Friday, May 30, 2008

Episode # 4

Episode #4

General Confessional - The Electric Prunes
Where Do I Go? - Alyn Ainsworth
Wish That I Could Talk To You - The Sylvers
Venti'anni - Massimo Ranier
Like A Rolling Stone - The Living Voices
Sitting In The Park - Billy Stewart
I Don't Care If You Disrespect Me - The Frogs
Stop Your Sobbin' - The Kinks
The Feeling is Mutual - The Manhattans
I Wish It Would Rain - The Cougars
Tear Drop Falls - Freddy Fender
Look What You've Done - Smokestack Lightning
Cry Baby - Garnet Mimms
Stay In School Anouncement - Otis Redding
To Susan On The West Coast Waiting - Donovan
Catwalk - Miriam
Sognando la California - Dik Dik
Big Chief (Part 1) - Professor Longhair
Beatnik - The Clean
Pencil Neck Geek - Freddie Blasse
Crystal Lake - The Intervales
Yeah Yeah - Blackrock
Such A Night - Darondo
Ain't It a Lonely Feeling - Camille Yarbrough
Bring Me the Disco King - David Bowie
Glass, Concrete, & Stone - David Byrne
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Live At Southpaw) - Yat-Kha
In The Pines - Smog
Hospital - Modern Lovers
Swimming Song - Louden Wainwright III
No One's Gonna Love You - Nicole Willis
My Heart Said - Emily Yancy
I Can't Write Left Handed - Bill Withers

Saturday, May 24, 2008

EPISODE #0 (The Pilot Episode)

Due to a technical problem with epsode 4, the good folks at east village radio opted to air our demo submission, or pilot episode, in it's place. If you have this one already, we apologize for the redundancy. However, we think it is a strong show and we hope you enjoy it (again). Episode 4 will air next thursday night, and up on the blog sometime next week. We promise to get our shit together and prevent miscues of this nature in the future. Thanks for bearing with us.
Wolf out.

Episode 0 (The Pilot Episode)

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1. intro (my people)
2. prisoner of love – bo diddley
3. taxman – junior parker
4. don’t be cruel – billy swan
5. love gonna pack up – sly, slick and wicked
6. darkroom – paul mccartney
7. nightclubbing – grace jones
8. little boy – the beatstalkers
9. flowers everywhere (interlude)
10. china doll – leon thomas
11. singing a song for my mother – hamilton bohannon
12. fugitive song – jojo and the fugitives
13. pirates gospel – alela diane
14. i can’t keep from crying sometimes – davy graham
15. harlem hendoo – al hirt (interlude)
16. for the dollar bill (break) – tommy tate
17. sugar man – sixtoo rodriguez
18. welfare city – eugene mcdaniels
19. house for sale – val mckenna
20. i wonder – the bubble gum machine
21. young man’s blues – mose allison
22. going in circles – the natural four
23. before the night is over – joe simon
24. little bird – the beach boys
25. light my fire – brian auger & julie driscoll
26. ar goll - sidan
27. the old man’s back again – scott walker
28. sneakin up on you – peggy lee
29. midnight freeze – brian saint (interlude)
30. take me with you – lyn cristopher
31. things get a little easier – biz markie
32. the reason young people use drugs – abner jay
33. i can’t help myself – the gems
34. if you think it – the emotions
35. you are what you love – jenny lee and the watson twins
36. black winds – little john and the monks
37. davey crockett – the headcoatees
38. 10 lb moustache – man man
39. funnel of love – wanda jackson
40. kites – simon dupree and the big sound
41. heartbreaking years – barbara lynn
42. you’re gonna want me back – dionne warwick
43. graveyard – leroy bowman
44. (outro) wand’rin star – lee marvin

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Episode # 3

Episode # 3
This one here is a banger full of heaters and long-standing gems.

