Tuesday, December 27, 2011

"I Got A Twenty-Bar Poem In A Battle Rap..."

I forgot to dedicate today's Louis Prima song to The Roncy Boys,
who played at Villains Beastro last night (Boxing Day).
Hilarious good fun.  Roncy Boys rule OK!
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Melle Mel & Duke Bootee -- MESSAGE II (SURVIVAL) -- The Definitive Groove Collection: Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, & The Furious Five (2006, Rhino) [orig. 1982, Sugar Hill Records]
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears -- BALLAD OF JIMMY TANKS -- Scandalous (2011, Lost Highway)
Jean-Claude Vannier -- SATURNIN VACA VACA -- Electro Rapide (2011, Finders Keepers)
Prince -- PARTYUP -- Dirty Mind (1980, Warner)
Les Hou-Lops -- BATMAN -- 7" single (1966, Apex)
Del Bel -- NO RESERVATION -- Oneiric (2011, Out of Sound)
Cynthia Richards -- IF YOU'RE READY COME GO WITH ME -- Trojan Reggae Sisters Box Set (2003, Trojan) [orig. early 1970s]
Mark Davis & Lorrie Matheson -- TOO COOL TO LIVE, TOO SMART TO DIE -- Have Not Been The Same, Volume 1: Too Cool To Live, Too Smart To Die (2011, Zunior)
Chet Singh -- RECESSIONARY REVOLUTIONARIES -- Recessionary Revolutionaries (2010, Chet Singh)
Wanda Jackson -- RUM & COCA COLA -- The Party Ain't Over (2011, Nonesuch)
Dub Colossus -- TRINGO DUB -- Addis Through The Looking Glass (2011, Real World)
The Sadies -- TIGER TIGER -- Stories Often Told (2002, Yep Rock)
Darlene Love -- TOO LATE TO SAY YOU'RE SORRY -- After Hours 3 (2005, WEA) [orig. 1966]
Playdough -- I GOT IT LIKE -- Hotdoggin' (2011, Writer Dye Wrecords)
Dinner Belles -- RUNNIN' TO RAVENNA -- West Simcoe County (2011, Dinner Belles)
Tafo, feat. Afshan -- WEY TILLY NON PAR -- Life Is Dance! Plugged-In Sounds of Wonder at the Pakistani Picture Show (2011, Finders Keepers) [orig. 1978]
Big Sugar -- COUNTERFEIT WINGS (ARE SOME JIVE ASS WINGS) -- Revolution Per Minute (2011, Bread & Water)
Louis Prima -- ANGELINA/ZOOMA ZOOMA (live) -- The Wildest Show At Tahoe (1957, Capitol)
Tenor Saw -- MESSAGE TO ALL BEGINNERS -- Wake The Town: A Tribute To Tenor Saw (1992, VP)
Deloris Ealy & The Roadrunners Band -- IT'S ABOUT TIME I MADE A CHANGE -- Sister Funk (2000, BBE)

Thanks for listening!

To hear this show, you just gotta click here for direct access to the CJAM archive. Don't be shy!
(However, it's nearly 3 full minutes before the show which precedes The Snark gets outta my way!)
The link is live for about 4-6 weeks from the original broadcast date.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"Three-Dimensional Syntax..."

Smoking is cool...
Snarkingly and slowly sorting out the two new Jean-Claude Vannier releases from Finders Keepers Records... Electro Rapide is a compilation of rare or previously unreleased instrumental tracks. To keep us on our toes, they've also put out an LP by JCV of all new songs (with vocals), called Roses Rouge Sang, but since these tunes are in his signature 70s style, I thought the tracks were from back then too. But they're not. They're new. Sorry for the confusion.
(This week's selection is from Electro Rapide. Last week I chose a song from Roses Rouge Sang.)
No wonder Finders Keepers and in-the-know Europeans are all crazy for Jean-Claude Vannier's music. It's interesting and surprising, and definitely cool.

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Friska Viljor -- PEOPLE & SO ON -- The Beginning of The Beginning of The End (2011, Crying Bob Records)
The Black Keys -- STOP STOP -- El Camino (2011, Nonesuch)
Stowaways -- THE DOWNTOWN RAN AROUND -- Livin' On The Island (2011, Stowaways)
Jean-Claude Vannier -- L'ÉLÉPHANT ÉQUILIBRISTE -- Electro Rapide (2011, Finders Keepers) [orig.]
Noah23 -- NEW DAWN -- Urbnet: Underground Hip-Hop, Volume 7 (2011, Urbnet)
Prince Fatty & The Mutant Hifi -- PLAGUE OF LOCUSTS -- Return Of The Gringo (2011, Mr. Bongo Records)
Ray Charles -- MY BABY DON'T DIG ME -- Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles Sampler (2011, Concord)
The Modernettes -- BARBRA -- Teen City E.P. (1980, Zulu Records)
Mike Field -- THE UPSTANDING TRANSLATOR -- Ashes (2011, Mike Field)
Snailhouse -- BUDDAH -- Have Not Been The Same, Volume 1: Too Cool To Live Too Smart To Die (2011, Zunior)
London Philharmonic Orchestra -- TETRIS: THEME -- The Greatest Video Game Music (2011)
Del Bel -- STIRRING BONES -- Oneiric (2011, Out Of Sound Records)
Black Chow -- WONDERLAND -- Wonderland E.P. (2011, Jahtari)
Nelcy Sedibe -- HOLOTELANI (DAUGHTER-IN-LAW) -- The Indestructible Beat Of Soweto, Volume 1 (1985, Earthworks)
Roll The Dice -- SEE YOU MONDAY -- In Dust (2011, Leaf)
Fat Freddys Drop -- FLASHBACK -- Based On A True Story (2005, The Drop)
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band -- ABBA ZABA -- Safe As Milk (1967, Buddah)
Phantogram -- DON'T MOVE -- Nightlife (2011, Barsuk Records)
African Head Charge -- GOD WILLING -- Voodoo Of The Godsent (2011, ON-U Sound)
Dean Drouillard -- TURNING WHEEL -- The Bear Lake (2010, Dean Drouillard)

Thanks for listening!

Listen to this radio programme, just click this. And yes, the previous show overlaps into Snark-time... by two minutes.
(Link is available for 4-6 weeks from original broadcast date.)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"Always Been A Shoe Made For The City..."

Click the link to hear Langston Hughes read his poem,
which inspired the glorious song "I've Known Rivers."
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

The Gary Bartz NTU Troop -- I'VE KNOWN RIVERS (live at Montreux Jazz Festival) -- I've Known Rivers & Other Bodies (1973, Prestige Records)
The Hypnotics -- A MODERN ROMANCE -- Static Fuzz Radio (2011, New Values)
Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks -- COMME UN REVE DANS LA NUIT -- Everybody Dance Now: Songs From Hamilton 6 (2011, C+C)
Big Sugar -- UN-EMPLOYED EXPERT -- Revolution Per Minute (2011, Bread & Water)
The Shangri-Las -- THE TRAIN FROM KANSAS CITY -- The Red Bird Story (1999, Charly UK) [orig. 1965, Red Bird]
Al Tuck -- NO NEED TO WONDER -- Under Your Shadow (2011, New Scotland)
Roots Manuva, feat. Ricky Ranking -- WHA' MEK? -- 4everevolution (2011, Big Dada)
Ella Fitzgerald -- I DIDN'T MEAN A WORD I SAID -- The Legendary Decca Recordings (1995, Verve)
Friska Viljor -- MY THING -- The Beginning of The Beginning of The End (2011, Crying Bob)
Brad Mehldau, Kevin Hays, & Patrick Zimmerli -- EXCERPT FROM STRING QUARTET #5 -- Modern Music (2011, Nonesuch)
Rufus Wainwright -- CIGARETTES & CHOCOLATE MILK -- Poses (2001, Dreamworks)
The Meters -- HANDCLAPPING SONG -- New Orleans Funk: The Original Sound of Funk 1960-75 (2000, Soul Jazz Records) [orig. 1970]
Teen Burger -- ENGLISH TUTOR -- Burger Time (2011, Droppin Science)
Jean-Claude Vannier -- UNE PARTIE DE SCRABBLE -- Roses Rouge Sang (2011, B-Music)
Augustus Pablo -- ROCKERS DUB -- Original Rockers (1979, Greensleeves)
Jonti -- HORNET'S NEST -- Twirligig (2011, Stones Throw)
Crissi Cochrane -- I WON'T TRY TO BREAK YOUR HEART -- Pretty Alright (2011, Crissi Cochrane)
D-Sisive -- THE STRANDED -- Run With The Creeps (2011, Urbnet)
Tussle/Konono No.1 -- SOFT CRUSH -- Tradi Mods vs. Rockers: Alternative Takes On Congotronics (2010, Crammed Discs)
The Nefidovs -- FELIZ NEFIDOV -- Christmas Split E.P. (2011) {LISTENER REQUEST}
Random Recipe -- SHINING STAR -- Fold It! Mold It! (2010, Bon Sound Records)

Thanks for listening!

