WUMB November Program Guide

I’m not crying, I swear….

I read something recently about how people look to artists to make sense of the world. After watching the video for Neko Case’s “Last Lion of Albion”, I couldn’t agree more. The song itself ponders extinction, while the video demonstrates just how easy it is to let things slip away. The lion puppet in the video is very expressive as he moves through the landscape which changes from colorful to dark. No matter how times I’ve watched it, I still tear up at the end. Also, I am a cat person and it doesn’t take much for me to get emotional over any kind of feline…or animal, really.

Aside from spending my free time watching the same video over and over again, I’m making an active effort to enjoy the calm before the holiday storm. October had a lot of good, seasonal releases that make perfect companions for low key free time:

Cat PowerWanderer: It’s her first new album in 6 years and it was well worth the wait. It’s not a huge departure from her usual sound and I appreciate the subtle messages of female solidarity.

Vince GuaraldiIt’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown soundtrack: Vince Guaraldi was my first real exposure to jazz via Peanuts cartoons and I’ve loved the genre since I was little. This year, they finally unearthed all the music made for the Halloween special and put it one place. It’s the best soundtrack for making ghost costumes, eating candy, collecting rocks, and carving pumpkins.

Gregory Alan IsakovEvening Machines: Gregory himself said that whenever he listens to Evening Machines, it sounds like night time to him no matter what time it is. Even though I wasn’t with him during the recording process (which took place mostly after dark), it does capture a late night sound.

November has a lot of good things to look forward to – aside from holidays and food. Hiss Golden Messenger’s new box set with cool graphics is on its way as is new music from Ryan Montbleau, Sun Kil Moon, and J. Mascis.

Before I sign off, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who participated in our Fall Fundraiser. It is a privilege to work at a member-supported station like WUMB, playing music for everyone who loves it as much I do. So, thank you and I hope your November is fun and not too chilly!

~ Michelle

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