Saturday, December 31, 2022

Playlist: December 31, 2022

Fantastic Negrito, Oh Betty (acoustic)
Monophonics, The Shape of My Teardrops
     Sat 12/31 @ Guild Theatre
Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, Lighthouse
Quinn DeVeaux, Very Best Thing
     Sat 12/31 @ Moe’s Alley
California Honeydrops, I Miss You Baby, Pt.2
     Sat 12/31 @ The UC Theatre
The Gold Souls, The Coffee Song
     Sat 12/31 SacYard Community Tap House
The King St Giants, Get Out
     Sat 12/31 @ Blue Note Napa
King Dream, Wish I Could Call You Now
Royal Jelly Jive, Tetris
     Sat 12/31 @ Mystic Theatre
Fanfare Zambaleta, Zv'jezda Tjera Mjeseca
     Sat 12/31 @ Ashkenaz
The Sam Chase & The Untraditional, Two Hard Working Lovers With a Job to Do
Goodnight, Texas, Borrowed Time
     Sat 12/31 @ Hopmonk Tavern
Big Blue Soul Revue, And You Loved Me
     Sat 12/31 Presidio Social Club

Jazz Mafia, Love Riot
     from the album Suite San Francisco
Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder, Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
     from the album Get On Board
John Németh, The Last Time
     from the album May Be the Last Time
Kim Nalley, I Want a Little Boy
     from the album I Want a Little Boy
The Lucky Losers, Standin' Pat
     from the album Standin' Pat
HowellDevine, Strange Time Meltdown
     from the album Strange Time Blues
Fantastic Negrito, Oh Betty
     from the album White Jesus, Black Problems
California Honeydrops, You Never Can Tell
     from the album Covers From the Cave
Cowboy Junkies, I've Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You
     from the album Songs of the Recollection
The Beatles, Rain (take 5 / actual speed)
The Beatles, Rain (take 5 / slowed down)
     from the album Revolver (Special Edition)

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Playlist: December 24, 2022

California Honeydrops, Please Come Home For Christmas
     Sat 12/31 @ The UC Theatre
Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert, Can I Interest You in Hanukkah?
Tin Cup Serenade, It’s Christmas Time in San Francisco
Whiskerman, You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch
Big Harp George, That Grinch Is Me
Cannonball & Jazz Mafia, Funky Funky Christmas
Hot Club of San Francisco, Don Rodolfo
Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band, Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday
The Lucky Losers, May Every Day Be Christmas
Kat Robichaud, The Star Wars Holiday Special
Bob & Doug McKenzie, The Twelve Days of Christmas
Blue Rodeo, Christmas Must Be Tonight
Bob Dylan, Must Be Santa

Charley Jordan, Santa Claus Blues
Nathaniel Mayer, Mr. Santa Claus (Bring Me My Baby)
The Hepsters, Rockin' n' Rollin' with Santa Claus
Louis Prima, What Will Santa Say (When He Finds Everyone Swingin')
Huey "Piano" Smith And the Clowns, Almost Time for Santa
Miles Davis with Bob Dorough, Blue Christmas (To Whom It May Concern)
The Slam Stewart Quintet, Jingle Bells
Freddie Mitchell Orchestra, Jingle Bells Boogie
Santo & Johnny, Twistin' Bells
The Hoosier Hot Shots, Jingle Bells
Rev. J.M. Gates, Will Hell Be Your Santa Claus?
Clyde Lasley & The Cadillac Specials, Santa Came Home Drunk
Olivette Miller, Real Cool Yule
The Rockin' Stockings, Yulesville U.S.A.
Big Bud, Snow-Man Rock
Lightnin' Hopkins, Heavy Snow
The Beatles, Christmas Time Is Here Again
Kim Nalley, Hanukkah in Santa Monica

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Playlist: December 17, 2022

Terrie Odabi, Grinnin' In Your Face (in-studio)
Tiffany Austin, Miss Rockwell (in-studio)
     Sun 12/18 @ Plymouth Jazz and Justice Church
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Jesus O What a Wonderful Child (in-studio)
     Thu 12/22 @ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
     Sat 12/24 @ Great American Music Hall
Christmas Jug Band, S.A.N.T.A. (in-studio)
     Tue 12/20 @ Freight & Salvage
     Thu 12/22 @ Sweetwater Music Hall
Aki Kumar, Back to Bombay (in-studio)
     Sun 12/18 @ Rancho Nicasio
The Lucky Losers, It Ain't Enough (in-studio)
     Thu 12/22 @ Longboard Jam
     Sat 12/24 @ The Saloon
Howell Devine, Sadie (in-studio)
     Fri 12/23 @ Roxx on Main
Big Blu Soul Revue, I Know (in-studio)
     Wed 12/21 @ Local Edition
The Sam Chase & The Untraditional, Everyone Is Crazy But Me (in-studio)
King Street Giants, No Good Blues (in-studio)
La Gente SF feat. Versoul, La Mar (in-studio)

Stanley Adams & Sid Wayne, 'Twas the Night Before Hanukkah
Jeremiah Lockwood, Ethan Miller, and Luther Dickinson, Dreidel
Woody Guthrie, Hanukkah Dance
The Klezmatics, Hanukkah Tree
Debbie Friedman, The Latke Song
Theo Bikel, Sweetest Dreams Be Thine
The Ames Brothers, I Got A Cold For Christmas
Bob Dylan, Little Drummer Boy
Mickey Katz, Grandma's Dreidel
Temple B'Nai Abraham Children's Choir, Svivon Sov Sov Sov
Cantor David Putterman, Rock Of Ages
Sol Zim, Ma'oz Tsur
The Ramones,  Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonite)

