you have in many situations."
i've played in a few bands over the years. one of the problems with keeping the band together is whether the musicians are compatible, musically, personally. another issue is goals: one personal just wants to get together and play, another wants to record, another wants to tour. all those things can break up a band if they don't gel just right.
the bands i enjoyed playing with the most had great moments that transcended all those differences. that's when the music was so great that it didn't matter what else was going on. beginning at age 14 until my fuse blew and blisters burst, i've been blessed to play with some of the best musicians in the midwest, and have had more than a few of those musically transcendent moments.
since i probably won't be able to get all the bands back together again any time soon, i'm going to share our (collective) first hour setlist, featuring the original artists' live versions of the songs we used to play.
so thanks kelly, gino, john, pat, mark, jim, mark, john, scott, joe, and myron. and everyone else. enjoy our first set vicariously...
the singer/songwriter al stewart said of his song "terminal eyes," that it wouldn't have existed if not for the musical concepts in the beatles' "i am the walrus." he specifically mentioned the rhythmical vocal lines, drums, rhythmic string section, psychedelic imagery of the lyrics, and multi-instrumental musical complexities...
i agree, but he's not the only one.
first of all, for being a weird, psychedelic anthem, the song has been covered by artists ranging from bono, jim carrey, spooky tooth, and (just released last week) al di meola.
and perhaps more significantly, the song has influenced several generations of artists, from the flaming lips, tame impala, the secret machines, ratatat, and even luddite alexander (from edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros).
this week you will laugh, you will see things through the unique mind of one of america's great humorists, robert benchley.
i think of him as dave barry's literary father. or perhaps mark twain's illegitimate zygote. in any case, he created a genre of short humor essays that has become the form that now dominates our short attention spans.
thursday night and sunday morning i'll read some of funniest, weirdest, and most creative pieces, interspersed with some of the funniest and most creative gypsy music by django reinhardt and stephane grapelli.
the man both changes and morphs, and stays steady.
at this point in tom petty's career, it would be easy to write him off as an old rocker riding waves of nostalgia and recycling his few hits. but his new cd, "hypnotic eye," not only disproves that, but shows his music pulses, and his poetry rings, with the relevance of an artist who's seen it all and who still sees it all new.
this may be the cd of the year (i'll have my picks in early january), so be sure to check it out and see if you agree. here's what petty has to say in "burnt out town":
this is a burnt out town; new emperor, same clothes.
they’re dancing on glass ceilings while the filthy money flows.
rock songs that love, and love songs that rock....
a li'l swing and groove....
sing when you talk, and dance when you walk....
feel love and move....
one hour of music about the world's number 1 inspiration (sorry sex, love, and dog lovers; you were wrong): coffee.
coffee praises run the gamut from blues (mississippi john hurt), psychedelic (cream), swing (sinatra, ella fitzgerald), pop (squeeze), country (freedie johnson), soul (otis redding), and crazy creative (blur, todd rundgren, yung joc, and steve mclain & the jefferson county green band)...