Monday, 19 June 2017

KSHE Klassics Show, June 18, 2017

Quotation du jour: Albert Einstein: When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity. 

This morning's show just flew by but, well, it wouldn't be Sunday if i didn't have technical problems that i don't seem to have on any other day. I had a bit of trouble tapping into KSHE's audio stream this morning and missed the first few minutes, which meant that i didn't hear most of "Sepia Sister" by Shoot (or is it "Shoot" by Sepia Sister?). It didn't overly bother me, though: not exactly a major classic after all. Or even a major Klassic. But with my secondary browser, Avast's Safe Zone, it worked immediately. Not sure what happened there, because the last time i listened to KSHE (Thursday), Vivaldi worked fine.

But the BSOD which meant that i missed George Harrison altogether was a bit of a bore -- yes, netio.sys failed again. Shit.

Anyway, here's the playlist -- not an exceptional edition, but still the best program on the wireless. (Younger readers may not know that "wireless" is an old term for "radio." In actual fact i'm so wired the rear of my desk is spaghetti-like.)

Shoot -- Sepia Sister
Z.Z. Top -- Arrested For Driving While Blind
Little Feat -- Oh Atlanta
Steely Dan -- The Fez
The Grateful Dead -- Friend Of The Devil
Stillwater -- Women (Beautiful Women)
Grand Funk Railroad -- Closer To Home / I'm Your Captain
Jay Ferguson -- Shakedown Cruise
J. Geils -- Looking For A Love
Atlanta Rhythm Section -- Another Man's Woman
Traffic -- Freedom Rider
String Driven Thing -- Circus
Jackson Browne -- Boulevard
Wet Willie -- Keep On Smilin'
Robin Trower -- I'm Out To Get You
Diesel -- Sausalito Summernight
Rod Stewart -- Blondes (Have More Fun)
Michael Murphey -- Geronimo's Cadillac
The Police -- Invisible Sun
Rick Derringer -- Don't Ever Say Goodbye
Loggins & Messina -- Nobody But You
April Wine -- Wings Of Love
Santana -- Everything's Coming Our Way
Mott The Hoople -- All The Way From Memphis
Heart -- Even It Up
Procol Harum -- A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Frankie And The Knockouts -- Running Into The Night
Ian MacLagan -- Little Troublemaker
George Harrison -- All Things Must Pass
Lou Reed -- Sweet Jane
Dixon House Band -- Sooner Or Later
Jefferson Airplane -- Volunteers
Rainbow -- Long Live Rock And Roll
The Who -- Love Reign O'er Me
Mountain -- Nantucket Sleighride
John Stewart -- Gold

And this is what i've played at home this week, because i know you're fascinated:

Kronos Quartet – Pieces Of Africa
Dan Fogelberg – Nether Lands
Fish – A Feast Of Consquences
Midori – Live At Carnegie Hall
The Move – Looking On
Marillion – Sounds That Can't Be Made
Joan Baez – The First Ten Tears 1960 – 1970
The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver – Beat Of The Street
Dan Fogelberg – The Innocent Age
Matchbox Twenty – Mad Season
Donovan – Sutras
The Albion Band – The Prospect Before Us
Steeleye Span – Below The Salt
Fairport Convention – Jewel In The Crown
Rory Gallagher – Calling Card
Various Artists – Folk And More, Vol. 16
The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
P.J. Harvey – White Chalk
King Crimson – Red
James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
America – History: America's Greatest Hits
Rod Stewart – A Spanner In The Works
Tyrannosaurus Rex – A Beard Of Stars
Andy M. Stewart & Manus Lunny – At It Again
Big Sugar – Revolution Per Minute
Wishbone Ash – Pilgrimage
Robin Trower – Day Of The Eagle
The Faces – Long Player
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – The Best Years Of Our Lives
Peter Gabriel – Birdy
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – In The Hot Seat
Jack Bruce – Somethinels
Talking Heads – The Best Of Talking Heads

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

KSHE Klassics, June 11th, 2017

Quotation du jour ~ David Bowie: Love descends on those defenceless / Idiot love will spark the fusion.

