WKRP is back on the air in Cincinnati — but this time it's teevee, not wireless.
A low-power TV station has changed its call letters to WKRP, the same as the fictional radio station in the 1970s hit series "WKRP in Cincinnati."
Herb: “I sold Les boat insurance.”
Bailey: “Les doesn’t have a boat.”
Herb: “I sold him mine.”
Les: “You never know when there’s going to be a flood.”
Sunday, November 30, 2008
WKRP is back on the air in Cincinnati — but this time it's teevee, not wireless.
This tour visits 20 cheap eateries, and starts up in Hanalei, circling the island clockwise. Included: the best deal on the island, Sueoka's Snack Shop in Old Koloa Town, where I got a great teri-beef plate lunch in 2003 for the ghastly sum of $4.00
Saturday was the 7th anniversary of George's passing. Here's an interesting interview he did with Paul Cashmere.
Not only does Hari talk about his rare "Wonderwall" album, but claims that he had Ray Charles' voice in mind when he wrote "Something"!
An interview with Marshall Crenshaw
A Mississippi blues tour
Speaking of blues music, a look at its African origins
Some new pop releases reviewed
And a look at the early touring years of the Fab 4
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Public Service Announcement!
A couple of the music blogs I link to on my sidebar, namely Ernie (Not Bert) and also Music You (Possibly Won't) Hear have started to post holiday tunes as downloads.
LOTS of good stuff there, and be sure to follow their sidebar links to some of the other great Christmas Music blogs.
They are worth their weight in frankeincense, incense, myrhh, et al, yada yada, ad infinitum e. pluribus unum
A Stupid Musician makes the Grammy nominee list
Beatles music on iTunes? Delayed again...
Goon Show legend Spike Milligan's estate gets auctioned
R.I.P. to Bay Area jazz pianist and educator Rae Imamura
And in search of "authentic" New Orleans music
Friday, November 28, 2008
"Mesa Air Group announced Friday that it has settled an Aloha Airlines lawsuit and will license the name of Aloha if the former controlling shareholder can get it in a bankruptcy court auction."
From across the pond:
Part of the M42 has reopened after a six-vehicle crash sent marshmallows and beer spilling out onto the carriageway.
Jazz music in the movies
Best (and worst) of the new holiday CDs
Remembering Steve Goodman
And Paul is still not dead
Thursday, November 27, 2008
For you fans of classic pop music vocalists, here's a great blog by "music fan" Kenny Harrelson. He's not to be confused with the former Boston Red Sox player, who's now a play by play announcer in Chi-town.
"The majestic presence of Hugh Masekela brought proceedings to a vibrant climax. Dedicating the concert to the memory of his late wife, Miriam Makeba, he unwound a smouldering set of intelligent jazz fusion, his flugelhorn sounding more burnished and imposing than ever. I have lost count of the number of times I have heard him perform Stimela, his homage to South Africa's migrant workers, yet this version, full of anguish and thwarted hopes, was the most haunting of all."
New Orleans music in Taiwan
Alabama Slim sighting
Former Car Greg Hawkes turns to the ookelele
New Orleans piano-pounder Henry Butler, whom we saw at Lowell a couple of years ago, has a new album:
And slack-key comes to Monterey!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
It's Wednesday, which means that Uncle Tom is gabbin' again...
Looking at this year's crop of Christmas TV shows
A Jamaican review of Taj Mahal's new album:
Another jazz school with a name that starts with "Berk"?
And a review of some gypsy guitar...
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
A new radio documentary about New Orleans piano professor James Booker
Ray Davies has a new forum devoted to all things Kinky
An all star tribute to Doug Sahm is in the works
African music needs to listen to...Nashville?
And a chat with legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb
Monday, November 24, 2008
"The Natural History Museum in London recently opened a new exhibit that features mockingbirds that Charles Darwin collected during his travels around the Galapagos Islands in 1835. He observed they were unlike the mockingbirds in other South American regions."
And another review-Aretha at the LA House of Blues
A rare copy of the Beatles' White Album sells
A chat with Dion
And a look at musical instruments on the International Space Station...
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Or you will lose your appetite!
from the NRBQ e-mail list:
"Some perverse Swede actually collects photos of the Swedish show bands of the 70's and their wonderfully hideous matching outfits....My favorite outfits and most questionable name : "The Schytts" "
Belly dancing time...
