2008 Playlists

1/1/2008 Dig Up The Roots

A new year is upon us and that means one thing: making promises you know you won’t keep. Are you going to learn a language, pick up a new hobby or lose those holiday pounds? Are you going to keep at it until you get your desired results, or forget about it by lunch? Then this is the show for you.

This show theme began as a joke and has proved to be more popular than I would have thought. These are all thrift store church sale records, except for Wall of Voodoo’s classic ‘Tomorrow’, which we started the show with.

Motivational speakers, life style guiders, exercisers and behavioral sliders all had a place here. We actually heard some good advice here, a few choice pieces of music thrown in and the new year already looks brighter. The show ends with the most frightening exercise leader ever: Bonnie Pruden. Don’t EVEN think of slowing down.

Playlist Tracks:

Wall Of Voodoo – Tomorrow
Album: Call Of The West; Label: IRS

Bob Conklin (Nationally recognized sales executive) – Opening Track
Album: The Key To Motivation; Label: Midwest Audio Video Company

Jack Woldridge – How To Say A Few Words
Album: How To Communicate Your Ideas; Label: Nation’s Buisness Execudisc

Bob Conklin (Nationally recognized sales executive) – Second side, second track
Album: The Key To Motivation; Label: Midwest Audio Video Company

Millard Bennett – The 30-10 Power Formula / Good Health Aids Power-Packed Living
Album: The Power Of Inspired Salesmanship; Label: Success Motivation Institute, Inc

Unknown – Facts Expectant Parents Should Know
Album: Your Baby And You: The Baby Record; Label: XTV

Cliff W. Krueger – The Art Of Negotiation Part 3: How to avoid direct questions until you’re ready to answer
Album: Successful Real Estate Selling; Label: Success Motivation Institute, Inc

Monsieur Marcel Bolomet Mr Jack Wagner – General Conversation
Album: A Traveler’s Guide To Instant French; Label: TOPS

Mr William Whitby Mr Jack Wagner – Shopping Around
Album: A Traveler’s Guide To Instant Spanish; Label: TOPS

Guido Vittori (official translator for Alitalia Airlines – Shopping
Album: Hear How To Converse In Italian; Label: Carlton

Bill Harrison Charles White – Anvil Shoot
Album: The Mid-Tennessee Championship Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention; Label: Tennessee Folk Arts

Milton Feher – Walking Without Effort
Album: The Relaxiation Record; Label: Folkways

The Bob Prince Quartet w/ Julie Conway – Exercice 12 13
Album: Good Housekeeping’s Plan For REDUCING OFF-THE-RECORD; Label: Harmony

Mildred Bailey – Arthur Murry Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry
Album: Mrs Swing: Mildred Baily; Label: Proper

Jack LaLanne Dave Bacal – Hips
Album: Glamour Stretcher Time; Label: LaLanne Inc

Egidia Bonessi Fritz Shetsler – Second Third Exercise
Album: You Can Learn To Sing For Recreation, Popularity and a Career; Label: Knight Educational Recordings

Dick Weissman Dan Fox – The Blues – Boogie Woogie Style / Special Effects
Album: How To Play The Blues; Label: Music Minus One

Bonnie Prudden – Exercise 3: Fiddle Faddle
Album: Keep Fit Be Happy; Label: Warner Bros

 

1/8/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Eddie Condon Jam sessions and Bunny Berigan on the trumpet. Eddie Condon was a high school kid in the 19-teens when he started playing jazz in Chicago. Along with Bix, he and 4 other youngsters took their sound to New York and changed the world. Bunny Berigan had a sound coming out of his trumpet that had only one rival: Louis Armstrong. Bunny lived fast and hard and was dead at the age of 33. We heard jam sessions from radio transcriptions; early session and arrangements from the likes of the Dorsey Brothers, Glenn Miller and a young sideman named Benny Goodman. Vocal stylings from the Boswell Sisters, Lee Wiley and Mildred Baily made this a pretty swingin’ 2 hours.

Playlist Tracks:

Bunny Berigan and his Boys – Rythym Saved The World
Album: Bunny Berigan: The Key Sessions 1931 – 1937; Label: JSP

Eddie Condon’s Jazz Concert Allstars – Imprpmptu Ensemble
Album: Jazzum 4; Label: Jazzum

The Boswell Sisters The Dorsey Brothers – Put That Sun Back In The Sky
Album: Bunny Berigan: The Key Sessions 1931 – 1937; Label: JSP

Jam session narrated by Alistair Cooke – China Boy Someday Sweetheart
Album: Great Swing Jam Sessions Vol 1; Label: Immortal Sessions

Connie Boswell – My Lips Want Kisses
Album: Bunny Berigan: The Key Sessions 1931 – 1937; Label: JSP

The Boswell Sisters The Dorsey Brothers – Doggone, I’ve Done It
Album: Bunny Berigan: The Key Sessions 1931 – 1937; Label: JSP

Mildred Baily with Dorsey Brothers Orch – Is That Religion?
Album: Bunny Berigan: The Key Sessions 1931 – 1937; Label: JSP

Connie Boswell, Art Kahn His Orchestra – You’ll Never Get Up To Heaven That Way
Album: Bunny Berigan: The Key Sessions 1931 – 1937; Label: JSP

Glenn Miller Orchestra – A Blues Serenade / Moonlight on the Ganges / In A Little Spanish Town / Solo Hop
Album: Bunny Berigan: The Key Sessions 1931 – 1937; Label: JSP

Eddie Condon’s All-Stars – There’ll Be Some Changes Made
Album: Jammin’ At Condon’s; Label: Columbia

Eddie Condon and his Orchestra featuring Famous Jazzmen – Improvisation For The March Of Time
Album: Ivy League Jazz; Label: Decca

Chick Bullock His Levee Loungers with Lee Wiley – I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
Album: Bunny Berigan: The Key Sessions 1931 – 1937; Label: JSP

Bunny Berigan and his Boys – I’d Rather Lead A Band
Album: Bunny Berigan: The Key Sessions 1931 – 1937; Label: JSP

Bunny Berigan and his Orchestra – Caravan
Album: Jazz for people who hate Jazz; Label: RCA

Adrian Rollini’s Orchestra – Sweet Madness / Savage Serenade
Album: New York Jazz 1928 – 1933; Label: Historical Records

The Boswell Sisters The Dorsey Brothers – I Thank You Mister Moon
Album: Bunny Berigan: The Key Sessions 1931 – 1937; Label: JSP

Carmichael’s Collegians – March of the Hoodlums
Album: New York Jazz 1928 – 1933; Label: Historical Records

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – Mood Indigo / Hot and Bothered / Creole Love Song
Album: Jazz From New York 1928 – 1932; Label: Historical Records

1/15/2008 Dig Up The Roots

It’s politics as unusual. Historic speeches and newscasts, old election songs and somewhat relevant material.

This show was an odd collection of election songs, old interviews and speeches with the likes of Spiro Agnew (a real crook but at least an eloquent crook), Mayor Daley of Chicago and a passionate cry of ‘James Brown for President’ from Shredder.

Some great songs like ‘Living On Credit’ (if you know who sings this – let me know) and Tom T. Hall’s funny and seemingly prophetic ‘The Monkey That Became President’ mixed in with some jazz tunes like ‘Pagin The Devil’ and Here Comes The Man With The Jive’.

Like Patrick Henry once said: I may not agree with what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.

Playlist Tracks:

Unknown members of Congress, circa 1962 – Fair and Free Elections
Album: Sing Along With Millard Fillmore; Label: Life Magazine Records

V.P. Spiro Agnew – Address On The Vietnam War Protests
Album: Great Speeches Of The 20th Century; Label: Rhino

Mayor Richard J Daley – Presidents
Album: Mayor Daley on the record; Label: National Broadcasting Company, INC

Cincinnati’s Universit Singers – Drill, Ye Tarriers Drill / A Laborer You See, And I Love Liberty / Out Of Work / Eight Hours
Album: The Hand Tha Holds The Bread: Progress and Protest in the Gilded Age; Label: New World Records

Phil Alvin Sun Ra and the Arkestra – Brother Can You Spare A Dime
Album: ‘Un’ Sung Stories; Label: Slash

Kansas City Six – Paging The Devil
Album: John Hammond’s From Spirituals To Swing; Label: Vanguard

Helen Humes and Band – Blues With Helen
Album: John Hammond’s From Spirituals To Swing; Label: Vanguard

Members of Basie band – Mortgage Stomp
Album: John Hammond’s From Spirituals To Swing; Label: Vanguard

Kay Kyser and his Orchestra Glee Club – Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition
Album: Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition: Songs of World Wars 1 2; Label: New World Records

Shredder – James Brown For President
Album: Neighborhood Rythms; Label: Off Ramp Records

Unknown – Living On Credit
Album: Found Cassette; Label:

Barry Goldwater – Presidential Campaign Address 03.31.1964
Album: Great Speeches Of The 20th Century; Label: Rhino

Richard Nixon – Inaugural Address 01.20.1969
Album: Great Speeches of the 20th Century; Label: Rhino

Ronald Reagan – Inaugural Address 01.20.1981
Album: Great Speeches of the 20th Century; Label: Rhino

Tom T. Hall – Monkey That Became President
Album: Wacky Westerns 24 Original Hits 24 Original Stars (As advertised on TV); Label: K-tel

Mugsy Spanier Sidney Bechet – That’s A Plenty
Album: Yazoo’s History of Jazz; Label: Yazoo

Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys – Here Comes The Man With The Jive
Album: Tea Pad Songs Vol 2; Label: Stash Records

Unknown members of Congress, circa 1962 – A Smokin His Cigar / In A Few Days More / Mary Blaine
Album: Sing Along With Millard Fillmore; Label: Life Magazine Records

Evan Lurie – Those Monkey’s Weren’t Typing
Album: Selling Water By The Soide of the River; Label: Island

Robert Pierpoint – The President’s Health
Album: The Big News of ’57; Label: CBS Radio Network

Franklin Delano Roosevelt – Inaugural Address, 1933
Album: Great Speeches of the 20th Century; Label: Rhino

Robert Trout Various Reporters – Elections and Politics
Album: An Ear To The Sounds Of Our History; Label: Columbia

LuLu Belle and Scotty – I’m No Communist
Album: Songs Of War History: Folk Music In America Vol 10; Label: Library Of Congress Records

Woody Guthrie – This Land Is Your Land
Album: Various; Label: Various

1/22/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Cheap suits, syncopation, fiddle tunes, lost jazz and other good music.