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Playlist: December 10, 2022

Christmas Jug Band, Santa Clara, San Jose, or Santa Claus?
     Fri 12/16 @ The Big Easy
     Sat 12/17 @ Ruhstaller Farm
The Klezmatics, Hanuka Dance
     Thu 12/15 @ Montalvo Arts Center
     Sat 12/17 @ Freight & Salvage
The Caliopians, Half the World
     Fri 12/16 @ Apple Jack's
Graham Patzner, Truth of Fire
Conspiracy of Beards, Who By Fire
     Sun 12/11 @ The Lost Church
Maria Muldaur (with Taj Mahal), Baby It's Cold Outside
     Thu 12/15 @ Sweetwater Music Hall
The Blues Broads, Blue Highway (live)
     Fri 12/16 @ Rancho Nicasio
Tia Carroll, Our Last Time
Aki Kumar, Jaane Kahaan Mera Jigar Gaya Ji
     Sat 12/17 @ The Sound Room
Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio, Honey Babe
     Sat 12/17 @ Rancho Nicasio
Tin Cup Serenade, Stack O'Lee Blues
     Thu 12/15 @ Blush Wine Bar
     Fri 12/16 @ Vic's Winehouse
Quinn DeVeaux, Won't Leave You Alone
     Mon 12/12 @ Little Saint
     Tue 12/13 @ The Independent
Larry McCray, Arkansas
     Sat 12/17 @ The Fillmore

Jeremiah Lockwood, Ritual
Jeremiah Lockwood, Chanuka Oy Chanuka
Jeremiah Lockwood, Al Hanisim
Jeremiah Lockwood, Al Hanisim (Izhar Cohen)
Cantor Moyshe Oysher, Drei Dreidl
Socalled, Drei Dreidl (Not A Puppy for Hanukkah)
Flory Jagoda, Ocho Kandelikas
Jeremiah Lockwood, Little Dreydl
     Sun 12/11 @ SFJazz Center
Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt, Yevonim
Meshugga Beach Party, Oh Hanukkah
Meshugga Beach Party, Dreidl Dreidl
Meshugga Beach Party, Hot Rod Hanukkah

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Playlist: December 3, 2022

Blue Rodeo, If We Make It Through December
Blue Rodeo, I Owe It to Myself
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Mary's Baby
     Tue-Wed 12/06-07 @ Davies Symphony Hall
Jazz Mafia, Soulful Christmas
     Sun 12/04 @ SFJazz Center
Paula West, Blues in the Night
     Sun 12/04 @ SFJazz Center
Angela Strehli, Gambler's Blues
     from the new album Ace of Spades
     Sat 12/10 @ Hopmonk Tavern
Squirrel Nut Zippers, Mardi Gras for Christmas
     Thu 12/08 @ Mystic Theatre
     Sat 12/10 @ Guild Theatre
     Sun 12/11 @ Cornerstone
Booker T. Jones, Down in Memphis
Booker T. & The M.G.s, Green Onions (live)
     Fri-Sat 12/09-10 @ Freight & Salvage
Mark Hummel, Hello Stranger
     Wed 12/07 @ Empress Theatre
Sonny Boy Williamson, Clownin' With the World
Little Richard, California I'm Comin

Grupo 15, Lluvia
The Beatles, Rain
Bob Dylan, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (live 1976)
Bob Dylan, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (live 1975)
Bob Dylan, Buckets of Rain (take 2)
Tom Waits, A Little Rain
Tom Waits, Rains On Me
Tom Waits, Make It Rain
Tom Waits, Rain Dogs
California Honeydrops, Rain
Irma Thomas, It's Raining
Tin Cup Serenade, This Rainy May
Bessie Smith, Standin' in the Rain Blues
Blue Rodeo, After the Rain

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Playlist: November 26, 2022

Vince Guaraldi Trio, A Charlie Brown Christmas
Adam Shulman, Lover? I Hardly Know Her
     Sat 12/03 @ SFJazz Center
Jazz Mafia, The Holidays Are Here
     Thu-Sun 12/01-04 @ SFJazz Center
Duke Ellington Orchestra, Nutcracker Suite: Overture
Tiffany Austin (with Jazz Mafia), Wilderness
     Fri 12/02 @ SFJazz Center
Rebirth Brass Band, Rebirth Groove
     Fri 12/02 @ The Indepedent
     Sat 12/03 @ Starline Social Club
     Sun 12/04 @ Felton Music Hall
Mighty Mike Schermer, Tired of Travellin'
Angela Strehli, Ace of Spades
     Thu 12/01 @ Yoshi's
     Fri 12/02 @ Kuumbwa Jazz
Hillstomp, Lay Down Satan
     Fri 12/02 @ Davis Odd Fellows Hall
     Sat 12/03 @ Moe's Alley
Junk Parlor, Pocket Full of Dreams
     Fri 12/02 @ Papermill Creek Saloon
Marina Crouse, I'm Just a Prisoner
     Wed 11/30 @ Club Fox

