Neil Young

  • Thu
    Jan 21
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 24
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

get out and caucus

anitime to get psyched up to get out and vote. this week, all political music: muse, dylan, lennon, rundgren, cash, neil, and ani [pictured].

Lysistrata, open up the bedroom door
What is the matter, ain't you in love with me no more?
I enlisted in the army today,
One more time before I march away
Make me feel like a big strong man
You say you don't care about my pride,
You love me too much just to let me die,
And you won't let me come inside
Unless I don't go to war no more.

  • Thu
    Apr 02
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 05
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

deep improvisations

this week we go deep into extended, improvised performances by the kings of genre: the red hot chili peppers, neil young, the grateful dead, umphrey's mcgee, and buckethead. (sorry if you were expecting nostalgic elevator music; this won't be it.)

santana, mclaughlinone of the more interesting tracks is an out-take from an album released 40 years ago, featuring shri chimnoy disciples and cajones-bursting guitarists, carlos santana & john mclaughlin [pictured]. i'll play an ecstatic unreleased version of john coltrane's jam, "a love supreme."

also fun for its locality is umphrey's mcgee's live track recorded at their 2004 concert in iowa city.

  • Thu
    May 29
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jun 01
    7:00 am -
    8:00 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
    Apr 24
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 27
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

the new americana

there's a new kind of americana music being createdalex ebert these days. some of it comes from england (mumford & sons), but its roots go back to american cowboys rephrasing old irish folk songs in ways that expressed their time and personal stories.

neil young has led the way, and this week i'll play his take on woody guthrie's "this land is your land."

but most of the music is being made by the next generation to embrace living and playing in the dirt and water. while their music might be played by the hipsters at the coffeeshop, these guys aren't hipsters.

take alex ebert, right, of edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros. he and his bands of musician friends are hippies, plain and simple, singing and dancing around the drum circle bonfire.

jack johnsonand then there's hawaii's modern folk singer, jack johnson, left, who i consider much underappreciated as someone who writes creative, organic music with mostly just an acoustic guitar.

father john misty, fanfarlo, and avicii.

call it the new americana. it's the music a new, and old, generation are building and gardening to.

the songs.

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

what's neil young been doing in the last 25 years?

just what has neil young been up to in the last 25 years?

somehow he's managed to write a biography, tour the world a few times, develop several bio-diesel cars, produce some dvds, do benefit concerts, work fneil youngor environmental causes, survive a brain aneurysm, and release 23 new cds. the kid's been busy... ok, so he's not a kid anymore. and his voice, which was considered "unique" even back in his buffalo springfield days, now alters between unique and very unique.

more than bob dylan, neil has found continual sources of musical inspiration in the last 25 years. his "ramada inn" is a melancholy work of brilliance, featuring unique but rolling, fresh, and driving chord changes, along with poetic phrases and echoes of thoughts...

neil still alternates between acoustic and electric, political and pastoral... 

the songs...

from his acoustic tone poem "bandit":

Made out like a bandit for so many years
What're you looking for?
One more big score?
What're you trying to prove?
Try to get closer but not too close
Try to get through but not be through

  • Thu
    Apr 05
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 08
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

1979 - Post disco

pink floyd

i always thought there was something contrived or phone about the disco music of the 70s. and it seems that in the year 1979, the rest of the music world agreed.

there was plenty of great dance music in 1979 (sparks, michael jackson, blondie, the clash), but the music scene began to turn its back on disco: pink floyd's [right] "the wall," joni mitchell and jaco pastorius performing charles mingus jazz compositions, stevie wonder with a double album extolling the sensitivities and virtues of plants and enlightenment...

all in all, a transitional year, beginning some new directions.

the playlist.

neil young


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Neil Young, David Bowie and much more . . .

[rebroadcast from 5 Jan 2007]


On Thursday nights from 10:00 to 10:30 PM, I usually play a set of comedy built on one or more themes. But starting last week, for the following 10 weeks, I'm playing episodes of the short-lived, little-loved sketch comedy radio show "KPUT", originally broadcast on KRUI in Iowa City.

Comedy Playlist for "Ain't That Peculiar" 5/10/07 (10:00 to 10:30 PM)

From 10:30 to 11:00 PM, I play soul, funk and R&B from the 50s, 60s & 70s. From 9:00 to 10:00 PM, I play pop & rock from the 60s up 'til today.

The new Wilco album "Sky Blue Sky" will be released next week. I'll play a track from it called "What Light". I'll also play (again) the Neil Young song "Let's Impeach The President" from his album "Living With War", which was released one year ago this week--plus a few other fun surprises, so be sure to tune in!