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David Fiuczynski fretless guitar visionary

Although he has been involved in many musical projects, the album with the most legs seems to be his work with John Medeski, Lunar Crush. He is associate professor of guitar at Berklee School of Music, as well as a jazz “FUZE”ion guitar visionary.
In 1994 David, in collaboration with keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood, woke up the sleeping jazz fusion world with a landmark CD, Lunar Crush chosen by Guitar Player’s 30th Anniversary Edition as a “Disc of Destiny” – in Guitar Player’s estimation, one of the most influential albums of the last thirty years. A funky, freaky party, Lunar Crush was a wild 90’s tribute to Tony William’s groundbreaking early-fusion band “Lifetime”. Fuze’s signature palette of otherworldly guitar sounds and enormous chops received astonished accolades from critics and fans alike and landed him on the cover of Guitar Player as a trailblazer who could “change the way you play!” In 1994 David became the original guitar player in Meshell NdegéOcello’s debut band and is prominently featured on her first two Grammy-nominated CD’s.

check him out online at http://www.torsos.com/

listen to our talk here.

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David Bowie Curates NYC Festival

The one and only David Bowie will curate the inaugural High Line Festival. The new music fest is slated to take place in May 2007 in neighborhoods underneath the High Line, a public park being created atop a long-abandoned elevated railway line on the west side of Manhattan. The festival will feature David Bowie performing a huge outdoor concert, his first show in New York since 2003. Bowie will also pick musicians and artists to appear throughout the festival. Bowie told Billboard.com, “I’ve been particularly excited about seeking out emerging artists and giving them a place in a festival that will also feature some very well-known names.”

Well, Bowie does have his hand and wallet in the new indie scene. Expect some very good music to come out of this festival, especially with the hippy starchild himslef getting into the mix.

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Lotus: The Strength of Weak Ties

For Lotus, the constant touring seems to have finally begun to pay off. Eventually any band on the live music circuit has to reach that “make-it or break-it point,” and with the release of their third album, The Strength of Weak Ties, (released April 4th on Harmonized Records) the Philadelphian organic electronic quintet may have pushed over the proverbial hump. What becomes most apparent throughout this album is Lotus’ maturation as a band and as individual musicians. While Nomad, the band’s second album, flowed smoothly from start to finish, it left a taste of “there could be more” on the listener’s palate. Though still good, it felt like a live band taking their live sound into the studio, and it came out sounding like a glorified bootleg. All the talent and head-bobbing grooves were present, but a sonic void remained after all was said and done. With the new album, Lotus goes deeper into their songwriting and compositions, leaving little room for the “what if?” Clear and concise, it offers a portrait of what a band known for their live shows can produce in the studio setting. Finally, they have created a work of art that will appeal to a target audience outside of the jam scene, while still captivating the faithful “old schoolers.” Calling Lotus a rock band may catch some off guard, but a rock band they are. Before any of the ultra-technological, post-modern gadgetry, samplers, and synthesizers, Lotus maintained a jazzy, organic sound. Mike Rempel, the band’s crafty lead guitarist, has stayed true to his sometimes delicate, sometime ripping guitar style. Chuck Morris (percussion) has added a HandSonic and other intricate grains to fill-in spaces, as do the Miller brothers, who write the vast majority of the band’s tunes. Although the sound has been driven by an eclectic fervor for futuristic flavor, Lotus has remained genuine to their core. When the dust settles, they continue to be a rock & roll band with a range of jazz, funk, world, and electronic textures further amplifying and coloring an increasingly polyphonic product.

The difference is that Lotus now enjoys a much more complete sound…check it out!!!

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5/6/06 What’d you say?

Mean ol’ Wind Died Down, N. Missi. All Stars
Shake ’em Down, N. Missi. All Stars
Down in Mississippi, N. Missi. All Stars
Snappy Kakky, ZZ Top
Left Coast Groovies, Gov’t Mule
Frankie & Albert, Taj Mahal
Angel Eyes, Raghow
Tumbiyan, Craig David A Rishirish
Kabbi aar Kakki Paar, Raghow
Vande Maataram, Penn Masala
Kawa Kawa, Sukhwinder Singh
Mon te Adventro, Ry Cooder/Manuel Galban
Don’t stop til you get Enough, Keller Williams
Rapper’s Delight, Keller Williams
Under Pressure, Keller Williams
Moondance, Keller Williams
Pygmy Twylyte, the Disco Biscuits
You Don’t Mess around w/Me, Waylon Jennings
She makes me want to Sing, Jerry Douglas/D. Trucks
Swing Blues #1, J. Douglas/J. Fogerty
Hey Man, Eels w/Strings
I’ll go Crazy, Gargia/Grisman
Take me out to the Ballgame, Sam Bush
Just Because, Jorma Kaukonen
Nare Sugar, Mofro
Sex God, Liquid Soul
Rock el Casbah, Rachid Taha
Riot Radio, the Dead 60’s
Ding Dang, Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade
Female Problems, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz
Barstool Boogie, Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
Who Do you Love, Dion
If you Wanna R-n-R, Dion
Ball & Chain, Janis Joplin

