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Options December 25, 2010: Let's Put the X Back in Xmas
The title is a line from 60s wit Paul Krassner. No holiday music here, although I did play Woody Guthrie's "Jesus Christ" song. My faves were Lionel Loueke, Cassandra Wilson & Regina Carter. Waddya you think? Email me with comments: stevek@wfmu.org

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Big Guitars from Texas  Ride of the Ruthless   Options  
Floyd Morris  A Mellow Mood   Options These two songs are from "Dr. Boogie Presents Wasa Wasa: A Fabulous Rhythm'n'Blues Shakers on the Dancefloor! 1952-1968" on Sub Rosa. Couldn't say it better myself. 
Harold Baptiste  Funky Soul   Options More Wasa Wasa 
Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra  All You Need is Love   Options Listen to what they do with this song! 
Steve Martin  Saga of the Old West   Options Yup, the funny Steve Martin. From Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Concert (2010) 
Lester Flatt's Nashville Grass  The Last Waltz   Options After Flatt & Scruggs broke up-- and Earl grew long hair-- Lester Flatt pulled this group together. 
Frifot  Forgaves/Vindlaren   Options Swedes 
Deidre Cunningham Band  Cry from the Heart   Options Don't know much about this one but it's a good fit; I found it on one of those great Folk Roots CD collections-- fRoots #12. 
Lick The Tins  In the Middle of the Night   Options These Brits had a minor hit with their cover of "Can't Help Falling in Love" in the 80s. This is another good one, from "Blind Man of a Flying Horse" CD (Talking Elephant Records) 
Andrew Bird  Nyatiti   Options From "Useless Creatures" (Fat Possum, 2009) 
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines  I Want to Know You   Options Nice cover of Bo Carter country blues tune 
Spider John Koerner  Guitar Fools   Options Recorded March 1963, which is the title of the recently released CD on Nero's Neptune Records out of Minnesota 
Spider John Koerner  Good Time Charlie   Options One of his best songs. 
Elvis Costello  The Spell That You Cast   Options New album-- "National Ransom" -- has good tunes and great players: Marc Ribot, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, Jerry Douglas and plenty more 
Deidre Cunningham Band  Cry From the Heart   Options Oops. I played this already. But it's good. 
Kepa Junkera  Berhueta   Options Basque instrumental. This is the one I wanted to play. 

Music behind DJ:
Arthur Lyman 


Teddy Thompson  I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone   Options TT did a nice country album a while back: "Upfront & Down Low" (Verve, 2007) 
Robbie Fulks  If They Could Only See Me Now   Options Sorry for such a morbid tune but a terrific country songwriter, this is from the "Georgia Hard" album on Yep Roc (2006) 
Sally Timms  Cry Cry Cry   Options A unique take on a Johnny Cash number, from Mekons singer 
Ry Cooder  Hey Porter   Options Another odd Johnny Cash cover, this one from early Ry Cooder: "Into the Purple Valley" (Reprise, 1972) 
Charlie Parr  South of Austin, North of Lyle   Options Austin, Minnesota that is. Really interesting player, old timey instrumental sound with original lyrics. From "When the Devil Goes Blind" (Nero's Neptune, 2010) 
Mississippi Sheiks  The World Is Going Wrong   Options The Dust-to-Digital label just put out an amazing 3 CD set of country blues from the 20s & 30s: "Baby, How Can It Be? Songs of Love, Lust and Contempt" 
Crippled Clarence Lofton  Strut That Thing   Options This one is from the Lust CD; Mississippi Sheiks was from Contempt. 