Whoa, the Klassics show just flew by today. I thought that there must be at least an hour more's worth of wonderful music when Uman announced that he was heading out the door. And i was undisturbed by any technical problems.... For a change! Here's what he played:

And that's Strawbs, there.

Strawbs -- Autumn
The Police -- Canary In A Coalmine
The Grateful Dead -- Uncle John's Band
Shooting Star -- You've Got What I Need
Genesis -- Visions Of Angels
Angel -- Rock And Rollers
Charlie Daniels -- The South's Gonna Do It Again
Jefferson Starship -- Can't Find Love
Alvin Lee & Mylon Lefevre -- So Sad (No Love Of His Own)
Jethro Tull -- Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll, Too Young To Die
Foghat -- My Babe
George Harrison -- Bangladesh
Charlie -- Killer Cut
Blue Oyster Cult -- Hot Rails To Hell
Black Oak Arkansas -- Jim Dandy
The Greg Kihn Band -- The Breakup Song (They Don't Write Em)
Utopia -- Love Is The Answer
Loggins And Messina -- Angry Eyes
Little Feat -- Rocket In My Pocket
April Wine -- I Like To Rock
Fleetwood Mac -- Spare Me A Little Of Your Love
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils -- Chicken Train
Bad Company -- Crazy Circles
Michael Bolton -- Fool's Game
Santana -- Well All Right
Styx -- Lady
Prism -- Julie
Procol Harum -- Conquistador
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band -- Turn The Page
Uriah Heep -- The Wizard
Gypsy -- Dead And Gone
Michael Stanley -- Don't Stop The Music
Steely Dan -- Bodhisattva
.38 Special -- Rock And Roll Strategy
Rare Earth -- I Just Want Celebrate
Dwight Twilley Band -- Twilley Don't Mind
UFO -- Doctor Doctor

And the schtuff i've played at home this week:

Peter Hammill – Roaring Forties
Caro Emerald – Emerald Island
Enya – Shepherd Moons
Terje Rypdal – Odyssey
The Tea Party – Tangents
The Beatles – A Hard Day's Night
Jethro Tull – Catfish Rising
Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy
Dan Fogelberg – Windows And Walls
Bluehorses – Ten Leagues Beyond The Wild Worlds End
Kate Bush – Before The Dawn
Bill Bruford's Earthworks – Stamping Ground
Seether – Poison The Parish
David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Home – The Alchemist
Saga – Silent Knight
Caro Emerald – The Shocking Miss Emerald
The Who – Tommy
Eleftheria Arvanitaki – Ta Kormia Ke Ta Maheria
Various Artists – As I Cycled Out On A May Morning
Supertramp – Crisis? What Crisis?
Procol Harum – Home
T. Rex – The Slider
Ray Davies – Americana
Oysterband – Trawler
John Lennon – Acoustic

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

KSHE Klassics, June 4th 2017

Quotation du jour ~ Justin Trudeau: Connecting with Canadians isn't about what you say, it's about what you're listening to. It's about what you understand.

Nothing much to say about this one -- the usual mix of fabulous classic rock and obscure classic rock (most of it very good) and my morning was almost completely undisturbed by technical problems. My browser seemed a little sluggish -- many pages were slow to load and sometimes the opening of them interrupted KSHE's audio stream -- but i probably need to clear its cache.

