sly stone

  • Thu
    Jun 20
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jun 23
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

50 years of dance (5 years at a time)

you may remember their biggest hit: the ren & stimpy theme. that was the reverend horton heat (pictured), a wild rockabilly band, playing (this week) a horton heatvery wild danceable tune: "400 bucks," the wild tale of money loaned and never repaid.

this week i go chronologically from 50 years ago (bob & earl's "harlem shuffle") to 45 years ago (a semi-obscure dance tune by sly & the family stone) to 40 years ago (stevie wonder) and in each five year increment thereafter (bobbie brown, delerium, infected mushroom, and a square dance by snoop dogg from 2003) to a song just released last week. 50 years, 13 songs, in one hour.

the playlist.

  • Thu
    Nov 08
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 11
    8:00 am -
    9:00 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
    Nov 17
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 20
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

Black Voices of 1968

Black voices in 1968 were all over the charts. The music was as diverse as the Otis Reddingfirst names by which we still know it today: Aretha, Otis, Marvin, Sam, Dave, Dionne, Diana, Stevie, and Sly.

And the music wasn't just soul music; it was creative souls making all kinds of music. [that's Otis Redding, left]

This week, my show will get you immersed in the palpable melodies of Stevie Wonder, feel the kick and drive of James Brown, and pulse with the reggae rhythms of Johnny Nash.

The playlist is 17 songs.