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1. 2001 - Brooklyn Bridge
2. Fried Neck Bones and Some Home Fries - Willie Bobo
3. For Your Love - The Yardbirds
4. Everybody's Got To Live - Love
5. Nigel Blows A Tune - Caravan
6. Toast - Streetband
7. Cherrystones - Eugene Macdaniels
8. Love and Money - Marianne Faithful
9. Lonesome Road - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
10. True Love Don't Grow On Trees - Helene Smith
11. Down Home Girl - The Coasters
12. Mao - Joe Ki Peter Thomas Sound Group
13. I Am Superman - The Clique
14. Y La Amo - Carrion
15. Some Velvet Morning - Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra
16. Pancakes - Marvin Pontiac
17. Sixteen Tons - Paul Robeson
18. It's Great To Be Young And In Love - Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
19. (interlude) Oy Tate - Metropolitan Klezmer
20. (Interlude) Fever (Instrumental) - Essence
21. Martin's Funeral - Bill Cosby
22. Sunny - Bobby Hebb
23. The Letter - The Box Tops
24. Coming Into Los Angeles - Arlo Guthrie
25. The Backbone Of America Is A Mule and Cotton - Abner Jay
26. Funkee - Andre Brasseur
27. Lost & Looking - Sam Cooke
28. Life's Gone Down Low - The Lijadu Sisters
29. Eternal Life - Shira Small
30. My Simple Neighborhood - Carol King
31. Oogum Boogum - Brenton Wood
32. California Dreamin' - Bobby Womack
33. San Francisco Nights - Eric Burdon
34. Spanish Is The Loving Tounge - Robert Zimmerman
35. No Home - Michael Hurley
36. Season Of The Witch - Al Kooper Steven Stills Mike Bloomfield
37. Either Way I lose - Nina Simone
38. Evening News - Cee-Lo Green
39. Grits - RZA
40. As Long as I've Got You - The Charmels
41. Heaven on Their Minds - Sam Taylor
42. (Interlude) - Apache
43. Johnny Is The Boy For Me - Les Paul and Mary Ford
44. Mercy Mercy Mercy - Cannonball Adderley Quintet
45. See Ya - The Magic Garden

Friday, May 9, 2008

Jimmy Carter says "yes"

Jimmy Carter says Yes

So maybe you were wondering about this joint, maybe you weren't. Either way, here's the story. In the back of old comic books, rolling stone magazines, etc., there used to be these ads that said "So, you think you got what it takes to write a hit song? Send lyrics and a check to such and such and we will make make it happen for you". Basically, you write words and pay some one you've never met to interpret them and put them to music. These ghost collaborations became known as "song poems". There is a really interesting (if a little unsettling) film about the phenomenon, which is still going on today, mind you. One of the standouts is the Jimmy Carter number, so we've posted a little clip. The writer of the tune is Waskey Elwood Walls Jr.
And for the record, of the thousands of song poems recorded over the years, not one has ever charted.

over and out.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Did some one say Gypsy?

gypsies tramps & thieves - cher

gypsy woman - the impressions

pass off the hatchet - roger and the gypsies

king of the gypsies - johnny thunders

Another slept on film..."King of the Gypsies" 1978, with Sterling Hayden, Judd Hirsch, Susan Sarandon, Eric Roberts, and Brooke Shields. Actually pretty good.

...And the real King of the Gypsies (Baronul Arthur din Soroca of the Bassarabian Gypsies). I can't find anything out about this guy.

And another gypsy woman.

Gypsy Joe Harris was one of the most gifted and popular boxers in Philadelphia's rich pugalist history. He stormed throught the welterweight ranks and even defeated reigning champ Curtis Cokes in a 1967 non-title fight. In 1968, he lost his boxing license when it was discovered that he was blind in one eye. He tried to get reinstated, but the commission wasn't having it, and at 22, his dreams of becoming champ were crushed. He never really found another direction in life, and died of heart failure at the age of 44. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Bala Cynwood, PA. The good folks at Philly Boxing History (who provided this picture & info) placed a headstone on his grave in 2006. I'm not a big boxing fan or anything, it's just one of those stories...

Two Chances

Episode # 2

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Old Cherokee proverb:

The wise old man tells his grandson, "My son, there is a battle that goes on inside people. The battle is between 2 wolves inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,"Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "Whichever one you feed."


1. Coffee Cold - Galt McDermont
2. Devil Woman -Charles Mingus
3. Devil Woman - Marty Robins
4. Some Say (I got Devil) - Melanie
5. Pretty Good Love - Big Maybelle
6. Hit Or Miss - Odetta
7. Girl Don't Come - Sandie Shaw
8. Tomorrow Never Knows - Junior Parker
9. Midnight Cowboy - Ferrante & teicher
10. Everybody's Talking - Bill Withers
11. Lonely Blue Boy - Conway Twitty
12. Jimmy Carter Says "Yes" - The American Song-poem Anthology
13. Mommy - The Cenubites
14. Love me, Love my Children - Lorri Zimmerman
15. Working In A Coal Mine - Lee Dorsey
16. Run On For A Long Time - Bill Landford & The Landfordaires
17. California Soul - Marlena Shaw
18. (Interlude) - Smilin' Billy Suite Pt. 2 - The Heath Brothers/Apache - Burt Wheedon
19. Man, oh, Man - The Impressions
20. Royalty - Cody Chessnut
21. Morning Sun - All Barr & The Cimarons
22. Johnny Get Angry - Joanie Sommers
23. I Was a Teenage Caveman - Randy Luck
24. Dum Maro Dum - Asha Bhosle & Chorus
25. I Never Promised You A Rose Garden - Loretta Lynn
26. Bad Girl Pt. 1 - Lee Moses
27. Memories Are Here To Stay - The Intruders
28. Fire and Rain - Isley Brothers
29. Paint a Lady - Susan Christie
30. Today Withou You - Samantha Jones
31. Danger! She's a Stranger - The 5 Stair Steps
32. More Than One Way Out The Ghetto - Showbiz & A.G.
33. Rome - Horace Andy
34. (Interlude) - Bamboo Child - Ryo Kawasaki
35. Once Upon a Time - Robert Bradley
36. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Jimmy Ponder
37. Dimming of The Day / Dargai- Richard And Linda Thompson

