Beach Boys

1966 was a unique musical year because, perhaps for the first time ever, the year heard virtually every style of music on the public airwaves.

here's a small cross-sampling...

normaof unique interest, is an equally unique singer/songwriter/song, norma tanega, singing about her cat named dog...

1966 year also gave us two albums that many music critics have in their top 5 of all time...

that was the year that the lovin' spoonful were at the top of their game.

gandharva music was popping up all over...

and psychedelic was just beginning...

  • Thu
    Jun 18
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jun 21
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

groundhog day and the best love songs from 1965

the theme song to the great cosmic love story, groundhog day, is sonny & cher's "i've got you babe," originally released in 1965.

groundhog dayturns out there were a lot of great love songs released in 1965 and this week we play them all (well, an hour's worth in any event). 

and you'll also be brought into the cosmic weave of "groundhog day" as well, with excerpts from that movie springled throughout these great songs that were released 50 years ago.

they're not all brand-spankling new, but most of them are still in our heads: the righteous brothers, otis redding, manfred mann...et al.

  • Thu
    Apr 09
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    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 12
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

1965-part 1

50 years ago was the height of pop music.

dozens of artists, whose names we still revere, were at the top of their game.

james brownthis weeks will be the beginning of a 5-week review of the best music released in 1965. i'll go alphabetically, beginning with the animals, the beach boys, the beatles, the byrds, the dave clark five, donovan, bob dylan, tom jones, the kinks, the lovin' spoonful, manfred mann, roger miller, otis redding, the righteous brothers, the rolling stones, sonny & cher, the temptations, the who, the yardbirds, and the zombies.

these won't be the elevator musak tunes you've heard 1000 times, but songs that'll be playing in your head til next week when i'll continue with my review of 1965.

the songs.

  • Thu
    Nov 27
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 30
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

an hour of eating

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.

pumpkin piei'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.

  • Thu
    Jun 19
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jun 22
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

california

this week...

golden gate 

 

 

 

 

 

...california dreaming...

  • Thu
    Feb 06
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Feb 09
    9:00 am -
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50 years ago - when things got heavy

it's hard to define the changes in all kinds of music that began in 50 years ago this week -- when the beatles' appearance on ed sullivan had the world shaking its head, going, "wow. i never thought of that!"beatles sullivan

apart from the social, spiritual, sexual, and cultural changes that were begun, musically, this marked the revolutionary shift from rock and roll to rock; from nice to heavy, from the 50s to the 60s. it's that change that i explore this week.

this revolution does need to be discussed every once in a while, because it's easy to forget, simply because so much of the music of the last 50 years has sprouted from that seed. in addition to creating entirely new genres of music (more on those later), the beatles brought a heavier electric sound to what had been (for the entire half-century of popular music) a light and polite style.

on my show this week, you'll actually experience the transition from 50s cute sexism and goofiness (frank sinatra's "wives and lovers [hey, little girl]," dusty springfield's "wishin' and hopin'") to the beatles' heavy bass, drums, and guitars ("i feel fine," "you can't do that,"), which quickly opened the door for other heavy sounds as well (the dave clark five, the kinks, the animals, the yardbirs--even the beach boys got heavier).

in case you missed it the first time, be sure to enjoy hearing and experiencing this evolutionary, epochal shift.

here are the songs you'll be hearing: 1964

  • Thu
    Oct 03
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Oct 06
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

all california, all hour long!

the eagles (pictured) are touring the midwest this month (they'll be in lincoln friday night and moline on the 21st) and of course they sing one of the most iconic california songs ever. well even though you love it, i'm not eaglesgoing to play the eagles singing "hotel california" on this week's show. instead, the eagles will just play their instruments, and you get to sing!

after spending a fantastic couple weeks in funny californiay, i decided to bring california's vibe back through an hour's songs about california. not all the usual suspects, and some fascinating tunes from tupac, john mayer, jem, joni, and propellorheads! (even a classic like "california dreamin'" but not sung by the mamas and papas)

 

  • Thu
    Apr 04
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    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 07
    8:00 am -
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50 years ago today

50 years ago heard the wave of surf music, the early brian wilsonvoices of soul, and the schmaltzification of most music on the radio. i'll finish my sample of the former, and go easy on the latter.

but i can't ignore the wonderfully sexist advice of jack jones' "wives and lovers" (one of burt bacharach's brilliant embarrassments), kyu sakamoto's campy "sukiyaki," and brian wilson's [yes, that's him in the photo on the right] "surfer girl" and "surf city."

those were cute, but here's some of what you'll be feeling well after my show: freddy scott's (original) "hey girl," smokey robinson and the miracles' "you really got a hold on me," and marvin gaye's "can i get a witness."

the music of 1963 was on the cusp of radical changes (remember, great britain was already rocking out, but the beatles hadn't yet hit the states).

  • Thu
    Jul 19
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jul 22
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

1962 songs that don't suck

yes, there was some good music in 1962, even though that was a year in the musical dead zone: after the rock and roll/r & b explosion of the 50s but before the beatles/rock revolution of the 60s.

los indios tabajarasthis week i'll play ray charles' "one mint julep" and his unfortunately schmaltzy arrangement of "i can't stop loving you," a fascinating mexican melody by brazilian classically trained guitarists los indios tabajaras (pictured, who were encouraged to dress up in native amazonian costumes), a slow blues by howlin' wolf, and songs from the debut albums of bob dylan and the beach boys. and some goofy songs as well.

in retrospect, i'd say that 1962's dearth of lasting music was compensated for by its uneven variety.

check out all the tunes here.