Monday, February 25, 2008

2/24/08 Playlist

1. Jamcrackers: Arnold the Armadillo (Jamcrackers), Esperance 014
2. Anders Osborne: Lucky One (Coming Out), M.C. Records 0060
3. Sirens: The Promise (Look Up), Borealis 183
4. Ben Bedford: Lincoln's Man (Lincoln's Man), Hopeful Sky 101

5. Amanda Shaw: Pretty Runs Out (Pretty Runs Out), Rounder 3257

6. Randall Williams: Draw the Line (Praying for Land), Musafir 06
7. The Kennedys: American Wish (Better Dreams), Appleseed 1107
8. Brooks Williams: Rich Tonight (The Time I Spend with You), Red Guitar Blue Music 0801

9. Wagtail: When the Sun Goes Down (One Clear Moment), Thunder Ridge
10. Sparky & Rhonda Rucker: Ezekiel Saw the Wheel (The Mountains Above and the Valleys Below), Tremont 008
11. We're About 9: All the Time (Paperdust * Stardust), self
12. Mat Callahan & Yvonne Moore: Circle Round (Welcome), Broken Arrow

Concerts coming up:
13. Joe Crookston: Bird by Bird (Able Baker Charlie & Dog), self
14. Maria Sangiolo: Celia Says (Under the Mystic Sea), Raging River 106
15. Ed Trickett: Diamond Joe (Echo on The Evening Tide), Azalea City 9901
16. Red Stick Ramblers: When The Sugar Cane's Tall (Bring It on Down), Memphis International Records 8

More Concerts: 17. Garnet Rogers: Bittersweet (Get A Witness -- Live), Snow Goose Songs 1133 18. Becky Chace: Trouble (A River Under Me), self 19. Steve Earle: Steve's Hammer [for Pete] (Washington Square Serenade), New West 3027 20. Kym Tuvim: Mystery (Nothing Sweet Nothing), Retrofit 001

For that lovely eclipse: 21. Greg Brown: Ring Around the Moon (44 & 66), Red House 02 22. Eliza Gilkyson: Walking on The Moon (Wounded Heart of America), HighTone 8196 23. Emily Kurn: Mississippi Moon (Things Change), self 24. Denice Franke: Dance to The Moon (Comfort), Certain Records 003

Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Hesperus's "An Early American Quilt," Maggie's Music 235

25. Dar Williams: February (Mortal City), Razor & Tie 2821

More for the eclipse: 26 & 27. Hugh Blumenfeld: Soweto (played the "wrong" song) & Rising Moon (The Strong in Spirit), Prime CD 006 28. Kitty Donohoe: Howling at The Moon (This Road Tonight), Roheen 005 29. Mary Chapin Carpenter: The Moon and St. Christopher (Shooting Straight in The Dark), Columbia CK 46077 30. Small Potatoes: Big Ol' Prairie Moon (Small Potatoes Alive!), self

Tomorrow's the 16th anniversary of my being badly injured in a crash caused by a VERY drunk driver: 31. Watermelon Slim: Drinking and Driving (The Wheel), Northern Blues

32. State Radio: Fight No More (Year of The Crow), Ruff Shod 33. Eric Taylor: Better Man (Hollywood Pocketknife), Blue Ruby 003 34. Michael Jerling: Cold River (Crooked Path), Fool's Hill 2002 35. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Playlist, Feb. 17, 2008

1. Brooks Williams: Lightning (The Time I Spend with You), self
2. Wagtail: When the Sun Goes Down (One Clear Moment), self
3. We're About 9: Nobody Flying (Paperdust Stardust), self
4. Kym Tuvim: Mystery (Nothing Sweet Nothing), Retrofit

5. Elizabeth Nicholson & Stringed Migration: Lord Thomas (Fly Not Yet), Waterbug 81
6. Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen (Sounding Board 3/15): Your Love (Cross the Water), Sleepy Creek 105
7. Jefferson Pepper: Columbus Day (American Evolution), American Fallout 003
8. Shelby Lynne: How Can I Be Sure (Just A Little Lovin'), Lost Highway 9789

It's Loreena McKennitt's birthday -- I played an interview mixed with her recorded music, produced in March 1995. The eight selections included Marrakesh Night Market, Prospero's Speech, The Blacksmith, Annachie Gordon, and 4 other pieces whose names I probably noted when I put the piece together, but don't know now!

