Review*the Essential Jimmy Thackery*

Shortly after departing the popular Washington DC area blues band The Nighthawks, of which he was a founding member, Jimmy Thackery re-emerged with the power trio Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers in order to put the spotlight firmly on his aggressive and distinctive blues rock guitar style. These selections from Thackery‘s Blind Pig years represent what many fans and critics alike consider to be his most vibrant and creative period to date. Special guests include Lonnie Brooks, Duke Robillard, John Mooney and Reba Russell.
This album as you would expect showcases Thackery‘s masterfull guitar work but does expolit a little weaker of a tool in his voice. Still, this music will drive you to drive, so hit the road and don’t forget to pack the Essential Jimmy Thackery on the trip.

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Simon is ready to ‘Surprise’ with Eno

After many years of work, Paul Simon is finally ready to share his long-awaited collaboration with producer Brian Eno (U2, Talking Heads) with the listening public. The 11-track project, named “Surprise,” will be released May 9 in North America via Warner Bros. and a day earlier internationally. Some of the songs set to appear on “Surprise” are “Sons and Daughters,” “How Can You Live in the Northeast,” “Outrageous” and “Father and Daughter,” Simon’s contribution to 2002’s “The Wild Thornberrys Movie” which was nominated for the best original song Academy Award. Guest appearances include guitarist Bill Frisell, drummer Steve Gadd and pianist Herbie Hancock, whose 2005 album, “Possibilities,” featured a new recording with Simon of his “I Do It for Your Love.” “Surprise” is Simon‘s first studio album since 2000’s “You’re the One.”

I am not so sure I will run out to get this one, although I am a Bill Frisell fan.

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The next step: Dana Colley

The sound of the barratone sax is one that is unforgetable, especially when being produced by Dana Colley. You know him from Morphine, Orchestra Morphine and now Twinemen. Check out the conversation we had and stay tuned as we find out if I was successful in getting Mars Williams and Dana together or better yet, Twinemen and Liquid Soul. Two great tastes that do taste great together.

listen to our conversation here

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4/1/06 the show for FOOLS

Ways like an Angel. Junior Wells
Let it Roll, Frank Morey
I can’t Quit you Baby, Otis Rush
Midnight Creep, Big Joe Williams
Detroit Iron, Jimmy Thackery *
Wild Night Out, Jimmy Thackery *
Cold Beverages, G Love & Special Sauce #
Shooting Hoops, G Love & Special Sauce #
Honeybee Blues, Tao of Groove
She Went Around, Tao of Groove
Ho Cake, Mofro
Free, Mofro
You Sexy Thing, Tom Tom Club #
Mr. Jones, Talking Heads
Life During Wartime, Talking Heads #
Nokta, Rachid Taha
Ida, Racid Taha
Palmistry, Tabla Beat Science
Tamania, Daby Balde *
Barracuda, Rasputina *
Rock-N-Roll, Rasputina *
I like Birds, Eels *
Hey Man, Now you’re really Living, Eels *
Don’t Think Twice, Mike Ness
I’m Afraid of Americans, David Bowie
China Girl, Iggy Pop
Jessica, Almman Brothers #
Get Right with god, Lucinda Williams
Disorder in the House, Warren Zevon
Rub Me Raw, Warren Zevon
down home sophisticate, Corey Harris
Motivational Speaker, Alvin Youngblood Hart *
Maggie’s Farm, Hot Tuna w/Bob Weir #
I’m a Man, Billy Boy Arnold *
Sorry Boy’s Jump, Billy Boy Arnold *

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For Real: A Curt Cobain Doll?!

Once merely a household name, Cobain will become a household item this June when National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) unleashes the very first KC action figure. This charming piece of plastic resin captures the late Nirvana frontman mid-power chord, donning the very get-up he made famous in the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video. Dude even comes with a chunk of high-school-gym-floor as a base; skanked-out cheerleaders sold separately. And if that isn’t enough to make you cry, ugly rumors are swirling about of late, rumors that Cobain’s widow Courtney Love is attempting to sell a 25% stake in Nirvana‘s catalog for $100,000,000 to…drumroll please…a “private equity firm” partnered with U2‘s Bono! Please let that not be true. Please, lord, please. -Matthew Solarski

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Gang of Four’s Dave Allen

We had a bad connection, as I believe Mr. Allen was at work on his cell. Either way, I certainly appreciate the time he took to chat and as always, he is a musician looking out for the others. We learn thru this interview that a re-mix of Return the Gift will be out in May.

take a listen here

Relevant artists: Gang of Four,Dave Allen & The Elastic Purejoy,Shriekback,Glassjaw,squall

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From the wise John Coltrane….