Dan Newton (Cafe Accordion Orchestra Cheap Suit Tributary) came in for the first part of the program with some sweet ol’ music. Dan fronts many musical groups, with accordion and a never ending list of tunes that make the crooners swoon.

We then featured some newer and older fiddle tunes from the Carolina region – The Carolina Chocolate Drops were just here in MPLS the previous weekend and put on an amazing show. We heard from them and a side project called Sankofa Strings. We featured some great CDs like Folks, He Sure Do Pull Some Bow!; Jazz The World Forgot (vol 1 2) and ended with some Bulwayo Jazz from the early 1950’s recorded in Zimbabwe, including a cover of Glenn Miller’s ‘In The Mood’ sung in the Ndebele language.

Playlist Tracks:

R Crumb His Cheap Suit Serenaders – She Lived Down By The Firehouse
Album: Chasin Rainbows; Label: Schanachie

Yes Yes Boys – Everybody’s Crazy Bout Them Done Gone Blues / Why Say No
Album: Yes Yes Boys; Label: Hoboien

Hal Kemp – Great Great Girl
Album: That’s What I Call Sweet Music; Label: Songbook

Earl Hines – Sweet Ella Mae
Album: That’s What I Call Sweet Music; Label: Songbook

R Crumb His Cheap Suit Serenaders – Home
Album: Singin In The Bathtub; Label: Schanachie

Surf Serenaders – Hanu Hanu
Album: ; Label:

Georgia Yellow Hammers – G Rag
Album: Folks, He Sure Do Pull Some Bow!; Label: Old Hat

Frank Stokes – Bunker Hill Blues
Album: Folks, He Sure Do Pull Some Bow!; Label: Old Hat

Ross De Luxe Syncopaters – Don’t You Wanna Know? / Florida Rhythm
Album: Jazz The World Forgot Vol 1 2; Label: Yazoo

Paul Howard’s Quality Serenaders – The Ramble
Album: Jazz The World Forgot Vol 2; Label: Yazoo

Pickett-Parham Apollo Syncopators – Mojo Strut
Album: Jazz The World Forgot Vol 1; Label: Yazoo

Thomas Morris And His Seven Hot Babies – The Mess
Album: Jazz The World Forgot Vol 2; Label: Yazoo

Johnny De Droit And His New Orleans Orchestra – The Swing
Album: Jazz The World Forgot Vol 2; Label: Yazoo

Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers – Kansas City Stomps
Album: Jazz The World Forgot Vol 1; Label: Yazoo

Ben Tobier And His California Cyclones – Hot and Heavy
Album: Jazz The World Forgot Vol 1; Label: Yazoo

Maynard Baird And His Orchestra – Postage Stomp
Album: Jazz The World Forgot Vol 1; Label: Yazoo

Gowan’s Rhapsody Makers – I’ll Fly To Hawaii
Album: Jazz The World Forgot Vol 1; Label: Yazoo

The Bubbling-Over Five – Get Up Off That Jazzophone
Album: Folks, He Sure Do Pull Some Bow!; Label: Old Hat

South Memphis Jug Band – Doctor Medicine
Album: Folks, He Sure Do Pull Some Bow!; Label: Old Hat

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Dona Got A Ramblin’ Mind / Black-Eyed Daisy
Album: Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind; Label: Music Maker

Sankofa Strings – Johnny Too Bad / Banjo-Pickin’ Girl
Album: Colored Aristocracy; Label: TN Productions

De Brown Darkies – Hlabelani Ke Bafna (Sing boys)
Album: Bulwayo Jazz 1950 ’51 ’52; Label: SWP Records

Chaminuka Band – I May Jump
Album: Bulwayo Jazz 1950 ’51 ’52; Label: SWP Records

2/5/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Happy Pancake Day! Some people refer to this day as Mardi Gras. Go figure.

2 hours of Mardi Gras, 2 hours of tunes from, about it and in some way relevant to New Orleans. We heard Jelly Roll Morton talk about Mardi Gras and Indian songs he remembered from his childhood. Primordial jazz from the likes of Sam Morgan, Louis DuMaine and the Humphrey Brothers (Willie and Percy) blowin’ down Jerico with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The Ancient Mix Master showed up with a few 78’s. A great set on Capitol called The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South. We also heard Mississippi: A Journey in Tones (Mississippi Suite), for orchestra by Ferde Grofé. This version conducted by André Kostelanetz. I played it out of sequence so we started in New Orleans and ended in Minnesota, the land of sky blue water.

The show ended with another aspect of Mardi Gras: hooch, hoodoo and hopheads.

Playlist Tracks:

Dr John – I Walk On Guilded Splinters
Album: Right Place, Wrong Time; Label:

Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Joe Avery
Album: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Vol 1; Label: CBS

Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers – Creole Songs
Album: The Library Of Congress Recordings Vol 5; Label: Swaggie

Ferde Grofé – Mississippi Suite: Mardi Gras / Huckelberry Finn / Old Creole Days / Father of Waters
Album: Mississippi: A Journey in Tones Mississippi Suite; Label: Capitol

Various – Mardi Gras Freak-Out Scene
Album: Easy Rider Soundtrack; Label: Dunhill

Jelly Roll Morton – Indian Songs
Album: The Library Of Congress Recordings Vol 5; Label: Swaggie

Sam Morgan’s Jazz Band – Over In Gloryland / Everybody’s Talking about Sammy
Album: Jazz The World Forgot V 1 2; Label: Yazoo

Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Tiger Rag
Album: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Vol 1; Label: CBS

Louis Dumaine’s Jazzola 8 – Pretty Audry
Album: Jazz The World Forgot V 2; Label: Yazoo

Lead Belly – Rock Island Line
Album: The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South; Label: Capitol 78’s

Zutty Singleton’s Trio – Lulu’s Mood
Album: The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South; Label: Capitol 78’s

Eddie Miller’s Crescent City Quartet – Cajun Love Song
Album: The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South; Label: Capitol 78’s

Wingy Manone’s Dixieland Band – The Tailgate Ramble
Album: The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South; Label: Capitol 78’s

Nappy LaMare’s Louisiana Levee Loungers – At The Jazz Band Ball
Album: The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South; Label: Capitol 78’s

Boswell Sisters – Rock and Roll
Album: Roots Of Rock N’ Roll 1927 – 1938 Vol 1; Label: Frémeaux Associates

Louis Jordan – Junco Partner
Album: Junkers, Jivers Coke Fiends: Vintage Songs About Drugs 1926 – 1952; Label: Buzzola

Louis Jordan – Somebody Done Hoodooed The Hoodoo Man
Album: Diabolical Hoodoo: Vintage Songs About Devilry, Doom Hellfire 1920 – 1952; Label: Buzzola

The Memphis Jug Band – Rukus Juice Chitlin’
Album: Juice Head Baby: Vintage Songs About Booze and Bars 1925 – 1953; Label: Buzzola

The Mississippi Jook Band – Hittin’ The Bottle Stomp
Album: Juice Head Baby: Vintage Songs About Booze and Bars 1925 – 1953; Label: Buzzola

Cab Calloway – Minnie The Moocher
Album: Reefer Madness: A Collection Of Vintage Drug Songs 1927 – 1945; Label: Buzzola

2/12/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Love is a many splendored thing. Pretty weird too.

An odd collection of songs about and for the most wonderful and maddening part of what makes us humans human: L-U-V.

Dysfunction, desperation, passion and primitive motivations mark this Valentine’s Day. There are so many songs of love, these on this show talked about some of that stuff in dark and humorous ways.

Women Rock-A-Billies; some of my Mom’s 45 RPMs; Ella singing songbooks and old folk tunes provided 2 hours of a very mixed bag.

Playlist Tracks:

Unknown Chinese Lounge Band – The End Of The World
Album: Unknown; Label: Unknown

Maurice Levine – September Song
Album: Speak Low: The Great Music Of Kurt Weill For Orchestra; Label: Warner Bros

Ella Fitzgerald – Miss Otis Regrets (She’s Unable To Lunch Today)
Album: The Cole Porter Songbook; Label: Verve

Ella Fitzgerald – Lorelei
Album: The George Ira Gershwin Songbook; Label: Verve

Ella Fitzerald – Night Day / Always True To You In My Fashion
Album: The Cole Porter Songbook; Label: Verve

Harry Clark Jack Diamond – Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Album: Kiss Me Kate; Label: Columbia

Lee Wiley – Find Me A Primitive Man
Album: The 1939-1940 Liberty Music Shop Recordings; Label: Audiophile

Terry Fell – Caveman
Album: Perfect For Parties; Label: Bear Family

Lois Lee – I’ve Got It Bad For You Baby
Album: Tough Dolls; Label: buffalo bop

Dorie Sudduth – You’re No Good For Me
Album: Tough Dolls; Label: buffalo bop

Billie Jo Spears – Get Behind Me Satan And Push
Album: Good Girls Gone Bad; Label: ace

Hank Locklin – Forign Car
Album: Perfect For Parties; Label: Bear Family

Una Mae Carlisle – Don’t Try Your Jive On Me
Album: Women In Jazz: Pianists; Label: Stash Records

Bob Scobey’s Frisco Band (Vox by Clancy Hayes) – Big Butter Egg Man
Album: The Scoby Story Vol 2; Label: Good Time Jazz

Brownie McGhee – Evil But Kindhearted
Album: Diabolical Hoodoo: Vintage Songs About Devilry, Doom Hellfire 1920 – 1952; Label: Buzzola

Buster Carter Preston Young – A Lazy Farmer Boy
Album: Anthology Of American Folk Music; Label: Smithsonian

The Carter Family – Single Girl, Married Girl
Album: Anthology of American Folk Music; Label: Smithsonian

Mikki Wilcox – So Many Beautiful Men
Album: Memphis Belles: The Women Of Sun Records; Label: Bear Family

The Kirby Sisters – Red Velvet
Album: Good Girls Gone Bad; Label: ace

Special AKA – What I LIke Most About You Is Your Girlfriend
Album: 12; Label: 2 Tone

Pearl Harbour – Everybody’s Boring But My Baby
Album: Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost Too; Label: Warner Bros

Jean Shepard – Jeopardy
Album: a capitol Rockabilly PARTY part 2; Label: Capitol

Eddie Fisher – Dungaree Doll
Album: 45 RPM; Label: RCA Victor

Rosemary Clooney – MAN
Album: 45 RPM; Label: Columbia

Jose Ferrer – WOMAN
Album: 45 RPM; Label: Columbia

Sinead O’Conner – Someday My Prince Will Come
Album: Stay Awake: Various Interpretations Of Music From Vintage Disney Films; Label: AM

Artist Unknown – The Billie Bee Song
Album: Potatoes: A Collection of Folk Songs From Ralph Records; Label: Ralph

Penelope Houston – Putting Me In The Ground
Album: Birdboys; Label: Subterranean Records

Ringo Starr – Sentimental Journey
Album: Sentimental Journey; Label: Apple Records

The Rutles – Living In Hope
Album: The Rutles; Label: Warner Bros

Ringo Starr – Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing
Album: Sentimental Journey; Label: Apple Records

Tom Lehrer – The Masochism Tango
Album: An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer; Label: reprise

2/26/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Electronic Music – Bloop – Bleep

Electronic music is not something most people would associate with roots, well, I’ve never been most people. More than Theremins and space movies, historical electronic music and musicians have seemed to have been sidelined to academia. We played two hours of innovators, knob twiddlers and freaked out pop music.