Steely Dan -- Aja
Grinderswitch -- Pickin' The Blues
Spooky Tooth -- Cotton Growin' Man
Yes -- Going For The One
Andy Pratt -- Avenging Annie
Bruce Springsteen -- 10th Avenue Freeze Out
Supertramp -- Sister Moonshine
Eric Clapton -- Motherless Children
April Wine -- Roller
Fleetwood Mac -- She's Changing Me
Blue Oyster Cult -- In Thee
Bob Dylan -- Tangled Up In Blue
Tycoon -- Such A Woman
Shooting Star -- Bring It On
Lighthouse -- One Fine Morning
George Harrison -- This Song
Badfinger -- Perfection
The Michael Stanley Band -- Last Night
Ozark Nountain Daredevils -- Spaceship Orion
The Doobie Brothers -- Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)
Ten Years After -- I'd Love To Change The World
Santana -- Open Invitation
The James Gang -- Alexis
The Jeff Beck Group -- I Ain't Superstitious
Ambrosia -- Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Chilliwack -- Baby Blue
Dave Mason -- Only You Know And I Know
Hydra -- Feel Like Running
Uriah Heep -- Look At Yourself
Headstone -- Turn Your Head
Trooper -- Round Round We Go
Ronnie Montrose -- Town Without Pity
Traffic -- Empty Pages
Rod Stewart -- Every Picture Tells A Story
Lake -- Angel In Disguise
Bandit -- Visions Of You

And my own personal playlist:

Caro Emerald – The Shocking Miss Emerald (twice)
Various Artists – Folk And More, Vol. 13
Ashley Hutchings – By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down And Wept
Peter Gabriel – Passion
The Albion Band – The Vice Of The People
Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot
Talking Heads – The Best Of Talking Heads
Sheryl Crow – By Myself
Genesis – Abacab
Peter Hammill – Singularity
Runrig – The Story
Al Stewart – The Year Of The Cat
Portishead – Dummy
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell
The Move – Shazam!
Roger McGuinn – Roger McGuinn
The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour
Jethro Tull – Aqualung
Jan Akkerman – Tabernakel
Dusty Springfield – Dusty In Memphis
Maddy Prior & Tim Hart – Summer Solstice
Focus – Focus 3
James – Whiplash
Peter Hammill – Skin
Renaissance – Scheherazade And Other Stories
Jeff Beck – Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop
Dan Fogelberg – Live At Carnegie Hall
Rory Gallagher – Top Priority
Steeleye Span – Rocket Cottage

Monday, 29 May 2017

Not The KSHE Klassics Show, May 28th

Quotation du jour ~ Jane Siberry: should the universe bring / the song to your ears / and you give it a spin / and it makes people stop / and say hey who was that? / say a sparrow started it / with a strand of grass.

There was no Klassics Show on KSHE yesterday. It's Memorial Day weekend in the States and they were doing a weekend-long top 500 countdown, but i went through such a hassle to learn that, i thought i'd share my pain.

A few minutes before nine, i tried to connect to the audio stream. Nuffink. Tried again. Nada. Reloaded the page. Zilch.

My primary browser is Vivaldi. I tried to connect using my secondary browser, Avast's Safe Zone. Rien, encore. But then i remembered that i also have a third browser, Microsoft's Edge, but trying to connect using that was hampered somewhat by the fact that i was unable to open the damn thing.

A few days ago i installed an ad blocker in Vivaldi, i wondered if that might be creating the problem, so back i went to Vivaldi and disabled the ad blocker for KSHE. In a word, nope.

By now it was gone 9:30 and i supposed that i had missed a good half hour's worth of brilliant classic rock and that my week was pretty much ruined, and i was tearing my hair out in frustration.

I eventually solved it, though. I have said that KSHE doesn't stream their audio to Canada and that i need to connect via a VPN, which tells them that i am somewhere in New Jersey. I hadn't turned the VPN on! Duh!!! So i did and that's when i discovered that there was no Klassics Show. And i spent the morning listening to Radio Paradise and at least i got to hear my new favourite singer, Caro Emerald. And look, here she is.

