WUMB January Program Guide

From the Studio

19 Songs with Perry Persoff

Happy New Year!  And looking back, Happy New Music on WUMB.

My “Top 10″ new songs of the year typically expands to 38-40 tracks, basically a double album’s worth.  But for whatever reason, I got lazy in the middle of 2014 and did not write down songs as they hit me.  You know, the “I don’t have to write it down I’ll remember it” syndrome.

I’ll wait while you say, “famous last words.”  I deserved that.

Just the same, I still got a good list of only 19 songs that would make a fine traveling companion whether on a long drive or listening on the sofa through headphones.

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The Music of Inside Llewyn Davis

They played it on Showtime again this week. It’s called  “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the music of  ‘Inside Llewyn Davis'”,  but it’s really a celebration of American Folk music in general. Put together by T-Bone Burnett,  it features musicians and actors who were in the movie, like Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan, Marcus Mumford (who recorded a duo with Isaac for the soundtrack), and a whole bunch of musicians that Burnett has produced or used in other movie projects.  That includes Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, The Secret Sisters, The Punch Brothers and Rhiannon Giddens, who has a new album produced by T-Bone that will be out shortly. In addition,  there are performances by Joan Baez (!) Dirk Powell (from Joan’s band) Elvis Costello,  Keb Mo and Bob Dylan’s friend and road manager, Bob Neuwirth.

There is a new CD of music from the show, which is why I mention it at this point in time.  It means that Showtime will probably be airing the show to promote the album a few times in the near future and I thought you could catch it that way.  Of course you could always buy the “Instant Video” from Amazon.  If you decided to do that, you know the deal by now, visit WUMB.ORG first and click on the Amazon logo so a portion of the proceeds of your purchase will be donated to the station.

Thanks and enjoy……

Dave Palmater

Caitlin Canty and Reckless Skyline

Caitlin Canty is a singer songwriter originally from Vermont who now resides in Brooklyn and has a killer new album set for release on January 20th called Reckless Skyline.  I remember the first time I heard Caitlin’s music a few years ago when I was (of all things) cleaning my office.  This is where you have to picture literally hundreds of cds coming into the station month after month.  It’s very fun but at the same time a very tedious job of going through and trying to spot those that will be hits, those that are duds, and those that are the proverbial diamond in the rough.  After cleaning off my desk I stumbled upon an album called Golden Hour.  I can’t remember WHY I put the cd in…but I do remember being pleasantly surprised.  I realized at that moment that Caitlin is a very gifted singer songwriter and she recorded this album with grace and precise production, the kind of record that sounds perfect on a Sunday morning. Read More…

Season’s Readings

Even forty years after his death by a possibly intentional drug overdose, Nick Drake remains an enigma. Forty years on from his incomplete last album, generations of new fans continue to discover his music. His music remains as enigmatic as his short life, and equally intriguing. There have been a handful of books that have tried to detail his life. The best know is Patrick Humphries’ Nick Drake: The Biography. A well respected music writer and researcher, Humphries tries to tease out the realities of Drake’s life through interviews with friends and contemporaries. Using much the same approach, Trevor Dann’s Darker Than the Deepest Sea: The Search for Nick Drake, indulges in some amount of speculation to fill in the blanks. Read More…

Jay’s End of Year Music Review

Wrapping up 2014

It’s hard to imagine that snow is on the ground (depending on where you live) and we’re in the last month of 2014.  To say the year went by fast is an understatement, but to say the year was great for music is pretty spot on.  I’d like to take a second and review the five albums you need to hear for the year 2014…in no particular order: Read More…

Local Spotlight

You should always support your local music scene and we do just that at WUMB!  We are incredibly lucky to have so many local musicians and we do our best here on the WUMB morning show to bring them to you.  Every Friday morning at 9:30 I do a feature called Local Spotlight.  I’ll feature a different local musician or band, and then we tell their story and bring you some of their music.  It might be Mark Erelli to Aofie O’Donovan to Tim Gearan to Ellis Paul to Lake Street Dive.   Some of these musicians call Boston their home, while others have called it their home for a period in their career.  Whatever the case, I’m proud to call Boston my home and love supporting Local Music.  So please tune in every Friday morning at 9:30 for Local Spotlight.

Always support your local music scene while it’s still local!

Want to tell me about a local musician or band?  Feel free to email me!

Dominick.indindoli@umb.edu

Americana At It’s Finest!

One of the really interesting parts of my job here at WUMB, is to once in a while connect with folks on a national level and meet them at various conferences across the country.  I just had an amazing experience in Nashville last week for the Americana Music Association (AMA for short) Conference.  Networking and talking to other folks across the country is always part of the mission, but it always comes down to the music.  Say what you will about Nashville, but I don’t know that I’ve ever been to a city where there are so many venues, musicians and industry people.  It got me thinking as to what defines Americana? Read More…

Remembering Eric Darling

Erik Darling is one of the forgotten about figures of the folk revival. Perhaps this is because so much of his work was as a part of groups that achieved fame (and hit records,) and as a sideman and a session guy who contributed to dozens and dozens of albums and soundtracks.  Raised in Canandaigua, NY, he came to Greenwich Village in the early 50s, where he formed a group with fellow banjo virtuoso Roger Sprung and Bob Carey (later of The Tarriers) called The Folksay Trio.  This trio recorded a song that folklorist Frank Warner had collected from Frank Proffit called “Tom Dooley” which later became a major hit by The Kingston Trio and started what many of us call the “Great Folk Scare.” Read More…

Memory Lane

Whether you lived through it or not the folk revival of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s was an amazing time in musical history. In this area (read that Cambridge) we were lucky enough to have a wonderful document of the era in Baby Let Me Follow You Down. Originally published in 1979 it was assembled by Eric Von Schmidt and Jim Rooney, two of the key figures in the New England folk revival. I say assembled because it is constructed from interviews with nearly all of the folks behind the legendary Club 47, Newport Folk Festival and everything else that happened back then. Read More…

Tune in to win concert tickets!

All this week, August 4th-8th, between 6am and 10am,  we will be giving away tickets to see Marcia Ball at the Lowell Summer Music Series on Friday August 8th!   Tune in all summer long for chances to win tickets to other music events as well!