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Favoriting 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   Favoriting  
Floyd Morris  A Mellow Mood   Favoriting 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   Favoriting More Wasa Wasa 
Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra  All You Need is Love   Favoriting Listen to what they do with this song! 
Steve Martin  Saga of the Old West   Favoriting Yup, the funny Steve Martin. From Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Concert (2010) 
Lester Flatt's Nashville Grass  The Last Waltz   Favoriting After Flatt & Scruggs broke up-- and Earl grew long hair-- Lester Flatt pulled this group together. 
Frifot  Forgaves/Vindlaren   Favoriting Swedes 
Deidre Cunningham Band  Cry from the Heart   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting From "Useless Creatures" (Fat Possum, 2009) 
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines  I Want to Know You   Favoriting Nice cover of Bo Carter country blues tune 
Spider John Koerner  Guitar Fools   Favoriting 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   Favoriting One of his best songs. 
Elvis Costello  The Spell That You Cast   Favoriting 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   Favoriting Oops. I played this already. But it's good. 
Kepa Junkera  Berhueta   Favoriting 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   Favoriting TT did a nice country album a while back: "Upfront & Down Low" (Verve, 2007) 
Robbie Fulks  If They Could Only See Me Now   Favoriting 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   Favoriting A unique take on a Johnny Cash number, from Mekons singer 
Ry Cooder  Hey Porter   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting This one is from the Lust CD; Mississippi Sheiks was from Contempt. 

Music behind DJ:
Arthur Lyman 


Cisco Houston  Jesus Christ   Favoriting Let's call this a xmas song. Woody Guthrie's take on Jesus as a socialist. 
Bruce Springsteen  I Ain't Got No Home   Favoriting Another Woody Guthrie composition, from "Folkways: A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly" (Columbia, 1988) 
The Country Boys  Buddy's Boogie   Favoriting From "The World Is A Monster: Columbia Hillbilly 1948-1958" 
Little Jimmy Dickens  Me and My Big Mouth   Favoriting More hillbilly charm from a small man with a big voice. 
Sonny Landreth  Swamp Stomp   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting From "The Hurricane That Hit Atlanta" on Dust-to-Digital 
Willie Dixon  Walkin' the Blues   Favoriting A monster tune from the best of the Chicago bluesmen. Songwriter, bassist and much much more. 
Memphis Slim  All By Myself   Favoriting 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   Favoriting

Buddy Guy  My Time After Awhile   Favoriting This fine Chicago blues guitarist is till around, one of the last of the breed 
Los Lobos  Do the Murray   Favoriting An instrumental from their new CD: "Tin Can Trust" (Shout Factory, 2010) 
Lionel Loueke  Karibu   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting McVouty rocks 

Music behind DJ:
Arthur Lyman 

Caravan   Favoriting

Regina Carter  Reverie   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting Recorded in London by Belgian singer with Middle Eastern roots, the CD is "Mounqaliba" (Six Degrees, 2010) 
Ernesto Djedje  Zadie Bobo   Favoriting From "Ivory Coast Soul: Afrofunk in Abidjan, from 1972 to 1982" on Hot Casa (2010) 
Os Bongos  Pachanga Maria   Favoriting Latin music goes back to Africa. From "Angola Soundtrack: Special Sounds from Luana 1965-78" (Analog Africa, 2010) 
Los Lobos  Yo Canto   Favoriting A fine finale 

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Listener comments!

Steve Krinsky:

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

Happy Thingies, Steve

morning steve..!!
Steve Krinsky:

Wasn't that Teddy Thompson number just great? Should I play another?

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..

Viva Colombia! cumbia christmas
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"....
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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