Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cool new video of "Spacious Thoughts" from Kool Keith and Tom Waits...a must-see with wonder glasses....



OPC Playlist for Thursday November 19, 2009

~8:05 Beau Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx", A Celebration...
8:07 The Books (featuring Jose Gonzales), "Cello Song", Dark was the Night
8:11 Andrew Bird, "Anonanimal", Noble Beast
8:15 Emily Wells, Symphony #5, The Symphonies...
8:19 Laura Veirs, "Lake Swimming", Year of Meteors
8:23 Flaming Lips, "One More Robot/ 3000-21", Yoshimi...
8:27 Radiohead, "Weird Fishes, Arpeggi", In Rainbows
8:33 Lemon Jelly, "Closer", Lost Horizons
8:41 Citizen Cope, "Back Together", Every Waking Moment
8:44 Nina Simone, "Feeling Good (Joe Claussel ReMix)", Verve Remixed
8:50 Nat King Cole, "Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere (Amp Fiddler Rmx)", Re:Generations
8:53 Sia, "Electric Bird", Some People Have Real Problems
9:00 Los Felinos, "Electrocutango", Tango: Putumayo
9:04 Gianmaria Testa, "Preperisco Cosi", Altre Testa
9:08 Emily Wells, Symphony #10, The Symphonies...
9:12 Andrew Bird, "Not a Robot, But a Ghost", Noble Beast
9:17 Iron & Wine, "Wolves (Song of the Shepherd's Dog)", The Shepherd's Dog
9:21 Flaming Lips, "Waiting For A Superman", The Soft Bulletin
9:26 Cake, "Waiting", Pressure Chief
9:29 They Might Be Giants, "Clap Your Hands", A Users Guide to...
9:31 OK Go, "Shooting The Moon", New Moon Soundtrack
9:35 Eliott Lipp, "The Outside", The Outside
9:38 Flaming Lips, "Feeling Yourself Disintegrate", The Soft Bulletin
9:44 Shirley Bassey, "Diamonds Ae Forever", Shirley Bassey ReMixed
9:48 NASA, "Way Down", The Spirit of Apollo
9:53 N.A.S.A., "Spacious Thoughts (Feat. Tom Waits & Cool Keith)", The Spirit of Apollo

Thursday, November 12, 2009


OPC Thursday, November 12, 2009

~8:06 Beau Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx", A Celebration on the Planet Mars
8:08 Paul McCartney, "Great Day", Funny People Soundtrack
8:10 Tom Waits, "Please Call Me Baby", The Heart of Saturday Night
8:15 Billie Holliday, "Don't Explain", Verve Remixed
8:19 Taken By Trees, "Watch The Waves", East of Eden
8:23 Gianmaria Testa, "Il Viaggio", Putumayo Italia
8:28 Lemon Jelly, "Come", LemonJelly.KY
8:33 Elbow, "Starlings", The Seldom Seen Kid
8:39 Emily Wells, "Symphony 2 & the Click Boom Boom", The Symphonies...
8:44 Beck, "Dark Star", The Information
8:47 Zero 7, "Everything Up", Yeah Ghost
8:53 Kleptones, "Last Words
8:56 William Orbit, Waveforms
9:03 Beth Orton, "Central Reservation", Central Reservation
9:07 Ceu, "Cordao Da Insonia", Vagarosa
9:12 Cake, "Thrills", B-Sides & Rareties
9:15 Cymande, "Genevieve (Greyboy w/ Bart Davenport), Rewind! 3
9:22 Fink, "Walkin' in the Sun", Sort of Revolution
9:27 Cake, "Wheels", Pressure Chief
9:30 Beck, "Soldier Jane", The Information
9:37 Radiohead, "Jigsaw Falling Into Place", In Rainbows
9:41 Radiohead, "All I Need" In Rainbows
9:46 Elbow, "The Bones of You", The Seldom Seen Kid
9:50 Spoon, "I Turn My Camera On", Gimme Fiction
9:55 Rikki Lee Jones, "Roadkill", Ghostyhead
9:59 Monkey Bars, "Baby Elephant Walk", Upstairs at Larry's

. . . chatterbox w/ Wind . . .

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Obsequious Purple Clairvoyant Playlist November 5, 2009

~8:03 Beau Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx", A Celebration on Planet Mars
8:05 Emily Wells, "Whiskey and Rags", Dirty
8:09 Oren Lavie, "Her Morning Elegance", From the Opposite Side of the Sea
8:15 Fink, "Walkin in the Sun", Sort of Revolution
8:18 Beth Orton, Central Reservation, Central Reservation
8:23 Laura Veirs, "Where Gravity is Dead", Year of Meteors
8:26 Fink, "Six Weeks", Sort of Revolution
8:30 David Bazan, "Hard to Be", Curse Your Branches
8:35 Nino Moschella, "Stella", Boomshadow
8:47 Zero 7, "Pop Art Blue", Yeah Ghost
8:52 Ceu, "Sonambulo", Vagarosa
8:55 Beth Orton, "Stars All Seem to Weep", Central Reservation
9:07 Nina Simone, "Feelin Good" (Joe Claussell ReMix), Verve Remixed
9:14 Nat King Cole, "Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere" , Re-Generations...
9:18 Ceu, "Cordao Da Insonia", Vagarosa
9:20 Zero 7, "Everything Up", Yeah Ghost
9:30 Mike Doughty, "Nectarine", Golden Delicious
9:33 Brendan Benson, "Eyes on the Horizon", My Old Familiar Friend
9:36 TV On The Radio, "Love Dog", Dear Science
9:45 Laura Veirs, "Parisian Dream", Year of Meteors
9:50 Emily Wells, "Fountain of Youth", Beautiful Sleepyhead &...
9:53 David Bazan, "Heavy Breath", Curse Your Branches
9:57 David Bazan, "When We Fell", Curse Your Branches
10:00 Dodos, "The Fables", Time to Die
10:06 Monkey Bars, "Baby Elephant Walk", Upstairs at Larry's

. . . chatterbox w/ skipperific . . .

