Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Note: Our latest program for Viva Radio premieres to-day at 2 PM. Featuring some new-to-me stuff, some old favorites, and a handful of dusky diamonds from the furthest recesses of the A.D. archives. Please enjoy.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Brigitte Fontaine

Brigitte Fontaine: Il se passes des choses

Following in the footsteps of Mrs. Fontaine's last visit to AD.

Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes: Summer Days

It doesn't feel like summer anymore, not today anyways, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy this. Off of 1974's Expansions.

Summer Days is a kind of hymn to New York. "When I'm travelling," Lonnie explains, "I always look forward to coming back to New York because there's always so much going on here. And there's such variety in New York. You can really see it in the summertime -- so many different kinds of people on the street; and in Central Park, you can hear so many different kinds of music while people are riding bikes and looking in at all the little festivals going on. I sure wish New York City would become the Fifty-First State and get out from under the control of the state capitol in Albany. Everybody else in the state is pimping off New York City; they don't care what happens to New York."
--Nat Hentoff [who else? - ed]

This man borders on the prophetic.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Stranglers: Sweden (All Quiet on the Eastern Front)

...only country where the clouds are interesting

"Too much time to think, too little to do" has become all too meaningful to me lately.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Billy Bragg: The Marriage

From Talking with the Taxman about Poetry.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Melanie: Brand New Key

On the hunt to track down the facts regarding my Mom's alleged attendance at a Melanie concert which she can't remember, I get the following note from my Uncle, her brother:

"I remember it well Lad! Your Mamma & I went to the Valley Forge Music Fair and had Coors Beer on the way up, I believe it was 1976! In 1985 I saw James Brown there- the stage was round & revolved from set to set!!"

Case closed.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Steve Forbert: Goin' Down to Laurel

Off Alive on Arrival, Forbert's debut produced by John Simon (who did the same for The Band). Forbert, aside from apparently drawing comparisons to Bob Dylan, played Cyndi Lauper's tuxedo clad boyfriend in the "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" video.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sonny Rollins: Blue 7

Off of Saxophone Colossus. This cooks.

The players:
Sonny Rollins — tenor saxophone
Tommy Flanagan — piano
Doug Watkins — bass
Max Roach — drums

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Woody Allen: I Shot a Moose...

The moose mingles.

Just a classic bit of comedy for this Saturday afternoon.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Dire Straits: Walk of Life

Remember how we all bought this tape in Caldor's and couldn't wait to wrestle it from its cumbersome medieval plastic packaging?

Good times.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Wait 'Til The Sun Shines, Nellie - Buddy Holly
Love Hurts - Everly Brothers
Wonderful Summer - Robin Ward
After Midnight (1966 version) - J.J. Cale
Sand And Foam - Donovan
Earwigs To Eternity - Alice Cooper
Sands Of Time - Fleetwood Mac
Help Me Make It Through The Night - Ken Parker
Sooner Or Later - Pilot
Fire For Awhile - Shoes
Do The Do (MVD's swamp funk edit) - Bobby Rush
Messidor - Durutti Column
Dream On - Gino Soccio
Heaven (Sunshine Jones edit) - Rolling Stones
The Money Will Roll Right In - Fang
Vote Bowie For President - Sidwho?

Summer's gone but the time's still right for dancing in the streets. I'm experimenting with a monthly playlist format this month; let's see how this goes. Stay tuned for a possible sound quality upgrade on the Ken Parker track. Commentary to follow.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Zakarrias: Cosmic Bride

The last song from the only release by Zakarrias.
[Thanks to my bro for this find.]

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

adrian tomine

The Clean: Linger Longer

From my fave Clean album 'Modern Rock'. Image courtesy of Adrian Tomine.