Saturday, February 26, 2022

For What It's Worth (TOTR 411)

[originally aired on WTTU on 2-26-2022]

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Buffalo Springfield - For What It’s Worth 

John Lennon - I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama

Jackson Browne - Lives in the Balance

The Alarm - Unsafe Building 

Dick Gaughan - Your Daughters And Your Sons

Guy & Candie Carawan - The Nuclear Game

Leon Rosselson & Roy Bailey - The World’s Police 

Stephen John Kalinich - A World Of Peace Must Come

Pete Seeger - Letter To Eve

John Denver - Readjustment Blues 

Sweet Honey In The Rock - On Children

The Emotions - Peace Be Still

Wild Women for Peace - War Toys

Wild Women for Peace - Come Spinning Down

Wild Women for Peace - May The Circle Be Unbroken/This Little Light

Phil Ochs - One More Parade

Phil Ochs - Draft Dodger Rag

Phil Ochs - Knock On The Door

Phil Ochs - Talking Cuban Crisis

Sting - Russians

Malcolm Boyd - What Was Hirsohima Like, Jesus, When The Bomb Fell?

David Grover & Judy Lunseth - If Everyone Loved Everyone 

CSNY - Teach Your Children 

Pete Seeger - Where Have All The Flowers Gone

Peter, Paul, & Paul - All My Trials

Cast of HAIR - Flesh Failures/Let The Sun Shine In

Earl Scruggs & Friends - I Saw The Light


Saturday, February 19, 2022

Detroit Beatdown (TOTR 410)


[originally aired on WTTU on Saturday, February 19, 2022]

Danny Kroha - I Want To Live So God Can Use Me
John Sinclair - Detroit Beatdown
Viv Akauldren - City Magic
Orange Roughies - Blue Steel Story
Eugene Chadbourne - Let Them Drink While They’re Young
Only A Mother - I Could Be Happy
M.L. Liebler - Floating 
Bill Horwitz - Consumption 
Bill Horwitz - New American Guilt Trip
Bill Horwitz - Sadness
10,000 Maniacs - Among The Americans
Icemakers of the Revolution - Wild Revolution
Icemakers of the Revolution - Where I Stand
The Layabouts - Work To Be Done
The Layabouts - Ballad of Donna Lewis  
The Layabouts - Pachamama
Music is a Revolutionary Force - from the John & Leni Sinclair Library
MC5 - Motor City is Burning
Les McCann & Eddie Harris - Compared to What 
The Soul Children - I Don’t Know What This World Is Coming To
Huey Newton - Power to the People
The Chi-Lites - (For God’s Sake) Give More Power To The People
John Sinclair - Spiritual  Listen to the archive here:

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Tainted Love (TOTR 409)


originally aired on Saturday 2/12/2022

Paul McCartney & Wings - Silly Love Songs 

Wilco - I’m The Man Who Loves You 

The Avett Brothers - I And Love And You

Delta Spirit - Lover’s Heart

Iron & Wine - Lovesong of the Buzzard

The White Stripes - You Don’t Know What Love Is 

Neville Brothers - The Ten Commandments of Love 

Sting - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free

Sting - Love is the Seventh Wave 

U2 - Bad

Joan Baez - Amazing Grace

Maria McKee - Page of Cups

Lone Justice - I Found Love 

Cowboy Junkies - You Will Be Loved Again

Laurie Anderson - Sharkey’s Day

Suzanne Vega - Undertow

Michelle Shocked - If Love Was A Train 

Robyn Hitchcock - I Often Dream Of Trains 

Meat Puppets - Bad Love

Soft Cell - Tainted Love 

Poi Dog Pondering - Pulling Touch

Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians - The Wheel 

Indigo Girls - Get Together

Brandi Carlile - Every Time I Hear That Song Listen to the archive of this show here:

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Let’s Stick Together (TOTR 408)


[image from the gatefold of Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions]
Let’s Stick Together (TOTR 408)
-for Black History Month 

Bettye Lavette - When I Woke Up This Morning
Staple Singers - Be What You Are 
The Soul Children - Can’t Let You Go
Little Beaver - Let’s Stick Together 
Bill Withers - Ain’t No Sunshine
Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground
Friends of Distinction - Light My Fire 
Rev. Arthur Sims - In Times Like These (excerpt)
Curtis Mayfield - We Gotta Have Peace
Richie Havens - Shouldn’t All The World Be Dancing 
B.B. King - Every Day I Have The Blues (live from the Cook County Jail)
B.B. King - How Blue Can You Get (live from the Cook County Jail)
Elmore James - Canton Mississippi Breakdown
Gil Scott-Heron - Lady Day And John Coltrane
Taj Mahal - Free The Brothers (from the Brothers soundtrack) 
Sweet Honey In The Rock - Echo 
Resistance Revival Chorus - Ella’s Song
Resistance Revival Chorus - All You Fascists Bound To Lose
Our Native Daughters - Black Myself
Carolina Chocolate Drops - Hit ‘Em Up Style
Rhiannon Giddens - Up Above My Head
Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway
Nina Simone - Turn Turn Turn
J.S. Ondara - Heart of Gold
Mississippi Charles Bevel - You’ve Got The Power

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Kicking With "The Wolves" at the Backdoor Playhouse

 [image: the cast of The Wolves, from the official program]

Over the years, we have seen the cherished confines of the Backdoor Playhouse at Tennessee Tech transformed into the Frankenstein place of Rocky Horror or the insane cage of Marat-Sade. The directors, technical staff, and shop managers permit no imaginal limits to what their mastery can make happen on the ground floor and at the back door of an old university building. 

All this is to say that an indoor soccer stadium on a stage shouldn’t seem like such a stretch or feel so claustrophobic and intense. But it does. Attending The Wolves, which opens February 3 and runs through February 12, will transport you to the world of the play for an unforgettable if-at-times uncomfortable experience.

An indoor soccer stadium constructed on a stage is just the setting for something else entirely: an exclusively female-coded space of high school soccer, for an unraveling dramedy that turns tragedy. This middle-aged cis-male critic fidgets in his comfortable theater seat at one of the final rehearsals: I am not supposed to be here. Like a cootie-free clubhouse of yore, boys don’t belong at girls' soccer pre-game rituals. 

Although we are just eavesdropping thanks to the brilliant work of playwright Sarah DeLappe, every audience member might imagine they have violated some invisible and visible boundary. The actual games and boyfriends and male coaches are all just outside the world of the play.  

The plot is thin, and no omniscient narration sweeps in to save us. We are dropped into something that could be a DIY-documentary, stuck with the always already awkward, the forever genuine anxiety and fierceness of a single-gendered space, but a space that is only feminine in nuanced and problematic ways. The unnamed characters are only known by their number and field position; it makes me wonder, are we at an Athletes Anonymous meeting? Each person of the play is at times shocking or stunning thanks to this tense and talented cast, each astonishing actor transforming themselves to become these players.

As unsettling as everything about this play can be, it is as hopefully disarming as it is haunting and discomforting. The access we have to the characters’ internal and external lives draws and tugs immediately. 

For audience members of an older generation, you can immediately feel like a soccer parent, getting to see the parts that you never get to see and shouldn't really see. When a single "adult" character rips that veil toward the end of the show, things have turned so tough that this gives us no relief. By then, our hearts are oh-so-broken with every member of the soccer team. 

In the nonprofit world, "astroturfing" is a pejorative term used to describe groups that mask their true motives. Yet the AstroTurf that covers the stage in the Jere Whitson Building also hides the fact that this play is not really about soccer at all (or football -- as at least one cast member would call it). This play is about vulnerability, the power of words to hurt or heal, and growing-up with passion, mistakes, integrity, and tragedy. 

Teamwork can be such an overwrought and trite truism within our world, but these Wolves are a team in the best sense. And despite one person playing captain, another playing a parent, and an unseen coach, existing somewhere out-of-our-sight, stage-right-or-stage-left, teamwork is something that makes Wolves-as-a-play so fundamentally feminist, in the best sense. This script and its interpretation by this stellar team conjure an organically egalitarian space, while as over-the-top the high-temperature feelings run, the play and its players bristle with startling empowerment and shared energy. 

-Andrew William Smith, faithful BDPH fan & frequent reviewer since 2008-ish

The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe is directed by Joseph Clark in the Tech Players 67th season. 

The show opens Thursday, February 3 at 8:00pm and continues at the same time on February 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, and 12. Late show on February 10 at 10:00 pm. Early show on February 12 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $15 at the door only, with students with their Tech I.D. only paying $5. Senior citizens are $12. Tech employees can get in for only $5 on Tuesday, February 8 only. 

The Backdoor Playhouse is located at the rear of the Jere Whitson Building, just off the main quadrangle of Tennessee Tech and is under the supervision of Professor Mark Harry Creter.