Monday, 19 February 2018

on wednesday, february 21 on cjsr, my guests marnie giesbrecht and joachim segger (duo majoya) talk to me about a variety of subjects including their work with rcco edmonton (royal canadian college of organists) and an upcoming performance in new york, which will be available for streaming online.
listen to february 14 (organ grinder love suite) playlist here:

emitt rhodes - mother earth (the american dream)
aine o'dwyer - hymnals of love against the grain (music for church cleaners vol i & ii)
jean guillou - jeux d'orgue: hautbois d'amour (organ encores)
alice coltrane - a love supreme (world galaxy)
johann johannsson - the drowned world (orphee)
shirley collins & dolly collins - a song-story (anthems in eden)
z'ev - if only that love lets letting happen (organ music for organs) (spire: organ works past, present & future)
naomi barfield - egyptian love song (the old pump organ)


Sunday, 11 February 2018

this wednesday (february 14), it's the organ grinder love suite on cjsr from 1-2 pm.

february 7 playlist (in memory of mama organ grinder in the week of her birthday):

dr. john, the night tripper - mama roux (gris-gris)
florence mahon - handel: concerto in b flat major, op 4 no 2: allegro, ma non presto (souvenirs: scarboro united church organ)
abraham brun - yaaleh w'yowoh (cantorials)
mrs. miller - chim chim cher-ee (greatest hits)
shirley scott - things ain't what they used to be (roll 'em: shirley scott plays the big bands)
dallas symphony, andrew litton & wayne marshall - symphony for organ and orchestra (a copland profile)
james mcvinnie - nico muhly: fast cycles (cycles)
ray charles - moanin' (genius + soul = jazz)
john cale - half past france (paris 1919)

february 7 audio here.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

the latest broadcast, featuring guest isabelle demers (who will be performing at winspear centre on february 4 at 3 pm) can be heard here!
january 31 playlist:

isabelle demers - etude heroique, op. 38 (rachel laurin: oeuvres pour orgue)
isabelle demers - ein' feste burg ist unser gott, op. 27 (the chorale fantasias of max reger)
ben van oosten - symphonie no. 2 op. 20 i. allegro (louis vierne: complete organ symphonies)
christine brewer & paul jacobs - stolzel: diomedes - bist du bei bir (arr. bach) (divine redeemer)
michael tilson thomas & ralph grierson with roger kellaway, steve reich & tom raney - reich: four organs (cage: three dances/reich: four organs)

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

gather 'round for pipin' hot playlists, four months old!

(image by norman rockwell)
indulge me as i share my previously unposted playlists dating back to september of last year all the way to today's show.

september 6, 2017 (with guest host al burant):

mahogany frog - expo 67 (senna)
can - mushroom (tago mago)
david sylvian with jon hassell, steve jansen & holger czukay - incantation (words with the shaman)
can - future days (future days)
yes - everydays (time and a word)
rick wakeman - jane seymour (the six wives of henry viii)
utopia - love is the answer (oops! wrong planet)
steve reich - music for mallet instruments, voices and organ (excerpt) (drumming/music for mallet instruments, voices and organ/six pianos)
steely dan - do it again (can't buy a thrill)
pazzport - new shadow (pazzport)

september 13, 2017 (harpsichord special with guest co-host warren krick):

love - the red telephone (forever changes)
sagittarius - song to the magic frog (present tense)
the millenium - prelude (begin)
alessandro alessandroni - giovane flirt (alessandro alessandroni)
ennio morricone - la lucertola (lizard in a woman's skin)
stelvio cipriani - la polizia sta a guardare (amer ost)
the three o'clock - and so we run (sixteen tambourines)
billy nicholls - life is short (would you believe)
the left banke - walk away renee (walk away renee/pretty ballerina)
the kinks - two sisters (something else by the kinks)
the rolling stones - yesterday's papers (between the buttons)
e. power biggs - maple leaf rag (plays scott joplin on the pedal harpsichord)
the beach boys - wonderful (smile)
ksiezyc - historyjka (ksiezyc)
joanna newsom – peach plum pear (the milk-eyed mender)
nick drake - fly (bryter layter)