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, and the end of Random Acts of Kindness Week:
17. Emmylou Harris: Cup of Kindness (Stumble into Grace), Nonesuch 79805
18. Richard Thompson: Hand of Kindness (Hand of Kindness), Hannibal 1315
19. Rebecca Troon: Small Acts of Kindness (Turning Around), Awful Good
20. Joan Baez: Be Not Too Hard (The Contemporary Ballad Book), Vanguard 2-LP collection
21. Paul Thorn: What Have You Done to Lift Somebody Up (A Long Way from Tupelo), Perpetual Obscurity 20089
22. Susan Werner: Help Somebody (The Gospel Truth), self

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Larry Unger and Eden MacAdam-Somer's "Notorious," Black Socks 26

For Mike Huckabee:
23. Roy Zimmerman: Defenders of Marriage (Faulty Intelligence), Metaphor 920
For the controversial exhibit (where DID those bodies come from?) "Bodies Revealed" at the XL Center:
24. Cindy Kallet: Bodies (Dreaming down A Quiet Line), Stone's Throw 1 25. Meg Hutchinson: America [Enough] (Come Up Full), Red House 209
26. Robin & Linda Williams: 50,000 Names (Radio Songs), Red House 204
27. Eric Bibb: Dance Me to The End of Love (Friends), Telarc 83619
28. Becky Chace: Lonely (A River Under Me), self
29. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Friday, February 15, 2008

Mellencamp songs taken off McCain's playlist

By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press WriterFri Feb 8, 10:39 AM ET

It may be "Our Country," but it's John Mellencamp's song.

When the liberal rocker found out his songs were being played at events for Republican John McCain's presidential campaign, Mellencamp's publicist sent a letter that questioned the campaign's playlist.

"Are you sure you want to use his music to promote Senator McCain's efforts?" according to the letter sent to McCain's campaign on Monday. "Logic says that the facts might prove to be an embarrassment, were they to be circulated widely."

McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers in Washington, D.C., said Thursday that the songs would no longer be played. He declined to elaborate.

The letter explained Mellencamp was a liberal who had supported Democrat John Edwards, who recently dropped out of the race. Publicist Bob Merlis said Mellencamp told him that the situation made him uncomfortable and he couldn't imagine McCain would want to be associated with him.

"You know, here's a guy running around saying, 'I'm a true conservative.'" Merlis told The Associated Press. "Well, if you're such a true conservative, why are you playing songs that have a very populist pro-labor message written by a guy who would find no argument if you characterized him as left of center?"

Mellencamp songs that had been played at McCain's events included "Our Country" and "Pink Houses." In "Our Country," Mellencamp sings, "There's room enough here for science to live, and there's room enough here for religion to forgive." In "Pink Houses," he sings about a simple man who "pays for the thrills, the bills and the pills that kill."

His other hits include "Jack and Diane," "Hurts So Good" and "Small Town." Mellencamp is scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10 in New York.
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NYTimes: Shared Song, Communal Memory

EAST LANSING, Mich., Feb. 10, 2008

THEY meet on the first Monday of the month at the Universalist Unitarian Church here, not to worship but to sing. Just to sing. There are song leaders, some with a guitar or a banjo or an autoharp, but this isn’t a class or a choir; the singers, not the leaders, choose the tunes. Most hold copies of a spiral-bound songbook of folk music called “Rise Up Singing.” They perform songs like “Keep On the Sunny Side” and “This Land Is Your Land.” No one minds a voice gone off-key.
From Hawaii to Santa Cruz to the Philadelphia suburbs, in living rooms, churches and festival tents, similar gatherings — called community sings, or singalongs — draw together the average-voiced and bring old songs into common memory.

