Thursday, December 31, 2009

DJ Emmett presents fin de la décennie spectacular

Good Time Coming - Mustard
Lucy Lu - Bob Summers
I Won't Step On Your Shoes - Barnaby Bye
Asmodaï - Tac Poum Système
Eanie Meany - Jim Noir
I Won't Let You Down - Ph.D.
The EMI Song - Alex Chilton
Gemini - Marcello Giombini
I Need You Tonight - The Punkin Machine
Right Off (excerpt, -8) - Miles Davis
No Train To Stockholm - Lee Hazlewood
Spiralys - Daniela Casa
L'idole des jaunes - Stella
Run For The Sun - Brett Smiley
Il Veliero - Lucio Battisti
My Love Will Shine - Pat Thomas & Marijata
Pyjamarama - Sartre's Lobster
Bilbao Song - Bernie Leighton
Trouble - Lindsey Buckingham
Perpetrator - Stew Lane
Poison Lips - Vitalic
Schwerkraft - Schaltkreis Wassermann
2010 - Andy Summers
Art Decade Chant - Big B

(or, get them all in one zip file)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dear friends: the new Viva show drops today. A retrospective of musical highlights from 2009, i.e. an assortment of some of the best stuff I "discovered" this year. Enjoy at 2 PM on Viva Radio, or after-the-fact here.

I'll also be posting about 22 songs tomorrow morning - stay tuned!

Auld Lang Syne: Scottish and North English: 1. old times, esp. times fondly remembered. 2. old or long friendship. [lit., old long since, i.e., old long-ago (days)]

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


The Death of Mistakes Means The Death Of Rock
Rosemary Lane Bert Jansch

Bert Jansch: Wayward Child

Anne Murray: Danny's Song

This is a Kenny Loggins joint. Wikipedia can tell me it was written for Kenny Loggins's brother's child, that doesn't stop me from thinking about Dan Fouts.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Temptations: Smiling Faces Sometimes

That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain...

Monday, December 21, 2009

Fairport Convention: Tried So Hard

The FC doing old GC...

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Black on White Affair

Play loud & often during holiday festivities.

[original air date 11.07.08]

Black on White Affair: Auld Lang Syne

Realize this tune is a wee early for pending New Year's celebrations but for those wishing to imbibe today this soulful elixir tastes great anytime of day.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Eurythmics: Love is a Stranger

You think this is the best stanza ever written on the topic of love:

It's savage and it's cruel
And it shines like destruction.
Comes in like the flood
And it seems like religion
It's noble and it's brutal
It distorts and deranges
And it wrenches you up
And you're left like a zombie.

But then, a mere 23 seconds later, you're confronted with this:

It's guilt edged,
glamorous and sleek by design
You know it's jealous by nature
False and unkind
It's hard and restrained
And it's totally cool
It touches and it teases
As you stumble
In the debris. know...
Mark E Smith

Imagine if Mark E. Smith were Santa Claus.
O.K., let's not.

The Fall: L.A.

"The Seventies never ended." Sean the Philosopher Bateman this time. What a stupid thing to say, I'm thinking. What a strange and supremely stupid thing to say. He smiles at me and thinks it's profound. I feel sick. I want them to turn the music down.

-Bret Easton Ellis, The Rules of Attraction, 1987

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Herbie Hancock: Junku

Off of Sound System and evidently written for the '84 Olympic games in LA.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chick Corea: What Game Shall We Play Today?

The players:
Chick Corea, electric piano
Joe Farrell, flutes, soprano sax
Flora Purim, vocals, percussion
Stan Clarke, electric bass, double bass
Airto Moreira, drums, percussion

This reminds me of a cross between Vince Guaraldi and the TV (Sesame Street, 3-2-1 Contact, the Electric Company) I watched as a kid.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Wednesdays simply don't get any bigger than this, people. Not only does our sparkling new Viva Radio show drop today at 2 PM (hear it on, but to add to the insanity I'm playing records TONIGHT at Heathers Bar, 506 East 13th Street between A & B, 9 PM - close. Come through, New York - for good music and good times.

Monday, December 07, 2009

The Flatmates: My Empty Head

Band bio here or here.

Friday, December 04, 2009


This Wednesday, December 9th, DJ Emmett rides the wheels of steel at Heathers Bar, 506 East 13th Street, between avenues A & B, 9 PM - close. Featuring probable guest appearances by Mike and Sheridan Dupre XVI, plus a unique spoken-word performance from Big B (via satellite) at midnight! Come down for good music and good times in a judgement-free atmosphere, and tell all your friends. Hope to see you there.


Dave Brubeck: Thank You (Dziekuje)

Off of Jazz Impressions of Eurasia.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

The Chambers Brothers: Love, Peace and Happiness

No serial comma, no problem.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The Beach Boys: Farmer's Daughter

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Ten Years After: As the Sun Still Burns Away

Shall we get our Ten Years After on? Methinks the answer is yea.