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November 12th, 2008 · 4 Comments

The Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour is posted at the beginning of every month. The archives are below. Instructions for downloading: To download a podcast on a Mac, hit the “ctrl” button, and select “save link as,” and if you’re using a PC, left-click on the link, and choose, “save link as.”

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour no. 24

February 6th, 2012 · 5 Comments

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour no. 24

South African Jive from the 60s and 70s! Thank you for listening.

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Tracklist

Lo Six – Habotle Rebokakate
Spokes Mashiyane – Ndlnovalo
Mahotella Queens – Umoya No. 3
Transvaal Rocking Jazz Stars – South Coast
Dark City Sisters – Langa More
Betty Khoza, Khosie Bayeni, Nellie Shabalala, Tiny Gumede – Enyageni
African Mills Brothers – Waye Tshilo
Solven Whistlers – Something New In Africa [excerpt]
Mahlathini And Izintombi Zomgqashiyo – Namhla Kungami
Bogard Brothers – Oh, She’s There
Mtabhane Ndima – Sea Water
Lulu Sibeko & Sedgewick Brothers – Chaba Chaba
Ben Sach Masinga – Bana Bana
The Manhattan Brothers – Amazw’ Amnandi (Honey Be My Honey Bee)
Timothy Umlaba Mkize – Madlamini
Izintombi Zomgqashiyo – Jabulani Mabungu
Zeezee Jazz Appointment – Seshas No. 3
Sample Siroqo – Baya Vuma
Leribe – Sax Jive
Mthunzini Girls – Ngikhala Ngiya Baleka
Manhattan Brothers – Unonkisa Kae
Mahlathini & The Queens – Mafehlefehle
The Young Stars – Ulova
Pietersburg Star Boys – In the Mood
Dorothy Masuka – Five Bells
Makeba, Miriam & the Skylarks – Hush

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour no. 23

November 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The next installation has arrived. Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour no. 23. This hour of music was inspired by a summer of swimming in Oregon’s finest, coldest, freshest swimming holes. Thanks to all of those who turned me on to great music this summer, Mikey Oh, Alexis Powell, Matt Fargo, Shawn James Seymour.

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #23 This is an AAC file that contains embedded chapters and song metadata. If you have any problems with playback, you can try the traditional mp3 file. To download, right-click (pc) or ctrl-click (mac) and select “save link as.”

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1. Bruce Langhorne – The River At Sun-Up
2. Smog – Let’s Move To The Country
3. John Buck Wilkin – Screaming Metaphysical Blues
4. Malombo Jazz Makers – Sibathathu
5. Shava Mbira Band – Instrumental Tune
6. Happy End – Natsu nandesu
7. Zoe Keating - Sun Will Set
8. Fred Neil – Little Bit Of Rain
9. Hearsay & Hyperbole – take a minute
10. Bob Hadley – Summer And Fall
11. Blaze Foley – The Moonlight Song
12. Laura Veirs – I Can See Your Tracks
13. Sam Sklair – Flower Child
14. Ithaca – Given Time
15. Carlo Buti – Stornelli Fiorentini
16. Scott Joplin – A Real Slow Drag (Album Version)
17. John Martyn – Just Now
18. Norman Blake – The Fields of November
19. Stefan Grossman – Lottie’s Blues
20. Aly Keita – Ziglibithy
21. Erasmo Carlos – Vida Antiga
22. Ken Boothe – Won’t You Come Home
23. Doris Troy – What’Cha Gonna Do About It
24. Dark City Sisters – Sekusile

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Radio Hour no. 22

March 25th, 2011 · 6 Comments

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #22

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Dialogue from The Conversation
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou – The Story of the Wind
Ted Lucas – It’s So Easy (When You Know What You’re Doing)
Long, Long, Long
Jonny Greenwood- Moon Trills
Angels Of Light – Destroyer
David Shire – Theme
Larkin Grimm – The Butcher
Antony + Bryce Dessner – I Was Young When I Left Home
Julia Kent – Acquario
Extract from Richard Feynman lecture
Tommy Flanders – Since You’ve Been Gone
James Carr – You’ve Got My Mind Messed
Eddie Kendricks – My People…Hold On
Charlotte Dada – Don’t Let Me Down
Franklin Boukaka – Le Bucheron
Rui Planeta – N’gama Ku Diulu
Andy Kim – How’d we ever get this way
Curt Boettcher – I Just Want to Be Your Friend
Lovin’ Spoonful – Didn’t Want To Have To Do It
Ellie Greenwich – You Don’t Know
The Chills – Satin Doll
Alton & Otis – The comforter has come

Thanks to all who contributed to this mix, whether wittingly, or unwittingly: Andy Cabic, Mike McGonigal, Maggie Jacobstein, Travis Johansen, Walter Murch, J Dilla, Jack Lewis, Zach Pennington, Eric Isaacson.

This is the 2nd to last podcast I intend to make. I don’t plan on abandoning the show altogether, but I do intend on moving on to a slightly different project, still audio-based.

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No. 21

November 1st, 2010 · 6 Comments

Radio 20

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #21

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #21

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Some thoughts that came to mind while making this. Color diffusion, disintegration, time-lapse photograph of stars, crashes in slow motion, strangers on desolate streets, foggy memories, snow lightning, peacocks on muscle relaxers, mutoscopes, and colors that have no names.

Tracklist

Delia Derbyshire – Colour / Tim Hecker – Trade Winds, White Heat
Broadcast – elegant elephant
Novicat de Soeurs Missionaires – Yesu Ka Mkwebaze
Björk – Ambergris March
Balanescu Quartet – Hanging Upside Down
Pearls Before Swine – I Saw the World
Doris Troy – A School For Fools
David Darling – That Is Why A Victory Must Be Observed Like A Funeral
Mazzy Star – Disappear
The Dodos – Bob
Jane Morgan – Fascination
Caetano Veloso – Fina Estampa
Simon Jeffes – Silver Star of Bologna
The Delmore Brothers – I’m Gonna Change My Way
Bernard Herrmann – Thank God For The Rain
The Roots w/ The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Dillchestra – Antiquity
Steve Reich – New York Counterpoint
Stereolab – Velvet Water
Roberto Cacciapaglia – Sei Note in Logica
Darrin Wiener & Marcelo Baldin
High Places – Shared Islands
Linaud Orchestre – Mpuanani
A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Wake Up Pretty
Folk Implosion – Raise the Bells

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No. 20

July 25th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Radio 20

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #20

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #20

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This radio hour covers portuguese guitar, primitive blues, French soundtracks, Argentine chorale music, West coast pop, British chamber pop, French impressionist, and Northern Soul, to name a few. I hope you like it; this one was 4 months in the making. I’d say this radio hour would be a good soundtrack to accompany the study of the anatomy of flight and bird migration patterns.

