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Episode 80: I’m Gonna Lose My Mind

I jumped at my friend’s suggestion to do a surf-themed show for my eightieth episode.

I love surf.  Heck, I’m a sucker for just about anything with jangly, reverberating guitars.  Most early surf bands lacked vocalists and snatched cool elements of country and R&B–twangy guitars and grooving rhythm sections.  Surf rock purists, in fact, won’t even acknowledge vocal acts like Jan & Dean or The Beach Boys.  (And to be fair, were you really a surf band if you didn’t even surf?)

I probably cover too much territory in this show, but I try to showcase some originators and the people they influenced fifty years later.  As usual, my choices are less then predictable, with deep album cuts and non-hits.  What counts is that I love all the music, and I hope you do, as well.

  1. “The Switch” –  The Ventures (Walk Don’t Run | Dolton | 1960)
  2. “Honky Tonk” – The Ventures (Walk Don’t Run | Dolton | 1960)
  3. “The Breeze and I” – Santo and Johnny (Encore | Canadian-American | 1960)
  4. “Chorek” – John Zorn (Masada Rock | Tzadik | 2005)
  5. “Hintergrund” – Pluramon (Render Bandits | Mille Plateaux | 1998)
  6. “Lose My Mind” – Starflyer 59 (The Changing of the Guard | Tooth and Nail | 2010)

Radio Free Raytown – Episode #80 (6/10/11)

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Episode 22: Snow Flakes

Holidays are difficult, as they seem to magnify everything that’s right or wrong about our lives.  I’ve, many times, been left scratching my head on Christmas Eve, wondering why things aren’t how they should be.

In light of that, I wanted to make a mix that would be both joyous and reflective.  And in both cases, I think it must be reverent.  I hope you like it.

  1. “Early on One Christmas Morn” – Bruce Cockburn (Christmas/Sony/1993)
  2. “Still, Still, Still” – The Billions (Quiet as It’s Kept/independent/2000)
  3. “Snow Flakes” – The Ventures (The Ventures’ Christmas Album/Dolton/1965)
  4. “Silent Night/Lord Can You Hear Me” – The Flaming Lips (Christmas on Mars/Warner Brothers/2008)
  5. “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” – Julian Koster (The Singing Saw at Christmastime/Merge/2008)
  6. “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)” – George Harrison (Living in the Material World/Capitol/1973)

Radio Free Raytown – Episdode #22 (12/18/09)

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