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Wie makes cut on Asian Tour

Maybe I am a sucker for her cuz she’s so darn cute and seems loveable, but the truth is she is a golf player. Not female or male, but a golf player.
Wie finished at 5-under 139 after two rounds and tied for 17th at the Sky 72 Golf Club course, six strokes behind co-leaders Iain Steel of Malaysia (66) and Prom Meesawat of Thailand (64). The cut was even-par 144.
The Hawiian-born teenager becomes the second woman to make the cut at a men’s tournament in South Korea. LPGA star Se Ri Pak finished tied for 10th in the lower-tier KPGA Tour SBS Pro-Golf Championship in 2003. Wie improved on her opening-round 70 with a near flawless display Friday, making four birdies and one bogey on the 16th hole.

“My putting was good,” she said. “Yesterday was pretty good, but today was better. I was more confident today.”
The SK Telecom Open is Wie’s eighth start in a men’s professional event. She played in four PGA Tour events and has competed on the Japan, Nationwide and Canadian tours, missing the 36-hole cut in all seven tournaments.
Since turning professional last year at 16, Wie missed the cut in the PGA’s Casio World Open and Sony Open. Wie finished third in March at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first LPGA major.

“In the future, I still want to challenge the PGA Tour and make the top ten,” Wie said.

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Superdrummer: Carl Palmer chat

Listen to us talk here.

often credited as one of the most respected and influential Rock drummers of all time. Palmer is a veteran of a number of British bands, including The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Asia. He has also contributed to works by Mike Oldfield.
Although none of the groups Palmer performed with are yet in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Palmer’s 2½ ton stainless steel drum set is, after being purchased and donated by Ringo Starr.

In recent years, Carl has performed a series of drum clinics across the UK and Europe. He is currently on tour with the original line-up of Asia, celebrating their 25th anniversary

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Moe’s Al Schnier talks from NYC

Something we didn’t talk about is: September 1 – 3, 2006
Snow Ridge Ski Area
Turin, NY The Seventh Annual moe.down will be held September 1-3 at the Snow Ridge Ski area in Turin, NY. moe.down is an annual party for moe. and its fans. The band will perform a total of six sets throughout the weekend. Past moe.down performers include Flaming Lips, They Might Be Giants, Matisyahu, MMW, Ani DiFranco, Blues Traveler, Leo Kottke, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Nellie McKay, Cracker Van Beethoven, David Grisman, and Les Claypool.

Listen to what we talked about here.

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J.J. from Mofro tellin it like it is!

A backwoods country boy surfer whose surfing jaunts took him around the world long before music did, Mofro’s JJ Grey embraces the title of “redneck” yet defies any of the negative stereotypes it evokes. He’s a multi-instrumentalist (voice, guitar, piano, harmonica, bass and drums) or as he says “I play just good enough to pull off a song or two.” As a lyricist and songwriter he is primarily a storyteller, trying in his own way to carry on the oral tradition. J.J. still resides on his grandparent’s old chicken farm where he and his family continue the tradition by farming organic vegetables.

Listen to our conversation here.

