"The Big Broadcast" is built around birthdays. It amazes me how many listeners don't realize that. It's a roundabout compliment maybe, since it suggests the salutes don't get in the way of the show. (On the other hand, it worries me that people may miss WFUV is listener-supported.) Typically, there'll be 6-8 salutes, but it runs as high as a dozen per show. Twice a year, around New Year's Eve and now, there are hardly any. Two tonight. But they're good: Buddy Clark and Johnny Hodges. To fill thing out, I play hits.
At midnight, "The Group Harmony Review" features quite a variety of obscure artists, including The Pelicans, The Five Willows, The Charts, Earl Lewis and The Channels, The Charioteers and The Titans!
At 11 on UKNY, brand new British releases from The Clientele (playing Baby's All Right in Brooklyn this evening), Jaws, All We Are (pictured), The Proper Ornaments and The History of Apple Pie. Anna Calvi duets with David Byrne on a haunting Keren Ann cover and tonight's Commonwealth Cut hails from Toronto but embraces sunny L.A.-style guitar-pop.
One of my longtime favorite musical artistes is the late songwriter and record maker Lee Hazlewood, originator of wall-of-sound type recordings, writer of "Some Velvet Morning," etc. I'd planned to do a full-hour salute to him this week, but now it will be a less than full-hour salute because of two things that must be acknowleged: last week's passing of Charlie Haden and Tomas Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone. We'll hear from both of them this week, and next week ... and next week.