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  • Thu
    Mar 02
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Mar 05
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

50 years ago was 1967

this week, a special 2-hour "deep tracks" with music from 1967 in the order it was released. what an explosive year musically. it was seismic. it was 50 years ago...

1967beginning with revolutionary music from the doors, jimi, sgt pepper, as well as semi-forgotten gems like miriam makebe's "pata pata" and van morrison's innocent "spanish rose."

this could be boring if not flat trip down some pre-programmed memory lane, but i hate nostalgia and won't ever do that on my show.

but this week's 2 hour show only takes us through august 1967. stay tuned next week for some killer albums that were released in time for christmas 67.

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.

david gilmourthe 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...

  • Thu
    Nov 08
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 11
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

1968 - the best year ever?

what was the best musical year of all time? we're about to find out.

for the next few weeks, i'll review the contenders: those years that had surolling stonesch an explosion of new, creative, and influential music, that they are often spoken of as "the best year ever" for music...culminating shortly after the new year--or if you have mayan roots, after the end of the previous epoc--in my musical overview of the best year in music ever.

many people have already spoken and registered their votes. every listener and reader is invited to do the same. send me an email, a comment at the bottom of this or future blogs, or stop me on the street and let me know what you think. i'll tabulate all the votes, add my own, and then announce the results.

  • Thu
    May 31
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jun 03
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

1968 covered (2 for the free price of 1)

one way you can judge the creative explosion of the music that was released in 1968 is by the number of other artists who cover, copied, or copped their songs. this week i feature songs that were released in 1968 that were quickly covered by someone else later in the year.

ramoneseveryone has heard jimi hendrix's "all along the watchtower," but not as many people know dylan's original folksie version released earlier in the year. hugh masekala's "grazing in the grass" was a 1968 jazz instrumental until the friends of distinction added lyrics and sang their version later in the year.

after hearing louis armstrong's delightfully sweet "wonderful world," years later the ramones tapped into its subconscious angst with their version.

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  • Thu
    Oct 13
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Oct 16
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

1968

The music of 1968Lothar will take some time to review, and it's a challenge for me to find a different way to present it each week. This week, I go A to Z: Association to Zappa. Why? Because it's fun. And because...it works!

You'll hear the range of 1968 sounds from psychedelic Cream, classic R & B (Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Johnny Taylor), avante garde humor (The Kinks), great song-writing (Laura Nyro, Procol Harum, Dylan), and all of the above, with one of the most interesting and overlooked bands from the year: Lothar & the Hand People, left. This was a group that recognized and explored the potential of the synthesizer, and over the edge creativity, along with super catchy melodies.

The full playlist is here.

  • Thu
    Mar 18
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

2010 is here now

Andy Mac's "Intercranial, etc" has already premiered the latest discovery of new/old Jimi Hendrix tracks from Jimi's 1969 Electric Ladyland recording session that are (for logistical and legal reasons) just now being heard in the light of day. The album features some new versions of old songs and a few that have never been heard. Warning: these are rough demos of final versions that would never be made, so understand that the vocals are more than rough and the arrangements are sketchy. Nonetheless, you will nvampire weekendot have heard these sounds before.

But new music has also been released in 2010 that is new in every sense of the word.

The second CD from Vampire Weekend (left) called "Contra" is more consistent--though with perhaps fewer highs--than their premiere 2008 self-titled CD. This release shows that they have much to say musically and lyrically. Hailing from NYC, they show a Paul Simon-like depth to their lyrics, a similar sparce (but stronger) vocal style, and a freshness to their performance and arrangements. "Horchata" is a gem.

This week (Thursday 9:00 AM, and Sunday 8:00 AM) it's time to focus on just a part of music: the guitarists. The styles are different but the skill is consistent. These are some of the best in the world.
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Going alphabetically, I begin the show this week with Jan Akkerman, lead guitarist for the Dutch band Focus. The thing I like about him best is that he plays with great humor and freedom. Very flexible and fun, and still going strong.

Roy Buchanan began playing the blues in the 1960s, and did until his death in the late 80s.

Umphrey's McGee's frontman, Jake Cinninger is the youngest guitarist on today's show. And one of the few modern, young guitarists who can improvise with the best of them. See him and his band live if you possibly can.