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Breakup Songs to Wallow In

Posted November 17, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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While the upcoming holidays can be cause for cheer for many, they can also open up a black hole that others emerge from only after Valentine’s Day.
My current relationship status is happy and stable, but with the holidays just around the corner, I find myself musing back on certain songs or pieces of music that I once listened to repeatedly post-breakup. Naturally, the songs were different …

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RIP: Manitas de Plata, “A Great and Savage Artist” (1921–2014)

Posted November 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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“A great and savage artist” were the words John Steinbeck once used to describe gypsy guitarist, Ricardo Baliardo, better known as “Manitas de Plata” for his “little silver hands.” Born in 1921 to a traveling gypsy caravan in the Camargue region of southern France, de Plata never learned to read or write (he was tasked with begging as a child), but was a self-taught …

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Show #80: Songs of Ecstasy and Enchantment

Posted November 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I didn’t really know at first what to call this show, but I did know that these are all songs of wonder good for musing and dreaming. Some of them I have enjoyed for years and never tired of.
We begin with Pakistani sufi master the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, originally from an obscure Angel album called Spirit II: Spirit of Rumi. Graeme Revell produced this …

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My Late Friend, Joe Zawinul

Posted November 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Joe Zawinul first became known when he replaced Victor Feldman as pianist of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, a fantastic band with music director Charles Lloyd on sax and flute. David Axelrod was the svengali who produced those timeless Cannonball Adderly sessions from 1964–75.
I remember buying Joe’s new Zawinul LP in 1971 and going over to a friend’s who had a good stereo system, and lying on the floor enjoying …

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Show #78: Remembering Tim Hauser Through the Songs He Loved

Posted October 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I was both surprised and saddened by the recent passing of Tim Hauser just a week ago. He was not only the guy who founded the famous vocal group The Manhattan Transfer; he was a friend and did a weekly vocal music show on KCRW back when I was Music Director. His show was called Sunday Sings Jazz on Sundays and was on from noon till 2 PM. …

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My Ode to Vinyl and CDs

Posted October 22, 2014 by | 5 Comments
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The other day I was shopping at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, which as a seasoned music buyer, I have to say is undeniably the best record store in the world. Better than many of the stores I used to frequent over the past decades: Music Odyssey, Licorice Pizza, Wherehouse, Music Plus, Penny Lane…you remember.
My record shopping obsession got off to an early start, about as …

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Brian Eno on Dick & DeeDee’s 1961 classic, “The Mountain’s High”

Posted October 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Dick & DeeDee perform “The Mountain’s High” on American Bandstand.
A few weeks ago, I visited my brother in Templeton, California, where he owns a beautiful house and a vineyard. Before I left, he handed me a bag of his old 7-inch, 45 rpm’s. Inside were some original Capitol Records singles by The Beatles, a few old R&B hits, and late ’50s and early ’60s b-sides …

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RIP: Nati Cano of Mariachi Los Camperos

Posted October 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Natividad “Nati” Cano, the violinist-leader of the legendary, Los Angeles-based Mariachi Los Camperos, has passed on October 3rd. He was 81.
Although I’m not a huge fan of mariachi music, the first time I heard Mariachi Los Camperos perform, I remember being struck by the beauty of Nati’s sound. His was full and sweet, the equivalent of a Mexican Jascha Heifetz. I was also knocked …

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Show #73: The Shazam Hour

Posted September 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I love the smart phone app, Shazam. In case you don’t know Shazam, it listens to music and identifies the artist and song. And not just pop stuff but also world music, tropical music from Brazil and the Caribbean, and even can identify which recording of classical pieces by Bach or Mozart or Schoenberg you’re hearing. It is an amazing app, and like other …

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Show #72: Overlooked and Unusual Songs, Part 3

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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I pulled more records out to finish up this 3-part mini-series. The songs on this show are simply great examples of songwriting and singing. Songs that are timeless but sometimes not that well known or even forgotten. We begin with a 1976 song by Candi Staton, a great soul singer who muses on relationship problems with a dose of co-dependency. The great Oleta Adams …

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