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4/29/06 ear tucker

Statesboro Blues, Taj Mahal/Ry Cooder
Divin’ Duck Blues, Taj Mahal/Ry Cooder
Candy Man, Taj Mahal/Ry Cooder
Let the Good time Roll, Taj/Ry Cooder
Take a Giant Step, Taj Mahal/Ry Cooder
Waiting for the Man, Velvet Underground&nico
Femme Fatale, Velvet Underground & Nico
Squeeze, Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Calypso, Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Snakes in my Bushes, N. Missi. All Stars
Villified, Galactic
Blue Pepper, Galactic
Suckapunch, Furley
Baghdad Cafe, Liquid Soul
Sex God, Liquid Soul
Volunteered Salvery, Derek Trucks band
Chevrolet, Derek Trucks band
Gravity’s Gone, Drive by Truckers
Space City, Drive by Truckers
Baby, I love you, Aretha Franklin
Stray Cat Blues, Rolling Stones
Highway Song, Hot Tuna
Zillionaire, R. Wasserman/J. Garcia/E.Brickell
Shake your Hips, Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Mule, Gov’t Mule
Mama’s Boy Blues, Dan Hick and the Hot Licks
Porch Monkey Blues, Alvin Youngblood Hart
Back to Memphis, Alvin Youngblood Hart
the Hustler, Alvin Youngblood Hart
Down in Mississippi, Roy Rogers & the Delta Kings
She likes to Boogie real low, Johnny Winter
baby, I love you BB King/Bonnie Raitt
paying the cost, BB King/Rolling Stones
Dangerous Mood, BB King/Joe Cocker
Spoonful, Willie Dixon

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Drive by Truckers: blessing & a curse

For years, Patterson Hood and his band Drive-By Truckers have been claiming to be more than just a southern rock band. Dating back to the 2001 release of their double-disc Southern Rock Opera, there has been little argument that the Truckers are one of rock music’s most potent and powerful bands both in the studio and on the stage. But the albums that put them on the map (each one an instant classic) – Rock Opera, Decoration Day and 2004’s The Dirty South – were clearly rooted firmly in the South. And although the band was working to dismantle common misconceptions of southern life – specifically, trying to enlighten folks on “the duality of the southern thing” – the music and the mindset have always been, without question, southern. But with the release of A Blessing and a Curse, the Truckers have finally put their money where their mouth is.
It’s not that they have abandoned the soul of what has made them great; they have simply pushed their sound out from under the Mason-Dixon Line and crafted an edgy rock album that resonates regardless of region. The clear separation from what they’ve done in the past left many longtime fans scratching their heads after the first spin. But after spending time with the 12 tracks on Blessing, it shows itself to be every bit as infectious and amazing as anything that has come before; it’s just different – and that is something any fan of the band should damn well embrace. Mike Cooley‘s “Gravity’s Gone” is etched from the country-blues of Creedence or Sticky Fingers-era Stones, and Hood‘s “Little Bonnie,” a disturbing song about a cousin who dies young and a father who blames himself, is as eerie and heartbreaking as anything that’s come before it. Jason Isbell‘s “Easy on Yourself” is an urgent rocker showcasing his remarkable growth as a songwriter, while his song “Wednesday” is a nod to the Replacements that finds Isbell crooning in a high register he’s never even come close to reaching in the past.
****New West Records

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I had a chance to speak to Jason the other day. The band was just beginning their tour in Texas and will be in Ct in july with The Black Crowes and the Robert Randolph Band. A big thanks to Traci for setting up the conversation.

Talkin’ with ‘Toots’

Toots Hibbert is one of the great voices of Jamaica; a legend whose career spans every development in Jamaican music, from ska through rock-steady to reggae. Toots and the Maytals have helped to chart the course of Jamaican music with unrivaled delivery and dynamism, setting new standards of excellence, and becoming the most enduring of all Jamaica’s groups. On September 29, 1980, Toots and The Maytals made history when the band played at London’s Hammersmith Palais. Less than 24 hours later, a live album from that show was on sale in record stores throughout Britain. It was the fastest live album in recording history and, according to some critics, TOOTS LIVE ranks alongside Bob Marley Live At The Lyceum, James Brown At The Apollo and Otis Redding in Europe as one of the finest live records ever made. The latest album, TRUE LOVE, finds Toots and the Maytals revisiting some of the band’s most classic works with a host of musical friends onboard – Keith Richards, Shaggy and Rahzel, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Beck, Ben Harper, No Doubt, Marcia Griffiths, Ken Boothe, Ryan Adams, Bootsy Collins and the Roots, Eric Clapton, Terry Hall and the Skatalites and Trey Anastasio – for delightful fresh-ear journey through Toots‘ musical history. Add in the surprise tracks- Willie Nelson and Toots groovin’ on Willie’s STILL IS STILL MOVIN TO ME, Rachel Yamagata pleading on the newer BLAME ON ME and Bunny Wailer’s vocal comradery on the never-before released TAKE A TRIP for an unparalleled reggae joy ride.

