sly family stone

  • Thu
    Jan 17
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 20
    8:00 am -
    9:00 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
    Aug 30
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Sun
    Sep 02
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

end of summer songs

seems like the summer should be over by now.

maybe it just needs one last summer bash to finally exorcise all the built up heat. so twarhis week, i'm playing songs about summer. and after 60 minutes, i'm thinking that'll do it. summer'll finally be over.

in addition to frank sinatra, rascal flatts, and war [left], you'll hear some new takes on the old "summertime," by west african angelique kidjo, an ambient remix of sarah vaughan, and a brilliant (if i do say so) summer mash-up of sly & the family stone vs. the beach boys.be lanuit

mostly, these're mellow summer tunes: be lanuit [right] "summer breeze," deodato's "spirit of the summer," bebel gilberto's "so nice," the acapella group inside out, and koop. the songs are here.

  • Thu
    Dec 01
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 04
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

Golden Gate '68

The so-called San Francisco Sound was an eclectic mash of disparate groups, themes, and voices from the bay area, and 1968 was its loudest and most creative year, helping to define the vibe and attitude of a world looking for coherence.

Well-known SF acts were Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, and Janis Joplin. Less well-known but also influential were Moby Grape, loading zoneUltimate Spinach, and  Chocolate Watch Band (ya gotta love the bay area food-based names, dontcha?!).

And no one should forget Paul Fauerso's influential band The Loading Zone. Yes, that's Paul on the left, with his influential laughing scream, which must be only too familiar to Fairfield audiences.

Some of this early music is raw and rawly produced, but I will finish this week's show with Quicksilver Messenger Service's brilliant, virtuosic, and still stunning instrumental performance "Gold and Silver."

The Playlist.