If there is a natural opposite to gold-plated pop irony and faceless file sharing — music as the American majority knows it in 2008 — this is it. These meetings are earnest, participant directed and person to person: a slow-going, folkish appreciation of American vernacular culture.
Much of this impulse descends from
Pete Seeger, who has championed the cause of group-singing for more than 60 years. “No one can prove a damn thing,” Mr. Seeger said in a recent interview, “but I think that singing together gives people some kind of a holy feeling. And it can happen whether they’re atheists, or whoever. You feel like, ‘Gee, we’re all together.’ ”

Amateur group-singing has been around forever, of course, at bars, churches, schools, camps and stadiums. Community sings like the one in East Lansing are pitched halfway between the ritual of the campfire singalong and the self-conscious American folk-music movement of the 20th century.
In 1945 Mr. Seeger founded the People’s Song collective, which disseminated its own songbooks, thereby helping to popularize songs like “We Shall Overcome.” The folk revival of the late 1950s and the subsequent rise of folk festivals, some of which included song-circles as special events, furthered the idea that singing together could reseed a homegrown culture and empower the ordinary citizen to change society.

In 1973 Peter Blood, a Quaker, political organizer, teacher and folk musician in Philadelphia, put together a homemade songbook called “Winds of the People,” which quickly took off in the group-sing scene. “There was a demand for it in the circles we ran in, which were religious and summer-camp circles,” said his wife, Annie Patterson. In time Movement for a New Society and other nonreligious activist organizations adopted it for singalong events.

A decade later Mr. Blood and Ms. Patterson were envisioning a more ambitious book. They compiled and cleared the rights to 1,200 songs for “Rise Up Singing,” which was published in 1988. Mark Moss, editor of Sing Out! magazine, the pre-eminent journal of the folk movement, and also the publisher of the songbook, said it has sold about 800,000 copies, at $17.95 each.

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

2/10/08 Playlist

1. Lenny Solomon Band: It's Snowing (Maybe Today), Not Life Threatening 002
2. Sweet Honey in The Rock: Dog, Dog (Experience ... 101), Appleseed 1104
3. John McCutcheon: Hope Dies Last (This Fire), Appalsongs 2007
4. Ruthy Ungar: Sunday Kinda Love (Jukebox), Humble Abode Music 002

5 & 6. Woody Guthrie: Tom Joad & Grand Coulee Dam (The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949), Woody Guthrie Foundation

7. Sugar Bayou: He's Just Weak (Dance Hall Incident), Spare Parts 56474
8. Jason Spooner: All That We Know (The Flame You Follow), self
9. Sally Spring: Ain't No Ash Will Burn (Mockingbird), Sniffinpup 0001
10. Spicewood Seven: Iraqi Soldier Blues (Kakistocracy), Austin Records Inc. 70406

11 - 14. from Songs from Sing Out! Volume 51 #4
11. Sara Grey: Derry Dems of Arrow
12. Jonathan Byrd: Jacks
13. The Mountain Goats: Cotton
14. Chuck Pyle: Long Time Gone

15. Eva Cassidy: American Tune (American Tune), Blix Street G2 10079
16. Matt Callahan & Yvonne Moore: Old John Brown (Welcome), Broken Arrow
17. Ann Wilson with Alison Krauss: War of Man (Hope & Glory), Zoe 1085
18. Mark Erelli: Here & Now (Hope & Other Casualties), Signature Sounds 1296

Due to health problems, Utah Phillips has had to give up touring. You can find out more at
These songs are from "Starlight on The Rails: A Songbook," Daemon Records 19047
19. Going Away
20. Old Buddy, Goodnight
21. Jesse's Corrido

I read a bit of Matthew Rothschild's Progressive article "The FBI Deputizes Business"
22. Roy Zimmerman: Multinational Anthem (Security), Metaphor 917
23. Eric Bogle: Global Economy (The Colour of Dreams), Greentrax 237

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Roger Williams's "A Resophonic Retrospective," Happy Appy 5,

