Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Sharon Jones, May 4, 1956 – November 18, 2016

As the six of you who listen to the show already know, I absolutely loved Miss Sharon Jones. Her story, her presence, and most importantly her music have touched me deeply and I will never stop missing her and lamenting what could still have come from her and her red hot band. However, as a close friend has reminded me "just because she is physically gone doesn't mean that we don't get to continue to love and enjoy what she did while she was here." Namely, her music will always be with us thus she will always be with us as well. This is the last I'm gonna write about her but I am going to keep her music alive on my radio show for as long as I have one. R.I.P. Sharon Jones. You are missed.

Here she is with the Dap-Kings in 2007 at Amoeba Records. This is how I like to remember her...all the power, funk, and life. Enjoy!

Lost & Found playlist for 12/29/16

The Two Days Before New Year's Edition

Intro: "Do It" - Johnny Griffith w/ Billy Sha-Rae's Band

Background music for the show: Dexter Gordon - Gettin' Around

The Rolling Stones - "Get Yourself Together"
Otis Redding and Carla Thomas - "New Year's Resolution"
The Supremes- "It Makes No Difference Now"
Boots Brown - "(Let's Go To) Strollsville"
Babette Bain - "That's It"

Willie Nelson - "Mr. Record Man"
James Burton - "Long Peach"
Tony Joe White - "The Gospel Singer"
The Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church Choir - "Sinner Man"
Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles - "Auld Lang Syne"

Jackie DeShannon - "Sweet Sixteen"
Jimmy Seals - "The Yesterday of Our Love"
Ronnie Milsap - "Ain't No Soul Left in These Old Shoes"
Johnny Wyatt - "I Wouldn't Change a Thing About You"
The Falcons - "I'm a Fool, I Must Love You"

The Fixin'-To-Die Rag: Sound of Experience - "Welcome Home from the War"

Michael Kiwanuka - "Black Man in a White World"
Billy Paul - "Am I Black Enough for You?"
Eddie Hazel - "California Dreamin'"
Baby Huey - "Hard Times"

Bud Harper - "Mr. Soul" [REQUEST]
B.J. Thomas - "I Don't Have a Mind of My Own"
Al Griffith - "Stand By Me"
Jorge Ben - "Morre O Burro, Fica O Homen"
Louie Ramirez - "Lucy's Spanish Harlem"

Simon White's Little Richard Lost & Found: Medley-"Heeby Jeebies Love/Heeby Jeebies"

The Qualities - "Happy New Year to You"
Eagle - "Separated"
The Kinks - "20th Century Man"

The Five Jets - "Everybody Do the Chicken"
Esquivel - "Auld Lang Syne"
The Jaynells - "I'll Stay Home (New Year's Eve)"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Lost & Found playlist for 12/22/16

A Stone Soul Christmas Celebration

Intro: "Do It" - Johnny Griffith w/ Billy Sha-Rae's Band

Background music for the show: Booker T. & the M.G.'s - In the Christmas Spirit

Cat-Iron - "Tell Me, You Didn't Mean Me No Harm?"
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "May This Be Love"
Scott Walker - "Winter Night"
Lucille Mapp - "Follow Me"
The James Hunter Six - "If That Don't Tell You"

The Ebineezer Scrooge Appreciation Society - "Hang On Rudolph"
Rod Stewart - "Handbags and Gladrags"
Alice Stuart - "Seven Beers With the Wrong Woman"
Joni Mitchell - "River"
John Lee Hooker - "My Love Comes Down for You"

The Found Song of the Week: Michael Kiwanuka's "One More Night" from his 2016 LP Love & Hate (also one of my best of 2016)

The Firebirds - "Living Doll"
Bruce Cockburn - "The Coldest Night of the Year"
Marion Williams - "Standing Here Wondering Which Way to Go"
Linda Willoby - "Big Boy You're Through"

The Fixin'-To-Die Rags - Addis & Crofut - "12 Days With Khrushchev" & Private Charles Bowens & the Gentlemen from Tigerland - "Christmas in Vietnam"

Buddy Stuart - "Ask the Robin"
Little Jimmy Ray - "You Need to Fall in Love"
Wayne Cochran - "My Machine"

