Thursday, February 26, 2015

Playlist: February 25, 2015

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Taj Mahal, Every Wind in the River
     Thu-Sun 2/26-28-3/01 @ SFJazz Center
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops, Fannie Mae
     Thu-Fri 2/26-27 @ Biscuits and Blues
Lucky Peterson, I Can See Clearly Now
     Thu 2/26 @ Yoshi's
The Lucky Losers, I Take What I Want
     Fri 2/27 @ The Smoking Pig

Jeremiah Lockwood, Spoonful
     Wed 3/04 on Fog City Blues
Barrio Manouche, La Muerte de Paco
     Fri 2/27 @ Hopmonk Tavern
T Sisters, It Was Me
     Thu 2/26 @ Moe's Alley
     Sat 2/28 @ The Fillmore
Lost Dog Found, I'm Not Crying For You
     Thu 2/26 @ The Fenix
Cassandra Wilson, Strange Fruit
     from the forthcoming album Coming Forth By Day
     Sun 3/01 @ Zellerbach Hall
Fillmore Slim, The Legend of Fillmore Slim
     Fri 2/27 @ Yoshi's
Langhorne Slim & The Law, Got My Mind Made Up
     Thu 2/26 @ Swedish American Hall
Bob Dylan, Stay With Me
     from the new album Shadows In The Night

George Harrison, Horse To Water
The Beatles, Glad All Over
The Beatles, Something
Traveling Wilburys, Handle With Care

Macy Blackman & The Mighty Fines, Jabber Walks
     from the new album Friskin' The Whiskers
Jimbo Trout & The Fish People, Lulu's Back in Town
     from the new album Happy Hour of the Mind
Jorma Kaukonen, The Other Side of the Mountain
     from the new album Ain't In No Hurry
Igor Prado Band, You Got What It Takes
     from the new album Way Down South
Corey Harris, Devil Got My Woman
Johnny Winter, Death Letter
Nina Simone, Gin House Blues
Fats Domino, Lady Madonna

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Playlist: February 18, 2015

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Blue Rodeo, Western Skies
Sean Hayes, Lucky Man
     Fri 2/20 @ The New Parish
Bob Dylan, Autumn Leaves
     from the new album Shadows In The Night
Asaf Avidan, Over My Head
     from the new album Gold Shadow
     Thu 2/19 @ Bimbo's 365 Club
Quinn DeVeaux & The Blue Beat Review, Lil' 45
     Thu 2/19 @ Bimbo's 365 Club
     Fri 2/20 @ Club Deluxe
     Sat 2/21 @ Octopus Literary Salon

California Honeydrops, Got the Feeling
     Tue 2/24 @ Armando's
     Wed 2/25 @ Rossi's
Royal Jelly Jive, Stand Up
     Fri 2/20 @ The Crepe Place
     Sat 2/21 @ Art Boutiki
Stone Foxes, I'm A King Bee
     Sat 2/21 @ Sweetwater Music Hall
Jason King Band, Steppin' Out
     Sun 2/22 @ Biscuits and Blues
Delta Wires, Honey Bee
     Sat 2/21 @ Biscuits and Blues
Howell Devine, Railroad Stomp (live)
     Sat 2/21 @ The Baltic
     Wed 2/25 @ Biscuits and Blues
Steve Freund, Evil Ways
     Mon 2/23 @ Elite Cafe
     Wed 2/25 @ Empress Theatre
Wendy DeWitt, Gone
     Thu 2/19 @ The Saloon
     Sat 2/21 @ Burgers and Vine

Zakiya Harris, I Want to Take You Higher
     Fri 2/20 @ Awaken Cafe
Jazz Mafia's Subharmonic feat. Crossroads, You Can Make It If You Try
     Wed 2/25 @ Doc's Lab (Adam Theis Mobtet)
The Sway Machinery, Rozo Dshabbos
     from the forthcoming album Purity and Danger
Jeremiah Lockwood, Flangdang/When I Get Home
     from the new album Lockwood
     Wed 3/04 on Fog City Blues

