led zeppelin

  • Thu
    Dec 25
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 28
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

christmas mashups

one of my favorite shows: christmas mashups.

you know mashups: take a bit of this song, mix it briliantly with that song, and blend two completely different emotional and musical mashupscontents into one new outrageous song. well this year, the challenge is even greater, as i found some brilliant, creative, outrageous, hilarious, and touching musical christmas mashups.

you'll hear led zeppelin, u2, the beatles, motown classics, and lines like the police classic: "rudolph the red-nosed raindeer, you don't have to put on the red light," and mashups of smokey robinson/jingle bells/queen that will leave you breathless and amazed (and perhaps laughing in the spirit of christmas creativity).

it all started years ago with david bowie/bing crosby which inspired combinations like muse's "madness" mashed with "white christmas," the soon to be classic "don't worry be happy/winter wonderland," and "carol of the bells/papa was a rolling stone." and there's the beatles's "feliz navidad" that you'll swear is better than the original of both songs that are mashed. 

this hour ends with my own mashup of 6 different versions of "carol of the bells."

each combination gets better and better if i do say, which makes this the best show i've ever done. and i do say so.

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

1973 rock-jazz fusion

zappa

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
    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?