Music behind DJ:
Arthur Lyman 


Cisco Houston  Jesus Christ   Options Let's call this a xmas song. Woody Guthrie's take on Jesus as a socialist. 
Bruce Springsteen  I Ain't Got No Home   Options Another Woody Guthrie composition, from "Folkways: A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly" (Columbia, 1988) 
The Country Boys  Buddy's Boogie   Options From "The World Is A Monster: Columbia Hillbilly 1948-1958" 
Little Jimmy Dickens  Me and My Big Mouth   Options More hillbilly charm from a small man with a big voice. 
Sonny Landreth  Swamp Stomp   Options I guess this is (sorta) the title cut of a great new collection of Swamp Pop-- "Louisiana Swamp Stomp"-- with a bunch of the best contemporary players from Acadiana. 
Little Freddie King  Can't Do Nothin' Babe   Options I listen to WWOZ New Orleans radio a lot & this guy is a regular on the blues circuit. He turned 70 recently so I'm happy to get to play him for the first time. 
Rev. Johnny L. Jones  Walk With Me   Options From "The Hurricane That Hit Atlanta" on Dust-to-Digital 
Willie Dixon  Walkin' the Blues   Options A monster tune from the best of the Chicago bluesmen. Songwriter, bassist and much much more. 
Memphis Slim  All By Myself   Options When I was a kid, I got to hear Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon play as a duo at Newport Folk Festival. 

Music behind DJ:
Memphis Slim 

Broadway Boogie   Options

Buddy Guy  My Time After Awhile   Options This fine Chicago blues guitarist is till around, one of the last of the breed 
Los Lobos  Do the Murray   Options An instrumental from their new CD: "Tin Can Trust" (Shout Factory, 2010) 
Lionel Loueke  Karibu   Options Jazz guitarist from Benin, now lives in NYC; recently back from touring Europe with Herbie Hancock. This is the title cut to a 2008 album on Blue Note. 
Cassandra Wilson  Caravan   Options Also on Blue Note, this is a beautiful take on the Ellington classic, written by Juan Tizol. Nice Cassandra album-- "Loverly" -- from 2008. 
Jack McVea With Al Smith & The Savoys  Chop Chop Boom   Options McVouty rocks 

Music behind DJ:
Arthur Lyman 

Caravan   Options

Regina Carter  Reverie   Options A beautiful version of the Claude Debussy tune, from an album recorded in Genoa, Italy where Regina Carter-- American jazz fiddler-- plays Paganini's violin, made in 1743! 
Debo Band  Lantchi Biye   Options A note on the CD says this is a NY band inspired by Ethiopian music; the album in "Flamingoh (Pink Bird Dawn) but no label. Check out deboband.com 
Natacha Atlas  Batkallim   Options Recorded in London by Belgian singer with Middle Eastern roots, the CD is "Mounqaliba" (Six Degrees, 2010) 
Ernesto Djedje  Zadie Bobo   Options From "Ivory Coast Soul: Afrofunk in Abidjan, from 1972 to 1982" on Hot Casa (2010) 
Os Bongos  Pachanga Maria   Options Latin music goes back to Africa. From "Angola Soundtrack: Special Sounds from Luana 1965-78" (Analog Africa, 2010) 
Los Lobos  Yo Canto   Options A fine finale 

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Listener comments!

  6:10am Steve Krinsky:

Ho Ho Ho. No xmas music here, although we could count "All You Need is Love" in an ecumenical sorta way.
  6:26am Vicki:

Happy Thingies, Steve
  6:27am annie:

morning steve..!!
  7:08am Steve Krinsky:

Wasn't that Teddy Thompson number just great? Should I play another?
  7:24am annie:

you play what you want, steve. i'm cutting pineapple, and rolling rum balls. this is fun..the music, i mean. and the food bit is great too..
  8:58am seang:

Viva Colombia! cumbia christmas
  1:37pm Garry Krinsky:

hey Steve,
The Woody Guthrie song about Jesus being a socialist sounds alot like the Bruce Springstein version of "Jesse James", which I believe was originally a Pete Seger song... "That dirty little coward who shot Mr. Howard...laid poor Jesse in his grave"....
  11:16pm Steve Krinsky:

Woody took a traditional ballad and reworked it, which he (and many others) commonly did; sometimes he is listed as the writer of "Jesse James" and he clearly altered it to become "Jesus Christ." As Pete Seeger would say, that's the folk process.
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