Paul Kelley, Hasn't It Rained
     from the new album The Merri Soul Sessions
Steve Earle & The Dukes, Baby Baby Baby (Baby)
     from the new album Terraplane
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Pot Roast and Kisses
     from the new album So Delicious
JJ Grey & Mofro, Turn Loose
     from the forthcoming album Ol' Glory
The Ed Palermo Big Band & Rob Paparozzi, Drifting Blues
     from the new album Electric Butter: A Big Band Tribute to Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield
Irma Thomas, Same Old Blues
Seth Augustus, Hey Hey Heraclitus

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Playlist: February 11, 2015

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Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert, Can I Interest You in Hanukkah?
     The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1999-2015)
Bob Dylan, Some Enchanted Evening
     from the new album Shadows in the Night
Quinn DeVeaux & The Blue Beat Review, Highway 61 Revisited
     Fri 2/13 @ Lake Merritt Hotel
Slim Jenkins, You Know Yeah
     Fri 2/13 @ Elbo Room
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Walk Right In, Walk Right Out
     Fri 2/13 @ Elbo Room
     Sat 2/14 @ Biscuits and Blues

Special in-studio guests: La Mandanga

     Fri 2/13 @ Connecticut Yankee
     Sun 2/15 @ Peri's

Ama la vida (in-studio)
La razón de mi locura (in-studio)
No hay más perro que ladre (in-studio)
Dgiin, Flamenca
Píntame negro (in-studio)
Momento de irse (in-studio)
No me cansaría
     from the EP Raíces mandangueras

California Honeydrops, When It Was Wrong (live)
     Thu 2/12 @ Sweetwater Music Hall
     Fri-Sat 2/13-14 @ Moe's Alley
Royal Jelly Jive, Heart of Your Soul
     Tue 2/17 @ Twin Oaks Tavern
Tin Cup Serenade, Tin Cup Blues
     Fri 2/13 @ Revolution Cafe
Jimbo Trout and the Fishpeople, St. James Infirmary Blues
     from the new album A Happy Hour of the Mind
     Sun 2/15 @ Amnesia
Con Brio, Kiss the Sun
     from the new EP Kiss the Sun
     Fri 2/13 @ Poor House Bistro
     Sat 2/14 @ The Independent
Brass Band Mission, Rollin' in the Hood
     Sun 2/15 @ The Chapel
     Tue 2/17 @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Stanford Marching Band, All Right Now
     Tue 2/17 @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Ol' Silver Tongue, Los Angeles
     Sat 2/14 @ Stork Club
Josh White, Black Man
Lonnie Johnson, No More Women Blues
Blind Boys of Alabama, No More

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Playlist: February 4, 2015

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Bob Dylan, I'm a Fool to Want You
     from the new album Shadows In The Night
Bob Dylan, Blowin' in the Wind
     from the new album The Basement Tapes Complete
Bhi Bhiman, Message in a Bottle
     Sat 2/07 @ The New Parish
     Mon 2/09 @ The Independent
Tumbleweed Wanderers, Let It Go
     Fri 2/06 @ The Independent
     Sat 2/07 @ The Crepe Place

Special in-studio guests: Ol' Silver Tongue

     2/08 @ Amnesia
     2/14 @ Stork Club

Shotgun Shuffle (in-studio)
More Trouble Than You're Worth (in-studio)
Devil's Breath (in-studio)
Silver Tongue Stomp (in-studio)
Nobody Special (in-studio)

Seth Augustus, It'll Be Me
     2/08 @ Amnesia

Irma Thomas, Time Is On My Side
     Sun 2/08 @ Wells Fargo Center
Booker T, Father Son Blues
     Sat 2/07 @ Yoshi's
Afrofunk Experience, What It Was pt.1
     Fri 2/06 @ Hopmonk Tavern
     Sat 2/07 @ Freight & Salvage
Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Hope Springs Eternal
     Sat 2/07 @ Duende
Elliot Smith Hour, Southern Belle
     Sat 2/07 @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Gaucho, The Sometimes I'm Still Blue Blues
Beso Negro, We Can Dream
     Fri 2/06 @ The Crepe Place
Hot Baked Goods, Dark Eyes
     Fri 2/06 @ Viracocha
Bob Marley & The Wailers, Burnin'
Bob Marley & The Wailers, Exodus

