(December 3, 2016): Add N To (X) – Buckminster Fuller

From the 1999 album, Avant Hard.  This was the first song I put on after Donald Trump had been declared the winner of the election as the 45th U.S. President. It still captures how I feel. A number of songs off this album — although not this one — have found their way into advertisements, themes, and soundtracks. Alison Goldfrapp guests.

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(November 30, 2016): Steve Winwood – Why Can’t We Live Together

From the 2003 album, About Time.  Probably the best cover I’ve heard of the 1972 hit by Timmy Thomas.  It is a question and sentiment that, in my life, has rarely been out of mind.

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(November 8, 2016): Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – L.U.V. (Let Us Vote)

From the 1969 single L.U.V. (Let Us Vote) / I Wanna Be Free.  Boyce & Hart are, of course, the ones we hold responsible for The Monkees’ songbook. If you are old enough, you might remember that Boyce & Hart were commissioned to write this tune as the official campaign song for the Let Us Vote movement to lower the voting age to 18 in the U.S., which the 26th Amendment made a reality in 1971.  However, it can also serve as a happy anthem in today’s world of continuing attempts by the GOP to suppress and disenfranchise voters.

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(October 25, 2016): Adama Yalomba – Djamakoyo

From the 2009 album, Kassa.  Yalomba is a Mali multi-instrumentalist star who has collaborated with the greats, including both Ali Farka Touré, Afel Bocoum, Oumou Sangaré, and Tinariwe. Like most Malians, his guitar and voice can mesmerize. This outing was recorded in Mali in 2007 and took until 2009 before the Black Eye label released it in France. Piers Faccini plays slide guitar and harmonica on this desert tune.

 

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(October 6, 2016): Food and Money – Ignorance is Cool …

From a 1982 collection of unreleased tunes known as, No Loafers.  It would be a perfect title for so many involved in this year’s U.S. presidential campaign if ignorance in a President were cool.  Pro tip – it’s not.  Food and Money were an early 1980s band out of Springfield, Illinois.  They put out an EP (Economic Bullies) in 1980 and appeared in a “Street Beat” broadcast, recorded live in St. Louis.  Lead vocalist, Dave Adams, has been gigging again in Springfield in a bit of band revival.

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(August 9, 2016): Jeff Beck Group – Situation

K-SHE Classic.  From the 1971 album, Rough and Ready.  This issweetmeat the third LP by the Jeff Beck Group.  The outing followed a long period of recuperation for Beck after a serious car accident in 1970. Rod Stewart and Ron Wood had departed and Beck reformed the band with Bob Tench, Cozy Powell, Clive Chaman, and Max Middleton.  “Situation” is the second tune on side A for the LP and also featured as side-b on the only single off the album (with “Got That Feeling”).

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(August 6, 2016): Niacin – Prelude and Funky Opus

From the 2012 album, Krush.  A jazz fusion trio (Billy Sheehan, John Novello, and Dennis Chambers)  that takes its name from vitamin B3, which is also reflected in the name of the B3 Hammond organ that Novello plays.  Fans of Brian Auger will be at home here. Get your headphones out and turn it up to listen to this.

 

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