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Obsequious, Purple & Clairvoyant Show Playlist 8-6-09

OPC 6 August 2009...


~8:00am
Beau Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx", A Celebration on the Planet Mars
Elbow, "Starlings", The Seldom Seen Kid
The Books & Jose Gonzales, "Cello Song", Dark was the Night
Chumbawamba, "Unpindownable", The Boy Bands Have Won
Emily Wells, Whiskey & Rags, Dirty
The Blue Roses, "I Am Leaving", Blue Roses
David Bazan, "God Bless This Mess", Curse Your Branches
Mike Doughty, "Nectarine", Golden Delicious
Leonard Cohen, "Democracy", More Best of...
Chumbawamba, "El Fusilado", The Boy Have Won
Emily Wells, "Symphony #3", The Symphonies...
Radiohead, "15-Step", In Rainbows
The Dodos, "Fables", Time To Die
~9:00am
Monsters of Folk, "Say Please", single
Ray LaMontagne, "Jolene", Trouble
Emily Wells, "Take it Easy, San Francisco", Dirty
Bob Dylan, "Talkin' World War III Blues", The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Mike Doughty, "Unsingable Name", Haughty Melodic
Bowerbirds, "In Our Talons", Hymns for a Dark Horse
Andrew Bird, "Nomenclature", Noble Beast
Gotan Project, "Epoca", La Revancha Del Tango
Rikki Lee Jones, "", Ghostyhead
David Byne & Brian Eno, "Strange Overtones", Everything That Happens...
AR Rahman, "Ringa Ringa", Slumdog Millionare
MOn key Bars, "Baby Elephant Walk", Upstairs At Larry's

. . .with Skip the Socio-Political Detective . . .

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Obsequious, Purple & Clairvoyant Show Playlist 7-30-09

OPC PLaylist....

~8:00
Beau Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx", A Celebration on Planet Mars 
Emily Wells, "Whiskey & Rags", Dirty EP
Fruit Bats, The Ruminant Band, The Ruminant Band
Fleet Foxes, "Sun It Rises", Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes, "Blue Spotted Tail", BBC Glastonbury Hub Session
Emily Wells, "Take t Easy San Francisco", Dirty EP
Gianmaria Testa, "Tuareg", Altre Latitudini
Devotchka, "Charlotte Mittnacht", How It Ends
Brett Dennen, "Ain't No Reason", So Much More
Dodos, "Fables", Time to Die
Spoon, "Black Like Me", Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
The Beatles, "I Am the Walrus", Cirque du Soleil Love sndtrk
Andrew Bird, "Not a Robot, But a Ghost", Noble Beast
Sonos, "Everything in its Right Place", single
Royskopp, "Triumphant", The Understanding
Voices in Your Head, "Magic", Ben Folds Presents: University A Capella
Beck, "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes", Eternal Sunshine...
Zero 7, "Everything Up", Yeah Ghost
Radio Citizen (feat. Bajka), "The Hop", Berlin Serengeti
Janelle Monnaie, "Sincerely, Jane", Metropolis: the Chase Suite
Stevie Wonder, "Ghettoland", Songs in the Key of Life
Gil Scott Heron, "The Revolution will not be Televised", ...
Galactic w/ Ladybug Mecca, "Squarepusher", From the Corner...
Meters, "People Say", Funkify Your Life
Los Mono, "Se Puede", Somos Los Que Estamos
Groove Armada, "Suntoucher", Goodbye Country, Hello Nightclub
Monkey Bars, "Baby Elephant Walk", Upstairs at Larry's

. . . chatterbox w/ Skp . . . 

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Obsequious, Purple & Clairvoyant Show Playlist 7-16-09

OPC Playlist 16 July 2009...


~8:00
Beau Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx", A Celebration on the Planet Mars
Emily Wells, "Symphony 9", The Symphonies: Dreams...
Mike Doughty, "Nectarine", Golden Delicious
Zero 7, "Everything Up", Yeah Ghost
Regina Spektor, "The Calculation", Far
Beck, "Orphans (acoustic)", Modern Guilt
Spoon, "Black Like Me", Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Beatles, "A Day The Life", Cirque Du Soleil Love soundtrack
Elvis Costello, "The Great Unknown", Goodbye Cruel World
Grizzly Bear, "Two Weeks", Veckatimest
Billy Collins, "The Order of the Day", Live...
Mike Doughty, Navigating By the Stars At Night, Golden Delicious
Lemon Jelly, "Nothing", LemonJelly.KY
Cake, "Thrills", B-Sides & Rareities
David Byrne & Brian Eno, "Help Me Somebody", My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
David Byrne & Brian Eno, "I Feel My Stuff",  Everything That Happens...
Radiohead, "Homesick Subterraen Alien", OK Computer
Citizen Cope, "Awe", Every Waking Moment
Beck, "Cellphone's Dead", The Information
Morphine, "Buena", Cure For Pain
They Might Be Giants, "Clap Hands", No!
Mike Doughty, " Just Want the Girl in the Blue Dress...", Golden Delicious
The Real Tuesday Weld, "At the House...", The Return of the Clerkenwell Kid
Ani DiFranco, "If he tries anything", Out of Range
Emily Wells, "Symphony #2", The Symphonies...
Citizen Cope, "107", Every Waking Moment
Monkey Bars, "Baby Elephant Walk", Upstairs at Larry's

. . .chatterbox w/ Skiptone. . .

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Obsequious, Purple & Clairvoyant Show Playlist 7-9-09

OPC 9 July 02009...