Christmas Stupid Music in Texas
And acoustic blues in Maine
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Ookelele babes in New Zealand
Monk meets Mingus
Jazz from Abu Dhabi
Lost George Harrison interview found:
And a review of some recent blues collections
Friday, November 21, 2008
Concert Vault for iPhone reviewed
Layers of composition
Smooth jazz on the high seas
Tracing the spiritual path of George Harrison
And another great new band name-Frogs Gone Fishin'!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Demystifying classical music
Musicians bringing musicians home:
Unchaining African melodies
A tribute to a tortured soul singer
And a new music blog series from Nevada
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
It was a balmy 16 degrees here on Saddle Hill this morning...warmed up to 23 this afternoon, but that's about it.
This is an outbreak of much colder than normal air-it's 15 degrees colder than usual here for this time of year.
A guitar man teaches "critical thinking"...
Speaking of guitars, a new carbon-fibre number:
Botswana remembers Miriam Makeba
Accordion invasion in Moklahoma
And film makers struggle to make music biopics:
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
A new music licensing firm in New Orleans
Another great band name-"The Old Spice Boys"
And Stupid Music pops the pond
Monday, November 17, 2008
A slack-key sighting
The latest from Dave Alvin
Jazz Xmas music
Some new CD box sets:
And Stupid Music news from Arizona
Sunday, November 16, 2008
New holiday releases
Allen Toussaint Brunch in New Orleans
Ookeleles in Spokane
Jazz made easy
And a sighting of blues great Charlie Musselwhite
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Music of the Americas
Vietnam hosts a European music fest
The sound of woodwinds
Jake gets Toys for Tots
And Monty Python meets George Harrison
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tributes to Mama Africa continue
Belgian jazz in Vietnam
John Goodspeed pays tribute to Stupid Music
R.I.P. Stupid Musician Jody Reynolds
And new music from across the river
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Season 5 of "Top Chef" started Wednesday night on the Bravo channel, and this season is set in New York City. Lo and behold, the show kicked off with all of the contestants hopping on the Governors Island Ferry, and then being herded into our old back yard behind Buildings 111 and 112 to compete to see who got to go home first.
This first episode, called "Melting Pot", will be repeated a few times this week, notably Friday Nov. 14 at 12 noon Eastern.
NRBQ's Terry Adams says "Meet Me in St. Louis"
Stupid Music review: Mark Kreitzer
Duke Ellington in Britain
Preview of the "Nearly Famous Festival" in Canada-
And Mac's back, and I don't mean Rebennack...
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Mitch Mitchell, the drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead this morning in his Portland OR hotel room.Mitchell, 61, apparently died of natural causes, the Multnomah County Medical Examiner said.
Photo by Craig on Saddle Hill, on-location, May 4, 2003
Sad news from the Garden Isle-tour helicopter operator Air Kaua'i stopped flying last week, after the bank reposessed their two helos. The company has since filed for Chapter 11, which may allow them to keep flying. The hearing is today.
The two helos were new ones purchased last year.
UPDATE: AK got the helos back today. See my later post.
Caz gets cash:
Happy 90th to jazz great Bebo Valdes
KISS's Gene Simmons invents a new guitar toy:
Guns "N' Roses in China
And speaking of guitars, Heidi Klum gets whiplash!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
(Baseball Almanac photo)
After a great career on the field, Herb had a just as great career as one of the best broadcast baseball play-by-play announcers of all time. Not many of those great announcers are left now...
Happy Veteran's Day!
The Man with the Golden Guitar
Another appreciation of Mama Africa, this one from Nigeria:
Bristol (the one in England, not the one here in New Hampshire) gets a new pipe organ:
Another preview of upcoming CD releases
And the Chicago Jazz Ensemble announces some "staff promotions".
Monday, November 10, 2008
Cab Calloway's Orchestra seen lurking about...
Playing calliope in the Big Easy
A new DVD from Merle Haggard shows his Stupid Music influence:
The first report from Uke-Stock in New Zealand
And an appreciation of T-Bone Walker
South African songbird Miriam Makeba finished a concert in Italy Sunday, then collapsed as she was leaving the stage. She was 76.
Some friends and my brother and I were privileged to see Miriam in concert in the early 1990s in Portland Maine. She was backed that night, which was her birthday, by her ex Hugh Masekela and his great band, but she was even happier to have one of her nieces singing backup.
She will be missed.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
John Berger from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin explores some of the new ways local music companies are marketing their products.
Including candy maker Hawaiian Host, which is now including a music sampler with its candy sampler.
Writer Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin visits the top of Kaua'i. Believe it or not, there is actually trout fishing up there! The Natural History Museum there is celebrating its anniversary.
Koke'e of course is the Garden Isle's high-altitude region which includes the Kalalau Valley lookout, Alakai Swamp, and of course Waimea Canyon.
