Notice to listeners: I have removed the MP3 for Show #95 due to substandard audio I was unable to fix. michael
With feet in Dixie & head in the cool blue North, the All-hearing Ear explores the spandrels. Noticia para Escucheros: Pursuant to the fine old Texas tradition, all mp3s in this archive have been digitally optimized and charcoal filtered to punch above their weight in your earbuds.
Notice to listeners: I have removed the MP3 for Show #95 due to substandard audio I was unable to fix. michael
Happy Hanukkah Show 2018
On Luftballons we go from Africa to Cambodia, join the caped crusader, learn some apartment house sense, learn why some people listen to radios, have a giggle, commune with the lake loons of Ontario, tap toes to a Jamaican national heritage beat and have that little talk about cyber security. Might even hear a six-string chicken hammering its way out of its musical shell.
The New Grass Special Edition of RBYE is now departing:
We will pass through a Makati lean-to, shake all over in the Prairies of Canada, beg baby not to go, get gone ourselves, get something that’s taboo, get wet down in Georgia with Brook Benton, march across Transvaal, have a lesson in chromatics (Yes, it’s true), call in on Timbuktu and beat it on back to Frankfurt for a melancholy coffee just before we get back to where we once belonged.
The Cantafabule Show
Tonight we hear from Transylvania. We go back in time to 1975 with the band Phoenix and their third album. During the Ceausescu era, a young rock band playing Beatles covers in Romania was censored severely by the government. As a result, they went searching into the oldest literature they could source that dealt with folk-lore and myths from their part of the world. Using this inspiration, they created a musical work that introduces us to a menagerie of mythical beasts, while at the same time honing their skills and pushing progressive rock music way farther down the road to pave the way for many who came after. A testament to the human ability to thrive under duress. Hei pisica, pace pe tine.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Show
Hop aboard for a ride that includes audio stops in Africa, China, India, Sweden and more. A rare Bob Dylan recording, a Jeff O’Kelly Chopin rendition, Tull’s Mother Goose and the Rez Kids sound off. We finish tonight with a dancing tune from yesterday’s Mexico and a hot bowl of arroz con coco.
The Felix The Cat Show
“Whenever he gets in a fix, he reaches into his bag of tricks.” This time he pulls out some Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, vintage Gold/Gluck/Weiner sung in Swedish, the best guitar picker on the continent of Africa, a smooth operator, Dream Theater, Tears For Fears and finishes in Timbuktu.
The Fibonacci Show
A handful of October tunes selected from my personal library with the help of the Fibonacci Series of numbers. This procedure has yielded up: Music inspired by Watership Down, Los Sensacionales Rockin’ Devils, a blue-clad Svensk accapella, Todd Rundgren fossicking in the recording studio, a sacred cave in China, a barefoot Baltic prog band, Surrey, B. C.’s answer to Otmar Liebert, a visit to the Sugar Mountain of hijacked childhoods where we spark up a bowl of Marley’s best and chill out with a Louis Lamour paperback. Who knew? -They ALL knew. :}
Over The Rainbow Show
On the eve of several scheduled power outages we take courage from the Littlest Hobo, visit a bonfire near Helsinki, hike the Natchez Trace, hear the lonesome howl of the Downbound Train, cheer up with a little First Aid Kit as we welcome in the China Boys to Skateaway in worn-out shoes right over the rainbow with Mr. Stan Getz. Speedy Gonzales, Dwight Yoakam and a Swede named Williams ensure we stay somewhere between pedunculate and sessile on this October night.
The Talaga Show
Ladies and gentlemen, this being the last RBYE show before the Canada-wide legalization of cannabis, it is fittingly dubbed the Talaga Show. Talaga is a Tagalog word that translates literally as “really.” It can be a question, a confirmation, an interjection and much more. Los Rockin’ Devils of Mexico get us off the ground and before we wind up the show in Nuevo Laredo, we pause for some Chopin, a tree-planter’s campfire, a Springtime stroll in Stockholm, an ode to Neil Young’s car, some Surrey, B.C. flamenco, ethereal Khmer vocals, a Soweto train ride, pine tree satisfaction and an emerald of Cascadian composition by Spencer Brewer. Talaga!
The El Hanky Panky Show
Please find enclosed: A man who wrote his own national anthem (it was banned from the airwaves but became known by every Filipino), Jeff O’Kelly’s piano magic, introducing Los Hitters, some Dutchmen do the Hurricane, the inimitable Julio Iglesias, Doug Sahm talking Texas and the flight of the June Bug done Leo Kottke style. The sound harvest is coming in: Reap these righteous riffs, ya’ll.