Jimi Hendrix Experience, Voodoo Child (Slight Return) / Sunshine of Your Love (live)
     from the new album Los Angeles Forum • April 26, 1969
Jimi Hendrix Experience, Killing Floor (live)
Jimi Hendrix Experience, Like A Rolling Stone (live)
Jimi Hendrix Experience, Catfish Blues (live)
Jimi Hendrix Experience, Little Wing (live)
Jimi Hendrix, Lover Man (live)
Jimi Hendrix, Johnny B. Goode (live)

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Playlist: November 19, 2022

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Call Me the Breeze
     from the forthcoming album Live at the Fillmore 1997
The Caliopians, Chasing Jan
     Sat 11/26 @ The Riptide
Garage à Trois, In-A-Pro-Pro
     Sat-Sun 11/19-20 @ Sweetwater Music Hall
Volker Strifler Band, I Smell Trouble
     Sat 1/26 @ Rancho Nicasio
The Lucky Losers, Pack Up the Bags
     Thu 11/24 @ The Saloon
The Silver Fox, Little Honey Bee
      Mon 11/21 @ Yoshi’s: Bay Area Harmonica Convergence
Wendy DeWitt, Unknown Boogie
     Sun 11/20 @ Rancho Nicasio
Chris Cain, Born to Play
Django Reinhardt, Anniversary Song
John Lennon, Grow Old With Me
Cowboy Junkies, Anniversary Song
Nina Simone, Marriage Is For Old Folks

Thelonious Monk, Stuffy Turkey
Guy Davis, Thanksgiving Day
California Honeydrops, Pumpkin Pie
Lonnie Johnson, Sweet Potato Blues
The Robins, Turkey Hop Part 2
Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums, Where's My Gravy
Andre Williams, Pass the Biscuits Please
Doc Watson, 49 Biscuits
Gary & Larry, Garlic Bread
Carolina Chocolate Drops, Cornbread And Butterbeans
Joe Morris, Beans and Cornbread
Joe Houston, Cornbread and Cabbage Greens
Bogus Ben Covington, I Heard the Voice of a Porkchop
Joe Swift, Alligator Meat
Harold Burrage, You Eat Too Much
Sylvester Cotton, Thanksgiving Blues
The Robins, Turkey Hop Part 1

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Playlist: November 12, 2022

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The Band, Caldonia (feat. Muddy Waters)
Bob Margolin, Steady Rollin' Man
     Fri-Sat 12/02-03 @ Fox Theater: The Last Waltz 2022

Special guest: Pamela Rose

     Sat 11/19 @ Freight & Salvage: Blues Is A Woman

Pamela Rose & Company, Blues Is A Woman
Pamela Rose & Company, Up the Country Blues
Mamie Smith, Crazy Blues
Pamela Rose & Company, Looking the World Over
Bonnie Raitt, Here Comes Love
Ma Rainey, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Pamela Rose & Company, Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning

Luca Sestak, Blame Game
Lluis Coloma & His Musical Troupe, French Raindrops
Chase Garrett, Witches Brew
Daryl Davis, I'm A Boogie Man
Wendy DeWitt & Kirk Harwood, San Francisco
     Sun 11/13 @ SFJazz Center: 10th International Boogie Woogie Festival
The Cottontails, Mood Indigo
     Wed 11/16 @ The Rite Spot
     Fri 11/18 @ The Page
Postmodern Jukebox, The Power of Love
     Sun 11/13 @ Gallo Center for the Arts
     Tue 11/15 @ Center for the Arts
Gunhild Carling, California Boys
     Thu 11/17 @ Yoshi's
Benny Green, Hipsippy Blues
    Tue 11/15 @ Yoshi's
Neil Young, Bright Lights Big City
Booker T, Austin City Blues (feat. Gary Clark, Jr.)
Kim Nalley, I Want A Little Boy
Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums, Some Like It Hot

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Playlist: November 5, 2022

John Brothers Piano Company, Fastball!
John Brothers Paino Company, South American Fantasy
     Thu-Sun 11/10-13 @ SFJazz Center
Ranky Tanky, Stand By Me
Ms. Lisa Fischer, Ain't No Sunshine
     Sun 11/06 @ SFJazz Center
Bettye Lavette, Ain't Talkin'
     Fri-Sat 11/11-12 Freight & Salvage
E.C. Scott, Funkafied Blues
     Wed 11/10 @ Club Fox
Will Bernard, Temescal
     Wed 11/10 @ Sweetwater Music Hall
     Fri 11/12 @ Boom Boom Room
Tommy Castro, A Bluesman Came to Town
     Fri 11/12 @ Sweetwater Music Hall
Deep Basement Shakers, Cow Cow Blues
     Fri 11/12 @ Smiley's Schooner Saloon
King Street Giants, The Devil Dancer
     Fri 11/12 @ Rio Nido Roadhouse
The Cottontails, Boogie's The Thing
     Fri 11/12 @ The Rite Spot

The Beatles, Yellow Submarine (songwriting work tape)
The Beatles, Yellow Submarine (take 4)
The Beatles, She Said She Said (demo)
The Beatles, She Said She Said (take 15)
The Beatles, Got to Get You Into My Life (take 5)
The Beatles, Got to Get You Into My Life (remake, take 8)
The Beatles, Love You To (take 1)
The Beatles, Love You To (rehearsal)
The Beatles, I Want to Tell You (take 4)
The Beatles, I'm Only Sleeping (take 2)
The Beatles, I'm Only Sleeping (take 5)
The Beatles, And Your Bid Can Sing (take 2)
The Beatles, Rain (take 5, actual speed)
The Beatles, Rain (take 5)
The Beatles, Paperback Writer (takes 1/2)
     from the new box set Revolver Special Edition
The Beatles, Paperback Writer (live)
The Beatles, Long Tally Sally (live)