Tracklist

Andres Chazarreta - Gato Cordobes
Big Bill Broonzy – Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen
Neil Young – Motion Pictures
Carlos D’Alessio – India song
Josephine Foster – Hells Bells are Ringing
Ariel Ramirez – Misa por La Paz y La Justicia: Credo
Van Dyke Parks – Laurel Canyon Blvd
Blue Boy – Clear Skies
Faure – Pelleas et Melisande: Sicilienne
Roedelius – Le Jardin
Daniel Rossen – Waterfall
Beach Boys – Do You Like Worms
Ella Jenkins – Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
Vivaldi – Concerto for Mandolin and Strings
E.T. Mensah – Day by Day
Bill Callahan – Sycamore
Judee Sill – There’s A Rugged Road
Hardingfeletrioen – Fjell
Little Ann – Deep Shadows
Gino Washinton – Puppet On A String
Kronos Quartet (Foday Musa Suso) – Tilliboyo
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (George Sibanda) – Guabi Guabi
David Darling & The Wulu Bunun – Ku-Isa Tama Laug
Harry Belafonte – Goin Down Jordan

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Down Down Down

March 28th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Harry Nilsson

Down Down Down: The Music of Harry Nilsson

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #19

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I’ve listened to a lot of Nilsson. Some might say too much. In fact, a couple people have declared a moratorium on his music due to my repeatedly plattering Harry Nilsson records. My copy of The Point looks like it has gone through the wash one too many times.

What is the allure? First and foremost, it’s his talent for melody and harmony. Harry Nilsson songs contain some of the most rhapsodically colorful melodies I’ve ever heard. It’s little wonder that the Beatles declared him their favorite American artist. At a press conference in 1968, John Lennon was asked to speak about his favorite American musician. He laconically said, “Nilsson.” Paul McCartney was then asked to name his favorite American band. He replied, “Nilsson.”

If Nilsson were only interesting for his melodies, his discography would not warrant an entire radio show. But Nilsson’s career only gets more interesting the closer you look at it. The name of Nilsson’s second album, “Aerial Ballet,” comes from an act his Swedish grandparents performed in the circus. I can only imagine that some of Harry’s vaudevillian style and vocal acrobatics were influenced by his heritage.

Nilsson’s career was characterized by wild swings of ups and downs. He started out the gate strong as a songwriter and attracted the attention of Phil Spector and The Monkees. As a solo artist, he had a string of hits in the late 60s and early 70s and racked up a serious level of acclaim. From there, things got loopy. It’s almost like he approached his career with kamikaze abandon. He pursued whatever styles he liked and approached showbusiness with a wicked sense of black humor and cynicism. That said, he simultaneously evinced a child-like playfulness, a quality that allowed him to contribute to films like Popeye, The Point, and Skidoo. It’s only fitting to Nilsson’s career that all of these films tanked. The soundtracks however, are — to me — some of the best vocal soundtracks produced in the 1970s.

I won’t go much further into Nilsson’s life and work, except to say it’s fascinating, and warrants a thorough and thoughtful biographical treatment. His relationship with John Lennon, Paul Williams, Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks, Hollywood, women, and substance abuse all deserve a solid exploration.

Nilsson’s work has recently been revived by the likes of P.T. Andersen (clearly a fan), Jon Brion, Quentin Tarantino, Andrew Bird, Brian Wilson, and Aimee Mann. Nilsson left behind a scattered portfolio of demos, commercials, out-takes, and unreleased recordings–most of which are only just now beginning to be unearthed. For further research, I can recommend For the Love of Harry, which has lovingly and exhaustively assembled everything you would ever want to know about Harry Nilsson. For this podcast, I tried to sample at least one song from every one of his 15+ albums. To relieve ear fatigue, I introduced a few interpretive tracks where Nilsson is not singing, but either wrote the song, or contributed to its recording.

One of the most interesting themes in Nilsson’s career is the repeated motif of slow-motion descent. There are at least half a dozen Nilsson songs that introduce the idea of falling down into the depths, usually in an aquatic environment. It would appear that he was obsessed with this theme–even in The Point, you hear a very personal statement in his song Lifeline, even though it’s cloaked in the context of a children’s film…

Hello (Hello, Hello, Hello)
Won’t you throw me down a Life Line?
I’m so afraid of darkness,
And down here it’s just like night time.

Oobelie, Ooobely, Oogolie, Oogolie,
Oohs..Are all around me.
Hello!
Will you please send down a Life Line?

Down,
And there isn’t any hope for me,
Unless this dream which seems so real,
Is just a fantasy.

Tracklist

Open Your Window (Harry)
Miss Butter’s Lament (Aerial Pandemonium Ballet)
Jon Brion – He Really Needs Me
Goin’ Down (Knnillssonn)
Everything’s Got ‘Em (The Point)
John Lennon – Only You
Everybody’s Talkin’ (Ariel Ballet)
She’s Leaving Home (Pandemonium Shadow Show)
Wasting My Time (Aerial Pandemonium Ballet)
Dawn Landes – Lifeline
Turn On Your Radio (Son of Schmilsson)
Counting (The Monkees Demos)
Shelley Duvall – He Needs Me
Ban Deodorant Radio Commercial
How Can I Be Sure Of You (Nilsson Schmilsson)
I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now (A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night)
Learning From You (Hollywood Dreamer)
Living Without You (Nilsson Sings Newman)
One (Aerial Ballet)
The Moonbeam Song (Nilsson Schmilsson)
Everyone’s Got To Eat (The Popeye Demos)
Mucho Mungo (Pussy Cats)
Me And My Arrow (The Point!)
Blackalicious – Blazing Arrow
This Could be the Night (30 second acetate demo)
The Modern Folk Quartet – This Could Be The Night
Buy My Album/Down To The Valley (The Point!)
Paul Williams – Nilsson Sings Newman
That Is All (Reprise) (…That’s The Way It Is)

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #18

February 19th, 2010 · 7 Comments

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #18

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Why, what do we have here? It’s a new radio hour! This one only took 3 months to assemble. Hey, we’re up to #18. Only 6 more to go in this finite series of 24 podcasts.

What is this one good for? I’d say this one is good accompaniment for:

  • embarking on an all-night train ride
  • reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • curing leather
  • riding bicycles at night at the same exact speed
  • synchronizing with the film L’ascenseur pour L’echafaud
  • eating rum balls
  • dreaming of galloping horses
  • smeary scribbling in pen & ink
  • marow-warming hot toddies
  • restless nights

Selections include: a neo-folk mash-up cover of an iconic disco track, a chamber-pop cover of a classic Genesis single, Greek rebetika, new new age, Pacific Northwest drone, needle-in-the-arm country, slow-burn Icelandic chamber-pop, Argentinian experimental, Krautrock, Japanese new classical, summertime songs from Isle of Wight, African mass, Mbira music from Oregon inspired by Bolivian melodies, Field recordings made in a studio.