Laurie Anderson started the show with selections from the epic United States Part l – lV. We heard two examples of Italian Futurist INTONARUMORI (Noise Machines). Classical reinterpretations by Wendy Carlos, Waldo De Los Rios and Perry Kingsley along with squeeks and squaks by Morton Subotnick, Charles Wuorinen and Hugh Le Cain. Leslie Baxter and Bernard Herrmann provide music for and from space.

Not your normal fare on a greater than normal station.

Playlist Tracks:

Laurie Anderson – Difficult Music / Dance Of Electricity
Album: United States Parts 1 – 4; Label:

Antonio Russolo – Choral / Serenata
Album: Futurism And Dada Reviewed 1912-1959; Label:

Wendy Carlos – Brandenburg Adagio 1968 Version
Album: Switched On Box; Label:

Walter De Los Rios – 2 electrified arias for the price of 1
Album: ; Label:

Perry Kingsley – Baroque Hoedown
Album: The In Sounds From Way Out; Label:

Wendy Carlos – Initial Experiments – Dialog on early MOOG experiments
Album: Switched On Box; Label:

Morton Subotnick – Silver Apples Of The Moon (Excerpt)
Album: Silver Apples Of The Moon; Label:

Guide To Electronic Music – Peace Three
Album: Nonsuch Guide To Electronic Music; Label:

Leslie Baxter Harry Revel – Mist-O-The Moon / Radar Blues
Album: Music Out Of The Moon; Label:

Bernard Herrmann – Outer Space / Radar
Album: The Day The Earth Stood Still Soundtrack; Label:

Pete Townshend – Baba M1
Album: Lifehouse Chronicles; Label:

Hugh Le Cain – The 1948 Sackbut: Rhapsody In Blue / Sugar Blues / Sackbut String Quartet / Sackbut Blues
Album: Hugh Le Cain; Label:

Hugh Le Cain – Touch Organ
Album: Hugh Le Cain; Label:

Wendy Carlos – Mussette In D Major
Album: Switched On Box; Label:

Perry Kingsley – Umbrellas of Cherburg
Album: The In Sounds From Way Out; Label:

Charles Wuorinen – Times Encomium Part ll
Album: Times Ecomium; Label:

Nicholas Collins – Devil’s Music
Album: Devil’s Music; Label:

Willis Jackson – This’ll Get To Ya
Album: Have You Had Your Vitamin B-3 Today?; Label:

3/4/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Jazz piano guitar featuring mostly Art Tatum Charlie Christian

Guitars and pianos were swinging around my head when this show was being put together. We featured a variety of recordings from Art Tatum that included his first session recording solo, his trio, and jam session and live recordings. Considered by many to be the greatest technical player ever, Art Tatum could shut them up and shut them down, with three of his five hands tied behind his back.

This went into a nice set of boogie piano players (both men and women); a set of women jazz performers groups (including Mary Osborne on guitar!). Thrown around for good measure – jam sessions featuring the guitar of Charlie Christian. Including some tracks recorded in MPLS at the Harlem Breakfast Club in 1939. Anyone know where that was?

Playlist Tracks:

Charlie Christian Jam Session – Tea For Two
Album: Charlie Christian: Broadcasts and Jam Sessions; Label: JSP

Art Tatum – Tea For Two / Tiger Rag / Sophisticated Lady /
Album: art tatum: Piano Grand Master; Label: Proper

Meade Lux Lewis / Albert Ammons / Pete Johnson – Calvacade Of Boogie
Album: Spirituals To Swing; Label: Vanguard

Albert Ammons – Boogie Woogie Stomp
Album: Blue Note Years Vol 1: Boogie Blues Bop; Label: Blue Note

Meade Lux Lewis – Chicago Flyer
Album: Blue Note Years Vol 1: Boogie Blues Bop; Label: Blue Note

Helen Humes Meade Lux Lewis – Be Ba Ba Le Ba Boogie
Album: Boogie Blues: Women Sing Play Boogie Woogie; Label: Rosetta Records

Dorothy Donegan – Piano Boogie
Album: Boogie Blues: Women Sing Play Boogie Woogie; Label: Rosetta Records

ChristinChatman and Her Orchestra – The Boogie Woogie Girl
Album: Boogie Blues: Women Sing Play Boogie Woogie; Label: Rosetta Records

Ella Fitzgerald The Ink Spots – Cow Cow Boogie
Album: Boogie Blues: Women Sing Play Boogie Woogie; Label: Rosetta Records

Mary Lou Williams’s Girl Stars – Boogie Mysterioso / Timmie Time
Album: Forty Years Of Women In Jazz; Label: Jass Records

Beryl Booker, Mary Osborne June Rotenberg – Low Ceiling
Album: Forty Years Of Women In Jazz; Label: Jass records

Art Tatum and his Band – Corrine Corrine / Lonesome Graveyard Blues
Album: art tatum: Piano Grand Master; Label: Proper

Art Tatum Trio – I Got Rhythm / Body Soul
Album: art tatum: Piano Grand Master; Label: Proper

Esguire Metropolitan Opera House Jam Session – Mop Mop / Esquire Bounce
Album: art tatum: Piano Grand Master; Label: Proper

ArtTatum – Tatum Pole Boogie
Album: art tatum: Piano Grand Master; Label: Proper

Charlie Christian Jam Session – I Got Rythm / Stardust
Album: Charlie Christian: Broadcasts and Jam Sessions; Label: JSP

Cats Vs Chicks – Anything You Can Do
Album: Forty Years Of Women In Jazz; Label: Jass records

3/11/2008 Dig Up The Roots

More piano and guitar music, but this time they are blues.

We played some deeply haunting, sometimes haunted blues music. The other side of the same coin is Gospel music. Two collections featured were on John Fahey’s REVENANT label. A Revenant is a type of ghost, a nearly forgotten ghost that has returned. An interesting and fitting name for the artists on these discs.

Whisps of a voice that lets you know that this person experienced all that was down, all that was up and it was hell getting through it. Some of these people now only exist as these forgotten voices, a name in a catalog, an impression that makes the little hair on the back of the neck stand up in attention: Geeshie Wiley, the Mississippi Moaner, and Homar Quincy Smith didn’t record music to make a buck – they made their music because they didn’t have the choice. Something like that just doesn’t stay inside.

Playlist Tracks:

The Mississippi Moaner – Cold In China
Album: American Primitive Vol 2: Pre-War Revenants 1897 – 1939; Label: Revenant

Blind Willie Davis – I Believe I’ll Go Back Home
Album: American Primitive Vol 1: Raw Pre-War Gospel (1926 – 36); Label: Revenant

Blind Mamie Forehand – Honey In The Rock
Album: Vol 1: Raw Pre-War Gospel (1926 – 36); Label: Revenant

Eddie Head and His Family – Down On Me
Album: Vol 1: Raw Pre-War Gospel (1926 – 36); Label: Revenant

Geeshie Wiley Elvie Thomas – Over To My House
Album: American Primitive Vol 2: Pre-War Revenants 1897 – 1939; Label: Revenant

Elvie Thomas – Motherless Child Blues
Album: American Primitive Vol 2: Pre-War Revenants 1897 – 1939; Label: Revenant

Geeshie Wiley – Eagles On A Half
Album: American Primitive Vol 2: Pre-War Revenants 1897 – 1939; Label: Revenant

Rev Edward Clayborn (The Guitar Evangelist) – This Time Another Year You May Be Gone
Album: Vol 1: Raw Pre-War Gospel (1926 – 36); Label: Revenant

Eddie Head and His Family – Lord I’m The True Vine
Album: Vol 1: Raw Pre-War Gospel (1926 – 36); Label: Revenant

Austin Coleman with Joe Washington Brown and Group – Good Lord (Run Old Jeremiah)
Album: Vol 1: Raw Pre-War Gospel (1926 – 36); Label: Revenant

Luther Magby – Jesus Is Getting Us ready For That Great Day
Album: Vol 1: Raw Pre-War Gospel (1926 – 36); Label: Revenant

Bo Carter – When You Left
Album: Uptown Blues A Decade Of Guitar – Piano Duets 1927 – 1937; Label: Yazoo

Blind Blake Charlie Spand – Hastings St.
Album: whip it to a jelly: The Piano Blues V1 Paramount 1929-30; Label: Magpie

Mak Rhinehart Brownie Stubblefield – Uptown Blues
Album: Uptown Blues A Decade Of Guitar – Piano Duets 1927 – 1937; Label: Yazoo

Leroy Carr Scapper Blackwell – Papa’s On The Housetop
Album: Uptown Blues A Decade Of Guitar – Piano Duets 1927 – 1937; Label: Yazoo

Charlie Spand – Ain’t Gonna Stand For That
Album: Uptown Blues A Decade Of Guitar – Piano Duets 1927 – 1937; Label: Yazoo

Skip James – Devil Got My Woman
Album: Blues Images Presents 16 Classic blues Songs From The 1920’s Vol 3; Label: Blues Images

Blind Leroy Garnett – Chain ‘Em Down
Album: whip it to a jelly: The Piano Blues V1 Paramount 1929-30; Label: Magpie

Beale Street Shieks – Jazzin’ The Blues
Album: Blues Images Presents 16 Classic blues Songs From The 1920’s Vol 4; Label: Blues Images

Ma Rainey – Blues The World Forgot Vol 1 2
Album: Blues Images Presents 16 Classic blues Songs From The 1920’s Vol 4; Label: Blues Images

Ma Rainey – Ma rainey’s Black Bottom
Album: Blues Images Presents 16 Classic blues Songs From The 1920’s Vol 3; Label: Blues Images

Texas Alexander – Range In My Kitchen Blues
Album: Blues Images Presents 16 Classic blues Songs From The 1920’s Vol 5; Label: Blues Images

Blind Roosevelt Graves Brother – Fat Greasy Baby
Album: Good Time Blues: ST Louis 1926-32; Label: Mamlish

Robert Peeples Henry Brown – Guitar Boogie
Album: Good Time Blues: ST Louis 1926-32; Label: Mamlish

Cora Perkins – Today Blues
Album: Good Time Blues: ST Louis 1926-32; Label: Mamlish

3/18/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Today we played selections from the label New World Records.