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Playlist: October 29, 2022

Jerry Lee Lewis, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
Jerry Lee Lewis, Stephchild
     Jerry Lee Lewis (1935-2022)
Conspiracy of Beards, Don't Go Home With Your Hard On
     Fri 11/04 @ The Lost Church
Leonard Cohen, Death of a Ladies' Man
Joey Weisenberg, Balkan Blues Nigun
     Sun 10/30 @ Congregation Sherith Israel
Son Little, What's Good
     Fri 11/04 @ Great American Hall
     Sat 11/05 @ Moe's Alley
Dragon Smoke, Funky Miracle (live)
     Wed 11/02 @ Moe's Alley
     Thu 11/03 @ Hopmonk Tavern
     Fri-Sat 11/04-05 The Independent
Angela Strehli, Two Steps From the Blues
     from the forthcoming album Ace of Spades
     Fri 11/04 @ Rancho Nicasio
Terrence Brewer, Caravan
     Wed 11/02 @ SFJazz Center: 1959 – The Year That Changed Jazz
Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz to Come

Tom Waits, The Ghosts of Saturday Night
Tom Waits, Whistlin' Past the Graveyard
Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Whistlin' Past the Graveyard
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Graveyard Train
Blue Rodeo, Graveyard
Chuck Berry, Trick or Treat
Otis Redding, Trick or Treat
B.B. King, Haunted House
Bessie Smith, Haunted House Blues
Louis Armstrong, Skeletons in the Closet
King Oliver, Call of the Freaks
Johnny Otis & Marci Lee, Casting My Spell
Hop Wilson, My Woman Has a Black Cat Bone
Sippie Wallace, Devil Dance Blues
Fleetwood Mac, Hellhound On My Trail
The Beatles, Rain
     from the new box set Revolver (Special Edition)

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Playlist: October 22, 2022

Sly & The Family Stone, St. James Infirmary (live)
     Sat 10/29 @ Center for the Arts
Otis, Little Brother
     Fri 10/28 @ Boom Boom Room
Polyrhythmics, Pupusa Strut
     Sun 10/23 @ Ivy Room
Big Blu Soul Revue, Black Pearl
     Wed 10/26 @ The Veranda
     Sat 10/29 @ Local Edition
Lowdown Brass Band, Easy Greazy
     Sun 10/23 @ Hangtown Music Festival
MJ's Brass Boppers, Step Aside
     Thu 10/27 @ Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Zydeco Flames, Tu Le Ton Son Ton
Mighty Mike Schermer, The Hungry Dog
     Sat 10/29 @ Poor House Bistro
Alvin Youngblood Hart, How Long Before I Change My Clothes
     Tue 10/25 @ The Fillmore

Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite, What the Hell?
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Pity the Fool
Elvin Bishop, Calling All Cows
Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio, Keep On Rollin'
Little Smokey Smothers & Elvin Bishop, Little Red Rooster (live)
Eddie Lang, Prelude
Lonnie Johnson & Blind Willie Dunn, Have to Change Keys to Play These Blues
Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang, Black and Blue Bottom
Gladys Bentley, Wild Geese Blues

Eddie Lang & Carl Kress, Pickin' My Way (Guitar Mania pt.1)
Quinn DeVeaux, Very Best Thing
Kim Nalley, I Hadn't Anyone Til I Met You

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Playlist: October 15, 2022

Kyra Gordon, Piece of My Heart (live)
Kyra Gordon, Ruby (live)
Mimi Fox, She's A Woman
     Sat 10/22 @ Firehouse Arts Center: Loving Janis
The Caliopians, Crushes
Mokai, You Don’t Even Notice I'm Around (Cell Phone Blues)
     Sun 10/16 @ Porchfest
HowellDevine, That's No Way to Get Along
     Sun 10/16 @ The Back Room
Mark Hummel, Breathtaking Blues

     Wed 10/19 @ El Cerrito Natural Grocery
     Sat 10/22 @ Down Home Music
Maria Muldaur, Let It Simmer
     Sat 10/22 @ San Rafael Elks Lodge
Kim Nalley, I Want a Little Boy (duet)
     Thu-Sun 10/23 @ Feinstein's at the Nikko

Lowdown Brass Band, Ranura de la Noche
Black Sheep Brass Band, Butter 'n Beans
     Thu 10/20 @ The Ivy Room

The Stone Foxes, Help Me Now
     from the forthcoming album On the Other Side
Fantastic Negrito, Virginia Soil
     Sat 10/22 @ National AIDS Memorial
Isaac Rother & The Phantoms, Witches' Brew
     Fri 10/21 @ The Stork Club
The Delta Bombers, Dogs of Pavlov
     Wed 10/19 @ Great American Music Hall
Circus Bella All-Star Band, Unicycle
     Sun 10/16 @ Golden Gate Park
Kurt Ribak, Blue Mambo
      Thu 10/20 @ SFJazz Center
Charles Mingus, Better Git It In Your Soul
Mariza, Lágrima
     Sun 10/16 @ SFJazz Center
Victoria Spivey, Mosquito, Fly, and Flea
Sugar Pie DeSanto, The Twelfth of Never
Chuck Berry, 3/4 Time (Enchiladas)
Paul Simon, Paranoia Blues
Michael Jerome Browne, Cancer Ward Blues

photo: Andrea Barton-Elson

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Playlist: October 8, 2022

John Lennon, San Francisco Bay Blues
Tom Jones, Not Dark Yet
     Tue 10/11 @ The Mountain Winery
     Wed 10/12 @ Masonic Center
James Hunter Six, This Is Where We Came In
     Fri 10/14 @ Cornerstone
     Sat-Sun @ The Mountain Winery
California Honeydrops, In Your Arms
     from the new album Soft Spot
Fantastic Negrito, Nibbadip
     Sat 10/15 @ Museum of the African Diaspora
Circus Bella All-Star Band, Slackrope
     Sun 10/09 @ Herbst Theatre