~8:00
Beau Hunks, Birdlife in the Bronx, A Celebration on Planet Mars
Citizen Cope, "Every Waking Moment", Every Waking Moment
Jamie Lidell, "Little Bit of Feelgood", Jim
Mocky, "In the Meantime", Navy Brown Blues
Angelique Kidjo, "Summertime", Keep on Moving
Dana Bryant, "Extreme Heat", Wishing From the Top
MC Solaar, "Illico Presto", Paradisiaaque
Beatless/Aaron Neville, "Hercules", Rewind
Bittersweet, "Heaven", The Mating Game
Stevie Wonder, "Pastime Paradise", Songs In the Key of Life
Emily Wells, "Symphony #6", The Symphonies
Zero7, "Everything Up", Yeah Ghost
~9:00
Dana Bryant, "Heavy Mellow", Wishing From the Top
Jon Cleary, "Just Kissed My Baby", Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Galactic & Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Second & Dryades, From the Corner...
The Meters, "Fire on the Bayou", Funkify Your Life
Eliot Lipp, "The Area", The Outside
Shirley Bassey, "Diamonds Are Forever", The ReMix Album
Jon Cleary, "More Hipper", Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Red Hot Chilipeppers, "Behind The Sun", Uplift Mofo Party Plan
Spoon, "Don't Make Me  Target", Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
MGMT, "Electric Feel", Oracular Spectacular
Jim's Big Ego, "Feelin' Groovy", Don't Get Smart
Monkey Bars, "Baby Elephant Walk", Upstairs At Larry's

   . . . chatterbox w/ Skiptone . . .

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Obsequious, Purple & Clairvoyant Show Playlist 6-11-09

OPC 6-11-09....

~8:00
Beau Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx", A Celebration on the Planet Mars
Andrew Bird, "Tenuousness", Noble Beast
M Ward, "Hi-Fi", Transistor Radio
Emily Wells, "Fountain of Youth", Beautiful Sleepyhead and the Laughing Yaks
Fleet Foxes, "Ragged Wood", Fleet Foxes
Air, "Mike Mills", Talkie Walkie
Zero 7, "Everything Up", Yeah Ghost (downloaded here)
Open Door, "Breathe", Rewind
Andrew Bird, "Anonanimal", Noble Beast
Radiohead, "Pyramid Song", Amenesiac
M Ward, "Post-War", Post War
Elvis Perkins, "Send My Fond Regards...", In Dearland
~9:00
Lemon Jelly, "Nice Weather for Ducks", LemonJelly.KY
Elbow, "One Day Like This", The Seldom Seen Kid
Panic at the Disco, "That Green Gentleman", Pretty. Odd.
The Shins, "Australia", Wincing the Night Away
Elizabeth & The Catapult, "Taller Children", Taller Children
Yo La Tengo, "Periodically Double or Triple", (download it here)
Gomez, "Airstream Driver", A New Tide
Elbow, "Bones of You", Seldom Seen Kid
Monkey Bars, "Baby Elephant Walk", Upstairs at Larry's
. . .chatterbox w/Skip. . .

Friday, June 5, 2009

And this is just plain amazing to watch...

I love this man's anti-authority spirit...he uses the words, "evil witch queen"...he sings an eery, strange song in resistance...and he gets superpowers from the cops' taser gun...WOW!

How Twitter will change life on earth as we live it...

...or something like that.

It's always funny to read a heady pronouncement like this (or just plain annoying) but when Steven Berlin Johnson is behind it, there's likely something worth checking out.

One of my favorite technology writers, Johnson is at it again--with more pronouncements about how new tech will change the world as we know it. I recently posted his Wall Street Journal musings about the coming e-book revolution.

Now he's writing about Twitter, in the latest issue of Time Magazine:

How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live

I haven't read the whole article, and haven't really gotten into twitter either, but Johnson is always worth a read.

Here's how his article starts:
"The one thing you can say for certain about Twitter is that it makes a terrible first impression. You hear about this new service that lets you send 140-character updates to your "followers," and you think, Why does the world need this, exactly? It's not as if we were all sitting around four years ago scratching our heads and saying, "If only there were a technology that would allow me to send a message to my 50 friends, alerting them in real time about my choice of breakfast cereal."....
Enjoy!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

History's dustbin: Green Tambourine by The Lemon Pipers

Currently residing in the "where are they now" file....

Some might call this song a rip-off of the Beatles (right down to that mournful, gull-cry sound from "The Walrus")....But still, a number one hit from 1968.

There's an unmanageable amount of chaos in this little vid. And get a load of the stony, post-performance interview with the clean-cut host (who looks like an extra from Star Trek, somehow...)

Bein' Green

Ray Charles supposedly loved Kermit's special song...this performance is a rare recording, with a fuzzy cast of characters...

Green song of the day....

Obsequious, Purple & Clairvoyant Show Playlist 6-4-09

OPC Playlist, and the Green Set...


David Bowie, Oh! You Pretty Things, Hunky Dory
Dan Bern, "Estelle", ...
Grizzly Bear, Two Weeks, Veckatimest
Nellie McKay, Suitcase Song, Get Away From Me
Breeders, "Drivin on Nine", Last Splash
Elvis Perkins, "Send My Fond Regards to Lonelyville", In Dearland
William Orbit, "Humming Chorus", Hello Waveforms
Tom Jones, Green Green Grass of Home, Best of...
Tom Waits, "All the World is Green", Blood Money
Ken Nordine, "Green", Colors
Ray Charles, "It Aint Easy Bein Green", Renaissance
Booker T and the MGs, "Green Onions", Very Best of...
Sugarloaf, "Green-Eyed Lady", Classic Rock Remastered
William Orbit, "Sea Green", Hello Waveforms
Coldplay, "Green Eyes", A Rush of Blood to the Head
Panic at the Disco, "That Green Gentleman", Pretty. Odd.
Edie Brickell, ""Green", Picture Perfect Morning
Joni Mitchell, "Little Green", Blue
Jethro Tull, "Velvet Green", Songs from the Wood
The Kinks, "Village Green Preservation Society", To the Bone
Herb Alpert/Sol Lake, "Green Peppers", Re-Whipped
George Baker Selection, "Little Green Bag", The Heritage Colossus Story
Little Barrie, "Greener Pastures", We Are Little Barrie
Everclear, "Pale Green Stars", Sparkle and Fade
Booker T and the MGs, "Green Onions", Very Best of...
Ken Nordine, "Olive", Colors
Ray Charles, "Greenbacks", Genius & Soul
Nat King Cole/Cee-Lo Green, "Lush Life", Re-Generations
They Might Be Giants, "Clap Your Hands", A Users Guide...
Beck, "Youthless", Modern Guilt
Chris Joss, "Little Nature", Sticks
Portishead, "Mysterons", Dummy
Chris Joss, "Charmer", Sticks