This record label was very influential in exposing me to numerous unheard worlds. Since these are all from the same label, I am listing the catalog number. Below are notes from their website – where you can order recordings and download liner notes!

Anthology of Recorded Music, Inc., which records under the label a http://www.newworldrecords.org/index.shtmlNew World Records/a, was founded in 1975. From their mission statement:

We are dedicated to the documentation of American music that is largely ignored by the commercial recording companies.

New World preserves neglected treasures of the past and nurtures the creative future of American music. In an industry obsessed with million-unit sales and immediate profits, New World chooses artistic merit as its indicator of success.

Origins
The company was founded with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation with a mandate to produce a 100-disc anthology of American music encompassing the broadest possible spectrum of musical genres. This set of recordings, together with their extensive liner notes, provides a core curriculum in American music and American studies. In 1978 the Anthology was completed and distributed free of charge to almost 7,000 educational and cultural institutions throughout the world.

Playlist Tracks:

Gerard Schwarz and his Dance Orchestra – Ma Ragtime Baby / Hiawatha
Album: Come and Trip It: Instrumental Dance Music 1780’s – 1920’s; Label: NW 293

Rudy Vallee His Connecticut Yankees – Deep Night
Album: Yes Sir, That’s My Baby: The Golden Years of Tin Pan Alley 1920 – 1929; Label: NW 279

Kay Kyser and his Orchestra – Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition
Album: Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition: Songs of World Wars l ll; Label: NW 222

Dick Hyman and his Dance Orchestra – Waltzing the Blues / Sweet Man
Album: Come and Trip It: Instrumental Dance Music 1780’s – 1920’s; Label: NW 293

Noble Sissle and Lt. Jim Europe’s 369th Infantry (Hell Fighters) Band – How Ya’ Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm / On Patrol In No Man’s Land
Album: Sissle Blake’s SHUFFLE ALONG; Label: NW 260

Noble Sissle and His Sizzling Syncopators – Baltimore Buzz
Album: Sissle Blake’s SHUFFLE ALONG; Label: NW 260

Judy Garland with George Stoll’s Orchestra – Boys and Girls Like You and Me
Album: Where Have We Meet Before? forgotten songs from Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley; Label: NW 240

Jane Harvey with Benny Goodman’s Quintet – Only Another Boy and Girl
Album: Where Have We Meet Before? forgotten songs from Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley; Label: NW 240

Sidney Bechet and Group – What Is This Thing Called Love?
Album: Jive At Five: The Style-makers of Jazz 1920s-1940s; Label: NW 274

Benny Carter and His Orchestra – Parden Me, Pretty Baby
Album: Jive At Five: The Style-makers of Jazz 1920s-1940s; Label: NW 274

Candy and Coco – China Boy
Album: Little Club Jazz: Small Groups in the 30’s; Label: NW 250

Count Basie Orchestra – Jive At Five
Album: Jive At Five: The Style-makers of Jazz 1920s-1940s; Label: NW 274

Ann Leaf – The Son of the Sheik
Album: The Mighty Wurlitzer: Music for Movie-Palace Organs; Label: NW 227

The Alabama Sacred Harp Convention – Northfield
Album: White Spirituals from The Sacred Harp; Label: NW 205

The Carter Family – Gospel Ship
Album: Country Music South and West; Label: NW 287

Taylor-Griggs Louisiana Melody Makers – Sweet Rose Of Heaven
Album: Going Down The Valley: Vocal and Instrumental Styles in Folk Music from the South; Label: NW 236

Orkiestra Dukli – Zawzieta Dziewczyna (Stubborn Girl)
Album: ‘Spiew Juchasa Song of the Shepherd: Songs of the Slavic Americans; Label: NW 283

Krestyanskyj Orkestr – Malenky Barabanshtchik (The Little Drummer-Boy)
Album: Old-Country Music in a New Land: Folk Music of Immigrants from Europe and the Near East; Label: NW 264

Aili and Lyyli Wainikainen – Kasakka Polka Tchorny J Ostrov (Cossack Polka Black Island Polka)
Album: Old-Country Music in a New Land: Folk Music of Immigrants from Europe and the Near East; Label: NW 264

Ukrainska Orchestra Pawla Humeniuka – Kozak Zawydija (Fast Kozak)
Album: ‘Spiew Juchasa Song of the Shepherd: Songs of the Slavic Americans; Label: NW 283

Ukrainska Orchestra i Chor Pawla Humeniuka – Bohacki Zaruczyny (Engagement Ceremony Among the Rich)
Album: ‘Spiew Juchasa Song of the Shepherd: Songs of the Slavic Americans; Label: NW 283

Harilaos Piperakis – Siteiako (Dance of Siteia)
Album: Old-Country Music in a New Land: Folk Music of Immigrants from Europe and the Near East; Label: NW 264

Mahanojaus Leitviska Maineru Orkestra – Kuomet Sokis (When You Dance)
Album: Old-Country Music in a New Land: Folk Music of Immigrants from Europe and the Near East; Label: NW 264

Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys – Cotton Eyed Joe
Album: Country Music South and West; Label: NW 287

Johnny Gimble and his Jam-Session Band – Fat Boy Rag
Album: Country Music South and West; Label: NW 287

Barney Bigard and his Jazzopaters – Tapioca
Album: Jive At Five: The Style-makers of Jazz 1920s-1940s; Label: NW 250

Cootie Williams and his Orchestra – Blues In My Condition
Album: Jive At Five: The Style-makers of Jazz 1920s-1940s; Label: NW 250

Duke Ellington and Jimmy Blanton – Pitter Panther Patter
Album: Jive At Five: The Style-makers of Jazz 1920s-1940s; Label: NW 274

3/25/2008 Dig Up The Roots

More New World Records: not large fish or sports, these are sounds.

We ended up playing another set of recordings on the New World Records label. Please check out the previous weeks page to get their online and background info.

Playlist Tracks:

Spoony Five – Chinese Rag
Album: Maple Leaf Rag: Ragtime In Rural America; Label: NW 235

China Poplin – Sumter Rag / Steel Guitar Rag
Album: Maple Leaf Rag: Ragtime In Rural America; Label: NW 235

Sugar Underwood – Dew Drop Alley
Album: Maple Leaf Rag: Ragtime In Rural America; Label: NW 235

Blind Boy Fuller – Piccolo Rag
Album: Maple Leaf Rag: Ragtime In Rural America; Label: NW 235

Blind Willie McTell – Kill It Kid
Album: Maple Leaf Rag: Ragtime In Rural America; Label: NW 235

I.D. Stamper – My Pretty Little Pink
Album: That’s My Rabbit, My Dog Caught It: Traditional Southern Instrumental Styles; Label: NW 226

Mr Mrs Vernon Judd – Granny Went To Meeting With Her Old Shoes On
Album: That’s My Rabbit, My Dog Caught It: Traditional Southern Instrumental Styles; Label: NW 226

Pete Steele – Spanish Fandango
Album: That’s My Rabbit, My Dog Caught It: Traditional Southern Instrumental Styles; Label: NW 226

Justus Begley – Run Banjo
Album: That’s My Rabbit, My Dog Caught It: Traditional Southern Instrumental Styles; Label: NW 226

William Watts – Been On The Job Too Long
Album: Oh My Little Darling: Folk Song Types; Label: NW 245

Asa Martin James Roberts – Crawling and Creeping
Album: Oh My Little Darling: Folk Song Types; Label: NW 245

Lena Hughs – Pearly Dew
Album: Oh My Little Darling: Folk Song Types; Label: NW 245

Merle Travis – Cannon Ball Rag / Bugle Call Rag
Album: Oh My Little Darling: Folk Song Types; Label: NW 245

The Walter Family – That’s My Rabbit, My Dog Caught It
Album: That’s My Rabbit, My Dog Caught It: Traditional Southern Instrumental Styles; Label: NW 226

Allen Sisson – Rhymer’s Favorite
Album: That’s My Rabbit, My Dog Caught It: Traditional Southern Instrumental Styles; Label: NW 226

Dennis McGee Ernst Fruge – Le Rille Cajun
Album: That’s My Rabbit, My Dog Caught It: Traditional Southern Instrumental Styles; Label: NW 226

Ben Rice – Spelling from the old Blue-Black speller
Album: I’m On My Journey Home: Vocal Styles and Resources in Folk Music; Label: NW 223

2 unknown auctioneers – Tobacco Auctioneering
Album: I’m On My Journey Home: Vocal Styles and Resources in Folk Music; Label: NW 223

Neil Morris Charlie Everidge – Turkey in the Straw
Album: I’m On My Journey Home: Vocal Styles and Resources in Folk Music; Label: NW 223

Bessie Jones, leader – The Titanic
Album: Georgia Sea Island Songs; Label: NW 278

Joe Armstrong, leader – Kneebone
Album: Georgia Sea Island Songs; Label: NW 278

Bessie Jones, leader – Sheep, Sheep, Don’t You Know The Road
Album: Georgia Sea Island Songs; Label: NW 278

John Davis, leader – Live Humble
Album: Georgia Sea Island Songs; Label: NW 278

Southland Ladies Quartette – Don’t Put Off Salvation Too Long
Album: I’m On My Journey Home: Vocal Styles and Resources in Folk Music; Label: NW 223

Grandpa Isom Ritchies Church Congregation – Been A Long Time Traveling Here Below
Album: I’m On My Journey Home: Vocal Styles and Resources in Folk Music; Label: NW 223

Newton F. Tolman, Kay Gilbert – Ladies Walpole Reel
Album: Brave Boys: New England Traditions in Folk Music; Label: NW 223

Gale Huntington – Brave Boys
Album: Brave Boys: New England Traditions in Folk Music; Label: NW 223

Harvey Rose Tolman – A Medley of Scottish Fiddle Tunes
Album: Brave Boys: New England Traditions in Folk Music; Label: NW 239

Phil, Paul, and Sterl Van Arsdale – The Flowers of Edinburgh
Album: Brave Boys: New England Traditions in Folk Music; Label: NW 239

Wilfred Guillette Maurice Campbell – Knit Stockings
Album: Brave Boys: New England Traditions in Folk Music; Label: NW 239

Mack Moody – The Johnstown Flood
Album: Brave Boys: New England Traditions in Folk Music; Label: NW 239

Brendan Mulvihill, Kevin Taylor, Seamus Logue – Cherish the Ladies
Album: Brave Boys: New England Traditions in Folk Music; Label: NW 239

Chet Atkins – Jean’s Song
Album: Country Music in the Modern Era 1940s- 1970s; Label: NW 207

Elvis Presley – Mystery Train
Album: Country Music in the Modern Era 1940s- 1970s; Label: NW 207

4/1/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Today’s music concentrated more on enthusiasm than talent. Happy holiday.

