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OK, if you look at LAST WEEK'S blog, you will see the bird's eye lowdown on THIS WEEK'S show! My bad. The G Man

  • Thu
    Sep 30
    2:00 pm -
    5:00 pm

Burn R Blues

John Hartford

The G Man here, dishing another full serving of killer rock & roll stew. I picked out some songs by John Hartford (left) that fGPJloat along like the river he is referring to, and some great live blusey stuff from an album called 'Ten White Stones' by The Green Pajamas (also pictured).

Betwixt and between, Joe Cocker blows through with a long blues medeley, and I have a powerful live rendering of 'The Butcher Boy' by Lambchop. I am also playing the whole 'Streetmasse' song by The Jefferson Airplane from 'After Bathing at Baxters'. Pink Floyd, Kings of Leon, Dredg, and even Shelby Lynne rolls out a tasty treat for dessert. All sorts of yum 2-4 Thursday.....

Many of the spiritual luminaries of the rock world ascribe to a creative, consciousness-expanding approach to making music. Hence the incredible array of sounds and vibe that get laid down in studios all over the world. Occasionally, there is a paradigm shift in the overall level of technical skill, electronic advancement, or collaborative process that rockets the musical world into virtually a new Universe.

If you remember tBill Frisellhe old Traffic song 'Low Spark of High Heeled Boys', you sort of get the point behind the show this week. Lots of smootsmoothh, sometimes mellow, always interesting mood pieces old and new alike. I am featuring Bill Frisell at the end of the program with a three song set from 'Blues Dream'. This CD was commissioned like a piece of fine art, and that it is.

The focus is on horns for today's show. Minneapolis-based Lamont Cranston Band kicks off the show with 'The Darker Side', a great r & b number with that little bit of swagger that the best songs have. Then Blodwyn Pig  gives us 'The Modern Alchemist', from their Ahead Rings Out release from 1969. Next up, Ben Vaughn with a couple of songs that sound like they are from movie soundtracks. I am then going to play two songs by John Hartford. Yeah, that John Hartford, but from earlier in his career before he went totally bluegrass. He had a great sense of humor, and in these songs he has a little fun with The Beatles and their song "Hey Jude." Just this side of Wierd Al, basically. Hour One also contains some smooth jazz by John Handy, some complex avant-garde music from The Paul Winter Consort, and an amazing version of the song 'Summertime' by Wayne Hancock.

Big DogI get to spin some records Thursday 2-4 PM, and I am going to take advantage of the situation to play a number of songs that always get cut at the last minute when I am putting together a show. Wrong length, wrong genre, not in the mood, you know, just off the beaten track... which some might say is where I live anyway. I have some Grand Funk Railroad I unearthed from a box in my basement. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys put out a solo record last year, and we will hear the song 'Mean Monsoon' from Keep It Hid. I have some Clinic, and some Rolling Stones. Wayne 'The Train' Hancock is going to do my theme song for the day, 'Double A Daddy'.

If you are not familiar with a little spin-off band called The Dukes of Stratosphear, you are in for a treat, I am going to light you up their over-the-top brand of psych/garage rock. I am even going to incite a potential riot in the studio by playing a cut from The Reverand Horton Heat album 'The Full Custom Gospel Sounds'. Not to be outdone by the psychobilly king, my obligatory Green Pajamas song of the day will be 'The Way I Feel About You', written by Mr. Joe Ross, who just had a birthday and is in Seattle making great music today. All this, and more.... The G Man

  • Thu
    Aug 19
    2:00 pm -
    5:00 pm

Centripetal Sounds

 

I guess what you really want to know is, what in the world is he doing this time? I am trying to play as many different kinds of songs as I possibly can in the allotted two hours.

Check the playlist on the left.....

The G Man

Gary is sending in man on the street reports from the Iowa State Fair all week. You can usually catch them between 12:30pm-1pm and 6:30pm-7pm after Free Speech Radio News.

  • Thu
    Aug 12
    2:00 pm -
    5:00 pm

Centripetal Sounds

Ok, first of all, I am featuring my CD of the month, which is 'Extended Revelation for the Psychic Weaklings of The Western Civilization', by (SEE PIC) The Soundtrack of Our Lives. If you are intrigued by the title, this is good. If the title rubs you the wrong way, you may want to listen to the entire album, start to finish, over and over again until it reveals its secrets to you. I'm just sayin'..... Anyway, I am interested in hearing from regular listeners about the overall 'feel' of the show. I am trying a different approach as of this offering. One thing that will never change is my commitment to freedom, passion, and fun. I find the creativity of artists and their songwriting to be inspirational and life-changing, and I mean that in a literal sense. Check out the second song by Johnny Rivers from his 'Realization' album: It is a world in itself. I wish I had purchased this when it came out in 1968, instead of this year. Another highlight is 'There is a Tree', starting off hour two, from Carrie Newcomer. I saw this woman live, and

This week on Centripetal Sounds: Cheesy Organ and Reverb-drenched Guitar. That's really all you need to know....

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Lost Dogs

One of the great experiences of my life happened recently from the world of music; I heard The Lost Dogs live in Ottumwa, thanks to John Gordon and his church. I am easily impressed by bands, artists, musicians, and creative people in general. I am a sucker for overdriven, amplified guitars. Acapella singing in just about any genre floats my boat. Imagine my intense pleasure at discovering a band that embodies the best that rock & roll has to offer in all these categories. My daughter Diana and I sat and marvelled at the incredible deft way these road-hardened players brought the Real Deal on that moonlit Sunday night. I offer a set of three songs they performed. I encourage you to see them live, the recorded versions do not do the live versions justice. Their latest eTWRffort, 'Old Angel', tracks them from one end to the other of Route 66. It is every bit as good as a visit to Oatman, Arizona. If you have been there, you know what I mean.

Additionally, I am highlighting and featuring the latest effort by Dredg, with a 4 song mini-set. A lot of what I am bringing in today's show is brand new to me: I have songs by The Blues Magoos, Thin White Rope, Alphastone, and It Thing, all recent purchases from those dusty used bookstores and used record shops. It always amazes me what you can buy for a dollar. Plus some great older stuff by led Zeppelin, Nucleus, and Rodney Crowell. It doesn't seem possible to be able to hear THAT much great music, all in a two hour span. Then again, you are listening to KRUU FM, where we are low power, but very high frequency............ The G Man