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So yeah, things are quiet around here. It's almost time to re-post the yule log, and yet the last posting is barely off the "most recent posts" list. But that doesn't mean I've abandoned the Internet...
Part of what's happened was a cross-country move (NYC to SF) and a new job. That was enough to throw anyone off his or her game... assuming the game was there in the first place.
But more relevantly, I've shifted my "posting" gears to a parallel Tumblr site. I'm probably going to put this Movable Type site into permanent archive mode soon (though leaving it accessible to the Googlebots) and redirect the primary URL to Tumblr. It's just more convenient to use, whether on laptop or my mobile phone of choice, and far more conducive to a sense of "community" than this stand-alone presence ever could be.
The easiest way to see what's going on in my life (real world and online) remains my Twitter feed, where most Tumblr posts (and a fair number of Last.fm auto-posts) also appear. I also finally have a couple Spotify playlists that may be expanded (unless I relocate all of them somewhere like Mixcloud).
In the meantime, let's celebrate one of those rare occasions when it's OK that multiple songs essentially share the same title.
Like many of us in WPRB-land, I was deeply saddened today to learn that our friend and colleague George Mahlberg, better known as "Dr. Cosmo," had passed away this weekend. George was a true renaissance man with limitless interests and passions, and a consummate professional in everything he did. WPRB has lost a true friend and major presence.
We're in the process of preparing a memorial edition of "Nocturnal Transmissions" for this coming Friday, April 8, beginning at 22:00 (UTC -4). In the meantime, trip back with me by enjoying the long-time entrance theme to the program...
From the album "In-A-Gadda-Da-Oswald and Other Audio Tales" (1997, self-released).
It's now Monday morning, and I'm still awestruck and blissed out at what I experienced this past Saturday evening... not only an Unrest reunion of the 1991-94 lineup (Mark Robinson, Phil Krauth, Bridget Cross), but two shorter sets of the 1984-86 lineup (Mark, Phil, Tim Moran) and 1988-1990 lineup (Mark, Phi, Dave Park). I'll try to comment more later, but wanted to get the set lists posted/memorialized for future reference.
Unrest 1.0 (Mark, Phil, Tim)
Holiday in Berlin Pt. II
Chastity Ballad (yes. in German. a Tim solo.)
Unrest 2.0 (Mark, Phil, Dave)
Ragged (Cltd Hsbnd)
Malcolm X Park
Can't Sit Still
She Makes Me Shake Like a Soul Machine
Unrest 3.0 (Mark, Phil, Bridget)
Volume Reference Tone
U.F.O. (E.S.G. cover)
West Coast Love Affair
I Do Believe You're Blushing
Cherry Cream On
Soon It Is Going To Rain
Angel I'll Walk You Home (encore)
Make Out Club (encore)
[entries in bold & italics were corrected based on comments below; I did not recognize any of those four except MXP (which I mistook for "Click Click").]
Goodness gracious. This kind of jumping to conclusions could get a little ugly, especially when the Whitman campaign starts running TV ads without clearing the sync rights...
RedCountry.Com: "California Uber Alles and the Dead Kennedys' Coming Revival"
So today's (justly) over-hyped listicle is the "50 Greatest Hip-Hop Samples of All Time" as selected by two guys in Complex magazine.
I'm not here to quibble with the list -- it's worth your time to plow through and enjoy some slamming soul beats and a few back-stories along the way. Instead, I was struck by hearing #10, a Kool and the Gang jam from 1969 that immediately had me scrambling for the single biggest punch-line used against me in college radio. My question: which band used this core riff first?
Kool & The Gang - Chocolate Buttermilk
Chicago Transit Authority - Beginnings
Seriously, spend a few hours poking through the originals and the sampled uses... a fantastic-ly old school way to start a weekend.