beatles

  • 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.

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
    8:00 pm -
    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
    Dec 25
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 28
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

christmas mashups

one of my favorite shows: christmas mashups.

you know mashups: take a bit of this song, mix it briliantly with that song, and blend two completely different emotional and musical mashupscontents into one new outrageous song. well this year, the challenge is even greater, as i found some brilliant, creative, outrageous, hilarious, and touching musical christmas mashups.

you'll hear led zeppelin, u2, the beatles, motown classics, and lines like the police classic: "rudolph the red-nosed raindeer, you don't have to put on the red light," and mashups of smokey robinson/jingle bells/queen that will leave you breathless and amazed (and perhaps laughing in the spirit of christmas creativity).

it all started years ago with david bowie/bing crosby which inspired combinations like muse's "madness" mashed with "white christmas," the soon to be classic "don't worry be happy/winter wonderland," and "carol of the bells/papa was a rolling stone." and there's the beatles's "feliz navidad" that you'll swear is better than the original of both songs that are mashed. 

this hour ends with my own mashup of 6 different versions of "carol of the bells."

each combination gets better and better if i do say, which makes this the best show i've ever done. and i do say so.

  • Thu
    Dec 11
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 14
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

beatles 74

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.

paul and john40 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.

  • 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
    Nov 06
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 09
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

the walrii live

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.

beatles walrusfirst 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).

  • Thu
    Oct 16
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Oct 19
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

love songs from 1964

marvinrock 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....

  • Thu
    Feb 06
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Feb 09
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

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