To hear this radio programme, click here for a direct link to the CJAM archived broadcast.
(Oh, the show before The Snark overlaps into my podcast by about a minute or so...)
Link is live for about 4-6 weeks after the original broadcast date.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"You Protect What Is Good, Yeah, We Know What Is Good..."

If it weren't for Lonesome Lefty's Scratchy Attic,
we just wouldn't hear this music around here.
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2011. 
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Balkan Beat Box -- MY BABY -- Blue Eyed Black Boy (2010, Nat Geo Records)
Sunparlour Players -- LIKE AN ANIMAL -- Us Little Devils (2011, Outside)
The Albertans -- JACKPOT -- New Age (2011, Ernest Jenning Records)
Teen Burger, feat. El Da Sensi -- AIN'T TRIPPIN (remix) -- Burger Time (2011, Science)
Big Sugar, feat. Jay Malinowski -- A REVOLUTION PER MINUTE -- Revolution Per Minute (2011, Bread & Water)
The Sadies -- MONKEY & CORK -- Stories Often Told (2002, Yep Rock)
Roots Manuva -- BEYOND THIS WORLD -- 4everevolution (2011, Big Dada)
Television -- SEE NO EVIL -- Marquee Moon (1977, Elektra)
Asiko Rock Group -- LAGOS CITY -- Nigeria Disco Funk Special: The Sound of the Underground Lagos Dancefloor 1974-79 (2008, Soundway)
Culture Reject -- INSIDE THE CINEMA -- Culture Reject (2008, White Whale Records)
Adanowsky -- J'AIME TES GENOUX -- Amador (2011, Ever Loving)
The Congos -- CONGOMAN -- Heart of The Congos (1998, Blood & Fire) [orig. 1977, Black Ark]
Ellie Greenwich -- YOU DON'T KNOW -- The Red Bird Story (1999, ) [orig. 1965, Red Bird]
Graham Townsend -- LITTLE BURNT POTATO -- I Like Don Messer (1969, Banff) {Thanks to the blog Lonesome Lefty's Scratchy Attic which is loaded with Graham Townsend music!}
Casiokids -- LONDON ZOO -- Aabenbaringen over aaskammen (2011, Polyvinyl)
Minutemen -- JUNE 16TH -- Double Nickels On The Dime (1989, SST)
Al Tuck -- TOMORROW -- Under Your Shadow (2011, New Scotland)
Sweatshop Union -- BILL MURRAY -- Urbnet: Underground Hip-Hop, Volume 7 (2011, Urbnet)
The Decemberists -- SONNET -- Long Live The King (2011, Capitol)
São Paolo Underground -- JUST LOVIN' -- Trés Cabeças Loucuras (2011, Cuneiform)
Dinner Belles -- EVERY TIME I PUT THE BOTTLE DOWN -- Everybody Dance Now: Songs From Hamilton 6 (2011, C+C Music Festival)

Thanks for listening!

Here's a direct link to CJAM's archive of this show.
The previous show overlaps into The Snark by two minutes this week, just so you know.
(Link is live for about 4-6 weeks from the original broadcast date.)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"It's Brave For Us To Stay, Even Braver To Go..."

Augustus Pablo and his melodica.
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Tom Waits -- CHICAGO -- Bad As Me (2011, Anti-)
Augustus Pablo & Rockers All Stars -- POOR MAN'S CRY DUB -- Message Music: Augustus Pablo's Digital Productions 1986-94 (2011, Pressure Sounds)
Les Lutins -- MONSIEUR LE ROBOT -- Les Lutins En Orbite (1968, Carrousel)
Teen Burger -- THREE BUCKS IN QUARTERS -- Burger Time (2011, Science)
Tafo, feat. Nahid Akhtar -- SHOLA SA BHARKA -- "Life Is Dance!": Plugged-In Sounds of Wonder at the Pakistani Picture House (2011, Finders Keepers) [orig. 1977]
Fred Astaire, with Leo Reisman & His Orchestra -- THE PICCOLINO -- The Essential Collection (2006, Avid Records UK) [orig. 1935]
Chris Joss -- SPEED-O-SOUND -- No Play No Work (2011, ESL)
Adanowsky -- ASI YA NO ME QUIERO -- Amador (2011, Ever Loving)
J.Viewz -- THIS CITY MEANS NO LOVE -- Rivers & Homes (2011, Om)
Count Owen & His Calypsonians -- GOODBYE TO ROME -- Calypsos Down Jamaica Way (2005, Dub Store Records Japan) [orig. 1960, Kalypso]
Porcelain Forehead -- THAT NUMBER AGAIN FOLKS -- Right Now The World Needs A Clear Head (2010, Porcelain Forehead) [orig. 1983]
Ray Charles -- THAT'S ALL I AM TO YOU -- Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles Sampler (2011, Concord)
Sunparlour Players -- DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE SPARK -- Us Little Devils (2011, Outside)
Chet Singh -- BUBBLY DUBBLY -- Recessionary Revolutionaries (2010, ???)
The Barr Brothers -- OOH, BELLE -- The Barr Brothers (2011, Secret City)
The Lijadu Sisters -- LIFE'S GONE DOWN LOW -- Danger (2011, Knitting Factory) [orig. 1976, Afrodisia)
Minutemen -- JESUS & TEQUILA -- Double Nickels On The Dime (1984, SST)
Buddy Spicher -- SOLDIER'S JOY -- The World's Greatest Country Fiddlers (1982/9, CMH) {Thanks to Lonesome Lefty's Scratchy Attic}
Roots Manuva -- BANANA SKANK -- 4everevolution (2011, Big Dada)
The Apples, feat. Shlomo Bar -- BANANA JAM -- Kings (2010, Freestyle)
Junior Boys -- BANANA RIPPLE -- Everybody Dance Now: Songs From Hamilton 6 (2011, C+C Music Festival)
Henry "Red" Allen & The Alex Welsh Band -- ST. JAMES INFIRMARY -- Henry "Red" Allen With The Alex Welsh Band (2001, Jazzology Records) [orig. 1964]

Thanks for listening!

To hear the songs listed above, click this link.
(The link is live for about 4-6 weeks from the original broadcast date.)
Don't panic when you hear the nearly 10 seconds of dead-air on the syndicated program that precedes The Snark. That's how they roll out an ending on that show... every week! Still it irks me.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"She'll Put A Stack Of Records On, Ain't Be A Slow One In The Pile..."

Leiber & Stoller's label, started in 1964...
...and one of its sublabels.
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)
Lindstrom -- DE JAVU -- Six Cups of Rebel (2012, Smalltown Supersound)
Mayer Hawthorne -- HOOKED -- How Do You Do? (2011, Universal Republic)
Miramichi -- GRETTA -- Everybody Dance Now: Songs From Hamilton 6 (2011, C+C Music Festival)
The Barr Brothers -- GIVE THE DEVIL BACK HIS HEART -- The Barr Brothers (2011, Secret City Records)
Les Sultans -- EN FERMANT LA PORTE -- 7" single (1968, DSD)
Kurtis Blow -- TOUGH -- Tough (1982, Mercury)
Lee "Scratch" Perry -- EXERCISES (HORSEPOWER remix) -- Nu Sound & Version (2011, ON-U Sound)
Tom Waits -- TALKING AT THE SAME TIME -- Bad As Me (2011, Anti-)
Rise Ashen & Flying Down Thunder -- ANDEG NIMIG (CROWHOP) -- One Nation (2011, Balanced)
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong -- WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE A WALK -- The Legendary Decca Recordings (1995, Verve) [orig. 1951, Decca]
Little Axe -- CALL IT WHAT YOU LIKE -- If You Want Loyalty, Buy A Dog (2011, ON-U Sound)
King Midas Sound, feat. Green Gartside -- COME & BEHOLD -- Without You (2011, Hyperdub)
Sam Hawkins -- HOLD ON BABY -- The Red Bird Story (1999, Charly UK) [orig. 1965, Red Bird]
Roots Manuva -- WATCH ME DANCE -- 4everevolution (2011, Big Dada)
Sunparlour Players -- GREEN THUMB -- Us Little Devils (2011, Outside)
Rex Williams -- YOU ARE MY HEART -- Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump (2008, Strut)
The J.B.s -- HOT PANTS ROAD -- Funky Good Time: The Anthology (1995, Polydor) [orig. 1972, Peoples Records]
Chris Joss -- GET CLONED -- No Play No Work (2011, ESL)
Phyllis Dillon -- DON'T STAY AWAY -- Trojan Reggae Sisters Box Set (2003, Trojan) [orig. 1967, Treasure Isle]
Kathryn Calder -- ALL THE THINGS -- Bright & Vivid (2011, FU:M)

Thanks for listening!