Have a pacemaker or an implanted defibrillator? Don't keep your iPod earbuds in your shirt pocket or draped around your neck.
Another one of those "new recordings" reviews:
Fresh thoughts on new music
Jazz in Cape May
And the Mardi Gras goes Down Under:
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Auwe! Gonna broke my mout.
Lots of Stupid Music news today...
Another new stupid music band?
Yellow Rose of Texas...
The Ghosts of the Longhorn Ballroom
Latest news from Rock and Bowl in New Orleans
And a new album from South Africa's Sabata Masoka...
Friday, November 7, 2008
German jazz piano in the Big Easy:
If I had a Saxophone...
Bob Dylan channels Bob Wills? Now that's Stupid Music!
Speaking of Stupid Music, a new eatery in Texas will feature just that:
And yet another great new band name, the Zydeco Crawdaddys!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
"In Rabbit Hash, Ky., the most hotly contested race of the 2008 election was for the mayor’s seat, and while Travis the cat put up a good fight, it was a Border Collie named Lucy Lou who won the most votes."
Laurel and Hardy's silent films set to music?
Promoting "classic jazz" in the public schools in Arizona:
More on the giant uke fest in New Zealand:
A preview from our friends at Hawai'i Magazine of the impending hula conference in Honolulu-
And a preview of the Telarc debut by blues shouter Shemeika Copeland, whom we saw a few years back at the Lowell Fest:
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
November 8 the Makaha Sons will play in Mexico. Click on post title for the info.
And finally there is a photo gallery from the Sons' show here in New Hampshire in September:
Bringing Mexican music back home:
Los Lobos sighting!
This is Wednesday, which means Uncle Tom Moffatt is gabbin'
Jazz/electronica/world music fused:
And new Stupid Music for Christmas...
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Byron was one of the true legends of Jamaican music-both as a performer, with his band The Dragonaires, which started in 1956, and later as a producer and recording-studio owner.
A 65th birthday tribute to Joni Mitchell? We're getting old...
Yet another great band name-The Punch Brothers
Mick Jones sighting:
What does jazz mean to you?
And Stupid Music goes to Alaska! I hope Ray didn't get hit with any bar-room doors...
Monday, November 3, 2008
Music in a box-those darned accordions!
Preview of the Abu Dhabi Jazz Festival
Sighted-pianist (and Hawai'ian slack key recording maven) George Winston:
And the man in Django's seat:
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Another one leaves the building-lung cancer in this case.
Click on the post title for the official website. If too lazy, here's the Reader's Digest version from wiki:
Jimmy Carl Black (born James Inkanish, Jr., February 1, 1938 – November 1, 2008) was a drummer and vocalist for The Mothers of Invention.
Born in El Paso, Texas, he is best known for his Cheyenne heritage and his drooping moustache. His trademark line was "Hi Boys and Girls, I'm Jimmy Carl Black, and I'm the Indian of the group." He has been credited on some Mothers albums as playing "drums, vocals, and poverty". He appeared in the movie 200 Motels and sings the song Lonesome Cowboy Burt.
We take coho salmon pretty seriously around here, as our local New Hampton State Fish Hatchery pioneered the re-intro of said fishies into the assorted water bodies here in NH.
Here's an amazing story of their out-West cousins.
Here's the tale of a guy who gets musicians back royalties. Believe it or not, he claims that 95% of the cases he handles don't involve intentional record-company rip-offs-just bureaucratic incompetence!
As it's almost Election Day, head on over to one of the music blogs featured on my sidebar, Probe, who has some amusing "campaign numbers" from decades past available.
Sad to say, a couple of these have already been deep-sixed, no doubt due to copyright issues.
Songs of Wood and Steel
McCabe's Guitar Shop turns 50:
George Harrison meets Led Zeppelin
Catching a crook with a guitar?
And a tribute to blues great Son House
Swiss-based marine explorer and inventor Jacques Piccard, who was part of the deepest submarine dive in history, has died at his home aged 86.
In 1960, Piccard and US co-pilot Don Walsh took a submersible developed by his father to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific. They went seven miles beneath the surface of the sea.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
These are the tiny tree frogs familiar to anyone who's visited the Caribbean-however, in Hawai'i they are an invasive species.
They arrived on the Big Island 10 years ago, but have now finally made it to Lanikai and Enchanted Lake...
World music in Sacramento
Connie Francis sighting!
Going Dutch for avant-garde jazz
Muzak in the workplace
And Van Morrison talks about his classic "Astral Weeks"