. . . chatterbox w/ Skip . . .

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Obsequious, Purple & Clairvoyant Show Playlist 5-28-09

songslist...and a little soup...


New Wilco download, "Jolly Banker", by Woody Guthrie, here. From forthcoming Wilco (the album).
Listen to Dark Night of the Soul, the as-of-yet unreleased Dangermouse/Sparklehorse/David Lynch album , here.

OPC 5-28-09 playlist:

~8:00 am
Beau Hunks, "Bird LIfe in the Bronx", A Celebration on the Planet Mars
Randy Travis, King of the Road", ...
Red Stick Ramblers, "Main Street Blues", ...
Tom Waits, "Jockey Full of Bourbon", Rain Dogs
Shivaree, "Goodnight Moon", ...
Henry Grady Terrell, "Old John Henry Died on the Mountain", Classic Railroad Songs
Tangle Eye, "John Henry Blues", Alan Lomax's Southern Journey
Jude, "You Mama You", No One s Really Beautiful
Chris Whitley , "Accordingly", Dirt Floor
Ollabelle, "Brokedown Palace", Before This Time
Ollabelle, "See Line Woman", Riverside Battlesongs
Ani Di Franco, "Here For Now", Evolve
~9:00 am
Emily Wells, Mt Washington, Beautiful Sleepyhead and the Laughing Yaks
Cat Power, "Free", You Are Free
Spoon, "They Never Got You", Gimme Fiction
Head Like A Kite, "No Ordinary Caveman", There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere
Tosca, "Elitsa", No Hassle
Mike Doughty, "27 Jennifers", Rockity Roll
DangerMouse/Flaming Lips, "Revenge", Dark Night of the Soul
Fisk Industries, "In Tangents", EP and Rareities
MGMT, "Electric Feel", Oracular Spectaular
DangerMouse/GruffRhyss, "Just War", Dark Night of the Soul
Spoon, "I Turn My Camera On", Gimme Fiction
Elbow, "The Fix", The Seldom Seen Kid
Bon Iver, "Woods", Blood Bank
Arcade Fire, "No Cars Go", Neon Bible
...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Obsequious Purple & Clairvoyant Playlist 5-7-09...

OPC Playlist, but first....


~8:00
Beau Hunks, Birdlife in the Bronx, A Celebration on the Planet Mars
The Appletrees, "Look Up To The Sky", The Green Owl
Beatles, "Rocky Racoon", White Album
Elbow, Starlings, The Seldom Seen Kid
M Ward, "For Beginners", Hold Time
Iron & Wine, "The Trapeze Swinger", Around the Well
Nomo, "Nocturne", Invisble Cities
Radiohead, "", In Rainbows
Breeders, "We're Gonna Rise", Mountain Battles
Flaming Lips, "It's Summertime", Yoshimi Battles...
Grizzly Bear, "Two Weeks", Veckatimest
Silversun Pickups, "Draining", Swoon
Zero 7, "Simple Things", Simple Things
fill..
~9:00
David Axelrod, "Holy Thursday", Blue Break Beats
Howard Johnson & Gravity, "Fever", Right Now!
Nomo, "Patterns", Invisible Cities
Mocky, "Chubby Cheeks", Saskamodie
MC Solaar, "Caroline", Rebirth of Cool
Feist, "Honey, Honey", The Reminder
Phileas, "Henley Road", Spoken World
Sia, "Electric Bird", Some People Have Real Problems
Nomo, "Crescent", Invisible Cities
Sonos, "Everything In Its Right Place", Sonos...
Radiohead, Let Down, OK Computer

. . . chatterbox w/ Skipperific . . .


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Salvador Dali on "What's My Line?"

Oh, for the days when truly trippy individuals made it to prime time...

...Even more strange: the words spoken at the opener are from the great dadaist sound poem, "KARAWANE", by Hugo Ball....

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Obsequious, Purple & Clairvoyant Show Playlist 4-30-09

OPC Playlist 4-30-09


~8:00
Beau Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx", A Celebration on the Planet Mars
Harry Nilsson, "Coconut", Nilsson Schmilsson
Emily Wells, "Symphony 6", The Symphonies...
Noah and the Whale, "Rocks and Daggers", Peaceful the World...
The Boy Least Likely To, "A Balloon on a Broken String", The Law...
fill...
Chumbawamba, "Sing About Love", The Boy Bands....
Sonos, "Everything in it's Right Place", ...
Radiohead, "All I Need", In Rainbows
Andrew Bird, "Not a Robot, But A Ghost", Noble Beast
fill...
DJEarworm (Django Reinhardt/Paul Simon) "Brazilian Diamonds", ...
Ant Neely, "What This Country Needs", Not Fit For Human Consumption
~9:00
Flaming Lips, "One More Robot/Sympathy 2000-21", Yoshimi Battles...
Rikki Lee Jones, "Road Kill", Ghostyhead
Spoon, "They Never Got You", Gimme Fiction
David Bowie, "Ashes to Ashes", Scary Monsters
Superfurry Animals, "The End of the World", 
Cracker, "Big Dipper", The Golden Years
Golden Smog, "Radio King", Stay Golden, Smog
Tim Easton, Burgundy Red, Porcupine
Gomez, Airstream Driver, A New Tide
Chris Whitley, "Bordertown", Living with the Law
. . . chatterbox with Jason . . .