Thelonious Monk Festival: Oct. 5-10 @ SFJazz Center

Kenny Barron Trio, Shuffle Boil
Edward Simon, Monk's Dream
Miles Ozakazi, Rhythm-a-ning
Greg Lewis, Trinkle Tinkle

Thelonious Monk, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Thelonious Monk, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Art Tatum, Tiger Rag
Art Tatum, Tiger Rag

George Harrison, It’s Johnny’s Birthday
The Beatles, Tomorrow Never Knows (take 1)
     from the forthcoming album Revolver Special Edition
The Beatles, Watching Rainbows
The Beatles, I’ve Got A Feeling/Rainy Day Women #12 & 35/The Inner Light
The Beatles, Something (rehearsal)
The Beatles, I'm So Tired
John Lennon, Instant Karma (evolution documentary)
The Beatles, Think For Yourself (rehearsal)
John Lennon, It's So Hard (evolution documentary)

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Playlists by Creek (test)

KALW is working on a more integrated system for its music program playlists, so we're testing things out with this past Saturday's show.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Playlist: October 1, 2022

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Leonard Cohen, Who By Fire
Johnny Mathis, Kol Nidre
Jeremiah Lockwood, Kol Nidre No.3
Meshugga Beach Party, Kol Nidre

Special in-studio guests: Kim Lembo and Mokai

    Thu 10/06 @ The Lost Church

Kim Lembo, Moving Through Hell (in-studio)
Kim Lembo, Hey Mama (in-studio)
Kim Lembo, Lay It Down (in-studio)
Kim Lembo, Little Girl Blue (in-studio)

Mike Younger, Lord of the Fleas

Mokai, Mama’s Got the Blues
Kim Lembo, Walk Alone
Kim Lembo, Me & Bobby McGee (in-studio)
Kim Lembo, As the Crow Flies

Yo La Tengo, Blues Stay Away from Me
Death Cab for Cutie, Soul Meets Body
Yo La Tengo, It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
     Sun-Mon 10/23-24 @ Fox Theatre
Gonzalo Bergara, El Galgo y La Zorra
Barrio Manouche, Conmigo No Se Juega
Duo Gadjo & Their Hot Friends, Le Temps du Tango
     Sun 10/02 @ Throckmorton Theatre: Djangofet Mill Valley
Rhiannon Giddens (with Francesco Turrisi), Bully For You
     Sun 10/02 @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Bobby Rush, Let Me In Your House
     Thu @ 10/06 Sweetwater Music Hall
     Fri @ 10/07 Bankhead Theatre
Seth Walker, Buckets of Rain
     Mon 10/03 @ Yoshi’s
     Tue 10/04 @ The Big Easy
The Lucky Losers, Standin' Pat
     from the forthcoming album Standin' Pat
     Thu 10/06 @ The Saloon
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Contemporary

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Playlist: September 24, 2022

Yo La Tengo, Emulsified
Death Cab For Cutie, Asphalt Meadows
     Sun-Mon 10/23-24 @ Fox Theater
Bonzo Dog Band, Death Cab For Cutie
Kim Lembo, Love to Ride
Mokai, Why I'm So Mean
     Sat 10/01 on Fog City Blues
     Thu 10/06 @ The Lost Church
Lara Price, Crazy Lucy
     Wed 9/28 @ Club Fox
Aki Kumar, Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo
     Fri 9/30 @ Mama Kin
Charlie Musselwhite, Crawling King Snake
     Sun 9/25 @ Rancho Nicasio
Curtis Salgado, You Got to Move
     Sat 10/01 @ Almost Famous Winery
Deep Basement Shakers, Head Rag Hop
     Thu 9/29 @ Specs Twelve Adler Museum Cafe
Five Cent Coffee, The House Trilogy
     Fri 9/30 @ The Lost Chruch
Hot Club of Cowtown, Rodeo Blues
     Wed 9/28 @ Freight & Salvage

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 9/30-10/02

Allison Russell, Montreal
Meklit, My Gold
Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi, Si Dolce è'l Tormento
Steve Earle & The Dukes, Mr. Bojangles
Cedric Watson, Le Troubadour Creole

California Honeydrops, Good Times
     from the forthcoming album Soft Spot
Con Brio, Seasons
     from the new EP Seasons
Jazz Mafia, China Cat Sunflower
     from the new EP Grateful Brass
Stone Foxes, Time Is A Killer
     from the forthcoming album On The Other Side
Ray Charles, I've Got A Woman (live)
Leonard Cohen, Lover Lover Lover