Musical madness ensues as we celebrate, musically, April Fool’s Day. Talented musicians having a good time at the listeners peril. Jonathan Darlene Edwards (Paul Weston Jo Stafford), the Unnatural Seven and Al ‘Jazzbeux’ Collins Slim Gaillard fill up the belly with one of the hipist, cool stories you’ll ever hear: Panic in Porky Park. We had a good laugh today.

Playlist Tracks:

Jonathan Edwards – Sunday, Monday or Always / Jealousy
Album: The Piano Artistry Of; Label: Columbia

Earnie Kovacs – Please Stand By / Oriental Waltz
Album: The Earnie Kovacs Show Album; Label:

Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra – The Wrong Idea
Album: Musical Madness; Label: Bandstand Records

Spike Jones and his Orchestra – Tennessee Waltz
Album: Musical Madness; Label: Bandstand Records

Gid Tanner Riley Puckett – Tanners Boarding House
Album: Good for What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926–1937 (V/A); Label: Old Hat

The Unnatural Seven – Them Durn Fool Things
Album: Musical Madness; Label: Bandstand Records

Jonathan Darlene Edwards – You’re Blase
Album: The Piano Artistry Of; Label: Columbia

Eddie Adams Earnie Kovacs – Indian Love Call
Album: The Earnie Kovacs Show Album; Label:

Bud Freeman – Private Jives
Album: Musical Madness; Label: Bandstand Records

Al ‘Jazzbeux’ Collins, Slim Gaillard Steve Allen – The 3 Little Pigs
Album: Steve Allen’s Hip Fables; Label: Dr Jazz Records

Monty Python – Rock Notes / Decomposing Composers
Album: Contractional Obligations; Label: Arista

Monty Python – Royal Festival Hall Concert
Album: Another Monty Python Record; Label: Kama Sutra

PDQ Bach – Schleptet in E Flat Major, S.O
Album: Wurst Of; Label: Vanguard

Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra – Laughing Louis
Album: Laughing In Rhythm: Jazzzz Humor; Label: Stash

Don Redman and his Orchestra – It’s A great World After All
Album: Laughing In Rhythm: Jazzzz Humor; Label: Stash

Page Cavanaugh Trio – She Had To Go And Lose It At The Astor
Album: Musical Madness; Label: Bandstand Records

Jolly Boys – Shaving Cream / 10 Dollars To 2
Album: Pop ‘ N’ Mento; Label:

Ronnie Lane Pete Townshend – April Fool
Album: Rough Mix; Label: MCA

Bonzo Dog Band – Can Blue Men Sing The Whites?
Album: Urban Spaceman; Label: Impereal

Bad Manners – Ne-Ne-Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu
Album: Bad Manners; Label: Magnet Records

Bonzo Dog Band – Urban Spaceman
Album: Urban Spaceman; Label: Impereal

Ken Nordine – The Smith Family
Album: Son Of Word Jazz; Label: Dot

Cab Calloway and his Orchestra – Chinese Rhythm
Album: Laughing In Rhythm: Jazzzz Humor; Label: Stash

Oscar Peterson Trio Plus One – Incoherent Blues
Album: Musical Madness; Label: Bandstand Records

4/22/2008 Dig Up The Roots

The only common thread in this show, was that all the records leapt out at me, insisting that they should all go together. Who was I to argue?

This posting is late. I thought I had lost the notebook that I write all my show playlists and notes in. Luck was a lady tonight and it turned up at the KFAI studios. Thanks!

The variety and humor in the music played today really shows how diverse and unique this radio station is. Thanks to all those who pledge and support organizations like this one.

Playlist Tracks:

Blossom Dearie – A Fine Spring Morning
Album: ; Label:

Ella Fitzgerald – Like Someone In Love
Album: ; Label:

Vince Guaraldi Trio – Musso Amor
Album: Jazz Interpretations of the music from Black Orpheus; Label:

Stan Kenton – Wedding March From Lohengrin
Album: Kenton plays Wagner; Label:

Don ‘Sugercane’ Harris – Funk Wagner
Album: ; Label:

Hendricks, Lambert Ross – Twisted
Album: ; Label:

Charles Laughton – Green Elephants The Dharma Bums
Album: ; Label:

Langston Hughes – 4 Poems
Album: ; Label:

UA – Astor Piazola Remix
Album: ; Label:

Evan Lurie – Tarentalla
Album: ; Label:

Teresa Stratus – Youkali Tango
Album: ; Label:

3 Mustaphas 3 – A Chilling Tale Pt 4
Album: ; Label:

Al ‘Jazzbau’ Collins Slim Gaillard – Goldilocks
Album: ; Label:

Modern Jazz Quartet – Coo Coo Calypso
Album: ; Label:

Ivy Pete his Limbo Maniacs – Peas Rice
Album: ; Label:

Flower of Isan – Wooden Xylophone piece
Album: ; Label:

Henry Kiaser – The Devil In The Drain
Album: ; Label:

Gil Scott Heron – B Movie
Album: ; Label:

5/6/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Meeting at the summit. Jazz music inspired by Classical music, Classical composers making Jazz. Worlds combine and sounds nice.

Not really a unique style, or a genre of music, but some of the pieces that elegantly flow between cracks.

Jazz musicians playing classical and variations of some of the music they deeply love. Igor Stravinsky and Benny Goodman; Hadda Brooks and Chopin; Django Reinhardt playing Grieg, Tchaikovsky and DeBussy. A mechanical transcribed piano roll – actually a Duo-Art recording from 1924 of Gershwin playing Rhapsody in Blue.

We also heard some melodic stuff by the likes of the Stuff Smith Trio and Slam Stewart. Jean Cocteau, joined in with a crazy piece of French surrealist jazz. Vout Alore.

Playlist Tracks:

Hesperus – ???
Album: For No Good Reason At All; Label:

Darius Milaud – Le carnaval d’Aix: Tartaglia / Souvenir de Rio / Final
Album: Music by Milhaud; Label: Teldec

George Gershwin – Rhapsody In Blue
Album: Gershwin Plays Gershwin; Label: Everest

William Grant Still – Third Movement from Symphony In G Minor
Album: William Grant Still Conducts William Grant Still; Label: Legend

Django Reinhardt – Grieg’s Norwegian Dance / Tchaikovsky’s Starry Night / Debussy’s Reverie
Album: Rome Sessions 1949 – 1950; Label: JSP

Stuff Smith Trio – Perdido
Album: Town Hall Jazz Concert 1945; Label: Commodore

The Don Byas – Slam Stewart Duo – I Got Rhythm
Album: Town Hall Jazz Concert 1945; Label: Commodore

Hadda Brooks – Chopin Nocturne
Album: Women In Jazz: Pianists; Label: Stash

Boyd Raeburn His Orchestra – Boyd Meets Stravinsky
Album: Big Band Jazz: From The Beginnings to the Fifties; Label: Smithsonian / RCA

Igor Stravinsky Benny Goodman – Ebony Concerto – 1. Allegro Moderato
Album: Meeting At The Summit; Label: Columbia

Modern Jazz Quartet with Jimmie Giuffre – A Fugue For Music Inn
Album: Atlantic Jazzlore Sampler; Label: Atlantic

Morton Gould Benny Goodman – Rag / Ride Out
Album: Meeting At The Summit; Label: Columbia

Jean Cocteau – La Toison D’Or
Album: Futurism Dada Reviewed; Label: Sub Rosa

The Brass Ensemble – Pharoh
Album: Music For Brass; Label: Columbia

Harry Fields – Harry Plays Bach #4
Album: Music From Bach To Rock: a salute to the 150th anniversary of gas; Label: Capitol

Aaron Copland Benny Goodman – concerto For Clarinet String Orchestra
Album: Meeting At The Summit; Label: Columbia

5/13/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Bulawayo Jazz from Zimbabwe, Rhumba’s from Kenya, Mento from Jamaica and more

Music as an endangered species as Hugh Tracy, a pioneering Ethnomusicologist, said about what he sought to record. This show jumped around between African musicians influenced by Jazz and Rhumbas from The U.S. and Cuba. Music that was heard from merchant sailors soldiers bringing records and guitars (instead of disease and chaos) to new places and eager new ears. Radio waves were spreading across the globe and the world was migrating to the crumbling seats of Empire.

As the blues and country music influenced each other while remaining distinct, so did South African Vaudville (Mirabi) remain unique and vibrant while growing stronger by bringing in the influence of US Jazz. 1950’s Guitar music from Kenya heavily influced by Cuban Rhumba and Son recordings from the 1920’s. Those pieces that make the question marks dance above your head are heard as well like the jazz version of The Colonel Bogey March (Siqonda Emaqusw) from Southern Rhodesia which would be featured about a decade later in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai. The tune was popular with the local police marching bands. A South African Vaudeville recording from 1930 with Hawaiian guitar and Hillbilly style yodeling. Global culture at its best or worst?

The middle of the show featured two discs from a series called ‘London Is the Place for Me’, music from the African and Caribbean diasporas, recorded in the 1950’s 60’s. Cool stuff. We also heard some Jamaican mento from the early 1950’s.