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It's been a awhile....

....I've been asleep. But now I'm awake.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Obsequious, Purple & Clairvoyant Show Playlist 4-9-09

Special pledge drive edition: 527-4868 or 1-866-KVNF-NOW

But first, the world's biggest iPod!




Sunday, April 5, 2009

Hard at work....

....on a day of rest....


Happy Venusian New Year!



Thursday, April 2, 2009

OPC Playlist 4-2-09...

OPC Playlist 4-2-09...

~8:00 am
Beau Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx", A Celebration on Planet Mars
Woods Brothers, "Postcards From Hell", Loaded
The Kinks, "A Well-Respected Man", The Singles Collection
The Shins, "Australia", Wincing the Night Away
M Ward, "For Beginners", Hold Time
Chris Whitley, "Loco Girl", Dirt Floor
Andrew Bird, "Anonanimal", Noble Beast
Emily Wells, "Symphony #9", The Symphonies...
Shivaree, "I Close My Eyes", Who's Got Trouble?
Mocky/Anita O'Day, "Tenderly", Verve Remixed 4
Bittersweet, "Our Remains", The Mating Game
Bebel Gilberto, "Aganju", Bebel Gilberto
Material/William Burroughs, "Seven Souls", Seven Souls
Ryoksopp, "Silver Cruiser", Junior
~9:00 am
Radiohead, "Reckoner", In Rainbows
LemonJelly, "Ramblin Man", Lost Horizons
The Bird and the Bee, "Love Letter to Japan", Ray Guns Are Not Just...
Cut Chemist, "Day In Day Out", Nat King Cole: Re-Generations
Janelle Monae, "Sincerely, Jane", Metropolis: The Chase Suite
The Belle Stars, "Iko Iko", The Belle Stars
Beck, "We Dance Alone", The Information
Lewis Taylor, "Stoned", Stoned
Gotan Project/Sarah Vaughan, "Whatever Lola Wants", Verve Remixed 2
Stevie Wonder, "Ordinary Pain", Songs in the Key of Life
Monkey Bars, "Baby Elephant Walk", Upstairs at Larry's
. . . and chatterbox w/ Skip . . .

Monday, March 30, 2009

Android 207...

....make some popcorn, sit back and looky...!


Android 207 from Carrotkid on Vimeo.

Looky looky...

...bunnies with guns...fluent in Japanese!




Enjoy....(...I think...)...!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Obsequious Purple & Clairvoyant Playlist 3-26-09...

Obsequious Purple & Clairvoyant Playlist 3-26-09...
~8:00
Beau Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx", Celebration on the Planet Mars
Ray Charles, "Confession Blues", The Genius Anthology
Squirrel Nut Zippers, "Prince Nez", Hot
Dorsey Brother's Orchestra, "Minnie The Moocher's Wedding Day", Stormy Weather...
Louis Prima, "Whistle Stop", Collector's Series
Giorgio Conte, "Cannelloni", Italian Cafe
Red Stick Ramblers, "Main Street Blues", Big Ol' Box of New Orleans
Tom Waits, "The Piano Has Been Drinking", Small Change
Glover Gill, "Ballad 3", Waking Life...
Velvet Underground, "I'm Sticking With You", VU
They Might Be Giants, "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)", Flood
Gianmaria Testa, "Dentro Al Cinema", Italian Cafe
Tom Waits, "Depot Depot", Heart of Saturday Night
The Delta Rhythm Boys, "Dry Bones", Dry Bones
Nina Simone, "I Put A Spell On You", Verve Jazz Masters 17
Oren Lavie, "Her Morning Elegance", The Opposite Side of the Sea
~9:00
Mary Chapin Carpenter, "Mellow Yellow", Steal This Movie
David Bowie, "Life on Mars?", Hunky Dory
Mott the Hoople, "All the Young Dudes", All The Young Dudes
Lou Reed, "New York Telephone Conversation", Walk on the Wild Side...
Beck, "Dark Star", The Information
Emily Wells, "Symphony #3: The Story", The Symphonies...
Radiohead, "15 Steps", In Rainbows
Lemon Jelly, "Page One" LemonJelly.KY
Elbow, "The Bones of You", The Seldom Seen Kid
Andrew Bird, "Not A Robot, But a Ghost", Noble Beast
Sia, "Electric Bird", Some People Have Real Problems
Spoon, , Gimmee Fiction
Fisk Industries, "In Tangents", EPs and Rareities
Elbow, "The Fix"
The Seldom Seen Kid
Monkey Bars, "Baby Elephant Walk", Upstairs At Larry's
...and chatterbox with Captain Clearwater...

Monday, March 16, 2009

Stories from Las Vegas (part 1)...

Ladies and gentlemen, there are unbelievable deals in Las Vegas:


I have a story on NPR's Day to Day (audio available online here, later today) about the revival of interest in the city's long-forgotten mid-century modern homes. The frenzy of real estate speculation in Las Vegas, and the huge suburban expansion has left the city's neighborhoods without much of a sense of community. Neighborhoods are emptying out; many residents are alienated.

Well, there's a seed of hope in these mid-mod homes at the city's center. In the last several years, urban hipsters have re-discovered these little architectural gems, built in the 1950's and 60's. Younger people have moved in, and are bringing new energy to downtown neighborhoods that had become run down.