24 & 25. Rebecca Troon: Small Acts of Kindness & Hazelwood (Turning Around), Awful Good Records
26. Danny Schmidt: California's on Fire (Little Grey Sheep), Waterbug 79
27. Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez: Do Your Part (Let's Leave This Town), Lone Star 4009
28. Carrie Newcomer: One Woman and A Shovel (The Geography of Light), Philo 1253

29. Bill Morrissey: Dangerous Way (Come Running), Turn and Spin 1125
30. Tracy Grammer: Lord of The Buffalo (Book of Sparrows), self
31. James Gordon & Sons: Levee's Broken (Nine Green Bottles), Borealis 182
32. Cathy Fink: Mistreated Mama Blues (Banjo Talkin'), Rounder 0599
33. Tom Paxton: How Beautiful Upon The Mountain (Comedians & Angels), Appleseed 1105
34. Joel Mabus: Holding to The Land (Retold), Fossil 180
35. Eliza Gilkyson et al: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174

Monday, February 4, 2008

2/4/08 playlist for a fill-in, following Democracy Now

1. The Kennedys: Give Me Back My Country (Better Dreams), Appleseed 1107
2. Butch Hancock: Tat Great Election Day (War and Peace), Two Roads 2006
3. John McCutcheon: Surprise, Surprise, Surprise (Signs of The Times), Flying Fish
4. Dan Bern: My Country II (My Country II), Messenger

5. The Mammals: Bad Shoes Blues (Rock That Board), Signature Sounds 1284
6. Peter Dyer: Talking Chickenhawk Blues (single)
7. James McMurtry: Can't Make It Here (single download, radio edit), Compadre
8. Iris DeMent: The Wasteland of The Free (The Way I Should), Warner Bros. 46188

Following 9/11, President Bush and seven top officials of his administration waged a carefully orchestrated campaign of misinformation about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith talk about at least 935 false statements made in the two years following September 11, 2001, at

9. Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time: I'm A Lie (Took Down and Put Up), Lonesome Day 011
10. The WMDs / Christine Lavin: The Liar Sleeps Tonight (Happydance of The Xenophobe), Yellow Tail 10022
11. Chuck Brodsky: Liar Liar, Pants on Fire (Tulips for Lunch), Waterbug / self
12. Yikes McGee: The Liar (EP), self
13. Jay Mankita: They Lied (Dogs Are Watching Us), self

14. Myshkin's Ruby Warblers: Lied (Anti-Theft Device), Waterbug sampler
15. The Short Sisters: Blizzard of Lies (Live from Four States), Black Socks Press 17
16. Ann Wilson: Little Problems, Little Lies (Hope & Glory), Zoe 1085
17. The Avett Brothers: The Weight of Lies (Emotionalism), Ramseur 2716
18. Emma's Revolution: Silence & Lies (Roots, Rock & Revolution), self

19. Willie Dixon: It Don't Make Sense -- You Can't Make Peace (Mighty Earthquake and Hurricane), PA USA LP
20. Joni Mitchell: Strong and Wrong (Shine), Hear Music 30457
21. Charlie King: The War Has Been Coming Home (Stoking the Fires of Resistance), No Label visible
22. Les Barker: Debate (Twilight of The Dogs), Mrs. Ackroyd DOG 019

23. Chumbawamba: Walking into Battle with The Lord (A Singsong and A Scrap), AK Press 047CD

24. Neil Young: Let's Impeach the President [for Lying] (Living with War), Reprise
25. Richad Thompson: Pharoah (Amnesia), Capitol
26. Keb' Mo': (What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding (Peace -- Back by Popular Demand), Okeh/ Epic

Sunday, February 3, 2008

2/3/08 Playlist

1. Elizabeth Nicholson and Stringed Migration: Lebanese Melody / The Unquiet Grave (Fly Not Yet), Waterbug 81
2. Kane Welch Kaplin: I Wish I Had That Mandolin (Kane Welch Kaplin), Compass 4464
3. Carey Creed: Blue Boat Home (Peace of Wild Things), Azalea City 0705 4. Arlo Guthrie: In Times Like These (In Times Like These), Rising Son 1126