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Link is live for about 6-8 weeks from the original broadcast date.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"You Wanted The Song To Rescue Us..."

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Tafo, feat. Nahid Aktar, Medhi Hassan, & A. Nayyar -- ZAMBO ZAMBO -- "Life Is Dance!" Plugged-In Sounds Of Wonder at the Pakistani Picture House (2011, Finders Keepers) [orig. 1977]

Roots Manuva -- GO CHAMP -- 4everevolution (2011, Big Dada)
The Dirty Nil -- VERONA LUNG -- Everybody Dance Now: Songs From Hamilton 6 (2011, C+C Music Festival)
Hopeton Lewis -- LET ME COME ON HOME -- Trojan Reggae Brothers Box Set (2003, Trojan) [orig. 1968, Merritone]
Mayer Hawthorne -- THE NEWS -- How Do You Do (2011, Universal Republic)
Little Axe, feat. Sonny Boy Williamson -- EARLY IN THE MORNING -- If You Want Loyalty, Buy A Dog (2011, ON-U Sound)

James Reese & The Progressions -- JODY'S FREEZE -- The Funky 16 Corners (Stones Throw) [orig. 1969, Najma Records]
J. Viewz -- COME BACK DOWN -- Rivers and Homes (2011, Om Records)
Graham Townsend -- GRANDFATHER'S REEL -- I Like Don Messer (1969, Banff) {Thanks to Lonesome Lefty's Scratchy Attic}
Lee "Scratch" Perry -- STRAIGHT JACKETED (BULLION remix) -- Nu Sound & Version (2011, ON-U Sound)
King Kahn & The Shrines -- LAND OF THE FREAK -- What Is?! (2007, Vice Records)

The Barr Brothers -- OLD MYTHOLOGIES -- The Barr Brothers (2011, Secret City Records)
Björk -- CRYSTALLINE -- Biophilia (2011, Nonesuch)
Dead Kennedys -- STRAIGHT As -- Can You Hear Me? Music From The Deaf Club (1980, PVC Records)
Crissi Cochrane -- THE NEEDLE -- Pretty Alright (2011, Crissi Cochrane)

Dan Vacon -- MY SCENE'S BETTER THAN YOUR SCENE  -- Tunes For Baboons: Live Sessions From CJSW 90.9-fm (2011, CJSW)
Les Fleaux -- GLORIA -- Rumble: Québec Garage Beat '66-'67 (1993) [orig.1966, Canusa label]
Afrobeta -- LOVE IS MAGIC -- Under The Streets (2011, Do It)
Chris Joss -- YOU MAKE ME HAPPY -- No Play No Work (2011, ESL Music)

Fat Freddys Drop -- MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS (PYLONZ & KINETIX remix) -- D&B Versions E.P.  (2010, The Drop)

Thanks for listening!

This link takes you directly to these songs, without digging through CJAM's pages... although please do go right ahead, if'n you feel like it.
Link is live for about 4-6-8 weeks from original broadcast date.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

CJAM's 2011 Pledge Drive: Stayin' Alive...

What we all want...
Thank you to everyone who has pledged to keep CJAM 99.1-fm alive for another glorious year of original broadcasting.

If you haven't made your yearly donation to the best campus-community radio station in the world yet, click on over to cjam.ca, where it couldn't be easier to contribute to this year's "drive to stay alive!"

Any amount that you can afford to contribute is genuinely appreciated, folks. Check out the incentives. The beer stein is the star of the pledge drive -- it's a first edition. I think it's the best-looking thank you gift we've ever had. No mere photo does justice to the beauty of this here stein.

Have a blast of good fun and support CJAM simultaneously by attending the DUBSTEP DANCE PARTY event on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 at The Room on 255 Ouellette, featuring a performance by Windsor's own dubstepper Dstruct.O!

As you can see from the poster our wonderful friend Martin Deck, a.k.a. DJ Zonk from CJAM's "Wake The Town" will be spinning tunes in a dubstep stylee before the show. He promises to play some massive Jamaican dub tracks and a bit of that digital too, and perhaps a side order of drum-n-bass. Anyway, he's got the roots of dubstep on tap, y'all! DJ Zonk is from the "college where you get your musical knowledge!" See?

Kero, yet another great CJAM DJ, has been added to the roster for this show. Step up, steppers!

All proceeds go to CJAM's Pledge Drive 2011.

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Memory Screen -- TRAQQ -- Tunes For Baboons: Live Sessions From CJSW 90.9 fm (2011, CSJW)
Carl Hall -- MEAN IT BABY -- After Hours 3 (2005, Warners UK) [orig. 1967, Loma]
Dub Syndicate -- WADADA (MEANS LOVE) -- Stoned Immaculate (1991, ON-U Sound)
Ella Fitzgerald -- UNDECIDED -- Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings (1995, GRP) [orig. Decca]
Lindstrøm & Christabelle -- BABY CAN'T STOP -- Real Life Is No Cool (2009, Smalltown Supersound)
Hemsley Morris -- LITTLE THINGS -- Trojan Reggae Brothers Box Set (2003, Trojan) [orig. 1968?, Sun Shot]
Bob Wills & His Texas Playbosy -- BEAUMONT RAG -- Legends of Country Music (2006, Sony) [orig. 1938, Columbia]
Koola Lobitos -- OLOLUFE MI (My Lover) -- Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of 1970s Funky Lagos  (2009, Strut) [orig. 1964]
Rise Ashen & Flying Down Thunder -- INADJIWOWIN (UNITY OF CULTURE) -- One Nation (2011, Balanced)
Del Barber -- COMING HOME WITH SUMMER -- Love Songs For The Last 20 (2010, Broken Ground)
Dstruct.O -- SOUL SEEKER -- Dstruct.O Drumstep E.P. (2011, Dstruct.O)

Thanks for listening and thanks especially for donating to CJAM's 2011 Pledge Drive!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"Le Monde Entier Un Cactus, Il Est Impossible De S'Asseoir..."

Translation: "The entire world is a cactus, it's impossible to sit down."
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Joe Dukie & DJ Fitchie, feat. Fat Freddys Drop -- MIDNIGHT MARAUDER -- 12" vinyl (2002, The Drop)
Casiokids -- SELSKAPETS TRISTE AVSLUTNING -- Aabenberingen overe aaskammen (2011, Polyvinyl)
The Albertans -- MEGAN -- New Age (2011, Ernest Jenning)
Googoosh -- MANO TOU -- Googoosh (2011, Finders Keepers)
Ray Francis & The Whooperwills -- DEAD END TWIST -- Arc & Canatal Recordings (1964)
Lee "Scratch" Perry -- OBEAH ROOM -- Nu Sound & Version (2011, ON-U Sound)
High Keys -- QUE SERA, SERA (WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE) -- 7"single (1963, London)
Dub Trinity -- MAD HATTERS -- Alexandria (And Other Cautionary Tales) (2011, Dub Trinity)
Engine Empire -- STREETLIGHTS -- Everybody Dance Now: Songs From Hamilton 6 (2011, C+C Music Festival)
Al Green -- SO YOU'RE LEAVING -- Let's Stay Together (1972, Hi Records)
DJ Shadow -- TEDIUM -- The Less You Know, The Better (2011, Verve)
PJ Harvey -- THE LAST LIVING ROSE -- Let England Shake (2011, Island)
Bombay Bassment -- HIP HOP (NEVER BE THE SAME) -- ?? (2011)
Little Axe -- COME HERE DOG & GET YOUR BONE -- If You Want Loyalty, Buy A Dog (2011, ON-U Sound)
100 Mile House -- BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE -- Hollow Pond (2011, 100 Mile House)
Jacques Dutronc -- LES CACTUS -- 7" single (1967, Vogue)
Cryptonites -- HEY KIDZ -- Hey Kidz E.P. (2011, Freakz Me Out)
Cold Coffee & Salty Boots -- LOST IN MATERIAL -- Out Of Ottawa (2011, 613 Records)
Niney The Observer -- BLOOD & FIRE -- Niney & Friends: Blood & Fire, 1971-72 (1997, Trojan)
Gabriel Palatchi Sextet -- EXODO -- Tunes For Baboons: Live Sessions From CJSW 90.9-fm (2011, CJSW)

Thanks for listening!