The Zamboni Show
Bright lights, winter skies with the promise of snow. Newly sharpened Bauers, an empty rink and a pocketful of bitchin’ skatunes. From the unknown Cambodian to a Texas hardwood floor to a study-hall in the Philippines we circle the ice in an eternal slow dance. Viking girls, shakin’ all over are rocking with Los Hitters and drinking hot cups of cumbia coqueta. Then we all get back to Nick Saloman’s basement in Bromley, England. Doctor….My eyes!
The Autumnal Audio Equinoctial Show
First, we take Manhattan then we take a walk in Sodermalm. Riding a horse in the desert past a deer in the headlights to some Kansas dust. A California pool hall on the cheatin’ side of town reveals some Precious Fathers over the hills and far away. Hitch-hiking to San Antone with a banjo on my knee. Learning the differences and similarities between the gayageum and the guzheng from a Chinese cat named Meemao. Dancing home to the Koro-Koro. First Canadian Progfest early warning. Put your phones on hold and spark up a bowl…
The Swing It, Magistern! Show
Busting the myth of the melancholy Swede with some righteous boogie-woogie, acapella and scat. Taking the A train to the far side of the son with a half-breed transvestite. A tuff bride, a dozen damsels from Dun Huang, rolling in the deeps, flying burritos, emo espanol, Bob Dylan’s lyrics explained by someone who should know and the one about two cowboys who walk into a cafe. Featuring our own Jeff O’Kelly demonstrating that the piano can be just as fun as it is beautiful. (Thanks to Ted Margret for the spotless recording of same.)
The Shana Tova Umetuka Show (Rosh Hashana)
A collection of tunes for the Jewish New Year. Keeping it light enough to travel, we take in some consummate black piano players, trudge toward Mordor, speak in tongues, push through the turnstiles, take off our masks, sweep out the trailer, hear two Swedish songs (dedicated to the current administration south of this border) and so much more. Mazel tov!
The High School Musical Show
A presentation of original recordings of songs from the Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. It is interesting to note that the writers/composers were only slightly over twenty years old when they created the piece, I was around seventeen when I watched a performance of it at Argyle Senior Secondary in Lynn Valley and the actors were eighteen years old. This show is going out dedicated to my sister April.
The Flamenco Sandwich Show
A soul satisfying soundsnack comprised of Neil Young bread, Led Zeppelin mustard and Paco de Lucia (El Maestro)smoked ham. Served up with some climatic data fries and a Public Service float. This show is going out dedicated to Ms. Aleda J.
The Virginia Show
Tonight’s show is a presentation of young British composer, Lyndon Holland’s musical score entitled “Virginia”. The piece was composed for a computer game of the same title which Lyndon also helped to write the story line for. Mr. Holland won a 2017 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television) Award for the Games category as a result. It is performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic. I have divided the piece into five slices layered with alternating buffers comprised of two Canadian pieces, namely “Silent Sun” and “Evensong”, both by brothers Mychael & Jeff Danna. Authors of the famous tune, “The Blood of Cu Chulainn” which was used in the film, Boondock Saints. My thanks to Dov K. for making me aware of this epic. Spread the message.
Staple Singers with respect, a couple of likely lads taking a cab in London, trying to get ahead with Johnny Guitar Watson, Aussie Mahalia Barnes channeling Miles Davis’ wife, three drumbeats that shook the world, Polk Salad in Austin with the chef and musing on that crazy little thing called love.
The Tuna Melt Monday Show
Served up hot off the griddle with some German mustard, Khmer chili, poor man’s cumbia, soul dancing, PTA fries, advice for young people, Rez Kids, Phil Collins done Kentucky style, looking back at Texas, a rodeo song, a prison song and an unknown Cambodian. Delicious with sweet-iced Dark French Roast.
The Dark Side Of The Moon Show
Featuring the Pink Floyd masterpiece in its entirety. To round out the show we wash it down with: The Guess Who, an impeccable Precious Fathers audio emerald and a Neil Young trak I never hear on the radio. (The one with an unnamed Cajun fiddler jamming along. Perhaps a new Stray Gator?)
Dirty Rice & Magnolias Show
AVISO: This day’s broadcast is completely concerned with things Bayou in nature. After a small tribute to Mr. Huey P. Long and a look at the symbolism of the Louisiana flag we are entertained by Tony Joe White, Leon Russell, Gatemouth Brown, Rosie Ledet, Jo-El Sonnier, Charlie Pride, Mean Mary, Doug Kershaw, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Ontario’s Mojo Zydeco doing a Clifton Chenier standard. After the smoke clears you’ll get a World Cup Report on the eve of the Semi-Finals.