Friday, September 16, 2022

Playlist: September 17, 2022

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Buddy Guy, Gunsmoke Blues
     from the forthcoming album The Blues Don't Lie
     Thu 9/22 @ The Mountain Winery
     Sat 9/24 @ Masonic Auditorium
Charlie Musselwhite, When the Frisco Left the Shed
     Sun 9/18 @ Rancho Nicasio
Kim Lembo, The Farm (in-studio)
     Sat 10/02 on Fog City Blues
     Wed 10/06 @ The Lost Church
Quinn DeVeaux, Goin' Back to Oakland (in-studio)
     Sat 9/24 @ Rio Nido Roadhouse: Real Neato Music Festival
Deep Basement Shakers, I'll Be Up Someday (in-studio)
     Thu 9/22 @ Madrone Art Bar
     Sat 9/24 @ Lindy by the Lake
Fantastic Negrito, Working Poor (in-studio)
     Sat 10/15 @ MoAD's Afropolitan Ball
Aki Kumar & Kid Andersen, Back to Bombay (in-studio)
     Sun 9/18 @ Viansa Winery
Big Blu Soul Revue, And You Loved Me (in-studio)
     Fri 9/23 @ Local Edition
King Street Giants, No Good Blues (in-studio)
     Sun 9/18 @ San Rafael PorchFest
The Gold Souls, Worker's Lullaby (in-studio)
     Sun 9/25 @ Harlow's
Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, Letters (in-studio)
     Fri 9/30 @ Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Meklit, Sweet or Salty (in-studio)
     Sat 10/01 @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Book of J, When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder (in-studio)
     Sun 10/02 @ Contemporary Jewish Museum: Fierce as Death – Queer as the Song of Songs

The Tempos, See You in September
Johnnie Taylor, It's September
Barry White, September (When I First Met You)
Earth Wind & Fire, September
Carole King, It Might As Well Rain Until September
Sarah Vaughan, September Song
Rosanne Cash, September When It Comes (feat. Johnny Cash)
Moe., September
Green Day, Wake Me Up When September Ends
The Bangles, September Gurls
My Morning Jacket, Old September Blues
Phantom Planet, See You Next Summer
Bob Dylan, Summer Days

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Playlist: September 10, 2022

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Lightnin' Hopkins, Song for Queen Elizabeth
The Beatles, Her Majesty
The Lucky Losers, High Two Pairs
     from the forthcoming album Standin' Pat
     Sat 9/17 @ The Sound Room
Nancy Wright, Bernie Blues (live)
     Wed 9/14 @ Empress Lounge
     Fri 9/16 @ Creek Park
Bill Frisell, Come Together
     Sun 9/11 @ Freight & Salvage
Robben Ford, Sentimental Mode
     Fri 9/16 @ Palace of Fine Arts
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, It Come 'Round 'Gin
     Tue 9/13 @ Frost Amphitheater
Fabulous Thunderbirds, Strong Like That
     Sun 9/11 @ Rancho Nicasio
     Mon 9/12 @ Yoshi's
Charlie Musselwhite, My Road Lies in Darkness
     Fri 9/16 @ Center for the Arts
     Sat 9/17 @ Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
The Sam Chase, Dark Times
     Fri 9/16 @ The Lost Church
Deep Basement Shakers, Black Gal
     Wed 9/14 @ Franklin Square

Buddy Guy, We Go Back (feat. Mavis Staples)
     from the forthcoming album The Blues Don't Lie
John Primer, Hard Times
     from the forhcoming album Hard Times
John Németh, The Last Time
     from the forthcoming album May Be the Last Time
California Honeydrops, Nothing At All
     from the forthcoming album Soft Spot
Mavis Staples, You Got to Serve Somebody
Bonnie Raitt, Waitin' For You to Blow
     Sat 9/17 @ Oxbow River Stage
Maria Muldaur, Bank Failure Blues
Roy Brown, Losing Hand/Tin Pan Alley
Corey Weinstein, Gypsy Second Line Kolomeika
Clem Snide, Jews for Jesus Blues

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Playlist: September 3, 2022

Leyla McCalla, Nan Fon Bwa
     Thu-Sun 9/08-11 @ SFJazz Center
Fantastic Negrito, Venomous Dogma
     from the new album White Jesus, Black Problems
California Honeydrops, I Miss You Baby pt.1
     from the forthcoming album Soft Spot
     Fri 9/09 @ Charles Krug Winery
     Sat 9/10 @ SLO Gathering
The Caliopians, Crushes
Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines, In a Mellow Tone
     Fri 9/09 @ The Sound Room
Jules Leyhe, Taco Truck
     Fri 9/09 @ Neck of the Woods
Tab Benoit, Bayou Boogie (live)
     Sun 9/04 @ Great American Music Hall
     Mon 9/05 @ Felton Music Hall
     Tue 9/06 @ Sofia Tsakapolous Center for the Arts
George Thorogood, Ride On Josephine (live)
     Fri 9/09 @ Shoreline Amphitheater
Quinn DeVeaux, Good Times Roll
Memphis Slim, Pigalle Love (live)

Bob Dylan, Workingman's Blues #2
Tom Waits, I Can't Wait to Get Off Work (And See My Baby on Montgomery Avenue)
Valerie June, Workin' Woman Blues
The Isley Brothers, Work To Do
Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Working Man
Fruitland Jackson, Blues 2.0
Cowboy Junkies, Working On A Building
Watermelon Slim & The Workers, Hard Labor
Elvin Bishop, Don't Let the Bossman Get You Down
Jimmy Reed, Big Boss Man
B.B. King, Paying the Cost to Be the Boss
Thelonious Monk, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Thelonious Monk, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Charlie Byrd, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Playlist: August 20, 2022