september 20, 2017 (rebroadcast of sounds of folkways crossover program from november 11, 2015)

september 27, 2017 (holger czukay/jaki liebezeit tribute and imaginary landscapes crossover show, a live broadcast from the can factory in germany through tin can telephone conversation between joe hartfeil and caitlin richards):

can - spoon (ege bamyasi)
holger czukay - on the way to the peak of normal (on the way to the peak of normal)
can - peking o (tago mago)
czukay, wobble & liebezeit - twilight world (full circle)
holger czukay - cool in the pool (movies)
holger czukay - traum mal wieder (der osten ist rot)
can - spray (future days)
can - half past one (landed)

october 4, 2017:

tom petty & the heartbreakers - here comes my girl (damn the torpedoes)
mudcrutch - june apple (mudcrutch)
the john henrys - piece of mind (white linen)
slow leaves - love and honesty and kindness (enough about me)
the deep dark woods - fallen leaves (yarrow)
alvvays - saved by a waif (antisocialites)
datetenryu - abuku no aji (1971)
nina simone - the house of the rising sun (nina simone sings the blues)
betty davis - game is my middle name (betty davis)
booker t. & the mgs - kinda easy like (melting pot)
james brown - i never loved a man the way i love you (plays the real thing)
al melgard - jolly coppersmith (at the chicago stadium organ)

october 11, 2017:

tom parrott - they ask me why i wander (many windowed night)
wes montgomery - moanin' (portrait of Wes)
sophia kennedy - foam (sophia kennedy)
joseph nolan - franz liszt: fantasie und fuge uber den chorale - fantasia (moderato - allegro - tempo giuste - vivace) (the organ of saint sulpice, paris)
dennis james - at the jazz band ball (dtoc command performances: for members only volume two)
mahogany frog - flossing with buddha (senna)
tindersticks - marbles (tindersticks)
amon duul ii - yeti (yeti)

october 18, 2017 (for the late, great grady tate):

lou donaldson - rough house blues (rough house blues)
shirley scott - stompin' at the savoy (roll 'em: shirley scott plays the big bands)
akiko tsuruga - kiko (harlem dreams)
jimmy smith - (i can't get no) satisfaction (got my mojo workin')
jimmy mcgriff - think (the worm)
kai winding with the prevailing winds - half a crown (rainy day)
grady tate - the windmills of your mind (windmills of my mind)
dave pike - sunny (jazz for the jet set)
jack mcduff - the city bump (the fourth dimension)
eric kloss - gemini (love and all that jazz)
leon spencer - give me your love (where i'm coming from)
johnny hodges & wild bill davis - joe's blues (joe's blues)

october 25, 2017 (dennis james interview special):

philip glass - mad rush for organ (analog)
helmut walcha - toccata and fugue in d minor, bwv 565 (j.s. bach: organ works)
vincent warnier - samille saint-saens: danse macabre (transcription pour orgue da edwin lemare) (concerts au grande orgue de saint etienne du mont, paris)
pdq bach with dennis james - little pickle book for theater organ and dill piccolos (the short-tempered clavier and other dysfunctional works for keyboard)

november 1, 2017 (fundrive special):

ten years after - adventures of a young organ (ten years after)
the kinks - everybody's a star (starmaker) (soap opera)
anna von hausswolff - funeral for my future children (ceremony)
spinal tap - gimme some money (this is spinal tap)
dick hyman and mary mayo - moon gas (moon gas)
cherry wainer - money (single)
floyd cramer - lullaby of birdland (gets organ-ized)
quintron - slumber party (unmasked organ light-year of infinity man)
lyres - don't give it up now (on fyre)
zoot money's big roll band - walking the dog (decca originals: the mod scene)
bj nilsen - zephyr (spire: organ works past, present and future)

november 8, 2017:

bo diddley - do the robot (the london sessions)
amina claudine myers - 3/4s of 4/4 (song for mother e)
ike quebec - heavy soul (heavy soul)
dj shadow - organ donor [extended overhaul] (endtroducing...)
van der graaf generator - white hammer (the least we can do is wave to each other)
leonard cohen - a bunch of lonesome heroes (songs from a room)
link wray & the raymen - hidden charms (early recordings)
malcolm hicks, bryden thomson & london philharmonic orchestra - christmas eve (arnold bax: symphony no. 1/christmas eve)

november 15, 2017 (rebroadcast of caitlin richards's fill-in from november 9, 2016)

november 22, 2017 (all-canadian special):

saltland - light of mercy (a common truth)
slow leaves - enough about me (enough about me)
the deep dark woods - drifting on a summer's night (yarrow)
le plaisir - future's done (le plaisir)
checkerlads - you just can't hide (nightmares from the underworld vol. 1)
jack london & the sparrows - if you don't want my love (jack london & the sparrows)
painted ship - frustration (single)
49th parallel - (the) magician (49th parallel)
george cacioppo - holy ghost vacuum or america faints (advance of the fungi etc.)
gord downie - nancy (introduce yerself)

november 29, 2017:

the rascals - come on up (the ultimate rascals)
milt buckner - take the a train (rockin' with milt)
songs: ohia - being in love (the lioness)
le plaisir - never gonna cry again (le plaisir)
egg - a visit to newport hospital (the polite force)
trikolon - trumpet for example (cluster)
reginald dixon - the toy trumpet (reg at the tower)
riccardo chailly, gabriele mugnai, roberto de thierry & coro di milano giuseppe verdi - requiem (puccini discoveries)
alice clark - i keep it hid (alice clark)
clarence wheeler & the enforcers - hey jude (doin' what we wanna)

december 6, 2017:

jobriath - world without end (jobriath)
floyd cramer - a string of pearls (gets organ-ized)
larry young - discotheque (in paris (the ortf recordings))
dave brubeck - knives (two generations of brubeck)
florence mahon - franz schubert: litany (all souls' day) (souvenirs: scarboro united church organ)
ruth copeland - the silent boatman (self portrait)
j.c. akins - i love you (boddie recording company: cleveland, ohio)
rev rl hubbard - child of the king (boddie recording company: cleveland, ohio)
the golliwogs - brown-eyed girl (pre-creedence clearwater revival)
dave clark five - because (the hits)
kevin bowyer - henryk gorecki: kantata (the music for organ (nimbus - bowyer))

december 13, 2017:

jim ford - wonder what they'll do with today (the unissued capitol album)
sir julian - a man and a woman (ultra-lounge vol. 11: organs in orbit)
john patton - b men thel (minor swing)
jamie saft - der judenstein (the jewery stone) (black shabbis)
john zorn - litany vi (six litanies for heliogabalus)
john cale - the jeweller (slow dazzle)
sigtryggur berg sigmarsson - details of a new discovery (spire: organ works past, present & future)
mushroom - the liathdan (early one morning)
fats waller - the digah's stomp (1927-29)
esquivel! - music makers (space-age bachelor pad music)
alice clark - don't wonder why (alice clark)
nick lowe - what lack of love has done (dig my mood)

december 20, 2017 (christmas special):

the sonics - don't believe in christmas (here are the sonics)
second hand - death may be your santa claus (death may be your santa claus)
michael cheshire (reginald foort) - adams: bells of st. mary's (pipe organ in the mosque)
rotary connection - amen (rotary connection)
eddie layton at the hammond organ - away in a manger/silent night (organ music for christmas with chimes and brass choir)
jean guillou - improvisation on the theme greensleeves (organ encores)
james garratt - weihnachten op. 145 no. 3 (max reger: orgelstucke op. 145)
moondog - elf dance (a new sound of an old instrument)
iain quinn - knut nystedt: variations on med jesus vil eg fara, op. 4 (tender is the north)
helmut walcha - orgelbuchlein: vom himmel, hoch da komm' ich her bwv 606 (j.s. bach: organ works)
the beach boys - a day in the life of a tree (surf's up)
trudy pitts - it was a very good year (introducing the fabulous trudy pitts)
hanna-barbera organ & chimes - joy to the world (merry christmas)

december 27, 2017 (rebroadcast of hermann nitsch special from january 18, 2017)