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Playlist: January 28, 2015

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Bob Dylan, That Lucky Old Sun
     from the forthcoming album Shadows In The Night
Bob Dylan, Big River
     from the new album The Basement Tapes Complete
29th Street Swingtet, Dolores
     Thu 1/29 @ Revolution Cafe
Rupa & The April Fishes, Poder (live)
     Sat 1/31 @ The New Parish
Ol Silver Tongue, Smoking Hot Pistol
     Wed 2/04 on Fog City Blues

Special in-studio guests: Barrio Manouche

     Fri 1/30 @ Saulsalito Seahorse
     Fri 2/27 @ Hopmonk Tavern

La Marcha Gatina
     from the forthcoming album Detrás de la Sombra
Pasión Árabe (in-studio)
Número 7 (in-studio)
La Mandanga, No me cansaría
Lucía (in-studio)
Coquette
     from the forthcoming album Detrás de la Sombra

Royal Southern Brotherhood, World Blues
     Fri 1/30 @ Leo's
     Sat 1/31 @ Moe's Alley
Devon Allman, Leave the City
Willie Nelson, Lonely Street
     Mon 2/02 @ Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
     Tue 2/03 @ Bob Hope Theatre
Quinn DeVeaux, Sun and Moon
     Mon 2/02 @ Osteria
Big Bones, Put You Down Baby
     Fri 1/30 @ Friday Night Blues

Lucinda Williams, Stop Breakin' Down
     Fri 2/06 @ Uptown Theatre
Maria Muldaur, Why Are People Like That
     Fri 1/30 @ Zodiacs
Debbie Davies, Google Me Baby
     Fri 1/30 @ Biscuits and Blues
Janiva Magness, I Need A Man
Eddie Taylor, Dust My Broom
Paul Pena, A Bit of All Right
Bobby 'Blue' Bland, 36-22-36

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Playlist: January 21, 2015

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Bob Dylan, Stay With Me
     from the forthcoming album Shadows In The Night
Bill Frisell, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (live)
     Tue-Wed 1/27-28 @ Yoshi's
The New Basement Tapes, Hidee Hidee Ho #16
     from the new album Lost On The River
Bob Dylan, That's the Breaks
     from the new album The Basement Tapes Complete

Catfish Keith, Baby I'm A Fine Artiste
Steve James, Texas Tommy
Maria Muldaur, The Diplomat
     Wed 1/28 @ Freight & Salvage: Acoustic Blues Festival
Paul Geremia, Doctor Jazz
Junk Parlor, Rondo alla Turca
     Fri 1/23 @ Zodiacs
     Sat 1/24 @ Levi Studio
     Sun 1/25 @ Peri's
Barrio Manouche, Pasión Arabe
     Wed 1/28 on Fog City Blues
Amy LaCour, Mess Around
     Fri 1/23 @ Red Poppy Arthouse
Sugaray Rayford, Depression Blues
     Fri 1/23 @ Biscuits and Blues

Sly & The Family Stone, Love City
Con Brio, A Sex Supreme
     Thu 1/22 @ Torch Club
     Fri 1/23 @ Crystal Bay Club
     Sat 1/24 @ Fox Theater: UnderCover Presents Sly & The Family Stone's "Stand!"
Aki Kumar, Don't Hold Back
Little Jonny & The Giants, Trace of You
Ron Hacker, Filthy Animal (Chameleon)
     Sat 1/24 @ The Saloon
     Sun 1/25 @ Club Fox
Cathy Lemons, Black Crow
Phil Berkowitz, All Night Party
     Sat 1/24 @ The Saloon
Savoy Brown, Goin' To The Delta
     Fri 1/23 @ Hopmonk Tavern
     Sat 1/24 @ Auburn Event Center
     Sun 1/25 @ Moe's Alley
Dave & Phil Alvin, Just A Dream
     Thu-Fri 1/22-23 @ Moe's Alley
     Sat 1/24 @ Mystic Theater
     Sun 1/25 @ Auburn Event Center
Snooks Eaglin, C.C. Rider
Sam Cooke, A Change Is Gonna Come