5. Lisa Markley: Eve Takes the Fall (The Sky Is Blue and Sometimes Cries), Soona Songs 007
6. Steve Earle: City of Immigrants (Washington Square Serenade), New West A3027
7. Caroline Herring: Song for Fay (Lantana), Signature Sounds 2010
8. Duane Rutter: Dead Man (Waiting Room), Busted Flat 017

It's Rich's and Johnny's birthday:
9. Small Potatoes: Time Flies (Small Potatoes Alive!), self
10. Johnny Irion: Short Leash (Ex Tempore), Rte 8 Records / Rising Son
11. Small Potatoes: Misalliance (Small Potatoes Alive!), self
12. Johnny Irion: Brush Yet Teeth Blues (Ex Tempore), Rte 8 Records / Rising Son

Upcoming concerts:
13. Last Fair Deal (Branford Folk Coffeehouse 2/9): Don't Let Your Deal Go Down (True Tales), Bread and Butter 000405
14. Emma Weiss (WHUS, 2/6): Windowsill (Clamor), self emmaweiss@earthlinknet
15. Mark Erelli (Roaring Brook 2/9): The Volunteer (download), self
16. Atwater-Donnelly (as Jerimoth Hill) (U'n'I 2/9): (The Halfway Ground), Rabbit Island 1010
17. The Subdudes (Garde Theater 2/7): A Thorn in Her Side (Street Symphony), Back Porch / EMI
18. Girl Howdy (Iron Horse 2/10): You're Not Easy to Forget (It's Honky Tonk Time!), EP/self

The Army has been threatening to buy a pristine parcel of land in Middletown, one of the last undeveloped parcels on the CT River, and develop it to make a training center there:

19. Joni Mitchell: Big Yellow Taxi - 2007 (Shine), Hear Music
20. Mark Erelli: Imaginary Wars (Hope & Other Casualties), Signature Sounds 1296
21. Laurie Lewis and Her Bluegrass Pals: The Wood Thrush's Song (Laurie Lewis and Her Bluegrass Pals), Rounder 0461
22. John Gorka: Houses in The Fields (Jack's Crows), High Street 10309
23. Tom Paxton & Anne Hills: There Goes the Mountain (Under American Skies), Appleseed 1052
24. Carla Sciaky: The Song That Bird Sings (Awakening), Green Linnet 2115
25. Storyhill: Paradise Lost (Storyhill), Red House 197

But it looks as if an informal coalition of neighbors, open space advocates, town officials, state officials, the DEP, the governor, influential editorial advocates and most recently Congresswoman Rosa Delauro, and Secretary of State Susan Byciewicz have likely had an effect:

26. Malvina Reynolds: The Lambeth Children (Magical Songs), Cassandra LP
27. Bob Bossin: Sulphur Passage (Gabriola V0R 1X0), Nick 007
28. Patty Larkin: Metal Drums (Live in The Square), Philo 1136

The Dreaded Folk Calendar over selections from Elizabeth Nicholson and Stringed Migration's "Fly Not Yet," Waterbug 81

It appears that the two suicide-bombers who attacked the Iraqi pet and bird markets were women with Down Syndrome, and it's possible that at least one of them carried an explosive pack that was detonated by remote control -- in other words she was murdered, along with her victims.
29. Eliza Gilkyson: Tender Mercies (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174
30. Tom Waits: Road to Peace (Orphans), Anti- promo 86677

Tsunami Tuesday coming right up:
31. Dan Bern: My Country II (My Country II), Messenger 19
32. Butch Hancock: Great Election Day (War and Peace), Two Roads 2006
33. Therapy Sisters: Let's Put A Folksinger in The White House (A Folksinger in The White House), self
34. John McCutcheon: Surprise, Surprise, Surprise (Signs of The Times), Flying Fish
35. Norman & Nancy Blake: Don't Be Afraid of The Neo-Cons (single), Dualtone
36. Eliza Gilkyson: Peace Call (Land of Milk and Honey), Red House 174