Das Gumbo Show
Starting 76 years ago, aboard the U-96 we sail the North Atlantic, the South Pacific and come to rest in Japan. A short ride through a futuristic Eurotropolis we settle down for a meal of Polk Salad Annie before heading to Irish shores and Flotsam Towne. Here there be Brittany Airs and King Ecbert’s favorite. Lastly, we uncover some covers and showcase Polk Salad Annie’s author, Tony Joe White with the story of Gumbo John. …Comes with a World Cup Russia 2018 Report.
A face in the crowd, bringing a Toyota to a Hell’s Angels ride, a wee Irish march, the long road from Oklahoma to Spain, Neil Young’s audioleptic/audiotistic lead guitar examined,five cats drinking blackberry wine by the rivers of Babylon and working together on a great World Cup Report.
From Russia With Love Show
Speaking in tongues, iron horses unchained, Stockholm syndrome de-bunked, an Australian Sound Cloud drive-by, raging against the dying of the light, rest in peace Lee Gwok Sum, singing Dixie in LA, a Japanese lullaby on a golden flute, Filipino futures, Raccoon Eyes, beach & bay, salted with Neil Young, peppered with Rez Kids and a World Cup Report. It’s all true and it’s all inside.
Cord-Wood & Corner-Kicks Show
Hitch-hiking with Joni Mitchell to an Ambleside Blues Band jam, sorting mail like a refugee, walking country roads, Singapore Summit security spooks, Fraser Canyon truckers tribute, riding the Hellevator in Stockholm, wandering Swedes at a Bulgarian wedding, chilling on an Amazonian steamer, watching soccer on the jumbo-tron with some Canadian Cajuns.
I Want My Baby Back Show
Music for the long drive to the airport with contributions from capering cats, honky cats, a Sephardic guitarista, Cascadian composer Spencer Brewer, a Tibetan chantuese, deux Quebecois, Kidjo, Kottke, Pickett and Buck Owens: all under the eye in the sky.
May Long Weekend Show
What about us?!The Divorcees VS Rio Tinto, Neil Young hold-outs (all three of them), a old man you shouldn’t talk to on the way to Dance Land, sweet Swedish prog, epic tunes from the Sceptered Isle,Jimi’s haze, the real original Sugar hill and some health advice from Max-A-Million.
Driving back to your old towns with Flamenco Gitano Arabico from Funky Broadway to the farm. Wi’ a wee deoch and a brave heart we sit on a Navajo rug and go Space Truckin’. Back to earth and featuring five exceptional female vocalists to travel down the Mekong with us in a tippy canoe.
The Elder Scrolls Show
A selection of music from around the world that was composed for video games plus an interview with a composer, Maxime Goulet. This genre has been treated with respect in Europe and Quebec particularly in that there are both award shows, concerts and employment for young composers in these locations. Gamers know it already but this one is for the tribe.
Exploring The Spandrels Show
40,000 year old Rock & Roll, fire in a Swedish valley, True North Zydeco, whistling shrimps, heaven and hell, Aramaic dance music with percussion like Texas Panhandle hail on a galvanized roof and the last song I ever heard at Canada Post.
First Hummingbird of Spring Show
Some hickory-smoked Steely Dan, Coast Salish Rap, an eagle quill guitar pick, a half moon hanging in a turquoise bowl, a night club in Cairo, a wee Welsh tune and the Pearl of The Orient -Pilita Corrales.
The Hebrides Show
A visit to Fingal’s Cave in the Hebrides, a mighty hard rain, more war, a dedication to the hockey bus victims, over the hills of Ireland to a faraway place in Canton, Alsatian Spring, Lennon & McCartney on shakuhachi, Russian space women and the best throat singer the Russian Navy ever had.
Winter - What Winter? Leaving Jack Frost in the rear-view mirror with this selection. Answering the musical question, “What would it sound like if ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons played a nylon string guitar?” A lone Swede creeps through the weeds, frightening ten thousand Danes. A Wishbone Ash refresher. Got lyrics if yer listenin’.
Pacing the cage from Mongolia to Georgia,fathers & sons, the importance of mudflaps, Gordie goes gumbo and the excellence of some Canadian lyrics.
“Sunset is an angel weeping, holding out a bloody sword. No matter how hard I squint, I still can’t see what it’s pointing toward.” - B. Cockburn
The Year Of The Dog Show
A band of Russian gypsies,a loving spoonful, two kinds of Spaniards, the guitar drought of the late seventies and a little heads up from Special Agent Eunice Bloom finds us in the Faroes. Happy Anniversary Right Between Your Ears.