…Well, I think that music, being an expression of the human heart, or of the human being itself, does express just what is happening. I feel it expresses the whole thing..the whole human experience at the particular time that is being expressed.

I think that sums it up for me when planning and spontaneously shifting the show to meet the listeners needs and balance how I am feelin’ as well.

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3/25 Now….back to the show

Radiothon being over, it is time to kick back into true direction unknown radio. Just take a look at this set list: it is all over the place…but in a good way.

Think, Magic Slim & the Drivers
She’s Cold as Ice, Roy Rogers
Take me Back, James Cotton
Harpin’ on a Riff, Charlie Musselwhite
Let’s Rock, Commander Cody
Crow Jane, Derek Trucks band #
Drown in my own Tears, Derek Trucks & Greg Allman
Guapa Pasea, Geckoturner #
Paisa, Manake-e #
Taweet, Daljit Mattu #
Evolver, Djun Djetti #
What a Wonderful World, Maceo Parker #
Imagine, Mediacracy #*
Damaged Goods, Gang of Four #
Natural’s not in it, Gang of Four #
Free Salute, Little Barrie #
Long Hair, Little Barrie #
a Good Woman is HArd to find, Morphine *
Rope on Fire, Morphine *
Take me with You, Morphine *
Gat in Rupak, Anoushka Shankar *
Lively up Yourself,, Bob Marley & the Wailers
Sugar Pie,, Melody Makers & the Wailers
I want to Fly Away, Bob Weir
Ring of Fire, Moonlight Wranglers
Satisfaction, Rob Wasserman
Big Mama’s Door, Alvin Youngblood Hart #
Meanest Jukebox in Town, Alvin Youngblood Hart #
Big Black Mariah, John Hammond jr
Rockin’ Boogie, Fleetwood Mac (1969) *
Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac (1969) *
Sweet Little Lady, George Thorogood
Don’t let the Boss man get you Down, Thorogood
Middle Aged Woman Blues, Sapphire #*
Spank!, Ron Levy
Dreamin’, G-Love & the Special Sauce
Rodeo Clown, G-Love & the Special Sauce

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Listening into the Future with Roy Wooten

Listen here for the world according to Roy “futureman” Wooten from his own futuristic world as well as an occasional tour with Bela Fleck as one of the flecktones. I think you’ll agree that he is out of this world and still as cool as Fonzie…aaaaaaa

Listen to the FUTUREMAN podcast here

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Roy”FUTUREMAN” Wooten

The three time Grammy award winner from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones is back at it again! Taking downtempo, house, breakbeat, jazz, tribal, and funk, Futureman is mixing it all together and serving it up through turntables, laptops, drum machines, live kits, and visual projections.

Mr.G. speakin’ With G-Love

That’s right, I chatted with G-Love about the bands release-to-be in August. We spoke about his 76ers and my Celtics. We put away dishes and chilled out talkin’ about hip hop blues. We got on the subject of his collaborating with one of his influences Mr. John Hammond, who we spoke to hear a few weeks back. As you would expect….G-Love is a cool cat and one can only imagine if John Hammond will dip his toes into the hip hop blues world that G-love calls his own.

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This is one of the coolest conversations I have been a part of. G Love and I just chillin’. He’s a good multi-tasker…Seriously, the musical sponge really does put the dishes away…and minds his 4 year old as well.

Listen to the podcast here.

Indie Labels Press FCC For Fair Airplay

I can’t wait until the day I can shout,”Hooray for the Little guys”. Like George Mason in the Sweet Sixteen, I am rooting for my airplay for the littlle lables, the up-and-comers. Here is what is happenin’. Check it out.

The American Association Of Independent Music (or A2IM), a collection of indie record labels that formed last summer to promote fair rights for independent labels, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to assess the “unfair advantage” major labels have in getting radio play, and to pursue allegations of payola.
Acting President of A2IM Don Rose said that, “…the FCC is conducting a thorough investigation of alleged payola-like practices in the commercial radio industry.” The FCC will also be determining exactly how these practices have unfairly tipped the scales for the major labels. This process started in July 2005 when New York Attorney General Elliott Spitzer brought to light documents from Sony BMG (one of the four remaining majors) that showed many different forms of “payola” (or payola-related) activities, often indirect in the form of presents. Though they were small gifts, like electronics and concert tickets, to specific DJs (small enough to fly under the radar) they could easily add up to millions of dollars worth of gifts.
These practices, A2IM states, “made it virtually impossible for songs released by independent labels to be considered for airplay within existing formats.” The radio airplay for artists on independent labels, subsequently, was at roughly 10% last summer, even though the Nielson SoundScan ratings showed album sales for indies around 27% of market sales for 2004-05. Despite all this evidence for the strength of the independent music market, “Somehow,” Rose states, “music released by independents is virtually absent from the commercial airwaves.”
Members of A2IM include a long list of independent labels such as GSL, Epitaph, Beggars Group, Matador, Lookout, Roadrunner, TVT, Touch & Go, and Sub Pop. They undertake the burden of securing a future in the music industry where artists are given fair chances to succeed against those on larger and more well-financed labels.

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Learn more about it at www.a2im.org

Xiu Xiu Prep New LP, EP, Collaborations

Xiu Xiu have a real busy 2006 ahead of them with a mountain of projects ready to be unleashed. The band has finished their 5th LP with Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier behind the boards. Titled The Air Force the record is due for release on September 15. Jamie Stewart and company also have a covers EP/7″ package in the works, which will see stripped-down versions of tunes by Nina Simone, Bauhaus, and Elliott Smith. What’s more, the mopey noise-makers will be releasing a collaborative effort with ambient wonder Grouper as well as another XXL (Xiu Xiu and Larsen) effort. And if that wasn’t enough, Stewart is helping compose music for a McSweeney‘s DVD of early 20th century animation. Phew! All that’s left for Xiu Xiu is perhaps a feature film. Maybe A Hard Day’s Night with attempted suicides and analog static?

From what I hear the LP has 11 tracks and you can check out more on this band at: http://www.xiuxiu.org
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3/18/2006 Radiothon part two

We here at GREENARROWRADIO want to thank all of the listeners who called in to show their support to WHUS and our show by helping us exceed our show goal on the way to breaking our station goal of 27,000$. These monies will be put to immediate use, paying off an existing loan fo rour new(er) radio tower. We are going to be going digital, WHUS is moving into unchartered territory with this, but that is what we do best here. There are so many costs to the daily running and overall maintaining of this station that the one time a year we ask for our listeners to step up and join in and as always, they do. THANK YOU.

We did manage to get some tunes played between the guest appearences of the filthy one himself Dave Estell. Dean-o stopped thru to pitch in. Dean-o was the host of a popular show here on Wednesday mornings called Progressive Regression. He may be joining us from time to time to get back into it. Welcome him.

My Way Down, Chris Duarte Band
Letter to my Girlfriend, Chris Duarte Band
Can’t Call you no more, Hubert Sumlin Blues Party #
Poor me, Pour me, Hubert Sumlin Blues Party #
The Letter, Matt Schofield #
Back at Square one, Matt Schofield #
Please Love Me, Otis Rush #
It Takes Time, Otis Rush #
Daily Bread, Corey Harris #
Female Problems, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz #
Cure for Pain, Morphine
Equinox, Liquid Soul
Organ Colossus, Ron Levy’s Wild Kingdom #
Khaira, Corey Harris #
Lint of Love, Cibo Matto
Agni, Tom Rossi
Electric Moonshine, Dr. Didg
Country Death Song, Violent Femmes
yalla yalla, Joe Strummer
Nobody’s Fault but Mine, Alvin Youngblood Hart #
I need your Love, Fleetwood Mac (1969)
Samson & Delilah, Rev. Blind Gary Davis

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Crossing the Line in NCAA hoops?

Well, you be the judge. Is this a mere case of outstanding razzin’ in the modern age or is this just plain mean?
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When USC guard Gabe Pruitt went up to take his first free throws during the game, he was greeted by the Cal fans with a rousing chorus of “Vic-tor-ia! Vic-tor-ia!” and a phone number. Pruitt went on to miss both free throws. Now, you might be asking, who is Victoria and why would the Cal fans chant out her name? Well, it turns out that days before, members of the Cal Rally Committee IM’ed Pruitt and pretended to be a UCLA co-ed named Victoria. They even sent fake pictures of “Victoria.” After going back and forth, the Cal students hooked, lined, and sinkered Gabe into thinking he was going to get the hook up after the game and so he gave “Victoria” his phone number and, well, that’s how he found his phone number not only chanted back at him, but held up on signs during the game.
Pruitt went onto go only 3 for 13 the whole night and Cal went onto win by eleven. While it’s hard to say whether or not Pruitt was fazed by all of this, if Cal fans want to go ahead and think they had a hand in it, they certainly have every right to. Cal’s team is currently considered to be a “bubble” team and unsure what the Tourney Gods have for them. While Cal’s RPI ranking might be not so hot, this stunt should give them a much higher FPO (Fans Punking Opponents) ranking. And if that’s not good enough, they should be let in only to see what they could cook up for J.J. Redick.