Listen to our talk here.
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Sweet Honey’s Aisha Kahlil

I had the pleasure of chatting with Sweet Honey in the Rock member Miss Aisha Kahlil. She was walking through her neighborhood on a sunny April day and we had a fun little conversation. We spoke of the upcoming show at Uconn’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts , this Saturday April 29th. if you are not familiar with their work, Aisha will clue you in a little and also let us know what she is personally up to on the side.

Listen to our conversation here.

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4/22/06 Now that’s a SHOW!

that is more like it. Check out the set list and yes it even looks good written down so imagine what your thitsy earholes must have thought.

Blues Power, Clapton, Townshend, Winwood..
Bottle of Red Wine, ” ” ” ” ” ” ”
Tell the Truth, Clapton, Townshend, Winwood
I’m the Face, High Numbers
Here ‘Tis, High Numbers
Daddy Rolling Stone, The Who
I must be Mad, the Craig
You’ve got me rockin’ Carl Palmer’s PM
8 Miles High, Carl Palmer
Excentrifugal For Z, Frank Zappa
Apostrophe, Frank Zappa
Only a Northern Song, the Beatles
Hey Bulldog, the Beatles
R-n-R Stew, Traffic
Never like This Before, Peter Wolf
Homework, Peter Wolf
Too Close Together, Peter Wolf
Good Morning Aztlan, Los Lobos
Hen Layin’ Rooster, Dr John/BB King/Gatemouth Brown
Old habits, John Hiatt
the Wreck of the Barbie Ferrari, John Hiatt
Rusty Cage, Johnny Cash
Mean-eyed Cat, Johnny Cash
Do-Re-Me, Ani DiFranco
Pineola, Lucinda Williams
Lines Around Your Eyes, L. Williams
Unplug the Telephone, Leftover Salmon
that’s enough, MR. RAY CHARLES
You be My Baby, Ray Charles
the Right Time, Ray Charles
Oh Baby, Ministry of Sound
Transit, Furley
Paint my Mailbox Blue, Taj Mahal
Panama Red, New Riders
It’s alright with me, New Riders
67 Oceans, Turn Me on Dead Man
Run thru the Jungle, CCR
Tease Me, Treat her Right
Come Back,, Treat her Right
All your Love I Miss, Otis Rush
Gambler’s Blues, Otis Rush
Mustang Sally, Buddy Guy
Rock this Town,, Brian Setzer Orch.
Since I don’t have you, Brian Setzer Orch.

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Juilliard String Quartet’s Joel Krosnick Chat

For over fifty years the Juilliard String Quartet has been an international presence and an American institution. They perform with emotional intensity, technical precision, and intellectual rigor in concerts given across the globe, while in the United States its members have been educators, mentors, and champions of new music. I had an opportunity to speak with Mr. Krosnick, who teaches and plays the cello, before the Quartet plays at von der Mehden Recital Hall at the Uconn Storrs campus. I was overwhelmed with the rigors of his life as a faculty member and Quartet member. You can hear the love for what he does with every word he speaks. We touched briefly on the issue of preserving the history of classical music by educating and funding programs for the youth and various ways he envisions all interested parties to assist. A Connecticut native, we had to talk for a moment about UCONN sports, find out Mr. Krosnick‘s observations on the women’s basketball program and how it relates to the preservation ideas of classical muisc.

Listen to Mr. Joel Krosnick here.

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The Vines:Vision Valley

Three years after the debut of Highly Evolved, a 2004 release that barely registered, and frontman Craig Nicholls‘ diagnosis wth Aspergers, the Vines have a new album that came out this month called Vision Valley. Non-believers can say what they like, sometimes good old pop-infused rock that does little more than validate the originality of their influences just feels good. Vision Valley is full of the grunge-heavy chord progressions and slightly strained vocals—that satisfying mix of blues-based guitar and an artsy angst—that got them the Nirvana comparisons in the first place. Just when the resemblance to Cobain sounds almost eerie, Nicholls changes it up with some Beatles-style harmonies and ballads like the title track “Vision Valley” and “Going Gone,” which recall their 2002 Supergrass-esque “Country Yard.” Whether referencing themselves or seminal musicians, The Vines do one thing and do it well; they make seamless rock-n-roll for the post-everything generation.

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4/15/06 MOIST + Warm

Purple Haze, The Cure
Stone Free, Eric Clapton
Red House, Buddy Guy
Bold as Love, The Pretenders
Bad Reputation, Joan Jett
Light of Day, Joan Jett
Do you Wanna Touch me, Joan Jett
Reefer Blues, Canned Heat
Cherokee Dance, Canned Heat
I didn’t have the Time, James Gang
Do you remember Walter, the Kinks
State of Confusion, the Kinks
Big Guns, Rory Gallagher
Bye Bye Baby, Big Bros feat. Janis Joplin
Intruder, Big Bros feat. Janis Joplin
Caterpillar, Big Bros. feat. Janis Joplin
Lawyers, Guns & Money, Warren Zevon
Excitable Boy, Warren Zevon
I will, Al & the Transamericans
Waiting for the Punchline, Al & the Transamericans
Gravel, Ani DiFranco
Gotta Jibbo, Phish
Meija, Porno for Pyros
Rock Lobster, B-52s
Quiche Lorraine, B-52’s
Mbube, Ladysmith Black Mambazoo w/Taj
Devils & Dust, Bruce Springsteen
He was the King, Neil Young
She’s a Healer, Neil young
Aqualung, Jethro Tull
Mississippi Blues, Root Doctor
No One, Don Wise w/Delbert McClinton
Crow Jane, Derek Trucks band
Stand Out, Ladell McLin
Can’t Teach an Old Dog, Gary US Bonds

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A conversation with Jordan Zevon

What a nice guy. We spoke of upcoming “in the studio” time, tours and a little bit about DAD. Take a listen to the conversation and you will learn a lot about Jordan including his work with Notorious B.I.G…I know, I am as suprised as you. I hope to keep in contact with Jordan and perhaps try to get him and whomever he gets onboard for the upcoming tour, to visit this area. Until then visit him here at his website.

Listen to Jordan Zevon here.

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Jackie McLean:May 1932-April 2006

ALTO SAX. A TRIBUTE.

John Lenwood McLean is known better as simply Jackie. A native New Yorker, Jackie McLean was left a musical heritage by his father, John Sr., who played guitar with Tiny Bradshaw. He died in 1939. The incentive to further the heritage was given him by his mother when she bought him his first saxophone. Jackie grew up in Harlem with bop already flowering around him. He played in a neighborhood band that included Sonny Rollins and Andy Kirk Jr. on saxophones and Kenny Drew on piano. After school hours he would jam and study with Bud Powell and although he names Charlie Parker, Rollins and Kirk as his favorite saxophonists, Jackie states that “Bud Powell is my inspiration.” In those afternoon sessions Bud taught him chord changes and imparted the important lesson of “time.” It was in 1951 that Jackie made his first recordings. These can be heard on Miles Davis’s Dig. Actually it wasn’t until 1955 that Jackie started playing jobs that brought his name before the public. With Paul Bley’s quartet and George Wallington’s quintet he started to fulfill the promise he had shown when Bud Powell unveiled him one night at Birdland some five years before. 1956 finds him with Charles Mingus’s quintet as another phase of his career opens….

I hope you want to dig in and learn more about a true musician’s musician.

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Chili-Peppers to play intimate London gig.

The band will play at a secret location in the UK capital on Good Friday (April 14), with the audience being made up of competition winners on BBC Radio 1.

The full set will be broadcast in a special show ‘Radio 1 presents the Red Hot Chili Peppers Live‘ on Easter Monday (April 17) from 7pm.
Tickets for the gig will be given away on-air across Radio 1’s daytime and specialist shows from today (April 10).
Stadium Arcadium‘ is set to be released on May 8, and is preceded by the single ‘Dani California‘ on May 1.

Now that will be a contest that was truly a winner.

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The Who to release condensed opera

The Who are planning a limited edition release ahead of their long awaited full album this year.
The group’s surviving members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are currently working on their first studio record in 24 years, but have revealed plans for this extra release.
Recalling their 1969 rock opera ‘Tommy‘, guitarist Townshend confirmed the group have returned to the extended concept format.

Writing on Petetownshend.co.uk, Townshend said: “Roger and I have completed the condensed 11-minute mini-opera, played it to the folks at (record label) Polydor, and are all set to release – probably as a limited edition – in June, prior to the release of a conventional CD in September.”
A full album from The Who was delayed after the group’s drummer Zak Starkey committed himself to playing with the band Oasis last year, but with summer gigs and a headlining appearance at this year’s T In The Park confirmed, the band now look set to return to action.

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