The Emolympics Show
A slope style international selection of what them youngsters riding them snow-boards is a-puttin’ in they ears when they do a Chicken Salad off the Twisted Sisters. Climbing Sweden’s highest musical mountain, dancing to Wilson Pickett and winding up in Texas after a ride on the rumble strippin’ in a rig that Momma just hated.
The New Year’s Day Show 2018
A trip to The Royal Albert Hall yields an evening of violin both acoustic and electric. Songs ranging from Paganini to that Texas anthem, Cotton Eyed Joe also include some meritorious compositions by the best of the last few centuries and into the future, not least those of Vanessa herself.
The “Thick As A Brick 2 Show”. Featuring Jethro Tull’s epic 2012 conceptual satire album of the same name in it’s entirety. TAAB 2 is the follow -up to the 1972 album TAAB. It charted to the number 2 position in Hungary. In TAAB 2, Ian Anderson speculates on five completely different possible outcomes for young Gerald with the insight of forty years of life experience. These hypothetical life stories for Gerald Bostock include those of a greedy investment banker, a homosexual homeless man, a soldier in the Afghan War, a sanctimonious Evangelist preacher and a most ordinary man who (married and childless) runs a corner store.
The “Thick As A Brick Show”. Featuring Jethro Tull’s epic 1972 conceptual satire album of the same name in it’s entirety. Screeds have been written on different theories of what it all means both musically and lyrically. (A friend of mine holds it to be a metaphor for the American Revolutionary War against England.)It charted #1 in many places when released but couldn’t be played whole in America. In TAAB, the lyrics are credited to the epic poem of a fictitious boy, Gerald Bostock. One simplified theme is that of a young man choosing between a life of letters or a soldier’s life. Of trivial note: Car maker Hyundai used the song in one of their commercials in 2001. Ian Anderson recorded a new version specifically for the commercial to avoid having another artist do it. He does not drive a Hyundai – indeed he has never held a driving license – calling himself a “professional passenger.”
Deep Forests, high Andes, oceans of sand, mute pyramids, Aramaic celebrations, a swamp highway at night and an airport lounge in Japan. A drift of golden leaves, the scent of snow and a glass of white -Oktober flares like a match in the wind.
The “Grundberg Show”
Featuring the story “How I Met Your Grandpa” by Nellie Mae Grundberg, my Texas grandma.
Also contributions from the Lillooet Choir and my friend and neighbor, Mr. Dave Rutherford. Some Gulf Coast tunes and a version of Norwegian Wood that you have not likely heard before. Plus more on top of that.
I would like to say here that my heart goes out to the victims and their families of the recent atrocity in Las Vegas. Further, I would add that if you live in a city, it may be wise to avoid large crowds. Finally, wherever you live, don’t allow other people to tell you whom you should hate. Do your own homework and draw your own conclusions. As my grandma used to tell us children before going out to play in her neighborhood, “Ya’ll don’t be ugly to one another.”
The “Somewhere Out There Show”. A pre-recorded show due to the fact of my attendance at a Celebration Of Life for Mr. Jim Wong-Chu, a friend and co-worker for more than 30 years. Featuring Radio Lillooet’s first “Do-It-Yourself Weather Report” and some my-tee fine tunes.
“Called To The Bar Show”
Amid the hurricanes and forest fires from Texas to Lillooet, a birthday show for Miss Judy Joe, Mr. Daniel Hawes and a hearty congratulations to Mr. Jack Ruttle, my nephew recently “Called to the Bar.” So here’s to calling all three of you to the nearest bar. Please find some dulcet tunes and toe-tapping inside.
“Glassroads To Moscow"
Or, how I almost achieved minimal ecliptical totality. Shout out to the newly opened Mel’s Restaurant and an announcement of a new show coming in Sep., ie. “Radio Lillooet Special Presentations.” Plus some great Canadian tunes and a history lesson from Al Stewart.
On the last day of July, a tribute show to the over 150 volunteers and staff of Radio Lillooet. I’m proud to walk among you.
Note- From now, I will excise the Fire Reports from these archives, also for live listeners, rest assured that the computer and human hiccups have been removed from these clean copies. They are MP3 Player Ready.
“The Homemade Electric Jam Show”
We start off with with a 42 minute guitar epic from Bevis Frond. Sounds like 1967 but was recorded only four years ago. Sounds like Duane Allman but its Nick Saloman from England. A great soundtrack for near-future asteroid mine shuttle drivers, by the way. Then we set on the porch for some acoustic Sweet Home Alabama and Pentangle’s Waltz. Refreshed, we take a short walk through a Vietnamese Forest and finish up in the Bay Area with a lament by The Gravel Spreaders.