Track list

Amina – Hemipode
Juana Molina – El Progreso
Richard Crandell – Bolivian Lullaby
Band Of Bees – This Town
Smog – One Less Star
Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence – Weighted Down (The Prison Song)
Mazzy Star – Give You My Lovin
Vasilis Tsitsanis – To Minore tou Tsitsani [1946] (Tsitsanis’ Minore) – Vasilis
Clare & The Reasons – That’s All (Album)
Five Stairsteps – Danger She’s A Stranger
Boniface Mganga – Sanctus
Valentine Pringle – Chickens Done Crowed
Antonin Dvorak – String Quartet No. 12: Lento
Tammy Montgomery – I Cried
Takénobu – Thursday
Arthur & Yu – There Are Too Many Birds
Can – Future Days
White Rainbow – Mystic Prism
Danielle Stech Homsy
Lucky Dragons – Power Melody

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #17

December 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour # 17

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This edition of the Snore & Guzzle radio hour is dedicated exclusively to my favorite female Brazilian vocalist — perhaps my favorite female vocalist period — Nara Leão. The mix focuses on the decade of the 60s, but also bleeds into the early 70s. I tried to sequence a representative cross-section of selections across her 30 some odd albums. These albums are exceedingly difficult to come by in North America, and it’s rare to come across any of them in a record shop. For whatever reason, Nara’s music was neglected in the tropicalia renaissance. However, she would not be particularly disappointed by these circumstances. Although she in many ways inspired the tropicalia movement, she never committed herself politically or culturally. Musically, she straddles the more traditional bossa nova with the latter progressive psych-leaning era of tropicalia.

I predict that this music will see a rebirth in the coming decade. There’s something classic about her style, relevant in her philosophy, and enspiriting in her compositions that I think people will find undeniably compelling. It is just a matter of getting the stuff out there.

Tracklist

Vestigios
Vento de Maio
Sabi· Laranjeira Andorinha Preta
Pedro Pedreiro
Fiz A Cama Na Veranda – Prenda Minha
Demais
Estrada Do Sol
Atirei Um Pau No Gato
Ta-hi (Pra Voce Gostar de Mim)
Maria Joana
Pede Passagem
Nanã
A estrada e o violeiro
Insensatez
Maria Moita
O circo
Tic-Tac Do Meu Coracao
Morena do mar
Comogo E Assim
Coisas Do Mundo, Minha Nega
Promessas De Você (Com Carlos Lyra)
Corisco
Pisa Na Fulo
Recado
Aleluia
Consolação
Suíte dos Pescadores

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #16

November 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour # 16

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The Radio Hour this month is a pair of flushed cheeks. These are sounds good for ushering in hibernation, songs that hold hands with bourbon sipping, ember-gazing, quilt-wrapping and chapped lips. One of the big inspirations this month was a quote from a music review for Broadcast’s most recent album. Of the record, the critic said that it was, “Like a nursery rhyme trapped in amber.” There is much more to be found in the graphic I designed to accompany this set of music. See above.

Tracklist

Jorge Lethe- excerpt from The Perfect Human
Chris Garneau – Les Lucioles En Re Mineur
Fruit Bats – Flamingo
Danny & The Dreamers – Baby Something’s Wrong
Doug Schulkind selection, title unknown
Guy Van Duser And Billy Novick – New Orleans Farewell
Al Bowlly With The Ray Noble Orchestra – Midnight, Stars & you
Evan Miller – A Dream About Life Down Below
Vashti Bunyan – I’d Like To Walk Around In Your Mind
David Mansfield – Slow Water
Bob Dylan – Buckets Of Rain
Tarheel Slim and Little Ann – You’re Gonna Reap Everything You Sow
Duke Ellington – Passion Flower
Faye Adams – Shake A Hand
Umebayashi Shigero – Yumeji’s Theme
Tommy Johnson – Cool Drink Of Water Blues
Nina Simone – I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl
Bessie Smith – Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl
Johann Sebatian Bach – Contrapunctus 11
Jens Lekman – Firecracker (on our way to a new years party)
Susumu Yokota – Sleepy eye
Louis Armstrong – If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
M. Ward – Let’s Dance
Caetano Veloso – Minha Mulher

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #15

August 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #15

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A couple weeks ago, a kind reader of Snore & Guzzle named Carolyn dispatched a note detailing an experience she had at a small bookstore in Sarasota, Florida. Apparently, while browsing for books at said bookstore, she heard some music being piped through the store that caught her ear. After inquiring with the owner, she found out that it was Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #14. The specific song that she found so compelling was White Hinterland’s “Dreaming of Plum Trees.” White Hinterland is Casey Dienel and Shawn Creeden — friends and neighbors of mine in Portland, Oregon — and one would be smart if they checked out their albums.

I’m pleased to know that a bookstore in a town where I know not a soul, nor have ever visited, is playing a radio program that I sequenced. And so, for this month’s edition, I’ve made a program dedicated to the patrons and proprietors of Sarasota News & Books. This is music for browsing books in a small, independent book store. The selections are drawn from a bevy of crates and I can’t really draw any particularly theme from this melange. The mix is kinda all over the place — you’ll hear Danish psyche, visionary new classical, 50s child pop, Indian brass band music, Italian rock & roll, Nambian dance music and a Japanese cover song of a certain American rap song, done in a bossa-nova style. I’d like to point out track #11, which has one of the most compelling titles I’ve ever come across: A lady Picking Tea Leaves with a Rhodedendrum Flower in her Hair by Krishna Das and the Modern Light Music Brass Band — the song is sourced from a college text book about brass bands. Support your local booksellers!

1. Secret Song # 1
2. The Books – The Lemon of Pink
3. Jon Brion – Healthy Choice
4. Patience & Prudence – Tonight you belong to me
5. Lullatone – Stars On The Ceiling Of A Planetarium
6. Secret Song #2
7. Kurt Vile – Songs for John in D
8. Michael Small – Goldfarb Fantasy Michael Small
9. Terry Riley – Premonition Rag
10. Kevin Ayers – May I?
11. Krishna Das and the Modern Light Music Brass Band – A lady Picking Tea Leaves with a Rhodedendrum Flower in her Hair
12. Mavula Badouin – Mbila Na Biso
13. Ella Jenkins – Yellow Bird
14. Loudon Wainright III – Glenville Reel
15. Howe Gelb – My Grandfather’s Clock
16. Cowboy – Shoestrings
17. Gnags – Der Er Sa Meget
18. The Rokes – Lascia l’ultimo ballo per me
19 . Mice Parade – Headphoneland in the School of Old
20. Department of Eagles – Teenagers

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #14

June 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #14

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These are porch-sitting songs. Good for just about any porch-sitting company and occasion.

Tom Waits – Rockin’ Chair
Currituck Co. – The Tropics of Cancer
The Old Believers – That’s All
Carlo Buti – La Vita È Rosa
Matt Baldwin – She Was a Girl, She Was in Love
Woody Guthrie – One Day Old
Ry Cooder – Available space
Micah Blue Smaldone – Springtime Blues
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Blue Trees
Gillian Welch – Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
The Youngbloods – Sunlight
Paul Simon – I Do It for Your Love
White Hinterland – Dreaming Of Plum Trees
Camera Obscura – The last song
Nancy Sinatra – It Ain’t Me Babe
Quincy Jones – Cast Your Fate
The Dixie Cups – You Should Have Seen The Way He Looked At Me
Jimi Hendrix – Long Hot Summer Night
Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Penguin Cafe Single
Philip Glass – String Quartet No. 5

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #13

May 6th, 2009 · 4 Comments

moondog

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #13

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“In times that are not ordinary / I’m not gonna die in 4/4 time”

~Louis Hardin

This entire podcast is an homage to the blind street busker, Louis Hardin, known to the music world as Moondog. Consider it an introduction, or a work in progress. There are many rare recordings that I’m still trying to assemble. If anyone has the record that he did with Julie Andrews, please contact me. The sequencing here starts in rolling hills, dips down into tranquility, then soars back up to majestic and bombastic heights…be prepared. More on the life of this man coming soon.