Booker T & The MGs, Green Onions
Booker T, Austin City Blues (feat. Gary Clark, Jr.)
     Thu 8/25 @ Kuumbwa Jazz Center
     Fri-Sat 8/26-27 @ Freight & Salvage

Special guest: Cathy Lemons

     Wed 8/24 @ The Empress Lounge (The Lucky Losers)

The Lucky Losers, Pack Up the Bags
The Lucky Losers, Try New Orleans
The Lucky Losers, A Winning Hand
The Lucky Losers, They Wrecked My Town
HowellDevine, Smoke
Johnny Nitro & The Doorlsammers, One More Nite
The Lucky Losers, Standin' Pat
     from the forthcoming album Standin' Pat

The California Honeydrops, Takin' My Time
     from the forthcoming album Soft Spot
The Stone Foxes, Man's Red Fire
     from the forthcoming album On the Other Side
Jazz Mafia, Hotel California
     from the forthcoming EP New Directions in Brass
Junk Parlor, Howl Like Coyote
     Sun 8/21 @ Cotati Accordion Festival
     Thu 8/25 @ Club Deluxe
Goodnight Texas, Don't Let 'Em Get You
Fruition, Fire (live)
     Wed 8/24 @ Harlow's
     Fri 8/26 @ The Independent
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Make It Back to Memphis (live)
Deanna Bogart, Bye Bye Blackbird
     Sun 8/28 @ Rancho Nicasio
Isaac Hayes, I Just Want to Make Love to You/Rock Me Baby/Stormy Monday (live)

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Playlist: August 13, 2022

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Loretta Gooden, Summertime
     Wed 8/17 @ Club Deluxe
The Cottontails, Polkadots
     Sun 8/14 @ Club Deluxe
Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, Jonestown
Whiskerman, Running Out of Money (in America)
     Sat 8/20 @ The New Parish
Pascal Bokar, Road Blues
The Gold Souls, Downtown Sound
Diggin' Dirt, Satisfaction
     Sat 8/20 @ Hopmonk Tavern
The Amazing Dr. Zarcon's Breathing Machine, She Caught the Katy
     Sat 8/20 @ California Jug Band Festival
Mark Hummel, Five Long Years
     Sat 8/20 @ The Back Room
Paul Thorn, Holy Hottie Toddy
     Fri 8/19 @ Rio Theatre
     Sat 8/20 @ Rancho Nicasio
Mighty Mike Schermer, It's Not You It's Me
     Fri 8/19 @ Rancho Nicasio

Jimmy McCracklin, The Walk
Jimmy McCracklin, Savoy Jump
Jimmy McCracklin, Miss Mattie Left Me
Jimmy McCracklin, Just Got to Know
Jimmy McCracklin, You're the One
Jimmy McCracklin, I'm the One
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Tramp
L.C. 'Good Rockin' Robinson, Jack Rabbit Boogie
Lafayette 'Thing' Thomas, I Had a Dream
Dave Alexander, Highway 59
Oscar Peterson Trio, Blues of the Prairies
Oscar Peterson, Greasy Blues (For Count Basie)
The Lucky Losers, Godless Land

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Playlist: August 6, 2022

The Lucky Losers, Change in the Weather
     Sun 8/07 @ Club Deluxe
Americano Social Club, Let's Dance
     Sat 8/06 @ Club Deluxe

Special in-studio guest: Ira Strolovitch

Meshugga Beach Party, Siman Tov
Meshugga Beach Party, Hatikvah
Meshugga Beach Party, Yism'chu Hashamayim
Nathan Evans, Wellerman
Peter Bjorn and John, Young Folks
The Minions, Y.M.C.A.
Orchestra Manadolinistica Italiana, Carrollezza Romana
Katy Perry, Roar
"Weird Al" Yankovic, Captain Underpants Theme Song
Starship, We Built This City
Queen, Radio Ga Ga
Billy Joel, Piano Man

Bob Dylan, Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)
Taj Mahal, Señor Blues
Monophonics, Check In/Sage Motel
     Sun 8/07 @ Stern Grove Festival

San Jose Jazz Summerfest: August 12-14

Lee Fields & The Expressions, It Rains Love
Diunna Greenleaf, Sunny Day Friends
Dr. Lonnie Smith, Too Damn Hot (live)
7th Street Big Band, One Man's Trash
Memphissippi Sounds, Saturday Morning
     Sat 8/13 @ Club Deluxe

Jimmy Witherspoon, Evenin'

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Playlist: July 30, 2022

Buddy Guy, Hello San Francisco
Taj Mahal, My Baby Done Changed the Lock on the Door
     Sat 8/06 @ Center for the Arts
     Sun 8/07 @ Stern Grove Festival
Trombone Shorty, Come Back
     Thu 8/04 @ Golden State Theatre
     Fri 8/05 @ Center for the Arts
Lee Fields & The Expressions, Out to Get You
     Fri 8/05 @ Felton Music Hall
     Sat 8/06 @ Silver Oak Winery
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
     Fri 8/05 @ Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
     Sat 8/06 @ The Mountain Winery
Rainbow Girls, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, Samson and Delilah (live)
Dirty Cello, Last Time Blues
Levi Lloyd & Friends, Red House/Sweet Little Angel (live)
     Sat 8/06 @ Petaluma Music Festival
Janiva Magness, Oh Pearl
     Tue 8/02 @ Yoshi's