And in a city a disassociated communities, the irony is these homes and neighborhoods were designed with socializing in mind: large, airy open spaces; rooms that open into rooms; sunken lounges and walls of glass that open onto patio and poolside areas, so that the inside and outside become one giant space. Here's an upscale example of the Morelli House in Las Vegas, recently rescued from the bulldozer by the Junior League:


Most of the mid-mod homes downtown are more modest in scale, and affordable for mere mortals. They are, in short, the perfect antidote for a city where people don't know their neighbors.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Obsequious Purple & Clairvoyant Playlist 2-26-09...

OPC playlist for February 26th....and smidgens of clairvoyance...

~8:00am
Beau Hunks, "Bird Life In The Bronx", Celebration on the Planet Mars
Tom Waits, "Can't Wait To Get Off Work", Small Change
Tom Waits, "Diamonds on My Windshield", Heart of Saturday Night
Tangle Eye, "John Henry's Blues", Alan Lomax's Southern Journey
M Ward, "Blake's View" Hold Time
Peter Mulvey, "Sign O' the Times", Goodbye Bob
Ani DiFranco, "Phase", Evolve
Emily Wells, "Symphony #1", The Symphonies....
Bon Iver, "Woods", New EP
Thievery Corporation, "Omid (Hope)", The Richest Man in Babylon
Oren Lavie, "Her Morning Elegance", The Opposite Side of the Sea
Ollabelle, "See Line Woman", Riverside Battle Songs
Ollabelle, "Brokedown", Before This Time
Andrew Bird, "Oh No", Noble Beast
~9:00
Benji Hughes, "All You've Got To Do Is Fall In Love", A Love Extreme
Beck, "Soldier Jane, The Information
Beatles, "Come Together/Dear Prudence", Love Soundtrack
Ollabelle, "Soul of A Man", Ollabelle
Stevie Wonder, "Pastime Paradise", Songs in the Key of Life
Dosh, "Um, In Square Circles", The Lost Take
Emily Wells, "Symphony #3", The Symphonies...
Stevie Wonder, "Ordinary Pain", Songs in the Key of Life
Natacha Atlas & Burnan Ocal, "Habibi", A Night in Istanbul
AR Rahman, "Ringa Ringa", Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack
Zero 7, "Salt Water Sound", Simple Things
Galactic, "Squarepusher", From the Corner to the Block
Theivery Corporation, "Warning Shots", The Cosmic Game
Monkey Bars, "Baby Elephant Walk", Upstairs at Larry's"

. . . . and chatter box w/ Monsieur Clearwater . . . .


*over and out*

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Obsequious Purple & Clairvoyant Playlist 2-19-09...

And woe betide the cactus face...


OPC Playlist for 2-19-09

~ 8:00.am
Beau Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx", A Celebration on Planet Mars
Oren Lavie, "Her Morning Elegance", The Opposite Side of The Sea
David Byrne, "The Man Who Love Beer", Grown Backwards
M Ward, "One Hundred Million Years", Hold Time
Noah & The Whale, "Rocks & Daggers", Peaceful the World Lays Me Down
Jimmy Scott & Flea, "Love Will Keep Us Together", Lounge-A-Palooza
Robert Bradley, "Once Upon A Time", Robert Bradley's
Blackwater's Surprise
Fisk Industries, "In Tangents", EPs & Rarities (fill)
Crash Test Dummies, "God Shuffled His Feet", God Shuffled His Feet
Elvis Costello, "Watching The Detectives", My Aim Is True
Flaming Lips, "Are You A Hypnotist?", Yoshimi Battles...
Cibo Matto, "Working For Vacation", Stereo Type A
David Bowie, "Oh You Pretty Things", Hunky Dory
Seu Jorge, "Rebel Rebel", Life Aquatic Soundtrack

~9:00.am
Lemon Jelly, A Tune For Jack", LemonJelly.KY (fill)
Talking Heads, "Letting the Days Go By", Remain In Light
The Bird and the Bee, "Love Letter to Japan", Ray Guns Are Not...
My Brightest Diamond, "Tainted Love", Guilt By Association
The Cure, In Between Days, Staring At The Sea
Jim's Big Ego, "Better Than You", They're Eevrywhere
Royksopp, "Triumphant", The Understanding (fill)
The Who, "Magic Bus", Magic Bus
Morphine, "Buena", Cure For Pain
Jenny Lewis, "See Fernando", Acid Tongue
Golden Smog, "Radio King", Stay Golden Smog
Brendan Benson, "What I'm Looking For", The Alternative To Love
Raconteurs, "Old Enough", Consolers of the Lonely
Cake, Arco Arena, Comfort Eagle
Lucinda Williams, "Can't Let Go", Car Wheels...
The Shins, "Turn A Square", Chutes Too Narrow
Monkey Bars, "Baby Elephant Walk", Upstairs At Larry's
. . . . . and chatterbox w/ Skip

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Saturday morning cartoons...

Greetings earthlings...


Take me to your leader.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Obsequious Purple & Clairvoyant Playlist 2-12-09...

OPC Playlist....and the contortionist makes her second appearance (click on the photo for a closer look...)


~8:00
Beau Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx", A Celebration on the Planet Mars
John Legend, "Sun Comes Up"
M Ward, "One Hundred Million Years", Hold Time
Andrew Bird, "Nomenclature", Noble Beast
Sia, "Academia", Some People Have Real Problems
David Byrne
& Brian Eno, "Strange Overtones", Everything That Happens...
Lemon Jelly, "Come", LemonJelly.KY
Beck, "Dark Star", The Information
Spoon, "They Never Got You", Gimme Fiction
Miho Hatori, "Barracuda", Ecdysis
Beck, "We Dance Alone", The Information
Sia, "Electric Bird", Some People Have Real Problems
~9:00
William Orbit, "", Waveforms
Frou Frou, "Let Go", Garden State Soundtrack
Emily Wells, "Fare Thee Well...", The Symphonies...
Andrew Bird, "ouo", Noble Beast
Andrew Bird, "Not A Robot, But A Ghost", Noble Beast
A R Rahman, "Ringa Ringa", Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack
David Byrne & Brian Eno, "I Feel My Stuff", Everything That Happens...
Lemon Jelly.
Animal Collective, "My Girls", Merriweather Post Pavilion
Spoon, "The Book I Write", Stranger Than Fiction
M Ward, "Stars Of Leo", Hold Time
Spoon, "I Turn My Camera On", Gimme Fiction
Monkey Bars, "Baby Elephant Waltz", Upstairs At Larry's
...and chatterbox w/ Captain Clearwater...