january 3 , 2018:

groove holmes - night glider (night glider)
bar-kays - knucklehead (soul finger)
bobby womack & peace - do it right (across 110th street)
p.j. proby - won't be long (three week hero)
van dyke parks - donovan's colours (song cycle)
steve stills & al kooper - season of the witch (super session)
ray cathode - time beat (single)
caetano veloso - miserere nobis (tropicalia: ou panis et circencis)
shirley scott - sophisticated Swing (roll 'em: shirley scott plays the big bands)
sarah leonard & christopher bowers-broadbent - gavin bryars: the black river (o domina nostra)

january 10, 2018 (guest hosted by my identical twin john hartfeil, the man in the movie projector, who happens to speak only in rhyme):

florence mahon - george frideric handel: concerto in b-flat major, opus 4 number 2: adagio e staccato (souvenirs: scarboro united church organ)
van der graaf generator - a plague of lighthouse keepers (pawn hearts)
saltland - forward eyes i (a common truth)
rachel laurin - sonata for organ and horn (music by rachel laurin)
tim hecker - in the fog ii (ravedeath, 1972)

january 17, 2018:

the falcons - i'm popeye the sailor man (popeye)
dupree - kc (nuestro camino)
annexus quam - osmose ii (jazzkraut: teutonal jazz rock excursions)
shirley collins & dolly collins - god dog (anthems in eden)
alan stivell - maro ma mestrez (chemins de terre)
naomi barfield - side glance of you (the old pump organ)
ryuichi sakamoto - andata (async)
johnny bower - honky the christmas goose (single)
memphis slim - the blue memphis suite (blue memphis)
harmonettes - can't go halfway (cult cargo: belize city boil up)
dick leibert - let's go fly a kite (at the radio city music hall organ)
georges montalba - nikolai rimsky-korsakov: theme from scheherazade (fantasy in pipe organ and percussion)

january 24, 2018 (rabbie burns special and imaginary landscapes crossover with guest co-host caitlin richards):

allen ginsberg - voice of the bard (holy soul jelly roll vol. 3: ah!)
the jim mullen organ trio - ae fond kiss (make believe)
the deep dark woods - the winter hours (winter hours)
incredible string band - the water song (the hangman's beautiful daughter)
shay torrent - flying fiddles (ultra-lounge vol. 11: organs in orbit)
heron - minstrel and a king (upon reflection: the dawn anthology)
pete brown & piblokto! - highland song (thousands on a raft)
alice coltrane - morning worship (eternity)
aine o'dwyer - the little lord of misrule (music for church cleaners, vol. 1)
nikki sudden - the angels are calling (the bible belt)

Monday, 4 September 2017

august 30 playlist:

elyse weinberg - city of the angels (greasepaint smile)
earl hooker - two bugs in a rug (there's a fungus among us)
susan christie - yesterday, where's my mind? (paint a lady)
manfred mann chapter three - ain't it sad (volume one)
king crimson - islands (islands)
keith jarrett - hymn of remembrance (hymns/spheres)
cosmos factory - poltergeist (an old castle of transylvania)
stackridge - father frankenstein is behind your pillow (friendliness)
booker t. & the mgs - heads or tails (soul limbo)
jimmy smith - hang em high (black smith)
kitty wells - forever young (forever young)

the two albums pictured here have more in common than the fact that both titles mention paint and you can hear organ sounds on each of them. each of these two excellent albums went nearly unheard until getting wide releases this millenium, although they were both recorded in 1969. elyse weinberg's record features contributions by neil young, while susan christie is probably best known for the novelty single i love onions, which became the novelty jingle i love turtles.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

summer goes by way too slowly, so why not kill what's left of it by reading these 11 playlists, and a limerick inspired by aine o'dwyer's pipe organ works recorded in limerick, ireland? also, please enjoy the grinder's holiday photo album consisting of photos from my honeymoon in trieste, italy, mostly taken by my wife caitlin sian richards. as you can see, we encountered more than our share of organs and organ-related instruments. not just the usual majestic church organs, but that incredible rarity: the synagogue pipe organ of trieste and the amazing collection of harmoniums, roller organs and more, which we found at the carlo schmidl theatrical museum. as always, catch me grinding at 1 pm on cjsr on wednesday!
june 14 playlist:

jimmy mcgriff - tequila (cherry)
the sensational guitars of dan & dale - batman and robin over the roofs (batman and robin)
percy sledge - feed the flame (take time to know her)
spooner oldham - julie brown's forest (pot luck)
dan penn - take me (just as i am) (the fame recordings)
wildwood - steel cathedrals (plastic people)
marie-claire alain - praeludium e minor buxwv 142 (buxtehude: organ works)
gillian weir - louis vierne: toccata in b flat minor (french virtuoso organ music)
the zombies - gotta get a hold of myself (i love you)
claire m singer - solas (solas)
floyd cramer - my blue heaven (gets organ-ized)
ivory joe hunter - empty arms (since i met you baby)

june 21 playlist (socan in space):

the deep dark woods - it's been a long time (jubilee)
doug organ trio - you didn't call (doug organ trio)
the night crawlers - mic it up (barker style) (volume 3)
saltland - forward eyes ii (a common truth)
tim hecker - live room (virgins)
amy van keeken & timeloop - diamond mind (all the time)
doug riley - savin' grace (foxy lady ost)
marnie giesbrecht - ron hannah: five preludes for organ: II. (northern arch/arc du nord)
marnie giesbrecht - reinhard von berg: christ ist erstanden for organ (northern arch/arc du nord)
florence mahon - franz schubert: prayer (souvenirs: scarboro united church organ)

june 28 playlist (tickle me ivories all-piano playlist with guest co-host doug organ):

duke ellington & ray brown - do nothing till you hear from me (this one's for blanton!)
nhop & mulgrew miller - whisper not (the duo - live!)
una hunt and roy holmes - the green bough (joan trimble: two pianos/songs and chamber music)
herbie hancock - all apologies (the new standard)
amina claudine myers - the real side (song for mother e)
rubim de toledo - ja'az (in charcoal and crimson)
oscar peterson - get happy (get happy)
bill evans - round midnight (conversations with myself)

july 5 playlist:

rod serling - introduction (phantom of the paradise)
floyd cramer - the gospel theme (gets organ-ized)
george benson & the brother jack mcduff quartet - i don't know (the new boss guitar of george benson)
wu-tang clan - tearz (enter the wu-tang (36 chambers))
wendy rene - after laughter (comes tears) (you thrill my soul: female & girl group sides from the early stax sessions)
aine o'dwyer - a world ending (gegenschein)
the band - bessie smith (the basement tapes)
daniel romano - jennifer castle (modern pressure)
steppenwolf - resurrection (the second)

july 12 playlist (with guest host al burant):

miriodor - venin (signal 9)
the nice - america (bbc sessions)
van der graaf generator - octopus (the aerosol grey machine)
jethro tull - velvet green (live in concert 1977)
uriah heep - wonderworld (wonderworld)
respighi - il giubeleo (2nd movement) (feste romane)
tony williams lifetime - emergency! (emergency!)
strawbs - sheep (from the witchwood)

july 19 playlist (with guest co-host warren krick):

gunter schlienz - presentation four, electric organ, tape echo & modular synthesizer (organ studies)
death and vanilla - follow the light (to where the wild things are)
vanishing twin - telescope (choose your own adventure)
essex green - primrose (everything is green)
donovan - sun (a gift from a flower to a garden)
didgin for rainbows - how to build a didgeridoo (didgin for rainbows)
strawberry alarm clock - sitting on a star (wake up it's tomorrow)
tomorrow - shy boy (tomorrow)
zombies - beechwood park (odessey & oracle)
cockney rebel - mr. soft (psychomodo)
gong - i've bin stone before (camembert electrique)

july 26 playlist (5 year show anniversary(!) for which I was joined by mc dickie denver, celebrity guest jimmy stewart, house organist edith letourneau, guy who looks like bach who may or may not be called reg and pop culture maven gene onioncakes):