Buddy Guy, First Time I Met the Blues
Buddy Guy, I Cry and Sing the Blues
Muddy Waters, Good Morning Little School Girl
Buddy Guy, She Suits Me to a Tee
Buddy Guy, Red House
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Messin' With the Kid
Buddy Guy, Damn Right I've Got the Blues
Buddy Guy, I Put a Spell On You
Buddy Guy, The Price You Gotta Pay

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Hallelujah for American Pie

I kicked off this past week’s program with a pair of songs that are the ostensible subjects of two new documentaries I’d seen earlier in the week. The first, The Day the Music Died: The Story of Don McLean’s American Pie, is about the hit title track from McLean’s 1971 album; the other, Halelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song, explores the very much non-hit from Cohen’s 1984 album Various Positions. Neither film is the first to take the story of a single song as inspiration for what is otherwise a biopic; the one that leaps most quickly to mind for me is 1988’s Imagine: John Lennon, which used footage from the recording sessions for that song as a framing device for the first feature film about a former Beatle. But I’m a sucker for rock ‘n roll documentaries, so with affection for both “American Pie” and “Hallelujah” (and a further connection to Leonard Cohen as a native Montrealer) I got to watching them.

It occurred to me that the two films could in some ways be seen as funhouse mirror images of each other. For starters, The Day the Music Died is streaming for home viewing on Paramount+, while Hallelujah is currently out only in limited theatrical release (I saw it at the Roxie in San Francisco). The former is built around recent interviews with Don McLean (presumably for the film itself), while Hallelujah features only archival encounters with its subject—though Cohen did give the project his formal blessing in 2014 and provided the filmmakers with access to his notebooks and more (he died in 2016).

The song-subjects themselves are also epics in curiously divergent ways. McLean says he wanted to write a “big song about America,” and so took a nationally and personally traumatic event—the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the J.B. “The Big Bopper” Richardson—and looked outward at the American journey that ensued. “Hallelujah,” on the other hand, largely describes an inward-looking spiritual quest. Cohen famously said that he worked on the song for years and had written and discarded dozens of verses (many of which are shown in the film), while McLean explains how the bulk of “American Pie,” after he’d settled on the opening verse and chorus, came to him in a relatively concise burst of composition.

Even the recordings themselves proved to be different kinds of pivot-points for their singers. The sessions for “American Pie” comprised the bulk of the work for that album and did not truly come together to everyone’s satisfaction until producer Ed Freeman brought in Paul Griffin to play piano. As noted by producer John Lissauer, Leonard Cohen had been composing many of the songs for Various Positions on a tiny Casio keyboard, and the contemporary synth-y sound of the album very much broke from Cohen’s previous work (notwithstanding his Phil Spector-produced album of 1977, Death of a Ladies’ Man). The album turned out to be so divergent—and disappointing—to Cohen’s record label that they actually refused to release it in the United States, thereby relegating its centerpiece song to initial obscurity and its author, at least temporarily, to the musical wilderness. American Pie, on the other hand, shot to #1 and secured Don McLean a place in the modern American songbook.

Of course the afterlives of both “Hallelujah” and “American Pie” are less different from each other, and both films spend a good deal of time chronicling the huge impact each song had on other musicians and the culture at large. I got a particular kick out of the segment immediately following the dramatic high (or low?) point of Hallelujah—that is, the failure to launch of Various Positions—which features a mid-1980s Bob Dylan describing how the best music being made at the time was unlikely to be heard on the radio. Dylan and Cohen famously hung out in Paris during Dylan’s 1984 tour of Europe and engaged in what Cohen, in a contemporary interview in the film, calls “shop-talk.” Dylan was impressed enough by one of Cohen’s songs that four years later, when Dylan performed in Cohen’s hometown of Montreal, he played “Hallelujah” (and again later that year in Los Angeles, where Cohen was living). This was three years before John Cale’s cover that appeared on the Cohen tribute album I’m Your Fan, itself the template for Jeff Buckley’s 1993 recording that set the song on its path into the modern American songbook (with an important stop in Disney’s Shrek along the way).

Listeners to Fog City Blues may be aware that I have, to say the least, a bit of a Bob Dylan obsession. And while it may be harder to find the Dylan in Don McLean’s story—in The Day the Music Died, McLean specifically refutes the interpretation of “the jester” in his lyric as referring to Dylan—there is a connection. When Dylan’s Time Out of Mind won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1998, in his acceptance speech Dylan noted how when he was 16 or 17 he’d seen Buddy Holly perform at the Duluth National Guard Armory: "I was three feet away from him and he looked at me. And I just have some kind of feeling that he was … with us all the time when we were making this record.” That Duluth show took place just days before the music died after the fateful final concert in Clear Lake, Iowa. For what it’s worth there’s an even more direct musical connection: the same Paul Griffin whose gospel-infused piano pushed the recording of “American Pie” over the finish line also played piano on Dylan’s first two albums with backing musicians, 1965’s Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited, which of course includes Dylan’s own meisterwerk, “Like A Rolling Stone.”

For better or for worse, the bit that tickled me most in either movie was seeing a couple of shots of the choir loft in the Montreal synagogue that Leonard Cohen’s family belonged to and where I actually sang as a baritone for three years in high school. But that parochial connection aside, both movies were satisfying in their own ways—not least because the music in both is so meaningful and resonant.