Playlist Tracks:

Daniel Katuga – Ewe Nyota Zuhura
Album: Kenya Dry…Town Country Guitar; Label: Original Music

Nairobi City Five – Wekundu Si Hoja Lily
Album: Kenya Dry…Town Country Guitar; Label: Original Music

the Cold Storage Band – Siqonda Emaqusw
Album: Bulawayo Jazz Southern Rhodesia / Zimbabwe 1950 ’51 ’52; Label: SWP / International Library of African Music

the Chaminuka Band – Johnny’s Getting Married / I May Jump / Tipemba Fodya
Album: Bulawayo Jazz Southern Rhodesia / Zimbabwe 1950 ’51 ’52; Label: SWP / International Library of African Music

Ginger Folorunso Johnson – African Jazz Cha Cha / Egyptian Bint Cha Cha
Album: London Is The Place For Me Vol 4: African Dreams In The Piccadlly High Life; Label: Honest Jons Records

Ambrose Campbell – Yolanda
Album: London Is The Place For Me Vol 2: Calypso Kwela, Highlife Jazz from young Black London; Label: Honest Jons Records

Shake Keane – Mambo Indio
Album: London Is The Place For Me Vol 2: Calypso Kwela, Highlife Jazz from young Black London; Label: Honest Jons Records

Young Tiger – African Dream
Album: London Is The Place For Me Vol 2: Calypso Kwela, Highlife Jazz from young Black London; Label: Honest Jons Records

Orch. A.H. Depalo – Etoile des Neiges
Album: The Sound Of Kinshasa: Guitar classics from Zaire; Label: Original Music

Nino w Orch. Rockamambo – Mickey Me Queiro
Album: The Sound Of Kinshasa: Guitar classics from Zaire; Label: Original Music

West African Rhythm Brothers – Eroya
Album: London Is The Place For Me Vol 2: Calypso Kwela, Highlife Jazz from young Black London; Label: Honest Jon Records

Lord Fly with Dan Williams His Orchestra – I Don’t Know
Album: Take Me To Jamaica: The Story Of Jamaican Mento 1951 – 1958; Label: Pressure Sounds

Hubert Porter – Names Of Funny Places
Album: Take Me To Jamaica: The Story Of Jamaican Mento 1951 – 1958; Label: Pressure Sounds

Lord Beginner – General Election
Album: London Is The Place For Me Vol 2: Calypso Kwela, Highlife Jazz from young Black London; Label: Honest Jons Records

Young Tiger – Chicken Rice
Album: London Is The Place For Me Vol 4: African Dreams In The Piccadlly High Life; Label: Honest Jons Records

Lord Kitchener – Piccadilly Folk
Album: London Is The Place For Me Vol 4: African Dreams In The Piccadlly High Life; Label: Honest Jons Records

Russ Henderson – West Indian Drums
Album: London Is The Place For Me Vol 2: Calypso Kwela, Highlife Jazz from young Black London; Label: Honest Jons Records

Young Growler – V For Victory
Album: London Is The Place For Me Vol 4: African Dreams In The Piccadlly High Life; Label: Honest Jons Records

The African Messengers – Highlife Piccadilly
Album: London Is The Place For Me Vol 4: African Dreams In The Piccadlly High Life; Label: Honest Jons Records

Griffiths Motsieloa Ignatius Monare – Aubuti Nkikho
Album: Marabi Nights: early south african jazz and vaudville; Label: Ravan

Hot Lips Dance Band – Marabi No. 2 Jive
Album: Marabi Nights: early south african jazz and vaudville; Label: Raven

The Merry Blackbirds – Heat Wave
Album: Marabi Nights: early south african jazz and vaudville; Label: Ravan

the Cold Storage Band – Skokiaan / N’Ga Ngile Ntombi Yami
Album: Bulawayo Jazz Southern Rhodesia / Zimbabwe 1950 ’51 ’52; Label: SWP / International Library of African Music

5/20/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Jazz guitars from some names remembered and some forgotten.

A range of jazz music with a focus on the guitar. We’ve listened in on this theme before, but this time with different tunes and some new names: Eddie Durham, Dick McDonough, Teddy Bunn. The show starts with tunes featuring Lonnie Johnson playing with the likes of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

Playlist Tracks:

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five with Lonnie Johnson – Hotter Than That
Album: Giants of Jazz: The Guitarists; Label: Time/Life

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra with Lonnie Johnson – The Mooche
Album: Giants of Jazz: The Guitarists; Label: Time/Life

The Chocolate Dandies with Lonnie Johnson – Paducah
Album: Giants of Jazz: The Guitarists; Label: Time/Life

Lonnie Johnson BlWillie Dunn AKA Eddie Lang – Two Tone Stomp
Album: Eddie Lang Joe Venuti – New York Sessions; Label: JSP

Blind Willie Dunn’s Gin Bottle Four – A Handful Of Riffs
Album: Eddie Lang Joe Venuti – New York Sessions; Label: JSP

Lonnie Johnson BlWillie Dunn AKA Eddie Lang – Hot Fingers
Album: Eddie Lang Joe Venuti – New York Sessions; Label: JSP

Joe Venuti – Eddie Lang Blue Five – Hey Young Fella / Pink Elephants
Album: Eddie Lang Joe Venuti – New York Sessions; Label: JSP

Tram, Bix Lang – Wringin’ and Twistin’
Album: Eddie Lang Joe Venuti – New York Sessions; Label: JSP

Chick Webb His Orch with Teddy Bunn – Blues Without Words
Album: Hittin’ On All Six: A History Of The Jazz Guitar; Label: Proper

Mezzrow – Ladneir Quintet with Teddy Bunn – If You See Me Coming
Album: Giants of Jazz: The Guitarists; Label: Time/Life

Dick McDonough – Bernstein Ramble
Album: Hittin’ On All Six: A History Of The Jazz Guitar; Label: Proper

Dick McDonough – Chasing A Buck
Album: Giants of Jazz: The Guitarists; Label: Time/Life

Carl Kress Dick McDonough – Heat Wave
Album: Hittin’ On All Six: A History Of The Jazz Guitar; Label: Proper

Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra with Carl Kress – ‘S Wonderful
Album: Giants of Jazz: The Guitarists; Label: Time/Life

Carl Kress – Peg Leg Shuffle
Album: Giants of Jazz: The Guitarists; Label: Time/Life

Pop Wagner – Coffee Grinder
Album: ; Label:

Fats Waller and his Rhythm with Albert Casey – Latch On / Buck Jumpin’
Album: Giants of Jazz: The Guitarists; Label: Time/Life

Marian Gange – Seven Riffs with the Right Woman
Album: Women In Jazz: All Women Groups; Label: Stash

Mary Osborne – The Man I Love
Album: Women In Jazz: All Women Groups; Label: Stash

Earl Hines and his Orch with Lawrence Dixon – Madhouse
Album: Big Band Jazz From the beginnings to the fifties; Label: Smithsonian

Luis Russell and his Orchestra with Lee Blair – Ol’ Man River
Album: Big Band Jazz From the beginnings to the fifties; Label: Smithsonian

Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra with Eddie Durham – Moten Swing
Album: Big Band Jazz From the beginnings to the fifties; Label: Smithsonian

Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra and his Orch with Eddie Durham – Hittin’ The Bottle
Album: Hittin’ On All Six: A History Of The Jazz Guitar; Label: Proper

Mezz Mezzrow and his Orch with Bernard Addison – Blues In Disguise
Album: Hittin’ On All Six: A History Of The Jazz Guitar; Label: Proper

Mary Osborne – Low Ceiling
Album: Women In Jazz: All Women Groups; Label: Stash

7/22/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Jam sessions came to represent both a way for players to nourish their individual musicianship and a model of democracy. Thus Granz was motivated to articulate his faith in racial justice and transform the ideal into a viable vehicle for challenging segregation, presenting good music and making money. ‘As in genuine democracy, only performance counts,’ Granz told the NAACP monthly, The Crisis, in 1947. ‘Jazz is truly the music of democratic America.’

From the liner notes of The Complete Norman Granz Jam Sessions.

Playlist Tracks:

Jam Session #1 – Funky Blues
Album: The Complete Norman Granz Jam Sessions; Label: Verve

Jam Session #2 – Oh, Lady, Be Good!
Album: The Complete Norman Granz Jam Sessions; Label: Verve

Jam Session #6 – Stompin’ at the Savoy (Part 1)
Album: The Complete Norman Granz Jam Sessions; Label: Verve

Jam Session #8 – Ballad Medley
Album: The Complete Norman Granz Jam Sessions; Label: Verve

Jam Session #7 – Blue Lou
Album: The Complete Norman Granz Jam Sessions; Label: Verve

Jam Session #3 – Apple Jam
Album: The Complete Norman Granz Jam Sessions; Label: Verve

8/12/2008 Dig Up The Roots

It’s 78 O’clock all day! At least for these 2 hours.

No real theme or reason today, just a nice heavy stack of old records. There was a set of vacation ideas and longings for escape. Dance tunes, barn dance calls and two great tunes from Nick Lucas – The Crooning Troubadour – Tip Toe Thru The Tulips and Singin’ In The Rain.

Playlist Tracks:

Unknown – Put On The Dog
Album: ; Label:

Fletcher Henderson and his Orch – What Do You Hear From The Mob In Scotland!
Album: ; Label: Vocalion

The Merry Macs – Idaho
Album: ; Label: Decca

Ted Weems – Canadian Capers
Album: ; Label: Mercury

Ken Griffin – Beautiful Wisconsin
Album: ; Label: Rondo

The Revelers – Duluth M-I-double-N
Album: ; Label: Sterling

Ken Griffin – By Teh Waters of Minnetonka
Album: ; Label: Rondo

Al Gomez Orchestra – Miami Beach Rhumba
Album: ; Label: rainbow records

Frank Sinatra – The Coffee Song
Album: ; Label: Columbia

Danny Kaye The Andrews Sisters – Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)
Album: ; Label: Decca

Ralph Marterie – Bongo Guitar
Album: ; Label: Mercury

Yma Sumac – Mammallay!
Album: ; Label: Capitol

Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra – Swamp Fire
Album: ; Label: RCA Victor

Remo Biondi and his Orchestra – Hoedown For Strings
Album: ; Label: MGM

Brother Bones and his Shadows – San
Album: ; Label: Tempo

The Pig Footers – The Hucklebuck
Album: ; Label: Mercury

Jimmie Lunceford – Breakfast Ball
Album: ; Label: Bluebird

The Rythmasters – Crazy Bone rag
Album: ; Label: Dot

The Swing Billies – Crazy Yodeling Blues
Album: ; Label: Bluebird

Calls by Munyon Music by Henri – The Wreck Of The Old ’97
Album: ; Label: Tops

Johnny Mercer with Freddie Slack – The Wreck Of The Old ’97
Album: ; Label: Capitol

Rube Bloom and his Bayou Boys – Mysterious Mose
Album: ; Label: Columbia

The New Yorkers – Hell’s Bells
Album: ; Label: Bluebird

Jerry (Fish Horn) Jerome – Goofus
Album: ; Label: M-G-M

Freddie ‘Schnickelfritz Fisher – Goofus
Album: ; Label: Decca

Maurice Rocco – My Tzatzkela
Album: ; Label: Musicraft

Art Mooney – Zither Serenade (In A Dimlt Lit Cafe)
Album: ; Label: M-G-M

Ethel Smith – Fiddle Faddle
Album: ; Label: Decca

Nick Lucas – The Crooning Trubador – Singin’ In The Rain / Tip Toe Thru The Tulips With Me
Album: ; Label: Brunswick

9/16/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Music dug up from all over time and space with a beatnik finger snap. Dig.