Here's a direct link to the CJAM archive for this show.
(This link is live for about 4-6 weeks from the original broadcast date.)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Everybody Knows My Baby Is A Revolutionary... Oh Boo Hoo Hoo..."

Skip McDonald outta Dayton, Ohio, mixes the blues with dub techniques
 and reggae riddims on the new Little Axe album:
"If You Want Loyalty, Buy A Dog" from ON-U Records.
http://www.little-axe.com/
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Rise Ashen & Flying Down Thunder -- NIGAN MIKAN/THE ROAD AHEAD -- One Nation (2011, Balanced)
Little Axe, feat. Leadbelly -- KEEP ON DRINKING -- If You Want Loyalty, Buy A Dog (2011, ON-U Sound)
The Ronald Reagan Story -- REVOLUTIONARY GIRL -- Is This Love Or Is This War? The Frank Carlone Story (1983, RRS)
Stretch Orchestra -- EL JEFE -- Stretch Orchestra (2011, Stretch Orchestra)
Mates Of State -- PROOFS -- Polyvinyl 15-Year Anniversary Sampler (2011, Polyvinyl)
Staff Benda Bilili -- JE T'AIME -- Tres Tres Fort (2011, Crammed Discs)
Cowlick -- HEY CAR -- Everybody Dance Now: Songs From Hamilton 6 (2011, C+C Music Festival)
Gangstagrass, feat. Tomasia -- BIG BRANCH -- Gangstagrass (2011, Gangstagrass)
Twilight Sound System, feat. Matics Horns -- HORNS CUT -- Twilight Sound System Presents Rasta International (2006, M Records)
Les Negresses Vertes -- LES YEUX DE TON PERE -- Mlah (1988, Sire/Warner)
Kae Sun -- WEH-WEH -- Outside The Barcode E.P. (2011, Urbnet)
Little Richard -- I DON'T WANT TO DISCUSS IT -- The Explosive Little Richard (1967, Okeh)
Lee "Scratch" Perry -- GOD SMILED (Moody Boyz remix) -- Nu Sound & Version (2011, ON-U Sound)
Gato Perez -- TIENE SABOR -- Achilifunk: Gipsy Soul 1969-79 (2007, Love Monk)
The Books -- ALL BAD ENDS ALL -- Thought For Food (2002, Tomlab)
Bunker Hill -- HIDE & GO SEEK, PART 1 -- Hide & Go Seek, 7" single (1962, Mala)
Bruce Peninsula -- AS LONG AS I LIVE -- Open Flames (2011, Hand Drawn Dracula)
Casiokids -- DR. TARZAN MONSOON -- Aabenbaringen over aaskammen (2011, Polyvinyl)
Wayne Jarrett -- HOLY MOUNT ZION -- Wackies Sampler, Vol.2 (2005, Wackies) [orig. 1982, Wackies]
Crookers, feat. Mike Snow -- REMEDY (Cassius remix) -- Remedy E.P. (2010, Southern Fried Records)

Thanks for listening!

To hear this show, click, quick!  (Then wait a minute for the show before The Snark to get outta the way!)
(This link to the CJAM archive is live for about 4-6 weeks from the original broadcast date.)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"Adjust The Treble, Get Rid Of The Trouble..."

International broadcaster: Lee "Scratch" Perry, back in the 70s
Slipped my mind... I neglected to point out some worthy vocalists on a few tracks today.  First, Lee Perry is ably assisted by Roots Manuva and LSK on the song "International Broadcaster." Posdnuos of De La Soul and Talib Kweli rap magnificently on the DJ Shadow tune called "Stay The Course." They even manage to drop Plato's name into their lyric, which pleases Plato-centric Snark-types. And finally, during the broadcast, I assumed that a guest vocalist did the singing on "Humpty Dumpty World," but it was actually Ry Cooder himself. That is all.

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Lee "Scratch" Perry, feat. Roots Manuva & LSK -- INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTER (Moody Boyz remix) -- On-U Sound Presents Lee "Scratch" Perry: Nu Sound & Version (2011, ON-U Sound)

Beats Antique -- THE PORCH -- Elektrafone (2011, Antique Records)
Ray Charles & Betty Carter -- YOU & I -- Ray Charles & Betty Carter (1961, ABC)
Casiokids -- OLYMPISKE LEKER -- Aabenbaringen over aaskammen (2011, Polyvinyl)
The Mekons -- THE DEVIL AT REST -- Ancient & Modern 1911-2011 (2011, Bloodshot/Sin Records)

The Boom Booms -- ¡HOT RUM! -- ¡Hot Rum! (2011, Lit Fuse)
DJ Shadow, feat. Posdnuos & Talib Kweli -- STAY THE COURSE -- The Less You Know, The Better (2011, Island)
Phyllis Dillon, feat. Hopeton Lewis -- THE RIGHT TRACK -- Trojan Reggae Sisters Box Set (2003, Trojan) [orig. 1978, Treasure Isle]
Ry Cooder -- HUMPTY DUMPTY WORLD -- Pull Up Some Dust & Sit Down (2011, Nonesuch)
Aşa -- ORÉ -- Beautiful Imperfection (2011, naïve)

Little Axe -- SONG TO SING -- If You Want Loyalty, Buy A Dog (2011, ON-U)
St. Rupertsberg -- IN ALBANIA -- Seasonal Glimpse E.P. (2011, St. Rupertsberg)
The Waterboys -- THE LAKE ISLE OF INNISFREE -- An Appointment With Mr. Yeats (2011, Proper Records UK)
Charanga Cakewalk -- LA CUMBIA LOUNGE -- Putumayo Presents Latin Beat (2011, Putumayo)

Fry Truck -- ALISON BROWN -- Everybody Dance Now: Songs From Hamilton 6 (2011, C+C Music Festival)
Allison Brown -- CALLING MY CHILDREN -- Viper At The Virgin's Feet (2010, Allison Brown)
Ammoye & Rise Ashen -- BLUEBIRDS -- Haffi Win (2010, Balanced Records)
Bruce Peninsula -- IN YOUR LIGHT -- Open Flames (2011, Hand Drawn Dracula)

Smoove & Turrell -- IN DEEP -- Eccentric Audio (2011, Jalapeno)

Thanks for listening!

You can click and listen, if you like.
Link remains active for appoximately 4-6 weeks from original broadcast date.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

"...Alive In Roman Times, Call Me Mars..."

W.B. Yeats, by John Singer Sargent, 1908.
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Cedric Im Brooks/Light of Saba -- SABASI -- Cedric Im Brooks & The Light of Saba (2003, Honest Jons) [orig. 1970s]

The Waterboys -- THE HOSTING OF THE SHEE -- An Appointment With Mr. Yeats (2011, Proper Records UK)
Paris Combo -- FIBRE DE VERRE -- Attraction (2001, Polydor)
Will Currie & The Country French -- THE WHALE -- Awake, You Sleepers! (2011, FU:M)
Casiokids -- KASKADEN -- Aabenbaringen over aaskammen (2011, Polyvinyl)

Bob & Earl -- HARLEM SHUFFLE -- The Weekend Starts Here: Original 60s Mod Hits (2008, EMI) [orig. 1963, Marc Records]
Sarazino -- PELO SHAO -- Putumayo Presents Latin Beat (2011, Putumayo)
The Boom Booms -- LONELY -- ¡Hot Rum! (2011, Lit Fuse)
Ray Charles & The Count Basie Orchestra -- LOOK WHAT THEY'VE DONE TO MY SONG, MA -- Ray Sings, Basie Swings (2006, Concord/Hear Music)

The Mekons -- GEESHIE -- Ancient & Modern 1911-2011 (2011, Bloodshot/Sin Records)
Augustus Pablo -- FROZEN DUB -- El Rocker's (2000, Pressure Sounds) [orig. 1972]
Bureaucrats -- TODAY & EVERYDAY -- Bureaucrats ROI (1999, Bureaucrats) [orig. 1980]
Mogwai -- DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN? -- Earth Division E.P. (2011, Sub Pop)
Flight Distance -- INFO-POP_OUTBREAK -- Bad Information (2011, Flight Distance)

The Astors -- TWILIGHT ZONE -- After Hours: Northern Soul Masters, Vol.1 (2002) [orig. 1965, Stax]
Regina Carter, feat. Carla Cook -- THERE'S A SMALL HOTEL -- I'll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey (2006, Verve)
B.A. Johnston -- SESAME STREETFIGHT -- Everybody Dance Now: Songs From Hamilton 6 (2011, C+C Music Festival)

Langston & French -- LET'S GET FUNKY -- Eccentric Soul: The Tragar & Note Labels (2008, Numero) [orig. 1968]
Isothermal -- SYNAESTHESIA IN BLACK -- Out Of Ottawa (2011, 613 Records)
Louis Prima -- I'VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING -- Call Of The Wildest (1957, Capitol)
Mighty Popo -- URUGENDO -- Gakondo (2010, Borealis)

Thanks for listening!