We enter with the Sandman Bluegrass Style, celebrate the coming Summer with a tribute to Springsteen, dip down to Rio, head over to Greece where the walls come Crumblin’ Down. Then Hank Snow takes us everywhere, Brian Keane takes us across the desert only to find there’s No Sugar Tonight. We pause to remember Quiet Bear and our own chosen roads. After a lunch in Japan we head out on the lam from El Paso and finish with a Poetry Man.
The “Lord Of The Rings Show” A long Neil Young song so you can get a beverage and find a chair, then Bo Hansson’s epic album in its entirety. Ramsey Lewis takes us gently back from Shire and Raccoon Eyes gets us to Rawhide and another working day.
Metalgrass pickin’ with the Dustbowl Cavaliers, a toss of the dice, shakin’ the bush with Willie Jones, an Andean interlude, a merchant sailor’s song, a Fisherman’s Dream, around an Acadian campfire in the Ontario woods, that ole Cajun moon, a bit of Greek to get our appetites up for supper in Montreal, a tribute to the Boy From The Country, a blind man plays the oud, a rainy August night thumbing to Ft. Lewis, an Indian Sunset ending with a hound dog in the back of a pick-up truck heading down Highway 12.
We start off with a gold-mining song with a flute and pedal steel guitar then jump over to Europe where Ian Anderson shows just what a man can do with a flute before floating on the Sea of Japan to soothing koto and shaku-hachi sounds. Freddie Aguilar tells us “There Is Time Yet” and some prairie boys tell us there is “No Time.” We pop up in St Petersburg, Russia and hear an indie band before the unmistakable accordion riffs of Louisiana carry us back to North America. We encounter a Big Boned Gal from southern Alberta and hear an Aboriginal man’s story before being soothed to the bone by Najma Akhtar. We get our souls wet in the South Canadian River of Texas and finish up in Surrey, B.C. listening to some delicious flamenco.
We kick it off in Austin, Texas, visit the future, drop in on an old Lynn Valley friend, walk the piney woods, hear a raccoon sing(and his daddy), visit the Elk & Green Rivers, play a tribute to a Texas man I knew, sit in an Irish pub with the old folks, hear Chet Atkins after a couple of Coronas, get introduced to South East Indian London Country Music, ask a Question, make a judgement, imagine the pretty gals of Cali, Colombia and finish off with a damn good joke from right here in Lillooet.
Some good advice on war, its causes and its aftermath by a few different artists starts us off before we head down to Beaumont, Texas with Ronnie Milsap and into the swamp with Gatemouth Brown running from “loup garou”. The boy down the road leads us to Japan for a break before the 2000 blues. Bevis Frond rallies us back to honor the brave men and women who refuse to kill for other people’s agendas with a Burrito Bros. nod to Vancouver, B.C. Next we find ourselves on a grassy riverbank in Ireland and fall asleep with visions of a Poinciana tree. We wake up and hear about the disappearing goat.
A Tennessean’s tribute to Texas on the Sugar Road to Punta del Faro. A jump across the Straight of Gibralter to Morocco where we meet Mustang Sally at a Pow-wow, drink blackberry wine with some Greeks and Cambodians. Advice for fair and tender maids, getting old in the bayou listening to Freddie Aguilar, a wee bit of church for Easter, trying to make it in the big city and finishing up with a South African line dance.
Starting with some British Rock we head to Mexico, hear a Somali woman singing with a Danish band, have a bit of Cajun humor, honor B.B. King, hear some Tagalog with a Texas accent, meet the Canadian grandfather of screamo, go to the rodeo, ride on Pegasus’ back, try some ayahuasca down in Peru, scoot back to Texas and fetch up in Soho with the Cool Cats.
27 Mar 2017 Belly dancing with Russian Cowboy Surfers, driving a rig into Houston, Texas, waiting on a load from Mexico, passing through Louisiana, touching down in London and Manila, good advice from Graham Nash, talking about the Naskan Uxwal walk and finishing up in Cherokee Bend.
20 Mar 2017 Today we pipe in the Cherokee Syllabary Scottish style, deal with war, ride in a U-Boat, take a subway in Montreal, visit the mountains of Tennessee, the Philippines, swing over to Sweden, bounce back to Texas’ Big Thicket, the Ontario woods, Galveston, Germany, L.A. and wind up in Greece sipping raki with Zorba.
06 Mar 2017 “The Godfather Show”. Today we look at eight versions of the Godfather Theme from all over the world, played on all kinds of instruments. Along the way we fly to Japan, visit Germany, Italy, Egypt, Tel Aviv, India, Sicily, Sweden and finish up on the Lillooet Bridge Walk and go out on some ethereal pedal steel guitar.