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.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

one playlist for each dead allman!

may 31 playlist:

groove holmes - one mint julep (night glider)
james brown - peewee's groove in d (plays the real thing)
john patton - minor swing (minor swing)
teo macero - love, match point (teo)
ellen arkbro - mountain of air (for organ and brass)
irwin kostal et al - processional and maria (the wedding) (the sound of music ost)
buddy cole - powerhouse (power house)
gloria lynne - i can't give you anything but love (miss gloria lynne)
the allman brothers band - les brers in a minor (eat a peach)
? and the mysterians - don't tease me (best of)
chicano batman - right off the back (freedom is free)
peppino de luca & i marc 4 - situazione drammatica (l'uomo dagli occhi di ghiaccio)
junior wells - one day (every goodbye ain't gone) (messin' with the kid, 1957 - 1963)

june 7 playlist:

the box tops - midnight angel (dimensions)
jackie davis - just my luck (most happy hammond)
ella fitzgerald - since i fell for you (lady time)
can - bring me coffee or tea (tago mago)
jack bruce - morning story (harmony row)
clifford jordan - retribution (soul fountain)
albert king - breaking up somebody's home (the stax story)
the electric prunes - general confessional (release of an oath)
money mark - scenes from... (mark's keyboard repair)
hans fagius - fugue in g minor, k.v. 401 (mozart on the organ)
robert duksch - theo mackeben medley (the mighty wurlitzer)
michael naura - endlich ruhe (ochsenzoll)
les brers

Saturday, 27 May 2017

may 10 playlist:

the professionals - theme from the godfather (cult cargo: belize city boil up)
john patton - captain nasty (accent on the blues)
otis clay - too many hands (trying to live my life without you)
amina claudine myers - have mercy upon us (song for mother e)
roy ayers - escape (coffy)
hawkwind - the wizard blew his horn (warrior on the edge of time)
tangerine dream - journey through a burning brain (electronic meditation)
os mutantes - haleluia (a divina comedia ou ando meio desligado)
the amazing blondel - the ploughman (evensong)
michael & the messengers - romeo & juliet (nuggets: original artyfacts from the first psychedelic era 1965-1968)

may 17 playlist:

george benson - my three sons (the new boss guitar of george benson)
the hawks (the band) - robbie's blues (early years)
arijata - i walk alone (this is marijata)
hans fagius - adagio and rondo in c minor, k.v. 617: ii. rondo (mozart on the organ)
folkways - no artist (composed by oscar straus) - the march of the bulgarians (music of the carousel)
jazz gillum - the race of the jim lee and the katy adam (blues by jazz gillum singing and playing his harmonica: with arbee stidham and memphis slim)
jimmy mcgriff - the comeback (cherry)
margo guryan - the 8:17 northbound success merry go round (29 demos)
amon duul ii - yeti talks to yogi (yeti)
the forbidden five - enchanted farm (ultra-lounge vol. 11 - organs in orbit)
james luther dickinson - the judgement (dixie fried)
edison mixed quartet - god be with you till we meet again (take 2) (ucsb cylinder audio archive (online resource))

may 24 playlist:

jr and his soulettes - thing, do the creep (psychodelic sounds)
archie shepp - abstract (for losers)
bob dylan - if not for you (new morning)
fairport convention - percy's song (unhalfbricking)
brenda lee - dum dum (single)
circus clown calliope! - the stripper (circus clown calliope!)
tom waits - calliope (blood money)
fats waller - rusty pail (1926-27)
korla pandit - misirlou (odyssey)
amina claudine myers - the immortal (song for mother e)
ryuichi sakamoto - garden (async)
john zorn - the revelation of st. john (the hermetic organ vol. 3)

Saturday, 6 May 2017

my show on may 3 consisted of a handful of minimalist organ pieces as well as the haikus they inspired me to write. although inspired may be too strong a word. said musical pieces and haikus are below:

terry riley - desert of ice (shri camel)

a desert of ice
bleak, beautiful, dry and cold
riley gives me chills

philip glass - etoile polaire - ange des orages (analog)

shards of glass, half-full
of kaleidoscopic storms
carnival in space
meredith monk - turtle dreams (waltz) (turtle dreams)

four organists play
so slow, forget it's a waltz
count voices in threes

steve reich with michael tilson-thomas, ralph grierson & roger kellaway (plus tom raney on maracas) - reich: four organs (stravinsky, cage & reich)

maracas insist
keyboardists stagger their stabs
my organs awash

philip jeck - stops (spire: organ works past, present & future)

crusted abrasions
do they really come from pipes?
soon, the organ stops

april 26 playlist:

jean knight - carry on (single)
link wray & the raymen - cross ties (early recordings (on chiswick rec.))
dick hyman - a man alone (the man from o.r.g.a.n.)
charles and harold smart - flirtation waltz (single)
ake olofsson and karin strid - ole bull: saterjantans sondag (the herdmaiden's sunday) (cello & orgel)
rachel laurin - fantasia for organ and harp (music by rachel laurin)
alan stivell - oidhche mhaith (chemins de terre)
parliament - the silent boatman (osmium)
james chance - white savages (irresistible impulse)
milt buckner - one o'clock jump (rockin' hammond)
allen ginsberg - the little fish devours the big fish (holy soul jelly roll vol. 4: ashes & blues)
john doe - get on board (the westerner)
jimmy mcgriff - hit the road jack (cherry)

april 19 (hosted and programmed by caitlin richards) playlist. the imaginary organ, a special program hosted by caitlin of cjsr's imaginary landscapes, also aired in a slightly different form (same music and chat, though) during her usual timeslot of tuesday night at 8 on april 18:

teho teardo & blixa bargeld - still smiling (still smiling)
aine o'dwyer - hymnals of love against the grain (music for church cleaners vol. ii)
leonard cohen - if i didn't have your love (you want it darker)
men playing harmonium and drums and women in the play - song of rejoicing (songs and dances of nepal)
lusine sargsyan - komitas: hreshtakayin (music of armenia)
grant green - motherless child (iron city)
alice coltrane - my favorite things (world galaxy)
vulkana stoyanova - dimitur kara gemiya (the voice of thrace)
kate bush - don't push your foot on the heartbrake (lionheart)
alan stivell - tha mi sgith (a l'olympia)
pj harvey - rebecca (the wind)

Saturday, 15 April 2017

april 12 playlist (organic landscapes with guest co-host caitlin richards from imaginary landscapes.) a passover crossover programme!:

fats waller - go down moses (the amazing mr. waller, vol. 1)
john zorn - spectral angels (the hermetic organ, vol. 3)
meredith monk - do you be? (key)
cantor joseph (yosele) kanefsky - passover service (ovesnu malcanu galee) (cantorials)
laurie anderson - plague (plague songs)
brian eno with robert wyatt - flies (plague songs)
bob dylan - day of the locusts (new morning)
annbjorg lien - den bortkomne sauen (felefeber)
can - outside my door (monster movie)
jackie mittoo - in cold blood (champion in the arena 1976-1977)
the artwoods - a taste of honey (hammond heroes: 60s r&b organ grooves)
yves rechsteiner with monique simon - mendelssohn: jerusalem, die du totest den propheten arr. liszt (liszt: orgelwerke)
this show also aired on caitlin's timeslot on april 11 at 8 pm in a slightly different form.