And as i can't post a KSHE playlist, here's what i listened to this week, because i know you're fascinated:

Paul Simon – Graceland
James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
Terje Rypdal – Descendre
Björk – Post
Rory Gallagher – Stage Struck
Kate Bush – The Dreaming
Marillion – Holidays In Eden
Sparks – Kimono My House
King Crimson – Starless And Bible Black
Richard Thompson – More Guitar
Sky – The Great Balloon Race
Jeff Beck – Official Bootleg U.S.A. '06
Johnny Clegg And Juluka – A Johnny Clegg And Juluka Collection
Peter Hammill – In Camera
Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home
Various Artists – Folk And More, Vol 12
Ten Years After – Undead
Billy Talent – III
Ashley Hutchings – By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down And Wept
Dan Fogelberg – Live At Carnegie Hall
Steve Reich – Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint
Saga – Silent Knight
Bonnie Raitt – Luck Of The Draw
Ray Davies – Americana
Yes – The Yes Album
The Beatles – A Hard Day's Night
Seether – Poison The Parish
Rick Wakeman – The Six Wives Of Henry VIII
Paula Cole – This Bright Red Feeling
Caro Emerald – Emerald Island
Mike Batt – Tarot Suite
Tyrannosaurus Rex – A Beard Of Stars
Roxy Music – The Avalon Tapes

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Kiss vs Ariana Grande

I can't stand KISS. I think that they are one of the worst rock bands of all time. If one of their "songs" comes on the radio, i change the station.

Ariana Grande's music, on the other hand, is completely unknown to me: i'm a long, long (long!) way from being her target audience.

I won't need to remind anyone of the horrific bombing in Manchester on Monday. Ms Grande herself was devastated and flew home -- i can't begin to imagine the emotional pain she was suffering, poor girl.

Now, read these snippets published yesterday:

'NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande has vowed to return to Manchester, England, to give a concert to raise money for the victims of Monday’s deadly bombing at her show there.

'In a statement on Friday, the pop star says “we won’t let hate win” and offered to “extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours.”

'“Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”'

And this:

'MANCHESTER, England (AP) — KISS has canceled its show at the arena where deadly terrorist attacks occurred at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, earlier this week.

'Live Nation announced Friday that the rock group’s May 30 concert at Manchester Arena will not take place. Band members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer said in a statement that they “are heartbroken by the atrocity committed against the innocent victims of Manchester.”

'The bombing on Monday night claimed the lives of 22 people, many of them teenagers and their parents. Refunds for the KISS show will be granted to all ticketholders at the point of purchase.

'The band said its “thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected and all the people of Manchester at this difficult time.”'

KISS, you spiritless fucking cowards, i can't imagine why you have any fans but apparently you do, but it seems you don't care enough about the ones in the Manchester area to go there and put on a show that might help them through this "difficult time" as you put it.

I recall the example of my favourite guitarist Rory Gallagher who, during "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland in the seventies, was one of the few performers who would tour there regularly. He did it for the fans, as a way to brighten their lives.

Well done Ariana Grande! I may even go to YouTube and check out your music. Bless you.

Monday, 22 May 2017

The KSHE Klassics Show, May 21st, 2017

Quotation du jour ~ Bob Dylan: The radio makes hideous sounds. 

(For a Nobel Prize winner, Mr Dylan sure has said some dumb shit: today's show was excellent.)

I said two weeks ago that i would be unable to post the playlist for last week, because last Sunday was Mother's Day -- the busiest day of the year in my business -- and i had to work. I was able to listen for about an hour, on my 'phone, but it's such a noisy place it was hardly worth the effort. Or the data. (My work's wi-fi is utter crap and i couldn't connect to the network. I wound up using almost half of my month's data allowance.) (Apparently none of my tech-savvy manglement team knows how to re-boot a router!) I certainly couldn't create a playlist -- although Uman did play Dan Fogelberg's "As The Raven Flies," which made me wish i was at home with a beer and a sausage samwidge. I can't even remember anything else he played.