Tracklist

Santa Fé
No. 19 – Maybe
Snaketime Rhythms
In Vienna
Oboe Round
Single Foot
The Message ( A Capella Male Chorus) )
Cosmicode – Moondog
Chaconne In A Minor
Romance In G
birds
Dark Eyes
From Art Of The Canon, Book 2: No. 23
Moondog: Synchrony #2
Pastoral
Mother’s Whistler
Sea Horse
From Jazz Book: No. 3
I’m This I’m That
Frog bog
No. 23 – Trees Against The Sky
Paris
Oo Debut
Rabbit Hop
Dog Trot
Symphonique #6 (Good for Goodie)
Stamping Ground

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Special Radio Hour: The Cloud Photographers

March 27th, 2009 · No Comments

The Cloud Photographers

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A special post highlighting a pet project of Nicholas Gurewitch, the man behind the Perry Bible Fellowship. This particular pet has been groomed for a long time now, and is only now emerging for the show room.

Nick is an artist-chameleon extraordinaire, and has adapted the persona’s of Robert Crumb, Shel Silverstein and Edward Gorey. Now he has taken the cloak of yet another, this time in a medium outside of his typical graphic arts.

Since Bottle Rocket, the soundtracks in Wes Anderson films have both enchanted listeners and raised eyebrows in skepticism. Some believe that his music overpowers his scenes, and force feeds emotions on the audience. Others feel that they endow a sense of magic within his stories. Either way, Mr. Anderson has etched himself a musical signature that is immediately recognizable in the world of film soundtracks. Enlisting the help of Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo, Rugrats) and music geek Randall Poster, Anderson’s soundtracks have evolved into a signature taste. On the face of things, his selections don’t seem much more inspired than your garden-variety college free-form DJ’s selections: Velvet Underground, Rolling Stones, The Kinks and Cat Stevens. But I suppose it’s the application that counts. And count it does. Recall Richie Tenenbaum’s love-struck face as Margot exits the bus accompanied by Nico’s (Jackson Brown penned) These Days. Cue slow motion.

It’s an unforgettably romantic scene.

So now, Wes is four films deep. What’s going to happen next?

Enter Nick Gurewitch. Here we have a speculation on the soundtrack for the next Wes Anderson film. It’s entirely fiction, but yet so plausible.

The Cloud Photographers

The Cloud Photographers – Cumulus

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The Cloud Photographers – John Cale – Paris 1919

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The Cloud Photographers – Itzhak Perlman – Caprice #2 in B Minor by Paganini

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Here’s a little interview I did with Nick explaining what this is all about.

MN: What is the story of The Cloud Photographers? Who stars?

NG: The Cloud Photographers is mainly about the trials of a de-revolutionary group called “R.A.M.R.A.T” – The Royal Association for the Militant Reclamation of American Territories. It stars Alec Guiness as a senile ex-war general.

MN: How did you formulate the track sequencing? Are there any specific scenes that you envision accompanied by a specific song?

NG: For some reason I envisioned “Andrew’s Waltz”, performed by Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Maxwell and Mosher, happening over the opening credits. Probably over a photo album featuring the cast. Now that I think of it, I think I positioned all the tracks in filmic sequence. Especially the climactic ones toward the end.

MN: How would you characterize a song that has an Anderson-esque feel to ti?

NG: Anderson music has a lot of whimsy to it. It’s also almost always kind of trapped in a specific bygone era- like a lot of his characters. Often very fancy, with a high or fantastical ideal. Music from the British invasion is a touchstone in his films. That kind of angst. It might have something to do with the British loss of dignity over the years- coping with that. Royal Tennenbaum is a good example of that; a king who’s lost its crown. This probably, now that I think of it, definitely contributed to the idea of the RAMRAT organization.

I’m most pleased with the tracks on this album that combine British pop music with classical elements. There are a couple of them that are just drenched with the feel of his films.

MN: What was involved in assembling this project and how long did it take?

NG: Well, you helped me with a lot of it. You clued me into some great tracks- like the Mike Berry song, which sounds like its right out of Rushmore. The project ended up taking a really long time because I kept hearing music that I thought would make a great addition, and it kept me postponing the final track listing.

I came up with the idea for a CD mix club about 2 years ago. I’m 2 years late with actually sharing it with the members of the CD club. I’ll do that soon, hopefully.

The Cloud Photographers

Unofficial Soundtrack

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1. Cumulus
2. Donovan – Hi It’s Been a Long Time
3. Andrew’s Waltz
4. The Kinks – So Long
5. Les Boréades – Piggies
6. Paul Simon – The Obvious Child
7. Artur Rubenstein – Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini – Var. #7
8. Belle and Sebastian – Fox in the Snow
9. With a Chance of Rain
10. Mike Berry and The Outlaws – Don’t You Think it’s Time
11. Hindi Beatles medley
12. The London Double Bass Sound – Moses Fantasy (paganini)
13. Ion Laceanu – Briu
14. The Rolling Stones – Mother’s Little Helper
15. The Flight of the Bumblebee* (Sinfonia Lahti Cello and Bass Ensemble) (Rimsky-Korsakov)
16. The Zombies – Beechwood Park
17. John Cale – Paris 1919
18. The Who – Can’t Explain
19. English Chamber Orchestra – Water Music Suite No. 2 in D
20. Sparks – Whipping and Apologies
21. Itzhak Perlman – Caprice #2 in B Minor by Paganini
22. The Damned – Jet Boy Jet Girl
23. The String Quartet – Sunday Morning (Velvet Underground)
24. Sigur Ros – Olsen Olsen

Everyone will have their own take on what makes a Wes Anderson soundtrack. Lend your tracklists and ideas in the comments section.

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #12

March 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #12

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The Radio Hour for this month is something of a soundtrack for where I am right now. Which is traveling through the state of New Mexico…on bike, by foot, on buses and catching rides. It’s a wide open place where the sky is so big that people say that clouds actually reflect the curvature of the earth’s surface.

