The Fast Romantics: ‘Afterlife Blues’

May 26, 2014

The lyrics to the songs on The Fast Romantics’ “Afterlife Blues,” the latest album by the group of Canadian indie pop rockers, cover some dark topics. The album’s far from a downer, though … even as they sing about breakups and death. The Fast Romantics love life. You can tell with every happy pulse from […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-25-14

May 25, 2014

Today’s mix: 1) The Coasters: “Shopping for Clothes” 2) The Treniers: “Good Rockin’ Tonight” 3) Roy Brown: “Mighty Mighty Man” 4) Ruth Brown: “Daddy Daddy” 5) Annisteen Allen: “Fujiyama Mama” 6) Wynonie Harris: “Bad News Baby” 7) Amos Milburn: “Thinking and Drinking” 8) Pee Wee Crayton: “Blues After Hours” 9) The 5 Royals: “Baby Don’t […]

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Frank Lacy and the Smalls Legacy Band: ‘Live at Smalls’

May 24, 2014

A couple of weeks ago while in New Orleans for jazz fest I bounced from stage to stage and club to club listening to some of the best trombonists in the world. They were amazing, particularly the ones in the many brass bands I heard. Many times, I found myself thinking how cool it would […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-24-14

May 24, 2014

Saturday morning jazz: 1) Johnny Hodges: “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing” 2) Oliver Nelson: “Passion Flower” 3) Ahmad Jamal Trio: “Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year” 4) Jimmy Ponder: “A Tribute to a Rose” 5) Kenny Burrell: “Soul Lament” 6) Wynton Marsalis Quintet and Richard Galliano: “La Vie en Rose” 7) Kenny […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-23-14

May 23, 2014

Friday night blues: 1) Byther Smith: “I Wish My Mother Was Here” 2) Dwight Edwards: “So Many Tears” 3) Sonny Lowe: “Red is Making Me Blue” 4) J.B. Hutto:”Soul Lover” 5) Jimmy Walker and Erwin Helfer: “Goin’ Back to Texas” 6) Guitar Shorty: “Get Busy” 7) Boo Boo Davis: “Why Ya Wanna Do It” 8) […]

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Hello Saferide: Introducing … Hello Saferide

May 23, 2014

I’m really sorry it’s taken me almost a decade after the release of Annika Norlin’s “Introducing … Hello Saferide” to find the album, particularly the song “My Best Friend.” The music’s sweet and catchy. The lyrics are like a diary of an everywoman’s most personal thoughts. Oh, and they’re wickedly funny at times. It’s alsmost […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-22-14

May 22, 2014

Today’s mix: 1) Drive-By Truckers: “Bulldozers and Dirt” 2) Billy Bragg: “Handyman Blues” 3) John Fullbright: “Daydreamer” 4) Sons of Fathers: “The Country” 5) Steve Earle: “Waitin’ on the Sky” 6) Cat Power: “Willie” 7) Sarah Borges: “Mind on Me” 8) Holly Palmer: “Different Languages” 9) Volebeats: “Everytime” 10) Centro-Matic: “Mercedes Blast”

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Chicago Blues Festival preview: Dorothy Moore

May 21, 2014

I suspect that Dorothy Moore’s performance at the Chicago Blues Festival in a few weeks will be one of the highlights of the weekend. Mostly, like almost everyone else, I’m looking forward to hearing her sing “Misty Blue,” which I think is one of the great soul songs ever recorded. I’m also partial to “The […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-21-14

May 21, 2014

Today’s mix: 1) The Jam: “And Your Bird Can Sing” 2) The Mary Janes: “She Flies Away” 3) Rory Gallagher: “At the Bottom” 4) The V-Roys: “Fade Away 5) Leon Russell: “Shootout at the Plantation” 6) Scott Miller & The Commonwealth: “Eight Miles Per Gallon” 7) Gina Sicilia: “Crazy ’bout You baby” 8) Corinne West […]

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Time to plan a trip

May 20, 2014

It’s been 40 years this month since I last visited Paris. And nothing puts me in the mood for a trip to France like listening to Francis Lemarque and drinking some wine on a beautiful spring evening. Time to start planning next summer’s vacation.

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-20-14

May 20, 2014

Tuesday morning blues: 1) Kenny Neal: “Tell Me Why” 2) Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson: “Woman Don’t Lie” 3) Lester Davenport: “Slow Down Baby” 4) Johnny Moore: “Misery” 5) Gatemouth Moore: “Goin’ Down Slow” 6) Willie Kent: “Can’t Get No Grindin’” 7) Lurrie Bell: “Way Down in the Hole” 8) Sammy Price: “Trouble Blues” 9) John […]

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