Vacation Podcast

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the PB Podcast. I am on vacation right now, enjoying warm weather and staying far away from the awful, snowy New England winter.

Lesley Gore recently passed away, and there was an unusual amount of love given to a person I thought was a minor pop star, but she had a bigger reach than I thought. I thought she was a very good artist, and owned the songs she sang back in the 1960’s. She seems more like a guilty pleasure for many people. I personally don’t believe in guilty pleasures – I just have music I like and listen to and music I don’t listen to. I don’t make judgments on music anymore, it’s not worth my time. I grew up listening to AM radio, where there were a lot of great songs in many different genres, and listening to and loving all genres is still part of my makeup.

So we’ll start our podcast today with Lesley Gore, then onto Mary Weiss (formerly of the Shangri-La’s), the Ramones, Eddie Cochran, and Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones to lead things off. Then we have Robin Trower, Cream, the Charlatans, the Move, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Tones, Allen Toussaint, Otis Redding, Gloria Jones, Yasmine Hamdam, Dum Dum Girls, Elvis Presley and Lulu to end the show.

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Wants and Needs

Today we look at wants and needs, as in “I want to go on vacation” vs. “I need to go on vacation.” That will be answered later this week as I head to sunny Southern California, with promised 80 degree (Farenheit) days. So, do I need or want? I definitely want it, and psychologically (as I prepare once more to shovel the snow we got last night) I need to get away fro the frozen North.

Who wants? The Hoodoo Gurus, Graham Parker, Bob Dylan, and Elvis Costello. Who Needs? Janis Joplin, the Four Tops, The Jam, and Susan Tedeschi. What else do we have? Robert Wyatt, Temples, Public Image Limited,Ray Charles, Alice Cooper, The Cult, and the Moody Blues.

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Time for another special edition of the PB Podcast. Last time we went to Africa – today it’s Brazil. Much like the music from Africa, my actual knowledge of Brazil, its culture and music, is limited. I do know good music when I hear it, though, and since it’s summer down there while we await another 6-10 inches of snow tonight into tomorrow, let’s enjoy the tropical Brazilian breezes together in song.

Please enjoy the sambas, bossa novas and folk music of Brazil – let me find my shovel.
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I’ll Write You a Letter Tomorrow

Tonight I can’t hold a pen.”

What has happened to the art of letter writing? We’ve turned to email, Facebook and twitter as a primary form of communication, and in most cases thoughtfulness has taken a back seat to quickness. Write a letter today -oh, go ahead and type it on an electronic device – my poor handwriting hasn’t improved in the age of the computer, so no one would be able to read what I had written.

Today’s podcast starts off soulful before turning to a mix of the new and old, including the above-referenced song. Marvin Gaye, the Show Stoppers, the Spinners and the Dells lead us off. Then we hear from Panda Bear, Frankie Rose, Sleater Kinney, Tame Impala, the Monkees, Rufus, The Replacements, Veruca Salt, Belle & Sebastian, the Breeders and Beth Orton. Listen to this as you write.

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I’ve got the flu – Podcast

I’m just getting over the horrible flu that’s been going around. I’ve only had it since Wednesday,and to be almost normal Sunday seems like I got a shorter version of it.

Today’s podcast is a sort of “classic rock”-type podcast. One of the songs is from the 90’s, but we’re generally hanging around the late-60’s – early-70’s today. Let’s rock out with World Party, The Rolling Stones, The Smiths, Bob Dylan, Sugar, R.E.M., The Drifters, Rod Stewart, Roxy Music, CCR, Roky Erickson, and Neil Young.

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Super Bowl Sunday Podcast

Today is the big game – it’s the Super Bowl of Super Bowls. The two best, evenly matched teams will play tonight to be the champions. It’s really become another holiday – even non-fans have the commercials and Katy Perry to look forward to. Since the team I root for is playing, I will be eagerly anticipating the game and hope for the best from the Patriots (they’ll need a to have a good start). I predict a 27-23 Patriots win.