Thursday, May 1, 2008

On The Air

Here it is folks.

Episode # 1

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We're only just getting the hang of this radio thing but we have a treasure trove of fresh songs to play for you.

So stay tuned.


1. Away - Jim Bartow & the Harlem Blues Consort
2. Everglades - Dale Hawkins
3. He's Gone - Doris Duke
4. Diamond Day - Vashti Bunyan
5. Hate Street Dialoge - Sixtoo Rodriguez
6. Didn't I - Darondo
7. If I Were A Carpenter - Bobby Darin
8. This Little Bird - Marianne Faithfull
9. I Hear Voices - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
10. Stoned in the Bathroom - Chubby Checker
11. Stoned Is - Listening
12. Wined And Dined - Syd Barrett
13. Lost - The Darlettes
14. Invitation To Black Power Pt. 2 - Shahid Quintet
15. The End Of Silence - Elaine Brown
16. I don't Like You - Bo Diddley
17. I'm Afraid the Masquerade Is Over - David Porter
18. Go On And Cry - Les McCann
19. Time For Everything - Ed Pauling & The Exciters (The 5 Royales)
20. Ruler of My Heart - Irma Thomas
21. (Interlude) - Ou Est-Tu Amour ? - Willie Nelson
22. Remember (Walking In The Sand) - The Shangri-Las
23. Remember Me - Rita Pavone
24. Lost Vein of Love - Billy Carson
25. Suicide is Painless - Johnny Mandel
26. Exodus - Hank & Carol Diamond
27. My World Full Down - Sagitarius
28. Tell Me Why Has Our Love Turned Cold - Willie Hutch
29. Dear Prudence - Ramsey Lewis
30. Vegetables - The Beach Boys
31. Just Memories - Eddie Kendricks
32. Lovin' You - Johnny Guitar Watson
33. Kimberley - Patti Smith
34. Deep Down - Ennio Morricone
35. Le Reve - Sheila
36. Baltimore - Nina Simone
37. You Don't Know - Bob Andy
38. Only When I'm Dreaming - Minnie Ripperton
39. Ordinary Joe - Terry Callier
40. (Interlude) Harlem Nocturn - Neil Lewis And His Quintet
41. Long Way Home - Tom Waits

slept on films (part 1)

"80 Blocks from Tiffany's" is a documentary about the Savage Skulls and Savage Nomads gangs in the Bronx in the late 70's. It is such an important piece of nyc street culture that goes largely unrecognized in the cannon of films about the youth experience in NYC. We've all seen Style Wars, Beat Street and Wildstyle like 500 times, but this kind of sets the stage for all that.

It's also interesting because it catches the gangs at the tail end of their prominence in the city. In the late 60's and early 70's there were an estimated 70,000 gang members in the 5 boroughs. There were a lot of factors that lead to their decline, not the least of which being the indrduction of the crack game, which transformed the gangs what were until that point basically neighborhood "social clubs", to groups that existed solely for financial gain. We posted the first part of the film here, you can youtube the rest if you're interested.

And if you're intot hat sort of thing, there is also a really interesting book about post WW2 youth gang culture called "Vampires, Dragons and Egyptian Kings", which starts out by telling the story of Salvador Agron, "The Capeman", on whom the short-lived but recenty ressurected Paul Simon Musical was based.

Oh and one more thing. I always thought this was an amazing companion piece to the films we grew up watching. "Streetwise" is a film by Martin Bell that documents a group of runaway kids in the early 80's in Seattle's Tenderloin district. Its fascinating to see what american street kids were up to 3000 miles from where I was when I was growing up. It is also simply a beautiful film, both visually and in the way they handle the content. Again, this is just the first part...