John Holt - "(In the) Morning of My Life"
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "8 Days (of Hanukkah)"
Nicky Hopkins & the Whistling Piano - "Mister Pleasant"
Don Covay & the Jefferson Lemon Blues Band - "Bad News"
Sonny Knight & the Lakers - "How Long Until Someday"

Dr. John - "Such a Night"
Leapy Lee - "King of the Whole Wide World"
Jackie & the Cedrics - "Silent Night Rumble"
Bobby Hendricks - "I Want That"
Binky Griptite - "Stone Soul Christmas"

Billy Swan - "Drown in My Own Tears"
Lou Monte - "Dominic the Donkey"
Spinal Tap - "We Three Kings"

Outro: "Christmas Must Be Tonight" - The Band

Monday, December 19, 2016

Lost & Found playlist for 12/15/16

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "Introduction"
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "We Get Along"

Intro: "Do It!" - Johnny Griffiths w/ Billy Sha-Rae's Band

Background music for the show: Dexter Gordon - True Blue

Box Scaggs - "He's a Fool for You"
The Rolling Stones - "Blue and Lonesome"
The Who - "Daddy Rolling Stone"
Graham Parker & the Rumour - "Hold Back the Night"
Terry Dolan - "See What Your Love Can Do"

Sharon Jones - "I'm Not Gonna Cry"
Shakey Jake Harris - "More Bad Luck"
Little Junior Parker - "Worried Life Blues"
Jimmy Witherspoon - "Never Knew This Kind of Hurt Before"
The Famous Luckett Brothers - "Help Me to Carry On"

Willie Nelson - "Little Dealer Boy" [Happy Legalization Day!]

The Fixin'-To-Die Rag: Rev. Oris May - "Another Christmas Without My Son"

Don Covay & the Jefferson Lemon Blues Band - "What's in the Headlines Today?"
The Steelers - "Crying Bitter Tears"
Laura Nyro - "Once It Was Alright Now (Farmer Joe)"

Bo Diddley - "Bo Diddley"
Ron Holden & the Thunderbirds - "Who Said There Ain't No Santa Claus?"
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "Something's Changed"
Little Ann - "Deep Shadows"
Jesse May Hemphill - "Take Me Home with You, Baby?"

The Jewels - "Gotta Find a Way"
Leon Hayward - "Spice of the Blues"
O.V. Wright - "If It's Only for Tonight"
The Swan Silvertones - "Rock My Soul"
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "Mama Don't Like My Man"

Simon White's Little Richard Lost & Found: "Kansas City/Hey-Hey Hey-Hey" [1986 Version]

The Riverbottom Nightmare Band - "Nightmare"
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "How Do I Let a Good Man Down?"
Nina Simone - "You Don't Pay Them No Mind"
Charles Taylor - "Nothing Between"

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

One WMBR Co-Music Director's Favorite 31 Records of the 2016

Completely subjective, I get that. Even so, these are better than most other things out there now.


I made a Spotify playlist you can check out if you are interested here (I think you need a Spotify account to access it however):

[N.B. Some artists or albums aren't on Spotify and thus aren't included in the playlist. They are Yusef Lateef, Gloria, Sao Paulo Underground, They Say The Wind Made Them Crazy. I've linked each artist to a website where you can hear music from the albums below.]

[Albums in no particular order for insanity's sake]

The Urges - Time Will Pass (Mersol Music)

Jon Bryant - Twenty Something (Self Released?)

Helms Alee - Stillicide (Sargent House)

The Golden Grass - Coming Back Again (Listenable Records)

Yusef Lateef - Live at Ronnie Scott's (Gearbox Records)

Adia Victoria - Beyond the Bloodhounds (Atlantic Records)

The Cactus Blossoms - You're Dreaming (Red House Records)

Gloria - in excelsis stereo (Howlin' Banana Records)

Barbara Hannigan / Hans Abrahamsen / Andris Nelsons - let me tell you (Winter and Winter)

Putnam Smith - 99 Desires (Self Released?)

The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome (Interscope)

Black Black Black - Altered States of Death and Grace (Aqualamb Records)

Emitt Rhodes - Rainbow Ends (Omnivore Recordings)

Garden Gate - Dark Harvest (Golden Brown)

Red Fang - Only Ghosts (Relapse)

Sao Paulo Underground - Cantos Invisiveis (Cuneiform Records) 
Ural Thomas and the Pain - S/T (Mississippi Records)

Chocolate Genius - Truth vs Beauty (NØ FØRMAT!)