Today’s podcast is not football-centric – just a heavy heap of rock and soul music today. We start with Dave Edmunds and then the Coasters, Denise LaSalle (from the movie Only Lovers Left Alive), Don Covay and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

Other artists today include Brinsley Schwarz, Hunters & Collectors, Richie Havens, The Beatles, Ian McLagen, The Searchers, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Four Tops, Ann Peebles, Caribou, Bjork, and Grace Jones. A good time was had by all. It’s no Katy Perry, but I’m going after a different demographic.

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I Bless the Rains Down in Africa – an African podcast

No, no – I’m not ever going to play this song on a podcast, but if you’ve never heard Steve Almond’s take on Africa , then you deserve to take 10 minutes out of your life to laugh along with him.

As I wait for a snow plow to help dig me out (my street hasn’t been plowed in over 12 hours – I know that I live on a small cul de sac, but really), I will post an extra podcast today. Hope everyone made it through the storm ok – it really wasn’t that bad (I’m in the 18-inch part of the storm). Today’s podcast will transport us to Africa – all songs are from that continent.

Not that I know too much about African music – I just know what I like. This all started back in the early 1990’s – I was on a usenet group of fellow blues enthusiasts who did tape trading, and one guy asked if we were interested in a tape of songs from Africa, because the music there was great. I said yes and got a great sampling of the music there.

Try out today’s podcast – the music is filled with riffs that will sound pretty familiar – I play some of these songs on my regular podcasts – nothing is too far out. Expand your mind – who knows, maybe you’ll get excited enough about the music to plan a trip to Africa (I’d love to go).

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Snowy days are back

Yesterday’s snow was mild compared to the high-end predictions – this was very manageable. They’re predicting a foot of snow for Tuesday, though – that’ll be a big one, along with another small amount for next weekend. So much for the small amount of snow for this winter.

On this week’s show we start off with a set of oldies (you know, oldies – late 50’s to early 60’s). The we have a set of the blues, followed by a Black set before ending with a folky set of music. Artists include Jackie Wilson, Little Richard, Junior Wells, Magic Sam, the Black Angels and Fred Neil.

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MLK Day Podcast

It’s not just an extra vacation day in January, no matter how we think of it. Not enough time is spent thinking over what Martin Luther King, Jr. means to America and the world – for all of his human foibles, his message is still one that resonates, although more dimly as the years pass. Born on January 15, 1929, gunned down at age 39 on April 4, 1968. A preacher of nonviolent civil disobedience is shot to death. I wish that his message was followed by the leaders of today, but if not totally dismissed, the message gets drowned out by the greed that runs our country. I could go on, but this podcast is apolitical.

Today’s podcast has nothing to do with MLK – wait, let me check…nope, nothing. We celebrate the city of Boston in one set (go Pats) and start with one of my all-time favorite songs. It’s a lineup of Matthew Sweet, Gene Loves Jezebel, and North Carolina’s Archers of Loaf to kick things off. The Boston set has the Lyres, the Rings, Morphine and the Pixies. Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Elvis Presley, the Dum Dum Girls, Eliot Easton, Kool and the Gang, Roxy Music, Jethro Tull and Fleetwood Mac show up to lend a hand and play great music.

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The Frozen North

Winter settles into New England. It’s 2 degrees Farenheit as I type this, with my dog persuading me to take her out for her long weekend walk. She is a Siberian Husky, and although she’s 12 and has a torn ACL that has healed, she is immune to the cold – she wants her long walk.

Today’s podcast starts with an obscure band and works its way through the familiar and unfamiliar – hey, we head to Hawaii in an attempt to warm up this winter. We begin with Liverpool’s It’s Immaterial then go to Chris Isaak, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Kelly, Blancmange, Wilson Pickett, John Hiatt, the Kinks, the Impressions, Kings Go Forth, Parliament, David Johansen, Van Morrison, Otis Redding and Procol Harum.

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