There is a decidely bluesy feel to this week’s show given the weather and general vibe permeating this time of summer. Put another way, some great new music for you. And also a look at one of Richmond’s own, Matthew Costello.
The Electric Croude
Nothing like late night food served up with great music on a hot summer’s night! For your edification this week at Cafe Croude is my take on Simple Sesame Salmon from my kitchen adjacent to our sonic bistro. Before we run over to comestibles, the Music. Listen to the great Al D on the enclosed video clip while you’re scanning this. You’ll hear it in HD on the show this week.
Yes… RECIPES! Read On. An invitation to share yours, too.
Every season has its music. Best example is Christmas. You wouldn't expect to hear It Came Upon A Midnight Clear on the Croude in July… well, maybe you would.
By similar analogy I would never play Eric Johnson's Desert Rose in December. But you will hear it on this show. For me there are certain sound colours, time signatures and vibes that characterize every month of the year. The aforementioned EJ song has July written all over it.
Let's see. Two new books for you--AREA 51 by investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen and The Hunt for Zero Point by Nick Cook, former aviation editor of Jane's Defence Weekly. And of course the music. As diverse as Area 51 is complicated its not a black and white issue. There are those who are convinced the secret military installation [which does not exist according to the US government] is a secret base where fake moon landings were staged and aliens are housed. Other questions pop into existance as rapidly as the quantum flux...
Despite the fact that its fiction with a number of historical and spiritual errors, the 1986 film featuring a musical score by Ry Cooder is still the best film about Guitar-dom ever made. John Fusco's screenplay given one off direction by Walter Hill elevates a simple story to mythical proportion. Not to mention the virtuosity of Steve Vai and Cooder's slide work enhanced with a number of blues legends.
You know you’re getting older when....wait. Don't answer that.
How is it i can remember the loud, clean, piercing tone of Albert King’s Flying V, the mania that followed a J Geils performance and the southern style and majesty of the original Allman Brothers Band, but have to look for my car keys if they are not in their designated morning place? Ok...that’s rhetorical. Don’t answer that either.
On this Father’s Day we ride the ride in aural fashion with a salute the River. Through out Americana rivers have played a strong performance not only in songs but instrumentals as well. Sometimes it takes a Canadian to show us the richness of our history--introduce Robbie Robertson from The Band and Emmylou Harris as the show begins.
Third Season and Winter we broadcast from Castle Croude. In the summer months we use the Atavachron to pass through and float on the quantum sea of scalar imagination. Pun in and unintended. But in hot weather we become Café Croude.
As a musical artist if you're submitting your material for a CD sampler or elsewhere, its not unusual to be asked on a form how do you describe your music....folk, new age, alternate or fill in the blank. Labels are the bane of classifying modernn creativity and that brings us to the subject of this week's primary focus. The ever unpredictable and always challenging Carol Lipnik.
This particular holiday weekend is perhaps one of the most bizarre for me. The commercial media ratio of advertising to awareness of Memorial Day is....well, I dont' have to tell you. My late Dad was a vet of WWII. So are some of my fave departed uncles who also served overseas. At the oddest moments I'll sometimes think of them under fire with the hell of war surrounding them. Because of what they did I'm here. And the domino effect through the decades is this radio station, the weekly Croudes you tune in and our general way of life.