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Playlist: January 14, 2015

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Hot Sardines, Bei Mir Bistu Shoen
     The Addition (2014-2015)
John Brothers Piano Company, Ba Dump a Dump
     Fri-Sat 1/16-17 @ Regency Ballroom
Afrofunk Experience, Village of a Million
     Thu 1/15 @ Birdland Jazzista
     Fri 1/16 @ Silo's
Briget Boyle, Untwist My Mind
     from the new album The Parts Interior
     Sat 1/17 @ Awaken Cafe

Special guest: Rustee Allen

     Sat 1/24 @ Fox Oakland: UnderCover Presents – Sly & The Family Stone's "Stand!"

Sly & The Family Stone, Stand!
Sly & The Family Stone, If You Want Me To Stay

Special in-studio guests: Jeremy Lyon, Pedro Gomez, Will Magid, Lyz Luke

Tumbleweed Wanderers, Everyday People
Jeremy Lyon, Everyday People (in-studio)
Jeremy Lyon, Lower Forty-Eight (in-studio)
Tumbleweed Wanderers, Worn Down Welcome
Sly & The Family Stone, Everyday People
Bayonics, Sing A Simple Song
Bayonics, Wheels Keep Turning (remix)
Will Magid & Friends, Zig Zag
Will Magid, Jubilee Wiggle
Marcus Shelby, Somebody's Watching You
Awesöme Orchestra Collective, Stand!

Allen Toussaint, Egyptian Fantasy
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Everybody's Talkin' Bout Miss Thing
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, Trout Mask Replica

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Playlist: January 7, 2015


Roy Milton Solid Serenaders, New Year's Resolution's Blues
Hillstomp, The Cuckoo
     Fri 1/09 @ Slim's
     Sat 1/10 @ The Catalyst
Karina Denike, Ballad of a Thin Man
     Sun 1/11 @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Tin Cup Serenade, Limbo Jazz
     Sat 1/10 @ Speisekammer
     Sat 1/17 @ Capone's
Go Van Gogh, Juicy Cumbia
     Fri 1/09 @ Awaken Cafe

Special in-studio guests: Jimmy Grant Ensemble

     Thu 1/08 @ Studio Grand

I've Found a New Baby (in-studio)
Blues en Mineur (in-studio)
Insomnia
Montagne Ste. Geneviève (in-studio)
Gonzalo Bergara, Flèche d'Or
Junk Parlor, Vampires Never Die
Bunicul (in-studio)
What Is This Thing Called Love?

Charlie Musselwhite, Blues Overtook Me
Billy Boy Arnold, Keep On Rubbing
Sonny Boy Williamson, Blue Bird Blues
Big Bill Broonzy, Cherry Hill
Big Maceo Merriweather, Ramblin' Mind Blues
Tampa Red, Denver Blues
Mark Hummel, Worried Life Blues
Elvis Presley, Medley: Where Could I Go But to the Lord / Up Above My Head / Saved
Elvis Presley, When It Rains It Really Pours
The Wild Tchoupitoulas, The Wild Tchoupitoulas
Cyril Neville, Tipitina

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Playlist: December 31, 2014


The Orioles, What Are Doing New Year's Eve?
Smokey Hogg, New Year’s Eve Blues
The Qualities, Happy New Year to You
Billy Ward & His Dominoes, Ringing in a Brand New Year
Johnny Otis Orchestra, Happy New Year Baby
Lightnin' Hopkins, Happy New Year

Shun Ng, Billie Jean (in-studio)
Andy T - Nick Nixon Band, On My Way to Texas (in-studio)
Olli Soikkeli, My Blue Heaven (in-studio)
Lost Dog Found, Nobody Loves You Like I Do (in-studio)
Rupa & The April Fishes, Like I Do (in-studio)
Royal Jelly Jive, Alhambra (in-studio)
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Joy to the World (in-studio)
Midtown Social, Shine Again (in-studio)
The Stone Foxes, Little Red Rooster (in-studio)
Aki Kumar & Little Jonny, She Don't Want Me No More (in-studio)
The Heartbeats, After New Year's Eve