1. Beach Boys – Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) Instrumental
2. Bo Harwood – Woman Under the Influence
3. Randy Newman – 1914
4. Juana Molina – Insensible
5. Jackson C. Frank – Milk And Honey
6. Leo Kottke – The Tennessee Toad
7. Roger Miller – Not in Nottingham
8. Ry Cooder – Brothers (from Paris, Texas)
9. Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska
10. Karen Dalton – Are You Leaving for the Country?
11. Slapp Happy – Who’s gonna help me now
12. Alela Diane – To Be Still
13. John Lennon – Hold On
14. Koushik – Nothing’s The Same
15. Lake – Bad Dream
16. Donovan – Colours
17. The 6ths – In The City In The Rain
18. Dr. Dog – The World May Never Know
19. Elton John – I Think I’m Going To Kill Myself

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #11

February 2nd, 2009 · 5 Comments

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #11

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Jimmy Yancey – Cryin’ In My Sleep
Blossom Dearie – L’Etang
Nino Rota – E Poi
The Mamas & The Papas – Twist and Shout
Quiet Village – Victoria’s Secret
Os Novos Baianos – Acabou Chorare
Erik Satie – 3 valses distinguees du precieux degoute: Son binocle
Antonio Carlos Jobim & Nara Leao – Fotografia
Jack Nitzsche – Prelude #15 in D Flat, OP 28 (Chopin)
String Quartet – Sunday Morning
Sunny & The Sunliners – My Dream
Cymande – One More
Pastels – Been So Long
Coleman Hawkins – Mighty Like a Rose
Harpers Bizarre – Leaving On A Jet Plane
Matt Baldwin – She Was a Girl, She Was in Love
Led Zeppelin – That’s The Way
Pietro Mascagni – Silvano
Simon & Garfunkel – So long, Frank Lloyd Wright
Laura Mikkola – Cantus Arcticus, Op. 61
Colleen – What Is A Componium?

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #10

January 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #10

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My favorite Afro-American ragtime, country blues, spirituals, field-recordings, work songs, string bands, sacred steel, game songs, banjo songsters, and porch folk. Thank you: Yazoo, Document, Revenant, Old Hat, Arhoolie, Folkways, Alan Lomax & Moses Asch.

1. Weaver & Beasley – St Louis Blues
2. Luke Jordan – If I Call You Mama
3. Lizzie Washington – My Low Down Brown
4. Henry Thomas – Fishing Blues
5. Mississippi Mud Steppers – Sunset Waltz
6. Sonny Boy & Lonnie – I Wonder Who’s Holding You
7. Etta & Cora Baker – Jaybird March
8. Elizabeth Cotten – When I Get Home
9. Charlie Butler – Diamond Joe
10. Clifford Gibson – Don’t Put That Thing On Me
11. Lottie Kimbrough – Rolling Log Blues
12. Blind Lemon Jefferson – Beggin back
13. Frazier & Patterson – Bile Them Cabbage Down
14. Vera Hall – Trouble So Hard
15. Sam Montgomery – Honey Dripper
16. Peg Leg Howell – Rolling Mill Blues
17. Andrew & Jim Baxter – the Moore Girl
18. Bukka White – Poor Boy Long Way From Home
19. Blind Roosevelt Graves – I’ll be rested when the roll is called
20. Blind Willie Johnson – The Rain Don’t Fall On Me
21. Geeshie Wiley – Last Kind Word Blues
22. Unidentifed Group Of Tobacco Workers – Run, Sinner, Run
23. Moving Star Hall congregation – Jesus Knows All About My Trouble
24. Goodwill Spiritual Choir – You Better Mind

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #9

December 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #9

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This month on the Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour, we’ve foregone any thematic thread. You’ll find an overarching tone, but there’s no one genre holding it all together. This one is all over the proverbial map. Tune in for a free-form hodge-podge of orchestral Swedish folk, Italian chamber music, field recordings, stride piano, Chicano soul, Hindi Film music, Country schmaltz, Chilean prog-folk, a cappella Brazilian harmony, Russian children’s music, slide guitar from Hong Kong and Nigerian pop.

1. Roedelius – Manchmal
2. Young Marble Giants – The Man Amplifier
3. Raymond Scott – Wheels That Go
4. Turid – Bilder
5. Tindersticks – The Not Knowing
6. Alessanro Marcello – Concerto for Oboe
7. Vera Hall – I Been Drinking
8. Mississippi John Hurt – Funky Butt
9. Lead Belly – Mother’s Blues (Little Children Blues)
10. James P. Johnson – Blues for Jimmy
11. Dimas 3 – I Won’t Love You Again
12. Ella Jenkins – This Is an Afro Mood
13. The Impressions – I’m So Proud
14. R.D. Burman – Bade achhe lagte hain
15. Henry Mancini – Release Me
16. Grace Chang – A night at sea
17. Nilo Amaro e Seus Cantores de Ebano – A Noiva (La Novia)
18. Congregacion – Mengano
19. Kuchiroro – Ending
20. B. Savelyev – Carousel Horses
21.Fleetwood Mac – Never Going Back Again
22. Tunji Oyelana And The Benders – To Whom It May Concern
23. Marconi Notaro – Desmantelado
24. The Avalanches – Extra Kings
25. The Upsetters – In The Iaah

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #8

November 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The Nap-time Trilogy, Parts I – III

Part I

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Part II

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Part III

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Bonus! Lullatone Naptime Mix

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Part I

White Rainbow – shanty town exclusive
Nat King Cole Trio – For All We Know
Bill Evans – blue in green
Jean Sibelius – Canzonetta, op.62a
Rebecca Pan – Bengawan Solo
Nuno Canavarro – 13 (untitled)
Billie Holiday – Violets For Your Furs
David Darling & The Wulu Bunun – Wulu Dream
João Gilberto – Valsa (Como São Lindos Os Youguis)
The Fleetwoods – You Mean Everything To Me
Gerry Mulligan – Night Lights
Nara Leão- O Amor Em Paz
Lullatone – Leaves Falling
Desolation Wilderness – Turquoise and Gold
The United States Of America – Love song for the dead Che
The Remote Viewer – To Completion
Jana Hunter – The Angler
Van Dyke Parks – Keep Me In Your Heart (Warren Zevon song)
Les Paul with Mary Ford – Just One More Chance

Part II

Nino Rota – L’Illusionista
Chet Baker – My Ideal
Kronos Quartet – Very Early
Lata Mangeshkar – Kuchh Dil Ne Kaha
Villa-Lobos – Suite Populaire Bresilienne #1 – Mazurka – Choros
Harry Nilsson – Lullaby In Ragtime
Ethan Rose – Song One
The Ink Spots – Maybe
Colleen – I’ll read you a story
Takagi Masakatsu – Fore
Rebecca Stark – Emptiness is a conductor
Edvar Grieg – At the Cradle
Amiina- Sexfaldur
Mississippi John Hurt – Oh Mary Don’t You Weep
Debussy – La fille aux Cheveux de Lin
Jimmy Giuffre – Come rain or come shine
Carl Orff – Siziliano

Part III

Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Flux
Khatchaturian – Gayne Ballet Suite
Tord Gustavsen Trio – Vesper
Brightblack Morning Light – Summer Hoof
Broadcast – Echo’s Answer
Julie London – Say It Isn’t So
Vincent Gallo – I Wrote This Song For The Girl Paris Hilton
Nilo Amaro e Seus Cantores de Ebano – Azulao
Carlos Salzedo – Short Stories In Music – Book II: Goldfish
Sylvia Telles – Chove la Fora
Frédéric Chopin – Valse 9
Gavin Bryars – Titanic Hymn (Autumn)
Lucien Boyer – Parlez Moi D’Amour
Mountains – Sewn One
Library Tapes – Repor
Bobby Burg and Nate Kinsella
Rachel’s – Air Conditioning/A Closed Feeling
Loren Dent – Work Song: Holmes Mill
Asuna – 昼下がり

