Thursday, January 26, 2006

What I'm listening to

Wherein I suggest pleasurable auditory experiences

Rhythm and Grooves
Streamed live, Tuesday at 10:30 pm - Midnight (LINK); or listen to the archives (Realplayer).

Hosted by Larry Englund, it's a fascinating mix of jazz and soul. Back in the mid-to-late 1980s, Mr. Englund hosted Streetlight Serenade which focused on doo wop, jump blues, and that blend of blues and jazz and big band that immediately preceded rocknroll. In other words, our greatest music.

Stumbled across Rhythm and Grooves back around Thanksgiving and listen every week. Rarely live, but when working on the computer at home or just sitting around reading, I might pull up the archived show a couple times a week.

Crap From the Past
Also from KFAI is Crap From the Past. Hosted by Ron "Boogiemonster" Gerber, it's heavy on the Dr. Demento production values - and I don't mean that as a compliment - but features another nice mix of music if you're nostalgic for the 1980s. Archives are downloadable as MP3s.

Laurie Berkner
As a parent, you end up listening to a lot of bad music, no matter how hard you try not to. We watch a lot of the Noggin channel (bonus points: no commercials!) and Jack's Big Music Show has surprisingly good music. One of our favorites is Laurie Berkner. Geared towards children without being candy-coated sacchrine, she also includes songs you wouldn't be surprised to hear on a nonkid CD. Catchy songs the kid enjoys singing along to and the parents don't mind joining in. Buy CDs from her site or download from iTunes.

Podcast interview with Norah Vincent
By Dr. Helen and Glenn Reynolds. Norah Vincent masqueraded as a man for 18 months and wrote a book: Self-Made Man : One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back.

Go here for download information.


Blogger Ahistoricality said...

Berkner is great stuff (We are the dinosaurs...). Though we haven't listed much since the little Anachronism started getting into musicals (Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, other Rodgers and Hammerstein) and classical (Thunder and Lightning Polka!).

1/26/2006 03:01:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Ours is a big fan of the Wicked soundtrack and Kirsty MacColl. As well as all things Disney.

As for musicals, get "7 Brides for 7 Brothers" or has referred to in our house, the boys and girls dancing

She also likes "Pirates of Penzance" or whatever the proper spelling would be.

1/26/2006 03:40:00 PM  
Anonymous BTD Greg said...

Our kids like Laurie Berkner too, and so do us parents. I especially like the "Spaghetti with Freddy" song. Nogin rocks my preschoolers' world.

Our kids also love the They Might Be Giants kids stuff ("NO," "Here Come the ABCs" and "Bed Bed Bed"). Our two year old is currently addicted to the "Here Come the ABCs" DVD, and frankly, it's driving us nuts. I never thought that when I was a junior in high school listening to the first TMBG album that my kids would be jamming to TMBG some day.

1/26/2006 04:09:00 PM  

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