You could listen to these songs, if you were to click here.
(Link is live for about 4-6 weeks from original broadcast date...)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"Like A Madman I'm Up In The Morning..."

What more do you need?
Ella's voice and a piano, heard on the stupendous song "Black Coffee."
Music by Sonny Burke, lyrics by Paul Francis Webster.  
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Dub Colossos -- FEQER AYDELEM WEY -- Addis Through The Looking Glass (2011, Real World)
  
Casiokids -- DRESINEN -- Aabenbaringen over aaskamen (2011, Polyvinyl)
Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames -- YEH YEH -- The Weekend Starts Here (2008, EMI) [orig. 1965]
ASK -- GRAVITY BOOTS -- Another Saturday Knight (2008, Ask)
Mighty Popo -- GAKONDO -- Gakondo (2010, Borealis Records)
  
Porcelain Forehead -- UNFINISHED PORCH -- Right Now! The World Needs A Clear Head 7" (1983, Porcelain Forehead)
Dave Barker -- LONELINESS -- Trojan Reggae Brothers Box (2003, Trojan) [orig. 1974]
Webb Pierce -- LOVE, LOVE, LOVE -- The Best of Webb Pierce: Millennium Edition (2001, MCA) [orig. 1955]
Boycrusher -- VIDEO QUEEN -- Out Of Ottawa (2011, 613 Records)
       
Patti Labelle -- TEACH ME TONIGHT -- Barrio Nuevo: Latin Funk, Latin Rock, Latin Disco, Latin Soul (1999, Soul Jazz) [orig. 1978]
Jim Messina & The Jesters -- YANG BU -- Surfin' Instrumentals: 30 Wet & Wild Tracks (2006, Surf Records) [orig. 1964] 
Ella Fitzgerald -- BLACK COFFEE -- Coffee Time Jazz (2007, Verve)


Mogwai -- GET TO FRANCE -- Earth Division E.P. (2011, Sub Pop)
African Head Charge -- CATTLE HERDERS CHANT -- Songs Of Praise (1990, ON-U Sound)
Action Makes -- BUDDIES -- Action Makes (2010, Optical Sounds)
Eccodek -- IN THIS DRUM A SECRET (Four80East Sunshine Mix) -- Remixtasy (2011, White Swan Records)


The Bandwagon -- BREAKIN' DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE -- The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter (2001, Virgin) [orig. 1963]
Bonjay -- STUMBLE -- Broughtupsy (2010, Mysteries of Trade)
Count Lasher's Calypso Quintet -- SLIDE MONGOOSE -- Boogu Yagga Gal: Jamaican Mento (2002, Heritage Music) [orig. 1960s, Caribou]
Headlights -- CHERRY TULIPS -- Polyvinyl 15-Year Anniversary Sampler (Polyvinyl, 2011)


Johnny West -- A GANGSTER'S MOLL ONLY DANCES TO SONGS SHE'S NEVER HEARD BEFORE -- My Hellhound Crooked Heart (2010, Tosteestostas)

Thanks for listening!

Or you could listen, if you clicked this.  (Link to CJAM archive lasts for about 4-6 weeks from original broadcast date.)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"Horace By Homer Stands, Plato Stands Below..."

"Mad As The Mist & Snow," by W.B. Yeats.
from Selected Poetry, Pan Books Ltd., ed. A.N. Jeffares, 1962.
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Peikko & Lassi -- PULA DUB (Groove) -- Pula Dub (1997, Sahko Recordings)
Zoot Money's Big Roll Band -- BIG TIME OPERATOR -- The Weekend Starts Here: Original 60s Mod Hits (2008, EMI) [orig. 1966]
Aşa -- BIMPÉ -- Beautiful Imperfection (2010, naïve)
Hilotrons -- LOOK, WOW! -- Out Of Ottawa (2011, 613 Records)
Sachal Vasandani, feat. Jon Hendricks -- HI-FLY -- Hi-Fly (2011, Mack Avenue Records)
Lloyd Parks -- (JUST) SAY YOU LOVE ME -- Trojan Reggae Brothers Box (Trojan, 2003) [orig. 1972]
Big Sugar, feat. Warren Haynes -- IT'S ALL I KNOW -- Revolution Per Minute (2011, Bread & Water)
Lionrock -- WET ROADS GLISTEN -- City Delirious (1998, Deconstruction Records)
Ashley MacIsaac -- NOTHIN' IN BETWEEN -- Crossover (2011, So Plaid)
Aretha Franklin -- PITIFUL -- The Delta Meets Detroit: Aretha's Blues (1998, Atlantic)
Flight Distance -- SHIVA WIRE -- Bad Information (2011, Flight Distance)
The Waterboys -- MAD AS THE MIST & SNOW -- An Appointment With Mr. Yeats (2011, Proper Records UK)
Dubmatix, feat. The Ragga Twins -- GUN DOWN -- System Shakedown (2010, 7 Arts Entertainment)
Cold Coffee & Salty Boots -- LOST IN MATERIAL -- Out Of Ottawa (2011, 613 Records)
Disappears -- MAGICS -- Lux (2010, Kranky)
African Head Charge -- MAMA SHANTE GARDEN -- In Pursuit of Shashamane Land (1993, ON-U Sound)
Deerhoof -- SUPER DUPER RESCUE HEADS! -- Polyvinyl 15-Year Anniversary Sampler (2011, Polyvinyl)
Rent Boys Inc. -- LOOK UP -- Squeal For Joy E.P. (1983, Rent Boys Inc.)
Tony Allen -- ISE NLA (Wareika Hill Sounds Reggae Land Dub) -- Tony Allen Remixes (2007, Honest Jons)

Thanks for listening!

If you would like to hear these mighty tunes, click here.
Link remains live for about six weeks from original broadcast date.
The section on musical change...
from The Republic of Plato,
translated by F.M. Cornford,
Oxford, 1944.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"A Scheme Is Not A Vision..."

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Citizen Sound, feat. Ammoye -- WA DO DUB (Jstar D&B remix) -- Wa Do Dub Remixes (2011, Balanced Records)
Mamani Keïta -- GAGNER L'ARGENT FRANÇAIS -- Gagner L'argent Français (2011, No Format)
The Temptations -- I WANT A LOVE I CAN SEE -- My Girl: The Very Best Of The Temptations (2002, Motown) [orig.1963]
The Dynamics -- 7 NATION ARMY -- Version Excursions (2007, Groove Attack)
Suns Of Arqa -- STORY OF ISAAC -- Stranger Music (2011, Arka Sound)
Bobby Rodriguez -- RECUERDOS DE ARCANO -- Barrio Nuevo: Latin Funk, Latin Rock, Latin Disco, Latin Soul (1999, Soul Jazz)
The Skeletones Four -- SEXY BREAKFAST -- Gravestone Rock (2011, Label Fantastic!)
10 Ft. Ganja Plant -- SHAKE UP THE PLACE -- Shake Up The Place (2011, ROIR)
Champian Fulton -- THE SHEIK OF ARABY -- The Breeze And I (2010, Gut String)
Hey Marseilles -- RIO -- To Travels & Trunks (2010, Onto)
Headhunter -- DESCENT -- Dubplate Drama Series 2 (2007, Rinse)
Random Recipe -- DANGEROUS -- Fold It! Mold It! (2010, Bon Sound Records)
Ticklah, feat. Mayra Vega -- SI HECHO PALANTE -- Putumayo Presents: Latin Reggae (2008, Putumayo)
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet -- SPEND A NIGHT, NOT A FORTUNE -- Sport Fishin' (1993, Cargo)
Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk -- IN A WOODED GLEN AT DUSK -- Stories From Home (2010, Lauren Mann)
Cheikh Lô -- JAMM -- Jamm (2011, World Circuit/Nonesuch)
St. Rupertsberg -- SUMMER JAMS -- Seasonal Glimpse E.P. (2011, St. Rupertsberg)
Broken Social Scene -- MEET ME IN THE BASEMENT -- Forgiveness Rock Record (2010, Arts & Crafts)
African Head Charge -- DERVISH CHANT -- Songs Of Praise (1990, ON-U Sound)

Thanks for listening!

You can hear the show from this link, if you dare.
It's available for about six weeks or so from the original broadcast date.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Hey Diggle Diggle, The Cat And The Figgle..."

Thanks to Dubspot, a link to the Adrian Sherwood video recap is coming soon.
Dubspot, the dub school in New York, presented a live dub effects workshop with Adrian Sherwood on Thursday, September 8th, 2011. They're working on getting a "video recap" of it up on their website for anyone who missed the live-streaming version.

This Friday, September 16th, Mad Professor will likewise do a live workshop at Dubspot at 6 p.m., and you can watch and learn as it happens from the comfort of your home computer.

It's all part of the Dub Invasion Festival, taking place from September 7th to the 16th in New York and Boston.


The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Aline Morales -- NEGO -- Flores, Tambores, E Amores (2011, Aline Morales)
Brother Culture -- TURN IT AROUND (Youth remix) -- Youth In Dub (2003, Dragonfly)
Mr. Airplane Man -- WAIT FOR YOUR LOVE -- C'mon DJ (2003, Sympathy 4 the R.I.)
Booker T. Jones -- HARLEM HOUSE -- The Road From Memphis (2011, Anti)
These New Puritans -- ATTACK MUSIC -- Hidden (2010, Domino)
Grand Analog -- NOT ENOUGH MONDAYS -- Underground Hip-Hop, Vol. 6 (2011)
Citywide Vacuum -- MODERN POPULATION THEORY -- Pact (2007, Eleven 37)
Ammoye & Rise Ashen -- TRY -- Haffi Win (2010, Balanced)
The Actions -- KPOKPOSIKPOSI -- The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria (2010, SoundWay) [orig. 1972]
10 Ft. Ganja Plant, feat. Prince Jazzbo -- RECESSION -- Shake Up The Place (2011, ROIR)
David Holmes -- THE STORY OF THE INK -- The Holy Pictures (2008, Universal)
The Spys -- WATCHING YOU -- Original Punkrock From Canada 1979-80 (2001, Incognito)
Samia Farah -- PERSONNE -- The Many Moods Of Samia Farah (2008, SAM)
Paquito D'Rivera -- ANNETTE'S FOR SURE -- Big Band Time (2003, Universal Latino)
Digital Dubs -- UPBEAT VIBES -- #1 (2011, ROIR)
Jorge Martinez -- RAMONA -- Cadencias (2011, Cuntrera)
Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi -- MAKONOVETSKI'S ZHOK -- Absolutely Complete Introduction To Klezmer (2006, Transcontinental)
African Head Charge -- LANGUAGE & MENTALITY -- Off The Beaten Path (1986, On-U Sound)
Scritti Politti -- P.A.S. -- Early (2005, Rough Trade) [orig. 1979]

Thanks for listening!

Or perhaps you'd like to listen now... here's the direct link to the show. Available for 4-6 weeks or so from the original broadcast date.

Oh yeah, I played a Spys song today because Elad has a new record coming out with a new band called Magnificent Bastards -- and the CD release show is this Friday, September 16th at FM Lounge.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

"This Is Your Popular Station - Where Your Music Comes First, ... Comin' On Strong - Strong-Strong!"

Oh New York...

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Harry Becket, with Ghetto Priest, Junior Delgado, Adrian Sherwood -- MAGIC SHIP (live) -- On-U Sound Live On Warsaw (2004)
Casiokids -- DET HASTER! -- Aabenbaringen over aaskammen (2011, Polyvinyl)
Centro-Matic -- ISO-RESIDUE -- Candidate Waltz (2011, Undertow)
Smoove & Turrell -- I NEED A CHANGE -- Eccentric Audio (2011, Jalapeno)
Lost Patrol -- SEE ME NOW -- Lost Patrol (1988)
Tinariwen -- TENERE TAQQIM TOSSAM -- Tassili (2011, Anti)
Mel Tormé -- NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT -- Mel Tormé Sings Fred Astaire (1956, Bethlehem)
Junior Murvin -- ROOTS TRAIN -- Lee Scratch Perry Reggae Greats (1984, Island Records)
Seu Jorge -- STARMAN -- The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004, Hollywood Records)
Imelda May -- ALL FOR YOU -- Mayhem (2010, Decca)
Willie Wright -- I'M SO HAPPY NOW -- Willie Wright: Telling The Truth (2011, Numero) [orig. 1977]
The Heavyweights Brass Band -- HEAVYWEIGHT DON'T BRING ME DOWN -- Don't Bring Me Down (2011, Heavyweights Brass Band)
Googoosh -- PISHKESH -- Googoosh (2011, Finders Keepers)
Johnny West -- SOME ARE SALT -- Medium-Fi Music For Mentally Unstable Young Lovers (2010, Tosteestostas)
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys -- IDA RED -- Legends of Country Music (2006, Sony)[orig. 1938]
Peabody & Sherman -- AYAYAYA -- All Your Bass Are Belong To Us (2010, Superbro)
Rah Rah -- BREAKING HEARTS -- Breaking Hearts (2010, Young Soul)
Jane Vain & The Dark Matter -- OH CAPTAIN -- Love Is Where The Smoke Is (2008, Universal)
Mr. OK -- POTO MITAN -- Men Mwen (2011, Masalacism)
Cris Derksen -- WHAT DID YOU DO BOY? -- The Cusp (2010, Cris Derksen)
Invincible -- SLEDGEHAMMER! -- ShapeShifters (2008, Emergence)
Fat Freddys Drop -- PULL THE CATCH -- Dr. Boondigga & The Big BW (2009, The Drop)

Thanks for listening!

If you click here, you can hear this show... (until about a month or so after the original broadcast date).

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"I Got A Great Big Amount Saved Up In My Love Account..."

Shuffle Demons back cover detail, 1986.
(Blog title, picture, and blurbs are all unrelated...)
DETROIT JAZZ FESTIVAL is coming up this weekend: 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2011. 
Today's Snark is an all-jazz tribute to the 32nd annual DJF.

I'm pleased to tell you I'll be guest deejaying on THE JAZZ HACIENDA this SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd, from 6-8pm on the CJAM airwaves (99.1-fm in Windsor/Detroit), previewing many of the jazz artists who will perform at The Detroit Jazz Festival on the Sunday and Monday showcases. I've picked out some tremendous tracks. You'll want to go see these performers after you hear these songs. Tune in on Saturday!


The Snark jazz playlist for TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)


Stetsasonic -- TALKIN' ALL THAT JAZZ (Dimitri From Paris remix) -- Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats: The Remixes (Tommy Boy, 1998)
Tony Allen -- SECRET AGENT -- Secret Agent (2009, World Circuit)
Trio Bembe -- SAMBA DE AMBER -- Oh My Soul (2011, Trio Bembe)
Charlie Hunter, Chinna Smith, & Ernest Ranglin -- MESTRE' TATA -- Earth Tones (2005)
Ray Charles & The Count Basie Orchestra -- HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON? -- Ray Sings, Basie Swings (2006, Concord/Hear Music) [Ray Charles vocals taken from 1970s live recordings]
Rufus Wainwright -- WHO CARES? (AS LONG AS YOU CARE FOR ME) -- Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall (2007, Geffen)
Gypsophilia -- BERCY -- Constellation (2011, Forward Music)
Lord Flea & His Calypsonians -- CALYPSO BE BOP -- Swingin' Calypsos (2009, EMI) [orig. 1957, Capitol]
Vinicius Cantuária & Bill Frisell -- CAFEZINHO -- Lágrimas Mexicanas (2010, Eone)
Ella Fitzgerald -- I'M PUTTING ALL MY EGGS IN ONE BASKET -- The Irving Berlin Songbook, Volume 2 (1958)
Shuffle Demons -- THE SHUFFLE MONSTER -- Streetniks (1986, Stubby)
Lillian Allen -- JAZZ MUSICIAN -- Freedom & Dance (1987, Verse To Vinyl)
Aurelio -- BISIEN NU -- Laru Beya (2011, Stone Tree Records/Subpop)
Osaka Monaurail -- CHANGES I WANNA MAKE -- Rumble'n Struggle (2001, RD Records)
Harry Beckett -- ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? -- The Modern Sound of Harry Beckett (2008, On-U Sound)
Miriam Makeba -- THE NAUGHTY LITTLE FLEA -- Miriam Makeba (1960, RCA Victor/Gallo Africa)
Five Alarm Funk -- DON MEGA -- Five Alarm Funk (2006, Five Alarm Funk)
Jaga Jazzist -- I HAVE A GHOST, NOW WHAT? -- What We Must (2005)

Thanks for listening!

Here's the CJAM link to hear this show.  The link is only active for about a month or so after the original broadcast date.
The link starts up the show automatically, but be warned there's 2 full minutes of the show that precedes The Snark tacked on to my podcast and it's serious subject matter over there.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"It's A Kind Of Scratching, Collapsing, Irritated, Dissatisfied Kind of Music..."

Back cover detail from People Get Ready For The Fabulous Chambers Brothers, 1966.
No dissatisfaction with this record. It's got the quality seal of approval.
Today's blog-post title is a quote from Green Gartside of Scritti Politti, taken from Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews by Simon Reynolds (US edition, Soft Skull Press, 2009). Gartside was asked about the song "Opec-Immac," which we heard today on The Snark, and that's what he had to say about it. Completely accurate description. No wonder it's the Summer of Scritti.

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones -- SWEET POMEGRANATES -- Rocket Science (2011, E One)
The Skeletones Four -- TRAP DOOR -- Gravestone Rock (2011, Label Fantastic!)
Așa -- BRODA OLÉ -- Beautiful Imperfection (2010, Naïve)
Scritti Politti -- OPEC-IMMAC -- Early (2005, Rough Trade) [orig. 1979]
Mr. Chill & The Witnesses -- ROLLING THUNDER -- Cold Testament (2005, Mr. Chill & The Witnesses)
Charles Bradley -- NO TIME FOR DREAMING -- No Time For Dreaming: The Instrumentals (2011, Dap-Tone)
Invincible -- STATE OF EMERGENCY -- ShapeShifters (2008)
African Head Charge -- MYSTERIOUS HAPPENINGS -- Voodoo of the Godsent (2011, On-U Sound)
Johnny West -- MOTIVATION BEHIND THE METHOD -- My Hellhound Crooked Heart (2010, Tosteestostas)
10 Ft. Ganga Plant -- STRENGTH -- Shake Up The Place (2011, ROIR)
Gypsophilia -- ZACHARY'S CZARDAS -- Constellation (2011, Forward Music)
Dub Spencer & Trance Hill -- TRAIN IN VAIN -- The CLASHification of Dub (2011, Echo Beach)
Koola Lobitos -- OLOLUFE MI (MY LOVER) -- Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of 1970s Funky Lagos (2009, Strut) [orig. 1964]
Ambition -- BETTER MAN -- Just For Kicks (2010, Backburner)
The Chambers Brothers -- SUMMERTIME (live) -- People Get Ready: For the Fabulous Chambers Brothers (1966, Vault)
Trio Bembe -- LA MUCURA -- Oh My Soul (2011, Trio Bembe)
U-J3RK5 -- EISENHOWER & THE HIPPIES -- U-J3RK5 (1979)
Dennis Walks -- BELLY LICK -- Trojan Reggae Brothers Box (2003, Trojan) [orig. 1968]
Smoove & Turrell -- IT'S THE FALLING IN LOVE -- Eccentric Audio (2011, Jalapeno)
Hollie Cook, Prince Fatty, The Moody Boyz -- MILK & HONEY (remixed by The Moody Boyz) -- Milk & Honey: 100% Dubstepper: Moody Boyz vs. Prince Fatty (2007, Mr. Bongo)

Thanks for listening!

Click to listen or download, for a limited time (about a month or so from original broadcast date).
Go on, click!

R.I.P. Jerry Leiber and thanks for the songs.
Above photo from Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography,
by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, with David Ritz,
Simon & Schuster, 2009.
I generally try to avoid writing about the music I play, but I couldn't help it -- I did two posts about Leiber & Stoller after I read their book.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"Donde Estabas Tu?" / "Where Were You?"

Art! Music! Food! Fun! From 2-10pm at Mackenzie Hall.
Here's an intriguing outdoor event for your weekend entertainment... and it's FREE!

COMMON GROUND ART GALLERY, a non-profit, non-juried, artist-run gallery, is celebrating it's 25th ANNIVERSARY on SATURDAY, AUGUST 2Oth, 2011, at MACKENZIE HALL, 3277 Sandwich St, on Windsor's historic west side. And you're invited to the party!

The music roster is fabulous! Some of the Snark's favourite local musicians will be performing in the gazebo located in the small park tucked just behind Mac Hall. There will be wholesome and delicious BBQ on the front terrace (vegetarian options available), and a great big retrospective art show in the little gallery that could.

Twenty-five years is an incredible achievement for a non-profit, volunteer-driven arts organization, and after hosting more than 500 art shows in this town, COMMON GROUND really does deserve to be celebrated.  A quarter century of tenacity!

The party runs all day -- from 2 o'clock until 10 o'clock.  Come out for some artsy good fun!

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Jose Silva -- UNCORRECTED (Rise Ashen remix) -- Uncorrected (2011, Balanced House)
Trio Bembe -- DONDE ESTABAS TU? -- Oh My Soul (2011, MFM)
George Manury -- DEAR ARLENE -- George M. (2010, VStuff)
Dubmatix, feat. Ammoye -- LOCK DOWN -- System Shakedown (2010, Fontana)
Roman Stewart -- WHILE I WAS WALKING -- Trojan Reggae Brothers Box (2003, Trojan) [orig.1982?]
Centro-Matic -- AGAINST THE LINE -- Candidate Waltz (2011, Undertow)
Gasper Lawal -- ERONU -- Ajomasé (1980, Cap Records) [Thanks to the very interesting blog "No Condition Is Permanent"]
Diamond Dust -- DOWN THE COAST -- Diamond Dust (2011, Diamond Dust)
Triodes -- CHICKEN STRUT -- Chunked (2009, Modica)
Sugar Minott -- THIS WORLD -- Stand & Give Praise: Roots Reggae (2010, Trojan) [orig. 1979]
An Isotope -- THE CHARMS OF ROUTINE -- Glass Bridges (2011, An Isotope)
Scritti Politti -- CONFIDENCE -- Early (2005, Rough Trade) [orig. 1979]
Fred Astaire & Johnny Green & His Orchestra -- (I'VE GOT) BEGINNER'S LUCK -- The Essential Collection (2006, Avid) [orig. 1937]
The Locusts Have No King -- LAST NIGHT IN MY FAVOURITE BAR & THE REPERCUSSIONS THEREOF -- Come One, Come All (2010, The Locusts Have No King)
Bassnectar -- THE MATRIX -- Divergent Spectrum (2011, Alpha Pup)
Googoosh -- BEMOUN TA BEMOUNAM -- Googoosh (2011, Finders Keepers)
The Schomberg Fair -- CAN'T GO HOME -- Gospel (2009, Hi-Hat)
Tubax -- L'UOMO PILA -- Il Mondo Stava Finendo (2011, Mega Sound)
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings -- HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT FOR YOU? -- Daptone Gold (2009, Daptone)
Creation Rebel -- SPACE MOVEMENT SECTION 6 -- Historic Moments, Volume 2 (1995, Restless Records)

Thanks for listening!

Here's the show link, if you want to hear these songs right now.
This link is available for a limited time (from about a month to six weeks from the original broadcast date).

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

"If You Wanna Party Right..."