De La Soul - and the ANONYMOUS NOBODY (A.O.I., LLC)
Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate (Polydor, Ltd.)

The Lemon Twigs - Do Hollywood (4AD)

They Say The Wind Made Them Crazy - Far from the Silvery Light (Tofu Carnage Records)

Charles Bradley - Changes (Dunham/Daptone Records)

Eli "Paperboy" Reed - My Way Home (Yep Roc)

The Excitements - Breaking the Rule (Penniman Records)

Benji Hughes - Songs in the Key of Animals (Merge Records)

Ulrika Spacek - The Album Paranoia (Lefse Records)

The Yearning - Evening Souvenirs (Elefant Records)
A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)
The Early Years - II (Sonic Cathedral)

Matt Berry - The Small Hours (Acid Jazz)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Roll Call of the Best Listeners in the Country

F U N D R A I S I N G 👊  2016

Stephen in Boston
Scott in Boston
Marty in Andover
David in Reading
Wyatt in Weston
Rob in Guelph, Canada
Alicia in Jamaica Plain
Bill in Acton
Sherri in Richmond, VT
Joanna in Denver, CO
Noah in West Roxbury
Tarik in Newtonville
Hal in Belmont
Bruce in Stony Brook, NY
Frank in Pembroke
Stephen in Somerville
Stephen in Lexington
Joe in Saugus
Rodney's Book Store in Cambridge
Steve in Gloucester
Peter in Weston
Tony in Medford
Deborah in Randolph
Russ in Wellesley Hills
Joshua in Beverly
Tom in Scituate
Michael in Malden
Canada in Reading
Sean in Gloucester
Don in Williamsport, PA
Alex in Concord
Michael in Lexington
Elizabeth in West Roxbury
Hugh in Arlington
Marc in Jamaica Plain
William in Ashburnham
Brian in West Roxbury
Chris in New York, NY
Scott in London, England
Joe in Belmont
John in Wakefield
Pete in Weymouth
John in Lynn
Tom in Seattle, WA
Joshua in Chicago, IL
Howard in Northampton
William in Reading
Kim in Somerville
Ethan in Collierville, TN
Stephanie in Cambridge
Amy in Brooklyn, NY
Ken in Brookline
Jon in Montville, NJ
Andrea in Albuquerque, NM
Michael in Brookline
Rebekah in Worthing, England

T H A N K   Y O U   A L L! 

Lost & Found playlist for 11/10/16

F U N D R A I S I N G  *  2 0 1 6

Thank you to all who pledged to WMBR this past week in general and a hearty I LOVE YOU to all who pledged the Thursday Lost & Found on November 10th. With your help I had the best fundraiser I've ever had which, when all the dust settles, will look a lot like $6,000!!! WOOOHOOO! I am so grateful and humbled...really, it is incredible. I will be putting up a roll call of my supporters right after this post.

Intro: "For the Love of Money" - The O'Jays

Background Music for the Show: Chris Joss - Sticks

Bobbie Gentry - "Touch 'em With Love"
George Jones - "Loving You Can Never Be Better"
Joe Jackson - "Baby Stick Around"
Todd Rundgren - "Time Heals"
Cher - "I Walk on Guilded Splinters"
Bobby Charles - "Small Town Talk"
The Band - "Home Cookin'"

The Found Song of the Week: Durand Jones & the Indications - "Make a Change" from the 2016 LP Now I'm Gone

Pajama Slave Dancers - "(Thank God for) College Radio"

The Fixin'-To-Die Rag: Mel & Tim - "Mail Call Time"

The Blues Busters - "I Won't Let You Go"
Ondatropica - "I Ron Man"
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "Midnight Rider" [NEW 7"]
Albert King - "(I Love) Lucy"
Warren Zevon - "Keep Me in Your Heart"
Them - "Don't Look Back"
Lightnin' Hopkins - "Darling, Do You Remember Me?"