Lullatone Naptime Mix

Colin Blunstone – Misty Roses
João Gilberto – Desde Que O Samba É Samba
Teacups – Birds
Sly Hats – Liquorice Nights
Django Reinhardt – To Each His Own Symphony
Caetano Veloso – Remelexo
David Byrne – Why
Julian Nation – We Are All Writers
Jimmie Rodgers – Lullaby Yodel
Nico – I’ll Keep It with Mine
Young Group – 11 Gatsu
Popo – Starry Night
The Langley Schools Music Project – To Know Him Is To Love Him
The Motifs – Every Way
Lullatone – Baby (Os Mutantes cover)
Happa no Ura Gawa Sisters – Arihara-san He
Maher Shalal Hash Baz – Post Office
Pierre Barouh & Francis Lai – Samba Saravah
Gary McFarland – More
Sora – Astrud

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #7

November 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #7 – African jive & pop, mostly from South Africa

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1. Spokes Mashiyane – Sono Sam
2. Father Huddleston Band – Ndenzeni Na
3. E.T. Mensah & The Tempos – All For You
4. Tabu Ley Rochereau – Nalembi Nalembi
5. Manhattan Brothers – Mangoane
6. Nancy Jacobs & Her Sisters – Meadowlands
7. Fundi Konde – Ndege Wote Wameruka
8. S.E. Rogie – Please Go Easy With Me
9. Bembele Henri – Beni
10. Leon Bukasa – Congo Ya Biso Basi Bayebi Kolata
11. St. Augustine & His Rovers Dance Band – Onwu Ama Dike
12. Royal Players – Khala Zo’me
13. Miriam Makeba – Sindiza Ngecadillacs
14. N.D. Hotshots – U.S.A Special
15. The Skylarks – Darlie Kea Lemang
16. Abdallah/Cuban Marimba – Tanzania Twist
17. Franco & OK Jazz – Mabe Nde Kolimwa
18. Alick Nkhata – Kalindawalo Ni Mfuma
19. The Young Stars – Ulova
20. Havana Swingsters – Yiyo Le
21. Dorothy Masuka – Unamanga
22. George Sibanda – Chuzi Mama
23. Jean Bosco – Mama Na Mwana

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #6

November 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #6 – mostly esoteric country-rock; more about this radio show posted here

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1. Bobby Charles – Small Town Talk
2. Ronnie Lane & The Band ‘Slim Chance’ – Roll On Babe
3. Gordon Lightfoot – Cotton Jenny
4. Biff Rose – The Stars
5. Derroll Adams – Mr. Rabbit
6. Norman Greenbaum – Back Home Again
7. Skeeter Davis – Summer Sunshine
8. Neville Brothers – Let’s Live
9. Brenton Wood – Baby You Got It
10. Linda Perhacs – Sandy Goes
11. Matthews Southern Comfort – And When She Smiles (She Makes The Sun Shine)
12. Flatlanders – She had money, she had time
13. Kathy Heideman – Tell It True
14. Townes Van Zandt – Be Here To Love Me
15. Tom Newman – Penny’s Whistle Boogie
16. NRBQ – Ridin’ In My Car
17. The Bee Gees – You Know It’s For You
18. Slapp Happy – A Little Something
19. Aaron Lightman – now is the time
20. Michael Hurley – Panama Hat
21. John Fahey – Steamboat Gwine ‘Round De Bend
22. Elyse – Band Of Thieves
23. Loudon Wainwright III – Pretty Little Martha
24. Roy Harper – Commune

TRT = 1hr 6mins

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #5

November 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #5 – Brazilian bossa nova

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1. Orlando Silva – Ultima Cancao
2. Joao Gilberto – Farolito
3. Luiz Bonfa – Da Cor do Pecado
4. Sylvia Telles – Tu e Eu
5. Antônio Carlos Jobim – Ana Luiza
6. Baden Powell & Vinícius De Moraes – Canto de Yemanjá
7. Tuca – Verde
8. Nara Leao -Morena dos Olhos D’Agua
9. Baden Powell – Euridice
10. Joyce – Ave Maria
11. Edu Lobo & Maria Bethania – Sinherê
12. Carlos Lyra – Coisa Mais Linda
13. Doris Monteiro – Nos E O Mar
14. Dick Farney & Norma Bengel – Voci
15. Elis Regina – Dengosa
16. Vinicius de Moraes e Toquinho – Carta ao Tom 74
17. Toquinho – A Agua Negra Da Lagoa
18. Wanda Sa – Aruanda
19. Quarteto Em CY – Amaralina
20. Caetano Veloso & Gal Costa – Nenhuma Or
21. Nara Leão – Chega De Saudade
22. Caetano Veloso & Gal Costa – Remelexo
23. João Gilberto – Falsa Baiana

TRT = 1 hr 4 mins

The Radio Hour for this month is all (with the exception of a single song) Brazilian bossa nova music from 1958 to roughly, 1970. I wish there was a better phrase than “bossa nova” to describe this music. The word has become so corrupted, that for most people living in North America, the mention of bossa nova suggests high schmaltz, slick lounge, fluorescent drinks and exotic ladies wearing fruit basket hats. The original music however, had nothing to do with any of this. In fact, it was the antithesis.

Bossa Nova became an international phenomenon in the mid 1960s, and projected an image of Brazil to the world as a lush, happy-go-lucky, tropical wonderland. However, the country was anything but. The three milestone commercial bossa nova releases were, the soundtrack Black Orpheus (1959), by Luiz Bonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim, the recording of “The Girl from Ipanema” in 1964, by Astrud Gilberto, and the Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim album, released in 1967 (essentially marking the end of an era). None of these recordings have been included on the radio show.

The tropicalia movement that came to rise in the late 60s was a strong reaction against the perception of Brazil as an equatorial disneyland. The term “tropicalia” – although it sounds like it’s embracing the Western idea of Brazilian culture – is actually a strong rejection thereof. It’s mocking itself.

Americans have been exposed to Brazilian music with tepid and watered-down major studio recordings, often using pre-established state-side musicians to prime the commercial potential. Most of the bossa nova records distributed in the United States were tainted by one of three things: 1) the English language 2) Stan Getz’ saxophone, or 3) heavy orchestral arrangements, a la Frank Sinatra. Authentic bossa nova is more like Swiss graphic design, or modernist architecture — it is understated, minimal, and more about the negative space than anything else.

The Portuguese language is as crucial to the music as any of the instruments in its standard repertoire. The language shapes the body of the music, and the body of bossa nova is soft, sweet and as light as a summer dress. Portuguese — and specifically Brazilian Portuguese, as opposed to European — is perfectly suited to this style. It’s a language that takes place on the lips. Very few words require guttural sounds. Phonetically speaking, the language is flush with soft consonants, frequent shh sounds, and word endings that often dissolve rather than snap. It also lends itself to whispering without losing semantic integrity. A good example of this in practice is João Gilberto’s “Hô-bá-lá-lá.” Gilberto sings the phrase “Hô-bá-lá-lá” — which is an onomatopoeia for a beating heart — in a near whisper and with a lilting and mellifluous touch. Like the best love songs, Gilberto’s interpretation is understated and de-dramatizes the lyrics. In short, bossa nova is not the same when sung in any language other than Portuguese. Can you imagine a Germanic language interpreting a bossa nova song?