Thousands of years of recent finds and rediscoveries played out over these two hours. We started with the hippest of all Al Jazzbeaux Collins Slim Gaillard as high as ever in the clouds with the Jolly Green Giant. The Beatniks take over for a while with some rare and amazing material featured on an album called Pictures From The Gone World: Beat Jazz. Tangents include Schoolhouse Rock songs with vocals by Bob Dorough, Blossom Dearie Grady Tate. We also heard two songs of the Music Halls from pioneering Male Impersonator Vesta Tilley.

Musical machines took over with recordings from vintage Arcade Machines. The a href=http://www.museemechanique.org/index.htmlMusee Mecanique/a is filled with the history of arcade games, music machines and amazing sounds. Bring a roll of quarters. The other machine belonged to Korla Pandit, the Grand Media Moghul of Mellow. Soothing 1950’s housewives angst with his dreamy stare…ahhh. We hear some selections from a mint 78 RPM set called The Grand Moghul Suite.

Playlist Tracks:

Al Jazzbeux Collins Slim Gaillard with Steve Allen – Jack The Beanstalk
Album: Steve Allen’s Hip Fables; Label:

Jack Hammer – Like
Album: Pictures From The Gone World: Beat Jazz; Label:

Gil Melle – The Gears
Album: Pictures From The Gone World: Beat Jazz; Label:

Anita Ellis David Amram – The Crazy daisy
Album: Pictures From The Gone World: Beat Jazz; Label:

Frosty The Diamonds – Destination Mars
Album: Pictures From The Gone World: Beat Jazz; Label:

Cosmic Rays with Sun Ra – Dreaming
Album: Pictures From The Gone World: Beat Jazz; Label:

Snakefinger – Beatnik Party
Album: Against The Grain; Label: Ralph

Bob Dorough – Dog
Album: Pictures From The Gone World: Beat Jazz; Label:

Bob Dorough – Three Is A Magic Number
Album: Schoolhouse Rock; Label:

Grady Tate – I Got Six
Album: Schoolhouse Rock; Label:

Bob Dorough – Lucky Seven Sampson
Album: Schoolhouse Rock; Label:

Figure Eight – Blossom Dearie
Album: Schoolhouse Rock; Label:

performed on the Seeburg style K.T. special – When You’re Smiling
Album: Musee Mecanique Vol 1; Label:

performed on the Nelson Wiggins – Boots Saddles
Album: Musee Mecanique Vol 2; Label:

performed on the Cremona style ‘3 – Come To Your Daddy
Album: Musee Mecanique Vol 1; Label:

performed on the Cremona style 3 – Maurice’s Irresistable Tango
Album: Musee Mecanique Vol 3; Label:

performed on the North Tonawanda – Loveless Blues
Album: Musee Mecanique Vol 2; Label:

Vesta Tilley – The Girls I Left Behind Me / I’ll Show You Paree
Album: A Night At The Music Hall; Label: JSP

Jacque Brel – WHen Love Is All There Is
Album: ; Label:

Machette Ensemble of S.F. – Medicine Man
Album: Beets; Label: Ralph

Korla Pandit – Trance Dance / Underwater / The Hypnotist
Album: The Grand Moghul Suite; Label:

9/23/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Today’s show was preempted of an hour, so we sat back and listened in to some stories. The first was a news story of a little boy falling in a well from 1957 – and you thought that was an urban legend? We heard tales of jazz from Wally Cox and Jack Kerouac. Utah Phillips, Tom Waits, Muhammad Ali Laurie Anderson all somehow fit into the program.

Playlist Tracks:

CBS Evening News correspondent Ron Cochran – The Boy In The Well
Album: The Big News From ’57; Label:

Laurie Anderson – Song For Two Jims
Album: United States Parts 1 – 4; Label: United Artists

Tom Waits – The Pontiac
Album: Smack My Crack; Label: Giorno Poetry Systems

Jack Kerouac – The History Of Bop
Album: ; Label:

Jimmie Giuffre Trio – The Train And The River
Album: The Sound Of Jazz; Label: Capitol

Prince Buster – Earthquake
Album: Prince Buster FABulous; Label: FAB

Muhammad Ali – Excerpt
Album: Ali and His Gang VS. Mr. Tooth Decay; Label:

3 Mustaphas 3 – A Chilling Tale Pt 4
Album: Bam! Mustaphas Play Stereo; Label: Globestyle

Laurie Anderson – It Was Up In The Mountains
Album: You’re The Guy I Want To Share My Money With; Label: Giorno Poetry Systems

Utah Phillips – Hanging On
Album: ; Label:

Wally Cox Narration – Ornithology
Album: A Musical History Of Jazz; Label: Grand Award Records

9/30/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Hijinks from Wall Street make us hope for Pennies From Heaven

The music played today, spanning over a century, all dealt with double dealings and money.

Playlist Tracks:

Arthur Tracy – Pennies From Heaven
Album: Pennies From Heaven Soundtrack; Label: Warner Brothers

Hazekiah Jenkins – The Panic Is On
Album: Songs of War History; Label: Library Of Congress Records

Cincinnati’s Columbian Singers – The Future Of America
Album: The Hand That Holds The Bread: Progress and Protest in the Gilded Age; Label: New World Records

Randy Newman – Lonely At The Top
Album: Randy Newman Live; Label: Reprise

Sophie Tucker – There’ll Be Some Changes Made
Album: Yes Sir, That’s My Baby: The Golden Years of Tin Pan Alley 1920 – 1929; Label: New World Records

The Boswell Sisters – Old Yazoo
Album: 1930s Jazz: The Singers; Label: Columbia

Ramona with Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra – Are You Making Any Money?
Album: Where Have We Meet Before? Forgotten songs from Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley; Label: New World Records

Piano Roll – It’s Only A Paper Moon
Album: Thanks For The Memory; Label: Biograph Records

Duke Ellington – Money Jungle
Album: Money Jungle; Label:

Jimmy Smith – Any Number Can Win
Album: Any Number Can Win; Label: Verve

Jimmy Dean – Paper Love Affair
Album: Country Western Stars; Label: Pickwick

Leon Redbone – Nobodies Sweetheart
Album: Double Time; Label: Warner Brothers

Carolina Tar Heels – Got The Farm Land Blues
Album: Anthology of American Folk Music; Label: Smithsonian / Folkways

Charlie Bowman – Moonshiner and his Money
Album: Roots ‘N’ Blues; Label: Columbia

Woody Guthrie – My Last Five Dollars / Ship In The Sky / I Ain’t Got No Home / Many and the Few / What Are We Waiting On?
Album: Woody Guthrie Vol 3 Asch Recordings; Label: Smithsonian

Fats Waller – Lookin’ Good But Feelin Bad
Album: Yazoos History of Jazz; Label: Yazoo

Merritt Brunies and his Friars Inn Orchestra – Up Jumped The Devil
Album: ‘That Toddlin’ Town’ Chicago 1926-28; Label: Swaggie

Mugsy Spanier – That’s A Plenty
Album: Yazoos History of Jazz; Label: Yazoo

Red McKenzie and his Music Box – There’ll Be Some Changes Made
Album: ‘That Toddlin’ Town’ Chicago 1926-28; Label: Swaggie

Fred Astaire – Let’s Face The Music And Dance
Album: Pennies From Heaven; Label: Warner Brothers

Wall Of Voodoo – Lost Weekend
Album: Call Of The West; Label: IRS

Snakefinger’s Vestial Virgins – The Golden King
Album: Night Of Desirable Objects; Label: Ralph

Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers – We Need Some Money
Album: Paint The White House Black: Go Go Funk, D.C.; Label:

10/7/2008 Dig Up The Roots

A fraction of the FONOTONE sound. Joe Bussard rules the air waves.

Joe Bussard began recording friends in the mid 1950’s, after spending years as a fanatic, traveling record collector. A historian, collector and pretty good jug-blower. Fonotone Records was based out of Joe’s parents’ house in Frederick, Maryland.

The selections heard today all came from a a href =http://dust-digital.com/fonotone.htm5 disc set/a that was released on the archival label a href =http://dust-digital.comDust To Digital Records/a.

Playlist Tracks:

The Adcock Family – Hoppin The Frets / Sara Jane / Shady Grove
Album: FONOTONE Records Box Set; Label: Dust To Digital

Birmingham Bill – Cumberland Gap
Album: ; Label:

Coltman Taylor – Fisher’s Hornpipe
Album: ; Label:

Joe Birchfield Family – Cackling Hen
Album: ; Label:

Possum Holler Boys – Sugar Tree Stomp
Album: ; Label:

Robert H. Cubbage The Round Top Mountain Boys – Round Town Gals
Album: ; Label:

Sizemore Smith – Pretty Little Girl
Album: ; Label:

Jolly Joe’s Jugband – Scattin’ Rag / Trestle Blues / Borrow Love Go
Album: ; Label:

Happy Johnny Family – Father Put The Cow Away / Leather Breetches / Soldier’s Joy
Album: ; Label:

Blue Ridge Partners – Carry Me Back To The Mountains
Album: ; Label:

Joe Bussard Oscar Meyers – Walkin’ Cane
Album: ; Label:

Gabriel’s Holy Testifiers – Lay My Armor Down
Album: ; Label:

Whiteacre Family – Done Gone / Little Boy Stole My Jacket / Striped Stockings
Album: ; Label:

Guitar Rascals – Short String Strut
Album: ; Label:

Bluegrass Travelers – Banjo Stretch
Album: ; Label:

Mash Mountain Boys – Hopalong Peter
Album: ; Label:

Adcock Family – Hot Corn, Cold Corn
Album: ; Label:

Lucky Chatman’s Ozark Mtn. Boys – Bluegrass
Album: ; Label:

Bluegrass Travelers – Bluegrass Shuffle
Album: ; Label:

Tennessee Mess Arounders – Mandolin Blues
Album: ; Label:

Hillbilly Boys – Hillbilly’s Guitar
Album: ; Label:

Joe Bussard Oscar Myers – Flight of Astonaut John Glenn
Album: ; Label:

Blind Robert Ward – Voyage Of Apollo 8
Album: ; Label:

Kid Future – Kid Futures Blues / Delta Crapation
Album: ; Label:

11/4/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Dig out the votes

2 hours of old campaign songs, speeches, newscasts and views of America. Material to make you think and smile while in line to make that mark of democracy.