Monday, February 9, 2009

Where I'm calling from...

The view from here, home, this morning.

(click on photo for a larger view...)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Emptiness...

...w/ bulldozer, telephone pole, pink bus, stop sign, and long afternoon shadows.

(click on photo for a more expansive view...)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

say hello....

...to the contortionist.


Hello good pilgrims. I'm in Las Vegas, and went to a late-night cabaret yesterday (...off-off strip...) where a number of Cirque du Soleil (and similar performers) try out new material. This woman works as a dancer in of the shows, and is plying this other trade on the side...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The pioneer bar....

I'm in Elko, Nevada, sitting in the Western Folklife Center's Pioneer Bar, with old clinky saloon piano music piped over the stereo....at first glance, the place looks like a tidy picture of the old west. Until you notice the formica tables, the glowing green Exit sign (they didn't have federal egress laws back then...) And then there's that cowboy on the lower right, typing on his laptop.

Ah yesteryear....how can we hold onto thy sweetness, and leave the saloon stink behind?


It's a beautiful room. Lots of ambiance, for sure, and people seem to enjoy hanging out here. The Western Folklife Center is housed in the old Pioneer Hotel, in downtown Elko. There's a theater, bar, museum and giftshop on the first floor, and offices upstairs.

This is the center of the cowboy poetry beehive.

Everyone can yodle....

I went to a workshop yesterday, taught by Wylie Gustafson who believes that everyone can yodle. Not so sure about that, but I reckon everyone can try....


Gustafson grew up in Montana, and has been yodling for 30+ years. Yesterday he was teaching kids, employing creative teaching tools such as, among others, the "knock-knock yodle":

Knock-knock.
Who's there?
Little old lady.
Little old lady who?


Can you hear the last line sung as a yodle?

Gustafson's yodle is arguably the most widley heard yodle, ever. In the history of the planet earth. Really. Just go here, and click on the exclamation point at the top of the page.

The kids were enrapt with Gustafson's playing and singing. And the ranks of his army of yodlers (with whom he planst take over the world, at some point) grew a dozen or so stronger yesterday morning.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Singalong, little doggie....


Michael Martin Murphy leads a sing along at the Elko Convention Center.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Fall madly in love with the earth's fickle ways...

Meet Paul Zarzyski...


This year, Zarzyski's poem, "Putting the Rodeo Try Into Cowboy Poetry" is emblazoned on the front windows of the Western Folklife Center in Elko. Zarzyski writes mostly in free verse, and has been shaking things up at the festival (in a good way) for 23 years. Traditional cowboy poetry is written in rhyming couplets....

To rhyme or not to rhyme...that is the question.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Welcome to Elko...

I'm at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, for the rest of the week. Last night, John Dofflemeyer read a few poems. These cowboys love their hats and neckerchiefs, their way of life, the American West, and anything having to do with the open range.


Oh, and they love their horses too. Here's John Dofflemeyer's poem about his old bay horse:

Bay

At 28 he sleeps standing, head heavy
in September sun, inches from
its shadow. He cannot hear me

for the sounds in his dreams:
the sudden crack of manzanita
or the chorus of bawling calves -

and men. I see the faces gone,
shake hands again and ride within
the old horizons on the edges

of our eyes - and grins. We were
the band that ran these hills
with cows. We were the hands

and proud to hold the wild within
these dark shadows, come alive
as he shrinks into the ground.

Space travel...


I drove 480 miles from Las Vegas to Elko yesterday evening. Steered my little metallic green Hyundai through rain and snow, north up 93 through Pioche and Ely and then to Interstate 80 and Wells. I'm learning to use a new camera...

Navigating by the stars at night.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obsequious Purple & Clairvoyant Playlist 1-22-09


Craig Childs trying to eat my brain...he always tries to do that when we get together...and those teeth were made to open a skull cavity...

OPC Playlist for January 22, 2009. Stream it live Thursdays, 8-10am Mountain Time, here.

~8:00
Theme Music: Beau Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx", Celebration on the Planet Mars
Oren Lavie, "Her Morning Elegance", The Opposite Side of the Sea
Radiohead, "Dollars & Cents", Amnesiac
Andrew Bird, "Privateer", Noble Beast
Beck, "Soldier Jane", The Information
Phileas, "Welcome", Spoken Word
4 Bonjour's Parties, "Magpie Will Peck A Hole In My Plaster Cast", Pilgrims Drift Down...
William Orbit, "Humming Chorus", Hello Waveforms
Bon Iver, "Woods", unreleased EP
Radiohead, "Let Down", OK Computer
Elbow, "Starlings", The Seldom Seen Kid
Andrew Bird, "ouo", Noble Beast
Andrew Bird, "Not A Robot, But A Ghost", Noble Beast
Lemon Jelly, "Nice Weather For Duck", Lost Horizons
~9:00
Mike Doughty, "Ways And Means", Rockity Roll
Sigur Ros w/ Dr Joseph Lowery's Benediction (full benediction here)
Mike Doughty, "Fort Hood", Golden Delicious
Feist, "Sealion Woman", The Reminder
Jamie Lidell, "Multiply", Mulitply
Dana Bryant, "Heavy Mellow", Wishing From The Top
Marc Broussard, "Yes We Can, Can", S.O.S Save Our Soul
Zero 7, "Salt Water Sound", Simple Things
Nina Simone, "Feeling Good", Verve Remixed
Beck, "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime", Eternal Sunshine...
Mike Doughty, "I Wrote A Song About Your Car", Golden Delicious
Animal Collective, "My Girls", Merriweather Post Pavilion
Chatter box w/ "Baby Elephant Waltz" Upstairs At Larry's

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

More time travel...