João Gilberto – Hô-bá-lá-lá

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The radio show begins with Orlando Silva, who João Gilberto consistently cites as his single biggest influence. Silva is not bossa nova, but proto-bossa nova. He was a crooner that recorded in the 30s, 40s and early 50s. The show ends with Caetano Veloso, who consistently cites João Gilberto as his biggest influence. Veloso has been quoted as saying, “When I first heard João Gilberto, I had the desire to make music.” And further described him as, “…madder than the mad, and more lucid than the sane; that seducer who enchanted so thoroughly without possessing a drop of glamour; that artist who proved himself even more the artist when he was not practicing his art…” The first album Caetano Veloso released, along with Gal Costa, is highly derivative of Gilberto’s sound. The first wave of bossa nova musicians were deeply influenced by American jazz. Musicians like Nat King Cole, Barney Kessel, Bing Crosby, Julie London and — especially — Frank Sinatra. There was a Brazilian word that referred to these type of musicians, and it roughly translated to “pillow-voices.”

João Gilberto is singlehandedly the artist most responsible for crafting the sound of bossa nova. He fashioned a rhythm that is as distinctive as the Bo Diddley beat. The bossa rhythm has become synonymous with his name, although bossa nova also refers to the Brazilian new wave at large, and encompasses new jazz and samba forms. Gilberto was an audiophile and an eccentric, who often practiced in a tile lined bathroom because of its acoustics. Later in his career, he would frequently refuse to play if the p.a. system wasn’t up to his standards. Caetano Veloso described his contribution like so: “What João Gilberto proposed was a deeply penetrating and highly personal interpretation of the spirit of samba. He did this through a mechanically simple but musically challenging guitar beat that suggested an infinite variety of subtle ways to make the vocal phrasing swing over a harmony of chords progressing in fluent equilibrium.”

Gilberto worked with Stan Getz, and his wife Astrud, to create some of the most commercially successful bossa nova records of all time. However, many sources say that he didn’t get along with Getz, and often spoke about him nastily in the studio (using Portuguese). Gilberto’s career started in earnest around 1958, but his recordings only got better with time. He released my personal favorite album in 1973, which was simply self-titled. Slipcue.com has a wonderfully articulate description of this album:

“Joao’s ‘white album’ — a hauntingly sparse, beautiful, and quite ethereal recording. Upon sober reflection (and countless hours spent listening to it), I think I can quite comfortably say that I think this is the single greatest bossa nova album ever recorded. Gilberto is gentle and graceful beyond the reach of practically any other musician alive, and this record is a masterpiece. It includes revamped acoustic takes on several bossa nova and pre-bossa oldies, along with newer material such as his lullaby for his daughter, Bebel, and one song each by the upstart tropicalistas, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil. Gilberto sings barely at a whisper, while his percussionist is the absolute model of restraint and economy.”

Also worth mentioning is a short lived Brazilian record label – Elenco Records. Elenco was active from 1963 to 1968, and started by Aloysio de Oliveira. Elenco was essentially an independent label and recorded some of the most influential bossa nova musicians, including: Sylvia Telles, Edu Lobo, Nara Leão, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinícius de Moraes, Baden Powell, Maria Bethânia, Dorival Caymmi, Sergio Mendes, Maysa and Roberto Menescal. Elenco is also worth mentioning for their distinctive design sensibility. Their record covers consistently had the same look, defined by high contrast black and white photographs, counterpointed by illustrations in bright red. The clean and disciplined design was a perfect complement to the music it was representing. My personal favorite is this Nara Leao cover. (you can purchase a print in the store)

nara leao

Footnote: Nara Leao straddled the bossa nova movement and the tropicalia movement. She held an impromptu salon in her parent’s house in the early days, and later associated with tropicalismo. She was sometimes referred to as “the muse of bossa nova,” although she later rejected that notion, and the movement altogether. Full disclosure: I have an unabashed infatuation with Nara Leao. Miss Leao will get her due from me at a later date, possibly as a book or article. By that same token, at some point in the future, I’d like to develop a more specialized and well developed piece on Brazilian music from the bossa nova era, but in the meantime, this will have to do.

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #4

November 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #4 – library music, psyche and electronic for Broadcast

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1. The Focus Group – Danse & Atoms
2. Antena – Noelle A Hawai
3. Roger Roger & Nino Nardini – Fender Theme
4. Mort Garson – Big Sur
5. Wendy & Bonnie – Children Laughing
6. Henry Mancini – Lujon
7. The Free Design – Where Do I Go
8. David Axelrod – Human Abstract
9. Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Hard -boiled babe
10. ESG – Chistelle
11. The Deep – Color Dreams
12. Rotary Connection – Lady Jane
13. Ennio Morricone – Ninna Nanna In Blu
14. The United States Of America – Coming down
15. Cecil Leuter – Pop Electronique No.1
16. C.A. Quintet – Ain’t No Doubt About It
17. “Ideas tickle in my tummy”
18. The Mind Expanders – Love Syndrome
19. Silver Apples – Seagreen serenades
20. Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan – Sonik Re-Entry
21. John Cale – Terry’s Cha-Cha
22. Gautam Dasgupta – Duniya Mane Bura To Goli Maro
23. GZA – Cold War
24. The Focus Group – Icicle wheel

+ 1 bonus track

TRT 1 hr. 6 mins

The radio show this time around is something of an homage to the band Broadcast. But not featuring songs by the band itself – rather, bands they like and have been influenced by. I started getting interested in the lineage of Broadcast because I happened upon a set of 4 radio shows they had done for their website. There was a set list on the page, but none of the files actually worked. The set list was intriguingly esoteric, so I embarked on a wee more research.

I’ve read a couple interviews with the band, but nothing has been terribly illuminating about their personalities or process. However, their radio shows proved to be a rosetta stone to their records. This radio hour is a montage of songs they’ve referenced, or songs that I just thought fit well.

Broadcast’s tastes cover lounge, exotica, 60s garage, psyche, New York noise, early tape and electronic music (a la Princeton electronic music center), new classical (Ives, Partch), soundtracks (mostly Italian), krautrock, moog records, Miami bass, space jazz and — most importantly — library music, especially French library music. If you’ve never heard the term, library music is just music that was intended as mood-setters for film and television, not for the record buying public. Library music is generally considered ephemera, but has found a small, devoted group of listeners. Among them: Stereolab, Tipsy, Beck, Cornelius, Matmos, (to some extent) the Beastie Boys, and more recently, James Pants. Luke Vibert curated an album of library music, called Luke Vibert’s “Nuggets,” which is a pretty good introduction to the genre (if you can call it that).

As a vocalist, Trish Keenan falls somewhere between Francoise Hardy, Vashti Bunyan and Nico. It’s icy, uninflected and borderline detached. But it’s the perfect complement for their sound. If you look at a wave form of one of their songs, her voice looks clean as a sine wave, and weaves in and out of the accompanying fuzzy analog noise and beats.