wild bill davis & his orchestra - organ grinder's swing (dance the madison)
daniel romano - pride of queens (modern pressure)
brinsley schwarz - surrender to the rhythm (nervous on the road)
the lonesome organist - king of the rail model 1895 trainset (collector of cactus echo bags)
groove holmes - misty (soul message)
jesse crawford - adeste fideles (organ & chimes for christmas)
jimmy mcgriff - the christmas song (christmas with mcgriff)
annette peacock - one way (i'm the one)
john cale - ex cathedra (new york in the 1960s)
ethel smith - tico tico (single)

plus excerpts from one mint julep by ray charles, back at the chicken shack by jimmy smith (with horrible new lyrics and vocals by yours truly), hooray for hollywood by walt strony and bach's toccata and fugue in d minor as performed by marie-claire alain).

august 2 playlist (live on location from my honeymoon with caitlin richards):

dick hyman - satin doll (electrodynamics)
grant green - sweet slumber (am i blue)
shirley scott - sister sadie (plays horace silver)
dutch band organ - blue tango (dutch band organ)
james mcvinnie - nico muhly: the revd mustard his installation prelude (cycles)
ivor cutler trio - the shapely balloon (ludo)
dragan trajer - vexilla regis (jeanne demessieux: twelve choral preludes on gregorian chant themes for organ)
stefan johannes bleicher - louis marchand: suite de premier ton (barocke orgelmusik aus frankreich)
? and the mysterians - 96 tears (best of)

august 9 playlist (with guest host al burant):

van der graaf generator - la rossa (maida vale)
roxy music - siren (both ends burning)
eno - st. elmo's fire (another green world)
utopia - hiroshima (ra)
yes - survival (yes)
nucleus - jenny wake up (nucleus)
jordan rudess - tarkus (the road home)
caravan - cecil rons (caravan)
soft machine - the soft weed factor (six)

august 16 playlist (live on location with caitlin richards from flight 565 back to edmonton):

puce mary - masks are aids ii (the spiral)
m dwinell - ascend (golden ratio)
alfredo costa monteiro - umbralia (excerpt) (umbralia)
ruth walser & barbara muller-hammerli - ein schlummer (air: works for flutes and organ (eva-maria houben))
bertalan hock - marcel dupre: vitrail, op. 65 (the old pump organ)
dr. lonnie smith - zimbabwe (jungle soul)

august 23 playlist:
dolly parton - the mystery of the mystery (coat of many colors)
rusty bryant - fire eater (fire eater)
'papa' john defrancesco - by the time i get to phoenix (a philadelphia story)
steppenwolf - what would you do (if i did that to you) (monster)
orchestra sinfonica carlo coccia; sergio paolini; renato beretta - alexandre guilmant: prima sinfonia in d minor op. 42 for organ and orchestra (organo e orchestra)
hawkwind - the forge of vulcan (quark strangeness & charm)
wendy carlos - ending titles (tron)

a limerick inspired by aine o'dwyer's recent pipe organ album gegenschein, recorded in a disused friary in limerick city, ireland:

there once was a gal named o'dwyer
who thought that an organ she'd hire
she found her a church,
on the bench she did perch,
and brought back the voice of the friar

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

exciting times for this here organ grinder!

first off, thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday yesterday. it's also been about five years since this show began airing on cjsr, so don't think that's going to go uncelebrated, whether that's a word or not. tune in on wednesday, july 26 at 1 pm for a one hour anniversary special cavalcade presented by edmontone studio featuring guest mc dickie denver (former quarterback for the san quentin pelicans and host of who wants some cheese), celebrity guests including the late jimmy stewart, our magnificent house organist edith letourneau, resident pop culture expert gene onioncakes with a look at the worst of the organ grinder and much, much more!

as well, i'm getting married on friday, so please catch my new bride caitlin richards (of imaginary landscapes) and me broadcasting live from our honeymoon on august 2. since this will obviously be a terrible and intrusive experience, al burant of the erotic dancer's guide to fine music has been kind enough to cover my show back in edmonton on august 9. caitlin and i will once again broadcast live from flight 565 back to edmonton on august 16.