11/18/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Digging through the Alphabet

I was putting records a way the other day and found a lot of forgotten material. Hank Thompson at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo; Alan Sherman doing a hilariously funny piece called Peter and the Commissar; bits and pieces of memory.

12/2/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Hotel orchestras, Waltzes, Fox Trots and more spin around for 2 hours at 78 RPM.

When it’s 78 O’clock, the past is always the present. Today’s show was a sampling of lighter, pop music found on 78 RPM records.

Groups like Herbert Gordon’s Adelphi Hotel Whispering Orchestra and The Manhattan Merrymakers provide music suitable for either foreground or background. Nothing very stellar or memorable here: Accordion, Marimba, Xylophone, Harmonica Novelty groups provide a nice, smoothly polished way to spend a few hours.

Playlist Tracks:

Goodrich Silvertown Cord Orchestra – I Wonder Where We’ve Met Before
Album: ; Label: Victor 78

Herbert Gordon’s Adelphi Hotel Whispering Orchestra – If You Want The Rainbow
Album: ; Label: Brunswick 78

Selvin’s Novelty Orchestra – I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Album: ; Label: Victor 78

Royal Miramba Band – Beloved
Album: ; Label: Banner 78

Lawrence Welk His Sparkling Sextet – Moritat / Nimble Fingers / Stompin’ At The Savoy
Album: ; Label: Coral 78’s

The Harmonicats – Fantasy Impromptu
Album: ; Label: VITAcoustic 78

Al Sack His Orchestra – Caravan
Album: ; Label: Black White 78

Ray McKinley His Orchestra – Sand Storm
Album: ; Label: Majestic 78

Charlie Barnett His Orchestra – The Duke’s Idea
Album: ; Label: Bluebird 78

Prince’s Dance Band – Dardenella
Album: ; Label: Columbia 78

Charlie Barnett His Orchestra – The Count’s Idea
Album: ; Label: Bluebird 78

Pete Handy – Dardenella
Album: ; Label: Mercury 78

Al Goodman His Orchestra – Mazurka
Album: ; Label: Victor 78

Liberace – Malaguena
Album: ; Label: Columbia 78

Al Goodman His Orchestra – Artist’s Life
Album: ; Label: Columbia 78

Jose Iturbi – Dance Of Terror / Ritual Fire Dance
Album: ; Label: Victor 78

Will Bradley His Orchestra – Celery Stalks At Midnight
Album: ; Label: Columbia 78

Larry Douglas with Ray Bloch’s Radio Seven – The Egg And I
Album: ; Label: Signature 78

Bennie Kruger’s Orchestra – Don’t Bring Lulu
Album: ; Label: Brunswick 78

Leo Fuchs Orchestra – Coney Ireland Wedding
Album: ; Label: Rca Victor 78

Ray Blooch His TV Orchestra – Unless
Album: ; Label: Hi-Tone 78

Nev Simons and his Ambassadors Of Note – Corn Belt Symphony
Album: ; Label: M-G-M 78

Manhatten Merrymakers – Down On The Farm
Album: ; Label: Victor 78

Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra – Spain / Mr Radio Man (Tell my mammy to come back home)
Album: ; Label: Victor 78

Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights – I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire
Album: ; Label: Columbia 78

12/23/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Songs and sounds of the seasons.  This show featured songs and sounds of this season, this season of holidays. Holidays of birth, rebirth, survival and fortitude. The show started with English Mummer Morris dance tunes celebrating the Winter Solstice.

Jazz Blues with the vocal stylings of The Mississippi Moaner and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. Bing Frank start the chuckle fest off with an old radio broadcast. We heard an excerpt from the first opera ever written for TV: Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Tom Lehrer and some TV tunes bring things up while some of the more somber and heartfelt songs are presented by Bruce Cockburn, Low and Simon Garfunkel’s still haunting and all too painfully relevant version of Silent Night.

Dave Tarras The Yiddish Swingtette round off the show while an unfortunate CD malfunction ruined the closing tune – Laurie Andersons’ song Ramon, from her Strange Angels recording: Last night I heard a host of Angels/And they were all singing different songs… It’s a great song and very topical for the season. Whatever that means.

Playlist Tracks:

The Christmas Revels – There Was A Pig Went Out To Dig / The Monk’s March
Album: The Christmas Revels; Label: Revels Records

John Fahey – It CAme Upon A Midnight Clear / Go I Will Send Thee
Album: The New Possibility: John Fahey’s Christmas Album; Label: Takoma

The Mississippi Moaner – It’s Cold In China Blues
Album: American Primitive Vol 2: Pre-War Revenants 1897 – 1939; Label: Revenant

Lambert, Hendricks and Ross – Deck Us All With Boston Charlie
Album: Jingle Bell Jazz; Label: Columbia

Frank Bing – Hitch A Ride With Santa Claus
Album: Happy Holiday with Frank Bing; Label: Collectors Gold

Cafe Accordion Orchestra – Valse des Flacons / The Christmas Waltz
Album: Cafe Christmas; Label: CAO Records

The Pogues – Fairytale Of New York
Album: If I Should Fall From Grace From God; Label: Island

Dexter Gordon – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Album: ; Label:

Mandolin Christmas – We Three Kings Of Orient Are
Album: Mandolin Christmas; Label:

Menotti – Amahl and the Night Visitors
Album: Amahl and the Night Visitors; Label: RCA Victor

The Christmas Revels – Lord Of The Dance
Album: The Christmas Revels; Label: Revels Records

Micky Rooney Keenan Winn – Put One Foot In Front Of The Other
Album: ; Label:

Tom Lehrer – A Christmas Carol
Album: An Evening With Tom Lehrer; Label: Reprise

Olympia Music Box –
Album: A Music Box Christmas; Label:

John Fahey – We Three Kings Of Orient Are
Album: The New Possibility: John Fahey’s Christmas Album; Label: Takoma

Bruce Cockburn – Cry Of A Tiny Babe
Album: Nothing But A Burning Light; Label:

Low – Long Way Around The Sea
Album: Christmas; Label: Chair Kickers Union

Simon Garfunkel – 7 O’Clock News / Silent Night
Album: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme; Label: Columbia

Yiddish Swing Orchestra – Bridegroom Special
Album: Dave Tarras: Yiddish-American Klezmer Music 1925 – 1956; Label: Yazoo

Yiddish Swingtette – Oriental Hora / Zum Gali Gali
Album: Dave Tarras: Yiddish-American Klezmer Music 1925 – 1956; Label: Yazoo

12/30/2008 Dig Up The Roots

Dust off dig out your New Years’ resolutions

2008 is history and the new dawn of 2009 is breaking through the clouds. We here at Dig Up The Roots want to help you with your New Year’s Resolutions. With the aid of old exercise, self-improvement and instructional records (and the usage of a Hypnosis 78 RPM) this show should help you with suggestions for the New Year…if you want help.

We spent the first part of the program improving our cultural and social skills by learning to sing, speak effectively, play the blues, and a lifelong dream of my own come true: Co staring with Fernando Lamas!

For all you listeners wanting to shed a few pounds, we had a set for you too. A Good Housekeeping record, Jack La Lanne and one of the most driven fitness fanatics ever: Bonnie Pruden. Don’t even try to imagine your body doing what she is telling you to do. Just do it before she gets mad, it will be easier that way.

Playing Bridge, Golf, calling ducks and learning something about wine were also part of the program. After today’s show, the upcoming year should be a breeze.

Playlist Tracks:

Fritz Shetsler Egidia Bonessi – What Is Singing? / Breath Control / The Vowels
Album: You Can Learn To Sing; Label: Knight

Milton Cross – How Your Voice Instrument Works
Album: Dr. Walter O. Robinson’s Course In Effective Speaking; Label: Harper Brothers 78 RPM

Fernando Lamas Greg Carr – Scene 2 from The King And The Chorus Girl
Album: You Act Scenes Opposite Your Favorite Star: Fernando Lamas; Label: Co-Star Records

Georgiana Liccione Stewart – Disco Fun / Easy Walk
Album: Disco For Kids: Disco Rhythms and Coordination Patterns for Limited Spaces; Label: Kimbo Educational

Dick Weissman Dan Fox – Variation on #5 / Key To The Highway
Album: How To Play The Blues: GuitarTechniques and Strums; Label: MMO

Bonzo Dog Band – Can Blue Men Sing The Whites?
Album: Urban Spaceman; Label: Imperial

The Bob Prince Quatet with Julie Conway, Narrator – Exercise 9
Album: Good Housekeeping’s Plan For Reducing Off-The-Record; Label: Harmony

Bonnie Prudden –
Album: ; Label:

Bonnie Prudden –
Album: ; Label:

Bonnie Prudden –
Album: ; Label:

The Carlisles – Female Hercules
Album: 78 RPM; Label: Mercury

Jack La Lanne with Dave Bacal – Exercise 7: Pogo Jumping / Exercise 14: Arm Extension
Album: Glamour Stretcher Time; Label: La Lanne Inc

Norman La Plante – Milady, Your Figure! Exercises 3 4
Album: 78 RPM; Label: Capitol

Mary Kay – Booking, Coaching Recruiting Your Way To Success
Album: A Personal Message From Mary Kay; Label: Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc

Dow Finsterwald Bob Goalby – When In Doubt, Wedge It Out
Album: 10 Ways To Take Strokes Off Your Game; Label: Munsingwear Inc

Oswald Jacoby – How To Play Bridge
Album: Hear How To Play Winning Bridge; Label: Carlton Record Corp

J.R. System: Wild Duck Calling – True Calls
Album: 78 RPM; Label: J.R. System

Professor Alwyn Stevenson – Individual Group Hypnosis / Induction of Self-Hypnosis
Album: 78 RPM; Label:

Negativland – Perfect Scrambled Eggs
Album: Potatoes: A Collection of Folk Songs From Ralph Records; Label: Ralph Records

Bern Ramey – Preface
Album: Bern ramey On Wine: A Sound Education For The Greater Enjoyment Of Wines; Label: The Wine Record Co

Henry Kiaser Band – The Ballad Of Shane Muscatel
Album: Heart’s Desire; Label:

Bob Conklin – The Key To Motivation (excerpt)
Album: The Key To Motivation; Label: Midwest Audio-Visual Company

Wall Of Voodoo – Tomorrow
Album: Call Of The West; Label: IRS

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