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Philosophy Talk: The Billboards

One of my favorite parts of my day job as Producer of Philosophy Talk is putting together the billboards, aka open tease, that comprise the first minute of the broadcast (before the news). It's basically a condensed clip show, with a small set of voices (hosts, guest, movie/TV clips, song lyrics) combining to form an aural entity far greater than the sum of its parts. Coming up with that set for each show -- recording the hosts reading wild lines, scouring the interweb for clips to "answer" them, finding a song with just that right balance of usable lyrics and instrumentalizable passages -- can be a struggle, but the result is usually a pleasure.

I've finally started compiling all the ones I've produced (i.e. all but a tiny handful) in one place. As of this writing, it's everything that aired in 2014. But the complete will stretch back to 2007. Enjoy!
 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Playlist: December 24, 2014


The Ramones, Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)
Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal, Merry Christmas!
     from the new album Talkin' Christmas
Ray Brenner and Barry E. Blitzer, The Problem
Larry Harlow, El Dia de la Navidad

The Enchanters, Mambo Santa Mambo
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, Sugar Rum Cherry
Wardell Gray and Dexter Gordon, Jingle Jangle Jump
Freddy King, I Hear Jingle Bells
John Lee Hooker, Blues For Christmas
The Qualities, It's Christmas Time
The Five Keys, It's Christmas Time
The Drifters, White Christmas
The Marquees, Santa Done Got Hip

Christmas Jug Band, I'm Dreamin' of a Wet Christmas
     from the new album Jugology: Greatest Near Misses
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit
     Wed 12/31 @ Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Royal Jelly Jive, Alhambra
     Sat 12/27 @ Amnesia
     Wed 12/31 @ Bolinas Community Center
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Get Up & Get Out
     Tue-Wed 12/30-31 @ The Fillmore
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Shortyville
North Mississippi Allstars, Goat Meat
     Wed 12/31 @ Masonic Center
Earl Thomas, Don't Do Me This Way Again
     Wed 12/31 @ Biscuits and Blues
Terrie Odabi, Daddy-O
     Wed 12/31 @ Rhythmix
Will Magid, The Box
Midtown Social, Solid Ground
Con Brio, California Cowboy
     Wed 12/31 @ Rickshaw Stop
Vince Guaraldi Trio, A Charlie Brown Christmas

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Playlist: December 17, 2014


Jon Stewart and Stehpen Colbert, Can I Interest You in Hanukkah?
The Klezmatics, Do The Latke Flip-Flip
     Sat 12/20 @ Kuumbwa Jazz Center
     Sun 12/21 @ SFJazz Center
Kim Nalley, Hanukkah in Santa Monica
     Sun 12/21 @ Biscuits and Blues
Christmas Jug Band, Hey Santa!
     Fri 12/19 @ Zodiacs
     Sat-Sun 12/20-21 @ Sweetwater Music Hall
Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal, Talkin' Christmas
     Sat 12/20 @ SFJazz Center
     Sun 12/21 @ Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

Special in-studio guests: Midtown Social

     Wed 12/31 @ Rickshaw Stop

It's Alright (in-studio)
Solid Ground (in-studio)
Shine Again (in-studio)
One of These Things (in-studio)
All Around the World or The Myth of Fingerprints

Special in-studio guests: Lyz Luke, Will Magid and Andrew Laubacher

Will Magid & Friends, Zig Zag
Will Magid, Ghanaian Pavane
Will Magid, Cuba Swing
Con Brio, Give It All
Con Brio, A Sex Supreme
Zakiya Harris, I Want to Take You Higher
Tumbleweed Wanderers, Everyday People

Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Last Night
Mark Hummel, I'm Gonna Ruin You
James Booker, Professor Longhair Medley: Tipitina / Bald Head
Professor Longhair, Tipitina