frank zappa

  • 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
    Aug 29
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Sep 01
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

1973 rock-jazz fusion

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by 1973 (40 years ago, believe it or not), rock musicians were starting to catch up to jazz musicians in terms of musical skill. this week i feature rock musicians who flashed some jazz-like chops and/or improvisational skills, albeit, nearly all guitar-based.

this week's artists and tracks from 1973 include steely dan's "bodhisattva," pink floyd's epic "dark side of the moon," wishbone ash's les paul electric "blowin' free (live)," the amboy dukes's instrumental masterpiece "eruption," a 9 minute, live high-energy medly by focus, frank zappa's "montana," and the who's relatively unknown "the stone." 

the length of the tracks ranges from 3 minutes to 11 minutes... to quote the opening track: look out!

the tunes...

  • Thu
    May 17
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    May 20
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

The 1968 jazz/blues/rock explosion

frank zappa

 

The year 1968 saw rock musicians everywhere playing blues and jazz. The wasn't necessarily a good thing, as every skinny kid from Hoboken was suddenly in a blues band.

But it did result in a diverse explosion of playing styles and creative moments, as bands like (the pre-weenie) Fleetwood Mac's tasteful guitarist Peter Green, Canned Heat's creative bassist Larry Taylor, and Cream's interchange between bassist Jack Bruce and guitarist Eric Clapton, opened musical doors for the world.

I'll close out the show with extended performances by Frank Zappa [left] & his Mothers of Invention and Miles Davis, that helped extend our attention spans beyond the 2 1/2 minutes of most pop records.

Click this link to what you'll be hearing.