Simon White's Little Richard Lost & Found: Medley for Fundraising

The Equals - "Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys"
Rod Stewart - "Crying Laughing Loving Lying"
Solomon Burke - "Home in Your Heart"
The Dixie Nightingales - "I Don't Know"

Outro: "Thank You" - The Remains

Friday, November 04, 2016

This Is Home, a film about Leon Bridges

I think y'all will like this. I know I sure did. Leon is one of the great hopes for the future of classic soul music at a time when it appears to be melting away in front of our very eyes.

This Is Home from Squarespace on Vimeo.

Lost & Found playlist for 11/3/16

Intro: "Do It" - Johnny Griffiths w/ Billy Sha-Rae's Band

Background Music for the Show: New York Art Quartet - Old Stuff

Little Walter - "Blue and Lonesome"
Don Preston - "Underdog Blues"
Ronnie Dawson - "Wiggle Waddle Woman"
Elmore James - "You Know You're Wrong"
The Rolling Stones - "Hate to See You Go" [NEW!]

Pat Clayton - "I Said No" [REQUEST}
Leon Bridges - "Ball of Confusion"
Yvonne Elliman - "Sweeter Memories"
Harold Andrews - "You're a Winner" [Groovy Version]
Bobby Hebb - "Yes or No or Maybe Not"

Ferlin Husky - "Love Your Spell Is Everywhere"
Leslie Gore - "The Road I Walk"

The Fixin'-To-Die Rag: Lou Rawls - "The Politician"

David Ruffin - "You Make Me Do Things (I Don't Want to Do)"
Mary Jane Hooper - "Psychedelphia"

The Three Sounds - "Blue Genes"
The Four Tops - "Hey Man/We Gotta Get You a Woman"
Dusty Springfield - "A Song for You"
Billy Jo Spears - "Can't Change My Heart"
Clifton Chenier - "Everybody Calls Me Crazy"

The Gospel Ensemble - "What You Need"
The Windy City Four - "Don't Let the Devil Ride"
Ted Taylor - "Days Are Dark"

Simon White's Little Richard Lost & Found: "Send Me Some Lovin'" [Take 9]

Billy Young - "Have Pity on Me"

Alan Lee Brackett - "I Don't Care What You Do Anymore"
Todd Rundgren - "Honest Work"
Steve Douglas - "If You're Ever in Doubt About It"
Betty Davis - "It's My Life" [Take 8]
Donald Lee Richardson - "You Got Me in the Palm of Your Hand"

Richard Cook - "Love Is So Mean"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Lost & Found playlist for 10/27/16

First, if you want to find those two books I talked about on air they are The Sympathizer and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (though there are better books on this subject IMHO)
by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Intro: "Do It" - Johnny Griffiths w/ Billy Sha-Rae's Band

Background music for the show: Kenny Dorham - Afro-Cuban

Bobby Charles - "He's Got All the Whiskey" [Long Version]
John Lee Hooker - "I Need You"
Mr. Stress Blues Band - "Break Song 1"
Pisces - "Oh Lord!"
John Tinsley - "Keep Your Hands Off 'Er, She Don't Bear Touching"

Elmore James - "Coming Home"
Lillian Offitt - "That Man Don't Work"
Howard Tate - "Ain't Nobody Home"
Frankie Lee Sims - "My Talk Didn't Do No Good"
Muddy Waters - "Rolling Stone (Catfish Blues)"

Ronnie Forte - "That Was Whiskey Talkin'"
Frank Motley & the Hitch-Hikers w/ the Mighty Pope - "Mr. Fortune"
Morgus & the Ghouls - "Morgus the Magnificent"

The Fixin'-To-Die Rag: David Clayton Thomas & the Bossmen - "Brainwashed"

Sir Calvin Coolidge - "Big Diesel Man"

Meic Stevens - "Left Over Time"
Tucker Zimmerman - "Another Normal Day"
Jeannie C. Reilly - "He Made a Woman Out of Me"
Otis Redding - "Trick or Treat"
Terry Teene - "Curse of the Hearse"

The Chapells - "Are You Ready?"
Penny & the Quarters - "You and Me"
Henry Gray - "Cold Chills"
Nick Waterhouse - "Katchi"

Simon White's Little Richard Lost & Found: "I Got It" [Alternative Take]

