Friday, July 28, 2006


Ah, well. Jane Bunnett MIA. Whaddyagonna do? I mean other than cancel your scheduled print review of her evening performance? I really didn't have a choice on that one, when you think about it, journalistic integrity being what it is. I mean, even mine!

It's not like I tailored my show to her appearance, and told a couple other touring artists playing in town this weekend that I couldn't interview them, because I was booked up.

Oh, wait. It was like that.

As my late friend, Bert, who played his first gig on the main stage at Woodstock and died a destitute junkie, used to say: "That's showbiz, babe!"

We had our share of fun nonetheless, what with the endless butchering of the Spanish language and the reading of several ominous thunderstorm warnings. And I got to feature a whole bunch of Alex Torres, who I don't play nearly enough of.

In spite of the complications, you could still listen to the community radio station, and it was alright.

Morells, That Mellow Saxophone

Los De Abajo, De a Cinco, Que Mala Suerte
Alex Torres y Los Reyes Latinos, Para Pancho (fr Entre Amigos)
Paquito D'Rivera, Modinha (feat NY Voices)

Urban Cuban, Escuchen Mi Conga
Danilo Perez Trio, Rabo de Nube (Live at the Jazz Standard)
Pucho and His Latin Soul Brothers, Dolphy Mambo

The Reggae Cowboys, Reggae Rodeo
The Mavericks, From Hell to Paradise
Juan Carlos Formell, Un Fantasma Gris, Angel de Amor

Banda Elastica, Azul Ocre (feat Dave Freakin Barrett)

Rebirth Brass Band, Mercy Mercy Mercy
Willy DeVille, Demasiado Corazon
Neville Brothers, Yellow Moon

Michael Camilo, La Comparsa
Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Everybody Wants to Be

Alexandro Sanz, No Es Lo Mismo
Alex Torres y Los Reyes Latinos
Con Mi Ritmo (fr Punto de Vista), Para Chango, Verde y Maduo (fr Elementos), Tus Mentiras (fr Entre Amigos)

Terrance Simien, Iko Iko / Brother John / Jambalaya (live)
Ray Barretto, Close Your Eyes (fr Homage to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers)

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Jane Bunnett on Splatto

From This is what makes the internet great. Another in a long line of luminescent cat sites, like and And I am not, by a long stretch, a cat person.

But this isn't why we're here. We're here to tell you that we've got the wonderful and famous and big and important Afro-Cuban jazz saxophonist Jane Bunnett on Friday in the studio, as a prelude to her two-night stand at Helsinki.

Saturday, July 22, 2006


Barbara Dean interviewed folk legend David Mallett, who's gigging at the Guthrie Center, for about 45 minutes. That's not David in the picture. That's somebody else.

What I could hear coming out of the studio sounded devine, and what I'm hearing on playback right now is even better. I'd give my left nut to sing like this guy.

Morells, That Mellow Saxophone

Stomu Yamashta's Go, Make up Your Mind and Go (live 1976)
ZoZo Sisters, Walk Away Renee (live 2006)
C Corea, J McLaughlin, J DeJohnette, D Holland, Los Catacombes (live 1968)
[all from]

Brian Eno, Track 4 from the Soundtrack to Glitterbug
Esquival, Dark Eyes
Letters, Nobody Loves Me
Koko Taylor, Wang Dang Doodle
The Mothers of Invention, Brown Shoes Don't Make It

Dave Edmunds / Nick Lowe, Crying in the Rain
The Troggs, Coke Commercial 1966
Massive Attack, Live With Me
Detroit Cobras, (Watch Me Eat a) Hot Dog

David Mallett interview and performance

Jackie Wilson, Lonely Teardrops
Melissa Mongan, George Bush speech about eating too many Twinkees
Bryan Ferry, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Friday, July 14, 2006


I think I may have defamed Alaska Senator Ted Stevens today. I certainly hope I did, although that truth-is-an-absolute- defense thing probably rules it out. What a freakin' tool. What an embarassment.

The Morells, That Mellow Saxophone

Oumou Sangare, Wayeina (thanks, Haale!)
Richard Thompson, I Still Dream (live from "More Guitars")
Sky Smeed, How Long
Piney Gir, Greetings and Salutations

Rodney Crowell, She Loves the Jerk (J Hiatt cover)
Sara Ayers, Night Hounds (from Interiors)
Hiromi, Edge

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, High Numbers
Steve Reich, Music for 18 Musicians Section II
Radio Free Earth, Times Right Now
Mark Erelli, Bend in the Road

Bob Seger System, 2+2 Is On My Mind
Paul Holcomb, DJ Ted's Techno Tubes (featuring the astoundingly moronic, senile, and dangerous Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska)
Ivor Cutler, I Ate a Lady's Bun
Willie Nelson, The Harder They Fall

The New Pornographers, Jackie Dressed in Cobras
Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Inside of Me
Television, Friction
Muddy Waters, Mannish Boy (feat J Winter)
Dory Previn, Kristy McColl, Evan Dando, Perfect Day (Velvets cover)

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Total Body Workout (w/ The Weather Girls "It's Raining Men")
Howard Tate, Glad I Knew Better
Nouvelle Vague, Ever Fallen in Love (Buzzcocks cover)
Alejandro Escovedo, Castinets

Big Star, Thirteen
Bert Jansch, Angie

Ed Mann, Gongs

Friday, July 07, 2006


Looks like this poor fellow misplaced his keys.

If you've ever been in a band or tried to write a song, or know anybody that has, you must hear Robbie Fulks' "Fountains of Wayne Hotline." Brilliant and inside.

The Morells, That Mellow Saxophone
Robbie Fulks, Fountains of Wayne Hotline
Fountains of Wayne, All Kinds of Time
Robbie Fulks, She Took A Lot of Pills and Died
Old 97s, Victoria

Jeff Siegal, The Graz is Greener on the Other Side
Jeff Beck Group, Got the Feeling
Cream, Wrapping Paper
Cream, I Feel Free

Janeen Brady & the Bright Singers, I'm a Morman
Hartz Mountain Company, Parakeet Training Record
Michael Mills, Hidden and Satanic Messages in Stairway to Heaven
Johann Douglas Frisch, Frogs
Sun Ra, Nothin' From Nothin'

Dwight Yoakum, I'm Bad I'm Nationwide
Neil Young, Don't Let it Bring You Down
Liam Lynch, United States of Whatever
Chris Mills, Chris Mills is Living the Dream

X, Fourth of July
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Pick it Up, Lay it in the Cut
Little Steven, I Am a Patriot
Field Recording of Postal Workers at the University of Ghana Post Office Cancelling Stamps

, Without / Be Hamegan
Sufjan Stevens, Pittsfield
Miracle Legion, The Backyard

Cracker, Teen Angst
Shakira, Costume Makes the Clown
Concrete Blond, God is a Bullet

Wyclef Jean, Pharoahe Monch Dub Plate (w/ Kenny Rogers)
Alex Torres y Los Reyes Latino, Yo No Puedo Vivir Sin Tu Carino (Movemiento I), Reconciliacion (Movemiento II)