As DJs and connoisseurs, Broadcast clearly place a premium on that which is rarified. When asked by The Guardian UK if Broadcast had time for “more conventional canon of rock and pop,” Tim Fenton (the band’s original guitarist) replied, “Those bands go without saying for us. We love the Velvet Underground, but we also knew that we couldn’t do anything that interesting by using that influence. It would become a burden. We benefit from letting things into our life that we didn’t know about before.”

And this is why you won’t see any Velvet Underground, Nico, Can, Neu or Kraftwerk on this podcast. They go without saying. Bassist and founder James Cargill cited United States of America as the “main inspiration for the band.” The short-lived LA psyche band (1967-8) are the perfect template for Broadcast. It’s as if Broadcast is United States of America re-incarnate. And they just picked up where the original band left off. Which is a good thing, considering United States of America only made one album.

An important collaborator of Broadcast is Julian House, who is their resident graphic designer, occasional live DJ, and also a musician in his own right. As a musician, he goes by the name of the Focus Group. It appears as though House is the resident graphic designer of Ghost Box records, and his signature look owes a great deal to the European library records of the 60s and 70s. Songs by the Focus Group bookend this podcast.

I saw Broadcast perform live in 2004, in Scotland. It was a fairly intimate crowd, and the performance was supplemented by three 16mm projectors playing old science classroom films. It was not unlike how I imagine Andy Warhol’s projections were with the Velvet Underground, with the band partially bathed in the projected light. Cargill had this to say about the visuals: “All the imagery is collected from car-boot sales and stuff, it’s all kind of old science imagery and stuff. I just like the way it looks. We’re not sort of saying ‘oh isn’t this funny kind of imagery kitsch’ you know, we genuinely like the mood of it when we’re playing.”

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #3

November 4th, 2008 · No Comments

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #3

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1. Joe Meek loop
2. The Crystals – And then he kissed me (prod. Phil Spector)
3. Beach Boys – Gettin hungry (prod. Brian Wilson)
4. Royal Players – Omnyakane (South Africa)
5. Nancy Jacobs and her Sister – Baby are yeng (South Africa)
6. Noriel Vilela – 16 Toneladas (Brazil / Tennessee Ernie Ford cover [who covered the Merle Travis version])
7. Chantal Goya – Il court les filles
8. The Millenium – The Prelude (Curt Boettcher)
9. Jeanette – Pourque te vas (Spain)
10. François de Roubaix – Dernier Domicile Connu (sampled by Missy Elliot)
11. Caetano Veloso – Marinheiro Só (Brazil)
12. Rogerio Duprat – Flying (Beatles cover)
13. The Tony Hatch Sound – Live for life
14. The Fleetwoods – I care so much
15. Carole King – Samson & Delilah (Brill building demo)
16. Les Gams – Ne Me Dis Pas Du Mal De Mon Amour (Cookies cover)
17. Lulu – Boy (prod. Mickie Most)
18. The Breakaways – That’s how it goes (Tony Hatch/Pye records)
19. The Honeycombs – Have I the right (prod. Joe Meek)
20. Bow Wow Wow – Go Wild in the Country (note that Bow Wow Wow’s big hit “I want Candy was a cover by The Strangeloves, who were fronted by the guy who produced the next track in this set)
21. Blondie – X Offender (prod. Richard Gottehrer)
22. Yvonne Elliman – I can’t explain (Who cover)
23. The Ramones – Baby, I love you (prod. Phil Spector / Ronettes cover)
24. Jens Lekman – Do You Remember The Riots (samples Gal Costa)
25. Nancy Sinatra – You Can Have Any Boy (prod. Lee Hazlewood)

The Radio Show this month covers a number 60s pop producers: Joe Meek, Phil Spector, Lee Hazlewood, Curt Boettcher, Mickie Most, and then pursues some of those influences outside of its origins in the United States and the British Isles. The thread is pretty loose: French pop, Brazilian pop, South African jive, but most songs have something unusual about them that makes them transcend the time period from which they were borne. It starts out with an early Phil Spector song, and ends with one of his last decent productions, with the Ramones. I tried hunting down the notorious sessions he did with Celine Dion (!), but it looks like they haven’t leaked just yet. Spector, however is still planning on releasing them, and sent the following statement to the press: “Should you wish to hear the amazing and historic recordings I made with Ms. Dion, have no fear. . . . Since I paid for them and own them, I am planning to release them on my label, for the entire world to hear, and compare . . . to her current recordings, or whatever you call those things they’ve released with her.”

And in the same vein as the Phil Spector production fanatacism, there are a few tracks that have unique productions. The 4th track, by the Royal Players (who released a single 78 rpm record), was recorded acoustically in a church (not unlike something Jack Nitzsche once did).

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #2

November 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #2 – waltzes, American primitive, Bachianinha’s, mellow 70s AM gold, gospel soul and classical.

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1. Lullaby and Doina – Osvaldo Goliyov
2. I Told Jesus – Roberta Flack
3. On a Country Road – John Carter
4. Keep It Clean – Charley Jordan
5. Frangie – Carlos D’Alessio
6. Friendboats – Mariee Sioux
7. Fugue No. 7 in A major – Shostakovich
8. Traction In The Rain – David Crosby
9. The Last Emperor theme song – Byrne & Sakomoto
10. L’amour S’en Va – Françoise Hardy
11. Bachianinha Nº 1 – Toquinho
12. Canção Que Morre No Ar – Gal Costa
13. Ventura Highway (Album Version) – America
14. El Nabiyouna – Toumani Diabaté
15. Soft Touch – Everything But The Girl
16. Da Doo Ron Ron – The Andrew Oldham Orchestra
17. Bam Bam – Sister Nancy
18. I Love The Weekend – No Kids
19. Never My Love – The Association

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Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #1

November 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour

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1. Intro tune…
2. Love Is The Sweetest Thing – Ray Noble, Al Bowlly
3. I Don’t Know What Love Is (1964 Tape) – Vashti Bunyan
4. 昼下がり Asuna
5. Misty Roses – Colin Blunstone
6. Stop Giving Your Children Standardized Tests, Part One – Laura Barrett
7. Wysteria – Curtains
8. I’m not following you – Michael Andrews
9. Penduli Pendulum – Bobbie Gentry
10. One Mile From Heaven – Bobb Trimble
11. The Storm Has Just Begun – Willie Nelson
12. Jubilee – Jean Ritchie
13. He Gives Us All His Love- Randy Newman
14. Canzonetta, op.62a – Jean Sibelius
15. when i get to heaven – Unknown
16. Dick Farney
17. Malinconia Di Capri – Carlo Buti
18. Dedicated to You – The Mills Brothers W/ Ella Fitzgerald
19. My Lovely Elizabeth – S.E. Rogie
20. Deh Pon Dem – Soulettes
21. I Cover the Waterfront – Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
22. You Turned The Tables On Me – Billie Holiday
23. Short Stories In Music – Book I: Rocking Horse – Carlos Salzedo
24. Love is the sweetest thing – Mary Hopkin
25. Outro tune (Kelli Hicks)

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