But here's what he played today:

Russ Ballard -- Rene Didn't Do It

Oh, look, there's Russ Ballard himself. A fairly recent pic, i think. He was the singer in Argent and wrote one of the most dire songs ever, "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You" -- i find that most songs written since about 1971 that have the expression "rock 'n' roll" in their titles, have little relation to the genre.

Nantucket -- California
Steve Hackett -- Narnia
Emerson, Lake & Palmer -- From The Beginning
Dickie Betts -- Hand Picked
Chicago -- 25 Or 6 To 4 (live)
The Firm -- Radioactive
Strawbs -- Keep On Trying
Badfinger -- No Matter What
Bruce Springsteen -- Kitty's Back
Journey -- The Girl Can't Help It
Spirit -- Nature's Way
Ambrosia -- Life Beyond L.A.
The Hooters -- All You Zombies
Point Blank -- Nicole
The Animals -- It's My Life
Electric Light Orchestra -- Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
Mistress -- China Lake
Dave Mason -- Let It Go, Let It Flow
Dan Fogelberg -- Part Of The Plan
The Moody Blues -- The Story In Your Eyes
Roxy Music -- Love Is The Drug
The Steve Miller Band -- Space Cowboy
UFO -- Only You Can Rock Me
Genesis -- Eleventh Earl Of Mar
The Stabilizers -- One Simple Thing
Yes -- Time And A Word
Graham Parker -- White Honey
Pat Travers -- Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)
Supertramp -- Crime Of The Century
Jerry Garcia -- Sugaree
Mama's Pride -- Merry-Go-Round
Santana -- Samba Pa Ti
Rory Gallagher -- Brute Force And Ignorance
Heartsfield -- Racin' The Sun

And my own playlist for this week:

Ray Davies – Americana
Robin Trower – Day Of The Eagle
Rory Gallagher – Top Priority
Paula Cole – This Bright Red Feeling
Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love
Chuck Berry – The Great Twenty-Eight
Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn
Caro Emerald – Emerald Island
Florence + The Machine – Lungs
Mark Hollis – Mark Hollis
Saga – Images At Twilight
David Bowie – Hunky Dory
Brian Plummer – No Questions
The Kinks – Everybody's In Show-Biz
Sheryl Crow – Be Myself
Laurie Anderson – Bright Red
The Yardbirds – Greatest Hits
The Who – Odds & Sods
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country
The Allman Brothers Band – Beginnings
Home – The Alchemist
Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
The Beatles – Beatles For Sale
Arkells – Jackson Square
Dan Fogelberg – The Wild Places
Runrig – The Big Wheel
Figgy Duff – A Retrospective 1974-1993
Caro Emerald – In Concert (DVD)
Ashley Hutchings – 5
Propaganda – A Secret Wish
Jane Siberry – Ulysses' Purse
Procol Harum – Home
Max Webster – High Class In Borrowed Shoes

Sunday, 7 May 2017

KSHE Klassics, May 7th, 2017

Quotation du jour: Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man.

As my regular reader will have noticed, i did not post the playlist last week. Tech problems again, but for once, they weren't local. KSHE's audio stream must have been down -- i couldn't open it with my laptop, phone or iPad. It was fine the next day: i was able to listen to The Rock Magazine with no difficulty. So i don't know what happened on Sunday, it was very disappointing. I listened to Radio Paradise for most of the morning instead and heard some darned good music but it wasn't the same....

Radio Paradise, as you may or may not know, is commercial free and listener supported, and i am now a supporter. I have -- what's the word i'm looking for? Not "donated," they're not a charity. I have given them money once or twice but have just made arrangements to give them a monthly, um, er, support-type payment. I won't say how much -- not a lot but over the course of a year it should help. I felt i had to -- after all, they did, among other things, introduce me to my current musical obsession, Caro Emerald (, look, here's Caro:

On to this morning's program.