The Blues Busters - "Sometimes (Love is a Special Thing)"
The Gospel Ensemble - "What You Need"
The Jubilee Hummingbirds - "I Won't Have to Cry No More"
Lee Fields & the Expressions - "I'm Coming Home"
Magic Sam - "Blue Light Boogie"

Mad Man Taylor - "Rock 'n' Roll Espanola"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Monday, October 24, 2016

Lost & Found playlist for 10/13/16

Intro: "Do It" - Johnny Griffith w/ Billy Sha-Rae's Band

Background music for the show: Milt Jackson - Statements

Mississippi Fred McDowell - "Glory Hallelujah"
Muddy Waters - "My Love Strikes Like Lightning"
The Soul Explosives - "Ain't No Sunshine"
Jimmy Witherspoon - "The Time Has Come"
Little Feat - "Long Distance Love"

The Rolling Stones - "Just Your Fool" [NEW]
The Staple Singers - "I'm Willin' (Part 1)"
The Entertainers 4 - "Just Ain't My Day"
Gene & Eddie & the Nightcaps - "It's So Hard"
Winfield Parker & the Shyndells Band - "Sweet Little Girl"

Buddy Howard - "Devil Dream Song"
Tina Turner - "Bayou Song"
Elvis Presley - "I've Got a Thing About You Baby"

The Fixin'-To-Die Rag: Joycelyn - "Soldier in Saigon"

Betty Harris - "Nearer to You"

Little Denise - "Check Me Out"
The Blonde Bomber - "Strollie Bun"
Arlene Brown & Lee "Shot" Williams - "Impeach Me Baby"
Stormie Winters - "Foolish Dreamer"
B.B. King - "Goin' South (Pt.1)"

Memphis Slim - "I'm Crying"
O.V. Wright - "I'll Take Care of You"
Bobby Powell - "Peace Begins Within"
Otis Rush - "My Love Will Never Die"
Lowell George - "20 Million Things"

Big Maybelle - "I Know Love"
Chuck Berry - "Surfin' Steel"

Simon White's Little Richard Lost & Found: "It's No Secret"

Esquerita - "Just Another Lie"
B.B. Butler - "I Hope I Don't Cry"

Johnny Nash - "Don't Cry"
The Blues Busters - "Love Me Forever"
The Equals - "Georgetown Girl"
Jimmy Cliff - "Use What I Got"
The Mighty Terror & His Calipsonians - "T.V. Calypso"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Lost & Found playlist for 8/25/16

Intro: "Do It" - Johnny Griffith w/ Billy Sha-Rae's Band

Background music for the show: Gerry Mulligan - Gerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges

Free - "Travelin' in Style"
Joe Cocker - "Woman to Woman"
Ray Agee - "It's Hard to Explain"
Frijid Pink - "Boozin' Blues"
The Bo-Kays - "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"

Andrew Watts & the Gospel Storytellers - "Peter & John"
Lee Moses - "What You Don't Want to Be"
Jimmy Cliff - "Dearest Beverly"
Swamp Dogg - "Synthetic World"
Ural Thomas & the Pain - "Deep Within My Heart"

The Fixin'-To-Die Rag: The Raving Madd - "I Said Oh No No No (What's In It for Me)"

Todd Rundgren - "We Gotta Get You a Woman"
George Jones - "I Just Don't Give a Damn"
Bobby "Blue" Bland - "Loneliness Hurts"
James Davis - "Your Turn to Cry"

J.J. Jackson - "Let the Show Begin"
The Melodians Steel Band - "Fur Elise"
Frankie Lee - "Don't Make Me Cry"
The Impressions - "The Young Mods Forgotten Story"
David Ruffin - "One of These Days"

Roosevelt Grier - "C'mon Cupid"
The King-Pins - "It Won't Be This Way (Always)"
Tommy & Eddie - "I Love My Baby)"
Irma Thomas - "A Woman Will Do Wrong"
Big Maybelle - "The Same Old Story"

Simon White's Little Richard Lost & Found: "Over Yonder"

Esquerita - "Believe Me When I Say That Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay"
The Wailers - "Bama Lama Bama Loo"
The Du-Ettes - "Stop, Call the Cops"
Bobby Scott - "I Gotta Run"

Helen Moore - "Get Away Blues"
Kenny Wells - "Isn't It Just a Shame"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers