Monday, February 20, 2017

Bless This Mess (TOTR 288)

David Bazan - Bless This Mess
Jay Samel & Friends - Activist
John Butler Trio - Revolution
Green Day - Revolution Radio
Depeche Mode - Where’s the Revolution
Chance The Rapper - Blessings
Jill Scott - Blessed
Sho Baraka - Soul, 1971
Fedel - The Brave
Da T.R.U.T.H. - Religion
nobigdyl - Tree Tops
Sho Baraka - Road to Humble, 1979
Norah Jones - Humble Me
The Infamous Stringdusters - Gravity
Will Varley - To Build A Wall
The Pines - Where Something Wild Still Grows
Josh Garrels - At the Table
Passenger - Table for One
The Pinkerton Raid - Giving Tree
Staying for the Weekend - The Giving Tree
Roadkill Ghost Choir - Cassette Memory
R.E.M. - Radio (Acoustic ‘Radio Song’)
U2 - Wave Of Sorrow (Birdland)
Sheryl Crow - God Bless This Mess
Elton John - Blessed
Josh Garrels - Blessed Is He

Monday, February 13, 2017

Love Love Love (TOTR 287)

Bob Marley - Is This Love
The Beatles - Love Me Do
Sam Cooke - Happy In Love
Elvis Presley - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Buddy Holly - True Love Ways
Carl Perkins - Your True Love
Chuck Berry - I Love You
Otis Redding - Love Have Mercy
Beyonce - Love Drought
Adele - Send My Love
Of Monsters & Men - Love Love Love
Cold War Kids - Love Is Mystical
The Cult - Love
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love
James Vincent McMorrow - Higher Love
John Mayer - Who You Love
Kings Of Leon - True Love Way
Amos Lee - New Love
The Black Keys - Weight of Love
Alexi Murdoch - Love You More
Iron & Wine - Love And Some Verses
The Avett Brothers - I And Love And You
Jim James - God’s Love To Deliver
R.E.M. - The One I Love
U2 - Ordinary Love
Nathan Partain - Love Is a Gift

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Teach Me (TOTR 286)

Aired 2/6/2017
Special Guest Co-host & Playlist Curator: Calvin Kimbrough

Calvin Kimbrough’s Favorites

Jimmy Smith - Organ Grinder’s Swing (1965)
Pete Seeger – We Shall Overcome (Carnegie Hall Concert – live recording – 6/8/63)
The Band – The Weight (Before The Flood 1974)
Judy Collins - Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (Living – live recording – 1971)
Allman Brothers Band – Stormy Monday (At the Fillmore East – 1971)
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (1971)
War – The World is a Ghetto (1972 – full length version)
B.B. King – The Thrill is Gone (1981 recording Royal Jam with the Crusaders, a live recording)
Bruce Springsteen – Jersey Girl (from Live 1975-1985   7/9/81)
Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al (Graceland – 1986)
Sting – Little Wing (Nothing Like the Sun – 1987)
Hank Crawford/Jimmy McGriff – Lift Every Voice (Steppin’ Up 1987)
U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (Rattle and Hum - 9/28/87)
Lyle Lovett – Teach Me About Love (Step Inside This House – 1998)
Peter Rowan/Tony Rice – Midnight Moonlight (Quartet – 2007)
Kathy Mattea – Black Waters (Calling Me Home – 2012)
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Midnight in Harlem (Swamp Rag Intro with Little Martha) (Everybody’s Talkin’ 2012)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Common Ground (TOTR 285)

The Strumbellas - Spirits
U2 - Trip Through Your Wires
Ed Sheeran - Candle In The Wind
Simon & Garfunkel - A Poem on the Underground Wall
Tom Chapin - This Pretty Planet
Paul Winter - Common Ground
Odetta - This Land Is Your Land
Odetta - Meeting at the Building
Peter, Paul, & Mary - Kumbaya
The Oh Hellos - Wishing Well
Elephant Revival - Home in Your Heart
Handsome and Gretyl - Get Together
The Gray Havens - Shadows of the Dawn
Future Islands - Sun in the Morning
Carl Oglesby - Lemon Light
Josh Garrels - Morning Light
Milo Greene - We Kept The Lights On
The Epichorus - Nanaa Al Genina
Preson Phillips - In Our Winters
Aaron Lee Tasjan - Memphis Rain
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Detroit
Majesty Crush - No. 1 Fan
Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
Kevin Morby - Black Flowers
Michael Franti & Spearhead - Earth from Outer Space
Bob Marley - Exodus

Friday, December 30, 2016

Best of 2016 with Teacher On The Radio

It’s that time of year when most of the major critics have already posted their “best of” lists, and we in the “fan critic” scene finally get around to posting ours. Every year, I wonder if I can even pull this off, but music is such an integral part of my internal spiritual response to surviving life in these times, I feel more-or-less obligated to share the energy and hope I have found from these songs and albums! When I began sorting and sampling a few days ago, I thought I might have five or ten albums or discs on here. Yet I ended up with thirty.

Here is my middle-aged Gen X fanboy confession. Whenever I look at all the important “best of” lists at places like Pitchfork or NPR Music or even Rolling Stone, I feel guilty for not listening to even more music and not-getting-what-others-get, perhaps even being old, ucoool, not-quite-hip.

There are always some records that everybody who is somebody seemed to list on their list -- but not me. But I am too old to care now about being in or out, but must admit it, music is still part of my daily essential spiritual diet; music is a big part of what gets me through life, especially a year like 2016. This two-hour Spotify mix of folk, Americana, soul, gospel, and psychedelic “jesushippy-Dadrock” is from the heart. I have seen the famous critics lists. Surely I have left some important things off this list, but it comes close to what helped me survive. Here is my personal list. The top thirty is followed by a link to a Spotify playlist. If you made a list or playlist, I want to see yours.

Artist - Album/Song (date of release) Artist Twitter
  1. Avett Brothers - True Sadness (6.24.2016) @theavettbros
  2. Cloud Cult - The Seeker (2.12.2016) @CloudCult
  3. Jim James - Eternally Even (11.4.2016) @jimjames
  4. Woods - City Sun Eater In the River Of Light (4.8.2016) @WOODSIST
  5. Judah and the Lion - Folk Hop N Roll (3.4.2016) @judahandthelion
  6. Crowder - American Prodigal (9.23.2016) @crowdermusic
  7. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Let Me Get By (1.29.2016) @DerekAndSusan
  8. Mavis Staples - Livin on a High Note (2.19.2016) @mavisstaples
  9. Run River North - Drinking From A Salt Pond (2.26.2016) @RunRiverNorth
  10. Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros (3.4.2016) @RayLaMontagne
  11. Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like A Levee (10.7.2016) @hissgldnmssr
  12. Steve Gunn - Eyes On The Lines (6.3.2016) @SteveGunnMusic
  13. Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack (4.8.2016) @FRabbits
  14. Kings of Leon - WALLS (10.14.2016) @KingsOfLeon
  15. The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome (12.2.2016) @RollingStones
  16. Drive By Truckers - American Band (9.30.2016) @drivebytruckers
  17. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - PersonA (4.15.2016) @EdwardSharpe
  18. Michael Franti & Spearhead - SOULROCKER (6.3.2016) @michaelfranti
  19. River Whyless - We All The Light (8.26.2016) @RiverWhyless
  20. Amos Lee - Spirit (8.19.2016) @amoslee
  21. St. Paul & the Broken Bones - Sea of Noise (9.9.2016) @StP_BrokenBones
  22. Shearwater - Jet Plane And Oxbow (1.22.2016) @ShearwaterBand
  23. The Head and the Heart - Signs Of Light (9.9.2016) @headandtheheart
  24. Sam Bean & Jesca Hoop - Love Letter for Fire (4.15.2016) @IronAndWine
  25. Violent Femmes - We Can Do Anything (3.18.2016) @violentfemmes
  26. Conor Oberst - Ruminations (10.14.2016) @conoroberst
  27. Black Mountain - IV (4.1.2016) @_blackmountain_
  28. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - This Unruly Mess I’ve Made (2.26.2016) @macklemore
  29. My Morning Jacket - “Magic Bullet” (11.11.2016) @mymorningjacket
  30. Various - Day of the Dead (5.20.2016) @dayofthedead

Friday, December 23, 2016

12 Essential Christmas Albums, 1960-2016

Each year during November and December, I obsess about Christmas music and make numerous Advent and Christmas playlists, many of which have been shared on our radio program “Teacher On The Radio” or given away on homemade mixtape CDs, burned one-by-one on my computer. My passion is for new and creative versions of sacred songs, though I do love an occasional Santa song, too. By no means an exhaustive list, here are 12 essential Christmas albums I absolutely love, spanning seven decades and mostly in the realm of folk, gospel, and soul. All are available on Spotify, so go revisit your favorites or check out something new. Merry Christmas!

Josh Garrels - The Light Came Down 2016
Beta Radio - The Songs The Season Brings, Vols. 1-4 2015
Anthony Hamilton - Home For The Holidays 2014
Sarah McLachlan - Wintersong  2006 and Wonderland 2016
Kathy Mattea - Good News 1993 and Joy for Christmas Day 2003
Elizabeth Mitchell - The Sounding Joy 2013
Odetta - Christmas Spirituals 1960
Staple Singers - 25th Day of December 1962
John Denver - Rocky Mountain Christmas 1975

Bruce Cockburn - Christmas 1993