beatles

  • Mon
    Feb 03
    11:00 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Wed
    Feb 05
    5:00 am -
    6:00 am

All You Need Is Love

The Beatles

 

The Beatles Love, that is.  If you haven't heard this wild, wonderful album full of sonic artistry, unique instrumentation and, oh, a few Beatles songs, all painstakingly mixed and remixed by the fifth Beatle, George Martin...you're in for a treat. Who says you have to wait until Valentine's Day to have a whole show about love?  This is studio innovation at its best. 

Only at the Wildflowers Cafe.  Only on KRUU-FM.

  • Mon
    Jan 13
    11:00 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Wed
    Jan 15
    5:00 am -
    6:00 am

Week Two of our Beatles Fest

The Beatles

  • Mon
    Jan 06
    11:00 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Wed
    Jan 08
    5:00 am -
    6:00 am

It's our first show of the new year...

Meet the Beatles

 

 

And I can't think of a better way to start off than with the guys that helped get everything rolling...rock and rolling, that is. 

 

So tune in Monday morning for the first of 4 shows on the Fab Four. 

Only at the Wildflowers Cafe

Only on KRUU-FM.

  • Thu
    Jan 17
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 20
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

the 2nd best year of music ever

for weeks i've been reviewing the best years of music of all time. this weesly stonek i'm making my case for #2, that is, the second best year of music of all time. the year shall remain nameless here, but includes what are generally considered the best recordings ever made by these artists: sly & the family stone (right), the beatles, simon & garfunkel, the band, crosby stills & nash, the who, led zeppelin -- there was something of a perfect storm as  many of these great artists peaked in 1969.

in one hour i'll play over 140 song bits in all. if nothing else, you've got to see how i managed that!

and only one more week to go to #1!

  • Thu
    Jan 10
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 13
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

the 3rd all-time best year of music!

in my countdown of the best years of music of all time, here's how the top ten looks so far:

10. 1968 moody blues

9. 1992

8. 2010

7. 1983

6. 1965

5. 1972

4. 1971

which means this week i'll present the musical reasons for what must be considered the 3rd best year of all time. admittedly, it got a lot of votes for #1, but all things considered, if you listen for the next 3 weeks, i think you'll agree with my final top 3 years of music.

without spoiling the fun by mentioning the year, let me just say this the 3rd best year featured 2 albums released by jimi hendrix, 2 by the beatles, the moody blues' [above] best album, the beach boys' best, the birth of cream, the doors, and psychedelia, the height of soul music, and the year of albums instead of singles--but there were plenty of great singles too.

  • Thu
    Nov 29
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 02
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

mashups

it's time to mash some of your favorite songs together.

mashups are like carefully constructed genetic accidents: some clever god with a good ear and mixing software takes the elements of one song and combines them with another song--matching the beats, key, and whenever possible, chord changes--and produces a hybrid with the best of both dna samples. sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't (great hype was written about "the grey album"--a mashup of tracks from the beatles "white album" and jay-z'seminem "black jimmy pagealbum"--but i didn't think it worked).

most of the producers who do the production toil in uncompensated anonymity. this week they get their due, if not their dues.

the first weird combination is eminem [left] and led zeppelin [right]. take the hard-edged riffs of led zep and the gritty spit of slim shady and the result is...well, riffy spit or something like that. ok, get the idea?

  • 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
    Jan 05
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 08
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

1968 & the White Album

My musical review of the year 1968 continues with The Rolling Stones, and is followed by one of the great guitar notes (and solos) you will ever hear (I'm not revealing it here, you'll have to tune in to find out).

strawberry alarm clockThe Strawberry Alarm Clock were considered a one-hit wonder with "Incense and Peppermints," but this week's delightful "Sit with the Guru," is also memorable for its pseudo spiritual references. And then there's the equally good-intentioned if naive "Love beads and meditation" by The Lemon Pipers.

More musical meditations with The Moody Blues' "Om" and the entire Beatles "White Album" condensed into one 20-minute meditation, featuring the mantra "Number 9."

The rest of the play list is: here.

  • Thu
    Dec 22
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 25
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

Christmas time again

It's that time again. That time when you're driven out of your mind by mindless Christmas music. This week I play music that will help keep your sanity.aimee mann, michael penn

Aimee Mann and Michael Penn (her husband and brother of Sean, both left) start the show off with a dreary reminder that "Christmas time" returns again. But the tone quickly shifts with the humor and good spirits of Brave Combo, Mel Blanc, and Danny Elfman.

Then: artists I can almost guaranty you've never heard before, but absolutely need to hear: La Botinne Souriante (Quebec's answer to...well, what was the question), and the song "God rest ye merry gentlemen" performed back to back by Sarah McLachlin & Barenaked Ladies and then Chick Corea's Elektric Band.

  • Thu
    Oct 14
    11:00 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Sun
    Oct 17
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

The 1st Post-Beatles Beatles Album

The Beatles broke up in 1970. Or did they?

Each of the 3john and paul song-writing members released very strong solo albums that year. The best tracks from each album collectively make a very strong Beatles album--a post Beatles album if you will.

Missing was the studio collaboration, but a lot of these songs were rehearsed, arranged, and influenced by the other Beatles anyway.

The 3 featured albums are John Lennon's "Plastic Ono Band," Paul McCartney's (excuse me if I don't call him "Sir") "McCartney," and George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass."

I produced an hour's worth of the best of these albums in my best George Martin style. So pull up a chair, or drive to the nearest parking lot, and listen to a new Beatles album.

The track list can be found here: http://kruufm.com/node/add/station-playlist/3945