My router died yesterday and my laptop crashed twice before the show began -- the usual netio.sys failure -- but apart from a browser crash a few minutes into the show, which was easily fixed, i was able to listen uninterrupted and it really is the highlight of my week -- especially as work has become so depressing and i've virtually stopped going out for a beer at the end of my shift there. Not that i've become abstemious or anyfink -- god no -- but really, the only pub i want to go to, Bentley's, is a twenty-minute walk and the weather has just been so cold and rainy....

Oh, and i should warn you in advance: i won't be able to post a playlist next week. Next Sunday is Mother's Day, the busiest day of the year in the food poisoning industry, and i'll be working. I'll try to listen to at least some of the show on my phone, but i won't be able to compile a playlist.

Here's today's, and here's Heartsfield, a scruffy looking bunch:

Heartsfield -- House Of Living
Billy Joel -- Root Beer Rag
Beat -- Don't Wait Up For Me Tonight
Aerosmith -- Big Ten Inch Record
Derek & The Dominos -- Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad
Automatic Man -- My Pearl
Uriah Heep -- Stealin'
John Mellencamp -- Thundering Hearts
Badfinger -- Baby Blue
Justin Hayward -- Forever Autumn
Todd Rundgren -- We Gotta Get You A Woman
Peter Frampton -- Lines On My Face
Graham Nash -- Chicago / We Can Change The World
Sweet -- Love Is Like Oxygen
Les Dudek -- City Magic
Atlanta Rhythm Section -- Champagne Jam
Mott The Hoople -- All The Young Dudes
Steve Miller -- The Stake
REO Speedwagon -- Music Man (live)
Couchois -- Do It In Darkness
Michael Stanley -- He Can't Love You
Little River Band -- It's Not A Wonder
George Harrison -- What Is Life
The Glass Moon -- Killer At 25
Leon Russell -- Stranger In A Strange Land
Off Broadway -- Stay In Time
Jefferson Starship -- Play On Love
Wet Willie -- No No No
Chicago -- I'm A Man
Roger Daltrey -- Say It Ain't So, Joe
Nazareth -- This Flight Tonight
Triumvirat -- March To The Eternal City
Bob Welch -- Sentimental Lady
UFO -- Rock Bottom
The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver -- (I Don't Want To Love You But) You Got me Anyway
Rod Stewart -- Hot Legs
Flash & The Pan -- Down Among The Dead Men
The Greg Kihn Band -- Jeopardy
Jo Jo Gunne -- Run Run Run
Queen -- I Want It All
John Kay -- Easy Evil
Judas Priest -- The Ripper

And the CDs i listened to this week:

Caro Emerald – The Shocking Miss Emerald
Peter Gabriel – Passion
Dan Fogelberg – Nether Lands
Marc Cohn – Marc Cohn
The Quintet – Jazz At Massey Hall
Tangerine Dream – Phaedra
Saga –  Full Circle
Runrig – In Search Of Angels
The Pretty Things – The EP Collection
Bonnie Raitt – Give It Up
Rival Sons – Pressure & Time
Mark Knopfler – Shangri-La
FM – Black Noise
Genesis – Nursery Cryme
Donovan – What's Bin Did And What's Bin Hid
10 c.c. – How Dare You!
Garmarna – Guds Spelemän
Various Artists – A Little On The CD Side, Vol. 5
Roxy Music – The Early Years
Rob Hyman – Largo
Sparks – Kimono My House
Jethro Tull – A Passion Play
Humble Pie – Classics Volume 14
Counting Crows – August And Everything After
Paul Simon – Stranger To Stranger
Caro Emerald – The Shocking Miss Emerald Acoustic Sessions
Ten Years After – Live At Reading
Buffalo Tom – Big Red Letter Day
P.J. Harvey – Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
The Cure – Greatest Hits
Fairport Convention – Rosie
Sheryl Crow – The Globe Sessions
Steeleye Span – Dodgy Bastards