I think I am just plain impressed.

Isaac Hayes Quits ‘South Park’

Isaac Hayes has quit “South Park,” where he voices Chef, saying he can no longer stomach its take on religion. Hayes, who has played the ladies’ man/school cook in the animated Comedy Central satire since 1997, said in a statement Monday that he feels a line has been crossed. NO, Lines being crossed on South Park. Now, that is news to me. NOT
There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins,” the 63-year-old soul singer and outspoken Scientologist said. I think we have just learned a little more about Mr. Hayes.
“Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored,” he continued. “As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.”
South Park” co-creator Matt Stone responded sharply in an interview with The Associated Press Monday, saying, “This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology… He has no problem — and he’s cashed plenty of checks — with our show making fun of Christians.”

Maybe we should check with John Travolta on these matters?
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Radiothon 3-11-06 Part One

Music was secondary to the sounds of the phones ringing. We at GreenArrowRadio and WHUS thank the listeners who supported the 1st edition of radiothon the greenarrow way. We met and exceeded our goal for the day and want to make sure you know how much it means to us. THANKS! We managed to get some music in for the thristy ears in all of us.

Threading the Needle, Liquid Soul
Ricky’s Hat, Liquid Soul
NY NO. 1, Sam Kininger #
Where I’m coming from, Sam Kininger #
Cold Beverages, G Love & Special Sauce
Shootin’ Hoops, G Love & Special Sauce
Get down Moses, Joe Strummer
Redemption Song, Joe Strummer
Beehive, Jihad Jerry #
The Owl, Jihad Jerry #
Burning Down the House, Tom Jones & the Cardigans
Skin it Back, Little Feat
Spainish Moon, Little Feat
I got a Woman, John Hammond #
My Baby’s Gone, John Hammond #
Jump, Jive and Wail, Bill Wyman & Rhythm Kings #
Jitterbug Boogie, Bill Wyman & Rhythm Kings #
Like a Buddha, Railroad Earth #
Pianola Strut, Dr. Didj
Riot Radio, the Dead 60’s
Blues Train, Elvin Bishop#
a new Rock-n-Roll, Frank Marino&Mohagny Rush

March 9th:Fill in Mission w/Dj Recon.

Here’s the scoop. This is a free form classic rock and jam band sort of good time show. Here’s white DJ Recon progrmammed for you while yours truly, just sat around.

Forever Young, Bob Dylan *
Girl I love your legs, Led Zeppelin
Skin it Back, Little feat
Spainish Moon, Little feat
turn on your Lovelight, Them
I put a Spell on You, Them
Rough Justice, the Rolling Stones #
Let me Down Slow, the Rolling Stones#
Come on Down, Strangefolk
Bungalo Bill, the Beatles
Horse w/no Name, America
I fought the Law, the Clash *
Should I Stay?, the Clash
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Tonite, the bottle let me down, Throw Rag #
Cry Baby, Janis Joplin
Moonlite Drive, the Doors
Hello, I love you, the Doors
She’s gone, O.A.R
King of the Thing, O.A.R
Needle & the Spoon, Lynard Skynard
Don’t Stand so Close to Me, the Police
Roxanne, the Police
Mysterious Ways, U2
Teach your Children, CSN&Y
HellHound Blues, John Hammond

David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet

Moustapha and I had the chance to speak with Mr. David Harrington about the upcoming show (March 21st) at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. What a pleasure it was to have a conversation with a musician who loves waking up and facing the next project. For more than 30 years now, Kronos has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential ensembles of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 40 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world’s most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning hundreds of works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos’ work has also garnered numerous awards, including a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and “Musicians of the Year” (2003) from Musical America.
The show at Uconn will be SUN RINGS. Sun Rings, written by longtime Kronos collaborator Terry Riley, is an evening-length work in 10 movements. With visual design by Willie Williams, lighting design by Larry Neff and sound design by Mark Grey, Sun Rings is a multimedia production featuring a choir and both sounds and images from space. The piece, commissioned for Kronos by NASA and others, received its first performance at the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium in October 2002, and has since been performed in cities including London, San Francisco, Calgary, Tucson and Boston.

Listen to the interview here.

Go get your tickets soon! Dial 860-486-4226.