Friday, December 29, 2006
"The Awful Green Things from Outer Space," Clouseaux
"Joy," Michael Lucklow
"Married a Magician," Dust Poets
"Betty," The Lascivious Biddies
"Loopy" (GarageBand experiment), w.p. bluhm
"Rocking Harder," Lee Rocker
"WNBC," Gentlemen's Gun Club
Back to something resembling normal next time - in the meantime, Happy New Year and see ya soon!
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Thursday, December 28, 2006
This one will be a departure from previous episodes, in that it's comprised mostly of all fairly new music from the Podsafe Music Network. This is largely because I haven't finished re-assembling my studio, but partly because there's a lot of great podsafe music out there and I wanted to share some of the cool stuff I've found while browsing.
So, hang out, browse around the network, and we'll talk to ya real soon!
Sunday, December 24, 2006
But still ...
Today in church "Silent Night" reminded me of the glisten in my mom's eyes when she heard it sung ... by anyone.
And "Glo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ria, in excelsis deo" brought me back 23 years to the time a children's choir, string quartet and the adult choir sent my heart soaring and converted "Angels We Have Heard On High" from an also-ran into my favorite Christmas carol.
When the aches and pains of the years have healed or at least faded, the sweet memories remain. The familiar carols carry us back to happier times, comfort food for the soul.
Merry Christmas and/or any other holiday greeting you prefer!
Friday, December 22, 2006
This is an odd one, because the musical selections are either from 78 rpm records or .mp3s - there's no in-between. Among the gems here:
"Joy to the World," Robert Shaw Chorale
"March" from "The Nutcracker Suite," Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy.
"Chiron Beta Prime," Jonathan Coulton
"The Cherry Tree Carol," Robert Shaw Chorale
"Twelve Days of Christmas," Robert Shaw Chorale
UW's Christmas memories, music "The First Noel," Mario Ajero
a nifty piece I found at the Podsafe Music Network
"Podsafe Christmas Song," Jonathan Coulton
UPDATE: Whoops! I forgot to mention Orson Welles and Lionel Barrymore from the 1939 radio performance of "A Christmas Carol"
"Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," Philly Orchestra
As I say in the podcast, this show is to celebrate the holiday season. If youâ��re celebrating something besides Christmas, Happy Hannukah, or Merry Solstice, Awesome Kwanzaa - whatever greeting you prefer, consider yourself greeted. Pour out a glass of milk, grab some cookies, and settle in!
Download UWA 14 here.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
My original plan was to record the UWA Christmas show the same as the first 13: Tape it on my trusty old reel-to-reel recorder, dub it to CD, and convert it to .mp3 on the sturdy old Windows 98 machine. That was based on the thought that I probably couldn't figure out a new program (GarageBand) quickly enough to do the Christmas Show justice.
My new plan is to use my new toy. I just love it! Why doesn't everybody own a Mac?
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
This means at some point I'll be able to record the show directly on GarageBand without the intermediate steps of assembling it on the old Pioneer RT-707 reel-to-reel recorder and dubbing it onto a CD-RW, then walking it over to the computer to transform it into an .mp3. Whether that will improve your appreciation of my ancient recordings, or suck the analog joy completely out of the equation, remains to be seen.
I haven't started putting the Christmas show together yet, but I'd better get started before next Monday, hadn't I? Stay tuned! And/or stay subscribed!
Friday, December 15, 2006
After a word from our sponsor, we make a quick visit to the Evil Genius Chronicles to talk about podcasting for a spell.
Our first musical guests are Josh White, singing "Take a Gal Like You," and Josh White Jr. with "If I Knew Then."
Then let's gather around for a reading of Mark Twain's famous story "The War Prayer," written in 1905 but not printed until 1923.
While we're in the '20s, it's Paul Whiteman with the slightly naughty "Last Night on the Back Porch."
And after an important word from Johnson Wax, Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra, with help from the Pied Pipers, Connie Haines and a young man named Sinatra, bring us our musical finale, "Snootie Little Cutie."
Download the episode here. Enjoy!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I've just discovered what, to me, is a new podcast - the Evil Genius Chronicles. Dave Slusher has actually done 191 episodes of his show, and while I can't yet speak for the first 190, I was extremely impressed by #191, which you can download here.
In addition to great tunes from Sufjan Stevens and Michelle Malone, the show has a number of interesting clips from other podcasts tied together with musings by Slusher about new media and the nature of art and creativity. How interesting? It influenced the way I think about Uncle Warren's Attic, in ways that likely will become apparent almost immediately.
I can't recommend the Evil Genius Chronicles highly enough - at least #191.
UPDATE: Whoops! I was sending you to the wrong link when you clicked on "Evil Genius Chronicles." Try it now. Sorry!!!
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Excerpt from radio dramatization of It's A Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed
Theme: "Seems Like Old Times," w.p. bluhm
A plug for the new Uncle Warren's Attic a-store
"Tip Toe Through the Tulips," Johnny Marvin (pictured)
A collage from the CD A Guitar's Carol by Keith L. Cooper
"Toastin' Marshmallows," Judy, Johnny & Billy (1959)
Vintage radio ad: Spry
"Melting," w.p. bluhm
"There Goes Robin" by "the Batman band." On the show I say this is the song that taught me the words pugilist and philanthropist, but when I listened again I misremembered. The mighty Robin is not described as a philanthropist in the song.
Coming soon: The "first annual" Uncle Warren Christmas Show.
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Saturday, December 09, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
New theme: "Seems Like Old Times," w.p. bluhm
"The Christmas Song," King Cole Trio, off an authentic 78 rpm record.
"Riders in the Sky," Spike Jones
"The Day John Glenn Came Home," Fifi Barton
Watch for "Uncle Warren's Attic," the astore, coming to a Web site near you, hopefully in time for Christmas!
Monday, December 04, 2006
It's the best new Christmas music I've heard in a long time. It's only available now in "pre-release" form, as an insert to a Christmas card that's available only at Keith's concerts (we saw him over the weekend) and over the Web. You absolutely should check it out.