todd rundgren

  • Thu
    Jun 02
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jun 05
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

40 years ago

40 years ago, stevie wonder released his best and most creative album, featuring melodic classics, funky grooves, and jazz-rock fusion virtuosity. then there was boz scaggs, david bowie, heart, war....

toddalso in 1976, todd rundgren released the song that he should be most famous for ("love of the common man"). it's an inspiration, declaration, and fascinating song, musically, lyrically, and cosmically:

"i've been burned in my prime;
the simple things in life seem so hard to learn sometimes.
and it takes so long.
catch it while you can
too late tomorrow
and everyone....

we all know what comes of that:
living in your pockets and talking through your hat
but it won't take long to turn your head around
too late tomorrow,
'cause everyone needs the love of the common man
to turn the world around
too late tomorrow...

'cause everyone...

everyone is waiting, just anticipating on you.
won't you make a showing everybody knows what to do.
take a dive from your ivory tower,
and fall on...

  • Thu
    May 29
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jun 01
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

musical commencement advice from our best minds from 40 years ago

by now everyone's heard jim carrey's cozmically funny and wise commencement advice to mum last week. as i browsed through music to play from 40 years ago, i realized a lot of music from 1974 was also intended as good advice to the (then) youth of the world. so, along with excerpts from jim carrey, i'll be playing some of the following advice (find these quotes as you listen along) (here are all the songs):

jim carrey"you can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about the pathways to the future..." - jim carrey

"you're only dancing on this earth for a short while, and though your dreams may toss and turn you now, they will vanish away like your dad's best jeans..." - cat stevens

"genuflect, show respect, don't forget..." - stealer's wheel

"listen to the lion" - van morrison

"look here brother, who you jivin' with that cosmic debris. don't you waste your time on me." - frank zappa

"you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows..." - bob dylan, harry nilsson, john lennon

"love is a rose but you better not pick it; it only grows when it's on the vine." - neil young

"when the demon is at your door, in the morning it won't be there no more. any major dude will tell you." - steely dan

"whatever gets you to the light, is alright, it's alright." - john lennonjoni mitchell

"you know two heads are better than one." - joni mitchell

"to appreciate we deactivate. he knows who goes within himself..." - donovan

"when you were young and your heart was an open book you used to say live and let live..." - paul mccartney

"new music, sweet music, can lighten us, can brighten the world, can save us." - cat stevens

"back when i was young my hope was strong but in time blew it all to hell. if i thought i knew what was good for you, i'd have gone and done it for myself." - todd rundgren 

  • Thu
    May 09
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    May 12
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

brand spankin new todd rundgren, snoop, and bowie too!

just when you thought you'd heard the last of todd rundgren.... he surprises and delights you yet again.

todd rundgrenmy son eric occasionally runs into todd in kauai, where they both live. once i asked him how todd seemed, how he looks these days. eric said, "dad, he looks like an eccentric rock star." and i thought, "good, that means  todd's still got it." and indeed he does, as most of his new album called "state" shows. he records it all himself, with a beautiful female vocal added to the beautiful song "something from nothing."

i've also got new tunes by alabama shakes, david bowie, the yeah yeah yeahs, and the artist formerly known as snoop dogg, who went to jamaica, and was so inspired by the smokey air there, that he did a brilliant and sometimes sweet album of reggae and became reincarnated as snoop lion. it's an amazing cd, which i'll feature more of next week.

  • Thu
    Feb 09
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Feb 12
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

2011 - Wiz, 311, Bright Eyes, TV, and Oh Land

This week's 2011 mix of tunes includes the range of powerful guitar-based bands Jane's Addiction and 311, wiz khalifainsightful songwriter Bright Eyes, interracial mix of sounds TV On The Radio, new wave rapper and Snoop protege Wiz Khalifa (pictured), sweet Danish voice (wa-ay sexier than the testosterone-driven big-voiced women that dominate the American music scene) Oh Land, smooth-sounding Jewel, acoustic stylists The Decembrists, and a surprising collection of covers by Todd Rundgren playing music by some of the artists he produced in the 80s and 90s.

If you miss my show Thursday night at 8:00 pm, be sure to get up Sunday morning and catch it at 8:00 am.

Here's my playlist.

Read More...

  • Thu
    Feb 02
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Feb 05
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

2011 - Technoized Snatam Kaur

tychoRemember the Sikh devotional singer, Snatam Kaur who came to Fairfield a couple years ago? You won't believe what her beautiful "Ong namah" sounds like on my show this week.

2011 saw some accomplished artists like Robbie Robertson and Todd Rundgren play music inspired by even older artists, Django Reinhardt and Robert Johnson. And new guys like ambient tune-smyth Tycho (pictured), the undefinable Brooklyn duo Tanlines, Fairfield's Wade Travis, and Pretty Lights were advancing the musical frontiers last year.

And then there's big-voiced Eddie Vedder and his tiny ukulele, straight from the shores of Hanalei, Kauai.

All the songs are here.

  • Thu
    Jan 19
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 22
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

Todd Rundgren - Healing

I've spent most of the last 3 months helping to keep my father healthy, as he goes in and out of hospitals, rehab facilities, and psych wards, so this todd rundgrenweek I'm conjuring the magic of Todd Rundgren's albums "Healing" and "Initiation." Here's what he's singing:

I had a visitation in my sleep last night
Something was calling to me from a blinding light
And told me not to fear it; hear it.

It said "it’s time to make the world a little wiser.
There are enough destroyers and criticizers.
The world needs a healer, a healer."

and

[click "Read more" below]