Friday, September 23, 2016

Show #100: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys!!!

Hi everyone,

Wow, 100 shows in nearly 8 years on the air. Never woulda thunk it :)

This 100th episode is, I guess, for me, but to share too. When I was little, long before I knew about Boards of Canada or Shpongle or Orbital or John Zorn or ANYBODY, I found in the attic a record called For the Last Time by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (from 1974). I had a phonograph that nobody was using, and this was the first record I had for it.

I loved his yelps and yodels when he was excited. I loved his band. Happy songs, sad songs, all made to dance to. So I danced up in that attic a lot of days, by myself. Maybe people heard me and let me be. I don't know. But I think my love of music, like the kind of love that sticks deep and stays, began with Bob Wills.

It was his last record. He was old and sick, and he fell into a coma after the first day of recording with his old band that he had summoned for one more session. The next day, these old friends finished the record for him.

I didn't know any of this. I heard only love and happiness in it all. That's the part I think he wanted most to share.

For fun, I added some songs to fill out the hour from his glory days back in the '40s. Enjoy :) And thanks for listening. I feel so lucky to have a show!

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, September 9, 2016

For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)

Hi everyone,

Heurco S.'s new album is an ambient delight, swooping and floating dreamily along for nearly an hour. I did take the liberty is mixing the tracks deeper, but I think that was a good move, at least for this show. Enjoy!

PeaceNstarZ

Saturday, August 20, 2016

FatBoy Slim's You've Come a Long Way, Baby!

Hi everyone,

The title of this album is taken, I think, from the old Virginia Slims cigarette ad. Something about women's lib in the 1970s. Our right to get cancer with our own special cigarette, or something.

Anyway, this album just kind of defies description, save it will bounce into your heart and your dancing shoes and get you up and moving along! :)

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, August 12, 2016

Ian William Craig - Meaning Turns To Whispers


Hi everyone,

Here's a good description from IWC's website of this great 2012 record: "Meaning Turns to Whispers is a combination of piano improvisations and FM feedback loops, recorded over various winters in the last three years or so, and edited down/manipulated/degraded to reveal some of their hidden spaces."

It's a dark, grainy, dreamy record, old and timeless in its feel. I found it somewhat randomly, and have been enjoying ever since. I hope you do too!

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, July 29, 2016

Portishead Live!

Hi everyone,

As a follow up to my Portishead show from a couple of weeks ago, this show features them live back in 1997 and 1998. The album was called Roseland NYC Live, but some of the songs were also from San Francisco and Norway. They also have an orchestra with them. It's well done, great fun, and a good way to turn on someone new to their music. Give it a try! :)

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Portishead!!

Hi everyone,

This week's show is an extra long one (thanks for kind management) which features the three albums so far released by trip-hoppers Portishead. Their 1994 debut, Dummy; their 1997 album, Portishead; & their recent 2008 release, Third.

They are hard to describe easily because their music feels both organic and electronic, passionate and detachedly mysterious. But give them a listen and see if you don't decide to stick around till the end :)

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, June 3, 2016

John Zorn's Flaga: The Book Of Angels Volume 27!

Hi everyone,


So my show has featured John Zorn quite often. And John Zorn has been putting out "Masada" volumes for awhile. This new volume features the piano trio of Craig Taborn, Christian McBride, and Tyshawn Sorey.

Zorn said about his project: "The idea with Masada is to produce a sort of radical Jewish music, a new Jewish music which is not the traditional one in a different arrangement, but music for the Jews of today. The idea is to put Ornette Coleman and the Jewish scales together."

I can say, as more of a mystical psychedelic pagan than anything else, that Zorn's music is beautiful beyond religions, beyond naming, beyond any hindrances to anyone listening and loving it much. Give it a try!

PeaceNstarZ,
V