Legend has it that Bessie Smith didn't need a microphone when she performed...that, even with a large ensemble of players, you could hear her voice clearly. Anywhere in the room. Even outside of the building where she was singing on the street. A big voice.

At least that's what Bobby Lounge told me, when I interviewed him for an npr story several years ago. Eccentric, reclusive, Bobby Lounge is worth his own blog post (at least one...)

But that will come in the future. For now, climb into this little Bessie Smith time machine (a youtube video) with its own anti-climactic, supa-highway weirdness. The machine: just a single shot of a record spinning....

When you get tired of looking, close your eyes and listen to the power of Bessie Smith's voice slicing from the distant past into your ear drums, taking you back...



Bessie Smith. A voice that cut through wax, walls and thick slabs of decadetime.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

My favorite moments of this morning's ceremony...


God of our weary years

God of our silent tears
Thou who has brought us
thus far along the way
Thou who has by thy might
let us into the light
keep us forever in the path we pray
Lest our feet stray from the places our god
where we met thee
Lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world,
we forget thee...

There were so many fine moments to watch. It's wonderful to have a president, once again, who has a way with words. Obama's speech was great, of course... (A wise friend of mine places it third in the pantheon of great inaugural speeches).

But it was Dr. Joseph Lowery's benediction that got me. Lowry words were eloquent and wise and funny and well-wrought. I love his old, leathery voice, and his choice of opening words from James Weldon Johnson.

Dip your cup into the deep wells of democracy and take a long, cool drink:


Saturday, January 17, 2009

This explains a few things...



After the valley, the mountaintop...


The urgency of now, and then.




I've seen this footage in black and white. I like it in color. Happy MLK day.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Seeing things....


I see robotic monkeys making crops circles...

The words come from a Mocky song, "Seeing Things", which I love more than most other people.....Every time I play it for someone else, I get a quizzical, confused, or slightly pitying expression in return. When I play it for myself, I'm sure my face doesn't register anything other than pure satisfaction

...I see Will Smith for president in 20-24....

And...well....the images above drifted through the transom mid-afternoon today~a grid of intergalactic tattoos, each like the signature markings on a butterfly.

...I see clones takin' over like they did before...

Sounds. Glyphs. Together, they are conquering the world. The change we need? Well, it's the change we've asked for....you know, "dogs saved humans for the last ten milleniums....'cause in the ten before that we was ruled by aliens...."

So, there you are. Happy hieroglyphic Friday.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I hope so too...

The Grey Lady wants your hopes and dreams...or at least one of them....

I worked with the New York Times on a project called, "I hope so too", that asked citizens from across the country to pick a top priority for the Obama Administration:

"If you had to pick one thing that Obama should focus on, what would it be?"

Check it out here.

I was in Los Angeles at the time, and sent in ~20 interviews. NYT drew from a pool of 14 states worth of interviews. I think it's surprising that the top issue was not the economy. Also surprising is that among the hundreds of "hopes", all of them were boiled down to a finitude of 29. I would have thought that there would be more variety. Does that mean we're too herd-bound to think outside the box? Or does it mean that the things we face are so urgent that people are more focused than normal?

You can add your hopes to the mix in the comments section...in fact NYT asks that you include hopes that aren't included in the matrix of 29. You can also vote for your favorite hope.

Obsequious, Purple & Clairvoyant Show Playlist 1-15-09


The medium is the message...

On Thursday mornings, I'm a DJ in at a community station in Western Colorado. The Obsequious Purple and Clairvoyant show.....a veritable cornucopia of sonic sweetmeats and treats. OPC streams live, Thursdays 8-10am (mountain time) of KVNF-Mountain Grown Community Radio. You can listen here.


Obsequious Purple Clairvoyant Playlist for 1-15-09
~8:00am
Theme Music (The Beaux Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx"-A Celebration on the Planet Mars)
Bon Iver, "Skinny Love"-For Emma, Forever Ago
M Ward, "Blake's View"-Hold Time
Andrew Bird, "Anonanimal"-Noble Beast
LemonJelly, "The Bath"-LemonJelly.KY
Bird and the Bee, "Polite Dance Song"-Rayguns Are Not Just the Future
Andrew Bird, "Nomenclature"-Noble Beast
Bon Iver, "Woods"-Unreleased EP
Derek Trucks, "Already Free"-Already Free
Dan Bern, "Eva"-Fleeting Days
M Ward, "Stars of Leo"-Hold Time
Breeders, "Rise"-Mountain Battles
Gomez, "Notice"-How We Operate
~9:00am
Lemon Jelly, "The Staunton Lick"-LemonJelly.KY
M Ward, "Shaingra La"-Hold Time
Andrew Bird, "Not A Robot But a Ghost"-Noble Beast
Animal Collective, "My Girls"-Merriweather Post Pavilion
The Bird and The Bee, "My Love Diamond"-Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future
Lemon Jelly, "Nothing"-LemonJelly.KY
Radiohead, "Sit down. Stand Up."-Hail to the Theif
Radiohead, "I Might Be Wrong"-Amnesiac
Animal Collective, "Brother Sport"-Merriweather Post Pavilion
Tom Ze, "Ogodo, Ano 2000"-The Hips of Tradition
Herb Albert, "Green Onions"-Whipped Cream and Other Delights ReWhipped
Andrew Bird, "Natural Disaster"-Noble Beast

Listen to the new M Ward album Hold Time, here. Release date is February 20, 2009.
Listen to new Bon Iver EP here. Should be released next week.