New Facebook group for blog

April 12, 2014

I started a Facebook group for Cahl’s Juke Joint. On the Facebook group I’ll be posting links to the blog as well as photos that don’t appear on the site. Feel free to join if you wish.

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 4-12-14

April 12, 2014

Today’s mix: 1) Jonathan Richman: “Pablo Picasso” 2) Lou Reed: “Romeo Had Juliette” 3) The Pixies: “Monkey Goes to Heaven” 4) Ian Dury and the Blockheads: “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick” 5) The Galileo 7: “Modern Love Affair” 6) The Fuzztones: “Lord Have Mercy on My Soul” 7) Big Sugar: “Little Bit a All […]

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Album review: Parker Millsap – ‘Parker Millsap’

April 12, 2014

I wonder whether Parker Millsap’s mama wanted him to be a minister. Starting with “Old Time Religion,” the young Oklahoma singer sounds like a Pentacostal preacher straight out of the Dust Bowl. His plaintive vocals float around admonitions from the Holy Ghost. Three-quarters of the way through the tune, though, the horn section starts seducing […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 4-11-14

April 11, 2014

(Click to enlarge) Today’s mix: 1) Van Morrison: “Come Running” 2) Delbert McClinton: “Shaky Ground” 3) Lou Ann Barton: “Shake Your Hips” 4) Slim Harpo: “Te Ni Nee Ni Nu” 5) Big Maybelle: “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” 6) Jerry Lee Lewis: “Great Balls of Fire” 7) Elvis Presley: “Rip It Up” 8) Little Richard: […]

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‘Jammin’ the Blues’

April 10, 2014

My students occasionally want to know about my favorite movie. I usually say “The Wizard of Oz.” And, yeah, I really do love that movie. But I’m lying. My favorite Life magazine photographer, Gjon Mili — maybe you’ve seen his famous portrait of Pablo Picasso painting with light — directed the best movie I’ve ever […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 4-10-14

April 10, 2014

(Click to enlarge) Let’s go to New Orleans: 1) Ernie K Doe: “Hello My Lover” 2) Dave Bartholomew: “Who Drank My Beer While I Was in the Rear” 3) Johnny Adams: “You Don’t Miss Your Water” 4) Irma Thomas: “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)” 5) Dr. John: “Got Lonesome-Itis” 6) Oscar “Harpo” […]

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Jazz Fest preview: Lynn August

April 9, 2014

My friend Diana and I had planned to camp out in the blues tent all day on the final Sunday of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Then we heard the news that Delbert McClinton had to have emergency bypass heart surgery. Needless to say, I was bummed. It’s been 35 years since I […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 4-9-14

April 9, 2014

(Click to enlarge) Today’s mix: 1) Graham Parker: “A Brand New Book” 2) Stevie Klasson: “Sweetheart Angel Pure” 3) Mink Deville: “Savoir Faire” 4) Lou Reed: “Leave Me Alone” 5) Steve Wynn: “The Angels” 6) Sex Clark Five: “Ridin’ Streight With Nathan” 7) The Minus 5: “The Town That Lost Its Groove Supply” 8) Built […]

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Bobby Sanabria and the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra: ‘¡Que Viva Harlem!’

April 8, 2014

I know I’m out of step with America — I didn’t watch any of this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Our country reveres these kids … even the ones who don’t go to class. Me? I’m celebrating the release of the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra’s new album, “¡Que Viva Harlem!” Conducted by […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 4-8-14

April 8, 2014

Today’s mix: 1) Eric Lindell: “Sunny Daze” 2) Van Morrison: “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” 3) James Hunter Six: “Minute By Minute” 4) John Hammond: “Up the Line” 5) Michael Dotson: “Blues So Bad” 6) Terrance Simien: “Come Back Home” 7) Charles Walker: “One Step Closer to the Blues” 8) Willie Walker” No Longer […]

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Album review: Jaro Milko & the Cubalkanics – ‘Cigarros Explosivos!’

April 7, 2014

You don’t quite expect a band from Switzerland to be playing Latin music so well, but then you hear Jaro Milko & the Cubalkanics play “Cumbia Orientale,” a song from their new album, “Cigarros Explosivos!” It sounds as if the band members grew up in South America learning from the masters. It also sounds as […]

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