Monday, November 29, 2010

A Spoken Word Show (TOTR 108)

Allen Ginsberg – Wales Visitation

Jack Kerouac – San Francisco Scene

Jack Kerouac – The San Francisco Blues

Jack Kerouac – History Of Bop

William S Burroughs – The Sermon On The Mount 1

William S Burroughs – The Sermon On The Mount 2

William S Burroughs – The Sermon On The Mount 3

Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Christ Climbed Down

Kenneth Patchen – Nice Day for a Lynching

Kenneth Patchen – As Beautiful as the Hands of the Winter Tree

Jim Carroll – A Child Growing Up With the Sun

Anne Waldman – Fast Speaking Woman

Anne Waldman – Skin Meat Bones

Cassius Clay – Do You Have To Ask

Gil Scott-Heron – And Then He Wrote Meditations

Saul Williams – Bloodletting

King Missile – Happiness

Derrick Brown – Amateur Realist, Ascending

Derrick Brown – Cheap Rent

Derrick Brown – How To Kill Your Writing

Allen Ginsberg – Gospel Noble Truths

Allen Ginsberg – Father Death Blues

U2 – Walk to the Water

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cornbread Time! (TOTR 107)

James Brown – Mashed Potatoes

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Mama’s Fried Potatoes

Tom Waits – Filipino Box Spring Hog

Dick Kimmel – Wild Turkey Rag

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Crippled Turkey

Ray Charles – Sweet Potato Pie

Billyblues – Pumpkin Pie

Guy Clark – Texas Cookin’

Travis Tritt – It’s A Great Day To Be Alive

Dry Land Fish – Cornbread and Guitar Strings

Sonny Terry – Cornbread Meat And Molasses

The Lilly Brothers And Don Stover – Cornbread & Molasses & Sassafras Tea

Mississippi John Doude – Cornbread Time

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Cornbread And Butterbeans

Loco Zydeco – Give Him Cornbread

Harmonica Buzz – The Cornbread Jinx

Lee Perry – Roast Fish & Cornbread

Joe Houston – Cornbread & Cabbage Greens

Don Miller – Cornbread, Chittlins, and Your Love

Cyrus Chestnut – Cornbread Pudding

Chris Barber Jazz and Blues Band – Cornbread, Peas and Black Molasses

The Bolton Brothers – Cornbread & Black-Eyed Peas

Iris Dement – Childhood Memories

Bonnie Raitt – Thank You

Newbury Park – Thank You

Enter the Worship Circle – Can’t Thank You Enough

Durant – Thank You

Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands

Bill Withers – Lean On Me

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How Granola Are We!

In the 80s and 90s and early 00s, I came from the culture where “granola” is an adjective, a word when coupled with “crunchy” that conveys the convergence of everything earthy and edgy and all-natural to the extreme. Examples of this include conscious cloth consumers, reduce-reuse-recyle renegades, and the more fragrant dudes who forgo deodorant for a dab of patchouli under the ear.

In the common counterculture vernacular, I could be easily described by an observer as “the granola professor who does the workshop tent at Bonnaroo.” Even as I try to retire from my hippy-punk roots into more a more modest middle-age in relative middle-class comfort in my cozy college town, there’s one place that I’m still all-granola, and that’s the kitchen, where I try to be as buy-local, grow-your-own, DIY, all-natural, organic, and homemade as possible.

So the breakfast stapleat my house is, of course, homemade granola, which I usually serve with organic, whole milk yogurt and drizzled with local honey.

We make this in batches once a month and that lasts to keep our morning bellies happy on busy workdays. My recipe for granola breaks down into three basic components: the oats, the goo, and the accessories.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and get out your best, large (such as 9 x 12) baking or cake pans. Begin with a 42 ounce cylindrical box of Whole Grain Oats (these are available at your grocer, and the boxes can be re-used to store the finished granola). Pour the oats into a large mixing bowl and add your crunchy accessories – which for us might involve an assortment of raw nuts like cashews, walnuts, almonds, pecans, pepitas, or even sunflower or sesame seeds, depending on the batch. The choice of nuts really caters to your tastes and/or what you keep around your pantry.

