show151 – Tre

The last 3 shows have been amazing — local performers each with their own distinct style and vibe. Tre played some amazing songs, particularly the one about Johnny Cash.

Ani DiFranco – Your Next Bold Move – Portland OR ’04 official bootleg (Righteous Babe)
Littlebird – November Nights – Angels Wait (self)

Tre live in the studio:
          Many Reasons To Sing The Blues
          The Voice Of Johnny Cash
          Words Brew
          Take The Blame

Edie Carey – Chemistry – When I Was Made (self)
Brenda Weiler – Daisy – Fly Me Back (Peppermint)
Lara Michell – Low – Soliloquy (self)

Thanks to Todd for co-hosting – he rocked the mic and helped to make the show so grand.

We spoke a bit tonight on the show about podcasting. I’m gonna try it out tomorrow with an old show and see if it works.

show 150 – Olmec

Olmec came down to the station with his 12-string and his soulful voice. It was another night of sunshine.

Bruce Springsteen – Hungry Heart – Greatest Hits (Columbia)
Libby Kirkpatrick – White Eyelashed Girl – Winged (Heart Music)
Brenda Weiler – Christmas Sweater – Cold Weather (Virt)

Olmec in-studio:
           Song of the Bushmen
           Wake With The Sun
           Ride On
           Fiddler Man

Kevin Gilbert – When You Give Your Love To Me – Thud (PRA)
The Weepies – Vegas Baby – Happiness (self)
Jacob Ray – Do I Dare…? – A Small Part Of Something Beautiful (self)
John Vecchiarelli – To The Brim – Songs From Whoville (Speck)

Join us next Sunday — our special musical guest will be Tre!

show 149 – Hunter Paye

Hunter’s music was exuberant — the perfect antidote to these depressing post-election days. And the addition of Kina on cello was ace. In the words of singer/songwriter Deni Bonet, after seeing and hearing tonight’s performance I want “sunshine all the time.”

Playlists are always in the form of Artist – Song – Album (Label)

Brendan Benson – Tiny Spark – Lapalco (StarTime International)
Ashleigh Flynn – Barrow – Chokecherry (Home Perm)
Ashleigh Flynn – Isa – Chokecherry (Home Perm)

Hunter Paye in-studio (featuring Kina Muir on cello):
          Arise And Inspire
          Worker Bee
          Vermont Leaves

Laura Veirs – Icebound Stream – Carbon Glacier (Nonesuch)
Billy Bragg – The Myth Of Trust – Back To Basics (Elektra)
Devon Sproule – Farewell, Seasick Suffering – Upstate Songs (City Salvage)
Brendan Benson – Metarie – Lapalco (StarTime International)

Learn more about Hunter and his band Folkrum by clicking here.

show 148 – Ray’s Vast Basement & Michael Zapruder

Usually it is a bad thing to have heightened expectations because they can’t be matched in the real world. More often than not, one is left disappointed.

Not so with Ray’s Vast Basement and Michael Zapruder. I’d heard glowing praise about them before, was really excited about their appearance on the show, and they knocked my socks off. They made apologies for taking up my entire show, when I would’ve given them a second hour if I had had one to give.

The rundown:

Robyn Hitchcock – The President (demo) – Element Of Light (Rhino)
Elliott Smith – A Passing Feeling – From A Basement On The Hill (Anti)
Ray’s Vast Basement – She’s My Diary – Isn’t It Romantic? (Verse Press)

Ray’s Vast Basement live in-studio:
         ”Field Guide To Western Intimacy” (poem read aloud)
         Sleeping Pills
         Crystal Clock

Michael Zapruder – Black Hawk – Isn’t It Romantic? (Verse Press)

Michael Zapruder live:
         Harbor Saints
         The Alchemist
         Phenopapla (sp?)

Some of the songs and poems featured tonight came from a book called Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets which features an accompanying cd. All kinds of great artists are featured on the cd; Vic Chesnutt, Hamell On Trial, Jenny Toomey, Nina Nastasia, and of course Ray’s Vast Basement and Michael Zapruder. I’m gonna track me down a copy; if you liked what you heard tonight then you should too!