not sure if you've heard of the wrecking crew, but you've definitely heard them.
the subject of a recent, fascinating and fun documentary, the wrecking crew was 15-20 (depending on who's counting) of the best session musicians in la from the 60s to mid-70s.
you thought you were hearing the beach boys, the association, the tijuana brass, the monkees, and the byrds, but you were hearing folks like drummers hal blaine, jim gordon, jim keltner, earl palmer; guitarists tommy tedesco, bass player carole kaye, keyboardist leon russell...frequently jazz musicians, who were paid to play tight, solid, innovative rock grooves.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron opens this weekend and is getting good reviews: "Exuberant and eye-popping" - RT. It may be the biggest blockbuster of the year, but there are other new releases Filmosopher listeners may enjoy more: Far From The Madding Crowd Well worth seeing, it rises head and shoulders above most of what we've been seeing lately - Rex Reed. Welcome To Me, whose idiosyncratic delights pack a wild metaphorical punch - New Yorker. One of the strangest and boldest comedies I've ever seen- Bill Murray. We've talked about being in the golden age of documentaries and there's a delightful one getting great reviews: Iris, "which pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter; Grey Gardens) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades." Like time spent with your coolest, funniest and most sage aunt. Her energy and life philosophy are inspiring. - N.Y. Daily News. A celebration of the revivifying power of creativity - Village Voice
We'll cover other new releases and what we've seen, while our continuing summer movie preview moves into July. All on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30.
Well first of all I am playing most of an album I bought online called The Active Listener Sampler 27. Which consists of a great bunch of alt-rock and psych tunes. Then I have a bunch of instrumentals in the show, including a great tune called Loneoak, Arkansas by The Coal Men, one of my favorite bands from last years live concerts. Get ready for intriguing tunes by Savoy Brown, Paul McCartney, and Tortoise, a new group in my collection. Cool Breeze
lead singer of the Kingsmen,
best known for “Louie Louie,”
the low-budget recording that became one the most famous songs of the 20th century,
died at his home in Redmond, Oregon,
after a long battle with an illness.
He was 71.
Well, not that I am SELLING you on listening to this music, but just so you know, last night I listened to the replay of part one from 2-4 AM, and I listened to it again in the truck today when I was driving around trying to keep my head above water at work. This is the stuff that gets heavy rotation at my house. You are going to hear music by bands whose music you cannot buy anywhere. You are going to hear music you recognize and love. And you're not going to hear any commercials screwing up the airplay time. There is an hour and fity-five minutes of music ahead! Enjoy! The G Man
Swiss duo, AURAH (couple photo), and UK/India instrumental duo Amaya lead the second hour Chill Session with their alpha wave generating music. USA singer and frequent Fairfield visitor, Barbara Morillo of Bambufame, offers vocal brilliance from her collaboration on CD Triptic Soul and followed later by Germany's Deep Dive Corp. with more cosmic ether.
Chicago-based Scattered Trees (group photo above) anchors the first hour with tracks from Sympathy (2011). Don't miss this program's opening set of twistedly cool blues, new grass songs including an incredible Kraak & Smaak remixed version of "Man of Constant Sorrow." Will blow your mind! First timers to DJ Andy B's LIVE Fringe Toast include The Honey Dewdrops, The Wind and the Wave, Skeewiff, Still Parade, Collide and Never Ending White Lights.
Click here for playlist. Invite friends worldwide to join the live stream at www.kruufm.com. This program originally aired 12/03/14.
On today's edition of That Righteous Jive I've got some brass, soul and beats from 2015.
We'll start out with Broken Brass Ensemble--an eight-piece brass band from the Netherlands--and their second album together Brasshopper.
Then on the soul side of things we've got Brooklyn-based Phony Ppl, a band that combines "vintage astral funk, colorful world music, and dusted-out hip-hop either from the future or the past." We'll check out their new album Yesterday's Tomorrow. We'll also hear some more from Monophonics' Sound of Sinning.
Lee Gobble was the best friend Fairfield ever had. His clothing store outfitted us for decades. It's where I bought my blue jeans and my blue graduation suit. He supported every activity in town. He led the movement to put the steeple back on the courthouse. He made a guest appearance at my parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary party at the Isaac Walton League. Every town, if it's lucky, has a Lee Gobble.
On a special additon of this week's Speaking Freely there will be a Tribute to Ben Woolf. Actor, Naomi Grossman, who co-stared with Ben in the TV series American Horror Story will be discussing the character, talent, and contributions of the late Mr. Benjamin Woolf.
Also, a fascinating discussion with Chicago-based Daniel Ponneman about his work as a basketball agent and much more.