Next, you need to prepare the sweet gorgeous goo to fill, and simmer in, a small or medium saucepan. I encourage you to experiment from batch to batch with what you like best in your goo and what the best quantity of goo is for your perfect granola. For me, it’s a medium saucepan with a mixture that’s about half sweets like organic sugar, honey, and maple syrup and half oils and fats—stuff like olive oil, canola oil, butter, peanut butter, tahini, almond butter. I never use too much nut butter and tend to stick with one kind per batch.

When the goo gets good and warm and melted and mixed, pour it over the oats and nuts, stirring carefully with a wooden spoon. If you’re an animated cook like me, it’s easy to make a mess at this stage, so be careful. Once the goo evenly coats the oat mixture, pour into your baking pans, which it wouldn’t hurt to oil or spray lightly. Bake for approximately an hour at 350 or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Let cool and eat.

I’ve been making granola like this for years, and it’s always delicious and relatively nutritious. Dig in and get crunchy!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tennessee Me (TOTR 106)

Homesick James – Homecoming Blues

Sleepy John Estes – Easin’ Back To Tennessee

Steve Earle – Tennessee Blues

Levon Helm – Tennessee Jed

Jerry Garcia – Sweet Sunny South

Hazel Dickens - Hills Of Home

Hayden Mattingly – Green Hills Of Home

Hayden Mattingly – Mom’s Song

Drew Griswold – Tellico

Kings Of Leon – The Face

Kings Of Leon – Back Down South

New Found Glory – Tennessee

Sam Cooke – Tennessee Waltz

Joe Gilder – Tennessee Moons

Magnolia Electric Co. – Nashville Moon

The Byrds – Nashville West

Indigo Girls – Nashville

Sheryl Crow – Long Road Home

TV On The Radio – Halfway Home

U2 – A Sort of Homecoming

Dan Auerbach – Goin’ Home

Ryan Adams – When Will You Come Back Home

Widespread Panic – When You Coming Home

Allman Brothers Band – Please Call Home

Monday, November 8, 2010

Get Real Get Right (TOTR 105)

David Gray – Real Love

Lucinda Williams – Real Love

Mary Chapin Carpenter – That’s Real

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals – My Love For You Is Real

U2 – Even Better Than the Real Thing

The Who – The Real Me

Mason Jennings – Keepin’ It Real

Plants and Animals – Keep It Real

Jeff Buckley – So Real

Rusted Root –Virtual Reality

Sufjan Stevens – Get Real Get Right

Adele – Right As Rain

Susan Tedeschi – Rock Me Right

Dr. John – Right Place Wrong Time

G Love and Special Sauce – Ain’t That Right

Sons of Slum – Right On

Radiohead – Everything in Its Right Place

M_ Ward – Right In The Head

Drive-By Truckers –The Righteous Path

Ryan Bingham – Self-Righteous Wall

The Flying Burrito Brothers – Do Right Woman

John Mellencamp – Right Behind Me

Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

Larry Norman – Righteous Rocker #1

Mike Peters – Absolute Reality

Monday, November 1, 2010

Takin' It To Heaven (TOTR 104)

Dr. John w/ Mavis Staples - When The Saints Go Marching In

Grateful Dead - St_ Stephen

Carrie Newcomer - All Saint's Day

Patty Larkin -All Souls Day

Ollabelle - Heaven's Pearls

Garth & Maude Hudson (The Harry Smith Project) - No Depression In Heaven

Sinead O'Connor - I Am Stretched On Your Grave

Anais Mitchell w/ Justin Vernon, Ani DiFranco - Way Down Hadestown

The Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell

The Clash - Straight 2 Hell

Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven

Wilco - Airline to Heaven

Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven

Guadalcanal Diary - Fire From Heaven

R.E.M - Near Wild Heaven

Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven

Blitzen Trapper - Heaven and Earth

Talking Heads - Heaven

Traffic - Heaven Is In Your Mind

Loretta Lynn - Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven

Ashley Cleveland - Going To Heaven To Meet The King

The Soul Stirrers - Heaven Is My Home

Neville Brothers - Will the Circle Be Unbroken