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Brian Ferry -- ALL I REALLY WANT TO DO -- Dylanesque (2007, Virgin)
Clancy Eccles -- UNCLE JOE -- Trojan Brothers Reggae Box Set (2003, Trojan)
Gasper Lawal -- KOKOROKO -- Abio'sunni (1986, Hot Records) {Thanks to the Detroit expat blogger No Condition Is Permanent}
The Cortinas -- I TRUST VALERIE SINGLETON -- True Romances (1978, CBS)
Thievery Corporation -- CULTURE OF FEAR -- Culture of Fear (2011, ESL)
Shugo Tokumaru -- TRACKING ELEVATOR -- Port Entropy (2010, Polyvinyl)
Brown Bag Allstars -- DUMBIN OUT -- Brown Bag Season, Vol. 1 (2011, Nostomania)
Smoove & Turrell -- SLOW DOWN -- Eccentric Audio (2011, Jalapeno)
Aline Morales -- PRA QUE SAMBAR -- Flores, Tambores, E Amores (2011, Aline Morales)
Diamond Dust -- SOUTHWEST -- Diamond Dust (2011, Diamond Dust)
Big Sugar feat. Shane Murphy -- DONE SO MUCH IN THE DARK -- Revolution Per Minute (2011, Bread & Water)
Zapp & Roger -- (EVERYBODY) GET UP -- Double Dose of Funk: Lost & Found Oldies (1996, Thump)
Collections of Colonies of Bees -- LAWN -- Giving (2010, Home Tapes)
Michael Rose -- BORN FREE (DISCOMIX) -- Yabby You: Jesus Dread (1997, Blood & Fire)
Leif Vollebekk -- YOU COULDN'T LIE TO ME IN PARIS -- Inland (2010, Nevado)
ESG -- GET FUNKY -- A South Bronx Story (1991, Soul Jazz)
Herajika -- HIGURASHI -- Love Universe (2011, Herajika)
Scritti Politti -- DOUBT BEAT -- Early (2005, Rough Trade) [orig. 1979]
Eddie Harris -- LIVE RIGHT NOW -- What It Is! Funky Soul & Rare Grooves, 1967-77 (2006, Rhino/Wea)
The Souljazz Orchestra -- BBQ RIBS & FRIED CHICKEN -- Uprooted (2005, Fu Manchu Records)

Thanks for listening!

Here's a link to this show,  though it won't last forever.
(Patience, dear listener, the show that comes before me takes almost a full two and a half minutes of Snark time!)
A Talkbox is not the same as a Vocoder.
Roger Troutman used a custom-made
Electro Harmonix "Golden Throat" Talk Box.
(Not the one pictured above.)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Freedom Of Music

Windsor Pride Festival, August 5-7, 2011.
This week's Snark starts off with a couple of righteous freedom songs, celebrating yesterday's Emancipation Day (on August 1, 1834 slavery was abolished within the British Empire).
Then after spinning a selection very interesting new releases from the CJAM library, we switch gears one more time.
During the last hour of the show, the Snark looks forward to the Windsor Pride Festival (downtown at the riverfront plaza this weekend), by featuring singers, musicians, and songwriters who are openly and proudly from the GLBT community.  Great tunes!

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Artist, etc.)

Little Richard -- FREEDOM BLUES -- King Of Rock & Roll: The Complete Reprise Recordings (2005, Rhino/Warner) [orig. 1970, Reprise]
Joe Higgs -- CAPTIVITY -- Trojan Reggae Brothers Box Set (2003, Trojan)
Smoove & Turrell -- IN DEEP -- Eccentric Audio (2011, Jalapeno)
Selah Sue -- RAGGAMUFFIN -- Selah Sue (2011, Because)
The Funk Ark, feat. Asheru & Sitali -- FUNKY DC -- From The Rooftops (2011, ESL Music)
Andy Creegan -- VIOLA NO. 3 -- Andiwork II (2009, Bongo Beat)
Big Sugar, feat. Jay Malinowski -- A REVOLUTION PER MINUTE -- Revolution Per Minute (2011, Bread & Water)
Tom Robinson Band -- UP AGAINST THE WALL -- 1234: Punk & New Wave 1976-79 (1999, Universal)
Jimmy Somerville -- FROM THIS MOMENT ON -- Red, Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter (1990, Chrysalis)
Gang Of Four -- WE LIVE AS WE DREAM, ALONE -- Songs Of The Free (1982, Warner)
Ashley MacIsaac -- D-TROI-T -- Crossover (2011, So Plaid Music)
Rufus Wainwright -- ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE/THIS CAN'T BE LOVE (live) -- Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall (2007, Geffen)
k.d. lang -- SMOKE RINGS -- Drag (1997, Warner)
Frank Black -- SUGAR DADDY -- Wig In A Box (2003, Off Records)
Soft Cell, feat. Cindy Ecstasy -- MEMORABILIA -- Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing (1982, Some Bizarre Records)
Rufus Wainwright -- GAY MESSIAH -- Want Two (2004, Geffen)
Dusty Springfield -- BREAKFAST IN BED -- Dusty In Memphis (1969, Atlantic)
Big Boys -- HOLLYWOOD SWINGING -- The Fat Elvis (1993, Touch & Go)
Elton Motello -- JET BOY, JET GIRL -- Victim of Time (1978, Attic)
Les Negresses Vertes -- Red, Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter (1990, Chrysalis)
John Cameron Mitchell -- THE ORIGIN OF LOVE -- Hedwig & The Angry Inch (2001, Hybrid)

Thanks for listening!

Here's the show link, if you want to hear these songs. (Previous show overlaps Snark-time by about a minute and a half. So sorry!)

Thanks to Martin from CJAM's Wake The Town for a month's-worth of fill-in hosting. I really can't thank him enough.

John Cameron Mitchell may have said to his Hedwig collaborator Stephen Trask, "Could you write a song based on the story Aristophanes tells about the origin of love within the Platonic dialogue The Symposium?"
Boy, could he ever! To enjoy the spectacular result, please watch "The Origin Of Love" video (courtesy of a Japanese YouTuber) from the movie version of the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Animation by Emily Hubley.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"Keep The Basslines Round..."

Leroy Sibbles, Toronto, 1980.
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Casiokids -- HUN ER MIN VENSTRE HÅND -- Top stemning på lokal bar (2010, Polyvinyl)
Anna Atkinson -- INTERMISSION -- Mooniture (2011, Anna Atkinson)
Noiseshaper -- DUNK (Adrian Sherwood remix) -- King Size Dub, Volume 15 (2011, Echo Beach)
James Brown -- LICKING STICK - LICKING STICK (live) -- Foundations Of Funk: A Brand New Bag, 1964-69 (1996, Polydor)
The Myelin Sheaths -- HALFWIT -- Get On Your Nerves (2010, Southpaw)
Opopo -- LEMME WALK -- Light Work (2011, Urbnet)
Ocote Soul Sounds -- PRIMAVERA -- Taurus (2011, ESL Music)
Movitz! feat. Olle Nyman-- PÅ DRIFT, NORRBOTTEN -- Out Of My Head (2011, Slimstyle)
Battles -- DOMINICAN FADE -- Gloss Drop (2011, Warp)
Miriam Makeba -- PATA PATA -- The Jerry Ragovoy Story: Time Is On My Side, 1953-2003 (2008, Ace) [orig. 1967]
Crissi Cochrane -- COMING HOME -- Darling, Darling (2010, Crissi Cochrane)
Aline Morales -- MUSA -- Flores, Tambores, E Amores (2011, Aline Morales)
Roy Shirley -- I AM THE WINNER -- Trojan Reggae Brothers Box (2003, Trojan)
Scritti Politti -- UMM -- Anomie & Bonhomie (1999, Rough Trade)
Brian Eno -- SOUNDS ALIEN -- Drums Between The Bells (2011, Warp)
Da Cruz -- CHEGA -- Sistema Subversiva (2011, 6 Degrees Records)
Roots Manuva vs. Wrongtom -- DUPPY WRITER (skit) -- Duppy Writer (2010, Big Dada)
Count Sticky & His Calypsonians -- CHICO CHICO -- Soundman Shots: The Caribou & Downbeat 78s Story (2009, Complete Roots/Snapper) [orig. 1960, Caribou]
Beastie Boys -- NONSTOP DISCO POWERPACK -- Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (2011, Capitol)
Leroy Sibbles -- I'VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL -- Now (1980, Generation)
Extra Happy Ghost -- PITIFUL -- Modern Horses (2011, Saved By Radio)
Animal Farm, feat. Abstract Rude -- MUSIC FOR IDIOTS -- Culture Shock (2011, Focused Noise)
U-J3RK5 -- U-J3RK5 WORK FOR POLICE -- Vancouver Complication (1979, Sudden Death)
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 -- AFRICAN SOLDIER -- From Africa With Fury: Rise (2011, Knitting Factory)

Thanks for listening!

And huge thanks (yet again) to Martin from CJAM's Wake The Town for taking over Snark spinning duties, hopefully for the last time! Should be back next week, crutches and all! Argh!